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Excessive speed: Driver loses control in Ogun, dies

A driver has died in a lone accident along the Lagos-Ibadan highway, before Ogun interchange.

The crash occurred at about 02:3am, involving the male driver’s Nissan pick-up, with registration number, AAB 240 ZY.

“The suspected cause of the lone accident was excessive speed which led to loss of control and he was trapped inside the vehicle,” the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) said.

FRSC spokesperson in Ogun State, Florence Okpe told newsmen that the trapped corpse had been removed and taken to Idera Hospital morgue, Sagamu, adding that the crashed vehicle was towed off the road.

Meanwhile, the Sector Commander of FRSC in Ogun, Ahmed Umar has cautioned motorists to desist from speed violation, especially at a time when there is high vehicular movement

Umar sympathised with the family of the victim, asking them to contact the Sagamu office of the FRSC for more information about the crash.

He advised motorists to drive cautiously and obey traffic rules and regulations.

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Pouy farmer drags Feed seller to court over poisonous bird food in Ibadan

A pouy farm has dragged Hybrid Feeds Limited to court over the sale of poisonous pouy feeds in Ibadan, the Oyo State capital.

Our correspondent gathered that the farm, Redi Foods had last year bought alleged poisoned pouy feeds from Hybrid Feeds.

It was, however, revealed that more than 2,000 birds that consumed the feeds died a few days after consumption of the feeds.

Tests conducted by a government-approved laboratory revealed that the laying birds kept for breeding by the claimant died as a result of the contaminated feeds.

Our correspondent who witnessed the Court session on Thursday gathered that the claimant dragged the Hybrid Feeds to court over failure to compensate it for the losses accrued.

Counsel to the claimant, Mr Adebayo Salau told Justice Ishola of Court 8, Oyo State High Court, Ring Road, Ibadan on Thursday that all efforts made by the claimant to get compensation proved abortive.

He said, “I am here to represent my client who is the claimant. What happened was that my client purchased some pouy feeds at Hybrid Feeds and almost the whole stock died.

“It was discovered that the feeds were highly poisonous, with Aflatoxin level 11 times above the safe levels permitted, to the extent that the birds reared by my client died rapidly within a few days.

“At the last sitting of the court on March 11, 2021, counsel to Hybrid Feed pleaded with the court to grant it time to settle out of court with my Client, Redi Foods. It turned out, however, that they were merely playing games and probably looking for ways to buy time.

“Now, today we have applied to the Court that the case is adjourned for hearing. We are demanding the sum of N12.5m for the loss and we are demanding the sum of N5m as general damages, making a total of N17.5m”.

Counsel to the defendant, Ms Seun Akande, in her submission told the Court that the defendant and the claimant were yet to agree on the terms and conditions in the out of court settlement process.

She said, “We have not been able to reach a compromise”.

The presiding judge after listening to both the claimant’s and defendant’s counsels on Thursday adjourned the case till 1st March 2022.

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Pastor kidnaps Catholic priest, begs God for forgiveness

 

The operatives of the Imo state police command have arrested one pastor Izuchukwu Anoloba, 35, and others for kidnapping a Catholic priest, Fidelis Ekemgba.

 

Parading the suspects and others, the state Commissioner of Police, Rabiu Hussaini, said that the suspects held the priest for over seven days and made to pay a ransom of N5 million to them.

 

The CP, who disclosed that the syndicate was a deadly one, disclosed that the pastor was arrested in Lagos following intelligence gathering by men of the anti-kidnapping unit of the command.

 

He disclosed that the priest, 45, in charge of St. Peters Catholic parish in Umunohu Amakaohia in the Ihitte/Uboma Local Government Area of the state, was double-crossed and whisked away by his abductors.

 

Commending his men for an excellent job, the CP said that he would continue to make the state uncomfortable for criminals.

 

Speaking to Journalists, Anoloba, said that he got N1.5m from the ransom the priest paid them.

 

He said, “I am a pastor with Apostolic Church of Christ in Lagos. I got N1.5 million from the kidnap of the priest. I never knew I will be arrested. I regret my actions because I am now a disgrace to the body of Christ and my family.”

