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Sunday Agbowo, 35, and his wife Ukamaka, are not a happy couple right now. Both are indigenes of Opi in Nsukka Local Government Area but reside at Oghe in Ezeagu Local Government Area, both in Enugu State. They have remained in grief since the death of their three-month old baby girl, Adaeze.

 

The baby died after Mrs. Agbowo was arrested and detained, alongside the little baby by the Area Command of the Nigeria police, Oji River. The nursing mother was arrested by a team of police operatives for allegedly selling “white paper”, which was said to be the kind of paper that Indian hemp smokers use in wrapping their weed.

 

She was picked up at Afor Oghe market around 10am in the month of January 2017 and taken to Oji River Area command with her baby, where they were detained till around 11pm same day. The baby developed sickness that night and was rushed to the hospital the next day, where she died eight hours later.

 

The parents of the baby had since petitioned the Enugu State Police Command, demanding for justice. They are alleging that the baby died due to the adverse condition she and her mother were subjected to in the police station.

 

The couple sent in the petition through their lawyer, Olu Omotayo, Esq, a human rights lawyer and activist. In the petition addressed to the Commissioner of Police Enugu State and copied to the Inspector General of Police, titled, “Appeal for justice; Re: complaint of Mr. Sunday Agbowo over unlawful detention of his wife, Mrs. Ukamaka Agbowo and her 3-month-old baby which led to the subsequent death of the baby”, the bereaved parents are seeking thorough investigation into the matter with a view to ensuring justice.

 

The petition reads: “We write to you in respect of the above-mentioned matter on behalf of Mr. Sunday Agbowo of Afor-Oghe, Ezeagu. Mr. Agbowo, a patent medicine dealer at Afor-Oghe, Ezeagu, informed us that sometimes in January 2017, some policemen led by one Inspector Jerry came to Afor Oghe (market square), and arrested his wife who was nursing a three-month-old baby named Adaeze Agbowo.

 

“According to Mr. Agbowo, the offence of his wife, who was arrested in her shop was that she sells rolls of white paper, which the policemen claimed Indian hemp smokers used in wrapping Indian hemp. Mrs. Agbowo said all she knows is that the paper is used for writing and if some people are using it to wrap Indian hemp is not her business.

 

“Mr. Agbowo further informed us that the policemen arrested his wife with her baby and took her to Oji River Police Station.

 

Agbowo said he later went to the Police Station with the Lady Chairman of Patent medicine dealers, Ezeagu and secured the bail of his detained wife after paying some amount of money. “Agbowo further stated that his wife was detained in the cell alongside the baby till evening which made the baby very weak. The baby  later became sick and was taken to a hospital where she later died.

 

The Doctors’ Report from the Hospital is attached herewith. “Agbowo said a policeman from Oji River named Mr. Ugwu, later came to him and said he heard what happened and would want to make peace between his family and the policemen who arrested his wife.

 

“Agbowo said he and his wife have been in pains since the death of Adaeze who was a victim of police unlawful arrest”. The counsel to the bereaved couple wondered why policemen from Oji River Police Station left Oji River Local Government Area to perform “illegal duty” at Ezeagu Local Government Area despite the fact that there is a Police station in Ezeagu.

 

“We urge you to in the interest of justice order a thorough investigation into this matter and ensure that justice is done in respect of this case as the circumstances of this case demands,” the lawyer who is also the President of a civil right group, Civil Rights Realization and Advancement Network (CRRAN) said in the petition.

 

A medical report from Chukwuaruka Hospital and Maternity, Afor Oghe, Ezeagu Local Government Area, which was attached to the petition reads, “This is to certify that Agbowo Adaeze died in the above institution due to diarrhea and vomiting with plasmolisis within 8 hours of admission, 7/1/17”.

 

Speaking with our reporter, the father of the deceased baby girl, Sunday Agbowo, said that the death of her little daughter has subjected the family to endless pain ever since. He said that a friend of his secured the bail of his wife with the sum of N20, 000 from the police station after her arrest and hours of detention.

 

He said that they had to travel on a motor bike with the adverse weather condition all the way from Oji River to Ezeagu on the day her wife was released from the police station.

 

“The baby’s ill health started that night and we suspected pneumonia. We took her to hospital in the morning and the baby died that same day.” Agbowo said he suspected that the officers that arrested his wife came on illegal operation. He said one of the officers at the police station was lambasting those that carried out the arrest and detention of his wife and the baby.

 

 

“That officer advised them to allow my wife to go. In fact, he told them that he doesn’t want to see the woman in that police station when he comes the next day. But the operatives that arrested my wife were recalcitrant.

 

They held my wife for several hours until we parted with N20, 000. “I need justice. Let those involved be fished out for appropriate sanction and let the police pay compensation for the pains they subjected my family to. The trauma is still with us till date,” he said.

 

He said that the late baby was his second child, as she was junior to his son and first child. He said that his wife is currently pregnant. He lamented that his family never sold Indian hemp nor smoked it, claiming that the said “white paper” which the police seized from his wife was used for so many things, including wrapping foodstuff and writing. He said that if indeed his wife committed any offence, the police would have charged her to court afterward, but that they didn’t.

 

Agbowo said he had severally been to the Enugu Command of the Nigerian police and they promised to investigate the matter. When contacted, the Enugu State Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), Ebere Amaraizu, a Superintendent of Police (SP) confirmed to our reporter that the command received the petition from Agbowo family.

 

He said that the current Commissioner of Police, Danmalam Mohammed inherited the petition as he was not in the state when the incident took place. “The petition is received and investigation ordered into the matter. That is being done currently,” the PPRO said.

