We’ll probe FSARS killing of PDP agent in Rivers, says Wike

The RIVERS State Governor, Nyesom Wike, said on Saturday that the state government would inaugurate a panel to ensure that the Federal Special Anti-Robbery Squad personnel, who killed Dr. Ferry Gberegbe, a PDP agent in Khana Local Government Area of the state, was brought to justice.

This is as the governor  announced N200m scholarship for the four children of the deceased, directing Gberegbe’s widow to open bank accounts for each of the four children.

The governor spoke on Saturday in Port Harcourt when he led leaders in the state on a condolence visit to the family of the slain lecturer.

He said, “We will set up a judicial commission of inquiry to ensure that the culprits are brought to justice. It is unfortunate that F-SARS killed the PDP collation agent. The state government will offer scholarship to the four children left behind by the deceased. The mother of the children should open dedicated accounts for each of the children.

“The state government will pay N50m to each of the four children for their education.”

The governor decried the gunshots at Gberegbe at the Khana collation centre, where he served as the PDP collation agent, adding that the fatal shots led to his death.

He added, “Instead of allowing people to choose who will represent and govern them, the security agencies didn’t allow that. Rather, they prefer to kill us.

“He died in the course of the defending the PDP. He died in the course of defending democracy. I want to assure the family that all those who killed him will not go free.”

The governor stated that the late Gberegbe remained committed to the PDP even on his sick-bed, maintaining that the deceased sent him a text message, saying that he would be very happy when he (Wike) was declared winner of the election.

Wike stated that the state government would also construct a house for the deceased’s family and participate in his burial.

Also speaking, the PDP National Chairman, Prince Uche Secondus, said the late lecturer was a victim of the calculated oppression of the oil rich states by the Army and the F-SARS.

However, the state Police Public Relations Officer, Nnanmdi Omoni, said he would n’t be able to comment on who was responsible for Gberegbe’s murder. Omoni stated out that the investigation on the matter would fish out the culprit.

Source: Punchng.com

Woman’s hand cut off as she tries to save son from attacker

Tragedy struck in Omu-Aran, Kwara State, on Saturday when a middle-aged bricklayer, simply identified as Lukman, allegedly attacked and cut off the hand of a 60-year-old woman, Muibat Abifarin, with a cutlass.

It was gathered that the attacker, who was said to be showing traits of insanity, also attacked two of his co-tenants in a bungalow at Orolodo Area, beside the Olomu’s palace in Omu-Aran.

Abifarin, who had her left hand severed, was said to have been rushed to Ajisafe Hospital in the community, while the other two victims with varying degrees of injuries were also being treated at Omu-Aran General Hospital.

A NAN correspondent who was at the private hospital on Sunday, reports that no visitor was allowed access to Abifarin by the hospital management, as she was said to be recovering from the surgery performed on her hand.

A nurse in the hospital, who preferred anonymity, told NAN that visitors could only be allowed around 6 p.m. when she might have fully recovered from the effect of the surgery.

She, however, described the ageing woman’s condition as stable and that she was responding to treatment.

An eyewitness account by Azeez Abifarin, a student and son of the victim, said the incident happened around 10 p.m on Saturday as the family was about going to bed.

“I think there was a kind of argument between Abeeb, my senior brother and Lukman over a dead goat being roasted by Lukman outside the compound, which later degenerated into a fight and Abeeb was attacked with a cutlass.

“It was the gory sight of Abeeb’s condition that prompted my mother, who was about going to bed, to rush out and confront Lukman over the motive of the attack on Abeeb.

“It was in the process that Lukman again raised the cutlass against my mother’s head and she quickly defended herself with her left hand before the hand was cut off,” he said.

Lukman’s father, who refused to give his name, told NAN at the private hospital where Abifarin was receiving treatment that he was informed of the incident on phone immediately after his morning prayer.

“I was shocked when I saw the extent of the attack on the victims. I was informed on phone and I rushed to the scene of the incident.

“He (Lukman) was with me in my house a day before the incident and did not show any sign of somebody harbouring any evil plans,” the man said.

It was gathered that Lukman was promptly arrested and detained at the Omu-Aran Police Command.

