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.
Igbos in Bayelsa constitute 20-man celebration c’ttee for 2019 Igbo day
- Members of the committee for the Igbo day celebration
In order to have a successful 2019 Igbo day in Bayesa State, a 20-man committee has been set up by the Igbos in the state.
In recent times Igbos living in the state have never held an Igbo day celebration, which takes place on September 29 smoothly for three years now as there have been two Ohaneze Ndigbo presidents in the state in the persons of Mike Nlem the Caretaker Committee Chairman and Chinedu Amaku.
Mike Nlem had said he was recognized by Chief Nnia Nwodo the father of Ohaneze Ndigbo pan African group, while Chinedu Amakau has been parading himself as being recognised by the Bayelsa State government.
But in a reconciliatory and peaceful parley, which held in Yenagoa on Friday, the two presidents were asked to step aside so that the Igbo day celebration will held.
The peaceful parley, which was spearheaded by one Chief Hanson Nnaemeka Ogbuju Eze Ndigbo in Germany, was well attended by the representatives of both factions as he pleaded with all the aggrieved persons to sheath their swords and embrace peace.
He said: “Please let’s look for a way to unite once again in Bayelsa. I don’t know any of the factions but I’m interested in the unity of the Igbos here. We gain more when we are united than when we are divided.”
Also the president of Igbo Youths Council, the youth wing of Ohaneze Indigbo, Arthur Chinedu Ugwa said that he was happy with the peace reconciliation meeting adding that: “I have been attending Isaac Boro day for the IYC. I also want them to come and attend my own Igbo day.”
Okwudili Oko, Special Assistant to the governor on non- indigenes, said he was expecting Igbos from all parts of the state for the celebration something he said has not happened in the last three years.
Man bags 15 years in prison for defiling 8-year-old girl
Justice Oluwatoyin Taiwo of an Ikeja High Court, Lagos Friday sentenced a 39-year-old man, Femi Anthony, to 15 years in prison for defiling an 8-year-old primary school pupil (name withheld).
Anthony was convicted and sentenced after being found guilty of defiling the minor in 2012 while she was doing her homework in her family’s apartment.
While delivering judgement, Justice Taiwo said: “Having considered all the oral and documentary evidence of the prosecution and defence, I am satisfied that the prosecution has proved its case beyond reasonable doubt.
“I therefore find him guilty of the defilement of PW1 (prosecution witness 1). The incidences of the offence of defilement and rape has increased astronomically in society, this sentence should serve as a deterrent.
“I therefore sentence the defendant to 15-years imprisonment with no option of fine.”
However, according to the prosecution counsel, Mrs K. O Sarunmi, the convict was first arraigned in court on June 23, 2014 after he had raped the 8-year-old pupil in May 20, 2012.
The prosecutor said that Anthony had snuck into the survivor’s (victim) flat while her mother was doing laundry downstairs.
5 burnt to death,10 injured in Lagos-Ibadan Expressway crash
No fewer than five persons were on Friday burnt to death and 10 others sustained injuries in an accident involving a white Mazda bus at Onigaari, on Lagos-Ibadan expressway.
Mr Clement Oladele, the Sector Commander, Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC), confirmed the incident to News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Abeokuta.
Oladele said that the accident which occurred around 8:49 a.m. was caused by speed and loss of control.
The sector commander said that the crash involved 18 passengers comprising 17 male adults and one female adult.
The FRSC boss said that 10 males sustained injuries from the crash while five of the passengers comprising of four males and one female died from the crash.
“The lone crash involved a commercial bus that travelled all the way from Sokoto State but stopped briefly in Ibadan to pick other passengers.
“The white coloured Mazda bus with registration number WWD 302 CB, was heading to Lagos before it lost control at Onigaari due to speed and collided with the road median and upturn,” he said.
Oladele said that the injured victims were taken to Olabisi Onabanjo University Teaching Hospital (OOUTH), Sagamu, while the dead bodies were deposited at the mortuary of the same hospital.
The sector commander reminded motorists of the need to drive cautiously on the Lagos-Ibadan Expressway, saying the road was still undergoing rehabilitation.
Oladele said that the recommended speed at construction areas was 50 kilometres per hour.
