The Police have confirmed that a middle-aged man, Stephen Nnadiogo, has committed suicide by drinking poison after stabbing his four children and sister-in-law to death at Awada area of Onitsha in Anambra. Confirming the incident on Sunday, the Divisional Police Officer of Awada, Mr Martin Chijioke, said the police command had begun an investigation to unravel the circumstances that led to the murder. “Preliminary investigation reveals that the suspect, after committing the murder, took poison and died,” Chijioke said. Eyewitnesses, however, said that the incident occurred at about 8.00 p.m. at the residence of the suspect at 21B Ntueke street, Awada Obosi in Idemili North Local Government Area. The source said the suspect’s wife was not at home when the incident occurred while the house another maid reportedly ran away when the incident occurred. “It was the cry of the housemaid that alerted residents of the area. We have never seen this type of incident before,” the witness said. Another eyewitness said the suspect had been taken to the psychiatric hospital several times and had shown signs of recovery before the dastardly incident. The police later took the bodies of the victims and the suspected murderer to a mortuary.
A Federal High Court in Lagos on Tuesday expunged proceedings in the trial of a former Governor of Enugu State, Chimaroke Nnamani, who is charged with N5.3 billion fraud. Justice Chuka Obiozor expunged the proceedings at the instance of the prosecution, who informed the court of the intention of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) to file a new charge against Nnamani and his former aide, Sunday Anyaogu. After the counsel had announced their appearances, the prosecutor, Mr Kelvin Uzozie, told the court that the EFCC had re-appraised the case and came to the conclusion that rather than continue with the old charge marked FHC/L/09c/2007, “it would be best to bring a fresh charge sheet.’’ Counsel to the first and second accused, Mr Rickey Tafa and Mr Victor Obaro, did not opposed the prosecution’s application. However, Nnamani’s lawyer informed the court that at the last proceedings, the defence had filed an affidavit for termination of the charge FHC/L/09C/07 which, he said, had been conceded to by the prosecution. He argued that at the time the case was reassigned, there was no charge, having filed an application to strike out same.t In response, the prosecutor said his request to court was that the entire proceedings before the court be set aside with liberty to the prosecution to file a new charge. Asked by the judge if the existing charge should be struck out, Uzozie urged the judge to take it that there was no charge before him and expunge all the proceedings observed so far before him. Ruling on the submissions of the parties, Justice Obiozor expunged and struck out the entire proceedings as sought by prosecution. Nnamani and Anyaogu are being prosecuted by the EFCC for N5.3 billion fraud. They were first arraigned in 2007 alongside six companies for allegedly conspiring to divert about N5.3 billion from the coffers of Enugu State. The case which had been handled by at least three judges was assigned to Justice Obiozor in December 2017.
The Kano State Police Command confirmed on Saturday that three girls died of suffocation inside a parked car in Sabon Gari area of Kano metropolis. “The car has been parked there for more than one year; the girls were playing around it and later locked themselves inside. “Apparently, they could not open the door and there was no one around to assist them. Three of them died of suffocation while one survived,” Mr Magaji Majiya, spokesman of the command, disclosed. He said that the incident happened “around 3 p.m. on Friday”. According to him, the girls were aged between two and four years. “The victim that survived has been taken to the hospital while investigation has commenced into the matter,” Majiya said. Efforts to speak with the parents of the girls were not successful as none of them was reachable on phone.
