Fayose’s ‘Police Beat Me’ Claim, Comedy Of The Year – APC

The Ekiti State chairman of the All Progressives Congress, Jide Awe, has said what transpired between the governor and the Police during a campaign rally of the People’s Democratic Party could be described as the “comedy of the year.”

Governor Ayo Fayose, on Wednesday, said he was brutalised by policemen who allegedly stormed the main entrance to the Ekiti State Government House to stop a rally by the Peoples Democratic Party.

Residents said gunshots were fired at the main entrance to the Government House, while tear gas canisters were reportedly shot to disperse the crowd at the rally.

However, Awe said, “It is entirely a security matter. The governor is the Chief Security Officer and should know how to conduct himself properly in the public.

“Probably it was part of the instruction given to the Police as the chief security officer that led to the situation.”

A tweeter user who goes by the name, Red Harpoon, @redhapoon, who also thinks the actions of the governor were overly dramatised, described the incident as an ongoing ‘Nollywood audition.’

He tweeted:

redharpoon@redharpoon

Nollywood audition now on! Are you a talented budding movie star? Do you have what it takes to join Nigerian movie industry? Venue: Ekiti government house.Time: 12pm. Date:14/07/18. Please come along with white T-shirts and anything that can hang your neck. @nairaland

Another tweeter user, Japhet Omojuwa, @omojuwa, in a tweet said, “There is nothing happening in Ekiti except for those who are either fooled by Fayose or those who are desperate to see something where nothing exists.”

See tweet:

JJ. Omojuwa

@Omojuwa

There is nothing happening in Ekiti except for those who are either fooled by Fayose or those who are desperate to see something where nothing exists. This tweet by @etinmagbe sums his gimmicks up. https://twitter.com/etinmagbe/status/1017124929907683328 

That Andy@AndyMadaki

Whatever is happening in Ekiti State is a window to 2019 elections. Surprised it is funny to some of you, for me it is scary. You don’t need to like or hate Fayose, what we allow today will continue tomorrow.

Adebayo Bankole Akintunde@AdeBanqie

I can even forgive those who believe Fayose’s tear gas story.

However, if you believe that Police slapped Fayose, a sitting Governor, and shot at him, then you are dumber than your smartphone.

Ayekooto@DeeOneAyekooto

Fayose said Police fired teargass at the crowd of the PDP, unfortunately, only Fayose was hit. Lol.

No wonder, Oshiomhole said Fayose speaks like Armed Robber. He raises alarm to divert attention. pic.twitter.com/BwTSNhn5Xj

SAGE.@olufisiayomi

Sooo…
-tear gas hit ONLY Fayose leaving evryone else intact.
-his security detail watched as he was “attacked & pulled to the ground” [a whole sitting governor]
-No melee ensued, meaning they were all complicit?
-Lol, this gutter politics again. Appalling attempt.

Oluyemi Fasipe 🇳🇬@YemieFASH

I just got off phone with @OlayinkaLere and he confirmed to me that Security operatives with orders from above attacked the Ekiti government house, beat up and Teargassed @GovAyoFayose and pulled him to the floor. This is undemocratic !

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A Million Deaths Won’t Move Mallam Buhari By Tunde Odesola

Without a doubt, the death of a child is the most unendurable filial anguish that could torment a parent. Having lost a couple of sons, David, king of Israel, captured the immeasurable worth of a child in the boundless words of his psalm, singing: “Like arrows are in the hands of a warrior, So are children born in one’s youth…”

For 38-year-old music icon, Oladapo Daniel Oyebanjo, aka D’banj, and his family, these are trying times. While attending the BET Awards in Los Angeles, USA, death scaled the back fence of the Kokomaster’s Ikoyi home, tip-toed into his indoor swimming pool and drowned his cherubic 13-month-old son, Daniel III, last week Sunday. My heart goes out to Bangalee and his wife, Lineo Didi nee Kilgrow, in this turbulent period. Sorrow has enveloped the world of D’banj.

