A housewife, Shamsiya Muhammad, on Wednesday begged a a Sharia Court ll, sitting in Magajin Gari, Kaduna state to dissolve her marriage with Sani Adamu, over his refusal to pray.
The complainant, Muhammad, who resides at Tudun Wada, Kaduna, said that she cannot continue with Adamu, because he also does not care for her and always insults her parents whenever they have a misunderstanding.
“We got married six years ago and we have two children, he paid N40,000 as my bride price, I am willing to return back his money and free myself from the union as Islam guides us,’’ she said.
The defendant, Adamu who also resides at Tudun Wada, kaduna, who denied insulting his wife’s parents and said that he prays five times daily.
Adamu also said that he loves his wife and prayed the court to give him more time to settle their differences.
Earlier, a witness, Malam Sulaiman Sabo, leader of Kaduna butchers, said that he had made several attempts to settle both parties so that their marriage can continue but to no avail.
“I have sat them down many time to settle them, at my presence they oblige and forgive each other and promise to live in peace.
“After every meeting with them, bad news follows on the same issues I tried to settle between them, all of them are my neighbors and Adamu’s father is a butcher under my leadership, I tried my best but it’s not working out,’’ Sabo said.
The Judge, Murtala Nasir, after listening to both parties and Sabo, adjourned the case to Sept. 30 for the complainant to bring the N40, 000 she received as bride price for judgment.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the case was adjourned four times at different sittings to enable Malam Sabo intervene but the wife still remained on her stands of seeking divorce.
Kwara gov inaugurates cabinet, charges them on sincerity, legacy
•Commissioners, SAs get portfolios
Kwara State Governor AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq on Friday inaugurated and called on his cabinet members to consider what legacies they would like to be remembered for in the discharge of their duties, saying the administration has a historical duty to change the narrative about the state.
He also swore in members of the Civil Service Commission and the Deputy Chief of Staff Adebukola Risikat Babalola whose appointment was announced earlier Friday. He had earlier also named Architect Kale Belgore as Senior Adviser and Counsellor.
He said: “Let me remind all of you that we are not the best out of the 3.5 million people in this state. However, providence has placed on our shoulders the historic responsibility to take our people out of Egypt and safely into the Canaan land.
“This task requires focus, patience, sacrifice, tact, speed, and constant supplication to God Almighty to guide us on every step of the way. We must engage, listen, and relate well with our people whose mandate has brought us here. In doing so, we must see the whole of Kwara as our constituency.”
The event was attended by hundreds of Kwarans and top government functionaries, including the Deputy Governor Kayode Alabi; Speaker of the House of Assembly Salihu Danladi Yakubu; Representative of the Chief Judge Justice Bayo Yusuf; Grand Kadi of Kwara State Ola Abdulkadir; principal officers and members of the House of Assembly; Secretary to the State Government Prof Mamman Jibril; Head of Service Modupe Oluwole; and Chief of Staff to the Governor Aminu Adisa Logun.
The governor reminded the cabinet members of the need to always relate well with the public and to work together as a team, “stronger together, each watching the back of the other.”
Umahi: I’ve made provisions for minimum wage
- Presents 2020 budget
Governor of Ebonyi state, Chief Dave Umahi Friday announced that he has made adequate provisions for the implementation of the new minimum wage salaries for civil servants in the state.
He urged organised labour in the state to hasten their negotiations with the government to enable it implement the new wage for the workers.
Umahi spoke at the state Assembly chambers in Nkaliki, Abakaliki Local Government Area of the state while presenting 2020 budget estimate tagged “Budget of growth, consolidation and transformation” to the state Assembly.
He announced that a total of N178,136,634,975.38 billion would be spent in 2020 by his administration.
He noted that whatever was agreed at the local government level in the state on the minimum wage would be implemented at the state level by the administration.
“In the 2020 budget estimate, we made provisions for our minimum wage payment and I use the opportunity to ask labour to hasten up their commitment in the negotiation so that we can conclude and then we will implement the minimum wage,” the governor said.
Man butchers lover, sells parts to herbalists, clerics for N1000 each
Operatives of the Inspector-General of Police Special Intelligence Response Team (IRT) have arrested an herbalist, who allegedly killed his lover and sold her body parts to different herbalists, Muslim clerics and pastors for ritual at the rate of N1000 per part.
