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Magodo Saga: South West Govs Kick, Tackle IGP, Malami Over ‘Disrespect’ To Sanwo-Olu

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Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu of Lagos State and Chief Superintendent of Police (CSP), Abimbola Oyewole

South West Governors have tackled Inspector-General of Police, Usman Baba, over an encounter between Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu of Lagos State and the police.

Some policemen, who laid siege to an estate in Magodo, Lagos, had defied Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu’s directive to leave the place.

Apparently surprised by the police’s refusal to comply with his directive, Sanwo-Olu had gone to the estate personally.

In a viral video, the governor was seen exchanging words with a Chief Superintendent of Police (CSP), Abimbola Oyewole.

Oyewole had told the governor that he and his armed colleagues were at the estate on the orders of the Inspector-General of Police, Usman Baba; as well as the Attorney General of the Federation, Abubakar Malami (SAN).

But in a statement issued by Rotimi Akeredolu, Chairman of the South West Governors’ Forum, the governors described the action of the policeman as unacceptable.

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“We are in possession of a video which has gone viral on the social media concerning the disgraceful exchange between a police officer, a CSP, and the Governor of Lagos State, Mr Babajide Sanwoolu, the supposed Chief Security Officer of the State, at the Magodo Residential Estate.”

“The content of the video is very disconcerting, and this is being charitable. The utter disrespect, which underlines the response of the officer to the Governor establishes, beyond doubt, the impracticability of the current system, dubiously christened “Federalism”. An arrangement, which compels the Governor of a State to seek clarifications on security issues in his jurisdiction from totally extraneous bodies or persons, is a sure recipe for anarchy.

“We condemn, very strongly, this brazen assault on decency. We call on the IG to explain the justification for this intrusion. This is not acceptable. Any expectations of rapprochement between so called federating units and federal security agencies are becoming forlorn, progressively, due to deliberate acts which mock our very avowal to ethics and professionalism.

“We condemn, in very clear terms, the role of the Attorney General of the Federation, Mr Abubakar Malami SAN in this act of gross moral turpitude.

“We, on our part, will continue to interrogate the current system, which treats elected representatives of the people as mere prefects, while appointed office holders ride rough shod over them as Lords of the Manor. If the purported Chief Security Officers of the States of the Federation require clearance from the office of the IG on matters within their areas of jurisdictions, only hypocrites will wonder why the current security crisis deepens and there appears to be no solution in the foreseeable future.

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“We condemn very strongly, this brazen assault on decency. We call on the IG to explain the justification for this intrusion. This is not acceptable. Any expectations of rapprochement between so called federating units and federal security agencies are becoming forlorn, progressively, due to deliberate acts which mock our very avowal to ethics and professionalism.

“We stand by our brother, the Governor of Lagos State. We advise him to deploy the Regional security outfit in the State to protect the lives and property of the people.

“We call on the President and Commander-in-Chief of the armed forces to rein in the excesses of certain elements bent on acting in a manner capable of eroding the bond of trust existing between the people and the Federal Government. It is preposterous for political appointees to seek to undermine the very structure of service upon which their appointments rest.”Daily Trust

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How Hoodlums Attacked, Destroyed Fire Station to Prevent Officers From Stopping Inferno At Abuja Market + Video

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More facts have emerged how hoodlums on Wednesday attacked the Federal Fire Station situated at the Abuja International Building Materials Market, located at the Dei-Dei Market, Abuja.
Hoodlums had set building materials worth billions on fire after a clash between okada riders and traders in the market.
An okada rider was accused of putting his passenger, an Igbo woman o the harms way by running under a moving trailer which ended up crushing the woman’s head.
The issue had led to the okada riders attacking traders and setting the building materials on fire.
The hoodlums had allegedly prevented Fire Service officials from carrying out their duty to allow the goods to burn.

The Federal Fire Service has condemned the attack on Dei-Dei area fire station in Abuja by angry mob, following the unrest at building material market on Wednesday.
The FFS Public Relation’s Officer, Mr. Paul Abraham, said the attack by the hoodlums led to the destruction of several parts of the station and the station’s firefighting trucks.
Dei-Dei International Building Material Market, experienced a civil unrest at the early hours of Wednesday which led to the destruction of property.
FCT Minister Mohammad Bello, had also ordered the indefinite closure of the market, following a clash between commercial motorcyclists and the traders.

