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Inspector sentenced to death for killing phone dealer

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The Delta State High Court sitting at Asaba on Tuesday sentenced Inspector Ubi Ebri of the Nigeria Police Force to death on a murder charge.

The court presided over by Justice C. D. Diai convicted and sentenced the Inspector to death for killing a phone dealer, Mr Onyeka Ibeh, in Asaba.

 

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Ibeh, a popular phone dealer in Asaba, along with his wife was driving from Ugbolu to Asaba on April 5, 2023, when they were flagged down by the police team for a search.

The deceased was said to have stopped but after waiting for a while to be searched, and they were not being attended to, decided to move away

Infuriated by the action of the deceased, the police inspector immediately opened fire into the vehicle and the bullet hit the late Ibeh on the head and he died on the spot.

The wife of the deceased who sat in the front seat was unhurt.

The killing of the phone dealer led to protests by youths along the streets of Asaba and to police headquarters to demand justice.

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However, the prosecution, led by a director in the Ministry of Justice, Mr E.H. Edema, accused the policeman of killing Ibeh.

Edema alleged that the defendant was part of a police patrol team that mounted a stop and search exercise on April 5, 2023, along the Ugbolu Asaba Road in the state capital.

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Edema who told Journalists after the judgement said, “Today’s judgement is a landmark judgement because justice has been served in this case to the deceased and society at large.”

Also, the elder brother of the deceased, Mr Ifeanyi Ibeh, who witnessed the judgement, also commended the court for delivering justice to his family.

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Lagos teenager dies after father’s beating

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Lagos teenager dies after father’s beating

The Police in Lagos State have begun an investigation into the death of a 19-year-old boy allegedly beaten to death by his father.

The Lagos Police Public Relations Officer, SP Benjamin Hundeyin, confirmed the incident on Thursday.

 

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The spokesperson said that the Alagbado Police Division received a report of the alleged crime on Tuesday.

He said, “At about 12.00 p.m. on July 5, at about 2.00 p.m., one Olumide gave his son, Adeyemi a deep cut under moderate correction, at his right hand side with a shovel over an undisclosed offence.”

Hundeyin said that the young man sustained injury as a result of the impact of the shovel attack

“The young man was immediately rushed to the hospital for treatment.

“But when the injury became serious, he was taken to the General Hospital Ikeja, where he gave up the ghost as a result of tetanus infection, as confirmed by the doctor on duty.

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“The scene was visited by detectives of the division.

“However, the father of the victim is currently at large and the case is under investigation,” he said.

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Police hunt ‘area boys’ for killing final-year Bayelsa varsity student over N150 levy

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Police hunt ‘area boys’ for killing final-year Bayelsa varsity student over N150 levy

There is outrage in Amassoma, Southern Ijaw Local Government Area of Bayelsa State following the stabbing to death on Monday of a final-year student of the Niger Delta University.

Community sources who spoke to our correspondent on Wednesday said the victim, Francis Palowei, was at the Sand Dump, a popular spot among the students for relaxation and socialising when some youths in the area stabbed him to death when he failed to give them N150.

 

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Palowei, who hailed from Obrigbene community in the Ekeremor Local Government Area of Bayelsa State, was expected to graduate on Wednesday, July 24, 2024, when the university would hold its next convocation.

Theheute gathered that men of the Nigeria Police Force had gone to the community and started searching for the perpetrators.

According to one source, who pleaded anonymity, students of the institution have also joined in the search for the perpetrators while the shock of the incident has made some students shun classes, with a greater majority attending classes.

The Public Relations Officer of the university, Indoni Engezi, who confirmed the incident, told Theheute that the incident did not affect academic activities as “the university is a different community.”

Engezi said the issue affected the host community, Amassoma, and that the police were already on top of the situation.

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“The owner of the sand dump does not charge any fees for using the premises, but some youths usually charge N150 from anyone who wants to use the premises”, he said.

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The Police Public Relations Officer, Musa Mohammed, said the Commissioner of Police, Francis Idu, had deployed additional manpower to the community to maintain the peace.

Mohammed said the police had launched a manhunt for the killers.

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Bribery still thriving in Nigeria

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Bribery still thriving in Nigeria

A new report by the National Bureau of Statistics and the UNODC on corruption in Nigeria cements the country’s soiled reputation as a place of sleaze. Entitled ‘Corruption in Nigeria: Patterns and Trends,’ it revealed that about N721 billion was received as bribes by public officials in 2023. This is huge, amounting to about 0.35 per cent of GDP. The Bola Tinubu administration has a huge task to clean up the rot.

According to the survey, the average cash bribe was N8,284, an increase from N5,754 in 2019. The report stated that corruption was ranked fourth among the most important problems affecting the country in 2023, after the cost of living, insecurity, and unemployment.

 

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It indicates that 56 per cent of Nigerians interacted with a public official in 2023, down from 63 per cent in 2019. Despite this reduction, bribery remains widespread, with an average of 5.1 bribes paid per bribe payer, totalling approximately 87 million bribes nationwide. This is a decrease from the 117 million bribes estimated in 2019.

Bribery is more common in rural areas, with citizens paying an average of 5.8 bribes compared to 4.5 bribes in urban areas. On payment mode, the report noted that over 95 per cent of bribes were paid in monetary form (cash or money transfer) in 2023. “It said public officials were more likely to demand bribes. It also mentioned private sector actors, including doctors in private hospitals.” Bribery increased from 6.0 per cent in 2019 to 14 per cent in 2023.

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Corruption manifests in every sphere of Nigerian life; most noticeably in elections, the judiciary, government agencies, procurement/contracts, payroll, and extortion by security agents. For many, corruption is “the single greatest obstacle preventing Nigeria from achieving its enormous potential.”

No sector of the state is free from this pest. In March, the UNODC decried the prevalence of corruption in the judiciary. The agency found that 20 per cent of those who had contact with the Nigerian judiciary were confronted with a request to pay a bribe.

The EFCC Chairman, Ola Olukoyede, claims that some religious organisations are “more corrupt” than public offices in Nigeria. The EFCC noted that it recovered $550 million by stopping ‘ghost workers’ on the public payroll. The erstwhile Muhammadu Buhari administration implemented the Treasury Single Account and recovered $370 million in unremitted tax.

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But he undermined the war by pardoning two ex-governors convicted of corruption. A former Accountant-General of the Federation allegedly stole N109 billion from which he returned N30 billion. Despite many court judgements, the government refuses to account for recovered assets. The corruption case against a former governor was discontinued in 2019 after an apparent political deal with the Buhari administration.

After assuming office, the Tinubu administration began prosecuting some public officials. The EFCC has questioned ministers under Buhari such as Hadi Sirika, Saleh Mamman, and Sadiya Faruq over the alleged diversion of public funds.

This is reflected in Nigeria’s average score in the annual Transparency International Corruption Perception Index 2014-2023 is 27 out of 100; it ranked the 145th most corrupt out of 180 countries.

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The United States-based Center for International Private Enterprise argues that the anti-corruption war in Nigeria fails primarily because the government is “selective, ineffective and themselves lack credibility.”

PwC says corruption could cost Nigeria up to 37 per cent of GDP by 2030 if not addressed urgently. The UNODC adds, “Corruption aggravates inequality and injustice, and undermines stability, especially in the world’s most vulnerable regions.”

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Worse, Tinubu has not articulated a definite plan yet, though he ordered a probe of the CBN. Many senior figures in the incumbent administration have been accused of corruption, including top leadership of the All Progressives Congress. A minister is on suspension over corruption allegations.

Therefore, to defeat graft, Tinubu must fashion and implement a pragmatic plan.

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