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Panel Summons Dolapo Badmus, Ex-Lagos PPRO, Over ‘Brutalised’ Petitioner

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Dolapo Badmus, former police public relations officer in Lagos, has been summoned by the Lagos state judicial panel to determine a police officer who allegedly brutalised Olajide Fowotade, a petitioner.

The panel, which was arrange by the Lagos state authorities to probe police brutality and different associated issues, on Saturday, ordered that Badmus, who’s a chief superintendent of police (CSP), be served summons by means of Joseph Eboseremen, police counsel, to determine “Sergeant Ayo” who allegedly brutalised the petitioner in a visitors dispute alongside Ketu-Ikosi street whereas he was getting back from his office in 2017.

In his first look, Fowotade, a 60-year-old constructing contractor, alleged that one Sergeant Ayo from Ketu police station brutalised him on March 11, 2017, throughout a visitors dispute alongside Ketu-Ikosi street, which prompted him accidents, together with the lack of two enamel.

The petitioner instructed the panel that he didn’t know the surname of the police officer who brutalised him however might solely recognized him as “Ayo” from Ketu police station.

Fowotade stated Badmus, the previous spokesperson, is aware of the title of the sergeant and might determine him as a result of he was known as by Badmus that the police authorities had been within the case.

The petitioner stated Badmus received to learn about his alleged maltreatment when two nationwide newspapers revealed it on March 14, 2017.


“I used to be known as from Zone 2 by Dolapo Badmus, the spokesperson. After I received to her workplace, she requested me what occurred and I defined. She stated I ought to go and that they’ll name me again,”
he instructed the panel.


“4 days later, they known as me again, that AIG needs to see me, Kayode Aderanti was the AIG zone 2. The DPO introduced the 2 officers and defined to the AIG. A panel was arrange however I didn’t hear from them for months.”

On Saturday, the petition took one other dimension when Joseph Eboseremen, police counsel, introduced one Ayodele Odudu, a police inspector, to testify earlier than the panel on his involvement within the alleged brutality of the petitioner.

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Testifying earlier than the panel, Odudu narrated how he was enlisted to the power on June 1, 2001, and the assorted police instructions and formations he had been deployed to serve, including that he has by no means been deployed to Ketu police division.

When requested by Eboseremen if he is aware of the petitioner, the police inspector stated no.

Reacting to the testimony of the police inspector, Fowotade stated Odudu was not the police officer who brutalised him, including that the sergeant Ayo who brutalised him is dark-complexioned, in contrast to the police inspector who got here to testify earlier than the panel.

The petitioner stated that although he can’t state the complete title of the stated police officer, the previous public relations officer for zone 2 police command can determine the police officer, including that he talked about Badmus in his petition.

Responding, Emmanuel Eze, police counsel, stated the police authorized workforce was unable to achieve the accused officer.


“The petitioner didn’t point out the surname of Ayo. We couldn’t hint the title to zone 2 the place he claimed to have reported the incident. We couldn’t make headway,”
Eze instructed the panel.


“We have to get the case file of Ayo and his contact. We’re constrained to ask for an adjournment as a result of we’re with out the Ayo or the case file.”

Doris Okuwobi, chairperson of the panel, stated the summons ought to be served on Badmus and that the police counsel ought to be sure that the summons get to her.

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Additional listening to on the case was adjourned until January 15, 2021.

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Armed bandits assault Benue patrol workforce, kill one, injure one other

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By Peter Duru, Makurdi

A member of Benue Reside inventory Guard has been reportedly shot useless whereas an official of the Nigeria Safety and Civil Defence Corps, NSCDC, hooked up to the Agro-Rangers sustained accidents when suspected armed bandits ambushed them whereas on patrol at Mballagh Ward within the outskirts of Makurdi.

The workforce was mentioned to be on routine patrol of components of Makurdi, the state capital on Friday once they got here below extreme assault at about four pm.

Addressing the media on the event, Safety Adviser to the state governor, Col. Paul Hemba (retd) mentioned the incident occurred behind the Nigeria Military College of Navy Engineering, NASME, barracks in Makurdi.

In line with him, “Members of the Livestock Guards, who had been in firm of the Agro Rangers had been on their means again from patrol once they had been ambushed by some armed bandits, who noticed the patrol workforce coming and all of the sudden opened fireplace on them, killing one in all them, a member of the Livestock Guard immediately.

