Suspected bandits have killed a Naval Warrant Officer, Felix Akanbi, on Benin-Lagos Expressway in Edo State.
The gunmen said to be herdsmen, bearing sophisticated weapons, kidnapped 18 passengers, among who was Akanbi, travelling in a commercial bus from Akwa Ibom State to Lagos en route Edo State on Tuesday.
After receiving a distress call, policemen in the state swung into action and rescued the remaining 17 passengers.
Four of the armed men with AK47 rifles were said to have opened fire on the 18-seater bus carrying the passengers on the Benin-Lagos Expressway.
It was learnt that the rampaging kidnappers intercepted the bus between Ekiadolor and Ovia River Bridge near Okada town where they dispossessed the passengers of their money, handsets and other valuables.
Eight of the passengers were taken into the nearby bush while 10 others were left on the road.
It was learnt that Akanbi was shot when he could not walk as fast as other victims being taken into the bush by the kidnappers.
The Divisional Police Officer in charge of the Ekiadolor Police Division quickly mobilised his men and went after the kidnappers, to save the victims.
The police later rescued seven of the victims after combing the bush for over two hours while the body of Akanbi was also found in the bush.
The state Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), DSP Chidi Nwabuzor, who confirmed the incident yesterday, said the police were still combing the bush in search of the fleeing kidnappers.
He said the late Warrant Officer, Akanbi, was near his retirement before he was murdered by the bandits.
Nwabuzor said the police would do everything possible to fish out the kidnappers.
Lekki residents protest against proposed location of 5-storey school building in estate
Some members of Central Lekki Phase 1 Residents Association in Lagos State, on Saturday protested against the proposed location of a five-storey school building in their residential estate.
They said such development in a strictly residential estate, would only lead to chaos, urging the state government to look into the matter and relocate the school.
One of the residents, Mrs Folake George, while expressing displeasure, said that building a school in an enclosed part of the estate would make it inhabitable for the residents.
She said that the association had written a letter to the authorities in charge to show its displeasure over the development.
“The estate is a very communal, and we have a serene environment; we have some schools already in the neighbourhood.
“The issue is that this school is going to have five floors in the proposed building plan, and the area where the school is to be situated is not just comfortable for such development.
“We are appealing to the state government to come to our aid and help us, probably, find another location for building of the school,” she said.
Another resident, Mr Val Izah, who is a lawyer, said that originally, 90 per cent of the block was allocated for a school.
Izah said: “So, the government now decided in its own wisdom to convert it to a residential estate and what we have here are three plots of land left for a school.
“The challenge is that the effect of the school on the environment is going to be terrible, including traffic, waste, school buses coming in, parents dropping off children, and this estate cannot cope.”
Another resident, Mr Ben Onuora, said that there ought to have been an environmental impact assessment conducted before location of the school in the area.
According to him, the school should not have been approved if the assessment had been carried out.
“We expect the state government to partner with the association to ensure that the master plan of Lekki stays intact.
“As a matter of urgency, we appeal to the government to step into this matter to prevent what is clearly chaotic,” Onuora said.
In his remarks, the association’s Chairman, Alhaji Rilwan Haruna, said the protest was peaceful, saying that it was meant to draw the attention of the government to the development.
“We are here staging peaceful protest to appeal to the State Governor, Mr Babajide Sanwo-Olu and other government agencies.
“The governor is able, and I am sure he will listen to us and do the needful,” Haruna said.
In a telephone interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), the state Commissioner for Physical Planning and Urban Development, Dr Idris Salako, said he was not aware of the protest.
Street Trading: LAGESC officers stabbed, hospitalized after bloody clash in Ikoyi
Barely a week after an officer of the Lagos State Traffic Management Authority (LSMA) was stoned to death; six officers of the Lagos State Environmental Sanitation Corps (LAGESC) were allegedly stabbed and injured by the staff and touts working around the Federal High Court, Ikoyi.
New Telegraph learnt that the officers were attacked while trying to arrest street traders and confiscate goods and items that allegedly displayed and sell on the walkways in front of the court along Queens Drive in Ikoyi in compliance with the governor’s directive on street trading.
