Homicide detectives from the State Criminal Investigation And Intelligence Department (SCIID), Panti Yaba, assigned to investigate the multi fatal motor accident that occurred on 28/06/2018, along Lagos/Ibadan expressway by Otedola bridge, inward Ibadan, have arrested the truck owner, by name, Hassan Yusuf Maiwake, male.
The truck with registration number NSR 888 YQ, driven by a yet to be identified suspect, laden with petroleum product, lost control, spilling its content and went up in flame, burning 56 vehicles and killing 9 unidentified persons.
Meanwhile, the owner of the truck, Hassan Maikwe of No.16 Hotoro Limawa, Kano state, was arrested yesterday, 26/07/2018, in Kano and he is now helping the police in its effort to locate the driver of the ill-fated truck.
The CP assures that the Command will do all it can to help families who lost their beloved ones in the accident, find a closure by ensuring that anyone found culpable is brought to book.
DNA test to ascertain the true identities of the charred remains of the victims is ongoing. Further development will be communicated to Lagosians.
News Agency of Nigeria reports that both the impeached Speaker, Mr. Terkimbi Ikyange (APC-Ushongo ) and his successor, Mr. Titus Ubah (APC-Kyaan) were at the premises, both laying claims to the post of Speaker.
Supporters of both sides forced their way into the premises through the high wall.
Both groups were, however, prevented from gaining entry into the main lobby of the complex to hold their meetings.
The Police Public Relations Officer, ASP Moses Yamu, refused to either answer calls to his telephone line or reply text messages sent to him on the matter.
NAN recalls that Ikyange was removed by 21 of 30 members of the House on July 24 during an emergency sitting.
The Assembly had adjournment on July 10 to resume on August 15.
Ikyange had told NAN that he remained the Speaker since “the right procedure” was not followed in the impeachment process.
He said since the House was in adjournment, there were only two principal officers who could reconvene it, namely, the Speaker and the Deputy Speaker.
He said none of the two officers reconvened the Assembly.
On the other hand, lawmakers loyal to the new Speaker quoted the Standing Rules of the House to justify their action.
They claimed that in the absence of the two presiding officers, they could elect a pro-tempo Speaker to preside.
Reports fromSahara Reportershave it that ex-governor of Gombe state – Abubakar Hashidu has passed on.
Hashidu’s death was confirmed by an announcement from his family: “With total submission to the will of Allah, we announce the death of former Governor of Gombe State Alhaji Abubakar Habu Hashidu. May Allah forgive his soul and grant him jahhan.”
The Federal Capital Territory (FCT) Police Command, have said that it was not aware of the abduction of Senator Dino Melaye, who was reportedly kidnapped on Thursday morning, by unknown gunmen in Abuja, on his way to Kogi State.
Senator Ben Murray Bruce, who had disclosed the development on his Twitter handle had said, “I have just been informed by Moses Melaye, @dino_melaye’s brother, that Dino has been abducted by unknown persons in a Toyota Sienna that blocked their car and overpowered them on their way to Kogi to answer to Dino’s court case. Let’s be on the watch out. Will keep you updated.”
In reaction, the FCT police command said it was not aware of the abduction as nobody has informed the police.
Public Relations Officer of the Command, Anjuguri Mamza, made this known in a telephone interview with Daily Sun, in Abuja.
“We do have any report about the kidnap of Senator Dino Melaye”. Mamzah, said and refused to comment further.
Outgoing Governor of Ekiti State, Ayodele Fayose condemned the siege laid to the residences of the duo, adding that the visit is to solidarise with them.
“Why we are here is to equally salute their courage for doing what they have done to salvage from these government of beasts which have no use for humanity,” he said.
“Beasts destroy, beasts cannot be cultured, beasts cannot be managed, beast have come to destroy the country.
“Let me say that we want to condemn in totality what happened to the deputy senate president, Ike Ekweremadu. It shows the level of their status. They behave like defeated souls who will stop at nothing to remain in power. If PDP had done this ahead of 2015 election, these people will not be in power.
