A trader in Akala, Mushin, Lagos State, Toyin Busari, is battling with burns after her lover allegedly poured substance suspected to be acid on her body, Punch reports. Her boyfriend, Lukman Madoti, of infidelity, reportedly accused the 27-year-old, who is on admission at the Lagos State University Teaching Hospital Annex, Gbagada. The police from the Alakara division arrested Madoti, who is said to be the chairman of okada riders in the area. Our correspondent learnt that there had been a series of fight between the lovers since they met about a year ago over allegations of unfaithfulness. Another disagreement reportedly ensured between them around 10pm last Sunday after Busari returned from her hometown in Eruwa, Oyo State, where she had gone to check on her ailing mother. He was said to have beaten her up and seized her phone, but some residents later settled the quarrel. Journalists gathered that Madoti broke into her room around 5.30am the following day and poured acid on her while she was asleep. He was fleeing from the scene when he was allegedly caught and beaten up by a mob before he was handed over to the police. A community leader, who did not want his name in print, said he was going to the community mosque for Subhi (5.45am prayer) when he met Madoti hurrying towards Busari’s house. He said, “He hid his face and did not greet me. Since I had no business with him, I didn’t bother to call him. He put on hooded black clothes. It was when I finished praying that I learnt that he poured acid on his girlfriend. “A woman that was sweeping outside said he nearly pushed her while fleeing. He plastered a moustache and beards to disguise. He confessed that he did it after he was caught.” A neighbour of the victim, who gave her name only as Taiye, said she was woken up by the screams from Busari’s apartment.
A 29-year-old man, Friday Oyedele, has been arrested by the police in Lagos for allegedly raping and impregnating a Beninoise, Funmi, in the Ilupeju area of the state, Punch reports. Journalists learnt that Oyedele was sleeping with the victim in the house of her mistress, one Alhaja, on Olusoji Idowu Street, Ilupeju. Aside the rape, he allegedly penetrated the victim with a ring which he said would kill her if she told anyone about the sexual assault. The secret was concealed until the victim became three months’ pregnant and the matter was reported at the Ilupeju Police Station by a resident. Our correspondent gathered that the relatives of the suspect verbally assaulted an official of the Lagos State Office of the Public Defender, who was sent to the station, and the Alhaja, who said the duo were lovers. Efforts to rescue the victim to a government shelter were reportedly resisted as the Investigating Police Officer, one Rosaline, allegedly said the families had agreed to amicable settlement. The OPD worker said the suspect’s family boasted that nothing would come out of the case. “The victim, before she was taken from me at the station, said she was brought from Cotonou, Benin Republic, to Lagos to work as a maid for one Alhaja on Olusoji Idowu Street, Ilupeju. She said her mother was dead, while her father was in the village. She noted that she did not finish primary education before she was brought to Lagos. “She said her ordeal started when the perpetrator defiled her for the first time and threatened her with a ring that she would die if she told anybody what happened between them. The victim explained that she had lost count of the time the man had sex with her. “She further stated that she wanted to report him to her mistress, but she was afraid that she would die due to the threat from the perpetrator, until she became pregnant. The perpetrator’s father resorted to threat that if his son was sent to jail, he would be released in a day,” he said. Journalists learnt that Funmi’s mistress claimed that the suspect brought her from Benin Republic to Lagos, adding that Oyedele was 19 years old.
The Police Command in Borno on Tuesday confirmed that one person was killed in Maiduguri during a gathering at the resident of a politician, Mr Grema Terab, Nigerian Tribune reports. The Commissioner of Police, Mr Damian Chukwu, told newsmen in Maiduguri that the command had arrested 24 persons in connection with the killing, which occurred on April 15. Chukwu disclosed that men of the command had recovered the corpse of a 20-year-old welder, Maina Mustapha, at the residence of the politician. He said the command had earlier declined request by Terab to hold a political meeting at his residence in GRA area of Maiduguri. “Terab sent a request in a letter with a PDP logo, seeking permission to hold a meeting at his residence in the GRA area. “The letter was signed by Terab and not by the PDP Chairman or any other official of the party. “And considering the appearance of a party logo on the letter, we notified him that the command would not permit political gathering within residential areas and advised him to hold the meeting at public places or hotels to enable us to provide security. “Terab acted against the command’s position, held the meeting at his residence and in the process one persons was stabbed to death,” he said. The commissioner added that Terab, who was the convener of the meeting, went into hiding and ordered him to report to the nearest police station. He said that investigation into the case had begun. Similarly, Chukwu revealed that the command had arrested a 13-year-old suicide bomber, Zara Idriss, in Maiduguri on Monday.
