Month: November 2019

Fellow officer raped my nine-year-old daughter —Policewoman

A 45-year-old policewoman (name withheld) on Thursday narrated to an Ikeja Sexual Offences and Domestic Violence Court how a fellow Police officer, Mohammed Alidu, allegedly defiled her nine-year-old daughter in a Police barracks.

It was reported that the policewoman was the second Prosecution Witness (PW2) in the trial of Alidu, a Police sergeant, for defilement.

The PW2 was led in evidence by the Deputy-Director, Lagos State Directorate of Public Prosecutions, Mr. Akin George.

She said the defendant accosted her daughter (name withheld) on her way home from school, dragged her into his apartment and defiled her.

“We live at Makinde Barracks, Mafoluku, Oshodi, Lagos.

“On June 29, 2018, I was at work when my husband, who was out of Lagos, called me to inform me that Sgt. Mohammed had defiled our daughter.

“I went to the Police station which is within the same compound of the barracks, and my daughter was in the Police station.

“My daughter told me that when she was coming back from school, Mohammed called her but she ignored him.

“She said he forcefully took her to his apartment, put her on a bed, tore her underwear and defiled her,” she said.

According to her, Mohammed was also at the Police station, begging and telling the divisional Police officer that it was the work of the devil.

The policewoman said her daughter was taken to the Mirabel Centre (a sexual assault referral centre) for medical examination, and doctors confirmed that she had been defiled.

During cross-examination by defence counsel, Mr. Sunday Odise, the policewoman told the court that the defendant lived near her residence.

“He did not have a house within the barracks. He was sleeping in a shop opposite our home,” she said.

Earlier, the PW1 and the Investigative Police Officer of the case, Sgt. Juweratu Ashiru, told the court that shortly after the alleged defilement, the victim reported the incident at the Police station.

“She told me that when Mohammed dragged her into the wooden shack he lived to defile her, she screamed during her ordeal and that no one came to rescue her.

“Mohammed was arrested at the wooden house where the crime occurred, and when we took his confessional statement, he said it was the devil’s work.

“He said we should forgive him and drop the case, but we refused and said that he must face the full wrath of the law.

“The victim’s underwear was torn. I recovered the underwear and it was kept as an exhibit in the Gender Unit of the Police Force,” Ashiru said.

Our source reports that Justice Abiola Soladoye ordered members of the public to leave the courtroom when the alleged victim, now 10-year-old, was to give evidence.

After she testified, the judge adjourned the case until January 15, 2020, for continuation of of trial.


Family kicks as salesman dies in police custody

The family of Olalekan Oladiti has demanded justice for his alleged death im the hands of men of the Nigeria Police Force.

It gathered that Olalekan, who was working as a sales representative for a yet-to-be-identified pharmaceutical store in the Shasha area of Alimosho Local Government, Lagos State, was accused of stealing over N1m from the proceeds of the drugs he sold to the firm’s customers.

In a bid to escape arrest, the 24-year-old allegedly fled from Lagos and hid in the family house of his childhood friend, one Ridwan Babalola, in Ibadan, Oyo State.

Olalekan’s boss, one Uduak Ekpenyong, got his guarantor, identified simply as Iya Ibrahim, arrested and detained for several hours.

However, through his girlfriend, Omowunmi Rajasat, men of the Lagos State Police Command tracked Olalekan down to the Power line bus stop in Moniya, Ibadan, where he was arrested.

But the story took another dimension when he was asked to take the cops to his hideout in the area.

Our correspondent learnt that Olalekan led the policemen to Ridwan’s room, but was later carried out and dumped in their patrol vehicle after being allegedly tortured.

Ridwan said his friend died in the custody of the police, adding that an eyewitness, identified simply as Daddy Anu, who was surprised that Olalekan walked into the room but was being carried out by the policemen, challenged them and was also assaulted.

