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Four South African police officers arrested over gruesome murder of Nigerian man, Pius Ezekwem

The South African government have arrested four police officers over the gruesome murder of  a Nigerian businessman residing in their country, Pius Ezekwem.

 

46-year-old Pius who runs a chain of bread and breakfast guesthouses in the Eastern Cape Province in South Africa, was killed last weekend in front of his family members in his home by eight police officers. The police officers picked him up from a Nigerian eatery where he was hanging out with other Nigerians, forcefully took him to his home and afterwards shot him dead. Read initially story here.

 

Initially, no police officer was arrested in connection with the killing of Ezekwem. However, after a protest from the Nigerian government, four police officers have now been arrested and will be charged to court.

 

Abike Dabiri who is the Chairman of the Nigerians in Diaspora Commission, gave an update on the case via her Twitter handle.

Further to the murder of a Nigerian, Pius Abiaziem on 23/08/19, in SA

@DIRCO_ZA

four members of the South African police service have been arrested and will be charged to court immediately .

 

Lady commits suicide after her four year marriage was annulled

A Nigerian lady has reportedly committed suicide after her 4 year old marriage was annulled recently. Twitter user @somadina___ who shared the story online, said her aunt who is the deceased, took rat poison over the weekend. Read the sad story below…

 

Nigerian man sentenced to four years in prison for $8.3 million fraud in U.S

47-year-old Ayodeji Fatunmbi, has been handed a 4-year-jail sentence after being found guilty of defrauding the United States government of $8.3 million through a fraudulent durable medical equipment (DME) scheme. 

The Nigerian man was sentenced to 4 years in prison by U.S. District Judge Christina A. Snyder, and also ordered to pay $1.1 million in restitution to American government. 

He was charged for the fraudulent act alongside 47-year-old Olufunke Fadojutimi of Carson in California and 44-year-old Maritza Elizabeth Velasquez from Las Vegas in Nevada. The statement on the US Department of State Website reads in part;

As part of his guilty plea, Fatunmbi admitted that he and others paid cash kickbacks to patient recruiters and physicians for fraudulent prescriptions for DME such as power wheelchairs, which the Medicare beneficiaries did not have a legitimate medical need.  Fatunmbi and co-conspirators caused Lutemi Medical Supply (Lutemi), a DME supply company that he co-ran, to submit approximately $8.3 million in claims to Medicare, which resulted in the company being paid over $3.5 million. 

Fatunmbi further admitted that he was responsible for $2,090,434 in false and fraudulent claims for medically unnecessary DME and that as a result of his conduct, Medicare paid Lutemi a total of $1,076,893.  In furtherance of this scheme, Fatunmbi and a co-conspirator wrote checks from Lutemi’s bank account to Lutemi employees and others, and Fatunmbi instructed that those monies be returned to him to pay the illegal cash kickbacks to the patient recruiters and doctors, he admitted.  Fatummbi admittedly directed others at Lutemi to engage in these tranactions to conceal the nature and source of the proceeds of the health care fraud conspiracy. 

Velasquez pleaded guilty on July 24, 2013, to one count of conspiracy to commit health care fraud, and was sentenced to 15 months in prison and restitution in the amount of $3,411,428.  Fadojutimi was found guilty after a jury trial on July 31, 2014, of one count of conspiracy to commit health care fraud, seven counts of health care fraud and one count of money laundering, and was sentenced to four years in prison and restitution in the amount of $4,372,466.

This case was investigated by the HHS-OIG, the FBI and IRS-CI.  Trial Attorneys Claire Yan, Emily Z. Culbertson and Justin P. Givens of the Criminal Division’s Fraud Section are prosecuting the case.  The Asset Forfeiture Section of the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Central District of California is handling the asset forfeiture aspects of the case.

German police identify four of Ekweremadu’s attackers

Four members of the Indigenous Peoples of Biafra (IPOB) involved in the assault of Senator Ike Ekweremadu at an event organised by “Ndigbo Germany” in Nuremberg on Saturday August 17, have been identified by the Bavaria police. 

 

LIB reported earlier that the German police had a cold feet in investigating the assault incident and also announced that nobody has been arrested in connection with the attack and humiliation of former deputy senate president, Ike Ekweremadu. However the 4 attackers were brought into custody, after the Nigerian embassy invoked section 102 (1), chapter 3, of the German criminal code.

