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We have no clue about Nnamdi Kanu’s dad’s whereabouts –Abia govt

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The role of Abia State government during and after the invasion of the palace of the traditional ruler of Afaraukwu Ibeku, Eze Israel Okwu Kanu, seven months ago, has either been misconstrued or misinterpreted. To some, the state government supported the military action which destroyed the palace and many lives in other to be in the good books of the Federal Government.

The government on its part, explained that its interest in the whole episode was to restore peace in the state at a time the activities of the pro-Biafra group, the Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, was perceived to be getting out of hand.

The government, according to keen observers, was becoming uncomfortable with the rising profile of not only IPOB but also its leader, Mazi Nnamdi Kanu and by reason of his leadership of the group Umuahia, the Abia State capital, had become the headquarters of the group. Since the operation Python Dance ended, the whereabouts of the traditional ruler of Afaraukwu, and father of IPOB’s arrow head, Nnamdi, his wife, Ugoeze Sally and his son, are still unknown.

This is beside the alleged IPOB supporters and Afaraukwu indigenes who lost their lives. While Afaraukwu community and Eze Kanu’s colleagues, in the traditional rulers’ council, have pointed in the direction of the army about the whereabouts and health of the monarch and his family members, they also said they had sought audience with the Governor with the burning issue as part of the agenda. What has the state government done about the incident?

Though the government has not taken any definite steps towards unearthing the state of health and disappearance of one of its traditional rulers, Chief John Okiyi Kalu, Abia State Commissioner for Information, said the government has no clue as to the whereabouts of Eze Kanu even as it did not support the military operation Python Dance. Kalu said: “Abia State government does not have specific information on the whereabouts of Eze Kanu and we call on the Federal Government, the police and other security agencies, to use all the available resources of the country to find and ensure that Eze Kanu and other missing or unaccounted for citizens are found and returned to their families and people.” The Commissioner said that the immediate concern of the government during the operation Python Dance era was to secure lives and property of its citizens, probably on a larger scale than what happened.

“As you are aware, we had no hand in the events of those ugly Python Dance days but were focused on saving lives of our young people and all residents of the state. Every measure taken by the administration of Governor Okezie Ikpeazu in those days had only one objective: to save lives and property,” Kalu stated. He said the Federal Government should be held responsible for the casualties of the operation since it is in control of the security apparatus.

He said: “It is left for the Federal Government, which controls all the security resources of the country, to make definite statements on the whereabouts of those within an area where a security operation was carried out.”

“We hope and pray that Eze Kanu is safe wherever he is as Abia State Government does not have anything against him and we never authorized any security operation against him, his family or anyone in his house.

Please feel free to direct your questions to relevant federal institutions and agencies as they are in a better posi-tion to know given that security operations, such as the one you referred to, fall within the exclusive powers of the Federal Government of Nigeria.” The traditional ruler of Okwulaga Afaraukwu Ibeku, Eze Eddy Ibeabuchi, said last week that the action of the army and the Federal Government in the incident fell short of expectations.

He wondered why a palace would be invaded with such ferocity that left many dead. And to make matters worse both the army and government were yet to make any statement on the incident. Eze Philip Ajomiwe, the traditional ruler of Oriendu and the chairman of the Umuahia North council of traditional rulers, corroborated the stand of Eze Ibeabuchi. He said the military should be held responsible for the state of health and whereabouts of Eze Kanu and his family members.

He used the medium to renew his appeal to the army to declare the whereabouts of their member or in the event that he had died should return his corpse to them. This was also the position of the Afaraukwu community. The traditional prime minister, Chief Chimechefulam Odoemelam and the palace secretary, Chief Iheanaco Ariwodo, had expressed similar sentiments. They appealed to the federal authorities and the army high command to release their traditional ruler either dead or alive. So the poser as to the whereabouts of Eze Kanu’s remains unresolved for now.

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Three killed, pastor hospitalised as explosion rocks Lagos communities

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  • NNPC shuts system 2B pipeline, allays fuel scarcity fear

 

Three people were killed and a badly burnt pastor of a white garment church hospitalised following a pipeline explosion which occurred at the Glory Land Estate, Isheri/LASU Igando Road, yesterday.

It was a gory scene at the neighbourhood of  Diamond Estate/Idowu Egba Estate, Isheri, Igando.

For hours, waves of panic among residents were high and parents ran to pick up their children and wards from schools around the areas, as others fled from the community.

