Detectives attached to the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS), Lagos State Police Command, have arrested a man, Andrew Agofure, suspected to have burgled a house at Lekki-Ajah area of the metropolis and stole a Mercedes Benz G-Wagon valued at N37 million. But Agofure has denied the allegation. According to the investigators, all efforts made to find the vehicle within Lagos State were futile. Police said they were also looking for another suspect, identified simply as Patrick. The police believe that the fleeing Patrick masterminded the robbery.
A source said: “We didn’t, however, give up. We kept digging and finally tracked the car to Nasarawa State. We were shocked that the jeep had been moved from Lagos to Nasarawa State. When we discovered that it had been placed online for sale, we swung into action. Although it was moved to Nasarawa State, it was displayed at a car mart in Abuja.” The team of detectives that cracked the case was led by a Deputy Superintendent Police (DSP), Mr. Akinola Aduroja. The suspect, Agofure, was arrested on August 30.
The police alleged that Patrick drove the vehicle from Lekki-Ajah in Lagos State to Nasarawa State but placed at a car mart in Abuja for sale. The police disclosed that the jeep, which was N37 million, was placed on the online mart for N15 million.
Aduroja said: “We posed as buyers that wanted to buy the jeep for N15 million online. We arrested the suspect when he came to sell the jeep to us. The jeep, whose location was Abuja, was recovered in a forest in Nasarawa State around midnight.”
Aduroja said that on August 22, about 7.30p.m., Muiz Adebayo Ajayi, of No. 10A, Lucky Garden, Road 17, County Homes, Lekki-Ajah, Lagos reported a conspiracy, burglary and stealing to the Lagos State Commissioner of Police, Mr Imohimi Edgal, through a petition. The petitioner alleged that he travelled to Kenya and upon his return on August 20; he discovered that the main gate to the compound had been broken by unknown persons.
Ajayi added that one jeep, with registration number BGD 2 EV and some electronics valued at N1.2 million were stolen from the house of his elder brother, Adekunle Odunlami, who was in Malaysia. In a bid to track down those that burgled the Lekki-Ajah home of the complainant, Aduroja and his men posed as buyers.
On September 6, Agofure appeared to pick the cheque for the car and was grabbed. Since Agofure’s arrest, police have been looking for Patrick. But Agofure said he did not know anything about the robbery. However, he said a man, Tony, who he met at a cybercafé and became friends with, taught him how to hack into different sites.
Oluwo of Iwo divorces Jamaican wife
he Oluwo of Iwo, Oba Adewale Akanbi, has divorced his Jamaican wife, Chanel Chin.
The monarch made this known in a statement made available to journalists yesterday in Osogbo by his Chief Press Secretary, Ali Ibrahim.
The statement reads: “This is to inform the general public, especially friends and associates of the Oluwo of Iwoland, His Imperial Majesty, Oba (Dr.) Abdulrosheed Adewale Akanbi, Telu I, that Ms Chanel Chin is an ex-queen of his majesty. This information is necessary for the attention of the general public to avoid representation on proxy or accordance of respect attached to the sacred stool of Oluwo to her. For personal irreconcilable differences, Chanel Chin ceased to be his Majesty’s queen.
We equally enjoin the public to disregard any business transaction or request with her using the office of his majesty. We wish her the best in her new journey.”
Travel agent arrested for trafficking lady to Oman, extorting N300,000
peratives of the National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Person (NAPTIP), have arrested a travel agent for exploitative labour in Oman.
The suspect was alleged to have recruited and facilitated the trafficking of a 27-year-old lady to Oman in February 2019.
NAPTIP operatives have been on the trail of the suspect since the matter was reported sometimes in October 2019.
One of the suspects, Adeyemi Adeleke Jamiu, who is a travel agent, promised to procure Canadian visa for the victim after collecting N300,000, but later offered her nursing job in Oman after the Canada visa was denied.
Jamiu and his partner, Oluwatosin Mariam Balogun, still at large, succeeded in trafficking the victim to Oman for housemaid job. She worked in a slavery like condition, serving 13 adults and seven children in five different bungalows, without rest for almost 24 hours every day.
