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Man detained in police custody for demanding refund of his money “trapped in POS outlet since June”- NGO

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A nongovernmental organization, Youths and Environmental Advocacy Centre , said one of its volunteers, Pastor Felix Neenaalebari is has been arrested and detained by the in Oyigbo, Rivers State for demanding the refund of his N10,000 trapped in POS since June 2020 despite our efforts.

Here is a full text of the press release sent to FR by the Executive Director of  Advocacy Centre, Mr. Fyneface Dumnamene Fyneface,

PRESS RELEASE: ADVOCACY CENTRE’S VOLUNTEER IS DETAINED AT OYIGBO POLICE STATION FOR DEMANDING THE REFUND OF HIS MONEY TRAPPED IN POS OUTLET SINCE JUNE 2020

This is to inform the human rights community, the media and general public that a member of Youths and Environmental Advocacy Centre’s (YEAC) “ONE MILLION YOUTH VOLUNTEERS NETWORK OF HUMAN RIGHTS DEFENDERS AND PROMOTERS IN THE NIGER DELTA”, Pastor Felix Neenaalebari based in Oyigbo with his wife and less than 3months old baby has been detained this afternoon at Oyigbo Police Station for demanding the refund of his N10,000 trapped in POS since June 2020 despite our efforts.

THE ISSUE: Pastor Felix reported to ADVOCACY CENTRE in August that few hours after his wife gave birth to his first born in June that he went to POS outlet around the area to withdraw the only N10,000 he had in the account to pay some bills. However, the POS trapped his money that it was not successful but was debited and the money did not reverse the till date.

He started going to the shop to demand for the money till August but the POS owner, one Mr. Henry Ebikam: 0706703 0405 refused to refund him that the money is not in his account that he should contact his bank. Pastor Felix contacted his bank and they said the money is in the POS Operator’s Account. The Executive Director of Advocacy Centre, Fyneface Dumnamene early September went with him to his bank, GTBank Aba Road, Port Harcourt and they confirmed with a print out, signed by GTBank that the money is with the POS Operator in a First Bank account. ADVOCACY CENTRE established contact with the POS Operator to address the issue but he refused till date.

This morning of Friday, October 9, Pastor Felix lamented to ADVOCACY CENTRE that he has nothing to feed his family and new baby with this weekend and requested that we further push Mr. POS Operator to get him the N10,000.

ADVOCACY CENTRE called the POS Operator over 5times but he refused to take the calls because he knows our number and worries from us over the Months to pay Pastor Felix. We dropped messages on WhatsApp for him and decided to report the matter to Oyigbo Police Station for the issue to be addressed as the man was already alleging that we were harassing him.

As the Police got there, Mr. POS Operator was called from his shop by his sales girl that Police was there to arrest him over the matter and he called his Police cohort, One Inspector Anikwe Chigbogu (Jewel): 08028847122 at the same Oyigbo Police Station.

As Pastor Felix returned with the Police officer that went with him, POS Operator Police cohort decided to detain Pastor Felix despite our calls in; presence of the Police Officer sent by Advocacy Centre to accompany Pastor Felix to resolve the matter and directive of the Oyigbo Police Station DPO to release Pastor Felix.

As an organization fighting to stop all forms of human rights violations and abuses in society including intimidation of the poor by the rich like this, we will follow this matter to its logical conclusion within the armpits of the Laws of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.

However we call on all lovers of human rights, the media and lovers of justice to join in calling Mr. POS Operator and Inspector Anikwe of Oyigbo Police Station and demand the immediate release of Pastor Felix to join his wife and little baby this weekend.

The Executive Director of ADVOCACY CENTRE who had also called the Rivers State Police PRO, Nnamdi Omoni and reported this injustice to him will also still do more to get justice for Mr. Felix and have Mr. POS Operator to not only refund Pastor Felix but also refund all expenses incurred in the process of recovering the Pastor’s N10,000 as soon as he he is available in Rivers State.

Pastor Felix MUST not sleep in Oyigbo Police Station through the weekend in addition to his money in the pocket of the oppressor and POS Operator.

Signed,

FYNEFACE DUMNAMENE FYNEFACE,

Environmental Justice Activist, Human Rights Defender and Executive Director, Advocacy Centre.

09/10/2020.

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Inmate Who Escaped From Prison in Edo Kills Neighbor Who Testified Against Him

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in Edo state have arrested one of the 1993 inmates who escaped during the jailbreaks at Oko and Benin prisons for killing neighbor who testified against him in court.

