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Osun State: Victim of police brutality demands justice

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A housewife, Mrs Abdulazeez Halima, who was brutalised by two policemen in Osun State for violating the stay-at-home order has demanded the prosecution the officers.

The video of the two police officers Inspector Ikuesan Taiwo and Corporal Abass Ibrahim beating a woman went viral on social media on Saturday.

Inspector-General of Police Mohammed Adamu ordered the arrest and trial of the officers.

In Osogbo, on Wednesday, Mrs Halima demanded that the officers be paraded and prosecuted.

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Mrs Halima, who claimed to be undergoing medical and psychological treatment in hospitals, alleged that the police command is attempting to conceal and shield the officers from facing justice.

She said she had gone to a pharmacy store to procure drugs for her two-year-old daughter who was discharging substance from her ears when the incident happened.

She said:

“It is commendable that the Osun State Commissioner of Police, Mr. Johnson Kokumo, did set up an investigation panel to look into the matter and conducted an orderly room trial which I witnessed and provided oral evidence where a judgment was supposedly pronounced. They were pronounced dismissed. It is quite heartbreaking to listen to the PRO of the police force in the state on one of the radio stations where she said that investigation was yet to be concluded and decision not yet taken.

“I consider this as an attempt to sweep the matter under the carpet and will like to emphasise that justice will be best served when the officers are paraded and subsequently stripped of what makes them officers of the law to eliminate the bias and further threats of intimidation and threat to life and property.”

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20-year-old student allegedly raped and murdered in Ilorin

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The body of a 20-year-old student of Batholomew College of Health Technology, Shao, Kwara State (BCHT) has been found after she was allegedly raped and murdered in Ilorin.

Abdulrahman Safau Omowumi, a 20-year-old student of BCHT has allegedly been raped and macheted to death at Gerewu, Ilorin, Kwara State.

According to a family member of the deceased:

“Omowumi, until her death, was undergoing her internship at ABEBI Hospital, Gerewu, and temporarily living with her uncle at Gerewu, due to proximity to her place of attachment.

She left home on Saturday, 27th of June, 2020, around 4 pm and she did not return home till Sunday morning. The family reported to the police.

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The police later found her corpse beside a river at Oko-ọba, Gerewu, on Sunday, with matchet cuts on her head and she was suspected to have been raped.

Her corpse was deposited at the Ilorin General Hospital morgue before she was finally buried at the Muslim cemetery on Thursday 2nd of July, 2020.”

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Death of black teenager in US juvenile facility sparks outrage

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As anti-racism protest continues in the United States , a video making rounds shows a black teen losing consciousness while being choked by staff members.

The boy identified as Cornelius Fredericks, 16, died May 1, two days after being pinned to the ground by staff at Lakeside Academy — a residential treatment for young adults in Kalamazoo, Michigan — for having thrown a sandwich at another boy in the cafeteria.

In the video, captured by surveillance cameras, Fredericks throws the sandwich and then is thrown to the ground by several men, who use their weight to subdue him.

After 10 minutes, Fredericks appears unconscious. Staff members attempted CPR before calling for medical help.

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His death recalls that of George Floyd, an unarmed black man killed by a white Minneapolis police officer on May 25 during an arrest that was filmed and spread on social media.

Floyd’s death has unleashed a massive wave of anger and protests against systemic racism and police brutality.

The “horrific video” of Fredericks’s death reveals a “culture of fear and abuse” at Lakeside Academy, where “suffocation is a regular practice… as a form of discipline,” the lawyer for Fredericks’s family, Geoffrey Fieger, said Tuesday while making the video public.

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Fredericks “was executed on April 29 for the crime of throwing a sandwich,” Fieger said. The seven staff members who pinned him down “deprived him of oxygen and his brain suffered irreversible damage.”

Two of the instructors and one nurse were charged with involuntary manslaughter and child abuse.

In June, Fieger filed civil lawsuits against the involved staff members and the private company that runs the Lakeside facility, Sequel Youth and Family Services, which has a contract with the state of Michigan.

“Cornelius’s scream of ‘I can’t breathe’ was not enough to get the staff members to stop the excessive restraint,” Fieger wrote in the lawsuit.

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“The excessive use of restraints and the lack of concern for Cornelius’s life draw an eerily similar comparison to that of George Floyd’s death,” he added in the document.

Fieger said Tuesday that the operating company had proposed an out-of-court settlement of less than $1 million in compensation to Fredericks’s family.

Michigan governor Gretchen Whitmer in June denounced Fredericks’s “senseless” and “intolerable” death and announced that she was stopping all contracts with Sequel Youth and Family Services in the state.

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Ogun Govt commences works on flood-prone areas

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The Ogun Government on Wednesday said it had commenced palliative works in areas affected by flooding from rainfall in Abeokuta on Friday and Saturday.

The state Commissioner for the Environment, Abiodun Balogun, said this at a press conference in Abeokuta.

Balogun said that the palliatives, which included the fixing of failed bridges, clearance of waterways, and dredging of the water channels, were ongoing in about 16 areas across the metropolis.

The Newsmen reports that areas most affected in Abeokuta include Kuto, Isale-Igbein, Lanfewa, Amolaso, Ijeun-Titun, and Ago-Ijesa.

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Others are Abiola Way, Isale Abetu, Sokori, Igbore, Oke-Mosan, Isale Ake and Adigbe.

The commissioner said that the intervention was meant to bring temporary relief and succor to the affected people before the government embarked on a permanent solution.

He described the downpour as massive with attendant adverse effects.

Balogun said that the damage caused by the flood would have been uncontrollable, but for continuous dredging of waterways in the state.

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“Though the present administration is not interested in demolishing people’s houses, some structures will have to give way.

” Before we demolish any building, which of course will be the last resort, we will talk to those whose structures are around the canal on the need to remove them,” he said.

Balogun assured that regular dredging, conversion of some culverts which have outlived their usefulness to bridges and distilling of drainages would be carried out to allow for free-flow of the drains whenever it rained.

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He said that engineers from the Ministry of Works and Infrastructure and staff from his ministry had assessed the extent of damage by the flood, adding that the report would be useful in developing lasting solutions to the problem.

The commissioner stressed the need for residents to properly dispose of their wastes instead of dumping them on waterways to prevent flooding.

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