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Man sells nine-year-old son for N400k, blames hard times

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Man sells nine-year-old son for N400k, blames hard times

Akwa Ibom State Police Command has arrested one Gabriel Okon Ekpiri, a native of Ekit Itam Akpan Obong community in Itu Local Government Area of the state, for selling his nine-year-old son for the sum of N400,000.

The command’s Public Relations Officer, Odiko Macdon, who disclosed this in a statement on Monday night in Uyo, the state capital, said the suspect was arrested by the Quick Intervention Squad of the Command.

Macdon said the suspect, during interrogation, confessed to the crime while blaming the act on the devil and economic hardship being experienced in the country.

The statement read in part, “The Commissioner of Police Akwa Ibom State, Olatoye Durusinmi, has condemned the action of one Gabriel Okon Ekpiri of Ekit Itam Akpan Obong in Itu Local Government Area, who sold his nine year old son for N400,000.

“The CP noted that the act was barbaric and totally unacceptable, and the suspect who was arrested by the quick Intervention Squad of the Command has confessed to the crime while blaming the devil and economic hardship for his actions.”

Meanwhile, the Commissioner of Police has decorated two Deputy Commissioners of Police DCP Baba Lawan Audu, Area Commander, Eket Area Command, and DCP Lawal Isa Mani, Department of Operations.

The CP, while conveying the hearty congratulations of the Acting Inspector General of Police, Olukayode Egbetokun, to the officers, charged them to double their productivity capacity while playing their deputising roles.

The elated senior officers, in their separate interview with journalists, thanked the Police Service Commission, the Inspector General of Police for finding them worthy of being promoted and pled their hard work and dedication towards the Command.

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Edo police arrest three for cultism, recover arms

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The Edo State Police Command has paraded three suspected cultists in Benin City alleged to be members of the Maphite confraternity.

According to a statement by a media aide to the governor, Crusoe Osagie, on Friday, the police commissioner, Funsho Adegboye, paraded the suspects, identified as Eyefia Godbless (30), Imuetiyan Ewemade (30), and Emeka Okpaja (22).

The trio were reportedly apprehended at Ubiaza Community, Off Sapele Road in Benin City, where they were allegedly planning to avenge the killing of a fellow member.

“We have the full backing of the Inspector General of Police (IGP) Kayode Egbetokun on the fight against cultism and we are not joking with it,” Adegboye was quoted stating.

He added that Governor Godwin Obaseki and his executive team are also supporting the initiative to rid the state of cultism and criminality.

The police recovered several items from the suspects, including an automatic pump action gun, 11 live carriages, three green berets, and a Maphite constitution.

According to the Commissioner, the suspects made confessional statements affirming their membership in the cult group.

Adegboye emphasized the dangerous nature of the weapons seized, stating, “This is an automatic pump action gun which is as deadly as AK 47 which has a bullet that can kill several people, unlike AK-47 which can kill just one person. According to the suspects, the gun was purchased for about N700,000.”

The Commissioner used the opportunity to appeal to the youth, urging them to gainfully engage themselves in profitable and positive activities adding that crime, cultism, and internet fraud do not pay.

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In addition to the three cultists, the police reported other recent arrests. These include five suspects apprehended at a cultist hideout along Siluko road, where two pump action guns, two locally made single barrel guns, and 20 live cartridges were recovered.

In a separate incident, one Osayande Tony was arrested with a pump action gun and two cartridges while driving a Mercedes Benz C300 Saloon car.

The police also have in custody one Apalobi Daniel from Powerline, Ugbiyokho, Benin City, who allegedly strangled his wife to death during an argument. The suspect is expected to be charged in court soon.

“At same Siluko road, Rapid Response Squad intercepted one Mercedes Benz C300 Saloon car with registration number YAB 389 BG, driven by Osayande Tony ‘M’ 48 years and was arrested with one pump action gun and two cartridges,” Adegboye added.

Adegboye further reiterated the commitment of the Edo State Government and the police, in collaboration with other security agencies and the press, to continue sensitising the public about the dangers of cult groups and criminal activities.

Source: The Punch

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UPDATED: 17 dead, 120 trapped in Plateau school building collapse

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UPDATED: 17 dead, 120 trapped in Plateau school building collapse

The Plateau State Government has expressed sadness over a school building which collapsed in Jos, the state capital, on Friday.

17 persons have been confirmed dead and over 120 persons trapped at the Saint Academy building located in the Busa Buji community.

PUNCH Online reports that the school building collapsed around 8.30 am on Friday when the students and teachers were in their classes.

The state Commissioner for Information, Musa Ashoms, disclosed in a statement on Friday that 120 persons were trapped under the rubbles while giving an update on the incident.

The statement read, “The Plateau State Government has expressed deep sadness over the tragic incident at Saint Academy Jos, where a building collapsed resulting in casualties and injured students and teachers still being evacuated to different hospitals within Jos

“The government describes the incident as an avoidable tragedy, citing the school’s weak structure and unsafe location near a riverbank.

“However, we commend the efforts of NEMA, SEMA, Red Cross and security agencies in rescuing trapped children and transporting them to hospitals.”