He said, “We were at home making plans for what to eat when Olalekan told us he was going to pick his girlfriend at the bus stop, while I also left for the market to get what we were going to eat. The policemen had left with my friend by the time I got back, but a neighbour, Daddy Anu, said Olalekan walked into the room but was carried out and when he tried to stop them, the policemen assaulted him and pushed him away.

“Olalekan was tortured in the room and after the policemen took him away; my dad’s uncle informed me that my dad, Abiodun, told him that he died in police custody.”

Abiodun said Iya Ibrahim informed him of the death, adding that he got her number from the deceased’s mum after the policemen came to his house to arrest Olalekan.

Iya Ibrahim told our correspondent on the telephone that Olalekan, while still in hiding, appealed to his boss to release her when he learnt of her arrest.

“I was at home when his colleagues, who came looking for him, informed me that he stole the money made from the drugs he delivered to customers. But on that day, he just told me that he was going to work and disappeared. I was detained in a cell at the Afoka Police Station for hours before I was granted bail,” she said.

Ekpenyong said the amount stolen was over N1m, adding that he was dumbfounded when he learnt that investigation to unravel Olalekan’s whereabouts so as to recover the money allegedly led to his death.

He stated, “I am not happy about what happened; all I desired was to recover the money, but I was dumbfounded by the outcome, because he was a boy I loved and trusted so much. I employed him since 2017. In October 2019, when it was close to the time for cash collection for the sales made the previous day, we discovered that all his phones had been switched off.

“The money is over N1m, so, I had to report at the police station after 24 hours. But when the guarantor could not provide him in a week, we had to employ an independent tracker, who assisted us in tracking him to Ibadan, where he was arrested. I was told that he died two hours after he was arrested. But the representative I sent to identify him did not follow them to Olalekan’s house.”

The deceased’s brother, Olaide, condemned the policemen for subjecting him to inhumane treatment that led to his death without trial.

He said, “When Ridwan’s father told me that the police arrested my brother and tortured him to death, I was destabilised. They said he stole money but is there justice in killing him? Even those, who committed murder, are subjected to trial in court.

“Members of the family and I visited the police command headquarters, where we met with the IPO, who brought out his file and showed us the pictures of his corpse.

“But when we met with the state Commissioner of Police, I asked how my brother would die in their custody and they refused to inform us two days after. He calmed me down and said a post-mortem would be done to ascertain the cause of death. But while writing my statement, I realised that the IPO was hiding a picture from us and I asked if that picture would be included among the ones he would take to the court to get approval for the post-mortem and he said no.

“We told him to give us a letter so that we could see my brother’s corpse at the Adeoyo State Hospital’s mortuary, but he refused. I am suspecting that he is hiding something and I am calling on the government to help my family get justice.”

The Oyo State Police Public Relations Officer, Gbenga Fadeyi, said officers from the Lagos command tracked Olalekan down to Ibadan, adding that upon sighting the police, he collapsed and died of low blood pressure.

Fadeyi stated, “The police officers handling the case in Lagos State tracked him down to Moniya, in Ibadan through his girlfriend, Omowunmi, and upon sighting the police, he became unnecessarily apprehensive and collapsed.

“They poured water on him and rushed him to two hospitals on Iwo Road, where preliminary investigation revealed that he had low blood pressure; so, he was transferred to the University College Hospital, where he was confirmed dead.”

Efforts made by our correspondent to get a reaction from the PPRO in Lagos, Bala Elkana, proved abortive as his number was unreachable and he had yet to respond to a text message sent to his mobile phone number.

But a source, in the Afonka Police Station said Olalekan was not tortured, adding that the result of an autopsy on the corpse was being awaited to reveal the cause of death.

The source said, “His girlfriend, representatives of his boss and the tracker were in the room with him and he was asked to wear a pair of trousers, because he was in shorts. While doing so, he took a heavy breath, fell and thick saliva started coming out of his mouth.

“So, we rushed him to the Don Hospital on Iwo Road, where it was discovered that he had low blood pressure and was later transferred to the UCH, where he was confirmed dead. We are waiting for the autopsy report to determine the cause of death.”

