Police rescues Atiku from kidnappers, kills five suspects

By NewsDesk,

The Taraba State Police Command has rescued, Yakubu Atiku, who was reported may have been kidnapped had the law enforcement agent did not swift into action that five of suspected kidnappers killed

It was gathered that the suspects stormed Atiku’s home  in Garba-Chede, Gassol Local Government Area of the state late on Friday night, when the police was informed of the act of the kidnappers.

As gathered, sources claimed that resistance of the suspects ensued into exchange of gunfire and that the police killed  five of the attackers.

The spokesman  of the command, ASP David Misal, said that the operatives attached to Bali Division engaged a group of armed men suspected to be kidnappers and armed robbers and had five of the suspects killed during gun battle,

Speaking at a news conference on Saturday in Jalingo, Misal disclosed that aside from the kidnapping attempt,  hoodlums on the same date invaded the residence of one Yakubu Atiku of Garba-Chede in an attempt to kidnap him.

“The report was received with swift reaction from our operatives which led to an exchange of fire from both sides.

“With the superior fire power of our gallant officers, five members of the gang were shot dead while others escaped with bullet wounds,” he said.

According to the spokesman, one AK47 rifle, one pump action, two single barrel guns, 16 cartridges, three expended 7.62mm ammunition, two expended cartridges and assorted charms were recovered from the suspects.

He assured that the police would leave no stone unturned until they reduced the nefarious acts of kidnapping and armed robbery to the barest minimum as directed by the state Commissioner of Police, Mr David Akinremi.

Misal appealed to members of the public to always report criminal acts to the police for effective service delivery.

Police nab man for allegedly beheading lady

The police in Enugu State have commenced investigation into the alleged beheading of a lady, Susana Enejere, by a man in Ugbene Ajima, Uzo-Uwani Local Government Area of the state.

The Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), SP Ebere Amaraizu, who disclosed this in a statement in Enugu on Thursday, said the killing took place on Monday.

“It was gathered that the lady identified as one Susana Enejere of Ugbene Ajima in Uzo-Uwani Local Government Area had gone to farm on that fateful day and never came back,” he said.

The PPRO said that the law enforcement agents got the information and intensified a search in the early hours of the following day.

He said that based on intelligence information, a man from Ugwuoda village in the nearby Nimbo community was promptly nabbed in connection with the incident.

According to Amaraizu, following his arrest, the suspect took police operatives to the place where he beheaded the victim.

“The headless body together with the severed head have been recovered and deposited in a nearby mortuary.

“The suspect is helping police operatives in their investigations,’’ he said. (NAN)

Father, son inside Lagos police’s net after selling drugs to underage

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Two indigenes of Kebbi State, Ibrahim Sheu and Franku Ibrahim, who were identified as father and son, have landed in police custody after they allegedly sold drugs including Tramadol among others, to primary and secondary schools’ students in Lagos without doctor prescription.

It was gathered that the two suspects were arrested by Lagos State Police Command, through its operative of Rapid Respond Square, which went after the duo on receiving information of their illegal activities.

Confirming the crimes of Sheu, 40, and Ibrahim, 23, on Monday the police disclosed that the suspect were arrested after officials from Office of Education and Quality Assurance, Lagos State, alerted RRS of the activities in Itire axis of the state, where both father and son were caught selling drugs to students.

According to the police, the ministry while on routine monitoring of schools around the area received report of strange attitude of some of the school pupils in the area and some of the those who were briefly interrogated and released to their parents.

It claimed that 72 pieces of Tramadol capsules, 28 tablets of Tramol and some other capsules were recorded from suspected.

Sheu, who confessed to the crime, said that him and his son sold various drugs to the students and event adults too.

Responding to the arrest, the Lagos State Commissioner of Police, Imohimi Edgal, advised parents and guardians monitor children after school so as to know of their activities in class and the kind of friends they keep.

Edgal added that the case would be thoroughly investigated and the prosecution monitored and that  the suspects would to be transferred to State Criminal Investigation Department (SCID) for further investigation.

Police officer’s sons, woman appear before Lagos court after assaulting father’s colleagues

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A police officer’s two sons, Abubakar Bello and Sikiru Bello, who allegedly beat up two superintendents of police with belts, have appeared before an Igbosere Magistrates’ Court in Lagos.

The two siblings, 16 and 19, were standing trial alongside a 33-year-old woman, Risikat Arowolo, on a two-count charge of conspiracy and assault.

The Prosecutor, Sgt. Peace Chukwudi, told the court that the accused committed the offences on Feb. 10 at Macarthy Police Barracks on Lagos Island.

She said the trio conspired to assaulted the two police officers, who also live in the same quater with the accused and that they jointly beat the policemen.

She gave the names of the assaulted officers as Chief Superintendent Onojaife Kent and Superintendent Nwaimo Christopher.

“The offences contravened Sections 172 and 411 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, 2015.

It was reported that Section 172 provides three years imprisonment for assaulting an officer, while Section 411 recommends a two-year jail term for conspiracy.

The two siblings pleaded not guilty after which the Magistrate Patrick Adekomaiya granted them bail in the sum of N50,000 each with one surety each in like sum.

He said the sureties must produce their bank statements and evidence of tax payment to the Lagos State Government as part of the bail conditions.

The case was adjourned until March 14.

Banker appears before court over N3 million theft

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A staff of Mutual Benefits Microfinance Bank, Vivian Gbodi, who reportedly stole N3 million from her company was brought before Igbosere Magistrates’ Court in Lagos.

Gbodi, 32, who was arraigned on Thursday is standing trial on a one count charge of stealing before O. Oshin.

Prosecuting police officer, Insp. Steven Molo, stated that Gbodi committed the alleged offence between 2016 and April 2017, at the bank’s head office at No. 10, Apapa Road Oyingbo, Lagos.

According to Molo, the offence contravened Section 287 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, 2015 and punishable under same.

Gbodi, however, pleaded not guilty to the charge.

Magistrate Oshin granted her bail in the sum of N250, 000 with two sureties in like sum.

The case was further adjourned till April 3 for mention.

RRS arrests gun bandit, 3 others

By Adewunmi Abodunrin,

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 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

By Adewunmi Abodunrin,

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.