Month: June 2019

‘I’ll kill you and you become another robber,’ F-SARS officer threatens The Nation editor

The South-South Editor of The Nation newspaper, Mr Shola O’Neil, was last Monday brutalised by men of the Federal Special Anti-Robbery Squad (F-SARS) around Okada in Edo state.

O’Neil, who was returning to Warri from Lagos, was in a commercial vehicle, a Toyota Corolla, when the vehicle was stopped after the Okada Junction along the Benin Shagamu Expressway by men of F-SARS.

According to a trend on his twitter account, his only offense was asking his phone should not be tampered with in his absence, a comment that fetched him a heavy blow from an official, who already collected his phones and workstation.

“I was on my way to WARRI from Lagos. Just after Okada junction we met this SARS team from Okada. They operated from a red Mercedes Benz C-Class wagon. Number plate covered with yellow/black cellophane. They stopped the Toyota Corolla I was riding in.

“There’s a student of Afe Babalola University in the front seat. He had a laptop but no purchase receipt.
They asked everybody to disembark and started searching us one after the other. They took my MacBook and phones.
One of them, the youngest, asked me to unlock my phone, I did.

“Before then he asked the young man what he does for a living and he said he is a student of Afe Babalola. He asked him for his ID, got it. Then he went on about how impressed he’s about students because he (SARS guys) is an OND holder. They then took laptop to their Benz.

“I unlocked my phone and gave it to him. After a minute or so he started walking away with d phone. I said ‘Oga are you done with my phone?’ because I wasn’t comfortable with him going through my phone where I can’t see what he’s doing.
This really got him angry.

“He shouted who I was to tell him how to do his job? You see, as I journo I’ve seen and experienced the antics of policemen on the roads. So when he ranted about me teaching him his job, I explained that it was better he did what he was doing where I could see him and answer questions

“He became livid and unleashed multiple slaps on my face. I was dazed, very dazed. ‘Oga what is my crime?’
But his colleagues closed in and joined in the beating. One of them just finished checking the engine of a car and he cleaned his oily palm on my shirt

“One broke a tree branch and unleashed it on my head. I had a saddle bag with me and was using it to fend off the blows. The OND holder removed the safety catch of his rifle and asked for space to fire me because his colleagues were all over me. At that point one gentleman stepped in…

“He said no, ‘you can’t just shoot him; over what?’ At that point my face was swollen and there was blood in my eyes.
The driver of the car (FocusRide) and passengers were begging them not to shoot. Somehow calm was restored. The SARS team leader asked me to get back inside the car and sit down

“They went away with my phones and MacBook along with the youth laptop and phones. While they were deciding my fate, the OND holder who started it all came to the car and told me how lucky I was that it wasn’t dark. He said ‘I for fire you just now and nothing go happen, u go turn another robber’.

“I said nothing but sat waiting for their next move. About 20 minutes later, they called for me to unlock my laptop. I did
They only saw news features that I was working on and other files relating to my job. The drunken team leader then asked me why I didn’t tell them I was a pressman.

“I said first, they neither gave me the chance to explain nor asked for identification. He mumbled his apologies that it was a misunderstanding, went on about how gunmen terrorised the stretch of the road. Then returned my items along with those of other passengers and wished me safe journey,” he narrated.

Source: Whirlwindnews

DPO, others arrested over murder of youth in Rivers

The Divisional Police Officer (DPO), in charge of Mile 3, Nkpolu Police Station in Port Harcourt, Rivers State, Baridon Monsi and nine other police officers have been arrested over the death of 16-year-old Abdullahi Idris.

The South-South, South-East Coordinator of Arewa Consultative Forum (ACF), Alhaji Musa Saidu, who confirmed the incident to our reporter in Port Harcourt said Abdullahi Idris, who had only been in Port Harcourt for two weeks, was a wheel barrow pusher from Tambura in Gezawa Local Government Area of Kano State before his untimely death.

He said the deceased was hired to carry a generator set by someone whose identity could not be ascertained at press time. He said while conveying the generator set, the deceased was accosted by a group of boys who accused him of stealing the generator.

He said the deceased was beaten up mercilessly by the boys before he was arrested and detained on the orders of the DPO in charge of Mile 3 Nkpolu Police Station.

He said all pleas made by the deceased that the generator was not stolen but was being conveyed for a client was rebuffed by the DPO. “We called the DPO and he asked us to come back in the evening. When we got back, we could not see the DPO.

