Police arrest SARS officer for killing undergraduate

• Joseph File photo

The police have arrested the Special Anti Robbery Squad officer who fired the shot that killed an undergraduate of a polytechnic in Edo State, Joseph Eidonojie-Ugbeni.

PUNCH Metro learnt that the suspect was nabbed on Friday shortly after PUNCH Metropublished the report.

Our correspondent had reported that some SARS officers, who were chasing a suspected Internet fraudster at the Ogoja Market along LASU-Igando Road, had started shooting sporadically.

The bullet was said to have hit 20-year-old Joseph in the head, while his cousin, Friday Ojah, fled to avoid been killed.

Ojah had told our correspondent that the policemen took Joseph’s corpse and dumped it in the boot of the fraudster’s car, before driving away to the command headquarters in Ikeja, Lagos.

It was gathered on Sunday that the officer that fired the shot had been arrested and taken to the scene of the incident.

A source said, “He was arrested on Friday and taken in handcuffs to the place where the incident happened.”

A legal practitioner and friend of the victim’s family, Saheed Sanni, said the family had decided to petition the Inspector-General of Police on the case to demand justice for the victim.

It was learnt that the suspected fraudster,Badoo, who the officers were allegedly chasing on the day of the incident, had reported at the command headquarters.

A source said the suspect had been detained.

He said, “Badoo lives in that community and is popular; the SARS officers also know him. He was not their target that day. They had actually conducted a raid and arrested some people. They were leaving when they sighted him in his car. They called his name and he quickly abandoned his car and fled.

“He had just returned from the bank that day. Badoo had travelled to South Africa and had recently returned to the community.”

The victim’s father, Patrick Eidonojie-Ugbeni, demanded justice for the son.

He said, “The Badoo they were chasing showed up on Friday at the SARS office with his lawyer and parents. I met the Officer-in-Charge of SARS as well. They shot my son in the head and they claimed that he had a gun and that they shot him in self-defence. How is that possible when he was shot in the head from behind? All I want now is that the police should release the post-mortem result and the police report on the incident.”

The Police Public Relations Officer, SP Dolapo Badmos, said the case had been transferred to the homicide section of the State Criminal Investigation and Intelligence Department for discreet investigation.

She said, “The state Commissioner of Police, Fatai Owoseni, has directed that the case be investigated by the homicide section. We will come out with the full report at the conclusion of investigation.”

Land grabbers invade estate, kill monarch’s son

• Jamiu Photo: Facebook

Some land grabbers and their thugs  have invaded the Federal Housing Estate in the Alagbado area of Lagos State, killing Jamiu Olipede, the son of Oba Musiliu Olipede, the Olorile of Itori Oke Egba land, Ogun State.

It was learnt that Jamiu’s death was the culmination of a land crisis in the estate, as the land grabbers had claimed that part of the land on which the Federal Government built the estate belonged to them.

Our correspondent gathered that 29-year-old Jamiu, who stayed on Lewis Avenue, Federal Housing Estate, was shot and hacked to death on Wednesday during another attempt by theland grabbers to enforce a court judgement which purportedly gave them the portion of land.

PUNCH Metro learnt that for some months, theland grabbers had also attempted to eject some of the residents.

It was gathered that on Wednesday, at about 11pm, some of the land grabbers, led by men identified only as Sholebo, Bature, Kosoko again invaded the estate and allegedly went to Jamiu’s apartment on the avenue.

Our correspondent learnt that they allegedly called him out, after which they shot and hacked him to death.

PUNCH Metro gathered that the incident was reported at the Alagbado Police Division.

The monarch, Oba Olipede, said his son had called him on the telephone that some people were threatening him.

He said, “Some people came to his house and asked him to move out. They said they had won a case in court. The men were violent and told my son to pack out or they would kill him. The Federal Housing Authorities sold the land to my son. So, there was no need to argue with the land grabbers. But they brought hoodlums to kill my son.”

A landlord in the estate, who gave his name only as Salami, said the thugs had earlier threatened to evict him and other residents from their apartments.

He said, “That was on September 1, 2016. They were led by one pastor who claimed that they got a court judgment and that I and some other residents should leave our apartments.

“They disconnected the power supply to our apartments. I reported the harassment to the police at the Alagbado division. The Divisional Police Officer invited the land grabbers to his office and asked them to produce court documents to back their claims; but they could not.”