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VIDEO: Sunday Igboho steals show as Moshood Adeoti declares to succeed Aregbesola

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One of the leading aspirants in the race to Abere government house for the September 22nd governorship election in Osun state, Alhaji Moshood Olalekan Adeoti popularly addressed as “SHEU” by his admirers has officially declared his intention to contest for the post of the governor, to succeed his boss, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola under the platform of the All Progressives Congress APC.

He made his intention known when he visited the state secretariat of the party in Osogbo, accompanied by his teeming supporters, loyalists and well-wishers gathered from all local governments of the state, in his words at the occasion, “Mr. Chairman, I have come forward today as a disciplined and active party member of APC to declare my interest in contesting for the governor of Osun, I have gathered valuable experience over the years, starting from my humble political background as a councilor in Iwo to the state party chairman of Action Congress AC, Action Congress of Nigeria ACN, and now the secretary to the state government in the last eight years, i am most experienced and qualified among all the contestants from both the PDP and APC ” he said.

My interest primarily is to make success out of everywhere Governor Rauf Aregbesola has failed as we have many shortcomings as an administration but government is a continuum, our party APC made many promises which we cannot fulfill but I vow to fulfill all of them if elected as governor. I also want to align with the six integral action plan of Aregbesola and I am totally committed to fulfilling them all provided the APC will give me the platform to contest as its flag bearer, he stressed further.

Speaking at the short ceremony, one of the notable personality who accompanied Adeoti to the ceremony, Chief Sunday Igboho Adeyemo, a chieftain of PDP in Oyo State and a former ally of former Governor, Prince Olagunsoye Oyinlola who affirmed his total readiness to work assiduously for the emergence and success of Adeoti at the polls categorically assured that all known and prominent thugs within and outside Osun will be mobilized to support the ambition of Adeoti. Igboho, a known confidant of Senator Rashidi Ladoja said he has gotten approval of Ladoja to support the APC aspirant.

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One of the party elders from Ejigbo who accompanied Adeoti to the event but prefers to stay anonymous expressed shock about the missed opportunity and lack of cohesion displayed by the grassroot politician of Adeoti caliber, this was an opportunity for Sheu to itemize his manifesto to the party and people, prove bookmakers wrong that he has the capacity needed to administer our state, he also failed to showcase to the public the achievements of the administration in which he served as SSG for eight years, instead was hammering on areas of weaknesses and failures of Aregbesola, the former AD councillor lamented.

“We have over 50 party leaders here, and Sunday Igboho who is not a resident, citizen or voter in Osun state was the one of the persons recognized by the SSG to address the gathering, Igboho that was in Osogbo 2months ago for the PDP state Congress where Adagunodo was elected chairman, this is an insult to our collective sensibility in Osun, the septuagenarian questioned.

When asked when he will resign his present appointment, he simply answered, there is no place in Nigeria or APC constitution where it was written that I have to resign because I want to contest for governor, I’m still the SSG, he boasted.

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I built my demolished house with gratuity, says landlord

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Landlords and residents of Iyeri community, located at Imota, Ikorodu area of Lagos State, have cried out over what they described as the illegal demolition of completed and uncompleted buildings in their communities.

The Iyeri community chairman, Mr Tony Aghedo, said that all the buildings in the community were demolished on April 4, 2018, by the Lagos State Building Control Agency. According to them, they were shocked to see that the bulldozers, which pulled down their homes, were escorted by hundreds of policemen and soldiers.

The community chairman said that he was disallowed to evacuate his property out of his house by the policemen and soldiers, leading to destruction of his property. Tony, who noted that it was the state Ministry of Agriculture that directed the state building control agency to demolish all buildings in the community, added that the community lawyer had already been alerted and that a protest had been held at the state government house.

Tony further said: “It was a tragic day for us. Every landlord and landlady in the community bought their land from the Shupori family. We don’t know the genesis of this land. We only heard that there had been an agreement between the Ministry of Agriculture and the family in question, which was not supposed to affect us.” In a voice filled with emotion, Tony cried out: “I built my now demolished house with my gratuity. I’m just a retired civil servant.

There should at least be a compensation of a sort for us. We must not allow this ministry to intimidate us because we are very sure there has been a conspiracy.” A landlady, who gave her name as Iyaafin Adekola, said: “On the day of the demolition, the policemen were power drunk due to the extent that phones of those who tried to defend their homes were snatched and smashed.” Adekola, a petty trader, said that she was able to raise money, buy and built her now demolished house by working to the bones.

She was said to have collapsed when bulldozers rode through the walls of her two-bedroom apartment, pulling everything to the grounds. She added: “The next place I found myself after witnessing the horrible incident was in the hospital.

I had received two drips. My children and I, live in an uncompleted building.” Comfort Oladeji, 57, implored the government to compensate the affected community members. Oladeji said that it took her 10 years to build her house, which, was demolished within seconds.

The community secretary, Mustapha Akeem, said that necessary actions had been taken, stressing that those who were affected had staged a protest to the Lagos State House of Assembly and other vital places.

He added: “I’m sad because I’m a civil servant, working under the Lagos State Government. We have staged a protest and we are happy that the Governor Akinwunmi Ambode, has given us an appointment date. We wished to be compensated.”

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Fani-Kayode’s wife delivers triplets on her birthday

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Precious, wife of former Aviation Minister, Dr. Femi Fani-Kayode, was yesterday delivered a set of triplets. Precious, who gave birth to three boys, made the announcement on her Instagram page on yesterday.

The former beauty queen further revealed the names of her new babies. She wrote via her handle @snowhiteey: “Thank you Lord for these special birthday gifts. My target was 35 weeks and exactly today, Ragnar, Aiden and Liam just arrived. “I’m doing fine and so are my boys. Thanks for your prayers and wishes, I really do appreciate.”

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