 

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Poultry farmer drags Feed seller to court over poisonous bird food in Ibadan

A poultry farm has dragged Hybrid Feeds Limited to court over the sale of poisonous poultry feeds in Ibadan, the Oyo State capital.

Our correspondent gathered that the farm, Redi Foods had last year bought alleged poisoned poultry feeds from Hybrid Feeds.

It was, however, revealed that more than 2,000 birds that consumed the feeds died a few days after consumption of the feeds.

Tests conducted by a government-approved laboratory revealed that the laying birds kept for breeding by the claimant died as a result of the contaminated feeds.

Our correspondent who witnessed the Court session on Thursday gathered that the claimant dragged the Hybrid Feeds to court over failure to compensate it for the losses accrued.

Counsel to the claimant, Mr Adebayo Salau told Justice Ishola of Court 8, Oyo State High Court, Ring Road, Ibadan on Thursday that all efforts made by the claimant to get compensation proved abortive.

He said, “I am here to represent my client who is the claimant. What happened was that my client purchased some poultry feeds at Hybrid Feeds and almost the whole stock died.

“It was discovered that the feeds were highly poisonous, with Aflatoxin level 11 times above the safe levels permitted, to the extent that the birds reared by my client died rapidly within a few days.

“At the last sitting of the court on March 11, 2021, counsel to Hybrid Feed pleaded with the court to grant it time to settle out of court with my Client, Redi Foods. It turned out, however, that they were merely playing games and probably looking for ways to buy time.

“Now, today we have applied to the Court that the case is adjourned for hearing. We are demanding the sum of N12.5m for the loss and we are demanding the sum of N5m as general damages, making a total of N17.5m”.

Counsel to the defendant, Ms Seun Akande, in her submission told the Court that the defendant and the claimant were yet to agree on the terms and conditions in the out of court settlement process.

She said, “We have not been able to reach a compromise”.

The presiding judge after listening to both the claimant’s and defendant’s counsels on Thursday adjourned the case till 1st March 2022.

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Nigerians react as Dowen College denies torture, bullying of 12-year-old student

 

The death of a 12-year-old student, Sylvester Oromoni, of Dowen College, Lekki, Lagos has sparked different reactions among Nigerians.

 

Reports had emerged that Oromoni was bullied and beaten by fellow students.

 

The supposed injuries from the beating led to his death, according to a Twitter user with the handle @perrisonoromoni, who claimed to be the boy’s cousin.

 

However, in a statement on Wednesday, the school denied all allegations stating that Oromoni was neither bullied nor beaten but only complained of hip pain after playing football.

 

Nigerians across social media have expressed their views regarding the situation with many claiming Dowen College had something to hide about the incident.

 

A Twitter user with the handle @missuskike wrote that the school was trying to put some blame on the parents by indicating how long it took for the Oromoni to get picked up from the school.

 

She wrote, “I have a feeling that reporting that nobody came to pick the guy up after 2 days is a subtle way to shift the blame on the parents for irresponsibility. A child was playing football and shifted his hip. Why did he have to die? There is something Dowen College is not telling us.”

 

Another user, @denmozy, rather chose to ask questions that would lead to finding the cause of the boy’s death writing, “So what killed Sylvester? Was his death a result of the injuries he sustained playing ball and what sort of injury did he sustain?”

 

Meanwhile, @THEHFC11 said the Dowen College showed no remorse despite learning of Oromoni’s death even going ahead to lock their Instagram comments section.

 

“Fact that they went about their business on social media after the death of a student. Somehow they’re trying to cover up something more sinister. No condolences. No remorse. Nothing. Just business as usual shame,” the handle wrote.

 

An Instagram user, dr_morula, on the other hand, said time should not be wasted but spent on doing an autopsy to find the cause of the young Oromoni’s death.

 

The handle wrote, “There’s no time for back and forth stories. Do an autopsy, the forensic pathologist will expose the cause of death in a jiffy.”

 

However, since Oromoni’s death was announced by @perrisonoromoni, there have been no comments from his parents or guardian.

