A 25-year-old man, Godwin David, has told his interrogators how he used to prowl social media dating sites to lure ladies to hotel, before drugging and raping them. David was arrested by operatives of the Inspector-General of Police Special Intelligence Response Team (IRT), led by a Deputy Commissioner of Police, Mr. Abba Kyari. The suspect was arrested in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT). Police said that the suspect had been in the business of luring women he interacted with on social media dating sites to hotels in Abuja, before pouncing on them.
A police source said: “His modus operandi is to invite them to any hotel of his choice. When they arrive, he would offer them drinks, which he would lace with a sleep-inducing drug. When his victim sleeps off, he would rape, steal her mobile phones, cash and other valuable and then disappear.” The source disclosed that David ran into stormy waters after a 26-year-old woman, who he met on a social media dating site and invited to a hotel in Yanyah area of the FCT, reported him to the IRT Unit.
“The suspect met the woman on a social media and opened a conversation with her. He later invited her to a hotel. She only accepted to meet him at the hotel after he agreed to pay her N15,000 per night. But a few minutes into their lodging in the hotel, David drugged her drink and while she was asleep, he stole N25,000 in her purse. He also stole her mobile phone valued at N125,000, after which he disconnected the hotel room intercom and bolted,” the source added.
When the woman woke up and discovered what had happened to her, she reported the matter to the police. She was advised to calm down. IRT operatives, who were instructed to investigate the case, got the name of the dating site and went undercover to pose as females.
They uploaded pictures and profiles of women, indicating that they were interested in men resident in Abuja. It was only a matter of time for one of the profiles to catch their target. After weeks of prowling the site, David connected to one of the undercover operatives’ profile, using the same modus operandi that he had used for his previous preys. He invited the operative to a hotel and also gave him a room number. He was relaxing in his room, waiting for his supposed new prey, when the IRT operatives knocked, walked in and arrested him.
While fielding questions from the operatives, David explained that he went into the business of drugging and stealing from women because he couldn’t secure a decent job. He disclosed that he uses an illicit drug known as Rohypnol, to sedate his victims. David led the operatives to Gwagalada area of Abuja where the drug peddler selling the drugs for him was arrested. David said: “I have no job. I was formerly working at Gwagalada Area Council as a seals boy; but I lost my job in April 2019.
While I was still working, I met one Musa who introduced me to drugs. I started using Rohypnol for sleeping. When I lost my job I visited a dating site known as ‘Inmassage.’ It was there I met some ladies and decided to start luring them to hotels, where I drugged and robbed them. “I met a lady who resides at Area 8, Abuja, and I lied to her that I reside in Yanyah.
We bargained for N15,000 and she came to meet me in a hotel at Yanyah. I bought her Indian hemp, and then I also bought ‘bitter’ drinks for her, which I laced with Rohypnol. A few minutes later, she slept off. I stole her two phones and N25,000.
This incident occurred on June 26, 2016. I reformatted the phones and then went to Musa, who introduced me to the drug; I sold the phones to him and spent the money. “In July, I also met another lady, who I lured to Yanyah, but at a different hotel, but unknown to me she was a sister to the lady, who I had robbed previously. But while I was about robbing her, I was arrested. I also didn’t know that the lady I robbed first had reported me to the IRT. They were around the hotel; when I took the girl into the room, they arrested me.”
EFCC arraigned Benue lawyer over N21m fraud allegation
The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) Makurdi zonal office on Friday said it had on Thursday arraigned one Benki Womboh, a lawyer before the Federal High Court in Makurdi, the Benue State capital.
The suspect, according to a statement made available to New Telegraph by the Commission’s Zonal Head of Public Affairs, Iwayinma Okeanu, the lawyer was arraigned on two counts bordering on his refusal to furnish the Commission with information required in the declaration of assets form and for accepting cash payment without going through a financial institution.
The statement quotes one of the two counts: “That you, Benki Iortyom Womboh, between 2013 and 2018 in Makurdi, within the jurisdiction of this honourable court, accepted cash payment of the total sum of N21,718,000 belonging to the Nigeria Union of Pensioners, Benue State chapter, without going through a financial institution, thereby committing an offence contrary to Section 1(a) of the Money Laundering (Prohibition) Act, 2011 (as amended) and punishable under Section 16(2) (b) and (3) of the same Act.”
