Dismissed cop jailed seven years for killing Lagos resident.
Justice Oluwatoyin Taiwo of the Lagos State Special Offences Court, on Wednesday, sentenced a dismissed policeman, Ologunowa Ojo, to seven years’ imprisonment for killing one Taiye Akande.
PUNCH Metro had reported that Ojo, who was guarding Frajend Investments Nigeria Limited, had on February 3, 2016, around 7pm, shot Akande around Shapati, in the Ajah area of the state.Ojo, who was attached to the Special Protection Unit, Oduduwa, Ikeja, was said to be guarding the firm dealing in motorcycles.
Akande was said to have argued with the police sergeant for allegedly sitting on the company’s fence. The policeman was said to have shot him in the buttocks and he was rushed to the Akodo General Hospital, where he died.
The police authorities immediately subjected the cop to orderly room trial, leading to his dismissal from the force. Ojo, however, said he did not have any intention to kill the victim, adding that he only wanted to scare him.
He said, “I was on duty that day and the owner of the building had instructed that he did not want anybody to sit on his fence. I got into an argument with some residents, and as a security man, I brought out my gun to scare them off. But one of them (Akande), engaged me in a fight and started dragging the gun with me. Suddenly, the gun discharged and hit him in the buttocks”.
Delivering her judgment on Wednesday, Justice Taiwo held that there had been many incidents of extrajudicial killing by the police under the pretext of accidental discharge, adding that the sentence would serve as a deterrent to errant officers of the law. She found Ojo guilty of manslaughter and sentenced him to seven years’ imprisonment.
Justice Taiwo said, “The defendant acted with gross negligence and recklessness without regard for human life. The defendant, Ologunowa Ojo, is hereby sentenced to seven years’ imprisonment in accordance with Section 315 of the Administration of Criminal Justice Law, 2015. I will take into consideration the time he has spent in prison custody, which is a year and three months; the time spent in custody will be deducted from the sentence. This is the judgment of the court”.
Police Act: IG misses four-year tenure, retires January.
There are indications that the Inspector-General of Police, Mohammed Adamu, may not benefit from the provisions of the Nigeria Police Act 2020, assented by the President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari, last week.
The new law prescribed among others, a four-year single tenure for the office of the Inspector-General of Police.But Adamu, who is the 20th indigenous police boss, is expected to retire in January 2021 when he would clock 35 years in service.
According to a Wikipedia, the 59-year-old was born on September 17, 1961, and enlisted into the Nigeria Police Force in 1986, after graduating from the Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, with a bachelor’s degree in Geography.
Sources said Adamu, who was appointed in January 2019, would not benefit from the new law on account of age, having clocked the mandatory 35 years in service.
It was learnt that the fixed four-year single tenure would commence with the next IG who may be appointed by the President in February.
According to the new law, the person to be appointed as IG shall be a senior police officer not below the rank of an Assistant Inspector-General of Police with not less than a first degree or its equivalent in addition to professional and management experience.
Part III, section 4 read, “The IG shall not be removed from office except for gross misconduct, a gross violation of the constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria or demonstrated incapacity to effectively discharge the duties of the office.
“The IG shall only be removed from office by the President on the advice of the Police Council. The person appointed to the office of the IG shall hold office for four years subject to the provision of clause 18(8) of the bill,” section 5 stipulated.
The law also resolved the controversy surrounding the recruitment of police constables, noting that the exercise will be handled by the police recruitment committee which shall consist of the IG as the chairman, all the serving DIGs, the Force Secretary and others.
When contacted for comment on the provisions of the law relating to constables recruitment, the Commissioner in charge of Media, Police Service Commission, Mr Austin Braimo, said, “I can’t comment until after our meeting where we would discuss the provisions of the law,” he said.
Edo electoral victory strategies hatched in Rivers — Obaseki.
The winner of the just concluded Edo State gubernatorial election, governor Godwin Obaseki yesterday described the consolation he got from the Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Ezenwo Wike as the second pivot for his electoral victory. The first pillar, he said, is God who crowned the efforts of all his supporters.
Governor Obaseki was speaking when he led some political leaders of Edo State on a thank-you visit to Governor Wike at the Rivers State Government House, Port Harcourt. He noted the commitment of Governor Wike in ensuring electoral victory for him by relocating to Edo State despite the needless attacks from the opposition.
“After I was pushed out of my former Party, this house was the first place I sought solace. You took me in as a brother, out of the storm, changed my clothes and gave me food to eat. It was in this house, the Campaign Council met to work out the key strategies that led us to victory. You mobilised people across the country. You moved to Benin, went through the humiliation and attacks. You supported us and we won. It will be a sin against God if we do not come to say thank you. Even if the victory we are celebrating is from God. He has used people like you to make it happen,” he said.
In his response, Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Ezenwo Wike said his support was informed by the fact that Governor Obaseki was courageous and fearless. According to him, standing against forces of godfatherism was not easy but Governor Obaseki made himself available to protect the interest of Edo State.
Buhari greets Elumelu, as he makes list of Time’s 100 most influential people worldwide.
TIME has named Chairman of United Bank for Africa, UBA, Mr Tony Elumelu, in the list of the 100 most influential people in the world on its annual list. He was listed alongside two other Nigerians, including Tomi Adeyemi and Tunji Funsho.
The list, which is now in its seventeenth year, recognises the activism, innovation, and achievement of the world’s most influential individuals. Elumelu, who is one of the only four Africans on the 2020 list, is recognised for his track record of business turnaround, value creation and economic empowerment of young Africans.
He is the Founder and Chairman of Heirs Holdings, his family owned investment company, committed to improving lives and transforming Africa, through long-term investments in strategic sectors of the African economy, including financial services, hospitality, power, energy and healthcare.
He is also the chairman of UBA which operates in 20 countries in Africa, the United Kingdom, France, and is the only African bank with a commercial deposit taking licence in the United States. Elumelu also chairs Nigeria’s largest quoted conglomerate, Transcorp, whose subsidiaries include Transcorp Power, one of the leading generators of electricity in Nigeria and Transcorp Hotels Plc, Nigeria’s foremost hospitality brand.
He is the most prominent champion of entrepreneurship in Africa, having in 2010 created The Tony Elumelu Foundation (TEF), the philanthropy empowering a new generation of African entrepreneurs, catalysing economic growth, driving poverty eradication and ensuring job creation across all 54 African countries.
Since inception, the Foundation has funded about 10,000 entrepreneurs and created a digital ecosystem of over one million as part of its ten year, US$100m commitment through the TEF Entrepreneurship Programme. Self-funded, the Foundation is increasingly sharing its unique ability to identify, train, mentor and fund young entrepreneurs across Africa, with institutions such as the UNDP, the ICRC and leading European development agencies.
Buhari congratulates Tony Elumelu on being named 100 most influential people of 2020. Congratulating Elumelu in a statement by his spokesman, Femi Adesina, yesterday, President Muhammadu Buhari commended his vision of Africapitalism, which espouses that Africa’s private sector must play a leading role in the continent’s development through long-term investments, entrepreneurship, and regional connectivity. The President added that it was just a matter of time before such caught global attention. “President Buhari says Elumelu’s commitment to the development of African youths, whom he has given a voice and empowerment, investing $5,000 in 1,000 young entrepreneurs per year across 54 countries, places him as a visionary, with milk of human kindness,” the statement read.
Buhari wished Elumelu greater successes on all fronts, and recommended his strides to other high net worth people.