“His corpse has been deposited on the mortuary of the Benue State College Educating Hospital (BSUTH) whereas one different who’s from the Agro Rangers bought hit by the attention and he’s receiving remedy’’.

“On listening to this we instantly known as on members of Operation Whirl Stroke, who responded swiftly, however earlier than their arrival, the gunmen fled.”

Persevering with, Col. Hemba mentioned, “The sample of assaults now we have seen in current time is that they’re significantly focusing on members of the Livestock Guards, most likely to intimidate them and cease them from doing their job.

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Corroborating Hemba’s account, Commander of the Livestock Guards who was a part of the patrol workforce, Mr. Linus Zaki, mentioned “we had been patrolling the communities in that space on bikes when the incident occurred.

“We all of the sudden heard gunshots from each side of the highway. Sadly, we misplaced our males and one other was injured.

“These assaults won’t discourage us from doing our jobs as a result of we can’t vacate our land to them,” the Commander mentioned.

When contacted, the Police Public Relations Officer, Deputy Superintendent, DSP, Catherine Anene, mentioned she had not acquired the report of the incident.

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Sextuplets for policeman, spouse after 7yrs of childlessness

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…One useless, couple wants assist to maintain others alive

By Egufe Yafugborhi

IT has been a bittersweet expertise for Mr. Vibrant Akhimien, a police officer serving in Eleme, Rivers State, and spouse, Joyce, after God answered their prayers with fruit of the womb after seven years of childlessness.

On January 12, on the BridgeStone Hospital, Rukpoku, Obio-Akpor Native Authorities Space, closely pregnant Joyce was delivered of sextuplets, 4 boys and two ladies.

“Sure they got here as six however we misplaced one woman. 4 boys and a woman at the moment are left within the hospital incubators”, visibly perplexed Akhimien instructed Sunday Vanguard.

Rev. G. O. Ebojie, District Overseer, Foursquare Gospel Church, Elelenwo Zonal Headquarters, the place the Akhimiens worship, described the event as “miraculous blessing”.

Amidst the widespread pleasure amongst associates, kin, church, colleagues over the brand new 12 months blessing, the burden of settling payments on the hospital the place the infants are nonetheless below medical watch and caring for them afterwards stays herculean for the policeman and spouse.

He mentioned, “It’s an enormous factor of pleasure, little doubt. However I’m only a policeman making ends meet for household.

“The burden of caring for these youngsters is big however it’s nothing in comparison with the disgrace, stress and pains we’ve needed to endure these go seven years of childlessness.

“We thank God for answering our prayers. “I can’t assist however shout out to effectively which means people and teams to come back to our assist. We will’t do it on our personal.

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“Fortunately, out of sheer compassion, the hospital has frozen our invoice at N1.5million since we arrived via the supply.”

As Akhimien and spouse reside via the lengthy drawn problem of elevating the sextuplets turned quintuplets, good spirited people and teams touched to share the burden they must bear are enjoined to help in money or sort via FCMB 2440848014 account particulars of Vibrant I. Akhimien.

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Some individuals need Amotekun to fail — Makinde

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Governor Seyi Makinde of Oyo State believes some individuals need Oyo State Safety Community Company, also referred to as Operation Amotekun, to fail amid safety challenges in components of the state. Makinde additionally speaks on the second wave of COVID-19 and the measures his authorities is taking to handle them.

Regardless of the dedication of your authorities to the safety of the state, there have been some safety challenges with the police within the state seeming to not be self-motivated. Following the #EndSARS saga, the police in Oyo seem like reluctant to return to work absolutely. What’s going on?

The #EndSARS protests led to the lack of lives together with police personnel. There was a complete breakdown of belief and even between myself and the police as a result of they thought I needs to be supporting them (police). I mentioned then that the police ought to take the again seat and help different safety businesses however I didn’t say it as a result of I don’t love the officers and males of the police or as a result of we’re not appreciative of the work that they’re doing. I mentioned it as a result of they had been the goal of the #EndSARS protests. We didn’t need an escalation of pressure. However we’re within the strategy of rebuilding the belief and relationship and I can let you know that the officers and males of the Nigeria Police, Oyo State Command are doing their bit. It’s a troublesome state of affairs that all of us discover ourselves and other people thought #EndSARS has come and gone and they need to go on with their regular lives. No. It’s like when a thread is damaged. Sure, you’ll be able to be part of it however the size would have shortened.