One of the residents, Bimbo Oke, said that the explosion was caused by the pastor, who took one of his members to the area for a prayer of deliverance. According to Oke, residents some weeks back had noticed leakage at the pipeline axis.

The pastor was alleged to have lit a candle during the deliverance session, igniting the explosion.

Oke said: “When the pastor was heading to that area with his member for prayers, he was warned and told about the leakage. He however, ignored the warnings. It was in the course of the deliverance that he lit a candle and caused an explosion. The pastor was rushed to the hospital while the member of the church was burnt beyond recognition. Fire fighters got to the scene an hour after the explosion.”

Another resident, Mr Ayo Adedeji said: “We heard a loud noise at about 7:am, we rushed out of our houses and saw a huge fire. It must have been caused by oil spillages. We saw a body inside the river, but we believe the bodies are more. One person was rescued, but his condition was bad. I don’t think he’ll survive. This incident has become a recurring one and we are pleading with the government to come and do something about it. It’s like we don’t have a government.”

Kayode Ajishafe, another member of the community, said: “The explosion was caused by vandals. The fire started as early as 6:30am.  We noticed the flame and later discovered that it was a pipeline explosion. This is not the first time this is happening. It is always caused by vandals. Local vigilante people made us to understand that they sighted vandals some weeks ago and even alerted the police. The fire spread from Idowu-Egba road to Baruwa, Ipaja and Ayobo areas.  Other places are Isheri Kpako area inside Peace Estate. Three people died. One of them was a lady, who went for spiritual deliverance with a pastor from a white garment church. The church is actually closed to the pipeline areas. A bridge, which links Idowu-Egba and Ayobo communities, was gutted. Fire fighters couldn’t access the scene of the fire because the damaged bridge.”

Mr. Atobatele said: “ I was in the bathroom when I heard the explosion. I ran out. The fire was much. When we rushed to the scene, we saw a burning pastor, screaming for help, but nobody made any move to help him. Two men and I rushed over and assisted him. We rushed him to Alimosho General Hospital. I wonder while these pipeline explosions keep recurring.  At the other side, we saw three dead bodies. We really don’t know the cause of this present explosion.”

The Director-General, LASEMA, Dr. Femi Oke-Osanyintolu, said: “There is an outbreak of fire at the back of Diamond Estate along Isheri/Lasu -Igando Road. I suspect that the fire must have been caused by pipeline vandalism. I have activated the Lagos State Response Plan. All key Stakeholders have moved to the scene.”

Oke-Osanyintolu said that one male adult was burnt to death. His words: “Upon arrival of the LRT as well as other emergency responders at the incident scene, it was observed that pipelines located within Diamond Estate/Idowu Egba were ruptured and spilling petrol which resulted to a fire outbreak in four points. One adult male was burnt to death. Rescue and recovery operations ongoing.”

The Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), yesterday, shut down all important System 2B fuel pipelines linking Atlas Cove Mega Jetty in Lagos with Mosimi Depot in Ogun State over an explosion and fire outbreak.

The Corporation, which also reported an oil pipeline fire outbreak on the pipeline in Baruwa Swamp area of Lagos, allayed fear that the incident could lead to scarcity of the Premium  Motor Spirit (PMS), also known as petrol during the Yuletide and beyond.

A preliminary report of the incident, the NNPC said in a statement, “indicated that the pipeline might have been torched by act of vandalism of suspected oil thieves who had hacked into the line to intercept flow of petrol.”

The corporation, in conjunction with the Lagos State Fire Service, the statement issued by Acting Group General Manager, Group Public Affairs division, Samson Makoji, read, “had deployed various categories of personnel to the scene to bring the fire under control.

“NNPC assured the general public that the pipeline will be put back into operation shortly, while the breach has no impact on petroleum products supply in the area.”

Allaying fear of product’s scarcity, the corporation also said that it has 116million litres of PMS in Mosimi Depot, 7.5million litres in Satellite Depot and 35million litres in Ibadan depots, all within System 2B network.

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Lawyer accuses AIG of illegal detention of widow

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Mr. Samuel Akpologun has accused an Assistant-Inspector-General of Police (AIG) in charge of Special Enquiry Bureau (SEB), Force Criminal Investigations Department (FCID), Alagbon, Ikoyi, Lagos State, Mr. Murtala Mani, of infringing on the fundamental human rights of his client, Alhaja Alilat Safiriyu.