We called his line severally and he did not pick his calls. When we inquired further we were reliably informed that the DPO ordered his men to shoot the boy before the evening appointment he gave to us,” Saidu said.

He said the leaders of Hausa community in Rivers State took the matter to the Commissioner of Police who, he said, went to the station to find out the true situation.

He said before the commissioner could get to the station the deceased has been shot and buried on the orders of the DPO. “The DPO lied to the commissioner that the deceased was shot because he (deceased) and his group wanted to shoot him. The DPO took the commissioner to where the deceased was buried and the commissioner ordered that the body should be exhumed.

“He also directed that both the DPO and other police officers involved in the death of the deceased should be arrested.” He said the DPO and nine other police officers involved in the alleged killing of the deceased are in police detention.

He condemned the killing of the innocent boy and called on the Inspector General of Police to ensure that those responsible for the death of Idris are brought to book.

When contacted Rivers State Police Command spokesman, Nnamdi Omoni, said he was aware of the matter.

He said that investigation is on to unravel the circumstances behind the incident.

Source: Vanguard

Power-drunk IG team’s cops shoot boy dead, dispose of corpse in Rivers

CHUKWUDI AKASIKE writes about the ordeal of the bereaved parents of a 21-year-old man allegedly shot dead at close range by officers of the IGP Monitoring Unit in Rivers State

The grief that beclouded Mrs Ebi Agori, wife of a retired naval officer, when she lost her son terribly escalated when she learnt that the officers of the IGP Monitoring Unit, who allegedly shot dead her son, told her that they had disposed of the body of the 21-year-old Daniel.

Ebi, an evangelist, who was traumatised by the development, alleged that her son was killed on the order of the Head, Inspector-General of Police Monitoring Unit in Rivers State, Justin Adaka.

The 47-year-old woman, who was inconsolable, said she had yet to understand why policemen would kill her son for no reason.

Late Daniel

“Why will the police kill my son before accusing him of kidnapping, rape and armed robbery? Is it right for an innocent person to be killed before investigation begins? My son is not a kidnapper; my son did not rape or rob anybody. Daniel is innocent,” she stated amidst persistent crying.

Her husband, Princewill Agori, who narrated how his son was allegedly murdered by the police, said he travelled for a burial in Bayelsa State when he got a call that one of his sons had been shot dead by the police. He added that he had to rush back to Rivers and began to search for the police station where the incident happened.

Agori, a retired naval officer, said, “When I got to the IGP Monitoring Unit, I felt very humiliated. After they killed my son, I went on my knees to beg them when they threatened to kill my 16-year-old son, David, who was still in their custody. When I told them I was a retired naval officer, the policemen at the station asked me if their station was a navy barracks.”

It was learnt that the incident, leading to the demise of Agori’s son, began on May 11, 2019 after a quarrel among his children over who was to prepare the fish that was brought home by their mother. The argument, it was gathered, became heated until one of them, 30-year-old Blessing, allegedly called her boyfriend, Victor Nelson, identified as a personnel of the IGP Monitoring team.

It was gathered that the two vans, loaded with policemen from the unit in Aluu, stormed the house, shot sporadically into the air, destroying some of the window panes before taking Ebi, Daniel, David and two other persons away.

Ebi maintained that nothing incriminating was found in the house, even as Daniel was handcuffed, while they were taken to the police station.

Ebi being consoled by a relative

The distressed mother also accused the policemen of opening her legs and inserting the nozzle of a gun in and out of her private part, a development she said made her to bleed profusely. She said the bleeding continued, even while they were at the police station. According to her, her tormentors, unsatisfied with the torture she was passing through in their hands, still shot Daniel dead.

Asked where the corpse of the late Daniel was, the father, Agori said that was the same question he asked the policemen.

He said, “We have yet to see Daniel’s corpse. They told me they had disposed of my son’s body and that I should forget about his corpse.” The statement from Agori hit Ebi who attempted to run across the tarred Moscow road before relatives held her.

Speaking on the earlier position of the Rivers State Police Command that he (Agori) told the Commander of the IGP Monitoring Unit that Daniel was a kidnapper and always brought guns home, the father of six described the allegations as blatant lies.

He said, “Allegations against me and my family are blatant lies. Like I earlier said, I was in Bayelsa State for a burial when they arrested my family. I am not a ghost. At what point did I meet the police to tell them that my son was bringing arms home?

