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1. The Nigerian Authorities Has Taken A Great Step Forward To Eliminate Bribery & Corruption In The Country. Here Are The Numbers To Call If Nigerian Police Tries To Extort Money From You!
If a police officer tries to extort you or extorts you, no need to be lamenting about how badly behaved police officers are, just call to complain about the officer who wronged you. Get his details and call the Police Public Complaint Rapid Response Unit
PCRRU is available 24/7 via the following channels; Phone Calls Only: 08057000001, 08057000002 | SMS/WhatsApp Only: 08057000003 | BBM:58A2B5DE
2. IGP Has Dismissed Four Police Officers For Extorting N50k From A Resident In Ogun.
The Inspector General of Police, Ibrahim Idris, has ordered the dismissal of four police officers found guilty of extorting money from members of the police.
According to a statement released today by the Assistant Commissioner of Police, Public Complaint Rapid Response Unit(PCRRU), Abayomi Shogunle, the affected police officers attached to the Ijebu-Ode area command in Ogun state are:
(1) AP. No 122800 Inspr. Mufutau Olaosun, (2) F/No. 366127 Sgt. Adebayo Temitope, (3) F/No. 455593 Cpl. Bakare Taiwo and (4) F/No. 455554 Cpl. Adesoye Ayokunlehin. They were charged, tried and found guilty in an Orderly Room conducted at the Area Command Headquarters, Ijebu-Ode for two offences against discipline as provided for in Paragraphs E (iii) Discreditable Conduct and C (ii) Corrupt Practice under the First Schedule of Police Act and Regulations Cap. P19. Laws of the Federation of Nigeria 2004.
According to the statement, on the 12th of June, 2017 the Public Complaint Rapid Response Unit (PCRRU) received a complaint via WhatsApp number 0805 700 0003 which states thus; “Good morning sir, My name is (Withheld), living in ijebu ode, on Wednesday afternoon I went to withdraw money from the bank and am been sent by my boss when going back to the office some policeman car just double cross me and collect my phone telling I stole the phone I should follow the to the station and the took me to igbeba police station here in ijebu asked me to do frog jump from outside to a room, which I did to afford being beating. After gotten there they started calling a internet fraudster which I told them am not that am an (withheld) and they started beating slapping me and forcing me to write a statement which they are the one telling me what to write and after that they collected 50,000 from me( from my boss money which I went to withdraw before ealizing me. Sir that’s my story. All this are not good and policeman are meant to protect us but this nowadays police officer have turn this to another thing by using their power to ride civilians, maltreating and harassing civilian. The officers name who headed the squad are been called which I overhead are name: one is Omo Alaja while the second is called AY but don’t know the name of the other 2 officer. Please sir you have to stop this kind of officer because they are taking this to far” The complaint was immediately registered, Tracking Number #PCRRU451591issued and investigation initiated. The Divisional Police Officer (DPO) Igbeba Division, Ijebu-Ode was mandated to commence an enquiry straightaway. The policemen were identified and it was discovered that they apprehended the complainant on 7th June, 2017 without any reasonable cause and extorted the sum of Fifty Thousand Naira (N50,000) “Bail Money” despite the #BailisFreecampaign before he was eventually released same day. The extorted N50,000 was subsequently recovered from these unethical policemen who were armed in plain clothes on the day of the incident. Their action is contrary to the directives of the Inspector-General of Police and unacceptable. According to the statement, necessary disciplinary measures were initiated against the erring policemen.
They were found guilty as charged in an Orderly Room trial after the presentation of witnesses and exhibits. Punishment of dismissal from service was recommended by the Adjudicating officer and proceedings reviewed by the relevant Nigeria Police Force (NPF) authorities. The punishment of dismissal from service has been upheld with immediate effect and all NPF uniforms and accouterments including warrant cards (ID cards) issued to the men have been retrieved with all dismissal procedures completed. The complainant was also handed back his N50,000 with an apology a day after he lodged the complaint.
The elated man after receiving his money thanked the PCRRU, he said “Great job you people are doing right there, thank you for the prompt response”.
Members of the public are advised not to resort to self-help when faced with case of police misconduct, but are enjoined to report such to the PCRRU for resolution.
