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Two arrested stealing female pants in Lagos

By Olawale Abdul-Fatah

The operatives of Lagos State Police Command, Satellite Division has arrested two male suspects after allegedly stealing a pant at Mile-2-under-the-bridge.

It was gathered that after removing the pant from where it was hanged, they engaged each other in fisticuffs which was centered on who leave the premises with the pant.

The two suspects were identified as Friday Emmanuel, 21 and Obiora Nwabueze, 29.

Police Public Relation Officer, Bala Elkana, disclosed their arrest in a statement on Wednesday, saying, both suspects were arrested after they engaged each other in fisticuffs following the failure of one of the parties to keep to the terms of agreement regarding the stealing of female pants.

Emmanuel, while narrating the terms of agreement alleged that Nwabueze tasked him to steal used female pants for a fee of thirty thousand Naira.

“However, after he had  successfully accomplished the task, Obiora Nwabueze reneged on his promise and forcefully attempted to take the pants from him which led to exchange of blows.

“During interrogation, the said Friday Emmanuel regretted listening to his friend, Obiora, who was pestering him to get him female underwear he desperately needed to become rich.

“Meanwhile, both suspects have been charged to court at Mbah road, Ajegunle, Lagos for conspiracy and stealing.”

LASG to shut roads ahead Buhari’s visit tomorrow

By Olawale Abdul-Fatah

Ahead of President Muhammed Buhari’s working visit to Lagos tomorrow, the State Government has ordered restriction of vehicular movement on over eight strategic roads, to aid his smooth movement within the state.

According to the State Government, during the president’s one-day visit which starts at 9.00am and ends 3.00pm aimed at unveiling projects, restriction of vehicular movement on roads linking venue of the projects to be commissioned would be enforced.

The roads were: Mobolaji Bank-Anthony Way (coming from the Presidential Wing of Murtala Mohammed Airport to LASUTH Under Bridge), Kodesoh Road, Obafemi Awolowo Way, Kudirat Abiola Way, Ikorodu Road (between Ojota Intersection and Anthony Interchange), Oworonshoki-Apapa Expressway (between Anthony and Oshodi Transport Interchange), International Airport Road through the Local Wing of the airport to Mobolaji Bank-Anthony Way and back to Obafemi Awolowo Way.

In order to ensure a free flow of traffic during the visit, the state government in a statement on Tuesday said that the affected roads linking the projects site would be cordoned off within the six hours visit.

The projects were: 10-lane Oshodi – Muritala Muhammed International Airport Road; the 170-Bed ‘Ayinke House’ (Maternity Hospital)) at the Lagos State University Teaching Hospital (LASUTH) Ikeja; the Lagos State Theatre at Oregun, Ikeja; new 820 Mass Transit Buses and the multi-level Oshodi Transport Interchange along the Apapa-Oshodi Expressway.

It pointed out that roads highlighted above shall only be cordoned-off when necessary, Obafemi Awolowo Way and portions of Mobolaji Bank-Anthony shall be closed to traffic on three (3) occasions within the specified period as they are central to the President’s itinerary.

The statement, therefore, advised motorists to avoid the above-listed roads where necessary and make use of alternative routes of their choice, stressing that where motorists find it unavoidable plying the afore-mentioned roads, patience and cooperation with traffic managers should be their watchword.

Two Kaduna girls bag 2 months imprisonment over immoral dressing

By NewsDesk,

Two young woman, Farida Taofiq and Raihama Abbas, failure to adhere to their community’s moral ways of dressing have had them share of a Kaduna State Sharia Court II, sitting at Magajin Gari, which sentenced both of the girls to two months imprison after they were arrested for wearing indecent dresses

Taofiq and Abbas, 20 years, who were residents of Argungu road in Kaduna, were convicted after they pleaded guilty to constituting public nuisance and dressing against the law of their community.

The two convicts however pleaded for leniency and assuring the court that they would desist such crime again.

However, the Judge, Mallam Musa Sa;ad-Goma, gave the convicts an option to pay N3,000 fine each, with directive that the girls must return to their parents.

Earlier, the Prosecution Counsel, Aliyu Ibrahim, said that Taofiq and Abbas were arrested on April 16, at a black spot along Sabon Gari road, dressed in skimpy and roaming the streets.

Ibrahim said the offence contravened the provisions of  Section 346 of the Sharia Penal Code of Kaduna state.

“When they were asked where they were going, they said that they were going to a friend’s house who just put to bed”, the prosecutor said.

Panel on Ita-Faaji collapsed building makes fresh revelation

By Olawale Abdul-fatah

The Lagos State government has received report of the five-man panel set up to investigate i9mmediate and remote causes of the collapsed three-storey building on 63 Massey street, Ita-Faaji axis of Lagos Island.