IRT Operatives, led by a Deputy Commissioner of Police, Mr Abba Kyari, have arrested 13 herbalists so far involved the butchering and selling of the victim’s body parts, while many others are still at large.
Our reporter learnt that the tracking and eventual arrest of the suspects in different parts of Ogun State would not have been possible, if not for the active participation of the Ogun State Commissioner of Police, Kenneth Ebrimson and his men in the investigation, which stretched into weeks.
The prime suspect, Segun Olaniyi, claimed that the victim, Abosede Iyada, was his lover. He also admitted orchestrating her murder for money making ritual.
Operatives launched investigation into the case on November 15 following a letter of complaint from Abosede’s parents, Mr and Mrs Segun Adeyemi, residing at Plot ‘2’ Adio Idris Close, Oke Oko in Ifo Local Government Area. The complaint was lodged at the IRT office, Ogun State Annex.
According to the distraught parents, Abosede, married and mother of a child left her husband’s house in the morning of that fateful day to visit Olaniyi popularly known as “Agba Isegun,”a native doctor at Ifo area.
Since then Abosede appeared to have disappeared into thin air. Attempts to call her phone were abortive as it remained permanently switched off.
After the operatives launched investigation into the disappearance of the woman, they started tracking her phone and that of Olaniyi.
Olaniyi was tracked and arrested in Abeokuta area of Ogun State. During interrogation, he claimed that he and Abosede were lovers, that she came to visit him on November 15, but that on arrival at his place, he and his friends, Fagbon and AY, who were desperately in need of money, abducted and took her to a secluded area, where they butchered her and sold her body parts to interested buyers within Ogun and Lagos states.
It was gathered that following Olaniyi’s confessions, the operatives moved to Abeokuta and different villages like Ifo, Itori Papalanto and Adigbe area where 11 suspects were arrested.
Among those arrested, eight confessed to kidnapping and killing and buying of the body parts of the victim. The number of those arrested soon swelled to 13.
A source said: “Abosede and the prime suspect were secondary school lovers. They later parted ways and married other spouses. We understand that Abosede had been having series of problems with her husband, who is a commercial motorcycle rider. Somehow, she reconnected with Olaniyi, who is now an herbalist. This reconnection with Olaniyi came after 15 years apart. Olaniy, the herbalist was perceived as being rich. He used to give the deceased N2000 every day. She soon started going to visit him and soon, both of them started sleeping together. She would tell her husband that she was going to work, she would go to the suspect’s place.
“She had earlier told the suspect to help her to become wealthy. So on that fateful day she came, Olaniyi told her to go to the stream with his two friends to strip and bath her hair. She went with them; they held her down inside the stream and stabbed her to death. They then brought her out and deboned her before selling her flesh for N1000. One of the herbalists arrested told us that Olaniyi uses charm placed on his tongue to speak to the victim, which made her to obey and do whatever he asked her to do.”
Those arrested in connection with the killing and buying of Abosede’s body parts are; Segun Olaniyi (42), Ayodemeji Adileye (25) aka AY, also known as the human being butcher, Babalola Akanbi (48), Adeifa Sogbeyinde (37), Rasaq Arabs (27), Sunday Akinyemi (41), Adewole Olwafemi (38) aka Pastor, Mustapha Ajibola (31) aka Alfa, Mustapha Iliya (30), Shilola Amodu (38) aka Alfa, Jamiu Abass (25) , Smooth Kazeem (37) aka Alfa and Adesola Oduyemi (56).
The IRT Operatives recovered substances confessed by the suspects to be burnt human parts of Abosede. Some of the substances were in powdery and liquid forms.
Scores cheat death as tanker falls on Victoria Island
*Workers, residents panic, motorists groan in gridlock
There was confusion early this morning on Victoria Island, Lagos when a 33,000-litre fuel laden taker lost control and fell on the road at the ever-busy Ozumba Mbadiwe Road spilling its contents on the road.
For hours, residents, workers in various offices, motorists and other road users scampered for safety and in fear of the possible explosion that could rock the commercial centre.
But a swift intervention of the emergency responders, law enforcement officers and traffic management agencies saved the day as the scene was quickly condoned off.
Vehicular movement was diverted metres away from the scene to prevent explosion, a development that resulted in a very serious gridlock that backed up to the Third Mainland Bridge.
It was also learnt that the 32-year-old driver of the tanker has been taken to hospital by the emergency responders.
