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DPO, girlfriend arrested over death of housemaid in Katsina State

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The Katsina State Police Command has arrested a Divisional Police Officer (DPO) attached to Mashi Local Government, Mr Garba Talawai, and his girlfriend, Sadiyya Alhaji Danyaya, over the death of their 16-year-old housemaid.

The command said this in a statement signed by its Public Relations Officer, SP Gambo Isah, and made available to newsmen on Saturday in Katsina.

“A councillor in Mashi local government, Abubakar Haruna, reported to the DPO Garba Talawai that a corpse was seen at a bush path in Mashi.

“The DPO and his team went to the place and evacuated the corpse which was deposited at Mashi Primary Healthcare Centre.

“Later, the corpse was identified as that of Rabi Abdullahi, 16, a housemaid to one Sadiyya Alhaji Danyaya, a girlfriend of the DPO.

“Some health personnel on duty also identified the corpse as having being brought previous day to the health facility by the DPO and another policeman where it was confirmed death in Toyota Carina II, red in colour, identified as the car of the DPO,” he said.

He said that investigations indicated that the said Sadiyya reported to the DPO that the teenage girl was missing two days ago after she rebuked her for carrying unwanted pregnancy and sleeping outside the house.

“Preliminary investigations indicted the DPO for concealment of facts on the possible cause of death of the deceased,” he said.

The PPRO said that the commissioner of police has already directed for a thorough, meticulous and comprehensive investigation on the matter.

He further said that both the DPO and his girlfriend were helping detectives to unravel the circumstances surrounding the death of the deceased.

He said that another DPO has already been posted to the area as his replacement.

“The commissioner of police, Sanusi Buba, assures the parents of the deceased and the public that the command will not leave any stone unturned until justice is done in the matter,” he said.

Edited by Muhammad Suleiman Tola

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COVID-19: Fedpoly Ede making ventilators — Rector

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Mr John Adekolawole, Rector of the Federal Polytechnic, Ede, Osun, says the school is working on making low cost ventilators to combat the dreaded Coronavirus ravaging the world.

Adekolawole told newsmen on Wednesday in Ede that the institution had been rated the best Federal Polytechnic in the South West in areas of innovations.

”In our efforts to combat the deadly Coronavirus, the school had produced hand sanitizers which is being commercialized at low costs and had also created special thermometers to check or test for those that might have COVID-19.

He said the thermometers made by the institution, after detecting high temperature, would give directive for such persons with higher temperature to moved aside.

“Our thermometers will not only test for body heat but has an indicator alert and directive for persons with body temperature above 36.5°C to 37°C to be set aside for further examination.

He said immune boosting drugs that could help to fight off bacteria and viruses were already being produced by the institution.

The rector added that plans were also in top gear to have the drugs in tea bags.

On staff welfare, Adekolawole said that about 250 staff had been promoted while another 300 staff had their levels upgraded based on their qualifications  since he became rector of the institution.

He, however, described reported allegations of nepotism and plagiarism against him as ”cheap blackmail”

He urged journalists to always verify, clarify and investigate issues before publishing, adding that he would not relent in his efforts in taking the institution to greater heights.


Edited By: Modupe Adeloye/Wale Ojetimi (NAN)

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Brutality: Zamfara Police Command investigates two DPOs, others

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The Zamfara Police Command has commenced investigation of an alleged manhandling of one Sule Dan Biyo of Magami Village in Gusau Local Government Area of the state by operatives.

 

This followed a petition written by the victim’s brother, Sarkin Karma, through Ibrahim Ali of Ibrahim Ali Abubakar and Co. Chambers, Gusau, to Commissioner of Police Usman Nagogo seeking redress and justice on the matter.

 

According to the petitioner, the victim was arrested by the Magami Divisional Police Officer (DPO) following a request by his Central Police Station, Gusau, and taken to Gusau after the arrest.

 

The petitioner in the document said his client was arrested after he had a quarrel with one Azza Buda, over Buda’s alleged role as an informant to bandits.

 

The lawyer said the case was reported by Buda’s sister, Ramatu Buda in Magami.

 

He stated that the matter was moved to Gusau Central Police Station where the victim was allegedly tortured.

 

“The police inflicted pains, sufferings, injuries and grievous bodily hurt through systematic beating, head banging, punching, kicking, striking with rifle butts, genital mutilation and jumping on the stomach.

 

“These acts resulted in the dysfunction of his body system putting him in a state of unconsciousness whereof the said DPO rushed him to the Federal Medical Centre, Gusau for treatment under the Emergency Unit,” he alleged.

 

The solicitor said when one Alhaji Babangida Magami followed the case at the Central Police Station, Gusau, he was also allegedly put behind bars even after Sule was taken to the hospital.

