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Gunmen raze residence of Abia Police Division PCRC chair

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Armed arsonists, numbering 20, have reportedly attacked and burnt the residence of the chairman of Police Community Relations Committee (PCRC) Osisioma Police Division, Chief Amanna Nwaogu.

The attack on Nwaogu’s country home is said to have caused tension at Abayi Ogbuligba, Amaitolu Autonomous community in Osisioma Ngwa local government area of Abia State.

Chief Nwaogu, who was their primary target, was said to have managed to escape from the attackers said to be in their twenties and thirties.

It was gathered the intention of the gun- welding arsonists,who stormed the residence around 12:34am and operated till 3:47am, was to apprehend, kill and dismember him.

It was learnt when they failed to capture him and believing that he was hiding somewhere in the house, they set his house ablaze with the intention of burning him with the property.

Apart from burning his house, the arsonists, who held his family at gunpoint, also burnt Nwaogu’s SUV parked in the compound.

Though no member of the family sustained any injury, the arsonists were said to have waited to be sure the building was completely burnt.

Nwaogu, who is also the coordinator of all the vigilantes in Osisioma LGA, told The Nation on phone the attackers broke into his house through the back after broken the iron door with an axe.

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He claimed to have lost several cash and property in the attack, appealing Governor Okezie Ikpeazu and public spirited individuals to come to the aid of the family, which has been rendered homeless.

Recalling the incident, he said: “I heard a noise on my door around 12:34 am, that bang woke us up from the bed. They later broke into my house after using an axe to break the iron door.

“They searched the entire house looking for me and after an hour search, when they could not see me, they brought out other members of the family and burnt the entire house including my car and a brand new tricycle parked in the compound to ashes.

“Four of them pointed their guns at my children and wife to stop them from making any attempt to come and rescue me.

“They stayed back to ensure that nothing including me was saved from the property.

“Apart from the building that they burnt, they also burnt my Jeep and a brand new tricycle that was parked in the compound.

“They came by 12:34am and left by 3:17am when they believed that they have accomplished their plans.

“The gunmen stole everything. They made away with my phone and other valuables they could lay their hands on.

“When they left, one of my brothers who rushed to the scene was the one that called the RRS (Rapid Response Squad) who came and took me away from where I had ran for safety while my house was under siege.

“According to my wife, they alleged that I give police information about them which not true.

“The gunmen dressed in black and tied red clothes on their head. They told my wife while they were leaving that I am work for the Nigerian Police and other security agencies.

“That after burning to ashes, in my next world, I will not accept working with the police.

“God knows that I have never used my position as the chairman of PCRC or Vigilante group coordinator against anybody.

” Instead, I have been ensuring cordial relationship between Osisioma Ngwa communities and security agencies and I can tell you that the reason I didn’t die was because that I have never used my position against anyone; my hands are clean. What they want to do is to ensure that I burnt with the house.

“At the moment, I am homeless as we have lost our home and properties. Apart from the clothes my family and I wore to sleep, nothing else came out of that house because they (arsonists) made sure that everything and every room in the house was burnt.

“The loss is heavy and the pain is too much for me and my family to bear.

“We have no roof over our head. We are begging and calling even on well-meaning Osisioma sons and daughters and other spirited individuals to please come to our aid.”

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Ex-defence chief’s son beats up motorist for complaining of damaging his car

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Kayode Petirin, a son of an ex-Chief of Defence Staff, Oluseyi Petition, has reportedly beaten up a Lagos motorist, identified as Sola, for daring to complain about his damaged car hit by Kayode.

The assault was said to have taken place in the CMS area of Lagos.

PUNCH Metro reported that Kayode, who is a naval officer, damaged Sola’s car while trying to manoeuvre on the Bus Rapid Transit lane along the axis on Tuesday.

It was learnt that when Sola complained about his damaged car, the officer allegedly beat him up.

Sola said he was planning to take the car to the palace of the Elegushi for royal blessing when the incident happened.

He said, “I was driving along CMS and there was traffic; everybody was driving orderly, but he (Kayode) just wanted to come in front of me and I had already passed where he could enter from.

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“So, he tried to squeeze his way in and hit my car. I got out of my car to see the damage and I challenged him that what he did was wrong. But he just came out and told me to get back into my car.

“I reported him to a policeman around the area, and when the man challenged him, he showed the man his ID card. I told him that if he’s a naval officer, that did not give him the right to hit my car.

“Then he started punching me. I have a deep cut on my lips. My hand was bruised, and I was seriously injured in the attack.”

Sola said he reported the case at the Maroko Police Station, adding that the DPO called the military police to follow him to Kayode’s house.

He, however, said some Air Force officers guarding the house threatened to shoot if they got closer to the gate.

“I followed him all the way from CMS to know where he lives. I then called the palace to tell them what happened. That was when kabiyesi sent two men to meet me.

“On getting there, they said I should take the legal route by reporting at the nearest police station.

“We went to Maroko Police Station; the DPO, Ganiu Raji, called the military police to inform them what the military man did.

