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Thursday, 19 October 2017



A resident of Isheri-Olofin, Ogun State, has been arrested by the police after he was caught with five children he allegedly abducted from the community.

Punch Metro learnt that the suspect, whose name was given simply as Adebayo, had lured the children out of the neighbourhood.

The victims were identified simply as Tunde, 6; Kehinde, 6; Ayo, 7; Ayomide, 8; and Basirat, 8.

It was gathered that some parents of the victims and a large number of residents had attended a church crusade on Sunday, while the children played around.


Adebayo, who had moved into the community four days earlier, reportedly lured the children under false pretences of taking them somewhere for a treat.

He was about to board a bus at Kara bus stop when a resident, who was returning from Mowe, Ogun State, met him at the bus stop with the children.

When the resident, a woman, asked where the children were being taken to, the suspect reportedly rambled, making her to raise the alarm.

A resident, Taiwo Adetunji, said policemen from the Ojodu Abiodun division were alerted to the incident and the suspect was arrested.

He said, “A church crusade was held in the community on Sunday, October 8, at about 6pm, which many people attended. The man moved into the community on October 4 and he was unknown to many people. He cashed in on the programme to abduct the kids.

“If the woman did not see him at the bus stop, he would have taken the five children away. We are still wondering how he managed to pick the children without being challenged by anybody. He probably used charms because our children don’t normally follow strangers. We have never witnessed such an incident in the community before.”

A community leader, who spoke on condition of anonymity said he collected Adebayo’s mobile phone and discovered that he had been conversing with somebody, who was expected to bring a vehicle that would take the children away.

“I collected his phone and spoke with his accomplice who was talking to him. When the caller noticed that my voice was different from Adebayo’s, he terminated the call. Since then, the person’s line has not been going through.

“A mob wanted to beat him up at the bus stop, but we cautioned them and handed him over to policemen from the Ojodu Abiodun division,” he added.

One Fatimo Femi, whose son and grandson were among the victims, said she was a neighbour to the suspect. She added that she was sleeping when the news of the abduction filtered into the community.

She said, “The suspect was living with his friend in our compound, but my children don’t relate with him. I was surprised how he was able to lure them out of the house.”

Another mother, Mrs. Azeezat Alaran, said Bashirat was playing in Femi’s house when she was abducted.

Abibat Iliyasu, said, “I went to mosque to pray around 4pm on that day. When I came back, I did not find Ayo at home only to be told that she had gone to play with her friends in the neighborhood.

“It was someone who later called me on the telephone that my daughter was kidnapped, but she had been rescued at Kara. I rushed there and met a crowd.”

The spokesperson for Oba of Isheri-Olofin, Alhaji Saudi Adeshina, said the incident had made them to beef up security in the community to prevent a recurrence.

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Inspector General of Police Ibrahim Idris yesterday castigated police officers for being careless to the extent that they are kidnapped.

He described as embarrassing and annoying the recent kidnap of the Divisional Police Officer (DPO) in charge of Sarkin Pawa in Niger State.

Superintendent of Police (SP) Amos Aliyu was on Sunday abducted near his home at Turin Fulani by unidentified persons.

Speaking yesterday in Abuja during a meeting with Commissioners of Police and other senior officers, the IG urged policemen to be careful and protect themselves first.


Idris told Commissioners of Police that they would be vicariously liable should anything happen to any policeman under them.


He said: “There should be more visibility policing. Policemen should be deployed in flashpoint areas to take care of security because the presence of police in those areas would help in the reduction of crime.
“We must take the protection of our officers seriously. We have a problem; two days ago, one of our DPOs was kidnapped. How can you be a DPO, you have all the policemen under your Command and then you start driving as if you don’t have anybody.
“You allow the useless kidnappers to pick you and your orderly, it is very embarrassing. We had the same issue in Zamfara state where an ACP going on leave travelled alone. It is embarrassing.
“Utilize the men you have and you must protect yourself first. You can only protect others when you are protected because you are a target.
“The information we are receiving is that our ACP’s vehicle was abandoned in a bush and he has not been seen which obviously means that he has been kidnapped. How can we be living with such situation? It is becoming an embarrassment. DPOs and other personnel should be careful of their movement.
The police chief added: “The CP Niger said there is contact already and they are working on it. Policemen who are protecting others should not allow themselves to be target. We should be careful in our movement.
“Our officers have to be concerned about their personal safety first because this issue is becoming an embarrassment. CPs would also be vicariously liable for any policeman that is just picked up like a fowl or anything, it is very annoying.
“We should be careful in our movement. If you notice that an area is not safe, you should deploy men in those areas. We should take their protection very serious. Our policemen should also be careful with the way they move around”.


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A woman, Chinyere James, has been arrested by the police in the Okokomaiko division, Lagos State, for allegedly torturing her nine-year-old cousin, Emmanuel.

According to Punch, the victim had been wrongly accused by the 28-year-old of defiling his three-year-old sister at their home on Akinberu Road, Okokomaiko.