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Agip confirm killing of three staff in Bayelsa creeks

The Nigerian Agip Oil Company (NAOC), has confirmed the killing of three of its staff in Okoroma community of Nembe Local Government council area of Bayelsa State by suspected sea pirates.

It was gathered that three of the Agip staff and some personnel of the Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) were on Sunday ambushed close to the Obama oil flow station while embarking on repair works of some facilities.

One NSCDC personnel and three Agip staff were confirmed dead.

NAOC, in a statement issued to Daily Post via electronic mail, confirmed the incident.

“With deep sorrow, Eni confirms that a group of Eni contractors accompanied by security operatives were attacked by an armed group causing as far as we know 3 fatalities and 2 injuries”

They also confirmed that those killed were part of the contractors working with the oil multinational on a Mangrove Restoration project, which envisages the restoration of mangroves in the Swamp area of Nigeria,” the project is being seriously damaged by illegal refineries and spills due to sabotages”

NAOC also expressed concern over the precarious and worsening general security situation along the creeks and the Swamp areas of the Bayelsa and the Niger Delta region, noting that the situation which they described as precarious, has put the company, its people and contractors, as well as the local communities in danger and in harm’s way.

Recall that suspected sea pirates at the early hours of Sunday launched multiple ambushes on some workers with the Nigerian Agip Oil Company (NAOC) in Okoroma and Ogbokiri –Akassa communities of Nembe and Brass Local Government areas of Bayelsa State.

The gunmen reportedly shot dead two workers of the Nigerian Agip Oil Company and personnel of the Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC). The driver of their boat, who is an indigene of Okoroma community is still declared missing by the locals.

In the ambush that occurred at Ogbokiri-Akassa in the Brass Local Government area, six Nigerian Oil workers who were busy doing maintenance work close to their platform were abducted and taken away.

The Agip oil workers and their security personnel were attacked at about 6am on Sunday while working close to a Manifold in Bayelsa.

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Suspected ritualists kill four in Ogun, sell body parts

The police in Ogun State have arrested no fewer than seven men said to be members of a serial ritual killer syndicate in different parts of Abeokuta over the murder of one Sunday Okosun and three other unknown persons.

The suspects were identified by the police as Samod Sulaiman, Ifayemi Madru and Lekan Oladipupo of Sotan village; Sulaiman Aremu of Imala Elega; Shittu Saheed of Alarugbo village, Akanji Moruf of Alabata village and Tajudeen Adekunle of Sapon, all in Abeokuta.

Ogun police spokesman, Abimbola Oyeyemi, said the arrest of the suspects came after a report was lodged at Bode Olude police division by one Abraham Okosun, a brother of the deceased Sunday Okosun.

The complainant had told the police that he visited his brother, Sunday at Agbara village via Mawuko Abeokuta, only to discover that he had been “brutally murdered by unknown person(s), and his remains had been dismembered.”

As a result, the DPO of Bode Olude division, DSP Durojaye Rotimi, was said to have visited the scene with his crack detectives and embarked on an intelligence-based investigation to fish out the killers of Sunday Okosun.

“Acting on credible information, the detectives traced and apprehended Lekan Oladipupo, who on interrogation, confessed being the actual person who shot and killed the deceased with his Dane gun. His confession led to the arrest of the other six suspects,” Oyeyemi disclosed.

The Ogun Police Public Relations Officer explained that each of the arrested suspects confessed to the police, their roles in the gruesome murder of the deceased and others who have been killed in similar circumstances.

While Lekan Oladipupo claimed to be the one to search for and kill their victims in the bush around Mawuko, Sulaiman Aremu’s role was to butcher the corpse of the victim and remove vital parts to be distributed to their standby customers.

Their customers were identified by Oyeyemi as Ifayemi Badru, who bought the heart, hands, and other parts; Shittu Saheed who bought the head, Akanji Moruf who bought the heart of another victim and Tajudeen Adekunle, who also bought the head of another victim.

The suspects, according to Oyeyemi, had confessed to killing about four persons, adding that their bodies parts were used for money-making rituals.

“They also informed the police that they have code names for each human part whenever they want to request for it from their butcher man. For example, they normally referred to human head as ball, the heart as a transformer, while the hands are code-named fans,” he said.

