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Soldiers storm Police station, arrest DPO over murder of colleague

There was commotion along Ada George Road in Port Harcourt on Thursday morning as soldiers sacked the Rumukpakani Police Station, allegedly over the killing of their colleague by a policeman.

The murdered soldier,  who was in mufti, was said to have been shot near the Police station by one of the policemen on duty.

 It was gathered that the development forced a group of angry soldiers to storm the Police station and arrested the Divisional Police Officer and the murder suspect.

A resident said that the killer policeman opened fire on the soldier after a heated argument.

Shedding more light on the incidents, he said two soldiers who lodged at a hotel in Rumukpakani had gone in search of food in the community.

The soldiers were said to be in mufti and one of them a gun on him. Some residents who could not ascertain his identity reportedly alerted the police.

“Some soldiers lodged in a hotel around Ada George Road. Two of them came outside to get food, and one was with a gun,” the resident said.

“When the police came, they asked the soldiers to follow them to their station but the soldiers refused and an argument broke out.

“One of the policemen opened fire on the soldier who died in the process and the other one ran back to inform his colleagues.”

Zaki Ahmed, Commissioner of Police in the state, described the incident as “very unfortunate”.

DSS, EFCC barred from searching Wike’s houses

The Federal High court sitting in  Abuja has barred the police, the Department of State Services (DSS) and the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) from searching houses belonging to Nyesom Wike, governor of Rivers state.

Ahmed Mohammed, a judge, gave the order on Wednesday, saying a search warrant could not be issued against a governor because he enjoys immunity under section 308 of the constitution.

In 2017, Wike had approached the court, seeking an order of injunction restraining the IGP, the police, the EFCC and DSS from obtaining a search warrant to search any of his houses.

But the defendants had in opposition, argued that they had the right to search Wike’s residence even in his absence.

While delivering his judgement, he noted that the defendants were in agreement that Wike, the plaintiff, could not be investigated based on the provision of section 308 of the 1999 constitution.

He contended in the suit filed through Sylvia Ogwemoh, his lawyer, that such a search would violate his immunity as a sitting governor.

Wike had asked for six reliefs but the judge granted three and said while one was not grantable, the others were embedded in the ones granted.

“The defendants cannot whether by themselves, their servants, agents, officers, privies or in any manner howsoever apply for, obtain, issue or in any way or manner howsoever execute any court process requiring; the appearance of the plaintiff who is currently the governor of Rivers,” he held.

“A declaration that by virtue of the combined effect of section 308 of the Constitution and sections 149 and 150 of ACJA, the defendants cannot in any manner apply for, obtain, issue or execute any search warrant at the residence of the plaintiff in Abuja or in any of the plaintiff’s residence in any other place or locations in Nigeria.

“An order that the defendants cannot by the combined effect of section 308 of the Constitution and sections 149 and 150 of ACJA, apply for, obtain, issue or execute any search warrant at the residence of the plaintiff in Abuja or in any of the plaintiff’s residence in any other place or locations in Nigeria.”

Buhari approves army battalion, police command for Birnin Gwari

President Muhammadu Buhari has approved the establishment of a new Battalion of the Nigerian Army, as well as a new Police Area Command, in Birnin Gwari Local Government Area of Kaduna State, as part of measures to scale up the security response to the banditry affecting the area.

The President strongly condemns the latest massacre of innocent Nigerians in the area.

According to him, “I am deeply outraged by this unwarranted, unprovoked and reckless destruction of lives by bandits who belong to the lowest level of civilization. I feel the pains and devastation of the families of the victims, and this administration will do everything possible to ensure we defeat these enemies of humanity.”

The new Army Battalion and the Police Area Command are the latest in a series of law enforcement measures to ensure more effective protection of lives and property, in and around Benue, Kaduna, Taraba, Zamfara and Nasarawa States.

Last week the Nigerian Air Force took delivery of two new helicopter gunships, for deployment to parts of the country affected by banditry. A Quick Response Wing has also been established by the Nigerian Air Force in Taraba State, while a Joint Military Intervention Force is fully on ground in Benue.

President Buhari assures that security remains a priority for his government and his administration will not tolerate the persistent killing of innocent people in order to set Nigerians against one another.

According to the President, “These persistent killings are not spontaneous; there are subterranean forces with a sinister agenda to instigate war in the country for selfish purposes.”

He notes that, “Although unconventional war is particularly complicated, our security forces are making rigorous efforts to better understand these enemies with a view to decisively checkmating their evil attacks.”

President Buhari extends his condolences to the families of the victims, the government and the people of Kaduna State over this unfortunate tragedy, assuring that his government will never abandon them to their fate.

