Operatives of the Special Weapons and Tactical (SWAT ) at Adeniji Adele, Lagos Island, have dragged two robbery suspects before the Tinubu Magistrate’s Court for allegedly firing gunshots at an American, Jordan MC Crackin inside his car in a bid to kill him and rob him of his $2,000 and other items.
The suspects, Olamilekan Abdulateef, 23, who claimed to reside at Ajegunle, Apapa, and Tajudeen Sanusi, a resident of Amukoko area of Lagos were charged before the Court on a three-count bordering on conspiracy, armed robbery and unlawful possession of firearms.
The plea of the suspects was, however, not taken following the application for the remand of their presented before the Court by the Police Counsel, Abraham Fadipe, urging the Court to remand the suspects at the correctional facility to enable the police duplicate the case file and send it to the Department of Public Prosecution, DPP for legal advice on the matter.
Following the application, the presiding Chief Magistrate, A.T Omoyele ordered that the suspects be kept at the Ikoyi Correctional facility pending the legal advice from the DPP on the matter and adjourned the case till 9 November, 2021 for mention.
According to the police, trouble started for the suspects on 25 May, 2021 when they trailed the American in their motorcycle from a bank on Adeola Odeku Street, Victoria Island, Lagos where he had gone to withdraw money, to Renees Supermarket in Ikoyi and opened fire on his car, but the bullets missed its target and hit the back door.
The suspects, according to the police robbed the American of $2000 and other items armed with a bareta pistol.
A Police source alleged that while the robbery was going on, concerned members of the public alerted the Rapid Response Squad patrol team nearby who stormed the scene to arrest the suspects.
Items recovered from the suspects, according to the Police include an English bareta pistol and other dangerous weapons..
During investigation, the suspects allegedly confessed to the crime that they had been robbing the public for the past five years but that they had not kill anybody in their operation.
In his alleged confession to the Police, Abdulateef stated, “We started robbery as pick pocket at Ajegunle roundabout, Apapa and later bought a motorcycle and started using it to snatch handset and handbag from the public during morning and evening rush hours while armed with cutlass and knife.
“We later bought an English bareta pistol for N100,000 from one Qudus at Aduke Street junction, Ajegunle and using it to rob people who withdrew money from the bank at Ajegunle and Victoria Island, Lagos.
“We normally park our motorcycle within the bank premises and entered inside the banking hall like customers to identify those withdrawing money and once we identify them, we would monitor them in our motorcycle to a lonely spot to rob them of the money and escaped.”
Nnamdi Kanu: I lectured Abaribe on how to live in prison – Shehu Sani
Shehu Sani, a former Kaduna Central Senator, has recalled lecturing Senate Minority Leader, Senator Eyinnaya Abaribe on how to live in prison.
Sani said he used to lecture Abaribe on how to live in prison in case he gets prosecuted over his Biafra agitation.
He disclosed this while sharing a throwback photo of himself having a discussion with Abaribe on the floor of the Upper Chamber.
In a post on his Facebook page on Wednesday, the former lawmaker disclosed that Abaribe also tried to convert him into believing in the Biafra ideology.
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He wrote: “My good friend Senator Abaribe was trying to convert my citizenship to Biafra while I used to give him lectures on how to live in prison when they come for him, using my years of experience in Kiri Kiri, Port Harcourt and Aba Prisons in the 90s.”
Abaribe had stood as one of the sureties for Nnamdi Kanu, leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, in 2017.
But Kanu jumped bail and fled Nigeria after regaining his freedom, following a ruling by Justice Binta Nyako of an Abuja Federal High Court.
Following Kanu’s action, it was believed that the Nigerian government would go after Abaribe as he risked imprisonment.
However, Kanu was rearrested in July and is currently facing trial.
Plateau lawmakers fight over mace, impeach speaker
There was a rancorous situation on Thursday at Plateau State House Assembly as the legislators fought over the mace, the symbol of authority, leading to the impeachment of the Speaker, Abok Ayuba Nuhu.
Nuhu was promptly replaced with Sanda Yakubu, who from Pingana constituency of the Bassa Local Government Area of the state.
It was leant that as early as 5.30am on Thursday, members of the assembly had started arriving at the chamber of the house.
The rumours about the impeachment of Abok had started a week ago when press releases and write-ups went viral on social media over his clash with the state governor, Solomon Lalong.
The lawmakers almost exchanged blows when the issue of the impeachment was tabled in the house on Thursday. The Peoples Democratic Party members, who were loyal to the speaker, took the mace to prevent the impeachment.
But the All Progressives Congress members, who were in the majority insisting on the impeachment, dragged the mace and placed it in its position, and went ahead with the process.
It was learnt that before the state lawmakers converged on the house, the road leading to the assembly was blocked by security operatives.
There had been grudges between Governor Simon Lalong and the impeached speaker following the attack in Yelwan Zagam, the community of Jos North, where people were killed.
After the attack, the speaker started criticising the governor openly. He also stopped attending public functions in the state.
Ogun gives land encroachers 1 month grace to process titles
Ogun State Governor Dapo Abiodun has announced a one-month moratorium for residents and entrepreneurs who have encroached on the state government-acquired land.
He announced this at the launch of an online portal, Ogun State Land Administration and Revenue Management System (OLARMS), at the Tech Hub in Abeokuta.
The governor gave them up till November 30 to apply for ratification of their documents.
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In his address, the Chief Economic Adviser and Commissioner for Finance, Dapo Okubadejo, said the portal will also offer those who have encroached on the state government land in different parts of the state an opportunity to get title documents via the Property Registration Programme (PRP) for only a defined period.
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