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.
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.
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.”
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.
One Injured, One Missing, Many Flee As Suspected Herders Invade Edo Community Again
One person was injured while several others were displaced as suspected herders attacked Sobe in Owan West Local Government Area of Edo State on Tuesday night.
It was gathered that the latest attack is coming after three people, a pastor and two of his farm workers, were killed in the same community two weeks ago by suspected herders.
INFO DAILY reports that this is the sixth attack the community has suffered this year.
In the latest attack, a barber called Monday was attacked with a machete and left for dead but he has been taken to an hospital where he is recovering from his wounds.
A source said: “It is yet another tragic moment for the people of Sobe community as suspected fulani herdsmen invaded the community again on Tuesday.
“A barber called Monday and his family were attacked in their own house in the night.
“The herdsmen laid abush until he (Monday) came home and when they sighted him, they matheted him and left him in the pool of his blood. The Invaders also kidnapped one of Monday’s children and stole other valuable.
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“The victim was taken to the community health centre where he received treatment and in a stable condition. But the herders are yet to reach the family of the kidnapped boy.
“The herdsmen then entered some part of the community and started looking for venurable victims. We hereby call on the Nigerian Police Sobe Division and all other Forces to please come to our aid,” the source added.
Contacted, Edo State Police Command PPRO, SP Chidi Nwabuzor said that he was yet to get details of the incident.
How Pastor Raped Teenager While Playing Sermon
A teenager has narrated how she was allegedly raped and deflowered by one Pope Paul, a youth pastor in the Deeper Life Bible Church in Lagos state.
The 19-year-old survivor appeared before the sexual offences and domestic violence court sitting in Ikeja, Lagos, on Monday.
The survivor said the abuse started when she was 15 years old and living with the cleric.
Narrating her experience, the survivor told the court that she knew the cleric when she started residing with his wife identified as Sister Lydia.
According to her, she had visited the pastor’s wife during a holiday in 2016 and after she got back home to Ibadan, Sister Lydia invited her to start living with her after taking permission from her mother.
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“I was enrolled in a private school as I resumed in SS1. I only go back to my parents during the holiday.”
The survivor said the cleric started the alleged sexual abuse by touching her breasts when nobody was around.
“On February 17, 2018, I noticed this lustful look on Pope Paul and he came to me; he started with a rough play and then bumped on me,” she said.
“He started touching me because there was nobody around.
“He moved on to touch my breasts and used his hand to cover my mouth while he inserted his fingers into my private part. As he fingered my private part, blood was flowing out.”
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The survivor told the court that the cleric played a “Christian message” and increased the volume so that no one could hear her voice during the alleged rape incident.
She said the cleric warned her that she would die if she told anyone.
The survivor also narrated how the cleric came to her room one night, dragged her to the kitchen and had sexual intercourse with her.
She told the court that her mother observed her when she got home and subjected her to pregnancy test, which turned out positive.
“My mum called pastor and he said that he was sorry and had asked God for forgiveness and knew that God had forgiven him,” she said.
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“My mum told him to inform his wife about the pregnancy but he refused and later denied that he impregnated me which prompted my mother to report the case to the police and he was arrested.”
Ramon Oshodi, the trial judge, adjourned the case to May 23 for continuation of trial.
Abia Vigilante Kills Man Over Alleged Missing Company’s Phone
A yet-to-be-identified official of the Abia State vigilante group has shot and killed one Izuchukwu Mbakwe, a 27-year-old staff of De Choice Eatery in Umuahia, the Abia State capital.
It was gathered that the deceased was shot at a very close range on his lap on Sunday leading to his death.
Mbakwe, a native of Umuosu Okaiuga Nkwoegwu in Umuahia North Local Government was said to have arrived for his normal duties when the Internal Auditor invited a Vigilante Security Guards and demanded his arrest over a missing “Nokia Torch” belonging to the company.
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The overzealous guards were said to have stripped Izuchukwu and beat him to a stupor, and shot him at his lap at close range with a Pump Action Riffle, which affected his Femoral Artery.
It was learnt that it took an uproar from customers for the victim to be brought to FMC Umuahia for treatment.
He, however, lost his life at the point when he was about to refer to a specialist hospital. He has been since deposited at the morgue.
A colleague of the deceased alleged that they are being owed up to 5 Months’ salary arrears.
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Mrs Adaora Chukwuemeka the elder sister of the deceased confirmed that her brother has not been paid for five months, wondering why the employer has not communicated with the family.
she said the late Mbakwe was left under the rain to bleed to death, calling for justice for the brother.
The state Police Public Relations Officer, SP Geoffrey Ogbonna, has confirmed the incident.
He faulted the action of the vigilante operatives, wondering why the accused was not handed over to the police for investigation.
He said the suspect has been apprehended and his firearm recovered.
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