The three policemen, working with the Enugu State Police Command, who arrested a passenger, Nnanemere Valentine Chidi, for being in possession of a laptop and then demanded N500,000 as bail, have been fished out.
The policemen were said to have been arrested by the Officer in Charge of Patrol, Enugu State.
Although the policemen finally collected N30,000 from the victim before granting him bail.
However, yesterday they refunded Nnanemere’s his money. They added extra N10, 000 to make the total money sent to him N40,000.
The acting Programme Director of Rule of Law and Accountability Advocacy Centre (RULAAC), a non-profit human rights advocacy organisation, Peter Nkanga, told New Telegraph that the OC contacted the organisation in respect of the petition.
He said: “The OC of the three policemen called our organisation today, in respect of the petition, which we were already planning to send to the Enugu State Commissioner of Police. The OC claimed that someone, who read the petition on a platform, forwarded it to him yesterday. He said that he was appalled.
“According to the OC, he has been able to identify the three policemen, who after initial denial, admitted that they committed the crime as adumbrated in the petition. The OC unreservedly condemned the actions of his men and has asked them to immediately raise the N30,000 they robbed from the young man as well as the extra cost he incurred paying transport a second time to continue his journey to Abuja. He also promised to deal ‘departmentally’ with the ‘greedy officers’ as he described them, for deterrence.
“He has mandated the officers to immediately call the victim, apologise to him and collect his account number for the refunds. He has also personally called and apologised to the victim and asked him to confirm to him as soon as he receives the refund.”
The policemen on Friday flagged down Nnanemere and other passengers around Opi junction, Nsukka and ordered everyone to come down for a search.
When they sighted Nnanemere with a laptop, they accused him of being a cyber-fraudster. They insisted on taking him to their station even though he was travelling.
Nnanemere identified himself by presenting his ID card, but the policemen refused to listen.
He said: “They searched my bag and took my official laptop and two Huawei phones a colleague of mine asked me to repair, and accused me of being a yahoo boy. They also tried to persuade me to confess. I showed them my complimentary card and other ID cards, but they took me to one office, not a police station, where they took my statement.
“They took me to EFCC junction in Independence Layout. On the way, they told me that it was better I settled them if not I would spend more when we got there, and probably lose my job. They asked me to give them N500,000. After much begging, we ended at N30,000. They took me to UBA in Enugu, where I withdrew N40,000. I gave them N30,000.”
Go, change narratives about womanhood – Mrs Akeredolu charges BEMORE girls
Wife of Ondo State Governor, Mrs Betty Akeredolu, has advised girls who participated in the BEMORE Summer Bootcamp to go back to their homes and change the narratives about womanhood.
Mrs Akeredolu gave the advice on Saturday at the closing of the third edition of the programme, held at the Federal University of Technology, Akure.
She enjoined the girls to proclaim what they were taught at the camp and impact the society positively.
She also urged them to introduce a ‘Weekend Democracy Meeting’ to their families, where some of the things they had learnt would be shared with others for good living.
According to the governor’s wife, she is determined to focussing on the young girls who are malleable and not yet polluted with tribalism and rabid religiosity which are common with many Nigerians.
“I’m determined to equipping them with the tools to succeed and protecting them from harm, and all manners of physical abuse.
“I am certain that this will lead them to becoming leaders, not only in technology, but in all endeavours, especially in politics where their voices are desperately needed to sit at the table of decision making,” she said.
The governor’s wife said BEMORE was structured to chart a new course and serve as a grooming ground for a new breed without greed.
She explained that the girls were taught to be selfless, good mannered, advocate of causes of their choice, especially those related to the uplift of women.
“They were also trained to be proficient in their chosen professions,” she said.
Mrs Akeredolu tasked the girls to return to their various communities and initiate positive changes without being bothered by the high and mighty that might confront them when practising what they had learnt in the camp.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the over 250 girls, selected across the state, were trained on ICT, solar energy, taekwondo and various skill acquisitions.
Sanwo-Olu prioritises security, assures residents of improvement
Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu of Lagos State yesterday assured Lagosians that his administration would soon embark on strategies aimed at improving the security apparatus in the state, saying that investors and businesses owner will soon experience an improved security.
Speaking through the state Head of Service, HOS, Hakeem Muri-Okunola, at the end of a four-day retreat in Lagos Island organised for Permanent Secretaries and Commissioners,
Sanwo-Olu said that “beginning from next Monday, residents of Lagos will see an improvement.”
