•We will fish out killers, say police The family of Okafor Martins, 36, who was gruesomely murdered on March 16, 2021 at Uruebo village in Oyi Local Council of Anambra State, has called on the Police to ensure that justice is served and the killers of their son brought to book.
The deceased, who was survived by parents who are over 80, was abducted by suspected thugs.
He was taken to an unknown destination and was later stabbed to death while begging his killers for mercy.
According to eyewitnesses, the late Martins was in his uncle’s compound when suspected thugs invaded the compound at about 10:30a.
m. with sporadic shootings and abducted him in the absence of his uncle, who later arrived from a journey about an hour after.
The uncle, Mr. Francis Okafor recounted that upon his arrival, he was told that a group of violent thugs invaded his compound and abducted his nephew.
“While I was trying to figure out what could have gone wrong, the group resurfaced in a commando style and started shooting.
“When they left, I was prompted to go to the Police division at Nkwelle Azunakain Oyi to report the matter.
“ The DPO told me he was aware of the issue, but would not want to have anything to do with the matter,” he said.
Also, Mr. Okafor, told The Guardian that an eye witness narrated to him that the thugs tied his nephew’s hands and stabbed him twice on his neck before he died.
He alleged that the same leader of the thugs who earlier abducted him, masterminded the killing of his nephew and deposited his dead body at Wisdom mortuary Awkuzu in Oyi Local Council.
Mr. Okafor said on noticing that his nephew had been murdered by the thugs, he reported the matter vide a petition to the Commissioner of Police, Anambra State and the commissioner subsequently moved the case to the Homicide section after carrying out arrest of some suspects.
Amazingly, Mr. Okafor said while the matter was being investigated at the Homicide department, the chief suspect transferred the case from the CID Awka to the Monitoring Unit, Force headquarters, Abuja.
According to Okafor, several letters were written to the Inspector General of Police for the matter to be investigated properly before it was transferred to the police zonal headquarters, zone 13.
“The case file again was taken back to Abuja by some police officers suspected to be frustrating the matter because of some financial inducement by the prime suspect.
“The suspect boasted before me and others that they have suppressed the matter because they have the wherewithal to do so.
“We are appealing to the Police Service Commission and the IGP to order for a thorough investigation and allow justice to prevail.
” Also, the immediate younger brother to the deceased, James Okafor, pleaded with the police to ensure that investigation is conducted fast, for them to bury him.
“We can no longer pay the mortuary bills.
We want justice,” he pleaded.
For Anthony Okafor, the eldest brother of the deceased, the case must not be swept under the carpet.
Everyone involved must be brought to book.
“My whole family is under threat by the people who feel they are very powerful and can do anything because they are politicians.
“ We appeal to the IGP to wade into the matter.
Our parents are in their late 80s, the trauma is creating serious health challenges to them.
Almost two years now, their son is still in mortuary,” Anthony lamented.
When The Guardian contacted the Police, spokesperson for the Force Criminal Investigation and Intelligence Department( FCIID) Abuja, Superintendent of Police (SP), Funmi Eguaoje, said the legal department is working on the case file as the autopsy report is being awaited.
Funmi also stated that the prime suspect was still in custody, while four other suspects earlier released are on bail.
Two suspects are now in police net of the Osun Police command for alleged possessiion of human hair and flesh.
This is contained in a statement of the police Spokesperson, SP Yemisi Opalola.
Opalola said the suspects were arrested on Thursday in Ijebu Jesa, Osun. ””At about 9.30a.
m, the police received a distress call from Oke Ana Area, on the Iwaraja Erimo Road, by members of the community of an offensive odour from the bush in their community.
“This prompted the police, led by the DPO of Ijebu Jesa Division to comb the bush and one Ojo Gbadebo and Babatunde Hamsat (both male) were arrested.
“Upon the arrest of these suspects, it was discovered in the bag that one of the suspects, was carrying; contained human hair and flesh.
“Both suspects and the exhibits recovered are presently at the State Criminal Investigation Department (SCID) for discreet investigation.
” she said
Police in Lagos have confirmed that a 73-year-old woman, Titilayo Adawi, was knocked down by a lorry driven by one Kazeem Ajibola on Monday on the Lekki-Epe Expressway and died on the spot.
The Police Public Relations Officers (PPRO) in Lagos State, SP Benjamin Hundeyin, confirmed the development to the News Agency of Nigeria on Tuesday.
Hundeyin said that the accident happened on Monday and was reported to the Divisional Police Officer (DPO) in charge of Ilasan Division at 12.10 p.
m. He said that the report received by the DPO stated that a TATA Lorry with Reg. No. KRD-165-XZ, driven by one Kazeem Ajibola, allegedly knocked down the woman.
