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Thursday, 18 January 2018

The Osun State Command of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) in Osun State has arrested one Victoria John, 54, for allegedly burning the hand of her nine-year-old granddaughter for stealing.

According to reports, the suspect was arrested after teachers of the minor who is a Primary Three pupil in one of the public schools discovered that she could not write in class. One of the teachers said the pupil was taken to a nearby clinic for treatment where the NSCDC operatives were informed about the incident.

Reacting to the allegations, Mrs John, however, denied knowledge of her granddaughter’s age, saying the girl and her twin brother lost their mother during birth. She claimed she had been taking good care of the twins after they were retrieved from a motherless home in Jaleyemi, Osogbo, the state capital. “Their mother was my daughter,” the suspect said.

“She got pregnant and the man ran away, but I took care of her and when she had complications at childbirth she died. I have been taking good care of these children and what happened is only a mistake. I was only trying to correct the children. They usually steal, and I have been warning them to stop stealing. This money that was stolen is N6000 naira and it is the church money that was put in my care. I only put her hand in the fire because I was angry that the twins lied that they did not steal the money. Please forgive me, it is the devil that pushed me to do it,” Mrs John lamented.

The young girl, on her part, denied taking the said amount but claimed she only took N500 with which she bought an exercise book, bread and pencil. She further called on well-meaning Nigerians to come to her aid as the hand needed medical attention. The NSCDC said the matter would be transferred to the National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons (NAPTIP) for further investigation.

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Ebonyi State government has announced the closure of all private and public schools in the State. The schools will be closed for seven days. According to the Government, this is because of the recent outbreak of Lassa fever in the state which has already claimed three lives with many currently hospitalized.

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Tuesday, 16 January 2018

An auto parts dealer in the Owode Onirin area of Lagos State, Lukman Ogundele, has died in the custody of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad, Lagos State Police Command.

Although the police formation had been reportedly evasive on the whereabouts of the father of two children, a police charge sheet sighted by our correspondent marked his name ‘late’.

Punch Metro learnt that Lukman and his friend, Saheed Abayomi, had been arrested by SARS operatives for facilitating the sale of a stolen Toyota Camry.

It was gathered that the police apprehended Lukman in the midnight of December 29, 2017 and took him into custody in Ikeja, where he was detained alongside Abayomi and two others.

Punch correspondent learnt that Abayomi and Lukman’s families searched for them at police stations across the state, until on December 31 when Abayomi’s mother traced him to the SARS office.

It was gathered that Lukman’s wife, Wunmi Ogundele, and relatives consequently visited SARS office on several occasions, but were not allowed to see him.

“Any time we went there, policemen would chase us away and they did not allow us to see his friend, Saheed (Abayomi), so we could ask after him (Lukman). I had travelled with the children for the Yuletide when he was arrested,” Wunmi added.

His cousin, one Isaac, who went to the station on January 6, was reportedly told that the Investigating Police Officer, Inspector Edwin Obam, had taken him out.

After failed attempts to see him, his mother, Yemisi Ogundele, who lives in Taraba State, was said to have travelled down to Lagos.

Yemisi said, “He sold auto parts and iron in Owode Onirin. A man wanted to sell a car. He and Saheed got a buyer for the vehicle and the person sold it to someone else. On December 29, in the night, some SARS men went to his house in Itowolo, Ikorodu, with Saheed, and arrested him.

“Our family members went to the SARS office, but the policemen did not give them any attention. Last Wednesday, I came down to Lagos State and went there. The policemen I met said they did not know anybody by that name.

“I saw Saheed while he was being taken to the Ikeja Magistrate’s Court that day with two others. I asked for my son, but they chased me away. They did not allow me to get close to Saheed.”

The mother explained that Lukman’s brother and she met with an official at the court, who showed them the charge preferred against him.

She said she was shocked when she discovered that her son was charged with robbery along with one Kehinde Hassan.

“His name on the heading of the charge sheet had been cancelled, but in the content, it was written as late Lukman Ogundele. That was when I realised that my son died in the police custody, but they were trying to cover up.

“When my daughter prodded the IPO further, he made a call. After a few minutes, about eight armed policemen came to scare us away,” she added.

Lukman’s uncle, Pastor Bolaji Michael, said a policeman confided in him that Lukman was dead and appealed that the family should take the death in good faith.

He said the family had contacted a lawyer to petition the police and take up the matter.

He said, “Lukman and Saheed were arrested for introducing a buyer to a stolen vehicle. But he was charged with a separate count bordering on robbery. We will be in court on Tuesday (today) to see what happens. We will also get a lawyer to petition the Inspector-General of Police.

“Officially, SARS has not told the family that he is dead, which is wrong. It was a policeman that told us that the boy slumped in custody and died. He said he was not tortured and advised us to let go of the matter. He said he would help us to collect his corpse. He said if we let the case drag on, we might not get his corpse in one year.

“I disagreed with him and said we would take it up. This was a man who had two kids of seven and nine years old and a wife. He must not die just like that.”

Abayomi’s mother, who wanted to be identified as Iya Saheed, said a SARS officer had promised her that Lukman and her son would be released on bail as soon as the prime suspects in the case were arrested.

