Wednesday, August 15, 2018

FFK Commends Acting President Osinbajo For Overhauling SARS

Following the report that surfaced yesterday that the acting President Yemi Osinbajo, had ordered the overhauling of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad SARS, Nigerian former Aviation minister, Femi Fani-Kayode, has taken to social media to commend the Vice President for the move.

In his tweet via his twitter handle, while commending Osinbajo, FFK also called on the acting President to in addition bring to justice, those that have in the last three years, ''killed IPOB members and abducted its leader, Nnamdi Kanu''. See the former minister tweets trending online below.

FFK commends Osinbajo for overhauling SARS, demands justice for IPOB members and Nnamdi Kanu

Man Steals Company’s Products To Pay Medical Bill Of Wife

A man, Vincent Ibe, has been arrested by the police for allegedly stealing products belonging to a pharmaceutical company in the Ikeja area of Lagos.

It was gathered that Ibe, who worked as a cleaner with the company, Chris Ejik Pharmaceutical Nigeria Limited, allegedly stole the company’s products on Saturday.

The 30-year-old was allegedly caught by a guard on the company’s premises before he was handed over to policemen from the Alausa division.

The guard, one Gabriel, said he had initially seen the suspect arranging cartons of the company’s products.

He said, “While I was patrolling the company’s premises, I challenged Ibe because he was not supposed to be at the place I met him at that time. He claimed that he was arranging some cartons.

“Later, I went on another patrol to the company’s dump. There, I saw a sack kept under a big tank. When I opened the sack, I discovered drugs belonging to the company. I left the sack there and instructed other security men to lock the gate.

“I rounded up those that were around and took them to where I found the sack. They denied owning the sack. After a vigorous interrogation, Ibe opened up and confessed that he was the person that stole the drugs and kept them there.”

The man said he stole the company’s products to raise money for the hospital bill of his wife, who had been delivered of a baby through caesarean section.

He said, “I was engaged into the service of the company as a cleaner in January 2017. On Saturday, August 11, 2018, I was caught with the company’s products. I stole those products from the company to raise money to settle the hospital bill of my wife who gave birth to a baby boy through a surgical operation on July 14, 2018.

“When I was stealing the drugs, I actually did not have anybody in mind to sell them to. My intention was to look for somebody that I will sell the product to. I know what I did was wrong. I am begging that they should help me and temper justice with mercy.”

The Punch reports that Ibe was, however, arraigned on Tuesday before an Ogba Magistrates’ Court on one count of stealing.

The police prosecutor, Oluwaseun Dada, told the court that the offence contravened Section 287 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State of Nigeria.

The defendant pleaded not guilty to the charge.

The presiding magistrate, A.K. Dosumu, granted him bail in the sum of N40,000 with two sureties each in like sum.

“The sureties should be gainfully employed with evidence of two years tax payment to the Lagos State Government,” Dosumu added.

The case was adjourned till September 5, 2018.

Ogun State First Lady Joins The Diet Training

Hahaha, who says our mamas don’t know whatsup! So Ogun State First Lady, Olufunso Amosun has indicated her interest in joining the diet train! Mama made this known on IG saying she wonders where her ‘slimness’ has gone. In truth, she has always been slim with a figure 8 to back it up.

 "Diet alert. Where has all that slimness gone?", Mrs Amosun wrote on IG.

JUST IN: US Govt Angerily Closed Down Their Embassy in Abuja temporarily

The United States of America Embassy in Abuja has temporarily been closed for both visa and for American Citizen Services, according to the US government.

The announcement was made on the website of the Embassy.

It also confirmed that Consular functions in U.S. Consulate Lagos are not affected and will continue.

“Scheduled visa and ACS applicants for Abuja will be contacted for rescheduling.

“American citizens in northern Nigeria with emergency services needs should continue to contact the after-hours emergency number for Abuja at 09461-4000 and press “0” to go to the operator to request assistance.

“American citizens in northern Nigeria with urgent travel needs who are travelling before Tuesday and who are willing to re-schedule their travel through Lagos should contact the ACS office at Consulate Lagos ( 01460 3400 and to discuss their options.

“Those travelling after Tuesday should follow up with Abuja ACS to confirm their appointments closer to their appointment date,” the statement read.

Lagos APC For Direct Primary...

Candidates for next year’s election will be picked through direct primary, the Lagos State chapter of the All Progressives Congress (APC) has decided.

