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‘Why DSS wants me dead by all means’ – Sowore cries out.


It is no longer news that Sahara Reporters publisher and who doubles as the Convener of the #RevolutionNow movement, Omoyele Sowore, has been arrested few hours after he was released in bail.

Sowore has raised the alarm that the Department of State Service (DSS) had threatened to kill him after his release on Thursday, December 5.

Justice Ijeoma Ojukwu of the Federal High Court in Abuja mandated the release of Sowore and his co-defendant, Olawale Bakare, ahead of the scheduled commencement of the defendants’ trial on charges of treasonable felony.

The drama in court  started when operatives of DSS tried to re arrest the duo at the court. Sowore revealed during a press briefing that the DSS had allegedly told him that he would not walk out of their detention alive.

“It might be my only word on the record before they kill me; this is an attempt to assassinate me in court. They came with guns and they tried to shoot; they dragged me down in front of a judge after I have been granted bail. I said that these are a bunch of lawless people; they were reluctant to respect the order of the court. Now they have shown it to the whole world.

 “They tried to break me in prison, sent delegations to me, offering all kinds of things. I refused and they promised that I will not walk out of their detention alive; that is what they have come to implement today.”

However, the DSS is yet to deny or counter the allegations made by Sowore.

 The #RevolutionNow convener urged Nigerians not to be afraid, some people have to make the sacrifice for the country to work.

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Three policemen, four civil defence operatives held over theft of N40 million in Bayelsa Government House.

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Three policemen from the Bayelsa State Police Command and four operatives of the Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps have been arrested over an alleged theft of N40 million missing from a safe in Bayelsa Government House.

Also in police net is a Government House staff attached to the Maintenance Unit, who had do some routine maintenance work in the office on the fateful day. The suspects who are already being grilled by operatives of the State Criminal Investigation Department (SCID) of the Bayelsa State Command were attached to the office of the Deputy Chief of Staff to the Bayelsa State Government House, Mrs. Ebizi Ndiomu-Brown. According to investigation, the alleged theft of the money, which occurred on Wednesday night, was discovered on Thursday morning as workers met the safe vandalised.

Sources at the Government House are baffled as to how those who allegedly stole the money had access to the safe because policemen were guarding the two entrances to the office of the deputy chief of staff where the money was kept. A reliable source at the Police Command said the State Commissioner of Police, Mr Uche Anozia, who was infuriated over the development ordered for the immediate arrest of all the suspected policemen. Government House officials were said to have been shocked by the audacity with which the theft was carried out.

The Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), Bayelsa Command, Asinim Butswat, confirmed the arrest of the suspects, adding however that the money missing was N3.5 million and not N40 million.

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‘Hungry’ man, 21, arrested for beheading a woman before ‘eating her brain’ with rice.

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A young man has been arrested for beheading a woman before eating her brain with rice because he was hungry.

21-year-old Lloyd Bagtong, was arrested on Thursday, December 5, on the island of Mindanao after the unidentified woman’s corpse was found in the Misamis Oriental province of Northern Mindanao with her head cut off and both hands tied. Her body was reportedly found naked from the waist up.

The Philippine Daily Inquirer reports that Bagtong told police that he was drunk and hungry when the woman tried to speak to him in the early morning in English, which he didn’t understand.

“The suspect said he killed the victim because she was speaking in English. This probably irritated him,” the Inquirer quoted Talisayan police chief Maribeth Ramoga as saying.

Authorities believe the suspect killed and decapitated her at the scene using a large machete before he then used a piece of cloth to carry the head back to his home.

During Police search at his home, they recovered the woman’s skull from his property, along with a piece of bloody cloth they believe was used to carry it there.

Bagtong, who is now in police custody and has been sent for psychiatric evaluation.

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Police Declare Three Teenage Girls Missing In Akwa Ibom State.


Three teenagers have been declared missing by Police in Akwa Ibom State.

In a statement released on Friday, December 6th by the acting Police Public Relations Officer in the state, N-Nudam Fredrick released the names of the missing girls as Andinofiok Isaiah Jimmy, 17; Esther Michael Okon, 12; and Margaret Etim Asuquo, 17.

Fredrick further disclosed that Miss  Andinofiok, from Abak Local Government Area of the state, is 4ft tall, dark in complexion and has no tribal marks. She speaks English and Annang languages fluently.

