Suspects Remanded In Prison Over Death Of Delivery Man

Suspects Remanded In Prison Over Death Of Delivery ManPolice on Monday arraigned two suspects accused of conspiring and killing the delivery agent of an online marketing company in Port Harcourt before a Magistrate Court in the Rivers State capital.

Sodienye Mbatumukeke and Excel Naaba were said to have committed the act on March 25, 2017, after robbing the man of his mobile phones and later dumped his body in a septic tank.

The Chief Magistrate, Amadi Amadi-Nna, who declined jurisdiction on the matter, ordered the accused to be remanded in prison custody, pending the legal advice of the Rivers State Director of Public Prosecution.

A police source told Channels Television that investigations have so far revealed that the third accused, a female, has not been found to be connected to the murder, as she was found to have come around after the crime was committed.

An elder brother to the victim, Dolph Otu-Idam, urged well-meaning Nigerians to come to their aid in ensuring that the culprits do not go unpunished.

“The stand of the family is that the company has not told us where my brother is and what happened to him. Secondly, coming to court, they just informed us right now; I have not eaten since morning.

“There is no preparation, the family does not even have a lawyer to defend the matter, because we have been getting threats that the family of the killers have money to throw here and there.

“We just have nowhere to run to as it stands, we are begging all well-meaning Nigerians to come to our aid,” he said.

Police Nab Suspected Killers Of Delivery Agent In Rivers

Police Nab Suspected Killers Of Delivery Agent In RiversMen of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) in Rivers State on Monday arrested three suspects including a young woman for allegedly conspiring and killing a delivery agent of a popular online marketing company.

The agent was reported to have responded to an online demand by the suspects to supply mobile phones.

He, however, met his death as he was purportedly murdered by the suspects and his body dumped in a soakaway pit.

Although the suspects argued among themselves as to who actually killed the victim, the Commissioner of Police in Rivers State, Zaki Ahmed, said it took the cooperation of some residents of the community to nab the suspects.

“It is the effort of the security agents and the community people. Some residents in the community alerted us when they noticed suspicious movements around the area, that’s how we were able to crack this crime.

“I always say that those who commit crime live in the community and if we notice any strange movement, we should speak up. See something, say something,” the Police Commissioner said.

One of the suspects, who claimed he only arrived to see his friend trying to push something that looked like a bag of waste into the pit, said he was a victim of circumstance.

“I just came in and saw him (pointing to his friend by his side) at the extreme packaging something that looked like a black waste and he said to me go inside and wait for me, I’m coming.

“I also over heard a tenant asking him what he was doing there and when I got inside, I saw blood in the bath and a bag that apparently belonged to the victim.

“Due to my asking questions, he brought out a gun and pointed it at my head that if I say anything to anyone concerning what I have seen, he will wipe out my family,” he said.

Also responding to the question of who killed the delivery agent, the other suspect said: “It was the two of us. He hit the man on the head and he was bleeding; I was shaking when I saw the blood”.

The corpse has been taken to the mortuary and the suspects moved to the base of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad in Port Harcourt, the Rivers State capital.

New Rivers CP Assures State Of Improved Security

rivers-cpThe new Commissioner of Police in Rivers State, CP Ahmed Zaki, has said that although he is not unaware of the political intrigues in the state, his mission is to be professional in the fight against crime and criminality.

The CP was speaking when he visited the state governor Nyesom Wike, who expressed doubt that the police under any command in the state can be professional.

Governor Wike, however, expressed the government’s readiness to provide logistic support for the force.

The former CP, Francis Odesanya, died on January 13, at the age of 56 after a brief illness.

He was enlisted into the Force on February 1, 1986 as a Cadet Assistant Superintendent of Police and rose through the ranks.

Weeks After Attack On Borikiri, Mother Of 7 Grieve Over Missing Son

mrs-andrew-in-grief-after-borikiriWeeks after an attack on Rex Lawson water-front community in Borikiri of Rivers State, a family is still in grief, with their child still missing.

Residents and the Rivers State Police Command have continued to trade blames over the incident that led to the destruction of cars, property with one building burnt.

While residents insist that the destruction was done by men of the Police Command, the Commissioner of Police said the community had been harbouring the alleged cultists who wreaked the havoc.

Channels Television’s correspondent, Emmanuel Ereyi, visited the area to see how people have been getting along since the incident occurred.

He said although calm has since returned to the area, signs of destruction are still visible, as wasted property were seen littered around, with residents counting their losses.

A case in point was Mr and Mrs Sunny Andrew who are still searching for their only son, a seven-year-old boy. They say he has been missing since the attack.

The grieving mother blames their ordeal on the police.

She said: “We were sleeping when a group of men who wore police uniforms broke into our house, chased us out and set the house ablaze. All of us fled in different directions. I am still looking for my son”.

