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Man Butchers Friend In Akwa Ibom (Warning: Graphic Content)

Residents of Itu Road, Uyo, the Akwa Ibom State capital, on Wednesday, woke to a horror sight, following the murder of a middle-aged barber by a close family friend and supposed boss.

Steven Onowa, a graduate of Federal Polytechnic Oko, from Anambra State, was later arrested by men of the Akwa Ibom State police command over the murder of Daniel Bassey Solomon, his close friend and barbing salon employee.

Nigerian Tribune gathered that Onowa, who tried to escape after allegedly butchering his friend and dismembering him, was arrested with the aid of a GSM tracking device employed by officers and men of the Force.

Explaining the incident which led to the gruesome murder of the said barber, who hailed from Uruan Local Government Area, the state Police Commissioner, Mr Gabriel Achong, said the culprit confessed to have invited his friend to his house and offered him a drink.
“At about 3.00 a.m, I decided to kill him. “I gave him the first cut, the guy got up; I gave him a second one and he died and I butchered him to parts,” the suspect confessed.

The commissioner, who confirmed that a quarrel had been on for the past two years between the ‘butcher’ and his victim, even as their case file was still with the SARS department of the command, said the police were successful in tracking down the culprit through the assistance of his landlord, who kept contacting him on phone, as the police kept tracking the calls.
“After stabbing him to death, he used matchet to chop off his hands, head and two legs. He packed the parts in a sack, pulled it out of the house to the major street of Itu Road.”

Apparently tired of evacuating the corpse to a safer place, he was said to have abandoned the deceased in a bag, removed the vital parts, including his two hands, which he dumped in a place along School Road and the head, which he hid in abandoned dump site on the same Itu Road.

The suspect, who confessed to the crime, said he had called his victim on phone for urgent meeting in his house, where he drugged his Orijin beer.

When the late Dan arrived, his killer entertained him with the drugged beer and it was not long before the deceased dosed off, giving his killer the opportunity to tie him, before stabbing him to death.

The suspect’s landlord, Mr Celestine George, who spoke to journalists at the police headquarters, Ikot Akpan Abia, said the police was called after the incident was reported and he had to put a call to the suspect and demanded for the balance of his rent.

“The suspect said he was about travelling and that he was with the balance which he would pay me before travelling. I then asked him to meet me at Itam junction, within the premises of a church where I had already told the SARS men to lay ambush for him.

“I kept calling him until he arrived at the premises of the church where I tricked him to. He came in a car with three armed mobile policemen and I hinted the men of the SARS formation, who had laid ambush for him within the premises and he was apprehended and handcuffed.

“The three mobile policemen were eventually overpowered by the SARS men and the suspect was arrested and taken to the police headquarters at Ikot Akpanabia,” he said.

What pained the angry residents of Itu Road the most, according to a neighbour, “is the fact that the suspect, apart from being a close friend of the deceased, was also having an affair with one of the late Dan’s sisters.”

He disclosed that such close relationship led to the suspect opening a barbing salon for his victim along Urua Ekpa Road.
When interrogated by newsmen, Onowa confessed to the crime and claimed to have killed his victim for daring to raise his voice at him over his N750, 000 he had refused to account for.

“We reported the matter to SARS about two years ago and he agreed on a timeframe to pay up the N750, 000. Till today, he has refused to pay the money, so when I invited him to my house that day, he started shouting at and getting angry with me, so I killed him. I am not dealing in body parts.

I only cut him to pieces to be able to carry him,” the suspect added.

EFCC quizzes ex-NIMASA DG, ex-Governor Chime’s Chief of Staff

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) yesterday grilled a former Director-General of the Nigeria Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA), Dr. Patrick Ziakede Akpobolokemi and Mrs, Ifeoma Nwobodo, who was the Chief of Staff to the former Governor of Enugu State, Mr. Sullivan Chime.

It was learnt Akpobolokemi was invited by the EFCC in connection with billions of contract awarded during his tenure.