The image maker said the accident happened at Salem Bus Stop, along the Lekki-Epe Expressway, inward Victoria Island, Lagos.
“As a result of the accident, the victim died on the spot.
Based on the report, a team of traffic personnel visited the scene and took photographs of what they saw.
“They evacuated the corpse and deposited it at a public morgue for autopsy.
“Meanwhile, the driver had been arrested and the vehicle towed to the Vehicle Inspection Office for inspection,” he said.
Hundeyin said that investigation into the accident was in progress.
In another development, Hundeyin said that a fuel tank of a diesel generator located within the premises of the head office of Providus Bank exploded on Tuesday during which one person lost his life.
Hundeyin said that seven other persons, including a policeman, were injured in the explosion.
He said that those injured had been taken to an undisclosed hospital for medical attention.
The Federal Capital Territory (FCT) Security Committee has introduced a Code of Conduct barring members of the Vigilante groups operating in the various communities in the territory from using prohibited firearms.
The Director, Information and Communication, FCT, Mr Muhammad Sule, disclosed this in a statement on Sunday in Abuja.
Sule explained that in the newly established Code of Conduct for the group, the security committee also prohibited them from carrying out any operation without the presence of the police or the express approval of the Divisional Police Officer (DPO), in their jurisdiction.
He, however, said that members of the vigilante were permitted to possess and use weapons for self-defense or other lawful purposes as allowed by the DPO.
” These were some of the decisions reached by the FCT Security Committee at its 11th meeting, presided over by the Minister, Federal Capital Territory, Malam Muhammad Bello, in Gwarinpa I District, Abuja.
” ” Similarly, the new code required that any member of the group, who recovers a hazardous weapon from a criminal suspect is expected to keep a detailed account and report to the police for further investigation.
” Sule also revealed that the committee permitted the vigilante group to arrest anyone who violating the laws of the land as allowed under the Administration of Criminal Justice Act, 2015. ” It agreed that any community desirous of establishing a vigilante group should apply and obtain the approval of the DPO within the locality.
” On the recruitment of members of the group, the FCT Security Committee, which is the highest decision-making body on security matters, resolved that the process must be supervised by the Community Accountability Forum (CAF) Committee of the community concerned.
” The CAF is to ensure a fair representation of all segments of society and avoid religious, political, and ethnic persuasion.
” The director said that the meeting also agreed that all those to be recruited must be properly profiled by the community leaders and security agencies.
He said that the FCT Administration encouraged communities to form vigilante groups to complement the work of security agencies, especially in gathering intelligence and boosting the fight against criminals.
The Commissioner of Police (CP) in Bauchi State, Umar Sanda, has urged his officers to remain professional, civil and neutral while enforcing laws.
Sanda made the call in a statement signed by the spokesman of the command, SP Ahmed Waki and made available to newsmen on Thursday in Bauchi.
He called on the Area Commanders, Tactical Commanders and Divisional Police Officers (DPOs) to ensure they remained civil, neutral and professional while enforcing laws for the effective management of elections in the state.
Sanda also urged officers to boost the security of the public space to guarantee a crime-free society and an enabling environment for the electoral process.
“There will be an increase in the speed of visibility policing, improved inter-agency partnership and intelligence sharing and confidence-building patrols.
“Joint convoy patrols, intelligence-led policing, surveillance activities and stop-and-search at strategic points across the state,” he stated.
Sanda said the command would create a level-playing field for all political parties and candidates to organise rallies and campaigns to canvas support.
The police commissioner also urged political parties, candidates, groups and individuals to respect the rule of law and work towards the maintenance of law and order, peaceful coexistence during and after the elections.
Sanda implored parents, guardians and leaders wielding various degrees of influence to prevail on their wards against being used as cannon fodders to disrupt the relative peace being enjoyed in the state.
“At the same time be guided against unnecessary heating up the polity with inciting utterances and provocative gestures,” he advised.
The Police Command in Zamfara has rescued 27 persons kidnapped from Kawa, Gwashi, Tungar Rogo and Anka towns in Anka and Bukkuyum local government areas of the state.
The victim’s were rescued after seven days in captivity.
The command’s spokesperson, SP Muhammad Shehu while presenting the rescued victims to the state Commissioner for Security and Home Affairs, Alhaji Mamman Tsafe in Gusau on Saturday, said the victims were rescued unconditionally.
Shehu said the victims were taken to bandits’ camps at and Sunke forests in Bukkuyum and Anka local government areas respectively.
“The rescue was sequel to the report received by the command that a group of bandits invaded the villages and abducted unspecified number of people and took them to Sunke forests.
