Reports reaching the Nigerian Police across the country about criminals using the disadvantage of gridlocks to facilitate their crime spree has sky rocketed over the years.
Robbers have started cashing in on the unending gridlock between the Long Bridge and Berger bus stop on the Lagos-Ibadan Expressway amongst other places to dispossess motorists and commuters of their valuables.
Our correspondent learnt that the hoodlums were attacking motorists and commuters as the gridlock intensified due to the narrowing of the road due to its reconstruction by Julius Berger Plc.
A motorist, Emmanuel Chukwu, was on Tuesday dispossessed of his mobile telephone at gunpoint at the Kara end of the bridge.
According to Chukwu, the robber took advantage of the gridlock and approached his vehicle, opened the door and asked for his valuables.
He said, “I left the office in Magboro around 9pm with a female colleague and as we got to the Kara area, we encountered the gridlock.
“As we were waiting to get to the front and see what caused the traffic, I saw a young man walking along the divided lane. Unfortunately, I did not lock the door; he opened the door and entered the car and he kept asking for my phone, which I gave him.
“He pulled the compartment in between the driver’s seat and the passenger’s seat in search of money but he did not find any and that infuriated him and he asked for my wedding ring, and I said I had no money and he started shouting. He pretended as if he wanted to bring out a weapon, so, I stretched out my hand for him to see that I didn’t have any ring. So, he banged the door and left and went to his next victim.
“As we got to the end of the demarcation, I was waiting to see a truck that broke down but all I saw was a Danfo bus and some guys, who were trying to fix it, but I guess they just used it to cause traffic so that they could rob motorists.”
The victim, who stated that he reported at the Ojodu Police Station, said he was told that the robbery scene was not within the jurisdiction of the station.
Another motorist, Bola Oyelade, who was also robbed on the road on Tuesday, said the robber collected her wedding band.
She stated, “When I was going home around 7.30pm on Tuesday, one of the glasses of my car was wound down and all of a sudden, a man appeared from nowhere and demanded money, phones and my wedding ring.
“I gave him one of my rings and dropped the other one in the car and when he realised that I did not give him the original ring, he started shouting that I should give him the one I threw on the floor of the car and while he was looking everywhere for what to collect, the road suddenly became clear and I drove off.”
When contacted, the Ogun State Police Public Relations Officer, Abimbola Oyeyemi, said the command had not received any report of traffic robbery since the reconstruction of that section of the road started, adding that the victims should report at the nearest police stations.
He stated, “We have not had any report of robbery incident on the expressway since the construction began and we are doing a lot in that area; our men are patrolling the expressway for 24 hours.
“These traffic robbers are targeting when our team will not be at some points to strike and many suspects have been arrested and we are not relenting in our efforts at making commuters ply the road without fear of being attacked.”
2 Lecturers Escape Kidnappers Den.
Two lecturers abducted six days ago by gunmen suspected to be kidnappers in Kaduna, have reportedly escaped from their captors.
The lecturers, who are biological brothers and indigenes of Kebbi State, were abducted six days ago at Mahuta in Igabi Local Government Area of Kaduna State.
Adamu was the first to be abducted by the gunmen, while Umar, who later went to deliver N2 million and a brand new motorcycle as ransom for the release of his brother, was abducted after the bandits collected the ransom.
The Spokesperson of Kebbi Indegenes Resident in Kaduna and Garkuwan Wakilin Sarikin Zurun Kaduna, Garba Muhammad confirmed this development on Sunday, 17 Nov., 2019. He further said that the two siblings have escaped from their kidnappers and arrived the palace of Wakilin Sarkin Zurun Kaduna and were received by the Wakili.
Garba, also disclosed that after paying additional N3 million as ransom, the kidnappers made a fresh demand of N10 million before they would release the lecturers.
According to him, the fresh N10 million demand could not be met. He added that it was with the assistance of security agents that the two lecturers escaped.
Confirming their escape yesterday in a statement, Public Relations Officer, Kaduna State Police Command, Yakubu Sabo, assured the families and members of the public that the perpetrators of the crime would be apprehended and brought to justice.
“Today 17/11/2019, at about 11.51 a. m., the Command received information from the family of the two kidnapped lecturers: Adamu Chonoko from Ahmadu Bello University and Umar Chonoko from Kaduna Polytechnic that, the duo have managed to escape from the den of their kidnappers.
