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Wednesday, 17 October 2018

South Africa: Ten-Year-Old Boy Rescues Mother, Cousin From Shack Fire.

A ten-year-old rescued his mother and two-year-old cousin from a shack fire in which his infant nephew, Athaluve Sixakwe, died in the early hours of Monday. The fire left 70 people homeless in Kwa 5, Doornback informal settlement, opposite Dunoon near Milnerton, Cape Town.

The grade 4 Sophakama Primary School pupil, Aphelele Ntsukumbini, was sleeping in the same bed as his mother, cousin and nephew. He woke up to find the house ablaze. He instinctively grabbed his little cousin and took him to safety. He returned to find his mother lying on the floor, flames licking her right arm. He managed to drag her out.

His mother, Nondingazi Ntsukumbini, said her son woke her up before he fled with the cousin, but she fell off the bed. Then her son came back and pulled her to safety. She tried to describe the events to GroundUp, but thinking of those seconds when she lay helpless and suddenly felt the touch of her son rendered her speechless. She said she felt "crazy happy" - the only words she could find - about her son's selfless action.

"The fire was already fierce at the time and my right arm was burnt," she said.

She was treated at the Dunoon Community Health Centre.

When GroundUp asked Aphelele how he felt, he started crying. He said he felt bad that he could not save the life of his infant nephew, aged one year and eight months.

Siphosethu Mrwetana, 22, whose shack was nearby, said she was first to raise the alarm. She said smoke started choking her in her sleep.

"The fire spread so quickly. I heard children crying in the shack where the fire started," she said.

Confirming the blaze, City of Cape Town fire and rescue spokesperson Theo Layne said a total of 30 shacks were destroyed. Layne said the fire started shortly after 2am.

"Sadly, one male minor received fatal burns. The cause of the fire is undetermined at this stage," said Layne.

Storekeeper Who Stole Free School Uniforms Under Investigations.

Storekeeper Who Stole Free School Uniforms Under Investigations
The Bolgatanga Police Command is investigating the storekeeper of the Upper East Regional education directorate of the Ghana Education Service, Mr. Richard Ansah, for allegedly stealing school uniforms meant for deprived basic school pupils in the region.

Mr. Ansah is seen in a video being accosted by some residents in Bukere, at the premises of the Upper East Regional education directorate last Saturday after he attempted leaving his office with about one hundred packs of public school uniforms on a tricycle.

When interrogated, he said the Pusiga District Director of Education, Duncan Nsoh, asked him to bring the uniforms for distribution to some pupils.
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But Mr. Nsoh, who was attending the Azambene Festival in the Bongo District, arrived at the scene and debunked claims made by the storekeeper and reported the matter to the regional director of education Augustine Ayirezang.

But when Citi News contacted Mr. Augustine Ayirezang, he declined to speak on the matter saying the issue has been forwarded to the Bolga police command for investigations.

However, the office of the storekeeper Richard Ansah was locked with two different padlocks. Citi News sources at the directorate say the suspect Richard Ansah has been suspended pending the outcome of the investigations.
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When Citi News contacted the Bolga Police Commander, Superintendent Samuel Punobyin, he said the suspect Richard Ansah reported himself to the police and was granted police inquiry bail.

He further said investigations into the matter was ongoing and the final report will be submitted to the state Attorney's office for advice and action.

Sources at the police command indicate that the regional director of education Augustine Ayirezang was yet to write his statement to fast-track the investigations.


A young man has gone social media to slam his mother who he tagged a liar, a manipulator and a home breaker.

Although the young man did not state his reasons behind the public humiliation of his mom, however the post he shared came with the caption ‘she’s my real mother and she’s a liar’.

He also wrote;

“If you ever see this woman, just know she’s responsible for a broken home, a broken man, a broken family, and author of family manipulation.”

See his post below;

Police arrest man over alleged shooting of kinsman to death.

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Enugu State Police Command has arrested one Emmanuel Ogbu, for allegedly shooting to death his kinsman, Mr Chukwuma Nwankwo, in Imeama-Ugbawka community, Nkanu East Local Government Area.

