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Female teacher defiled pupil – Witness

A police sergeant,  Raheemi Idowu, on Wednesday narrated before an Ikeja Domestic Violence and Sexual Offences Court how a 27-year-old female teacher allegedly defiled her four-year-old pupil.

The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the teacher, Violet Emu, who resides on Ogbene Chike Street, Isashi, Lagos, is facing a charge of sexual assault to a child, contrary to Section 261 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, 2015.
The police alleged that the defendant committed the offence while teaching in a school in Isashi.

Led in evidence by prosecution counsel, Abiodun Alagbe, the  sergeant attached to the Gender Unit of the Lagos State Police Command,  Ikeja, said that the police obtained  a voluntary statement from the defendant during an investigation.

The witness said: “On June 13, 2016, the defendant was transferred to my office with the case file from Isashi Police Station, Okokomaiko, Lagos.
“As soon as the case was transferred to me, a voluntary statement was recorded from the victim.
“The defendant was the class teacher of the victim; Emu defiled the minor after she returned from the toilet to defecate.

“The defendant gave her tissue to clean her anus. When the victim came back to the class, the defendant told her to open her legs that she wants to see her anus.

“According to the victim, she refused but her aunty (the defendant) opened her legs by force and put her fingers into her vagina. When the victim got home, she did not tell anybody, but her mother discovered what happened when she saw a blood stain in her pant.”

Idowu said that she visited the school during the investigation to make enquiries about the alleged assault from other teachers.
“I believe the victim knows what happened to her.

“I spoke to some teachers in the school and they told me they did not know anything about it.”

While being cross-examined by defence counsel, S. C. Omobaba, Idowu said that during her investigation, she did not read Emu’s statement obtained at the Isashi Police Station.

She, however, said that the victim told her that she was told by the defendant not to tell anyone about the alleged defilement.

Idowu said: “The victim told me that her aunty said she should not tell anybody; if she does, she will be beaten.”
Justice Sybil Nwaka adjourned the case until May 14 for continuation of trial.

BREAKING: Occupants trapped as yet another building collapses in Lagos

Occupants of a building in the Oke Arin part of Lagos Island are currently trapped following the collapse of a house at Egerton Square.

A resident said that the incident happened at around 3.30pm on Monday.

Eyewitness said the building located at No 57, Egerton square in Alakoro area, Lagos Island, collapsed just as Lagos State Building Control officials were demolishing a building beside it.

The affected building itself was earmarked for demolition.

It was gathered that many people are still trapped in the rubble as rescue mission by residents and sympathizers is underway.

This is coming after a school building collapsed at Itafaji area of Lagos Island on Wednesday, March 13th.

Over 20 residents including pupils of a Nursery/Primary School operating within the building lost their lives while tens of others were rushed to different hospitals on Lagos Island on Wednesday.

Man kills daughter for ritual, ex-wife alleges in court

A Lagos trader and mother of three, Rafiat Okunola, on Wednesday told an Ile-Tuntun Customary Court in Ibadan, that her ex-husband, Kasali Adeleke, allegedly killed her daughter for ritual.

President of the Court, Chief Henry Agbaje, had in 2016 dissolved the union between Rafiat and Adeleke on grounds of battery, attempted sale of child and lack of care.

The court in that judgment awarded custody of the three children to the husband because they were already grown-up and directed the wife to approach the court anytime she desired seeing the children.

Testifying in the Court, Rafiat, prayed the court to give her custody of the two children left with her ex-husband because she was scared that Adeleke might expose their lives to danger

“I was shocked when our first child informed me that their father, Adeleke buried his younger sister after she died in 2018.

“After our separation, I went to work in Lagos State and when I returned to Ibadan in December 2018, I went to visit my children.

‘My first child told me that his younger sister had died and had been buried by his father.

“Then, I asked my relatives who also live in Ibadan whether Adeleke carried them along concerning how the girl died or not.

“They informed me that they were not aware of anything.”

“I suspected that he may have used her for ritual,”Rofiat said .

Denying the allegation, the defendant, who is a trader dropped the bombshell that Rafiat was a child trafficker.

He prayed the court to dismiss Rafiat’s request to take custody of the remaining two children based on her insincerity and dubious character.

“My lord, there is nothing strange about the circumstances that led to our daughter’s death.

“When I was burying the girl, Rafiat’s mother, three sisters and a man married to one of the sisters were present.

“Before Rafiat and I separated, the girl had been nursing a leg injury which she also took care.

“The leg injury developed some complications and she was hospitalized, where she later died.

“Rafiat is infact responsible for the girl’s death through her misbehaviour which the daughter was unhappy about.

“One of the reasons why I called it quits with Rafiat then was due to her dubious character and the attempt she made at selling our last child.

“I was called from Ibadan while on a business trip to Abeokuta that Rafiat had concluded plans to sell our last child at a camp,” Adeleke stated.

The court’s president, however, requested them to provide more evidence to substantiate their arguments, asking them to bring along their family members.

He adjourned the case until April 4, for judgment.

Govt will demolish buildings that fail integrity test —Ambode

The Governor of Lagos State, Akinwunmi Ambode, on Wednesday, said that buildings within the vicinity of the collapsed building at Ita-Faji, on Lagos Island, would be subjected to integrity tests.

Ambode said this as he visited the scene of the collapsed three-storey building, which housed a primary school.

He said that if any of the buildings failed the integrity test, it would be demolished.

