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Court orders Police to pay N200 million to family of killed driver

A Lagos State High Court has ordered the Nigeria Police Force to pay N200m to the families of Sikiru Amusa and Endurance Omonyahuy, who were killed by some policemen on their way to work.
Justice Adeniyi Onigbanjo also awarded the sum of N500,000 to Saheed Okewole, a friend of the slain men who was tortured by the policemen and labelled an armed robber.
PUNCH Metro had exclusively reported on February 15, 2012, that a team of policemen attached to the Igando Police Station and led by one Inspector Niyi Oladapo were on patrol on the LASU-Igando Road, when they shot the two men dead.
The policemen allegedly killed the victims for refusing to give a bribe.
Okewole, who was a friend and co-worker of the slain men, had tried to call one of their phone lines when they appeared to be running late.
One of the policemen was said to have picked the call, tricked the caller to divulge where he was calling from, and went to arrest five young men at a mechanic workshop. They were all labelled robbers and taken to the Igando Police Division.
However, the policemen were unable to get away with the crime due to the intervention of the employer of the deceased, Mr Wale Sadiku, the Chief Executive Officer, Multiple Covenant Investment Limited, and Mr Abayomi Sadiku, an influential Lagos-based lawyer.
The policemen later confessed to the crime and were  arrested and transferred to the State Criminal Investigation Department, Yaba.
Abayomi Sadiku of Vernia Legal Practitioners on August 8, 2012, sued the police for human rights violation and demanded that N500m be given to the families of the victims.
However, Justice Iyabo Kasali of a Lagos High Court dismissed the case.
Not deterred by the unfavourable judgement, Sadiku took the case to the Court of Appeal where the court gave a landmark judgment.
In resolving the issue, the court noted that “the case boiled down to a question of whether the constitutional right to life of a dead man can be enforced by his dependents, wherein the court is faced with an uphill task and will be swimming in uncharted waters, since there are no authorities, either from the Supreme Court or the Court of Appeal, on the subject to guide the court on the journey through virgin territory.”
The appellate court started by analysing the Fundamental Rights Enforcement Procedure Rules.
The court stated that it was swayed by the mischief rule of statutory interpretation, which  was the oldest of the rules; “established in Heydon’s Case (1584).”
In a unanimous judgment by Justice Amina Augie (who presided and was recently elevated to the Supreme Court); Justice Samuel Oseji and Justice Jamilu Tukur, the judges rebuked the judgment of the High Court.
The Appeal Court judges send the case back to the High Court of Lagos State for a re-trial by a new judge.
The lawyer of the slain men took the judgment back to the High Court and on May 3, 2016.  Justice Onigbanjo gave them a favourable judgment in the total sum of N200,500,000.
The court also ordered that the police should issue a public apology in two national dailies for the infractions done.
Speaking to PUNCH Metro, Mr Sadiku hailed the decision of the court. Sadiku said the case would serve as a deterrent to trigger-happy security agents.
He said, “The police cannot appeal this judgment because the 90 days within which to do so has elapsed.”
Attempts to speak with the Force Public Relations Officer, Mr Donald Awunah, proved abortive as his telephone indicated that it was switched off.

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Super Falcons striker, Asisat Oshoala, comes to Falz defence with regards to statement about glorifying fraudsters

Asisat Oshoala

Nigerian professional footballer, Asisat Oshoala, who plays as a forward in the Chinese Women’s Super league for Dalian Quanjian F.C., took to her Instagram to express deep concern about how people are now proud to be fraudsters.

 

 

In Falz’ defense, she insisted fraudsters shouldn’t be glorified.

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Police reacts to report of its officers collecting bribe with POS

The Nigeria Police Force (NPF) on Wednesday, June 21, reacted to a viral video of an officer caught on camera using Point of Sale (POS) machine to collect bribe.

Many Nigerians had expressed dismay at the attitude of the officer, which they said represented the level of corruption in the Nigeria Police Force.

We gathered that Abayomi Shogunle, the Assistant Commissioner Of Police, Public Complaint Rapid Response Unit in a statement released on its Facebook page said the force once used handheld machines to verify vehicle registration details.

Police officer using handheld device to check registration details of a vehicle

Shogunle also asked anyone who at any time paid a bribe to a police officer using a POS to come forward with proof.

It was reported earlier that the incident reportedly took place on Tuesday, June 20, at Olowora Street, in Mafoluku area of Oshodi.

The Lagos state Police Command also dismissed the video footage making the rounds on social media about one of its officers using a Point-of-Sale machine popularly known as POS to extort a commercial motorcyclist.

PPRO ASP Olarinde Famous- Cole, the motorcycle rider, and policemen Involved

The Command’s Public Relations Officer, ASP Olarinde Famous-Cole, on Wednesday, June 21, said it was necessary to address the situation so as to clarify the account of how the incident in question was reported on various social media platforms.

He disclosed that the video, which drew the attention of well-meaning Nigerians, saw a police officer, attached to the Makinde Police Division, allegedly using a POS to extort a motorcyclist and his passenger on Olowora Street, Mafoluku in Oshodi area on June 20, 2017.

Famous-Cole in a statement said, “The Lagos state police command would like to inform the general public that none of its personnel is in use of a POS machine in any part of the state.”

“The command would also like to state that the officer in the video is being investigated and the commercial bike rider has given a factual account of the event that happened to justify the actions of the police officer.”

“The officer and his team on that fateful day accosted a commercial bike rider and passenger who had a bag on him. The passenger upon inquiry from the police officer about the contents of his bag brought out a POS machine and other documents.

“When asked why he was in possession of a POS, the passenger said his customers usually paid for their utility bills with the POS machine. The passenger was then asked to produce a form of identification which he did and was asked to go by the policeman that accosted him. Famous Cole Added

The PPRO, however, urged members of the public to verify information and its sources before use on social media to avoid misconceptions emanating from false information.

In a previous report,  two traffic wardens, Musa Muktar with force number 394120 GDI and Shuaibu Suleman with number 10627 were sacked for alleged extortion.

The announcement was made by ACP Abayomi Shogunle, the assistant commissioner of police in charge of the Public Complaint Rapid Response Unit (PCRRU), in Abuja on June 20, 2017.

The statement showed that the sacked officers were attached to the Wuse Police Division in the Federal Capital Territory Command.

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“Even dead people signed my recall petition” – Dino Melaye alleges as he sues INEC

Dino Melaye

The Senator representing Kogi West in the house of assembly, Dino Melaye has dragged the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) before the Abuja Division of the Federal High Court, seeking an order stopping the ongoing process by his constituents to recall him.

The Embattled Senator revealed this on Twitter Friday evening, while also sharing a photo of a copy of the court paper.

Dino Melaye

He alleged that the recall letter collated and sent to INEC on Thursday were being signed by fictitious, dead and none existing persons in his senatorial district.

Dino Melaye

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