Mr Ndubuisi Emenike the Action Alliance (AA’s) candidate in the Imo North Senatorial District in the 2019 National Assembly election, has been shot dead by an operative of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC).
The Imo state Police command confirmed the killing on Sunday, January 26, 2020.
Speaking on the developing issue, police spokesman, Orlando Ikeokwu told journalists that Mr Emenike was shot dead by the NSCDC official during a celebration party held in honour of APC’s Miriam Onuoha the winner of the Okigwe North Federal Constituency.
Commandant of NSCDC in the state, Mahmud Fari described the situation as very unfortunate.
He told Channels Television that Ayuba is not a first time offender as he once sold his daughter to someone in Owerri.
“I was moved to tears when I learnt that a biological father took his son to the market to sell him at the sum of N5million. When he was asked why he want to sell his son, he said he wants to argument his financial status.
“We also learnt that this is not his first child to be sold out. He sold his daughter earlier on to somebody in Owerri, and he is selling them out for rituals,” Fari said.
Married to four wives with 23 children, Ayuba blamed the economic hardship in the country for his action.
The Cross River State Command of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps has arrested a tanker load of suspected adulterated fuel in Odukpani Local Government Area of the State.
Briefing Journalists at the State Command in Calabar, the Cross River State capital, the State Commandant, Haliru Alhassan, said the two suspects who conveyed the product from Port Harcourt to an undisclosed location in Calabar will be charged to Court once investigations are concluded.
According to him, the suspected product will be taken for analysis upon which punishment will be meted on the perpetrators to serve as a deterrent for fuel dealers, who might want to indulge in same business across the state.
A joint team of security operatives attached to the Operation Yaki security outfit in Kaduna State, has recovered over 200 cows and sheep from suspected rustlers in Birnin Gwari Local Government Area of the state.
The team comprises of operatives from the Police, Army, Air Force and the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC).
The Coordinator of the security outfit, Yakubu Yusuf, paraded the recovered animals before reporters on Saturday in Kaduna State, north-west Nigeria.
Mr Yusuf said the animals were recovered during a raid at a forest in Buruku village, following intelligence report from patriotic residents concerning the activities of suspected rustlers in the area.
He added that further investigation revealed that the animals were stolen from Kano and Niger states by the suspects, and brought down to Kaduna through the bush with the intention of selling them off.
The Coordinator assured the public that his men will not relent in the war against cattle rustling, banditry and other criminal activities across the state.
The Borno State Command of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) has recovered 43 jerrycans of petroleum products from suspects selling above the approved pump price of 145 Naira per litre.
The State Commandant of the NSCDC, Ibrahim Abdullahi, said in a statement that the command is clamping down on petrol stations within Maiduguri metropolis, unlawfully selling petroleum products in jerrycans and above the pump price.
He said the suspects took to their heels on sighting officials of the NSCDC who were on routine patrol.
The Commandant explained that the raid was to ensure compliance with controlled prices, and to avoid the possibility of getting the products to the bush where Boko Haram terrorists operate.
“Some fuel attendants and managers found liable were arrested to serve as deterrent to other unscrupulous elements and criminally minded individuals,” Mr Abdullahi stated.
He said investigation into the matter is ongoing while the seized products would be handed over to the Department of Petroleum Resources.
The NSCDC said the move has compelled erring marketers to write letters of undertaking, promising to revert to the official petrol pump price.
It was gathered that with the artificial scarcity of the product, desperate motorists have been forced to buy the product at 165 Naira per litre.
The Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) has been accused of abandoning a young boy in the course of being treated for gunshot wounds, after an accidental discharge by men of the Benue State Command.
Seventeen-year-old Godwin Agada was shot in Otukpa during a civil unrest in the area.
The victim’s uncle, Samuel Agada, sought the refund of over 100,000 Naira in medical bills from the NSCDC Command, failure of which the family would take legal action.
“I want the Civil Defence to take responsibility for their action. As security operatives, their duty is to protect lives and not terminate lives.
“These are receipts of X-rays, drugs and admission cost covering the whole month we spent at the hospital,” Mr Agada said.
Reacting to the allegation, the Benue State Commandant of NSCDC, Jibril Shuayb, denied the shooting by his men.
Instead, he accused Otukpa youths of beating up NSCDC operatives and inflicting injuries on them.
“Yes there was a case involving my men trying to disperse youths who had blocked the Federal Highway in Otukpa and when my men tried to contain the unrest, they began resisting, prompting one of my men to shoot into the air just to scare them away, but the youths attacked one of them and tried to snatch his service rifle and you know what that means for a security organisation like ours.