“This area and building here will be undergoing an integrity test. As you can see some of the buildings have been marked for demolition

“We have been receiving pleas from house owners from the area. Notwithstanding, we will go ahead with the integrity test and any building that fails the integrity test will be demolished.

“But the most important thing now is to save more lives before we talk about dealing with the culprit.”

School building collapse: Residents demand ban on multi-storey buildings

Some residents of Ita-faji have appealed to the Lagos State government to stop developers from constructing houses beyond three storeys.

The residents who spoke with our correspondent lament the high number of lives that have been lost to the collapse of such buildings in the past.

They also appealed to the government to stop churches and school owners in the area from using high-rise buildings as their base for operations

They also alleged that the collapsed building had been marked for demolition but government officials failed to carry out the demolition because the owner bribed them.

“The building has been marked for demolition, but the government officials always take a bribe. The building has been giving signs of weakness but whenever government officials come, the owner always bribes them.

“The owners always boast they have people in government that they can bribe to overlook the proposed demolition of the building” one of the residents allege

Court to determine housewife’s fate after setting journalist husband ablaze

Amina Dauda, a housewife accused of killing her husband, Mohammed Matazu, a former reporter with the Federal Radio Corporation of Nigeria (FRCN), Kaduna, by setting him ablaze, to know her fate on May 30.

Dauda, 28, was arraigned before Justice Hussein Baba-Yusuf, on May 22, 2013, on three counts bordering on culpable homicide, punishable with death.

Justice Baba-Yusuf , fixed the date after adoption of written addresses by Mr Abubakar Musa, prosecuting counsel and defendant counsel, Mr Charles Yoila.

Musa had urged the court to go ahead and convict the defendant, adding that the five witnesses brought by the prosecution produced evidence that pointed at the defendant’s commission of the offence.

“The act of fighting which the defendant engaged in that led to the commission of the offence was unlawful” he said.

Responding, Yoila urged the court to discharge the defendant of the allegation against her.

NAN reports that the prosecutor alleged that Dauda, set sprayed Matazu with petrol in their residence at Gwarinpa, Abuja, on February 7, 2013.

NAN reports that on April 8, 2014 during trial, a prosecution witness, Usman Idoko,  the court that the late journalist, was taken to three hospitals before he died from injuries sustained from fire set to him by his wife.

Idoko said the deceased, also a legislative aide to Sen. Mohammed Ibrahim (PDP-Kaduna), was taken to the hospitals by neighbours who were at the crime scene.

Idoko said Matazu was also moved to the National Hospital Abuja, where he was referred to the ABU Teaching Hospital Zaria, Kaduna State.

“My lord, on Feb. 21, 2013, I received news that Matazu had passed on through a letter signed by Sen. Ibrahim. The senator also sent us the death certificate of the late Matazu,’’ he said.

After the death of the victim, Idoko said that the accused was arrested and kept at the State Criminal Investigation Department headquarters, Abuja, for further investigation, where he took her statement and read her rights.

After his testimony, the prosecution counsel, Mr Sunday Adewumi, prayed the court for an adjournment for other witnesses to appear in court.

He said the offence  violated the provisions of Section 221 of the Penal Code.

Man alledgely kills lover in Ogun over N530,000

 

The Ogun police command said it had arrested a 47-year -old man, Kazeem Adebayo, who allegedly murdered and buried his 30-year-old lover, Abosede Adesanya, over N530,000.

Mr Abimbola Oyeyemi, the State Police Public Relations Officer, disclosed this in a statement made available to newsmen in Abeokuta on Friday.

Oyeyemi said that the suspect, who resides in Ijebu-Igbo area of the state, was arrested following a complaint by the mother of the deceased, Amoke Onasanya.

He said that the mother had lodged a complaint at Ijebu-Igbo divisional headquarters on Jan. 25, that her daughter received a call from her man friend on Jan. 24, who said that he had gotten a plot of land for her to buy for her mother.

According to the police spokesperson, the mother said her daughter left home with the sum of N530,000.

“She stated further that hours after she left home, her cell phone was switched off and she has not been reached since then. “Upon the report, the said man friend, Kazeem Adabayo, was invited by the police at Ijebu-Igbo division, but he denied knowing the where about of the deceased.

“This prompted the Commissioner of Police, Ahmed Iliyasu, to order the Deputy Commissioner of Police in charge of State Criminal Investigation and Intelligence Department, Dcp Wale Abbas , to take over the investigation, with the view of discovering the mystery behind the sudden disappearance of the victim .

“The victim was a mother of five. “The technical investigation embarked upon by the detectives from SCIID, led to the discovery of a shallow grave right inside the suspect’s house. “When the grave was dug, the decomposing body of the victim was discovered. “It was at this point that the suspect confessed killing the deceased and took possession of the N530,000 on her.

“He also confessed that he has used N30,000 out of the money he took from the deceased, to settle an outstanding debt, while the remaining N500,000 is being kept with one of his friends,” Oyeyemi said.

Meanwhile, the police spokesman explained that the Corpse of the deceased had been deposited at a General Hospital morgue for post mortem. He said that the state commissioner of police had directed the SCIID to expedite action into the investigation, in order to arraign the suspect before a court of competent jurisdiction as soon as possible.(NAN)

Landlord steals tenant’s jewellery, cash in Abeokuta

A 35-year-old landlord, Sunday Sorinola, has appeared before an Abeokuta Magistrates’ Court for allegedly stealing jewellery worth N1.8 million and cash amount of his tenant.

The accused, who resides near Coppers Bus Stop, Adigbe, Mango area, Abeokuta, and was docked on Friday is facing a count charge of stealing.

