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Ondo: 52-year-old grandmother arrested for allegedly dipping granddaughter’s hand in hot water



By Akintunde Jacobs,Akure

The Ondo State Police Command at the weekend arrested a grandmother, Christiana Kehinde, for allegedly dipping her eight-year-old granddaughter’s hand inside hot water in Ondo town.


The suspect, who was paraded at the police headquarters, Igbatoro road, Akure, alongside others eight suspects for criminal offences ranging from kidnapping, armed robbery was said to have committed the offence at Abejoye Odojoka area of Ondo town, in Ondo West Local Government Area of the state.

While parading the suspect, the Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), Funmilayo Odunlami, said the grandmother who was always fond of maltreating her granddaughter Suliat Tunde ‘f’ Aged 8, dipped the girl’s hand inside hot water and kept her in the house because she stole from her pot of soup and that the hand was almost rotten.

She said, “On the 6th of June, 2022, a concerned neighbour reported a case of child abuse against one Christiana Kehinde ‘f’ Aged 52 of No. 13 Abejoye Odojoka, Ondo town. Investigation has commenced as the suspect claims she was only trying to use that as a measure to curtail her from eating her soup without her consent. The girl has been referred to Trauma Center in Ondo town for plastic surgery.”

Odunlami also said policemen via intelligence gathering arrested Adewale Ogunpo; Ibrahim Azumi; Sunday Benson and Abdulazeez Isah for robbing a victim the sum of N185,750, after they broke into one hotel, ‘Toptex’ at Odopetu street, Akure.

“On the 20th of June, 2022, a case of armed robbery was reported at SWAT office, Akure that on the 19th June, 2022 at about 8:30pm, a gang of armed robbers broke into Toptex Hotel at No. 46, Odopetu Street, Akure, in Hunters Group of Nigeria Uniform and started shooting sporadically into the air and robbed the victim the sum of One Hundred and Eighty Five Thousand Seven Hundred and Fifty Naira Only (185,750.00).

“In the course of interrogation, all the suspects confessed to have partook in the crime while two single barrel gun; two pairs of hunter uniform and cap; one Infinix hot10 phone; four expended cartridges and sixteen boris were recovered from them.

“In the same vein, on the 5th of July, 2022 at about 0900hrs, Policemen were informed about a suspected robber, one Ogundipe Deji ‘m’ Aged 23, that he was receiving treatment from gunshot wound at Alafiatayo Street, Akure.

“Upon the receipt of the information, a team of detectives moved to the scene and arrested the said suspect with one Ojo Emmanuel ‘m’ Aged 31 with gunshot wound.

“During interrogation, both suspects confessed to have been shot by a night guard on the night of 4th of July, 2022 where they went to steal iron rod along NEPA area of Akure. Items recovered were, one black TVS Motorcycle with Reg. No. AKR 022 VC and two ATM Cards,” she stressed.

The PPRO said the police also arrested a 22-year old lady, Adeola Omoniyi for stealing a five-year old girl at Ore, in Odigbo Local Government Area of the state.

“On the 1st of July, 2022, a case of Child Stealing was reported at Ore Division, a grandmother sent her grand daughter Precious Aje ‘f’ 5years, on errand and on her way she was accosted by one Adeola Omoniyi ‘f’ of Ilutitun, Okeasa Street, held her and was taking her away but for the neighbours who recognized the child and raised alarm before she was rescued.

“The suspect confessed to have stolen Two (2) kids which she sold for Thirty Thousand Naira Only (N30,000.00) each while she said her father was the one who sold the children. Her father has been arrested and he is helping the Police with necessary information needed.

“Also, on the 6th of July, 2022, at Ikare-Akoko, one Mrs. Bamitale left her 3years old child in her shop to buy some toiletries, before she came back, one Aanu Afolabi Aged 23 went into the shop carried the girl and backed her, as she was about crossing the road, she ran into a motorcyclist, while the motorcyclist and people around where trying to help her, one of the sympathisers realize the the child she was carrying belongs to her neighbour and raised alarm. An android phone was found in her possession, including a bucket,” Odunlami added.


Nigeria committed to ensure security, peace in West Africa – Akpabio



The President of the Senate, Sen. Godswill Akpabio, has restated Nigeria’s commitment to ensuring peace and security in West Africa.

Akpabio said this on Thursday in Abuja at the opening of the international roundtable on Parliamentary Security Sector Governance.

The roundtable was organised by National Institute for Legislative and Democratic Studies (NILDS) in collaboration with Konrad Adenauer Stiftung (KAS).

The roundtable drew lawmakers from Nigeria, Sierra Leone, Senegal, Mali, Burkina Faso and Ghana.

Represented by the Chairman, Senate Committee on Navy, Sen. Daniel Gbenga, Akpabio recommend synergy among countries in the sub-region to address insecurity.

“Nigeria is a country that is willing and determined to ensure that the West Africa sub- region enjoys peace, security, shared prosperity in our developmental goals.

“In order to mitigate the challenges already identified, it is important to properly address insecurity in the West African sub region.