“I have since established a case at the Rumuokoro Police Station. I did that when Nelson began to threaten me. It took the intervention of my lawyers to stop him from doing that. Also, the IGP Monitoring Unit Commander threatened to wipe out my family. He asked me in the presence of my lawyer if we didn’t hear that they once wiped out a family.”

Also, Princewill’s lawyer, Ndubuisi Wuwa, accused Adaka of boasting that he was not answerable to anybody but only the Inspector-General of Police, Adamu Mohammed, when he came to the office of the state Police Public Relations Officer, Nnamdi Omoni.

Wuwa explained that on that day, he went to meet the police spokesperson along with another lawyer, Amadi Omereje, when Adaka came in. “Omereje asked him the power he had to kill anyone without investigation,” Wuwa added.

The lawyer, who said they were still in the process of gathering relevant documents that would help them in prosecuting the matter, expressed confidence in getting justice through legal means on the matter. He also called on the Presidency, National Assembly and the Nigerian Bar Association to urgently intervene in the matter.

Besides, Agori’s second daughter, Deborah, told our correspondent on the telephone that her sister, Blessing, who called in the polic over a minor family issue, had refused to show any remorse.

Deborah stated, “She has not come home since then; she is still with her police boyfriend. She is not even feeling any remorse. She once called and threatened to deal with me after accusing me of telling people that she killed our younger brother. I am angry and I want justice.”

When Blessing was called to get her reaction on the matter, she listened to what our correspondent had to say and later cut the call. Several efforts to speak with her proved abortive as she refused to return further calls to her mobile.

Speaking on the claim that the late Daniel’s father told Adaka that Daniel was always bringing arms home, Omoni said he only presented what Adaka told him to our correspondent.

Omoni, however, added that since Agoro had petitioned the state Commissioner of Police, Usman Belel, he would not be able to make further comment on the matter.

He said, “That is what the IGP commander told me; and that the father of the boy, in the presence of the mother, said the boy was a bad boy, who was always coming home with different kind of arms. That matter is receiving attention at the highest level in the command.”

Earlier, the state police spokesman said about the incident, “I am aware of it; and that matter is before the Commissioner of Police. They (Mrs. Agori and family) were at the command. I called the IGP Unit commander and he told me that the boy that was killed was an armed robber and a kidnapper, who admitted that he had been involved in several kidnapping cases.”

But a human rights activist and founder of the Institute of Human Rights and Humanitarian Law, Anyakwee Nsirimovu, decried the action of the IGP Monitoring Team, describing it as barbaric, unconstitutional and unacceptable. He urged well-meaning Nigerians to ensure that the Agoris got justice for their son’s death.

Nsirimovu said, “The action of the police is contrary to the constitutional provisions. It is the responsibility of the police to protect lives. Appropriate action must be taken against the IGP Monitoring Team and there should be a petition to the Inspector-General of Police and the National Human Rights Commission.”


Police arrest man for slapping nurse on duty

A yet-to-be-identified man was arrested by the police on Saturday for slapping a nurse identified as Angela at Okwe General Hospital, Asaba, Delta State.

The man claimed that the nurse abandoned their loved one who was on emergency when policemen from B’ Division Station stormed the hospital premises.

He told the police that when he arrived in the hospital, there was nobody to attend to his relative.

He said, “There was no doctor around and card collection was also difficult. The nurse was delaying to attend to us and the person we brought to the hospital died. I was unable to control my anger and I slapped the nurse.”

The man also told the police that the deceased was his relative and they both worked at Toll Gate Park, Bridge Head, Asaba.

On her part, the nurse said, “As I came into the hospital in the morning, I saw a man lying down vomiting and foaming. I told them to bring the man in and his condition was critical. In fact, he was brought in almost dead.

“I quickly ran to the pharmacy to get infusion. I didn’t even ask them to pay first, breaking the protocol to attend to the man. As I came back to where I went to bring infusion, they started hitting and slapping me.

They threatened to kill me and my child. Now, the man has been arrested and he will produce the women that dragged my hair and clothes.”

It was observed that no doctor was around to attend to patients when the incident occurred. But as the police drove away the deceased’s family members to their station in a van, a doctor identified as Okon arrived in the hospital.

