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Lagos Policeman Allegedly Caught Extorting Money With POS |RN

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Samson Folarin

THE Lagos State Police Command on Wednesday cleared a policeman attached to the Makinde Police Division of an allegation of extortion.

A seven-second clip filmed by a female motorist had shown the policeman holding what looked like a Point of Sale terminal.

He was seen taking what appeared like an Automated Teller Machine card from a man who had disembarked a motorcycle.

The woman who was filming the incident from her car was heard in the background accusing the policeman of extortion.

Efforts by our correspondent to speak with the woman were abortive, as the poster of the clip on Instagram said she sought anonymity.

The poster told PUNCH Metro that the witness was in her car when the incident happened.

After the video went viral on the social media, many Nigerians expressed shock and dismay at the attitude of the cop, which they said represented the level of corruption in the Nigeria Police Force.

Our correspondent visited Olowora Street, in the Mafoluku area of Oshodi, where the incident reportedly happened on Tuesday, June 20, 2017. He established the spot of the incident from the video evidence, but no resident owned up to witnessing the incident.

Instead, the residents, including motorcyclists and traders, lamented that policemen from the Makinde and Akinpelu divisions were notorious for extorting money from commercial motorcyclists in the area.

A trader close to the scene of the incident noted that policemen from the Makinde division sometime stayed at the junction to extort money from motorists and motorcycle riders.

A resident of the area said, “Extortion by policemen is not new here.  There is a woman selling roasted corn down the road. They stay close to her place. But I did not witness the one in the video.”

An executive member of one of the motorcycle riders association in the community, who watched the video, said it was not impossible for the policemen to do such a thing.

He said, “It is a normal occurrence around here. In fact, it happens on a daily basis. Those policemen always stay in that area to stop motorcycle riders and motorists. But I believe the man that was being extorted in that video is not the motorcycle rider. It must be his passenger, who could be a yahoo-yahoo boy (Internet fraudster). When policemen ask them (fraudsters) for money, they give excuses. The excuses may have forced the policeman to devise the method of the POS terminal.

“But for us as motorcycle riders, they collect between N5,000 and N10,000 when they seize our motorcycles. They have told us that we are their ATM. The policemen fond of this are from the Akinpelu and Makinde divisions.”

Another motorcycle rider in the community said cops sometimes threatened to take them to the Special Anti-Robbery Squad where they would be detained for robbery.

“We all have been victims at different times. Sometimes, they ask us not to park close to banks or pick more than one passenger. They could say we have been asked to stop using a particular park and they will arrest us and start demanding money,” he added.

A resident listed some of the points of extortion to include Akinniku Street, Bolade Junction and Oshodi Express bus stop.

“There is nobody to call them to order; they just do as they like,” he said.

The state Police Public Relations Officer, Olarinde Famous-Cole, said the command was aware of the video, adding that the policeman involved was arrested and detained.

He said, “The policeman was on a stop-and-search on Tuesday. From what we gathered, he stopped a commercial motorcycle rider who was carrying a passenger with a bag. He asked the passenger what he had in his bag and he stated them.

“The policeman searched the bag and found the POS terminal and other documents. When he asked him what he was doing with the POS, the man claimed he was using it to pay utility bills and that he worked with an electricity distribution company.

“The policeman demanded a proof of identification and he tendered it. The policeman then asked him to go since there was nothing implicating on him. Unknown to all of them, a passerby was filming the scene without their knowledge.

“We arrested the policeman initially. But this morning (Wednesday), we saw the same commercial motorcycle rider and asked him to give an account of what transpired. The  rider gave the same account, saying the policeman did not collect any money from the passenger.”  (Punchng.com)

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Anti-Igbo Threat: Police Fail To Arrest Arewa Youth Leaders Despite El-Rufai’s Order

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                       Inspector-General of Police , Ibrahim Idris

The police, on Thursday, failed to carry out a directive by the Kaduna State Governor, Mallam Nasir el-Rufai, to arrest some northern youths, who issued a three-month ultimatum for the Igbo resident in the area to quit the region.

The groups had, on Tuesday, issued a three-month ultimatum to people of Igbo extraction, resident in the 19 states in the North, to leave or be forced out before October 1, 2017.

