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I Won’t Celebrate When I Defeat Ruiz –Anthony Joshua

jeu, 2019-12-05 01:07


 

Nigerian-born British heavyweight boxer, Anthony Joshua, on Wednesday said that he will not celebrate if he defeats Andy Ruiz and regains his world titles during their rematch in Saudi Arabia on Saturday.

Joshua, according to the AFP, aims to win back the IBF, WBA and WBO titles that he lost to Ruiz in a shock defeat in June inside New York’s Madison Square Garden.

Joshua said he was “hungry, determined and focused” as he appeared alongside Ruiz in a press conference in Diriyah, close to the Saudi capital Riyadh.

He said, “I am not here to put on a show, I am here to win.

“When I regain those belts… I am going to keep calm, stay focused. It’s not a time to celebrate. It’s a time to keep that challenger mindset and move on to the next target.”

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PEN International Calls For Release Of Sowore, Jalingo

jeu, 2019-12-05 00:59


PEN International, one of the world’s first international non-governmental organisations advocating for human rights, has decried the repression of freedom of expression and shrinking of civic space in Nigeria.

The first worldwide association of writers also called for the release of Omoyele Sowore, Agba Jalingo and all other journalists arrested in the line of duty in Nigeria.

PEN International also called on the Nigerian Government to uphold the right to freedom of expression enshrined in the constitution, by releasing journalists detained for peacefully expressing themselves via their work or activism.

“The detention of journalists such as Agba Jalingo, for what they have written is a worrying indication of the Nigerian authorities’ increasing intolerance of those who criticise the government or raise difficult questions about matters of public interest,” said Salil Tripathi, Chair of PEN’s Writers in Prison Committee. 

“It is absurd that the authorities are prosecuting him; they should instead investigate the allegations he has raised and promptly release him without charge.

“As well as Jalingo, Omoyele Sowore, a high-profile journalist and publisher of the online news website Sahara Reporters, and a human rights activist, remains in detention in Abuja, the capital of Nigeria, despite a court order to release him and having met his bail conditions.

“The DSS has so far refused to release him on bail, despite two court orders to do so – the DSS have ignored a September court order ruling that he should be released pending his trial, and failed to comply with a November court order calling for his release once he had met his bail conditions.

“On November 12, journalists covering protests by activists calling for Sowore’s release outside the DSS headquarters in Abuja, as well as the protesters themselves were reportedly harassed and attacked by DSS officials.

“As a body of writers, we are concerned about the implications for the Nigerian people of these systematic acts of repression.”

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Ondo Police Yet To Reveal Identity Of Cop Behind Truck Driver’s Death

jeu, 2019-12-05 00:41


More than 72 hours after a policeman shot dead a truck driver along the Akure-Uso Road over the latter’s alleged refusal to offer a bribe, the police authorities in Ondo State has failed to reveal the identity of the killer cop.

While the name of the truck driver has been revealed as Ado Saleh, the police continue to shield the officer involved in the gruesome killing of the victim. 

SaharaReporters gathered on Wednesday that the officer, who fired the shot that killed the driver, is a mobile policeman attached to the Ondo State Police Command. 

When contacted over the matter, spokesperson for the police in the state, Femi Joseph, said he could still not reveal the identity of the killer cop.

Joseph disclosed that the police had begun investigation into the incident and had also apologised to family of the victim and general public.

He said, "The Commissioner of Police in the state has already instructed that an investigation should be launched into the incident.

"The command has also condemned the barbaric and gruesome murder of the driver in its entirety while we commiserate with the family of the deceased.”

Meanwhile, the Nigerian Bar Association in the Owo area of Ondo, has condemned the gruesome killing of the truck driver by the unidentified policeman. 

The NBA in a statement by the branch Chairman, Tajudeen Ahmed, described as barbaric and unwarranted the killing of the driver, noting that the act was an affront on his constitutional rights to life and freedom of movement. 

Ahmed said, "We condemn in strong terms the dastard act of the police officer that led to the death of a citizen. 

"As an organisation whose major focus is ensuring the promotion of the rule of law, NBA Owo branch had always been concerned about the reckless, arbitrary and naked display of brutality by the policemen on Uso Road blocks.

"In some cases members of our branch have had cause to intervene whenever policemen on Uso Road blocks are out to harass, assault and dehumanise commuters. 

"The killing of the innocent truck driver by the lawless, reckless and tactless police officer was the crescendo of the unsavoury acts of the policemen mounting road blocks at Uso.

