Nigerians, who have embraced Point of Sales (POS) as business and a means of survival, are now living in fear as robbers have turned attention on them.
Operators at Mowe in Obafemi Owode Local Government Area of Ogun State and those in Ayobo area of Lagos State, who have already experienced the venoms of these robbers, are still recounting their ordeal in the hands of the men of the underworld.
At Mowe community in Ogun State, residents were alleged to have got used to their homes and shops being burgled. They also accepted that nothing could be done by security agents in the state about incessant cases of motorcycles snatching, but presently, they are visibly perturbed following the latest attacks on POS operators.
The daredevil robbers, on most nights, will attack the homes of operators and dispossessed the victims of all their money, used in transacting the business. They also collect other valuables.
One of their victims at Mowe, who gave her name simply as Alhaja Bola, explained that she and her husband were sleeping with their children when the robbers scaled the fence of their building and gained entry into the compound. That was about midnight.
She said: “When they came in, none of us knew they were already inside the sitting room. They started shouting, ‘where is the money? Where is the money?’ When I heard the strange voices, I stood up from my bed. The next person I met on the way was one of the robbers, who marched me to my children’s rooms and ordered everyone to get up.
“The robbers were young boys between ages of 18 and 25. They ordered my children and I to lay face-down and threatened to kill whoever dared to look at them. At that point, a lot of things went through my mind. But most importantly, I thought of my children; I didn’t want anything to happen to them. I prayed.
“While this was going on, three among the robbers went into the rooms and assigned two people to guard us. To my shock, the robbers ransacked the whole apartment and brought out every valuable they could find. They also collected about 10 phones from my children and carted away N500,000 I use for my POS transactions.”
Bola added that the robbers, who were armed with locally-made guns, took their time to finish the operation before leaving two hours later.
She said: “They then went to Olajide Close where they also spent additional two hours and robbed a couple of their money and valuables.
“As I speak with you now, I have not overcome the trauma of the robbery attack. Even my children, who are adults, are also afraid to sleep in their rooms. None of us had ever had a gun pointed at him or her, let alone my children.”
Bola’s son, who spoke on condition of anonymity, explained that the robbers came fully prepared for the operations. He said the robbers took their time in ransacking the apartment and carted whatever tickled their fancy.
He disclosed that after the incident, the matter was reported at Mowe Police Divisional Headquarters for possible arrest of the suspects, but no arrest had been made.
Our correspondent, who went to the community, heard from angry residents that policemen in the axis preferred chasing cyclists and extorting money from them, to embarking on patrol of communities.
Our correspondent also went to Olajide Close, but the victims of the robbers attack were not at home.
On June 20, another set of robbers stormed Mukadamu Street, where a POS operator was also robbed of N1 million in her home.
The victim, who gave her name as Barakat alias ‘Iya Road Safety’, said that fateful day was a day she would never forget for as long as she lived.
She said: “That fateful day, I started transaction on a good note, but about 1a.m. we were sleeping when the strange visitors came and started banging on our gate. They ordered us to open the door and threatened to deal with us if they found their way into our apartment themselves.
“Out of panic, my husband didn’t open the door. They finally scaled the fence to gain access into our compound. When they got into our sitting room, my husband and I had already said our last prayers; because we thought they would do as they had earlier threatened.
“Luckily for us, they didn’t touch us, but they ransacked the rooms for money and valuables. They came out with N1 million. It was the money I had just collected from the cooperative society. I wanted to use the money to boost my business. Immediately I saw the bag containing the money, I urinated on my body. I knew there was no way I could return the money to the cooperative.”
Barakat added that since the incident, police had not been able to arrest the suspects, while she now depended on her children to feed. She said that the robbery wrecked her business.
A police source at Mowe Divisional Headquarters told our correspondent that on a daily basis, they received complaints of POS operators being attacked. The source said that the police were already having a series of meetings with the operators on precautionary methods of doing business in a community like Mowe and its environs.
At House No. 5, Shotayo Adebayo Street, Abesan in Mosan Okunola Local Council Development Area of Lagos State, a similar attack was carried out. One of the victims is Mrs. Nike Akande.
The woman narrated how the robbers collected money in her apartment, which she had earlier took as a loan from cooperative society. She disclosed that the robbery left her devastated.
