The United States Embassy has expressed “deep concern” over the suspension of Walter Onnoghen as the Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN).
This was contained in a statement issued on Saturday.
President Muhammadu Buhari had suspended Onnoghen on Friday, and Ibrahim Tanko Mohammed was sworn in as the acting Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN).
Onnoghen is standing trial over allegations of fraudulent declaration of assets.
The US Embassy questioned Buhari’s decision to suspend Onnoghen, without recourse to legislative arm of government.
The statement read: “The Embassy of the United States is deeply concerned by the impact of the executive branch’s decision to suspend and replace the Chief Justice and head of the judicial branch without the support of the legislative branch on the eve of national and state elections.
“We note widespread Nigerian criticism that this decision is unconstitutional and that it undermines the independence of the judicial branch. That undercuts the stated determination of government, candidates, and political party leaders to ensure that the elections proceed in a way that is free, fair, transparent, and peaceful — leading to a credible result.
“We urge that the issues raised by this decision be resolved swiftly and peacefully in accordance with due process, full respect for the rule of law, and the spirit of the Constitution of Nigeria. Such action is needed urgently now to ensure that this decision does not cast a pall over the electoral process.”
Our attentions has been drawn to the activities of fraudsters/rituals in Anambra state and it’s environs .
According to a young lady (Name withheld) a young man walked into her shop one hot afternoon in Awka the State capital and told her that the government of Anambra state was sharing mosquito nets and they where asked to go round the whole state and get the actual no of people in the state so to enable the government know the quantity of nets to be made available for distribution .
According to her, the man asked for a sheet of paper and a pen,he inscribed somethings on it, signed his signature and handed the paper over to her with instruction that she presents it to his colleagues when they get to her shop and two nets will be given to her..
Just about then he grabbed her hand brought out syringe and attempted to take her blood sample. She quickly withdraw her hand from him and asked him why she would need a blood sample before she could pick a net and he said the government wants a random check of individuals in Anambra state to know who is sick and that the result will come along with the net.
She refused, saying she just got tested . After serious arguments the man got angry and went away.
By this post I want to notify the general public that the government of Anambra state does not share mosquito net street by street, rather nets are distributed in health centre at a designated time and proper announcements are made using local town criers to notify the community.
Please share this post widely to warn others and please when such individuals is spotted anywhere around the state, hold them and report to the necessary authorities or hand over them over to the police.
Gwazikwa ndi yadi gi.
Hon Princess Bibiana Nwankwo
The NJC held its 87th meeting on October 3 and October under the chairmanship of Onnoghen. At the end of the meeting, it recommended the appointment one Supreme Court Justice, three chief judges, three other judges of state high courts and a judge each for the Sharia Court of Appeal and the Customary Court of Appeal. The 88th meeting was to hold on Tuesday January 15, 2019.
But days earlier, the Code of Conduct Bureau (CCB) had slammed fraudulent asset declaration charges against the CJN at the Code of Conduct Tribunal (CCT). Afraid that the NJC could suspend him because of this, Onnoghen — despite knowing that NJC members were already in Abuja for that purpose — postponed the meeting.
Notice of the postponement, served by Soji Oye, NJC’s Director of Information, read: “Sir/Ma, I am directed by The Honorable, The Chief Justice of Nigeria and Chairman of the National Judicial Council, Hon. Justice W. S. N. Onnoghen, GCON to inform you that the 88th Meeting of the Council slated for Tuesday 15th, January, 2019 has been postponed to a later date to be communicated to you.
“Any inconvenience this might cause you is highly regretted. Please, accept the assurances of the high regards of His Lordship, Hon. Justice W. S. N. Onnoghen, GCON.”
A source familiar with the development told SaharaReporters that Onnoghen took the step after advice from his lawyers, knowing the antecedent of the council.
“On June 15, 2018, the members of the National Judicial Council had assembled in Abuja to attend the statutory meeting if the body. To the surprise of the members the embattled Chief Justice of Nigeria, Justice Walter Onnoghen decided to postpone the meeting indefinitely,” he said.
“Even though no reason was adduced for the postponement of the meeting, Justice Onnoghen was not sure that the body would not suspend him until the conclusion of the case of false declaration of assets pending against him at the Code of Conduct Tribunal. The fear of Justice Onnoghen is not unfounded as the National Judicial Council has placed all judges who are on trial on suspension pending the conclusion of criminal cases filed against them as a result of the 2016 arrest of judges for corruption.
“Justice John Okoro of the Supreme Court was recalled from suspension because he was not charged with any offence while Justice Ugwuta has not been recalled from suspension. As Justice Onnoghen would have been interdicted if the National Judicial Council had met he was advised by his lawyers and close confidants in the judiciary to shift the meeting till a later date when the coast would become clear. The Chief Justice followed the advice and directed that the meeting be postponed.”
Onnoghen has shunned the two sittings of the CCT so far, the tribunal setting aside subsisting orders of a Federal High Court and the National Industrial Court (NIC) restraining it from proceeding with the case.
At the last sitting on Tuesday, Justice Danladi Umar, Chairman of the CCT, ruled that the order issued by the two courts directing the tribunal to discontinue the case are not binding on the tribunal.
He declared the orders null and void, holding that the tribunal was established by the constitution and could not be stopped by orders of the two courts.
He therefore ruled that the tribunal would proceed with the case, and he directed the defendant to move his preliminary application challenging the jurisdiction of the tribunal.
Authorities of the Akwa Ibom Police Command have paraded one Kingsley Udoyen, for impersonating an Assistant Commissioner of Police.
He was paraded alongside 213 other suspects on Thursday. The suspects have been charged with various offenses ranging from murder to kidnapping, child stealing, defilement and armed robbery. The offences took place in January 2019.
Briefing newsmen on the arrests made so for, Musa Kimo, the state Commissioner of Police, said the impersonator used the position to defraud and threaten unsuspecting members of the public.
According to Kimo, Kingsley Udoyen of 3, Stadium Road, Abak, was arrested on January 2, 2019 for impersonating a Senior Police Officer of the rank of Assistant Commissioner of Police (ACP), a position he has used to defraud and threaten unsuspecting members of the public.
“A search in his house led to the recovery of one English pistol without magazine and ammunition, portraits of the Chief Superintendent of Police (CSP) and Assistant Commissioner of Police (ACP), three pairs of uniforms, Police belt, fake Police ID card, and other documents from the suspect,” Kimo added.
Also, a total of 213 suspects were arrested during the period under review; 111 were charged to court. While some are undergoing investigation, those not culpable were released. The command secured 18 convictions. The suspects arrested committed offences ranging from murder, kidnapping, child stealing, defilement, stealing, armed robbery.
The command also arrested some men for defiling minors. Joseph Effiong (aged 29) from Ikono Local Government Area and a security man at Royal City Central Chapel Church, Uyo, was accused of luring lured a four-year-old to an uncompleted building and defiling her on January 13, 2019. Joseph Sunday Essien of Ifa Ikot Obong was accused of defiling his 13-year-old step-daughter. Similarly, on January 13, 2019, one Edet Inyang Edem was arrested for defiling a 10-year-old and abandoning the victim at Use Offot Market Squad in Uyo.
