Man Demands ₦25m For Alleged Police Brutality In Edo

A file photo of a court gavel.

 

A petitioner, Mr. Okehielem Onyema has demanded a compensation of ₦25 million for alleged brutality and assault by the police at the Testament Police Station and State CIID in Benin City, the Edo State capital.

Onyema alleged that he was assaulted after he refused to accept a sum of ₦200,000 from a man who allegedly raped his six-year-old daughter.

According to him, the alleged rapist was caught alongside a native doctor who was caught with fetish objects and drugs which the petitioner claimed was administered to his daughter.

He said he earlier went to the Testament Police Station to make a report and was attended to by one Inspector Juliana Anyanwu who told him to accept the sum from the suspect, after which he was assaulted for refusing the offer.

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The petitioner said he took the case to the state police command where one Inspector Justina Idiata attended to him and also urged him to accept the money, once again he says that he turned the offer down and was beaten up for doing so, on the instruction of Inspector Idiata.

He said although the rape case is currently in an institutionalized court, his petition to the panel is as a result of the assault and brutality the police made him go through in the presence of the suspect.

Further hearing of the matter continues tomorrow.

COVID-19: 53 Health Workers Infected In Edo, Says Govt

A health worker helps his colleague with his PPE during a community testing as part of efforts to curb the spread of COVID-19. Sodiq Adelakun/Channels TV

 

The Edo State Government on Thursday said at least 53 healthcare workers have been infected with the COVID-19 virus since the federal government declared a second wave of the pandemic in December.

The State COVID-19 Incident Manager, Dr. Andrew Obi, disclosed this during a meeting of the State Taskforce on Covid-19, chaired by Governor Godwin Obaseki.

Dr. Obi also said the state had recorded eight new cases and one death in the last 24 hours and added that the government will soon roll out more measures to halt the virus’ spread.

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“We have, in the last 24 hours, recorded eight new coronavirus cases and one new death,” Dr. Obi said. “240 samples were collected from the various screening and testing centres across the state.

“As of today, Thursday, January 14, 2021, we have 238 active cases of the virus in the state.

“Since the second wave of the deadly disease, Edo State has recorded 447 confirmed cases out of which 53 are health workers. The State has also recorded 202 recoveries and 12 deaths from the disease.”

He cautioned residents to observe all precautionary measures to guard against the spread of the infectious disease, including compulsory and proper use of face masks, regular handwashing with soap under running water and the use of alcohol-based hand sanitisers, observe physical distancing measures, and limit social events.

Dr. Obi urged residents with any COVID-19 symptoms to contact the Edo Emergency Operation Centre on the toll-free number 08003625000 for assistance or their nearest health facility.

UPDATED: Court Dismisses APC’s Certificate Forgery Suit Against Obaseki

A file photo of Edo State Governor, Godwin Obaseki.

 

A Federal High Court sitting in Abuja has dismissed the alleged certificate forgery suit filed against the governor of Edo State, Godwin Obaseki.

Justice Ahmed Mohammed dismissed the suit filed by the All Progressives Congress (APC) and a chieftain of the party, Williams Edobor, against the governor, in a judgement delivered on Saturday in the nation’s capital.

The APC and Edobor had filed the suit alleging that Governor Obaseki presented a forged certificate to seek re-election in the Edo State governorship election held on September 19, 2020.

According to the plaintiffs, the said document was purportedly issued by the University of Ibadan, while the governor presented same to Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) which conducted the poll.

In his judgement, Justice Mohammed held that the plaintiffs relied on the photocopied document presented by Governor Obaseki without getting in touch with the university to verify the authenticity of the said certificate.

He added that no iota of truth was brought before the court by the plaintiffs who alleged forgery, saying it was a criminal matter, but the claimants were unable to prove their case.

The judge noted that the Deputy Registrar (Legal) of the University of Ibadan had given evidence in the suit that the university duly issued the certificate to Governor Obaseki.

According to him, the governor was duly and properly admitted to study Classics which was later renamed Classical Studies in 1976 and graduated in 1979.

Justice Mohammed concluded that the plaintiffs failed to prove their allegations of forgery against Governor Obaseki and, thereby, dismissed the case.

He, however, did not award any cost against the plaintiffs.

Before the judgement was delivered, counsels to both parties in the matter had closed their cases after they presented witnesses and evidence to the court.

During proceedings on Thursday, lawyer to the Plaintiffs, Akin Olujimi, adopted his final written address.

He urged the court to affirm their position that the governor presented a forged certificate to the electoral umpire and was unfit to occupy the office.

This was, however, rejected by Governor Obaseki’s counsel, Ken Mozia, who asked the court to dismiss the suit over what he described as the plaintiff’s failure to prove their case.

