Rivers State Residents Back SARS
Over 5000 residents of Rivers state took to the streets of Port Harcourt today to show Solidarityto the Nigerian Police and particularly for its embattled Special Anti-Robbery Squad SARS.
The sea of heads that marched from Polo Club on Tombia Street, GRA to Police headquarters, Forces Avenue in Port Harcourt carried several banners and placards with inscriptions such as:
“No to End SARS”, “SARS fighting criminals to see the state safe”, “SARS has reduced the mindless killings of Rivers people”, “if you end SARS you increase killings”, “to end SARS is to increase Beheading” “Governor Wike making criminals kings and attacking security agents.”
The ten kilometer walk culminated at the Headquarters of the Rivers State Police Command where leaders of the Solidarity Rally took turns to speak before handing over two copies of letters to the Inspector General of Police, Ibrahim Idris and the Rivers State Commissioner of Police Ahmed Zaki Ahmed respectively.
Receiving the letters, the Rivers CP said the police is ever ready to carry out its core mandate of protection of lives and properties, prevention of crime and the arrest and protection of offenders.
He said security should be everybody’s business because without there can be no peace.
“Security is next to life. If we want peace the police must be allowed to carry out their constitutional duties” he said.
The Rivers police boss said a review of the performance from January till date shows that SARS had been doing a good job.
“More than 1000 armed robbers have been arrested with 500 currently facing charges in the Court of Law.”
CP ZAKI also commended SARS for the large number of vehicles recovered from robbers and car snatches. He said within this period, several arms and ammunition have also been retrieved from criminals.
We’re Ready To Move Against Human Trafficking Cartel, Says Obaseki
The Governor of Edo State, Mr. Godwin Obaseki, has described human trafficking as the greatest security challenge facing his administration and has vowed to deploy the state’s powers and resources to break the hold of the human trafficking cartel on Edo youths and end the illicit trade.
Obaseki said this when he received a delegation of the management and members of Edo Forum of Patriots (EFP), led by the chairman, Patriot Aiyamenkhue Edokpolor, who paid a courtesy visit to the governor at the Government House in Benin City.
“Human Trafficking has become a security threat in the state as over 10,000 young men and women were trafficked in a space of 12 months and more than 30 per cent of them lost their lives in the process,” he lamented.
The governor told his guests that “human trafficking is one disaster that has befallen us as a people since the European invasion of 1897,” noting that “Even before the invasion, Edo people were never sold into slavery because we had a very powerful army.”
According to him: “For us to start selling ourselves into slavery, means something fundamental has happened and much has gone wrong. We cannot fold our hands, keeping mute as if nothing is happening is even scarier. As a government we took actions and some persons on social media are condemning our actions, I think those people should be arrested for aiding the crime.”
Obaseki further said that the tales of the returnees are disheartening as “one cannot but weep for their harrowing experiences, who are deceived and moved from Nigeria by a cartel and syndicate who trade these people like common commodities.”
He assured that his administration will not relent in the fight and would mobilise the state’s resources to make sure the scourge is brought under control.
Earlier, the chairman of Edo Forum of Patriots, Patriot Aiyamenkhue Edokpolo, said since the governor mounted the saddle of governance in the state, he has demonstrated extraordinary commitment towards the progress, and well-being of Edo people and the state at large.
“We have set up a security and economic summit central planning committee to consult and seek collaboration with the Edo State Government and relevant agencies of the federal government for realistic solutions to our socio-economic challenges,” Edokpolor said.
How Instagram Friend Drugged, Had Sex With Unilorin Student
A University of Ilorin female student (name withheld), has narrated how a man she met on Instagram drugged, had sex and took her nude pictures in a Lagos hotel.
Crying profusely while speaking with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Sunday in Ilorin, the lady said she met the man through social media network (Instagram), where the relationship started.
“He asked for a relationship which I was reluctant to accept but I accepted.
“I met him for the first time in Lagos when I was on holiday. He later invited me to an hotel in Ojo area of Lagos, that was when I met him for the second time.
“It was when I was preparing to return to school, so he demanded sex which I turned down.
