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Ritualists kill woman with hunchback, after paying son N7m

Detectives from Ondo State Police Command are on the trail of suspected ritualists who killed a 60 year-old woman with hunchback. The police are also on the trail of the woman’s son, who colluded with the kidnappers after being paid N7million.

The woman identified as Mrs. Rukayat Abodunde, was abducted by two gunmen who came to her home in Ayetoro Street in Ondo town, pretending to have come to buy fish from her, according to The Nation.

The abduction happened around 10 p.m, the paper said, without indicating the actual date of the incident.

The report said the suspected kidnappers reappeared few days after the abduction of the woman to demand refund of N7m from his son, after they discovered that the hunchback was not natural, but caused by an accident.

The woman appeared to have been killed and the son is also on the run.

Police spokesman, Femi Joseph, a Superintendent of Police (SP), confirmed the incident.

He added the two suspected kidnappers invaded the home of the victim and whisked her away.

According to him, the incident was reported at the police station by one Omotola Oseyemi and detectives swung into action to ensure the release of the abducted woman.

Joseph said they interrogated the people in the area but members of the family were not showing enough interest in the disappearance of the woman.

The police spokesman said the case was still being investigated to unravel those behind the dastardly act.

In February 2017, the police in Edo State arrested four suspected ritualists over the murder of a 62-year-old man, with hunchback, in Urue village, Owan East Local Government Area of Edo.

The police said the suspects hacked off the man’s hunchback for ritual after killing him. They put the hunchback into a jerry can of honey, for onward delivery to a native doctor in Ifon, Ondo State.

The victim was identified as Oluma.

The police gave the names of the suspects as, Ajuma Sunday, 36, Peter Olotu, 38, Sunday Okoro, 62 and a native doctor Philip Ogeneka, 50.

The arrested suspects committed the act on January 29, 2017

‘I killed my wife because she planned to remarry’

A 30-year-old man, Uwani Danjuma, has killed his wife for planning to remarry after his death.

The incident occurred at Uddu village in Rijau Local Government Area of Niger State.

Danjuma said his wife had told him when he was ill that if he died, she would remarry.

Angered by those words, he said he attacked and killed his wife with a cutlass when he became well.

Confessing to the crime, the suspect said his wife was sleeping when he killed her, adding that he deliberately killed her because of her comment.

“I can’t imagine my own wife telling me that if I die, she will remarry. I became angry and inflicted injuries on her neck with a machete, which led to her death.

“I don’t regret killing her, since she wanted me to die. I killed her so that she would not remarry. She should not have said that to my hearing. There is power in spoken words. So let her go. Allah will send her to hell for that unguarded statement,” Danjuma said.

Police spokesman Mohammad Abubakar said the suspect was arrested following a tip-off, adding that he had confessed to the crime.

He said the injury the suspect inflicted on the deceased led to her death, adding that he would be charged to court.

Kogi varsity student commits suicide over boyfriend

A 100-level student of the Kogi State University, Ayingba, Miss Rebecca Michael, on Wednesday allegedly committed suicide after her boyfriend reportedly broke up with her.

According to Punch Metro,  the victim recently gained admission into the varsity’s Department of Philosophy.

She was said to be about 20 years old.

It was reported that the undergraduate drank local insecticide, Sniper, after her boyfriend, a prominent DJ in Lokoja, met her and said he was no longer interested in the relationship.

After drinking the substance, she was said to have been rushed to the Federal Medical Centre, where she gave up the ghost.

Michael was later buried at the Lokongoma Cemetery, Lokoja, Kogi State.

The state Police Public Relations Officer, William Aya, said he had yet to get any report on the incident.

“I will call back after contacting the C Division,” he added.

He had yet to call back as of press time.

Cultists on the rampage in Lagos, behead two, kill three others

Residents of Alasiya in Abraham Adesanya Estate area, in the Eti-Osa Local Government Area of Lagos State, were thrown into panic on Sunday as a suspected clash by rival cults left five corpses on the streets.