“Receiving the report, police deployed additional Tactical operatives to reinforce DPOs and vigilante in their rescue operation to rescue the abductees.
“A well coordinated search and rescue operation was carried out with the full support and partnership of the two council sole administrators of Anka and Bukkuyum.
“The outcome of the rescue operation was the unconditional rescue of the 27 kidnap victims.
“Now 17 out of the 27 were presently brought to the police command headquarters while the remaining 10 are in the hospital receiving medical attention, following the trauma they passed through while in captivity.
“All the victims have been debriefed by police detectives,” he explained.
Receiving the rescued victims, Tsafe commended the commissioner of police and other security agencies for their efforts in the fight against banditry and other security challenges in the state.
Tsafe said the effort was part of the commitments of the Gov. Bello Matawalle’s administration in the fight against banditry.
He congratulated the victims for regaining their freedom and assured government’s readiness to continue supporting security agencies in the state to achieve sustainable peace and stability.
The company, which operates in Africa and the Middle East, has seen another quarter of financial and strategic delivery, supporting expectations for the full year; Figures include positive license upgrades to access new revenue pools; A record period of new earnings with four new financial institutions, bringing the total to 13 so far this year.
It also signed the first credit processing agreement in South Africa; Direct to Merchant (DPO) POS in Africa increased 30% y/y at constant exchange rates.
Network International Holdings Plc, Third Quarter 2022 Business Update Network International has announced a 28% year-on-year revenue increase for the third quarter of 2022.
Network is a leading enabler of digital commerce in the Middle East and Africa, focused on helping businesses and economies prosper by simplifying commerce and payments.
Nandan Mer, CEO, commented: “We continue to take positive steps in executing our strategy, delivering another high-growth quarter with 28% year-over-year revenue growth.
During the period we achieved record levels of new business in the United Arab Emirates and continued our market entry in Saudi Arabia.
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We face the future with enthusiasm knowing that we have multiple growth levers available, backed by the scale, capabilities, people and trusted brand to deliver on our purpose of helping the economies and customers we serve grow and prosper.” .
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Egypt: Network is approved to operate as a payment facilitator and payment service provider through local financial institutions.
It intends to launch direct-to-merchant payment services during the fourth quarter.
(As a reminder, the Network's existing processing activities on behalf of financial institutions do not require a license.) Issuer Solutions Line of Business Review Revenue Driven by New Business Growth and Digital Transactions Strong revenue growth reflects the large number of registered customers in the prior year and continued strength in the number of transactions, which has continued to grow throughout the year until the end.
Both the Middle East and Africa saw year-over-year growth in the number of credentials hosted and transactions processed, with Africa performing particularly strongly.
Signed four new financial institutions, for a total of 13 new gains so far this year Network secured four new financial institution clients during the quarter.
It also expanded its relationship with Access Bank to support the launch of its credit card services in South Africa.
New capabilities include the launch of commercial payment services New business in commercial payments: Network has begun to launch commercial card processing services with a string of wins in the space.
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Merchant Solutions Business Line Review Merchant Solutions Africa Revenue Boost Africa (DPO Group): DPO posted TPV increase of 14% year-on-year or 30% at constant FX1, while revenue grew 16% YoY or 29% in constant FX1.Trader signings have reached new record levels, supported by SME gains New hires in Q3 reached record levels, above rates seen in the first half of the year, without losses significant number of clients.
The pace of SME signatures accelerated over the period, supported by the recent launch of 'DPO Pay' services in the United Arab Emirates and touch-on-phone signatures, which allow a merchant to make payments through an application on your own mobile phone.
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Long-standing expanded data analytics partnership – with one of the region's leading retail and commercial facility operators.
New DPO capabilities extend business reach Customer earnings in DPO remain healthy with the group securing several key merchants in the period, including Radisson Blue, Homemark, KFC Ghana and Zamtel.
DPO has integrated payment capabilities with Odoo, a widely used eCommerce software, simplifying the process for retailers to choose DPO as their payment provider.
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Launching direct-to-merchant payment services in Egypt before the end of the year Network will soon launch direct-to-merchant services in Egypt following approval of the relevant licenses by the Central Bank. As a reminder, Network is already a large-scale provider of processing services to financial institutions in the country.
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The growing acquirer processing business through partnerships in Africa Network has expanded its partnership with Tymebank to support the growth of the bank's payment acceptance capabilities in South Africa through the implementation of telephone payments; enabling their SME merchant customers to accept payments using an app on their own mobile device.
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The Police Command Kaduna State, said it had invited five persons to assist them in their investigation over the locking up of a 67 years old man for 20 yeers in Kaduna.
