The Police Service Commission has approved special promotion for 45 police officers and acting appointments for another 13 officers who played major roles in the arrest of a suspected kidnap kingpin, Chukwudumuje Onuoamadike, a.k.a. Evans, and 21 members of his gang.
The promoted officers included the Head of the IG Monitoring Unit, DCP Habu Sani, who has been directed to appear before the commission on Friday (Today) for an interactive session in line with the policy for officers transiting to the rank of commissioner.
Others are two Assistant Commissioners of Police who were elevated to Deputy Commissioner, one Chief Superintendent of Police to Assistant Commissioner of Police, one Superintendent of Police to Chief Superintendent, 16 Assistant Superintendents of Police to Deputy Superintendent and 24 Inspectors to Assistant Superintendent.
The officers are of the Intelligence Response Team, Special Tactical Squad and the Technical Intelligence Unit under the direct supervision and coordination of the IG Monitoring Unit at the Force Headquarters, Abuja.
The commission said it took the decision in Abuja on Thursday, at its 27th plenary meeting which began in Abuja on Tuesday and was presided over by its Chairman, Dr. Mike Okiro, a retired Inspector-General of Police.
The Head, Press and Public Relations, PSC, Ikechukwu Ani, said in a statement in Abuja that the promotion and acting appointments were based on “the superlative performance of the officers in the arrest of the deadly gang who terrorised Nigerians.”
“The promotion and acting appointments were also necessitated by the need to match rank with schedules of duty either being performed or to be performed by the officers and for their acts of gallantry and courage exhibited in the course of duty,” Ani added.
He quoted Okiro as saying that the new ranks would greatly motivate the officers for improved performance.
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The Kebbi State Government on Sunday confirmed one death from six cases of Lassa Fever in the state.
Dr Assad Hassan, Epidemiologist at the state Ministry of Heath, told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Birnin Kebbi, that the cases were recorded between February and April.
Hassan told NAN that four of the victims were from Birnin Kebbi; while the remaining two were from Bunza Local Governmment Area (LGA) of the state.
“The persons confirmed to be infected with the disease are between 23 to 65 years, and they include four males and two females,’’ he said.
According to him, one of the female patients was the one that died within hours of arrival at the Federal Medical Centre in Birnin Kebbi.
He said the blood sample taken from the deceased tested positive to Lassa fever.
“The medical doctor that attended to the deceased was also infected with the fever but has been treated and discharged from hospital,’’ he added.
Hassan further explained that the last confirmed case was on April 27; and refuted reports that two children had died last week as a result of the fever.
“In response to the outbreak, there has been continuous sensitisation of health care workers on Lassa Fever detection and infection, prevention and control measures within the hospital setting.
“Similarly, advocacy, social mobilisation and community engagement has been carried out in all the 21 LGAs of the state,’’ Hassan said.
The epidemiologist also advised communities to keep food and drinking water in rodent-proof containers and to also bring sick family members to the hospital early enough for treatment. (NAN)
Court sentences kidnapper Evans’ 2 Gang Members to 41 years in prison
Two former members of billionaire kidnapper, Evans’ gang have been sentenced to 41 years imprisonment by court.
During an Ikeja High court sitting in Lagos State on Monday, witnessed Justice Oluwatoyin Taiwo sentenced the convicts, Kelvin Emenike Ukoh and Emeka Obasi for the abduction of one Ugoje Jude, a shipping agent, and his staff, Miss Piriye Gogo in August 3, 2012.
The convicts were members of the kidnapping gang headed by billionaire kidnapper, Chukwudimeme Onwuamadike, also known as Evans. They were arraigned in 2013 alongside three others: Uche Igbani, 28, Chibuzor Osuagwu, 33 and a 36-year-old woman, Onowu Ngozi, on a 14 count-charge bothering on conspiracy, kidnapping, armed robbery and murder.
Ugoje and another staff, Piriye Gogo were kidnapped by the gang who and were later taken to an unknown destination by their leader, Evans.
Miss Ugoje narrated the entire ordeal before the court including how she almost got raped and how she was saved by the police patrol she saw and flagged after the three men took away Jude while holding rifles.
Jude also testified in court, he said his abductors initially ordered him to pay N10m for his release but after negotiations, they accepted N5m.
Justice Taiwo after listening to the testifiers convicted and sentenced Ukoh and Obasi to 5, 15 and 21 years for conspiracy, kidnapping and armed robbery respectively, while the other three; Igbani, Osuagwu and Ngozi were discharged and acquitted by court.
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