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At last CSOs win as Police moves to arraign Kogi commissioner over alleged rape, brutality

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At last CSOs win as Police moves to arraign Kogi commissioner over alleged rape, brutality

At last the Nigerian Police Force has responded to public outcry as it has instituted a criminal case against the Kogi State Commissioner for Water Resources, Abdulmumuni Danga, at a Federal High Court in Abuja on a seven-count charge of rape and brutality.
This was happening agaisnt the background that the commissioner allegedly assaulted one Elizabeth Oyeniyi earlier this year.
Recall that Civil Society organisations and Human Rights groups had continued to mount pressure the police top hierarchy to launch a thorough investigation into the allegations.

The Police however responded with a directive ordering Mr Danga to appear in the police headquarters in Abuja on June 2 and July 5 for interrogation, where he made statements on the two visits.
At the new twist, the Commissioner was charged on seven counts, bothering on rape, brutality, coercion and torture at the High Court of the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja Judicial Division.

According to a charge sheet signed by ACP Effiong Asuquo, Esq, Prosecuting Counsel for the police, the case which was filed on September 4, 2020 would be prosecuted by the police on behalf of the Federal Government of Nigeria.

Danga would be arraigned alongside one Success Omadivi, 35, who was also found culpable in the course of investigation.

The offences leveled against Mr Danga include falsification of documents and threatening medical officer to forge test result, having carnal knowledge of Ms Onyeniyi without her consent, inflicting physical injury and torture by flogging. All the offences are contrary to multiple sections of the Violence Against Persons (Prohibition) Act, 2015.

The charge sheet reads in parts: “That you ABDULMUMI_JNI DANGA ‘M’ with other persons now at large; on or about the 29th day of March, 2020 at Lokoja; within the jurisdiction of this Honourable Court did falsify an audio recording purporting same to be the audio of Dr. Chinonyerem Welle, Medical Director, Police Hospital, Area 1, Garki, Abuja saying that she issued medical report for the rape and assault of Elizabeth Onyeniyi ‘F’ unlawfully; and thereby committed an offence contrary to section 7 of the Violence Against Persons (Prohibition) Act, 2015.
“That you ABDULMUMINI DANGA ‘M’, SUCCESS OMADIVI ‘F’ with other persons now at large; on or about the 29th day of March, 2020 at Lokoja; within the jurisdiction of this Honourable Court did falsify an audio recording purporting same to be a lady talking to another female saying that Elizabeth Onyeniyi ‘F’ confessed to her that she was not raped by the Defendant, ABDULMUMINI DANGA ‘M’ but that it was Natasha that asked her to say she was raped; and thereby committed an offence contrary to section 7 Of the Violence Against Persons (Prohibition) Act, 2015”.
While justifying the transfer of the case to Abuja, the police officer who conducted the investigation, Amaka Okoh, stated that if the case was tried in Lokoja or anywhere in Kogi State, there was a probability that Ms Oyeniyi and other witnesses could be victimised by Mr Danga, who is a politician.
“That in view of the above security concern, it is desirable that this matter be tried in the Federal Capital Territory High Court, Abuja,” Mrs Okoh said in an affidavit she signed and submitted to the court. Recall that Ms Oyeniyi had accused Mr Danga of brutalising her after he allegedly raped her severally on March 29. She explained further that the commissioner humiliated and raped her severally with a threat to kill her but for the presence of her child. In a swift reaction, the state commissioner for information, Kingsley Fanwo, disclosed that governor Yahaya Bello had ordered an investigation so the truth could be uncovered.

“Accordingly, the Governor has ordered accelerated investigation into the matter and hereby assures both accuser and accused, as well as the general public, that the whole truth will be uncovered and justice served as appropriate.