 

He cautioned that “we therefore urge you to use your good office to investigate the above facts, order the release of Babangida Magami and call the DPO to order.

 

“Otherwise, we shall proceed in accordance with the instruction of our client to institute a legal action against the parties concerned particularly the police.’’

 

Confirming the issue however, the command’s Public Relations Officer, SP Mohammed Shehu, said the command had taken up the matter and it was now being thoroughly investigated.

He said that the officers in charge of Magami Division and Gusau Division as well as those mentioned in the petition would be questioned accordingly.

 

“My Commissioner of Police, CP Usman Nagogo is religiously following the instructions of IGP Mohammed Adamu for the police to be civil in its dealings.

 

“Our major concern now is for the victim to recover fully so that we can also hear his version of what happened before conclusions can be drawn,” he said.

 

Edited By: Fela Fashoro/Donald Ugwu
(NAN)

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Court sentences man to 14 days imprisonment for insulting DPO

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Court sentences man to 14 days imprisonment for insulting DPO: A Wuse Zone 6 Magistrates’ Court, sitting in Abuja, on Monday sentenced a 39-year-old man, Abba Tukur, to 14 days imprisonment for insulting the Divisional Police Officer of Wuse Police Station.

Tukur of IBA Harnna street, Wuye Abuja was charged with one-count charge of intentional insult.

Tukur pleaded guilty to the charge and begged the court for forgiveness.

In his ruling, Magistrate Ahmed Ndajiwo sentenced Tukur to 14 days imprisonment, after he pleaded guilty and begged the court for leniency.

The Judge, however, gave the convict an option to pay N5, 000 as fine and cautioned him to be a responsible citizen and desist from breaking the law.

Earlier, the Prosecutor, ASP Peter Ejike, FCT Command, told the court that on March 18, at about 9.30 pm, Whisky 6 Patrol team attached to Wuse Zone 3 Police Station, were out on patrol.

The Prosecutor explained that the patrol team which was headed by Insp. Ozioma Edank while on patrol arrested Tukur with a motorcycle around Wuse Zone 3, Abuja.

Ejike said the convict who was arrested and taken to the police station for his disobedience, walked into the DPO’s office and began to insult him intentionally.

He stressed that during police investigation, Tukur admitted to have committed the crime.

He said that the offence contravened the provisions of Section 399 of the Penal Code Law.

Edited By: Sadiya Hamza
(NAN)

 

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Man docked for allegedly threatening DPO’s life

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A 20-year-old, Odetayo Sunday, on Friday appeared before an Ile-Ife Magistrates ‘Court in Osun on Friday for allegedly threatening to kill a Divisional Police Officer (DPO), Adeloye Adekanmi.

Sunday, whose address was not provided,  is facing a charge of threat to life to which he pleaded not guilty.

The Prosecutor, Insp Emmanuel Abdullahi, told the court that the defendant committed the offence on Thursday at 11:00a.m. at Iloromu Quarters, Ile-Ife.

Abdullahi said that the defendant threatened the life of Adekanmi, the DPO of “A Division”  Police Station in Ile-Ife.

He also said the defendant conducted himself in a manner likely to cause a breach of the peace when he challenged and threatened the DPO for questioning him about  his operating a generator  for 24 hours.

Abdullahi said the offence contravened Sections 84, 86 (1) and 249 (d) of the Criminal Law of Osun, 2002.

The Defence Counsel, Mr Ola Ibrahim, urged the court to grant his client  bail in liberal terms, promising  that he would not jump bail, but  provide substantial sureties.

The Magistrate, Mr Joseph Owolawi, granted the defendant bail in the sum of N100,000 with two sureties in like sum.

Owolawi ordered that the sureties must swear to an affidavit of means.

He said that one of the sureties should  be a civil servant on Grade Level 12 while the other should provide  three years tax payment to Osun Government.

The magistrate adjourned the case till March 3 for mention.

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Edited By: Edith Bolokor/Mufutau Ojo)

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Foundation advocates improved government collaboration with NGOs, DPOs

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The Down syndrome Foundation of Nigeria (DSFN) has appealed for improved collaboration between the Federal Government, Disability Partner Organisations (DPOs) and Non-governmental Organisations (NGOs) to enhance service delivery to the society.

 

The President of the Foundation, Mrs Rose Mordi, made the appeal in an interview with the Nigeria News Agency on Friday in Lagos.

 

Mordi said that the collaboration between government, DPOs and NGOs had been very weak and this had affected the operation of the organisations.

 

She said there was need to establish and maintain effective partnership between government and NGOs to assist in the formulation, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of development activities, particularly in the health sector.

 

According to her, stronger collaboration with the organisations has become necessary because they operate and have close interactions with people at the grassroot.

