Taraba State-based suspected kidnap kingpin, Alhaji Hamisu Wadume, has been described by many people who know him as a philanthropist.
Wadume was arrested by operatives of the Inspector-General of Police Special Intelligence Response Team (IRT) in Ibi town in Taraba State.
Three of the IRT team members and two civilians were shot dead by soldiers while taking the suspect to the state Police Command Headquarters in Jalingo. The soldiers also reportedly set Wadume free after liberating him from the policemen.
Wadume reportedly bought a car for the Army captain who allegedly ordered the killing of the policemen.
Sources said Wadume became a person of interest to the IRT because his name kept being mentioned in a series of investigations by suspects arrested in different kidnap cases.
It was learnt that nine months ago, Wadume was so poverty stricken that he couldn’t feed himself, let alone to cloth himself. But he was suddenly catapulted into wealth, and started building houses, buying cars, motorcycles and buses for people.
A source said: “In Taraba and Nasarawa states, there have been a series of kidnappings. In one of those abductions, a business mogul was kidnapped and N100 million was collected from him. There was another where the kidnappers collected N25 million and then another N60 million and many others. It was during investigation that IRT operatives stumbled on his name and operations. As at last year, he couldn’t feed himself, let alone to clothe himself. He was poor. But suddenly, within nine months, he became a multi-million.
“He built houses and bought cars. Nobody knew the source of his wealth. He bought motorcycles for over 60 people and bought cars for people for commercial purpose. Suspects arrested for their involvement in kidnapping even mentioned his name. One of them disclosed that their overall leader lives in Ibi, he doesn’t go to operation with them, but always appears during collection of ransom. The suspect said that he didn’t know his house. The team went to Ibi and successfully arrested him. Before the team went to Ibi, they (the IRT operatives) did a letter to the Taraba State Commissioner of Police, and the area commander, who then did a letter to the Divisional Police Officer (DPO), in charge of Ibi Police Station. The DPO endorsed the letter and the men moved to make the arrest. There was only a narrow road to the village.
“They saw the soldiers at three checkpoints and introduced themselves. After arresting Wadume, they went to the police station to book out. That is the norm, when you book in, you have to book out. The soldiers are on the payroll of the kidnapper. They didn’t want him to have the opportunity to testify and mention them during confession.”
A citizen of Ibi, Daleehat Suleiman Bente, took to his Facebook to write about Wadume.
“Wadume is the guy, who many believed became rich overnight with people questioning his source of wealth, having known his traceable history and antecedent. He is now at large after he was allegedly freed by the Army while they dispose the police conveying him to Jalingo, the state capital, from Ibi his hometown, where he was arrested,” he wrote.
Bente explained that he lived in Ibi while growing up and had friends still living there. He said when he asked his friends about Wadume, he was told that the man became a millionaire overnight, with no traceable job to his name.
This, Bente said, made many people to speculate that he was either into money ritual or kidnapping, which has now become an emerging lucrative business in southern Taraba.
Bente said: “Wadume is very kind-hearted to the community and the Army stationed in southern Taraba. He is a charity and cheerful giver who can spend up to N20 million a day settling bills of the less-privileged in his community. Wadume is the only philanthropist in Ibi Local Government Area that has empowered and still empowering the youth, either by giving them interest-free loans as capital to start up a business or purchasing vehicles, motorbikes and flying boats for them for commercial purposes and earn a living.
“And for his relationship with the Army, it is said to be very cordial because he is their leading benefactor in terms of welfare and other privileges. Despite his charity gesture to the community, there was still sceptism about his source of wealth, prompting some people to relate the matter to the police, who placed him under serious investigations for months before carrying out that sting operation that led to the encounter with the military.”
Indian keeps lion at residential building in Lagos
A two-year-old lion has been discovered in a residential building in the Victoria Island area of Lagos State.
The lion, said to be owned by a yet to be named Indian national, is caged at Number 229, Muri Okunola Street in Victoria Island.
The Chairman of Lagos State Taskforce on Environmental and Special Offences, Yinka Egbeyemi, confirmed this to Channels Television on Sunday.
