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Police arrest six cultists, suspected robber in Lagos

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Operatives of “Operation Crush’’ attached to Alapere Police Division in Lagos State, have arrested six suspected cultists.
The arrested cultists, believed to belong to the “Eiye and Aiye’’ confraternities, were arrested for their alleged involvement in series of violent attacks in the area.

DSP Bala Elkana, Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO) of the Lagos State Police Command, disclosed this in a statement on Sunday.
Elkana said some gangsters suspected to be members of Eiye and Aiye confraternities, had earlier engaged themselves in a battle of supremacy with dangerous weapons at Demurin area, Alapere.

“The team, led by the Divisional Police Officer, Alapere arrested two key leaders of the gangs namely, Olawale Toheeb, 22, and Joseph Obinna, 25,” he said.

The DSP said that investigation was extended to the gangs’ hideout at Mack Brown Hotel, Church Street, Alapere where four additional suspects were also apprehended’.

According to Elkana, the suspects were Obasi Ekene, 21, Promise Onoja, 18, Ogoekeweri Omokosi, 24 and Saviour Edet, 23.

“The suspects confessed to belonging to Eiye and Aiye confraternities respectively and are responsible for series of violent attacks recorded in Alapere and its environ.

“A large quantity of weed suspected to be Indian Hemp, short axes and cutlasses were recovered from their hideouts.

“Investigation has been concluded and the suspects will be charged to court,” Elkana said.

Also, a team of policemen from the Langbasa Police Station arrested a suspected armed robber, Ayobami Adegbite, 23, allegedly responsible for attacking passersby at Kekere bus stop, Adoh Ajah and UTC area of Lagos.

Elkana said Adegbite, the gang leader alongside his members, had used dangerous guns and cutlasses to dispossess unsuspecting victims of their valuables.

“Earlier, Langbasa Police Station received a distress call that some miscreants were attacking passersby at Kekere Bus stop with dangerous weapons.

“On sighting the police, the hoodlums opened fire but were over powered by our team.

“Adegbite, who led the gang was arrested with one short gun, one digital camera and N16,000 they took from a victim.

“The suspect confessed to the crime and has given some useful information concerning the operations of his gang,’’ he said.

The PPRO, however, explained that the Operatives of the Special Anti Robbery Squad, Ikeja had taken over the investigation and were on the trail of the fleeing members of the gang.

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Court Sends Sotitobire Founder To Prison

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A Chief Magistrate in Akure, Ondo State, Charity Adeyanju, on Friday, ordered the continued detention of Prophet Babatunde Alfa, standing trial over the case of a one-year-old boy, Gold Kolawole, who went missing in his church.

Magistrate Adeyanju ordered that Babatunde remain in detention at the Olokuta Correctional Facility till February 5, 2020, pending the hearing of the legal advise from the Directorate of Public Prosecution (DPP).

However, journalists were barred from covering the trial as Adeyanju ordered all journalists in the courtroom to vacate their seats without giving reasons.

The suspect was brought into the court premises alongside six workers of his church amidst heavy security after the journalists vacated the court.

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NDLEA Intercepts 895 Kg of Cannabis in Kano.

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Adamu Aminu, Kano.

The National Drugs Law Enforcement Agency, Kano command intercepted 895 kilograms of cannabis in Kano.

The NDLEA, Kano State Commandant, Dr Ibrahim Abdul stated this while briefing newsmen, on Wednesday in Kano.

He said the huge concealment originated from Ogbese, Ondo state and billed to be distributed to Kano and Bauchi state.

“Our operatives intercepted a trailer truck at Kwanar Dan-Gora, Kiru local government area where huge concealment of suspected cannabis sativa amidst other goods was discovered,” He said.

Dr Abdul stressed the Kano command unalloyed determination blended with unflinching cooperation from the members of the general public to rid the state of the drug abuse and trafficking has amounted to this spectacular arrest and seizure.

“Three men and one female suspects were arrested in connection with the seizure” he confirmed.

Dr Abdul added that the truck driver was presently at large, and the female suspect in detention was said to be the wife of the driver on the run, who was said to be wedded to him for less than a fortnight ago.

The NDLEA Kano commandant, Dr. Ibrahim Abdul has craved the cooperation of the general public, to remain steadfast towards compliments the efforts of his command to stem the tide and get Kano rip-off drug abuse.

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Oyedepo expresses disappointment over millions stolen by church officials

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The founder and presiding Bishop of Living Faith Church Worldwide, also known as Winners’ Chapel, Bishop David Oyedepo, has expressed his disappointment about goings on in the church.

Speaking at the empowerment summit organised for ordained workers of the church, the cleric said he was disappointed that professionals trusted by the church to prevent fraud turned themselves into a network of fraudsters.

Oyedepo talked about how some very high up officials, mainly accountants, had looted the church’s treasury. The man of God, however, disclosed that those involved in the act have since been relieved of their positions in the church.

He said: “Can you imagine accountants perpetrating fraud in the house of God?

“We had no choice but to dismiss them. You can imagine top church officials engaging in doubling figures and other dubious practices. “Even after we dismissed them, we discovered more fraud.

“Those who should discover the fraud were the ones involved in it. One of them refused to confess until the last minute.”

Oyedepo advised church members against employing or sympathising with any of the dismissed officials. According to him, anyone who sympathises with the wicked is wicked himself.

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