final year student of Adekunle Ajasin University, Akungba-Akoko (AAUA), Ondo State, Doyin Boluwaji, has been reportedly swept away by flood.
The incident, which occurred on Monday evening at Igbaka area of the university community in Akoko South West Local Government Area of the state, has been attributed to the downpour in the community.
According to sources, the 400-level final student from the Department of Religious and African Studies, tried to move out of her house but got stuck in the flood and was swept away.
One of the sources said that Boluwaji’s landlord, Elemukona Ademola, escaped being swept away by the flood as she held on to a tree but the student was not so lucky.
It was learnt that the house, where the incident occurred, is close to a canal which always overflows anytime it rains.
Another source explained that the house was flooded on Monday evening and the victim tried to leave the house in order not to be trapped in the flood but slipped in the process and she was swept into the canal.
The source said some people, who rushed to the scene of the incident in attempt to save the girl, could not rescue her, as she had been carried away, saying all efforts to search for the victim were not successful while the community organised a search party to look for the body of the student.
He, however, said the body of Boluwaji had not been located or recovered as at the time of filing this report.
The AAUA Public Relations Officer (PRO), Mr. Victor Akinpelumi, described the incident as unfortunate.
He said efforts were being made to locate the victim by some local divers.
Akinpelumi said the management of the school led by the Deputy Vice Chancellor and some other principal officers had visited the home of the victim while efforts had been put in place to search for her.
The PRO also disclosed that the parents of the student had visited the scene of incident.
He said: “The incident happened outside the school campus, but we have put in place some efforts to recover or locate the girl.”
Similarly, officials of the Ondo State government led by the state Commissioner for Agriculture, Mr. Gboyega Adefarati, visited the scene of the incident.
Sympathising with the people and residents of the area, Adefarati warned the people against dumping refuse into the canal in order not to block the drainage.
The traditional ruler of the town, the Alale of Akungba, Oba Sunday Adeyeye Ajimo, appealed to all relevant authorities, especially the state, Federal Government and the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) to come to the aid of the people affected by the flood.
Female banker jailed one year for fraud
A 51-year-old female banker, Yetunde Iyabo Adewunmi, was yesterday sentenced to one year imprisonment for conspiracy, aiding and abetting fraud. Adewunmi was arraigned by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Ibadan Zonal office. Adewunmi was convicted of the one-count amended charge instituted against her before Justice Peter Lifu of the Federal High Court 2, sitting in Osogbo, Osun State. EFCC’s spokesman, Wilson Uwujaren, said:
“Investigation conducted by officials of the commission revealed that the convict used her position as a staffer of a new generation bank in Ile-Ife, Osun State, to forge two identity cards for Abayomi Samuel Onalaja, an internet fraudster, to enable him to cash two Western Union transactions received from his foreign victims.”
Adewunmi was said to have benefited N236,736 from the illegal dealings. Owing to the findings, the commission earlier filed against her a fivecount charge bordering on money laundering, but later amended it to one-count after agreeing to a plea bargain option with her.
The amended charge professed her guilty of offence contrary to Section 27(2) of the Cybercrimes (Prohibition, Prevention) Act, 2015. She pleaded guilty to the charge and was accordingly convicted. The prosecution counsel, Shamusuddeen Bashir, had earlier prayed the court to accept the conditions of the plea bargain which included restitution of the proceeds of the crime, and as well confirmed that the commission had indeed received the money.
Policeman slept with me several times –Girl, 9
An Ikeja Special Offences and Domestic Violence Court, Lagos, yesterday heard how a policeman, Andy Eghobamien, lured a nine-year-old girl into his apartment and defiled her on several occasions. The child, a primary five pupil, told the court that Eghobamien, on one occasion after the abuse, hid her under his bed when her elder sister was frantically searching for her.
The 40-year-old policeman, who is standing trial on a onecount charge of defilement, allegedly committed the offence on June 6, 2018 at No 73 Imam Street, Amukoko area of Lagos. While being led in evidence by the state prosecutor, Inumidun Solarin, the girl said the defendant lured her into his room by giving her N200 to buy milk for him. Testifying before Justice Sybil Nwaka, the child said: “I am the last child of my family.
I have a brother and two sisters. I am in primary five and I attend African Bethel School, Ikorodu town.” When asked if she knew why she was in court, she replied: “Yes I do. This place is called a court and I came here to say everything that happened to me and also tell the truth. “I know Brother Andy (the defendant).