"NBA Owo branch calls on the Ondo State police command to ensure that the culprit of this killing is made to face the full wrath of the law.”

 

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Minimum Wage: Jigawa State To Commence Payment In December

jeu, 2019-12-05 00:04


 

The Jigawa State Government has said that it would start the payment of the N30,000 minimum wage to its workers in December.

Governor Muhammad Abubakar said this while signing the minimum wage payment agreement in Dutse, the capital, on Wednesday.

The governor, who was represented by deputy governor of the state, Umar Namadi, said, “I salute the NLC for understanding our situation and agreeing to what we’ve signed today.

“Also, I want to assure you that we will not fail you now as we haven’t failed you in the last four years.

“I am, therefore, directing the Head of Service and Secretary to the State Government to ensure the payment of the minimum wage in December salary.”

Workers from level 01 to 06 would receive N30,000 minimum wage, while level 07 and above would receive consequential increment of 23 per cent to 12 per cent, the News Agency of Nigeria reports.

 

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Kano Police Arrest 79 Thugs, Six Suspected Kidnappers

mer, 2019-12-04 23:50


 

The Kano State Police Command said it had arrested 79 miscreants, who are members of the ‘Yan Daba group terrorising the state.

Commissioner of police in the state, Mr Habu Sani, disclosed this while addressing journalists in Kano on Wednesday.

Sani said that assorted weapons as well as machetes and clubs were seized from the hoodlums.

He said, “About 79 miscreants popularly known as ‘Yan Daba were arrested with assorted weapons such as machetes, knives, clubs, cutlasses and other dangerous weapons.

“Others were 60 parcels of dried leaves suspected to be Marijuana and other large quantities of illicit drugs were also recovered from them.

“Two suspects were arrested in possession of Tramadol tablets valued at N2.4m while two others were nabbed in possession of 48 cartons of fake drugs.

“Seven vehicles were recovered and the suspects are giving useful information for more recoveries and arrest.”

The commissioner also revealed that six suspected kidnappers and four armed robbers were also arrested.

 

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Transparency International Warns Governments Against Relying On Corporate Service Providers

mer, 2019-12-04 23:28


 


Leading anti-corruption organisation, Transparency International, has warned world governments against relying on the assistances being rendered by corporate service providers.

This follows a new investigation based on leaked documents showing the alleged role of a United Kingdom-based company formation agent in setting up and managing firms linked to fraud and criminal activity in multiple countries.

TI said that countries that rely on such firms for identifying company owners and vetting their sources of funds are at greater risk of money laundering and corruption.

Leaked documents obtained by TI in the investigation revealed the company’s plans to set up next-generation, privately-run offshore zones in poor countries with weak institutions. A big selling point? They would be beyond the reach of domestic and international authorities.

Maira Martini, Research and Policy Expert at Transparency International, said, “Company formation agents have been at the heart of scandals like the Panama Papers and Paradise Papers. 

“This investigation appears to give us another example of how some corporate service providers have allegedly facilitated money laundering and criminal activity.

“Formation agents need to face tough consequences when they fail to conduct proper due diligence on their clients.

“Yet some countries have actually chosen to rely almost entirely on such agents to identify the real people behind companies and vet their funds. This is like the fox guarding the hen house.

“Far better would be public registers of company ownership, so that companies set up by dodgy firms can be identified and scrutinised by law enforcement, journalists and civil society.”

Corporate Service Providers are organisations that provide support services to business. 

They find solutions to the customer problems and the services they render include financial and banking services, business advisory services, tax and investment services.
 

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N66m: EFCC Arraigns Mama Boko Haram For Fruad

mer, 2019-12-04 23:07


 

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission has arraigned Aisha Wakil popularly known as ‘Mama Boko Haram’ over an alleged N66m fraud.

Wakil was arraigned alongside one Tahiru Daura on a three-count charge before the Borno State High Court, Maiduguri, on Wednesday.

EFCC is prosecuting Mama Boko Haram following a petition alleging that she collected maize grain worth N15m in 2018 but had refused to pay.

The maize was supplied to her by AMTMAT Global Ventures, whose managing director wrote the petition against her and her foundation, Complete Care and Aids Foundation.

Count two of the charges against her reads, “That you Tahiru Saidu Daura, while being a programme manager of Complete Care and Aid Foundation, and Aisha Wakil, being the CEO of Complete Care and Aid Foundation on September 7, 2018 in Maiduguri within the jurisdiction of this honourable court dishonestly induced Ali Tijjani, the CEO and alter ego of AMTMAT Global Ventures to deliver to you processed maize grains (biski) valued at N15m, which you are yet to pay and thereby committed an offence contrary to Section 320(a) and punishable under Section 322 of the Penal Code Cap 102 Laws of Borno State.”

