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Just in: Police intercept third drug filled container at Lagos port.

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The police have discovered another container filled with banned drugs at the APM Terminal in the Apapa area of Lagos State.

Noble Reporters Media gathered that the 40-foot container with number tcnu9465832 was intercepted by personnel of the Area ‘B’ Police Command in collaboration with operatives of other security agencies.

The container was said to have landed on Lagos shores on Friday night and was offloaded into the international container terminal which has its operational headquarters in Hague, Netherlands.

Shortly after its arrival, the Commander of Area ‘B’ Police Command, Soji Akinbayo, had notified all relevant agencies at the port for a joint inspection.

They include officials of the National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC), National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA), Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA), and the Nigeria Customs Service, among others.

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The container is said to be filled with contraband drugs concealed with iron brushes, making it the third of such to be intercepted by the security agencies.

The items seized include 485 cartons of tradol, 122 cartons of tramol, 150 cartons vitaglobin syrups, 127 cartons of bonjela antiseptic, seven cartons of cigatrim powder, and 80 cartons of scrubbing brush.

According to the police, the containers were imported by the same set of suspects with origin from Pakistan via Europe (Hamburg) to the port in Apapa.

Noble Reporters Media had reported how the security operatives intercepted the first and the second containers also filled with banned drugs.


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Northeast govs agrees use of heavy artillery by Police

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Governors of conflict-ravaged Northeast Nigeria are advocating the use of heavy artillery for the Nigerian police to bridge the manpower deficit in the Armed Forces.

This is contained in an eleven points communique issued by the Northeast Governors’ Forum at the end of its second meeting held in Maiduguri, Borno State.

The Communique was read by the forum’s newly-elected Chairman, Governor Babagana Zulum of Borno State.

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Below is the full statement containing the demands of the Northeast Governor’s Forum:

COMMUNIQUE ISSUED AT THE END OF
2ND MEETING OF THE NORTH EAST GOVERNORS’ FORUM HELD IN MAIDUGURI ON SATURDAY, 8TH AUGUST, 2020

The communique was read by the forum’s newly elected chairman, Governor Zulum of Borno

PREAMBLE:

The Executive Governors of Adamawa, Bauchi, Borno, Gombe, Taraba and Yobe States under the auspices of North East Governors’ Forum held its 2nd meeting in Maiduguri, Borno State and discussed the challenges facing the sub-region and resolved to issue the following communiqué:

  1. The Forum commends the effort of the Federal Government of Nigeria in fighting the insurgency. However, the Armed Forces should intensify effort to secure hard-to-reach areas in the region and ensure safe access to farm lands.
  2. The Forum called on the Federal Government of Nigeria to ensure the deployment of state of the art military hard ware to the region.
  3. The Forum recommends that the manpower deficit in the Nigerian Armed Forces should be bridged by allowing the Police to carry state of the art weapons where necessary and be provided with strategic equipment like high velocity tear gas, trackers and Armoured Personnel Carriers (APC).
  4. The Forum calls on the Federal Ministry of Water Resources to ensure that attention is given to recharging the Lake Chad from National water bodies and strengthen the river basins in the sub region.
  5. The Forum pledges to work together to foster regional integration, growth and development especially in exploitation of its oil and gas potentials, mineral resources, agriculture and industrialization.
  6. The Forum called on the Federal Government to revoke selected roads contracts awarded by Federal Ministry of Works for years without progress and re-award same to more competent contractors and fund to ensure timely execution.
  7. The Forum urged the Federal Government to ensure local content in the execution of the Mambila Hydro electric power project and other programmes of the North East Development Commission to ensure synergy with state governments.
  8. The Forum supports the management and Board of the North East Development Commission and agreed to work together in producing comprehensive strategic Master Plan for the region that will ensure sustainable development.
  9. The Forum affirmed its commitment to support the Federal Government agenda of transforming the Almajiri system with a view to strengthening both Islamic and western education as well as stopping street begging and prevalence of out of school children in the region as agreed by the Northern Governors.
  10. The Forum also nominated Professor Babagana Umara Zulum, MNSE, mni, Executive Governor of Borno State as Chairman of the Forum for a period of two years and the Headquarters of the Forum will be located in Maiduguri, Borno State.
  11. The next meeting of the Forum comes up on November 7th 2020 in Yola, Adamawa State.