Martins Okon Asuquo and Iboro Edet Etim, a self-confessed cultist of Red Skin Confraternity, was accused of robbing one Josephine Nkweke of Ekpene Ukim village in Uran LGA in her provision store on January 14, 2019, while Odudu Emem Hanson was arrested for robbing one Bright Uffi Okpoyo of No.1 Ebet Aya Street and collecting cash, phones, and other valuables on January 20, 2019.
Eight cultists, namely: Ukeme Etim Udosen, Victor Isaiah Joshua, Kingsley Aniedi Sampson, Ndifreke Bassey Isaac, Samuel Friday Nnana, Idongesit Effiong Asuquo, David Nicodemus Effiong, Daniel Aniedi Nnana, all male, were arrested as suspected members of the Iceland Marine Patrol (IMP). The arrest was made at Udemy plaza, Ekom Iman Junction on January 9, 2019, who attacked and almost murdered one Uduak Willie Bob of Ikot Oku Ikono village in Uyo LGA, among others.
The police on Wednesday gave an account of how the Chairman of Young Shall Grow Motors, Chief Vincent Obianuju, was allegedly shot in a gun battle by suspected kidnap kingpin, Chukwudumeme Onwuamadike (alias Evans).
Onwuamadike is standing trial alongside Joseph Emeka, 29, Chiemeka Arinze, 39, and Udeme Upong, 43, on a seven-count charge of murder, attempted murder, conspiracy to commit kidnapping, attempt to kidnap, and sale and transfer of firearms.
The prosecutor, Mr Haroun Adebayo, called the first witness, Insp. Idowu Haruna, attached to the Inspector-General of Police Intelligence Response Team, which arrested the accused and conducted investigations, to narrate the outcome of the investigations.
Haruna testified that the chairman of Young Shall Grow Motors was attacked by the accused on Third Avenue, Festac Town, Lagos in 2013.
“They engaged the chief in a gun battle, and he was shot on his left arm,” NAN quoted him as saying.
“Also, one of his escorts, Cpl. Ngozi Chijioke and his driver, Mr Peter Nweke, were shot dead; three among the kidnappers were shot down by the police while others escaped.”
Haruna told the court that two riffles were recovered by the police while the case was reported at the FESTAC Police Division.
“Earlier, the third defendant, Arinze, surveyed and monitored the movement of the chairman,” the witness testified.
He said that anytime the chairman was going out to play games in the evening, he never went with escorts.
“But on the Aug. 27, 2017, the defendants never knew that the victim was with escort; that was how they met their waterloo.”
Haruna told the court that, in its investigations, the team discovered that Arinze, who was into community service in his hometown, sold the riffles to Onwuamadike, which he used in carrying out the crime.
“It was discovered that Evans was the Leader of the gang and he ordered the kidnap of the victim.
“It was Evans that organised the firearms and ammunition used for the operation.”
He said that Onwuamadike made a confessional statement that he had been into the crime for a long time.
“He has no other job, this is his means of livelihood,” he added.
Haruna also said that the team discovered that the fourth accused, Upong, sold AK47 riffle to Onwuamadike without knowing he would to use it to kidnap the victim
According to the Public Relations Officer of Zamfara State Police Command, 16 officers were found dead after search-and-rescue operations.
“The search-and-rescue operations embarked on by the Police Joint Intervention Force to rescue the missing Police Personnel after the 29th November, 2018, onslaught on the armed bandits in which 104 armed bandits were killed, fifty (50) bandits hideouts in three (3) camps destroyed and recovery of over five hundred (500) cattle and seventy nine (79) sheep from the possession of the armed bandits resulted in the successful rescue of twenty (20) policemen alive, while sixteen (16) Police personnel were found dead after the rescue operations carried out by the Police Joint Intervention Force,” the statement read.
The Inspector General of Police condoled with the families of the deceased stating that “their supreme price they paid for the security and safety of the Country will not be in vain”.
The Police has, however, not disclosed the names of the affected officers.
Armed men have abducted three workers of the Federal Medical Centre (FMC), Owo in Ondo State, SaharaReporters has just learnt.
The health workers were kidnapped on Tuesday along Emure-Ile/Owo road on their way to work at the Federal Medical Centre (FMC) in Owo, a 45-minute drive from Akure, the Ondo State capital.
A medical doctor, nurse and records officer were kidnapped.
Our correspodent gathered that one of the kidnapped victims has been identified as Jospehine Fanikasi, a records officer at FMC.
A source, who confirmed the news to us on Wednesday, said the medical workers were abducted on a “bad portion” of Owo road.
The source, who preferred not to be named, explained that the gunmen double-crossed the vehicle that was coveying the health workers. The hoodlums later marched the three victims into a waiting vehicle, before they drove into the bush.
“Yes, it is true. Three of our medical workers were abducted yesterday (Tuesday) while on their way to their place of work at FMC, Owo. They are: a medical doctor, a nurse and a records officer, who are all working with the Federal hospital in Owo town of Ondo State,” the source said.
“The three kidnapped victims were double-crossed with another vehicle along Owo road at gunpoint. The kidnappers spoke a different kind of English, and couldn’t speak the language well.”
A church member of one of the victims also confirmed the incident via phone call, stating that they had gone spiritual on the matter.
She said the abductors have contacted the family of the victims and are demanding N50million for their release.
“They have contacted their families and they were told to raise the sum of N50million to effect their release. Even in the church, we have resorted to fasting and prayer for God to touch the hearts of the kidnappers and let them release their victims,” she said
Femi Joseph, Police Spokesperson in Ondo State, confirmed the incident to news men.
Although he claimed that only two persons were abducted by the gunmen, he stated that the Police have begun investigation into the incident.
“I only know of two persons who were kidnapped by the gunmen in Owo, but our boys have swung into action and we will rescue the victims. Already, we have deployed our men into the bush and they have started combing everywhere. Investigation has also started on the case and we shall bring the peptrators to book,” he said.
Abimbola Oreoluwa, a housewife, has been apprehended by the officers of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) in Ondo State for allegedly inflicting bodily injury on her 12-year-old houseboy.
Oreoluwa allegedly attacked the boy with a razor blaze and hot water for stealing her personal belongings.
Pedro Awili, the NSCDC Commandant, disclosed this in Akure, the Ondo State capital, while parading the suspect before journalists on Tuesday.
Awili stated that Oreoluwa was arrested following a tip-off on how she had been maltreating her houseboy since he started living with her.
“Our investigation revealed that the boy is from Benin Republic and the woman got him through his master in Abeokuta, Ogun State. She brought him as a houseboy and paid N120,000 to his master. We are going to arrest the man in Abeokuta because this is a case of a child abuse and human trafficking. The woman has been maltreating the boy. She doesn’t allow him to go to school; she seriously abuses the boy by beating him up for any little mistake he makes,” he said.
Awili called on those engaging the services of househelps to always show them love instead of maltreating them. He also urged people to desist from engaging underage children as househelps or face the full wrath of the law.
“If you know that to beat up your househelp or inflict injuries on them, especially the underage ones is your aim of engaging them, it is better to rethink and desist from such attitude. Parents need to know about the welfare of their children and know who to give them to, if need be,” he added.
