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Clearing agent jailed for life for sexual assault on schoolgirl

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An Ikeja Sexual Offences and Domestic Violence Court on Wednesday sentenced a clearing and forwarding agent, Opeyemi Olasehan, to life imprisonment for sexually assaulting  a 10-year-old schoolgirl inside a commercial bus.

It was reported that Justice Abiola Soladoye held that prosecution  proved beyond reasonable doubt the charge of sexual assault by penetration against Olasehan.

Soladoye said that testimony of the minor/survivor was corroborated with a medical report and evidence of Prosecution Witness Two (PW2), the survivor’s father.

She said: ” The survivor said that, on her way to school, she stopped a commercial bus but it was full, and the defendant offered to ‘lap’ her.

“She said she suddenly screamed out that the defendant inserted his finger into her vagina.

“The bus passengers ordered the driver to drive to a nearby police station and the defendant was arrested.

“Under cross-examination, evidence of the survivor was found to be truthful as  she was taken to a hospital where medical examination was conducted on her.”

She held that there  was no ambiguity in the testimony of the PW2 who told the court that  coincidentally, a teacher from the school of her daughter, who was in the commercial bus, witnessed what happened.

She added that a medical report from Mirabel Medical  Centre revealed reddened vagina which was in keeping with forceful vaginal penetration.

According to her, the medical report and the confessional statement of the defendant was admitted in evidence without no objection from defence.

“The survivor said she felt a sharp pain in her vagina and she shouted.

“The defendant, in his testimony, denied the offence but he admitted making a statement which was admitted in evidence as Exhibit P.

“To the mind of this court, the defendant’s  statement and evidence are contradictory.

“The defendant, in truth, inserted his finger into the survivor’s vagina and the medical report is a pointer,” she held.

Soladoye further said that the testimony of the survivor was cogent, compelling and convincing.

According to her,  prosecution  established the ingredients of sexual assault by penetration against the defendant.

“The defendant is hereby found guilty as charged, and he is hereby sentenced to life imprisonment.

“He should have his name registered in the sexual offences register as maintained by Lagos State Government,” She said.

The judge urged parents to caution their children against sitting on strangers’ laps.

“Children ought not to sit on laps of strangers, as we have dirty men and  dirty women.”

Lagos  State counsel, Mrs Olufunke Adegoke, called two witnesses against the convict  and tendered two documents during trial.

The convict testified as the sole witness in the trial.

The convict wailed profusely while being escorted by  prison officials out of the  court.

According to Lagos State Government which prosecuted the case, the offence contravenes Section 261 of its Criminal Law  and  attracts life imprisonment on conviction.

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Police arrest 132 suspects in two months in Kano

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By Aminu Garko, Kano

No fewer than 178 suspects were picked by officers and men of Kano state Police Command for cimmitting various crimes at different locations of the state within the period of two months.

This was revealed by the state Commissioner of Police, Alhaji Usaini Gumel, while speaking with newsmen in Kano on Friday.

According to him, between January 1 and March 1, 2024,   11  kidnapping suspects; nine suspected illegal forex hawkers; 25 suspected drug dealers; 15 motor vehicles thieves; five tricycles thieves; 10  motorcycle thieves; four  human trafficking suspects; two suspected fraudsters; 22 suspected thieves; 65 suspected thugs (Yan-Daba), were arrested by the police.

CP Gumel hinted that police rescued four kidnapping victims and two  human trafficking victims.

According to him, itens recovered from the suspects include: two  AK-47 rifles; one  locally made Pump Action and four  live cartridges; four  motor  vehicles; three tricycles; 10 Motorcycles; 56 Cows; 90 Sheep; 18 knives; 12 cutlasses and five sharp Iron (Dan-bida); 100 pieces of suspected Tramadol tablets; six  bags,10 parcels and 126 wraps of dried leaves suspected to be Indian Hemp; seven packets; 183 pieces of suspected Rubber Solutions; 123 pieces of suspected Exol tablets; 65 bottles of Suck and Die; 36ATM cards; one  Plasma TV; 26 pieces of women wrappers.; 12 Solar Panel; six  Toyota Master Keys.

He hinted that the Kano Police Command has been supported to fight to finish  against over two decades of public outcry on cases of missing children, abduction and kidnapping of minors.”

CP Gumel said: “Trans-border syndicates of Motor Vehicle thieves have also been smashed and dismantled with the arrest and recovery of a large number of vehicles.”

“The chain of illicit drugs dealings has also been dismembered. Many drug dealers were arrested and a large number of some of the illicit drugs were recovered.”

“There is “NO MORE DABA A KANO” as the local but popular saying goes. What it means is that the police command is on top of the situation of carefully checkmating petty thieves and street thugs popularly called in local parlance “Yan-Daba”.

“On banditry along the 17  front-line states border Local Government Areas, the command has engaged with the sister security services in in series of raids and joint operations and have cleared their camps and hideouts through which they were infiltrating in to the soft targets locations. At this point banditry, kidnapping and related crimes has reduced significantly.”

CP Gunel further stated that: “The seasonal farmers and herders clashes prevalent in Makoda, Sumaila and Tudun Wada LGAs have been pushed to the wall with continuous community policing engagements.

“With the inauguration of Police Duties Solicitor Scheme (PDSS) this month, there is effective management of service delivery from police arrests to investigations and prosecution of offenders leading to significant victories in all courts from Magistrates, Sharia, and the various High Courts throughout the State.