Related: Buhari Commends El-Rufai For Ordering Arrest Of Northern Youths Asking Ndigbo To Leave The North

A prepared text of a press conference addressed by the groups was signed by the leaders of the various groups.

Those who signed the groups’ statement are Nastura Sharif (Arewa Citizens Action for Change); Amb. ShettimaYerima (Arewa Youth Consultative Forum); Aminu Adam (Arewa Youth Development Foundation); Alfred Solomon  (Arewa Students Forum); Abdul-Azeez Suleiman (Northern Emancipation  Network) as well as Joshua Viashman (Northern Youth Vanguard).

“We are also telling our brothers (northerners) out there in the South-East to get prepared to come back home,” Yerima had said.

The National President of the Northern Emancipation Network, Abdul-Azeez Suleiman, who read the text of the press conference, alleged that the Igbo had become a threat to the unity of the country.

The Force Headquarters spokesman, Jimoh Moshood, in an interview with one of our correspondents, said the police were still searching for the northern youths who issued the ultimatum.

On Wednesday, El-Rufai had ordered the immediate arrest and prosecution of the leaders, saying the call by the groups could destabilise the country.

But while the police said they had yet to make any arrest, the youth in a statement on Thursday dared the force by insisting on their ultimatum.

They, however, said they had no plan to resort to violence.

Explaining the efforts of the police to arrest the youth leaders, the police spokesman stated that police operatives were “looking for them.”

“We are looking for them. They are not sitting in the market waiting to be picked up,” he said.

When asked how long it would take to nab the youth leaders, Moshood said he was issuing a statement that would address the issues.

The Kaduna police command spokesman, Aliyu Usman, said there was no update on the matter.

“We have no statement to make, if there is any development, I will tell you. No arrest yet,” he said.

When asked if the police were reluctant to arrest the youths, Usman simply said he would speak when there was an update.

Also, the Inspector-General of Police, Ibrahim Idris, while responding to questions from journalists at the Force Headquarters, Abuja, on Thursday, said the police had yet to arrest the northern youth leaders.

Idris spoke during his monthly conference with assistant inspectors-general of police, commissioners of police and other senior officers.

The IGP stated, “We have no arrest yet. As Commissioners of Police and Assistant Inspectors-General of Police, we have the responsibility to stop this group of persons from carrying out their threats.

“I want us to be at alert to ensure that such persons or groups were stopped at all cost from carrying out their threats. No individual has the authority to stop anybody from looking for his daily bread.”

In a statement late on Thursday, the police called on Igbo in the North to disregard the ultimatum by the northern youths.

The statement by the Force spokesman, Moshood, was however silent on the expected arrest of the group members for making inciting statements.

The force said it was monitoring closely the activities of the various northern youth groups, warning them against acts that could precipitate tension and violence.

Youth leaders maintain threat, slam Kaduna, Borno govs

But the groups, which issued the quit threat on Tuesday, urged the Federal Government to begin the process of actualising the South-East’s clamour for Biafra.

Related: Defend Yourselves, Ohanaeze Youth Wing Tells Ndigbo In The North

The five groups, in a statement by their spokesman, Abdul-Azeez Suleiman, insisted on their ultimatum to the Igbo to move out of the 19 northern states.

The groups said the statement on Thursday was meant to clarify their stand on the controversies that the ultimatum had generated.

The coalition also berated El-Rufai and Borno State Governor, Kashim Shettima, for not supporting their cause, saying the two governors took sides because of their “blind ambition for the vice-presidency.”

El-Rufai and Shttima had, on  Wednesday, condemned the threat by the youth, noting that the northern governors had taken measures to guarantee the rights of all Nigerians living in the 19 states in the northern geopolitical zones.

Speaking for the youth leaders, Suleiman said, “We are disappointed by the treacherous positions assumed by governors Nasir El-Rufai and Kashim Shettima, who, in pursuit of their blind ambition for the vice-presidency, chose to side with the secessionist Igbo against the interest of peace-loving Nigerians.

“The governors are known to be waiting in the wings for Mr President to die, so they can further their plots to seek the Presidency.

“We are irked by the hordes of lies issued by Shettima, ostensibly on behalf of the 19 northern governors, in which he referred to us as faceless. Shettima has disconnected from reality.”

The groups stated that they had never called on anybody to embark on violence as a means of conflict resolution.

