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Police arrest Uber drivers alleged killers

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The police in Lagos have arrested two men who allegedly killed an Uber driver and stole his Hyundai Elantra car.

Peter Robert, 33, and Gideon Achibong, 36, were arrested on February 4 at about noon in Aboki Estate, Lekki, while removing the car parts for sale to a scrap metal dealer, the police said in a statement on Monday.

“The arrest of the suspects followed a directive from the new State Police boss, Zubairu Muazu, to the Commander of the RRS, Olatunji Disu, that the culprits should be fished out and made to face the full wrath of the law,” the statement said.

According to the police, Mr Robert, who is an ex-convict and a bus conductor, conspired with three others (now at large) to hijack and Uber cab (registration number EPE 676 EC), sell it, three days before his arrest.

“On the said day, the quartet: Emma, David, Dolapo and Peter–Robert at around 11:00 p.m waved down the deceased, Sunday Obasi in Lekki. They told him they were going to Ikate and he charged them N1,000.

“Before getting to their destination, the suspects told the driver that they wanted to ease themselves. It was at this point they descended on the driver. They killed him and pushed him off the car into the road before driving the car to Beach Road, Lekki, where they hid it for two days while looking for buyer.”

The police statement quoted Mr Robert as saying that he sat at the front of the car during the operation.

“We seized and hit him with stones several times. He complained that he was sick. We pushed him beside the road and went away with the car, a wine colour Hyundai Elantra.

“At the Beach Road, Lekki, where we parked the car, we swapped the number plate of the car with a Volkswagen Passat car (FKJ 708 CA) close by. We left it for two days hoping to contact buyers for the car.”

The suspect said their leader, identified as Emma, had noticed that the Uber driver was operating offline before he decided they hijack the car from him.

“The following day when one of us visited where we hijacked the car. He noticed the guy’s remains was already in police body bag,” said Mr Robert.

“We contacted Archibong to assist us in disposing off the car. The buyers we invited indicated that they can only buy the car parts. It was in the process of dismantling the car that RRS patrol vehicle spotted us and arrested two of us. Emma, Dolapo and David are on the run.”

The Lagos State police commissioner, Mr Muazu, said investigations were continuing on the case.

He noted that the command would leave no stone unturned towards ensuring that the fleeing suspects are made to face justice.

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Nigeria: Court Jailed Ex-Banker 10 Years for Stealing Depositors’ Money

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A former cashier officer with Fidelity Bank, Ado branch, Ado Ekiti, Michael Adedayo Ihinolurinjon, was on Thursday convicted and sentenced to ten years in prison for stealing money from the bank’s vault and diverting customers’ deposits to personal use by Justice Abiodun Adesodun of Ekiti State High Court.

Ihinolurinjon was found guilty of a two-count charge of stealing in a criminal case filed against him by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, Ibadan zonal office.

According to his charge sheet, offence was contrary to Section 390 (g) of the Criminal Code Laws Cap 16, Laws of Ekiti State, 2012.

His journey to prison started when his former bank wrote a petition to the EFCC alleging that while still a staffer, Ihinolurinjon stole the sum of N8,891,000 (Eight Million, Eight Hundred and Ninety-One Thousand Naira) from its vault, and also failed to remit a total of N7,251,600 (Seven Million, Two Hundred and Fifty-One, Six Hundred Naira) he collected from customers to the bank’s account.

“Our preliminary review showed that Michael fraudulently diverted the sums of N8,891,000 and N7,251,600.00 of the branch vault and customers’ cash respectively. The cash deposit of N7,251,600 received by Michael from various customers between 1/9/16 and 19/9/16 were neither posted to their respective accounts nor the cash accounted for,” the bank stated in its petitioned dated October 17, 2016”, the stated.

The bank also accused Ihinolurinjon of absconding from duty ‘upon sighting one of the customers whose cash he had fraudulently diverted’.

