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We rape female victims who have no money – Robbery suspects

Two suspected armed robbers have been apprehended in connection with a sexual assault on a 34-year-old woman in Gadan Eregi, Fulani Camp along the Bida Road, Niger State.

Northern City News learnt that the suspects, Umar Audu (50) and Umar Mohammed (40), both of Gadan Eregi, Fulani Camp, were arrested along the Bida Road by a team of policemen attached to the Kataeregi Division in Katcha Local Government Area of the state.

It was gathered that the suspects, who reportedly attacked their victim with a cutlass and stick, demanded N400,000 from her.

When she failed to meet their demand, they dragged her into a nearby bush and forcefully had sex with her.

One of the suspects, Audu, told our correspondent that they usually rape their victims who fail to give them money.

He said, “If we stormed any house and the occupants refused to give us a substantial amount of money, we would have sex with any female we found in that house as compensation. We don’t care how young or old; once our victim did not give us reasonable money, we are bound to perform the act.

“If our victim is headstrong or refuses to part with money, we have no option than to have sex with his wife or daughter.”

The Niger State police spokesman, Muhammad Abubakar, stated that the suspects had confessed to the crime, adding that they would soon be charged to court.

Exploits of slain Lagos cultist, Small Jpron

In the Shomolu-Bariga area of Lagos, a certain Jpron bestrode, until penultimate Wednesday, the streets so imperiously that almost two weeks after he had been killed by members of the Aiye rivals, residents still walk about with trepidation. Aiye and Eye are the deadliest of cult gangs in Lagos State.

Jpron, 31, born Ibrahim Oriyomi Balogun, had seemed invincible, after eliminating many leaders of the Aiye group in Shomolu-Bariga, killing many other innocent souls, and even securing freedom from police and prison detention each time he was arrested for his atrocities.

Jpron had grown up wearing quite an innocuous look in the Morocco road-Apata axis of Shomolu where was born and an aunt of his still lives, before he relocated to the Abeokuta Street area of Bariga where his father, a commercial bus driver, has his family house.

It was in Bariga that he gradually embraced a life of crime. As gathered by Daily Trust on Sunday, Jpron gained membership of a group of youths in the area known as the Downtown Boys. He then dug into the act of waylaying passers-by in Bariga mostly at dawn and dusk and do some ‘obtaining’, a parlance for the forceful collection of valuables like mobile phones and money from the helpless.

From ‘obtaining’, Jpron rose to be a leader of the Eye cult group. Funding for the group, as well as for other cult groups in Lagos, came, and still comes quite easy. It is a known fact in Lagos that political leaders employ the two cult groups as enforcers to do their dirty jobs, as the Lagos State Commissioner of Police, Imohimi Edgal, declared last Thursday.

Besides, many business people, including the sand dealers at the seaside on Ilaje Road, Bariga and the many commercial bus, tricycle and motorcycle operators in the area, must pay certain dues to Jpron and his boys or be damned, which could come through death.

Nobody could say exactly when Jpron began killing, but as he confessed to the Lagos State police command when he was arrested in 2016, he joined the Eye cult in 2009 and immediately began his killing spree. His excuse was that some Aiye cult rivals had killed a friend of his called Sunday Folorunsho, alias Small Biscuits, and he had to revenge.

In 2011, Jpron killed two rival gang leaders, Femi Wiper and Lekan Akon, whom he believed to have participated in the murder of Small Biscuits. “I cut them with knives. I shot some other victims. They were killed in the Somolu and Bariga areas. It was in the evening that Femi Wiper was killed. We were going out for a carnival during the Easter period on Alade Street in the Somolu area when a fight broke out. He was the one who first pointed a gun at me and my boys hacked him to death,” he told the police.

Multiple murders in one fell swoop he didn’t tell the police about was the wipe-out of a family of nine somewhere in Bariga. A cult member who wouldn’t disclose his identity confided in our correspondent that sometime in 2012, a fellow hoodlum in the area offended Jpron. He was said to have stormed the hoodlum’s house, and not meeting his target at home, he cold-bloodedly gunned his nine relations he met to death.

