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Grandma weeps as Oyo policemen snatched N150,000 house rent from grandson



A woman, Taiwo Ogunade, has lamented how some men suspected to be policemen attached to the Oyo State Police Command snatched money and phone from her grandson.

Ogunade, who spoke to our correspondent amid tears on Thursday, said that the N150,000 she gave her grandson, Emmanuel Jesugbemi, to pay for her rent was taken by the officers.

She said, “I don’t like something that will make my blood pressure rise. I am fed up and I know that God will punish them.”

Her voice was drowned in a flood of tears, as she could not continue the conversation.

Her grandson, Jesugbemi, said that the incident happened in the Apata area while he was going to deposit the money in the bank.

The 20-year-old claimed that the policemen, led by one Badru Samson, waylaid the motorcyclist conveying him to the bank and ordered him to get down.

The artiste claimed that the policemen slapped him repeatedly and while at it, called him a fraudster.

Jesugbemi, who had recounted the incident in a video clip posted on his Instagram page, @official_babyjez, said that the incident happened on Wednesday.

He said, “Grandma’s house rent was due, so she went to the Apata area to collect money from somebody to join [add to] what she had for the rent. After collecting the money, she called me to meet her at Apata, where she gave me the N150,000 to deposit into our landlord’s bank account.

“I boarded a motorcycle and while on my way to deposit the money in the bank, the policemen blocked my motorcyclist with a black car with no number plate and ordered me to get down. I saw four policemen in the car when I got down and one of them slapped and kicked me. He even used his gun to hit my head and called me a Yahoo boy.

“The policemen asked for my phone and told me to unlock it; but they did not find anything [incriminating] after they checked it. They wanted to search me, but I stopped them because policemen had searched one of my friends before and in the process, they put hard drugs in his pocket. So, I willingly brought my pockets out and they saw the N150,000.”

He claimed that the policemen drove him from the Apata area to Iwo Road, where he was dropped off after he had been dispossessed of the money.

“They asked who owned it and I told them that it was for my grandma and that I was on my way to pay her house rent. The policemen said I was lying. One of them kicked my stomach and forcefully collected it from me.

“They told me to format my phone and took it; they put me inside the car and drove me from Apata to under the bridge in Iwo Road, where they dropped me off.

“I had to plead with them to give me my SIM card. They also took the extra N2,000 with me and I had to trek from Iwo Road to our house in Dugbe,” Jesugbemi added.

When contacted, the state Police Public Relations Officer, DSP Asewale Onifeso, said, “You will be updated soonest, please.”

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We are building training facility in South East not Ruga settlement – Army



The 83 Division Nigerian Army in Enugu have debunked rumours making the rounds that it is constructing a Ruga settlement at Igbo-Etiti community in Udi Local Government Area of Enugu State.

The army described the report which is being aired on some online radio as maliciously aimed at inciting the public against the Nigerian Army and urged the public to disregard the rumour.

Acting Deputy Director, Army Public Relations, in charge of 82 Division, Major Abubakar Abdullahi, who made this known in a statement on Wednesday, said the alleged construction of a Ruga is actually a military training facility embarked by army engineers at Igbo-Etiti Community of Udi Local Government Area, Enugu State. He said the project which is currently under construction when completed would accommodate troops during training and aid to improve their efficiency in protecting law-abiding citizens across the South East.

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Abdullahi’s statement reads:

The 82 Division Nigerian Army has noted with utmost concern, a baseless allegation aired through an outlawed online radio that the Division of the Nigerian Army is currently constructing a Ruga Settlement at Igbo-Etiti community of Udi Local Government Area, Enugu State.

“Though this inciting broadcast emanates from a source bereft of any credibility whatsoever, there is need however to present the facts clearly for the sake of posterity. It must be emphasised that Nigerian Army Engineers are not constructing any Ruga Settlement in any part of Nigeria. Rather, the Engineers are currently constructing a military training facility at Igbo-Etiti Community of Udi Local Government Area, Enugu State. Upon completion, the facility will accommodate troops during training and aid to improve their efficiency in protecting law-abiding citizens across the South East. Any counter-narrative aired on the project is a malicious falsehood aimed at inciting the public against the Nigerian Army.

‘Members of the public are therefore advised to disregard such untrue and false information emanating from this aforementioned media or any information source. The Nigerian Army remains a credible institution that unites the country and has no place for ethnoreligious sentiments. We shall continue to carry out our constitutional tasks objectively across the country and remain totally apolitical.’


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Kidnapping: Ibrahim Babangida, Three Others Arrested In Adamawa



YOLA – The Police have confirmed the arrest of one Ibrahim Babangida, a principal suspect in the kidnap of a nursing mother Hauwa Umaru, and her daughter on October 10, in Adama­wa.

DSP Sulaiman Nguroje confirmed the development in Yola.

Nguroje, the command’s spokesperson, said Baban­gida was arrested along­side three others who were also behind the attack on the Ngurore Police station.

He said the suspects were arrested on Thursday and one AK-47 rifle with 16 rounds of live ammunition was recovered.

Nguroje said: “The breakthrough that led to the arrest of the suspects began with the arrest of one Buba Ibrahim Baban­gida, 20, a native of Wuro Bilal village, Ngurore Dis­trict, Yola South LGA.

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“Ibrahim Babangida is one of the principal sus­pects in the kidnap oper­ation and the confession of the suspect revealed how they abducted Hauwa Umaru, her daughter and one Alhaji Bahago of Ib­bare and also attacked the Ngurore police station.