While stating that the gun and cutlass used for the killings have been recovered, Oyeyemi quoted the Ogun Commissioner of Police, Lanre Bankole, as describing the incident as the height of man’s inhumanity to man.

The CP, he said, ordered that the suspects be transferred to the homicide section of the state CIID for discreet investigation with a view to charging them to court.

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Suspected herdsmen kill one person in fresh Southern Kaduna attack

Suspected Fulani militias have killed one person in Abuyab village, Atyap Chiefdom, Zangon Kataf Local Government Area of Kaduna State, on Wednesday morning.

Recall that the village had witnessed several attacks by the suspected Fulani militias leading to the killing of about 10 people early November and the destruction of almost the entire village, including the house of a former ECOMOG commander, Major General Shekari Billyok (rtd).

A source from the village told newsmen that the victim had just returned from the farm when the attackers killed him very close to the village.

According to the source, “We woke up this morning with bad news of suspected Fulani militias attacking one of us and killed him. The man was killed very close to the village and before any alarm could be made, the attackers ran away.

“The village had been under severe attacks of suspected Fulani militias, killing, burning houses and destroying our crops. The village has been totally destroyed by the attackers and we are left with virtually nothing to hold unto.”

When contacted, the State Police Public Relations Officer, ASP Mohammed Jalige told newsmen that already, the DPO in charge of the area confirmed the incident and had also briefed the Commissioner of Police, while a team would investigate to unearth the perpetrators of the act.

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Man allegedly defiles four-year-old girl in Lagos

An Ikeja Magistrates’ Court in Lagos on Tuesday ordered the remand of a 26-year-old unemployed man, Mustapha Baba, for allegedly defiling a four-year-old girl.

Baba, a resident of Ayobo, Lagos State, is being tried for defilement.

The prosecuting officer, ASP. Bisi Ogunleye told the court that the defendant committed the offence in September at his residence.

He said Baba unlawfully had canal knowledge of the minor, NAN reports.

“The defendant lured the girl into his room and had sexual intercourse with her.

“When the mother of the girl noticed that her daughter had been defiled, she questioned her and the girl told her what the defendant did to her.

“The case was reported at the police station leading to the arrest of the defendant,” the prosecutor said.

The alleged offence violates Sections 137 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, 2015 which prescribes life imprisonment for defilement.

The Magistrate, Mrs Ejiro Kubeinje, who did not take the defendant’s plea, ordered that he should be remanded in Kirikri Correctional Centre.

Kubeinje, however, directed the Police to send the case file to the state Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) for advice.

She adjourned the case until Jan. 25, 2022, for DPP’s advice.

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Usifo Ataga’s body found in mortuary on birthday – Witness tells court

Mr. Rotimi Albert, a prosecution witness in the trial of Chidinma Ojukwu, charged with murder of Super TV Chief Executive Officer, Usifo Ataga, has said that Ataga’s family found his body in a mortuary on his birthday.

NAN reports that Albert testified on Tuesday as the fourth prosecution witness.

He gave evidence before a Lagos High Court sitting at Tafawa Balewa Square.

He narrated how Ataga’s family and friends allegedly searched for him and found his body in a mortuary.

Ojukwu, an undergraduate, is facing trial alongside her sister, Chioma Egbuchu, and one Adedapo Quadri.

Albert, who introduced himself as a longtime schoolmate and friend of Ataga, said he wanted to call him on June 17, his birthday, to send birthday wishes to him.

Albert said that a friend had called him on June 16 and asked if he had seen or heard from Ataga.

He said that the friend told him on phone that no one had heard from Ataga since June 13.

The witness said he tried calling the deceased on phone, adding that his phone rang but there was no answer so he sent a WhatsApp message which delivered.

Albert said he observed that the deceased’s phone was active on WhatsApp.

“I was surprised when he didn’t return my calls nor reply my messages.

“I started calling other friends to ask if anyone had seen him; even his siblings abroad called me to ask about his whereabouts. I told them I was also worried.

“His wife and other family members were also looking for him because they were supposed to celebrate his birthday with him in Abuja,” he said.