Leaders of the party adopted the model at a “stakeholders consultative meeting” at the party secretariat yesterday.

Giving the advantage of the system, which was adopted to pick the candidate of the party for the September 22 Osun State governorship election, APC stalwart Asiwaju Bola Tinubu said it was a way of rekindling internal democracy within the fold, “because with this the party has gone back to its owners: the people”. Ghen ghen, the game has just begun.

2019: I’m Qualified, Not Desperate To Be President - Atiku

Former Vice-President, Atiku Abubakar, on Tuesday dismissed criticisms that he was desperate to emerge as Nigeria’s next President in the 2019 presidential election.

Atiku said despite claims by his critics that he was bent on becoming the nation’s leader, he was qualified to contest the presidential election and had the right ideas to address the challenges affecting the country.

The PDP presidential aspirant spoke during his visit to delegates of the Edo State chapter of the PDP to solicit their support ahead of the party’s primary in September.

Atiku said, “What do you expect my critics to say? And there is nothing wrong with entering the race. I can run as many times as possible.

“I am fit and qualified. I still have ideas that I believe that are going to put this country on the right path. So, what is wrong with running?

I am not desperate and if I were desperate, I would have taken the Presidency in 2003. If I were desperate, I would not have stepped down for (late Moshood) Abiola. I am not desperate.”

The former vice-president lamented that Nigeria had suffered retrogression in the last three years.

While accusing the ruling APC of being responsible for the loss of nine million jobs since 2015, he noted that the recipes for peace in the country were equity and job creation.

He said, “Since the APC came into power, it said it was going to create three million jobs. It has lost three million jobs every year and today, we have 11 million young Nigerians not working.

“It is only the PDP that can create these jobs because we have done so before. We have created jobs before; we have brought prosperity before in this country. We have unified this country before and we have ensured that there was equity in this country before.”

Uber Driver Nabbed For Beating Up 'Runs Girl' In Lagos After S*x

A 28-year-old Uber driver, Sunday Omale, was yesterday arraigned before an Ogudu Magistrates’ Court for allegedly refusing to pay a commercial s*x worker, identified as Precious.

Omale, who lives at Alhaja Elesin Street, Ogudu, is facing an assault charge, occasioning bodily harm after having three rounds of s*x with her.

The accused was alleged to have refused paying the N6,000 the agreed.

Prosecuting Sergeant Lucky Ihiehie said the accused committed the offence on July 29 at Ogudu.

Iheihei said Omale allegedly assaulted the complainant after sleeping with her. He said the 28-year-old complainant reported the matter to the police.

Iheihei said the complainant met Omale at the Afrika Shrine, Ikeja, where she charged him N6,000 after having three rounds of s*x with her.

The prosecution said an argument ensued when Omale claimed he did not have cash on him to pay her.

He suggested using his ATM card to withdraw for her.

Iheihei said Omale drove with the complainant round Ikeja and Ogudu axis, without stopping at any bank to use his ATM card.

The prosecution said Omale also deceived the complainant by driving her to his friend’s house under the pretext of collecting money from him to pay her.

“Unfortunately the accused’s friend chased him out of his compound. When it became clear to the accused that there was no place where he could get money, he used an object to hit the woman on the head and started beating her,” he said.

Omale pleaded not guilty.

Magistrate E. Kubeinje granted the accused N50,000 bail, with two sureties in the like sum and adjourned till September 25.

IGP Collapses SARS Teams, Renames It FSARS

Nigeria Police has announced the unbundling of Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) teams across the country, with its command and control centralised.

It said the unit will now be known as the Federal Special Anti-Robbery Squad (FSARS), a name introduced in 2016 by former Inspector-General of Police (IGP) Solomon Arase.

A statement by spokesman Jimoh Moshood said the collapse of the SARS was in compliance with the directives of Acting President Yemi Osinbajo (SAN) that SARS should be overhauled.

Moshood said there would be psychological examination of FSARS operatives nationwide, adding that a human rights desk would be created at each unit that would answer to the FSARS Commissioner.

Moshood said: “In observance of full compliance with the presidential directives, the FSARS will be intelligence driven and restricted to the prevention and detection of robbery, kidnapping and the apprehension of offenders linked to the stated offences only.

“New FSARS commanders are being appointed across the country that will now exist and operate in the state and zonal commands under the Commissioner of Police (FSARS) at the Force Headquarters, Abuja.

