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Lady dies in Abuja hotel, brother accuses management of cover-up, slams police

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Esther Isaac

A 21-year-old lady, Esther Isaac, has died in a hotel in the Federal Capital Territory.

The victim reportedly lodged in Room 901 on February 25, 2022, at the Agete Hotel in the Gwarinpa area of the FCT.

Her brother, Emmanuel, who spoke to our correspondent on Tuesday, accused the police of compromising the case.

He claimed that men of the Federal Capital Territory humiliated him for following up on the matter.

Emmanuel also accused the hotel management of covering up by saying that their CCTV was faulty the day Esther lodged in the facility.

He said, “We live in Calabar and I tried calling her two numbers, left her a message on Whatsapp, but she did not respond, which was unusual. I kept calling. Later, a police officer, Inspector Dajunma, picked up the call and told me my sister was dead.

 “He asked me to come down to their division in Abuja. I was in Abuja the following day and the police officers tried to work things out, but the hotel owner shouted at me.

“They asked if I had anyone and I told them that it was myself and my late sister; we lost our parents a long time ago. They took advantage of my situation.

“Inspector Dajunma said maybe the case should be transferred to another place, so I left for Calabar. I came back to the station to ask for an update, but the police officers shouted at me.

 “One of them insulted me; he said my sister died a shameful death and I should forget about getting justice. He said my sister came for her business while the hotel was doing their business. I was humiliated at the station and was not allowed to speak a word.

“I demanded to see the CCTV footage; they said their CCTV was bad on that day. They said she came to the hotel with someone without showing me any evidence. I think the hotel management knows more than they are making us believe,” he added.

The FCT Director of Behind Bar Initiative, Oby Ofili, said the group had taken up the matter.

She said, “We have taken up the case and we will try our best to ensure justice is served.

 “We have decided to take the matter to a higher police authority through a petition to the Assistant Inspector-General of Police, Zone 7, requesting a transfer of the case. We hope they reach out to us as soon as possible.”

When PUNCH Metro contacted the hotel on Tuesday, a lady, who identified herself as Ene, said the manager was not on seat. She said he would be back by 4pm.

Our correspondent called the phone number at least 10 times and sent two text messages which were not replied to as of press time.

The FCT police spokesperson, Josephine Adeh, confirmed the incident, adding that investigation was ongoing.

She denied the allegation levelled against the police by the deceased’s brother.

Adeh said, “The allegation against us is wrong and unfair. The case is, however, under investigation.”

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Tension in Osun as Pro-PDP Road Transport Unionists Move to Take Over Motor Parks

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There is tension in many parts of Osun as motor park union leaders who are supporters of the Peoples Democratic Party have made moves to take over the affairs of the various motor parks.

NPO Reports gathered that in Osogbo, the state capital, moves by pro-PDP unionists were resisted by those loyal to the outgone Governor, Gboyega Oyetola at the New Garrage area leading to the death of an unidentified man.

The All Progressive Congress, in a statement released by its acting Chairman, Tajudeen Lawal, called on the Inspector General of Police, Usman Alkhali Baba, to step in to avert further bloodshed.

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“Barely 24 hours after the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, took over power in Osun State, anarchy appears to have taken the centre stage.

“This is why the Osun State chapter of All Progressive Congress (APC) has called on the Inspector General of Police (IGP), Akali Baba Usman to urgently intervene in the ugly security situation in the State.

“The party alleged that over 500 of its members have been attacked in the last 24 hours and a number of properties had been destroyed including APC campaign vehicles, billboards particularly in Osogbo, the state capital,” Lawal stated

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Police Nab 12 Year Old boy for Kidnapping 3years old Girl in Bauchi

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Bauchi State Police Command has arrested Dayyabu Abdullahi ‘m’ aged 12yrs of Magama Gumau for Kidnapping a 3yrs-old girl.

The information available at the Command’s disposal is that On 23/11/2022 at about 1740hrs Yahaya Sale ‘m’ aged 56yrs of Magama Gumau while at his shop located at the same address received a threatening phone call from an anonymous person, demanding the sum of one hundred and fifty thousand nairas (150,000) as a ransom for the release of his kidnapped daughter one Mariya Yahaya ‘f’ aged 3yrs of same address.

