Dominic Adewole and Ola James
Delta State Police Commissioner, Zanna Ibrahim, has ordered the arrest of four policemen, attached to the Area Commander’s Office in Warri for murder and professional misconduct.
They are Inspectors Samuel Imana, Anthony Nwali, Sergeant Anthony Oniri and Corporal Innocent Ajah.
On Sunday, one the policemen, who was said to be drunk, allegedly shot and killed a man, Elvis Ovie, and also injured two others during a child dedication ceremony at Edjewo, by Poloko market in Warri.
One of those injured is Onome Eko aka Chairman.
According to witnesses, the deceased was rushed to First Rank Hospital within the area.
The Divisional Police Officer (DPO) in charge of “B” Division, Warri, a Chief Superintendent of Police (CSP), Mr. Anieteh Eyoh and other senior officers were said to have rushed to the hospital to see the victim.
When it was noticed that victim’s condition was critical, he was transferred to Syracuse Hospital. He died three hours later. Doctor said he died over loss of blood.
Eko is currently receiving treatment at the Capital Hill Clinic/Hospital, Airport Road branch, Warri.
Eko’s girlfriend, who refused to disclose her name, told our correspondent that she had not been able to speak with him at the hospital.
The celebrant was not at home when our correspondent visited the venue of the reception yesterday.
However, a source said that the celebrant had been arrested by the “B” Division in Warri. There were bloodstains at the scene of the incident. The incident forced occupants in the compound to flee their homes.
After the shooting, the policemen reportedly went into hiding.
But yesterday, detectives smoked them out of their hideout. They are being detained at the state Police Command Headquarters, Asaba.
The killing caused panic in the locality as the ceremony ended in fiasco, forcing residents, well-wishers and passers-by to scamper into safety.
The crisis caused by the killing was quelled by the combined efforts of men of the Special Anti-Robbery, Special Anti-Crime and Eagle Net Squads, who swiftly mobilised to the scene.
“It would have been a bloody clash that Sunday. The kinsmen of the victim and youths in the area had wanted to take the law into their hands before signals reached the top echelon of the police that trouble was brewing at Edjewo, by Poloko market in Warri, and it was brought under control,” an eyewitness, who simply identified himself as Efemena, said.
Efemena added that the killing was as a result of provocation but a policeman in the area attributed it to a stray bullet.
Miffed, Zanna described the killing as “professional misconduct, murder and apparently reckless and unwarranted shooting”.
The commissioner said the erring officers would be appropriately sanctioned after investigation was concluded.
Reiterating that the command abhors any act of impunity by any of its officers and men, the police boss condoled with the family and friends of the deceased and the injured.
The commissioner also prayed for speedy recovery of the injured victims.
The state Acting Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), DSP Andrew Aniamaka, confirmed the incident.
He said: “The policeman in question is undergoing investigation. We do not condone such nonsense. He is being tried for professional misconduct and if found guilty, will face the wrath of the law.”
How police murdered my son, Senator Okoro tells court
Senator Fidelis Okoro, has told a Federal High Court sitting in Abuja how Mohammed Yusuf, an Assistant Superintendent of Police (ASP), allegedly murdered his son, Chukwuemeka, 31, five years ago in Durumi area of the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja.
Okoro, who had filed an enforcement of fundamental rights suit, marked FHC/ABJ/CS/1165/2019, through his counsel, J. K Mbanefo Ikwegbue, before the court is demanding award of N3billion in compensation and damages for the unlawful murder.
The Senator, who represented Enugu North Senatorial District between 1999 and 2007, joined the Police Service Commission (PSC), the Inspector-General of Police (IGP), Nigerian Police Force and ASP Yusuf as 1st to 4th defendants.
The plaintiff is also praying for an order directing the IGP and the Nigeria Police to immediately arraign Yusuf before a court of competent jurisdiction for an offence of murder.
According to the plaintiff, in his statement of claim, he avers that “on August 11, 2014, the deceased, Mr John Chukwuemeka Okoro, was in the company of his friend Sunny Black, eating at a restaurant in Durumi area of Abuja, when a Police Patrol Team from Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) office in Abuja, which came to Durumi in search of other alleged suspects, accosted the late John Okoro and his friend, Mr Black.
“In the confusion that ensued, the policeman shot John Okoro, in the leg. Having maimed him, instead of taking him alive for interrogation, irrespective of the fact that he was pleading his innocence, Yusuf shot him in the chest, which led to his death. First, he was taken to SARS Office in Abuja and in their continuous move to conceal the information about what had happened, took his lifeless body to Gwagwalada Teaching Hospital in Abuja. The Police told the mortuary attendant that it was a case of hit and run.”
