Police arrest bandits’ girlfriends, informants in Katsina

The Katsina State Police Command on Wednesday paraded four women said to be informants, girlfriends and cooks of bandits in the state.

They are Bilikisu Abubakar, 20; Rasikat Amadi; Sulie Dairu, 45; and Rakiyat Yusuf, 20.

The spokesman for the command, SP Gambo Isah, said the women were arrested during a sting operation, adding that police investigation showed that they always visited Rugu Forest to attend to the needs of the bandits, including sleeping with them.

The women were said to have strong ties with some criminals on the police wanted list.

According to Isah, among the bandits on the list is Roga Kachala, who is said to have over 200 boys working for him.

Others on the list are Gume Basullube, Sumail, Haruna Dum, Auta Kachala, Yauza Mai-Bakarkama, Lawali Adda, Babanyiara and Dogo.

The police spokesman said, “Investigation is still in progress; the suspects will soon appear in court.”

One of the women, Abubakar, confirmed her relationship with one of the bandits, adding that she often followed him for operation.

Also arrested with the women was a middle-aged man, Shuaibu Abubakar, of Zamane village, Birin-Magaji in Zamfara State.

Abubakar was reportedly arrested while driving a Toyota pickup truck with number plate, XQ 120 YEM, loaded with six bags of rice and 25 jerrycans of vegetable oil, through Rugu Forest to Zamfara State.

Isah said the suspect allegedly supplied food to the bandits in the forest.

Meanwhile, members of the Operation Puff Adder deployed in the Dandume Local Government Area of Katsina State have arrested three suspected criminals – Abubakar Adamu, 35; Surajo Isah, 28; and Nasiru Ibrahim, 24.

Two locally-made guns with 10 rounds of 9.6mm live ammunition were allegedly found on them when they were arrested on May 11, 2019, on Dandume/Birnin Gwari Road.

Isah, who confirmed the development on Wednesday, said the three men had made confessional statements to the police.

Source: Punchng.com

How Lagos hotelier’s son, friend drugged, gang-raped me –Victim

A 24-year-old rape victim on Wednesday narrated to a Lagos State Special Offences Court in Ikeja how she was allegedly drugged and gang-raped by the son of a Lagos hotelier, Don-Chima George, and his friend, Olusegun Rasak.

PUNCH Metro had reported that George, the son of the owner of the Dallankester Hotels, and Rasak were arrested by men of the Lagos State Police Command for allegedly drugging and raping the victim in the Lekki Phase 1 area of the state.

The suspects had allegedly laced the victim’s drink with a substance that made her weak and took her to the hotel, where she was repeatedly raped and videotaped.

At the Wednesday proceedings, the victim told the court while being led in evidence by the state Director of Public Prosecutions that she was invited to Kabaal Nightclub, Ikoyi, by George, who was her friend.

She said, “Initially, I did not want to go; I was hesitant. I told Chima, but he insisted I come. He also said his birthday was a few days away and he was to celebrate it. I agreed since that was not the first time we had gone out together as friends; so there was nothing out of the ordinary. He asked me to meet him at the Dallankester Hotel and from there we would move to the club.

“When I got there, Segun was in Chima’s room already and I waited a few minutes for everyone to get ready. We left the hotel to go to the club. We got there and nothing out of the ordinary happened. While at the club, around 4am, I told Chima that I was tired and wanted to go home.

“Chima gave me a glass of Hennessey mixed with Coca-Cola to drink and that was the only drink I had at the club before dropping Chima  off at the hotel.

 “When I went into the reception area, I found a mutual friend of ours called Folusho; he was pretty drunk. Being the person that I am, I decided not to let him stay in the reception area. I helped him and took him to Chima’s room.

“I knocked on the door and I did not hear anyone answer; I opened the door because the door was bad. I got my friend inside the room and put him on the bed. After I got him on the bed, I kept on talking to him to make sure that he was okay.

“While he was lying down, I was watching a movie on my phone and from that moment, I do not recollect anything because I passed out.

 “My next recollection after passing out was being in a state that I wasn’t in ordinarily. I felt drunk; but I knew I was not because I did not drink enough to make me drunk. I felt weak and I could feel hands grabbing me.  I could also hear a voice in the room, which I knew to be Chima’s. I felt Segun on top of me having sex with me.

“I felt Segun’s dreadlocks on my body. I remember trying to push him off as he was touching me. He was touching my breasts and I could feel another pair of hands on my thighs.

