Kidnappers free Ibadan monarch’s abducted twin after receiving N10M

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Kidnappers of an abducted twin of an Oyo State monarch, Otun-Olubadan of Ibadanland, Lekan Balogun, have released the children to their parent on receiving N10 million as ransom for the twin before they were freed seven days after they were kidnapped.

Sources disclosed that the twins  were released in Lagos on Monday afternoon by the abductors after collecting the ransom of N10, though how the children were freed were not disclosed, but they were been admitted at an undisclosed hospital for medical check-up.

The father of the abducted twin said that his children were released unhurt and that he had only heard their voices, but not yet seen them.

He confirmed to had paid N10 million to the kidnappers to secure the release of the twins but that the ransom could not be compared to the twin safe return.

“my wife and the mother of the twins, Mrs. Funmilayo Balogun had gone to Lagos to monitor the medical check-up of the twins and bring them back to Ibadan.

“On-the-spot assessment by my wife reinforced my belief and conviction that the children were released unhurt.

“They could have possibly reunited with the family today, but for the results of some of the tests carried out on the twins being awaited.”

Funmilayo, the mother of the abducted twins in a telephone interview, expressed joy seeing her children seven days after they were abducted.

“To say that I was happy and I’m still happy now is an understatement. I can’t be thankful enough to God Almighty for protecting my children during the period just as I thank everybody involved in the release,” she said.

She expressed optimism that the medical report being awaited would be favourable and promised that they would come back to Ibadan as soon as possible.

SP Adekunle Ajisebutu, the Oyo State Police Public Relations Officer(PPRO) also confirmed the release and promised that police would soon apprehend the offenders.

“The abducted twins have been released and reunited with their family. The Command is still making frantic efforts to apprehend the culprits,” he said.

Meanwhile, the paramount ruler of Ibadan, Oba Saliu Adetunji has congratulated the Baloguns on the safe return of the children.

Adeola Oloko, the Olubadan’s Personal assistant and director of media said the Olubadan described the release as great news.

“It is great news to every human being. Anybody who has blood flowing through his veins should be happy at the hearing of this news.”

“We thank God, we’re talking of human beings here and not just about the children. It is not a good experience and anybody that has human feeling will know and understand that it is a great relief.

“It can happen to anybody. It’s just like a case of death. Nobody can say who is next. I am the father of all whether you’re saint or sinner.

“We are happy and we congratulate the Balogun family. Our prayer is that God will help our security agency to forestall such occurrence in Ibadan,” he said.

Police removes illegal occupants from Lagos dumpsite, seizes various weapons

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Weeks after Lagos State Government announced closure of the city dumpsite, popular called Oludosu,  after a reported fire outbreak, the state police has removed illegal occupants of the site, who had turn the place to their abode, from the government controlled area.

It claimed that no fewer that fewer 80 miscreants were arrested after it stormed the site where it recovered a toy gun, knives and substances suspected to be cannabis and other dangerous weapons from illegal occupants of the place.

As gathered, the police team, comprising operatives of Rapid Response Squad (RRS), Lagos State Taskforce, Counter Terrorism Unit, Alausa Police Station and other police formations, stormed the dumpsite on Tuesday to remove shanties and illegal occupants from after the the site was declared non trespassing area.

Confirming the action, the Lagos State commisioner of Police, CP Imohimi Edgal, team led by the Commander, RRS, DCP Olatunji Disu, alleged that miscreants in a bid to resist police arrest, set fire on the dump to discard the operatives from carrying out clearing of the site as directed by the state government but couldn’t do much before they were arrested.

He disclosed that a toy gun, 23 pieces of fake US dollars, 3 cutlasses, 21 kitchen knives, 6 butchers’ knives, 9 hammers, 5 reflective jackets, substances suspected to be cannabis, charms among others were recovered from the shades built by the illegal occupants

It could be recalled that weeks ago, there was a rapid fire outbreak at the dump site which lasted for days and causing a lot of health hazards to Lagosians living within the vicinity.

Investigations during the period revealed that the fire was caused by the miscreants occupying the dumpsite illegally and as a result, the State Government ordered a close down of the dumpsite to forestall any further environmental disaster.