She said, “The officer promised that Saheed and Lukman would be released once they got one Idowu and Kehinde, the prime suspects, arrested. But after the two were caught, they did not release them.

“I was surprised when I got a call last Tuesday that they would be charged to court. Saheed, Idowu and Kehinde were brought to the Ikeja Magistrate’s Court last Wednesday, but Lukman was not there. The police have postponed their arraignment to Tuesday (today).”

The Lagos State Police Public Relations Officer, SP Chike Oti, said Lukman died naturally on January 2, adding that the victim’s relatives were informed about the death through a family member, who is a policeman.

He said, “The boy was arrested for armed robbery with four others. Along the line, he was sick while in the cell and was taken to the Lagos State University Teaching Hospital, Ikeja. The doctor treated him and the police took him back. He was returned to custody.

“The next day, he collapsed and was rushed back to the hospital. On getting to the hospital, he was confirmed dead by a doctor. Other gang members have been arraigned and remanded in prison.”

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Nigeria has been ranked as the second worst nation in power supply as power drops to 3,851 megawatts, MW.

The Spectator Index of the world’s worst electricity supply in 2017, stated this in a report released by @spectatorindex twitter handle, yesterday.

Of the 137 countries examined in the report, Yemen ranked as worst electricity supply nations in 2017, followed by Nigeria, Haiti, Lebanon, and Malawi.
Ethiopia occupied the 37 position, while South Africa and Algeria occupied the 41, 45 positions respectively. Meanwhile, the Advisory Power Team report showed that the national grid capacity stood at 4, 000 Megawatts, MW.

The report noted that the average power sent out by the Electricity Generating Companies, GENCOs, on the 14th of January, stood at 3, 851.06mw, down by 168.58mw, recorded the previous day, adding that the peak generation averaged 4, 425mw, down by 5.5 percent.

According to the report, “On January 14 2018, average power sent out was 3,851MWh/hour (down by 169MWh/h from the previous day). 1437.9MW was not generated due to unavailability of gas.

“0MW was not generated due to unavailability of line infrastructure, while 680.5MW was not generated due to high frequency resulting from the unavailability of distribution infrastructure. 290MW was not generated due to unavailability of water.

“The power sector lost an estimated N1,121,000,000 on January 14, 2018, due to insufficient gas supply, distribution infrastructure, transmission infrastructure and water reserves.”

Consequently, a total of 63.1mw of energy was sent out from Omoku thermal power plant with a constraint of 16mw.

Alaoji National Independent Power Plant, NIPP, had a constraint of 240mw which affected the ability of the plant to generate commercial energy.

Energy sent out from Delta power plant on the same day was 340.76mw with a high-frequency constraint of 100 Hertz.

Jebba plant sent out 302.88mw of energy, while Shiroro had a water constraint of 290mw, along with high-frequency constraint of 95 Hz, limiting the sent out energy to 160.31mw, while Kainji dam sent out 359.49mw of power to the transmission company of Nigeria, TCN.

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The member representing Takum I constituency in the Taraba State House of Assembly, Hosea Ibi, who was abducted by unknown gunmen two weeks ago has been found dead.

The Police Public Relations Officer, ASP. David Misal, who confirmed the death of the lawmaker, said his body was found at Kwari village, along the Takum -Kashinbilla Road.

Ibi was kidnapped on December 30, 2017 at about 10pm in his hometown of Takum and was killed by his abductors after an undisclosed sum of money was paid as ransom for his release.

The Chairman, House of Assembly’s Committee on Information, Saleh Sa’ad, also confirmed the death of the lawmaker. May his soul rest in peace.

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Monday, 15 January 2018

Ifeanyi Kelvin Okorogu, 31, who attempted to sell a three-day-old baby has been sentenced to three years in prison.

The 31-year-old was arrested in December by the National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons (NAPTIP). He was sentenced last Thursday by the Federal High Court sitting in Calabar.

The charge sheet signed by Unimwen Aigbeze, of NAPTIP accused Okorogu of trying to sell the baby of a 16-year-old girl to Angela Tokees Nwaelechi, on December 1, 2017. The offence is punishable under Section 29 of the Trafficking in Persons (Prohibition) Enforcement and Administration Act, 2015.

Justice Inyang Ekwo sentenced Okorogu to two years on the first count and one year on the second. He said both sentences would run concurrently.

Okorogu’s lawyer Cosmos Obinna urged the court to temper justice with mercy, The Nation reports. He said the accused was a first-time offender, with no criminal record. The lawyer pleaded that Okorogo has an unemployed wife, two children and an aged mother, who will suffer if he is incarcerated. He said Okorogu had learnt from his mistake and would not commit such again.

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A White Paper released by Ekiti State Government has barred a former governor, Dr. Kayode Fayemi, from holding a public office in the state for 10 years.

The state also barred his former Commissioner for Finance, Mr. Dapo Kolawole, for the same number of years.

The duo were barred based on the report of the Ekiti Judicial Commission of Inquiry, which indicted them over alleged mismanagement of the state’s finances between October 2010 and 2014.

Fayemi, now a Minister of Mines and Steel Development, was the governor during the stated period. The report declared them “as unfit to hold any public office in the state.‎”

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