Speaking with newsmen, Oreoluwa said she acted in self-defence.
“He has been living with me for almost a year now and is fond of destroying my properties: my car, my wears and many other things. He also steals. I got him from one woman at Abeokuta and l didn’t know he is from Cotonou. I told the woman that l needed someone as an assistant and not a child like this,” she said.
“When the boy came, l told the woman that the boy is too small for me to accept. She said l should just leave him and that she would bring someone in two months. Since that time, l have been calling her but she didn’t show up.
“But what really happened was self-defence; it wasn’t intentional. He was trying to block me with an iron chair, when the kettle l was holding which had hot water in it poured on him, when he wanted to run,” she stated.
A Magistrate Court sitting in Yaba, Lagos on Monday ordered that four men be remanded in police custody for allegedly exhuming the corpse of their landlord and selling his property.
The accused, Silifatu Abisile (60); Jimoh Abisile (52); Gbade Bakare (56); and Isaiah Bakare (45) were arraigned on a-five-count charge of conspiracy, kidnapping, breach of peace, forgery and false assumption of authority.
The Police Prosecutor, Williams Ologun, told the court that the accused committed the offences on November 1st, at Ishola Daniel Street, Oshodi.
Ologun alleged that the accused had conspired to illegally sell the house they were living, which belongs to the landlord.
He said that a prospective buyer had insisted they relocate the grave of the landlord situated in front of the house before he would make payments.
“My Lord, they forged an exhumation of corpse permit from Oshodi-Isolo Local Government and dug up the corpse of the house owner, Sumonu Bakare, who was buried in the compound.
“They also kidnapped the son of the deceased, Gbenro Bakare, who is crippled, thinking he was the only surviving child of the deceased,” Ologun told to the court.
In addition, the Prosecutor said that the first and second accused were relatives of the deceased, while the third and fourth accused were long time tenants on the property.
He said that the third and fourth accused had registered for change of name to ‘Bakare’, which was not their real names, claiming to be the children of the deceased.
The offences were said to contravened Sections 76 (1) [c], 168 (1) (d), 271 (1), 365 and 411 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, 2011.
They, however, pleaded not guilty to the charges.
The Chief Magistrate, Peter Ojo, granted the accused bail in the sum of N500,000 each with two sureties each in like sum.
In his ruling, Ojo insisted that one of the sureties must be a blood relation and must be resident within the court’s jurisdiction.
He said each of the sureties must also show evidence of three years tax payment to the Lagos Government and be gainfully employed.
They are to remain in prison custody pending perfection of their bail conditions.
The case was adjourned till January 10, 2018 for trial
Nigeria Police in Jigawa said they had arrested 10 suspected political thugs for fighting after a political gathering in Gwaram Local Government Area of the state.
The Police Public Relations Officer for the command in the state, SP Abdu Jinjiri, who confirmed the arrest in an interview in Dutse on Tuesday, said that four others were injured during the fight. “We have arrested 10 suspects for fighting after a political gathering in Gwaram town yesterday.
“Adequate security was provided for the gathering, however, after the event, thugs began to fight during which four persons were injured,” he said. The police image maker warned that the police would not tolerate any act capable of disrupting public peace in the state. According to him, investigation into the cases was ongoing, adding that after the suspects would be charged to court.
Confirming his release on Sunday, an official of the NURTW said Adebo was released after he was “thoroughly quizzed” over his role and involvement in the attacks on lawmakers of the Ondo State House of Assembly.
The official, who preferred not to be named, explained that the NURTW boss confessed to leading members of the NURTW to the Assembly and mentioned the names of those who had been sponsoring him on such similar attacks in the state.
He revealed further that despite the release, the Ondo NURTW boss was also instructed to report back to the FCID on Monday in continuation of the case.
“He (Idajo) was released on Saturday after sleeping over at FCID office in Alagbon, Lagos where he spent one night following the petition written against him by some people in the state. The Police detectives interrogated, and asked him questions which were mainly on his role in the recent attack at the State House of Assembly,” the source said.
“In fact, he was faced with evidence — audio — on how he instructed his boys from the union to invade the House of Assembly and and kill anyone in sight. When he was shown the evidence, even with video and pictures of him and his boys destroying properties at the Assembly, he confessed the names of those who sent him and footed his bills for the attack.
“Already, he (Idajo) has mentioned the names of some politicians who have been sponsoring him, and four of them are close to the incumbent Governor Rotimi Akeredolu and one is a popular politician in Akure. I am aware he would report back to the FCID in Alagbon, Lagos for the continuation of the case and he is likely to go with two persons who are his boys and had also been fingered in the attack.”
Meanwhile, SaharaReporters learnt that there is palpable fear among members of the NURTW in the state following Adebo’s arrest by security operatives.
Some union members, particularly the executives who are very loyal to the NURTW boss, have already fled Ondo State over possible arrest by the Police on the ongoing case.
An source loyal to Adebo, who spoke to our correspondent on Sunday, said some of those implicated have also fled the state.
“Some of us fled because we heard the Police would surely come after us over this ongoing case and some other cases which include the attack on a radio broadcaster, who was almost lyched at the park by some thugs sent by Idajo.
“I was told that the Chairman (Idajo) was just confessing like a bird when he was threatened with jail terms at the FCID in Alagbon, Lagos where he has mentioned many names of those sponsoring him. Even, the Ondo State Chairman of the APC has been implicated in the case because there was consistent phone interaction between him and Idajo with some of the union boys.
“For me, I have been given the best advice which is to leave the state for now, and I know two others who have also fled because of the fear of an impending arrest. We cannot spend our Christmas and New Year in jail.”
A suspected member of a robbery gang based in Port Harcourt, Rivers State, Junior Nmeni, has lamented that he had not made enough money from robberies before luck ran out on him.
Nmeni, who was a cleaner, claimed that he and his gang members had only been able to make N223,000 and get some phones from robbery operations he participated in.
The 28-year-old said he had hoped to make enough proceeds from the crime so that he could take care of his wife.
The expectant father said he went into robbery after he lost his job as a cleaner at the Port Harcourt International Airport.
He said, “I was a cleaner at the Port Harcourt International Airport where I earned N18,000 as salary. I joined the gang seven months ago because the company I worked for sacked me and things became very hard for me and my wife.
“There was a gun that belonged to my late elder brother. I found the gun in the ceiling of his apartment. There was a riot in Nwokocha’s community and I gave the gun to him. After the crisis, he used the gun to rob and he killed a man with it.
“He returned the gun and told me what he had done. I decided to join the gang. We robbed a man and a woman at Iguruta. We kidnapped the woman’s sister and I raped her. I kept her in my house for two days before Iwuayawu and I started demanding a ransom.
“We were paid N200,000 ransom and I got N23,000 as my share since we were six that did the job. The next operation I went for was at a hotel. Elvis (a gang member at large) brought one of the guns we used for the operation. It was Sunny, another member, who gave us information about the hotel. We got N21,000 from the hotel and three phones.”
Nmeni explained that his last operation with the gang was at the home of one Mr. Ogundun.
He said they were confronted by their victim which forced them to retreat, adding that he had not made enough money from “the business” before he was arrested.