Eyewitnesses said the clash started around midnight, adding that two of the five corpses were beheaded.

It was gathered that one victim was shot dead, another was slaughtered and the last one was butchered to death.

It was learnt that the police were able to recover four corpses because the family of one of the victims refused to release his remains.

A resident, Black Che, said he heard multiple gunshots around midnight.

The Enugu State indigene said, “Last night, when we were inside the factory around midnight, we heard gunshots. But when we came out this morning, we saw five corpses. The police evacuated four corpses but the last corpse was not released to them, because the family of the person who was killed prevented them from taking his corpse away.

“Two of the corpses that I saw were beheaded; another one was shot dead and his assailants slit his throat; another was slaughtered; and the last one was butchered. The corpses were dumped at different locations around the Alasiya bus stop.

“One dead body was by the road divider at General Paint; one was in front of the bus stop; another was in front of a school; one was not far from the Total filling station; while the last one was by the recycling area around the bus stop.”

A security guard, Uka Kalu, said when he heard the gunshots around midnight, he immediately closed the gate of the company he was hired to secure, adding that he was surprised to learn of the death of five people in the morning.

He said, “I was inside when I started hearing gunshots and the noise of people. I came out to observe what was going on. When I got outside, I asked the people I saw what was going on and what they told me was that some people who disembarked from a vehicle were the ones shouting. I immediately got inside and locked the gate.

“It was in the morning that we realised that the noise was in connection with the killing of five people, and when one of our workers visited the scene, he came back saying the sight was gory.”

A welder, Isiak Adebayo, while condemning the rate at which youths were killing themselves in the name of cultism, charged security agents to restore normalcy in the area.

The state Police Public Relations Officer, Bala Elkana, said four corpses that were probably dumped in the area were recovered, adding that the command had commenced investigation into the matter.

“Four corpses were recovered from the scene of the incident and what we are suspecting is a cult supremacy fight. We have launched an investigation into the case,” Elkana said.

Bademosi: Togolese cook faces murder charge

An Igbosere High Court in Lagos, on Wednesday, remanded a Togolese cook, Sunday Anani, in prison custody over the alleged murder of his boss, Chief Opeyemi Bademosi, the Chief Executive Officer of Credit Switch Ltd.

Justice Mobolanle Okikiolu-Ighile gave the order following Anani’s arraignment by the Lagos State Government on a two-count charge of murder and armed robbery.

Before the charge was read, his counsel, the Director of the Office of the Public Defender (OPD), Mrs Adenrera Adeyemi, informed the court that Anani did not understand English language.

Adeyemi, however, applied for a French-English language interpreter.

Okikiolu-Ighile upheld her application and directed that one be provided.

The charge, prepared by the Prosecutor, Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP), Ms Titilayo Shitta-Bey, was then read and interpreted to Anani.

The prosecutor alleged that Anani, 22, committed the offences on October 31, 2018, at the residence of the victim in Parkview Estate, Ikoyi, Lagos.

He said that the defendant stabbed Bademosi, 67, to death with a knife and stole his valuables, including his phone.

Shitta-Bey said the offences contravened sections 223 and 297 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, 2015.

Anani, however, pleaded not guilty to the charges.

The judge remanded defendant in prison and adjourned the case until May 21 for trial.

UNILAG women school suspends teacher over pupil’s alleged molestation

The management of the University of Lagos Women Society Nursery and Primary School, Akoka, Lagos, has suspended a class teacher, Mrs Charity Madumere, over alleged molestation of a four-year-old pupil in her class.

The decision was made known to parents during an emergency meeting of the Parent-Teacher Forum on Saturday following The PUNCH’s report.

PUNCH Metro had reported that the victim was allegedly molested on the school premises by a driver identified as Abiodun Matthew.

Matthew, it was gathered, was picking two pupils at the school after closing hours on the instructions of their parents.

The driver, in the course of time, was said to have become close to the class teacher of the victim.

Madumere reportedly sometimes left the pupils in the care of the driver.

