Police starving Seun in detention – lawyer *Says, we’ll meet in court
Operatives of the Lagos State Police Command, are not only starving Afrobeats singer Seun Kuti, but keeping him away from his wife and members of his, his lawyers, have cried out, while updating the Nigerian public on the current state of things around the musician, who has been in police detention since Monday.
Kuti, the current leader of Egypt 80, has remained behind bars at the Force Criminal Investigation Department (FCID), Panti, Yaba, in Lagos Police since reporting at the Police Headquarters in Ikeja over his reported assault on a policeman on Saturday at the Third Mainland Bridge in Lagos.
Adeyinka Olumide-Fusika, lawer to embattled Kuti’s lawyer, in a statement, who slammed the investigation conducted by the Lagos police spokesman, Benjamin Hundeyin, on the slapping incident that led to the detention of Kuti, said he had not eaten since his ordeal because he was not provided with food, while his wife had been kept away from him.
Hear him: “Mr. Benjamin Hundeyin who goes by the formal title of Lagos State Police Public Relations Officer but doubles as the Investigating Police Officer into the case of alleged assault of a policeman by my client, Mr. Seun Kuti, has issued a Report of his investigative work.
“Mr. Seun Kuti would have expected that having completed his investigative work, Mr. Benjamin Hundeyin, a law enforcer, would proceed according to law by sending the file containing his report of investigation for legal evaluation towards possible prosecution.
“Mr. Seun Kuti is nevertheless not surprised that Mr. Benjamin Hundeyin chose instead to make his investigative report the subject of the media publication, as for instance, in the Punch online publication of Monday, May 15, 2023, titled ‘Assault: Seun Kuti apologised, gave cop ₦12,000 to repair the vehicle, police say.’ “According to Mr. Benjamin Hundeyin, in his investigative report handed over to The Punch, ‘Seun Kuti was the one that bashed the officer’s vehicle, and the policeman followed him to call his attention to it, but the musician alighted from his car and slapped the policeman as seen in the trending video. However, the officer reported the incident at the Police Command in Ikeja.
“The policeman was alone. After the altercation, he followed Seun Kuti to his home in Ikeja, and the musician apologised to the policeman and gave him ₦12,000 to repair his damaged vehicle. But the officer reported the incident at the Area F Police Command in Ikeja, and deposited the ₦12,000 at the counter while he gave a written statement concerning the incident.
“Although he had been with the Police since 8:00 am on Monday 15th May 2023, Mr. Seun Kuti notes that it was at about 8:00 pm that day, after Mr. Benjamin Hundeyin had already completed and published his investigative report above, that he was asked to make a statement to the Police at the Force Criminal Investigation Department, Panti, Yaba.
“Mr. Seun Kuti has therefore volunteered to his interlocutors a statement to the effect that since Mr. Benjamin Hundeyin has already done the investigation and issued and published his report on it, there was no useful purpose to be served by any statement from him. He will, at the right time and place, and in as rigorous a manner possible under the law, defend himself against Mr. Hundeyin’s published ‘investigative findings’.
“The consequence of this for Mr. Seun Kuti was that his wife was refused the “privilege” of delivering a meal to him, even though there was no other arrangement in place to have him fed. We await the next move of the Police on the allegation of crime against Mr. Seun Kuti.”
BREAKING: Tinubu gets GCFR, Shettima, GCON, at Buhari’s final lap in office
For Asiwaju Ahmed Bola Tinubu, and Kashim Shettima, the climax inched further on Thursday with the conferment of the the prestigious honours of Grand Commander of the Federal Republic (GCFR) and Grand Commander of the Order of Niger (GCON) on them, the highest of such in the Nigeria, by President Muhammadu Buhari.
At the investiture, which took place at the State House Conference Center in Abuja, the event, which is part of a series of events lined up for the May 29 inauguration ceremony, was also witnessed by Vice President, Yemi Osinbajo, Chief Justice of the Nigeria and Senate President, Ahmad Lawan, National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), as well as top Nigerians, Buhari, reiterated his confidence that Tinubu would finish what he started eight years ago, when he came into office.
The event, took place on the heels of the official handover of Transition Documents to the incoming administration of Tinubu, who was declared winner of the February 25 presidential election by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).