Akpologun, who is the Principal Partner at Samuel Akpologun & Co, said that Alilat was grabbed and detained in place of her son, Ibrahim Safiriyu.

Akpologun further stated the woman, a widow, had spent at least 11 days in detention.

According to the lawyer, even if his client had committed any crime, the right thing was to charge her to court within 24 hours or grant her bail.

He also argued that the matter, which made the AIG to arrest and detained his client, was a land issue, which he said was a civil case.

He said: “My client has been in detention at FCID since 26th of November, 2019 over a contractual non-criminal matter.”

He said that problem started after the Administrators of her husband’s estate, which include two of her sons and two other wives of her late husband, contracted orally to sell a property at Adiyan, Ogun State to a Brigadier-General.

He went on: “They nominated Ibrahim Safiriyu to act on their behalf. Ibrahim being an illiterate contracted one lawyer Olufemi, who had been his lawyer for seven years to do the paper works. The property which consists of an acre of land, an event centre and a hotel, was priced for N100million. The General paid N44million in installments over a period of one year.

“After a year, his lawyer compromised and began to work for the General. He told the General about the fact that the Administrators have other property in Lagos.

“The General therefore suddenly began to demand that the money he paid be deemed as payment for another property in Oko-Oba. The family insisted that they didn’t intend to sell the property. They also told the General that the property was not listed in their letter of administration, so they do not even have power to sell. Lastly, the property does not belong to their late father. Rather, it belongs to a company in which he was a shareholder. The General refused to listen. Initially, he kidnapped Alhaja Alilat simply because some of the money he paid, about N9million was paid through her account. He took her to his lawyer, who forced her to sign on behalf of the Administrators that they would pay N45million to the General within a month.

” The family paid N5million through the lawyer’s account and the woman signed the sham agreement even though she couldn’t read it. Thereafter, the General got policemen from Abattoir Police Station to go and inscribe on the Oko-Oba property that same had been sold and the purchaser had taken possession.”

Akpologun said that it was after then that the police invited the widow to SEB, she honoured the invitation and was promptly arrested.

The AIG, reacting to the lawyer’s allegations said: “The lawyer is a liar! We went to her account and found out that she collected the money. She’s even claiming that she couldn’t speak English Language, so we got someone to interpret. The money was lodged in her account and her son’s account. Everything concerning the transaction shows that the money was lodged into her personal account. They came to my office, I sent them away. That’s why they want to go and write a report. Let them go ahead and write whatever they want to write. I have my entire file. It’s a criminal case! She collected somebody’s money and refused to give him the property and also refused to return the General’s money. The money is about N44 million, part of it was lodged in her account and the rest is in her son’s account, and for the last five days, the woman’s son had been saying he was coming, but he refused to show up. Let the lawyer go and look for him. For someone to collect money and go away with it no longer a civil case, it’s a case we should investigate.

We have no business with the issue of the property that was bought, but about the money she collected and received over the property, that is our concern.

  We traced the money in their account and of course the bank couldn’t lie. If there was no transaction, there was no way the bank could say there was a transaction. We have all the documents and the man sent the money in his own name so what makes it a civil case?”

When our reporter spoke with the AIG on Tuesday, he promised to charge Alifat to court the following day, but as at yesterday, Akpologun said that his client was yet to be arraigned.

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Explosive chops off secondary school student’s hand

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An object, suspected to be explosive device, yesterday, exploded at Glory Land High School, Azugwu, Ebonyi Local Government Area of Ebonyi State, chopping off the left hand of a Senior Secondary Student (SS2) identified simply as Chibuike.

The device, which exploded during lunch break hour, left many students of the school injured. The incident occurred at about 11 a.m. causing panic within the school and its vicinity.

Chibuike was rushed to the emergency unit of the Alex-Ekwueme Federal Teaching Hospital, Abakaliki, while others with minor injuries were treated around the area.

When our correspondent visited the school at about 2:30 p.m. The gate was under lock and key. No student was seen. Our correspondent, however, saw some students of the school, returning to their homes and had a chat with them.

The students confirmed the incident, adding that Chibuike was playing with the device when it exploded.

One of them said: “I was in the school when the explosion occurred. I can’t tell what it was. “But I saw Chibuike playing with the thing before it exploded. It’s like he came to school with it. “The thing chopped off his left hand. He has been taken to the Hospital.”