During the period, the suspect was alleged to have molested the kindergarten pupil.

The victim’s father, Ade, said he had noticed the closeness of the suspect to the teacher and complained to the school authorities.

He claimed that his warning was ignored until his daughter became a victim of molestation.

Matthew, the class teacher, the assistant class teacher and the supervisor were subsequently arrested and detained at the Sabo Police Station.

In a footage of the meeting made available to our correspondent, the management of the school said there was no attempt to cover up the case, adding that the class teacher had been suspended pending the conclusion of investigation.

A source in the school, who spoke on condition of anonymity, however, said the teacher was due to retire in July 2019.

The source said “The school never tried to cover up the case; it was the school that reported the case to the Lagos State Ministry of Justice and everything we were asked to do has been done. We did not plead that any of those who were arrested should be released. The school will never support injustice and if we try to cover up, nemesis will catch up with us.

“The class teacher was suspended on Thursday pending the conclusion of investigation. The teacher’s only offence was that she was negligent. Unfortunately for her, she was supposed to retire in July after 19 years of service. We did not go to the victim’s father to beg him; we only went to sympathise with him. We were not trying to cover anything.”

When the state Police Public Relations Officer, DSP Bala Elkana, was contacted, he said investigation was still ongoing and the case would be charged to court at the end of investigation.

“Four suspects, who were arrested, are still with the Gender Unit of the command. Investigation is still ongoing and we will charge them to court as soon as we conclude our investigation. We are doing our best on the matter to arrive at the truth without any sentiment,” he stated.

How father, son raped, impregnated 13-yr-old girl

The Lagos State Police Command’s Gender Unit has arrested a 44-year-old man and his 19-year-old son for allegedly raping and impregnating a 14-year-old girl.

The Lagos State Police Command’s spokesperson, DSP Bala Elkana, said in a press statement that the case was reported at the gender unit of the command by the mother of the victim.

He said that the unit received a complaint that a minor was being defiled by her sister’s husband identified as Kabiru Oke of No. 1, Olatikupo St, Egbeda and his son, Oke Faruq,19, living within the same premises with his father.

He said that the girl had been living with the suspects for some time now, and that her sister’s husband started having carnal knowledge of her since last October.

“The second suspect, being the son of the first suspect, started having unlawful carnal knowledge of the same minor on January  10, 2019.

“The suspects have constantly threatened to kill the victim if she ever tells anybody about the affairs. The victim exposed them when her mother suspected some changes in her and discovered that she was pregnant”, Elkana said.

The PPRO said that the girl had been taken to Mirabel Centre by the gender unit of the police command for medical examination, while the two suspects had been arrested and charged to a magistrate court .

“The case was, however adjourned till May 13, 2019 while the suspects were remanded in Kirikiri Prisons.” he said.

In a related development, the PPRO said that one Marainerume Alfred, 45 ,of Oke Itunu Church Close, Ejigbo, a suburb of Lagos had also been arrested for defiling a 14-year-old girl.

He said the matter was also reported to the gender unit of the police command by the mother of the survivor.

“The complainant stated that they were living in the same street with the suspect.

“That the suspect usually invited the survivor into his shop while on her way from school, along Iyana Ejigbo road, where he was selling Nigerian Films and would have unlawful sexual intercourse with her.

“The suspect committedc the crime between May 2018 and March 27, 2019.

“The suspect in his statement to the police said that he turned the survivor into his sex partner after he divorced his wife in May 2018.

“The matter was discovered on March 27 , 2019 at 2p.m., by the survivor’s grandmother who perceived some odours from the survivor’s body when she returned home and subjected her to questioning.

“The survivor opened up to her grandmother and narrated the whole story.

“She further stated that, the suspect threatened that she would die if she ever disclosed it to her parents.

“That the suspect usually gave her some drugs to take and equally mixrf salt and water for her to take after sex to prevent her from getting pregnant.

The PPRO said , “Investigation is ongoing, and the suspect will be charged to court for defilement after its completion.”