PCRRU is available 24/7 via the following channels; Phone Calls Only: 08057000001, 08057000002 | SMS/WhatsApp Only: 08057000003 | BBM:58A2B5DE | Twitter: @PoliceNG_PCRRU | Facebook: www.facebook.com/PolicePCRRU | Email: firstname.lastname@example.org OR PolicePCRRU@gmail.com
3. Abacha Injected Yar’Adua With Virus That Killed Him' - Former President Obasanjo Alleged.
Former President Olusegun Obasanjo, has alleged that former military dictator, Sani Abacha, injected a deadly virus into Shehu Musa Yar'Adua, an Army major general who served as his Chief of Staff, while the deceased, MKO Abiola and himself were in prison.
The former president disclosed this at a dinner program organized by an inter-denominational Christian organization, Christ The Redeemer’s Friends International of the Redeemed Christian Church of God, Lagos Province 39 Chapter yesterday July 8th.
According to Sahara Reporters, Obasanjo alleged that Yar’Adua was poisoned by Abacha’s killer squad, adding that he was to be next victim, but that he was saved by God’s divine grace.
“Two people had earlier told me Abacha promised that three of us would not come out of prison or detention alive; myself. Shehu Yar Adua and MKO Abiola. And two of them did not come out alive. So, that I came out alive, maybe God has a purpose. And therefore if the purpose is for me to serve the people and by so doing, serve God, then so be it. Abacha claimed that I was plotting a coup. I wasn’t the first to be arrested. When Shehu (Yar’Adua) was arrested, I tried to plead for his release. When Abacha said he didn’t know about Shehu’s arrest, I said to him, ‘the number two man in this country cannot be arrested without you knowing.’ He then said he would go and find out. In Abacha’s plan, he left God out of it and because he left God out of his plan, it (his government) eventually failed. There is God’s hand in the life of each and every one of us and every institution. I believe that very well.
When I was arrested, they took me to a house in Ikoyi (Lagos) and that became my abode (I was) in isolation, for three months. In the meantime, there were national and international pressures for my release, (former US) President Jimmy Carter was one of the world leaders that came to ask for my release. Some African leaders like Yoweri Museveni and Robert Mugabe came. I believe it was because of those pressures that I was released from isolation in Ikoyi where I was under house arrest.”
According to the former president, one of the worst days on earth would be the day he was court-martialled and sentenced
“I must say that, that day, in a split second, it felt like the worst day in my life. What flashed through my mind was that I was forever ruined. I asked myself, ‘What did I do to deserve this? Is this what I get for serving Nigeria?’ But then, I told myself again that this was not done to me by Nigeria, but that one man did it for me.”
Obasanjo said he and Yar’Adua were detained in Jos and Port Harcourt prisons because they were the best prisons in the country at the time.
“I was to go to Jos (prison) and Yar’Adua was to go to Port Harcourt (prison). In Jos, I was visited by my colleagues, including Yakubu Danjuma, Joe Garba, Domkat Bali, many of our colleagues, and then family members and friends. Then a decision was made that I was becoming too popular in Jos prison and I had to be transferred to Yola prison which is a native authority prison and I don’t need to tell you what life was there. In Jos prison, before I was transferred to Yola prison, they had decided that Shehu Yar’Adua and myself should be poisoned. So, they took him from Port Harcourt prison to Abakaliki. In the process, he was injected with the virus that killed him.
The same was supposed to be done to me. The man who came took me from the prison to a guest house in the GRA in Jos, said, ‘We know you have a problem with cholesterol so I have to take your blood for a test.’ Then I said, ‘Not on your life, I don’t have any problem with cholesterol. I was slightly diabetic. But God had taken care of it because I was checking my blood sugar almost on a daily basis and it had become better than normal. So, I refused him (the man) touching me with anything. So, they took me to Yola and he said, ‘when you get to where you are going, we will come again.’”
Obasanjo said a doctor and specialist in the prison saved him from being poisoned. “The doctor was a professional man in charge of the General Hospital in Yola. He listened to my case that I needed special food because I was diabetic. He said the specialist would come to see me. The specialist turned out to be somebody from Okeogun in Oyo State. Two, he was a Baptist, and three, he had heard about me and knew me. So, he looked at me and said, ‘Don’t let anybody touch you with anything.
