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Hotelier, one other in Ogun Police net for stealing company bus



Bankole Taiwo, Abeokuta

A 47-year old hotelier, Paul Niwa and one Michael Odunayo have been arrested by men of Ogun State Police Command for stealing a bus belonging to A&G Logistics Transport Company Sagamu.

The Spokesman of the state police command, SP Abimbola Oyeyemi who disclosed this on Sunday, said that Paul and Michael were arrested following a report over the missing bus lodged at Ewu-Oliwo divisional headquarters Sagamu on the 21st of April 2023 by one Anifowose Kazeem.

Kazeem was said to have reported that he was the driver in-charge of a T4 Volkswagen bus with registration number AAB 22 XB, and that while driving the said vehicle from Abeokuta towards Shagamu at about 1 a.m on the said day, the vehicle developed a mechanical fault at Sagamu interchange forcing him to park it by the roadside with the intention of coming with a mechanic in the morning to fix it.

He explained further that he was however surprised when he got to the scene the following morning and the bus was no longer there and that all efforts to find it proved abortive.

Upon the report, the DPO Ewu-Oliwo division, CSP Toyosi Bello was said to have detailed detectives to unravel those behind the disappearance of the said vehicle.

The police detectives were said to have embarked on technical and intelligence based investigation and were able to traced the missing vehicle to the compound of A@Z hotel at Elediye village Shagamu, where the vehicle had been butchered into pieces to be sold in parts.

The owner of the hotel, Paul Niwa was allegedly said to be there and was promptly arrested and taken to custody.

His arrest was said to have led to the apprehension of the second suspect 27-year old Michael Odunayo.

On interrogation, Michael Odunayo allegedly confessed to the police that it was himself and one Eri Adeyemi, who is now at large, that towed the vehicle away from where it was parked at about 2 a.m and took it to Paul Niwa, who happened to be a regular buyer of such stolen vehicle and he bought it at the rate of N300,000.

The police disclosed further that preliminary investigation has revealed that Paul Niwa is an alleged serial receiver of stolen vehicles, which he used to dismember and sell in pieces or parts.

Meanwhile, the Acting Commissioner of Police, DCP Babakura Muhammed, has ordered the immediate transfer of the suspects to State Criminal Investigation Departments for further investigation.

He also directed that the remaining member of the gang, Eri Adeyemi be hunted and brought to book.


Two farmers jailed for assault, attempted extortion



An Area Court in Jos on Friday sentenced two farmers, Samaila Zanko, 24, and Umar Abubakar, 36, to three months imprisonment each for assault and extortion.

The judge, Mr Shawomi Bokkos, sentenced Zanko and Abubakar after they pleaded guilty to assault and attempted extortion.

Bokkos, however, gave each of them an option to pay a fine of N10,000.

Earlier, the Prosecution Counsel, Monday Dabit told the court that the case was reported on Sept. 11 at the office of the Police Anti-Kidnapping Unit, Jos, by the complainant, Malam Saudi Abdullahi.

The prosecutor said that the convicts beat up the complainant after invading his house.

He told the court that the convicts also demanded N3 million from the complainant as a “settlement fee”and threatened to beat him up if he refused to comply.

Dabit said that the offence contravened the provisions of the Plateau Penal Code.

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Family of Gandu attack victim in Nasarawa begs Gov. Sule, others for assistance



The family of Isa Yusuf, a victim of a military shoot-out with suspected kidnappers in the Gandu area of the Lafia metropolis, Nasarawa State, has appealed for help.

Isa Yusuf was shot and left at the Dalhatu Araf Specialist Hospital (DASH), Lafia after a rescue mission went awry.

According to Salihu Yusuf, the elder brother of the victim, Isa went to rescue a kidnapped relative in Gandu, only to be mistaken for fleeing kidnappers by military operatives. The encounter resulted in Isa being shot three times.

The family, expressing understanding of the military’s duty, is struggling with the escalating medical expenses.

Salihu Yusuf stated the family has already spent over ₦200,000 on tests and scanning, with indications that one of the shots affected Isa’s spinal cord, necessitating a referral to a hospital in Jos, Plateau State.

Isa, a painter and electrician, not only faces health challenges but also cares for four children left behind by a late brother.

The family, unable to bear the medical costs alone, is reaching out to well-meaning individuals, with a special plea to Governor Abdullahi Sule for assistance.

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Student jailed for theft in Jos



An area court in Jos, Plateau State capital, on Friday, sentenced a 23-year-old student, David Longji, to three months imprisonment for stealing a solar panel.

The judge, Mr Shawomi Bokkos, sentenced Longji after he pleaded guilty to theft.

Bokkos, however, gave him the option to pay N20,000 as a fine.

Earlier, the Prosecution Counsel, Insp Ibrahim Gokwat, told the court that the case was reported on October 16 at the Anglo-Jos Police Station by one Livinus James, the complainant.

The prosecutor said the convict stole the solar panel from a company and was caught while trying to sell it.

Gokwat said the offence contravened the provisions of the Plateau Penal Code.

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