National Assembly Will No Longer Tolerate Killing Of Nigerians, Says Lawan

A file photo of the Senate President, Ahmad Lawan, during plenary at the upper chamber of the National Assembly in Abuja.

 

 

The President of the Senate, Ahmad Lawan, has said that the leadership of the National Assembly will no longer tolerate the unnecessary killing of Nigerians.

Presiding over Thursday’s plenary in the Senate, Lawan decried that the security of the country was being threatened by criminals.

He, therefore, demanded a complete restructuring of the security architecture of the Nigeria Police Force, as well as equipping police training institutions and training of men and officers of the Force.

 

A Sinking Fund

The Senate President stated this in his concluding remarks on a Bill for an Act to Repeal the Police Act and enact the Nigeria Police Bill, 2019 to provide for a framework for the Police Service.

He said, “We are in a very unusual time. When Nigeria was at war at one stage, there was a very rigorous recruitment of soldiers because the situation demanded that.

“I think we are in a similar situation and it is only fair for us as leaders of this country to take this challenge.”

“This bill should consider the restructuring of the command and structure of the Police. The present structure is not working, the Police Trust Fund is already accruing, the last count I was told there was about N52 billion or so, but it is not about throwing money to the Police.

“You need to adjust the structure, otherwise that money will just be a sinking fund,” he added.

 

The Right Side Of History

The Senate President stressed that the need for the government to be in a hurry to recruit, train and retrain security personnel.

According to him, equipping the police training institutions is supposed to be one vital aspect of getting the security arrangements right.

Lawan believed this must be done in a hurry, even if it means going for a supplementary budget.

“The kind of situation we are in, with the lives that are lost on a daily basis, is something we cannot tolerate, and in fact, we should be on the right side of history,” he stated.

The Senate President made the remarks after a debate on the bill sponsored by the Chairman of the Senate Committee on Police Affairs. Senator Haliru Jika.

In his lead debate, Senator Jika explained that the piece of legislation sought primarily to provide for the framework for the Police Service.

He said it was also aimed at ensuring cooperation and partnership between the police and communities in order to maintain peace and combat crime and insecurity in the country.

Philippine Drug War Critic Vows End To ‘Senseless’ Killing

Philippines’ President Rodrigo Duterte delivers a speech. / AFP

 

The vocal critic that Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte has named to a lead role in his deadly drug war called on Friday for revamping the crackdown and ending its “senseless” killing.

Opposition leader Leni Robredo has regularly attacked Duterte’s internationally condemned initiative, prompting the president to appoint her this week to a post supervising it.

Critics have warned that the job to co-lead the committee overseeing the crackdown may be a trap to tarnish Robredo, but she has voiced hope that it is an opening for change.

“It’s time to think about a new campaign which is more effective, but no one is dying senselessly,” she said ahead of her first meeting with the body, that includes top law enforcement officials.

“I believe that in all police operations, anything can happen, but we oppose deliberate and planned killings of innocent people” added Robredo, who is vice president but was elected separately from Duterte.

Duterte rose to power in 2016 on a pledge to eliminate the nation’s drug problem by killing thousands of drug dealers and users.

Since then narcotics agents claim to have gunned down just over 5,500 suspects who fought back, though watchdogs claim the true number is at least four times higher.

The campaign has drawn fierce international criticism, especially from rights groups that allege the crackdown could amount to crimes against humanity.

‘Global pressure having effect’

International Criminal Court prosecutors have launched a preliminary probe and the UN’s top rights body has voted to conduct an in-depth review.

Robredo told a press conference after the meeting that she plans to dig into the details of the crackdown, and believes any misconduct should be confronted by the Philippines.

“I would rather that we take care of whatever we have to take care of,” she said. “There are a lot of things that happened that should not have happened.”

Duterte bristles at any criticism of his drug war, with public opinion polls saying he as the overwhelming backing of the Philippine people.

Robredo said she saw her appointment “as a signal that the president is open to listen to a fresh perspective about the entire campaign”.

“Drugs are the enemy here. We are not at war with our countrymen,” she added.