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Abraham said that FFS Controller General, Abdulganiyu Jaji, had decried the attack emphasising that men of the service were determined to save lives and property.
“Firefighters have a statutory duty to protect lives and property even in the face of danger.
“It is on this note that it is unacceptable and inexcusable to attack gallant men who at the expense of their lives turned out to put under control the self induced fire.
“ No Nigerian has the right to take laws into his or her hands talk more of vandalizing firefighting equipment, threatening firemen as well as tampering with private property,” he said.
The PRO said that the Dei-Dei command received a distressed call from the market association chairman regarding the arson ongoing in the market.
He explained that men of the service said that they would only turn out to the scene of fire if they were protected by security operatives who were yet to be on ground at that time.
He said that while the firemen were on standby waiting for the arrival of security operatives, a mob approached the fire station and began attacking firefighters who were ready to be deployed.
He said that the firemen eventually turned out to the chaotic scene to put the fire under control with the presence of security operatives.
The spokesman said that the CG commended the gallant firefighters for their act of bravery which went a long way in saving lives and property worth billions of naira from the inferno.
Jaji also sympathised with persons who got injured during the crisis.

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How my mum’s boyfriend defiled me – Six-year-old

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A six-year-old girl has narrated how she was allegedly defiled by an herbal doctor, Sangosanya Boluwatife, in the Igbogbo, Ikorodu area of Lagos State.

Boluwatife is standing trial before Justice Abiola Soladoye of the Ikeja Domestic Violence and Sexual Offences Court.

He was arraigned before the court in September 2020 for defilement, which contravened Section 137 of the Criminal Law, C.17 Vol.3, Laws of Lagos State, 2015.

The charge read, “Sangosanya Boluwatife, on or about June 6, 2020, at Oreta, Igbogbo, Ikorodu, Lagos, in the Ikeja judicial division, defiled one (name withheld) aged six, by having unlawful sexual intercourse with her.”

The defendant pleaded not guilty to the charge.

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The prosecution presented two witnesses, who testified against Boluwatife.

During the Monday sitting, the prosecuting counsel, A.R Abolade, led the victim through her account of the incident.

She said, “I stay with my grandma, but my mummy usually takes me to stay with the defendant.

“On a particular day when we were alone in the defendant’s apartment, there was no electric power and the defendant asked me to pull off my clothes and pants. He said that I would like what he was about to do to me and later, I couldn’t hear what he was saying as he was talking very low.

“He put his hand in my private parts and after a while, he asked me to go and have my bath. I didn’t tell my mummy when she came to pick me up afterwards, but I told my grandma and she informed my mum.”

The defence counsel, O.A. Lawal, while cross-examining the child, said, “Has anyone ever touched your private parts before and was it painful?”

The victim answered in the negative.

 “That means you enjoyed it,” Lawal added.

Justice Soladoye objected to the question and urged the counsel to be sensitive.

“Did you like what the defendant did or shout while he did it to you?” he queried.

The victim again replied in the negative.

The judge adjourned further hearing till June 4, 2022.

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Man sells son N600,000, sends wife to Mali for prostitution

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Kingsley Essien

The police have arrested a 36-year-old man, Kingsley Essien, for allegedly selling his two-year-old son for N600,000.

The suspect was also accused of trafficking his wife to Mali for prostitution.

The Police spokesman, Abimbola Oyeyemi, said the suspect was arrested following the report lodged at Agbara divisional headquarters by the suspect’s wife, Bright Essien.

Oyeyemi said the wife told the police that her husband informed her of securing a job for her in Bamako, Mali, last October.

She said she did not suspect any foul play because the man had assisted many people to that country for before.

She said it was when she got to Mali she discovered that she had been sold to a human trafficking cartel headed by a woman at the rate of N1.4 million.

“While in Mali, she was forced into prostitution, but later found her way to the Nigerian embassy in Bamako where she was assisted back to Nigeria.

“On getting to Nigeria, she discovered that her two-year-old son in care of her husband was nowhere to be found,” Oyeyemi quoted her as saying.

He said following the report, the DPO Agbara division, SP Abiodun Salau, detailed detectives to go after the suspect, and he was arrested.

“On interrogation, the suspect confessed to crime. He confessed further that he sold his son to somebody at the rate of six hundred thousand naira,” he said.

Oyeyemi said the Commissioner of Police, Lanre Bankole, had ordered the transfer of the suspect to anti-human trafficking and child labour unit of the State Criminal Investigation and Intelligence Department for discreet investigation.

He also ordered that the buyer of the son be traced and arrested in order to recover the stolen child.

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