The Divisional Police Officer was not available when NAN visited the station, while calls to his telephone line did not go through.

An officer in the Command who preferred anonymity, however, confirmed Lukman’s arrest, adding that investigation into the case had commenced.

Source: Punchng.com

Comedian accuses Lagos prince of assault

A comedian on Instagram, Babatunde Ogunleye, popularly known as Oluwadolarz, has accused one Prince Shola Oniru of allegedly assaulting him for parking behind his car.

It was learnt that the comedian had on Saturday gone for a birthday party with his friends at the Oniru area of Lagos and parked his car behind another.

It was gathered that after a while, Ogunleye was called to come and move his car so as to allow the car in front of his to go.

In a series of rant videos posted on his Instagram page, Ogunleye accused Oniru of slapping and punching him in the mouth for parking behind his car.

Ogunleye, who noted that Oniru did not give him the chance for any explanation or to apologise before attacking him, condemned royalty in Nigeria, adding that if that was what being royal was all about, then it was nothing to write home about.

He said, “If this is what royalty is all about in Nigeria, then you guys are f..ked; I respect kings and anybody that has to do with this royalty thing but this night, I went to Oniru for a birthday party with my friends and I parked my car behind a car.

“After a while, they came to call me that someone wanted to move his car and I went there peacefully to reverse my car and the next thing he did was to slap and punch me in the mouth without allowing me to say anything. He said why should I park behind his car. Prince Shola Oniru, you are f..ked up.

“This is my hand; this is my blood; this is my mouth; just because I parked behind your car and I came to reverse my car and you were all angry and you just punched my mouth because I wanted to reverse my car.

“This is trash; I didn’t say a word; all I wanted to do was to reverse my car because I hate arguing or fighting, and all you have to do was to stoop so low and behave stupid.”

In the video, Ogunleye was seen showing his bloodied hand and swollen mouth.

Reacting to the video on Twitter, the Head of the Public Complaint Rapid Response Unit of the Nigeria Police Force, ACP Abayomi Shogunle, urged the victim to report the assault to the nearest police station.

He tweeted, “Good morning, this looks like a case of assault. Kindly lodge a complaint at the nearest police station to the scene, required action would be taken. If you are not satisfied with the police action, contact @PoliceNG­_CRU.”

Responding to Shogunle’s tweet, Ogunleye said, “Thank you sir, I will be on my way.”

When Ogunleye was contacted on his Instagram page, he did not respond to enquiries despite him posting updates on the page.

Also, Oniru did not reply a message sent to him through his Facebook account.


UNILAG gang rape: Change of counsel stalls trial

The trial of some undergraduates of the University of Lagos, who were accused of gang-raping a fellow student of the institution, was on Monday stalled due to a change of counsel.

Five of the suspects, Moboluwaji Omowole, 19; Chuka Chukwu, 19; Peace Nwankaba, 19; James Aguedu, 20; and Josephine Osemeka, 20, were arraigned on February 26 on three counts of defilement of a child, permitting the defilement of a child on a premises and procuration (inducing any minor girl under the age of 18 to go from any place or to do any act with intent that such a girl may be, or knowing that it is likely that she will be forced or seduced to illicit intercourse with another person).

Other students, who were alleged accomplices to the crime, are still at large.

The victim, who was 17-year-old at the time of the incident, had on February 26, 2019, told the court how her friend, Nwankaba, who was also her roommate when she moved into the school’s hostel during the 2016/2017 academic session, allegedly lured her to be gang-raped.

According to the prosecutor, K. A. Momoh-Ayokanbi, the defendants and others at large committed the offences in January 2017 on the premises of UNILAG, Akoka, Yaba, Lagos.

The offences, according to Momoh-Ayokanbi, contravene sections 137, 138 and 140 (1) (a) of the Criminal Law of Lagos, 2015.

The matter, which was adjourned till Monday for cross-examination, was, however, stalled due to the hiring of a new counsel by Aguedu.

The new counsel for Aguedu, Lawal Pedro (SAN), urged the court to grant an adjournment on the grounds that he was just coming into the matter.

He said, “My Lord, I just came into this matter and I’m just aware that trial has begun; I thought the proceedings were for only hearing of the bail application.

