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Police Torture Victim Slumps While Narrating Ordeal in SARS Custody

A petitioner, Timothy Ogbeye, slumped while narrating his ordeal before the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) panel which is investigating violations of rights by defunct Special Anti-Robbery Squad, SARS, and other police units in Abuja

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A victim of police torture, unlawful arrest and detention, Mr. Timothy Ogbeye has fainted while giving testimony before the independent investigative panel on Human Rights violation by the defunct SARS and other units of the police.

Giving testimony before the panel, Mr. Ogbeye said on the 22nd of January 2020 he was about to go to Julius Berger to purchase granite stone with the sum of 1.5 million naira, when he received a call from his associate Sikiru Bashiru that some customers were at his car stand situated at Mpape, a suburb of the FCT, Abuja.

The complainant said he went back to his car stand in company of his sales boy, Yinka and met two gentlemen pricing a car, and one of them asked if he was Timothy and he answered in the affirmative.

Ogbeye said one of the men brought out a gun and threatened to shoot him if he moved an inch. He said the two men handcuffed him, Sikiru Bashiru and Yinka and took them away to Kwali police station where they were detained.

Meanwhile, Mr. Ogbeye told the panel that eight other police men who surrounded the car stand accused him of being an armed robber and that the cars in his stand were stolen vehicles.

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He also informed the panel that the sum of 1.5 million naira in his car which he wanted to use for the purchase of granite was no longer there after the police beat him thoroughly and drove away his four vehicles.

He alleged that he was beaten at the cell with iron, planks and was hanged upside down to the point that his hands and legs got paralyzed.

He was still speaking before the panel when he fainted.

The development which made the acting chairman of the panel, Garba Tetengi to adjourn further proceedings till 24th of next month for continuation of hearing.

 

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Alleged Killers Deny Role In The Killing of Minor

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The alleged killers of a 7-year-old Kazeem Rafiu have pleaded not guilty to charges of conspiracy and murder.

This followed the arraignment of the two suspects, four years after they allegedly committed the offence.

Adedoyin Oyekanmi and Erinmole Adetokunbo denied killing the boy on Monday at their arraignment before Justice Oluwatoyin Taiwo of the Special Offences Court in Ikeja.

In 2017, 26-year-old, Erinmole and Adedoyin were remanded in prison custody in connection with the death of Kazeem Rafiu.

When the matter was called, the court registrar read charges: “That you, Adedoyin Oyekanmi and Erinmole Adetokunbo, on June 7, 2017, at about 2pm on Oke-Oniburokun Street, Odokekere, Ikorodu, Lagos, in the Ikeja jurisdiction, did conspire among yourselves to commit felony, to wit: murder, thereby committing an offence.

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“That you, on the same date, time and place, in the aforementioned jurisdiction, did kill one Kazeem Rafiu, aged seven, by cutting off his head with a cutlass, thereby committing an offence.

“That you, without lawful justification or excuse, dismembered the remains of one Kazeem Rafiu, aged seven.”

Erinmole and Adedoyin was said to have lured the boy from his parents’ house on Sotunyo Street to the church’s premises on Oke-Oniburokun Street, Odo-kekere, Ikorodu where he was said to have been killed.

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Also the defendants were said to have beheaded him and buried the head around the church’s altar, while the body was kept in a canal.

Erinmole was later apprehended by residents. He was said to have confessed to to the crime with Adedoyin.

Upon denying the allegations against them, the judge fixed November 6, 2021 for commencement of trial

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Businessman Land In Court Over Insulting Policemen

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Justice Anas Isa, of Karu Grade 1 Area Court, Abuja, has granted a businessman, Lekan Sebanjo, five hundred thousand naira bail with two sureties.

The judge granted him bail after his arraignment for allegedly insulting police officers on duty.

According to Police, Sebanjo who resides at Jikowi, on the outskirts of Abuja, obstructed police team in the discharge of their functions.

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“A team of policemen led by ASP Bukar Mohammed intercepted an offender and his vehicle.

From nowhere, Sebanjo came out and began to rain insults on the police operatives thereby obstructing them from discharging their functions,’’ Adeyanju told the court.

The prosecutor, Ayotunde Adeyanju, told the court that the offence contravened provisions of the Penal Code.

Sebanjo denied the allegation.

After entertaining submission of Counsel, the judge granted him bail and adjourned the case to October 6 for hearing

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Fanatic Group, White Rabbits Leader Sentence To 53yrs Imprisonment

Fanatic Group, White Rabbits Leader, Emily Claire Hari Sentence To 53yrs Imprisonment for bombing a Minnesota mosque in 2017.

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A transgender woman who led a militia called The White Rabbits has been sentenced to 53 years in prison for bombing a Minnesota mosque in 2017, the Justice Department announced.

Emily Claire Hari, 50, was convicted last year on five counts including the bombing, destruction of religious property and using force to obstruct worship, the department said in a statement late Monday.

It said that Hari who at the time identified as a man, Michael Hari organised a “terrorist militia group” named The White Rabbits in Clarence, Illinois.

Hari recruited two men, Michael McWhorter and Joe Morris, into the group, and on August 5, they attacked the Dar al-Farooq Islamic Center (DAF) in Bloomington, Minnesota, around 500 miles (800 kilometres) away.

In the early morning hours, as some people were gathering at the mosque for prayers, they broke a window and threw containers of volatile fuel and a pipe bomb inside, which exploded, causing heavy damage.

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“Hari targeted DAF specifically to terrorize Muslims into believing they are not welcome in the United States and should leave the country,” the department said.

In January 2019, McWhorter and Morris pleaded guilty to the bombing, while Hari fought the case at trial.

Hari’s two accomplices have not yet been sentenced.

“Hari sought to terrorize an entire faith community. Today’s sentence makes clear that such acts of hate-fueled terror will not be tolerated,” said Deputy Attorney General Lisa Monaco in a statement.

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