It was gathered that during the exercise, staff of the Federal High Court, who were known to patronise the street traders, allegedly prevented the officers from arresting the traders which led to the bloody clash between the staff of the Federal High Court and other touts said to be working near the premises.
Speaking on the mayhem, the Deputy Corps Marshal in Charge of Operations Mr. Ganiu Kazeem, explained that the team arrived at the scene of the incident at about 1:45 pm but were attacked by staff of the Federal High Court with the support of private security personnel, hurling stones, iron rods, broken bottles and cutlasses and leaving members of the enforcement team injured.
According to him, the operation had nothing to do with the staff of the Court but it was discovered that the hawkers were paying rent to the private security of the Court thereby necessitating the intervention by court personnel.
The Deputy Corp Marshal confirmed that some of suspects were arrested during the fracas, while the case was also immediately reported at the Ikoyi Police Station for further investigation, advising Lagosians to comply with the laws on street trading as the government would no longer tolerate the slightest attack on any enforcement personnel.
Police arrest ‘hungry’ man after ‘decapitating woman, eating her brain’
A man has been arrested and accused of murderinga woman, decapitating her and then feasting on her brain.
The 21-year-old reportedly beheaded the victim ‘because she spoke to him in English’.
He was charged in the Philippines after admitting his crimes, report the Sun Star.
The Filipino suspect – identified by police as Lloyd Bagtong – confessed to beheading the woman with a garden tool and eating the inside of her head.
Bagtong said he was “drunk and hungry” when he committed the gruesome crime.
The paper said the woman’s headless body was found ‘without upper garment’s by residents of Punta Santiago, Talisayan on Thursday, reports the mirror.co.uk.
Police Captain Maribeth Ramoga, police chief of Talisayan town, told the paper that the suspect allegedly could not understand the woman because she spoke to him in English.
Investigators claim Bagtong has already admitted to killing the woman and even told authorities the location of the victim’s head inside his house in Sitio Caulogan, Casibole.
Capt. Ramoga said witnesses saw Bagtong at the crime scene with a bolo tucked in his waist.
He said they are also set to consult a psychiatrist to determine the mental state of the suspect.
Bagtong is presently being held in custody at the Talisayan Police Station and will be charged with murder.
Meanwhile, Capt. Ramoga urged those with missing kin to check the still unidentified body of the victim at Gomez Funeral Homes in Talisayan town as they try to identify her.
EKiti varsity sacks randy lecturer, two others for absconding from duty post
The management of EKiti State University in Ado-EKiti (EKSU) said it has ratified the dismissal of a lecturer, Mr. Olola Olaleye Aduwo, who allegedly sexually harassed a female student of the institution.
Two other lecturers were also dismissed for abandoning their duty posts. Aduwo, Lecturer 1 in the Department of Accounting, was found guilty of sexually harassing a female student of his department.
A statement on Friday by the Head, Directorate of Information and Corporate affairs of the university, Mr. Bode Olofinmuagun, stated that: “The University Governing Council, at its 135th meeting held on 5th December approved the recommendations of the Senior Staff Disciplinary Committee (Academic) that recommended the dismissal.”
It will be recalled that Aduwo was recorded in a video that went viral a few months ago being molested for sexually harassing a female student. The university, thereafter, instituted a preliminary investigation panel, which forwarded its findings to the school management.
The findings were later considered by the Senior Staff Disciplinary Committee, which found overwhelming evidence against the lecturer who was then invited to appear before it to clear himself. Aduwo, admitted to the allegations and confirmed the authenticity of the report of the preliminary panel before which he appeared.
The statement explained that: ‘‘Governing Council at its meeting approved the recommendations of the committee that Mr. Aduwo be dismissed from the services of the university with effect from 7th October, 2019.
“In a similar development, the Governing Council approved the dismissal of Mr. Temitope Olusegun Cephas Faleye and Dr. Adebanji Kayode Adegoke, with effect from 7th June, 2019 and 11th July, 2019 respectively for abandoning their duty posts”
The Vice Chancellor, Professor Edward Olanipekun, stressed that, “the university would not tolerate any act of misconduct and that the university would continue to flush out bad eggs in the system.”