‘He was my only son’ — mother of slain LUTH doctor speaks

The mother of Stephen Urueye, a medical doctor stabbed to death in Lagos, says she experienced difficulty while giving birth to him.

The grieving woman simply identified as Aderonke had initially refused to open up on the tragedy that befell her family shortly after they were at the peak of celebration.

On Tuesday, Urueye lined up among the thousands of students who graduated from the University of Lagos (UNILAG). Less than 48 hours after, he was murdered by suspected robbers at a place called “canal” near the gate of Lagos University Teaching Hospital (LUTH), Idi Araba.

His aggrieved mother told Punch that she was hoping he would get married while she would live with his family.

The widow described her only son as “gentle”, asking his killers “what I did to deserve this type of thing?”

“Stephen was a covenant child. I gave birth to him at an old age. I went through hell during his delivery. It was through a Caesarean Section,” Aderonke was quoted to have said.

“As my only son, I had hoped he would get married and live with me with his wife and children. Death should have taken me instead of my only son.

“My son was a gentle boy. Only a few people knew him on the street where we live because he was easy-going.

“I want to see the killers of my son and ask them what I did to deserve this type of thing from them”

Urueye’s death happened four days after that of Kolade Johnson, a football fan, who was killed in the Mangoro area of the state by a trigger-happy policeman.

Nigerians have taken to social media to decry the insecurity in the country, calling on the government to take swift actions in ensuring the safety of lives and property of the citizens.

Mathematics lecturer commits suicide on UI campus

Mr. A. O. Subair, a lecturer in the mathematics department of the University of Ibadan, has taken his life.

A non-academic member of staff of the university said that the deceased was suspected to have committed suicide at senior staff quarters, Phillipson Road, inside the university.

“His room was the only part not engulfed in the fire… there were no fire burns on his body but there’s there’s a possibility that he might have poisoned himself,” the official, who did not want to be named, said.

Another source said he choked to death during a fire outbreak in his apartment.

He was said to have suffered from depression before his demise, fuelling speculations that he might have taken his own life.

The lecturer, described as the “most brilliant” in the department, was said to have been on his PhD for 22 years without confirmation.

He was said to have resigned from the department in 2018 but the head of department allegedly did not process his resignation.

“That led to psychological issues and he transferred it to his family and caused a separation between them,” a source said.

“Before then, he would lock himself inside his office and will not allow anybody to enter.

“Instead of them to seek help, they left him. The family members said it has been over a year they heard from him. They called him, sent messages and emails and he would not respond.”

Two FUTO students die during drug fuelled foursome sex romp

Tragedy struck at a hostel in Imo State, on Tuesday, as two undergraduates of the Federal University of Technology, Owerri, were found dead while allegedly engaged in sex romp with a female student of the institution.

The Police Public Relations Officer in the state, Orlando Ikeokwu, who confirmed the development to Punch on Wednesday, said the deceased students were suspected to have abused drugs during the sex romp.

The police spokesperson, gave the names of the dead victims as Ugochukwu Kingsley and one Richard, while the third victim, Aka Uche, 27, and the female victim, Onyinyechi Okafor, were receiving treatment in hospital.

He said the incident occurred at the Sunshine Lodge in Ihiagwa, near the FUTO campus.

According to him, the police personnel, who evacuated the corpses and took the two unconscious victims to hospital, recovered substances suspected to be Indian hemp and tramadol from the scene.

Ikeokwu stated, “On April 2, information was received from the caretaker of the Sunshine Lodge in Ihiagwa, Owerri, that the students of the Federal University of Technology, Owerri, Ugochukwu Kingsley, Richard and one Aka Uche were engaged in a sex romp with one Onyinyechi Okafor, also a student of the same university.

“Police detectives from the Nekede Division promptly mobilised to the scene and found the four victims completely naked and unconscious. The police operatives recovered substances suspected to be Indian hemp and tramadol from the scene.

“The victims were immediately conveyed to the police clinic and two of the victims, Kingsley and Richard, were certified dead by the medical doctor on duty.

