Eid-El-Fitr: Police Deploy 3,200 Personnel In Imo

A file photo of policemen.

 

The Imo State Police Command on Tuesday said it has deployed a total of 3200 personnel to ensure adequate security in the state as Muslim faithful mark the Eid-El-Fitr celebration.

In a press statement signed by the Police Public Relations Officer, Orlando Ikeokwu, the command assured Imo indigenes that it is collaborating with all security agencies in the state.

Ikeokwu said the police have made adequate arrangements to ensure the safety and security of lives and properties within the period of the celebration.

While felicitating with Muslim faithful in the state, he asked them to use the period to pray for the sustenance of peace and security in the state as well as the unity and peace of the nation at large.

Meanwhile, the Commandant General of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC), Ahmed Audi, has ordered the 15 Zonal Commanders of the Corps to beef up security in all the state.

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This comes as the Corps renews efforts to maintain security before, during and after the Eid-el-Fitr celebration.

NSCDC who disclosed this via a statement issued by its spokesman, Olusola Odumosu, said the directive followed threats of attack by miscreants and bandits in different parts of the country which as a matter of necessity must be forestalled to guarantee a peaceful and hitch-free Sallah celebration.

According to the CG, there is a need to deploy a different scientific approach to combat insecurity at this time, hence, his resolve for tactical deployment of conventional and specialized personnel with appropriate operational equipment to strategic locations such as Eid praying grounds, recreational centers, motor parks, shopping malls, markets and other Critical National Assets and Infrastructure while surveillance personnel is deployed for covert duties with a view to gathering credible intelligence.

Dr Audi noted that while the present security situation in the country may be worrisome, he is optimistic that all the challenges threatening the fabric of the nation’s collective existence would soon be a thing of the past and Nigeria will again become a nation of our fondest dreams.

While congratulating the President and Commander-in-Chief of the Nigeria Armed Forces, Muhammadu Buhari, the Muslim Ulamas as well as other Muslim faithful across the country on this year’s Sallah celebration, Dr. Audi called on all Nigerians irrespective of religion, tribe, race or colour to use this moment to pray for peace to reign in Nigeria.

He reiterated that peace and stability of the country are the sines qua non of economic growth and development, therefore, it beholds on every citizen to see Nigeria as a collective project that must not be allowed to fail and this can only happen when all hands are on deck to curb crime and other nefarious activities in order to make Nigeria a better, greater and more prosperous nation.

He also seized the occasion to remind the good people of Nigeria, especially those who have enough to eat and feast to equally remember the less privileged in the society and to pray for those families whose breadwinners are in the forefront of combating various waves of threats across the country.

According to the CG, even when this year’s celebration is coming at a trying moment occasioned by the debilitating effect of all forms of insecurity, the public, especially Muslim faithful should rest assured that the Corps will work assiduously in providing adequate security before, during and after the celebration.

He hinted that the Corps has set up a technology called Integrated Electronic Arrest Reporting System (I-EARS) to make collation of security data and information concerning all manners of crime very seamless in the face of planning and orchestration of strategic action for security operations by the Corps

Dr Audi enjoined Nigerians to see security as the responsibility of everyone and to promptly report suspicious movement or activities around their neighbourhood to security agencies in order to forestall any breakdown of law and order’.

 

DCC Olusola Odumosu

Director, Public Relations

NHQ, Abuja.

 

 

2021 AWCON: Pinnick Assures Of Falcons’ Victory Against Ghana

 

The President of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF), Amaju Pinnick is confident that the Super Falcons would emerge victorious in the Qualifier match against Ghana.

Super Falcons of Nigeria have been drawn to face Ghana in the first round of the 2022 Women’s Africa Cup of Nations (AWCON) qualifiers.

Falcons, known to be the most successful team with nine titles in eleven editions, will once again compete for the first round of the coveted women’s AFCON title.

Pinnick who spoke during an interview on Channels Television’s Sports admitted that although the Ghanaian side is tough to beat; the Super Falcons would, however, scale through going by their level of preparedness.

