Akwa Ibom Lawmaker Escapes Death As Bullet Hits Cousin!


A’Ibom lawmaker escapes death as bullet hits
cousin
SEPTEMBER 22, 2015 : ETIM EKPIMAH
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Akan, Aniekan
A member representing Uruan Constituency in
the Akwa Ibom State House of Assembly, Mr.
Aniekan Bassey, escaped being killed after a
team of policemen invaded his house at Ekim
Enen, in the Uruan Local Government Area.
PUNCH Metro learnt that the policemen, who
were in two patrol vans, allegedly stormed the
lawmaker’s family house, claiming to be
searching for an undisclosed exhibit on Sunday.
An eyewitness, Iquo Edet, told our correspondent
that the lawmaker’s cousin, Mr. Akan Bassey,
who rushed out of the bathroom to check what
was happening, was shot as soon as he
disclosed his name to them.
According to Edet, the policeman who shot Akan,
might have mistaken him (Akan) for Aniekan,
adding that the bullet pierced through his
breastplate.
“I think the policemen came for a mission. What
exhibit were they looking for? Who has something
here to hide?
“If they had succeeded in killing him, they would
either say it was an accidental discharge or look
for something incriminating to present before the
public who will judge him as criminal since the
dead cannot talk,” she said.
Aniekan, who spoke with our correspondent on
the telephone on Monday, said he was still in
shock over the incident. He described the act as
shocking and barbaric.
He said, “I quickly rushed to the crime scene
which took place around 2pm on Sunday and
helped rush the victim to a hospital.”
Aniekan, who did not reveal the name of the
hospital, where the victim was taken, said the
doctor gave prompt attention to him. He noted
that his cousin was lucky that the bullet did not
go through his heart.
Aniekan said he would do everything within his
power to ensure that the policemen, who were
involved in the act, paid for it.
The Police Public Relations Officer, Akwa Ibom
State Command, Cordelia Nwawe, said the
policeman did not aim the gun at anybody,
adding that the incident was an accidental
discharge.
She said, “Investigation is ongoing at the
moment. The injured victim is undergoing
treatment; he is responding to treatment.
Hopefully, he will be home tomorrow.
“But the accident did not occur out of malice.
Parties concerned have never had any problem.
It was an accidental discharge.”
She said the Commissioner of Police, Mr.
Murtala Mani, had ordered a diligent investigation
into the matter.

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Police Rescue Business Man From Hoodlums!


Police rescue businessman from hoodlums
SEPTEMBER 22, 2015 : OLUFEMI ATOYEBI
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Oyo State Commissioner of Police, Leye
Oyebade | credits: http://whatsupibadan.com/
The Oyo State Commissioner of Police, Leye
Oyebade, says men of his command have
arrested four men in the Idi-Ayunre area of
Ibadan, Oyo State, for attacking a businessman,
Abdul-Akeem Amoo and his assistant, Adeleke
Yahaya.
He said Amoo and Yahaya were attacked during
their visit to a quarry which belonged to Amoo.
Amoo was said to have driven to the firm with
N2m in the boot of his car on Sunday, meant for
the payment of his workers contractors.
It was gathered that the hoodlums, numbering
around 10, swooped on Amoo as he approached
the quarry. He was later tied and thrown into a
van before being driven away.
They were, however, unlucky as the policemen
on patrol intercepted them and freed their victim.
Four of the suspected hoodlums were also
arrested.
Amoo, who is receiving treatment in a hospital,
said, “They said they were taking me to
somewhere in Sagamu. God used the police to
rescue us.”
The CP, Oyebade, said, “The matter will be
treated as a civil crime. The command will not
tolerate any act capable of destabilising the
peace of the state.”

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Police Collect N4,500 To Find Missing Teenaagers!