PROFESSOR BABAGANA UMARA ZULUM, MNSE, mni EXECUTIVE GOVERNOR OF BORNO STATE / CHAIRMAN,
NORTH EAST GOVERNORS’ FORUM


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Police, NSCDC takes over EDHA complex

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Police have taken over the Edo State House of Assembly complex in Benin City, the state capital.

Dozens of the security officials stormed the complex on Thursday morning while patrol vehicles were stationed there.

Noble Reporters Media gathered that the police took the action following a reported threat of an attack on the facility.

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The police officers were led to the Assembly by a Deputy Commissioner of Police (Operations), Ayoola Ajala.

Those at the Assembly include operatives attached to the Police Mobile Force and Operation Thunderstorm.

Shortly after the police were deployed at the facility, personnel of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) also arrived at the complex.

Barely a day before the security operatives took over the facility, members of the Assembly impeached the Deputy Speaker of the House, Yekini Idiaye.

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Idiaye was impeached during plenary on Wednesday and replaced with Roland Asoro, the lawmaker representing Orhionmwon II Constituency.

His impeachment came a few days after Idiaye and four other lawmakers declared their support for the governorship candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Osagie Ize-Iyamu.

The five lawmakers were among the 10 members of the House inaugurated in July 2019 while 14 others have yet to be inaugurated.

They insisted that their decision was to remain in the APC on whose platform they were elected.


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Breaking: Police condemns report accusing IGP

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The Nigerian Police Force on Tuesday condemned a report accusing the Inspector General of Police, Mohammed Adamu, of illegal activity.

On Monday, an online publication, Sahara Reporters, published a report with the heading: ‘Exclusive: How Nigeria’s Inspector-General of Police, Adamu, Illegally Raised Millions of Naira for Construction of Training School in Nasarawa’.

In a statement, police spokesman, Frank Mba said the report was “published in the tradition of Sahara Reporters to blackmail and impugn the credibility of strategic leaders of the country in an apparent attempt to advance their ignoble and unpatriotic intentions.”

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Mba said the training school in Nasarawa had been built with the support of the State Government and several corporate partners.

“Also, the insinuation that the IGP sited the facility ‘in his hometown of Endehu in Nasarawa State’, is also utterly misleading,” Mba said.

“For the avoidance of doubts, Endehu is not the hometown of IGP Adamu. He is, on the contrary, from Lafia.”

The Inspector-General of Police, Mr. Mohammed Adamu, at a meeting with the President in Abuja on May 14, 2020. (Noble Reporters Media / Adigun Michael Olamide)

Mba added that the police have “instructed its legal team to initiate legal actions against” the online publication over what it sees as “the defamatory and libelous components of the report.”

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Below is the full police statement:

PRESS RELEASE

HOW SAHARA REPORTERS MALICIOUSLY MALIGNED THE NIGERIAN INSPECTOR GENERAL OF POLICE

The attention of the Nigeria Police Force has been drawn to a misleading report published on the Sahara Reporters online platform on August 03, 2020 under the heading ‘Exclusive: How Nigeria’s Inspector-General of Police, Adamu, Illegally Raised Millions of Naira for Construction of Training School in Nasarawa’. In the report, spurious allegations were made to the effect that the Inspector General of Police, IGP M.A. Adamu was ‘involved in a multi-billion Naira fraudulent scheme’. The publication which referenced several unnamed and unverifiable sources alleged, essentially, that the IGP ‘used his office to unlawfully compel and in fact threaten Mobile Police Commanders into generating millions of Naira monthly through illegal means for the purpose of establishment of a MOPOL Training School in his home town of Endehu in Nasarawa State’.