Court jails two fraudsters in Ilorin
The Ilorin Zonal Office of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has secured the conviction of two persons charged before the Kwara State High Court, sitting in Ilorin, the state capital, on offences that border on internet fraud and other related offences. The convicts, Okoro Raymond and Ogundowole Tosin, were charged before the court presided over by Justice Mahmood Abdulgafar on separate charges.
The charge against Raymond stated: “That you, Okoro Raymond, sometime between March and September 2019, within the judicial division of the Kwara State High Court, fraudulently induced some unsuspecting Nigerians vide your created WhatsApp platform, Winners Chapel Investment, with your phone number; 09010197532; to deliver properties to you to wit: money totalling #200,000 under the guise of their investing and making double gains, and thereby, committed an offence contrary to section 321 of the penal code and punishable under section 324 of the same penal code.”
While for Tosin, the charge sheet stated: “That you, Ogundowole Tosin (a.k.a) Clarissa Doss) sometime in October 2019 or thereabout, at Ilorin, Kwara State, within the jurisdiction of this honourable court attempted to commit an offence of cheating by pretending to be one Clarissa Doss, presenting yourself to be a white woman, a property agent who has a property to lease at popular castle gate subdivision, New Jersey, United States, to one Hillary Kurtz, as it is contained in your gmail account, clarrisadossa@ gmail.com and thereby committed an offence contrary to section 95 and 321 of the penal code law and punishable under section 322 of the same law.”
They pleaded guilty to the charges. Justice Abdulgafar convicted and sentenced them to six months imprisonment and ordered that phones, laptops and money recovered in their bank accounts should be forfeited to the Federal Government of Nigeria.
Benue, Taraba govs, NBC begin moves to demarcate inter-state boundary
Benue and Taraba States governors in collaboration with the National Boundary Commission (NBC) have begun moves to demarcate the boundary between the two states to douse the perennial crisis rocking the states. This follows a resolution reached at a bilateral meeting of officials of the two states and those of the NBC.
The meeting also resolved to make available to the governors the comprehensive map of the 1996 fieldwork based on the 1923/24 description so that they can expeditiously study and with input from stakeholders interface bilaterally on areas of concern.
The bilateral meeting further resolved that after the interface, the two state governments shall report to the NBC not later than end of January 2020 after which the NBC shall convene another meeting to discuss the needs of the states as well as plan the way forward. Benue State Deputy Governor, Engr. Benson Abounu, led Benue State team to the meeting while Taraba State delegation was led by Engr. Haruna Manu.
The Acting Director General of the NBC, Surveyor Adamu Adaji, led the NBC team. Chief Press Secretary to Abounu Ogaba Ede, in a statement after the meeting, quoted the deputy governor as stressing the need for peace in the border corridor and highlighted the various efforts put in place by the two state governments in finding lasting peace in the area.
Abounu called on the communities to support the peaceful demarcation of the boundary and to see boundaries not as lines of division but as tools for administrative convenience.
He further charged the leaders of the communities to embark on massive sensitisation of the people in their areas tin order for them to embrace and fully support the forthcoming demarcation exercise.
While on his part, Taraba State Deputy Governor, Engr. Manu, who also stressed the need for peace in the troubled areas, called on the people to change their concept of boundaries and see boundaries as bridges of opportunities, and cooperation between communities and not as barriers to development.
In a remark, Surveyor Adaji thanked governors Samuel Ortom of Benue and Arc. Darius Ishaku of Taraba for their untiring support for the peace process. He outlined activities planned towards the demarcation work and solicited the support of the states and the affected communities.
Apapa: Lagos to shut Mile 2-Tincan Island road for 72 hours
As part of the measures to completely restore sanity on Apapa axis, the Lagos State government Friday announced plans to close the Mile 2-Tincan Island road to traffic for 72 hours.
With the move, New Telegraph learnt that the palliative measure would enhance free flow of traffic on the axis, while the ongoing restoration of law and order by the Presidential Task Force would be remarkably improved when the road is completed.