According to the governor, the cosmopolitan status of Lagos required that security of lives and properties be given utmost attention.
The governor noted that aside security, which was often considered as germane, other sectors were also discussed during the retreat including Ease of Doing Business amongst others.
“The actual position of security in Lagos was discussed extensively at the retreat. Even the Commissioner for Police in Lagos, Zubairu Muazu, was also present to discuss the present state of security.
“From all that has happened at the retreat, I can assure residents that beginning from Monday next week, they will see an improvement in security and other sectors of the state.
“At the retreat, the Permanent Secretaries were equipped with the required tools to achieve the desired and promises made to residents of Lagos by this government,” he said.
Earlier, Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Mr Gbenga Omotosho, assured of better days ahead, as the three tiers of government agreed to synergize for positive results.
Omotosho noted that the retreat is to create a wide vision on the THEMES agenda of the present administration.
Nigerian jailed 4 years for $8.3m fraud in U.S.
A Nigerian, Ayodeji Fatunmbi, has been sentenced to four years in prison for defrauding the United States government up to $8.3 million Medicare charges. Fatunmbi, according to an online news portal, PREMIUM TIMES, was found guilty in a jury trial on July 31, 2014, but was only sentenced to 46 months in prison on August 19, 2019, according to the U.S. Department of Justice. He was extradited to the U.S. in October 2018 based on the ruling of the Federal High Court. It was gathered that Fatunmbi, 47, was found guilty on one count of conspiracy to commit health care fraud, seven counts of health care fraud and one count of money laundering.
He was also asked to pay roughly $1.1 million in restitution to American government. The order was made by Christiana Snyder of the U.S. District Court of Central District of California. Fatunmi, according to reports, admitted he paid cash kickbacks to patient recruiters and physicians for fraudulent prescriptions for durable medical equipment (DME), including power wheelchairs, which the Medicare beneficiaries did not have a legitimate medical need, according to the U.S. authorities.
Fatunmbi and co-conspirators caused Lutemi Medical Supply (Lutemi), a DME supply company that he co-ran, to submit approximately $8.3 million in claims to Medicare, which resulted in the company being paid over $3.5 million.
The convict further admitted that he was responsible for $2.1 million in false and fraudulent claims for medically unnecessary DME and that as a result of his conduct, Medicare paid Lutemi a total of $1.1 million. The conspirators also wrote cheques from Lutemi’s bank account to Lutemi employees and others, and Mr Fatunmbi instructed that those monies be returned to him to pay the illegal cash kickbacks to the patient recruiters and doctors, authorities said. Fatunmbi also admitted directing others at Lutemi to engage in the fraud to conceal the nature and source of the proceeds of the health care fraud conspiracy. Other conspirators identified in the fraud, identified as Olufunke Fadojutimi, 47, of Carson, California, and Maritza Elizabeth Velasquez, 44, of Las Vegas, Nevada, were also charged. Velasquez had pleaded guilty in 2013 and sentenced to 15 months in jail. She was also asked to pay a restitution in excess of $3.4 million. The U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Central District of California is pursuing a total forfeiture of Mr Fatunmbi and others caught in the fraud.
Police get training on children’s rights protection, gender violence
Policemen in Lagos and Ogun State Police Commands on children’s rights and gender-based violence have been taken through training on child rights protection. The one-day training programme was organised by the Advocates for Children and Vulnerable Persons Network (ACVPN) in collaboration with the Ben Bruce foundation and ParenChild360 (PCI360). The theme of the 2019 training was tagged: “Gender based violence case management, referral and the role of the Nigeria Police”.
On the training, Mr Ebenezer Omejalile, co-founder of ACVPN), said: “The training is timely considering the fact that most of the policemen in charge of handling gender based issues have been transferred ,we deemed it fit to organise this training for the policemen newly deployed to the beat. We believe that having the desired knowledge will help them do their job better.” Ben Bruce, while speaking at the stakeholders’ meeting, decried the high rate of child molestation especially sexual abuse of girl children which he described as alarming.
Taraba NYSC hands over 3 corps members with fake certificates to police
The National Youths Service Corps (NYSC) yesterday handed over three prospective corps members found with alleged fake certificates to police and other security operatives in the camp for further investigation. The Taraba State Coordinator of NYSC, Mrs Florence Yaakugh, who handed over the prospective batch B corps members at the camp in Jalingo, said the verification officer discovered they were with fake documents. Yaakugh named the perspective corps members as Nasiru Yau, who claimed to have studied Mass Communication; Shehu Murktar -Computer Science and Illiyasu Usman- Sociology, all said to have come from Isfop University in Cotonu in Benin Republic.