  1. The Force wishes to state unequivocally that the publication in its entirety is false and baseless. It was published in the tradition of Sahara Reporters to blackmail and impugn the credibility of strategic leaders of the country in an apparent attempt to advance their ignoble and unpatriotic intentions.
  2. While being conscious of the need not to glorify the falsehood contained in the reportage, it is considered expedient and in national security interest to put the facts straight. In this regard, it is to be clarified as follows:

i. The establishment of the Police Mobile Training School in Endehu, Nasarawa State, North Central Geopolitical Zone of Nigeria was informed by overriding national security consideration on the need to strengthen the operational capacity of the special forces of the Nigeria Police Force.
ii. Also, the insinuation that the IGP sited the facility ‘in his hometown of Endehu in Nasarawa State’, is also utterly misleading. For the avoidance of doubts, Endehu is not the hometown of IGP Adamu. He is, in the contrary, from Lafia.
iii. The allegations that the IGP used his office to threaten Mobile Police Commanders into generating Millions of naira monthly through illegal means for the establishment of the institution is also totally false. It is on record that the parcel of land where the institution was sited was donated to the Police with the full complement of the Certificate of Occupancy which the Executive Governor of Nasarawa State publicly presented to the Nigeria Police. The acquisition of the land was, therefore, without any financial commitment by the Police.
iv. Furthermore, the construction of the facility was achieved with the support of the Nasarawa State Government and well-meaning corporate bodies within the context of their Corporate Social responsibility (CSR). In all instances, all the support so extended were not in cash but in form of donation of materials. The only involvement of some Squadron Commanders was to ensure the delivery of some of the construction materials so donated by the corporate bodies. Hence, the allegation that the IGP ‘had each Squadron Commander cough out nothing less than N500,000 monthly for the purpose of erecting different structures in the training school’ is a preposterous and feeble attempt to discredit the innovative reasoning that engendered the successful implementation of the critical national security asset that the facility represents.

  1. The construction of the project through corporate intervention is a demonstration of the commitment of the Force leadership to meet its obligation to citizens in terms of their safety and security and in furtherance to the Reform agenda of the Nigeria Police Force. It was not established as a personal asset of the IGP. Rather, it is a national security legacy project. It is worth mentioning that this is not the first time that corporate organisations and governments at all levels are assisting the police to bridge operational and infrastructural gaps. Dangote Foundation, the Central Bank of Nigeria, Nigeria Bankers’ Forum, State Governments, Police Community Relations Committee (PCRC), and well-meaning individuals among others have in the past donated fleets of vehicles and have rendered other supports to the Police.
  2. The attempt by Sahara Reporters to malign the Force leadership shall not in any manner impact on the firm determination of the Nigeria Police Force to advance its strategic plan and to continue to adopt innovative reasoning in changing the policing narratives in Nigeria towards stabilizing the internal security order. While members of the public are called upon to discountenance the content of the publication in its entirety, it is to be noted that the Nigeria Police Force has instructed its legal team to initiate legal actions against Sahara Reporters to address the defamatory and libellous components of the report.

DCP FRANK MBA
FORCE PUBLIC RELATIONS OFFICER
FORCE HEADQUARTERS
ABUJA


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Germany protest: Police officers ‘wounded’

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Some 45 police officers were injured in a wave of weekend demonstrations in Berlin including protests against coronavirus restrictions, police said as protesters gathered again in smaller numbers on Sunday.

A total of 133 people were arrested during Saturday’s protests, which included a huge “day of freedom” demo against coronavirus restrictions, police said in a statement.

The arrests were for offences including resisting police officers, breach of the peace and the use of unconstitutional symbols.

Three officers required hospital treatment, police said.

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Around 20,000 people took part in the “day of freedom” demonstration, the majority not wearing masks or respecting Germany’s 1.5-metre (five-foot) social distancing requirement.

