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School: How we arrested gardener for killing our student

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Management of Jubril Martins Memorial Grammar School, Iponri, Lagos State, has revealed how it arrested a gardener, Femi Aderonmu, for allegedly killing a 16-year-old senior secondary student, Adagun Rafiu.
The SS3 student was alleged to have been killed moments after sitting for a paper in the ongoing Senior School Certificate Examination (SSCE) conducted by the West Africa Examination Council (WAEC).
The secretary of the school, Dr. Ibrahim Abdullah, said the management, staff and students were still in shock over the incident.
Abdullah, however, faulted reports, which claimed that police arrested the gardener. The secretary stressed that it was the school which went after the suspect, grabbed and dragged him to the nearest police station.
Abdullah explained that just as the English Literature examination was about to be concluded on that day, report reached them that one of their students, Rafiu, fainted after engaging in a fight with Aderonmu, the gardener.
The secretary said: “The school quickly mobilised and rushed the student to the nearest hospital. Femi even went with us. A few minutes later, Femi went home; his home was not too far from the school. The student was confirmed dead at the hospital. We quickly sent for Femi, through the school security officers. They took him to the police station.”
Abdullah seized the opportunity to appeal to the school staff and students not to take laws into their hands. The secretary noted that the school, as a religious one, doesn’t joke with morality and honesty.
One of the students, who did not want his name mentioned, blamed Aderonmu for Rafiu’s death.
The student said: “No matter the level of offence or insult from Rafiu, we all see every ‘staff’ as father and mother. The school management does not tolerate indiscipline and deals with anyone found wanting in the area.
“Mr. Aderonmu should have reported Rafiu to the school authorities instead of waiting for him on the road. Rafiu always passed through his street whenever he was going home from school. I didn’t expect a man of 34 years to engage in fight with a boy of 16 years. Rafiu and his mates have just a few days left to say goodbye to the school and then this happened.”
The state Police Public Relations (PPRO), DSP Bala Elkana, who confirmed the incident, explained that on May 16, Iponri Police Station received a complaint from a school that on May 15, Aderonmu, a gardener with the said school, engaged Rafiu in a fight on Oke-Olu Road, Iponri.
He said: “In the process of the fight, the student fell down and became unconscious. He was rushed to Smith Medical Hospital where he later died. A witness account showed that the deceased was returning home with his friends after ‘writing WAEC,’ when the suspect blocked him on the way and pulled him down. He said that the deceased had insulted him before.
“Homicide detectives from the State Criminal Investigations and Intelligence Department (SCIID), Panti, Yaba, have visited the crime scene. The corpse of the deceased has been deposited at the mortuary for autopsy. The suspect was arrested and will be charged to court for murder.”

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Police: Armed men in military uniform kidnap five in Kaduna

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The police in Kaduna have confirmed the kidnap of five persons by armed men on Friday at Danbushiya Village, at the outskirt of Kaduna metropolis.

The Command Public Relations Officer, Yakubu Sabo, confirmed this in a statement on Saturday in Kaduna.

Sabo said on August 23 at about 2300hrs, the head of Malali police division reported that he received a distress call that armed men in military uniform blocked the access road to Babatunde Fashola Housing Estate, Danbushiya Village, at the outskirt of Kaduna and intercepted a Honda Accord Reg. No. LND 753 AL and five other vehicles. They kidnapped seven persons.

According to him, patrol teams within the metropolis led by the Divisional Police Officer, DPO, were quickly mobilised to the scene of the incident but the hoodlums had already escaped with the victims.

“However, due to pressurised patrols within the general area, two of the victims were later found after being released by the hoodlums.

“The two released victims alongside the vehicles were recovered to the police station,” the spokesman said.

He disclosed that “upon search, the sum of $10,000 and N647,300 cash were recovered in one of the vehicles”.

He also explained that combined teams of police anti-kidnapping unit and vigilantes were later dispatched to the scene for search operation with a view to arrest the perpetrators and rescue the remaining five victims.

“The IGP’S IRT were also contacted for Technical Support in tracking the hoodlums,” he added.

Sabo said the Commissioner of Police in the state, Ali Janga, has assured that the incident would not deter the command from its collective determination in the recent war against criminals.

He therefore called for continued support by all well meaning citizens of the state, reports the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN).

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Police: Armed men in military uniform kidnap five in Kaduna

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The police in Kaduna have confirmed the kidnap of five persons by armed men on Friday at Danbushiya Village, at the outskirt of Kaduna metropolis.

The Command Public Relations Officer, Yakubu Sabo, confirmed this in a statement on Saturday in Kaduna.

Sabo said on August 23 at about 2300hrs, the head of Malali police division reported that he received a distress call that armed men in military uniform blocked the access road to Babatunde Fashola Housing Estate, Danbushiya Village, at the outskirt of Kaduna and intercepted a Honda Accord Reg. No. LND 753 AL and five other vehicles.