The Command Public Relations Officers, DSP Mohammed Jalige, stated this at the scene of the alleged offence on Wednesday.
The rescued man, Mr Ibrahim Ado, was allegedly locked up in a room in Taiwo road in Kaduna North Local government Area on Wednesday.
Jalige told newsmen that the incident was reported to the Police community health workers who were on duty in the afternoon at Bayajidda by Ibrahim Taiwo road in Kaduna.
According to him, upon receipt of the information, the Commissioner of Police, Kaduna Command ordered that the Divisional Police Officer in charge of the area should lead operatives to the scene and bring out the man.
He said the Commissioner also ordered that they should find out from the people around the area why the man was kept in a room for so long.
He said that he had been locked up in the room for almost 20 years, where he ate, urinated and did everything without taken care of.
“When we went to the scene, we found the man naked, we gave him clothes to wear and brought him out and took him to hospital for medical evaluation,” he said.
Jalige further said that the Kaduna Comissioner of Police, Yekini Ayoku, also ordered for a full scale investigation to be carried out to unravel the true position and cause of the inhuman treatment to the elderly man.
He noted that investigations had commenced by the DPO Magajin Gari Police Division, and would reveal the outcome.
He said they found about five people in the area who were assisting them in the investigation process.
“We were made to understand that the man had children and a wife who were nowhere to be found, the people we met in the compound and the neighboring houses, we believe will assist us in getting the true position of the whole scenario.
”“We will work together with the medical doctors to obtain their report on the man’s health status, what matters now is to get the man alive and make him comfortable, and we have succeeded in doing that,”Jalige said.
The police foiled an attack by suspected bandits and rescued 18 victims of kidnapping in Gidan Baushe, Gatakawa village in Kankara Local Government Area of Katsina State.
This is contained in a statement on Thursday in Katsina, by SP Gambo Isah, the Command’s spokesperson confirmed.
Isah explained that on Oct. 12, at about 1 a.
m, a distress call was received that suspected bandits in their numbers, on motorcycles, shooting sporadically with AK 47 rifles, attacked the village.
“On receipt of the report, the DPO Kankara Division led tactical units to the area and engaged the hoodlums into a fierce gun duel.
“The team successfully repelled the suspected bandits from their heinous mission and rescued all the kidnapped victims.
“In the course of scanning the scene, five motorcycles and two cows were recovered.
Sadly, two villagers were killed and one was injured by the suspects.
“It is feared that many suspected bandits were neutralized or escaped the scene with gun shots wounds.
Investigation is ongoing.
” Isah added.
The police command in Lagos state has summoned six policemen to its headquarters in Ikeja over an alleged extortion of N100,000 from a member of the public.
The command’s spokesman, SP Benjamin Hundeyin, confirmed this to the News Agency of Nigeria on Friday.
“Six policemen are involved in the matter.
They have been summoned to the headquarters in Ikeja for interrogation.
“The money involved has been collected back for the owner,” he said.
NAN reports that on Thursday, a member of the public, simply identified as Oluwagbadura, on his verified Twitter handle, alleged that some policemen extorted him.
He claimed that that around 2:45 p.
m., some police officers stopped him at Soliki, Aguda, Lagos and conducted the usual search on him.
Oluwagbadura alleged that at about 3:44 p.
m., the officers escorted him to a POS and withdrew N100,000 of his hard earned money.
“After the search and not finding anything on me, they proceeded to seize my phone and company laptop and tagged me a yahoo boy.
“My crime, they said, is that I do not have an ID card as a freelancer.
“They searched my phone.
They called me a criminal for chatting with my friends on WhatsApp. “They threatened to shoot and lock me up!
Next, they took me to their station, just few meters away, then forced me to admit to being a criminal,” he said.
Oluwagbadura further said that he refused to admit committing any crime, stressing that the officers then asked him to write a statement and thereafter, signed papers to bail himself.
“I transferred N100,000 to the POS vendor, and then paid N2,000 for charges (which was screenshot.
He said that there were six officers and one of them threatened to deal with him in cell and nothing would happen.
He said some of them were in mufti, including the one who acted as their lead.
“All of these things happened at the Police divisional headquarters, Soliki Aguda.
I need Justice and my money back, please,” he tweeted.
NAN observed that the complaint was tweeted at about 7.46 p.
m., while many members of the public reacted to the post.
At 10.36 p.
m., Oluwagbadura tweeted again to thank all that helped to broadcast his complaints.
“Update: First, thanks to everyone who contributed a tweet.
I got my money back completely.
“Special thanks to @SavvyRinu, @BenHundeyin (the spokesman for police in Lagos), @segalink and the DPO, who was pretty nice,” he said.