It was learnt that the unbranded tanker with registration number KRD-280XN was conveying AGO (diesel) to a destination yet to be ascertained as at the filing this report at about 5am when the accident occurred.
The combined efforts of the LASEMA response unit, otherwise known as Sharks (Lekki) Response Squad, alongside the Bravo Team (Paramedics), another unit of LASEMA, LASTMA, LASG FIRE, FED FIRE, LCC and Nigeria Police had a hectic time in the management of the accident scene.
Speaking on the cause of the accident, the Director-General of LASEMA, Dr Femi Oke-Osanyintolu said that one of the tyres of the tanker burst while in motion, causing the tanker running over the highway median while it compartment detached and flipped over, before it finally upturned spilling its contents onto the road.
Oke-Osanyintolu said: “On getting to the scene of the incident, a white coloured unbranded tanker with registration number KRD-280XN laden with 33,000 litres of AGO (diesel) was found to have fallen on Ozumba Mbadiwe Avenue. Further investigation revealed that one of its tyres burst while in motion. This resulted in the vehicle running over the highway median while the tanker compartment detached and flipped over, finally resting on its head.”
Three soldiers arrested for robbery
The Lagos State Police Command has arrested three soldiers at the Obanikoro area of the metropolis for armed robbery.
The three suspects, who were alleged to have been arrested in full military uniform and were armed with a dagger. The three men, who were arrested on 3rd of December, were further alleged to specialise in targeting and robbing drivers with broken trucks and containers.
A source said: “They were arrested as early as 5:a.m. by the Divisional Police Officer (DPO) in charge of Somolu Police Station. Before the arrest of the soldiers, the DPO had been receiving a series of complaints from commuters and motorists that military men used to rob them. There had also been complaints of passers -bye being attacked and robbed and owners of broken down vehicles robbed at night, also by military men.”
On the fateful day of the suspects’ arrest, a distressed woman was said to have dashed into the office of the DPO, screaming that robbers in uniform were operating at Obanikoro.
The woman insisted that she was robbed and that she saw the soldiers robbing a driver. The DPO quickly gathered his men and they raced to the scene.
“On getting to the scene, the DPO and his men saw three men in full military uniform. They were actually robbing a driver of a broken down truck. The truck had developed fault, thus the driver had to park at Obanikoro to seek solution. The DPO and his men tried to arrest the soldiers, but they put up a struggle until they were overpowered by the policemen,” said the source.
The three suspects were taken to the station and a dagger was recovered from them. The driver told police that the soldiers took N40, 000 from a woman that was passing by and were forcing him to submit N100, 000 before the arrival of the DPO and his men.
The source said: “They asked the driver to give them N100,000, he said he didn’t have such an amount of money with him. They were searching him when the DPO and his men got there. The soldiers operate using a motorcycle. Police have recovered the motorcycle from them. Police also recovered their identity cards from them.”
Preliminary investigation showed that one of the suspects, Corporal Kaduru Sani, is attached to Air force Base in Lagos State, while his colleagues are from military base in Ilorin, Kwara State.
The two suspects from Ilorin said that they came to visit Sani. They denied being robbers, insisting that they were just looking for means to raise money to feed.
“They further explained that they only used the dagger to threaten people, not that they wanted to hurt anyone,” said the source.
Woman killed during robbers’ confrontation with police
The Abia State Commissioner of Police, Mr. Ene Okon, yesterday, debunked allegation that his officer killed a woman trader while attempting to extort commercial cyclists in the state.
The victim, identified as Kasarachi, was a fruit seller at the Apumiri Market. Okon, while narrating how the incident happened, said that he got the information through a phone call moments after he returned from Abuja.
He had immediately called the Officer in Charge of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS), in Ubakala.
Okon said: “I received the brief to the effect that there was a distress call at the dustbin area of Ubakala and then SARS operatives attached to Ubakala, responded to the distress call and discovered that robbers, numbering about five, using a Toyota RAV4 and in army camouflage, were operating. On sighting the SARS men, the gang opened fire and the SARS operatives retaliated. During the exchange of gunfire, a stray bullet hit the victim, who was rushed to the hospital and was confirmed dead.”
Okon said the Toyota Sienna van used by the SARS operatives was riddled with bullets. According to him: “There was nothing like an accidental discharge or direct firing at the victim.”
The CP disclosed that he has constituted a panel to investigate the circumstances that led to the death of the victim. This was even as he disclosed that the matter happened the previous night.