“I want them to know that every plan without God will fail. I want the senators not to be intimidated. They should continue to struggle to make sure that this country is freed from the shackles of these taskmasters.
“Everybody needs to come together to drive away this government. If this man should return as president, we will be doomed financially.”
He commended the senators who defected from the APC, saying it was long overdue.
“It is long overdue. All the shenanigans in Ekiti, all the manipulations in Ekiti, this was one of the reasons they did that to make sure they intimidate and prevent them from carrying out this national defection,” he added.
“They are defecting because of Nigerians, not PDP. Just that PDP is the credible alternative.
“If you look at killings, nobody even counts anymore. It has gone beyond counting. What they do represents the feeling of Nigerians.”
The Police Command in Cross River has dismissed a Police Sergeant, Edu Nkanu, from Abu local government area of Cross River State, Daily Post reports.
Nkanu was dismissed for shooting his landlord’s daughter, Miss Victoria Ekpe, 32-year-old, to death at Joseph Mkpan estate in Ikot Ansa in Calabar.
The suspect, who was allegedly drunk, shot the victim with a locally made pistol when he came back.
An eyewitness said the victim was shot on the neck and that she died on the spot.
She alleged that the suspect was shouting “I feel like shooting somebody” and ended up shooting the victim.
Another eyewitness, Elizabeth Bassey, said Sergeant Nkanu came home drunk from a party and when she asked him why he always came home drunk, he brought out the pistol from his pocket and pointed it at her.
According to her, “On Sunday around past five in the evening, myself and my late cousin went out and came back by 8.30 pm, she stood outside pressing her phone while I went in.
“By the time I came out, she was still standing there fiddling her phone and she asked me what was going on inside the room and I told her nothing.
“At that particular time, the policeman came back from an outing and our mummy was also outside. Mma asked him what he brought from his outing, he told her he did not come home with anything, he left Mma and came to the passage where I was standing.
“I asked him why he always gets drunk anytime he goes out, immediately, he turned and brought out a pistol from his pocket cocked it and pointed it at me said this is what I brought from the party. I got scared and ran; my sister was just busy with her phone, not knowing what we were discussing, he turned the gun to her direction and shot her at her neck”.
The elder sister to late Victoria, Ekanem Ekpe, said her sister was killed in front of her 6-year-old daughter, Blessing, who drew her attention to the death of her mother.
Ekanem pointed to her late daughter, “This is her daughter Blessing, and she was standing by the mother when she was shot. I was inside when I heard the gun shot but I did not come out immediately until when I heard the daughter screaming, ‘uncle you have killed my mummy’ that was when I came out.
“Behold my sister was lying down dead, blood was gushing out from the side of her neck. I saw him with a gun and I said, ‘Nkanu, what happened, you have killed my sister, he was just staring at the gun and at my sister, all what he could say was, Mma Nurse, I don’t know what happened.
“That was when I held him and started shouting; people came out and managed to collect the gun from him. I don’t understand why a police officer would rather take people’s life instead of saving lives.
“We were told at the police station that he had killed someone like this before where he was serving in Obubra. He has a criminal file in Police custody before now. Please we want justice for my sister.” She lamented.
When Daily Post contacted the Police Public Relations Officer, Ms Irene Ugbo on phone on Wednesday, she said the suspect was tried and dismissed.
She said the suspect would soon be tried in court of competent jurisdiction.
“The suspect was tried in the orderly room and was dismissed from service. He would soon be tried in court,” she said.
British-Nigerian Labour MP, Fiona Onasanya, has been charged with two counts of seeking to pervert the course of justice by allegedly blaming someone else for speeding offences committed by herself and her brother, prosectors have said.
The 34-year-old former solicitor, who narrowly won the Peterborough constituency at the 2017 election, faced two charges jointly with her younger brother, Festus Onasanya, a 33-year-old singer from Cambridge.
The pair appeared at Westminster magistrates court on 12 July and were due to appear at a court yet to be determined on 13 August. Festus Onasanya also faces a third charge of perverting the course of justice.
