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Girl, 10yr-old in court over killing baby in day care

By News Desk, with Agency Report,

A 10-year-old Wisconsin girl was led into court in handcuffs Monday morning and charged with first-degree intentional homicide in the death of a 6-month-old boy.

Accompanied by her parents, the girl sobbed throughout a 10-minute bond hearing in Chippewa County Circuit Court, where Judge James Isaacson ordered her held on $50,000 cash bond.

Girls identity undisclosed because her case likely will be referred to juvenile court. Under Wisconsin law, first-degree homicide charges must initially be brought in adult court if the accused is age 10 or older.

Wearing a colorful striped skirt, a black hoodie and pink sneakers, the girl buried her head in her mother’s arms, moaning and crying as Chippewa County District Attorney Wade Newell described the charge against her.

According to Newell, police responded to an emergency call on the afternoon of Oct. 30. A 6-month-old boy at a licensed day care center in the rural town of Wheaton, just west of Chippewa Falls, was found unresponsive and bleeding from the head. The baby was taken to a local hospital and then flown to Gillette Children’s Hospital in St. Paul, where he died Nov. 1.

Police questioned one adult and three children who were present at the day care center. They quickly settled on the girl as the prime suspect, said Chippewa County Sheriff James Kowalczyk.

According to Kowalczyk, the girl said she was holding the baby when she dropped the infant, who hit his head on a footstool. When the baby cried, she panicked and stomped on the child’s head, the sheriff said. A local doctor who examined the baby determined that the injuries were not accidental, he added.

Although the girl’s biological parents were with her in court, authorities said she had been removed from their home in September and placed in foster care with the same family that also runs the day care center where the infant’s death occurred. The reason the girl was placed in the foster home was not disclosed.

“It’s not been a good morning for Chippewa County,” Kowalczyk said, referring to the infant’s death as well as the continuing investigation into the deaths of three Girl Scouts and one of their mothers, who were hit and killed by a truck Saturday near Chippewa Falls in an incident that resulted in homicide charges against 21-year-old Colten Treu.

Rival youths clash leaves scores feared dead on Lagos Islands


By Olawale Abdul-Fatah

Atleast eight persons were allegedly killed, scores of residents sustained severe injuries and property worth millions of naira looted during renewed clashes between rival youths on Lagos Island.

It was gathered yesterday that the clash that claimed the lives was between youths from Onola and Okepopo and started after the later gang leader, Falapa, was released on Friday night.

Residents disclosed that in an apparent show of strength, the Okepopo gang stormed Onola axis, inflicting injuries on residents and looted traders wares within the axis.

They said: “It was during the attack that the Okepopo boys shot and machete to death a-yet-to-be-identified teenager found sleeping inside Keke-Marwa at entrance of Iga Faji.”

It was gathered that some beggars and traders of northern extraction were not spared by the gang during the attack that lasted for several minutes, inflicting injuries on them.

Pained by the narration from traders and residents, the Onola youths regrouped and launched reprisal attack on Okepopo area.

A resident, Adegboyega Ismail, narrated that some traders who lost goods worth millions of naira during the attack teamed up with Onola youths during the attack on Okepopo axis.

He stressed that their grievances was that the Okepopo youths had often during attacks on Onola axis loot traders warehouses and shops.

During the attack, residents narrated that about four members of the Okepopo gang, who participated in the earlier attack, were allegedly killed by Onola gang.

In retaliation, the Okepopo boys alerted their allies and launched another attack on Sunday night. But on arrival, they were resisted by Onola youths, who sources said had laid a siege within the community for them.

As the attack intensified, another youth from Okepopo was hacked down by their opponent before the police arrived to restore normalcy.

The Guild gathered that efforts by the Policemen from Area ‘A’ Lion Building divisional stations to end the mayhem proved abortive as the weapons brandished different weapons, vowing not to relent.

A resident, who doesn’t want his name in print narrated that few minutes after the police deployed to quell the attacks returned to their stations, “the Okepopo boys launch and concluded another attack within 15 minutes, returning into their hideouts.

To bring sanity, a military team was on Tuesday night deployed and was seen at Oshodi/Tokunboh junction on Lagos Island.

.only one corpse was recovered from scene-PPRO

Confirming the clash, Police Public Relation Officer, PPRO, Chike Oti, debunked the number of causalities recorded during the clashes.

