A 49-year-old unemployed man, Mr Kayode Oni, was yesterday arraigned before an Ibadan Chief Magistrates’ Court sitting at Iwo- Road, Oyo State capital, for allegedly raping his 14-year-old daughter.
The plea of the accused person who was arraigned on a one-court charge of having carnal knowledge (rape) of his daughter in the charge marked: Mi/264c/2019, was, however, not taken.
The prosecutor, Mr Sunday Ogunremi, told the court that the accused in 2018 at No.4 Obamomo G.R A. Quarters Iyaganku, Ibadan had unlawful carnal knowledge of his 14-year-old daughter (names withheld) without her consent.
The offence according to him was contrary to and punishable under Section 34 Subsection 1 and 2 of the Child Rights Law of Oyo State Nigeria, 2006.
While interrogating the accused, the Chief Magistrate, Mr Taiwo Olaniran, asked him why he defiled his own biological daughter, wondering whether it was for ritual purpose.
In his response, Oni, however, told the court that it was a mistake and that it was the work of the devil carried out through him. He explained that he had been separated with his daughter’s mother when she (victim) was just eight years old, confessing that he had been defiling her since then.
In his remarks, the magistrate berated those involved in the act of sexually abusing under-aged children, noting that they were allowing devil to use them to destroy the society.
Explosion rocks Lagos as vandals breach fuel pipeline
Lagos was saved from another tragedy as an explosion occurred yesterday when some vandals raptured a pipeline at the Ipaja area of Lagos.
The explosion, which occurred about 2a.m. behind Honeyland School, Abesan Estate, Ipaja, threw the whole community into panic.
The explosion occurred when the vandals’ truck came in contact with an electric pole which ignited fire.
The vandals were there with two tankers, two buses and several jerry cans to siphon fuel.
It was learnt that the oil thieves took advantage of the public holiday yesterday, believing that the policemen stationed in the area would not be around.
When our correspondent visited the scene, one of the tankers was still burning while several burnt jerry cans littered the ground.
A resident, Mr. Abayomi Idowu, whose house is close to the pipeline, said it was not the first time such incident had occurred in area.
He said: “I was about to sleep when the vandals brought the two trucks and the buses. When I saw them I thought they were refused collectors, but I couldn’t come out at that time of the night for fear of being attacked.
“A few hours later, I saw one of the trucks and the two buses moving out of the community. The next thing I heard was a loud explosion from the pipeline area, followed by fire. I immediately called the fire fighters’ emergency number but they couldn’t come at that time of the night.
“Our fear is that the fire might spread to some houses. But luckily for us, Lagos State Emergency Management Agency (LASEMA) and the state Fire Service arrived to combat the fire.”
Another resident, Mr. Ibidapo Adejumo, told our correspondent that three vehicles were completely burnt.
He said: “Thank God no life is lost in the explosion. It took the quick intervention of the firefighters to put out the fire. Government should take decisive action against the vandals, because the last time it was in Ijegun now it is in our own turn.”
The Director-General (DG), Femi Oke- Osanyintolu, said following the alert of the explosion, the agency’s Dolphin Squad, Lagos West (Ipaja/Ogando) was drafted to the scene about 8.15a.m.
According to him, when LASEMA officials got to the scene, they learnt that a tanker conveying stolen petroleum product from a vandalised pipeline came in contact with an electric pole which resulted into a fire outbreak.
He said: “No casualties were recorded; no any injuries were also recorded as residents of the area supported the agency to control the fire.
“On arrival at the scene, the residents readily gave way for the combined response team of LASEMA and Lagos Fire Service to perform their duties.
“We were able to put out the fire, while the blanketing process of the entire area began. We are also conducting a post-disaster assessment of the area.”
Meanwhile, those on ground were officials of LASEMA, policemen, men of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC), as well as officials of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) and Pipelines and Products Marketing Company (PPMC).
The agencies were helping in the trans-loading/recovery of the remaining Premium Motor Spirit (PMS) otherwise called petrol in the tanker of the vandals.
The rescue and recovery operations were still ongoing at press time.
Boko Haram frees Winners’ pastor, teenage girl
A pastor of the Living Faith Church aka Winners Chapel, Moses Oyeleke, who was abducted by Boko Haram members on Bama Road while on his way to Chibok early this year, has regained his freedom.
Oyeleke regained his freedom alongside a 14-year-old girl, Ndagilaya Ibrahim, who was kidnapped at her village in Askira/Uba Local Government Area of Borno State.
The state Deputy Governor, Alhaji Umar Kafafur, who received the victims at the Government House, Maiduguri, yesterday, expressed government’s appreciation to the Kaltum Foundation for securing the release of the pastor and the teenage girl.