“When we got his house, two military men came out and stopped us before we could get closer. They said they were going to shoot us. The military guys said the house belonged to a former general, and we had no right to come there.

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“The most annoying thing is that I was driving the car to the palace so that they could pray for me. It’s a new car; a BMW series,” he added.

The spokesperson for the Navy, Commodore Adedotun Ayo-Vaughan, described Kayode as one of the bad eggs in the service.

Ayo-Vaughan revealed that the officer was recently suspended, while his rank was reduced.

He said, “This Petinrin (Kayode) was just disciplined. In fact, his rank was reduced because of a similar issue. He is one of the bad eggs that we are managing and that is because he is our son and brother.

“I will take it up; I will call the chief staff officer so that our naval police can invite him. I will send what you have sent to me to them so as to follow up from there.”

The Lagos State Police Public Relations Officer, SP Benjamin Hundeyin, confirmed the incident.

He said the police did not go to the house to avert a face-off.

Hundeyin said, “The DPO informed the military police; but it turned out that the Air Force personnel there threatened to shoot the military police if they did not leave that place immediately. The military police had to withdraw.”

The police spokesperson said the property belonged to the Air Force, adding that efforts were being made to officially inform the Air Force authorities about the case for further action.

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ICPC docks NSCDC Official over Alleged N12.2m Employment Scam

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Solomon Ogodo

The Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission (ICPC) has dragged a Superintendent of the Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC), Solomon Ogodo, to the dock over allegations bordering on forgery, employment racketeering and fraud.

ICPC, in charge no: CR/503/2022 brought before Honourable Justice M.S. Idris of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) High Court, sitting in Jabi, Abuja, accused the defendant of defrauding unsuspecting job seekers to the tune of Twelve Million, Two Hundred Thousand Naira (N12,200,000).

In the 5-count charge, the Commission told the Court that the accused person on different occasions hoodwinked members of the public into parting with different sums of money in the guise of securing employments for their relatives in the Nigeria Correctional Services (NCoS).

The Court was further informed of how Mr. Ogodo, with the intent to commit fraud, forged offers of provisional appointments for some applicants into the Nigeria Correctional Services.

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His actions are contrary to Section 13 and punishable under Section 68 of the Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Act 2000, and contrary to Section 363 and punishable under Section 364 of the Penal Code Act. The actions also violate and is punishable under Section 1 of the Advanced Fee Fraud and Other Related Offence Act of 2006.

The defendant entered a “not guilty” plea when the charges were read for him.

The defense counsel, Mr. Osita Eze, thereafter moved a bail application on behalf of his client which was not opposed by ICPC counsel, Mr. Mashkur Salisu. However, Mr. Salisu urged the court to impose stringent conditions that will compel the defendant attend his trial, considering the fact that he only made himself available when he was declared wanted by the Commission.

The trial judge admitted the accused person to bail in the sum of N5m and two sureties in like sum who must be resident of FCT and civil servants not below grade level 12. The sureties were also ordered to swear affidavit of means, failure of which the defendant would be remanded in ICPC custody.

The matter was adjourned to the 16th of January 2023 for definite hearing.

Signed: Mrs. Azuka Ogugua
Spokesperson, ICPC

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Don’t buy meter, transformer, wires, NERC tells electricity consumers

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NERC’s Commissioner-in-charge of Consumers Affairs, Aisha Mahmud

• Insists consumers must sign agreement for refund
Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission (NERC), yesterday, in Abuja, said it remains the responsibility of electricity distribution companies to provide meters, transformers, poles, wires and other things needed for electricity supply to consumers.

NERC’s Commissioner-in-charge of Consumers Affairs, Aisha Mahmud, speaking during a three-day NERC/Abuja Electricity Distribution Company (AEDC) Customer Complaint Resolution Meeting, said a lot of consumers in Nigeria are not aware of their right.

“It is not the responsibility of the consumers to buy meters, poles or any assets for the DisCos (distribution companies) because we have already provided for that in the tariff of the utilities.
“But under any circumstances that you have to purchase these items and you cannot wait for the DisCos to make that investment, we have made provision for that under our ‘investment regulation’,” Mahmud said.

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She noted that the commission will continue to educate consumers on their responsibilities and obligations, adding that there’s a regulation, and based on that, if a consumer has to purchase a transformer, it has to be done through an agreement.

She said: “The agreement should contain a dispute resolution clause and all other items that are expected of a standard agreement. What we expect from the DisCos is to use their Internally Generated Revenue to buy those assets or rather use shareholders’ investment or borrow from banks to purchase the assets.”

According to her, it’s NERC’s responsibility to educate customers on their rights and obligations and all they are supposed to know about the electricity market.
Managing Director of AEDC, Adeoye Fadeyibi, said the company will do everything possible to meet the demands of consumers.

Represented by the Head, Regulatory and Government Relation of the AEDC, Olajumoke Delonia, Fadeyibi said the idea of the forum was to address customers’ complaints and commended NERC for the initiative.

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