Month: May 2020

NSCDC arrests Ondo welder for defiling daughters

The Ondo State Command of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps says it has arrested a man, Femi Onifade, for allegedly defiling his two daughters.

The suspect was said to have committed the offence at No. 27 Liberty Hospital Road, Oluwatuyi area of Akure, the state capital.

Onifade, a welder, was alleged to have defiled his seven and nine-year-old daughters.

The state Commandant of the NSCDC, Mr Philip Ayuba, said the man was arrested following intelligence gathering by officers and men of the Anti-Human Trafficking and Illegal Migration Unit of the command.

It was gathered that his arrest was made possible by the support of the Deji of Akure, Oba Aladetoyinbo Aladelusi, as the monarch was said to have handed over the suspect to the command.

Onifade allegedly had carnal knowledge of the minors when their mother was not around.

The victims were said to have been taken to the Federal Medical Centre annex, Akure, for examination, which revealed that their hymen had been broken and their private parts deeply opened.

The NSCDC commandant said the suspect would be charged.

“The state government has shown interest in this case and the welfare of the children has been fully guaranteed,” he stated.

Ayuba assured members of the public of the safety and adequate protection of lives and property, adding that the command was poised to eradicate all forms of criminality and social vices in the state.


Family of DPO seeks probe of sergeant’s shooting

The family of the Divisional Police Officer of the Ilemba-Hausa Division, Yahaya Adesina, who was accused of shooting dead one of the personnel attached to the station, Sergeant Onajide Onalaja, has urged the Lagos State Police Command to investigate the incident thoroughly.

It was reported that Onalaja’s family accused Adesina of killing the cop and allegedly taking steps to conceal the crime.

 The deceased’s wife, Folasade, had said, “When I saw my husband’s corpse, I did not believe the story they told me. I saw bullet wounds on his chest; his uniform was rough; he was no longer wearing a singlet; and his pair of trousers had been torn.

“I believe something strange happened before he died and I want the circumstances investigated.”

She added that no fewer than four policemen attached to the station called her with hidden numbers to inform her that Adesina shot her husband, contrary to the claim that some armed men killed him at a checkpoint during the enforcement of the lockdown.

The state Police Public Relations Officer, Bala Elkana, had said two persons, Kehinde Elijah, 45, and Ezeh Joseph, whom he described as fake/deserted soldiers, were arrested in connection with Onalaja’s death, adding that investigation was ongoing.

In a follow-up reaction, Elkana said the state Commissioner of Police, Hakeem Odumosu, had ordered the Officer-in-Charge of the State Criminal Investigation and Intelligence Department, Panti, Yaba, Deputy Commissioner of Police, Yetunde Longe, to take over the case and conduct a neutral investigation to unravel the true circumstances surrounding Onalaja’s death.

Elkana added that the DPO had been arrested and was being detained at the SCIID, while his rifle was also retrieved.

However, Adesina’s family claimed that he was innocent of the crime and urged the police to investigate the matter thoroughly and free him unconditionally.

The family’s spokesman, Isiaka Ibrahim, who described Adesina as a dedicated and decent officer, stated that he could not have killed the sergeant.

He said, “Adesina is a dedicated and decent officer of the Nigeria Police Force. He is someone, who detests crime, so the allegation that he killed a sergeant, who worked with him, cannot be true.

“We want to urge the Lagos State Police Command to investigate the matter thoroughly without being biased so that the truth can be out for everybody to see. We sympathise with the family of the deceased, but we also want the truth to prevail. We want the police authority to release our son in the interest of justice.”


Cops chasing suspected kidnappers shoot teenager performing ablution

A teenager, Sadiq Abubakar-Ibrahim, has undergone surgery at the National Hospital, Abuja after he was shot by policemen attached to the Special Tactical Squad.

It was learnt that the victim was performing ablution around 1pm in his place of residence in the Gwarinpa area on Monday, May 18, 2020, when the policemen scaled the fence into the compound.

They were said to have opened fire on Sadiq, who took to his heel thinking that the invaders were armed robbers or kidnappers.

Our correspondent learnt that the policemen claimed that they were after a suspected kidnapper, who allegedly entered the house.

The policemen were said to have arrested all male occupants of the house, including the victim, and detained them at the Guzate Police Station.