A discreet Investigation revealed that the suspect lured the victim to an isolated place near a football field at kara Area of Magama Gumau and called the victim’s father on phone and made the aforementioned demand.
On hearing this, the victim’s father hung off the call, while the suspect kept calling but no response from the victim’s father. After a while, the victim’s father called the suspect on phone and identified the suspect as Dayyabu through his voice, as the suspect is known by the victim’s father.

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The suspect then kept mute and quickly hung off the call when he realized that the victim’s father uncovered his identity.
Consequently, he swiftly took the girl back to their house and told her family that he sighted her crying near a football field. In this manner, the victim’s family immediately reported the suspect to the Police authority for necessary action.
On interrogation, the suspect stated that he is from Kano state and came to Bauchi state in search of petty business with his siblings. From the little he earned while hawking a fried yam in Magama Gumau, he raised money and bought a mobile phone Techno Camon model.
The investigation also revealed that the suspect got to know about kidnapping when some time ago his friend was kidnapped in Kano state until a ransom was paid before he was released from his captors, that is how he learned about kidnapping and money must be paid to set a victim free.

He also said he would have used the ransom money to buy his desired clothes and phones, but cut short upon his arrest by the Police operatives.

To this end, the Commissioner of Police CP Aminu Alhassan psc(+) assured the general public that they will continue to be updated as the investigation unfolds. He adds that he will like to use this medium to reiterate the need for parents and guardians to maintain strict vigilance over the activities of their wards.
It is pertinent now more than ever that the whereabouts of wards and the company they keep are constantly kept in check by all those responsible, as the investigation continues into the matter after which the suspect will be charged to court.

SP Ahmed Mohammed wakil Anipr,
Police Public Relations Officer,
For; Commissioner Of Police,
Bauchi State Command.

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Release Nnamdi Kanu As Christmas Gift To S’East, HURIWA Urges Buhari

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President Muhammadu Buhari

Civil rights advocacy group, Hu­man Rights Writers Association of Nigeria (HURIWA), on Sunday, tasked President Muhammadu Buhari to free the leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), Nnamdi Kanu, as a 2022 Christmas gift to the South-East geopolitical zone.

HURIWA’s National Coordina­tor, Comrade Emmanuel Onwu­biko, in a statement, challenged the president to be a man of his words by leaving the judiciary to decide on Kanu’s fate without any political interference or vendetta. The group asked Buhari to direct the Attorney General of the Fed­eration and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami, to comply with the appellate court’s judge­ment of freeing Kanu from the Department of State Services (DSS) before Christmas.

HURIWA believes that the re­lease of Kanu would restore peace and stability to the South-East of Nigeria and restore economic growth of the zone. HURIWA expressed disappointment and consternation at the nonchalant attitudes of the governors of the South East of Nigeria towards mounting pressure on President Buhari to free Kanu from deten­tion.

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In May, Buhari, at a meeting with Ebonyi State Stakeholders’ Forum at the Government House in Abakaliki, said a political solu­tion to Kanu’s travails was impos­sible and insisted that only the court would decide his fate.

“I have listened carefully to the various appeals from the elders to the traditional leaders regarding a wide range of options and as I have said previously, this matter remains in the full purview of the court where it will be properly ad­judicated,” Buhari had promised.

However, about 18 months since his unwarranted detention at the DSS custody in Abuja, the IPOB leader has not tasted free­dom despite the judgement of the Appeal Court granting him freedom and awarding billions of naira as damages against the Federal Government for his ex­traordinary rendition from Ken­ya mid-2021.

At the moment, the major presidential candidates for the 2023 general elections including Labour Party’s Peter Obi, Bola Tinubu of the All Progressives Congress and Atiku Abubakar of the Peoples Democratic Party have opined that they would ex­plore dialogue to end secessionist agitations in the South-East and restore the economy of the Igbo people which has been marred with untold violence and activi­ties of unknown gunmen.

Commenting, HURIWA’s On­wubiko said, “As though a norm, all the major presidential can­didates for the 2023 presidential election have adopted negotiat­ed settlement to end agitations by IPOB and other secessionist groups like that of Yoruba Na­tion agitator, Sunday Adeyemo aka Sunday Igboho.

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