The police also recovered a single barrel gun and one expended cartridge, which the suspect allegedly used in shooting Nwakwo to death.

The spokesman of the command, SP Ebere Amaraizu, via a statement issued on Wednesday, said that the incident occurred on Oct. 14 at about 11 a.m.

Amaraizu said that the suspect was helping police operatives to unravel the circumstances that led to the incident.

“It was gathered that quarrel ensued between the two of them over a yet to be established issue.

“Following the quarrel, a fight broke out between two of them and at a point, the deceased reportedly had a chance and escaped from the grip of the suspect and ran to his house.

“But the suspect later laid hand on a gun and allegedly pursued him to his parlour from where he allegedly shot the victim at the back with the single barrel gun; the victim was later confirmed dead,’’ he said.

“The corpse of the deceased was deposited at General Hospital Agbani, in Nkanu West Local Government Area for autopsy,’’ the police spokesperson said


Grandmother Charged With Murder After Baby Was Found Dead Inside Oven.

A grandmother was charged with first-degree murder Tuesday after her 20-month-old granddaughter was found stabbed and burned inside an oven.

Bolivar County Sheriff Kelvin Williams identified the Mississippi woman as 48-year-old Carolyn Jones. Earlier, Williams told reporters that Jones had been taken in for questioning after the girl was found dead at a home in the Mississippi Delta town of Shaw in the US on Monday night.

“I’ve been doing law enforcement for 25 or 26 years now,” Williams said. “This is one of the most horrible things I’ve seen in doing law enforcement. The hardest part … is to see a child victim.”

Mississippi Department of Public Safety spokesman Warren Strain said officials are still investigating the cause of the girl’s death and whether she died before she was placed in the oven.

Her body has been sent to the state Crime Lab in Pearl for an autopsy. Williams said autopsy results were not yet complete Tuesday afternoon.

Williams said Jones’s brother found the body Monday night and called police in Shaw, a tow of about 2,000 people approximately 100 miles northwest of Jackson. Police in turn called the sheriff’s office and others for assistance.

Williams said Jones was living in the house where the girl was found and no one else was there at the time the murder took place.

Authorities were less clear on what led up to the death.

The child was found inside a beige frame house in the north end of Shaw. Police tape still surrounded part of the house Tuesday morning, while a stroller, a high chair, and a trash barrel of toys including a scooter sat near the curb in front of the house. Williams said those toys had belonged to the child.

Innoson’s Lawyer Attacked By Assassins In His Chambers.

Counsel to Innoson Nigeria Limited and to Chief Dr Innocent Chukwuma, Prof. McCarthy Mbadugha was brutally attacked today and left in a life threatening condition by hired assassins who made attempt to his life with guns and machetes.

Prof Mbaduga had recently complained about threats to his life over his ability to successfully win various cases for Innoson on the Innoson vs GTB legal tussle.

Prof Mbadugha had last week Thursday, October 11th complained to Innoson about an anonymous message of threat to his life and made suggestions on the provision of security.

Today while in his chambers, a group of armed assassins, broke into his office and attacked him and left him to bleed to death. Prof Mbadugha was rushed to a nearby hospital where he is currently receiving medical attention.

Prof McCarthy Mbadugha has won over six cases in the Innoson vs GTB legal tussle, which includes cases at the Federal High Court, Court of Appeal and Supreme Court.

Last week, October 10 2018, Justice Olushola Williams of the Lagos State High Court struck out EFCC fraud charge case against Innoson.

Cornel Osigwe
Head Corporate Communications
Innoson Group

Driver arrested after man seriously injured in UAE hit-and-run.

Police have arrested a man in connection with a serious hit-and-run in Ras Al Khaimah.

The accident happened at around 4pm on Monday. According to Ras Al Khaimah Police, a pedestrian reported that the driver fled the scene after knocking down a biker.

The Emirati man was riding his motorbike when an Asian driver ran him over with a silver pick-up truck.

In a panic, the truck driver quickly left the scene and failed to help the seriously injured biker.

