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You are fighting political war, not corruption – Human rights lawyer tells EFCC, ICPC

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Human Rights lawyer, Inibehe Effiong, has accused the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission and its sister agency, the Independent Corrupt Practices and other related offences Commission of allegedly of bias in the fight against corruption in Nigeria.

He alleged that the two agencies have not been serious in their fight against corruption, therefore, cannot effectively tackle it in the country.

Effiong stated this in Uyo, Akwa Ibom State while delivering a keynote address entitled, “Stakeholders’ Dialogue on enhancing participation in the Fight against Corruption” organised by Action Aid In Nigeria in collaboration with Policy Alert.

According to him, the anti-graft agencies and both federal and state governments have been very selective in the fight against corruption and have completely shut their eyes on corrupt people.

“The EFCC, ICPC have been politicised. They have become openly selective in their unserious fight against corruption. People in this government have been accused of corruption but what have the anti-graft agencies done?

“While the present federal government continues to shout about the fight against corruption, we have seen how individuals with active corruption cases are being rewarded with ministerial appointments.

The lawyer wondered why ICPC could not invite for questioning or arrest those prominent politicians with proven corruption cases pending before them.

He alleged that the EFCC has continued to shut its eyes on series of petitions before it, adding that the petition by one Itorobong Umoren since November 2018 to EFCC about abandoned projects that littered Akwa Ibom State have not been investigated up till now.

He further alleged that such projects such as Tropicana Entertainment Centre, Ibom Science Park, Four points by Sheraton Hotel, roads which had billions of Naira appropriated to them without being executed were all pointed out in the petition for EFCC to investigate and possibly bring the culprits to book, yet it(EFCC) has not acted till date.

The lawyer accused the Akwa Ibom State Governor, Udom Emmanuel of shielding his predecessor, Senator Godswill Akpabio even amid claims of acrimony existing between them.

In his remarks, the State Commissioner of ICPC, Mr. Shola Shodipe, urged people in the state to join hands in the fight and avail the commission of intelligence to track down corrupt politicians.

He alleged that the state government has been making desperate efforts to get injunction to restrain both the EFCC and ICPC from investigating financial activities of the state government both past and present.

“Akwa Ibom government has gone to court to tie our hands. The little efforts we have made to investigate were charged with contempt of court. We are handicapped” the Commissioner lamented.

Earlier, the Country Director of Action Aid Nigeria, Mrs. Ene Obi attributed insecurity ravaging Nigeria to corruption and tasked the anti-graft agencies to use their powers to prosecute any person found culpable of corruption irrespective of political affiliation or class.

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Woman tortures teenager to death, runs away with corpse

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A woman has allegedly tortured her daughter to death in Akure, the Ondo State capital.

The woman whose identity is yet to be ascertained was said to have rushed the daughter believed to be within the age of 4 years to the Ondo State University Teaching Hospital, Akure Annex.

The incident reportedly happened on Wednesday night when the woman reportedly brought in the dead girl into the hospital, with suspected marks of horsewhip visible on the girl’s body.

According to some members of staff of the government-owned hospital, the woman escaped with the child’s corpse which was brought to the Children’s
Outpatients Department (COPD) of the hospital.

“The woman brought in the girl to the hospital at the children’s emergency ward for treatment.

“As we tried to attend to her, we notice that she had maltreated the girl to the point of death.

“If you see the body of the girl, it was a case of Child Abuse as there serious marks of beaten all over her.

“By the time the doctor on duty could rush and attend to her, it was discovered that she even brought the child dead.

“The doctor had to quickly tell the woman that the young kid she brought to the hospital was dead already.

“Before you know it, the woman grabbed the girl and ran away from the hospital facility”.

One of the doctors on duty when the incident occurred confirmed the incident, noting that the child was brought in dead (DOB) by the mother.

The doctor who craved anonymity stated that “Immediately she (the woman) brought in the child dead to the hospital, we tried to resuscitate her but there was no life again.

“And before we knew it, the woman grabbed the corpse of her child and ran outside the hospital facility.

“All effort to trace her has since proven abortive because we did not know how she just manage to escape from the hospital facility,” the doctor said.

