Plateau State Police Command on Thursday paraded a notorious kidnapper and 16 other suspects who were said th have been involved in different crimes including car snatching, armed robbery, cultism and culpable homicide amongst others.
Commissioner of Police in the state, CP Isaac Akinmoyede, while briefing journalists at the Police Headquarters in Jos, said the command arrested the 17 suspects and recovered arms, ammunition as well as assorted charms from the suspects.
Among the suspects, the Police paraded was a notorious kidnapper, named Ibrahim Ali Kuru, who hails from Bauchi State, who is said to have been terrorising the Southern part of the state with his gang.
He said the intelligence received led to the arrest of Ali Kuru whom the victim identified as the leader of the gang that kidnapped him.
The Police also paraded a five-man gang, who specialized in snatching of cars and robbing POS operators in Jos and it environs as well as the parade of two suspects who operates in a tricycle to robbed innocent people.
Court jails two internet fraudsters in Ilorin
Barely 24 hours after two High Court Judges sitting in Ilorin, the Kwara State capital, convicted and sentenced five internet fraudsters prosecuted by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), the Commission has again secured the conviction of two other persons charged for internet fraud and other fraud related offences.
The new convicts, Emezue Onyedikachi Joseph and Ibrahim Abdulqadir Omotowo, were charged before the court presided over by Justice Mahmood Abdulgafar on separate charges that border on internet fraud.
The charge against Omotowo stated: “That you, Ibrahim Abdulqadir Omotowo sometime in October, 2019, in Ilorin within the jurisdiction of this honourable court did cheat by impersonation when you pretended to be one Kate Williams a white female with gmail account firstname.lastname@example.org, and fraudulently deceived one Bernard Shannon an American citizen, to send $150 (one hundred and fifty dollars) to you through gift card after you made him believe you were a girl in love with him and you thereby committed an offence contrary to section 321 of the penal Code and punishable under section 324 of the same penal Code.”
For Joseph, the charge against him stated: “That you, Emezue Onyedikachi Joseph sometime in October 2019, in Ilorin within the jurisdiction of this honourable court did cheat by impersonation when you pretended to be one Serah James a white female with gmail account email@example.com, and fraudulently deceived one Sampson with phone number +1424001470 an American citizen, to send $170 (one hundred and seventy dollars) to you through gift card after you made him believe you were a gift in love with him and you thereby committed an offence contrary to section 321 of the penal code and punishable under section 324 of the same penal code.”
They both pleaded guilty to the charges, making the prosecuting counsel, Sessan Ola, to urge the court to convict and sentence the defendants according to their plea bargain agreements.
Ambode’s call for restraining order on probe incompetent, Lagos lawmakers tells court
Lawmakers probing former Governor of Lagos, Mr Akinwunmi Ambode over the purchase of 820 buses as part of the Bus Reform Project of the Lagos State Government, Wednesday told the court that the civil case filed against them by the former governor is “incompetent”.
The lawmakers, represented by Mr Lawal Pedro (SAN), said that the Ikeja High Court, where the matter has been instituted, did also not have jurisdiction to hear the suit.
Ambode had instituted the civil suit against the State House of Assembly, its Speaker Mr Mudashiru Obasa and the House Clerk, Mr A.A Sanni.
Other respondents to the suit are Mr Fatai Mojeed, the Chairman of the Ad-hoc Committee set up by the House to probe the procurement of the buses and eight members of the Committee.
The members of the Ad-hoc committee are; Mr Gbolahan Yishawu, Mr A.A Yusuf, Mr Yinka Ogundimu, Mrs Mojisola Meranda, Mr M.L Makinde, Mr Kehinde Joseph, Mr Temitope Adewale and Mr Olanrewaju Afinni.
The lawmakers, however, opposed the injunction by Ambode seeking to restrain them from probing him.
Addressing the court, Pedro said: “We have filed a Notice of Preliminary Objection highlighting the incompetence of this suit we are well challenging the jurisdiction of the court to entertain the suit.
