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Widow Begs Court To Stop IGP From Conducting DNA Test On Late Husband’s Purported Son

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A woman as begged inspector-general of Police from conducting DNA test on a boy she claimed is her late husband’s son. 

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File photo A widow accused of trying to force another man’s child on her late husband has sued Mohammed Adamu, inspector-general of Police (IGP), for ordering that a DNA test be conducted on the nine-year-old son Chidera Ekwerekwu to ascertain the paternity of the child. Ndidiamaka Ekwerekwu is already in a serious battle with her in-laws over the paternity of the child. The order for a DNA test follows a protracted battle between the family of Victor Ekwerekwu, a late businessman,  and his widow over the paternity of the child. The family had petitioned the IGP, on January 3, 2020, claiming that Ndidiamaka brought the child a few hours after Victor’s death and claimed that the deceased was the father of the child. They said the couple never had any child throughout the 18 years of their marriage. The deceased’s family also alleged that Ndidiamaka later proceeded to the probate registry where she registered the child, formerly known as Ezenwa Onochie Ekwerekwu, as next of kin of the deceased. They asked the IGP to conduct a thorough investigation into the paternity of the child as well as the cause of Victor’s death. The IGP, therefore, ordered the Intelligence Response Team (IRT) of the police, headed by Kyari, to commence an investigation immediately.

 But the widow instituted a suit before D.A. Onyefulu, justice of the Anambra state high court, seeking an order restraining the IGP from releasing the result of the test conducted on the child. According to her, subjecting the child to a DNA test “amounts to slavery, servitude and degrading treatment, which is a gross violation of his fundamental rights as enshrined in Section 34 of the 1999 Constitution of the federal republic of Nigeria, as amended”. In the suit file by C.C. Obikwelu, her legal counsel, Ndidiamaka also prayed the court to declare any result arising from the DNA test a nullity. She also demanded to be paid N6 billion as damages by both the police and her deceased husband’s family. The plaintiff demanded “an order nullifying the result obtained from a purported DNA test conducted on the applicants forcibly without her consent and rendering such results null and void and not to be accepted by any court of law same being obtained by illegal and fraudulent means”. Named as the first to sixth respondents are Charles Ekwerekwu, Njideka Ndiwe, Nonso Okechukwu, Adamu (IGP), Abba Kyari (deputy commissioner, police and head of IRT), and the commissioner of police, Anambra state. The body of Victor, who died on October 29, 2019, had been in a mortuary owing to the family’s disagreement with his wife over the paternity of the boy, as well as the cause of his death. on June 25, 2020, Ndidiamaka was arrested, after which she led police detectives to her alleged accomplice, one Hellen Ogbunankwo, who was also picked up with the child in her custody. Although they have been in detention at the force headquarters, Abuja, the results of both maternity and paternity tests conducted on the child were being awaited.

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FG announces zamfara a restricted air space

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FG announces Zamfara a restricted air space, orders huge military deployment.

The Nigerian government has forced a restricted air space in Zamfara as a feature of endeavors to handle the security challenges in the state.

As indicated by The Cable, the National Security Adviser (NSA), Babagana Monguno uncovered on Tuesday, March 2, that President Muhammadu Buhari has restricted mining exercises in Zamfara to stop the rising instability.

He said the president had requested the service of protection to convey a huge military and insight resources for reestablish routineness in the state. The Nation detailed that they requested the military to recover all regions heavily influenced by desperados, radicals.

Monguno said:

“We can no longer avoid to lose lives while operating within the legalities. We are not going to blackmailed . The government has the responsibility to assert its will.

“Citizens can reside wherever they want to reside . Anybody who is a criminal should be brought to book.”

The security adviser stated that the president also warned against ethnic profiling.Zamfara state has recorded a few assaults by bandits.The new incident included the grabbing of many young ladies from the Government Girls Secondary School in Jangebe, Talatu-Mafara nearby government zone of the state.

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Igboho promises a protest if his accounts are not released

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Self-acclaimed political dissident, Mr. Sunday Adeyemo, otherwise called Sunday Igboho, on Tuesday, blamed the Federal Government for freezing his financial assets, following his assault on the fulani herdsmen in Oyo State.

Igboho, who addressed Vanguard, affirmed that all his financial asset have been frozen by the Federal Government since certain individuals were gathering donations.

Nonetheless, Igboho said he had no hands in the said donations, cautioning that his records should be released to dodge protest by young people across the South-West area.

His words: “They have frozen my bank accounts because I am fighting a just course.

I know Yoruba people are behind me.“I will not relent. I must achieve my aims by putting an end to criminalities in Yorubaland.

“If they refuse to release my accounts, there will be serious protests across the South-West.

“Yes, the Yoruba are living in fear. They are afraid that the killer-herdsmen might attack them.

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IGP adamu retires

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Adamu enrolled in the Police Force on February 2, 1986.

The IGP who will turn 60 on September 17, was appointed IGP in January 2019. He has gone through two years in office.

Three Deputy Inspectors-General of Police (DIGs) and 10 Assistant Inspectors-General of Police (AIGs) are additionally due for retirement with him today.

It is accepted that there is a mission to broaden Adamu’s residency.

However, some have contended against such expansion, since it would negate the arrangements of the Police Act 2020 that fixes the retirement of cops at 60 years old or 35 years of administration.

Section 18(8) of the new Act states: “Every police officer shall, on recruitment or appointment, serve in the Nigeria Police Force for 35 years or until the age of 60 years, whichever is earlier.”

The Act provides for a tenure of four years for the Inspector General of Police.

Section 7, subsection 2 of the Act provides that: “The person to be appointed as Inspector General of Police shall be a senior police officer not below the rank of Assistant Inspector General of Police with the requisite academic qualification of not less than a first degree or its equivalent, in addition to professional or management experience.”

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