“I blacked out and came up again a second time. I could feel somebody fingering me. I knew I heard Chima’s voice but I couldn’t recall what he was saying. I felt myself being penetrated again. I tried my best to say no.

“I believe it was Chima who penetrated me again because I heard him asking if I was awake after all of that; I blacked out again. At that point, I knew both of them had had sex with me.

 “I could feel my private parts sore; I knew that a sexual act had happened. When I woke up, Chima was in the room with me; he was sitting on a chair opposite the bed. He was on his phone.

“I asked him what happened the previous night and he said nothing. I asked the second time and he said nothing happened. I asked him straight if we had sex last night and he said no; I told him that if we didn’t, why then were my pants not on and he kept quiet.

“I was thinking that this was my friend, he would not do that to me. I finally found my underwear under the duvet. I grabbed it, grabbed my wig and car keys and went downstairs.”

The victim, who noted that she informed her trusted friend called Musa and his girlfriend, Seyi, about the alleged incident, said they went to the hotel with a police team to arrest the suspects.

She added that her friends, who reported the alleged crime, were victimised by the families of the defendants.

The presiding judge, Justice Abiola Soladoye, adjourned the case till June 13 for continuation of trial.

Source: Punchng.com

Defection: Akpabio distances self from Saraki, others

Former Senate Minority Leader, Senator Godswill Akpabio has distanced himself from the joint defence conducted for him, the Senate President, Senator Bukola Saraki and others in a suit challenging the propriety of their defection from their last political party.

He made this known in a motion he filed before a Federal High Court, which his lawyer argued on Monday.

Akpabio, who was elected Senator in 2015 on the platform of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) had, in 2018 defected to the All Progressives Congress (APC).

Saraki, House of Representatives Speaker, Yakubu Dogara and others also defected from the APC to the PDP, a development a civil society organisation (CSO), Legal Defence and Assistant Project (LEDAP) challenged.

LEDAP urged the court to declare the defection unlawful and declare the seats of the affected lawmakers vacant on account of their said defection in 2018. In the motion, Akpabio prayed the court for an extension of time to personally file his defence in the suit filed by before decision is taken in the originating summons filed by LEDAP.

Akpabio argued that he was not consulted by the leadership of the National Assembly in deciding on how to defend the suit.

He insisted that his attention was not drawn to the suit by the Clerk of the National Assembly, neither was he personally served with the suit.

Akpabio stated that he did not author the letter of engagement of Senior Advocate of Nigeria, Mahmud Magaji (SAN), who has been representing the 54 lawmakers in the suit.

Akpabio insisted that the suit was not a class action; hence he is at liberty to engage a lawyer of his choice and to personally defend himself.

Plaintiff’s lawyer, Ede Uko objected to Akpabio’s motion and urged the court to discountence his argument.

Uko argued that Akpabio’s intention was merely to arrest judgment in the case, which the court had scheduled for May 17.

He argued that Apkabio was afforded time to enter defence, but that he refused to furnish the court with the facts of the case.

Uko further argued that Akpabio should not be allowed to make a u-turn at the 11th hour to seek leave of court to file any process after the matter has been heard and adjourned for judgment.

Ruling, Justice Okon Abang upheld arguments by Akpabio’s lawyer; Sunday Ameh (SAN) of his lawyer, to the effect that the suit is not a class action hence, the applicant is entitled to be heard before judgment is delivered.

Justice Abang was of the view that it would not be proper to shut the applicant out of the case, when he was not aware of the pendency of the case, adding that it is mandatory to hear all parties before a decision is taken.

He said: “Serving of originating process on a person cannot be presumed, it cannot be waived”, he said, “He must be heard, it is his fundamental right”.

Justice Abang rejected the plaintiff’s contention that Akpabio’s motion was an abuse of court process which is aimed at arresting judgment slated for May 17.

He granted Akpabio leave to conduct his separate defence and adjourned till May 14 for parties to adopt their processes.

The judge hinted that, despite the leave granted Akpabio, he may still deliver judgment in the case on May 17.

Court Orders Immediate Release of Driver Remanded For 6 Years Without Trial

A Federal High Court, sitting in Ikoyi-Lagos, on Monday, ordered the immediate release of a driver, Jones Ofori, also known as James Ofori, who has been in prison custody since 2013 without trial.

The court also ordered the Inspector-General of Police (IGP) to pay the driver the sum of N10 million, as damages for his unlawful arrest and illegal detention.