 

“Government should improve its collaboration with the NGOs and DPOs; call them for stakeholders meetings on regular basis to deliberate on how to enhance service delivery,” Mordi said.

 

She expressed regret that no provision had ever been made for the NGOs in the national budget unlike in other climes where the government makes provisions for both budget allocation and yearly subvention to duly recognised and registered NGOs.

 

Mordi claimed that many international grants coming into the country through the government do not get to the targeted NGOs at the grassroots due to the weak relationship between them and the government.

 

She said that NGOs and DPOs depend on charity for sustenance of their operations, and the government could also empower them through grants and subventions.

 

Mordi said that NGOs normally depend on governments for funding and service contracts, but due to poor government response, a lot of them go out of their way to source for fund.

 

“The range of activities carried out by NGOs extends from providing hospitals, clinics and primary health care centers, to providing free consultation and drugs.

 

“It is unfortunate that some international grants meant for NGOs, are most times misdirected to the wrong people because of the collaboration gap.

 

“NGOs and DPOs are non-profit-making organisations that depend solely on charity, donations and grants. As a result, they need government’s support and empowerment to effectively operate.

 

“Partnership with NGOs enhance service delivery, enrich democratic processes, promote social development and meet people’s needs at the grassroot,” Mordi said.

Edited By: Zainab Garba/Oluwole Sogunle

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Police, other stakeholders applaud RoLAC for training DPOs

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  The representative of the Divisional Police Officers (DPOs) from various police stations in  Lagos State and other security  stakeholders  on Wednesday commended  an NGO, the Rule of Law and Anti Corruption (RoLAC),  for organising a two- day  training for their  officers on the rule of law.

The DPO in charge of  Satellite Division, Chief Superintendent of Police, CSP Chike Oti, gave the commendation on the last day of the training held in Lagos.

Oti, who was also a former Police Public Relations Officer, Lagos State Police Command,  told the Nigeria News Agency in Lagos that such training would add to the existing knowledge of the police .

“It is very thoughtful of the organisers of this programme to put this training in place for police officers, bearing in mind that knowledge is power.

“One can only act from the point of what he knows and we have been exposed to things, that ordinarily we might  have taken for granted in the past.

“We have been taught a lot about what to expect during the visitation of the magistrate to our various police stations for inspection,” he said.

Oti said that the training was simply to acquaint the police officers  with the rule of law and create an enabling environment conducive for the inmates in their cells.

” We are now prepared for a magistrates’ visit every month to our cells for inspection and we are also ready to comply with reporting obligations under the law,” the police officer said.

Earlier,  Mr Ajibola Ijimakinwa,  the Lagos State Coordinator  of  RoLAC, had said that the training was to acquaint  the DPOs with the provisions of the Administration of Criminal Justice Act (ACJA) 2015.

“These provisions mandate heads of police stations and other law enforcement agencies to submit periodic reports on arrests that are conducted without warrant.

“They also obligate designated magistrates to conduct periodic inspection visits to places of detention,” he said.

Mrs Muinat Oyekan, a Chief Magistrate from Abuja, said that the  oversight visit of the magistrate to police stations should be done without notice.

Joseph Otteh, a consultant to RoLAC,  said  that there was the  need to educate the DPOs on the importance of due  process and why they shoul always be   transparent  in their dugues in other to achieve the purpose of the ACJA.

Also, Bayo Akinlade, Chairman of the  Nigeria Bar Association (NBA), Ikorodu branch , said that the initiative would help to protect the rights of suspects and help in decongesting detention centres in Lagos.

Florence Adewale, a legal practitioner and a programme assistant with  RoLAC ,appreciated the great turnout by the DPOs for the training despite  their tight schedules.

NAN reports that no fewer than  100 police officers attended the training.

/ PAD

Edited by: Edith Bolokor/Peter Dada

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RoLAC organises training for DPO’s on Rule of Law

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The Rule of Law and Anti Corruption (RoLAC) Programme on Tuesday organised programme to build the capacity of Divisional Police Officers (DPO) to comply with reporting obligations under the law.

Ajibola Ijimakinwa, Lagos State Coordinator, RoLAC told Nigeria News Agency in Lagos that the training would further enlighten the officers on how to properly care for accused persons detained in their cells.

The two-day training programme which started on Jan. 14 will end on Jan. 15.

NAN reports that RoLAC is funded by the European Union and implemented by the British Council.

Ijimakinwa said that the training was to acquaint DPO’s with the provisions of the Administration of Criminal Justice Act (ACJA) 2015 and ACJ Law regarding the detention facilities which they superseded.

“These provisions mandate heads of police stations and other law enforcement agencies to submit periodic reports on arrests that are conducted without warrant.

“They also obligate designated magistrates to conduct periodic inspection visits to places of detention,” she said.