Oti stressed that the figure was false but disclosed that one body was recovered from the scene by the Nigerian Police.

He narrated: “Some group of boys engaged themselves in a free for all fight. And during the clash, a distress call was made to the Area A, Lion Building Commander, Haruna Muhammed, who rushed to the scene in company of other officers.

“Immediately after their arrival, they restored normalcy. However, they recovered the body of an unidentified young man at the scene. He might have died from the injuries inflicted on him during the clash.

“The number is not true. This is Lagos and such cannot be allowed to happen. I know that if such happened, someone could have recorded it and circulate to others. And I believe it would have gone viral,” Oti added.


Seven Police officers, LASTMA arrested over extortion

By Olawale Abdul-Fatah

The Lagos State Police Command has arrested no fewer than four policemen and three officials of the Lagos State Traffic Management Authority (LASTMA), for extorting members of the public.

The four policemen were identified as Inspector Charles Omokaro, Inspector Idara Akai, Sergeant Chidi Mordi and Sergeant Joseph Bernard; while the LASTMA officials were Sam Adekunle,  Omolaja Ige and Modinat Folashade.

Police Public Relations Officer, PPRO, Chike Oti, in a statement yesterday, said that the attention of the Commissioner of Police, Edgar Imohimi, was earlier drawn to a publication, captioned: “Police as cesspit of corruption.”

He said the publication drew attention to the underhand dealings of some policemen he ran into on his way to Festac town Lagos and alleged that the men took him to First Gate of Festac Town which they had turned to an extortion point.

“Sequel to the information gained from the publication, the CP directed the Area Commander in-charge of Area E, Festac, Yusuf Ajape and the officer in charge of the Command X-Squad Section, Aliu Abubakar, to carry out a covert operation around the aforementioned location which led to arrest of four policemen and three LASTMA officials,” he said.

Oti said they were caught trying to extort one Waheed Lamidi, whom they gave a Diamond bank account number 0020558133, titled Femi Adebanji to transfer the sum of N75,000.00 when he complained that he had no cash.

“The CP Lagos has directed that the suspects be brought to the Command Headquarters, X-Squad section, for thorough investigation and appropriate disciplinary action if found guilty.

“In the same vein, the CP says the Command will always welcome opinions, comments and criticism geared towards helping the Force rid bad eggs in its midst and improve service delivery and not comments designed to debase or ridicule the Force,” he said.

Jos pond yields 4 other cars, apart from General Alkali’s

By News Desk,

The Jos pond, where the car of missing Major General Idris Alkali was found on Saturday, contained other shocking secrets: four other cars were also found inside it.

“This pond contains a lot of hidden secrets. There are four more cars that we have discovered to be inside for now. We are determined to unveil all the secrets in it,” said Major General Augustine Agundu, Commander Special Task Force.

Alkali’s car registered as MUN-670-AA Kwara State, was pulled out of the pond at about 7 p.m, with the combined effort of NEMA, the Fire Service and local divers.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that Alkali, former Chief of Administration Nigerian Army was declared missing since Sept. 3.

Agundu told journalists that the search started on Sept. 22 at the site after receiving intelligence reports about the location of the vehicle.

Agundu explained that the missing general was caught up in a fracas at Dura-Du on Aug. 2, when irate youths blocked roads and attacked travellers following an attack in the community on Sept. 2 where 13 persons were killed.

“We started this search on Sept. 22 when we were ordered by the Chief of Army staff to find the missing general.

“We recall that on Sept. 2, the Du District was attacked by armed bandits where 13 were killed and others sustained injuries.

“The general who just left service after 35 years was travelling to Bauchi and he drove himself having left service. Unfortunately he ran into the irate youths who blocked the road.

“We got information about his movement and swung into action to find him. We got intelligence report and convinced ourselves that this pond was where he was dumped.

“There are about 32 abandoned mining sites in this community but to single this one out, you must know a lot of intelligence gathering was done.

“On the first day of operations, some organised women resisted our operations claiming the pond was their source of drinking water and ancestral water but they were all lies.

The GOC, 53rd Army Division, Maj. Gen. Benson Akinroluyo while confirming the discovery said that the car belonged to the missing general. He said Alkali’s body has not been found.

Akinroluyo said that the search for the body will continue immediately and advised members of the community to go about their lawful duties. He stressed that the army will not intimidate them on the findings.