Falana blasts police over Melaye’s arraignment on stretcher

Human rights lawyer, Mr. Femi Falana (SAN), has lambasted the Nigeria Police for arraigning Kogi-West lawmaker, Senator Dino Melaye in court on a stretcher.

Falana said in a statement on Thursday that the degrading and humiliating treatment meted out to Melaye was a violation of his fundamental human right.

The senior advocate said, “The arraignment of Senator Dino Melaye on a stretcher in Abuja on Wednesday and Lokoja on Thursday morning is unacceptable in a civilised society.

“It is particularly degrading and humiliating as it violates the fundamental right to the dignity of his person guaranteed by Section 34 of the constitution and Section 7 of the Administration of Criminal Justice Act, 2015.”

Falana, however, stated that Melaye’s ordeal was a reflection of the suffering ordinary Nigerians faced in the hands of security agents on a daily basis.

He, therefore, called on the National Assembly which has protested against Melaye’s arrest, to use the opportunity to call on the relevant agencies to turn a new leaf.

Lagos records lowest applications as 133,324 apply for 6,000 police slots

No less than 133,324 candidates have applied for the ongoing recruitment of 6,000 constables into the Nigeria Police Force, with Lagos having the lowest number with 1,013.

Kaduna State has the highest number of applicants with a total of 6,962,

Katsina with a total of 6,676 has the second highest applicants followed by Benue and Niger with 6474 and 6409 respectively.

The Police Service Commission in a statement on Thursday by its spokesman, Ikechukwu Ani, said Bayelsa has the second least of 1,097 applicants followed by Anambra that has 1,117 and Ebonyi with 1,303.

It stated that the screening of the applicants would start on Monday at all the state police command headquarters and the Federal Capital Territory.

The commission explained that invitations had been sent to the applicants who were expected to report at the screening venues on days indicated in their invitations.

Addressing the workers, the Permanent Secretary and Secretary to the Commission, Mr. Musa Istifanus, warned that the agency would sanction any staff found compromising the national assignment.

“All staff must resist all forms of undue influences as their activities would be closely monitored,” he said.

He also warned the applicants to conduct themselves properly, adding that anybody that had nothing to do with the exercise should not be found within the vicinity of the screening.

The commission stated that it had deployed its workers to the all the states of the federation and the FCT with the commission chairman, Dr. Mike Okiro, as the National Coordinator.

Police re-arrest Dino Melaye after arraignment, N90m bail

The police have re-arrested Dino Melaye, lawmaker representing Kogi west senatorial district.

Melaye was arrested after he was arraigned before a magistrate court in Abuja, on Wednesday.

He was brought on a stretcher but journalists were prevented from going into the court premises.

The court later granted him a N90 million bail, asking him to provide two sureties.

However, armed policemen took over the court, preventing vehicular human movements.

The lawmaker was in the company of his lawyers until a police ambulance was brought with over 100 armed personnel.

Immediately he was re-arrested and whisked away.

Melaye landed in the hospital after he sustained injuries when he jumped out of a moving vehicle conveying him to a court in Kogi for a gun running case.

Prior to the attempted escape, he had been detained at the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja, while trying to travel abroad, and was later prevented from travelling.

Melaye has accused Yahaya Bello, governor of Kogi, of being behind his plight.

JUST IN: Dino Melaye jumps out of police vehicle en route Lokoja, lands in hospital (Updated)

Dino Melaye, senator representing Kogi west, has just been admitted into Zankili Medical Center, Mabuchi, in the federal capital territory (FCT).

He was said to have been brought into the hospital after sustaining injuries in a bid to escape.

The hospital ambulance brought him at the hospital around 4:25pm, after which he was admitted into the emergency unit.

There were no security operatives when he arrived.

It was learnt that the senator was reportedly being led to court by the policemen on Tuesday afternoon when he attempted to escape.

It was gathered that the police vehicle carrying Melaye turned to an unknown location, around Area 1, Abuja.

Unconfirmed reports have it that they had manhandled him and had planned to take him to Kogi, his home state.

Melaye was said to have immediately jumped out of the vehicle, sustaining injuries in the process.

A man who followed the ambulance that conveyed the senator to the hospital said he witnessed the “drama” leading to the injury.

Addressing journalists at the hospital, the man simply identified as Peter said: “I was there at Area 1 when the police vehicle stopped somewhere and amid the confusion, there were shouts of ‘shoot him, shoot him’.

“He has been saying it that they want to take his life and we can see that now. Yesterday, about 200 policemen were in house. They were there till this morning. When he came out, he told them ‘okay, I’m going to go with you people to the police station.’ That he is not a criminal and that they don’t even have any arrest warrant on him. But he followed them.

“It was later this afternoon, while he was being taken to court, around that Area 1, the crowd had gathered and the police officers were there with him. I don’t know if he was pushed out of the vehicle or not but amid the confusion, they later moved him from there.”

