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COZA: Police get stern warning over Busola Dakolo vs Biodun Fatoyinbo case

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A human rights movement under the aegis Coalition of Public Interests Lawyers and Advocates (COPA) on Monday warned that the Inspector-General of Police, Mohammed Adamu, should shelve his plan to transfer the trial of Pastor Biodun Fatoyinbo of Commonwealth Zion Assembly (COZA) from Lagos.

While demanding that trial of the allegation of rape must not be moved to Abuja for Fatoyinbo’s sake, COPA Convener, Pelumi Olajengbesi said keen observation of the processes being undertaken by the police on the matter revealed “a lack-luster and suspicious plot underfoot to give a soft landing to the suspect” and transfer the case to Abuja.

COPA, which spoke through a statement by its Convener, advised that priority must also be given to the security and convenience of the vital and primary witness and Fatoyinbo’s rape victim, Busayo Dakolo.

He reminded the police that a valid and active warrant of arrest against Biodun Fatoyinbo had yet to be executed, adding that the police would be setting itself up for ridicule and suspicion, “and are in themselves in gross contempt of their oath of office and duties as enforcers of civil and criminal discipline”.

The statement reads: “The recent adverse developments in the matter of the rape allegation against Biodun Fatoyinbo of COZA by Busola Dakolo which has the tendency to imperil the thoroughness of the investigation underway has necessitated this Press Statement.

“You will recall that following the intense public outcry by individuals and groups, the Nigeria Police Force was moved into action to call, interrogate and make findings on the rape allegations against Fatoyinbo. However, our keen observation of the processes being undertaken by the Police Force on this matter reveals a lack-luster and suspicious plot underfoot to give a soft landing to the suspect.

“We have noticed with displeasure the usual mischievous moves that have come to characterize the Nigeria Police Force in the past whenever it is set to deliberately or negligently mess up a case of such importance.

“We do hereby state emphatically that the Nigeria Police Force is not handling the Fatoyinbo rape allegation with the urgency and seriousness it deserves. This is wrong, condemnable and very much in disregard of the need to ensure that justice is done in the matter regardless of whose ox is gored.

“On June 27 2019, even before it was made known to the media, Mrs Busola Dakolo filed a petition against popular Abuja-based pastor, Biodun Fatoyinbo of COZA, at the Office of the Assistant Inspector General of Police in Alagbon, Ikoyi.

“Ordinarily, given the publicity, the matter has generated, one would have thought that the Nigeria Police will swing into action and build the confidence of the Nigerian People that the Force is dependable and up to the task of rooting out the truth of the matter. It is not without great surprise and disappointment that we have noticed sinister moves by the Force with the intention maybe to undermine the truth.

“Going further, a warrant of arrest was issued to secure Mr. Biodun Fatoyinbo to answer questions in line with the Police investigation. Unfortunately, nothing has been done and Fatoyinbo has continued to walk freely without reporting to the Police station. Instead of arresting him for proper interrogation, the Police have now changed gear after days of filing the complaint with the victim now being unduly pressurized to relocate to Abuja or to fly to Abuja everyday as the Nigeria Police Force intend to transfer the matter here. This is unacceptable.

“We totally reject all attempts by the Inspector General of Police to unduly transfer the matter to Abuja where the accused is resident. This is like giving the accused person a red carpet treatment when he should actually be thoroughly investigated. Though we acknowledge the fact that the IGP have the administrative discretion to transfer matters to any division or jurisdiction for proper investigation, we make bold to say that same must be exercised judiciously and professionally.

“It must be noted that priority must also be given to the security and convenience of the vital and primary witness, which in this case is Mrs. Busayo Dakolo.

“We call on the IGP to drop his personal interest in this matter, where any, and allow justice take its full course as a respecter of no one. We have sufficient information that the IGP has taken personal interest in the case as Mr. Biodun Fatoyinbo has influenced him into redirecting the case to Abuja where it would most likely be suffocated and dropped.

“Our demands are simply that the matter be allowed its due course within the jurisdiction where the complaint was filed. Transferring the case to Abuja from Lagos where it was originally filed prejudices the complainant while extending a kid’s glove to the accused who perhaps feels too connected to deign to go to Lagos to answer to the serious allegations against him.

“We are vehemently opposed to such a move and demand that this matter be thoroughly investigated and the accused invited to the place of domicile of the victim especially given the matter was filed there.

“Let it be abundantly clear that we are sufficiently conscious of the law in matters of jurisdiction as to investigation and prosecution of criminal matters. In this matter, investigation can take place in Lagos, Nigeria and if any place should be given premium attention, it is the place of residence of the victim to aid and facilitate proper information needed by the police and not the place of residence of the accused.”

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Davido, Chioma Welcome Baby Boy

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Nigerian Hip hop artiste, Davido, has announced the birth of his son with fiancee, Chioma.

The musician made the announcement through his verified Instagram page.

Sharing a photo of him holding his newborn, Davido wrote, “Omoba ti de!! David Adedeji Ifeanyi Adeleke Jr.”

The baby was born on Sunday in the United Kingdom.

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Headies 2019: Falz calls for release of Sowore as he floors Olamide, Ill Bliss, others to win Best Rap Single award

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Controversial Nigerian rapper, Folarin Falana, popularly known as ‘Falz’ has called for the release of the co-convener of RevolutionNow Movement, Omoyele Sowore.

Falz called for the release of Sowore while receiving the award at the 2019 Headies award for the best rap single.

Falz emerged winner of ‘Best Rap single’ category after defeating the likes of Ill Bliss, Olamide, Hotyce and others in the category.

Speaking on stage, Falz said: “Music as a weapon of rebellion, conscious music is being recognized and I’ve done conscious music and I will never stop doing this.

“I believe music should be used as a tool to force the change we want. Free Sowore .”

DAILY POST recalls that the Justice Ijeoma Ojukwu-led court had granted Sowore bail in the sum of N100 million and two sureties in like sum.

Ojukwu held that the prosecution failed to show good reasons the defendants should not be granted bail since the offences are bailable.

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An karrama Ali Nuhu a Indiya | Arewa News

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An karrama tauraron finafinan Hausa Ali Nuhu a Indiya, kamar yadda ya bayyana wa BBC.

Wasu ɗalibai ‘yan Arewacin Najeriya da ke karatu a ƙasar Indiya da malaman su Indiyawa ne su ka gayyaci jarumin bikin Ranar Al’adu kuma su ka karrama shi a wajen taron.

“Ɗaliban na karanta fanni daban-daban, kama daga fannin likita zuwa haɗa magunguna da injiniya da dai sauransu,” inji Ali Nuhu.

Jarumin ya ce baya ga waɗannan ɗalibai, wasu makarantu a ƙasar sun ba shi lambobin yabo.

Ali Nuhu ya ce, “Akwai makarantar MVM Group of Instututions, su ma sun ba ni lambar yabo kuma sun nuna jin daɗin su kan yadda ɗaliban Najeriya ke mayar da hankali kan karatunsu.”

Tauraron ya ce ya yi matuƙar farin ciki da wannan karramawa da kuma yadda malaman waɗannan makarantu ke da sha’awar al’adun Hausawa.

“Wasu daga cikin malaman har finafinan Hausa su ke kallo saboda su ga yadda yanayin rayuwar Bahaushe ta ke.

“Shi ya sa idan wani ɗan wasa ya zo taro irin wannan su kan karrama shi,” inji Ali Nuhu.

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