“We are not going to joke with the Qualifiers because we are playing Ghana. We are going to take it very seriously because we want to retain the title,” he said.

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File photo of NFF President, Amaju Pinnick.

 

“We have gone beyond what we normally comprehend. We can easily beat a team 2, 3, 4, 5, 6-0, not anymore because there is a lot.

“Going by the last Women’s training in Ijebu-Ode, I saw the quality of our girls. They played well and that gave me a lot of hope.”

If the Falcons are successful in their encounter against the Black Queens of Ghana, the Randy Waldrum girls will face the winner between Niger and Ivory Coast to qualify for the tournament proper.

The qualifiers will span three rounds with home and away matches starting in the FIFA international window — from June 7 to 15, 2021.

Aggregate winners will qualify to join Morocco, the host nation, in the final tournament.

The tournament will then kick off from July 2 to 23 next year.

Lagos Panel Shown Live Bullet Extracted From Victim Of Extra-Judicial Killing

Petitioners counsel, Adebola Lemo holds the bullet after the Chief Medical Examiner tendered it before the Lagos Judicial Panel on May 11, 2021.

 

 

The acting Chief Medical Examiner of Lagos State, Dr.  Sunday Soyemi today testified before the judicial panel on restitution for victims of SARS-related abuses.

He showed the panel a bullet he extracted from a victim of an extrajudicial killing, Charles Otoo.

At a previous proceeding, the panel had summoned the doctor to shed more light on the cause of death of the late Charles Otoo.

In a petition put before the panel by his widow, Victoria, the late Charles was said to have been shot on Oct 21, 2020, at about 6 pm by men of the Nigerian Police Force, Divisional Headquarters, Ojodu.

According to the widow, a policewoman simply identified as Chinyere allegedly shot the gun which hit the late Charles Otoo by the side of his head. He reportedly lost a lot of blood and eventually died at about 8 pm at the hospital where he was rushed.

At the proceedings today, Dr Soyemi, a lecturer in the college of medicine, Lasuth and a pathologist of 17 years, testified that “the cause of death was a severe injury to the brain following a gunshot to the skull”.

The pathologist who also signed the post mortem report of the deceased showed the panel the bullet he extracted from the late Charles Otto in the course of examining him.

He said the bullet would still need to undergo ballistic examination before the coroner’s court.

After sighting the bullet, the panel admitted photographs of it in evidence and returned the bullet back to the doctor to enable it to undergo the necessary examinations and analysis.

The panel also admitted the post mortem report as evidence.

The panel then listened to a police witness who testified that contrary to the evidence of Mrs Victoria Otoo, the police had nothing to do with the death of the late Charles.

The police witness, Lukeman Sowemimo, who claimed he was the station officer at the Ojodu police station at the time denied that his station had any female officer named Chinyere.

He narrated how some #EndSARS protesters allegedly set part of the police station ablaze on the 22nd of Oct., 2020 but insisted that the officers stayed back in the station to protect it and themselves and did not go out for any patrol.

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When shown the bullet brought by the pathologist, and asked if he could identify it, the witness said from his experience, the bullet came from a pistol.”

“The difference between a pistol and a rifle is that pistol can only kill at a close range while a rifle can kill from any distance. I am not a ballistician, but with my experience as a mobile man, if I see pistol ammunition, I can differentiate it from an AK 47 ammunition,” he said.

Under cross-examination by counsel to the petitioner, Mr Adebola Lema, the witness admitted that police officers sometimes carry pistols.

On the question of the maximum range of an AK 47 when shot? The witness put the range at 40metres and said that even at that range it can still do maximum damage if it hits someone.

On further cross-examination by counsel to the Lagos State Government, Abiodun Owonikoko (SAN), the counsel asked the witness; “We had a General (from the Nigerian Army) testify before the panel that the AK 47 could cause damage even up to 350m? Do you agree?

The witness answered in the affirmative.

