Police in Lagos yesterday gave impetus to the war on the ritual killer gang, otherwise called Badoo, ravaging several communities in Ikorodu area of the state.
The state Commissioner of Police, Mr. Imohimi Edgal, led a team of policemen and bulldozers to Agbowa in Ikorodu to demolish five shrines as part of efforts to rid the communities of Badoo members.
In the last two years, Badoo has killed several people. In some instances, it has completely exterminated many families.
The state Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), ASP Olarinde Famous-Cole, confirmed the raid on the shrines believed to be used by members of the ritual cult group.
Famous-Cole said a suspect, who claimed to be a native doctor, was arrested. He identified the name of the suspect as James. Famous-Cole said that two victims were rescued from one of the shrines.
According to Edgal, such shrines are used for ritual purposes. This was even as he disclosed that most people, who were unfortunate to board wrong commercial buses, are usually taken to such shrines. The shrines wouldn’t have been discovered, if not for the information given to him and his men by eminent people in Agbowa.
Edgal said: “We are in the deep forest of Agbowa. Our visit here is based on a long collaboration with eminent persons of Ikorodu, who in partnership with the police, volunteered information concerning existence of illegal shrines, where kidnappers, ritual killers and hoodlums kidnap people and lure them under false pretences, to defraud them. Sometimes, these unsuspecting victims lose their lives.
“We have three of such shrines in Agbowa alone, this is the first one. I have the mandate of all traditional rulers in Ikorodu and indeed, the Lagos State government, not only to uncover shrines used for committing crimes, but also to destroy them. This is why I always tell my officers and men to build confidence and trust with members of the public. That is a basic fundamental aspect of community policing. Eminent people gave this information, leading to uncovering of three shrines in Agbowa.”
Recalling the genesis of the investigation that culminated in the discovery of the shrines, Edgal said: “We have been having reports that people are kidnapped in Lagos, either while trying to move from one location to another, they are unfortunate to board the wrong buses; such people are often brought to shrines like this.
“In other to curb these trends, I decided to partner with the eminent people in Ikorodu. Information I got was that most of these victims are brought to Agbowa. I’m happy to announce that we have uncovered three of such shrines in Agbowa. All the shrines would be demolished. We were on time yesterday (Tuesday). When we got here yesterday, the owner of this shrine was already working on some victims. We rescued the victims and the owner of the shrine had been arrested.”
According to Famous-Cole, the location, where the demolitions were carried out, was where Badoo members were believed to be operating.
“We worked with information that we got. We discovered about five shrines, which had been destroyed. The commissioner of police has debriefed the victims. We moved from one shrine to the next. We got this information through members of the public. We destroyed the shrines.
“The shrines were located at Agbowa area by Kosi area of Ikorodu. The operation was led by the commissioner of police and other agencies like the Task Force officials, Department of State Services (DSS) and the local vigilance group.
“More than four shrines were destroyed. So far, as we know, those shrines are for ritual and fraudulent activities.
“The commissioner uncovered six shrines and they had been destroyed. He also rescued two victims and one suspect called James. The shrines are used for ritual purposes, like the recent ritual murder in Ikorodu. The rescued victims went in search of healing. The information we got is that the victims were about to be used for ritual purpose. The six shrines are all at Agbowa.
“We were not able to get more suspects, but we destroyed all the shrines. It was a rescued operation that led to destruction of the shrines. It was investigations of the Badoo killings that led to these discoveries. Ever since the Badoo killings, there had been police activities in Ikorodu. We also got information from members of the communities, who told that such shrines are used for ritual purposes.”
Two arrested for stabbing shipping magnate’s wife to death
The Lagos State Police Command has arrested two men in connection with murder of Mrs. Gildas Tohouo, a Hungarian citizen, whose husband is a shipping magnet.
The deceased’s husband, a Cameroonian, is said to be the Managing Director of Maersk Shipping Company.