“Elvis was the one who brought ‘the job’ but on the day we went to the man’s house, we didn’t succeed. The man had a gun and he shot at Nwokocha. We took the man’s motorcycle away.
“I hadn’t made much money from ‘the business’ (robbery) before I was arrested. I was hoping to raise enough money which I intended to use for my pregnant wife’s delivery,” Nmeni stated.
Today two guys, met their waterloo in Aba today, according the to a rightful source, who reported the incident to morningstarnaija.com, said that the two guys, who are at early 30s, rubbed about two people today with their motorcycle, unfortunately for them, youths caught them and set fire on them.
She also advised everybody to be careful, find something and lead your hands on because Robbery will do no good for you than to send you to early GRAVE.
A coalition of online media advocates for good governance, accountability and responsible governance in Anambra State have pressed on the Inspector General of Police, Idris Kpotum to intervene in the ongoing investigation of the abduction and torture of a social advocate, Eneh Victor Chigozie by agents of a House of Representatives candidate on the platform of the for Anambra East/West federal constituency in the coming general elections.
The candidate, Chinedu Obidigwe had earlier this month masterminded the kidnap of Eneh for reasons which may include the publication of the outcome of an covert investigation on the authenticity of His claims to possessing a university degree as well as other matters some of which bother on age falsification.
The group of abductors including one Dominic Okagbue and an aide to Anambra State Governor, George Udedibia had also taken part in the torture of the blogger at the residence of Obidigwe before releasing Him to some policmen who are currently undergoing interrogation over their role in the nefarious act.
Below is a text of the communique issued by the coalition:
A COMMUNIQUE ISSUED BY THE COALITION OF ANAMBRA ONLINE MEDIA COMMUNITY ON MONDAY, 26TH NOVEMBER 2018 CALLING ON THE INSPECTOR GENERAL OF POLICE (IGP) IBRAHIM IDRIS KPOTUN TO ENSURE THAT JUSTICE IS DONE TO CITIZEN ENEH VICTOR CHIGOZIE WHO WAS ALLEGEDLY ABDUCTED WITH THE AID OF MEN OF THE ANAMBRA STATE POLICE COMMAND AND DEHUMANIZED BY A CERTAIN CHINEDU BENJAMIN OBIDIGWE, A PRIVATE CITIZEN AND FORMER AIDE OF GOV. WILLIE OBIANO.
1. Upon the disturbing news of what appears more like an abduction (in the guise of arrest) and subsequent dehumanization of one of us, Citizen Eneh Victor Chigozie, deeply concerned social media influencers met at De Geogold Hotel Awka on Sunday 18/11/2018 under the auspices of Anambra Online Media Community to deliberate on emerging reports on the incident at the time; especially the angle suggestive of a breach of Citizen Eneh’s fundamental rights and procedures of arrest as embedded in our extant laws.
2. In order not to rely on hearsay, the Community painstakingly got in touch with Citizen Eneh while the meeting was ongoing and got firsthand briefing of the very disheartening and condemnable dehumanization that he was subjected to by his abductors who, going by his account, apparently must have colluded with a particular unit of the Anambra state Police Command to facilitate his abduction from his native Enugu state (without the knowledge of the Enugu State Police Command) at a very ungodly hour; from where he was allegedly bundled to the Aguleri country home of his tormentor-in-chief, whom he identified as a certain Chinedu Benjamin Obidigwe – a former aide of Gov. Willie Obiano and now the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) candidate for Anambra East and West federal constituency in the forthcoming general election.
3. In his conversation with us, Citizen Eneh, among other chilling revelations, narrated how he was handcuffed like a common criminal (that he is not) and compelled to sit helplessly on the floor of his tormentor-in-chief’s Aguleri home while he, Obidigwe; his media aide, one Dominic Okagbue and a host of others he personally recognized, descended on him with horsewhip and hard objects and in the process, inflicted grave bodily harm on his person. As if those were not enough, Citizen Eneh further alleged that he was bitten severally on his earlobe and other parts of the body leaving scars and wounds that have defied treatment and continue to fester.
4. Suffice it to say that Citizen Eneh’s account would have sounded stranger than fiction but for the timely emergence on social media of a leaked photograph of the victim in handcuff sitting dejectedly on the bare floor of a sitting room believed to be that of Obidigwe, as alleged, a day after the incident. Upon careful observation of the photograph, it was evident that Citizen Eneh couldn’t have snapped himself in the dehumanizing position he found himself at that moment; hence the conclusion that the shot was taken and released on the orders of his tormentor-in-chief. This gives credence to Citizen Eneh’s unequivocal revelation that it was Obidigwe’s media aide, one Dominic Okagbue that took the photograph and must have gone ahead to release it on his order to further expose his person to public ridicule.
5. In the light of the foregoing and considering that there has not been any formal rebuttal of the grievous allegations levied against Chinedu Obidigwe by Citizen Eneh, either by himself or his official media handlers, we, the under-listed members of Anambra Online Media Community of different political persuasions do observe/resolve as follows:
a. We suspect that those genuinely miffed by the bizarre revelations of the dehumanization of Citizen Eneh Victor Chigozie are not seized of the content of the said petition by Chinedu Obidigwe against the former. The issue on the front burner at the moment is therefore not whether Citizen Eneh Victor Chigozie has maligned his person or not. The courts are there to determine that or otherwise on the strength of the said petition when the matter gets to that curve.
b. We condemn in the strongest of terms, concerted efforts to muddle up issues and rights’ breaches thrown up by the apparent abduction of Citizen Eneh Victor Chigozie; which we have meticulously observed is what many defenders of Chinedu Obidigwe are trying to do in an apparent attempt to diminish the deluge of angst that has continued to trail the abduction, dehumanization and subsequent release on bail of the renowned social media influencer.
c. We strongly suspect, until proven otherwise, that the police officers who were part of the abduction had no warrant of arrest to do so and, from available information, did not incident the arrest cum abduction of Citizen Eneh at any police station in Enugu state before allegedly bundling him to Aguleri. Consequently, we strongly call for the immediate arrest of all involved in the saga and their subsequent prosecution if found culpable in any form.
d. Except there are criminal angles in the alleged petition that Obidigwe was reported to have forwarded to the DSS against Citizen Eneh Victor Chigozie which the public is unaware of, such civil matters should not warrant the use of state connections and powers to abduct, illegally detain (even for one minute) and dehumanize a fellow citizen. We not only expressly condemn the primitive resort to self-help in the strongest terms but also consider Obidigwe’s alleged conduct as both inimical to lawful coexistence and an affront to our extant laws that must not go unpunished if established to be so.
e. Let it be clearly understood that we are not in any way advocating that redress should not be sought by parties who felt sufficiently maligned by the pennings’ or submissions of their critics, either on r egular or new media. That said, it is pertinent to reiterate in the circumstances that, for us as an entity, our concern in the saga is limited to the redress. We find it unbelievable, reprehensible and unacceptable that rather than the police taking Citizen Eneh Victor Chigozie from the point of arrest cum abduction to the police station, they instead bullied and drove him to the said Obidigwe’s Aguleri country home where he was allegedly molested and dehumanized by Obidigwe himself and others he has mentioned
Based on the foregoing, we strongly call on the Inspector General of Police, Ibrahim Idris Kpotun to, as a matter of urgency and to promptly restore public confidence in the ability of the Police Force to be fair to all citizens until proven guilty, to:
1. Promptly transfer this matter away from the Anambra State Police Command which, from the narrative so far, appear to be complicit in the molestation / dehumanization of Citizen Eneh Victor Chigozie.
