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Benue’s Perm Sec, pregnant wife, two children burnt to death

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Benue’s Perm Sec, pregnant wife, two children burnt to death

The Acting Permanent Secretary, State Ministry of Energy, Science and Technology, Benue State, Mr Seker Akaa, his pregnant wife and two children were yesterday burnt to death in their apartment in an early inferno in Makurdi, the state capital.

The remains of the family members were found in their burnt sitting room. The house itself is situated at the Kwararafa Quarters, near government house, Makurdi.

The cause of the fire is yet unknown, but neighbours disclosed that the fire, which started at about 2am, was uncontrollable until fire fighters got to the scene at about 5am and doused it. Property destroyed in the fire was alleged to be worth millions of naira.

The Commissioner for Energy, Science and Technology, Dr. Oyiwona Godwin, and the State Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), a Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP), Mr Sewuese Anene, confirmed the incident.

Anene said: “The inferno started at about 2 am and killed Mr. Seker Akaa, his pregnant wife, Mrs. Linda Akaa and their two children, Sender Akaa and Tertsegha Akaa. The remains of the victims have been deposited at the Federal Medical Centre (FMC) Mortuary, Makurdi. The cause of the fire is unknown, but investigation into the matter had already commenced.”

The Deputy Governor, Engr. Benson Abounu, who visited the scene of the incident, expressed shock at the level of devastation. He described it as a monumental disaster, adding that, “It is Black Monday for Benue.”

Abounu said the state has lost a prized asset in Seker and prayed God to give the family the fortitude to bear the loss. 

He said: “We cannot undo what has happened. At the moment, government will take responsibility for their burial and also assist the other families, who lost property to relocate. We warn against any looting of property.”

Reverend Favour Akaa, brother to the deceased, described late Seker as a God fearing man. According Favour, his last conversation with his brother was on Sunday at about 11am.

Favour recalled: “His death is strength to us. It is time for him to depart and we give glory to God.”

The elder sister to Seker’s wife, Mrs. Apeife Azor, said that the deceased’s children were pupils of First Baptist High School in Makurdi. Apeife disclosed that the last time she met her sister was in July this year at the burial of one of their relatives. When they met at that mournful event, they had discussed about issues affecting the development of their family.

The Chaplain of the Chapel of Grace, Government House, Evangelist Daniel Unongo, a neighbour to Seker, who narrowly escaped death as fire lashed out at his flat, said that all efforts by neighbours to help rescue the victims  and put out the fire were abortive.

Unongo said: “We rushed out to help in dousing the fire; we tried to break the door and windows, but we didn’t succeed. The next thing we did was to call fire fighters. They arrived at the scene in about 20 minutes. But before the door of the victims’ flat could be forced open, the whole family had already died. The next apartment, where I stay with my family was also consumed by the fire.”

Asked what he thinks caused the fire, Unongo, said: “For close to four or five weeks now, we have been experiencing power fluctuations. My electronic gadgets were damaged by power surge. So, we’re assuming that perhaps the deceased didn’t turn off their electrical appliances and there was power surge.”

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Hit-and-run driver kills nursing student in Anambra, colleagues protest

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A hit-and-run driver on Monday reportedly killed a second-year nursing student, Emmanuel Aniagudo, of Iyienu Mission hospital, Anambra State.
The incident, which occurred in Ogidi in the Idemili North Local Government Area of the state, promptly triggered protest amongst students of the school.
An eyewitness said: “Aniagudo was crossing a road near the hospital when he was knocked down by the speeding car.
“The driver sped off, leaving the deceased in the pool of blood in a gutter.”
The protesting students carried placards, barricading the major road and making a bonfire with used tyres.
Some of the placards read, “Enough of these killings”, “we need check-points”, there should be bumps inside the hospital premises and on the major road where our colleague was hit”, “hospital management should compensate the family.”
Reacting, the Hospital Administrator, Rev. Tochukwu Okwuchukwu, described the incident as unfortunate, assuring them of the immediate installation of speed breakers on the road leading to the school.
“I’ve appealed to the students to calm down and to leave the major road leading to the hospital compound to avoid miscreants cashing in on the situation to cause more havoc.
“We will build the speed breakers on the hospital roads as they demanded. In fact, we are starting off immediately,” the administrator stated.

