Thursday, 21 June 2018

Police Kills Human Activist In Delta State

A human rights activist and member of the Committee for the Defence of Human Rights (CDHR), Comrade Christian Njoku, has been allegedly shot and killed by policemen attached to the Ekpan police division in Delta State.

According to the Delta State police spokesman, Andrew Aniamaka, the deceased was a member of a four-man robbery gang and was killed on Jakpa Road, Effurun, on Monday night at about 9:30p.m. during a shootout with policemen on patrol.

But angry members of CDHR who protested against the killing of Njoku in Warri yesterday, said the deceased was not a robber but a responsible businessman and member of the group and had never been involved in any criminal incident in the past.

Chairman of CDHR, Comrade Kehinde Prince Taiga, said the police framed the late Njoku as a robber to find an excuse for the dastardly murder of the unarmed activist.

Taiga said they had conducted their own investigation on what happened on the night of June 18, and discovered that there was no incident of robbery in the location where he was killed.

He said the deceased was murdered in cold blood by police officers from Ekpan and that he was shot on the chest for simply arguing with the police.

He said: “We asked, who brought the body to the mortuary. Mortuary attendants said the body was brought by policemen who did not disclose their particulars."

We met the DPO of Ekpan police station, who told us he was not aware but that there was a report of exchange of gunfire by policemen and four armed robbers.

We looked at the car that the four men were driving in, there was no blood stain anywhere, neither were there bullet holes in the car, so how come the police said the unarmed men exchanged gunfire with them.

“We wrote a petition to the Commissioner of Police, he said the matter would be investigated.

We have realized that the police in Delta are always attacking our members because of our regular public campaign that no one should pay money for bail. We will continue to preach that bail is free"

“The police also have been threatening me that any time they meet me in a quiet place they will kill me. We want a proper investigation of this lawless and dastardly murder and the police killers should be fished out and brought to book.

Nigerian police that are paid to protect citizens are now killing citizens.

The police now kill innocent people and put weapons on them that they are ammed robber.

The police must work within the armpit of the law. We will continue to preach that bail is free,” the CDHR chairman said.

Taiga added that three weeks ago, a member of the body was also shot at Udu, saying the incident of unprovoked shooting by the police in Delta was on the increase and if not checked could snowball into something deadly.

 He appealed to the Inspector General of Police to wade into the matter and order a proper investigation saying the Delta police command had almost succeeded in sweeping all the evidence incriminating them away including asking the mortuary officials to stitch up the bullet wound and hid the spot.

However, the state police spokesman, Andrew Aniamaka, said it was a case of armed robbery, that there was an exchange of gunfire during which the deceased was shot and died on the way to hospital.

He said: “On Monday, June 18, at about 9:30p.m. while along Jakpa Road, patrol team intercepted one Toyota Solara car, black coloured with registration number LSD 561 BC Lagos with four unknown armed men, who on sighting the patrol team opened fire, which resulted in gun-battle between the police and the hoodlums.

In the course of cross firing one of the unknown hoodlum sustained bullet injury but later died on the way to the hospital while others escaped.
One cut-to-size locally-made double barrel gun, two life cartridges, and one Infinix phone were recovered from him.

The body has been deposited at the Warri Central Hospital. Investigation is in progress to track down the fleeing hoodlums,” he said.

Ecuador, Nigeria To Sign Visa-Free Agreement

The Ecuadorian Ambassador to Nigeria, Amb. Deopoldo Rovayo, has disclosed that his country and Nigeria have agreed to sign a visa-free agreement to strengthen bilateral relations.
Rovavo made the announcement in Abuja on Wednesday when he paid a courtesy visit to the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Amb. Olukunle Bamgbose.

He said the visit was to strengthen bilateral ties between his country and Nigeria, especially in the communication sector.

According to him, it was also to initiate an agreement between the two nations to enable their nationals to visit each other’s country without having to apply for a visa. This, he said was necessary because the number of Nigerians in Ecuador were now increasing more than before.

New Zealand PM Welcomes Baby Girl

New Zealand's Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has given birth to her first child, a girl weighing 3.31kg (7.3lb).
This makes her only the second elected leader in modern history to give birth while in office.

Ms Ardern was admitted to a hospital in the city of Auckland early on Thursday morning, four days after her due date.

The 37-year-old will take six weeks of maternity leave, and has now passed on her duties to Deputy Prime Minister Winston Peters.

However, she said she would be consulted on significant issues and would continue to read cabinet papers during her time away.

