Nigerian Army, Police Killed 115, Unlawfully Arrested 500 Persons In South East In Four Months —Amnesty International |RN

Among those who became victims of ruthless attacks of the security operatives were the volunteers of the Eastern Security Network

No fewer than 115 people have been killed and 500 arrested in the South-East region of the country by Nigerian security agents in four months.

Also, both the military and police have jointly tortured innocent civilians and subjected them to cruel treatment in their numerous raids.

Among those who became victims of ruthless attacks of the security operatives were the volunteers of the Eastern Security Network (ESN), a militia arm of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB).

These revelations were made by Amnesty International in a Press Release obtainable to SaharaReporters on Wednesday.

“Amnesty International documented at least 115 persons killed by security forces between January and June 2021. Many relatives of the victims told Amnesty International that they were not part of the militants that were attacking security agents.

“Many of the victims were deposited at government hospitals in Imo and Abia states. According to several hospital sources all the victims deposited by the police had bullet injuries.

“Nigerian security forces have committed a catalogue of human rights violations and crimes under international law in their response to spiralling violence in southeast Nigeria, carrying out a repressive campaign since January which has included sweeping mass arrests, excessive and unlawful force, and torture and other ill-treatment,” said Amnesty International in the statement.

Most of the alleged atrocities unleashed by the nation’s main security agents were carried out in Imo, Anambra and Abia states.

“The evidence gathered by Amnesty International paints a damning picture of ruthless excessive force by Nigerian security forces in Imo, Anambra and Abia states,” said Osai Ojigho, Country Director at Amnesty International.

According to the statement, the security agents haunted South-East residents who they believed were part of the ESN that have killed their men and attacked government infrastructural facilities.

The non-governmental human rights organisation also stated that media firms and eyewitnesses documented some of these inhumane activities of the army and police against armless civilians.

“Nigeria’s government has responded with a heavy hand to killings and violence widely attributed to the armed group calling itself Eastern Security Network (ESN), the armed wing of the Indigenous People Of Biafra (IPOB), a pro-Biafra movement.

“According to government officials, the ESN killed dozens of security operatives and attacked at least ten public buildings, including prisons, police stations, and other public buildings from January to June. In response, security forces comprising military, police, and Department of State Services (DSS) have killed dozens of gunmen, as well as civilians where attacks have been committed. 

“Eyewitnesses told Amnesty International that the security forces have engaged in excessive use of force, physical abuse, secret detentions, extortion, burning of houses, theft, and extra-judicial executions of suspects.

“Human rights groups estimated that the death toll of violence between January and June 2021 in Anambra, Imo, Abia, and Ebonyi states might run into the hundreds. The police said ESN fighters killed 21 of its personnel in Imo state alone.

“Amnesty International carried out an extensive investigation to document the human rights violations and crimes under international law in Anambra, Imo, Ebonyi and Abia states from January 2021.

“The organisation documented 52 incidents of unlawful killings and 62 cases of arbitrary arrest, ill-treatment and torture. Media reports, video and audio recordings reviewed show that the Nigerian security forces also employed excessive force and other unlawful means to address the rising violence,” the statement continued.

While establishing some of the horrible occurrences, the Amnesty International buttressed its points with the incident of a German-based Uguchi Unachukwu killed by soldiers at Sam Mbakwe Airport in Owerri at the last day of May. It also spoke about another man, Matthew Opara shot dead by soldiers near Owerri on May 25.  

“Uguchi Unachukwu, a German-based businessman was killed by soldiers on 31 May at a checkpoint near Owerri airport on his way out of the country. The police are yet to investigate the crime.

“Mathew Opara, a 45-year-old businessman, was shot by soldiers on 25 May 2021 in Orji, near Owerri. Witnesses told Amnesty International that he was returning from work when he ran into a team of soldiers in an armoured vehicle and Hilux vans shooting at residents.

“He was shot in the chest and could not receive immediate medical help because of the violence. His family said the military acknowledged the killing but did not launch an investigation or offer any apology,” Amnesty International added.

