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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.

Anambra residents threatens legal action against IPOB leader, Kanu,

By Newsdesk

Anambra state residents have threatened to sue leader of Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), Nnamdi Kanu, for allegedly violating a custom in the state.

The residents alleged that Kanu violated customs of Nri culture when he led his supporters including his wife, Uchechi, to visit palace of Nri community monarch in Aniocha Local Government Area recently and a shrine within the axis without seeking their consent.

It was gathered that Kanu visited Nri to receive `Offo Nri title’ like the late Dim Chukwuemeka Odumegwu Ojukwu and MASSOB leader Chief Ralph Uwazuruike both Biafra agitators.

Nri ancient Kingdom is the cradle of Igbo civilisation, whose culture is revered in the five southeast states of Abia, Ebonyi, Enugu, Imo, Anambra as well as Igbo communities in Delta and Rivers.

Speaking on behalf of the residents, Personal Assistant to the community monarch, Ifeanyi Onyesoh, who disclosed plans to embark on legal action during a press briefing in Awka on Thursday, said residents were angry over  Kanu’s alleged misconduct during his visit.

Onyesoh said the people regarded Kanu’s action as an affront on their values and so resolved not to sweep the matter under the carpet, noting, it is a taboo in Nri and equally against the Anambra state Traditional Rulers’ Council Law for a high profile visitor to visit a community without first paying homage to the traditional ruler.

“The people of Nri and her traditional ruler are not against Nnamdi Kanu and his agitation/aspiration but what we cannot take is for Kanu to come and mess up the Nri culture and tradition under whatever motive. The community will drag him to customary court to  ensure that nobody else gives such insult to the community and its heritage.

“If Kanu indeed met with anybody and claimed he was given `Offo Nri’, it means he is seeking the title through the back door and for the title he claimed was given to him by `Adama’ (Mbanefo ), a servant to Eze Nri, is a nullity,” he added.

Onyesoh urged the IPOB leader to step up actions to amend his ways to synchronise with the values and culture of Igbo people which he is stampeding in the name of agitation.

He narrated that Kanu with his wife, Uchechi, and supporters visited the palace of Eze Nri and a shrine against the tradition of the people recently, saying, before his visit, 12 young people came to the palace requesting for an appointment with the traditional ruler for Kanu.

“I received them and I told them to present a letter so that they will get official reply from the palace since the delegation looked unusual, in that there was no titled person  among them. At this point they all left and what we saw next day was Kanu visiting Nri community with a huge crowd of his supporters. And went straight to house of a subject to Palace, Shadrack Mbanefo, an act that negates tradition and customs of the community

“The feelers we later got, was that the said Mbanefo claimed he handed over the `Offo Nri ’, (symbol of royalty) to Kanu, and even allowed Kanu to visit the historic Ohianwehi forest revered as forest of life by Igbo tradition. This forest is believed to be the place the first burnt offering was offered by the Jewish Igbo ancestors when they migrated from Israel more than 2,000 years ago,’’ he added.

The monarch personal assistance stressed that residents considered Kanu’s conduct as a taboo because no high profile visitor entered the community without first visiting the traditional ruler let alone a sacred place without the knowledge of the ruler.

He expressed regret that Kanu and his supporters after visiting Mbanefo returned to the  entrance gate of the palace and allegedly tried to force it open.

According to him, it was this unruly conduct that made the traditional ruler to telephone the security agents who responded promptly and dispersed Kanu and his supporters.’’

 

Police arrests allege human parts dealer in Ogun

By Newsdesk

Efforts to end ritual killing by Nigerian Police has yielded fruit on Saturday, following arrest a man allegedly found in possession of selected human parts in Ogun State.

The Guild gathered that the suspect, Olufemi Goriola, was alleged to be a major dealer in human part and shuttle between Lagos and Ogun states.

Confirming the arrest, Zone 2 Police Public Relation Officer (ZPPRO), Dolapo Badmus, told newsmen that the suspect was arrested after being found with the human parts.

According to her, the arrest was made possible after receiving a tip-off on the activities of the suspect, an ex-convict. And upon receiving the tip off, operatives trailed the suspect to Obada Oko in Ogun State.

“It was at this location we arrested him at about 8 p.m. on Wednesday. And he confessed to be a dealer in human parts, while investigation revealed that he had been to prison twice over the same offence,” Badmus added.

the ZPPRO hinted that the Assistant Inspector General of Police (AIG) in charge of the zone, Adamu Ibrahim, has directed that the suspect be thoroughly investigated and be charged to court.

Herdsmen sack two Benue villages, kills eight

By Newdesk

Efforts by Benue State Government to end herdsmen attacks has continued to prove abortive with the cattlemen allegedly attacking two communities in Logo Local Government, killing eight persons.

It was gathered that the herdsmen stormed the communities, Akaa and Tse-Orlalu communities and injured several others.