“We also filed a counter-affidavit and a written address for the claimant’s (Ambode) Motion for Interlocutory Injunction.”
Pedro noted that Ambode’s lawyer, Mr Tayo Oyetibo (SAN), had filed a written reply on points of law to the respondent’s (lawmakers) motion challenging the Injunction and a Written Address in opposition to the Preliminary Objection of the respondents.
Responding, Oyetibo confirmed receiving all the processes served on the claimant by the respondents. He said that the claimant has also responded to the processes.
Otedola Bridge: LASEMA averts another disaster, recovers fallen tanker
Another possible fire disaster was averted in Lagos early Wednesday morning when the Lagos State Emergency Management Agency, (LASEMA) recovered an oil tanker laden with 44,000 litres of Aviation fuel (Jet A1) which was involved in a lone accident on the Otedola Bridge inward Berger, along Lagos-Ibadan Expressway.
In the operation, LASEMA team’s preliminary investigations revealed that the fully loaded oil tanker, with registration number EKY 814 XX, lost it’s cargo as the content detached fully from the engine due to over speeding and reckless driving on the part of the tanker driver.
The recovery team explained that when the incident occurred, the tanker, due to the dead weight of it’s 44,000 litres cargo, pulled off from it’s truck head, fell on its side, and started spilling it’s content from the ruptured parts of the tanker when it hit the ground.
However, no injuries, fatalities or deaths were recorded in the incident.
The very real danger of fuel ignition, explosion and fire, was fully averted due to the timely intervention, activities and collaborative efforts of LASEMA and the Lagos State Fire Service teams that doused the gushing flow of fuel from its oil spilling source, averting any probable ignition during it’s journey through the drains to the canal.
Though the spilt fuel had been doused and blanketed, the LASEMA response team, as well as that of the Fire Service, remained on the ground to mitigate against any probable hazard that could result from trans loading of remnant fuel or recovery of the truck head from the deep gorge where it had fallen.
Speaking on the fatal lone accident and collaboration with other first responders, the Director-General, LASEMA, Dr Olufemi Oke–Osanyintolu, attributed the smooth operations to the short response time of his teams whom he said were very efficient and excellent in saving the situation in collaboration with other emergency responders at incident scene who were able to bring emergency situations under control with minimum stress.
Early this year the same bridge was the scene of massive carnage following a fire outbreak after a tanker explosed which engulfed about 50 vehicles and killed a number of people.
Victim: Five policemen collected N700,000 from me via POS
r Kareem Damilari Jamiu, an Estate Agent, has accused five policemen allegedly from the Inspector-General of Police Special Tactical Squad (IGP STS), Lagos State Police Command, of forcibly collecting almost N700,000 from him on Monday.
According to the victim, the policemen, who claimed to be from the Lagos State Police Command, were already searching his Sagamu, Ogun State residence, without a warrant, with his shocked wife watching, when he suddenly returned home to pick his phone, which he had earlier forgotten.
When the policemen saw him, they pulled a gun on him and accused him of being a suspected ‘Cultist and Yahoo boy.’ They marched him into their vehicle and on the way to the command, allegedly demanded for N5million for his bail. During negotiations, the money was reduced to N100, 000.
Jamiu, however, became uneasy when the policemen, rather than take him to Police Headquarter in Ikeja, veered into the Ikeja Primary School, which was directly opposite the police command. He was taken to a restaurant inside the school premises and ordered to write a statement.
The victim said that he was picked at about 11am and released by 9pm. Before he left, they had made him to transfer money totalling close to N700,000 to them.
Jamiu recounted: “It happened on Monday. I had earlier forgotten my phone at home, I returned home to pick it and found the five policemen, searching my house without a search warrant. They wore reflective jackets and written at the back is the ‘IGP STS.’ They found a black soap, which I used to bath because I used to be sickly and accused me of being a ‘yahoo boy.’ They showed my Voters’ card, saying they had been looking for me. I wondered how they got my card.”
