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Okada ban: Schoolgirl shot, LASTMA, police vehicles destroyed.

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Pandemonium broke out in the Iyana-Ipaja area of Alimosho in Lagos State on Wednesday as motorcyclists and the police clashed over the ban and restriction on the activities of motorcycle riders in some parts of the state.

An SS 2 pupil, Mariam Shobukola, was said to have been shot during the clash, which started around 10am.

While a patrol van belonging to the Lagos State Traffic Management Authority was set ablaze at the Iyana-Ipaja roundabout, a police utility vehicle was vandalised at Alaguntan. A motorbike belonging to the police was also damaged.

The whereabouts of the driver of the burnt LASTMA van was unknown as several residents and policemen sustained varying degrees of injury.

Our correspondents, who visited the scene, gathered that the motorcyclists had started a protest before the police were deployed in the scene to disperse them.

PUNCH Metro gathered that among the grouses of the protesters was that some overzealous officials seized motorcycles on roads not affected by the ban.

The police were reported to have shot tear gas canisters into the crowd and live bullets in the air.

The protesters, who were later joined by hoodlums, retaliated with stones and bottles.

A stray bullet was said to have hit Mariam, a pupil of the DST School, Aboru, who was caught in the middle of the riot.

It was learnt that the shot pupil was taken to the Peak Health Hospital, Aboru.

A doctor at the hospital, who spoke on condition of anonymity, identified the victim as a 16-year-old secondary school pupil.

“She was hit in the buttocks by a bullet. She woke up at our hospital. We referred her to the General Hospital, Ile-Epo, for further treatment. The police have also been here,” the doctor added.

Eyewitnesses told PUNCH Metro that the protest turned violent when the police arrived at the scene and chased the demonstrators.

An eyewitness, who identified himself only as Eze, said some people were injured in the melee that followed, as many ran helter-skelter.

He added that some hoodlums used the opportunity to dispossess passers-by of their belongings.

He stated, “There was confusion everywhere. We all ran for dear life. The okada people did not carry guns, sticks or bottles; they were only protesting the ban on motorcycles in some parts of Lagos State and the major roads.

“But when the police arrived, they started shooting. It was from there that the area boys and some other okada riders started hurling stones and bottles at the police vehicles and the policemen.

“The first set of policemen who came retreated and called for reinforcement.”

A motorcyclist, James Edikan, insisted that they were only registering their displeasure at the ban, saying the police aggravated the situation by opening fire on the crowd.

“The police aimed their guns at us. Many of us are lucky to be alive,” he added.

PUNCH Metro observed that many passengers going to Aboru from Iyana-Ipaja were forced to trek long distances, as motorcyclists had deserted the road.

Several hours after the riot, many shops on Ipaja Road remained closed.

The roads were also littered with the remnants of the bonfires made by the protesters.

Around 2.30pm, one of our correspondents saw the police driving out of Iyana-Ipaja in eight trucks loaded with motorcycles and some suspects.

A government official, who asked not to be identified, said all the LASTMA officials in the area had been withdrawn for security reasons.

He claimed that the protesters first attacked the men of the Lagos State Task Force on Environmental Sanitation and Special Offences (Enforcement) Unit.

He said, “The motorcyclists mobilised from the Moshalashi roundabout to protest. The task force personnel also arrived about the same time to enforce the ban on okada and tricycles.

“The protesters immediately launched an attack on the team. The policemen shot to disperse them.

“A LASTMA vehicle, which was at the Iyana-Ipaja roundabout, was attacked. The driver tried to escape with the vehicle, but he was overpowered and beaten. They snatched the vehicle from him and set it ablaze.

“All the LASTMA officials in that area have been withdrawn, up to Agege and Capitol Road.”

The state Police Public Relations Officer, Bala Elkana, said the riot started after the task force team impounded 86 motorcycles.

He stated that there was no record of death as a result of the incident.

