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Human Rights Group Petition Police Over Harassment, Abduction Of Journalist

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Human Rights Group Petition Police Over Harassment, Abduction Of Journalist

Committee for the Defence of Human Rights (CDHR) has furiously condemned and berated the reckless, unlawful, and provocative intimidation, harassment and threat of invasion and arrest of Mr. Adumonza Isiahomhen, an Online Journalist, Publisher, and Editor-in-Chief of OpenLife, by Police Officers from the Criminal Investigation Department of Ekiti State Police Command, led by one Ade.

The attempt of forceful invasion into Mr. Idumonza’s Office at Plot 7, Ilapo Estate, opposite AIT Alagbado, Lagos, on Friday 3rd September 2021 by Police Officers from the Ekiti State Command, Ado-Ekiti, following a story originated from an anonymous parent of a student of Afe Babalola University, Ado-Ekiti, titled Afe Babalola University in Rumbles as Parents Complain of Fraud, published on Thursday, August 19, 2021, was a clear manifestation of the violation of the Journalist’s constitutionally guaranteed rights to privacy and freedom of expression and the Press, by the Officers of the Nigeria Police.

It was gathered on Friday, 3rd September 2021 that errant Police Officers, claim to be in possession of a purported petition but refused to inform the Journalist who the Petitioner is and they refused to avail the Journalist with a copy of the petition despite the request by the Journalist.

Apparently, the Officers are determined to get the Journalist arrested this weekend. Thus, without provocation and without justification, they had apparently attempted to invade the Lagos Office of the Online Journalist in search of him for his arrest.

In a statement by its National Publicity Secretary, Comrade (Barr) Henry Ekine, made available to the Press, CDHR described the attempted invasion and unjustified threat of arrest of Comrade Idumonza as not only reckless but insensitive and callous.

Comrade Ekine, on behalf of the President, Comrade (Dr.) Osagie Obayuwana, the National Executive Committee, and members of CDHR expressed the commitment of the Organization to the protection and defense of Human Rights of all persons. Injury to one is an injury to all!

CDHR, therefore, called on the Inspector-General of Police, Mr. Usman Baba Alkali, the Commissioner of Police, Ekiti State Command and the Commissioner of Police, Lagos State Command, to swiftly intervene in this matter and ensure that the Journalist is not unjustly intimidated, harassed or arrested.

The Human Rights Group demanded that the Inspector General of Police must caution Police Officers and Personnel to uphold Citizens’ Rights. This case, just clearly reveals the disturbing level of insensitivity to the rights of citizens; it shows gross intolerance against matters of Human Rights and Civil Rights Activists by some Policemen and other security agents.

Comrade Ekine decried how Human Rights activists have become targets for harassment by some security agents. CDHR expressed worry over the level to which the respect for Human Rights in the country has degenerated and how some Policemen have become the enemies of the citizens; they have become the perpetrators of the violation of the Rights of innocent citizens.

The Police need to be more professional with the objective to promote and protect the rights of all citizens at all times; the right to freedom of expression and the Press remains a fundamental right and must be protected, especially by state agents in all circumstances. The Police must not be willing tools in the hands of people.

The foremost human rights group emphasized that the right to freedom of expression is guaranteed under Chapter IV of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, 1999, as an amendment, as well as under the African Charter on Human and Peoples Rights; the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, as well as the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

If any individual or institution feels offended by a privileged or fair publication such individual is advised to approach the Court in a civil defamation action not to employ state actors to harass and intimidate citizens with threat of arrest. The state has the positive responsibility to ensure the protection of Citizens’ Rights.

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Agbaoye of Ibadan Land, Chief Kola Karim Mourns Olubada Of Ibadan

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The Agbaoye of Ibadan Land, Chief Orikolade Karim commiserates with the government of Oyo state, Family of Olubadan, Sons and Daughters of Ibadan over death of Olubadan Oba Saliu Akanmu Adetunji Aje Ogunguniso 1.

Crystal News earlier reported that Olubadan of Ibadan joined his ancestors in the early hours of today, Sundax 2nd  January, 2022.

Comessrating with the family, Chief Orikolade Karim in a press release described the news as although shocking and unfortunate amidst new year celebrations, it is a reflection of the ephemeral nature of life.