Akande, a widow, who lost her husband four years ago, decided to go into POS business as a result of her ill health. She revealed that since the death of her husband, things had not been the same for her and her children.
She said: “I was given N1.2 million by my husband’s family members after the demise of my husband, to take care of my children. I decided to go into POS business, so as to have a close look on my younger children, because my first daughter just got admission into the University of Ibadan to study Medicine and Surgery.
“Thank God when I started the business, there was little patronage, but as time progressed, people started coming and the money was yielding profit. I used to close business at 7p.m.. I don’t go beyond that hour.
“On that fateful day, I was about to lock the main gate to our compound when three guys hijacked the gate from me and forced their way into my compound. Before I realised what was happening, they had brought out guns and ordered me into my sitting room. Unfortunately, none of our neighbours knew what was happening.
“When the robbers entered the sitting room, they sat on a couch and asked me to entertain them. Out of panic, I went into the kitchen and got them soft drinks, after which I begged and told them that I was a widow, that they should have mercy on me. I became speechless when they told me how much they came to rob from me.
“When I pleaded with them, I was told to go and bring N1 million. I begged them that the only money I had in the house was N500,000. They collected the money and asked me to pray for them, which I did and then they left. It was after they had gone that I ran out and started shouting; it was my cries that attracted my tenants. We checked round the whole community if we could get them, unfortunately, we couldn’t trace them. That was how I lost my money.”
The Ogun State Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), DSP Abimbola Oyeyemi, refused to pick his calls neither did he reply to the text message sent to him to confirm the attacks on POS operators.
The Lagos State Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), DSP Bala Elkana said, Point of Sales Operators should take security issue serious especially in a business environment.
Elkana, However, Said, such a cases are isolated one, POS Operations should install Close Circuit Camera in their shops where they are doing business, so that if such incident occurred, Police would be able to analyse the video and go after the robbers.’
“There was a time, when a game centre was robbed, it was the CCTV footage that exposed the robbers and they were arrested.”
Teenage student jailed for making sexual advances to stepmother
A Sharia Court sitting in Magajin Gari, Kaduna State, on Tuesday, sentenced a teenage student, Anas, to one year imprisonment over sexual encroachment on, and criminal intimidation of, his stepmother.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that after the defendant had pleaded guilty of the offence, he told the court that he was enchanted by his step brothers.
“My step brothers enchanted me and made me become a drug addict. Sometimes, I go naked; and sometimes, I do wake up late at night to pray,” he said.
The Judge, Murtala Nasir, however, granted the convict a bail option of N20,000 and that he must also pay N20,000 as compensation to the complainant.
Earlier, the Police Counsel, Sgt. Aliyu Ibrahim, told the court that on December 5, at about 6.00 pm., one Fatima of Unguan Sanusi, Kaduna, reported the incident to the Metro police division.
The counsel said Anas went into her room while she was asleep and that most times, he would come in naked.
“On December 3, at about 2.30 am., she saw him while using his cell phone’s torch to peep into her window. She came out and held him, while the phone along with a stick of cigarette fell off his hands,” he said.
Ibrahim, who said that the offence was punishable under Section 232 of Sharia Penal Code, prayed the court to sanction Sidi-Baba accordingly and also order him pay N20,000 as compensation for the fear he usually instilled in his stepmother.
72-year-old retiree loses marriage for starving wife of sex
A 72-year-old retiree, Mr Funsho, has lost his marriage for starving his wife of sex for three years.
An Igando Customary Court, in Lagos, on Tuesday granted the request of Mrs Ayo, seeking dissolution of her union to Funsho on the grounds of sex starvation and irreconcilable differences.
The court president, Mr Adeniyi Koledoye, while delivering the judgment, said it appeared that the estranged couple was tired of the marriage and all efforts to reconcile both parties had failed.
“Since both parties consented to the dissolution of their marriage, this court has no choice than to dissolve the marriage.
“The court hereby pronounces the marriage between Ayo and Funsho dissolved today; both of you henceforth cease to be husband and wife.
“Each of you should go on his or her separate ways unmolested, the court wishes both of you well in your future endeavours,” Koledoye ruled.
The 40-year-old businesswoman, Ayo, had earlier approached the court to end her nine years old marriage over sex denial.
“My husband denied me sex for good three years without any reason and he knew that I needed a child,” Ayo said.
