The Federal Government has said it is on the verge to shut down the land border between Nigeria and a neigbouring country to avoid smuggling of foreign rice into the country.
Chief Audu Ogbeh, the Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, made the disclosure in Abuja on Monday while speaking with youths in a leadership clinic under the auspices of Guardians of the Nation International (GOTNI).
Ogbeh who did not mention the particular country and border, said that shutting the borders had become necessary to encourage local production and sustain the economy of the country.
The minister said that a neighbouring country was bent on destroying the economy of the country and discouraging local production of rice, hence the need to shut down the border.
His words: “Our other problem is smuggling. As we speak, a neighbor of ours is importing more rice than China is importing.
“They do not eat parboiled rice, they eat white rice, they use their ports to try and damage our economy.
“I am telling you now because in a few days, you will hear the border has been shut, we are going to shut it to protect you, us and protect our economy.
“You will start seeing all sorts of negative things on the internet.
“Let me tell you why we need to shut the border, I grow rice, I was the first Nigerian to mill rice free of stones, if you plant rice in certain parcels of land, some poisonous materials gets into the rice.
“There are three kinds of water in their natural state; there is fresh water from the river, salt water from the sea, blackish water.
“If you go to the Delta in many countries, in South East Asia where they grow the rice, if you plant rice in the same place like four to six years continuously, the quantum of arsenic begins to increase and arsenic causes cancer and that is what they are dumping for us.
“Some people say they prefer Thai rice because they are very sophisticated, welcome to poison.’’
Captain Harry Kane came to the rescue with two goals, the second a dramatic injury-time winner, as England began their World Cup Group G campaign with a stuttering 2-1 win over Tunisia on Monday.
Gareth Southgate’s men almost paid a heavy price for missing a slew of first-half chances when Tunisia’s Ferjani Sassi slotted home a softly-awarded penalty 20 minutes before half-time.
And the North Africans were still level as the game went past the 90-minute mark.
But Harry Maguire won a header from a corner and Kane was on hand at the far post to nod in the winner before being mobbed by his ecstatic teammates.
England had started brightly in a blur of passing and movement and could have been two goals up inside the first four minutes.
First Jordan Henderson’s lofted first-time pass released Dele Alli and when the ball eventually broke to Jesse Lingard he saw his shot from six yards saved by the outstretched left boot of Mouez Hassen in the Tunisia goal.
Kane had been kept quiet in the opening salvos but he exploded into action in the 11th minute when he cut inside from the left and saw his shot from the edge of the box deflected wide for a corner.
Ashley Young delivered the set piece for John Stones to rise highest and meet with a powerful header. Hassen saved acrobatically but Kane was on hand to tap home the rebound with his right foot and open his World Cup account.
Hassen, who had injured his left shoulder making an earlier save, could not continue and left the field in tears as he was replaced in goal by Farouk Ben Mustapha.
England continued to press and were made to pay for not converting a succession of chances when they conceded a soft penalty.
Kyle Walker swung a lazy arm across Fakhreddine Ben Youssef who fell as if poleaxed and Colombian referee Wilmar Roldan pointed to the spot, with his decision being upheld by the VAR.
Ferjani Sassi took one step and fired home confidently past the hitherto unemployed Jordan Pickford and Tunisia who had been outplayed for the first half-hour were somehow level 10 minutes before half-time.
Still there was time for Lingard to come close again twice, first from a goalbound shot and then a dink over the keeper which agonisingly struck the post.
Alli too hit the woodwork with a header and England went into half-time wondering how they had not sealed victory already.
England still enjoyed the lion’s share of possession but could not find the same zip and penetration they had enjoyed at the start of the first half.
The ineffective Sterling gave way to Marcus Rashford with just over 20 minutes to go and the Manchester United man almost fashioned a chance straight away with a jinking run into the box.
“After fulfilling all traditional requirement,I am now known as Ogbuefi Noble Igwe. Onwa II of Umuomaku. (Ogbuefi Onwa). Please take note and address me properly. Igbo Amaka,” he tweeted.
An Ogbuefi is a title presented to a man that has honoured the demise of his prominent father by killing an ‘efi’ – (bull) in his burial as a final ceremony in the indigenous homeland of the Igbo people.
When the title is added to a person, it literally means that person has met the requirements to be a chief and wear a red carpet.
