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‘Gross abuse of power’ — Inibehe Effiong faults Lagos CP’s arrest of Magodo residents




Inibehe Effiong, human rights lawyer, has faulted the arrest of residents and security guards of Magodo Brooks estate by Hakeem Odumosu, Lagos commissioner of police.

On Saturday, the police commissioner, who was attending a social event at the estate, ordered the arrest of four security guards over their “refusal to allow” him entry into the state.

He alsoordered the arrest of one Adebola Fatiregun, a female resident who is a widow, and her three children for intervening in the matter.

Adekunle Ajisebutu, Lagos police spokesman, had said the CP visited the estate to meet a “strategic partner” but was refused entry by some private security guards, even after being formally introduced.

Reacting to the issue in a statement posted on Twitter on Monday, Effiong said since the CP’s visit to the estate was private, he was confined by law to subject himself to the protocol of the estate.

He said the Nigerian constitution, in section 37, makes provision for citizens’ right to privacy, including the privacy of their homes.

Effiong said Odumosu owes everyone arrested in the incident an apology.


“The argument that the outgoing CP of Lagos State, AIG Odumosu, can enter any place without being questioned is legally unfounded,” he said.

“Since his visit to Magodo Brooks Estate was private, it was perfectly within the right of the private guards at the estate to have subjected him to the usual clearance protocol of the estate.

“Even if his visit was official, it was necessary for him to identify himself and state his purpose. No reasonable person will believe the statement by the PPRO. The CP could not have been denied access into the estate by the guards for the fun of it.

“It is true that the police has the right to enter any place in a State to carry-out search, effect arrest or discharge such other official functions. However, this power is not limitless, it is subject to certain procedures.

“Section 37 of the 1999 Constitution guarantees citizens the right to privacy, including privacy of their homes. For the police to search the home of a citizen, a search warrant must be produced and the officers seeking to carry out the search must first subject themselves to be searched to forestall planting of incriminating items by the officers.

“The CP claims he went to the estate for a strategic security-related meeting. Magodo Brooks Estate to the best of my knowledge is a strictly residential estate. It is not a place where government business is carried out.

“For the CP to arrest security guards because they simply asked him to call the particular resident of the estate whose private party or event he came to attend is nothing but gross abuse of power.

“It is immaterial that the CP moved around with his security team. Any nonentity with money in this country can hire dozens of policemen, and even military officers, to move around with him.

“Had there been proper communication prior to the CP’s visit, he would have been cleared immediately he arrived. It is preposterous for Mr. Odumosu to expect the guards to panic and open the access gate upon sighting his convoy.

“That will amount to dereliction of their duty. If we are going to change this country, we must stop venerating public officers as demi-gods.

“In Nigeria, we have become accustomed to arbitrariness and abuse of power by public officials. This action by Odumosu is illegal and reprehensible. Odumosu owes every person that he arrested an apology.”

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Woman drops child at betting shop as collateral after huge loss 



A woman has reportedly abandoned her four-year-old son in a lottery shop in Enugu after incurring huge losses in gambling.

The incident happened at Moore House Street, Ogui, in the state capital on Thursday, according to a report by SaharaReporters.

Residents of the area said the woman left her son in the Lotto shop after she incurred a huge loss she could not offset.

The little boy was later taken to Ogui police station when the wait for his mother was becoming endless.

A police officer who confirmed the incident to SaharaReporters on Friday narrated how a little child was brought to the station by some persons who claimed his mother used him as collateral to play lotto.

According to the police officer who spoke on condition of anonymity, the child has been crying and calling for his mother since he was brought to the station. He added they were having difficulty getting information from him because he can barely talk.

The officer said the station had launched an investigation into the incident.

“The boy from his looks is less than four years old and was brought to our station by some people who claimed his mother used him to play lotto in Moore House Street, Ogui Enugu.

“We have been unable to gather any helpful information from the little child because he doesn’t talk very well but we hope to commence full investigation following the lead provided by the good Samaritans who brought the boy to the station,” he said.