It would be recalled that the building, which was also use for school, caved in, claiming 20 lives including pupils of Ohen Nursery and Primary school.

Receiving the report on Thursday, the state’ Commissioner for Physical Planning and Urban Development, Prince Rotimi Ogunleye, said that more distressed buildings had been detected across the state divisions by the Lagos State Building Control Agency, LASBCA, urging residents to alert the government on suspected weak buildings.

The commissioner, however, added that the not all the buildings might have to be demolished after they undergo non-destructive structural integrity test, adding that some might only require structural re-engineering works.

The commissioner assured that the Ambode-led administration would ensure the report was carefully studied and recommendation implemented.

.Fresh revelation

Earlier while presenting the report, the panel Chairman, Wasiu Olokuonla,  an engineer, said that contrary to the reports in the media, the collapsed building on Ita-Faji was not three or two-storey  but a five storey.

Olokunola, who refused to disclose the committee’s findings and recommendations publicly, added forensic evidences were also carried out in the course of the investigations into the cause of building collapse tragedy.

Lagos police over stretched to tackle insecurity -Ambode 

By News desk

Following the spate of insecurity in Lagos, the state Governor, Akinwunmi Ambode, has lamented that the number of policemen providing security were insufficient to address security challenges in the state.
Ambode added that policing Nigeria has remained a big challenge that cannot be address easily considering the population of the country and the available policemen.
The governor disclosed this on Thursday when he received the Acting Inspector General of Police, Abubakar Adamu, at the State House, Alausa secretariat, Ikeja, stressing that the state government will not backtrack in its resolve to often support the police in boosting security.
“We know that the Nigerian Police are under pressure because to ask just 33,000 officers to police a population of about 24 million in Lagos, it is obvious that the are already overstretched.”
Ambode argued that as the police hierarchy move swiftly to address issues within the formation, it should also address the case of dearth of policemen in the state.
Aside the dearth of policemen, he charged the IGP to continuously inculcate in its personnel reasons to embrace human face while enforcing the law.
“I want to commend the IGP for this visit. Beyond the fact that this is a courtesy visit and like he has said, he is coming promptly to address the issue of extra-judicial killings that have actually taken place in the last few weeks.
“So, for the IG to come promptly himself to address issues that relate to public feelings about SARS and actually talking to the officers and men, that means he is taking the responsiveness within the Nigerian Police seriously before we start to address extra issues that border on the citizens. So, I like to commend him on that act of responsiveness and also say that it is what we should emulate in dealing with management issues that relate with our officers.
“I empathize with the IG because last week, he was in Zamfara; today he is in Lagos and tomorrow he would be in other places. Policing Nigeria is a big challenge but again he is up to the task and we wish him well in his assignment,”  Ambode added.
The governor however the assured the IGP that the State Government would continue to support the Police and other security agencies “to ensure that they carry out their duties lawfully and also to have the human face needed to continue to uphold peace and unity in the country.”
While commending the IGP, the governor disclosed that security has improved in across the state compared to what residents experienced were.
“When we came in May 29, 2015, we had a tripod that we actually believed this government would work on – security, job creation and then infrastructural development. It is on record and I want to make it clear also that the Nigerian Police and other security agencies have actually contributed successfully to one of those tripod and you would have seen that there has been a lot of improvement in the security of lives and property in Lagos State in the last four years,” he said.
Responding, Adamu commended Ambode for the massive support to police and other security agencies in the State, saying the successes recorded in keeping the State safe would not have been possible if not for the support of the Governor.
“I want to thank Governor Ambode for all his support to the members of the Nigerian Police in Lagos State. Without the support of the Governor, I think the successes we recorded in the State, would not have been possible. The Governor is the Chief Security Officer in the State and all his policies towards fighting crime have been implemented by the Nigerian Police Force and we felt this is the time to come and thank him,” Adamu said.

Lagos gay partner on the run, relatives in search

By NewsDesk,

For a two gay partner, Olalekan Animashaun and Tola Adeosun, who may have willingly been playing ignorant against law that forbid homosexuality in Nigeria, nemesis may not had had its share on them after the duo were caught while engaging in same sex actions during a nightparty in Shomolu axis of Lagos, recently.

The middle age men were said to had narrowly escaped from been lynched by other party attendances who went after them on learning of their actions after manager of the facility raised alarm after he got hints of the two men from his subordinates.

It was gathered that, while both Animashaun, 34, and Adeosun, 32, were held for police arrest, argument ensued between two rivalry cult groups, with one demanding for the release of the gay partner, while the other stood against the decision.

The Guild learnt that disagreement between the cult groups and operator of the facility, lead to the escape of the the two men before arrival of law enforcement officers from Alade Divisional Police Station, who later went in search of the duo.

Investigation by The Guild revealed that the two young men had previously been suspected of homosexuality and that concerned community members had constantly been drawing Animashaun and Adeosun relatives’ attention to unusual closeness and strange attitude noticed between the two.

