Tragic : Mother Slumps And Dies After Her 5 Kids Were Reportedly Sold To Ritual Killer By Tricycle Operator


 Tragedy struck in a Warri community in Delta State as the mother of five school children who were allegedly sold to a suspected ritualist, slumped and died.

 It was gathered that the pupils whose ages range between two and eight were sold for N5 million by a tricycle operator, who conveyed them to school.

 Investigation revealed that the tricyclist allegedly sold the children for N1million each to a ritualist.

 The inhabitants of the sleepy town of Otokutu, where the incident occurred were said to have been shocked when the sad news spread across the community.

 Sources told Daily Sun that the deal was blown open when a female friend to the mother of the children called to tell her that her children were not in school.

 Shocked by the news, the woman ran to the school but did not see her children. She immediately rushed to the residence of the tricycle operator, who the family had trusted so much and met the man moving his belongings apparently in a bid to escape.

 The man was immediately arrested by youths of the town, who subsequently handed him over to the police.

 At the police station, the suspect allegedly admitted abducting the five children and selling them to a suspected ritualist from the northern part of the country. Unfortunately, efforts to track down the buyer failed as he was said to have escaped with the children.

 Overwhelmed by the pain of losing her children, the woman was said to have slumped and died instantly. Her husband was also said to have collapsed and has been receiving treatment at an undisclosed hospital.

Woman Throws 10-year-old Boy Into River Over Witchcraft Claim(Photo)


 A 10-year-old boy named Usen Okon, was thrown into the Imo River in the Ikot Abasi area of Akwa Ibom State, by his aunty over witchcraft accusation but he miraculously survived the ordeal.

 According to PUNCH, Okon was under the care of his paternal aunt, identified simply as Ekaeyen, at Etebi community in the Esit Eket Local Government Area of the state as his parents had died. A few days ago, Okon was aroused from sleep by Ekaeyen who took him to her husband and asked him to confess to being a wizard. When Okon denied the witchcraft accusation, his aunt threatened to throw him into a river.

 The Senior Project Manager, Mr. Ayobami Ojedokun, of NGO - the Humanist Association for Peace and Social Tolerance Advancement and its partner, Child’s Rights and Rehabilitation Network, who are taking care of the boy told PUNCH:
True to her words, on November 16, Ekaeyen actually took Okon to the Imo River and threw him into the water thinking that the boy would drown.

 The boy came out of the water alive and went to their home, only to be told that her auntie had relocated.”

 The acting Police Public Relations Officer, Akwa Ibom State Police Command, Mr. Iboro Victor, however said he was not aware of the incident.
“The incident is not to my knowledge right now,” he said.

PDP Will Never Rule Lagos - Oba Of Lagos Blast


 The Oba of Lagos, HRH Rilwan Akiolu, says the PDP will never win the governorship election in State. Oba Akilo said this while speaking at the autobiography launch of former President of the Court of Appeal, Mustapha Akanbi, at the Sheraton Hotel in Abuja earlier today.

“Recently, I told Bode George, (Musiliu) Koro and (Adeseye) Ogunlewe that “Look at me o! You will never win Lagos. God will give us another APC governor” he said 

Nigeria Police To Stop Salaries Of 30 Missing Policemen - Report

     Police Chief  Suleiman Abba

 According to reports, the salaries of some missing 30 mobile policemen in Borno State would be stopped by April 2015, if the men failed to show up at their squadron units, sources have revealed to PUNCH.

 The policemen were declared missing back in August after an attack on the Police Training School, Gwoza, Borno State, by Boko Haram insurgents. And might be given up for dead if they did not report to their commanding officers by the end of the first quarter of the New Year.

 It was however learnt that the missing police personnel would be declared dead formally after seven years.

 About 159 personnel drawn from Mopol 50, Abuja; Mopol 38, Akwanga and Mopol 58, Lafia, Nasarawa State, were undergoing training at the school when Boko Haram gunmen attacked them on August 20,2014, killing some and seizing their arms and ammunition.

 A number of the policemen escaped but 30 of them are yet to be accounted for, three months after the incident.

Though the Inspector-General of Police, Suleiman Abba, had expressed hope that the men might be alive but he was silent on the efforts being made to search for them.

