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A man identified as Dickson Chibuzor-Elima has been charged with assault and rape of two women; nine months after he was arrested and remanded in prison.

 

Our correspondent Uchendu Ejiowhor reports that Chibuzor-Elima was first brought before the Choba Magistrate’s Court in November last year, but at that time, there were no charges preferred against him and no plea was taken by the court.

 

Chibuzor-Elima was brought to court again today and slammed with a three count charge of assault, beating and rape of two women identified as Esther Isaac and Victoria Emmanuel, who is said to be much older.

 

The man was alleged to have committed the acts around Ali-Agu farm area within Choba community in Obio-Akpor Local Government Area of Rivers State. 

 

After the charges were read to him, the thirty-eight-year old man pleaded guilty to the crimes but explained that he acted under a strange influence.

 

Chibuzor-Elima informed the court how he had been purportedly abducted by some unknown gunmen from his residence at Nkpolu who injected him with a strange substance.

 

Chief Magistrate Isreal Agbasor thereafter ordered that the suspect should be returned to Degema Prison and adjourned to 21st of August for ruling on his bail application.

 

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An emergency meeting of principal officers of the National Assembly could not hold today, as earlier planned due to the security blockade of the legislative complex in Abuja.

 

The Deputy Speaker of the House of Representatives, Yusuff Lasun, informed newsmen about the development, which he blamed on the tension at the National Assembly.

 

Lasun said he had been in touch with the Senate President, Bukola Saraki; the Deputy Senate President, Ike Ekweremadu; and the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara.

 

 

However; the Deputy Speaker of the House of Representatives said he neither had any knowledge of what the meeting was intended to discuss nor when it would be rescheduled.

 

 

Yusuff Lasun is the Deputy Speaker of the House of Representatives.

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The new leadership of the Police Service Commission has expressed concern over the current image of the Nigeria Police Force.

 

The Chairman of the commission, Alhaji Musiliu Smith, said he was not comfortable with the continued public bashing of the police and vowed to flush out bad eggs in the system.

 

Alhaji Smith gave this indication when he received in audience a delegation from the West African Conflict and Security Team from the British High Commission and United States Embassy in Nigeria.

 

The former Inspector General of Police said the Police Service Commission would not hesitate to flush out any Policeman found to be undisciplined and incompetent.

 

He also emphasized that recruitment and promotion of police personnel would now be based on competence.

 

The spokesman for the PSC, Ikechukwu Ani disclosed in a statement obtained by our correspondent that the delegation from the West African Conflict and Security Team included the Security and Justice Adviser of the British High Commission, Katrina Aitken-Laird, and the Senior Police Advisor of the United States Embassy, Michael Bonner.

 

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The Acting President of Nigeria, Professor Yemi Osinbajo, has ordered the immediate termination of the appointment of Lawal Daura as Director General of the Department of State Security, DSS.

 

This was announced in a statement released by the Senior Special Assistant to the Vice President, Laolu Akande, in which Professor Osinbajo also directed Daura to handover to the most senior officer of the DSS.

 

The Acting President, who is a Senior Advocate of Nigeria, gave the order following the deployment of security operatives at the National Assembly complex in Abuja earlier today, thereby denying access to federal lawmakers and members of the legislative staff to their offices.

 

In a separate statement; Professor Osinbajo also condemned the unauthorized takeover of the National Assembly by the police and the DSS.

 

Professor Osinabjo said the action was a gross violation of constitutional order, rule of law and all accepted notions of law and order.

 

The Acting President noted that the unlawful act, which he said was done without the knowledge of the Presidency, is condemnable and completely unacceptable.

 

He therefore assured Nigerians that all persons within the law enforcement apparatus who participated in what he called a travesty would be identified and subjected to appropriate disciplinary action.

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The Acting President, Professor Yemi Osinbajo, SAN, has directed the termination of the appointment of the Director General, State Security Service, Lawal Musa Daura with immediate effect.

Mr. Daura has been directed to hand over to the most senior officer of the State Security Service until further notice.

Laolu Akande
Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity
Office of the Acting President
7 August, 2018

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