“The corpses have been deposited in the morgue of the Federal Medical Centre, Owerri, for autopsy, while the female victim, whose condition is yet to be stabilised, and uche have been referred to the FMC, Owerri, for further medical attention.

“The families of the deceased have been contacted, while the conditions of the surviving victims are still being closely monitored.”

Ikeokwu said the state Commissioner of Police frowned on drug abuse and other illicit acts by youths, whose parents were working hard to ensure that their future was guaranteed.

When contacted, the Public Relations Officer, FUTO, Uche Nwelue, said the institution was still investigating to confirm if the victims were its students.

Nwelue stated, “We are still investigating to ascertain if truly they are students of FUTO. You know that the hostel where the incident occurred, is being occupied by students from different institutions.

“Apart from FUTO students, who live there, students of the Federal Polytechnic, Nekede, also live there. We have to conclude our investigation first before we can come up with an official position on the incident. But I have read about it online.”

Anambra politician commits suicide

A 22-year-old politician in Ihiala Local Government Area of Anambra State, Alex Chikwuezie has committed suicide.

Chukwuezie of Umuanasa kindred in Ubaekwem area of the community, it was gathered had complained to some people some days back that life was becoming miserable for him.

A family source who begged not to be named told our correspondent that the victim had been a youth leader in the community since he left school about two years ago.

He said, “The deceased until his death was known to be an active youth leader in the Umuezekwe political ward of Ihiala LGA. He complained to me before this incident that things were getting harder. I advised him that it would be well. I was surprised to hear that he had hanged himself on a mango tree behind their family compound”.

The deceased who was single and unemployed was said to have completed his Senior Secondary School certificate but had no job.

“He tried his hands on business shortly after he left school but the business flopped as soon as it was set up.

“Since that time, he had been in politics and risen to a youth leader in this area. He is a known politician in the area.

“His uncle died at the same age, some years back,” another source said.

It was gathered that the body of the deceased had been thrown into an evil forest according to the culture and tradition of the area.

The Anambra State Police Public Relations Officer in the state, Haruna Mohammed confirmed the incident.

Lagos CP visits Kolade Johnson’s family, says justice must prevail

The Lagos police on Tuesday paid a condolence visit to the family of  Kolade Johnson, a football fan, who was killed during a raid by the anti-cultism unit of the  command on Sunday.

The police spoke about the visit in a tweet on Tuesday.

The team was led by Zubairu Muazu, the state commissioner of police.

Kolade was hit by a stray bullet when men of the anti-cultism fired shots to disperse a crowd in the Mangoro area of Lagos.

Muazu condoling family members of the deceased

The police assured family of the deceased that those behind his death would be brought to book.

“Police Team led by Commissioner of Police, Lagos State, CP Zubairu Muazu, mni, today, paid condolence visit to the family of Kolade Johnson, reassures family that justice must prevail,” the police wrote.

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Following his death,  many Nigerians took to social media to express their reservations and angst,  calling for the disbandment of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS).

Bala Elkana, spokesman of the command, had said that the policemen involved in Johnson’s death had been arrested.

Taxi driver allegedly beats up Assistant Commissioner of Police

A 32-year-old taxi driver, Fred Johnson, who allegedly beat up an Assistant Commissioner of Police, on Tuesday appeared in a Wuse Zone II Chief Magistrates’ Court.

The Police charged Johnson, who lives in Angwuan Juli Mararaba Kam Bia Ligia, Nasarawa State, with mischief.

The prosecutor, Mr. Alaba Ajayi, told the court that the case was reported at the Wuse Police Station on March 23.

Ajayi alleged that the defendant drove dangerously and damaged a Samsung phone valued at N220,000 and an Infinix phone valued at N100,000 belonging to one Assistant Commissioner of Police serving in Abuja.

He said the offence contravened the provisions of Section 336 of the Penal Code.

After the charge was read to him, he pleaded not guilty.

Chief Magistrate Egbe Raphael admitted the defendant to bail in the sum of N50,000.