Port Harcourt serial killer: I cried after each killing
The serial killer behind the death of ladies in hotel rooms in Port Harcourt, Rivers State, Gracious David West, has disclosed that he cried after each act of murder he commits, explaining that after being overwhelmed by the urge to kill, he would come back to his senses after snuffing life out of the victims. The 39- years – old West, who was paraded yesterday at the headquarters of the Rivers State Police Command, by the state’s Commissioner of Police, Mr. Mustapha Dandaura, also disclosed that he started killing in Ikeja, Lagos State and killed a total of seven ladies.
He said that he killed alone without any clear motive, and that he killed five persons in Port Harcourt; one in Ikeja and another in Owerri, the Imo State capital. The native of Buguma in Asari Toru Local Government Area of Rivers State noted that he was always armed with a knife, but killed his victims by strangulating them after which he took their ATM cards, phones, cash and jewellery for survival.
The suspect broke down in tears during the confession, noting that he tried to seek spiritual deliverance from different churches, but failed to stop his criminal tendencies. West added that before he killed his female victims he made them disclose their account balance and ATM pins. He also revealed that he sold the victims’ phones to buyers at the Waterlines Junction along Port Harcourt/ Aba Expressway and near the MTN office by Oil Mill Market in Port Harcourt.
He said: “I don’t know what always came over me to kill. After I had killed, I would feel remorse and then I would cry. But after that, the irresistible urge to kill would come over me again. I killed alone. The first woman I killed in one of the hotels at Ikeja had about N85, 000 in her account. “Before I strangulated them after love making, I would use knife to cut the hotel bed sheets into a semblance of a twine or rope which I used to bind their hands and feet. I used the knife also to threaten them.
The kitchen knife was sold to me by an Aboki. “I threatened that if my victims raised the alarm I would kill them with the knife. Out of fear, they would keep quiet while I raised the volume of the television set in the hotel room to dwarf any noise. I never killed with the knife. “After strangulating them, I would steal their ATM cards, empty their accounts from any nearby ATM machine and move on. It is not all the girls I slept with that I killed. “I killed only whenever the irresistible urge to kill overwhelmed me. l don’t have a house.
My mother died through poisoning from her mate and I am homeless. I sleep in hotels.” He said he was a member of the Degbam Cult group and was one of the ex-militants rehabilitated by the Omega Power Ministry (OPM), which got him a job at the Federal University of Science and Technology (FUTO), Owerri, but he ended up stealing the properties of students. The CP said the suspect did not carry out the killings alone, and that three suspects are in Police custody and are being investigated in connection with these killings.
He promised to parade the suspects when investigations are concluded, stressing that with the joint operations with the Army and other security agencies, the killings in Ogoniland are dropping, while “I have stabilised East-West Road, the Elele- Owerri road.” He stated further: “The suspect is definitely not alone in these killings, though he has made useful confessions but the Command will go beyond his confessions to ensure that a conclusive end is achieved that serves the interest of justice.”
25 LAUTECH students arrested for Internet fraud
Operatives of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) have arrested 25 students of the Ladoke Akintola University of Technology (LAUTECH), Ogbomosho, Oyo State, for alleged fraud.
The students were apprehended by the Advance Fee Fraud Unit of the EFCC, Abuja Headquarters, for alleged involvement in various forms of cybercrime.
Their alleged offences include romance scam, love scam, possession of forged documents, and obtaining money by false pretence.
Head of Media and Publicity of the EFCC, Mr. Wilson Uwujaren, who made the disclosure in a statement yesterday, said the suspects were apprehended upon intelligence report of their alleged suspicious activities.
According to Uwujaren, the arrests followed a three-day raid operation at the students’ off-campus hostels.
He said: “The students, who are aged between 18 and 29 years old, were arrested at their off-campus hostels, following a three-day raid carried out between September 16 and 19, 2019. Operatives acted on intelligence report, which was investigated using sophisticated equipment.”
Uwujaren gave the names of the suspects as Pelumi Adigun (18), Umaru Frederick (21), Damilola Emmanuel (22), Tomiwa Oyewole (29), Adeleke Owolabi (24), Oladosu Abdullahi (23), Abdulmusaq Ismail (25), Isajimi Joshua (23), Olaniyan Tunde (22) and Ebosele Francis (28).