Mama Boko Haram and her co-defendant pleaded not guilty to the charges.

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Government Considers Issuing Arrest Warrant For Ifeanyi Ubah

mer, 2019-12-04 23:00


 

The Nigerian Government is considering asking the Federal High Court in Lagos to arrest Ifeanyi Ubah.

The conflict between Ubah and his company, Capital Oil and Gas Industries Ltd, is over a N135bn debt owed the Asset Management Corporation of Nigeria.

Prosecutors say the debt is the outcome of a 2013 consent judgment, which gave AMCON the power to seize assets belonging to Ubah and his company in order to receive the said sum.

The arrest threat was issued on Wednesday by the prosecuting counsel, Kunle Adegoke, following the failure of Ubah to appear before Justice Nicholas Oweibo.

According to charges laid by the prosecutors, Ubah and Capital Oil “made false claims in relation to the actual values of certain assets transferred to AMCON under the consent judgment delivered in suit No. FHC/ABJ/CS/714/2012”.

PUNCH reports that the prosecution alleged that the lawmaker and his firm obstructed “the implementation of the provisions of the AMCON Act vis-a-vis the realisation of part of your outstanding debt of N135bn, by frustrating the sale of the landed property on Banana Island to Dayspring Development Company Limited, which property you both transferred to AMCON by virtue of the consent judgment delivered by this honourable court on July 1, 2013”.

The prosecutors contended that the defendants acted contrary to Section 54(5) of the Asset Management Corporation of Nigeria Act, 2010 (as amended).

Defending the absence of his client in court, Olisa Agbakoba (SAN), said Ubah had not been served with the charges.

He noted that since it was about money, an amicable settlement plan was been sought by Ubah.

Bola Oluyede, who appeared on behalf of Capital Oil, said his client had been served but had filed a preliminary objection.

Adegoke had then responded with the threat to issue an arrest warrant.

 

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Women Protest Killing of Female Politician, Salome Abuh, In Abuja

mer, 2019-12-04 22:58



 

A group of women on Wednesday in Abuja took to the streets to protest the killing of the slain leader of the Peoples Democratic Party in Kogi State, Salome Abuh.

Abuh was brutally killed by suspected political thugs during the recent governorship election in Kogi.

The protesters, who converged at the National Human Rights Commission, demanded justice and speedy investigation into the immediate and remote cause of the incident.

The women condemned the poor handling of the investigation into the killing by the government. 

They called on the police to expedite action and bring the perpetrators to book. 

Executive Secretary of the NHRC, Tony Ojukwu, who received the protesters, promised to liaise with appropriate authorities on the matter.

He assured the protesting women of speedy action and justice on the matter.

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Kano Assembly Divided Over Ganduje’s Emirates Bill

mer, 2019-12-04 22:51


 

Members of Kano State House of Assembly are divided as they engaged in heated argument over passing the reactivated emirates bill in the state.

Governor Abdullahi Ganduje wants the state assembly to pass the bill establishing new emirates despite a court order nullifying the creation of four new emirates.

If passed by the assembly, the bill would aid Ganduje’s move in creating four new first-class emirs in the state.

The Assembly members were said to have spent almost three hours in a secret session debating the bill but failed to reach an agreement, TheNation reports.

The House adjourned the meeting till Thursday to continue debate on the issue.

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Government To Arraign Cooperate Affairs Commission Boss Over False Asset Declaration

mer, 2019-12-04 22:49


 

The Nigerian Government is set to arraign the Acting Registrar-General of the Cooperate Affairs Commission, Azuka Obiageli, before the Code of Conduct Tribunal, over false assets declaration.

Obiageli is to be arraigned at the CCT on December 18 on 11-count charges bordering on non-declaration of assets.

Head, Press and Public Relations, Ibraheem Al-Hassan, said this while noting that CCT Chairman, Danladi Umar, had approved the date.

Al-Hassan added that Obiageli had been served with the tribunal summon.

According to the CCT, the offences Obiageli committed violates the provisions of Paragraph 1, 9 and 11 (1) (a), (2), of the Fifth Schedule, Part1 and is punishable under paragraph 18 (1) and (2) of the constitution.

“The charge was signed by the operative of the Code of Conduct Bureau, Musa Ibrahim Usman, on November 20, 2019, for the Hon. Attorney-General of the Federation,” Al-Hassan said.

