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Monday, July 22, 2019

Nigeria is heading towards anarchy if insecurity is not fixed - Femi Falana warns President Buhari

Human rights lawyer, Femi Falana and former Governor of Kaduna State, Balarabe Musa have warned President Buhari to take pragmatic steps in tackling the insecurity and ethnicity brewing in the country as the nation is already heading towards anarchy.

A statement issued by the duo on Sunday said amid the cacophony of ethnic and regional voices, it was imperative that pan-Nigerian voices should be heard louder than ever before to save Nigeria from disintegration, stating that the symptoms of the brewing socio-political crisis were manifest.

They said the Nigerian state had failed to tackle the worsening insecurity plaguing every part of the country, stressing that Nigeria was increasingly being defined by insecurity, as killings had become almost a daily affair in Nigeria.

“Terror attacks, banditry, kidnapping and armed robbery are perpetrated by criminals with reckless abandon. In practical terms, no part of Nigeria is immune to violent crimes, although the incidence might be relatively higher in one part than the other at this time. Tragic news of lives wasted issues from the north and south, east and west.

In response to the flourishing crimes in the face of the worrisome incompetence of the state, ethnic and regional champions have resorted into the dangerous ethnic profiling and demonisation of others. It is the reign of hate speech and marketing of prejudice.

Claiming to speak for “our people,” they issue irresponsible ultimatums and orders for which they lack constitutional authority to enforce. Some of those who are supposed to act as statesmen at this critical hour have instead joined the ranks of issuers of prejudicial statements.

“The appropriate response to these sectional voices is not to glibly question the patriotism of any person or group. The effective response is to compel the Nigerian state under the watch of President Muhammadu Buhari to perform the constitutional duty of keeping Nigeria secure.

Nigeria must not be turned into a killing field. The way to take the wind out of the sails of merchants of hate is for the government to confront the worsening insecurity in Nigeria squarely and honestly,” they said.

According to Falana and Musa, law enforcement and other security agencies should fight crimes competently and strictly according to the law and that in doing so, the ethnic and religious identity of the criminal was not of any importance, as ethnic and religious profiling could distract from the urgent task of stamping out crimes.

Police on the hunt for wig-wearing serial robber (See photos)

The DeKalb County Police in Atlanta are searching for a man who has been robbing several businesses in an unusual disguise.

According to the department’s criminal investigative division, the man, who has not been identified, has robbed several Waffle Houses, two drugstores and a bank while wearing various hairpieces including long, flowing wigs.

In a Facebook post, Police accused the man of passing a note to a Waffle House waitress demanding money at the chain’s Lawrenceville Highway location in Tucker.

The note allegedly read “pass all the money,” authorities said.

After reading the note, the server ran from the register and the man fled the restaurant without getting any cash, police said.

Detectives have since linked him to similar robbery attempts at other Waffle Houses, a CVS, a Walgreens, a Dollar General and a PNC bank, authorities said.

See more photos of the serial robber below.

Rats ate dead baby’s ear at Anambra hospital – Police

The mystery surrounding the missing ear of a baby at the Victory Children’s Hospital, Onitsha, Anambra State, has been linked to canivorous rats.

A police report released on Sunday, cleared the hospital, its management and workers from blame over the 2015 incident which left the deceased baby's family thinking it was for a ritual purpose.

“This deals with a case of an alleged mutilation of a newborn baby girl’s ear reported to the Inspector-General of Police by Mr Solomon Igwe against Dr. Oliver Umeh, the owner, and staff of the Victory Children’s Hospital, Onitsha.

“On July 30, 2015, around 7.30am, Solomon Igwe, upon unwrapping the corpse, discovered that the right ear of the baby had been severed from the body.

“He reported to the Central Police Station, Onitsha, where he accused Dr Oliver Umeh as being responsible for the missing ear.

“While the investigation was ongoing, Dr Oliver Nnamdi felt dissatisfied with the police arrest and detention , and from one level of investigation to another as he was neither at the hospital during the admission/treatment and the death of the said baby hence, he petitioned the Inspector-General of Police.

“The said petition was subsequently forwarded to the Commissioner of Police, Homicide Section, for harmonisation and consolidation," the police report read in part.

It added “While investigation was ongoing, the parents made a demand for the sum of N10m for Dr Oliver Umeh to be vindicated, but he sensed a foul play and an attempt to extort and blackmail him using the then investigating team.

“Consequently, he wrote a counter petition to the Deputy Inspector-General of Police, urging the transfer of the case to Abuja for an unbiased investigation.

“In the course of the investigation, statements of parties to the case were recorded and the scene of crime was visited. Detectives also viewed the corpse of the deceased baby.

“An autopsy was conducted on the remains of the deceased baby, but the parents contested the outcome.

“This occasioned the parents of the deceased baby to arrange for another pathologist, who conducted a second autopsy.

“In the course of investigation, it was established that Mr Solomon Igwe and his wife, Bridget, brought their five-day-old baby girl to the Victory Children’s Hospital, Onitsha, as a referral case from St. Mary’s Hospital, Okpoko Onitsha.

“It was also revealed that 45 minutes after their arrival, the baby died in the presence of the parents while on admission, but the parents could not collect the corpse on that fateful day, but on arrival for the collection of the corpse the following day for burial, it was discovered that the deceased’s right ear had been severed; they alerted Dr Amadi Ifeanyi of the development and subsequently reported to the police.