It is a befitting status to hold and so much is expected in character, expectation and attitude.
Congratulations Mr Ogbuefi Noble Igwe. Onwa II of Umuomaku. (Ogbuefi Onwa)!!!
A Yola High Court presided over by Justice Abdul-Azeez Waziri had last week sentenced five men “believed to be Christians” to death for culpable homicide and for killing a Fulani herdsman.
The convicts, Alex Amos, Alheri Phanuel, Holy Boniface, Jerry Gideon and Jari Sabagi of Demsa Local Government Area of Adamawa State, are going to die by hanging because according to Justice Waziri, they were found guilty of criminal conspiracy and culpable homicide which contravened Section 96 (1) (a) and Sections 79 and 221 (b) of the Penal Code of Laws of Adamawa State, 1997.
The convicts were said to have on June 1, 2017 at Kodamun village in Demsa local Government Area willfully and intentionally conspired and attacked three herdsmen rearing cattle, killing one of them, Adamu Buba, whose body they threw into a river and also maimed several cows.
Justice Waziri said the case against the accused persons had been proved beyond reasonable doubt by the counsel to the state, Mr. Salihu Mohammed.
Justice Abdul Azeez ruled that, “I hereby sentence the accused persons on counts one and two to death by hanging, while on counts four and five, I sentence the accused to three years in prison to run concurrently. “Any aggrieved party is at liberty to file an appeal to the Court of Appeal, Yola Judicial Division within 90 days from today.”
Investigation further revealed that the five Christians had suspected attacked late Adamu Buba who was one of the ring leaders who attacked their village in 2016 and killed 48 persons.
1. The jihadists who killed the RCCG Evangelist for preaching in Abuja were set free.The ones who killed Bridget,the Deeper Life Pastor’s wife in Kano were set free. No Fulani terrorist has been reprimanded or jailed for killing more than 5,300 Christians in 2018 alone. …1/2
Meanwhile several social media users in Nigeria, including the former Minister of Aviation, Femi Fani-Kayode, have taken Twitter to react to the news.
”The jihadists who killed the RCCG Evangelist for preaching in Abuja were set free.The ones who killed Bridget,the Deeper Life Pastor’s wife in Kano were set free.
”No Fulani terrorist has been reprimanded or jailed for killing more than 5,300 Christians in 2018 alone.
”Meanwhile 5 Christians of the Numan tribe have been sentenced to death by a Fulani Judge in Adamawa for defending themselves against a Fulani terrorist.
”Do non-Fulani lives not matter as well? Is Nigeria now an apartheid state where the Fulani are above the law?” Fani-Kayode tweeted.
While some have called on the vice president, who is a Christian to mediate, others are in doubt over the authenticity of the judgment, arguing further that self-defense is recognised by the Nigerian law.
See more tweets below:
A Yola Court sentenced 5 Christians to death for killing the herdsmen who attacked their village in 2016 and killed at least 48 people. Is this Buhari’s brand of justice? How many of his killer herdsmen have been convicted? Instead @Elrufai gives them cash https://t.co/j25VK8WNyY
There is no justice and rule of law in Nigeria, herdsmen are killing innocent rampantly and instead govt to address the issue they asked the victim to accommodate them. What a brand justice is this? Or is it true that Buhari prioritized animals better than humans?
This is consistent with the evil agenda of the present govt. In Kaduna State El- Rufai has just stirred the hornets nest by converting four chiefdoms in the predominantly christian southern Kaduna to emirates.
Newcastle United have been linked with Jordan Ayew – with the Ghana international keen to quit relegated Swansea City
Gavin Reilly has announced his departure from St Mirren, with Sunderland likely to swoop in and take the goalscorer on a free transfer.
Sunderland are understood to have accepted a bid from Middlesbrough for midfielder Paddy McNair.
LONDON EVENING STANDARD
Belgium coach Roberto Martinez says Toby Alderweireld, Mousa Dembele, Thibaut Courtois and Eden Hazard have decided to wait until after the World Cup to resolve their uncertain club futures.
Gianfranco Zola is flying into London on Wednesday as Chelsea consider making him part of a new management team under Maurizio Sarri.
West Ham hope to complete a deal to sign Polish goalkeeper Lukas Fabianski from relegated Swansea City in the coming days.