2. Cause proper and unbiased investigation into the incident with a view to establishing the level of culpability or otherwise of all parties involved in the alleged abduction.
3. Prosecute without delay or bottlenecks, those found culpable in the alleged wanton violation of Citizen Eneh Victor Chigozie’s rights.
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Suspected Boko Haram gunmen kidnapped 15 girls overnight in a village near Toumour, southeastern Niger, the local mayor said on Saturday.
According to the News Agency of Nigeria, NAN, Boukar Mani Orthe, the mayor of the town in Niger’s Diffa region near the border with Nigeria, said about 50 unidentified armed men seized the girls in a village about nine kilometres from the town centre.
On Thursday suspected Boko Haram fighters killed eight people working at French drilling company, Foraco’s water well site in Toumour.
Boko Haram has been waging an insurrection since 2009 aimed at establishing an Islamic state in northeast Nigeria. It has launched repeated attacks into neighbouring Niger, Chad and Cameroon.
The violence has killed thousands of civilians and forced millions to flee their homes in the large Lake Chad basin region.
Kidnapping of schoolgirls has been a Boko Haram horror mark, since its fighters in 2014 kidnapped more than 200 schoolgirls in Chibok, Borno State, in Nigeria.
It also staged this year, another major kidnap of schoolgirls in Dapchi, Yobe state.
In Mali, French forces said they “put out of action” some 30 Islamist militants, possibly including veteran Malian jihadist leader Amadou Koufa, during a raid in the central Mali region of Mopti.
The French army, which has about 4,500 troops in West Africa battling Islamist militants, did not specify whether the jihadists had all been killed or taken prisoner. The operation took place with air support on Thursday night, it said.
“At this stage of the evaluation of the operation, it appears that about 30 terrorists were put out of action,” the army said in its statement on Friday, adding that Koufa and other prominent militants were probably among them.
Koufa, a radical preacher, inspired the Massina Liberation Front (MLF), a group blamed for a wave of attacks that has shifted Mali’s six-year-old Islamist insurgency from the remote desert north ever closer to its populous south
Following police confirmation of the death of Michael Adikwu, the leader of the Offa banks robbery, Senate President Bukola Saraki has called for a judicial inquiry into the ‘how and when’ the suspect died.
Saraki said the Presidency should institute a judicial inquiry into the ‘how and when’ the suspect died.
In a statement by his Special Adviser (Media and Publicity), Yusuph Olaniyonu, Saraki noted that the new disclosure by the Police has vindicated his earlier claim that the suspect had been murdered in police custody and that the investigation was politically motivated to implicate him (Senate President), Governor Abdulfatai Ahmed and a few others.
He stated that the inquiry would help to thoroughly examine and interrogate how the investigation into the robbery incident was conducted by the Police and whether the investigation followed the normal process and comply with global best practices.
Saraki added that the Police needed to confirm why it took them so long to make the disclosure about the death of the principal suspect after they categorically denied it at the time he (Saraki) disclosed the information and it was reported in the media.
“It should be recalled that when we mentioned it that the principal suspect had been murdered and that investigation into the Offa robbery attack was politically motivated and targeted at implicating me and other individuals, the Police Public Relations Officer, Moshood Jimoh said: ‘Michael Adikwu is in Police custody. You know that he is the one that led the killing of 22 people. The fire arms that were carted away, he is helping the police in the investigation to recover them. There is a state in the South-west where they kept him. I can’t mention the state. It is in one of the South-west states’.
“The fresh facts have now thrown more light into why there had been inconsistencies in the various statements by the police. The Police initially told the Attorney-General of Kwara State that the principal suspect was alive and they only later reluctantly disclosed that he died in the course of arrest. How can a suspect confirmed to be in custody now be said to have died in the course of arrest? This contradiction shows a deliberate attempt to cover up something.
“It is obvious that the Police have orchestrated the information they give to the public on the Offa robbery only to tarnish the image of the Kwara State Governor and myself. We are calling for a public inquiry to probe the issues of extra-judicial killing, the cover-up of this killing with the aim of framing up some individuals for political purpose and politicizing of criminal investigations. The facts need to be laid bare.
“The inquiry may help to further document and define the terms of handling of suspects in police custody and how to prevent extra-judicial killing of suspects, for whatever purpose. There is need for transparency in investigations into all cases and our methods should comply with global standards. We should discourage situations where police politicize investigations and deliberately set out to frame some individuals.
“With the facts on ground, the issues that should be unearthed by the inquiry include: When exactly did the suspect die? How did he die? Why was the police denying the facts of his death when they knew he had died? At what point did the Police leadership knew of the death? Why are the police covering up the facts? We believe the answer to these questions will help the country to address the issue of human rights abuse, extra-judicial killing, manipulation of criminal investigation to achieve political end, deliberate attempt to cover up some facts and how skewed investigation of crime can impact on successful prosecution of suspects,” he added.
Saraki stated that now that the Police have commenced prosecution of the remaining suspects in court, there should be diligent and prompt prosecution so that justice can be transparently done to both the victims of the Offa robbery and the accused persons
Lately, numerous complaints were received by the Anambra State Government from ndi Anambra and residents about multiple levy of buyers and sellers in markets, issuance of multiple tickets to drivers and even hawkers.
These inglorious revenue collection by people who parade some “authority papers” purportedly emanating from the government are fake.
Following the directive of Gov. Willie Obiano against extortion of monies by these illegal agents from individuals and groups in the state, the Commissioner for Transport; Hon. Uche Okafor and the Managing Director of Operation Clean and Healthy Anambra, Mr. Patrick Obiefune mobilised the officers and men of ATMA and OchaBrigade, moved round major markets in Onitsha and arrested some of the illegal IGR Agents.
Before the exercise, the state Government had through the Ministry of Information and Public Enlightenment led by Hon. C-Don Adinuba condemned the acts of extortion going on in the markets and streets of Anambra State.
See the press release below…
Ban on Illegal Tolls in Markets and Other Places to be Enforced With Greater Vigour
It has come to the knowledge of the Anambra State Government that despite several measures and programmes to make life better for our people, a number of criminally minded persons and groups have continued to devise all manner of methods to extort money from our people. Quite painful is the fact that the majority of victims of the extortion are the poorest in society.
There is perhaps nowhere where this unconscionable practice takes place as much as the markets in the state and the streets and roads leading to them. These criminals collect levies unknown to the government. Some of the tolls are called ground tolls, container tolls and wheel barrow tolls. Through these illegal tolls, importers, distributors and retailers are forced to pay huge amounts of money. Worse, buyers of their products are compelled to part with various sums to cart them from one place to another, even when the goods are not transported in carts. This practice has led some people to seek to do business outside the state.
