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IPOB: Nnamdi Kanu’s Home Place For Our Sabbath Worship, Dares Police |RN

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Vow not to leave Nnamdi Kanu’s home

■ Say their persecution will attract religious war

From Okey Sampson, Aba

Lady Ima Hallelujah Nwachukwu is the leader of the Jewish worshippers, who some of her members were arrested by the police in Umuahia, the Abia State capital.

In this interview, she spoke about her group, denying that they are terrorists as police would want the world to believe.
While saying that Nnamdi Kanu’s home is their place for the keeping of the Sabbath, she equally warned the Abia State Commissioner of Police not to do anything that would trigger a religious war in the state. Excerpts:

Let’s know your name and why you are in Umuahia
My name is Mrs Ima Hallelujah Nwachukwu, leader of the Jewish worshippers in Umuahia. We are in Umuahia to keep the Sabbath, to worship God.

We decided to do that in Nnamdi Kanu’s home because he is a Jewish man, one of the leaders in our kingdom. This palace (Kanu’s house) is our home and we cannot run away from our home. Over 100 of us came from different parts of the country for this Sabbath keeping.

Is it true that while you were observing the Sabbath, police arrested some of you?  

Yes, they (police) beat some of our brothers mercilessly in our place of worship and tore their clothes before arresting them. Nine of our members were arrested by the police and tortured.

What did police say was your offence? 

They said we are terrorists that we came to terrorise the Commissioner of Police (Anthony Ogbizi). We are not carrying any gun or dangerous weapons, but police in Abia State said that our Kapa and attire frighten them.
They said our attire is the gun we are using to terrorize the commissioner of police. I don’t know when somebody’s attire has become a dangerous weapon that can be used to terrorize the commissioner of police. How can we terrorize the commissioner of police when we don’t know him or his address?

They say we are terrorists, if that is true, how could we have come with our children whom they attacked and some of them are still in the hospital? Can terrorists go to terrorize a place with men of over 90 years? Since we are terrorists, why did they not arrest all of us when we went to the state police command headquarters for the release of our arrested members? I ask this question because we all are in Abia for the same purpose.

Could it be that your people were arrested because you came to Nnamdi Kanu’s home to worship?

Jewish religion, is it a new thing in this country? I think when Nnamdi Kanu was granted bail; the court ruled that one of his sureties must be a Jewish religious leader, that means the court recognises the existence of that religion. The funny part of the whole thing is that when we went to the SCID, a day after the arrest of our members, they said we were no longer terrorists, but surprisingly, the same day, they clamped them into prison.

Would these arrests deter you from accomplishing what brought you to Abia State?

Not at all, at present we do not have any other place of worship except here (Nnamdi Kanu’s home), so, this place will continue to be our place of worship. We have our Synagogue here; it is truly our worship centre. If the police like let them arrest all of us, it will not deter us, but all we want the world to know is that we are not terrorists, but worshippers of Yahweh.

What’s your take on the arrest of your members by the police?

Well, the commissioner of police knows the consequences because what he is attracting is a religious war. He tagged us, terrorists, he has to prove it, he will prove it. The CP ordered for our arrest because of hatred, anger and envy. But there will be no retreat and no surrender.

What’s your advice to your members?   

They should be courageous and not be dismayed for Yahweh Elohim of Hebrew is with us and we shall conquer at the end.  (The Sun)

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Senate: House Of Reps To Declare IGP Unfit For Public Office |The Republican News

By Philip Nyam

Ibrahim-Idris

Inspector General of Police, Idris K. Ibrahim

As a show of solidarity, the House of Representatives may this week concur with the position of the Senate by passing a resolution declaring the Inspector-General of Police, Mr Ibrahim Idris, unfit to hold public office.

The Senate, last week, declared the IGP incompetent and unfit to hold any office and should be sacked from his position. A few days ago, the Senate reeled out a list of killings in the country since January 2018, to buttress its insistence that the IGP has failed in his responsibilities.

New Telegraph reliably gathered that the second chamber, the House of Representatives, will on resumption tomorrow, sponsor a motion to concur with the Senate position and call on President Muhammadu Buhari to relieve Idris of his duties.

The motion, which is to be moved on Tuesday, will be presented by a Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) lawmaker from Rivers State, who is said to be a close ally of Governor Nyesom Wike.

A member of the group of lawmakers behind the historic motion told our correspondent in confidence that the House leadership and all members of the House were worried that the IGP has become untouchable and his antics pose a threat to democracy. “I can assure you, we are very uncomfortable with what is happening between the Senate and the IGP. It has never happened in the life of this parliament that an appointee of government would so treat the Senate with contempt. “We have to support the Senate because if the upper legislative is destroyed, it means the House will also be destroyed.