After working for two months and paid N60,000 salary, the suspects started demanding for three months salaries as their commission.
When the victim fell sick due to the volume of work, and asked to be returned to Nigeria, the suspects demanded that she should pay the sum of N800, 000, including her return ticket. The victim’s return has since been facilitated and the suspect is currently in custody while investigation continues.
According to NAPTIP, the case file will be forwarded to the legal and prosecution unit for further necessary action.
The Commander of NAPTIP, Lagos Command – Daniel Atokolo said that the Director General of NAPTIP – Dame Julie Okah Donli, has zero tolerance for offenders of human trafficking.
OAU loses another don
few hours after Acting Head, Department of Dramatic Arts of Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, Dr. Victoria Oluwaremilekun Adeniyi directed the 44th Convocation play of the institution, the management of the university, yesterday, announced her demise.
Adeniyi was said to have died at the University’s Teaching Hospital. The institution’s Public Relations Officer, Mr. Biodun Olanrewaju, who made this known via in a press statement in Osogbo, said that the deceased was part of the academic procession of the grand finale of the University’s Convocation held last Saturday.
As at the time of filing in this report, the cause of her death still remains cloudy.
The statement, however reads in part: “After we lost a Professor of Paediatrics, Professor Jerome Elusiyan, to the cold hands of death through the instrumentality of gunmen. It is too painful for us as a university to tearfully break the unpalatable news of the demise of another promising academic and a prominent member of OAU community, Dr. Victoria Oluwaremilekun Adeniyi, who, until her death early this morning, was the Acting Head, Department of Dramatic Arts of Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife. The lecturer, who directed this year’s convocation play, staged four days ago, was also yesterday, a part of the academic procession of the grand finale of the university’s 44th Convocation.”
Olanrewaju further noted that the Vice Chancellor, Professor Eyitope Ogunbodede, who was visibly unhappy, had visited the University’s Teaching Hospital and directed that necessary papers be filled for the conduct of a post mortem.
Man arrested for allegedly killing laundry operator
omicide detectives from the State Criminal Investigation and Intelligence Department (SCIID), Panti, Yaba, Lagos State, have arrested Mr Amos Ekuma for allegedly killing a laundry operator simply identified as Actor.
The incident, which occurred at Sabo, Ikorodu on Saturday at about 9p.m., has left many residents in the community reeling in shock.
Eyewitnesses confirmed that the two men had a squabble in the early hours of the day, which many thought was over following intervention from neighbours.
But the matter turned bad after Ekuma in the evening time, went to attack the deceased.
The Lagos State Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), DSP Bala Elkana, while confirming the incident, explained that after the initial altercation, people resolved the matter between the two men.
Elkana went on: “Later in the evening, Ekuma went to meet Actor and pushed him. He fell and was immediately rushed to the Ikorodu General Hospital for treatment. He was, however, confirmed dead by the medical doctor. His remains have been deposited in the mortuary for autopsy. The suspect has been detained by homicide detectives for further questioning.”
Also, Elkana disclosed that the Command has arrested three suspected cultists for allegedly killing Enoch Obaro, at Agbowa, Ikorodu area of the state.
Obaro was declared missing after his wife, Yemisi Obaro, reported the case of a missing person at Agbowa Police Station.
The Divisional Police Officer (DPO) in charge of Agbowa Police Station immediately placed a radio message to all police stations across the state through the Control Room, asking for help to find Obaro.
Elkana, while speaking on the incident, said that on 8th of December at about 2.30a.m. Police received a call that the remains of Obaro had been sighted at an isolated bushy area of Fadayin Junction in Imota.
He said: “A team of homicide detectives were immediately drafted to the scene. The decomposing body of the deceased was evacuated for autopsy. When the corpse was observed, it was discovered that the deceased’s body had been mutilated, while his two hands and a leg had been chopped off. Expended cartridges and broken bricks were recovered from the scene. Three suspects have been arrested in connection with the murder. The suspects, who had been on Police Wanted List, are members of Aiye Confraternity. They were declared wanted for various offences ranging from armed robbery, violent attacks, cultism and land grabbing.”