The Prosecutor, Insp. Mattew Famuyiwa, told the court that the Soriola committed the offence on Oct. 11, 2018, at about 8.15p.m at Adigbe area in Abeokuta.

Famuyiwa said that the accused broke into the room of the complainant, his tenant, and stole gold jewellery worth N1.8 million and cash amount of N562, 850.

According to the prosecutor, the complainant left her apartment to purchase recharge card for her mobile phone.

“Before she returned the accused had broke into her room and stole the items,” the prosecutor said.

He said that after the incident, the complainant reported the matter at Adigbe Police Station after which the accused was apprehended.

The prosecutor said that the offence contravened Section 390(9) of the Criminal Code Laws of Ogun, 2006.

The accused, however, pleaded not guilty to the charge against him.

The Magistrate, Mr Olalekan Oke, granted the accused bail of N600,000 with two sureties in like sum.

Oke said that one of the sureties must own a landed property and must be gainfully employed, and reside within the court’ s jurisdiction.

The prosecutor said that the sureties must also show evidence of tax payment to the Ogun Government.

He, however, adjourned the case until Feb.5 for hearing.

Hotel workers kill London returnee-owner, manager in Lagos

The owner of Etashol Hotel and Suites, located on Budland Street in the Ojodu Berger area of Lagos State, Mrs Abimbola Olusola, and the manager, Tunji Omikunle, have been murdered.

PUNCH Metro reports that the deceased were drugged, tied up and strangled by a gang that included some workers at the hotel.

Olusola, who had lived in London, the United Kingdom, for 35 years, was said to have returned to Nigeria recently and opened the hotel for business in March 2018.

Our correspondent learnt that the 56-year-old had issues with some of the workers, who allegedly defrauded the hotel of millions of naira.

Two of the workers were reportedly sacked after the police were invited to look into the matter.

Last week Thursday, a gang said to have consisted some of the sacked workers and some still in the employment of the hotel, allegedly conspired among themselves and drugged Olusola and Tunji.

They allegedly deactivated the Closed Circuit Television cameras on the premises, dragged the manager into a toilet, where his hands and feet were tied.

Our correspondent learnt that Tunji was strangled, after which the suspects proceeded to Olusola’s room and strangled her too.

Relatives of the deceased told our correspondent that the suspects fled the hotel, as family members met the lifeless bodies of the victims in the hotel.

The case was reported at the Ojodu Abiodun Police Station.

A family member of the late businesswoman, who asked not to be named, said Olusola was planning to lease out the hotel and return to London when tragedy struck.

She said, “The incident happened on Thursday night cum Friday morning. I was called that my sister had been murdered by the boys working for her in the hotel.

From what I learnt, the manager had dragged one of them, called Light, to a police station for involvement in fraud in the hotel. There were also cases of stealing involving these guys. Two of them were sacked.

“On Thursday night, the men tied Tunji’s hands and feet and strangled him. I think it was after they had killed Tunji that they got access to the card that opens my sister’s room. They went to her bed, tied her up and strangled her.”

It was learnt that the woman’s 12-year-old son, who was to go to school on Friday morning, was the first to discover the mother’s corpse.

Around 7am when the school bus came to pick him, a vigilante member, who had tried unsuccessfully to reach the deceased businesswoman on the telephone, insisted on knowing her whereabouts from the son.

The boy was said to have found her dead on the bed in her room.

The family member added, “The child sleeps in a room in the hotel. Tunji used to wake him up and prepare him for school. But when the boy did not see the manager that morning and his school bus had arrived, he quickly got himself ready and ran out.

“However, a vigilante member, who had suspected that something was amiss after noticing some of the workers’ movements the previous night, waited at the hotel’s gate. The man had called both Tunji and the woman on their phones without getting any response.

“When the boy was hurrying to school that morning, the man said he should go and call the manager. The boy went inside and returned, saying he could not find the manager. He was hurrying to get into the school bus when the man said he should go and call his mother.

“He went to her room and raised the alarm after discovering her corpse.”

Our correspondent learnt that Olusola, who hailed from Ijebu-Ode, Ogun State, had separated from her husband.

Tunji’s uncle, Chief Tunde Omikunle, said the deceased was survived by his wife and twin children.

Tunde said, “He grew up with me before learning fashion designing. And when he was done, the family got a shop for him; he even had apprentices until last year when he said he had been employed as a manager in the hotel.

“His wife, a graduate, had just been delivered of a set of twins. She stays in Ibadan. In fact, he wanted to go to meet his family in Ibadan when his boss asked him to wait. It was that night that he and the boss were killed.

“From what we know, two of the sacked workers conspired with those still there to carry out the act. They drugged him and took him to a toilet, where he was strangled. Although they destroyed the CCTV in the hotel in order to cover their tracks, we still got to know that they were responsible for the killings.”

The case had been transferred to the State Criminal Investigation and Intelligence Department, Yaba, where one of the workers was being interrogated.

A source said the police had recovered the ropes used to commit the crime.

“There was no stab wound or anything on the corpses. The victims were strangled. We recovered the ropes used to commit the crime,” the source said.

The state Police Public Relations Officer, CSP Chike Oti, confirmed the incident, adding that investigation was ongoing.

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How suspected serial rapist attacked UNILAG students, by witnesses

Three staff of the University of Lagos (UNILAG), on Monday, told an Ikeja Sexual Offences and Domestic Violence Court  how an alleged rapist, John Otema, attacked students on campus.