We will come up with a motion and concur with the resolution of the Senate. “If the IGP can so treat the highest law making body in this country with contempt, it means we have to rise up and tell Nigerian that as their true representatives we must defend democracy and their rights at all times,” the lawmaker revealed.

Although the Senate has insisted that the IGP must appear before it to answer questions relating to the arrest and subsequent arraignment of Senator Dino Melaye and the worsening insecurity in the country, the IGP has maintained that it is blackmail against the Force.  (New Telegraph)

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Suspected Imo Kidnap Kingpin Nabbed In Student Hostel In Owerri |RN

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                 Godwin Onyebuchi aka Papa-G on the hospital bed after his arrest

Chidiebube Okeoma, Owerri

A suspected notorious kidnapper and armed robber, Godwin Onyebuchi, also known as Papa G, has been nabbed by the operatives of Federal Special Anti-Robbery Squad of the Imo State Police Command. He was reportedly arrested in his hideout in a polytechnic hostel.

The arrest of Onyewuchi, who is also suspected to be a serial killer, made residents of Owerri jubilate, including police officers who gathered to have a glimpse of him.

Southern City News gathered that the suspect, who had escaped arrests, had been on the wanted list of the police for a long time.

According to a police source, who does not want his name in print, Onyebuchi was nabbed on Saturday at Solo Lodge hostel located around Federal Polytechnic, Nekede.

The hostel, until his arrest, served as his hiding place after deadly operations.

“In order to beat police investigation, he uses that hostel as a hiding place after deadly operations. He pretends to be a student. He knew police were tracking him.

“So, he does not have a phone. He borrows phones to make calls if there were needs for telephone conversation,” the source told Southern City News.

The suspect, the source added, was responsible for the kidnapping of a popular gospel singer, Chinedu Nwadike, and one Rev. Columba Okereke in August 2017.

“In August 2017, a gang of armed robbers and kidnappers led by Godwin Onyebuchi, who operates between Imo and Abia states, abducted a popular gospel singer, Chinedu Nwadike, and Rev. Columba Okereke.

“The gang collected the Lexus 350 model car of one of their victims while a ransom of N5m was paid. The hoodlums equally collected other valuables from the victims.

“Acting on intelligence, the operatives of Federal Special Anti Robbery Squad of the Imo State Police Command, led by their commander, SP Victor Godfrey, swooped on him at his hideout, Solo Lodge hostel, Nekede, on Saturday and arrested him. On sighting the F-SARS operatives, he jumped down from the three-storey building and broke one of his legs,” the source further disclosed.

Our correspondent gathered that the suspect was rushed to police clinic, Amakaohia, Owerri, where he was receiving medical attention

It was gathered that two kidnap victims and the suspect’s gang members in the police detention had identified him as the ringleader.

Confirming the arrest, the State Commissioner of Police, Chris Ezike, said the robust onslaught against criminals and their hideout was ongoing in the state.

“The suspect has been on the wanted list of the command. Acting on intelligence, we have to arrest him. He will be ready to answer for all his atrocities. As a command, we will continue to ensure that Imo people enjoy their nights of sleep,” the state/CP said. (Punch)

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Okada Riders In Onitsha Protest Extortion, Harassment By Police |RN

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Commercial Motorcyclists known as ‘Okada riders’ in local parlance

Jeff Amechi Agbodo, Onitsha |

The commercial motorcycle operators known as ‘Okada’ took to the streets and roads of Onitsha protesting the force a police patrol team for allegedly knocking down one operator, and for harassment and extortion by police in the state capital.

The group in their numbers blocked the old market road with their motorcycles in protest against officers from Inland Town Police Station who is said to have knocked down an Okada rider at ABS junction, Awka road Onitsha.

They operators caused serious gridlock along the road for some time before they continued their movement.

They later went to various police stations in the commercial city to register their grievance, appealing to the government and police authorities to call the police patrol teams to order for allegedly harassing and extorting money from them.

A spokesperson of the group Mr. Linus Chukwuma lamented that the knocking down of an elderly man by the patrol team with the intention of seizing his motorcycle triggered them to mount their protest, stressing that it was not the first time such thing would happen.

He accused police of frequently targeting Okada riders who earn a living on the job, stressing that their motorcycles are indiscriminately seized and remanded at police stations if they refuse to “settle” on the road, that and when it gets to the station more money for the collection of their machines would be paid. 