 

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Nigeria Immigration Service Plans Change Of Visa Regime For Africans

mer, 2019-12-04 21:07


 

Barely six months after it introduced new online visa payment for all categories of foreigners entering Nigeria, there are indications that the Nigeria Immigration Service may once again change the visa regulation for travellers, particularly Africans coming into the country.

Sources close to the service told our correspondent on Wednesday that the service was planning to suspend the online payment of visas for Africans travelling into Nigeria starting from January 2020.

Rather, it was gathered that the service intended to issue visas to African travellers on arrival at any of its port of entries especially the international airports across the country.

This change in policy, sources close to the service, alleged that may further fuel corruption among officers of the service as of its personnel may turn it “into a racket”. 

According to one source, it is at the port of entry that immigration personnel would determine whether to issue such African citizens visas to enter Nigeria or not. 

The source however, said that for a policy that was scheduled to commence in less than a month, the service was yet to inform and sensitise the public, warning that it may bring another round of crisis for the service and the nation at large, while leading to a frosty relationship between Nigeria and other African countries.

The source said, “This policy is still kept in the dark, rather than being in public domain. 

"They should let the public be aware of this plan so that it will not cause problems for the country.

“Travellers will only pay on arrival and it is on arrival they will decide whether to issue you the visa or not. 

"This is an old system, which didn’t work and I don’t see it working even now.”

Public Relations Officer of the NIS, Mr Sunday James, could not be reached for comments.

 

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How Governor Ayade's New Chief Judge, Akon Ikpeme, Confessed To Receiving Bribes From Dino Melaye To Pervert Justice In 2017

mer, 2019-12-04 20:32


 

Justice Akon Ikpeme, Acting Chief Judge of Cross River State, received bribes from Dino Melaye to pervert justice in 2017, SaharaReporters can confirm. 

Ikpeme was sworn in by Governor Ben Ayade of Cross River on December 3, 2019 following the retirement of Justice Michael Edem, Chief Judge of the state.

The two-minute, 58-second conversation, confirms that Ikpeme took bribes from Melaye to rule on the Kogi State Election Petition Tribunal in his favour. 

In it, the judge, who was adjudicating in his case following the 2015 election, is overheard asking for a bribe from Melaye in United States dollars.

Ikpeme told an aide to President Muhammadu Buhari about her many encounters with Melaye, saying the lawmaker tried reaching out to her after the scandal broke out to encourage her to deny the existence of the conversation, promising to use his connections at the highest levels to erase the conversation and call logs from the archives of MTN and security agencies.

In the audio, Melaye also promised to assist one of Ikpeme’s daughters to secure a job at the Ministry of Health in Cross River.  

The judge did not disclose to the presidential aide how much she received from Melaye but admitted that the transactions happened more than twice.

Video of Dino Melaye Caught On Tape Bribing Election Tribunal Judge Akon Ikpeme Dino Melaye Caught On Tape Bribing Election Tribunal Judge Akon Ikpeme Dino Melaye Caught On Tape Bribing Election Tribunal Judge Akon Ikpeme

In addition, several lawyers involved in the case have affirmed that the female voice on the recording was that of Justice Ikpeme, who they say speaks exactly as captured on the tape.

The lawyers, who acted for Melaye in the case said that he stopped paying their fees after a while and began to sound over-confident about the case. 

They suspected his refusal to pay legal fees owed them was because he had bribed Ikpeme and other judges involved in his case.

One of the lawyers, who didn’t want to be identified, said Melaye panicked when his opponent, Smart Adeyemi, suddenly procured the services of a legal titan, Wole Olanipekun (SAN), to defend the case against him, who allegedly did not win the primaries to secure his party's nomination as required by law. 

During that period, Melaye issued a statement denouncing the All Progressives Congress National Leader, Bola Tinubu, as plotting to oust him because of his support for then Senate President, Bukola Saraki.

After Justice Ikpeme first dismissed the case of Adeyemi for filing outside the prescribed timeframe, the Court of Appeal returned the case to the lower tribunal, curiously insisting that the case be heard by Ikpeme’s panel.  

Justice Ikpeme is said to have subtly suggested that the Court of Appeal President, Justice Bulkachuwa, was in the deal as well.

Adeyemi’s legal team wrote petitions to Justice Bulkachuwa to disqualify Ikpeme panel but she didn’t budge and Adeyemi lost for the second time on technicalities. 