The crowd, a mixture of hard left and right, and conspiracy theorists shouted “We are the second wave” as they converged on the Brandenburg Gate, demanding “resistance” and dubbing the pandemic “the biggest conspiracy theory”.

Police began dispersing the crowds in the late afternoon, but hundreds of protesters remained at the Brandenburg Gate late into the evening.

Police have launched legal proceedings against organisers for not respecting virus hygiene rules.

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In a separate anti-fascist demonstration in the southern Neukoelln district, protesters threw stones at police officers, let off fireworks and damaged two police vehicles and a local party office.

A protester displays a placard reading: “My life, my body, my decision” during a demonstration against restrictions imposed by the government to curb the spread of the new coronavirus on August 2, 2020 in front of Berlin’s Brandenburg Gate amid the COVID-19 pandemic.  John MACDOUGALL / AFP

Several officers were injured while dispersing the crowd, including three who were treated in hospital after being hit in the face by shards of glass.

Arrests were also made at smaller unofficial protests.

A total of 1,100 officers were deployed during the day.

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A few hundred protesters gathered to the west of the Brandenburg gate on Sunday, according to a reporter at the scene, with the majority wearing masks and observing social distancing guidelines.

Despite Germany’s comparatively low toll, authorities are concerned at a rise in infections over recent weeks and politicians took to social media to criticise Saturday’s rally as irresponsible.

Protesters take part in a demonstration against restrictions imposed by the government to curb the spread of the new coronavirus on August 2, 2020 in front of Berlin’s Brandenburg Gate amid the Covid-19 pandemic. John MACDOUGALL / AFP

“Yes, demonstrations should also be possible in times of coronavirus, but not like this,” Health Minister Jens Spahn said.

“Distance, hygiene rules and masks serve to protect us all, so we treat each other with respect.”


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Lagos Lagoon: Police saves, intercepts Man on suicide mission

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A father of two children, Adeyinka Abiodun, has been rescued from committing suicide over a debt of N500,000.

Abiodun who resides in the Ikotun area of Lagos State had embarked on a mission to take his own life by jumping into the lagoon.

He, however, failed in the bid as he was promptly intercepted by police operatives deployed in the Third Mainland Bridge.

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The Police Public Relations Officer in Lagos, Bala Elkana, confirmed the incident in a statement on Sunday.

He revealed that the suicide attempt was thwarted by the security operatives at about 1:50pm on Friday last week while the victim was rescued and taken to the Police Station in Bariga for questioning and debriefing.

Hope For Second Chance
According to Elkana, Abiodun narrated that he procured a loan of N390,000 in March with monthly repayment plan for six months and accrued interest of N142,287:25 from a microfinance bank in Lagos Island.

He was said to have collected the loan with intent to upgrade his wine retail business, but the business failed and the money was lost.

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When contacted by the police, the microfinance bank confirmed that the man collected the loan.

This picture released by the police on August 2, 2020, shows a man rescued by security operatives from jumping into the lagoon in Lagos.

Abiodun’s hope for a second chance later came into realisation when the Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, who was moved with compassion came to his rescue by repaying the loan.

Elkana noted that the latest incident was the eighth suicide attempt successfully foiled by the police in Lagos in the last two months.

Worried by the rate at which people kill themselves, the Commissioner of Police in Lagos, Hakeem Odumosu, urged residents to always explore other means of addressing life challenges than resorting to committing suicide.

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He stressed that taking their own life was never an option and called on well-meaning individuals to always reach out to the needy and less privileged persons around them.

“Together we can stop suicide,” the commissioner said.

Abiodun, according to Elkana, holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Physics and a Master’s degree in Business Administration.

As of the time of this report, he is attending medical and counselling sessions.


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Eid-el-kabir: We’ll enforce COVID-19 protocols – Adamawa police tells residents

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Police authorities in Adamawa State have urged the residents to maintain social distancing and observe all measures put in place to curb the spread of COVID-19 in the state.