On Tuesday, December 10, 2013, an Aiye leader, 36-year-old Segun Ogbere, widely known in cult circles in Lagos, and specifically in Bariga, as Shaggy, was returning home to Bariga from the Yaba magistrate court about 4pm when Jpron and his boys cornered him. Shaggy, a rival to Jpron for control in collection of illegal dues from the helpless in Bariga, was known to have been responsible for many deaths himself.

In the Akoka area leading to Bariga, Jpron and one of his boys blocked with their car the truck in which Shaggy was hiding, dragged him down and began to machete him in full glare of the horrified public.

A witness to that killing said while Jpron concentrated on macheting Shaggy in the head, his partner focused on the victim’s tummy, while people watched in horror.

In 2016, the then state Commissioner of Police, Fatai Owoseni, arrested Small Jpron, whom he disclosed had earlier been declared wanted by the police for multiple cases of murder.

Owoseni said that in January of that year, cultists in Shomolu and Bariga had engaged one another in a war of supremacy where many people, including some of Jpron’s boys, were killed. A vindictive Jpron set about for revenge. He led a group of boys to a building on Oshinfolarin Street, Bariga, where a member of the rival gang resided. Jpron set the building on fire and burnt with it to death a 65-year-old woman, Adejoke Adefuye.

While parading him, Owoseni told journalists, “He (Jpron) has multiple cases of murder and armed robbery which he has confessed to.” The erstwhile Lagos police Commissioner said Jpron had killed five persons in different cult wars. Sources very close to the ruthless cultist told Daily Trust on Sunday that that number grossly understated how many lives Jpron had snuffed out in cult wars.

According to Owoseni, the suspect had also been involved in serial hired killings and had been contracted by several gangs to settle private and business scores. He also described him as a serial rapist.

“Jpron has been giving residents of Shomolu sleepless nights. He is an ex-convict and has been in and out of various prisons for rape cases, robbery, cultism and thuggery. He has jumped bail severally,” he said.

Jpron was arraigned for charges bordering on murder, possession of firearms and belonging to a cult group and was remanded in prison pending advice from the State Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP). But, according to reports, the DPP advised that the murder charge be dropped for a lesser charge of belonging to an unlawful society. A source told our correspondent that Jpron’s protective shield against legal prosecution were some topmost, highly influential political leaders in the state for which he did dirty jobs.

So just as residents of Shomolu and Bariga were rejoicing that Jpron was finally out of circulation, he was seen again in Shomolu in late 2016 celebrating his release from prison custody. The charges against him, as those before them, had died an influenced death. The police had earlier arrested him in 2012 and 2015, before Owoseni pulled him into police custody again in 2016. And on all occasions, he regained his freedom without being prosecuted to conclusion.

In September 2017, the police again arrested Jpron after cult-related skirmishes that culminated in deaths. But rather than arraign him in court for multiple murders, he was charged before an Ebute Meta chief magistrate court with mere membership of a secret cult, to which he pleaded not guilty. The Chief Magistrate, Mrs Oluyemisi Adelaja, granted him bail of N300,000, with two sureties in like sum and fixed further hearing for October 16, 2017. A couple of months later, Jpron was again on Somolu-Bariga streets free as air. Nobody heard of that case being tried anymore till rival cultists killed the cult leader penultimate Wednesday.

Jpron’s death that evening was a shock – and a huge joy – to residents of Shomolu-Bariga. Residents had resigned themselves to the belief Jpron was invincible, both before his cult rivals and the law. But it appeared karma had its own design. At about 5pm on October 17, 2018, Jpron, our correspondent learnt, was informed by some of his boys that some politicians were meeting at a restaurant at the Palmgrove-Obanikoro area on Ikorodu Road, Lagos. Jpron was said to be recuperating from an illness at the time and actually had whitlow on a thumb. A source narrated that when he was being treated in a hospital, the injection needle wouldn’t penetrate. To enable the injection go in, the source added, Jpron was persuaded to do away with the many charms on his body, which he was said to have done.

At the venue of the meeting, a battle for control ensued between Jpron’s Eye cult gang and members of the Aiye cult, led by Solomon Owie, widely known as Solo. It was learnt that as Jpron pursued Solo, a member of the Aiye cult, identified by his nickname, The Don, shot him in the back. The first bullet was said not to have penetrated. “But as he turned round to look at who dared shoot him, a second bullet hit him in the chest and a third in the neck, after which he fell,” the source said.