The aunt, without investigation, allegedly flogged him for hours, as his plea of innocence fell on deaf ears.

A resident was said to have rescued him and reported the matter to the Lagos State Office of the Public Defender.

An official of the agency, who did not want to be identified, said the case was reported to the police.

She said,


“The boy’s mother, Joy, and the aunt, Chinyere, live in the same single-room apartment with their parents. Joy, who is 27 years old, had Emmanuel and the three year-old for different men.

“Chinyere tortured the boy for an offence he didn’t commit. Investigation showed that it was one of their neighbours that defiled the boy’s three-year-old sister.

“When the police interrogated Joy, she took responsibility for the injuries on the boy’s body and lied that Chinyere did not touch the boy.


“But the truth later came out. The police arrested her and her sister, Joy, while the two children were taken into protective custody.”

Punch learnt that the three-year-old had been tested by Mirabel Medical Centre, Lagos State University Teaching Hospital, Ikeja.

A report was still being awaited to ascertain the culpability of the neighbour.

The Director of the OPD, Mrs. Adebukola Salami, said government would not condone child abuse.

She said,


“The Lagos State Government has zero tolerance for child abuse. This is a warning that it is irrelevant if the abusers are the parents of the child. Nobody is above the law. Child abuse is a criminal offence and abusers will be prosecuted.”

It was learnt that the sisters had been charged before an Ojo Magistrate’s Court on counts of assault.

The charges read in part, “That you, Chinyere James and Joy James, on or before September 24, 2017, on Akinberu Road, Okokomaiko, in the Lagos Magisterial District, did conspire together to commit felony to wit: indecent treatment of a child, thereby committing an offence.


“That you, Chinyere James, on the same date, time and place, in the aforementioned magisterial district, did unlawfully assault one Emmanuel James by inflicting injuries on his body.”

The defendants were said to have pleaded not guilty to the charges and were subsequently admitted to bail.

The case was said to have been adjourned till December 13, 2017.

Via- Punch 


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President Muhammadu Buhari Wednesday approved the payment of pensions for retired police officers who were granted a presidential pardon in 2000 after serving in the defunct Biafran Police during the 30 months Nigeria Civil War.

The police personnel who were granted presidential pardon by former President Olusegun Obasanjo have till date not received their pensions.

However, a statement released by the Pension Transitional Arrangement Directorate (PTAD) said Buhari has approved the payment of pensions to the personnel, reported the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN).


It said a total of 162 officers will be payrolled, while 57 next of kin who have also not been paid their death benefits will be paid in the first batch.

It said the first batch of payments will commence in Enugu on Friday.

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President Muhammadu Buhari has touched down in Turkey for the 2017 D-8 Summit. He was accompanied by his wife Aisha Buhari and two of his children Yusuf and Halima Buhari.

The President is seen here with Turkey Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mr Ahmet Yildiz.

The meeting of the D 8, Organisation for Development Cooperation will take place in Istanbul.








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Wednesday, 11 October 2017



The Association of Resident Doctors in Ekiti State yesterday embarked on a three-day warning strike to protest the non-payment of their six-month salary arrears by the government.

The President of the association in Ekiti, Tunji Olaoye, said the strike action was imperative as membersof the association could no longer afford to keep coming to work without pay.

He stated this in a letter of notice of warning strike addressed to the Ekiti State Commissioner for Health; Chairman, Board of management, Ekiti State University Teaching Hospital; Chairman, Nigerian Medical Association, security agencies and NARD President.


It read in part, “Following the expiration of a 21-day ultimatum on September 15, 2017, the association held an emergency general meeting on October 9 where members observed that the six-month salary arrears owed our members have not been attended to.

“The congress resolved that a three-day warning strike be commended from 8am October 10, 2017 to 8am October 13, 2017. During this period, the services of all our members will be withdrawn.

“We use this medium to appeal to our government to urgently see to the payment of our six-month salary arrears to avert a total and. indefinite strike action.”

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The Association of Resident Doctors in Ekiti State yesterday embarked on a three-day warning strike to protest the non-payment of their six-month salary arrears by the government.

The President of the association in Ekiti, Tunji Olaoye, said the strike action was imperative as membersof the association could no longer afford to keep coming to work without pay.

He stated this in a letter of notice of warning strike addressed to the Ekiti State Commissioner for Health; Chairman, Board of management, Ekiti State University Teaching Hospital; Chairman, Nigerian Medical Association, security agencies and NARD President.


It read in part, “Following the expiration of a 21-day ultimatum on September 15, 2017, the association held an emergency general meeting on October 9 where members observed that the six-month salary arrears owed our members have not been attended to.

“The congress resolved that a three-day warning strike be commended from 8am October 10, 2017 to 8am October 13, 2017. During this period, the services of all our members will be withdrawn.

“We use this medium to appeal to our government to urgently see to the payment of our six-month salary arrears to avert a total and. indefinite strike action.”

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