Reps Threaten To Issue Warrant Of Arrest On Telecom Operators

Speaker of the House of Representatives, Femi Gbajabiamila, and others at the lower chamber of the National Assembly in Abuja on March 10, 2020. Photo: Twitter- @HouseNGR

 

The House of Representatives has threatened to arrest telecommunications operators in the country for failing to appear before the Committee on Finance.

During plenary on Thursday, the Chairman of the Committee, James Faleke had expressed frustration over the failure of 15 telecoms operators to honour the invitation by the House.

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According to him, their non-appearance was frustrating the investigation by the committee on the alleged $30bn annual leakages in the sector due to tax evasion and diversion of foreign exchange by companies.

Reacting to Faleke’s motion, Speaker of the House, Femi Gbajabiamila, said if the telecom operators fail to appear within seven days, the house will issue a warrant for their arrest.

“We will not sit down and accept for the House of Representatives or the National Assembly as a whole to be handicapped because some companies particularly the foreign companies are sitting down somewhere.

“I am sure if MTN was summoned by the South African parliament, they will rush to the parliament. But now you are being summoned by the Nigerian parliament where you do business and you say you cannot show up.

“We will not allow these organisations to bring our democracy to its knees. So I will ask that the Chairman of the Committee issues one more final notice and this serves as notice as well.

“And if in seven days, you do not hear from them, kick-start the process. I will arrest whoever needs to be arrested and compel their attendance at the hearing,” Gbajabiamila said.

Police Arrest 17 Suspects For Cultism, Violence In Lagos

Some of the suspects arrested by the police.

 

 

The Lagos State Police Command has arrested 17 suspects for cultism and violence in the Ijora Badia and Ikorodu areas of the state.

A statement on Sunday by the Police Public Relations Officer in the state, Bala Elkana, revealed that the suspects were arrested in batches of five and 12.

Elkana explained that two rival cult groups armed with dangerous weapons engaged themselves in a battle for supremacy at Iso Isu in Ijora Badia and inflicted various degrees of injuries on each other on Friday last week.

He said the police got a distress call and mobilised police operatives from Ijora Badia Division and Special Strike Force on Social Miscreants from the Command Headquarters to the area where five suspects were arrested.

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The suspects are Olaniyi  Abiodun, Emola Kamal, Muritala Gbadeyanka, Kadiri Bashorun, and Adebayo Ebiesuwa, all between ages 18 and 28 years.

“They belong to Aiye and Eiye confraternities,” Elkana said.

Similarly, suspected members of the two cult groups attacked each other on Sunday at Ladega area in Ikorodu where one Lateef Akinpelu was seriously injured.

The police arrested 12 suspects and recovered a locally made pistol while the injured person was taken to General Hospital in Ikorodu for treatment.

US Calls On Iran To Apologize For Arresting UK Ambassador

 

 

The United States called Saturday on Iran to apologize for detaining the British ambassador to Tehran, reportedly during protests against the regime.

“This violates the Vienna Convention, which the regime has a notorious history of violating. We call on the regime to formally apologize to the UK for violating his rights and to respect the rights of all diplomats,” State Department spokeswoman Morgan Ortagus tweeted.

Man Arrested For Beating Wife To Death In Abeokuta

Police Arrest Fleeing Suspect Accused Of Killing Co-Worker In Lagos
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The Ogun State Police Command says it has arrested a 37-year-old man, Mutiu Sonola, for beating his wife, Zainab Shotayo, to death.

The Police Public Relations Officer in the state, Mr Abimbola Oyeyemi, confirmed this in a statement forwarded to Channels Television on Thursday.

He explained that the suspect was arrested on Wednesday following a complaint lodged by the father of the deceased at a police station in Abeokuta, the state capital.

“The father of the deceased complained at Ibara Division that he was called on the phone that his daughter was having a misunderstanding with her husband and that she has been beaten to coma by the husband.

“He stated further that he quickly raced to the scene and rushed her daughter to the General Hospital, Ijaye where the doctor confirmed her dead,” Oyeyemi said.

He disclosed that as soon as the suspect realised that his 34-year-old wife was dead, he took to his heels.

On the strength of the report, the Divisional Police Officer in Ibara, Dada Olusegun, was said to have mobilised operatives and went after the suspect.

“His hiding place was eventually located and he was promptly arrested,” the command’s spokesman said, adding, “Preliminary investigation revealed that the man is fond of beating the deceased at any slight provocation and that the incident of that fateful day was a very minor disagreement.”

He noted that the body of the victim has been deposited at the morgue for autopsy.

The Commissioner of Police in Ogun, Kenneth Ebrimson, has also ordered the immediate transfer of the suspect to the Homicide Section of the State Criminal Investigation and Intelligence Department for further investigation and prosecution.

