In his determination to rid Oyo State of all forms of crime and criminality, Governor Seyi Makinde, has promised continuous support to the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) in carrying out its security duties and obligations to the state and Nigerians at large.
A press statement e-signed and released to the National Association of Online Security News Publishers (NAOSNP) by the NSCDC Spokesperson, DCC Olusola Odumosu stated that, “The Oyo State Governor, Engr. Seyi Makinde in his efforts to rid the state of all forms of criminality has promised continuous support to the Corps in carrying out its security duties and obligations to the citizens of Oyo state and Nigerians in general.”
According to the statement, “He made this commitment while on a courtesy visit to the Commandant General, Ahmed Audi, PhD, mni, at the Corps National Headquarters, Abuja, where he congratulated the CG on his new appointment and expressed satisfaction on his performance so far as a pragmatic leader who has given the Corps a facelift within a very short period.”
Engr. Makinde maintained that his government will support and motivate the Corps in order to contribute more to the maintainance of peace and order in the state such that citizens can go about their legitimate businesses and be free to reside in any parts of the state without fear of attack, harassment or molestation by criminals and hoodlums.
He appreciated the CG for the deployment of Commandant David Adaralewa to Oyo State Command, and described him as a thoroughbred officer who has been working assiduously to fight crime in the state with renewed zeal and commitment, reiterating that his government enjoys enormous cooperation from all service commanders including the Civil Defence Corps.
He went on to assure the CG that he will not be far from the Corps and would try in his capacity as the siting governor to give strategic support to encourage, motivate and boost the morale of corps personnel to give their best and function effectively to fulfil his desire of making the Oyo State one of the most peaceful state in the country.
In reaction, the Corps helmsman, Dr Ahmed Audi, mni, appreciated the Governor for taking time out of his very busy schedule to visit the Corps, as this provides an opportunity to deliberate on some germane security and policy issues which is critical to development and sustainance of strategies to enhance the state security architecture.
Audi stated that NSCDC will continue to support the governor in his effort to guarantee law and order, peace and tranquility in the state by effectively delivering on its mandate and ensuring that all criminal elements within the state, including vandals of our collective wealth and assets are prevented from carrying out their nefarious activities.
He further stated that the new state Commandant has his full backing to deal decisively with lawbreakers and flush out all criminal elements in the state from their hideouts. Reassuring that the Corps will continue to safeguard lives and protect critical public and private assets and infrastructures in the state without fear or favour or any form of compromise.
The CG stressed further that the Corps will not condone any form of indiscipline or sabotage from it’s personnel or anybody whatsoever but will strive to ensure a peaceful ambience as the Corps Rapid Response Squad would be utilised effectively to promote peace and combat all the enemies of the state.
Dr Audi thanked the governor for his support to the Corps over the years and equally seized the opportunity to demand more cooperation and donations of equipment such as operational vehicles, ambulances, motorcycles to navigate difficult terrains, communication gadgets, protective equipment and so on.
He informed the governor of plans to unveil the Female Squad in the state to tackle specialized crime and protect the vulnerables in the state, most especially women and school children who are mostly soft targets with high ransom values for bandits and kidnappers.
The Governor, Engr. Seyi Makinde, on his part commended the CG for putting the Corps back on track and assured of his readiness to flag-off the NSCDC Female Squad, coupled with some generous donation of operational vehicles which has already been procured for the Corps and other security agencies in the state.
Lady Abduct, Murder Corper to Snatch Her Boyfriend
The Federal Capital Territory Commissioner of Police, Sunday Babaji, has said the late 26-year-old National Youth Service Corps member, Terungwa Stephanie, was allegedly killed from exposure to a corrosive substance.
The commissioner disclosed this while parading three suspects in connection to her death at the FCT Police Command on Monday in Abuja.
The suspects are: Jenifer Tsembe ‘f’, 26, Monday Simon (a.k.a Black) ‘m’, 36, and Solomon Abu ‘m’, 35.
Babaji revealed that the suspects conspired to kidnap the victim in order for Jennifer to have her alleged lover, one Edward Achadu, all to herself.