The father of the missing boy, Sunny Andrew, is also not on the same page with those who said it was the result of a cult clash, as earlier stated by the police.

The Commissioner of Police in the State, Mr Francis Odesanya, who spoke exclusively to Channels Television said that the community had been harbouring cultists and a battle of supremacy led to the destruction.

According to him, a leader of one of the groups, who escaped with gunshot injuries, has since died.

“His body has been recovered and the two police riffles have also been found,” he said.

Mr Odesanya advised residents to go about their lawful duties, as the police were on top of the matter.

Court Okays Planned PDP Convention In Port Harcourt

Court Okays PDP convention scheduled to hold in Port HarcourtA Federal High Court in Port Harcourt, Rivers State, has granted the reliefs sought by members of the National Convention Committee of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to hold its convention in Port Harcourt on August 17.

The court on Monday restrained the Inspector General of Police, Commissioner of Police in Rivers State, Director of the Department of State Security Service, (DSS), the Director DSS Rivers State and the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) from interfering in the conduct of the party’s convention.

‘Baseless Request’

The presiding judge, Justice Ibrahim Watila, in the interlocutory injunction also directed the security agencies mentioned in the suit to provide adequate security for the event and also asked INEC to be present.

Meanwhile, the Governor of Rivers State, who is also the Chairman of the Convention Planning Committee, Nyesome Wike, told reporters that with the decision of the court, the party was set for the convention.

He described the request by factional Chairman of the party, Senator Ali-Modu Sheriff, for him to step down as baseless.

The factional Chairman of the party, Senator Sheriff had approached the Federal High Court, Abuja for an order of interlocutory injunction restraining the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) and the party from conducting the national convention.

He also wanted an order that would restrain the PDP from presenting anybody or sponsoring any person for election into its offices pending determination of the suit.

He asked for an ancillary order directing the Nigerian Police to enforce the orders of the court until all applications are disposed of.

While this was going on, the Ahmed Makarfi-led PDP approached an FCT High Court challenging the power of Justice Okon Abang to hear the suit filed by Senator Sheriff.

They specifically asked the court to restrain Justice Abang on the grounds that there is a circular from the Chief Judge of the Federal High Court restraining all judges handling PDP leadership tussle cases to stop further action pending the outcome of the appeals before the appellate court .

But the prayers were not granted by Justice Olukayode Adeniyi, who held that the application lacks merit, as the applicant who is listed as PDP is not a natural person as such not entitled to any fundamental human rights.

The leadership crisis of the PDP that has seen several court injunctions began in May after some members of the party removed Senator Sheriff as the leader of the party and set up a caretaker committee to handle the party’s affairs, pending the election of party executive members in a national convention. .


Police Commissioner Promises Improved Security In Rivers State

Police, Rivers State, SecurityThe new Commissioner of Police in Rivers State, Mr Francis Odesanya, says that the Police will ensure improved security of the state.

The Police Commissioner said this on Monday when he visited the head office of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) in Port Harcourt, the state capital.

He told the Resident Electoral Commissioner in River State, Aniedi Ikoiwak, that Police officials would visit all INEC offices in the 23 local government areas of the state to ascertain the level of security.

Mr Ikoiwak said that although there was no fixed date yet for the legislative rerun polls, there must be an acceptable sense of security for electoral officers and residents in the state.

Residents and concerned bodies have also expressed worry at the security situation in River State, as they called on the Police and other security agencies to step up their activities, in order to provide safety for lives and property.

The Police Commissioner’s visit comes several days after the office of the electoral body was razed by yet to be identified persons in Bori, a town in Khana Local Government Area.

Although no life was lost in the incident, properties were destroyed and many believe that it contributed to the indefinite postponement of the legislative rerun election.

IGP Must Ignore Reps Resolution On Rivers Police Boss

A former Commissioner for Information in Rivers state, Emmanuel Okah, has described the House of Representatives resolution that the Inspector General of Police repost the Commissioner of Police in Rivers state as being ‘politically motivated.’

Speaking on Channels TV breakfast programme, Sunrise Daily, the lawyer opined that the Inspector General of Police should ignore the resolution, insisting that the resolution by the lawmakers lack merit.

“If I have my way, I will urge the CP (Commissioner of Police) to ignore that resolution as it lacks merit” he stated, adding that “they (the lawmakers) do not dictate to the IG (Inspector General ) who and who is posted to any command.”

He further argued that the lawmakers decision was not based on adequate information.

“They do not have the fact the IG has. They do not have the facts the CP has. The only problem that has happened around the CP in Rivers state is not that the man is wanting in the discharge of his professional obligation, the only problem he has had over time is because Amaechi believes the Commissioner of Police is not doing his bidding.”