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20-year-old Aminat Ajayi

•Lagos CP replaces DPO, orders trial of officers over extortion

Operatives of Lagos State Police Command, led by the Divisional Police Officer (DPO) of  ljora-Badia, have arrested 20-year-old Aminat Ajayi with 103 wraps of Colorado.

Colorado is a brand of psychotropic drugs commonly used by many Nigerians, especially youths.
Spokesperson for the Command, Benjamin Hundeyin, told The Guardian, yesterday, that the DPO  and his team, acting on actionable intelligence, stormed the Whitesand area of Ijora, where the suspect was arrested.

Hundeyin said: “Investigation is ongoing. Reduction in drugs is directly proportional to reduction in crime and we will not relent. The lady will be charged to court. 
“Also, Ikotun Division has recovered a locally made firearm and six live cartridges. On sighting a patrol vehicle, some hoodlums on Liasu Road dropped a polythene bag and took to their heels.  “On checking, this locally-made firearm and six live cartridges were discovered.”

MEANWHILE,  Lagos State Commissioner of Police, Idowu Owohunwa, has replaced the DPO of Okokomaiko division, Emmanuel Adebagha, with the most senior officer in the division. 
Adebagha was removed for his lack of supervision of his men after several extortions were reported against them without him taking action.
Owohunwa also ordered the commencement of disciplinary action against him and all indicted officers, who are already in the state headquarters. 
It was reported on Friday that the officers attached to the Okokomaiko division of the Command forcefully took N100,000 from a mobile phone dealer, at the Alaba International Market, Lagos State, identified as Onyinyechi Anwusi. It was reported that the officers took the money from Anwusi without finding any incriminating evidence on him.
The money was reportedly received by Ndueso Okon Archibong with account number 9550455342, PalmPay Limited.
The victim narrated that the police officers accosted and searched him without a warrant, then forced him to unlock his mobile phone and search through the contents of his phone, but nothing incriminating was found.

The officers, thereafter, forced him to write a statement under duress, indicting himself as an Internet fraudster, popularly known “as Yahoo boy”, and forcefully made him pay the sum of N100,000, for doing nothing.
It was alleged that a few days before the incident, the men of the division had extorted a citizen of N31,000 for not having an Identification Card (ID).”
It was said that extortion was a normal thing for the officers of the division.
When The Guardian reached out to Hundeyin,  the state’s police spokesperson,  he said: “All the officers indicted are no longer at the station, they are being tried, while the DPO has been removed.

The most senior person is now acting until a new DPO is picked.” 
When asked if the money has been returned to the victim, he said: “The man was asked to come, but he hasn’t shown up and we can’t return money in absentia.”

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NIS Will Focus More On Passport Insurance, Staff Welfare – New Ag. CG



The newly appointed Acting Comptroller General, Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS), Caroline Adepoju, has promised to promote staff welfare and passport insurance.

Adepoju, therefore, directed all passport offices nationwide to take necessary steps to ensure no Nigerian is subjected to unnecessary delays or substandard treatment in the course of applying for passports.

This was contained in a statement issued by the Service Public Relations Officer (SPRO), Comptroller of Immigration, Mr. Tony Akuneme, in Abuja, yesterday.

The Acting CG read the riot act, when she addressed top management of the NIS minutes after taking over from Alhaji Isah Jere, her immediate predecessor.

Adepoju affirmed that she would focus majorly on passport issues and staff welfare as those two aspects contribute mostly to the complaints of Nigerians and NIS personnel.

She announced that a stakeholders meeting would be convened in the next few days to x-ray the real issues in passport process and proffer far-reaching solutions.

This, she said, would include opening more front offices in the Lagos area, where the bulk of complaints emanate from.

Adepoju equally said she would adopt a bottom-top approach in tackling officers’ welfare.

“We will start by meeting all cadres of staff to hear their genuine needs, in a bid to hit the ground running with a blue print that will be based on an all inclusive needs assessment,” she said.

She appreciated the immediate past Comptroller General for making positive impact on the service during his tenure and asked God to guide him in his future endeavours.