Sources said Akpobolokemi, who arrived at the Lagos Office of the EFCC at about 10am, was still being questioned as at press time.

A top EFCC aide said: “We invited ex-DG of NIMASA and some top officials of the agency for award of contracts, and some projects running into billions of Naira.

“We are also probing the Public Private Partnership agreements between NIMASA and some companies during Akpobolokemi’s tenure.

“There were allegations on the alleged mismanagement of the domiciliary accounts of NIMASA. But all these are in the realm of allegations.

“For logistic reasons, the interrogation is being done in Lagos for strategic reasons, especially bringing of evidence, such as the files and counter-interrogation of officials.

“I think we may grant Akpobolokemi and other officials of NIMASA administrative bail because the investigation is really a comprehensive one.”

An aide of Akpobolokemi said: “The ex-DG of NIMASA personally went to EFCC to honour the invitation of the commission. He was not arrested as being insinuated.

“Also, as I speak, he has given full cooperation to the EFCC on the allegations against him. I am aware that these allegations are baseless. They arose from internal politics in NIMASA.”

The ex-DG of NIMASA in February joined issues with the All Progressives Congress (APC) on the alleged PPP contracts.

He said: “The PPP project has also made it possible for the agency to provide suitable platforms to the relevant security agencies collaborating with us to fight piracy and other sundry security breaches in our waters.

“Memoranda of Understanding have been signed and are being implemented between the Nigerian Navy, the Nigerian Air Force and NIMASA.”

Meanwhile, the EFCC appeared yesterday to be closing in on ex-Governor Sullivan Chime with the invitation of his former Chief of Staff, Mrs. Nwobodo.

The invitation of Mrs. Nwobodo was said to be the beginning of a comprehensive probe into the administration of ex-Governor Chime.

The EFCC source said Mrs. Nwobodo arrived at the EFCC headquarters in Abuja about 9.30am to respond to issues against her and the administration of Chime.

The source added: “The former Chief of Staff was immediately ushered into the interrogation room to meet a team of crack detectives.

The sundry allegations border essentially on conspiracy, money laundering, and misappropriation of public funds and abuse of office.

Responding to a question, the source added: “I think her invitation is the beginning of some allegations against the administration of ex-Governor Chime.

“We have so many petitions against the former governor. But since his Chief of Staff was central to the coordination of government activities, we need to hear from her first.”

Source: THe Nation

Horror in Lagos community: How 16-year-old boy killed my son, by distressed dad

Members of the Hassan family in Ijanikin, Lagos, are yet to come to terms with the gruesome murder of their four-year-old son, Ibrahim, on Monday morning.

Since they got the shocking news, pain, sorrow and wailing have been their companions.

The innocent boy was allegedly killed and later butchered by a 16-year-old boy, Tajudeen Azeez, popularly known as Ojo, a apprentice furniture maker, behind Anglican Primary School, Deeper Life Bus Stop, Ijanikin, Lagos State.

Luck ran against the suspect when he was allegedly spotted by neighbours who immediately raised the alarm before he could get away with the crime. Ibrahim was the first child of his parents.

The 16-year-old suspect heartlessly removed the deceased’s penis, kidney and intestines. The unsuspecting boy was lured into the location of the crime, and his corpse was later buried in the bush.

When visited the deceased’s family house, the mother of the murdered child, Felicia Hassan was simply inconsolable and was too devastated to speak to anybody. The victim’s family members, friends and neighbours gathered at the place to sympathise with the bereaved family.

ewoooAccording to the father of the poor boy, Jamiu, who looked sorrowful, he went to work on Sunday and had not come back home when his wife, Felicia, who was heavily pregnant, went into labour. She tried feeding her three children but they said they were not hungry. Leaving her children in care of her neighbours in the single-room apartment in the house, known as face-me-I-face-you, Felicia left for the hospital about 7pm. Between 8:30pm and 9pm, Felicia was delivered of a baby girl. When she got back home that night, she realized that her son, Ibrahim was missing.