Elkana said, “On February 5, 2020, around 10.20am, the Lagos State Task Force on Environmental Sanitation and Special Offences and some police officers carried out enforcement on the restriction of motorcycles and tricycles in the Aboru area, where 86 motorcycles were impounded.

“The riders of the impounded motorcycles and thugs in large numbers advanced to Iyana-Ipaja and attacked police officers on duty at the Iyana-Ipaja roundabout, Alaguntan junction and the Aboru junction.

“One Inspector Salifu Umar was injured by the hoodlums, but no life was lost. The injured inspector was rushed to hospital and he is responding to treatment.

“One LASTMA vehicle and two Neighbourhood Watch patrol bicycles were burnt by the hoodlums. The windscreen of a police patrol vehicle was also smashed.

“Reinforcement was sent to the affected areas by the command headquarters and the situation was brought under control.”

The police spokesman added that 34 suspects had been arrested for their roles in the incident, adding that the Commissioner of Police, Hakeem Odumosu, condemned the attack on officers carrying out their lawful duties.

He said the CP vowed that the perpetrators, would face the full weight of the law.

The General Manager of LASTMA, Olajide Oduyoye, was said to be in a meeting and could not react to the incident when one of our correspondents contacted him.
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Son flees after stabbing parents to death in Lagos.

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A man, Micheal Okhide, has absconded after allegedly stabbing his father, Clement, and mother, Toyin, to death in their house located on No 6, Akeem Gbadamosi Street, in the Ejigbo area of Lagos State.

PUNCH Metro gathered that Michael and his parents were at home when an issue happened which led him to perpetrate the crime.

Afterwards, it was learnt that the 23-year-old also allegedly attacked his sister, Mercy, a corp member, who returned home around 5.30pm.

Michael’s sister, Mercy, said when she got home, she saw bloodstains in the house, adding that her brother allegedly attacked her but she escaped with injuries.

She said, “When I got home around 5.30pm, I met the entrance door open and saw blood on the net. The door to the kitchen was also open but when I entered into the kitchen, I saw that there was bloodstain everywhere and I became scared.

“As I was leaving the kitchen, I heard my mummy screaming my name that I should run, and immediately, I saw Michael came where I was and I saw bloodstains on him.

“He told me to come inside and I refused, so, both of us started struggling and he stabbed me in my stomach and my hands but I was lucky that the cut was not deep. He wanted to prevent me from escaping but I was lucky to escape and he ran back inside and later I heard that he ran away and locked the gate with a padlock.”

A resident in the area, who identified himself has Salau, said Michael absconded after perpetrating the crime, alleging that he was a drug addict that had been rusticated from three universities.

“I know that boy that killed his parents; he stabbed the mother and the father to death and also stabbed his sister who just got back from work where she is serving but she was able to run out of the house and survived. The police from the Ejigbo Police Division visited the scene of the crime yesterday to evacuate the corpses and also came today for further investigation.

“Nobody was around when he stabbed his parents to death in their apartment. That boy has been a torn in their flesh and was a drug addict that had been rusticated from three private universities. He ran away after perpetrating the crime.”

When contacted, the state Police Public Relations Officer, Bala Elkana, said a manhunt has been launched for the arrest of Michael, adding that the corpses were evacuated to the Isolo General Hospital.

Elkana said, “On Tuesday, February 4, 2020, around 6pm, I was alerted that a young man, Michael Okhide, 23, had killed his father, Clement Okhide, 60 and suspected to have seriously injured his mother on No 6 Akeem Gbadamosi Street. When our men were mobilised to the scene, we found Clement, dead in the pool of his blood in the kitchen. Blood was also seen all over the kitchen and a thorough search of the house led to the discovery of the remains of Clement’s wife, Toyin, 50, in one of the locked-up rooms upstairs.

“Two corpses were recovered and deposited at the Isolo General Hospital’s mortuary. The assailant equally stabbed his sister, Mary, in the stomach and on the hands. She has visited the Ejigbo Health Centre where she received treatment. A manhunt has been launched to arrest the fleeing assailant.”

