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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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‘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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CP: We’ve arrested policeman that killed teenage boy

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resh information has emerged on how a policeman shot and killed 18-year-old Awuzie Duru in Imo State.

 

This is even as the Imo State Commissioner of Police, Rabiu Ladodo, has revealed that the killer cop has been arrested and presently being detained. 

 

The victim was alleged to have been gunned down by the trigger-happy policeman right inside the premises of the United Bank for Africa (UBA) branch at Umuaka in Njaba council area of Imo State.

 

Eyewitnesses said that trouble started after Awuzie talked back at the policeman, who had earlier reprimanded him for quarrelling with another bank customer over who has the right to a certain position on a queue.

Our correspondent gathered that the incident occurred on December 1, when Awuzie also known as ‘Aboy,’ from Isiozi Aka in the town, had gone to withdraw money from Automated Teller Machine (ATM).

 

One of the villagers, who witnessed the killing, said that when Awuzie joined the ATM line, other persons joined the queue behind him.

 

The eye witness recounted: “They were on the queue when Awuzie’s phone rang. He stepped out of the line to answer the call. By the time he returned, the person behind him had taken his position on the queue. The person tried to stop him from taking his former position. This action happened in the presence of the policeman. There was heated exchange of words between Awuzie and the guy that took his position on the queue. The policeman just watched and did not bother to intervene.

 

“The exchange of words between the two soon degenerated into a fight. In the process, the policeman, who had been watching the scene, surprisingly confronted Awuzie, scolding him as if he was the offender.

“In the heat of the moment, the boy replied the policeman, asking why he had been watching, did nothing, and was then scolding him. The policeman slapped him, and the boy retaliated. The policeman pulled out his gun and shot the boy; he died instantly.”

 

The death of the boy instantly triggered tension across the community as youths mobilised and marched to the police station, Umuaka, to register their grievances. It is common knowledge that youths of Umuaka had previously burnt and vandalised the station under a similar circumstance. According to village sources, some elders appealed to the irate youths, asking them to allow the police hierarchy to handle the matter.

 

An elder in the area said: “I can tell you that the young men are not happy with the manner that policeman killed the boy over a minor altercation. So, they mobilised to burn down the station to show their anger and loss. But some of us had to intervene because this kind of thing has happened here about 15 years ago after some policemen caused the death of some people in Umuaka. Our youths burnt down the police station back then. We didn’t want that kind of thing to happen again. Some of them are still not sufficiently placated yet, but we’re still appealing to them.”

 

Ladodo, while confirming the incident, stressed that the command was doing everything possible to contain further degeneration of the crisis.

 

Ladodo, who disclosed that the killer policeman has been arrested, added appropriate punishment would be meted out to him after investigations.

His words: “Yes, I’m aware that youths mobilised to the police station, but I told my men that we must handle the matter via community policing and professionally too. We reached out to the leaders of the community and appealed to all stakeholders to weigh in on the matter. That’s why when the villagers came, we allowed them to express their grievances and we addressed the matter. We were very professional in handling the matter.”

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Man injures brother while testing ‘bullet proof’ charm

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he Niger State Police Command has arrested 38-year-old Yakubu Abubakar for allegedly shooting his brother with a pistol.

 

 

Abubakar was arrested at Paiko Village in the Paikoro Local Government Area of the state after he was found with a fabricated locally made pistol.

 

It was gathered that Abubakar, a vigilante of Aninigi Village, was trailed and arrested by a team of policemen attached to Paikoro Division based on information.

 

The suspect was said to have given his brother Yakubu Zakari, a magic ring, believed to be a bullet proof that will protect him from gunshots in case of any eventualities.

 

It was reliably gathered that the suspect tested the power of the ring on the victim by firing twice without success, but his third attempt got the victim, who was rushed to the IBB Specialist Hospital Minna for medical attention.

 

 

The suspect said: “I am not a thief or a killer. I only fired the gun to test the power of the magic ring on my brother not knowing that it will harm him. I regret my actions because I am not supposed to have any gun under my roof without permission from the police. I was only trying to make sure that my brother got the right magic ring that would protect him from gunshots. I beg the police to forgive me.”

 

 

The Niger State Deputy Police Public Relations Officer (DPPRO), Uthuman Umar, while confirming the arrest, said, “The Command will no longer tolerate unlawful possession of firearms in the state. We have warned people to desist or face the wrath of the law.”

 

 

Umar said that the operatives recovered from the suspect a locally made pistol, adding that the matter would be charged to court after investigation.

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Man arrested for impregnating minor, aborting foetus

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22-year-old man, Amusa Hammed, has been arrested for allegedly impregnating a minor at the Bariga area of Lagos State and compelling her to abort it.

 

The incident happened on December 6, at No. 7 Dassy Castro, off Odunsi Street, Bariga. It was gathered that Hammed, after impregnating the girl, caused her to carry out an abortion.

 

Hammed was arrested after Bariga Police Station received a complaint about him, leading to the minor being taken to Mirabel Center Ikeja, for medical treatment and forensic examination. The medical report showed that she had an abortion.