Jpron’s followers immediately descended on Solo and smashed his head with heavy objects.

Woman breaks son’s head for refusing to eat ‘fufu’

One Mrs. Celestine, a mother of four, has injured her son, Tochukwu, for refusing to eat ‘fufu’ on Tuesday, at 18, Olu Irolu Street, off Adeshina Road, Ijeshatedo, Surulere, Lagos.

That wasn’t the first time she will be brutalizing her kids as neighbours said she always vents her frustration on her Children.

her Landlords daughter said there was a time she beat up one of her children until he bled from ears.

She said the case was reported to the police station and the lady was arrested, cautioned and released.

Tochukwu who corroborated the allegation that him and his siblings always suffer physical abuses from their mother, however pleaded that she should not be arrested this time around.

12 Things you Need to Know about the New F-SARS

The Police has outlined 12 principles that guide the operation of the overhauled SARS later renamed to F-SARS.

The Nigeria police is committed to full compliance with the presidential directives on the overhaul of SARS.

The outfit will now be known as the Federal Special Anti-Robbery Squad, (F-SARS).

All SARS Teams Nationwide have been collapsed under the new F-SARS with a commissioner of Police appointed to head F-SARS and report to the Inspector General of Police through the DIG, Department of Operations.

The Federal Special Anti-Robbery Squad has been moved from the force Criminal Intelligence and Investigation Department to the Department of Operations, Force Headquarters, Abuja.

F-SARS is now saddled with the responsibility of fighting Armed Robbery and Kidnapping-related cases only.

New F-SARS commanders also appointed to operate in states and Zonal Commands and are to be accountable for actions of Personnel under them.

A new Standard Operational Guidelines and Procedures, and code of conduct for all FSARS personnel to ensure that the operations of FSARS is in strict adherence to the rule of law and constitutionally guaranteed rights of citizens; has been unveiled and being enforced in totality.

A committee of Senior Police officers, Technical Consultants (CSOs) has been setup to review and monitor the activities of FSARS under the new arrangement with the use of a custody Records Management system.

Human Right Desk Officers for FSARS in every State to take complaints from the public and forward same to Force Headquarters and not Commander FSARS in the state.

Henceforth, FSARS personnel will not perform stop and search duties except on distress call to respond to armed robbery and kidnapping offences only and they must appear in their police uniform with full identification pending the launch of new FSARS uniform with identity name tag by the Inspector General of Police for all FSARS Personnel throughout the country.

Periodic training program medical and psychological screening in collaboration with some Civil Society Organizations, (CSOs) local and international NGOs, and other Human Rights Organizations on core police Duties, observant of human rights and handling care and custody of suspects have been directed by the Inspector General of police for all Federal SARS personnel nationwide with immediate effect.

Members of the public who have any complaint in the past or present of violation of their rights by any SARS personnel anywhere in the country are to report via the following channels for investigation.

Police arrest Delta girl, 14, for stabbing dad to death

An unidentified 14-year-old girl has been arrested by the police in Delta State for allegedly stabbing a man believed to be her father to death in the Cable Point area of the Asaba, the state capital.

Trouble erupted on Thursday evening when the man disciplined her for an offence she committed before he went to sleep.

It was gathered that the girl, who was unhappy with the development, waited until he was asleep before stabbing him to death with a knife.

The state Police Public Relations Officer, Andrew Aniamaka, who confirmed the incident, bemoaned the crime rate in the state, especially among youths.

Aniamaka said, “I don’t have information if the deceased is the girl’s father. But all we know for now is that he was related to her. Imagine a small girl stabbing her relative to death. The other day, it was killing of a Delta State University student. Where are we heading to?’’

He also appealed to parents to continue monitoring their children, advising ladies to be wary of the men they date.

Outrage as policeman kills Bayelsa varsity student

Residents of Yenagoa, the Bayelsa State capital, were thrown into mourning on Friday following the killing of a 20-year-old 300-level student of the Niger Delta University, Tariela Nikade, by a trigger-happy policeman.

The killing caused outrage in Yenagoa as residents and landlords in Akenfa marched the streets and demanded justice for Tariela.