Kaduna State Commissioner of Police, Ali Aji Janga, while rejoicing with the families and friends of the victims, assures the families and members of the public that, the perpetrators of this crime will be apprehended and be brought to face justice.”
Man Stabs Sex Workers To Death in Lagos
The Lagos State Police Command is currently investigating a man for allegedly killing a sex worker in a hotel in Surulere.
Babatunde Damilare who is said to be a regular at Edo Hotel, Atan Street at Empire area of Surulere Lagos, had attacked one of the sex workers, Elochukwu with a knife following an argument over the price of a round of sex.
However, during the argument, Babatunde stabbed Elochukwu severally on the neck which led to her death.
A witness, Wasiu explained that Babatunde, who is a regular at the hotel, stabbed the sex worker with a kitchen knife, He further explained that he also attacked two other men who tried to stop him from fleeing the scene.
The Police Command Spokesman, DSP Bala Elkana said while confirming the incident that the suspect has been arrested by the Homicide detectives led by the Divisional Police Office Surulere Police Station, CSP Adebayo Adeoya and that the corpse of the deceased has been deposited at Mainland Hospital morgue in Yaba for autopsy.
The investigation is ongoing and the suspect will be charged to court.
Update: Cult Clash Claims Five in Kogi Varsity- police confirms.
Police in Kogi State on Wednesday, 06 Nov., 2019 confirmed that five (5) students were killed in the State’s University.
In a statement, the Command Public Relations Officer, DSP WIlliam Aya in Lokoja made it clear that five (5) students lost their lives and not thirteen (13) students as earlier reported.
He listed the casualties to include;
Justice Keke, a 300-level student of Physics Department who was killed in the campus after a theatre production on November 1st, He also said that a yet to be identified corpse was found in an uncompleted building behind the university on November 2nd.
DSP WIlliam Aya further stated that Abdrulraman Usman, a 200-level student of History Department was killed at his father’s lodge on November 3 and also on November 3, two corpses, identified as that of Oloruntoba Godwin, a 400 level student of Geo/Planning Department and Ajileye Richard, a 200 level Accounting student, were seen inside the bush behind Harbor Bay Hotel.
” The state Commissioner of Police, Mr Akeem Busari, had urged the citizens to disregard the misleading reports and assured the people the Force readiness to provide a secure environment for all”
Rapist Escapes Police Grasp into Ebonyi Govt House
On Tuesday, a 19-year-old man, Ojukwu Chika, escaped the firm grasp of policemen in Abakaliki, Ebonyi State.
The suspect, our correspondent gathered, first appeared in court on Tuesday, for allegedly raping a 15-year-old girl.
It was further gathered that he escaped into the premises of the Government House in Abakaliki and the policemen searched for him to no avail until another security personnel on duty inside Government House spotted him and handcuffed him.
The security personnel, it was learnt, demanded to know his mission and where he was headed for before handing him over to the police.
The police prosecutor, Inspector Edet Effiong, said the accused committed the offence for which he was to be first arraigned on October 16, 2019, at Umoghara village in the Ezza South Local Government Area of the state.
He was re-arraigned on Wednesday before the Abakaliki Magistrates’ Court on one count of unlawful escape from police custody.
According to the police prosecutor, the offence is punishable under Section 135 (a) of the Criminal Code Law, Cap 33, Vol. 1, Laws of Ebonyi State of Nigeria, 2009.
The first charge read, “That you, Ojukwu Chika, on October 16, 2019, at Umoghara village in the Ezza South Local Government Area of Ebonyi State, in the Abakaliki Magisterial District, did have an unlawful sexual intercourse with a 15-year-old girl, thereby committing an offence punishable under Section 34 (2) of the Ebonyi Child Right Law and Related Matters, 2010.”
The new charge read, “That you Chika Ojukwu, on October 29, 2019, at the Abakaliki Court gate in the jurisdiction of this honourable court, did unlawfully escape from police custody, while being taken to court for arraignment, thereby committing an offence punishable under Section 135 (a) of the Criminal Code Law, Cap 33, Vol. 1, Laws of Ebonyi State of Nigeria, 2009.”
The Chief Magistrate, Ruth Nwali, directed that the case file be transferred to the Director of Public Prosecutions in the state for necessary action.
She remanded the accused in the Nigerian Correctional Centre, Abakaliki, and adjourned the matter till December 30, 2019, for hearing.
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