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AKWA IBOM ENDSARS PANEL SUBMITS REPORT FROM 143 PETITIONS RECEIVED

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Of 143 petitions received by the Akwa Ibom State EndSARS Judicial Panel of Enquiry, 28 bothered on extrajudicial killings and complete disappearance of suspects and death of persons in custody and 22 showed neglected litigations.

Also, 85 cases centered on infractions of rights, unlawful arrests, unlawful detentions, extrajudicial killings and others, with over 380 persons testifying and very numerous evidences tendered.

This revelations were made when the Judicial Panel of Inquiry set up by the Akwa Ibom State Government to examine the circumstances surrounding the EndSARS protest in the state submitted its report to the State Executive Council.

The panel which was inaugurated on October 14, 2020 as a post-EndSARS protest initiative with mandates to investigate complaints of police brutality, human rights violations and extrajudicial killings, draw conclusions on the validity of the complaints and make recommendations for further action, submitted its report in four volumes comprising the Executive Summary, Main Report, Verbatim Report and a photo book of all pictorial evidences.

Governor Udom Emmanuel, receiving the report on behalf of the state government, commended the committee for the thoroughness of the process and depth of the report and expressed regret over the death of a member of the Panel and representative of Human Rights Commission, Mr. Tony Ijie.

Associating the EndSARS to some fundamental ills in the nation’s economy, Governor Emmanuel said Nigeria’s situation is a far departure from what is expected of her, given the wealth of manpower endowment in the nation, as he expressed optimism that the nation and all who witnessed the protest had learnt enough from it to avoid a reoccurrence.

“A country where, at the peak of work hours, one can call out fifty thousand youths and they will respond, there is something wrong with that country economically. …With the quality of manpower we have in this country, we should not be where we are, but here we are, at where we are, and this is the outcome of where we are”.

In his presentation, the Chairman of the panel, Justice Ifiok Ukana, rtd., lauded the Governor’s discretion in the qualitative composition of the panel and called for a minute silence from in honour of the deceased panelist, of whom he spoke glowingly.

Justice Ukana said the panel, after several weeks of duly publicized invitation, inaugural sessions and public hearing, undertook elaborate deliberations from 14th March to 11th June, 2021, during which all petitions filed were carefully analyzed.

He disclosed that every policeman against whom allegations were leveled was served a copy of the petition and given time to prepare his defense.

He also explained that the facts and evidences of each case was summarized and recommendations made based on established logic in them or the absence of it.

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NPFL BREAKING NEWS: LMC Order Dakkada to play Their Next Three Home Games In Benin, Club fined N3.5m

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– Expels Etefia from NPFL for assault on Match official..

– Recommends Review of Match Officials performance.

After conclusion of preliminary investigation on the assault on an Assistant Referee, the League Management Company (LMC) has announced the immediate expulsion of Sunday Etefia, the Dakkada FC Assistant Coach.

The LMC also fined Dakkada FC a total sum of N3.5m and ordered to play their next three home matches at the Samuel Ogbemudia Stadium in Benin for breach of Rules B13.52 and C9 following the incidents of the MatchDay 4 fixture.

Also,Dakkada were ordered to pay the sum of N250,000 each to the Assistant Referee and General Manager of Remo Stars for medical expenses and may include any additional verifiable and authenticated medical costs.

While ordering Dakkada to play a minimum of three home matches at the Samuel Ogbemudia Stadium, Benin City, the LMC ruled that the club would only be permitted to return to its home stadium upon receipt of a satisfactory report or update on the formal report to the Police and prosecution of the official involved in the alleged assault. The prosecution must be authenticated by the LMC legal team and compliance unit.
[Via Adepoju Tobi Samuel]

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ATTAH SEEKS SUPPORT FOR GOV. EMMANUEL’S SUCCESSION PLAN

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A former Governor of Akwa Ibom State, Arc ( Obong) Victor Attah has canvassed support for Governor Udom Emmanuel’s succession plan.

Obong Attah made the call in Uyo during an audience with members of the Uyo Senatorial District Media Practitioners Forum .

The ‘Eduek Ekpe’ who expressed interest in the Governor’s succession plan, expressed his concern about who becomes the next governor of Akwa Ibom State

“As a Governor, I could not have left the state the way i met it and the development of Akwa Ibom has been dear to my heart”, he said.

“Any person who wants to govern Akwa Ibom must tell the people what he wants to do and how he intends to go about it, he added”.

The former Governor called on Governor Emmanuel to dialogue with the people to guide against avoidable mistakes in the choice of a successor.

Obong Attah also noted that naming anyone now without the acceptance of the people may frustrate the process from being actualized.

He further stressed that the idea of a University of Technology in Akwa Ibom was to meet the technology needs of the state and nation at large for wealth creation and accelerated economic development.

“Any Science Park in the world is a centre for foreign exchange where millions of dollars are made through incubation of ideas and software production. So, the idea of a Science Park and the University of Technology should not be jettisoned “, he said.

In his remarks, , the former governor commended the Uyo Senatorial District Media Practitioners Forum for her initiatives and support for the government of Mr Udom Emmanuel and his succession plan

Reacting to the former Governor’s remarks, Chairman of the Forum, Elder Ofonimeh Isong appealed to Obong Attah not to relent in his support and assistance to Governor Emmanuel, especially in the choice of a successor.

He informed the former governor that the Uyo Senatorial District Media Practitioners Forum is in strategic partnership with relevant agencies to ensure the success of the completion agenda of His Excellency, the governor.

Those in the audience with Obong Attah were the Vice Chairman of the Forum and Publisher, Dailynews Newspaper, Prince. Emmanuel Ndon, Director, Contact and Mobilization, Mr. Victor Ukpong, Chairman Board of Trustees, Comrade Joseph Okon, Special Assistant to the State Governor on Project Monitoring, Comrade Ernest Akpan, Reverend Osendu Ahirika, Secretary Board of Trustees, Reverend Richard Peters.

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HOUSE MAID WHO FLED WITH HER MADAM’S SON IN LAGOS ARRESTED IN OGUN

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She stated further that the little girl was begging for alms under the pretence that the small boy is her younger brother and that their parents died in an accident in December 2020.

Out of compassion, the woman took both of them to her house in Sagamu in order to take care of the little boy’s deteriorating health condition.

But immediately the boy fully recovered, the suspect wanted to single-handedly take the boy to Imo state. This aroused the woman’s suspicion, hence her report.

Upon the report, the Dpo Sagamu division, CSP okiki Agunbiade detailed his detectives to go and bring the girl and the little boy.

On interrogation, the girl confessed that she was a maid to the mother of the little boy, and that she left with the boy since on the 19th of December 2021, with the intention of taking the boy to Amraku Umorsu in Isiala/Mberna local government area of Imo state.

She stated further that, she took the baby from the church during Sunday school period, and since the Sunday school teacher knows her with the baby’s mother, she had no problem releasing the baby to her.

She explained further that she decided to beg for alms in order to raise transport fare to Imo state. ” Oyeyemi said.

The police spokesperson added that the Commissioner of police CP Lanre Bankole ordered that the baby’s parents be contacted, while the case be forwarded to Lagos state command whose jurisdiction the crime was committed.

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