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EFCC probes 11 suspected oil thieves in Lagos, docks woman for N12.2m fraud



The Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, Ola Olukoyede, on Tuesday, said the Commission has discovered

The Lagos Zonal Command of the Economic Financial Crimes Commissions (EFCC), on Monday, said it commenced the probe of 11 suspected oil thieves and one vessel, MT SAISNIL II, handed over to the commission by the Nigerian Navy, NNS Beecroft, Apapa, Lagos.

The anti-graft body revealed that the vessel and the crew were stopped and apprehended on February 7, 2024, by officers of the Nigerian Navy for allegedly carrying out illegal oil bunkering and Automatic Identification System infractions at Abo Oilfield, Ogogoro Community, Ondo State.

The suspected oil thieves include Jimoh Olusola, Akinrodoye Tobias, Idolor Ogun, Blessed Udoh Michael, Fineface Zorte, Victor Ime Edem, Shofela Bode, Adejokun Taiye Emmanuel, Golden A. Javan, Yekini Lukman, and Ajayi Oluwole.

The EFCC further disclosed that “the suspects will be charged to court as soon as investigations are concluded”

Also, one Adeagbo Dooshima Claire has been arraigned before Justice G.M.Kamyal of the Plateau State High Court sitting in Jos, Plateau State by the EFCC.

Claire, according to the EFCC, was arraigned last Wednesday on two charges bordering on cheating and obtaining by false pretence by the Gombe Zonal Command of the Commission.

One of the charges reads “that you, Adeagbo Dooshima Claire and Caroline Lawal (Still at large) sometime in May 2021 at Jos, Plateau State, within the jurisdiction of this honourable court, fraudulently obtained the aggregate sum of N12,250,000 from one Kenechukwu Agubuisi which you claimed was payment for a landed property situated at Favfei, Rayfield Jos, Plateau State and covered by Right of Occupancy No. PL.30415 and thereby committed an offence contrary to Section 307 of the Penal Code Law

Upon arraignment, Claire pleaded not guilty to the charges. This led the prosecution counsel, Okemini S.E, to ask the court for a trial date.

Counsel to the defendant, Rimmam P.J told the court of a bail application filed on April 17, 2024, and prayed the court to grant the defendant bail.

The case has now been adjourned to June 3 and 4, 2024. Justice Kamyal also ordered that the defendant be remanded in Jos Correctional Centre.


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Again, fire destroys millions of naira properties in Tejuosho market



BREAKING: Fire guts wooden market in Tejuosho

Fire on Wednesday, May 29, gutted several wooden shanties at the Tejuosho Market, Yaba area of Lagos State, destroying properties worth millions of naira.
It was gathered that there was no loss of life recorded and no injury sustained at the time of filling the report.

According to reports, the fire broke out at the market located along Tejuosho Canal, comprising shops and residences, at about 12:30 pm.

Details later…


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Tinubu approves six-month free ride on Abuja metro rail



Tinubu approves six-month free ride on Abuja metro rail

President Bola Tinubu has approved the extension of free train rides on the Abuja Rail Mass Transit, the Metro Rail, until the end of the year.

Tinubu gave the approval during his address at the inauguration of the commencement of operations of the Abuja metro rail in Abuja on Wednesday, May 29.

Earlier, FCT minister Nyesom Wike announced free train rides for two months to ease the burden of commuting for residents of the capital city.

However, the president appealed for the extension to offer hope to the people of the FCT and give them reasons to celebrate.

“Our dear landlord and his team, I heard you saying two months free ride. I appeal to you to make it till the end of the year.

“Since today you’re not going to charge me, that will give the people hope and reasons to celebrate,” Tinubu said amid cheers from Nigerians who had come to witness the commissioning.

Source: Politics Nigeria

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Police arrest suspected cultists during initiation in Ogun



The Ogun State Police Command has arrested three suspected Eiye cult confraternity members and rescued one victim during an initiation event at the Malaka Quarters, at Owode Egba, in the Obafemi-Owode Local Government Area of the state.

These suspects, Olayiwola Akinsanya, Keji Sodipo, and Oluwaseyi Olabamiji were arrested after a report was made to the police, whose officers swung into action to apprehend them.

According to a police source on Tuesday, who was privy to the incident but was not allowed to speak to the media, a victim, Joshua Obiladem, who was about to be initiated that night, was rescued.