Police arrests 115 Shiit group members after violent protest in Abuja

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At least, no fewer than 115 members of the Islamic Movement of Nigeria ( IMN) known as Shiit have been arrested by police after law and order were broken by group’s worshipers while protesting over their leader, Ibrahim El-Zakzaky, who had been kept in detention for over two years.

However, The Federal Capital Territory (FCT) Police Command, which made the arrest of the 115 members on Monday during the violent protect in Abuja, clarified that no lives were lost during the arrest as claimed across reports on social media.

The police spokesman, DSP Anjuguri Manzah, stated that no life was lost in the violent protest as police operatives deployed to quell the protest were professional in handling the situation,”

It would be raclled that  El-Zakzaky was arrested by authorities after a clash with the convoy of Chief of Army Staff in December 2015 and the Shiites had organised several protests across the country demanding the release of their leader.

DSP Manzah, in a statement, said that the protesters also injured 22 policemen and destroyed government and police vehicles during the protest.

He dislcosed that items recovered from the protesters includeded Catapults, Iron bars, Stones, Ball bearings and Pink head bands.

The police spokesperson alleged that the protesters also attacked innocent citizens, disrupted business activities, obstructed traffic and smashed windscreen of vehicles in the affected areas and that Joint Team of detectives from the command in conjunction with operatives from the Inspector-General of Police Monitoring Unit, have commenced investigation into the incident.

“The arrested suspects will be charged to court upon the conclusion of investigation,”he said.

“The FCT police command hereby warns members of Shiites movement from further disrupting the peace, harmony and free flow of traffic in FCT,” he said.

He advised members of the public and parents not to allow their children or wards, to be used as instrument of violence in any demonstration by any group.

The spokesman warned that anyone caught in the act of violent demonstration or any act capable of causing the breach of public peace would be made to face the wrath of the law.

Gunmen abduct German national, kill escort in Kano

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The Kano State police command has confirmed abduction of a German national, identified as Michael Cremza, reported to had been kidnapped by unidentified by gunmen who also killed the expert’s police escort on Monday in the state.

Cremza, who was said to be an engineer, until his abduction, works for Dantata and Sawoe company

However, the Command’s Public Relations Officer, SP Magaji Majiya, who confirmed the incident in a statement on Monday in Kano, said that the gunmen trailed Cremza’s car to Sabon Titi Madobi Road of Kano, where they launched on attack on him.

The police spokesman stated that the operatives of the command had swung into action by cordoning off the area at the time the incident happened, assuring that, the track would track down the culprits involved in the dastardly act.

However, a witness account said the gunmen who were five, were inside another motor vehicle when they opened fire on the vehicle conveying staff of Dantata and Sawoe Construction Company.

“The incident happened around 8:45am when people in the area were going out for work and the attackers killed one police Sgt attached to Special Protection Unit (SPU) on escort duty and abducted a German National, Cremza working with the company”.

“They shot the Police at Sabon Titi, a scarcely populated area in Kano, killing the Police and abducted the German, “the eyewitness who pleaded for an anonymity said.

A resident who witnessed the incident said he saw the abductors bundling the German into their car, while shooting in the air.

“They shot the policeman and fired shots into the sky. We began to run away,” he said.

How four-men robbery gang abandon victims, weapon after police appearance in Lagos

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Help from above came six hopeless commuters ways while their abductors, a four-men robbery gang, who later abandoned the victims on discovering that police, from operative of rapid Respond Square, had lay ambush for their arrest in Lagos, were attempting to obtain them.

It was gathered that the robber also abandoned a commercial bus, hijacked while conveying the commuters, and a locally made gun, on arrival of the police.

However, the Lagos State Commissioner of Police, Imohimi Edgal, who disclosed development on Monday at the Command while parading some suspected criminals the police arrested, claimed that the operatives forced gang to abandon the commercial bus, a gun and six passengers whom robber had held hostage while in transit.

Sources from Lagos State Police Command said that the four robbers had boarded the bus heading to Iba route from Iyana Ipaja before they told the driver to change destination of the vehicle shortly after one of the committers got off the bus.

Meanwhile, the bus’ driver, Sherrif Dada, narrated that his vehicle was hijacked alongside commuters by the gang and that shortly before attempt to start obtaining occupants of commercial bus, police arrived, but the armed men had escaped.