He said: “We welcome you back home. Borno State government will ensure that you are well taken care of.
“The Borno State government will continue to partner with Kaltum Foundation and other partners to ensure peace is fully restored back to the state. We will continue to dialogue until peace is completely restored.”
Also speaking in an interview with journalists at the Government House, Maiduguri, the facilitator of the released, Kalthum Umar Rabiu, said their release was as a result of hectic and long process.
He said: “Thank God today they have been release. We are following it step by step. Our first concern is to secure the release of all those in their captivity. Then, we will continue to dialogue with them until peace is fully restored.”
When asked whether ransom was paid or not, Rabiu said “we have not paid any ransom, but a continued dialogue. I thank all Non-Governmental Organisations (NGOs), security agencies and other stakeholders that in one way or the other helped in the success of their release”.
Speaking shortly after he was reunited with his family, Oyeleke expressed appreciation to God.
He said: “I am highly elated, because we came out from darkness to light. I am here in the midst of my friends and family. I am happy because I have been finally reunited with my family and friends.
“I thank Almighty God, the Borno State government, the security agencies, NGOs and all those that contributed and prayed for our release.”
Oyeleke also narrated his ordeal.
He said: “We were abducted on our way to Chibok, a few metres away from the filling station near Bama Bridge, from where they took us into Sambiza forest.
“We were abducted alongside with my colleague who is still in custody of the Boko Haram though they promised to release him and the sister of this girl (Ndagilaya). We really thank God Almighty, the Kaltum Foundation, the Department of State Services (DSS), the Borno State government, media and all other people that contributed to our release in one way or the other.
“They treated me with care. They were preaching to me on a daily basis and even asked me to join Islam. I kept on fasting and praying for my release. I thank God and all those who have been praying for my release. I am really happy and appreciative to all.”
Also narrating her ordeal, Ibrahim said she and her elder sister were abducted eight months ago, but her sister was still in captivity but I pray that she too get her freedom soon.
She said: “I was in school in our village before our abduction by the Boko Haram insurgents. We thank God for our release. I thank Borno State government, Kalthum Foundation, NGOs and all those that worked for out release.”
Lagos community groans over five-month blackout, seeks NERC’s intervention
Residents of Abule Taylor, Lagos have appealed to the National Electricity Regulatory Commission (NERC), Abuja, to intervene in the five months power blackout in the area.
The residents under the Alhaji Onokhua DT Substation in Akowonjo Business Unit accused the management of Ikeja Electric Distribution Company of refusing to restore the refurbished transformer at Abule Taylor.
The Chairman, Community Development Area (CDA) of Abule Taylor, Dr. Victor Omodara, said in a statement that the management of Ikeja Electric Distribution Company had intentionally kept the residents of the area in darkness for five months.
This, according to Omodara, is against the rules and regulations guiding the operations of the Distribution Companies (DISCOs) in the country.
The chairman explained that the community had been without electricity supply since May, owing to faulty transformer.
According to him, the refurbished Alhaji Onokhua distribution transformer was taken away by Ikeja Electric on May 26 with the intention of fixing it back, only for them to receive a notice of list of debtors from the management of electric company.
He said the residents were told to pay two months’ cumulative bills each (called 1+1 policy) before a new transformer would be given to them.
Omodara added that because of the list of debtors, the firm held several meetings with residents and an agreement was reached on how to collect the debt.
But instead of the Ikeja Electric Distribution Company to return the repaired transformer, it refused all appeals from the CDA.
This, according to Omodara, has resulted to innocent customers to remain in perpetual darkness.
He said: “We appeal to the regulatory body, NERC, to please intervene in this matter and give us the protection we duly deserve because Ikeja Electric has a service agreement with all its customers and they cannot be the accuser and the judge in their own case.
“Our refurbished Alhaji Onokhua distribution transformer under Abule Taylor in Akowonjo Business Unit got faulty and it was taken away by Ikeja Electric on May 26, 2019…
“Five months down the line, the response has not been encouraging because of distrust. But the CDA has not relented in encouraging them to settle their electricity bills.”
“The crux of the matter is those of us who are using prepaid meters (about half the population of Ikeja Electric customers) are being punished unnecessarily even in spite of the various appeals made to Ikeja Electric top management.
“Ikeja Electric management has told us, the prepaid meter users, that if takes the debtors one or two years to pay the stated two months bills, the entire community will remain in darkness. This is the dilemma. How can those of us who do not owe are made to suffer such injustice?”
Gunmen kill NNPC mega station’s security guard
Armed robbers yesterday killed a security guard attached to one of the mega stations of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) in Akure, Ondo State.
The guard, identified as Moses, was said to be sleeping when the armed men stormed the filling station in the early hours yesterday.