They kidnapped seven persons.

According to him, patrol teams within the metropolis led by the Divisional Police Officer, DPO, were quickly mobilised to the scene of the incident but the hoodlums had already escaped with the victims.

“However, due to pressurised patrols within the general area, two of the victims were later found after being released by the hoodlums.

“The two released victims alongside the vehicles were recovered to the police station,” the spokesman said.

He disclosed that “upon search, the sum of $10,000 and N647,300 cash were recovered in one of the vehicles”.

He also explained that combined teams of police anti-kidnapping unit and vigilantes were later dispatched to the scene for search operation with a view to arrest the perpetrators and rescue the remaining five victims.

“The IGP’S IRT were also contacted for Technical Support in tracking the hoodlums,” he added.

Sabo said the Commissioner of Police in the state, Ali Janga, has assured that the incident would not deter the command from its collective determination in the recent war against criminals.

He therefore called for continued support by all well meaning citizens of the state, reports the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN).

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Go, change narratives about womanhood – Mrs Akeredolu charges BEMORE girls

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Wife of Ondo State Governor, Mrs Betty Akeredolu, has advised girls who participated in the BEMORE Summer Bootcamp to go back to their homes and change the narratives about womanhood.

Mrs Akeredolu gave the advice on Saturday at the closing of the third edition of the programme, held at the Federal University of Technology, Akure.

She enjoined the girls to proclaim what they were taught at the camp and impact the society positively.

 

She also urged them to introduce a ‘Weekend Democracy Meeting’ to their families, where some of the things they had learnt would be shared with others for good living.

According to the governor’s wife, she is determined to focussing on the young girls who are malleable and not yet polluted with tribalism and rabid religiosity which are common with many Nigerians.

“I’m determined to equipping them with the tools to succeed and protecting them from harm, and all manners of physical abuse.

 

“I am certain that this will lead them to becoming leaders, not only in technology, but in all endeavours, especially in politics where their voices are desperately needed to sit at the table of decision making,” she said.

The governor’s wife said BEMORE was structured to chart a new course and serve as a grooming ground for a new breed without greed.

 

She explained that the girls were taught to be selfless, good mannered, advocate of causes of their choice, especially those related to the uplift of women.

“They were also trained to be proficient in their chosen professions,” she said.

Mrs Akeredolu tasked the girls to return to their various communities and initiate positive changes without being bothered by the high and mighty that might confront them when practising what they had learnt in the camp.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the over 250 girls, selected across the state, were trained on ICT, solar energy, taekwondo and various skill acquisitions.

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Sanwo-Olu prioritises security, assures residents of improvement

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Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu of Lagos State yesterday assured Lagosians that his administration would soon embark on strategies aimed at improving the security apparatus in the state, saying that investors and businesses owner will soon experience an improved security.

 

Speaking through the state Head of Service, HOS, Hakeem Muri-Okunola, at the end of a four-day retreat in Lagos Island organised for Permanent Secretaries and Commissioners,

Sanwo-Olu said that “beginning from next Monday, residents of Lagos will see an improvement.”

 

According to the governor, the cosmopolitan status of Lagos required that security of lives and properties be given utmost attention.

 

The governor noted that aside security, which was often considered as germane, other sectors were also discussed during the retreat including Ease of Doing Business amongst others.

 

“The actual position of security in Lagos was discussed extensively at the retreat. Even the Commissioner for Police in Lagos, Zubairu Muazu, was also present to discuss the present state of security.

“From all that has happened at the retreat, I can assure residents that beginning from Monday next week, they will see an improvement in security and other sectors of the state.

 

“At the retreat, the Permanent Secretaries were equipped with the required tools to achieve the desired and promises made to residents of Lagos by this government,” he said.

 

Earlier, Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Mr Gbenga Omotosho, assured of better days ahead, as the three tiers of government agreed to synergize for positive results.

 

Omotosho noted that the retreat is to create a wide vision on the THEMES agenda of the present administration.

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Nigerian jailed 4 years for $8.3m fraud in U.S.

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A Nigerian, Ayodeji Fatunmbi, has been sentenced to four years in prison for defrauding the United States government up to $8.3 million Medicare charges. Fatunmbi, according to an online news portal, PREMIUM TIMES, was found guilty in a jury trial on July 31, 2014, but was only sentenced to 46 months in prison on August 19, 2019, according to the U.S. Department of Justice. He was extradited to the U.S. in October 2018 based on the ruling of the Federal High Court. It was gathered that Fatunmbi, 47, was found guilty on one count of conspiracy to commit health care fraud, seven counts of health care fraud and one count of money laundering.