Justice Sule Hassan, who presided over the court, made the release order, while delivering judgement in an enforcement of fundamental rights suit filed by the driver through his lawyer, Adewale A. Fadipe.

Joiner as respondents in the suit are: the Federal Government of Nigeria, Attorney-General of the Federation (AGF), the Inspector-General of Police (IGP) and the Deputy-Controller of Prison (DCP).

Ofori, in the suit marked FHC/L/CS/887/18, has asked the court for a declaration that his arrest and detention for two weeks and a week at Ajiwe Police Station and Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) Ikeja respectively, is illegal and constitutes an infringement of his fundamental rights to personal liberty as guaranteed by the constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria. And a declaration that his continued imprisonment without trial constitutes an infringement of his freedom to personal liberty as guaranteed by the Nigeria’s constitution.

Ofori also asked the court for an order for his immediate release from the prison custody. And a court order that be should be produce before the court.

He further asked the court to award the sum of N50 million in his favour, for his unlawful arrest, detention and continued detention.

Ofori in an affidavit deposed to by Oguntuwase Olatunde, a lawyer in the Law firm of Wale Fadipe and Co., averred that sometimes in the year 2013, he was employed by on Mr. Ikechukwu to be driving a car for commercial purpose and he was delivering the sum of N350, 000.00, on daily basis.

He states that on November 14, 2013, at about 9p.m, after closing of the day, he parked the car at a general car park around his house in Ajah, Lagos and on November 14, at about 6 a.m, on getting to where the car was parked in order to clean it and get ready for the day’s work, he discovered that the car was missing.

The deponent stated that upon discovered that the car was missing, he put a call to the said Mr. Ikechukwy, whom they both went to the Ajiwe Police Station and on getting to the Police Station, the he was asked of some questions by the police officers on duty, while the Investigative Police Officer (IPO) told him that he have to be detained while the investigation is ongoing.

He also stated that after being detained for two weeks in Ajiwe Police Station, Ajah, he was transfered to SARS Ikeja, where he was detained for another one week before he was arraigned before Magistrate Court 17, Ikeja, on December 2013, on charges of armed robbery which he knew nothing about. And that he has since be remanded in prison custody without any further trial.

He therefore urged the court to grant all the reliefs sought.

The respondents, though, filed counter to the applicant’s application but it was not serve on the applicant.

Delivering judgement in the suit today, Justice Hassan, said he noted that the respondents filed counter to the suit but there is no prove of service of the counter on the applicant in the court file. And that the respondents never appear before the court to argue the counter.

The judge said with the development, he is therefore constrained to grant the reliefs sought by the applicant.

Consequently, Justice Hassan while declaring the arrest and detention of applicant as Illegal and unlawful, ordered the Deputy-Controller of Prisons, to immediate release of the applicant (Jones Ofori) from detention.

The judge also awarded the cost of N10 million damages against the third respondent, the Inspector-General of Police (IGP), for the unlawful arrest and detention of the driver.

Ag. IGP sets up Judges Protection Units

The Acting Inspector-General of Police, Mr Solomon Arase, has directed Command Commissioners of Police to immediately establish “Judges Protection Units’’ (JPU) for the protection of Judges and Courts in their respective areas of jurisdiction.

The Force Public Relations Officer, Mr Emmanuel Ojukwu, announced this on Thursday in Abuja. He said the units would ensure that the judiciary had adequate security to carry out their duties.

It also said that the I-G had directed the commissioners to assign Assistant Commissioners of Police in charge of Training and Development to conduct training and orientation for personnel designated for the JPUs.

The statement emphasised that personnel for the assignment must exhibit high sense of professionalism, courage, integrity, discipline and respect for human rights.

Ojukwu said Arase has also directed the reduction in the number of police aides attached to Civil Commissioners nationwide.

Arase, during his maiden meeting with command commissioners of police and other senior officers on April 29, promised to take measures to protect judges.

We’re committed to respect for human rights – IGP

The Acting Inspector-General of Police, Muhammed Adamu, has restated the commitment of the police hierarchy to the training and retraining of officers and men across the country to respect human rights of the citizens.

Adamu stated this on Monday in Benin, Edo state, while declaring a three-day training programme on human rights, for special anti robbery squad officers in the state.

Adamu who was represented at the event by the Police Commissioner in charge of Training and Development, Abiodun Odube, said that the training was meant to “improve professionalism of officers, who would take the training down to their subordinates and rank-and-file.”

