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.
Forgery: Court turns down Tarfa’s bid for long adjournment
Justice Adedayo Akintoye of a Lagos High Court in Igbosere Tuesday turned down a request by a Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN), Mr. Ricky Tarfa, for a long adjournment to continue his defence to an alleged forgery case slammed on him by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).
The silk, who is currently standing trial before the court on an amended 27-count charge of alleged bribery and obstruction of public officers, hinged his request for adjournment on the need for him to fully recuperate from a surgery that was carried out on him.
He made his intention known through a further affidavit filed through his lawyer, Mr. Abiodun Owonikoko (SAN).
In his arguments, Owonikoko told Justice Akintoye that the further affidavit was based on medical advice for his client to see a physiotherapist.
He added that the application which was filed on October 10, 2019 has been served on the EFCC.
The lawyer revealed that apart from the defendant, they also have three more witnesses that will testify in the trial.
Responding, EFCC’s lawyer, S. I. Suleman, confirmed the receipt of the application, but asked the court to exercise its discretion appropriately. He said the defendant has filed several other applications in the past.
In a Bench ruling, Justice Akintoye queried why the defence could not continue with other witnesses pending the time the defendant recovers rather than asking for an adjournment till December.
Kwara: Woman inflicts burns on housemaids for not flushing toilet
Operatives of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps ( NSCDC), in Ilorin, Kwara state capital, have arrested a mistress, Hajia Balqees Yahaya Mohammed for inflicting burns with hot iron on two of her housemaids,
The housemaids, simply identified as Hauwa,14, and Aisha, 12, it was learnt, were punished for not flushing the toilet after use.
The mistress, said to be dealing in Nylon business at Mandate Market along Western Reservoir Road Adewole, Ilorin allegedly used the hot object on the victims’ buttocks.
It was gathered that the victims were noticed by neighbours who observed that they were walking with difficulties.
Upon interviewing them, the victims were said to have reluctantly opened up that their mistress inflicted injuries on them for not flushing the toilet.
Public Relations Officer of the state command of the NSCDC, Femi Bello confirmed the incident, saying investigations have been conducted and that the command has initiated process to charge the suspect to a juvenile court.
EFCC arraigns man for unauthorised ATM cash withdrawal in Benue
The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Makurdi zonal office, Tuesday arraigned one Akintunde Ogunrinde for withdrawing money from one Mr. Ademola Adewuyi without his permission.
Ogunrinde, popularly known as ‘Kekere’, was on October 15, 2019, arraigned on a one-count charge for intent to defraud.
The commission’s Zonal Head of Public Affairs Department, Nwanyimma Okeanu, in a statement noted that Ogunrinde is alleged to have used a UBA ATM card belonging to one Ademola Adewuyi to obtain the sum of N800,000 only from a UBA ATM machine.
He was arraigned before Justice Mobolaji Olajuwon sitting at the Federal High Court Makurdi, Benue State.
“The office of the zonal head, EFCC Makurdi had received a pettition from a complainant against Akintunde Ogunrinde (a.k.a. Kekere) alleging that Akintunde and one Alhaji Baba (a.k.a. White) now at large used an ATM card belonging to the victim to obtain unauthorized money from his account. The defendant and one other were alleged to have committed conspiracy, aiding and abetting; offences under cybercrime.
Rape: Chrisland supervisor accuses judge of bias, petitions NJC
Adegboyega Adenekan, a School Supervisor accused of defiling a two-year-old pupil (names withheld) of Chrisland School, has petitioned the National Judicial Council (NJC) and accusing the Judge handling his matter of being biased.
Adenekan is standing trial before Justice Sybil Nwaka of an Ikeja Special Offences and Domestic Violence Court, Lagos for allegedly defiling the child sometime in November 2016 at Chrisland School, Victoria Garden City (VGC), Lagos.
During Tuesday’s proceedings, Justice Nwaka said that Adenekan, who was supposed to submit his final written address, had filed a petition against her before the NJC seeking her leave from the case. where he asked her to recuse herself from the matter.
Addressing Adenekan’s lawyer, Mrs M. Obi-Farinde, the judge said that she received a Motion on Notice dated October 14 requesting that she excludes herself from the case and that Adenekan had filed a petition against her.
Justice Nwaka said: “There is a Motion on Notice before me seeking that Hon. Justice Sybil Nwaka excuse herself from proceedings.
