Operatives of Zone 5′ police headquarters in Benin City have uncovered abortion clinic, arresting a medical doctor and four nurses during its raid in the state capital.
The medical doctor and nurses were allegedly caught in the illegal act, last Wednesday.
Sources revealed that a lifeless foetus, hospital equipment suspected to be abortion apparatus and other exhibits were recovered at the clinic.
Police hinted that the raid followed complaints received by the Assistant Inspector-General, AIG, of Police, Mr Musa Daura in charge of the zone.
It was gathered that the suspected abortionists have been secretly performing the illegal act for several years unnoticed.
The cat was let out of the bag when an expectant mother alleged to have visited the facility for check-up had her pregnancy terminated by the syndicate.
She is said to be on danger list in another hospital where she was rushed after the clandestine act.
A source revealed that operatives of the Zonal Criminal Investigation Bureau, ZCIB, Adesuwa road, GRA, Benin City busted the hospital on receiving the case of the woman.
The acting spokesman for police in zone 5′ ASP Emeka Iheanacho confirmed the arrest.
“We are investigating a case of abortion, the hospital has been on surveillance.
“All of them were arrested because they were involved in the act and they are telling us their involvement in the act.
“As I am talking to you the person involved is still laying critically in a hospital.
“Even some of our operatives in a disguised went there that they want abortion, so they booked them, charged them and issued them cards not knowing that they were not there for abortion. So they have been on surveillance”. ASP Iheanacho disclosed.
Contacted, the Managing Director of the hospital, Ofure Royal Medical Centre on Upper Uwa Street, Off M.M Way, Benin City Dr. Omokhomion Kingsley said it was a case of miscarriage.
He explained that the patient was rushed to the hospital with severe vaginal bleeding.
He however absolved his hospital of the allegation of abortion.
“It is not abortion, it’s a case of miscarriage, the patient was rushed to my clinic with severe vaginal bleeding, the police already know”. Dr Omokhomion stated.
Abortion is illegal in Nigeria with a jail sentence of up to 14 years unless it is performed to save the life of the pregnant woman.
Deborah Samuel: Gov Tambuwal relaxes curfew
Governor Aminu Tambuwal of Sokoto State government has relaxed the 24-hour curfew he imposed on the state capital following violent protest over the arrest of some youths allegedly involved in the killing Deborah Samuel, a 200-level student.
Tambuwal in a statement issued by his Commissioner for Information and Orientation, Isah Bajini, said the revised curfew will now be from dusk to dawn in Sokoto township.
The statement noted that “Sequel to the briefing by the security heads in the State, the State Governor, Rt Hon Aminu Waziri Tambuwal has ordered the relaxation of the 24-hour curfew in force in Sokoto metropolis
“The revised curfew will now be from dusk to dawn in Sokoto township. This is with a view to affording people the window to pursue their legitimate businesses and other means of livelihood.”
Recall that following the lynching of the 200-level student for allegedly insulting Prophet Mohammed, the State’s police command arrested some persons linked to the incident.
However, a large number of Muslim boys who were angered by the arrest, stormed the streets in the State on Saturday, demanding the release of the suspects.
The development, which triggered tension in several parts of the State, made the Governor to impose the curfew.
Arsonists burn down LG secretariat, Magistrate Court in Anambra
Suspected arsonists have burnt down Idemili North Local Government secretariat in Ogidi and a Magistrate Court in the area.
Sources said the arsonists entered the premises on Sunday night to perpetuate the act, burning down all files, properties in the secretariat, including the secretariat building.
Videos and pictures circulating online showed that the entire buildings were reduced to rubbles, while vehicles parked inside the Local Government secretariat were also burnt to ashes.
The State Police Command has also confirmed the development, attributing it to unidentified arsonists.
DSP Toochukwu Ikenga, the spokesperson of the State Police Command said: “Yes, the incident was confirmed, and our men were there to restore normalcy.
“Right now, the fire has been put off, and calm has been restored to the area,” Ikenga said.
National Assembly transmits amended Electoral Act to Buhari
The National Assembly has transmitted the amended Electoral Act 2022 to the Presiden Muhammadu Buhari for assent.
The bill was transmitted to the Presidency on Friday.
Sources in the Presidency and the National Assembly confirmed the transmission.
A source in the Presidency, who spoke on the condition of anonymity as he had not been authorised to announce the development officially, said, “Yes, it has been transmitted. But wait till Monday when it may be announced when the President will sign it.”
Another source in the National Assembly said, “It was transmitted on Friday. I needed to confirm it before saying anything.”
It was further learnt that Buhari would sign the amendment ahead of primaries of political parties beginning next week.
The Senate and the House of Representatives had last week passed an amendment to the Act to recognise statutory delegates at primaries, congresses, and conventions of political parties.
The lawmakers particularly amended Section 84(8) of the Act to provide automatic or statutory delegates, ahead of the forthcoming party primaries, from where candidates would emerge for the 2023 general elections.
In March, the National Assembly had passed the bill for the Act while the President signed it into law.
While political parties are close to conducting primaries to elect candidates for the 2023 general elections, the Act did not allow members elected into public offices and executives of the parties, known as statutory delegates, to participate and vote in the conventions, congresses, or meetings of parties.
The chambers had described the omission as “a fundamental error.”
Without the provision by the law, Buhari; the Vice-President, Prof Yemi Osinbajo (SAN); members of the National Assembly, governors and their deputies, members of the State Houses of Assembly, chairmen of local government areas, councillors, executives of political parties, amongst others, would have been disenfranchised.
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