Within three weeks the man that came to me earlier returned again and said he wanted to take my blood. I said, ‘No, you have to get my doctor to come and take my blood for you.’ That was the arrangement between me and the doctor. And my doctor came and he brought a syringe and he took my blood and gave it to him. He now asked the man, ‘When would we have the result? ’The man said, ‘Within 24 hours of my getting to Abuja.’I haven’t heard the result until today.”
Obasanjo said after his release from prison, he gave into pressure to contest for the presidency and he ended up becoming president for two terms by the grace of God. “Nigeria that was a pariah state became a darling (of the world). What is the lesson for me? I developed in prison but unfortunately, I was not able to sustain it. Maybe because there was nothing else to do in prison except to pray and fast. I used to fast a lot. On three occasions, I fasted for seven days, no water, no food… a unique power was given to me by God. In all these, God did not leave me alone, and I know that. I say to people that God has never let me alone nor disappointed me in spite of all. I am a sinner. It is not because of my goodness, but because of the grace of God, and the grace of God continues to abound.”
4. Lagos State Government Has Given The Reasons For The Serious Flood In Lekki, VI, Ikoyi, Lagos Island.
The Lagos state government has released a statement on the flood that ravaged some parts of the state particularly Lekki, VI and Lagos Island. According to the statement, blocked drainages caused by indiscriminate dumping of refuse is a major cause of the flood. The statement also adds that the Lagoon which is supposed to receive all the rain water is currently swollen. Read the statement below!
Lagos State Government on Sunday urged residents to remain calm and vigilant in the wake of the torrential rain experienced in the State in the last few days. State’s Commissioner for the Environment, Dr. Babatunde Adejare, who spoke after inspecting areas affected by the flood in the State, allayed fears of residents, assuring that the Government has activated its emergency response system to respond efficiently where necessary. He said most of the flooding would recede after a period of time, attributing the cause to the high tide of the lagoon, slowing down the flow of rainfall water from drainage channels.
"We are on top of the situation. The Government is concerned by the recent occurrence of flooding in some parts of Victoria Island, Lekki, Oniru and its environs and our emergency lines 112 and 767 are open 24/7 for residents to report any emergency situation," he said.
But more importantly, the Commissioner urged residents in the habit of dumping refuse indiscriminately especially in drainage channels to stop forthwith, saying that engaging in such does not only portend health hazards, but could also lead to loss of lives and property. He said dumping refuse in drainages meant to take flood water to the lagoon, blocks such channels and as such had dire consequences that could lead to loss of lives and properties.
Adejare also expressed concerns that despite the vigorous campaign by the Government on the dangers of dumping refuse indiscriminately, some people still engage in such act.
“The lagoon is swollen up, there is high tide, so it would lock on our outfalls, the water would not recede or go into the lagoon as fast as it used to be, so that’s one of the main reason why we are having flooding all over the place and coupled with our own man made problems such as people blocking the drainage channels, people even building on drainage channels, that’s what has also been causing all these problems.
“That is a criminal thing to do, it is not good, their actions can lead to loss of lives and definitely to damage of properties, so they should stop it because it would affect some people adversely. You do not need to dump refuse in drainages, eventually we would come to pick them up and with our improved services through the reforms that we are carrying out, there would not be anything like that, we would be evacuating solid waste faster than we have done,” Adejare said. He said that the Government was concerned about the safety of residents, hence the continuous call on those living in flood-prone areas to relocate temporarily pending when the rain recedes.
“Like we have been telling them, if the rain still persist, please don’t go out of your homes, except you are living by the coast or by the low line. If you are one of those, you have to move upland, move away from the coast until the rain recedes. But if you are living upland and it’s raining persistently and it’s not necessary or compulsory for you to go out, please stay indoors. If you also have contact with flood water, wash your hands always, whatever has been touched by the flood water should not be eaten, it’s important,” Adejare said.
The Commissioner also assured residents that the ongoing reforms in the environment sector through the Cleaner Lagos Initiative would evolve a viable solid waste management system which would make the State cleaner and healthy for residents.