Police Arrest Rep Member Shina Peller In Lagos

A file photo of House of Representatives member, Shina Peller. Photo: Twitter- @ShinaPeller

 

 

The lawmaker representing Iseyin/Itesiwaju/Kajola/Iwajowa Federal Constituency in the House of Representatives, Shina Peller, has been arrested.

The Press Secretary in the lawmaker’s office, Kola Popoola, confirmed this in a statement on Monday.

Popoola explained that Peller was arrested and detained at a police station in the Maroko area of Lagos State.

 

A file photo of House of Representatives member, Shina Peller, during plenary at the National Assembly in Abuja. Photo: Twitter- @ShinaPeller

 

 

Peller’s aide claimed that his boss was “unjustly held hostage” at the police station and demanded that he should be released immediately.

According to him, the lawmaker who owns Club Quilox was at Maroko police station to bail some of his clients said to have parked on the road during a show at the club.

Prior to the kick-off of the event, Popoola claimed that Peller had informed the relevant traffic authorities in the state to avoid unnecessary gridlock.

“On getting to Maroko police station, the police started harassing Honourable Peller and even went as far as seizing all his phones for no reason,” the statement said.

It added, “The continuous harassment and unjust detain of a member of House of Representatives, Hon. Peller, by the police calls for urgent attention of the media and the Inspector General of Police.”

Court Invasion: If I Were Buhari, I Will Sack DSS Boss – Ubani

A former second Vice President of the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA), Mr. Monday Ubani, has called on President Muhammadu Buhari to sack the Director-General of the Department of State Service (DSS), Yusuf Magaji Bichi.

Ubani’s comments come on the heels of the invasion of the Federal High Court in Abuja by operatives of the commission while trying to rearrest the Convener of the ‘Revolution Now’ Protest, Omoyele Sowore.

Speaking during an interview on Channels Television’s Politics Today, the legal practitioner noted that the tragic incident has caused embarrassment to the current administration.

“If I am the President of the country and DSS throws my government into this embarrassment, I will even remove the DSS, whoever is in charge of that particular body.

“He (President Buhari) should relieve him (the DSS boss) of his position. He has really, clearly embarrassed this government,” he said.

A former second Vice President of the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA), Mr Monday Ubani condemns the invasion of the Federal High Court in Abuja by operatives of the commission while trying to arrest the Convener of the ‘Revolution Now’ Protest, Omoyele Sowore.

Speaking further, Ubani who is also a public affairs analyst, regretted that the action of the secret service has portrayed Nigeria in the negative light within the international community.

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The ex-NBA chief explained that “what has taken place today is reported all over the world and Google doesn’t forget,” also stressed that foreign partners who may want to do business with the Nigerian government may backtrack based on the nation’s non-adherence to the rule of law.

“We are really in a big economic problem and will require the support of other nations in order to solve it. They look at your history and what is going on with respect to the rule of law and even democratic credentials, you don’t have it. Then they begin to wonder what is going on,” he said.

The unfortunate invasion of the court by DSS operatives has attracted condemnation from prominent Nigerians including Nobel Laureate, Professor Wole Soyinka, the presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Atiku Abubakar, among others.

Atiku who described the incident as a rape of the sanctity of the court said the act is unacceptable, stressing that Nigeria is not a dictatorship.

He noted with dismay that he was in extreme anguish of spirit having watched the unfortunate drama that played itself out at the court today.

Two Suspects Arrested For Illegal Broadcast In Uyo

 

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has arrested two persons for alleged illegal transmission of broadcast signals of MultiChoice (DSTV) to Uyo, the Akwa Ibom state capital and environs without authorisation.

Those arrested by operatives of the EFCC Uyo Zonal office on Monday were one Prisca Isaac and Nwosu Precious

According to tweets from the EFCC, both suspects sales representative and technician of a company in the area, Communication Trend Limited.

“The company allegedly charges Three Thousand Five Hundred Naira (N3, 500.00) and Seven Thousand Five Hundred Naira (N7, 500.00) monthly as subscription fees to its customers using DSTV and other decoders without permission,” one of the tweets said.

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The arrest followed a petition alleging breach of Multichoice’s English Premiership broadcast rights while some decoders, encoders, and transmitters were recovered.

The anti-graft agency said the suspects would be charged to court upon the conclusion of its investigation.

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23-Year-Old Man Arrested For Slicing Step Mother’s Throat In Nasarawa

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The police in Nasarawa State has arrested a 23-year-old man for slicing the throat of his step-mother in Agyaragu village, Lafia Local government Area of Nasarawa State.

The Public Relations Officer of the Nasarawa State Police Command, ASP Ramhan Nansel, confirmed the incident to Channels Television.

According to him, the incident happened on stressing that he stabbed the elderly woman with a knife.