Melaye has been having a running battle with the police lately.

Security operatives on Monday laid siege to his house after he was detained at the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja, and prevented from travelling abroad.

The police had earlier declared him wanted over allegations of supplying arms to crime suspects. The police are yet to release any official statement regarding the recent developments.

Police return stolen mace to Senate

The mace, which was stolen from the Senate on Wednesday, has been returned.

The mace was stolen from the Senate chamber by some hoodlums believed to be working for a senator, Ovie Omo-Agege, on Wednesday.

The Senate in reaction to the theft gave security agencies 24 hours to find the stolen mace.

The police in the early hours of Thursday claimed the mace was found under a bridge in Abuja.

Hours after this announcement, the police brought the mace to the National Assembly.

At about 11:50 a.m., a Deputy Inspector-General of Police, Habila Joshak, handed over the mace to the clerk of the National Assembly, Mohammed Sani-Omolori.

The Senate is yet to comment on the return as the lawmakers are currently in a closed-door session.

Police, Shiite protesters clash for second day

Nigerian police fired teargas for a second day Tuesday at protesters demanding the release of Shiite leader, Ibrahim Zakzaky, who has been in jail without charge since December 2015.

Scores of protesters were also arrested by armed police wearing bulletproof vests and gas masks during clashes in Abuja, the nation’s capital.

“We’ve come under serious attack today,” said Deji Adeyanju of Concerned Nigerians, a civil society group involved in the demonstration.

“The more they attack the more (we) come out,” Deji said. “We want to defy tyranny and a dictatorship.”

The police did not immediately comment.

Zakzaky, head of the Islamic Movement of Nigeria, has been in government custody since troops clashed with his followers in the northern city of Zaria in December 2015 despite court orders that he should be freed.

More than 350 IMN followers were killed in the 2015 clashes. Zakzaky was shot and injured leaving him partly paralysed and blind in one eye.

The Shiite leader has repeatedly been imprisoned for alleged incitement and subversion.

IMN has been in conflict with the Nigerian government for years, seeking to foment an Iranian-style Islamic revolution in the country’s Sunni Muslim-majority north.

Zakzaky’s followers on Monday had clashed with the police in Abuja’s Maitama area and police made at least 115 arrests.

AFP.

One feared killed, dozens injured as Shiite protesters clash with police in Abuja

At least one person was killed and over 30 injured as protesting Shiites were dispersed by security operatives in Abuja on Monday, the Islamic group has stated.

The Shiites spokesperson, Ibrahim Musa, said the victim was yet to be identified as “the protesters came from various towns.”

Mr Mohammed also stated that over 200 protesters were arrested by the police, who he accused of being the first to attack the protesters.

“We were carrying out a peaceful protest starting from the Unity Fountain. All of a sudden, they began to attack us. They were the ones who started firing (at) us with teargas.

“We were not violent in our procession but we had to defend ourselves somehow and that was why we attacked back.

“So far, we’ve been able to confirm about 200 persons arrested, over 30 injured and one person is dead,” he said via telephone.

The protesters took to the Unity Fountain, beside Transcorp Hotel to demand the release of the leader of Islamic Movement of Nigeria, Ibrahim El-Zakzaky, who has been detained without trial for over two years.

The Nigerian government has kept the Shiite leader in custody since 2015 when his group had an encounter with a convoy of the Chief of Army Staff Tukur Buratai, leading to the massacre of about 300 Shiite members, including Mr El-Zakzaky’s sons.

Several security officers from the army, police as well as civil defence on Monday forcefully dispersed the protesters as eyewitnesses said the officers fired teargas and gun shots into the air.

Videos and footages have also been released by eyewitnesses showing the dispersal of the protesters and some of them throwing stones at police vehicles.

Monday’s action came a few days after the the Abuja police commissioner, Sadiq Bello, placed an indefinite ban on daily sit-outs at Unity Fountain by pro-democracy and good governance advocates across Abuja, a move that was condemned by activists.

Mr Bello said he took the decision because he sees the the groups, including the ‘Bring Back Our Girls’ movement, as public “nuisance.”

“All of them are in the same category, they’re disrupting people’s activities and infringing on their human rights by blocking the roads and other things. They’re constituting a nuisance” the commissioner said by telephone Friday night.

The Shiites spokesperson, however, vowed not to relent until their leader is released.

“We are demanding the release of our leader and we are going to continue our peaceful protest. If they attack us, no problem. We will continue with our protest. Tomorrow, insha Allah, we are coming out to continue the protest,” he said.

When contacted, the Abuja police spokesperson, Manzah Anjuguri, said the police would soon release a statement on the incident.