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#EndSARS: Nigerian Police threaten leader of campaign against anti-robbery squad

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Jimoh Moshood, force public relations officer, says the police force is investigating the leader of the the #EndSARS campaign against anti-robbery squad, Mr Awosanya Segun.

 

Speaking on Sunrise Daily, a Channels Television programme, Moshood said Jega Awosanya Segun, the alleged originator of the hashtag, is under investigation.

He alleged that Segun had links to some unnamed politicians.

 

“Somebody who had an ulterior motive put up #EndSARS, Nigerians should be mindful because the social media is very porous,” Moshood.

 

“We traced the hashtag and traced it to mischievous politicians that are trying to create problem in the system that SARS is a stumbling block for them to achieve objective in the election and we are investigating this.

 

“The owner of the hashtag is being investigated. We know freedom of expression is the right of every Nigerian and we are taking people up because of that.

 

“It is quite unfortunate, I’m not mentioning any name but this same Jega Awosanya Segun is the owner of the hastag and we have seen his picture with various crop of politicians and we are investigating that for Nigerians to know the reason why.”

 

He said SARS “is not a killing machine” as “it was created to deal with cases of robbery and any other case the offender carries firearm”.

 

Moshood said: “SARS is been doing very very well. We are not saying that there is no infraction, if there is an infrcation, not only on SARS personnel but conventional policemen – people should report to us.

 

“We want to disabuse their minds that SARS should be ended. But when you have complain, complain to us. For a lot of people pushing their remarks on social media, most of them are not correct.”

Over the weekend, Nigerians took to the social media to condemn the “careless” disregard for human lives by the operatives of the special anti-robbery squad (SARS).

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10 dead in Abia, Cross River communal clash

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A communal clash between the people of Isu clan in Arochukwu local government area of Abia State and their Utuma neighbours in Biase local government area of Cross River State has left no fewer than 10 people dead as a result of the discovery of limestone in Isu.

Consequently, the Isu community which suffered the worst casualty has sent a distress call to Abia State government to urgently save them from being wiped out.

It was gathered that a deadly border clash between the two communities broke out penultimate Wednesday.

An aide to Governor Okezie Ikpeazu, Hon. Nicholas Igwe Kalu, who confirmed the incident said in a telephone interview Monday that already, over 10 persons have been killed in the fracas while several houses have been torched in Isu clan.

He further explained said that the community has been deserted as men, women and children have fled the area for their safety.

Kalu traced the ongoing skirmishes to an going grading of road being done by Ibeto Group which discovered lime stone in Isu.

According to him, the Utuma people have allegedly increased the tempo of its attacks on Isu clan since the discovery of lime stone in the area was made public.

He alleged that the Utuma people, in collaboration with others from Biase, abducted some Isu people and emissaries sent to go and appeal to them against disrupting the road grading project, as Isu people were ready to persuade the Ibeto Group to assist them (Utuma) if they so desire.

He said that in reaction, Isu people also abducted some Utuma people but explained that both sides released their captives following the intervention of the military.

“After that, they went and reinforced and launched an unprovoked attack with sophisticated weaopns, killing and destroying houses. The casualties we have recorded in this attack are only on our own side. If the government fails to intervene immediately, our clan may be wiped out.

“We want the government to bring the National Boundary Commission to, as a matter of urgency, come and demarcate our boundary with Cross River State as the best permanent solution to constant clashes between us and  the Cross River people,” Kalu said.

A Source in the Office of the Abia State Deputy Governor, Sir Ude Oko Chukwu, who, currently is the Acting Governor, confirmed that the incident has been brought to his attention.

“As at Saturday, the Special Assistant on Security Matters brought the information to the Deputy Governor who called his Cross River counterpart and they discussed about the issue.

“He then alerted the Commissioner of Police here and the Area Commander, Ohafia which controls Arochukwu. So, they took some remedial measures and reported back to him that the situation is under control. So, if there were other developments this morning as you said, I don’t know if that has been brought to the attention of the Deputy Governor. But as at Saturday, action had commenced,” the source said in a telephone interview.

When contacted over the incident, the Abia State Commissioner of police, Mr Anthony Ogbizi confirmed  the clash but denied the casualty figure. He said that the Isu community claimed one person is missing and directed any casualty claims to be compiled and sent to his office.

The CP said that the people of Utuma said they had to raze houses in Isu to retaliate the torture if their indigenes who were abducted by Isu people at the commencement of clash. According to the CP the two sides abducted the indigenes of their neighbours but released them unhurt.

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Tenant slaps 35-year-old landlord’s son during argument

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A businesswoman, Joy Ikechukwu, who allegedly assaulted her landlord’s son, was on Tuesday brought before an Ikeja Magistrates’ Court, Lagos.

The 40-year-old Ikechukwu, who resides at Alagbado area of Lagos, is facing a three-count of breach of peace, assault and damage of property.

The woman committed the offences on March 9 at the tenement building where she lives, the Police prosecutor, ASP Ezekiel Ayorinde, told the court.

He alleged that the accused assaulted the complainant, Mr Emmanuel Onuchukwu, 35, by slapping him repeatedly.

According to Ayorinde, the accused slapped the complainant when he stopped her from burning down his father’s house after she had succeeded in burning down the fence.

“The accused wanted to set the house ablaze because the landlord arrested her for burning refuse in the compound.

“She was released and was warned not to do that again, but when she got home, she brought out fuel to burn the entire building,’’ he said.

Ayorinde said the case was reported to the police and the accused was re-arrested.

The offences contravened Sections 168, 172 and 339 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, 2015 (Revised).

The News Agency of Nigeria reports that Section 340 prescribes 14-year jail term for attempt to commit arson.

The accused, however, pleaded not guilty to the charge.

The Magistrate, Mrs B.O. Osunsanmi granted the accused bail in the sum of N50, 000 with two sureties in like sum.

The sureties should be gainfully employed with an evidence of two years tax payment, she ruled.

She adjourned the case until May 30 for mention.

(NAN)

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Sex-for-mark: Monica Osagie appears before OAU panel

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The alleged victim of sex-for-mark, Monica Osagie, is currently appearing before the committee raised by the Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile Ife, to probe the allegations against Prof. Richard Akindele.

The committee is sitting at the Pro-Chancellor’s Lodge on the campus but only Osagie and her lawyer were allowed into the venue which is manned by the OAU security personnel.

She was supported by Abiola Akiode-Afolabi, an alumnus; SUG member; Unilag lecturer and WARDC ED.

The university had suspended Akindele following the recommendation of the committee in their interim report.

The committee said the lady failed to honour their invitation but her appearance now has settled the controversies surrounding that.

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