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Hoodlums stab photographer to death, injure fisherman in Lagos.

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The family of a photographer, Tode Julius, has been thrown into mourning after he was stabbed to death by hoodlums while on his way to buy food in the Ayetoro area of Ebute Meta in the Yaba Local Council Development Area of Lagos State.

PUNCH Metro gathered that the hoodlums, made up of the Sawmill boys and the Adekunle boys, had been engaged in a supremacy fight, which had threatened the peace of the community for months.

Our correspondent learnt that whenever a fight broke out, residents, business owners and market women around the Better Life Market in the Ayetoro and Makoko areas were usually thrown into a state of panic, as they run helter-skelter to keep themselves away from the battlefield.

It was gathered that the crisis had led to the death of some of the residents and left scores of people injured.

Tode was said to be a victim of circumstance, as he had gone to purchase the food he wanted to eat from where a group of hoodlums had planned to attack members of the other group on Sunday, June 9, 2019.

The deceased’s friend, Jimi Richard, who accompanied Tode to the food vendor’s shop, said he fled immediately the hoodlums started fighting, adding that he was surprised to later find out that his friend became a casualty.

Richard said, “The fight was between the Sawmill boys and the Adekunle boys. On that day, we were sitting in the area when Julius (Tode) said he wanted to buy noodles to eat for the night. So, I escorted him to where a woman was selling cooked noodles on Ayetoro Street, and when we got there, he placed his order.

“Unknown to us, the hoodlums were about to attack each other where Tode wanted to purchase the food. As soon as the attack started, I ran away. I thought Tode was coming behind, but it was when I got into the compound that I realised that he was nowhere to be found.

“I started asking people if they saw him and was later informed that the hoodlums had stabbed him and that he was rushed to hospital. I had planned to visit him in hospital the following day, but in the morning, one of our friends, Soji, came to inform me that Tode had died. I saw a lot of people mourning his death. I also visited the mortuary and when I saw his corpse, I discovered that the hoodlums used machete to cut him in the head.”

Tode’s cousin, John, who described the photographer’s death as shocking, said he was buried on the day he gave up the ghost, adding that the police should help the family to investigate the events that led to his death and apprehend the culprits.

The Ondo State indigene said, “I was in the area when the incident happened, but I wasn’t at that exact location where Tode was killed. We want justice for his death and will appreciate if the police can conduct an investigation to arrest those who killed him. My cousin gave up the ghost around 1.30am on Monday and was buried on that same day at the Atan Cemetery.

“His death made people to be scared of conducting their business in the area as all shops were locked, but it took the intervention of the Commissioner of Police and men of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad to give the traders the confidence to continue doing their business in the area.”

A church member of the deceased, who did not want to be mentioned, said another resident, Ebenezer, lost three of his fingers when he was attacked by the hoodlums on his way home.

The source stated, “Nobody knows the cause of the fight but it has been going on for over three months. They usually use machetes, bottles and guns to fight each other and we do hear gunshots at night. Tode was a church member; another injured person is a fisherman, Ebenezer, who was on his way home when the vehicle conveying him and other passengers to their destinations broke down on the Third Mainland Bridge.

“So, they decided to trek and were attacked by the hoodlums. I got to know about the attack because I know Ebenezer and when I visited him in hospital, I saw that the hoodlums had cut off three of his fingers and stabbed him in the back of his head and in the leg.

“We are frustrated by these hoodlums; in the evening, they usually gather at the roundabout, and when residents and traders in the market see them, they will start packing up because of the fear of what can happen.”

When contacted, the state Police Public Relations Officer, Bala Elkana, said he had not been briefed about the incident.
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MOCPED Students Flog Thief Thoroughly After Feeding Him In Lagos (Video).

                    
Students of Michael Otedola College of Primary Education, Lagos state have dealt with a thief in an unsual manner after he was caught some days ago.

The yet-to-be identified thief was given food to eat before he was flogged mercilessly.