Sadiq’s family member, Fatima Babashehu, told our correspondent that after much pleading, the policemen released the victim for medical attention.

She said the police had refused to check on the victim or pay his medical bills since he was admitted last week Monday.

Babashehu stated, “Sadiq’s mother was beside the fence of the house trying to make barbeque fire last Monday when she heard people shouting and jumping over the neighbour’s fence into their house and she ran into the kitchen and closed the door.

“The men started banging the door and asking the occupants to open the door, and when they opened the door, the men dragged everybody out and searched for other members of the household.

“While they went round, they saw Sadiq, where he was performing ablution beside the house, but on sighting them, Sadiq thought they were armed robbers, he got scared and jumped over the fence to the neighbour’s house on the right side, but the invaders shot him in his hand.

“They followed him and started shooting so the neighbours gave Sadiq up and the owner of the house and two of his sons were also arrested. They brought everybody out and gathered them at the dining area and took all the male occupants away.

“Nobody knew where they came from at first; we thought they were kidnappers or armed robbers, because of the way they scaled the fence; they were in mufti and jackets. We started making calls to find out who took our people and we were able to confirm that they were policemen.

“We made more calls and we were able to gather that they came from the Guzate Police Station. We learnt that they were tracing a kidnapper, who was demanding ransom, and his location showed our house.

“We were taken to the commander of the squad and he told us that the officers told him a different story when they got to the station. He said a kidnap took place in Lokoja but the negotiator was around our house and when they traced him, they saw the kidnapper jumping into the house. He said the officers told him that it was not a gunshot that injured Sadiq’s hand, but a barbwire on the fence, while he was scaling the fence into the neighbour’s house.

“When we got to the police station, we saw Sadiq bleeding without any medical attention and we pleaded that he should be taken to hospital, but we were chased out on the grounds that we could not teach them their job.

“We were later made to sign an undertaking that we were the ones, who requested to take him to hospital, and I told Sadiq’s dad that if we should leave him with the police, he would die; so, we decided to take him to hospital and we requested that a police officer should follow us, because it was a gunshot injury and no hospital would attend to him without a police report or officer.

“They agreed that an officer would follow us and we drove to the National Hospital, Abuja, but when we got there, the officer was asked to write a statement, but he refused and we were told that they would not admit Sadiq until the officer submitted his particulars and phone number so they could reach him.

“Sadiq’s uncle was the one, who wrote the name and phone number of the police officer and the division he is attached to before he was attended to; and the officer left immediately and we have not seen him or any other police personnel since then.

“Sadiq is billed for surgery because the bullet pierced his bone and shattered it. We have not heard anything from the police; they did not reach out to us to know about the hospital bill.”

When contacted, the FCT police spokesman, Anjuguri Manzah, referred our correspondent to the force spokesperson, Frank Mba.

When Mba was contacted, his telephone was not reachable and an SMS requesting his comment on the matter had not been replied to as of the time of filing this report.


Delta community demands justice for doctor assaulted by NAF personnel

The people of Polobubo (Tsekelewu) in the Warri North Local Government Area of Delta State have called on the President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.), to order a probe into the physical assault on their daughter, Dr Avwebo Otoide, by some personnel of the Nigerian Air Force.

Otoide, a medical doctor, who was on essential duty during the lockdown in Port Harcourt, was slapped by some NAF personnel before being driven to an isolation centre in the Rivers State capital.

She was on her way to attend to a person in need of medical attention when she was stopped and assaulted by the airmen.

But her relations in the Polobubo community, in a statement made available to our correspondent on Monday, demanded the arrest and prosecution of the airmen.

In the statement, signed by the President of the Polobubo-Tsekelewu National Council, Mr Ebilate Mac-Yoroki; and Secretary, Mr Midwest Kukuru, the community described the incident as inhuman and demanded justice.

The community also demanded that Buhari should initiate the necessary action through the Defence Headquarters and the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19 to get justice for the medical doctor.

The statement read in part, “The people and the leadership of the Polobubo (Tsekelewu) community in the Warri North Local Government Area of Delta State have received the news of the inhuman, brutal and ungrateful treatment meted out to one of our daughters, Dr Avwebo Otoide, by some personnel of the Nigerian Air Force in Port Harcourt recently with shock and anger.

