Some anti-robbery policemen attached to the Area E Command headquarters, FESTAC Town, have recovered nine pump-action guns and 42 live cartridges from two suspected robbers.
According to Punch, the policemen recovered the guns from the two men in the 7th Avenue area of FESTAC.
The 7th Avenue was where the police and some commercial motorcycle riders clashed about two weeks ago, which led to the death of one of the riders.
A resident told our correspondent that the suspects, who escaped arrest, were initially stopped by the policemen on routine patrol for riding an unregistered motorcycle.
The resident, who pleaded not to be named, said, “It was around 11.15pm when the policemen came to our side on the 7th Avenue and saw the two men on an unregistered motorcycle. They told the rider to stop and we all thought the police, as usual, wanted to extort money from the two men.
“But as the policemen moved near them, the men jumped down from the okada and fled into the night. When the policemen searched a bag they left behind, they found some guns; about seven I think.”
A police source at the area command also told our correspondent that the policemen were on a routine anti-crime patrol.
He said, “The policemen sighted the men on the 7th Avenue. They were on an unregistered motorcycle and carried a large bag. When challenged by the policemen, the men suddenly abandoned their ride and their bag, and took to their heels.
“The policemen later searched the bag and found nine pump-action guns and 42 live cartridges.
“We have told the Commissioner of Police, Fatai Owoseni, and he ordered a detailed investigation into the case. Also, patrol has been intensified in the area.”
The state Police Public Relations Officer, DSP Joe Offor, said the recovery of the guns was a direct result of the CP’s meeting with all Area Commanders and Division Police Officers, where he charged them to fine tune their crime prevention strategies.
He said, “The CP has commended the area command and urged them to intensify efforts to arrest the fleeing suspects. He also urged residents to give useful information to the police to prevent crime.”
According to eyewitnesses, some KAI officials had stormed the area and immediately started confiscating wares of some street traders selling in the traffic that had built up in the area.
The recharge card of one of the traders was also confiscated while the trader was allegedly beaten up and forced into the KAI van. Some of the traders and passersby who felt the recharge card seller was unjustly treated, started harassing the KAI officials who on seeing that they were being outnumbered, took to their heels. However one of the Kai officials was held on to by the traders and was beaten up.
All the contacts on his mobile phone were said to have been deleted, making it difficult for his relations to be contacted.
Our correspondent was told that the case was reported at the Owutu Police Division, while his corpse had been deposited in the Ikorodu General Hospital Mortuary.
When our correspondent visited the area on Monday, he observed that the hotel carried on with its business as usual.
Some of the ladies were seen outside smoking, while a few others attended to customers at the bar.
A source told our correspondent that the deceased was poisoned.
He said, “He checked in around that 10am. It was around 1am that his corpse was discovered. The man was poisoned. The owner of the hotel reported at Owutu that they found his corpse in his room.
“But when the police checked the man’s phone, they discovered that all the contacts and his phone calls had been deleted. There was nothing with which to identify him. Nobody knows his address and family.”
A worker in another hotel in the area, however, said the victim might have killed himself.
He said since the incident happened, the hotel had been running its business at night.
He said, “I was told that somebody died there, but I don’t know the details except that when he got inside the room, he decided to take his own life. The hotel has continued to run its business as usual. In fact, not many people are aware of it.”
The workers at the hotel declined comment, while others said there was no such incident.
When PUNCH Metro asked to speak with the manager of the hotel, he was said to be unavailable.
However, a man, who spoke for the management of the hotel, said the victim died on the road and not inside the hotel.
He said, “You press people have come with your wahala, and you want to complicate matters for me. I don’t want to talk to you about the incident.
“But if I will say anything, I will only say it didn’t happen here. The man stepped out of this hotel and was about crossing the road when he was hit by a car. One of his family members, a woman, has even been here. She even thanked me for my sacrifice because I had to give some money so they could take his corpse to Kaduna.”
The immediate past Police Public Relations Officer, Patricia Amadin, had confirmed to our correspondent on Monday that the deceased died in the hotel.
She said the case was still under investigation to ascertain the true cause of death.
“But we are looking at a case of sudden and unnatural death,” she added.
The incident occurred after an argument between the two women over the dirty state of their compound located in Shasha, Lagos.
Mrs. Taiwo narrated how Mrs. Bola, a mother of four, littered the compound after holding a party and refused to clean up. She took it upon herself to clean the compound. It was then Bola came out of her apartment and confronted her. They got into an argument which eventually led to a fight.
In the process, Bola allegedly bit off Taiwo’s right nipple and swallowed it. According to Taiwo, she was rushed to Igando General Hospital where she is currently being treated. The police at Shasha Division arrested and charged Bola to Ejigbo Magistrates’ court for inflicting bodily injury on the complainant.
During her arraignment, Bola pleaded not guilty and the presiding Magistrate, Mrs J.O.E. Adeyemi, granted her bail in the sum of N50,000 with two sureties in like sum.