“We are protesting the harassment and extortion of Okada riders by police in Onitsha. We are appealing to the government and police authority to help to stop it because it’s becoming too much for us bear. We will come in the morning to go find what to feed our family members, police will collect the money one way or the other. Police will stop you on the road, [but] instead of asking about your documents or driver’s license what he will do is to ask you to get down from your bike and the next thing is for them to carry your bike to the station for no just cause. They will tell you to come to the station to carry it and when you get there, they will tell you to pay N3200 before you carry it,” the spokesman said.

“This afternoon the police patrol team from Inland Town Police Station knocked down an Okada rider, an elderly man at Awka road Onitsha; he is now between life and death. We don’t know whether he will survive it or not; he was rushed to the hospital. The policemen and the civilians they used to arrest motorcycles ran away immediately the incident happened. Police should leave us alone on the road, we are not thieves.”

“There is hunger in the land that is why we are riding Okada to feed our families; is it better to go and steal? If we leave our motorcycles and start robbery, it is the same policemen that will be arresting us for stealing; why should they be disturbing us while carrying out our legitimate duties. Most us are driving hire-purchase [motorcycles] to pay the owner between N400, 000 and N 500, 000. We have children paying their school fees, we are paying for house rent…” Chukwuma lamented.

In swift reaction, the Divisional Police Officer ( DPO) in charge of Inland Police Station, Mr. A.N Kayinde, a Superintendent of Police (SP), said that the briefing from the patrol team officers revealed that the police van was following the Okada man along the road and immediately he saw police at his back he turned with force and fell inside the gutter, and that the same policemen rescued him and took him to the hospital for treatment.

He wondered why the Okada man was running when he saw a police patrol vehicle, but promised to get the root of the matter, saying that after treatment he would hear his own angle, saying also that he would not condone any act that would tarnish image of the police. (The Sun)

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#EndSARS: Despite IGP’s Order, Nigerians Insist SARS Must Be Scrapped |RN

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                                        Police IG Ibrahim Kpotun Idris.

Despite the call by the Inspector General of police, Ibrahim Idris,  for an immediate reorganisation of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad, Nigerians insist that it should be scrapped.

The Hashtag, #EndSARS gained momentum on the social media on Sunday, when Nigerians took to Twitter to protest ill-treatment, abuse and harassment by operatives of the SARS.

Although, the IGP has called for the SARS to be restructured, the #EndSARS continues to trend. Nigerians still demand the scrapping of the SARS.

See some of the tweets:

There’s no need for any re organization,All Nigerians want is to #EndSars

— Truth Empire (@TruthEmpire1) December 4, 2017

And do not allow anyone sabotage your/our efforts. #EndSARShttps://t.co/y9eEy5SE7M

— VeloxTravel✈️ (@weabless) December 4, 2017    (Punch)

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Gov. Obiano Has 221 Police Personnel, ADC, Chief Security Officer – IGP Idris |RN

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‘I never withdrew gov’s ADC’ 

From Molly Kilete, Abuja

Inspector General of Police (IGP), Ibrahim Idris, has said Anambra State Governor, Willie Obiano, has 221 police officers and men, including an Aide-De-Camp (ADC) and a chief security officer attached to him for office and personal protection.

The IGP’s revelation came against the backdrop of reports that he withdrew his security aides on Tuesday.

The police boss insisted, yesterday,  he never withdrew Obiano’s ADC or any other police officer attached to the governor.

The IGP, who made this known in Abuja, explained that what happened on the day his ADC was allegedly withdrawn was that both the ADC and the Chief Security Officer (CSO) were asked to attend the IGP’s lecture, alongside other police personnel deployed for tomorrow’s election in Anambra State, which took place at the Police Command Headquarters in Awka, on Tuesday.

The IGP had come under heavy criticism after Obiano raised the alarm that he woke up Tuesday morning to discover that his ADC and CSO had been withdrawn by the IGP.

Obiano said withdrawal of his security aides meant his life was in danger.

Worried by the development, President Muhammadu Buhari and the National Assembly, on Wednesday, at separate events, ordered the immediate restoration of Obiano’s security aides.

The order has been complied with.

But Idris, in a statement signed by the Force Public Relations Officer, Jimoh Moshood, yesterday, noted that it was imperative for the IGP to explain “rumours surrounding alleged withdrawal of Obiano’s ADC.

“Obviously, the 221 police personnel attached to Obiano are more than the strength of some police area commands in some states of the country.

“This was done to ensure optimum safety and protection of the executive governor of Anambra state.”