The Ebonyi State Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), a Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP) Loveth Odah, confirmed the incident.

She, however, said she was yet to get official report from the Divisional Police Officer (DPO) in charge of Eke-Aba Police Station on the incident.

Odah added: “The DPO has gone there, but he has not reported to us. So we are still waiting for him.”

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‘Cleric promises to activate Qur’anic verses in victim’s brain’

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Operatives of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, (EFCC), Kaduna Zonal office, have arrested Mallam Abdulrashid Imam for pretending that he had spiritual powers to activate the Qur’anic verses into Mohammed Dewu’s brains.

According to EFCC spokesman, Wilson Uwujaren, the cleric was arrested for defrauding Dewu N3million and $24,000.

Dewu had alleged in a petition that sometime in October, 2019, the suspect fraudulently collected money from him claiming to have the supernatural ability to impact Qur’anic knowledge on him through the aid of Jinns (spirits).

To facilitate this, the petitioner claimed that the suspect induced him to purchase the following items: two bottles of perfume at N70,000, one bottle of special perfume at N160,000,  a bottle of perfume for the treatment of his mother’s leg at N550,000, a set of 60 perfumes to activate the Qur’anic  verses that will be implanted into his brain by spiritual means at N1,680,000, two mobile phones and SIM cards at N20,000 and 30 buckets of honey that will enable him transfer the Qur’anic verses to his brain at N900,000.

The petitioner also alleged that the suspect compelled him to pay the sum of $24,000 for prayers to neutralize the forces preventing him from getting a plum appointment which the government had planned for him.

Upon the suspect’s arrest, a fake blank Qur’an and keys to the room he had been using to con the victim were recovered.

So far three houses in Kano State, suspected to be proceeds of fraud, have been linked to the suspect.

Uwujaren said that the suspect will be charged to court at the conclusion of investigation.

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Air Peace honoured for foiling child trafficking attempt

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One of the highlights of the 27th edition of the Crime Reporters Association of Nigeria (CRAN) Annual Lecture and Awards in Lagos State, was the honouring of Air Peace’s Crew for thwarting efforts by two women to traffic a three-month old boy from Lagos to Banjul.

Mr. Sunday Odita, President, Crime Reporters Association of Nigeria (CRAN) said “we are elated as reporters to observe in the course of our duties that some people are doing things worthy of writing home about. When we noted that an Air Peace Crew demonstrated commendable professionalism and humanness by frustrating the attempt by two women to traffic a three-month old baby-boy on a Lagos-Banjul flight on June 4, 2018, we penned it down as something worthy of reward.

The CRAN President commended his members “for unanimously voting to bestow the Most Security Conscious Crew Award on Air Peace Crew, when it was tabled before the house for voting.”

This he added, shows that the honour was well deserved and well thought out. Calling on people from all walks of life to emulate the uprightness demonstrated by the Air Peace Crew, he encouraged the winners to, “be proud of the award because it is coming unsolicited from the conscience of the society.”

An elated, Stanley Olisa, Corporate Communications Executive, Air Peace, thanked the executives and national leadership of Crime Correspondents and noted that the airline trains its cabin crew to be security conscious. “It has proved worthwhile as the airline had in recent times prevented three acts of child trafficking. Our flight attendants are always security conscious and we will continue to partner with the National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons, NAPTIPS, to report any suspected act of child trafficking,” he noted.

Recounting how the incident happened, Olisa stated that, “One of the flight attendants noticed that a baby was crying endlessly on board and approached the supposed mother who refused to breastfeed the child. The whole thing became suspicious and on arriving Banjul, the crew alerted the authorities who questioned the two women. It was subsequently discovered that the child was not theirs and it was obviously a case of child trafficking”.

The crew that received the award included Capt. Isi Eghoghon, Capt. Sinmisola Ajibola and First Officer Ayodeji Bode-Thomas.

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Scam: I paid N2.3m into Kwara TV GM’s account – Witness

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The trial of embattled General Manager of the Kwara State Television Authority, Alhaji Abdulfatai Adewale Adebowale, for alleged N4milliom land fraud continued yesterday, with a prosecution witness, Sulyman Abdulkareem, narrating how he paid the sum of N2.3m into the account of the defendant.

He said: “My Lord, after the allocation of 10 plots of land to the staff of the Kwara State Television Authority, the General Manager of the Station, Alhaji Abdulfatai Adewale Adebowale, approached the Director General of Kwara State Bureau of Land, that there was no way the 10 plots could be shared among the staff, that they should sell it and bring the money.