He was also asked to pay roughly $1.1 million in restitution to American government. The order was made by Christiana Snyder of the U.S. District Court of Central District of California. Fatunmi, according to reports, admitted he paid cash kickbacks to patient recruiters and physicians for fraudulent prescriptions for durable medical equipment (DME), including power wheelchairs, which the Medicare beneficiaries did not have a legitimate medical need, according to the U.S. authorities.

Fatunmbi and co-conspirators caused Lutemi Medical Supply (Lutemi), a DME supply company that he co-ran, to submit approximately $8.3 million in claims to Medicare, which resulted in the company being paid over $3.5 million.

The convict further admitted that he was responsible for $2.1 million in false and fraudulent claims for medically unnecessary DME and that as a result of his conduct, Medicare paid Lutemi a total of $1.1 million. The conspirators also wrote cheques from Lutemi’s bank account to Lutemi employees and others, and Mr Fatunmbi instructed that those monies be returned to him to pay the illegal cash kickbacks to the patient recruiters and doctors, authorities said. Fatunmbi also admitted directing others at Lutemi to engage in the fraud to conceal the nature and source of the proceeds of the health care fraud conspiracy. Other conspirators identified in the fraud, identified as Olufunke Fadojutimi, 47, of Carson, California, and Maritza Elizabeth Velasquez, 44, of Las Vegas, Nevada, were also charged. Velasquez had pleaded guilty in 2013 and sentenced to 15 months in jail. She was also asked to pay a restitution in excess of $3.4 million. The U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Central District of California is pursuing a total forfeiture of Mr Fatunmbi and others caught in the fraud.

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Police get training on children’s rights protection, gender violence

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Policemen in Lagos and Ogun State Police Commands on children’s rights and gender-based violence have been taken through training on child rights protection. The one-day training programme was organised by the Advocates for Children and Vulnerable Persons Network (ACVPN) in collaboration with the Ben Bruce foundation and ParenChild360 (PCI360). The theme of the 2019 training was tagged: “Gender based violence case management, referral and the role of the Nigeria Police”.

On the training, Mr Ebenezer Omejalile, co-founder of ACVPN), said: “The training is timely considering the fact that most of the policemen in charge of handling gender based issues have been transferred ,we deemed it fit to organise this training for the policemen newly deployed to the beat. We believe that having the desired knowledge will help them do their job better.” Ben Bruce, while speaking at the stakeholders’ meeting, decried the high rate of child molestation especially sexual abuse of girl children which he described as alarming.

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Taraba NYSC hands over 3 corps members with fake certificates to police

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The National Youths Service Corps (NYSC) yesterday handed over three prospective corps members found with alleged fake certificates to police and other security operatives in the camp for further investigation. The Taraba State Coordinator of NYSC, Mrs Florence Yaakugh, who handed over the prospective batch B corps members at the camp in Jalingo, said the verification officer discovered they were with fake documents. Yaakugh named the perspective corps members as Nasiru Yau, who claimed to have studied Mass Communication; Shehu Murktar -Computer Science and Illiyasu Usman- Sociology, all said to have come from Isfop University in Cotonu in Benin Republic.

He added: “They came for registration and the verification officer discovered them with fake certificates and verification papers. “If you will recall, the Director General of NYSC, Brig Gen Shauibu Ibrahim, had recently expressed deep concern over the activities of fake corps members who cannot make a correct sentence in the English language. “He directed us to check and fish out such persons and hand them over to the security operatives for further investigation and this is what we are just doing,” he explained.

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Kidnappers’ run riot in Enugu

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Kidnappers’ run riot in Enugu
  • Abduct ex-LG chairman’s daughter
  • Family of four held along old Enugu-Anambra Road

 

 

Enugu State appears to be under the siege of kidnappers following the rampaging activities of gunmen, with other unpleasant reports emerging days after the rape and murder of 67-year-old Mrs Pat Ugwu on Wednesday. Daredevil kidnappers struck around the Obioma-Nsude axis of Old Enugu-Onitsha Road on Thursday night, abducting four persons at a time, with all being members of a family. The victims were said to be travelling in a Toyota Venza car when the kidnappers intercepted the vehicle and took all of them away around 8.30pm.

The abducted persons are Ernest Otugo, a businessman based in Nnewi, his wife, their son and a family friend who was identified simply as Reuben. The kidnappers reportedly released Otugo’s wife later to go and raise money to pay ransom for the release of other hostages. Another couple, whose identity is yet to be identified, was said to have been attacked and kidnapped along the same road on the same day.

These incidents are besides the abduction of the daughter of Chief Frank Anioma, a former council chairman in the state who also acted as Personal Assistant to governor Chimaroke Nnamani during his tenure. Raising the alarm on Thursday through a Facebook post, Anioma solicited information and help from the public over the disappearance of his daughter who was said to have gone to the market before she was abducted. In the Facebook post, the politician wrote: “Please friends and good Nigerians help me, my daughter Josisochukwu Anioma was kidnapped this morning, August 22, about 7am on her way to New Haven Market. Her phone… was ringing without response. Now it’s ringing busy. Please help repost this. Who knows (how) God will show mercy.”