The students who didn't want to lynch him decided to teach him a vital lesson.
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12 killed as passenger drags steering wheel with driver.

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Twelve people were killed and dozens more injured in an Indonesian traffic accident Monday after a bus passenger tried to wrest control of the steering wheel following an argument with the driver, police said.

The accident happened at around 1:00 am Monday (1800 GMT Sunday) when the coach swerved into oncoming traffic on a toll road in West Java, smashing into two cars and causing a truck to roll.

Some 43 people were injured in the multi-vehicle accident and rushed to hospital, police said.

“In the middle of the journey, a passenger attempted to forcibly take control of the steering wheel… and the bus then lost control,” Atik Suswanti, the head of the Majalengka police traffic unit, told AFP.

The 29-year-old passenger was severely injured, according to authorities. It was not immediately clear if the bus driver survived.

Traffic accidents are common in the Southeast Asian archipelago, where vehicles are often old and poorly maintained and road rules regularly flouted.

In September, at least 21 people died when a bus plunged into a ravine in West Java’s Sukabumi region.

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Police Find Human Body Parts Inside A Sack In Lagos.

 
According to a report by Punch Metro, the Lagos State Police Command said on Sunday that it had commenced investigation into the circumstances surrounding the death of a man believed to be in his 40s, whose dismembered corpse was found in a sack in the Igbo-Elerin area of the state.

The spokesperson for the command, Bala Elkana, said in a statement that the severed body parts found in the sack included the head and the left hand of the victim, adding that the Commissioner of Police, Zubairu Muazu, had ordered the State Criminal Investigation and Intelligence Department to take over the investigation to unravel the circumstances leading to the death of the man in a bid to arrest the culprits.

The PPRO said, “On Saturday, June 15, 2019, around 8.45am, the Okoko Police Station received information that a sack suspected to contain human corpse was sighted along Martins Street, Igbo Elerin. Homicide detectives visited the scene.

“The sack with blood stains contained the remains of a male victim of about 40 years old. The severed body parts found in it included the head, left hand, while one of the laps on the back side was slashed off and taken away. The corpse was removed and deposited in the mortuary for autopsy.

“The Commissioner of Police, Lagos State, Zubairu Muazu, has ordered the SCIID to take over the investigation in order to unravel the circumstances surrounding the gruesome murder and apprehend those behind the heinous crime. He called on members of the public with useful information on the incident to contact the police.”

Men of the command have also arrested one Anudumoapo Aiodun, for allegedly raping the eight-year-old daughter of his neighbour in the Bariga area of the state.

Elkana said the mother of the victim reported the incident at the Bariga Police Station, adding that detectives from the Family Support Unit of the command arrested the suspect.

Elkana said, “On Saturday, June 15, 2019, around 5pm, the Bariga Police Station received a complaint from a woman that her eight-year-old daughter was raped by her neighbour, Anudumoapo Aiodun.

“A team of detectives from the Family Support Unit promptly arrested the suspect. The victim was taken to the General Hospital for medical treatment and forensic examination. Investigation is ongoing, the suspect will be charged to court.”

In another development, the command confirmed that no fewer than 15 persons were injured in a gas explosion that occurred in the Ajelogo area of Mile 12.

A resident, who was identified simply as Chinedu, was said to be cooking in a building located in the Ademola Adefiye area of Ajelogo when the gas explosion occurred and led to a fire incident that gutted the building and other properties in the neighbourhood.

Elkana said the police, firefighters and emergency agencies that responded to the distress call extinguished the fire and rescued the victims, who suffered with various degrees of burns.

He stated that the victims were rushed to the Gbagada General Hospital for treatment, adding that the command had commenced investigation to ascertain the immediate cause of the incident.

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One Soldier, 2 NSCDC Operatives Fall To Militants’ Bullets In Rivers.

