2019: Babangida’s Spokesman Sues Police, Media Houses For N1 Billion

Kassim Afegbua, the media adviser to ex-Nigerian leader, Ibrahim Babangida, who was declared wanted by the police, has sued for fundamental rights enforcement.

Mr. Afegbua is also requesting N1 billion in damages from the police, its spokesperson, Jimoh Moshood, and two media houses, according to court filings seen by PREMIUM TIMES.

Mr. Afegbua’s legal representative, Kayode Ajulo, filed the suit at the Abuja Division of the Federal High Court Tuesday afternoon.

The reliefs sought include an immediate end to the alleged harassment being meted against him by the police.

Mr. Ajulo joined the National Television Authority and Channels Television in the lawsuit for airing claims that Mr. Afegbua was a wanted man.

Mr. Afegbua released the Sunday statement in which Mr. Babangida, a former head of state, complained about President Muhammadu Buhari’s shortcomings and advised Nigerians on the path to the future.

Hours after the statement was released, a counter press release emerged that purportedly had Mr. Babangida’s approval.

Mr. Babangida later said he authorised the statement distributed by Mr. Afegbua.

The development immediately threw the public into confusion, and reports surfaced Sunday night that police were looking for Mr. Afegbua.

Outcry As SARS Officers Extort Residents

By Shina Abubakar

Residents of major towns in the State of Osun have lamented the high rate of harassment and ridicule they are subjected to in recent times by men of the Special Anti-Robbery Squads of the Nigeria Police Force, popularly referred to as SARS.

Many of those who spoke with Osun Defender medium disclosed that the special unit has turned into a virus, feeding on the innocence of the citizenry it is supposed to be protecting, while crime activities are perpetrated sometimes in broad light unchecked.

Mr Kehinde Oni who spoke with the medium in Ilesa disclosed that SARS as a unit of the Police Force is no longer in tune with reality because it has actually turned into another crime syndicate that harass and intimidate members of the public for personal gains.

He stated that the unit has now specialised in using spies in banks to alert them when young men has transactions, with a view to extorting such persons, sometimes,  on the excuse that they are too young to be in possession of such money.

Sometimes, Oni added, the spies are banks security personnel or, even cash transaction officials in the banks, who later get their share from the proceeds made by the gun-wielding police officers.

According to Qodri Alani, a resident in Ogo-Oluwa area of the state capital, the attitude of SARS officers is becoming irritating, particularly with regards to bully and intimidation of young people who go about for their lawful businesses.

He narrated how officers of the unit extorted money from him even after he had identified his place of work.

“I was coming out of a bank along Ogo-Oluwa when a mini-bus popularly referred to as ‘korope’ parked beside me and a gun-wielding guy wearing a black T-shirt with SARS inscription on it approached me asking me of my means of livelihood.

After telling them of my means of livelihood, one of them insisted I must enter the bus with them and before I could protest, I was pushed in and the driver moved towards Ola-Iya and on getting to Fakunle area the vehicle was parked and I was asked to transfer fund into another guy’s, (who I met in the bus), account number before I was allowed to leave”.

He disclosed that many other young men have been in police cell for refusing to part with their money or sometimes their mobile phones or laptops.

An NYSC member in Ile-Ife disclosed that when he was arrested and presented his NYSC identity, the officers told him the identity was just temporary and he must part with his money before he could be released.

Similarly, a youth corp member in the state who pleaded anonymity call for the dissolution of the unit due to their recklessness and blatant disregard for the rules of law, especially with regards to cyber crime law in the country.

He said most of the police men in the unit are involved in crime activities while adorning uniform as law enforcement agents.

Speaking on the development, a Lawyer in Osogbo, Barrister Bukola Onifade disclosed  that what the men of SARS are doing is contrary to the position of the constitution because it guarantees the right of individual to own property, account and transact business legally without being harassed by anyone.

He said the SARS officers just drive around town in commercial vehicles and burgle people into the vehicle indiscriminately, drive them into a corner and intimidate them into paying ‘ransom’ to secure their r elease before getting back to the station.

Onifade added that in the case that their victims are taken to the station, such victims are neither arraigned in court nor their cases investigated to ascertain their innocence rather, they are kept in police detention perpetually until their families can meet the police demands.

