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Osun government condemns assault by Policemen, lauds IGP, CP for prompt response 



Abimbola Abatta, Osogbo


The State Government of Osun has condemned a viral video, displaying how two uniformed men assaulted a female citizen, Abdulazeez Adesola Alimatat, at Odo Ori Market in Iwo, Osun State.


It was stated that the two Police Officers, identified as Inspector Ikuesan Taiwo with AP/NO. 251724 and PC Abass Ibrahim with F/NO. 509634, went overboard in the discharge of their duties.


In a statement signed by the Commissioner for Information and Civic Orientation, Funke Egbemode, “this is a democracy, and the State of Osun is a decent society where men in or out of uniform should not and cannot whimsically flog women – even men.


“We note that police authorities have condemned the unwarranted actions of these men. The State Government likewise condemns the unacceptable conduct of these policemen.


“The culprits are currently being detained and their orderly room trial has since commenced. The full weight of the law will be deployed to address this illegal,  unfortunate behaviour of these law enforcers.


“The State Government of Osun hereby warns all that no one is licensed under the law to harass, assault, batter or visit violence on any citizen, men and women. It is especially reprehensible when the victim is a helpless lady who is not known to have offended the law in any way,” the government stated.


While commending the swift response of the Inspector General of Police, IGP M. A. Adamu, and the Commissioner of Police in the State of Osun, CP Johnson Kokumo, the State Government also appreciated all Law Enforcement Agencies for their cooperation with the government during the period of the lockdown.


The State government further urged them to enforce the lockdown conscientiously and within the ambience of the law, maintaining that it is the duty of the government to protect the citizens from COVID-19 and other dangers without assaulting their rights to personal liberty.


Earlier, the Commissioner of Police, Osun State Police Command, CP Johnson Babatunde Kokumo, mni, also condemned the unprovoked assault on the victim, Abdulazeez Adesola Alimat.


The Commissioner of Police, in his statement, disclosed that the erring policemen have been identified, arrested, and detained, adding that “the defaulters are currently facing force disciplinary procedure of orderly room trial for their unprofessional conduct.”


According to him, “Osun State Police Command will not condone any act of discreditable conduct and reckless incivility to member(s) of the public on the part of its personnel.”


NDLEA seizes 8 tons of Indian hemp, 8,000 bottles of codeine in 8 states



NDLEA seized at least eight tons of Indian hemp and 8,000 bottles of codeine in raids in Edo, Delta, Bauchi, Kaduna, Gombe, Kogi Anambra and the FCT in the last one week.

Its spokesman, Mr Femi Babafemi, stated on Sunday in Abuja that operatives stormed Ujiogba Forest in Esan West Local Government Area of Edo on Wednesday, Nov. 29 where they recovered 5,988kg of Indian hemp.

He added that a 22-year-old, Mson Bunde, also known as Tete Peter Joseph, found in a hut on the Indian hemp farm was arrested.

He stated also that at least 120,000 capsules of tramadol were seized by NDLEA officers on Nov. 27.

The drugs, Babafemi added, were concealed in electronic music equipment loaded in a Jos-bound bus, but were intercepted on the Onitsha-Awka Highway in Anambra.

“One hundred-and-twenty-three blocks of Indian hemp weighing 73kg were recovered from a suspect, Abdullahi Bello on Gombe-Bauchi Road in Gombe State on Nov. 29.

“Operatives in Abuja also seized 168 blocks of Indian hemp weighing 101kgs from the store of a fleeing drug dealer in Kabusa area of the FCT,’’ Babafemi stated.

He added that at least 8,000 bottles of codeine syrup were intercepted in a vehicle on the Abuja- Kaduna Road on Dec. 1 and the driver, Shamsu Isiyaku and his conductor, Muhammad Maina were arrested.

He stated also that NDLEA operatives arrested one Ernest Esechie (30) with 44.4kg of Indian hemp on Gwantu-Sanga Road, Kaduna State also on Dec. 1.

In Kogi, NDLEA officers arrested Ahmad Umar (18) with 46.4kg of Indian hemp at a check point in Kabba.

In Bauchi, the officers arrested one Jamilu Zakari (32) at Kofar Idi with 125 blocks of Indian hemp weighing 146kg.

On Nov. 29, NDLEA operatives recovered 542.3kg of Indian hemp from a suspect, Festus Egeogoli (32) when his base at Jakpa Road, Warri, Delta, was raided.

Another 542.3kg of Indian hemp was seized from a store in the area, Babafemi stated.

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Two farmers jailed for assault, attempted extortion



An Area Court in Jos on Friday sentenced two farmers, Samaila Zanko, 24, and Umar Abubakar, 36, to three months imprisonment each for assault and extortion.

The judge, Mr Shawomi Bokkos, sentenced Zanko and Abubakar after they pleaded guilty to assault and attempted extortion.

Bokkos, however, gave each of them an option to pay a fine of N10,000.

Earlier, the Prosecution Counsel, Monday Dabit told the court that the case was reported on Sept. 11 at the office of the Police Anti-Kidnapping Unit, Jos, by the complainant, Malam Saudi Abdullahi.

The prosecutor said that the convicts beat up the complainant after invading his house.

He told the court that the convicts also demanded N3 million from the complainant as a “settlement fee”and threatened to beat him up if he refused to comply.

Dabit said that the offence contravened the provisions of the Plateau Penal Code.

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Family of Gandu attack victim in Nasarawa begs Gov. Sule, others for assistance



The family of Isa Yusuf, a victim of a military shoot-out with suspected kidnappers in the Gandu area of the Lafia metropolis, Nasarawa State, has appealed for help.

Isa Yusuf was shot and left at the Dalhatu Araf Specialist Hospital (DASH), Lafia after a rescue mission went awry.

According to Salihu Yusuf, the elder brother of the victim, Isa went to rescue a kidnapped relative in Gandu, only to be mistaken for fleeing kidnappers by military operatives. The encounter resulted in Isa being shot three times.

The family, expressing understanding of the military’s duty, is struggling with the escalating medical expenses.

Salihu Yusuf stated the family has already spent over ₦200,000 on tests and scanning, with indications that one of the shots affected Isa’s spinal cord, necessitating a referral to a hospital in Jos, Plateau State.

Isa, a painter and electrician, not only faces health challenges but also cares for four children left behind by a late brother.

The family, unable to bear the medical costs alone, is reaching out to well-meaning individuals, with a special plea to Governor Abdullahi Sule for assistance.

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