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FFK gives details of nasty experience he had at the hands of EFCC officials

Days after he regained freedom from the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Chief Femi Fan-Kayode, a former aviation minister and spokesman for the campaign team of former President Goodluck Jonathan, has recounted what transpired between him and the agency.

Fani-Kayode regained freedom after spending 24 days in a detention facility belonging to the EFCC. He has argued that he was unjustly arrested.

Fani-kayodeChief Femi Fani-Kayode at the office of at the EFCC on May 9

On Monday, November 14, 2016 at the Federal High Court in Lagos, Justice Muslim Hassan lambasted the EFFC and its prosecutor, Mr Rotimi Oyedepo, for arresting the former minister at the court premises on October 21, 2016, without an arrest warrant and for detaining him illegally without any detention order for over three weeks.

“This was made all the more damning by the fact that Justice Hassan had previously warned the EFCC not to re-arrest Chief Fani-Kayode who had been previously detained by them for 67 days.

“Justice Hassan said this because he had granted Chief Fani-Kayode court bail as far back as July 4th and at the previous court session he had specifically warned and admonished the EFCC not to re-arrest or detain him after his lawyer told the court that this was what they were planning to do.

“Justice Hassan told the EFCC that serving charges on an accused person should not warrant arrest and detention and that he himself was once a prosecutor and that was not the way things are meant to be done,”a statement made available to NAIJ.com by Jude Ndukwe, his spokesperson, said.

The statement said when Oyedepo attempted to mislead the court by lying and feigning ignorance of the planned re- arrest and detention of Chief Fani-Kayode, and “proffered a shameless and disgraceful justification” for it after he was forced to admit that it happened, Justice Hassan advised him to stop trying to defend the indefensible and told him to tender his apologies to the court for the illegal behaviour of the EFCC.

“Oyedepo took the advice and he promptly apologised.

“The behaviour of the EFCC and their gestapo-like tactics do not surprise us because the hatred and pure venom that the acting-chairman of the EFCC, Ibrahim  Magu, harbours for Chief Femi Fani-Kayode, his family and, indeed, any member of the opposition that speaks out openly against the government is self-evident and legendary.

“What is more surprising is the fact that every single newspaper in the country blacked out the story, with the exception of The Nation, and refused to report what was essentially a very serious and rare rebuke by a sitting Federal High Court judge about the wayward and reckless abuse of power by an organisation that is headed by a man who is filled with malice and who is prepared to do anything, including using the most primitive and barbaric practices of brutality and force and the perverse manipulation, threatening and teleguiding of the media to crush all forms of dissent and opposition in the name of fighting corruption.

“The truth is that Magu and his brutal and unlawful ways have created more enemies for the government, have thwarted and done greater damage to the war against corruption by targeting innocent men and women for persecution rather than prosecution,”  the statement said, adding that Chief Fani-Kayode had been detanied in underground cells by the EFCC for no less than a total of three months since the Buhari regime came to power “all in the name of the investigation of spurious offences and baseless allegations when the law clearly states that an arrest and detention should only take place after an investigation is completed.”

The statement reminded media houses that refused to publish the story that it could be their turn to experience violated rights since they chose to be quiet on what truly transpired at the court on that day.

“It is important that the Nigerian people know the truth about the way in which the EFCC behaves and reporting events factually and accurately is the lifeblood of democracy.

“We urge the Nigerian media to rise up to the occasion and not allow themselves to be used by a group of ruthless headhunters who wish to cover up their atrocities,” the statement said.

The spokesperson of the EFCC, Wilson Uwujaren, could not be reached for reaction at the time of this report.

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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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