He further noted that, being aggrieved by the gruesome murder of his son, he (Senator Okoro) petitioned the then IGP and the FCT Police Command over the extra judicial killing of his son.
“Although the then Assistant-Commissioner of Police, ACP Usman A. Belel of the FCT Police Command issued a query in November 2014, to AP/No: 79224, ASP Mohammed Yusuf of SARS, who was the leader of the SARS team on the day of the incident, and who also was the person that shot John Okoro, nothing came out of it as it is alleged that the Police always protect one of their own. Apart from Yusuf, two other suspects who were members of his SARS team on the day of the incident were also invited by the FCT Police Command for Orderly Room Trial.
The two suspects F/No 342822 – Sergeant Agada Kenneth, F/No 366505 – Corporal Agada Lawrence, were subjected to Orderly Room Trial.”
He noted that after the Orderly Room Trial of both Kenneth and Lawrence, the Police Officer who presided as the Adjudicator ruled and recommended as follows:
“That the incident was a case of extra judicial killing and that the two suspects were wrong to have killed John Okoro. That the two suspects be dismissed from the Nigeria Police Force with immediate effect for the extra judicial killing of John Okoro. That the two suspects should be charged and tried for murder. That the two suspects should be detained in Police custody until they are charged to court for murder trial.”
The Senator, however, noted that he was shocked when he received the news that the two suspects, who were detained and waiting to be charged and arraigned for murder, had escaped from police detention.
As at the time of filing this report, the two suspects are still at large since 2015 till date.
The Senator equally added that he has received an unconfirmed report that the two suspects, who went through the Orderly Room Trial and their team lead, Yusuf, are still with the Police Force and receiving their salaries since 2015 till date.
However, when the matter came up yesterday, none of the defendants were in court, neither were they represented by counsel. The trial judge, Justice Inyang Ekwo, consequently adjourned till January 14, 2020.
Another heroic, dying policeman cries out for help
An Assistant Superintendent of Police (ASP), Mukaila Lamidi, lives on the outskirt of Sango-Ota, at a place popularly called Ntabo Ijoko in Ogun State.
The road to his residence is a nightmare. The reporter reached his home that fateful Saturday at about 8am. A walk into his almost bare sitting-room found the sick Mukaila, sleeping in foetal form on a threadbare couch. Even in his sleeping state, he looked sick and pale.
The most arresting and valuable item in the sitting was his award, received from former Governor of Lagos State, Babatunde Raji Fashola (SAN), for gallantry and Service Excellence.
The award, lovingly framed in a glass, took pride of place in the house. His wife, Afisat Lamidi, who looked tired and broken, ushered the reporter further into the room.
She tried to shake him awake. “Wake up! Wake up! You have a visitor.”
Mukaila opened his eyes and stared groggily at everyone. The wife signed and said: “Since the sickness started, he has been losing his memories. When he talks sometimes, he doesn’t make sense. I was worried and scared, but I heard that’s what this kidney sickness does to people. We have spent everything! Right now, we’re looking up to God, Lagos State Government and well-meaning Nigerians to assist us.”
The reporter tried to engage the ailing man in a chat, but his responses sounded muddled. Afisat sighed loudly again, looked at the reporter, shrugged with a look that says, “What did I tell you?”
Within minutes, Mukaila said that he wanted to urinate. A young man, who had been sitting in the room and watching everything, quickly got up to assist him. Mukaila can no longer walk unaided. When he stood, it was like a gust of wind would blow him away. This was the same policeman that had confronted gang of militant bank robbers, earning him an award for gallantry.
Mukaila is attached to the Rapid Response Squad (RRS), Ikeja, Lagos State Police Command. He enlisted into the Police Force 1988. He is 59 years old.
It was early this year that his family discovered that Mukaila was always feeling feverish. They thought it was Malaria, but also felt it was becoming too constant.
Afisat recalled: “The whole thing started with just a fever. We went to Federal Medical Centre, Abeokuta (FMC). When we got there, he was diagnosed of Kidney Failure. We started treatment in March. We’ve been going for dialysis since then. We were eventually told that we would need to take him for a kidney transplant.”
Afisat explained that Mukaila was on his sick bed when his promotion to the rank of an ASP was announced. The couple has five children, but none of them is financially capable of tackling their father’s failing health.
She said that whenever Mukaila’s salary comes, they quickly use it for his dialysis.
When Mukaila was first admitted in hospital, Afisat alerted his boss, a Deputy Commissioner of Police (DCP) in charge of RRS, Mr Olatunji Disu.
