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Lagos: Four hospitalised, five arrested as Hausa, Yoruba clash

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our persons have been admitted in hospital while five others were arrested following a clash between Hausa and Yoruba at Ilepo Market area of Lagos State.

 

The clash, which started since Saturday, allegedly left many people injured. A witness claimed that trouble started after Hausa traders refused to pay market royalty, but the state Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), Bala Elkana, said such claims should be disregarded.

 

 

Elkana explained that on August 18, at about 10a.m., Alhaji Adekunle Habib of Ilepo Market reported at Oke-Odo Police Station that there was a misunderstanding between a Hausa scavenger and an “Area Boy” from Yoruba ethnic group.

 

 

He said: “The area boy was carrying some goods on his head, when he was mistakenly pushed by the Hausa boy. His goods fell down. An argument ensued between the two parties, leading to exchange of blows. Friends of the two parties joined in solidarity fight and other miscreants took advantage of the moment to steal and loot.

 

 

 

 

“They blocked the Lagos-Abeokuta Expressway. What started as a fight between two miscreants almost snowballed into ethnic crisis, if not for the timely intervention of police teams from Oke-Odo Division.”

 

 

The PPRO said the command sent reinforcements from the Operations Department, Rapid Response Squad (RRS), Task Force, Tactical Units and Police Mobile Force. Divisions within the Area Command equally sent reinforcements.

 

 

He added: “The situation was brought under control and traffic cleared. No death was recorded, but four persons sustained various degrees of injury and are receiving medical attention.

 

 

“Five suspects, Kabiru Mohammed, Kabiru Adamu, Bashiru Mohammed, Saliu Madu and Yusuf Amuda, were arrested in connection with the breach of peace. Normalcy has been restored and patrols are ongoing in the affected areas. Suspects will be charged to court,” Elkana added.

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Parked tanker catches fire along Lagos-Ibadan Expressway

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A fully loaded tanker parked overnight at the median, by Kwyakyama axis after Ogere toll gate, along the Lagos-Ibadan Expressway caught fire on Wednesday morning, necessitating the diversion of traffic inbound Ibadan into Iperu Town enroute Saapade to Ibadan.

According to a messaged posted by the Ogun State Traffic Compliance and Enforcement Corps (TRACE), they with the help of the Road Safety Corps (FRSC), Police and the Fire Service are on ground to take care of the situation.

The TRACE release also advised motorists and other road users to be calm, drive carefully along the diversion route and cooperate with the traffic managers for a seamless traffic flow.

The tanker in question is said to belong to MRS.

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Disasters: FCT understudies Lagos on emergency management

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  • As LASEMA receives 90,000 emergency calls daily

Following the warnings over impending disasters resulting from flooding, road crashes and other emergencies, the Federal Capital Territory Emergency Agency Wednesday began facility tour of the equipment available to their Lagos counterparts.

New Telegraph learnt the FCT delegates were in Lagos to exchange ideas and experiences as regard emergency and management of disasters ranging from flood, building collapses, plane crashes, boat mishaps and other disasters in the state and how the state-of-the-art facilities in Lagos helps to facilitate timely response and safety of lives of the victims.

Speaking during the tour of the facilities, the Director-General  of the Lagos State Emergency Management Agency (LASEMA), Dr Femi Oke-Osanayintolu said that Lagos is evolving so also is the state ‘s agency in ensure that lives and properties of the residents are saved.

According to Osanyintolu, continued influx of people into Lagos at all times calls for periodic review and improvement of the emergency management strategies, saying that was what informed LASEMA’s frequent training and restraining of its workforce. He said that LASEMA would continue to partner and collaborate with state and federal emergency agencies.

Also speaking, Director-General of Federal Capital Territory Emergency Agency, Abass Idris, explained that the FCT was in Lagos to learn and share knowledge as part of its strategy to prepare for emergency management.

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71 suspects arrested as Lagosians lament increasing cultism, robbery cases

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Muritala Ayinla

There is growing tension and anxiety in Lagos over increasing daylight robberies and other crimes perpetrated by cultists and robbers in the metropolis.

This was even as the Lagos State Task Force said that it has arrested another 71 miscreants around railway-line in Oshodi as part of efforts to rid the state of all criminal elements, especially those operating at notorious black spots across the metropolis.

While some residents are raising concerns over increasing robberies during traffic and in some streets, other expressed worry over heavy presence of hoodlums smoking Indian hemp and using other hard drugs in their areas without anyone checking them.