The tears won’t just stop flowing. But, amid blurry tears, the eyes can still see, goes a Yoruba proverb. There are some drooping dangers that the D’banj family failed to avert, despite hanging ominously overhead. As a mark of respect for the dead angel, however, I shall not dwell on the unpardonable mistakes that led to the termination of his innocent life – one of which was not providing the swimming pool with a door – as evidenced by an online video showing D’banj and Daniel III walking past the pool.

Although it takes between 20 to 60 seconds for a drowning victim to struggle on the surface of water, actual death takes between three and four minutes, according to online information site, Quora. A statement by the Lagos State Commissioner of Police, Edgal Imohimi, last Monday, directing D’banj and his wife to make a formal report on the circumstances that led to the death of Daniel III, was a testimony to the perpetual misunderstanding of policing by the Nigeria Police Force.

As soon as the smoke of the tragedy filtered out, the police should have mandatorily, without prompting or delay, moved into the home of the Oyebanjos and conducted a forensic investigation into the circumstances leading to the death. Globally, it is the bounding duty of government to investigate the circumstances leading to strange and suspicious deaths of citizens. It’s highly ridiculous of a police chief to wallow in sentiment and play to the gallery when a dispassionate and critical appraisal was required.

By not moving his men swiftly to the residence of the Oyebanjo for a thorough investigation, the Lagos CP might have obliterated the real cause(s) of the death of Daniel III. In a responsible country, giving the circumstances of Daniel’s death, D’banj and wife not only stood the risk of a long jail term, their eligibility to have possession of their children in the future would come under intense scrutiny.

Well, it’s not only Imohimi that is caught in the intricate web of police over-centralisation and its attendant eye-service, the Inspector-General of Police, Ibrahim Idris, is also shackled by the chain of pervasive corruption, bureaucracy and impotence bedeviling the force. The proliferation of counterproductive security units at federal and state levels underpins the exploitative and insensitive tendencies of the NPF. Instead of the Office of the IGP to engender an effective policing structure in all the commands of the federation, it evolved a largely self-glorifying unit called the Inspector-General of Police Monitoring and Intelligence Response Unit, whose members at the state level are not answerable to state police commissioners, but to Abuja.

Similarly, state CPs, instead of arming and encouraging state Criminal Investigation Departments, create their own special investigation units which probe ‘juicy’ cases, leaving ‘non-juicy’ cases to bereft SCIDs. The confusion within the operations of the police force has seen the Special Anti-Robbery Squads grown into uncontrollable monsters of torture. The chaos within the force answers the reason why incompetent bosses appoint incompetent subordinates who lord it over competent officers. Nepotism and blind loyalty, rather than competence, have been the driving force behind police appointments. As a journalist, this much I’ve seen in the appointments of I-Gs, DIGs, AIGs, commissioners, Divisional Police Officers, Divisional Crime Officers, Police Public Relations Officers, etc. With the way the police force is structured, it would continue to deliver security to the powerful while the rest of the citizenry battle insecurity and dehumanisation.

Speaking through his deputy, Prof Yemi Osinbajo, a worried President Muhammadu Buhari, last Thursday, ordered the restructuring of SARS. According to a report by Vanguard newspaper, the Vice President spoke at a town hall meeting during the inauguration of micro, small and medium enterprises clinic in Ibadan. He said, “Many people are complaining about the atrocities of SARS, people are saying there should be no more SARS. SARS, as you know, is an anti-robbery squad but several members of the squad have gone rogue and are doing things that are contrary to the very reasons for which they were set up. The President has already ordered a review of the formation of SARS so that very soon, we would be able to have a SARS that will be responsible.”

For a country that has consistently swum against the tide of insecurity for over three decades, a total restructuring of the polity is the sensible way to go and not patchy attempts at covering up the gaping cracks in the shaky foundation of the nation. Last week, Buhari put to the sword the hope of Nigerians witnessing wholesome restructuring during his tenure as he described the proponents of restructuring as self-serving, despite his ruling All Progressives Congress setting up a committee on restructuring headed by Governor Nasir El-Rufai of Kaduna State in 2017. The report of the committee submitted to a former national chairman of the party, John Odigie-Oyegun, has been gathering dust since January 26, 2018.

