Badmus’ Murder: S.Africa Court Adjourns Trial Of Eight Accused Officers Till 2020

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The North Gauteng High Court in Pretoria, South Africa, has adjourned the trial of eight police officers accused of the torture and murder of a Nigerian national, Ibrahim Olamilekan Badmus, to April 13, 2020.

The case was adjourned after Forensic Medical Officer, Dr William Marumo, concluded his testimony before the high court judge, Mokhine Mosopa, on Wednesday.

On the day of the incident, (October, 10, 2017), Marumo had been called by the Investigating Officer to the scene in Vanderbijlpark to determine the type of death and to help with preliminary investigations into Badmus’ death.

At the hearing, he told Judge Mosopa that when he arrived at the scene, the environment was hostile and Nigerian nationals there did not want him to examine the body of the deceased, making it hard to determine the time of death.

According to his report presented to the court, it appeared Badmus had been suffocated with a plastic bag which subsequently, made him suffer an absence of oxygen that turned his blood blue.

Dr Marumo also told the court that the deceased had deep abrasions on his hands.

The police officers, however, denied the claims, insisting that Badmus died from a drug overdose after swallowing a number of pills during a raid.

The defense lawyers also told the court that Dr Marumo’s medical report was riddled with discrepancies as it failed to reveal the actual cause of death and prove beyond reasonable doubt that Badmus was suffocated according to some of the witnesses.

The toxicology report which had revealed that no drugs were found on the deceased’s body was also challenged by the defense which said that friends of the accused made an admission in court that Badmus was a weed smoker and therefore, asked the court to set aside the doctor’s report as it was “clearly flawed” since he failed to detect weed in the body of the deceased.

His qualifications also came under the spotlight as the court heard that he was only a medical officer and not a pathologist, neurologist or radiologist and that he struggled to explain why certain parts including the deceased’s brain and cerebellum were not tested while conducting the postmortem.

After listening to the arguments, however, the case was then adjourned till April 13th, 2020.

Eight South African Police Officers On Trial Over Killing Of Nigerian

Pretoria High Court, South Africa.

 

The trial of eight South African police officers charged with the torture and murder of Nigerian National, Ibrahim Olamilekan Badmus, is underway at the North Gauteng High Court in Pretoria, South Africa.

The eight police officers – two women and six men – were arrested in October 2017 by police watchdog, the Independent Police Investigative Directorate, for the torture and the murder of 25-year-old Badmus who was accused of selling drugs in the Vanderbijlpark area.

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The court has heard that on a fateful day – October 10 2017- police officers pounced on the community where the deceased used to stay following a tip-off about drugs being sold in the house.

In their affidavits, the eight cops claim that while conducting their operation they found Badmus unresponsive from a drug overdose.

This version of events was disputed by state witness Chukwuemeka Nelson Ozor who was in the house on the day of the incident.

Ozor took to the stand and told Judge Mokhine Mosopa that the police broke into the house, started searching and questioning everyone, then moved to search Badmus’s room and beat him up.

Ozor added that one of the police officials then fetched a plastic bag that was then wrapped around the deceased’s head, suffocating him to death.

A paramedic that attended to the scene John Gous told the court that when medical officials arrived, the 25-year-old was unresponsive and sweaty with no pulse but there were no signs of physical injuries.

He was declared dead on the scene.

The trial continues on Friday at the Pretoria High Court with an investigating officer and a medical doctor expected to take to the stand.

Speaking to Channels Television in Johannesburg, the Chairperson of the Nigerian Diaspora Commission, Abike Dabiri-Erewa says she’s happy with the progress being made with the case and hopes justice will be done.

Two Killed, Six Others Injured In Adamawa Attack

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Two persons have been killed while six others sustained injuries after an attack on Shaforon and Kudumti communities in Numan Local Government of Adamawa State.

The Police Public Relations Officer in the state, Suleiman Yahaya confirmed the incident.

While members of the community say the attackers were herdsmen, the PPRO says they were cattle rustlers.

Among those who sustained injuries is a military personnel.

Meanwhile, Yahaya says officers have been deployed to join other security personnel to comb the area in search of the fleeing criminals.