“A Federal SARS Commander of a rank of Chief Superintendent of Police (CSP), but not below Superintendent of Police (SP), will be in charge of FSARS in state and zonal commands across the country.

“All commissioners of police have been directed by the Inspector-General to comply with this directive with immediate effect and warn their personnel not to pose as SARS operatives.

“The IGP X-Squad and Monitoring units have been mandated to go round the commands and police formations nationwide to ensure compliance with the presidential directives and apprehend any erring police officer.

“A new standard operational guidelines and procedures, and code of conduct for FSARS personnel to ensure that the operations of the FSARS are in strict adherence to the rule of law and with due regards to international human rights law and constitutionally- guaranteed rights of suspects, will be enforced in totality by the Commissioner of Police, FSARS. Other measures to be implemented by the Force in observance of full compliance with the presidential directives are as follows:

“Human rights desk officers for FSARS in every state to take complaints from the public and forward same to Force headquarters. The officer will be answerable to the Commissioner of Police, FSARS at the Force Headquarters and not Commander FSARS in the states.

“Medical/psychological evaluation of FSARS personnel will be carried out. Redesigning of new uniform with identity name tag for all FSARS personnel throughout the country will be done immediately.

“Henceforth, FSARS personnel will not perform stop and search duties, except on distress call to respond to armed robbery and kidnapping offences only.”

Continuing, he said the police would be transparent, cooperate and work with the National Human Right Commission (NHRC) on the special panel that would conduct an investigation of the alleged unlawful activities of FSARS to address grievances from the public against the personnel of FSARS, in compliance with the presidential directives.

“A committee of senior police officers, technical consultants, human rights/civil society organisations (CSOs) has been set up to review the activities of FSARS under the new arrangement.

“They are to pay unscheduled visits to FSARS formations across the country, with particular attention to states with high complaints index, to assess facilities and situations and submit report to the Inspector-General of Police on a regular basis.

“However, aggrieved members of the public, who have any complaint in the past or present of violation of their rights by any SARS personnel anywhere in the country, are to report for investigation and redress.”

Man Who Abducted Lagos Schoolgirl Who's Sold Into Pros-titution Arrested, Opens Up

A member of the Vigilante Group of Nigeria, Ikorodu Lagos branch, Rasheed Salau, who allegedly trafficked a schoolgirl to Burkina Faso, says he was paid N15,000.

The Sagamu, Ogun State indigene, claimed that he was not aware that the 14-year-old would be turned into a s*x worker.

He explained that he sent her to work with his mother, who owned a beer parlour in the West African country.

The Punch had reported that the schoolgirl, Risikatu Uthman, was declared missing after she followed a boyfriend on an outing in June 2018.

Although the boyfriend, a motor boy, denied knowledge of her whereabouts, he was arrested and arraigned in court.

After about two months, Risikatu was brought home by a Good Samarithan, who found her in Cotonou, Benin Republic.

Risikatu had told The Punch that as she was returning home, she was abducted by Rasheed, who claimed to be a policeman.

She alleged that together with eight other girls, they were trafficked to Burkina Faso, where they were forced into prostitution.

The 14-year-old said she was rescued by the police and taken to the Nigerian embassy, from where she found her way back to Nigeria.

Policemen attached to the Ikorodu area command subsequently arrested the suspect.

During a chat with The Punch at the state police command headquarters in Ikeja on Tuesday, Rasheed said he was a member of the Vigilante Group of Nigeria, and a bricklayer.

He said, “I met her (Risikatu) at my friend’s place. I asked her why she left her parents’ house and she said her parents chased her away from home to look for work.

“I asked her what she wanted to do and she said she was not ready to return home. I showed her my grandmother’s shop and told her to see me later.

“She came the following day, but she did not meet me. Later, we met and I asked her what she wanted. She said she wanted to work.

I asked if she could work at my grandma’s shop or in another country and she said she did not mind working outside the country. I told her that my mother ran a beer parlour in Burkina Faso and asked if she would assist her. She said there was no work she would not do. I did not force her. She was at my place for three days.”

When asked how much his mother sent to him for the suspect, he said N15,000, adding that he used part of the money to buy clothes and shoes for Risikatu.

He denied that he abducted the victim with eight other young girls, saying the victim wanted to frame him for kidnapping.

Rasheed also said he did not know that his mother was into pros-titution.