Amnesty International also took a supportive view of Robredo’s new post, calling it proof “global pressure is having an effect, and that the public mood in the Philippines is turning against the flawed approach of the so-called ‘war on drugs'”.

Duterte has previously vowed to continue the drug war until the end of his term in mid-2022, often deriding Robredo’s capability to potentially lead the country, which she would have to do if the president dies or cannot function.

But in a turnaround labelled by critics as a trap, Duterte said in a speech last week that the drug situation has “worsened” with the police on the “brink of surrendering”.

“It’s beyond my competence, but maybe she will do better,” Duterte told reporters last week.

‘Isheri Day’ Attack: How Soldiers Allegedly Killed Two Persons – Police

 

Police in Ogun State has said that some soldiers from the Ikeja Cantonment in Lagos, played a role in the killing of some residents of Isheri Olofin on Sunday, August 13.

The Ogun State Commissioner of Police, CP Bashir Makama in a statement on Monday, said credible information at the disposal of the command has it that on the said date, Four (4) men of the Nigerian Army believed to be from Ikeja Cantonment and posted to Kara Market, left their beats and went to Isheri Olofin, a border town between Lagos and Ogun State where the indigenes of the town were celebrating their annual “Isheri Day”.

CP Makama further revealed that the soldiers, on getting there, had a minor disagreement with some youths which made the soldiers to start shooting sporadically into the air.

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He adds that consequently, one Damilare Adelani was hit by bullets and he died on the spot.

The police spokesman went on to reveal that the ugly incident infuriated the people at the scene who in turn reacted violently against the soldiers leaving one of the soldiers and three other civilians injured.

He said the soldiers quickly took their injured colleague to a hospital (name withheld) where they met one of the injured civilians being attended to by a Medical Doctor on duty.

According to the police commissioner, a statement from the officials of the hospital reveals that the Soldiers ordered the doctor at gun-point, to leave the injured man and attend to their colleague.

They then dragged the patient out of the bed and subsequently stabbed him to death with a Bayonet attached to the muzzle of his rifle,” CP Makama said.

Following the emerging details of the incident, the Ogun State police command says a full-scale investigation into the “Isheri Day” shooting incident has been launched.

The command through CP Makama further notes that contact with the military authorities in Ogun State have been established and efforts are in place to ensure that those found wanting are brought to book.

Taraba Killing: Family Of Slain Police Inspector Demand Justice

 

Family members of late Mark Ediale, a police inspector who was one of those allegedly killed by army officers in Taraba State are demanding for justice.

At a press briefing in Abuja on Wednesday, the elder brother to the slain police officer, Andrew Ediale, said the family is not after any form of compensation from the government.

Rather, according to him, the family is only seeking a thorough investigation that will bring all the perpetrators to book.

He, therefore, called on the Federal Government and international bodies to intensify efforts towards ensuring justice.

 

 


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The Nigeria Police Force through its spokesman, DCP Frank Mba had said that soldiers killed three officers of the Force and a civilian while on investigative activities within the Ibi area of Taraba.

According to him, the incident occurred when they went to arrest one Alhaji Hamisu who had been indicted in a series of high-profile kidnap incidents in the State.

But the Acting Director Of Army Public Relations, Colonel Sagir Musa, troops of 93 Battalion Nigerian Army Takum, said they initially thought the officers were kidnappers and hence, exchanged fire with them, only to discover that they were members of an intelligence response team on a covert operation from Police Force Headquarters in Abuja.

Khashoggi’s Fiancee Says US ‘Ethically’ Responsible To Seek Justice

Missing journalist Jamal Khashoggi’s Turkish fiancee Hatice waits in front of the Saudi Arabian consulate in Istanbul, on October 3, 2018.  OZAN KOSE / AFP

 

Khashoggi, a Washington Post contributor and US resident, was killed last October 2 by Saudi agents while at Saudi Arabia’s consulate in Istanbul to obtain paperwork ahead of his wedding to Hatice Cengiz.

Speaking to AFP on the sidelines of the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva, the 36-year-old Turkish scholar described her growing desperation as she stood outside the consulate and waited for her fiance to emerge, in vain.

