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Akeem ReachnaijaAugust 17, 2018
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THE Commissioner of Police in Abia State, Mr Anthony Ogbizi, on Thursday paraded suspected homosexuals, who were arrested by security agents in Aba, the commercial hub of the state.

The suspects were identified as Fred Ndubuisi, Anyanwu Chidera, Kamsiriochukwu Onuoha, Anderson Emeruwa , Sampson Nwadike and Nnadi Promise.

Ogbizi disclosed that the suspects were arrested at City Gobal Hotel in Aba at about 2am.

A statement by the state police command stated that the suspects were nabbed following a distress call from the manger of the hotel.

The statement added that the hotel manger alleged that the suspects were seen kissing one another at the hotel bar by an employee, who reported the incident to the management.

It was further gathered that the manger went to one of the hotel rooms, where two of the suspects had checked in earlier and discovered that they were six in the room, romancing and kissing one anothers.

According to the police report, the suspects were interrogated and it was discovered that they were members of a gang who came into Abia from nearby states to practise the unnatural act in the hotel room.

The suspects, however, denied committing the crime, saying that they were in Aba for the birthday party of one of their friends, Ndubuisi, adding that their families were not aware that they were arrested.

One of them, Chidera, who claimed to be an undergraduate from the Imo State University, Owerri, said they were all in one room because they were told that the category of room they asked for was not available.

He said, “I arrived the hotel at about 6pm and I asked my friend to book for a room for me. The hotel management said we should pay N5,000 for a room and we could afford it. So, we decided to manage that one room.

“After drinking at the hotel bar, we went to the room to change our clothes. It was at that time that we heard a knock on the door and when we opened the door, the manager started asking why we were six in the room.

“After explaining to him, he said they don’t allow more that three persons in a room and that was how he accused us of practising homosexuality in the room. There was nothing like kissing or making love in the room and we are not gays.”

Another suspect, Ndubuisi, who claimed to be a hair stylist, also stated that he only invited his friends for his birthday party and lodged them in the hotel, adding that they did not indulge in any homosexual act.

“I invited my friends for my birthday and I wanted to pay for two rooms but we couldn’t because the rooms were filled up, that was why we were in one room,” he said.

The Commissioner of Police, however, said the hotel management would bring his evidence against the suspects, who, he said, would be charged to court.


Akeem ReachnaijaAugust 17, 2018
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A Nigerian man identified as Mr. Friday who worked with the chairman of Delta State Oil Producing Areas Development Commission as a driver, who was arrested for allegedly raping the chairman’s 13-year-old girl and getting her pregnant in the process in Sapele, Delta state has been released by the police.

According to reports, Mr. Friday who lost his job and house because of the rape was released because the issue got more complicated. It was later learnt that Mr. Friday sent fifty thousand naira to the mother of the girl to carry out abortion on the girl.


Akeem ReachnaijaAugust 17, 2018
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A presidential hopeful and publisher of Sahara Reporters, Omoyele Sowore, has urged President Muhammadu Buhari not to run for a second term in office.

Mr Sowore stated this on Thursday in Abuja when he led his ‘Take It Back’ movement to protest for the release of Samuel Ogundipe, a journalist who was trickistly track down and detain by the Nigeria Police. The protest held at the entrance of the force headquarters.

Mr Ogundipe, who is a staffer of an online news medium, Premium Times, was taken into custody over a story he authored for the online portal on Tuesday.

The report published by various news portals, including HEADLINE borders on the findings of the police over the siege laid at the National Assembly last week.

The police are asking the Premium Times’ author to reveal his source of the information. He has since declined saying it was against the law of ethical journalism. On Wednesday the police arraigned the journalist without a legal representation on his part.

For Sowore, if Buhari decides not to listen to the advise given to him, the president will leave Nigerians with no option than to disgrace him at the poll.

He said he was involved in the protest to demand for the release of the detained journalist and to convey a message to the Inspector General of Police, Ibrahim Idris, that a new president would emerge in the 2019 general election who would not tolerate police excesses.

“That journalists cannot legitimately do their job in this country in 2018 is a disgrace,” the publisher said.