“In order for justice to be done,  I will need time to study the proof of evidence in this case in order to properly cross-examine the witness.

“In order not to frustrate the trial, I apply that my cross-examination should be adjourned and the other counsel should proceed with their cross-examination.”

Following Pedro’s submission, the presiding judge, Justice Abiola Soladoye, adjourned the case till May 2 for continuation of trial.

Earlier during Monday’s proceedings, the counsel for the students had filed various applications urging the court to grant them bail.

The counsel noted that the students had no prior criminal records and had all attended court proceedings since their arraignment before the magistrates’ court in March 2017.

Counsel to Chukwu, Abimbola Akeredolu (SAN), said in her application, “The applicant does not constitute a flight risk; he is a student, whose academic pursuits have been disrupted.

“Both parents work in Chevron and are present in court, and they will ensure that he is present in court; he has never omitted to appear in court whenever his appearance is needed.”

Pedro also said on behalf of his client, “The charge against the defendant is misdemeanour and not felony; the applicant is a current student of Babcock University; we have a letter before the court to show that he is a current student of the school.

“He is suffering from a back ailment that requires expert medical attention; we have documents from the National Orthopaedic Hospital as proof; he has never abused the privilege of the administrative bail granted him.

“We have his birth certificate to show that at the time the alleged offence was committed, he was a minor; if bail is refused, he will suffer undue hardship and his academic life will be truncated.

“He is from a religious family and his pastor has written to Babcock University to give the family sufficient time to sort out his bail application.”

Counsel for Omowole, Rasak Abudu, said the first defendant’s father had suffered an illness due his son’s criminal trial; while the counsel for Nwankama, O. C. Aibangbee, urged the court to grant the 300-level student of Economics at UNILAG bail in liberal terms.

Counsel for Osemeka, N. J. Edechime, noted in his bail application that the fifth defendant was the only child of her mother.

Responding to the bail applications, the prosecution team, led by Fehinti Ogbemudia, urged the court to reject the defendants’ applications.

Justice Soladoye adjourned the case till April 29 for ruling on Omowole, Chukwu, Nwankama and Osemeka’s bail applications, and March 25 for the continuation of the hearing of Aguedo’s bail application.

Source: Punchng.com

Teenager loses sight in Oyo after alleged SARS torture

Two years after being allegedly tortured by the Special Anti-Robbery Squad personnel in Saki, Oyo State, an 18-year-old hotel attendant, Samuel Ogundeji, has lost his sight.ADVERTISING

Ogundeji, noted that all efforts made by his parents for him to regain his sight had proved abortive, adding that three different hospitals in Saki; Ilorin, Kwara State; and a border town in Benin Republic, had confirmed that his eyes had become defective and that he would need to be operated upon abroad in order to regain his sight.

Recounting his ordeal, he said, “On January 10, 2017, I applied for the job of a bar attendant at the Neagle Club and Resort, Saki, and was offered the job on a salary of N10,000 monthly. I was in the bar till February when a girl, Oyin, who was working in the hotel, resigned; so, I was transferred to the hotel section.

“Another guy, Sola, and I began working in the hotel and we changed duties on a regular basis. But on May 1, 2017, a customer, who works at the Zenith Bank, Saki West branch, lodged at one of the rooms. And the following morning, around 6.45am, the driver came and took him to his office. That day, I was on night duty and closed around 8am and went home without any inkling that I would be dealt with for a crime I knew nothing of.

“Normally, I resumed by 8pm, but on my way home, the manager called me and said that the man (banker), who lodged at the hotel the previous night, reported that he lost his wallet in the room and I said I didn’t know of any missing item or a wallet containing some cash.

“The Chief Executive Officer, Omotoso Abdulahi Niyi, was also around and he came in and said we should look for the wallet at all cost, otherwise, we would be dealt with. And the PA to the CEO and the manager came in with SARS personnel and arrested me and Sola.

“Mr Agbo of the SARS handed us over to their colleagues, Victor and Gbenga, who took us to an uncompleted building and started beating us. While the beating lasted, blood covered my eyes, yet they didn’t stop until later in the day, when Mr Oyesikun Oyerinde Samson (manager) and the PA, Abiodun Ajibade, drove into the station and were told about my condition.

