The Police Command in Nasarawa State has vowed that it will fish out the killers of Mr Amos Obere, the District Head of Odu Village in Nasarawa Local Government Area.
Obere was murdered by unknown gunmen on Friday.
Nansel Ramhan, the Police Public Relations Officer in the state, made the vow while speaking with the News Agency of Nigeria on Sunday in Lafia.
According to him, the command will not rest on its oars until the killers were identified, arrested and prosecuted.
He said investigation to unravel the circumstances and those behind the attack had since commenced.
Ramhan also urged members of the public to supply the police with useful information that would aid the arrest of the perpetrators of the crime.
The police spokesperson said that the force received information about the attack on Friday at about 10pm.
“Upon the receipt of the information, a detachment of police personnel comprising Special Anti Robbery Squad, Police Mobile Force, personnel of Operation Puff Adder and Vigilante led by the Divisional Police Officer (DPO) raced to the scene and discovered that the victim was shot.
“He was rushed to the hospital but died while receiving treatment at the General Hospital, Mararaba Udege,” he said.
Obere, until his demise, was the district head of Odu Village in Udege Development Area of Nasarawa Local Government. .
Edited By: Chioma Ugboma/Mufutau Ojo) (NAN)
The Civil Liberties Organisation (CLO) has decried the increasing rate of child maltreatment, abuse and sexual harassment, especially in this period of school closure due to COVID-19 lockdown.
The Chairman of organisation in Anambra, Mr Vincent Ezekwueme, raised the concern in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria, in Enugu on Saturday.
Ezekwueme spoke on the sidelines of a nine-year-old girl (names withheld), who was brutalised and maltreated beyond recognition by her uncle, Mr Hilary Apeh, residing within 3-3 axis near Onitsha in Anambra.
The CLO chairman appealed to parents to properly train and take care of their children.
“Parents should resist the temptation of sending their children as house helps to heartless people, not even to a close relatives.
“Government should put stringent measures to curtail hawking by girls in order to eradicate incessant sexual harassment, rape of minors and paedophile in country,’’ he advised.
On the plight of the little girl, Ezekwueme criticised the callousness displayed by the uncle towards the harmless and innocent girl.
He described Apeh’s act as the barbaric, inhuman and worst form of wickedness and irresponsibility.
“I commend the Anglican Bishop of Nnewi Diocese, Rt. Rev. Godwin Okpala, who promised to adopt the child, train her up to university level and pay her hospital bill as well as assure her of proper upkeep.
“Worthy of appreciation is the Divisional Police Officer (DPO) of the 3-3 axis, CSP Bawa Sale, for ensuring the arrest, detention and prosecution of Apeh and for properly taking care of the victim.
“I thank human rights groups, other organisations and public spirited individuals who have shown care and concern toward the plight and predicament of the child.
“God will abundantly bless and rewards you all,’’ he prayed.
Edited By: Remi Koleoso/Abdulfatah Babatunde (NAN)
A 40-year-old man, Lanre Kazeem, allegedly committed suicide at the early hours of Sunday by hanging himself in his house at Eyin Grammer area of Ibadan.
The News Agency of Nigeria gathered that the deceased was living in a rented house, and worked in a private palm kernel company around Soka Ibadan.
The incident took many residents of the area by surprise as they express sadness over the incident.
The Oyo State Police Public Relations Officer,(PPRO),SP Olugbenga Fadeyi, confirmed the incident to NAN Correspondent on Sunday.
Fadeyi said that the deceased hanged himself to death in his house and his corpse had been deposited at Adeoyo state Hospita’s mortuary.
“The Divisional Police Officer (DPO) Sanyo division has visited the area to see what happened.
“Investigation has commenced on the matter to know what actually happened,”Fadeyi said.
Some residents of the area who spoke to NAN said that the deceased hailed from Abeokuta, the Ogun State capital and has no known relatives or friends all through his one year stay in the rented house.
