Wednesday, 27 November 2013
Open Letter to Nigeria's Inspector General of Police.
Beneath is an open letter to Alhaji Mohammed Abubakar. I wonder if there's truth to this incident but i got the letter sent to me with a request asking me to post over my blog. As a concerned citizen, I'm just relaying information while i expect further clarification from the accused party. Would keep y'all up to date.
(That aside, y'all need to google images of Ms Braide ooo, the woman rocks that uniform hawwt!)
Our dear gallant and ever-dynamic Inspector General of Police,
We trust all is well with you and your wife, Zarha Bunu. We apologise for making this an open letter but it was borne out a bureaucratic inconvenience of your office. We wish to bring to your notice of the bizarre idiosyncrasy of Ms Ngozi Braide, the Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO) Lagos State command, and the unethical conduct of your officers in the state. Ngozi, a young woman saddled with the responsibility of the image of the Police institution in Lagos State is currently destroying the institution she's being heavily paid to defend with her youthful exuberance and arrogance.
llegality and unprofessionalism by the Lagos State Police Command under the supervision of Ngozi Braide, Lagos State Police Public Relations Officer.
Sir, our friend, Mr. Abragahou Aminu, a Lagos based french teacher, while walking along Ketu-Ojota road on Tuesday 19th November, 2013, saw an ugly incident between two Police officers and a commercial bus driver. Aminu, being a man with a high level of alertness, brought out his mobile handset and started recording the public show of shame. However, a police officer saw Aminu and pounced on him. Aminu was mercilessly beaten by the policeman for recording public unrest, and further detained at the Ketu Police station.
We reached out to Ngozi Braide, the Lagos PPRO to intervene but surprisingly insulted us over the telephone, saying she had been looking for someone t make a ‘scapegoat’ amongst Nigerians who record illegal activities of the Police force. Ngozi got off the phone abruptly and the next we heard was Aminu was being transferred from Ketu police station to the police Area "F" command. The transfer made simply because Aminu used his phone to record an incident between a commercial bus driver and a team of police officers. Aminu's phone was seized on the orders of Ngozi Briade, while the policemen fighting with the commercial bus driver were released unconditionally. Mr Abrangahou Aminu was detained up until Saturday 23rd November, before he was arraigned at a Magistrate Court in Yaba.
Sir, Aminu was arrested on Tuesday 19th November, 2013 and kept in four different police detention cells before his kangaroo Arraignment on Saturday 23rd November, 2013. All moves made to secure the release on bail were rejected by your men of the Lagos State Command, acting to the instruction of Ngozi Braide. Aminu was first arbitrarily detained at Ketu Police Station, from Ketu, he was transferred to the PPRO's office, from where he was moved to Area F detention cell, and from Area F to X-squad cell. All these acts of injustice and unprofessionalism were perpetrated by your men simply because a man was caught recording an incident with his mobile phone.
Sir as you know, the police possesses no power to keep an accused in custody for more than 48 hours. Alsom it isn’t the duty of the PPRO's office to torture a suspect (even if Aminu had been unlawfully termed as one). However, Aminu was detained in the X-squad detention cell for 96 hours; a place meant for undisciplined erring officers and was compelled to re-write his statement under duress to suit Ngozi Braide'. Ngozi Braide said she considerered it as disservice to the Police force for civilians to be recording its activities while Aviation Minister, Stella Oduah could not be sanctioned for buying armoured cars.
Aminu was then made to write an apology letter, which he did after being mercilessly tortured. His phone was seized, cloth was shredded and most of the vital information related to this case which he stored on his phone memory was deleted except one photo, all in order to cover up the unprofessional acts of your men.
Sir we wish to inform you that your officers in Lagos under the supervision of Ngozi Braide arrogantly claimed that Aminu possesses no constitutional right to record the incident leading to his unlawful incarceration and detention simply because he is a Togolese citizen; even though he carries residential and working permits under the ECOWAS law; which possesses diplomatic immunity, freedom of movement and trade as entrenched by West African states.
When we met with the Lagos State Police Commissioner (CP) over Aminu's ordeal, we discovered that Ngozi Braids had satanically lied against Aminu. The CP said Aminu would not be released because we had alerted well-meaning Nigerians about his ordeal via social media. When has it become an offence to run/alert/cry/report to the public via the social media? When has it become a crime for one to exercise his/her rights of speech and expression?
Our team of lawyers secured the bail of Aminu but no one was on ground to sign his bail paper. It is an incontrovertible fact that Saturday is not a working day in Nigeria; yet, Aminu was arraigned on Saturday in order for your men to have ample of opportunities to torture him the more in their detention cell causing him more mental, psychological and emotional traumas.
Sir, our prayers are as follows:
Having moderately exposed the unethical and unprofessional display of your officers in Lagos, we hereby give your esteemed institution 7 days to meet the following demands or risk court sanctions.
(1). Immediate removal of Ngozi Braids as the Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO) in Lagos State.
(2). Immediate withdrawal of the suit against Mr. Aminu Abragahou as he did nothing wrong to warrant being prosecuted and persecuted.
(3). Immediate arrest and prosecution of the police officers who arrested Aminu and the police officers who were involved in the show of shame with a the commercial bus driver being recorded.
(4). Having suffered enormous psychological, emotional and mental humiliations in the hands of the men of Nigeria Police Force, we demand that the Nigeria Police should adequately compensate Mr. Aminu Abragahou as he has lost his teaching job during his ongoing ordeal. It will amount to a crime against humanity should Aminu's heavily pregnant wife be allowed to suffer.
As, the outstanding Man of the year 2013, we anxiously await your response.
Thanks and God bless.
High Chief Sandra Duru,
Executive Director, Pre-Adult Affairs Organisation (www.pre-adultaffairs.org)
Zest Entertainment & Media Limited(www.bareitoutwithsandraduru.tv)
Ikeja, Lagos, Nigeria.
CC: President FRN
CC: Senate Committee on Police Affairs
CC: Fed Min of Police Affairs
CC: Police Service commission
CC: African Diplomatic Mission
CC: Relevant Human Rights lawyers/NGOs/ Journalists