The witness told the court that the wife of the deceased reported to the police about the worry.

He said that the phone of the deceased was tracked and it was noticed that the phone was last used at the University of Lagos’s Guest House.

According to him, on June 17, he and a friend went to the guest house to search for Ataga’s vehicle but the vehicle was not there.

He said that phone tracker also indicated that the phone was used at Aladimeji area of Lagos.

Albert said the tracking became difficult because the movement kept changing.

“In the course of all these, we got a call that Usifo is deceased and in a mortuary.

“We, therefore, went to Panti Police Station; there, we found out that the police had already visited the crime scene.

“After going to the crime scene, the police told us to go to the mortuary to identify the body; we went and confirmed it was Usifo Ataga.

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“At the mortuary, I observed that he was assaulted with multiple stabbed wounds on his neck, abdomen, his side and leg.

“I also observed that his ribs had rope marks and deep indentations. That was how I got to know that my friend is deceased,” the witness said.

The witness was led in evidence by the Lagos State Director for Public Prosecutions, Mrs.Adeyinka Adeyemi.

After his examination-in-chief, the witness was cross-examined by Ojukwu’s counsel, Mr Onwuka Egwu, and he said he was not the one checking and tracking the deceased’s phone and his bank transactions but a mutual friend.

The witness said that he made a statement at the police station which was tendered by defence counsel, and it was admitted as evidence.

Counsel to the second defendant (Quadri) and third defendant (Egbuchu), Mr Babatunde Busari and Mr A. O. Ogunsanya, respectively, said they did not have any questions for the witness.

The prosecutor, however, asked for an adjournment to enable him to bring more evidence.

Justice Yetunde Adesanya, consequently, adjourned the case until Feb. 14 for continuation of trial.

Recall that the three defendants were arraigned on Oct. 12 on a nine-count charge preferred by Lagos State Government.

Ojukwu and Quadri are facing the first to eight counts bordering on conspiracy, murder, stabbing, forgery, making of bank statements and stealing.

Egbuchu is facing the ninth count of stealing iPhone 7 belonging to Ataga.

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I’m being hunted for demanding justice – Sibling of slain OAU master’s student

 

Olugbade Adegoke, the immediate elder brother of slain Master’s student of Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, Timothy, has raised the alarm that he is being hunted for demanding that justice be served in the gruesome death of his sibling.

 

The student died in controversial circumstances where he lodged at Hiltons Hotels and Resorts, Ile-Ife, to sit for an examination. He was subsequently buried by the hotel management in a shallow grave without the knowledge of his family or the police.

 

The owner of the hotel, Dr Ramon Adedoyin, and five others have been arrested for complicity in the case while his son, Raheem, who is the Managing Director of the hotel, is at large after a suspect confessed that he supervised the hurried burial of the deceased student.

 

An autopsy result into the cause of the death of the student is still being expected as of press time even as the case has been transferred to Abuja.

 

Speaking in an interview with BBC Yoruba, Olugbade said, “I am also being trailed; they want to harm me. I have slept in about eight hotels between Ife and Osogbo in the last few days. I am being hunted by these people but God has been my Protector.

 

“During the autopsy last week Monday at LAUTECH Hospital, these people also came for me that I had to hide. What do they stand to gain? I know they want to end the case abruptly but I know that God is behind the just.”

 

He urged the Nigeria Police Force to declare Adedoyin’s son, Raheem, wanted for, “supervising the hasty and clandestine burial” of Timothy.

 

He thanked the Osun State Police Command, for not compromising in the matter so far and urged the Inspector General of Police, Usman Baba, to ensure justice is served even as the case has been transferred to the IGP’s Intelligence Response Team in Abuja

 

Olugbade demanded that true justice be served on the “killers” of his brother.

 

“Anybody who kills should be killed too,” he said.

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Zamfara police rescues 24 kidnapped victims

The Zamfara State Police command said it has rescued twenty four kidnapped victims from the bandits enclaves.

The rescue was carried out through the police tactical operatives in various locations of the State.