“Many Nigerians now want to join the police force, not to service, but because they presume it is easy to extort money from people being an officer of the law”, he added.

The learned fellow however called on Nigerians not to allow ignorance lead them to suffer injustice, stressing the need for them to always call on their lawyers as soon as they are burgled by SARS officers unnecessarily.

 

Nigerian Police Exposed For Trying To Cover Up Policeman Who Raped Teenage Girl For 6 Days

Resource Centre for Human Rights and Civic Education (CHRICED), a human rights group has accused the Nigeria Police Force of an attempt to cover up the rape of a 14-year old girl, Maryam Yusuf, by a Mobile Policeman, Corporal Barau Garba (Police Service Number: 275601). Recall that days ago Maryam was finally able to escape from the criminal mobile policeman who locked her up for days, raping her.

 

 

The allegation was contained in a statement signed by Dr. Ibrahim Zikirullahi, the group’s Executive Director. In the statement, CHRICED said it has received credible information that the Corporal abducted Maryam and raped her repeatedly. “According to information reaching us, the young Maryam, who lives with her parents at the Hausa Quarters in Asaba, Delta State, travelled to Onitsha to buy some items for her father. Unfortunately, Maryam lost the money for the items she was meant to purchase. It was while frantically searching for the vehicle she boarded in a bid to recover the money that Garba approached her,” said the group.

 

 

It added that Garba promised to help her find the money and show her the way back home. In desperate need of help and lured to think she was safe with a policeman, Maryam took the offer of assistance from the officer, who took her on his motorcycle to his room at the Police Base.

 

“Pleas by the young girl to Garba to take her home to her parents fell on deaf ears. The bubble burst when the young girl was able to take her captor’s phone while he was asleep, and placed a call to her father to come and rescue her. Hospital tests subsequently showed that Maryam was raped with all brutality, and her vagina had been ruptured as a result of this dastardly act by a supposed officer of the law,” CHRICED said.

 

 

The group noted that despite the gravity of the infraction by Garba, his colleagues at the Okpoko Division of the Nigeria Police in Anambra State have been trying to cover it up.
CHRICED claimed that Maryam’s case is just one of many instances in which the Police have been unwilling to act when young girls have been violated. It reasoned that the failure of the Police to move against sex offenders has encouraged rapists across the country to get bolder with their hideous conduct.

 

 

CHRICED warned the Police against continuing with the cover-up effort and called on the Inspector-General of Police to order a transparent investigation into the matter so that Garba could face prosecution.

 

 

“It is not tenable that the nation’s law enforcement institution has to wait to be pressured before taking action over cases like Maryam Yusuf’s. The case offers an opportunity for the Police to prove its critics wrong; the public will be watching to see its next steps,” said the group.

 

Days after the sad story of Maryam was reported, the Police force has still not made a public statement.

We’ll Foil Boko Haram Attacks In Southwest – Police

Following the arrest of a Boko Haram suspect in Ondo, units of the Nigerian police force in the South West region have revealed their readiness to protect the region from Boko Haram attacks.

Ogun State Public Relations Officer, Abimbola Oyeyemi has affirmed that the Nigerian police would not allow Boko Haram members or other criminals to hold the state to ransom. According to Punch, he said “For us in Ogun, we are always prepared. Our intelligence unit is working round the clock and other operatives are on guard too. There is no hiding place for criminals in Ogun State. We are daily combing every nook and cranny of the state to nip any manner of crime in the bud. We will get any criminal, no matter in what form he comes,” Oyeyemi said.

The Ondo State goverment has also expressed similar resolution as according to the Commissioner for Information, Yemi Olowolabi, “We have adequate security in place to curtail crime in the state and that is what has led to the arrest of the Boko Haram suspect. We are working with all the security agencies in the state. We won’t take anything for granted. We’ll always ensure the security of lives and property of our people; so no Boko Haram activity can succeed here.”

#89, By Sam Omatseye

All along we were waiting for that part of the story, even if we did not know it. The Jonathan-era larceny has given us a plate nearly full. Billions of Naira, and even dollars, entertained us with characters who carted them away. Or allegedly.