Details later…

Killings: Fulani Crisis Perpetrated By Those Outside Nigeria – Governor Mohammed

Bauchi State Governor, Bala Mohammed, has attributed the farmers/herdsmen crisis in the country to persons outside the country.  

The governor during an interview on Channels Television’s Sunrise Daily, said “In most cases, the crisis is precipitated by those outside Nigeria. When there is a reprisal, it is not the Fulani man within Nigeria that cause it.

“It is that culture of getting revenge which is embedded in the tradition of the Fulani man that attracts reprisals from all over the place”.

Bauchi State Governor, Bala Mohammed, has absolved the Fulani herders of the attacks arising from farmers/herdsmen crisis in the country.

When asked if Fulani herdsmen from outside the country will benefit from the Federal Government’s RUGA initiative aimed at addressing the farmers/herders clashes, the governor replied in the affirmative.

“It has to be done through sensitisation, telling them you have to buy into the project, and you use a language that seems to convince them,” the governor said.

Speaking about his administration’s agenda, the governor lamented that the previous administration looted the state’s treasury. He, therefore stated that he is working towards improving the standards of living of the people.

 

Gunmen Kill 5, Burn Houses In Fresh Kaduna Village Attack

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At least five people have been killed and many houses burnt down following an attack by gunmen at Kiri village in Kaura Local Government Area of Kaduna State.

Confirming the incident to our correspondent, the Public Relations Officer of the Kaduna State Police Command, DSP Yakubu Sabo, says the attackers stormed the village at about 5 pm on Thursday, and started shooting in every direction, killing five people in the process.

He also added that the hoodlums escaped into a nearby hill which bounds Kaduna State with Riyom Local government Area of Plateau State upon sighting
a team of Policemen that were dispatched to the village.

The statement also says that the Kaduna police Command has taken firm control of the situation by fortifying security around the area in order to avoid further breach of peace, while assuring the residents that the culprits will be fished out to face justice.

Killings: Benue Security Council Suspends Three Traditional Rulers

Benue State Governor, Samuel Ortom

 

The Benue State Security Council has suspended three traditional rulers following the crisis which resulted in the killing of nine persons in the state at the weekend.

Those suspended include the district head of Mbacher, Mr Luke Atomigba for allegedly inciting and sponsoring the crisis while the Third Class chiefs of Chongo and Ipuusu were suspended for alleged negligence and pursuit of clannish interest, fueling the crisis.

Briefing journalist on the resolutions reached after a long meeting, Chairman of the Council and Governor of Benue State, Samuel Ortom, recommended the suspended chiefs for further disciplinary measures.

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He also urged security agencies to spare no militia, youth or politician involved in the crisis and killings.

The incident occurred in the early hours of Saturday, during the burial of one Tor Amaafu, in Tongov district of Katsina-Ala Local Government Area.

According to an eyewitness, gunmen numbering over 10, opened fire on the mourners, killing four persons at the time and leaving several others injured.

The death toll later rose to nine.

There’s No Targeting Of Any Group Of Africans In South Africa – S.A. Foreign Minister

 

South Africa’s Minister for International Relations and Cooperation, Dr Naledi Pandor, has described as false, the reports of targeted killings of Nigerians in their country.

Dr. Pandor who was accompanied by the Minister of Police Bheki Cele, at a press conference on Sunday, said this in response to a planned protest by the National Association of Nigerian Students following the recent killing of Nigerians in South Africa.

President of the association, Daniel Akpan had last week, issued a week-long ultimatum to South African businesses to leave Nigeria.

He also called on all Nigerians living in South Africa to return home to prevent further attacks.


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But Dr Pandor has described the development as unfortunate, adding that they don’t reflect the strong relations that exist between the people and the government of South Africa and Nigeria.

‘No Targeting of Africans’

She, however, insisted that everything is being done to protect and improve the long-standing relationship both countries have.

“The protests are said to be in response to alleged killing of Nigerians by South Africans, as you are aware, these allegations are devoid of truth, they are reckless and unwarranted.

“We find these statements most unfortunate and they don’t reflect the strong relations that exist between the people and the government of South Africa and Nigeria.

“Firstly, there is no targeting of any group of Africans in South Africa, secondly, our law enforcement agencies are making every effort to fight crime and arrest criminals.”

