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Tension mounts as Deputy Inspector General, DIG Joseph O. Egbunike and other top police officers may be committed to prison following the alleged disobedience of the order of the Federal High Court, Enugu Judicial Division presided over by Hon. Justice I.N Buba, made on July 1, 2021, directing the first to third respondents, Inspector General of Police, Deputy Inspector General of Police Joseph O. Egbunike and Inspector Thomas Amonke to stay all actions and release the applicants forthwith, having been granted bail by the court.

Speaking on behalf of over 15 lawyers representing them, Barr. Valentine Umeha said that the applicants, Akpa Francis, Obinna Mamah and Joshua Ogbonna through their team of lawyers, stormed the court seeking to enforce their fundamental rights to life, liberty and dignity via the notice of application filed on June 30, 2021 in Suit No. FHC/EN/CS/96/2021.

“In line with Order IV of the Fundamental Rights Enforcement Procedure Rules, 2009, the applicants also filed a motion exparte praying for bail and interim order directing the Police to stay all actions relating to and/or connected with the complaints of the applicants.

“Following the grant of the motion exparte, the bailiff of the court armed with the duly drawn order and other originating processes, proceeded to FCID Enugu Annex office of the first to third respondents, being the address endorsed for service of the processes on the said respondents,” he said.

IGP, DIG, Inspector Set To Enter Prison Over Disobedience To Court Order

He explained that after placing calls on the D.I.G Joseph O. Egbunike, the Assistant Commissioner of Police in charge of the FCID Annex Enugu, Mr. Kasumu refused to accept service of the court order and accompanying processes.

“The bailiff of court in adherence to the rules of service of court processes, dropped the court order and the processes in the office of the police officer but he instructed his men to lock the bailiff and the applicants’ lawyers in the police premises insisting that the bailiff and the lawyers can only be allowed to go if he takes back the court order together with other processes.

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“Being constrained and in grave danger, the helpless bailiff picked up the processes and left with the applicants lawyers who acted as pointer to the bailiff.

“Notwithstanding the above, the bailiff proceeded to Abuja and on July 2, 2021, he effected personal service of the order of court and the originating processes on the above named police officers who are the first to third respondents in the suit pending in court,” he said.

It was gathered that despite the service of the court order directing the Police to release the applicants having been granted bail, the D.I.G Joseph O. Egbunike in flagrant disobedience of the order of court has refused to release the applicants on bail nor stay further action on the matter.

Upon reporting to the court the refusal of the D.I.G Joseph O. Egbunike to release the applicants as directed, the court on July 7, 2021, ordered the officer incharge of Police Legal Department State CID Enugu to appear before it to explain why the Police will disobey the order.

IGP, DIG, Inspector Set To Enter Prison Over Disobedience To Court Order

Also, the applicants through their lawyers have initiated committal proceedings against D.I.G Joseph O. Egbunike, IGP and Thomas Amonke by filing in court Form 48 which has been served on the officers.

Meanwhile, the violation of the applicants rights followed the clandestine moves to shutdown Enugu Political Arena WhatsApp Platform by persons at the echelon of political governance in Enugu State using their surrogates.

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The crime committed by these innocent citizen (Applicants) were their refusal to yield to the above antics and clandestine plots to gag the people of Enugu from airing their views on politics, governance and dividends of democracy in the state.

It would be recalled that sometime ago, the news of Police invitation to the admin of Enugu Political Arena WhatsApp Platform, Comrade Francis Akpa and other participants emerged.

The people of Enugu were anxious to know the reason for the invitation and on whose behest the invitation was orchestrated.

Shortly after the news, one of the participants Joshua Ogbonna was arrested by Police officers from Anti Kidnapping Squad.

He was granted bail after being detained for about two days.

The admin of the platform in strict adherence to the rule of law and respect for constituted authority, honoured an invitation from the Police.

The admin was confronted with a petition written by one Mr. Ifeanyi Ossai, alleging character assassination among others.

The principal suspects named in the petition were Chief Damian Odo and Comrade Obinna Mamah.

After writing his statement, the Admin was released on bail same day.

Comrade Obinna Mamah who is one of the participants in the platform, also presented himself to Police Officers at Anti kidnapping Squad for interrogation based on Mr. Ifeanyi Ossai’s allegations.

Comrade Obinna Mamah made statement, interviewed the Commissioner of Police who thereafter directed that he should be released on bail to a reliable surety. The directive was adhered to.

Two days later, Mr. Joshua Ogbonna, Francis Akpa (Admin), Obinna Mamah, Ifeanyi Ossai, Commander Anti kidnapping Squad and his men and the lawyers for the parties, stormed the Enugu CP’s office for interview.

Shockingly, the same Mr. Ifeanyi Ossai who orchestrated the arrest of the aforementioned persons, chose the forum of his choice for the investigation, suddenly wrote to the Inspector General of Police and secured the transfer of the same case to Force CID Abuja,”

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The applicants together with their lawyers were said to have been confronted with the petition to the IGP and the team of Police Officers from Abuja who were in the CP’S office whisked the case file and the suspects to Abuja.

It took the uncompromised stance of the CP who insisted that due process be followed, for the applicants to be saved from being whisked off to Abuja that night.

The applicants presented themselves for investigation, appeared whenever invited throughout the period of investigation, yet Mr. Ifeanyi Ossai and his cohorts were not satisfied, apparently because the CP refused their invitation to incarcerate the above innocent citizens for no just cause.

