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Please Help Me Locate a Bail Jumper, Pastor Eronini – Lagos Lawyer Cries Out

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By Eric Elezuo

A Nigerian lawyer, Barrister Frank Amadi has cried out, appealing to the general public to help in locating, and disclosing the whereabouts of one Pastor Emmanuel Eronini of the Resurrection Praise Church International aka Jehovah Sharp Sharp, who he said he stood surety for, but disappeared before the due date for appearance at the Police station. And has not been seen ever since.

Pastor Eronini, according to Amadi, has no known business location other than his self acclaimed pastor duties with his church.

Speaking to PointBlank.ng in his Osolo Way, Ajao Estate office in Lagos, Mr Amadi lamented his inability to locate someone he felt was a client, stressing how he had been molested by security operatives including spending four nights in the cell for not producing the bail jumper.

“It is not what I can confidently call an issue. He was a client. Pastor Emmanuel Eronini has an issue with his immediate elder brother over a piece of property on Ajao Estate, they jointly owned, according to his own account, and hoped to use as a point to distribute air-conditioners from abroad. Along the line, he said they fell apart, and their matter became so acrimonious. At a time, the house became seriously dilapidated. Pastor Eronini took it up for renovation, and as a client, I helped where I could, especially with known artisans. At this time, his father also died, and he was distraught because he didn’t have money to follow up with the renovation or contribution for his father’s burial, and there came up the idea of letting out some flats to tenants. This he did, and was able to participate in his father’s burial at Awo Mbieri. I even attended in commiseration. He rented a part of the building to Mountain of Fire Church, and another part to a logistics firm.

Amadi narrated as follows:

“But in February 2021, he was taken to Abuja by the Police attached to IGP Monitoring Unit to make a statement. So as a client, I flew to Abuja with a lawyer, who acted for him when they bought the property, and I footed his bills.

“There, the events were weighed, and then they required a surety so he could go back. The matter was between me and the other lawyer, Osagie, who is distant to him. Then the leader of the team to Lagos, Bala Abdullahi, who knows me well, prevailed on me to help Eronini to sign his surety. They only asked for my identity card, and said Eronini had to return in two weeks to confront the matter. It was a simple thing. And that was how I got myself into suretyship believing that Emma will keep to faith.

“In Lagos, I reminded him that we will be going back to Abuja when the two weeks elapsed. He complained that he was sick, stooling blood. I advised him to call the Abuja team leader, one Daudu, and he said he has spoken to him. I called Daudu, and he said no problem. At a time, I found myself in Abuja on another business, I called them if it was appropriate I come. They said no, that I have to come with Eronini, the suspect.

“But on getting to Lagos, Eronini started dodging and evading me, saying that the complainant, Ben, his brother wanted to kill him. That he sent Police to kill him. He told me he was a prophet and knew better. Later, he said that his general overseer, one Mustapha of Jehovah Sharp Sharp church, has intervened and called everyone and that Police has no right to come. I told him that this was bailment. I told the Police the latest, and together, we started looking for him, even went to his house. But he has a lot of cameras to detect anyone that comes close.

“Six months after bailment, July 2021, I was arrested after all the efforts I made, using the security agencies. I spent a night in police cell in Lagos before I was flown to Abuja the next day where I was detained from Friday to Monday, and then arraigned at the Kuje Magistrate Court. I hired two lawyers for my defence and surety, and then I got bailed, and that was how I returned to Abuja.

“I have not seen him till now. But I chatted him through his lawyer, using stern words. Then he replied. I am just praying that anyone who knows his whereabouts, should help us apprehend him so he could face justice, and save me from the trauma that I am going through. I did not do anything wrong to stand for a client who was in trouble.”

On arresting the man or declaring him wanted by the Police, Amadi said he had presented every possible suggestion to the Police, but they said they can’t do that since they offence is small. He was charged for Trespass, and could not be declared wanted.

Amadi said the Police asked him to contact any police station whenever he sights the man, or raise alarm to attract attention. However, he added that one Akin, who took over from Daudu in Abuja, said he would send a troop from Abuja whenever the man is tracked, “and I don’t have any means to track him”, he said.

Eronini lives in Ajao Estate, and he is one of the pastors in ‘Jehovah Sharp Sharp church’ at Satellite Town, but he hides arounfd the Ijanikin axis, according to statement credited to Barrister Amadi.

But the Police could not arrest any of his relatives because the Administration of Criminal Acts prohibits arrest by proxy.

“But now, I am facing and going though the consequences of another person’s crime; I have been detained, arraigned and right now I am on bail’; something that has never happened in my life. The next arraignment was on August 30, 2021 before it was again adjourned till September 27, 2021. I don’t deserve the maltreatment I am going through. I am in a quagmire, and so I have declared him wanted in my own capacity as a citizen.

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Students Protest ASUU Strike, Block Ogun, Osun Highways

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Students, on Friday, continued protests across the country over the lingering strike action of the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU).