The Commissioner of Police in the state, Olugbenga Adeyanju, made the appeal on Thursday on behalf of the State Police Command on the occasion of the Eid-el-Kabir celebrations.

In a statement by the Police Public Relations Officer in Adamawa, Suleiman Nguroje, Adeyanju said the command would leave no stone unturned in enforcing the orders.

According to him, it is important for residents to observe the Eid celebrations bearing in mind the unusual times occasioned by the COVID-19 pandemic.

The police commissioner, however, congratulated the Muslim faithful who join their counterparts across the world to celebrate this year’s Eid el-Kabir.

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He noted that it was a special period of sacrifice geared towards attaining wholesomeness and urged residents to voluntarily comply with the prevention regulations put in place by the government at all levels.

“The state will surely overcome the COVID-19 pandemic and other criminal activities,” an optimistic Adeyanju said.

He also assured the people of Adamawa of adequate security during and after the Eid el-Kabir celebrations.

The police commissioner stated that proactive and robust anti-crime measures, including the deployment of tactical and intelligence assets of the command, have already been put in place to prevent any untoward incident in the state.

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He, however, insisted that the COVID-19 prevention regulation orders were still in force and it was important to comply with them.

Adeyanju’s position is in line with the directive of the Inspector General of Police, Mohammed Adamu, who asked Nigerians to remember the COVID-19 protocols during the celebrations.

Adamu also called for voluntary compliance with the ban on all mass socio-religious gatherings and other prevention orders directed at protecting the citizens and checking the further spread of COVID-19 in the country.

He asked the people to cooperate with the police, noting that the measures have become imperative due to the rampaging COVID-19 pandemic.


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Ogun police nab 5 suspected robbers – recover items

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The police in Ogun State have arrested five armed robbery suspects said to be terrorising Osiele community and its environments.

In a statement issued on Monday by the State Police Public Relations Officer, Abimbola Oyeyemi, the suspects and their herbalist were all arrested following information received by operatives of Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS).

Oyeyemi said the officer in charge of SARS, Tijani Muhammed, led his men to the area and cordoned off their hideout at Odeda area of the state.

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“At the end of the operation, four members of the gang were apprehended. Their arrest led to the arrest of their herbalist who they claimed is their godfather that used to fortify them spiritually whenever they are going out for operation and also used to initiate new members into their fold,” he said

Items recovered from them include one double-barrel locally made short gun, one battle axe, two knives and assorted dangerous charms.

Reacting to the incident, the Commissioner of Police, Edward Ajogun, ordered a full-scale investigation into the activities of the suspects with the view to prosecuting them diligently.


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Just in: Police dismiss IMN members in Kaduna

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Police authorities on Saturday dispersed members of the Islamic Movement in Nigeria as they gathered in Kaduna to commemorate the sixth anniversary of the alleged killing of some of their members by the Nigerian Army on July 25, 2014.

IMN Spokesperson, Ibrahim Musa, told Channels Television that the commemoration was a peaceful annual event usually observed with members gathering to offer prayers for the repose of the souls of their departed members.

He explained that shortly after they commenced the programme at a cemetery in Zaria, Armed policemen stormed the venue and started shooting tear gas into their air.

Mr Musa asked the police to save their bullets for armed bandits and terrorists who are killing innocent and defenseless civilians.

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In its response, the State Police Command said the group remains outlawed and security operatives reserve the right to disperse them.

The Inspector-General of Police, Mohammed Adamu, officially declared the IMN banned in July 2019.

The group was founded by Ibrahim El-Zakzaky, who is being tried by the Kaduna state government over allegations of culpable homicide, unlawful assembly, disruption of the public peace, and criminal conspiracy among others.


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Rape: Seyitan had no evidence against Dbanj – Police says

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The Nigeria Police have cleared popular Nigerian singer and songwriter D’banj, of the rape allegations leveled against him by a twitter user Miss Seyitan Babatayo.