Apparently, Melaye had bribed Justice Ikpeme for the second time.

Adeyemi’s appeal at the National Assembly Election Petition Appeals Tribunal suffered a similar fate. 

It is interesting to note that of the three senators from Kogi State, only Melaye’s election was not nullified at the tribunal on account of irregularities.

Ikpeme's appointment comes at a time when Governor Ayade is cracking down on perceived critics of his government. 

He has also been accused in the past of bribing judges to swing cases in his favour.

In August 2019, Ayade ordered the arrest of journalist, Agba Jalingo, for publishing an expository piece, which revealed how he diverted public money through the state-owned Cross River Microfinance Bank. 

Jalingo is currently standing trial for alleged treason.

 

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Insecurity: Almajiris Will Become Problem For Nigeria -NSA, Monguno

mer, 2019-12-04 18:15


 

National Security Adviser, Babagana Monguno, has said that government cannot continue to overlook the threat posed by the Almajiri system of education in Nigeria. 

Monguno made the comments while speaking at the launch of the revised National Security Strategy for 2019 on Wednesday.

He said, “The issue of illiteracy is directly linked to the issue of children not going to school. 

"This Almajiri phenomenon which we have been talking about, we cannot continue to push it under the carpet because eventually it will come back to bite us. 

"We need to deal with this issue and it is the responsibility of all of us to try and take care of this issue without any inhibition.”

Monguno added that insurgency in the North-East continues to be influenced by growing conflict in Africa's Sahel region

He said, “The issue of insurgency in the North-East is directly linked to the issue of terrorism in the Sahel which is an increasingly volatile neighbourhood and the situation is also derived from what is happening in Libya which in turn is affected by the lack of security in Syria which derived its own situation ultimately from Iraq.

“Now, when we look at the issue of farmers and pastoralists perpetual conflict, it is also linked to the influx of armed groups and the proliferation of small arms and light weapons across porous borders. 

"In our own case, we are talking of some 4,040 kilometres of land borders. "Again, when you look at the upsurge in armed banditry, it is part of the sphere of transnational organised crime which is affecting us. 

“Fundamentally, if we are going to take care of these problems, we need to try and safeguard the fast-growing young population of Nigeria. 

"We need to look at issues of poverty eradication and illiteracy."
 

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Bill On Hate Speech Repressive, Dangerous -Amnesty International

mer, 2019-12-04 18:11


 

Rights group, Amnesty International has warned the Nigerian Government on the danger of the hate speech and social media bills before the National Assembly, describing the proposals as repressive and dangerous.

The group expressed its concern in a statement on Wednesday by Isa Sanusi, AI's Media Manager in Nigeria.

AI said, "These bills, supported by the Nigerian Government, represent an alarming escalation in the authorities' attempt to censor and punish social media users for freely expressing their opinions.

"The proposed National Commission for the Prohibition of Hate Speech Bill, and the Protection from Internet Falsehood and Manipulation and other Related Offences Bill, give authorities arbitrary powers to shut down the Internet and limit access to social media, and make criticising government punishable with penalties of up to three years in prison."

AI therefore warned government against implementing the bill, which it says will "shrink the civic space and create a climate of fear".

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Google Bans Election Ads In Singapore

mer, 2019-12-04 17:29


Google has banned political adverts in Singapore, AFP reports. 

The ban came to light when the tech firm sent a letter to an opposition party in that country. 

The mainstream media in Singapore is a machinery for the ruling People’s Action Party.

"We have been highly dependent on social media and the Internet to get our message across to the people of Singapore," Tambyah said in a letter to Google’s Chief Executive, Sundar Pichai.

"This new policy is alarming and very disappointing," he added. 

Google refused an attempt by the SDP to buy ads, referring it to Singapore’s regulation on influencing public opinion. 

Google’s Vice President for Government Affairs and Public Policy, Ted Osius, said banning political ads "was not an easy decision to make," a copy of his letter posted by the party said.

Another opposition party leader, Brad Bowyer, said it was disheartening since social media was bowing to the ruling party like the mainstream media.

He said, "It is very disheartening when the national media is controlled and now social media is kowtowing."

General elections come up soon in the country serving as Google’s regional office in Asia. 

Twitter had earlier banned political adverts across its entire platform – a stance Facebook owner Mark Zuckerberg, has resolutely refused to take.

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Vandals Allegedly Stealing Clips, Bolts On Lagos-Ibadan Rail Track

mer, 2019-12-04 17:16


Government has bemoaned the pilfering of clips, bolts and knots on the Lagos/Ibadan rail line. 

