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Fayemi Directs Police to Investigate killing of Varsity Students

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Ekiti State Governor, Kayode Fayem, has called on the state police Commissioner, Mr Amba Asuquo, to expose those behind the killing of two students of the Federal University, Oye Ekiti (FUOYE) during a protest.

Fayemi, who made the call in a broadcast on Monday, said a Judicial Panel of Inquiry would be constituted to probe the incident, as demanded by student union bodies.

He said the state government would compensensate families of the dead as well as foot the bills of those injured.

The governor also lauded the exoneration of his wife, Bisi, from cause of the deaths.

He said it was wrong for anyone to terminate the lives of students holding a lawful protest over poor electricity supply to their campus.

“I have in the last few days agonised over the incident that took place at FUOYE on Tuesday, Sept 10, 2019

“Until the multiple investigations already set up are completed, I am necessarily constrained from talking about the details of what transpired

“I however do not need to be constrained about the emotions a tragedy like this evokes

“Any death is a tragedy.

Any shooting arising from legitimate protests diminishes our fledgling democratic dispensation and calls to question, our commitment to fundamental human rights

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“Having heard from all parties to the incident, it is pertinent that I now personally convey my deeply felt sorrow for the loss of two promising young lives and for those who suffered injuries

“Our government prides itself on its strict adherence to the rule of law. The right of citizens to protest on any issue relating to governmental actions or inactions is a fundamental component of our good governance agenda

“We could not therefore under any circumstances, have directed that deadly force be used on any of our citizens freely expressing their right to protest

“Even before the conclusion of the investigations into this matter, we have taken a number of steps; a high level government delegation has visited the families of the deceased

“This will not be a one-off intervention. We will stand firmly with, and support the families at this time. Those persons with varying degrees of injuries will also be given support whilst their hospital expenses will be defrayed by government

“I have directed the State Commissioner of Police to urgently commence an investigation into the circumstances that led to the unfortunate shooting incident with a view to identifying possible culprits within and outside the Force

“Taken together with the ongoing investigation by the University management, we will consider the need for an independent panel of inquiry, if necessary once these fact finding investigations are concluded,” he said.

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The governor said he had suggested to police authorities to explore the use of non-lethal rubber bullets in managing public protests, vowing that the Nigerian Governors Forum would take this up at the highest level.

“I note the initial public statement by the University authorities and its Students Union body. We welcome the conclusion that neither the wife of the Governor nor any Government official directed the shootings

“Indeed it is obvious that the wife of the Governor and those on her entourage are victims of this unfortunate incident.

“The issue that led to the protest has been the subject of intense disagreement and negotiations with BEDC since I became Governor

“Only last week, my Commissioner for Infrastructure and Public Utilities was still in Benin to see BEDC management on the matter of inadequate and inconsistent supply of electricity in Ekiti State

“Though Governors do not have any control over privatised power distribution companies, the four Governors from the states covered by the Benin DISCO have consistently expressed dissatisfaction with the services of BEDC and taken the matter up with the Vice President who chairs the Privatisation Council

“In addition to this, I have been talking to the Rural Electrification Agency about including FUOYE in the next round of their University Electrification Project,” the governor said.

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He appealed for calm and caution as government awaited the reports of the various investigations, saying no persons or group should attempt to use the tragic incident to destabilise the peace and progress of the state. (NAN)

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Gunmen Attack Mosque in Delta, Injure Many

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Unidentified gunmen early Friday morning, attacked a mosque in Ughelli, Delta state, leaving 11 worshippers injured.

A resident who spoke to NAN on phone, said the attack took place at about 6.47 am when some Muslim faithful were holding their morning prayers at the Central mosque, located along Okoroda street in Ughelli.

The resident who gave his name simply as Larry, said many residents were jolted from their sleep by gunshots followed by loud cries from people inside the mosque.

“My name is Larry, I am commercial vehicle driver here in Ughelli. I live very close to the central mosque, so this morning at about 6.45 am we heard shooting at the mosque.

“Because of fear, many people in my compound were frightened and we remained inside only peeping through our windows.

“As the shooting lasted, we heard loud cries from some worshippers inside the mosque,” Larry said.

According to him, after the invaders left, many residents thronged to the mosque in their numbers to see what happened.

He said residents helped to evacuate injured worshippers, adding that those that survived the attack suffered severe injuries.