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Man Narrates How He Defrauds People Using ATM In Edo.

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A man identified as Adetunji Adesina has told the police in Edo State how he defraud people through Automated Teller Machine.

Adesina, 29, was arrested after he withdrew N678,000 from the account of his last victim.

He was paraded with the N678,000 alongside other suspected criminals by the Edo State Police Command in Benin City, the Edo State capital.

The police said he had just withdrawn the cash from the account of Ehitomwan Aghama.

He was also found to be in possession of 10 ATM cards of various banks.

According to the suspect, he met Aghama at the ATM machine of one of the new generation banks on Sapele Road, Benin City and acted as though he wanted to withdraw money from the ATM machine, then he dropped his phone on the ground to distract his victim.

He said when the victim wanted to help him with the phone, he pressed the cardless button on the ATM machine which now made it impossible for Aghama to retrieve his card and that in the process of pretending to assist him, got his pin number which he used to withdraw the money using ATM and POS.

He said, “My name is Adetunji Adesina, I am from Oshogbi in Osun State, I met Aghama at the ATM machine of the bank (name withheld) in Sapele Road, I behaved as if to say I wanted to use the ATM machine, then deliberately dropped my phone on the ground, in pity he wanted to help me with the phone.

“I punched the cardless button on the ATM machine. He was unaware that I pressed the cardless button, so he thought his card was stuck in the machine and went to seek help from bank workers. At that point, I removed it from the cardless transaction and removed his ATM card.

“I got his ATM pin number when I was pretending to help him, I later withdrew 678,000.00 from his account, using the ATM, and POS (Point of Sales) before I was arrested by the police.”

Aghama said he does not know the suspect, but that he went to the bank to withdraw money from the ATM and found out that his card was stuck in the machine.

He said he went to inform his bank so that they could block it but was surprised that 20,000 was withdrawn from his account, he went back to the bank, but they did not block the ATM.

He said a week later, his brother overseas paid about 600,000 into his account and the money was withdrawn by Adesina.

The police said the suspect was arrested in the night while they were on patrol and became suspicious when they saw several ATM cards on him.

He was taken to the bank in the course of investigation from where the victim was informed.

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Police arrest 19-year-old with pistol in Gombe.

 
The Gombe State Police Command has arrested a 19 years old man who deals in locally made firearms in the state’s capital city.

The Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), SP Mary Malum, on Wednesday, in a statement, noted that the Gombe police division arrested the teenager based on credible evidence.

She said,

“19 years old Usman Ali, resident of Tudun Wada quarters of the metropolis was said to be in possession of a locally-made pistol this culminated into an eventual arrest of 64 years old Abubakar Umar, who resided in Nasarawo quarters of Gombe metropolis.

“Upon interrogation, Usman Ali, the suspect claimed that he bought the said gun from 64 years old Abubakar Umar of Nasarawo quarters, Gombe. He was traced to his workshop where Dane-gun, locally made pistols and other fabricated items were recovered from him.”

Malum further revealed that the suspect had been in the business of selling illegal weapons to men of the underworld for more than five years.

She stressed the call by the Commissioner of Police, Bello Makwashi, for more collaborative efforts in fighting crimes in the state adding that the command is ever committed and dedicated to discharging its constitutional duties in the state.

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SON Denies Report Of Faulty Portal, Destroys Fake Phone Accessories Valued At N480m.

 
The Standards Organisation of Nigeria (SON), has said that its online application portal for the operation of the offshore Conformity Assessment Programme (SONCAP) is effectively operational.

Mr Bola Fashina, Head, Public Relations of SON, said this in a statement issued on Wednesday in Lagos, while reacting to the allegations by some importers that the portal had collapsed.

He said that the application portal was for the processing of its regulated imports into Nigeria.

