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.
Lifeless Body of Nursing Mother Found in Gutter in Ebonyi
The lifeless body of a nursing mother, one Mama Ebuka, was found inside a gutter in Abakaliki, the Ebonyi State capital, on Monday.
It was gathered that the woman, until her death, was nursing a two-week-old girl, whom she gave birth to on January 1, 2020.
Mama Ebuka’s partially burnt body was found inside a gutter around the Enugu North Transport Company park at the VANCO area of Abakaliki.
Investigation revealed that the woman, who was a Catholic, left home for Mass on Sunday, but did not return.
The incident, it was learnt, led her husband to report his wife’s disappearance at the state police headquarters.
It was gathered that she told family members of her intention to embark on a spiritual exercise at the chapel located inside the St. Theresa’s Catholic Church, Abakaliki.
Our correspondent, who visited her residence at No. 14 Awolowo Street, Abakaliki, found the family apartment under lock and key.
A source, who is close to the family, told Southern City News on condition of anonymity that the woman’s family members took her corpse to her village somewhere in the Izzi Local Government Area of the state for burial on Tuesday.
According to the source, the cause of the woman’s death and those behind it had yet to be ascertained.
The source stated, “This woman, simply called Mama Ebuka, prepared on Sunday morning and said she was going for morning Mass at the chapel. She was a Catholic. There is a chapel at the St. Theresa’s Church. She didn’t come back again. Nobody saw her again until Monday morning, when her corpse was found.
“She just put to bed on January 1, 2020. She didn’t go out with the baby. She had four children. The family members have travelled to the village to bury her.”
When contacted, the state Police Public Relations Officer, DSP Loveth Odah, confirmed the incident.
She told Southern City News that the matter was being investigated to unravel the circumstances surrounding the woman’s death, adding that it would do members of the public some good if they formed the habit of sharing information with the police.
Describing the woman’s death as unfortunate, Odah added, “We are aware of the matter and the police are investigating it.
“The woman was partially burnt when she was found in the gutter and I think the family saw no need of keeping the corpse for too long. She was killed and burnt. It was recorded that she was staying on Awolowo Street, Abakaliki.
“We have not been able to actually unravel the real cause of her death and this is why we are calling on members of the public to avail us with any useful information that will help us to conduct a proper investigation.
School Principal Admits Sleeping with 17-Year-Old Twin Students
A principal of a secondary school in Lagos, Samson Adeyemo, has admitted before an Ikeja Special Offences Court that he had sexual relationships with two 17-year-old twin students of his school.
Adeyemo, 41, who resides at No. 8, Odesanya St., Abule Egba, near Lagos, is the principal of Legati College, Abule Egba.
He is facing a two-count charge of defilement of a child.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that while being cross-examined on Monday by State Prosecutor, M. I. Oshodi, the defendant, who has a National Certificate in Education (NCE), admitted to defiling the underage students (Twin A and Twin B).
“I had a relationship with Twin A and Twin B. I’m married to Twin A. The marriage was not conducted in the church or registry. I had her consent and her parents were aware.
“Marriage is done between a male and a female and it is for life. What is between me and Twin A is marriage and the one people do in the church or registry is wedding.
“The relationship with Twin A started in 2016 and I had sexual intercourse with her in 2017. I did not start the relationship with Twin B until I met their mother and also had sexual intercourse with Twin B after I met her mother.”
Mr Adeyemo admitted that the school he operates had not been fully registered with the Lagos State Ministry of Education.
He, however, denied having sexual relationships with other students in the school.
Earlier, while giving his evidence-in-chief, the defendant admitted impregnating Twin A while she was under his care.
“Twin B came to me that why was it her sister that I was dating. I told her that it was Twin A that I wished to date. She said she was having other relationships, but she wanted me because I am her twin’s boyfriend.
“In 2017, Twin A got pregnant and I decided to cater for her but Twin A’s parents refused (insisting) that the pregnancy will be aborted. I refused because I wanted the baby and I wanted to marry her as well.
“I gave her some upkeep money and her parents collected the money from her and terminated the pregnancy,” he said.
The principal said the father of the twins asked him to pay N200, 000 or be punished.
“Two days after the twin’s uncle, named Kayode alias Kokoro, led some thugs to beat me up and on April 26, 2017, I was called by Kayode that I should meet him to sign an undertaking that the twins shall collect their WAEC results.
“I went to meet him not knowing that he had laid an ambush for me and he handed me over to the police. Twin B was 14-years-old when I met her and Twin A was 15-years-old when we met,” Mr Adeyemo stated.
According to the prosecution, the principal defiled the twins sometime in 2016 within the school premises, located in Abule Egba.
The offence contravenes Section 137 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, 2015.
Justice Sherifat Solebo adjourned the case until February 24 for adoption of final written addresses.
NAN reports that while testifying on October 8, 2019, Twin A, who was allegedly impregnated by Mr Adeyemo, had told the court that the principal had a camp bed in his office which he used to have sexual intercourse with her.
“I was still in SS1 when the incident happened. On that day, I was in my classroom when the principal entered and asked if my class teacher was around. I said no.
“He then ordered me to follow him to his office. When we got to his office, he started calling me sweet names before removing my school uniform. He, thereafter, had sexual intercourse with me and instructed me not to tell anyone.
“He continued having sex with me over a long period of time until I became pregnant. I was unaware that I was pregnant until one of our neighbours noticed some changes in my body and informed my mother.
“When my mother confronted me with a slap, I told her that the principal had been having sex with me inside his office,” she said.
Also testifying on Oct. 7, 2019, Oyedeji Alagbe, a medical consultant with the Mirabel Centre (a sexual assault referral centre) had told the court that while making efforts to terminate the pregnancy, it was revealed to the parents that Mr Adeyemo was also defiling the other twin.
Man Dies after Drinking Herbal Mixture
The Osun State Police Command on Monday said it had commenced investigations into the circumstances surrounding the death of one Mutiu Adekunle, who died after drinking a herbal mixture.
Adekunle’s death occurred on Sunday around 11.15pm at a hospital where he was rushed to, having developed complications after drinking a herbal mixture given to him by one Alfa Nureni Suleiman.
Findings by The Punch correspondent revealed that the deceased and one Opeyemi Olayiwola were given the herbal mixture by Suleiman.
However, after drinking the said mixture, both men developed complications and were rushed to a private hospital in the Ijetu area of Osogbo.
While Olayiwola was said to be responding to treatment, Adekunle gave up the ghost at the hospital.
The Osun State Commissioner of Police, Johnson Kokumo, who confirmed the death, explained that the prime suspect had been arrested.
He said, “The matter was reported at the Oja Oba Police Division (Osogbo) on Sunday at about 11.15pm. It was reported that one Olayiwola Opeyemi and Mutiu Adekunle were given a herbal mixture to drink by one Alfa Nureni Suleiman.
“As a result, the duo developed complications and were admitted at a private hospital in the Ijetu area of Osogbo.
“Mutiu (Adekunle) later gave up the ghost in the same hospital but Olayiwola is responding to treatment. Our operatives have visited the scene.
“The suspect has been arrested for interrogation. The corpse has been deposited at the LAUTECH Teaching Hospital’s morgue for autopsy.”
The CP, who spoke through the command’s spokesperson, Folasade Odoro, said the police would carry our diligent investigations into the cause of death.