Gildas was alleged to have been attacked in Lagos with a knife and later died. It was further gathered that her husband was also attacked and presently battling to stay alive in an undisclosed hospital.
The incident occurred on Sunday at about 11p.m. at their Lugard, Ikoyi residence after a birthday party for one of their children.
It was learnt that a few hours after the party, their power supply suddenly went off. Their estate electrician, Ade Akanbi, later came to their gate to knock, insisting that he came to fix the fused in the couple’s apartment, which he claimed caused the power outage.
The electrician, who came with a friend, Olamide Goke, allegedly used the opportunity of the power outage to attack the couple. Gildas was stabbed to death, while her husband, is in a hospital, battling to stay alive.
According to a police source, Akanbi told police that he attacked the couple because he had earlier asked the couple for an assistance, which the husband allegedly refused to give.
The Lagos State Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), DSP Bala Elkana, said that the state’s Commissioner of Police, Hakeem Odumosu, swiftly moved to the scene of the incident where the house was cordoned off.
The CP, however, ordered Homicide Detectives from the State Criminal Investigations and Intelligence Department (SCIID) to the scene. It was gathered that based on the directives of the CP, the police launched an earnest investigation and zeroed in on the two suspects.
Elkana further said: “The two suspects arrested are assisting the police in the on-going investigation.”
How I lost my hand to explosive in school, by SS2 student
A 16-year-old Senior Secondary School (SS2) student, whose hand got chopped off by an explosive at school lastweek Thursday, has survived to tell the story of his close shave with death.
Chukwu Chibuike, a student of Glory Land High School, located in Ebonyi Local Government Area of Ebonyi State said it was actually the son of a policeman that brought the explosive to school.
Speaking with our correspondent yesterday, Chibuike said that the object suddenly exploded in his hand as he picked it, leading to his being rushed to a hospital.
He said: “The object was brought to school by my classmate, Mogbo Afan, the son of a Mobile Policeman working with the Ebonyi State Police Command.”
It will be recalled that an object, suspected to be explosive, exploded in the school last Thursday, chopping off Chibuike’s hand and injuring his leg.
The incident, which occurred at about 9:am, caused panic in the school. Today, Chibuike is lying critically at the children’s ward, New Medical Complex of Alex Ekwueme Federal University Teaching Hospital
Abakaliki (AE-FUTHA). His hand was amputated following the incident.
Speaking from his hospital bed, Chibuike disclosed that his classmate, Mogbo Afan, who brought the object to the school, ran away immediately it exploded.
He narrated: “The incident happened at about 9: am. One of my classmates, Mogbo Afan, brought an object that looked like electric bulb which had black cover. I was inside the classroom while he was on the staircase, very close to our classroom. When he removed the cover of the object, the object fell from his hand and landed on the floor. I rushed to pick it, to throw it away, thinking it was an ordinary firecracker. I didn’t want it to blow in the classroom and scare everyone. Immediately I picked it, it exploded in my hand. It chopped off my hand like this. I also sustained leg injury from the explosion. The boy in question is a son to a policeman; his father is a Mobile Policeman. When the incident happened, students scampered for safety. I was taken to one of the teachers in our school. They removed my belt and used it to tie
my hand. My father was contacted. He came and took me to the hospital. Mogbo Afan ran away immediately the object exploded and till date, he has not been seen. His mother and father have been coming to the hospital
to see me. They usually cry and plead for forgiveness.”
The victim’s father, Chukwu Nwani, a native of Okposi Okwu, Ohaozara Local Government Area of the state said he was not happy that his son, who was born whole, would now become one handed because of the action of his classmate.
Nwani urged the state government to come to his aid, in order to provide adequate medical care for his son.
N50 bribe: Policeman remanded for killing truck driver
A 37-year-old policeman, Idowu Omosuyi, who killed a truck driver in Ondo State during a squabble over a N50 bribe, has been remanded at the Olokuta Correctional Centre by an Akure Chief Magistrate’s Court.