Omowunmi told PUNCH Metro, “He walked into the room by himself, but when they were coming outside, the officers carried him and foamy substances were coming out of his mouth. I and the representative of the company were in the car while the police went inside with him.”


Police arrest 70-year-old, 50-year-old for allegedly raping 11-year-old pupil

Two elderly men have been arrested by Kebbi State Police Command for an alleged rape of 11-year-old primary school pupil in Gwandu Local Government Area.

Our source reports that the girl (name withheld) was lured by the men while at school on Oct. 31 to an an unknown location and raped her.

In an interview with NAN, the Director General of Kebbi Concerned Citizens, Ibrahim Muhammed, who reported the case to the state Police Command, said the suspects would soon be taken to court.

“An 11-year-old girl was allegedly molested and raped by 70-year-old and 50-year-old men in Gwandu town, Gwandu Local Government Area of Kebbi state.

“The suspects, who are currently under investigation by the Police in the state, are said to have confessed to the crime. Medical report has also confirmed that the girl was actually raped and principal witnesses are available,” he said.

He said that the attention of KCC was drawn to the incident by some residents in Gwandu town when they saw signs of the case being frustrated.

“Our intervention in the matter was not only to accelerate full-scale investigation into the issue but to also facilitate more revelation and arrests.

“Now all arrangements to move the matter to court have been made.

“KCC is using this medium to call on all relevant/ concerned agencies and public to be more proactive in rising up against these social vices,” the director said.

He commended the state Police Command and the management of the school attended by the victim for the role they played in ensuring that justice was done.

When contacted, the Police Public Relations Officer, DSP Nafiu Abubakar, confirmed the incident.

“The investigation is still ongoing and we will get back to you with more details on the matter,” he said.


Court remands two for defiling minors in Katsina

A Katsina Senior Magistrates’ Court has ordered that two men, Jibrin Magaji, 30, and Anwar Maruf (age not stated), be remanded in a correctional facility for allegedly defiling two minors.

Following the order, Magaji of Maska village in the Funtua Local Government Area of the state, is to remain in custody until December 11, 2019, when his case comes up for mention.

Maruf of the Kofan Marusa Quarter, Katsina, will remain in custody until January 16, 2020, when his own case is expected to come up for mention.

The presiding magistrate, Hajiya Fadile Dikko, gave the order after police prosecutors arraigned the duo in two separate cases of rape.

Earlier, the police prosecutor, ASP Sani Ado, told the court that one Sham’uana Musa, 43, of Maska village, Funtua LGA, reported a case of rape at the Central Police Station, Funtua, on October 10, 2019.

The complainant reported that Magaji, who is his neighbour, on the said day, lured his 11-year-old daughter into a nearby uncompleted building, where he allegedly had penetrative sex with her and thereafter gave her N20.

Acting on the report, the police sent detectives, who arrested Magaji and charged him for rape in accordance with Section 283 of the Penal Code Law.

Maruf, on the other hand, was alleged to have had forceful carnal knowledge of a 14- year-old-girl at the Kofar Marusa Quarter, Katsina, on October 30, 2019.

He was also charged with offence of rape in line with Section 283 of the Penal Code Law.

The prosecution pleaded with the court to adjourn the two cases to enable the police conclude investigations.

The presiding magistrate subsequently granted the request and adjourned the two cases to December 11, 2019 and January 16, 2020, respectively for mention.


Police allegedly torture man, 26, to death in Kano

Emir of Karaye in Kano State, Alhaji Ibrahim Abubakar II, has called for proper investigation into the death of a 26-year-old man, Abdulkadir Nasiru, who was allegedly tortured to death by the police.

Information Officer of the Karaye Local Government/Emirate Council, Alhaji Haruna Gunduwawa, who made the disclosure in a statement made available to newsmen said the Emir made the call after receiving a report of the incident from the father of the deceased, Malam Nasiru Madobi, and the District Head of Madobi in his palace.

