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Lagos SARS Officers Brutalize, Demand N1.5m From Man For Holding Brother’s International Passport

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A man, identified simply as Debola, has accused men of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) of brutality and extortion over his brother’s passport found in his possession during a stop-and-search operation in the Epe area of Lagos State.

It was gathered that Debola was travelling to Akure when the policemen stopped the bus conveying him and subjected all the passengers to a search.

When it got to Debola’s turn, it was learnt that the policemen found nothing incriminating on him, but took him into custody because of his brother’s passport found in his possession.

Debola said in a series of tweets, which was reposted on Instablog9ja, that the policemen accused him of going to assassinate his brother, adding that when he got to the Ketu Ereyun Police Station, the cops demanded N1.5m for his release.

He wrote, “Sars stopped my bus today around EPE, I was traveling to Akure from ajah. They stopped my bus and searched me, thinking I’m a scammer, they found nothing. They searched my bag and found my brother’s international passport in there. That’s how it started.

“They accused me of going to kill the owner of the passport and that I was running away. I told them it was my brother’s. As I was about calling my brother, they collected my phone and started beating me with big stick telling me to enter their vehicle and asked my bus to go.

“We got there, they asked me and the other people they’ve arrested to remove our clothes and they started taking pictures. I was just confused because I was trying to figure out what exactly I did. They took us to the counter planning to take us to the cell. That’s where I started pleading for what I didn’t even know my offense was.

“The one that beat me with the stick came to me and said I’m acting stubborn and he’d let me know there’s nothing I can do with whatever they do to me. I was speechless. After several pleading, they called me outside and said they’ll collect money from me. They said 1.5million. I was shocked. I pleaded and told them I don’t have that kind of money. They didn’t even listen.”

Debola further alleged that the policemen took him to a Point of Sales operator, where N55,000 was withdrawn from his account before he was released, adding that he had evidence to back up his claim.

He added on his Twitter page, “Thank God I had spare money with me I would have been stranded. This brutality is getting too much. I didn’t write this to attract people’s pity, I just want you guys to be careful out there all the time. We the youths are not safe at all. These Sars people can take one’s life and the world wouldn’t even know they did.

“I dislocated my arm when one of them was beating me. I’m waiting for Access bank to send me my account history so I can get the lady’s full account number and give it to the police so they can help me call her. The POS spot is directly opposite the station.”

Reacting to the development, the Police Complaint Unit, @PoliceNG_CRU, tweeted, “Your complaint is hereby acknowledged and investigation has been initiated. Your tracking number is #CRU195465, Thank you for contacting NPF-CRU.”

However, in a follow-up reaction, Debola tweeted, “THEY’VE REFUNDED MY MONEY THIS MORNING OO. With a little compensation. Thanks to everyone that helped me tag people. God bless you. Guys pls be careful out there o. Sars are angry with youths for no reason.”

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Edo 2020: Buhari Congratulates Obaseki, Hails INEC

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President Muhammadu Buhari has congratulated Edo Governor Godwin Obaseki on his re-election.

He also hailed the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) for the smooth process that led to the emergence of Obaseki.

In a statement on Sunday by his Senior Assistant on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, Buhari said: “President Buhari has commended the election process in Edo State which led to the victory of @GovernorObaseki as declared by the Independent National Electoral Commission.

“”I have consistently advocated for free and fair elections in the country because it is the bedrock of true democratic order.

“Democracy will mean nothing if the votes of the people don’t count or if their mandate is fraudulently tampered with.

“He commended the people of Edo State, the parties, candidates and security agencies for conducting themselves responsibly.”

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BREAKING: INEC Declares PDP’s Obaseki Winner Of Edo Election

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The Independent National Electoral Commission has declared the candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, Godwin Obaseki, winner of the governorship election in Edo State.

INEC’s Returning Officer, Prof. Akpofure Rim-Rukeh, announced the total result of the election.

He said APC polled 223,619 votes, while PDP got 307,955 votes.

Incumbent Governor Obaseki of PDP ran against APC standard-bearer Osagie Ize-Iyamu and 13 others.

Obaseki was elected on APC’s platform in 2016 but defected to the PDP after being denied the ticket owing to intra-party squabbles.

SEE DECLARED RESULTS

1) Igueben LGA

PDP 7,870

APC 5,199

Total 13170
Total votes cast 13,382

Election materials snatched in Ward 8, Unit 2

2) Esan North-East

APC 6,556
PDP 13579
Valid votes 20,369
Total votes cast 20,730

3) Esan Central

APC 6,719
PDP 10,794

4) Ikpoba-Okha

APC 18,218
PDP 41,030

5) Uhunmwonde

APC 5,972
PDP 10,022

6) Egor LGA

APC 10,202
PDP 27,621

7) Owan East

APC 19,295
PDP 14,762

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#EdoDecides2020: PDP Defeats APC In Ize-Iyamu’s LG, Obaseki Leads With Over 85,000 Votes In 16 LGA’s

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The candidate of the All Progressives Congress in the Edo State Governorship Election, Osagie Ize-Iyamu, was defeated by the Peoples Democratic Party in his local government, Orhiomwon.

The Independent National Electoral Commission announced that the APC polled 10,458 votes while PDP got 13,445 votes in Orhiomwon.

Ize-Iyamu hails from Iguododo in Orhionmwon Local Government Area of the state.

The official results from 16 of Edo’s 18 local governments have been announced.

The incumbent governor Godwin Obaseki of the PDP so far has 288,572 votes while Osagie Ize-Iyamu of the APC has 202,525 votes.

One of the two remaining local governments whose results is being awaited is Orhionmwon, the local government of Mr Ize-Iyamu where an INEC official was shot.

INEC has said it is working with security agencies to investigate the violence in the local government.

Messrs Ize-Iyamu and Obaseki are the main candidates in the governorship election, although 14 candidates are taking part in the election.

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