“This is a transition period, most importantly it’s not that the reforms have taken so long, you need to plan very well so that you don’t plan to fail. We are making sure that when we start, we don’t hope to fail, we hope to give our people a world class service in solid waste management, that’s what we are planning for and we need to take our time to do that and give Lagosians good service. It would commence, it would succeed and it would give us a better way of managing our solid waste here”, he said. He however urged residents to continue to maintain a high level of cleanliness, especially in disposing their refuse, while assuring that the Governor Akinwunmi Ambode-led administration would not relent in its efforts until it achieves a cleaner Lagos.
“I want to tell our people, no pain, no gain. To embark on any kind of reform is always very tedious, as a government the priority is to see these reforms through and to make our people live better. Our refuse should not be a disgrace to us, it should be a resource and that’s what we intend to pursue,” Adejare said.
5. Ooni of Ife, 4 governors had their phones stolen at the wedding of Dabiri and Gov. Amosun's children.
It was a gathering of the crème of society and everyone who can be tagged a celebrity attended. It was the wedding of former Miss Ayomide Amosun and Oladipupo Dabiri.
Ayomide is the first daughter of Governor Amosun and his wife, Olufunsho. The bride is a lawyer and was called to the Nigerian Bar in December 2015. The groom, Oladipo is the eldest of the two sons of the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Foreign Relations and Diaspora Matters, Hon. Abike Dabiri-Erewa. He schooled in Bristol, United Kingdom and recently relocated to Nigeria.
One of the wedding guests, journalist Azuka, revealed that phones were stolen at the occasion.
She wrote "The royal fathers were in the building at the Dabiri and Amosu's wedding in Abeokuta 🙌🙌 I am still in awe of how the Ooni's phone, his best friend Jide Fadairo's phone and four governors phone was stolen at the wedding? I mean what about their security details, were they dozing or what? Even on our table my friend @winolive iphone and 30k was nicked from her purse😳😳😳 and immediately l mounted more security on my iPhone 7, because it is just 2 weeks old, l know l will faint in that hall if my own joins the missing ones or the thief will steal me along o😩😳😩😳😩"
Roll Call of dignitaries:
Notable Nigerians who witnessed the wedding include Acting President Professor Yemi Osinbajo and his adorable wife Dolapo; Senate President, Senator Bukola Saraki; Speaker of the House of Representatives, Rt. Hon. Yakubu Dogara; former President Olusegun Obasanjo, who is also a cousin to the bride’s father; Governor Akinwunmi Ambode; Senator Dino Melaye; Mr. Fola Adeola; Senator Gbenga Ashafa; Governor Rotimi Akeredolu; Governor Yerima Shettima; Governor Abdul – Azeez Yari; Governor Abiola Ajimobi; Governor Godwin Obaseki; Dr. Kayode Fayemi and his wife Erelu Bisi; Governor Bello Masari; Dr. John Odigie-Oyegun; Afenifere chieftain, Chief Ayo Adebanjo; Chief Kensington Adebutu; Chief Bisi Adegbuyi. Justice Alfa Belgore; Ooni of Ife, Oba Adeyeye Ogunwusi, the Oba of Lagos, Oba Rilwan Akiolu; Chief Bisi Akande; Mrs. Kemi Adeosun; Chief Ernest Shonekan; Alhaji Aliko Dangote; Mr Femi Otedola; Hajia Bola Shagaya; Alhaji Abdulsamad Rabiu; Senator Tokunbo Afikuyomi; Dr Ibe Kachikwu; Chief Chris Ngige; Chief Commander Ebenezer Obey; Chief Abdulrazak Okoya and his beautiful wife Shade; Otunba Subomi Balogun and his wife; Otunba Adekunle Ojora and his wife Erelu Ojuolape; Senator Daisy Danjuma; Hajia Zainab Abbah Folawiyo; Pastor Tunde Bakare; Bashorun Dele Momodu; Mr Dapo Abiodun; Prince Nduka Obaigbena; Mr Sam Amuka-Pemu; Alhaji Ismaila Funtua, Chief Emeka Anyaoku, Senator Olabiyi Durojaiye, Senator and Mrs Olorunnimbe Mamora, Senator Hadi Sirika, Mr & Mrs Tunde Ayeni, Oba Ade Adekeye, Lt. General Alani Akinrinade, Major General & Mrs Ike Nwachukwu; Mr Biodun Shobanjo; Chief Chris Okunowo’ among others.