Exclusive by Eyewitness Reporter
”My name is Quadri Adeyemi but widely known as Wale Balogun. I was coming from Tin Can port with Toyota RAV4 2019 model when the roving FOU team stopped me at Berger Yard. One of the officers approached me and asked me to wind down the window of the car.
When I wound down, he asked for the document of the car which I gave to him. Thereafter, without any provocation, he brought out a jackknife and wanted to stab me but I dodged.
”He then used the barrel of his gun to hit me and shouted “get down, I say you should get down, give me the key”.
I opened the door and as I was stepping down from the car, he shot me in the leg and I fell down.
”Now writhing in pain on the ground, I groaned ” Oga, you shot me” and he answered “yes, I wanted to kill you”
As I was trying to crawl away from him, my boss called me to inquired about my whereabouts but while still in pain, I managed to tell him that a FOU officer has shot me.
”When the officer heard that I was receiving a call, he snatched the phone from me and put it in his pocket.
”I was left in the pool of my blood with other officers who are the colleagues of the one who shot me watching me groaning in pain. He even said he would put me inside their van and give me water so I can die.
It was at this point the people who have already gathered at the scene tried to rescue and help me.
”I was trying to crawl away from them when he picked me up and threw me inside the nearby gutter.
”It was at that point a police patrol team was passing, saw what was happening, and stopped to make inquiries.
When they heard what happened, they decided to carry me away from the scene to help me.
”But the officer who shot me was trying to stop them, telling them he wanted to take me away. But those ones prevailed on him and appealed to him, saying.” let him go, let him go”.
At that point, I managed to crawl to the other side of the road and took the bike to the hospital.
”Before I was allowed to go, the officer who shot me barked at me that I should tell him how to start the car or else he would shoot me on my second leg. I had to tell him to step on the brake before he can start the engine.
”All this while, I was in serious pain and losing a lot of blood.
Before I managed to crawl away from them and thereafter, my wife called me. This time, he has collected my phone, so he picked the call and told my wife ” Your husband is dead, come and pick his corpse at Ikeja”
Is it true the Customs paid your hospital bills?
”When I was in the hospital, DPO Trinity Police Station came to meet me and told me that the Comptroller FOU asked him to check on me and to give me the sum of N100,000.
I told the DPO to help me retrieve my phone from the Customs but he told me I should not worry that I will get my phone back.
”The following day, OC Roving, FOU, Mr. Jack, sent me another N100,000 again, making N200,000.
”When I inquired my phone from the person who went to collect the second tranche of N100,000, he said the OC Roving wanted to see me in his office at FOU, Ikeja.
That was when my Chairman at PTML said we would all go there after my discharge from the hospital”.
”When I was there, it was on a Monday, I asked for my phone but was told they will not release it to me as it would be one of the exhibits.
So I did not go there to beg the Customs as I later heard that the Customs was saying I was in their office to beg”
”I went there to get my phone and in deference to the wishes of our leaders.
Let me add that at a point when I was in the hospital, one of our leaders, the ANLCA Vice President, Kayode Farinto, had to take me away from the hospital out of the reach of the Customs who wanted to take me away because they said they didn’t want me to talk to the press”
But for my security and safety, I was taken away by my leader.
Even Mr. Jack made reference to that fact when I was there. He said the Customs wanted to take me to another hospital because they did not think I was being given adequate treatment, that they were ready to pay my hospital bills”
Buhari, Jonathan, Obasanjo, Babangida, Abdusalami, Osinbajo, Atiku, others to spend N13.8billon from N27.5 trillion 2024 budget
The Eyewitness Reporter
The Federal government has earmarked the sum of N13.8 billion in the 2024 budget as the cost of upkeep of
former presidents, vice presidents, heads of state, Chiefs of General Staff, retired heads of service, permanent secretaries, and retired heads of government agencies and parastatals.
The beneficiaries include former Presidents Olusegun Obasanjo, Goodluck Jonathan and Muhammadu Buhari, ex-vice-presidents Atiku Abubakar, Namadi Sambo and Prof Yemi Osinbajo.
Also expected to benefit from the windfall are ex-military Heads of State, General Yakubu Gowon and General Abdusalami Abubakar, as well as a former dictator and self-styled military President, General Ibrahim Babangida, and a former Chief of General Staff, Commodore Ebitu Ukiwe (retd.).
Also, N1tn was provisioned for the public service wage adjustment for government Ministries, Departments and Agencies (including arrears of promotion and salary increases, and payment of severance benefits and minimum wage-related adjustments).
A breakdown shows that the entitlements of former presidents/heads of state and vice presidents/chief of general staff will cost N2.3bn. At the same time, N10.5bn is proposed as benefits for retired heads of service, permanent secretaries and professors.
The payment of severance benefits to retired heads of government agencies and parastatals is proposed to cost N1bn.
Other allocations include N65bn for the Presidential Amnesty Programme for the reintegration of transformed ex-militants; N1bn for the Office of the Presidential Adviser on Energy; and N108bn for unnamed special projects.
The government is also proposing the sum of N40bn to offset electricity debts owed to power distribution companies by all MDAs.
President Bola Tinubu unveiled the N27.5 trillion budget estimates for the 2024 fiscal year.
The budget was presented to a joint session of the National Assembly on Wednesday, where it is currently undergoing scrutiny and deliberation for final approval.
In his presentation, he declared, “The 2024 Appropriation has been themed the Budget of Renewed Hope.
The proposed budget seeks to achieve job-rich economic growth, macro-economic stability, a better investment environment, enhanced human capital development, as well as poverty reduction and greater access to social security.
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Ukraine blocks Russia’s reelection bid at IMO council elections
The outcome is another blow for Russia after it failed in its bid to return to the UN’s top human rights body in October, in an election seen as a key test of Western efforts to keep Moscow isolated.
Last year, Moscow also failed to win enough votes for re-election to the UN aviation agency’s governing council.
The London-based International Maritime Organization (IMO) is responsible for regulating the safety and security of international shipping and preventing pollution and comprises 175 member state countries.
Russia has been a member since 1958 and has been consistently re-elected to the IMO Council.
With voting on Friday, 40 countries were elected by secret ballot to the IMO Council, which supervises the work of the body.
In October, Russia said the IMO was departing from its impartial role due to “external pressure” which it said was impacting the fair treatment of all member countries.
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