RRS arrests gun bandit, 3 others

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home page The Rapid Response Squad of the Lagos State Police Command has arrested Omole Ridwan, 21, for supplying a gun to three robbery suspects in Somolu, Lagos.

At the time of his arrest at his parents’ house in Ajah area of Lagos, Omole disclosed that he bought the gun to scare away cult members who were disturbing his cult group in Ajah area of Lagos State.

Omole who confessed to be an Aiye cult member said he bought the gun from a secondary school mate for N9,000 because of rival cult members who were disturbing him on the street.

“They knew I belonged to Aiye Confraternity and yet they want me to be one of them. I bought the gun in September, 2017. Later, my friend, Seyi Ayetoba who knew that I had a gun at home, he came to collect it. He afterwards requested that I follow him out on operation. I asked him the nature of the business and he told me robbery and okada snatching. I told him, I can’t do such business. But whenever he borrowed the gun and went out on operation, he always came back home to give me some money.

“On three occasions, he gave me money after returning home in Ajah. First, he gave me N10,000 second, it was N10,000 and an Android phone. The third time, it was N2,000 because the operation wasn’t so smooth,” he added.

The robbery gang which comprised Seyi Ayetoba, 27; Taiwo Lawal, 23; Kabiru Ajiboye, 24 were rounded up while trying to snatch a motorcycle from a rider in Somolu, Lagos.

According to the patrol team of the Rapid Response Squad, the victim and a passenger who were cornered by the gang raised alarm before the robbers were chased and arrested with the assistance of passersby.

Leader of the robbery gang, Seyi Ayetoba from whom the gun was recovered said he was initiated into robbery by Tunde who was the leader of his previous gang.

“He was arrested sometime last year. I met Tunde in Mushin and we belonged to the same confraternity. Whatever we stole, we sold Mushin. It was Tunde who taught me all kinds of tricks I deployed during operation. The day he was arrested, I didn’t go out with him. I formed my own gang with Taiwo and Kabiru. I took the gun from Ridwan and each time we went on operation, I paid him for hiring the gun from him.

“We have operated in Ajah, Costain, Onipanu, Yaba and National Stadium and we sell okada for close to N60,000 to N30,000 depending on its condition,” he stated.

Recovered from the gang were a locally made short pistol with a 9mm A – K47 live cartridge and a jack Knife.

Confirming the development, Police Public Relations Officer, Chike Oti stated that the gang is cooperating with the police, adding that Commissioner of Police, Mr Imohimi Edgal lauded community members participation in the arrest of the suspects.

Youths rally in Pakistan for 8-year-old rape victim

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Thousands of youths in Pakistan rallied on Thursday to seek justice for an eight-year-old girl, who was raped, murdered with her body left on a rubbish dump.

Young students from schools, colleges and universities were joined by the civil society activists and lawyers in protests against the crime in the city of Kasur in the central province of Punjab.

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The body of Zainab Ansari was found in a garbage bin on Tuesday, four days after she was abducted from her home in Kasur district.

It was the twelfth case of a girl being abducted, raped and killed in the past year in the district, police said.

It would be recalled that Police had found the body of the girl on the rubbish tip in the middle of the city on Tuesday, a week after she was kidnapped, local Police Chief Zulfikar Ahmed said.

Ahmed said an autopsy on Wednesday suggested the girl was raped before being strangled to death at least six days ago.

Protests that erupted in the city on Wednesday, continued for the second day as an angry mob ransacked a hospital and the private residence of a local member of parliament, police official Iftikhar Ahmed said.

Students called for the death of the perpetrator at rallies from the southern metropolis of Karachi to the north-western city of Peshawar.

“We want the culprit to be hanged publicly so that no one dares commit such a crime in the future,” a mother at the protest in Peshawar told Dunya Television.

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He said there have been a dozen similar incidents in Kasur in the past in which minors were kidnapped, raped and killed, Iftikhar.

