Delta CDHR Flays Illegal Police Arrests In Udu Over Naira Policy Protests
The Delta State chapter of the Committee for the Defence of Human Rights (CDHR) has condemned illegal arrests by the police in Udu Local Government Area after the protests on Wednesday by some misguided persons over the naira swap policy of the Central Bank of Nigeria.
The CDHR commended the Delta State Police Command especially men and officers of the Ovwian/Aladja Police Division and the Area Command for rising up to the occasion and bringing the situation under control with arrests of some persons found to be involved in the violence.
But the CDHR equally condemned the indiscriminate and unlawful arrests and detention of innocent citizens, young and old men and women, under the pretext of quelling further protests and destruction of property as the area has remained very calm and peaceful with people going out for their normal business of life unmolested.
In a statement by the Chairman of Delta State CDHR, Chief Peter A. Edariese, he said : ” I can say without equivocation that there was never any attempt anywhere in Udu both yesterday and today to protest and cause further damage to property that warrants the raid and arrests made yesterday and this morning after the raids and arrests of 15th February, 2023, as our officers were on ground at every hot spot in the area to monitor the movements of persons and their behaviours to forestall any further protest and destruction of property as happened this morning, 17th February, 2023.
“This morning, I as the State Chairman of CDHR, deployed our officers to different hot spots in Udu such as Express Junction, Orhuwhorun Junction Roundabout and Newyork/Udu Market area when Police Officers from Ovwian/Aladja Police Division. Looking intoxicated with passion to arrest and detain Nigerians to extort money in the name of bail, drove into the streets of Udu with four patrol vehicles. They were led by the DCO 1 of Ovwian/Aladja Police Division, and they swooped on citizens who were going about their normal business of life, with some going for the burials of their loved ones and others to parties and markets etc and began to beat them up and throw them like bags of onions into their vehicles and drove them away to their station to be locked up in their cells and subjected to heavy extortions in the name of bail which is supposed to be free.
” The police enrich themselves at the expense of these traumatized citizens who have nothing left in their hands to put food on their tables for themselves and their families each day since the naira exchange began.
“The leader of the Police Team who is the DCO1 in Ovwian)Aladja Police Division even saw our officials who spent most time with the DPO Ovwian), Aladja and himself in an effort to get the release of an elderly, sick and deaf woman who was arrested yesterday in their illegal raids.
“We, in CDHR, Delta State Chapter will not support any act of oppression and illegality to the citizenry from any quarter no matter how highly placed and are prepared to fight such infractions wherever they come from and are hereby calling on the Honourable Commissioner of Police, (CP), Delta State,Ali Mohammed Ari, to intervene in this situation by calling the DPO, Ovwian/Aladja and his men and collaborators to order to stop the present onslaught and provide peace to the law-abiding residents in Udu Local Government Area.”
Arrest Interim Govt Plotters Now – Governors
Governors of the 36 states have asked the Department of State Services (DSS) to arrest and prosecute those involved in a plot to put in place an interim government as part of moves to truncate the nation’s democracy.
Condemning the move, the governors under the auspices of the Nigeria Governors’ Forum assured of their commitment to continue in the defence of Nigeria’s democracy as elected leaders.
In a statement on Friday by NGF Chairman and Governor of Sokoto State, Aminu Tambuwal at the end of the 4th meeting of the Governors, he warned the DSS against issuing statements without arrest as that amounts to heating the polity.
Tambuwal said, “The Forum deliberated extensively on the alleged plot by some unscrupulous elements to install an interim government, as contained in the recent statement issued by the Department for State Services (DSS). Governors condemned in the strongest terms, any unconstitutional means of regime change and pledged its commitment to continue to defend Nigeria’s democracy as elected leaders.
“In addition, the Forum believes that issuing statements without arrests is akin to heating up the polity and causing unwarranted tension in the country. It called on the DSS to do its job by immediately arresting and prosecuting all those involved in the plot as a matter of urgency.”
Recall that the DSS had on Wednesday confirmed rumours that a section of the political class was planning for an interim government in order to truncate the result of the recently-concluded general elections.
The Spokesman for the DSS, Dr. Peter Afunanya in a statement said that the agency had identified some key players in the plot for an Interim Government in Nigeria but did not give the names of the masterminds.