He said: “When she got back, she saw the other two children and asked them where Ibrahim was. They searched for him till about 10pm. She then called me to say she could not find Ibrahim. When I got home, we continued to search for him but could not find him so we concluded that he must have gone to sleep in someone’s house since whenever people look for children here, other parents may keep him till the next day or take him to the station.

“So we decided to go check him at the police station. Like a joke, the next morning, we started searching for him. We went to the King’s palace and the police station. Someone now said he was at Ijanikin. I believe the boy was killed overnight and his body dumped somewhere. They had removed his private part and the internal organs. They wanted to place him outside so his body could be seen. It was where that boy, Ojo carried the corpse of Ibrahim that someone in the neighbourhood saw him and raised the alarm. He said a boy was being searched for yesterday. Whose corpse are you carrying?”

According to Hassan, while he and others were still searching for Ibrahim, those who caught Ojo had called the police.

Said he: “The police arrived promptly and took away the deceased and Ojo to the station. People now started saying the dead boy looked like a four-and-half-year-old child. At that time, I became suspicious and went to the police station. That was how I saw my son. The police tortured the boy who killed my son. Immediately, he confessed, and nine other people were arrested in connection to the murder.

Jamiu further stated that Ojo confessed that a man named Uzor sent him to get the organs of a four or five-year-old boy. According to him, the police had seized the cloth he wore when he killed the boy and the knife found on him.

While the father of the deceased was talking to, a man who was simply identified as chief walked into the area and threatened the people consoling the family. According to the chief, the people there were saying so much about a boy being killed thereby tarnishing the image of the area. He threatened to deal with them mercilessly if he heard such again. At that point, the people rose up to shout on the chief. Jamiu Hassan was so annoyed that he pulled off his outfit threatening to beat up the chief if he did not leave their house. According to a relative of the family, Aminat Taiwo, the chief claimed he was sent from the Oba’s palace, adding that the traditional ruler sent him to inform them that he would deal with the parents of the murdered boy and the sympathisers if they were not careful.

When the reporters got to the palace of the traditional ruler of the community, Onijanikin of Ijanikin, Oba Momodu Afolabi Asafa was unable to attend to our reporters. But his son, Wasiu Asafa spoke on behalf of the palace. Wasiu disclosed that Ojo Tajudeen Azeez was not normal. He said the Ibadan-born boy was well known in the area, even though the suspect had a girlfriend. Wasiu said when he first heard the story, he initially refused to believe that the boy had done such a thing.

He believed that those who used him to perpetrate such evil acts knew that the boy was more or less an imbecile. According to Wasiu, he heard Ojo was given a hundred naira to kill a boy between a certain age.

He said: “Such a thing has never happened in this area before. Children do not get lost here, so we are surprised that it happened.”

Wasiu, however, denied claims that his father, Oba Momodu Afolabi Asafa sent a particular chief to harass the parents of the deceased.

Ibrahim is survived by his parents, a brother, Allihamin, his junior sister, Hadizat and the newborn baby girl.

The body has been deposited at a mortuary. The police said the suspect is still undergoing interrogation.

How Notorious Robber Known As ‘Vampire’ Was Arrested Arrested By Security Operatives In Owerri (Photos)

A 28-year old notorious kidnapper,Henry Chibueze popularly known as “Vampire” has been apprehended by DSS. Luck had ran out of Vampire when he was trying to kidnap a tribunal Judges lodged at Disney Hotels, along Onitsha – Owerri Road.

