Gunmen kill four NDLEA officers, steal rifles at Ondo checkpoint

Gunmen kill four NDLEA officers, steal rifles at Ondo checkpoint

Four operatives of the Ondo State Command of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency lost their lives on Sunday when some unknown gunmen attacked them at Ifon, the headquarters of the Ose Local Government Area of the state.

The deceased were said to have been at a checkpoint on the Ikaro Road in Ifon when the hoodlums attacked them.

After killing the officers, the gunmen allegedly stole their riles and set their patrol van ablaze.

The names of the deceased were given as Abduljalad Mohammed, Wellington Emmanuel, Magaji Aliu and Mohammed lliyasu.

It was reported that the hoodlums came on a motorcycle and opened fire on the NDLEA operatives at the checkpoint.

The killers were suspected to be cannabis dealers in the area.

It was stated, “The gunmen came with a motorcycle and were armed with AK-47 rifles and shot the four NDLEA operatives to death at a checkpoint in the lfon Division.

“They also burnt the NDLEA Toyota Hilux van. The operatives were five in number at the checkpoint but only one of them managed to escape. After killing the officers, the gunmen also took their rifles away.”

The NDLEA Commander in the state, Mr Haruna Dagara, who confirmed the incident, said it was a case of intentional killing, adding that the command had taken some steps to arrest the hoodlums.

He explained, “They (killers) were two on a motorcycle and hid their AK-47 rifles under their clothes; immediately our men stopped them at the checkpoint, they opened fire on four of them, while the fifth operative escaped.

“The command, in collaboration with other sister security agencies, has begun to trail the killers.”

When contacted, the Public Relations Officer, Ondo State Police Command, Mr Femi Joseph, also confirmed the incident, saying the command had commenced investigation into the matter.

“Immediately we got information about the incident, the DPO of the Ifon Division moved his men to the scene and evacuated the corpses. We are also on the trail of the hoodlums, while investigation is already ongoing,” Joseph explained.

Source: Punch

NBA Urges Customs, Police To Probe Lagos-Benin Road Shooting

NBA Urges Customs, Police To Probe Lagos-Benin Road Shooting

The Nigerian Bar Association, NBA, has tasked the Nigeria Customs Service, NCS, and the Inspector General of Police, IGP, to investigate the circumstances surrounding last Sunday’s killing of a Nigerian by a Customs operative on the Benin-Lagos Express road.

NBA also accused the custom personnel operating in that part of the country of allegedly “being in the business of extorting motorists and passengers on the road,” adding that the “shameful act paints the country in a very bad light, and it must stop.”

The association in the statement by its Publicity Secretary, Kunle Edun, noted that the protection of lives and properties of Nigerians was the responsibility of government, warning that the lives of Nigerians should not be cut short by trigger-happy armed security personnel who have no business being on the road.

It said: “The NBA calls on the Inspector General of Police, the National Security Adviser, NSA, and the leadership of the Nigerian Customs Service to quickly intervene in this matter by setting up an investigation panel that will unravel the circumstances that led to the killing of the Nigerian.

“The reported killing is unjustified and reckless. We also demand that all persons involved in this dastardly act must be made to face the wrath of the law. This killing must not be swept under the carpet like others.” 

  Source: Vanguard

Housewife Docked Over Alleged Breach Of Trust

Housewife Docked Over Alleged Breach Of Trust

 

The police on Monday arraigned a 27-year-old housewife, Ngozi Mbionwu in a Kubwa Grade I Area Court over alleged cheating.

The police charged Mbionwu with two counts of criminal breach of trust and cheating.

The prosecutor, Mr Babajide Olanipekun told the court that one Chidinma Lawrence reported the matter at the Kubwa Police Station on Feb. 7.

He said the defendant intentionally deceived the complainant’s 13-year-old daughter into delivering foodstuff valued at N81, 000.

Olanipekun said the defendant convinced the 13-year-old not to tell her mother about it thereby causing her wrongful loss. He said the offence contravened the provisions of sections 311 and 322 of the Penal Code.

The defendant pleaded not guilty to the charges.

The judge, Ibrahim Balarabe, admitted the defendant to bail in the sum of N80, 000 bail with one reliable surety resident within the court’s jurisdiction.

He adjourned the matter until March 25, for hearing. (NAN)

Teenage Housewife Stabs Husband To Death Over Infidelity

Teenage Housewife Stabs Husband To Death Over Infidelity

A housewife, Mary Adeniyi, has allegedly stabbed her husband, Solomon Nduka, to death at their house on Sagamu Road in the Ikorodu area of Lagos State.

It was stated that the 19-year-old killed her 30-year-old husband after a fierce argument about alleged infidelity.