At the instance of Mr. Ifeanyi Ossai, the petition was transferred to Abuja and assigned to D.I.G Joseph Egbunike who obviously was ready to carry out the wishes of his pay masters. on June 16, 2021, Comrade Obinna Mama, Comrade Francis Akpa and Joshua Ogbonna (Applicants) in obedience to the invitation of the DIG went to FCIID Abuja.

In an ordinary bailable offence, and considering the fact that the applicants were already on police bail at Enugu and that they obediently came to answer the D.I.G’s invitation, he clamped them in detention despite providing a Level 15 civil servant in the Federal Service who is with every documents required by the police and ready to stand for the applicants.

Barrister Umeha lamented that the applicants have been in detention since June 16, 2021 till date.

Our correspondent gathered that millions of tax payers money were alleged to have been wasted in sponsoring the illegal detention of the applicants, all aimed at stopping the people of Enugu from speaking out.

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Obadiah Mailafia Persistently Harassed By DSS Till Death – Sowore

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Ex-Central Bank Deputy Governor, Mailafia Was Hounded By Buhari’s Tyrannical Regime Till He Died—Activist, Sowore Mourns

Human rights activist, Omoyele Sowore has mourned a former Deputy Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), Dr. Obadiah Mailafia.

The 64-year-old development economist died at the National Hospital Abuja on Sunday morning.

Luka Binniyat, spokesman for the Southern Kaduna Peoples Union (SOKAPU) had said Mailafia, who took refuge in Makurdi, Benue state, following alleged persistent harassment by the Department of State Services (DSS), fell sick on Saturday and was rushed to an Abuja hospital where he was pronounced dead on Sunday morning.

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The former deputy governor, who was the Presidential candidate of the African Democratic Congress (ADC) in the 2019 election, was a known government critic and had advocated for public sector and exchange rate reforms.

Mailafia was born on December 24, 1956, in the Sanga Local Government Area of Kaduna State.

Obadiah Mailafia Persistently Harassed By DSS Till Death – Sowore

He later graduated top of his class at Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, in 1978 with BSc.

Mailafia was appointed deputy governor of the CBN in 2005 from the African Development Bank (AfDB) where he served as the chief economist responsible for Strategic Planning and Corporate Reporting.

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Reacting on Sunday in a Facebook post and on Twitter, Sowore described the deceased as a powerful voice for social justice.

“Dr. Malafia Obadiah is Dead. He was a powerful voice for social justice, although he was said to have died after a ‘protracted illness’, it is however on record that he was hounded till the very end by the lawless DSS agents of the unconscionable and tyrannical regime of Muhammadu Buhari. Rest In Power, Doc! #RevolutionNow #BuhariMustGo,” the activist wrote

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Housewife arrested for allegedly poisoning 3 stepsons to death

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The Police in Yobe has arrested a 22-year-old housewife, Khadija Yakubu, for allegedly poisoning her three stepsons to death.

One other child who suffered from the poisoning was left in critical condition

The Spokesman of the Command, ASP Dungus Abdulkarim, who confirmed the arrest on Friday in Damaturu.

Abdulkarim said that the incident occurred at about 9:00 am on Friday at Makarahuta in Potiskum Local Government Area of the state.

He said that preliminary investigation revealed that the suspect allegedly gave the children aged between seven and 12, a poisonous tea during breakfast.

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Housewife arrested for allegedly poisoning 3 stepsons to death

“The children were rushed to a hospital after taking tea prepared by the suspect in the early hours of Friday Sept.17, at about 0900hrs.

“ Three of the victims died while receiving treatment and one other remained unconscious,” he said.

The spokesman said the incident was reported to the Divisional Police Headquarters, Potiskum by the suspect’s husband, Alhaji Haruna, at about 1:00 pm.

He said investigation into the case was ongoing with a view to prosecute the suspect.

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Prophetess, woman sentenced to life imprisonment for killing lover with poison

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A Rivers State High Court sitting in Port Harcourt has convicted and sentenced two women, Onyema Worlu, and Edina Lovelyn-Worleru, to life improvement for causing the death of a man, Israel Georgewill.

Lovelyn-Worleru, a prophetess in a church in Rumuche community, in the Emohua Local Government Area of the state, was said to have prepared a poisonous substance in the name of love portion for Worlu to put in the food of her boyfriend, Georgewill, in 2012.

The trial judge, Justice Adolphus Enebeli, in his judgment after over nine years of legal battle, found the two guilty of the crime and convicted them.

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Justice Enebeli convicted them for manslaughter, instead of the murder charge in an earlier suit on the incident.

Prophetess, woman sentenced to life imprisonment for killing lover with poison

The judge held that the prosecution proved its case and that the statements of the first defendant, Worlu, at the police station were voluntarily given.

In the statement, the convict admitted that she administered the love potion as prepared by the prophetess in order to get financial assistance from Georgewill, adding that never knew it would result in his death.

Enebeli, after considering the facts presented by the parties, convicted and sentenced the two women to life imprisonment without any fine option.

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The prosecutor, Chidi Ekah, said the judgment was not only justice for the deceased and his family, but also for the state and Nigeria at large.

He said, “I am happy that this matter has come to an end. It does not mean that I am happy that somebody’s life will be wasted in prison. We do not take delight in that, but the law must take its course. After all, somebody was killed and so the law says if you kill, this is the punishment for you.

“The court was even magnanimous enough to reduce it from murder to manslaughter. I am happy that justice has been served.”

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But counsel for the first defendant, Vincent Chukwu, said his team would appeal the judgment.

“The fight is not over; it will certainly get to the Supreme Court,” Chukwu stated.

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