The Federal Capital Territory Police Command has paraded three suspects in connection with the murder of a female member of the National Youths Service Corps, Stephanie Terungwa.
The Command’s Commissioner, CP Sunday Babaji, confirmed the development when he spoke with newsmen on Monday.
Babaji said the Maitama Division of the Command had on April 15, 2022 received information about the body of a middle-aged lady lying on the road.
Babaji said that Crime Scene Investigators were swiftly drafted upon the receipt of the information and removed the body to the hospital, where she was confirmed dead by a doctor on duty.
He said the initial effort to facially profile the victim proved abortive due to her deformed face suspected to have resulted from exposure to a corrosive substance.
The CP said that discrete investigation revealed that the deceased was Terungwa, a 26-year-old Corps member who resides in City Homes Estate, Lokogoma with one Edward Achadu.
He said it was discovered that she left home with her one-year and five-months-old son on April 14 and never returned home.
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Babaji said: “A day later, the son was recovered at Holy Trinity Catholic Church upon a call placed through to one of the paternal relatives.
“Discrete and painstaking Investigations by Tactical and Intelligence assets of the Command attached to the Homicide Section of the State Criminal Investigations Department led to the arrest of three suspects.”
He said that the suspects included a 26-year-old female, a 36-year-old male and another male of about 35 years old, all residents of Oguta Lake, Maitama area of the FCT.
Babaji said the suspects criminally conspired and murdered the victim to separate her from Edward Achadu to pave way for the female suspect and estranged lover of Edward, Jenifer Temba, to have him to herself.
According to him, investigation has been intensified to reveal groundbreaking facts that could lead to the arrest of fleeing participant(s) in this criminal act.
He said the suspects would be charged to court upon the conclusion the investigation.
The female suspect told newsmen that the deceased only came to her house to collect phone the day she was found dead and denied any involvement in the act.
She said the male suspects were the ones that told her that they wanted to kidnap the deceased to demand for ransom.
However, another suspect, who said he was a colleague of the female suspect, told newsmen that she invited him to help her scare the deceased from her man.
He said the only role he played was to open the gate for the late Corps member when she came to Temba’s house.
He claimed that he met two other men who tied the deceased before he departed from the premises, adding that he later heard of the murder of the deceased.
Another male suspect said he was contracted by the female suspect to help her scare the deceased alongside his friend currently at large.
He said he did not kill the deceased, adding that he held and tied her as instructed by the female suspect before leaving the house.
He said that the female suspect called him up later in the night to come to her house, adding that be met the deceased in a terrible state bathed with acid.
According to him, the female suspect was crying and saying she didn’t know why she killed the decreased.
He said: “She held my leg and was begging me to help her dispose off the body after which she called someone who brought a car for her.
“The person left the car, which we later used to carry the body to where we dumped it at about 3am.”
He said that the female suspect paid him the sum of N100,000.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the command also paraded two suspected kidnappers/bandits arrested during a raid on their hideouts in part of FCT.
The CP said the command’s’ anti-kidnapping unit in a concerted effort with local hunters had on April 14, 2022 stormed a kidnappers camp in Zago Forest in Niger State bordering FCT via Adagba Village, Abuja.
Babaji said the team overpowered the criminals and arrested two suspected bandits aged 18 and 20, while many escaped the camp with bullet wounds.
According to him, the team dislodged the camp, rescued one Usman Isah, a 23-year-old male of Lapai village, Niger State, who had been in captivity for 20 days.
He said: “They recovered three AK 47 riffles with breeches No. 5662, 088425-89 and NK 6172 with Seven (7) Magazines containing eighteen (18) rounds of 7.62mm live ammunition, and One GPMG with 101 MG rounds.
“Effort is ongoing to apprehend fleeing suspects and upon the conclusion of the investigation, suspects will be charged to court.”
Court orders arrest, imprisonment of COAS
A Federal High Court sitting in Minna, Niger State has ordered the arrest of the Chief of Army Staff, General Farouk Yahaya, for alleged contempt.
The judge ruled that the order is commuting Yahaya to be kept in Minna correctional custody for contentions of order of the court on October 12, 2022, adding that the COAS is to remain in custody till he has been “purged”of the contempt.
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The judge issued that the Commandant Training and Doctrine Command, Minna, Major General Olugbenga Olabanji, be arrested and imprisoned for a similar offense.
This is coming few days after a Federal High Court sitting in Abuja sentenced the Inspector General of Police, Usman Baba, to three months in prison for disobeying a court order.
The IGP’s committal followed a suit that was filed by a police officer, Patrick Okoli, who was unlawfully and compulsorily retired from the Nigerian Police Force.
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First Lady Aisha Buhari, is expected to testify against Aminu Mohammed, a student of the Federal University, Dutse, Jigawa, who criticised her on Twitter.
Vanguard that Aisha is among the five witnesses listed by the prosecution to testify against Mohammed in court.
Meanwhile, the police alleged that the offence, bordering on defamation and cyberstalking, contravened Section 391 of the Penal Code.
“And wrote on it in Hausa language ‘Su mama anchi kudi talakawa ankoshi’ roughly translated to the English language to mean ‘mama has embezzled monies meant for the poor to satisfaction’ and posted same on your above Twitter handle for the members of the public to read, knowing same to be false and capable of affecting her reputation. You thereby committed an offence punishable under Section 391 of the penal code.”
The defendant is to be remanded in Suleja Prison pending the hearing and determination of his bail application, as disclosed by his lawyer, Kinsley Anga.
Recall that the said student was remanded in prison after being arraigned at the FCT High Court No. 14 in Abuja on Tuesday for cyberstalking and defamation against the First Lady.
Although Mohammed pleaded not guilty, he was still sent to the Suleja correctional centre without an option of bail.
The 24-year-old who hails from Bauchi State was allegedly arrested on the orders of the First Lady a few days ago sparking outrage among Nigerians with many calling for his release.
He had tweeted back in June in the Hausa language that the First Lady was feeding fat on the poor people’s money.
The tweet read, “Su mama Anchi Kudin Talakawa an koshi,” meaning, “Mama has fed fat on poor people’s money.”
The 500-level student was picked up from his school two weeks ago and taken straight to the Presidential Villa where he was allegedly brutalised, beaten, maltreated and humiliated by the police suspected of men belonging to the Department of State Services.
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