59-Year-Old Pastor Arrested For Raping Minor In Ogun

In this photo released by the Ogun State Police Command on July 14, 2020, Abiodun who was accused of raping a minor is detained at the police station in Odeda.

 

Police have arrested a 59-year-old suspect, Oketokun Abiodun, for raping a 10-year-old girl in Ogun State.

According to a statement from the state police command on Tuesday, Abiodun is the pastor of Light Christian Church in the Odeda area of the state.

He was said to have been arrested on July 10, 2020, by men of Ogun State Police Command for forcefully having unlawful carnal knowledge of the minor.

The suspect was arrested following a complaint by the father of the victim who reported at the police station in Odeda.

Abiodun, according to the girl’s father, saw the victim playing with other children and called her to fetch his key from his room.

A map of Ogun, a state in south-west Nigeria.

 

“While the innocent girl was going into the room, the pastor followed her behind, pushed her into the bed, covered her mouth with his hands, and forcefully had carnal knowledge of her.

“Upon the report, the DPO Odeda Division, CSP Ajayi Williams, detailed his detectives to the scene where the randy pastor was promptly arrested,” said the statement signed by the Police Public Relations Officer in the state, Abimbola Oyeyemi.

It added, “On interrogation, the pastor owned up to the commission of the crime and he is currently being detained at Odeda Police Station, while the victim has been taken to the General Hospital Odeda, for medical attention.”

In his reaction, the Commissioner of Police in Ogun, Kenneth Ebrimson, ordered the transfer of the suspect to the Anti-Human Trafficking and Child Labour Unit of the State Criminal Investigation and Intelligence Department, for further investigation and prosecution.

Seven Police Officers Die In Kaduna Road Accident

A file photo of IGP Mohammed Adamu. PHOTO: Channels TV/ Sodiq Adelakun
A file photo of IGP Mohammed Adamu. PHOTO: Channels TV/ Sodiq Adelakun

 

The Nigeria Police Force has lost seven officers to a ghastly road accident in Kaduna State.

This was confirmed on Tuesday in a statement issued by the Force Public Relations Officer, DCP Frank Mba.

Mba said the victims, attached to the Police’s Special Forces Unit, were on their way to Katsina State.

According to the police spokesman, the unfortunate incident, which involved an 18-seater Toyota Hummer Bus conveying 18 personnel of the Unit, occurred at Jaji town along Kaduna-Zaria Road.

The deceased were part of an additional deployment made recently by the Force to boost the ongoing fight against bandits in the north-western state.

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While three of the deceased officers have been buried according to Islamic rites, the remains of the other four officers have been deposited in a Morgue.

Following the development, the Inspector General of Police, Mohammed Adamu, has commiserated with the families of the deceased.

The IGP who described the incident as a huge loss to the Force, however, noted that the departed officers were “Heroes of Peace.”

He explained that the incident is one of the unfortunate sacrifices officers often encounter in the line of duty.

Adamu also directed the Police Accounts and Budget Department to ensure the immediate payment of the burial expenses, benefits and other entitlements to the families of the deceased officers.

Meanwhile, a team of Police Medical Personnel has been dispatched to Kaduna State where the 11 officers that survived the accident are receiving medical attention.

Police Arrest 60-Year-Old Man For Raping Minor In Niger

A file photo of a police van.

 

The police in Niger State have arrested a 60-year-old man, Haruna Lawal, for raping a minor in Wushishi Local Government Area of the state.

Lawan was said to have used N100 as bait to lure the unsuspecting victim, an 8-year-old girl from Angwan Barwa community.

This was confirmed in a statement issued on Tuesday by the Police Public Relations Officer in the state, Abiodun Wasiu.

Wasiu noted that the victim, who went out to hawk fishes for her mother that early morning, was lured by Lawal into an uncompleted building where he also allegedly raped her.

Although the accused is known by everyone in the area as a scavenger of scraps, the police authorities say he is a potential rape suspect.

“On 11/07/2020 at about 1330hrs, based on information received, Police detectives attached to Wushishi division arrested one Haruna Lawal age 60yrs ‘m’ of Wushishi, a scavenger who criminally lured an eight years old girl ‘f’ of Angwan Barwa Wushishi, while she was hawking fish in the area with the sum of one hundred naira (#100.00k) into an uncompleted building and had canal knowledge of her,” the statement partly read.

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Channels Television learnt that the suspect did not deny the allegation as he was said to have confessed to using his victim to service his sexual cravings.

The police spokesman said that the “during interrogation, the suspect confessed to the crime and will be arraigned in court as soon as investigation is concluded.”

Over the last five months, there has been an upsurge in the cases of rape in Niger State.

