A 28-year-old man, Silas Henry, has confessed to the murder of Dr. Ivy Umana, who was Head of the Department of Pathology, University of Uyo Teaching Hospital.
The man, who is in Police custody, made the confession on Tuesday while answering questions from journalists at the Police headquarters, Uyo.
Parading the suspect, the Akwa Ibom State Police Commissioner, Murtala Mani, represented by the Police Public Relations Officer, Akwa Ibom State Police Command, Cordelia Nwawe, said that the late Dr. Ivy Umana was murdered in her apartment at Shelter Afrique Estate in Uyo on April 20, 2016.
She added that the arrest of the suspect in Abia State was a result of detailed investigation and synergy between the Police and other security agencies.
Four other suspects, including a woman, were also paraded for alleged murder and robbery. The suspects also confessed their involvement in the crimes.
The PPRO, Cordelia Nwawe, used the occasion to restate the command’s commitment to the security of lives and property in the state.
The Lagos State Commissioner of Police (CP), Fatai Owoseni, said on Monday that the person suspected to be responsible for a recent trailer accident that occurred at Ojuelegba, in Lagos State, has been arrested and charged.
The CP said that the owner of the truck was also in Police custody.
According to him, the suspect is said to be charged for contravention of traffic laws and manslaughter.
Speaking to Channels Television, Mr Owoseni stated that one of the best ways to prevent such occurrences was to twist-lock the container on the truck.
He also said that other measures would be to ensure that containers that are not twist-locked do not leave the port.
“We won’t even allow those trucks that are carrying containers that are not twist-locked to get out of the port”.
The Police Commissioner further said that plans were on to establish a collaboration with the Ports Authority and other stakeholders, to check the tonnage of the trucks before they carry equipment.
The efforts to end crime and bring criminal elements in Anambra State to book are still on, as the police have demolished two kidnappers’ dens in Umueri, Anambra East Local Government Area of the state.
The Assistant Commissioner of Police, Mr Joseph Agugoesi, led the group that demolished the buildings.
He narrated the ugly activities of one Mr Solomon Chibuzo Morah, alias Mmili, one of the most notorious kidnap kingpins in the state who had been on the Police wanted list for many years. He is now in police custody.
Mr Agugoesi said the suspect had terrorised his community and environs and had in one kidnap activity with his gang collected about 70 million Naira from a victim as ransom.
Kidnapper’s ‘Charm House’
According to him, Morah’s building and another kidnap den had been demolished, as he had confessed using proceeds from his nefarious activities to erect the structure.
The Assistant Commissioner reiterated the commitment of the State government to ridding the State of crime and criminality, by dealing decisively (according to the laws of the state) with anyone caught perpetrating crime.
At the site of the demolition, inside the fenced compound was a completed building filled with all kinds of fetish materials which, according to some villagers, was the kidnapper’s ‘charm house’.
The villagers also said the suspect was a lay-about, who had no clear means of livelihood, but suddenly started living big before they discovered he was into kidnapping activities.
According to Mr Agugoesi, the action taken by the Police was not meant to punish the innocent, but the offender, as the building of Hyacinth Chibuodu, another kidnap suspect from the same Umueri, was spared for the day, to allow tenants move their property.
However, another structure belonging to one Mr Matthew Nwankwo, a gang leader from Nteje in Oyi Local Government, who is presently on the run, was completely crushed.
Addressing reporters after the demolition, the State Governor, Willie Obiano, reiterated his commitment to fighting crime, stressing that the huge benefit of having a crime free environment had earned the state over $2.4 million in investment.
The absence of the trial judge in the murder case of the late Cynthia Osokogu on Friday stalled proceedings.
No reason was given for the absence of Justice Olabisi Akinlade of the Lagos High Court, Ikeja.
A court official merely stated that she was “indisposed.”
The matter was consequently adjourned till the 12th of April for continuation of trial.
Ms. Osokogu, 24, was allegedly drugged and murdered inside a hotel room in Festac Town in Lagos by men she met and became friends with on the social media site Facebook last July.
Okwumo Nwabufor and Olisaeloka Ezike; the principal suspects had been charged with conspiracy to commit felony and murder of the deceased.
The other suspects; Osita Orji, the pharmacist who sold the Rophynol drugs to the alleged murderers and Nonso Ezike who sold the deceased’s Blackberry phone were charged with reckless, negligent act and possession of stolen property respectively.
All the suspects were in court today, including Mr. Orji who had been out on bail after the judge ruled in his favour last month.
Nonso, Olisaeloka’s younger brother, who had also been granted bail, but under stricter terms is still in prison custody as he is yet to meet the conditions.
After the new trial date was confirmed, Mr. Orji left the court with a friend, while the other suspects waited for the prison wardens to take them back to the Black Maria.
The murder trial has seen the prosecution call two witnesses, both of them former employees at the hotel where Ms. Osokogu died.
Chris Obiaka, counsel to Mr. Orji said that the trial has been enjoying an accelerated trial, as promised by the judge.
“The important thing is not to rush proceedings. It is to ensure that justice is done and done accordingly,” Mr. Obiaka said.