Fashina said the portal was recently upgraded to ensure optimal performance, enhance a seamless operation and facilitate more efficient service delivery to customers and stakeholders alike.

According to him, the upgraded SONCAP portal offers a one-stop shop that provides clients with opportunity to apply, track application, send messages to SON and receive responses as well as upload evidence of payments seamlessly.

He said that it was the profile of the work done and documents used for application that were available on Clients’ dashboard, while also eliminating Tax Identification Number (TIN) error and mistakes in company name.

Fashina said that a recent challenge in transmitting approved and activated SONCAP certificates to the national trade portal was not peculiar to SON, but all other trade- related agencies from January 22.

He said the issue had since been rectified on the national trade portal and all pending SONCAP certificates had been transmitted to the Nigerian Integrated Customs Information System (NICIS) portal, as at February 1.

On the claim that imports were accumulating demurrage as a result of the gap, Fashina explained that the SONCAP was a pre-shipment process.

He said that only non-compliant importers who apply for the certificates after the arrival of their consignments were the ones affected by the development.

Fashina alleged that some importers who brought in about 182 containers into the country without following the pre-shipment conformity assessment process were those trying to circumvent established procedure and crying wolf.

According to him, such consignments will naturally be subjected to scrutiny and seized if found to be substandard, while those behind them would face prosecution.

He advised importers to follow the import procedures strictly by ensuring that they process their products and SONCAP certificates offshore, rather than looking for short cuts after the consignments had arrived Nigeria.

Meanwhile, the Standards Organization of Nigeria (SON) has destroyed substandard mobile phone accessories worth N480 million.

Director-General, Osita Aboloma, made this known at the destruction of the accessories in Epe, Lagos, on Tuesday.

Aboloma, represented by Director, Inspectorate, Compliance and Directorate of SON, Mr Obiora Manafa, explained that the organization was on top of its game to ensure that substandard goods did not find their ways into the Nigerian markets.

He explained that the mobile phone accessories were seized by SON for not meeting up with the required standards.

Aboloma said the move was to serve as deterrent to unscrupulous importers who indulged in illicit trade to short-change unsuspecting consumers of their hard-earned money spent purchasing these goods.

The SON director-general stressed that the safety of lives and property of Nigerians was of great importance to the organization.

“We are here today to destroy some products that are dangerous, and we do not want them to enter the markets.

“They are mobile phone accessories and they are fake, the major brands such as Samsung, Techno, Infinix, Huawei and lots of others. We seized these items late last year.

“We seized them from a commercial warehouse in Lagos, but the products are not owned by the owner of the warehouse.

“We subjected these products to laboratory analysis and they all failed,” he said.

According to him, importers of the substandard mobile accessories have committed an offence by faking these known brands.

Aboloma said that the negative impact on the investment of the original brand owners was huge.

“First, they have contravened the law of the country.  They faked known brands and when we showed these products to the original brand owners, they denied ownership which means that they are fake brands.

“We also went further to do the analysis and they all failed the test. We are also looking at these accessories from two aspects which include the economic and safety points of view.

“The economic point is that the accessories you buy will not last more than a week, and this to us, do not make economic sense, because you do not get value for the money spent.

“The safety aspect is that these accessories pose serious threat to the users. When we tested the insulation parameters of these products, they all failed woefully.

“The IEC standards of power states that the minimum power you get from these products should be 1000 mega ohms, but the values we got after testing gave only 60 mega ohms.

“So, it is as bad as using naked wires, because it is not preventing any flow of current, exposing the users to electric shocks and can even burn houses,” he added.

Aboloma noted that SON could not allow these products to enter the Nigerian market, saying the products were destroyed after obtaining a court order.

“These products are valued over N480 million. We are not happy burning these products because it is a loss to owners.

“The owners have spent so much money to import these products and the whole investment is going into flames.

“It is even a drain on the national economy and nobody is happy about that, but we have our primary responsibility to protect lives and property of Nigerians.

