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NBA, Civil Society Members Fume Over Abducted Member In Edo

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…Pass Vote Of No Confidence On Security Heads

…Call On IGP To Deploy Team To Investigate Case

Nigerian Bar Association (NBA), Benin Branch, and Edo Civil Society Organisation members have threatened to make citizen arrest of one ‘Chief Priest Nosaghaire Osadolor’ whom in connivance with his children allegedly abducted a NBA member, Osiobase Omo-Iyoha should security agencies fail to make an arrest on before Friday.

Addressing newsmen in Benin on Tuesday, Chairman, NBA Benin, Prince Collins Ogiegbaen, Esq. disclosed that Omo-Iyoha was abducted on May 9th, 2020 around 5pm at Aduwawa axis of Benin when he made an attempt to separate a man that was mercilessly beaten by Osadolor’s children.

He added that in the attempt to rescue this man from this family he described as threat to the society, Osadolor’s children left their victim and descended on the Barr., beat him to pulp before driving him to unknown place, adding that since then Omo-Iyoha whereabouts is unknown.

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“On that faithful day which is the 9th of May, at 5:30pm at somewhere at Aduwawa Benin, Osiobase, being a lawyer saw the children of this man nicknamed Afro mercilessly beating up a man when the lawyer intervened to separate them so that the man could go his way, but they descended mercilessly on Omo-Iyoha, beat him to pulp and took him away, and from that day his whereabouts is unknown”, he said.

Ogiegbaen noted that if a family could be so powerful and terrorise an area and the government of the state could be mute without any action, there is impending danger to in the state.

The NBA Chairman, on behalf of his members called on the Inspector-General of Police, Muhammed Adamu to urgently deploy his response team to Benin to investigate the adoption of Omo-Iyoha with a view to arresting the culprits.

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The NBA called on all security heads to immediately make an arrest of the culprits including Osadolor aka Afro, stressing that failure to do so would be forced the NBA to pass a vote of no confidence on them, including DPO, Aduwawa division for his unprofessional conduct.

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“We call on all the heads of security in the state that is: the Commissioner of Police, Brigade Commander, 4th Brigade, Benin, Director of DSS in the state, to within 24hrs of this resolution, arrest the culprits including Osadolor aka Afro, and should they fail, the Bar will summon another meeting and pass a vote of no confidence on their capacity and professionalism to continue with this investigation.

“We also call on the governor of Edo State as the Chief Security Officer of the state to immediately summon a security meeting with the representatives of the Barr. and Civil Society Organisation members in attendance. The security of lives and property in the state is the sole responsibility of the government”, he said.

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Speaking, Director-General Edo Civil Organisation (EDOCSO), Agho Omobude promised to lead his members to arrest Osodolor should security agencies fail to do so.

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Also speaking, Public Relations Officer, EDOCSO, Osazee Edigin, called for the deployment of security heads should they fail to make an arrest of the culprits.

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Police Officer Caught Collecting Bribe On Camera Demoted

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The Imo State Police Command says its officer, identified as Inspector Isong Osudueh, who was caught on camera collecting bribes from motorists along the Owerri-Onitsha express road, has been demoted.

This was disclosed in a statement by the state Police Public Relations Officer, ASP Henry Okoye, shared on X on Monday.

The video which went viral on Monday, showed the officer collecting money from drivers plying the road. He could also be seen handing them change whenever the need arises.

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According to the statement, Osudueh, who was attached to the Counter Terrorism Unit, Owerri, has been reduced in rank after facing disciplinary action. At the same time, the supervising officer has been issued an official query for lack of supervision.

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The statement said, “The Imo State Police Command is issuing this statement in response to a viral video making the rounds on social media where a Police officer was seen extorting money from motorists along Owerri-Onitsha express road.

“The erring officer, identified as Inspector Isong Osudueh, attached to the Counter Terrorism Unit (CTU), Owerri, has been recommended for a reduction in rank after the necessary orderly room proceedings, for exhibiting such a shameful and unprofessional act, while the supervisory officer has been issued an official query for lack of supervision.”

