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EFCC, NAPTIP to partner on human trafficking, money laundering

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The Acting Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Mr. Ibrahim Magu, has pledged the commission’s collaboration with the National Agency for Prohibition of Traffic in Persons (NAPTIP) in the discharge of its duties. He stated this during the week when the NAPTIP Zonal Commander, Nduka Nwanwenne, and his team, paid a courtesy visit to the Benin Zonal Office of the commission.

 

Magu, who was represented by the Zonal Head, Mukhtar Bello, said the commission would collaborate with NAPTIP as some of those involved in human trafficking also engage in money laundering. He said: “Sometimes in discharging our duties, we stumble on information which link human traffickers with money laundering. They sometimes use these people as channel to move money.”

 

 

Earlier in his remarks, the Zonal Commander, Edo State, Nwanwenne, said they were in EFCC to seek collaboration with the commission in curbing human trafficking in Nigeria. He said: “We need the collaboration of other stakeholders in curbing human trafficking. When we come across issues of financial and economic crimes, we refer it to EFCC.”

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We followed due process in sacking Ebonyi corps members – Coordinator

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The National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) Ebonyi State Command, Monday, insisted that it followed due process in the eviction of two corps members posted to the state from its Orientation Camp in Macgregor
College, Afikpo.
The two female corps members, Love Okafor and Odji Oritsetolaye, were sent packing for allegedly refusing to wear  NYSC kits in while in the Orientation Camp.
They were said to have worn skirt against the usual trousers issed to them by the NYSC.
Efforts to make them change and wear the approved kits proved abortive forcing the NYSC to de-kit and decamp them immediately.
But following wide spread misconception and condemnation that trailed the action of the NYSC authorities, the scheme has shed more light on the issue.
The State Coordinator, Mrs Ann Ibe told Reporters that the NYSC followed due process in de-kiting the corps members.
According to her, the corps members were queried for flouting Schedule 1 Article 3 (b) (ix) of the NYSC Bye Laws 1993.
The article she cited according to investigation deals with the code of
conduct of corps members especially as it has to do with mode of dressing.
A copy of the bye laws, obtained by New Telegraph, clearly states in Schedule 1 Article 3 that: “Every member shall observe the following code of conduct during the period for which the code relates.”
It further goes on to state in (b) (ix) that during the orientation: “Every member shall wear the various uniforms provided for activities.”
She further said that the bye laws also stipulated punishment for offenders in schedule 2 article 1(I) (a).
The said schedule 2 article (I) (a) states that: “Failure to wear the uniform provided for any particular activity, the Corps Member should be informed to go and wear the uniform, failing which he will be
decamped”.
Ibe said the corps members were de-kited in line with the recommendations of the NYSC Camp Court.

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Maulid: AbdulRazaq urges Nigerians to emulate Prophet Muhammad

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• Tasks Kwarans on challenges of development

Kwara State Governor AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq has congratulated the Muslim world on the birth anniversary of Prophet Muhammad (Maulid-u-nabyy), calling it an event that reshaped human history.
AbdulRazaq said the anniversary of the Prophet’s birth is an opportunity to reflect on his message of love and unity to humanity.
“His birth and rise to prophethood — 40 years after —altered the course of human history forever. Like his brother prophets and messengers, the Prophet epitomised the best of character,” AbdulRazaq said in a statement by his Chief Press Secretary Rafiu Ajakaye on Monday.
“He heralded the sort of sociopolitical transformations never seen in history and upset oppressive regimes as he campaigned to restore human dignity and man’s relationship with God.
“On this occasion of the Prophet’s birth anniversary, I call the attention of every Kwaran and Nigerian to the noble message of Prophet Muhammad — a message of peace, piety, truth, unity and universal brotherhood of man. Back home in Kwara, the challenges of development are so enormous and daunting that we must shun every antic that seeks to pull us apart as a people on the basis of religion or tribe.
“As our administration gradually implements various strategies to tackle hunger and lack of basic amenities to build a 21st century state, the least that is expected from any quarter or group of individuals is any action, message or innuendoes capable of raising tension and diverting attention from the common challenge of underdevelopment or our resolve to build a Kwara where no one is left behind.
“Our message on the occasion of this Maulid nabiyy, therefore, is for everyone to contribute their own quota to build a human community united by belief in and love of God, accommodation of differences, and collective efforts to make life worth living for fellow human beings. These, in our opinion, were what the Prophet lived for.”

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Petrol tanker bursts into flame in Lagos

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A petroleum tanker loaded with 33,000 litres Premium Motor Spirit, PMS, is currently burning at the entrance of Gowon Estate, Ipaja Road, Alimosho, Lagos.

Motorists are advised to make use of alternative routes as traffic gridlock is building up.