“The police were assist­ed by some professional hunters who apprehended the other three gang mem­bers.”

 He identified the three arrested gang members as Tumba Alhaji Dan Bappa, 25, a native of Ibbare dis­trict, Yola south LGA; Buba Alhaji Abdu, a resident of Ibbare, Ngurore District, and Abdullahi Lawal, a res­ident of Lau local govern­ment area in Taraba State.

Nguroje also said that the suspected criminals were also part of a sev­en-man syndicate that was terrorising the people of Adamawa and Taraba States.

He said the suspects would be charged to court on completion of investi­gations

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‘We begged women to urinate for us to drink to stay alive’



  • Illegal emigrant narrates deadly experience in desert while trying to move to Europe
  • Sight of Mediterranean sea forced me to cancel trip to Italy

Twenty two years after walking through the valley of the shadow of death, in search of greener pastures, Stephen Onyekamma has remained terrified. Unlike those who by faith would confess they fear no evil when confronted with such pangs of death, reliving of his experience still sends shivers down the spines of Onyekamma.

As he narrated his experience in the sahara desert to Saturday Vanguard, Onyekamma would intermittently pause out of traumatic effect and in thanksgiving to God for sparing his life. Initially, he was reluctant about recounting the experience, as he insisted it was one he wouldn’t want to remember. But upon insistence by our correspondent, Onyekamma buckled.

 Journey to Libya

Six years after graduating from the Imo State University (IMSU), and after failed attempts to secure a job, Onyekamma decided to get out of Nigeria. That was in 1999. The graduate of Political Science had Italy as his destination country. Rather than following the right process of seeking visa into the European destination, he opted to go through the desert.

From Owerri, Onyekamma moved to Kebbi State and from Kebbi to Niger Republic. According to him, Niger Republic was a converging ground for those seeking to smuggle themselves into Europe through the desert. Unfortunately for the young graduate, he arrived Niger Republic in 1999 at a time he said the country was thrown into turmoil due to a coup d’ etat in which the country’s president was killed. Though he said he was aware of the coup, that however, could not deter him as he was desperate to hit the deadly desert. Waiting for the political unrest in Niger to subside could be a dream killer for him. Onyekamma therefore, resolved to weather the storm.

“After my graduation, I searched for job but couldn’t get. After six years, I decided to travel to Europe through the desert. My plan was to get to Libya, work a little and then move through the Mediterranean Sea to Italy.

“Before I left in 1999, I knew there was a coup in Niger, but I couldn’t wait, since I had already made up my mind to travel”.

Robbed in Niger

Onyekamma had undergone tutelage on how one could safeguard his money while in the desert. According to him, there were three available options – hiding the money in the collar of one’s dress while making the dress, or  opening the heel of a shoe to conceal it. The third option was to tie the money in a nylon and swallow it, with the hope of excreting it during the call of nature. All of these options however, could not save Onyekamma. While in Niger Republic trying to board a Libya bound vehicle, he ran into rebels who he said had seized control of part of the country. They stripped him of his belongings, forcing him to return to the capital city of Niger. The rebels had mastered the modus operandi of the emigrants.

“The first setback I had was being robbed by rebels in Niger. I hid my money in the collar of my shirt, but the fear of being killed would even make one to surrender the money willingly. Having lost all I had, I returned to the capital city to restrategize. I was in Niger for about two years to raise some money before I took off again”.

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Experience in the desert

Those who navigate through the desert do their best to get well equipped for the deadly journey. While water and snacks are desideratum, the transporters also go with mechanics, should the vehicle break down in the desert. However, there are very dreadful situations in which a vehicle that developed fault in the desert would require changing some parts.

This could be the most traumatizing fate that could befall anyone travelling through the desert. When such happens, Onyekamma said the driver and his crew would abandon the emigrants in the desert and make their way back to Niger with a promise of returning with the vehicle parts. In some cases, Onyekamma submitted that the emigrants were abandoned for weeks. In such cruel situation, the travellers are left stranded and at the mercy of death, as they run out of water and snacks. Dehydration would set in, and they would be ready to drink anything liquid, including urine, in a battle for survival. But would the urine even be available? Onyekamma said it was at the desert he realized men slide into dehydration faster than women.

“When you run out of water in the desert, you would be  desperate to drink anything liquid. It was at the desert I observed that a woman’s body had more water than that of a man. Men fell into dehydration faster than women. We begged women to try to urinate for us to drink to gain some strength. Whoever is able to urinate then, becomes a saviour.

“Out of every 50 persons going through the desert, only about 20 could survive”, he narrated.

Life in Libya

After about two weeks in the desert, Onyekamma finally arrived Libya. At the North African country, he went for training on vehicle alignment, and was able to master it within a short time. With the job, he could raise money to feed. But he was overcome by the sight of the terrifying Mediterranean Sea. He therefore, decided to go through the desert again to return to Nigeria, rather than heading to Italy.

“When I saw the boat they use in conveying people to Europe and the rampaging Mediterranean Sea, I became terrified and decided to return to Nigeria. I felt it was more dangerous stepping on the sea, than  returning to the desert. That was how I returned to Nigeria in 2005”.

Return to Nigeria

Today, Onyekamma, a father of five, having survived in the desert, believes nothing can kill him except God says it’s time. Unfortunately, he is yet to conquer money for which he soldiered through the desert. He is still struggling with the vicissitudes of life. While hoping that some day, life would get better, he holds that desert should never be an option for anyone who values life.

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