“At the beginning, I thought maybe something bad had happened to him, but I never thought the really far end of the picture,” she said, speaking through an interpreter.

She said she suspected that Khashoggi — a harsh critic of Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman — was experiencing some of the things he had feared.

“Maybe he was arrested inside, maybe they were interrogating him,” she said. “I never (considered) the possibility of a murder.”

With tears flowing down her cheeks and dripping into her silk hijab, she said she clung for months to the hope that the man she had planned to marry, and whose body has not been found, “might be alive”.

Massacred

But, she said, she had come to accept the truth: “He was violently murdered and massacred.”

Her comments came after the UN special rapporteur on extrajudicial, summary or arbitrary executions, Agnes Callamard, released a damning report last week that found “credible evidence” linking Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman to the killing.

The independent rights expert, who does not speak for the United Nations but reports her findings to it, called on UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres to initiate an international criminal investigation into the case.

Guterres’s spokesman Stephane Dujarric however said Guterres did “not have the power or the authority to launch criminal investigations without a mandate from a competent intergovernmental body. Power and authority to do that lies with member states.”

Cengiz told AFP it was obvious that the country her fiance had called home had a duty to help ensure accountability for his murder.

“Politically and ethically the USA is the country that is (responsible) for requiring an international investigation,” she said, lamenting Washington’s muted response so far.

She slammed US President Donald Trump and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo for approaching the issue in a “hazy way”, and for preferring lucrative Saudi business relations over justice.

“This attitude of the USA is highly dangerous,” she said, adding that it “sets a bad example to the rest of the world.”

“I believe Saudi Arabia should pay for this and for its actions and suspects should be sentenced. Otherwise we will all be living in a world where (only) money talks.”

Cengiz meanwhile lauded Turkey for acting “like a flagship in creating awareness regarding the murder of Khashoggi”, but said it was unfair to expect Ankara to lead calls for an international investigation.

“I think Turkey is rightfully expecting other more powerful countries to take the lead in this matter,” she said.

Trusted US political system

“Jamal didn’t actually live in Turkey,” she noted, adding that he could have settled in her home country, where he had good ties, “but he preferred the US (because) he trusted the political system there.”

Riyadh initially said it had no knowledge of Khashoggi’s fate, but later blamed the murder on rogue agents, and Saudi prosecutors have absolved the crown prince of responsibility.

But Callamard’s report said probes by Saudi Arabia and Turkey “failed to meet international standards regarding the investigation into unlawful deaths”.

Callamard is set to present her report to the Human Rights Council on Wednesday, and Cengiz said she also planned to address the body briefly to get her message across.

“High-level authorities in Saudi Arabia (may be) involved in this murder case, so it must be further investigated,” she told an event earlier Tuesday.

“There is an urgent need for an international investigation of this murder.”

Retaliatory Or Not, Killing Is Condemnable – Osinbajo

Vice President Yemi Osinbajo during a stakeholders meeting in Plateau State on Monday, June 25.

 

 

Vice President Yemi Osinbajo has condemned the spate of killings in some parts the country noting that the Plateau attack whether retaliatory or not is a condemnable act.

The attack by suspected herdsmen on some villages in Barkin Ladi Local Government Area of Plateau state over the weekend has left scores dead with properties and houses destroyed.

Osinbajo during a visit to the state, on Monday, said the attack by suspected herdsmen on innocent villagers is a condemnable act which everyone must ensure it ends.

“It is the responsibility of everyone of us, especially leadership. The leadership of the communities to ensure that we are able to bring about a situation of lasting peace. We must ensure that we don’t allow a situation where anybody gets away with this sort of killings.

“In the particular case of this local government, we were told that herdsmen attacked the village. This is a condemnable act. There is no reason whatsoever for killing any Nigerian. Even according to the law, if a killing has taken place you are not allowed to kill in return. If you do it, it is as criminal as the very first act itself. This is an act that is condemned,” Osinbajo said.

The Vice President also noted that it is the responsibility of residents and their leaders to protect their community from falling victim of religious violence. he urged the residents and their leader to, “seize the moment, to ensure that this is not allowed to continue.”