They added, “We restate our determination and commitment to ensuring that the North will never partake in any contrived arrangement that would still have the Biafran Igbo as a component.

“We reiterate our call on Nigerian authorities and recognised international bodies such as ECOWAS, the AU (African Union) and the UN (United Nations) to hasten the initiation of the process for the final actualisation of the Biafran nation and, with it, the excision of the Igbo out of the present federation.

“We urge the Federal Government, as a matter of urgency, to initiate the process for a peaceful referendum to allow the Igbo to go. Let them go.”

All attempts to get a reaction from El-Rufai’s Senior Special Assistant on Media, Samuel Aruwan, proved abortive due to a bad telephone connection. He had yet to respond to a text message as of 9 pm on Thursday.

The spokesman of Borno State Governor, Mallam Isa Gusau, said the governor would not take issue with the youth.

“If there is no nation, where do you realise your ambition. Governor Kashim Shettima and the rest of his colleagues are foremost interested in the existence and unity of Nigeria,” he stated.

Meanwhile, the Arewa Consultative Forum said on Thursday that it was not a party to the coalition’s decision, adding that the ACF stood by its earlier statement.

The ACF National Publicity Secretary, Muhammad Ibrahim, in an interview, said, “Our stance has not changed. We would not encourage any act that is not in conformity with the law by any group or individuals which will do no one any good. We appeal for caution over unguarded utterances that can jeopardise the unity and corporate existence of Nigeria.”

 Northern groups can’t decide for other Nigerians –Ohanaeze

Reacting to the latest statement by the coalition, the Deputy Publicity Secretary of Ohanaeze Ndigbo, Mr. Chuks Ibegbu, told one of our correspondents that the Northern groups had no right to speak or decide for other Nigerians.

Ibegbu also stressed that Ohanaeze, as a body, did not want the break-up of Nigeria, but a restructured Nigeria.

The Ohanaeze chieftain stated, “One thing they (Northern groups) should know is that they are not speaking for the Niger Delta; they are not speaking for the Middle Belt; they are not speaking for the South-West, who have all spoken out to condemn the ultimatum given to the Igbo to leave the North.

“They have no moral duty to decide for other parts of the country.

“They should be made to understand that threats of separation started with the North. In 1950, during the Ibadan conference, the North threatened to secede if not given half of the seats in parliament. Again, after the counter-coup in 1966, the North threatened to secede until they were assured that power is now in their hands.

“Biafra is not an Igbo thing; every Nigerian is a Biafran. The Biafra agitation is a cry against injustice. Even geographically, Biafra is not an Igbo thing; it has never been an Igbo thing.”

Afenifere backs referendum

On its part, the pan-Yoruba socio-cultural group, Afenifere, endorsed the demand for a referendum to determine the future of the country.

Its National Publicity Secretary, Yinka Odumakin, stated that a referendum was the right thing to do, but chastised the northern youths for insisting on expelling the Igbo from the North.

He said, “There is nothing wrong with organising a referendum, there is no section in Nigeria today that would not want a referendum on the future of Nigeria and that’s a civilised way of doing things.

“In Quebec, Canada, how many times have they organised a referendum and now they even called it liberendum. If they (northern youths) had called for this, nobody would be against them, but to first say you are expelling the Igbo and now calling for a referendum, is an after-thought.”

Work together to resolve differences –UN

The United Nations expressed concern with the ultimatum issued by some youths in the North.

“We have to work together to resolve peacefully any concerns that different groups in the country may have,” says the UN Resident Coordinator in Nigeria Mr Edward Kallon.

“I am heartened by reactions of leaders from all over the country condemning this ultimatum.”

The global body called for tolerance and a spirit of togetherness in transparency to address the concerns of all the citizens in a peaceful manner, urging that no one should be left behind in the quest for sustainable development.

In a statement by the National Information Officer, United Nations Information Centre, Oluseyi Soremekun, on Thursday, the UN urged cultural and religious leaders to play their part in guiding the youth to settle differences peacefully.

Nigerians have rights to live anywhere –Jonathan

Also, former President Goodluck Jonathan, on Thursday, said every Nigerian had a right to live anywhere they pleased in the country, calling on citizens to tailor their thoughts, utterances and action towards the preservation of this right.