The petitioner told the court that the respondent humiliated her because she was yet to have a child for him.
“My husband told me to pack out of his house saying that I am a barren woman and cannot bear children.
“He told me to get another man, that he is no longer interested in me.
“Funsho refused to pay our house and shop rents when both expired, and ordered the landlord to eject me from the house; which the landlord complied with.
“I begged him, even when my family members called him to know if I have offended him in any way, he told them that he was no more interested in me,” Ayo said.
The petitioner said that in August 2018, she begged her husband to divorce her after sending her out of their matrimonial house, but he refused.
“I pleaded with him to divorce me so that I can move on with my life because age is no longer on my side, but he refused.
“He said that no man can marry me again that any woman he had slept with can never get married again, so there is no need for him to divorce me,” she said.
Ayo urged the court to terminate their marriage which had not produced any child so that she can moved on with her life, reports the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN).
“I have wasted nine-years with him without achieving anything, please divorce the union,” she pleaded.
The respondent, however, conceded to the petitioner’s request for the dissolution of their marriage, saying that he was no longer interested in the union.
“I do not love her anymore, please court, grant her request for the dissolution of our marriage.
“I have six children, some are abroad. I do not even need a child from her,” Funsho said.
Gunmen kidnap 2 expatriates, 6 Nigerian workers in Niger
Police in Niger State say gunmen have kidnapped two expatriates, a Nigerian staff of Triacta Construction Company and five others in Galadima Kogo village of Erena in Shiroro Local Government Area of the state.
The two expatriate workers were said to be handling the construction work on the 52-kilometer road from Erena town to Kaure village, a border town between Niger and Kaduna state, cutting across over 200 villages.
The contract for the road was awarded by the former Senator representing Niger East Senatorial District, Senator David Umaru in 2018 and has continued with the work despite his exit from the red chamber.
The Commissioner of Police, Mr Adamu Usman, who disclosed this in Minna on Tuesday, said the gunmen, who wore military uniforms came to the village on over 20 motorcycles and attacked workers of the construction firm.
Usman said the incident occurred on Monday at about 12:45 hours along Shiroro-Galadima road.
Kogi Police parade Mrs Abuh’s killer
The Kogi State Police Command on Tuesday paraded Ocholi Edicha, suspected to have led the mob which burnt the house of late Mrs. Salome Abuh who died during the induced inferno.
Also five other suspected armed robbers, who the police alleged to be part of the assailants, were equally paraded.
Late Mrs Abuh was on November 18 burnt to death at her Ochadamu residence in Ofu Local Government Area of the state.
Addressing journalists in his office, the Police Commissioner, Hakeem Busari, said police operatives attached to Ofu Police Division in collaboration with Local Vigilantes arrested Ocholi Edicha, Adamu Haruna, Onu Egbunu, Musa Alidu, Attai Haruna Egwu and Attah Eheh.
According to Busari, Edicha, during interrogation, had confessed that he led the gang that burnt the house of Elder Simon Abuh, husband to the late Mrs. Abuh at Achejuigu in Ochadamu.
Gunmen kidnap director of litigation, three others in Adamawa
A Director of Litigation at the Adamawa Ministry of Justice, Samuel Yaumande, has been kidnapped.
The Police, which confirmed the kidnap of the law officer, disclosed on Tuesday that it was working to unravel the identities of three other persons taken by the kidnap gang.
Police spokesman for Adamawa Command, DSP Sulaiman Nguroje, explained that the kidnappers made their way into Yaumande’s residence and abducted him while family members watched helplessly.”
He said when the Police got the distress call and swung into action to rescue the victim, it also discovered that the kidnappers had masterminded the abduction of three other persons whose identities it had yet to uncover.
However, a family of the kidnapped director said their kinsman was abducted at his residence in Sengere, a suburb of Yola, the state capital, at about 11pm.
He furthermore disclosed that the heavily armed kidnappers picked the director, alongside a school principal and three others, that evening.
A fortnight ago, the Divisional Police Officer in charge of Mubi North Police Divisional headquarters, Muhammad Ahidjo, was kidnapped and allegedly released following payment of ransom.
The resurgence of kidnappings has since been greeted with abduction of three senior lecturers from Moddibo Adama University of Technology, Yola; and several citizens, including nomadic Fulani herdsmen.