The Lagos State Police Public Relations Officer, SP Dolapo Badmos, confirmed the incident.

She added that efforts were on to arrest those responsible for the killing and their sponsors.

She said, “The victim was killed by some people, led by one Adebayo. Policemen went to the scene and removed the corpse. Effort is on to arrest the ring leader of the group.”

Court Grants Bail To 7 Members Of Shiite Group

Court-Abuse

A Magistrates’ Court at Karu in Abuja on Friday granted seven persons from the Shiite group bail of N100,000 each on the three-count charges against each of them. The seven defendants were charged for the offences of criminal conspiracy, unlawful assembly and inciting public peace, contrary to sections 97, 102 and 114 of the Penal Code. The defendants are Ibrahim Dogo, Khadija Mohammed, Rukaiya Salisu, Mohammed Habib, Aminu Sani, Leminu Sani and Aisha Ameen, and all were arraigned for the same offences.

The Magistrate, Abubakar Umaru, granted the defendants a bail with two reliable and reasonable sureties each in like sum. He said the sureties must be Civil or Public Servants with a Grade level of 8 and above. Umaru also said the sureties must live within the jurisdiction of the court and their addresses must be verified by the officer of the court. He added that the sureties must submit their passport photographs and national identity cards with the court. State Prosecutor, Patrick Ogele, had earlier told the court the defendants were arrested by CSP Nwakeme Ezenwa, at Dakwa Road in Deidei, along the Abuja-Kaduna expressway on Thursday.

The prosecutor said Ezenwa, a police officer attached to the Zuba FCT Police Command, reported the matter to the FCT Commissioner of Police. He said the defendants were arrested after they gathered on the road while holding up two large brand new posters with the face of the Shiite leader, Ibrahim El-Zakzaky, on it.

According to Ogele, the defendants gathered with a common intention of going into the city, and specifically to the court premises where the trial of their leader was ongoing. Ogele alleged that the intention of the defendants was to storm the court premises and disturb public peace. He told the court that during police investigations, the defendants could not give a satisfactory explanation to the police and only identified themselves as members of the Shiite group. The prosecutor had also applied that the defendants not be granted bail by the court. He had asked the court to consider the nature of the offences and prevailing circumstances of their arrest.

“The court also needs to consider the activities of the group in the country and the fact that the defendants are all residents of Kaduna state,’’ Ogele had said. Counsel to the defendants, Bala Adukwu, had also earlier prayed the court to grant his clients bail on liberal terms and that they were resident within Nigeria. After listening to the charges, the seven defendants all pleaded not guilty and the matter was adjourned till Oct. 26 for hearing.

You will suffer if you continuing blowing pipelines – Bishops to militants

– High-ranking Christian clerics have appealed to militants to stop the destruction of oil and gas pipelines

– They warned that everyone including the militants would suffer the effect of vandalism

– President Buhari was also asked to solve the problem of herdsmen killing

Niger Delta militants

Bishops of Church of Nigeria, Anglican Communion have sent a message to militants terrorising the Niger Delta region to have a rethink as they would also suffer the effect of their vandalism. The militants have been destroying oil and gas pipelines and this has affected the production of oil and ultimately the country’s economy. Daily Post reports that the religious clerics also called on President Muhammadu Buhari to find a lasting solution to the problem of herdsmen killing in the country. 

Most Reverend Nicolas Okoh who is the primate of Nigeria said shutting down the economy will not only affect the government but also the people including the militants.

“The Standing Committee wishes to make a passionate appeal to the militants to spare our economy and stop the bombing of oil facilities. “Shutting down the economy is like pulling down the roofs with all of us inside; nobody will escape the negative impact. We equally call on those who can reach them to join in this appeal for the greater good of all. “The presence of herdsmen in our countryside is not new, they have always been around. What is, however, new are the unprovoked attacks on their host communities and sometimes saying that cow is missing. “They lay ambush and waylay people going to their farms, rape women and destroy farmlands; and their victims are at their mercy because they are armed.

“We call on the federal government to immediately disarm these people to return Nigeria to a state of peace.” “Our roads are in bad condition all across the country. Since our major means of transport is road, we call on the federal government to give the required attention to the roads to reduce the inconveniences, accidents and deaths. “Airlines operating in the country are going through difficult times, some have grounded operations. No doubt, we need them.