The Commissioner for Transportation Dr Fredric Oladeinde, who disclosed this, said the closure would commence on Monday and would allow the Federal Government to carry out palliative work on the bad portion on that axis without any hindrance.
The commissioner directed that effective from Sunday midnight, all vehicles and trucks carrying exports and empty containers for Tin Can Port Operations are to stay out of that corridor for the next three days that the palliative works will last.
He explained that fuel laden-tankers and other cars on essential services are exempt from the directive.
Attorney General orders release of 11 minors in Lagos prisons
*As LASG tasks Mothers to Watch over female children
Worried over reports of the presence of under-aged children at various Correctional Centres in Lagos State, the Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice, Mr Moyosore Onigbanjo (SAN) has ordered immediate release of minors, saying imprisonment of children is contrary to the provision of Section 207 of the Lagos State Child Rights Law of 2015.
New Telegraph learnt a total of 11 minors, who were discovered to be in custody in various Correctional Centres in the State, even as some activists said there could be more, going by the rate overzealousness on the part of law enforcement agencies who are either ignorant of the law or just being brutal.
The Attorney General further directed that the minors be released immediately from prison custody and transferred to the Department of Youth and Social Development for placement in appropriate facilities.
Meanwhile, following the order, a 16-year-old boy was immediately released from the Correctional Centre, Ikoyi, the Attorney General on behalf of the other 10 minors, filed a Nolle Prosequi dated November 29, to discontinue cases filed against them and toward ensuring their release from Correctional Centres.
And in a related development, the Lagos State Office of the Public Defender (OPD), Mrs Olayinka Adeyemi has advised mothers to keep watchful eyes on their female children and desist from entrusting their care to people that their character cannot be vouched for.
The director urged victims of rape, victims of violence and less privileged in the state to take advantage of free legal services being rendered by the Office of the Public Defender to protect their rights.
Nnamdi Kanu’s father dies at 86
The traditional ruler of Afaraukwu autonomous community, Eze Israel Okwu Kanu and the father of leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), Mazi Nnamdi Kanu, has died.
Eze Kanu’s death was announced Friday afternoon by the traditional ruler of the neighbouring Okwulagha Afaraukwu, Eze Eddie Ibeabuchi on behalf of the Afaraukwu traditional rulers’ council.
Eze Kanu died three months after the death of his wife, Ugoeze Sally Kanu, who died on August 30 in a German hospital and is yet to be buried.
The news of Eze Kanu’s death, who was said to be in critical health condition at the time of the wife’s death, was confirmed by his second son and Kanu’s younger sibling, Emmanuel Kanu.
Reacting, the Abia State government through the Commissioner for Information described the death as a rude shock.
“It was with rude shock that we learnt of the passing on of one of our great royal fathers, HRM Eze Sir I.O. Kanu, the Egwu Ukwu II of Afaraukwu Ibeku at the age of 86 years.
“His unwavering love and sterling contributions to the development of his community in particular, and Abia State in general, are well documented. No doubt HRM left a lasting legacy and an indelible impression on the minds of Ndigbo everywhere in the world.”
He assured the family of the late monarch of support in the period of mourning.
17 escape death in Anambra auto crash
No fewer than 17 persons escaped death in a multiple crash involving three vehicles on the old Enugu-Onitsha Expressway in Anambra.
The accident occurred on the Nkpor/Umuoji stretch of the road.
Mr Pascal Anigbo, the Public Enlightenment Officer of the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) confirmed the crash.
He said the vehicles included a red Mitsubishi bus with registration number JJT920ZW, a white Hummer bus without registration number and a truck marked KPE686XA.
Anigbo attributed the cause of the accident to wrongful overtaking.
He said 17 persons including 10 males and seven females were involved in the crash while seven persons were injured.
“The Mitsubishi bus did wrongful overtaking and collided with an oncoming bus and the two buses collided with a truck.
“The injured victims had been taken to Crown hospital Nkpor,” he said.
The FRSC officer also said efforts were on to recover the vehicles and valuables, reports the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN).
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