The Nigerian Peace Corps has reacted to recent reports which implied that President Muhammadu Buhari has rejected the Peace Corps Bill. In a statement issued on Saturday by the Public Relations Office of the Corps, Millicent Umoru, the NPC described the report as misleading and a “voyage of interpretation of the Constitution”. The report had insinuated that by not signing the Bill 30 working days after it was transmitted in December 2017, the President had denied accent to the bill. However, Umoru insisted that some of the bills that were sent to the President along with the Peace Corps bill had been rejected as the president expressly wrote the National Assembly to convey the reasons why those bills were rejected. The corps stressed that the Peace Corps Bill was not part of the rejected ones and as such it was wrong for the medium to have published such a report. Read the full text of the statement below: RE: BUHARI REJECTS NIGERIAN PEACE CORPS BILL. When our attention was drawn to the aforementioned report in the Vanguard Newspaper of Saturday, February 17, 2018, which was written by Mr. Soni Daniel, the Northern Regional Editor of the Newspaper and Mr. Emman Ovuakkporie, our initial reaction wasthat of disbelief. But after reading the entire report, it suddenly dawned on us that the authors deliberately elected to sensationalize the caption with a view to selling the Newspaper and on that note; we wish to assure the teeming members of the Peace Corps of Nigeria and millions of our well-wishers nationwide that the writers merely embarked on a voyage ofinterpretation of the Constitution. The truth of the matter is that out of about nine Bills that were transmitted to the President together with that of the Nigerian Peace Corps, the President rejected three and returned same to the National Assembly (NASS), stating reasons why he rejected them. And of course, the Nigerian Peace Corps Bill was not part of the rejected ones. We are not unaware of the grand conspiracy by some security agencies against the Peace Corps, especially the Police, Department of State Services (DSS) and Civil Defence in theiradversarial memos to the Presidency to thwart assent to the Bill. This conspiracy, whichwas also manifested in form of opposition during the Public Hearings conducted by both chambers of the NASS on the Bill, was roundly defeated by superior arguments of over 500 Oral and written Memoranda submitted during the Public Hearings in the NASS. The major plank of this conspiracy is that the functions of the Nigerian Peace Corps (NPC)Bill overlap that of the Nigerian Police and Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC), which is far from the truth. (Nigerians should watch out for our full pageadvertorial on this issue in The Nation, The Sun, Daily Trust and Tribune Newspapers on Monday, 19th February, 2018). The advertorial clearly articulates the statutory functions of the Police, Civil Defence and that of the Nigerian Peace Corps. We wish to correct the erroneous impression created by this report, whose contents are just the authors’ interpretation of the provisions of the law, President Muhammadu BuhariGCFR, has not assented to or rejected the NPC Bill. And if even the President rejects the Bill, he will communicate same to the NASS, stating reason(s) for doing so. Moreover, the Spokespersons of both chambers of the NASS, Senator Sabi Abdullahi(Senate) and Hon. Abdulrazak Namdas (House of Representatives) have clarified the issues as far as the law on this matter is concerned. The authors also questioned the legal status of the Peace Corps, a position that smacks of mischief. For purpose of clarity, Peace Corps of Nigeria was duly incorporated by the Corporate Affairs Commission under the Companies and Allied Matters Act Cap 1990, Part C as Nigerian Leadership and Marshal Corps, but changed to Peace Corps of Nigeria in 2002 in accordance with the Companies and Allied Matters Act. So, its legality has never been called to question and even if the Bill is not assented to, that will not stop it from functioning as an entity. The Bill is essentially to give statutory backing to the Corps. That this report is coming out a few days after the House Committee on Public Petition gave the Corps directive to take-over its Headquarters that has been under lock and key by the Police since February 2017, a directive that was almost executed before the intervention of the FCT Commissioner of Police, is suspicious. How sad! Sadder still is that in spite of several Court judgments pronouncing Peace Corps as a legal entity, including recent verdicts by two different Federal High Courts judges, the antagonists of the Corps have continued to disregard these valid Orders by refusing to unseal the Peace Corps office. So much for the Rule of Law! In conclusion, we request all PCN Stakeholders and indeed the entire Nigerian youth to disregard any erroneous, malicious and none-evidence based information against the NPC Bill. Patriot Millicent Umoru Corps Public Relations Officer