Afisat said that the man, on two different occasions assisted them with money from his personal account.
She said: “I went to his office to let them that he has health challenge. I went back a second time with an official letter, asking for financial assistance. At that point, I was praying that Governor Sanwo-Olu would help us. I heard then that the governor was not around. Disu later sent his assistant to come and check my husband at the hospital. Since then, we’ve not heard anything. We are spending too much on dialysis. The dialysis is three times in a week and each costs N50, 000. Meanwhile his salary is just N120, 000, which is what we use for his dialysis. I can’t even begin to recollect what we’ve spent on drugs. He used to get blood transfusion twice a week.”
Afisat said that it was Dr Adebsisi, working at FMC that assisted them in finding out the cost of the transplant in a hospital in Abuja. The cost was placed at N12million.
“I have borrowed money from cooperative to the tune of N1.5million because of my husband’s health. We have spent roughly N8million since March on his health. His salary couldn’t tackle the dialysis. Right now, we’re supposed to have gone for dialysis since two weeks, but we had no money.”
Mukaila is presently experiencing the other side of life. Indeed, he was one of the policemen that confronted a gang of robbers that stormed the then Oceanic Bank in 2009. The agile, ferocious lion has now become as weak as a kitten.
Afisat recounted: “My husband saved the bank. He didn’t allow the robbers to gain access into the bank. He was instructed to go to the scene of the robbery, right when the robbers were operating. The robbers came through the waterways. Police killed four among the robbers. In fact, an inspector was killed in that operation.”
Afisat, who said that Mukaila had fought criminals several times and came out a victor, recalled that some few years ago, militant pipeline vandals went to Igando to siphon fuel from vandalised NNPC lines. Mukaila was instructed to go to the place.
He and other policemen confronted the militants. It was a gruelling and bloody confrontation, which left Mukaila riddled with pellets, but the policemen defeated the militants. Mukaila was later taken to hospital, where the pellets were removed.
At the Agbado area of Lagos State, in 2002, robbers attacked and shot Mukaila on his shoulder and palm. He was rushed to hospital, where he battled for life and survived. Mukaila was back then like a cat with nine lives.
It was because of his outstanding gallantry during the Oceanic Bank Robbery, that Fashola picked an interest in his valour and thought it fitting to bequeath him with the Award for Gallantry and Service Excellence.
When our reporter contacted Disu on Mukaila’s case, he disclosed that the Lagos State Government, through its security trust fund, was already mapping out money to assist the sick Mukaila for a transplant. The money, however, is yet to be seen, while Mukaila still groans in pains and is getting weak every day.
Afisat said that she would be quite appreciative if well-meaning Nigerians can assist her to raise enough money for Mukaila’s weekly dialysis and kidney transplant. She said: “Right now, even N200 is not too much. If everyone gives of N200, N500 or N1000, it would amount to something when pooled. I just don’t know what else to do or who else to run to. I can’t sit down, watching my husband dying without doing something. I need help.”
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Paedophile parents who raped daughter, 2, jailed for life
A couple will spend the rest of their lives in jail after raping their toddler daughter and admitting fantasising about abusing their unborn child.
Gerrad Coddington, 25, and Christina Nelson-Coddington, 29, who were sentenced for 29 child sex crimes, handcuffed, beat and sexually assaulted the tragic two-year-old.
Their crimes included rape, child abuse, incest and making child sex abuse images, reports the mirror.co.uk.
The paedophiles from Oklahoma, US, “fantasised about committing incest with their unborn baby”, the court heard.
Attorney General Mike Hunter said he had never seen a worse crime in his time in charge.
He said: “These two individuals engaged in horrifying acts of abuse and violence with innocent children.
“The actions of these two individuals, with regard to the children who were subjected to these horrific acts, unconscionable, unforgivable.
“These are evil people who presented a danger to society. I commend Judge Edwards’ decision to hold them accountable to the fullest extent of the law.
“I applaud the investigators with the National Centre for Missing and Exploited Children, the investigator in my office with the Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force and the attorneys who worked on this case to achieve a successful result.”
Police were tipped-off that a user with the Coddington’s IP address was sending sexually explicit material of children through the Messenger platform.
Investigators found more than 6,000 pages of “incriminating communications” between the couple.
They will never be given the chance to apply for parole, it was confirmed.
Man shoots brother after ‘magic ring’ fails
A 38-year-old man, Yakubu Abubakar, has been arrested by the police in Niger State for shooting at his brother with a pistol.
Abubakar was arrested at Paiko village in the Paikoro Local Government Area of the state after he was found with a fabricated locally made pistol.
