Emefiele: Hold those responsible for fight between DSS, prison officers – SERAP to Tinubu

The Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project, SERAP, has called on President Bola Tinubu to hold to account those responsible for the fight between the Department of State Services, DSS, and operatives of the Nigeria Correctional Service.

DSS operatives and prisons officers engaged in a face-off after the trial of former Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria, CBN, Godwin Emefiele, at the Federal High Court in Lagos.

Justice Nicolas Oweibo-led court granted Emefiele bail in the sum of N20 million and a surety in like sum.

This was after the DSS leveled a two-count charges bordering on illegal possession of firearms.

After the court proceedings, the operatives of the correctional services were moving him to their facility when DSS intercepted and forcefully picked him.

A fight broke out during the period between both security operatives in front of the court.

Reacting, SERAP urged the Tinubu administration to obey the court order granting Emefiele bail.

Tweeting, SERAP wrote: “BREAKING: The Tinubu administration must hold to account those responsible for the fight between the DSS and prison officials over the custody of Emefiele.

“The administration must obey the court order granting him bail, and end the attack on the integrity of our justice system.”

Nigerian Newspapers: 10 major events this Friday

Good morning! Here is today’s summary from Nigerian Newspapers:

1. The National Economic Council, comprising 36 state governors and Vice President Kashim Shettima, on Thursday concluded a plan for state governments to implement cash transfer programmes using state-generated social registers. It said state-generated social registers would better reflect the number of vulnerable Nigerians to be reached with such cash transfer or palliative schemes.

2. The military high command says it has discovered and destroyed no fewer than 23 illegal crude oil refineries and arrested 60 suspected oil thieves in the last two weeks. The Director, Defence Media Operations, Maj. Gen. Edward Buba, disclosed this on Thursday during the military’s biweekly press briefing in Abuja.

3. The Independent National Electoral Commission has bowed to pressure and finally recognised the Youth Party as a registered political party in Nigeria. The National Commissioner and Chairman, Information and Voter Education Committee, INEC, Festus Okoye, in a statement on Thursday, said the commission recognised the Youth Party following an order by the Supreme Court.

4. The National Vice Chairman for North-West, Mallam Salihu Lukman has warned against replacing the ousted National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress, Senator Abdullahi Adamu, with former Governor of Kano State, Dr Abdullahi Ganduje, saying the action may upset the zoning arrangement of the party.

5. A court in the United Kingdom (UK) is set to order the seizure of more than 100 million pounds ($129 million) from James Ibori, former Delta State governor who was convicted of fraud and money laundering in Britain. Ibori was among the class 1999 governors who visited President Bola Tinubu at Aso Rock last week.

6. The National Public Relations Officer of the Independent Petroleum Marketers Association of Nigeria (IPMAN), Yakubu Suleiman, on Thursday said that even with the sudden hike in the pump price of petrol in Nigeria, the country still has the cheapest price of the product among other African countries. He stated this during a chat with ARISE TV concerning the recent hike in the price of fuel.

7. The Police Service Commission (PSC) has approved the appointment of two Deputy Inspectors General of Police and the promotion of CSP Olumuyiwa Oladunmoye Adejobi, the Force Public Relations Officer to the next rank of Assistant Commissioner of Police. PSC also confirmed 9,016 unconfirmed Assistant Superintendents of Police (ASP).

8. All Progressives Congress (APC) governors under the platform of the Progressive Governors Forum (PGF) have clarified that no powerful bloc in the ruling party coerced erstwhile National Chairman of the party, Abdullahi Adamu and the Secretary, Iyiola Omisore, to resign their positions in the party.

9. Edo State Commissioner of Police, Mohammed Dankwara, on Thursday, said 53 persons had been arrested in connection with cult-related activities in the state. Dankwara disclosed this in a statement made available to our correspondent in Benin, the state capital. He warned citizens and organisations in the state to stop backing cult groups by providing logistics for their nefarious activities.

10. A lady identified as Chinyere Awuda has allegedly been beaten to death inside Cosmila Hotel in Awka, Anambra State capital, where she went clubbing. The corpse of the deceased, who hailed from Nnobi, in Idemili South Local Government Area of the state, was said to have been found the following morning near the hotel’s swimming pool where it was dumped.

