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Vanguard Newspaper 19 February 2018

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6—Vanguard, MONDAY, FEBRUARY 19, 2018 :Vanguard News :@vanguardnews :@vanguardnews NEWS HOTLINES: 08052867023, 08052867058 2 arrested for killing guard By Evelyn Usman TWO suspected members of a robbery gang, who stormed MP Manufactures in Lekki area of Lagos, killing a private guard, said the guard caused his death as he kept struggling with them during the operation. The suspects, Daniel John, 23, and Collins Achibong, 25, were arrested by detectives of the State Intelligence Bureau, SIB Lagos State Command, at Marwa Roundabout, Lekki, weekend. The robbers numbering three, invaded the company located on Plot 25, Block 68, Bisola Durotimi Drive, Lekki Phase 2, November last year. Their mission, as gathered was to steal laptops that were delivered to the company same day. They reportedly went to the security post and ordered a guard, Abubakar Isiaka, to take them to where the laptops were kept, but Isiaka resisted and raised the alarm to attract his colleagues, who were in another section. However, on the arrival of his colleagues, Isiaka was found in the pool of his blood. When news of the incident reportedly reached the Commissioner of Police, Lagos State Police Command, Imohimi Edgal, he directed the SIB to investigate the case. One of them Daniel, who claimed to be an orphan, said: “We are private guards; we work with a security company where we are paid N20,000 monthly. We were three that went for the operation and our intention was never to kill, but to collect what we went there for. “The security man caused his death. In fact, he almost overpowered us. He held on to Bassey (third suspect) as he kept shouting. Bassey stabbed him in the waist before he managed to free himself from the grip. “We only collected his phone and ran out when we heard footsteps. We sold the phone for N9,000 at Marwa Roundabout. I got N3,000; Collins, N2,000, while the third person, Bassey got N4,000. I used the money to feed. “We have forgotten about the incident and were going about our normal business when policemen arrested me first, then Collins. We don’t know where Bassey is.” CCTV exposes 4 robbers, fraudsters in Oshodi By Olasunkanmi Akoni LAGOS—NEMESIS caught up with two suspected phone thieves and two fraudsters when operatives of Rapid Response Squad, RRS, arrested them after one of the three mobile closed circuit television, CCTV, cameras stationed in Oshodi area of the state, exposed them. The suspects, who were arrested last week, were identified as Jelili Ganiu,19; Samson Owolabi, 23; Segun Lawoye, 47, an ex-convict, Toyin Samuel, 38. Jelili and Owolabi were caught in the camera footage stealing items suspected to be mobile phones from a passerby on Oshodi pedestrian bridge. They were monitored through the camera exchanging the stolen item with another suspect currently at large, before returning to the same location. They were later trailed by RRS operatives attached to the vehicle and arrested at the foot of the pedestrian bridge. Both men, during interrogation at the RRS headquarters, confessed that they stole a mobile phone from a passer-by on the bridge and that the third suspect, who they exchanged the object with, was the keeper of stolen items. Jelili added that the third suspect, simply identified as Omo Nla, is the one who sold the phone and that the money In Abule-Ijoko, Ogun State, Saturday. PHOTO: Kehinde Gbadamosi. was later shared in the evening. “Owolabi and I are conductors in Oshodi, but when there is no work or we arrive late at the park to reunite with our bosses, we steal phones, purses and other valuables from their owners at the pedestrian bridge,” Jelili confessed. Couple hypnotise victim According to the Police, the other suspects, Segun Latoye and Toyin Samuel, were arrested last Friday after being caught on camera thrice dispossessing victims of their belongings. On the last footage, they dispossessed a young lady of her bag containing two mobile phones and unspecified amount of money and then hurriedly boarding a bus after hypnotising their victim. However, the lady regained her consciousness few minutes later and reported the incident to RRS officers, who contacted the CCTV mobile camera for footage of the area the incident took place. Segun and Toyin, who claimed to be husband and wife, confessed after being shown the video clip. Contacted, the Police Public Relations Officer, Superintendent Chike Oti, said the command will continue to apply technology in combating crime in the state, adding that the suspects will soon be charged to court. A cross section of participants at the Malta Guinness Maltavator Challenge, at the National Stadium, Surulere, Lagos. PHOTO: Akeem Salau. Lassa Fever kills 3 in Delta, 24 under surveillance By Festus Ahon ASABA—LASSA Fever has claimed three lives in Delta State, while 24 persons