Omosuyi, had seven days ago, shot dead a truck driver, Ado Saleh, at a checkpoint along Uso-Owo road in Owo Local Council Area of Ondo State following his refusal to part with N50 bribe.
Omosuyi, who was brought before the presiding Magistrate, Charity Adeyanju, on a one-count charge of murder, was said to have committed the offence on December, 2019, at about 2p.m. while on official duty.
The police prosecutor, Inspector Goodluck Uloh, told the court that the accused person committed the punishable offence, contrary to section 316 and 319 of the Criminal Code Cap 37, Volume 1, of the Ondo State of Nigeria 2006.
Uloh informed the court that he has a motion on notice for the remand of the accused person in a Correctional Service. Counsel to the accused, Mr Ademola Ikujuni, opposed the prosecutor’s application. He argued that he was served with the application in the court, which according to him, was not part of the practice.
Ikujuni, therefore, prayed the court to order the accused person back to police custody. Adeyanju, however, ordered that the accused be remanded in Olokuta Correctional Service. She subsequently adjourned the case till December 27, 2019, for hearing of the motion.
Bankers, Indian jailed five years for N855m fraud
Two top officials of PHB, now Keystone Bank, Anayo Nwosu and Olajide Oshodi, as well as Ashok Israni, an Indian businessman, have been sentenced to five years imprisonment each for N855million fraud.
The convicts, who were arraigned by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) before Justice Kudirat Jose of the Lagos State High Court, Igbosere, Lagos State, were sentenced yesterday.
Also convicted is NULEC Industries Limited, belonging to Israni and Keystone Bank Limited. The convicts alongside Sunny Obazee were re-arraigned on October 4th, 2016 on an amended 15-count charge bordering on conspiracy and obtaining by false pretence to the tune of N855million.
One of the counts reads “That you, Anayo Nwosu, Ashok Israni, Olajide Oshodi, Sunny Obazee, Bank PHB Plc/Keystone Bank Ltd and NULEC Industries Limited, between 14th July and 31st July, 2008, in Lagos, within the jurisdiction of this Honourable Court, did fraudulently convert to your use, the sum of N285, 000, 000.00 being the property of Dozzy Oil and Gas Ltd, when you credited the account of NULEC with the said sum to defray its debt owed to Bank PHB Plc as against paying the sum into the Private Placement Account of NULEC, which sum was to be used as payment for the purchase of shares of NULEC Industries Limited under a Private Placement.”
Another count reads: “That you, Anayo Nwosu, Ashok Israni, Olajide Oshodi, Sunny Obazee, Bank PHB Plc/Keystone Bank Ltd and NULEC Industries Limited, sometime in 2008 within the jurisdiction of this Honourable Court, with intent to defraud, obtained the sum of N855, 000, 000.00 from Dozzy Oil and Gas Ltd, on the false pretence that NULEC Industries Limited was in active profit making manufacturing and trading activities, thereby purporting same to be payment for the purchase of shares of the said NULEC Industries Limited under a Private Placement.”
The defendants, however, pleaded not guilty to the charge preferred against them by the EFCC, thereby leading to their full trial.
During the course of the trial, the prosecution counsel, Rotimi Jacobs, SAN, presented witnesses and tendered several documents that were admitted in evidence by the court.
Delivering her judgment, Justice Jose discharged and acquitted the fourth defendant, Obazee.
Sanwo-Olu set to give Tablets to 2,400 teachers
The Lagos State Governor, Mr Babajide Sanwo-Olu, yesterday, announced plans to distribute tablets to teachers in the state’s public schools.
The governor, who also kicked-off a 10-day training of 2,400 teachers in the state, reiterated his administration’s commitment to developing the state’s education sector in line with what was expected anywhere in the world.