However, an eyewitness alleged that the deceased was killed by SARS men, who were attempting to extort cyclists. The eyewitness explained that some of the cyclists would be arrested and detained, then asked by the SARS men to bail themselves with N30,000 or N50,000.
The eyewitness noted that it was in the process of extorting the commercial motorcycle operators that one of the policemen fired the bullet that killed Kasarachi.
The eyewitness noted: “She was returning from a nearby filling station where she had gone to pack her wares at the end of the day’s business when she was hit by the bullet. There was no robbery at all. We saw what happened and we can identify the policeman that pulled the trigger.”
Osun Govt rescues destitute couple, four children
The State Government, yesterday, vowed to do everything possible to see to the welfare of women, children and the vulnerable in the state.
The Commissioner for Women, Children and Social Affairs, Barrister Olubukola Olaboopo, stated this while assisting a family of six wandering around Aregbe bus stop in Osogbo, the state capital.
She explained that the family consists of a father, his pregnant wife and four children, out of which one is a disabled.
Olaboopo said that the people residing in the area informed the Ministry of Women, Children and Social Affairs of the destitute family, after which she swung into action and took necessary steps to rescue them.
According to the Commissioner, the state government would do everything within her reach to ensure that the state alleviates the hardships of the vulnerable.
She urged members of the public to always be their brother’s keeper.
In another development, the Deputy President of Osun Chamber of Commerce, Industry, Mines and Agriculture (OSUCCIMA), Mr Bisi Makanjuola, has declared that the gains of the recent economic summit in Osun was so robust that the government of Governor Adegboyega Oyetola could leverage on it for a resounding success.
Makanjuola stated this during the December meeting of the association held in Osogbo. Describing the summit as peculiar and not just a talk shop, Makanjuola noted that the resource persons engaged were highly knowledgeable in local and international experiences.
He explained that the Summit had showcased the potentials of Osun in critical areas which could encourage local investors as well as attract foreign ones, emphasising that Osun was not a poor state.
Rights group charges IGP to end sexual violence
The Network on Police Reform in Nigeria (NOPRIN) has called on the Inspector-General of Police, Mohammed Adamu, to take appropriate steps to curb acts of sexual violence allegedly being perpetrated by his men.
This was stated by the National Coordinator of NOPRIN, Mr Emmanuel Ikule in Lagos recently, at this year’s International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women, and the beginning of the 16 Days of Activism, which has as its theme, “Orange the World: Generation Equality Stands Against Rape.”
Ikule, who said that the law enforcement officers were not above the law, added: “They are supposed to protect, not abuse women and girls. Thus, if they commit acts of sexual abuse, they should be dismissed from the force and made to face the civil court on criminal charges.”
Ikule also bemoaned the fact that those acts of sexual violence were either ignored or allowed to continue with impunity. “It happens every day. It has come to the level whereby people that are supposed to be defending us are the ones defiling us,” said Ikule.
He cited the case of Akungba Akoko in Ondo State, where some policemen at a checkpoint close to the state university were harassing two female students of the school.
He said: “I think it is high time we made that change and ensure that change is affected! And it has to start with us. It is not only acts of sexual violence perpetrated by law enforcement agents that are not reported by the media.The media should assist us in the dissemination of information about the scourged.”
The Programme Officer, Project Alert. Mrs Nsini Udonta, also raised the alarm on the rising spate of sexual violence against women and children. She stated categorically that “No day passes without a reported case of sexual violence against women and children.”
She added: “It was for this reason that the 16 Days of Activism has come to stay as a global activism, whereby individuals, governments and non-governmental organisations are expected to engage in various advocacies, including against sexual abuse.”
Udonta, however, drew attention to the fact that a research carried out by her organisation some time ago, and published, showed that 77 per cent of victims of sexual violence in Nigeria were children.
Explaining the reality of sexual violence against children in Nigeria, Udonta said: “You’ll agree with me that there is no day that cases of sexual violence against children are not reported in the media. We have a case whereby a two year old child was defiled. We also have a case whereby a six months old baby was defiled. We have recorded several cases which we need to draw the world’s attention to.”
Representing the Federation of Women Lawyers (FIDA), Mrs Philomena Nneji, said her organisation was passionate about women and children, particularly with respect to the prevalence of sexual violence in Nigeria.