Both charges involving the MP, who defeated the long-serving Conservative MP Stewart Jackson by 607 votes at last year’s election, relate to allegedly seeking to blame someone else for speeding offences. Onasanya has not commented. If Onasanya was to be convicted of an offence and it is not known whether she will deny the allegations it could provoke a byelection in a hugely marginal seat.
Under the law, which came into force in 2015 allowing MPs to be recalled, a recall petition could be triggered if a sitting MP has been convicted of an offence and received a jail term of any length, even if it was suspended.
Under earlier rules, MPs were automatically ejected from the Commons if they were jailed for a year or more.
Divine Giwa, a 19-year-old girl, who allegedly administered sleeping substance on her friend via tea, which made her sleep from 7a.m. till 10p.m., during which she ransacked her room, stole money and properties valued at N918,000, was arraigned before an Igbosere Magistrate’s Court in Lagos, yesterday.
Giwa, according to prosecuting counsel, Ehizoba Godspower, committed the offence in September 2017. He said she stole three bags containing clothes valued at N200,000; 30 pieces of shoes, N150,000; jewelries, N100,000; make-up kit, N50,000 and three pieces of human hair wigs, N250,000.
Others included eye glasses valued N20,000, one phone valued N100,000 and N48,000, totalling N918,000; properties of Chioma Daniels.
Godspower said: “The defendant deliberately drugged the complainant to enable her steal her money and properties,” adding that the offence is punishable under Section 287 of the Criminal Laws of Lagos State, 2015. Giwa pleaded not guilty to the charge.
The complainant had narrated how she was drugged by her friend to the Police.
Daniels said: “A friend of mine introduced the suspect to me in March 2017 at a fast food outlet in Lekki, and begged me to allow the suspect to live with me, pending when she would be able to raise money to rent accommodation.
“I lived with the suspect from March till September 2017, when I told her to prepare tea for both of us to drink.
“After I drank the tea, I slept from 7a.m. and woke up 10p.m., only to discover that the suspect had stolen all my properties and money and escaped.
“I later sighted her at Lekki in June this year and raised the alarm, which attracted people who assisted me to apprehend her and dragged her to the police station.”
Magistrate M. F. Onanusi granted Giwa N200,000 bail, with one surety in like sum, adjourned the case till August 1 for mention and ordered that the defendant be kept at Kirikiri Prisons, pending when she is able to perfect her bail conditions.
APC national chairman Comrade Adams Oshiomhole was at the Presidential Villa, to see the President after the weekly Federal Executive Council, FEC, meeting at the Council Chamber.
Presidency sources revealed that President Buhari was not happy with the comment by his party’s national chairman where he said that if the President was condoning indiscipline from his cabinet he was not going to condone it.
“The President was not happy with the comment of the APC Chairman because it portrayed the President as inefficient,”the Presidency source had said.
While berating the Labour Minister for not carrying out his directive that he (Ngige) should inaugurate the board of the Nigeria Social Insurance Trust Fund, NSITF, Oshiomhole said,“If the minister refuses we will suspend him from the party. You know we must return to internal discipline.
“For me it is the height of mischief for any minister, you cannot purport to be honourable minister and you act dishonourably and nobody is greater than the party.
“And if the President condones disrespect for his office, I will not condone disrespect for the party.
“And when we expel the minister we will prevail on the president that he can’t keep in his cabinet people who have neither respect for his own decisions nor have respect for the party.”
A 50-year-old man jealous boss identified as Permsak Petprasert, who hacked off his colleague’s manhood which was then eaten by dogs after he made a pass at his wife Ban Pong district of the city of Ratchaburi, Thailand, has claimed he slashed him with a knife to protect his wife after a boozing session.
According to The SUN, the suspect had agreed to let the victim, Suwit Thipjantha, stay at his home when he started working with him at a bus assembly plant in Thailand. The two men had drinks with another colleague at the house before Petprasert and the other worker went to get more supplies.
It was gathered that they left Suwit, apparently drunk in the house with Petprasert’s sleeping wife Tin. He said he saw her running from the building “in a panic” when he returned to the property, and Suwit walked out of the bedroom wearing only his shorts.
