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Family petitions IGP over  concealment, perversion of justice in murder case  by police

IGP Usman Alkali Baba

Owolola Adebola

The Ramoni Sulaiman family of Ogurun Eletu Village in Mowe, Obafemi Owode local government Area of Ogun State, has petitioned the office of the Inspector-General of Police, Idris Baba, over the alleged concealment of vital facts in a murder case by one ASP Elias Ochidima Ajake and Officer -In Charge of  SWART, Abuja on the callous murder of their son, Ramoni Sulaiman.

In a two-page petition written by the counsel to the family, Barrister Ekugbere M.E of  Figbele chambers, and made available to our reporter, the family alleged the aforementioned detectives, who are the investigating officers in a murder case and the SWAT officer in charge of Abuja, are trying to conceal the involvement of some suspected land grabbers that had been complicit of the murder of their son, Ramoni Sulaiman.Relying on the information given by the family, the counsel to the petitioners alleged that Ramoni Sulaiman was killed on the 9th of June 2022 by NURU AKANDE JEGEDE, RASHIDI ONIKOYI, CHIKAGODWIN (Land Grabbers) and others who allegedly dragged the deceased down from a moving motorbike and beat him up with sticks, fists, stones and clubs, while ADELEKE ADEWALE and WASIU JINADU on the same bike, flee only to watch them beat him to a stupor,  from a distance calling for help from the villagers.

“The deceased died at night in their family house as a result of the grievous bodily harm
inflicted on him by these land grabbers with visible clothing soaked with blood and bruises on most parts of his body.

“The deceased had earlier led the Police from State Criminal Investigation and Intelligence Department to arrest Nuru Akande Jegede, from his hideout for an offence he had earlier committed “.

The petitioner alleged that Nuru Akande Jegede thereafter “threatened the deceased person that, he was coming back for him, and upon his release, he led his boys to attack his target which eventually resulted in his death.

A preliminary investigation at SCID, Eleweran in Abeokuta led to the arrest of Nuru Akande Jegede.

The arrest was short-lived as the Family of Nuru Akande Jegede, reportedly went and brought SWART Police from FCID Abuja who took the suspect and the case file away only for them to release the principal suspect back to society despite the autopsy report that corroborated the submission of eyewitnesses, without charging him and his accomplices to Court.

“This development prompted our Clients to put a call across to the Investigating Police Officer, one Assistant Superintendent ELIAS OCHIDIMA AJAKE,to reconfirm the position of things only for him to tell another story that, the suspect, Nuru Akande Jegede, was charged to Court at Nasarawa State and currently at Lafia Prison for a crime committed in Ogun State.

“At this juncture, our client forwarded the video of the suspect at the village to the IPO on WhatsApp who was only regaling in tales from the moonlight just to cover up his illegalities capable of destroying the good image of the Nigeria Police, which you have created.”

The family through their counsel, therefore, pleaded with the IGP  to seek for proper investigation and reassignment of the case.

“Use your good office to investigate and instruct the SWART POLICE ABUJA TEAM  to return the suspect and the case file to the Homicide department or the Commissioner of Police at Ogun State Police Command to ensure that justice is seen to be done” the petitioners pleaded.

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WCO commends Adeniyi for transformational leadership of Customs 

Funso Olojo 
The Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) has received a commendation from the World Customs Organisation (WCO) Regional Office for Capacity Building (ROCB) East and Southern Africa for its exceptional performance under the leadership of Comptroller-General of Customs, Bashir Adewale Adeniyi.
In a letter of commendation signed by WCO Director Larry Liza, the organisation hailed the NCS’s remarkable 74% growth in revenue over the past year, marking a significant milestone in customs administration.
“We extend our warmest congratulations to Comptroller-General Adewale Adeniyi and the Nigeria Customs Service for achieving a 74% growth in revenue in the last year. This outstanding feat has not gone unnoticed and stands as a testament to your dedication and effective leadership,” stated Larry Liza.
 Despite challenging security conditions, The WCO highlighted the NCS’s exemplary achievements across various fronts, including revenue collection, trade facilitation, societal protection, and stakeholder collaboration.
 “Under Comptroller-General Adeniyi’s guidance, the Nigeria Customs Service has demonstrated commendable resilience and innovation, particularly in streamlining operations and enforcing critical directives for the benefit of the nation,” remarked Larry Liza.
“We applaud the NCS’s proactive measures against smuggling and other illicit activities, which have reinforced border security and contributed to Nigeria’s economic stability.”
“We continue to draw inspiration from Comptroller-General Adeniyi’s leadership, which transcends borders and exemplifies excellence in customs management. Our congratulations extend to his team, stakeholders, and the entire nation of Nigeria,” added Larry Liza.
The WCO’s recognition underscores the global impact of Nigeria’s Customs reforms and reinforces its commitment to learning from and supporting successful strategies in customs administration under CG Adewale Adeniyi’s leadership.
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CIoTA seeks collaboration with NIMASA, pays homage to Mobereola.

