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Vigilantes arrest DPO, two policemen for stealing

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A policeman, who claimed to be the Divisional Police Officer (DPO) of the Nigerian Railway Police Station in Umuahia, Abia State, was among three policemen and seven civilians arrested by personnel of the Uzuakoli Vigilante group in Bende Local Government Area.

The three policemen and the seven others had over the weekend gone to Uzuakoli from Umuahia and were allegedly vandalising the Nigerian Railway Corporation (NRC) property when they were arrested by the vigilantes. Narrating the incident, the leader of Uzuakoli Vigilante group, Chiledum Onwubiko, said on Saturday last week about 10.30a.m., his members were patrolling the village when they saw a lorry with about 10 men inside including three armed policemen heading towards their farmland where the NRC packed some rails meant for the replacement of damaged rail lines. According to him, last year some of the rails were stolen by unknown persons. Onwubiko explained that when the lorry headed for the area, he suspected something might be wrong. The vigilante leader said he placed his men on the alert.

According to him, after a while, he disguised and went towards the direction of the lorry.

The vigilante said he found out that the men were using oxygen cylinders to cut into pieces the rails and were packing them inside the lorry.

Onwubiko said on sighting him, one of the policemen attached to Uzuakoli Police Station, whose name he gave as Stanley, suspected that people might have been aware of what they came to do and urged them to move away from the place. He said: “Immediately they hurriedly left with the rail lines they had already packed inside the lorry, but before then, I had alerted my boys. By the time they reached the major road, my boys tried to stop them, but they refused to stop and they were pursued to a point where it was not possible for them to escape anymore and they were arrested there.

“The policeman from Uzuakoli that came with them pleaded that we should allow them to go because the DPO of the station was aware of their mission. But we refused to allow them to go and insisted that the DPO must come to confirm that he was aware of their mission before they could be allowed to go.” During interrogation by the vigilante members, one of the policemen reportedly shot sporadically perhaps to scare the vigilantes, but when this did not work out, the policeman allegedly used the butt of his gun to wound three members of the local security outfit. They were rushed to the hospital for treatment.

The police at Uzuakoli Command were alerted. On arrival, they took the policemen and other together with the lorry and the NRC rails to the police station from where they were transferred to the area command at Umuahia. The state Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), Geoffrey Ogbonna, could not be reached for comment.

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Court dissolves 18-year-old marriage over abandonment

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An Idi-Ogungun Customary Court, Agodi, in Ibadan, on Friday dissolved the 18-year-old marriage between one Fatimo Taiwo, 35, and her husband, Lukman, on ground of abandonment.

The President of the court, Chief Mukaila Balogun, said the court was left with no option than to dissolve the marriage since the defendant had urged the court to uphold the divorce request of his wife.

Balogun said that failure of the husband to defend the allegations brought before the court further proved that he had made up his mind to end the union.

He, therefore, dissolved the marriage and gave custody of the only child of the union to the plaintiff.

The president ordered the defendant to pay N4,000 monthly allowance for the upkeep of the child.

Fatimo had prayed the court to order her husband to be responsible for the upkeep of the only child of the union.

In her testimony before the court on Friday, the plaintiff alleged that her husband was insensitive to her welfare.

“He preferred spending his money on other women so, I urge the court to separate us and direct him to perform his role as a father of the only child between us,” the plaintiff pleaded.

Responding, Lukman, 39, said he would not say anything regarding the allegations leveled against him, but urged the court to uphold the request of his wife. (NAN).

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8 men in court for allegedly causing public nuisance

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Eight men were arraigned in a Karu Grade 1 Area Court, Abuja, for allegedly causing public nuisance within Karu, Abuja.

The defendants: Friday Ochonu, Mike Ogbole, Michael Chukwuma, Charles Eze, Mohammed Sani, Mose Ikeh, Henry Akpata and Michael Ebuka, all denied committing the offence.

The prosecutor, Vincent Osuji, told the court that the defendants, ages ranging from 19 years to 37 years, were arrested on May 16.

He said that they were arrested by a team of policemen, led by SP. Pinder Yinusa, the Area Crime Officer, attached to Karu Area Command.

