President Muhammadu Buhari has approved the appointment of Deputy Inspector General (DIG) of Police, Usman Alkali Baba as acting Inspector General of police.
Alkali Baba immediately replaces Mohammed Abubakar Adamu who was on official visit to Imo State to ascertain the level of damage caused by the unknown gun men that invaded the State command and the Correction center where over 1,500 inmates were set free during mayhem.
The Minister of Police Affairs, Maigari Dingyadi who disclosed this on Tuesday said the president had on the 4th of February, extended the tenure of Mohammed Adamu as the Inspector General of Police for three months out of which the erstwhile police boss spent two months and three days.
A journalist, Bartholomew Madukwe, who is currently the Editor-in-Chief of an online media platform, 9jreporters, has accused a senior police officer identified as Chris of complicity in a case of assault against him.
Madukwe said he was hit in his right eye by one Ade at Extra-Time Hotel, Oko-Afo area of Lagos state, on Saturday and had reported the case to the Area K Command, Morogbo.
He explained that Chris was consequently assigned as the Investigating Police Officer and he followed him to the hotel to effect the arrest of his abuser.
On getting there, however, Madukwe alleged that the officer watched on as another person named Adejoke assaulted him.
He said a crime officer drafted alongside Chris with himself to the hotel protested against Adejoke’s action and demanded his arrest but nothing was done eventually.
The journalist further alleged that Chris released Adejoke without following due process.
He further called for help and protection, saying he is being threatened by the owner of Extra-Time Hotel, Ortega while Ade and Adejoke have promised to ‘deal’ with him more.
In a letter titled “My life in danger, let me speak before I’m killed. On Saturday, April 3, 2021, at about 5 pm, I reported a case of assault against Adejoke, Ade and Ortega, at Area K Command, Morogbo, Lagos State and my complaint was received by ASP Chris, who is the IPO in the matter.
“ASP Chris followed me to the scene of the incident after informing him of how one Ade elbowed me in the right eye, at Extra-Time Hotel, Oko-Afo area of the state in the course of a reception arranged for Badagry All-Stars, after Saturday’s friendly match.
“On getting to Extra-Time Hotel with the IPO (ASP Chris), right before his eyes and at close range, as I showed him Adejoke to make the arrest, Adejoke descended on me by punching me in the same right eye that Ade elbowed. As I fell on the road- outside the gate of Extra-Time, thinking the IPO (ASP Chris) would handle the situation, Adejoke started kicking me with his foot, kicking my head and other parts of my body, while the IPO (ASP Chris) stood aside and watched.
“I was on the floor for about 10 minutes. After some people had stopped Adejoke from further kicking me, I stood and entered the bus that brought me and the IPO to the hotel for arrest. Adejoke, after saying he has all it takes to deal with me and nothing will happen, came to Area K with his friends, by himself. After the IPO and one Favour narrated to the Crime Officer what they witnessed, the Crime Officer said Adejoke should be put in the cell.
Madukwe said the IPO (ASP Chris) later told him that he was being punished for reporting him (IPO) to the Area Commander in 2019.
“He said I reported him to the Area Commander then, Hope, and now he is the IPO of my case today. He explained further that I might have forgotten the 2019 matter but he can’t forget it because he knows what he faced then.
“Then I realized why he (IPO) allowed Adejoke to assault me in his presence and knew I cannot get justice from him- hence my request for the transfer of the case from him and Area K Command entirely to avoid further unprofessional handling of the case of assault on me,” he said.
“Fortunately, the 2019 matter the IPO referred to was the one concerning Francis who sat with me in the IPO’s office as he spoke. According to the IPO (ASP Chris), he was not interested in whatever transpired at the same Badagry General Hospital he sent me to. When I saw that things were not making sense in the way the assault case was being handled by the IPO (ASP Chris) and revelations he made, I now presented to him the printed picture of my right eye that I took.
“I asked him if the picture wouldn’t be needed and he reluctantly received it, though he never requested for it.
“I live in fear that my life is at great risk and I cannot get police protection from Adejoke and his cohorts. After all, the IPO (ASP Chris) failed to protect me on Saturday as Adejoke attacked me, blew me and kicked me- as he (IPO) folded his hand and looked away. As a citizen of the Federal Republic of Nigeria and journalist, I seek protection of my life by the Nigerian police, from Adejoke, Ade, Ortega and others.”
Gov Ayade Earmarks N100m For NASENI To Generate Electricity From Borehole.
The Cross River State Governor, Sir Ben Ayade has announced a whopping one hundred million naira as research grant to the National Agency for Science and Engineering Infrastructure (NASENI) for the generation of electricity from borehole.