Womboh, however, pleaded not guilty to the charges pinned against him.
Prosecuting counsel, Y. Y. Tarfa, asked for a trial date and opposed the remand of the defendant in the EFCC custody.
Please build Akaibiri Building Market, OYW urges David Lyon
As the incoming governor of Bayelsa State David Lyon, takes over the mantle of leadership next February, Chief Chinedu Arthur Ugwa the South South coordinator of Ohaneze Ndigbo Youth Wing has urged him not to also abandon the Akaibiri Building Materials International Market located at Gbarantoru in Yenagoa Local Government Area of the state.
Speaking on Friday in Yenagoa, Chief Ugwa, who is also the outgoing President of the Ohanaeze Ndigbo Youth Wing Bayelsa State, advised the governor elect to make it one of his priority projects, adding that the market will open vistas of opportunities and for business and development to thrive in the state.
“Let the governor elect also open up the Aggey Sea Port because Igbos are business people; we will be able to bring international business men that want to come into the state.
“We are ready to pay our taxes as we have been paying but let them allow us to do our businesses. We want some understanding from the incoming government,” he said.
The Ohanaeze Ndigbo Youth wing South South coordinator also called on the Federal Government to come to the aid of the Igbos disclosing that the bad road network in that part of the country was a thing of worry for them.
Protests rock Kano as court sacks four new emirs
Some citizens of Kano State, yesterday, took to the streets, protesting the sack of four new emirates and emirs by a high court in the state
The affected emirs and emirates were created by the sitting Governor, Abdullahi Umar Ganduje.
The protesters took to streets in Bichi, Karaye, Rano and Gaya, where the four new emirates were domiciled.
The protesters, who kicked against the court judgement, were heard shouting, “No going back on our four new emirs.” They wanted the court to rescind its judgement.
Most of the protesters were sighted burning tyres and blocked major highways in the state.
The protesters, mostly youths, had schoolgirls among them. They described the judgement as uncalled for, arguing that the new emirates were created to fast track developments across the state,
Some of them opined that the dissolution of the four new emirates was not done in good faith. They further insisted that the major reason for the creation of the emirates was not political.
Protesters in Karaye area took off from Rogo Road, the secretariat of the local government, to the Emir’s palace, which was about two kilometres.
One of the members of the Rano Emirate Council, who wishes to remain anonymous, said that they were going to appeal the judgment.
The presiding judge, Justice Usman Na’Abba, said the law that provided for the creation of the emirates was not properly enacted, based on the provision of section 101 of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, 1999 (as amended).
Justice Usman said the Kano State House of Assembly violated the provision of Section 101 of the 1999 Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria (as amended), which allows the assembly to make laws. He then declared the law creating the emirates as null and void.
It will be recalled that on 8th May, 2019, Governor Abdullahi Umar Ganduje, asserted to the bill for the creation of additional emirates.
Rabiu Gwarzo, a member of Kano Assembly had filed a suit challenging the creations of the four new emirates.
A zonal Information Officer in Rano Town, Mr Yau Aminu, said people in the local government were completely against the dissolution.
The Emir of Bichi, Aminu Ado Bayero, was quoted to have said, that he was going to his emirate council to curtail possible violence. Bayero was further reported to have said that everything should be done, to manage the protest, so that it doesn’t go out of control.
Reacting to the situation, the Kano State Government said it was still studying the ruling of the Kano High Court on the dissolution of the four new Emirates, with a view to taking appropriate action.
A statement signed by the state Commissioner of Information, Malam Muhammad Garba, stated that in spite of the constitutional power and authority conferred on the State Assembly on such progressive and important issue, the court has ruled otherwise.
Garba said that in spite of the court ruling, the government will continue to recognise the emirs as first class emirs, and will continue dealing with them as such.
The state government therefore advised people to be calm, law abiding and await further action.
Driver killed, police orderly injured as gunmen attack commissioner’s vehicle
A driver was killed and a police orderly injured on Wednesday evening after gunmen attacked the official vehicle of the Oyo State Commissioner for Lands and Housing, Mr Abdulraheem Abiodun.
