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Ogbu: NUJ FCT Demands Investigation, Prosecution

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The Nigerian Union of Journalists, FCT Council, has expressed sadness at the death of Mr. Alex Ogbu, and demands for in-depth investigation into the circumstances leading to the tragic death.

The NUJ FCT in a statement on Thursday, said it seems to have become a pattern for journalists covering protest in Abuja to be targeted resulting in tragic outcomes.

“It is heart-rending to know that yet another journalist was felled in this seeming unending orgy of bloodletting in Abuja and other parts of the country. We at the NUJ are now asking if this is a pattern where journalists become victims in the legitimate pursuit of their profession as reporters?” Emmanuel Ogbeche, chairman of the council, stated in a press statement.

“It is barely seven months now that Precious Owolabi with Channels TV was cut down in his prime, only for Ogbu to die in a senseless manner.

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“We demand that the FCT Police Command commences investigation into this death, one too many, and ensure that the officer(s) involved in this killing faces the full weight of the law. The police should know that any investigation without the inclusion of the union and National Human Rights Commission will amount to an exercise in futility,” the statement further reads.

“The NUJ will hold the police hierarchy responsible if justice is not served in this matter. We will ensure that if the Nigerian State fails, as it has continued to demonstrate, we will explore diplomatic channels to ensure that those who harass, intimidate and kill any journalist under any guise are made to bear the brunt of such objectionable conduct,” the statement notes.

According to Ogbeche, a society that makes victims of journalists cannot make much progress as journalism thrives in an environment of safety, stability and sanctity of the rule of law.

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He expressed the regret that Nigeria has become increasingly hostile to journalists and journalism, which he described as “counting hugely against Nigeria in the comity of nations.”

The NUJ chairman called on journalists to remember Mr. Ogbu and his young family in their prayers and urged them to consider their safety as paramount when covering protest, stressing that “no journalist should become the story.”

Ogbu until his death was a journalist with Regent Africa Times where he covered politics and was a critical voice in demanding for good governance.

Findings thus far by the Council show that the late Ogbu was felled by a stray bullet during a clash between the Islamic Movement of Nigeria (IMN) popularly known as Shi’ites and Police in Abuja.

Emmanuel Ogbeche
Chairman of Council
NUJ FCT
Thursday, January 23, 2020.

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Unknown Gunmen Kill Federal Poly, Senior Engineer, Shot Another in Bauchi

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Unknown gun men shot and killed a Bauchi State Federal Polytechnic Chief Engineer A bubakar Garba Muhammad.

The Bauchi State Police Command PPRO, SP Ahmed Wakil, has confirmed that gunmen in the early hours of Saturday stormed Burshin Fulani settlement, forcefully entered the residence of a Senior staff of the Federal Polytechnic, Bauchi, Engineer Abubakar Garba Muhammad and murdered him in cold blood.

The incident was announced on the verified and official Facebook page of the Federal Polytechnic, Bauchi: “Innalillahi wa Inna ilahir rajiun. Unknown Gunmen killed one of our staff, Chief Engineer, Engr. Abubakar Garba Muhammad (Babangida Birshi) of Directorate of Physical Planning around 2:30am at his resident in Burshin Fulani”.

The statement contained that, “His Funeral (Jana’iza) prayer as announced by the family will hold by 9:00am in Burshin Fulani Mosque, behind his house. May Allah forgive his shortcomings and grant his soul Jannatil Firdausi” .

Also, another resident of the area was shot by the gunmen and is receiving treatment at the Abubakar Tafawa Balewa University Teaching Hospital (ATBUTH) from the gunshot a development that has thrown the residents into confusion as such has not happened in the serene settlement before.

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According to the Police Command PPRO, SP Ahmed Wakili who spoke to our Correspondent on Telephone saying that the gunmen whose number could not be ascertained stormed the area to carry out the attack.

The PPRO said, “yes, I can confirm to you that unknown gunmen attacked Burshin Fulani and killed one man, Abubakar Garba Muhammad of FedPoly, he was shot on the neck and died on the spot. Our men who rushed to the scene evacuated him to the Teaching Hospital where the medical team on duty certified him dead”.

Wakili said that, “our patrol team stationed at the main gate of the Polytechnic on hearing gunshots from the direction at about 4am, quickly mobilized and rushed to the area and on sighting the light of the patrol van, the gunmen fled”.

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According to him, the late Abubakar Garba Muhammad came out of his house a rescue mission after hearing noise of struggling of one of his sons with some people at the gate of the house and immediately he came out, the gunmen shot and killed him.

He said that, “The Commissioner of Police, Sylvester Abiodun Alabi has directed that the Police should go after the gunmen, apprehend and bring them to justice.

“Our men are after them now and very soon, they will get to them”., he said.

The gruesome murder of Engineer Abubakar Garba Muhammad who was the Chief Engineer of the Polytechnic, Informavores learnt that took place in his residence situated at Burshin Fulani along Bauchi – Dass road at about 2.30am

Informavores also gathered that the Polytechnic through its Public Relations Unit, confirmed the incident describing it as most unfortunate. He however assured that everything humanly possible will be done to arrest the unknown gunmen.

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Teenager In Court For Allegedly Threatening Mother’s Life

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A 17-year-old boy, Quadri Taiwo, on Monday appeared in an Ikeja Chief Magistrates’ Court for allegedly threatening the life of his mother.

The Police charged Taiwo for breach of peace and threat to life, punishable under sections 168 and 56 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State 2015.

The defendant, however, pleaded not guilty.

The Prosecutor, ASP Kehinde Ajayi, told the court that the defendant committed the offence in November 2020 at Balogun Street, Orile-Agege in Lagos State.

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Ajayi said that the defendant threatened the life of Mojisola Taiwo, over a conflicting issue.

He said that Taiwo also conducted himself in a manner likely to cause a breach of the peace by sending a series of abusive text messages to his mother.

“Taiwo was, however, arrested after a thorough investigation,’’ Ajayi said.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that Section 56 stipulates a one-year jail term for threatening violence.

Chief Magistrate, Mrs A.O Ajibade, however, granted the defendant N50,000 bail with one surety in like sum.

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She adjourned the case until Feb. 11, for mention.

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President Buhari Appoints New Service Chiefs

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President Muhammadu Buhari has accepted the immediate resignation of the Service Chiefs and their retirement from service.

Mr Femi Adesina, the President’s spokesman confirmed this development in a statement in Abuja on Tuesday.

Those involved are the Chief of Defence Staff, General Abayomi Olonisakin; Chief of Army Staff, Lt-Gen. Tukur Buratai; Chief of Naval Staff, Vice Admiral Ibok Ekwe Ibas and Chief of Air Staff, Air Marshal Sadique Abubakar.

President Buhari thanked the outgoing Service Chiefs for what he called their “overwhelming achievements in our efforts at bringing enduring peace to our dear country’’

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He wished them well in their future endeavours.

Meanwhile, the President has approved the appointment of new Service Chiefs.

They are Maj. -Gen. Leo Irabor, Chief of Defence Staff; Maj.-Gen. I. Attahiru, Chief of Army Staff; Rear Adm. A. Z. Gambo, Chief of Naval Staff and AVM I.O. Amao, Chief of Air Staff.

The President congratulated the new service chiefs and urged them to be loyal and dedicated in the discharge of their responsibilities.

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