Okon, who examined the situation in the hospital, said to the waiting patients, “No doctor around? Are you all waiting for doctors? I will soon leave.”


32-year-old arraigned for allegedly sodomising teenager in Katsina

A 32-year-old member of a vigilante group in Katsina, Abubakar Ma’azu, has been arraigned before a Katsina State Senior Magistrates’ Court for criminal intimidation and allegedly sodomising a 15-year-old boy.

His arrest and subsequent arraignment followed his alleged confession that he had unlawful carnal knowledge of the victim.

Ma’azu also allegedly confessed to have threatened the victim that he “would cut him with a cutlass” if he told anyone what transpired between them.

The victim’s elder brother, Mustapha Usman of the Kwado Quarter, Katsina, reported the incident at the GRA Police Station, Katsina, on May 26, 2019, a day after Ma’azu allegedly committed the offence.

Ma’azu of the Kofar Durbi Quarter, Katsina, who is also known as Coach, reportedly lured the victim from Nagogo Road around 8.30pm on May 25, 2019, after which he took him to the vigilante office located at the Kofar Kaora Quarter, where he allegedly sodomised him.

According to the police, Ma’azu confessed to committing the crime during interrogation.

The police prosecutor, Sergeant Lawal Bello, said the offences were contrary to the provisions of sections 284 and 396 of the Penal Code Law.

He told the court that investigation into the crime was still in progress and asked for more time to enable the police to conclude the investigation.

The presiding magistrate, Hajiya Fadile Dikko, granted the police request and ordered that the accused person be remanded in prison custody till July 16, 2019, when his case would come up for mention.


50-year-old remanded for alleged threat to life

An Ile-Ife Magistrates’ Court in Osun State, on Thursday, remanded a 50-year-old man, Adebolu Oluwanifemi, in prison custody for alleged threat to life and breach of peace.

The magistrate, Mr Olukunle Owolawi, who refused the defendant bail, ordered his remand in the Ile-Ife Prison and adjourned the case till June 13 for further hearing.

Earlier, the prosecutor, Inspector Abdullahi Emmanuel, had told the court that the defendant committed the offences on June 3 around 3pm at the Ooni of Ife’s palace in Ile-Ife.

Emmanuel said the defendant conspired with others now at large to commit felony to wit; breach of public peace.

He said the defendant conducted himself in a manner that could lead to breach of peace by causing panic among the residents of Toro village via Ile-Ife.

Emmanuel said the defendant threatened the life of the appointed Baale of Toro and the entire villagers, and made the place ungovernable.

The prosecutor said the offences contravened sections 86, 249 (d) and 516 of the Criminal Code, Laws of Osun, 2002.

The News Agency of Nigeria reported that the defendant pleaded not guilty to the three counts of conspiracy, breach of peace and threat to life.


The Legal Implication of the Arrest, Prosecution and ‘Conviction’ of Persons Allegedly Engaging in Prostitution in Nigeria

The media – Social media inclusive – has lately been awash with news of incidents of clampdown, harassment, arrest, “rape”, prosecution and ‘conviction’ of hundreds of women alleged to be prostitutes across the country. Between the nights of Wednesday, the 24th day of April, 2019 and Friday, the 26th day of April, 2019, officers of the Nigerian Police ransacked the entire streets, pubs and entertainment houses in the Capital Territory; arresting about “Sixty-five women…” in the FCT alone who, according to the FCT Police spokesman, Gajere Danjuma Tanimu, “were hanging around night clubs”.

Sahara Reporters published statements from some of the women arrested during the incident in the FCT. In the words of one of the girls, “they picked us from Banex; when they picked us from Banex, they took us to Utako, but the police station was empty; there was no policeman inside, so they told us to pull off. When we pulled off, they started… some of us they used condoms, some of us they didn’t use.”

One other lady who alleged she was raped by policemen when she could not pay the money they demanded in exchange for her release narrated:

“I was held down by three policemen while one of them raped me; he didn’t wear a condom. We were three in all that were raped by the same policemen. The three of us were all brought out of the van and raped by the policemen because we had no money to give them. We were raped behind the National War College. The other girls were also raped by two others; one of them used a pure water sachet as condom but the other one did not.”

Further news reports alleged that some of the ladies arrested were “convicted” by an Abuja Mobile Court “for alleged prostitution”.