He said the DNA testing of the latest victim and in previous cases suggested that a “lunatic serial killer” was behind almost all of the crimes.

Police investigators have, however, released CCTV footage of Zainab walking in the street holding an unidentified man’s hand as well as a sketch of a man wanted over the killing.

But Zainab’s father Ameen has appealed for the authorities to do more.

“We are going to try and not bury our child until the issue has been properly resolved. We are going to appeal to the Chief Justice of Pakistan, to the army chief of Pakistan, and everyone that has daughters,” Ameen said.

Zainab’s mother added: “I want justice. I want justice. I don’t know anything else. I just want justice. I do not have Zainab with me any How To Write An Application Essay Body Paragraph  more.”

Zainab Ansari before her death.

Kasur district police officer Zulfiqar Ahmed defended the police response to Zainab’s kidnapping.

“Over the last four or five days we mounted a search operation to try and find her. All the localities of Kasur and abandoned places were searched, but unfortunately we were not able to find her. Yesterday afternoon her body was found inside the main refuse dump in the city,” he said.

Ex-LGA Chairman bags 3 years for diverting funds

By Adewunmi Abodunrin,

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission has announced the sentencing of ex-Chairman, Orolu Local Govt Area in Osun State, Chief Rufus Woleola Ojo, to 3 years in prison for diverting N22,058,021.30 meant for the council.

Ojo’s ordeal began in May 28, 2013 when he was charged for stealing and using his position for personal gratification.

He was arraigned on a one-count charge of criminal embezzlement and diversion of public funds, following a petition dated June 3, 2010 by Atilade Quadri and Comrade Bashir on behalf of Orolu Integrity Forum, where it was alleged that the accused collected money for constituency projects, including a nine classroom building without executing it.

EFCC’s investigation revealed that on December 14, 2006, N22,058,021 million, meant for the classrooms construction, was transferred from the
account of Orolu Local Government Area to the account of Rulekal Ventures Limited at Oceanic Bank, where Ojo is a sole signatory.



Suspected Badoo kingpin petitions Lagos CP

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Alleged Badoo kingpin, Abayomi Alaka, has submitted petitions against the Commissioner of Police, Lagos State Command, Mr.Edgal Imohimi on Friday.

Alaka, 51, was alleged to be a prime suspect in killings believed to have been perpetrated by the dreaded Badoo cult in Ikorodu area of Lagos.

Alaka’s lawyer, Babatunde Ojehomon said that the petition was addressed to the Inspector General of Police, Ibrahim Idris, Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, the National Assembly and others.

Ojehomon, who spoke at his chambers in Ibadan, Oyo State posited that the sealing of his client’s property by the Lagos State Government and police’s declaration of Alaka as a wanted individual were actions that trampled on rights.

According to him, Alaka had already instituted a case against the IG and Imohimi at the Federal High Court, Lagos State Division, adding that the Lagos CP was after Alaka because he had “an axe to grind with him.”

“We affirm that originating processes in the matter have been served on the respondents since August 2017 and this case had come up for hearing once before a vacation judge and twice before Justice Hassan of the Federal High Court, Lagos Division.

“The respondents were not only absent on those occasions but have failed, neglected or refused to file any processes in response to our client’s case against them. It is shocking how the respondents have again come to the public declaring our client, who is an applicant before a superior court of record, wanted over the allegation of Badoo cult killings.

“Even though we are putting our papers together to seek a legal remedy against the unlawful sealing of our client’s property, we have resolved to exhaust all available administrative remedies in the light of the recent events that have concretised our suspicion that Imohimi has a personal axe to grind with our client.”

Alaka’s counsel said that one of the requests in the petitions was to establish an independent investigating team, which would be free from the control and supervision of Imohimi.

According to him, such a team should look into the allegations leveled against his client. He added that there were several issues attached to the case and that would be exposed once an independent body took control.

The Lagos State Police Command had declared Alaka wanted in connection with series of well-orchestrated killings and nefarious activities of the Badoo cult group two weeks ago. While he was declared wanted, an event centre and filling station owned by him were shut down by the state government.