They said that the deceased left no suicide note behind to explain the cause of his action and some of his neighbors claimed that the deceased has been sick for close to two weeks without any medical care.
Also speaking on the incident, the Chairman Eyin Grammar Landlords’ Association, Alhaji Lateef Adegoke said the incident was reported to him this morning and the police had visited taken the corpse to the mortuary.
Edited By: Edith Bolokor (NAN)
The lawmaker representing Oguta Constituency in Imo, Mr Frank Ugboma, has called on his constituents to remain calm over the alleged killing of a community leader in Agwa Community by herdsmen.
The lawmaker made the call in Oguta on Monday when he met with representatives of Miyetti Allah and security agencies in the area.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that herdsmen on Saturday were reported to have allegedly attacked farmers in Agwa community in Oguta LGA, killing a community leader.
Ugboma, at the meeting, expressed sadness over the act and warned against reprisal attacks.
He called for calm in the affected community pending the outcome of investigation.
He demanded for an immediate solution to the crisis to stem future occurrence and called for the prosecution of the culprits, if eventually arrested.
“The Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association of Nigeria (MACBAN) Imo State Chapter was informed about the mayhem unleashed on the people of the community in Oguta by their subordinates,” he said.
Ugboma noted with dismay the activities of some herdsmen which he said did not make for peace in communities.
He commended the swift intervention of the Divisional Police Command in Oguta and other security agencies, and urged them not to relent in apprehending the culprits.
According to the legislator, the quick intervention of the security men averted bloodshed and loss of lives.
Mr Kingsley Iredibia, the Divisional Police Officer (DPO) of Oguta Divisional Police Headquarters, commended the community for not taking laws into their hands.
He promised that the command would do everything humanly possible to ensure peace was restored between the Hausa people and their host communities.
Some community members who spoke at the meeting, frowned at the manner in which the herders allegedly brandished weapons, such as AK47 Riffles, and the destruction of their farmlands.
The Chairman of Miyetti Allah Imo chapter, Alhaji Haruna Yahaya regretted the death of the community leader and appealed to members of the community to forgive the offenders.
“We are here to change the narrative which many people imbibed which seems to have placed cows and crops above human lives in our country today.
“Cows and farm produce could be bought or replaced but not human lives. Lives can never be restored once snuffed out.
‘I am deeply sorry over what transpired between the herdsmen and the Agwa community here in Oguta. That would have been an avoidable mistake if the herders were careful as expected of them.
‘We are sorry and I will communicate the outcome of this meeting to the national body of our group to help in restoring the friendship and peace that had existed between us and this community before now, ” he said.
The meeting had in attendance representatives of the Department of the Security Services, the DPO of Oguta Divisional Police Command, Military and Oguta Village President Generals.
Also in attendance were the vigilant groups, youth leaders, chairman of the Hausa Community in Imo and the civil society groups.
Edited By: Chidi Opara/Maureen Atuonwu (NAN)
Oruk Anam (Akwa Ibom) The police in Akwa Ibom on Monday confirmed the death of two persons in a renewed clash between two rival cult groups in Oruk Anam Local Government Area of the state.
Fredrick said, “I just received a report from the Divisional Police Officer (DPO) in Oruk Anam area that there was a cult related case in the area and two persons have been confirmed dead.’’
He said that some persons had been arrested in connection with the killings.
“I don’t know the number of persons arrested for now but two persons have been confirmed dead,’’ Fredrick said.
He said that the Commissioner of Police in the state had directed the anti-cultism unit of the command to take charge of the area.
“So for now, the police have taken control by patrolling the area to ensure that there is law and order,’’ Fredrick said.
A resident of the area, who did not want to be identified, told newsmen that the incident which occurred on Saturday was between ”Debam and Iceland confraternities”.
The Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO) of the command, DSP Abimbola Oyeyemi, made the disclosure in a statement on Friday in Abeokuta.
