The Nigerian police has reacted to a viral video of one of its officers who was spotted with a POS while asking a young man for his ATM card on a busy road.
In a statement released by the Nigerian Police Force, the security agency announced that it has commenced investigations to unravel the authenticity of the video, location of incident and identity of some of those spotted in the video.
It assured the general public of its commitment to bringing to book any officer found wanting in the discharge of his or her duties.
Read the statement below;
“The Nigerian Police Force has commenced investigations to unravel the authenticity of the video, location of incident and identity of persons captured in the viral video where some persons in Police uniform were captured, allegedly with POS machine and demanding ATM card from a member of the public.
“The IGP condemns all acts of corruption by Public Servants, particularly Police officers and is committed to bringing to book any officer found wanting in this regard.
“The police, however, urged members of the public to send relevant information that could assist Police investigators to firstname.lastname@example.org or kindly DM @policeNG.”
Ikokwu 5: Police Pressuring Us To Drop Demand For Justice — Late Chima’s Family
Members of family of the Late Chima Ikwunado, the Port Harcourt auto-mechanic allegedly tortured to death while in detention have raised alarm that authorities of Rivers Police Command are piling up pressure on them to drop their demand for justice.
Late Chima’s elder brother of the Anthony, told a Port Harcourt based Radio Station, Nigeriainfofm that as soon as the process of the suit which his family and the four Ikokwu Spare parts dealers instituted against the Police were served on the Command, the Commissioner of Police, Mustapha Dandaura, called on members of the family for a closed door meeting.
He added that the Commissioner of Police, at the meeting held on Wednesday, February 19, persuaded members of the family to “settle the matter” out of Court.
He said, “We were called and I met the CP Dandaura, yesterday (Wednesday) that we should settle this matter amicably without going to Court.
“Besides the Police, the General Overseer of a popular Church (name withheld), has called me over it. But the masses are still involved in this matter. It is not only us. Ohaneze Ndigbo and all the rest are involved in this matter. We want justice for Chima or nothing else, just justice. Those who killed my brother will go in for it.
The family of the late Chima and his colleagues had gone to Court to seek for justice.
Four colleagues of the deceased arrested and also tortured by officers of the E-crack Squad also known as the Commissioner’s squad, while in detention are also seeking justice in the suit.
The case, which is hinged on two fundamental rights matters were filed by the father of late Chima, Kelvin and the deceased’s wife, Adaugo.
They are asking for justice for the late Chima and four others allegedly tortured by the E-crack Squad of the Police while in custody.
They are also asking for the release of the remains of the late Chima.
However, when the matter came up in Court, the Inspector General of Police and the other officers listed in the charge were not present in court.
The presiding Judge, Justice James Kolawole Omotosho adjourned the case to February 27, 2020, after listening to the charges.
Meanwhile, the late Ikwunado’s family as well as members of Civil society and human rights groups waited endlessly on Thursday for the result of the autopsy conducted on the remains of late Chima.
The Police Pathologist, Dr. Stephen Musa had last week promised that the result of the autopsy will be ready in 10 days which elapsed on Thursday.
But despite waiting for many hours, no result was presented and there is no explanation for the delay.
God Punishing You With Insurgency For Your Sins Against Igbo — Ohanaeze Tells Northerners
Ohanaeze Ndigbo Youth Council Worldwide, OYC, has said that the insurgency ravaging the North East is a reward of the sins committed against the Igbo 50 years ago by the North during the civil war.
The OYC also hailed the Sultan of Sokoto, Alhaji Sa’ad Abubakar III, who yesterday said that God was using the insurgency to punish Nigerians for their Sins.
OYC position was contained in a statement signed by its President-General, Okechukwu Isiguzoro and its Secretary-General, Mazi Okwu Nnabuike.
“OYC insists that why insurgents are ravaging the North is based on the sins committed against Igbos 50 years ago during the BIAFRA war by mostly Northern Military leaders,” the group said.
The group maintained that Northern leaders witnessed the unfortunate killings of over two million Igbos, who are mostly children and women, adding that until the “North repents and support a Nigerian President of Igbo Stock 2023 as a medium to ask God for forgiveness, the insurgency will continue to serve a punishment to them.”
OYC further insisted that God has given Igbo the solutions to heal the North and end the suffering in the region, accusing Northern politicians of benefiting hugely from the insecurity challenges in the region.
OYC said it condemns in strong terms the bill, entitled ‘National Agency for Education, Rehabilitation, De-radicalisation and integration of repentant insurgents in Nigeria’ sponsored by Senator Ibrahim Gaidam on the floor of the Senate.
The Igbo youths described the bill as a, “cosmetic approach to legalized insurgency and create opportunities to waste resources.”
Pastor On Deliverance Trip Dies In Anambra
A Pastor, Richard Ifeanyi Obi, was on Friday found dead in his room in No. 5 Onuorah Street Amaenyi Awka, Anambra State.
The deceased was said to be in the town from Warri, Delta state to conduct prayers for a family when the incident took place.
The Nation reports that the deceased was found lying lifeless where he was lodged.
Confirming the report, police spokesperson, Haruna Mohammed, said Commissioner of Police John Abang has ordered for a discreet investigation to ascertain circumstances surrounding the incident.
He said: “One Ikechukwu Uchendu ‘m’ of No. 5 Onuorah Street Amaenyi Awka reported at the Central Police Station Awka that one Pastor Richard Ifeanyi Obi ‘m’ who came from Warri to perform family prayers in his house was found lying lifeless in the room he slept.
“Following the report, Police detectives attached to CPS Awka visited the scene, photographed the victim and rushed him to the hospital where he was certified dead by the medical doctor. Corpse deposited at Amaku hospital mortuary for autopsy.”