“It is not true my men shot the young man because the youths were carrying dangerous weapons such as cutlasses, knives and bottles which they used to attack and inflict injuries on one of my men,” he said.
However, the victim’s family refuted the account of the NSCDC Commandant, blaming the incident on alcohol and lack of professional restraint in addressing issues.
“It is not true that my nephew was part of the youths during the protest in Otukpa. He was some distance away while going to pick his mobile phone battery from where he was charging it.
“The NSCDC operatives were drunk and that is what they do when they come to Otukpa, because there is plenty palm wine there. The youths were not carrying guns either,” Agada stated.
Meanwhile, the NSCDC Boss advised youths in the area to avoid acts capable of breaching the peace, noting that the Corps took care of the victim’s medical bills despite the unwarranted attacks.
“My Area Commander took the victim to the hospital after one honourable member who ran into them during the crisis helped evacuate my men who were injured to the hospital.
“The records are there that we paid 38,000 Naira as medical bills for the victim before he was transferred to Makurdi. Our aim was to help save his life as security agency,” Mr Shuayb said.
Although Agada confirmed that the NSCDC settled some medical bills, but he said there were some outstanding bills to be cleared.
“Yes, but part of that bill still remains to be paid and the hospital has been calling me to come and pay them.
“I had requested that the victim be transferred to the Federal Medical Centre for proper treatment, because it was clear the local hospital could not handle the sensitive nature of the injury my nephew sustained,” the victim’s uncle said.
The Ogun state government has called for the incorporation of security studies and intelligence gathering in the curriculum of schools in the state, to inculcate the habit of security consciousness in pupils even at their younger age.
The state Commissioner for Education, Science and Technology, Mrs Modupe Mujota, made the call in Abeokuta, the state capital, while playing host to the Provost, Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps, College of Security Management, Mrs Rachael Awosusi.
She stated that the Corps would be a strong partner in promoting the new curriculum in the school with a view to broadening the horizon of the younger generation on security consciousness.
On her part, Mrs Awosusi said the purpose of the visit was to familiarise with the top management of the ministry and also see areas where they could work together, while assuring that the corps would continue to promote security and its consciousness among students in the state.
Mrs Mujota, further revealed that the ministry was already contemplating a training programme on intelligence gathering and information management for its staff in the college.
She also lauded the corps for providing security during the summer camp held in 2016, at Akin Ogunpoola Model College, Akinale in Ewekoro Local Government Area.
The Commandant of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC), Mr Ayodele Phillips, has insisted that he still has an axe to grind with the Osun Peace Corps of Nigeria, unless they produce the officers that beat up his personnel.
Ayodele, made this known while addressing newsmen at the NSCDC Command in Osogbo, stating that “it was an insult for members of the Peace Corps (which has not been gazetted) to beat up a uniformed personnel of the NSCDC.”
He insisted that until the officers of the Peace Corps, named Alata and Adamu, are produced and brought to the NSCDC Command, the issue cannot be settled.
Giving the genesis of what happened, the NSCDC boss said a personnel of the corps, named Olarinoye, on Saturday, was accosted and beaten up by one Ayinde John, a Peace Corps member and others, along Ilesha road, contrary to claims that Olarinoye was blocking the Peace Corps quarter guard.
According to him, sometime in December, Olarinoye had an encounter with men of the Peace Corps, when he and a colleague went to inspect their car at a mechanic workshop, some metres away from the Peace Corps Command.
He said when his officers got to the mechanic workshop, they met some individuals who allegedly tampered with the windscreen and doors of the car in order to cart away valuables.
“When they were questioning the mechanic about the condition of the car, some Peace Corps members around the workshop took offence and started beating the mechanic.
“When NSCDC men rescued the mechanic from them, the peace corps members became irritated and unleashed their anger on the NSCDC officers, including Olarinoye.
Ayodele said when he heard about the Saturday incident, he called the Peace Corps Commandant, but instead of the commandant honouring his call, eight unruly members of the Peace Corps led by Olatawura Oluwole, few hours later, forcefully entered the NSCDC premises with intent to cause mayhem.
Furthermore, he stated that because of timely intervention, the mayhem was averted, adding that the NSCDC would never be involved in any action or inaction that would jeopardize peaceful co-existence in the state and Nigeria at large.
God Will Do Justice
Giving his own opinion about what transpired, the Deputy Commandant, Admin of Peace Corps of Nigeria (Osun), Mr Akande Olawale, narrated that his commandant told him to go and see the NSCDC commandant to iron out issues.
According to him, when he got to their base, himself and his men were beaten and thrown in detention.
He added that when he went down to the NSCDC command as instructed by his commandant, his car was vandalised and that he was equally detained alongside his men and driver for an hour.