The cult was known for its peculiar way of killing by smashing the heads of its victims – whether child, woman or man – with mortars, pestles or large stones. Such killings gripped the Ikorodu area for several months in 2017 fuelling rumours that the killers sold handkerchiefs used to clean the blood of victims to ritualists.


Police seizes fake drugs worth N15m in Kaduna

By Balogun Alabi

The Nigeria Police Force, Kaduna State Police Command said it has seized fake drugs valued at over N15 million which would have destroyed lives of unsuspecting citizens in Zaria area of the state following tip off by residents.

It was learnt that following the tip off by residents, the Police Area command immediately swung into action and intercepted he adulterated drugs in Sabon Gari market in Zaria. Although the distributor of the drugs was undisclosed.

While confirming the seizure on Tuesday, the command’s spokesperson, Muktar Aliyu, explained that the durgs were intercepted after the owner had already offloaded the substance of the vehicle, preparing for distribution.

“This is a serious calamity and of course harmful to human existence,” he said.

Aliyu however appreciated general public for supplying information which led to the seizure and pled to members of public not to be discouraged in providing useful information to security agencies for necessary actions.

The spokesperson stressed that the command had commenced investigation to reveal the source of those of drugs and how it was being distributed.

However, a source at the command who plead anonymity said that the seized items which he saw, included about 10 cartons of adulterated “Ampicloxin” with “Made-in-India” label.

The source added that the 10 cartons contained about 200,000 packets said to belong to the  suspect arrested in connection with the incident, and that the case would be transferred to Criminal Investigation Department (CID) at the  police headquarters in  the state for further investigation.

Police arrests couple over maid assault, sexual abuse

By Abdulwaheed Usamah, 

Lagos State Police Command has began questioning of a couple,  Isioma and Isioma Ezeofor, over severe assault of a 19 years old Blessing Joseph, who was working under the two as housemaid, before the police made their arrest after persistent abuse of the little girl was reported.

It was reported that the abuse came to an end when Ezeofor bathed the the girl with hot water and a neighbor who could  could no longer cope with beatings and other form of maltreatment which innocent girl received from the couple, reported the matter to the police who gathered from Joseph that the reported beatings were constant routing of her madam.

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Through a statement released Thursday by the command’s Public Relation Officer, SP Chike Oti, disclosed that the case was reported to the after  Joseph was bathed with boiled water and the police made arrest of the couple.

It said: “The command recorded another case of abuse perpetrated against one Miss Blessing Joseph “f”, 19 years old by her employers Mr and Mrs Chigozie Ezeofor of no 26 Aunty Toyin street, Kodeibo Estate, Ijegun Road, Isheri Oshun, Lagos.

Blessing narrated to police how she suffered terribly at hands of the aforementioned couple who delight in dehumanizing her regularly.

Chigozie Ezeofor

“She further revealed to the police that her ” Madam” Ezeofor, beats her up at the slightest provocation while her husband Chigozie Ezeofor, sneaks up to her whenever his wife is away and had made several painful attempts to penetrate her anus.

It hinted that both husband and wife were being interrogated at  Gender Section of the state police command and would be charged to court at end of the investigation.


Gunmen kill 40, abducts children, women during attacks in South Sudan

By Olawale Abdul-Fatah with agency report

At least 40 people have been confirmed dead and 19 others wounded during an attacks on rural villages in Jonglei, South Sudan.

Aside the victims, dozens of children and women were abducted during the attack which lasted 48 hours in the country.

The attack came barely six months after the tribal leaders from the oil-rich region signed a peace deal aimed at ending a deadly cycle of inter-ethnic violence.

Jonglei State Information Minister, Jacob Akech Dengdit, told newsmen on Tuesday that armed men allegedly from neighboring Boma state attacked two villages in Duk county.