“They bailed us and a doctor was contacted. He confirmed that my condition was critical and said he couldn’t handle it. I was thereafter taken to the hotel. All these while, my parents were not contacted, but a neighbour to the hotel, who saw that there was a problem in the hotel, contacted my parents.

“Around 8pm, my mum came and she was surprised that I had been beaten to the point of losing both eyes. She was calmed and told to take it easy, that I would be fine.

“I must say that the SARS personnel didn’t ask for my statement but merely handed me over to junior officers, who beat me till I lost my two eyes.

“Later, on May 6, 2017, the manager told me that the guest didn’t even bring the said wallet to the hotel and that they acted in error.

“Curiously, however, all of them abandoned me till date; all the hospitals we have visited said only a foreign hospital could handle my case. The three hospitals in Saki, Ilorin and the border area of Benin Republic said blood stains had blocked my eyes and that only a comprehensive operation could restore them.”

The Chief Executive Officer, Neagle Club and Resort, Challenge area, Saki, Mr Niyi Abdulahi, confirmed the development , but said the victim had a history of eye defects.

Abdulahi said, “Just 20 minutes ago, a lawyer, Mr Kareem, whose chamber is at Apinnite, Saki, called me and I just returned from a meeting with him. A human rights group has also intervened in the matter. I don’t know much about the matter but my manager knew all that happened.

“However, his eyes had been defective before the incident. It was only unfortunate that it happened the way it did. I gave his family over N100,000 for the treatment of the eyes last year. And they promised to come back this year, only for me to be told that another lawyer had been contacted, different from the former one they brought to us in 2018. We will resolve it; the matter is still under control.”

When contacted, the police spokesman for the state, Mr Lawrence Fadeyi, asked for time to enable him find out what transpired and the alleged roles played by the SARS officers mentioned.

Source: Punchng.com

Minorities and indigenous people

Minorities (understood as national or ethnic, cultural, religious and linguistic minorities) and indigenous peoples are two different groups. However, despite the heterogeneity of the people concerned, ethnic minorities and indigenous people are clustered together here because of the similar problems they tend to face in detention. These persons are often characterised by precarious economic conditions and are often victims of discrimination. In many situations, these groups are overrepresented in circumstances of detention. This is particularly true regarding indigenous women and ethnic minorities.

Indigenous peoples can be defined as peoples who “on account of their descent from the populations which inhabited the country, or a geographical region to which the country belongs, at the time of conquest or colonisation or the establishment of present state boundaries and who, irrespective of their legal status, retain some or all of their own social, economic, cultural and political institutions” (ILO Convention 169, Art. 1). The Subcommittee on the Prevention of Torture (SPT) insists in its 6th annual report on the fact that “any form of imprisonment imposed on indigenous persons by public authorities – including traditional authorities who may, in exceptional cases, hold the person in custody – should be the exception, not the rule. In such circumstances, and especially when the detention is illegal, there is a higher risk of torture or cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment.”

“Minorities” are not defined specifically in any international treaty. Nevertheless, the United Nations Minorities Declaration (adopted by consensus) refers to minorities as based on national or ethnic, cultural, religious and linguistic identity (Art. 1). Furthermore, any definition of a minority must include both objective factors (such as the existence of a shared ethnicity, language or religion) and subjective factors (including that individuals must identify themselves as members of a minority, as stated by the UN Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination, General Recommendation No. 8).

Certain structural causes may explain the over-representation of people from minorities and indigenous peoples in custody and  have led to certain discriminatory practices and standards. In some contexts, the high rate of imprisonment is the direct result of arrests in connection with claims for individual and collective rights or land disputes. The fact that in some countries the judiciary tends to use preventive imprisonment for these groups more so than other measures also explains this phenomenon. Finally, economic insecurity contributes to a weakening of the effective means of a legal defence.

Upon their arrest and during each phase of the trial and detention process, people from indigenous and from minorities should have access to interpreters and information about their rights in a language they understand. When this right is not upheld they do not have the same access to the complaints and appeals system in place and are therefore more vulnerable to all types of abuse. People belonging to minorities and indigenous communities are often more affected by illiteracy and may have a limited knowledge of the functioning of the justice system. This fact only reinforces their vulnerability. It has also been documented that minorities and indigenous peoples are subject to more institutional violence and that women belonging to these groups are more often victims of sexual harassment and even rape.