Last Sunday, the nation again woke up to the woeful news of killer herdsmen wreaking havoc on the plateau, sending about 200 indigenes to early graves. Nothing best exemplifies the worthlessness of human lives to the Nigerian Presidency than Buhari’s characteristic tale of promising to fish out killer-herdsmen each time the nation slaughters humans for cows.

It is to the supreme shame of the President that not one killer herdsman has been arrested, let alone, brought to justice – despite the daily bloodletting. And he sits in Aso Rock, wringing his hands and plotting for a second term in office?

Last Thursday, several people met undeserved deaths on the Otedola Bridge along the Lagos-Ibadan Expressway when a tanker laden with fuel exploded. On both occasions of immense tragedies, the President was too busy fine-tuning re-election strategies for 2019 and too tongue-tied to soothe the pains across the country with a personal address. Nigerians have got used to the President’s weird but typical cold behaviour and they wonder, “How many more people do Fulani herdsmen have to kill for Buhari to act?” “How many more years do we need to grope in the dark and shun restructuring to our own peril?” “Is there justice in the President labelling the Indigenous People of Biafra as terrorists while indulging his murderous kinsmen?”

In the wake of the Plateau killings, the President let out a smelly belch, saying “It’s unjust to say I’m silent on killings by herdsmen.” Can the father of the sport bike-riding Yusuf tell Nigerians one action he has taken to check his bloody kinsmen?

Tunde Odesola can be reached on ([email protected])

Nigeria Police Maltreating Citizens – CJN Cries Out

The Chief Justice of Nigeria, Justice Walter Onnoghen, has directed that Chief Magistrates should periodically inspect police stations and other detention centres in their domains, to curb growing level of citizen maltreatment by police and other security agencies.

This followed what he described as the “frightening proportions” of “horrific incidents of police brutality, inordinate arrest, detention and extortion of innocent Nigerians by officers across the country” in recent time.

The Special Assistant to the CJN on Media, Mr. Awassam Bassey, disclosed this in a statement on Thursday.

Justice Onnoghen’s directive is said to be in a ‘Practice Direction on the Role of Magistrates in Curbing Police Brutality’ issued on Wednesday, June 20, 2018, in line with the provisions of the Administration of Criminal Justice Act.

The directive is to be conveyed to the Chief Magistrates through their respective Chief Judges in the 36 states and the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja.

An excerpt of the  practice direction quoted in Bassey’s statement on Thursday, read, “The Chief Judge of every state of the nation, including the Federal Capital Territory, shall direct Chief Magistrates, and, where there is no Chief Magistrate within the Police Division, designate any Magistrate for that purpose, to, at least, every month, conduct an inspection of Police Stations or other places of detention within his territorial jurisdiction other than prison.

“The Chief Judge of every state of the nation, including the Federal Capital Territory, shall put in place appropriate mechanisms to ensure compliance with the above provisions of the Administration of Criminal Justice Act.”

The practice direction also quoted the CJN as saying that he had received “several complaints of the horrific incidents of police brutality, inordinate arrest, detention and extortion of innocent Nigerians by officers across the country”.

Human rights lawyer, Mr. Femi Falana (SAN), in December 2017, wrote to the Chief Judge of Lagos State, Justice Opeyemi Oke, asking her to designate  Chief Magistrates to conduct a monthly inspection of all police stations and other detention centres in Lagos State.

He reminded the Chief Judge that his request was based on the provisions of section 34 of the Administration of Criminal Justice Act Act, 2015.

Many other groups had followed suit after Falana’s request by sending similar requests to the CJN.

Confirming the fears of these interest groups, the CJN said in the new practice direction, “These incidents have assumed frightening proportions in recent times.