Confirming the development, the Taskforce Chairman of the Agency, CSP Olayinka Egbeyemi, who led the enforcement team in Wednesday’s early morning raid, said that some of those arrested were in possession of suspected illegal substances (Indian hemp) and other dangerous drugs such as Codeine, Skunk and Tramadol.

He explained that the crackdown is in line with the determination of the Task Force to curtail the activities of hoodlums who rob unsuspecting members of the public.

Egbeyemi reiterated that all identified black spots across the state would be continuously raided and arrested suspects would be fully prosecuted if found guilty, stressing that the present administration has zero-tolerance for all forms of crimes and criminality.

“Lagos State is the most populous in Nigeria as well as its economic heartbeat. As such, the state government is committed to providing a conducive environment for both local and foreign investors,” he said.

He, however, revealed that while 13 of all the arrested 71 suspects were released after a thoroughly screening by the Chairman. The only underage male among them was transferred to the Lagos State Correctional Centre for proper rehabilitation.

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71 suspects arrested as Lagosians lament increasing cultism, robbery cases

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71 suspects arrested as Lagosians lament increasing cultism, robbery cases

Muritala Ayinla

There is growing tension and anxiety in Lagos over increasing daylight robberies and other crimes perpetrated by cultists and robbers in the metropolis.

This was even as the Lagos State Task Force said that it has arrested another 71 miscreants around railway-line in Oshodi as part of efforts to rid the state of all criminal elements, especially those operating at notorious black spots across the metropolis.

While some residents are raising concerns over increasing robberies during traffic and in some streets, other expressed worry over heavy presence of hoodlums smoking Indian hemp and using other hard drugs in their areas without anyone checking them.

Confirming the development, the Taskforce Chairman of the Agency, CSP Olayinka Egbeyemi, who led the enforcement team in Wednesday’s early morning raid, said that some of those arrested were in possession of suspected illegal substances (Indian hemp) and other dangerous drugs such as Codeine, Skunk and Tramadol.

He explained that the crackdown is in line with the determination of the Task Force to curtail the activities of hoodlums who rob unsuspecting members of the public.

Egbeyemi reiterated that all identified black spots across the state would be continuously raided and arrested suspects would be fully prosecuted if found guilty, stressing that the present administration has zero-tolerance for all forms of crimes and criminality.

“Lagos State is the most populous in Nigeria as well as its economic heartbeat. As such, the state government is committed to providing a conducive environment for both local and foreign investors,” he said.

He, however, revealed that while 13 of all the arrested 71 suspects were released after a thoroughly screening by the Chairman. The only underage male among them was transferred to the Lagos State Correctional Centre for proper rehabilitation.

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71 suspects arrested as Lagosians lament increasing cultism, robbery cases

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71 suspects arrested as Lagosians lament increasing cultism, robbery cases

Muritala Ayinla

There is growing tension and anxiety in Lagos over increasing daylight robberies and other crimes perpetrated by cultists and robbers in the metropolis.

This was even as the Lagos State Task Force said that it has arrested another 71 miscreants around railway-line in Oshodi as part of efforts to rid the state of all criminal elements, especially those operating at notorious black spots across the metropolis.

While some residents are raising concerns over increasing robberies during traffic and in some streets, other expressed worry over heavy presence of hoodlums smoking Indian hemp and using other hard drugs in their areas without anyone checking them.

Confirming the development, the Taskforce Chairman of the Agency, CSP Olayinka Egbeyemi, who led the enforcement team in Wednesday’s early morning raid, said that some of those arrested were in possession of suspected illegal substances (Indian hemp) and other dangerous drugs such as Codeine, Skunk and Tramadol.

He explained that the crackdown is in line with the determination of the Task Force to curtail the activities of hoodlums who rob unsuspecting members of the public.

Egbeyemi reiterated that all identified black spots across the state would be continuously raided and arrested suspects would be fully prosecuted if found guilty, stressing that the present administration has zero-tolerance for all forms of crimes and criminality.

“Lagos State is the most populous in Nigeria as well as its economic heartbeat. As such, the state government is committed to providing a conducive environment for both local and foreign investors,” he said.

He, however, revealed that while 13 of all the arrested 71 suspects were released after a thoroughly screening by the Chairman. The only underage male among them was transferred to the Lagos State Correctional Centre for proper rehabilitation.

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Three Islamic clerics held for fraud, serial rape

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hree self-acclaimed Islamic clerics who specialised in defrauding unsuspecting members of the public have been arrested by the police in Ogun State.

The suspected fraudsters were also accused of having unlawful carnal knowledge of their female victims.

