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‘I Want My Son’s Corpse’, Rivers Woman Whose Son Was Shot Before Her Cries

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Victoria Agori

 

A 51-year-old woman, Evangelist Victoria Agori, has appealed to the police hierarchy to release her son, Daniel Agori, 21, allegedly shot dead by the Inspector general of Police squad in 2019.

Recall that the National Human Rights Commission had in December last year announced payment of monetary compensation to 27 victims of police brutality.

But Mrs. Agori who is one of the beneficiaries said the real justice for her would be when her son is released to her for burial and those who killed him must be fished out and prosecuted.

While appreciating the panel for the compensation, she recalled that it was a tough road for justice, saying she wrote many letters and petitions without response.

Mrs. Agori recalled with bitterness that a team of policemen came to her house in Nkpolu, East-West Road, arrested her and two of her children on May 11, 2019, accused them of armed robbery and kidnapping, manhandled them, and bundled them into a vehicle to the police station

“They took us to Aluu police station and called us armed robbers, that we were selling guns, they tormented us and shot my son dead in my presence. No amount of money that was awarded to me will make me forget my son that I gave birth to after nine months,” Mrs Agori stated.

On what she remembered most about her son, Mrs Agori said, “He (Daniel) usually calls me ‘mumsy’. He will say mummy how are you? Mumsy what do you have?

“Mumsy what are we going to eat? Mumsy I want to drink tea, please buy bread and all that. Anytime I see bread or when I am drinking tea, I always cry because he likes taking tea and bread, just like me. People that know me well can tell you about my love for tea.

“So, I cannot forget him. I want them to release his corpse to me. That has been my cry all these years so that I can give him a proper burial.

“Then, I am demanding that all the policemen involved in the death of my son should be prosecuted. The Nigerian constitution says anyone that kills, except you are not seen. If that person is identified he or she will be prosecuted.

“These policemen should be made to face the law and dismissed because they are not fit to wear that uniform,” she added.

She said, “It was tough. I wrote a petition to the office of the Inspector General of Police and to the office of the Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami, SAN.

“I also wrote a petition to the Commissioner of Police, Rivers and Bayelsa State Governors, the human rights group and the International Federation of Women Lawyers.

“Also, I wrote to the Senate and the House of Representatives and the Rivers State House of Assembly. I wrote petitions to help me get justice for my late son. I sent text messages for them to come to my aide.”

She however expressed sadness that the police hierarchy was shielding her son’s killers.

“It seems like the IGP is shielding his children, the policemen from prosecution. He should not do that because he is a father,” Mrs Agori stated.

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BREAKING: Bandits currently attacking Kebbi community

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Bandits are currently attacking Ayu, Danko Wasagu Local Government Area (LGA) of Kebbi State, POLITICS NIGERIA.

Bandits attacks in Kebbi state have been on the ascendancy in recent months.
Hundreds of the residents have fled their homes, relocating to other towns in the state and internally displaced persons (IDPs) camps.
Recall POLITICS NIGERIA had exclusively reported the bandits attack that occurred on January 14: 17 residents were brutally murdered and many more abducted in a punitive expedition.
Four days after the carnage of January 14 in Dankade, the bandits raided Ayu, and abducted 29 villagers into the forest.
Unlike cases in other North-west states, attacks in rural Kebbi are hardly reported in the media. Over 200 lives were lost to banditry in the state in 2021 alone, this newspaper’s findings revealed.

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How Osinbajo transformed my life – Former Secretary

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Alhaji Abdul Gafar Bakare says Prof. Yemi Osinbajo impacted his life and that of many others

Alhaji Abdul Gafar Bakare, former confidential secretary to Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo while he was the Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice, Lagos State has narrated his experience when he worked with him for eight years.

A devoted Muslim, Bakare had been a secretary at the Lagos State Ministry of Justice prior to the appointment of Osinbajo in 1999. But the appointment changed his life forever.

Prior working with the Vice President he was a trained secretary with no university education.

“Prof. (Osinbajo) not only encouraged me to further my education even at my relatively old age, he personally sponsored my BSc Accounting programme and even sponsored my pilgrimage to Mecca and Medina.”

Bakare recalled that he was not the only beneficiary of Osinbajo’s large heart.

“He also sponsored some of our colleagues who became lawyers while others are into other professions”.

He added that, “Prof. is a distinctive person that one needs to emulate. He is a contented man who accommodates any serious minded individual. Even with his present position he still gives recognition to those he knows before becoming Vice President.

“I am most grateful to Allah for the opportunity of working with this kind and generous boss. I also count it as a privilege to express my views about my boss,” he said.

Bakare says he has since retired from the state civil service.

While in office as Hon. Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice, Prof Osinbajo undertook far-reaching judicial reform in Lagos State, addressing critical areas as judges’ recruitment, remuneration, training and discipline.

The emoluments of Lagos judges witnessed and increase of more than 300 per cent, a situation that made the judges to earn more than Supreme Court Justices.

The Federal and State governments soon followed the good example he laid to gibe better packages to judicial officers.

He also addressed access to justice for the poor by the establishment of the Office of the Public Defender (OPD) and the Citizens Mediation Centre (CMC), the first of its kind in Nigeria.

These offices have now been replicated in all states across the Federation. He transformed the office as well as his immediate staff.

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‘Attention I Get These Days Is Overwhelming’ – Eniola Badmus

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Nollywood actress Eniola Badmus has revealed that the attention she gets recently is overwhelming.

Recall that the actress went on a weight loss journey, that has now left her looking all gorgeously trimmed.

The actress in a post via her Instagram page on Tuesday revealed that she gets a lot of attention these days, which makes her feel like she is a new baby. She further stated that this is a new journey for her.

She wrote: ‘’The attention I get now is quite overwhelming feels like I’m a newborn baby, it’s  a new life for me and a new journey so walk with me on this and be a partaker don’t dull.’’

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