An ex-soldier started the tale. Many followed: political impresarios, media moguls, business men, priests, princes and kings, professionals, known con men. Showmen and maestros. Bureaucrats who burrowed deep. The prude and prudent. The hustler who shuttled between government and banks. The bankers and the damned. The lawyers and the lawless. Even a vixen who preened like one who never tasted pepper in her life. The story was full, it seemed. Everyone and every part of society had come to judgment. If the war on corruption was to gain traction, then all of us must plead guilty.

Not the common man, until No 89. That was the address of infamy. Where Jonathan once lived, and abandoned. He tenanted not humans, but things. Choice TVs, bags of clothes, refrigerators etc. for close to a year, it seems, no Jonathan came close.

So, one by one, the items left. Neighbours might have seen the men take them away. They might have thought the former president was moving house, after being moved out of Aso Rock. Eventually, he knew of it. About a year and a half afterwards.

Odd though was the almost lack of universal sympathy for the man who lost gems. After we have had the stories of the Dasukis, the Diezanis, et al. It was time for the common man. So, to Jonathan’s tent, sorry, palace they came.  It was time to steal from the thief. That is, “thief thief thief” in pidgin English.

This is a cynical view. No investigation has brought up Jonathan’s name. PMB had sworn that he had nothing to fear. But many Nigerians would not hear that. If the money was stolen on his watch, he was the fountain head. The fish, as they say, stink from the head down.

The people may not back stealing in principle, except as revenge against a “thief.” They might have thought, why is he keeping six television sets when the common man has to join a crowd of oglers on roadsides to see Messi La Liga or the smoky romances of Zee World.

The culprits were promptly arrested and fired. The justice was instant. The crime was grievous. But they did not steal a billion. They sold them for cheap. It might have helped to pay rents, school fees, sponsor naming ceremonies. So, it might have been big deal to the thieves.

Well, so how was it that it took just days to convict these guys? Former governors, CEOs, ministers, senators enjoy the luxurious rigmarole of the law, playing with procedures and postponements. “We hang the petty thieves and appoint the great ones to public office,” noted Aesop.

Corruption has come full cycle. The poor can no longer claim that the Jonathan era – impunity was a class matter.  The pauper has acted like the prince. It does not exonerate them that they stole for thousands while the upper class heaved billions. “The number one rule of thieves is that nothing is too small to steal,” remarked the great Jimmy Breslin.

When the guards stayed at #89, they saw things, too. They did not see the owner, but property. It represented oppression. Jonathan had a lot that he did not need. They had nothing by comparison. They protected the property, but who cared for them. The big house, its rooms, its fancy stuff symbolised tyranny and alienation.

Yet, when they sold the properties at Tipper Garage market, Abuja, everyone knew but no one reported. The seller and buyer enjoyed the deals. When they bought the bowler hat, they had become President Jonathan walking on Eagles Square; or in babanriga, they became Jonathan on the hustings in Kano dancing azonto; or when they had the Ankara they were Jonathan, head bowed, in a Yoruba palace receiving blessing from monarchs for blessings they had received themselves from him.

They saw it as stolen property. They followed the words of French anarchist Pierre Proudhon declared that “property is theft.”

Again, it warns our smug leaders that the poor are looking to get back at their leaders. It may not be a revolution, but something more cynical. The rash of kidnapping, robberies, even the so-called separatist tension in the country are ways to channelling lower-class frustrations. Jonathan’s men acted and had their comeuppance.

But the common man makes the guards into heroes.  The people’s mind has never criminalised those who steal from the rich. When Oliver Cromwell overthrew Charles 1, he sold orbs and sceptre in England. When they were replaced at the royal restoration, a crook named Thomas Blood attempted to steal the crown jewels. Yet, he received royal pardon. It did not matter that his epitaph partly read, “And let’s rejoice that his time has come to die.”

Like the royal pardon, our people hail the thieves of #89. And it should worry us.

Nigeria Police Promote 11 DCPs, 3,201 ASPs, Others.

The Police Service Commission (PSC) in Abuja on Thursday approved the promotion of 11 Deputy Commissioners of Police to the substantive rank of Commissioners of Police.