The extortionists claim that the tolls are obtained on behalf of the Anambra State Government. We would like to state for the umpteenth time that these tolls are not only illegal but also unconscionable. Even in the middle of the recent recession when various governments in Nigeria introduced different revenue generating schemes so as to meet their basic responsibilities, Governor Willie Obiano rather introduced an economic stimulus package in a bold move to lessen the economic burden on the people. Cart pushers, often referred to as wheel barrow men, were among the first set of the most vulnerable members of society, to be exempted from paying not only taxes but all kinds of revenue to the government.
It is, therefore, heartless for any group of people in the market, or anywhere for that matter, to harass hapless citizens going about their legitimate business for payment of so-called government tolls. Let it be emphasized here that wheel barrow tolls, pitchers tolls, petty traders tolls, obstacle tolls, land tolls, container tolls and barrow tolls remain abolished by the Governor Obiano administration.
The state government hereby authorizes all security agencies in the state, especially the Nigeria Police Force, Department of State Security and the Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps as well as Operation Clean and healthy Anambra (OCHA) Brigade, to arrest all the culprits who make life difficult for our people, especially the less privileged, in the markets and on the roads and streets.
The Anambra State Government is committed to the evolution of a more humane, caring and inclusive society. The government is also committed to promoting the ease of doing business in the state. We note with pride that Anambra State has in recent times recorded some notches up in the ease of doing business. We will sustain the momentum.
All those seeking private gains to the detriment of Ndi Anambra State and their collective future will have no place in the state any more. They must be made to feel the full weight of the law.
C. Don Adinuba
Commissioner for Information & Public Enlightenment
Operatives of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) have intercepted gold worth about N211 million being illegally transported through the Murtala Mohammed International Airport, Lagos State.
EFCC Acting Head, Media and Publicity, Mr Tony Orilade, disclosed this in a statement in Abuja on Tuesday.
NAN quoted Orilade as saying the consignment was en route to Dubai.
He said “following intelligence reports, the operatves on November 9, 2018, uncovered the gold weighing about 35kg just at the point of departure of a suspect currently in the EFCC’s custody”.
He said that investigations were currently ongoing to unravel the accomplice behind the illegal movement of the item.
“Meanwhile, the suspect is cooperating with operatives,” Orilade added.
“It will be recalled that the EFCC, also in March 2017, intercepted bags containing a total of N49 million cash being illegally transported out of the country through the Kaduna International Airport.”
Police have arrested former Speaker, Lagos State House of Assembly, Rt. Hon. Jokotola Pelumi, and others believed to be political thugs, for the alleged murder of a Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP), Akingboju Akindele, and the abduction of an Assistant Superintendent of Police (ASP).
Akindele, attached to the Anti-Cultism Unit of the Lagos State Command, was reportedly murdered when he led a team to Ijede area of Ikorodu to arrest four wanted cultists who had been on the police wanted list.
After the arrest, the DSP and his team were leading the cultists to their office when some members of the cult group ambushed the policemen.
The cultists shot Akindele dead, collected his rifle and abducted the ASP. But on their way to the bush where they were to bury the DSP, the ASP reportedly escaped and hid in the bush.
The state Commissioner of Police, Imohimi Edgal, who paraded the suspects at the command headquarters, Ikeja, yesterday, said on October 27, a team of Anti-Cultism policemen attached to Area M, Ijede, were attacked while trying to effect arrest of some suspected cultists, in the process, the police officer, DSP Akindele, was killed, while a police ASP was abducted.
Edgal said investigation into the case led to the arrest of 49 suspects including the former Speaker, Pelumi.
He said: “The suspects were being investigated by the State Criminal Investigation and Intelligence Department (SCIID), Panti Street, Yaba.
“The suspects were arrested inside Hon. Pelumi’s house at Ijede area of Ikorodu, where they hid after killing the police officer. When the news of the dastard killing of the policeman got to me, I quickly mobilised men who traced the hoodlums to the former speaker’s house and they were surprised to meet 49 cultists celebrating.
“The question is what would cultists, who murdered a DSP be doing in the speaker’s house? Why would he harbour cultists and thugs in his house? Why would he shield such persons that killed a senior police officer in his house? This is serious and we will not take it likely. We may charge the speaker for accessory to the fact of murder while other suspects will be charged for murder.”
The commissioner warned that the era of killing policemen was gone and that no one would kill a policeman and go scot free as the police would hunt the culprit to anywhere.
One of the suspects, who claimed to be an aide to the speaker, said he was arrested while doing his house chores.
He claimed that some people ran into the house, saying that the police were after them.
A police officer, who spoke on the condition of anonymity, said after escaping, the abducted ASP hid inside the bush to monitor the activities of the hoodlums and saw where they buried the rifle taken from the DSP.
“It was the ASP that took us to the riverside where they buried the rifle.
“Preliminary investigation showed that the gang was formidable and has held Ikorodu and its environs by the jugular. They have been operating with absolute confidence as they have big time politicians who are backing them.”
While parading other suspects, the police refused to bring Pelumi before journalists.
Meanwhile, some residents of Ijede yesterday marched on the SCIID at Panti to protest the arrest of the former speaker and others.
Speaking with our correspondent on the phone, Mrs Pelumi said they were in the house when the policemen scaled the fence into the house and arrested everyone.
She said: “Immediately the policemen entered the house, they destroyed everything on sight and collected my ATM, my husband’s phone, laptop, necklace and some other valuables.
“When my husband came out to ask what was happening, the policemen hit him with the butt of a gun and took him away. Now we have been at Panti waiting to see him and those arrested.
The Nigerian Air Force (NAF) has deployed a detachment of Special Forces personnel to Kaduna to support security operations in the state.
Deployed on Sunday, the officers are expected to join other NAF personnel in Kaduna, and work alongside other security agencies in the state.
According to a statement by Air Commodore Ibikunle Daramola, NAF Director of Public Relations and Information, the officers were deployed to “ensure that the spate of senseless killings in some parts of the state is brought to a complete end and normalcy expeditiously restored”.
The statement read: “The Nigerian Air Force (NAF) yesterday, 28 October 2018, deployed a detachment of Special Forces personnel to Kaduna in support of Internal Security operations in the State. The detachment will join other NAF personnel in Kaduna and other security agencies to ensure that the spate of senseless killings in some parts of the State is brought to a complete end and normalcy expeditiously restored.
“The deployment is in addition to the earlier deployment of 2 helicopters and a DA-42 Intelligence Surveillance and Reconnaissance (ISR) aircraft on 22 October 2018, which have since been conducting aerial patrols over flash points in the state.”
James Ibori, a former Governor of Delta State, who was jailed in Britain for laundering tens of millions of dollars in stolen public funds, through British banks and properties, has lost an appeal against his conviction in London.
According to NAN, he lost the appeal against his conviction on Wednesday.
He had pleaded guilty in a London court in 2012 to a 10-count charge of fraud and money-laundering, involving sums amounting to at least 50 million pounds ($66 million).
He received a jail sentence of 13 years, and served half the jail term, as is common in the British system.
The former governor, who is now back in Nigeria, appealed against his conviction, alleging misconduct by the British Police and prosecutors, which he argued, tainted the judicial process.