He told Police that he attacked Suwit with tools, knocking him to the floor, before cutting off his penis with a fruit knife. He reportedly threw the mutilated organ into shrubs and then asked neighbours to send Suwit to hospital.
Police told Petprasert to show them where he threw Suwit’s manhood but he could not find it, as officers said they believed it had been eaten by a dog.
His wife told police Suwit was drunk and touched her arm when he went in to her room. She fled just as her husband arrived back. Petprasert has been charged with assault.
Facebook deleted a 400-year-old painting of a shirtless Jesus by Flemish master Rubens as it“featured nudity”,according to a report byThe Sun.
The piece titled“Descent from the Cross”was among several artworks uploaded to the site by the Flemish Tourist Board. It shows a loincloth-clad Jesus being lifted gently to the ground after crucifixion.
The painting reportedly appeared in a Facebook ad campaign – along with other works by Flemish artists such as Jan van Eyck and Pieter Bruegel – promoting the Belgian region of Flanders.
Its removal was met with ire from the Flemish tourism bureau, which slammed Facebook’s controversial censorship policy in a letter addressed to the firm’s CEO Mark Zuckerberg.
“Breasts, buttocks and Peter Paul Rubens’ cherubs are all considered indecent. Not by us, but by you,”reads the note.
“Even though we secretly have to laugh about it, your cultural censorship is making life rather difficult for us.”
It also lampooned Facebook’s muddled ban in a new video that sees men in “social media inspector” uniforms escorting visitors with social media accounts away from nudes at the Rubens House museum in Antwerp.
Facebook’s strict Community Standards have a dedicated section on adult nudity and sexual activity where it argues that its policies are now“more nuanced”than in the past.
“We restrict the display of nudity or sexual activity because some people in our community may be sensitive to this type of content,”states the social network.
It continues:“We understand that nudity can be shared for a variety of reasons, including as a form of protest, to raise awareness about a cause or for educational or medical reasons. Where such intent is clear, we make allowances for the content.
“For example… We also allow photographs of paintings, sculptures and other art that depicts nude figures.”
Benue State Governor Samuel Ortom on Wednesday in Markurdi formally dumped the All Progressives Congress (APC) and joined the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
According to the News Agency of Nigeria, Ortom defected to the PDP during a meeting with elected local government chairmen and councillors at the Government House Makurdi.
The governor has been a subject of speculations recently on his stance in the ruling party following disagreement with the party leaders both at state and national levels.
Ortom during his defection speech said that the APC ward chairman in the state was“ready to join”him in PDP.
He said that he has forwarded the letter of his resignation from the All Progressives Congress to his ward chairman.
Ortom was elected on the platform of the ruling APC in 2015.
Earlier on Wednesday, youths under the auspices of‘Coalition of Benue Youths’and comprising 40 groups on Wednesday have forced the driver of the Benue State Governor, Samuel Ortom, to remove the flag of the ruling All Progressives Congress from his car.
The youths also prevented the governor from proceeding to Abuja, where it was understood that he was to attend a meeting with APC leadership, with the aim of settling the rift between him and APC leader in the state, George Akume.
Lawyers have berated the President Muhammadu Buhari-led government over what they have described as Tuesday’s unconstitutional invasion of the homes of Senate President Bukola Saraki, and his deputy, Ike Ekweremadu by the police and the Department of State Services (DSS).
The action was reportedly meant to stop the Senate leadership from presiding over the Senate plenary that was expected to witness the mass defection of some All Progressives Congress (APC) lawmakers in the red chamber.
The legal practitioners, who spoke to Daily Independent in exclusive chats observed that the action flouts all democratic norm, adding that it was a national disgrace.
According to Leon Mbakwe, Executive Secretary, Lawyers Against Corruption (LAC), the development showcases that Nigeria is in a state of anarchy presided over by a civilian dictatorship.
He said, “What is currently at play in Nigeria today is anarchy. We have in our hands the worst form of civilian dictatorship ever in Nigeria.
“Some people only removed their military uniform, donned civilian garb and started pretending to be democrats. It is a national shame.