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Suspected vandals on Sunday attacked and killed one soldier and two officials of the Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps, NSCDC guarding Shell Petroleum facilities at Gio Community in Tai Local Government Area of Rivers State.

In the early hours of the day of the attack, troops of 29 Battalion of 6 Division Nigerian Army, NA, in conjunction with personnel of the NSCDC guarding Shell Petroleum Development Company, SPDC, Trans National Pipelines at Gio community in Tai Local Government Area, LGA, of Rivers State were attacked by suspected militants.

A statement signed by the Spokesperson for the Army, Colonel Aminu Ilyasu said the bunkers who are also militants were earlier prevented from vandalizing  24″ and 28″ TNP thereby putting them out of the illicit business.

It said that during the ensuing fight one soldier and two personnel of the NSCDC were killed and their weapons (one AK 47 and 2 G3 rifles) were carted away by the assailants.

According to him an immediate reinforcement by troops at the location led to the cordon and search of the general area with the view to finding any criminal believed to be harbouring within the communities.

“Reliable intelligence led to the tracking of the prime suspect, a notorious cultist and illegal oil bunkering kingpin Korobe Menele Loveday who has been on the wanted list of the security agencies for terrorizing communities in the state,” it added.

Stating further, “Consequently, at about 9:00 am, troops cashing on available information sighted a white Toyota Hilux vehicle without a number plate, hastily driven with 4 occupants. Efforts to stop the vehicle by troops at a checkpoint was ignored. The gallant troops chased the speeding vehicle and caught up with the suspects around Kira Junction, along Ken Saro Wiwa Polytechnic.”

He added that occupants opened fire at the troops in a bid to escape. Troops reacted, and ‘incapacitated the militants’ vehicle. This according to a source, forced the bandits to abandon their vehicle and fled to the bush.

One of the suspected criminals was gunned down and was identified as the wanted notorious cultist and illegal oil bunkering kingpin Korobe Menele – popularly known as MENE.

Others with him were believed to escape with gunshot wounds; leaving trails of blood.

Items recovered from the scene and in the vehicle:, 1 x K2 Rifle, 2 x Magazines loaded with 52 Rounds of 5.56mm, some personal effects, one pair of vehicle plate number KRK 95DP RIVERS and some documents.

The body and other recovered exhibits have been handed over to the NSCDC Rivers State Command for further action, while troops continue to track the remaining fleeing bandits to face justice.
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Army kills suspected oil bunkering kingpin in Rivers.

 
A suspected notorious cultist and illegal oil bunkering kingpin, Korobe Menele Loveday, who has been on the wanted list of the security agencies for terrorizing communities in Rivers State has been killed. He was killed in a shootout with security operatives.

Six Division of the Nigerian Army said the shootout happened when its personnel, in conjunction with personnel of the Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps guarding Shell Petroleum Development Company Trans National Pipelines at Gio community in Tai Local Government Area of the State were attacked by suspected militants who were hitherto prevented from vandalizing the pipeline.

Acting Deputy Director of the Army Public Relations, Colonel Aminu Iliyasu in a statement added that during the ensuing fire, one soldier and two personnel of the NSCDC lost their lives and their weapons were carted away by the assailants. The army was able to track Loveday also known as Mene and shot him dead.

According to the Army, “In the early hours of today Sunday the 16th of June 2019, troops of 29 Battalion of 6 Division Nigerian Army (NA) in conjunction with personnel of the Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) guarding Shell Petroleum Development Company (SPDC) Trans National Pipelines at Gio community in Tai Local Government Area (LGA) of Rivers State were attacked by suspected militants who were hitherto prevented from vandalizing 24″ and 28″ TNP thereby putting them out of the illicit business.

“Unfortunately, during the ensuing fire fight one soldier and 2 personnels of the NSCDC lost their lives and their weapons (one AK 47 and 2 G3 rifles) were carted away by the assailants.

“An immediate reinforcement by troops at the location led to the cordon and search of the general area with the view to finding any criminal believed to be harbouring within the communities.