Otema, a UNILAG alumnus,  is facing a three-count charge of rape and assault occasioning harm before the court.

He, however, denied committing the offences which contravene Sections 173 and 260(1)(2) of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, 2015.

The UNILAG staff, who testified during Monday’s proceedings, include  Mr Ayodeji Ajayi, a member of the Crime Section, UNILAG Security Unit, who is also the Investigating Security Officer in the case.

The others are Dr Adedoyin Solola from the University of Lagos Medical School and Dr Aishat Bello of the UNILAG Medical Centre.

Ajayi, who gave evidence-in-chief on December 11, 2018, was cross-examined by Mr Fred Onyeka, Otema’s defence counsel, during Monday’s proceedings.

Ajayi, while being led in evidence on December 11, 2018, by the state prosecutor, Mrs K. A Momoh-Ayokambi, narrated how the first complainant, (name withheld) told him how she was allegedly raped by the accused.

“On Wednesday January 17, 2018,  while coming from her hostel to Moremi Hall, an unknown man parked his car and asked for directions to Moremi Hall; he compelled her to enter the car.

“The unknown man drove her to the Distant Learning Institute area where he assaulted her by punching her face several times; he bit her back and ordered her to remove her clothes.

“He took her nude photos and had carnal knowledge of her twice without a condom. The defendant deflowered her that day, he asked her to bring a handkerchief which she used to clean her private part.

“He collected the handkerchief, took her pant and bra and took her to a dumpsite. He ordered her to leave his car and told her to count from one to 50 and he drove off,” he quoted the student as narrating.

Ajayi also testified on December 11, 2018, that another  student (name withheld) had on February 1, 2018, lodged a complaint at the UNILAG Security Post that the accused raped her twice at 11.30 p.m. on January 31, 2018 in his apartment at Bariga, Lagos.

He said  that the accused was apprehended when the second student saw him outside New Hall (a hostel in UNILAG) and alerted the university Security Section.

While being cross-examined on Monday by Onyeka, Ajayi denied assaulting Otema when he was apprehended by the security team of the university.

“I never poured water on the defendant; I did not tell the defendant to kneel before his car.

“I did not run a scan of the car’s plate number to determine whether it belonged to the defendant, as we do not have such gadget in our security unit.

“The last time I saw that car was when I went to the Adeniji Adele Police Station,” Ajayi said.

The witness told the court that though UNILAG Security did not have jurisdiction outside the campus,  the security team would be involved investigating cases of students’ assault.

In her evidence, Solola, who has been a staff of the UNILAG Medical School for 12 years, explained her findings when she medically examined the first student.

“On examination, she had a swollen face, black eyes, and scratches on her neck and a visible bite mark on her upper back. She also had bruises on her arms.

“I asked her if she would do a vaginal exam and she consented. She had a small laceration on the posterior aspect of the vagina; there was remnant of hymen seen and some clotted blood but she was not bleeding as at that time.

“We sent her for post exposure propolatis and post coital exposure and we also gave her an anti-tetanus injection, and the scratches and bite mark were healed,” she said.

Momoh-Ayokambi, the Prosecutor, sought to tender a Certified True Copy (CTC) of the medical report but Onyeka objected on the grounds that it was not served on him as part of the proof of evidence.

Justice Sururat Soladoye upheld the rejection of the report on the grounds that it was not served on the defence counsel.

While being cross-examined by Onyeka, Solola said she had no physical contact with the accused while she conducted her investigation.

“During the examination, I only asked the victim who perpetuated the act, and she said it was someone who was in a car, who had asked for directions,” Solola said.

Testifying, Dr Bello, a staff of the UNILAG Medical Centre, narrated  her findings when she examined the second Student.

“A young lady came in at 2.30p.m. on February 1, 2018.  She complained that she was sexually assaulted; she said she visited a male friend (the defendant) and was sexually assaulted.

“On examination, I saw a sad looking lady, areas of redness around both eyes and there was a bruise at the left part of her neck. On examination of the vagina, there was tenderness around the vulva.

“There was a cut around the opening of the vagina and a whitish discharge from the vagina.

“An assessment of sexual assault was made based on the examination, and we further sent the patient for some investigation such as HIV, Hepatitis B and a pregnancy test which came out negative.

“There was a documentation done in the hospital in her case file; a report was made to the security unit at Unilag,” she said.

While being cross-examined by Onyeka, Bello also said she had no contact with the accused during her investigation.

The judge adjourned the case until February 18, for continuation of trial.

Tamara and I had more than 10 sex tapes, Pastor Omatsola claims

Lekki pastor, Apostle Chris Omatsola, who was in a viral sex video last year with Princess Tamaratokoni Okpewho, has revealed that there are more sex videos, than the one posted online.

In a lengthy post on his blog, Zionweath News, Omatsola revealed that he and Okpewho had more than 10 sex videos on their phones, as she enjoyed filming their intimate moments.

He said, “Princess and I had more than 10 sex tapes of ourselves on our phones as she enjoyed filming sex.

“Honestly, the sex-tapes were recorded sometimes in October 2017. She was holding the camera in some and I held the camera in others. We were both aware but we never knew it would go viral.”

Speaking about when their relationship soured, he said, “I had deleted all our sex videos on my phone and she was aware and insisted she deletes hers.”