“The magistrates’ courts are currently overwhelmed with cases of such brutality, inordinate arrests and detention of citizens.

“As we approach the election year, it is imperative that we curb these excesses through the instrumentality of the statutory powers of the courts.

“The Administration of Criminal Justice Act has given magistrates oversight functions over police stations in their jurisdictions.”

Plateau Gets New Commissioner Of Police

A new Commissioner of Police, Mr Bala Ciroma, has been posted to Plateau State.

This was confirmed in a statement by the Police Public Relations Office in the state, DSP Tyopev Mathias Terna on Tuesday (June, 26, 2018).

According to the statement, before Ciroma assumed the new office, he was the Deputy Commissioner of Police, Criminal Investigation and Intelligence Department (CIID) in Abuja.

Although reasons for the development were not stated by the Police, it comes in the wake of fresh attacks in the north-central state.

At least 86 persons were confirmed killed by suspected herdsmen during an attack on Gashish district of Barkin Ladi Local Government Area at the weekend.

Tyopev told newsmen on Sunday that six people were also injured while at least 50 houses, two vehicles, and 15 motorcycles were razed.

He confirmed the casualty figure and destruction after a search and rescue team from the Plateau State Police Command visited the communities affected by Saturday’s attack.

Six villages attacked by the assailants are Xlands, Gindin Akwati, Ruku, Nhgar, Kura Falls and Kakuruk, all in Gashish.

Plateau State, which had previously enjoyed relative peace, has recently been hit by series of attacks mainly perpetrated by suspected herdsmen, resulting in the death of several persons.

Police Investigating Alleged Lagos 3rd Mainland Bridge Suicide

The Lagos State Police Command on Monday said it had commenced investigation into the report that an unidentified lady allegedly packed her car on the third mainland bridge and jumped into the Lagoon.

SP Chike Oti, the Command’s Spokesman, told  news men that though the police had not received any official report, they were already making efforts to find out the true story.

He said that the report of their investigation would be made public as soon as the police find anything.

“There is no official report yet. It is the news making the rounds. However, our rescue team is searching, divers and Marine policemen are working.

“Investigation is ongoing, findings will be made public please,” the police spokesman told news men.

It was learnt that the purported incident was said to have happened at about 8.45 p.m. on Sunday.

NAN

Recruitment: Police Release List Of Successful Candidates

The Nigeria Police Force on Friday released the list of the successful candidates of its 2018 Police Constable Recruitment exercise.

See his tweet below:

Abayomi Shogunle

@YomiShogunle

List of Successful Candidates in 2018 @PoliceNG Constable Recruitment is Out
*Training starts 08.06.18
*Last day of resumption 13.06.18
*Failure to report for Training by 13.06.18 will mean candidate has declined the offer.

Check your name at https://psc.org.ng/candidateslist/ 

CONGRATS ?

Head of Public Complaint, Rapid Response Unit, Abayomi Shogunle,  on his Twitter handle shared the link to the website where successful candidates can check their names as well as the expected resumption date for training.

On the police website, the names of the successful candidates were grouped according to their states.

Police Combs Brothels In Ife

By Sola Jacobs

In its sustained effort to rid the ancient city of Ile-Ife of criminals and their accomplices, the Police Area Command of Ife combed brothels in the town last Thursday.

According to OSUN DEFENDER correspondent, who witnessed the exercise at the “Niger brothel” located in Aderemi area of the city, more than 20 middle age commercial sex workers were hauled into police van by men attached to the area command’s office.

The medium’s investigation at the scene revealed that the exercise became necessary as police tip off revealed that most of the sex workers serve as informants, hideouts and arm keepers for the criminals.

It was also gathered that some suspects that are in police custody confessed that most of the sex workers were used to extract information from unsuspecting customers that seek their patronage which are later divulged to criminal suspects.

A police source said that the raiding of brothels in Sabo area, Ilare and Moore had been yielding results, as they have had volunteered information about some “wanted criminals” in the area.

The source confided in the medium that other black spots within the jurisdiction of the command would be raided with a view to checkmating criminal activities in the area.