He hinted that he and the assistance were threw of the bus and did not know where about of the both commuters and the vehicle until information came from the police.

He said: ” On returning from chartered trip, my conductor and I went straight to our usual route at Egbeda to make some more money before the closing for the day. We saw lots of passengers at Egbeda Bus Stop who were heading to Igando.

“We picked the passengers and we dropped the first passenger at Diamond Estate Bus Stop. Just after leaving the Bus Stop, one of the passengers, four guys in their 20s brought out a gun and told me to stop”.

“Just after pinning the gun to my head, the other robbers began to ransack the passengers particularly, a lady suspected to be carrying a handbag and her Infinix Note 4 android phone. The robbers began to scuffle with the lady to dispossess her of her belonging but the lady refused to surrender her bag to the gun wielding bandits.

“It wasn’t quite long my conductor escaped that they threw me down on motion after sighting an RRS patrol vehicle chasing them. They felt I was not fast enough”, he stated.

The bus’ assistance, Hakeem Hassan, disclosed that he was also held at gun point to scared him from raising alarm after he attempted to jump of the vehicle.

“I was also held down at gun point after attempting to jump down from the moving bus to stop me from raising alarm.

“Unfortunately for them for them I managed to escape from the bus after the driver slowed down. I ran for my dear life. They threatened to shoot me but I defied all their threat to stop me from calling attention of those around the area”.

Immediately I manage to jump from the bus, I ran backward screaming for help and also hearing the robber telling me to stop that he was going to shoot me but I continued running until I ran into a filling station.

“It wasn’t quite long I had been screaming for help when I saw an RRS patrol vehicle speeding towards me. I guessed other road users who saw me had told them”.

“The chase by the police vehicle unsettled the four robbers. They instantly stopped collecting our valuables and were thinking of how to escape. As soon as we left Igando General Hospital, they drove the danfo into a bush and escaped leaving behind their only gun and mobile phone they took from one of the passengers”, one of the commuters stated.

Source from the police said that a locally made gun and an Android mobile phone, obtained from one of the passengers, were recovered and that both the bus and phone were handed over to their owners at the RRS’ office at Alausa.

Confirming the incident, the command’s spokesperson, SP Chike Oti, said that Lagos was not a safe zone for any criminal to operate and the state command would to soft pedal on evil perpetrators.

Indian community feeds poor, marks harvest festival in Lagos

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A Lagos based group of Indians, from ancient Sikh community which is into various social services, through its feeding poor program, has fed more than 50 people within various communities in Lagos State, the program which came as a way of giving back to society and sharing from possessions, with fellow human, irrespective of faith, color and background.

Specifically, the gesture, that had more than 50 people fed, also came as a way of commemorating Indian tradition of celebrating harvest period among the country’s nationals who were Lagos residents, a significant festival that Indian farmers hold in high esteem.

However, the Sikh community, all over the world, run free community kitchens, which provide meals to all and the program are run and funded by volunteers.

As reported, in traditional Indian society, people of high and low caste, were rigidly segregated and to combat social problem, the Sikh community kitchen, implore Indians to the race.

The Group Leader, Sikh, Lagos chapter, Navdeep Lamba, stated that it was tradition of the community to feed poor people, just as it fed more than 50 people in Lagos, and that the gesture was timely to had came during a period when Indians were celebrating the annual harvest festival back in India.

Speaking during the Sikh community’s feeding poor program in Lagos yesterday, Lamba explained that common goals of every members of the community were to ensure that equality was maintain and extended to poor people and that there should not be discrimination.

He disclosed that Indians in Nigeria, who were members of the Sikh community, came up with idea of replicating same mission of the group as practiced back at home country, into Nigeria and began with feeding less privileged as first phase, among the community’s social services.

At gathering of Indians, who were the community members in Lagos, Lamba hinted that yesterday alone, 50 people within Ilupeju axis of Lagos were feed with Nigerian delicacies and that the group’s members were looking forward to extend the gesture, which he said commenced a year ago, to other suburb areas of the state.

“We initiated the feeding poor program a year ago with just five people and since after two weeks of the program then, the turn out has continue increasing, with current number of above 50 less privileged, who were fed on Saturday.