“She (Risikatu) was not held against her will. In fact, she followed my wife to her workplace and returned in the evening.

“She did not spend more than three days in Burkina Faso before the police arrested her because she left the place where she was working.

“I did not know that they were looking for her at home. I did not also know that her boyfriend was arrested over her disappearance,” he added.

The suspect’s father said he had been separated from the mother for over six years, adding that he was disgusted at the incident.

“I never knew about this incident until I was told that my son had been arrested and would be taken to court. I live in Agbado. His mother moved to Ikorodu and suddenly travelled to Burkina Faso. I don’t have her contact. After I waited for her for three years and did not see her, I remarried. I don’t know how he (Rasheed) got her phone number,” he said.

The grandma, who claimed to be a civil servant with the Lagos State Government, also said she last saw her daughter (Rasheed’s mother) five years ago.

Risikatu, while reacting to the suspect’s claim, insisted that she was trafficked along with other girls.

She identified a Yoruba girl among them as Aminat, adding that the others were indigenes of Delta and Edo states.

“He is lying. We were in his house and he locked us up,” she said.

The state Police Public Relations Officer, CSP Chike Oti, said the suspect would be arraigned at the end of investigation, adding that no stone would be left unturned.

Saraki, Dogara Reveal Why They're Not Reconvening NASS

The Senate President, Bukola Saraki, and the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara, on Tuesday gave reasons why the National Assembly could not reconvene.

They stated that before resumption, the joint Senate and House of Representatives committees on electoral matters and officials of the Independent National Electoral Commission would have to first meet.

The joint committees, they added, were also expected to meet with the joint Senate and House Committees on Appropriations, Loans and Debts on the Eurobond loan request “after which two reports would have been ready for presentation in the two chambers.”

They pointed out that none of these meetings had been held, implying that if lawmakers had reconvened, there would have been no report for them to consider.

“Until the committees have a ready report for the consideration of the two chambers, it will be most irresponsible to recall members from recess, especially those that may have travelled to Saudi Arabia for the Hajj,” a statement jointly signed by the Special Adviser (Media and Publicity) to Senate President, Yusuph Olaniyonu, and the Special Adviser (Media and Public Affairs) to the Speaker, Turaki Hassan, said.

D'banj Shares First Photo Of Himself Since Death Of Son & He's In Pink

Strong Bangalee is back online, and we guess he is back stronger. D'banj for the first time since the death of his son has shared a personal photo of himself. In the pic, he rocked a pink T-Shirt and Sneakers. And you know what? Nigerians have been showing him great love. Reading the comments would make you ask, 'so we can love one another like this'? I mean the comments are super sweet, you would want tolick.

CAN Declares 3-Day Prayer In Churches Nationwide

The leadership of Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) has called for a three-day prayer to be observed in all churches. This followed the political drama unfolding in the country.

The development, CAN said, was becoming embarrassing and constituting threat to democracy.

A statement by the Special Assistant (Media & Communications) to the CAN President, Pastor Adebayo Oladeji: said: “The prayer is for divine protection for our nation and democracy.

“We request all bloc chairmen, zonal chairmen, state chairmen, local and all church leaders to mobilise our members nationwide for a three-day prayer from August 27 to 29 to seek the face of God concerning the social and political state of our nation and for peaceful conduct of 2019 elections.

“We are to pray that God should frustrate the efforts of evil men among our politicians and to prevent them from being elected into any office in 2019.

“We should pray for peaceful co-existence and an end to bloodshed and violence caused by suspected herdsmen, bandits, ritual killers, robbers and other hoodlums.

“We should pray that God should guide our leaders aright. We should pray for the release of Leah Sharibu and the remaining Chibok girls, together with those in the captivity of insurgents throughout the nation. We should pray for economic prosperity of the nation.

“We should pray for unity and mutual respect for one another.”

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“I Have Gone To Meet Dagrin” – Lagos Electrician Says In Suicide Note

A Nigerian young man and electrician identified as Hakeem Sanusi who reportedly went missing after leaving a suicide note behind for his family members has thrown into a state of mourning.

According to report, the 28-year-old electrician who resides in Surulere are of Lagos allegedly had a misunderstanding with his girlfriend who told him to stop calling her and since then, he hasn’t been himself.

It was learnt from his mother that he left home last week Wednesday around 8:30 pm after dropping a suicide note that reads:

“Don’t bother to look for me, I am tired of this life and I have gone to meet Dagrin. I am sorry.”

