COVID – 19 : IGP Warns Police Personnel Against Trampling On Citizens’ Right

The Inspector General of Police, IGP M.A Adamu,  has cautioned officers and men of the Nigeria Police Force currently deployed for the enforcement of the lockdown and social restriction orders to ensure that the rights of Nigerians are not infringed upon under any pretext.

Also, persons on essential duties, duly exempted from the restriction orders, should be accorded due courtesies and unfettered access to and fro their places of duty.

The IGP noted in a press release signed by DCP, Frank MBA, Force Public Relations Officer  that the global community is now in extra-ordinary times, with the lockdown taking its tolls on every component of our national life.
Therefore, all police officers deployed for the enforcement of these restriction orders must be professional, humane and tactful and must show utmost respect to the citizenry, he said.
To this end, the IGP has directed Command Commissioners of Police to immediately commence conduct monitoring of Police Officers deployed on enforcement duties in their areas of responsibilities.

The IGP  equally charged Zonal Assistant Inspectors General of Police (AIGs) across the nation to ensure adequate supervision of personnel under their watch, as well as due compliance with the Standard Operating Procedure guiding this special task.

 The AIGs and CPs are also to ensure robust anti-crime patrols and surveillance around vulnerable targets such as medical facilities, shops and markets, residential areas, financial institutions and Automated Teller Machines (ATM) points, amongst others so that criminals do not take undue advantage of the current COVID-19 challenge to perpetrate crimes against the citizenry.

Meanwhile, the IGP has expressed profound gratitude to Nigerians for their resilience and voluntary compliance with the social restriction orders and cooperation with the Police at all times.

He urges citizens to continue to observe all precautionary measures issued by relevant health authorities in order for the nation to defeat this pandemic.

COVID 19 : Unrest by Inmates In Kaduna Contained

Unrest by the Condemned Convicts Cell section of Kaduna inmates has been contained.

The inmates were reported  to have attacked the staff on duty with various harmful objects based on the rumour making rounds in some media that the federal government had directed the release of 70% of inmates due to COVID 19 pandemic .
According to a press statement signed by
Sanusi Mu’azu Danmark,  Controller of Corrections, Kaduna State Command,
10 members of staff were injured, however the inmates were overwhelmed and the situation has been contained with no record of escape.

The service thereby confirmed  that there is no such directive or instructions to the Service to release any percentage of inmates.

“Rather the Service awaits any directive to that effect and will not hesitate to implement such order.”

“The service wishes to use this opportunity to reiterate that there is no case of COVID-19 in the Kaduna Maximum Custodial Centre or any other centre within the Command.”

“Base on the directives of the CGC Ja’afaru Ahmed, the State Command has put adequate measures on ground to contain the Virus. The Service is calling on the general public not to panic as the safe and humane custody of the inmates is our priority.”

“The CGC has already set up an investigation panel to find out the immediate and remote causes of the incidence in order to forestall future occurrences.”

Court Orders Police To Pay N50 Million In Damages Over Suspect’s Death

A Plateau State High Court on Thursday ordered the Nigeria Police Force (NPF), to pay N50 million in damages to the family of a suspect, Henry Dokotri, who was killed by five police officers.

Delivering judgment, Justice Mohammed Sorajo, found the police officers guilty of the offence following the testimony of one Ms Margaret, who was also arrested along with Henry and 16 others and the medical report which says “there is no trace of drug or Indian Hemp in Henry’s blood.”

The judge, who also dismissed the claim of lack of jurisdiction to entertain the case, said that at the time Henry was shot, he was already in custody.

He said that police lied when they claimed it was a bullet shot by hoodlums that killed Henry as they couldn’t show any proof that their vehicle had bullets holes.

“How could it be only one bullet shot by hoodlums against armed police officers? ” The judge asked and answered, “it’s not possible.”

He said, “the police should stop telling lies against the deceased that he was caught with Indian Hemp considering the medical report before this honourable Court.

