Court Orders Remand Of Two Teenagers Over Alleged Murder Of RCCG Pastor

Man Bags 15 Years In Prison For N5.2m Fraud
A file photo of a court gavel.

 

A Chief Magistrate Court sitting in the Yaba Area of Lagos State has ordered the remand of two teenagers Farouk Mohammed 16, and Kasali Jamiu 19, charged with the alleged murder of a Redeemed Christian Church of God’s (RCCG) Pastor, Babatunde Dada, aged 46.

Magistrate Linda Balogun ordered the remand of the minor, 16-year-old Mohammed at the Special Correctional Centres for Boys in Oregun while 19-year-old Jamiu was remanded at the Ikoyi Correctional Center, pending the legal advice from the Director of Public Prosecution (DPP).

The duo were charged alongside two others Mumuni Toheeb, 21 and Mubarak Soliu, 20 both of whom allegedly received a Spark S Techno Phone belonging to the deceased and valued at N60,000.

The four defendants are facing three charges bordering on conspiracy, murder, and receiving of a stolen item, preferred against them by the Police.

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The Prosecuting lawyer with the State Criminal Investigation Department (SCID) Panti, Mr Julio Hodonu, told the court that the defendants allegedly committed the offences on December 3, 2021, at Road 13, 6th Avenue Festac Town, in Amuwo Odofin area of Lagos State.

The prosecutor also said that Farouk and Jamiu conspired amongst themselves and unlawfully killed Babatunde Dada, by stabbing and clubbing him to death with a bottle and wood. According to the prosecutor, the offence is punishable under sections 411, 223 & 328(1) of the Criminal Laws of Lagos, 2015.

He asked the court to order the remand of the suspects for the first 30 days pending the DPP’s advice.

Following his remand application, counsel to the first defendant, Oyekanmi Isijola, raised an objection that the first defendant is a minor and should not be remanded in prison but a juvenile centre.

Magistrate Balogun agreed and ordered that the first defendant should be remanded at the Special Correctional Centres for Boys, Oregun, and the second defendant Ikoyi Prison respectively.

Meanwhile, the Magistrate granted Mumuni Toheeb and Mubarak Soliu bail in the sum of N200,000 each with two sureties each in like sum.

She said that the sureties must show proof of employment, proof of source of income, show evidence of tax payment to the Lagos State government, and have their addresses verified.

The case was adjourned till February 14, 2022, for DPP’s advice.

Houses Burnt, Vehicles Damaged As Explosion Rocks Abule Ado In Amuwo Odofin

 

A pipeline explosion has occurred at the Abule-Ado area around Festac town in Amuwo Odofin Local Government area of Lagos State.

The massive blast has reportedly rocked neighbouring areas, sparking a massive blaze that has destroyed nearby buildings including a school.

Plumes of smoke have been seen rising into the sky, but our correspondent on the scene says the area has been cordoned off.

An eyewitness told our correspondent that a tipper offloading sand caught fire, which spread to a nearby pipeline, triggering the blast.

The director-general of LASEMA Dr Femi Osanyintolu confirmed that the pipeline had earlier been vandalized by unknown persons.

Many nearby houses have been destroyed by the blaze while the explosion damaged buildings around the area and its environs.

The Lagos State Fire Service says there are buildings on fire in Ado Soba, Abule-Ado, and Amuwo-Odo.

The chairman of the local government area, mister Valentine Buraimoh told Channels Television on the phone that some children have been rescued from the collapsed school building.

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Below are some clips and reactions regarding the explosion, as obtained from Twitter.

Petrol Tanker Explosion Rocks Festac

Petrol Tanker Explosion Rocks Festac
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Several vehicles were reportedly burnt on Wednesday afternoon after a tanker exploded in the Festac axis of Lagos state.

According to eyewitnesses, the vehicles gutted fire as the tanker, said to be laden with petrol, backtracked and fell after it attempted to climb the Festac Link Bridge in Amuwo Odofin Local Government Area of the state.

Officials of the Lagos State Fire Service were said to have arrived at the scene on time but could not quench the inferno completely after their arrival.

Photo: Twitter// @toyosiook

While some of the victims narrated how they narrowly escaped death, the incident resulted in a gridlock on the bridge and in the adjoining roads.

Some residents in the area have also taken to Twitter to give an account of the incident.

See photos and short recorded videos below:

Developing Nigeria’s Tourism Potential

tourismThe World Tourism Organization, an agency of the United Nations mandated to promote accessible tourism, has released figures showing a continuous expansion of the tourism industry globally over the past six decades.

International tourist arrivals increased from 25 million in 1950 to 1133 million in 2014 while earnings moved from two billion dollars to 1245 billion dollars in 2014.

Arrivals worldwide is expected to hit 1.8 billion and emerging economies, which captures Nigeria, are expected to get 57% of this market share.

Efforts to develop these potential led to the inauguration of a tourism master plan in 2006 with the objective of launching the sector as a viable economic alternative.