In his words ‘’Dear Olubadan in Council, Olubadan family, Oyo State Traditional Rulers Council, Ibadan sons and daughters, and government of Oyo state, It is with heavy heart and sobriety that I commiserate with you on the transition of our revered and astute King who left us to join the ancestors today.

It is though painful and shocking to us as all in the traditional institution but I urge you all to find solace in the exemplary and selfless nature of Baba’s  living for over nine decades and reign
for six years Baba’s immediate and long term goal has always been Ibadan first and putting the city on a significant global ranking.

Chief Karim continues, Baba’s  reign has brought significant and unimaginable progress to Ibadan land in the last six years and even though we yearn for more days, years and decades, life is ephemeral and Baba’s  legacies are enough reference for succour”.

My deep condolences go to the immediate family of the transited monarch ( Olori, children and grandchildren), the Olubadan-in-Council, all Ibadan indigenes home and abroad as well as the Oyo State government and traditional rulers council.

I hereby pray to Allah SWA to repose Baba beautiful soul in Aljannah Firdaous as we commence final rites and proceed with burial arrangements.

Verily, our dead are not dead to us until we forget them” and Baba will never be forgotten.

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Police Brutality: Panel Investigated 310 Petitions In Anambra – Official

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The Anambra Judicial Panel on Police Brutality and other Related Matters says it investigated 310 petitions received from residents of the state.

Mr Vincent Ezekwueme, a member representing the Coalition of Anambra Civil Society Organisations in the panel, disclosed this to journalists in Enugu on Thursday.

Ezekwueme, who is also the Chairman of the Civil Liberties Organisation in Anambra, said the number of cases investigated in the state remained the highest in any given state of the federation.

He also said that the panel was gradually winding down its activities, adding that it was currently at its findings re-verification and conclusion stage.

According to him, the panel is working meticulously to ensure it lives up to its mandate and terms of reference.

Ezekwueme said the panel was poised to present a “worthwhile report” and appropriate recommendation.
“The panel is on course. You are aware that we received 310 petitions, the highest in the country.

“The panel has heard, investigated and considered the entire 310 petitions and is currently making its findings and reaching conclusions.

“The retired Justice Veronica Umeh-led panel has vowed to do justice to all the petitions and complaints brought before it.

“It is committed to living up to its mandate,” Ezekwueme further said.

Recall that the 37-member panel was set up on Oct. 20, 2020 to look into the allegations of brutality and extra-judicial killings by the defunct Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS).

The panel was mandated to receive and investigate the complaints of police brutality relating to torture, high-handedness and extra-judicial killings by SARS and police in the state.

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IPOB Members Attack Police Station In Imo State

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Suspected IPOB Members have attacked a Police Station in Imo State

Confirming the reports to newsmen on Friday, the Imo State Police spokesman, CSP Michael Abattam said that suspected members of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) attacked a police station in Isiala Mbano Local Government Area of the state.

Abattam stated that IPOB members attacked the station around 6.44 pm on Thursday with explosives, shooting sporadically to scare away the residents.

He stated that the gunmen arrived in the area in a convoy of five vehicles and three motorcycles, adding that one police officer was badly injured while properties were damaged in the attack.

Abbattam, however, disclosed that the police operatives attached to the station engaged the hoodlums in a gun duel which led to the gunmen fleeing the scene.

‘IPOB Members’ Attacked Police Station In Imo State

He disclosed that the Command’s tactical teams have been dispatched to the area in pursuit of the bandits and to beef up security in the area.

He said: “The suspected to be members of the IPOB/ESN terror group came to Isiala Mbano Police Station in about five vehicles and three motorcycles threw petrol bombs on the roof of the already damaged building in the Endsars imbroglio and started shooting indiscriminately.

“The police operatives attached to the station returned fire, engaging them in a gun duel. They were able to repel the bandits and in the process, they zoomed off in their vehicles and motorcycles.

“Due to the alertness of the police operatives, no arm was lost. The fire was extinguished not after causing some damages to the building.

“One of the police operatives who sustained gunshot injury was rushed to a nearby hospital for treatment.”

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