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Group seeks redeployment of Delta police officers linked with child trafficking

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human rights group, Take It Back, has called on the Inspector-General of Police, Alkali Usman Baba, to redeploy from Delta State Police Command some officers currently undergoing investigation for alleged involvement in child trafficking, banditry, and terrorism in the state.

TIB made the call in a press statement issued by its Delta State Chapter Coordinator, Comrade Ighorhiohwunu Aghogho, copies of which were made available to journalists in Warri, on Sunday.

The group recalled that the IGP, via a letter dated 22/11/2021, referenced CB: 7000/IGP.SEC/ABJ/VOL.560/352, had directed the Assistant Inspector-General of Police (AIG) in charge of Zone ‘5’ Headquarters, Benin to deal with the petition dated November 11, 2021, written by Take It Back Delta State Chapter.

TIB also noted that its State Coordinator, Ighorhiohwunu Aghogho, in an adopted statement dated January 10, 2022, before the Assistant Inspector-General of Police (AIG) Zone ‘5’ Headquarters Benin, had provided the police high hierarchy with a comprehensive list of the suspected officers who were alleged to be “responsible for the disappearance of over 10,000 children from Delta State from 1991 to date”.

“They have subsequently constituted themselves into a criminal gang similar to the proscribed group known as ‘Yan Bindiga’ and ‘Yan Ta’adda’ whose activities include acts of terrorism, banditry, abduction of children, children enslavement, child trafficking, unlawful imprisonment of children, severe deprivation of physical liberty of children, psychological torture of children etc. using the machinery of the Nigerian Police Force and the Delta State Government”, TIB further alleged.

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A human rights group, Take It Back, has called on the Inspector-General of Police, Alkali Usman Baba, to redeploy from Delta State Police Command some officers currently undergoing investigation for alleged involvement in child trafficking, banditry, and terrorism in the state.

TIB made the call in a press statement issued by its Delta State Chapter Coordinator, Comrade Ighorhiohwunu Aghogho, copies of which were made available to journalists in Warri, on Sunday.

The group recalled that the IGP, via a letter dated 22/11/2021, referenced CB: 7000/IGP.SEC/ABJ/VOL.560/352, had directed the Assistant Inspector-General of Police (AIG) in charge of Zone ‘5’ Headquarters, Benin to deal with the petition dated November 11, 2021, written by Take It Back Delta State Chapter.

TIB also noted that its State Coordinator, Ighorhiohwunu Aghogho, in an adopted statement dated January 10, 2022, before the Assistant Inspector-General of Police (AIG) Zone ‘5’ Headquarters Benin, had provided the police high hierarchy with a comprehensive list of the suspected officers who were alleged to be “responsible for the disappearance of over 10,000 children from Delta State from 1991 to date”.

“They have subsequently constituted themselves into a criminal gang similar to the proscribed group known as ‘Yan Bindiga’ and ‘Yan Ta’adda’ whose activities include acts of terrorism, banditry, abduction of children, children enslavement, child trafficking, unlawful imprisonment of children, severe deprivation of physical liberty of children, psychological torture of children etc. using the machinery of the Nigerian Police Force and the Delta State Government”, TIB further alleged.

TIB statement added, “It will be further recalled, on/about the month of November 2021, the Federal High Court in Abuja declared the activities of bandits’ groups as acts of terrorism. In its ruling, the court proscribed the activities of Yan Bindiga and Yan Ta’adda group and other similar groups in any part of the country as “acts of terrorism and illegality” and same has been gazzetted accordingly by the Federal Government.

“It is upon these grounds; we are calling for the redeployment of the affected Police Officers from Delta State with immediate effect.”

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BREAKING: EFCC Restricting Me From APC Presidential Screening – Okorocha Voices Out

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Former Governor of Imo state, Rochas Okorocha has alleged that the seige on his Abuja home by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC is an attempt to stop him from attending the presidential screening of the All progressives Congress, APC.

Okorocha raised alarm on Tuesday when operatives of the Anti-graft commission stormed his Abuja home.

The FidelinfoNews learnt this while Speaking to journalists at his Maitama residence, he called on the Nigerian populace to come to his aid.

He says that he never received any invitation or got court summons from any quarters.

“Frankly speaking, the situation I find myself is a situation of what I call hostage. Policemen and EFCC operatives are currently in my compound and they want to possibly whisk me away… my gate is blocked.

“All I am asking for now is to allow me to go for my screening because I am a Presidential aspirant and our election comes up on Sunday. If I am not allowed to go for this screening, I might miss it.”, he said.

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Lagos Explosion: Gas Plant Owner Dies, Lawyer Insist On N800m Compensation

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Justice Oyindamola Ogala of the Lagos State High Court, on Monday, struck out the criminal charges against the owner of Fash Oil Limited, Alhaji Waidi Fashola, popularly known as Larafash, following his death.

As at the time of filling this report , the FidelinfoNews couldn’t gathered the cause of the sudden death of the defendant.

