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The lawmaker representing Bauchi central, Isah Misau, has alleged that the Inspector-General of Police, Ibrahim Idris, impregnated a serving deputy superintendent of police (DSP), Esther, an act which he says contravenes the police act. Misau added that the IGP is having affairs with two policewomen whom he has given special promotion. The senator said Idris married Esther because she was “four months pregnant” for him, reports TheCable. “The IG is openly having two relationships with police women which he gave special promotion. One of them is Amina and one of them is DSP Esther which the IG on 15th of last month got married to that woman DSP. Under police act and regulation you cannot marry a serving woman police officer unless that woman retire,” Misau said. “He quickly did a secret wedding in Kaduna because the lady is four months pregnant. I am saying this because of the institution – that institution I am supposed to be a stakeholder in that institution. It is the institution that brought me here which I’m proud of.” Misau said this on the floor of the senate on Wednesday while drawing the attention of the lawmakers to the disagreement he is having with Idris. The Bauchi senator had also accused IGP of receiving money from oil companies where police officers were sent to provide security. The police had declared the senator a deserter after he had earlier alleged that the IGP collects money for the posting of police officers. Attempts to contact the spokesman of the Nigeria Police Force, CSP Jimoh Moshood to comment on the allegations were unsuccessful.

A High Court in Lagos on Wednesday sentenced a man to death by hanging for armed robbery and conspiracy to commit crime. The convict, Izunna Ajaere, 25 was charged with stealing a Toshiba laptop, a Blackberry phone and two other phones from one Uchenna Uka in his compound at around 9:30 p.m. on June 22, 2012. He was said to have perpetrated the act with an accomplice who is still at large.‎ According to the prosecutor, A.B Awosika, the convict and the accomplice had accosted the complainant, threatened him with a ‘gun’ and forced him to take them to his apartment where they robbed him of the said items. “He (complainant) cooperated when he realised they were armed with something that looked like a gun and he was afterwards robbed and locked in his flat but he took the second exit out and raised an alarm that led to the pursuit of the culprits and his (convict) eventual arrest beside a swimming pool at Ajao estate and he was taken to the police station by the Oodua People Congress, OPC,” the prosecutor said. The prosecutor added that the complainant later went to the police station the next morning to write a statement adding that he recognised the convict as one of the men who robbed him. He added that the offences violate Sections 295(2) and 297 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State 2011. Our Source reports that the accused, however, denied the charges saying he was forced to confess to a crime he did not commit. The hairdresser claimed that he was standing at the bus stop waiting for a bus when he was accosted and accused by the police of being responsible for the crime. He said no weapon was found on him except his work implements. However, presiding judge, Kudirat Jose said the prosecution had proven its case beyond any doubt. “The evidence of the prosecution witness proved that the defendant was one of the armed robbers, therefore, all the ingredients of the crime of armed robbery have been shown.The prosecution has proven the charge of conspiracy to commit armed robbery and armed robbery beyond a reasonable doubt. “The defendant is hereby sentenced to death for conspiracy to commit armed robbery and for armed robbery.”

