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Lagos mother fights off suspected ritualist attempting to abduct kids + VIDEO

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A suspected ritualist, Temitayo Olafisoye, has been arrested after a failed attempt to kidnap some pupils of a private school on Omole Estate in the Ojodu area of Lagos State.

PUNCH Metro gathered that Olafisoye and an accomplice, Kayode Akinola, visited the estate on Sunday and started loitering around the school premises.

Their suspicious movement was reportedly noticed by some of the estate guards.

However, on Monday, a woman, who used her car to convey her children to the school, reportedly parked close to the premises so the pupils could disembark from the vehicle.

After parking, the woman got down to open the door for her children to alight.

Olafisoye was said to have run into the driver’s seat of the vehicle in an attempt to drive the kids away.

His plan, however, failed as the woman had switched off the car engine and held the key as she made to open the door for the kids.

Our correspondent learnt that the mother, upon observing the suspect’s action, raised the alarm, which caught the attention of the guards, who apprehended Olafisoye.

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A source revealed that the accomplice, Akinola, fled the scene after observing that their plan had failed.

The source said, “A security from the estate said the man was seen hanging around there since yesterday. The woman came down to go round to the passengers’ side to open the door for her kids.

“The man ran into the car, locked the doors, but unfortunately, the woman had turned off the car engine and alighted with the car key. She raised the alarm when the man entered her car and then security came out. He came to survey how to carry out his plan. His partner ran away.

“It happened this morning (Monday). The suspect said he and his partner came from Ibadan to kidnap children for ritual.”

A video clip showing Olafisoye kneeling while being interrogated by security guards and other residents on the estate was seen by our correspondent.

Asked why he attempted to kidnap the pupils, the suspect said, “I came from Ibadan. I used to come to Lagos to kidnap children. We will kidnap and put the children inside a vehicle and take them away.

“I have kidnapped a lot of children around Berger, Iyana Ipaja, Ikotun, Iyana Iba. I am Temitayo Olafisoye, my colleague is Kayode Akinola. We came from Apata area in Sango, Ibadan. We usually use the children for money rituals.”

The state Police Public Relations Officer, Benjamin Hundeyin, confirmed the incident, adding that the case would be transferred to the State Criminal Investigation and Intelligence Department, Yaba, for further investigation.

“The case is confirmed. The suspect is Kayode Olafisoye, and he is presently at the Ojodu Police Division. His accomplice is on the run and will eventually be arrested. The case will be transferred to the SCIID,” Hundeyin said.

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Toddler’s death: Delta police dismiss suspect’s bail report

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A teacher, Emeka Joshua, alleged to have flogged  a 19-month-old child, Adaeze Obinna, to death, has been granted bail, The Nation has learnt.

He was said to have been granted bail alongside his mother, the proprietress of Arise and Shine Nursery and Primary School, Camp 74, Asaba, Delta State.

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The Nation also learnt that the school, which was closed by the state government, was being renovated in preparation for reopening.

A post by one Harrison Gwamnishu, a human rights activist, on his Facebook page, said the suspects had been released on bail.

But police spokesman Edafe Bright debunked the claim.

“That case was charged to court. So what release are you talking about?” he queried.

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75-year-old American dies in Nigeria 24 hours after arriving to meet 36-year-old husband

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Homicide detectives attached to the Victoria Island Police Station, have launched investigations into the mysterious death of a 75-year-old American identified as Doris Samuel, who died moments after coming to Nigeria to join her 36-year-old husband, Okelue Kingsley.

It was gathered that the deceased came to Nigeria to meet Kingsley so that they would both go to the American Embassy to facilitate his travel documents.

It was learned that on the way to the embassy, the woman suddenly slumped and died inside the Uber car that was taking her and Kingsley to the embassy.

The situation compelled the distraught Kingsley and the Uber driver, identified as Ayodeji Adebisi, 49, to detour to the United States Consulate, Walter Carrington Crescent, Victoria Island, to present the dead body.

According to a Situation Report sighted by our reporter, the incident occurred on May 23, 2022.

However, Samuel was said to have arrived in Nigeria on May 22, 2022.

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Thus, she died less than 24 hours after landing on the shores of Nigeria.

According to a police source, an internal investigator of the United States Consulate, Obayuwana Jelterson, is already investigating the death of Samuel.