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United Kingdom Ask Nigeria To Explain Circumstances Behind Nnamdi Kanu’s Abduction |The Republican News

IPOB leader, Maazi Nnamdi Kanu

LONDON, July 20 (Reuters) – Britain has asked Nigeria to explain where and how Nnamdi Kanu, a separatist leader who holds British citizenship, was arrested after Kanu’s lawyer alleged he had been detained and mistreated in Kenya before being sent back to Nigeria.

Kanu, leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) group which wants part of southeastern Nigeria to secede, was on the run outside Nigeria for four years until he was brought to court in Abuja on June 29 and told he would face trial. read more

“We are seeking clarification from the Nigerian government about the circumstances of the arrest and detention of Nnamdi Kanu,” said Tariq Ahmad, a junior minister at Britain’s Foreign Office.

The Nigerian authorities have refused to say where Kanu was arrested, while Kenya’s ambassador to Nigeria has denied his country was involved. read more

Responding to a question about Kanu’s case from a lawmaker, Ahmad said Britain had requested consular access to Kanu and stood ready to provide consular assistance.

A spokesman for Nigeria’s Department of State Services, the security agency that is holding Kanu, could not immediately be reached for comment on Tuesday, a public holiday in Nigeria.

Kanu’s lawyer, Ifeanyi Ejiofor, alleged he was abducted by Kenya’s special police force and held for eight days before being turned over to Nigerian authorities. read more

Kanu faces 11 charges including treason, terrorism and illegal possession of firearms. His case is due to resume in court in Abuja next week.

IPOB wants a swathe of the southeast to split from Nigeria. The region attempted to secede in 1967 under the name Republic of Biafra, triggering a three-year civil war in which more than a million people died, mostly from starvation.

The Biafran enclave was reabsorbed into Nigeria after the war, but despite an official “no victor no vanquished” policy adopted at the time, discontent has continued to simmer in the region.

Reporting by Estelle Shirbon and William James in London, Camillus Eboh in Abuja; Editing by Alison Williams


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Usifo Ataga’s Autopsy: He Was Tortured, Neck Broken, While Hands Were Tied —Family Opens Up |The Republican News

Usifo Ataga and suspect Chidimma Ojukwu

The death of Super TV CEO, Micheal Usifo Ataga has yet again taken another twist as his family claims that he was tortured before his death.

Ataga was reportedly stabbed to death by one Miss Chidinma Ojukwu, a 300 level student of the University of Lagos, last week, in the Lekki area of Lagos. However, his family has called on the Nigerian police to properly investigate the matter as an autopsy carried on his corpse has shed more light on the incident.

The family believes that there are more people involved in the murder. A family source who spoke under conditions of anonymity disclosed that Usifo’s neck was broken and rope marks were seen on his wrist.

The marks on his wrists, suggesting that he could have been bound. A rope suspected to have been used to tie his hands was reportedly found inside the short-let airbnb apartment situated at 19 Adewale Oshin Street in Lekki phase 1.

The deceased’s elder brother, Dr. Isi Ataga, in a statement entitled: Who will speak for Usifo Ataga?’, also confirmed these findings.

He stated: “Usifo died a horrific death. He was not stabbed two or even five times; he was stabbed multiple times. His hands were bound tightly and the marks were still all over his wrists, accompanied with evidence of torture and assault even as his corpse lay in the morgue.”

“And no one in the entire building heard his screams because he was gagged. Let that sink in, he was bound, gagged and tortured!”

“The now-viral video of the room with the deceased lying on the floor shows a room with blood-stained walls and floor, evidence of a ferocious struggle. One person could never have carried these out.”

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SHOCKING: My Madam Forced Me To Eat My Faeces, Drink My Urine, Tortured Maid Recounts

By Uchenna Inya


  • She often stole my money –Madam

The chicken finally came to a roost as Mrs Nkechi Bartholomew who tortured and disfigured her 12-year-old maid, Faith Nwanja, has been arrested. Mrs Bartholomew, a trader who sells weave-on and attachments in Onitsha, Anambra State, inserted a big stick which she uses to turn semovita and ‘fufu’ into the girl’s private part. She also forced the girl to eat her faeces and drink her urine. Faith lost one of her hands during the torture.

Faith was accused of stealing her mistress’s money ranging from N100 to N200. She was almost tortured to death but for the woman’s sister who rescued the girl. Bartholomew adopted Faith from Okofia community, Ezza South Local Government Area of Ebonyi State when she was eight years old and took her to Onitsha.