“This can be done through deep cooperation and deliberate policies and laws by our parliament, as well as empower the parliament to assume full legislative powers,” he said.

The Speaker of the House of Representatives, Rep. Tajudeen Abbas, said the security sector plays a pivotal role in ensuring peace, stability, and development within any nation.

Represented by the Deputy Speaker, Rep. Benjamin Kalu, Abbas said effective governance and reform of the security sector were essential for upholding the rule of law, protecting human rights, and safeguarding democratic principles.

“In this regard, the role of parliament is indispensable as it serves as a key institution for oversight, legislation, and budgetary control over the security sector.

“I urge all stakeholders present to consider practical strategies for enhancing parliamentary engagement in security sector governance.

“This may involve developing specialised training programs for parliamentarians on security related matters, establishing robust mechanisms for information sharing between security agencies and parliamentary committees.

“Also for fostering a culture of dialogue and cooperation between the executive and legislative branches on security policy formulation,” he said.

The Director-General, NILDS, Prof. Abubakar Sulaiman said that in recent times, West Africa faced a scourge of terrorism, insurgency, and transnational crime.

He said that the menace presented formidable threats to the collective peace and stability of the region.

According to him, security issues, including illicit trafficking and the movement of armed groups, further compound the complexities.

“We must confront these urgently; internal conflicts, driven by various factors, pose additional challenges that require our immediate attention.

“More recently, the series of military coups that have taken place in and around our region which remains a threat to peace, the rule of law and democratic stability within the region.

“As legislators, you stand at the forefront of crafting responses to these challenges.

“The laws and policies you shape must not only address the immediate threats but also lay the foundation for sustainable security sector governance and reform,” he said.

Sulaiman said the roundtable provided an opportunity to pool insights, share best practices, and develop legislative frameworks that are responsive to the unique security dynamics of West Africa.

Peran said that there has been a spread of terrorism and violent extremism with terrorist groups becoming more and more sophisticated.

“Wave to try to understand better why the security situation is so complex and what can be done to improve it in a sustainable fashion said the Resident Rep of KAS, Ms Marija Peran.

According to her, security sector reforms and governance plays a vital role in stabilising the region.

She said they had also been recognised as an essential precondition not only for conflict prevention, post-conflict reconstruction and peace-building but in general for good governance.

“Security sector reforms, repurposing of security institutions and agencies, improved interagency cooperation and effective oversight of the security sector are critical enablers to create the peaceful and secure Africa,” she said.

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Senate threatens to step down NCoS budget over insufficient information



The Senate has threatened to step down consideration on the 2024 budget of the Nigerian Correctional Services (NCoS) over insufficient information

Sen. Adams Oshiomhole, the Chairman,Senate Committee on Interior, Sen.Adams Oshiomole, said this said this at the 2024 budget defence of the National Assembly Joint Committee on Interior on Thursday in Abuja.

Oshiomole said he was unhappy with the services being rendered to inmates by the NCoS.

“Your organisation has transformed from Nigeria Prison Service to Nigerian Correctional Service but you have yet to change in your attitudes toward inmates.

“It’s not just your fault because the government appropriates little money for you, it is either you don’t feed the inmates or you feed them only once and even at that, very miserable food.

“This is why they have completely emaciated and some can never live a decent life again even when they did not commit an offence.

“You all know the price of food items in the market, so how can you look us eye to eye and tell us that you feed a man in Nigeria with N750 a day, how much is a bottle of water,” he said.

He said that the committee would not be in a haste to approve any budget for the service until it received satisfactory answers.

He requested for a breakdown of the number of inmates and security dogs at the correctional centers and how they were fed daily.

“I would like to see a breakdown of how you feed the inmates. If you say you feed inmates three times a day with N250 each.

“How many dogs do you have and how much does it cost to feed them daily,” he said.

Responding, the NCS Comptroller General, Alhaji Haliru Nababa, said the service had a total of 81,358 inmates nationwide, saying that 53,362 of the inmates were awaiting trial.

“We feed each inmate with N750 daily and they are fed three times daily (N250 for each square meal).

“We have 900 security dogs and to feed a dog each day we spend N800,” he said.

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Army Chief tasks NASS on funding



Lt.-Gen. Taoreed Lagbaja, the Chief of Army Staff, has appealed to the National Assembly to review the current envelope budgeting system of the Federal Government to ensure adequate funding for the Nigerian Army.

Lagbaja said this when he appeared before the National Assembly Joint Committee on Nigerian Army on Thursday in Abuja.

He said that the envelope system had led to inadequate funding for the Nigerian Army, especially its anti terrorism operation and other operations across the country.
Lagbaja also called on the national assembly to expedite action on the passage of the Armed Forces Support Trust Fund Bill, saying that the passage would enhance the operations of the Armed Forces, through improved funding.
The Chairman, of the Joint Committee, Sen. Abdulaziz Yar’ adua assured of transparency in the handling of the Nigerian Army 2024 budget.

He comended Lagbaja for taking responsibility for the bombing of Kaduna villagers and taking steps to investigate the matter.

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