 

It states: “(1)Whosoever commits an attack against the life or limb of a foreign head of state, member of a foreign government, the head of a foreign diplomatic mission who is accredited in the Federal territory while the victim is in Germany in his official capacity shall be liable to imprisonment not exceeding five years or a fine, in especially serious cases to imprisonment of not less than one year. (2) In addition to a sentence of imprisonment of at least six months, the court may order the loss of the ability to hold public office to vote and be elected in public elections (section 45(2) and (5)).

 

The victim can also pursue a civil case if he or she desires. A foreign affairs ministry in Abuja told TheCable that the Bavaria state police have analysed the attack videos and identified four of the suspected attackers.

“I cannot reveal their identities for now because the German authorities are now co-operating with us and investigating the attack,” the official said. 

Four police officers who shot robbery suspects dead in a bus, dismissed for extrajudicial killings

The Lagos State Police command on Thursday August 22, announced that it has dismissed four of its officers found culpable of extrajudicial killing. 

 

The policemen identified as Inspector Fabiyi Omomayara, Sergeant Olaniyi Solomon, Sergeant Solomon Sunday and Corporal Aliyu Mukaila shot two robbery suspects dead after arresting them for allegedly robbing a man of his mobile phone valued N450,000.

 

The dismissed security operatives were subjected to orderly room trial, before being dismissed from the Nigerian Police Force. They have also been charged before an Ebute Metta Magistrates’ Court on charges of conspiracy and murder. 

 

The statement released by the Lagos State Police spokesman, Bala Elkana, reads in part; 

 

“The policemen were subjected to internal disciplinary proceedings at the Provost Department. They were tried on three count charges bothering on discreditable conduct; unlawful and unnecessary exercise of authority and damage to article.

“The four policemen were found guilty and awarded the punishment of dismissal from service and prosecution. They were subsequently handed over to Homicide section of the State Criminal Investigation and Intelligence Department (SCIID) Yaba for prosecution in conventional court.

“The four suspects ex-Inspector Fabiyi Omomayara, ex-Sergeant Olaniyi Solomon, ex-Sergeant Solomon Sunday and ex-Corporal Aliyu Mukaila were on August 22 arraigned in Magistrate Court 5 Ebute Meta for conspiracy and murder and were remanded in Ikoyi prison. The case is adjourned to September 29 for DPP advice. This will serve as deterrence to others.”

 

 

Update: The four police men who shot and killed unarmed suspects in Lagos have been dismissed and remanded in prison custody

The four policemen Involved in extrajudicial killings in Lagos State, where two unarmed suspcts were shot dead at poitnt bank range have been dismissed, charged to court and rmanded in prison custody. 

 

The Policemen were subjected to internal disciplinary proceedings at the Provost Department. They were tried on three count charges bothering on Discreditable conduct; Unlawful and unnecessary exercise of authority; and Damage to Article.

 

The four Policemen were found guilty and awarded the punishment of dismissal from service and prosecution. They were subsequently handed over to Homicide section of the State Criminal Investigation Department Yaba for prosecution in conventional Court.

 

According to DSP Bala Elkana, the Police Public Relations Officer for Lagos State;

The four suspects,  Ex-Inspector Fabiyi Omomayara, Ex-Sergeant Olaniyi Solomon,  Ex-Sergeant Solomon Sunday and Ex-Corporal Aliyu Mukaila  were on 22/08/2019 arraigned in Magistrate Court 5 Ebute Meta for conspiracy and murder and were remanded in Ikoyi prison.

The case is adjourned to 23/09/2019 for DPP Advise. This will serve as deterrent to others. 

We are paid to prevent and detect crime, not to kill

Zone 2 Police Public Relations Officer, Dolapo Badmus warned her colleagues on the aftermath of extrajudicial killings as she commented on the arrest of four policemen who killed unarmed suspects inside a bus. 

 

Recall LIB reported that the arrested suspects attached to Iba Division Patrol team were identified as Inspector Fabiyi Omomayara, Sergeant Olaniyi Solomon, Sergeant Solomon Sunday and Corporal Aliyu Mukaila. 