“The precedent was set when the homes of judges were invaded and nothing happened. It appears they are doing everything to bring every other arm of government under subjection. Yet what makes a democracy is not the executive but the legislature and judiciary.
“Things are happening and nobody is calling the Buhari government to order as if executive power has no limit; and yet we boast that Nigeria’s is a constitutional democracy.
“But he who lives in a glass house should not throw stones. They are setting a dangerous precedent that will return someday to hunt them.
“This government has lost sight of the fact that most Nigerians are now more conscious of democratic norms and tenets, and that they are using them to measure and assess this government.
“Unfortunately operators of this government are putting personal interest ahead of the collective interest of Nigerians.
“The action is unconstitutional, undemocratic and a national disgrace.”
Adesina Adegbite, National Welfare Secretary, Nigerian Bar Association (NBA), also spoke in the same vein, noting that the development is politicking assuming a dangerous dimension, for which Nigeria should be wary.
“What is going on in Nigeria is very unfortunate. Politicking in Nigeria today is taking a dangerous dimension. You get the sense that the current government of President Muhammadu Buhari is becoming desperate,” he lamented.
He added, “If things have reached this screeching halt, what then should we expect when the election is few weeks away? Every Nigerian, including the president’s diehard supporters, should be worried and think about the country first; and move quickly to see how we can call the government to order before it is too late.
“Indeed, all is not well with Nigeria. What happened today is, to put it mildly, an attempted coup against the National Assembly.
“If the president believes that some members of his party are planning on defecting from his party today, that does not justify moving against the leadership of the Senate in order to stop them from playing their constitutional role for which they were elected.
“The action is uncalled for; it is an affront and an embarrassment not just to the National Assembly but the entire country as well.
“Nigeria does not exist in isolation. Whatever happens in the country today is available as news to everybody all over the world. Thanks to the internet.
“Nigeria is being ridiculed by the government in power. This action is, to say the least, a dent on the image of integrity this president is laboring to project.”
For Barrister Olusina Fasugba, the action of the security agencies offends the fundamental human rights of the affected officers of the Senate.
He said, “This country is supposed to be governed by laws and the constitution, which is the foundation of all laws in Nigeria.
“Moving against the Senate leadership so as to stop them from functioning in accordance with the powers conferred on them by the constitution is a complete departure from the rule of law.
“It departs fundamentally from all democratic ideals; and it’s an infraction on the fundamental rights of the Senate leadership.
“The constitution provides for the fundamental right of free movement for all citizens. It also provides for freedom of association. So why should the government in power be averse to people exercising their freedom to freely associate by moving against the leadership of an arm of government?
“Are they saying that Nigerians have ceased to enjoy the constitutional right to join any political party of their choice?
“Why is the government seeing it as a confrontation which they feel obligated to stop?
“Ours is a nascent democracy that requires nurture not torture. The government of the day must be careful not to act in a way and manner that will torture and abort our democracy before it attains maturity.
“Every Nigerian must come out to do something about this democracy of vengeance, rancour and acrimony that we have in Nigeria today.”
CAN Condemns Siege On Saraki, Ekweremadu’s Residences
The Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) has reacted to Tuesday’s siege on the residences of Saraki and Ekweremadu.
In a statement, the association described the action of the security operatives as “a siege against Nigeria’s democracy”.
The statement signed by the media assistant to the CAN President, Adebayo Oladeji, warned President Muhammadu Buhari and the Nigeria police to desist from threatening Nigeria’s democracy.
“We express grave concerns over the poor handling of police’s invitation to the Senate President, Saraki, over the infamous Offa robbery saga that led to the death of no fewer than 30 people. And the
alleged plan by the EFCC to arrest Ekweremadu over alleged money laundry.
“The Christian umbrella body condemns in strong terms the way and manner the police were deployed in subjecting the leadership of the National Assembly to needless embarrassment and harassment. The ongoing action of the police is a siege against democracy.”