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Abuja residents in panic mode as #ENDSARS protesters face counter force

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There is apprehension among residents of FCT over fears of reprisals from those whose properties were destroyed on Monday allegelly by the pro-SARS  protesters that came to counter the #ENDSARS group that have been very peaceful.
Many have been calling their loved ones to stay indoor tomorrow as the fear of the unknown envelopes the city.
The NationalUpdate gathered that Monday’s protest turned violent at the Apo District of the Abuja car spare parts market hub as thugs opposed to the endless protests unleashed mayhem setting ablaze dozens of cars for sale.
The video of the scene of burning cars went viral as many residents expressed fear that Tuesday may not be a day of peace.
At press time, the authorities are yet to make any official statement on the matter as angry traders chased around the alleged hoodlums with axes and cudgels.
Though the protests have been taking its toll on the economy as the youths have been holding everybody to ransome but it had been mostly been peaceful until the Apo incidence.

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Journalist’s Detention: NUJ berates IGP, Minister of State Power

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Journalist’s Detention: NUJ berates IGP, Minister of State Power

The Nigeria Union of Journalists, FCT Council, has described as abuse of power the arrest and detention of Mr. Tom Oga Uhia, publisher of Power Steering magazine by the police.

Uhia was arrested Wednesday night in a Gestapo manner by the men of the Force Criminal Investigation Department, (FCID) Abuja on the instructions of the Minister of State, Power, Mr. Godwin Jeddy Agba.

In a statement on Friday by Chairman and Secretary of the NUJ FCT Council, Emmanuel Ogbeche and Ochiaka Ugwu, respectively, the union noted that if the minister believes he has been either defamed or suffered libel, he should seek judicial remedy through the courts rather than resorting to abuse of power and privilege using the police.

“It is obvious that recent events are not enough lessons to officials in power that there is always a day of reckoning. If the Minister of State, Power, Mr. Godwin Jeddy Agba feels strongly that he has suffered libel or defamation, what he ought to do is to seek legal remedy through the courts rather than using the police to arrest and detain Uhia, for over 72 hours without being charged to court,” the statement said.

“The NUJ FCT is not unaware of serious security challenges facing the country and urges the Inspector General of Police to channel valuable time and energy in confronting these issues including the growing nationwide protests against police harassment, brutality and impunity rather than arresting and detaining a journalist without being charged to court after 72 hours.

“We call on the IGP to unconditionally release Mr. Uhia and advice Mr. Jeddy Agba to follow the due process of the law if he is persuaded he has any case.

“The NUJ will resist any attempt to stifle press freedom and gag journalists in the performance of their constitutional role of holding government and its officials accountable to the people,” the statement added.

According to the statement, the union will continue to forensically x-ray the activities of government officials and in particular those who believe they can use their positions to intimidate, harass, arrest and detain journalists for reporting on them.

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#ENDSARS: PSC wields the bid stick against 37 police officers

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#ENDSARS: PSC wields the bid stick against 37 police officers

The Police Service Commission (PSC) may have decided to wield the big stick against airing 37 operatives of the special anti-robbery squad (SARS) as it has marked them for dismissal.
The SARS have been described as official criminals that have abused fundamental human rights of Nigerians to the extent citizens have defiled all odds in nationwide protests that have recieved support from almost all Nigerians.
The possible dismissal of the 37 members of now-defunct SARS may another response to nationwide agitation for the reform of the Nigeria Police.
Hence the PSC is deploying its mandate to assuage the frayed nerves.
PSC spokesman Ikechukwu Ani said in a statement that a presidential panel set up on the reform of SARS made the recommendation.
He said the panel had investigated allegations of human rights violations and abuse of office against SARS and recommended reform or restructuring of the outfit.
“The Panel also directed the Inspector General of Police to unravel the identity of 22 officers involved in the violation of the human rights of innocent citizens,” Ani said.
Recall that Nigerians, mostly youths, for over a week have staged protests against brutality, harassment, extortion and extrajudicial killing by police personnel.
Since the protest, inspector general of police Mohammed Adamu has announced the dissolution of the controversial Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) of the police. The unit is most culpable for cases of misuse of firearms in the country.
Adamu after two days announced a new unit – Special Weapons And Tactics (SWAT) to replace the dreaded SARS unit.
The changes regardless, Nigerians are not relenting in the nationwide protests which continue to garner momentum on a daily basis.
On the dismissal of the 37 police personnel, Anichukwu disclosed that executive secretary of the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) Tony Ojukwu presented the report of the panel to PSC chairman Musiliu Smith on Friday.

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