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Court Sentences Killer Of Bayelsa Electoral Scribe To Death

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A Bayelsa High Court sitting in Yenagoa yesterday sentenced one of the killers of the Executive Secretary of the Bayelsa State Independent Electoral Commission (BSIEC), Chief Simeon Akpane to death.

Kurotimi Clarkson, 27, an only son, said to be a member of the three-man gang that shot the BSIEC scribe in the head in 2014, was found guilty of a one-count charge of murder.

Justice Margaret Akpomiemien, in her judgement, maintained that all the elements that constitute murder in law, had been successfully proven by the prosecution team from the Office of the Special Prosecutor on Violent Crimes and other Related Offences, led by Arthur Andrew.

The judge held that the plea of alibi by the convict was inadmissible, as the court was convinced that Clarkson, a father of two, was on the scene of the crime on the 10th of October 2014, when the incident happened.

Justice Akpomiemien further held that the International Mobile Equipment Identity , IMEI, on the pack of the  phone which was snatched from the deceased, as presented to the court by the deceased’s wife and through which the convict was traced, were exactly the same.

Of the three suspects, however, only Clarkson was convicted, as the others, including Freedom Allen, said to have pulled the trigger, had escaped from the federal prisons in Okaka, Yenagoa.

Source: Leadership

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Criminal minds threatening Army with travel ban: Buratai

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Criminal minds threatening Army with travel ban: Buratai

Tukur Buratai, Nigeria’s Chief of Army Staff has disclosed that he does not mind living in Nigeria for the rest of his life.

Buratai made this statement on Monday in a meeting with Army Commanders in Abuja,  where they deliberated on the recent End SARS protest and pockets of violence across the country.

Information Nigeria recalls there have been calls by International bodies calling for a travel ban to be placed on some military officers accused of human rights abuses in Nigeria.

Buratai attacked the international organizations clamoring for a ban on top personnel and soldiers over rights abuses. According to him, his first trip outside Nigeria was when he was 50 and that he doesn’t mind if he has to live in Nigeria for the rest of his life.

“Criminal elements are threatening us with travel ban but we are not worried because we must remain in this country to make it better. The first time I travelled outside of this country, I was already 50 years and a General, so I don’t mind if I live the rest of my life here” The Cable quoted him as saying

At the meeting, the Army chief said recent events across the country have shown the determination of unscrupulous individuals and groups to cause chaos by all means.

“The events of the past few days in our dear nation have shown the determination of some unscrupulous individuals and groups to destabilise Nigeria by all means,” he said.

These individuals, groups and other undesirable elements have hijacked the peaceful #EndSARS protest marches resulting to widespread violence, acts of wanton destruction and looting of public and private properties in many parts of the country. These acts led to the imposition of curfew in several states of the federation.

Despite all these, the army has continued to exercise restraint applied all the principles of internal security operations and fully abided by the internationally recognised rules of engagement as contained in our published standard operating procedures for internal security operations which are derived from the International human rights laws and are in accordance with the international principles guiding the use of force.” he said.

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How iron protector prevented my shop from being robbed: Business man

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How iron protector prevented my shop from being robbed: Business man

Chima Smart Nwaneri, a businessman who operates in Owerri, Imo state has disclosed how suspected robbers were unable to burgle his office due to an iron protector.

Nwaneri thanked God for wisdom saying they couldn’t access his goods because of the protector on his ceiling.

 

 

Chima wrote on his Twitter account;

“So robbers visited my office where i do my business, but I thank God for wisdom, they couldn’t enter because of the protector on the ceiling..
Help me thank God….”

 

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#EndSARS: We are not collection of angels, Nigerian Police says

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#EndSARS: We are not a collection of angels, Nigerian Police says

The Nigerian police have said its officers are not angels, but the force is doing its best to serve Nigerians better.

This was disclosed in a statement posted on Twitter by the force. This comes after several unrest and pockets of violence that greeted the endsSARS protest against police brutality.

The Nigerian police appear to have started an online campaign to redeem their image and rebuild trust with Nigerian citizens, following the nationwide #EndSARS protests and its devastating fallout.

The security agency which admitted that it is not a collection of angels, however told Nigerians that it is doing its best to ensure better services.

The police, Monday night, uploaded a campaign flyer on Twitter, via their official handle @PoliceNG.

“We are not a collection of angels, but we are doing our best to serve you better,” said the flyer which was produced by the police public relations department, Force Headquarters, Abuja.

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