The Nigeria Police Force on Sunday, said it had a valid search warrant to search AFEX Commodities Exchange Limited warehouse in Zaria, Kaduna State.
Recall that the Minister of Agriculture, Chief Audu Ogbeh and his predecessor, Akinwunmi Adesina, now AfDB president, accused the Police of raiding the company’s warehouse, carting away N85 million worth of grains.
The Head of Public Complaints Rapid Response Unit (PCRRU), ACP Abayomi Shogunle, told NAN in Abuja that immediately the PCRRU got wind of the allegations from the two ministers, it registered the case on July 15 and began investigation.
According to Ogbeh on his Twitter page obtained from the PCRRU, ”The raid on AFEX warehouse by alleged policemen is an attack on our efforts at driving agriculture to attain food security.
Similarly, Adesina on his Twitter page said, “Sad AFEX Nigeria ransacked by police for no reason. AFEX is a first exchange doing so well to support farmers.
“The Police in Katsina acted according to the laws of the land in protecting farmers who complained that their products worth N66 million was collected from them since January and could not get their balance,he said.
He said that following the allegation, the Inspector-General of Police, Ibrahim Idris, directed the Commissioner of Police ( CP) in Katsina, Usman Abdullahi to investigate the allegation.
Shogunle explained that Abdullahi sent his response and the officials of the company, led by the Managing Director, Mr Ayodeji Balogun, were invited by the PCRRU to Abuja.
He said that after the meeting with the unit, the CP also had a meeting with them where the reason for police action was further explained.
Shogunle explained that on May 17, a group of traders and farmers petitioned the CP of Katsina, alleging that Diversified Consulting Ltd. represented by Sani Usman and Haruna Abubakar, bought grains worth N 66 million and promised to pay in two to four days in January.
“From this time up till May, they were unable to get their money after being paid N10 million by the company leaving a balance of N56 million.
“Under the Penal Code in operation in Northern Nigeria, such conduct constitutes a criminal Offence as stipulated by the Penal Code.
“There was a criminal complaint to the police in Katsina, and the police arrested the people involved and charged them to court,”he said.
He said that one of the suspects was convicted and he confessed to the police and the court accepting that they collected the grains.
Shogunle said the convict further said that they were unable to pay because the Managing Director of the company was serving a jail term in Kirikiri prison in Lagos.
He said that upon the confession of the convict that the goods were taken to Kano, Jos and Zaria, the court issued a search warrant for the police to recover the items.
“The police went to the warehouse based on the confession of the suspect in the court and the complainants identified their produce.
“Upon reporting to the court, it gave an order to release the produce on bond to the rightful owners who happened to be the complainants in the case.
“One good thing about produce is that group of cooperative societies have markings on their produce for easy identification,” he said.
He said that the cases of other set of suspects were still pending in another court in Katsina where they also confessed to the police that they collected some produce from the complainants.
“Throughout our interaction with AFEX, it has not produced any document to show that the produce belonged to them.
“AFEX is yet to produce any document to show the source of those products whether they bought them from somebody or group of persons or evidence of transfer of money to show they bought it from somebody,” he said.
He said that the police would not fold their hands and watch innocent citizens, farmers being cheated or being chased out of business by a big corporation that has refused to pay them their money.
“The Nigeria Police Force will continue to support the efforts of the Federal Government in ensuring food security and that we have just demonstrated by helping the poor in Katsina recover their produce.
“We cannot say that people should not express their opinion but they should always find out from the police before making comments like this,” he said.
The PCRRU was established by the Nigeria Police Force in November 2015, with a mandate to receiving and resolving cases of professional misconduct brought against its officers.
Kogi decides: ‘This is helicopter election’ – Senator Dino Melaye rejects result, reveals how APC rigged
The lawmaker who spoke to Channels TV, said the result released by INEC is ‘fictitious.
Rejecting the results of the election, Melaye added that the election was marred by massive violence and rigging.
He said, “The innovation is that what we had is what I have christened ‘Helicopter election’. For the first time, rigging has been advanced to the level that now the use of a helicopter in perpetuating this electoral atrocity manifested yesterday.
“Helicopter hovering around Polling units in Lokoja, dropping bullets on innocent, harmless citizens and electorate; and as I speak, yesterday, teargas being fired from this helicopter.
