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Police arrest teacher in Delta for allegedly flogging 19-month-old baby to death



PROPRIETRESS and a Teacher of Arise Nursery and Primary School, Asaba, Delta State, have been arrested by the Police for reportedly flogging a 19-months-old child to death.

The deceased pupil who was identified as Obinna was allegedly given 31 strokes of the cane by the suspect for playing with water and getting wet.

The pupil was said to have fallen into a coma after receiving 31 strokes of the cane from the teacher.

Police Public Relations Officer in the State, DSP Bright Edafe who confirmed the incident, however, said only the teacher was arrested, adding that the matter was being investigated.

Disclosing that the victim died on Saturday, Edafe said the suspect was the school proprietor’s son.

He said: “We have the suspect who is the son of the owner of the school in our custody. He is a teacher in the school.

“But I wonder how a teacher would flog a pupil 31 strokes of the cane. I am only hearing it from the media that it was 31 strokes of the cane.

“The question is was anybody there to count the strokes while the flogging was on?”.

It was alleged in some quarters that the flogging was perpetrated by the school proprietress herself.

Meanwhile,  the Delta State Government has sealed up Arise Nursery and Primary School where the pupil was allegedly flogged to death, (names withheld), adding that the school was operating without approval.

The State Commissioner for Primary Education, Mr Chika Ossai, who spoke while sealing up the school, said the state government would not relent in its efforts in ensuring that all illegal schools across the state are closed down.

The commissioner who spoke through the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry, Mr Austin Oghoro, said the school was not registered and not recognised by the Delta state government.

While sympathizing with the family of the deceased,  the Commissioner said the state government would investigate the circumstances surrounding the death of the child.

He disclosed that police has arrested the proprietress of the school and her son who were involved in the alleged crime.

Advocates for Children and Vulnerable People Network alleged that little Obinna’s hands and legs were tied before the flogging started.

Chief Operating Officer of the network, Ebenezer Omejalile who blew it open,  said the suspect and the proprietor were initially arrested but released due to agreement with the victim’s family.

Omejalile said the suspects were re-arrested on Saturday after the baby died.

3 nabbed in Edo over kidnap, torture of web developer

Meanwhile, police operatives in Edo State have arrested three persons while others are at large over the kidnap and torture of a 23-year-old electrical engineer and a website developer, Franklyn Onoaghakpote.

The  police action was a sequel to a petition by Onoaghakpote to the Commissioner of Police, Philip Ogbadu, alleging a case of conspiracy and kidnap against a client he identified as Michael.

The Police Public Relations Officer, Bello Kontongs, while confirming the arrest said an investigation was ongoing.

Narrating his ordeal to journalists, yesterday, Onoaghakpote said valuables worth N20 million were lost to the kidnappers.

He said he was beaten and abducted to a popular hotel and lounge along Okhoro Street in Benin City where he was brutalised for hours.

He said: “I am into web development. I owned a programming company called FJM Creative Developer World.

“On February 10, 2022, a client called Michael requested to see me concerning a website I developed for him two years ago but when I got there, I waited for him only for him to appear with about 20 boys who abducted me with guns.

“They blindfolded me, tied my hands and took me to an uncompleted building where they started beating me and forcefully took valuables from me.

Among the items collected from him he said are “two Samsung S21, iPhone 6, my bank transfer PIN and then transferred N4,900,000 from my GT Bank account to a Polaris Bank account, $15,000 worth of bitcoin, gold necklace and hand chain.

“They took me to a river, stripped me naked and started beating me again. After the beating, they blindfolded me again, took me to a room where I was kept for seven hours and were calling my parents for a ransom of N16 million that if my parents refused to pay the money they would kill me.

“They put a call to somebody they said is their father, who they claimed is a retired military man, he ordered them to shoot my legs but they ended up hitting my legs with planks before I was released to go at about 2.30 am of February 11, 2022.