According to him, men of the Nigeria Police Force have been deployed in the area.
Egbeyemi also disclosed that efforts were ongoing by the state government through the Ministry of Agriculture and Environment to evacuate the animal from the building.
He added that the Indian national who owns the lion has been invited for questioning.
Again, Lagos seals churches, mosques over noise pollution
· Receives over 1,000 petitions monthly
Inundated by a barrage of petitions from residents, Lagos State government has shut down at least eight churches and mosques across the state in a renewed campaign against noise pollution.
This was even as New Telegraph learnt that the Lagos State Environmental Protection Agency (LASEPA), the agency saddled with the responsibility of regulating noise and other environmental pollution in the state, receives over 1,000 petitions monthly on noise pollution and other environmental nuisances. Hence, the government has ordered religious centres to seek permits before embarking on an open crusades or other religious activities.
New Telegraph gathered that following petitions by some residents of the host communities of the religious centres, some of the sealed worship centres had been warned to either relocate or reduce their noise pollution.
The shut facilities are located at; 68, old Otta Rd, Orile Agege, 4, Ademola Oshinowo Off love all Str, Ketu, Dele Amuda Street, Lekki, 17, Ajileye Str, Ilaje Bariga, 39, Kusenla Road Elegunshi, Ajayi Bembe Str. Abule Oja Yaba among others.
Speaking on the law enforcement exercise, the General Manager, the Lagos State Environmental Protection Agency, (LASEPA), Dr Dolapo Fasawe said there would no longer be a hiding place for any religious organization that cannot operate within the ambit of the law, regardless of their faith inclinations.
Consequently, the LASEPA GM, declared it illegal to convert residential properties for religious use without recourse to the wellbeing of other residents, saying that the current administration was very concerned about the state of the environment.
Kwara fixes NYSC hostels five months after AbdulRazaq’s visit
Kwara State Governor AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq, matching words with action, has renovated the decrepit hostels of the state’s National Youths Service Corps (NYSC) camp, barely five months after he described the facilities as penitentiaries not fit for human living.
The renovation came three months after his administration also supplied the facilities with 400 mattresses, 200 double-bunk beds,100 long benches, and consumables which the government said were meant to make the camp more conducive for the corps members.
AbdulRazaq had on June 20 paid an unscheduled visit to the Yikpata (Edu Local Government Area of Kwara State) camp of the NYSC where he lamented the condition of the facilities and said they typified the deplorable state of things across the state. He however pledged to fix the facilities, especially the hostels that were an eyesore.
“We are really grateful to Mr Governor for keeping his words. I’m happy to inform you that the government has renovated three main hostels, including the two-in-one Mayflower Hostel, and I don’t think there’s any NYSC camp in the country that has the kind of facilities we now have,” Kwara NYSC Coordinator Esther Ikupolati said.
Ikupolati said the camp management has decided to rename the Mayflower Hostel as Harmony Hostel in honour of the governor’s efforts.
AbdulRazaq had openly apologised to the Corps members for the condition of the facilities and said the visit was a challenge to him to do things differently.
Road accident claims 7 lives in Osun
The Federal Road Safety Commission (FRSC) in Osun on Saturday said that seven persons died in a road accident on Osogbo-Ikirun Road, with only one survivor.
The Sector Commander, Mr Peter Oke, made this known in an interview with News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Osogbo.
“The accident involved an articulated Vehicle and a mini-bus with eight passengers which occured on Osogbo-Ikirun Road in which only one person survived.
“Five male and two female, who are traveling in a Mistubishi (Space Wagon) lost their lives, while a female survived with injuries.
“A truck (Mark) with Registration No. FST597XY and a Mistubishi Space Wagon with Registration No. JJJ59CJ collided in the accident.
“All the corpses and the only survivor have been taken to Ladoke Akintola University of Technology (LAUTECH) Teaching Hospital in Osogbo,” he said.
The sector commander noted that the accident was as a result of speeding without road consciousness.