According to the State Police Commissioner, Mr. Ayuba Elkanah, with the support of the State government, Police Tactical Operatives deployed to different locations of the State succeeded in rescuing twenty four kidnapped victims in Shinkafi and Tsafe Local Gvernment Areas of the State, respectively.

“Among them were the four students of Government Day Secondary School Birnin Yero in Shinkafi Local Government Area who were abducted while writing their WAEC Exams and one other student of Federal Polytechnic Kaura Namoda,” he said.

According to him, Police Tactical operatives deployed along Shinkafi axis, while on search and rescue operations with regards to the abduction of Students of Government Day Secondary school, Birni Yero in Shinkafi Local Government Area, and other victims, acted on intelligence information and rescued the students along with eight others.

“The victims who spent sixty days in captivity have now been rescued unconditionally. All the rescued victims will be medically checked, undergo Police debriefing before handing them over to the State Government to be re-united with their families,” he stated.

He further stated that two Golf Vehicles with registration number AE 535 ARG and GUS 274 XF conveying passengers from Kano to Sokoto were blocked by armed bandits along Wanzamai village and they abducted all the passengers.

He said that on receipt of the distress call, Police Tactical Operatives deployed along Gusau – Tsafe – Funtua road embarked on extensive search and rescue operation and finally succeeded in the unconditional rescue of eleven passengers.

“Let me use this opportunity to warn members of the public, especially travelers and commercial drivers that, the order of the State Government restricting movement into the State at night time is still in force.

“Therefore, the Command under my watch will intensfy the arrest and prosecution of any person or group of persons found violating this order,” he noted.

The commissioner assured that the police and other security agencies would ensure the unconditional release of all the kidnapped victims in the State considering their intensive search.

He appealed to the general public to as a matter of necessity assist the security agencies with information that could lead to the total elimination of banditry in the State.

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Man to spend four years in jail over theft, conspiracy in Port Harcourt

A Magistrate Court sitting in Port Harcourt, Rivers State, has convicted and sentenced a 26-year-old man, Benjamin Bernard, to four years imprisonment for conspiracy and stealing.

The convict is said to have conspired with one Emmanuel Nkasi, now at large, to break into a building located at 25 Ikwerre Road, Mile on Diobu, Port Harcourt. and stole property worth N126,000 and sold it for N26,000.

The offence is punishable under the section of the Criminal Code Laws of Rivers State of Nigeria 1999.

Chief Magistrate, Felicitas Amanze in her judgment convicted Bernard to one-year imprisonment on count one which borders on conspiracy, and three years on count two which borders on stealing.

Amanze held that the court was lenient enough to sentence the accused to four years instead of 10 years for not wasting the time of the court by pleading guilty to the charges.

Similarly, a magistrate court in Port Harcourt has remanded 41-year-old Ibezhim Daniel to the correctional center for the murder of his cousin, Ekene Jonathan.

According to the charges, Daniel, in an incident that occurred on the 20th of August, 2021, at Ihu-Bush, Ihuakpa community in Ahoada West Local Government Area of Rivers State, is alleged to have cut late Jonathan severally to death with a machete on a farm over a land-related matter.

Amanze, in her ruling, said the court lacks jurisdiction to hear the case.

She adjourned till the 3rd of February, 2022 while waiting for legal advice from the Director of Public Prosecution.

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13-year-old girl raped by father & grandfather

 

The Osun State Command of Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) has arrested two persons, a father and a grandfather, for allegedly raping their 13-year-old daughter/granddaughter.

The command’s Spokesperson, Mr Adigun Daniel, who disclosed this in a statement issued in Osogbo on Monday, said that the suspects were arrested on Friday, upon the confession of the girl.

“The corps received a tip-off from an informant who disclosed that the girl opened up to her that the grandfather and father have been having canal knowledge of her.

“The corps immediately swung to action and arrested the father.

“Upon investigation, the girl said that her father had been canal knowledge of her since two years ago. She also said that she had been living with her maternal grandmother at the age of three before she was taken to her paternal grandfather at the age of five.

“She said that her father and mother are separated and that was why she was entrusted in the care of her grandparents at different times.