Mr. Bola was remanded in prison custody at Kirikiri pending when she will apply for bail. The matter was adjourned till 21 September.
It was gathered that the deceased went to his farm at about 4pm on the fateful day to bring home some tubers of yam he had earlier harvested.
A resident, who did not want his name in print, said the deceased met Dayo on his farm with 10 tubers of stolen yam.
He said, “The suspect attacked Adeyeye when he raised the alarm. He overpowered the deceased, hacked him to death and buried him.”
When the deceased did not return home by evening, his wife, Sherifatu, was said to have told the neighbours, and a search party was organised.
The search party reportedly recovered the remains of the victim where he was buried at about 12am.
Dayo was later fingered by another villager, and a blood stained cloth was reportedly found in his room when his house was searched.
The police also arrested three other men; Akanbi Adeboye, Baba Ejima and Olowo Johnson, over the crime.
The State Police Public Relations Officer, Mr. Wole Ogodo, said investigation was ongoing.
According to reports, the other thee women believed to be church members had come to commiserate with Mrs Obi whose husband who just returned from Cotonou about a week ago had died in the same house.
The other three women were found dead with their bibles still in their hands.
The state commissioner of police, Hosea Karma said the police was alerted after several calls made to Mrs Obi were unanswered so family members decides to check on her and on searching her house, they discovered the bodies of all the women.
He ruled out murder as none of the women had any bruises on them.
He said their bodies have been deposited at the state mortuary while investigations into the matter is ongoing.
The injured were mostly indigenes of neighboring state who had come to the state in search of a miracle at the Christ Mercy Land Church, headed by one Pastor Jeremiah Fufeyin, popularly referred to as ‘Ijaw TB Joshua’.
“The state government has ordered that the hotel be closed immediately to avert further loss of lives. We are going to send engineers straight away. It is very possible that there have been some structural defect ab initio during construction works because that place seems to be a waterlogged area and maybe the proper engineering works were not done.” he said
One of the victims of the incident, Adeza who is an ADC to one of the northern state First Lady, said she was in the state to seek for spiritual help for her many family troubles
“I am a Muslim, but I came here to see the man of God. Only recently I lost my elder brother who was in the Army and so many things had been happening in my family. So I came here for prayers.”she told The Nation
A geophysicist at a company in the Lekki area of Lagos, Mr. Sunday Alabi, says his younger brother, Tope, and brother-in-law, Wale, narrowly escaped being killed by some overzealous policemen attached to the Special Anti-Robbery Squad of the state police command
He stated that the policemen, who arrested and tortured him and other victims on August 28, had raided their area, Atunise Street, Isheri-Olowora.
He said the policemen, numbered about six, shot sporadically into the air and threatened to gun them down.
Alabi added that they were later thrown into a cell in the command till the following day and were released after paying N20,000 bribe.
The geophysicist explained that trouble started around 8pm on the fateful Friday after he sent his brother-in-law to buy foodstuffs for the family’s breakfast the following day.
Alabi said he decided to send him on the errand because the following day, being the Saturday earmarked for environmental sanitation in the state, shops would not open till 10am after the exercise.
Our correspondent gathered that the cops, who were busy arresting passersby, nabbed Wale, who quickly sent a text to Alabi, informing him of his arrest.
Alabi said he dashed out to the scene, but the policemen ordered him to join Wale, who had been forced to sit on the floor.
He said his brother, Tope, and his sister, Gbemi, also came to the scene when he did not return home, adding that they were also arrested.
He said, “That day ─ August 28 ─ my wife, Wale, Tope and Gbemi were in the living room when I remembered that the following day was going to be an environmental sanitation day. I sent Wale to buy bread, noodles and eggs outside. No sooner had he left than I received a text message from him that he had been arrested.
“I told others about the message and I went to the place to see what I could do. On getting to the scene of the arrest, I tried to identify my brother-in-law, but the policemen descended on me and slapped me many times.
“Shortly after, my brother and my sister came looking for me; they were also arrested. They later allowed my sister to go, but ordered Wale, Tope and I into a Black Maria and took us to the Isheri Police Station, saying we were criminals. About 32 others were also arrested that day.
“My wife, a friend and the landlord came to the station to bail us, but they were not allowed in.
“Afterwards, they took to the police command headquarters in Ikeja. When we got to Ikeja, I saw one of them holding a gun and a bottle of gin. They threatened to shoot us.”
Recounting the dehumanising conditions to which he and his family members were subjected to by the police, Alabi urged the police authorities to investigate the case and discipline policemen found wanting.
He said, “We were about 58 in that cell and the toilet smelled so bad that I could not sleep till the following day. My wife, friends and the landlord association came to bail us on Saturday evening after we paid the policemen N20,000. One man, Ode, is the Investigating Police Officer.
“One of the reasons I decided to speak out on this matter is that they may implicate us in future because they took our photographs even though we did not commit any offence. Those policemen should be fished out and disciplined.”
Tope said the policemen could not state the offence they committed.