The agency had said that the planners of the interim government had already held several meetings, during which they weighed many options to actualize their plot including sponsoring endless mass protests across Nigerian cities, securing a warrant to declare a state of emergency or a court injunction to stop the inauguration of the executive and the legislature at the federal and state levels.
BREAKING:Lagos Govt Arraigns Chrisland School, Principal, Others Over Death Of Pupil Whitney Adeniran
The Lagos State government has arraigned Chrisland School, Opebi, its principal, vice principal and two other employees over the death of one of the school’s pupils, 12-year-old Whitney Adeniran.
On Wednesday, the government of Lagos State had filed charges against Chrisland School and four others over the death of the 12-year-old pupil, Whitney Adeniran.
The school and its workers were accused of involuntary manslaughter and reckless and negligent acts.
The workers who were arraigned before Justice Oyindamola Ogala of the Lagos State High Court in Ikeja include Ademoye Adewale, Kuku Fatai, Mrs Belinda Amao, Nwatu Ugochi Victoria and Chrisland School Limited.
The school principal, Mrs Belinda Amao, broke down in tears while in the dock as the court and counsel tried to agree on a date for the commencement of the trial.
Whitney died during the school’s inter-house sports competition at Agege Stadium in Lagos on February 9.
Blessing Adeniran, her mother, had accused Chrisland of negligence over her daughter’s death.
The school’s management, however, dismissed insinuations that there was foul play in the death, saying she slumped in public.
Chrisland also argued that Whitney complained about “not-too-buoyant health” a few days before she died.
However, an autopsy conducted at the Lagos State University Hospital (LASUTH) confirmed that the deceased died from “asphyxia and electrocution”.
In the charges filed on behalf of the state government by the Director of Public Prosecution (DPP), Babajide Martins, who disclosed that their negligence killed Whitney because they failed to ensure her safety.
The charge also disclosed that they all acted in a reckless and negligent manner that endangered human life.
The offences are contrary to Sections 224 & 251 of the Criminal Law, C17, Vol.3, Laws of Lagos State, 2015
If found guilty, the offences carry a penalty of life imprisonment and two-year jail terms respectively.
On Tuesday, the state government granted access to Chrisland High School, Opebi branch, to open for physical learning ahead of the school’s forthcoming examination after parents’ appeal.
The state governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu had ordered that the school be shut down on March 3, 2023, following the investigation into Whitney’s death.
Sanwo-Olu through the state Ministry of Education said the closure of the school would pave the way for unhindered investigation and afford all stakeholders, including parents, students, staff and friends of the deceased, time to grieve.
The reopening followed an appeal by the Parents of all Chrisland School Units who visited the Ministry of Education on Monday to seek the government’s understanding for “the sake of 500 plus students some of whom also have terminal examinations.”
The management of the school had tendered an apology over Whitney’s death.
BREAKING: Abacha’s Ex-chief Of Staff Oladipo Diya Dies
Retired Lt.General Donaldson Oladipo Oyeyinka Diya, the former Chief of Staff in General Sani Abacha’s military government, is dead.
His death was confirmed by Prince Oyesinmilola Diya. He said the former military administrator of Ogun State passed on to glory in the early hours of 26th March 2023.
Born on the 3rd of April, 1944, Diya was military Governor of Ogun State after the Buhari-Idiagbon coup of December 31st, 1983.
Diya joined the Nigerian Defence Academy, Kaduna and fought during the Nigerian Civil War.
He later attended the US Army School of Infantry, the Command and Staff College, Jaji (1980–1981) and the National Institute for Policy and Strategic Studies, Kuru.
While serving in the military, Diya studied law at Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, where he obtained an LLB degree, and then at the Nigerian Law School, where he was called to bar as Solicitor and Advocate of the Supreme Court of Nigeria.
He held other top military posts like GOC, 82 Division and finally the Chief of General Staff (military Vice President) to Gen Sani Abacha
The statement read: “On behalf of the entire Diya family home and abroad; we announce the passing on to Glory of our dear Husband,Father, Grandfather,brother, Lt- General Donaldson Oladipo Oyeyinka Diya (Rtd) GCON, LLB, BL, PSC, FSS, mni.
“Our dear Daddy passed onto glory in the early hours of 26th March 2023. Please keep us in your prayers as we mourn his demise in this period. Further announcements will be made public in due course.
“Barrister Prince Oyesinmilola Diya, on behalf of the family.”
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