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Customers Allege Brutality As NDLEA Operatives Raid Lagos Nightclub



Some clubbers have accused officials of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency of brutality during a raid on Club Lakers, a nightclub in the Ikorodu area of Lagos State.

It was gathered that the customers were having a nice time when no fewer than 15 armed NDLEA officials, who came in patrol vehicles, stormed the premises of the club.

The officials were said to have ordered the deejay to stop the music, as they subjected the guests at the club and lounge to a search.

CCTV footage installed at the club showed the operatives ordered customers to raise their hands while they searched their pockets, bags, and purses one after the other.

As seen in the video clip, customers, who resisted the search, were slapped, beaten, and forcefully dragged from the club during the raid on Saturday.

A clubber, who gave her name only as Omowunmi, said the operatives whisked no fewer than seven persons away, adding that customers were harassed during the raid.

She said, “The incident happened around 1 am last Saturday. We were just having fun when I suddenly heard people shouting. So, I stood up to know what happened and I saw the NDLEA operatives harassing customers and searching them.

“I saw four people beating a customer who was demanding a reason the operatives wanted to arrest his brother. The guy was not with drugs; about six persons were arrested. What happened that day will discourage people from going to that club.”

Another eyewitness, Dare Emmanuel, said the operation lasted for about one hour.

The 30-year-old said, “The NDLEA officials were armed and about 10 of them entered the club. When I stepped outside, I saw other members of the operatives. They were harassing customers, including one of my friends.

“Most of the people they searched, nothing was found on them. They took a lady and some guys away.”

The counsel for the club, Femi Martins, lamented the constant raids on the club by security agents.

He said, “It appears to me that there is something fishy and that some rivals are trying to perpetrate unfair actions to run the club out of business.

“The club is not the only club operating in that area, so why is it the only one raided by security agents? If it is not EFCC today, it is another agency tomorrow, and now it is the NDLEA. Does the owner sell drugs? No, he doesn’t. So, when people are picked from the hotel or lounge, why do they expect him to be liable for whatever they do?

“It is a public place and there is a limit to which you can control what your customers do. For instance, you won’t go into every room at night to say I want to see whatever you have there.”

The spokesperson for the NDLEA, Femi Babafemi, said five of the eight arrested suspects had hard drugs.

He said, “We had sufficient intelligence that drug dealers were operating inside the club. We also had phone numbers of the dealers, and what our men did was to call the dealers, make an order and ask them to supply them in the car outside and that was how they arrested the first three dealers outside the premises.

“It was a clinically clean job; it was when others noticed that those people were law enforcement officers that they ran into the hotel and that was when our men decided to work with the police officers on duty, who then invited the manager, and because we already identified the dealers, our men picked them out.

“We recovered quite a several drugs, including cannabis, Rohypnol, codeine, tramadol, and Metaphone tablets. We knew the people we went there for and clinically identified and brought them out. Eight suspects were arrested, including the manager, but five were found with exhibits. The manager was arrested for allowing their business premises to be used for dealing drugs. But because it is a lesser offense, they are likely to let him go today.”


[VIDEO] Herdsmen Kill Bus Conductor In Lagos Over Cow’s Death



Persons identified as herdsmen have stabbed a bus conductor to death for killing a cow in Lagos.

This happened in the early hours of Monday and became public in a viral video from the scene of the accident.

According to one of the videos making rounds on social media platforms, the incident occurred at Mowo on the Lagos-Badagry Expressway, close to President Muhammadu Buhari Estate.

The commentator in the video said the bus conductor, who fled after the accident that led to the death of the cow, was killed close to a police checkpoint.

The driver, who was said to be heading to Badagry from Mile 12, was said to have fled as soon as he sensed danger.

This made the herdsmen go after the conductor of the bus with registration number: FKJ 756 XH.

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JUST IN: Olukayode Ariwoola To Be To Sworn In As Acting CJN



Report has it that plans are underway to swear in Olukayode Ariwoola as a tentative replacement for the former CJN, Tanko Muhammad so as to leave no vacuum.

Ariwoola is the next highest-ranking justice of the supreme court and he is expected to take over in an acting capacity from Monday.

According to the procedure for the appointment of the CJN, the Federal Judicial Service Commission (FJSC) shortlists two or three most senior judges among the supreme court justices and sends their names to the National Judicial Council (NJC) which then selects one candidate and forwards it to the president before it goes to the Senate confirmation.