Dayo Mobereola, NIMASA DG

Funso Olojo 

The Executives of the Chartered Institute of Transportation Administration of Nigeria (CIoTA) paid a visit to the Director General of the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA), Dr. Dayo Mobereola, at the NIMASA Towers in Lagos.

The executives, led by the President, Mr. Segun Obayendo, congratulated the DG on his appointment and pledged to collaborate with the agency in ensuring the transportation sector is professionally driven.

On his part, the DG welcomed the association and expressed the Agency’s readiness to partner with CIoTA towards achieving a robust transport sector.

Dr. Dayo Mobereola, the NIMASA DG, was conferred with a fellowship of the institute.

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Tin Can Customs generates N575.5bn in six month

Funso Olojo 
The Nigeria Customs Service (NCS), Tincan Island Port Command (TIPC) has generated N575.5 billion in revenue in the first half of the year 2024.
The Customs Area Controller, TIPC, Comptroller Dera Nnadi said this at a media conference held at the Maritime Reporter Association of Nigeria (MARAN) secretariat in Apapa, Lagos.
According to Nnadi, this is an improvement by N315.24 billion and represents a 221.13 per cent increase from the half year report in 2023 which had N260.26 billion.
“As at today, July 12, the command has generated N627 billion and we have been given a target of N1.403 trillion. This shows that significant efforts have been made in the command in meeting the target.
“TCIP operations in the last six months significantly aligned with the statutory functions of the Service in the areas of revenue generation, trade facilitation and enforcement/anti-smuggling activities.
“The command’s operations were performed in consciousness of the theme of the 2024 International Customs Day, ‘‘Customs Engaging Traditional and New Partners with Purpose’.
“The command further enhanced the existing operational process to conform to the malady of the floating exchange rate regime with the use of technology made available by the NICIS II Software,” he said.
On enforcement, Nnadi noted that the command coordinated several 100 per cent physical examination under his supervision in collaboration with critical stakeholders to ensure that the command was freed of any form of non-compliance to the international trade cycle.
“Items discovered as concealments and seized during the period under review are one RZ17HD – 20P9964 – rifle, one RZ17HD – 20P9962 – rifle, one GAMO – T660739 – rifle, one pump action – MV0830249 – rifle, one RZ17TACTICAL – 30H21PT011992 – rifle, one RZ17HD – 20P9929 – rifle, one pump action – MV0830253 – rifle.
“Others  are one pump action – MV0830839 – rifle, one RZ17HD – 20P10115 – rifle, one pump action – V1690019 – rifle, one pump action – 52-H21PT – 3803 – rifle, one  RZ17HD – 20P9951 – rifle, one SAR9 SARSILMARZ T1102-21BV63826 – pistol, one RUGER AMERICAN PISTOL 9MM.
“Others listed: one SAR9 SARSILMARZ T1102-21BU51078 – pistol, one TAURUS G3C – BAIN BRIDGE, GA ADA 799424 – pistol, one TAURUS G3C – BAIN BRIDGE, GA ADC 122309 – pistol, one TAURUS G3C – BAIN BRIDGE, GA ADB 941276 – pistol.
“Also intercepted are one used Toyota Corolla Chassis Number: 5YFBURH1EP09601: 2014 model, Sterling High Quality shot gun cartridges green (12 cal 32 grams – 10packs of 25 pieces each), Sterling High Quality shot gun cartridges green (12 cal 30 grams – 20packs of 25 pieces each and 23 extra pieces).
“Included in the list are Seller & Bellot  Buck Shot – 55 pieces, Crossman Co2 12 gram cartridges – 123 pieces, 1USP CO2 Air Gun Pistol with Accessories Cal. 117 (4.5mm) BB, units of Mace Pepper Gun, to Department of State Services (DSS) for further agency function,” he said.
He said that during the period under review three plastic drums were intercepted concealed with several packets of Cannabis Indica, 46 bags containing 2,144 packets of cannabis indica all weighing 1,072kg seized from 1x40ft Container No. GAOU 669921/5 imported from Canada.
“The approximate street value of   the illicit substances is N3.216 billion.
“Also, 877 cartons of Barcadin cough syrup with codeine – 200 bottles of 100ml per carton and 82 cartons of Really Extra Diclofenac Sodium 50mg tablets – 600 packs per carton imported from India was seized.
“The approximate street value of the cough syrup is N964.33 million,” he said.
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