“The DG now linked me with the defendant, who instructed me to look for buyers. I sold about four plots for N2.3m. I then contacted Adebowale who told me to bring the cash, but I said, no. I requested for his account number for proper records. I paid the money into his Stanbic IBTC account.”

The Ilorin Zonal Office of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) is prosecuting Adebowale on a six count charge bordering on corrupt practices before Justice Sikiru Oyinloye of the Kwara State High Court sitting in Ilorin.

Count three of the charge stated: “That you, Abdulfatai Adewale Adebowale, being a public officer, as the General Manager of Kwara State Television Authority, sometime between May 2015 and June 2015, in Ilorin, within the jurisdiction of the High Court of Kwara State, used your office to confer corrupt advantage upon yourself, when you received a cash deposit of the sum of N2.3 million through your IBTC account from Sulyman Abdulkareem, being proceeds from the sale of land allocated to staff of Kwara State Television and thereby committed an offence contrary to and punishable under Section 19 of the Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Act,  2000.”

The defendant had pleaded not guilty to the charges preferred against him by the EFCC. Further hearing on the case has been adjourned till January 14, 2020, for cross examination of the witness.

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How police murdered my son, Senator Okoro tells court

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Senator Fidelis Okoro, has told a Federal High Court sitting in Abuja how Mohammed Yusuf, an Assistant Superintendent of Police (ASP), allegedly murdered his son, Chukwuemeka, 31, five years ago in Durumi area of the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja.

Okoro, who had filed an enforcement of fundamental rights suit, marked FHC/ABJ/CS/1165/2019, through his counsel, J. K Mbanefo Ikwegbue, before the court is demanding award of N3billion in compensation and damages for the unlawful murder.

The Senator, who represented Enugu North Senatorial District between 1999 and 2007, joined the Police Service Commission (PSC), the Inspector-General of Police (IGP), Nigerian Police Force and ASP Yusuf as 1st to 4th defendants.

The plaintiff is also praying for an order directing the IGP and the Nigeria Police to immediately arraign Yusuf before a court of competent jurisdiction for an offence of murder.

According to the plaintiff, in his statement of claim, he avers that “on August 11, 2014, the deceased, Mr John Chukwuemeka Okoro, was in the company of his friend Sunny Black, eating at a restaurant in Durumi area of Abuja, when a Police Patrol Team from Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) office in Abuja, which came to Durumi in search of other alleged suspects, accosted the late John Okoro and his friend, Mr Black.

“In the confusion that ensued, the policeman shot John Okoro, in the leg. Having maimed him, instead of taking him alive for interrogation, irrespective of the fact that he was pleading his innocence, Yusuf shot him in the chest, which led to his death. First, he was taken to SARS Office in Abuja and in their continuous move to conceal the information about what had happened, took his lifeless body to Gwagwalada Teaching Hospital in Abuja. The Police told the mortuary attendant that it was a case of hit and run.”

He further noted that, being aggrieved by the gruesome murder of his son, he (Senator Okoro) petitioned the then IGP and the FCT Police Command over the extra judicial killing of his son.

“Although the then Assistant-Commissioner of Police, ACP Usman A. Belel of the FCT Police Command issued a query in November 2014, to AP/No: 79224, ASP Mohammed Yusuf of SARS, who was the leader of the SARS team on the day of the incident, and who also was the person that shot John Okoro, nothing came out of it as it is alleged that the Police always protect one of their own. Apart from Yusuf, two other suspects who were members of his SARS team on the day of the incident were also invited by the FCT Police Command for Orderly Room Trial.

The two suspects F/No 342822 – Sergeant Agada Kenneth, F/No 366505 – Corporal Agada Lawrence, were subjected to Orderly Room Trial.”

He noted that after the Orderly Room Trial of both Kenneth and Lawrence, the Police Officer who presided as the Adjudicator ruled and recommended as follows:

“That the incident was a case of extra judicial killing and that the two suspects were wrong to have killed John Okoro. That the two suspects be dismissed from the Nigeria Police Force with immediate effect for the extra judicial killing of John Okoro. That the two suspects should be charged and tried for murder. That the two suspects should be detained in Police custody until they are charged to court for murder trial.”