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Ebonyi: Woman to die by hanging for burning co-wife, seven children  to ashes

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A state High Court sitting in Abakaliki, the Ebonyi State capital, on Monday  sentenced a woman, Mrs Agnes Nwefuru, to death by hanging for burning her co-wife and seven children to ashes.
In a suit no.HAW/13C/2017  Nwefuru was accused  of setting ablaze the house of her co-wife, Felicia Nwefuru, which took her life and the lives of her seven children.
She was also accused of burning  her own house during the evil act as a camouflage.
The state government which is  plaintiff  to the matter, contended that the accused removed all her belongings and that of her children and took them to a safe place outside the house before committing the
act.
Delivering the judgment on the matter, the presiding judge, Justice Uwabunkonye Onwosi, declared that the plaintiff proved that the defendant was guilty of the murder charge preferred against her.

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Serial rapist given 33 life sentences for attacks on 11 women, children

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Britain’s worst rapist Joseph McCann has been sentenced to life behind bars after carrying out a series of brutal sex attacks on 11 women and children.
McCann, 34, refused to show up to the Old Bailey on Monday afternoon to hear his sentencing by Mr Justice Edis because he claimed he had a ‘bad back’.
He also chose not to appear via video-link. During a two-week cocaine and vodka-fuelled rampage, the predator abducted and raped his victims, aged 11 to 71, at knife-point in London, Watford and the North West, reports.
McCann, who had addresses in Aylesbury and Harrow, was eventually caught up a tree after being chased by police officers who interrupted his attempt to rape two 14-year-old girls.
Mr Justice Edis branded McCann a ‘classic psychopath’, ‘a coward, violent bully and paedophile’, as he sentenced him to 33 life sentences with a minimum term of 30 years.
On Friday, a jury deliberated for five hours to find him guilty of 37 charges relating to 11 victims, including eight rapes, false imprisonment and kidnap.
McCann was also not present for his trial.
The convicted burglar and one of the UK’s first ASBO teens, had been freed by mistake just two months before he set out on his campaign of terror, between April 21 and May 5, this year.
McCann should have been recalled to prison indefinitely after he committed a burglary while on licence for a offence he committed in 2008, after threatening to stab a pensioner as he raided his home. Instead, he was handed a new fixed prison sentence and released automatically half way through, without Parole Board involvement, in February 2019.

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Ibadan zone EFCC convicts 171, freezes 1,044 accounts, impounds 14 houses of criminals

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Ibadan zone EFCC convicts 171, freezes 1,044 accounts, impounds 14 houses of criminals

In commemoration of the 2019 International Anti-corruption Day in the country, the Head of the Ibadan Zone of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Mr Friday Ebelo, has reeled out the commission’s achievements since January 2019, declaring that it secured 171 convictions out of the 268 cases it had prosecuted.
While addressing journalists at the zonal office, Iyaganku, Ibadan, Monday, Ebelo also disclosed that 1,044 accounts were temporarily frozen during the year while 56 automobiles and 14 houses were impounded from suspects and convicted individuals.
In his words: “The zone received 691 petitions. 213 of these were returned unapproved as issues raised therein did not fall under the purview of our mandate. In the course of investigations, the zone arrested 878 persons. Out of the 268 prosecuted, 171 have been convicted. Our investigations also led to temporary freezing of 1,044 bank accounts, while 56 automobiles and 14 houses were impounded. We equally have several laptops android phones and many other electronic devices confiscated in compliance with court orders.”
According to Ebelo, the zone also recovered on behalf of the Federal Government of Nigeria huge sum of money in naira, amounting to N211,134,927.26.
Also recovered in foreign currencies, according to the commission were $136,289; €2000 and £765.
The anti-corruption boss then advised Nigerians to personalise the fight against corruption to make Nigeria a place worth living in.

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Lyon promises to restore hope among Bayelsa youth

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Lyon promises to restore hope among Bayelsa youth

*Donates N750,000 to chess championship winner

Bayelsa State Governor-elect,  David Lyon  on Monday said his administration will use sport to restore hope among the youth in the state.
The Governor-elect  was represented by Prince Ebitimi Amgbare at the presentation  N750,000 to  Miss Deborah Quickpen
Quickpen,  who is only seven years old, will represent Nigeria at the African Youth Chess Championship coming up in Namibia later this month.
According  to Hon. Lyon: “It is for this reason that our incoming administration intends to use sport as a veritable tool for development, with  the understanding that sport can serve as an impetus for social transformation and change as the state moves to the next of rapid socio-economic development.”
He noted that sport can also serve as a tool for crime prevention, conflict resolution and promote inclusive good governance,  with a view to creating a peaceful environment for meaningful development.
While appreciating the good gesture of the Governor-elect, recipient of his monetary gift, Miss Deborah Quickpen thanked the Governor-elect for coming to her aid to enable her represent Nigeria at the forthcoming African Youth Chess Championship in Namibia,  assuring that she will not disappoint the country at the continental competition.