According to the PPRO, Adekunle and Olasunkanmi live at 32, Agura Road, Abeojuta, and 4, Ogun Radio Road, Abeokuta respectively.
He said the duo were arrested on Friday, following a report by the girl’s mother, Mrs Bukola Adekunle.
The spokesman said the woman had complained at the Enugada Police Division, Abeokuta, on Thursday that her daughter was missing.
“She stated further that she received a call from someone on Wednesday who claimed to have kidnapped her daughter and demanded N500,000 ransom for her release.
Oyeyemi said further that the Divisional Police Officer (DPO) of Enugada Division, SP Baba Hamzat, quickly led some detectives on investigation to the hideout where the girl and her boyfriend were hibernating and hatching the plot.
He said that the suspects were promptly arrested and taken to the station.
“Preliminary investigations reveal that the boyfriend, a butcher, was the one who brainwashed the girl and lured her into the devilish plan because he needed money to settle some problems.
“Meanwhile, the state Commissioner of Police, Kenneth Ebrimson, has ordered immediate transfer of the case to the State Criminal Investigation and Intelligence Department for further investigations and possible prosecution,” he said.
The other victim, a male civilian, died when a stray bullet hit him.
The armed robbers were said to have invaded the Police Station at about 1 p.m. and opened fire on all officers and men on duty.
The source told NAN that the Police Station was completely destroyed by the armed robbers who also set free all detainees in the detention facility.
The robbers later proceeded to the area’s First Bank Plc branch where they killed one of the Policemen on duty and carted away money.
An eyewitness, Mr Segun Thomas, told NAN that the robbery operation lasted almost one hour.
“The robbers came in two vehicles – a bus and a car – with which they also escaped from the town.
Mr William Aya, spokesman of the Police Command in Kogi, confirmed the robbery incident and the invasion of the Police Station, but added that the casualty figure was “still hazy”.
Aya promised to brief the press “as soon as details are available”.
The Police Command in Kogi has confirmed the killing of two kidnap suspects during a gun duel with some of its operatives .
Aya said that the Divisional Police Officer (DPO) in charge of Idah, CSP Ibrahim Jauro, had on June 2 received distress calls that a gang of armed robbers/kidnappers was blocking the Bishop Road junction, a major spot in Idah town.
He said that members of the gang also believed to be cultists were engaged by a team of policemen promptly dispatched to the scene by the DPO.
He said in the course of the gun duel, the suspects succumbed to the superior fire power of the police by fleeing the spot with bullet wounds.
According to the statement , the policemen complemented by naval and civil defence personnel pursued the robbers and in the process, two bodies were recovered .
“The duo of Onucha and Shuaibu were found dead along Ona road and Old Union Bank junction in Idah,respectively.
He said that one locally made gun with four expended cartridges were recovered from the scene.
Edited By: Abdullahi Yusuf (NAN)
The News Agency of Nigeria recalls that the age-long land dispute between both communities came into focus on May 30, when two indigenes of Ishiagu were allegedly shot by Lokpanta indigenes as both sides abducted hostages.
Umahi, represented by his Deputy, Dr Kelechi Igwe, gave the advice on Tuesday while addressing the Ishiagu people, urging its traditional ruler to prevail on his subjects to cease farming on the disputed land.
“We realise that this is rainy season and people will engage in farm work but of what need will it be to plant and others will reap the proceeds.
“There is no gain to farm and in the process, you get shot and killed while other people still reap from the farm.
“I will call the deputy governor of Abia immediately to prevail on the Lokpanta people to cease further attacks on our people in keeping with the peace pact reached by both parties,” he said.
The governor said that overcoming the temptation of farming on the land would prove to the National Boundary Commission (NBC) that its peace directive reached in 2016 was still being complied with.
“It is true that the Coronavirus pandemic has taken its toll on most part of 2020 but we will still activate the process for the NBC to permanently demarcate the boundary to ensure permanent peace.
“We know that the ownership of the land is not in dispute but continue maintaining your peace as true owners of the land,” he said.