Speaking at the flag-off the EkoExcel, an event organised by Lagos State Universal Basic Education, LASUBEB, Sanwo-Olu, who was represented by the commissioner for Education, Mrs. Folashade Adefisayo explained that the whole essence of the programme was to deliver on the commitment of equity, by closing gaps between the rich and the poor access to quality education for all.
Sanwo-Olu described the training as part of an effort by the state government to improve and enhance the quality of education as well as provide a template to galvanise a standard education in the state through the T.H.E.M.E.S agenda.
He said: “This tablet has our scheme of work. It has our curriculum on it, so teachers will definitely use it to teach. The tablet also teaches on classroom management, how to attend to children with special needs, access learning properly and how children can learn. It goes beyond just pressing a tablet; it is a whole lot of ecosystems of teaching. A lot of thinking has gone into it and our technical support engineers are grounded to assist whenever any problem arises.”
The chairman of LASUBEB, Hon. Wahab Alawiye-King, said that with the initiative, every child must have access to good and quality education, stressing that government would continue to provide an atmosphere for this to be achieved.
Alawiye-King, who hinted that the training was planned to equip teachers with the use of technological driving learning skills, said the programme came after due consultations with critical stakeholders in the education sector on how to transform teaching and learning in the state.
Alawiye-King said that the overall objective of making teaching and learning more effective for the 21st century would be realised, noting that the state remains committed to improving on teachers ‘quality and performance.
Court sentences fake medical doctor to 54 years imprisonment
The Adamawa State High Court, sitting in Yola, has sentenced a fake medical doctor, Ibrahim Mustapha, to a 54 years’ imprisonment.
Mustapha was arrested by operatives of the Department of the State Security (DSS) in June this year, for operating without valid papers and not attending any medical school.
The presiding judge, Justice Nathan Musa, gave the ruling on Wednesday’s following an earlier plea of guilty by Mustapha.
Giving the verdict, Justice Nathan said that the court had considered a plea made by the convict’s counsel and therefore sentenced him on nine counts charges.
He said: “On counts one to three, I sentence him to six months each with the option of fine of N20, 000 each. On count eight, I sentence him to three years imprisonment with the option of N50, 000 fine. On counts four, five, six, seven and 10, I sentenced him to 10 years imprisonment on each of the counts without the option of a fine.”
Nathan added that all the terms will run concurrently. It would be recalled that the Fintiri led government had accused Mustapha of being responsible for the death of dozens of patients, pledging that it would ensure that the fake doctor was brought to book to serve as deterrent to others.
During his parade by the DSS, Mustapha had claimed that despite operating without valid documents, he had never killed anyone in the line of his duty as a medical practitioner. He maintained that he had carried out successful major and minor operations on dozens of patients since his sojourn into the medical field.
He called on the court, citizens and the government of the day to temper mercy with justice as his principal aim was to save the lives of the people of the state.
Mustapha, while speaking with journalists, said: “You can even find out from patients I had treated.”
Navy arrests eight suspects with 112 drums of fuel in A’ibom
The Nigerian Navy, Forward Operating Base, Ibaka, Mbo Local Government Area of Akwa Ibom State, has arrested eight suspects with 112 drums of Premium Motor Spirit (PMS).
The eight suspects were arrested with the 112 drums of petrol in a wooden boat around the Abgani area by Navy Patrol Gunboats. It was gathered that the suspects were heading to Cameroon.
Speaking yesterday in Ibaka during the handing over of the suspects and seized items to the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC), Commanding Officer, FOB, Navy Captain Peter Yilme, said each of the seized drums has the capacity to carry 300 litres of petrol.
He maintained that the base has zero tolerance for the exportation of petroleum product, adding that Navy would not stop arresting persons who engage in illegal activities on waterways.
Yilme commended the effort of his officers and men, noting that they were thorough in the fight against illegalities. He urged them not to relent in their efforts.
He further called on the NSCDC to inform the base when the suspects were prosecuted.