are under surveillance, the state’s Commissioner for Health, Dr. Mordi Ononye, has said. Ononye, in a statement, said two out of the three cases of deaths recorded since an outbreak of Lassa Fever was reported in Delta State on January 26, were from Anambra State. The Commissioner said some of the cases were referred from Federal Medical Centre, FMC, Asaba, to the Institute of Lassa Fever, Irrua, Edo State, adding that the first case has been treated and discharged. Dr. Ononye said active case search and contact tracing was ongoing and that as an immediate response to the outbreak, the Ministry of Health, through its rapid response team, has been coordinating the state’s response to contain the spread of the disease. Enlightenment campaign Ononye said the Nigeria By Onozure Dania A33-year-old businessman, Ugochukwu Nnubia, who allegedly forged invitation letters to procure American Centre for Disease Control, Abuja, has been contacted and presently collaborating with the state, adding that the Ministry, in collaboration with the State Primary Health Development Agency, was creating awareness through the mass media on how the disease can be transmitted and to take preventive measures to forestall its spread. He said some Personal Protective Equipment, PPEs, were earlier procured and distributed to health facilities across the state, including FMC, Asaba, in addition to the sensitisation of health workers in the state to have a high index of suspicion and take preventive measures, when managing infectious cases. He urged Deltans not to panic, but report any suspected case to the nearest health facility. Bizman docked over forged documents visa, has been arraigned before an Igbosere magistrate’s court in Lagos. Nnubia, whose residential address was not given, is facing a three-count charge bordering on

Vanguard, MONDAY, FEBRUARY 19, 2018—7 :Vanguard News :@vanguardnews :@vanguardnews NEWS HOTLINES: 08052867023, 08052867058 Police, pastor to pay N20m over killing of 22-yr-old student over missing musical equipment student. By Anayo Okoli UMUAHIA—FOR allegedly killing 22-year-old Vincent Uwagbaokwu, the Police and Pastor Martins of the Christ Empire International Church, Umuahia, Abia State, have been ordered to pay N20 million to the late student's family. The order was given by an Umuahia High Court presided over by Justice Kenneth Okereke in a judgment delivered in a suit filed by the father of the deceased, Mr. Emmanuel Uwagbaokwu. Vincent Uwagbaokwu, a student of Imo State Polytechnic, Umuagwo, was shot dead by the Police on the night of September 10, 2015, on the allegation that he stole musical instruments belonging to the church. Mr. Ikechukwu Ogbonna, church deacon, and the four Police officers, ex-Sergeant Ogbonna Alieze, Sergeant Eyong Inah, Corporal Obi Chimbuike and Constable Okafor Ugochukwu, said to have been invited by Pastor Martins of Christ Empire International Church, invaded the family home of the Uwagbaokwus at Ohobe Afara, Ibeku, Umuahia North Local Government at night and killed the student. His father, Mr. Emmanuel Uwagbaokwu, then dragged the Police and the pastor to court for unlawful murder of his son. Judgment In his judgement, Justice Okereke indicted the Police for the killing and ordered them to jointly pay N20 million as compensation to the family of the deceased. Justice Okereke held that the respondents failed to justify the killing of Vincent Uwagbaokwu, who was not even the suspect in the alleged stealing of the church property and was not armed at the time the Police invaded their home. “Vincent Ikechukwu Uwagbaokwu died an innocent man,” Justice Okereke said and regretted that till date none of those involved in his killing has shown remorse and apologised. He said that the judgement will serve as deterrent to policemen, who feel they could take life at will just because they are armed. He also ordered that the pastor and all the policemen involved in the illegal operation be arraigned in court for murder of the late Protest grounds Port Harcourt as Police escort kills taxi driver By Egufe Yafugborhi & Davies Iheamnachor PORT HARCOURT—THERE was pandemonium at Rumuokoro area of Port Harcourt, yesterday, as a taxi driver was reportedly killed by a policeman escorting a vehicle conveying frozen foods. The incident happened around Rumuokoro Roundabout, Obio/Akpor Local Government Area. The remains of the victim, simply identified as Mr. Bright, a native of Ngwa in Abia State, was later taken to an unknown destination by the policemen. Eyewitness account A young boy— hawker— told Vanguard that the policeman jumped into the truck and the driver zoomed off after the policeman killed the man. forgery, preferred against him by the Police. The prosecutor, Sergeant Cyriacus Osuji, told the court that on October 5, 2017, the defendant forged two separate invitation letters, an identity card, and submitted the documents to the The boy said: “I was selling