Hakeem's friends while speaking on their friends missing report and suicide note disclosed that his bizarre attitude started since the day his girlfriend told him to stop calling her. According to report the Lagos state police commissioner has ordered his men to be on the look out for the missing young man.

Turkey To Boycott US-Made Electronics – Erdogan

 Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Monday said that Turkey would boycott electronic products from the United States, according to reports.

“We will boycott America’s electronic products. If they have the iPhone, there is also Samsung on the other side. We also have our own Venus Vestel. We will adopt these measures,” Hurriyet Daily News quoted Erdogan as saying.

He added, “We can do two things; one in economy, the other in politics. We have taken measures that economy needs and we will keep doing it.

“What is more important, I think, is keeping our political stance strong.”

The rift between the US and Turkey came as a result of Turkey’s refusal to free an American pastor.

Last week, US President Donald Trump imposed higher tariffs on imports from Turkey, including a 20 percent duty on aluminium and a 50 percent duty on steel. In response, Turkey’s Foreign Ministry vowed to “retaliate” against the US sanctions, calling the American move a “hostile stance.”

Family Man Serving Life Sentence Begins Master’s Programme

An inmate at Awka Prisons in Anambra State, Jude Onwuzulike, has enrolled for a Master’s degree programme in Information Technology at the National Open University of Nigeria.

The 39-year-old man and father of four, who is serving a life jail term, matriculated on Monday during the seventh matriculation ceremony of the institution held at the Awka Prisons.

What motivated a prisoner on life sentence to go to school?

Speaking with Southern City News at the matriculation arena, Onwuzulike said he believed that one day, his education and knowledge would be of help to him.

He said he had earlier obtained a first degree and post-graduate diploma from the Nnamdi Azikiwe University and the University of Nigeria, Nsukka, respectively, before his ordeal.

He said, “My first degree was in Accounting in 2005, while the second was in Mathematics. When I came here, I did a post-graduate diploma in Information Technology and now, I’m doing a Master’s degree in the same discipline.”

Onwuzulike said he enrolled for Information Technology due to the unsatisfactory manner the case that led to his imprisonment was investigated.

I noticed some lapses in the way the case that brought me here was investigated, which someone needs to correct. So, this course I’m studying will assist me to carry out forensic investigations in similar circumstances,” he added.

Describing the prison as not ideal for learning, Onwuzulike said it would only take someone who remained focused in life to maximise the opportunity.

He added, “Here, you see all kinds of people; the uneducated, those who lack parental upbringing and those who were brought up in the motor park. They will be distracting you, including asking you to switch off the lights for them to sleep and stuffs like that.”

Speaking, the Vice-Chancellor of NOUN, Prof Abdalla Adamu, who was represented by Dr Scholastica Ezeribe, expressed delight in Onwuzulike’s zeal.

Adamu said though the university’s matriculation took place on June 23, the management had to fix a special day for the inmate in view of the peculiarity of his case.

Adamu urged other inmates to take advantage of the free education provided by NOUN to better their lots.

He said, “The VC is so passionate about the programme that he graciously offered it to inmates free of charge in order to encourage them and to give them hope.”

On his part, the prison superintendent, Ezenam Andrew, said the programme was one of the reformative packages to make the inmates useful and productive so as not to be threats to the society after their time in prison.

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Omoyele Sowore Finally Announces African Action Congress (AAC) As His Political Party

2019 Presidential aspirant, Omoyele Sowore and the Take It Back Movement today finally announced its political platform ''African Action Congress (AAC) following INEC’s release of newly registered political parties.

According to Director General, TakeItBack Movement/Sowore 2019 Campaign, Dr Malcolm Fabiyi who made the announcement, come 15th of August 208, the official unveiling of the party, AAC, will hold at the Party Headquarters in ABUJA. In his words he said;

“We will also be announcing the members of our Coalition of Authentic Progressive Parties & Organizations (CAPPO) on that date. With our own dedicated party platform, we are now able to match up a pace setting movement with a transformative political platform”.

While Omoyele Sowore who had earlier promised to send President Buhari back to his home town also posted this unveiled the logo and party name on his Facebook page.

“We call on progressives and youth everywhere to embrace the AAC. Our party is the authentic platform for political transformation in Nigeria” He added.

The party’s adopted slogan was also communicated to be – Take it Back – Action!!!