Festus Kenyamo, a renowned lawyer, has written a petition to the Inspector General of Police following the death of a man, reportedly a nephew of Nigeria’s First Lady, Dame Patience Jonathan, in a swimming pool at Agura Hotels, Abuja.
Awin and his mother, who is Patience Jonathan’s sister
The 31-year-old Christopher Onoriode Akpomowei Awin, reportedly drowned to death in the swimming pool after returning from a party organised by the Ijaw Students’ Association of the University of Abuja. Representing late Awin’s family, Kenyamo, questioned the circumstances leading to Christopher’s death, making it known that an autopsy, which was carried out on the dead body by a certified consultant pathologist, reveals that the deceased could have survived had help arrived early enough.
In the petition, the renowned lawyer argues that the Agura hotel staff acted in a suspicious manner, querying why the two lifeguards on duty at the pool left their duty post on flimsy excuses at the same time. The hotel which has a busy Bar beside the swimming pool, according to Keyamo, did not also salvage the situation. Inspite of the expected attendant and staff presence, the body of the victim was not found until over one hour after he had drowned.
Calling the attention of the Inspector General of Police to the matter, the Senior Advocate of Nigeria also questioned the role the police played while investigating the case. Questions like: “Why did the Police hasten to reopen the swimming pool (as a crime scene) that was initially sealed for investigations? “Why has no member of staff of the Agura Hotels as well as the Agura Hotels been charged for culpable homicide till date?” are real reasons why a formal investigation is necessary, according to Keyamo’s petition.
It would be recalled that Patience Jonathan has been going for various medical check ups recently but revealed that the prayers of well meaning Nigerians kept her alive as she underwent seven surgeries within one month, while doctors had given up on her survival.
Read the full petition below:
Thursday, June 26, 2014
The Inspector-General of Police,
Force Headquarters, Louis Edet House, Abuja.
SUSPICIOUS DEATH OF CITIZEN CHRISTOPHER AWIN: CASE OF CULPABLE HOMICIDE AGAINST AGURA HOTELS AND MEMBERS OF ITS STAFF
We are solicitors to Madam Esther Ebiere Gbonkumor and the entire Awin Family. They have briefed us as follows:That on 7th June, 2014, their son, Mr. Christopher Onoriode Akpomowei Awin, a 31-year old Nigerian citizen, was invited to a picnic by the Ijaw Students’ Association of the University of Abuja as part of the celebration of their cultural week. That picnic held at Agura Hotels in Abuja.
We were informed that sometime at about 4:00pm, the picnic came to an end and all the members of the Association left for the University of Abuja Campus and their various residences in Gwagwalada, Abuja. However, Mr. Christopher Awin stayed behind for some swimming exercise. However, in a most bizarre twist of events, Mr. Christopher Awin was found drowned to death in the swimming pool of Agura Hotels at about 6:00pm later that day and officers of the Garki Division of the Nigerian Police were called in.
A post mortem has been carried out by a certified consultant pathologist who confirmed that his death was as a result of drowning and further added that if the victim had received help within five minutes of being submerged, he would have survived. Our enquiries have shown that there were two life guards on duty at the pool who curiously left their duty post on flimsy excuses. Further enquiries also revealed that there was a busy Bar beside the swimming pool. Inspite of the expected attendant staff presence, the body of the victim was not found until over one hour after he had drowned.
The queries that arise from the foregoing set of facts are as follows:
1. Why did the life guards charged with the sensitive responsibility of safe guarding guests abandon their duty post for so long?
2. Why would the Agura Hotels leave a guest in a public swimming pool unattended to for so long?
3. Was there no bartender at the Bar adjoining the swimming pool for so long a time?
4. Why did the Police hasten to reopen the swimming pool (as a crime scene) that was initially sealed for investigations?
5. Why has no member of staff of the Agura Hotels as well as the Agura Hotels been charged for culpable homicide till date?
We are respectfully inviting you to employ your good offices in ordering a full Coroner’s Inquest for the purpose of resolving the foregoing queries and charge all those found culpable to court. We repose confidence in your good offices and thank you for your anticipated cooperation.
ESQ. Head of Chamber
Burna Boy, Stefflon Don Unfollow Each Other On Instagram
Nigerian singer, Burna Boy and his girlfriend. Stefflon Don, have reportedly unfollowed each other on Instagram.
Information Nigeria recalls that last year, the self-acclaimed African giant unfollowed everyone on Instagram, leaving only Steff but as it is now, he has unfollowed her too.