 

A Dramatic Switch, Yet Same Result

Governor Obaseki contested and won the governorship election on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), in a bid to extend his stay in office by another four years.

Although he was elected into office for the first term on the APC platform, the governor later defected from the party after he was screened out from the party’s primary which saw Mr Osagie Ize-Iyamu emerging as the APC flagbearer for the election.

This came in the middle of a lingered dispute between the governor and his predecessor and immediate past APC National Chairman, Adams Oshiomhole.

After defecting from the APC, he got the PDP’s ticket and went ahead to defeat Ize-Iyamu for the second time to claim the governorship seat in what can be described as a dramatic switch of political parties.

Governor Obaseki had defeated Ize-Iyamu as the APC candidate in the 2016 governorship election while the latter was the PDP candidate.

Four years later, he secured 307,955 of the total votes, 84,336 more votes than Ize-Iyamu who got 223, 619 votes.


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#EndSARS: Edo Petitioner Demands Compensation Of N50m Over Police Brutality

 

A petitioner, Mr Anthony Ogbevon has sought a compensation of N50 million and the release of his bus which according to him, was confiscated after being paraded for kidnapping and robbery even before investigation.

Mr Ogbevon was speaking on Friday before the Edo State Judicial Panel Of Inquiry for victims of SARS and related abuses, narrated how he was brutalised by the Nigeria Police following his refusal to help convey some alleged kidnappers with his bus to the state CID headquarters in Benin City, the Edo State capital.

Thereafter, he was accused of being a kidnapper and then detained.

According to him, after his arrest in June, 2020, his vehicle which was confiscated at the time is still yet to be released to him.

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The matter which had been heard earlier at the high court, exonerated him of all allegations put before him which led to his release. But beyond that, Ogbevon sought a compensation of N50 million for the unlawful arrest, detention and brutality he allegedly suffered.

The chairman of the panel, Justice Ada Ehigiamusoe rtd., therefore, appointed some members of the panel for a locus visitation of the matter and adjourned till January 19, 2021 for review.

Some members of the panel had earlier visited the locus of some other matters which had been heard in the past few days.

Our Reforms Will Ensure Institutions Drive Sustainable Devt In Edo – Obaseki

Edo State Governor, Godwin Obaseki, addresses residents in a state-wide broadcast in August 7, 2020.

 

The Edo State Governor, Mr. Godwin Obaseki, has said his administration is strengthening the state government apparatus and mechanisms to ensure that institutions, not personalities will drive sustainable development in the state.

The governor, in a statement, noted that an essential part of the ongoing civil and public service reforms is to build enduring public institutions that will empower the workforce to deploy technology to enhance better service delivery to Edo people.

Obaseki said, “We commenced work for our second term with a comprehensive exercise to strengthen the ability of civil and public servants to deliver service to the people of Edo State. We are strengthening the processes, functions, institutions, and personnel of the public service so that institutions, not personalities will drive sustainable development in Edo today and in years to come.”

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He reiterated the state government’s resolve to provide durable public infrastructure and maintenance culture in government, adding, “as we continue to prioritize development of road infrastructure, public buildings and many projects in our rural areas and urban areas.

The governor urged Edo people to “come together to ensure the success of this government. Your Government can only succeed when we all play our role by fulfilling our own obligations, particularly by paying our taxes. It is only by paying your taxes that the government can raise the required funds and resources to finance development projects.”

According to him, as part of the promise to bestow the state with a 30-year Masterplan, “we have procured the services of experts to begin the process of designing the Urban and Regional Master Plan. In tandem with the planning process, I will be launching Project Clean and Green Edo this year.

“This project will involve citizen and corporate participation in beautification and planting of trees, particularly in urban areas,” Obaseki added.

Edo Governorship Election: Tribunal Dismisses Petition Against Obaseki

 

The Edo State governorship election petition tribunal sitting in Benin City has dismissed a petition filed by the Action Alliance (AA) and Ukonga Frank Onaivi against Godwin Obaseki, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), and the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).

The tribunal in its ruling read by one of the tribunal’s members, Justice Suleiman Yahaha Abubakar, ruled that in the petition against the first and second respondents, the petitioner having failed to file the pre-hearing notice is deemed to have abandoned the petition.

Also, in the petition against the third respondent, the tribunal held that the pre-hearing notice was not filed within time.

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The tribunal also delivered its ruling on the respondent’s oral objection seeking to dismiss the petition Agol Tracy Ebun filed against INEC, the PDP, and Godwin Obaseki, on the grounds of non-compliance with the rules of filing of the pre-hearing notice.

