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Following the electoral heist in Adamawa State which led to the illegal declaration of Hajia Aishatu Dahiru fondly called Binani, the governorship candidate of the All Progressives Congress as the winner by the State’s Resident Electoral Commissioner, Hudu Ari; some eminent Nigerians have called for a total overhaul of the Nigeria Police Force as well as the Department of State Services.

While many Nigerians called for the disgraced REC’s prosecution; they equally faulted the role of the police and DSS, both of whom provided security for Ari while he went about his illegal duty in the North-Eastern State of Adamawa.

Human rights activist and Constitutional lawyer, Mike Ozekhome lamented the role of the DSS in aiding Mr Ari who usurped the powers of the Returning Officer, Mohammed Mele, adding that men of the secret police have become politicized in the past few years.

“There is a need to overhaul the DSS which is supposed to be our super secret agency. It has however become so politicized and so corrupted that it has become an agency for the highest bidder. What is its business with staying at election venues?” he asked.

The Senior Advocate of Nigeria also spoke of the police this way: “The Nigeria Police? No need to comment on this institution. I may go vulgar,” he added.

Also speaking, a pro-democracy advocate and President, Women Arise, Joe Okei-Odumakin however has a slightly different perspective on the issue.

While she agreed that the two agencies need to be re-organised for maximum service delivery, Okei-Odumakin came short of saying that neither the police nor the DSS was to blame for Ari’s misconduct.

“Yes, the re-conceptualising of law enforcement in Nigeria is long overdue.

Yet, that is a distinct proposition from the Adamawa debacle. The policemen and DSS officials who protected Ari were doing their jobs. They were not to determine when to expose him to danger over his right or wrong conduct.

“They were not to interpret electoral laws. We should not be so overtaken by emotions that we confuse law enforcement with adjudication.

For a more important purpose than Adamawa, Nigeria at this time must have a State Police system and the DSS should be the federal police in the FBI fashion,” she said.

In his contribution, Executive Director of the Human Rights Writers Association of Nigeria, Emmanuel Onwubiko said, “It is not only because of the Adamawa State political brouhaha that calls for the reforms and overhaul of the security forces. The Adamawa situation is just a small part of the reason.

“The main reason for the immediate and comprehensive overhaul of these security agencies is because they have failed for over a decade to prevent terror attacks against Nigeria. The security forces including Customs and Immigration services have been compromised since 2015 and are allowing importers of illegal weapons from Niger, Chad, and Cameroon to maintain the inflow of arms and weapons of mass destruction into the country.

“So, the Adamawa situation is just one fraction out of the whole reasons that make it imperative that the DSS, the police and all security forces are reformed and personnel audits and overhauls carried out to weed out compromised officials making it impossible for criminal elements and terrorists to be crushed.

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Anambra Govt. Arrests Two Fake Doctors, Shuts Down Hospitals



The Anambra state government has arrested two fake medical doctors and sealed off their health facilities at Alor in Idemili South Local Government Area and Adazi-Enu in Anaocha Local Government Area of the state.

Dr Afam Obidike, the state’s commissioner for health, accompanied by some security operatives and members of the Anambra Joint Enforcement Team (ANJET), raided the areas on Friday night and arrested the suspects.

Speaking to newsmen on Saturday, the commissioner identified the suspects as Anayo Okwara, owner of Bright Land Hospital and Maternity Ltd in Alor and Igwe Ogbonna, owner of Favour of God Hospital and Maternity, Adazi-Enu.

He said that the suspects were operating the hospitals illegally in the state.

“Following investigation, it was discovered that Ogbonna is not even a medical doctor and does not have any medical knowledge.

“He also used his hospital as a nursing school, where students pay as much as N70,000 to N100,000 to study nursing. Some of the student nurses we met at the facility confirmed this.

“On Okwara, the second suspect, the president-general of Alor community, Chief Emmanuel Ojukwu, wrote to the ministry complaining about incessant deaths recorded at Bright Land Hospital.

“Okwara, first claimed that he was a homeopathic doctor, but later admitted that his medical certificates and license were forged when he was being questioned,” he said.