The Commissioner narrowly escaped death because his driver and Police Orderly had earlier dropped him off at his residence. The two men were returning the car to the secretariat when the incident happened.
According to report, the driver and the police orderly were shot at close range at Olunde area, Olomi, Ibadan around the Commissioner’s residence, at about 8.30 p.m.
The Oyo State Commissioner of Police, Mr Shina Olukolu, who confirmed the incident yesterday, disclosed that efforts were made to save both victims. He added that the driver died receiving treatment at the hospital, while the Orderly was receiving treatment at the University College Hospital (UCH), Ibadan.
Olukolu said: “This is very sad. Last night, we received information that the vehicle of the Commissioner for Lands was attacked. The hoodlums shot the driver of the Commissioner at close range. He was rushed to the hospital, but he died while receiving treatment. The Police Orderly was also injured, but he is responding to treatment. As at the time of the incident, the Commissioner had been dropped at home. The driver and the Orderly were returning the car to the office when they were attacked. We assure the people of Oyo State that we shall investigate and get the culprits arrested.”
The CP, however, used the occasion to disclose that two suspected kidnappers, who kidnapped their victim at Ibarapa area of Oyo State, had been arrested after a discrete investigation. He noted that the achievement was an affirmation of the command’s promise, that it wouldn’t allow crime and criminals to thrive.
Siblings confess how they robbed, killed cyclist
Two siblings in Oyo State, Yakubu Suara (26) and Lateef Suara (20), have been arrested in connection with alleged robbery and murder of a 21-year-old cyclist, Oladapo Toheeb.
Others arrested with the siblings are Job Ogbile (20), Rilwan Suleiman (18), and Azeez Lateef (19).
The suspects were paraded at the Eleyele Police Headquarters, Ibadan, along with 40 other suspects arrested for various alleged crimes.
The Oyo State Commissioner of Police, Mr Olushina Olukolu, explained that the siblings specialised in robbing cyclists of their motorcycles and in some cases, killing their victims.
The CP confirmed that the suspects were arrested following a report by Abideen Oladapo, to operatives of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) in Dugbe on October 10, 2019.
He said: “After the incident was reported, a team of SARS Operatives swung into action and after discreet investigations, three suspects, who later identified themselves as Yakubu Suara, Job Ogbile, and Lateef Suara, were arrested in connection with the crime in their respective hideouts in Lagos, Ogun and Oyo states. Subsequently, Azeez Lateef and Ridwan Suliaman were later arrested as members of the syndicate.”
Speaking on how the deceased was murdered by the gang, the CP disclosed that in the course of the attempt to collect his motorcycle, Job Ogbile, grabbed a wood and smashed it on Oladapo Toheeb’s forehead. They collected his motorcycle and left him in a pool of his blood to die.
Olukolu said: “The victim was left to die, and his remains have been found. The suspects have all confessed to the crime and also confessed to being behind series of criminal activities within Ibadan metropolis.”
One of the suspects, Yakubu, alleged leader of the gang, said: “I started stealing motorcycles since 2018, after I was duped of N400, 000. I was told that I would be traveling to Dubai for hustling, but I later discovered that it was all a lie, that I had been defrauded. I was left with nothing, so I went into snatching of motorcycles.
I’m the ring leader; my younger brother here is also part of our team. I usually asked Azeez Lateef to pretend as if he is a passenger; he is the one that will bring the cyclist and motorcycle to us and in the process, we will overpower the owner. We use to sell the motorcycles between N70, 000 and N50,000. As the leader of the gang, I use to take the largest share of the money. I’m not the one that killed the late Oladapo Toheeb. After we had successfully collected the motorcycle from him, he refused to let go of Job; he struggled with Job, he wanted to collect the motorcycle back. In the process, Job had to hit him with a plank on his forehead. He immediately fell down and we ran away with his motorcycle. I ran out of town to Lagos, but I was later arrested by the Police.”
Items recovered from the suspects included; one cutlass, one wooden object, a pair of slippers belonging to the victim, and his Bajaj Motorcycle, marked LDY 784 UJ.