JUST IN: Lagos extends okada ban to Mushin, Oshodi-Isolo, Kosofe, Somolu



Lagos State Government has extended its ban on commercial motorcycle (okada) operation to four more local governments, making a total of 10 the number of local government areas where no okada riding will be permitted with effect from September 1.

The government had initially banned okada in six LGAs of the state to curtail the rate of road accidents and crime using motorcycles.

The state government said on Thursday it had added four LGAs and six local community development areas to the list of the routes restricted to okada.

Lagos State Governor, Babajidr Sanwo-Olu, said full enforcement of the ban in the new areas would take effect from September 1, 2022.

The four LGAs and six LCDAs are: Kosofe Local Government (Ikosi-Isherri LCDA

and Agboyi-Ketu LCDA), Oshodi-Isolo Local Government (Isolo LCDA), Shomolu Local Government (Bariga LCDA) and Mushin Local Government (Odi-Olowo LCDA).

Ealier, the state government had restricted the okada riders from operating in Ikeja, Surulere, Eti-Osa, Lagos Mainland, Lagos Island and Apapa local government areas.

With 20 local governments in the state, only 10 LGAs are left for commercial motorcycle operators to do their business.

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No part of Lagos is under any lockdown – Lagos police



The Lagos State Police Command has denied reports that some parts of the state is under a partial lockdown as a preventive measure against security threats.

Spokesman for the command, Benjamin Hundeyin, stated this in a series of tweets on Thursday in a reaction emanating from a Wednesday’s statement credited to the state’s Commissioner of Police, Abiodun Alabi.

Alabi was on Wednesday reported to have said that there was a partial lockdown of the state by security agencies due to the threats of attacks by unknown gunmen.

He was claimed to have said this in Lagos during the state stakeholders’ forum on police accountability quarterly meeting and awards.

But the state PPRO Hundeyin in a response via Twitter said, “@LagosPoliceNG Commissioner of Police, CP Abiodun Alabi, fdc only affirmed that entry and exit points are being closely monitored by security agencies to forestall any security breach in the state.

“He gave this assurance while answering a question bothering on police stop-and-search in some parts of Lagos State. NO PART OF LAGOS IS ON LOCKDOWN, PARTIAL OR TOTAL.

“All residents of Lagos State are enjoined to go about their lawful duties without fear; while remaining vigilant and observing situational awareness at all times.”

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Man ‘Selling Hard Drugs on Jiji’ Arrested in Abuja



Orakwe Chibuike Celestine

Orakwe Chibuike Celestine, the MD/CEO of Marvelrock Pharmaceuticals and Stores Ltd., has been arrested by the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) for selling illicit and controlled drugs on, a popular e-commerce platform.

The arrest was made known in a statement by Femi Babafemi, the NDLEA’s director of media and advocacy, on Wednesday.

Orakwe, a University of Abuja graduate, registered the pharmaceutical company on December 16, 2014, with the certificate and support of a licensed pharmacist, who opted out of the deal in 2017, according to Babafemi.

“The suspect continued running the business and enrolled it on platform in 2019. He, however, came under NDLEA’s radar in October 2021 when he advertised many pharmaceutical products such as Tramadol, Ketamine Hydrochloride injection, and Hypnox flunitrazepam tablets, among others, on the online marketplace,” Babafemi said.


“Between 26th October 2021 and 8th August 2022, the team of anti-narcotic officers assigned to investigate Orakwe’s drug business activities was able to establish the suspect was selling Tramadol 225mg and other illicit/controlled drugs through the e-commerce platform.

“As a result, the suspect was arrested with some quantities of Tramadol and Swiphnol brand of Rohypnol on Monday 8th August at a drink joint in Jabi area of Abuja where he had gone to make some supplies of orders made through his online channel on”

While reacting to the development, Mohammed Marwa, the NDLEA chairman, said the “painstaking investigation and process of arresting the businessman” should send a strong message to those hiding behind the internet to engage in marketing and selling of illicit/controlled drugs.

“The agency will definitely get them to face the consequences of their action,” he said.


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