He called on the Commissioner of Police in the state to ensure proper investigation into the alleged torture and killing of Abdulkadir by some police officers in the Madobi Division.

When contacted, the Police Public Relations Officer, DSP Abdullahi Haruna, confirmed the incident.

He said, “Four policemen had already been arrested in connection with the incident.”


Herdsman kills sibling for having affair with wife

A Kwara State Magistrates’ Court sitting in Ilorin has remanded a cattle herder, Iliasu Abubakar, in the Federal Correctional Centre, Ilorin, after confessing to murdering his brother, Isah, in Gwanara, Baruten Local Government area of the state.

Iliasu, who is standing trial for culpable homicide, allegedly killed his brother over allegation that the deceased was having an amorous affair with his wife.

The offence, according to the police prosecutor, is contrary to Section 221 of the Penal Code Law.

It was gathered that one Umaru Abubakar of Budo-Aiki, Fulani camp, via Gwanara, reported the incident at the community police post, from where it was transferred to the State Criminal Investigation and Intelligence Department, Ilorin, for discreet investigation.

Umaru, who is the father of the two brothers, had gone to the camp of his sons but found no one around except for the cattle.

When he searched the camp, Umaru found Isah’s corpse, with machete cuts on his neck, but his brother was nowhere to be found.

It was learnt that discreet investigation into the incident revealed that Iliasu killed his brother and fled to Oyo State.

After he was arrested, Iliasu reportedly confessed to the police that he dealt his brother machete blows for having an illicit affair with his wife.

The deceased was said to have once confessed to his brother that he fathered the three-year-old child his wife was nursing.

The suspect said he had warned the deceased on several occasions to stop the affair with his wife but he did not heed the warning, hence, Iliasu attacked him.

The police prosecutor, Inspector Sanni Abdullah, prayed the court to remand Iliasu in a correctional centre.

He said the offence could not be tried at the magistrates’ court hence the need to remand the suspect till the matter would be transferred to the appropriate court for hearing.

The magistrate, Mrs Jumoke Bamigboye, conceded to the prayers of the prosecutor and ordered the remand of the accused person and adjourned the matter till November 26, 2019, for mention.


Soldiers invade septuagenarian professor’s Lagos home • ‘My guard and I were assaulted’

Soldiers from a yet-to-be ascertained barracks allegedly stormed the home of a 78-year-old professor of optometry/gynaecology, Chike Anamdi, on October 27, around 3am, and assaulted him and his security guard.

According to Anamdi, he was asleep when the soldiers invaded his small estate, The Doctor’s Place, on Orisunmbare Street by the Transformer bus stop in the Shasha area of Lagos State.

He added that the security guard called him on the telephone to inform him that some soldiers were banging the gate of the estate.

Narrating his ordeal, Anamdi said he asked the soldiers to come back around 8am, but they continued banging the gate until they forced it open and headed for a flat occupied by a young man.

The professor explained that the soldiers, who had assaulted the security man, also pushed him out of the way.

He said he initially refused to give the young man the flat, because he considered him too young at around 17 or 18, but he yielded when the young man presented his uncle, who signed the tenancy agreement.

Anamdi stated, “Around 3am on October 27, 2019, the security man, Baba Sule, called me and said there were soldiers at the gate. I asked him what they were doing there at that time and he said they were trying to force it open.

“So, I went down to the security post and noticed that the soldiers had already forced their way into the compound; it is a small estate. When I asked of their mission in my estate, they said somebody sent them to remove some things from a flat.

“I told them that that was not the way to do things and asked them to come back around 8am, but they pushed me away not minding my age.

“I left the place and went back to bed and around 6am, I asked the security guard what transpired after I had gone inside. He said they hit him, pushed him aside, broke the gate and entered the premises, removed some items from the young man’s flat and left.

“I discovered that it was the tenant, whom I have been in court with for the N400,000 worth of damage he did to my property and his refusal to pay the outstanding rent and utility bills.

