A police constable has been dismissed in Benue state.
Belasa Iyangedue was dismissed for allegedly r3ping a 16-year-old girl who was in detention.
Commissioner of Police in the state, Mr Bartholomew Onyeka told newsmen on Tuesday in Makurdi that Iyangedue had been arraigned as the police had the statutory responsibility to fight crime.
Iyangedue’s offence, he added, was against the ethics of the profession.
He said the dismissed constable allegedly committed the offence at Tse Agbaragba Divisional Police Station at Konshisha Local Government Area.
“He was not only dismissed but he is facing prosecution. When civilians commit such offences they are prosecuted. He is facing dismissal and prosecution,’’ Onyeka said.
Police detained the r3pe victim on Aug. 15 for alleged defamation but the dismissed constable, allegedly, took her out of the cell and unto the Divisional Police Officer’s office where he r3ped her.
Upon her release from detention the day after, the victim reported the incident to the police.
Abia Guber: Tribunal Dismisses PDP’s Petition Against Otti
The Governorship Election Petitions Tribunal sitting in Umuahia on Friday struck out the petition filed by the PDP Candidate, Chief Okechukwu Ahaiwe, challenging the election of Gov. Alex Otti of LP.
The three-member panel in its almost four-hour judgement, read by Justice G.
The tribunal in a unanimous decision held that the petitioners failed in their attempt to convince the panel that the election was marred by irregularities and not conducted in substantial compliance with the provisions of the Electoral Act, 2022 beyond reasonable doubt.
It further ruled that the issue of whether Otti was qualified to contest or whether the LP’s Governorship Primary was not duly conducted “were entirely party affairs and, therefore, the tribunal lacked the jurisdiction”.
The tribunal also held that the petitioners were unable to prove beyond reasonable doubt, their allegations that Otti did not score the majority of the lawful votes cast and that the election was marred by corrupt practices and irregularities.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the judgment was delivered at the Federal High Court Room, amidst heavy presence of security personnel.
Alarm about missing organs of 14 FCT residents false —- Police
The Police Command in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) on Tuesday said it has found as untrue the alarm raised by 14 residents of the territory that their organs were missing.
The Police Commissioner in the FCT, Mr Haruna Garba, said the alarm was found to be untrue after medical examination was conducted on each of those who raised the alarm,
Garba made this known while briefing newsmen in Abuja on the command’s achievements in the fight against crime.
He added that the 14 persons involved were currently being prosecuted following the confirmation of their lies.
“They are being prosecuted for giving false information and inciting public disturbances.
“The false alarm had also misled the Police in dealing with mob action which were carried out against more than 10 accused persons in the FCT in the past few weeks.”
Garba said the command was informed of more than 10 cases, mostly around Garshi, Gwagwalada and the Kwali areas of the FCT, adding that some of these escalated into mob action by the youths.
The police chief, however, said that no life was lost in the reported incidents.
“The FCT Police Command has recorded over 10 cases of alleged disappearance of male organs across the territory and the escalating incidents of mob action by irate youths.
“It took the intervention of the Police Command to prevent the loss of lives and property and restore law and order.
“Fourteen suspects who claimed that their male organs had disappeared were taken to the hospital where the medical doctor confirmed that their organs were intact and active.
“Consequently, they were charged to court for giving false information and inciting public disturbance,” he said.
Garba appealed to the residents to warn their wards and children to desist from raising false alarm.
The police chief also urged them not to resort to jungle justice or mob action as innocent lives may be lost in the process.
He said that hospitals did not need police reports before attending to patients in emergency situations.
Garba said this while fielding questions from newsmen on one Miss Greatness Olorunfemi, a victim of “one chance”operators, who was thrown out of a moving vehicle by her suspected attackers in Abuja.
Olorunfemi, who was brought to the hospital by a good Samaritan, according to an unconfirmed report, was allegedly abandoned by medical personnel at the Maitama District Hospital.
It was claimed that she was left to die as a result of lack of a police report.
Meanwhile, the Federal Capital Territory Authority (FCTA) had refuted the claim, saying the report was not true.
Reacting to the development in a statement on Monday in Abuja, Buhari Yakasai, Assistant Director, FCTA health services and environment, had said the victim was brought in dead to the hospital.
The police chief also advised residents to be wary of boarding unpainted taxi to avoid being victims of one chance
“I wish to advise residents of the FCT to be wary of the kind of vehicles they board. It is advised that they should board only painted taxis from designated motor parks.
“It is risky to board an unpainted taxi, otherwise known as ‘kabu-kabu’, as they may fall victim of these robbers known as ‘One Chance’,” he said.
Report Any Officer Who Searches Your Phone – Police PRO To Nigerians
The Nigeria Police Force Public Relations Officer, ACP Olumuyiwa Adejobi has issued an order to Nigerians.
He urged Nigerians to report any police officer seen searching phone of a passenger or anybody.
Adejobi stated this on his Twitter page.
According to the Force PRO, searching through people’s phones is unprofessional, so any officer caught doing that should be reported to the authorities for disciplinary action.
He was reacting to a video posted by an X user @tadeosun074 showing a police officer searching through the phone of a young male passenger.
In the video, the officer could be heard saying in Pidgin language, “Me that has been working for over 13 years now, this year will make me 14 years in service, I have never had money to buy N250,000 phone, it is N15,000 phone I’m using.”
Reacting, Adejobi wrote: “When you share items like this, do us good to mention location, if possible, date and time. It makes it easier to trace them. This info is scanty. So we need more info on this.”
Responding to Adejobi’s reaction, another X user, @KJexty, said that he had also once been a victim of such an incident.
The X user wrote, “Police are still doing this at Okpella, Edo state and Okene (Kogi state) road when traveling to Abuja. I was a victim here last week, and I paid 100,000 just to free myself.”
The Force PRO then said, “We will continue to go after the erring policemen who are bent on tarnishing the image of the force. Checking people’s phones on the road is not proper.
“In fact, it’s highly unprofessional. I am sure you know we have reacted and condemned it severely. So, report them to us, and we will take such cases.
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