He further narrated: “They bundled me into their vehicle and asked me to pay N5million, so that they could release me. When I asked my offence, they said I was a yahoo boy and a cultist, that I was scamming women overseas. I explained to them that I have a wife overseas, that I could call her immediately in their presence via video call for them to verify, but they refused to listen.”
Jamiu stated that when they got into the primary school premises, he was asked to write a statement, while they dictated to him what to write.
He added: “We finally agreed on N100, 000 for my release. I didn’t even have such amount of money, so I started making calls to friends. My mother even came to join us at the primary school.”
The victim was later taken to a filling station close to the Police Command, popularly known as AP Filling Station, where a lady handling POS, provided the money, while Jamiu transferred N100 , 000 to her. After collecting the N100,000, they asked for another N5000, which he gave them.
He said: “They took me back to the school and then demanded to check my phone that they wanted to know the balance in my account. They forced me to use my fingerprint to unlock my password. When they saw the balance, they started beating me, angry that I had such an amount of money in my account. But the truth is that the money was not mine. I did a N200,000 transfer twice and they still took me down to the POS to withdraw another one again, this makes a total of N715,000. In fact, the owner of the money is now asking for it. What those policemen did to me was pure robbery. I have all proofs of the transaction.”
Friends and family members, who heard the encounter of Jamiu with the policemen were worried and outraged. One of them convinced him to seek redress through Rule of Law and Accountability Advocacy Centre (RULAAC), a nongovernmental organisation.
When the Executive Director of RULAAC, Mr Okechukwu Nwanguma, was briefed of the incident, he called one of the policemen on phone number, 08136465902 and urged him to return the money to Jamiu. He also promised him that he would write a petition to the IGP, on the conduct of the policemen.
A few minutes after Nwanguma concluded his conversation with him, the policeman called Jamiu’s mother, threatening fire and brimstone. He didn’t know the phone was on automatic record.
The voice record started with the policeman’s voice, “We collected his ATM card and withdrew his money. The lawyer wants to write a petition to the Police Headquarters at Abuja. I told him that he should go-ahead to write the petition. I’m not scared, because if what he (Jamiu) is doing is contrary to the law of the nation, he is going to live in that house. So if he likes, he should report to Abuja, I’m less concerned. There is trouble already. I’m expecting the petition the lawyer wants to write; your son wants to prove he is connected. If he doesn’t leave Nigeria, he should call me a bastard! Who gave the lawyer my number, is it you? But your son wasn’t there when I gave you my number. Your son has gone ahead to give someone my contact, if I receive any call, if he doesn’t regret his actions, let him call me a bastard. If he doesn’t sell that house away from Nigeria, there will be trouble.”
Addressing a petition yesterday to the IGP, Mohammed Adamu, Nwanguma urged the IG to do everything within the ambit of the law to, “identify the rogue officers and bring them to justice.”
Nwanguma said: “I called the number, 08136465902 and the officer spoke to me, admitting that he was in the team that came to arrest the young man, but denied using Jamiu’s ATM to withdraw money via a POS. Shortly after I spoke with the officer, Jamiu called me and reported that the officer called his mother and threatened to deal with her son for reporting them to a lawyer.”
Nwanguma requested Adamu to order a prompt, impartial and exhaustive investigation to identify the officers responsible for the rogue activities, which he said was akin to kidnapping, hostage taking and robbery.
“They should be made to refund the whole money they robbed from the victim and be subjected to appropriate disciplinary actions in accordance with the Police Act and other relevant laws,” said Nwanguma.
Protest in Delta over boundary dispute, demolition
esidents of Ogbeowele New-layout in Okpanam, Oshimili North council area of Delta State, yesterday, protested along the ever busy Benin-Asaba-Onitsha Expressway following the demolition of their houses in a boundary crisis between Ibusa and Okpanam youths. The protesters, comprising landlords, landladies, tenants and developers in the locality, earnestly appealed to Governor Ifeanyi Okowa to intervene in the dispute before it escalated into a bloodbath.