Security Operatives, acting an a tip-off swooped on but he managed to escape with bullet wounds which he had gone to treat in the house of his elder brother where he was arrested alongside the brother’s wife and her mother. Vampire told the Imo State Governor, when he was paraded before newsmen, that he operates in many parts of Nigeria, Cotonou (Republic of Benin) and Abijan (Ivory coast), where his family lives.
According to him, his wife, who hails from Cameroon believes he is a clothes dealer. He confessed to many high profile kidnapping and most cases, assassination of the victims, if they prove “stubborn”. Part of the exhibits found with him include; large sum of Ivorian currency, Some AK 47 rifles and pistols. He was arrested along side Hakeem Bello from Kwara state, Alexander Ohigide his “native doctor” and treasurer were equally arrested.
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How Teenager Killed 4-year-old Boy In Lagos, Removed His Kidney And Intestine

A 16-year-old boy, Tajudeen Azeez, has been arrested by the Lagos state police command for allegedly killing a four-year-old boy in Ijaniki area of the state.Azeez reportedly removed the deceased’s intestine and kidney after killing him.He was said to have lured the deceased to the back of an Anglican primary school, in the morning and committed the murder there, Daily Trust reports.

Giving his statement at the homicide section of the State Criminal Investigations Department (SCID), Yaba, where he is being detained, the suspect said one Osho promised to give him N50,000 if he could provide him with fresh human parts.

“At first, I did not want to succumb to the temptation but it kept coming. When I woke up this morning (Monday), I saw Ibrahim at the back of the house. I told him to escort me to a primary school not too far from the house. The name of the school is Anglican Primary School, Ijanikin.

“He followed me to the place and on arrival there, I stabbed him with a knife from behind. He fell down and I strangled him with a rope. I then cut his stomach open with the knife. I am sorry for what I did,” he said.

According to the acting police public relations officer for the Lagos Command, Patricia Amadin, the body of the deceased had been deposited at a government mortuary.

She said the suspect was arrested following intelligence information.

“Based on the strength of the information, the DPO and his men raced to the place. On arrival, they found the lifeless body of a four-year-old boy while the suspect was soaked in the deceased’s blood.

“From close observation, it was discovered that some vital organs such as the kidney and intestine had been removed from the deceased. All the organs were kept in a black nylon bag. The suspect was promptly arrested and taken to the station,” Amadin said.

She added that the police was making effort to arrest Osho, who is on the run.


EFCC gets team for Saraki’s wife, Yar’Adua’s daughter

Efcc LogoThe Nation Newspaper reports The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) yesterday raised a team of crack investigators to grill Senate President Bukola Saraki’s wife, Oluwatoyin and the late President Umaru Yar’Adua’s daughter, Hajiya Zainab Dakingari.

Mrs. Saraki has written the EFCC seeking to appear today or tomorrow.

Expressing her readiness to cooperate with the anti-graft commission, she had never received unlawful public funds.

A source in the commission said: “We are ready for Mrs. Oluwatoyin Saraki and Hajiya Zainab Dakingari – if they honour our invitation.

“We have a crack team of investigators that will handle their matters with fairness and objectivity.

“Our invitation does not presume them guilty. There are petitions against them; we want to hear their side too. If there is no prima facie case against them, the EFCC will release these women. So, we are still at a fact-finding stage.”

But ahead of today’s appearance, Mrs. Saraki has written the EFCC, seeking leave to be available for interrogation either today or tomorrow.

The letter was signed by the Private Secretary to the Wellbeing Foundation of the wife of the Senate President.

In the letter, Mrs. Saraki said she had never received unlawful public funds.

The letter reads in part: “Her Excellency is currently outside Nigeria and expects to return to Abuja on Monday, 27th of July. She thus requests an appointment to attend your office on Tuesday, 28th July 2015 or Wednesday, 29th July 2015 at mutually agreed convenience.

“We look forward to your response and acquiescence to the appointment date requested by Her Excellency.”

Mrs. Saraki said she was ready to cooperate with EFCC though the allegations had not been made available to her.

She also said she had never received unlawful funds in and out of office.

The letter added: “While she has no idea whatsoever what matter this may pertain to, Her Excellency will be delighted to assist your respected office with any lawful enquiries you may have as a law-abiding, responsible, transparent and accountable private citizen who has never been sought recourse to, nor received any unlawful public funds in any private capacity or activity.”