When contacted yesterday, the Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), SP Ebere Amaraizu, confirmed the kidnap of travellers along Obioma-Nsude axis of old Enugu- Anambra Road, noting that police were on the case. The PPRO, however, explained that the case of the missing daughter of Chief Frank Anioma could not be said to be a kidnap incident as no one had contacted the family or anybody close to her yet to demand ransom.

“Yes, she has not been seen, so you may want to say okay, his daughter went out, but we are following it up. Sooner or later, it will become clearer; but I can assure you that it is not all about kidnapping and all that because one, calls for ransom have not been made and all that but we are working on it,” Amaraizu said.

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Lagos, NGO conduct free surgery for 1,000 residents

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Lagos, NGO conduct free surgery for 1,000 residents

…Sanwo-Olu’s wife promises improved healthcare

 

 

The Lagos State Government yesterday said about1,000 people have so far benefitted from the ongoing free surgical intervention in orthopaedic surgery, eye and others being offered by the state government in collaboration with a nongovernmental, BOSKOH Lagos Healthcare Mission.

Saturday Telegraph gathered the free surgical intervention, which included dental surgery procedure, ENT surgery amongst others, was a continuation of the free screening recently conducted at the designated primary health centres across the State. Speaking during her visit to the centres where the surgery was being carried out simultaneously in general hospitals, wife of the Lagos State Governor, Dr Ibijoke Sanwo- Olu, expressed delight at the impact the interventions have had in the lives of beneficiaries. She said: “I have been round five general hospitals today to observe what has been done for the past few days.

I was at the Massey Street Children’s Hospital, General Hospital, Lagos, Onikan General Hospital, Gbagada General Hospital and the Orile-Agege General Hospital. “I must say I am impressed with surgeries that were being done and it is indeed heart-warming that the beneficiaries of these free surgical interventions were quite appreciative.

” Sanwo-Olu, who gave kudos to the management of BOSKOH Lagos Healthcare International (HMI) for the humanitarian service, noted that she is aware that the medical team even worked during the last public holiday to ensure success of the programme.

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We’re overhauling police to battle insecurity –Buhari

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President Muhammadu Buhari has said the Federal Government is currently overhauling the entire structure of the Nigeria Police Force (NPF), to equip it with modern gadgets to meet rising challenges across the nation. He said government was also creating intelligence loop for all security outfits.

The President stated this yesterday when he received traditional rulers from the North led by His Eminence, Alhaji Muhammadu Sa’ad Abubakar III, at the Presidential Villa, Abuja. He said the ongoing reform of the police would include recruitment of more hands, cultivation of stronger local intelligence and networking with communities, traditional rulers and adequate training. President Buhari noted that the return of the Ministry of Police Affairs was part of the initiative to drive the new process in ensuring proper provision of security for lives and property, with proactive intelligence gathering to nip crimes in the bud before they escalate. According to him, “I have decided to meet with Your Highnesses to assure you that government is determined to tackle and deal decisively with all security challenges facing us as a nation. “This consultation, therefore, is to engage you, our royal fathers, so that, collectively, we can arrive at solutions to any and all security problems in the country.

“We must all play our part to finally address these security challenges, particularly traditional rulers, in your respective communities, where you feel the pulse of the people, being the closest to the populace at the grassroots level,” he said. President Buhari, according to a statement signed by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Mr. Femi Adesina, yesterday, urged the traditional rulers to provide more support to security agencies with their vast knowledge of communities and individuals.

“These policies and programmes include a robust revamping of police intelligence gathering capacity and the significant boosting of the numbers of security personnel in our local communities. “This in specific terms will include recruiting more police officers and doing so whenever possible from their local government areas, where they would then be stationed in the best traditions of policing world-wide. “Working with the state governments also, we intend to improve the equipping of the police force with advanced technology and equipment that can facilitate their work. To drive this, I recently created a full-fledged Ministry of Police Affairs.

“As I said during my meeting with the Traditional Rulers from the South-West, directives have been issued to the appropriate federal authorities to speedily approve licensing for states requesting the use of drones to monitor forests and other criminal hideouts,’’ he added.

The President said CCTVs will be installed on highways and other strategic locations so that activities in some hidden places can be exposed, more effectively monitored and open to actionable interventions. In his remark, the Sultan of Sokoto assured the President of the full support of traditional rulers in the country. “We have come to assure you of our total support, total commitment and undiluted dedication to moving the nation forward as one of the best countries of the world,’’ the royal father noted.

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