Another very important element in the Nigerian tourism sector is the National Theatre, built in 1976 in preparation for the Festival of Arts and Culture, FESTAC in 1977.

The Federal Government has promised to develop the culture and tourism industry and the stakeholders await the performance of the promises of the Minister.

Nigerians as a whole await other promises such as development of the potentials in sites and festivals for revenue generation in the non-oil sector.

Lagos Boat Mishap: NEMA Suspends Search For Remaining Bodies

boat_mishapThe South-West Coordinator of the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA), Ibrahim Farinloye, has said that the mission to recover the remaining bodies of victims of Tuesday’s boat accident has been suspended.

In a telephone interview with Channels Television, Mr Farinloye said the agency is uncertain as to the exact number of persons who were aboard the boat before the accident. According to him, 13 bodies have been recovered while 6 persons survived.

Contrary to a statement by Lagos State Emergency Agency (LASEMA) that 12 persons had died, Farinloye said the figure was 13 as one of the initial seven who were rescued alive died on the way to the hospital. He maintained that 11 bodies were recovered on Tuesday while one body was recovered on Wednesday morning.

He also stated that the incident had occurred at about 7:30PM on Tuesday and the agency had been alerted via a text message at 11:10PM.

“Immediately, we alerted all the stakeholders. The Navy Special Boat Service, The Nigeria Police Marine, The Nigeria Police Disaster Unit, LASEMA, National Inland Waterways Authority to go for the search,” he said.

Farinloye also mentioned that over 30 local divers were employed to conduct the underwater search but it was suspended till Wednesday evening.

He assured that all agencies were on the same page and that there were no conflicting figures concerning the number of casualties. “Nobody was there when the boat loaded but one of the rescued victims told us there were 24 people on board… some people said 21 but what we are working with is 24.”

He added that “we are having 4 or 5 people missing.”

12 Confirmed Dead In Lagos Boat Accident

boat_mishapTwelve persons have been confirmed dead and six others rescued after a boat capsized on Tuesday night in Lagos, according to emergency rescue officials.

The incident occurred at the 4th Avenue, opposite 41 Road in Festac at about 7:30pm.

The General Manager of Lagos State Emergency Management Agency, Femi Oke-Osanyintolu, told Channels Television that six people had been rescued from the boat and were receiving treatment at the Lagos State Teaching Hospital.

He said 11 bodies were recovered from the scene on Tuesday and one found on Wednesday morning. The corpses have been taken to Yaba Mortuary for examination.

National Emergency Management Agency had released the total number of bodies recovered as 13, but Oke-Osanyintolu insisted that the Federal Government agency was not represented at the scene on Tuesday.

Police arrests 7 kidnap suspects in Lagos, recover cache of arms

A seven member gang alleged to have been terrorizing the Ajah, Festac and Satellite Town of Lagos State have been arrested by the policemen of the Area E Command.

The suspects, including a woman, were paraded by the state police commissioner, Umaru Manko.
One of the suspects giving an account of their operation said they go out together when they see any rich man parked; they go to block him and carry him away.

Mr Manko mentioned the items recovered as One AK 49 Rifle, 5 magazines, 1 Toyota pickup van, 1 Toyota Matrix, 1 Boxer motorcycle and 1 steer motorcycle.

Also arrested was a military officer, Samuel Johnson, who has been  impersonating for four years. Items recovered from him where military uniforms, belts and three police walkie talkie were found in his home.

On parade also were two young men from Benin Republic and Ghana who were found with 4 pop actions, 2 AK 47 Rifle, 2 single barrel guns and hundreds of live ammunitions.

OPINION: The good, bad and ugly sides of social media

Dickson, 32 was in search of money. He turns to the internet in search of the proverbial Golden Fleece. One cold evening in September 2011, while browsing through the Facebook site, he meets Jane, a 28-year-old banker. As the two friends continued their daily chats  Dickson began to generate strategies to scam his new Facebook friend.

Recently, social media including facebook, twitter, LinkedIn, Yahoo/Google/Blackberry Messengers, Google+, 2go etc have been used for different activities – business, pleasure and networking.

While some use social media as a means to showcase products and services, others use it for pleasure and a way to meet new people.

Still others use social media for sinister purposes with intentions of harming others or defrauding them.

According to Wikipedia, Social media includes web- and mobile-based technologies which are used to turn communication into interactive dialogue among organizations, communities, and individuals.

The benefit of a social media is found in the connections that get drawn between those that participate. Connecting people, recommending resources, identifying expertise, and distributing content are all benefits to those who participate in and use these sites.

For instance, in the story of Dickson and Jane, though  the former intended to defraud the latter, after having a blind date for almost one year, they agreed to meet in Lagos and once that was done, they ended up falling in love. Just three months Dickson and Jane got married.

There are numerous other examples of people who have built a wholesome relationship that began from a social media website. Some have gotten their dream jobs via social media. Others are growing a thriving business on social media.

