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.
Man drags, chains his daughter for being absent from school
The Nasarawa State Command of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps has apprehended a 56-year-old man, Dahiru Inusa, for allegedly chaining and dragging his 15- years-old daughter on the street in Lafia, the state capital.
Parading the suspect at the headquarters of the NSCDC on Friday, the corps commandant, Mr Muhammad Mahmoud-Fari, said the suspect was arrested on Wednesday at Bukan-Sidi area of Lafia.
The NSCDC boss explained that the suspect claimed the daughter had become wayward and refused to go to school, adding that his action was to tame her.
He, however, expressed worry over the high rate of child abuse across the 13 local government areas and 18 local council development areas of the state, calling for concerted effort from all stakeholders to stem the tide.
He said, “This is a case of a father chaining and dragging his biological daughter on the street in the name of instilling discipline in her. We all must join hands to fight this menace in our society.
“Just yesterday (Thursday), we had the case of a 75- year-old man who defiled a three-year-old child.”
The commandant added that the command would charge the suspect with attempted murder and child abuse. The suspect, in an interview with City Round shortly after he was paraded, expressed remorse over his action, saying that it was the handiwork of the devil
The father of 15 children stated that he loved his daughter dearly and wanted the best for her. He said, “I was angered by the fact that some girls were influencing her negatively and it was the anger that pushed me into making the mistake of putting her in chains. I was only trying to make her take me to her friends and not to harm her. I am begging my daughter and the government to forgive me.”
EFCC busts ‘Yahoo Academy’ in Akwa Ibom
Operatives of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) have discovered and busted a building where suspected internet fraudsters use as training outpost for potential cyber criminals on Essien Essien Street, Ikot Ibiok village, Eket Local Government Area, Akwa Ibom State. In a statement signed by Head, Media and Publicity of the commission, Wilson Uwajaren about 23 suspected internet fraudsters were arrested during the operations which took place early hours of Thursday November 28, 2019.
The statement noted that the suspects between the ages of 19 and 35 years confessed that they were undergoing training in various aspects of cyber criminality such as; Love Scam, Online Trading Scam, Identity theft, etc.
The statement also disclosed that during questioning, the suspects narrated how they were recruited into the ‘Academy’ to be trained in cyber crimes, hence, while on training, they all carryout various functions such as Cooks, Duty master, ICT manager, etc, in the regimented premises to ensure a smooth running of the Academy.
3 Chinese Miners released in Ijoka Village, Osun State.
Three Chinese miners abducted in Ijoka village near Itagunmodi, Osun State, on Monday have been released.
The three men regained freedom on Wednesday.
Although details of how they were freed was not available as of the time of filing this report, the Osun State Police Commissioner, Abiodun Ige, however, confirmed their release in a chat with our correspondent.
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