“We may have greater problems. We must not allow this to continue.

“We must not allow in this country, a religious crisis that becomes uncontrollable. If this sort of thing continues to happen, we will have the kind of crisis that we should not have,” Osinbajo said.

Residents of Gashish District leaving fleeing their homes after the attack on their community by suspected herdsmen over the weekend.

 

The Vice President’s comment is coming after their had been earlier claims that the Plateau attack might be a reprisal by herdsmen.

Also, the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) had called on the Federal Government to review Nigeria’s security architecture in a bid to stem the killings in the country.

Pastor Adebayo Oladeji, the special assistant on media and communication to the group’s president, Reverend Samson Ayokunle also condemned the weekend attack in Plateau State.

The group lamented that despite assurances and promises by President Muhammadu Buhari that his government was committed to the safety of lives and property of Nigerians, “coordinated and premeditated” attacks have continued in Plateau and other states.

Fresh Gunmen Attack Leaves One Dead In Rivers Community

One person has been killed in Egbeda, a community in Emohua Local Government Area of Rivers state by unknown gunmen.

The State Commissioner of Police, Zaki Ahmed, confirmed this on Thursday, noting that the person was killed during an early morning raid by the gunmen who according to him, rode on motor bikes.

Some reports, however, claim that seven persons were killed.

This comes less than a week after 17 persons were killed after returning from a midnight service in Ogba Egbema Ndoni Local Government Area on January 1.

The CP, however, noted that the Police is doing everything possible to clamp down on the perpetuators.

Meanwhile, the Rivers State Government has charged security agencies to step up operations around all the local communities, especially troubled areas and ensure it halts further escalation in the bud.

The state government has also called on politicians to stop making what he described as “careless statements” on the issue of security.

Buhari Orders Army, Police To Stop ‘Madness’ In Plateau

President Muhammadu Buhari has ordered the Nigerian Army and the Police to end the killings in Plateau State and ensure that the security situation in the state does not deteriorate.

The President gave the order on Monday amid fresh killings in the state, which has been the venue of religious violence and herdsmen-farmers clashes over the past decade.

More than 30 people have been killed by gunmen in the state in the last two days and the President has received the news of the fresh violence and killing with “deep sadness and regret”, his Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Mr Garba Shehu, said in a statement.

“President Buhari believes that this madness has gone too far. He has instructed the military and the police to not only bring the violence to an instant end, but to draw up a plan to ensure that there are no further attacks and reprisal attacks by one group against the other,” the statement read in part.

According to Mr Shehu, President Buhari is devoted to the sanctity of Nigeria’s unity, and encourages Nigerians of all groups to learn to live together in peace and harmony.

The President also sent his condolences to those who lost their loved ones in the attack and the people of the state.

Twenty-nine people were killed on Monday in an early morning attack on Nkyie Dongwro village in Miango District of Bassa Local Government Area in Plateau State.

Gunmen suspected to be herdsmen had carried out the attack on internally displaced natives at a primary school where they had sought refuge.

The gunmen carried out the attack despite a dusk to dawn curfew imposed by the state government on Bassa LGA.

A day earlier, six people were killed in a late-night sneak attack on Ta’agbe village, also in Miango.

FG Condemns Killing Of Another Nigerian In South Africa

The Senior Special Assistant to the President on Foreign Affairs and Diaspora Honourable Abike Dabiri-Erewa has condemned in the latest extrajudicial killing of another Nigerian, Ibrahim Olamilekan Badmus, allegedly by South African Police.

The killing of 25-year-old Badmus is the third occurrence within a month.

Dabiri in a statement on Friday said “this latest incident is gradually eroding the confidence of Nigerians in South Africa on the determination and ability of the South African authorities to put a stop to further and deliberate killings of Nigerians in South Africa.”

She, however, said that, according to the Nigeria Consulate in South Africa, the Independent Police Investigative Directorate (IPID) in South Africa has begun an investigation into the killing.

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“This is the first time an independent unit will be conducting such an investigation,” she said.

The Presidential aide also called on the South African authorities to ensure that the investigation is thorough and justice is done in the interest of the cordial relationship between the two countries.