But Bartholomew allegedly disfigured the girl. Nwanja was brought back to the village in mutilated condition by Bartholomew’s sister who was arrested, prosecuted and remanded in prison. Police then went after the main suspect, Bartholomew but she escaped. Since February, the woman had been at large until Wednesday when she was arrested by the policemen from the state command who have been trailing her.

The woman was arrested in Onitsha and brought to Ebonyi State Police Command, Abakaliki. Bartholomew’s husband is a food vendor in Onitsha and is at large. The woman alleged that Faith often stole her money. She admitted that she usually beat up the girl. She has been married for eight years but has no child.

Bartholomew said: “I usually beat Faith because she steals; she always stole my money. I did not hit her with iron, I used a big stick to beat her. I told her to stop stealing my money ranging from N100 to N200. But when I confronted her for stealing my money, she will always deny it and that annoyed me a lot. This is why I always beat her up.

“The parents of the girl voluntarily brought her to me. I did not forcefully adopt her as they claim. When she started stealing my money, I called her mother on the telephone and reported the girl to her. It is the devil that made me treat her the way she is today. I am pleading for forgiveness.” But Faith alleged that her madam always tortured her with sticks, hot iron and other dangerous things. She also alleged that Bartholomew, who hails from the same area with her, always inserted a stick into her private part.

Faith equally accused Bartholomew of chaining her and that she only ate once in a day which, according to her, was usually in the evening. She said: “My madam, Bartholomew, disfigured me like this. I was a complete human being when she took me to Onitsha.

She inserted her fingers in my eyes and inflicted these injuries on me. “She usually put stones inside my mouth. She said I don’t normally brush my teeth and since I could not do it, I must always suffer for it.“The husband had never beaten me; he always got annoyed seeing me being tortured by his wife.

At times, he would summon the courage and quarrel with his wife because the wife is bigger than the man. “My madam used to lock me in a dark room after beating me up. I was taken home by my madam’s sister who told her to take me home but she refused. My madam used to tell me that nothing would happen if I die, that she would spend her money and regain freedom if she is arrested if anything happened to me. “I was attending school in the village before she took me to Onitsha. But since four years that I went to Onitsha, I have not gone to school.

I only eat in the evening every day. “My madam used to insert stick into my private part. After beating me up, she would bring two gallons and place my two legs on them. She would tie my legs on them and insert the stick which she uses to turn semovita into my private part.

“Whenever I am pressed and decided to go and defecate she would meet me there and force me to eat up the faeces. After eating the faeces, she would force me to drink the urine,” Faith stated. Faith’s mother, identified simply as Ngozi, in an exclusive interview with our correspondent, said her daughter was subjected to all manner of torture and degradation. She said: “My family has been good to Nkechi’s mother which was why when she came pleading with me to give her my daughter in 2014 since she was yet to have a child, I obliged on the condition that Faith must be enrolled in a school since she was in primary two, going to three when she left the village,” she said. Ngozi further explained that after Nkechi took her daughter Faith to Onitsha, she stopped picking her calls and even changed her SIM card, after warning her not to call her line again.

She explained that she became worried in 2015 when Nkechi didn’t bring back her daughter as she promised. In 2016, the story was the same and each time she went to Nkechi’s mother, she would say that Faith would be brought back home. In August 2017, Ngozi said that she travelled to Onitsha after so much failed promises to return Faith in search of the daughter and she had to stay three days looking for her mistress Nkechi but couldn’t find her because she didn’t know the exact address of her residence. But before her journey to Enugu, Ngozi said she saw Faith in a dream crying, saying she was being maltreated which made her embark on the journey in search of her. According to her, after the futile trip, she pleaded with Nkechi’s mother to allow her to go with one of her sons to Onitsha since he knows where his sister is living. She refused, so she went to Onitsha for the second time alone all to no avail.

Ngozi said in December 2017, she went to Nkechi’s family house and insisted that they must bring back her child. “I told them to get ready to kill me and tell my people why they killed me, but they must give me my child because I didn’t sell her to Nkechi. Even Nkechi’s younger brothers beat me up because I wanted my daughter back. We fought so much that villagers had to gather and told Nkechi’s brother to tell their sister to bring back Faith,” she stated.

