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Vanguard Newspaper 14 February 2018

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6—Vanguard, WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 14, 2018 3 men stab CDA executives, security guard By Onozure Dania LAGOS—THREE men, who allegedly assaulted the executives of Aso Rock Community Development Association, CDA, and their security guard by stabbing them with broken bottles and inflicting injuries on their bodies, have been arraigned before an Ejigbo Chief Magistrate’s Court in Lagos. The defendants are Oni Ayotunde 34; Osemedua Emmanuel, 32, and Prince Ifeanyi Osemedua 35. They are facing a fivecount charge bordering on conspiracy, assault, breach of peace and stealing preferred against them by the Police. The prosecutor, Simon Peter, told the court that the defendants and five others, who are still at large, committed the offences on January 27, at about 7p.m. at Aso Rock Street Gate, Bucknor, Ejigbo. He said the trio unlawfully assaulted the security man, Jubril Mohammed, by stabbing him with a broken bottle, thereby injuring his finger. The prosecutor also alleged that Ayotunde, Emmanuel and Osemedua also unlawfully assaulted the association’s Chairman, Mr. Declan Umeokoro, by stabbing him with a broken bottle as he tried to rescue Mohammed. He further told the court that the defendants stole N1.8 million belonging to Aso Rock Community. The offences are punishable under Sections 57, 173, 411 and 280 of the Criminal Laws of Lagos State, 2015. He said: “The community is afraid that there could be further attacks on the residents as some of the suspects are at large.” However, the defendants pleaded not guilty to the charges when they were arraigned. Consequently Magistrate, I. K. Layemi, granted the defendants bail in the sum of N300,000 each with two sureties each, who must present evidence of tax clearance and whose addresses must be verified. The case was adjourned till March 14 for trial. :Vanguard News :@vanguardnews :@vanguardnews NEWS HOTLINES: 08052867023, 08052867058 22 students, teacher die in Kano auto crash By AbdulSalam Muhammad KANO—A teacher and 22 students from Misau Local Government Area of Bauchi State on an excursion died, yesterday, in an auto crash at Gaya, 65 kilometres south of Kano. An eyewitness disclosed that the 18-seater bus conveying the students and some staff on excursion to a radio station in Kano at about 11a.m., had a head-on collision with an articulated vehicle carrying tomatoes. The witness explained that both vehicles were trying to avoid a pothole at Samia Uku village, by Dudduru Forest, near Maitama Sule College. He said both vehicles were on top speed, adding “we counted 23 dead bodies and several others that escaped with injury were taken to Gaya Hospital.” Confirming the incident, the Police Public Relations Officer, Kano Police Command, Deputy Superintendent Musa Majia said “22 people died in the accident.” By Davies Iheamnachor PORT HARCOURT— LIBYAN returnees stranded at the reception centre of Port Harcourt International Airport, Omuagwa, Rivers State, staged a peaceful protest over the delay by their various state governments to evacuate them. This came as the fifth batch of the returnees, 136 in number, arrived the airport yesterday at 1:10a.m. It was learned that poor welfare at the camp had sparked the protest that almost caused panic, but for the swift intervention of security personnel deployed in the evacuation operation. However, the Federal Government says its team sent to Libya to retrieve Nigerians in different parts of the North African country, are working By Bartholomew Madukwe LAGOS—AN Ikeja High Court, yesterday, sentenced one Katungi Phillips to death for stabbing his wife, Justina James, to death for allegedly infecting him with the Human Immunodeficiency Virus, HIV. In her judgment, the trial judge, Justice Raliatu Adebiyi, held that the prosecution was Remains of the school bus. Libyan returnees protest in PH Airport over delay in evacuation tirelessly to free all victims. Earlier in the week, some of the returnees, who are yet to be picked by their states' officials, staged a protest. Vanguard gathered that the fourth batch of the returnees, mainly from the South-West states, that are yet to be received by their state governments, allegedly staged able to prove by cogent circumstantial evidence that the defendant intended to kill the deceased and found him guilty of murder. Justice Adebiyi ruled: “I, hereby, find the defendant guilty of the murder of Justina James. “In view of the mandatory sentence for murder in Section 221 of the Criminal Laws of Lagos State, 2011, the defendant, Katungi Phillips, is the protest. Meanwhile, National Emergency management Agency, NEMA, said the maximum time given to states to evacuate their returnees was 48 hours, but regretted some states had flouted the order. Speaking while receiving the fifth batch of returnees, Gunmen