On the FCT incident, Paul C Nwabuikwu wrote:

“No effort was made to determine the identity of those accused of soliciting. On the streets, in gardens, in “joints”, in nightclubs and lounges, these women and girls were accosted and whisked away, protesting their innocence. I read the heartrending story of a distraught couple who kept screaming “We are married! See our rings!” as the woman was being dragged away. Mercifully, the man refused to let go of his spouse and the “law enforcers” eventually left them, bruised but relieved, to search for more “prostitutes” to throw into their buses.”

In another operation, the State Security Service, which goes by the alias ‘Department of State Security’ (DSS), on Saturday, the 4th of May, 2019, through the Director of its Cross-River State Command, disclosed the Agency’s clampdown and arrest of Fifty-nine commercial sex workers in Calabar in the wee hours of that day.

Considering the nature of the statutory duties of the DSS, one would think the Agency was merely having a spare time relishing on the ease that comes with menial duties – as against its obviously tough job – in the absence of, or having exhaustively dispensed with all national security issues for which it was commissioned. It is however surprising that amidst serious national security challenges – killing of thousands of Nigerian citizens and the displacement of communities, the priority of the Nigerian Police and the DSS is enforcing against prostitution.

Section 2(3) of the National Security Agencies Act, 1986 (which is the principal Act that established the DSS) clearly states the responsibility of the SSS; to wit, prevention and detection within Nigeria of any crime against the internal security of Nigeria; the protection and preservation of all non-military classified matters concerning the internal security of Nigeria; and such other responsibilities affecting internal security within Nigeria as the National Assembly or the President, as the case may be, may deem necessary. It is obvious that by the provisions of the Statute, the duty of the DSS is restricted to issues of national security.

On the part of the Police, Section 4 of the Police Act, CAP P19 LFN, 2010, saddles the Force with general duties of “…prevention and detection of crime, the apprehension of offenders, the preservation of law and order, the protection of life and property and the due enforcement of all laws and regulations with which they are directly charged…”, including the performance of “such military duties within or outside Nigeria as may be required of them …”

Thus, assuming, but not conceding that the several women arrested, detained and prosecuted by the Police and the DSS were indeed prostitutes – We believe they are not –, the questions that would therefore arise are: What is the legal implication of the arrest, prosecution and ‘conviction’ of persons for alleged engagement in prostitution? Is prostitution a punishable offence under the Nigerian law?

Section 36 (12) of the Constitution FRN 1999 (as amended) provides that “…a person shall not be convicted of a criminal offence unless that offence is defined and the penalty therefore is prescribed in a written law, and in this subsection, a written law refers to an Act of the National Assembly or a Law of a State, any subsidiary legislation or instrument under the provisions of a law”.
Subsection (8) of the same Section directs that “No person shall be held to be guilty of a criminal offence on account of any act or omission that did not, at the time it took place, constitute such an
offence, and no penalty shall be imposed for any criminal offence heavier than the penalty in force at the time the offence was committed”.

In the whole of Nigeria, there is no written law which forbids or penalizes prostitution. Prostitution is merely an issue of morals, and no matter how much any culture, religion or morals may forbid or frowned at it, it can never wear the face of law. To the religious, prostitution may be sin; to the traditionalist, it may be a taboo or an abomination; and to the morally upright it may be serious depravity; none of these attributes can by any means, otherwise make it an offence. This is because, crime is not created by morals or religious beliefs. And just as night is different from day, law is different from morals; and must at all times be eschewed from morality.

Undoubtedly, the Christian religion, as well as the Islamic religion – which are the prevalent religions in Nigeria – forbid sexual immorality, debauchery and profligacy of all sorts. However, Nigeria is a circular State guided by statute and not religious injunctions. Section 10 of the Constitution FRN 1999 (as amended) guarantees against the adoption of any religion as State Religion, either by the Government of the Federation or of a State.

Over the years, Islamic scholars have evolved core religious injunctions enshrined in the Quran and Hadith into codes known as the Sharia law.6 In Northern Nigeria where Islam is prevalent, Sharia law has been in operation for many years; and until 2000, its scope was limited to personal status and civil law.

From the year 2000 till date however, twelve States have added criminal law to the jurisdiction of the Sharia Courts amidst controversies and serious human rights concerns.

It is imperative to underscore that by the Sharia Court Laws of the Northern States, the Sharia Judicial System confers original jurisdiction in all civil and criminal matters in Sharia Courts. Thus, the Court would have jurisdiction to hear and determine civil matters and Causes where all the parties are Muslims.