Eye-witness told newsmen that the herdsmen attacked the communities through the road linking Benue and Taraba States, saying, they came through Abaji and Mbamar in Ugondo community,

According to them, “They started first by attacking Akaa village before advancing to neighbouring Orlalu. And that several residents were still missing.

The Police Public Relation Officer for the State, Moses Yamu, who confirmed the attacks, noted that the attack occurred early yesterday.

He said that the police had yet to establish the motive for the attack and that adequate personnel had been drafted to the villages to restore normalcy.

The Police spokesman explained that the the attackers invaded the villages, killed eight people and injured many others.

 

Police raids militants’ hideout in Ikorodu, arrests seven

By Newsdesk

In order to end activities of militants in Ikorodu, Lagos State, Nigerian Police has continued its raid on their hideout, arresting seven suspected militants and recovering arms and ammunition from their enclaves.

The seven suspected militants were arrested by the Military in Ondo State and handed over to Lagos State Police Command for interrogation and prosecution.

It was gathered that the militants’ hideout was discovered and raided at about 8:00 a.m by a team of Ikorodu Special Anti – Robber Squad (SARS), and Volunteer Police led by Godfrey Soriweiu.

Some of the items recovered during the raid were seven army and police bullet proof vests, eight ballistic helmets and nine life jackets from the hideouts in Ikorodu, Lagos.

Other item recovered by the team during the raid includes a speed boat belonging to the suspected kidnappers.

The arrests came two weeks after the discovery of a similar hideout in Ishawo, Ikorodu, Lagos State and killing of the late notorious militant, Ossy Ibori, leader of the gang.

It was gathered that the suspected kidnappers were preparing their morning meal when the law enforcement officers burst their hideout; on sighting the special team abandoned several items and escaped into the creek.

After taking over militants’ hideout, the team thereafter destroyed the hideout before moving the recovered items out of the location.

The Lagos State Commissioner of Police, Fatai Owoseni, had two weeks ago charged the team to embark on a continuous combing of the Lagos waterways and creeks in search of suspected kidnappers.

While the team is continuing with its operation, Owoseni charged the team to redouble its efforts in ensuring that Lagos creeks are free of kidnappers.

Soldiers kill Ikorodu militant leader in Ondo

By Aina Amune

The Soldiers in Ondo State have killed a notorious leader of a militant group, identified as Ossy Ibori, who had been terrorizing residents of Ikorodu and Epe towns in Lagos State.

It would be recalled that Ibori and his gang allegedly killed a soldier and police officers during their recent attack in Ishawo community in Ikorodu.

Confirming death of the alleged notorious kidnapper to newsmen, Commissioner of Police, Lagos State, Fatai Owoseni and Coordinator, Joint Media Campaign Centre, Maj. Abubakar Abdullahi, said that the Ossy was killed during a gun duel on Monday.

Owoseni explained that the suspect was killed by soldiers at Ajakpa area of Ondo State, saying, he was killed at about 3.00 am in the process of arresting members of his gang and other criminals who had allegedly made life miserable residents in South West.

According to him, during the shootout at Ajakpa, the suspected leader known as Ossy was killed. Efforts are ongoing to arrest the other gang members.

He argued that the gang members retreated to their base in Ajakpa because they could no longer lay claim to the creeks in Isawo area of Ikorodu.‎

Abdullahi in a statement said that the Operation DELTA SAFE carried out the killing, noting, the squad repelled an attack in Ajakpa Community creeks in Southern Ondo State.

He said that the attack was led by the notorious gang leader, Ossy Ibori, who had a hideout at Ajakpa, Ilaje Ese-Odo Local Government Area of Ondo State.

“The leader was gunned down during the gun duel along with some of his gang members. His body was identified by some of the locals in the area.

“Search for other criminals who jumped into the water with gunshot wounds is ongoing. However the troops recovered one AK 47 rifle and four magazines,” he said.

“The gang had been terrorising parts of Lagos, Ogun and Ondo States.‎ Last month; the gang killed an army captain and two policemen in Ikorodu, Lagos. The gang was also alleged to have abducted students and staff of a secondary school, in Ikorodu area.

“The criminals, in addition, carried out several attacks at Ilaje Ese-Odo Community at Ajakpa, Safarogbo and Balowo areas,” Abdullahi said.

He further stated that the need to flush the criminals out from their hideout has become necessary to ensure peace and security in Ondo State.

“Sadly, in the process, one gallant soldier paid the supreme price while three others sustained gunshot wounds. They have since been moved to a military hospital for proper medical attention. While the operation is ongoing, let me appeal to law-abiding residents of the affected communities to remain calm, vigilant and to support our troops with valuable information on whereabouts of other criminals,’’ he added.

‎Police arrests 47-year-old man for impersonation

‎By Aina Amune

The Nigerian Police, Lagos Command has arrested a 47-year-old man, Gregory Anyasodo, for allegedly impersonating the police and extorting money from residents of the state .