Oke, however, enjoined motorists to steer clear of anything capable of causing road accidents adding that the command would not spare anyone who went against road traffic regulations.
Man kills wife, three sons before taking own life after ‘domestic dispute’
A man shot and killed his wife and three of their sons before taking his own life in an apparent murder-suicide.
Police arrived the home following a neighbour’s report of a ‘nail gun firing’ on Saturday morning to find a young boy covered in blood inside the house in San Diego, California, reports mirror.co.uk.
They broke into the house and found a 29-year-old woman, her 31-year-old husband and three other boys – aged 5,9 and 11 – with apparent gunshots wounds.
Both adults and a 3-year-old were pronounced dead at the scene, according to Lt. Matt Dobbs of the San Diego Police Department.
Two other boys were pronounced dead at the hospital and the surviving boy was taken into emergency surgery in critical condition, the police said in a press conference.
The age of the surviving child is not yet clear. The family has not been named.
Dobbs said: “It’s still very early in an investigation, but it appears to be a tragic case of a domestic violence murder-suicide.”
The mother had yesterday obtained a restraining order against the father but it’s unclear if ‘the order has been served’, he added.
It is understood that the man had visited the home in the morning and had argument before shooting the wife and the children then turning the gun on himself.
The police ruled the incident as a domestic dispute involving one family.
Police Chief David Nisleit said: “My heart goes out to the family and their friends.
“As a husband and a father this incident is very difficult for me to even think about.”
Gunmen kill 2 farmers in Kaduna
Two persons were yesterday reported killed by gunmen at Agon village in Sanga Local Government Area of Kaduna State. The killing followed an attack on houses of the victims early Thursday, two days after three policemen were gruesomely murdered by gunmen at a checkpoint between Fadan Karshi and Aboro village in the area.
The incident left the villagers in fear as according to residents, there was no provocation to warrant the killing.
The Vice Chairman of Sanga LGA, Alhaji Abba Abubakar Abba Umar, said those killed were Monday Kura and Emmanuel Madaki. Alhaji Umar said investigations into the matter by relevant security agencies had since commenced to track the perpetrators.
He advised people of the area to be mindful of strange persons in their midst and promptly report any suspicious movement to security operatives.
Lagos raises alarm over ‘fake’ Safety Officers
The Director General, Lagos State Safety Commission, Mr. Lanre Mojola has raised the alarm over influx of touts who claim to be safety Officers to swindle unsuspecting firms and other member of the public.
According to him, the touts had cloned and forged the Commission’s logo to carry out unofficial duties, calling on the residents to be wary of their activities. He warned that arrangement had been made to ensure that those caught will be arrested and prosecuted in line with relevant laws of Lagos State as security personnel have been contacted to carry out such directives.
The Director-General, who affirmed the commitment of Governor Babajide Sanwo-olu led administration to safety of lives and property of its citizenry, advised members of the public to disregard any illegal purported summons, abatement notices, seal orders and so on.
Mojola, who also decried the activities of unscrupulous members of the public carrying out unlawful activities on behalf of Safety Commission also harped on the need to take punitive measures against touts parading themselves as Staff of Lagos State Safety Commission.
He said: “Lagos State Safety Commission hereby dissociates herself from such persons or group of persons who have branded their vehicles, forged the commission’s official letter headed paper, Abatement notices and some paraphernalia worn by officials of Lagos State Commission “.
Fayemi’s wife inaugurates deworming campaign
Ekiti State First Lady, Erelu Bisi Fayemi, has advised parents on adequate deworming of their children in line with medical prescriptions to prevent diseases associated with worms’ infection. Fayemi made the call on Thursday in Ado-Ekiti, during the flag-off of mass deworming of schools children in the state.
The flag off ceremony took place at the State Universal Basic Education (SUBEB) office complex and Okesa Health Centres in Ado-Ekiti. Fayemi noted that diseases associated with worm infections are common in places where sanitation is inadequate and water supply is poor. She urged residents to ensure they have well sanitised environment and use clean waters. Fayemi said 24 per cent of the world’s population is infected with the soil transmitted infectious diseases, particularly among school children.