Efforts to speak with the state police public relations officer, DSP Daniel Ndukwe, were unsuccessful as he did not answer his calls.

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Lagos suspends RTEAN activities, sets up caretaker committee



The Lagos State Government has suspended all activities of Road Transport Employers Association of Nigeria (RTEAN) in the state.

Special Adviser to the Governor on Transportation, Sola Giwa, who announced the suspension, said the action became imperative following some pockets of violence recorded in Ojo and Lagos Island on Wednesday.

Already, he said a 35-man caretaker committee had been constituted to take over activities of the union.

The caretaker committee is headed by Sulaiman Adeshina Raji, with Bamgbose Oluseyi as deputy chairman and members are Sunday Aransiola, Sulaiman Onabanjo, Azeez Abdulrahman, Isiaka Seriki, Victor Ifemenam, Kareem Babatunde, Amusan Abdulrahman, Teslim Adeshina, Sulaiman Surajudeen and Fatai Rauf.

Others are Sunday Banjo, Segun Omole, Thomas Akinkayode, Taiwo Lasisi, Gbenga Kashimawo, Samson Ajala, Taiwo Daodu, Sule Aliu, Ahmed Musa and Oladipupo Ibrahim. Adewale Adeniyi, Olatunji Durojaiye, Wasiu Olanrewaju, Taofeek Onileola, Yusuf Afolabi, Bode Ogungbade, Alh. A.A. Ussaini, Saliu Usman, Saheed Badru, Kolawole Yusuf, Kayode Thomas, Idowu Oyewole and Salami Babatunde Ope, are to also join them.

Giwa reiterated that suspension became necessary to prevent further acts of violence in the state, stressing that men of the Lagos State Police Command would be deployed in different parts of the state to enforce the action and ensure safety of lives and property.

He said the state government met with some representatives of the RTEAN on Wednesday, following a protest by some members of the union demanding the removal of their national president, adding the government had assured them of a thorough investigation into the allegations levelled against the union’s president with a promise to resolving all lingering issues.

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Ade.Ojo hails Mandilas GM @60, says Toyota family proud of you



Celebrant GM Mandilas, Kemi Koyejo; Chairman of Toyota Nigeria, Chief Michael Ade.Ojo, and his wife, Taiwo Ade.Ojo, at Kemi's 60th birthday in Lagos

The Founder of Toyota Nigeria Limited, TNL, Chief Michael Ade Ojo, has described the General Manager of Mandilas Motors, Ms. Kemi Koyejo as a performer, who takes her job very seriously.

Chief Ade Ojo, who spoke at the MUSON Centre, Lagos during the 60th birthday ceremony of Koyejo as the chairman of the occasion, showered encomiums on the GM for her contributions towards driving Toyota brand sale and development in Nigeria.

He said, “Olukemi is a performer, a wonderful lady, who takes her job very seriously. She is “Lady Toyota”. She never misbehaves and I want to pray that God should continue to bless you the more.”

Chief Ade Ojo, who recalled that Kemi’s father was his senior in high school, expressed no surprise at  Kemi’s sterling performance and behaviour, given her family background.

“The Toyota family in Nigeria is very proud of you and God will continue to be with you,” he prayed.

The 84-year-old business mogul attended the event with his wife, and senior management staff of Toyota Nigeria Limited including the Managing Director, Mr. Kunle Ade Ojo.

Reiterating Chief Ade Ojo’s commendation on the Mandilas General Manager, the Managing Director of Toyota, Mr. Kunle Adeojo, also said that the Mandilas General Manager is very hard-working and has brought many ideas that have led to the growth of the Toyota brand in Nigeria.

He also used the occasion to announce that the Nigerian Institution of Mechanical Engineers has conferred on him a Fellow of the institute.

A trained engineer, Mr. Kunle Ade Ojo, has been at the helm of affairs at TNL and has taken the company to greater heights despite the challenges in the Nigeria’s auto sector.


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