Jonathan, who stated this in a post on his Facebook wall, was apparently reacting to the ultimatum reportedly issued by some northern youths that the Igbo living in the North should leave within three months.

In his post, Jonathan stated, “As Nigerians, we should all tailor our thoughts, actions and utterances to promote this and other rights.

“We are all brothers and sisters born from the womb of mother Nigeria. There are no stillbirths or unwanted births from our mother. We are all one and equal and it is the responsibility of all men of goodwill to appeal for calm and unity in our beloved country Nigeria.”

Arewa Youth Forum faults ultimatum insists on united Nigeria

The umbrella body of all youth groups in the North, the Arewa Youth Forum, however, condemned the three-month ultimatum issued to the Igbo.

The group insisted that Nigeria belonged to all Nigerians irrespective of tribe or religion.

The National President  of  AYF, Alhaji Ibrahim Gambo-Gujungu, said while the Arewa groups that issued the ultimatum had the constitutional right to free association and expression , issuing such an ultimatum to the Igbo would not only be viewed as a threat but also as inciting  the public.

He stated, “If it was the belligerent action of the IPOB, MASSOB and others that made the Arewa groups to issue such ultimatum, they should know that many among the Igbo frown on the activities of these dissident Igbo groups.

“We have many Igbo in the North living peacefully; they have invested massively in northern states, we even inter-marry.  So, I see no reason why the seeming fault of Nnamdi Kanu should be a reason to force an unceremonious relocation of peaceful and law-abiding Igbo in the North.”

Reps ask FG to place security agencies on the alert

In its own reaction, the House of Representatives, on Thursday, condemned the northern youth groups over the October 1 deadline they gave all Igbo in the North to quit the region.

It also asked the Indigenous People of Biafra and the Movement for the Actualisation of the Sovereign State of Biafra to withdraw their directive to the Igbo to comply with the deadline.

At a session presided over by the Speaker, Mr. Yakubu Dogara, lawmakers suspended their rules to pass the resolution, condemning all the youth groups under matters of urgent public importance.

A Peoples Democratic Party member from Lagos State, Mr. Oghene Emma-Ego, had moved the motion, seeking the urgent intervention of the House.

Members wasted no time in passing the motion and specifically asked the Federal Government to intervene by ensuring that the northern youths did not carry out their threat.

The resolution stated, “The House calls on all security agencies to be on the alert in order to prevent unscrupulous elements from taking advantage of the two unpatriotic calls and avert disaster.

“The two calls will lead to loss of trillions of dollars, dislocation of lives of people who have lived in different parts of Nigeria for several decades because people cannot carry their houses, properties, business from their abode in a short frame of time.”

Reacting on Thursday, the Speaker, Akwa Ibom State House of Assembly, Mr. Onofiok Luke, described the ultimatum by the northern youths as “a high level of insult.”

Speaking in Uyo, the Speaker said the call was an insult to the sensibilities of not just the people of the South-East, but also to Nigerians in other parts of the country.

Luke said this while receiving a delegation from a foremost socio-political group in the state, the ‘1 for 8 Initiative’.

He stated that Nigeria had gone past the stage where people should be holding tenaciously to tribal differences.

Southerners will retaliate, says Fani-Kayode

Also, a former Minister of Aviation, Chief Femi Fani-Kayode, warned the youth, who issued the ultimatum to the Igbo on Tuesday to weigh the consequences of their actions because “they are playing with fire that will consume them.”

Fani-Kayode in a statement on Thursday, said the killing of Igbo residents in the North would lead to a swift, immediate and devastating retaliation throughout the south.

The ex-minister added, “Any pogrom or slaughter of Igbo in the North will lead to a swift, immediate and devastating retaliation throughout the south.

“The northern youths must be warned and told in very clear terms. This is not 1966.

“Those that gave the Igbo ‘notice to quit’ in the North are playing with fire and that fire will consume them.

“They are plunging us into darkness and we shall enter that darkness together. Nigeria belongs to us all.

“I urge the core Muslim northern elders and leaders to caution their youths before they spark off a series of events and crisis that may not only lead to a second civil war but will also lead to the end of Nigeria.”