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Alleged arrest: Northeners in Lagos now live in fear- Yerima

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The Arewa Youth Consultative Forum (AYCF) has accused the task force in Lagos of humiliating and harassing northerners in the state describing it as totally unacceptable.
In a statement issued on Monday, the AYCF led by its National President, Shetimma Yerima, accused the task force of going to residential areas at odd hours to harass and arrest northerners in the state.
While demanding an explanation from the Lagos State government, the group called on President Muhammadu Buhari to urgently intervene to forestall any likely consequence of extreme provocation.
Many of the residents affected are said to be owners of motorcycles, most of which are operated on commercial bases, but Yerima argues that Lagos never banned their operation. The laws of the state only restrict them to certain roads.
The statement read: “Our attention has been drawn to an ongoing brigandage  in Lagos against innocent Northerners who are in Lagos to earn their living legitimately.
“We reliably gathered that, using a gestapo style the Lagos Task Force officials have been invading homes of Northerners in Lagos in ungodly hours of the night and carting away motorcycles while forcefully abducting the occupants and hauling them into detention.
“We dare say we have not seen this kind of Impunity against Northerners in recent years. It is even strange that this is coming from the Southwest, a region that expects the North to hand over the 2023 Presidency to its own. We have reason to now wonder if the Southwest truly expects the North to make it a successor in 2023.”

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‘How we caused Isheri-Olofin pipeline explosion in Lagos’

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27-year-old father of five, Smart Adeyemi, has told detectives attached to the Lagos State Police Command, how he and his partners in crime caused the rupture of a pipeline of the Nigeria National Petroleum Cooperation (NNPC) at the Isheri-Olofin area of the metropolis, leading to Thursday explosion that killed three people.

 

 

According to the suspect, he came all the way from Balyesa State to participate in syphoning of fuel from the vandalised pipelines.

 

 

Adeyemi, who said that they were 10 men that embarked on the deadly mission, further confessed that his sole aim was to make quick money from the operation, so as to take care of his wife, who had just put to bed.

 

 

The suspect, who spoke with our correspondent at the weekend, said: “It was because I needed money to take care of my wife and new baby that I called Love my friend to assist me with some money. Love refused to assist me with the money, instead he asked me to come to Lagos and join him in oil bunkering business. I initially told him I wouldn’t be able to do it, but because of my wife, I had to go. I was desperate and I decided to join him. My role was to bring out gallons of fuel out of the creek and arrange them inside our operational bus. Love sent me N12, 000 for my fare to Lagos. He also gave me directions on how to move from Balyesa to Ikorodu in Lagos, where I met him in a creek. We later moved to Idimu area of Lagos State, where the bunkering took place. When we got to Idimu, we slept in a shantty, close to the pipeline. We started operation on Wednesday night.”

 

 

Adeyemi further narrated: “It was only four of the gang leaders that went to siphon the fuel, including Love. Four of us were told to stay back in order to load the gallons into the bus. We also put some of the fuel in sacks. It was when I was receiving a phone call from my wife that the explosion occurred. My escape from the scene was nothing short of a miracle. I don’t even know what happened to those siphoning the fuel with us. I didn’t know where I was running to; I started wandering about in the creek until some policemen arrested me. I would have escaped, but I didn’t know the terrain. I knew what I did was dangerous, but I had to do something to survive. I was formerly into timber business, but the income was poor, so I had to go into oil bunkering. The oil bunkering was actually supposed to be trial run, but the explosion ruined everything.”

 

 

Meanwhile, a Celestial Church of Christ Pastor, Prophet Clement Oni and three others were also arrested in connection with the explosion. Oni was said to be using his church as the storage house for stolen fuel. Police found gallons of fuel buried within the church premises of the prophet.

 

 

The Lagos State Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), DSP Bala Elkana, while confirming the arrest of the suspects, said they were apprehended by detectives from the state command. 

 

 

Elkana added: “Three of the suspects were arrested at Ijora area with 14 sacks of fuel, while the pastor was also arrested in his hideout. Some of the recovered gallons of fuel were discovered buried in his church. The suspects would be charged to court after completion of investigation. We’re still hunting others at large. They will soon be arrested.”

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Why we raped women during operations, by robbery suspects

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wo robbery suspects, Yusuf Maikoma and Isah Batime, have told operatives of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS), Niger State Police Command, why they usually raped women during operations.

