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Rivers CP Orders Probe Of Officer Over Defilement, Pornography

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The Rivers State Commissioner of Police, CP Friday Eboka has ordered a discreet investigation to ascertain the allegation against a senior police officer who was accused of taking a nude picture of an underaged girl under duress and thereafter defiling her. .
The spokesperson of the command in Port Harcourt, SP Grace Iringe-Koko while responding to journalists via text message said, the CP had called both parties in the alleged offence for discreet investigation ,saying that the outcome of the investigation would be made public.
This is coming on the heels of one Binla, 17 years, and resident of the state who alleged that one Inspector of Police (name with held) and his boys stripped her and her friend naked, took their nude video and raped them. She also accused them of stealing her N500,000.
According to Binla, the incident started in March this year in Port Harcourt when she met her friend to help her find a job so that she could not be idle and her friend promised to talk to her man friend to help her.
She told journalists that when they finally met the man and he asked her about her age, she told him that she was 17 years old.
The police officer told her that because of her age, there were some jobs that she could not do but promised to see what he could do and would get back to her soonest .
“After then, he asked us if had eaten, we said no, he gave us his ATM card that we should go and get anything we want to eat. We went and bought food and came back with the ATM card and gave him his ATM card.
“Immediately, he started claiming that he received multiple debits on the ATM card. We quickly asked him the amount involved, he refused to tell us. It was just recently he told us that he has been receiving debt alert to the tune of N500,000 naira”.
“So after that time, he discharged my friend that brought me and kept me with other girls I met there that he gave both of us the ATM card and quickly called his boys and told them we were thieves.
They ordered us to pull our clothes. After pulling our clothes, he recorded our nakedness and told us that if we don’t cooperate with him, he was going to spread the nude videos. He took us to a room and poured us teargas and slept with us till the next morning before discharging us.”
“After then, like after one month, he has been coming, like for three times. Any time he comes if we refused to go with him, he will threaten us that he is going to share our nude videos in social media, then, I will go with him, he will sleep with me.
“This last one he came, I was not around. He told my friend they should tell me to come, when they told me, I refused to go. Then on Monday when I was going to sew my slipper, he met me on the road and asked me if my friend did not tell me to come. I said they told me. He asked me why did I not come. I said nothing. Then he dragged my phone from my hand that I should come with him.
“That when I am ready to pay him the N500,000 that he lost in his account that I should come that is when he would give me the phone,” she stated.
“Reaching today, I went to the Rumupakani (Ada George) Police Station to go and lay complaint. So after then, the police went with me to the man’s house but we did not see him.
“After I went home, people told me some boys came to look for me and I do not know the boys.
“My life is under threat. I don’t know if he is the one that sent the boys. I am calling on the public because my life is under threat”, she stated.
When contacted on phone, the Police Officer said the girls did not come back that night but later gave one of their friends the ATM card to give to him after several hours on that fateful day.
He alleged that he had being receiving debt alert ever since he gave the girls his ATM card even as at Saturday, August 27,2022 he was talking to the press.
He denied taking nude videos of the girls while maintaining that they stole #500,000 naira from his account.
He however, admitted sleeping with the girl but with her consent and he paid her for all the times he had sex with her that he did not rape her.
On the issue of the phone, the Police Officer accepted seizing the girl’s phone last Monday (August 22, 2022) because one of her friends allegedly used her phone to threaten him.
Meanwhile the Centre for Basic Rights Protection and Accountability Campaign has called for a thorough investigation into the incident.
A lawyer with the Human Rights Advocacy group, Centre for Basic Rights Protection and Accountability Campaign, Festus Bonwin Esq in an interview with Journalists advised the police officer to submit himself for Investigation.
Mr Bonwin further called on the police authority to thoroughly investigate the girl and the police officer and if anyone was found culpable, the person should be charged to court.

By: Akujobi Amadi

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Do Not Sabotage Passport Unit, Immigration Warns