“Reliable intelligence led to the tracking of the prime suspect, a notorious cultist and illegal oil bunkering kingpin Korobe Menele Loveday who has been on the wanted list of the security agencies for terrorizing communities in the state.

“Consequently, at about 9:00am, troops cashing on available information sighted a white Toyota Hilux vehicle without number plate, hastily driven with 4 occupants. Efforts to stop the vehicle by troops at a check point was ignored. The gallant troops chased the speeding vehicle and caught up with the suspects around Kira Junction, along Ken Saro Wiwa Polytechnic.

“Sensing danger, the occupants opened fire at the troops in a bid to escape. Troops reacted, and incapacitated the militants’ vehicle. As a result, the bandits abandoned their vehicle and fled to the bush. However, one of the criminals was gunned down and was identified as the wanted notorious cultists and illegal oil bunkering kingpin Korobe Menele – popularly known as MENE. Others with him, believed to escape with gun shot wounds – leaving trails of blood.

“The following tems were recovered from the scene and in the vehicle:, 1 x K2 Rifle, 2 x Magazines loaded with 52 Rounds of 5.56mm, some personal effects, one pair of vehicle plate number KRK 95DP RIVERS and some documents.

“The body and other recovered exhibits have been handed over to the NSCDC Rivers State Command for further action, while troops continue to track the remaining fleeing bandits to face justice.

“The General Officer Commanding 6 Division Maj Gen Jamil Sarham use this opportunity to rereaffirm the commitment of the Division in protecting lives and properties of law abiding citizens in Rivers state. He also solicits the cooperation of all stakeholders in tackling insecurity within the Niger Delta region through sharing of credible information to the security agencies.”

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Suicide: NAFDAC announces plan to further regulate Sniper.

 
The Nigerian government may direct a change in the package of ‘Sniper’, an agro-chemical that has increasingly become a choice killer for persons contemplating suicide, an official said.

The National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) said it is partnering with other relevant bodies on this as part of plans to discourage the use of Sniper as a tool for suicide.

This is in response to calls for a check on the proliferation and ease of access to Sniper in markets and streets across the nation.

According to Vanguard Newspaper, the Director General of NAFDAC, Christiana Adeyeye, said Sniper containers “could now be made very difficult to open, or may be turned into a spray rather than the liquid contents it is known for.”

The suicide rate has increased in Nigeria with Sniper among the agents popularly used.

Notable among the reported incidents is that of a 400-level student of the Department of English and Literary Studies, University of Nigeria, Nsukka, Chukwuemeka Akachi.

There was another case of a pastor in a popular Pentecostal church who recently committed suicide after consuming the deadly substance.

That was before Ayomide and Ajani Damilola of the University of Lagos were reported to have killed themselves using the insecticide following the accusations that they stole clothes in their hostel.

Another 32-year-old banker and mother of two, identified as Peace, of Ughelli, Delta State, committed suicide over her husband’s alleged infidelity. She also took Sniper.

Sniper: An easy killer?

The ease of access to Sniper despite its wrong use has become a worry for many Nigerians.

Bottles of Sniper can be picked up easily on the streets as they are sold openly in the market.

The World Health Organisation (WHO) estimates that the method used for 20 per cent of global suicides was through pesticide self-poisoning and they mostly occur in developing countries.

Suicide victims appear to find gulping the liquid content of the agro-chemical inside a white container an easier route out.

But experts argue that it is easier to die by a bullet on the forehead than to face the agony that follows after drinking sniper.

NAFDAC’s warning

Mrs Adeyeye also discouraged the use of Sniper and other agro-chemicals for the preservation of food as they contain substances harmful to the human body.

“We also decry poor handling of foods in Nigeria by producers and sellers, because the populace and consumers are being exposed unduly to health risks from contaminants.