The protesters besieged the Akenfa Police Station, insisting that the policeman must be identified and prosecuted for the crime.

Some of the residents decried the attitude of the police, saying it didn’t match the conduct of the withdrawn state security outfit, Operation Doo-Akpor.

Nikade, the last child in the family of Anderson Nikade, a broadcaster, was reportedly shot dead close to their house at Tinacious Road, Edepie, Yenagoa.

Our correspondent learnt that that following the ongoing strike by the Academic Staff Union of Universities, the deceased who was an engineering student decided to learn a trade and subsequently began training at a barber’s shop close to his house.

Narrating how his brother was killed, Anderson said, “He was at a barber’s shop when suddenly at about 7pm, a team of policemen stormed the area. They entered into the shop and asked people to raise up their hands. My brother and others complied but one of them shot my brother at the back of his neck.

“Immediately they noticed that they had shot him, they went into their van and zoomed off.”

Anderson added that his brother was immediately rushed to a private hospital in Yenagoa and was later moved to the Family Care Hospital where he was confirmed dead.

Reacting, the state Police Public Relations Officer, Asinim Butswat, identified the trigger-happy policeman as Sergeant Timadj Emmanuel.

He said, “The Bayelsa State Police Command condoles with the family and assures that justice will be done. The command regrets the unfortunate incident involving a police officer and a resident of Tenacious Road, Edepie, Yenagoa.’’

Dealers beat family members over missing hemp in Ondo

Some men suspected to be Indian hemp dealers at Ogbese in the Akure North Local Government Area of Ondo State have allegedly beaten up a woman, identified as Mrs Martina Christopher, her father and brother to a pulp over the disappearance of bags of cannabis kept on the victims’ farmland.

It was gathered that the Indian hemp dealers, numbering about 40, had last Thursday invaded Martina’s farmland, located at Bolorunduro village in the council area, to search for some bags of the cannabis earlier kept on the farm. They were said to have met Martina’s brother, Isaac Akpan, working in the farm.

As the dealers could not find the bags of cannabis, it was gathered that they accused Isaac of stealing the product and thereafter tortured him before taking him away.

Having received the news of the incident, Martina and her father, Mr Joseph Akpan, were said to have traced the hoodlums to Ilu-Abo community in order to rescue Isaac, but they too were beaten up by the alleged hemp dealers.

Narrating her ordeal, Martina said, “I went to the farm very late on the fateful day to join my husband and brother on the farm, because we had left the farm unattended to for some days.

“I met these people, about 40 of them on 15 motorcycles, then I saw my brother, who had been beaten and injured, sandwiched between some of the hoodlums on one of the motorcycles; I had to turn back and later, I was told that he had been taken to Ilu-Abo.

“I then went to Ilu-Abo in company with our father, only to see my brother mercilessly beaten and injured; and immediately the hoodlums saw us, they descended on us and beat me and my father to a pulp, demanding to know the whereabouts of the bags of Indian hemp kept on our farm.

“My father fainted and as I tried to touch him, they gave me a machete cut, while some of them beat me with sticks and I also fainted, because I had lost a lot of blood.”

She explained that the hoodlums threatened to wipe out the entire family if they failed to produce the missing bags of Indian hemp, adding that the hoodlums bragged that no security operatives could arrest them.

The husband of the victim, Mr Augustine Christopher, said he had to report the case at the Area Command in Oba Ile, Akure, following the threat to wipe out his family.

He appealed to the state government and the security agents to save his family from the hoodlums.

When contacted, the Police Public Relations Officer in the state, Mr Femi Joseph, confirmed the incident and said the command had made some arrests over the matter.

“The Commissioner of Police, Mr Gbenga Adeyanju, has ordered that the matter should be transferred to the State Criminal Investigation Department in Akure, while investigation is ongoing,” Joseph added.

Gang rapes 13-year-old virgin while unconscious

A 13-year-old rape victim is still suffering from the trauma she experienced after she was allegedly raped by a gang of four boys.

The victim was reportedly raped while being unconscious.

the victim, who works as an apprentice nurse after school hours, was approached by one of the gang members on her way to her workplace last week.

It was learnt that the suspect blew an unknown substance into the victim’s eyes, which made her lose consciousness after she resisted his advances.