He said, “At the police command, a lawyer friend asked what our offence was, but they could not say anything. The psychological effect was even more than the assault because I never thought I would sleep inside the cell that night.”
Our correspondent was told that Wale had travelled when he visited the residence on Tuesday. Calls put across to his line indicated it was switched off.
A member of the landlord association in the community, who identified himself only as Jegede, said the policemen did not apply wisdom on the day.
He said, “The way the policemen treated the family was totally demeaning. They even went as far as collecting N20,000 before they were released. We are not saying the police should not raid, but they need to be meticulous so that innocent people are not paraded as criminals.”
The Lagos State Police spokesperson, DSP Patricia Amadin, said she had been trying to identify Ode, the IPO, to verify the incident and promised to get back to our correspondent.
The Abia State Police Command has launched a manhunt for for him as at the time of publishing.
The state Police Commissioner, Joshak Habila, who paraded Uche in Umuahia, said she was arrested by some members of the public at Osusu Aku, where she went to look for buyers.
According to the police boss, Uchenna and four other suspects, still at large, stole the boy at gunpoint on August 21, at Ntigha Uzo in the Obingwa Local Government Area of the state.
He added that Uchenna later handed over the baby to his lover to sell.
Habila explained that Kelechi drew the suspicion of some members of the public on August 26 when the baby started crying uncontrollably, but she could not breastfeed him.
The CP said she was nabbed by the curious members of the public following her incoherent and unsatisfactory answer when she was asked if she was the biological mother of the baby.
“She was immediately arrested and handed over to the police at Ugwunagbo division,” the CP added.
He added that upon interrogation, the suspect said the child was stolen by her boyfriend, Uchenna, and four others and given to her to sell.
The CP said the suspect also explained that the baby was first kept in the house of one Love Chinkata , also on the run, before she collected him to sell.
Habila said efforts were on to trace the biological parents of the baby and to also apprehend other fleeing suspects in connection with the crime.
The police also paraded three suspected robbers ─ Emeka Mbulo, 30; John Promise, 20; and Osinachi Iroka, 22.
According to the police, the suspects were arrested during a raid by detectives at Mbulo’s house following a tip-off that they were plotting a robbery operation.
The police said two locally-made pistols, N46,000 , three machetes, and a hammer were recovered from the suspects.
The suspects, however, denied the allegation.
The Lagos State Police Command has arrested a pastor, Abraham Sunday, for allegedly raping a 16-year-old girl, Kike (pseudonym) in Adalemo Estate, in the Toll Gate area, on the Lagos-Abeokuta Expressway.
On Sunday, the pastor of Christ In All Nations Church in Adalemo, was arrested by the Ojokoro Police Division last Wednesday, September 2, from where he was taken to the Department of Criminal Investigation, Yaba.
It was gathered that Kike, who was ill, had been taken by the pastor to a house in Adalemo Estate on August 28 for deliverance prayer when the incident occured.
It was learnt that the victim’s mother, who said Sunday was a family friend, became apprehensive after she did not hear from her daughter.
The matter was said to have been reported to the police by the landlord of the house where Sunday allegedly camped the teenager to rape her.
A police source told our correspondent that after Kike was rescued, she was taken to a hospital, where a medical test confirmed that she had been raped. The pastor was thereafter arrested.
He said, “The pastor was like a foster father to the girl. She was ill and had gone to a hospital in the area. While returning from the hospital, she boarded the same bus with the pastor, who said he would take her to a place for prayers.
“Since the suspect was a family friend, she did not doubt him. So, they went to the pastor’s apartment, where he camped and raped her for three days. The victim’s mother did not even know about the deliverance prayer.
“On Monday, the landlord and some neighbours got suspicious of the pastor’s arrangement with the teenager and they alerted a non-governmental organisation in the area, which in turn invited the police. The girl was rescued and rushed to a hospital, where a medical test confirmed rape. The suspect was arrested immediately.”
Our correspondent learnt that Kike and her mother were thereafter referred to the Lagos State Domestic and Sexual Violence Response Team and the Ministry of Women Affairs and Poverty Alleviation.
The DSVRT Coordinator, Lola Viviour-Adeniyi, said the team had taken up the rehabilitation of the victim.
She said, “It was an NGO, Rubies Ink, that brought the matter to our attention.
“The girl was taken away for prayer. She was in the pastor’s house at the Adalemo area for three days, and during that period, he raped her.
“The DSVRT reached out to the victim’s mother, but she maintained that she would not pursue any case. While admitting that the pastor defiled her daughter, the mother said the pastor had a three-month-old baby, and she did not want him to be jailed.
“However, we informed the police at Ojokoro division that the state government was interested in the matter.
“This prompted the transfer of the suspect to the SDCI, Yaba.
“At present, the girl is undergoing treatment. She was taken to the Mirabel Centre.”
The Lagos State Police Public Relations Officer, DSP Patricia Amadin, confirmed the pastor’s arrest.
She said, “The police have arrested the suspect, and the matter has also been transferred to the SDCI, Yaba.’’