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While investigations are ongoing, at least eight police officers have been arrested in connection with the attacks on Nigerians in South Africa.

The Chairman, National Diaspora Commission, Mrs Abike Dabiri-Erewa, disclosed this last week during a meeting with officials of the National Association of Nigerian Students in Abuja.

Investigative Panel Visits Scene Where Police Officers Were Killed

 

A panel set up by the police to investigate the killing of three officers and a civilian on Friday visited the scene of the incident.

The incident occurred on Wednesday along the Ibi – Wukari road, Taraba State when the officers were on investigative duties within the area.

According to the Force Spokesperson, DCP Frank Mba, the officers had gone to arrest one Alhaji Hamisu who was indicted in a series of high-profile kidnap incidents.


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But in reaction, the Army claimed that the incident was a mistake as troops of the 93 Battalion Takum, mistook them for kidnappers and therefore engaged in a gun battle with them.

See photos below of the investigation panel at the scene, led by Deputy Commissioner Of Police, Abba Kyari.

Army Reacts To Killing Of Police Officers [Full Statement]

 

The Nigerian army has described as unfortunate, the incident which led to the death of three police officers and a civilian.

According to a statement by the Acting Director Of Army Public Relations, Colonel Sagir Musa, troops of 93 Battalion Nigerian Army Takum, pursued and exchanged fire with some persons suspected to be kidnappers but it turned out they were members of an intelligence response team on a covert operation from Police Force Headquarters, Abuja.

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Read the full statement below.

PRESS RELEASE

The attention of the Army Headquarters has been drawn to the Press Release by
DCP FRANK MBA
FORCE PUBLIC RELATIONS OFFICER
FORCE HEADQUARTERS

ABUJA Ref No. CZ.5300/FPRD/FHQ/ABJ/VOL.2/68
Date: 7th August, 2019 on the unfortunate incident that occurred on the 6th of August 2019 in which troops of 93 Battalion Nigerian Army Takum pursued and exchanged fire with some suspected Kidnappers who indeed turned out to be an Intelligence Response Team from the Police Force Headquarters Abuja on a covert assignment from Abuja resulting in the death and injury of some members of the Team.

On the 6th of August 2019, the said Nigerian Army troops, while responding to a distressed call to rescue a kidnapped victim exchanged fire with the suspected kidnappers along Ibi-Wukari Road in Taraba State.

The suspected kidnappers numbering about ten (10) and driving in a white bus with Reg No LAGOS MUS 564 EU refused to stop when they were halted by troops at three consecutive checkpoints. The flagrant refusal of the suspected kidnappers to stop at the three checkpoints prompted a hot pursuit of the fleeing suspects by the troops. It was in this process that the suspected kidnappers who were obviously armed opened fire at the troops sporadically thus prompting them to return fire.

In the resultant firefight, four (4) suspects were shot and died on the spot while four (4) others sustained various degrees of gunshot wounds and 2 others reportedly missing. It was only after this avoidable outcome that one of the wounded suspects disclosed the fact that they were indeed Policemen dispatched from Nigerian Police, Force Headquarters, Abuja for a covert assignment.

However, following inquiries from a Police Station officer who was asked by the commander of the Army troops whether he was aware of any Nigerian Police team being dispatched to operate in the LGA, the Divisional Police Officer of Ibi Police Division responded that he was not informed about any operation by the Nigerian Police Force Headquarters thus lending credence to the distressed call from members of the community that the suspects who turned out to be Policemen on a covert mission were rather suspected kidnappers.

This incident is indeed quite unfortunate and could have been avoided through proper coordination and liaison as the Nigerian Police Force are partners in the fight against crimes such as kidnapping amongst myriads of other internal security threats confronting our nation of which the Nigerian Police is the lead Agency.

In order to avert future occurrences of this nature, the Army Headquarters and the Force Headquarters of the Nigerian Police have agreed to constitute a Joint lnvestigation Panel to be headed by the Deputy Inspector General of Police in charge of Criminal Investigation Department, DIG Mike Ogbizi, to jointly investigate and report on the true circumstances surrounding the unfortunate incident. Therefore, until the Joint Investigation Panel concludes and submits its report, it will be premature to officially conclude and speak on the real circumstances that caused this unfortunate but very avoidable unfortunate incident.

