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FCT Police rescue three suspected fraudsters from mob action

By Odita Sunday (Abuja) and Jesutomi Akomolafe
12 August 2022   |   3:51 am
Operatives of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) Police Command have rescued three suspected fraudsters: Francis Emeka Noah, Wua Ikyer and Bokos Terkula, from being lynched by an angry mob in Abuja.

Commissioner of Police FCT Police Command, CP Babaji Sunday PHOTO: Odita Sunday

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Operatives of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) Police Command have rescued three suspected fraudsters: Francis Emeka Noah, Wua Ikyer and Bokos Terkula, from being lynched by an angry mob in Abuja.

Spokesperson for the Command, Josephine Adeh,  in a statement, yesterday, said  the suspects were apprehended  on Tuesday by residents for allegedly attempting to lure and defraud a female Point-of-Sale (POS) operator around Peace Court Estate, along Lokogoma Road, Abuja.
She said the FCT Commissioner of Police, Babaji Sunday, has cautioned members of the public against jungle justice, warning that act of jungle justice is criminal and punishable by law.
Sunday, who condemned the act, enjoined residents to come forward with their complaints to give room for legitimate and swift dispensation of justice, emphasizing the importance of allowing the course of justice to take place, irrespective of the crime committed by a suspect.
The Commissioner, who assured that a “full-scale investigation will  being carried out to establish the fact of the case,” reiterated the commitment of the Command to the safety and security of residents.

MEANWHILE, the Guards Brigade Nigerian Army as  thrown into mourning yesterday, as the remains of Captain Attah Samuel and four other soldiers , who recently paid the supreme price during a clearance operation against bandits in Bwari Area Council of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) were laid to rest at the Guards Brigade Cemetery, Maitama, Abuja.

The burial process started with Christian wake-keep and funeral service at St John’s Military Church (Protestant).
Assistant Director,  Army Public Relations Guards Brigade, Captain Godfrey Anebi Abakpa , who disclosed this , said until their demise, the soldiers were serving with 7 Guards Battalion, Lungi Barracks Maitama and 176 Guards Battalion Gwagwalada in the FCT, Abuja respectively.
The Commanding Officers of 7 Guards Battalion Lt Col Salim Yusuf Hassan and Commanding Officer 176 Guards Battalion, Lt Col Joshuah Kolowale Adisa while reading the funeral oration of the deceased officer and soldiers, described the late captain and soldiers as thorough-bred Infantrymen, who were genuinely committed to their duties in defence of Nigeria and whose contribution and services would be greatly missed.
The Commanding Officers asked God to console the families they left behind, stressing that while the Brigade and the Nigerian Army mourn, the families should take solace in the fact that they have fought a just fight and their souls shall continue to rest with the Lord till the resurrection morning.
Highpoint of the event was the presentation of accoutrements by the representative of the Chief of Army Staff, Maj General James Alilu Ataguba to the next of kins of the deceased personnel and lowering of the remains of the fallen heroes.

ALSO, the  family of the late security expert and the Chairman of Transworld Security Systems, Dr. Ona Ekhomu, has unveiled the relaunch of Dr. Ona Ekhomu Educational Foundation (DOEEF) to continue his charitable acts throughout the nation.   

The launch was part of activities to commemorate the one-year remembrance of Ekhomu, who died  last year at the age of 66, after he took ill.
Speaking at his first year memorial remembrance service at Our Saviour Church, Tafawa Balewa Square, Lagos, his wife, Dr. Victoria Ekhomu, said that the deceased’s indelible legacies must never be forgotten.

According to her,  the deceased during his lifetime started Dr. Ona Ekhomu Educational Foundation when he started doing better. She said he felt he should help others so that those who are intelligent but indigent would have the opportunity of getting education.
His first son, Ona Ekhomu jr, described his late father as a strong man who had compassion for his children and country based on how he lived and served.  He said: “He was focused on the security industry where he became a security expert to help his fellow man. That impact is what he left and that is what we his children have tried to adopt.”

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