The trial of Prophet Oyemande Gbenga in charge of the Most High Ministry located at Dele Jagun Street, Igbo Elerin area 0f Okokomaiko, Lagos for allegedly obtaining the sum of N11m from a member of his church, Paul Kareem under false pretext has commenced at the Igbosere Magistrate Court 1 presided over by Chief Magistrate Folashade Botoku. Gbenga, 59, was arrested on the order of the Assistant Inspector General of Police, AIG in charge of Zone 2 Command,Lagos Island,Adamu Ibrahim following a petition by Paul Kareem,a member of the Most High Ministry. And after investigation by Inspector Babatunde Shobowale and his team, Gbenga was charged before an Igbosere Magistrate Court, Lagos on a two-count charge of felony to wit obtaining money under false pretence and stealing. Police counsel, Chinedu Njoku had informed the court that the accused committed the alleged offence at his Church between 2009 and 2010 at Dele Jagun Street, Igbo Eleri, Okokomaiko, Lagos. Njoku told the court that the accused reported to the Police that the defendant, his pastor collected the sum of N11m from him to help him buy a land and also assist him to build a one-storey building on the land. He said that the complainant stated that he gave the money to his pastor because of the trust he had for him but that he was shocked that after one year, he failed to provide the land and the one story building for him till date.. Njoku stated that the complainant said that he decided to report the matter to the police when all his efforts to recover his money from his pastor proved futile. The defendant pleaded not guilty to the alleged crime and Chief Magistrate Botoku admitted him on bail in the sum of N1m with two sureties in like sum. Botoku adjourned the case till 12 March, 2018 for the continuation of trial.
The Nigeria Police Area Commander in Aba, Abia State, ACP Peter Opara has revealed that policing the Policemen remains his primary agenda and would not stop till every Policeman in the command understands this so that they avoid those unprofessional conducts that could destroy their career and tarnish the good image of the Nigeria Police Force ACP Okpara made the revelation when members of the Abia State Civil Society Network (ASCSON)a coalition of civil society organisations in Abia State led by Ms Amaka Biachi, paid him a working visit in his office recently. He said that Aba residents should learn to be patient when handling police matters. According to him a sensitization, training and periodic interactive session with Men and Officers of the command on Human Rights will soon kick off during which lawyers and human right activists would be invited to interact with his men. Biachi, who is also the Executive Director, African Centre for Human Advancement and Resource Support said the working visit, was in line with their effort to deepen the understanding and appreciation of Human Rights issues and their impact on Police operations. On behalf of the group, Biachi handed over to ACP Opara copies of Security Tips/Emergency telephone numbers which the public can use in emergency situations.The group also handed over copies of Selected Judgements (Human Rights Cases) of High Court, Abia State, Public Procurement Act,2007, Fiscal Responsibility Act,2007 and Freedom of Information Act,2011 published by African Centre for Human Advancement and Resource Support. Ms Amaka Biachi while handing over the books thanked the Area Commander for the warmth reception and said that Aba residents are currently experiencing a humane relationship with the Area Command. She said the asymmetric nature of the Police has demanded that the Police must work more closely with the civil populace, in order to understand, identify, engage and uphold the sanctity of Human rights. According to her, these books and leaflets have been made available to enable the Police achieve a cordial relationship with the general public to have fuller interaction with the Police Community. Earlier, the Coordinator of ASCON, Comrade Cassius Ukwugbe thanked ACP Opara for the timely initiative and assured him that the group would make training and interactive session of the Command very realistic as officers would use the knowledge acquired to fashion out professional approaches to their police duties, in conformity with the vision of the Inspector General of Police. He further advised Aba residents to take advantage of the Area Commander’s humane approach to policing to actualize the saying that “Police is Your Friend” According to Ukwugbe “The police should be in the forefront of protecting the fundamental rights of the citizens and undue detention should not be entertained as spelt out in the Police Act and Regulation which include preservation of law and order, detection of crime, arrest, detention and prosecution of offenders. However, these duties should be carried out by the police without infringing on the fundamental human rights of the citizens”
The police in Lagos have arrested 11 suspects, including three soldiers and one dismissed Airforce man, for allegedly stealing solar panels worth N100 million belonging to the state government. The Commissioner of Police in Lagos State, CP Imohimi Edgal, told newsmen on Wednesday that the suspects had been on the command’s wanted list before they were finally arrested in Epe area. Imohimi said that the three soldiers had been handed over to 9 Brigade of the Nigerian Army for further investigation. The CP said that the group had sold stolen solar panels from Epe, Sangotedo, Elerngbe and Badagry areas to buyers in many parts of the country. “On Sept. 5, at about 2 a.m, the seven suspects came in a truck with registration number LND 61 XQ, invaded Okemagba Senior Secondary School, Epe with three soldiers and stole 71 solar panels. “They also forced the door of the container where the inverter batteries and accessories were kept and went away with it. “Some of the buyers were traced to Delta, Anambra and Imo where one buyer was later picked up in an hotel and confessed to have received solar panels and inverters batteries from the suspects,” he said. The police Commissioner said the suspects would be charged to court after completion of investigation on the matter.