“The community feed people every Saturday here in Ilupeju after assemblage of members of the group and the entire Sikh in Nigeria have come into agreement to doing something big.

When asked which other area would the group also be interested to focus its gesture on aside the feed program, Lamba indicated that the Sikh members were considering to start deploying resources onto medical aids and others that could assist sick people across rural areas in Nigeria.

He stated that the group has plans to partners with government and other relevant authorities, as well as other foundations, that share same goal with the community, so as to better replicate humanitarian service of the Sikh.

“It shows that people in our community here in Ilupeju and other areas in Nigeria need assistance from Sikh and its members because feeding program only started with five people and today, that number has jumped to more than 50”, he added.

For another representative of the community in Lagos,  Balbir Kaur, Sikh social service was not a gender base program and that belief of the members were that they most share whatever means of livelihood they possess alongside less privileged people, irrespective of background, color and religious.

Kaur expressed satisfaction over the feeding poor program which she said members of the community were able to had better replicated int0 Nigeria, just as as she assured that the group would continue to do more to ensure its continue reaching out to poor people within their respective communities in Nigeria.

She maintained that India was of diverse culture, but that sharing with poor and exercising equality was common goal of Sikh members around the world.

“We must take care of our people, particularly the less privileged ones that close to us and we must not neglect them at face of suffering and economic hardship”, she added.

 

Wife, daughter alleged killer,Denmark national, in remand

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Pending proper advise comes from authorities on 53-year-old, Peter Nielsen, who was alleged to had killed his wife, Zainab, and her three-year-old daughter, Petra, Yaba Chief Magistrates’ Court has orderd that the Denmark national be remanded in Ikoyi Prisons for time being.

The court, which was presided over by Magistrate, K.B. Ayeye, who gave the ruling, dirrected that the accused should be kept behind bars pending time advice would come from Lagos State Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP).

However, the Nielsen was tried on a two-count charge bordering on murder, against of which he pleaded not guilty upon.

The Prosecutor, CSP Effiong Asuquo, told the court that the accused committed the offences on April 5 at his residence at Block 4, Flat 17, Bella Vista Tower, Banana Island, Ikoyi.

He alleged that the accused killed his wife, Zainab, 37, and her daughter, Petra, in the house.

“The accused who was always at loggerheads with his wife had hit her head on the wall several times leading to her death; he also proceeded to poison his daughter.

“He had dragged their lifeless bodies under the gas to create the impression that they suffocated to death as a result of a gas leakage,” he said.

The offences contravened Sections 223 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, 2015 which prescribes death sentence for offenders.

The case has been adjourned until May 8 pending DPP’s advice.

Illegal guns’ possessors submit 179 arms, 577 cartridges to River police

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The  River State Police Command has recovered no fewer than 179 arms and 577 cartridges from members of the public, the development of which followed a 21days order of Inspector General of Police issued for possessors of illegal firearms to submit whichever they have in their possessions.

However,  the stete Commissioner of Police, Zaki Ahmed, who spoke on Tuesday in Port Harcourt at a news briefing, listed recovered firearms to include 27 AK47 rifles; 51 locally made pistols; 33 single barrel guns; 29 double barrel guns; 21 pump action guns and other 18 assorted ones.

He recalled that the Inspector-General of Police (IGP) had given a 21-day ultimatum to members of the public to surrender their illegal firearms to the police and that the command had set up an eight-man Task Force headed by a Deputy Commissioner of Police, in charge of operations, to mop-up illegal firearms in the state.

The commissioner said that the task force had embarked on sensitisation and advocacy visits to all the local government areas in the state to that effect.

He said the mop-up compliance in the state had been commendable, noting that the exercise was ongoing.

“I am, therefore, appealing to members of the public to once again cash in on the window to submit their illegal firearms before the expiration of the deadline or force will be used,” he said.

Ahmed said the command was always making efforts to protect lives and property and urged residents of the state to go about their lawful businesses without fear of molestation.

 

Police declares SAR-men wanted after assaulting young man in Lagos

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Undisclosed number of men attached to operative of Special Anti Robbery Squad (SARS) may already have began, from their hidings, rehearsals on what would be their explanations before their boss at Lagos State Police Command who ordered for their appearances before his office after report of how they harassed a young man in Lagos,  got to him.

