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No enough evidence to prosecute 33 indicted SARS operatives – Malami

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Attorney-General of the Federation (AGF), Abubakar Malami, says there is not enough evidence to prosecute 33 personnel of the now disbanded special anti-robbery squad (SARS) of the police indicted by a presidential panel in 2019.

The panel was chaired by Tony Ojukwu, executive secretary of the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC), between 2018 and 2019.

The committee’s report indicted 35 police officers in 12 states and the federal capital territory (FCT) but recommended 33 for prosecution.

The panel also recommended that N249 million be paid to 57 victims

The report was submitted to President Muhammadu Buhari in June 2019.

According to PUNCH, Malami’s position set up a committee to review the recommendations by the Ojukwu panel.

The AGF said the cases were not properly investigated and asked Mohammed Adamu, inspector-general of police (IGP), to probe the cases.

He said, “The report of the panel does not meet prosecutorial needs. No proper investigation was concluded in all the cases.

“Admissible evidence such as exhibits, medical evidence, statements of the suspects and witnesses that can be used in court have not been obtained or recorded in the appropriate sheet from the suspects and witnesses by the appropriate.

“The indicted officers should be made to undergo disciplinary actions immediately and dismissed where appropriate.

“That the IGP, who is well aware of the sensitivity of the matter, should be advised to set up a special investigation team to conduct a thorough investigation into the individual cases.

“That after thorough investigation, the cases that are federal offences or fall within the FCT will be prosecuted by the office of the HAGF while those that are state offences will be transferred to the respective states for prosecution.”

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Undergraduate dies while jogging in Abia

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An undergraduate of the Abia State University, Uturu simply identified as Ikenna has reportedly died in Aba, the commercial nerve of the state while performing physical exercise.

The incident was said to have occurred at the popular Brass junction along the ever-busy Aba-Owerri Expressway.

It was not clear if Ikenna had underlying health issues but sources told The Nation the ABSU graduate slumped and died in what seemed to be a cardiac arrest.

He was said to have joined others to the popular Opobo junction on the Ogbor Hill axis of Ikot Ekpene Expressway to perform their usual Sunday routine exercise.

Sources said he never showed any sign of ill-health as he joined others in performing various exercises.

He was reportedly on his way back in the company of other joggers when he suddenly collapsed and died.

Sources within the area believed that Ikenna could have been saved if there were medical personnel around to administer first aid on him.

They said his friends started pouring water on him with the hope that it will revive him when he slumped.

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Gunmen attack Benue monarch

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Gunmen have attacked the palace of Kindred head of Jor Fada, Chief Terhile Atser, in Gboko.

They destroyed property worth millions during the attack at the weekend.

The palace of the Kindred head is located on No 36 Jooji Kyado street Gboko East in Gboko Local Government area of Benue state.

Property destroyed during the attack include vehicles, , motorcycles and personal belongings.

The motive behind the attack was not known.

Younger brother of the traditional ruler, Mr Robert Nomishu, told newsmen the attackers, numbering five, stormed the palace around about 1:45 am last Friday.

They wore a face mask and were armed with guns, axes and clubs and asked after the traditional ruler, who was not at home during the incident.

He said they proceeded to smash window glasses and doors in an operation that lasted for over one hour when they didn’t see their target.

No life was last in the operation but the matter has been reported to Gboko Divisional Police office in Gboko.

Benue Police Command Makurdi said they are yet to get the report from Gboko.

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Umahi orders investigation into alleged torture of ex aide

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Ebonyi Governor David Umahi on Sunday ordered an investigation into the alleged attack and kidnap of his former aide, Amos Ogbonnaya.

Ogbonnaya, who was the Coordinator of Anuagata Development Centre in Ohaozara local government area, was kidnapped and tortured last Thursday by suspected political thugs.

He was freed on Friday by his abductors and currently hospitalised following injuries he sustained.

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and All Progressives Congress (APC) have been accusing each other of masterminding the kidnap and torture.

Umahi, who condemned the kidnap, ordered full investigation into the incident.

The Governor, in a statement by his Special Assistant on Media, Francis Nwaze, said: “Having followed the trend of events including accusations and counter-accusations in some quarters, The Governor of Ebonyi State, Engr. David Nweze Umahi, condemns the unsavory situation in strong terms knowing that such is unhealthy for collective democratic existence.

“To this end, the Governor has directed the Police and other Security Agencies to swing into action by unearthing all perpetrators of the dastardly act to enable them to face justice as he equally wishes Mr. Amos Ogbonna a quick recovery.”

He noted that he was committed to the security and safety of all citizens despite the political divides, adding a threat to one’s safety is a threat to the safety of all.W

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