DEC 05: Five Things You May Have Missed Over The Weekend
By Olamide Fadoju
Police Dismisses Officer Over Killing at Wizkid's Concert
Lagos State Police has arrested and dismissed sergeant, Lukman Akanbi for shooting concert goer Babatunde Ramon Adeniji on Friday, December 27, 2019.
The Victim was reportedly returning Wizkid’s concert around 4.am on Friday when the police officer shot him.
In a statement, Lagos State Police Public Relations Officer, Bala Elkana, confirmed the arrest of the suspect.
According to Elkana, “The Commissioner of Police Lagos State, Hakeem Odumosu, has ordered the arrest of Sergeant Lukmon Akanbi, F/No 448407, attached to the Victoria Island Police Station over the shooting of one Ramon Adeniyi, 39, of campus area Lagos Island. The incident happened on Friday, December 27, 2019, around 4.20am around Eko Atlantic, Victoria Island, Lagos.
“There was a fracas between the Police Officer who was on patrol at the area and the victim who was returning from an event. The Police Officer was said to have pulled the trigger of his pistol on the unarmed civilian, which falls short of professional standards on the use of firearms.
“The victim was rushed to the Naval Dockyard Hospital and was confirmed dead by the doctor on duty. The Police Sergeant was arrested and detained at the Provost Department, Command Headquarters, Ikeja. He was subjected to internal disciplinary proceedings known as Orderly Room Trials.”
Elkana said the police officer was found guilty of all the charges during the trial and was dismissed from the Nigeria Police Force.
Meanwhile, Wizkid has sworn to get justice for the deceased. The music star took to Twitter following news of the incident to call for justice and protection of citizens.
I won’t stop till we get justice— Wizkid (@wizkidayo) December 27, 2019
Nigerian police! Protect us! Not kill us! I’m so so sorry guys. I’m so broken right now 💔 💔— Wizkid (@wizkidayo) December 27, 2019
ISWAP Kills Hostages, Buhari Reacts
The Islamic State group has released a video showing the Christmas day killing of 11 persons believed to be Christians.
Renowned conflict journalist, Ahmad Salkida, who has been reporting activities of Islamic Sect in Nigeria said the killings were carried out as part of a campaign to "avenge" the death of its leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi during a US raid in Syria in October.
He also reports that ISWAP had given the Nigerian government the opportunity to negotiate for the freedom of the captives but it was turned down.
Meanwhile, President Buhari has expressed sadness and shock at the killings of the captives. In a statement by SSA, Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, he condemned the act and called on Nigerians to remain united against terrorism.
“I am profoundly saddened and shocked by the death of innocent hostages at the hands of remorseless, godless, callous gangs of mass murderers that have given Islam a bad name through their atrocities.
“We should, under no circumstance, let the terrorists divide us by turning Christians against Muslims because these barbaric killers don’t represent Islam and millions of other law-abiding Muslims around the world.
“As President, the collective security of all Nigerians is my major preoccupation and the death of an innocent Christian or Muslim distresses me.”
He noted that the terrorists’ only known agenda was the killing of innocent citizens, “contrary to the teachings of Islam, which prohibits massacre”.
He added, “No true Muslim would be shouting ‘Allahu Akbar’ while killing innocent people, an evil frequently condemned by the Holy Qur’an.
“These agents of darkness are enemies of our common humanity and they don’t spare any victim, whether they are Muslims or Christians; therefore, we shouldn’t let them divide us and turn us against one another.
Police Averts Bank Heist in Abuja
The Federal Capital Territory Police Command on Saturday, December 28, aborted a bank robbery operation in Mpape Abuja.
Videos began to emerge on social media of security operatives surrounding the bank premises with reports saying the robbers were trapped in the banking hall for many hours following the arrival of the police who surrounded the building.
Subsequently, the police, in an official reaction, said the FCT Command scuttled the attempted robbery at about 1200hrs.
ASP Yusuf Mariam, Deputy Police Public Relations Officer, in a statement, said: “Police Operatives were immediately deployed to the scene and engaged in crossfire with the robbers thereby foiling the attack on the bank with the back up of the Military.
“Consequently, Four suspects were arrested and one shot dead while trying to escape. The Commissioner of Police has ordered a discreet investigation of the incident”, the spokesman said.
“The Command urges residents to remain calm as normalcy has been restored while reaffirming its commitment to nip crime in the bud and ensure safety in the FCT. In case of emergency contact the Command through any of these emergency numbers: 08032003913, 08061581938, 07057337653 and 08028940883,” he added.
LASG Reopens Quilox
Popular Lagos Nightclub, Quilox, has been reopened by the LAgos State Government. The Lagos State Environmental Protection Agency (LASEPA) confirmed this on Saturday.
According to LASEPA, the nightclub was reopened after the club's management pledged commitment to the state’s Environmental Laws, Regulations, Guidelines, and Standards.
The General Manager of LASEPA, Dr Dolapo Fasawe, in a statement on Saturday that the club was reopened after management committed to carrying out its activities without obstructing the flow of traffic on Ozumba Mbadiwe and other adjoining streets.
Fasawe said the club’s management promised to ensure its clients’ vehicles were properly parked in designated areas.
She said the club had also demonstrated firm commitment to ensure that sound emanating from musical events hosted within its facility does not exceed the recommended limits set by the state.
The popular club, owned by Mr Shina Peller, a member of the Federal House of Representatives, was shut down on December 23, after it's 36-hour non-stop event had led to traffic gridlock and noise pollution, affecting Victoria Island and its environs.
LASEPA REOPENS CLUB QUILOX— LASEPA (@LasepaInfo) December 28, 2019
The Lagos State Environmental Protection Agency has re-opened Club Quilox on Friday after securing the management’s commitment to comply with the State’s Environmental Laws, Regulations, Guidelines and Standards. pic.twitter.com/ru3JgOXMIY
”We are reopening the club for operation as it has fulfilled our conditions and complied with the extant law guiding its operations.
”The club was sanctioned and fined for environmental nuisances and we ensure total compliance before reopening,” Fasawe said.
The general manager said this should serve as a warning to other entertainment and event centres to ensure that they operated within the ambit of the law.
She advised that entertainment and event centres should work with relevant agencies to put effective traffic management systems in place, when hosting events and desist from generating noise.
Fasawe said the state government would not allow any business concern to constitute a nuisance to other users of the environment and would ensure strict compliance with the state’s environmental laws and regulations.
Chelsea Defeat Arsenal at the Emirates
In what was the match of the weekend, Chelsea scored twice in four minutes to come back from a goal down and beat Arsenal 2-1 in the Premier League on Sunday
Striker, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang had put Arsenal ahead in the 13th minute but a howler from Arsenal's goalkeeper Bernd Leno's howler handed the blues a lifeline as Jorginho equalized after 83 minutes.
Four minutes later, Tammy Abraham stuck the winner putting the ball through Leno's leg after a swift counter-attack to hand Arsenal's new manager, Mikel Arteta, a first home defeat.