“The vehicle is indeed that of missing Major General Alkali. We have not seen the body but the plate number on the car is his own.

“The Army T-Shirt found has his name tag on it. So I can confidently confirm all these we have found here belongs to him.

“The army is a professional body which carries out its operation according to best practices and human rights. We will not arrest anyone not involved.

“Our intelligence pinpointed where his vehicle was pushed to. So you will know that we have credible intelligence on who and who is involved and we will get them arrested,” he said.

Man seals baby’s eyes, mouth with super glue in U.S.

By News Desk,

A Texas man Johnnie Lee Carter has been arrested for reportedly gluing an infant’s mouth and eyes shut at a motel.

The 29-year-old Carter, allegedly choked a 14-month-old baby and punched her in the head and rib cage, before using a Crazy Glue stick to cover the child’s mouth and eyes, the Dallas News reported.

By the time Carter’s wife reported his alleged actions to police, he fled the scene.

Police reportedly found a glue stick on the motel room’s desk, and also found a 2-month-old child buried in the bed under pillows and blankets, the news outlet reported, citing an affidavit.

Carter allegedly put the 2-month-old underneath bedding, before allegedly gluing the toddler, because the infant was crying, his wife said.

The Odessa Police Department asked for the public’s help in finding Carter in a news release on Sept. 18.

An updated news release indicates Carter was arrested Sept. 24 in El Paso, roughly 230 miles west of Odessa.

Carter was wanted for injury to a child causing serious bodily injury, which police said is a first-degree felony.

Police nab JSS 2 student over illegal possession of pistol

By News Desk,

The police in Enugu State have arrested a 16-year-old  JSS-2 student in Udi Local Government Area, who allegedly specialised in house-breaking.

SP Ebere Amaraizu, the Police Public Relations Officer(PPRO), in a statement on Wednesday in Enugu, said the teenager was nabbed on Sept. 24.

Amaraizu said that the police tracked the suspect as a result of information from good Samaritans about his activities in Umuabi community.

He said that the suspect was a student of one of the secondary schools in Udi council area.

“The JSS 2 student was nabbed by police operatives following intelligence information received from public spirited individuals.

“The suspect is helping police operatives in their investigations as he has revealed how he had been breaking into victims’ houses and carting away properties within Umuabi and its environs,’’ he said.

The police spokesman said that a locally-made pistol was also recovered from the suspect.

“The suspect, who specialises in finding out buildings whose owners are not around, carted away items such as wrappers, breakable plates, radio sets, generating sets, television sets, money and other valuables,’’ Amaraizu said.

Gunmen kill 8 persons in Nasarawa State – Police

By News Desk,

The Police Command in Nasarawa State on Friday confirmed the killing of eight people by unidentified gunmen in Sofiyo village of Toto Local Government Area of the state.

Kennedy Idrisu, the Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO) in the state, confirmed the incident in Toto.

The PPRO said scores sustained various degrees of injuries from the attack.

Idrisu advised inhabitants of the area especially the youths against taking laws in to their hands.

He advised the people to ensure that they reported crisis to the appropriate authorities for necessary action rather than engage in violence.

“It is true that gunmen attacked and killed eight people in Sofiyo community of the locality.

“We have also mobilised our men to the scene of the attack to maintain law and order and to forestall further attacks.

“The injured are currently receiving treatment at the Specialist Hospital, Gwagwalada,” he said.

Thee PPRO said that the police would not relent in its efforts to ensure peace and stability in the state and called on trouble makers in the state to shun their evil acts.

He urged the residents to provide the police vital information that would enable them to arrest the perpetrators and generally curtail criminal activities in the state.

In May communal clashes erupted between the Egbira and Bassa ethnic groups during which many people were killed and property destroyed.

Court remands herdsmen over alleged robbery

By News Desk,

An Ilorin Magistrates’ Court on Wednesday remanded two herdsmen, Abubarkar Mohammed, and Mohammed Isha, for allegedly robbing people on the Ilorin-Ogbomosho highway on Aug. 28.

Police Prosecutor, Insp. Abdullahi Sanni told the court that the suspects were arrested, following information received from residents of Olorunsogo community along the highway.

He said that investigation revealed that the accused persons were armed bandits, who had been terrorising people on the Ilorin-Ogbomosho road.

Sanni disclosed that the arrest of the two men led to the recovery of three motorcycle, five Nokia phones, one I-phone, one Sony camera, one HP laptop and jewelry.