‘Ignore threat to quit North’

In his reaction, the Eze Ndigbo Kano, Chief Boniface Ibekwe, advised the Igbo in Kano to ignore the threat, saying the threat lacked the northern elders’ support.

Ibekwe stated, “I believe, and based on my understanding as a major stakeholder in the North, the northern leaders are never in support of the threat; so they should ignore it and go about their day-to-day business and activities.’’

Also, youths in Plateau State, on Thursday, dissociated themselves from the ultimatum.

While calling on Nigerians to speak against such threats and work towards national unity, integration, peace and prosperity of the country, they also demanded the arrest and prosecution of the youth leaders by security agencies.

The Convener, Plateau Youths G-17 Peace and Progressive Forum, Dachung Bagos, told journalists in Jos, that such threats should not be taken lightly.

Bagos said, “The call is inimical, retrogressive and irrational to the fragile and relative peace the country is enjoying and capable of heating the polity and springing violence which could hinder peaceful coexistence.

“We call on security and law enforcement agencies to swing into action by ensuring that those youths that issued such threat and their sponsors are arrested and prosecuted according to the law of the land.”

In a similar development, the Ijaw Youth Congress described the insistence on a notice to quit to Igbo people in the North by some northern youths as a ploy by such youths to loot the massive investment of the Ndigbo in the area.

The IYC President, Mr. Eric Omare, said, “The ultimatum to the Igbo by the northern youths is senseless and baseless because the agitation of the Igbo people did not trample on the rights of any northerner.

“We call on the security agencies to go after those who gave such an ultimatum. The ultimatum for the Igbo to quit the North is a way of hiding under an umbrella to loot the massive investment of Igbo people in the North.”

Rising spate of separatist agitations disturbing –APC

Meanwhile, the All Progressives Congress described the growing spate of separatist agitations as disturbing.

It said it respected the inalienable rights of citizens to agitate for a just cause, the party noted that such agitations must be within the confines of the law.

The party said this in a statement by its National Publicity Secretary, Mallam Bolaji Abdullahi, in Abuja, on Thursday.

The statement stated that the APC commended what it called the proactive and decisive action taken by northern governors and political leaders on the ultimatum to the Igbo by a so-called Arewa Youth Consultative Forum.

It added, “Our party remains disturbed by the increasing spate of separatist agitations by individuals and groups in the country.

“We are delighted to see that the pressure mounted by the various leaders has forced the group to reverse its misguided ultimatum and threats.

“We observe that the nature and content of recent agitations clearly transcend the boundaries of the law and exceed the limits of freedom of speech. They are therefore, patently inimical to national cohesion and the sustenance of our hard-earned democracy.

“The National Assembly, the courts and several lawful avenues are available to citizens, groups and sundry interests to make change, seek redress and advance legitimate causes. Therefore, we call on agitators to either join a political party which shares their ideology or form a new party to push their cause.”

Story by: Niyi  Odebode, John Alechenu, John Ameh, Chukwudi Akasike, Eniola Akinkuotu, Friday Olokor, Ade Adesomoju, Adelani  Adepegba, Ihuoma Chiedozie, Etim Ekpimah, Olaleye Aluko, Godwin Isenyo, Ted Odogwu, Kayode Idowu and Ramon Oladimeji            (Punchng.com)

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10 Feared Dead As Navy, Police Clash In Calabar |The Republican News

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Over 10 persons were feared killed and several others injured when Naval personnel and police men clashed in Calabar, Cross River State Akim police Station opposite a military Barracks.

A policeman, who escaped death by the whiskers told Daily Sun that the police station, including the armoury was completely razed.

He said trouble started yesterday afternoon when a police traffic warden  stopped a Naval officer who got angry and ordered his boy to beat him.

He said: “As the Naval personal were battering the traffic officer, a deputy Superintendent of Police who was passing by tried to settle the dispute, but the naval personnel descended on him as well.

“A senior police officer contacted the commander in charge of the unit. We thought the matter was over until around 8.pm when some Naval personnel stormed Akim police station and started shooting at officers and visitors at the station.

“The Naval personnel did not stop at shooting at people, they set the police station, including the armoury and suspects in the cell ablaze.