In civil cases, where one of the parties is a non-Muslim, no jurisdiction is to be exercised unless he gives a written consent.10 In criminal cases however, the jurisdiction of the Court is limited to only Muslims in the circumstance the accused persons are jointly Muslims and non-Muslims.

The present author opines, therefore, that having regard to the fact that the Sharia law – which is binding only on non-Muslims – is the only ‘penal law’ that forbids and penalizes prostitution in Nigeria, it follows that non-Muslims Nigerians cannot be liable for the ‘offence of prostitution’.

The corollary is that no non-Muslim Nigerian citizen can be lawfully arrested, prosecuted and convicted for the offence of prostitution. To do so would amount to a brazen disobedience and affront on the Constitution, from which all authorities and persons – including all Government – draw their existence, authority and validity.

The Constitution which forbids the adoption of State religion by any Government is the grundnorm and mother of all laws in our legal system. It is the fon et origo upon which the Nigerian government, the legal system itself, all bodies and persons draw their authority. Ipso facto, the Constitution is supreme and its provisions have binding force on all authorities and persons throughout the Federal Republic of Nigeria.

Where any other law is inconsistent with the provisions of the Constitution, the Constitution shall prevail, and such other law shall, to the extent of the inconsistency, be void.

It is noteworthy also that the provisions of Section 36 (12) of the Constitution which forbids the conviction of a person of any criminal offence not defined with the penalty prescribed by a written law made by the National Assembly or State House of Assembly, comes as part of the fundamental human rights guaranteed all Nigerian citizens in the Constitution.

On the overall, since prostitution is not prescribed as an offence under any written law against non-Muslims in Nigeria, any indiscriminate arrest, prosecution and purported conviction of persons would not only be illegal and unlawful; it would also amount to a nullity. One therefore wonders under what law the alleged Abuja prostitutes were arraigned, prosecuted and sentenced to jail term of one Month before the purported ‘Abuja Mobile Court’. It is hoped that future opportunities would arise when superior Courts of record may finally pronounce on the legality or otherwise of such arrest, prosecution and conviction.

Two feared dead as Adamawa youths clash with soldiers

Two persons were feared dead, while six others sustained injuries following clashes between youths and soldiers in Gurin in the Fufore Local Government Area of Adamawa State on Thursday.

The Brigade Commander, 23 Brigade Yola, Brig. Gen. G. S. Mohammed, confirmed the clash to Northern City News on Thursday.

He, however, did not confirm the fatalities.

It was, however, gathered that two persons were shot dead by the soldiers, while six others sustained gunshot injuries.

A resident of Gurin, Adamu Komboje, told our correspondent that over 2,000 youths took to the streets to protest alleged military harassment and selective enforcement of the ban on the use of motorcycles.

According to him, the villagers were angered by a situation where their impounded motorcycles were being used by the soldiers and their errand boys.

He said, “Actually, the frustration has been building, but yesterday (Wednesday), the soldiers tried to seize a particular young man’s motorcycle and he resisted.

“This is because they (soldiers) will impound your motorcycle only for you to later see them or their errand boys riding it.

“If you say there’s a ban on the use of motorcycles, then our understanding is that no one, not even the soldiers, should be riding motorcycles.

“This morning the soldiers stormed the motor park area, beat up people randomly. One Sani Sakatare was beaten to a state of stupor; I believe this was what triggered the protest.

“It was not too long when we heard that two people were shot dead in the ensuing violence, but as of now, there’s security reinforcement in Gurin and everywhere is calm.”

The brigade commander, however, denied this account.

Mohammed said, “The ban on the use of motorcycles in the state is in force and we have been making concerted efforts to enforce it. But in some of the communities, youths always resist arrest whenever they default and flaunt it.

“In fact, recently in Ganye, there was a violent action by the youth, who defaulted and were resisting arrest by mobilising against the troops and even the police.

“This incident that just happened; the youth threw stones and even broke a military vehicle; they were very violent.”

He noted that some of the unruly youths attempted to disarm some of his men, who reacted in self-defence in accordance with the rules of engagement.

The Permanent Secretary of the state Ministry of Information, Polycap Ayuba, while reacting to the development, said Governor Ahmadu Fintiri was concerned about the hardship caused by the ban and was reviewing the security situation in the state before taking a decision.