The coordinator said that ACJA and ACJL were designed to ensure oversight of police arrests, reduce arbitrariness, improve respect for human rights and increase public confidence in the administration of criminal justice.

“Over the last 12 months, RoLAC has supported the implementation of sections 33 and 34 of the ACJA in the Federal Capital Territory.

“Implementation has resulted in increased compliance with statutory time limits regarding pre-trial detention in police cells, more arraignments and respect for the rights of suspects.

“We hope to achieve the same results in Lagos State with the training RoLAC has given to both magistrates and DPOs,” she said.

According to Ijimakinwa, RoLAC’s aim is to enhance good governance in Nigeria, curb corruption, reduce impunity and increase access to justice for women, children and persons with disabilities.

Mr Joseph Otteh, a lawyer and consultant to the RoLAC said that the implementation of section 33 and section 34 of ACJA would help in sanitising detention centres.

“Section 34 of the ACJA provides: The Chief Magistrate, or where there is no Chief Magistrate within the police division, any Magistrate designated by the Chief Judge for that purpose, shall at least every month, conduct an inspection of police stations or other places of detention within his territorial jurisdiction other than the person,” he said.

Otteh said there was need to educate the Police officials on why it was important for the process to be transparent in other to achieve the purpose of those sections of the ACJA.

“We really want to go beyond the formalisms and ensure that we can affect life’s and achieve the goals of these sections and improve the divinity of the detention procedure.

“Detention culture in police stations is changing and we are excited about that because the tendency for people to be dehumanised is reduced right now.

“Nigeria is gradually making some constructive efforts to dignify that custodial regime and ensure that citizens feel more respected even when they are detained,” he said.

Also speaking, Bayo Akinlade, Chairman, Nigeria Bar Association (NBA), Ikorodu said that the initiative has a productive outcome in terms of decongesting detention centres.

“The process would help reduce the amount of people charged at police stations from going through the process of court and ending up in Kirikiri prison,” he said.

Akinlade, also coordinator, Police Duty Solicitor Scheme, Lagos State said that the scheme allows lawyers to be placed in police stations to provide services for the accused persons.

“This scheme ensures that the rights of the accused persons are not violated by the process.

“The most fundamental thing it does is to protect the rights of citizens and ensure that they are not detained for more than the 24 hours period in police stations where they are detained,” Akinlade said.

Edited by: Ismail Abdulaziz

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Yuletide: Jigawa CP directs DPOs to provide security in worship centres, others

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As Christmas celebrations draw nearer, the Commissioner of Police in Jigawa, Mr Usman Gomna, has directed Divisional Police Officers (DPOs) in the state to provide adequate security in worship centres and other public places.

The police command’s Spokesman, SP Abdu Jinjiri, disclose this while speaking with the Nigeria News Agency in Dutse on Sunday.

Jinjiri said that the police would embark on robust patrol across the state in order to ensure hitch-free celebrations.

He said police visibility would particularly increase on highways across the state to ensure that people who might want to travel during the festive period were safe.

“Gomna, during a conference with DPOs, directed DPOs to provide security in worship centres and other public places.

“The police will increase visibility on major roads and highways across the state to ensure that people move (travel) freely.

“The police will also embark on robust patrol in all the nooks and crannies of the state in order to maintain law and order during the period,” the spokesman said.

He assured residents of the state of adequate security during the festive celebrations.

Jinjiri said that the command had taken measures to ensure hitch-free and peaceful Christmas celebrations in the state, adding that mobile and conventional policemen had been put on alert at the command’s headquarters in case of any eventuality.

He urged members of the public to cooperate with security personnel so as to ensure peaceful celebrations.

The police spokesman further advised residents to be vigilant and report any suspicious movement in the security formation within their localities.

Edited by: Edith Bolokor and
(NAN)‘Wale Sadeeq

 

 

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Abducted Adamawa DPO regains freedom

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The Adamawa  Police Command has confirmed the rescue of DSP Ahijo Muhammad, DPO of Mubi Division, who was kidnapped a fortnight ago by unknown persons.

DSP Sulaiman Nguroje, the Command’s Spokesman, announced the development to the Nigeria News Agency on Saturday in Yola.

Nguroje explained that Muhammad was rescued on Saturday evening by Police Operation Puff Ader/Operation Farauta in Mubi.

“DSP Ahijo Muhammad, DPO  Mubi North, was rescued from the hands of his abductors unharmed and healthy.

” The Command Anti Kidnap Unit is now investigating the matter with a view to arresting the fled kidnappers” Nguroje said.

NAN reports that Muhammad was abducted about two weeks ago while travelling from Yola to Mubi. ( NAN)

Edited & Vetted By: Jane-Frances Oraka/Wale Ojetimi
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