Thousands Flood Imo Police Command For Recruitment
It was an environment beaming with activities of some sort as thousands of applicants flooded the Imo state Police command, following the ongoing physical and credential screening, which started yesterday at the senior officers mess of command.
The environment was a beehive of activities as recruits fell on themselves to meet up obligations as required by the exercise.
Car parks were filled to the brim to the point there was no safe area to park vehicles. Hawkers, business outlets and those selling the mandatory white uniform recommended by the police turned the place into a market place.
There are indications that the exercise which is slated for local governments on daily basis may not meet up the time schedule, judging from the mammoth crowd thronging the command.
Recall that last week, the Police Public Relations Officer, SP Orlando Ikeokwu issued a release notifying recruits of the physical and screening exercise for those successful at the online recruitment registration.
The release which stated that, applicants were expected to appear in their clean white tshirts and shorts commenced yesterday with Aboh Mbaise and Isu Local government area.
Among other requirements requested were, National Identity Number ( NIN), original and duplicate credentials of O’Level results, certificate of origin and birth certificate or declaration or age to be neatly arranged in two white flat files with recent passport photographs attached.
Others are printout of application submission confirmation page, duly completed guarantor form. The release also informed that failure to present these requirements, applicants will not be considered for the screening.
The schedule of activities are listed below; ABOH MBAISE/ ISU MONDAY, 24/08/2020, AHIAZUMBAISE/NJABA, TUESDAY 25/08/2020, NGOR OKPALLA/ORSU, WEDNESDAY 26/08/2020, OWERRI WEST/OWERRIMUNICIPAL, THURSDAY 27/08/2020 AND ONUIMO ISIALA MBANO/EHIME MBANO, FRIDAY 28/08/2020, ORLU/NKWERRE/NWANGELE, SATURDAY 29/08/2020.
IDEATO NORTH/IDEATO SOUTH, MONDAY 31/08/2020, EZINIHITTE/ OKIGWE/OBOWO, TUESDAY 01/09/2020, IKEDURU/MBAITOLI, WEDNESDAY 02/09/2020, OHAJI/EGBEMA/OGUTA, THURSDAY 03/09/2020, OWERRI NORTH/IHITTE-UBOMA, FRIDAY 04/09/2020, ORU WEST/ORU EAST, SATURDAY 05/09/2020.
SARS Operatives Defy IG Orders, Search, Seize phones
In contrast to the directives of the Inspector General of Police, ordering policemen on checkpoints not to invade into the privacy of individuals by accessing their phones without adequate search warrant, some policemen in the state have remained adamant in this act.
Following the abuse of the act by certain policemen and complaints trailing it, the IG gave an order against it.
But on Saturday last week, Crime in Focus witnessed policemen believed to be operatives of the Special Anti Robbery Squad, SARS, allegedly engaging in the act.
It was on Porthacourt road between Umuapu the border community with Rivers State and Umuagwo in Ohaji/Egbema LGA of the state.
An eye witness account stated that two young men and a lady in a car were stopped under stop and search exercise by a police team in mufti on the road.
After allowing themselves to be searched and car particulars ascertained, the operatives decided to seize the phone of one of the young men insisting that they must part away with “something* before the phone would be released.
When the young men failed to provide what the policemen allegedly demanded, the team took the away the phone and the owner in their Hilux van, only to meet them later at the Ohaji Divisional Police station, Umuagwo where fresh negotiations resumed before a certain amount was dropped, before they could leave.
It was also learnt that the team has been in the habit of using such manner to unjustly harass and intimidate people of the area with the sole purpose of extorting money from them.
Man Escapes Death After Lynching For Stealing Laptop In Owerri
A young man said to be in his early thirties escaped death yesterday, when angry mob along Tetlow street in Owerri beat him to stupor after he was alleged to have stolen a laptop.
The yet to be identified young man, was said to have allegedly stolen a laptop in one of the shops in the computer and accessories community.
According to an eye witness account, the young man allegedly made his way into a shop at 86 Tetlow road, Owerri and took away one of the laptops in the shop.
He was said to be unaware of the watchful eyes of the sales girl who raised the alarm, and followed him. Passersby and people around the area rounded him up and gave him the beating of his life until he passed out.
As at the time of filing this report, Crime in Focus could not ascertain if the suspect survived the beating or not.
Efforts made to hear the side of the police proved abortive as the Police spokesman was not able to return his calls.
How Final IMSU Student Was Killed In Cult Clash
A final year student of the Imo state University last weekend was gruesomely murdered in cold blood.
The incident, it was gathered happened in front of Steve Jane hostel, Aladinma Owerri Imo state at about 8:30pm.
The victim, Chinedumije Chukwuebuka, a 500L Mechanical Engineering student, was reportedly killed during a clash involving same cult group, names withheld.
According to a resident of the area who doesn’t want her name in print, the young man was alleged to have been shot at repeatedly but his body defied the gunshots fired by his suspected members.
This supposedly infuriated his assailants who took to beating him and subsequently strangled him to death.
Police couldn’t be reached for comments.