 

Confirming the arrest of the policemen, Dolapo Badmus stated that they all joined the police for protection of lives and property, and are not paid to kill but to prevent and detect crime. The police spokesperson added that whoever violates the police operational guidelines must be ready to face the music. 

 

She wrote; 

 

For those tags, for those comments… I see everything! That we do not talk doesn’t mean no action is being taken… not so many people are interested in talk but actions! Action speaks louder than voice! We all joined police for protection of lives and property ! There are laid down rules and regulations guiding police operations…whoever violates the operational guidelines must be ready to face the music! The leadership of the force under the IGP won’t tolerate misuse of firearms or any act that violates police ethics! For these ones alleged to have shot some suspected armed robbers! Be informed that they’ve been identified to face the wrath! So for all calling me to action, please be informed action has been taken and now veil taken off them to bear their father’s name! We are not being paid to kill but prevent and detect crime. QED

Lagos Police command arrest four police men who shot dead unarmed suspects inside a bus after arresting them (Photo)

The Lagos State Police Command responded to the viral video on social media showing some Police Officers shooting two unarmed suspects who were arrested and already in their custody by arresting the guilty officers and charging them for murder.

 

According to the state PRO, Bala Elkana, their action is against the code of professional conduct and laws guiding how suspects in Police custody should be treated. The Policemen were identified as Inspector Fabiyi Omomayara, Sergeant Olaniyi Solomon,  Sergeant Solomon Sunday and Corporal Aliyu Mukaila  attached to Iba Division Patrol team.

 

The incident happened on 19/8/2019 at about 3.00pm, when Iba Police Station received a distress call  from one Anugu Valentine that he was attacked by a group of armed men numbering about four  on two  motorcycles at Ipayi area, Iba and they dispossessed him of one iPhone  max valued at #450: 000.  

 

Acting on the information, the Divisional Police Officer Iba promptly deployed the Divisional Patrol team to the scene. Two of the armed robbers were arrested while two escaped. Two locally made pistols with six life cartridges and five expended cartridges were recovered. The gang is said to be notorious for series of robberies in Iba and environs. It was a well celebrated operation by the team as the suspects were gallantly arrested.

The team however, went extreme by killing the suspects who were already in their custody instead of taking them to the Police Station and allowing the normal process of investigation and prosecution to be initiated as stipulated under procedural laws.

That act of extra judicial killings falls short of police professional standards and cannot be condoned by the Command. The Commissioner of Police Lagos State, CP Zubairu Muazu mni has ordered a thorough investigation into the incident.

The Police Officers are currently subjected to internal disciplinary proceedings known as Orderly Room trial and if found culpable, they will be dismissed from the Force and will be handed over to the State Criminal Investigation Department Yaba for prosecution in the conventional Court. Members of the Public will be updated on the outcome of the investigation and trial.
 

Lagos Police command arrest four officers seen in viral video shooting at unarmed suspects (Photo)

The Lagos State Police Command responded to the viral video on social media showing some Police Officers shooting two unarmed suspects who were arrested and already in their custody by arresting the guilty officers and charging them for murder.

 

According to the state PRO, Bala Elkana, their action is against the code of professional conduct and laws guiding how suspects in Police custody should be treated. The Policemen were identified as Inspector Fabiyi Omomayara, Sergeant Olaniyi Solomon,  Sergeant Solomon Sunday and Corporal Aliyu Mukaila  attached to Iba Division Patrol team.

 

The incident happened on 19/8/2019 at about 3.00pm, when Iba Police Station received a distress call  from one Anugu Valentine that he was attacked by a group of armed men numbering about four  on two  motorcycles at Ipayi area, Iba and they dispossessed him of one iPhone  max valued at #450: 000.  

 

Acting on the information, the Divisional Police Officer Iba promptly deployed the Divisional Patrol team to the scene. Two of the armed robbers were arrested while two escaped. Two locally made pistols with six life cartridges and five expended cartridges were recovered. The gang is said to be notorious for series of robberies in Iba and environs. It was a well celebrated operation by the team as the suspects were gallantly arrested.

The team however, went extreme by killing the suspects who were already in their custody instead of taking them to the Police Station and allowing the normal process of investigation and prosecution to be initiated as stipulated under procedural laws.