Kwara: Vice Principal, two others in EFCC net for exam malpractice
The Ilorin Zonal Office of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has arrested three persons including a Vice Principal for allegedly collecting money from students participating in the ongoing National Examination Council (NECO) at Government Day Secondary School, Ote in Eiye-Nkorin Area of Kwara State.
The suspects are, the Vice Principal of the School, Issa Abdulrahman, a teacher, Usman Lanre Kayode and a supervisor of the examination in the centre, Saka Isiaka.
The Commission was said to have received an intelligence report that the school management and supervisors of the centre were extorting money from the students writing NECO in order to assist them in the examination.
It was learnt that the Principal of the school usually separates the students who could not contribute money and put them in another classroom to write their papers, while those who contributed money would also be in another classroom.
But problem started when an operative of the Commission dressed in an usual way on Friday 6th of December, pretending to be a passerby.
An iPad containing answers to all the questions was recovered from them.
The suspects, according to the EFCC, would soon be charged to court.
Two arrested for stabbing shipping magnate’s wife to death
The Lagos State Police Command has arrested two men in connection with murder of Mrs. Gildas Tohouo, a Hungarian citizen, whose husband is a shipping magnet.
The deceased’s husband, a Cameroonian, is said to be the Managing Director of Maersk Shipping Company.
Gildas was alleged to have been attacked in Lagos with a knife and later died. It was further gathered that her husband was also attacked and presently battling to stay alive in an undisclosed hospital.
The incident occurred on Sunday at about 11p.m. at their Lugard, Ikoyi residence after a birthday party for one of their children.
It was learnt that a few hours after the party, their power supply suddenly went off. Their estate electrician, Ade Akanbi, later came to their gate to knock, insisting that he came to fix the fused in the couple’s apartment, which he claimed caused the power outage.
The electrician, who came with a friend, Olamide Goke, allegedly used the opportunity of the power outage to attack the couple. Gildas was stabbed to death, while her husband, is in a hospital, battling to stay alive.
According to a police source, Akanbi told police that he attacked the couple because he had earlier asked the couple for an assistance, which the husband allegedly refused to give.
The Lagos State Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), DSP Bala Elkana, said that the state’s Commissioner of Police, Hakeem Odumosu, swiftly moved to the scene of the incident where the house was cordoned off.
The CP, however, ordered Homicide Detectives from the State Criminal Investigations and Intelligence Department (SCIID) to the scene. It was gathered that based on the directives of the CP, the police launched an earnest investigation and zeroed in on the two suspects.
Elkana further said: “The two suspects arrested are assisting the police in the on-going investigation.”
How I lost my hand to explosive in school, by SS2 student
A 16-year-old Senior Secondary School (SS2) student, whose hand got chopped off by an explosive at school lastweek Thursday, has survived to tell the story of his close shave with death.
Chukwu Chibuike, a student of Glory Land High School, located in Ebonyi Local Government Area of Ebonyi State said it was actually the son of a policeman that brought the explosive to school.
Speaking with our correspondent yesterday, Chibuike said that the object suddenly exploded in his hand as he picked it, leading to his being rushed to a hospital.
He said: “The object was brought to school by my classmate, Mogbo Afan, the son of a Mobile Policeman working with the Ebonyi State Police Command.”
It will be recalled that an object, suspected to be explosive, exploded in the school last Thursday, chopping off Chibuike’s hand and injuring his leg.
The incident, which occurred at about 9:am, caused panic in the school. Today, Chibuike is lying critically at the children’s ward, New Medical Complex of Alex Ekwueme Federal University Teaching Hospital
Abakaliki (AE-FUTHA). His hand was amputated following the incident.
Speaking from his hospital bed, Chibuike disclosed that his classmate, Mogbo Afan, who brought the object to the school, ran away immediately it exploded.
He narrated: “The incident happened at about 9: am. One of my classmates, Mogbo Afan, brought an object that looked like electric bulb which had black cover. I was inside the classroom while he was on the staircase, very close to our classroom. When he removed the cover of the object, the object fell from his hand and landed on the floor. I rushed to pick it, to throw it away, thinking it was an ordinary firecracker. I didn’t want it to blow in the classroom and scare everyone. Immediately I picked it, it exploded in my hand. It chopped off my hand like this. I also sustained leg injury from the explosion. The boy in question is a son to a policeman; his father is a Mobile Policeman. When the incident happened, students scampered for safety. I was taken to one of the teachers in our school. They removed my belt and used it to tie
my hand. My father was contacted. He came and took me to the hospital. Mogbo Afan ran away immediately the object exploded and till date, he has not been seen. His mother and father have been coming to the hospital
to see me. They usually cry and plead for forgiveness.”