Mr Obidike said that five illegal health facilities had been shut down so far, saying that Gov. Chukwuma Soludo’s administration would not relent in its effort to flush out fake doctors operating across the state.

He said that the objective of the exercise was not to witch-hunt anyone but to ensure standards both in government and private hospitals in the state.

“It is unfortunate that death is an irreversible course and I do not understand why people who are not medical practitioners will continue to waste people’s lives because of greed and quest to make money through illegal means.

“We are sending out this warning to those operating illegally and parading themselves as medical doctors to close down their hospitals or face the full wrath of the law.

“Anambra is not a place for quacks to practice,” he said.

The commissioner thanked the community leaders and vigilante groups for the tip-off and urged residents to be vigilant and report such illegality in their areas.

He commended Mr Soludo for giving them the necessary support to execute the raid.

Mr Obidike said that the suspects would be charged to court.

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Abia LP Commends NLC For Calling Off Strike



The Abia State Chapter of the Labour Party, led by Ceekay Igara, on Sunday, commended the organised labour in the state for showing solidarity with the incoming government of Alex Otti by calling off her two-week old strike.

Igara, in a statement signed by Njoku Jerry Ajike, the state publicity secretary of the party, said it was a sign of the great change that is about to happen among the Abia state workforce.

He stated, “We, as the political arm of the Nigeria Labour Congress and the Trade Union Congress, consider this decision to call off the strike by the leadership of the TUC and NLC as a great act of patriotism and evidence of loyalty and support to the incoming Labour Party-led government of Dr Alex Otti.”

He explained that the leadership of the Congress arrived at the decision on May 27 after visiting the governor-elect, Alex Otti, at his residence.

“The incoming Executive Governor of Abia State, Dr. Alex Otti, had reassured the workers of his commitment to improving workers’ welfare without wavering,” the party assured Abians.

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Rivers Police Seal Ex- Lawmaker’s  Hotel, Entertainment Centre




Two entertainment centres, the CSKR Hotels and Priscy’s Bar and Suites both in Elekahia, Port Harcourt, Rivers State were early on Monday morning sealed by armed policemen.

Staff and lodgers at the two sealed facilities were forcefully ordered out of the premises by the security operatives who stormed there in a commando style.

The businesses are owned by a former member of the Rivers State House of Assembly, Hon. Jones Ogbonda.

Ogbonda is said to be a staunch supporter of the Presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, Atiku Abubakar.

It was gathered that the heavily armed operatives, all dressed in black, are said to be from the C4i Intelligence unit of the state police command.

Our correspondent who visited one of the sealed premises (Priscy’s Bar and Suites) at about 6:55 am on Monday reports that heavily armed, stern-looking policemen occupied the entrance, while two white Hilux patrol vans were stationed there.

In a voice note sent to our correspondent, Ogbonda confirmed the incident, saying the managers of the facilities put calls across to him in the wee hours of Monday to break the news.

He stated,” On the early hours of 29th May 2023 at about 2:55 am, my phone rand and my manager informed me that men of the C4i tactical team of the Nigeria Police Force in about five patrol vans drive into the premises of  Priscy’s Bar and suites in Elekahia.

“They ordered guests in the rooms, customers in the club and staff in the outer bar out, that they have orders from the governor to seal the place.

“As I speak, they are still occupying the premises.

“I also received a call from the manager of CSKR hotels at Elekahia Housing Estate to the effect that men of the C4i of the Nigeria Police were at the hotel searching from room to room, ordering guests and staff out of the premises.

“That they have taken occupation under the orders of His Excellency. This is sad.”

Our correspondent reports that on 19th August 2022,  the Priscy’s Bar and Suites was sealed and some staff and customers were arrested and detained by security operatives.

The bar was sealed off for 11 days before it was allowed to reopen.

When contacted, the spokesperson of the State Police Command, Grace Iringe-Koko, said she will contact the Elekahia Police Division and get back to our reporter.

She has yet to do so as of the time of filing this report.


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