“He promised me N15,000 and transferred it to me, we had a drink but I noticed I was dizzy.
“So it was when one of the hotel waiters brought a condom that I started to cause a scene before people came to my rescue.
“Later that day, he called and threatened to send my nude pictures he took to my Daddy, I was surprised how he got my father’s number.
“It was because of the threat that I had to go to him again to have sex and to ask him delete all the pictures but he again said he had video of when we were having sex.
“I couldn’t confront my parents because I was scared and told my pastor, so it was my pastor that reported the matter to the police,” the Unilorin student said.
She described the man as a devil who had taught her a painful lesson.
Confirming the incident, Kwara police spokesman, Ajayi Okasanmi, told NAN that the suspect was arrested but escaped during interrogation.
“We invited the suspect to Ilorin with the help of the lady he was threatening.
“We arrested him and seized the phone which has the nudes pictures.
“So, we asked an officer to go and search where he lodged in Ilorin only for him to escape in the process and we have not seen him till date,” Okasanmi explained.
Okasanmi said that the suspect later went on social media claiming that he collected money from him
The Kwara Police spokesman challenged the suspect to come out and sue him if his claims were true.
Fish Out Perpetrators Of Cattle Dealers, Dickson Tells Police
The Bayelsa State Government has called on the Police, the Department of State Service and other security agencies to apprehend the killers of a prominent cattle dealer, Alhaji Jibril Abdulkarim, and three of his aides on Saturday.
The cattle dealer and three of his aides were shot to death at his private abattoir in Yenagoa on Saturday, December 2, 2017.
The deceased cattle dealer was a member of the State Committee for the Management and Control of Ranches, and Chairman Cattle Breeders Association (CBA) in the state.
Th Chief of Staff, Government House, Rt. Hon. Talford Ongolo, who represented the Governor of Bayelsa State, Hon Seriake Dickson, in a visit to commiserate with the families of the deceased, condemned the reprehensible act.
Ongolo assured the families of the determination of the state government to collaborate with the security agencies to ensure that, those behind the heinous acts are arrested and brought to justice.
Ongolo, who was accompanied by top government officials and security chiefs in the state, described Jibril as a peace loving, law abiding and easy going businessman, who was a friend to all including the government.
"I want to on behalf of His Excellency, Governor Seriake Dickson, and the Government of Bayelsa State sympathize with you all over this sudden loss. As a government we condemn it and we shall work closely with the security agencies to apprehend the criminals, who committed these unacceptable acts in order to bring them to book.
"Alhaji Jibril was a good man; he was very easy going. He worked closely with our government to promote peace and unity among all. He was never caught violating any law and we are indeed shocked to hear of his gruesome murder alongside some of his boys,” Ongolo said.
The Chief of Staff warned that, the state government would not tolerate crime and crime criminality stressing that the criminals behind the death of Jibril and his workers shall not go free.
Ongolo gave the assurance that, despite the pockets of criminal activities perpetrated by a few misguided elements, Bayelsa remains one of the safest states in Nigeria to live and do business.
He urged the security agencies not to relent until the perpetrators behind the killing of the innocent people are apprehended and made to face the law.
Four Police Officers Killed In Adamawa Ethnic Clash
Muslim cattle herders are suspected of killing four police officers in the northeastern Nigerian state of Adamawa, a police official said on Friday.
The four officers were killed on Thursday night defending a village in the Numan region from the herdsmen, who attacked the settlement as a reprisal for an earlier deadly clash, said Othman Abubakar, a police spokesman for the state.
In the earlier clash, unidentified attackers killed more than 30 cattle herders in Numan.
Numan has recently become a flashpoint for clashes between the herders and Christian farmers, which occur frequently across broad swathes of Nigeria, as each group contests the other’s rights to land for pasture and agriculture.
Stolen Car Crashes Into Tree, Kills Five
Five people, including three children, have died after a stolen car crashed into a tree in Leeds.
The youngest victim was a 12-year-old boy, West Yorkshire Police said. Two 15-year-old boys and two men aged 24 and 28 also died.