He added: “They came for registration and the verification officer discovered them with fake certificates and verification papers. “If you will recall, the Director General of NYSC, Brig Gen Shauibu Ibrahim, had recently expressed deep concern over the activities of fake corps members who cannot make a correct sentence in the English language. “He directed us to check and fish out such persons and hand them over to the security operatives for further investigation and this is what we are just doing,” he explained.
Kidnappers’ run riot in Enugu
- Abduct ex-LG chairman’s daughter
- Family of four held along old Enugu-Anambra Road
Enugu State appears to be under the siege of kidnappers following the rampaging activities of gunmen, with other unpleasant reports emerging days after the rape and murder of 67-year-old Mrs Pat Ugwu on Wednesday. Daredevil kidnappers struck around the Obioma-Nsude axis of Old Enugu-Onitsha Road on Thursday night, abducting four persons at a time, with all being members of a family. The victims were said to be travelling in a Toyota Venza car when the kidnappers intercepted the vehicle and took all of them away around 8.30pm.
The abducted persons are Ernest Otugo, a businessman based in Nnewi, his wife, their son and a family friend who was identified simply as Reuben. The kidnappers reportedly released Otugo’s wife later to go and raise money to pay ransom for the release of other hostages. Another couple, whose identity is yet to be identified, was said to have been attacked and kidnapped along the same road on the same day.
These incidents are besides the abduction of the daughter of Chief Frank Anioma, a former council chairman in the state who also acted as Personal Assistant to governor Chimaroke Nnamani during his tenure. Raising the alarm on Thursday through a Facebook post, Anioma solicited information and help from the public over the disappearance of his daughter who was said to have gone to the market before she was abducted. In the Facebook post, the politician wrote: “Please friends and good Nigerians help me, my daughter Josisochukwu Anioma was kidnapped this morning, August 22, about 7am on her way to New Haven Market. Her phone… was ringing without response. Now it’s ringing busy. Please help repost this. Who knows (how) God will show mercy.”
When contacted yesterday, the Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), SP Ebere Amaraizu, confirmed the kidnap of travellers along Obioma-Nsude axis of old Enugu- Anambra Road, noting that police were on the case. The PPRO, however, explained that the case of the missing daughter of Chief Frank Anioma could not be said to be a kidnap incident as no one had contacted the family or anybody close to her yet to demand ransom.
“Yes, she has not been seen, so you may want to say okay, his daughter went out, but we are following it up. Sooner or later, it will become clearer; but I can assure you that it is not all about kidnapping and all that because one, calls for ransom have not been made and all that but we are working on it,” Amaraizu said.
Lagos, NGO conduct free surgery for 1,000 residents
…Sanwo-Olu’s wife promises improved healthcare
The Lagos State Government yesterday said about1,000 people have so far benefitted from the ongoing free surgical intervention in orthopaedic surgery, eye and others being offered by the state government in collaboration with a nongovernmental, BOSKOH Lagos Healthcare Mission.
Saturday Telegraph gathered the free surgical intervention, which included dental surgery procedure, ENT surgery amongst others, was a continuation of the free screening recently conducted at the designated primary health centres across the State. Speaking during her visit to the centres where the surgery was being carried out simultaneously in general hospitals, wife of the Lagos State Governor, Dr Ibijoke Sanwo- Olu, expressed delight at the impact the interventions have had in the lives of beneficiaries. She said: “I have been round five general hospitals today to observe what has been done for the past few days.
I was at the Massey Street Children’s Hospital, General Hospital, Lagos, Onikan General Hospital, Gbagada General Hospital and the Orile-Agege General Hospital. “I must say I am impressed with surgeries that were being done and it is indeed heart-warming that the beneficiaries of these free surgical interventions were quite appreciative.
” Sanwo-Olu, who gave kudos to the management of BOSKOH Lagos Healthcare International (HMI) for the humanitarian service, noted that she is aware that the medical team even worked during the last public holiday to ensure success of the programme.
We’re overhauling police to battle insecurity –Buhari
President Muhammadu Buhari has said the Federal Government is currently overhauling the entire structure of the Nigeria Police Force (NPF), to equip it with modern gadgets to meet rising challenges across the nation. He said government was also creating intelligence loop for all security outfits.