While the two men were said to still be on the run and their whereabouts were yet unknown, there were strong believes that capital punishment were awaiting the duo, should they show up in future.

Meanwhile, a law signed in 2014 made it illegal for gay members to even meeting, the act,  Same Sex Marriage Prohibition Act, also criminalizes homosexual clubs, associations and organizations, with penalties of up to 14 years in jail.

On visiting the area, a resident who lives close to party venue where the incident had occurred informed The Guild of how homosexuality has been secretly gaining ground in the axis couple with cultism which the area was known for and that the case of the the gay partner was not new in that part of the Lagos.

The man, who pleaded not be mentioned due to sensitivity of the matter, disclosed that he got hint of Animashaun and Adeosun relationship before their matter came public and since the incident, the duo had gone into tin air.

He said that the two men had not shown up in the area after the incident, suspecting that police may still be searching them and that they could also be attacked by community members.

He added that the gay partner’s families had not communicated since after the their sons committed the atrocity, facing mockery from entire community.

Both Adeosun and Animashaun have put their families in shame and uncomfortable situation. The parents of the two young men are scared of not losing their children.

A close relative to one of the gay partner, Ola Yusuf, said that she learnt of the incident a day after it occurred and that since then his cousin had not appear in the area.

She said that they have been everywhere in search of Adeosun and Animashaun but all their efforts had been in vain.

She explained that the two young men may had flee for their lives base on beating they received from other party attendances and also scared of severe punishment from police.

Condemning the actions of the gay partner, Yusuf claimed that his cousin was a religious man but that something must have gone, such that could be linked to psychological and spiritual attack.

“We, the family would not watch and let our sons die. We have been searching for them, to see how we can talk to them over the situation they have put us and they themselves.

“They are scared of the consequence of their actions and particular the police arrest that may be waiting for them anytime they show up”, she disclosed.

However, an eye witness told The Guild that the two gay men were caught engaging in an unusual sexual act and that incident occurred when the suspects left spot bar in Shomolu where they have attended the party organized by another friend.

“It all started when they were spotted by those working at the party’s venue who reported the two upon seeing them in the act”.

“Both suspects were attacked and sustained injuries but were able to escape from the scene with the aid of some area boys who recognized Animashaun, been a resident of the area.

Another one said that both men were caressing and dancing together at the party and she believes that nobody suspected the two men are gays as they thought they were having fun at the party.

She said the gay partner were family men who were expected to be of good conduct but behave otherwise.

She indicated that the partner have kids who would were looking up to them but failed to be be a good role models, even within their community.

“This is a big shame for Animashaun because his wife is devout Christian and I am sure that she will be disappointed of her husband’s act.

“I am not surprise to hear the woman had left their apartment after the incident because of shameful act of her husband”, she said.

Another resident claimed that people in the area became uncomfortable of noticed closeness between the two men when they began isolating themselves from other childhood friends.

He said that other friends had alleged the two of homosexuality on several occasion but decided to treat the matter with care so as not to raise wrong alarm.

Meanwhile, several attempts by The Guild to speak to the divisional police officer to confirm the matter, prove abortive as the officer were not available.












Lagos Police nabs 33 cultist over Shomolu clash

By News desk

Following the clash between suspected cultist that claimed two, the Lagos Police Command has arrested over 30 suspects armed with dangerous weapons in the state.

The suspects were arrested barely 24 hours after the clash resulted into murder of one Tobi Kuti and Mr. Samuel Geofrey, a staff of DTD Services, Apapa, who was caught in the web of the clash.

In a statement issued by the Police Public Relations Officer, PPRO, Bala Elkana, on Thursday, the Command has deployed more resources to the affected areas for manhunt of other fleeing members of the gangs.

“On 10th April, 2019 at about 11:30am, Onipanu Police Station received a distress call that members of rival cult groups from Alakara, Mushin and Onipanu, Shomolu, armed with dangerous weapons and engaged themselves in a fierce supremacy fight at Fadeyi, Onipanu, along Ikorodu road.

“During the scuffle, one Tobi Kuti ‘m’, suspected to be one of the hoodlums and one Samuel Geofrey ‘m’ of DTD Services, Apapa who was caught up in the web, were killed by the hoodlums.

“Patrol teams and Operatives of Tactical Units were promptly deployed to the scene, containing the situation and restored normalcy to the area.

“Thirty three suspects were arrested in connection with the incident and two locally made short guns with ten live cartridges and other dangerous weapons such as cutlasses, knives, etc were recovered.

“The Command has deployed more resources to the affected areas for manhunt of other fleeing members of the gangs. Investigation is ongoing.