Jelterson had escalated the matter to the Victoria Island Police Station, where Kingsley and the Uber driver were detained for further questioning.

The police SITREP states: “On May 23, about 9:30 am, one Obayuwana Jelterson, an internal investigator of United States Consulate, Walter Carrington Crescent, Victoria Island, reported at the station that on the same day about 5:30 am, Okelue Kingsley, 36 years old, brought a corpse of one Doris Samuel, 75 years, an American to the consulate, in a Uber Toyota Corolla Saloon car, with registration number, AKD 494 HH, driven by one Ayodeji Adebisi, 49. The said Kingsley Okelue claimed that the deceased was his wife who arrived in the country on May 22, 2022,  to accompany him to US Embassy for a visa interview.

“However, the woman died in the vehicle while on their way to the embassy for the exercise. Based on the report, a team of detectives visited and photographed the scene. The victim was taken to St. Nicholas Hospital, Lagos Island, where she was confirmed dead by the doctor.

“The corpse was evacuated to Marina General Hospital morgue for autopsy. Meanwhile, the driver and the deceased husband have been taken into custody and an investigation is in progress.”

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Soludo ‘Moves Against IPOB’, Declares Curfew In 7 LGAs

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Governor Charles Soludo of Anambra State

Governor Charles Soludo of Anambra State has declared curfew in seven Local Government Areas of the State to checkmate the excesses of the outlawed Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB).

They are Aguata, Ihiala, Ekwusigo, Nnewi North, Nnewi South, Orumba North and Orumba South.

The governor made the declaration in a statewide broadcast on Wednesday.

He said the curfew, which takes effect from Friday , will be in force until normalcy returns to the affected areas.

“With effect from tomorrow, Friday, 26th May, 2022, a 6pm to 6am curfew is hereby placed on motorcycles (okada), tricycles (keke), and shuttle buses in Aguata, Ihiala, Ekwusigo, Nnewi North, Nnewi South, Ogbaru, Orumba North and Orumba South Local Governments until further notice.”

“Also, motorcycles, keke and shuttle buses are banned from operating in these local governments on Mondays until the Sit-at-Home completely stops,” he said.

He directed the youths in every community in the zone to assist the security agencies in the implementation of the policy, mandating them to seize any such motorcycle or tricycle on the spot.

“The Okada, Keke, and shuttle bus union leaders must take responsibility to report their members who are involved in criminal activities. We shall review this after two weeks, and if members of these unions continue to be involved in criminal activities, the government will have no choice but to either disband the Unions and/or ban them out rightly in the state.

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“No part of Anambra State (house, bush or forest) shall be used as camps for these criminals. Anyone with a gun in a camp is considered a criminal in Anambra State, and the government and people will work with security agencies to flush them out. The State Government shall pursuant to its powers under the Land Use Act revoke and acquire any land found to be harboring these criminals, for public purpose. Henceforth, every community is required to provide information on any part of their land occupied by these criminals as camps. If the community fails to do so, the government will take over such land.

“All communities are hereby charged to take over their communities completely and through the leadership of their Town Unions and Traditional Rulers give weekly security reports (submitted every Friday) to the State Government on the state of security in their communities. The cooperation of the youths in that regard is now imperative. I charge the vigilantes of each community to rise to the occasion and contend with these criminals in your locality whether they are in your bush or the houses in your community. The State Government expects the report of any progress made in this regard and shall support and reward you accordingly.

“Any buildings found to be harboring these kidnappers and murderers who have laid siege on our State will, as provided by Criminal Code (Amendment No.3) Law 2013, be forfeited to the State Government. To that extent, all landlords are hereby directed to proceed on “Operation Know Your Tenant” by keeping appropriate records of their tenants and report anyone suspected of being involved in criminal activities. Each community leadership must keep full register of all tenants in their communities, their occupation, etc and keep an eye on their activities. The State Government shall as an emergency measure, disband the leadership of any community which fails to report criminal activities in their communities or immediately respond to the requests contained in this address.

“All market leaders and stakeholders are hereby charged to join the communities in taking back their territory and monitor the activities in their markets. They are all required to return weekly security reports to the State Government.

“Everybody who either in person or through telephone calls demands cash support or ransom from anyone in furtherance of any criminal activities or groups should immediately be reported to the government via the telephone lines provided.”

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