Others include Oladejo Ibrahim (26), Oluwadamilare Abimbola (25), Orimoloye Joshua (23), Alfred Samuel (22), Bayewu Ishola (23), Abiola Gbenga (25), Alfred Daniel (20), Agboola Solomon (21), Arolewola Damilola (25) and Amoo Tunmise (23).
The remaining are Akeem Taiwo (25), Segun Ajibola (25), Hassan Segun (24), Onicha Joel (23) and Tafa Bassit (25).
Uwujaren said in the course of executing the search, Ismail, who confessed to being involved in internet fraud, took operatives round hostels, leading to the arrest of many of the culprits.
He added: “Some of the suspects, who jumped over the fence to escape arrest, were nabbed in the process.
“Some of the items recovered from them, which are believed to be the proceeds of their illegal activities online, include a 4matic Benz, a Toyota Camry, a Toyota Corolla, two Macbook computers, two iPads, two iPhones and many other documents, which will be subjected to forensic analysis.”
The EFCC spokesman said the suspects would soon be charged to court.
Flood: Be ready to vacate your homes, Lagos tells residents
Lagos State government yesterday warned residents of flood-prone areas to be ready to vacate their homes for safety reasons.
The Commissioner for the Environment and Water Resources, Mr. Tunji Bello, and the Special Adviser on Drainage and Water Resources, Mr. Joe Igbokwe, who gave the warning, said flooding could not be completely eradicated in the state owing to its geographical location.
This was as some residents in areas like Itire, Idi-Araba, Obafemi Awolowo Way in Ikeja called on government to urgently intervene in the persistent flooding in their communities.
The residents said their properties and lives were constantly being threatened by flood.
But Bello and Igbokwe allayed fear on the intense downpour, saying measures were already in place to address the challenges posed by incessant rainfall as witnessed in the state in the last three days.
They said efforts were being made to continue to clean and maintain the drainage channels.
Residents and commuters at Itire, especially those close to the Lagos University Teaching Hospital (LUTH), Idi-Araba, are usually threatened by rainfall.
But allaying their fear, Bello and Igbokwe said residents should be assured that irrespective of the volume of the rainfall, it would flow through the drains to discharge into the various channels.
Bello said that while relevant government agencies were on red alert for any unforeseen incident, residents must be vigilant and promptly report cases of indiscriminate dumping of refuse into drainage channels and unauthorised places as well as other incidents of drainage blockage to the relevant agencies.
The commissioner also advised Lagosians to be safety conscious during this period, urging them to take some safety measures such as to avoid going out during the rains except when absolutely necessary and be conscious when driving and not over-speed.
On his part, Igbokwe advised Lagosians to remain calm and not panic as the rainfall currently being experienced in the state was a natural outcome of climate change and had been predicted by the Nigerian Metrological Services (NIMET).
Meanwhile, the Executive Secretary, Lagos State Environmental Sanitation Corps (LAGESC), Mrs. Idowu Mohammed, has affirmed the readiness of the agency to implement all the relevant laws aimed at achieving a cleaner, hygienic, aesthetically respondent environment through total conformity in line with the Lagos State Environmental Protection Law 2017.
She said that part of the function of LAGESC was to monitor and maintain surveillances along the highway, streets and public amenities as well as to report regularly any breach of the provisions of the Environmental Laws to the appropriate enforcement authorities.
Mohammed added that the administration of Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu was passionate about the safety of lives and cleanliness of environment.
Hence, he directed the LAGESC officials reposed with the mandate to effectively clamp down on all violators of environmental sanitation laws in the state to adequately protect the lives and the environment at large.
The executive secretary also emphasised the risks associated with neglecting the use of pedestrian bridges.
This, according to her, impedes free flow of traffic as well as unnecessary loss of lives as a result of hit-and-run by the motorists.
Mohammed noted that the distance from the pedestrian bridges where arrests could be made by LAGESC officers against erring pedestrians crossing the highway was pegged at 200 metres.
Two phone snatchers nabbed in Niger
Police have apprehended two men for specialising in snatching mobile phones from unsuspecting members of the public in Minna, Niger State.
The suspects, Yusuf Ibrahim (32), who lives behind Central Mosque, Minna and Abbas Sabiu (20) of Angwan Daji area, Minna, were arrested by policemen from the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) while on surveillance around Obasanjo Shopping Complex and Kasuwan Gwari.