A simple broadcast from Facebook or Blackberry can send a message to millions of people in different parts of the world.

Like everything in life, if there are merits, there would also be demerits. People with malevolent intentions have capitalized on the ease of communication presented by social media to perpetrate their evil acts.

For instance, I am yet to understand how someone would sit somewhere and spend precious time in typing a lengthy message with false alarm like the cosmic ray nonsense that was circulating on Blackberry Messenger last week.

Another instance and the most tragic was the one in the news this week. Some young undergraduate used the social media to lure an unsuspecting only child of a retired army General all the way from Nasarawa to Festac in Lagos.

According to the news, Ezekiel Nnechuwu Olisa Eloka had spent over four months on Facebook with Cynthia Akuzogwu Udoka. Cynthia obviously thought she had found a friend in Eloka. Unfortunately she was wrong.

Eloka recounted how he treated his guest and facebook friend thus:

“When she got to Lagos, we took her to a hotel in Festac. We thought she had a lot of money, but she said she didn’t have any money.

We put a drug in her Ribena drink. After this, we slept with her for 12 hours in that hotel. We discovered that the tablet did not work quickly on her.

“We then attacked her, tied her up and used cello tape to cover her mouth. After that, we beat her to tell us where she kept the money.”

“When we didn’t get any money from her, we tied her mouth and strangled her and then we abandoned her in the hotel and fled.”

Get the juice from social media with care

In the midst of fraudsters, serial killers, assassins and people with different motives on social media platforms, how can you make the best of this powerful internet tool without regrets.

In the video below, an internet expert, Mercy Abang sheds light on what to watch out for while using the social media platforms.

Written by Oluchi Uwajubogu

VIDEO: How we killed our facebook friend, Cynthia – suspects

The Police in Lagos on Wednesday paraded two suspects in the murder of Cynthia Akuzogwu Udoka, daughter of a retired General.

One of the suspects, Ezekiel Nnechuwu Olisa Eloka, 23, told the police that they killed Cynthia because they believed she had a lot of money. But after taking her life, they did not find any significant amount of cash.

Both Eloka and Echezona Nwabufor, said they met the victim on Facebook and invited her to come to Lagos to buy goods at cheap prices.


“When she got to Lagos, we took her to a hotel in Festac. We thought she had a lot of money, but she said she didn’t have any money. We put a drug in her Ribena drink. After this, we slept with her for 12 hours in that hotel. We discovered that the tablet did not work quickly on her.

“We then attacked her, tied her up and used cellotape to cover her mouth. After that, we beat her to tell us where she kept the money.”

“When we didn’t get any money from her, we tied her mouth and strangled her and then we abandoned her in the hotel and fled.”

The Lagos State Commissioner of Police, Umar Abubakar Manko, briefing journalists on how police were able to arrest the suspects, said detectives made use of the close circuit television at the hotel where the crime was committed to identify them.

 

The Area Commander, Area ‘E’ Police Command, ACP Okoro added that the suspects who are undergraduates of Nigerian universities were nabbed through the call logs of the telephone conversations they had with the victim who was a post graduate student of Nasarawa State University.

The police said that when the suspected killers strangled Cynthia, they called the hotel reception to inform them that there was a corpse in one of the rooms in the hotel. The management of the hotel subsequently deposited her corpse at the mortuary of Isolo General Hospital in Lagos.

ACP Okoro stated that many ATM cards, about 23 SIM cards, different identity cards were recovered from the suspects.

Police sources said the two suspects will soon be arraigned in court to answer a charge of murder.

Police raid ritualists hideout in Festac

The police on Thursday raided a residence in Festac Town, who specialize in human parts and are suspected to be ritualist.

The police made the discovery when neighbors suspected some funny movements in the building and alerted them.
The police searched the entire building which is located at No. 6, B Close, Third Avenue Festac and discovered fresh human parts inside a bathtub.

According to the police several human parts such as fresh human head, hand, limbs, decomposing head and female breasts were also discovered.

The police arrested two occupants of the building, when interrogated by the police one of the occupants said the body found in the bath tub belonged to his younger brother who had be declared missing for a while now.

“I stay in that building but I don’t bath inside the bathroom because the bathtub is bad. The body found in the bathtub could be that of my brother. He was missing and I have not seen him for quite a long time”.

The police denied insinuations that about 100 human skulls were found in the hideout of the suspects, they however said that it was only parts belonging to a person that was found on the brothers.

Lagos state Police Public Relations Officer, , a Deputy Superintendent of Police, said she was aware of the incident, adding that she was waiting for the authentication of the story.

She said: “I have been called in respect of the incident but I cannot say of its 100 human skulls as is being bandied around. I am waiting for them to debrief me and then I can confirm it.”

The suspects are currently being held at the FESTAC Division pending the outcome of preliminary investigation which would then influence their transfer to the State Criminal and Investigation Department (SCID), Panti, Yaba.