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Lagos: Police arrest woman for allegedly abducting one-month-old baby

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By Adeyanju Esther

The Lagos State Police Command has apprehended a 21-year-old woman, identified simply as Blessing, for allegedly kidnapping a one-month-old baby boy.

Confirming the arrest, the command’s Public Relations Officer, SP Benjamin Hundeyin, informed journalists on Wednesday that the mother of the baby, whose identity remains undisclosed, reported the incident to the Elere Police Division on Monday around 2:30 pm.

According to Hundeyin, the mother stated that on Saturday around 7:00 am, while she was asleep at home with her baby, Blessing allegedly stole the child.

Subsequently, Hundeyin revealed that the suspect purportedly attended a church service to testify about her newborn, leading to the discovery and recovery of the baby.

“Investigations into the matter are currently underway,” he said.

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Police kill bandit, arrest three in Abuja

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Police officers from the Federal Capital Territory have killed a bandit and arrested three during a clearance operation.

The police during the operation stormed an identified hideout of kidnappers in Chikara, a community that shares a border with Kogi State.

This, however, led to a gun duel with the suspects.

The police in a statement on Saturday by the FCT command spokesperson, Josephine Adeh identified the arrested suspects as Mahammadu Isa, Likita Idris, and Isiyaku Muhammedu.

The statement read, “In the continuous effort against criminality in FCT, operatives from Utako Divisional headquarters stormed an identified kidnappers hideouts in Chikara, Kogi state bordering FCT, and Zuba, Abuja, in a streak of clearance operation between June 8 and 13, 2024, and arrested three suspects: Mahammadu Isa, 27 ‘m’ of Dantata Abuja, Likita Idris, 27 ‘m’ of Kogi state, and Isiyaku Muhammedu, 22 ‘m’ of Kogi State.

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27-year-old sentenced to two years for illicit drug possession in Kaduna

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By Adeyanju Esther

The Federal High Court in Kaduna sentenced 27-year-old Williams David to two years in prison for possessing illicit drugs. The judgement was delivered on Thursday by Justice Hadiza Shagari.

David, apprehended by the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA), faced charges of possessing illegal substances. He admitted guilt, requested leniency, and expressed a desire to reform.

Justice Shagari, considering David’s age and his involvement in serious crimes, imposed a two-year prison sentence without an option for a fine.

“This sentence is intended to deter others,” Shagari stated.

Furthermore, the judge ordered that the seized drugs be destroyed by the NDLEA 30 days post-judgment.

Prosecution Counsel T. J. Atserhegh provided details of the arrest, which took place at 8:00 p.m.

On June 2 in Kinkinau, Kaduna. Authorities found 4kg of marijuana, 49.3g of tramadol, and 8g of Exol-5 in David’s possession. Atserhegh noted that the offence breached the NDLEA Act, Cap 30, Laws of the Federation, 2004.

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21-year-old student bags one year jail term for defrauding Chinese woman

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By Adeyanju Esther

On Thursday, the Federal Capital Territory High Court in Gwagwalada sentenced 21-year-old student Adakole Peter to one year imprisonment for swindling a Chinese woman out of $50.

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) had arraigned Peter on two counts of cheating by impersonation and pretending to be a military personnel.

Delivering the judgement, Justice Aliyu Shafa offered Peter an option of a N150,000 fine.

Shafa also ordered the convict to depose an affidavit of good behaviour and directed that the Redmi cellphone used in the crime be sold, with the proceeds deposited into the Federal Government’s account through the EFCC.

Additionally, the $50 recovered from Peter is to be paid into the Federal Government’s account.

The Prosecution Counsel, I.D. Iloakasia, informed the court that Peter and his counsel had signed a plea bargain on June 10. Iloakasia stated that between April and May, Peter, under the alias Steve M. Marks, deceived Ruth Novick, a Chinese citizen, into giving him $50 worth of gift cards.

Peter then sold these gift cards online for N20,000. Iloakasia noted that the offence contravened Section 321 of the Penal Code Act, Laws of the Federation Abuja, 1990, and is punishable under Section 324 of the same Act.

Peter pleaded guilty to the charges and begged for leniency, promising the court he had realised his mistake and would not repeat such actions.

“I have repented and realised my mistakes. I plead with the court to temper justice with mercy,” he said.

Defense Counsel Bridget Abang supported Peter’s plea for mercy, urging the court to consider his age and the fact that he was a first-time offender.

The prosecutor had also prayed the court that the money and instrument recovered from the convict be forfeited to the Federal Government through the EFCC.

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