So, I’ll commend the efforts of the officers and males of the police as a result of they’re doing their finest. Since I got here again from the US the place I spent 10 days, now we have been working with the Nigeria Police and I’m anticipating the brand new Commissioner of Police, CP Ngozi Onadeko. I can guarantee you that any second from now, we should sit down and work on that relationship. I wish to use this chance to thank the heads of our safety businesses. Sure, Oyo is huge and a troublesome terrain to safe however they’ve been doing their finest to safe our state. I’m additionally urging residents to permit members of safety businesses do their work with out concern of being focused for the work they’re doing.

One other concern that has turn into a significant concern is the high-handedness of the Amotekun Corps within the state, with the story of the killings perpetrated by operatives. What’s your authorities doing to make sure that the company doesn’t lose the boldness of the individuals too quickly?

Any killing by Amotekun, particularly when it occurs in error, is regrettable. The case of the 23-year-old Tosin Thomas in Mokola space of Ibadan is condemnable. As a authorities, now we have made it abundantly clear that we don’t need any life to be misplaced in any avoidable circumstance and that’s the reason we gained’t hesitate to impose punishment on any Amotekun operative that’s caught doing issues in opposition to the legislation that arrange the group. As you could remember, the officer who pulled the set off has been dismissed and handed over to the police whereas his whole group has additionally been dismissed for being discovered culpable. For the previous six weeks that Amotekun has been deployed, now we have seen numerous experiences in newspapers. Most of those experiences are good however a couple of are unhealthy. And of the unhealthy, fairly a quantity are false info and pretend information. For instance, some newspapers carried a report that Amotekun killed seven Fulani herdsmen in Ibarapa.

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Such a narrative was circulated to stoke ethnic pressure. Even, some respected media homes fell for this whereas the actual story was that Amotekun labored with group members, together with real herdsmen to flush out unhealthy components from the forests of Ibarapa and part of Oke Ogun. Every time you see a information merchandise, you wish to ask your self whether it is plausible or simply some no-good-people at work. I’ve to let you know that there are individuals amongst us who don’t need Amotekun to succeed and they’ll use lies and disinformation to push their agenda. We should realise the place we’re coming from and the place we actually wish to be.

Neighborhood policing is the best way ahead and now we have to make it work. If anyone says he’s abused by Amotekun and he can not pinpoint the Amotekun personnel in such space, the particular person might be not from that neighbourhood and he’s a faux information provider. On a common stage, whether or not it’s the police or Amotekun, I do know we do have belief deficit between the individuals and the authorities, and this makes it simpler to assume the worst of individuals in authority.

However we must always not minimize our noses to spite our faces. We should discover a steadiness in order that we don’t flip the individuals making an attempt to guard us to our enemies. We’re conscious that the belief deficit exists and now we have to do extra to bridge that hole and to earn the belief of the individuals.

However to handle your query straight, we’re going to put in place measures to make sure that Amotekun adheres strictly to requirements and ethics that can proceed to foster public confidence within the outfit. The truth is, I’ve mentioned it that anybody who has a real case in opposition to members of the Amotekun Corps ought to come ahead with their grievances. You should utilize any of the channels now we have put in place to make your case recognized and I can guarantee you that the case will likely be pursued to the complete extent of legislation.

Insecurity will not be peculiar to Oyo. It’s happening throughout the nation at this era, with a bulk of the challenges linked to youth unemployment. Having expressed the readiness to interact youths in a number of schemes and employment alternatives, is there any plan for unskilled individuals to be engaged by way of agriculture and different sectors?

I can let you know that we’re working in the direction of participating expert and unskilled youths by way of Agribusiness, Micro, Small and Medium Scale Enterprises and even direct labour for tasks throughout completely different businesses. It’s not simple as a result of now we have too a lot of our youths that aren’t engaged in something. So, they’ve discounted the longer term.

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I used to be telling anyone this afternoon that if a few of our youths moving into violence have wives, youngsters, and a few cash of their pockets, they are going to begin pondering severely about dwelling lengthy. But when they don’t have any of those, they are going to simply stay for the second. We’re not even saying one week down the road not to mention of 1 or 10 years down the road. On the safety assembly held final week, all of us agreed that we should put in a deliberate coverage to interact the youths and likewise see how we are able to reverse the rural-urban migration.