“After the incident, whenever I called the tenant, he would not pick my calls.”

The professor said when he was on a vacation in the United States of America, the young tenant allegedly climbed the roof of his apartment, broke the roof and installed some things on it without his consent.

He added that he sued the tenant to court for vandalising his property and his lawyer was handling the matter before the latest incident.

According to him, he reported the incident at the Idimu Police Station, but was told that the police could not do anything about it since the attack was carried out by military personnel.

Anamdi said he had not seen the tenant since he disappeared from the house before the invasion by the soldiers, adding that his request for the police to trace him to the gas station, where he claimed to be working when he wanted to rent the flat, was not heeded.

He added that the police said they could not ascertain the actual location of the gas station.

The state Police Public Relations Officer, DSP Bala Elkana, did not answer calls to his mobile telephone line and had yet to respond to a text message sent to him on the matter as of the time of going to press.


Stepmother, herbalist burn Nasarawa teenager’s hands over witchcraft

A 13-year-old boy, Ovey Friday, whose hands were allegedly burnt by an herbalist on the prompting of his stepmother in Nasarawa State, has narrated how he ended up in hospital.

Speaking in an interview with Northern City News on his hospital bed at the Dalhatu Araf Specialist Hospital, Lafia, on Thursday, the victim said his troubles began when his stepmother, Mrs Mercy Jummai, 35, who is heavily pregnant, accused him of being a wizard.

According to him, Mercy, whom he lives with in the Wulko community in the Nasarawa-Eggon Local Government Area of the state, raised the alarm that he made love to her in her dream.

He said, “My stepmother said she was always seeing me making love to her in her dream, but I told her that it was not true.

“So, she started threatening me, saying that I would not stay in the same house with her. That was when she said she would take me to a native doctor’s house.

“The native doctor, who is a Fulani man, picked a stone and threw it at me. After that, he rubbed the stone on me and tied my two hands with a rope.

“Then, he brought charcoals out of the fire and poured it on me and tied my hands, asking me to confess that I was a wizard and a member of a secret society. But I told him that I was innocent of what he was accusing me of.

“He brought out powdered pepper and poured it into the fire while the smoke smeared all over my face, with my hands burning.

“After that, he fetched charcoals from fire (he did this three times), that was when I began to pray to God. When he saw that I was praying, he came back and untied the rope from my hands, but my wrists, palms and fingers were already badly burnt.

“They brought me home and the next day, I woke up to see that both my hands had swollen. It was at that time that they took me to hospital for treatment.”

Ovey, who is fondly called ‘Small Man’ by members of the Wulko community, said, “I have forgiven my tormentors.”

Residents of the community described the teenager as an assuming boy, who is a member of the St. Mary’s Catholic Church choir and a class captain at the Government Junior Secondary School in the community.

When our correspondent visited the Wulko Police Outpost, the officer in-charge, Danjuma Bujujin, said the police were working to ensure that those behind the crime against the boy were brought to justice.

It was gathered that the case file had been transferred to the Nasarawa-Eggon Divisional Police headquarters for further investigation.

It was learnt that the suspects were initially detained for one night.

Speaking on the issue, the paramount ruler of the area and Sarkin Garin Wulko, Joseph Envuladu, expressed displeasure over the incident, which he said was uncommon in the community.

He stressed the need for the police to diligently investigate the matter and bring all the culprits to book.

Our correspondent was informed that the damage done to the victim had led to the permanent loss of the use of three fingers on one of his hands.

Medical personnel at the hospital, who spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorised to speak to the media, expressed fears that if further treatment was not commenced immediately, the hospital might be forced to amputate Ovey’s hands.

The state Commissioner of Police, Mr Bola Longe, confirmed the incident.

He told our correspondent that investigation into the case was ongoing and promised to ensure that the case would be charged as soon as investigations were completed, adding that the command was determined to ensure that the case served as a deterrent to others.