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Kid robbers: ‘Oyenusi’, ‘Anini’, ‘Osunbo’ resurrect in Ondo

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Kids robbery suspects

How my mother’s charms to make me disappear failed

We’ve robbed more than 46 times, paying our parents’ house rent for years

Where we got our nickname

Three kid robbery suspects, Timileyi Femi, aka Anini, 13 years, Ojo Sunday- aka oyenusi, 15 years and Matti Lowe, aka Osunbo, 16 years said they had operated more than 46 times before they were apprehended by operatives of the Ondo state security outfit codenamed Amotekun.

In an interview after they were paraded by the Amotekun personnel in Akure, the state capital, the suspects also said that aside sharing the proceeds of their operations with their parents, they were also paying the house rents for their parents

Also arrested and paraded were the mother of Timileyin, Iyabo Femi who reportedly encouraged and fortified him with local charms while going for robbery operations, an herbalist, Adeyemi Ayodele and his mother, Kehinde Ayodele.

In his confession, Timilehin Femi (Anini) said; “I have been robbing since I was 12-years-old. I used to hide my gun inside the ceiling after every operation. Nobody knew about this. Whenever we were going for any operation, l would quietly climb the ceiling and remove the gun.

“Sometimes I gave the gun to our herbalist to keep if it was not possible for me to climb the ceiling after an operation and I needed to hide it.

“My mother used to fortify me with charms so that I would not be caught by policemen or other security operatives.

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“After every robbery operation, we used to handover the stolen goods to the herbalist who would sell them and give us cash in return. We never queried him on the sale of the items, all we needed from him was to sell the goods and hand over cash to us.

“We also gave some of the proceeds to our mothers after operations. We have participated in about 46 operations. The charm that my mother did for me enabled me to disappear whenever I was about to be apprehended.

“The charm however failed when the Amotekun officers arrested me. I don’t know what happened that day, it just didn’t work.

“My mother was surprised that I was arrested cheaply and she asked me whether I had eaten what I was advised not to eat that could render the charm ineffective”.

In his own confession, Sunday Ojo (Oyenusi), said; “ l have lost count of the robbery operations we have been involved in. We were given the names Oyenusi, Anini and Osunbor by people within our neighborhood because of the manner we operated”.

Timileyin’s mother, lyabo Femi, who also spoke said, “Timileyin is my only son, he used to engage in robbery anytime he was with Sunday. So, I took him to a church for deliverance to make him stop robbing. In the church, I was given a soap with which to bathe him by the river side but he still continued robbery anytime he saw Sunday who is a bad influence on him. I didn’t do any charm for him, it was only the soap I was given in the church that I took him to which I used to bathe him”.

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The state commander of Amotekun, Chief Àdetunji Adeleye, while parading the suspects said that “it is amazing that we have another generation of armed robber who named himself Oyenusi. And here is a 12-year-old confessing that he had to climb a stool to keep his weapon in the ceiling and he was being empowered by the mother to guarantee that nobody could arrest him.

“He has now graduated to a full blown armed robber and was operating a gang of seven members. He is the youngest but the most vicious and powerful.

“We also have a group that specialised in stealing of generating sets as well as those that kill for ritual purpose. We have rapists and a dare devil armed robber arrested in Ore with some cartridges”.

Adeleye said that investigations have been concluded on the suspects and they would soon be charged to court.

He assured the people of a crime free state, saying “in our usual determination to guarantee safety of lives and property, we have commenced 24 hours patrol in the 18 local government areas with the assistance of all other security agencies in the state”.

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Thugs allegedly loyal to Governor Wike attack Rivers PDP presidential campaign boss’ residence, destroy vehicles

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Political thugs allegedly working for the Rivers state governor, Mr Nyesom Wike have invaded the residence of former Rivers South-East Senator, Lee Maeba.

The house located at GRA, Phase 3 axis in Port Harcourt, Rivers State was invaded by thugs on Thursday morning.

Maeba is the chairman of the PDP Presidential Campaign Council in the state.

A source said the hoodlums, allegedly loyal to Governor Wike, destroyed many cars, including an SUV, while occupants of the house including Senator Maeba’s relations fled the scene.

It was learnt that the hoodlums also shot indiscriminately and injured some occupants of the building during the attack.

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“About 200 hoodlums loyal to Governor Wike attacked the residence of Senator Lee Maeba this morning. They destroyed vehicles and injured some occupants,” the source said.

Since Governor Wike lost the presidential ticket of the party to the former Vice President Atiku Abubakar, the party has been factionalised.

This followed allegations made by the governor that the National Chairman of the PDP, Senator Iyorchia Ayu manipulated the process to favour Atiku, a fellow northerner.

He subsequently asked Ayu to resign from office but the national chairman has refused to do so amid the attendant crisis in the party ahead of the 2023 general elections.

The Wike-led Rivers government earlier revoked the ownership of a landed property belonging to Maeba in Port Harcourt.

When contacted, DSP Grace Woyengikuro Iringe-Koko, spokesperson for the state police command said she wasn’t aware of the incident.

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Over 100 injured in Spanish train collision

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At least 150 people have been injured after two trains collided in the Catalonia region of north-eastern Spain, emergency services have said.

The crash, which occurred around 07:50 (06:50 GMT), took place at a station on the outskirts of Barcelona.

Local media reported that the trains had been travelling in the same direction and collided while one was parked at the station.

It is unclear how the accident happened and officials have yet to comment.

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Emergency officials wrote on Twitter that the crash happened at the Montcada i Reixac – Manresa station, about 12km (7 miles) from the city centre.

Writing on Twitter, emergency services said that 150 people were “in a mild condition” and five others had been left with “in a less serious condition”.

They added that three people had been transferred to hospital.

Train traffic was briefly disrupted on several lines due to the accident, the national rail service Renfe said.

One passenger told RAC1, a local radio station, that “train was full and my carriage, which was the last one, was completely full” at the time of the collision.

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ICPC Arraigns Rector, others over N6m fraud

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The Rector, Samuel Timi Johnson and the Acting Bursar, Werepere Martins Degbegha of the International Institute of Tourism and Hospitality, Yenagoa, Bayelsa State, as well as one Yerikema Tony Tombra have been arraigned for their complicity in a Six Million Naira (N6,000,000) fraud.

The defendants were brought before Honorable Justice M.A Ayemieye of High Court 2, sitting in Yenagoa, by ICPC, on allegations bordering on ‘using office to confer corrupt advantage, conspiracy & making false statement.’

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ICPC, in a 7-count charge, is accusing the Rector and the Acting Bursar of conspiring and using their offices to confer corrupt advantage on themselves when they withdrew the above sum from the confers of the institute under the guise of spending the money on renovations of a viewing centre in Tropani Community while investigation revealed otherwise.

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