A mob has beaten three suspected transformer vandals to death in Umuohiagu community in Ngor Okpala Local Government Area and Egbelu Obube community in Owerri North Local government area of Imo State.
Two of the suspects, Ifeanyi Mgbakabala and Kelechi Eke (aka Agwo) are natives of Umuagwu village in Umuohiagu, while the identity of the third suspect cannot be ascertained at press time.
Witnesses said the suspects, who specialized in vandalizing electricity transformers within the airport communities, were apprehended at Umuekwune kindred in Umuorisha village, while attempting to vandalize the only remaining transformer in Umuohiagu.
The suspects had allegedly vandalized eight transformers in Umuohiagu in the past three months, effectively throwing the community into darkness.
They were said to have also vandalized the dedicated cables being installed for the new radio house for the Sam Mbakwe International Cargo Airport, Owerri.
The suspected vandals were also four weeks ago linked with the vandalization of a transformer at the permanent base of the Nigeria Air Force at nearby Umuowa community, a development that led to detention of the two Airforce personnel on guard for three weeks. Vigilant youths were said to have chased the suspects and apprehended two of them while the third member of the gang escaped.
The suspects were dragged to the major road near the airport, and they were about to be set ablaze when Air force officers arrived the scene. The two suspects later died from the brutality meted to them by the mob while the third suspect who ran to the nearby Egbelu Obube was beaten up and set ablaze by irate youths. Before they were beaten to death, the suspects, had reportedly confessed to they had been using juju to make residents around their target areas to fall into deep sleep, while they vandalized the transformers and cables. The apprehension of the suspects and their confession, it was gathered, led to the release of the detained Airforce personnel Friday morning. At press time, the state Commissioner of Police, Rabiu Ladodo and the command’s spokesman, Orlando Ikeoku did not answer calls put to their phones. They did not also respond to text messages forwarded to their phones.
EFCC arrests 89 ‘Yahoo Boys’ in Ibadan night club
The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) Ibadan zonal office, at the weekend, arrested 89 suspected internet fraudsters at the popular Club 360 located on the Akala Expressway, Oluyole Extension in Ibadan, the Oyo State capital.
In preparation for the late night operation, officers of the commission had carried out series of discreet surveillance on the nature of activities going on in the nightclub which, according to intelligence, was notorious for harboring suspected internet fraudsters.
The raid also led to the confiscation of scores of vehicles, laptops, sophisticated phones and other items.
The suspects are undergoing further interrogation according to a source in the commission.
Court jails church accountant 18 years for fraud
A High Court in Yola, Adamawa State, has sentenced the accountant in one of the orthodox churches in the state, Mr Ibrahim Aku, to 18 years imprisonment for defrauding the church of N15.5m.
Aku, a long-serving member of the Ekliyisar Yanuwa’a Nigeria (Church of the Brethren in Nigeria), was convicted for committing the fraud between 2016 and 2018, according to court records.
Aku’s trial before his conviction by a Yola High court, presided over by Justice Nathan Musa, followed the petition filed before the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission by the Secretary General of the Church, Rev. Dr Daniel Mbaya.
Mbaya said the embezzled funds were part of contributions generated from church members’ offerings, donations and tithes.
Justice Musa, who delivered judgment on the six counts bordering on forgery and obtaining money by false pretence, said, “The accused person is hereby sentenced to three-year imprisonment on each count, which is to run concurrently without an option of fine.”
Speaking shortly after the verdict, Mr Bello Bajoga of the Public Affairs Department of the EFCC said the commission was happy with the judgment.
5 Arrested for Stealing Female underwear
Five suspects, Chukwajekwu Eziigbo, Chidinma Obietuake, Chikwaka Jemfe, Gold Enyinnaya and Amarachi Akomas, have been arrested for allegedly conniving to steal female underwear in the Ojo area of the state.
Elkana said the stolen pieces of underwear were being used for ritual purposes, adding that the suspects had confessed to stealing them and they would be charged for the crime.
The PPRO stated, “On January 10, 2020, around 8am, acting on information, operatives from the Ojo Police Station arrested one Chukwajekwu Eziigbo, 15, of the Ilufe area of Ojo, for stealing female underwear from the clothes lines. The suspect confessed that for one year now, he had been stealing female underwear from different houses in Ojo and environs.
“The suspect said he usually hand over the stolen underwear to the following female suspects in exchange for money: Chidinma Obietuake, 17; Chikwaka Jemfe, 17; Gold Enyinnaya, 23; and Amarachi Akomas, 26, all of the Ilufe area, Ojo.
“The suspects have been arrested and they confessed to the crime. Detectives recovered some stolen female underwear from the suspects. An investigation is ongoing and the suspects will be charged.”
In another development, an undergraduate, Chukwuemeka Obasi, was rescued from committing suicide at his parents’ house in Ejigbo, Lagos.
Elkana said the prompt response of the personnel of the Ejigbo Police Division prevented Chukwuemeka, who had tied himself to a ceiling fan in the living room, from killing himself, adding that he wanted to perform the act because his parents scolded him for wrongdoing.
He stated, “On January 7, 2020, around 8.29am, an officer of the Lagos State Neighbourhood Safety Corps alerted the Ejigbo Police Station that a young man, Chukwuemeka Obasi, 21, of No. 4 Alaba Street, Last bus stop, Ejigbo, a student of the University of Nigeria, Nsukka, Enugu campus, tied a rope in a loop around their living room’s ceiling fan in preparation to commit suicide, because he was scolded by his parents.
“The swift response by operatives from the Ejigbo Police Station prevented him from killing himself. He was rescued and taken to hospital. An investigation is ongoing.”
Meanwhile, one Sodiq Olowolayemo has been arrested for allegedly robbing and terrorising residents of the Bariga area of the state.
Elkana said Olowolayemo, in connivance with one Moses Bamidele, robbed one Jude Saka of his Bajaj motorcycle in Bariga, adding that Bamidele had also been arrested.
“Olowolayemo has been on the police wanted list for a series of traffic robberies and cult violent attacks in Bariga. The state Commissioner of Police, Hakeem Odumosu, has ordered that he should be transferred to the SARS for further investigation and diligent prosecution,” the PPRO stated.
Also, a 22-year-old mentally-ill woman, Chinyere Christopher, who was misbehaving along the Itowolo Road in Ikorodu, was rescued from an uncompleted building and taken to hospital in the Owode Onirin area of the state for medical attention.
Elkana said, “In her lucid period, she was able to give her name as Chinyere Christopher. She equally gave details of her parents, who were contacted accordingly. She is confirmed to be a psychiatric patient from Akure, Ondo State.
“She was eventually moved to Akure for the continuation of her psychiatric treatment and rehabilitation.”