Also overruled was the application seeking to dismiss the petition of the Allied Peoples Movement (APM) against INEC, the PDP, Godwin Obaseki, and Philip Shaibu for non-compliance with filing of pre-hearing notice, and ruled that there was full compliance on the part of the petitioner in all the petitions.

The Chairman of the tribunal, Justice Yunusa Musa subsequently adjourned the two petitions till Monday the 14th of December.

100 Days In Office: I Am Embarking On Hiring Core Professionals – Obaseki

 

Edo State Governor, Godwin Obaseki, says the priority for his government as the second term gets underway is to higher professionals within the next 100 days. 

According to Governor Obaseki, the Edo State Government is expected to hire 3,000 new teachers and will also be creating new jobs in the agricultural sector.

He said this move will tackle the unemployment within the state.

Obaseki who was a guest on Channels Television Politics Today also spoke on reconciliation and healing efforts following his re-election.

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The governor on Thursday said he will not fail to reach out to his predecessor, Comrade Adams Oshiomhole if he believes that the former APC Chairman has something tangible to contribute to the growth of Edo State.

“If I find out that he (Adams Oshiomhole) has anything to contribute as a citizen of Edo, sure, I would reach out to him,” Obaseki stated.

The governor, however, noted that at this point in time, he doesn’t see any positive contribution that Oshiomhole can make.

Speaking further, Governor Obaseki said his main opponent in the recently conducted Edo guber race, Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu, is yet to reach out to him.

Mr.Obaseki reiterated that there is no bitterness, adding that he has said on several occasions that Ize-Iyamu should work with the present government.

“If he reaches out to me, I will embrace him and if he has anything positive to contribute to our government we will welcome such contributions,” the governor said.

Obaseki Dissolves Cabinet, Lauds Contributions Of Ex-Exco Members In Devt Of Edo

 

The Edo State Governor, Mr. Godwin Obaseki, on Wednesday, dissolved the state executive council ahead of his inauguration for a second term in office.

The governor, who announced the dissolution at a valedictory executive council session at the Government House in Benin City, expressed appreciation to the outgoing council members for their selfless service to the state.

Obaseki said: “Since I became governor, I didn’t sack any commissioner, but rather they sacked me by resigning from my cabinet. What is important in government are the core values of truth, justice, and fairness.

“When elected to serve the people, let us truly serve the people, as we will give account to God. I can’t claim success alone, what I did was to create the opportunity for you to serve.”

Obaseki urged former members of his cabinet to continue to work and support his administration, adding, “You are all part of this administration and architects of the new design for the growth and development of the state.”

In his remarks, the Deputy Governor, Rt. Hon. Comrade Philip Shaibu, commended the governor for his leadership style, adding that all former members of the cabinet learnt from his political ideology.

“You have shown that you are a good leader. I appeal to you to continue with the good works. God has put you as the governor to lead Edo to a greater height and we all will continue to support you.”

Outgoing Secretary to the State Government, Osarodion Ogie Esq., commended the governor for his leadership style, adding that the governor’s leadership style prompted the cabinet members to be efficient and effective in service delivery.

On her part, the outgoing Commissioner for Social Development and Gender Issues, Mrs. Maria Edeko, expressed appreciation to the governor for giving them the opportunity to serve in his cabinet.

IGP Visits Edo State On Assessment Of Destroyed Properties

 

The Inspector-General of Police (IGP) Mohammed Adamu on Wednesday visited Edo State to assess the level of damage done to police stations and other properties in the state.

IGP Adamu who was accompanied by the state deputy governor, Philip Shaibu, and other top officials visited officers on admission at the University of Benin Teaching Hospital (UBTH) after sustaining injuries in attacks carried out by hoodlums in the wake of #EndSARS protests.

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They also visited Ivbiotor and Ugbekun Police Station both located in Benin city, the state capital, and the Nigeria Correctional Service Custodial Center in Sapele Road, Benin City.

Photo collage of some of the police stations destroyed in the attacks.

The IGP is currently on a tour of police formations destroyed during the recent attack on some stations in different parts of the country.

The Police Boss was in Lagos State on Tuesday and he condemned the action of the hoodlums who wreaked havoc by destroying both public and private properties.

Adamu said the scale of the destruction witnessed in Lagos and around the country called for the need to adopt standard protocols for public protests.

#EndSARS Protest: Edo Govt Sets-Up Judicial Panel

A map of Edo State.

 

Edo State Government has set up a Judicial Panel of Inquiry into circumstances surrounding the #EndSARS protests in Edo State.

Secretary to the state government, Osarodion Ogie made this announcement in a statement on Monday

He said the panel is set up, “in response to the yearnings of Nigerian youths, as articulated in the demands of the #EndSars protesters.”