Men of the Lagos State Fire Service and the State Emergency Management Agency, LASEMA who raced to the scene are battling to put out the fire. At press time, there is no casualty recorded, reports the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN).

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NSCDC officials kill cyclist for overtaking their van

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fficials of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) have allegedly shot a cyclist to death at the Oregun area of Lagos State for overtaking their vehicle.

 

The officials, attached to NSCDC Lagos State Command, were said to have committed the crime about 10a.m., on Saturday at Alausa bus stop. The NSCDC officials were also said to have warned the cyclist not to overtake their vehicle.

 

The deceased, who was identified simply as Kunle, was said to be coming from Ojota where he went to drop passengers and returning to Ikeja, when he saw the NSCDC officials who were also driving towards Ikeja.

The NSCDC Public Relations Officer (PRO), Kenny Bada, however, denied that the cyclist died.

 

Bada said Kunle was only shot on the leg and had been discharged from the hospital.

The PRO, however, said the case was still under investigation

 

A witness, Mrs. Mutiat Yeqeen, said what happened was just like a dream to her.

 

Yeqeen explained that the NSCDC officials warned the cyclist from overtaking them right from Oregun bus stop when they were heading to Ikeja.

 

She said: “The officials first warned the cyclist at Oregun bus stop not to overtake their vehicle. I thought they were playing; a few minutes later, they got to Alausa bus stop and the next thing I heard was a gunshot.

 

“When we rushed to the scene, we saw the cyclist bleeding profusely. The NSCDC officials abandoned their van and fled. Fortunately, one of them was held by angry mob and the deceased’s colleagues. Police came and took them away. Before the cyclist could be rushed to hospital, he died. The angry mob set the NSCDC’s patrol van on fire.

 

“I don’t understand why the NSCDC officials killed the cyclist for overtaking them. Is it now a crime to overtake other vehicles on the road in Lagos State? They just wasted the man for his family members.”

 

 

A resident of the area, who gave her name simply as Rasheedat, said Kunle was shot at close range.

 

She said: “Immediately the cyclist was shot, the NSCDC officials took to their heels, abandoning their patrol van. But one of them was later caught. When the NSCDC had not been given arms by the Federal Government, people were clamouring for them to be given the guns, now that they’ve been given, they want to be killing Nigerians. I want to appeal to the police to investigate the matter properly, because they might want to cover the case up.

 

“Only God knows what the deceased’s wife and children are going through right now. Even policemen, who drive bullion vans, are not as reckless as the NSCDC. The excesses of NSCDC officials are becoming too much. They should be educated on how to deal with members of the public.”

 

 

A commercial cyclist disclosed that he was at Ikeja Park, waiting for passengers when he heard about the murder of his colleague.

 

 

He said: “Before we could get to the scene, he had lost a lot of blood. We were going to the hospital when he died. He was later deposited at Lagos State University Teaching Hospital. I don’t understand why these NSCDC officials didn’t want Kunle to overtake them. Kunle was hustling for what to eat when he was killed.”

 

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Gateman, neighbour murder financial analyst, steal his car

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yet-to-be-identified gateman has allegedly killed his 26-year-old boss, Segun Afolabi, a financial analyst at Gbagada area of Lagos State and attempted to take his property.

The victim, a former president of Nigeria Economics Students Association of Covenant University, was allegedly murdered on November 4, by his gateman.

Before his death, Afolabi had on several occasions given financial support to the gateman.

The gateman connived with one of Afolabi’s neighbours, who showed interest in the car the deceased bought a week ago, to kill his boss.

After successfully killing Afolabi, they wrapped his body in duvet, placed him in the boot of the new car and later dumped it in front of Gbagada General Hospital, while they drove off.

The gateman was said to have later sent his wife to Afolabi’s house to steal all his valuables. The three suspects were later nabbed when they were flagged down at a police checkpoint in Edo State on November 5.

When contacted on the incident, the Lagos State Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), DSP Bala Elkana, said he didn’t have any brief on the case at press time.

He, however, promised to link up with Edo State Police Command to get further information on the matter.

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Domestic servants flee with celebrity’s N243m jewellery

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wo domestic servants have been arrested after a Close Circuit Television (CCTV) caught them fleeing their employer’s residence with jewellery worth N243 million.

 

The two suspects, Alex Obinyan (39), cleaner and Ayuba Samson (29), car washer, were arrested by operatives of the Rapid Response Squad (RRS), Ikeja, Lagos State Police Command, after eight exhaustive days of chasing them from Lekki in Lagos to Maduiguiri in Borno State.

 

The suspects reportedly stole a Cuban Diamond necklace as well as Frank Muller and Rolex wristwatches worth N243 million belonging to their employer, a popular celebrity, who wishes to remain anonymous. According to the police, the celebrity has vast investments in Lekki and other parts of Lagos.