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The Force Public Relations Officer, Olumuyiwa Adejobi, had earlier condemned the officer’s actions as “bad and shameful” and confirmed his arrest and disciplinary action.

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‘This Is Bad And Shameful,’ Force PRO Condemns Viral Extortion Video

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The Force Public Relations Officer, Olumuyiwa Adejobi, has reacted to a viral video of a police officer caught on camera accepting bribe from commercial bus drivers.

He described the officer’s action as bad and shameful adding that the officer has been arrested and subjected to disciplinary actions.

An X user, SKYPOND who tweets anonymously as Skypond_, shared the video with the caption, “This is why those gunmen waste them easily, they are never cautious of their environment. They throw every single caution into the wind. #Princemoye1, Ire o.”

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Reacting to the video Olumuyiwa wrote, “This is bad and shameful. I hate seeing videos and pictures like this. I have been informed that the policeman has been identified and arrested since a week ago. He has been subjected to disciplinary procedures. The PPRO Imo has been asked to react to this and make the command’s actions known. Thanks.”

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US-based Nigerian Set To Contest US Congress Seat

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A Nigerian-American man, Yomi Faparusi, has announced his candidacy for the U.S. Congress to represent Tennessee’s 5th District in the upcoming elections.

The election is scheduled for November 5, 2024.

Faparusi shared his aspirations during a virtual meeting with reporters over the weekend.

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He said his election victory will inspire future generations and serve as a unifying force for the country.

As a researcher, Faparusi stated that he is running for Congress because America is currently divided and weakened.

He emphasised that his victory would help unite Americans across various divides.

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Highlighting the issue of hyperinflation, he noted the increasing difficulty for people to survive and the disappearing middle class, which threatens the American dream.

He stated, “America is so divided and weakened because politicians now run on divisive and wedge issues. Hence, I decided to run as a unifier, so that things could get done. I also hope my victory in November will inspire the next generation.”

“There is inflation, making it hard to make ends meet; the middle class is disappearing, and the American dream is threatened. I want to tackle inflation. I want to create an environment that is conducive to small businesses, the most important unit of job creation.

“Congress is in stalemate, and nothing is getting done. I will work across the aisle for the common good. Americans are tired of cyclical threats of government shutdowns. Immigration is in total disarray. Open borders are not a policy; it only makes it hard to have a comprehensive plan. Immigration is not only a social issue; it is a financial/economic issue: you don’t have papers; you can’t get a job.

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He continued, “The reality is that most legislators would not entertain any immigration relief package unless the border is secure. Hence, we need to secure the border and get back with a bipartisan comprehensive immigration plan.

“I still have a political ideology. There is something called the advantage of incumbency, but incumbents lose, as I hope in November. The TN 5th district is ideologically diverse and it needs to be represented by someone who understands and appreciates this diversity. I will represent ALL the people, not just a partisan segment.”

He highlighted his experience as a business owner and negotiator, “I am a business owner and I know about job creation. Also, I have had to work with diverse stakeholders, hence I learned how to listen and be humble. These have allowed me to be a good negotiator in any forum. As an immigrant and now an immigration attorney, I know the practicalities of immigration,” he said.

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Speaking on his agenda, he said, “My agenda is ‘I care’. I care about your concerns and I want to go to Washington to serve you. I hope that you will give me a chance to represent you, and I will always be answerable to you, my constituents. I will advocate for your concerns and needs without fear of retribution because I have placed the people above the party. In the end, everything will be okay.”

Born in the University of Ibadan, Oyo State, Faparusi’s ancestral hometown is Ode-Ekiti, Gbonyin LGA, in Ekiti State.

He graduated as a medical doctor from the College of Medicine, University of Ibadan, where he was active in students’ union politics, serving as the Hall Chairman of Alexander Brown Hall.

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Faparusi is a licensed physician and attorney based in Tennessee, focusing mostly on immigration law. He fled Nigeria during the Abacha regime to escape persecution for his involvement in agitating against military rule.

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