Channels Television, quotes Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), Boss Mustapha who doubles as Chairman of the Presidential Transition Council, as disclosing at a briefing last Thursday, that an Inauguration Lecture on the topic: Deepening Democracy for Integration and Development by His Excellency, Uhuru M. Kenyatta, former President of Kenya will take place on Saturday 27th May.
This will be followed closely by a Children’s Day Program which would involve a parade and a party for the kids.
As part of the schedule of activities marking the 2023 Presidential Inauguration, an Inter-denominational Church Service will hold Sunday the 28th at the National Christian Centre by 10:00am and an Inauguration Dinner/Gala Night will take place later on at the State House Conference Centre.
The SGF further stated that on Monday, 29th May, the Inauguration Parade and Swearing-In exercise will take place at the Eagle Square by 10:00am, this is to be followed afterwards by a Post Inauguration Luncheon.
Boss Mustapha assured that adequate arrangements have been made for the safety and security of all people throughout the inauguration period.
I know Abacha was a good man – Buhari *Exclaims closure of borders
President Muhammadu, on Tuesday, showered praises on Sani Abacha, former Head of State, whom many Nigerians remember as one of the most despotic leaders in the country, saying regardless his reputation, he was a good man.
Buhari, spoke on the same day he explained the reason he once closed all borders leading into Nigeria, which he said was to encourage Nigerians to produce food for their consumption.
Acknowledging the backlash in public opinion, following said although the heavy criticisms that came with the decision, Buhari, said at the inauguration of the new Nigerian Customs headquarters that the aim of the decision, was well achieved.
Built at the cost of N19.6billion the edifice located in the Maitama district of the Federal Capital territory (FCT), was among the seven legacy projects commissioned on Tuesday by the President, including the Second Niger Bridge.
He said: “Please note that from Lake Chad to Benin Republic is more than 1,600 kilometres, only God can effectively guard the borders. So you need a person who has the energy and the competence to supervise. I deliberately closed the borders because knowing Nigerians, they order rice, give some to Niger and the rest, and then they bring the rice here.
“With our potential, we have people, we have land, and weather – how many nations are as lucky as Nigeria in the world, very few nations. So closing that border, 1,600 kilometres, Nigerians insist they eat boiled rice – you eat what you grow or you die. I tried to make my point and later Nigerians appreciated it.”
Buhari, who was full of praises for Hameed Ali, Comptroller General of the Nigeria Customs Service (NCS), said it was the same quality Abacha saw in him that earned him the job, adding that he was full of experience and competence.
Buhari, who served under the government of Abacha as the Chairman of the defunct Petroleum Trust Fund, said the military Head of State, gave Ali “problematic” tasks to accomplish.
“As for Hameed Ali, I asked him to be in charge of customs. No matter what people say about the late Sani Abacha, may his soul rest in peace, I knew him very well, when somehow he became President of this country, Head of State, the biggest problematic area was around Kaduna. He picked Colonel Hameed Ali and dumped the problems on him. My decision for Hameed Ali to come to customs was a deliberate one. I brought Colonel Hameed Ali to ensure that I have peace of mind.”
A palpably elated Customs boss, explained part that part of his strategies to succeed at the job was to take care of the welfare of the officers, saying the 100 per cent increase in their salaries made them less susceptible to corruption.
He, added: “We must mention the game-changing intervention of Mr President to rid the NCS of corruption and put it on a path of integrity. The 100 percent increase in the remuneration for officers and men of the service decisively made them less susceptible to corruption.”
Buhari to Nigerians: You won’t miss me too much, Tinubu will maintain my momentum
Pesident Muhammadu Buhari on Monday urged Nigerians to be hopeful of more developmental strides as the incoming adminstration of Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, would continue to build on the momentum he left in the last eight years he ran a government on the platform of the All Progressives Congress (APC). The President, told participants at the Presidential Fleet Review, 2023, at the Naval Dockyard Limited, Victoria Island, Lagos, that he was pleased with the Nigerian military’s combat readiness.
Assuring that he had the confidence that the Tinubu, who was due to take over from him on Monday next week, three months after being declared winner of the February 25 presidential election would continue to provide crucial support to the Nigerian Navy, maintaining the positive trajectory achieved during his own tenure, he expressed immense satisfaction with the array of naval assets on display and combat readiness of the Nigerian military.