“We therefore call on the federal government to expedite action on floating the national carrier or rejuvenate the private ones to enable them perform better. “Further in this area is the persistent scarcity of aviation fuel which has troubled the country, disrupted many programmes, including those of government and private.

“We call on government to solve the problem of aviation fuel permanently so that people can move about their businesses with less difficulty within the country.”

Lucky! Military rescues 43 herdsmen from Boko Haram, recover 500 cows

The Nigerian military has rescued 43 herdsmen from suspected Boko Haram terrorists who reportedly abducted them at gunpoint in Borno state. Premium Times reports that the herdsmen and their livestock were taken hostage at gunpoint at Dalakalari general area in Mafa local government area on Sunday, September 18 morning.

The military has rescuded 43 herdsmen from Boko Haram. But the lucky cattle rearers were saved by the military which swung swiftly into action after being informed by some well-meaning Nigerians.

The military pursued and caught up to the terrorists who, sensing danger, abandoned the livestock just before Panamri village and ran away. The military has since handed over the victims and the recovered cows to the local authorities. For more updates on military actions against Boko Haram, you can See how air force bombarded high level Boko Haram meeting with fighter jets (video)

Man brutalises wife’s niece for using air conditioner

Latifat Adeyemi

A 27-year-old beautician, Latifat Adeyemi, has been battered by her aunt’s husband, Rasak Alabi, aka Alfa, for allegedly turning on an air conditioner in their house in Solebo, Ikorodu area of Lagos State.

Alabi reportedly claimed that the gadget consumed excessive power, and allegedly hit the victim with a spanner in the face and flogged her with a piece of cable, which led to her admission in a private hospital.

PUNCH Metro was told that for the past 10 years, Latifat and her grandma had been living in a bungalow at the back of the house on Ile Eye Street, which was reportedly built by Alabi’s wife.

It was learnt that Alabi, who had separated from his wife for the past 20 years, moved into the building in 2015 after reconciling with his wife, a nurse, who is based in the United States of America.

Our correspondent was told that since Alabi moved into the house, there had been misunderstandings, which had led to the eviction of some relatives in the house.

Latifat said she was staying in the house because she had to cater to her grandma.

She said, “My aunt is a nurse and she is based in the US. She put her mother in the house and asked me to cater to her. Grandma and I had been living in that house for over 10 years.

“Alfa (Alabi) and my aunt separated over 20 years ago. They never had a child together. But last year, they reconciled and the family said we needed a man in the house; so he moved into the house. He evicted our last born, but I stayed behind because of grandma.

“Last week Friday, when I returned from Surulere around 7pm, I saw that he had broken into my apartment and removed the AC there. He said the AC consumed too much power.

“I made a call to my uncle and I told him that I would be packing out of the house because I was fed up. As I turned around, he hit me in the eye severally with a spanner and as I ran off, he picked a cable piece and flogged me.”

She said she went to the Ipakodo Police Station to report the incident, adding that operatives who followed her to the house met the gate locked.

Latifat said the police turned back when they could not gain entrance.

Her half-sister, Rasheedat, said there had been disagreement between Alabi and Rashidat in the past, adding that the AC was only an excuse for the suspect to chase her out of the house.

“This is the only girl left in that house because of grandma. He had been finding excuses to send her away,” she explained.

Raheedat said shortly after the incident, Alabi reported to a vigilance group, Onyabo, that his car had been vandalised by Latifat’s siblings.

He was also alleged to have later gone to the Igbogbo Police Station to make other accusations.

Raheedat said the police called for a peace meeting between the parties, but the suspect rejected the move and ejected the grandma from the house.

“The old woman, who had left her husband’s house for the past 30 years, had returned to the same place again,” she added.

Alabi’s phone rang out many times when our correspondent called him.

He had yet to respond to a text message sent to his phone on Saturday.

The Police Public Relations Officer, SP Dolapo Badmos, confirmed the incident, adding that the suspect had been declared wanted by the police.

“The suspect is evading arrest, but we will get him,” she added.

Graduate impersonates Bishop Kukah, defrauds Oyedepo, Dantata, others

A graduate of Political Science, Jehu Kwasu, has narrated how he impersonated the Catholic Bishop of Sokoto Diocese, Bishop Matthew Kukah and defrauded prominent Nigerians of millions of naira.

