Gideon Dominics, the relative of a suspected member of the Indigenous People of Biafra and the Eastern Security Network, Elvis Okafor, has called on the police to release him, saying he is being framed up.
According to Dominics, the 23-year-old was arrested on Sunday, August 1, 2021, at the Afo Okporo Market in the Orlu Local Government Area of Imo State, branded an IPOB member and paraded at the police command headquarters.
PUNCH Metro learnt that the victim left his house to buy foodstuffs in the market before he was allegedly beaten up and arrested alongside two other persons.
Dominics had raised the alarm after searching for his cousin to no avail and later saw his photograph on Facebook while being paraded alongside 15 others with different locally-made guns.
Dominics, in a post on Facebook, said, “This is my little cousin, Elvis Okafor; have you seen how dramatic Nigeria is? A little boy that went to buy foodstuffs for his sick mum is now a member of IPOB?
“A boy that came back from church and hasn’t eaten anything is now brandishing a gun as an ESN member? You see the Nigerian magic? Is this how innocent people are being framed daily?
“My kid brother has been arrested in Orlu by the Nigeria Police Force. And yet, we have no glimpse of his whereabouts till now; a boy that went to buy foodstuffs for his sick mom yesterday (August 1).”
Speaking in a telephone interview with PUNCH Metro on Sunday, Dominics said he could vouch for the young school leaver that he had nothing to do with IPOB or ESN.
He expressed surprise that while the state Police Public Relations Officer, Mike Abattam, maintained that Okafor was not in the command’s custody, he (Abattam) posted a photograph of a group of persons, including his cousin, paraded with guns on Facebook.
He said, “I asked the police PRO if Elvis (Okafor) was brought there. But he said no person like that was with them. Elvis is about 23 years old. He is a very quiet person.
“I later went home and opened the PPRO’s Facebook page. It was then I noticed that he posted the picture of my brother, describing him and others as IPOB/ESN operatives that the police arrested. I was angry and called him several times on the phone until he responded.
“I told him that my brother was innocent and should not be paraded. I asked him that if Elvis was his son and he (Elvis) was paraded, how would he feel? I told him to have conscience, but he cut the call on me.
“The boy’s mother is seriously ill. She is mentally challenged. It happened after the death of her husband. The most important thing for me now is to get her son out of the police cell.”
The police spokesman, Abattam, while reacting to the allegation, said people should allow the police to do their investigation.
“Investigation will vindicate the innocent. The state Commissioner of Police, Abutu Yaro, is committed to justice,” he said.
Healthcare Delivery: Armed Forces Partner NPHCDA
The Chief of Defence Staff (CDS), General Lucky Irabor, has expressed the readiness of the Armed Forces of Nigeria (AFN) in sustaining the collaborative healthcare arrangement with the National Health Care Development Agency (NPHCDA). This, he said is in order to further improve healthcare services for members of the AFN and the nation in general.
The CDS, who made the disclosure during the visit of the management Staff of the agency, said the AFN would continue the partnership given its commitment to ensuring good healthcare system for personnel and their families.
He commended NPHCDA for championing the eradication of polio virus and other childhood diseases in the country.
The NPHCDA Executive Director/Chief Executive Officer, Dr Faisal Shuaib, said he was at the Defence Headquarters to solicit the support of the military towards ensuring that children in the various areas affected by insecurity are vaccinated against any form of disease, especially the circulating Mutating Polio Virus.
The Executive Director indicated that the NPHCDA and its partners are working to reach security compromised locations in the country so as to halt the scourge.
He applauded the CDS for his pragmatic leadership and commended the resilience and gallantry of the members of the AFN, particularly troops in the theatres of operation.
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Police Arrest Kano Teacher for Abducting, Killing Five-Year-Old Pupil
A teacher in Kano, Abdulmalik Tanko, has been arrested over his alleged involvement in the kidnap and death of Hanifa Abubakar, a five-year-old pupil.