kidnap PDP chieftain in Kaduna FIVE heavily-armed gunmen have reportedly kidnapped a chieftain of Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Musa Saya-Saya in Kaduna State, yesterday. The gunmen reportedly stormed his residence at Saya- Saya village in Ikara Local Government Area of the state around 10a.m. Musa Saya-Saya, a former state treasurer of PDP in Kaduna, according to the son, Aliyu Musa, was abducted by the gunmen who invaded the house in two vehicles. Contacted, the police spokesperson in Kaduna State, Mr. Mukhtari Aliyu, said while the Police were yet to confirm the motive behind the kidnapping, the anticrime team in the state had been activated to rescue the hereby sentenced to death. May the Lord have mercy on his soul.” According to the judge, the multiple stab wounds inflicted on Justina by Phillips were excessive in comparison to the single stab wound the convict sustained. Prosecution The prosecution, led by Mrs O. R. Ahmed-Muili, told the court that the convict the Zonal Coordinator, NEMA, South-South region, Mr. Martins Ejike, confirmed that there was a demonstration in the camp, noting that it was related to welfare. He disclosed that the protesters were not happy that they are still in camp while their co-returnees had been picked by their state governments. politician. The Police spokesman said: “Immediately we got the report, the Commissioner of Police activated and instructed the anti-crime squad to take all necessary measures to rescue the victim.” Meanwhile, at press time yesterday, a close associate of the politician disclosed that no contact had been made with the abductors. Man sentenced to death for killing wife that infected him with HIV committed the offence at 3.21a.m. on July 26, 2014, at his Pako House, Oniru, Lagos, residence. Ahmed-Muili said the convict, who had been married to Justina for two years, stabbed her body with a kitchen knife after discovering that she had allegedly infected him with HIV. She added: “After discovering that she had allegedly infected him with the virus, the deceased

Vanguard, WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 14, 2018—7 :Vanguard News :@vanguardnews :@vanguardnews NEWS HOTLINES: 08052867023, 08052867058 Police kill community leader over last year's missing cow •They attempted to burn down By Ike Uchechukwu CALABAR—THERE was pandemonium in Itigidi, headquarters of Abi Local Government Area of Cross River State, following the alleged murder of a community leader and mortician, Mr. Isong Nkanu aka Isong No Joke, by the Police. Vanguard gathered that trouble started when some village chiefs and the youth leader were invited by the Police and later detained over an issue that started sometime in October 2017, when some herdsmen allegedly reported that one of their cows was killed by unknown persons in the community. It was gathered that their detention irked the community youths, who went on protest during which one of them was shot dead by the Police. A community leader, who pleaded anonymity, told •... another remanded in prison for beating wife to death threatened to leave him for another man. “He stabbed his wife with a kitchen knife during the ensuing argument and he also attempted to kill himself by stabbing himself in the abdomen with the knife.” The convict had claimed that his action was due to provocation, but the judge rejected his defence. Bricklayer beats wife dead Meanwhile, an Ebute Meta Vanguard that they thought the matter had been taken care of, but were surprised that the Itigidi Police Division invited their chiefs, including the youth leader. The source said: “When the chiefs and our youth leader were invited, they honoured the invitation as law-abiding citizens, but were detained and this infuriated the entire community, which led to a protest. “The youths went on a protest without any weapon or arms; they went to register their grievances over the arrests. “It shows they have respect for authority and law; it was during the demonstration that Isong, one of the community leaders, was shot dead by Police.” ‘It's politics’ The community leader continued: “To be honest with you, the matter was politicised because if not we see no reason why a matter about The fifth batch of 136 Libya returnees disembarking from the plane at Port Harcourt International Airport, yesterday. PHOTOS: Nwankpa Chijioke. By Ikechukwu Nnochiri ABUJA—A 22-year-old commander of the Boko Haram sect, Abba Umar, who was, yesterday, sentenced to 60 years imprisonment by a Federal High Court sitting at Wawa Military Magistrate’s Court in Lagos, also yesterday, ordered the remand of a bricklayer, Akinyemi Edgar, in Ikoyi Prisons for allegedly beating his wife to death. The 32-year-old accused is to remain in custody, pending receipt of legal advice from the state Director of Public Prosecutions. The plea of the accused was not taken by the court. The prosecutor, Sergeant Kehinde Olatunde, told the court