Ladies Identify ‘One-Chance’ Robber In Public

Ladies Identify ‘One-Chance’ Robber In Public

The police in Ogun State have arrested one Abiodun Makinde, a suspected ‘one chance’ robber after being sighted and identified in public by two ladies, who were once his victims.

Makinde is believed to be a member of a one-chance syndicate that terrorises commuters along Sango/Owode-Idiroko road in Ogun.

His arrest followed a distress call by his victims – Gloria Edoh and Saidat Akinola, who reported that they were attacked and robbed when they boarded a taxi from Owode to Sango, but on getting to Olokopupo area of Atan Ota, two men they met in the car, suddenly pulled knives with which they forced them to give up their belongings.

The Police Public Relations Officer, Abimbola Oyeyemi, who made this known in a statement yesterday, said while the sum of N37,000 was snatched from one of the victims, N480,000 was forcibly collected from the other person by the gang as well as techno phones before shoving their victims off the taxi, and inflicting serious injuries on them.

Oyeyemi said the victims subsequently found their way to a nearby hospital for treatment, but while coming from the hospital, they sighted and identified Makinde as one of the hoodlums who robbed them, which cause them to raise the alarm.  
“The alarm attracted the Divisional Police Officer (DPO), Atan-Ota, SP Abiodun Salau, who was on routine patrol of the area with his men and they raced to the scene where the suspect was arrested with the help of members of the public. 
“On getting to the station, one woman (name withheld) who had earlier complained of similar incident also identified the suspect as one of the hoodlums who robbed and raped her on September 12, and made away with her pants,” he said. 
While noting that the suspect has confessed to the two separate robbery incidents, Oyeyemi said the Commissioner of Police, CP Bashir Makama, has ordered the transfer of the suspect to Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) for discreet investigation.

 Source: The Guardian

Woman Arrested For Stealing Two-Month-Old Baby

Woman Arrested For Stealing Two-Month-Old Baby

A 39-year-old woman, Mrs Mercy Momoh, who allegedly stole a two-month-old baby from the mother, Mrs Funmilayo Sunday, at the Ekiti State Secretariat, Ado Ekiti on Friday, has been arrested while attempting to escape with the infant.

Sources said the woman was apprehended on Saturday at Odo Aremu, Oke Ori Omi area of Ado Ekiti, and taken to the police station alongside the baby.

A source said upon investigation, “The woman claimed that she hails from Benin, Edo State, but resides in Lagos. She said that she stole the baby, because she was in dire need of a male child.

“She claimed that due to her inability to bear a male child, her husband married another wife and might send her packing.”

Momoh was alleged to have tricked the nursing mother to the state secretariat on Friday, on the pretext of assisting her to benefit from the relief materials being distributed by the state government to flood victims.

The nursing mother and trader in soup ingredients had while narrating her ordeal alleged that the abductor had, before that day, been patronising her consistently at the Oja-Oba Market in the state capital.

Sunday stated, “The woman (Momoh), who had become a regular customer, invited me to the secretariat so that her husband, whom she claimed, was working there, would facilitate how I would get some of the relief materials. At the secretariat, she pretended to be waiting for someone, having entered some offices on the pretext of making arrangements for me.

“She later collected my baby and phone from me and asked me to go and buy recharge cards for her and before I returned, she had disappeared with my baby.”

The state Police Public Relations Officer, Caleb Ikechukwu, who confirmed the suspect’s arrest to journalists in Ado Ekiti on Sunday, said, “Investigation is still on going to unravel the exact situation in order to reveal what really transpired.

“It is confirmed that the woman, who stole a two-month-old baby, has been arrested by the operatives of the Ekiti State Police Command.

“The suspect is Mercy Momoh, a 39-year-old woman from Edo State. She was apprehended through intelligence made available to the police and will be prosecuted after the conclusion of investigation.

 “The Nigeria Police will no longer reveal to the public the means through which arrest of criminals is effected, because these days, criminals take advantage of such information.

“Acting on information on how they can be arrested, they now devise other means of carrying out their nefarious acts without being arrested.