“They first attacked the villages of Duk Panyang and Duk Payuel on Monday and took several cattle. Then this morning, the attackers killed over 40 people and wounded 19 others. They also took all cattle and abducted children and women,” Dengdit said.

Dengdit urged the central government in Juba to intervene before the latest violence escalated to full scale confrontation between the two communities.

“Hundreds of people have been displaced and nothing is currently functioning. Wounded people are still there helpless because all the houses and health centers have been burnt down. The government should intervene to calm down the situation,” Dengdit added.

The pact brokered by the country’s First Vice President, Taban Deng Gai, recently restored peace to the region which has experienced several tribal conflicts, largely caused by rivalry over livestock and grazing land for decades.

It would be recalled that in 2016, atleast 50 persons died and scores injured during several clashes.

Court upheld 285 soldiers death sentence, life imprisonment in Bangladesh

By Olawale Abdul-Fatah with agency report

The Bangladesh High Court has upheld the judgement of the country’s lower court on 285 soldiers following their role in a deadly 2009 mutiny which claimed over 70 lives.

Of the 285, the court sentenced 139 soldiers to death sentences while 146 soldiers were slammed with life imprisonment.

The verdict comes four years after a lower court in capital Dhaka handed down capital punishments to 152 and life terms to 158 soldiers for their involvement in the killing of 74 people, including 57 army officials in 2009.

Speaking after the court verdict, Attorney-General, Mahbubey Alam, said that four soldiers were acquitted.

The mutiny at the Bangladesh Rifles’ (BDR) headquarters erupted when a group of the paramilitary forces staged a revolt during an annual meeting of soldiers with the top brass alleging “deprivation”. The revolt turned into clashes and spread at the regional units of the BDR forces across the country.

It would be recalled that the government later renamed the BDR as the Border Guard Bangladesh changing the border force’s law, uniform flag and monogram.

Seven die during police, drug traffickers clash in Brazil

By Olawale Abdul-Fatah with agency report

No fewer than seven suspected drug traffickers died when two drug trafficking groups clashed with police in the port area of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

The events took place in the favela of Caju, close to the port of Rio de Janeiro, when a drug trafficking group tried to encroach on territory controlled by a rival group, producing an intense firefight.

It was learned that upon being notified, military police officers arrived on the scene, and took on both armed gangs.

Aside that the clash left seven dead, the police arrested 11 suspects, and recovered 14 firearms, 37 charges, 790 rounds of ammunition, four grenades, two radio communicators and a number of bulletproof jackets.

Violence has increased sharply in Rio de Janeiro this year, as the state is close to economic collapse, which has translated to a smaller police presence on the streets.

The state, Brazil’s tourism hotspot, has counted more than 4,000 homicides in 2017, including 120 police officers falling in the line of duty.

President Michel Temer has dispatched thousands of extra police and soldiers to the city to bring the violence under control.

PDP former chairman son’s wife remains in prison after court adjoins murder hearing

By Balogun Alabi

An Abuja High Court sitting in Jabi, Abuja, has remanded Maryam Sanda, who allegedly murdered her husband, Bilyaminu Haliru, in prison.

Sanda allegedly killed Haliru, son of former National Chairman of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP), Bello Haliru, recently, stabbing multiple times at the back and genital area, which reportedly led to his death after bleeding continuously.

Earlier a two-count charge against the defendant was filed by the police, bordering on culpable homicide which is punishable with death.

However, the Prosecuting Counsel, James Idachaba, had prayed the court to adjourn the matter to enable the filing of an amended charge, following the emergence of new facts.

The defence counsel, Hussein Musa, did not oppose the adjournment but argued that his client be admitted to bail or be remanded in police custody, pending determination of substantive matter.

Musa based his argument on the fact that his client is a nursing mother with a six-month-old baby, arguing that sending a nursing mother to prison when a prima facie had yet to be established against the defendant could be injustice.

The presiding Judge, Yusuf Halilu, adjourned the matter until December 7 after the defendant’s arraignment.