He is our neighbour who lives at the back yard of our house. He is popularly known as ‘officer’. “On that day, Brother Andy called me when I got back from school and sent me on an errand. He sent me to go and buy milk for him.
Then he gave me N200. “I bought the milk and when I returned, he asked me to bring it inside his room. He then said I should drop the milk on the table and sit down. “When I sat down, he told me to lie on the bed and remove my pants.
He now put his penis in my bum bum. “He put his penis at my front bum bum (she demonstrates by pointing at her private part). After that, he asked me to hide under the bed when my elder sister started calling my name. “One of our neighbours, Chioma, even entered his room to buy recharge card for him, though she didn’t see me, I saw her from under the bed. “When elder sister was shouting my name and looking for me, ‘officer’ told me to pretend like nothing happened and that I should pass through the backyard gate.
“My sister now later found me and asked where I went to and I lied. I told her that I went to my friend’s house but she insisted that I take her to my friend’s house. “Then I started begging her not to beat me, and that I was inside officer’s room.
My sister now beat me and reported to my Dad, who was very angry after my sister told him what happened. “When my Mummy came back from the market where she sells Abacha (African salad), my sister reported me again.
This time my Mummy threatened to kill me if I don’t tell her what happened. I became afraid and told her the truth. “Immediately my Mum called all her brothers and they came to our house the following morning. They took us to Amukoko Police Station to report. It was after we made a report at the station that the police came and arrested Brother Andy.” When asked what happened after they made statements at the police station, she said, “the police told my Mummy to take me to Mirabel Centre at Ikeja for medical check-up. At the Mirabel Centre, the doctor said that it was not once, twice or thrice that officer has been having sex with me”. “How many times has he done such to you (sexual intercourse)?” the prosecutor asked. She replied: “Many times. I can’t really count.”
However, during cross-examination by the defence lawyer, M. L. Ezomo, the child said that she could not shout or tell her sister immediately the incident occurred because the policeman threatened to kill her if she told anyone. She added: “No other person touched me except Brother Andy.” Justice Nwaka thereafter adjourned the matter till October 30 for continuation of trial.
Orji Kalu Foundation to partner Turkish foundation
Orji Uzor Kalu Foundation (OUKF), a Non- Governmental Organisation (NGO)) and a Turkish NGO based in Nigeria known as the “UFUK dialogue” have started moves to seal a collaborative partnership aimed at providing empowerment, promoting peace and national coexistence among Nigerians. This was made known at a meeting held in Abuja by both foundations.
The Orji Uzor Kalu Foundation, which had recently concluded its Small Traders Loan Scheme, expressed optimism that the partnership would be beneficial to the less privileged when finalised. The Vice President of the UFUK Foundation, Emrah IIgen, disclosed that the foundation was focused at promoting peace in the country as well as education. He listed ignorance, poverty and disunity as the major problems confronting Nigeria, stating the foundation was doing all it could to end those problems.
Emrah said: “We are a foundation aimed at promoting peace and mutual understanding and coexisting, our motto says reserve in your heart a seat for everyone. We need to build peaceful coexistence in this country, and all over the world. Currently in Nigeria, we are facing three major problems and they are ignorance, poverty and disunity.
“Therefore, educating the people is very important and also we offer scholarships to people in order to reach out to them as a way of solving the education problem in this country and other countries as well. Because bad people are there gaining from the illiterate people, taking advantage of the uneducated people.” Mr. Kenneth Udeh, the Media Officer, who represented the OUKF at the meeting, highlighted the activities of the foundation in the areas of promoting peace and empowerment.
He said: “Our foundation and yours have many similarities, most especially in the area of promoting peaceful coexistence and tolerance. In the last two years we have embarked on peace tours in the Northern and South-western states of Nigeria.
During the tour we paid courtesy calls on governors, traditional rulers and community stakeholders. The foundation held meetings with members of some communities and encouraged them to live as one regardless of their tribe or religion. The foundation used the opportunity to resolve some age-long disputes among families and neighbouring communities…
“It also launched its petty traders loan scheme which loans of N20,000-N50,000 was given to small business owners to improve their businesses. We also organised the Agricultural empowerment programme where over 400,000 costly, high yielding palm seedlings known was ‘Tenera’ where given to farmers free of charge just to mention a few.” Also Present at the meeting were Mrs. Ugochi Okoroafor the Assistant Secretary of the OUK Foundation and Sumeyye Gul Ari Coordniator Women Platform of the UFUK Dialogue Foundation.