It was said that a knife and charms were recovered from them after their arrest, and they were currently in the custody of the police.

When contacted, the spokesperson for the state police command, Omolola Odutola, confirmed the event and said an investigation had begun and the remaining members of the cult group would be brought to book.

“On May 26, 2024, at about 17:00 hours, information received by the members of the public was that Malaka Quarters of Owode Egba Township was where some Eiye cult members wanted to initiate some of their new members.

“A team of detectives led by the Owode Egba Divisional Police Officer swung into action where one of the victims identified as Joshua Obiladem was rescued and the following suspects were arrested, Olayiwola Akinsanya ‘M’, aged 34; Keji Sodipo, ‘M’, aged 25; Oluwaseyi Olabamiji, ‘M’, aged 20, and the following exhibits were rescued from them, one knife and charms.

“The suspects are under interrogation, while effort is in progress to arrest other suspects at large,” Odutola said.

PUNCH Metro reported that the Delta State Command disclosed that it had arrested some suspected armed robbers and cultists.

The Public Relations Officer in the state, Bright Edafe, stated this in a statement on Sunday in Asaba.

Source: The Punch


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Two jailed 10 years for illegal firearm possession in Taraba



The Chief Judge of Taraba State, Justice Joel Agya, has sentenced Usman Tafi Yau and William Duaknaan to 10 years in prison without the possibility of a fine for illegal possession of firearms.

The Chief Judge of Taraba State, Justice Joel Agya, has sentenced Usman Tafi Yau and William Duaknaan to 10 years in prison without the possibility of a fine for illegal possession of firearms.

The two were initially charged with criminal conspiracy, kidnapping, and illegal firearm possession.

During the trial, Justice Agya informed the prosecuting counsel, Madina Kabir, that the evidence presented was insufficient to prove the charges of criminal conspiracy and kidnapping related to the alleged abduction of Mohammed Abba in Chediya Village, Wukari Local Government Area, on March 29, 2020. Consequently, the defendants were acquitted of these charges.

However, the judge found the defendants guilty of illegal firearm possession, citing their confessional statements corroborated by exhibits and witness testimonies.

Counsel for the first and second defendants, Mr. Ibrahim Bawa and Mr. Peter Ibeh, respectively, appealed for leniency, but Justice Agya held that had the prosecution been more thorough, the defendants might have faced the death penalty under the state’s anti-kidnapping laws.

He explained that the convicts, in their confessional statements, admitted to kidnapping a Fulani man at Giwan Kogi in Gassol on March 28, 2020.

However, the case they were being tried for was the kidnapping of Mohammed Abba, who was abducted at Chediya Village in Wukari on March 29, 2020.

The defendants were arrested at Chediya Village, where they had gone to buy food for themselves and their kidnap victim when they were apprehended by the vigilante group.

“Following the provision of Section 3, sub-section 1 of the robbery and firearms (special provision) Acts 2004, I hereby sentence the convicts to 10 years imprisonment without an option of fine, and the sentence will run from 2020,” he said.

Source: The Punch


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NDLEA arrests couple running drug cartel, rejects N6m bribe



The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency has confirmed the arrest of a couple, Bolanle and Olayinka Dauda, for running a cocaine trafficking cartel where the multi-billion-naira worth of illicit drugs were recovered in two major operations in Lagos and Ogun states.

The spokesperson for the agency, Femi Babafemi, confirmed in a statement on Monday that the raids were intelligence-led, adding that Bolanle and Olayinka were arrested through a joint operation involving the agency’s officials and the Drug Enforcement Administration of the United States.

The statement read in part, “The duo were arrested on Saturday, May 25, 2024, by operatives of a special operation unit in the NDLEA with the support of Drug Enforcement Administration of the United States at Ibiye, along Lagos-Badagry Expressway, while attempting to cross the land border to deliver the consignment in Ghana.

“At the point of their arrest, 42 blocks of the Class A drug weighing 47.5 kilograms were found on them. A swift follow-up operation at their residence on Plot 24/25 OPIC Extension, Petedo Road, Agbara, Ogun State, led to the recovery of an additional eight blocks of the same drug weighing 10kg, bringing the total weight of the cocaine seized from the couple to 57.5 kilograms.”