“All I can tell you is that the woman, who stole the infant, has been arrested through intelligence gathering and investigation is still ongoing

“We call on members of the public to be careful when dealing with strangers. The suspect was apparently nice to the victim; that was why she got the baby easily. Citizens should not be carried away by kind strangers.

Source: Punch

Woman Kills Lover For Refusing To Finance Daughter’s Birthday

Woman Kills Lover For Refusing To Finance Daughter’s Birthday

Homicide detectives in Lagos State have arrested a 23-year-old woman, Stella Peter, for allegedly stabbing her partner Bala Haruna, aged 25, to death over his refusal to finance their daughter’s one-year birthday party.

The incident occurred yesterday morning at No. 2, Tejuosho Avenue, Surulere where the suspect and the deceased have lived as a couple for three years.

It was gathered that Stella, a native of Kogi State, had an argument with her Kebbi State partner, Haruna, following his inability to raise N30,000 for their daughter’s birthday, which was yesterday.

It was later started having dispute before 6:00a.m. After Haruna, was said to have given his woman N3,000 to buy biscuits and share among kids in the slum neighbourhood.

According to a neighbor, who simply identified himself as Alhaji, the woman got angry insisting she wanted to host a party and want a Disc Jockey (DJ) hired for the celebration. “Today (Tuesday) was their daughter’s birthday. She said she wanted N30,000 to host a party for the child but her husband said he did not have money.

“He gave her N3,000 that she should buy biscuits and share to other children but the woman got angry. They argued and it turned to a fight. That was when she took a kitchen knife and stabbed him. The blood was pumping out. It could not be stopped. Even when he was taken to the hospital and mortuary, the blood was still coming out. He died in the house because it was blood and water that was coming out. Now, I am afraid of women and I don’t think I will ever get married,” the neighbour said.

When The Guardian visited the residence located directly behind Oba Tejuosho’s palace, forensic experts from the Lagos State ministry of justice and homicide detectives from the State Criminal Investigation and Intelligence Department (SCIID), Panti, were sweeping the scene for fingerprints and other exhibits. Their room was cordoned off while the officials were evacuating their equipment.

Petty traders along the avenue condemned the suspect for demanding such money from Haruna, who they said operated his phone charging business from a makeshift kiosk by the canal.

“How can you kill your husband over birthday party? Where did she expect him to get the money from? The young man does not even have money to do business. He is a phone charger. People pay him N50 to charge their phones. He also assists people to upload music to their memory card and download games/apps,” a woman said.

Confirming the incident, spokesman of the police in Lagos, Bala Elkana, said they received the complaint at about 6:00a.m., adding that the woman would be charged with murder.

“The couple who were not actually married lived together for three years and have a baby who just turned one. An argument ensued between them, which turned violent and the woman used a kitchen knife to stab the man in the back, which led to his death.

“The woman accused the man of refusing to release money for their daughter’s birthday party. Homicide detectives have taken over the investigation. The suspect confessed to the commission of the crime. She will be charged to court for murder,” he said.

Borders Will Remain Closed, Customs CG Says

Borders Will Remain Closed, Customs CG Says

The Comptroller-General of the Nigeria Customs Service, Hamid Ali, says Nigerian borders will remain closed until the countries sharing borders with Nigeria stop encouraging importation of contrabands into the country.

He said this yesterday when he visited Maigatari, Jigawa State on the Nigeria/Niger Republic border.

He said Nigeria could no longer fold its arms and watch such countries flourish at the detriment of its economy.

Ali told journalists that countries sharing borders with Nigeria had continued to encourage the importation of all forms of contrabands, adding that those countries knew that such a thing was inimical to the development of Nigeria.

He said despite the measure in place, the door for dialogue was still open in order to enter into new agreement capable of respecting Nigerian economic policies.

He explained that his visit was based on the presidential directive for him to see the progress made within the period the borders were closed.

Ali warned the personnel of the joint taskforce at borders to ensure total closure of the border against any act capable of compromising the Nigerian interest.

“The Nigerian borders will remain close until the countries sharing borders with Nigeria come into terms with conditions put in place for the economic policies of the country in terms of what comes into the country.

“This the first time in the history of this country of having a joint taskforce that includes the military, customs, immigration and the police. The Federal Government came up with such formation in order to ensure absolute closure of all the borders.”