The Senator, however, noted that he was shocked when he received the news that the two suspects, who were detained and waiting to be charged and arraigned for murder, had escaped from police detention.

As at the time of filing this report, the two suspects are still at large since 2015 till date.

The Senator equally added that he has received an unconfirmed report that the two suspects, who went through the Orderly Room Trial and their team lead, Yusuf, are still with the Police Force and receiving their salaries since 2015 till date.

However, when the matter came up yesterday, none of the defendants were in court, neither were they represented by counsel. The trial judge, Justice Inyang Ekwo, consequently adjourned till January 14, 2020.

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Another heroic, dying policeman cries out for help

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An Assistant Superintendent of Police (ASP), Mukaila Lamidi, lives on the outskirt of Sango-Ota, at a place popularly called Ntabo Ijoko in Ogun State.

The road to his residence is a nightmare. The reporter reached his home that fateful Saturday at about 8am. A walk into his almost bare sitting-room found the sick Mukaila, sleeping in foetal form on a threadbare couch. Even in his sleeping state, he looked sick and pale.

The most arresting and valuable item in the sitting was his award, received from former Governor of Lagos State, Babatunde Raji Fashola (SAN), for gallantry and Service Excellence.

The award, lovingly framed in a glass, took pride of place in the house. His wife, Afisat Lamidi, who looked tired and broken, ushered the reporter further into the room.

She tried to shake him awake. “Wake up! Wake up! You have a visitor.”

Mukaila opened his eyes and stared groggily at everyone. The wife signed and said: “Since the sickness started, he has been losing his memories. When he talks sometimes, he doesn’t make sense. I was worried and scared, but I heard that’s what this kidney sickness does to people. We have spent everything! Right now, we’re looking up to God, Lagos State Government and well-meaning Nigerians to assist us.”

The reporter tried to engage the ailing man in a chat, but his responses sounded muddled. Afisat sighed loudly again, looked at the reporter, shrugged with a look that says, “What did I tell you?”

Within minutes, Mukaila said that he wanted to urinate. A young man, who had been sitting in the room and watching everything, quickly got up to assist him. Mukaila can no longer walk unaided. When he stood, it was like a gust of wind would blow him away. This was the same policeman that had confronted gang of militant bank robbers, earning him an award for gallantry.

Mukaila is attached to the Rapid Response Squad (RRS), Ikeja, Lagos State Police Command. He enlisted into the Police Force 1988. He is 59 years old.

It was early this year that his family discovered that Mukaila was always feeling feverish. They thought it was Malaria, but also felt it was becoming too constant.

Afisat recalled: “The whole thing started with just a fever. We went to Federal Medical Centre, Abeokuta (FMC). When we got there, he was diagnosed of Kidney Failure. We started treatment in March. We’ve been going for dialysis since then. We were eventually told that we would need to take him for a kidney transplant.”

Afisat explained that Mukaila was on his sick bed when his promotion to the rank of an ASP was announced. The couple has five children, but none of them is financially capable of tackling their father’s failing health.

She said that whenever Mukaila’s salary comes, they quickly use it for his dialysis.

When Mukaila was first admitted in hospital, Afisat alerted his boss, a Deputy Commissioner of Police (DCP) in charge of RRS, Mr Olatunji Disu.

Afisat said that the man, on two different occasions assisted them with money from his personal account.

She said: “I went to his office to let them that he has health challenge. I went back a second time with an official letter, asking for financial assistance. At that point, I was praying that Governor Sanwo-Olu would help us. I heard then that the governor was not around. Disu later sent his assistant to come and check my husband at the hospital. Since then, we’ve not heard anything. We are spending too much on dialysis. The dialysis is three times in a week and each costs N50, 000. Meanwhile his salary is just N120, 000, which is what we use for his dialysis. I can’t even begin to recollect what we’ve spent on drugs. He used to get blood transfusion twice a week.”

Afisat said that it was Dr Adebsisi, working at FMC that assisted them in finding out the cost of the transplant in a hospital in Abuja. The cost was placed at N12million.

“I have borrowed money from  cooperative to the tune of N1.5million because of my husband’s health. We have spent roughly N8million since March on his health. His salary couldn’t tackle the dialysis. Right now, we’re supposed to have gone for dialysis since two weeks, but we had no money.”

Mukaila is presently experiencing the other side of life. Indeed, he was one of the policemen that confronted a gang of robbers that stormed the then Oceanic Bank in 2009. The agile, ferocious lion has now become as weak as a kitten.