The prosecutor said the two men were arraigned on a two-count charge of Criminal Conspiracy and Armed Robbery.

He said that the offences contravened Sections 6(B) and 1(2) of the Robbery and Firearms (Special Provisions) Act Cap. R11 Law of Nigeria, 2004.

He urged the court to remand the accused in prison custody, pending the outcome of investigation.

The accused persons, however, pleaded not guilty to the charges brought against them.

The Magistrate, Aminat Shittu, ordered that the suspects should be remanded at Mondala Prison Yard in Ilorin and adjourned the case until Sept. 27 for mention.

Court arraign man for stealing milk

By News Desk,

A 25-year-old  cart pusher, Musa Abu, was on Wednesday in Lagos arraigned in  an Ikeja Magistrates’ Court for allegedly stealing cartons of milk valued at N166,000.

According to the prosecutor, Sgt. Kenrich Nomayo, the accused committed the offence on Aug. 20 at Mangoro, Agege, Lagos.

He said that the accused and two other persons still at large conspired to steal the cartons of milk, property of Joke Essential Store.

“The accused and his accomplices scaled the fence to gain access into the company’s premises at night.

“They destroyed the key to the pick-up van and carted away cartons of Peak Milk and Three Crown.

“The security guard on duty, who sighted the accused stealing his company’s goods, alerted the police.

“The accused was arrested while others escaped with the milk,” the prosecutor said.

The offences, he said, contravened Sections 287 and 411 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, 2015.

The Section 287 carries three years jail term for stealing, while Section 411 attracts two years for conspiracy.

Abu, who resides at Orile-Agege, Lagos, however, pleaded not guilty to the two- count charge of stealing and conspiracy.

Magistrate T.O  Ojo granted bail to the accused in the sum of N100, 000 with two sureties in like sum as part of the bail conditions.

Ojo also said that the sureties should be gainfully employed and show evidence of two years tax payment to the Lagos State Government.

The case was adjourned untill  Sept. 20 for mention.

Police arrest herbalist, sons over kidnapping

By News Desk,

The Police Command in Lagos State has arrested a 60-year-old Ifa chief priestess and her two sons in connection with some kidnap cases in the state.

The spokesman for the command, CSP Chike Oti, made the development known in a statement in Lagos on Sunday.

Oti said that the suspects were arrested on Saturday at their home at No.15, Irepodun Street, Egan, Igando, a Lagos suburb.

He said that the woman was said to be a chief priestess and custodian of an Ifa shrine.

She was alleged to be aiding her sons, aged 26 and 32, who allegedly lure their victims with charms to their home.

Oti described the suspects as “deadly bunch of kidnappers”.

He said that they used the social media to lure their victims and put them in captivity until they paid ransoms for their release.

“The trio met their waterloo when one Bridget Obazee came to the Divisional Police Officer (DPO) of Igando Police Station, CSP Taiwo Kasumu, on Sept. 7 and complained that her brother, Osahon, was missing.

“The complainant told the DPO that the kidnappers were threatening to kill Osahon if they (family) failed to pay a N1.5 million ransom.

“She added that they warned her not to involve the police, otherwise her brother would be killed.”

Oti said that the DPO quickly contacted the Commissioner of Police,  Imohimi Edgal, who deployed men from the Intelligence Unit of the command to reinforce the DPO’s team.

He said that the team immediately set out in search of the suspects.

“The same day, at about 11a.m., through discreet investigation, the team arrested the woman and her sons, Akeem Bashiru and Ojo Solomon,” he said.

He said that besides Osahon, the police also rescued two other victims in the home of the suspects, which doubled as their hideout.

He gave the names of the other victims as Adugbagbe Akindele of No.7 Peace Crescent Salolo, Meiran, Lagos and one Ekwegbalu Augustine, who was lured from Anambra with the promise for a job in an oil company.

Oti said, “the victims have been held for weeks, pending the payment of ransom by their families.”
He said that those rescued had been re-united with their relations.

He said that during interrogation, Solomon confessed that he lured the victims with the promise of getting them employment.

“He further confessed that he lured some victims for a gay relationship and that their mother empowered him and his brother spiritually,” Oti said.

He said that the mother used charms to intimidate and instill fear in victims.

He hailed residents of Lagos State for assisting the command with useful information and urged them not to relent.