Siege To Saraki, Ekweremadu’s Residences Dangerous, Primitive — Makarfi
Senator Ahmed Makarfi, former governor of Kaduna State, has condemned the invasion of the residences of principal officers of the National Assembly on Tuesday by security agents, saying it is an assault on the leadership of the National Assembly and a clear breach of one of the tenets of democracy.
In a statement by his media adviser, Mukhtar Zubairu Sirajo, Makarfi who is a presidential aspirant on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) also lauded the defection of some APC lawmakers to PDP, saying it is a wise decision.
The statement reads, “Nigerians woke up again this morning (Tuesday) to the rather very sad and disturbing incidences of the siege to the residences of principal officers of the National Assembly, by detachments of the Nigeria Police Force, obviously to stop them from presiding over the day’s session, which eventually witnessed the defection of some senators from the ruling party.
“Senator Ahmed Mohammed Makarfi considers this assault on the leadership of the National Assembly, an independent arm of government and one of the legs of the tripod upon which the presidential system rests, as dangerous, primitive and one that constitutes a very serious threat to democracy in our country.”
Four suspected robbers who vandalized MTN Installations and carted away power supply inverter batteries which they sold at give away prices in Lagos have been nabbed by the police.
According to PM Express, the robbers were arrested following credible information from a reliable source after they had successfully disconnected the batteries, loaded them into a car and escaped.
The suspects were Monday Ogbonna, 40, Bamiji Akanni, 42, Sunday Odewale, 51 and Anthony Ibe, 30.
The incident happened at the installations located at Mowo area of Badagry of Lagos.
This was confirmed by the Lagos State Commissioner of Police, Mr Imohimi Edgal, at the State Command, Lagos.
The police chief said that on 17th July, 2018, the police received information from a credible source that MTN installations had been vandalized by robbers who were said to be used to stealing communication equipment in the State. He said that the Command reacted promptly and dispatched a decoy team to monitor the facilities and their efforts paid off.
CP Edgal said that the decoy team intercepted a white Mazda bus with registration number MUS 175XW with five occupants in front of Arena Shopping Complex, Oshodi, Lagos. He said that the vehicle was searched and 16 inverter batteries were found and recovered from them which turned out to be the batteries they stole from MTN installations in the Badagry area of Lagos. They were subsequently arrested and detained at the Command.
The police also recovered some exhibits which included the Mazda bus and a navy blue coloured Toyota Hilux with registration number, KTU 658EW. Edgal said that the suspects will be charged to court after the conclusion of investigations.
The suspects and they narrated that it had been their business for a period of time. On how they gained access into the installations, one of them revealed that they had tools which they used to disconnect the batteries and usually went to Arena Shopping Complex to sell them at the cost of N20,000 each.
Deadly terrorist group, ISIS, have made a new claim, insisting that they have hacked Facebook. They have also threatened to behead Mark Zuckerberg in a vile new poster, The Sun UK reports.
The terror organisation publicised images edited to feature Zuckerberg in an orange jumpsuit and beheaded.
The poster includes the message “go to hell Mark”, and is part of a campaign dubbed #OpTheWorld.
ISIS released this vile poster
Sixgill, an online cybersecurity firm, revealed the threats to the Daily Star – as ISIS appears to ramp up their hacking operations.
A number of other websites have been targeted – some successfully – according to Sixgill.
The so-called United Cyber Caliphate (UCC) recently came together as several pro-ISIS hacking groups.
And their activities increased since May, reports from Sixgill say, with East Asian government websites forced offline by their efforts.
The hacker’s latest propaganda calls for other groups to target Facebook.
In one particular grotesque image Zuckerberg appears beheaded, with a red “hacked” message.
The group has also shared screenshots which claim to be of hacked Facebook pages.
Sixgill told Daily Star Online: “We assume that ISIS is targeting Facebook to retaliate against its measures to censor pro-ISIS content and groups, and on more general level because Facebook is seen as a Western symbol.”
ke mad man, Muyideen Fatai, has been arrested after he abducted an 11-year old girl, tied her mouth and was taking her to an unknown destination before she was rescued in Lagos, according to a report by PM Express.
