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Court Orders Police Boss’s Arrest Over Journalist’s Death

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A Yaba District Coroner Court in Lagos has ordered for the immediate arrest of an Assistant Commissioner of Police (ACP), Mr. Johnson Adeniken.

The Police boss is wanted by the court to give what the court considered crucial evidence in the inquest into the death of the former member, Editorial Board of This Day Newspaper, Abayomi Ogundeji.

The coroner, senior Magistrate Mukaila Fadeyi ordered the police boss arrest for ignoring summons to testify before the coroner inquest.

He said Adeniken’s refusal to obey his order was a mockery of the court.

The senior Magistrate added that Adeniken had refused to testify since March when he was first summoned and had not written the court to explain his where about or reason for his absence.

The court had on June 29 issued a bench warrant on the police boss for refusing to appear before the coroner inquest.

It would be recalled that the former Divisional Police Officer (DPO) at the Dopemu Police station supervised initial investigation in the Journalist’s Killing.

Ogundeji, a former Editor of The comet on, Sunday newspaper was killed by unknown gunmen on August 17, last year at Dopemee, off the Lagos-Abeokuta Expressway, Lagos.

The coroner had declared that, because his summons was reported.

“ACP Johusou Adevikea is not above the law. Enough of this peculiar nonsense. It’s ridiculing the court. He should be arrested detained and brought before me to give crucial evidence surrounding this inquest.”

Chief Magistrate Fadeyi said he would not order the arrest of Mr and Mrs Suraju Azeez Folarin for falling to appear before him as ordered. The couple had claimed they witnessed Ogundeji’s killing.

Another key witness, identified as Tunnise, said to have been in the car with the Murdered Journalist the night he was killed, has allegedly been assassinated by unknown gunmen in Ogun State.

Meanwhile, the Chief Pathologist, Lagos State University Teaching Hospital (LASUTH), Prof. John Obafunwa who carried out an autopsy on Ogundeji, has expressed concern over his safety.

Meanwhile a police officer who testified before the coroner inquest refused to mention his name and rank. He wrote it on a peace of paper.

“As a police officer, I have heard of killings before, but Ogundeji’s killing was news to me because of the manner he was killed. My hord, I was shocked,” he said.

The coroner’s inquest to unravel the circumstances of the hate Journalist’s death began on January 23, 2009 and was set up in accordance with the coroner’s inquest haw of Lagos state.

PIX; State co-ordinator of the Federal Government Committee on Amnesty, Dr. Timi Agary (left) listening to Air Commodore P.O. Gbujie and Group Captain E.J. Ozoemena, members of the committee, during a stakeholders’  meeting for Rivers State, at Hotel Presidential, recently. Photo: Chris Monyanaga

PIX; State co-ordinator of the Federal Government Committee on Amnesty, Dr. Timi Agary (left) listening to Air Commodore P.O. Gbujie and Group Captain E.J. Ozoemena, members of the committee, during a stakeholders’ meeting for Rivers State, at Hotel Presidential, recently. Photo: Chris Monyanaga

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Bello’s Gunmen After My Life, Family -Kogi Dep Gov

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Deputy Governor of Kogi State, Elder Simon Achuba yesterday alleged that the governor of the state has sent gunmen after his life.
Acbuba called on the inspector General of Police, the Department of State Services (DSS), the Army and other security personnel to safeguard his life, family members and his aides.
Achuba, who spoke with newsmen at his official residence in Lokoja said, “From all information at my disposal, the governor has mobilised gunmen to attack me.
“I want the police, SSS, IGP to know that if anything should happen to me, my family and aides, the governor should be held responsible.”
The deputy governor likewise called on the President to beam his searchlight on the state.

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LGAs Responsible For Farmers, Herdsmen Clashes In Nigeria -UN

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Zebulon Takwa, Peace and Development Adviser, Office of the UN Resident Coordinator in Nigeria, says poor Local Government administration is largely responsible for farmers-herdsmen clashes in Nigeria
Takwa, who gave the position in an interview with newsmen yesterday in Abuja, expressed concerns over “weak operational structures at the local government level’’.
He said that issues that were supposed to be addressed by local administration authority were left unattended to over a long period.
The UN official noted that most of the issues that escalated to crises ought to have been resolved at the local level by the authorities, traditional and religious leaders.
He decried the situation where structures for such prompt amicable settlement were not effective enough to prevent conflicts.
Takwa condemned the situation where most local government officials migrated to urban centres instead of concentrating on their primary responsibilities of settling crises, developing infrastructure and social amenities, among others.

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Reprisal Killing: Taraba Police, Tiv, Junkun Differ On Casualities

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The Police Command in Taraba State has said that only one individual was killed in what appeared to be a revenge for the alleged murder of a Junkun man yesterday.
While the Tiv claimed that no fewer than nine of their kinsmen were killed in Takum town, Takum Local Government Area of Taraba State on Tuesday, the Police said the figure was not true.
Takum is the hometown of Governor DariusIshaku who turned 65 today.
Multiple sources in Takum said trouble started yesterday morning when a Jukun man was killed on his farm along Takum-Wukari road, and irate Jukun youths in Takum went on the rampage, killing at least eight people in the town.
A resident of Takum, Mr. Nathaniel Jato, in a telephone interview with our Correspondent said the eight people killed in Takum town were all Tiv resident in the town.
“We counted at least eight dead bodies around General Hospital Junction and Zenith Bank around the Wukari roundabout.
“We were told that many people were killed around Rimi Primary school area, but there is tension, so we can’t go there.
“The Caretaker Chairman of Takum Local Government Council, ShibanTikari, has assured us that the situation will not escalate, but I am afraid the situation might degenerate if adequate security measures are not put in place,” he lamented.
Jato, who said there was threat that their houses would be attacked in the night, called on Governor Darius Ishaku and security authorities to quickly restore peace in the area to pave way for proper investigation of the matter.

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