But narrating what happened, an eyewitness who confided to Channels Television said the suspect borrowed a knife and cut the woman on the leg who forcefully ran out of their house shouting for help.

The victim who was rushed to the hospital was confirmed dead, a situation which prompted the mother of the alleged suspect to run away for safety after the children of the deceased planned avenging her death.

Suspected Gunman In Deadly Germany Shooting Arrested

A special unit of the police examines on October 9, 2019 on a road in Werschen, eastern Germany, a taxi that was involved in the case of a shooting in Halle an der Saale, eastern Germany./ AFP

 

The suspected gunman in a deadly shooting Tuesday in Germany’s Halle city has been detained, police said. 

“The suspect has been arrested,” a police spokesman told AFP, adding that the man was “being treated” for injuries.

Woman Arrested For Stabbing Husband To Death Over Daughter’s Birthday Party

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Homicide detectives from Surulere Division in Lagos State have arrested a woman, Stella Peter, for allegedly stabbing her husband, Bala Haruna to death following an argument over their daughter’s one-year birthday.

An argument ensued between them which turned violent and the woman used a kitchen knife to stab the man in the back which led to his death.

The woman, who confessed to the crime, accused the man of refusing to release money for their daughter’s birthday party.

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Police Spokesperson, Bala Elkana disclosed this in a statement on Tuesday, adding that the couple were not actually married but lived together at 2 Tejuosho Avenue, Surulere Lagos, for three years and have a baby who just turned one.

Homicide detectives from the State Criminal Investigation Department Yaba have taken over and commenced an investigation into the case and the suspect will be charged to court for murder.

 

Notorious Car Snatchers  Arrested

Meanwhile, detectives from Ilemba Hausa Division have arrested two suspects,  Gidion Amuzie and God’s power Imafidion and recovered one black Honda accord 2007 which they hid at Jemilugba Street, Ilogbo Lagos.

The suspects, according to a statement signed by the police spokesperson, Bala Elkana specialise in snatching vehicles from the owners or stealing the vehicles from where they are parked.

Elkana said the suspects confessed that they stole the vehicle at a car wash in satellite town Lagos.

Investigation is ongoing and the suspects will be charged to Court.

 

Arrest of Armed Robbers and Cop Killers

Also, Divisional Police Officer Igando, Taiwo Kasumu arrested three notorious armed robbery suspects.

The suspects are notorious for terrorising the Igando/Egan residential neighbourhood mostly at night time.

“The men arrived the neighborhood on three motorcycles with intent to rob along Ikotun-Igando road but the attempt was foiled by the police. One Oseni Waheed ‘m’ 32yrs was arrested at the scene with one locally made pistol while the rest escaped.

“He led detectives to Aribisala street in Egan where three of his fleeing accomplices were arrested at about 02:30am of 16/09/2019,” the statement read in part.

The suspects, according to the statement, were also on the wanted list of the State CID Yaba for series of robberies and murders including the alleged murder of a Policeman under Amukoko Division during one of their robbery operations.

Investigation is ongoing and the suspects will be charged to Court.

 

Police Intercept Van Carrying Large Quantity of Cannabis

Police Officers from Area J Command also intercepted a van along Itafaji Street, Lagos Island loaded with twenty bags of Cannabis leaves.

The driver of the van, Usman Adeyemi was arrested while the vehicle was impounded for discreet investigation.

Investigation is also ongoing into the case.

 

Italian Police Arrest Three Over Trafficking Of Migrants

 

Italian police arrested three people Monday accused of the kidnap, torture and trafficking of migrants hoping to set sail from Libya to Europe.

Their accusers described a catalogue of abuse including the systematic rape of women and the murder of some migrants.

A 27-year old man from Guinea and two Egyptians, aged 24 and 26, were taken into custody in a detention centre in Messina, Sicily, after police gathered testimony against them from other migrants.

The arrested men had crossed the Mediterranean themselves, landing in Lampedusa before being transferred to Sicily.

Witnesses said the three ran a prisoners’ camp in a former military base in Zawyia in Libya, where those ready to attempt the perilous sea crossing were forcibly held until they could pay a ransom.

Those interviewed said they had been “beaten with sticks, rifle butts, rubber pipes, whipped or given electric shocks”, and had seen other prisoners die, police said.

They had also been refused water or medical attention for their wounds or for diseases contracted in the camp, they said.

Anyone unable to pay up was passed on to other traffickers “for sexual and/or work exploitation”, or was killed.

The testimonies were gathered from migrants spread in reception centres across Sicily and on the island of Lampedusa.

“All the women who were with us… were systematically and repeatedly raped,” one witness was quoted as saying.

“They gave us seawater to drink and, sometimes, hard bread to eat. We men were beaten to get our relatives to pay sums of money in exchange for our release,” he said.

“I saw the organisers shoot two migrants who had tried to escape”.