It was gathered that the incident happened along Ijaniki Road by Total filling station, Ijaniki, Lagos, where Mr. Fatai was said to have accosted the victim, Miss Aishat Tunde, on her way to an undisclosed destination.
However, his plan was foiled by the residents who saw what happened, apprehended him, rescued the victim and handed both of them over to the police for investigation.
At the Ijaniki Police Division, Fatai pretended that he was a mad man but that did compel the police to release him. They transferred the matter to the Anti-Kidnapping department for further interrogations where it was discovered that he was not a mad person.
The incident was confirmed by the Lagos State Commissioner of Police, Mr. Imohimi Edgal, at the State Command, Lagos. CP Edgal stated that on 17th July, 2018, the father of the victim, Mr. Tunde Kamoru, 43, reported at the Ijaniki police station that the suspect who had no fixed address muffled the mouth of her daughter with a veil in an attempt to kidnap her.
The attempt was foiled by the some residents who saw what happened and contacted the operatives of the Neighborhood Watch. He said on the receipt of the report, he directed the Anti-Kidnapping Squad to take over the case and investigate it properly.
Edgal said that upon interrogation, the suspect who had earlier pretended to be of unsound mind stated that he liked her and was only trying to take her home to feed her.
CP Edgal said that investigations were still on and the suspect will be charged to court after the conclusion of investigations.
He noted that the incident had clearly shown that the members of the public were now conscious of their environment and working with the police for effective policing of the State. He further enjoined the public to remain vigilant and report to the police whenever they suspected the movement of individuals around their environment.
The ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) has lost 37 members to the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and the African Democratic Congress (ADC) in a gale of mass defection that swept across the National Assembly yesterday.
In the Senate, APC lost 14 senators to the PDP. For the ruling party, it was a dark day with the depletion of its ranks in both the chambers of the National Assembly.
On its part, the PDP also lost one member to the United Progressive Party (UPP); meaning 38 lawmakers changed party yesterday. The gale of defections which might aggravate in the coming weeks led to moments of hysteria with PDP lawmakers celebrating openly with the decampees.
Although, the House leader, Hon. Femi Gbajabiamila, has boasted that the APC still maintains majority in the chambers, the PDP has declared that this is just the first batch of defectors as more APC members would leave for PDP in the next few weeks.
With the defection, the APC now has 185 members, PDP –160, APGA –5, ADC –4, while Accord party, Labour Party and Social Democratic Party (SDP) have one member each.
There is one vacant seat, which is yet to be filled. While 32 of the defecting members joined the main opposition party, the PDP, four joined ADC with one yet to identify with a new platform.
Ekiti State Governor, Ayodele Fayose, has lambasted President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration describing it as a‘government of beasts’. Mr Fayose said this while visiting the Senate President, Bukola Saraki, and the Deputy Senate President, Ike Ekweremadu, on Tuesday.
The visit, Mr Fayose said, is to solidarise with the duo on their recent travails with security agencies.
Mr Fayose condemned the siege on the residences of the Senate leaders on Tuesday.
Mr Fayose commended the 15 senators who defected from the APC.
On Ekiti elections, Mr Fayose accused the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) of holding on to election documents despite several requests to access it by the PDP.
Mr Fayose’s deputy, Olusola Eleka, lost the Ekiti governorship election to Kayode Fayemi of the APC.
Mr Fayose described people who said he would run away after his party lost the election as ‘idiots’.
A 40-year old driver, Mr. Mayowa Ogunmola, connived with other suspects, Femi Ayoade, 23 and Azeez Ibrahim, 34 and sold his boss’ N10m Toyota Prado Land Cruiser SUV for N50,000 just two months after being employed in Lagos, PM Express has reported.
The incident happened at Anthony Village in Lagos, where the owner, Mr. Femi Mayaki, resided. The SUV with registration number, LSD 735BP, was recovered in Ogun State.
The police said that Ogunmola made away with the vehicle and gave it to one Femi who claimed to be a Mechanical Engineering undergraduate of the Kwara State University. He then sold it to Mr. Ibrahim for N50,000.
However, the three suspects were arrested by the operatives of FSARS and they recovered the vehicle at Ijebu-Ota in Ogun State.