Kwasu said his victims included Bishop David Oyedepo of Living Faith Church Worldwide, who he claimed gave him N500,000; the Chairman, Honeywell Group, Oba Otudeko, N1m; Admiral Ndubuisi Kanu, N500,000; businessman, Alhaji Aminu Dantata, N2m.

He allegedly collected the sums for Internally Displaced Persons.

He said, “I collected N500,000 from Otudeko, CEO, Honeywell: From Admiral Kanu, I got N500,000. I also got N500,000 from Bishop Oyedepo and N2m from Dantata. I also got money from Gen. Wushishi and others.

“I opened a Guaranty Trust Bank account in Bishop Kukah’s name. I registered a SIM card in my name, but used Bishop Kukah’s picture on my True Caller account, so that when I call, his picture would appear (on the recipient’s phone.)”

Kwasu, who is serving a two-month sentence in the Keffi Prison, admitted on Friday in Abuja that he realised over N5.7m.

Police sources said only N1.7m was found in his bank account, adding that the suspect spent most of the money he made on girls and hard drugs.

It was gathered that Kwasu, the son of late Anglican Bishop, James Kwasu, also exploited his father’s name, to extort money from the Katsina State Governor, Aminu Masari, when the latter was the Speaker, House of Representatives.

The 25-year old explained that he defrauded his victims by soliciting money on phone to cater to IDPs in the country.

The cleric’s son stated that he obtained a passport with the name, Mathew Hassah Kukah Jehu, and also opened an account with the GTB in the same name.

He said, “I called people on the telephone and told them I was Bishop Kukah. I used his picture on my True Caller account, so that when I called people, they would think he was the one talking with them.

“I also obtained a passport in Bishop Kukah’s name which I used to open an account with GTB. The money I realised was paid into the account and I used an Automated Teller Machine card to withdraw it.”

PUNCH Metro gathered that Kukah was alerted to the scam by some people close to him.

The cleric was said to have petitioned the police, which asked the bank to place a “no debit order” on the account.

Following his inability to withdraw from the account, Kwasu was said to have visited the bank to complain, where he was arrested.

Findings indicate that Kwasu had earlier been arrested and remanded in prison for impersonating Bishop Steven Akobe of the Anglican Diocese of Kabba, Kogi State, but was granted bail.

The police said Kwasu had also attempted to extort money from Senator David Mark, claiming to be Akobe.

“Mark said I should come for some money, so I sent my girlfriend. But she was arrested and I was taken to court and sentenced to two months imprisonment or N9,000 fine,” Kwasu stated.

It was gathered that the suspect, who had two female siblings, sold his deceased parents’ house in Kaduna for N10m and lavished the money on girls and a profligate lifestyle.

The Federal Capital Territory Commissioner of Police, Muhammad Mustafa, stated that Kwasu was arrested by the men of his command, after Kukah complained about his activities.

The CP said, “We received a petition from Bishop Kukah alleging that the boy had been impersonating him and extorting money from prominent people. So, my men went to work and were able to track the suspect and arrest him.  He is a habitual criminal and I would like to advise the public against responding to emails or phone calls from unknown persons requesting financial support for one cause or the other.”

Mustafa also called on the public to report every suspicious phone call and email to the police for investigation.

Gang attacks UNILORIN prof, wife, son

A three-man robbery gang has attacked a professor in the Faculty of Education, University of Ilorin, Kwara State, Prof. Abdullahi Onimisi.

The men also attacked the don’s wife and son, whose names had yet to be ascertained.

The Commissioner of Police, Kwara State Police Command, Mr. Olusola Amore, on Thursday said the victims were inflicted with machete cuts, adding that the don received severe cuts and was admitted in an undisclosed hospital.

Amore, while parading the suspects at the command’s headquarters in Ilorin, the Kwara State capital, identified them as Onimisi’s former driver, Opeyemi Esan; Benjamin Musa and Olusegun Omoyajowolo.

He added that Esan, who had been sacked by the don, came from Lagos after recruiting Musa and Omoyajowolo to attack the don and his family.

Amore said, “The professor told us that he was attacked by the three men, who were armed with machetes, and that they carted away his valuables, including a Toyota Muzzle Camry.

“Acting on intelligence report,  the command’s Anti-Robbery Squad raided an identified black spot on Unity Road, Ilorin,  arrested  the suspects and recovered all the stolen items.”

Esan said the gang robbed Onimisi because he allegedly owed him one month’s salary.