This was contained in a report signed by Deputy Commissioner of Police (DCP) Umar Sanda on behalf of Deputy Inspector-General of Police, Force Criminal Investigations Department, Force Headquarters, and obtained by the Newsmen, on Saturday.

It would be recalled that the allegation led to strong social and media controversy with several declarations of the innocence of the singer by his fans and admirers coming up against those who believed Babatayo was telling the truth.

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D’banj had claimed that there was no truth in the allegation and blamed it on the handiwork of his enemies who he alleged were out to destroy his hard-earned reputation.

The musician subsequently instituted an N1.5 Billion defamation lawsuit against Babatayo in spite of the support she got from a prominent women’s rights group.

However, the report by the police investigation unit did not find any substantial evidence to prove that D’banj committed the act and that Babatayo had withdrawn the petition filed against D’banj.

“This is a case of indecent assault on female, rape, intimidation, and the threat to life reported by Seyitan Babatayo through a petition letter dated June 5, 2020, by the Law firm of Ojoge, Omileye, and Partners against Oladapo Daniel Oyebanjo a.k.a D’banj.

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“The petition is to the Inspector-General of Police which was endorsed to the Deputy Inspector-General of Police FCID for investigation and further referred to the ACP SEB/PEPF for investigation and report.

“The fact of this case is that on Dec. 30, 2018, Mr. Franklin Amudo who was a manager to the suspect invited the complainant Seyitan to an all-white party at Eko Atlantic in Lagos, where the suspect performed as a guest music artiste.

“The complainant alleged that D’banj had sex with her against her wish but in view of the foregoing facts, the investigation was discontinued as there was no substantial evidence to prove the allegation of rape against the suspect,” the report read in parts.

Meanwhile, Babatayo has denied the statement that she reached out to Human Rights Activist and #ENDSARS advocate, Mr. Segun Awosanya, a.k.a Segalink, asking for his intervention in the rape case.

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Babatayo urged her supporters especially STER, a non-governmental organization to act with honesty in the matter even as she expressed appreciation for the group’s support so far.

Awosanya had equally demanded an apology following a statement from the nongovernmental organization that he was contacted by Babatayo on the matter.

He described the allegation as deliberate and mischievous falsehood intended to malign his person and reputation.

“I demand a retraction of the group’s statement and the issuing of an apology within the next 24 hours or a lawsuit will follow,” Awosanya said


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Arotile’s death: Photo of suspects handed to police surfaces

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The Nigerian Air Force (NAF) has officially handed over to the Nigeria Police the three suspects involved in the incident that led to the death of late Flying Officer Tolulope Arotile.

According to a statement by the Director of Public Relations and Information, Air Commodore, Ibikunle Daramola, the suspects namely Nehemiah Adejoh, Igbekele Folorunsho and Festus Gbayegun, were handed to the police on Friday at the NAF Base Kaduna.

Giving a brief highlight of the events that led up to the death, the Commander 453 Base Services Group (453 BSG), Group Captain Hadi Ahmed, recalled how, on 14 July 2020, at about 4:30 pm, a KIA Serento SUV, driven by Mr Adejoh, with the two others as passengers, knocked down the Flying Officer while she was walking along the Air Marshal Ibrahim Alfa Road in the NAF Base Kaduna.

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The three former classmates of Arotile who were involved in her death o n July 14, being handed over to the police.

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Group Captain Ahmed highlighted that the three persons involved in the accident, who were former schoolmates of the late Flying Officer at the Air Force Secondary School Kaduna, were on their way to visit the wife of a serving senior officer residing in the Base before the accident occurred.

He stated that the NAF would continue to cooperate with the Nigeria Police and provide all necessary support to enable it carry forward the case to its logical conclusion.

This comes a day after the young officer was laid to rest at the National Military Cemetery in Abuja.


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One out of 6 ‘runaway’ prisoners in Plateau rearrested

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One out of the six inmates who escaped after an attack by gunmen on the premises of the High Court in Plateau State has been rearrested.

