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Police disobeyed court-ordered compensation, petitioner tells #EndSARS panel

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A petitioner, Temitope Alake, told the #EndSARS Independent Investigative Panel that the judgment given in his favour by the Abuja Division of the Federal High Court is yet to be enforced.

The National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) independent panel is investigating Human Rights Violations by the defunct SARS and other Units of the Police.

Mr Alake alleged extortion, torture, cruel, inhuman and degrading treatment meted on him before the panel against respondents CSP Anaku, defunct SARS Lagos, SUPOL Goodluck Adoni, Inspector Kingsley, Sergeant Solomon and Inspector Julius, all of defunct SARS Lagos.

Others are DSP Chirman Friday Binfa (Rtd), OC defunct SARS Lagos, commissioner of police Lagos and Inspector General of Police.

The complainant is seeking for the enforcement of a judgment given by Justice A. I Chikere of Federal High Court, Abuja, in his favour.

The petitioner had informed the panel that his three truck tankers, including three tankers and a Mercedes Benz, were seized while he was being investigated over alleged financial impropriety.

Stating further, he told the panel how he was arrested by the officers of the defunct SARS, Lagos, and detained from January 2, 2014, to June 6, 2014, even when he was granted bail by an Ebute Meta Magistrate court, Lagos.

He said Justice Chikere, in her judgment, ordered that the seized three DAF truck tankers and a Mercedes Benz car be released to him, in addition to a compensation of N5 million and N10 million for loss of earnings.

He told the panel that the judgment given in his favor has not been obeyed till date.

Garba Tetengi, SAN who stood in for the chairman of the panel, Justice Suleiman Galadima (Rtd), told the police counsel, James Idachaba, to align himself with the panel so as to arrive at justice for all the petitions before the panel.

Mr Tetengi pointed out to the counsel that he has a duty to the cause of justice even though he is trying to defend his clients and that when he assists the panel in the cause of its duties; he has also helped the Nigerian Police.

He further admonished Idachaba to align himself with the panel so as to realise the purpose for which the panel was set up in the first place.

He, however, commended the counsel for previous cases settled and hoped for the same in this matter.

Responding, Mr Idachaba told the panel that he was willing to support the panel to come to a logical conclusion.

He informed the panel that the complainant’s lawyer went contrary to the decision of the panel which was for him to liaise with the police lawyer to ascertain the whereabouts of DSP Friday Binfa who the police said is now retired.

Mr Idachaba, however, promised to assist the panel, stating that the case is all about the property which will be released to the complainant. 

(NAN)

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APC Crisis: Ex-Gov. Yerima calls for unity in Zamfara

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Former Governor Ahmad Yerima of Zamfara has called for unity in the All Progressives Congress (APC) family in the state, urging those challenging the party’s leadership in the state to stop in the interest of peace.

Mr Yerima said this when he received newly inaugurated state executives of the party at his residence in Gusau.

Yusuf Idris, APC’s publicity secretary in Zamfara, disclosed this in a statement in Gusau on Monday.

The statement said the executives’ visit was to show appreciation to APC stakeholders in Zamfara over their emergence under the chairmanship of Tukur-Umar Danfulani.

“During the visit, Danfulani promised to show leadership by example, promising that all loyal members will be fully engaged in party activities,” said the statement.

It added that the executives also visited former Governor Mahmud Shinkafi, serving and former lawmakers at the National and State House of Assembly, among others.

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COVID-19: Botswana confirms 19 Omicron cases

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Botswana Health Minister, Edwin Dikoloti, has confirmed 19 cases of the newly-discovered Omicron variant of COVID-19.

“Such detection should not be confused with Botswana being the country of origin of the strain,” the Botswana health minister said.

Mr Dikoloti disclosed this at a briefing that additional assessments and analyses of other positive COVID-19 samples had revealed 15 more cases of the Omicron variant on Sunday after four foreigners were declared infected.

“We will continue to expand our conduct tracing to ensure that no potential cases go undetected,” Mr Dikoloti stressed.

He further stated that the initial cases of the Omicron variant in Botswana were detected after four foreign nationals, who had briefly visited Botswana, tested positive for COVID-19 on November 11. 

The variant was confirmed as the Omicron variant on November 24.

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Omicron: Philippines launches ambitious vaccination drive

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The Philippines on Monday launched an ambitious three-day vaccination drive to give COVID-19 shots to up to nine million Filipinos amid the threat of the highly mutated Omicron variant of the coronavirus.

Thousands of security forces and volunteers were deployed nationwide to implement the campaign, which was being held as the country again imposed international travel restrictions.

“The national vaccination day is very timely and truly a milestone in our COVID-19 pandemic response and mitigation efforts,” Carlito Galvez, the country’s vaccination chief, said. “Inoculating nine million individuals in three days is our most ambitious target so far.”

According to the Department of Health, three million people would be vaccinated a day or nearly four times the average of 813,734 daily doses in the past week.

The department said before Monday, more than 35.78 million Filipinos had been fully vaccinated, or over 32 per cent of the country’s total population of 110 million.

The government aims to vaccinate 54 million people by the end of 2021 and 77 million by next March.

Mr Galvez said with the country’s increasing supply of vaccines, the key was now to “accelerate and expand the capacity” of local government units, especially those outside the capital region of Metro Manila.

The Philippines banned flights from 14 countries, including seven European nations, due to rising COVID-19 cases and the detection of the Omicron variant.

The government also indefinitely delayed a previous decision to start accepting some foreign tourists again from December 1. 

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