The Lagos State Government had dragged Fashola to court following an explosion at his gas plant, Bestroof, on Cardoso Road, Baruwa Estate, Ipaja.

No fewer than eight people died in the explosion, which happened on October 8, 2020, on Baruwa Estate, in the Ipaja area of the state.

Many houses and shops were also destroyed in the explosion.

During the short court sitting on Monday, the defence counsel, Ademola Adeshina, announced appearance for the defendant and informed the judge of his death through a letter to the court.

While the judge was going through the documents, she asked the counsel, “What happened to him?”

Adeshina replied, “We wrote a letter and also attached pictures and other documents.”

The state counsel, Abike Oluwasanmi, acknowledged the service of the letter and expressed her condolences.

“In the circumstance, we apply that the case be struck out,” Adeshina added.

Justice Ogala in response said, “Honestly, we extend our condolences too. The case is struck out.”

The 64-year-old businessman was facing 30 counts and was granted bail.

The charges read in part, “That you, Waidi Fasola, committed an offence on October 8, 2020, around 5.45am at 61b, Cardoso Road, Baruwa, Ipaja, in the Ikeja Judicial Division, when a loaded truck in your company with negligence and unlawful permitting the discharge of LPG (gas) into a tank, led to the deaths of Aderinsoye Olamilekan, Aderinsoye Mowa, Mohammed Abubakar, Abike Oluwasanmi, Evans Udom, Adebowale Aisha, Adeleke Olusola Amos and Adeleke Oluwadarasinmi.”

The prosecution also claimed that the unlawful act of “failure to take precaution against danger” led to severe bodily harm to Adebisi Micheal and Adache Blessings, while causing severe burns to Bose Oyelumade, Nuru Nasir, Ayo Ademisoye, Emmanuel Udom, and bodily injuries to Omorieghe Josephine, severe burns to Usman Yakubu, Ronke Gbele, Mrs Juwon Abiodun, as well as inflicting head lacerations on one Sunday.

Aside from the deaths and bodily injuries, the prosecution equally claimed that the failure of Fashola to take precautions led to the destruction of houses and shops and the destruction of some apartments in the community.

The counsel for the family of victims affected by the explosion, Akeem Fadun, while condoling with Fashola’s family, said the death would not affect the already filed civil case in court.

He said, “The civil case in court is against the Lagos State Government and Bestroof Limited, and the death of the man will not affect the case in any way. The total number of people that died in the explosion is 10.”

Fadun said the compensation being sought for families of the deceased and those who were injured was about N800m, which he said his law firm would continue to pursue.

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Lawyer Criticises EFCC’s Arrest Of Advert Executive In Enugu

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Human rights lawyer, Inibehe Effiong, has criticised the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) over its arrest of an advertisement executive, Baron Nnamdi, in Enugu State.

The FidelinfoNews reports that EFCC said the billboard advert is an “offensive political campaign message”.

The EFCC accused Mr Nnamdi of publishing an “offensive political campaign message” on a billboard in Enugu, with the commission’s name and logo on it.

In a message on the billboard obtained by The FidelinfoNews.The message reads; ‘2023: Enugu PDP Learn From 2007 Election… EFCC Is Coming With Koboko On Corrupt Candidates’.

The EFCC arrested Mr Nnamdi on Saturday, according to the commission’s spokesperson, Wilson Uwujaren.

Mr Effiong, however, said Mr Nnamdi committed no offence and, therefore, should be released immediately by the anti-graft commission.

He also asked the EFCC to apologise to him.

The lawyer, in a statement on Sunday, said the reasons given by the EFCC to justify the arrest of Mr Namdi were “baseless, false and legally unfounded”.

“The use of the logo or name of the EFCC is in itself not a criminal offence,” Mr Effiong said.

“There is no Section of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (Establishment) Act, 2004 that makes the mere use of the name or logo of the EFCC, without more, a criminal offence.

“Section 6 (q) of the EFCC Act provides for the functions of the Commission, which includes: ‘carrying out and sustaining rigorous public and enlightenment campaigns against economic and financial crimes within and outside Nigeria.’

“By Section 24 of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, 1999 (as amended), citizens have a constitutional duty to assist law enforcement agencies in the discharge of their functions,” he said.

Mr Effiong dismissed as “false and misleading” the claim by the EFCC that the billboards at Otigba and Zik Avenue Junctions in Enugu could threaten the aspiration of some politicians in the state in the buildup to the 2023 general election.

The lawyer said the message in the billboard is positive and promotes the agency’s war against corruption.

“It is rather ironic that the same EFCC that claims to be investigating politicians regarding the source of the humongous sums they are using to buy nomination forms, is now antagonising patriotic citizens who are warning corrupt politicians to be mindful of the same EFCC.”

Mr Effiong described the arrest as “needless persecution and distraction”.

He said the commission should rather commend the group that sponsored the advert.

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