It was learnt yesterday that the suspects had snatched two phones from Zulkibulu of Kasuwan Gwari and Musa Badamasi of Dutsen-kura Hausa, Minna.
The suspects earned their living by dispossessing innocent members of the public of their handsets and other valuables.
The suspects, according to the police, used dangerous weapons while operating.
One of the suspects, Ibrahim, their victims hardly refused to surrender their phones on a lonely road knowing that nobody would come to their rescue.
He said: “They always give us their phones without stress and quietly walk away from us.
“We have been in this act for more than two years, and we have been succeeding in snatching people’s phones and selling them at giveaway prices.”
The state Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), Muhammad Abubakar, said the suspects confessed to the crime.
Abubakar said the operatives recovered from them, one Vivo handset and one Itel phone.
He added that the matter would be charged to court soon.
Ekiti: Mother, two children, die after amala meal
A mother and her two children have died after eating yam flour (amala) at Odo-Ayedun Ekiti in Ikole Local Government Area of Ekiti State.
The head of the family was rushed to the hospital where doctors were still battling to save his life.
But the family’s two dogs who ate out of the meal also died.
The lawmaker representing Ikole Constituency 2 in the state House of Assembly, Hon. Steven Aribasoye, disclosed this yesterday to journalists.
Aribasoye, who had earlier raised the issue at the plenary of the House where he called for sympathy and investigation into the matter, explained that the flour, which was procured by the husband, was prepared by his wife on Saturday and was served as dinner for the family.
He added that after eating the meal, the mother and her two children complained of stomach ache but died one after the other while the father was currently at the Federal Teaching Hospital, Ido-Ekiti.
According to him, the cause of the incident is still unknown as members of the community are still in shock.
Aribasoye, however, lamented the poor state of health facilities in the community.
The Speaker of the state House of Assembly, Rt. Hon. Funminiyi Afuye, condoled with Aribasoye and the entire people of his constituency for the tragic incident.
Afuye ordered the House Committee on Health to begin investigation into the matter.
Wife arraigned for taking husband’s photograph without permission
A 33-year-old woman, Adeola Anofojie, was yesterday arraigned before an Ogudu Chief Magistrates’ Court, Lagos for allegedly taking photographs of her husband without his permission.
Adeola is facing charges of causing breach of peace and disorderliness.
The police prosecutor, Inspector Donjour Perezi, said that the defendant committed the offences on May 23 on the court premises.
Perezi told the court that Adeola, who had sued her husband, Alexander Anofojie, for a different matter, on May 23, instructed a man, Akinola Olusegun, to take the pictures of Anofojie on the court premises.
The prosecutor, according to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), said that the offences contravened Sections 168 (1) (d) and 412 of the Criminal Laws of Lagos State, 2015 (Revised).
Section 168(2) stipulates a fine of N15,000 for the first offender and N40,000 for subsequent offences., while disorderliness attracts a three-month jail term for an offender.
The defendant, however, pleaded not guilty to the charges.
The Chief Magistrate, Ejiro Kubeinje, granted bail to the defendant in the sum of N100,000 with two sureties in like sum.
Kubeinje said that one of the sureties must be a clergyman, a community leader or a traditional title holder.
He adjourned the case till October 2 for mention.
Man drugs, robs victim, jailed 44 months
An Oredo Magistrates’ Court sitting in Benin, Edo State has sentenced a 39-year-old man, David Onyema, to 44 months imprisonment for drugging and robbing a man, Egbon Omonigho Khalim.
Onyema d had pleaded guilty to the two-count charge levelled against him in court.
He was found guilty of causing harm through drug and stealing.
The convict met Khalim at the Iyare Motor Park located on busy Iyaro area of Benin on May 25, 2019.
Onyema posed as a good friend and in the process of their meeting for the first time, gave Khalim food laced with drugs and stole his property.
The police prosecutor, Patrick Agbonifo, told the court that the convict pretended to make friends with Khalim and gave him food laced with drugs.
Agbonifo said Khalim fell asleep and Onyema stole his belongings worth N715,000.
He said the offences were punishable under Sections 337 and 390 of the Criminal Code, Vol II, Laws of the defunct Bendel State now applicable to Edo State.
The magistrate, I. A. Osayande, sentenced Onyema to 44 months imprisonment without an option of fine.
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