Omatsola also shared details of how he met Okpewho, he said, “I met Princess Tamaratokoni Okpewho aka Toks David in September 2017, just before the Lekki Toll Gate after Quilox nightclub around 4:40am. I was returning from a vigil in Adetokunbo Ademola, Victoria Island, that fateful day. She flagged down my car on the lonely road. She appeared drunk. Because it was dark and I thought it could be dangerous, I stopped and picked her.

“When we got to my house that night, she slept on the couch in the sitting room, while I slept in the bedroom.”

Last November, Omatsola, and his former lover, Tamaratokoni Okpe, had clashed over their sex video that leaked on the internet.

While Okpewho accused Omatsola of releasing the video to force her into marriage with him, the cleric told PUNCH Metro that the video was leaked to blackmail him.

BRT passenger jumps to his death on Lagos-Abeokuta Expressway

The Ifo Command of the Federal Road Safety Corps said that a middle-aged man died while jumping down from a Marcopolo BRT bus at Casso axis, on Abeokuta/Lagos Expressway on Wednesday.

The Agbado Unit Commander of FRSC, Mr. Joshua Ibitomi, who confirmed the incident to the News Agency of Nigeria in Ota, said that the accident happened around 5.40 p.m.

Ibitomi explained that the victim boarded the BRT bus from Oshodi and missed his steps in the process of jumping down from the vehicle at Casso Bus Stop.

“The man died instantly because he hit his head on the road.

“His corpse has been taken to an undisclosed hospital because residents of the area are harassing and destroying property of motorists plying the road,” Ibitomi said.

He also said that there was no ID card or any such document on the deceased to identify him.

The unit commander said the FRSC was unable to get the registration number of the BRT vehicle because the driver had driven off before its officers got to the scene of the accident.

He, however, said that the FRSC, Police and LASTMA were on ground to control traffic and restore peace to the area.

Ibitomi also advised the people to desist from taking laws into their hands.

(NAN)

Teacher caught defiling 5-year-old girl

A 43-year-old Islamic studies teacher Abdulsalam Salaudeen has been arrested by the police for defiling a five-year-old girl.

Salaudeen, who lives 16, Awoyemi Street on Igando Road, Ikotun Lagos, was recorded on video while engaging in the act.

The suspected pedophile was allegedly engaged to teach the girl Islamic studies.

A Good Samaritan last Friday took the video evidence to the headquarters of the Lagos State Police Command.

After watching the heart-rending video, Commissioner of Police (CP) Imohimi Edgal, directed the command’s undercover operatives attached to the State Intelligence Bureau to immediately arrest the culprit and hand him over to the Gender Section for detailed investigation.

The operatives went in search of Salaudeen and arrested him near a mosque in Igando, a suburb of Lagos.

A statement by police spokesman Chike Oti, a Chief Superintendent (CSP), said Salaudeen was taken to the Gender Unit, where the Officer-in-Charge, Abimbola Williams, an Assistant Superintendent of Police (ASP) confronted him with the video of him defiling the child by penetrating her anus and private parts.

“On seeing himself captured like an actor in a movie, the suspect broke down in tears and owned up to the crime,” Oti said.

The case, he added, will be charged to court as soon as the investigation is concluded.

Oti said: “The CP, while commending the courageous act of the good Nigerian, warned parents and guardians to keep constant watch over their children and wards.

“Nobody should be trusted. Be friends with your children and let them be free to share things with you.

“Do not cover up any crime, no matter who is involved. Raise the alarm on child molesters in your neighbourhood so they can face the law and other nursing such thoughts can be deterred.”

Father poisons his 3 children with sniper in Bayelsa

Mr Aminu Saleh, Commissioner of Police in Bayelsa, says that a father of three, Mr Samuel Sunday, has been arrested for allegedly poisoning his three children with sniper.

The police commissioner told newsmen at the crime scene in Bayelsa that two of the children died after drinking sniper while the third one survived.

The surviving son told newsmen that their father and his brother gave them the sniper to drink.

“Our father and his brother tied three of us and gave us sniper to drink.

“I was told that my brothers are dead, and that I am the only one that survived,” the boy said in tears on his hospital bed.

He said that suspect and his brother, Aya Preye, were being charged for the murder of the two children.

He identified the deceased boys as Miracle (12) and God’s time (10).

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) gathered that Sunday and his wife had divorced but the three children were living with their grandmother before the incident occurred.

The police commissioner said that the suspect had alleged that his sons were wizards who were responsible for his sickness.

Dr Moses Emeka of Hillem Medical Centre, who attended to the only survivor, said the boy was brought to the hospital unconscious by an NDLEA official.

The doctor confirmed that the survivor was responding to treatment and would soon recover.

How fear of ‘Yahoo boys’ has forced women in Delta campuses to stop wearing pants

For some time, there have been reports that some ritualists, also known as ‘Yahoo boys’, have been stealing female underwear, sometimes at gunpoint, particularly around campuses of tertiary institutions in Delta State. Although the veracity of the claims that such stolen undies are used for ritual purposes has not been established, such reports have instilled fear into the hearts of ladies living in such areas, resulting in fear and panic.

And in the ensuing panic, our correspondent observed that many ladies in the affected areas in Delta have been devising ways to safeguard themselves against danger.

It was learnt that the underwear of girls and women, particularly of ages between 14 and 35, are allegedly considered as ‘hot cakes’ for use by the ritualists.

Used pants, according to some students at Asaba campus of the Delta State University, sells for as much as N350,000, with some adding that the price can be higher if it is confirmed to have body fluids.

At the campus, it was learnt that one of the measures being used by female students to protect themselves is to go out without wearing pants.