EFCC declares former Zamfara gov., Matawalle wanted

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has declared the immediate past governor of Zamfara, Bello Matawalle, wanted over alleged corruption while in office.

A top security source confided in Sunday Tribune that the EFCC, on Saturday, asked the Department of State Services (DSS) to arrest EFCC declares Matawalle wanted

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has declared the immediate past governor of Zamfara, Bello Matawalle, wanted over alleged corruption while in office.

A top security source confided in Sunday Tribune that the EFCC, on Saturday, asked the Department of State Services (DSS) to arrest Matawalle “anywhere he is seen” in the country.

A few days to the end of his tenure, Matawalle had accused the now suspended EFCC chairman, Abdulrasheed Bawa, of demanding a $2m bribe from him, an allegation that the anti-graft agency denied.

Matawalle, who had made the allegation in a Hausa Service interview with the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC), had pilloried the EFCC for going after governors while ignoring federal officials with big budgetary allocations.

In denying the allegation, the EFCC said it was investigating Matawalle for allegedly siphoning state funds running to N70 billion through unexecuted contracts awarded to his cronies and for which money was received.

Sunday Tribune investigation revealed that the ex-governor might have gone into hiding for fear of being nabbed by the anti-graft agency.

“Have you seen him anywhere lately?” asked rhetorically by a security official while responding to Sunday Tribune’s enquiry about the development.

(Tribune)

Gusau varsity students protest over kidnap of five colleagues

Hundred of students of the Federal University Gusau in Zamfara State have blocked Gusau-Kaduna road to protest the abduction of five students of the university.

Five students of the institution were abducted by bandits last Friday night, a situation which has angered the students to block the road as a result of which several motorists were left stranded for several hours.

Efforts by the security agents to disperse the students proved abortive as many of them sat on the main road, calling on the appropriate authorities to take urgent action on the security situation in the institution.

The Vice Chancellor of the institution, Professor Muazu Abubakar who was at the scene of the incident appealed to the protesting students to allow motorists to pass through the road but they refused to listen to his plea.

Professor Muazu assured the students that efforts would be made by the institution to ensure adequate security in the institution, but the students insisted that they would not go anywhere.

At the time of filing this report, hundreds of vehicles were packed on the road, while the students kept on shouting saying that the governments have failed.

One of the students Musa Shehu who spoke to PUNCH stated that many students were kidnapped in the past but no action was taken to rescue them.

“He said, “A lot of students have been kidnapped from this institution but no positive action is taken to rescue them.

“There are some students currently in bandits camp and the authorities are not making any move to rescue them”.

(Punch)

EFCC arrests FMC staff, 50 others over alleged internet fraud

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Ibadan Zonal office, has arrested a staff of Federal Medical Centre, Idi-Aba, Abeokuta in Ogun, and 47 others for alleged involvement in internet fraud.

This is contained in a statement signed the commission’s spokesperson, Wilson Uwujaren and made available to newsmen on Friday in Ibadan.

Uwujaren said that the suspects were arrested on Wednesday at Idi-Aba area of Abeokuta, following intelligence on their alleged fraudulent activities.

He said that items recovered from the suspects included seven exotic vehicles, several mobile phones, laptops, hi and apple wrist watches among others.

Uwujaren said that two suspects were arrested same day at Idi-Igba area of Ibadan in Oyo state, and two cars and other valuables recovered from them.

He said that the Oyo State Command of the Nigerian Police also arrested and handed over a cybercrime suspect to the EFCC.

Uwujaren said that the suspect was arrested at his house on suspicion of involvement in fraudulent activities.

He said that an Honda Civic car and mobile phones were recovered from him.

Uwujaren said that all the suspects would be charged to court after completion of investigation.

Frank Mba, Ciroma become Deputy Inspectors General of Police – PSC

The Police Service Commission has approved the appointment of AIGs Frank Mba and Bala Ciroma as Deputy Inspectors General of Police.

DIG Ciroma will replace DIG Ali Janga who has retired from service and had represented the North East geo-political zone in the Police Management team.

DIG Ciroma, the most senior Officer from the zone will henceforth represent the zone.

DIG Mba, on the other hand, will represent the South East zone and replace retired DIG John Amadi who before his retirement represented the zone.