Following the petition, the Commission went into investigation after which the accused was originally charged with obtaining through false pretence in a one-count charge filed in 2017.

The charge was later amended to a two-count, bordering on stealing, upon which he was re-arraigned on June 24, 2019.

While prosecuting the case, the EFCC, through its lawyer, Abdulresheed Lanre Suleman, called nine witnesses and also tendered several exhibits.

After listening to arguments on both sides, Justice Adesodun found the defendant guilty as charged, and sentenced him to five years imprisonment on each of the two counts. The sentencing, he held, would run concurrently.

The court, during judgment however, gave the convict an option of fine of N100, 000 (One Hundred Thousand Naira) on each of the counts. 

He was also ordered to pay a sum of Seven Million Naira as restitution to Fidelity Bank Plc, being the petitioner in the case.

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15-year-old organizes own kidnap, demands N.5m ransom from father

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A 15-year-old boy has allegedly staged his own kidnap and demanded for N500,000 as ransom.

The minor, who was paraded in Jos, Plateau State on Thursday, told newsmen that he initiated the plan with his friends in order to enable him buy clothes and celebrate his graduation.

“I was the one who initiated the plan and not my friends. I wanted my father to give me money for clothes and to also celebrate my graduation,” he said.

Briefing newsmen on the arrest of the minor, the Commissioner, Plateau State Police Command, Isaac Akinmoyede, said five persons were arrested in a case of criminal conspiracy and kidnapping, including the victim, who stage-managed his own kidnap.

Akinmoyede said the father of the victim, Jerry Vichi, had on July 19 reported at ‘A’ Division, Jos that his son, working as an apprentice at a motor vehicle electrical wiring shop, did not return after the day’s job.

The police commissioner said the suspect’s father reported that he received a phone call from a hidden number informing him that his son had been kidnapped and taken away from Jos.

“The father said that the caller demanded for a N500,000 ransom and threatened the boy’s life,” he said.

Akinmoyede said the command had arrested 44 suspects in connection with alleged kidnapping, armed robbery, culpable homicide and other cult-related activities as part of its efforts to protect lives and property of the people of the state.

He said: “We have arrested 11 notorious kidnap suspects and a syndicate responsible for the recent kidnap at Plateau State Polytechnic Staff quarters, Haipang, Zawan and other places in Jos South Local Government Area.

“We have also arrested two suspects in a case of threat to life and kidnapping at Bokkos Local Government Area and another for criminal activities, armed robbery and allegedly belonging to an unlawful society, with locally-made pistol and two live ammunitions recovered.

“Three suspects for culpable homicide and cult-related offences were also arrested for shooting one Chinedu Okoye dead at Chorbe junction in Jos North Local Government Area, while other armed robbery suspects were also apprehended.”

The suspects were paraded along with three AK 47 rifles, three magazines, 30 rounds of live ammunitions and two unregistered motorcycles, amongst others.

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Nigerian Man Remanded In Prison Custody For Raping 11-Year-Old Girl

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A man, David Okotie, was on Wednesday remanded in the prison by an Ikeja Chief Magistrate’s Court in Lagos for allegedly raping an 11-year-old girl.

Chief Magistrate Olufunke Sule-Amzat made the order following an application by the police.

According to The Nation, Sule-Amzat, who did not take Okotie’s plea, remanded Okotie in Kirikiri Prison’s custody and ordered the police to send the case file to the director of public prosecutions for advice.

Prosecution counsel, Benson Emuerhi, who made the application, alleged that Okotie, who lives off Highway Patrol Barrack, Ikeja, Lagos, committed the offence on January 15.

The court heard that the case was reported by the girl’s mother at the Gender Section, Ikeja Police Command.

Emuerhi, an Assistant Superintendent of Police (ASP), said the offence violated Section 137 of the Criminal Laws of Lagos State, 2015.

Sule-Amzat adjourned further proceedings until October 31. 

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