In another raid by the special operation unit, Babafemi said no fewer than 1,100 ampoules of lethal synthetic opioid, fentanyl, weighing 6.48kg were recovered from a member of a drug trafficking syndicate, Ikeh Ifeanyi, 34, at the popular Idumota Market, Lagos Island.

He said, “No less than 790 ampoules of the dangerous opioid weighing 5.273kg were equally seized from another member of the fentanyl syndicate, 48-year-old Chieze Benjamin, who was also arrested at Idumota Market.

“Fentanyl, a lethal synthetic opioid that is 100 times more potent than heroin, is currently responsible for over 70% of overdose deaths as well as a major contributor to fatal and nonfatal overdoses in the US.

“Two other persons, Olayiwola Kazeem, 37, and Ogunfowora Ajibola, 35, were arrested on Lagos Island in a different raid by the NDLEA officers, with 432 grams of methamphetamine recovered from them.

“At the Tin Can Port in Lagos, the NDLEA operatives intercepted 15 parcels of Loud, a synthetic strain of cannabis weighing 7.5kg concealed in the doors and body crevices of a Toyota Highlander SUV in a container marked MSMU 7294325.

“The container declared as containing three units of used vehicles, including the Toyota Highlander, originated in Toronto and was shipped to Nigeria via Montreal, Canada.”

Babafemi said a swift follow-up operation led to the arrest of two suspects, Sunday Sodade and Oriyomi Adesina, who were to receive the vehicle and the drug consignment.

“A bribe of N6m offered the NDLEA officers by the sender of the container based in Canada through his agent has also been registered as an exhibit for the prosecution of the case,” Babafemi added.

Source: The Punch

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How terrorists killed 6, abducted nearly 200, raped women in Niger village



There was tension on Monday night when gunmen invaded Bmuko, a community at Dutse Baupma in Bwari Area Council of the Federal Capital

In coordinated attacks, terrorists killed no fewer than six people, abducted 160 others and raped at least six women in Kuchi village, in Munya Local Government Area of Niger State between Friday and Sunday, survivors have told PREMIUM TIMES.

The terrorists, riding on motorcycles, were spotted around Kafana, a village at the state’s boundary with banditry-ravaged Kaduna State, advancing towards Kuchi.

Poorly-armed local forces described by locals as “Yan Sakai” engaged the terrorists in a fierce gunfight, preventing them from attacking the community.

Following the gunfight that claimed three civilians and three local security operatives, the terrorists retreated in disarray after suffering what a grassroots political party leader described as a huge loss.

While mourning lives lost in the attack, the Chairman of All Progressives Congress (APC) in Munya LGA, Saidu Idris, praised the local security forces who he claimed killed “plenty of the terrorists.”

After rustling cattle from adjoining villages of Bodo and Kurbagu, the terrorists returned to Kuchi around 9 p.m. that same Friday and abducted at least 160 locals before herding them into the forest under heavy rainfall.

Mr Idris, the APC leader in Munya, said the terrorists might not have abducted anyone “if there were cattle to rustle.”

According to him, livestock owners fled with their animals upon hearing that the terrorists were approaching.

On Sunday, the terrorists returned to the village around 10 p.m. and operated until the following morning.

During the Sunday attack, the traditional head of the village, Idris Barde, and his wife were abducted. However, they later set him free and went away with his wife.

‘They raped women and girls’
Two survivors of the attacks revealed that the terrorists looted many shops and raped at least six married women and four girls.

Ibrahim Alilu, one of the displaced persons from Kuchi, recounted how a young girl was gang-raped in his compound.

“It was during that ungodly moment that we got a chance to escape through the window,” he added.

Mr Alilu continued: “The girl alongside other abductees was taken to one village, Zawuna, where she was released.”

The account was corroborated by another displaced villager who pleaded not to be named for fear of being targeted by terrorists’ informants.

But she could not ascertain the number of women or girls raped by the terrorists. She simply noted that a woman she knew was raped without providing further details.

The Niger State Commissioner for Homeland Security, Garba Abdullahi, when contacted, told PREMIUM TIMES the state government was working on a measure that “if not permanent will be a long-term solution.”

“We are on it day and night,” Mr Mohammed, a retired major general, added.

One of the concerned youths in the axis, Murtala Kabeer, pleaded with the government to station a formidable military base to keep terrorists away from the area.

Source: Premium times

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