Archive for the ‘Crime’ Category

Nnaa mehn this police people no dey shame o…asin eh..dem no dey learn. But sha, if we continue exposing them like this, police extortion will soon be a thing of the past.

Please make sure you use the video recorder on your phone the next time you witness this anomaly. Thank you


mike ozekhome

Kidnapped Pro Democracy Lagos lawyer, Mike Ozekhome has been released by his abductors. It is not clear yet if the ransom fee of a hundred million naira demanded by the kidnappers was paid before his release.

Mike Ozekhome was kidnapped on the 24th of August, 2013 on his way to Edo State. Two policemen attached to him were killed in the kidnap process.

Young shall grow boss Chief Vincent Obianodo
I know most of the readers of Oversabi Republic Blog travel by air and so may not be familiar with the name  Young Shall Grow, but for the benefit of the very few that travel by road, the Chief Executive Officer of a popular bus transport company from the East, the Young Shall Grow Motors, Chief Vincent Obianodo, narrowly escaped death Tuesday night, after he was attacked by gunmen in Festac Town, Lagos. His driver and police escort were not so lucky as they were shot dead by the gunmen.

Chief Obianodo was returning from work at about 9 p.m. when the gunmen, numbering five, who drove in a Sport Utility Vehicle (SUV) intercepted him on 22 Road and opened fire. His Police orderly, identified as Ngozi Chijioke, was said to have attempted to match the gunmen fire-for-fire, but unfortunately Corporal Chijioke attached to Patrol and Guards of the Lagos State Command reportedly died on the spot. One of the bullets from the gunmen was said to have hit Obianodo’s driver in the chest, after a futile attempt to wriggle his way out of the fire line.
young shall grow motors bus
Other road users who were alarmed by the gunshots hurriedly made u-turns. However Policemen from Area ‘E’ on patrol were said to have swooped on the gunmen and engaged them in a gun battle during which two of the gunmen were killed while others escaped.

Chief Obianodo was said to have been hit in the left arm by the gunmen’s bullet before policemen arrived the scene. The bullet was reportedly aimed at his chest but hit one of his hands.

He was immediately rushed to an undisclosed hospital where the bullet was extracted. According to Police authorities, he is responding to treatment.

Confirming the incident, spokesperson for the Lagos State Police Command, Ngozi Braide, said AK-49 and AK-47 rifles with 400 live ammunition and 10 fully loaded magazines abandoned by the fleeing gunmen were recovered at the end of the shoot-out.

The attack on Obianodo is believed to be an assassination plot.

The Nigeria Police, Lagos State command, has commenced investigation into the ugly incident.

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The said officer, a sergeant attached to the Lagos State Command Motor Traffic Division was caught on tape demanding N25k bribe from a motorist in Lagos.

In a recent development, the Police via a facebook post claim to have arrested the police officer whose name they are yet to make public.

This is just a warning to everyone. Be careful what you do, SOMEONE, SOMEWHERE might be recording…

The Court of Appeal in Lagos has discharged and acquitted Hamza Al-Mustapha from the murder of Kudirat Abiola.

The judgment overturns that of the Lagos High Court which sentenced him to death by hanging.

Al-Mustapha was the Chief Security Officer of General Sani Abacha, military head of state from November 1993 to June 1998. After Abacha’s death, he was arrested and tried for murder and attempted murder.

On 30 January 2012, a Lagos High Court sitting at Igbosere convicted him over the murder of Kudirat Abiola, the wife of the acclaimed winner of the June 12, 1993 presidential election, Moshood Abiola.

He was sentenced on January 30 to death by hanging.

Al-Mustapha was trained as an intelligence operative in the Nigerian Army. He was involved in at least two investigations of coup attempts. His reported conduct of interrogations brought him to the attention of Abacha, who subsequently appointed him his Aide-de-Camp when he was Chief of Army (August 1985 – August 1990).

Al-Mustapha was appointed Chief Security Officer to the Head of State with a Special Strike Force Unit during Abacha’s military regime (17 November 1993 – 8 June 1998).

He reportedly wielded immense influence as most people saw him as the closest advisor of Abacha.

Reacting to the judgement, a throng of Al-Mustapha’s supporters at the court yelled at the judge: “Allahu Akbar, you will live long!”