Some of the suspects interrogated by the medium said that they are hairdressers while others denied being commercial sex workers but rather visitors to their relation who lives in the hotel.

OSUN DEFENDER investigation at the ancient city revealed that since the commencement of the exercise in the town about two weeks ago, criminal activities had been on hold.

Residents admonished that the police should intensify efforts to bring about peace and security in the ancient city and its environment.

 

Police Officers Caught Gambling On Duty Risk Dismissal – Commissioner

The police say any personnel caught engaging in gambling while on duty would face strict disciplinary actions not limited to a dismissal.

Commissioner of Police in Lagos, Mr Imohimi Edgal, gave the warning on Tuesday in a statement by the Police Public Relations Officer in the state, Mr Chike Oti.

The warning was in reaction to a purported video trending on social media, where two officers of the command were captured counting coupons which the eyewitness allegedly mistook for bribe collected from motorists.

Oti said the police commissioner had ordered their arrest, stressing that they were counting gambling coupons popularly known as “Baba Ijebu”.

“The attention of the Lagos State Police Command has been drawn to the news making the rounds on a social media platform that “Policemen stationed near Zenith Bank, Opebi, Ikeja, Lagos, seen counting bribes received and smoking.

“Based on the allegation, the CP Lagos ordered for their arrest, detention and trial. Meanwhile, a preliminary investigation into the case revealed that the men weren’t counting bribes received as alleged but coupons they collected from a game of gambling they played a.k.a Baba Ijebu,” he said.

The command spokesman said the men are already facing disciplinary action that could lead to a reduction in rank or dismissal.

He noted that it was wrong for any personnel of the force to engage in such distracting activity while on duty.

Oti also encouraged members of the public to always expose, albeit accurately, indiscipline and unprofessional policemen.

Police Dismiss Cop Who Fired Shot At Ekiti APC Rally

The policeman that fired the gunshots that injured a former member of the House of Representatives, Hon. Opeyemi Bamidele, and five others at a rally by the All Progressives Congress (APC) for its governorship candidate, Dr. Kayode Fayemi, has been dismissed from the service.

Making the disclosure on Monday, the Commissioner of Police, Ekiti Command, Mr. Bello Ahmed, said the action was taken to protect the integrity of the Force.

The CP didn’t mention the name of the affected shooter cop and where exactly he was attached before his dismissal.

But available fact indicated that he was drawn by a politician from MOPOL 20 in Lagos State which the police authorities interpreted to be illegal duty.

He made the announcement while featuring on a live television programme on Monday.

Ahmed, who was interviewed via the telephone by the television station on the morning show, said: “The policeman involved is dismissed already and even though he’s nursing some injury; and at the appropriate time, he will face the law of course. Nigerians will be briefed on the outcome of our actions.”

Ahmed also explained that the politician that brought the erring cop was also in detention and that at the appropriate time, he would be charged to court.

In the same vein, Ahmed also met with the chairmen of political parties on Monday, warning them to abide by the rules governing the conduct of election to prevent anarchy in the state.

He said the command would not fold its arms and allow people to breach
the 1999 constitution and the Electoral Act, under the guise of election.

He said the meeting was convened for stakeholders to brainstorm on
how to ensure a peaceful conduct of the coming governorship election and
that the riot act has been read to them to serve as a guided principle.

The police boss assured the politicians that his men will be neutral in the July 14 election and won’t do anything that would make them look as if they
were working for a certain political party.

“What I want from my men is professionalism. We are going to be guided
by the instrumentality of the law, because this election is going to be a different ball game,” he said.

On the deployment of more riot policemen in Ekiti since last week, Ahmed said: “You know what is on the ground will determine what will be done. If the situation on ground dictates we behave otherwise, we will do provided it is within the confines of the law.

“We are going to regulate every inch of activity in the state. We will not sit down and tolerate any act of lawlessness, whoever is involved. The police, we are willing, competent to take action against any group or persons, either individual or groups as far this campaign is concerned.”