Man granted N50,000 bail over theft of N265 cigarettes

A Judge at the Gudu Upper Area Court in Abuja, Nigeria’s capital, Alhaji Umar Kagarko, on Friday granted bail to a 25-year old man, Samuel Sedi, in the sum of N50,000, with one surety in like sum after he was arraigned for allegedly stealing cigarettes worth N265.

The police in the Federal Capital Territory on Friday arraigned Sedi at the Gudu Upper Area Court for allegedly stealing cigarettes.

The accused, who resides at Jahi village, Abuja, is standing trial on a two-count charge of theft and attempted escape from lawful custody.

The prosecutor, Cpl. Sani Yusuf, told the court that the accused went to NEXT Cash and Carry Department Store on July 17 and under the pretence of shopping, stole cigarettes worth N265.

Yusuf said that when the accused was searched, dry leaves suspected to be Indian hemp were found in his possession.

He said that Sedi attempted to escape but was chased and arrested immediately.

He said that the management of the store, through Emeka Okonkwo, in company with policemen attached to the store reported the matter at the Mabushi Police Station.

He told the court that the offence contravened sections 288 and 95 of the penal code.
The accused pleaded not guilty to the charges.

Consequently, the Judge, Alhaji Kagarko, granted bail to Sedi in the sum of N50,000, with one surety in like sum and must reside within the court’s jurisdiction.

Kagarko adjourned the case till Sept. 9, 2015

Police parade 10 for robbery, fake currency

The police in Borno State on Wednesday paraded 10 suspected armed robbers, fake currency dealers and a suspected rapist.

The Commissioner of Police, Mr. Aderemi Opadokun, said the suspects were arrested from the Maiduguri metropolis and Kwaya/Kusar town.

Opadokun said N4.59m fake currency was recovered from one Adam Ajid, in the Fulatari ward of Maiduguri.

He said, “The suspect’s supplier, who is alleged to be from Cameroon Republic, is on the run, but we will get him.”

Another suspect paraded for spending fake currency, Ba’ana Musa, was reportedly arrested on July 16, 2015, for paying his tricycle fare with a fake N1,000 note.

The CP said, “When he was arrested, about 69 pieces of fake N1,000 were recovered from him.”

Also paraded was a 20-year old, Bakura Njidda, who was arrested for raping a nine-year old girl (name withheld).

The commissioner said the suspect would be charged to court as soon as doctor’s report was obtained.”

He added that the suspected robbers ─ Mohammed, Ishaku Abdu, Buba, Dahiru Adamu and Lavvali ─ robbed one Umar and told him to make N5m available at a later date or be killed.

Man jailed for stealing battery, attempted escape

The Lagos State Police Command has arraigned a man, Dayo Abdullahi, before an Ogudu Magistrate’s Court for allegedly stealing a car battery.

Prison-360x225PUNCH Metro gathered that the battery, which belonged to one Musa Sanud and valued at N14,000, was allegedly stolen at about 6.30am at the Ojota area of the state.

The charge read, “That you, Dayo Abdullahi, of no fixed address, on July 21, 2015, at about 6.30am at Ojota, Lagos, in the Ikeja Magisterial District, did steal a Volvo car battery, valued at N14,000, property of one Musa Sanud, and thereby committed an offence punishable under Section 285 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, 2011.”

The defendant pleaded guilty and was sentenced to one year imprisonment by the magistrate, Mrs. O. Sule-Amzat.

However, in a dramatic twist, Abdullahi allegedly attempted to escape from custody, while his papers were being processed at about 2.40pm.

It was gathered that the convict attempted to escape by breaking the ceiling of the court cell where he was kept.

The 40-year old was, however, apprehended and arraigned again before the court on two counts of felony.

