Vandi broke down when I asked for two missing bullets after Bolanle’s murder, police witness
A witness in the trial of Drambi Vandi the Assistant Superintendent of Police (ASP), who allegedly pulled the trigger that killed Bolanle Hakeem, on Christmas Day in Lagos, has told a Lagos court how two bullets assigned to the officer were found missing from his Ak-47 rifle shortly after the incident.
The officer was issued with 25 rounds of ammunition on the fateful day for the operation and during a check after Raheem was shot and killed at the Ajah Bridge Roundabout, two bullets were found missing, according to Adamu Shuaibu, one of his colleagues at Ajah Police Station.
Shuaibu was the armourer on duty at the Ajiwe Police Station, Ajah, where tha accused officer worked, told the Lagos State High Court sitting at Tafawa Balewa Square (TBS) that he noticed the shortage of bullets when he received the rifle from another officer who disarmed Vandi.
Led in evidence by Lagos State Attorney-General, Moyosore Onigbanjo (SAN), at the resumed hearing of the murder charge against Vandi, who is facing a one-count charge of murder, contrary to Section 223 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, 2015, against Vandi, further told of what transpired on the ill-fated day.
In his testimony before Justice Ibironke Harrison, he said on December 25, he received a call from Inspector Ameh Matthew, one of the officers at the scene of the incident, that Vandi had shot an expectant woman.
He said: “When I told the DPO what had happened, he led a patrol team to the scene. I called all the station guards to fortify the station. Later, I saw Drambi Vandi and Supol Segun with the defendant’s rifle which he handed over to me immediately he saw me coming out of the office.
“I personally disarmed Inspector Fiyegha Ebimine of his AK-47 rifle before cross-checking his magazine. The eight rounds of ammunition he booked were complete, but when I checked the defendant’s rifle, I realised that only 23 rounds were found and two were missing. I immediately moved to the cell to speak with him and when I asked what happened, he started crying.”
When Onigbanjo asked if he could identify the register with which he took record of arms and ammunition as of December 25, the officer responded in the affirmative. He also identified the register.
He told Adetokunbo Odutola, cross-examination, Vandi’s lawyer, who inquired what he did with the guns after he collected them that he confirmed the number of ammunition together with the Station Officer before transferring them to the State Crime Investigation Division (SCID), Panti.
Explaining that he did not count the bullets in the presence of the defendant because after he was disarmed, the DPO ordered his detention before leaving for the hospital, he added that the tension was so high at that time.
Also explaining to the court the procedure after a rifle is returned to the armourer, he said: “The normal procedure when you return a rifle is that, I will bring out the magazine and count the ammunition in the presence of the person that I collected it from, and then sign after confirming.”
BREAKING: All clear for Tinubu! S’Court dismisses PDP’s double nomination suit *Says, PDP a busy-body
For being a meddlesome interloper and a busy-body in bringing a case that was none of its business, the Supreme Court, on Friday slammed a N2million fine on the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), over its suit demanding that the ticket of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the February 25 presidential election be vitiated.
The main opposition party, had claimed that Kashim Shettima, being a candidate in a Senatorial election in Borno and as well as the running mate to Bola Ahmed Tinubu, the APC presidential candidate in the election, amounted to double Nomination, which is forbidden by the law.
Based on that, the prayed the apex court to declare the ticket null and void and the votes recorded for it in the election, through which they were declared winner by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), wasted, a prayer, which if it had succeeded, would pave the way for Atiku Abubakar, the candidate of the party in the election to take over from Tinubu as the 16th President on Monday, when he is due to be inaugurated.
But the court, while dismissing the prayers, which originated from the Federal High Court Abuja, and travelled through the Court of Appeal, before it, agreeing with the positions of the lower courts which dismissed them on the ground of lacking in locus standi to institute the case.
But, Justice Adamu Jauro who read the Judgement, not only held that the PDP acted as meddlesome Interloper and a busy body as it is an internal affair of the APC, ordered the main opposition party to pay N2milllion, for its troubles, after establishing that its arguments tended to misleading the court, which was “sad”.
The court, which said it was aware of the case of Uche Nwosu, former governorship candidate in Imo State, the court, held that it did not applay in the instant case, as it agreed that Shettima withdrew his senate nomination on 6th July 2022 and was subsequently replaced and therefore, was no longer a candidate for the Senate before he picked up the running mate ticket, thus, making the allegation of multiple nomination untenable.
On the other hand, the court, held that Nwosu in his case, got nominated by two political parties for different positions, and having not being on all fours, PDP suit, was bound to fail right from the trial court, to the Court of Appeal, and the Supreme Court.
Accusing the PDP of attempts to use the social media to set a trap for the apex court to blackmail it, which he said was “painful, unfortunate and uncalled for,” the court said a political party had no right to challenge the action of another party, or the decision of INEC, in respect of another party, adding that for a person to have locus standi to challenge the nomination process of a political party, the person must be a neutral person and an aspirant to that position, and a member of the party.
Nigerians must allow the love they share abroad resonate at home – Obasanjo
Former President Olusegun Obasanjo is worried that the level of love Nigerians abroad share among themselves is not replicated at home, adding that a situation where they are quick to become friends outside and enemies at home, must be stop. The former President, who acknowledged how Nigerians in the diaspora were making the country proud in their different areas of endeavour, told participants at an evening reception held at New Brunswick, New Jersey, USA, that Nigerians in the diaspora must conduct themselves as good citizens wherever they domiciled.
Obasanjo, whose views were captured in a statement by, Kehinde Akinyemi, his spokesman, expressed satisfaction over the unity exhibited among Nigerians in the United States of America, urging them to reciprocate such togetherness when they are back home.
The former President, said to have spoken on behalf of a delegation of eminent traditional leaders and academics that included the Olowu of Owu Kingdom, Oba Saka Matemilola, was quoted as saying: “Nigerian nationals are often very united when they are abroad, but something else when they return to the country, therefore, I want to urge all to be good citizens, not only where you are, but when also you come home to Nigeria.”
Uproar, social media exchange of fire, over Ooni’s handshake with Pete Edochie, KOK
The exchange of handshakes between veteran actors Pete Edochie and Kanayo O. Kanayo with Ooni of Ife, Oba Adeyey Ogunwusi Enitan, has spurred a flurry of reactions on social media, The Nation, is reporting.
The paper, which reviewed the viral video shared on Thursday, where Edochie and Kanayo approached Ooni’s table at Elizabeth Jack Rich’s 40th birthday party on Tuesday and exchanged Igbo “cultural” handshakes with the monarch, acknowledged the different meanings being read into it.
Social media users on Twitter took to the comment section of the video with some knocking the actors for disrespecting the tradition by exchanging handshakes with the monarch, while others praised Ooni for showing respect to the Igbo culture.
Man of Letters said: “Igbakeji Oorisa?! It’s acceptable that he received the cross-culture respect handshake with Pete Edochie because the man Pete carry, but what’s his excuse for doing it with Kanayo O Kanayo??”
Kelvin Odanz said. “Is this ceremony holding in the Ooni palace? I mean, if an Igbo man (from a culture that doesn’t bow to another man) meets the Ooni in the UK for instance, is it disrespectful if he chooses to greet the respected Oba in a way he was brought up to respect dignitaries?”
Another user Onyemauchi tweeted: “This man supposed be King for him community”
Another tweep tracesorba wrote: “Igbos don’t bow down to any man, An evolved or wise man is their our own Chi.”