A policeman, whose name tag simply read ‘Benedict’, threatened to shoot a SaharaReporters correspondent on Wednesday.
While our correspondent was recording the protest by the Aviation unions over the sack of 62 workers by Bi-Courtney Aviation Services Limited, the policeman challenged our reporter on the claim that he was filming his boss, which, by the way, wasn’t true.
The policeman, an aide hanging around waiting for his boss who was nowhere in sight, had demanded to see what the reporter was recording, and attempted to seize his camera. Minutes later, the policeman slapped our corespondent, and proceeded to cock his gun, in readiness to shoot him for carrying out his duty.
It took the intervention of members of the aviation unions, who held back the policeman, before he eventually stormed out of the area.
Nigeria Police Force has paraded one Augustus Akpan, who had threatened to kidnap, rape and kill Atiku Abubakar’s wife and daughter if he fails to discard his presidential ambition.
Augustus, aged 43, had also sent a message to the former vice president, threatening to blow his plane mid-air.
The Police claimed to have retrieved a mobile phone and SIM card from Augustus, which he allegedly used to send the life-threatening message to Atiku and his family. The exhibits were discovered to have been stolen from a lady.
Speaking during the parade of the suspect, Jimoh Moshood, Police Public Relations Officer, stated that Augustus was arrested while attempting to flee to Lagos in a bid to evade arrest.
Moshood also mentioned that the suspect had confessed to having committed the crime.
“During interrogation, he confessed to the crime and admitted that he resorted to the threat and intimidation when all efforts to extort money from the former vice president were unsuccessful.”
According to the Police, Augustus also confessed to having defrauded and extorted many prominent personalities, while posing as a Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) agent.
The suspect, who is fluent in English, Ibibio, Russian and Portuguese languages would be arraigned in court on completion of investigation.
The Threat Text Messages:
i. Text Message to Fmr Vice President, Alh. Atiku Abubakar GCON
Turaki Atiku, we are watching you and your family, we ask you right now to withdraw from the race for Presidency; we will kill, rape your wife and daughters. That your ambitious and black daughter Maryam who worked at CBN and left because we were going to mess her up. We will molest, rape, deform her and kill her. Your daughter Fatimah the former Commissioner of Health in Adamawa State, we have a lot of information about her. Also pictures of her naked body, we will mess your overly prostitute wife Jennifer up. We have a lot about. Let Buhari run against your against your PDP members. We know that you are bigger than all those candidates in PDP. That is why we need you to step down. We will blow your plane off from the sky and we will poison you and your family. Atiku Abubakar, take our words for granted and watch what will happen to your family before you. You are going to see what we will do to you and your family. We know where and where your children travel to. We have watched your daughter who is a strong supporter of her father (your daughter Maryam) at number 5, Buzi close and number 5, Lake Maracaibo close”.
ii. Text Message to Wife of former Vice-President Atiku Abubakar GCON
Jennifer. Tell your husband to step down. We will blow up his plane and kill all of you his family. We will rape you and all his daughters and also kill all of you out there. Do not underestimate us. We know your office at 13 Danube Street Maitama. We will blow up the place and rape all your stepdaughters that we know you don’t like already. Tell him to step down now and forget about running for the presidency’’
iii. Text Message to Daughter of former Vice-President Atiku Abubakar GCON, Rukaiya Atiku
Tell your dad to step down. He should forget about the Presidency. If he refuses, we will blow up his plane the Gulf Stream from the sky and also rape you and kill off his daughters. No amount of Police or protection will stop us. We know where all of you live in. We know number 5 Buzi close and number 5, Lake Maracaibo close. Try us and blood shall spread.
20year-old woman, Zulac Kabiru, has confessed to killing her eight-month-old stepdaughter, Rukaiya, to teach her co-wife how to respect “her superior” by giving her local insecticide, otapiapia, to drink.
Zulac, who was arrested by the police in Niger State for alleged killing at Danauta village in Mariga Local Government Area, said she took the action because the second wife was always insulting and assaulting her.
The suspect was said to have secretly given the baby the poison, which resulted in her death.
It was gathered that the suspect and her fellow wife had not been in good terms for a long time.
Addressing reporters when she was paraded, Zulac said: “I warned my husband to desist from getting another wife but he did not listen. The second wife loved insulting and assaulting me at all times. One day, I decided to poison her eight-month-old daughter to increase her sorrow in the family so that she will learn how to respect her superiors in the family.
“Before my husband married her, and I kicked against it, we were living in peace. But when she came, she split the family. My husband gave her more attention than he gave me. Snd since then, our family has been in shambles.”
The suspect said she did not know when she carried out the act.
According to her, it was the work of the devil.
“It was the work of the devil. I don’t know when I did it. It is a wicked act,” she said.
Police spokesman Muhammad Abubakar, a Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP), said the suspect would be arraigned in court after investigation.
Bill Cosby, once popular for his comedy features, has been sentenced to up to ten years in prison for sexual assault.
Judge Steven O’Neill of the Montgomery County Court of Common sentenced Bill Cosby, who had been out on bail to immediate imprisonment.
According to BBC, Cosby, who was found guilty in April of three counts of aggravated indecent assault, would be listed in the sexual offenders register and must undergo counselling for life.
“This was a serious crime, Mr. Cosby, this has all circled back to you. The day has come, the time has come,” Judge O’Neill said during the sentence hearing.
Arguing Cosby sentence, the prosecutor, District Attorney Kevin Steele asked the judge on Monday to sentence Cosby to five to 10 years in state prison for the 2004 sexual assault of Andrea Constand, saying he had shown “no remorse” for his actions.
However, Joseph P. Green, Cosby’s defense counsel, urged the court to place his client on house arrest, citing Cosby’s advanced age and blindness.
He said: “Eighty-one-year-old blind men who are not self-sufficient are not a danger, unless perhaps to themselves.”
Cosby was convicted for drugging and sexually molesting Andrea Constand in 2004.
Describing how the assault, which happened in 2004, had impacted her life, Constand said: “”Bill Cosby took my beautiful, healthy young spirit and crushed it. He robbed me of my health and vitality, my open nature and my trust in myself and others.”
He has also been accused by 60 other women of sexual assault, but no other charges have been filed so far.
Nura Ilyasu, the man who climbed a telecommunications mast in Abuja on Wednesday to protest the re-election bid of President Muhammadu Buhari, has finally descended.
He came down from the mast on Thursday.
Ilyasu touched ground at 11:25am voluntarily, after security operatives acceded to his request that he must address the press upon his descent.
According to Ilyasu, he climbed the mast to protest the economic hardship in the country, just as he stated that President Muhammadu Buhari does not deserve another four years in office.
Security agents had made entreaties to him since Wednesday when he mounted the mast, but their efforts proved abortive, as he had vowed not to descend until President Muhammadu Buhari resigns from the office.
However, this morning, they were able to communicate with him via his mobile telephone, and they appealed to him. He later told them that he would come down on the condition that he must speak to the press.