PUNCH reports they learnt that the salaries of the affected personnel might be suspended if their emolument forms were not submitted to the officers-in-charge of the Mechanised Salary Sections, who process police salaries.

It was learnt that the emolument forms had been given to the rank and file to be filled and submitted before the end of the year.

 Findings indicated that any backlog salaries of the missing officers would be paid the moment they show up to fill the emolument form. A police source told them:
“The salaries of the missing officers are still being paid for now, but by April next year, it would be stopped because they did not fill the emolument forms that would ensure the continuous payment of their salaries.” 

 One of the MOPOL commandants in Abuja was said to have given money to family members of some of the missing policemen recently when they complained of hardships they encountered in accessing the bank accounts of their missing breadwinners.

 “I was there when the commander gave out N50,000 to each of the women to assist them because of the hardship they are facing since their husband went missing at Gwoza; you know that some men don’t open up to their wives about their finances, so you can understand what the women are going through,” the source stated.

 But the Force Public Relations Officer, Emmanuel Ojukwu, in a text message, said it was not true that the salaries of the personnel would be stopped, noting that “they are only presumed dead after seven years.

BEWARE! : How Female Home Tutor Kidnapped Four Children Under Her Care


 A woman simply identified as eleha (woman in purdah) last Tuesday November 18, 2014 disappeared with 4 kids at a neighbourhood home lesson in Idi-Omo area of Ibadan, Oyo State. And according to reports, the children are yet to be found till the writing of this report today.

 The four missing children, whose names were given as Abdulsalam Aderibigbe, Abigail Adegunju, Chidiebere and Onyiyechukwu were reportedly taken away by the eleha who disguised as someone in need of an employment. She struck within 30 minutes of starting her job as a lesson assistant. 

 The 33-year-old proprietress of  Mrs Kafayat Olatubosun, has described the incident which led to the disappearance of the four pupils in her care as one that is like a devil stalking her, after which he crept in and struck.

According to Mrs Olatunbosun who is nursing a 14-month-old baby and is currently kept in protective custody at State Criminal Investigation, Iyaganku, Ibadan:
 “I started operating a neighbourhood lesson for children at Sagbolada Compound, Idi Omo, Ibadan in 2009. I rented a space in the compound and I pay N500 monthly for it. I have about 35 pupils between the ages of one-and-half and three. Sometimes, primary school pupils sent home from their schools because of non-payment of fees are brought by their parents so that there would be no vacuum in their academic lives. I collect N20 daily for each child and the lesson hours are between 8a.m. and 1p.m.”
The National Teachers Institution (NTI) certificate holder and mother of three spoke further: 
“I had been working alone all the years, with regular assistance from my husband and a few elderly women staying within and around the lesson. Whenever I wanted to move round to pick children from their homes, my husband would stay with the ones already in class. Same would happen in the afternoon until the last child had been taken home. Whenever he was busy in the shop where he works as a lotto agent, the women who were like my in-laws would assist me. 

 The woman who did this evil work (kidnapping) had been coming when I was still pregnant with the 14-month-old baby I am nursing. She kept pestering me that she wanted to work with me but I told her that I did not need assistance. 

 About a month after I resumed work, having spent 41 days at home after delivery, she came again and I still insisted that I did not need an assistant. She told me that she wanted to leave where she was working because she was being owed salary. I replied that I would not a similar situation to occur in our relationship because the children were enough to take care of my own needs. 

 I told her that I would like to inform my husband which I did by calling him. But he could not come because he was busy in his office. The woman told me she would come back the following day. The following morning, when I got to the lesson, at a little after 8a.m., I met the woman waiting for me. 

 Shortly after, my husband came and saw her too. I said I would be paying her N3,000 monthly and she agreed. My husband left for his office and I decided to make the rounds to pick my pupils. 

 I went the first round to pick the children and I met the lady on my return. I went the second round and still met her. Even some parents who brought their children themselves saw her. 

 It was on my return after the third round that she was no longer around. I also noticed that one of the children, Abdusalam, was missing. I shouted and the elderly women around came. I quickly called my husband on the phone and he came. I met one of the parents who just brought her child in and she said she did not meet anyone. 

 That was how we noticed that Abigail, Samson, Chidiebere and Onyiyechukwu were also missing. The last two children are siblings Samson, who is three years old later walked back to us.”

