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Police Siege on Sen Melaye’s House: NGO Threathens To sue Nigerian Police at United Nations

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Police Siege on Sen Melaye’s House: NGO Threathens To sue Nigerian Police at United Nations

The Director of Litigation, Justice helpline foundation, Barr. Ayo Desmond Jonathan, a non governmental organization has threatened to drag the Nigerian Police to the United Nations over the inhuman treatment being metted out on constantly intimidating the Senator, Representing Kogi West Senatorial District.

In a statement issued in Lokoja which was signed by BarAyo, the Justice Help line foundation equally reminded the Inspector General of Police, Ibrahim Idris, that he would account for his deeds either in or out of office .

The Justice Help line foundation berated President Mohammadu Buhari for turning a deaf ear choosing to look the other way regarding the inhuman atrocities of the Nigerian police.
They alleged that he pretends not to be aware of the harassment, intimidation of innocent citizens, saying it poses serious danger to Nigeria democracy.

The Foundation decried several cases involving the Nigerian Police in which citizens rights were infringed upon, with Mr President turning deaf ears.

According to Bar. Ayo, in a country where several members of the ruling APC were alleged to have been involved in corrupt practices, Mr President found it convenient to protect such persons, yet the police finds it convenient to harass, intimidate and infringe on the rights of persons perceived to be in the opposition.

Bar. Ayo gave example of Mrs Kemi Adeosun and Gov. Ganduje saga, amongst several other cases of corruption, in which Mr President allegedly provided cover amidst the much talked about integrity and fight against corruption.

According to Bar. Ayo, the laying of siege at the house on Senator Melaye, the disconnection of electricity and water supply to the Senator’s residence as well as constantly firing of teargas into the residence is the least level the police has gone.
He warned of the dear consequences if anything happens to the Senator.

The Justice helpline foundation is a Hunan Rights Organization, committed to providing pro bono legal services to the indigent, a whistle blower committed to exposing corruption cases, prison enhancement and decongestion, fight against child labour and drug abuse as well as illegal migration.
He said the organization will offer pro bono legal services, carry out prison visitation, adding that it is unfortunate for the police to have declared wanted, laid siege at the Senators residence, when it was alleged that the men of the Civil Defense, officially assigned to protect the Senator were said to have engaged the police and hoodlums who tried to shoot at the senator on that faithful day, on his way to commission some constituency projects.

He lamented the inaction of IGP Ibrahim Idris, saying that the police was displaying its partisanship rather than professionalism.

The NGO caution the police, asking it to be more civil in its approach.
It warned that it would not hesitate to drag the police to the UN if any harm befalls the senator by reasons of their action or inaction at trying to get at the senator using unprofessional methods.

“Having followed the activities of the Nigerian Police, and with the unfolding event, we have every reason to be concerned about the real motive behind the new attempt to arrest Senator Dino Melaye considering the spate of strange and unresolved deaths of persons in police custody in recent past.

“We at the Justice Help line foundation have assembled a team of lawyers that would approach the court to seek to restrain the police from attempt to always harass and intimidate Senator Melaye.

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Kagara: Excitement over freedom for abducted pupils and staff cut short by another attack

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Kagara: Excitement over freedom for abducted pupils and staff cut short by another attack

The joy and excitement that heralded the freedom of abducted students and staff of Government Science College, Kagara, whom were released by their captors was cut short hours after they were released as scores of others have been kidnapped in fresh attacks.

The new wave of attacks was visited on the town and adjoining villages in Rafi Local Government Area of the state.
About four persons were on Saturday reportedly killed in the new wave of attack while at least 26 others were abducted.
Gov. Abubkara Sani-Bello of Niger on Saturday earler received 38 students and staff that regained freedom

On February 17th, 2021, 27 students, 12 staff and 12 members of a family in the school were abducted by gunmen.

Bello, while receiving the victims, disclosed that 38 students and staff of the school were released by the abductors

“I am happy to announce this afternoon the rescue of the 38 abducted students at about 4 a.m. All rescued victims are here, though one is in the hospital suffering from excessive exhaustion.

” They are being medically checked and will be monitored for a few days before they are reunited with their families,” he said..

The governor said one of the victims is receiving treatment at the General Hospital, Minna. He said that the release of the abductees was made through the joint efforts of security personnel, traditional leaders and stakeholders.

He said that the State Government would look into the cause of the dastardly act toward finding a lasting solution to the problem.

Bello said the abductees who had suffered tremendous torture in the hands of the bandits, would soon be reunited with their loved ones.

As if it was a swapping game, gunmen again attacked Kagara, abduct 26 people just fews hours after the release of 38 kidnapped persons in Kagara Niger State in the town and adjoining villages in Rafi Local Government Area

It was gathered that eight persons were kidnapped in Kundu and 11 others in nearby Gunna district.
The sources explained further that the four persons killed were from Karako, a neighbouring village where seven persons are still missing.
The bandits were reported to have rustled many cows in the affected villages.
A chief Imam named Ibrahim Ruvo, at Madaka village was reportedly kidnapped.

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Lawan expresses outrage over abduction of Zamfara secondary oschool girls

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The President of the Senate, Ahmad Lawan, expressed sadness and outrageover the attack on Friday on Government Secondary School, Jangebe in Zamfara State where hundreds of schoolgirls were abducted.

Lawan said the incident happening while efforts were still being made to rescue those abducted just over a week ago at another secondary school in Kagara, Niger State.

The Senate President said the recurrent attacks on schools and other acts of banditry call for intense soul searching on how the nation arrived at this sorry pass and how to cage the monster of violent crimes in Nigeria.

Lawan expressed his sympathy for the abducted schoolgirls and urged the authorities at all levels to work together to ensure their immediate rescue.

The Senate President also reiterated his call on the state authorities to accord priority to securing schools and other locations now seen as soft targets by savage criminals.

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Buhari tells Gumi, FG will not succumb to amnesty for bandits, criminals

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President Muhammadu Buhari may have disappointed the proponents of amnesty for criminals and bandits as solution to insecurity.

He rather warned that his government would deal decisively with all forms of criminality in the country.

The President spoke while declaring open a joint security meeting of the Northern State Governors’ Forum, Northern Traditional Rulers Council and delegation from the Federal Government.
Buhari’s position on the issue is coming at a time Islamic cleric, Sheikh Abubakar Gumi tried to woo the federal government to grant amnesty to bandits.

Gumi had explained that granting amnesty to bandits was better than engaging them in what he termed “operation fire-for-fire.”

He had also pointed out that amnesty to bandits would help calm down the tense insecurity situation.

Hiwever, Speaking through his chief ofIbrahim Gambari, Buhari said he has directed the security chief to evolve new strategy on how to deal with all forms of criminalities.

He said: “I must appreciate the efforts of the 19 Northern States Governors’ Forum for their contribution towards national growth and development, especially in this challenging period in our nation’s being where certain fundamental corporate existence needs to be frankly deliberated upon and actionable resolutions reached.

“At the same time, we are confronting the various dimensions of security challenges that continue to slow down the emancipation of our people from poverty and economic deprivation.
“The Government shall continue to deal with insurgents, bandits, kidnappers and other criminals who constitute a threat to innocent citizens across the country.”

“Criminals are criminals and should be dealt with accordingly, without resorting to ethnic profiling. I have already tasked the new Service Chiefs to devise new strategies that will end this ugly situation where the lives of our people continue to be threatened by hoodlums and criminals.”

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