Years after the police arrested some staff of the hospital, it was uncovered that rats actually ate the baby’s ear following results from the first and second post-mortem examinations conducted on the insistence of the father of the deceased baby.

“Consequently, this evidently resolved the contention as to the cause of death and the severed ear.

“There is nothing of evidential value linking Dr Oliver Umeh to the alleged crime in the course of investigation as no enough evidence abound on the allegation linking Dr. Oliver Umeh to any crime.”

Insecurity: Alaafin of Oyo writes Buhari, says Yoruba land under siege by Fulani herdsmen

The Alaafin of Oyo, Oba Lamidi Adeyemi, wrote an open letter to President Buhari yesterday, July 21, 2019, over the insecurity explosion in different parts of the country.

The Oyo monarch in his letter title “Yoruba Question in Nigeria Conundrum”, blamed the insecurity almost on all highways in Yorubaland on Fulani herdsmen. Maintaining that his confidence in Buhari getting the situation under control remains unshaken, the Alaafin of Oyo added that the Yorubas have all it takes to defend itself if the situation does not improve.

“This has to do with the incessant and increasing menace of Fulani herdsmen that have laid siege in almost all the highways of Yoruba land. Whether in Owo, Akure, Ilesa/Ife-Ibadan road or Ibarapa zone and Ijebu area of Ogun State, the story is the same.

“I have held series of consultations with opinion moulders and eminent Yoruba leaders across board about the menace of these cattle herdsmen with such assault like raping of our women and in some occasions, in the presence of their husbands. That is apart from massive destruction of our agricultural lands; which ultimately points to imminent starvation," the letter read in part.

Photos from the pre-graduation dinner of ex-Oyo state governor, Abiola Ajimobi's daughter

Last night, immediate past governor of Oyo state, Abiola Ajimobi and his wife, Florence, hosted their daughter, Ajijola, to a pre-graduation dinner which held at The Annabel's in the United Kingdom.

Ajijola who is otherwise known as Ajay, will be graduating from a UK university sometime this week. The dinner was attended by the Ajimobi children as well as Ajijola's rumored boyfriend, Seyi Gbadamosi. See more photos below

Pretty Mike accused of rape by writer Olutimehin Adegbeye

Pretty Mike, the controversial Lagos club owner has been accused of rape by writer Olutimehin Adegbeye.

Olutimehin made the allegation via her Twitter handle. She recounted how Pretty Mike allegedly raped her at age 16, causing her to have a phantom period.

Pretty Mike is yet to respond to the allegation. Read Olutimehin's tweets below

(Photo) $5M worth of gold seized by UK police at London's Heathrow Airport from a suspected South American drugs cartel

About £4 million ($5 million) worth of gold was seized at London's Heathrow Airport by Border Force officers as part of an international investigation into a suspected South American drugs cartel.

The gold, which weighed 104 kilograms (229 pounds), was on its way to Switzerland from the Cayman Islands when it was seized but no arrests were made, police said.

The UK's National Crime Agency (NCA) a governmental law enforcement organization reported that the gold was believed to have originated in Venezuela, from where it was transported to the Cayman Islands on a private jet. Border Force agents at Heathrow Airport subsequently moved in to detain the shipment when it arrived in the UK, based on intelligence provided by the NCA.

According to Steve McIntyre, NCA Heathrow branch commander, "We believe that this shipment was linked to drugs cartels operating out of South America. Working with partners overseas and in the UK, we were able to quickly identify it and stop its onward movement.

"The business model of many organized crime groups relies upon the ability to move money across borders, to fund further investment in criminal activity. If we can stop that it not only causes disruption to the criminal network involved and prevents them benefiting from crime, it also stops that re-investment."

Robbery suspect who operates in 'army uniform' arrested in Ogun State (Photo)

A robbery suspect identified as Egbeke Ifeoluwa, who operates in Army uniform on Sango-Ijoko Road in Ogun State, has been arrested by the operatives of the Ogun State annex of the Inspector General of Police Intelligence Response team (IRT).

The suspect was the leader of a robbery gang that specialised in one-chance robbery in different parts of Ogun State and nearby states, adding that they carried out their operations anytime of the day.

Ifeoluwa, 25, wore Army uniform to intimidate the public and scare away law enforcement agents. Following the gang’s operations, road users and residents gave intelligence report to the IRT annex in Sango on the nefarious activities of the gang. Based on the intelligence report, the IRT Commander, Deputy Commissioner of Police Abba Kyari, directed the Ogun State annex to arrest the hoodlums.

The Nation reports that the operatives swung into action and saw a commercial bus driver in an Army uniform plying the road. They stopped the bus with number plate XV 14 AKD and the driver, who was later identified as Egbeke Ifeoluwa, the wanted gang leader, was nabbed. His colleagues, however, escaped.

It was gathered that when the vehicle was searched by the operatives, they found one live ammunition, two jack knives, five military vests, one military beret, military gadget and one Navy ID card hidden under the bus seats. The suspect, who initially insisted that he was a soldier, later confessed that he was a fake soldier and the gang leader the police had been looking for.

He confessed that they usually hid their weapons and army uniforms under the vehicle’s seats and only wore them when they wanted to operate, noting that the uniforms helped to scare away the police and other security agents. On how he could assist the police to arrest his fleeing colleagues, he said it would be difficult to get them because none of them had permanent addresses or phone numbers.
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