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Police arrests woman for assaulting her step-children

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The Lagos State Office of Public Defender arrested a woman identified as Omo Akotho, on Saturday over child abuse allegations, the suspect earlier locked herself house to evade arrest.

It was  learnt that after persuassion by some officials of the Lagos State Office of the Public Defender, who had surrounded the house to arrest the Edo State indigene over child abuse allegations, she finally opened the door.

En route to the Igando Police Station, our correspondent was told that the suspect attacked a neighbour who had volunteered to assist her in getting bail.

The neighbour reportedly begged to disembark from the bus when Omo allegedly accused the woman’s daughter of sleeping with her (Omo’s) husband.

Left with no one to stand as her surety, she was said to have been held at the gender unit of the Lagos State Police Command.

It was learnt that a resident had sent an SOS to the social media page of an official of the OPD, calling for help for two children, Blessing and Daniel, who were in the custody of the suspect.

Our correspondent learnt that the two children were from the previous marriage of one Mr. Akotho, their father, who took them from their mother in Delta State.

However, since they arrived in Lagos, they were allegedly abused by Omo.

PUNCH Metro was told that Omo and the children’s father, a seaman, had yet to have a child together.

A social worker with the OPD said on Saturday, December 23, Omo accused nine-year-old Blessing of stealing a wristwatch and brutalised her.

She said, “We were informed that the children had been subjected to all forms of abuse for a long time. In fact, their stepmother had been arrested by policemen from the Igando division early this year. She was warned and asked to go. But she didn’t stop. On December 23, she beat up the girl with a stick and her hand became swollen. That was when we were informed.”

The social worker said the agency stormed the Igando area, residence of the suspect, with some policemen.

She explained that on getting to the house, the agency discovered that the two children had been locked up in the apartment.

Some of the officials were said to have gone to the suspect’s shop, where she ran a catering service, without finding her.

“When we didn’t find her at the shop, we returned to the house to wait for her. On getting there, we found out that she was back.

“Apparently, she knew our mission and she locked herself up. We told her that we could have a civilised conversation outside and she should not be afraid. She came out and we promptly got her arrested.

“The children looked malnourished and there were marks of floggings on their backs. The girl’s hand was swollen and when we asked the woman what Blessing did, she said she thought the girl stole her wristwatch,” she added.

It wslearnt that while the suspect was taken to the gender unit of the Lagos State Police Command, Ikeja, the children were first taken to a hospital for treatment before being moved to a shelter in the Ayobo area.

“When we queried her, she said the boy was always running away from home. She alleged that he had run away on three different occasions.

“The children said their parents were separated and their father took them from their mother in a village in Delta State. When we asked if they wanted to return to their mother, they said yes,” the source added.

The Director of the OPD, Mrs. Olubukola Salami, said the agency would continue to fight the scourge of child abuse.

She said, “The OPD will continue to do its best to get perpetrators to justice. We urge all residents to be vigilant and report all forms of child abuse in their communities.”

The state Police Public Relations Officer, SP Chike Oti, confirmed that the suspect was in custody.

He added that she would be arraigned at the end of investigations.

Source: ( Punch Newspaper )

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Gov Ayade Reviews Curfew In Cross River

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Gov Ayade Reviews Curfew In Cross River
Gov Ayade Reviews Curfew In Cross River

Ben Ayade

Governor of Cross River State, Ben Ayade has relaxed the curfew in the state from 4 pm-6 am to 6 am-6 pm.

This was contained in a statement signed by the Governor’s Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Christain Ita on Saturday.

The new time is scheduled to take effect from Saturday, October 31st.

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Recall that following the hijacking of the peaceful protest against police brutality in the state by hoodlums, the state governor, imposed a 24-hour curfew on the state, on Friday, October 23, 2020.

“The state governor, His Excellency, Sir Ben Ayade has reviewed the curfew imposed on the state and has directed that with effect from Saturday, October 31, 2020, curfew hours will now be between the hours of 6 pm and 6 am daily.

“Restriction of movement is hereby relaxed from 6 am to 6 pm,” the statement added.

 

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El-Rufai Meets Youth Leaders, Condemns Attack On Police Officers

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El-Rufai Meets Youth Leaders, Condemns Attack On Police Officers
El-Rufai Meets Youth Leaders, Condemns Attack On Police Officers

Governor El-rufai

Governor of Kaduna State, Nasir El-rufai has condemned the attack on police officers and police barracks in the State following the outbreak of violence that trailed the #EndSARS protest.

He made this remark when he met with youth leaders from the 23 Local Government Areas of the state on Friday.

At the event, he appealed to them not to engage in any act of violence or looting.

El-Rufai vowed to prosecute those behind the looting and threat of peace in Kaduna South and Chikun Local Government Areas according to the law.

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“You cannot condemn an entire profession because of the misconduct of a few. SARS is just a small unit of the Nigerian Police Force, and even among SARS, they are not all bad,” he said

“Yes, some of them might have been quite bad and killed many people, but that should not be used to frame the police in a manner that people feel justified to attack and kill policemen.

“I have seen a video where a policeman was attacked and burnt to death. For what? That policeman is a human being, creation from God, he has children, and he has a family.

“Who will look after them? The Nigerian Police is the only police we have, it Is our collective duty as citizens, as leaders to come together and help the police to be better.”

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Nasarawa Governor Sule Calls For Training Of Police Officers

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Nasarawa Governor Sule Calls For Training Of Police Officers

Abdullahi Sule

Governor of Nasarawa State, Abdullahi Sule has called for the training of police officers in the country to tackle the numerous security challenges affecting the country.

He made the call during an empowerment programme on Friday in Karu, Karu Local Government Area of the state.

At the event, he described the disbandment of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) as disheartening.

He, however, called for understanding from the youths.

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“The kind of reforms we would want is to ensure that the police is well trained and well equipped and that is why it is disheartening to see that SARS is completely dismantled,” he said.

“SARS as I understand is the unit that has been trained specifically to be able to confront armed robbery and some kind of dangers that probably other policemen have not been trained for that.

“Now that we have dismantled them, whatever form that we have, we have to go and train them again so I call on us to use the opportunity not to be throwing away the bathing water and the baby at the same time.”

 

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