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Gunmen Kill Businessman During Robbery Operation in Lagos

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Some unidentified gunmen have shot dead a businessman, Musibau Abudu, at his residence on Itelorun Close, Haco bus stop, Adeniyi Jones area of Ikeja, Lagos State.

PUNCH Metro gathered from Abudu’s neighbours that the gunmen invaded the area around 2am last week Thursday in a bid to steal some inverter batteries and rob the residents of their valuables.

It was learnt that while the robbers were operating inside the compound, Abudu stepped out of his apartment and was reportedly shot in the head.

The deceased’s neighbour, who identified himself simply as Afeez, said Abudu was rushed to the emergency unit of the Lagoon Hospital on Adeniyi Jones Avenue, where he gave up the ghost.

Afeez said, “On Thursday, I received a call from my neighbour, Folayemi, who saw some unfamiliar people using their phones’ flash light around the canal at the back of our house, some of them were already inside our compound and while we were thinking of what to do, I suddenly heard three gunshots. I could not come outside until around 6am when we started hearing familiar voices of neighbours, who were trying to rescue Abudu.

“Immediately I came out, I saw people gathered around someone, who was lying on the floor. I thought it was one of the robbers, but when I moved closer, I discovered that it was Abudu. He was trying to speak and so people rushed him to the emergency unit of the Lagoon Hospital, where he died. It was later that we discovered that the armed robbers came to steal inverter batteries.”

When contacted, Folayemi said the noise of someone jumping into the compound woke her up, adding that she alerted her neighbours when she sensed danger.

She stated, “I heard the noise of someone jumping into the compound and that woke me up. After I woke up, I peeped through my window and I saw a man on the fence, who held a torchlight and was trying to call the others. So, I started calling my neighbours on the telephone, Afeez and the man who was shot dead, to alert them that robbers were around. Few minutes after, I heard the gunshots that killed the man.”

One of the security guards on Itelorun Close, Thomas Victor, said armed robbers were fond of entering the close through the canal, adding that the house, where Abudu was killed, had been robbed before now.

Thomas said, “When I resumed around 7am, I did my routine checks by going round the close to look out for any strange vehicle and in the process, I saw people gathered in the deceased’s compound because of the incident.

“This was not the first attempt by robbers on that compound; they even came last week to steal an AC cable. Another incident happened last year, but the thief was caught. The robbers usually take advantage of the canal behind the close to commit crime.”

When contacted, the deceased’s sister, Keji Adeluola, said Abudu’s death came as a shock to the family, adding that the remains of the father of two had been deposited in the Lagos State University Teaching Hospital’s mortuary.

The state Police Public Relations Officer, DSP Bala Elkana, who confirmed the incident to our correspondent, said the command had intensified the manhunt for the hoodlums, who killed Abudu, with a view to bringing them to justice.

“A murder case was reported to the police. Efforts are being intensified to apprehend the culprits and bring them to justice,” Elkana said.

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Infidelity: Man Stabs Lover, Commits Suicide

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An official of the Lagos State Traffic Management Authority, Emmanuel Mekuri, has allegedly committed suicide after stabbing his live-in lover, Patricia Ogunshola, during an argument at their place of residence in Araromi, Morogbo area of the state.

PUNCH Metro gathered that an argument on infidelity ensued between them, which degenerated into a physical combat.

Out of annoyance, Emmanuel allegedly got hold of a knife and used it to stab Patricia in her right thigh and when the attack became unbearable, she reportedly fled the house.

Thereafter, Emmanuel allegedly stabbed himself in the stomach.

The state Police Public Relations Officer, Bala Elkana, said an alarm raised by Patricia’s daughter drew neighbours’ attention to the incident and the police were contacted, adding that when policemen got to the house, Emmanuel’s remains were found and the knife used in perpetrating the crime was also recovered.

He stated that Patricia was taken to hospital for treatment, while Emmanuel’s corpse was evacuated and deposited in a mortuary for autopsy.