Raphael ordered the defendant to produce one surety, a civil or public servant on GL 07, who must live within Abuja.

He also ordered the surety to produce a letter of appointment, last promotion and identity card.

The magistrate adjourned the case until April 26 for hearing.


Offa Poly student commits suicide over misssing handout proceeds

The management and students of the Federal Polytechnic, Offa in Kwara State are in shock over the reported case of suicide by a student of the institution.

Our correspondent gathered that a National Diploma 1 student of the Civil Engineering Department, Ridwan Ajiboye, reportedly drank some quantity of insecticide and eventually died.

Ajiboye, who was the son of a traditional title holder in Iragbiji in the Boripe Local Government Area of Osun State, decided to end his life after he was allegedly embarrassed by one of his lecturers, who gave him some handouts to sell to his course mates.

The Public Relations Officer, Students Union Government of the polytechnic, Olayinka Owolabi, when contacted by our correspondent on the telephone on Saturday, confirmed the incident but said nobody knew why the deceased killed himself.

He said, “Some of his neighbours heard his cry and rushed to his room where they met him gasping for air. He was taken to hospital but he eventually died.

“They said he took poisonous substance but we do not know what he took and nobody can say why he took the substance.”

He said the remains of the student had since been buried at his hometown, stating that his parents said they were not interested in investigating the circumstances that surrounded his death.

Some days after Ajiboye’s death, another ND student of the Estate Management Department, Maryam Fasasi, reportedly attempted suicide.

Fasasi was also said to have drunk a popular insecticide, sniper, but she was rescued and revived at a hospital.

She was said to have been taken to hospital where she was treated and was discharged on Saturday.

A student of the school told our correspondent that Maryam misplaced N45,000 which was the proceeds from handouts given to her to sell by one of her lecturers and she attempted to kill herself because of this.

The Public Relations Officer of the polytechnic, Mr Olayinka Iroye, said he was aware of Ajiboye’s case, saying the management of the polytechnic took him to some hospitals “but he eventually died.”

He said nobody knew why he decided to take his life while stating that the deceased was a brilliant student as shown by his academic records.

He, however, said the management was not aware of the case of attempted suicide.

Two-year-old girl goes missing from MFM church during service

The family of two-year-old Esther Ojo is in distraught after she reportedly went missing during a Sunday service at a Mountain of Fire and Miracle Ministries’ church in Lagos.

It was gathered that the incident occurred at the Pen Cinema, Agege branch of the church.

PUNCH Metro reported that Esther had gone to use the toilet when she went missing.

Esther’s mother, Bola, said all efforts to find her had yielded no result.

She stated, “We went to the church together and I am one of the children’s teachers. As of 12.31pm, we were still together and I was cautioning her not to step on the child sleeping on the bed until someone called me and I left where she was.

“We were almost through with the second service and I was very busy because I was rounding off the programme. The other teachers told me that Esther said she wanted to urinate and a child of a church worker took her to the toilet. The girl was the one that used to help me with Esther  whenever I was busy and Esther was already used to her.

“The girl said she placed my daughter on the potty and left her there when somebody sent her on an errand to buy pure water. When she returned from the errand, I asked after my daughter and she said when she checked her in the toilet, she was not there. Ever since then, we have been looking for Esther.

“We first reported the case at the Pen Cinema Police Station, and we have also gone to the Area ‘G’ Command and the Force Criminal Investigation and Intelligence Department, Alagbon. They promised to radio other stations, but they later said they had not heard anything about her.”

However, a source close to the family alleged that the church was trying to cover up the matter as it had failed to bring the incident to the notice of the General Overseer, Dr Daniel Olukoya,

The source said, “We were in the church on Monday and Tuesday. We told the church to bring it to the notice of the GO so that efforts could be intensified to find her, but the church is trying to extricate itself from the incident despite the fact that the girl went missing on the church premises. Up till now, the GO has not been informed.

“We have been to the police station and we have also been to the Oba’s palace. We hope to find her soon.”