The woman disclosed that after the fight in December 2017, on February 2018, they brought back her daughter, but it was Nkechi’s younger sister that brought back Faith instead of Nkechi herself. On getting the news that Faith had been brought, she quickly rushed to meet Nkechi’s mother and asked for her daughter. But the woman told her that Faith went out to play. “I said that was not true, Faith left me when she was eight years old and now she is 12 years old, and instead of coming straight to see her mother she went to play, that is not possible. “I entered their apartment, used my leg to break the door leading to Nkechi’s younger brother’s room, but Faith wasn’t there.

I went straight to her mother’s room, broke the door only to see my daughter kept beside the bed. “Out of fear I ran away, she started calling me to come back that she is Faith. I said that wasn’t possible because you won’t believe she is a human being; her nose was broken, part of her ear chopped off, her face filled with wounds both fresh and old, her mouth swollen, her hand broken, patches all over her head. “I said no, this couldn’t be Faith, I called her the second time she answered, she called me mummy, I shut her up, asking who is your mother? I asked her my name she said Ngozi, she called my husband’s name, her grandmother’s name, she mentioned it. I collapsed’; I hugged her and wept bitterly and took her home.

“I reported the matter to the police and while Nkechi’s sister who brought Faith back was still preparing to leave for Onitsha the next morning, policemen came and arrested her,” she stated. Ngozi said that Faith took time to narrate her ordeal in the hands of her mistress, Nkechi.She said that one day she went to the toilet but her madam’s husband was already there and when she couldn’t go back anymore, the thing dropped on her pants and on coming out of the toilet, the man called the attention of her wife to the act and Nkechi allegedly told Faith to pass the excrement on the floor and forced her to eat it.

“When my daughter was done eating it, Nkechi ordered her to lick her fingers which she did. At another time she urinated on herself and the woman ordered her to drink her urine. “She told my daughter that eating her excrement wasn’t wrong after all she was the one that defecated. “Faith said that sometimes she beats her up and put her inside a drum and after some days she would come and ask why she was still alive. “She used a razor to cut my daughter’s flesh in the name of cutting her hair and she would be bleeding. “She told me that they didn’t allow me to see her the day she came back because of the fresh wound on her mouth, that they wanted it to heal a little bit before handing her over,” Ngozi narrated.

Faith’s grandmother, Mrs Nwite Nwanja, decried the inhuman treatment meted on Faith who was named after her. She said that she gave birth to 20 children and all of them died except for Faith’s mother who survived.”I suffered to bear children and out of 20 of them only John, Faith’s father survived.

My second grandchild Faith was named after me and I love her so much but look at what a woman did to her. She has been deformed by people I helped so much. Of all the good things I did for them, look at how they paid me back. I want justice for my granddaughter and my family. Nkechi has shown her wickedness and Satan would be the one to punish her for that,” she said. Head of Department, Child Development of the state Ministry of Women Affairs and Social Development, Godwin Igwe, said the health condition of Faith had worsened after her torture.

“The child was battered, dehumanised and subjected to degrading treatment by Mrs Nkechi Barth at Onitsha in February. That Child has been undergoing a medical examination by a team of gynaecologists, a team of orthopaedic doctors because of serious harm inflicted on her reproductive system, her hand, her ear, teeth and all over her body.

“The woman inflicted injuries on all part of her body. Last week, her medical examination was concluded and the hospital management said the report would be released to the police as soon as it is demanded,” he said. The state Police Public Relations Officer, ASP Loveth Odah, said Faith was subjected to inhuman treatment for four good years.

“Ehe Ebonyi State Police Command in its sustained drive to purge the society of ills, vis-à-vis, evil childminders/ traffickers, the command dragnet, caught one Nkechinyere Bartholomew Mbah, 32 years old, a native of Ohage Okoffia in Ezza South Local Government Area of the state, and that all effort to locate the suspect proved abortive. Miss Faith Nwanja was however traced and found disfigured with lacerations all over her body. “She was subjected to inhuman treatment for four years.

