The Nigeria Police has honoured the late Chief Superintendent Kazeem Abonde with a colour parade on Friday in Lagos.
The lying-in-state was held at the State Force Headquarters in Ikeja before the body was transported to Oyo State.
The officer was buried at Baale Abonde’s House along Akanran Road in Ona Ara Local Government Area.
Abonde was killed on September 23 in Ajao Estate, Lagos State when he led operatives to implement the Lagos State Government’s ban of okada riders.
The motorcycle operators fought back, burnt police vehicles and chased away the personnel.
But Abonde was isolated, allowing the attackers the chance to strike.
The CSP, whose head was smashed, died in a pool of blood before emergency services reached him.
The Centre for Social and Economic Rights condemned the murder in strong terms and demanded a thorough enquiry.
Abonde was reportedly preparing to retire from active service in 2022.
Having bagged a law degree, he planned to open a law firm after he retired.
The Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, assured that the perpetrators will face justice.
Sanwo-Olu said: “Such display of savagery as the one in which CSP Abonde died will not be allowed no matter the circumstances.
“The law is there for us all, should there be a need to redress any perceived wrongdoing.
“Citizens who take the law into their own hands are promoters of jungle justice, which will not be allowed to take root in our dear Lagos.”
EFCC grills ex-Gov Kwankwaso over N10bn pension fund, others
Former Governor of Kano State, Rabiu Musa Kwankwaso, on Saturday reported to the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission for questioning over alleged mismanagement of pension fund worth N10bn.
Apart from the pension fund issue, the ex-governor was said to have been grilled by a team of operatives at the commission’s headquarters Abuja in connection with allegations of abuse of office, and fraudulent allocation of government properties to cronies.
Kwankwaso, who is also a chieftain of the Peoples Democratic Party, was first invited by the EFCC in September but reportedly failed to honour the invitation.
An associate of the politician was quoted by Vanguard that he was invited in relation to a petition by some retired employees of the Kano State Government who had earlier petitioned the EFCC, complaining that the former governor mismanaged pension remittances to the tune of N10 billion between 2011 and 2015, to fund a housing project for his cronies.
But the EFCC spokesperson, Wilson Uwujaren, declined comment on the interrogation of the former governor when contacted by the newspaper on Saturday.
We are building training facility in South East not Ruga settlement – Army
The 83 Division Nigerian Army in Enugu have debunked rumours making the rounds that it is constructing a Ruga settlement at Igbo-Etiti community in Udi Local Government Area of Enugu State.
The army described the report which is being aired on some online radio as maliciously aimed at inciting the public against the Nigerian Army and urged the public to disregard the rumour.
Acting Deputy Director, Army Public Relations, in charge of 82 Division, Major Abubakar Abdullahi, who made this known in a statement on Wednesday, said the alleged construction of a Ruga is actually a military training facility embarked by army engineers at Igbo-Etiti Community of Udi Local Government Area, Enugu State. He said the project which is currently under construction when completed would accommodate troops during training and aid to improve their efficiency in protecting law-abiding citizens across the South East.
Abdullahi’s statement reads:
The 82 Division Nigerian Army has noted with utmost concern, a baseless allegation aired through an outlawed online radio that the Division of the Nigerian Army is currently constructing a Ruga Settlement at Igbo-Etiti community of Udi Local Government Area, Enugu State.
“Though this inciting broadcast emanates from a source bereft of any credibility whatsoever, there is need however to present the facts clearly for the sake of posterity. It must be emphasised that Nigerian Army Engineers are not constructing any Ruga Settlement in any part of Nigeria. Rather, the Engineers are currently constructing a military training facility at Igbo-Etiti Community of Udi Local Government Area, Enugu State. Upon completion, the facility will accommodate troops during training and aid to improve their efficiency in protecting law-abiding citizens across the South East. Any counter-narrative aired on the project is a malicious falsehood aimed at inciting the public against the Nigerian Army.
‘Members of the public are therefore advised to disregard such untrue and false information emanating from this aforementioned media or any information source. The Nigerian Army remains a credible institution that unites the country and has no place for ethnoreligious sentiments. We shall continue to carry out our constitutional tasks objectively across the country and remain totally apolitical.’
Kidnapping: Ibrahim Babangida, Three Others Arrested In Adamawa
YOLA – The Police have confirmed the arrest of one Ibrahim Babangida, a principal suspect in the kidnap of a nursing mother Hauwa Umaru, and her daughter on October 10, in Adamawa.
DSP Sulaiman Nguroje confirmed the development in Yola.
Nguroje, the command’s spokesperson, said Babangida was arrested alongside three others who were also behind the attack on the Ngurore Police station.
He said the suspects were arrested on Thursday and one AK-47 rifle with 16 rounds of live ammunition was recovered.
Nguroje said: “The breakthrough that led to the arrest of the suspects began with the arrest of one Buba Ibrahim Babangida, 20, a native of Wuro Bilal village, Ngurore District, Yola South LGA.
“Ibrahim Babangida is one of the principal suspects in the kidnap operation and the confession of the suspect revealed how they abducted Hauwa Umaru, her daughter and one Alhaji Bahago of Ibbare and also attacked the Ngurore police station.
“The police were assisted by some professional hunters who apprehended the other three gang members.”
He identified the three arrested gang members as Tumba Alhaji Dan Bappa, 25, a native of Ibbare district, Yola south LGA; Buba Alhaji Abdu, a resident of Ibbare, Ngurore District, and Abdullahi Lawal, a resident of Lau local government area in Taraba State.
Nguroje also said that the suspected criminals were also part of a seven-man syndicate that was terrorising the people of Adamawa and Taraba States.
He said the suspects would be charged to court on completion of investigations
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