Recall that hoodlums broke into the premises of Benin Prison popularly known as White House and freed several inmates in one of the cells.

 Police in Edo state arrested 10 out of the 1,993 inmates of Oko Correctional Centre on Airport Road, Benin and the Benin Correctional Centre on Sapele Road who escaped on October 19 after jailbreaks, immediately returned to crime.

Speaking on the development, the state commissioner of police said “we have commenced actions against the criminal elements. It will interest you to know that 10 of the criminal elements who escaped from Oko Correctional Centre on Airport Road, Benin and the Correctional Centre on Sapele Road, Benin were also arrested.

One of them, after having escaped from Oko correctional centre, ran back to his village on the same day, to kill the person who stood as a prosecution witness in the case that took him to the correctional centre. He has been arrested and he is among the suspects.

“Another group of three escapees from the correctional centre in Benin also went ahead to snatch a Lexus Sport Utility Vehicle (SUV). Three of them met at the correctional centre and they were caught by the police.

A set of two escapees equally stole a Toyota Camry car. They also met at the correctional centre. They were arrested by Okada Division of Edo State Police Command. We have a total of ten escapees.

The guns were also recovered from the criminal elements.”

He assured the people of the state that the police “have the capacity to provide adequate security for their lives and property”

” We are leaving no stone unturned to ensure that there is total safety. Edo residents should go about their lawful businesses without fear of being molested and without fear of criminals coming to wreck violent attacks,” he said

The commissioner also said five AK-47 rifles; two locally-made exhibit guns; one locally-made gun; one Lexus 330 SUV with registration number KWL 205 AZ; one Toyota Camry saloon car with registration number LSD 231 GD; two bags of 50kg and one bag of 25kg rice and 24 crates of assorted drinks were recovered.


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RSG TO PAY N20MILLION EACH TO FAMILIES OF POLICEMEN, SOLDIERS KILLED BY IPOB

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Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Ezenwo Wike, has announced N20 Million compensation to the families of each of the soldiers and policemen killed by members of proscribed Indigenous Peoples Organization of Biafra (IPOB) in Oyigbo last week.

In addition, the Governor has promised to rebuild all burnt stations in Oyigbo and vowed to ensure that the terrorist organisation no longer exist in Rivers State.

Governor Wike stated this during a condolence visit to the Rivers State Commissioner of Police, Joseph Mukan and families of the slain policemen at the Rivers State Police Command on Wednesday.

The governor who was accompanied by the Secretary to the State Government, Dr Tammy Danagogo; the Commissioner of Information, Paulinus Nsirim; and the Attorney General and Commissioner of Justice, Professor Zacchaeus Adangor, described the gruesome murder of the policemen and soldiers as unacceptable and unfortunate.

He stressed that the State Government will support the Police to make sure that all IPOB members who masterminded the killing of the policemen and soldiers, as well as the wanton destruction of Police stations in Oyigbo are apprehended to face the full wrath of the law.

“IPOB masterminded the killing of our gallant officers of the Nigerian Police and Army. We want to state clearly that Rivers State Government will support you to make sure that any of the perpetrators of this hideous crime does not go free. Enough is enough. You cannot continue to kill our policemen who have not done anything; who have not committed any crime” he said.

Emotionally stricken by the presence of the grieving wives and children of the killed policemen, Governor Wike, vowed to ensure that IPOB will no longer exist in any part of Rivers State. According to him, the killing of policemen was one crime that the State government will never condone.

The Governor announced that the State Government has decided to pay the sum of N20 million to each of the families of those killed by IPOB members in Oyigbo.

He further assured the Police Commissioner that the State Government will rebuild all the police stations torched by IPOB, and provide necessary support to policemen whose residence were vandalised and rendered homeless.

The Commissioner of Police, Joseph Mukan, said the Governor by his decision to commiserate with the Command and the deceased families, has demonstrated he is a compassionate father of the State.

Mukan explained that the Police and the Army have taken over all IPOB stronghold in Oyigbo and will ensure that the group cease to exist anywhere within the State.

The Police Commissioner maintained that the Command will not abdicate its responsibility by ensuring that IPOB which had been declared a terrorist group by the Federal Government in 2017, continue to use Rivers State as launch pad for its terrorist attacks.

KELVIN EBIRI
Special Assistant (Media) to the Governor.
October 28, 2020

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