The Assistant Commissioner of Police, David Ogenyi, of the Police Area Command in Owerri, is accused of assaulting, humiliating, torturing, and unlawfully detaining one of its members, Chigozie Chinaka. The Nigerian Bar Association in Imo State has strongly denounced this behavior.
During a press conference held at the Nigerian Bar Association’s secretariat in Owerri, the capital of Imo State, Allinor Ugochukwu, the state chairman of the association, urged Inspector General of Police Kayode Egbetokun to take appropriate action and, in the interim, suspend ACP David Ogenyi and the relevant officers to ensure a comprehensive and impartial investigation.
Chigozie Chinaka, the victim, told journalists what happened between him and the police. He claimed that while doing his legal duty—requesting the bail of a client who had been arrested and detained earlier—ACP Ogenyi and certain Owerri Municipal Command officers beat him to a pulp and stripped him naked.
The NBA called on the IGP to get involved and form an impartial panel to look into the claims of police abuse and unlawful arrest of their own members.
The accusations made by the attorney have been characterized as malicious and false by the Imo State Police Command.
Henry Okoye, the Imo State Police Command’s public relations officer, stated in an interview with Channels Television that the lawyer’s testimony is a very different description of what actually happened.
But he added that the state’s commissioner of police has formed an inquiry team to look into the situation.
FG will close the Third Mainland Bridge for a full day
The Lagos Third Mainland Bridge will be closed for repairs from midnight on Saturday, October 21, until midnight on Sunday, October 22, according to a statement released by the federal government on Thursday.
In a statement, the Federal Controller of Works for Lagos State, Mrs. Olukorede Kesha, stated that the government was prepared to commence extensive bridge rehabilitation, beginning with key section repairs.
According to Kesha, the federal administration wanted the driving public to know that it was presently developing measures to rehabilitate the Third Mainland Bridge completely.
But, she added, “the Ministry would be carrying out palliative works on the most critically failed sections along the Adeniji-bound carriageway on Sunday, October 22, preparatory to the comprehensive repair works, in order to alleviate the pains currently being experienced on the bridge.”
She urged drivers to assist traffic management personnel by following all instructions and obeying diversions to ensure smooth traffic flow.
Nevertheless, throughout the time of the palliative works, drivers are urged to take alternate routes whenever feasible, as the Adeniji-bound portion of the bridge will be closed to traffic from Saturday, October 21, to October 22, 12 midnight, the spokesperson stated.
Bode Agusto, 68, past DG Budget Office head, passes away
Bode Agusto, an economist and former director-general of the Budget Office of the Federation, fell suddenly at the age of 68.
The first credit rating agency in Nigeria, Agusto & Co., was founded by him.
Olufemi Awoyemi, the Chairman, Founder, and Chief Executive Officer of Proshare Nigeria, revealed the news of Agusto’s passing on Thursday via his X Twitter.
“@bodeagusto, the pioneer who taught us all how to respect facts and data in our engagements, was the founder of @agustoandco,” the user tweeted.
You were an amazing instructor and a wonderful person. You had a profound effect on our career choices, and we will always remember the lessons you taught us.
“May his soul rest in peace and may Almighty God grant his family the strength to bear this loss,” I said in prayer.
He graduated with a bachelor’s degree in accounting from the University of Lagos in 1974–1977. In 1981, the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Nigeria inducted him as a Fellow of the Institute.
The Navy intercepts eleven stowaways on a ship bound for Ghana.
On the way to Ghana, a patrol squad from the Nigerian Navy’s ship BEECROFT found and arrested eleven stowaways on board the GWANGZHOU HIGHWAY PANAMA.
The people were apprehended on Tuesday at around 7 p.m. by the Navy Ship BEECROFT patrol crew, according to a statement released on Thursday by H.A. Collins, the Base Information Officer of the Nigerian Navy Ship BEECROFT.
He added that the ship was instructed to stop inside the Lagos anchorage and that the Western Regional Control Centre (WRCC) was notified right away.
Four stowaways were first taken into custody from the ship’s stern. But evidence from these people indicated that there were more stowaways on board the ship.
The statement stated that “an astounding 7 more stowaways were uncovered within the ship following a comprehensive search, bringing the total to 11 stowaways who were promptly disembarked from the vessel and taken into custody.”
In compliance with established norms, the stowaways have been turned over to the Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS), according to the official.
The following people have been detained, according to the Navy:
19-year-old Shedrack David from Ondo State.
Godspeed, 30-year-old Emmanuel from Delta State.
Adamawa State native Ibrahim Hassan, thirty years old.
21-year-old Solomon Francis is from Ondo State.
28-year-old Bolaji Johnson is from Ondo State.
37-year-old Samsom Aimy is from Bayelsa State.
27-year-old Ayefuwei Collins from Delta State.
28-year-old Ayo Gula is from Delta State.
23-year-old Jolomi Daniel is from Ondo State.
Two young people from Zamfara State, Abubakar Ibrahim, 19, and Precious Uwalogho, 30, are from Delta State.
Fuel Lines: NNPC Warns Against Panic Purchasing and Verifies 30-Day Sufficient Supply
Fuel lines have reportedly appeared in certain areas of Lagos as well as a few other places around the nation, according to the Nigerian National Petroleum Company (NNPC) Limited.
The NNPC’s retail management stated in a statement on Thursday that the waits are the result of a decreased depot loadout that has been going on for a few days in Apapa, Lagos.
It further stated that the core reason of the backlog has been resolved.
The statement continued, “We assure all Nigerians that there is ample supply with sufficiency of at least 30 days.”
However, the NNPC cautioned drivers from making rash purchases because distribution will return to normal over the course of the following few days.
Following President Bola Tinubu’s announcement at his inauguration in May that gasoline subsidies would no longer be provided, gas station lineups became noticeable.
According to Tinubu, the gasoline subsidy payment is no longer justified and that the 2023 budget did not include any funding for it.
Due to the announcement, there was a shortage of petroleum goods, which caused long lines at gas stations all throughout the nation. In Lagos, the price of a litre of gasoline increased from N184 to almost N500.
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Lagos Agrees To Bring Charges Against Nightclub Employees Who Assail LASEPA Officials
The management of a nightclub in the Lekki neighborhood of Lagos State has promised to face charges for attacking representatives of the Lagos State Environmental Protection Agency (LASEPA).
Staff members of the club were seen assaulting agency officials who were on assignment in a widely shared video.
However, Kunle Adeshina, the agency’s director of public affairs, announced hours after the development that the company had been sealed and that individuals responsible would face legal action.
He posted on his X account on Sunday, “The State Environmental Protection Agency has resealed the premises of 10 POT Night Club at 2A Admiralty Way Lekki 1 following the breakage of the seal earlier placed on the premises.”
According to the statement, “this is just as the State Task Force on Environmental Offenses officers took the 11 arrested employees into custody pending arraignment before a competent court of law who also assaulted LASEPA officials.”
on a similar development, LASEPA announced that as part of its efforts to “combat noise pollution,” it had sealed a hotel on the state’s Victoria Island region.
“The Lagos State Environmental Protection Agency has taken action today, Sunday, October 15, 2023, by closing the New View Hotel in Victoria Island, Lagos. LASEPA stated, “This measure is a component of the agency’s ongoing efforts to resolve environmental breaches and prevent noise pollution.