Meanwhile, the state command of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps paraded a former territorial manager of the Nigerian Telecommunications Limited, Mr. Benedict Uwulekhue, along with 11 other suspects for alleged vandalism, criminal conspiracy and illegal sale of equipment of NITEL.

The Commandant, Kwara State Command, NSCDC, Mr. Pedro Ideba, said the suspects included three security men, adding that the security men had confessed to the crime.

He added that some vandalised high-tension cables, transmitter and transformer belonging to NITEL were allegedly sold to two buyers in  Ilorin.

The commandant said the buyers could not produce documents to authenticate ownership of the items.

He added that it was during a search in one of the buyers’ house that two industrial generators belonging to the government were also discovered.

He said, “NITEL still has some telecommunication equipment on its premises in Ilorin. The men stole from the equipment and offered N140,000 bribe to NSCDC personnel to stop criminal investigation into their alleged offences.”

The 62-year-old former NITEL territorial manager claimed that he decided to move out the equipment from NITEL premises for safekeeping, but was forced to sell the equipment by prospective buyers.

The two buyers, Ugwuma Marcelius and Chukwudi Mba,  said they bought the items from auction sale organised by the National Telecommunications Commission in April, and claimed  that they had documents to prove that the equipment were bought during the auction.

They claimed to have bought the generators for N650,000 each, while the NITEL transmitter and high-tension cables were bought for N700,000.

Residents Foil Kidnap Attempt In Lagos, Apprehend Suspect

An attempt by a middle-aged man to abduct a boy in Mushin area of Lagos was foiled, yesterday, following his arrest.

Charles Ibeleme

The suspect, Charles Ibeleme, was accosted at Olowo Street by residents. There were different accounts of the incident. A version said he was at the verge of exchanging his victim, a nine-year-old boy, for a bag of rice when someone, who knew the child, intervened.

Another version has it that he was allegedly taking his victim, who was sent to buy sachet water, to an unknown location when someone who knew the victim raised the alarm. An eyewitness, Obioma Chineye, said: “The boy in question is our tenant. He was sent to buy pure water. On the way, the man called him and he followed him as if he was hypnotised. “Meanwhile, the person who sent him on an errand sighted him when the stranger accosted him. He became curious when the boy passed where he was supposed to buy the water and ran after the suspect.

“When he asked the stranger what he was doing with the boy, he claimed he was his brother. “At that moment, the boy came back to his senses and said he did not know him. A mob descended on him, during which he admitted to be a kidnapper. He said he was taking him to some people who sent him. He also said that he went into kidnapping because of hardship.” The suspect was thrown into a gully and was on the verge of being set ablaze when policemen from Olosan Division arrived the scene.

Confirming the incident, spokesperson for the Lagos State Police Command, Dolapo Badmus, said: “Operatives from Mushin Olosan Division rescued one Charles Ibeleme while being mobbed by a tumultuous crowd over allegation of attempted kidnap. “The Commissioner of Police, Fatai Owoseni, has directed that the case be transferred to the State Criminal Investigation and Intelligence Department, SCIID, for further investigation.”

Pregnant 19-Year-Old SS 11 Student Commits Suicide In Makurdi

A 19-year-old Junior Secondary School, JSS, 2 female student, Jessica Beer, has reportedly committed suicide in Makurdi, Benue State, after allegedly being impregnated by her estranged boyfriend.

Vanguard gathered that Jessica decided to take her life after discovering that her ex, one Labii, who was responsible for the pregnancy had abandoned her for another lady. According to an eyewitness and neighbour of the deceased at the Logo area of Makurdi town, who spoke on condition of anonymity, “we were woken up this morning (yesterday) by loud cries from their house and when we got there, we saw Jessica on the floor fighting for life.

“Neighbours took her to a hospital at Akpehe, where all efforts to revive her by medical doctors failed. She was later confirmed dead. “Before her death, we suspected that the girl had been in a relationship with one Labii, but we did not know until now that she was pregnant for him.”

It was further gathered from the witness that Labii, a pork seller at the popular Wurukum Market in Makurdi, had dumped the deceased for another girl, whom he had also impregnated and promised to marry. He was said to have visited the home of the deceased the morning she committed suicide.

Contacted, Police Public Relations Officer, Moses Yamu, confirmed the death of the teenager. Yamu said Labii reported to the police that his girlfriend drank a poisonous substance, but before the police could get to the hospital, the family of the deceased had taken her corpse away.