“We understand why, it was because this country made a mistake in 2015 to vote for somebody who does not believe in press freedom and even after his sick in London, he still doesn’t believe in press freedom.

“We have said it that if Buhari doesn’t leave Nigeria alone Nigerians will leave Buhari in 2019.

“But I am also here to send a memo to the police, that a new commander-in-chief is coming into town next year who would not longer tolerate police excesses.

“We are not going to tolerate the abuse of Human rights under our government and we are not going to tolerate an uncoordinated and incompetent police force without capacity to deal with simple matters such as understanding that a journalist has a right to publish a story and refuse to disclose his source wether he is detained, tortured or even at the point of dead.

“They people that they should be arresting are politicians but they are the ones that they are protecting.

“As we speak now an average Nigerian governor who is a major thief is protected by over 200 police men, yes that is the official number that we know. Some of them have Soldiers, Naval officers, they have civil defence they even have private militia,” he said.

Addressing the protesters, Police spokesman, Jimoh Moshood, seems not to under what a source of story meant.

“We are not saying tell us the source of your story, we are saying tell us where the document emanates from,” the image maker of the force said.

He accused the detained journalist of “theft of classified documents” used in writing the story.

Mr Moshood said Mr Ogundipe was arrested and arraigned in line with constitutional provision, insisting the police were committed to respect for the rule of law.

A number of groups, including Action Aid, Enough is Enough, Socialist Party of Nigeria, and Education Rights Campaign participated in the protest demanding the release of the journalist.


Akeem ReachnaijaAugust 15, 2018
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Squad (SARS) on Tuesday froze the bank account of a Premium Times journalist Samuel Ogundipe who was recently arrested over ‘negative’ stories he writes about the force.

Accordding to a report by Premium Times, Mr Ogundipe was arrested at about 300 p.m. and driven from the SARS headquarters in Abuja to the IGP Monitoring Unit at Force Headquarters where he was made to write a statement concerning the source of a recent story he wrote.

He has declined giving his source as allowed by journalism ethics.

Mr Ogundipe’s salary account with Ecobank was frozen in an attempt to frustrate him. One of the police officers handling the investigation, Emmanuel Onyeneho, an inspector, was heard saying they had to freeze the account to incapacitate the reporter.

At the Force headquarters, where he was taken, a Deputy Commissioner of Police at the IGP Monitoring Unit, Sani Ahmadu, was heard directing lawyers to “rush to court” to obtain a warrant to detain Mr. Ogundipe.

They also repeatedly asked the journalist to disclose his source.

Mr Ogundipe has been taken back to the SARS headquarters in Abuja and is currently being detained there.

Apart from asking Mr Ogundipe to disclose his source, the police also accused the reporter, who covers the security sector, of publishing mainly negative stories about the police.

Mr Onyeneho told Mr Ogundipe that they believe the journalist had written more negative stories than positive stories about the police and they considered that a crime.

He said the journalist must disclose all his sources for his stories about the police, something Mr Ogundipe professionally declined.

Aside Mr Ogundipe, this newspaper’s editor-in-chief, Musikilu Mojeed, and its education correspondent, Azeezat Adedigba, were also briefly detained and harassed by the police at the SARS headquarters in Abuja.


Akeem ReachnaijaAugust 15, 2018
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Adams Oshiomhole, national chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), has called on lawmakers of the ruling party to do all within their powers to ensure that the national assembly reconvenes.

Senate President Bukola Saraki and Yakubu Dogara adjourned plenary in July shortly after the police laid a siege to the residences of the nation’s number three citizen and Ike Ekweremadu, his deputy.

Oshiomhole, who criticised the adjournment, said it is slowing down the progress of the current administration.

He spoke at the Sheraton Hotel in Abuja during a meeting with APC senators and members of the house of representatives.

“You all know that the national assembly is billed to adjourn on Thursday and in the wisdom of presiding officer he chose to adjourn on Tuesday,” he said.

“The result is that we serious pending issues that require deliberation by the national assembly, including the approval of foreign loans without which this year budget cannot perform. The issue of supplementary appropriation for INEC and virement of budget without which INEC capacity to conduct election could be in jeopardy.