water to some people when the driver finished loading his taxi. As he was trying to enter the road, somebody blocked him in front, while the trailer driver that was carrying the MOPOL was behind him, blaring its horn. “The MOPOL later got down from the trailer, went to the taxi driver and shot him on the neck. He ran back and entered the trailer and they drove past the taxi. Because of fear, people ran away and nobody went after the vehicle; but it was carrying fish.” Youths on rampage Meanwhile, some Igbo youths, who identified the victim as their brother, barricaded the popular East-West Road, where the incident occurred, in protest. They demanded that the Commissioner of Police in the state, Ahmed Zaki, must fish out United States Embassy for it to be acted upon as genuine. However, Nnubia denied the offences in the charge. Magistrate, Mrs A. T. Omoyele, granted him bail in the sum of N200,000 with two sureties in like sum, and adjourned till March 5. the killer-policeman. One of the youths, who gave his name simply as Ifeanyi, said: “We are not happy that our brother, Bright, was killed while looking for daily bread. “The policeman just came down from the vehicle, killed him without provocation and left. This shows how the people who are meant to be protecting us have turned to our killers. “We want the Inspector General of Police to look into this matter. We are calling on the Commissioner of Police to fish out this officer and prosecute him.” Police invade scene Meanwhile, fully-armed policemen, invaded the scene of the incident to pick the remains of the victim. The angry youths had laid The father of the deceased, Mr. Emmanuel Uwagbaokwu, said he was happy with the judgement because the court has vindicated his son, who was killed and tagged a criminal by police and Pastor Martins. “The court has proved that my late son, Vincent, was not an armed robber and was innocently killed by the Police on the orders of the pastor, who illegally engaged them,” Uwagbaokwu said. Meanwhile, the indicted persons are to be arraigned in court today as the Attorney- General of the state has already filed information against the pastor, Deacon Ogbonna and the four policemen on a two-count charge of conspiracy to murder and murder of Vincent Uwagbaokwu. The protesters, yesterday (above and below). the remains of Mr. Bright on top of his car in the middle of the road, stressing that Governor Nyesom Wike must visit the scene to see the injustice. However, the development took another twist when fierce-looking officers arrived, shooting sporadically. The endless shooting caused anxiety and ground all business activities in the area. Contacted yesterday night, Rivers State Police Command confirmed the incident, saying the policeman was just passing through the state. The state Police Public Relations Officer, Nnamdi Omoni, said the policeman was escorting a company vehicle that has been identified and that the policeman will soon be fished out. Ex-convict, 46, impersonates Ogun finance director By Daud Olatunji ABEOKUTA—MEN of Ogun State Police Command have arrested an ex-convict, Surajudeen Balogun, for allegedly impersonating an Ogun State Director of Finance on Facebook. The state Police Public Relations Officer, Abimbola Oyeyemi, in a statement yesterday, explained that the “suspect, a fashion designer, posed on Facebook as a staff of Nigeria National Petroleum Cooperation, NNPC, with the picture of the said finance director through which he had been defrauding unsuspecting members of the public. He said: “The 46-year-old suspect had earlier been arrested for similar offence, when he duped one Bimpe Akinmade of N950,000, claiming to be an NNPC staff based in Port Harcourt, Cross River State. “He asked the woman to lend him the said amount to secure the release of his brother, who was detained at Ibara Prison with the promise to repay her when he returns to Abeokuta. “He came to meet the victim under the pretext of running an errand for the Port Harcourt-based man, collected the money and blocked the woman on his Facebook page. “He was later traced and arrested by the Police, charged to court and sentenced to prison. “As soon as he came out of prison, he started his nefarious activities again. Luck ran against him when he was trying to defraud another woman on Facebook under the same guise, unknown to him that the woman is a Police officer. “The officer played along until Saturday, when he was arrested while trying to collect the money from the woman. On interrogation, he owned up to the crime, informing the Police that he downloaded the picture of the said finance director and use it as his DP to deceive his victims. “Meanwhile, the Commissioner of Police, Ahmed Iliyasu, has ordered that the case be thoroughly investigated and charged to court as soon as possible. He appealed to members of public to beware of fraudsters on social media.”

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