“ Over 10 persons were killed. I know of three policemen who were confirmed dead. Many suspects in the cell died in the inferno. I narrowly escaped death. Few of us who took to our heels survived but many others sustained injuries of varying degrees.  A witness, John Bolus said: “It was like a war-torn zone. I thought it was another civil war. I was hearing the cacophony of gun shots and I took to my heels. I think the government should do something about it. The Navy should submit to the constitution.”

When contacted Force Public Relations Officer, Jimoh Moshood, said he had not been briefed. Meanwhile, the Naval authorities said, last night, only one person was shot. According to them, it was a minor incident involving a Naval officer and  a policeman, which was later resolved.            (The Sun)

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Press Release: Police Raid Ekweremadu’s Abuja House, Find Nothing

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At about 8am on Friday, May 26, 2017, men of the Nigeria Police Force from the Inspector General of Police Special Squad raided the official guest house of the Deputy President of the Senate, Senator Ike Ekweremadu, located at No. 10 Ganges Street, Maitama, Abuja. The police, however, stated at the end of the search that nothing incriminating was found.

They met the steward, Oliver Ogenyi, and some of Ekweramdu’s staff and their children in the house. In spite of the fact that they were informed that the property is the guest house of the Deputy President of the Senate, they nevertheless proceeded to thoroughly search the house without establishing any contact with the Deputy President of the Senate or any of his senior staff. The steward was taken away by the police to the Special Anti-Robbery (SARS) Office, Garki, Abuja, where the IGP Special Squad’s office is also located. Ogenyi was later released after making a statement.

Related: Statement By Fani-Kayode On Raiding Of Ekweremadu’s Home By Nigeria Police

The Deputy President of the Senate is a law-abiding citizen and does not dispute the fact that the security agencies are empowered by law to carry out searches on premises in accordance with the law. However, the law requires that the owner of the property or his representative must be informed and should be present during the search.

Senator Ekweremadu is worried about the manner in which his guest house was raided. The questions are: Was there a search warrant? What were they looking for? Who searched the police officers before the search? Who supervised the search? Etc.
Instructively, this incident comes just a few weeks after Senator Ekweremadu, on May 3, 2017, read to the Senate in plenary a written, but anonymous tip-off by a patriotic Nigerian on a plot to plant incriminating sums of foreign currencies, arms, and ammunitions in a house linked to him under the pretext of the whistle blower policy. The aim, according to the source, was to rubbish, arrest, prosecute, and ultimately remove Senator Ekweremadu from office.

It is also apposite at this point to inform Nigerians that the Deputy President of the Senate had received at least three different forewarnings from various highly-placed sources before the written tip-off he read before the Senate, and they all pointed in the same direction: a clandestine effort to uproot the Senator from office by all means possible.

Therefore, this latest act of desperation, intimidation, and disregard for due process further substantiates all the forewarnings.
Furthermore, we have it on good authority that agencies of government are currently scavenging through all the land registries and various banks within and outside the country to find incriminating reasons to arrest, embarrass, and prosecute him.
The Deputy President of the Senate is also aware of a report revealing that some people within the government met with some top echelons of the security and anti-graft agencies at Maitama, Abuja, on May 17, 2017, to explore strategies to the arrest, prosecute, and remove him and some other Senators out of political circulation, by hook or crook to pave way for a total takeover of the National Assembly.

Related: JUST IN: Presidency Plans To Arrest Ekweremadu, PDP Ex-governors – PDP Senators

These schemers have scheduled to meet again on June 13, 2017 as they hope to conclude their evil and anti-democratic machinations during the annual recess of the National Assembly when lawmakers will not be on ground to resist them.

Nigerians and the international community will recall that Senator Ekweremadu and the Senate President were, in June 2016, arraigned before a Federal Capital Territory High Court on trumped-up charges of forgery of Senate Standing Rules (2015) even when the petition by members of the Senate Unity Forum, statements by Senators and bureaucrats interrogated by the police, and indeed the police report itself did not mention, let alone accuse or indict any of them of any wrongdoing. The Senate’s presiding officers were docked when the proof of evidence did not establish any culpability on their part.

The orchestrated political trial, calculated witch-hunt, barefaced intimidation, and clear attempt to emasculate the parliament and silence the leadership of the Senate, was eventually, but reluctantly withdrawn when external counsel briefed by the AGF, after studying the file, advised the Federal Government to do so.