#EndSARS: People take time out to curse me in their prayers– Aisha Yesufu Reveals
Nigerian activist, Aisha Yesufu, has revealed that Muslims now take out time to curse her in their prayers.
Information Nigeria recalls that Yesufu lead #EndSARS campaign against police brutality and reforms.
The female activist disclosed this on her Twitter handle.
”Heard I am being cursed in mosques! People finish praying and take time out to curse me in their prayers I have asked they should please let me know how many of these curses they rained on me when I was making same demands during GEJ! We are all already cursed in Nigeria”
Heard I am being cursed in mosques! People finish praying and take time out to curse me in their prayers
I have asked they should please let me know how many of these curses they rained on me when I was making same demands during GEJ!
We are all already cursed in Nigeria
— Aisha Yesufu (@AishaYesufu) October 30, 2020
Hoodlums loot Ndoma-Egba house in Calabar, cart away his late father’s robes
Hoodlums who destroyed and looted the residence of former leader of the Nigerian Senate, Victor Ndoma-Egba in Calabar reportedly carted away the Judge’s robes of the politicians’ father.
Reacting to the incidence, Ndoma-Egba appeared to the hoodlums to return the robes of his late father who was a judge.
Ben Ayade, governor of the state, had imposed a 24-hour curfew as part of measures to contain the situation but the mob broke loose.
In a statement, Ndoma-Egba narrated how he got intelligence on the attack but despite informing security agencies, “nothing was done to stop the attack”.
“At about 2 am (local time, as I was abroad) on Saturday 24th. October 2020 I received a text informing me that there were plans by arranged hoodlums to attack my residence in Calabar, that of Senator Gershom Bassey and a hotel owned by Senator John Owan Enor,” he said.
“I promptly forwarded the texts to Senators Bassey and Owan Enoh. I also called the security agencies in Calabar to apprise them of the information. Calabar from my information was already tense from the previous day’s break-in into warehouses storing COVID 19 palliatives and the subsequent breaching of shops and other businesses. The impending attack on Senators Bassey, Owan Enoh and I was already public knowledge as later that morning I got many calls to that effect.
“Thereafter I kept calling the security agencies by the hour when in spite of their assurances that they will secure my house there was no evidence of any security personnel in my vicinity. I understand, the times were indeed confounding for everybody.
“At about 2 pm the intruders broke into my house and looted it to the ground leaving only the bare floor. All the toilets, baths, pumps and indeed every imaginable fitting were removed as were items of furniture, clothing, a huge collection of mainly rare, out of print books, documents and historic photographs. They also removed all the windows, railings, family pictures and burglary proofs. Even my private chapel was not spared.
“They set the cars ablaze and parts of the building after more than four hours of interrupted operations in my house. It was methodical. Among the intruders were obviously electricians, plumbers, carpenters, motor mechanics, panel beaters and other tradesmen. Mercifully, no life was lost. I started building the house in 1991 and moved in in January, 2009.
“While not prejudging, and without prejudice to the work of the security agencies, I have forgiven the intruders, and pray fervently for them to find meaning, inner peace, and fulfilment in their lives. I only plead that they return my late father’s judges robes which they certainly would not be needed for anything and is surely incriminating.
“The destruction of my house was clearly premeditated, wanton and unjustifiable but I understand the anger in the land especially amongst our youths. However, if looting and burning my home will better their lives and bring positive change to our land, then it is a sacrifice my family and I gladly make.”
Ndoma-Egba said there is an urgent need to educate, motivate and engage the youth if they must be a blessing to the country.
- Entertainment21 hours ago
‘You Have Forgotten Days Your Wife Was Feeding You’ – Georgina Onuoha Drags Desmond Elliot
- National News24 hours ago
Buhari Congratulates Oba Of Lagos On His Birthday
- Entertainment22 hours ago
‘May You Catch COVID-19’ – Toke Makinwa Slams Those Accusing Her Of Getting Paid To Fake Her Illness
- Entertainment15 hours ago
Nse Ikpe-Etim Reacts To Desmond Elliot’s Call For Social Media Regulation
- National News24 hours ago
WTO: Gov Ikpeazu Drums Support For Okonjo-Iweala’s Appointment
- National News23 hours ago
BREAKING: IGP Replies Amnesty, Says Policemen Didn’t Shoot #EndSARS Protesters
- Education24 hours ago
Ondo To Reopen Schools November 2nd
- National News13 hours ago
Lagos Govt Relaxes Curfew From 10pm To 6am