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Man confesses killing cousin, friend, body parts sold to ritualists

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Man confesses killing cousin, friend, body parts sold to ritualists

Detectives from Ondo State Police Command have arrested a middle-aged man, Dolapo Babalola, who allegedly confessed to killing his childhood friend, Opeyemi Oyelakin, before stealing his motorcycle.

Babalola who said he sold the motorcycle in Ibadan, also confessed to selling Opeyemi’s body part to ritualists in Ibadan, Oyo state capital

The suspect also reportedly confessed to killing his cousin and three other people but said he could not confirm if all his victims died after hitting them with sticks or stones before stealing their motorcycles.

But Police investigations revealed that Babalola also operated in Kabba, Kogi where he killed an Okada rider and killed another victim in Ife along Ilesha road in Osun state in April 2023.

The police said: “In June 2023, he killed another motorcyclist at Ondo town and dumped the corpse at a farm at Oboto bush along Bolorunduro road, Ondo town while in October 2023 the suspect and one Sikiru Mutiu aka S.K killed his childhood friend, dismembered his body and handed them to herbalists identified as Mujeeb Lawal and Shina Ojo for rituals.

“The duo of Abiola Olatunji Toheeb and Ayegbajeje Micheal who are receivers of stolen items and one Oyediran Waheed Olaitan who helps in the production of fake documents to aid the selling of the stolen motorcycles have been arrested.

Babalola while speaking said, ” Seven motorcycles have been retrieved from the receivers while one suspect is still at large. I have killed five persons including my cousin and my friend, and snatched their motorcycles.

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“I killed Opeyemi who is my friend, and sold the motorcycle to one man at Ibadan called Toheed. I do not sell human parts but I took part of one of my victims’ bodies to an herbalist in Ondo who promised to give me an Ifa Oracle.

“At the point where we snatched motorcycles, anyone who struggled with me in the process got hit on the head with a fat stone and a stick. The herbalists said they used the body parts to prepare spiritual soap.

The police also arrested one Adetokunbo Adesina, who claimed to have been hired to kill over 500 persons, after collecting N110,000 from his victim.

According to police investigation, Adetokunbo claimed to have been assigned by the three members of staff of the victim who hired him to kill her.

“Out of fear, the victim sent the sum of ₦110,000 to the account forwarded to her. Through Technical assistance, he was arrested.

“But the suspect claimed he was sick and needed money to carry out a surgical operation and decided to use the threat as a means to extort the victim because she refused to employ him in her pure water factory.”

Similarly, the Ondo Police Commissioner, Peter Abayomi, said a 30-year-old man, Abdullahi Fatai, who was alleged to have killed his wife, was also arrested.

He said: “Preliminary investigation revealed that the suspect and his wife Olayode Morenike (late) had always quarreled over the issue of going to check on her child in her former marriage.

The suspects after allegedly killing the deceased took pictures of the body and locked the corpse in the house till late night before raising an alarm.”

Man confesses killing cousin, friend, body parts sold to ritualists

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Host of Lagos birthday party arrested over guest death

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Lagos Police Public Relations Officer, Benjamin Hundeyin

Host of Lagos birthday party arrested over guest death

A woman, Salisu Aishat, and seven others have been arrested in connection with the death of a yet-to-be-identified man in the Ijora Badia area of Lagos State.

PUNCH Metro gathered on Wednesday that Aishat was celebrating her birthday when she invited some guests to join her in the felicitation on Olayemi Street, Ijora Badia.

Our correspondent gathered that people were busy having fun during the celebration when the victim was suddenly found lying unconscious on the floor where the event was taking place.

In a bid to ascertain his condition, it was learnt that people moved closer to investigate what had happened to him and while assessing the victim, a wound was seen on his head, suggesting that something sinister had happened to him.

Speaking with our correspondent, a source who does not want his name mentioned in print for fear of victimisation said the development threw people who attended the party into confusion.

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The source added that a fight broke out during the party and there was a possibility that the victim was injured during the fight.

The source said, “There was a party on Olayemi Street, Ijora Badia, and a fight broke out during the celebration. Suddenly, the man was found lying down on the ground and when people moved closer to him, they discovered he had died and a wound was on his head.

“The case was reported at the Ijora Badia Division and when policemen got to the scene and did their investigation, they arrested the celebrant who organised the party and some other persons.”

The state Police Public Relations Officer, Benjamin Hundeyin, when contacted, said the incident happened around 9.10 pm on April 16, 2024, and that it was a concerned member of the community who reported the case to the police.

He added, “Immediately, the DPO led his patrol team to the scene and the celebrant, Salisu Aishat, and seven others were arrested. A wound was discovered on the head of the corpse.

“The corpse was evacuated and deposited in the Mainland Hospital morgue, Yaba, for preservation and autopsy. The investigation is ongoing.”