“Robust Collaborative  Policing and the sustained synergy with all security agencies in the State has been one of the vehicles yielding the positive results the police command is achieving.

” Alll these achievements by the Kano State Police Command is as a result of the compliance and following up with the vision, mission and guidance of the Inspector-General of Police, IGP Kayode Adeolu Egbetokun, PhD, NPM.”

“On the overall, the police command is determined to sustain its three-fold result-oriented strategies, vis-a-vis; open-door policy, professionalism and zero tolerance for corruption and to continue with the implementation of its Action Plan for the year 2024 that incorporates honest collaboration, intelligence-led, community-based and as well as visibility policing to meet the demand of the dynamic nature of crimes in line with international standards and best practices.”

According to him: “The Police Command is also determined to strengthen its Public Relations Unit in rolling out massive public enlightenment and sensitization programs in the radio, television, other conventional and new media.”

“The Complaint Response Unit (CRU) of the Command established and equipped with modern gadgets and equipment is for reporting Kano Police Command Officers’ misconduct and prompt response to complaints.”

“The Command must acknowledge the fact that all forms of crimes have been reduced drastically in the State. This is a courtesy of the cordial relationship between the Police, the public, and other security agencies.”

“I  must appreciate the Kano State Government, the good people of Kano State, other security agencies, the Media, Traditional Rulers, Religious Leaders,  Members of the Police Community Relations Committee (PCRC), Civil Society Organizations (CSOs), Civil Liberty Organizations (CLOs), Special Constables, Vigilante Groups and our Community Policing Stakeholders for the prayers, support, encouragement and cooperation. Currently, with a geometric reduction in crime and a stable and peaceful atmosphere in the state, the command will continue to sustain the tempo of fighting all criminal activities in the state.”

“Finally, I urged everyone to keep reporting any suspicious movement of person(s) or item(s) they come across to the nearest Police Station or through the following Kano State Police Command emergency contact numbers:-  08032419754, 08123821575, 09029292926, or log-in to the NPF Rescue Me Application available in the Play Store, or through the following Online Media Platforms.”

“Facebook: Kano State Police Command
Twitter: Kano State Police Command (@KanoPoliceNG)
Instagram: Kano State Police Command
Tiktok: Kano State Police Command.”

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Military airstrikes kill 3 top ISWAP commanders, over 80 others

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The Defense Headquarters, says the Air Component of Operation Hadin Kai, eliminated three notorious commanders,  known as Abacha, Bakura and Babangida as well as 22 other jihadists.

The Director, Defense Media Operations, Maj.-Gen. Edward Buba, who made this known while giving update on  operations of the armed forces on Thursday in Abuja, added that the airstrike was in Marte Local Government Area of Borno.

Buba said the air strike was conducted on Feb. 19, after the terrorists were trailed to a remote village at Arinna Woje.

He said bodies of the three commanders including; Abacha, Bakura, an indigene of Jibularam, Babangida as well as 22 other jihadists were later recovered a day after the strikes.

Buba said the air component of Operation Hadarin Daji also launched strikes on terrorists who hijacked two articulated vehicles along Gurbin Baure-Jibia road on Feb. 20.

He said the terrorists diverted the vehicles and drivers to a forest feeder road at Dogon Karfe location in Katsina.

According to him, as a result of the strike, the drivers of the trucks and other victims escaped from the scene while some of the food stuff were salvaged.

He added that an air interdiction missions on Feb. 21 at Rugar Gamji and an abandoned primary school near Gidan Gwanki in Katsina, successfully destroyed and neutralised about 30 terrorists with their motorcycles that were hidden in the abandoned structures.

“On same day, seven motorcycle-riding terrorists were also neutralised at Gidan Guga in Katsina.

“On Feb. 24, air interdiction was conducted at Tsora Hill in Safana Local Government Area of Katsina. Feedback received confirmed that over 20 terrorists were neutralised,” he said.

Buba said the air component of Operation Delta Safe also eliminated a kidnap kingpin, David Okpolowu, widely recognised as “2 Baba” in an airstrike in Ahoada Forest in Rivers.

He said that Okpolowu was notorious for terrorising the state and neighboring areas, adding that the airstrike was part of  joint operations with the Nigerian Police in Port Harcourt.

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Man, 53, jailed for scamming two individuals of N1.2m

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By Sodiq Adelakun

A 53-year-old man named Tunde George has been sentenced to two years in prison by the Surulere Chief Magistrates’ Court in Lagos. George was found guilty of defrauding two individuals seeking accommodation of a total of N1.2 million.

The presiding Magistrate, Mrs Sanusi Adagun, handed down the sentence after George pleaded guilty to charges of obtaining money by false pretenses and stealing.

In addition to the prison term, Adagun also gave George the option of paying back the sum of N625,000 and N635,000 to the victims within 14 days. Failure to do so would result in him serving the full prison sentence.

It was gathered that the convict was initially arraigned on Feb. 19.

George, who resides at No 17, Iyabo St., Sari Iganmu, Lagos, pleaded with the court to temper justice with mercy in sentencing him.

The Prosecutor, Insp Courage Ekhueorohan, had told the court earlier, that George committed the offences on July 21, 2023 at Sari Iganmu Road, Orile Lagos.

He said that George, fraudulently obtained the sum of N1.2 million from Ugwute Stephen and Abigael Oyiloye, under the pretext of renting out a self-contained apartment to them.

Ekhueorhan said that the offences, contravened sections 287 and 314 (3) of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, 2015.

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