The research into how to generate electricity from borehole is to be jointly undertaken by the agency and the state owned University of Cross River State (UNICROSS).
The governor dropped the hint at the State Executive Council Chamber in Calabar while playing host to a team of NASENI officials led by its Executive Vice Chairman, Professor Muhammed Sani Haruna
Ayade said the time has come for the agency to develop a holistic framework to launch Nigeria into the global engineering map.
According to him, “NASENI is an agency that is responsible for the science and engineering infrastructure. We must begin to truly develop engineering infrastructure in this country. It is a shame that as a country we still import spare parts, it is a shame that you have to take a man from a temperate climate who does not have sun, who is always in the cold to come and tell us how to use our sunlight.
“What a shame that you have crude oil under your earth, yet it takes somebody who comes from a country that does not have oil to tell you how to dig it out, more shameful that you do not even know how to use it. You have to send it out.
The governor urged the agency to set up an office in Calabar, pledging a vehicle and an office space.
He challenged the NASENI to bring to bear its true essence because “Cross River State is ready to collaborate with you and I am making available, once you establish your agency here in Cross River, one brand new pickup, and an immediate office for you to move to and make available a land for you to build a permanent office.”
“We are providing in collaboration with University of Cross River, the sum of N100 million for the development and generation of electricity from borehole. I want to also challenge you that from this same N100 million, you should generate electricity for CalasVegas from the Calabar River.
“This is going to be our (Cross River State) patent because the research is being financed by us in collaboration with NASENI. So together we will hold the baton to be able to ensure that every single home has electricity from simply just taking water from the ground, using that water to move a turbine and the turbine generates electricity and the electricity pumps back the water from the borehole and recirculate”, Ayade stressed.
He commended Prof Haruna’s brilliance after listening to his presentation and promised to be a strong advocate for the proper funding of the agency by the Federal Government.
“I am with NASENI on the realization of one percent allocation of the federal revenue to the Agency in order for it to perform optimally,“ he said.
“Everywhere I go in Nigeria especially amongst my colleague governors, I will act as ambassador for NASENI henceforth”, added.
Earlier in his address, Professor Haruna extolled Ayade’s sterling administrative and academic qualities saying he was surprised, when as PhD student at the Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology, Kenya, the students were advised to make reference to his 1994 PhD citation.
While pledging that NASENI will collaborate with the Cross River government in its Industrialization drive, Professor Haruna pleaded with the governor to market the agency to his colleagues.
“Your Excellency be our ambassador, convince your colleagues that what we are doing in NASENI is very important to them.
“We commend you for the massive agricultural and infrastructural investment in Cross River State. You are turning things around, we offer to collaborate with you because it is within our mandate to collaborate with states. Most importantly we are willing to work with the private sector in the state to establish manufacturing concerns that are technology oriented and will generate local employment” the NASENI boss said.
Nigeria Correctional Service Confirms 1,844 Inmates Escape During Imo Attack
The Nigerian Correctional Service (NSC) has disclosed that at least 1,844 inmates were currently on the run following gunmen attacks on its correctional headquarters in Owerri, Imo State.
NSC added that of the 1,844 inmates set free by the gunmen, six have voluntarily returned to the facility to continue their jail term while 35 inmates refused to escape from custody during the attacks that occurred at about 2: 15 am on Monday in Owerri.
The correctional services, in a statement made available to newsmen by its Public Relations Officer, Francis Enobore, stated that the attackers gained entrance into the yard by using explosives to destroy the administrative block.
According to NSC, they arrived at the center in their large number with several Hilux pick-up vans and Sienna Buses armed with sophisticated weapons and immediately engaged the security personnel on duty in a fierce gun battle.
The agency noted that after several minutes of the face-off, they overpowered the security personnel and eventually detonated the explosive to gain entrance.
NSC statement reads: “The Acting Controller-General of Corrections, John Mrabure has ordered a comprehensive investigation into the incident and in collaboration with other security organizations, commenced a search and recovery operations to recapture the fleeing inmates.
“While appealing to the good citizens of Imo State and indeed Nigerians to volunteer useful intelligence that will facilitate the recovery effort, the Ag. Controller-General wishes to assure that the security of custodial centers in the country remains sacrosanct.
“Mrabure equally directed all officers attached to custodial facilities to remain vigilant at this trying moment in our history.
“As at the last count, 6 inmates have so far voluntarily returned to the facility while 35 inmates refused to escape from custody during the attack”, it added.