The victim’s father, Chukwu Nwani, a native of Okposi Okwu, Ohaozara Local Government Area of the state said he was not happy that his son, who was born whole, would now become one handed because of the action of his classmate.
Nwani urged the state government to come to his aid, in order to provide adequate medical care for his son.
N50 bribe: Policeman remanded for killing truck driver
A 37-year-old policeman, Idowu Omosuyi, who killed a truck driver in Ondo State during a squabble over a N50 bribe, has been remanded at the Olokuta Correctional Centre by an Akure Chief Magistrate’s Court.
Omosuyi, had seven days ago, shot dead a truck driver, Ado Saleh, at a checkpoint along Uso-Owo road in Owo Local Council Area of Ondo State following his refusal to part with N50 bribe.
Omosuyi, who was brought before the presiding Magistrate, Charity Adeyanju, on a one-count charge of murder, was said to have committed the offence on December, 2019, at about 2p.m. while on official duty.
The police prosecutor, Inspector Goodluck Uloh, told the court that the accused person committed the punishable offence, contrary to section 316 and 319 of the Criminal Code Cap 37, Volume 1, of the Ondo State of Nigeria 2006.
Uloh informed the court that he has a motion on notice for the remand of the accused person in a Correctional Service. Counsel to the accused, Mr Ademola Ikujuni, opposed the prosecutor’s application. He argued that he was served with the application in the court, which according to him, was not part of the practice.
Ikujuni, therefore, prayed the court to order the accused person back to police custody. Adeyanju, however, ordered that the accused be remanded in Olokuta Correctional Service. She subsequently adjourned the case till December 27, 2019, for hearing of the motion.
Bankers, Indian jailed five years for N855m fraud
Two top officials of PHB, now Keystone Bank, Anayo Nwosu and Olajide Oshodi, as well as Ashok Israni, an Indian businessman, have been sentenced to five years imprisonment each for N855million fraud.
The convicts, who were arraigned by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) before Justice Kudirat Jose of the Lagos State High Court, Igbosere, Lagos State, were sentenced yesterday.
Also convicted is NULEC Industries Limited, belonging to Israni and Keystone Bank Limited. The convicts alongside Sunny Obazee were re-arraigned on October 4th, 2016 on an amended 15-count charge bordering on conspiracy and obtaining by false pretence to the tune of N855million.
One of the counts reads “That you, Anayo Nwosu, Ashok Israni, Olajide Oshodi, Sunny Obazee, Bank PHB Plc/Keystone Bank Ltd and NULEC Industries Limited, between 14th July and 31st July, 2008, in Lagos, within the jurisdiction of this Honourable Court, did fraudulently convert to your use, the sum of N285, 000, 000.00 being the property of Dozzy Oil and Gas Ltd, when you credited the account of NULEC with the said sum to defray its debt owed to Bank PHB Plc as against paying the sum into the Private Placement Account of NULEC, which sum was to be used as payment for the purchase of shares of NULEC Industries Limited under a Private Placement.”
Another count reads: “That you, Anayo Nwosu, Ashok Israni, Olajide Oshodi, Sunny Obazee, Bank PHB Plc/Keystone Bank Ltd and NULEC Industries Limited, sometime in 2008 within the jurisdiction of this Honourable Court, with intent to defraud, obtained the sum of N855, 000, 000.00 from Dozzy Oil and Gas Ltd, on the false pretence that NULEC Industries Limited was in active profit making manufacturing and trading activities, thereby purporting same to be payment for the purchase of shares of the said NULEC Industries Limited under a Private Placement.”
The defendants, however, pleaded not guilty to the charge preferred against them by the EFCC, thereby leading to their full trial.
During the course of the trial, the prosecution counsel, Rotimi Jacobs, SAN, presented witnesses and tendered several documents that were admitted in evidence by the court.
Delivering her judgment, Justice Jose discharged and acquitted the fourth defendant, Obazee.
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