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Police react to report of mechanic allegedly tortured to death by operatives in Rivers

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The Nigeria Police Force has reacted to the viral report of a mechanic allegedly tortured to death by some of its operatives in Port Harcourt, Rivers State.

Nigeria’s social media community was thrown into outrage on Friday morning when the story of a mechanic Chima Ikwunado emerged on the blogosphere.

He was said to have been tortured to death by police officers after framing him and four of his apprentices for robbery.

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Reacting to the outrage that has greeted the viral story, the Police Complaint Response Unit (CRU) said action has been taken on the case since the police authorities were alerted about the incident last week.

Tweeting via its handle @PoliceNG_CRU, the unit wrote:

The head of the Police CRU, ACP Markus Ishaku also confirmed that the Rivers State Commissioner of Police has been directed to hand over the officers involved in the case to the police authorities.

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Ishaku tweeted:

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Dolapo Badmus advises Nigerians on how to identify scammers

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CSP, Dolapo Opeyemi Badmus has revealed how people can identify a business that’s likely a scam. She warned people to avoid Ponzi schemes that promise huge returns on investment.

She added that banks and other financial institution won’t promise such a huge turnover on investment.

She wrote:

“Please what’s Binono Business! From all indications scammers capitalize on greed to get you off your hard earned sweat! Whoever is offering you 500k on investment of 100k is definitely a scammer! Even Banks and other financial institutions won’t give you such turnover …….I remember how one of my friends introduced Ponzi or whatever scheme to me then, she told me I will have X2 of any amount I invest….I told my friend that my grandmother had warned me early enough that “Ole lo n so ogun di ogoji”. (Only a thief thinks of free money doubling) you can only work hard to get your money doubled, not just giving to someone and expect it in double! Odikwa risky!!! Upon all my advice to her not to invest, she went ahead and committed all her life savings of almost 5M to the scheme! You want to know what happened!? Your guess is as good as mine…. till now she hasn’t recovered! It’s better I have my hard earned money with me than to commit it to a doomed adventure… Let’s all be careful of money doublers so we don’t fall victim! Scammers are real!!!!”

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Ex-Enugu SSG, Professor Ukpabi is dead

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The former Secretary to Enugu State Government (SSG) and one time Provost, Nigerian Defense Academy, Kaduna, Professor Samson Ukpabi is dead.

Professor Samson Ukpabi who is the traditional ruler of Okpanku community in Aninri Local Government Area of the state died on Sunday at the University Teaching Hospital, (UNTH), Enugu after a brief illness.

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According to sources very close to the family

“Chief Ukpabi spoke with his family members at about 6:15 am on Sunday before he left for the hospital where he passed on. He was also said to have attended the burial of his nephew on Saturday”.

Chief Ukpabi, a Professor of Military History who served as Secretary to the state government under the former Military Administration of Col. Mike Lucky Torrey had held many prominent positions in Nigeria.

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He was the first Provost of Anambra State University of Science and Technology. He was also the Provost, Federal College of Education, Eha-Amufu.

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Former LASIMRA boss, Odekunle dies of Covid-19

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A former General Manager of the Lagos State Infrastructure Maintenance and Regulatory Agency, Jide Odekunle, is dead.

It was learnt that Odekunle, who served under former Governor Akinwunmi Ambode’s administration for four years and 11 months, died of COVID-19 complications.

He was said to have been treated at the Onikan Isolation Centre, where he died on Saturday.

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The Special Adviser to the President on Political Matters, Babafemi Ojudu, confirmed this in a post on Facebook.

Also, the Special Adviser to the Lagos State Governor on Drainage, Joe Igbokwe, also wrote,

“I have diminished once again as a mortal as my successor at LASIMRA, Jide Odekunle, dies of COVID-19 complications at the Onikan Isolation Centre in Lagos. May his soul rest in perfect peace.”

Odekunle studied Computer Science at the University of Ibadan.

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Before his appointment at LASMIRA, he worked as Sales Director at Ceragon Networks and was also the Chief Marketing Officer at Nera Microwave.

He was also the General Manager, Sales, at Surburban Telecoms, and also General Manager at GS Telecom.

He was until his death the Bobagunwa of Egbaland.

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