“The people and the leadership of the Polobubo (Tsekelewu) community take serious exception to the inhuman treatment meted out to their daughter, who did no wrong but voluntered to serve humanity in Nigeria, at this most critical time in our history.

“We feel alarmed by the attempt by the Nigerian Air Force authorities in Port Harcourt, to terrify and intimidate her the more by attempting to sequester her into a supposed inquisition. This is military terrorism and we believe such should have no place in a civilised and democratic setting as we supposedly have in Nigeria.

“The foregoing being said, we therefore appeal to President Muhammadu Buhari, the Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces of the Federal Republic of Nigeria to immediately order an independent inquiry into this case of absolute abuse of power by security officials, in this case, men of the Nigerian Air Force and the Nigeria Police.

“We demand the immediate investigation, arrest of the perpetrators and their prosecution. The people and the leadership of the Polobubo (Tsekelewu) community are of the opinion that should this be allowed to be swept under the carpet, then no life will be safe in our country and the sacrifice that we have made over the years through our blood and the devastation of our environment by oil prospectors and producing companies will be doubly lost.”


Bauchi hotel patrons beat guard to death, missing phone found

A 23-year-old security guard, Sunday Ezra, has reportedly been beaten to death by yet-to-be identified persons at the New Trafford Hotel and Suites in the Gwallameji area of Bauchi metropolis.

It was learnt that the incident occurred around 2am on Monday when residents of the area descended on the deceased and beat him until he became unconscious.

A source told our correspondent that a mobile phone got missing on the premises of the hotel and the deceased was suspected to have stolen it, but he protested his innocence to no avail.

The source added that the crowd that gathered did not believe him and started beating him with the aim of recovering the phone, but he was said to have maintained his innocence.

In the process, Ezra was said to have slumped and lost consciousness, while the missing phone was later found by a corps member, who returned it.

Another source and a neighbour to the deceased, who spoke on condition of anonymity, stated that Ezra sustained fractures on his left arm and right leg as well as injuries to his face.

He added that the deceased was stripped and abandoned in a hut on the hotel premises until the security guard, who was to relieve him, saw him in that state and quickly alerted their security outsourcing firm.

The neighbour said, “The security company sent its supervisor, who came to the place and when he saw Ezra’s condition, he informed his grandmother and she called me.

“We went to the Yelwa Divisional Police Station and made a report, but the police personnel said we should go and bring him.

“We went and conveyed him to the station in a tricycle and from there, we rushed him to the Abubakar Tafawa Balewa Teaching Hospital around 2pm and medical officials pronounced him dead around 3.15pm.

“What surprised us was how they dumped him in that place for several hours without anyone taking him to the hospital until his colleague came.

“He sustained fractures in some parts of his body. It was while the doctor was trying to pass the drip to him that we noticed that he had stopped breathing.”


Police torture man to death over friend’s offence, detain corpse

Members of the Inspector-General of Police Special Tactical Squad have been accused of torturing an electrician, Olaoluwa Bolarinwa, to death while trying to use him as a bait to arrest his friend.

It was gathered that the policemen stormed Olaoluwa’s house in the Ekotedo, Iyaolobe area of Ibadan, Oyo State, on March 26, 2020.

They were said to have arrested Olaoluwa and his nephew, Oreoluwa Abiona, and took them and two televisions, decoders and phones, and detained the two men at the Mokola Police Station.

The police reportedly called Olaoluwa’s wife, Blessing, the following day to come and bail Oreoluwa, saying her husband’s friend was their main target.

The operatives were reported to have ordered the 46-year-old Olaoluwa to give information that would lead to the arrest of his friend, identified simply as Bosun, who was suspected to have been involved in a bank robbery.

Blessing said after securing Oreoluwa’s release on bail, all entreaties to get her husband freed were rebuffed by the policemen.

The victim’s brother, Boyo Adeshina, told our correspondent that Olaoluwa was later moved from the Mokola Police Station to an undisclosed location, which made the family to search for him.

He stated, “It was at the Mokola Police Station that we got to know that my brother had been moved to the Obada Police Station. The following Saturday, we went to the Obada Police Station, where I was told that there was no record of him there and we were directed to the Ogun State Police Command’s Criminal Intelligence and Investigation Department, Eleweran.

“When we got there, we were directed to the IGPSTS and with the help of my sister, who is an army officer, we got to know that the policemen were from the IGPSTS in Lagos.

