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Protest In Plateau Over Death Of Youth Leader Allegedly Tortured By Security Personnel




Community members especially women from the Jengre community, Bassa local government area of Plateau State have protested the death of their Youth Leader, Audu Bako who they alleged died as the result of torture by some personnel of Operation Safe Haven, OpSH.

The incident raised tension in the Jengre town, as women dressed in black attires marched around the streets of the town to protest and also went to the palace of the Ogomo Pengana, the Paramount ruler of Chiefdom.

Bako died on Monday the 8th of May 2023, as a resident who did not want to be named said “About a month ago, Audu was returning home in the night on his bike when the vigilante stopped him at the bend leading to his house just before the checkpoint at a place called Road-Block.

“The incident led to a serious fight between him and the vigilante to the extent the case went to the Jengre Police Division, the vigilante had succeeded in beating him up with bamboo sticks. It was at the DPO’s office in Jengre that the STF insisted that Audu must be taken to Jos for further scrutiny.

“Audu did not return to Jengre until, after 10 days (01/05/2023), he was in detention and was tortured, as he was accused of engaging in a fight with vigilantes at odd hours. Upon his discharge from Jos, he returned home sick he had to be admitted to SDA Hospital, Jengre and later referred to JUTH for further treatment as his case was worsening.

“It was in JUTH that he died, which I suspect is a result of the extreme torture he went through. At the moment, some individuals are calling for an autopsy to be performed on him before he is buried which I fully support. Let’s see how the drama unfolds and God help them if what I am thinking turns out to be true.”

The leadership of the Amo Nation (the deceased tribe) has written a petition to the Commander of Operation Safe Haven, OpSH Major-General Abdulsalami Ibrahim demanding the immediate disclosure and investigation of officers who brutalized and manhandled the deceased.

The National Secretary, of Amo National Youth Association, AMONYA, Micah Micah Junior, in a statement on behalf of Dr. Gugu Musa the National President, called for calm and restraint in comments and speeches stating, “The leadership of Amo at all levels have been on top of the situation seeking for justice.”

However, Markus Y. Saleh (SAN) and Co, attorneys to the deceased family have petitioned the Commander, OpSH demanding the “immediate disclosure and investigation of officers who brutalized and manhandled Mr. Audu Bako, (The Jengre Youth Leader).”

The legal practitioner demanded “an immediate, thorough investigation to be conducted to find out the men behind the heinous brutality, dehumanization, torture and agonizing treatment of Mr. Audu Bako whose only sin/crime was becoming a youth leader in Jengre,” and also demanded that “the officers at Sector 1 Command of the Special Task Force be made to face the full wrath of the law in the circumstance.”

The petition was also copied to the Minister of Defence, Chief of Defence Staff, Chief of Army Staff, Plateau State Governor, Chairman, Senate Committee on Defence, General Officer Commanding 3 Division, Jos, National Human Rights Commission, Plateau State and the Commissioner of Police, Plateau State Command.

OpSH could not confirm the incident as the spokesperson Capt. James Oya did not pick up nor return the calls to his known phone number at the time of this report.

The spokesman of 3 Div, Major Sabastian Takwa said he knew nothing about the incident but a source at the State Police headquarters said, “The people came to report, the Police are investigating.”

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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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