He added that the training is “part of a holistic reform to get personnel of police well-equipped to discharge their duties and win the trust of Nigerians.”

In his speech, the State Commissioner of Police, Mr. DanMallam Muhammed, noted that the intensive training would reposition the participants for efficiency and good relations with members of the public.

Earlier, the Executive Director of Prisoners’ Rehabilitation and Welfare Action (PRAWA), Dr. Uju Agomoh, noted that it was not enough to call for banning of police units; but there was a need to train, retrain and support these units to get the best.

Project Manager of Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit, GIZ, (German society for international cooperation), Hartmut Zander, said that GIZ had been sponsoring reforms and trainings in the Nigeria Police through its Police Programme Africa, which has been running for over three years.

Zander said that GIZ aims at ensuring a holistic reform in the way police jobs are carried out and to promote international best practices in policing within Nigeria and Africa at large.

Jethro Ibileke/Benin

Nigeria: I6th Birthday – Hundreds March for Leah Sharibu in UK, U.S.

Lagos — Hundreds of people will today storm Nigeria’s Mission House in the United Kingdom and United States of America for prayer vigils as part of a global concern for the 16th birthday anniversary of Leah Sharibu, one of 110 girls abducted from their school in Dapchi by Boko Haram.

After spending 449 days in captivity, the girl would be marking her 16th birthday today.

There would be activities in Abuja, Jos, Lagos, Yola and Port Harcourt in addition to other events by Panam Music World, John Praise Foundation for Human Development and Prof. Mercy Ade-Davies International Foundation.

A statement by the UK group said: “Please join us to pray and protest from 1-1:30pm, the address is: 9 Northumberland Ave, Westminster, London WC2N 5BX. You can still speak up for Leah now.”

There would also be an event at the US Senate building on Capitol Hill today in Washington.

In a related development, pupils of primary schools in Jos had a peaceful march and the same time, prayed for her safe return.

The pupils drawn from different schools called on the Federal Government to secure schools so that innocent children are not made to suffer for things they know nothing about.

Speaking at the mini rally, the President of Leah Foundation, Dr. Gloria Samdi-Puldu appealed to the Federal Government to honour its promises of freeing Leah from captivity.

Nigeria: Over 90,000 Nigerian Refugees in Cameroon

Officials from the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), and those from Adamawa and Borno states on Monday said about 90,000 Nigerian refugees in Cameroon “are safe” and will soon return.

The officials brainstormed on Monday over plans to repatriate the refugees.

The refugees, mostly from Borno, were displaced by the unending Boko Haram insurgency.

At the meeting in Yola on Monday, the Adamawa State Commissioner of Information and Strategy, Ahmad Sajoh, said plans for their evacuation had reached an advanced stage.

“Necessary arrangements have been made by the Adamawa State Government to receive the refugees, who would pass through Adamawa transit camp from Minawawo camp in Cameroon.

“About 4,000 of the refugees are from Adamawa, and already agreement had been reached with some communities here in Adamawa to host about 1,500 refugees from Borno, who have indicated that they would want to remain in Adamawa,” he said.

The commissioner, who did not give the date for the commencement of the evacuation, said the refugees would be airlifted by the Nigerian Air Force.

Also speaking, the Borno delegation team leader, Kullima Kachalla, commended the government and people of Adamawa, “for the hospitality to the displaced persons from Borno since the insurgency started.

“Borno government is committed to ensuring the success of the evacuation exercise,” Mr Kachalla said.

In her remarks, at the meeting, head of UNHCR sub-office in Marwa, Cameroon, Mylene Ahounou, said: “the commission is waiting for final authorisation from the central government of Cameroon to embark on the exercise.

“We urge the Nigerian Government to also reach out to Cameroon to facilitate action.”

A representative of the refugees, Ashigar Mohammed, said “We are eager to return home.” He thanked Nigeria, Cameroon and UNHCR for coming to their aid.

The UNHCR is a United Nations programme with the mandate to protect refugees, forcibly displaced communities and stateless people, and assist in their voluntary repatriation, local integration or resettlement to a third country.

The Boko Haram insurgency in Northern Nigeria has led to about 100,000 deaths since 2009, according to the Borno State Government. The terror group, which has been largely decimated since 2015, seeks to impose strict Islamic law in Northern Nigeria.

By Ibrahim Abdulaziz