MANCHESTER EVENING NEWS
Ilkay Gundogan has declared he is happy at Manchester City, with Barcelona reported to be sniffing around.
Manchester City are set to clinch their first transfer deal of the summer, according to sources in Italy. Napoli president Aurelio de Laurentiis is said to be ready to rubber-stamp an initial bid of £46m for Italy international midfielder Jorginho.
Everton legend Joe Royle is wanted by Wigan Athletic to become their new director of football.
Leeds United have not met Birmingham City’s valuation for goalkeeper David Stockdale.
West Bromwich Albion are among a trio of clubs said to be tracking Norwich City youngster Ben Godfrey.
Albion are reportedly considering a move for Burnley striker Nahki Wells as they target a return to the Premier League at the first time of asking.
EXPRESS AND STAR
West Brom have tied down promising young defender Jack Fitzwater to a new two-year contract and charged him with breaking into the first team next season.
Port Vale could be frustrated in their efforts to sign a League Two striker despite agreeing a fee with his club, Valiants’ owner Norman Smurthwaite has revealed.
HULL DAILY MAIL
Hull City have stepped up their interest in Nedum Onuoha by offering the former Manchester City and QPR defender a deal at the KCOM Stadium.
SOUTH WALES EVENING POST
Swansea City goalkeeper Lukasz Fabianski says he is “waiting patiently” for his proposed move to West Ham United to be confirmed.
Nottingham Forest are still keen on Cardiff City midfielder Lee Tomlin, but could well be priced out of a permanent deal.
Bournemouth are rumoured to have made a £12million bid for Sheffield United attacker David Brooks.
WEST LONDON SPORT
Championship outfit Brentford have rejected Cherries’ approach for highly-rated defender Chris Mepham.
Adam Masina has completed a medical at Watford ahead of sealing a believed £3.5 million switch to the club.
Brighton could swap No.2 goalkeepers with promoted Fulham, who are interested in Tim Krul. A move to Craven Cottage is possible for Dutchman Krul, with David Button heading in the opposite direction to the Amex.
Aston Villa are chasing Wigan Athletic defender Dan Burn as a replacement for John Terry.
Reports have emerged that President Muhammadu Buhari will sign the 2018 budget into law on Wednesday, June 20, 2018.
TheCable quoted a presidential source as saying that the Appropriation Bill would be signed at 11am.
Speaking in corroboration with news outlet, Daily Post reports that the weekly Federal Executive Council (FEC) meeting for this Wednesday, will not hold.
It was also gathered that Principal officers of the National Assembly, including the Senate President, Bukola Saraki and Speaker, House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara have been invited to witness the signing ceremony at the Presidential Villa.
On how he would handle the competition in the industry, he said:
“I don’t have to try to meet up with Wizkid and Davido. On the other hand, they are the ones that should keep up with me. I don’t do music for competition; it is a form of expression for me. My music is meant to heal and pass positive vibes. Once I’ve been able to do that, I’m not worried about anything else. My people are supposed to learn and gain from my music.”
On what he has been up to recently, AY.com said:
“I have been working and putting things together. I would be launching my band, AY.com and the AJ Band very soon. We’ve actually been working behind the scenes and it’s about me enlarging my coast. I prefer live music because it allows me to express myself more; I don’t want to be restricted to lip-synching on stage.”
Maintaining that he can better his past records, he said, “I wrote Pass Me Your Love and I can still write something better. Tomorrow is supposed to be better than yesterday; I still have a lot of great things for my fans. Just keep your fingers crossed and watch out for the new things I’m bringing to the table.”
One Day in March 217, I had the good fortune of being one of six speakers invited to the University of Ibadan for the Ibadan version of the World Speech Day. There were a few impressive speeches, to be honest. But it was one of those days when ‘the last was not the least’.
This piece was written by ‘Fisayo Soyombo. The views and opinions expressed here are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the official policy or position of 360Nobs.com.