The Petitioner’s counsel, Adebola Lema has adopted his final written address and asked the panel to take note of the inconsistency in the answer given by the witness as to the maximum range of the Ak 47.

 

 

 

 

Boko Haram: Military Repels Attempted Invasion Of Maiduguri

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A file photo of soldiers.

 

The military has repelled an attempt by the Boko Haram terrorists to infiltrate Maiduguri, the Borno State capital.

The insurgents made their way through Adawari, a community behind Jiddari-Polo – a highly-populated area in the capital city, at about dusk.

Civilian sources say they arrived in four gun trucks and motorbikes after sand filling trenches dug by security forces, for easy passage.

They met stiff resistance by the military who prevented them from gaining access to the town.

A vehicle recovered from the Boko Haram terrorists in Borno State on May 11, 2021.

 

There are military fatalities, which is yet to be confirmed.

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“I can confirm that I saw three bodies being evacuated,” A Civilian Joint Task Force source who spoke on condition of anonymity told Channels Television via the telephone.

Calm has since been restored as residents have continued their activities in preparation for the Eid celebrations.

The Airforce is also supporting with air patrol in the Maiduguri general area.

In recent weeks there have been rumours of an impending attack on Maiduguri by the insurgents during the Eid celebrations.

Some weapons recovered from the Boko Haram terrorists in Borno State.

 

Today’s attack gives credence to the unconfirmed Intelligence.

The Borno State Police Command had earlier announced the traditional ban on vehicular movement on Eid day only, until 12 noon.

This, according to the PPRO of the Command, DSP Edet Okon is for the safety of worshippers who have also been advised to be security conscious.

Pelumi Onifade: Lagos Govt. Challenges Jurisdiction Of Panel To Hear Petition

Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu attends the Eko Educators Webinar Performance Series 3.3 hosted by the Lagos State Teaching Service Commission. Sept 8.
File photo of Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu

 

The Lagos State Government has raised objections to the hearing of the petition brought by the family of the late journalist, Pelumi Onifade before the Lagos judicial panel on restitution for victims of SARS abuses and other matters.

Twenty-year-old Pelumi was allegedly killed by police officers attached to the Lagos State Task Force on October 25, 2020 and his body dumped at the mortuary of the state’s general hospital, Ikorodu.

On November 6, 2020, his family had submitted a petition before the Lagos judicial panel with the hope of getting justice.

But when the panel moved to hear the petition, the lead counsel to the Lagos State Government, Abiodun Owonikoko (SAN) told members that there was a preliminary objection challenging the jurisdiction of the panel to hear it.

“We have personal and specific instruction as regards this matter,” Owonikoko said.

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In a five-page preliminary objection dated the 10th of April, the state government listed three grounds of objection namely;

(a) That the subject matter of the petition as presently constituted does not fall within the terms of reference upon which the panel was constituted and as such the panel lacked the justification to entertain the petition

(b) That it is ultra vires the jurisdiction of the panel to entertain the person as the unfortunate events recounted therein were not alleged to be perpetrated by the disbanded SARS.

(c) That the unfortunate incident in the petition allegedly occurred on the 25th day of Oct 2020 long after the SARS had been disbanded and the amended instrument establishing the panel of inquiry was promulgated.

In a written address in support, the government stated that the petition suffered from double disqualification in line with the terms of reference of the panel, as the alleged incident was not perpetrated by SARS and it also occurred outside the time frame within which SARS was active.

Owonikoko said: “It is crystal clear that the totality of the petitioner’s petition before this honourable panel bears out irrefutable and without any equivocation that the petition is against the men of the Nigeria Police Force attached to the Lagos State Environmental Task Force and not against the activities of the men of the disbanded SARS.”

The government, therefore, urged the panel to dismiss the petition, refer the petitioner to the regular court and to hold among other things that the panel is not instituted to hear all matters relating to the police but specifically to the activities of men of the disbanded SARS.

Lagos Panel Awards ₦13.5m Compensation To Three Victims Of Police Brutality

Justice Doris Okuwobi and other members of the Lagos Judicial panel during a sitting on April 30, 2021.

