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We’re unable to trace officers accused of brutality



The Police lawyer at the Lagos Judicial panel has told the sitting that the force has been finding it difficult to trace officers accused of brutality against residents of Lagos.

We’re unable to trace officers accused of brutality – Police lawyer

The police requested an adjournment of the proceedings of two petitions namely Ndukwe Ekekwe vs SARS and Olajide Fowotade vs FSARS to enable them find the accused officers.

On the Ekekwe case, the petitioner said he became paralysed after he was pushed from a two-storey building by officers of the now disbanded special anti-robbery squad (SARS).

Ekekwe provided the photograph and phone number of one Haruna Hamza, who he said was a member of the SARS team that allegedly arrested him.

The police counsel, Emmanuel Eze after questioning Ekekwe on his testimony asked for an adjournment and stated that legal team was having difficulties reaching members of the disbanded unit.

He also added that the phone number provided by the petitioner did not go through.

“We will apply for a very short adjournment. The reasons are because of the disbandment of SARS and other tactical teams, we have difficulty getting in touch with them,” he said.

“We are in the process of getting there and the phone number that the petitioner provided here did not go through.

“In the overall interest of justice we apply for this adjournment.”

On the second petition — the Fowotade case — the petitioner had told the panel on October 31 that a policeman called “Ayo” brutalised him during a traffic dispute which led to the loss of his teeth.

In response, Eze again said the police legal team was unable to reach the accused officer.

“The petitioner did not mention the surname of Ayo. We could not trace the name to zone 2 where he claimed to have reported the incident. We could not make headway,” he said.

“We need to get the case file of Ayo and his contact. We are constrained to ask for an adjournment because we are without the Ayo or the case file.”

Fowotade then challenged Eze’s statement, asking why he wouldn’t know the accused police officer.

“There was the DPO, Mr Akpan, that took me to the hospital and there is Madam Dolapo Badmus that took me to Kayode Aderanti, the AIG’s office,” Fowotade said.

“How come you do not know the Ayo? Don’t you know the station? Don’t you know the DPO? How come you don’t know Ayo? Is it not the Nigeria police force?

“Madam Dolapo Badmus knows everything. How come you do not know Ayo? Is he a ghost?”

According to NAN, Doris Okuwobi, chairperson of the panel, said the police force was not making enough efforts to defend itself against the allegations made by the petitioners.

She added that the panel would no longer entertain requests by the police to adjourn the hearings.

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Florence Ajimobi shares emotional video as she celebrates 40th wedding anniversary with late husband (Video)



Abiola Ajimobi may be late but the memories and love he shared with his wife, Florence Ajimobi still lives on, as she marks their 40th wedding anniversary today, November 30.

Florence AJimobi celebrates

Mrs. Ajimobi took to Instagram to share an emotional video of the sweet moments shared with her husband. The video showed that the couple were deeply in love before his unfortunate demise.

Recall that the former Governor of Oyo state died on Thursday, June 25 2020, in Lagos from coronavirus complications.

Reminiscing on the moment they officially tied the knot, she noted that they got married at the Mapo Hall in Ibadan 40 years ago.

According to the former first lady, their marriage was filled with love, laughter, mutual respect and peace.

She wrote,

40 years ago, I signed the dotted lines to a lifetime commitment and unconditional love in matrimony between myself and my husband, @abiolaajimobi at Mapo Hall, Ibadan.
Our marriage was filled with love, laugher, mutual respect and peace. We were indeed a perfect team and I thank God for the privilege of being wife to this wonderful man for 40 years

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The Armed Forces have been given the marching order to take the fight to the insurgents – Buhari reacts to Zabarmari massacre



President Muhammadu Buhari has again reacted to the killing of 43 rice farmers by Boko Haram insurgents in Zabarmari community of Borno state.

The Nigerian President in a statement released on Monday November 30, said the Armed Forces have been given the marching order to take the fight to the insurgents, not on a one-off, but on a continuous basis.

Buhari who described the massacre by Boko Haram in Zabarmari as senseless, barbaric, gruesome and cowardly, added that the federal government will be intensifying its cooperation with neighbouring countries on bilateral and multilateral levels, to ensure that there is no hiding place for the terrorists.

The statement read;

Nothing is more important than ensuring the security of lives and property of Nigerians. Everything is secondary when security is at stake. I will ensure that more resources are made available to the military and other security agencies to prosecute the war against terrorism.

As we mourn all the lives lost in Zabarmari, the Armed Forces have been given the marching order to take the fight to the insurgents, not on a one-off, but on a continuous basis, until we root out the terrorists.

We will intensify our cooperation with neighbouring countries on bilateral and multilateral levels, to ensure that there is no hiding place for the terrorists.

As I noted earlier, the massacre by Boko Haram in Zabarmari is nothing short of senseless, barbaric, gruesome and cowardly. It reinforces our resolve to root out all forms of insurgency and insecurity not just in Borno but everywhere across Nigeria.

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One dead, many injured as two men fight over lady’s love in Taraba



A fight which ensued between two men over a lady’s love has left at least one person dead in Jalingo, Taraba State’s capital.

Channels Television reported that the fight which occurred in Water Board area of Jalingo, also led to the destruction of properties worth millions of naira.

It was learnt that the fight degenerated into a religious crisis as one of the men hired thugs to inflict mayhem on the other, while the other one called on friends to assist in fighting back.

The tension was however doused after security operatives intervened, A businessman who specialises in a bread bakery, Salihu Sale said;

“This incident started four days ago as a minor scuffle without notice. It then degenerated into a fight between youths of two communities over a lady.

“It later became a religious fight between Christian and Muslim youths. They broke my doors and windows, but fortunately, security operatives arrived and took control of the situation and that is why I am here to pack what is left of my bakery.”

Another eyewitness identified as Ezekiel Ali said;

“Although I am not a specialist, from what I saw, one of the victims was hit by bullets because we saw holes in his body.”

The Commissioner of Police, Ahmed Azare who visited the area condemned the incident and also revealed that only one person was killed during the crisis. Azare revealed that they have made a few arrests in connection with the crisis.

He said;

“From the report gathered by my men on the ground, only one person was confirmed killed with many injured and receiving treatment at the hospital.”

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