Troops of Operation Safe Haven deployed at Rarin-Shou village on Friday rearrested the inmate who is from the Jos Correctional Centre.

The Commander of Operation Safe Haven, Major General Chujwuemeka Okonkwo told Channels Television that the manhunt launched by troops of the task force to search for the escapees turned out positive with the arrest Ibrahim Mohammed while the search for others is still ongoing.

The rearrested suspect has been handed over to the Nigerian Correctional Service Plateau State Centre.

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Gunmen Attack High Court Premises
This comes after gunmen on Thursday attacked the premises of the High Court in Barkin Ladi Local Government Area of Plateau State, thereby forcefully setting free six inmates from the Nigerian Correctional Centre.

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The inmates were said to have been brought from the Jos Correctional Centre for trial in Barkin Ladi when the incident occurred.

The gunmen, however, aided the escape of six out of 10 inmates with their offences ranging from murder to kidnapping and rape.

Public Relations Officer of Plateau State Police Command, (ASP) Gabriel Uba confirmed the attack and escape of the inmates.

He noted that the Police Commissioner has visited the scene of the incident, adding that some arrests have been made and investigations into the attack are ongoing.


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Southern Kaduna Killings: Police, Security Agencies should be at alert – Ojukwu

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The National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) has condemned in very strong terms the incessant killings and wanton destruction of properties in various communities in Southern Kaduna, Kaduna State and some other parts of the country, charging the Police and other law enforcement agencies to sit up and stop the blame game so as to bring the perpetrators to book.

The Executive Secretary of the Commission, Tony Ojukwu Esq who stated this while reacting to the Southern Kaduna killings earlier this week restated that the primary duty of government and its agencies, in this case the security agencies is to protect lives and properties of citizens and those of other nationals residing in the country, which is guaranteed in the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria 1999 as amended, as well as other national, regional and international treaties to which Nigeria is a signatory.

He stated that the alleged invasion of Gora Gan village in Zango-Kataf Local Government Area of Kaduna State which resulted in the killing of no fewer than 10 persons including a 7-year-old boy and the village Head is most annoying and devastating.

Following a series of attacks in the southern Kaduna region of Kaduna State, indigenes in the FCT, took to the streets protest on March 19, 2019.

Executive Secretary also lamented a similar incident in Kakun Daji village in Kaura Local Government of Kaduna State where 21 people were allegedly murdered in cold blood by yet to be identified gunmen.

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In the light of the above, he called on the relevant Ministries and agencies of government like the Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs and the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) to visit the affected communities and provide the necessary humanitarian support and aids to the families of victims and survivors to forestall further violation of their human rights.

Ojukwu called on the Police and other law enforcement agencies to refrain from watching helplessly while the lives of those whom they are supposed to protect are cut short by miscreants and other categories of enemies of the state.

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This is to rekindle people’s confidence in the government which has a sacred duty to protect their lives and properties despite any security challenges.

The Chief Human Rights Officer in Nigeria opined that state and local government policing structure can no longer be wished away especially in the wake of grave security challenges like senseless killings, kidnappings, banditry, Sexual and Gender Based Violence (SGBV), communal clashes, ethnic and religious violence etc. in various parts of the country.

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According to the Executive Secretary, “most of these criminal elements are citizens and they live amongst the people in various towns and communities. Accordingly, state and local government policing will surely rid the society of criminals who unfortunately pose a serious challenge to the protection of human rights over the years”.

Executive Secretary of the Commission, Tony Ojukwu (File Photo)

The Chief Executive Officer of the NHRC used the opportunity to once again call for the implementation of the recommendations of the Presidential Panel on Reform of Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) and the Nigeria Police Force which, amongst other, recommended the establishment of State and Local Government Police to check the spate of criminality and insecurity in the country.

The Commission is also urging Nigerians to volunteer information to the Police and other security agencies so as to enhance intelligence led policing which is the practice in some other climes where insecurity has posed a challenge like in Nigeria. The security agencies must rise to the demands of the moment and stop the blame game going on presently.