‘She reportedly left her home on November 15 to an undisclosed location and has not been seen since then. The second girl, Miss Esther, is from Nung Ukim, Ikono Local Government Area but lived at Afaha Idoro, Uyo Local Government Area.

“Miss Esther, said to be 4ft tall, dark in complexion and fluent in English and Ibibio, was said to have left her home on November 2, 2019 to an unknown destination. 

The third girl, Miss Margaret, is from Udua Assang, Oron Local Government Area, but lived at 151 Abak Road, Uyo.  She is 4ft tall, chocolate in complexion, and fluent in English and Oron languages”.

The police said Miss Margaret left home with her luggage on November 8 to an unknown destination and has not returned home.  The police appealed to people with useful information on the missing girls to report to the nearest police.

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Sowore: NBA blows hot as DSS invades court.

 
The Nigerian Bar Association (NBA) has called for the suspension of the Director General of the Department of State Services, (DSS), Yusuf Bichi.

The umbrella body of lawyers said this while condemning the invasion of a Federal High Court in Abuja by armed officials of the DSS.

DAILY POST had reported that DSS operatives on Friday chased out lawyers from the courtroom and attacked journalists after which they re-arrested Sowore.

Following the invasion of the courtroom, the trial judge, Justice Ijeoma Ojukwu adjourned the matter till February 11, 12 and 13 for definite hearing.

This is coming less than a day after Sowore was released by the DSS after an Abuja Federal High Court ordered for his release within 24 hours.

However, NBA in reaction, said it was disgraceful that the ‘court riot’ occasioned by the high handedness and insensitivity of the security operatives interrupted judicial proceedings and made the Presiding Judge to abandon proceedings because of safety concerns.

The body further called on the National Assembly to review the laws setting up the DSS and all security agencies in Nigeria, with a view to repositioning them to be more responsible and responsive to the public.

A statement DAILY POST obtained from NBA’s official Twitter page reads, “The Nigerian Bar Association is greatly dismayed at the exhibition of primitivity, thuggery, insane passion for lawlessness, contempt and disrespect for the rule of law by the agents of the Department of State Services (DSS) within the precincts of the Federal High Court, Abuja while attempting to re-arrest Citizens Omoyele Sowore and Olawale Bakare.

“The NBA has been properly briefed – beyond the shameful videos of the incident in public domain- by our members who witnessed the disgraceful and crass violation of the hallowed precincts of the law by the officers of the Department of State Services, an agency of the Federal Government of Nigeria.

“The Nigerian Bar Association strongly condemns the action of the Department of State Security, which is another in the series of impunity and lawlessness exhibited by the DSS. The invasion of the court by the agency of the Federal Government of Nigeria runs contrary to the avowed assurances of the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria that he will ensure that the Federal Government and agencies under it obeys court orders. The disrespect of the court by the DSS is legendary and unrivalled.

“Few days ago, the officers of the Nigerian Police Force exhibited similar traits when it also invaded the precincts of the High Court, Effurun to arrest Mr. Ademi-Akpeto, Chairman of Sapele branch of the NBA. Many Nigerians are still in unlawful custody and not charged to court. Nigerians are now under siege by security agents who have no regards for the law and the courts.

“The NBA urges all Nigerians to be alive to their responsibilities as citizens of the Federal Republic of Nigeria and is ready to partner with all Nigerians and civil society organisations to ensure that the rights of Nigerians as guaranteed by Chapter 4 of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, 1999 as amended are not trampled upon by by any agency of government.

It also demanded that the Attorney General of the Federation, take over all the political cases or case involving politically exposed persons presently handled by the DSS.”
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10 land grabbers arrested for unleashing terror on Ogun community.

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The Ogun State Police Command has arrested 10 suspected members of a land grabbing syndicate who unleashed terror on innocent residents of Ewujomo village via igbosoro in ogijo area of the state.

The suspects are : Ismaila Lawal, Tope Oniyide, Sodiq Lawal, Ahmed Olaringbe, Gafar Kafo, Ismaila Haruna, Okanlawon Olabinjo, Kamoru Arulogun, Suleman Oresesun and Kazeem Oresesun .

Spokesman for the command, DSP Abimbola Oyeyemi, explained that the suspects were arrested following a distress call received by policemen in Ogijo division, that some hoodlums armed with dangerous weapons, stormed the community on motorcycles, causing frightened villagers to scamper for safety.