It was learnt that Abubakar, a vigilante of Aninigi village, was trailed and apprehended by a team of policemen attached to Paikoro Division based on information received.
The suspect was said to have given his brother Yakubu Zakari, a magic ring believed to be a bullet proof that will protect him from gunshots in case of any eventualities.
It was reliably gathered that the suspect tested the power of the ring on the victim by firing twice without success but his third attempt hit the victim who was rushed to the IBB Specialist Hospital Minna for medical attention.
In an interview with our correspondent, the suspect said: “I am not a thief or a killer. I only fire the gun to test the power of the magic ring on my brother not knowing that it will harm him.
“I regret my actions because I am not supposed to have any gun under my roof without permission from the police. I was only trying to make sure that my brother got the right magic ring that would protect him from gun shots. I beg the police to forgive me.”
Explosive chops off SS2 student’s hand in Ebonyi
An object suspected to be explosive device, on Thursday exploded at Glory Land High School, Azugwu, Ebonyi Local Government Area of Ebonyi State chopping off the left hand of an SS2 student of the school identified simply as Chibuike.
The device, which exploded during break hour, also left many students of the school injured.
The incident happened at about 11 am causing serious confusion and panic within the school and its immediate vicinity.
Chibuike was rushed to the emergency unit of the Alex –Ekwueme Federal Teaching Hospital, Abakaliki while others with minor injuries were being treated around the area.
When our correspondent visited the school at about 2:30 pm, the
entrance gate was under lock and key as no student or teacher were seen in the school.
But, our correspondent saw some students from the school who were returning home and interacted with them.
The students confirmed the incident, adding that Chibuike, was playing with the device when it exploded.
“I was in the school when it exploded. I can’t tell what it was. But I saw Chibuike playing with the thing before it exploded. It’s like he came to school with it. The thing chopped off his left hand. He has been taken to hospital,” one of the students narrated.
When contacted, the state Police Public Relations Officer DSP Loveth Odah confirmed the incident.
She, however, said she was yet to get official report from the DPO of Eke-Aba Police Station on the incident.
Land scam: I paid N2.3m into Kwara TV GM’s account – Witness
The trial of the embattled General Manager of the Kwara State Television Authority, Alhaji Abdulfatai Adewale Adebowale, for alleged N4m land fraud continued on Thursday with a prosecution witness, Sulyman Abdulkareem, narrating how he paid the sum of N2.3m into the account of the defendant.
He said: “My Lord, after the allocation of 10 plots of land to the staff of the Kwara State Television Authority, the General Manager of the station, Alhaji Abdulfatai Adewale Adebowale approached the Director General of the Kwara State Bureau of Land that, there was no way the 10 plots could be shared among the staff, let them sell it and bring the money.
“The DG now linked me with the defendant who instructed me to look for buyers. I sold about four plots for N2.3m. I then contacted Adebowale who told me to bring the cash, but I said, no. I requested for his account number for proper records, and I paid the money into his Stanbic IBTC account.”
The Ilorin Zonal Office of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) is prosecuting Adebowale on a six-count charge bordering on corrupt practices before Justice Sikiru Oyinloye of the Kwara State High Court sitting in Ilorin.
Further hearing in the case has been adjourned till January 14, 2020 for cross examination of the witness.
Kano Assembly defies Court passes new Emirate’s Bill
The Kano State House of Assembly has despite the recent court judgement sacking the four newly created Emirate Councils, gone ahead to pass the bill creating them.
The Speaker of the House Alhaji Abdulaziz Garba Gafasa announced the Assembly’s approval of the four New Emirate/ Emirs into law on Thursday.
The new bill, scaled through first, second and third readings before it was finally adopted by members of the assembly, approved the four additional Emirates Councils in the state including Bichi, Gaya, Rani and Karaye.
Our Correspondent recalls that a Kano High Court presided by Justice Usman Na’Abba on November 21 had nullified the establishment of the four Emirates created in May 2019 saying the State House of Assembly did not follow due process in creating them.
Justice Na’Abba pointed out that the Kano State House of Assembly violated section 101 of the Nigerian Constitution, which gives the Assembly the power to enact its rules and guidelines of proceedings.
The bill is expected to be ascent to by Governor Abdullahi Umar Ganduje soon for immediate action.
EFCC storms Yahoo Boys’ den, arrests kingpin, 26 others in Lagos
Operatives of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCCC), Ibadan zonal office, yesterday, stormed a Lagos hotel believed to be a hideout for Internet fraudsters and arrested a Yahoo kingpin as well as 26 others.
