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Police nab two suspects, recover firearms, others in Enugu

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The Police Command in Enugu State has arrested Chekwube Nwobodo, 27, and Ifeanyi Edeh, 30, for alleged armed robbery and burglaries.

The suspects were arrested within the Obinagu-Etiti and Nara-Unateze communities in the Nkanu East Local Government Area of the state.

The command recovered one locally fabricated pistol with two live cartridges, pieces of substance suspected to be crystal meth (otherwise known locally as Mpkuru-Mmiri) and a quantity of weed suspected to be marijuana.

This is contained in a statement by the command’s spokesman, DSP Daniel Ndukwe, on Tuesday in Enugu.

Mr Ndukwe said the feat was achieved on January 3, at about 2:40p.m.

He said other members of the gang escaped, adding that they were being hunted.

“The suspects and gang members at large are alleged to have carried out a series of armed robberies, burglaries, and other criminal activities in the mentioned area. But having met their waterloo, the suspects shall have the court of law to contend with once investigations are concluded,” he said.

Mr Ndukwe said the operational success was in alignment with the 2024 New Year assurances of the Commissioner of Police, Mr Kanayo Uzuegbu.

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Justice served: Two defendants await sentence for motorcycle theft

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In a recent case brought before the Magistrates’ Court in Kafanchan, Kaduna State, the wheels of justice turned decisively as two individuals, John Simon and Yusuf Nikie, found themselves facing the weight of the law for their involvement in the theft of a motorcycle. Their guilty pleas echoed through the courtroom, leading Magistrate Michael Bawa to order their remand in a correctional facility pending further proceedings, with the final judgment slated for May 2.

Simon and Nikie stood accused by the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps, charged on two counts: conspiracy and theft. The narrative unfolded as Prosecutor Marcus Audu presented the facts to the court. According to Audu, the saga began when Tanko Umaru, the aggrieved party, filed a report at the corps’ office in Kafanchan on April 13, detailing the disturbing incident.

The prosecution outlined the sequence of events, alleging that the defendants brazenly entered Umaru’s residence in Bakin Kogi and absconded with his prized possession—an emblem of mobility and livelihood—a Bajaj motorcycle. Yet, their scheme was thwarted as the long arm of the law swiftly intervened. The diligent efforts of law enforcement culminated in the apprehension of Simon and Nikie during the investigative process, with the stolen motorcycle discovered in their possession, serving as damning evidence against them.

The gravity of their actions was underscored by the legal framework within which they operated. Audu emphasized that Simon and Nikie had transgressed against the provisions outlined in Sections 58 and 270 of the Kaduna State Penal Code Law, reflecting the severity of their offenses under the jurisdiction of the court.

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Lagos trader jailed 5 years for receiving N2.19m stolen property

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An Ikeja Magistrates’ Court on Monday sentenced a 22-year-old trader, Mohammed Abdulhamid, to five years imprisonment for receiving stolen property worth N2.19 million.

The convict who resides in Ayobo area, Lagos, had pleaded guilty to the two-count charge of conspiracy and receiving stolen property.

The Magistrate, Mrs O. O. Fagbohun, sentenced the convict to Kirikiri Correctional Centre without an option of fine.

Fagbohun noted that the sentence would serve as a deterrent to others.

Earlier, the Prosecutor, Insp. Felicia Okwori, told the court that the offences were committed between June  2023 at 56, Captain Davies Road, Ayobo, Lagos.

Okwori said the convict received stolen property from one Mohammed Awalu, security guard to the complainant, Mrs Omolola Idowu.

She disclosed that Awalu is currently serving his jail term on the same offences.

She added that the convict and others still at large stole the complainant’s property when she travelled.

The prosecutor listed the stolen property to include two gates valued at N540,000, window protectors worth N870,000 and a power generator worth N300,000.

She listed other stolen items as ceiling fan worth N25,000, gas cooker N375,000, and a pumping machine valued at N85,000, all totalling N2.19 million.

According to the prosecutor, the offences contravene Sections 328 and 411 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, 2015

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Security agencies go after Homosexuals, as they flee country

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The Security Forces in Nigeria have intensified their operations to clamp down on homosexuals in the country.

The homosexuals are resorting to leave Nigeria as soon as possible to avoid arrest and strict prosecutions.

The PRO of the intelligence department in a statement issued to the press emphasised the institution’s position and commitment at sanitising the entire country by getting rid of all groups, clubs, and persons found to be involved in or perpetuating any forms of homosexuality in the country

He further stated categorically that the LGBT law is still very much active.

He said the release of the statement became necessary in view of the recent cases of lesbianism and gay being currently treated by various security institutions in the country and which is not receiving enough media attention for the public to see.

He recalled the story reported by a major news medium online of a teenager, a boy named Stephen who was caught in erotic acts with a neighbor of his named Cosmas. In a swift move to save both families from further public disgrace and agony, Cosmas had to be flown abroad and Stephen was jettisoned by his forlorn mother and family and had to fend for himself in the slums somewhere in Lagos.

The institution in the release also referenced a case of one Mrs Omorilewa Omolasho Kafayat who is said to still be at large more than a year down the line after being caught in erotic adventures with her long time friend and secondary school mate in her matrimonial apartment.

Mrs Omorilewa omolasho was said to be the proprietor of Glorious kiddies nursery and primary school when the sad incident happened on the 29th of January 2023.

The case, according to the release, was said to have been reported by the community association where Omorilewa had lived peacefully with her husband and family.

Angry youths, as a testament to the pious virtues of the Yorubas -the tribe of OmorilewaKafayat – and in stiff opposition to the barbaric and shameful acts was said to have vandalised the Omorilewas apartment at 12, Solotan Williams street Asero estate, Abeokuta Ogun State.

In conclusion, the institution advised the general public to feel free to approach any or all the security outfits in the country to report any case of homosexuality in and within their neighborhood with enough good and genuine evidence to prove  their case(s) in the court of law beyond reasonable doubts.

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