Police collect N4,500 to find missing teenagers
SEPTEMBER 22, 2015 : SAMSON FOLARIN
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Daniel and Channing | credits: Family
The parents of two teenagers in the Solomade,
Ikorodu area of Lagos State, have been
devastated after the duo suddenly went missing
while running errands.
PUNCH Me tro learnt that 17-year-old Channing
Odugbo and Daniel, 19, had been sent on
separate errands on Wednesday, September 9, by
their father, Moses.
They were said to have been unreachable ever
since and efforts by their parents to locate them
had been unproductive.
Policemen from the Igbogbo Police Division were
said to have collected N4,500 from the family as
payment for writing materials to report the case,
and sending of signals to surrounding divisions to
track the missing kids.
Our correspondent learnt that the family had
finished morning prayers on the fateful day when
Moses, a businessman, asked Daniel to withdraw
some money from the nearest Automated Teller
Machine.
Moses said, “Daniel was preparing for his UTME,
so after the devotion, I called him to help me to
withdraw N5,000 from the ATM. It was not his
first time of going there to withdraw money.
“The walking distance between my house and
the ATM is about 10minutes to and fro. But I
observed that he didn’t return about 30 minutes
later and I called his telephone. He said there
was no money in the ATM and he had gone to
another place.”
Moses said he later called Channing to get some
tins of milk from a shop three houses away.
The Ogoja, Cross River State indigene, explained
that he had warned the 17-year-old, who was his
younger brother’s child, not to stay long.
“But 20 minutes later, he didn’t return. I called
Daniel and his phone rang for some time, but he
didn’t pick it. About some minutes later, the
phone was switched off.
“I went to the woman selling the milk to know if
she saw Channing and she said the two boys
were in her shop to buy some tins of milk. She
said afterwards, she noticed they walked in the
opposite direction, instead of coming to the
house,” he added.
He said the two children had not taken their bath
or eaten as of the time they went missing,
adding that he was surprised when they did not
return home throughout that day because such
had never happened before.
The family was said to have reported the matter
at the Sagamu Road Police Division, from where
they were directed to the Igbogbo Police
Division.
Moses alleged that the police extorted money
from him to make his statement and send
signals to find the children.
He said, “At the station, I met a woman and she
asked if I could write the statement myself and I
said yes. She said I have to pay for the writing
materials and I gave her N200. But she rejected
the money and said it was too small.
“I then gave her N500 and she took down the
statement. She asked me to go to the back of
the building. A man there told me that they
would need the children’s photos and money to
send signal to all the surrounding divisions.
“He said I will pay N1, 000 for every signal. I had
to return home to raise N4,000 which I paid for
the signal.”
Moses said he was disappointed when he
discovered that the policemen had swindled him
as he didn’t see any proof that the signal was
sent.
He added that the policewoman at the station
had started ignoring his telephone calls.
He said he went round other police stations and
his efforts were abortive.
“I later reported to the Ijede Police Division
where I met a policeman who helped me to send
the signal without collecting any money from me.
Right there, I could hear as the message was
being radioed. The Igbogbo police are a fraud;
despite the money they collected, they didn’t do
anything,” he said.
Daniel’s mother, Regina, pleaded that the
children should be released by their captors,
saying that the family had yet to be contacted
by anyone.
“I really need to wake up from this bad dream.
How do you describe a situation where one
morning you see your children only for them to
go missing mysteriously? I appeal to all
Nigerians to assist me in bringing them back
home,” she said.
The Police Public Relations Officer, Lagos State
Command, DSP Joe Offor, said in a text message
that he was not aware of the incident.
He said, “I am now aware, please.”

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Police arrest fake police recruitment consultant, lecturer


Police arrest fake police recruitment consultant,
lecturer
SEPTEMBER 22, 2015 : SUCCESS NWOGU
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Oladele, Ade-Jimoh
A suspect, Mr. Isah Ade-Jimoh, who had
allegedly been duping unsuspecting members of
the public under the guise of recruiting them into
the Nigeria Police Force, has been arrested by
the Kwara State Police Command.
Also arrested is one Ibrahim Oladele, who
allegedly claimed to be a lecturer at the
University of Ilorin. He was said to have duped
an admission seeker, Mr. Olawuyi Olufemi, of
N450,000.
The new Kwara State Commissioner of Police,
Mr. Esosa Amadesu, while parading the suspects
on Monday in Ilorin, said Ade-Jimoh was arrested
when a team of detectives from the command’s
Special Investigation and Intelligence Bureau
swooped on the suspect at a Cyber Café on
Muritala Mohammed Way, Ilorin.
He said, “The suspect had displayed a signpost
advertising the sale of police recruitment forms.
The suspect also advertised forms for the
recruitment into the Nigerian Army.
“In the course of searching the Cyber Café, the
detectives recovered four printed fake police
recruitment forms; one
laptop; two central processing units; one monitor
and two universal modems and other documents
suspected to have been faked.”
Amadesu urged that members of the public not
to fall prey to fake recruitment syndicate, adding
that the police would inform the people when
they were ready to recruit the 10,000 personnel
as directed by President Muhammadu Buhari.
The CP further said while on intelligence
gathering, the operatives arrested Oladele of the
Tanke Akata area of Ilorin.
He said the suspect had been allegedly
defrauding unsuspecting admission seekers into
universities and other tertiary institutions.
“The news of his arrest attracted some of his
victims among whom was one Olawuyi Olufemi
of Offa Garage area, who the suspect had
defrauded to the tune of N450,000 with the
promise of securing him an admission at the
University of Ilorin, where the suspect had
claimed he was a lecturer,” Amadesu said.
The CP also paraded other suspects for armed
robbery, membership of unlawful confraternity
and kidnapping.
The CP said Oladele had confessed to the crime,
adding that he and Ade-Jimoh, would soon be
arraigned.
Oladele said he engaged in the act to help
people, adding that he would not be involved in
admission racketeering again if he was set free.
Ade-Jimoh said, “The recruitment forms were got
a few months ago after we got the information
that 10,000 police personnel were to be
recruited.”
While claiming that he was merely selling the
forms, he, however, could not explain who
authorised him to sell the forms.