“Life supersedes everything and we are not going to allow these products into the markets,” he said.

The director-general said SON was still on the trail of the importers of the goods with no economic value, pointing out that the agency would stop at nothing until it got them prosecuted.

Also, at the event, the Head, Enforcement, Nigeria Copyright Commission (NCC), Lagos Office, Charles Amudipe, commended SON for its fight against substandard goods in the country, noting that the counterfeited products were not fit for use.

“At NCC, we deal with infringing materials, piracy and all the likes and just like these products, we are having here.

“They are counterfeited and they are not fit for the end users. What SON is doing today is a huge leap that is the fight against counterfeit.

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Trader who tortured her niece with her fingernails and horsewhips remanded in prison.

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A 47-year-old woman identified as Zainab Suleiman has been remanded in prison by the Chief Magistrates' Court in Akure, Ondo State's capital on charges of child abuse and torture.

The lady who was arraigned before the court by the Ondo State Police Command, reportedly inflicted injuries on her niece Victoria Williams who has been living with her since 2017 with her fingernails and horsewhips.

The charge sheet reads:

“That you, Zainab Suleiman, on the 31 January 2020 at Oke-Odu via Ipinsa, Akure, did unlawfully assault Victoria Williams aged 12 years by using your fingernails to inflict injuries all over her body and thereby committed an offence contrary to and punishable under Section 355 of the Criminal Code Cap 37, Vol 1., Laws of Ondo State of Nigeria 2006.

“That you Zainab Suleiman, on the same date, and place did injure one Victoria Williams by causing her deep wound on her body and thereby committed an offence contrary to and punishable under section 338 of the criminal code cap 37 vol 1 laws of Ondo state of Nigerian 2006.”

Speaking to newsmen before her trial, Zainab said inflicting injuries on her niece wasn't intentional. She also disclosed that she decided to take custody of her younger sister’s daughter after she lost her 3 children.

She said; 

“It was a mistake. I cannot pinpoint exactly what she did wrong. She has been living with me since 2017. I enrolled her in a very good school and I train her very well.

“We always read together and I do assist her in school homework. What actually led to the beating was when I noticed that she has not been taking notes in school and the school was preparing for test.

“I queried her but she refused to answer me. Also, I saw a book that used to be 40 leaves which has been shredded to eight leaves in her bag. I asked her where she got it from; she said one of her classmates gave it to her.”

"I was not convinced with her response so I went to her school where the student denied giving her any book.

“She is my niece. Her mother lives in Kogi State. I was the one who pleaded with her mother to release her to me so that she can be living with me here in Akure. I gave birth to three children but they are all dead.”

Victoria who however cried out in pain, alleged that she was brutalized by her aunt who wrongly accused her of eating a fish she was sent to buy.

The little girl said; 

“It all started on a particular day when she accused me wrongly of eating one of the fish she sent me to buy whereas the fish mistakenly fell on the road.

“She didn’t touch me until the third day when she beat me with a horsewhip and also used her fingernails to cut my body.

“So, anytime I didn’t finish the house chores on time or I could not solve my school homework she will use her fingernails and horsewhip to inflict injuries on my body.”

Magistrate Olufunke Adegoroye who presided over the case, ordered that Zainab who pleaded 'not guilty' to charges against be remanded in prison custody till February 11, 2020. Adegoroye also ordered that the case be transferred to the Family Court since it involves a minor, while the young girl should be taken to juvenile home after being given medical attention.


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Fake soldier and 11 suspected armed robbers arrested in Kogi.

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A fake soldier accused of robbing motorists and travellers of their belongings within Kogi East axis have been arrested by the Kogi State Police Command.

The suspect identified as Monday Shaibu was paraded alongside 11 others for offences ranging from armed robbery, kidnapping, culpable homicide and motorcycle car-snatching following his arrest on January 25.
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Investigations revealed that Shaibu who didn't give a valid identification of himself and ownership of the Bajaj motorcycle he rode on, allegedly conspired with one Peter to rob the owner of the motorcycle.