Following wave of agitations for secession and restructuring of Nigeria’s governance architecture which brought mild unrest in some regions, youths have urged individuals, ethnic groups and others behind the moves to eschew violence and limit their demands within confines of law. They argued that demands could be achieved through dialogue, rather than through violence which often leads to lose of lives and property in the country. At a gathering organized by a youth based group, NaijaDay Foundation, yesterday in Lagos, with theme ‘Significant of peace and unity in Nigeria’, put in place to commemorate Nigeria’s 57th independent anniversary, the youths also urged government at all levels to keep their quota of responsibilities, so as to ensure adherence of peace and unity among citizens, especially youths. Addressing congregation at the event, the Director, Prisoners Right Advocacy Initiative (PRAI) and 2017 Mandela-Washington Fellow, Ahmed Adetola-Kazeem, warned agitators to desist from uttering hate speeches while demanding for their rights in the country, just as he caution against overheating polity with various hate moves. He implored Nigerians not to share every post on social media because a lot of them were written to cause discord amongst Nigerians, stressing that every Nigerian need to be armed with correct information and shun gullibility. “We all possess innate weapons to fight intolerance and hate, let’s use it. Most of the people sponsoring and leading the clamour for war will jet out of the country if it happens and the common man who has blindly followed them would be made to suffer,” Adetola-Kazeem added. He emphasized that whenever war occur in a country, the nation would metamorphosed negatively and may not regain its potentials several years after the crisis might have ended. “The rich will become poor, children became orphans, wives transformed to widows, landlords of palatial homes became refugees who will queue for food. Lawyers, doctors, judges, businessmen, may not be left out. And millions could be sent to their early grave. “Rather than fighting ourselves we must fight that peace may reign. It is impossible for all of us to agree on the same thing but it is possible for us to be tolerant of one another’s views,” For Publisher, Checkout Magazine, and a United Kingdom (UK) based journalist, Lekan Fatodu, pocket of violence within the country, which was due to agitations from the regions for secessions, restructuring and others, indicated that it was time to make peace a national mantra. He said: “It’s high time we made peace a national mantra in Nigeria given the current agitations for secession, devolution of power, resource control, restructuring and other concepts that are clearly threatening the unity, stability and peace of the nation.” Fatodu opined that after making peace the new mantra, the Federal, state and local governments must embark on strategy that would gradually inculcate in every citizen the need to embrace good behaviours and harmonious relationship. “And the government must adopt the all important strategy of gradually changing opinions, quietly eroding primordial thinking and slowly instilling new ideas that are based on socio-economic and political justice, trust, hope and gains for all Nigerians regardless of tribes, tongues, backgrounds and political affiliations. “Citizens, through the viable and brilliant platform like NaijaDay, also need to rededicate themselves to the cause of one and better Nigeria and should continually galvanise thoughts and influences that will help in delivering the Nigeria of our dreams,” he added. To achieve peaceful co-existence in Nigeria, the Director, Center for human rectitude, Yusuf Aweda, appealed that clerics in the country should use religious teachings to ensure protection of humanity, regardless of tribes, religion and ethnicity. Aweda added that religious leaders should also use alters in protecting lineage and encourage members to marry one another with morality to worship the supreme creator of all. “Protection of lineage leads to good home, good homes beget adorable communities, good communities make good states. good states make good Nation,” he said. The director however warned that religion should not be used as a mechanism to promote corruption, steal public funds or frustrate government efforts in eradicating corruption, saying, a nation that has its common wealth not protected could turn a barren nation and may never grow productively to influence the society with great values.

Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has opened an office in Uyo, the Akwa Ibom capital, its Spokesman, Mr Wilson Uwujaren, said in a statement on Tuesday. He said the development had moved the commission’s fight against corruption closer to the people of Akwa Ibom and neighbouring Cross River. The office, according to him, is located at No. 3, Akparawa Crescent, off Edet Akpan Avenue (4 lane), Uyo. He added that the office started receiving petitions on Aug. 8 when the commission took over the complex. Uwujaren stated that the Zonal Head, Mr Abdulkarim Chukkol, had earlier addressed journalists who visited the office to find out whether it had truly commenced operations. He explained that Chukkol had confirmed the presence of the commission in the state and gradual take-off of operational activities. He said “the commission favours no political party over another; we urge the people to see the nearness of EFCC to their door steps as an advantage. “People should maximise this opportunity by alerting the commission of any form of economic or financial crimes.”

