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Criminal Justice Law: ‘No Security Agent Has Right To Torture You’ EDOCSO Tells Nigerians



Edo Civil Society Organisations (EDOCSO) says no security personnel under whatsoever guise has right to torture or victimise any citizen of the the country.

Coordinator-General, EDOCSO, Comrade Agho Omobude, gave this revaluation on Saturday in Benin City while embarking on a sensitisation rally on the existence of Administration of Criminal Justice Law (ACJL) of Edo State and the protection it provides for an average Edo citizen.

Members of EDOCSO during the sensitization rally on Saturday in Benin City.

The enlightenment rally which was supported by CLEEN Foundation took members of EDOCSO to some major streets within the popular King’s Square, Benin.

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Enlightening the public further, Omobude said under the ACJL, no security personnel has right to beat or harass any citizen just because such citizen is under detention, stressing that being in detention does not deny such person his or her fundamental rights as citizen of Nigeria.

Comrade Agho Omobude leading his members during the rally

While disclosing that ACJL gives security agencies power to arrest and investigate, Omobude noted that the same law restricts them (security personnel) from beating, harassing anybody either in the detention or under any condition, adding that this, the same security agencies do not want Nigerians to know.

He said, “Administration of Criminal Justice law says no security agent has right to beat or harass anybody either in detention or the person is carrying tattoo on his body, or have any haircut. The law forbids them (security men) from searching your phone. The law says no citizen should be under detention for more than 48 hours. If they do any of these to you, take them to court, they will pay for it.

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“As a citizen of this country, you are the highest office holder. This is what the law stipulates for you, so you must be aware of this law. I am aware and I know that security agencies do not want you to know about this law that had been passed into law since 2018, and that is why we are out here to enlighten the citizens.”

EDOCSO members chanting solidarity songs

The Coordinator-General advised those who have knowledge of the ACJL to reach out to members of the public on how they can access and activate the law for their own benefit particularly in terms of protection.

On her part, Annie Iroro, Deputy Coordinator-General, EDOCSO, said the organisation has been holding meetings with stokeholders on the need to fully implement the ACJL, stressing that though some are claiming to be complying, the compliance is very low hence the rally to enlighten the public.

Iroro noted that there are basic things all citizens need to know about the law which according to her are in favour for the average man and also provide protection to him.

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She said the full implementation of the ACJL is a process that need to be followed, adding that EDOCSO is on the front banner until it is fully implemented and all security agencies comply.


Bandits Abduct Newly-weds, Islamic Cleric, Others In Kaduna




Some bandits have raided the Dan-Honu community in the Millennium City, Chikun Local Government Area of Kaduna State and kidnapped a new-wedded couple, Muslim leader and scores of others on Tuesday.

It was gathered that the hoodlums decked in dark dresses and wielding AK47 rifles in large numbers stormed the area around 9pm.

A source who is also a resident of the area told our correspondent that the bandits took away no fewer than eight residents of the community including the couple, the Imam and others.

However, the source added that the Imam and one other escaped while they were being led out of the community into the bush.

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He said, “The bandits suspected to be kidnappers came on Tuesday night, attacked Dan-Honu II community in New Millennium City, Chikun Local Government Area of Kaduna State and kidnappied eight persons.

“Among those abducted were a new couple who got married last Saturday, Imam of the community mosque, his wife and three children, including a 10-month-old baby.

“The bandits who stormed the community around 8:50pm numbering about 10, with AK47 rifles and other weapons, were in black, with one of them masked.

“We escaped being abducted. The bandits started by picking the Imam and his family who they met outside the community Juma’at Mosque before proceeding to other houses where they abducted the newly-wedded.

“I was inside my apartment when the bandits stormed our compound. At first, when they started banging the new couple’s door, because they went to their apartment straight, I thought they were security people who came to arrest my neighbour.”

