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VP Osinbajo Blasts Nigerian Police for Detaining Suspects Without Trial

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Nigeria’s Vice President, Yemi Osinbajo, on Monday, accused the Nigerian Police Force and judges for keeping suspects in prison custody longer than is legally permissible without trial. The Vice President made the accusation during the opening ceremony of the two-day Stakeholders’ Summit organized by the Lagos State Ministry of Justice, where he was represented by Mr. Abubakar Malami (SAN), Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice.

At the summit, holding at Eko Convention Centre, Eko Hotels in Lagos, the Vice President said suspects are kept in prison custody for as long as three years without being charged to court. The situation, he explained, has left over 47,000 suspects still awaiting trial in prisons across the country.

“As at 2017, we have 47,229 “unsentenced” detainees awaiting trial out of a total prison population of 67,586. It may interest you to know that Lagos State has the highest number of unsentenced detainees in Nigeria, according to a recent statistic released by the National Bureau of Statistics and Nigerian Prison Service released in 2015,” said the Vice President.

He noted that 85.9 percent of the Lagos State prison population is made up of yet-to-be-charged detainees, adding that the time spent in detention is dependent on the length of proceedings, which are usually extended because of incessant adjournment or lack of diligence by investigators.

As solutions to lengthy prison custody periods, the Vice President called on the judiciary to embrace a daily trial system and sanction lawyers, who deliberately delay proceedings with the intention of stalling trial. He urged the judges and other relevant stakeholders in justice administration to diligently discharge their duties.

“If we can agree that these problems are against our collective interests as practitioners and stakeholders, then we must make a firm commitment to tackle the problems by changing our attitude and standing up for what is right,” he said.

The Vice President, who is a Senior Advocate of Nigeria, also accused some judges of sitting for less than three and half hours.

“They will not sit on time and before 3:30pm; they would rise. Such behavior from judges must stop” he said.

Mr. Osinbajo commended Lagos State for the progress made by its judicial system, saying the summit represents an indication of commitment towards building a world class judiciary.

Another speaker at the summit, Mr. Olawale Fapohunda, Managing Partner, Legal Resources Consortium, noted that Lagos State prisons are overcrowded. According to Fapohunda, Ikoyi Prison has a capacity of 800 but holds 2,299 inmates. Badagry Prison, he noted, has a capacity of 130, but holds 375 inmates, while Kirikiri Medium Prison, built to accommodate 1,700 inmates, now holds 2,735.

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Tinubu Visits Sanwo-Olu, Says “I’m Still The Jagaban”

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Tinubu Visits Sanwo-Olu, Says “I’m Still The Jagaban”

 

Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, former governor of Lagos State and National leader of the ruling All Progressives Congress on Saturday paid a courtesy visit to the governor of the state, Babajide Sanwo-Olu.

Tinubu, in his visit to the governor, stated that contrary to false news making the rounds, he did not travel to France, adding that he is still the Jagaban.

He also denied rumours that his son Seyi was kidnapped or chased out of his residence outside the country, emphasizing that nobody can chase him or his family out of Lagos.

The former governor’s visit comes after the infamous shooting of unarmed protesters in Lekki area of the state.

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Air Force Intervenes, Slams Policemen For Shooting At A Crowd (Video)

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Air Force Intervenes, Slams Policemen For Shooting At A Crowd (Video)

A viral video has captured moment soldiers of the Nigeria Air Force intervened and slammed some policemen for shooting at a crowd.

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The incident which occurred at a yet to be identified venue showed some men of the Nigeria Air Force calling on officers of the Nigeria police to cease fire.

In the videos also, residents were seen running helter-skelter while soldiers used a megaphone to call for calm. “Stop shooting, the Air Force are here”, the soldiers could be heard screaming.

However, the policemen appeared reluctant in taking orders from the soldiers until one of them showed proof of his rank by pointing to the stars on his shoulder.

The soldier also warned that if they refuse to ceasefire, he would charge them and their headquarters for inciting violence.

The officer who spoke on behalf of the Air Force then commanded the policemen to move their van behind theirs so the Army would serve as a buffer between them and the crowd.

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#EndSARS: Hoodlums vandalize Senator Gershom Bassey’s family house in Calabar

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#EndSARS: Hoodlums vandalize Senator Gershom Bassey’s family house in Calabar

Senator Gershom Bassey’s resident has been vandalized and looted by hoodlums rampaging the streets of Calabar.

Information Nigeria gathered that the hoodlums overpowered the security men attached to the property.

 

This is in spite of the  24 hours curfew declared in Cross River state.

Some of the buildings already vandalised include the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) office along Marian Road, Cross River State Transport Regulatory Agency (CRTRA) office and banks along Mayne Avenue and 8-Miles Calabar.

Federal institutions like the Ministry of Agriculture, Cross River Basin Authourity, and Federal Psychiatric Hospital were also vandalized.

Houses belonging to some politicians were not spared. Some of those affected include Senators Gershom Bassey and Victor Ndoma Egba. Bassey’s houses located at Mayne Avenue by White and the one at Asari Iso were looted and burnt.

Egba’s house located within the same Asari Iso axis was also vandalized.

To restore normalcy, military personnel have reportedly taken over major streets.

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