The Commissioner of Police, therefore, wishes to use this medium to warn, parents, to care for their underage children who are vulnerable to inhuman treatment by their supposed guardians, using Faith as a case study. The future of little Faith is totally at the mercy of God,” she said.   (New Telegraph)

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Soldiers Frogmarch Pupil To Death, As Zamfara Teacher Flogs Another To Death

                    Nigerian soldiers and victim Queendaline Ekezie


Samson Folarin

The family of Queendaline Ekezie, a 15-year-old pupil of Army Day Secondary School, Obinze, Owerri, Imo State, are inconsolable after two soldiers in the school allegedly snuffed the life out of her during a rigorous punishment.

The soldiers were reported to have asked her to frogmarch after she arrived at school late on Thursday.

The victim, who became exhausted after repeating the exercise several times, was said to have collapsed.

She was reportedly rushed to an army hospital where she died.

Her father, Hyginus, on hearing the news, passed out and was rushed to a hospital in the community for treatment.

PUNCH Metro learnt that Queendaline, who was in Junior Secondary School 3, was with a colleague, Delight Aguocha, a JSS 2 pupil when the incident happened.

Aguocha told our correspondent that the rigour of the punishment killed her friend.

She said, “On that day, we had set out at 7am. We waited for a motorcycle to take us to school till it was 8am. When we became frustrated, we decided to board a commercial cab. But the driver did not leave the motor park until the car was filled with passengers.

“When we got to school at 9am, we met three sets of latecomers on the ground. Two soldiers were asking each set to do frogmarch to a particular distance after which they picked their bags and entered their classes.

“When it was our turn, we were about reaching the finishing line when they said we were not doing it right and we should start again. After we repeated it, we went to pick our school bags, but one of the soldiers said he was still not satisfied.

“I completed the punishment the third time and I picked my bag and left. I suddenly discovered that my friend was not with me. When I returned to the place, I saw her crying. She started vomiting the food she ate that morning. She was saying, ‘my back, my chest.’ The soldiers were just staring at us.”

She added that while the 15-year-old groaned with pain, a teacher who was just arriving in the school, observed her and asked if she had been sick before the time.

Aguocha said she insisted that her friend was healthy, adding that the school principal, who also later arrived, joined in examining her.

The victim, who could no longer walk, was reportedly carried into the principal’s car en route to the army hospital.

The friend said Queendaline was given an injection and later put on a drip.

“After they put on the drip, she started vomiting blood. Blood was spurting out of her nostrils, mouth and ears. I called the teacher to inform her and she alerted a nurse who said her condition had worsened,” she added.

The victim’s sister, Immaculate, a Senior Secondary School 3 pupil in the school, said her sister was not given adequate medical attention which contributed to her death.

She said, “On that Thursday, she left for school before me. But because she had a delay, I got to school earlier.

“I was called around 10am that she was in the hospital. They didn’t put her on oxygen and the drip had stopped flowing. When I saw her, she was vomiting blood and shouting. She suddenly became still and the nurse asked us to leave. They announced that she was dead.”

Immaculate said her sister’s dream of becoming a lawyer and fighting for human rights had been destroyed, adding that the soldiers should be held responsible.

PUNCH Metro learnt that the remains of the victim were deposited in the Federal Medical Centre mortuary, Owerri.

Our correspondent was told that the news of the victim’s death shook her hometown in Umuoso Mgbuisii, in the Ohaji/Egbema LGA of Imo State.

It was learnt that the deceased was the second of five children.

Her mother, Apolonia, was too distraught to speak with our correspondent.

But the brother, Okechukwu, said the family wanted Queendaline buried and the family compensated.

The Chairman of the Ohaji/Egbema LGA, Ebenezer Amadi, said he was “deeply saddened” by the death because the victim was his uncle’s daughter.

He said the community was awaiting the report of the autopsy to determine its next line of action.

He said, “The soldiers came to meet the family for a meeting, but the meeting could not hold because the girl’s father fainted out of shock. From what we heard, she was being punished for the first time when she slumped and died. So, I cannot make any categorical statement until we see the result of the autopsy.”

The 82 Division’s spokesman and Deputy Director, Army Public Relations, Col. Sagir Musa, said it would be premature to comment on the incident as the Imo State Ministry of Education had planned to issue a statement on it on Thursday (today).

In a related development, a teacher at Government Day Secondary School, Sankalawa, in the Bungudu LGA of Zamfara has allegedly flogged a student to death.