Oyeyemi said , “upon receiving the information, the DPO Ogijo division, CSP Suleman Baba Muhammed , mobilized his men and moved to the scene.
On sighting the policemen, the hoodlums whose actions has thrown the community into pandemonium started shooting sporadically but were overpowered by the Police team . Ten of them were apprehended while others escaped with various degrees of injuries.

“Recovered from the arrested suspects are, two live cartridges, two expended cartridges, one expended Brownie pistol ammunition, charm and three Bajaj motorcycles.

Meanwhile the Commissioner of Police , CP Kenneth Ebrimson , has ordered the immediate transfer of the suspects to State Criminal Investigation and Intelligence Department , SCIID for discreet investigation.

“The CP who praised the gallantry display of his men, warned that anybody with criminal intent would not find a safe haven in Ogun state and that any criminal who decides to test the will power of the command would meet his Waterloo”.

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How Kaduna accountant stole N9m company’s money.

 
The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, has arraigned one Ibrahim Suleiman, 34, before Justice Darius Khobo of the Kaduna State High Court, Kaduna.

The defendant was arraigned on a one-count charge of criminal breach of trust and abuse of office to the tune of N9,000,000.

Trouble started for Suleiman, following a petition by one Mohammed B. Umar of New Capital Properties Limited to the Kaduna Zonal Office of the Commission, dated November 1, 2019 , wherein he alleged that the sum N5, 000,000 was withdrawn by the defendant, who was the company’s accountant on December 8, 2017 without authorization, but was returned on March 9, 2018.

He further alleged that later, another N5, 000,000 and N4, 000,000 were withdrawn by defendant on July 24, 2018 and November 27, 2018 respectively without authorisation and was never refunded.

All of these, the petitioner alleged, were discovered during a reconciliation of the company’s account.


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Pastor remanded over alleged attempt to kill female colleague.

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The pastor in charge of The Life House Ministry, Ojo Barracks, Ojo, Lagos, Pastor Benjamin Akinsanya was on Tuesday arraigned before an Igbosere Chief Magistrate`s Court for allegedly sponsoring a six-man gang of suspected assassins to kill a female pastor, Janet Ogunsola over spiritual popularity tussle.

Other defendants charged alongside the pastor whose church is located on Ifeoma Street, opposite Ojo Barracks, Ojo, included Darlington Orji, 25, and liberty Elvis, 29.

The trial Magistrate, A.A. Famobiwo who ordered their remand said they should remain in custody of the Nigerian Correctional Services (NCS) until they perfect their bail.

Prosecuting CSP C.C. Onwumere informed the court that the defendants committed the offence in October 2019 at 1, Adeleye Street, Ojo, Lagos.

The pastor and others are facing a five-count charge bothering on attempted murder and belonging to an unlawful society called Aiye cult confraternity.

Police counsel, CSP Onwumere C.C informed the court that the accused persons committed the offence in October, 2019 at 1, Adeleye Street, Ojo, Lagos.

Onwumere told the court that Pastor Akinsanya allegedly sponsored the two other defendants and others still at large, to help him kill the complainant for becoming more popular than him in church ministry in Ojo area of Lagos.

It was alleged that Akinsanya, 56, allegedly paid the suspects N500,000 to terminate the life of the female pastor in charge of Glorious Chapel Ministry located at 1, Adeleye Street, Ojo, to prevent her from being more popular spiritually than him in Ojo environs.

Police alleged that sometime in October, 2019, the suspects, with others still at large, invaded the residence of the complainant armed with guns to attempt to kill her.

It was alleged that when the defendants, could not find the complainant at home, they allegedly shot sporadically into her residence and left.

Following the development, the complainant sent a save-our-soul petition to the Inspector General of Police, (IGP) Mohammed Adamu.

The complainant, Pastor Ogunsola had stated that a woman came to her church to complain of problems and that she led her prayer warriors to pray for her and she left.

“After about a month, the woman came back to my church to give testimonies that the prayer she received in my church has solved her
problems.

“She also stated that she had been battling with the problems for the past eight years at Akinsanya’s Church without solution.

“When Akinsanya heard of the testimonies, he vowed to kill me because almighty God used me to solve the problem of his former church member”,
Ogunsola stated.