Source: Telegraph


In a bid to forestall his arrest and detention, the chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Capital Oil and Gas Ltd. Dr. Patrick Ifeanyi Uba and his company have taken the Chairman of Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, Ibrahim Lamorde, and the Inspector General of Police, Mohammed Abubakar, before a Federal High Court in Lagos.

Uba is seeking the order of the court to restrain EFCC and  the Inspector General of Police from persecuting, detaining, and threatening to detain or prosecute him.

In an affidavit sworn to by Uba himself and filed before the court, he alleged that his political opponents are looking for all sorts of criminal charges against him because of his political ambition to contest in the governorship in Anambra State scheduled for 2014.

He further alleged that because of his rising electoral profile, his political opponents are looking for a way to stop him from realising his ambition.

Among the offences they alleged he had committed include fuel subsidy fraud and forgery of lease government in respect of property measuring 24.744 hectares situated on Oshodi Expressway, Apapa, Lagos.

The matter was slated for hearing Friday but the court did not seat. Consequently, the matter was adjourned till next week.

 Source: PMNews

baba suwe

The Court of Appeal in Lagos on Friday morning  overturned the ruling of a High court that ordered the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) to pay popular actor, Babatunde Omidina, popularly known as Baba Suwe  the sum of N25m naira as damages for unlawfully detaining him in an alleged drug trafficking case.

Bamidele Aturu, Mr. Omidina’s lawyer, said that he would appeal the ruling.

orange seller
The General Officer Commanding (GOC), 1 Division Nigerian Army, Kaduna, Major-General Garba Wahab, at the weekend said the media should not eulogize criminals as the Division has arrested a suspected orange seller who spied for terrorists and over N600 million was found in his bank account within three months.

The GOC, whose area of command covers the north-western states, while fielding questions from newsmen in Kaduna relating to why the Army is carrying out general search without discrimination, said, “When we stop those who are hawking and carrying wheelbarrow, and we said we want to check, people will shout, ‘Why are you disturbing the average person?’ And I give you example; we arrested somebody here called mai lemu (orange seller) in Kawo here. And in three months when we checked through his account, over 600 million naira has passed through that man’s account, and he sells orange here by Kawo bridge.

“He is there as a lookout. He is like a spy. He looks around, gets information and feeds these guys, says this is what is happening. That is why I said we are not dealing with idiots. We are dealing with people who have one or two guys working and thinking, and giving them information. And we know that before they attack they must look at the softest locations.”

Wahab added that it is a criminality that the media and society must cooperate and ensure that it is brought to an end.

On Thursday’s attacks in Daura, he explained that military personnel adhered to the principles of rules of engagement, saying, “I called this press conference to fill the gap on the attack that occurred in Daura, Katsina state. We don’t want a situation where people will be speculating. Yes, the criminals came, they bombed vehicles, and they packed money using improvised explosive devices (IEDs) to bomb everywhere. Nobody will give an instruction for an innocent life to be lost, so in whatever we do, we keep to the rules of engagement given to us and that is why I have called the media to lend us their support because when a few reports go out, it’s like it is encouraging the criminals and they start to think they have the upper hand.”

Meanwhile, the presidency yesterday offered amnesty to any Boko Haram member who surrenders, as it wages war on the insurgents in Borno, Yobe and Adamawa, where state of emergency was declared last Tuesday.

Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Dr. Rueben Abati, revealed this yesterday while talking to Reuters, a foreign news agency, on telephone.

He said: “Mr President has urged Boko Haram members to surrender their arms and embrace the amnesty option which is still open as the committee is working on the option of dialogue for a peaceful resolution.”

Source: Reuters

Former Bayelsa State Governor Timipre Sylva

Former Bayelsa State Governor Timipre Sylva

A statement signed by EFCC’s Acting Head of Media and Publicity, Wilson Uwujaren, said the former governor was “picked up at his Abuja home, at No. 3, Niger Street, Maitama” by the EFCC officials who stormed the former governor’s home at about 10.00 am.

According to the statement, the embattled governor was discovered in the house where he was “hiding in a dingy corner in the upper chamber of his expansive mansion.”

“On arrival at the facility at about 10.00 am, the Commission’s operatives were told that the ex-governor was not in town but they insisted on conducting a search on the house having obtained a warrant from the court.”

“During the search, vital documents were obtained. Ironically, the ex-governor who was said to be out of town was later found hiding in a dingy corner in the upper chamber of his expansive mansion” the statement claimed.