Col. Ahmad Al Naqbi, director of Traffic and Patrols Department, said that the central operations room immediately dispatched a traffic patrol unit, an ambulance and paramedics to the scene.
Within three hours of the reported incident, police were able to identify and arrest the fugitive driver.

“The biker was gravely wounded and transferred to hospital for treatment. The truck driver has since been arrested, and the case referred to the concerned authorities where further legal action will be pursued," said Col. Al Naqbi.

He added out that hit-and-run incidents is a crime in the UAE, and motorists who run away from traffic accidents will be heavily penalized for their negligence and irresponsible behavior.

The UAE’s amended federal traffic law of 2017 states that motorists who cause an accident and flees the scene will be fined with Dh500, six black points and have their vehicle confiscated for seven days.

If the driver is involved in a serious accident and drives off, then the punishment will be decided by the public prosecution, in addition to black points and vehicle confiscation for a minimum of 60 days.

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ضبطت دوريات فرع المباحث والتعقيب بشرطة رأس الخيمة في غضون 3 ساعات سائق مركبة آسيوي، بعدما لاذ بالفرار بعد صدمه مواطناً يقود دراجة نارية، ما أدى إلى إصابته إصابات بليغة ونقله للمستشفى. وقال العقيد أحمد الصم النقبي، مدير إدارة المرور والدوريات : إن إدارة العمليات تلقى بلاغاً، في تمام الساعة 4 من مساء عصر أمس، يفيد بوقوع حادث صدم شخص، والفرار من موقع الحادث، وعلى الفور تم تشكيل فريق من دوريات المباحث والتعقيب وباشرت إجراءاتها عند وصولها إلى مكان الحادث، وتبيّن فرار سائق المركبة، فيما تم المصاب إلى المستشفى متأثراً بإصاباته البليغة. وأوضح أن عمليات البحث المستمر، أسفرت عن التوصل للسائق الهارب (من جنسية آسيوية)، خلال 3 ساعات من بلاغ ارتكاب الحادث. وأشار إلى إحالة ملف الحادث إلى الجهات المختصة لاستكمال الإجراءات القانونية اللازمة، مؤكداً أن الهروب من موقع الحادث الذي يكون الشخص طرفاً فيه كما في الحالة المذكورة، يعدّ جريمة بحد ذاتها، حيث إن التوقف، والاتصال بالشرطة من الضروريات، والتي تؤدي إلى عدم تفاقم الإجراءات القانونية.
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Kidnappers abduct female police superintendent in Delta.

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Kidnappers have abducted a female Superintendent of Police in Delta State. The senior Police officer, said to be the second-in-command at one of the divisions in Asaba, the state capital, was kidnapped along Ogwashi-Uku-Asaba Road on her way to work on Monday.

Detectives have been on the manhunt for her abductors since the incident, but at press time yesterday, she was still missing.

A Police source told Vanguard:

“The Police officer is still with the kidnappers, nobody knows for now where they took her to.

“The Commissioner of Police, Muhammad Mustafa, has given directive that everywhere should be combed for the abducted officer and the kidnappers. Nobody is at rest now, as the Commissioner said he wants her out of anywhere she was taken to.”

Police Public Relations Officer, Delta State Command, DSP Andrew Aniamaka, could not be reached for comment on the development.

Other kidnap cases 

Last month, six suspected kidnappers stormed a shop located at Spirit and Life Bible Church, Akpu Junction, Asaba, and whisked a housewife, Mrs. Francisca Semiteje, to an unknown destination in her black Toyota Corolla car.

Her vehicle was recovered a day later at Ani Edozie Street, off Asaba Secondary School, Asaba, while she was released after payment of ransom by her family. …

Priests, too...

Similarly, 39-year-old principal and resident priest of Aghalokpe Secondary School, Aghalokpe, Okpe Local Government Area, Rev Fr. Christopher Ogaga, was abducted September 1.

The abductors called with the victim’s phone demanding N15 million ransom, but the priest later escaped from their den.

However, detectives/operatives of the Eagle Net Special Squad trailed the suspects and arrested three of them.