 

The suspects, Aliu Abdulfatai (50), Sule Adebayo (36) and Lekan Olokodana (31), were arrested following a report by one of their victims.

 

The state Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), Abimbola Oyeyemi, confirmed the incident yesterday.

 

The PPRO said a female victim (name withheld) reported at Adigbe Police Station that she was duped of N70,000 by the suspects and also raped by one of them.

 

 

Oyeyemi disclosed that investigation revealed that one of the suspects had used the proceeds of their fraudulent acts to build a private school in Ikorodu, Lagos State.

 

The police spokesman added that the suspects got in contact with the female victim, a marketer with real estate company, on the pretext that they wanted to purchase large expanse of land.

 

 

He said: “The complainant, who is a marketer with a popular property/real estate company, was said to be on marketing assignment when she came across the suspects who claimed to be Islamic clerics and indicated interest in purchasing large expanse of land which they claimed they wanted to use for construction of their mosque.

 

 

“There and then, they introduced the issue of special prayer to their victim from where they came out with seeing a vision that the victim is under a spell which needs special deliverance prayer to cast out.

“As a result of this, they succeeded in fraudulently obtaining the sum of N70,000 from her after they lured her into their house where one of them forcibly raped her.

 

 

“On the strength of her complaint, the DPO, Adigbe Division, CSP Augustine Opadile, detailed his detectives to go after these hoodlums and bring them to justice.

“Their efforts paid off when three among them were apprehended while waiting for the victim to bring money they demanded. One of them escaped.

 

 

“On interrogation, they confessed being fraudsters and that has been their means of livelihood. It was also revealed that one of them has used the proceeds of their fraudulent acts to build a private school in Ikorodu, Lagos State.”

Oyeyemi said the state Commissioner of Police, Bashir Makama, had ordered a full-scale investigation into the activities of the suspects with the view to charging them to court as soon as possible.

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700 displaced as flood sacks Ondo community

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lood accompanying a two-day rain has sacked the residents of Ayetoro community in Ilaje Local Government Area of Ondo State.

At least, 700 people have been reportedly displaced by the flood.

 

More than 500 people were rendered homeless while hundreds of houses were submerged in the flood, which paralysed the socio-economic activities of the community.

 

 

One of the affected residents, Mr. Emmanuel Aralu, said his property and other valuables were submerged in the flood and was unable to salvage anything.

Aralu said about 100 houses were affected while about 700 people were displaced.

 

The man said economic activities had been paralysed as most of the people who engage in fishing had abstained from the river and the ocean while most shops had been destroyed.

He said that the only church in the town, the palace, health centre and schools were all affected by the flood.

 

Aralu disclosed that some residents had fled the coastal community because of the development.

Another victim, Mrs. Margaret Ogunyemi, regretted that flooding had been a recurrent problem in the area.

 

Ogunyemi accused successive administrations in the state of being insensitive to the plight of the people of the area.

She said government had not been fair to the people of the community over the years and wondered why they should be abandoned in their time of need.

The woman said most of the residents had resorted to the use of canoes to access their houses.

 

 

She said: “We need help from government before the flood washes the community away. The state and Federal Government should come to our aid.

“The health centre, the palace, schools, shops and most houses here are flooded. We have been held in a place for days.”

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Woman stabs husband to death over daughter’s birthday party

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  • Drug addict kills  80-year-old dad

 

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23-year-old mother of one, Stella Peter, has been arrested for allegedly stabbing her husband to death at Tejuosho area of Lagos metropolis.

 

The suspect, it was learnt, murdered her husband, Haruna Bala, yesterday for refusing to give her money for the celebration of their daughter’s one year birthday party.

 

This came as a 35-year-old man, Habibu Ibrahim suspected to be a drug addict, allegedly stabbed his 80-year-old father, Malam Ibrahim Salihu, in Kano State.

The Lagos State Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), DSP Bala Elkana, said in a statement that Stella and Haruna were not legally married, but lived together as a couple for three years and their union produced a baby girl who just turned one.

 

 

He said when Haruna declined to give her money for the birthday party of their daughter an argument ensued between them which turned violent.

According to the police spokesman, the woman picked up a kitchen knife and stabbed the husband at the back which led to his death.

 

Elkana said Stella claimed she picked up the kitchen knife out of annoyance and stabbed Haruna for refusing to give her money to celebrate their daughter’s birthday.

The PPRO said homicide detectives from the State Criminal Investigation and Intelligence Department (SCIID), Panti, Yaba, had taken over the investigation.

He said: “The suspect will be charged to court for murder.”