As a side attraction, Rasheed Ridwan, the official licensee/curator, of the World Speech Day Nigeria (Ibadan) and his team had decided two UI students should be allotted a few minutes to deliver supplementary speeches. The latter of those two — and it turned out to be last for the day — was barnstorming. From the days of Super Bowl — the premier undergraduate oratory contest pioneered in 2007 by Dr. Bisi Olawuyi of UI’s Department of Communication and Language Arts — UI has unearthed some exceptional speaking talents. But this particular speech — the speaker, too — was in a class of its own. Titled, ‘I Speak, Therefore I am’, it was a mix of elegant poetry and flowing prose, mastery of the English language and the art of audience management, delivered by a speaker who combined enchanting poise with expansive substance. I’ll say it a second time: it was absolutely barnstorming!
It was so good that I requested a lunch date with the speaker, a then 400Level student of the Faculty of Law by the name ‘Kunle Adebajo. Over lunch two days later, I would discover a young man not just with an abundance of writing talent but with level-headedness, focus, clarity of purpose and, yes, independence of thought. In any case, that was, in fact, my third contact with him. In November 2016, I was at the Sultan Bello Hall, UI, to watch the inimitable Professor Francis Egbokhare hand him the first prize of a nationwide inter-university essay contest I co-run annually with the Union of Campus Journalists (UI).
My first encounter with him, months earlier, was the least eventful of all. He had called to find out how best he could deal with impending disciplinary action over an opinion piece he penned for TheGuardian in 2016, titled ‘UI: The Irony of Fashionable Rooftops and Awful Interiors’. The gentleman that Adebajo is, he asked that the media should not report it. Knowing that he had done no wrong, as everything he wrote was nothing but the truth, he believed an internal resolution was possible. In error, he thought he was a student of the University of Ibadan (UI); he didn’t know the UI of old had become the University of Intolerance (UI), where intellectually-oriented dissent is criminal, where intellectual interrogation of leadership is no longer a core component of education. As a few newspapers reported last week, Adebajo has been rusticatedfor two semesters.
What exactly is Adebajo’s crime? According to the UI management, the article contains “highly defamatory contents which are capable of bringing the name of the university into disrepute.” The management also said “the piece portrays you as someone who is rude, a false proclaimer and very insubordinate”. Thankfully, we’re in the digital age: the said piece is available here, and anyone can judge if it is indeed “defamatory”.
In any case, as an alumnus of the university, I am in a position to say that what Adebajo wrote about is nothing new; the practice didn’t start in his time and it apparently won’t end anytime soon; he is not the first to write about it and he hopefully won’t be the last. It’s always been something close to an annual ritual that halls of residence are renovated at the end of an academic session but the facilities begin to deteriorate halfway into first semester of the new session. ‘Reno-painting’ it was dubbed in the early noughties. Adebajo wrote nothing but the truth!
Is Adebajo “someone who is rude and very insubordinate”, as claimed by the UI management? Hundred percent no! If he was, I suppose I should know. In addition to interacting with him regularly for close to two years, I supervised his work for some months earlier in the year in a seven-days-a-week online newspaper environment, and I can attest to his humility and level-headedness. Adebajo is one of the finest humans anyone could ever want to have around. And on top of that, he is a prodigiously talented writer. I have been involved with the UI campus journalism setup since 2004; in those 14 years, I haven’t come across a more promising writing talent. At such a young age, his CV is already littered with writing awards, including the grand prizes of the Charted Institute of Personnel Management Essay Competition (2017), Dapo Olorunyomi Essay Competition (2017), LAUTECH Intervarsity Essay Competition (2017), ‘Fisayo Soyombo Intervarsity Essay Contest (2016) and the UCJ Unilorin Intervarsity Essay Competition. And all the UI management can do with a talent of this magnitude is rusticate him? You see why we are a country with enormous human and natural resource but with very little to show for it? If a foreign university invites Adebajo to further his studies, and the young man embraces permanent residency in that country afterwards, we will start to scream brain drain and question his patriotism.
Adebajo is upright, too. Twice this year he has written stories that offended some people in Corporate Nigeria; they reached out to me to help broker a ‘discussion’ with him on those stories. They wanted his phone number as well. Some other journalists in his shoes would have gone ahead to negotiate the withdrawal of those stories. But Adebajo’s stance was simple: “There’s nothing to discuss on phone. If they have valid concerns, they can email me and we’ll capture it as an update to the original story or as a fresh one.”