When asked if she could identify the woman, Mrs Olatunbosun replied that she could.

 Crime Reports learnt that the Idi Omo neighbourhood was immediately thrown into confusion as residents, especially the youths and parents of the missing pupils, started searching for the woman and the children. The mother of two of the missing children who are sisters was reported to have collapsed immediately and had since been on admission. The older of her two kids is three.

 But the police image maker in Oyo State, Olabisi Okuwobi-Ilobanafor said that Commissioner of Police, Kola Shodipo has put his men on their toes to unravel the identity of the woman, with a view to arresting her. Source

Relatives Find Decomposing Body Of Former LASG Director

              Jaiyesinmi’s apartment 

 The Lagos state police command are trying to unravel the killers of a former director of the Lagos State Government, Mrs. Oluremi Jaiyesimi. The 63-year-old was found dead in her house in the Abraham Adesanya Estate, Ajah area of the state.

 PUNCH Metro exclusively gathered from sources that the corpse of the former Director of Social Welfare in the Ministry of Youths and Social Development was not discovered until a week after she died. By then, her body was said to have been decomposing with maggots emanating from the corpse.

A neighbour, who was suspicious that something was amiss after the former director was not seen for days, alerted a relation in the Surulere area of the state. The relation reportedly called a friend of the deceased living nearby, who visited the house.

A police source said:
“The friend accessed the house with his personal key and when he entered the compound, he perceived a foul smell. He also saw trays of onions and melon spread out to dry in the sun. They were already germinating, meaning they had been abandoned for a long time. The man decided to report back to the relative that he would not enter the flat because he could sense something was wrong.”

It was learnt that the friend, identified simply as doctor, reported the matter at the Ogombo Police Station. The relation and some other anxious family members in company with police officers, were said to have forced the door of the house open, only to see the corpse on the floor.

When PUNCH visited the estate on Tuesday, he spoke with residents who said Jaiyesimi might have been murdered.

A resident, Kikelomo Banjoko, said:
“A week to the incident, she came to buy sachet water from me and even spent more than one hour with me. She watched as I made pap and commended me for my hard work. The next day, which was a Wednesday, she introduced me to another woman in the neighbourhood, telling her that I was a hardworking woman. 
It was the Monday of the following week that I saw some people fumigating her house. Later, somebody told me she was dead. I was shocked.”

Another resident, who pleaded anonymity, said the former director was killed by somebody close to her. He added that the 63-year-old was “always security conscious”.

He said:
“Once it’s late, no matter who you are, she will never open her door to you. She was very suspicious of people. She never had many friends. I am sure she couldn’t have slumped and died because she was very agile and healthy. The person who killed her must be a close friend or relative. To remove all traces, they took her phones, her generator and even her jeep was driven away.”

 PUNCH Metro learnt the killers also tampered with the Closed Circuit Television camera in the house, although they left her jewellery tucked under her pillow. Findings also showed that Jaiyesimi had travelled to the United States, where she was living with her children after she retired from the Lagos State Civil Service four years ago. She came back to Nigeria with her kids after her husband, with whom she had separated, died.

While the children travelled back after the burial, she decided to stay in her residence. She lived alone in the house, but usually called for the service of house helps and artisans on the telephone whenever she needed them.

She was said to have been killed between October 21, the last time she spoke with her children, and October 29, the day her corpse was found.

The Special Adviser to the Lagos State Governor on Youth and Social Development, Dr. Dolapo Badru, condemned the murder of Jaiyesimi, who he described as a passionate woman who cared for children.

In a telephone interview with PUNCH, he said:
“When I heard about the incident, I was shocked. This was a woman who used all her life to serve humanity. She was especially passionate about vulnerable children. Such people shouldn’t die like that. Those who perpetrated this heinous crime must be caught and made to face the music.”
A police source confided that the cause of death of the woman had yet to be established.
“Even the autopsy did not reveal anything,” he added.

The Police Public Relations Officer, DSP Kenneth Nwosu, confirmed the incident. Adding that the police had begun investigations. The police spokesperson said the matter had been transferred to the State Criminal Investigations Department, Yaba.