Two traders collapse after fire guts shops in Lagos
Two traders collapsed on Wednesday and were rushed to the nearest hospitals, after fire gutted 10 shops at the Balogun bus stop area of Iju-Ishaga, Lagos State.
According to eyewitnesses, the fire outbreak was caused by power surge and started from one of the shops at about 2am.
One of the shop owners, simply identified as Mummy Tolu, was among the two traders that collapsed and was rushed to hospital. Other traders claimed that she was presently in a coma.
The woman collapsed after she discovered that her shop burnt to the grounds, along with goods worth over N5million, which she had recently purchased. The victim sells textile materials in large quantities.
The second victim, a man, also passed out after he sighted his shop on fire. He was also rushed to the nearest hospital. It was alleged that he left N3million in his shop the previous day, planning to take it to bank the following day. The fire, however, destroyed the money, even before the trader got to his shop on Wednesday.
A resident, Mrs George, said: “A Yoruba woman, selling clothing material had just stocked her shop. When she saw her shop, she fainted and went into coma. I was not there when the fire started, but when PHCN returned power at about 2 am, I heard something like an explosion, coming from outside, resulting in the fire. Fire fighters came, along with the Lagos Neighbourhood Safety Corps (LSNC). They were closely followed by the police. And then people came out of their houses. When the Yoruba woman saw her shop on fire, she collapsed and was rushed to the hospital.”
Another resident, Mrs Olayinka, said: “One of the shop owners had just stocked her shop with goods for Christmas. A few minutes later, we discovered that a man, who left N3million in his shop, fainted and was rushed to the nearby hospital.”
The Public Relations Officer of the Balogun Community Development Association, Mr Oluwaseun Iroko, said: “When it comes to fire, one cannot really trace what could be the cause. What we know is that between 2:30 to 3:00 am, we discovered there was a fire outbreak. We thank God for the quick intervention of the fire service department of Lagos State. They did so much! If not for them, the fire would have gone out of control. Luckily for us, they arrived in the nick of time and within 15 minutes, the fire had been doused.”
Inspector killed in C’River, Akwa Ibom communal clash
A Police Inspector has been killed as the age-long war between Akwa Ibom and Cross River states communities resumed at the boundary between the two states on Wednesday.
According to an eye witness, who pleaded anonymity, the crisis, which has continued to rage since Wednesday, has disrupted traffic flow along the every busy Calabar/Itu road, with commuters unable to get to their destinations.
The cause of the current crisis is yet to be ascertained, but it was learnt that some elements in Oku Iboku in Akwa Ibom had taken on their Ikot Offiong brothers in Cross River, where the inspector was shot dead.
The eyewitness said: “Some of the people, who laid ambush, attacked a police inspector. The inspector was shot dead and his AK47 rifle taken away.”
The new Commissioner of Police in Cross River, Mr Nkereuwem A. Akpan, who confirmed the killing of the Inspector, lamented the incessant crisis between the two communities, disclosing that a team of policemen had been deployed to the affected areas.
The Commissioner of Police further noted: “The incident happened on Wednesday night. It occurred at Akwa Ibom side of the head bridge. Some communities in Akwa Ibom had a communal clash. People, who were in the bush came out to attack the inspector. The inspector was on his lawful duty. He was shot dead and his rifle taken . The cause of the clash is yet to be determined.”
Oyo Land Commissioner’s vehicle attacked by gunmen, driver killed, police orderly injured
Some armed robbers, yet to be apprehended, attacked the official vehicle of the Oyo State Commissioner for Lands and Housing, Mr. Abdulraheem Abiodun, on Wednesday evening, killing his driver and injuring his police orderly in the vehicle.
The Commissioner narrowly escaped death because his driver and Police Orderly had earlier dropped him off at his residence and were returning the car to the secretariat when the unfortunate incident happened.
Reports have it that the driver and the Orderly were shot at close range at Olunde area, Olomi, Ibadan around the Commissioner’s residence. The time was 8.30 p.m, New Telegraph learnt.
According to the State Police Commissioner Mr Shina Olukolu, who confirmed the incident Thursday, efforts were made to rescue the victims but the driver died while receiving treatment at an undisclosed hospital while the Orderly was said to be receiving treatment at the University College Hospital (UCH), Ibadan as at press time.