Operatives of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) on Wednesday arrested four directors of the National Theatre in Lagos for alleged embezzlement of government funds. The four directors, including a woman, were picked up at their Iganmu office for allegedly diverting “huge sums” of revenue and statutory allocation into private use. It was learnt that the directors allegedly failed to remit revenues realised from the use of facilities at the National Theatre into the Federal Government Treasury Single Account (TSA). According to sources, among government revenue allegedly embezzled were N24 million annual rent paid by Nigerian Breweries for its 20 branded kiosks and N9 million paid for the use of National Theatre during the “Lagos @ 50” celebrations. The affected directors were whisked out of the promises after they refused to honour EFCC invitation for questioning in the office of the Artistic Director and Chief Executive of National Theatre, Mr Tar Ukoh. The intervention of Mrs Grace Gekpe, Permanent Secretary, Federal Ministry of Information and Culture, on telephone could not save the officials from being whisked away by the EFCC operatives. Addressing an Anti – Corruption Rally earlier in the premises, the National Theatre boss vowed to stamp out graft in the Agency. “Culture must kill corruption before corruption kills culture “ said Ukoh who also oversees the National Troupe of Nigeria. Reacting to the development, Henry Udubuisi, Vice President, National Theatre Chapter of AUPCTRE, said that the union was behind the management decision to get rid the Agency of corruption. AUPCTRE is the Amalgamated Union of Public Corporationns, Civil Service, Technical and Recreational Services. Udubuisi said that the union would give its support to the new management to cleanse the Agency of graft. “The position of the union is that we are solidly behind the management to fight corruption in National Theatre. We are also proud to be associated with it. “We are using this medium to appreciate the management on its “Change must begin with me project. “The Artistic Director means well; he wants to address some administrative impunity here. “He is not victimising anybody, he is just asking them to be accountable for what has happened for those who has questions to answer. We need someone like him here to stamp out corruption. “The union will never condone corruption; infact the union stands against corruption and we are happy that the management key into our vision,” he said. Udubuisi said that the union had been in the fight against corruption before the new management came in, adding that it was a step in the right direction. “The union has been fighting corruption even before the new management came in, especially when there was a proposal on the sale of the theatre. “We fought against what we regarded to as administrative impunity under the then Chief Executive but all what we got was dismissal. “Most of the executive members of the union were dismissed for standing against corruption and the sale of the only cultural iconic building in Nigeria,” he said. Contacted, EFCC spokesman in Lagos, Mr Sam Amadin, said that he was yet to be briefed on the arrest.