I have always been jealous of Law — that Law, being his academic discipline despite his love for writing — could snatch him in the end. Much as it saddens me, I hope this rustication finally convinces him that journalism, rather than law, is his professional future. This is not just because he’ll reach the peak of journalism without the certificate with which UI authorities think they can torment him, but also because Nigerian journalism needs more people like him — people who combine immense writing ability with moral probity. Of course, everyone knows Nigeria is in acutely short supply of people of this ilk.
The record may be longer, but I am certain that in the last two decades at least, no campus journalist has been rusticated because of his critical work. It is forever documented that the ignominious jinx was broken during the tenure of Professor Idowu Olayinka as UI Vice Chancellor. Not that this is much surprise, anyway; this same VC it was who proscribed student unionism in early 2017. Meanwhile, as the likes of Adebajo are being rusticated by the Student Disciplinary Committee (SDC) chaired by Professor Olayinka, there are lecturers in that same UI sleeping with girls to pass them, lecturers serially missing classes at will yet preparing exams for students, students successfully circumventing the anti-examination-malpractice machinery of the university; and they’re walking free on campus. If the UI management wants to wield such bad eggs — both the lecturers and the students — from the system, I am willing to offer my investigative services pro bono. This observation, though, is not to detract anything from the huge population of dutiful lecturers and brilliant students who are worthy ambassador of UI.
The rustication of Kunle Adebajo is a clear uppercut on press freedom. It is a flagrant abuse of institutional powers that anyone interested the all-round moulding of our undergraduates, and in the future of this country, should speak out against. This is a special appeal to Olayinka to rescind this rustication. As humans, our elders are not immune to mistakes; and when this happens, recanting themselves is not only the honourable thing to do, it is the biggest lesson on humility that they can teach the younger generation. And if the SDC won’t budge, I appeal to the UI Council, chaired by Mr. Joshua Waklek, to exercise its veto powers by freeing Adebajo. The country cannot be operating a democracy while its premier university is running an autocracy, intolerant of journalism and silencing every voice of dissent.
Investigative journalist Soyombo is a former Editor-in-Chief and former President of the Union of Campus Journalists (UCJ), University of Ibadan. He tweets@fisayosoyombo
This piece was written by ‘Fisayo Soyombo. The views and opinions expressed here are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the official policy or position of 360Nobs.com.
An Owerri High Court has sentenced the founder of the Movement for the Actualisation of Sovereign State of Biafra (MASSOB), Ralph Uwazuruike, to one month in prison for disobeying the order of the court to appear in a case in which he is a plaintiff.
The presiding judge, Justice Kemakolam Ojiako made the order in the civil case, HOW/265/2013, between Uwazuruike (plaintiff) and Barr. Chigozie Iheama and others over a land dispute, New Telegraph Online reports.
Ruling on the motion on notice filed on July 6, 2017, by C.K. Okorie, counsel to the defendant, praying the court to commit the plaintiff/contemnor to prison for disobeying the order of the court, Ojiako held that:
“The plaintiff, Chief Raphael Uwazuruike, is hereby found guilty of contempt/disobedience to the said order of court made on April 2, 2017.
“That the plaintiff, Chief Raphael Uwazuruike, is hereby committed/sentenced to prison custody and shall be so detained for a period of one month from the date of his commitment to prison.”
Ojiako also restrained Uwazuruike, his agents, privies or servants from entering into the said land pending the determination of the action.
The judge adjourned proceedings to July 10, 2018.
But the counsel to the MASSOB/BIM leader, Emmanuel Chukwuka, said that they had earlier appealed the contempt proceedings at the Appeal Court, which was slated for hearing on October 2, 2019, but the judge has continued with the contempt proceedings.
“The ruling of the court has been appealed at the Court of Appeal but Justice Ojiako insists he will continue with the matter, rather than stay proceedings in the matter, as is the normal practice,” he said.
Senator Ahmed Makarfi, a former Governor of Kaduna State and immediate past Caretaker Committee Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), has declared his intention to contest Nigeria’s highest position with the current ruler in next year’s presidential election.
At a press briefing in Kaduna on Sunday, Makarfi said that after wide consultations with party men and women as well as other major stakeholders, he had decided to seek the party’s nomination to contest the poll.
Though he had yet to intimate his party through writing, he added that “one has to come to the decision to seek the nomination before you even seek formally.”
He said, “I have not written to the party but who do you consult with? It is the same party men and women that you consult informally.