He commended the people for shunning reprisal attacks despite the provocation and assured them that the state government would not watch ‘intruders and strangers’ possess their land.
HRH Moses Ngene, Traditional Ruler of Ishiagu thanked the governor for the visit and assured him that he would continue to restrain his people even though it was difficult.
“When our people were attacked on their way to the farm, we remembered the governor’s injunction that we should not retaliate and we held our youths from doing so.
“We seek a permanent resolution to the issue because we are convinced that the land belongs to us and farming is our means of livelihood,” he said.
SP Dan Nwonu, the Divisional Police Officer (DPO) in charge of Ivo division, said that he called for reinforcements when he received the report of the shooting of two people from Ishiagu on their way to the farm
“I rushed both of them to the hospital where they are currently receiving treatment and when the reinforcement from the police headquarters Abakaliki arrived, we stormed the disputed area.
“I learnt that the Lokpanta people were holding an Ishiagu man hostage and I called the DPO of that area to ensure the safety of the hostage.
“I also ensured the safety of the Lokpanta hostage held by the Ishiagu youths and when my colleague in Abia safely brought and handed the Ishiagu hostage to me, I equally handed the Lokpanta hostage safely to him,” he said.
Chief Onyebuchi Ogbadu, Caretaker Chairman of Ivo LGA, thanked the governor for the visit and called for a lasting solution to the age-long land dispute.
An artisan and resident of Kuje in Abuja, Mr Sati Danshetu, has petitioned the Inspector-General of Police over an alleged shooting and breaching of his fundamental rights by police during lockdown in Abuja.
He alleged that he was shot and abandoned by the police on his way to buy food at a local outlet in Kuje, Abuja, on Sunday, April 5.
Danshetu, in separate petitions to the Attorney General of the Federation and the Executive Secretary, National Human Rights Commission, also called for the arrest and prosecution of the culprits.
In the petition dated April 23 filed on his behalf by Mr David Ajaba, Lead Counsel, Honoris Lex Law Firm, Danshetu demanded for compensation of one billion naira to enable him to seek urgent medical attention.
The petition was titled: “Petition Against Causing Grievous Hurt, Attempted Homicide, Breach of Fundamental Rights and Demand for Compensation”.
It read in part: “our client is an indigene of Kuje Area Council of the Federal Capital Territory and a law abiding citizen of Nigeria.
“On Sunday April 5, our client went out to buy food at a local food outlet, when suddenly the area was overwhelmed by men and officers of the Nigeria Police Force, led by the Divisional Police Officer (DPO) of Kuje Division.
“The police were discharging live ammunitions sporadically and in the process shot and abandoned our client in the pool of his own blood in a manner only typical of a horror movie.”
According to the petition, after protests by aggrieved villagers to the police station, the DPO only dumped Danshetu at the National Hospital without any financial commitment whatsoever.
“He is now under a sentence of death most cruelly passed on him by your men while the whole family relish in trauma of the incident.
“It is our considered view that this savage act violates section 35 of the Police Act and constitutes the offences of causing grievous hurt and attempted culpable homicide contrary to Sections 248 and 230 respectively of the Criminal Code Act.
“Upon this we firmly request that you use your good offices to immediately arrest and prosecute the culprits,” it stated.
It stated that failure or delay to do so spelt doom for many other Nigerians who would as a matter of necessity be driven out of their houses by hunger and the likes during the lockdown.
According to the petition, the act is further a breach of our client’s fundamental rights to dignity of the human person, personal liberty and freedom of movement enshrined in sections 34, 35 and 41 of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, 1999 (as amended).
“We thus demand immediate compensation in the sum of one billion naira to enable our client seek urgent medical attention, which he most critically requires and also to support the miserable life occasioned by this barbaric act,” it stated.
It warned that if the demands were not immediately met, the solicitor would explore all legal avenues to seek redress in line with the instructions of the client.
Edited By: Felix Ajide (NAN)