“Having found the five police culpable in the death of Henry, I hereby order them, the IGP, CP and the Nigerian Police Force to pay the family of Henry the sum of N50 million as compensatiion.

“I hold that they have infringed in the fundamental humanitarian rights of the deceased, therefore all the application sought and all declarations of the plaintiff are valid.

“I hereby award to the family a compensation to the sum of N50 million only,” the judge declared

Speaking to newsmen shortly after the judgment, Darong described it as a sound judgment.

“As far as we are concerned, Justice has been done to the deceased and we are so grateful to God for the victory,” Darong said.

Dokotri was reportedly arrested, shot in the head and killed by five police officers with the department of SARS on Jan.22, 2018.

The family had through their Counsel, Mr Niri Darong, filed a suit against the five police officers and joined IGP, the Plateau State Commissioner of police and the Nigerian police force as respondents.

In pursuant of the fundamental right of the said late Henry, as enshrined in sections 33 and 46 of the 1999 construction and Articles 2, 3 and 4 of the African Charter on human rights, the family asked the court to declared the murder as a grave violation of Dokotri’s right to life.

They also prayed the court to compel the IGP and NPF to pay Dokotri’s family the sum of N500 million as compensation and to tender an apology for informing the world that he was shot and killed while smoking Cannabis.

The police through its counsel, M.O. Idoko, had claimed that the court had no jurisdiction to entertain the suit and asked for its dismissal.

The police claimed Henry was shot in the head by a bullet fired by some hoodlums that attacked the police during the arrest of Indian Hemp smokers around the area.

Newsmen report that Henry was arrested and shot in the head at close range by SARS on Jan. 22 but died in hospital. (NAN)

Army Corporal Kills Soldiers In Malam Fatori

A Corporal of the Nigerian Army serving at the Theatre Command Operation LAFIYA DOLE, Army Super Camp 15, located at Malam Fatori went berserk in early hours of 26 February 2020 and opened fire killing  4 of his colleagues before shooting himself.

“Two of his colleagues were also injured during the incident and are currently in stable condition in our hospital in Maiduguri, “confirmed a press release Colonel Sagir  Musa Acting Director Army Public Relations.
” Efforts are ongoing to contact the families of the gallant colleagues who paid the supreme price in the line of duty. May their gentle souls Rest In Peace.”
Meanwhile, investigation into the case has since been instituted to determine the circumstances that led to the unfortunate incident.
EFCC: Former Kano Speaker Nabbed over N1.5bn Fraud

The Kano State Zonal Office of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, on Tuesday, February 26, 2010, arrested the former speaker and now minority leader of the Kano State House of Assembly, Isiyaku Ali Danja for alleged abuse of office and misappropriation of fund meant for constituency projects.

Danja got into trouble following a petition that funds meant for payment of tax liabilities to Federal Inland Revenue Service (FIRS) by Kano State Government were allegedly diverted and misappropriated to the tune of over N1, 500,000,000 (One Billion, Five Hundred Thousand Naira) from the sub-treasury account of the state government.

Several suspicious payments were allegedly traced to some beneficiaries, including some made to Allad Drilling Limited, a company in which the suspect is the sole signatory.

Investigation by the EFCC further revealed that the funds were on several occasions, personally withdrawn in cash by the suspect, while he was the only one who could officially state whether jobs were done before any payments could be made.

It would be recalled that the EFCC had earlier arrested the commissioner for Special Duties in state, Mukhtar Ishaq, for allegedly diverting funds meant for Kano Municipal Local Government while he was chairman of the said local government.

Mukhtar was arrested by EFCC following a petition that alleged that while he was chairman of Kano Municipal, he diverted funds meant for projects, development and empowerment of the people.

The petitioner further alleged that Mukhtar ordered the deduction of N30, 000 (Thirty Thousand Naira), from the account of each council member without justification.

Mukhtar was also alleged to have converted property of Kofar Nasarawa Primary School, Kano, into shops and sold same at the rate of N10,000,000 (Ten Million Naira), per shop and diverted the money to personal use.