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Arotile’s death: 3 suspects handed to Police – NAF

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The Nigeria Air Force on Friday said it has handed over three suspects involved in the incident that led to the death of flying officer Tolulope Arotile, to the police.

The Air Force revealed this in a statement signed by spokesman Ibikunle Daramola on Friday.

Arotile, who was buried with full military honours on Thursday, had died from head injuries sustained after a car reversed and hit her at the Air Force base in Kaduna.

The handover also took place at the base.

According to the Air Force’s statement, the suspects include “Mr Nehemiah Adejoh, Mr Igbekele Folorunsho and Mr Festus Gbayegun” all of who were former classmates to Ms. Arotile.

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According to Group Captain, Hadi Ahmed, as quoted in the statement, the suspects, on July 14, were in a “KIA Serento SUV, with Registration Number AZ 478 MKA (Kaduna)” when the car knocked down Arotile as “she was walking along Air Marshal Ibrahim Alfa Road in NAF Base Kaduna, leading to her eventual death.”

The trio “were on their way to visit the wife of a serving senior officer residing in the Base before the accident occurred,” Ahmed said.

He added that the “NAF would continue to cooperate with the Nigeria Police and provide all necessary support to enable it carry forward the case to its logical conclusion.”


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Sexual Harassment: Police investigate, question female suspect. [Viral Video]

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The Nigeria Police Force has commenced an investigation into a video trending on social media showing a policeman interrogating a female suspect and asking her inappropriate questions of a sexual nature.

According to a series of tweets on Wednesday, the Inspector General of Police ordered discreet investigations into the circumstances surrounding the dehumanizing treatment meted out to the female citizen in the viral video.

The tweet thread further reads: “The IGP, while condemning the act, has directed the commencement of comprehensive investigations aimed at unraveling the true identity of the perpetrators with a view to bringing them to justice.

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“Members of the public are hereby assured that any member of the Force found culpable in the incident will be made to face appropriate sanctions.”

In the video, one could hear the officer interrogating a young lady named Towobola, following a raid at the apartment of an alleged kidnapper.

According to the officer who spoke in Yoruba, the young lady was to answer for how she got to know the kidnapper who she claimed to have met only recently.

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After whisking the kidnap suspect away, the officers placed Towobola in handcuff and went on to harass her verbally for ‘sleeping with a criminal’.

The interrogation degenerated into very lewd seeming dialogues, with questions ranging from if the suspect is a virgin to how many people she had slept with.

The video went viral after it surfaced online with many calling for the dismissal of the officers, arguing that their conducts were unprofessional.


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Breaking: Police arrest Buhari, 2 Others | Full Story

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Operatives of the Ogun State Police Command have arrested three suspected highway robbers at Alapako area, Lagos-Ibadan Expressway.

The suspects: Uzefa Idris, Adamu Yakubu and Ayuba Buhari were arrested following a distress call received by the Divisional Police Officer, DPO, Owode Egba Division that a Mazda bus had been forcefully stopped on the highway by a gang of armed robbers and that the occupants were being dispossessed of their belongings.

Upon the distress call, the DPO, SP Mathew Ediae quickly led his anti-robbery team to the scene and on sighting the policemen, the hoodlums took to their heels but were chased into the bush where three of them were apprehended.

The two victims of their operation, Oluwakemi Oyegade who was dispossessed of N545,000 and one itel phone as well as the driver, Zacheaus Olaniyi were rescued and taken to the station.

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The two victims narrated how the hoodlums jumped on the road from the bush and forcefully stopped the vehicle consequent upon which they started beating them with matchete before dispossessing them of their valuables.

Recovered from the arrested ones are: the sum ofN99,700 and one itel phone.

Meanwhile, the Commissioner of Police, CP Kenneth Ebrimson has ordered the immediate transfer of the suspects to the Special Anti-robbery Squads,SARS, for discreet investigation and prosecution.


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