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.
A coalition of Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) have demanded the removal and prosecution of Ibrahim Idris, Inspector General of Police (IGP), over allegations of corruption and having affairs with junior officers levelled against him by Senator Isa Misau. Making the demand at a press conference held in Abuja on Sunday, the group under the aegis of Coalition of Civil Society Groups for Integrity and Justice (CCSGIJ), also requested the Attorney-General of the Federation, Abubakar Malami, to impress it on President Muhammadu Buhari to ensure the IGP is removed mandatorily within the next five days. The coalition comprised of Lawyers Integrity Crusade Network (LICN), National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS), National Youth Council of Nigeria (NYCN), National Youth Democratic Congress (NYDC) and other civil society organisations. According to the group, it is a big disservice to the country if the allegations against the IGP will be treated with kid gloves as it insisted that the allegations standing against the police boss were overwhelming, adding that it was high time he exited the force to salvage the image of the police. IGP Ibrahim Idris had come under intense criticism lately owing to avalanche of allegations levelled against him by the senator representing Bauchi Central, Isah Hamma Misau. Misau alleged that the Inspector General of Police was engaging in promotion racketeering and taking bribe as much as N15 million before posting commissioners of police and state mobile police commanders. He said the police boss allegedly received N10 billion monthly from oil companies and other private individuals who enjoy special protection from the security agency. The police boss was also accused of having an illicit affairs with female officers and arranging secret marriage with one ASP Amina whom he allegedly promoted over her superiors as a reward for her illicit relationship with him. The said woman is said to be pregnant for the IGP and that he has conducted a secret marriage with her. The coalition said, “Mr. Idris has lost integrity and the moral standing to lead the Nigeria Police Force”, while calling for his removal from office. The group also insisted that the government must ensure the embattled police boss is removed from office in the next five days. “That the Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice performs his duties creditably by advising President Muhammadu Buhari to remove IGP Idris from office within five working days, from Monday (today)”, the group said. The coalition also frowned at the continuous sealing off of the national headquarters of the Peace Corps of Nigeria, since the arrest of some national officers of the corps on February 28, 2017. According to the group, the Peace Corps office was sealed off by the police for nine months running, based on mere allegations, adding that the force has no moral ground to clamp down on youths based organisation such as Peace Corps of Nigeria. “We fear that, the posture taken by IGP Idris against the Peace Corps of Nigeria and its leaders, if not checked, is capable of leading to a chaotic situation where the overwhelming population of Nigerian youths who are benefiting from the corps could take the law into their own hands to obtain justice”, the group noted. The group, therefore, called on the police boss to order the immediate reopening of the Peace Corps office and cease forthwith “the needless harassment of its officers across the country”. Should IGP Idris remain in office in the next five days, the group threatened to occupy the 36 states of the federation and the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja, with the whole might of the Nigerian youths and civil society organisations.