The members of the panel are to receive complaints and petitions from the general public, particularly victims or relatives of victims of police brutality and extra-judicial killings, and to recommend measures, including compensation and restitution, investigation, and prosecution, as the circumstances warrant.

Other duties of the panel are to, “advise on compensation or restitution to the victims, or- where the victim has been killed- to the family of the victim, based on the condition which shall be clearly laid out by the Committee.”

They are also to recommend and direct the Attorney General to immediately prosecute all persons responsible for the various crimes committed; to recommend measures to forestall reoccurrences in the future; to make any other recommendations to government in furtherance of the mandate of this Committee.

The Panel has been given 90 days to complete this assignment and all hearings will be open to the general public.

The members of the panel are listed below…

  1. Hon Justice Ada Ehigiamusoe, Chairperson;
  2. Bishop Feb Idahosa, (Clergy);
  3. Francis Osayi, (ASUU);
  4. Comrade Osahon Obasuyi (NYC);
  5. Prest Aigbokhian (Civil Society);
  6. Mrs Uloaku Uzamere (NCWS):
  7. Comrade Pius Efofan (NANS);
  8. Pius Okpere (#EndSARS Movement);
  9. Comrade Kola Edokpayi (#EndSARS Movement);
  10. Mrs Felicia Monyei (Ministry of Justice);
  11. Representative of security forces;
  12. Mrs Joyce Ugbodaga, Secretary to the Committee

Armed Men Attack #EndSARS Protesters In Benin

The ongoing protest against police brutality and extrajudicial killings was on Friday disrupted in Edo State as the protesters were attacked by some armed men.

The attackers struck after the protesters gathered at the King’s axis of Benin City, the Edo State capital.

The attackers chased the protesters as they brandished machetes and shot into the air.

One of the protesters told Channels Television that many have been injured following the attack and insisted that the armed men were sponsored to disrupt the peaceful demonstration.

The protesters however repelled the attackers. They insist on carrying out peaceful demonstrations until their demands are met.

See more photos from the protest below…

 

-Obaseki Condemns Attack-

The State Governor Godwin Obaseki in a swift response condemned the attack and condoled with the victims.

He assured that a thorough investigation would commence immediately to bring the culprits to justice.

The governor who responded in a series of tweets charged the Edo State Police Command to come out in full force to provide adequate security to the protesters, as they were exercising their rights as concerned citizens of Nigeria.

See tweets below….

 

 

 

“It is disheartening that anyone would attack a peaceful assembly of young people who are expressing genuine concerns over police brutality and intimidation in their own country.

 

“I hereby call on the Edo State Police Command to get out on the streets and provide adequate security for the protesters and ensure that no one is harassed in the course of exercising their rights.”

Alleged Embezzlement Of Funds: Obaseki Says New Findings Justify Shutting Down Colleges Of Education

File Photo of Governor Godwin Obaseki by Sodiq Adelakun/Channels Television

 

Governor Godwin Obaseki of Edo State, says the decision to shut down Colleges of Education in Ekiadolor and Iguoriakhi has been vindicated by reports of misappropriation of funds by the management.

Obaseki stated this on Friday when he received the final report from the commission of inquiry into activities of the institutions headed by Former Head Of Service, Mrs Gladys Idahor at the Government House in Benin City, the state capital.

“One underlying trend of these institutions is poor governance,” the governor lamented.

According to him, the institutions were so badly run that they were all grounded and he believes that “it was the height of deception”, for any Edo person to have insisted that they continued with the rot.

 

Governor Obaseki meets with the commission of inquiry on reports of misappropriation of funds by the management of Colleges of Education in Ekiadolor and Iguoriakhi.

 

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He, therefore, insisted that those indicted by the commission’s findings will face the consequences of their actions, noting that his administration had already taken steps to transform the institutions into standard manpower training centres.

“We thank God that we had the courage to take the actions we needed to take and institutions that are to be shut down, are shut down and restructuring processes have commenced.

“We will like to look deep into these reports and as I’ve always said, we must try to get away from this penchant of people allowing people mismanage public resources, run-down public institutions and they go scot-free.

“We want to look at these reports and see if there are any grounds for prosecuting some of these people who are involved in the destruction of these institutions.

“These schools were set up to serve certain purposes, to help in training high-quality manpower to serve the state. They were not set up to serve the interests of a few people and their godfathers and by the grace of God, with the renewed mandate which the Edo people have given me, I will not allow a situation where the bad habits that led to the destruction of these fine institutions, are allowed to continue”.

With another four years ahead of him, the Edo State Governor has reiterated his commitment to education reforms.

During his campaigns, he had explained how his administration transformed basic education in the state, through EdoBest, “to the applaud of the whole world.”

According to him, Edobest involved the use of technology to facilitate education; a system he said, has come in handy through the pandemic.