“The use of unapproved insecticides such as Sniper for the preservation of grains by unauthorised persons, the use of containers contaminated with hazardous chemicals such as fertilizer bags for grains or chemical drums and jerry cans for food storage are classic examples of a common practice among the market men and women due to ignorance,” the NAFDAC chief said.

Why Nigerians use Sniper indoors

Sniper is a DDVP, 2,2-Dichlorovinyl dimethyl phosphate compound, marketed in Nigeria by Swiss-Nigerian Chemical Company, as a synthetic organophosphorus. Many Nigerians have, however, converted it to an indoor insecticide.

Sniper is predominantly used as an insecticide because of its effectiveness in killing insects better than well-established brands of insecticide.

The demand is also fuelled by its affordability. A 100ml of sniper goes for between N200 and N300 while its competitors cost as much as N750 for 100ml.

“However, Nigerians may be paying a heavier price with their health in the long term, if the trend is left unchecked”, a microbiologist, Fatima Ahmed, explained.

“The instruction on Sniper says apply diluted portions to crops and there’s a ‘withdrawal’ time in which the crop should not be consumed so the active ingredient degrades to minimal level before consumption. Now compare this minute concentration to drinking from the original sniper bottle,” she noted in the report.

According to her, health experts have raised concerns over the indiscriminate use of Sniper pesticide in the control of mosquitoes, cockroaches and other household insects.

“They warned on its dangerous effects, especially to respiratory organs and even carcinogenic risks. A person may be exposed to the associated risk of Sniper through inhalation, absorption via the skin, ingestion, and eye contact.”


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Moghalu reveals why he didn’t drag Buhari to court, speaks on Atiku’s case.

 
The presidential candidate of the Young Progressive Party, YPP, Prof. Kingsley Moghalu, has revealed why he did not challenge President Muhammadu Buhari’s victory at Presidential Election Tribunal.

Moghalu, who alleged that his votes were stolen, noted that his reason was personal and not because the people’s votes counted.

He said that he refused to go to court  because he did not think it was the wisest action.

Moghalu stated this at the weekend during the launch of a book written by the Bishop of the Niger Diocese, Anambra state, Rev. Dr. Owen Nwokolo at Ascension Church, Isiafor, Obosi.

In the case between Buhari and Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, at the Tribunal, Prof. Moghalu urged the judiciary to stand firm to save democracy.

“I did not think it was the best thing to do at that time. The PDP came second at the election, they went to court! I felt that’s okay, also by the time you are not APC, you are not PDP and a small party such as we are, I said our votes were stolen and I stand by it and also said that even if all our votes properly counted, we would not have won the election.

“Nevertheless, the votes were not properly counted but I chose not go to court. It was a simple, practical decision that I made; I didn’t think it was the wisest cause of action at that time.” He said.

On whether he has confidence on the tribunal, he said: “We can only hope that our judicial system will stand this test they are going through and I think we can only make that judgement at the end of the day.

“The areas President Buhari should focus on are security and economy. This country is moving, drifting into a failed state. With the security situation we have in Nigeria today, if it is not corrected the fact that the state is failing us is staring us in the face.

“So, it is imperative on the government to perform its number one duty to secure the lives of the citizen of Nigeria and then, the economy. Poverty is obvious in this country and it is a shame that Nigeria with all our human resources is judged the poverty capital of the world.

“We have the highest numbers of absolutely poor people; it’s a reflection of the failure of our leadership to focus on economic transformation, economic development and structurally lifting millions of people out of poverty. It takes knowledge and skill, politics won’t do it. That is technical knowhow, backed up by political will to manage the economy.”

“I have been offering my advice which has been in public domain with my economic thinking; it is available to government and to anybody who wants it. I have seen certain policy moves which I know it is a reflection of things I used to say during my campaign. I saw the government moving to create some sort of fund for innovation; these were my ideas and if they want to make use of them, good.

“My advice to the president is that he should pick his cabinet very carefully and competence should be his number one criteria,” Moghalu stated.

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Suspected Traffic Robber Swallows Woman’s Gold Wedding Ring In Oshodi.