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He added, “They started banging his door and shouting ‘Dan Iska ba za ka fito ba?’, meaning ‘idiot, will you not come out? That was when I realiaed that they were kidnappers. So, when they could not force the door open, they broke his window and broke the burglary proof.

“On gaining entrance into the apartment, the bandits tried to open the door, they could not open it. So, they brought the couple out through the broken window. They injured the husband and blood was dripping from his body.

“They attempted to enter my apartment too. They broke the glass window, but as they were busy hitting the burglary proof to break into my apartment, one of the vigilantes in the community fired a shot into the air. On hearing the gunshot, the bandits became uncomfortable and left our compound.

“The new bride was also abandoned in the bush by the bandits when she could not cope with the pace of the movement. The Imam’s wife was freed when her baby’s cry almost exposed the bandits to vigilantes around Kakura area.

“The bandits were able to go with the new groom and two children of the Imam .They were yet to establish contact with the family.”

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Meanwhile, the Imam, who escaped from the bandits, while narrating his ordeal, told newsmen that two out of the seven bandits that attacked the community were armed with AK47 rifles with chains of bullets.

They beat the 10-month-old baby because he was crying. They even threatened to kill him because his cry was disturbing them. But I thank Almighty Allah my wife and the baby later escaped after I had escaped but the bandits went away with my two sons,” he said.

While confirming the incident, the Kaduna State Police Command’s Public Relations Officer, ASP Mansir Hassan, told our correspondent on the telephone that operatives of the command repelled the bandits and rescued the victims.

What we know was that as they entered, police repelled the attackers and rescued those that were kidnapped,” he said.

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NSCDC Officers Shoot Abuja Students During Examination




The Nigeria Police, on Wednesday, arrested and detained three personnel of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps for shooting two students of Senior Secondary School, Life Camp, within the Jabi and Gwarinpa areas of the Federal Capital Territory.

The PUNCH reports that the two students shot by the NSCDC operatives are currently receiving treatment at the Gwarinpa Hospital.

Following the shooting, some irate high school students vandalised three patrol vehicles belonging to the NSCDC in protest against the attack on their injured colleagues.

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It was gathered that the incident occurred around 11.20am on Wednesday.

The NSCDC personnel attached to the FCT Command of the NSCDC were at the school to provide security during an ongoing examination on the premises.

When contacted, the FCT Police spokesperson, SP Josephine Adeh, confirmed the incident, while noting that the police had restored peace in the affected area.

Adeh said, “The incident happened, but our operatives intervened in time to restore law and order, and the environment is now peaceful. Two injured students are currently receiving treatment, and the CP, Haruna Garba has ordered the commencement of an investigation into the incident.”

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Meanwhile, the FCT Command of the NSCDC has yet to comment on the development.

When contacted for comments, the spokesperson for the FCT NSCDC, Comfort Okomanyi, said she was indisposed, while noting that she would make inquiries from the command and revert.

I’m sorry, I’m currently indisposed. However, I’ll reach out to the command for an update on the matter, and I’ll get back to you,” Okomanyi noted.

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Gunmen Shoot Ogun Gov Office’s Finance Director Dead




Gunmen suspected to be armed robbers on Wednesday afternoon reportedly shot dead one Mr Taiwo Oyekanmi, a Director of Finance and Accounts attached to the Governor’s Office at Oke-Mosan, Abeokuta.

Oyekanmi was said to have been gunned down on top of NNPC Bridge, while coming from a bank where he had gone to make withdrawals in preparation for Thursday’s budget presentation by the governor.

He was said to have been rushed to the State Hospital, Ijaye, Abeokuta where he was pronounced dead.

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Contacted, the spokesperson for the Ogun State Police Command, SP Omolola Odutola, said she was yet to be briefed about the development.

Two top civil servants at the Governor’s Office, Oke-Mosan, Abeokuta who spoke to our correspondent, confirmed the incident saying that the secretariat is currently in a mourning mood.

Details later…

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