The charges read in part, “That you, Dayo Abdullahi, of no fixed address on July 21, 2015, at about 2.40pm, at Ogudu Magistrate’s Court, Ogudu, in the Ogudu Magisterial District, being a convict and while in the Ogudu court cell, did attempt to commit felony to wit; escape from lawful custody, by climbing the court ceiling and breaking it and thereby commited an offence punishable under Section 404 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, 2011”.

The defendant pleaded guilty, and was sentenced by Sule-Amzat to another year imprisonment, making two years in all.

30-year-old Graduate Rapes Sickle Cell Woman

A graduate of the University of Lagos, Imonitie Ilen-Otuma, has been arrested by the police for allegedly raping a 27-year-old woman in the Lekki area of Lagos Punch Reports

imonitePUNCH Metro learnt that Imonitie, who studied Estate Management, had earlier been arrested in May for raping a colleague, and had been freed when the victim’s family agreed to withdraw the case.

Our correspondent gathered that in the second incident, which occurred on Friday, July 10, the suspect allegedly took his victim, Precious (pseudonym), to a party in the Lekki area where he allegedly brutalised and raped her.

It was gathered that Precious, on that day, had told her parents that she was going to see Imonitie, who was reportedly having a party.

The duo were said to have gone to see a movie at the Adeniran Ogunsanya Mall, in the Surulere area.

It was learnt that they later went to a party in the Lekki area, where Precious insisted on going home when it was around 12am, but the suspect allegedly refused.

Our correspondent gathered that instead, Imonitie allegedly lured the lady to the backseat of his car where he squeezed her throat and raped her.

The victim was said to have alerted her family to the incident, and the police from the Maroko division arrested the suspect.

Speaking with PUNCH Metro, the victim’s mother said the suspect allegedly threatened to strangle her daughter and dump her corpse by the roadside, despite her pleas to him that she was a virgin.

She added that Precious was still udergoing treatment in a hospital in the area due to the severity of the injuries she sustained.

She said, “My daughter is a sickle cell sufferer. She met Imonitie in the university. He was a year ahead of her. They started dating, but my daughter warned him that there would be no sex until they got married. Later, she learnt that the man had dated one of her friends, which Imonitie confirmed. So, since that time, they ended the relationship.

“The week that the incident happened, she said both of them met again on BBM, and he started persuading her to let them go out again. On that Friday, he called her and said he was taking her to see a movie.

“After the movie, they went clubbing in the Lekki area, where he raped her. She told us that she was not feeling strong. She said she remembered being walked out of the club to the back of Imonitie’s car.

“But when she opened her eyes, it was daytime, and he was on top of her at the back of the car. That was when the struggle started. He beat her up, squeezed her neck, while she begged him that she was a virgin, and he should not rape her. But he ignored her pleas and after the act, he gave her some tissues to clean the blood.”

Our correspondent gathered that while Precious was being taken home, she sent a text message home that her parents should get the police because she had been brutalised and raped.

It was learnt that the police at Maroko thereafter arrested the suspect after he was beaten up by some youths on the victim’s street.

Imonitie’s mother, who spoke with PUNCH Metro on the telephone, said her son loved the lady and wanted to marry her. She added that he did not mean to brutalise or kill her as claimed.

She said, “My son has told me that he loves the girl and wants to marry her. He is AA, and the girl is SS. So, they are compatible. He did not mean to kill her as claimed. If he wanted to, would he still drive her home after the incident? I am not justifying his actions, but he was tempted to commit the act. His intention is to marry the girl.”

Our correspondent learnt that the matter was also reported to the Lagos State Domestic and Sexual Violence Response Team. It was gathered that the state Department of Public Prosecutions had also requested for the case file from the police.

The Lagos State Police Public Relations Officer, DSP Kenneth Nwosu, confirmed the incident.

He said the matter had been transferred to the State Department of Criminal Investigation, Yaba.

Nwosu added, “The suspect is with us, and the matter is being investigated at the SDCI, Yaba.”