A statement issued by Ikechukwu Ani, Head, Press and Public Relations of the commission, said that one Assistant Commissioner of Police was also promoted to the next rank of Deputy Commissioner of Police.

He said 12 Chief Superintendents of Police were promoted to the rank of Assistant Commissioners of Police, and 3,201Assistant Superintendents of Police to Deputy Superintendents of Police.

Mr. Ani added that the promotions were the highpoint of the commission’s plenary meeting held in Abuja.

He said that ASP Emmanuel Aigbedion was upgraded to the rank of Superintendent of Police, following an appeal based on court judgment.

“The newly promoted Commissioners of Police were before their promotion, subjected to an interactive session with the leadership of the Commission,” he said.

The new CPs are: Johnson Babatunde Kokumo, Joseph Agaji, Gbemisola O. Akinpelu, Hakeem Busari and Adat Ududo.

Others are; John Amadi, Undie Adie; Olugbenga Adeyanju, Patrick Ladul Garba; Aromeh Attabor and Augustine Ezechukwu.

He said that Friday Ibadin was the only Assistant Commissioner of Police promoted to the next rank of Deputy Commissioner.

Mr. Ani said that the Permanent Secretary to the Commission, Mr Musa Istifanus had conveyed the decisions of the Commission to the Inspector-General of Police, Mr Ibrahim Idris for implementation.

“The Chairman of the Commission, Mike Okiro, wishes the newly promoted officers success in their new positions.

 

Source: Omojuwa.com

One Voice Protest: Soyinka Calls Police’s Actions a Huge Disappointment

Nobel laureate, Wole Soyinka, has knocked the Nigerian Police Force for wprking against the One Voice protest planned by a musician, 2face Idibia, and other civil groups against Federal Government alleged non-performance.

In a piece published on an online news portal, Sahara Reporters, Soyinka described the Police’s actions as undemocractic,“a huge disappointment, a disservice to the cause of democracy, tolerance of dissent, and principle of inclusive governance.”

Soyinka said, “The police attempt to reverse the hands of the democratic clock is even more appalling at a time when open demonstrations are taking place all over the world against the policies of a recently elected President of the United States, (Donald Trump), whose democratic formula allegedly serves as Nigeria’s adopted model. Across numerous states of that federated nation, ongoing at this very moment, is the public expression of rejection of a President’s policy that has also pitted the executive against the judiciary. We have heard of no preventive action by the police, or arrests of demonstrators.

“Again and again, efforts, both under military and civilian orders have been made to stifle the rights to freedom of expression by Nigerian governments – Buhari, Babangida, Obasanjo, Abacha, Jonathan….and now again, Buhari? These efforts have been, and will always be resisted. It is a moral issue, as old as settled humanity. It has been settled in other parts of the world. Nigeria cannot be an exception, not as long as her citizens refuse to accept the designation of second, even third-rate citizens…

“I hope that, even at this eleventh hour, legality and the democratic imperative will prevail. Finally, I shall be less than honest if I do not add the following, mostly directed as a warning to the very polity on whose behalf the democratic war is joined, again and again:

“Minus a minuscule but highly voluble minority, mostly of pitiably retarded polluters of the common zones of public interventions, I do not know of any citizens of civilised community who do not subscribe to the fundamental Right of the Freedom of Expression in any form, as long as it is peaceful, and non-injurious to humanity. I would hate to conclude that the security agencies, or the government they serve, at this stage of national development and recent history, would choose to align themselves with such an unteachable minority.”

Meanwhile, alhough 2face has “cancelled” the protest scheduled for Monday, citing security concerns and sinister plans to hijack the March, but, the National Association of Nigerian Students, the Enough is Enough group and a popular comedian, Seyi Law have promised tp go on with it.

Police Arrest Family Of Suspected Kidnappers In Osun State

Police have arrested a family gang of suspected kidnappers for allegedly abducting a 5-year-old boy in Osun State, southwest Nigeria.

The Commissioner of Police in the state, Mr Fimihan Adeoye, paraded the suspects at the command headquarters in Osogbo, the state’s capital.

Mr Adeoye disclosed that the boy was said to have been kidnapped on December 22 at Ipetu-ijesha, and was released upon the payment of 550,000 naira ransom by his parents, after five days in the kidnappers’ den.

