Operatives of the Ogun State Police Command say they have arrested an 18-year-old female senior secondary school student for allegedly lacing the food of her guardian, one Mrs. Esther Bada with rat poison.
Crime report from the command indicated that the woman ate the food and developed complications, and she was rushed to the hospital.
The state Police Public Relations Officer Abimbola Oyeyemi said the suspect, Tope Fasanya was arrested following a complaint by the victim, who reported that she was served food by her maid and immediately after eating the food,she felt a sharp stomach pain and became very uncomfortable.
He added that the victim said when the pain was becoming so severe, she called the maid to come and eat the remaining food but she refused.
This made her to suspect foul play on the part of the maid.
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After she reported the matter to the police, the victim was quickly taken to Owode- Egba General Hospital, from where she was referred to Federal Medical Centre, Abeokuta for proper medical treatment.
Oyeyemi said the suspect was subsequently arrested.
On interrogation, he said the suspect initially denied and she was transferred to homicide section of the State Criminal Investigation and Intelligence Department, Abeokuta, where she made a confessional statement that she actually added rat poison to the victim’s food.
Oyeyemi added that preliminary investigation revealed that the suspect has been living with the woman since when she was in primary three, and the woman was her class teacher then.
Oyeyemi said, “Following the death of her father, the victim volunteered to help the girl by taking her to live in her house and from there going to school on her bill.
“It was the victim that sponsored the suspect’s education up till her present class.
“When asked why she decided to kill her benefactor, the suspect who described the victim as a very caring person said she only wanted to return to her mother and she can only do that if her guardian is no more.”
Meanwhile, the state Commissioner of Police, Lanre Bankole has directed that the suspect be arraigned in court as soon as investigation is concluded.
Five killed, houses burnt as Abuja traders, okada riders clash
Five people have been reportedly killed and a number of houses set ablaze in a clash between traders and okada riders at Dei Dei, a community in Abuja Municipal Area Council (AMAC) of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT). The clash was said to have started after an accident by a commercial motorcycle operator leading to the death of his passenger.
The traders out of anger reportedly attacked the rider, whom they blamed for recklessness which led to the death of the passenger.
The okada riders colleagues reportedly moved to rescue him from the attackers and the situation degenerated afterwards.
Another account has it that the driver of the trailer which crushed the passenger to death was attacked and some persons mobilised to defend him.
One of the victims confirmed that his house was torched.
Security operatives have moved to the scene to prevent further violence.
The Abuja incident happened at about the time Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu of Lagos State imposed a ban on okada operation in six local government areas of Lagos over the killing of a sound engineer.
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The Lagos State Government has announced a total ban on the operations of commercial motorcycles in six local government areas in the state.
Babajide Sanwo-Olu, governor of Lagos, announced the directive while briefing the state’s security agents on Wednesday.
Local government areas affected by the ban are Ikeja, Surulere, Eti Osa, Lagos Mainland, Lagos Island and Apapa.
The ban is coming just days after some commercial motorcyclists lynched a sound engineer identified as David Imoh in the Lekki axis of Lagos.
The governor said the ban would take effect from June 1, adding that “we want all commercial motorcycles completely off all major roads”.
“A total ban from all the highways in these LGAs and is effective from June 1. This is the phase of banning that we are going to be embarking on so that others know that, within a short while, they either get out or go look for something else to do,” the governor said.
“And from June 1, we are going to list all the LCDAs under these LGAs and publish them. So we are giving the notice now. So everyone can come up with strategies to achieve this. As from June 1, we want all commercial motorcycles completely off all major roads,” he added.
Abuja female Corps member bathed with acid, killed over boyfriend — CP
The Federal Capital Territory Police Command has paraded three suspects in connection with the murder of a female member of the National Youths Service Corps, Stephanie Terungwa.
The Command’s Commissioner, CP Sunday Babaji, confirmed the development when he spoke with newsmen on Monday.
Babaji said the Maitama Division of the Command had on April 15, 2022 received information about the body of a middle-aged lady lying on the road.
Babaji said that Crime Scene Investigators were swiftly drafted upon the receipt of the information and removed the body to the hospital, where she was confirmed dead by a doctor on duty.
He said the initial effort to facially profile the victim proved abortive due to her deformed face suspected to have resulted from exposure to a corrosive substance.
The CP said that discrete investigation revealed that the deceased was Terungwa, a 26-year-old Corps member who resides in City Homes Estate, Lokogoma with one Edward Achadu.
He said it was discovered that she left home with her one-year and five-months-old son on April 14 and never returned home.
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Babaji said: “A day later, the son was recovered at Holy Trinity Catholic Church upon a call placed through to one of the paternal relatives.
“Discrete and painstaking Investigations by Tactical and Intelligence assets of the Command attached to the Homicide Section of the State Criminal Investigations Department led to the arrest of three suspects.”
He said that the suspects included a 26-year-old female, a 36-year-old male and another male of about 35 years old, all residents of Oguta Lake, Maitama area of the FCT.
Babaji said the suspects criminally conspired and murdered the victim to separate her from Edward Achadu to pave way for the female suspect and estranged lover of Edward, Jenifer Temba, to have him to herself.
According to him, investigation has been intensified to reveal groundbreaking facts that could lead to the arrest of fleeing participant(s) in this criminal act.
He said the suspects would be charged to court upon the conclusion the investigation.
The female suspect told newsmen that the deceased only came to her house to collect phone the day she was found dead and denied any involvement in the act.
She said the male suspects were the ones that told her that they wanted to kidnap the deceased to demand for ransom.
However, another suspect, who said he was a colleague of the female suspect, told newsmen that she invited him to help her scare the deceased from her man.
He said the only role he played was to open the gate for the late Corps member when she came to Temba’s house.
He claimed that he met two other men who tied the deceased before he departed from the premises, adding that he later heard of the murder of the deceased.
Another male suspect said he was contracted by the female suspect to help her scare the deceased alongside his friend currently at large.
He said he did not kill the deceased, adding that he held and tied her as instructed by the female suspect before leaving the house.
He said that the female suspect called him up later in the night to come to her house, adding that be met the deceased in a terrible state bathed with acid.
According to him, the female suspect was crying and saying she didn’t know why she killed the decreased.
He said: “She held my leg and was begging me to help her dispose off the body after which she called someone who brought a car for her.
“The person left the car, which we later used to carry the body to where we dumped it at about 3am.”
He said that the female suspect paid him the sum of N100,000.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the command also paraded two suspected kidnappers/bandits arrested during a raid on their hideouts in part of FCT.
The CP said the command’s’ anti-kidnapping unit in a concerted effort with local hunters had on April 14, 2022 stormed a kidnappers camp in Zago Forest in Niger State bordering FCT via Adagba Village, Abuja.
Babaji said the team overpowered the criminals and arrested two suspected bandits aged 18 and 20, while many escaped the camp with bullet wounds.
According to him, the team dislodged the camp, rescued one Usman Isah, a 23-year-old male of Lapai village, Niger State, who had been in captivity for 20 days.
He said: “They recovered three AK 47 riffles with breeches No. 5662, 088425-89 and NK 6172 with Seven (7) Magazines containing eighteen (18) rounds of 7.62mm live ammunition, and One GPMG with 101 MG rounds.
“Effort is ongoing to apprehend fleeing suspects and upon the conclusion of the investigation, suspects will be charged to court.”
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