Ibusa youths from Umudafe Quarters had few days ago, embarked on demolition of houses and parameter fences with caterpillars, parading a State High Court order, ceding the controversial area to them.
But the protesters, numbering close to 120, threatened to take their destinies into their hands if the governor, the state’s Ministries of Lands and Survey, Urban and Regional Planning, Justice and the Governor’s Office on Conflict Resolution turned deaf ears.
They carried placards of various headlines as they matched to reject harassment and intimidation by land speculators.
The chairman of the demolished area, Mr Joseph Obi, supported by a Board of Trustee (BoT) member in the area, Mr Fabian Okiah, said they have survey plans and Certificates of Occupancy (CoO). They also maintained that they had built and occupied the area for over 15 years.
Obi said: “Youths from Ibusa, led by Jerry Nkemweshe, a.k.a Babies, took the law into their hands, destroying propertyworth billions of naira. We call on the state government to swiftly intervene. If we had retaliated, lives would have been lost.”
Navy nabs 20 smugglers, impounds 1,425 bags of rice
he Nigerian Navy, Forward Operating Base, Ibaka, Mbo Local Government Area in Akwa Ibom State, has arrested 20 suspects and seized 1,425 bags of smuggled rice from them within six days.
The command said the arrests were made in four different operations between November 12 and 18, 2019. The command added that four wooden boats, used to carry the smuggled rice have also been seized.
The Commanding Officer, FOB, Navy Captain Peter Yilme, said Navy gunboats during patrols, seized the boats on Effiat Waterways, carrying 50kg bags of rice brought in from the Republic of Cameroon.
Dismissed Inspector remanded for killing South African returnee
n Ikeja High Court, Lagos, yesterday, remanded a dismissed police inspector, Ogunyemi Olalekan, at the Ikoyi Prisons over the alleged murder of 35-year-old Kolade Johnson, a South African returnee, at a viewing centre in Lagos.
The 45-year-old policeman, who pleaded not guilty, was arraigned on a one count charge of murder.
According to Mr Yhaqub Oshoala, the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP), the police officer, before his dismissal, was working with the Special Anti-Cultism Squad (SACS) of the Lagos State Police Command.
Oshoala said that the defendant committed the offence at about 5.10pm on March 31, at Onipetesi Estate, Mangoro area of Lagos.
Oshoala further stated: “The former police inspector unlawfully killed Johnson by shooting him with an AK47 rifle in his lower abdomen. The offence contravenes Section 223 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State 2015.”
However, following Olalekan’s not guilty plea, the DPP requested that the defendant, who has since been incarcerated after his arrest, remains in prison custody pending the determination of the case.
“We ask that the defendant continue to be detained in prison custody before the trial date. Our witnesses are available and we are ready to commence,” Oshoala said.
Justice A. J Coker thereafter told the defence counsel, Mr Ike Ezekwen, to ensure he explains the option of a plea bargain agreement, before trial commences, to Olalekan.
The judge added: “This case is adjourned to January 15, 2020 for trial. The defendant is further remanded at the Ikoyi Correctional Facility.”
12 corpses burnt as fire razes OAU mortuary
n early morning fire, yesterday, burnt 12 corpses among 102 bodies kept in the mortuary of the Obafemi Awolowo University Teaching Hospital Complex in Ile-Ife, Osun State.
The fire, which damaged a lot of equipment in the hospital, started at about 3:00am yesterday. The fire was believed to have been caused by power surge. It affected a section of the morgue, leading to the burning of the 12 corpses.
It was further gathered that the prompt intervention of the authorities of the institution, led to the prevention of the fire from escalating.