 

Meanwhile, police said yesterday that they arrested, Habibu, of Asada village in Doguwa Local Government Area of Kano State for allegedly stabbing his father, Salihu, to death.

The state PPRO, DSP Abdullahi Haruna Kiyawa, said in a statement that the suspect’s elder brother, Yahaya Ibrahim, reported at the Asada Doguwa Station on September 15, 2019 that Habibu had stabbed their father in the stomach about 1.30a.m.

 

 

The PPRO said that upon the receipt of the complaint, policemen at the station quickly mobilised and rushed the victim to Doguwa General Hospital where he later died about 6.30a.m.

 

Kiyawa said a post-mortem examination was conducted on the body and was later released to the family for burial in accordance with Islamic rites.

He said: “Preliminary findings revealed that the suspect is a drug addict and carried out the heinous crime under the influence of hard drugs.

 

“The suspect’s relatives made us to know that Habibu has been abusing drugs and that has been an issue which consequently led to the death of their father.”

 

The police spokesman said the state Commissioner of Police, Ahmed Iliyasu, had directed that the suspect be transferred to the State Criminal Investigation and Intelligence Department (SCIID) for a more discrete investigation.

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Gunmen kidnap SAN, 12 others in Delta

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unmen yesterday abducted a Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN), Mr. Chike Onyemenam, on the Benin-Asaba Expressway, in Delta State.

 

The kidnappers struck at Utulu Junction, near the budding Mega City Housing Estate, at Issele-Azagba.

 

 

Also yesterday, kidnappers abducted 12 other people and took them inside bush.

This came a few months after a Divisional Police Officer (DPO) was kidnapped along the same route and N30 million was allegedly paid to secure his release.

 

It also came two weeks after Miss Elizabeth, the younger sister of the wife of the state governor, Dame Edith Okowa, was kidnapped within Asaba metropolis. She was released two weeks later after money allegedly exchanged hands.

The legal luminary was with another lawyer serving as his Personal Assistant (PA) who went with him to a site where he owns property on the expressway.

 

A family source in Asaba said Onyemenam’s abductors had established contact with his family and demanded N15 million ransom.

 

A member of the Asaba chapter of the Nigeria Bar Association (NBA) wondered why lawyers suddenly became kidnappers’ prey.

 

He said: “The senior lawyer was kidnapped in a mysterious circumstance. We pray for his unconditional release. The incident has thrown the union into trauma. We are aware they have demanded N15 million but where do we raise this in this economic quagmire. They should leave members of the bar alone.”

 

In a similar incident, about 20 gunmen invaded Uvwiamuge in the Ughelli/Agbarho axis of the East-West Road in Ughelli North Local Government Area of the state and kidnapped about eight people.

The hoodlums operated for over 30 minutes before security operatives were drafted to the area.

 

Four other victims were abducted thereafter by the gunmen, who left with the 12 persons through the bush path.

The state Commissioner of Police, Mr. Adeyinka Adeleke, and the state Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO) feigned ignorance about the lawyer’s abduction.

They, however, confirmed the abduction in Ugheli.

 

 

“Only one person was abducted in Ugheli. I’m not aware of the SAN’s kidnap,” the PPRO said.

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Ogun: Two killed as Customs chase smugglers

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wo persons were killed yesterday on the Lagos-Abeokuta Expressway when operatives of the Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) in Ogun State attempted to arrest smugglers.

 

 

The victims were said to have been crushed to death while the Customs men on patrol were allegedly chasing suspects.

The incident occurred at Akinale village in Ewekoro Local Government Area.

 

 

New Telegraph learnt that a bus driver, who carried cartons of poultry products, lost control of the vehicle while running away from the Customs operatives and somersaulted.

 

 

The vehicle was said to have rammed into two people, killing them on the spot.

The victims included a roadside vulcanizer, who was described as a popular person in the area.

A witness blamed the Customs men for the death of the victims.

 

 

The Customs spokesman in the state, Abdullahi Maiwada, said the incident was being investigated.

 

 

Maiwada, who stated that he did not have the facts of what transpired, promised to avail our correspondent with detailed information as soon as possible.

He said: “We have launched an investigation. You know there are different components working within the command and they are of different strata.

 

“We are trying to confirm what actually transpired. If we get the team involved, by the time we have the details, I’m sure we are going to avail you with the information. Now, we don’t have the facts of what transpired.”

However, the state Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), DSP Abimbola Oyeyemi, confirmed the incident, saying two people were killed.

He said: “It’s true the Customs men were chasing the bus and it somersaulted and killed two people.”

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