6 policemen dismissed for ‘using their firearms for Wike’ during election

Six police officers attached to Nyesom Wike, governor of Rivers state, have been dismissed for “misusing their firearms” during the Rivers legislative rerun election of December 10, 2016.

The decision to dismiss and prosecute these officers was sequel to a report from a panel set up by Ibrahim Idris, inspector-general of police, on the incidents recorded during the legislative re-run election.

Addressing a press conference on Friday, Don Awunah, force public relations officer, said the officers failed to abide by the instruction of not escorting their principals to polling units.

Awunah said these police officers were “overzealous, took laws into their hands and opened fire, causing panic in the crowd”.

“These police personnel while in the convoy of His Excellency, the executive governor of Rivers state Barr. Nyesom Wike on the date of election, 10th December, 2016 misused the firearms in their possession contrary to the provisions of Force Order 237,” he said.

“They joined in storming the Port Harcourt city council secretariat and prevented the movement of election results of Emouha polling unit to the appropriate collation centre designated by INEC, in flagrant disregard and disobedience to senior Police officers present at the venue.

“The six police officers, after the conclusion of investigation into this public mischief, were subjected to internal disciplinary measures, found guilty and consequently dismissed from the force. They will be prosecuted under the electoral Act to serve as a deterrent to others.”

He further assured Nigerians of “the commitment of the force to carry out its constitutional obligations in accordance to the law of the land before, during and after every election.”

The police officers are Eyong Victor, Peter Ekpo, Oguni Goodluck, Orji Nwoke, Okpe Ezekiel andTanko Akor.

Police arraign 3 Catholic catechists for alleged possession of firearms in Anambra.

Three catechists of the Roman Catholic Church were on Thursday arraigned at an Ogidi High Court, Anambra State, presided over by Justice Arinze Akabuo, for alleged unlawful possession of firearms.

A suspected accomplice, Solomon Igboji (the fourth accused), was reported to be on the run.

The three arraigned were Daniel Nwoye, Agbo Peter and Patrick Ajuluchukwu.

Other charges preferred against them in Suit No. HID/41C/2016 included forceful entry and unlawful damages.

The prosecution said their offences were contrary to Section 115 of the Criminal Code.

It was gathered that their case had to do with an attack involving an 80-year-old widow, Mrs. Juliana Onuorah, and Lady Patricia Onuorah.

The counsel for the respondents, C.J. Asiegbu, raised a motion against the arraignment of the suspects; but Mrs. Nwanegbo Ezeaputa from the office of the Attorney General of the state raised an objection and described the motion as incompetent.

Arguing further, Asiegbu said Ezeaputa’s objection should be in writing as required by law, contending that her oral objection was not what was required in law in the circumstance.

He said, “She cannot spring such a surprise on us; the counsel should file a counter-motion if she is objecting to our motion.”

Justice Akabuo adjourned the matter till November 17, 2016 for the hearing of the bail applications of the suspects.

Police Arraign Herdsman For Alleged Possession Of Firearms

The police in Enugu State have arraigned a herdsman, Ibrahim Adamu, before an Enugu East Magistrates’ Court for allegedly being in possession of an AK-47 rifle.

The spokesperson of the police in the state, Mr Ebere Amaraizu, said that Adamu was arraigned on Sept. 16 and had been remanded in prison custody by Chief Magistrate Denis Ekoh.

Adamu was arrested on Aug. 29 at Affa in Udi Local Government Area.He was arraigned on a three-count charge of illegally possessing and having under his control AK 47 rifle with 24 rounds of live ammunition in contravention of the Firearms Act.

The statement said that the offence was punishable under the Robbery and Firearms (Special Provisions) Act Cap. R11 vol. 14, laws of the Federation of Nigeria 2004.



Yobe Police Parades 3 Suspects Over Illegal Possession Of Firearms

Police in Yobe State yes­terday paraded three sus­pects in connection with cases of extortion, crimi­nal intimidation and ille­gal possession of arms.

Parading the suspects at the Police Headquar­ters, along Gashua road in Damaturu, the com­mand’s public relations officer, PPRO, ASP Toyin Gbadegesin, said 40-year-old Kachalla Bukar was cut in possession of fire arms, in contravention of Sections 292 and 397 of the Panel Code Law of the country.

The PPRO said the fire­arms in his possession was English-made double-barrel gum with seven cartridges of live ammu­nitions which he used as instrument of intimida­tion to extort money from victims.

ASP Gbadegesin also said the suspect has alleg­edly extorted N2,155,000 from 22 victims.

The offences of illegal firearms and criminal trespass with intent to commit felony, the PPRO revealed, is a join act in­volving Mustapha Mo­hammed who was caught armed with a locally-made short gun given to him by Buji Alhaji Liman, the prime suspect.

The act, according to the police spokesman, contravenes CAP “F” 28 fire Arm Act Sections 344, 95 and 207 of the Panel Code law of Nigeria.

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