Journalist gathered that the couple had a four-month-old child together before tragedy struck on Friday, February 15, 2019.

The deceased, a casual worker, was said to have been rushed to a hospital where he was confirmed dead by the doctor.

A source said the couple had had disagreements in the past, which had degenerated into fisticuffs.

He said, “The deceased was a casual worker. The couple got married not quite long ago and they had a child together. The four-month-old boy is still being breast-fed.

“The man had been suspecting that his wife was unfaithful to him. He accused her of sleeping around that night and they started fighting. The man beat her up. The woman, in retaliation, took a knife and stabbed him in the neck. He was rushed to a nearby hospital where he died. The police from the Sagamu Road Division arrested her.”

Nduka’s corpse was reportedly deposited in a general hospital morgue for autopsy.

It was reported that the case had been transferred to the State Criminal Investigation and Intelligence Department, Yaba.

The Lagos State Police Public Relations Officer, CSP Chike Oti, confirmed the incident.

“The incident happened around 12.30am on February 15, 2019. The woman stabbed her husband in the neck and he died. The report we have is that the man accused her of infidelity. However, investigation is ongoing,” he said.

Source: Punch

Police Arrest Seven-Man Robbery Gang On Valentine’s Day

Police Arrest Seven-Man Robbery Gang On Valentine’s Day


Members of a seven-man gang said to be notorious for robbing Lagos residents of their valuables were arrested by the Rapid Respond Squad of the Lagos State Police Command on Valentine’s Day.

It was gathered that the syndicate was known for terrorising residents around the College Road, Fagba, and Abattoir areas of the state.

The suspects, Lekan Akinyemi, 23; Chimeze Ofulie, 18; Babangida Abdullahi, 22; Abubakar Umaru, 30; Samuel Oyinloye, 24; Timileyin Oladipupo, 27; and Habeeb Olayinka, were arrested around 9pm on College Road, Ifako-Ijaiye, Lagos, after the gang had robbed more than five passers-by of their valuables while brandishing knives and other dangerous objects.

A statement issued by the command on Sunday stated that all the suspects said they came from different parts of the country but were residing in Abattoir, Agege, Lagos.

The suspects had, on Thursday last week, allegedly robbed one Augustine Agafe after he alighted from a taxi at College Road, Ifako-Ijaiye.

Among the items they reportedly collected from their victim were an android phone, N14,000, and a handbag.

Agafe stated, “I allowed them to rob me because they were many and were holding dangerous weapons, but I trailed them to an open place before raising the alarm. This drew the attention of some RRS officers on patrol in the area and they arrested some of them.

“They equally robbed some other victims, among who were a lady and her boyfriend. The hoodlums dispossessed them of their phones and stabbed the boyfriend, who refused to let go of his mobile phone after parting with his wallet.”

In his confessional statement, one of the suspects said his gang specialised in robbing passers-by at night by collecting their mobile phones, bags, jewellery and wallets.

An investigation by the police revealed that one of the suspects, Oladipupo, popularly known as ‘Timi Yahoo’, specialised in working on SIM cards of stolen phones to determine which ones were enabled for Internet banking in order to transfer money from their victims’ accounts.

 “I have worked on so many SIM cards given to me by Akinyemi and other groups in Agege, and what I do is to further increase our gain from the robberies by transferring victims’ money from their bank accounts after using some software to determine how much is lodged in their accounts, and we share the proceeds,” Oladipupo stated.

The Lagos State Commissioner of Police, Mu’azu Zubairu, who ordered the arrest of all the gang members, added that they had been transferred to the Special Anti-Robbery Squad for a thorough investigation.

He noted that the gang members would be charged to court as soon as investigations are completed.

Source: Punch

Custom Officer Shoots Civilian Dead While Trying To Extort European Returnees

Custom Officer Shoots Civilian Dead While Trying To Extort European Returnees


A Customs officer has killed a civilian, Godwin Onoja, while allegedly trying to extort N5,000 bribe from travellers coming from Europe on the Sagamu end of the Lagos-Ore-Benin Expressway.

It was gathered that the victim was shot during an altercation between the officers of the Federal Operations Unit of the Nigeria Customs Service, Ikeja, Lagos, and some travellers, who boarded an Iyare Motors’ passenger bus travelling to Benin City from Lagos on Sunday.

One of the passengers, Mr Oliver Joseph, who lives in France, said he and the other passengers in the bus arrived at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Ikeja, Lagos, on Saturday evening.

According to him, whenever he and his co-travellers get into Nigeria, they usually contract Iyare Motors to convey them to Benin from the Lagos airport.