 ‘Shot for bread’ 

Another said he was “whipped by electrical wires. Other times I was beaten, even around the head”.

One survivor described how the electric shocks “made you fall to the ground unconscious”, adding that he had “personally witnessed many murders by electric shock”.

Some migrants died of hunger, according to another cited witness, who described seeing a jailer “shoot a Nigerian in the legs for having taken a piece of bread”.

Libya, despite being wracked by chaos and conflict since the 2011 uprising that killed the dictator Moamer Kadhafi, has remained a major transit route for migrants, especially from sub-Saharan Africa.

According to figures from the International Organization for Migration in July, at least 5,200 people are currently trapped in official detention centres in Libya, often in appalling conditions.

There are no figures for the number of people held in illegal centres run by human traffickers, who brutally torture them to try to extort money from their families.

Italy’s tough line on migrants arriving from North Africa, and European Union cooperation with the Libyan coastguard, has seen some of those attempting the crossing picked up at sea and returned to the chaos-wracked country.

The UN and aid groups have warned those returned face rampant human rights abuses in both official and illegal centres.

AFP

Russia Arrests Nearly 50,000 Opposition Supporters

Russian police officers detain a protester during an unauthorized anti-Putin rally called by opposition leader Alexei Navalny on May 5, 2018 in Moscow, two days ahead of Vladimir Putin’s inauguration for a fourth Kremlin term. Vasily MAXIMOV / AFP

 

Nearly 50,000 opposition supporters rallied and dozens were arrested in Moscow on Saturday at one of the largest authorised protests since President Vladimir Putin’s return to the Kremlin in 2012.

Demonstrators crowded the central Prospekt Andreya Sakharova street, where city authorities deployed a massive police presence, including officers in riot gear, after giving permission for the rally to go ahead.

The White Counter, an NGO that tracks participants in rallies, counted 49,900 people, while Moscow police gave a much lower attendance figure of 20,000.

Police in Moscow said they detained more than 130 people. A further 80 were arrested in Russia’s second-largest city of Saint Petersburg, according to OVD-Info, an NGO that monitors detentions at protests.

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In recent weeks, thousands have attended street protests calling for free and fair elections after the exclusion of several opposition figures, including allies of top Putin critic Alexei Navalny, from local Moscow polls next month.

While the rally was authorised, Navalny — who is currently in jail — had urged supporters to walk peacefully through the city afterwards.

Navalny’s associate, Boris Zolotarevsky, told protesters to proceed to Putin’s administration offices. He was detained by police shortly afterwards.

 ‘Citizens are hostages’ 

At the rally, some protesters carried placards with slogans such as “Give us the right to vote!” and “You’ve lied to us enough”, while others held up pictures of activists arrested at earlier demonstrations.

“I’m outraged by this injustice at every level. They’re not letting candidates stand who have collected all the necessary signatures. They are arresting people who are protesting peacefully,” said one protester, Irina Dargolts, a 60-year-old engineer.

“It feels like the country is a prisoner and its citizens are hostages… No one represents the people,” said Dmitry Khobbotovsky, an activist for the Open Russia movement funded by Kremlin foe and former oligarch Mikhail Khodorkovsky.

Showing the movement’s appeal to young Russians, one of the country’s most famous rappers, Oxxxymiron, attended the rally and another popular rapper Face performed on stage.

“I’m performing here today so that my people have freedom and the right to choose,” said Face, 22, known for his facial tattoos.

 Police crackdown 

Riot police and the national guard had detained over 2,000 people at the previous two rallies, which were not authorised by city officials, and a dozen protesters face criminal charges and risk jail terms for “mass disorder”.

Most opposition candidates banned from participating in the Moscow election have now been jailed for violating protest laws.

One of the rally speakers was the wife of opposition politician Dmitry Gudkov, who is serving a 30-day sentence.

“Each of us has the right to run for office and they are very afraid of that,” said Valeriya Gudkova.

“We have real support from the public and they just have criminals in their electoral commissions.”

 ‘Attempt to gag us’ 

As he enters his third decade in power, Putin’s approval ratings have dropped significantly and critics say the authorities fear any outlet calling for wider political change.

The latest demonstration came this week as authorities mounted their harshest attack yet on Navalny’s team, focusing on his anti-corruption foundation which publishes investigations of officials close to Putin.

One of the foundation’s lawyers, Lyubov Sobol, was detained Saturday at her campaign office by police in riot gear, she wrote on social media.

Riot police also raided the studio where Navalny’s supporters were set to run a live broadcast of the protest, activists said.

On Thursday, investigators raided the foundation’s office as part of a probe into alleged acceptance of donations of laundered money and a court froze the foundation’s accounts.

“This is the most aggressive attempt yet to gag us,” Navalny wrote in a blog entry he issued through lawyers while serving a 30-day sentence.

AFP