 

The Lagos State Judicial Panel on restitution for victims of SARS-related abuses has awarded the sum of ₦13.5m to 3 victims of police brutality.

A 34-year-old trader, Ndukwe Ekekwe was awarded the sum of ₦7.5m for the harrowing ordeal meted on him by officers of the disbanded Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS).

Ekekwe, who had shops at Alaba International Market where he sold accessories and other general items, had told the panel that he was arrested on February 16, 2018, for crimes he did not commit.

He also told the panel that he “was tortured, brutalised and thrown down the two-storey building of the shopping complex which housed his shops.

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In reaching its decision on his petition, the Chairman of the panel, Justice Doris Okuwobi held that there was a clear violation of his fundamental rights as guaranteed under Section 34 of the constitution.

The panel also recommended that the police investigate and fish out its officers who brutalised Ekekwe with a view to sanctioning them accordingly.

In his immediate reaction, Ekekwe expressed displeasure with the amount awarded by the panel. He and his mother who had been taking care of him since the incident happened lamented that they had spent over N30m at the hospitals and wondered what they would do with the “mere ₦7.5m awarded by the panel”.

Two other petitioners, Andrew Okoh and Isaac Adeshina who suffered grievous body harm after they were shot in the leg by a police officer were compensated with the sum of ₦3m each.

Police Arrest Four Suspected Bandits, Recover 170 Cows In Katsina

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At least four suspects have been arrested in connection with banditry, cattle rustling, kidnapping and armed robbery by the police in Katsina State.

The suspects, according to police authorities in the state, belonged to a notorious syndicate terrorising Kankara Local Government Area of the state and its environs.

In a press briefing held on Tuesday, the Police Public Relations Officer in the state, SP Gambo Isah said the suspects were arrested based on credible intelligence on May 10th.

Isah said in the process of smashing the suspects, the police recovered of 170 cows and 38 sheep in their possession.

“Nemesis caught up with one Isiya Halliru, Nasiru Bature, Bello Hamza, all of Fanteka village in Musawa Local Government Area of the state as well as one Hassan Iliyasu of Masaurari village in Kankara Local Government Area,” he said.

“We got an intelligence that these bandits were coming from a place where they commit their nefarious activities and fortunately, we succeeded in laying an ambush for them and after a fierce encounter with the hoodlums we were able to arrest these four suspects and we recovered 170 cows, 38 sheep from them as investigation is ongoing to arrest remaining gang leaders of the syndicate.”

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Police operatives also apprehended a 41-year-old man, Muhammadu Aliyu popularly known as DanMaiwaina of Abbatuwa quarters in Katsina Metropolitan Area.

The suspect, said to be a notorious serial rapist, specializes in raping minors and was caught while having an unlawful sexual intercourse with a minor (name withheld).

According to the police spokesman, the suspect confessed to have committed the crime and other related offences, adding that investigation is ongoing into the matter.

The suspect said, “I have abused the boy for the fourth time after I was offered with a charm by a ritualist during his lifetime that I should be doing this action.

“And according to what the ritualist told me then, if I go to anyone that is holding a big position and advise him on what I considered as a crime, he/she will surely listen to me and act on it.”

The suspect who was paraded alongside two of his victims, had so far trained a minor that also abused another three-year-old boy for three times.

Insecurity: FG Has Capacity To Crush Terrorists, Bandits – Lai Mohammed

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The Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed on Tuesday said the Federal Government has the capacity to crush Boko Haram/ISWAP terrorists in the northeast and bandits in the north western parts of the country.

This comes as security forces grapple with the activities of terrorists and bandits who have killed thousands, displaces hundreds of thousands and abducted several people for ransom.

Mohammed who spoke during a press conference in Lagos said contrary to the beliefs that the Federal Government is overwhelmed and lacks capacity to tackle the security threats, President Muhammadu Buhari administration is committed to restoring law and order, peace and security in the country.