“Despite the fact that this helicopter was used in harassing, intimidating and firing innocent electorates, the votes of those places were carted away and taken to the government house, stuffed and brought back to the collation centre and they have been accepted and admitted and collation is ongoing.
“They brought mayhem on my own community and even killed my nephew, we are waiting to see what INEC will do, but I reject in totality, this fictitious result and I want to say that all these are not about the election, it is about Dino Melaye.”
Three kidnap victims kill suspected kidnapper in Delta community, drown him in river
The victims soaked the deceased kidnapper in a small river inside a bush, a den where they had taken them to.
Four other members of the kidnap gang scampered for safety as they sensed danger.
The incident occurred on Thursday, AREWA.NG, reports.
It was learnt that the deceased kidnapper and four of his gang had kidnapped four victims (names withheld) and had taken them into the bush where they tied them.
Later, four members of the kidnap gang took one of the victims along with them to negotiate a ten million naira ransom with the families of the catch, leaving the deceased behind with the victims.
One of the victims begged the deceased kidnapper for food and he obliged unknown to him that they (victims) had set themselves loose from the ropes with which they were tied.
As the deceased kidnapper was serving the food, the three victims grabbed and beat the hell out of him before they soaked him in a small river in the bush.
The three victims later went to the Orerokpe Police Station to incident the matter in line with the law.
Immediately, the Police swung into action, called the leaders of the Community to identify the corpse, before they evacuated the remains and deposited same at the morgue in the area.
When contacted for comments, the Delta State Commissioner of Police, CP Adeyinka Adeleke confirmed the report in a telephone chat with DAILY POST correspondent in Warri saying, “It’s true and they killed him.”
Adeleke, however, noted that, “They (victims) are not the offenders.”
Kogi decides: INEC declares 30 ad hoc staff missing
The electoral body disclosed this early Sunday morning through the Local Government Area’s Electoral Officer in charge of collating and announcing results, Garba Mahmood.
Mahmood said that the INEC ad-hoc workers were reported missing after some police officers raised concern that they were last seen shortly after voting ended at 2 p.m.
The missing staff were identified as Presiding Officers (POs) and Assistant Presiding Officers (APOs) of polling units in Imane ward 1 and 2 of Olamaboro LGA of Kogi State.
Mahmood added that there phone calls made to their phones were not connecting.
Here is the list of the missing adhoc staff
(1) Oladipo Victor
(2) Achimi Samson P-08136653704
(3) Umar Faruk Sani-08032745663
(4) Adama Ibrahim
(1) Abayomi Roseline E.
(2) Onuche Abel E
(3) Onojah Emmanuel
(4) Umoru Mariam-
(1) Effiong Akwaowo-Ukpe
(2) Mattew Agada
(3) Samuel Ibrahim
(4) Sado Bello
(1) Nzeofia Kingsley- Presiding Officer (PO)
(2) Hassan Musa- Assistant Presiding Officer 1 (APO 1)
(3) Ekele Michael – Assistant Presiding Officer 2(APO 2)
(4) Ahmed Mattew – Assistant Presiding Officer 3(APO 3 )
Unit 012 –
(1) Ovioawho Omonefe B.- Presiding Officer (PO)
(2) Baba Eric -Assistant Presiding Officer 1 (APO 1)
(3) Gabriel Samuel Assistant Presiding Officer 2 (APO 2)
(1) Nwafor Emmanuel- Presiding Officer (PO)
(2) Agada Ochegeugwa- Assistant Presiding Officer 1(APO 1)
(3) Ojih Martina- Assistant Presiding Officer 2(APO 2)
(1) Ezugwu Stanley- Presiding Officer (PO)
(2) Mohammed Abdullahi- Assistant Presiding Officer 1(APO 1)
(3) Mohammed Ibrahim- Assistant Presiding Officer 2(APO 2)
(4) Adejoh Joy- Assistant Presiding Officer 3(APO 3)
(1) Adebisi Comfort – Presiding Officer (PO)
(2) Yusuf Sofiat- Assistant Presiding Officer 1(APO 1)
(3) Onoja Alice- Assistant Presiding Officer 2(APO 2)
(4) Onuche Vincent- Assistant Presiding Officer 3(APO 3)
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