Dabiri-Erewa in the statement commended the efforts of the Consulate General, H.E. Godwin Adama who immediately led a team to visit the scene of the incident and interfaced with angry Nigerians to douse tension.

The killing of Badmus is coming barely three weeks that another Nigerian, Kingsley Ikeri was killed through extra Judicial means by the South Africa Police.

 

 

Rivers Killing: Police Declare Eight Persons Wanted

Rivers Killing: Police Declare Eight Persons Wanted
Rivers State Police Commissioner, Zaki Ahmed

Rivers State Police Command has declared eight persons wanted, including three teenagers.

The suspects were declared wanted following their alleged involvement in the recent attack and deaths that occurred at Mgbuosimini community in Obio Akpor Local Government Area of the state.

Police Public Relations Officer in the state, Mr Nnamdi Omoni, told journalists in Port Harcourt on Wednesday that the suspects were found to be behind various deadly crimes in the community and surrounding axis.

He assured the public that efforts were ongoing to apprehend them while calling for support, especially by providing information that would lead to their arrest.

Channels Television had reported that the Command earlier gave assurances that it was in possession of the names of those behind the Mgbuosimini attack that left at least 10 persons dead.

Court Finds Five Policemen Guilty Of Extra-Judicial Murder In Rivers

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A Rivers State High Court sitting in Port Harcourt has found a five-man patrol team of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) guilty of extra-judicial killing.

The patrol team, which was led by one ASP Samuel Chigbu were found guilty of extra-judicially killing two friends, Michael Akor and Michael Igwe, in Oyigbo Local Government Area of the State.

The court also awarded N50 million compensation to the families of the deceased.

The trial judge, Justice Adolphus Enebeli, in the enforcement of fundamental human rights suit before him, declared that ASP Chigbu and his men, “undoubtedly and intentionally” killed the two young men.

He said the SARS officials violated Sections of the constitution on extra-judicial executions, adding that no investigation was carried out by the Police before killing the two young graduates.

Justice Enebeli, in the judgement, said after careful consideration of all the evidence before him, it was clear that the SARS operatives failed in their responsibility to investigate and try the two Michaels before killing them.

The judge said, “Claims that the two deceased were hit with bullets during a crossfire between the Police and some gunmen perceived to be members of their alleged gang, could not be substantiated. It was not a coincidence that the victims were shot “at the same part of their bodies, died at the Braithwaite Memorial Hospital at the same time and buried at the same place and time.”

Justice Enebeli further said SARS in the state has acquired the notoriety of extra-judicial killings, destroying the image of the police in Rivers State.

Meanwhile, Counsel for the deceased, Johnson Ejekwu, has said a death sentence for the convicted SARS officials led by ASP Chigbu and his men, is what his clients desired and not the N50 million compensation.

Ejekwu, however, commended the court for its verdict and called on relevant agencies to curb the excesses of men of the SARS in the State.

The aged mother of Michael Akor, Catherine said no amount of compensation could replace what she had lost.

She said also lost her husband, who suffered memory loss because of the killing of their son.

Chigbu and four other SARS operatives had since been dismissed from the Police Force.

Nigerian Diplomats, South African Police Investigate Killing of Nigerian

Another Nigerian Killed In South Africa

Officials from the Nigerian Mission in South Africa, Nigerian Union South Africa and South Africa’s Independent Police Investigating Directorate (IPID) are set to investigate the killing of a Nigerian, Clement Kalu, in South Africa.

The meeting which is expected to hold this morning in Pretoria will involve discussion about the autopsy report on Kalu, who was killed in Springs, near Johannesburg, last week Tuesday.

Eyewitnesses have alleged that Clement Kalu, 35, was tortured to death by the South African police, the same manner, Kingsley Ikeri, another Nigerian was allegedly killed in KwaZulu Natal province of South Africa.

However, yet to be confirmed outcomes, ruled out evidence of assault contrary to what the eyewitnesses have said.

The investigating officer confirmed that there were no bruises on the deceased when he was examined, rather, his lungs were congested and a white substance was retrieved from his stomach area. This, he said, is subject to toxicology testing which may take time.