It was gathered that the suspect carried the victim to an uncompleted building in the Baale area of Ajuwon, Ogun State, where his gang members were waiting for him.

The victim, who spoke with PUNCH Metro, said she regained consciousness after the boys had allegedly had their turns with her.

She said, “When I was coming from school on Friday, one of the boys in the community held my hand and I told him to leave me alone but instead, he dipped his hand inside his pocket, brought out a substance and blew it into my eyes; I immediately became unconscious.

“When I woke up, I saw myself in an uncompleted building and I asked him what I was doing there but he shouted me down. When I looked around, I saw four boys with different charms and an axe surrounding me.

“I asked again why he brought me to an uncompleted building and what he did to me, but I was shouted down again; when I tried to stand up, the boys brought out a knife and an axe and threatened that if I shouted, I would be killed.”

The victim added, “I started begging them not to kill me; when I checked my body, I saw blood coming out of my private parts; I was offered cotton to clean the blood but I rejected it and used a cloth that was with me to clean the blood.

“When they eventually allowed me to go, the boys told me that after what they had done to me, I would not be able to conceive and they threw me out through the window.”

She added that one of the suspects suggested that they should kill her so as to cover their tracks but another gang member opposed the suggestion and threatened to kill her with an axe if she mentioned to anybody what they did to her.

Our correspondent learnt that the matter was reported at the Ajuwon Police Station.

However, the mother of the victim told our correspondent that the Investigating Police Officer in charge of the case, who gave her name as Inspector Modupe Ogundipe, vowed not to have anything to do with the suspects on the grounds that they were notorious and that one of them had just returned from prison.

The mother of the victim added that she was insulted when she went to the police station to notify the officers that one of the boys had been caught.

She said, “When we were able to get hold of one of the boys on the day of the incident, we went to the Ajuwon Police Station but the officers there did not attend to us; they insulted us.

“The IPO said she couldn’t follow us because one of the boys was an ex-convict who just returned from the prison and she would not want to have anything to do with him. She said if she had known, she wouldn’t even have taken the victim’s statement.

“I cried that day but the officers did not budge; they said I should leave their station.

“After many pleas, they collected my daughter’s bloodstained pants and the test result from the hospital.

“The police refused to make any arrest; they told us not to disturb them. These boys are in the community, people said they were seeing them around; we went to tell the police that the boys were around but they said that there was nothing they could do about it.”

She added that she overheard the IPO complaining to another officer that she could not investigate a case in which she would not get money.

The victim’s mother stated, “When she was done taking my daughter’s statement, I asked her what we were going to do, she said we should go home but as we were talking, one of the boy’s father came into the station, saying that he just heard what happened.

“The IPO told another officer to lock the father up, that if he was locked up, his son would come out; but she later took the man to the DPO’s office without us and after a few minutes, they came out and I saw the man going out of the station. When I asked her what was going on, she said she had given the man 24 hours to produce his son.”

The mother, who said she wanted justice for her daughter, noted that the incident had traumatised the victim, adding that she could not sleep as a result of the experience.

She added that the victim was always in severe pains whenever water touched her private parts.

The state Police Public Relations Officer, Abimbola Oyeyemi, who confirmed the incident to our correspondent, however, denied the allegation that the IPO refused to arrest the suspects.

He added that one of the suspects’ mother had been arrested for aiding the escape of her son.

Oyeyemi stated, “Since the case was reported, the police have been on the lookout for the boy that was identified among them and when he was seen, the mother of the boy shielded him and allowed him to escape.

“The mother is in custody at the Ajuwon Police Station and she will be charged to court for aiding the escape of the suspect, if she is not able to produce her son.”

The Executive Secretary, First Whizkidz Educational Foundation, Eugenia Irobiegbulam, who is handling the case, has called on the police to redeem their image to ensure that the suspects were apprehended.

She said, “We want justice for the victim because we know there are many victims like her. The girl-child is stigmatised and shamed for what she knows nothing about.

“The victim has not been able to go out since the day of the incident; according to the medical report, she was badly wounded and we are trying to get her healed medically, psychologically and emotionally.

“Why can’t the police arrest these suspect and bring them to justice? The police will make an arrest and bail out the suspect, while the girl-child is suffering.”