 

One of the suspects, Maikoma, told our correspondent that he and his accomplice usually dispossessed people of their valuables, adding that, “if we don’t get any valuables from them, we rape their women as compensation. We rape their women if our victims couldn’t give us money or valuables. But our move on the fateful day we were arrested was dashed by the team of policemen that arrested us.”

 

According to the Niger State Police Command, the two suspects were part of those terrorising residents of Dynabado Village in Munya Local Government Area of the state.

 

Maikoma and Batime, both from Fulani Camp Injita Village Munya, were arrested by a team of policemen attached to Munya Police Division after a tip-off from a member of the public.

 

The suspects are reportedly known for their nefarious activities in the area. It was further gathered that the suspects invaded the house of Tachi Abuja, inflicted injury on his left hand and made away with his valuables.

 

Findings also have it that the suspects invaded the house of Bulus Barde of Kingbado Village Munya on November 16, 2019, robbed him of N160, 000 and raped two women in his house.

 

It was reliably gathered that the suspects had been dispossessing residents of the area of their valuables at gunpoint for some time.

 

 

The Niger State Deputy Police Public Relations Officer (DPPRO), Uthman Umar, confirmed the arrest yesterday, disclosing that the suspects had admitted to robbery and rape.

 

Umar said: “The police recovered a Fulani stick, two cutlasses and a torch from the suspects. The matter would be charged to court after investigation.”

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No room for criminals in Lagos, Ogun, warns AIG

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The Assistant-Inspector General of Police, (AIG) in charge of Zone II, Onikan, Lagos State, Ahmed Iliyasu, has warned criminals to stay clear of Lagos and Ogun states during the yuletide periods.

 

 

The AIG disclosed this recently while revealing measures being put in place to protect worship centers, recreational places and other social gathering axis in both states.

 

 

Iliyasu said: “We’re also keeping surveillance on the Kara Long Bridge, along Lagos- Ibadan Expressway. We have put together all other important security agencies through special operations and Special Forces. We have been given special instructions. We’re assuring all and sundry through this robust architecture that everybody will enjoy this period without hindrance.”

 

 

The AIG further announced the launching of ‘Operation Force Harder’ by the Inspector-General of Police, Mohammed Adamu. He explained that ‘Operation Force Harder’ was a strategy put together by the IGP to encompass community policy engagement, crime-fighting machinery, through intelligent policy as well as integrity and best reforming practices.

 

 

Iliyasu urged everyone to assist the police in carrying out their duties in order to ensure a very safe and peaceful festive season.

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Teenage boy sets lover on fire over alleged infidelity

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omicide detectives from the Lagos State Police Command, Ikeja, have arrested a 19-year-old boy, Orji Ifeanyichukwu, for allegedly setting his 24-year-old lover, Tolani Alabi, ablaze over allegations of infidelity.

 

The incident took place at G54, Army Post Service Housing Estate, Ojo, Lagos, where they both lived in Ifeanyichukwu’s N600, 000 per annum apartment.

 

 

It was learnt that the suspect met Alabi on February 28, through a hookup and Alabi moved into his house in March.

 

 

The Lagos State Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), DSP Bala Elkana, while speaking on the matter, explained that Ifeanyichukwu was into internet fraud, popularly known as ‘Yahoo Yahoo.’ He explained that the suspect had been into internet fraud for three years and was able to make enough money from it to rent his N600, 000 per annum apartment.

 

 

Elkana said: “They have since then being living as lovers because the victim’s parents live apart. Ifeanyichukwu brought Alabi into his house with a condition that she should quit prostitution and stick to him alone. However, trouble started on Thursday when the victim left home to fix her hair and did not return until the following day. She equally left the house on Friday under the guise of visiting her father but ended up seeing another man. “Ifeanyichukwu got to know on Saturday after she returned and he got hold of her phone and scrolled through. He saw her chats, video calls and naked pictures, which she sent to a client. As a result of that, Ifeanyichukwu became angry and used the petrol he kept for his generator to set her ablaze. A team of detectives visited the scene and the victim was taken to the General Hospital, Igando, where she was admitted. She died in the early hours of Sunday. The Lagos State Commissioner of Police, Hakeem Odumosu, has directed the immediate transfer of the case to the State Criminal Investigations and Intelligence Department (SCIID), Yaba, for further investigation of the matter.”

 

 

Elkana, however, noted that the suspect has confessed to the crime and would be charged to court for murder.

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