According to Rayuwa Sexual Assaults Referral Centre (SARC) located in the state capital Minna, at least over four hundred cases of sexual assaults have been lodged in the centre since January this year, mostly involving minors, both males and females.

In June, a father of four was arrested by the Police for allegedly raping his two daughters shortly after the demise of their mother.

Cybercrime: Police Rescue U.S. Citizen Confined In Lagos Hotel For 16 Months

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Police operatives have rescued an American citizen who was confined in a hotel in Lagos State for more than one year.

In a series of tweets on Sunday, the Nigeria Police said the victim who hails from Washington DC and is a retired civil servant in the US, was held at the hotel against her wish.

She was said to have arrived in Nigeria on February 13, 2019, on a visit to one Chukwuebuka Obiaku, a 34-year-old native of Ikeduru Local Government Area of Imo State, whom she met on Facebook.

The police, however, said the American was rescued by operatives attached to the Intelligence Response Team (IRT), Ogun State Annex following information received from a patriotic Nigerian in the Meran area of Lagos State.

This photo released by the Nigeria Police on July 12, 2020, shows suspected fraudster Chukwuebuka Obiaku accused of confining a U.S. citizen in a hotel in Lagos State for more than one year.

 

“The rescue of the American lady is coming on the heels of a similar case of abducted Philippino lady who was lured to Nigeria by her supposed lover whom she equally met on Facebook.

“Investigations reveal that the suspect, Chukwuebuka Kasi Obiaku is a graduate of Business Administration and Management and an internet fraudster who has defrauded many unsuspecting members of the public both locally and internationally,” the Force said.

According to the police, Chukwuebuka deliberately lured the victim into the country under the pretext of love and deceitfully married her on May 15, 2019.

He was said to have subsequently held her captive in the hotel and extorted from her monies amounting to a total of $48,000.

The suspect allegedly collected and took control of the victim’s credit and debit cards forcefully, as well as the operation of her bank accounts, including the receipt of her monthly retirement benefits and allowances over a period of 15 months.

He reportedly used the victim as a front to defraud her associates and other foreign personalities and companies.

This photo released by the Nigeria Police on July 12, 2020, shows three suspected internet fraudsters arrested in Edo State.

 

Meanwhile, the police disclosed that operatives of the Cybercrime Unit at the INTERPOL National Central Bureau (NCB), Abuja have arrested three suspects for offences related to advance fee fraud, money laundering, and romance scam.

The suspects – Samson Inegbenesun, Blessed Junior, and Muhammed Zakari, all males from Uromi in Edo State, were arrested in Uromi following investigations into suspected fraudulent online procurement and supply of COVID-19 protective mask, received through the INTERPOL NCB in Wiesbaden, Germany.

The police said all the suspects would be charged to court after investigations were concluded and prosecuted in line with the Cybercrime Prevention/Prohibition Act, 2015.

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Police Officer Kills Man In Ibadan

 

A 32-year-old man, identified as Yemi Ajayi, has been shot dead by a police officer at the Iwo Road interchange, in Ibadan the Oyo state capital.

Channels Television gathered that a team of policemen stopped the car in which the late Yemi was traveling alongside his cousin.

They were said to be on their way to work when the incident occurred.

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An eyewitness says before the car could clear off the highway, one of the policemen started struggling with Yemi’s cousin who was the driver.

The witness further explained that as the driver struggled to keep his car from veering off the road completely, the officer then shot him on the arm and the bullet hit Yemi’s stomach on the passenger’s side.

At the time of filing this report, the Oyo police command had not issued an official statement on the incident.

44-Year-Old Pastor Arrested For Raping Daughter

Photo of Pastor, Oluwafemi Oyebola who raped his daughter.

 

The Police in Ogun State says it has arrested a 44-year-old man, Oluwafemi Oyebola, for raping his biological daughter.

Oyebola who is said to be a pastor of the Christ Apostolic Church, Ogo Oluwa Parish in Obafemi Owode Local Government Area of the state, was arrested following a complaint by the daughter who reported at Owode-Egbado divisional headquarters that her father had been forcefully having carnal knowledge of her since 2015.

In a statement issued on Tuesday, the Police Public Relations Officer, Abimbola Oyeyemi, said that the 19-year-old reported that shortly after the demise of her mother, she got pregnant for her father three times and he allegedly took her to a nurse where the pregnancies were aborted.

“After the third abortion, the suspect did family planning for her so as not to get pregnant any longer,” the PPRO said.

“Having realised that her father is all out to ruin her life, she ran away from the house and reported to an NGO – Advocacy For Children And Vulnerable Persons Network – consequent upon which she was taken to Owode-Egbado police station for complaint.