The target of the operation was Rasaq Balogun, a suspected Internet fraud kingpin, whose illicit activities had dominated intelligence gathered from the recently arrested ‘police spies’ during a raid on their Abeokuta base.
According to findings, Balogun harboured an army of young men recruited to carry out financial frauds through the use of the Internet. Some others were also arrested at his Beckley Estate residence, also in Lagos State.
The raid on his hotel, Modzak Hotel, located at Abule-Egba, Lagos State, sufficiently gave credence to the suspicion as a retinue of young men were caught living in his hotel with no specific mission.
The suspected kingpin and 26 other young men, between ages 18 and 35, were arrested at the scene. Some others were also arrested and brought to the Commission’s Ibadan zonal office for further interrogation.
According to reports, officers of the anti-graft agency also recovered three vehicles, fetish items, laptops, mobile phones and documents suspected to contain fraudulent data from the suspect.
The EFCC spokesman, Wilson Uwujaren, said that the suspects would be charged to court.
Bandits kill 11, abduct district heads, six others in Niger
No fewer than 11 persons were killed following invasion of bandits on Kukoki Village in Rafi Local Government Area of Niger State on Tuesday night.
According to reports, the bandits kidnapped the district head of Madaka Alhaji Zakari Yau, his wife and the village head of Kukoki.
This is coming barely 48 hours after 11 people were killed in another community in Koki, Shiroro Local Government. The attack was said to have occurred on Sunday morning while people were preparing to go to church.
The secretary of the district council and a retired soldier were among six people abducted.
It was reliably gathered that the bandits, numbering over 20 stormed the district at about 10p.m. on Tuesday and started shooting sporadically into the air before they burgled houses of the villagers.
The bandits, who came with 15 motorcycles were said to have ransacked houses and shops in the community and looted foods and other valuables including cattle and sheep.
A source close to Kukoki village told our correspondent that before the arrival of security operatives, the bandits had disappeared into the bush.
In an apparent confirmation of the incidents, the state government said it has mobilised security operatives to carryout air and land surveillance with the sole aim of tracking and arresting the bandits.
Governor Abubakar Sani Bello in a statement by his Chief Press Secretary, Mrs. Mary Noel Berje, said security operatives have been directed, “to fish out and flush out bandits terrorising the communities.”
He assured members of the state thus: “Niger State Government is working alongside security apparatus in the state to stem the tide of pandemonium at the flash points, so as to bring succour and peace to the affected and surrounding communities. The state government is aware that the bandits are crossing over from neighbouring states such as Zamfara and Kaduna axis to Allawa and Erena axis and from Brini-Gwari adjacent Kamuku National Park. We will do everything to stop their migration into the state.”
Ondo driver’s killing: We’re yet to arrest killer cop, say Police
The Ondo State Police Command, yesterday, said that the policeman, who killed a truck driver on Monday at a checkpoint, was yet to be arrested.
The Ondo State Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), Femi Joseph, said that the killer cop, identified as Sergeant Idowu Omosuyi, fled after committing the alleged crime.
Omosuyi, attached to the Federal Highway Patrol, was said to have shot the truck driver, Ado Saleh, at a checkpoint in Uso, Owo Local Government Area of Ondo State during an argument.
The incident led to traffic snarl on the busy Akure-Owo highway as truck drivers embarked on a protest.
Joseph stated that policemen as well as detectives had been deployed to track down the fleeing killer cop.
He also disclosed that five other members of the team were already in detention.
The image maker further stated: “We are yet to arrest Omosuyi but other members of the team have been arrested and are currently in detention. It was during our preliminary investigation that the members of the team told us that immediately after the incident, Omosuyi dropped his gun and ran away. But we are after him, he cannot escape. We’ll soon declare him wanted if he doesn’t report himself to the Command. The Command has begun the trial of all members of the team and we are on the process of declaring him wanted if he fails to show up.”
A police source said the Command had taken the deceased to Adamawa State where he was buried.
Meanwhile, the Nigerian Bar Association, Owo branch, which condemned the dastardly act of the policeman, has called on the police Command to ensure the prosecution of the trigger-happy policeman.
In a statement issued by the Chairman of the association, Mr. Tajudeen Ahmed, NBA condemned the unprofessional attitude of the policemen on the roads.
The statement reads: “The NBA Owo branch noted with delight, the resolve of the Ondo State Police Command to ensure that the culprit of the ‘Uso Police Murder’ is made to face the full wrath of the law. The branch hereby expresses her willingness and readiness to assist in the due and diligent prosecution of the culprit, on pro bono public basis.”
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