The Lagos State Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), DSP Bala Elkana said that Hammed has confessed to detectives from ‘Family Support Unit’ that he carried out the abortion with the assistance of a nurse.

 

Elkana, however, said that the Lagos State Commissioner of Police, Hakeem Odumosu, has ordered that the suspect be charged to Court.

In another development, 24 suspected Awawa boys have been arrested by the ‘Special Strike Force on Social Miscreants’ at Mosafejo, Oshodi area of the state.  Also arrested were members of the Eiye Confraternity, alleged to be responsible for series of traffic robberies and violent crimes within Oshodi and its environs.

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Cigarette sets man in wheelchair on fire

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A man in a wheelchair was burned in Midtown early Saturday after falling asleep with a cigarette in his hand, police said.

The 43-year-old man was sitting outside a building on East 53rd Street near 5th Avenue just after 7 a.m. when he fell asleep holding the lit cigarette, officials said.

The snoozing smoker then dropped the burning butt into his lap, where it began to scorch him, authorities said.

Emergency responders quashed the small blaze in less than 20 minutes — but his wheelchair burned down to its frame.

He was taken to Mount Sinai St. Luke’s with first-degree burns on his legs, police said.

“His arms were burned bad,” a nearby food cart vendor told The Post. “I saw a lot of smoke.”

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Lekki residents protest against proposed location of 5-storey school building in estate

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Some members of Central Lekki Phase 1 Residents Association in Lagos State, on Saturday protested against the proposed location of a five-storey school building in their residential estate.

They said such development in a strictly residential estate, would only lead to chaos, urging the state government to look into the matter and relocate the school.

One of the residents, Mrs Folake George, while expressing displeasure, said that building a school in an enclosed part of the estate would make it inhabitable for the residents.

She said that the association had written a letter to the authorities in charge to show its displeasure over the development.

“The estate is a very communal, and we have a serene environment; we have some schools already in the neighbourhood.

“The issue is that this school is going to have five floors in the proposed building plan, and the area where the school is to be situated is not just comfortable for such development.

“We are appealing to the state government to come to our aid and help us, probably, find another location for building of the school,” she said.

Another resident, Mr Val Izah, who is a lawyer, said that originally, 90 per cent of the block was allocated for a school.

Izah said: “So, the government now decided in its own wisdom to convert it to a residential estate and what we have here are three plots of land left for a school.

“The challenge is that the effect of the school on the environment is going to be terrible, including traffic, waste, school buses coming in, parents dropping off children, and this estate cannot cope.”

Another resident, Mr Ben Onuora, said that there ought to have been an environmental impact assessment conducted before location of the school in the area.

According to him, the school should not have been approved if the assessment had been carried out.

“We expect the state government to partner with the association to ensure that the master plan of Lekki stays intact.

“As a matter of urgency, we appeal to the government to step into this matter to prevent what is clearly chaotic,” Onuora said.

In his remarks, the association’s Chairman, Alhaji Rilwan Haruna, said the protest was peaceful, saying that it was meant to draw the attention of the government to the development.

“We are here staging peaceful protest to appeal to the State Governor, Mr Babajide Sanwo-Olu and other government agencies.

“The governor is able, and I am sure he will listen to us and do the needful,” Haruna said.

In a telephone interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), the state Commissioner for Physical Planning and Urban Development, Dr Idris Salako, said he was not aware of the protest.

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Street Trading: LAGESC officers stabbed, hospitalized after bloody clash in Ikoyi

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Barely a week after an officer of the Lagos State Traffic Management Authority (LSMA) was stoned to death; six officers of the Lagos State Environmental Sanitation Corps (LAGESC) were allegedly stabbed and injured by the staff and touts working around the Federal High Court, Ikoyi.

New Telegraph learnt that the officers were attacked while trying to arrest street traders and confiscate goods and items that allegedly displayed and sell on the walkways in front of the court along Queens Drive in Ikoyi in compliance with the governor’s directive on street trading.

It was gathered that during the exercise, staff of the Federal High Court, who were known to patronise the street traders, allegedly prevented the officers from arresting the traders which led to the bloody clash between the staff of the Federal High Court and other touts said to be working near the premises.

Speaking on the mayhem, the Deputy Corps Marshal in Charge of Operations Mr. Ganiu Kazeem, explained that the team arrived at the scene of the incident at about 1:45 pm but were attacked by staff of the Federal High Court with the support of private security personnel, hurling stones, iron rods, broken bottles and cutlasses and leaving members of the enforcement team injured.

According to him, the operation had nothing to do with the staff of the Court but it was discovered that the hawkers were paying rent to the private security of the Court thereby necessitating the intervention by court personnel.

The Deputy Corp Marshal confirmed that some of suspects were arrested during the fracas, while the case was also immediately reported at the Ikoyi Police Station for further investigation, advising Lagosians to comply with the laws on street trading as the government would no longer tolerate the slightest attack on any enforcement personnel.

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