“Upon the report, the Divisional Police Officer, Owode-Egbado division, Superintendent of Police, Olabisi Elebute led her detectives to the pastor’s house where he was promptly arrested.

“On interrogation, the suspect made a confessional statement that all his daughter said is nothing but the whole truth,” the PPRO said.

The state Commissioner of Police, CP Kenneth Ebrimson, has now ordered the immediate transfer of the suspect to the Anti-Human Trafficking and Child Labour Unit of the State Criminal Investigation and Intelligence Department for further investigation and prosecution.

Man Allegedly Stabs Wife To Death In Jigawa

A file photo of a Jigawa map.
A file photo of a Jigawa map.

 

A man has allegedly stabbed his wife to death in Jahun Local Government Area of Jigawa State.

The spokesperson for the State Police Command, Abdu Jinjiri, confirmed this to Channels Television on Tuesday.

He explained that the suspect, Adamu Hassan, stabbed the victim, Hauwa Sani, eight times with a knife, adding that the victim later died following the brutal attack.

According to the police spokesman, preliminary investigation revealed that the suspect acted based on the influence of drugs as he has been addicted to substance abuse for long.

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Jinjiri explained that the police received the shocking report on July 3 and rushed to the scene.

Although the victim was taken to the hospital, she was however certified dead.

The police authorities noted that the suspect who fled the scene of the crime was however arrested.

“To this end, the police pursued the suspect on the run and arrested him. It was confirmed that the suspect and the deceased have two children and they have been in marriage for the past eight years,” he said.

Meanwhile, the victim has been buried by her relatives in conjunction with Islamic rite.

Ikokwu Four: Police Dismiss Indicted Officers, Arraign Them In Court

MOSOP Accuses Military Of Killing In Gokana

 

The police authorities in Rivers State have dismissed four officers indicted in the murder of one Chima Ikwunador to death in December 2019 and severe injuries of four others.

This was confirmed in a statement by the spokesman for the State Police Command, Nnamdi Omoni.

While Ikwunador was said to have been tortured to death, four others – Ifeanyi Onyekwere, Ogbonna Victor, Ifeanyi Osuji, and Osaze Friday were unlawfully inflicted with various degrees of injuries.

But the police spokesman said the Commissioner of Police, Joseph Mukan, has ordered the dismissal of the erring officers from the Force.

He noted that the ex-cops would be arraigned in court on charges bordering on conspiracy and Murder, among other Charges.

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“The Officers from the Eagle Crack Squad who allegedly tortured late Chima Ikwunador to death in December 2019 and unlawfully inflicted various degrees of injuries on, Ifeanyi Onyekwere ‘m’, Ogbonna Victor ‘m’, Ifeanyi Osuji ‘m’ and Osaze Friday ‘m’  have been dismissed by the Rivers State Police Command and will be charged to Court tomorrow for Conspiracy and Murder, among other Charges.

“The Officers who had gone through the processes of Orderly Room Trials were today de-kitted and dismissed from the Force, hence their arraignment,” the statement partly read.

He recalled that the police boss, had upon assuming duty, promised to address all cases of infractions and unprofessional conduct of the Officers and men of the Command, and to offer quality policing services to the state.

According to Omoni, the action is in furtherance of the Commissioner’s avowed commitment to entrench discipline in the State Police Command.

The police spokesman also called on the public to avail the police of useful information that will aid their job.

IGP Orders Redeployment Of 10 AIGs, CPs

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A file photo of Inspector-General of Police, Mr Mohammed Adamu, at a meeting with the President in Abuja on May 14, 2020.

 

The Inspector-General of Police, Mohammed Adamu, has ordered the posting and redeployment of some senior officers in the Force.

In a statement on Friday, the Force Public Relations Officer, Frank Mba, said this followed the recent presidential approval for the re-organisation of the police.

He noted that this included the creation of an additional police department – the Directorate of Intelligence, the expansion of the zonal structure from 12 to 17, and the creation of two additional FCID annexes.

Mba revealed that AIG Adeleye Oyebade and AIG Ibrahim Lamorde have been redeployed to the Department of Research and Planning, and the Directorate of Intelligence, FHQ in Abuja respectively.

According to him, Oyebade was a Directing Staff at the National Institute for Policy and Strategic Studies, Kuru, Jos while Lamorde, who is a former Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), was the AIG in charge of Force Intelligence.

Similarly, AIG Dan-Mallam Mohammed was redeployed to Zone 13 in Ukpo-Dunukofia, Awka (Anambra State), and AIG Rabiu Yusuf to Zone 14 in Katsina State.

AIG Lawal Ado was also redeployed to Zone 15, Maiduguri in Borno State while AIG Austine Agbonlahor and AIG David Folawiyo were posted to Zone 16, Yenagoa in Bayelsa State and Zone 17, Akure in Ondo State.