The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the incident was revealed on Wednesday by the Deputy Speaker of the state House of Assembly Alhaji Muhammad Abubakar-Gummi.

The deputy speaker, who spoke under Matters of Urgent Public Importance during the Assembly’s sitting in Gusau, said the House had received several reports on the issue.

According to him, another incident at Government Female Day Secondary School, Kwatarkwashi, led to the injury of a student in the school after the vice principal allegedly subjected her to heavy punishment.

Gummi said, “These problems, apart from discouraging our children from acquiring education, also revealed the poor attitude to work by teachers in this state.”

The Speaker, Alhaji Sanusi Rikiji, described the actions of the teachers as unfortunate and vowed that the Assembly would not allow the matter to pass.

“It is part of our responsibilities to ensure effective security and good learning atmosphere for our children for their future development, therefore, we cannot allow teachers to continue harassing our children from schools,” he said.   (Punch)

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Pregnant Housewife Tortures Housegirl For Eating Children Food |RN

                 • Juliet • Blessing Photos: Samson Folarin

Samson Folarin

A pregnant housewife, Juliet Ozoarinze, has been arrested for allegedly torturing a 10-year-old girl, Blessing, in Ijesha, Surulere, Lagos State.

The mother of four was also accused of assaulting the victim since she started living with the (Juliet’s) family in July 2017.

She was alleged to have used different objects on her over allegations of being tardy in running errands, not being prompt in answering summons and practising witchcraft.

The suspect’s husband, Kenneth, was reported to have returned Blessing to her aunt, Vivian, on Tuesday, October 17, after the wife allegedly used a knife to cut the 10-year-old in the hand for allegedly stealing and eating the food meant for her children.

Vivian, who gave the couple the child because Kenneth was a family friend, told our correspondent that Kenneth said he was returning the child because of the injury.

She said, “Blessing’s mother lives in Abuja and she has four children, including her. She had been saddled with the care of all the four girls. We thought the couple could assist with Blessing’s education in exchange for helping them with house chores.

“The man suddenly brought the girl back to our house. The woman used a knife to cut her in the hand and the man said he was not happy with the wife. After he left, I saw that she could barely sit and I asked her to remove her clothes. I was alarmed at the extent of her injuries and she told me that Juliet had been torturing her since she started living with them.

“I called Kenneth and asked if he knew about the girl’s injuries and he denied. He came back and was angry to see all her sores. I asked him to pay for the girl’s treatment, but he refused and said he didn’t have money.”

She said after she could not raise money for Blessing’s treatment, her neighbours advised her to approach a human rights organisation.

She explained that after several attempts to convince Kenneth to foot Blessing’s medical bill failed, she reported the case at the Lagos State Office of the Public Defender.

An official of the agency told PUNCH Metro that when Blessing was brought to the office, she could not sit due to the extent of her injuries.

She said, “The woman is a housewife and mother of four children. She is currently pregnant with her fifth child. The girl had been cruelly treated and poorly fed by Juliet. Instead of sending her to school as her family promised, they enslaved her.

“When we checked her body, we saw many physical injuries ranging from knife cuts to marks of flogging with wire and other objects. She could barely walk or sit because she had severe injuries on her buttocks and had also been hit on the head and waist with a pestle.”

PUNCH Metro learnt that the OPD reported the case to the police at the Itire division, and the suspect was arrested.

When queried on what the victim did, the suspect allegedly claimed that Blessing stole her children’s provisions and food.

She reportedly denied beating her with objects.

“The police asked Blessing what made her mistress to beat her and she replied that on an occasion, she was forced to accept that she was a witch. The Divisional Police Officer promised to charge the woman to court at the end of investigations,” a social worker said.

The Director of OPD, Mrs. Olubukola Salami, confirmed the incident.

She said, “We are concerned about the surge in the number of child abuse cases in Lagos State despite legislative measures and several awareness and advocacy mechanisms put in place by the government.

“While OPD will continue to get perpetrators to face justice, we urge all residents of Lagos to be vigilant and report all forms of child abuse in their community.”

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

Our correspondent, however, gathered that the suspect had been arraigned in a magistrate’s court for the offence.   (Punch)

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