Source: Daily Trust

Three-Storey Building, Prison Wall Collapse In Onitsha After Downpour

Three-Storey Building, Prison Wall Collapse In Onitsha After Downpour

A three-storey building yesterday collapsed at No. 22, Nkisi Aroli Street, Onitsha, Anambra State. The building said to belong to one Chukwuma Njeka, collapsed following a downpour. Thankfully, no casualty was recorded.

The prison wall of the Onitsha custodial centre, (formerly known as Onitsha prisons) also suffered a similar fate as the rear fence of the prison collapsed at about 6:30a.m. during the downpour. Eyewitnesses said no casualty was recorded; neither did inmates escape from the facility due to the collapse.

The police spokesperson in the state, Haruna Mohammed, confirmed both incidents, saying the scene was cordoned off by the police to prevent looters from taking advantage of the incident, while the debris were also being cleared. He added that the Commissioner of Police, John Abang, had ordered for immediate deployment of police personnel to secure the area.

While corroborating eyewitnesses’ accounts that no life was lost in the disaster, Mohammed said the Commissioner of Police had visited the scene and reported no casualty. “The building collapsed today (Wednesday) due to downpour. No casualty recorded and value of property damaged is yet to be ascertained.”

The police spokesman added that the police boss equally visited the Onitsha custodial centre, where the rear fence of the prison also collapsed following a downpour. The CP ordered the immediate deployment of police personnel to secure the area.”

This is coming after a recent collapse of another three-storey building, which claimed five persons’ lives in Onitsha, the commercial city of the state. Shortly after the incident, the Anambra State government set up a probe panel to investigate the cause of the building collapse. This was announced by the Commissioner for Information and Public Enlightenment, Mr. C Don Adinuba, who noted that Governor Willie Obiano had taken the responsibility of offsetting the medical bills of the victims still in the hospital.

Meanwhile, the General Manager, Lagos State Building Control Agency (LASBCA), Mrs. Abiola Kosegbe, has declared a lot of buildings in the state were distressed. She spoke at a stakeholders’ meeting on collapsed building organised by the Lagos State Emergency Management Agency (LASEMA) in Alausa yesterday.

Kosegbe, who said the statistics were alarming, assured that the agency had taken inventory and was already working towards addressing them. She appealed to residents to subject their buildings to integrity test, noting that all hands must be on deck to prevent building collapse in the state.

“We intend to come out with a lot of things that will help in preventing building collapse. Usually, when distressed structures are identified, we mark them and the owners are expected to take them down or perform needed repairs. But now, the government is being proactive and we try most times take action before such buildings collapses.

“Currently, there are a lot of distress buildings in Lagos right now and we have taken inventory of them. Hopefully, in the next two to three months, we are going to try to address the situation one by one,” she said.

Director General of LASEMA, Dr. Femi Oke-Osayintolu, said the meeting was called following the need for holistic approach in preventing building collapse. He said there was need to understand the remote causes of building collapse in the state, adding that the admin

 Source: The Guardian

UK re-introduces two-year work visa for Nigerians, other foreign students

UK re-introduces two-year work visa for Nigerians, other foreign students

The United Kingdom has announced a new visa regime, which will allow foreign students stay and work in the country for two years after graduation.

British Education Secretary, Gavin Williamson, who disclosed this, yesterday, said the new policy would come into effect for students starting courses in 2020.

The plan is an overturn of Theresa May’s 2012 immigration policy, which mandated foreign students to leave four months after finishing a degree in the UK.

According to him, the new policy will allow graduates apply for jobs regardless of their skills or the subject they studied.

He said the policy was aimed at recruiting talented graduates in maths, engineering, technology and other disciplines.

Williamson, who noted that the move would also contribute to the cultural development of the UK, said:  “The important contribution international students make to our country and universities is both cultural and economic.

“Their presence benefits Britain, which is why we’ve increased the period of time these students can remain in the UK after their studies.

“Our universities thrive on being open global institutions. Introducing the graduate route ensures our prestigious higher education sector will continue to attract the best talent from around the world to global Britain.”

British Prime Minister, Boris Johnson, also said the new policy would enable students “unlock their potential” and begin careers in the country.

Source: Vanguard