Yilme explained: “On 5th of December, FOB Ibaka gunboats, while on routine patrol around Agbani FPSO, accosted and arrested a medium sized wooden boat carrying 112 drums of PMS with capacity of each drum at 300 litres.
Additionally, eight suspects were arrested along with the boat and drums. The boat was suspected to be heading towards the Republic of Cameroon when it was arrested. FOB Ibaka has zero tolerance for the exportation of petroleum product, and will continue to arrest persons who engage in illegal activities in line with the directive of the Chief of Naval Staff.”
The Divisional Officer of NSCDC in Mbo Local Government Area, Mr Udeme James, received the suspects and items from the Navy and assured everyone that the suspects would be prosecuted. He commended the base for its effort in ensuring Ibaka waterways was safe from illegal smugglers and all forms of illegalities.
Ebonyi: Woman to die by hanging for burning co-wife, seven children
An Ebonyi State High Court, sitting in Abakaliki, Ebonyi State capital, yesterday, sentenced a woman, Mrs. Agnes Nwefuru, to death by hanging for burning her co-wife and seven children to death.
In a suit Number HAW/13C/2017, Agnes was accused of setting ablaze the house of her co-wife, Felicia Nwefuru, which took her life and the lives of her seven children.
She was also accused of burning her own house during the evil act as a camouflage. The state government, a plaintiff in the matter, contended that the accused person removed all her belongings and those of her children and then took them to a safe place outside the house before committing the act.
Delivering the judgment on the matter, the presiding judge, Justice Uwabunkonye Onwosi, declared that the plaintiff proved that the defendant was guilty of the murder charge preferred against her.
“Nwefuru Agnes is found guilty of murder and is hereby convicted. The term of her sentence is that she be hanged by neck until she is dead,” ruled the judge.
It would be recalled that in 2017, eight members of a family were burnt to death following a mysterious fire that engulfed their residential house around 3: am at Ogboji community, Ishielu Local Government Area of Ebonyi State.
Two persons survived the inferno; the husband, Mr. Sylvanus Nwefuru and Miss Ukamaka Nwefuru, one of Felicia’s daughters. The fire razed the two houses in the compound.
One dead,19 rescued in Lagos boat mishap
At least a passenger has lost his life while 19 passengers have been rescued in a boat mishap that occurred around Ebute-ojo terminal in Lagos on Monday.
It was learnt that the tragic incident occurred around 7:30pm when a fully loaded 20-capacity passengers boat going from Liverpool jetty to Ebute-ojo terminal capsized due to strong waves.
New Telegraph learnt that local community members rescued 19 passengers with one of them in critical condition who was rushed to the hospital where he was later pronounced dead while the others were reunited with their families.
Confirming the incident, the General Manager, Lagos State Waterways Authority (LASWA), Mr Damilola Emannuel, said that the Marine Police have since arrested the captain of the boat and ongoing investigations are being carried out by LASWA and other relevant emergency agencies.
Police dismantle kidnappers’ camps, arrest suspect
The Police Command in the Federal Capital Territory on Monday said it has dismantled kidnappers’ camps and arrested a suspect along Kwali-Kwaita axis of the territory.
The Deputy Police Public Relations Officer in the FCT, ASP Mariam Yusuf disclosed this in a statement in Abuja.
She said the camps were dismantled during Counter-Kidnapping Operations in the FCT, particularly those located along Kwali-Kwaita axis.
Yusuf said the operation, using overt/covert means dismantled the camps and dislodged the kidnappers prompting them to seek refuge.
“The fleeing kidnappers while scampering for safety entered the highway, shot at an oncoming vehicle and killed four persons along that axis.
“The swift intervention of police operatives led to the immediate arrest of one of the suspected kidnappers while efforts are on to apprehend his cohorts,” she said.
She said the command commiserates with the families of the deceased and pledged to provide maximum security in the territory to ensure hitch-free Yuletide, reports the News Agency of Nigeria(NAN).
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