“The girl also stated that at some point, she was molested by her grandfather but she could not stick to her allegation, owing to the fact that she was still living with him,” the NSCDC spokesman said.

He, however, added that both the father and the grandfather had denied having canal knowledge of the girl.

Daniel said that the corps had given custody of the girl to the state Ministry of Women and Children Affairs, pending the conclusion of investigation on the matter.

He further stated that the NSCDC Commandant in the state, Mr Emmanuel Ocheja, had directed that appropriate investigation be carried out on the alleged case of incest against the victim.

The NSCDC spokesman quoted Ocheja as saying that the girl was psychologically disturbed to give vivid account of her ordeal, adding, however, that with tact, the corps would scoop out useful information to help her.

Ocheja said that NSCDC would not condone such act in any guise, adding that the protection of underage and females was paramount to the corps. (NAN)

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Ogun: Suspected cultist arrested while attacking lodgers in hotel

One Tunde Esuruoso, who the police identified as a notorious member of the dreaded Eiye confraternity, was on Monday arrested, “while attacking lodgers at a located at the Obantoko area of Abeokuta.

It was gathered that the police at the Obantoko divisional headquarters had received a distress call that the hotel was being attacked by cultists.

Consequently, the DPO of Obantoko, SP Ignatius Alimiekena, mobilized his patrol team to the scene, cordoned off the premises, making it difficult for the hoodlums, who had mingled with lodgers, to get out of the premises.

Confirming the incident, the Ogun State Public Relations Officer, Abimbola Oyeyemi, said there was a thorough search conducted on everyone within the premises, adding that “a locally fabricated double-barrel shotgun with one expended cartridge was found on Esuruoso.”

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Evans: Court to allow ‘scared’ witnesses testify over Zoom

 

An Ikeja special offences court has granted permission to two witnesses who do not want to appear in court to testify against Chukwudimeme Onwuamadike, suspected kidnap kingpin better known as Evans, to testify virtually.

 

Oluwatoyin Taiwo, presiding judge, gave the ruling on Monday after S.O. Fashola, state prosecutor, moved an application asking that the evidence of the two prosecution witnesses be heard in court via audio-visual means.

 

“This court is satisfied that the prosecution has given cogent reasons why section 210 of the Evidence Act 2011 and section 200(2) of the Administration of Criminal Justice Law as amended should avail the prosecution,” the judge ruled.

 

“It is stated on the affidavit that the witnesses are concerned for their lives and that of their families and they now live outside the jurisdiction of the court.

 

 “In the light of this and in the interest of justice and expedite action, I hereby grant the application as prayed.

 

“The case is adjourned to December 17 for hearing. The prosecution should ensure that necessary arrangements are made.”

 

Evans is standing trial alongside Victor Aduba, a dismissed soldier. They are answering to a four-count charge of kidnapping and unlawful possession of firearms.

 

The prosecution accused Evans and the discharged soldier of kidnapping  Sylvanus Ahamonu, holding him hostage for at least nine weeks, and demanding a ransom of $420,000 from his family.

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20 persons burnt to ashes in fatal accident in Jigawa

About twenty persons have been burnt beyond recognition in a motor accident along Achilafiya to Karkarna road in Yankwashi local Government, Jigawa State.

An eyewitness told newsmen that the accident occurred when two Golf vehicles had a head-on collision and caught fire instantly.

He said the accident resulted in the death of occupants of the vehicles including the drivers and passengers.

He said the fire prevented the people from rescuing anyone of the occupants of the vehicles.

Spokesman of the Police Command ASP Lawan Shiisu Adam confirmed the incident.

He said ”the accident occurred on Sunday at about 05:00pm along Achilafiya to Karkarna Road, involving a Golf with reg no. XA 361 BCH and Golf Wagon with reg no. FST 276 CX.

The police spokesman explained that the two vehicles caught fire as a result of the head-on collision resulted in the death of fifteen person.

He said all the occupants of one of the vehicles driven by Bashir Ahmad were burned beyond recognition while the driver of the other vehicle and thirteen of his passengers sustained serious injuries.

Shiisu said all the victims were rushed to PHC Hospital Karkarna for treatment and later died while receiving medical attention.