Elkana said, “On July 5, 2020, around 1pm, the Morogbo Police Station received a distress call from the Zoo area in Araromi that one Emmanuel Mekuri, 47, a LASTMA personnel, stabbed his lover, Patricia Ogunshola, 37, on her right thigh, with a Jack knife. An alarm was raised by the 13-year-old daughter of the woman, who she had from a previous marriage, which drew the attention of neighbours to the scene.

“In her statement, the girl stated that the deceased person, whom she referred to as her stepfather, made further attempts to stab her mother in the head but she quickly ran out of the room. She reported that he subsequently stabbed himself in the stomach, with his intestines gushing out and he died on the spot.

“On arrival at the scene, homicide detectives preserved the crime scene and rushed the injured woman to hospital for medical attention. She is currently in a stable condition. The corpse of the deceased person was evacuated to the mortuary for autopsy. A blood-stained knife was recovered from the scene.

“Preliminary investigation revealed that the couple started cohabiting in February 2020, but they were not legally married.”

Elkana said the state Commissioner of Police, Hakeem Odumosu, had ordered the immediate transfer of the case to the State Criminal Investigation and Intelligence Department, Panti, Yaba, for discreet investigation

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Police Arrest Ogun Pastor Who Raped 12-Year-Old Girl in Uncompleted Building

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A 54-year-old pastor, Niyi Omowodun, has been arrested by the Ogun State Police Command for defiling a 12-year-old girl in an uncompleted building.

The suspect, who is a pastor at Helmet of Life International Church, reportedly committed the offence at Ejigun Agbede Itele Ota, in the Ado-odo Local Government Area of the state

He was said to have dragged the 12-year-girl, who was sent on an errand, to an uncompleted building in the area and had unlawful carnal knowledge of her.

The Police Public Relations Officer in the state, Abimbola Oyeyemi, disclosed this in a statement on Wednesday.

Oyeyemi explained that the suspect was arrested on Monday following a complaint by the father of the victim.

The  PPRO said, “The man explained that while he was at his work place, he received a call from one of his neighbours that her daughter had been sexually abused by the suspect and that the said neighbour caught the man in the act.

“Upon the report, the DPO, Itele Division, Monday Unuigbe, detailed his detectives to go after the man, and he was subsequently arrested.

“On interrogation, the suspect, who claimed to be a pastor at Helmet of Life International Church, confessed having an unlawful carnal knowledge of the little girl.

The PPRO added that the suspect claimed that he was tempted to commit the offence because he had separated with his wife since 2016.

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Rivers Police Nab Serial Killer Who Deals in Human Parts

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The Rivers State Police Command on Tuesday arrested a human parts dealer, identified as Anthony Ndubuisi, who allegedly kidnapped, killed and dumped the remains of his four victims in his septic tank

A fresh body and three skulls were recovered by the policemen inside his compound in Umuebule community, Etche Local Government Area of the state.

The Anti-Kidnapping Unit of the State Police Command arrested the 52-year-old indigene of Ngor Okpala in Imo State, who was residing in Umuebule 1, following intelligence.

The suspected, who led the State Commissioner of Police, Joseph Mukan, and other officers of the command to the place the body parts of his victims were hidden, was said to have confessed to the crime upon interrogation.

It was gathered that three of the victims were Togolese, while one was from Abia State.

Ndubuisi, it was learnt, usually lured his victims to his house, killed them, before requesting for ransom from their relatives.

The suspect, who claimed that he became a kidnapper as a result of poverty, added that he had so far made N800,000 from his victims.

He said, “I sell shoes, I lure my victims to my house, telling them I want to buy their shoes and when they bring the shoes to my house, I tell them to sit down.

“When they have sat down, I will go to their back and strangle them to death. I have been doing this for a while now. I collect their shoes when I kill them.

“After I did this last one, police started investigating it and they started looking for me. One of my customers called me to come, and when I got to the place at Artillery, the police arrested me.”

The Rivers State CP, Joseph Mukan, described the suspect as a serial killer, who would receive ransom and still kill his victims.

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