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Robbers invade Murtala Muhammed Airport •Raid Bureau de Change, kill 2, injure many

Written by  Shola Adekola




THAT the Murtala Muhammed International Airport is  porous  was on Wednesday night again confirmed, as deadly looking  robbers, numbering over 10, beat the airport security network to unleash terror on the entire airport. Two people were feared dead.

According to an eyewitness,  the armed robbers had entered the airport through the terminal zero, proceeded to the arrival hall and penetrated the departure hall of the terminal.

The incident, which occurred around 8.00 p.m. took the various security officials stationed at the airport by surprise with most of them  scampering  for safety due to the superior deadly weapons  the robbers paraded.

The eyewitness who works within the airport terminal building, explained further that on entering the terminal, the armed robbers ordered all the users of the airport to lie down while those who refused to comply were shot at.

In the process, a protocol officer of Addax Oil Company simply identified as Chike was shot and reportedly taken to a hospital through an ambulance after the armed robbers had left the airport.

The reason for the attack on the airport and the extent of damage could not be ascertained as at the time of filing this report, but another source who works with one of the agencies at the airport explained that the attack showed porosity of the entire airport.

However, information gathered indicated that the robbers were not able to penetrate into the central search of the airport.

The Nigerian Tribune however gathered that some people lost their lives following the manner the robbers shot sporadically while trying to find their ways to the terminal building.

As at the time of filing this report, it could not be ascertained the number of casualties but in responding,  the Corporate Communications, Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN), Mr Yakubu Dati confirmed the incident, but said that the men of the Nigerian Police attached to the airport foiled an attempted robbery attack at the airport.

Dati explained that there was an exchange of fire, which resulted in the death of one of the robbers, stressing that the level of casualty was still being ascertained as at press time.

He, however, said that the robbers might have come to the airport to attack some of the bureau de change operators within the premises.

He added, “The situation has since been brought under control by the swift intervention of joint security force. They were apparently attempting to rob a bureau de change operator near the airport. Normal operations and flight have not been affected by the incident.”

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Police officer jailed over N10,000 bribe

Written by Lanre Adewole

The Court of Appeal, Abuja Division, has upheld the two-year jail term without an option of fine imposed on a police officer, Corporal Akingbola Johnson, by the Abuja High Court for demanding and receiving N10,000 bribe for bail.

A statement issued in Abuja, on Tuesday, by the Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission (ICPC) by its spokesperson, Mr Folu Olamiti, stated that it arraigned the convict in 2005 over the offence.

The statement read: “A police officer Corporal Akingbola Johnson, is to spend the next two years in prison for demanding bribe from suspects in police custody.

“Mr Akingbola on 16th June, 2011 lost his appeal against a judgement of a Federal Capital Territory (FCT) High Court which had convicted him to two years imprisonment without option of fine.

“Justice Lawan Garba of the Federal Court of Appeal in Abuja upheld the earlier judgement.

“The Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission (ICPC) had on 31st May, 2005 arraigned Mr Akingbola before the FCT High Court in Abuja for demanding and receiving bribe of N10,000.00 before granting bail to two suspects, an offence contrary to section 8 (i) (a) and punishable under section 8(i)(b)(ii) of the ICPC Act, 2000.

“The suspects, Chiduban Nwaogo and Victor Uzor, were arrested on suspicion of being in possession of Marijuana and were detained at the Utako Police Station. When one Mr Okwudili Isielu, who claimed to be the brother to the suspects requested for the bail of the suspects, the police officer demanded for N10,000.00k(ten thousand naira).

“Okwudili complained to his lawyer, who advised him to petition the ICPC, intimating it of the request by the policeman. Consequent upon this petition, operatives of the ICPC mapped out strategies and had him arrested after he had collected from Mr Isielu N10,00 marked money.

“In his judgement, Justice Garba said the court was not convinced with the defence of the accused, more so, when he was caught red handed.”

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London based Nigerian businessman shot dead in Lagos

written by Christopher Oji

Yemisi Sanda, widow of London-based Nigerian, Kole, who was shot dead by suspected armed robbers at a filling station in Lekki, Lagos, has called on the Inspector-General of Police (IGP), Mr. Hafiz Ringim to fish out her husband’s killers.

Sanda was shot dead few days on arrival from London, when he went to a filling station in company of his cousin, Gbade Amao to buy fuel for his generator. Yemisi said the only thing that would heal her pains was for the IGP to fish out her husband’s killers and bring them to justice.

Yemisi, who was still not in terms with the reality that her husband who left her few days ago had been shot dead, said she was on her way to the mortuary to see if really it was his corpse.
A tearful Yemisi said: “But I believe it is really true because, he can no longer pick his phone calls. My husband could not stay two hours without calling me or his children. It is true, it is true.”
She said her life crashed the day she received the shocking news that her husband, who left her and the children hale and healthy had been killed in a most horrendous manner.
“My husband was shot like a common criminal. He was a very responsible and hardworking man who had been contributing to the economy of the country. Why should he be killed like a common criminal in his own country?”

She said that if her husband had been sick, she may not have been as shocked as she was.
However, a family member, who simply identified herself as Nike, also wants the police to fish out Sanda’s killers. She revealed that the deceased had concluded plans with some expatriates to establish a company in Lagos. She said: “Now, the dream is over. When I discussed with my brother last time he came, he told me that he wanted to contribute in reducing unemployment in the country as the company would have employed about 500 workers.”

Nike berated the security lapses in the country especially in Lagos, alleging that the robbers operated in the filling station for over two hours unchallenged by the police. “The robbers also shot other persons who may have died like my brother.” She said the most painful aspect was that “my brother was pleading with the gunmen to allow him go for treatment as he was bleeding excessively, but the robbers would not let him go as they even warned him not to dare them further. He later bled to death.”

She wants the police to review their security strategies to seeing that more lives were not wasted the way and manner her brother was brutally killed.“If this type of untimely death should continue unabated, it would discourage Nigerian in Diaspora from coming home. It will also discourage investors from coming to invest in Nigeria,” she noted.

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Nigerian Police need N3Billion to change uniform

A total of N3 billion will be required for every policeman to get two pairs of the new uniform, Police Force Public Relations Officer ACP Emmanuel Ojukwu has said.

Ojukwu told Daily Trust in Abuja that the new uniforms comprising of light blue shirts worn on black trousers mainly used by senior police officers now are pricey.

There are over 370,000 policemen in the country.

He said the black uniforms currently in use can only be changed when the police authorities accept the new uniforms being used by senior offers for assessment.

“It has been assessed initially that the new uniforms are difficult to maintain especially by officers that often mix together and struggle with suspects. Police authorities will determine whether or not the new uniforms will be adopted to replace the dark grey ones being used which people regard as black,” he said.

Inspector General of Police Ogbonna Onovo had said that the black uniforms are not comfortable in hot humid weather even though they are easy to maintain. “We are testing the new light blue shirts and it is unlikely if they will be adopted because they are difficult to maintain,” he said.

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