Both suspects would be charged to court on completion of investigations.

A 34-year-old bus conductor, Dolapo Pine, who allegedly stole a passenger’s Automated Teller Machine (ATM) card and withdrew N82,000 with it, on Monday appeared before a Tinubu Magistrates’ Court in Lagos State.

The police charged Pine who resides on Jakande Estate, Isolo, Lagos, with conspiracy and stealing.

He, however, pleaded not guilty to the two-count charge.

According to the Prosecutor, Insp. Ajaga Agboko, the conductor committed the offences on Feb. 8, at 11.05 a.m. at Chisco Bus Stop on Lekki/Epe Expressway, Lagos State.

Ogboko said that the conductor conspired with the driver of a bus boarded by one Mrs Damilola Arowolo, and stole her ATM card and a Tecno phone worth N6,000.

“The defendant and his accomplice forcefully obtained the Personal Identification Number (PIN) from her, pushed her out of the vehicle and later withdrew N82,000 from her account.

“The defendant was later caught but his accomplice is still at large,” the prosecutor said.

He said that the offences contravened Sections 287 and 411 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, 2015.

Magistrate T. A. Anjorin-Ajose admitted the defendant to bail in the sum of N200,000 with two sureties in like sum.

Anjorin-Ajose adjourned the case until March 3 for hearing. (NAN)

Laetitia Dagan murder suspect has been arrested by the police in Abuja.

The 47-year-old Dagan an Assistant Director attached to the State House in Abuja,  was killed by gunmen on Monday evening in her apartment in the Galadimawa District of Abuja.

According to a statement by the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) Command spokesman, Anjuguri Manzah, the arrest followed a preliminary probe by the criminal investigation department of the force.

The police added that the suspect whose identity was not revealed conspired with others, who are still at large, to carry out the crime.

The statement, also, warned members of the public to overlook inaccurate stories on social media about the murder of Dagan so as not to pre-empt investigation.

Father Smuggles Hard Drugs For Son In EFCC Custody

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, has arrested a 60-year-old fish-farmer, Muyiwa Otuyalo, for attempting to smuggle in substance believed to be hard drug for his son, Damilola Otuyalo, who is currently in the custody of the Commission’s Ibadan zonal office.
According to the statement by Tony Orilade
Acting Head, Media & Publicity, the older Otuyalo was at the premises of the EFCC in Ibadan on Monday, February 17, 2020 supposedly to visit his son.
 But while discussing with the son, an officer noticed that he brought out a sachet of tablets and handed same to him. The officer subsequently raise alarm which led to the confiscation of the drug.

When the in-house nurse was called upon for assessment of the content, it was revealed that the said item was Rohypnol, a tranquilizer used under strict prescription for treatment of severe insomnia and assist in anesthesia.

The drug is said to possess high sedative effect and is rarely used except when prescribed by licensed medical officers.

The younger Otuyalo was recently arrested after a criminal case of money laundering detected in the United Kingdom was reported against him.

The case which involved £45,000 was a fragment of a wider one involving about £500,000 for which he has been declared wanted by the London’s Metropolitan Police.

He has been on the wanted list of the International Police, Interpol, before the petition was filed at the EFCC, Ibadan Zonal Office.

Officers of the Nigerian Interpol were already in contact with the Commission in respect of the said case before the suspect’s father attempted to smuggle in the hard drug for him.

Further investigations are ongoing, even as the Commission intends to hand him over to the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency, NDLEA, for possible prosecution of the suspected narcotic case.

Ms. Laetitia Naankang Dagan, an Assistant Director at the State House, Aso Rock, Abuja was on Monday night assassinated by unidentified persons in her apartment.

The Permanent Secretary, State House, Abuja, Jalal Arabi, disclosed this on Tuesday, saying that the 47-year Dagan from Plateau State, worked in her office on Monday till 8pm, but by 11pm, she was gruesomely murdered in her apartment by unidentified persons.