“I have read comments saying the Federal Government is overwhelmed and doesn’t have a clue as to how to tackle the challenges. Some have even gone as far as suggesting a truncation of the democratic order, a clearly treasonable stance,” he said.

While noting that the Federal Government “acknowledges the security challenges we face at this time, from terrorism to kidnaping, banditry and farmer-herder conflict, it is definitely not overwhelmed and indeed it has the wherewithal, as you will see in the days ahead, to confront the challenges headlong and restore law and order, peace and security.

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“One of the most difficult things to do, for a democratically elected government, is to use the instruments of coercion against its own people. For example, while the nation’s military have superior firepower over the rag tag band of Boko Haram and ISWA, the terrorists most often than not operate among the populace, either in our villages or towns, hence the military, in tackling them, is usually careful to avoid collateral damage.

“The same applies to the kidnappers who abduct our school children. Usually, the location of the kidnappers is not unknown to the security forces, but they still must exercise caution in order not to hurt the same children they are trying to rescue. Despite these inhibitions, the security forces have the wherewithal to decisively tackle the challenges.”

The Minister also reacted to attacks on security attacks in the country, describing assault on security operatives as a declaration of war against the country.

While condemning the attacks, the government’s spokesperson warned that such attacks will be countered with overwhelming force.

He added, “There is a growing dangerous trend which I will like to comment on. It is the practice of launching deadly attacks against the nation’s security personnel. Soldiers as well as police, customs, and other security agents have been killed and maimed in some parts of the country in this growing trend of targeting security forces.

“I want to say, unequivocally, that any attack on our security men and women is an attack on the state and a declaration of war against the nation. It follows, therefore, that this will be countered with overwhelming force.”

FG To Prosecute 400 Suspects For Funding Terrorism – Lai Mohammed

A file photo of the Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed

 

The Federal Government is set to prosecute 400 suspects arrested for allegedly funding terrorism in the country.

This is according to the Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed, who stated this on Tuesday during a press conference in Lagos.

He also reiterated the commitment of President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration in tackling the menace of insurgency, banditry and other security threats across the country.

“The Honourable Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice has announced that the Federal Government is set to prosecute 400 suspects arrested for allegedly funding terrorism,” he said.

“This is unprecedented and its a testament to the government’s determination to decisively tackle terrorism and other violent crimes.”

The Minister also appealed to Nigerians to support security agencies, who face the added task of having to watch their backs while working to protect others.

Mohammed also described attacks on security formations as a declaration of war against the country, condemning the assault on security operatives.

He added, “While the government continues with these efforts to restore peace and security continues, I want to appeal to all of us to play our part in lowering the palpable tension in the polity as a result of the security challenges. The first step is to tone down the rhetoric.

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“Now, there is a growing dangerous trend which I will like to comment on. It is the practice of launching deadly attacks against the nation’s security personnel. Soldiers as well as police, customs, and other security agents have been killed and maimed in some parts of the country in this growing trend of targeting security forces.

“I want to say, unequivocally, that any attack on our security men and women is an attack on the state and a declaration of war against the nation. It follows, therefore, that this will be countered with overwhelming force.”

Nigeria has been experiencing a series of security threats ranging from terrorism, banditry, militancy, cultism among others in several parts of the country.

The country has been battling terrorism for more than a decade which has killed 36,000 people and displaced hundreds of thousands in the northeast.

The Islamic State of West African Province (ISWAP) split from the jihadist group Boko Haram in 2016 and has since become a dominant threat in Nigeria, attacking troops and bases while killing and kidnapping passengers at bogus checkpoints.

On March 1, jihadist fighters burnt down a United Nations humanitarian compound in the town of Dikwa after dislodging troops, killing six civilians.

Nigeria’s jihadist violence has spread to neighbouring Chad, Cameroon and Niger, prompting a regional military coalition to fight the insurgents.

Buhari Approves New Security Measures For South-East, South-South

President Muhammadu Buhari presides over a Security Council meeting in Abuja on May 11, 2021. Credit: State House.