 

The suspects, who were captured on CCTV leaving the celebrity’s residence, have confessed to stealing the Cuban Diamond necklace valued at N54 million, a Frank Moller wristwatch worth N140 million and a Rolex wristwatch worth N49 million.

 

The suspects were arrested after they had sold the jewellery for N6 million and N4 million respectively in Lagos and Abuja.

 

One of the suspects, Obinyan, has been working with the celebrity for over eight years at his Lekki residence. The second suspect, Ayuba, started working at the celebrity’s residence just two months ago after returning from Chibok, his home town. They earned N80,000 and N50,000 monthly, respectively.

 

Obinyan said he and his accomplice sold the Cuban Diamond necklace at Eti-Osa, Lagos, for N6 million, while the Frank Muller wristwatch was sold in Abuja for N4 million.

 

He said: “I have been working with him (celebrity) in Lekki for over eight years. I’m used to moving those valuables around the house wherever I find them in his car. I have never thought of stealing them. When Samson came, he saw me with the gold chain laced with diamonds; he convinced me that we could make a fortune if we steal it. Within two months of his stay, we planned to steal these things.

 

“My boss was in the sitting room. We stole the chain along with a Frank Muller wristwatch and a Rolex wristwatch. Before escaping, we already got a buyer for the chain. We sold the Cuban Diamond chain in Eti-Osa for N6 million. The following day, we escaped to Abuja where we bought a Toyota Corolla. We sold the Frank Muller watch in Abuja for N4 million to raise more money for our escape to Borno State, where we intended to start new lives and businesses.”

 

Obinyan wrote a letter to the celebrity informing him of his departure.

 

He wrote in parts: “I know you will be shocked over why I’m writing you, but the truth is that I have come to notice that you are not a person that someone can rely on. I have been patient enough to see if you could help me, but you keep on promising me, up till now. To cut the story short, I have decided to stop working for you. You have to bear with me. I have gone for good, because I cannot continue to work for a person that doesn’t care about me and doesn’t value me.”

 

The suspects and the buyers of the jewellery were brought to RRS headquarters, by the Decoy Team of the agency in an unbranded vehicle.

 

The suspects were arrested in Maiduguri in their two rooms and parlour, which they had rented. Also arrested with them were the buyers of the Cuban Diamond necklace, Haruna Abdullahi, and that of the Frank Muller’s wristwatch, Abubakar Buhari.

 

 

Recovered from the suspects were a Rolex watch, two brand new tricycles, a Toyota Corolla car and $2,200.

 

The suspects have been transferred to the State Criminal Investigations and Intelligence Department (SCIID), Panti, Yaba, for further investigations.

 

The RSS Commander, DCP Olatunji Disu, urged Lagosians to always carry out background checks on all prospective workers before employing them.

 

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One killed, others injured in soldiers, SARS men’s clash

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ne person was reportedly killed yesterday when men of the Nigerian Army and those of the Police Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) clashed in Gboko Local Government Area of Benue State.

 

Apart from the person said to have been killed by stray bullet, several others, among them children, were also injured during the clash.

 

The incident occurred at Akaajime, on the ever-busy Mkar-Gboko Road, when worshippers were going to the church for the morning service.

 

Those who were wounded were rushed to different hospitals for treatment.

 

It was learnt that trouble started when a newly wedded Army Lance Corporal (name withheld) and his colleagues were heading to the church for a thanksgiving at Mkar when a SARS patrol team on routine patrol, overtook the Army’s vehicle and blocked them.

 

“In an attempt by the Army to overtake the SARS vehicle, the SARS officials started shooting sporadically at the soldiers, ordering them to park.

 

 

“The soldiers’ explanations that they were going to the church fell on deaf ears as the SARS officicials requested for the identity cards and vehicle particulars of Army officers who were mostly in mufti.

 

 

“When one of the soldiers brought out his ID card, the SARS leader grabbed it and from there, it became a serious conflict between the uniformed men. The police were shooting sporadically to scare the soldiers but the latter didn’t give a damn, although many of them were not armed.

 

 

“The soldiers were in a private Nisan car with their colleague who wedded on Saturday,” a witness said.

 

Another witness, who also pleaded anonymity, told our correspondent that, “the soldiers, who were in their uniforms, except two personnel, told the police team they were escorting their newly wedded colleague to a thanksgiving and felt embarrassed by their request for documents.

 

“At this point, one of the policemen stopped the soldiers from passing and the latter angrily fired sporadically into the air.

 

 

“The clash subsided when the community leaders and youths identified the couple as members of the community but not kidnappers as police were reportedly suspecting.”