The incident occurred at Onyearugbulem Junction, Shagari Village area within the metropolis.
Sources said the armed robbers initially attacked Moses with a machete before they shot him dead.
One of the sources, an attendant in the filling station, said the amount of money the robbers stole was yet to be ascertained.
The attendant also said that the robbers destroyed the CCTV camera attached to the filling station alongside other property.
He said: “We just came to work as usual this morning, only for us to see that some people have burgled our filling station by forcibly gaining entrance.
“We also noticed blood by the side of the station and saw the security guard (Moses) already dead and with his touch light, so, we quickly raised the alarm.
“The robbers broke the office of the manager and destroyed the things inside. While looking for money, they ransacked everywhere in the office.”
The state Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), Mr. Femi Joseph, said that investigations had begun to unravel those behind the crime.
Meanwhile, policemen from the Homicide Department have evacuated the victim’s body to the State Specialists Hospital in Akure.
Police chief dead after fight with his own officer
An Oklahoma police chief was killed during an altercation with one of his own officers while at a conference in Florida Sunday.
Escambia County Sheriff’s deputies responded to a report of a physical altercation at the Hilton Garden Inn in Pensacola Beach Sunday evening and found Mannford Police Chief Lucky Miller dead, according to NBC affiliate KJRH.
Mannford police officer Michael Patrick Nealy has been charged with murder in connection with Miller’s death. Nealy, 49, is being held at the Escambia County Jail without bond, according to sheriff’s office records.
The two colleagues were in town for a conference, according to KJRH. No other details were immediately available, and the incident is under investigation.
“We are heartbroken by the news,” Mayor Tyler Buttram said in a statement. “Please keep both families in your prayers as we work to move forward.”
Miller, 44, had been with the Mannford Police Chief since 2007, according to a statement from the city. He is survived by his wife and three children.
An interim Mannford police chief has been appointed.
We followed due process in sacking Ebonyi corps members – Coordinator
The National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) Ebonyi State Command, Monday, insisted that it followed due process in the eviction of two corps members posted to the state from its Orientation Camp in Macgregor
The two female corps members, Love Okafor and Odji Oritsetolaye, were sent packing for allegedly refusing to wear NYSC kits in while in the Orientation Camp.
They were said to have worn skirt against the usual trousers issed to them by the NYSC.
Efforts to make them change and wear the approved kits proved abortive forcing the NYSC to de-kit and decamp them immediately.
But following wide spread misconception and condemnation that trailed the action of the NYSC authorities, the scheme has shed more light on the issue.
The State Coordinator, Mrs Ann Ibe told Reporters that the NYSC followed due process in de-kiting the corps members.
According to her, the corps members were queried for flouting Schedule 1 Article 3 (b) (ix) of the NYSC Bye Laws 1993.
The article she cited according to investigation deals with the code of
conduct of corps members especially as it has to do with mode of dressing.
A copy of the bye laws, obtained by New Telegraph, clearly states in Schedule 1 Article 3 that: “Every member shall observe the following code of conduct during the period for which the code relates.”
It further goes on to state in (b) (ix) that during the orientation: “Every member shall wear the various uniforms provided for activities.”
She further said that the bye laws also stipulated punishment for offenders in schedule 2 article 1(I) (a).
The said schedule 2 article (I) (a) states that: “Failure to wear the uniform provided for any particular activity, the Corps Member should be informed to go and wear the uniform, failing which he will be
Ibe said the corps members were de-kited in line with the recommendations of the NYSC Camp Court.
Maulid: AbdulRazaq urges Nigerians to emulate Prophet Muhammad
• Tasks Kwarans on challenges of development
Kwara State Governor AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq has congratulated the Muslim world on the birth anniversary of Prophet Muhammad (Maulid-u-nabyy), calling it an event that reshaped human history.
AbdulRazaq said the anniversary of the Prophet’s birth is an opportunity to reflect on his message of love and unity to humanity.
“His birth and rise to prophethood — 40 years after —altered the course of human history forever. Like his brother prophets and messengers, the Prophet epitomised the best of character,” AbdulRazaq said in a statement by his Chief Press Secretary Rafiu Ajakaye on Monday.
“He heralded the sort of sociopolitical transformations never seen in history and upset oppressive regimes as he campaigned to restore human dignity and man’s relationship with God.
“On this occasion of the Prophet’s birth anniversary, I call the attention of every Kwaran and Nigerian to the noble message of Prophet Muhammad — a message of peace, piety, truth, unity and universal brotherhood of man. Back home in Kwara, the challenges of development are so enormous and daunting that we must shun every antic that seeks to pull us apart as a people on the basis of religion or tribe.