Managing Director of the Nigerian Railway Corporation, Fidet Okhiria, said 5,000 clips and 10,000 bolts as well as knots had been replaced along the rail track.

He said, “You can’t imagine that between Lagos and Ibadan, we have replaced over 5,000 clips and close to 10,000 bolts and nuts on the track and it is not a good thing at all. 

“Without those things on the tracks, accidents can occur. 

"We know the volume of passengers on a train. So vandalism of rail infrastructure has to stop.”

Okhiria added that government would still go ahead to extend the Lagos-Ibadan line to Kano in three years.

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Reps Raise 2020 Budget To N10.6trn

mer, 2019-12-04 16:52


The House of Representatives has raised the 2020 appropriation bill from N10.33trn to about N10.6trn.

The new figure had been proposed by the House Committee on Finance, which is scheduled to lay its report on the national budget at the plenary on Wednesday, a report by PUNCH said. 

The committee has recommended a total budget sum of N10,594,362,364,830.

President Muhammadu Buhari had on October 8, 2019 presented the appropriation bill to a joint session of the National Assembly.

Both executive and the legislature plan to pass the bill before Christmas to return Nigeria to a January-December budget cycle.

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BREAKING: Three Injured In Lagos Gas Explosion

mer, 2019-12-04 16:44


At least three people have been injured in a gas explosion that occurred at Four Point by Sheraton Hotel, Oniru, Victoria Island, Lagos, on Wednesday.

The Lagos State Emergency Management Agency confirmed the incident.

More to come... 
 

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Nnamdi Kanu's Lawyer Speaks From Hiding, Narrates How Police Tried To Kill Him

mer, 2019-12-04 16:10


 

Ifeanyi Ejiofor, lawyer to leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra, Nnamdi Kanu, has spoken out from hiding after he was declared wanted by the Anambra State Police Command on Tuesday. 

Ejiofor said he was attacked without provocation and had lost everything since men of the Nigeria Police invaded and burnt down his house.

In a 10-minute video on Wednesday, he explained what transpired and called on the international community and human rights organisations to intervene.

Ejiofor said, “On Sunday, December 1, 2019, I was called at about 9pm by the DPO, he never passed any message to me. At about 6:00am, I got a call from my elder brother, Evang Emeka Ejiofo, that police, led by the Area Commander himself had invaded my premises.

“I requested to speak with the Area Commander, which he obliged. I requested to know why they were in my house because I wasn’t around. He said they came to arrest one of my wards who participated in a local conflict. They however, demanded to see me, which I told him I wasn’t around but I would be back by 10:30am and would come see him in the station.

“When I returned, I briefly had a discussion with my mother and on a second thought, I decided to go see the Area Commander in the company with my Uncle. 
“We were on our way to the Area Commanders office when I got a call from my younger brother that the police were in my house and they had opened fire on all living objects there.

“I was surprised and decided to abort the movement and wait until I was further briefed on what was going on. My brother told me that about four persons had been killed and the entire house had been set ablaze by the police.

“I was confused as to what I had done to deserve this kind of treatment. I decided to take refuge within the neighborhood. 

“At the end, they took away the four corpses to a market along Onitsha emToad and burnt all of them and left.

“However, when I read the police report, I was shocked to see the police claim that someone had lodged a complaint against me at about 11:30am when they actually came to my house at about 6am. 
“Is that sufficient enough to warrant using force on people they found in my premises, firing at random and killing people in the house, and burning the place. 

“I have just been informed that among people behind the carnage in my house is one businessman, who has built library in Katsina and also schools there. That he has undertaking from the Fulani caliphate that he is the only one that would see to my killing no matter the means he uses.

“If the intention of the people who came to my house was to arrest me, they wouldn’t have done anything harmful. They would barely demand to see me, or worst case scenario, leave an invitation letter for me to come to the police.

“The simple reason this happened is because they were actually interested in getting rid of me because I am defending members of IPOB and Nnamdi Kanu.

“Only few days ago, I was told that two members of IPOB were gunned down by the police. This was a matter I was preparing to take up before they invaded my house.

“I am calling on responsible bodies, international organisations, European Union, United Nations, United States, Amnesty International, and also United Kingdom to investigate the carnage in my house because I am homeless as I speak to you. They burnt down almost everything.

“I can assure you that over 20 persons have been killed in my house on account of this incident. My mum was also shot and currently in a critical state.
"I don’t know the offence I have committed for being a lawyer to IPOB.”
 

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