The President stated this yesterday when he received traditional rulers from the North led by His Eminence, Alhaji Muhammadu Sa’ad Abubakar III, at the Presidential Villa, Abuja. He said the ongoing reform of the police would include recruitment of more hands, cultivation of stronger local intelligence and networking with communities, traditional rulers and adequate training. President Buhari noted that the return of the Ministry of Police Affairs was part of the initiative to drive the new process in ensuring proper provision of security for lives and property, with proactive intelligence gathering to nip crimes in the bud before they escalate. According to him, “I have decided to meet with Your Highnesses to assure you that government is determined to tackle and deal decisively with all security challenges facing us as a nation. “This consultation, therefore, is to engage you, our royal fathers, so that, collectively, we can arrive at solutions to any and all security problems in the country.
“We must all play our part to finally address these security challenges, particularly traditional rulers, in your respective communities, where you feel the pulse of the people, being the closest to the populace at the grassroots level,” he said. President Buhari, according to a statement signed by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Mr. Femi Adesina, yesterday, urged the traditional rulers to provide more support to security agencies with their vast knowledge of communities and individuals.
“These policies and programmes include a robust revamping of police intelligence gathering capacity and the significant boosting of the numbers of security personnel in our local communities. “This in specific terms will include recruiting more police officers and doing so whenever possible from their local government areas, where they would then be stationed in the best traditions of policing world-wide. “Working with the state governments also, we intend to improve the equipping of the police force with advanced technology and equipment that can facilitate their work. To drive this, I recently created a full-fledged Ministry of Police Affairs.
“As I said during my meeting with the Traditional Rulers from the South-West, directives have been issued to the appropriate federal authorities to speedily approve licensing for states requesting the use of drones to monitor forests and other criminal hideouts,’’ he added.
The President said CCTVs will be installed on highways and other strategic locations so that activities in some hidden places can be exposed, more effectively monitored and open to actionable interventions. In his remark, the Sultan of Sokoto assured the President of the full support of traditional rulers in the country. “We have come to assure you of our total support, total commitment and undiluted dedication to moving the nation forward as one of the best countries of the world,’’ the royal father noted.
59,000 people die of dog bite annually –Experts
Veterinary and public health practitioners have said that about 59,000 people around the world die annually from rabies, a deadly virus that comes through dog bite. The experts also said economic losses arising from rabies was in the tune of $8.6 billion every year.
The experts, who disclosed this in Abuja during the 6th International Conference on Rabies in West Africa ( RIWA), said incidences of rabies death is high in Asia and Africa, where 5.5 billion people live with about 500 million dogs. One of the experts, Dr. Guillaume Convert, from the Veterinary Public Health Centre, France, noted that Asia and Africa were more prone to rabies, because the cost of immunising about 500 million dogs in the two continents stands at $1 billion yearly.
He said: “Rabies still kills more than 59,000 people every year and this comes together with an economic burden, well over USD 8.6 billion per year. The field battle today is in Asia and Africa where 5.5 billion people live with approximately 500 million dogs on these continents.”
Insecurity: SARS raids robbers’ hideout, arrest 5 suspects in Abia
Luck ran out on a gang of robbers terrorising motorists at Lokpanta community, Umunneochi Local Government Area of Abia State, along the Enugu-Port Harcourt expressway, as officers of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) raided their camp. Saturday Telegraph gathered that given their mode of operation of robbing and abducting victims, the hoodlums have been suspected to be herdsmen. Police sources said the activities of the gang had created anxiety among motorists plying that route as they do block the expressway in broad daylight, robbing motorists and abducting passengers in the area.
The source said acting on a tip off, the SARS operatives, who had been on surveillance, raided the surrounding bushes and discovered makeshift camps where the hoodlums hide after attacking their victims. During the raid which as gathered was led by Commander of SARS in the state, SP Obioguru Johnbull, five suspects were arrested in the forest. Items recovered from the hideout include heaps of ammunition, 4 AK47 riffles, and 2 stainless pistols. According to the source, “The gang has become notorious for blocking the highways even in broad daylight, robbing passengers and even kidnapping them.
“Due to their mode of operation, they had heightened fear among motorists plying that route. We discovered a makeshift camp in the forest where they hide after attacking motorists in the area.” Commissioner of Police, Abia State, Mr. Ene Okon, who commended the SARS operatives, urged them to raid more suspected hideouts in the state to ensure a crimefree environment.
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