About 49 students of Idogbo Secondary School in Ikpoba-Okha Local Government Area of Edo State have been arrested for allegedly burning a section of the school and vandalising the principal’s office.
The Police Public Relations Officer, Edo State Command, Bello Kontongs, confirmed the incident in an interview with our correspondent on Tuesday.
The incident was said to have occurred on Friday.
The students, in a viral video of the incident which surfaced on Tuesday, were seen chasing a man believed to be the principal.
When they could not catch up with him, the rampaging students returned to the school premises and visited arson on the school.
It was gathered that the students resorted to violence when one of them had an altercation with one of the policemen drafted to the school to maintain law and order and in the process, overpowered the policeman, who was stripped by the students.
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A source in the school, who spoke on the condition of anonymity, stated that the school management invited security personnel in anticipation of security breach in the school as it had become commonplace in the school, especially during festive and examination seasons.
The source added, “It is the tradition of the school that during the end of every term examination, we invite security officers to avoid any breakdown of law and order, so the examination was to end on December 10 before vacation.
“But, days before the examination started, we were battling with students throwing explosives in the compound.
“So, when the examination started on Friday, December 3, we invited some policemen and vigilante members in case of any problem. The first set of policemen came, while we waited for other police officers.
“One of the policemen on duty was moving around the school compound. The school authority did not know what happened but we saw that the students were chasing the policeman, so some of his colleagues came to rescue him and that was when the students started throwing stones and other weapons.
“When it became uncontrollable, teachers started running for their lives, then the children went on the rampage, destroying everything on sight, policemen were called from the Police Command. But they could not control them.
“It was when they invited the DSS people that they used gunshots to scare them away. Later, the DSS personnel arrested about 45 of the students who were hiding in the bush. They are now at the police command.”
Confirming the incident, Kontongs, said, “49 students are in custody for wilful damage of government property. None has been charged to court yet.”
Court strikes out money laundering charge against Olisa Metuh, firm
A Federal High Court Abuja has struck out the seven-count money laundering charge filed by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) against former National Publicity Secretary of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Olisa Metuh and his firm, Destra Investment Ltd.
In a ruling on Monday, Justice Emeka Nwite held that it was of no use keeping the charge in his court’s docket when the prosecution and defendants have appeals pending at the Supreme Court.
Justice Nwite, who described the retention of the charge, marked: FHC/ABJ/CR/05/2022 as “an abuse of court process,” held that there was no way the case could return to his court without the Supreme Court first deciding the appeals by parties in the charge.
The ruling was on arguments by lawyers to the EFCC, Metuh and Destra.
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At the mention of the case on Monday, Justice Nwite asked EFCC’s lawyer, Olanrewaju Adeola about the status of the case.
Adeola said the defendants – Metuh and Destra – were earlier convicted by the Federal High Court, which conviction was overturned by the Court of Appeal following the defendants’ appeals.
He said the prosecution has since lodged an appeal at the Supreme Court against the Court of Appeal’s decision.
Adeola added: “We understand that the matter was listed this morning at the instance of the defendants for application for the release of the first defendant’s international passport.”
Lawyer to Metuh, Afam Osigwe (SAN), who claimed that his client learnt, via the socio media, about hearing of case on Monday, said he had a prior discussion the EFCC lawyer on the status of the case, “because there is a pending appeal at the Supreme Court in suit number: SC/ CR/583/2021 between FG Vs. Olisa Metuh and another.”
Osigwe said the EFCC was, in the appeal, urging the Supreme Court to among others, reinstate the order of the Federal High Court, which was set aside by the Court of Appeal.
“So, in the light of the reliefs sought in that appeal, it will amount to an abuse of court process for a fresh prosecution to be commenced when they are asking for reinstatement.
Lagos scammers defraud, rape lady in uncompleted building
Two suspected fraudsters, Rotimi Fisher and Sherif Adebayo, have allegedly defrauded a 23-year-old girl in the Ipaja area of Lagos State.
The suspects also reportedly lured the victim to an uncompleted building on Majiyagbe Street, Ipaja, where Adebayo allegedly raped her.
PUNCH Metro gathered that the victim was on her way to a destination in Iyana Ipaja when Fisher approached her to help him locate an address.
The suspect, who reportedly presented himself as a foreign businessman to the victim, said he came to Nigeria to deliver goods to one of his clients at the address and to collect his outstanding payments.
A source said after Fisher approached people for help to no avail, the young girl offered to help, but upon checking the address, she did not know the location.
Seven passengers burnt to death in bus accident in Lagos
Seven passengers were on Sunday burnt to death in a commercial bus that caught fire in the Iyana Oworo area of Lagos State.
The Lagos State Emergency Management Agency (LASEMA) confirmed the incident in a statement.
Permanent Secretary at LASEMA, Olufemi Oke-Osanyintolu, attributed the cause of the accident to reckless driving.
The statement said, “Upon arrival at the scene, a commercial bus of 14 passengers with registration number KJA 699 GY was discovered to have been gutted with fire.
“Further investigation gathered at the scene revealed that the incident occurred due to recklessness by the driver which resulted in the fire with 12 passengers trapped.
“Unfortunately seven victims, four males, two females and a male child were burnt to death. The driver escaped with some burns while three female adults were rescued and rushed to Gbagada General Hospital. A male adult was also attended to by LASAMBUS at the scene.”
The LASEMA permanent secretary said their remains had been bagged by the agency’s paramedics and handed over to the State Environmental Health Monitoring Unit (SEHMU).
He said, “Arrangements have been made by LASTMA officials at the scene for the removal of the burnt vehicle from the road. Road is partially opened for vehicular activities.”
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