“At this stage, it is to seek the party’s nomination. The successful nominee will become the candidate that will stand for the election.
“But first thing first. If one’s party does not put one forward, one can’t say he is contesting the presidency yet. At this stage, I have come to the conclusion that it is okay, based on the consultations that I have had.”
“I have been consulting across the country since I left as the chairman of the party. It’s just consultations and not an endorsement. But it gives you an opportunity to feel the pulse and it will tell whether to go forward or not to go forward.
“The consultations have been quite positive and I believe it is fair enough to come to the conclusion that one should join other equally capable party men and women who have shown interest in seeking the party’s nomination for the 2019 presidential election.”
The two-term-senator, who is seeking to contest against President Muhammadu Buhari, will have to fight it out with ex-vice-president Atiku Abubakar, another former governor (Jigawa state) Sule Lamido, both members of PDP, come 2019.
A Nigerian, Paul Akinnuoye, has been jailed for life for stabbing a 19-year-old to death over a ‘trivial’ row on WhatsApp over who was the ‘least gay’.
It was gathered that Akinnuoye, 20, arranged to ‘have it out’ with 19-year-old Jordan Wright after they bickered over who was the ‘straighter’ of the two in a WhatsApp group chat called ‘Ice city boyz’.
The petty argument started after one of the other chat members got into a new relationship.
Akinnuoye called Wright a “batty boy” and he retorted, “On your mum’s life, I’m straighter than you.”
The argument led to the pair agreeing to a fight in Shooters Hill, South-East London.
They were said to have headed into a nearby park, with the teenage victim unaware that Akinnuoye was armed with a kitchen knife.
The college graduate, who was due to start an apprenticeship in the construction industry, died after being stabbed in the chest.
Helped out of the park, the teenager collapsed at its entrance after saying, “I feel unwell”.
Local residents came to his assistance, administering first aid until the arrival of the LAS who took him to Queen Elizabeth Hospital, where he died at 21:24hrs.
A special post-mortem held at Greenwich Mortuary the following day gave cause of death as an incised wound to the chest. Other stab injuries were also found on his body.
While passing the life in prison sentence to Akinnuoye for the murder, Judge Philip Katz QC told him:
‘The trigger for this murder was an utterly trivial dispute on a WhatsApp group chat which involved you, Jordan and others. ‘Some members of the group chat were friends of yours from school.
‘Reading that social media chat with the benefit of hindsight one can only recoil in horror at the way members of the group wound you and Jordan up to fight each other for no reason that makes sense. ‘Jordan lost his life as a result of this pathetic goading on social media.
‘The fact that such goading provided the motive makes Jordan’s death as pointless as it was tragic.’
Speaking outside the Old Bailey after the sentencing, Jordan’s mother Katharine Alade said he was a ‘loving child’ who ‘wouldn’t hurt a fly’.
‘He was full of jokes but he knew the difference between right and wrong,’ she said.
‘Even though he went to that park to have a fight over nonsense, he never took a knife. I always warned Jordan about the implications of carrying a knife.’
Akinnuoye was jailed for life and ordered to serve a minimum of 21 years behind bars.
HR Manager Reveals How SARS Operative Threatened To Drink His Blood
A human resources manager, Kamil Mahmud, has reportedly said he was once threatened by some operatives of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS), adding that they even threatened to drink his blood for allegedly disrespecting them.
The Punchgathered that the 26-year-old had driven behind his brother’s car to the Ikeja area for an interview on a radio station on Thursday.
According to him, they were returning on Friday when three policemen allegedly accosted them at the Agidingbi area of Ikeja.
In his narration on Sunday, Mahmud said he was about parking by the roadside when the operatives cocked their guns and threatened to shoot.
He said, “I waved my hand to tell them that I was not running away and I just wanted to find somewhere to park. I was thinking it was going to be a normal civilian-police conversation. But I realised the situation was getting more aggressive even before I got down from the car.
“One of the policemen asked me to come down from the car and told my friends and my brothers, who were driving behind me, to stay back.
“I came down and he said he wanted to search the car. I told him to go ahead. But before he even tried to search, he had started manhandling me.
“I told him that he had not even asked for my name or who owned the car I was driving and what I did for a living.
“He, however, searched me and the car without finding anything incriminating.