His words: “This is very sad. Last night, we received information that the vehicle of the Commissioner for Lands was attacked. The hoodlums shot the driver of the Commissioner at close range. He was rushed to the hospital but he died while receiving treatment. The Orderly was also injured and he is responding to treatment. As at the time of the incident, the Commissioner had been dropped at home. The driver and the Orderly were returning the car to the office when they were attacked.
“We assure the people of Oyo State that we shall investigate and get the culprits arrested,” Olukolu said while addressing journalists at the Eleyele Police Command.
Nigerian undergraduate arrested for killing mother in U.S.
A 20-year-old student of University Texas, Eyitoluwa Olayeye, has been arrested for allegedly strangling his 48-year-old mother, Kehinde Olayeye.
The incident, however, has become controversial, since the suspect told investigators that he couldn’t recollect killing his mother.
Medical examiner, who conducted a post mortem examination on Kehinde, disclosed that the woman suffered deep skull hemorrhaging, hemorrhaging around the neck, lacerations to the inner mouth, petechial hemorrhaging and signs of strangulation.
Eyitoluwa was arrested and charged with aggravated assault causing serious bodily injury. He also faces a $1 million bond.
According to Kxan.com news, the suspect was believed to have murdered his mother in a downtown Austin hotel after allegedly blacking out.
The police were said to have responded to a distress call on November 6, at about 4:44am. The call came from a holiday Inn located in downtown Austin.
According to distress call, someone was screaming in one of the hotel rooms and sounds of fighting could be heard.
The policemen, who responded to the distress call, had to force the door open after knocking repeatedly, without receiving any response.
The Kxan.com news further noted: “Police say once they made their way into the room they found a woman face down on the floor with a man lying on her back with his arms wrapped around her body. The woman was unresponsive and ATCEMS performed CPR but she was declared dead at the scene. Police say as he was detained the suspect appeared to be singing in a different language. A witness staying at the hotel told police he heard a woman running through the hallways screaming around 4:15 a.m. He said she was banging on doors screaming “Let me in,” before he heard her being dragged back past his room.”
Kxan.com news had gone on to explain that Kehinde’s sister told police the two of them had flown to Austin from Georgia to visit Eyitoluwa. She said the day before they received a call from Eyitoluwa rambling and saying “I pray that God brings us together.”
The victim’s sister said they received another call from Eyitoluwa’s friends saying he had been taken to the hospital by ATCEMS for a psych evaluation. She said at this point the two decided to fly to Austin to check on Eyitoluwa. At the airport, they received a call from doctors at Dell Seton Medical Center asking if their family had a history of mental illness, to which they said no.
Eyitoluwa’s friends called his mother and aunt again to tell them he had been discharged from the hospital. They brought Eyitoluwa to their apartment where they say he began telling them he wanted to leave school.
Eyitoluwa’s aunt said when they arrived at the apartment her nephew seemed happy to see them. She said they stayed there for a while before the three of them decided to check into a hotel downtown. She said Eyitoluwa and his mother got a room together and she got one by herself. She told police the three of them were hanging out together in Eyitoluwa’s room before she decided to go to sleep.
Eyitoluwa’s aunt said he told them God had given him a purpose. He said the hospital was trying to hold him for a mental issue but he told them what they wanted to hear so he could leave.
“The hotel security guard told investigators he was doing his rounds when, at about 4:15 a.m., when he heard loud shouting coming from a room. He said when he banged on the door telling the occupants to quiet down, he got no response but began to also hear sounds of a struggle,” noted Kxan.com news
In an interview with police, Eyitoluwa said after class on Tuesday he went to the UT tower to pray. He said he remembers praying but the next thing he knew he was in an ambulance headed to the hospital. He said doctors asked him if he was diagnosed as bipolar or manic which he told them no.
Eyitoluwa said after being discharged from the hospital he was taken to a friend’s apartment. There he said his mother and aunt arrived and took him to a hotel downtown. He corroborated his aunt’s testimony, saying the three of them hung out in his room before his aunt went to sleep. He said after she left he went to the bathroom and got into bed. He told police he remembers his mother standing over him praying, and the next thing he knew he was in the back of a police cruiser.