Olawale then stated that the claim that an officer of the NSCDC was beaten by his men was not true, as the officer in question, got himself injured when he hit his head against a sign post, under which he was seated, in an attempt to rise up.
He explained that the NSCDC Officer, angrily got up to challenge his men over what rights they have to control traffic at the entrance to their base.
Defending his men, he said all they did was ask him to remove his car; which according to them, had been blocking the route to their base.
“The commandant of the NSCDC after releasing me and my men, asked me to produce the people that beat up his personal, and I promised to investigate and interrogate those involved, and get back to him.
“It was however surprising to me that the NSCDC wrote a letter that I should produce the two officers they claimed beat up their personnel after we had reached an agreement that I will investigate and interrogate those involved in the matter and get back to them.”
Olawale, however, stated that by that act, the NSCDC was subjecting them to humiliation and that “God would do justice to the matter”.
The commander of Operation Delta Safe (OPDS), Rear Admiral Apochi Suleiman, says the joint task force will not hesitate to enforce its mandate in the Niger Delta region, expressing the troops’ readiness to contain any eventuality in the area.
The OPDS commander spoke at Ikang border post in Bakassi Local Government Area of Cross River State, shortly after embarking on ‘Exercise Safety Check’, within the Niger Delta creeks.
Members of the taskforce comprise the Nigerian Army, Navy, Air Force, police and Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps personnel.
According him, the exercise was intended to ensure the protection of Nigeria’s critical infrastructures, while nipping other forms of criminality in the bud during and after the yuletide.
Answering questions from reporters, Suleiman expressed confidence in the mental and physical fitness of the troops to discharge their duties effectively.
“This is a continuation of Exercise Safety Check that started last week from Delta to Bayelsa, Rivers to Akwa Ibom and down to Cross River.
“So far, you can agree with me that there has been relative peace within our joint operation area.
“What we have seen so far shows that our troops are ready and prepared for any eventuality. We are sure of enforcing the mandate that has been given to us,” he said.
Highlight of the exercise, which took the team aboard several military gunboats to the Cameroun military post; Bataillon d’ Intervention Rapide (BIR), in Archibong Town, had the commander feasting with the troops in Esighi.
Deputy force commander; land component, Brigadier General Kelvin Aligbe, the sector 4 commander, Col. NU Muktar, among other top officers were part of the exercise.
Military operations have increased in the Niger Delta region since militancy returned to the region in 2015, affecting the nation’s oil output which is the major means of revenue generation.
Several attacks on oil installations dropped crude oil output to less than a million barrels per day.
Residents of Ibu-Amo community around Gbodofon Area in Osogbo, the capital of Osun State woke up on Friday to the sight of a-day-old-baby dumped by the river bank.
According to one of the residents, who preferred not to be named, the baby boy believed to have been dead for hours was found without clothes by the river side by some children at about some minutes past seven the evening before.
The resident said they could not do anything, as the baby was already dead when they discovered the body but had to call on officials of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) this morning to clear the corpse.
Confirming the incident, the spokesman for the NSCDC in the state, Mr Babawale Afolabi, told reporters that the distress call brought the attention of the corps to the Ibu Amo River where they found the lifeless and already swollen body of a-day-old-baby.
He described as crude and wicked the idea of nurturing a pregnancy for nine months and finally having the baby killed and dumped by the river bank.
“While some of our men of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps from the Osogbo division were doing some of their surveillance today, one of the residents living around this area raised the alarm that there was a dead baby here, so they swung into action, called on our crisis management team and here we are.
“We have called on the local government authorities to come over and also called on some people to help dig a grave for the dead baby boy. It is so unfortunate.
“The reports we gathered is that they just found the dead baby here and looking at the corpse, it probably was put here since yesterday night. I wonder why all this is happening,” he said.
Giving words of advice to ladies, Mr Afolabi cautioned them not to take laws into their hands.
“If they know they cannot take care of pregnancy, then they can look for foster homes rather than dump babies by the river bank dead.
“They can also use protection if they have to relate with men. This kind of act is ungodly and must be stopped,” the NSCDC spokesman appealed.
Giving an account of the incident, the Asooju Oba of Ibu- Amo community, Mr Fatai Ola, said the community do not suspect anyone in the area, but pointed out that it was a sad situation.
“I only want to appeal to young ladies to please behave well, it is not easy to be pregnant and now get rid of it. This is really sad,” the Asooju Oba stressed.
Hell was let loose at the premises of Osun State House of Assembly on Wednesday as some angry pensioners in the state stormed the Assembly in protest and pounced on lawmakers, beating them black and blue.