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Members of the public, especially passport applicants have been warned to stop patronizing road-side passport operators which is tantamount to sabotage.
A top Immigration Officer in Port Harcourt, who pleaded anonymity, said those doing such, was trying to sabotage the efforts of the Command, vis-avis that of the Controller, Bala Dangana.
The Officer made this known when he spoke in an exclusive chat with this Publication in Port Harcourt during the week and noted that such act was against the wheels of the laws that established the agency and may project it in a bad light in the eye of the public.
The pointed out that the Passport process do not require a third party in that its processes are easy and pocket friendly.
The Officer expressed regrets that the saboteurs charge the unsuspecting members of the public seeking passport exorbitantly thereby making the process cumbersome.
He boasted how the Passport personnel have all it takes to deliver tasks on schedule with zero complain.
According to him, those in the act of the alleged sabotage risk imprisonment, if caught, in that it is viewed as economic sabotage on the part of the federal government.
“Passport racketeering is a against the law and abuse of process. Things must be done in order and indecency. We are an agency established by law. So, anything we are doing must follow due process”, he.
He has also called on members of the public to be wary of patronizing road-side passport operators to avoid double payment.
If due process will be followed, according to him, the issue of passport racketeering will belong to history.
“The problem is the some members of the public seeking passport assistance are not patience. Some of them come when time for the purpose of the Passport is due. That is part of the reasons the run into wrong hands at times”, he said.
It was learnt that surveillance has been place around the Immigration Offices in the state in an attempt to arrest and bring to book those involved in passport racketeering to book.

By: King Onunwor

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…Debunk PTD-NUPENG Members’ Claim

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The Rivers State Police Command has debunked in its entirety, a media report from the PTD-NUPENG members in the state who alleged that the Commissioner of Police did not allow them to extort money from petroleum tankers’ drivers and added that such allegations were frivolous and should be discarded
A statement by the police spokesperson in the State, SP Grace Iringe-Koko, however, explained that the report as peddled by the group was not correct as it was not the true position of what transpired during the meeting called by CP Friday Eboka and members of the union to end the week-long strike which was the reason for the fuel scarcity witnessed in the state recently.
“The attention of the Rivers State Police Command has been drawn to a protest by some disgruntled elements on Saturday, September 17, 2022 along UTC Junction to Government House, Port Harcourt, who alleged that the Commissioner of Police did not allow them to extort money from petroleum tankers’ drivers. “
“The command would have ignored them, considering the fact that most people captured on camera on that day were hired urchins.
However, the need to save the good people of Rivers State from being fed with wrong information has necessitated this response.”
“Residents of Port Harcourt and its environs will easily recall that for about a week preceding the day of the protest, PTD-NUPENG embarked on a strike action as a result of which the people of Rivers State suffered untold hardship due to the resultant fuel scarcity. The Commissioner of Police as a way of expressing his love for residents of the State convened a meeting of all stakeholders on 16/9/2022. At the end of the deliberation which lasted over six hours, a communiqué was issued and NUPENG called off the strike action. Everyone in the state was of course happy.”
Surprisingly, as the PTD-NUPENG tanker drivers started loading, a group of disgruntled elements who perhaps were happy that there was scarcity in the town, blocked them from distributing petroleum products, insisting on collecting tolls from them. Irked that the agreement which took hours to attain was about to be scuttled, the Police moved in to allow the tanker drivers do their work. The next day, this group who called themselves IPMAN, hired some urchins to disturb the peace of Port Harcourt”.

By: Amadi Akujobi

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Don’t Pay Attorney, Committee, Community Heads Urge LG Boss

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Elders and principal members of Omuigwe and Obugwor villages in Egbeda have called on the Emohua Council Chairman, Hon. Chidi Lloyd to stop any further payment relating to their Owheshi Land Acquisition by Polo Cico Ltd, to either their attorney or the committee that had represented them in the past.
Leader of Obugwor Village, Elder Clifford Waba, who made the call while speaking with newsmen at his residence in Elele on Monday, noted that the committee set up by the two villages and the attorney
they had given power had swindled a large chunk of the community’s money.
He said the attorney was paid N45, 000,000 (Forty Five Million Naira) only on behalf of the villages but presented N20,000,000 (Twenty Million Naira) only as what the villages were paid.
Elder Waba pointed out that at first they could not ascertain how much was paid as the money was paid into the lawyer’s account.
The community leader said the attorney had admitted the fraud but was still insistent on representing the community, a situation which had incensed the people against him.
He remarked that the fraud was committed in connivance with the committee.
He noted that both the attorney and the committee had been asked to steer away from further transaction in that regard.
Elder Waba explained that the fraud committed by both the committee and the attorney had caused rift in the community which would exacerbate if money is paid through such channel.
He said those who squandered the community’s fund were still insistent on representing it in further transactions.
According to him “both the attorney and the committee members have betrayed the confidence eposed in them and can no longer represent us. As it is now, their culpability is still being investigated.
We have written to the lawyer revoking the power donated to him and the committee has been dissolved.
Also speaking the head of Omuigwe village Elder Friday Umenwor called on the State Government to stop Hon. Lloyd from making any further payment to the disengaged attorney or to the defunct
committee.
He said as a result of the fraud committed by both their attorney and the committee they could no longer be used for further payment.

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