He described the killing of Dagan, Assistant Director of Administration in the State House, as “a painful loss, not only to her immediate family, but also the entire State House.”

“She was a dedicated, hard-working officer, and we all feel pained by her dastardly and untimely death,” Arabi told her family members during a condolence visit.”

According to the Permanent Secretary, “We all share in your grief and pains, but be consoled by the fact that she lived a good life and contributed her best to the services of her nation.”

Arabi expressed confidence that “the Police will fish out the killers of Laetitia and the law will take its course.”

The Permanent Secretary prayed God Almighty to comfort Ms. Dagan’s family, the entire Staff of State House, and grant the soul of the departed officer eternal rest.

PRNigeria

Fake CBN Governor Sentenced To Jail for N4.5m Fraud

Justice Agatha Anulika Okeke of the Federal High Court, Uyo, Akwa Ibom State, has convicted and sentenced one Nwalozie Onyebuchi Julius, alias Dr. Godwin Emefiele, the governor of Central Bank of Nigeria to three years imprisonment without an option of fine.

The convict according to a press release signed by Tony Orlando, Acting Head, Media & Publicity,  was arraigned by the Uyo Zonal Office of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, on a one-count charge, bordering on impersonation and obtaining by false pretence to the tune of N4.5million.

Nwalozie’s journey to jail began on December 6, 2019 when he was arrested by the operatives of Uyo Zonal Office of the Commission, based on reliable intelligence on the activities of internet fraudsters, operating in Owerri, the Imo State capital.

Upon arrest, the convict confessed to the crime and a forensic analysis of the HP laptop recovered from him further implicated him as several incriminating documents of false pretence and fraudulent extortions were printed from his laptop which he also admitted, emanated from him.

Investigation also revealed that the convict’s specialty was Business Email Compromise-BEC and his modus operandi involved searching for email addresses via Google search and sending convincing emails to his victims. He also confessed to have used a particular email address, (emefielegodwin586@yahoo.com) purportedly belonging to the C.B.N governor, Dr. Godwin Emefiele in defrauding one Omar Deep, who thought he was actually dealing with the real C.B.N Governor.

The one-count charge against the convict reads: “That you, Nwalozie Onyebuchi Julius (alias Dr. Godwin Emefiele, the Governor of Central Bank of Nigeria) on or about 26th day of August, 2019 in Nigeria within the jurisdiction of this honourable court, fraudulently impersonated one Dr. Godwin Emefiele, the governor of Central Bank of Nigeria by using email address: emefielegodwin586@yahoo.com, with intent to obtain money, property or any advantage from one Omar Deep and other unsuspecting persons, the pretence you knew to be false and thereby committed an offence contrary to Section 22 (2) (b) (ii) of the Cybercrime (Provision, Prevention Etc) Act, 2015 and punishable under Section 22 (2) (b) (iv) of the same Act.”

He pleaded guilty to the charge, prompting Joshua Abolarin, the prosecuting counsel to pray the court to review the facts of the case through a prosecution witness, Haliru Abubakar Bagudo, an operative of the EFCC.

While reviewing the facts of the case, the prosecution tendered various exhibits through Bagudo, which were admitted in evidence. Consequently, Abolarin prayed the court to invoke Section 274 (2) of the Administration of Criminal Justice Act, ACJA and convict the defendant in view of the evidence adduced and the plea of the defendant.

In his judgment, Justice Okeke said she was satisfied with the evidence before the court thatb then defendant was guilty as charged.

“Prosecution has proven beyond reasonable doubt that the defendant, Nwalozie Onyebuchi Julius, committed the offence as charged. I therefore convict you accordingly. The court equally takes cognisance of the spree with which fraudsters defraud innocent citizens and therefore sentence you Nwalozie Onyebuchi Julius to three years imprisonment with effect from date of your arrest.”

Additionally the convict forfeited his Hp laptop, which was his instruement of crime as well as the N1million recovered from him to the Federal Government.