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Two abducted daughters of Zamfara lawmaker rescued after 17 months in captivity

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Two abducted daughters of Zamfara lawmaker rescued after 17 months in captivity

The Nigeria Police Force (NPF) has rescued the two daughters of Hon. Aminu Ardo, a member of the Zamfara state House of Assembly, after they were held captive for 17 months.

Maryam, 10, and Nana Asma’u, eight, were handed over to their father at the Force Headquarters in Abuja on Wednesday.

The Deputy Force Public Relations Officer (PRO), CSP Isuku Victor, stated that the rescue was made possible through the collaborative efforts of various security agencies, coordinated by the Office of the National Security Adviser (ONSA).

According to the police, the children were initially abducted by their mother and other siblings, but fortunately, the mother managed to escape with the other children, leaving Maryam and Nana behind.

Victor said: “In November 2022, the quiet village of Jangebe in Talata Mafara local government area of Zamfara State, was shattered by an act of violence that would forever change the lives of one family. Armed bandits, riding over 60 motorcycles, invaded the residence of Honourable Aminu Ardo, a member of the Zamfara State House of Assembly. In a brutal display of terror, they abducted his wife, Hauwa’u, and their four young children: Maryam, Nana Asma’u, Ummul Khairi, and Abdulrazaq.

“The abductees were taken to an unknown forest in Katsina State, enduring a harrowing journey by foot and motorcycle; throughout their captivity, these children were sustained on meagre rations of maize and salt, drinking water from a nearby stream.

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“While in captivity, Hauwa’u gave birth under extremely harsh conditions, but tragically, the newborn did not survive. Despite the unbearable circumstances, Hauwa’u’s strength and resolve remained unbroken. One night, during the rainy season of 2023, she managed to unchain herself and escape with two of her children, Ummul Khairi and Abdulrazaq. However, Maryam and Nana Asma’u were left behind, still in the grip of their captors.”

Speaking further, the police said under the Renewed Hope Agenda of President Bola Tinubu’s administration, there has been a robust focus on security reforms aimed at enhancing the effectiveness and responsiveness of the country’s security architecture.

He said: “Today’s briefing on the successful rescue operation is a direct result of these strategic initiatives stemming from leveraging advanced intelligence from our Force Intelligence Department and operational tactics from the Anti-Kidnapping Squad, Katsina Command as well as tactical support from the Nigerian Airforce 215 FOB, Funtua, which led to locating and safe rescue of these minors.

“While we celebrate this successful rescue, we remain acutely aware of the ongoing challenges in our fight against kidnapping and other forms of violent crimes. Let me emphasize that the Nigeria Police Force, under the leadership of IGP Kayode Egbetokun, is more determined than ever, to tackle kidnapping and other violent crimes head-on. Our zeal is evident in our relentless pursuit of criminals, our strategic deployment of resources, and our commitment to adopting the latest technologies and intelligence-gathering methods.

“We are resolute in our quest to dismantle criminal networks and ensure that justice is served leveraging on the dedication of our officers and intelligence sharing and synergy between the Nigeria Police Force and other law enforcement agencies as well as timely support from the community

“To the families affected by these crimes, we express our deepest sympathies and assurances that your pain is our pain. Your resilience in the face of such adversity inspires us to intensify our efforts. We stand with you, and we will continue to fight tirelessly to ensure that no child, no mother, no father, no family has to endure such horrors again.”

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ISWAP kills police DPO in Borno

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Police Public Relations Officer in Borno, ASP Kenneth Daso

ISWAP kills police DPO in Borno

The Divisional Police Officer of New Marte in Marte Local Government Area of Borno State has been killed by members of the Islamic State of West Africa Province (ISWAP).

It was gathered that the DPO, a Superintendent of Police, was killed on Monday night while defending the police station at the resettled community from the terrorists who sneaked into the community on foot in the middle of the night.

Confirming the death on Wednesday, the spokesman for the Borno State Police Command, Nahun Kenneth, said the Command is still gathering details of the attack.

However, a military personnel serving in New Marte told Channels TV that the terrorists targeted one of the residents of the community who got hint and ran to the police station for protection.

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The military personnel said the terrorists got into the town on foot without their usual motorcycles and vehicles.

New Marte is 93 kilometers from Maiduguri at the fringes of the Lake Chad region. It is a resettled community which was initially overrun by the terrorists but was rebuilt by Professor Babagana Zulum administration.

ISWAP and rival group Boko Haram still launch sporadic ambushes on convoys from their hideouts and plant landmines along the highway.

In January, 17 people were killed along the highway in two separate mine blasts that were blamed on jihadists. Ten more people were killed by a landmine in April.

Nigeria’s grinding conflict has killed 40,000 and displaced around two million from their homes in the northeast since 2009. The violence has spilled over into neighbouring Niger, Chad and Cameroon.

The recent military coups in Mali, Niger and Burkina Faso and subsequent withdrawal of French and US troops from the Sahel to Nigeria’s north have heightened concerns over regional instability and violence extending further into coastal West African states.

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