For instance, a student of the school, who lives outside the school campus and who only identified herself as Esther, said three of her friends had started employing the strategy of going out without wearing pants.

“We hear that the pants those ritualists or ‘Yahoo boys’ steal are being used for money ritual. After they finish performing some rituals on the pants, the owners will start bleeding or vomiting blood. Since the news got to us, three of my friends have stopped wearing pants. I have stopped going out at night, even for something as important as going to the campus to study at night. Although, I heard that these evil people also operate during the day, I believe it is more dangerous at night.

“We heard that last week, on Anwai Road, at around 8pm, two men forcibly collected a young lady’s pants. As I speak to you, we have not seen the lady since then to know the effect it will have on her. Though, unlike my friends who have stopped wearing pants, I still do, but we have been advised to stop hanging our pants on washing lines outside.

A 22-year-old female student of the Federal College of Education (Technical), Asaba, who simply identified herself as Sandra, described the alleged theft of female underpants as evil brought for Asaba by ‘Yahoo boys’.

Confirming that some ladies no longer wear pants in some parts of the state, especially in Abraka, Asaba, fear of having them stolen by ritualists, Sandra said she was told that some pants could be sold for as much as N500,000 each.

Sandra, who said she had stopped wearing pants outside, said, “I am telling you the truth; in Delta State now, especially Asaba, there is fear because the way these ‘Yahoo boys’ or ‘Yahoo Plus boys’ are looking for female pants is crazy. Some even collect ladies’ pants at gunpoint.

“I have stopped wearing pants whenever I am going out, and that goes for some of my friends too to prevent ourselves from being victims of these evil people. When they collect someone’s pants, it is the end for that person. It happened to one lady in Umuagwu quarters of Asaba. Her family has taken her to church for healing because she has been behaving abnormally. I have also stopped going out with people I don’t know their background, especially those with flashy cars.”

Another student, who insisted that the problem was really serious but spoke on condition of anonymity, said, she knew a lady who fell ill after losing her pants.

“I know one Jenifer who fell into the hands of these evil boys in Asaba. On Friday, December 14, 2018, she fell very ill. The management of a hotel in Umugwu, where she had gone to meet someone, quickly reported the case to the police and they were advised to take her to a traditional healing home.

“When contacted on the telephone, the man identified as the culprit, said the lady was still alive, but since then, his line had not been reachable,” she said.

Our correspondent met a female hairdresser, who claimed that the victim was her customer and that she had visited her at the place where she was being treated. She said the lady was looking very ill and that it didn’t look like she would survive. But as she was talking to Saturday PUNCH, another lady joined the conversation, saying the lady in question had died.

Saturday PUNCH also learnt that in Abraka, Ughelli, Ozoro and Warri, some ladies have resulted to sprinkling their pants with oil that had allegedly been blessed by preachers.

According to Efe, a young lady in her late 20s, she no longer hangs her underwear on the washing line outside her flat or leaves the diapers used by her baby lying around.

“Some women sprinkle their pants with ‘anointed oil’. Some of us have stopped hanging our pants on washing lines outside. If you come to my compound, you won’t see any underwear hanging outside like it used to be and it is because we are afraid of ritualists.

“Since we heard the news, we have been hanging our pants in our bathrooms; whether they get dry or not is not a big issue. We sometimes iron our underwear to get them dry. We are also mindful of what our visitors could do so we take precautions. We understand that these ‘boys’ have agents who sneak into houses to steal pants and brassieres.

“Although, I haven’t seen anyone who is a victim of this problem, I have heard about some cases. Even my female neighbours told me that they had stopped wearing pants since there were reports about some guys stealing underwear at gunpoint. It’s better not to wear pants than to die prematurely,” she said.

When asked if not wearing pants could increase the incidence of rape, Efe said “yes,” adding that “we don’t have any other option and even men will not know that a lady is not wearing pants except they are told or they are really close to the woman.”

In Ogwushi-Uku Polytechnic in Aniocha North Local Government Area of the state, it was learnt that female students had adopted a strategy of going to their boyfriends’ places without their undies.

This was disclosed by a student in National Diploma Two, who identified herself as Cynthia.

“Most ladies have stopped leaving their pants in their boyfriend’s house or wearing pants there. In my own case, I trust my man and believe he will not do anything to hurt me. He is from a good background and not a greedy person who would want to make quick money through rituals.  But I know that many ladies on this campus now visit their boyfriends without putting on underwear. For instance, my friend, Chida, has stopped wearing pants,” Cynthia said.

When asked if some were avoiding having boyfriends as a move to be more cautious, Cynthia said, “We are just trying our luck to see if the friendship we develop now will lead to marriage. Before now, whenever you visited your boyfriend and had to sleep over, you would take some spare underwear along, but that no longer happens.

“Also, we avoid lonely routes, during the day and at night because of the sad reports that get to us. We heard that some people now go about in flashy cars, looking for ladies on lonely roads whom they would point their gun at and ask them to bring their pants or be shot dead.

“Many ladies have stopped going out after 6:30 pm; we would rather stay in our hostels.”

Our correspondent also ran into five young ladies discussing how ritualists had also allegedly reviewed their strategy by forcing ladies to wear new pants and then taking them back.

“We don’t know what to do again; most of us have stopped wearing pants but these ‘Yahoo tboys’ have also adopted another method. They go about with new pants and when they meet ladies that do not have pants on, they will give them pants to wear and collect them back, at gunpoint. Women should also look for what they will use men’s boxers to do. May God protect women in these evil days,” one of the ladies said.