Ashoms disclosed that the government has instructed hospitals to prioritise treatment without documentation or payment.

He added, “The Commissioner of Health has also ordered all major hospitals in Jos to attend to the victims.

“Approximately 120 people were trapped, with many evacuated.

“The government emphasises the importance of adhering to safety standards, making Executive Order 003 sacrosanct. Schools with similar issues are urged to close down, enabling the Jos Metropolitan Development Board to prevent future incidents.”

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Ashoms stated that the incident highlights the importance of prioritising safety standards to prevent tragedies.

Meanwhile, the Executive Secretary of the State Emergency Management Agency, Sunday Àbdu, who spoke with PUNCH Online after their rescue operation, confirmed that 17 persons have died as a result of the collapse

The SEMA boss, who described the incident as sad, said, “We have finished the rescue mission at least for today. We are just closing from the site.

“The fact remains that the casualty figures keep changing. In Bingham University Teaching Hospital Jos, there are 13 dead bodies and 43 persons receiving medical attention.

“In OLA Specialist Hospital, we have over 40 receiving attention. In Plateau Specialists Hospital, we have four dead bodies with 40 people receiving treatment.

“We also have some casualties who were evacuated to the Jos University Teaching Hospital but I don’t have the figure at the moment.”

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22 dead, 90 injured in Jos school building collapse

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It is not immediately clear what caused the collapse but residents said it came after three days of heavy rains.

It is not immediately clear what caused the collapse but residents said it came after three days of heavy rains.

At least 22 students were killed when a school in central Nigeria collapsed on pupils taking exams, according to an AFP news agency correspondent.

Trapped students were heard crying for help under the rubble after the Saint Academy school in Jos North district of Plateau State fell in on classrooms.

Mechanical diggers tried to rescue the victims while parents desperately looked for their children.

Officials have so far only said “several students” were killed but five dead bodies were seen in one hospital morgue and 11 in another. All were wearing school uniforms.

With his mother at his hospital bedside, injured student Wulliya Ibrahim said: “I entered the class not more than five minutes when I heard a sound, and the next thing is I found myself here.”

“We are many in the class, we are writing our exams,” he said.

The National Emergency Management Agency said the two-storey building housing Saint Academy collapsed killing “several students” without giving details.

“NEMA and other critical stakeholders are presently carrying out Search and Rescue operations,” it said.

A resident at the scene Chika Obioha said he saw at least eight bodies at the site and that dozens more had been injured.

“Everyone is helping out to see if we can rescue more people,” he said.

The AFP news agency correspondent said he saw 11 bodies in the morgue at the Bingham University Teaching Hospital and five dead taken into the mortuary at the Our Lady of Apostles Hospital in Jos.

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At least 15 rescued and injured students were admitted, officials at the Our Lady of Apostles Hospital said.

Officials at the Bingham University Teaching Hospital did not comment.

It was not immediately clear what caused the collapse but residents said it came after three days of heavy rains in Plateau.

Building collapses are fairly common in Africa’s most populous nation because of lax enforcement of building standards, negligence and use of low-quality materials.

At least 45 people were killed in 2021 when a high-rise building under construction collapsed in the upscale Ikoyi district in Nigeria’s economic capital Lagos.

Ten people were killed when a three-storey building collapsed in the Ebute-Metta area of Lagos the year after.

Since 2005, at least 152 buildings have collapsed in Lagos, according to a South African university researcher investigating construction disasters.

Bad workmanship, low-quality materials and corruption to bypass official oversight are often blamed for Nigerian building disasters.

 

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Customs seizes 85 drums of petrol being smuggled to Cameroon

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Customs seizes 85 drums of petrol being smuggled to Cameroon

The Nigeria Customs Service has seized 85 200-litre drums of petrol being illegally transported from Adamawa State to Cameroon Republic.

The Service similarly confiscated 795 25-litre jerry cans of the same product which it found on a bush path at the Sahuda neighbourhood of the Nigeria-Cameroon border.

The Customs Area controller of the Adamawa/Taraba Area Command, Comptroller Garba Bashir, who addressed newsmen at the area headquarters in Yola Friday morning, said that a car with a hidden compartment loaded with petrol was intercepted along the Girei-Wuro Boki axis of Adamawa State.

He said the operations were carried out by operatives of the command from the 29th of last month to date.

He added that within the past six weeks, the Area Command which covers the two states of Adamawa and Taraba, recorded 17 cases of seizure of various items with aggregate duty value of N36,952,342.

He said, “In spite of the PMS subsidy repeal, smuggling from Nigeria into the neighbouring countries flourishes. This is due to strong fuel demand and steeper prices in adjacent countries such as Cameroon, Nigeria and Benin Republic.”

He added that selfish Nigerians take advantage of the higher prices in those countries to indulge in illegal export for personal gains.

However, he vowed that the trend would not be allowed to continue as his Command has been strengthening its capabilities and carrying out operations to counter the smugglers.

“We will continue until we bring smuggling down completely,” he said.

