Police Officer Denies Beating Abuja Resident to Death
The Federal Capital Territory (FCT) Police Command denies allegations that a man was maltreated to death by policemen while enforcing the ban on the restriction of movement to contain the spread of COVID-19.
They said the clarification became necessary following a misleading information and video trending in some sections of the social media on the alleged death.
According to a statement by the Police Public Relations Officer of the Command, DSP Anjuguri Manzah, on Tuesday evening, contrary to the misleading information in circulation, the incident in question was not in any way linked to the action of police personnel.
He said it was a pathetic case of a man who slumped around Bannex junction and was assisted by some operatives of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps.
The statement reads: “The attention of the FCT Police Command has been drawn to a misleading information and video trending in some sections of the social media, on the alleged death of a man who was maltreated by police operatives, while enforcing the ban on the restriction of movement to contain the spread of covid-19.
“Contrary to the misleading information in circulation, the incident in question is not in any way linked to the action of police personnel.
“Rather, it is a pathetic case of a man who slumped around Bannex junction and was assisted by some operatives of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps, as it can be clearly seen in the video.
“It is therefore important to state that prior to the commencement of this exercise, the Command has properly briefed its personnel to be professional and civil in the enforcement of the directive. So far, the police personnel deployed for this task have displayed high level of professionalism that requires the commendation and support of FCT residents.
“While reaffirming the Command’s commitment to provide maximum security for FCT residents and ensure strict enforcement of the restriction of movement, to contain the spread of Covid-19, the Command wishes to advice members of the public to disregard the misleading information.”
Arms Procurement Investigation: “Issues of arms procurement were done by specific individuals, call these individuals to explain to you ” – COAS Ibrahim Attahiru tells House of Reps members
A dramatic scene was recorded today April 13 after the Chief of Army Staff Lieutenant General Ibrahim Attahiru appeared before House of Representatives ad-hoc committee on arms and ammunition as part of the investigation into arms purchase by the military.
Attahiru refused to speak on arms procurement after presenting a document to the committee.
According to the COAS, he just resumed office and the issues surrounding the procurement of arms should be answered by the “specific individuals” who initiated the purchase.
“The submission before you speaks to the report before you. It is an executive summary. It is very self-explanatory to the extent that it has been pluralised. When you demanded this report, you stated a specific period for which you wanted it.
“You may wish to recall that the Chief of Army Staff took over the mantle of leadership barely two months ago.
“The period for which you want this report having been summarised in the executive summary explained whatever details you require.
“Issues of arms procurement that you so demand to know were done by specific individuals, I will rather you call these individuals to explain to you very specific issues the general explanation is contained in this report.”
A member of the committee, Ejiro Ogene had also faulted the COAS explanation for not appearing before the committee earlier.
“When we ask you to come, the people are the ones speaking, sovereignty lies in the people; if we see it like this, things will be different.
“I expect that the COAS tenders an apology, not an explanation; you are serving the people and they are as your employer.”
Firing back at him, Attahiru insisted that his explanation serves as an apology. He said;
“When you say I offered an explanation, it is as good as an apology. It only tells you the reasons why I wasn’t here and the reasons are pungent enough.”
Following the rising tension at the proceeding, Chairman of the Committee Olaide Akinremi ruled that the hearing goes into a closed-door meeting and the media were asked to leave the hearing.
25-year-old Nigerian man arrested for Scamming woman of N16million in India
A 25-year-old Nigerian has been arrested in India for allegedly scamming a 62-year-old woman from Indore, Madhya Pradesh, of Rs 31.64 lakh (N16,048,923.81)
“The accused, Wisdom Obinna, from Imo State, was part of a gang that befriended women on social media and then scam them with lottery and gift frauds,” said Indore Cyber Cell Superintendent of Police, Jitendra Singh, on Friday, April 9.
“Obinna was arrested from Delhi, where he was staying even after his business visa expired. Efforts are on to nab other members of the gang,” he added.
During the interrogation, the accused said that he came to India on Business Visa in 2014 and 2017. After the visa expired, he became active in cheating and used to operate from Delhi.
The gang members befriend Indian girls and women on Facebook by creating accounts with different foreign fake IDs.
After Wisdom has made friends with the women, he lured his victims by claiming he sent them some expensive gifts.
Later, other members of the gang pose as custom officers and demand money in the name of Tax and Penalty to get the parcel, send a message through bank account WhatsApp and get the money transfer. They would also threaten the victim with legal action.
Police recovered eight passbooks of various banks, three ATM cards, two laptops, three pen drives, 9 mobile phones, eight SIM cards, two dongles, passports and Rs 11000 in cash from the accused.
Traditional ruler of Ewu, Ekiti state escapes death
According to NAN, he was shot on Friday night on his way to Ayetoro Ekiti, a neighboring community in Ido/Osi LGA.
The traditional ruler, however, escaped with injuries on his legs, arms and stomach, and he is currently receiving treatment in an undisclosed tertiary medical facility.
Sunday Abutu, the state police spokesman, confirmed the incident.
Abutu said the command is worried that such an attack could be launched in spite of unrelenting joint security patrol and raiding of black-spots to dislodge criminals.
He, however, said the police command in the state is committed to ridding the state of criminals and assured the residents that the perpetrators will be brought to justice.
The spokesman said the command will continue to work with other security agencies to ensure that criminality is wiped out in Ekiti.
Reacting to the incident, Ekiti state council of Obas called on security agencies to apprehend the hoodlums and bring them to justice.
Adebanji Alabi, chairman of the council, expressed concern over the rise in banditry and other criminal activities in the country.
He asked the government and security agencies to raise their level of surveillance in the state with a view to reducing crime.
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