“As our administration gradually implements various strategies to tackle hunger and lack of basic amenities to build a 21st century state, the least that is expected from any quarter or group of individuals is any action, message or innuendoes capable of raising tension and diverting attention from the common challenge of underdevelopment or our resolve to build a Kwara where no one is left behind.
“Our message on the occasion of this Maulid nabiyy, therefore, is for everyone to contribute their own quota to build a human community united by belief in and love of God, accommodation of differences, and collective efforts to make life worth living for fellow human beings. These, in our opinion, were what the Prophet lived for.”
Petrol tanker bursts into flame in Lagos
A petroleum tanker loaded with 33,000 litres Premium Motor Spirit, PMS, is currently burning at the entrance of Gowon Estate, Ipaja Road, Alimosho, Lagos.
Motorists are advised to make use of alternative routes as traffic gridlock is building up.
Men of the Lagos State Fire Service and the State Emergency Management Agency, LASEMA who raced to the scene are battling to put out the fire. At press time, there is no casualty recorded, reports the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN).
NSCDC officials kill cyclist for overtaking their van
fficials of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) have allegedly shot a cyclist to death at the Oregun area of Lagos State for overtaking their vehicle.
The officials, attached to NSCDC Lagos State Command, were said to have committed the crime about 10a.m., on Saturday at Alausa bus stop. The NSCDC officials were also said to have warned the cyclist not to overtake their vehicle.
The deceased, who was identified simply as Kunle, was said to be coming from Ojota where he went to drop passengers and returning to Ikeja, when he saw the NSCDC officials who were also driving towards Ikeja.
The NSCDC Public Relations Officer (PRO), Kenny Bada, however, denied that the cyclist died.
Bada said Kunle was only shot on the leg and had been discharged from the hospital.
The PRO, however, said the case was still under investigation
A witness, Mrs. Mutiat Yeqeen, said what happened was just like a dream to her.
Yeqeen explained that the NSCDC officials warned the cyclist from overtaking them right from Oregun bus stop when they were heading to Ikeja.
She said: “The officials first warned the cyclist at Oregun bus stop not to overtake their vehicle. I thought they were playing; a few minutes later, they got to Alausa bus stop and the next thing I heard was a gunshot.
“When we rushed to the scene, we saw the cyclist bleeding profusely. The NSCDC officials abandoned their van and fled. Fortunately, one of them was held by angry mob and the deceased’s colleagues. Police came and took them away. Before the cyclist could be rushed to hospital, he died. The angry mob set the NSCDC’s patrol van on fire.
“I don’t understand why the NSCDC officials killed the cyclist for overtaking them. Is it now a crime to overtake other vehicles on the road in Lagos State? They just wasted the man for his family members.”
A resident of the area, who gave her name simply as Rasheedat, said Kunle was shot at close range.
She said: “Immediately the cyclist was shot, the NSCDC officials took to their heels, abandoning their patrol van. But one of them was later caught. When the NSCDC had not been given arms by the Federal Government, people were clamouring for them to be given the guns, now that they’ve been given, they want to be killing Nigerians. I want to appeal to the police to investigate the matter properly, because they might want to cover the case up.
“Only God knows what the deceased’s wife and children are going through right now. Even policemen, who drive bullion vans, are not as reckless as the NSCDC. The excesses of NSCDC officials are becoming too much. They should be educated on how to deal with members of the public.”
A commercial cyclist disclosed that he was at Ikeja Park, waiting for passengers when he heard about the murder of his colleague.
He said: “Before we could get to the scene, he had lost a lot of blood. We were going to the hospital when he died. He was later deposited at Lagos State University Teaching Hospital. I don’t understand why these NSCDC officials didn’t want Kunle to overtake them. Kunle was hustling for what to eat when he was killed.”
Gateman, neighbour murder financial analyst, steal his car
yet-to-be-identified gateman has allegedly killed his 26-year-old boss, Segun Afolabi, a financial analyst at Gbagada area of Lagos State and attempted to take his property.
The victim, a former president of Nigeria Economics Students Association of Covenant University, was allegedly murdered on November 4, by his gateman.
Before his death, Afolabi had on several occasions given financial support to the gateman.
The gateman connived with one of Afolabi’s neighbours, who showed interest in the car the deceased bought a week ago, to kill his boss.
After successfully killing Afolabi, they wrapped his body in duvet, placed him in the boot of the new car and later dumped it in front of Gbagada General Hospital, while they drove off.
The gateman was said to have later sent his wife to Afolabi’s house to steal all his valuables. The three suspects were later nabbed when they were flagged down at a police checkpoint in Edo State on November 5.
When contacted on the incident, the Lagos State Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), DSP Bala Elkana, said he didn’t have any brief on the case at press time.
He, however, promised to link up with Edo State Police Command to get further information on the matter.
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