The Public Relations Officer of the University, Mr Abiodun Olanrewaju, said: “It could have resulted into a major fire outbreak in the Department of Anatomy and Cell Biology at the Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, but was averted by the combined efforts of the Security and Fire Services Unit of the University. The fire, which broke out at around 3:00am, was caused by electricity surge, which affected a section of the morgue, where corpses are kept. Out of about 102 bodies that were kept in the morgue, 12 were affected by the fire. Accordingly, the Department has made detailed arrangements to duly and adequately inform people, whose corpses were affected.”
He, however, hinted that the Vice-Chancellor of the institution, Professor Eyitope Ogunbodede, led other principal officers of the establishment to assess the level of damage and instructed immediate repairs to be carried out.
Olanrewaju added that the VC had also constituted a three-member committee to look into the immediate and remote causes of the fire outbreak. He added that academic and administrative activities have since resumed.
Post-election violence: Political thugs burn PDP Woman Leader to death
60-year-old Woman Leader of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Mrs Acheju Salome Abuh, was on Monday burnt to death by alleged political thugs celebrating the victory of Governor Yahaya Bello as Kogi State governor-elect for second term. The incident took place at Achadamu community in Ofu Local Government Area.
Eye witnesses claimed that the jubilant thugs moved to the late Mrs Abuh’s home. They allegedly locked her inside the apartment and then set it on fire, leaving her to burn to death.
Abuh was the Woman Leader of Wada Aro Campaign Council, Ochadamu Ward.
The spokesman, Wada/Aro Campaign Council, Faruk Adejoh-Audu, said: “The jubilant thugs were chanting GYB 4+4, the thugs, shooting sporadically, arrived Abuh’s house at about 2pm and surrounded the house, bolting every exit. They then poured petrol on the building and set it on fire as other terrorised villagers watched from hiding. Abuh attempted to escape through a window, but was prevented by the burglary proof and bullets rained in her direction. The blood-thirsty thugs waited, shooting and watching with relish while Abuh cried from inside the inferno until her voice died out. They only left after the entire house of Abuh had been burnt to ashes. There are fears that the killing spree may escalate over the night.”
Faruk said that he and others of like minds were calling on people with good conscience to immediately help the people of Kogi State, to appeal to the Inspector-General of Police, to rein in Bello’s thugs and protect citizens of the state.
The Kogi State Police Command confirmed the incident through its Police Public Relations Officer, a Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP), Mr William Aya.
Aya, in a statement, said: “Musa Ety of Ochadamu, Ofu Local Government Area reported at the station that, at about 10: 30am of same date, there was a misunderstanding between Awolu Zekeri, 35, a member of APC and Gowon Simeon, a member of
Court remands Ex- Banker, wife over N377m money laundering
An Ikeja Special Offences Court, Lagos on Tuesday remanded an ex-banker, Rowley Isioro and his wife, Mrs. Ovuomarhoni Naomi Isioro over allegations of laundering the sum of N377 million.
The couple were arraigned by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) on a seven-count charge bordering on conspiracy, receiving fraudulently obtained property, transfer of criminal proceed to nominee and money laundering to the tune of $975,424.
The duo, who pleaded not guilty, were docked alongside alongside their companies, Multaid Plus Limited and Global Investment Network.
The EFCC prosecutor, Mohammed K. Bashir, the defendants allegedly received monies from illegal activities carried out by one Michael Uziewe (at large), a Nigerian who is based in the United States of America, with the aim of assisting him bring the proceeds into Nigeria.
Bashir told the court that the defendants allegedly used their companies, with a corporate accounts domiciled in the bank where the second defendant, Rowley Isioro, was an Assistant General Manager to launder the above mentioned amount for Michael Uziewe.
According to the charges: “That you Naomi Isidoro, Rowley Isioro, Marhoni General Services Limited, Multaid Plus Limited, Michael Uziewe (at large) and Global Investment Network sometime in 2016 in Lagos, did conspire amongst yourselves to launder money which represents proceeds of illegal activities of Uziewe in the United States of America.”
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