“The Commissioner of Police, Zubairu Muazu, has urged Parents to monitor the activities of their children especially those who engage themselves in cult activities and gangsterism, as the command is duty bound to deal decisively with criminal elements in line with the law and protect the lives of the good people of Lagos State”, he added.

Police identifies others abducted with Lagos fire boss

By Olawale Abdul-Fatah

The Commissioner of Police Lagos State Command, Zubairu Muazu, has identified others abducted with the Acting Director of the state fire service, Rasaki Musibau, along Ikosi-Ejirin-Epe road, Ikosi-Ejirin Local Council Development Area, LCDA.

Muazu while disclosing names of the abductees said that two were female but did not make public names of two others kidnapped by the gunmen.

Those  identified by the the commissioner were Lagos fire boss, Rasaki Musibau (male), Mufutau Adams (male), Funmilayo Adelumo (female), Asiogu Martha (female), Lasisi Muka (male) and two others

In a statement released by the Police Public Relation Officer, PPRO, Bala Elkana, the police boss on Sunday, disclosed that two vehicles were recovered from the scene of the abduction.

“The CP in company of Tactical Units Commanders visited the Crime scene in the early hours of today, and assured the family of the victims that the Command is leaving no stone unturned in ensuring that the victims are rescued unhurt.

“Those abducted include Rasaki Musibau m, Mufutau Adams m, Funmilayo Adelumo f, Asiogu Martha f, Lasisi Muka m and two others. Vehicles recovered from the scene include Toyota Sienna, Toyota Corolla and Opel Jeep.

“Meanwhile the Command has assured Lagosians of their safety at all times as it has intensified patrols and surveillance along Itokin-Epe road, Ketu, Ereyun and other major highways in the State,” he added.

Gunmen kidnap Lagos fire service boss, seven others

By Olawale Abdul-Fatah

The acting Director of the Lagos State Fire Service, Rasaki Musibau and seven others have been kidnapped by gunmen along Itoikin-Epe road in Ikosi-Ejirin Local Council Development Area, LCDA in the state.

At the time of filling this report on Sunday, the identity of the seven others abducted by the gunmen yesterday within the axis were still unknown.

It was learned that the kidnappers stormed the bridge at about 8pm and stopped vehicles conveying the victims at Iwoye bridge; they othered them to alight from their vehicles and wisked them to an unknown destination.

Sources said that the axis had become the new den for kidnappers lately after abducting Ikosi-Ejirin council chairman, Mr. Ajijedidun Samson Adebisi and Vice chairman of Lekki LCDA, were last month kidnapped within the axis.

Confirming the abduction, Police Public Relation Officer, PPRO, Bala Elkana, disclosed that the Lagos Commissioner of Police, Muazu Zubairu, has immediately deployed a special squad to ensure quick rescue and arrest of the perpetrators.

“It is true. The abduction happened yesterday at about eight pm on Iwoeye bridge along Ikosi-Ejirin-Epe road. Some hoodlums blocked the bridge and wisked seven persons including the director of fire service. The Lagos Commissioner of Police, Muazu Zubairu, has visited the scene last night.

“And we have deployed our special anti-kidnapping unit to comb the entire axis, rescue the victims and arrest the perpetrators.

“I want to assure the family of the victims that they should remain calm. The Nigerian Police has started trailing the perpetrators and we assure them that the victims will be rescued alive. We have intensified patrol on that axis and other adjourning roads,” he added.

Ekiti Court remands two over indomie noodles theft

By News desk

Two staff of a private firm have been remanded by a Chief Magistrates’ court in Ado-Ekiti, Ekiti State for allegedly stealing Indomie noodles from a shop in the state.

It was gathered that the accused persons; Samuel Usang, 19 and Alex Jeremiah, 22, who also carted away from the shop school bag, twelve pairs of branded T-shirt and cash, were facing two counts  of burglary and stealing.

According to the prosecutor, Inspector Caleb Leranmo, the accused persons committed the offence on March 24 at about 12:00 a.m,  at Okesa market in Ado-Ekiti.

He alleged that the duo  allegedly broke into the shop of the complainant, one Alex Olawale,  and stole twelve pairs of T. Shirt valued at N30,000, school bag valued at N4,000, Indomie valued at N7,700 and cash sum of N10,000 total valued at N51,700 belonging to the complainant.

Leranmo said the offence which are purnishable under the law, contravened sections 413(1) (2) and 390(9) of the Criminal Code, Laws of Ekiti State, 2012.

The plea of the accused persons was, however,  not taken, as the prosecutor demanded an adjournment to enable the police  duplicate the case file and forward to the  Director of Public Prosecution (DPP) for legal advice.

The Magistrate, Mrs Taiwo Ajibade, ordered that the accused person  should be remanded in prison custody pending an  advice from the office of the Director of Public Prosecution (DPP).

Ajibade adjourned the case til April 24, 2019 for mention.