He gave a breakdown of the 221 police personnel attached to the governor to include “one ADC, one CSO,  Unit Commander, from 45 PMF, one Admin Officer, all of them senior police officers to administer the police personnel.

Others include “43 personnel of Police Mobile Force, from 29 PMF and 54 PMF, 62 personnel of Police Mobile Force (PMF) – from 45 PMF, 46 personnel of Special Protection Unit (SPU) and 66 personnel of Conventional Police Men.

“It is absolutely imperative to correct the wrong impression created in the media that the governor’s ADC was withdrawn.

“The true position of the matter is that the ADC or any other police officer attached to Obiano was not withdrawn…The ADC and CSO returned few hours later, after the lecture, same date, to their duty posts in Government House, Awka, Anambra sate.

Furthermore, the security arrangement currently being implemented by the police, to ensure a conducive atmosphere for a credible, free and fair governorship election scheduled for Saturday will not be compromised…”

and will cover the protection of all flag bearers of the 37 political parties participating in the election.

“The Force will also ensure adequate protection of the electorate, INEC officials, election observers/monitors, electoral materials and the general populace before, during and after the election.  (The Sun)

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Lagos ‘Policeman’ Robs, Stabs Commuter, Forgets ID Card At Scene

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Samson Folarin

Highway robberies  may have taken a turn for the worse after a police sergeant, Williams Godwin, was allegedly involved in the robbery of a commuter identified only as Henry.

PUNCH Metro learnt that the 41-year-old victim was on his way to work when he joined a cab along the Lagos-Ibadan Expressway en route to Lagos Island.

He was said to have been attacked at gunpoint, as the assailants, which included Godwin, allegedly dispossessed him of his ATM card and N4,000.

However, during the incident, the policeman’s ID card allegedly fell into the luggage of the victim, who was rushed to the Lagos State Accident and Emergency Centre at Toll gate, Ojota, where he was admitted and treated.

One of those who rescued Henry told PUNCH Metro that he was stabbed with a sharp object in the back.

The ID card

He said, “The incident happened on Wednesday, October 18, 2017. The man was going to work on the Lagos Island when he boarded the private car. Along the way, they pointed a gun at him and took his ATM card and the N4,000 in his bag. While the policeman was ransacking the man’s luggage, his ID card fell into the man’s bag. They stabbed him with a sharp object and dropped him off.”

Our correspondent, who visited the centre, confirmed that Henry was indeed admitted to the facility.

A worker, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said incidents of car robberies, aka One Chance, had become regular in the area.

She said passersby and sympathisers, who sighted victims of such attacks, sometime called the emergency toll-free lines through which the centre got notifications.

She said, “Yes, the man was brought here. I think he’s about 41-year-old. He said he boarded a private car, which he thought was a cab. He was seriously injured and we had to treat him. He had the ID card of the policeman that he claimed was among those that attacked him.”

Our correspondent gathered that Henry took away the original ID card of the policeman.

PUNCH Metro visited Henry’s residence in the Ogba, Agege area to speak with him on his encounter with the bandits.

The house gate was locked, but a resident later showed up.

The resident, who confirmed the attack, said Henry had decided not to talk about it.

Another neighbour, Ben, declined to release Henry’s telephone number, saying he had put the robbery behind him.

Our correspondent, however, gathered that there had been a surge in the number of victims of One Chance robberies along the Berger/Secretariat/Toll gate ends of the Lagos-Ibadan Expressway.

Some of the victims, our correspondent learnt, were admitted to the Accident and Emergency Centre.

In the course of investigating Henry’s attack at the centre, our correspondent sighted a victim who worked with a popular club on Lagos Island.

The man, who identified himself only as Dotun, said he was attacked by a nine-man gang.

He said, “I was going to my place of work at Obalende when I entered a Vanagon  bus at the Berger end of the expressway around 6am on October 25. We were about nine on the bus, including a man who wore a tie. He sat in the front. All of them were hefty men and wore regular clothes.

“When we got to Secretariat bus stop, they held me by the neck and I thought they wanted to kill me. I started to struggle with them as they punched and hit me from different sides. They took all the money in my bag and collected my ATM card. I wouldn’t know if they had a POS machine. But they slotted it inside something and said there was no money in it. The last thing I remember is that they hit my head against the vehicle and I passed out.”

The hospital source told our correspondent that a woman had also been attacked in a similar manner three days before Dotun’s attack.

She said the victim was stabbed in different parts of her body and all her money was collected.

The Lagos State Police Public Relations Officer, ASP Olarinde Famous-Cole, said he would call back, but had yet to do so as of press time.       (Punch)

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