The aggrieved pensioners staged a fresh protest over the non-payment of their pension and gratuities by the state government before marching to the Assembly Complex at Abeere to vent their anger on what they termed ‘move by the legislators to prevent the Senate from probing the spending of the bailout funds received by Governor Aregbesola’.
Our correspondent in Osogbo, the capital of Osun State, Bosede Sodiq, reports that some legislators had attempted to pacify the seemingly angry protesters before they became violent and attacked the members of the parliament.
Before the pensioners arrived the Assembly ground, the lawmakers were said to be probing the state’s 34.5 billion Naira bailout fund received by the administration of Governor Aregbesola. The pensioners protest stalled their sitting.
The pensioners had stormed the House of Assembly as early as 9:00 a.m. and prevented those summoned by the House from gaining access into the premises.
The protesters described the probe as “kangaroo arrangement” designed to prevent the Senate from carrying out a genuine probe on the bailout fund released to Osun by the Federal Government.
The House had summoned those concerned with the finances of the state, including the Accountant-General, Permanent Secretaries of the Ministry of Finance, Office of Budget Planning and Director-General of Debt Management Office to appear before it with documents relating to the bailout fund.
Others summoned by the House were Osun State Chairmen of Nigeria Labour Congress, Trade Union Congress, Joint Negotiation Council and the Nigeria Union of Local Government Employee and officials of Wema Bank, Zenith Bank and First Bank.
Our People Are Dying
But the probe was stalled as the pensioners sighted the legislators in the premises of the House of Assembly, beating and raining curses on them.
The pensioners harassed the Deputy Speaker, Honourable Akintunde Adegboye, who attempted to address them.
The Deputy Speaker, Hon Akintunde Adegboye, was lynched seriously before policemen and officials of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps rescued him from the pensioners.
“It Is Our Right”
The leader of the pensioners, Comrade Yemi Lawal, insisted that the purported probe by Osun State House of Assembly was immaterial at a time that the Senate wanted to probe Aregbesola on the bailout fund.
He said: “This will be the seventh time we will be visiting the House of Assembly for the same purpose, that is non payment of our gratuities and 10 months pension arrears. About two weeks ago, we went out again but since then there has been no response from the government. It is as if we are being ignored.
“Constitutionally, it is our right. We are not begging for money, we are asking for our right. Our people are dying everyday. Many of our students are at home. Aregbesola is keeping our gratuities and pensions.
“He ought to have said something but he is not saying anything. So we have decided to tell the whole world that Aregbesola is pathologically wicked.
“He is not the people’s friend. He presented himself as a messiah but he is not. So whatever happens, we want our money. President Buhari was very magnanimous last year when he released 35 billion Naira to pay outstanding gratuities and pension but Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola said he will not use the money to pay workers salary and he diverted 16.7 billion Naira out of that money. If he had used the money judiciously, this problem would not have arisen at all”.
He further asked the state government to “get the money from wherever he kept it”.
“We are senior people and we helped to build Osun State to the enviable state that it is today that attracts him from Lagos to come and become governor of Osun State.
“The lawmakers truly are our representatives but they are rubber stamped. They are not representing us well. When the governor diverted the money, we came to this house to cry to them for help but what did they do, nothing!
“ICPC indicted the governor. They did not raise any eyebrow. Now that the Senate wants to investigate they are now saying the Senate has no right to probe the government. They are bundles of illiterate if not they ought to know that the Nigerian Constitution allows for the Senate to set up committee to probe anybody be it state, local or anyone,” he retorted.
He noted that the pensioners were aware of the plan of the state legislators to stage-manage their own probe and use it to thwart the real result of the probe.
The Chairman House Committee on Finance and Appropriation, Honourble Kameel Oyedele, said the government has done a lot to make life meaningful for the workers and the pensioners.
“We actually invited all these people to appear before the House today in connection with the bailout fund. Now these pensioner have started demonstrating. What is the point of demonstrating? I know majority of those invited have been sent away. Why didn’t they just make their case or grouse very simple?” he asked.
“We have the power of force through the constitutional provision particularly on the money appropriated to the state. We are all privy to the inflow of income to the state since 2013. We in turn lodged the complaint to these people. What we need to do is dialogue and jaw -jaw to bring peace.
“There is nothing anyone can do about this because revenue, as I stated before, I have salaries that have not been paid and I have allowances not paid yet,” he told Channels Television.
“We are only praying that miracle should happen, with a release of whatever money is accrued to the state. We all should be ready to sacrifice and make Osun great again,” Honourable Oyedele stated.
The State Assembly had warned the Senate against probing how the bailout fund received by Aregbesola was spent, saying that the upper chamber would be crossing its constitutional boundary should it embark on the investigation.