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Tension in Ebonyi as unknown gunmen rain bullets on lawmaker’s convoy

 

Unknown gunmen in their numbers, on Sunday, rained bullets on the convoy of Ebonyi lawmaker, Hon. Chinedu Awo, representing Ohaukwu north constituency in the State House of Assembly.

 

It was gathered that the lawmaker was ambushed by the gunmen on his way back to Effium community, his hometown.

 

The gunmen, according to reports, started raining bullets on his convoy as soon as they sighted him coming to Effium community.

 

Recall that Effium community has since January 2021, been engulfed in crisis, which according to investigation, has claimed hundreds of innocent lives and properties worth millions of naira.

 

It was gathered that the Ebonyi government led by Engr. David UMAHI had deployed hundreds of security operatives to the Effium community with the aim of quelling the crisis but to no avail.

 

Recall that the Consultant handling the Ebonyi ring road project and four others with him, were kidnapped along the Effium axis of the ring road while supervising the project and has not been released till date.

 

It was learnt that the lawmaker sustained serious bullet injuries while trying to escape being killed by the said unknown gunmen.

 

He was rushed to the Alex Ekwueme Federal Teaching Hospital, Abakaliki where he is currently receiving treatment.

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Gunmen attack Fulani settlement, kill one, cart away cows in Kaduna

 

A man identified as Imam Abubakar has been killed by unknown gunmen that attacked a Fulani settlement in Barakallahu community, Igabi Local Government Area of Kaduna State.

 

The unknown gunmen during the attack, went away with an undisclosed number of cows.

 

Alhaji Muhammad Abdullahi, the community District Head, explained that the incident happened around 12:15 am, in the early hours of today.

 

He explained, “Around midnight, we started hearing shots being fired, they (gunmen) must have shot 50 times before they finally left the community.”

 

The District Head further explained that he was told that they (gunmen) killed one man and took away many cattle.

 

He said that he wass yet to confirm the number as he was on his way to see the family.

 

When contacted, the State Police Public Relations Officer, ASP Mohammed Jalige promised to get get in touch with the DPO in charge of the area and get back to us.

 

He was yet to do so as of the time of filing this report.

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Coscharis CEO loses his wife

 

The wife of the founder and Chief Executive Officer of Coscharis Group, Dr Cosmas Maduka, is dead.

It was gathered that Mrs Charity Maduka, the Vice-President of the Coscharis Group, died on Saturday evening in Nnewi, Anambra State.

Her namesake and daughter, Charity, confirmed the death of her mother on Sunday evening.

“I can confirm that she passed away yesterday (Saturday) evening,” a grieving Charity said amid muttered sobs in a phone conversation with our correspondent.

According to a profile on Coscharis Group’s website, Mrs Maduka was a co-owner of the company founded by her husband.

“In her capacity, she was once the Executive Director supervising the Administrative, Legal, Works / Maintenance, Export, Technologies teams of the organization from 1984 – 2003. Under her tutelage, she was able to grow the business by creating value via the various strategic departments she supervised within the organization.

“As a board member of the group, in the year 2005, she later became the Executive Chairman / COO of two of the subsidiaries of the Coscharis Group namely Coscharis Beverages Limited and Coscharis Properties Limited respectively which she manages till date. Mrs. Charity Maduka is a trained professional teacher and caterer. She attended Teachers’ Training College, Nsugbe in Anambra State from 1979 – 1981. Also attended Consertum Institute of Catering and Hotel Management, Idi – Araba, Lagos State from February – July, 1983.

“She had a brief stint as a teacher at Akamili Central School, Umudim – Nnewi between October – December 1981. Also at Tolu Primary School III, Tolu Village, Ajeromi Ifelodun / Apapa, LGA, Lagos between January 1982 – January 1983. She has equally attended various Leadership and Entrepreneurship training seminars/courses both home and abroad.

“She is happily married since 1978 to her soul-mate in person of Dr Cosmas M. Maduka, the President / CEO, Coscharis Group and blessed with four wonderful sons and a daughter who are all intelligent children poised for greatness in life,” her profile read in part.