Meanwhile, a man was reportedly apprehended recently while allegedly attempting to steal some female underwear. The suspect was reportedly caught by local vigilantes in Agbarha-Ughelli area of the state after he allegedly stole a bra and was looking for pants to steal.

When he was quizzed by security operatives, the suspect allegedly confessed that a man whom he had asked to show him how to make money told him to go and get female pants and bras before he would assist him.

He allegedly said he was to meet with the unknown man at a popular hotel in Ughelli area after getting the underwear.

Also, on Sunday, December 2, 2018, five ladies were said to have encountered some ritualists at Oha Junction, close to Osubi along Abraka Road, who ordered them at gunpoint to bring their pants.

Saturday PUNCH also learnt that some churches had started advocacy to advise their female members to be mindful of where they keep their pants.

A female Sunday school teacher, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said, “We have seen it as our responsibility to teach our ladies, especially teenagers, ways to avoid being victims of this ugly practice that we experience in Delta State.

“As a teacher in my church, I have told female members of my church to be suspicious of their friends and even brothers. They should not leave their pants lying around anywhere. If possible, they should hide them in their bags and they should not collect pants as gifts from friends. We used to hear ‘your money or your life’ but today, it has become a case of ‘your pants or your life.”

She further advised young ladies to be wary of hanging their pants on washing lines outside and to be smart enough to resist being deceived by men in flashy cars, saying “all that glitters is not gold.”

Meanwhile, Mr Charles Aniagwu, the Chief Press Secretary to Okowa, said the governor had ordered a crackdown on all ‘Yahoo boys’, ritualists and all those involved in the unexplainable and sudden wealth acquired by some people in the state.

He expressed concern over the increasing and disturbing activities of suspected ritual killers and criminally minded individuals, whom he said were becoming more conspicuous because of their flamboyant lifestyles.

“The governor has ordered the police commissioner to go after these ‘Yahoo boys’ that are causing fear, unrest and panic in the state,” he said.

The Police Public Relations Officer, Delta  State Command, DSP Andrew Aniamaka, who confirmed the development, said the case of a young woman – Ezino – who had a ‘strange’ ailment had brought the attention of the police command to the activities of ritualists in the state.

He said that the young woman reported to the Police A Division station and complained that maggots were coming out of her body after and that she was referred to the Federal Medical Centre, Asaba, to ascertain the cause.

“From the FMC, the lady was taken to a traditional healing home by her family, but we have not heard from her since then,” he said.

On whether the suspect was arrested, Aniamaka said, “What offence shall we arrest him for? The boyfriend said he only slept with her and that he did not rape her. For maggots to be coming out of her private parts is not known to the law.”

Aniamaka said no arrest connected to the alleged stealing of female underwear had been made so far, but he urged members of the public to always give timely information to the police to help prevent.

He urged ladies to be security conscious at all times, assuring that the command was ready to decisively deal with crime in the state.

Mrs Benedicta Osakunih-Izuegbu, Senior Special Assistant to Governor Ifeanyi Okowa on Girl Child Development, had said that the current wave of criminalities, frauds and ritual-related crimes, should be fought through advocacy.

“We have to fight this crime in three ways; one is through advocacy to enable the perpetrators, particularly the youth to change their mindset. Again, parents and guardians must ask questions and query all wealth got illegally by their children and wards. The traditional institution and government should also come up with policies and programmes to tackle the crime.” she had said.

The fear of ritualists is currently rife in the state with some women appealing to government at all levels to rise to the challenge and punish anyone found to be involved in crime.

The PUNCH 

34-year-old woman hacks mother to death in Enugu

Enugu State Police Command has commenced investigation into the alleged murder of a 58-year-old woman by her daughter.

The Command’s spokesman, SP Ebere Amaraizu, said that the 34-year-old woman allegedly hacked her mother to death last Sunday, following a dispute.
Amaraizu said that the incident took place in Ifitte village in Mmaku community of Awgu Local Government Area of the state.

According to him, police operatives are yet to establish issue or issues leading to the unfortunate incident.

“It was gathered that the alleged tragic incident occurred on that fateful day when the daughter of the deceased, identified as Martina Anukwu, about 34 years, inflicted several matchete cut injuries all over the body of the mother, identified as Scholistica Anukwu, about 58 years.

“It was also gathered that following the matchete cuts, the victim became unconscious and was later confirmed dead,’’ the police spokesman said in a statement.

He said that the suspect had been helping police operatives in their investigations, while the corpse of the deceased had been deposited at Eagle Morgue.

He noted that the sad incident had thrown the entire quiet Mmaku community into mourning mood.

Security guard, steals judge’s cellphone in court

An Ilorin Chief Magistrates’ Court on Tuesday, ordered that two men, Samson John and Ayodele Oluwagbemiga, be remanded in Federal Prison yard for allegedly stealing of a cellphone belonging to a High Court Judge.

Chief Magistrate Ibijoke Olawoyin, gave the order, after the accused persons were charged with four counts of criminal conspiracy, trespass, house breaking, and theft.

Olawoyin adjourned the case until Dec. 20, for further mention.

Earlier, the Prosecutor, Insp Alhassan Jibrin told the court that on Nov. 22, one Sgt. Usman Olayinka attached to High Court Judge in Basin area, Ilorin, reported the case at the Area Command office of the police in Ilorin.

Jibrin said that the complainant, alleged that the accused who is a security guard in the judge’s house, and one other, broke into the judge’s house and stole one Samsung Galaxy phone, valued at N300,000, some jewelries valued yet unknown and the sum of N10,000.