When the state Police Public Relations Officer, DSP Bala Elkana, was contacted, he said investigation into the matter was ongoing.

“We got the report and we have launched an investigation into the matter. We are making efforts to locate her whereabouts,” he stated.

School proprietress to pay N25m to pupil made blind by flogging

Justice Yetunde Idowu of the Lagos State High Court in Ikeja, on Wednesday, ordered the proprietress of Cendom International Nursery and Primary School, Olodi-Apapa, Uche Owen, to pay N25m as damages to a five-year-old pupil of the school, Destiny Kalu after he was flogged for owing the school fee.

Destiny, through his father, Inyima Kalu, had in 2013 sued Owen and his class teacher, Uduak Sam, for inflicting severe injuries on his right eye through flogging over the non-payment of his school fee.

According to his statement of claim, on June 20, 2011, Owen came to his classroom and flogged all the pupils who had yet to pay their school fees.

Destiny added that while being flogged, his right eye was covered in blood and he was left in tears for several hours unattended to.

PUNCH Metro learnt that Destiny was subsequently rushed to the Ajeromi General Hospital, Lagos, where he was treated and later referred to the Lagos University Teaching Hospital, Idi Araba.

It was gathered that the right eye was operated on without success at LUTH and the doctor’s report revealed that it was permanently damaged and could not perceive light as a result of severe damage.

Following the permanent injury sustained by Destiny, his father demanded N30m as compensation from the school.

However, in her statement to the police, Uduak admitted flogging the pupil on the instructions of Owen, while the proprietress denied being responsible for the injuries sustained by Destiny.

Delivering her judgment on Wednesday, Justice Idowu held the two defendants liable for the permanent injury sustained by the pupil and ordered the school owner to pay N25m to the victim as compensation.

N5.6m fraud: Court sentences native doctor to 97 years in prison

Justice Angela Otaluka of the FCT High Court  Apo, on Wednesday sentenced a 43-year-old native doctor, Clement Joseph to a total of 97 years in prison over N5.6 million fraud

Joseph, also known as “Dr Omale”, was arraigned  by Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) on a seven-count charge bordering on obtaining by false pretence.

Delivering judgment in the case, Justice Otaluka held that the prosecution had proved its case against the defendant and subsequently found him guilty as charged in all seven counts.

She, therefore, sentenced him to seven years on court one without any option of fine and sentenced him to 15 years each on Counts two  to  seven without any option of fine.

The judge, however, ordered that the sentence is to run concurrently, excluding the two years he had spent in prison custody before being convicted.

Also, Justice Otaluka ordered the convict to make a restitution of the sum of N5. 6 million to Mrs Bola Akinbola, the nominal complaint in the case.

In his allocutus before the sentence, counsel for the defendant, Johnbull Adara, urged the court to temper justice with mercy, adding that the court should take into account the fact that the convict has been in custody since August 5, 2016.

While pleading that the court should give minimum sentence to the convict, Adara urged the court to consider the fact that Clement is a first-time offender.


Police arrest housewife, 2 others for flogging, stripping woman naked in Anambra over alleged adultery

The Anambra State Police Command has arrested three principal suspects for conspiracy, blackmail, deprivation of liberty and assault occasioning harm to one Okafor Ogochukwu, who was mercilessly beaten up.

According to the state command diary signed by SP Haruna Mohammed, PPRO Anambra State Police Command, On the 21/3/2019 at about 2:40pm, one Okafor Ogochukwu ‘F’ of Osile Village Ogidi reported at Central Police Station Awka that on 19/03/2019 at about 11:36am, she was invited by her male facebook friend, one Ifeanyi Azota ‘m’ to his house at Ezimezi village in Amawbia.

“All of a sudden, a woman, who claimed to be his wife, named Azotani Toochukwu ‘f’ suddenly appeared into the house with her friend, one Ogochukwu Nwankwo ‘F’ and locked her inside the bathroom for almost four hours and left.