“We called the phone number that the IPO gave Oreoluwa and Truecaller identified the number as belonging to System, but immediately we asked him about Olaoluwa, he dropped the call.

“My brother-in-law called him and the policeman told him that he was in Lagos that we should come and meet him at the police headquarters in Obalende, but when we got to Obalende and called him, he told us that he was on his way to Abuja and would call my brother-in-law and give him the details of my brother’s offence, but whenever we called him after that, he used to cut off the phone.

Ädeshina said he got a lawyer to call the policeman to demand his brother’s offence and his whereabouts.

He stated, “The cop said my brother and others were involved in armed robbery, which was different from what we were told at the Mokola Police Station that Olaoluwa was just needed to track a suspect and would be released as soon as the suspect was found.

“Four weeks after that, I went to their office at Ayobo. The policemen we met there denied knowing any cop called System. They also said there was no case of any Olaoluwa there. My sister and I went back the following week and met another policeman, who told us that all the suspects and their IPOs had been moved to Abuja.

“He asked us to go home and wait until after the lockdown. We went back but the following week, we were chased away because we asked for their phone numbers to enable us contact them to know when the commandant would be available.

“I later went back to the station with my sister. They brought out their register; I was behind the policeman who brought out the register and he asked me to call System; they spoke with him after which they allowed us to see the commander.

“The commander asked me if Olaoluwa had been arrested before and I said no. She asked if I knew he was an armed robber and I told her it was not possible. The commander ordered that the suspects be brought out, but four men were brought and the first man, who claimed to know Olaoluwa, said he was their sponsor and that he was in charge of providing guns for them during operations.

“The commander told us that Olaoluwa died three days after his arrest. She and her men had forgotten that two weeks after Olaoluwa’s arrest, they gave him a phone to speak to his wife. We asked them to release his corpse to us, but the commander said because he was an armed robber, they would not release his corpse for burial. She didn’t allow us to ask how our brother died.

“They called my brother an armed robber and killed him without taking him to court; we want Nigerians to stand up and fight for us. My brother’s death is a case of extrajudicial killing. My brother was not a thief and he was murdered. We want justice.”

When the Force Public Relations Officer, Frank Mba, was contacted on the telephone by our correspondent, he did not pick his calls and had yet to reply to an SMS sent to his telephone as of the time of filing this report.


Motorcyclists protesting ban beat Lagos guards to a pulp

There was tension in the Zone 4 of the Lekki Peninsula Scheme 1 in Lagos State recently when no fewer than 50 motorcyclists protesting the ban on their operations stormed the area with weapons and injured four environmental guards and beat two of them to a pulp.

The battered guards were identified as Yusuf Adamu, Brown Robertson, Frank Onwudinjo and Caleb Onemine.

It was gathered during a visit to the area on Tuesday that the motorcyclists, who were identified as Goza boys from Borno State, protested against the actions of the Lekki Residents’ Association and its security outfit, as the enforcement of the ban had rendered them jobless.

While enforcing the ban, it was learnt that the Chairman, Lekki Residents’ Association, Kayode Otitoju, and his executive, partnered the Eti-Osa Local Government Council and the police to rid the community of motorcyclists, who allegedly had been committing all sorts of atrocities and sending shivers down the spines of the residents.

To make the clampdown effective, the guards were said to have participated in raiding the hideouts of miscreants dealing in illicit drugs and arrested some suspects, including porters and hawkers, whose operations were also banned in the area.

The arrested suspects were reportedly handed over to policemen attached to the Maroko Police Division.

Angered by the clampdown on their operations in the community, the motorcyclists reportedly regrouped, armed themselves with weapons and attacked some of the security guards, two of who were allegedly dealt machete blows till they lost consciousness.

Adamu, while speaking with our correspondent, said he collapsed during the attack, adding that when a resident, who saw the assault on the guards, mobilised security operatives to the scene of the crime, the assailants fled.

He stated, “Around 9.16am on Friday, May 22, 2020, we were waiting at our duty post for our patrol vehicle to pick us so that we could commence work for the day when we suddenly saw over 50 Hausa boys on motorcycles with cutlasses, knives, sticks and electric wires.

“They pinned us down on the Road 15 of Zone 4 and attacked us. They stabbed me in the arm, back and stomach. When the attack on me got too much, I collapsed and it was at that point that they left me, because they thought I was dead.”