He added that they booked the vehicle when they got to Nigeria, adding that the driver came to the airport on sunday morning as arranged to convey them to Benin.

Joseph stated that when they got to the Sagamu intersection of the Lagos-Ibadan Expressway, some Customs officials asked the driver to stop.

He stated, “The driver stopped and asked them what the matter was. The driver told them that the bus belonged to Iyare Motors and it was pointless to ask him to stop. Immediately the driver parked, one of the officers came and asked who owned the luggage. The driver told him that the luggage belonged to the passengers. The customs officer asked us where we were coming from and we told him that we were coming from overseas and that we were here on a visit.

“He said he had interest in the luggage and needed to check them one by one. We told him that they had been checked at the airport. He replied that he must carry out his job and ordered us to alight from the bus. One of them then called the driver and asked him to give them N5,000 for them to allow us to go. We heard the driver saying that he did not have the money and that we did not have anything illegal. The driver then told us that the Customs officers demanded N5,000 from us.

“We eventually agreed that our luggage be searched and one of us insisted that he would record it so that they won’t place contraband in our bags. So, the guy brought out his iPhone 6, but one of the officers demanded to have the phone but the passenger refused, saying that the price of the phone could pay his salary.

“The officer just took some steps back, cocked his gun and fired. Immediately he fired, a man fell down. Before we knew it, one of the two Customs officers in green sweater ran into the bush, leaving the others. We were 10 passengers in the bus and when we took a headcount, we were complete. There was blood all over the victim’s face, so we could not recognise him.

“The officer tried to run away, but we held him by the uniform insisting that he had to follow us to the nearest police station.”

The manager of Iyare Motors, Benin City, Mr Aghimien Osahon, thanked God that none of the passengers lost their lives in the process.

He explained that the Customs officers were angered by the driver’s refusal to give them N5,000, adding that he did not know why they behaved the way they did.

“It was one of their men that they mistakenly shot dead and not any of our passengers. The officer, who fired the gun, wanted to shoot one of the passengers; as he cocked the gun, he opened fire on one of his men in mufti. We give God the glory,” Osahon added.

The Public Relations Officer, NCS, Mr Joseph Attah, described the incident as quite unfortunate, adding that the victim was not one of the passengers, but a friend to the Customs men.

He said that the victim was from the neighbourhood and used to supply water to the Customs base on the road, adding that he happened to come around when there was an altercation between the passengers of the bus and the operatives.

According to him, the incident happened when the Customs operatives flagged down a passenger bus, adding that instead of the driver and the passengers to allow the operatives to conduct a routine check on the vehicle, they were cursing and calling them thieves.

He said in a statement that it was in the process of filming the Customs personnel at work by the passengers and also struggling to disarm an officer that a rifle carried by one of the operatives accidentally discharged and the bullet hit the man.

The statement read in part, “The attention of the Nigeria Customs Service has been drawn to a disturbing video going viral with conflicting narratives.

“While it is painful and totally unnecessary to lose a life in anti-smuggling operations, today at the Sagamu interchange along Ijebu Ode, an attempt to obstruct the lawful performance of duty by passengers of a commercial bus suspected to be carrying bales of used clothing led to the death of a young man, Godwin, and serious injuries to a Customs officer, Destiny Onebamho.

“Contrary to some narratives, the young man was not a passenger of the bus but a good citizen, who always come to fetch water for the Customs patrol men anytime they return to the base.

“Preliminary findings indicate that it was during the skirmishes and struggle to disarm the officer that the riffle discharged and the bullet hit the friend of the Customs, who lost his life.”

He said the service had already contacted the bereaved family, adding that the Customs personnel had been recalled to the office for further investigation.

The statement added, “It should be noted that while attention shifted to the dead and the wounded, the passengers, who filmed with inciting commentaries boarded their vehicle and left, leaving the wrong impression that it was one of them that was killed.

“While the wounded officer is in intensive care at the hospital, the patrol team has been recalled to the office for further investigation.”

When the Ogun State Police Public Relations Officer, Abimbola Oyeyemi, was contacted, he said operatives of the command were able to rescue the Customs officer from being lynched by the angry mob, adding that the case would be transferred to the State Criminal Investigation and Intelligence Department, Eleweran, Abeokuta.

He said, “After the incident, a distress call was sent to the Divisional Police Officer of the Sagamu Police Station, who moved in with his men. When they got to the scene of the incident, they met the body of the deceased and the angry mob attacking a Customs officer. The police were able to rescue him and he has been taken to the hospital.

“The Customs vehicle has been taken to the police station and the case will be transferred to the SCIID on the order of the Commissioner of Police for investigation.”

Source: Punch