According to him, following intelligent reports on criminal activities within the area; at about 11p.m. the team raided a black-spot at Ugo West, in Karu.

The prosecutor said that the offence contravened Section 198 of the Penal Code.

The judge, Hassan Ishaq, granted the defendants bail in the sum of N10, 000 each, with one surety each in like sum and adjourned the case until June 4, for hearing. (NAN)

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Soldiers, naval rating, others arrested for robbery, rape, abduction

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  • Suspect: We rape, record video for fun

Police in Oyo State yesterday paraded two military personnel and another, who deserted the Army, for criminal activities at the Police Command Headquarters, Eleyele, Ibadan, Oyo State. They were among 49 suspects paraded by the Police Commissioner, Mr. Abiodun Odude. Private Azeez Olaide (22) serving in 202 Battalion, Bama, Maiduguri, Borno State and Ibrahim Lawal (22), who deserted from the Nigerian Army Depot, Zaria, Kaduna State in 2004 were nabbed for kidnapping, robbery and rape. But a naval rating, Lance Corporal Jimoh Adesoye (28), was arrested for armed robbery, using his uniform to transport vehicles snatched by his gang to dispose them off. Adesoye confessed that he bought two vehicles which he knew were stolen.

Speaking with journalists, Odude said that the 49 suspects were arrested for sundry offences including armed robbery, conspiracy, kidnapping, impersonation, and obtaining money by false pretence. Exhibits recovered from them include 12 arms, 123 ammunition, five vehicles, nine motorcycles, military camouflage, cutlasses, jewellery, mobile phones, criminal charms generating set, and cash.

Olaide along with his accomplices, Ibrahim Lawal and Kehinde Adeniji (29) who were arrested by the Special Anti-Robbery Squad of the Oyo State Police Command with four pairs of military camouflage, a pair of military desert boots and a fake military identification card, were armed with guns, Jack knife and other dangerous weapons and abducted a man, Rasak Michael, and his girlfriend, Rashidat, at Mobil area, Oluyole, Ibadan April 31 about 5p.m.

“They took the victims to a hotel where they were kept till the next day. While in captivity, the suspects took turns to rape the female victim and videotaped the sexual escapade for purpose of blackmail in future,” the commissioner said. He also said that the victims were defrauded of large sums of money through their ATM cards, the PIN numbers of which the suspects had forcibly obtained. Olaide said: “It happened that we raped a girl and collected her money worth N145,000 and I transferred the money into my account.

We arrested a guy and his girlfriend and took them to the KSA Hotel in New Garrage where we raped his girlfriend and we recorded it. We just did it for fun; we did not mean to do anything with the video in the future.

It was myself and Ibrahim that raped the girl. I am a serving soldier and I am the one that usually give my friends soldier camouflage to use during our operations.” In his account, Adesoye confessed that he received two snatched vehicles from his accomplices and helped disposed them off. He said: “I knew the vehicles were stolen before I bought and resold them.

I know what I did was wrong, but it was Satan that led me into it.” Some of the suspects are Lateef Isa (25); Taiwo and Kehinde Yekini (23); the gang leader, Tunji Ismail (21 and Adeyemo Babajide (23). Others are Saka Jamiu (20), Akin Akin Gbade (35, the gang’s armourer from who a pump action was recovered), Mudashiru Abdullahi (29), Rasheed Adeniran (26), Lukman Jimoh (35), Dauda Lamidi (24) and Waheed Ganiyu (30), who was last December released on bail from the Abolongo Prison, Oyo. Adesoye said: “I am from Ogun State. I am a seaman in the Nigerian Navy.

What led to my arrest was that I bought two stolen vehicles from these robbery suspects. It was one of my friends who introduced me to them. When I told him that I needed a car, the man said he was an importer and exporter.

I asked my friend who bought a new car if I can get one as well. That was why he introduced me to those guys. “Though I have my personal car that I am using, I said I wanted to change it and my friend said he would connect me with a man that sold him his car. A few days later they called me that the car was ready. I have two cars from the gang and I was later aware that the cars were stolen ones. “Though I know it is not right for me to buy such cars, I am so sorry. I realise now that I am at fault on this matter.”

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