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Teenager, three others held with 42 bags of hemp

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olice in Ogun State have intercepted 42 bags containing weeds suspected to be Indian hemp and arrested four persons, among them a teenager, in the process.

The suspects are James Tiva (19), Anayor Okechukwu (25), John Chid (32) and Felix Tehemeh (20).

They were apprehended on Saturday at Ijebu-Igbo in Ijebu North Local Government Area.

The state Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), DSP Abimbola Oyeyemi, said in a statement yesterday that the suspects were apprehended following a tip-off.

Oyeyemi said that preliminary investigation revealed that the suspects had a large expanse of land inside the forest where the cannabis was being planted on a yearly basis.

He said: “The suspects were arrested following information received by the DPO, Ijebu-Igbo Police Station that some cannabis farmers, who have just harvested their illicit farm produce, were coming to pass through the town with the weeds.

“Upon the information, the DPO, SP Kaseem Solotan, quickly mobilised his men and headed straight to the forest where the suspects were said to be coming from.

“The suspects were accosted on the road where four of them were apprehended with 42 bags containing weeds suspected to be Indian hemp.

“”Preliminary investigation revealed that the suspects had a large expanse of land inside the forest where the cannabis is being planted on a yearly basis.”

Oyeyemi said the state Commissioner of Police, Bashir Makama, had ordered the immediate transfer of the suspects to the State Criminal Investigations and Intelligence Department (SCIID) for discreet investigation.

He added: “The commissioner also praised members of the public for their alertness and provision of necessary information that led to the arrest of the suspects.

“The commissioner, therefore, directed that a comprehensive investigation that will lead security agencies to the farm where the cannabis is being planted be carried out without delay.”

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Teenager, three others arrested with 42 bags of Indian hemp

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Police in Ogun State have intercepted 42 bags containing weeds suspected to be Indian hemp and arrested four persons, including a teenager, in the process.

The suspects include 19-year-old James Tiva; Anayor Okechukwu, 25; John Chid, 32; and Felix Tehemeh, 20.

They were nabbed on Saturday in Ijebu-Igbo, Ijebu North Local Government Area of the state.

A statement Sunday by the police spokesman, Abimbola Oyeyemi, indicated that the suspects were apprehended following a tip-off.

Oyeyemi, a Deputy Superintendent of Police, stated that preliminary investigation revealed that the suspects had a large expanse of land inside the forest where the cannabis is being planted on yearly basis.

He said: “The suspects were arrested following information received by the DPO Ijebu-Igbo police station that some cannabis farmers who have just harvested their illicit farm products were coming to pass through the town with the weeds.

“Upon the information, the DPO, SP Kaseem Solotan, quickly mobilized his men and headed straight to the forest where the suspects were said to be coming from.

“The suspects were accosted on the road where four of them were apprehended with 42 bags containing weeds suspected to be Indian hemp.

“Preliminary investigation revealed that the suspects had a large expanse of land inside the forest where the cannabis is being planted on yearly basis.”

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Man refuses to pay after sex, kills prostitute

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A man, Mr. Babatunde Damilare, has reportedly killed a sex worker in Lagos during a squabble over non-payment for services.

Damilare was arrested by detectives attached to the Homicide Section of the State Criminal Investigations and Intelligence Department (SCIID), Panti, Yaba, Lagos.

The incident occurred at the Surulere area of Lagos. It was learnt that on November 6, about 10.30p.m., policemen at Surulere Police Station received information that a commercial sex worker, identified simply as Elochukwu, had engaged her customer, Damilare, in a fight over the price of sexual services she rendered at Edo Inn Hotel, Number 17, Atan Street, Empire, Surulere.

The state Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), DSP Bala Elkana, said during the scuffle, Damilare picked a knife and allegedly stabbed Elochukwu several times on her neck, leading to her death.

He said: “The suspect was, however, arrested by Homicide detectives led by the Divisional Police Officer (DPO) in charge of Surulere, a Chief Superintendent of Police (CSP), Adebayo Adeoya. The body of the deceased was later evacuated and deposited at Mainland Hospital morgue, Yaba, for autopsy.”

Elkana, however, said the suspect would be charged to court.

Meanwhile, a 35-year-old man has been arrested for allegedly defiling a five-year-old girl at the Bariga area of Lagos State.

It was learnt that on November 5, about 3.15p.m., policemen from Bariga Police Station arrested Bunmi Adeyemi (35), residing at Number 8, Alhaji Alake Street.

The suspect was said to have been arrested by a team of detectives from the Family Support Unit for allegedly defiling the minor. During interrogation, the suspect confessed to the crime.

Elkana said the victim was later taken to Mirabel Centre, Ikeja, for medical treatment and forensic examination.

The PPRO added that the command’s Gender Unit had taken over the investigation and that the suspect would also be charged to court.

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