Another priest, Rev. Father Louis, who was kidnapped in Warri, September 15, also bolted from his abductors, same day. Also, four suspected robbers/kidnappers ambushed a 27-year-old lady while she was driving along Ezenei Junction, Asaba, at about 11.05p.m., pushed her down and sped away with her fiancé, Ifeanyi Uzomor, early last month. They later dropped him off along Issele-Azagba, near Ogwashi Uku. 


Girl,13, drowns in Rivers flood.

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A teenage girl, identified as Annabel Ugochi, has drowned in a flood in Umusoya community, in Oyiogbo Local Government Area of Rivers State.

The incident reportedly occurred on Sunday, at about 6:00p.m, around the victim’s residential place.

Daily Sun gathered from community sources that the flood was caused by the contractor working on the Oyigbo axis of the impassable Port Harcourt-Aba Road.  The victim’s father, identified as Hycient, said on that fateful day, he returned home in the evening  and discovered that Annabel was missing.

He added that after a thorough search, the girl’s lifeless body was found in the night floating on the flood.

Hycient, who was devastated, told newsmen that the remains of the deceased would be buried today (yesterday).  According to the natives, the contractor channelled the water into the community without proper drainage.

The people lamented that flood has destroyed their houses and farmland and their lives threatened whenever there is rainfall.

However, residents of Umusoya community have appealed to the state government to intervene urgently, by drawing the contractor’s attention to the havoc caused by the ravaging flood as a result of the ongoing road repairs.


Ex-convict Breaks Into Pastor’s House, Steals Church Offering.

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An ex-convict, Kenneth Ejiofor, has been arrested for allegedly breaking into a pastor’s house and stealing the church offering.

PUNCH Metro learnt that Ejiofor, who was staying with the pastor, Samuel Orji, on September 30, broke into his house while he was in church and stole the church offering and two ATM cards.

Orji was said to have had a misunderstanding with Ejiofor the previous day and had sent him packing.

Our correspondent learnt that Ejiofor came the next day and broke into Orji’s house when he was not around and went away with the offering said to be N11,000; and seed offering that had yet to be counted.

Orji, in his statement to the police, said he allowed Ejiofor to stay in his house because Ejiofor’s elder brother begged him to pray for him (Ejiofor), adding that things started getting missing during Ejiofor’s stay.

He said, “Ejiofor’s brother brought him to Lagos from the village. He couldn’t stay with his brother because of his character. His brother pleaded with me to allow Ejiofor to stay with me so that I could pray for him.

“During the period he stayed in our house, things started getting missing. My wife will cook and give him food but after eating, he will take a piece of meat from the pot.

“My wife bought a lock and started locking the kitchen, but Kenneth broke the lock. Money would just miss in the house; unknown to us, Kenneth had a spare key to the house.

“Kenneth’s job is to fetch water once in two days. One Saturday, there was no water in the house except the little water in the kitchen and Kenneth used the water to bath. When I confronted him, he told me that he had respected me enough and I should respect myself.

“I was angry and I told him to pack his bag and leave my house.

“On Sunday when we were in church, he came back to the house, broke the gate and opened the sitting room with the spare key with him and stole the offering money which is N11,000. He also took the seed offering money which we have not counted, as well as two ATMs.”

However, Ejiofor in his statement confessed to been an ex-convict but denied stealing the church offering.

He was arraigned before Ogba Magistrates’ Court on four counts bordering on stealing and breach of the peace.

He pleaded not guilty to the charges.

The charges read in part, “That you, Kenneth Ejiofor, on September 30, around 10.30pm, on Awoni Murphy Street, off Haruna College Road, Ogba, in the Lagos Magisterial District, did break the burglary proof bars and gain access to the sitting room and did commit felony to wit; stealing, threatening violence and conduct likely to cause breach of the peace; thereby committing an offence punishable under Section 307 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State.

“That you, Kenneth Ejiofor, on the same date, time and place in the aforementioned magisterial district, did steal the sum of N11,500 and Zenith Bank ATM card, property of one pastor Samuel Orji, thereby committing an offence contrary to Section 280 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State

The magistrate, W.A. Salami, admitted him to bail in the sum of N100,000 and two sureties in like sum.