Larry said that some of the worshippers told residents that three of their fellow worshippers were taken away by the gunmen.

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When contacted, the Delta police spokesperson, DSP Bright Edafe, confirmed the attack to NAN but said that only 11 worshippers were injured in the attack.

He, however, did not confirm the abduction of three worshippers.

“I just called the DPO at Ughelli and he confirmed to me that 11 persons were injured in the attack at the mosque.

“However, the police have commence investigation into the incident and we will update you as we work to unravel the culprits.

“For now, no arrest has been made but I can assure you that we will get those involved,” Edafe said. (NAN)

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Police Arrest Suspect for Raping a Minor in Adamawa

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Police in Adamawa said it had arrested  a 52-year-old man, Enoch Kwaleji for raping a 13 year old girl in Sangere Jabbi Lamba, Girei Local Government Area of Adamawa.

The Adamawa Command`s spokesman, SP. Suleiman Nguroje stated this in a statement on Tuesday in Yola.

Nguroje said investigation reveals that the suspect is a vice principal of a Government Girls Secondary School (GGSS) senior section, Abba Murke in Song local government area.

“The suspect a resident of salama House Sangere jabbi lamba, Girei on Nov. 15 at about 1900hrs, lured the victim to an uncompleted building and forcefully had carnal knowledge of her.

“The incident was reported to the Divisional Police Headquarters, Jabbi lamba by the victim’s mother”, he said.

Nguroje said the Commissioner of Police, Mr  Sikiru Akande had directed the officer in charge of Family unit to take over investigation and ensure diligent prosecution.

Akande equally advice members of the public, particularly parents to be watchful of their children, especially the girl-child against criminal minded elements.

He assured the State government and the general public of the command’s unrelenting effort to end all forms of gender based violence.

Akande also promised immediate prosecution of any perpetrator found wanting. (NAN)

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Kebbi Police Arrest Two Men for Allegedly Raping Minors

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The Kebbi State Police Command has arrested two men for allegedly raping two minors in Danko/Wasagu and Augie Local Government Areas (LGAs) of the state, respectively.

One of the suspects, Mr Christopher Pills, 30 years old, of Bena town in Danko/Wasagu LGA of the state was arrested for allegedly raping a nine-year-old girl (names withheld).

The Commissioner of Police in the state, CP Ahmed Magaji-Kontagora, disclosed this in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Sunday in Birnin Kebbi.

Magaji-Kontagora said that the father of the innocent girl, Mr Lawrence Johnson, reported that the suspect, Pills, had canal knowledge of his nine-year-old daughter.

The CP assured that the suspect would be charged to court on completion of investigation.

He added that the Police had also arrested one Anas Dantalli, 19, of Nawada Illela Kwaido in Augie LGA for allegedly raping a young girl (names withheld).

He recalled that Mr Rugga Aliyu of Mashekari Illela Kwaido, Augie LGA, reported at the Divisional Police Headquarters, Augie, that Dantalli, pursued his daughters while they were rearing goats and sheep in the bush.

Magaji-Kontagora said the suspect allegedly grabbed one of the daughters and forcefully had sexual intercourse with her, adding that investigation was ongoing, but on completion, the suspect would be charged to court.

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In another development, the CP said that Mr Ayuba Rege, 20 years, of Tadurga village, Zuru LGA, was arrested for possession of one locally made pistol in his school bag at Government Comprehensive High School Senchi.

The commissioner further explained that in the course of investigation, one Mr Yusuf Rege of the same address was also arrested in connection with the case.

Magaji-Kontagora further said the command had arrested one Mudasiru Haruna of Kwanawa Village, Arewa LGA, for alleged armed robbery, culpable homicide, assisting in concealment of stolen property and receiving stolen property.

He said the suspect chattered a motorcyclist, named Aliyu Lawal of Yeldu village, Arewa LGA, to convey him from Yeldu town to Tago village, adding that while on transit, the suspect dubiously asked the motorcyclist to stop that one of his shoes had fallen down.

“When the suspect dropped down, he picked a stone and hit the motorcyclist on the head, as a result, he fell down unconscious and the suspect took away the motorcycle to one Usman Alias ‘Charger’ and subsequently sold it to one Lawali Gulma, now at large.

“In the course of investigation, the suspect has confessed to the crime and the sum of N100,000, being part payment of the sold motorcycle has been recovered, while investigation into the case is in progress.” (NAN)

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