Source: Daily Post

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Edo residents count losses in flood-affected neighbourhoods

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Edo residents count losses in flood-affected neighbourhoods

Residents of Uffa, Ugbogbo, Afekhai, Orere, Domingo Road, Lawani Road, Momodu Ajayi Road and Ibillo-Auchi Road in Akoko-Edo Local Government Area of Edo State have started counting losses as their houses and property have been submerged under flood.

DAILY POST reports that 85 houses were reportedly submerged under flood while properties worth millions of naira were destroyed following a two-day heavy downpour.

It was also reported that the flood took over major parts of the local government area.

Some of the affected victims blamed the flood on water coming from the Orere rock, collapsed bridges in major parts of the area and indiscriminate dumping of refuse in drainages.

One of the victims, Priscilla Osiobafoh, who expressed shock over the incident, added that about 85 houses have been submerged in the flood.

Osiobafoh, who is the Executive Director of BraveHeart Initiative, an NGO, said out of the 85 houses, 50 buildings were destroyed.

According to her: “The flood occurred at about 10 am on Monday. I did an on-the-spot assessment and reached out to about 37 victims affected by the flood.

“So far, we have about 85 buildings that have been affected by the flood. But the major destruction is in about 50 buildings in the area.

“The cause of the flood was the heavy water coming from the Orere rocks, the collapse of major bridges in the council area and the indiscriminate dumping of refuse in drainages.

“This also shows the effect of climate change and all the environmental issues a lot of people talk about that we don’t pay attention to.

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“We understand some of our citizens were careless about their drainage system. They allow dirt to be in their gutters.

“One significant thing that happened on that day was that all the bridges in the town had issues.”

She called for the construction of a drainage system that would channel all the water coming from the rocks to its appropriate place.

She noted that while the government can blame residents for the indiscriminate dumping of refuse on drainages, it cannot, however, blame them for the collapse of bridges.

“All the bridges are faulty, the water exceeded the bridge level and went through all the places. These are critical issues that need government’s attention,” she stated.

Other victims, who spoke to journalists, including Ms Feyintola Eshamah and Ms Stella Agbarajo, lamented that they lost their entire properties to the flood.

“The water had wreaked havoc on our buildings, thereby rendering us homeless. Thank God that there were no casualties. But we have lost all our properties to the flood,” Agbarajo added.

Another victim, Mrs Edith Igboje, appealed to the

federal, state and local governments to come to their aid.

Reacting to the development, the chairman of the council, Tajudeen Alade, said the council had made its report on the incident to the state government.

“I have made an on-the-spot assessment of the affected areas along with the HOD Environment and Supervisory Councillor for Works, and we have made our report to the state government.

“We have equally informed the Nigerian Emergency Management Agency, NEMA, and the State Emergency Management Agency, SEMA, to see how we can assist the victims to cushion the effect of the flood,” he said.

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The council chairman, however, blamed the citizens for poor sanitation, buildings on the right of way and indiscriminate dumping of refuse on drainages.

Sources: Daily Post

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Police probe Yobe cleric for allegedly impregnating friend’s wife

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A 65-year old woman has been arrested for allegedly inflicting injury on her 19-year old house-help in Ezinifite, Aguata local government area

The Yobe State Police Command has begun the probe into the case of a self-proclaimed marabout, Auwalu Haruna, arrested for allegedly abducting and impregnating his wife’s friend.

PUNCH Metro gathered that the 20-year-old girl, after days of disappearance, was found pregnant at Haruna’s custody in Anguwan Arewa, in the Gaya Local Government Area of Kano State.

In a telephone interview with PUNCH Metro on Thursday, Dungus Abdulkarim, the spokesperson for the state police command, revealed to our correspondent that Haruna was accused of hypnotising the victim with a concoction that rendered her unconscious.

Abdulkarim said the case was transferred to the state Criminal Investigation Department, and a discreet investigation was ongoing.

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“The suspect is just like a marabout, he does rituals for people. So, he allegedly forced her to drink a certain medical concoction that made her fall in love with him, then he eloped with her to Anguwan at Kano.

“The abduction case was reported to the Tarmuwa Divisional Police Headquarters by her father, who alleged it was Mallam Haruna who perpetrated it. After thorough research, the command operatives arrested him in Kano with the girl, whom he had already impregnated. It was medically confirmed that she was two months pregnant.

“The case is still under investigation at the Yobe SCID, and you know there are processes. After we are done, we still have to transfer his file to the Yobe State Ministry of Justice. The ministry, which is our counterpart, will now go through the file and vet it.”

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If satisfied with the investigation, they can now provide legal assistance to the police, and he will be arraigned in court,” Abdulkarim concluded.

PUNCH Metro reported in June that a 71-year-old landlord, identified simply as Adesina, for allegedly defiling and impregnating his tenant’s 14-year-old girl at Akegbeyale Street in Ifesowapo Akute, Ifo Local Government Area of the state.

Our correspondent gathered that the residents and other tenants were thrown into a state of shock when the septuagenarian suspect was found on Tuesday, April 9, 2024, having sexual intercourse with the minor at about 10:15 pm in the bathroom.

Source: The Punch

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