Man to die by hanging for killing father
The Bauchi State High Court 5, Presided over by Justice Aliyu Baba Usman, has sentenced Umaru Muhammadu Jauro Ori, to death by hanging for killing his father inside a mosque in Mai’aduwa Village of Misau Local Government Area.
Delivering judgement yesterday, Usman said he had listened to the prosecutor, Hussein Ishaq Magaji and the defense counsel led by Barrister Chukwumeka Ikwazu carefully.
He said: “The death of the victim was as a result of the act of the accused and the prosecution counsels has proved their case beyond reasonable doubt. I found the accused culpable of homicide punishable with death under Section 221 of the Bauchi State Laws. I hereby sentenced him to die by hanging.”
Magaji told the court that the covict went into a mosque in Mai’aduwa Village and stabbed his father on the head with a machete. The man sustained severe injuries. He was rushed to the Misau General Hospital, where he died the following day.
The convit pleaded not guilty to the offence during trial. The prosecution counsel brought 10 witnesses in separate statements recorded by the Police during investigation.
Before the court, younger brother of the deceased, Umar Mohammed Jatau, 70, and Junior brother of the Ibrahim Muhammadu Jauro Ori, 26, stated that the convict had problem with their father and siblings.
The witnesses said the deceased gave each of them farm and after that, Umaru left the village for over 10 months. Nobody knew his whereabouts until the day he returned, stormed the mosque during prayers and stabbed his father on the head with a machete.
It was further gathered that youths in the community chased and caught him. He was taken to the nearest police station, while his father was taken to the nearest hospital, where he died. The old man was later buried according to Islamic rites.
The convict in his statement said he had a wife and three children. He said that he killed his father for separating him and his wife. He said that he stayed in the city for so long, that his father divorced his wife on his behalf. He said that right now, he had no wife. He further stated that his father also separated him from his two brothers.
Umaru admitted that when he returned, he took a machete and entered the mosque and stabbed his father on the head. He said that when his father fell, he ran away and was pursued and caught by youths in the community.
He said: “The youths beat me mercilessly and injured my right fingers. We took our father to hospital and he died while receiving treatment. I have never killed a human being before. I’m not an armed robber. This is my first time of killing a human being. I ask for pardon.”
Killers of DSS official still unknown as cultist murders another
The Ebonyi State Police Command, yesterday, confirmed the murder of an official of the Department of State Security (DSS) in the state.
The DSS official was said to have been murdered by gunmen at Onwe road, Abakaliki.
Also, yesterday, a 30-year-old man, Boniface Nwogha, was murdered by suspected cultists in Abakaliki.
Nwogha was a plumber, living with his family at Michael Nwogha Onuba Street Amike- Aba in Ebonyi Local Government Area. He was killed at about 8:pm.
A source from the Neighborhood Watch, who did
not want his name mentioned, said there was a misunderstanding in the compound, which left someone with injury, leading to a reprisal in the night. The cultists were alleged to have stormed the plumber’s shooting sporadically, forcing everyone to scamper for safety.
The source further said: “We got the information that there was gunshot in the area and we immediately rushed to the place. When we got there, everybody has
ran for safety. We did not see anyone, but we saw a body in a pool of blood. It was then we started knocking on doors of the residents of the compound. On introducing ourselves, people came out of their houses, including the wife of the deceased. We then called the Divisional Police Officer (DPO), who also came with his men to the scene. The incident was suspected to be a cult attack according to the eldest brother of the deceased.”
There has been massive arrest around the area by the police following the killing of Nwogha.
The Ebonyi State Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), DSP Loveth Odah, confirmed the murder of Nwhogha and that of the DSS official
Odah said: “The DPO said some people came to report in his office that the deceased was found in a pool of blood in Amike-Aba. He rushed him to the hospital where he was confirmed dead by doctors. Because the case is a murder case, it was transferred to the state
headquarters for onward investigation.”
She confirmed that there has been massive arrest of people in the area as a result of the incident.
Odah added: “We actually wanted to ensure that the perpetrators were arrested and the people of the area are not doing us any good. They are not coming up with any useful information that will help the police to arrest the perpetrators. You will recall that sometime before the end of last month, there was someone in Onwe road Abakaliki who was later identified as DSS officer because an ID card was found in him. He was found in a pool of his blood. At the end of the day, the DPO took him to
hospital where he was confirmed dead and till today, the killers have remained unknown.”
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