Gunmen suspected to be cult members ambushed a patrol team of Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) along the East West Road, Emohua section today, wounding one officer, while a member of the cult group was shot dead and a pistol and other weapons recovered. The Commander of SARS in Rivers State, Akin Fakorode confirmed the incident.”We had enccounter with a cult group in Emohua this morning when on patrol to ensure that the kidnappings and robberies in that axis of the East-West road are checked and ensure safety of travellers. There was a gun battle during which one of the cultists was killed. “No arrest has been made yet, we are still on the trail of other members of the cult group. We just recovered some of the weapons of the cult members. Fakorode added that an injured SARS officer was in the intensive care unit at the UPTH. The Police Public Relations Officer, Nnamdi Omoni, said the SARS Patrol team were on routine patrol when the team was attacked leading to the exchange of gunfire between SARS operatives and the cult members. He said the presence of the SARS operatives is to check the frequent incidents of kidnappings, armed robberies and other criminal activities on the major highway. An eyewitness Aghedo Alexander narrated the incident in his Facebook page. According to him, “I witnessed everything on my way to Ahoada my office. I was caught in crossfire or will I say ambush, after backup came from SARS and they cleared the blockage at OGBAKRI junction chasing this protesting cult boys into the bush, and telling motorist to continue their journey. Unknown to us and the SARS team that these cultists have mounted another burn fire and road block 2 kilometers away from the first one SARS cleared. The boys came out from the bush and started shooting at motorists. Thank goodness my driver was fast enough to make a U-turn. Thank God for safety”. Another witness, Ohaka Bob Ikpendu, narrated: “I was caught in between, I pleaded and pleaded with them, I spoke all the Ikwerre language in me today just to prevent them from smashing the car and harassing me and the others I was travelling with. “We truly have a big problem in Rivers State. I saw very angry, idle and destructive youths, who were so available to cause mayhem at the snap of a finger there. There has to be a programme for youths in this state. There are a lot of youths idle and available to commit crime,” Ikpendu said in his Facebook page.

The Lagos State police command on Friday said it had arrested 34 officials of the Peace Corp para-military organization. The spokesman of the command, ASP Olarinde Famous-Cole announced the arrest to newsmen. The arrested officials, according to Famous-Cole, will be charged to a mobile court on Saturday. “The command has arrested 34 members of the Peace Corp. “The organization is illegal, therefore the command would charge the suspects to a mobile court tomorrow,” he said

South East Human Rights Situation Room has staged a peaceful rally, urging the public and the youth, especially in the South East to embrace peace and shun violence amidst unrest in the zone. The group said the crisis escalating on a daily basis was being perpetrated by some aggrieved members of various groups in the region against the backdrop of fears of the defenceless as a result of Operation Python Dance in the South East. The group, led by Prof. Joy Ngozi Ezeilo, said this Saturday in Enugu when she led other peace groups to a peaceful rally round major quarters of the State capital. The activist said the rally was also in commemoration of the World Peace Day 2017 which was marked earlier this week. The rally was tagged: “Together for Peace, Respect, Safety and Dignity for All.” She said that the rally was organized by the group in collaboration with the National Council for Women Society, National Association of Women Journalist, National Association of Women Lawyers and other coalitions for peace and called on Nigerians to embrace peace, as it was the only way the nation could see progress and development. The group appealed to parents to advise their children to shun violence and to live in peace with one another. “This rally is in response to the escalating violence in the South East zone and some agitations that have led to security interventions, including the military. This coincides with the Operation Python Dance 2 (Egwu Eke 2), which the military personnel are carrying out in the region. “At first the intentions of the military were not well known until they came out to declare their aim. Our role is to moderate and build a better military-civilian relationship, and a better and responsive security sector. We all came together as a coalition to monitor, observe and sensitize the public and youth to shun violence and embrace peace because we believe that war impedes peace and development.” “We believe also in justice, fairness and human rights. We want to see a Nigeria that is inclusive and represents the interest of everyone,” she added. Prof. Ezeilo, however, called on parents to teach their children peace and urged the public to cooperate with the military at all times to ensure the smooth running of all arms in the country. “If you see the military at any checkpoint, cooperate with them and answer the questions you are meant to answer. You cannot challenge the military personnel. We all came from a family and I believe they have human feelings in them. Respect is reciprocal. Other nations stand up whenever they see their military because they know that the military are ready to lay down their lives for them.” She also charged the military to respect their code of conduct and human rights while carrying out their onus. Mrs. Maureen Ataonwu also charged the people to work for peace, saying that women were the worst hit of war. “As a woman, we are the ones that bear the brunt of war. Whatever violence happens in this country, women suffer, children suffer and the youth too suffer. So as a woman and a mother, I am begging our fellow women to talk to their children. Let us call our children to order so that they can shun violence and allow peace to reign,” she said. Ataonwu called on everyone to shun violence, adding that war disrupts peace and destroys lives and property.

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