Yuletide: Don’t use expired tyres, avoid speeding, overloading, FRSC warns drivers
The Zonal Commanding Officer of RS 10 HQ Sokoto, Assistant Corps Marshal Kayode Olagunju, has advised drivers against using expired tyres, speeding and overloading during the Yuletide celebration. Olagunju gave this advice yesterday at the launch of 2019 Ember months Road Safety Campaign held at the centre garage in Birnin Kebbi, adding that there is need for drivers to go for eye tests regularly. He then urged the stakeholders in the state to work together in order to reduce road crashes as road crashes kill more passengers than drivers. In his remark, the State Sector Commander, Mr. EA Asaniyan, said that drivers should avoid the use of drugs and that they should not also drive when they are tired. He also said that the use of seatbelt and adherence to all traffic laws are very important even as he warned against overloading among other infractions. Asaniyan thanked the Kebbi State government for always being there for them in terms of advocacy and other needs.
Over 20 bandits attack Kaduna community, abduct pregnant woman, 2 others
Gunmen numbering over 20 in the early hours of friday attacked a Kaduna community and abducted a pregnant woman, simply identified as Mrs. Okeke and two children. The attack took place in Juji, a suburb of Kaduna metropolis, Chikun Local Government Area of the state. The gunmen were said to have arrived the community about 1am and started shooting sporadically into the air. Residents who were sleeping woke up to the sound of gunshots even as many others took to their heels, running into the bush for cover. A resident of the area said that there was pandemonium across the community as a result of the attack.
The gunmen were said to have moved into the residence of the pregnant woman, who is a mother of three and forcefully dragged her out of the compound. The husband of the woman was said to have travelled. A 12 year old boy was also abducted with his mother who was recuperating from injuries she sustained from a motorcycle accident recently. She was, however, abandoned when she could not cope with the long distance trek in the bush following injuries from the accident.
The woman was said to have found her way home later in the day. While a nine-year-old girl was also said to have been abducted by the bandits. A resident disclosed that: “We heard shots around 1 am and all of us ran in different directions. Many people ran into the bush, others hid around their compounds. “I ran to a nearby bush and hid until they left before I came out. It was this morning that we discovered that they left with the nineyear- old girl and the son of the woman who was abandoned but was able to find her way back to Juji this morning.” The police were said to have visited the area yesterday morning to assess the situation of things. But when contacted, the spokesman for the Kaduna State Police Command, Yakubu Sabo, said he learnt there was an incident in the area and promised to get the details of what transpired.
Army officer impersonator escapes death in Onitsha
A young man of about 30 years escaped death by the whiskers in Onitsha yesterday when he was discovered to be an Army officer impersonator by the people. The fake army officer, whose name was not disclosed, according to residents of 59, Old Market Road, claimed he is a military officer when he charged into the compound with other fierce looking young boys between the ages of 25 and 30 about 8am in the morning. Accordingly to one of the residents, who did not want his name in print, trouble started when the fake military man and his accomplices demanded the payment of certain sum of money owed one of them by one of the tenants living in the compound. But on getting to the tenant’s apartment, they discovered that he was not at home.
They then attempted to take away the young girl they met in his apartment, but the girl raised the alarm, as they were dragging her along with them, with her phone and other valuables seized from her by the men. The alarm attracted the attention of other tenants, mostly young men, numbering about 30.
When they demanded for the identity of the military officer, he could not produce any evidence to show he is a military officer and suspecting foul play, they descended on him, almost lynching him, as they battered him with logs of woods, bottles and other dangerous weapons. All efforts to contact the police failed as all calls put across to the Onitsha Area Command were not answered.
Scores cheat death as tanker falls on Victoria Island road
There was confusion yesterday morning in Lagos when a 33,000 fuel laden tanker lost control and fell on the Ozumba Nbadwe Road, Victoria Island, spilling its content on the road. For hours, residents, workers in various offices, motorists and other road users, scampered for safety for fear of the possible explosion that could rock the commercial centre.
But the swift intervention of emergency responders, law enforcement officers and traffic management agencies saved the day as the environment of the scene was condoned off while vehicular movement was diverted metres away from the scene, a development that resulted in a serious traffic gridlock that extended to the Third Mainland Bridge. It was also learnt that the 32-year-old driver of the tanker has been taken to hospital by the emergency responders. It was gathered that the unbranded tanker with registration number KRD-280XN, was conveying 33,000 litres of AGO (diesel) to a destination yet to be ascertained as at the filing this report.