Afisat recounted: “My husband saved the bank.  He didn’t allow the robbers to gain access into the bank. He was instructed to go to the scene of the robbery, right when the robbers were operating. The robbers came through the waterways. Police killed four among the robbers. In fact, an inspector was killed in that operation.”

Afisat, who said that Mukaila had fought criminals several times and came out a victor, recalled that some few years ago, militant pipeline vandals went to Igando to siphon fuel from vandalised NNPC lines. Mukaila was instructed to go to the place.

He and other policemen confronted the militants. It was a gruelling and bloody confrontation, which left Mukaila riddled with pellets, but the policemen defeated the militants. Mukaila was later taken to hospital, where the pellets were removed.

At the Agbado area of Lagos State, in 2002, robbers attacked and shot Mukaila on his shoulder and palm. He was rushed to hospital, where he battled for life and survived. Mukaila was back then like a cat with nine lives.

It was because of his outstanding gallantry during the Oceanic Bank Robbery, that Fashola picked an interest in his valour and thought it fitting to bequeath him with the Award for Gallantry and Service Excellence.

When our reporter contacted Disu on Mukaila’s case, he disclosed that the Lagos State Government, through its security trust fund, was already mapping out money to assist the sick Mukaila for a transplant. The money, however, is yet to be seen, while Mukaila still groans in pains and is getting weak every day.

Afisat said that she would be quite appreciative if well-meaning Nigerians can assist her to raise enough money for Mukaila’s weekly dialysis and kidney transplant. She said: “Right now, even N200 is not too much. If everyone gives of N200, N500 or N1000, it would amount to something when pooled. I just don’t know what else to do or who else to run to. I can’t sit down, watching my husband dying without doing something. I need help.”

Lamidi Mukailam A, FCMB: 2117869014

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Paedophile parents who raped daughter, 2, jailed for life

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Paedophile parents who raped daughter, 2, jailed for life

A couple will spend the rest of their lives in jail after raping their toddler daughter and admitting fantasising about abusing their unborn child.
Gerrad Coddington, 25, and Christina Nelson-Coddington, 29, who were sentenced for 29 child sex crimes, handcuffed, beat and sexually assaulted the tragic two-year-old.
Their crimes included rape, child abuse, incest and making child sex abuse images, reports the mirror.co.uk.
The paedophiles from Oklahoma, US, “fantasised about committing incest with their unborn baby”, the court heard.
Attorney General Mike Hunter said he had never seen a worse crime in his time in charge.
He said: “These two individuals engaged in horrifying acts of abuse and violence with innocent children.
“The actions of these two individuals, with regard to the children who were subjected to these horrific acts, unconscionable, unforgivable.
“These are evil people who presented a danger to society. I commend Judge Edwards’ decision to hold them accountable to the fullest extent of the law.
“I applaud the investigators with the National Centre for Missing and Exploited Children, the investigator in my office with the Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force and the attorneys who worked on this case to achieve a successful result.”
Police were tipped-off that a user with the Coddington’s IP address was sending sexually explicit material of children through the Messenger platform.
Investigators found more than 6,000 pages of “incriminating communications” between the couple.
They will never be given the chance to apply for parole, it was confirmed.

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Man shoots brother after ‘magic ring’ fails

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Man shoots brother after ‘magic ring’ fails

A 38-year-old man, Yakubu Abubakar, has been arrested by the police in Niger State for shooting at his brother with a pistol.
Abubakar was arrested at Paiko village in the Paikoro  Local Government Area of the state after he was found with a fabricated locally made pistol.
It was learnt that Abubakar, a vigilante of Aninigi village, was trailed and apprehended by a team of policemen attached to Paikoro Division based on information received.
The suspect was said to have given his brother Yakubu Zakari, a magic ring believed to be a bullet proof that will protect him from gunshots in case of any eventualities.
It was reliably gathered that the suspect tested the power of the ring on the victim by firing twice without success but his third attempt hit the victim who was rushed to the IBB Specialist Hospital Minna for medical attention.
In an interview with our correspondent, the suspect said: “I am not a thief or a killer. I only fire the gun to test the power of the magic ring on my brother not knowing that it will harm him.
“I regret my actions because I am not supposed to have any gun under my roof without permission from the police. I was only trying to make sure that my brother got the right magic ring that would protect him from gun shots. I beg the police to forgive me.”

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