 

Following the recent attacks on security officials and facilities, President Muhammadu Buhari has approved new security measures for the South-east and South-south regions of the country.

The acting Inspector-General of Police, Usman Baba, disclosed this on Tuesday after a security meeting in Abuja presided over by President Buhari.

The IGP who briefed journalists alongside the National Security Adviser, Babagana Monguno; and the Chief of Defence Staff, Lucky Irabor, refused to disclose the new measures, saying a decision was reached at the meeting not to, henceforth, publicise measures to be deployed to tackle insecurity in the country.

“The Security Council meeting which has taken place three times within the past 11 days has assessed the security situation in the country, particularly in the South-East, South-South as it affects law and order,” he said.

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“We have some measures which we have outlined and have been approved by Council. We will see how we can change the narrative within the quickest possible means to restore law and order, peace in that area.”

The police boss also asked law-abiding citizens to cooperate and work closely with the security agencies in order to tackle the security challenges in the regions.

Speaking also, the NSA said he briefed the Council on factors that propel crime in the country, adding that President Buhari issued directives on how the issues can be tackled.

“I briefed Council on the enablers of crime and the need to find quick responses with a view to mitigating the growing threats to the society,” he said.

“These enablers are discussed in details and Mr President already gave out directions on how to deal with them, particularly issues of drug abuse as propellants for crime, how to make the Criminal Justice System much more effective as we as looking at the issues of unemployment.”

Police Kill Three Suspected Kidnappers, Rescue Seven Kidnap Victims

Some of the suspects rescued by the police.

 

The Edo State Police Command has killed three suspected kidnappers and rescued seven abducted victims in the state.

According to a statement issued on Monday by the police spokesman in the state, SP Kontongs Bello, the victims were rescued after security operatives combed the Ahor forest along Benin-Auchi Expressway, Benin City.

It was gathered that the rescued victims were travelling from different parts of the country to Benin City, Edo, Delta and Anambra States.

The victims were identified as Daniel Musa, Anslem Obaladike, John Rufus, Best Osarenrere, Okideli Uwachukwu, Unoma John and Festus Francis.

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The police spokesman said the victims have been taken to the police cottage hospital for check-up and treatment, adding that police operatives in collaboration with local vigilante have to comb the bush until every kidnapper operating within various forests within the state is forced to relocate.

“The combined team encountered the kidnappers at Ahor axis, engaged them in a fierce gun battle killing three of the kidnappers and rescued seven kidnapped victims,” he said.

While reiterating the commitment of the State Police Command to rid Edo of criminal elements, Bello warned kidnappers and other criminal elements to relocate from the state or risk being arrested.

Kaduna APC Primary: Aggrieved LG Chairmanship Aspirants Reject Result

A flag of the APC.

 

Some chairmanship aspirants who participated in last Saturday’s Chairmanship primary of the All Progressive Congress (APC) in Kaduna state have rejected the outcome of the exercise, with a call on the leadership of the party to cancel the primary and fix a new date for a fresh exercise.

The aspirants accused the APC Electoral Committee of violating the election guidelines in order to undermine the smooth conduct of the primary poll.

Speaking at a press conference on Monday, one of the chairmanship aspirants in Kaduna North Local Government Area, Idris Amoke, alleged that the primary election was conducted without the authentic voters register to ascertain the total number of accredited delegates as well as non-availability of election result sheets in all the polling units.

While noting that such an action could threaten the chances of the APC in the forthcoming local government election if allowed to sail, Amoke called on the party to fix a new date for the conduct of the chairmanship primary election in compliance with the party’s electoral guidelines and the constitution of the country.

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But reacting to the allegations, the Kaduna state APC chairman, Air Commodore Emmanuel Jekada (rtd), told Channels Television that the party followed all the laid down rules and election guidelines in conducting the primary election.

He however explained that fresh elections will be conducted in some local governments where it was established that voting did not take place or some infractions occurred such as Birnin Gwari, Lere, Makarfi,  Jaba , Kaduna South, Kachia and Kudan.