That act of extra judicial killings falls short of police professional standards and cannot be condoned by the Command. The Commissioner of Police Lagos State, CP Zubairu Muazu mni has ordered a thorough investigation into the incident.

The Police Officers are currently subjected to internal disciplinary proceedings known as Orderly Room trial and if found culpable, they will be dismissed from the Force and will be handed over to the State Criminal Investigation Department Yaba for prosecution in the conventional Court. Members of the Public will be updated on the outcome of the investigation and trial.
 

Customs seize four tons of marijuana worth $2.3 million hidden in a consignment red pepper!

US Customs officers have seized nearly four tons of marijuana worth $2.3 million hidden in a consignment of jalapeno peppers. A sniffer dog alerted officers to a trailer with a shipment of peppers in San Diego on the border with Mexico.

 

According to the Customs and Border Protection, “a 37-year-old male Mexican citizen entered the port of entry driving a tractor pulling a trailer with cargo manifested as jalapeno peppers.” Officers at Otay Mesa cargo facility found 314 packages of marijuana weighing 7,560 pounds (3.4 tonnes) mixed among the jalapeno peppers.

 

“I am proud of the officers for seizing this significant marijuana load,” said Otay Mesa Port director Rosa Hernandez. The acting Commissioner of U.S. Customs and Border Protection, Mark Morgan also shared image of the seized marijuana on his verified Twitter handle and hailed the officers for a job well done.

 

CBP has seized 113 tons (103 tonnes) of marijuana so far this year, along with 41 tons of cocaine and 27 tons of methamphetamine. In July authorities seized nearly 20 tons of cocaine with an estimated street value of more than $1 billion from a ship at the port of Philadelphia in one of the largest drug busts in US history.

White woman charged for holding four black teenagers at Gunpoint

A white woman was arrested for holding four black teenagers at Gunpoint in Arkansas.

 

The four black high school students were going door-to-door to raise money for their football team in Wynne, Ark., on the morning of Aug. 7, when a woman held them at gunpoint.

 

When the boys who were between the ages of 15 and 16 approached the home of Jerri Kelly, she held them on the ground at gunpoint until police arrived. 

 

Police arrived at Kelly’s house Wednesday, Aug. 7 at around 10 a.m., responding to a report of “suspicious persons,” to find the four boys on the ground, with Kelly, who is white, standing over them with a gun.

 

The boys were allowed to stand up and told officers they were selling discount cards to raise money for their school’s athletic program. Two of the four kids were wearing their football jerseys, according to the police report

 

According to Kelly, it didn’t appear to her that the boys were selling anything. “They spent a good five minutes goofing off and screwing around in [the neighbor’s] driveway and up around their house. That’s not selling cards,” she said.

 

“If you’re gonna sell cards, act like you’re selling cards,” she reportedly told police. “Be smart about it boys. Please. It’s your life you’re talking about. Don’t be silly about it.” Later, she said she “felt remorse” and asked to get in contact with the boys to buy them lunch and “put some closure on this.” 

 

Kelly, who is married to a county jail administrator, was arrested after a warrant was put out for her arrest. She was charged with four accounts of aggravated assault, false imprisonment and endangering the welfare of a minor, according to a police report.

 

She was released on a $10,000 bond and is scheduled to appear in court September 30.

 

Police confirms release of lady whose abduction led to tragic death of four young men in Benue

A Telecom entrepreneur, Mercy Gabriel, who was kidnapped in Otukpa town, Ogbadibo Local Government Area of the state, has been released by her abductors.

 

Spokesperson of the Benue State Police Command, DSP Catherine Anene, confirmed the development to Daily Trust on Friday.

 

Recall that the victim, who recently completed her National Youth Service Corp (NYSC), was on Tuesday, about 9:30pm, abducted by gunmen in front of her shop at the Ogbadigbo area linking Ankpa road in Kogi State.

 

Ms Gabriel, who owns a communication outfit in the town was busy in one of her two shops when some gunmen forced her into their waiting vehicle and sped off.

 

Four young men who pursued the abductors in a bid to rescue the lady were knocked down by an oncoming vehicle and they died on the spot. Read here here