“The women later came back with two big canes and opened the bathroom,

“ Complainant further alleged that the principal suspect Azotani Toochuckwu called her on phone the following day and demanded for the sum of Sixty thousand Naira (#60,000) or they will post her nude video on the internet.

“However, while the Suspect’s friend one Ogochukwu Nwankwo stripped her naked and flogged her severally, the principal suspect was busy video taping the incident and thereafter pushed her out from the compound naked.

“Consequently, When the Complainant refused to pay the money as requested, the principal suspect Azotani Toochukwu actualised her threat and posted the naked video to the internet and since then the video went viral.

“Meanwhile, three suspects have been arrested and scene of the incident was visited by Police detectives attached to Central Police Station Awka.

According to the police, the case is currently under investigation after which suspects would be charged to Court for prosecution.

75-year-old woman held in Ogun prison over son’s alleged offence

Anxiety is mounting among neighbours and relations of an ailing 75-year-old woman, Elizabeth Otubambo, held in prison custody since last month.

Otubambo has been incarcerated at Ibara Prisons in Abeokuta over an alleged offence committed by her son.

Otumbabo has been held since February 15 for her inability to produce Destiny Otubambo, her only child, alleged to have jumped bail after his mother stood surety for him.

The septuagenarian, residing at Iyana Isashi community in Ojo, near Lagos, is said to be in deteriorating health, a condition that has reportedly taken a turn for the worse since her incarceration.

One of Otubambo’s neighbours, Mrs Bidemi Erinle, appealed to the Ogun State Government to intervene in the matter, to ensure that the old woman, a widow, does not die in prison.

“Holding a 75-year-old woman in prison custody for an offence committed by her son questions the humanity of the people who ordered her incarceration,’’ Erinle said.

She pleaded that Otubambo should be released immediately while the police searched for her son to answer questions for his offence.

Speaking on the development, the Public Relations Officer of the Ogun State Police Command, Mr Abimbola Oyeyemi, said that Elizabeth was being held on the orders of an Ogun State Magistrates’ Court.

He said that her son was arrested by the police, following complaints by the owner of Soultrag Hotel, Agbara in Ogun State over unpaid hotel bills.

The police spokesman said that Destiny had lodged in the hotel with his three friends for about a month, incurring a bill of about N1 million.

Oyeyemi disclosed that Destiny, who was held in prison custody after his arraignment was later granted bail after his aged mother stood surety for him.

He said that the court had ordered that the old woman should be held in prison custody until her son showed up to answer to the charges brought against him.

Lagos police arrest nurses for selling newborn for N350K

Lagos State Police Command has arrested two nurses working at Trinity Clinic, Meiran, Lagos, for allegedly selling a woman’s baby and deceiving her that she had a stillbirth.

It was gathered that the nurses, Mrs. Marbel Onochel and Dorcas Omitogun, allegedly sold the baby for N350,000 to Mrs. Helen Okoh, a resident of Ajah in Lagos.

The police have also arrested her.

The suspects were alleged to have told the baby’s parents that it died and they buried the stillborn to save the family the trauma.

Besides allegedly engaging in child theft and trafficking, it was learnt that Onochel, a Delta State indigene, also ran an illegal traditional hospital at Meiran.

Trouble, however, reportedly started after the woman’s family insisted that they wanted to see the body, but the suspects could provide it.

It was gathered that when the family insisted on seeing the body, the nurses claimed that the baby’s head was bad, prompting the family to report at the police station.

It was learnt that the suspects were arrested and during investigation, they confessed to have sold the baby to Mrs. Okoh.

It was gathered that Onochel kept N250,000 from the sale and gave Omitogun N100,000

During interrogation, the woman who bought the baby said she was desperate for a child because she was unable to conceive, as she had fibroid.

Confirming their arrest, police spokesman Bala Elkana, a Deputy Superintendent (DSP), said that the baby had been recovered from the buyer.

He said: “We have recovered the baby, arrested the woman who bought the baby and the two nurses who conspired and sold the baby. The suspects will be charged to court.”