This was confirmed by the Lagos State Commissioner of Police, Mr. Imohimi Edgal, at the State Command where the suspects were paraded with the vehicle as exhibit.
The police boss said that on 18th July, 2018, the owner of the vehicle reported that Mr. Ogunmola made away with the SUV with his personal documents inside.
He said that based on the report, the operatives of FSARS were detailed and they moved into action which led to the arrest of the driver in a hideout in Ikorodu area of Lagos.
He said that when the driver was arrested, he confessed claiming that the devil tempted him to do so. He was later taken by the police to Ogun State where he claimed to have given the vehicle to Mr. Ayoade to get a buyer and sell it.
On getting to Ogun State, Ayoade was arrested and he confessed that he sold the vehicle to Mr. Ibrahim for N50,000 and then took the detectives to Ibrahim’s house where the vehicle was recovered.
CP Edgal said that the three suspects were in police custody and will be charged to court after the conclusion of investigations. The owner of the SUV, Mr. Mayaki expressed delight about the diligent work by the police and said that he had learnt his lesson from the whole incident.
19-year-old Dorcas Adilewa, who planned her kidnap to defraud her father of N600k in Lagos, has been charged to court.
The Lagos State Police Command following a report by the suspect’s father at Ketu Police Station arrested her on July 13 together with one Ifeoluwa Ogunbanjo, her friend, who provided location and a phone to contact her parents.
Confirming the arrest in a statement, the Lagos State Commissioner of Police,Imohimi Edgal said:
“On July 7 at about 5 p.m., Adilewa Taiwo of No. 3, Kosumi Lane, Bello-Ketu, Lagos, reported at Ketu Police Station that he received a call from phone number 09057432362. He was told that his daughter, Dorcas Adilewa, was being held hostage and that if he does not want her killed, he should pay a ransom of N600,000 to secure her release.
Investigation into the case was immediately commenced and the above phone number that was used by the suspects was geo-located to Ijebu-Igbo area of Ogun State. The O/C Anti-Kidnapping led his operatives to Ijebu-Igbo on July 12 and combed the area in search of the supposed victim till the following morning”.
The commissioner said that while the search was ongoing at Ijebu-Igbo, the location of the supposed kidnappers changed to Ikotun in Lagos and the search party had to move from Ijebu-Igbo to IKotun in Lagos to rescue the victim.
“When the fake kidnappers realised that the Police were closing in on them, the supposed victim decided to call the complainant to inform him that she has been released, after he had deposited the sum of N8,000 naira in her UBA account number: 2087804991.” Imohimi said that when Adilewa was being debriefed upon her release, she confessed that she actually planned the fake kidnap with her friend, one Ogunbanjo.
“She provided her with accommodation at No. 174, Adeboye road, Okesopin, Ijebu Igbo in Ogun State to hide and the phone that they used in demanding for the ransom. Investigation is in progress and on completion, the suspects will be charged to court accordingly,”the commissioner said.
Senate President, Dr Bukola Saraki has affirmed that the house of the Deputy President of the Senate,Ike Ekweremadu is under siege as initially reported.
Saraki at the Tuesday’s plenary said,‘As you know the seat of the DSP, Ike Ekweremadu is absent. He cannot get out of his house. He is being held under seige.”
Senator Ike Ekweremadu, had earlier lamented that the Nigeria Police and the operatives of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission had laid siege to his home.
A statement by Uche Anichukwu his Special Adviser on Media, said,“The Apo Legislative Quarters residence of the Deputy President of the Senate, Senator Ike Ekweremadu, is currently under the siege of men of the Nigeria Police Force and the operatives of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission.
“With the President of the Senate, Dr. Bukola Saraki, expected to report to the Intelligence Response Team of the Nigeria Police Force in Guzappe, Abuja, this Tuesday morning, Senator Ekweremadu is expected to preside over plenary.
“They took over the entire vicinity before 6am. There is no going in or coming out.
“Meanwhile, there was no prior invitation to the senator by any of the security agencies or the EFCC.”