“As part of the Motion, there is also an exhibit which is a petition written by the defendant in the case of defilement against the judge to the NJC.
“This is a 2017 case and we have gone through the rigours of trial and at the point of conclusion, you come up with this Motion.
“I am adjourning till tomorrow, and you will come to court, move your Motion and adopt your Final Written Address. If you are not here, the needful will be done.”
Ebonyi/Cross River crisis: Widows, others get relief materials
Uchenna Inya, ABAKALIKI
Internally Displaced persons in Igbeagu community, in Izzi Local Government Area of Ebonyi State, on Tuesday received relief materials worth millions of naira from the local government.
The people of the community and their neighbours in Ukelle, in Cross River State have been at war over boundary matters with many killed and properties worth millions of naira destroyed.
Not less than 16 villages with population of over one million were displaced from their various homes as a result of the crisis.
On Tuesday, widows of those killed in the crisis and others displaced were given relief materials by the Izzi Local Government. The distribution of the relief materials took place at Ojiegbe Primary School Field in Igbeagu where those displaced by the crisis are currently camping.
Items donated to the IDPs included bags of food items, clothing, detergent, food condiments and an undisclosed amount of money.
Speaking on the occasion, Chairman of the local government, Hon. Paul Nwogha, who was represented by the Leader of Izzi Legislative Council, Hon. Kizito Nwnyi, lamented that the community being agrarian area has not been farming since the crisis started.
He appealed to the people to embrace the peace initiative of the state government as according to him, no community develops in atmosphere of rancour and crisis.
Gridlock as trailers, tankers ground activities in Minna
Daniel Atori, Minna
The incessant movement of articulated vehicles have grounded both government and commercial activities in Minna, the Niger State capital after a fuel-laden tanker overturned spilling its contents.
This is coming a week after a similar incident, involving another fuel tanker which overturned right at the gate of the state owned college of education in Minna.
Findings have it that, the consequent gridlock forced public and private schools to temporarily shut down for fear of a possible fire outbreak.
The incident occurred along the three kilometre Chanchaga-Shango entrance route to Minna, the state capital which was blocked completely on Monday night.
This is, however, the only link road to and from the state capital and has been cut off due to its deplorable condition, as commuters now follow through Gwada- Kaffi-Koro axis which takes an additional three hours.
Itt took the joint efforts of the state fire service, state Emergency Management Agency (NSEMA), Federal Road Safety Corp (FRSC) and security agencies to ensure that the situation was brought under control.
Our Correspondent learnt that, articulated vehicles traveling from southern to North and North to Southern parts of the country have continued to re-route their journey through the Bida-Minna-Suleja road as an alternative route following the collapse of the Mokwa-Tegina-Brinin Gwari, and the Bida-Agaie-Lambata-Sukeja highways.
Corps member convicted for $150 fraud
A serving member of the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC), Samuel Orie, has been convicted on one count of impersonation and obtaining by false pretence to the tune of $150.
Orie was arraigned before Justice I. N. Buba of the Federal High Court, Enugu State, by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Enugu Zonal office, yesterday.
The EFCC spokesman, Wilson Uwujaren, said Orie was arrested on August 23, 2019, based on intelligence gathering regarding his fraudulent activities.
The charge against him reads, “that you Samuel Orie, alias Scott Gibb, sometime in 2019, in Enugu within the jurisdiction of this honourable court, fraudulently presented yourself as Mr. Scott Gibb, an American contractor travelling around the world and using your email address to wit:firstname.lastname@example.org with the intent to obtain money from unsuspecting victims on the internet and thereby committed an offence contrary to Section 22(3) (b) and punishable under Section 22(4) of the Cybercrimes (Prohibition, Prevention) Act 2015.”
When the charge was read to him, Orie pleaded guilty. The prosecution counsel, E. V. Dalyop, urged the court to convict him as charged.
But the defendant’s counsel, E. O. Isiwu, pleaded with the court to temper justice with mercy as his client was a first time offender who was remorseful and willing to make restitution for all his actions.
Justice Buba convicted Orie and sentenced him to one month imprisonment starting from the date of his arrest. He is also to forfeit $150 and his Techno Camon M phone.