Following the report, IGP Adamu directed the Deputy Commissioner of Police, DCP in charge of FSARS, Lagos, Durosimi Olatoye to hunt down
the suspects.

Olatoye gave a marching order to his crack team led by Supol Garba Oseni to fish out the suspects anywhere they may be hiding.

And the police team arrested the pastor who later led the operatives to arrest two of the suspects while others managed to escape.

The defendants, however, pleaded not guilty.

Magistrate Famobiwo granted them bail in the sum of N100, 000 each with two sureties each in the like sum.

He adjourned the case until December 12.

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Police Rescue Kidnapped Corps Member In Lagos.

 
The police in Lagos has rescued Onyiwara Chinwe Faith, a member of the National Youth Service Corps, who was abducted by suspected kidnappers.

Onyiwara was rescued on Tuesday by Hakeem Odumosu, Commissioner of Police in Lagos and Coordinator of the Police Service Commission.

According to Bala Elkana, spokesperson for the command, Onyiwara serving at ABC Farm, Ilamija Nla Village, was abducted on Friday, November 29.

He said, "The kidnappers’ ring leader, Moses Ofeye, 31 from Ondo State, was arrested with gun wounds.

"The victim was taken to hospital for medical attention due to the shock and trauma she experienced and long distance trek. But she is in stable condition.

"She has just been handed over to the Lagos State Coordinator of the NYSC and her family by the Commissioner of Police."


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Italian police bust two Nigerian mafia gangs, arrest 32.

  
Two Nigerian mafia clans operating in Italy and abroad to traffic and sell Nigerian women into sex slavery and prostitution have been busted by Italian police.

In a massive operation on Tuesday, some 32 people were arrested in Puglia, Sicily, Campania, Calabria, Lazio, Abruzzo, Marche, Emilia Romagna, Veneto and, abroad, in Germany, France, Netherlands and Malta.

The report by ANSA, Italian news agency did not indicate whether the 32 are all Nigerians and whether there were European collaborators arrested with them.

In July, the Italian Police also announced the arrest of 19 Nigerians, said to be members of a mafia.

Those probed are suspected of conspiracy, trafficking, making slaves of women, extortion, robbery, bodily harm, sexual violence and exploitation of prostitution, police said.

The probe was led by Bari anti-mafia prosecutors and coordinated by the central operational service in Rome with the help of Interpol.

The investigation was carried out by the Bari flying squad.

The two clans were the Supreme Vikings Confraternity and the Supreme Eye Confraternity, better known as “Reds” e “Blues”.

The gangs operated with the slogan “the three Ds”, referring to “donne, denaro e droga” (women, money and drugs).

Some 49 people were placed under investigation, all Nigerian nationals.

Investigators said the women, most of them trafficked and subjected to physical and psychological violence, also via voodoo rites, were forced to become sex workers.

The proceeds of the prostitution rackets were sent to Nigeria via couriers or ‘hawala’ systems, or reinvested in drug trafficking.

The probe found an exponential rise in cash flows from Italy to Nigeria, which was estimated by the Bank of Italy at 74.79 million euros in 2018, double what it had been in 2016, and consisting of 6.2 million illegal proceeds per month.

Investigators compared this to the numbers of Nigerians in Italy, equal to 105,000 as of June 30 this year – most of them men, with a lower employment rate (45.1%) than the general non-EU population (59.1%) and the highest unemployment rate (34.2% compared to 14.9% of non EU nationals).

The bust was hailed by politicians including Brothers of Italy (FdI) leader Giorgia Meloni who said “we must extirpate this cancer” and League MP Rossano Sasso who said the probe had highlighted the need, yet again, to close down the vast CARA asylum seeker centre in Bari, where much of the trafficking and drug dealing allegedly took place.

Interior Minister Luciana Lamorgese said “today’s international operation attests to the attention and hard work of the investigators and police forces to combat on the whole national territory all the various ramifications of the Nigerian mafia”.

The Bari prosecutor’s office warned against exploiting the probe to tar all Nigerian migrants with the same brush.

“Let there be no exploitation of this affair. The Nigerians who have been arrested are persons who committed crimes, exactly like we do with people of any colour, race or country.

“Then there are very many Nigerians who asked help in the forms laid down by the law, asking the Italian State, that is, to intervene to restore order and justice”.

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