“In the same vein, CP Asuquo Amba, former Commissioner of Police, Ekiti Command takes charge as AIG of the new FCID Annex Gombe; CP Olafimihan Adeoye, former CP Federal-SARS takes charge as the AIG FCID Annex Enugu, while CP Uche Anozie, fsi, former CP Cross River takes charge as AIG FCID Annex Lagos,” the statement said.

​The IGP asked the affected senior officers to bring their wealth of experience to bear in their new places of assignment.

He also directed them to ensure that policing was brought closer to the people and work with relevant stakeholders to tackle crime and improve policing services across the country.

Police Arrest 121 Persons For Violating Face Mask Order In Akwa Ibom

A file photo of a police van.

 

The police in Akwa Ibom State have arrested 121 people for violating the government’s directive on compulsory use of face mask in public places as a measure to curb the spread of the dreaded COVID-19 in the state.

This was confirmed in a statement issued by the Police Public Relations Officer, N-nudam Fredrick on Friday.

According to him, the arrest was made in line with the provisions of the Quarantine and Restriction of Movement (Second Amendment) Regulations, 2020.

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The police spokesman noted that the culprits will be arraigned in court for prosecution in order to serve as a deterrent to others.

“The arrested offenders would be arraigned in the special courts established in the three Senatorial Districts to serve as a deterrent to others.

“Consequently, the Police Command enjoins the good people of the State to always use facemasks in public places as the Command will continue to arrest and prosecute violators,” the statement partly read.

What We Are Doing To Rescue Over 30 Kidnapped Persons – Nasarawa Govt

A file photo of Nasarawa State Governor, Abdullahi Sule.

 

The Nasarawa State government says it is collaborating with the security agencies to secure the release of over 30 people kidnapped in the state.

According to the government, the persons were recently kidnapped by armed men and taken to the bush around the Udege Development Area in Nasarawa Local Government Area of the state.

The state governor, Abdullahi Sule, revealed the effort of the government to rescue them while delivering his opening remarks at an emergency Executive Council Meeting held on Friday at the Government House in Lafia, the state capital.

He also used the opportunity of the meeting to give an update on the emerging security challenges, especially in the western senatorial zone of the state.

Governor Sule decried the recent incident in which occupants of three vehicles, numbering more than 30 were kidnapped by gunmen.

He said, “We are working along with the Federal agencies, the police, Department of State Services (DSS), and the military to ensure that we are able to rescue the people who have been kidnapped  and taken to the bush in that area.”

“The government is on top of the situation and we are going to do the best we can to ensure that they are released,” the governor promised.

He added that the state government was taking measures to reduce the inherent risk in the area, especially around the major road leading to Benue State.

Dubai Police Extradites ‘Hushpuppi’ To United States

Ramoni Igbalode aka Hushpuppi, was arrested by Dubai Police in June for fraud, among other crimes.
Ramoni Igbalode aka Hushpuppi, was arrested by Dubai Police in June 2020 for fraud, among other crimes.

 

Alleged criminal mastermind Raymond Igbalode Abbas, known as ‘Hushpuppi’ has been extradited from the United Arab Emirates to the United States.

This was revealed in a statement by the Dubai Police on Thursday in which the US Federal Bureau of Investigations extended its gratitude to the UAE crime watchdog for its role in apprehending and extraditing ‘Hushpuppi’.

 

In June, the Dubai Police had arrested Hushpuppi, Olalekan Jacob Ponle, known as ‘Woodberry’, and ten others in an operation tagged ‘Fox Hunt’.

The suspects were accused of “committing crimes outside the UAE, including money-laundering, cyber fraud, hacking, criminal impersonating, scamming individuals, banking fraud and identity theft,” the Dubai Police said.

 

Before his arrest, Hushpuppi had gained fame on social media for his outlandish display of wealth.

The director of Dubai CID, Brigadier Jamal Salem Al Jallaf said the raid that led to his arrest resulted in the confiscation of incriminating documents of a planned fraud on a global scale worth AED 1.6 billion ($ 435 million).

“The team also seized more than AED 150 million ($40.9 million) in cash, 13 luxury cars with an estimated value of AED 25 million ($6.8 million) obtained from fraud crimes, and confiscated 21 computer devices, 47 smartphones, 15 memory sticks, five hard disks containing 119,580 fraud files as well as addresses of 1,926,400 victims”, he said.

After conducting further investigations and analysing confiscated electronic devices, Dubai Police investigators uncovered sensitive information mined by the suspects on individuals and companies overseas including bank accounts and fake credit cards as well as documents and files condemning the gangs’ illegal activities, the Dubai Police said.