It is also worth recalling that neither the police nor any of the security agencies has cared to investigate or even interview the Deputy President of the Senate on the attempt on his life on November 17, 2015, even when the dastardly act was duly reported to them.

Therefore, the Deputy President of the Senate condemns in strong terms the prevailing situation where people in positions of power, blindfolded by extreme selfish interests, are using security agencies to harass, embarrass, and intimidate political opponents.

He believes that there are so many pressing national challenges that should worry all of us than this needless and continued witch-hunting, disregard for rule of law, and brazen political highhandedness, which is inevitably overheating the polity.

By the grace of God, this too shall pass.

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Police Declares Biafra Sit-At-Home Illegal; Warns IPOB, MASSOB, BIM, Others

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The Nigeria Police Force on Friday afternoon declared illegal, protests and order of market closure in the south-eastern states planned to hold on May 30, 2017 by the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), Movement for the Actualization of the Sovereign State of Biafra (MASSOB), Biafra Independence Movement (BIM), and other like groups.

“The Nigeria Police Force is deeply concerned with the security implications with regards to the renewed hostilities and subversive propagandas aimed at undermining law and order in some states of the Federation by these groups, their associates, sponsors, apologists and sympathisers,” Force Public Relations Officer, CSP Jimoh O. Moshood, said.

He disclosed: “Consequently, the Commissioners of Police in the affected states and their supervising Assistant Inspectors General of Police, have been directed by the Inspector General of Police to be strict, polite, civil and firm in dealing with the situation and put all the Police Personnel and Police Anti-Riot equipments on red alert to deal decisively in accordance with the law with any eventuality from these groups, that can disrupt commercial activities, vehicular movements and safety of lives and properties in some States of the Federation considered to be flash/vulnerable points which have witnessed the unfortunate disturbance of public peace by these groups in the recent past.”

Continuing, the Force Spokesman spat fire, saying: “The Force sees the activities of these groups as not only unlawful but highly provocative and capable of causing breach of the peace currently being enjoyed in the South East States and other States of the Federation. The planned protests and orders of Market closure and illegal unilateral self imposed restrictions of vehicular movements by these groups in the affected States should be disregarded by all well meaning Nigerians. The Nigeria Police Force, hereby advised the members of the public to go about their lawful duties and other responsibilities without any fear or apprehension as adequate security arrangements have been put in place for the safety of every Nigerian throughout the country by Nigeria Police Force and other Security agencies.

“The Nigeria Police Force is not unaware of the rights of every Nigerian to freedom of expression, peaceful assembly and association and freedom of movement, as essentials of democracy provided by the 1999 Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria as amended particularly sections 38, 39, 40 and 41. However, these rights must be observed with decorum, in good faith and without violating the rights of other millions of Nigerians to free movements and access to public/private facilities and their means of livelihood on daily basis.

“The Nigeria Police while observing the rights of all Nigerians as stated above is equally conscious of the fact that these rights are not absolute as section 45 of the same Constitution provide for derogations to these rights. Consequently, the Police will resist the action(s) of any person or group of persons for whatever course that is against the interest of public defence, public safety, public order, public morality and a threat to the rights and freedom of other Nigerians.

“The Force will continue to Police the Country based on international core values and best practices and operate within the Principles of Democratic Policing but will not succumb and tolerate criminal activities of any group(s) under any guise to cause disturbance of public peace and unleash mayhem on innocent Nigerians anywhere in the country.

“As a result, the Police Force is hereby calling on the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), the Biafran Independence Movement (BIM), the Movement for the Actualization of the Sovereign State of Biafra (MASSOB) to consider the consequences of their actions and activities and without delay and call themselves to order in the interest of National Security, and safety of lives and properties of every Nigerian across the Nation as the full weight of the law will be made to bear on violators of the laws.

“The Nigeria Police Force will not hesitate to deal decisively with any group(s) and their sponsors that attempt to cause disturbance of the peace or carry out any unlawful demonstration, unlawful assembly/procession or gathering and public disobedience that can jeopardise law and order and harmonious co-existence within and amongst Nigerians throughout the country. The fact that freedom of expression as one of the dictates of democracy is being observed by the Police, should not be misconstrued as liberty by any group(s) for sectional or group interest to violate the laws and cause mayhem, confusion and apprehension in the minds of more than about one hundred and seventy millions Nigerians.