Two Teenage Girls Dressed In Full Hijab Reportedly Blew Themselves Up In Maiduguri


 Two female suicide bombers today blew themselves up in a crowded market in Maiduguri state, killing at least 30 people.

 And according to Abba Aji Kalli, the Borno state coordinator of the Civilian Joint Task Force,  the two teenage girls dressed in full hijab entered the busy market and detonated their explosives.

The first set off her explosives and killed about three women, said Kalli.

 When others gathered around the scene, the second bomber screamed and blew herself up, killing about 30, he said.

"I am right here at the scene and I have before me 11 corpses ... many have been taken away by relatives, while others are taken to the state specialists' hospital," said Kalli.

Soldiers and police officers cordoned off the area while rescue workers helped survivors to the hospital.

Nigeria's Islamic extremist rebel group, Boko Haram, are suspected of the suicide blasts, as they have carried out many similar violent acts in northeastern Nigeria.

 Today's blast is the first in Maiduguri since July 2 when 56 people were killed in the same market area when a car bomb hit a group of traders and shoppers.

 The Nigeria police are still to issue a statement on today's blasts.

Nyanya, Abuja Bomb Blast Suspect, Aminu Sadiq Ogwuche Freed By Court


 A federal court sitting in Abuja, has freed Aminu Sadiq Ogwuche, the suspected mastermind of the Nyanya bomb attack in Abuja.

 According to the NAN, the court struck out a two-count terrorism charge against Mr. Ogwuche for want of diligent prosecution, after months of trial for the April 2014 attack which killed more than 70 people.

 Ogwuche was repatriated from Sudan, where he fled to after the bombing of the park. He had filed a counter suit challenging the infringement of his fundamental right by the prosecutor and dismissed the charges against him.

Good God : Woman Delivers Quadruplets After 18 Years Of Childlessness

     The babies being attended to by a nurse on Monday. 

 This is to say, miracles well and truely do happen. A 44-year- old woman, Clara Dominique, who had been childless for 18 years, was last Saturday delivered of quadruplets. The quadruplets are three girls and a male. They were delivered at the Graceland Medical Centre in Benin City, Edo State.

 According to TheNation, Mrs. Clara, who got married in 1996, said it was God’s grace that kept her and her husband through the trials of childlessness. She said they refused to keep friends because of the problem.

 “I am happy that my husband and I were able to stay together to this day to witness the blessings of the Lord. My husband has been encouraging me that God will do it for us. My husband never contemplated driving me away. 

 I was happy when the scan showed it was four. Sometimes I think of how I will carry the four of them. I have not seen somebody delivered four babies. It was not easy for me to carry the pregnancy. At a time the weight of the pregnancy was too much for me. 

 I was the one dedicating children at our church every last Sunday of the month. I was the first to visit anybody that I knew that gave birth so that I can give them what I have. I am not the jealous type. 

 It was my husband’s cousins that tried to take the matter up but my husband stopped them. My parents were also there to encourage us. That was what kept us together because the family pressure was not there. They knew we were Christians and nobody could penetrate my husband and I.”

 One of the doctors at the hospital, Dr. Oni Samson, said the babies were delivered through cesarean section. She said:
“You don’t expect a woman that is having multiple births to do that through the vaginal. This is the first time we had quadruplets in this hospital. The children are okay. The ante-natal was uneventful. They are still under care for them to be stabilized.”

Write Boko Haram To Stop Attacks - CAN President To Sultan Of Sokoto


 Pastor Ayo Oritsejafor, President of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), has called on the Sultan of Sokoto, Alhaji Sa’ad Abubakar, to write a letter to members of Boko Haram to stop their attacks just as he did to the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS).

 Pastor Oritsejafor made the call today at a 2-day meeting in Abuja with Senior Special Assistants on Religious Affairs to all state governors.

 “His Eminence said he wrote a letter to ISIS, I have to truly congratulate you for that because that was a very good move. I didn’t know about it until today and I am so glad it happened. But I want to appeal that you also write to Boko Haram because Boko Haram is worst than ISIS.

 They have killed more people than ISIS, they have caused more atrocities than ISIS; they need to be written to as well, it is very important it will help. I have made an appeal several times that there are some of our leaders who must come together, religious, political and traditional. They must come and discuss.’’ he said