It was gathered that the suspect, who was arrested by police officers deployed to the Rapid Response Squad (RRS), at Oshodi, had allegedly stole N125,000 from a trader, Emmanuella Joseph.

Emmanuella was said to have approached RRS officials at Oshodi to report alleged threat by the suspect to arrest her and the seizure of her handbag containing N125,000.

It was gathered that the Police swooped on the area and arrested Anyasodo, the graphic artist, who designed police identity card for Anyasodo and the owner of the business centre, all of whom have been transferred to the State Criminal Investigation and Intelligence (SCIID) Department, Panti, Yaba.

Recovered from the suspect were walkie-talkie and police identity card which portrayed him as an Inspector attached to Lagos Taskforce and Special Anti-Robbery Squad with number 14873.

The suspect was said to have confessed to the crime, but denied stealing the victim’s money, saying, he had been impersonating the police since last year.

He said: “I have been in the trade since December 2016. I came to Lagos before Christmas in preparation for The Lord’s Chosen convention in Lagos, which was held in February, 2017 at Ijesha.

“My early coming for the programme was for me to seize that opportunity to look for job. When I couldn’t get a job, I ventured into police impersonation.

“I have been arrested six times in Owerri for impersonation. I have impersonated WAEC and JAMB officials. I have been arrested thrice by Shell Camp police, Owerri for impersonation.

“I am a father of six. I left my wife and children when I was coming to Lagos. I have been sleeping in hotels since I got to Lagos.‎ Occasionally, people allow me to sleep on the balconies and corridors of their homes after I convinced them that am a stranger. I make between N10,000 to N15, 000 daily parading myself as a police officer and extorting innocent people.”

Man lures 12-year-old into bush, defile her

By Newsdesk

A 40-year-old man, Harrison Udo, has been arrested by the Nigerian Police and arraigned before a Magistrates’ Court sitting at Ogba in Ikeja, Lagos State for allegedly sexually abusing a 12-year-old girl (name withheld) in the state.

Before the court hearing, it was gathered that the accused had allegedly been sexual assaulting the child. But she couldn’t inform her parents out of fear of what could happen after.

The alleged perpetrator often calls her into his apartment in Ikotun axis of Lagos, after which he allegedly fondles her body and rubs his genital on the outer area of her vagina.

It was gathered that on the day of the arrest, the accused allegedly called the child to a bush beside their house in Ikotun. He was caught while trying to assault the survivor.

At the Court, the prosecutor, Inspector Clifford Ogu, alleged that Harrison defiled the girl, saying, his action violated section 135 and 137 of the Criminal laws of Lagos State.

When the charge was read to Harrison, he pleaded not guilty before Magistrate Judge, Akani, noting that he only helped her when she was fetching water and he never assaulted her.

The magistrate later granted him bail with sum of N250,000 and two sureties including a civil servant and must not be from the Ministry of Health and Ministry of Education. And that the other must be a Community Leader. She however adjourned the case to May 22nd, 2017.

Reacting over the case, the Coordinator of Domestic and Sexual Violence and Response Team (DSVRT), Titilola Vivour-Adeniyi, said: “the State Department of Public prosecution (DPP), has requested for the duplicate case file.

Police arrests sole administrator, five others over Melaye assassination attempt

By Newsdesk

The Nigerian Police has arrested six suspects in connection with an assassination attempt on Chairman of Senate Committee on Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Dino Melaye, in his hometown in Kogi State.

The six suspects include a sole administrator Melaye allegedly listed among those who sponsored the attack.

The arrest came barely two weeks after the unknown gunmen stormed Melaye’s hometown in Ayetoro-Gbede after  midnight  and opened fire from different directions, damaging two of his Sport Utility Vehicle (SUV).

The Force Spokesman, Jimoh Moshood, told newsmen in Abuja that items recovered included one Hyundai Ambulance bus allegedly used in conveying the attackers, five AK 47 rifles, One Beretta pistol and two locally made single barrel shot guns.

Others were 25 expended shells of 7.62 mm ammunition, 13 expended shells of 9mm ammunition and 12 expended shells of gauge cartridge.

Moshood said that the firearms had been sent for ballistic expert examination, test and analysis at the Force Criminal Intelligence and Investigation Department in Lagos.

He said that following the attack on Melaye, the Inspector-General of Police, Ibrahim Idris, swiftly deployed Police Special Tactical Squad (STS), team to unravel the circumstances surrounding the incident.

According to the police spokesman, the suspects used the telephone of the Sole Administrator’s orderly in planning the failed assassination on Melaye.

Moshood said one of the suspects had confessed to the crime and admitted to have been sent by the sole administrator, saying, he was arrested with a serious criminal link to other active members of the gang,’’ said the Force spokesman.

The police spokesman assured that efforts were being intensified to arrest other suspects at large, adding that the suspects would be arraigned in court on completion of investigation.