He was immediately whisked away and is currently being interrogated at the Abuja headquarters of the anti- graft agency.

According to EFCC Mr Sylva is “being grilled in connection with fresh evidence linking him with a bouquet of fraudulent transactions that borders on money laundering. Part of the new evidence includes a number of eye-popping real estate acquisitions in Abuja.”

The anti-graft agency further explains that the arrest of the former governor is sequel to his refusal to honour invitations and purported lies by his attorney that he was ill in Lagos, whilst he was in residence in Abuja.

“Rather than appear before the EFCC, he got his lawyers to inform the Commission that he was unable to appear because he was sick, and hospitalised in Lagos. The lawyer had promised to appear with his client on May 7, 2013 but failed to do so.”

The agency also released a number of distraught pictures of Mr Sylva following his arrest from his alleged hiding place.

The commission warned that it will no longer tolerate the antics of suspects who treat its invitation with levity.

The embattled governor is standing trial on a six-count money laundering charges and embezzling over N6billion of Bayels state funds whilst in office.

Sylva recently denied allegations that he is hiding from the EFCC after an Abuja High court granted the commission permission to paste the six-count money laundering charges at the front gate of his Abuja residence.

The governor in a statement by his media aide, Doifie Ola, stated that the governor was not hiding but keeping a low profile because he does not want his security compromised.

Source: Channels

comunal clashes in borno
Fighting between Nigeria’s military and Islamic extremists killed at least 185 people in a fishing community in the nation’s far northeast, officials said Sunday, an attack that saw insurgents fire rocket-propelled grenades and soldiers spray machine-gun fire into neighborhoods filled with civilians.

The fighting in Baga began Friday and lasted for hours, sending people fleeing into the arid scrublands surrounding the community on Lake Chad. By Sunday, when government officials finally felt safe enough to see the destruction, homes, businesses and vehicles were burned throughout the area.

The assault marks a significant escalation in the long-running insurgency Nigeria faces in its predominantly Muslim north, with extremists mounting a coordinated assault on soldiers using military-grade weaponry.

Authorities had found and buried at least 185 bodies as of Sunday afternoon, said Lawan Kole, a local government official in Baga. He spoke haltingly to Borno state Gov. Kashim Shettima in the Kanuri language of Nigeria’s northeast, surrounded by still-frightened villagers.

Brig. Gen. Austin Edokpaye, also on the visit, did not dispute the casualty figures. Edokpaye said the extremists used heavy machine guns and rocket-propelled grenades in the assault, which began after soldiers surrounded a mosque they believed housed members of the radical Islamic extremist network Boko Haram.

Edokpaye said extremists used civilians as human shields during the fighting — implying that soldiers opened fire in neighborhoods where they knew civilians lived.

“‘When we reinforced and returned to the scene the terrorists came out with heavy firepower, including (rocket-propelled grenades), which usually has a conflagration effect,” the general said.

Sunday afternoon, the burned bodies of cattle and goats still filled the streets. Bullet holes marred burned buildings.

“Everyone has been in the bush since Friday night; we started returning back to town because the governor came to town today,” grocer Bashir Isa said. “To get food to eat in the town now is a problem because even the markets are burnt. We are still picking corpses of women and children in the bush and creeks.”

The Islamic insurgency in Nigeria grew out of a 2009 riot led by Boko Haram members in Maiduguri that ended in a military and police crackdown that killed some 700 people. The group’s leader died in police custody in an apparent execution. From 2010 on, Islamic extremists have engaged in hit-and-run shootings and suicide bombings, attacks that have killed at least 1,548 people before Friday’s attack, according to an AP count.

Boko Haram, which means “Western education is sacrilege” in the Hausa language of Nigeria’s north, has said it wants its imprisoned members freed and Nigeria to adopt strict Shariah law across the multiethnic nation of more than 160 million people. While the administration of President Goodluck Jonathan has started a committee to look at the idea of offering an amnesty deal to extremist fighters, Boko Haram’s leader Abubakar Shekau has dismissed the idea out of hand in messages.

Despite the deployment of more soldiers and police to northern Nigeria, the nation’s weak central government has been unable to stop the killings. Meanwhile, human rights groups and local citizens blame both Boko Haram and security forces for committing violent atrocities against the local civilian population, fueling rage in the region.

Source: AP