Seme Command of the Nigerian Customs Service has engaged its officers on more professional approach in the handling and usage of arms through a combat training. Speaking during the retraining exercise conducted by the Nigerian Army, 243 Recce Battalion, Badagry, Lagos for the officers, the Area Comptroller, Mohammed Aliyu, said the event was to equip his officers with all the necessary knowledge and skills in handling and usage of arms.
The comptroller said the exercise would help the customs’ officers to deal with challenges that they might face in the course of discharging their duties. Aliyu said that the command had indicated his readiness to reward excellent performance among officers as motivational incentives to ensure strict compliance to our extant laws and the service operational golden rules while discharging their responsibilities.
He warned officers and men of the command not to compromise the standard set by the service but should be committed to the implementation of government fiscal policies especially now that their services are most needed. Aliyu said that the service was ready to explore all avenues in order to ensure that the target for the year was not only met but exceeded. The comptroller re-stated that the anti-smuggling drive of the command was well fortified against smugglers.
41-day firdaus for Iyalode Adeen of Ijebu holds today
The 41-day Firdaus prayer and final funeral rites of late Alhaja Lubat Ariyalo Kalejaiye, the late Iya Adeen of Ijebu-Igbo and Iyalode Adeen of Ijebuland, hold today. The prayer session and entertainment of guests to follow the funeral of Kalejaiye, who died at 88 having been born in 1930, are scheduled to hold at the Playing Ground of Girls’ Grammar School in Ojowo, Ijebu- Igbo, Ogun state. She is survived by children and several grand-children.
Siblings’ marriage: Cleansing must be done traditionally –Elders
The family of Linus Ezeibekwe of Agba village Ekwuluobia in Aguta Local Government Area of Anambra State has commenced the process of cleansing over the sacrilegious marriage between two siblings, Chikaodikaobi and his 17-year -old younger sister.
The cleansing which started with seven days fasting and prayers, Saturday Telegraph gathered commenced last Sunday. The seven days fasting and prayers according to Chiadikaobi will end on Saturday, March 24 (today), with the final atonement but he refused to say where and who will perform the cleansing.
Chiadikaobi told our correspondent that the entire family members had commenced the process and the marriage will be officially and finally dissolved after the cleansing. Asked where will they perform the cleansing, he retorted that the place or who will perform the cleansing is not necessary. “The important thing is that the marriage is dissolved”. I and my wife have agreed to end the marriage and that is all.
He also said that he had been banned from speaking to anybody on this issue until after purification “Let me warn you, don’t go to my family if you don’t want trouble” he threatened. Saturday Telegraph investigation also showed that the cleansing would be done at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church which was the original denomination of the family under controversial circumstances.
Some of the elders interviewed Chief Emma Ibekwe and Elder Christopher Ezeani told our correspondent that what the family did was an abomination but wondered while the cleansing should be done in the Catholic Church. “Already we are waiting and by the time the Parish Council comes out with their final resolution then we can authouritatively say whether it will be done in the Catholic Church, or not but for now I cannot say for sure, Ibekwe said. Another elderly man who did not want his name mentioned told our correspondent that the cleansing would involve all the people of the village if what they are saying is anything to go by otherwise the cleansing would be an exercise in futility. “The gods of the town will surely revenge if the cleansing is not properly done and that will bring serious calamity.”
I am a traditionalist and until the necessary things are done, I am not even qualified to talk on this issue lest we incur the wrath of the gods, but we pray that the gods of our forefathers will forgive us. “The church people will do their own and after that, he will come and do the traditional aspect, if not they have not started”.
“That he is a member of one church or the other is immaterial under this circumstance and if they doubt it there will be calamity in this land” the 80-year-old man threatened. At the Government Technical College Awka which the controversial girl attends some of the students told our correspondent that since they heard that she is married to her elder brother she has not come to school.
“I know her but I have not seen her in our class” She was in my class said another but she doesn’t come to school again”She is in the same J.S 3B and she is not coming to school. One of the teachers who pleaded anonymity confided in our correspondent that the girl was a truant, but ”pleases you people should count our school out of the shameless act,” he said. When this reporter called on the office of the principal of the school he was said to be out of the college.
Love date goes awry! Man buries lover in shallow grave
A 36-year-old auto-mechanic, Musiliu Owolabi, has been arrested by police in Ogun State in connection with the alleged murder of his lover, Fausat Idowu. The suspect was said to have taken the deceased to a hotel on a date but the latter suddenly took ill and subsequently died. Rather than report the matter to law enforcement agencies, Musiliu was said to have secretly buried the remains of her lover in a shallow grave. Saturday Telegraph gathered that the incident occurred on February 1, but police detectives only succeeded in unraveling the mystery on March 19.
The suspect yesterday led security operatives to the crime scene – an uncompleted building at Osara village, off Camp area, Abeokuta. Briefing reporters yesterday, the state Commissioner of Police, Ahmed Iliyasu, said the suspect was arrested through technical intelligence.
Iliyasu, who supervised the exhuming of the victim’s decomposing corpse, declared that the suspect would soon be arraigned in court. According to the police boss, the deceased was earlier reported missing by her younger brother,Hammed Idowu.
He said the police were told that the deceased had gone to attend a naming ceremony at Bode Olude area of Abeokuta but failed to return home. Iliyasu pointed out that on the strength of the report, detectives at the Homicide Section of the state police command were detailed to investigate the matter.
He said: “On the strength of the reports, a technical intelligence based investigation was embarked upon by detectives at Homicide section, her telephone call log was profiled and revealed that the last person she spoke with was one Owolabi Musiliu who was tracked and apprehended on the March 19, 2018 at Camp area Abeokuta. “On interrogation, the suspect admitted taking the deceased to Rocky Gold hotel at Iyana-Apakila, Abeokuta for pleasure, where he claimed she fell ill and later took her in his vehicle, but she died under mysterious circumstances in the car.
“He further confessed that he took the corpse to a nearby bush, dug a shallow grave and buried it without disclosing same to anybody.” The commissioner noted that the action of the suspect made the circumstances of the victim’s death mysterious as well as questionable. Speaking with reporters, Musiliu, who worked at the Mechanic village in Camp area, said he started dating his late lover and divorcee six months ago. He claimed that it was the first time he and the mother of four would try to have sexual intercourse since they started dating.
Narrating how Fausat passed on, the suspect said they were just removing their clothes when the lady began to feel uncomfortable. Musiliu stated that she suddenly developed high temperature and later slumped. He added that it was when he was taking her to the hospital in his vehicle that he discovered she had died. Asked why he did not inform the police, the suspect, who is a father of three, claimed that he was afraid. Musiliu said he decided to hide the corpse and later buried it at midnight just a stone’s throw from his own house in the area.
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