Final 12 months, after the ENDSARS protests, we talked about three issues that we might do to cut back youth unemployment and enhance the safety state of affairs within the state. We talked concerning the N500 million MSME fund, employment alternatives for five,000 younger individuals throughout all authorities businesses schemes and provision for direct labour company. We now have put these interventionist initiatives on this 12 months’s price range and we will likely be implementing them as scheduled. I believe we’re laying the suitable basis. In case you take a look at a lot of the tasks that we’re doing, for instance, Farmer’s Academy, which is at Awe, few of our youths are there proper now. Oyo State Agribusiness Improvement Company (OYSADA) is at Saki.

We are attempting to get individuals to go everywhere in the state. And also you additionally take a look at the infrastructural tasks that we’re embarking on, they’re concentrating on our financial system. On sports activities, we’re fixing the stadium at Oyo, Ogbomoso, Saki, Igbo Ora, Iseyin and the Olubadan Stadium right here aside from the Lekan Salami Stadium, Adamasingba, which we’re renovating and remodelling. These are issues I believe we should do to start out scouting for abilities and capturing the minds of our youths. After all, we’re coming from a gap. So, you don’t anticipate that magic goes to occur inside 18 months however we’ll preserve striving and I believe we’re successful the struggle.

Wanting on the implementation of the COVID-19 protocol within the state, in the course of the first wave…

(Cuts in) There is no such thing as a second wave of COVID-19. We’re nonetheless within the first wave, as a result of I requested specialists on the difficulty of wave and so they made reference to the 1918 Spanish Flu.

The primary wave was throughout winter and so they acquired a respite as a result of they went by way of summer time, warmth and by the second winter, they’d one other flare-up of their state of affairs. However right here, it’s summer time all 12 months spherical. We don’t have winter. So, we’re nonetheless coping with the identical state of affairs since March of final 12 months.

However having simply returned from overseas, shouldn’t you have got gone into self-isolation primarily based on the protocol because it was enforced previously?

Between the 29th of December and three days in the past, I’ve had 4 COVID-19 exams. I did one on 29th to allow me to depart Nigeria.

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Once I acquired to the U.S. as a result of I flew by way of Dubai, they’d a 96-hour window and requested me to run one other check in any other case I couldn’t fly. I did one other one on the third of January as a result of my flight out was on the sixth of January however the outcome didn’t come out till the morning of the seventh. They didn’t enable me to fly on the sixth.

The outcome got here out on the seventh however it was greater than 96 hours. So, I nonetheless couldn’t fly. I needed to do one other check on the morning of the seventh, which got here identical day and I acquired on the flight on the seventh and arrived in Dubai. That was the third check. For Nigeria, you require a 72 hours check. My flight to Nigeria was on the 11th. So, on Sunday the 10th, I did one other check.

The protocol says in one other two weeks I ought to do one other check. So, I’ll do one other check. If inside the previous ten days, I’ve accomplished 4 COVID-19 exams and they’re all negatives, I’m positive of my standing and I’ve continued to take care of the non-pharmaceutical procedures of utilizing nostril masks and social distancing.

On the enforcement of the usage of face masks, is Oyo State contemplating imposing sanction on violators?

On the enforcement of utilization of face masks, this authorities spent N60 million to make a million face masks and we anticipate that we must always see the lively inhabitants, the market individuals and all people that’s presupposed to put on face masks, put that at 5 million in Oyo State, put on the masks. And if we supplied a million face masks, while you exit on the road, you wish to see a minimum of 20 per cent compliance however we didn’t see that as a result of the danger notion right here was fairly low. So, I believe we must always focus extra on the advisory that we gave out. By simply being modest, Professor Alonge and his group and Professor Olaleye, the pinnacle of the Virology Unit in UCH, Dr. Ibiyemi, Dr. Fowotade are a few of the finest brains you will get anyplace on the earth.

We sat down after we realised we had been confronted with a state of affairs similar to this, we requested ourselves what to do and we mentioned we must always give attention to issues that can enhance the immune system. We gave out the advisory and we anticipate individuals to comply with it, as a result of they’re quite simple issues. You do dogonyaro steam, eat bitter cola. You eat bitter leaf soup. In case you put bitter leaf soup in egusi, I imply, they’re issues we do usually and so they enhance the immune system. In order that’s one of many issues that we mentioned now we have to do and we will even work on the danger notion.

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