Justice Abdulazeez Anka of the Federal High Court, Lagos on Wednesday declined to hear a fundamental rights suit filed by suspected kidnapper, Chukwudumeme Onwuamadike, alias Evans. Evans is seeking N300 million damages for his illegal detention. Anka said that the case file would be returned to the Administrative Judge for further directive. The judge had earlier heard the case during the court's long vacation and had adjourned until Aug. 29 for judgment after parties argued it and adopted their addresses on Aug.16. But the police through its counsel Mr David Igbodo said another lawyer, Mr Henry Obiazi, who represented the Inspector-General of Police (IGP) and the Nigeria Police when the case was heard did so without authorisation. The police prayed the court to set aside all the purported arguments made by Obiazi and to set aside the ruling it delivered on Aug. 16 in which he adjourned for judgment. When the case came up before another judge, Justice Chuka Obiozor during the long vacation, he held that the case was no longer urgent. Obizor, then returned the file to the Chief Judge, Justice Adamu Kafarati for re-assignment to another judge. The case was subsequently re-assigned to Justice Babs Kuewemi. However, Evans' lawyer, Olukoya Ogungbeje wrote the chief judge informing him that Anka had already adjourned the case for judgment. Based on the letter, the case was again returned to Anka. When the case came up before Anka on Wednesday, he expressed displeasure that the case was returned to him when the issue of judgment had been overtaken by events. The judge said that since the police had filed other applications, the earlier adjournment for judgment had become void. Anka added that even if he had written the judgment earlier, it meant that a new one would be written. Police Counsel Chukwu Agwu accused Ogungbeje of “smuggling” the case file back to Anka's court. “The case was re-assigned to Justice Kuewumi. How my learned colleague smuggled this case to this court is baffling. “He did not avail us with a copy of his letter to the chief judge, otherwise we would have reacted,” he said. But Ogungbeje said his letter was on the premise that since a judgment had already been fixed, it could be delivered by Anka after entertaining the late applications filed by the police. Meanwhile, Anka held that it was not factual to say that judgment had been reserved “when it's not''. He said that the court was obliged to hear the fresh applications by the police. The judge said the case was not adjourned for judgment but for hearing, adding that Ogungbeje's claim that the case was for judgment was not the true position. Ruling, he said: “the case was made for hearing of the motion of first and second respondents. “The court shall therefore cause a letter to be written to the Administrative Judge to explain the true position of the case, which is for further hearing and not judgment. “Parties shall therefore await the decision of the Admin Judge, either to re-assign the case or for this court to maintain the case in its cause list.” Evans has since been arraigned before Justice Hakeem Oshodi of the Lagos State High Court. While Evans and two others pleaded guilty to the charges, the remaining defendants pleaded not guilty. The prosecution said that the defendants between Feb. 14 and April 12, on Obokun Street, Ilupeju, Lagos, armed with guns and other dangerous weapons captured and detained Duru Donatus. It said that the defendants allegedly collected a ransom of 223,000 Euros to release Donatus. In his fundamental rights suit, Evans is claiming N300 million against the police as damages for alleged illegal detention and rights violation.NAN
A Senior Magistrates’ Court sitting in Kano on Tuesday remanded five men in prison over alleged kidnap and stoning 70-year-old Usman Danbuba to death. The accused were Wada Mohammed, 30, Ya’u Muhammad, 22, Musa Inusa, 35, Sale Buba, 27, and Sule Garba, 45. They are facing a five-count charge of criminal conspiracy, hostage taking, armed robbery, culpable homicide and being in possession of firearms The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that Danbuba was kidnapped on May 18 in Doguwa Local Government Area of Kano. The Senior Magistrate, Aminu Fagge, ordered that the accused be remanded in prison and adjourned the case until Oct. 23 for mention. Earlier, the Prosecutor, Insp. Yusuf Sale, had told the court that the accused, including one Iliyasu Moshede, now at large, attacked the victim with an AK 47 rifle, cutlasses and knives at home on May 18. According to the prosecutor, the accused kidnapped and robbed the victim of N85, 000 and a motorcycle. “After kidnapping the victim, the accused took him to their hideout at Shetu Hills in Falgore Forest in Kano and demanded N5 million ransom from his family,” the prosecutor said. He added that when the family could not provide the money, the defendants stoned Danbuba to death on May 22. The defendants pleaded not guilty to the charges. The prosecutor said the offences contravened Sections 97, 17, 15 of Terrorism Prevention Act 2013 and the Robbery and Firearms Special Provisions Act Cap 221 of the Penal Code.