Archive | April, 2020

@PoliceNG Release Wealthy Murder Suspect, Onyeagolu, At Midnight In Anambra While Awaiting Arraignment

30 Apr

Wealthy murder suspect, Anthony Onyeagolu, who is awaiting arraignment and trial for the murder of one Angus Okoye, has been freed by the police.

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SaharaReporters gathered that Onyeagolu was released by the Officer in Charge of Legal Matters, Anambra Command, on Monday following the directive of the Commissioner of Police in charge of Legal Matters, Police Force Headquarters, Abuja, Mr Augustine Sanomi.

Okoye, a 48-year-old businessman, was killed after being kidnapped at about 1:30 am on December 16, 2018 at his home in Ifite Isu Village, Isuaniocha, under Awka North Local Government Area of Anambra State.

His family members said he was killed for being the star witness in a case of N100m fraud instituted by the community through the Economic Financial Crimes Commission against Onyeagolu. 

One Chidiebere Okoye, an indigene of the community, who was one of those kidnapped, tortured, shot and presumed dead, survived and was invited by the police to make statement on the incident where he indicted Onyeagolu.

Okoye also named others linked to the incident to include Boniface Enweani, Augustine Adigwe, Mr Moses Emebo, Stephen Ibeania and others.

Elder George Okoye, elder brother to the deceased, in a save our soul message sent to the Deputy Inspector-General of Police, Force Criminal Investigation and Intelligence Department, Michael Ogbizi, said the family members and community had been thrown into sorrow with the release of the principal suspect.

Okoye narrated the trajectory of the murder and the tortuous efforts to get the police to arrest the suspects and investigate them.

He said, “We petitioned the Force Headquarters on 3/1/19 over the alleged murder of our brother, Angus Okoye, in Isuaniocha, Awka, by Anthony Onyeagolu and others.

“A long drawn investigation by officer Amuche, who is now with the IGP Monitoring Unit, was frustrated by a former DC now CP Anyim of Homicide.

“We were ridiculed as a poor family while our brother’s dead body lies in the mortuary till date. God touched your heart, out of our prayers we received a call from the IPO Bitrus sometime in September 2019, who said you invited us to revisit our case under DC Anyim.

“We were reluctant because we knew the end would be like this under the same Ayim, now CP in the same case.

“But we were later convinced by Bitrus to come, which we did and actually the three suspects were arrested a year after the murder.

“After concluding the investigation by the IPO under the same CP Ayim, the case was again killed in connivance with the CP Legal.

“Right now, the murderers are enjoying freedom without going to court, having been released in the midnight of April 20 in suspected circumstance due to their compromise as usual.

“Sir, where is your promise that the deceased family will get justice.

“The same murderer-in-chief was released from SCID Awka in readiness for arraignment that led to the killing of my brother.

“Worst still, the case file was emptied by your legal men in connivance with your CP to get soft landing in court for their wealthy benefactor which they could not even wait to arraign to justify their own side of the bargain with him.”

Meanwhile, the Rule of Law and Accountability Advocacy Centre has called on the Police Service Commission to order a prompt, exhaustive and effective investigation into the release of Onyeagolu while awaiting arraignment and trial for murder on the orders of Sanomia.

The Executive Director, RULAAC, Mr Okechukwu Nwanguma, who made this call in a statement, said the investigation was with a view to determining the grounds and motive, if any, upon which the suspect could be released at midnight and to determine whether indeed the case file had been tampered with as alleged and appropriate remedial and disciplinary action taken.

Nwanguma noted that upon receiving this information, RULAAC first made contacts with the SCID in Awka and confirmed that the suspect was actually released at odd hours but without the knowledge of the Commissioner of Police, Anambra State, Mr John Abang.

According to him, “RULAAC made several calls, texted and sent WhatsApp messages to Mr Austin Sanomia, CP Legal, Force Headquarters, Abuja, to verify the information that he ordered the release and to understand why, but has received no answer or reply till the time of issuing this alert.

“Our repeated efforts to get the CP Legal to confirm or rebut the information have not yielded any result.

“We then also sent the information to the DIG FCID, Michael Ogbizi, but yet to get his response

PHOTONEWS: Policemen Brutalize Health Worker On Emergency Duty In Ondo State

28 Apr

This country called Nigeria needs mental cures. How can police men battered brutalized a woman like this?

#coronavirus #COVID19 #Health @WHO @Fmohnigeria @NCDCgov @PoliceNG

Frontier Oil Limited Throws Eket Community Into Darkness …As youths prepare for a showdown

25 Apr

 

By Joe Udo

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By Joe Udo
For three weeks, since a major oil company, known as Frontier Oil Limited with one of its operational base in Uquo, Esit Eket local Government Area of Akwa Ibom State brought down four electric poles along James Town Road, Ata Idung Afaha Eket that distribute electricity to a community of seven villages in Eket local government area.

Our reporters gathered that barely two days into the protracted weeks of the state government mandatory lockdown and stay-at-home order when a tanker truck of the oil company veered into the line of electric poles while shifting oil and brought down the poles thereby rendering the community in absolute darkness.

Our reporters also gathered that, after the poles bearing the electric cables were destroyed, the driver attempted to run away with the truck but the timely intervention by some vigilant youths foiled his escape. The Police in Eket Division was alerted and they swiftly came and arrested the driver and seized the oil tanker truck.

Speaking to news men on Thursday April 23, relative to the issue, a community leader, Elder Emmanuel Prince Etukudo said all entreaties to Frontier Oil Limited to restore the poles and bring back power to the affected community fell on deaf ears.

Elder Etukudo lamented that different food items stored in the cold rooms and fridges have completely been destroyed and made life unbearable for the people living in the community.

“We have made several appeals to Frontier Oil Limited to facilitate the restoration of the poles in order for the community to have electric power again but to no avail.

“Worst still, this happened when the government ordered for lockdown as a result of the Coronavirus pandemic and the people have stockpiled foods and other essentials to their refrigerators and freezers and now everything have gone spoilt.

“What crime did we commit to merit this suffering?
Yesterday, youths in the area said they were going lead a protest march to the Frontier Oil Limited office to demand for the immediate restoration of power.

“We cannot take this any longer. How can we be suffering from heat and our foods destroyed during this lockdown without any action taken? We give Frontier Oil Limited two days to bring back our light or face the wrath of this community. “ A youth activist, Mr. Iniobong Udoeyo warned.

Frontier Oil Limited in 2019 signed a deal to take over greater part of the oil drilling in Esit Eket in partnership with Seven Uquo Ltd and Accugas Ltd.

In a related development, a gas company, Savannah Petroleum Limited wrongly quoted in our last publication, said they are not responsible for the falling of the electric poles along James Town Road, Ata Idung Afaha Eket, Akwa Ibom State.

As at the time of filing this report, the affected community was still in darkness and the Frontier Oil tanker with partly blurred registration number PV 6872 was still in the custody of the police in Ikot Udota-Eket.

Update: In a telephone conversation with our reporter, our source averred that Savannah Petroleum Limited, a British firm has nothing to with lifting of diesel or crude oil, and that the company major concentration is gas transportation and other gas related matters, saying that the truck detained by the police at Ikot Udota’s police station does not belong to Savannah Petroleum Limited but Frontier Oil Limited.

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