“I want to appeal to all distinguished senators and members of house of representatives by your commitment to Nigeria project , your commitment to the sustenance of democracy, you commitment in ensuring that the promises made by APC are themselves enough to compel you to do everything you can do to lawfully to get the national assembly reconvened so that these weighty national issues will be deliberated upon , appropriate decision reached so that Nigeria government is not shut down.”

The APC chairman said the only way Saraki can retain his position is to return to the ruling party but such will not happen.

He said not even the court could save the senate president because it cannot chose a leader for lawmakers.

“Going to the court and get an injunction and hang on it to purport that the matter is in court and therefore the senate cannot exercise their fundamental rights to determine their leadership they need to read that judgement by the court of appeal the matter of APC versus national assembly, excuse me if i don’t use the normal legal references because I do not claim to be a lawyer,” he said.
“This morning I saw that some people claimed they are going to court to stop the senate President from being impeached. That would be an exercise in futility because the court cannot impose on the senate who leads them. It is the discretion of the senate to determine who leads them. When we get there those matter will be canvassed.

“There is no hiding place for him (Saraki) , I insist his time is up. The only way he could have probably retain that office is to decide to return but we will not be ready to welcome him. He must remain where he is and we will contribute to ensuring that he surrenders the presidency of the senate the majority party in the senate in line with the provisions of our constitution.”


Akeem ReachnaijaAugust 15, 2018
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The Nigerian police, through the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) on Tuesday arrested and detained Samuel Ogundipe, who covers the security sector.

Apart from Mr Ogundipe, this newspaper’s editor-in-chief, Musikilu Mojeed, and its education correspondent, Azeezat Adedigba, were also briefly detained and manhandled by the police at the SARS headquarters in Abuja.

Ms Adedigba was later released after about three hours of detention.

Mr Mojeed and Mr Ogundipe were driven from the SARS headquarters in Abuja to the IGP Monitoring Unit at Force Headquarters where Mr Ogundipe was made to write a statement.

At the Force headquarters, a DCP at the IGP Monitoring Unit, Sani Ahmadu, was heard directing lawyers to “rush to court” to obtain a warrant to detain Mr Ogundipe.

They repeatedly asked the journalist to disclose his source for a story published by this newspaper.

The story, also published by other media, revealed a letter written by the Inspector General of Police, Ibrahim Idris, to Acting President Yemi Osinbajo on last week’s siege to the National Assembly by security officials.

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When Mr Mojeed alerted the DCP that it was wrong compelling a journalist to disclose a source of information, the police officer became furious threatening the journalist.

“He said the police was acting within the law and that Samuel would remain detained unless he discloses those who gave him the document,” the journalist said.

Samuel Ogundipe, a reporter at Premium Times
Samuel Ogundipe, a reporter at Premium Times
Officials at the police headquarters told PREMIUM TIMES that the directive to detain the journalist came directly from the Inspector General of Police who is said to be angry at this paper’s critical reporting of his activities.

How the journalist was arrested
Moves to arrest Mr Ogundipe started on Saturday, August 11, when a Police Superintendent, Emmanuel Onyeneho, phoned a PREMIUM TIMES journalist, Azeezat Adedigba, requesting her to show up at their station.

PREMIUM TIMES management had then insisted that the request be formally sent to it so the reporter could honour it on Monday.

A formal of invitation letter from an Assistant Commissioner of Police, Sanusi Muhammed, said the police was investigating a crime of which her name and number was involved.

“This office is investigating a case of criminal conspiracy, cybercrime, attempted kidnapping and fraudulent act that your name and phone number featured.

“You are kindly requested to interview the undersigned officer on 14th August 2018 by 1000hrs for fact findings,” the letter reads.

It turned out it was all a lie when the reporter arrived at the SARS office as directed.

As early as 10 a.m. Monday morning, the reporter, in the company of Mr Mojeed and another staffer was at the SARS headquarters, Guzape, but was told the investigating officer, Emmanuel Onyeneho, was not available.

