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Police, NCC Officials Narrowly Escapes Lynching In Abia

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Some police officers attached to the Nigerian Copyright Commission (NCC) on Friday, miraculously escaped being lynched at the Ariaria International Market, Aba, Abia State, while carrying out its anti-piracy war.

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According to ThisDay, the agency and the police officers went to the popular market to carryout a raid against piracy, adding that they had already seized several pirated books worth millions of naira, when the angry traders reacted against the NCC enforcement officers.

It said the traders pelted the NCC enforcement officers with stones, sticks and any other objects they could lay their hands on before the team and the journalists that accompanied them to cover the operation narrowly escaped being lynched.

The irate traders, however, succeeded in smashing the windscreens of one of the buses used in the operation with registration number Abia UMA 712 XA.

It said the trouble started when the federal task force enforcement team led by Charles Amudipe and a team of mobile policemen entered the book section of A Line of the market and arrested the owner of a bookshop alleged to be deeply involved in selling and distribution of pirated books, adding that as the NCC officers were packing the confiscated books, young men, who were mostly apprentice traders, gathered round and started making comments against the action of the NCC team. It the traders initially started throwing sachet water at the officers before they later started throwing stones and other dangerous weapons while some physically attacked an officer, hitting him hard on the hand to drop the handcuffs he was holding.

The policemen in the operation fired gun shots into the air when the physical attack was degenerating, but the traders were not deterred as they continued throwing stones and in the confusion, the arrested shop owner managed to escape.

The NCC director of enforcement, Augustine Amodu, who confirmed the incident to newsmen said, the agency raided the book shop at Ariaria as part of its mandate to fight book piracy in the country, but was surprised at the behavior of the traders.

He, however, reiterated NCC’s preparedness to wipe out piracy in Nigeria irrespective of the resistance of those involved in the illicit business.

“I was very shocked that hoodlums in the market came out to fight the NCC officers,” he said, adding that those behind the attack would be brought to book with the assistance of the police.
Victor Damilare, the assistant general secretary of Bible Society of Nigeria (BSN), who witnessed the operation, told journalists that the activities of the book pirates have greatly affected the BSN.

He noted that book sellers would buy few bibles from the BSN and use it as cover to sell the pirated ones.

“Our main concern is our name and logo on the on the pirated bibles,” he said, adding that apart from the loss of revenue, the pirates ended up damaging the image of BSN because when those that buy the fake books discover them to be of poor quality, they would think that BSN is responsible for the fake production.

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25 out of 1900 escaped prisoners return to Correctional Centre in Edo

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25 out of 1900 escaped prisoners return to Correctional Centre in Edo

No fewer than 25 out of the 1900 inmates who escaped from the Sapele Road and Oko Correctional Centres in Benin City, Edo State have returned to prison.

This comes after the governor of Edo State, Godwin Obaseki issued an ultimatum for the escapees to return to the correctional centre or face the full wrath of the law.

Information Nigeria recalls that on October 19, hoodlums masquerading as #EndSARS protesters stormed the two prisons and freed inmates.

25 out of 1900 escaped prisoners return to Correctional Centre in Edo

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ThisDay reported that an official of the Sapele Road Correctional Centre who disclosed this, further revealed that one of the escapees had been recaptured after he was shot in the leg last Wednesday.

It was further gathered that two out of the 25 inmates who returned were inmates at the Oko Medium Correctional Centre along Airport Road, Benin.

He Said;

“The Department of State Security, the police and officials of the Nigerian Correctional Services will soon commence a manhunt for the runaway inmates immediately after a seven-day grace the state government gave them has elapsed.

“We have a way of arresting runway prisoners. We will swing into action once the protest calms down nationwide. The earlier they return on their own, the better for them.

“Those who are rearrested will be retried and sentenced to extra seven years if convicted. So, it is in their own interest to return as the governor has given them extra one week of grace to do so.”

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Nigerian Lawyer, Adegboruwa reacts to Fashola’s ‘discovery’ of camera at Lekki tollgate

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Nigerian Lawyer, Adegboruwa reacts to Fashola’s ‘discovery’ of camera at Lekki tollgate

Ebun Adegboruwa, Nigeria lawyer has reacted to the discovery of a hidden camera at Lekki tollgate by Nigeria’s minister, Babatunde Raji Fashola.

Member of the Lagos State Judicial Panel of Inquiry into the activities of the disbanded Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS), Adegboruwa said Mr Fashola has illegally tampered with exhibits.

The senior Advocate of Nigeria, SAN made this known  in a statement on Monday titled, ‘Usurpation of powers of the panel of inquiry on SARS abuses’.

 

Adegboruwa who stated that it is illegal for anyone to conduct any visit to the said Lekki Toll Plaza in the absence of and without the authority and consent of the Panel, appealed to the Governor of Lagos State to allow the Panel the full autonomy and independence that was promised at the time of inauguration.

Nigerian Lawyer, Adegboruwa reacts to Fashola’s ‘discovery’ of camera at Lekki tollgate

The statement read;

“BRF TAMPERS WITH EVIDENCE
AT LEKKI TOLL GATE ..RETRIEVES HIDDEN CAMERA WITHOUT PANEL’S CONSENT….”

USURPATION OF POWERS OF THE PANEL OF INQUIRY ON SARS ABUSES

On Sunday, October 25, 2020, it was widely publicized that Ministers and Governors of the South-West visited the Governor of Lagos State on a sympathy tour of structures affected by the wanton looting and destruction that took place last week. In the course of their visit, they were led to the Lekki Toll Plaza, to assess the situation thereat. It was at the same Lekki Toll Plaza that the incident of alleged shooting of EndSARS protesters was said to have taken place. And based on public outcry, the Governor of Lagos State added the Lekki Toll Plaza incident to the terms of reference of the Judicial Panel that was set up.

Since the Panel has been vested with jurisdiction over the Lekki Toll Plaza, I verily believe that it is illegal for anyone else to conduct any visit to the said Lekki Toll Plaza in the absence of and without the authority and consent of the Panel. It was reported that in the course of the visit, the former governor of Lagos State and the Honourable Minister of Works and Housing, Mr. Babatunde Fashola, SAN, discovered a hidden camera, which he took. This is a clear case of illegally tampering with exhibits that may become useful to the Panel in the course of its assignment.

I appeal to the Governor of Lagos State to allow the Panel the full autonomy and independence that was promised at the time of inauguration. It is contempt of the Panel for anyone to usurp the powers of the Panel in the way that has been reported. In this regard, the Panel will not shy away from summoning anyone who is alleged to be involved in any contemptuous act that may obstruct the course of justice.

I call on all Nigerians to come up with their complaints before the Panel for proper ventilation, as it begins its sitting today.

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Child Traffickers Nabbed In Anambra (Video)

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Child Traffickers Nabbed In Anambra (Video)

Two child traffickers who kidnapped and sold a child for N920,000 have been nabbed in Anambra state.

In a video that has since gone viral, the suspects confessed on how they lured and sold the child after been grilled.

 

The male suspect said he was paid 400, 000 Naira to kidnap the child from his home and hand him over to the female suspect, who in turn sold the child.

The woman, who was nabbed in Awomama, said the people she sold the child to gave her a total of 920,000 Naira – 520k for her and 400k for the man.

Fortunately, the child was rescued after the female child trafficker was nabbed and she led them to the people she sold the child to.

Confronting both child traffickers, those present searched the woman’s bag and they found treats like biscuits she uses to lure kids. They also found charm together with the packs of biscuit.

The woman said she used to own a restaurant in Umuebuke, Uli, before she began child trafficking.

Watch the video below:

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