The Chairman of APC, Ekiti chapter, Chief Jide Awe, described the
meeting as a fruitful deliberation, saying the police boss spoke
frankly and expressed his feelings about the comportment of political
parties.

“The police boss spoke frankly and he told us to warn our supporters to respect the 1999 constitution and the Electoral Act and this we have to do in the interest of our dear state.

“We want to rule over living and not dead people, so we need to exercise restraint in the way we conduct ourselves,” Awe said.

His counterpart in the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Mr. Gboyega Oguntuase, said what the police boss preached at the meeting was civility and decorum from all political parties, which he assured his party will stringently comply with.

“As much as we believe in this, he must also not be unaware of something, you can’t rig election and be expecting decorum.

“What our people will resist is corruption and rigging and once the police and other security agencies are ready to be neutral, then there will be peace,” Oguntuase said.

Other chairmen of political parties conceded to the idea that credible election must be conducted in Ekiti to avert crisis.

Police Cancel Summon To Saraki; Demand Written Explanation

Senate President Bukola Saraki would no longer need to appear before the police for questioning, the top lawmaker said on Monday.

In a post on Twitter, Mr Saraki said he now has a formal communication from the police, but it was not for him to appear but rather to answer questions bordering on the robbery in Offa, Kwara State, in April.

“Following my earlier tweet, I have received the letter from . They are no longer asking me to appear at any station, but to respond in writing to the allegations within 48 hours — which I plan to do,” Mr Saraki said.

The announcement comes minutes after Vice President Yemi Osinbajo met behind closed-doors with Mr Saraki and police chief, Ibrahim Idris, as well as the head of State Security Service, Lawal Daura, at the State House.

It also comes about four hours after Mr Saraki announced he was yet to get a police invite.

Earlier on Monday, the senate president said he dispatched his security detail to the Force Headquarters in Abuja to ask the police for an invite when none came.

The police say some of the suspects in the Offa robbery confessed to being sponsored by Mr Saraki.

Saraki Directs ADC To Force Headquarters To Receive Police Invitation

Senate President Bukola Saraki said on Monday that he has sent his aide-de-camp to the Force Headquarters to pick up an invitation letter — if the police have such a message for him.

The police said on Sunday that an invitation had been extended to Mr Saraki to answer questions bordering on murder allegations at their intelligence department in Abuja. Some suspects arrested in connection to the April 5 armed robbery attack in Offa, Kwara State, allegedly owned up to the murder of at least 33 persons in the heist, which also affected five banks.

The police said five of the suspects incriminated Mr Saraki as their main financier and arm supplier. Mr Saraki issued a fierce denial to the police’s claims Sunday night, dismissing all the allegations as unfounded and a pedestrian plot to frame him up in criminal investigations.

The Senate President described the murder allegations against him as a further manifestation of a desperate plot to frame him up.

Nonetheless, the top lawmaker said he would honour the police invitation, but only after receiving formal communication, even though Inspector-General Ibrahim Idris repeatedly ignored Senate invitations for several weeks this year.

The police did not say whether an invitation had actually been sent out to Mr Saraki, they only announced that he had been summoned for questioning. They also said he should see detectives at the intelligence monitoring unit in Guzape, about seven kilometres south of downtown Abuja.

The police spokesperson, Jimoh Moshood, did not immediately respond to newsmen requests for clarification about the status of Mr Saraki’s invitation.

After waiting throughout Sunday and Monday morning without a formal communication from the police, Mr Saraki announced in a Twitter update that his top security official had gone to demand the invitation from the police.

Bukola Saraki

@bukolasaraki

I have just informed my ADC to get the letter of invitation from @PoliceNG in respect of the allegations raised yesterday — so that I can immediately honour the alleged invitation.

“I have just informed my ADC to get the letter of invitation from @PoliceNG in respect of the allegations raised yesterday — so that I can immediately honour the alleged invitation,” the Senate President wrote at 12:18 p.m.