The state's police commissioner, Ede Ayuba Ekpeji said;

 “Operatives attached to the Special Anti Robbery Squad while on routine patrol intercepted a Toyota Highlander 2009 model with Reg. No. Lagos SMK 963 FZ with three occupant namely Ahmed Abah, Yauza Adamu, and Idris Sani. During interrogation, the suspect confessed to have stole the vehicle from Lagos.”
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The police also paraded trio of Ahmed Abah, Yauza Adamu, and Idris Sani following their arrest on 28th January, 2020 for armed robbery.

Mohammed Yahaya, Idris Bello, and Nafiu Bello who allegedly snatched an unregistered Toyota Sienna and other valuables along Old Stadium Road, Lokoja were also paraded on charges of armed robbery and car snatching. One locally made revolver pistol and live ammunitions were recovered from the suspects after Idris Bello led detectives to his house.

Other suspects paraded by the police were identified as  Mustapha James Onuh, Abubakar Achaji Ali, Ibrahim Mallam Barto, Bello Suleiman, Aliyu Ibrahim, and Yakubu Dunca.


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Woman Beats Her Stepdaughter To Death In Rivers.

 
The Rivers State Police Command has arrested a woman for allegedly beating her stepdaughter to death in Port Harcourt, Rivers state.

A Twitter user by the name Victoria Igbokwe, shared the story on the social media platform, advising women to stay away from men with kids if they are not ready to live in peace with the kids.


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Weaponised Drone Allegedly Intercepted At Lagos Airport.

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Two highly weaponised drone were reportedly intercepted at Lagos airport by the officials of the Nigerian Army Department of Military Intelligence on January 28, 2020 at about 5:00pm.

The man who was in the possession of the two highly weaponised drones was arrested after attention was drawn to the suspicious package which was allegedly concealed in cartons.

On interrogation, the man told the National Air Defense Corps in Ikeja, that he works with the Kaduna State Government.

According to Sahara Reporters, the Commander of NADC, Air commodore U.K Abdullah later received a call from some unknown persons to release the drones and the suspect who was being interrogated, and he did on January 30, 2020. Abdullah also allegedly told military officials under his command to drop further investigation into the case.

The importer identified simply as Kelechi did not deny his involvement in procurement of the drones, although he said the relevant body behind the importation will speak at the right time.

“It is confidential. At the appropriate time the appropriate body will speak on this. That is all I have to say.”

Kaduna State’s Commissioner for Internal Security and Home Affairs, Samuel Aruwan reportedly denied the involvement of the state government in importation of the drones when contacted.


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Nigerians To Be Barred From Owning More Than 3 SIM Cards.

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The Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Dr. Isa Ali-Pantami, released a statement on Wednesday, directing the National Communication Commission, NCC to revise the Policy on SIM Card registration and usage.

Ali-Pantami instructed the NCC to ensure that Nigerians should only be allowed to own a maximum of three SIM cards.

The revision of the Policy is based on the feedback received from the security agencies, following the successful revalidation of improperly registered SIM cards in September 2019 and the blocking of those that failed to revalidate their SIMs.

The statement signed by his Technical Assistant, Dr Femi Adeluyi, further directed the commission to ensure that the National Identity Number, NIN, becomes a prerequisite for Nigerians registering new SIM cards, while for foreigners, their passports and visas should be used.

According to him, the already registered SIM cards are to be updated with the NIN before December 1, 2020.

“There should be a maximum number of SIM cards that can be tied to a single individual, possibly a maximum of 3;

”Ensure that no unregistered SIMs are ever allowed on mobile networks; Ensure that subscribers can easily check the number of SIM cards registered to their name, along with the associated phone numbers and networks.

“Ensure that SIM cards that have been used to perpetrate crimes are permanently deactivated,” the statement noted.

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