Justice Mojisola Dada of an Ikeja Special Offences Court, Lagos Tuesday sentenced a 53 aged man, Kolawole Whesu Viyon to two years in prison for submitting a fake Jama-at-ul-Islamiyya of Nigeria Marriage Certificate to facilitate his travel visa to the United Kingdom, Nigerian Tribune reports. Viyon was convicted on a three-count charge of making false statement and presentation of a false document brought against him by the Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission (ICPC). The ICPC prosecuting officer, Gogodaye West said that the convict commitment the offence on December 13, 2016, at the ICPC Lagos Zonal Office. West said that Viyon, in his extrajudicial statement volunteered under caution before Mrs Nkem Ezenwa, an investigating officer with the commission with the commission, made a false statement that Akerele(f) is his third and legally married wife. The prosecutor said that the offence of knowingly making false statement intending to mislead was contrary to Section 25(1)(a) and punishable under Section 25(1)(b) of the Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Act, 2000. According to the statement of facts, the commission received an intelligence report that the convict conspired with one Olaronke Akerele (who is now at large) to submit a marriage certificate containing misleading information to facilitate their United Kingdom visa as a couple. The commission said that further investigation on the matter revealed that the convict and Akerele were never married as purported in the Jama-at-ul-Islamiyya of the Nigeria Marriage Certificate submitted at the United Kingdom High Commission for a travel visa. The commission also said that the convict made a statement which was untrue in any material particular when he asserted that he had personally signed the Certificate of Marriage with No-JUN/LB/0000064 which is dated 9/1/2016 at No: 109, Tokunboh Street, Lagos Island. In her judgement, Justice Dada sentenced Viyon to two years in prison or with an option of an undisclosed fine, which must be paid no longer than 24 hours.
Electricity consumers in the Southwest geo-political zone yesterday in Lagos indicted the Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission (NERC) over its failure to effectively monitor the power sector, Daily Sun reports. The consumers representing households and different communities expressed their frustrations to members of the House of Representatives’ Ad-hoc Committee on Electricity Customers Complaints with a call for the reversal of the power sector privatisation. The consumers said the failure of NERC to address the mounting complaints of electricity consumers across the country has given most of the electricity distribution companies (Discos) the soft landing to treat customers with disdain. They equally warned that if the Federal Government represented by NERC fails to sit up and resolve all customer complaints, a massive movement of angry and exploited consumers will have no choice than to resort to self help. A common feature of the complaints across consumers from the South-West geo-political zone remained the challenge of outrageous billing system, poor customer service and the inability of Discos to meter households. In his submission to the Ad-hoc Committee, a troubled Chairman of Magodo GRA Phase 1, Gateway Zone Community Development Association (CDA), Mr. Bode Ojomu, said the group has written several letters to Ikeja Electric on the issue of excessive charges levied on residents of the estate via estimated billing and has pleaded with them that each house be metered to put the issue of estimated billing to rest. “All our efforts have not yielded any respite as Ikeja Electric keeps piling us with excessive estimated billing, which has been increasing on a monthly basis.” For their part, Olowogbowo CDA, represented by its Secretary, Mr. Bello Abdulwasiu, said Eko Disco has inundated the group with series of complaints from residents over the incessant and astronomical increases in electricity billings. The CDA noted that it would no longer accept the outrageous billings that are only a product of irrational human estimates, alerting that the bill of every household in the community for the month of January 2018 shall be returned forthwith to Eko Disco not minding the consequences.
Nigeria’s candidate Amb. Peters Emuze has been elected to the UN Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (CESCR) in a keenly-contested election held at the UN Headquarters, New York, Daily Sun reports. The Correspondent of the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that Emuze was elected for a four-year tenure. He would be representing the African continent on the panel from 2019 to 2022. His victory, in clinching one of the two Africa’s seats on the board of the committee for at least four years, is seen as a ‘feather’ for Nigeria. Apart from signaling “prestige”, a member of the commission would also improve Nigeria’s future “diplomatic leverage”. CESCR is the body of 18 independent experts that monitors countries’ compliance with the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights of citizens by its States parties. The committee was established under ECOSOC Resolution 1985/17 of May 28, 1985, to carry out the monitoring functions assigned to the UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC). Emuze, who entered the race at the last minute, beat candidates of six other countries’ to clinch the first of the two seats for Africa. While other countries and candidates had been campaigning for upward of one year, Nigeria’s candidate just jumped into the ring barely two months to the election. The seats were keenly contested against Nigeria by Algeria, Sudan, Niger, Uganda, Cameroon and Mauritius. However, Cameroon withdrew at the last minute while Mauritius’ candidate defeated Algeria’s in a run-off to clinch the second seat for Africa. Fielding candidates for CESCR would require the country’s permanent mission to the UN. In this instance, the Permanent Mission of Nigeria to the UN at New York and Geneva, in conjunction with all the 54 Nigerian missions in ECOSOC member states, coordinated the process and canvassed for votes for the position. Nigeria’s Ambassador/Permanent Representative to the UN, Prof. Tijjani Bande, personally wrote to all the 54-Member States of ECOSOC, seeking their support for Nigeria’s candidate.