Students of Olabisi Onabanjo University, Ago Iwoye, Ogun State, trooped out in their numbers and blocked the Ijebu Ode/Ibadan express road.

Similarly, a mass of other students from the Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta, went on a joint protest with counterparts in Ogun State, as organised under the banner of the National Association of Nigerian Students, Ogun Joint Campus Committee. They blocked the Abeokuta-Ibadan express road, around Camp-FUNAAB Junction.

In Osun State, students of Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, led by 22-year-old Abraham Omowumi, popularly called Ewatee, resumed their second-day protest on the Ife-Ibadan Expressway, blocking the popular OUI roundabout at Oduduwa University, Ipetumodu, with a lot of road users left stranded.

This was also as students were still protesting in Ibadan, the Oyo State Capital where they moved from the University of Ibadan to Agbowo, Sango, Mokola, etc.

One of the protesters, a former President of Tai Solarin University of Education, Ogun State, Soneye AbdulAzeez, said, “Vehicles going from Abeokuta to Ibadan are on standstill now. FUNAAB and Federal College of Education, Osiele, roads are on lockdown as well.

“We are resilient and making a statement, the Federal Government must listen to Nigerian Students.”

The National Public Relations Officer of the Fund Education Coalition, Joseph Aliu, who was spearheading the protest at Ago Iwoye, said, “It is saddening that after a series of talks, the Federal Government has failed to listen to the voice of reasoning.

“Since they’ve chosen to pay deaf ears to the cries of the striking lecturers, we have no other option but to take to the streets. We are here, we’re not stopping, here’s a fight to finish.”

The Students’ Union President, OOU, Akorede Afeez, in his comments, said, “It is an impediment to the societal growth and development of this nation in general that the students have been in their houses since February 14, 2022.

“The state government should rise to her responsibility to take charge of education and welfare of OOUiets. We are demanding the reopening of our classes. Education is our right, not a privilege.

“OOUiets say no to Technology fees and exorbitant school fees.”

Also, the Chairman of the Fund Education Coalition, Damilare Adenola, said, “We are protesting because we are clever enough to understand that the ongoing strike is a deliberate attempt by the government to kill public education so that politicians who own private universities can thrive, and we have concluded that for the sake of the poor masses, we are not going to fold our arms and watch public education die.

ASUU strike has entered its 88th day as the meeting between the lecturers and the government ended in deadlock on Thursday.

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Mum As Tambuwal Meets Security Chiefs, Christian Leaders over Lynching of Student Accused of Blasphemy

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The Governor of Sokoto State, Aminu Tambuwal, has met with Christian leaders and heads of security agencies in the state following the lynching of a student for allegedly making blasphemous comments.

The governor’s spokesman, Muhammad Bello, said in a statement that the governor cut his political engagements to return to Sokoto to meet the stakeholders.

The meeting was attended by the chairman of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), Nuhu Iliya, and other officials of the association.

“Gov. Aminu Waziri Tambuwal of Sokoto state cut short his engagements in Abuja, the nation’s capital following the killing of Miss Deborah Samuel, a student of the College of Education, Sokoto; and returned to Sokoto where he held a closed-door meeting with heads of security agencies in the state as well as the state Chairman of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), Rev. Fr. Nuhu Iliya at the Government House,” Mr Bello said.

He didn’t provide details of the discussion, however.

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Police Arrest Councillor with AK47 Rifle at Kidnappers’ Den in Kaduna

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The Police in Kaduna State has confirmed the arrest of a serving councillor, recovering AK-47 with rounds of 7.62 X 39mm live ammunition from him in the Soba Local Government Area of Kaduna State.

This is contained in a statement issued by the Command’s Public Relations Officer, Muhammad Jalige, in Kaduna.

“Operatives of Operation Puff Adder II attached to the Kaduna Police Command, acting on the instruction of CP Yekini Ayoku, on May 9, at about 0800hrs, conducted routine patrol along Galadimawa road, Giwa LGA of Kaduna State.

“The operation, which was aimed at ensuring sanity in the connecting area, succeeded in intercepting a Lifan motorcycle, ridden by the suspect.

“Upon a search, a concealed AK47 rifle loaded with six rounds of 7.62 X 39mm live ammunitions were recovered from the sack and taken into custody alongside the suspect,” he said.

Preliminary investigation, he said, revealed the identity of the suspect as a serving member in the legislative council of the Soba LGA of Kaduna State.

“The suspect equally confessed to have gotten the firearm from his accomplices and he is to deliver same to bandits around Galadimawa village for their nefarious activities,” Jalige said.

“The Commissioner of Police appreciates the diligent and thoroughness exhibited by the officers and was miffed with the involvement of a supposed stakeholder,” he said.

The CP, Jalige said, has directed that a full scale investigation be carried out to ensure all those connected with the said crime were apprehended to face justice.

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