He said the gang comprised of a mother who claimed to be a prophetess, her daughter and her husband.

According to the Police Commissioner, also in the gang were the younger brother of the prophetess and his pregnant wife with one other suspect at large.

He also paraded a 72-year-old man, Idris Ajao, for being in possession of a human skull purportedly severed from a corpse at a cemetery in Ipetu Ijesa area of the state.

Mr Adeoye said the septuagenarian confessed to the crime and was helping the police with information in order to arrest his abettor.

The suspect, who told reporters that he had once been arrested for the same offence 26 years ago, said he sells a skull for 10,000 naira.

The police boss attributed the successes recorded so far to the resolve of the command to rid Osun State of criminal elements and other illegal activities.

While advising members of the public to be weary of the people around them, he assured them that the command would not relent in its efforts to ensure a peaceful and secured state.

Minister Takes Change Begin With Me Campaign To Police Headquarters

The minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, yesterday formally presented the federal government’s national re-orientation campaign, ‘Change Begins With Me,’ to the Nigeria Police Force.

In attendance are top brass of the Nigeria Police Force, including Inspector-General of Police Ibrahim Idris, Deputy Inspectors-General, Assistant Inspectors-General and Commissioners of Police.

The minister said the multi-media presentation, at the Police Headquarters in Abuja, was in recognition of the critical role of the police in the success of the campaign, which was launched by President Muhammadu Buhari in Abuja on 8th September, 2016.

“This is very important because the police, by virtue of its duties, is a critical stakeholder in this campaign,’’ he said, describing ‘Change Begins With Me’ as a Pan Nigeria Campaign that has no colouration whatsoever – whether it is political, religious or ethnic.

‘’It is a campaign for all Nigerians, with the sole objective of achieving a paradigm shift in the way we do things. The campaign is based on one principle: each one of us must be the change we want to see in our society,’’ Alhaji Mohammed added.

The minister, who had earlier joined the IGP in decorating some newly-promoted AIGs, urged the critics of the campaign to endeavour to understand it before casting aspersion on it. “Contrary to the misconception in certain quarters, this campaign was designed to start from the very top, right from the President, the Vice President, Ministers and other top government officials.

Wife Of CBN Governor Rescued From Kidnappers

Margaret, the wife of the Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria, Godwin Emefiele, has been rescued from kidnappers.

The Inspector General of Police’s Special Intelligence Monitoring Team, headed by Abba Kyari, was mandated to carry out the rescue.

Margaret was kidnapped on Thursday on the Benin-Agbor Expressway by heavily armed gunmen.

She was abducted alongside her driver and two other women.

The Eagle Online reports that a combined security team rescued her at about 12:30am on Saturday (today).

Margaret has since been moved to Asaba, the Delta State capital.

Mrs. Emefiele had boarded a flight from Abuja and landed at the Benin Airport in Edo State from where she left for Agbor by road.

The hoodlums intercepted the SUV she was in and shot at an orderly who attempted to stop the abduction.

Photonews: New Osun Commissioner Of Police Visits Osun

Governor of the State of Osun, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola and his deputy, Mrs Titi Laoye-Tomori today received the out going Commissioner of Police, Mr Oyeleye Femi as well as the new Commissioner of Police, Mr. Fimihan Adeoye, at the Government House in Osogbo, during a familiarisation visit and introduction of the new Commissioner of Police in the State to the Governor. See pics below;

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Governor State of Osun, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola; out going Commissioner
of Police, Mr Oyeleye Femi (right); New Commissioner of Polic,
Mr.Fimihan Adeoye, during a Familiarisation visit and introduction of
the new Commissioner of Police in the State to the Governor, at the
Government House GRA Osogbo on Tuesday 27-9-2016.

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Governor State of Osun, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola (2nd right); his deputy
Mrs Titi Laoye-Tomori; out going Commissioner of Police, Mr Oyeleye
Femi (right); New Commissioner of Police, Mr. Fimihan Adeoye, during a
Familiarisation visit and
Introduction of the new Commissioner of Police in the State to the
Governor, at the Government House GRA Osogbo on Tuesday 27-9-2016.