Four kidnappers, two cyclists killed in Edo
Operatives attached to the Edo State Police Command have killed four suspected kidnappers during a shootout. The gunmen were said to have laid ambush for operatives of the command. This is as two commercial cyclists were robbed and killed in Etsako West Local Government Area. The two cyclists were killed in the early hours of Wednesday in Auchi, headquarters of the local government.
Police yesterday confirmed the killing of the four kidnappers. The kidnappers met their waterloo after they allegedly ambushed policemen in the state. Trouble started after two kidnappers in police custody, accepted to cooperate with the police. In fulfilment of their promise to cooperate, they decided to take the police to their armoury, said to be located in a bush after Ogba River on the outskirts of Benin. Police said that members of the gang laid ambush for their men in the bush.
Immediately the policemen approached the area, the kidnappers opened fire; the police retaliated and killed four in the process. Some gang members,who were on standby, escaped in a speedboat. Sources close to the command said the gang was preparing to carry out a high profile kidnap when the police encountered them on Tuesday morning. The state Commissioner of Police, Mr. Danmallam Muhammed, explained that it would have been a tragedy if his men were not at alert.
He said: “It is not a case of gunning down the kidnappers. The police officers were ambushed, but our men were at alert and responded quickly and swiftly. Our men killed four of the kidnappers in the course of the attack, while others escaped with gunshot injuries. Our men were at alert otherwise it would have been a different story on our part.”
The General Secretary, Etsako West Chapter, Automated Amalgamated Commercial Tricycle and Motorcycle Owners, Repairs and Riders Association of Nigeria (ACOMORAN), Momodu Kassim, confirmed the killing of two of their members in the past three days. He said members of the body had met with Area Commander of Police in Auchi to assess the security situation in the area. Kassim said the two victims recently bought their motorcycles. He said: “They killed another one today (Wednesday) who we have just gone to bury. He was a Hausa boy. He just bought his motorcycle about two weeks ago. He was attacked and killed near old Prison Quarters, NYSC Secretariat area. We have just gone to bury him. They killed him and went away with his motorcycle. The other victim, Jatto William, was killed on Monday. He was killed along Winners Road by Powerline in Sabo Quarters. He too had just bought his motorcycle.”
Residents block FCT minister’s gate over abduction
Residents of Pegi community for hours yesterday blocked the main entrance gate of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) Minister, Muhammad Bello, demanding urgent rescue of those who were abducted by gunmen. The angry protesters said that insecurity in the area had worsened and that residents lived in fear on a daily basis.
They also alleged that government has remained insensitive to their plight despite several distress calls they made in time past. On Monday, gunmen, clad in military camouflage, stormed the community and abducted nine people. Among the victims is a 12-year-old boy. One of the leaders of the protesters, Taiwo Aderibigbe, who is also the Chairman, Pegi Community Development Association (PECDA), said abductions had become to frequent that nobody in the community had any sense of security anymore.
Aderibigbe called on government to construct the access roads leading to the community, as lack of motorable roads was aiding the activities of criminals in the area. But the FCT Minister of State, Dr. Ramatu Tijjani Aliyu, pleaded with the protesters to calm down and give the administration the chance to address the security challenges in the area.
Aliyu disclosed that the administration had started the construction of the roads in the community, but had some hitches after the contractors abandoned the project. The minister also noted that the contract had been revoked and the administration was in the process of re-awarding it to a more competent construction firm that would do a better job on the road, within a short time. She said: “I want to assure you that the road leading to Pegi community is already receiving attention. The contractor abandoned that road and as I speak with you, we have already revoked the contract for that road and it is to be assigned to a competent contractor that will construct a very good road for the community.”
Gunmen abduct RCCG pastor in Nasarawa
Gunmen yesterday stormed the home of John Egla, a pastor with the Redeemed Christian Church of God (RCCG), in Lafia, Nasarawa State and abducted him. Egla’s abduction has brought to three, the number of pastors abducted in the state in recent times.
The state Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), Nansel Ramham, said the victim was abducted in his residence at Shabubu in the early hours of yesterday. Ramham said the Divisional Police Officer (DPO) in charge of Shabu Police Station, and his men, while on patrol, heard gunshots about 1.16a.m.