He said: “My name is Nura Ilyasu. I am 28 years old. What I did is within the purview of the law. My human right is to protest peacefully and I never threatened my life or any other person
“What we are going through in this country is not from God. Some microscopic-view individuals hijacked all that God endowed Nigeria with for decent life, and we can’t continue like this. I climbed up for seven days hunger strike to protest the incompetence and cluelessness, to protest presidential impunity and general docility displayed by the masses. We can’t continue like this.
“Other competent candidates are there; even Saraki, Atiku, Kwankwaso, Tambuwal, Dankwambo and others. At least one of these [men] will make a good President.
“I don’t believe General Buhari deserves another four-year term in Nigeria because the pervasive hunger and poverty in Nigeria is inexplicable. I don’t have mental disorder as being insinuated by some people.”
When asked how he felt now that he had come down from the mast, Ilyasu said he was full of life and mentally stable.
He said he came down because some lawyers spoke to him while he was on the mast. He was later taken away by security operatives.
Ilyasu climbed a mast with the approval number AB0099 belonging to Airtel Nigeria, located few metres away from the presidential villa and Lungi Army Barracks, on Wednesday.
In every democratic country, the position of the Senate President is one of the highest political offices one can attain. It is a position reserved for the best of the best, experienced and exemplary politicians who by their character and conduct in public offices, the younger generation look up to as role models.
In terms of exemplary personage, the reverse is the case in respect of the current Senate President, Dr. Bukola Saraki who has been a dismal failure and has been involved in one controversy or the other – budget padding, filibustering, legislative rascality, sabotage of matters of national interest, among other criminalities too numerous to mention.
Having suffered under the 16-year misrule of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Dr. Saraki will go down in our country’s history as the worst Senate President Nigeria has had the misfortune to have. Since his usurpation of the coveted seat, achieved through a wicked conspiracy with members of the opposition PDP, it has been from one controversy to another – the Code of Conduct trial for false declaration of assets; conspiracy with his deputy to fraudulently alter the rules of the Senate and links to the deadly armed robbers who wasted many lives in the Offa robbery attack. It is alleged that some of the robbery suspects were his political thugs used to rig elections; a common adage says: “Show me your friends and I will tell you who you are”.
Dr. Saraki is definitely not our good example for political leadership.
All over the world, the leadership of the legislature is provided by the political party with majority members. But Dr. Saraki would in the absence of many members of his former party, the All Progressives Congress (APC), connive and conspire with members of the opposition PDP to emerge Senate President, and in the process tradeoff the Deputy Senate President position to the opposition PDP – a political betrayal and treachery even the devil would be envious of.
Even at this time he has defected to the opposition PDP, and with APC still in the majority in the Senate, Dr. Saraki still has the impudence to present himself as the Senate President. Political ambition should be made of nobler stuff.
One is of course not surprised as Dr. Saraki’s greed, selfishness, treachery, disregard for protocol and constituted authority is well-reported. In terms of treachery, Dr. Saraki’s public humiliation of his late father and sister comes readily to mind.
A traitor will always be a traitor, however the time and place. The Senate must do everything possible to put Dr. Saraki where he rightly belongs – the back seat. He is definitely not a fit and proper person to preside over the country’s upper and revered legislative house.
A man who betrayed his father, sister (many times), his party PDP in 2014, the APC in 2015 by conspiring with opposition PDP senators to emerge Senate President, APC administration by sabotaging the executive and defecting to the PDP in 2018 has no character, principles, values and integrity. His only interest is Bukola Saraki, Bukola Saraki and Bukola Saraki. The question is not IF he will defect again from PDP if Bukola Saraki’s interest is not served, but WHEN he will do so. Such mean men are not interested in the Nigeria of our dreams.
Two suspected fraudsters have been arrested while producing fake US Dollars with a view to defrauding unsuspecting members of the public.
The suspects, according to the police are also known as “wash wash” and they use the fake currencies for fraudulent activities within the Lagos metropolis.
The suspects, George Osagi, 51 and Makinde Kudus, 28 were arrested following complaint by members of the public.
One of the suspects, Osagie, said he joined the gang after a group swindled him.
He said the gang tricked him with the fake dollars and collected the sum of N300,000 from him on the pretense that they were going to buy chemicals to wash more Dollars.
He said: “I met the gang last year in a cab that was going to Ijesha.
I don’t know how they tricked me into it but I eventually followed them to a house where they showed me a briefcase containing various foreign currencies.
They succeeded in convincing me to part with the sum of N300,000.
The money was meant to purchase more chemicals to wash more money. I later realised that I had been defrauded.
To retrieve my money I was asked to join the gang.
“In the gang, my job is to act as a beneficiary in front of any would be victim.
This is to convince the victim that the deal is genuine and not fake. I get percentage in any successful deal.
Those who go about looking for victims are known as “Catchers”.
I was arrested in an hotel at Ilasa where we were staging a would be victim.”
The Commissioner of Police, Lagos State, Imohimi Edgal, who confirmed the incident said on July 28, the suspects were arrested based on credible information that was received from members of the public that there are some group of persons going round the metropolis, defrauding innocent citizens of their hard earned money by promising to double their money through magical means.
Edgal said the Federal Special Anti-Robbery Squad (FSARS) of the command swung into action and arrested the two suspected fraudsters at Nglasia Hotel, Ilasa, Lagos.
He said: “They were immediately searched and in the process, the following exhibits were recovered from them: two gallons of liquid labeled “Solen point”; a cash tank of US Dollars suspected to be fake; and Platinum Brokers International Incorporation documents.
“During interrogation, they confessed to have committed the crime and added that they are professional dupes.
That once they are able to bring out the greed in any person, he becomes an easy prey.”
Edgal said during interrogation it was discovered that the suspects had so far defrauded one Victoria Awoniyi of the sum of N5.7 million; Taiwo Kayode of N3 million and Adebisi Adebayo of N500,000.
Vanguardngr comfirm that the Police in Lagos said, yesterday, that 150 suspected cultists and kidnappers were arrested in the last one year in Epe community.
CSP Adeyeri Sunday, Divisional Police Officer in Epe, disclosed this in an interview at Epe. police Sunday said the arrests were made between July 2017 and July 2018.
He added that the arrests were made in several locations in the locality, such as Okemagba area, Ita-Opo, Poka, Temu, Papa, Noforija, T-Junction, Aiyetoro and Lagos Road, among others. According to Sunday, “these arrests were made in the suburbs of Epe and also within the town. Most of the suspects were either members of the Eiye, Aye or Buccaneers confraternities. “Some kidnappers were also arrested alongside the suspected cultists. The suspected cultists perpetrated their evil activities in the bush, where they also recruit new members.
“These unholy acts are usually carried out at midnight, between 11p.m. and 2a.m. The kidnappers were arrested as they disguised to carry out their unholy acts.” The DPO, however, commended the support of Governor Akinwunmi Ambode, traditional rulers and other stakeholders in the community. His words:
“The stakeholders made their arrests easier, as they supplied us with useful information that led to the hideouts of the suspected cultists and kidnappers.” “I really appreciate their support because without that, it would not have been easy for us to effectively carry out our operations.”
Sunday also commended the technical and professional support of the Lagos State Commissioner of Police, Imohimi Edgal. He assured the public of safe business activities in Epe and its environs, saying kidnappings and cult activities have been effectively tackled in Epe