“The Force will continue to carry out its Constitutional duties and other statutory responsibilities in accordance with the law of the land and for the utmost protection of lives and properties of all Nigerians across the country.”  

Source: News Express

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Driver Handcuffed To Police Van Recounts Ordeal |The Republican News

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• AIG detains erring policemen

Alexander Okere, Benin

A 38-year-old commercial bus driver, Kester Edun, who was handcuffed by some policemen to a patrol van and subjected to inhuman treatment for about seven hours in the Oredo Local Government Area of Edo State, says he did not commit any offence.

PUNCH Metro had reported on Thursday that Edun was handcuffed to the van after his passenger escaped arrest.

The victim, a father of one from Delta State, had earlier been stopped by the security operatives from the Esigie Police Division.

The policemen were said to have searched him but found nothing incriminating on him.

His passenger, however, fled when the security operatives found something on the ground suspected to be hemp.

A resident of the area, Augustine Ogbonmwan, who reportedly captured the brutality meted out to Edun on his mobile phone, was also detained by the police.

Edun said it dawned on him that the policemen were after him when they refused to go after the fleeing passenger.

He said, “The security operatives cuffed my hand to their van and dragged me on the road to compel me to admit to being an accomplice to the passenger.”

He claimed to have lost some amount of money and his phone in the process.

He said, “I did not have any incriminating thing on the bus. When the passenger was searched, they found an empty pack of cigarettes in his pocket. Later, the boy ran away. I asked them to run after him, but they ignored me.

“They handcuffed me to the vehicle, adding that I must accept that I was the boy’s accomplice.

“I told them that I did not know the boy, but they cuffed and dragged me from First (Junction) to Third Junction. The policemen parked and started hitting me and I did not know what happened afterwards because I fainted.”

It was learnt that Edun was later taken to a private hospital by the policemen, where he was handcuffed to a hospital bed and later detained in a cell at the State Criminal Investigation and Intelligence Department for allegedly being a cult member, an allegation he denied.

It was, however, gathered that Edun and Ogbonwan were later released on Wednesday.

The bus driver said, “I am not a cult member. I did not do anything. They should also return my mobile phone and money. I remit N5,000 to the owner of the seized bus every day.”

Meanwhile, it was gathered that the erring policemen had been arrested and detained on the order of the Assistant Inspector-General of Police in charge of Zone 5, Mr. Abubakar Mohammed.

Mohammed told our correspondent that while the zonal command had commenced an investigation into the matter,  the detained policemen would  face an orderly room trial.

He, however, did not disclose the identities of the policemen.

The AIG said the action of the cops was unprofessional and a violation of the principle of democratic policing.

He  said, “We wish to state that the victims, one Kester and Austin Ogbonmwan, are in good health and are cooperating in the investigation.”

Also, the Edo State Government has described the incident as “cruel, inhuman and barbaric.”

It added that that it had ordered a judicial probe into the incident.

The state Governor, Godwin Obaseki, in a statement by his Chief Press Secretary, Mr. John Mayaki, on Thursday, said the law must be implemented decently.

The statement read in part, “This government resolutely believes that while the law must be rigorously enforced, it must be done within the bounds of decency, civility and legality.”             (Punchng.com)

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Four Police Officers Arrested For Handcuffing Bus Driver To Police Van

They were arrested after pictures and video of their brutality against a commercial bus driver went viral.

 

Four policemen attached to the Esigie Police Division have been arrested and detained at the office of the Assistant Inspector General of Police in charge of Zone 5.

The four policemen were on Thursday made to face orderly room trial.

They were arrested after pictures and video of their brutality against a commercial bus driver went viral.

Their victim, Odozi Kester, was handcuffed to a police Hilux van and was dragged on the ground until he fainted.

The AIG, zone 5, Abubakar Adamu, described the conduct of the policemen as unprofessional which he said, does not depicts the ethics and core values of the Nigeria Police Force.

AIG Adamu said the action violated the principle of democratic policing.

He told newsmen that the Zonal Criminal Investigation and Intelligence Department (ZCIID) has commenced full scale investigation into the matter.

AIG Adamu promised that anybody found wanting would be sanctioned after investigation has been concluded.

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(The Nation)

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