SAGIR MUSA
Colonel
Acting Director Army Public Relations
7 August 2019

Xenophobic Attacks: We Are Reaching A Tipping Point – Dabiri-Erewa

 

The Chairman, National Diaspora Commission, Mrs Abike Dabiri-Erewa, has again condemned the killing of Nigerians in South Africa.

At a meeting with officials of the National Association of Nigerian Students in Abuja, she said, “we are reaching a tipping point, we are getting to a point where Nigerians are getting really angry and they can’t take it anymore”.

Speaking further, Mrs Dabiri-Erewa, noted that there has to be a stronger policy decision.

“It’s going to be one of the priorities that the Minister of Foreign Affairs would meet again with his counterpart in South Africa and review the early warning signal that was put in place, that has to be done while diplomatic Channels are being explored,” she said.


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This comes in the wake of harassments as well as killings of Nigerians in South Africa, with the most recent being the killing of one 43-year-old Benjamin Simeon.

“One more death again in South Africa… it is becoming unbearable for Nigerians, you don’t go there and come back with body bags so we just have to do everything we have to do, to ensure that it does not escalate to that level where we start picketing and destroying property… that is not who we are,” Dabiri-Erewa stressed.

Also present at the meeting was former Big Brother Africa star, Tayo Faniran, who was recently assaulted by the South African police, and President of the National Association of Nigerian Students, Daniel Akpan.

Akpan called on all Nigerians living in South Africa to return home to prevent further attacks, while also calling on South Africans in Nigeria to leave the country.

Shiite Protests Have Become Anything But Civil – Adesina

 

Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Mr Femi Adesina, has said protests by members of the Islamic Movement of Nigeria (IMN), over the continued detention of their leader, Ibraheem El-Zakzaky, have become anything but civil.

Mr Adesina, who was a guest on Channels TV’s Sunrise Daily on Tuesday, said this while reacting to the killing of several persons following the Shiite protest on Monday.

According to him, there is a case coming up on July 29 where El-Zakzaky would be seeking bail to go abroad for medical attention and the Shiites could have been patient for the decision of the court, rather than resorting to violence.

He further stated that the police only responded with live ammunition because the protesters were not being civil.

“The protests had become anything but civil. You saw what happened at the National Assembly on July 9… they stormed that place, set so many cars ablaze, a policeman was killed, so it was anything but civil,” he said.

“The police said all protests in Abuja had been restricted to the Unity Fountain so if they wanted a civil, peaceful protest, they would do it at the prescribed place, granted that under democracy, you have the right to protest.

“Democracy recognises civil protest and one thing you would agree to is that till now, the police had used minimum force because they could have started using those live rounds from day one because this has persisted for months”.

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Speaking further, he denied reports that the government is considering proscribing the group.

“No no no… If government is considering it, who told them, who confirmed it to them. Someone may have sat in the comfort of his living room and concocted that story,” he said when asked to confirm.

When asked why the IMN leader has remained in detention despite a court order for his release in 2016, Mr Adesina said it is a legal matter.

“I know that the immediate past AGF in whose purview it was to make pronouncements on that, addressed the issue.

“If bail is granted and another case subsists or there is an immediate filing of appeal, you have to wait till it is dispensed with. So, that is a legal matter which is outside my purview but as a layman, (an unlearned man as lawyers would call us), we know that until all cases are dispensed with, you don’t say that it has been concluded,” Mr Adesina explained.

Lawyers Protest Over Killing Of Nigerians In South Africa

 

Lawyers under the aegis of Anambra State Indigenous Lawyers Forum have staged a protest outside the premises of the South Africa High Commission, Victoria Island, Lagos over the spate of killings in South Africa.

Specifically, they were protesting over the recent killing of the Deputy Director-General, of the Chartered Insurance Institute of Nigeria (CIIN), Mrs Elizabeth Ndubisi-Chukwu.

Baring placards with different inscriptions, the lawyers took their protest through the streets of Sinari Daranijo, which houses the SA High Commission.

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After the protest, the President of the group, Joe Nwokedi, told journalists that the death Mrs Elizabeth Ndubisi-Chukwu is one crime too many.

No one at the High Commission, however, came out to receive the lawyers.