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Police torture Lagos artisan, break hand, victim alleges frame-up

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An artisan, Oluwafemi Arowolo, has accused policemen attached to the Sagamu Road Police Division of the Lagos State Police Command of breaking his left hand while torturing him at the station in the Ikorodu Local Government Area of the state.

He claimed that the cops ordered him to confess to being the owner of some Indian hemp, which they planted on him.

gathered that the 35-year-old was on his way to a place in the Garage area of Ikorodu when a policeman, identified only as AY, stopped him.

Oluwafemi stated that the cop was with some other colleagues.

“They were drinking and smoking. Because he was not in uniform, I ignored him. But AY and one other policeman people call Alhaji held my shirt and shorts.

“Everybody in the area came out to challenge them because they know me in the community, but AY called his colleagues and they all dragged me to a room in their station.

“I was handcuffed and they collected my phone. They asked for my password and searched the phone, but did not find anything incriminating. About six policemen started beating me after AY complained that I was rude,” he added.

Oluwafemi alleged that the policemen tortured him to confess to a crime he did not commit, adding that his left hand was dislocated during the assault.

“They beat me with planks, iron pipes, wires, till my hand got dislocated. It was at that point that they removed the handcuffs. AY said he would make sure I was imprisoned, but I kept asking what I did wrong.

“So, he placed Indian hemp in my hand and threatened to shoot me if I refused to say it was mine. AY then gave me my shirt to wipe the blood on my face and used his phone to do a video recording of me saying the Indian hemp was mine.

“The incident happened around 2pm on Thursday, January 6, 2022. If you watch the video, you will realise I made the statements under duress; a gun was pointed at me. When a journalist took the matter up, they sent the video to cover what they did.

“People in the area who saw the policemen taking me away contacted my family and my mother visited and secured my release. I want justice; I can no longer do anything on my own,” he stated.

The video clip, which was obtained by , showed Oluwafemi being interrogated by the policemen over possession of Indian hemp.

Torture marks were also seen on the artisan’s hand, back and neck.

His mother, Adesola, said he had been admitted to a traditional bone-setter facility, adding that he was in serious pain.

She said, “The most annoying thing was that when I asked what my son did, the policeman (AY) said my son was passing and greeted him, but when he realised that he knew my son, he called him back, but my son said he was in a hurry and left.

“So, AY said he felt insulted that my son wanted to ridicule him publicly. The police said they found Indian hemp on my son; it was just a set-up. My son said it was when the policemen were threatening him that they brought out the hemp. The police instead of enforcing the law are breaking it.”

The state Police Public Relations Officer, Adekunle Ajisebutu, said Oluwafemi was arrested during a stop and search as part of measures to clamp down on cultists and other criminal elements in the area.

He noted that the victim was caught with hemp.

“Upon his arrest, he put up violent resistance, incited and caused an attack on the policemen. However, the Commissioner of Police, Hakeem Odumosu, has directed that the case be transferred to the State CID for an independent and unbiased investigation. At the end of the investigation, appropriate disciplinary actions would be taken against the policemen if found guilty.

“The Commissioner of Police has consistently emphasised professionalism in the discharge of police duties, and would deal decisively with any police officer exhibiting unprofessional conducts in the command.”

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Security breach at Lagos airport as thieves gain access to Arik Air aircraft 

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By Chinelo Obogo

There was security breach at the domestic terminal 2 of the Murtala Muhammed International Airport Lagos, as a Boeing 737-73V, with registration number EI-ULN, belonging to Arik Air was burgled and its Flight Management System, stolen.

The FMS is a computer designed to provide virtual data and operational harmony between closed and open elements associated with a flight from pre-engine start and take-off, to landing and engine shutdown.

The aircraft was leased from Eznis Airways LLC, an airline based in Mongolia.

A source at the airline confirmed to Daily Sun that the theft took place in the late hours of Wednesday 19 to the early hours of Thursday 20 and this led to flights cancellations and postponement.

“The aircraft was parked inside the tarmac at MM2 and someone got access to the electorical electronic base where we have all the systems. There is a door underneath the aircraft where they opened and got access to remove the FMC and that was why we had obstruction in our operations that day.

“It is expected that the CCTV should be on and capture whoever did it but we haven’t heard anything to that effect. That equipment that was stolen is a small but it cost a lot of money. To repair it cost about $15,000 and a brand new one cost about $300,000 as at 2021.

“Every item in an aeroplane has serial numbers and can be tracked anywhere in the world, so i don’t know how the thief intends selling it unless the person has a vendor. That is why we believe it is internal sabotage,” the source said.

Bi Courtney, the concessionaire in charge of the terminal was not available for comments at the time of filing this report and the spokesperson of the airline declined commenting.

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ECOWAS condemns coup d’état in Burkina Faso

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From Aidoghie Paulinus, Abuja

The Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), has condemned the coup d’état which took place in Burkina Faso on Monday.

ECOWAS however assured that it will hold an extraordinary summit in the coming days to review the situation in Burkina Faso.

The ECOWAS Commission, in a statement issued in Abuja, said ECOWAS noted that despite calls by the regional and international community for calm and respect for constitutional legality, the situation in Burkina Faso was characterised by a military coup d’état that occurred on Monday, 24 January 2022, leading to the resignation of President Roch Marc Christian Kabore under threat, intimidation and pressure from the military after two days of mutiny.

“ECOWAS strongly condemns this military coup d’état which is a major setback for democracy in Burkina Faso. An ECOWAS Extraordinary Summit will be held in the coming days to review the situation,” the ECOWAS Commission said.

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Jigawa: Hisbah arrests 92 prostitutes, seizes 1,906 bottles of alcohol

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The Jigawa State Hisbah Command had seized 1,906 bottles of alcohol and arrested 92 persons, including prostitutes, in the state

Commander of the board, Mallam Ibrahim Dahiru, disclosed this to DAILY POST in Dutse, the state capital.

He said the board had seized 1,906 bottles of alcohol in raids carried out by the personnel of the command last year, 2021.

Dahiru said during the operation, the command had also arrested 92 persons on suspicion of various offenses within the last year.

The offenses include gambling, drug abuse, prostitution and other social vices.

He also said that during the period, the Hisbah board had also closed beer parlours and brothels across the state.

Mallam Ibrahim added that the seized bottles of alcohol and suspects were handed over to the police for further investigation.

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