But to leave no vacuum, an acting CJN must be appointed.


Ariwoola was born in Iseyin, Oyo State, on August 22, 1958. He had his primary education at the Local Authority Demonstration School, Oluwole, in his hometown between 1959 and 1967. He then moved to Muslim Modern School in the same town from 1968 to 1969 before graduating to Ansar-Ud-Deen high school, Saki area of Oyo, for secondary education.

He earned his law degree at the University of Ife (now Obafemi Awolowo University) in 1980 and a year later he was called to the Nigeria bar and got enrolled as a solicitor and advocate of the supreme court.

He kicked off his career as a legal officer in the Oyo state ministry of justice and stayed in the role until he moved into private practice in 1988.

Ariwoola spent less than four years in private practice before he was whisked back into public service.

Between 1988 and July 1989, he was a counsel in-chambers of Ladosu Ladapo before moving to establish his own legal firm named “Olukayode Ariwoola & Co”. Three years later, he was called to the bench.

Ariwoola was back in public service by 1992 when he was appointed a judge of the superior court of record in Oyo.

He was named the chairman of the Oyo state armed robbery tribunal between May 1993 and September 1996.

In 2005, he then rose to the position of a justice of the court of appeal and he held the position before he was appointed a justice of the supreme court of Nigeria in 2011.

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Ekweremadu: Immigration Dismisses Organ Donor’s Underage Claim



The Nigeria Immigration Service has stated that it followed due process in issuing a Nigerian passport to Mr. David Nwamini, who was allegedly trafficked to the United Kingdom for organ harvesting by former Deputy Senate President, Ike Ekweremadu.

David had allegedly claimed to be a minor after he arrived in the UK where he was to donate his kidney to Ekweremadu’s daughter.

However, photos of his Nigerian passport, making rounds on social media, showed his date of birth to be October 12, 2000, placing him at 21 years old.

Making comment on the controversy surrounding David’s age, Mr. Idris Jere, the Comptroller General of the NIS, at a press conference on Sunday, said Nwamini is indeed 21 according to his record in the possession of the NIS, discarding claims that the Service didn’t thoroughly vet the documents provided by the applicant.

Jere said, “The fact of the matter concerning the case above, therefore, is that Mr. David Ukpo Nwamini applied and paid for the e-passport using the NIS portal after which he approached the passport office in Gwagwalada, FCT Abuja, on November 2, 2021, for his interview.

“To support his application, Mr. Nwamini presented all necessary documents required including his birth certificate issued by the National Population Commission, showing October 12, 2000, as his date of birth; his National Identification Number, issued by NIMC corroborating the date of birth; a Certificate of Origin issued by Ebonyi State Government Liaison office in Abuja, and a guarantor’s form duly signed.

“NIS relies on documentation supplied by other agencies and we are not under any obligation to go to those agencies to verify those documents. What we do is that we look at the documents and applicants physically. Once that is done, we go ahead to process.”

Meanwhile, the Senator representing Bayelsa West, Mr. Seriake Dickson, has told Nigerians not to hastily pass judgment against Ekweremadu and his wife, Beatrice.

Dickson said this in a statement he issued on Sunday titled, ‘The Ekweremadu I know will not traffic an underage boy for organ harvesting.’

Dickson said, “I am sure from the beginning when this story broke that the Ekweremadu I know could not have taken an underage and underprivileged young man, smuggle him out to harvest organs for whatever purpose.

“The circumstances surrounding this will fully come to light in the cause of investigation.

Also reacting, the Ebonyi State Government, in a statement signed by the Commissioner for Information, Uchenna Orji, in Abakaliki, on Sunday urged the UK authorities to exercise caution in the investigation of circumstances leading to the arrest and eventual trial of the senator and his wife.

The statement read, “Ebonyi State Government is following up the turn of events and twists that followed the medical intention of the former Deputy Senate President’s family.

“While we urge the UK Government to act progressively and meticulously and critically look at the intention (Mens rea) and the minds of the detained family and please give them the benefit of the doubt, we enjoin the public, especially those with shades of opinions and surge of anxieties to remain calm as we hope to see light at the end of the tunnel.

“The state government is reaching out to the family of David Okemini Ukpo from Ebonyi State, whose information to the Metropolitan Authority of UK orchestrated the criminal charge against the senator and his wife. The state government stands with Senator Ike Ekweremadu at this trial moment and hopes that the truth and nothing but the truth shall guide the outcome of the matter.”

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