EFCC arrests 94 ‘yahoo’ boys at Osogbo party
Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) said it had arrested 94 suspected internet fraudsters otherwise called Yahoo Boys at a party in Osogbo, Osun State.
It said the arrest followed a raid by operatives of its Osogbo zonal office yesterday.
Also, the anti-graft agency said 19 exotic cars, laptops and other items were recovered during the dawn operation.
The Head of Media and Publicity of the EFCC, Mr. Wilson Uwujarem, who made the disclosure in a statement yesterday, said the suspects were undergoing interrogation and that those indicted would face prosecution.
He said: “Operatives of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, Ibadan zonal office, on Monday, October 14, 2019, raided an Osogbo-based nightclub notorious for hosting parties for suspected internet fraudsters.
“The raid led to the arrest of 94 suspects and confiscation of 19 exotic cars, laptops, scores of sophisticated mobile phones and other items.
“Popularly known as ‘Club Secret Underground,’ the nightclub is located on the Ibadan-Iwo Expressway, Osun State capital.”
Uwujarem noted that the operation was a product of an intelligence report that suspected Yahoo Boys had concluded plans to hold a night party at the club.
He said: “The wee-hour operation was sequel to an intelligence report hinting that the suspected internet fraudsters were organising a night party for Sunday, October 13 during which some of them intended to celebrate their loots.
“A discreet operation on the club had earlier been carried out to ascertain the authenticity of the intelligence.
“The confirmation led to the mega raid effected on Monday.
“The suspects are currently undergoing further interrogation, and those indicted would be charged to court as soon as investigations are concluded.”
Katsina: 360 inmates flee from ‘dehumanising’ reformatory centre
At least 360 inmates on Sunday broke out of Malam Bello-Mai’almajirai local reformatory centre in Daura, Katsina State.
The inmates, who were reportedly subjected to deplorable and dehumanising conditions, escaped after breaking the burglary proof.
However, yesterday, the police ordered the immediate closure of the centre.
The state Commissioner of Police, Mr. Sanusi Buba, who inspected the centre in company with journalists and other relevant stakeholders, ordered the closure in Daura.
He said that inmates were subjected to deplorable and dehumanising conditions at the centre.
The commissioner, according to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), added that the condition of inmates called for urgent and serious concern, noting that the police would search the 34 local government areas in the state to unravel such centres.
Buba explained that some of the inmates were handcuffed and compelled to sleep in unventilated rooms.
He said: “We would mount surveillance to fish out such culprits subjecting children to servitude.”
The commissioner urged parents, who took their children to the centre, to come forward with valid means of identification to claim them.
He said: “No law in the country permits such inhuman treatment.”
The Emir of Daura, Alhaji Faruk Umar Faruk, called on the police and other relevant security agencies to carry out thorough investigation on the issue.
He urged the police to be fair and just in their investigation so that the culprits would face appropriate sanctions.
The emir, who expressed shock at the discovery, said it was a surprise for such a thing to happen in his domain.
Probe our children’s murder by police, families beg Sanwo-Olu, IG
Families of the late Ayodele Solaja and Ogheneovo Ebobo have appealed to Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu of Lagos State and the Inspector General of Police, Mohammed Adamu, to order probe of the murder of the two young men.
The families specifically appealed to Sanwo-Olu to look into the complicity of the Directorate of Public Prosecutions (DPP) in the matter. They said Ayodele and Ogheneovo were murdered in cold blood by a police team led by an inspector at Iba New Estate, Lagos, on Monday August 19, 2019.
Speaking through their counsel, Adesina Ogunlana, the families said the claim by the police that the victims were robbers were unfounded since there was a video which had gone viral on the killing.
They described it as extra-judicial and demanded appropriate sanctions for the said inspector and three of his colleagues, who perpetrated the heinous act.
They said it was surprising that the killer policemen, who were already put behind bars, were released three weeks ago on the advice of the state Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP), Babajide Martins.
Ogunlana bemoaned the delay by the Commissioner for Justice in acting on petitions against the killing and sudden turn around by the DPP on the matter.
He also wondered why the police have refused to release the bodies of the victims to their families for burial.
Ayodele’s father, Chief Mayowa Solaja, expressed hope that the murder of his son would bring an end to extra-judicial killings and police brutality in the state.
He said Ayodele, who was a National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) member, was murdered a day to his return to his state of primary assignment.
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