The policemen moved swiftly to the area to ascertain what was going on. The PPRO explained that on arriving at the area, policemen discovered that the gunmen had abducted the pastor, leaving his family in shock. He said: “The police found six empty shells of AK47 ammunition at the scene of the incident. The police have deployed a team to rescue the victim and bring the perpetrators to book.”
Four suspected kidnappers killed during shootout with Edo Police
As robbers gundown two bike riders
Four suspected kidnappers have been killed by police in Edo State during a shootout.
The dead gunmen were said to have laid an ambush for operatives of the state command but it backfired.
This is as two commercial motor cycle riders were robbed and killed in parts of Etsako West local government Area of the state.
The two Okada riders were killed in the early hours of Wednesday in Auchi, headquarters of the council.
However, police on Wednesday confirmed the killing of the four kidnappers
It was learnt that two of the dead kidnappers had been in the custody of the police.
New Telegraph learnt that they were said to have been arrested by the police through electronic monitoring of their activities.
VON DG Buries wife
The Director General of Voice of Nigeria (VON), Mr. Osita Okechukwu has said that his late wife, Mrs. Augustina Uchechukwu Okechukwu nee Okekeuche was his serious confidant that he called ‘my organiser’.
Okechukwu stated this on Wednesday, announcing the burial arrangments of his wife in Abuja.
Speaking to journalists, he said the Requiem Mass and Wake Keep for the late wife will hold on October 11 at Our Lady of Perpetual Help, Gwarinpa Abuja by 4pm.
Before her death on September 20, Mrs Okechukwu, fondly called Tina by friends and associates and ‘my organiser’ by her husband was an international business woman. Her businesses included horticulture, international trading, bread making, real estate and catering.
The deceased, who was a foundation staff of Sheraton Hotels and Towers Abuja, attended Federal Government College, Maiduguri and Doff Catering School, Sango Otta in Ogun State.
NYSC apprehends 95 local, foreign certificate fakers
At least 95 graduates who presented fake certificate have been apprehended by the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC), and handed over to security agencies during the last orientation exercise.
Making this disclosure on Wednesday, the Director-General, NYSC, Gen. Shuaibu Ibrahim threatened to blacklist any institution caught including the names of unqualified persons for mobilization into the NYSC.
According to him: “We apprehended about 95 graduates with fake certificates from Nigerian and foreign universities.”
Speaking in Minna, Niger State on Wednesday at the 2019 Batch ‘C’ pre-mobilization workshop, he said that 65 out of the arrested graduates were from universities in Nigeria while 30 others were from other West African universities.
Accordingly, he said: “Regarding fraudulent certificates, we have apprehended 65 fake students from universities in Nigeria and from other West African universities, we have arrested about 30. We have handed them over to the police for prosecution.
“Some tertiary institutions in Nigeria still engage in the sale of degree and HND certificates and statement of results to unqualified persons in a bid to smuggle them into being mobilised for the NYSC scheme.
“This attempt is threatening the credibility of the NYSC mobilisation process. This illegal action has grave implications for the socio-economic development of the country.”
Lady bags 10 years for stabbing 33-year-old fiancé to death
A 27-year-old woman, Blessing Edet was on Wednesday sentenced to 10 years in prison for stabbing Edet Ebong, her 33-year-old fiancé to death during a fight over her refusal to wear an engagement ring he had given to her.
Edet, who was initially charged for murder, was convicted on a commuted sentence of voluntary manslaughter by Justice Oluwatoyin Taiwo of an Ikeja Special Offences Court, Lagos.
While delivering her judgement, Justice Taiwo said: “By stabbing the deceased in the lower part of his abdomen, she did not intend to cause grievous harm to the defendant. The defendant has established factors necessary to prove self-defence.
“I find that the defendant acted in self-defence as she was a victim of unprovoked assault. The defendant is not guilty of murder but I find her guilty of the involuntary manslaughter of Edet Ebong.
“Section 227 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State prescribes life imprisonment for the offence of involuntary manslaughter. This is a clear case of recklessness on the part of both the deceased and the defendant.
“I hereby sentence the defendant to 10 years imprisonment with no option of fine. The sentence will take effect from the month of August 2015 which is when she has been in custody,” the judge ruled.
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