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Lawyer who brutalised maid set to face trial for attempted murder

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The Criminal Investigation Department (FCID) of the Nigeria Police Force has said it would be charging Barrister Adachukwu Helen Okafor, the Anambra lawyer that brutalised her 10 years old maid, with attempted murder and child abuse.

It will be recalled that the Minister of Women Affairs, Barrister Uju Kennedy-Ohanenye, had placed a N2 million bounty on the head on Adachukwu Helen Okafor, who inserted a hot knife into the private part of her 10-year-old maid who had been living with her for just two weeks.

She also burnt the girl’s cheeks and bottom with hot iron after claiming the little girl sexually molested her six years old son.

National Coordinator for Police Campaign Against Cultism and Other Vices (POCACOV), Chief Superintendent of Police (CSP) Olabisi Okuwobi, who paraded the suspect yesterday in Abuja, said the incident would be presented in court as a case of attempted murder and child abuse.

The CSP, while addressing newsmen, said: “Recall that on the 10th of January, there was a report, you know, in the social media, whereby it was alleged that a female lawyer abused a young girl and she was on the run.

“The Internet was awoken by the news of a 10-year-old girl who had burns all over her body. The girl was a maid to one Barrister Adachukwu Helen Okafor for two weeks.

“The said barrister accused the minor of fondling the organ of her six-year-old son while bathing him.

“On January 29, 2024, the suspect proceeded to tie her hands, her mouth and flogged her.

“She also inserted a hot knife into the girl’s private part and poured grounded pepper into it as well. She also placed a hot iron on the girl’s cheek and on her two buttocks.

“After causing the maid trauma, she locked her up in her toilet from the afternoon of the incident till the evening of the following day without food.

“She took the child the following day naked to the aunt that gave her the girl as a maid, and it was at the point that she dropped the young girl with her aunt, you know without clothes, with the burns on the cheek and buttocks and with blood and water oozing out of the private part that the aunt raised the alarm, and the alarm attracted passersby who brought out their phones and recorded the incident.

“We know what Nigerians do with their phones. And they started recording videos or taking pictures, and this went straight to the social space, which attracted the police of Anambra State Command and the Commissioner for Women Affairs in Anambra State.

“All efforts made to arrest her proved abortive because she took to her heels.

“At that point when all efforts made to arrest her proved abortive, the Honourable Minister right here beside me, also a barrister herself, Barrister Uju Kennedy, took it upon herself that she wasn’t going to keep quiet; that her portfolio covers all Nigerian women and children.

“So she released a N2 million bounty on her head and wrote a petition to the Inspector General of Police, who ordered that the petition be handled by the Force CID, and the policemen of the Force CID took action immediately.

“When the woman discovered that the heat was on her, from her hiding place, I believe she advised herself and showed up. She was arrested and her statement taken.

“She is a mother of four children.

“Unfortunately, the young girl, we hope she recuperates better. She is still receiving treatment based on the extensive burns on her. Nobody knows the extent of the internal injuries caused by the hot knife that was driven into her private part.
“The IGP is assuring Nigerians that a diligent prosecution of the case would be carried out. No iota of the incident would be swept under the carpet.

“And this should serve as a note of warning to those who use little children for child labour in the first place.

“As for the suspect, any moment, she would be in court.”

On her part, Kennedy-Ohanenye said: “To Nigerians, I can assure you that when you shout out it is like a command to us; we in government would take it up when you shout out.

“So we are assuring Nigerians that till we get justice for that girl, we would not let go.

“Before she was brought, we had already gone to court with the police and all her bank accounts are blocked.

“She can’t assess her money. We would never agree. In Nigeria now, if you tamper with any child or any woman, you will see action, legal action, any kind of action.

“But I’m equally telling women not to look for trouble.

“So we have handed over this lady, but we are not stepping aside.

“We will keep you informed step by step until she gets the correct justice she is supposed to get.”

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Court sacks Oyo traditional ruler

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An Oyo State High Court sitting in Ibadan has nullified the selection and appointment of Oba Sakirudeen Oyeleye as the Onifiditi of Fiditi.

An Oyo State High Court sitting in Ibadan has nullified the selection and appointment of Oba Sakirudeen Oyeleye as the Onifiditi of Fiditi.

The PAPERS reports that Fiditi is one of the towns in Afijio Local Government Area.

The court, presided over by Justice K.B. Olawoyin, granted a mandatory injunction setting aside the presentation of the Staff of Office to Oba Sakirudeen.

The staff of office was presented to Oyeleye on October 18, 2021, by Oyo State Governor, Seyi Makinde and other officials.

The court in its ruling also restrained all defendants from taking further actions towards filling the vacant stool of the Onifiditi of Fiditi pending the determination of the suit.

The plaintiffs in the case are Samuel Ogunkunle and Bayo Oyewale.

They were represented by R. A. Olawuwo and B.M. Olimene.

The court awarded a cost of N200,000 in favor of the plaintiffs and adjourned the suit until May 22.

 

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Dating scam: German police arrest 11 Nigerians

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The German Police on Wednesday announced the arrest of 11 suspected members of a Nigerian mafia group behind a large-scale dating scam.

The German Police on Wednesday announced the arrest of 11 suspected members of a Nigerian mafia group behind a large-scale dating scam.

Bavarian police said in a statement that the Black Axe gang was involved internationally in “multiple areas of criminal activity”, with a focus in Germany on dating scams and money-laundering.

The police said that the dating trick was a modern form of marriage fraud.

“Using false identities, the fraudsters for example signalled their intention to marry and in the course of further contact repeatedly demand money under various pretexts,” the police said.

The police added that the money was subsequently transferred to Black Axe in Nigeria via financial agents.