 
A traffic robber who allegedly swallowed her victim’s wedding ring after threatening to kill her along with three other suspected traffic robbers were on Friday arrested by operatives of the Rapid Response Squad (RRS) of the Lagos State Command in Oshodi and CMS part of the metropolis.

The ring swallowing suspect, Taofeek Adebayo, aged 19, along with an accomplice, Toheeb Tijani, 20 were arrested in Oshodi-Oke shortly after dispossessing two ladies in a grey Sienna bus of a gold earring and a set of wedding rings. The two other suspects, Samson Oluwa, 20 and Michael Amodu Adamu, 22, were arrested in an all-night sting operation in CMS.

Taofeek Adebayo in company of his gang had on Friday pleaded with two gorgeously dressed ladies in the Sienna bus to assist them with money for food in traffic. The two ladies extended a N100 note to them, which the suspects instantly rejected.

According to the driver of the bus, who pleaded for anonymity, “my colleague and I were coming from Anthony and heading to Ilasa for our association’s meeting. Three of them (pointing to the suspects) came near our vehicle. There was traffic and we couldn’t turn anywhere. We were scared. They said we should give them money for food. I reach out to my colleague to give me money.

She gave me N100, which I gave them. They rejected it. One of them said, ‘eleyi kin se owo ti wa’. I told them this is what I have. One of them pulled my left ear and removed my earring. Two of them turned to the other side of my vehicle. They threatened to waste us if we don’t give them money. ‘Where is our money’, they screamed at us. In a hurry to leave our car, they forced my friend to surrender her wedding ring. The yellow guy (pointing to Adebayo) took the first one and swallowed it in our presence. His colleague took the other one”.

When interrogated, Adebayo disclosed, “I swallowed it but I have vomited it and handed it over to Young Boy is the third guy when police were chasing us. I told him to hand over the rings to the ladies so that the police can release us but he absconded with the two rings and earring”.

His accomplice, Toheed Tijani, who sources said was on the watch list of police for snatching a mobile phone from a commuter in traffic earlier in the day stated, ‘I have released the phone to the LASTMA officials standing in Oshodi Oke. They told me that RRS officers were looking for me to arrest me”.
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Clearing agent in court for N5.77m fraud.

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A 36-year-old clearing agent, Tobi Vincent, was on Friday arraigned before an Apapa Magistrate’s Court for allegedly defrauding three people of a total sum of N5,770,000 to clear vehicles at Tin Can Island Port, Apapa.

Vincent is facing three different cases on the allegation. Each of the case comprises a two-count charge of false pretence and fraud.

In the first case, police prosecutor, Sergeant Adeniyi Balogun, told the court the defendant committed the offences between October 2018 and March 2019 at Apapa.

“The defendant, with intent to defraud, obtained the sum of N3,650,000 from one Sylvester Okeke with the pretence of purchasing Toyota Highlander car for him which he failed to do,” Balogun said.

In the second case, the defendant was accused of obtaining N1,100,000 from one Nnachi Michael Ikenna in January 2019 at Tin Can Island Port, Lagos with the pretence of selling one Corolla 2006 car to him which he failed to do.

In the third case, Vincent was accused of defrauding one Adu Kayode of the sum of N1.02 million on April 12, 2019 at Tin Can Island Port.

According to the prosecutor, “The defendant, with intent to defraud, obtained the sum of N1,020,000 from one Adu Kayode with the pretence of clearing one DAF truck and Mercedes car which he failed to do.”

According to him, the offences are punishable under sections 314(3) and 287 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State of Nigeria 2015.

The defendant pleaded not guilty to all the charges.

Magistrate Olukayode Kadiri granted the defendant bail in the sum of N500,000 in the first case, N200,000 in the second case and N500,000 in the third. He was also ordered to produce two sureties in like sum in each case.

The three cases were adjourned the case till June 21, 2019 for mention.

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