The baby was born at 16:45 (04:45 GMT). Ms Ardern later broke news of the birth on social media, saying she felt very lucky and thanking staff at the hospital.

In a statement, she also said: "I'm sure we're going through all of the emotions new parents go through, but at the same time feeling so grateful for all the kindness and best wishes from so many people. Thank you."

Army Officer Fighting Boko Haram Commits Suicide

A Nigerian Army captain on deployment in the North-east has committed suicide.
The officer flipped his rifle towards own stomach and opened fired. The incident occurred at the 7 Division Medical Centre in Maiduguri on June 18, military sources said.

He was referred to the facility for medical examination and treatments.

The officer’s name has been withheld because it is not clear whether his family members have been notified.

He was drafted to the North-east as part of the war against Boko Haram from the Nigerian Army 22 Armoured Brigade in Ilorin.
The brigade has notified appropriate authorities of the development, including the Defence Headquarters.

Before the officer killed himself, he threatened shooting a storekeeper at the medical centre armoury, who fled for safety.

After the scare, the captain killed himself. He was rushed for treatment, but passed on shortly thereafter.

Police had declared Akwaza wanted, following the killing of about 17 people in Zaki Biam, Benue State, in March last year. He had also been alleged to be part of those behind incessant killings in many Benue villages. It was gathered that working on the petition by the top politician, the DSS, which had arrested Suswam in February last year, placed him on a closer watch until he was invited on Tuesday and had since been held in custody. Suswam’s lawyer, Joseph Daudu (SAN), it was learned, went to the DSS office to see him, yesterday, but was not allowed access. When he was arrested last year, the DSS said arms and ammunition and other incriminating items were recovered in some exotic cars in a complex which it claimed belonged to the former governor. In a statement issued by Tony Opuiyo, DSS said then that it raided the building at 44, Aguiyi Ironsi Way, Maitama, Abuja, and recovered keys of 45 exotic cars, 21 Certificates of Occupancy, arms and ammunition. The statement had read: “The Department of State Services, DSS, wishes to inform the public that on February 24, 2017, between 2100 hours and 0242 hours, the service executed a search warrant, at the property of Dunes Investment and Global Properties Ltd, located at No 44 Aguiyi Ironsi Way, Maitama-Abuja. “The operation was informed by intelligence that some incriminating items were stashed in the boots of cars parked at the property, particularly a Mercedes Benz S550 (BWR 135AH), and Masarati 4.7 (BWR 207 AJ), which were subsequently confiscated.” “Consequently, on February 25, 2017, about 1000hours, in the presence of two (2) private security officers employed by Dunes Investment, the cars were searched and the following items were recovered ‘’Weapons: (i) glock pistol with two (2) magazines and a total of Twenty-Nine (29) rounds of ammunition; (ii) mini-Uzi with two (2) magazines containing 10 rounds and 4 rounds respectively; (iii) forty-two (42) extra rounds of ammunition contained in a pack; and (iv) One (1) AK-47. “Other items recovered include: i. Twenty-one (21) Certificates of Occupancy (C of O) and one (1) Offer of Statutory Right of Occupancy; ii. Twenty-three (23) Luxury designer watches; and iii. Forty-five (45) keys to various exotic cars. “Following this discovery, the Service launched further investigation which revealed that the cars and the recovered items belong to the former Governor of Benue State, Gabriel Suswam who has already been invited by the Service and presently helping in the investigations.” Following last year’s arrest Mr. Suswam was held in DSS custody for over two months and had to sue the organization before he was granted an administrative bail.

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Wednesday, 20 June 2018

Cholera outbreak: 15 dead, 60 cases recorded in Niger State

Not less than 60 cases of cholera have been reported in an outbreak which occurred in Bida Local Government Area of Niger State, leaving at least 15 persons dead.

In a swift response, an official letter from the Bida LGA, signed by the Council Secretary, Suleiman Sheshi, for the chairman, dated June 18, 2018 and addressed to the State Commissioner for Health, the Council had it that it has no capacity to contain the outbreak and it has led to 10 deaths.
The letter expressed regrets that as at the time of the outbreak (Sunday) “only one Medical Doctor was on call at the hospital due to manpower shortage.“The General Hospital is lacking medical consumables and adequate facilities to cater for the present ‘emergent’ health challenge. Over ten (10) infected with the disease have been confirmed dead."
“The present situation at hand cannot be handled by the Bida LGA alone, part of the reason why this letter is written is to request for superior intervention from the state government. Prompt action from your part will, without any doubt, save a lot of lives presently at critical point of survival.”