The prosecutor said that the police followed the accused to his home town in Otupa, Benue and arrested him for interrogation.

Jibrin said that during police investigation, the accused  confessed in his statement that he used the security room toilet key to open the main door and gained entrance into the judge’s room, and stole the items.

He said that the accused also confessed to have sold the Samsung Galaxy phone for N10,000 to one Micheal at Asoka village, Benue, who is now at-large, and sold the jewelries at the rate of N7,000 to the second accused person at Fakeye street, Basin, Ilorin.

The prosecutor said that the offence contravened the provisions of sections 97, 348, 288 and 317 of the penal code law.

The accused persons pleaded not guilty to the offence.

Teacher defiles eight year old in Rivers

 senior Magistrates’ court in Port Harcourt, Rivers State, has ordered for the remand in Prison Custody of a 32-year-old school teacher, Major A. Darima for allegedly defiling  an eight-year-old child in school.

Darima, a married man, allegedly invited his victim into his apartment, apparently teachers quarters in  Ojims College premises in Rumuji, Emohua Local Government Area of the state, where he allegedly used his finger on the toddler, causing her injuries.

He was alleged to have carried out his plan on October 11, shortly after official  school hours by 3 in the afternoon.

Prosecutor Godwin Nwinam said the offence contravened section 218 of the Criminal Code Cap 37 Vol. II Laws of Rivers State of Nigeria 1999.

The Suspect pleaded not guilty to the single-count charge.

His lawyer, simply identified himself as Mr. Oroke applied for his bail but the court presided over by Magistrate Gomba Osaro denied him bail.

She ordered that the suspect be remanded in prison custody and his case file forwarded to the Directorate of Public Prosecution (DPP) for legal advice.

She adjourned the matter till November 29 2018,  for DPP’s advice

65-year-old man dies during sex with lover in Anambra hotel

A 65-year-old man, Obi Nwoda, was reported dead in the early hours of Sunday in a hotel in Awka, the Anambra State capital, after an alleged sex romp with a 34-year-old lady.

 The lady, who was said to have been arrested by the police, was alleged to have camped with the man for two days in the hotel.

A source in the hotel, who begged not to be named, told our correspondent, “The man had been here for two days with different girls visiting him before the unfortunate incident took place. We suspect that he was a businessman.”

Efforts by Southern City News to get further information from the hotel could not yield any result as the workers said their register was taken away by the police some days before the incident took place.

They maintained that they would not speak further on the matter and insisted that the case had been reported at the B-Division, Awka.

When contacted, the Police Public Relations Officer in the state, Haruna Mohammed, confirmed the incident.

He gave the age of the deceased as 65, and the age of the woman as 34.

Mohammed said the two of them came from the same location to lodge at the hotel.

He stated, “There was a report by the management of the hotel in Agu, Awka at the ‘B’ Division that on the same date at about 5pm, one Ifeoma Ayinka, 34 years old of Agu Ukwu in Anaocha LGA, who came to lodge in the hotel with one Obi Nwoda ‘M’ aged 65 years of the same address, was leaving the hotel premises without the said man and when confronted and taken back to the hotel room,  they discovered that the man was lying on the bed unconscious.

“Upon receipt of the complaint, the scene was visited by police patrol team attached to ‘B’ Division led by the DPO, Odion Ekeinde, and the victim was rushed to the Apex Hospital, Awka, where he was confirmed dead on arrival.”

Lagos targets Q1 2019 for completion of Oshodi Transport Interchange

The Lagos State Government on Monday said the ongoing Oshodi Transport Interchange conceived and being implemented to evolve a seamless way by which Lagosians commute across the State on a daily basis would be completed within the first quarter of 2019.

Commissioner for Works and Infrastructure, Mr Adebowale Akinsanya, in a statement on the state of the project, said it was gratifying to report that substantial progress had been made towards its completion.  

The Commissioner added that with the ongoing pace of works, the project would be completed within the first quarter of 2019, and operations commencing soon after, saying that commuters around the State should look forward to having a comfortable, accessible and world-class transport system.

Besides, Akinsanya commended motorists and residents in the State for cooperating with government in the implementation of the project, just as he assured that all hands were on deck to expedite work and complete it on schedule.   

According to him, “At the moment, 83 per cent total work progress has been achieved, including completion of piling works on the three terminals and completion of the piling works for the Skywalks.

“Among others, we have also completed works on the pile caps for the three terminals, concrete works of the buildings, ground floor works on all the loading bays for the three terminals, erection of steelworks for the Skywalks and terminals and Taxi Park and car park area, while road works around the terminal are at an advanced stage as well as bus holding bays around the terminals also at an advanced stage,” Akinsanya said.

The Oshodi Transport Interchange Project (OTIP) which is part of the Bus Reform Initiative of the State Government, is an iconic infrastructure designed to transform the axis forever and enhance connectivity.

The project, in a nutshell, seeks to transform Oshodi into a world-class Central Business District (CBD) with business, travel and leisure activities conducted in a serene, secure, clean, orderly and hygienic environment, comparable with other transport terminals around the world including Stratford and Victoria Bus Station in the United Kingdom.

The project, on completion, would consolidate all the 13 city and interstate bus parks into three multi-storey terminals, providing standard facilities including waiting area, loading bays, ticketing stands, drivers lounge, parking areas, rest rooms, accessible walkways and pedestrian sky-walks linking all the terminals.