“I don’t drive with my shoes on; so, when I got down, I was barefooted. I told the three officers more than five times that I wanted to get my shoes, but they looked at me with no response.
“The moment I tried to get my shoes, the policemen went berserk and started slapping and hitting me. One of them was shouting that he drank blood and he was ready to drink my blood. He pulled my shirt and trousers and threw me into their vehicle, a Sienna, without a number plate.”
“A passerby who wanted to intervene was threatened with a cutlass.”
He added that he had attempted to beg the officers when one of them further beat him with a cutlass.
He continued” “As I sat on the back seat of their car, one of them put handcuffs in my hands. They never told me what I did wrong.
“The one who assaulted me with the cutlass started the car and drove to Ikeja GRA. On getting to the Area F Police Commad, the officers refused to enter the premises and I told them that they should take me inside the station and file a report because I really wanted to know what my offence was. They shouted at me that I still had the mouth to talk.
“The officer driving had a bottle of gin in front of the car; he was drinking and driving. They later negotiated with my brothers and demanded N15,000.
“My brothers went to use the ATM at Conoil Filling Station, but the ATM did not dispense cash. Then one of the policemen got angry and started driving towards Oba Akran Road. When we got there, he parked and waited for my brothers.
“My brothers came and told them that they were able to get N8,000. They collected it, removed the handcuffs from my hand and told me to get out of their car.”
Mahmud, while demanding the arrest and prosecution of the policemen, said that he was robbed by the law enforcement agents.
He said the cops wore the F-SARS jackets and had guns with police tags.
But the Lagos State Police Public Relation Officer, CSP Chike Oti, said, “They are not SARS officials because SARS officials in Lagos State have uniforms that have code numbers with which they can be identified easily and SARS officials in Lagos State are under the instruction of the Commissioner of Police not to conduct stop and search in Lagos State.
“However, the complainant should come forward to give us vital information about the officers, so that we can arrest whoever the people might be; but I know that they are not SARS officials.”
The Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCTA) on Sunday said the 6 p.m. to 6 a.m. curfew imposed on Bwari town in the territory, will remain until further notice.
According to a statement signed by the Special Assistant to the Minister on Media, Mr Abubakar Sani, the earlier 8 p.m. to 6 a.m. curfew imposed in the town on Saturday, will end on Sunday,.
The FCTA added that it was deeply concerned over attempts by “some miscreants to reincarnate the December 25th, 2017 crisis in Bwari Area Council.
“Reports reaching the administration indicate that some of the miscreants took advantage of the on-going Eid-il-Fitr celebrations to launch attacks on innocent residents of the town on Saturday June 16.
“Fortunately, the security agencies immediately swung into action and have since brought the situation under control.
“For the avoidance of doubt, the FCT Administration shall not condone any attempts by any group of persons to precipitate the breakdown of law and order in Bwari Area Council or indeed any part of the Federal Territory.
“ As you are already aware, following the December 25 crisis, a 6 p.m. to 6 a.m. curfew was imposed on Bwari but was relaxed to 10pm to 6am after a satisfactory assessment of the situation and return to normalcy.
“However, this renewed attempt to disturb the peace of the town, calls for stringent measures in order to protect lives and property as well as forestall the breakdown of law and order.”
The administration, however said that security agencies have been directed to ensure that residents comply fully with curfew while urging all residents of the FCT to continue to be law abiding and go about their lawful activities.
NAN reports that the chairman, Bwari Area Council, Musa Dikko on Saturday, reviewed and imposed an 8 p.m to 6 a.m curfew in the town following security challenge.
Mr Dikko disclosed this after the town was thrown into confusion during the Eid-el-fitir celebrations.
An eye witness, John Awoyi, told NAN that the incident allegedly happened when the Sarkin Bwari, Awwal Ijakoro, as part of activities to mark the Eid-il-Fitr celebration, while riding his horse was interrupted by some irate youths.
“He was stopped by some youths when he tried to take the route that leads to the Esu Bwari’s palace and that was where the confrontations began.
“But everything is calm now as the security agents are in place and ensuring a peaceful atmosphere,” Mr Awoyi said.
Similarly, Biodun Makanjuola, the Divisional Police Officer who confirmed the incident to NAN said that the situation had been addressed and everything put under control. (NAN)