Explaining further, the German Police said the gang used a “commodity-based money laundering” scheme where products, often with a seeming “charitable purpose”, were bought and delivered to Nigeria.

 

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Five children suffocate to death in Niger – Police

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The Police Command in Niger has confirmed the death of five children by suffocation in a car on Sunday in Minna.

The Police Command in Niger has confirmed the death of five children by suffocation in a car on Sunday in Minna.

The Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO) in Niger, Wasiu Abiodun, confirmed the incident to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Monday in Minna.

He said that the Kpakungu Division Office of the Police Command received a report at about 6.30 p.m. on Sunday that five children between the ages of five and 13 years were found trapped in a Honda Civic vehicle with registration No. GO 778 ABC at Gurara Albishir area of Minna.

Mr Abiodun said that the children were found to have suffocated in the vehicle, while their bodies were later removed by the various parents, as police visited the scene.

He said that the owner of the vehicle had been invited for questioning and an investigation was ongoing on the matter.

Meanwhile, a source in the neighbourhood who spoke on condition of anonymity said that the children had mistakenly locked themselves in the car, which had been abandoned for more than two years by the owner.

He said that the parents later discovered their bodies in the car on Sunday evening after searching for them for hours in the vicinity.

According to the source, the victims comprised four females and a male, three siblings and two others from different parents including the car owner’s child.

(NAN)

 

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EFCC declares Ugandan, Dennis Aliga wanted for money laundering

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The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has declared a Ugandan, Dennis Aliga, wanted for allegedly obtaining money by false

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has declared a Ugandan, Dennis Aliga, wanted for allegedly obtaining money by false pretences, money laundering, and diversion of public funds.

The anti-graft agency made this known in a post shared on its official X handle on Monday by its spokesperson, Dele Oyewale.

EFCC’s statement read, “The public is hereby notified that Dennis Asega Aliga, whose photograph appears above, is wanted by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) in an alleged case of obtaining money by false pretences, money laundering, and criminal diversion of public funds.

“Aliga, a 41-year old Ugandan citizen, last lived in Sapeto Towers, No. 1, Adeola Odeku Street, Victoria Island, Lagos State.”

The EFCC, therefore, urged that “anybody with useful information as to his whereabouts should please contact the commission in its Benin, Kaduna, Ibadan, Sokoto, Gombe, Maiduguri, Makurdi, Ilorin, Enugu, Kano, Lagos, Port Harcourt, and Abuja offices.”

 

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Gunmen kill Babcock University professor, abduct two

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Gunmen have killed a professor of law at Babcock University, Ilishan, Ogun, Yinka Olomojobi, and abducted two others in the Iperu area of

Gunmen have killed a professor of law at Babcock University, Ilishan, Ogun, Yinka Olomojobi, and abducted two others in the Iperu area of the state.

Olomojobi was shot dead on Friday for allegedly refusing to be taken away by the suspected gunmen.

While he was shot dead, two residents were kidnapped and taken to an unknown destination.

But the spokesperson of the Ogun State Police Command, Omolola Odutola, said one person had been arrested in connection with the incident.

“A two-week-old security man was arrested based on reasonable suspicion as police commence discreet investigation,” she said.

“A report from the Iperu Division indicates that a kidnapping and murder incident occurred on the 19th of April, 2024, at about 9:20 pm.”

“A suspicious coincidence led the police to arrest one Awada Ishaya of Plateau state who was employed two weeks ago when the event centre was launched as a security man for further interrogation,” Odutola said.

“The lecturer was taken to Babcock University Teaching Hospital where he was pronounced dead.

“Efforts are underway to apprehend the culprits and rescue the kidnapped victims. Further updates will be provided as the situation develops.”

Gunshots were heard at the Ajadeh Event Centre on Sagamu Road, in the Iperu area in Ogun State.

Eyewitnesses said eight men dressed in black, and armed with guns emerged from an unknown place, went into the relaxing lounge, and opened fire indiscriminately.

They later identified Prof Olowojobi as the victim shot in the chest for resisting to go away with the hoodlum. At the same time, a manager of a car stand known as Dare, and one other yet-to-be-identified person, were said to have been taken captive by the gunmen.

 

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Rainstorm throws 40 Ogun communities into darkness

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Forty communities in Ogun State have been plunged into darkness following a rainstorm on Sunday. The downpour which began around midday,

Forty communities in Ogun State have been plunged into darkness following a rainstorm on Sunday.

The downpour which began around midday, destroyed electricity facilities in some parts of the state, leading to a blackout.

“Due to broken poles occasioned by the heavy downpour at Ota and Mowe, customers in the following communities: lyana lyesi, Osuke Town, Egan Road, lyana Ilogbo, Ijaba, Ijagba, Itele, Lafenwa, Singer, Joju, Alishiba, Oju Ore, Tollgate, Eledi, Akeja, Abebi, Osi Round About, Ota Town, Ota Industrial Estate, Igberen, lju, Atan, Onipanu, Obasanjo, Lusada, Arigba, Odugbe, Ado-Odo, Igbesa, Owode,” the Ibadan Electricity Distribution Company (IBEDC) said in a statement late Sunday.

“Olokuta, Hanushi, Bamtish Camp Lufiwape, Eltees Farm, August Engineering, Spark Cear Soap Ayetoro, Amazing Grace Oil, Christopher University, Royal Garden Estate, Pentagon Estate, and environs are experiencing power outages”.

It called on residents of the areas to avoid “contact with the broken poles, saggy wires or any other electrical installation affected by the rain”.

“Our technical team is working to clear and replace the broken poles and installations to ensure power supply is restored as soon as possible,” IBEDC said.

A video circulating on social media showed fallen electricity poles on vehicles in a flooded Sango-Ota area of the state.

 

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