News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that Adepoju had served in various locations during her career in the NIS.

Until her appointment, she was the Deputy Comptroller General in charge of Finance.

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Tinubu Reinstates Sanity As DSS, EFCC Squabble Over Property In Lagos




A protracted conflict between Department of State Services (DSS) and the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) over a building at No. 15 Awolowo Road, Ikoyi, Lagos, appeared to have taken a dirty twist, yesterday.

The incident, however, earned a place in the archive of the new administration as one of the first interventions by President Bola Tinubu, who was sworn in barely 24 hours earlier.

Operatives of the DSS had barricaded entrance to the EFCC’s office, located at the said building, leading the anti-graft agency to issue a protest statement.

Meanwhile, the DSS issued a counter statement, denying it barricaded the premises, and claiming it was “only occupying its own” facility.

According to a statement released by presidential spokesman, Tunde Rahman, Tinubu “directed DSS to immediately vacate the office of the EFCC in Ikoyi, Lagos,” adding, “if there were issues between the two important agencies of government, they would be resolved amicably.”

EFCC’s spokesperson, Wilson Uwujaren, described the incident as bizarre, given that both agencies had shared the controversial facility for decades.

The statement reads: “Operatives of the Lagos Command of the EFCC arrived at their office on No. 15 Awolowo Road, Ikoyi, this morning, May 30, 2023, to be denied entry by agents of the DSS, who had barricaded the entrance with armoured personnel carriers.

“This development is strange to the Commission, given that we have cohabited with the DSS in that facility for 20 years without incident.

“By denying operatives access to their offices, the Commission’s operations at its largest hub, with over 500 personnel, hundreds of exhibits, and many suspects in detention have been disrupted.

Cases scheduled for court hearing today have been aborted, while many suspects who had been invited for questioning are left unattended.

“Even more alarming is that suspects in detention are left without care, with grave implications for their rights as inmates. All of these have wider implications for the nation’s fight against economic and financial crimes.

“The siege is inconsistent with the synergy expected of agencies working for the same government and nation, especially when there are ongoing discussions on the matter.”

DSS spokesman, Peter Afunanya, however, said: “It is not correct that the DSS barricaded EFCC from entering its office. No. It is not true. The Service is only occupying its own facility where it is carrying out its official and statutory responsibility.

“By the way, there is no controversy over No 15 Awolowo Road, as being insinuated by the media. Did the EFCC tell you it is contesting ownership of the building? I will be surprised if it is contesting the ownership.

“Awolowo Road was NSO headquarters. SSS/DSS started from there. It is a common knowledge. It is a historical fact. Check it out.

“There is no rivalry between the Service and the EFCC over and about anything. Please, do not create any imaginary one. They are great partners working for the good of the nation. Dismiss any falsehood of a fight.”


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Three Killed While Travelling To Attend Inauguration Of New Ebonyi Governor, Nwifuru




The victims who hailed, from Izzi Local Government Area, the home town of the new governor, Francis Nwifuru, were said to have died in a ghastly motor accident on their way to Abakaliki.

Three persons travelling to attend Monday’s swearing-in ceremony in Abakaliki, the Ebonyi State capital, Southeast Nigeria, have reportedly been killed.

The victims who hailed, from Izzi Local Government Area, the home town of the new governor, Francis Nwifuru, were said to have died in a ghastly motor accident on their way to Abakaliki.

Although the details of the accident were still sketchy, reports claimed many others also sustained varying degrees of injury.

According to one report, the vehicle carrying the victims had gone to Izzi to pick up villagers. Unfortunately, while they were travelling from the local government area to Abakaliki, one of the car tyres was deflated. 

Those injured in the accident have reportedly been moved to the Ebonyi Federal Teaching Hospital in Abakaliki.

The swearing-in ceremony in the state, like it is happening across the country today (Monday), is holding at the Pa Ngele Oruta Township Stadium, Abakaliki.

Meanwhile, efforts made by SaharaReporters to speak with the State Police Public Relations Officer SP, Onome Onovwakpoyeya, were unsuccessful as she didn’t answer her calls.

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