Another victim, Frank, who said he escaped death by a whisker, added that a resident, who saw the assailants attacking the guards, mobilised security operatives to come to their rescue, adding that the suspects took advantage of the situation to dispossess some residents of their valuables.

Frank stated, “Our responsibility is to ensure that porters, hawkers and people, who deal in illegal drugs, are not seen in the vicinity, especially the Lekki Zone 4. So, we became a problem for them, because whenever we apprehended any of them committing a crime, we would hand over such a person to the police and that was how we became their targets.

“Immediately two of my guys became unconscious, I saw as the boys were robbing them. They stole their iPhones, wallets and bags. They also stole my iPhone, Caleb’s iPhone 7s, N10,000 and a Tecno phone.”

Reacting to the incident, Otitoju said residents of the estate did not want motorcyclists in the area, adding that most of those who patronise them were not residents in Lekki Phase 1.

He stated that immediately the state government banned motorcycle operations in the state, the association acted to put an end to the motorcyclists’ operations, because it had been empowered by law, adding that the attack was a revenge mission to kill those, who were preventing their operations.

Otitoju said, ‘Until recently, over 1,500 motorcyclists were operating daily in the estate and they were dangerous and daring. They were made up of retired police and military personnel as well as Hausa/Fulani boys. But one week after the state government banned their operations, they were reduced to 150 and later 50. The residents do not want them, because they are mostly patronised by artisans and visitors, who don’t live here.

“As regards the attack, it was a revenge mission that brought the militant motorcyclists into Lekki to attack some of our security personnel in the line of duty in the Zone 4 area. They intended to kill; all the Divisional Police Officers under the Area ‘J’ Command have been informed and the Area Commander, ACP Gbolahan Olugbemi, commanded the DPO to reinforce the Maroko Police Station and move around Lekki in a show of force.

“Eighteen motorcyclists were arrested during the operation and 24 motorcycles were impounded. This was in addition to the arrest made by the DPO, Maroko Division, CSP Raji Ganiyu, during a raid on their hideouts. We have also compiled all the undeveloped plots where these people hibernate so that raids can be carried out on those locations.”

When contacted, the state Police Public Relations Officer, Bala Elkana, said, “From what we have gathered so far, the motorcyclists were angry with the security guards, because they supported the police in enforcing the ban on motorcycle operations in that vicinity.

“In the spirit of community policing, policemen work closely with private security guards in areas and the support we got from them helped in stopping the activities of motorcyclists there and that angered the motorcyclists and they came to attack some of the guards.

“But we responded swiftly, arrested 14 suspects and impounded 26 motorcycles used during the operation. The suspects will be charged. We have increased police presence in the area.”


Policemen allegedly shoot teenager dead in Lagos

Two policemen, Theophilus Otobo and Oguntoba Olamigoke, have allegedly shot a 17-year-old, Tina Ezekwe, dead around the Berger area of the state.

Another victim, Musa Yakubu, was said to have also been hit by a stray bullet.

The state Police Public Relations Officer, Bala Elkana, said in a statement on Friday that the victims were rushed to a hospital after the incident.

The PPRO, however, said Tina died two days after her admission, adding that Otobo and Olamigoke had been subjected to internal disciplinary proceedings and would be arraigned in court if found guilty.

He said, “The Lagos State Commissioner of Police, Hakeem Odumosu, has ordered an in-depth investigation into the circumstances surrounding the death of Tina Ezekwe, 17.

“Two police officers suspected to have carried out the shooting were arrested and subjected to internal disciplinary proceedings. If found culpable, they will be arraigned in court. The policemen are, ASP Theophilus Otobo, and Inspector Oguntoba Olamigoke, attached to the Bariga Police Station.

“The incident happened on May 26, 2020, around 10.45pm. The said police officers fired shots from their pin down point along the Berger area of the Third Mainland Bridge, in circumstances yet to be determined. One Musa Yakubu, 35, was injured at the point and a stray bullet hit Tina.

“The bullet pierced through the upper side of her left laps. She was rushed to hospital by a team of policemen led by the Divisional Police Officer. The battle to save her life lasted for two days, but she, however, died on May 28, 2020, around 9.29pm while on admission. The second person is in stable condition.”