As learnt, offense of the harassed young man,  Immanuel James, was yet to be told by the men who had gone into thin air on learning about their boss’ order from another team delegated to arrest them while they were performing illegal duty.

It was reported that the police received hint of the officers harrasements in the area from one Ekene Okoro who put call through to the state command to report the SARS-men after they abused his kid brother along Ago-Palace way, Okota axis of Lagos state on Monday.

Confirming the incident through a statement issued by command’s Public Relation Officer, SP Chike Oti, it was reported that on receiving the information,  a team of policemen from the Command X-Squad section, led by ASP. Musa Shuaibu,  were directed to go and find out about the report.

It said, “today 9th of April, 2018, at about 2pm, one Ekene Okoro placed a call to the- office of the Police Public Relations Officer, Lagos State (PPRO) and reported that his cousin,  James is being harassed by policemen alleged to be SARS operatives at Ago-Palace way , Okota, opposite a Zenith bank branch at Ago-Palace way.

“However, on sighting the X-Squad personnel the erring Police officers hurriedly left the scene in a manner suggestive that they were on illegal duty.

“Going forward, the State commission of Police CP Imohimi Edgal, directed the officer in charge of the X-Squad section to fish out the police men within 2 hours and that directive has been actualized with the identification of the policemen involved.

“They were led in that inglorious duty by one Inspector Jude Akhoyemta attached to FSARS Ikeja. The general public is hereby informed that the CP has ordered for their arrest and as soon as that is done, the public would be communicated as usual.

 

Police begins investigation into Banana Island’s mother, 3yrs-old-baby murder

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The Lagos State Police Command has began investigation into murder of a woman, Zainab Nielson, and her three years of baby, Petral, whose cause of death were yet to be proven by the law enforcement agent who removed the deceased bodies from their apartment on Banana Island.

It was gathered that both the late 37 years old woman and her baby lifeless bodies were met inside their apartment where doctor confirmed the two to have been dead.

Although, the police claimed that from its preliminary investigation conducted at the scene, there were signs of domestic violence which may be cause of deceased persons death.

It disclosed that it was informed of domestic violence that ensued between the late woman and husband, Peter Nielson, Denmark national, earlier for Zaiba and her baby death was confirmed, and that the fight started in the couple’s bedroom.

The police established that the bodies were dragged to the kitchen and that from its closed examination, visible marks of violence were seen on the remains.

Through a statement issued on Sunday by the command’s Public Relation Officer, SP Chike Oti, its formed that the commanded had began investigating the alleged case of murder that took place during last week at Bellasta Tower, Banana Island, Ikoyi, Lagos.

It said: “On 5th day of April, 2018, at about 11am, Lagos State Police Command received a complaint from the Facility Manager of Bellasta Tower, Banana Island, Mr.Kunle Kukoyi, that at about 7am of 5th April, 2018, he was informed by 13 year-old Gift Madaki that she heard her elder sister, Late Zainab, 37 years old, crying in early hours of morning as she was being manhandled by her husband, one Peter, a 53-year old citizen of Denmark. The little girl estimated the time she heard her sister’s cry to be 0345hours”.

“Based on the report, the Command mobilised its Crime Scene Detectives to the location pari passu the medics from Britannia hospital, Lekki Phase one Lagos. Together they went to Flat 17, Block 4 apartment of the Nelsons.

“Two bodies, identified as that of Zainab and her 3 years old baby, Petral were found in the kitchen. The doctor and his team inspected the bodies and confirmed them dead”, it added.

According to the statement, preliminary investigation conducted at the scene revealed that the violence that consumed the deceased persons started in the couple’s bedroom but the bodies were dragged to the kitchen.

“The corpses were photographed and evacuated to Lagos Island General Hospital for autopsy.
Meanwhile, letters has been sent to the embassy of Denmark intimating it that Lagos State Police Command is investigating Mr Peter Nelson, a citizen of Denmark for an alleged case of murder.

“While the husband is currently being investigated by Homicide team at SCID Panti Yaba, further development on this case will be duly communicated to the general public”, it stated.