Officers were called to Stonegate Road in the Meanwood area of the city at 21:54 GMT on Saturday.
Two 15-year-old boys are being held in custody on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving.
A spokesman for the police said officers were confronted by a scene of "complete carnage" when they arrived at the crash site.
Two people were pronounced dead at the scene and three died a short time later at hospital, the force added.
Their families have been informed.
Det Ch Insp Jim Griffiths said: "This is clearly a tragic incident in which five young people have lost their lives."
Earlier police said they were working on the assumption all seven were in the same vehicle - a Renault Clio.
However, the force has since said: "Whether they were all in the car or whether some of [the victims] were pedestrians we can't say at this point in time."
People who live on Stonegate Road between the police cordon are being escorted away by officers if they want to leave their homes .
The residents are not being allowed to use their vehicles which are being kept off the road.
There is also a heavy police presence and residents can be seen leaving their homes, approaching the police and speaking to them.
Reporters are being kept behind the police cordon but a large scar can be seen on a tree further along the road.
The closure of the road is causing traffic disruption as it is a busy route between Meanwood and Moortown in Leeds.
Stonegate Road is about three miles north of Leeds city centre and has semi-detached houses and wide grass verges between the houses and the road.
It remains closed and the force's major collision inquiry team is investigating what happened.
Pius Anyim Remain In EFCC Custody – Ozekhome
Lawyer to the former Secretary to the government of the Federation, Mr Pius Anyim, Mr Mike Ozekhome has insisted that Anyim is still in custody of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) and he is being kept in ‘inhuman and degrading condition.’
Ozekhome described earlier reports by the EFCC that Anyim has been released as misleading. He said in spite of fulfilling all administrative bail conditions, Anyim is still been kept in the custody of the anti-graft agency.
The EFCC had earlier obtained a court warrant to keep Anyim in its custody. He was arrested for allegedly collecting the sum of N520 million from a former National Security Adviser (NSA), Colonel Sambo Dasuki. Less than two days after his arrest, reports indicated that the EFCC released Anyim and instructed that he should report to the commission every two weeks after meeting his bail conditions.
Ozekhome in the statement on Friday, however, insists that Anyim is still in custody despite depositing his international passport.
“The truth is that Anyim is still held in EFCC custody till minute, inspite of fulfilling all administrative bail conditions laid out for him, including deposit of his international passport and being compelled, under duress and undue influence, to sign all manners of self-incriminating and property-stripping documents against his will.”
He also accused the EFCC of keeping his client under inhuman and degrading conditions for what he described as an unconstitutional length of time.
“Inspite of these and the clear provisions of section 35 and 36 of the Nigerian constitution and the Administration of Criminal Justice Act (ACJA), the EFCC has bluntly refused to release Anyim to go and attend to his very poor health over which he was receiving treatment before he was forcibly taken away from his home.”
Ozekhome, therefore, asked the Attorney General of the Federation to prevail on the EFCC to respect the rule of law and the constitution by releasing Mr Anyim.
Husband Murderer Maryam Sanda Lands In Prison
The FCT High Court in Jabi, Abuja, on Friday remanded in Suleja prison Maryam Sanda, who allegedly killed her husband, Bilyaminu Haliru.
The late Haliru was the son of Alhaji Bello Haliru, former National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
The presiding Judge, Justice Yusuf Halilu, adjourned the matter until Dec. 7 after the defendant’s arraignment.
The Prosecuting Counsel, Mr James Idachaba, had prayed the court to adjourn the matter to enable the filing of an amended charge, following the emergence of new facts.
The Police had earlier filed a two-count charge against the defendant bordering on culpable homicide, punishable with death.
However, the Defence Counsel, Mr Hussein Musa, did not oppose the adjournment but argued that his client be admitted to bail or be remanded in police custody, pending the determination of the substantive matter.
Musa hinged his argument on the fact that his client is a nursing mother with a six-month-old baby.
He argued that sending a nursing mother to prison when a prima facie had yet to be established against the defendant could be injustice.
Sanda allegedly killed Haliru on Nov. 19 with multiple stabbing at the back and genital area, which reportedly led to his death.