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Boko Haram Killed 54 in Maiduguri Mosque Attacks – Police!


B’Haram killed 54 in Maiduguri mosque attacks
– Police
SEPTEMBER 22, 2015 : KAYODE IDOWU
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The Police on Monday said 54 persons were
killed in Sunday’s multiple bomb attacks in parts
of Maiduguri, the Borno State capital.
The Borno State Police Public Relations Officer,
Emmanuel Isuku, an Assistant Superintendent of
Police, who confirmed this, also revealed on the
telephone to journalists that 90 persons were
injured during the attacks.
It was a terrifying Sunday for the people of the
troubled town as they were attacked by bombs
believed to have been planted by Boko Haram
insurgents.
It was gathered that the bomb attacks were
targeted at a mosque and a viewing centre at
Ajilari Cross, a densely populated area of the
metropolis.
A resident of Ajilari Cross, Modu Yusuf, told our
correspondent that “around 7.20pm when
Muslims had gathered in a mosque at the Ajilari
Cross Bus Stop for the Isha prayer, an explosion
was heard and the whole place went up in
smoke, leading to the death of over 43 people.
Thirty-four others were injured.”
This, he said, led to panic, with people in the
area scampering for their lives.
He said, “Just as people were scampering and
running away from the direction of the mosque,
a second bomb was detonated about 100 metres
away. This led to the death of nine persons,
including two soldiers that were in the area to
buy meat and fish barbecue.”
Yusuf added that when people had yet to come
to terms with what hit them, a third explosion
occurred at the Yan Yashi Pick Up Van Park,
near the mini market of Ajilari Cross and about
100 metres away from the rail line, killing 13
youths and injuring many others.
They also attacked a viewing centre at Lawan
Street in Gomari, in the same neighbourhood with
Ajilari, where many congregated to play
computer games and watch videos.
A resident of the area, Hassanatu Idris, said,
“Few minutes after the explosion from Ajilari
Cross side, a sound was heard at the junction of
the road linking the cinema hall where youths
including children do gather to watch football
and films. Another bomb was detonated few
metres away from the junction, along the same
road but in front of the cinema hall, killing some
youths and injuring over 40 other persons.”
Meanwhile, Governor Kashim Shettima paid a
visit to the affected areas and the hospital
where the injured were being treated on Monday.
The governor, who was in a pensive mood,
assured the injured that the state government
would offset their medical bills.
He also sympathised with the families of the
deceased and advised residents of the state to
be vigilant at all times.

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RAPE: UNILAG lecturer Laments Negative Press In Court!


Rape: UNILAG lecturer laments negative press in
court
SEPTEMBER 22, 2015 : OLALEYE ALUKO
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Dr. Akin Baruwa
The courtroom of a Lagos Magistrate Court
sitting in Ikeja was filled to capacity on Monday
as a University of Lagos lecturer, Dr. Afeez
Baruwa, who is standing trial for allegedly raping
an 18-year-old admission seeker, showed up in
court for trial.
This was just as the counsel for the defendant,
Kunle Abimbola, lamented the negative press
coverage given to his client’s case, adding that
such publications already presumed the
defendant to be guilty.
PUNCH Metro had reported on September 10 that
Baruwa, a lecturer from the univeristy’s Distance
Learning Institute, who had been in remand at
the Krikiri Prison since August 7, failed to show
up in court.
The presiding magistrate, Mr. T. Elias, had
adjourned the case till Monday, September 21,
2015, for the outcome of the DPP’s advice.
However, Baruwa showed up in court for the
continuation of his trial on Monday.
Our correspondent also observed the victim and
her parents sitting among the crowd.
The defence counsel, Abimbola, who brought an
affidavit sworn to by Baruwa’s wife to show the
lecturer’s failing health, sought the court’s
permission to perfect the bail of Baruwa.
The counsel, who put forward several newspaper
publications on Baruwa, said it was wrong that
his client was being tried by the media in the
eyes of the general public.
He said, “The state of my client’s health should
be considered. We also have to seek a protection
of the man from the press. It is not fair that the
defendant is being tried by the media.
“This is contrary to Section 36 (5), of the
constitution. There are several publications that
attest to this, including an interview granted to
the Dean of the UNILAG’s Faculty of Business
Administration, where my client was called all
sort of names.
“I urge the court to call the newspapers to order,
and we urge you to come to the aid of the
defendant.”
The OPD lawyer, Ibikunle, said the publication of
the matter in the newspaper was not
unconstitutional as the general public had
already been informed, and had the right to have
information on the matter as it progressed.
She added that the affidavit brought before the
court establishing Baruwa’s ill-health, did not
have any medical report.
The Magistrate, Elias, who went through one of
the newspapers’ publication briefly, said the case
was awaiting advice from the Department of
Public Prosecutions.
He thereafter adjourned the matter till November
13, 2015.

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