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‘How SARS officer killed my brother while preparing for Canada’



By Eric Ikhilae, Abuja

For over 30 minutes on Wednesday, a bereaved woman, Mrs. Doris Ididia, gave chilling details of how an official of the now disbanded Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) allegedly killed her brother, Festus Idehen, who was due to travel to Canada.

“My brother suffered a lot. From that Saturday to the day he died, he did not eat anything. He was supposed to be in Canada; he had proceeded his visa,” Mrs. Ididia said on presenting her petition before the panel set up by the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) to probe allegation of impunity against SARS and other police units.

Mrs. Ididia recalled that on September 3, 2016, he family were in their home in Kaduna while she was cooking around 5 p.m. for the deceased when he received a call from his in-law, Onyekachi Sunday.

“As he went to the junction with his car to pick the in-law …he saw a Golf car chasing him. He thought it was kidnappers. So, he accelerated and veered off to another route.

“Yet, the occupants of the Golf car were still chasing him. At a stage, my brother came out of his car and started running to avoid being caught.

“Throughout that day, a Saturday, we did not see him again. My mother said we should wait till Sunday to lodge a report at the police station,” she told the panel.

She added that the following day, his brother’s wife received a call from an unknown number and she (Mrs. Ididia) answered the call only for the caller to tell them that her brother was in the hospital.

Mrs. Ididia said when they go to the hospital, they saw her brother with bandage and injuries all over his body.

“My brother informed me that while he was running, Inspector Kingsley started shouting, thief! thief!! and mobilised people to catch and beat him to a pulp. At that time, Kingsley was not in the hospital,” she said.

The woman said her brother told her that Kingsley accused him of stealing the car, despite all his explanation that he bought it from Onyekachi, his in-law; Onyekachi also confirmed that he was the one who sold the vehicle to my brother.

“Kingsley was angry when he saw us in the hospital. My mother told him that it was someone who called her and told her that they saw her son in the hospital.

“Kingsley said the operatives wanted to take my brother to Abuja for treatment. My mother and the doctor treating him protested that they could not take him in such a bad condition, but Kingsley insisted on taking my brother to Abuja,” Mrs. Ididia said.

She recalled that it rained that day and that Kingsley dumped Festus, face up, in the police vehicle without a cloth.

Mrs. Ididia claimed that the SARS operatives did not take Festus to any hospital in Abuja.

She said despite several calls her mother placed on the number Kingsley gave her, he refused to pick the calls, until September 6, 2016, the day Felix died, when he asked the family to come to Abuja.

“When I got to Abuja, he had already died. I didn’t see my brother. It was the nurse taking care of him at the cell who informed me that my brother suffered a lot in the cell, that he didn’t eat anything and was not taken to any hospital for treatment.”

On what she wanted the panel to do, Mrs. Ididia said her family wanted a compensation of N200 million.

Police lawyer Godwin Ijioma said he needed to get in touch with Inspector Kingsley to hear his side of the story.

Ijioma sought an adjournment and panel’s chairman, Justice Suleiman Galadima (retd.), adjourned the matter till December 15 for cross-examination of the petitioner.

The Nation

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From Headies 2019 Next Rated Nominee To Highest-Nominated Artiste



With the nomination announcement for the 14th edition of The Headies, Fireboy Leads the nomination table in 8 categories including the much-coveted ‘Album of The Year’ and ‘Recording of The Year’ categories.

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The Headies is the most prestigious music award that recognises creativity and celebrates excellence in Nigeria. Spanning 25 voting and non-voting categories, this year, Fireboy is leading the table with the highest nominations totalling eight for ‘Recording of the Year’, ‘Best R&B Album, ‘Best Pop Album’, ‘Best Music Video’, ‘Best R&B Single’, ‘Album of the Year’, ‘Headies Viewers Choice and ‘Songwriter of the Year’.

Many are not surprised because Fireboy has released phenomenal music this past year from the release of his debut album ‘Laughter, Tears and Goosebumps’ in 2019 to his sophomore album ‘Apollo’ released in 2020. Both were received with critical acclaim and much love from the public.

Just last year, Fireboy had only four nominations at The Headies including ‘Next Rated’ category. Unfortunately, he walked home with no awards. Maybe this year will be pivotal and see him bringing home not just one, but multiple awards.

Davido follows the lead with seven nominations including ‘Songwriter of the Year’, ‘Artiste of the Year’ and ‘Song of the Year’. This year also has Burna Boy, Wizkid and Wurld tied at six nominations each seeing Burna and Wurld sharing categories likes ‘Songwriter of the Year’ and ‘Recording of The Year’.

Simi receives five nominations while newcomers, Chike and Omah Lay receive four nominations each. You can see the full list of nominations here.

The 14th Edition of The Headies reviews music records and works within July 2019 to September 2020 period and we must say, artistes, writer and video directors really brought their A-game. Maybe the lockdown inspired a lot of creativity. Good luck to all the nominees!

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Angry mob sets man ablaze in Ibadan for allegedly snatching motorcycle



A suspected thief was burnt to death by an angry mob in Ibadan, Oyo State capital for allegedly snatching motorcycle from an ‘Okada man.’

The incident happened around 7:20 am on Friday, December 4, at the Mile 110 roundabout end of the MKO Abiola Way, Ring-Road, Ibadan.

According to an eyewitness, angry youths chased the two robbers from Olomi area where they had stolen the motorcycle and eventually caught one of them around 110 Round About, Odo-Ona area of the city. They set him ablaze after beating him with clubs, stones and other dangerous objects.

It was gathered that the commercial motorcyclist was shot on motion while being pursued by the robbers before youths in the area raised alarm and gave them a hot chase.

Spokesperson of the State Police Command, SP Olugbenga Fadeyi, who confirmed the incident, said the two robbers had snatched the okada from Olomi area of Ibadan and were trailed by angry youths down to 110 Roundabout.

“The guys were two. They went and snatch okada (motorcycle) at Olomi area of Ibadan. And they were on the trail, they were caught at that Round About there, 110 Round About, where the mob clamped down on the two of them.” he said.

“One escaped and the other one was not lucky, and they beat him to death. And set him ablaze there. The motorcycle has been recovered to the Oluyole Police station and the Divisional Police Officer ( DPO) is making frantic efforts to meet with the Ministry of Environment to evacuate the corpse to the mortuary, while investigation has commenced on the matter.” he added.

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Turkey President, Erdogan says he hopes France gets rid of President Macron



President of Turkey, Recep Tayyip Erdogan has described the French President and counterpart as “trouble” saying that he hoped France would “get rid of him” as soon as possible.

The Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, said this on Friday, following a serious war of words between the two leaders.

The Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, in his own words said that “Macron is a trouble for France.

With Macron, France is passing through a very dangerous period. I hope that France will get rid of Macron trouble as soon as possible”

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