Also, confirming the incident, the Administrative Secretary of the hospital, Dayo Owoseni disclosed that, “I only heard about the incident this morning and we have called on the doctor on duty to come over and explained what happened to us.

“Although, the Chief Medical Director, CMD, of the hospital is not currently around and the remaining top staffs are in an emergency meeting,” he said.

Spokesperson of Ondo State Police Command, Femi Joseph who confirmed the incident said that investigation had already begun to unravel how it all happened.

He emphasized that there was no proper record of the case registered at the hospital, but efforts are on to track the woman.

“We have already sent in some officers to go and investigate the case to know what actually went wrong,” the PPRO stated.

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FRSC returns N443,180 to accident victims’ relatives in Kebbi

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The Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) in Kebbi says it has returned N443,180 to relatives of victims of two road traffic crashes in the state.

Abayomi Asaniyan, the Sector Commander of the corps in the state, made this known to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Birnin Kebbi on Thursday.

He said the command recovered the money at two different scenes of road crashes in Birnin Kebbi and Argungu Local Government Areas of the state.

“The FRSC recovered, on 17 August, 2019, at two different scenes of road traffic crashes the sum of N400,160 at Argungu-Birnin Kebbi bypass junction in Argungu Local Government Area and N43,020 at old cemetery in Birnin Kebbi Local Government Area.

”All the recovered monies have been handed over to the relatives of the victims accordingly,” he said.

Mr Asaniyan commended the efforts of his men and praised their integrity.

“I urge all officers and men in the command to continue to do their best and ensure prompt rescue of road crash victims.

”They should also continue to exhibit good character they are known with by always documenting monies and other items recovered from scenes of crashes and promptly hand over to the victims or relations of dead ones without tampering with any of the items,” he urged.

He warned that the monitoring teams would always be on the road to fish out staff that engaged in extortion or compromise in the discharge of their duties.

The sector commander enjoined motorists to be more patient, and obey traffic rules and regulations to avoid sustaining injuries or loss of lives and property on the road.

(NAN)

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Police officers’ job on the line for executing arrested suspects

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The police in Lagos have said four of its officers are being interrogated for executing two suspects they arrested on Monday at Ipayi area, Iba, Lagos.

Following the release of a viral video where some police officers shot two unarmed suspects in Lagos, the police spokesperson in the state said the officers had been identified and taken into custody for gross misconduct.

The video which was released on Tuesday showed how two handcuffed suspects were shot at by one of the officers who arrested them.

In a statement released by Bala Elkana on Wednesday, the police officers are currently undergoing internal disciplinary proceedings and would be dismissed from the Force if found guilty.

The officers were identified as Fabiyi Omomayara, an inspector; Olaniyi Solomon and Solomon Sunday who are sergeants; and Aliyu Mukaila, a corporal.

According to Mr Elkana, the Iba Police Station received a distress call from Anugu Valentine that he was attacked by a group of armed men numbering about four on two motorcycles at Ipayi area, Iba and they dispossessed him of one iPhone max valued at N450, 000.

“The Divisional Police Officer, Iba promptly deployed the Divisional Patrol team to the scene. Two of the armed robbers were arrested while two escaped.”

“After arresting the suspects, the officers extrajudicially killed the suspects instead of taking them to the police station.

“The team, however, went extreme by killing the suspects who were already in their custody, instead of taking them to the Police Station and allowing the normal process of investigation and prosecution to be initiated as stipulated under procedural laws.”

The incident happened around 3 p.m on Monday.

The arrested suspects were said to be members of a notorious gang tormenting the area. Two locally made pistols with six live cartridges and five expended cartridges were recovered from the suspects after their arrest.

Mr Elkana said the act of the police officers ran short of police professional standards and cannot be condoned by the Command.

“The Police Officers are currently subjected to internal disciplinary proceedings known as Orderly Room trial and if found culpable, they will be dismissed from the Force and will be handed over to the State Criminal Investigation Department Yaba for prosecution in the conventional Court.”

The police said members of the public would be updated on the outcome of the investigation and trial.

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