Once they are placed in detention, minorities and indigenous peoples are more likely to be victims of segregation and are more often assigned to maximum security areas, even when the nature of the offence or crime does not justify it. Their parole applications are also more frequently denied.

In some countries prison management is relatively homogeneous ethnically and culturally. This may explain some negligence regarding the violence these minorities are victims of given the fact that sometimes the context of violence in which they live in the outside world could contribute to legitimising and maintaining violence in a context of  deprivation of liberty. Likewise, these populations might not receive the specific protection they require by the prison administration. The abuse they undergo is likely to go unpunished.

Detention often results in a move away from their community and their culture of origin. This leads to specific difficulties; such as exercising their right to receive visits.
Minorities, particularly indigenous peoples and religious minorities should have the opportunity to observe some of their traditions, even in detention. Similarly, the cultural specificities concerning their relationship with their bodies, objects or clothing must be respected and reasonable accommodations must be made to enable them to ensure the continuity of their traditions.

Minorities and indigenous peoples must therefore be subject to special protection in custody. This would ensure that their right to a fair trial is guaranteed and their dignity respected at all times from the time of their arrest until their release.

Source: APT Torture Prevention

Lady Docked For Sexually Assaulting Girl, 12

A lady, one Nwakaego Ugochukwu, has landed in trouble in Lagos after she allegedly assaulted a 12-year old girl by inserting her finger into her private part in order to derive sexual satisfaction.

It was reported that the incident happened at Carnal Estate in Ago Okota area of Lagos.

It was gathered that the suspect lured the girl into an apartment, fondled her breasts, later pulled her pant and penetrated her private part with her finger.

She later allowed the girl to go after she had satisfied herself.

The victim went and told her parents about what had happened.
The matter was reported to the police; she was arrested and detained at the police station for interrogation.

Report showed that during interrogation she admitted that she did so. The police found her culpable and charged her before the Ogba Magistrates Court for sexual assault to wit rape.

The prosecutor, Inspector Edet Ekedun, told the court that it was a case of rape and the court should order that the matter be referred to the DPP for advice.
Thus, the Presiding Magistrate, Mr. K.O. Osundare, ordered the defendant, Nwakaego, to be remanded in prison custody without an option of bail.

The Court also directed the prosecutor to duplicate the file and send to the DPP for advice.

It was gathered that her case may be transferred to the High Court if the DPP finds her culpable over the rape charge.
If she is tried and found guilty, she may spend several years in prison for the alleged rape despite the fact that they were of the same gender.

Source: P.M.Express

Man, 38, Rapes Teenage Daughter

A 38-year old man, Kingsley Chukwueke Ashiedu, has been arrested in Lagos for allegedly engaging his 17-year old daughter in sex romp.

Report shows that the incident happened at 15, Christ Ambassador Street in Ikorodu area of Lagos where they reside.

It was gathered that Asiedu lured his daughter to his matrimonial bed when his wife was not around, forcefully pulled her pant and penetrated her.

How the incident took place shocked the victim and she became traumatised because she did not know how to share what happened with anyone including her mother and reportedly withdrew from the public.

When the truama became unbearable for her, she reportedly opened up and her father was arrested. He was later taken to the Gender Section of the Police Command.

P.M.EXPRESS scooped that Ashiedu initially denied but when his daughter was brought befors him, he became ashamed and opened up blaming it on the devil.

However, the police found him culpable and charged him before Ogba Magistrates Court for defilement.
But the court did not take his plea after the prosecutor, Inspector Benson Emerhi, informed the Court that the defendant was the father of the victim as such needed DPP’s advice.

Thus, the Presiding Magistrate, Mrs. O. Sule-Amzat, ordered him to be remanded in prison custody without the option of bail.
The Court also directed the prosecutor to duplicate the file and send to the DPP for advice.

Thus, Ashiedu will remain in prison pending the outcome of the DPP’s report. And if the report finds him culpable, the matter will be transferred to the High Court for trial.

Source: P.M.Express