Deposed Baale Of Shangisha, Wife Sent To Kirikiri For Faking Kidnap
Magistrate T. Akanni of an Ogba magistrate’s court, Ikeja, yesterday,
ordered the deposed Baale of Shangisha, Chief Mutiu Ogundare, to be remanded in Kirikiri Prison for allegedly faking his kidnap.
The Baale, alongside his wife, Abolanle, will remain in prison’s custody
with one Mohammed Babatunde, pending the perfection of their bail
Ogundare and others were arraigned before the court on a three-count
charge offence bordering on breach of public peace and fake kidnapping.
The defendants’ counsel, Mr. Glory Odimayo, pleaded for their bail.
Odimayo argued that the defendants are prominent members of the
Shangisha community and will not jump bail.
Odimayo urged the court to grant them bail, while citing relevant
constitutional provisions and authorities, stressing that the issue of
bail is at the discretion of the court.
The prosecutor, Mr. Peter Okerinmodun, opposed the application, saying
if granted bail, their presence in the community might cause a breakdown
of law and order and that they will use their position to influence
Ruling on the matter, Magistrate Akanni, citing Section 155 of the
Administration of Criminal Justice Law of Lagos State, 2011, agreed with
the defence that bail is at the discretion of the court.
She latter granted the defendants N2 million bail with two sureties in like sum.
She further ordered that the sureties must include a traditional ruler,
person with registered property in Lagos, be a tax payer and a Grade
Level 17 officer in the state public service.
She, thereafter, adjourned the matter till August 23 for hearing.
Baddo Moves To Berger, Strike Lovers
Suspected members of the Badoo cult early Friday morning killed two lovers in their apartment in Ogun State.
A source told a Punch correspondent that the heads of the victims were smashed.
The incident happened at a storey building located on Hassan Abiodun
Street, off Ojodu Berger, in Ifo Local Government Area of the state.
Many of the residents wailed as the corpses were brought out of the room and wrapped in wrappers.
A resident told a Punch correspondent that the victims were to be officially married in December.
“The lady recently lost her father and the man she was to marry only
came on a visit. She was a tall, beautiful lady and was also pregnant, ”
the resident said.
It was gathered that their assailants tore the window net to gain entry and thereafter smashed the lovers’ heads.
Another resident said none of the tenants knew what happened until daybreak.
The resident said, “There is a police officer who lives next door to the
deceased’s Boy’s Quarter. He did not hear anything. It is very sad and
this development will create panic in the area.”
A Punch correspondent observed that the police station is a stone’s
throw from where the murder took place even as residents said vigilantes
patrol the street every night.
The police also arrested a man who tried to take a picture of their van and the vehicle the victims were put in.
As of 111 am the occupants of the building were still crying at the frontage.
The spokesperson for the police in Ogun, ASP Abimbola Oyeyemi, could not
be reached for comments as his mobile indicated that it was switched
Abuja Taxi Driver Kills Ex-Ambassador, Steals Car
Detectives from Apo Divisional Police Station, Abuja have tracked down and arrested a taxi driver, Sikiru Lamidi, who allegedly murdered a former Nigerian ambassador to South Africa, Ngam Nwachukwu, on November 24, last year.
Lamidi, from Oyo town in Oyo State, was apprehended last week by the
investigators at his home town where he was hiding after selling
Nwachukwu’s Lexus SUV with Abuja registration number, YAB 938 MC.
The police, subsequently, recovered the vehicle which was sold with
forged documents to one Femi Adeyemi. Lamidi was said to have offered to
take the ex-envoy to his brother, a mechanic, who could work on the car
and it was decided that Lamidi would come to the ex-ambassador’s house
the following day.
The driver reportedly showed up at the ex-envoy’s residence at Villa Nova Estate, Apo the following day as agreed.
It was gathered that the deceased lived alone, and his security guard,
who doubled as an electrician, was also not in the house during Lamidi’s
Investigators stated that Nwachukwu offered the driver some food but he
declined while sitting across from him at the dining table.
“As the man was eating, the suspect pounced on him and wrestled him to
the floor and then stabbed him in the neck with a pair of scissors. He
stole the plasma television and home theatre in the apartment and went
away with the deceased’s Lexus SUV which he sold for N1.480m to one Femi
Adeyemi with forged documents,” an investigator said.
Lamidi told Punch correspondent on Thursday at the Apo Divisional Police
Station that he did not know what came over him, adding that he just
found himself stabbing the septuagenarian until he died.
“After stabbing the man, I felt terrible and guilty but there was nothing I could do to reverse the situation,” he said.
After killing Nwachukwu, the suspect explained that he sold the TV and
home theatre audio system to a seller of fairly-used products at Area
10, Abuja for N38,000.
He said that he kept the SUV in Sauka Village along Nnamdi Azikiwe
International Airport Road for two weeks before driving it to Oyo town.
The taxi driver said he gave the vehicle to one Okuta who assisted him
in forging the vehicle documents, adding that he compensated Okuta with
N380,000 after selling the vehicle.
“Out of the remaining N1.1m, I bought a motorcycle for N180,000 and
invested N500,000 in a cooperative society; I gave a car dealer N500,000
to assist me in getting a car, but he defrauded me and didn’t provide
any vehicle,” Lamidi explained.
When asked if he had committed similar crimes before, the suspect denied, saying it was his first time.
“I have not committed any crime before; I blame the devil for this.
Sometimes, I entertain negative or diabolical thoughts, but I don’t
smoke or drink,” he added.
Three Secondary School Pupils Arrested For Faking Kidnap In Enugu
The Police in Enugu State said they had arrested three secondary school
students for allegedly faking kidnapping within the Enugu metropolis.
The Police Public Relations Officer in the state, Mr Ebere Amaraizu,
disclosed this in a statement on Friday in Enugu. Amaraizu said that the
students of the Enugu-based secondary school had demanded a ransom of
He said that the police through its Anti-Kidnapping Unit had begun
investigation to unravel the circumstances behind the alleged faking of
the kidnap incident.
“Later, there was a demand of N500,000 ransom from his alleged
abductors. “Following the development, the operatives of the command’s
Anti-Kidnapping Unit swung into action.
“The Anti-Kidnapping Unit through intelligence information nabbed Ene
Chigozie Steven, Okafor Okechukwu and Nebeife Nnamdi, who is said to
have been kidnapped, on July 14 at about 2:30 p.m., at their hideout at
Trans-Ekulu within Enugu metropolis.
“They have revealed that the alleged kidnap was faked by them to collect
money from the alleged kidnapped victim’s father and are currently
regretting their evil action,’’ the police spokesman said.
He said the suspects had been helping the police in their investigation.