The pupil was said to have been kidnapped in December and her abductors had demanded N6 million ransom.
In a statement on Thursday, Abdullahi Kiyawa, police spokesperson in Kano, said Tanko killed his pupil when he found that she had recognised him.
“Some time on the 04/12/2021 at about 2030hrs, a report was received from a resident of Dakata Quarters, Nassarawa LGA, Kano State that, one Hanifa Abubakar, ‘f’, aged 5 years old, was kidnapped and a ransom of Six Million Naira (N6,000,000.00) was demanded,” the statement reads.
“On receipt of the report, the Commissioner of Police, Kano State Command, CP Sama’ila Shu’aibu Dikko, fsi, met with heads of security agencies in the state, re-strategised for effective service delivery and raised a team of Operation Puff Adder led by SP Shehu Dahiru to arrest the culprits.
“Sustained efforts and prolonged follow-up led to the arrest of one Abdulmalik Mohammed Tanko, ‘m’, aged 30 years old, of Tudun Murtala Quarters, Nassarawa LGA, Kano State and one Hashim Isyaku, ‘m’, aged 37 years old, of same address by a detective team of the Department of State Services (DSS), Kano State.
“On investigation, Abdulmalik confessed that, the victim, Hanifa, is his student at a private school in Kwanar Dakata, Nassarawa LGA, Kano State. He kidnapped her and took her to his house where he contacted her relatives and demanded a ransom of Six Million Naira (N6,000,000.00).
“On the 18/12/2021, having realised that the victim recognised him, he claimed to have poisoned her to death, conspired with one Hashim Isyaku, ‘m’, took and buried her in a shallow grave located at the private school premises located at Kwanar ‘Yan Gana, Tudun Murtala Quarters, Nassarawa LGA, Kano State.
“Hashim also confessed that, sometimes in the month of November 2021, the principal suspect, Abdulmalik met him and one Fatima Jibreel Musa, ‘f’, 27 years old, of Layin Falaki Tudun Murtala Quarters, Nassarawa LGA Kano State and ordered them to kidnap Hanifa. They planned but later rescinded their action. Fatima was also arrested.“
The suspects, the police said, led a combined team of security and medical operatives to where the body was buried.
The corpse was exhumed and taken to the Mohammed Abdullahi Wase Specialist Hospital Kano where she was confirmed dead.
The police added that the suspects will be charged to court upon completion of investigation.
LAWMA Embarks on Two-day Enforcement Operation at Lekki
Lagos Waste Management Authority (LAWMA) has embarked on a two-day enforcement operation at Lekki axis, to clear the roadsides of various illegal activities defacing the environment.
The exercise involved clearance of waste nuisance and dislodging of street trading from First Roundabout to Jakande axis, as well as Freedom Way entrance, on Lekki Epe expressway.
The Managing Director/CEO of LAWMA, Mr. Ibrahim Odumboni said the operation would ensure that the area was rid of structures and elements constituting environmental nuisance, such as littering and improper waste disposal, currently undermining efforts of the Authority at maintaining sustainable cleanliness.
He said, “Our enforcement team is carrying out a two-day campaign, which began on Thursday, January 20, 2022, to stem the tide of littering and defacing of the environment, ensuring that effective sanitation is sustained within the VI axis of the state”.
Odumboni pointed out that street trading activities by some persons in the area, had attracted all forms of gathering, including beggars, thus leading to high level of environmental degradation, including littering and open defecation.
The LAWMA helmsman stated that the agency had rolled out various programmes and initiatives, aimed at achieving a consistently clean environment across the metropolis, calling on residents to support those efforts, by avoiding indiscriminate waste disposal and other vices.
He also implored residents to imbibe the habit of bagging their wastes at all times, using appropriately covered waste bins for containerisation, as well as patronising assigned PSP operators, who had been mandated to evacuate wastes generated by tenements.
For inquiries on waste management related issues in your area, please call LAWMA toll-free numbers: 07080601020 and 617 (for GLO users).