According to the police affidavit, when told his mother was dead, Eyitoluwa said he must have been the one who killed her since no one else was in the room. He said he did not have a reason to kill his mother.
Suspect: We abducted Turkish citizens, joined police to search for them
Mr Usman Abubakar 36, aka Small, has narrated to operatives of the Inspector-General of Police Special Intelligence Response Team (IRT), how he and other cattle farmers abducted four Turkish national in Kwara State and then later pretended they were assisting police to search for the foreigners.
Abubakar was among three men arrested by IRT operatives. Others are Mohammed Bello 29, and Guntu Makaye 33, for abducting some Turkish nationals in Kwara State.
The expatriates are part of those working with a construction company in Kwara State. Police said that the Turkish men were rescued without payment of any ransom.
When the victims were abducted, their company had petitioned the IGP, Mohammed Adamu, who instructed the head of the IRT, a Deputy Commissioner of Police, Abba Kyari, to ensure everything possible was done to rescue the men unhurt.
The victims were kidnapped at Bakugo area and taken to Solo Kutru Forest, which shares a boundary between Kogi and Kwara states.
The operatives, working on the information at their disposals, mobilised and contacted local vigilante men in the community where the men were kidnapped. It would be later discovered that some of the local vigilante members, while pretending to assist the police in hunting for the kidnappers, were actually the kidnappers.
A police source said: ‘We engaged the local vigilante men because they are familiar with the forest terrain. The person negotiating for the kidnappers called us and we spoke. At a point, they complained that we were putting too much pressure on them. We travelled to Kishi in Oyo State, and finally arrested two of the key suspects. We also arrested the last suspect in Share area of Kwara State and recovered one AK47 rifle.”
Abubakar, who said that he has two wives and eight children, added that he was a farmer and also into cattle rearing.
He said: “ I rear cows within the riverine areas. I feed them during the raining seasons and on dry seasons, I take them to dry land to feed from crops in people’s farms. Three months ago, Buba Aliyu, Mohammed Bello, Tanbaya Gada and Tanbaya Korner, who are all cattle farmers, called and told me that there was a job we could do. In fact, I was in my house when Buba called and invited me to a meeting, which we had at Garage of Patigi. Buba brought three AK47 rifles to the meeting. The men present at the meeting on that fateful day were about 10. Buba and three other persons had rifles.”
He said that after discussing how to go about the abduction, they swung into action. They stormed a beer parlour, where they know the Turkish workers used to frequent.
They grabbed four Turkish men and carried them away on motorcycles.
Abubakar said: “We took them to Isolu Koturu Forests, which shared a boundary between Kogi and Kwara states. I didn’t follow them into the forest because we had just only four motorcycles. We demanded N16million ransom. But while we were waiting for the ransom, we got information that policemen and vigilante men were in the forest, looking for us. We escaped from the forest and ran back into town. The truth is that I’m a member of the vigilante group. I then joined my vigilante group in searching for the expatriates. I was the one that later led the vigilante to the camp where the expatriates were rescued. My members didn’t recognise me when I led police to the camp because it was dark. One of our members, Guntu, was even the person that carried one of the expatriates out of the bush. But after that, I became afraid that police will track and arrest me and it was true. They finally found out and arrested me.”
Bello, who also has two wives and two children, said that the abduction of the Turkish citizens, was his first operation.
He said: “This is the first time I went into kidnaping. I am not a member of the vigilante group that rescued the Turkish expatriates. It was Buba, who got me involved in the kidnapping. He told me that I was going to make big money from the business. I don’t know how or where he got the guns
“I spent four days in the forest with the victims. We got information that the police were looking for us. We sat down and discussed that since the police were looking for us, that we should run. I decided to come out of the bush and joined the vigilante in searching for the expatriates.”
Makaye, a motorcycle operator, who introduced himself as chairman of motorcycle operators in his community, said: “My motorcycle was among those used to carry the expatriates into the forest after kidnapping them. We had a meeting on how to kidnap them and I volunteered to bring my motorcycle. Yes, I was expecting to make some money from the operation.”
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