The last of such exercise in his tenure, the Presidential, said he ecognied the nation’s pride in the navy’s numerous achievements during his eight-year administration.
His words: “I have no doubt that the incoming administration of President-elect, His Excellency, Bola Ahmed Tinubu will sustain the current tempo of my administration in giving the Navy necessary support to effectively carry out its assigned tasks. My best wishes to our Navy for protecting our maritime domain and the economic prosperity of Nigeria. As I leave office on 29th May, I wish you all fair winds. ONWARD TOGETHER and God bless the Federal Republic of Nigeria.’’
Stressing that under Tinubu’s leadership, the Navy would continue to acquire new assets, expand shipbuilding for export purposes, promote indigenous production, intensify the fight against piracy, and address issues pertaining to crude oil theft in Nigeria’s maritime domain, he noted the significant reduction in piracy over the past seven years, leading to Nigeria’s removal from the list of piracy-prone countries by the International Maritime Bureau in March 2022.
Buhari, while applauding the application of technology in securing the maritime domain, which facilitated intelligence-driven deployment of naval ships and enhanced their effectiveness, specifically commended the diligent prosecution of MT HEROIC IDUN, which was detected and apprehended for attempting to load crude oil without authorization offshore Bonny in August 2022.
He noted that this successful interdiction further reaffirmed the navy’s commitment to protecting the country’s resources, acknowledging the significance of the diverse ships and helicopters on display, which he noted symbolised the nation’s maritime power and its preparedness to carry out the Navy’s constitutional roles.
Praising the impressive combat displays staged by elements of the Nigerian Navy Special Boat Service, alongside a combination of assets from the Nigerian Navy and the Nigerian Air Force, he said: ‘‘I expect this to translate into actual capability to dominate Nigeria’s maritime environment and secure the vast resources therein for the socio-economic development of our great country.’’
The President, while highlighting the strong link between maritime security and economic prosperity, said given that the maritime environment served both as a storehouse of resources as well as medium for maritime transport in the country, the importance of the safe and secure utilisation of these resources to drive national prosperity and support Nigeria’s aspirations for a thriving Blue Economy, must not be lost.
On the administration’s efforts in recapitalising the Navy Fleet in the last seven years, the President listed the acquisition of 20 capital ships for the Navy, comprising encompassing Offshore Patrol Vessels, Landing Ship Transports, Hydrographic Survey Vessels, Seaward Defence Boats, helicopters, as well as over 300 Inshore Patrol Vessels and Assault Craft.
The President, who also inaugurated several notable additions to the Navy’s fleet, including a new helicopter, NN410, manufactured in Italy, as well as the landing ship transport NNS KADA, constructed in Sharjah, United Arab Emirates, thanked the People’s Republic of China for the generous donation of NNS IBENO, highlighting the importance of mutual military cooperation with partner nations, which has also encouraged local shipbuilding efforts by the Nigerian Navy.
He declared that the Nigeria Navy’s endeavors in indigenous shipbuilding, in line with the nation’s local content development plan, have yielded positive outcomes, stating: “Our naval engineers were wholly responsible for building 3 Seaward Defence Boats namely, NNS ANDONI, NNS KARADUWA and NNS OJI. In December 2021, I performed keel laying foundation for the construction of 2 Seaward Defence Boats, which will be ready by 2024.
‘‘At this rate, I have no doubt that our Navy will soon commence construction of larger ships for itself and other navies in the region and beyond. This achievement is a great pride to Nigeria and an impressive contribution to national development.”
Dwelling on the theme for the 2023 Fleet Review, Fleet Readiness for National Prosperity, the President explained that it emphasised the Navy’s ability to respond to threats in maritime spaces and the Gulf of Guinea, highlighting its pivotal role in promoting national prosperity.
He commended the Navy for effectively deploying these vessels, resulting in successes in combating crude oil theft, conducting counter-drug operations, and addressing piracy, while also expressing gratitude to the Government and people of Lagos State, as well as other maritime stakeholders, for their crucial support in facilitating the Fleet Review.
He added that more than half of Nigeria’s maritime trade passed through Lagos ports, which served as a lifeline for the nation’s industry and economy, which made fostering cordial working relations becomes even more imperative, while congratulating the Chief of the Naval Staff, Vice Admiral Awwal Gambo, and the entire naval personnel for their exceptional organisation of this historic event.