According to the spokesman of PSC, Ikechukwu Ani, “The Commission also approved the promotion of 14 Commissioners of Police to the next rank of Assistant Inspectors General of Police and 22 Deputy Commissioners of Police to the substantive rank of Commissioners.

“These decisions were high points of the 21st Plenary Meeting of the Commission presided over by its Chairman, Dr. Solomon Arase, retired Inspector General of Police and attended by all the Members of the Commission including the Permanent Secretary/ Secretary to the Commission, Dr. (Mrs) Ifeoma Adaora Anyanwutaku.”

The new AIGs are CP Abubakar Lawal; CP Alhassan Aminu; CP Abdul Umar; CP Shettima Zannah; CP Ebong Eyibio Ebong; CP Adepoju Ayiinde Ilori and CP Okon Okon Effiong.
Others are; CP Echeng Eworo Echeng; CP Susan Ukpanukiema Horsfall; CP Bankole Lanre Sikiru; CP Oladimeji Yomi Olarewaju; CP Sani Gwarzo and CP Odama Paul Ojeka.

The 22 Deputy Commissioners of Police promoted to the rank of Commissioners are; DCP Abibo Deinma Reuben; DCP Thomas Abraham Nabhoni; DCP Wakil Abdul Salamai; DCP Enyinnaya Inonachi; DCP Ronke Nurat Okunade; DCP Adekunle Ismail Olusokan; DCP Hassan Abdu Yabnet; DCP Festus Chinedu Oko; DCP Aminu Baba Raji; DCP Omolara Ibidun Oluntola; DCP Akoh Benedict Gabriel; DCP Alamutu Abiodun Mustapha; DCP Bafda Magaji Jahun, DCP Ahmadu Tijani Abdullahi; and DCP Mohamned Mu’azu; Others are, DCP Bretet Emmanuel Simon; DCP Ihebom M Chukuma; DCP Shettima Mohamned Qurtu; DCP Olatokunbo Maxwell Olabisi; DCP Yusuf Mohammed Lawal; DCP Monica Leo and DCP Abaniwonda Surajudeen Olufemi.

He said the Commission also approved the promotion of 24 Assistant Commissioners of Police to the next rank of Deputy Commissioners. They include, ACP Ezekiel Ibrahim, Project Monitoring Unit, Force Headquarters, Abuja; Mohammed Shamsudeen, Assistant Director, OPS, Kaduna (NCCSALW); ACP Khan Salihu Usman, Networking Admin ICT FHQ, Abuja; ACP Wan Mantu Chongs, Commander PMF 19 Portharcourt; Baba Lawan Audu, Area Commander, Exeter Akwa-Ibom State Command; Okon Etim Asuquo, Department of Operations, Benue State Command; Louis Chike Nwabuwa, Department of Operations, Plateau State Command; ACP Samuel Osman Onoja, Police College Oji River; ACP Sa’ad Yahaya and ACP Ibrahim Jibrin, Commanders 76 PMF, Nsukka and 56 PMF Ogoni amongst others.

The Commission also approved the promotion of 39 Chief Superintendents of Police to Assistant Commissioners of Police. They include, CSPs Joseph Udoh; Nze Helen Omeba; Uduaku Isaac Udom; Anthony Francis Etim; Benjamin Kelembus Bello; Abdullahi Idris Abubakar; Ogbonnaya Nwota and Daiyabu Mohammed Ahmed among others. It also approved the acting appointment of CSP Akande Bamidele to acting Assistant Commissioner of Police.

The two AIG’s, 14 CP’s and 22 Deputy Commissioners of Police appeared before the Commission in Plenary for an interactive session, a requirement for their new ranks.

The Plenary Meeting also approved a new Instrument of Delegation on delegated powers to the Inspector General of Police.
Chairman of the Commission, Dr. Solomon Arase congratulated the newly promoted Officers and charged them to reciprocate the Commission’s Good gesture by rededicating themselves to the service of their fatherland. He promised to ensure that Police Promotions will be regular so that Officers are not allowed to stagnate in any rank.

Dr. Arase commended other Members of the Commission for their dedication and sacrifice stressing that a new and brighter future “is here for the Nigeria Police Force”.

(Guardian)

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