Hence the combined team of LASEMA response unit, otherwise known as Sharks (Lekki) Response Squad alongside the Bravo Team (Paramedics), another unit of LASEMA, LASTMA, Lagos State and Federal Fire Services, LCC and Nigeria Police, had hectic time in the management of the accident scene. Speaking on the cause of the accident, the Director-General of LASEMA, Dr. Femi Oke-Osanyintolu, said that one of the tanker’s tyres burst while in motion. He added that the burst tyre resulted in the tanker running over the highway median while its compartment detached and flipped over, before it finally upturned.
Osanyintolu said: ‘On getting to the scene of the incident, a white coloured unbranded tanker with registration number KRD-280XN laden with 33,000 litres of AGO (diesel) was found to have fallen on Ozumba Mbadiwe. Further investigation revealed that one of its tyres burst while in motion.
This resulted in the vehicle running over the highway median while the tanker compartment detached and flipped over, finally resting on its head. He, however, said that efforts were made to discharge the remaining content on the road so as to safely evacuate the fallen tanker.
He added: “Two compartments of 11,000 litres each had already discharged their contents on the road while the last 11,000 litres compartment remained intact. The road was cordoned off on both sides of the highway and a diversion created to ease movement of traffic. ‘‘The road is being prepared for reopening while the single casualty- driver (male, 32 years) has been taken to hospital by the Lasema paramedic team with suspected internal injuries,” LASEMA boss added.
Kwara gov inaugurates cabinet, charges them on sincerity, legacy
•Commissioners, SAs get portfolios
Kwara State Governor AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq on Friday inaugurated and called on his cabinet members to consider what legacies they would like to be remembered for in the discharge of their duties, saying the administration has a historical duty to change the narrative about the state.
He also swore in members of the Civil Service Commission and the Deputy Chief of Staff Adebukola Risikat Babalola whose appointment was announced earlier Friday. He had earlier also named Architect Kale Belgore as Senior Adviser and Counsellor.
He said: “Let me remind all of you that we are not the best out of the 3.5 million people in this state. However, providence has placed on our shoulders the historic responsibility to take our people out of Egypt and safely into the Canaan land.
“This task requires focus, patience, sacrifice, tact, speed, and constant supplication to God Almighty to guide us on every step of the way. We must engage, listen, and relate well with our people whose mandate has brought us here. In doing so, we must see the whole of Kwara as our constituency.”
The event was attended by hundreds of Kwarans and top government functionaries, including the Deputy Governor Kayode Alabi; Speaker of the House of Assembly Salihu Danladi Yakubu; Representative of the Chief Judge Justice Bayo Yusuf; Grand Kadi of Kwara State Ola Abdulkadir; principal officers and members of the House of Assembly; Secretary to the State Government Prof Mamman Jibril; Head of Service Modupe Oluwole; and Chief of Staff to the Governor Aminu Adisa Logun.
The governor reminded the cabinet members of the need to always relate well with the public and to work together as a team, “stronger together, each watching the back of the other.”
Umahi: I’ve made provisions for minimum wage
- Presents 2020 budget
Governor of Ebonyi state, Chief Dave Umahi Friday announced that he has made adequate provisions for the implementation of the new minimum wage salaries for civil servants in the state.
He urged organised labour in the state to hasten their negotiations with the government to enable it implement the new wage for the workers.
Umahi spoke at the state Assembly chambers in Nkaliki, Abakaliki Local Government Area of the state while presenting 2020 budget estimate tagged “Budget of growth, consolidation and transformation” to the state Assembly.
He announced that a total of N178,136,634,975.38 billion would be spent in 2020 by his administration.
He noted that whatever was agreed at the local government level in the state on the minimum wage would be implemented at the state level by the administration.
“In the 2020 budget estimate, we made provisions for our minimum wage payment and I use the opportunity to ask labour to hasten up their commitment in the negotiation so that we can conclude and then we will implement the minimum wage,” the governor said.
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