that the accused committed the the station—Police a cow that was shot dead in October 2017 will suddenly come up now. “They are claiming that herdsmen reported the matter. Those herders are not even domiciled in this area; it is because the Divisional Police Officer is of northern extraction. “We neither attacked any policeman nor burnt any part of the police station. The building that houses the police station is a rented apartment belonging to an Itigidi man. “So there is no way the place could have been burnt down as it is being insinuated by mischief makers.” The source also explained that the chiefs and the youth leader were later released at about 12 midnight on Monday, when tension became too high. Police story Contacted, the Police Public I’ll hurry back to Sambisa Forest if ever released —22-yr-old Boko Haram commander jailed 60 years Cantonment, Kainji, Niger State, said he will rush back to Sambisa Forest to continue with terrorism if released. The court found Umar, who was among a second batch of over 1,000 Boko Haram suspects being prosecuted by the Federal Government at Kainji, complicit in various acts of terrorism. He had been in detention since 2014 after a failed suicide mission to bomb a school in Gombe State. Umar, who was 18 years old when he was arrested, did not offence on December 13, 2017, at Agemowo in Badagry, Lagos. Olatunde alleged that the accused, and another person now at large, conspired to beat Adejoke Kalejaiye to death before dumping her corpse in a shallow grave beside a well. According to the prosecutor, the offence contravened Sections 223 and 233 of the Criminal Laws of Lagos State, 2015; the case was adjourned till March 22. Relations Officer, ASP Irene Ugbo, said some herdsmen had complained some months ago that indigenes of the Itigidi community killed their cows. Her words: “The youths got wrong information; they thought the Police at Ugep had taken their chief and youth leader to Calabar, not knowing they were only invited for a peace talk and for the matter to be resolved amicably. “On that strength, we invited the community leader to make peace. Unfortunately, the youths in the community read a different meaning to the invitation of their community leaders. “They became restive and threatened to burn down Itigidi Police Station. There was intervention by the Police and, in the process, one person died.” exhibit any sign of remorse as the court passed sentence. Speaking through an Hausa interpreter, the convicted Boko Haram kingpin said he will hurriedly return to Sambisa Forest to continue with his acts of terrorism if he was ever released from detention. He confirmed that the 17 pictures the prosecution tendered, which showed him, the car and Improvised Explosive Devices, IEDs, meant for the botched suicide operation, were authentic. He told the court that being a commander in the Boko Haram sect, he had over 100 lieutenants under him. Umar equally told the court that he married two wives in Sambisa Forest, describing himself as “an Islamist warrior, and a commander in the Islamist army.” Benue killings: Police arrests mole, recover AK-47 rifle By Peter Duru M AKURDI—ONE suspected mole has been arrested by operatives of Benue State Police Command at Ayilamo, Logo Local Government Area of the state over attack on Police personnel that led to the killing of an officer. Parading the suspect alongside five other suspects in Makurdi yesterday, the state’s Commissioner of Police, Fatai Owoseni, said one of the attackers was also killed in the operation. Owoseni said: “After the attack at Azege in Ayilamo, where one of our personnel was found brutally slaughtered with his two eyes, ears and nose removed and another missing, we embarked on recovery and rescue operation and restoration of security in the area. “In the course of the operation, the attackers engaged the Police in a shootout; one of the attackers died in that operation and the AK-47 rifle with which they have been attacking the Police was recovered, while one other suspect was arrested. “Our preliminary investigation from the person that was arrested goes to affirm what we have been saying that if the wall is not cracked a lizard will not find an entry. “What we are getting from the suspect, he is a resident of that community, who at one time or the other had been selling out operations of security agencies to militants and the security agencies. “The investigation is still ongoing and we have got words from him that is of evidential value. “As we round up our investigation, we hope that it will lead us to more arrests and he will be properly arraigned with other suspects that we might arrest in the course of this operation. “We still want to appeal to the people of the state, that we cannot overcome all these challenges without the cooperation of the people, who should avail us credible information and also identify moles within the communities that bring in the criminal elements.”