An armed operative (ostensibly on directives), who attended to the trio subsequently confiscated Ms Adedigba’s phone and detained her, after physically manhandling PREMIUM TIMES editor-in-chief, who attempted to intervene.

After she was led in, the editor and the staffer had to wait for over four hours before Mr Onyeneho eventually sauntered in.

See the police letter containing totally fabricated allegations against a Premium Times reporter.
See the police letter containing totally fabricated allegations against a Premium Times reporter.

See the police letter containing totally fabricated allegations against a Premium Times reporter.—

Subsequently, the official, who declined giving details on the reason for the invitation requested that Ms Adedigba dial a number, he provided, with her phone. The dialled number turned out to be that of Mr Ogundipe. The official requested that Mr Mojeed ask the reporter, to come down, a request he immediately obliged.

Immediately, Mr Ogundipe came in, Ms Adedigba was allowed to go while Messrs Mojeed and Ogundipe were detained.

It was at this point that the two were notified that the police were investigating the source of the interim report sent by the IGP on Mr Daura as published by PREMIUM TIMES.

They were subsequently driven to the IGP Monitoring Unit at Force Headquarters where Mr Ogundipe was made to write

The Story
The Inspector-General of Police, Ibrahim Idris, recently accused Mr Daura of gross violation of Nigerian constitution in Tuesday’s barricade of the National Assembly by State Security Service operatives.

In a preliminary report on the controversial incident prepared for Acting President Yemi Osinbajo on Wednesday, Mr Idris said Mr Daura was working for some politicians for selfish interest, but did not name the accomplices.

He said Mr Daura did not consult with other security agencies before ordering the siege, and questioned the validity of a security report that allegedly anticipated a violence at the parliament.

Mr Daura was sacked by Mr Osinbajo on Tuesday afternoon. He was immediately handed over to the police for further interrogation, after unathorised deployment of SSS officers that sparked nationwide outrage and condemnation.

Mr Idris said the police have been interrogating Mr Daura in Garki, Abuja, since he was arrested.

The report, seen by PREMIUM TIMES, was signed by Mr Idris on August 8, but it was not immediately clear whether Mr Osinbajo has received it.

Apparently disturbed by the report, the police operatives are bent on making Mr Ogundipe disclose the source of the documents.

However, the report was also published by other newspapers who had access to the documents.

https://www.premiumtimesng.com/news/headlines/280119-developing-story-nigerian-police-detain-premium-times-journalist-ask-him-to-disclose-his-source.html?


Akeem ReachnaijaAugust 15, 2018
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Today, Presidential aspirant, Omoyele Sowore and the Take It Back Movement announced its political platform — African Action Congress (AAC). This followed INEC’s release of newly registered political parties.

Dr Malcolm Fabiyi, Director General, TakeItBack Movement/Sowore 2019 Campaign announced that on August 15th, the official unveiling of the party, the AAC, will hold at the Party Headquarters in ABUJA.

“We will also be announcing the members of our Coalition of Authentic Progressive Parties & Organizations (CAPPO) on that date. With our own dedicated party platform, we are now able to match up a pace setting movement with a transformative political platform”.

Omoyele Sowore who had earlier promised to send President Buhari back to his home town also posted this unveiled logo and party name on his Facebook page.

“We call on progressives and youth everywhere to embrace the AAC. Our party is the authentic platform for political transformation in Nigeria”

The party’s adopted slogan was also communicated to be – Take it Back – Action!!


Akeem ReachnaijaAugust 15, 2018
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Gyration master Tony Muonagor popularly known as Tony One Week, a former minority leader in the Anambra state House of Assembly on Tuesday, August 14, 2018 officially decamped from APC for APGA.

He was welcomed into the party by wife of the Governor of Anambra State, Her Excellency, Chief Mrs. Ebelechukwu Obiano at Idemili North LG Headquarters, Ogidi at a side event during her empowerment tour of the local government.

Receiving Hon. Tony Muonagor, Mrs Obiano said; “You are my son, I welcome you back home as my own”.

Hon. Muonagor has been appointed Senior Special Assistant (SSA) to Governor Obiano on Public enlightenment,social mobilization and creative media.