She said: “The symptoms of soil transmitted infestation include intestinal manifestation (diarrhoea and abdominal pains), general malaise and weakness of the body, impaired cognitive and physical development, anaemia and others.
“Worm infection includes blood in urine, anaemia and cancer of the bladder. All the common worms in school age children can be treated effectively with pills. “In consequence, the Ekiti State Government has embarked on a mass deworming campaign to treat school children, age four to 15 years in Ekiti State as part of Dr Kayode Fayemi’s commitment to the health and well-being of the citizens.” Fayemi added that the governor had since the inception of the administration, demonstrated his commitment to the provision of effective health care delivery system for the people through several interventions like the free health programmes, school feeding among others. “The introduction of the school feeding programme in particular will impact positively on the mass deworming campaign.
Zamfara: FRSC embarks on aggressive traffic rules
The Federal Roads Safety Corps (FRSC), Zamfara State Sector Command, has pledged to pursue incessant public enlightenment programmes and aggressive enforcement of traffic rules and regulations with a view to serving as deterrence to traffic violators.
This was disclosed in a press briefing yesterday, by the sector Commandant, Mr. Wihioka Uche Chukwu, while commemorating this year’s World Day Remembrance for Victims of Road Traffic Crashes. Chukwu, who promised aggressive operations by the corps of the command in pursuance of laws guiding driving, warned that roads users should ensure total adherence to traffic rules and regulations, and respect for all roads signs for safer driving.
He said: “The theme for this year’s commemoration is tagged as ‘Life is not a Car part’, and was carefully chosen to enable people of the world to reflect on the sanctity of life and the fact that once taken, it cannot be replaced. “Unlike the car parts that are replaceable, nations are simultaneously organising events to promote this theme with various activities lined up to mark the week. “According to the World Health Organisation’s (WHO) reports, greater number of people are being disabled for life on world roads through avoidable traffic crashes in the face of increasing motorisation, therefore, the need to address the menace through appropriate measures,” the sector Commandant stated.
Chukwu also charged Corps of the Command, to, for the sake of respecting the Africa Union Executive Council decision and the United Nation’s resolution, arise to discharge their primary assignment in ensuring saving lives. “I am charging you to strictly work on the provisions of your duties without fear or favour on any traffic violator no matter what class he or she belongs to, but you should respect the laws and value lives anywhere and at any time,” Chukwu warned.
Land grabbing: Lagos arrests, arraigns 19 more persons
The Lagos State Government through its Special Taskforce on Land Grabbers has arrested 19 more alleged land grabbers for offences bothering on trespassing, illegal occupation, forceful land take-over and prevention of lawful entry by violence.
They were picked up in a land situated at Plot 1Block II, Ogudu Phase II Government Residential Scheme in Kosofe Local Government Area. The task force had earlier last week arrested three persons in connection with a similar offence. Lagos State Attorney- General and Chairman of the Special Task Force on Land Grabbers, Mr. Moyo Onigbanjo (SAN), confirmed the arrest to Saturday Telegraph during the week. He said 18 males and one female were arrested in a sting operation by officials led by the coordinator, Mr. Owolabi Arole and policemen attached to State Taskforce on Environment and Special Offences Enforcement Unit. Onigbanjo said that the arrested persons had been handed over to State Taskforce on Environment and Special Offences Enforcement Unit for prosecution at the Special Offences Court of Lagos State on three counts bothering on land grabbing. “This arrest is the culmination of investigation carried out by the Special Taskforce on Land Grabbers on a petition submitted by Harmonious Attorneys on behalf of the petitioner and claimant of the land, Mr. Ade Bamtefa,” he said.
The commissioner for Justice noted that Special Taskforce on Land Grabbers had been re-energised to receive petitions and conduct proper investigation concerning any case of land grabbing. He frowned at the alarming rate at which land grabbers prevented persons or entity from acquiring legitimate interest and possession of property acquired especially on Government Residential Schemes.
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