He said, “Our investigation revealed that the suspects criminally conspired and murdered the victim to separate her from Edward Achadu so that Jennifer Tsembe, one of the suspects and an estranged lover of Edward, could have him all to herself, especially for pecuniary benefits.
Tsembe told The PUNCH that she only conspired to abduct Jennifer and demand ransom from Achadu, but had no intention to kill her.
She also alleged that one of the other male suspects, Solomon, initiated the plan of the abduction.
However, the other suspects confessed that Tsembe, who is friends with the deceased, had conceived the plan for the deceased to come to her house where she requested their help to tie her upon her arrival. They alleged that after they had played their part, Tsembe instructed them to go away leaving the suspect, deceased and her child behind.
Simon said after he left, Tsembe had called him to say she needed help with the body because the deceased had died. Black, however, alleged that the suspect had already bathed her with acid by the time he arrived at the scene.
The Police commissioner, thereafter, said the Command had intensified investigation to reveal facts that could lead to further arrests of any other fleeing participant(s) in the criminal act.
He said, “The suspects will be charged to court. The command has intensified investigation to reveal facts that could lead to the arrest of any other fleeing participant(s) in the criminal act.
Terungwa Stephanie went missing after she reportedly left home with her one year plus five-months-old son on April 14, 2022, and never returned. Her son was later recovered at the Holy Trinity Catholic Church upon a call placed through to one of the paternal relatives a day after.
Police Declare Fleeing Suspected Killers of Deborah in Viral Video Wanted
The Nigeria Police Force, Sokoto State Command, have declared fleeing suspects captured in viral video of the killing and subsequent setting on fire of Deborah Samuel wanted for culpable homicide.
The deceased, who was, until her death, a 200-level student of Shehu Shagari College of Education, Sokoto, was accused of blasphemy after which some of her classmates among others stoned her to death before setting her body on fire within the school premises.
This was contained in a press release signed by the command’s public relations officer, ASP Sanusi Abubakar, and made available to newsmen in the state on Tuesday
He further explained that those arrested at the scene of the incident while dispersing the mob had been charged to court and the court remanded them in prison.
“The Sokoto State Command under the able leadership of the Commissioner of Police, CP Kamaldeen Okunlola, has declared the suspects spotted on the viral video wanted.
“The Command is using these medium to reiterate its commitment towards apprehending the suspects. The command has already deployed all its intelligence and on the lookout for the suspects .
“Members of the public are enjoined to cooperate with the police and report any mere identification to the command or any security outfit in their domain.”
“The command can be reached through its emergency number 07068848035,” he added.
Suspected Killers of Deborah Samuel Plead Not Guilty, Remanded in Prison Custody
Police on Monday arraigned two suspects, Bilyaminu Aliyu and Aminu Hukunci over the lynching of a 200-Level Home Economics student of Shehu Shagari College of Education, Sokoto State, Deborah Samuel, on May 12.
The suspects, co-students of the deceased, were arraigned at a Sokoto Chief Magistrates’ Court for their alleged participation in the crime.
They pleaded not guilty to the crime.
Prosecuting Inspector Khalil Musa told the court that an investigation was in progress as Deborah’s corpse was still in a morgue at the Usmanu Danfodiyo University Teaching Hospital, Sokoto.
Leading a team of 34 lawyers, the defence counsel, Prof. Mansur Ibrahim, applied for their bail on liberal terms, citing constitutional provisions and sections of the Administration of Criminal Justice Law.
The trial judge (name withheld for security reasons) reserved the ruling on the bail application and ordered the accused to be remanded at a correctional centre.
Before she was lynched, Deborah was accused of blasphemy on a WhatsApp chat platform set up by her course mates and refused to retract her post after she was asked to pull it down.
A violent street protest followed the arrest of suspects linked to the lynching of Deborah as the protesters demanded their immediate release by security operatives.
Governor Aminu Tambuwal consequently imposed a 24-hour curfew on Sokoto metropolis on Saturday. He relaxed the curfew on Monday to be observed from dusk to dawn.