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Imo police rescue 22 from kidnappers den

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The Imo State Police Command on Thursday said it has rescued 22 kidnap victims and paraded 72 suspects allegedly believed to be behind the recent waves of criminalities across the state.

The State Commissioner of Police Rabiu Ladodo, while parading the suspects in Owerri, said that they were arrested at different points within the state and beyond in the last six weeks.

He said that  the clampdown on criminals in the state was in line with the “Operation Puff Adder” launched by the Inspector General of Police ( IG) , which he said was still ongoing.

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According to him, 11 stolen vehicles were recovered within the period under review.

Among those paraded were members of a notorious kidnap syndicate that specialised in the abduction of minors from their parents’ homes.

He said:

“the suspects: Chukwuemeka Onyebuchi, 43,  and Aina Nwachukwu, 45, were arrested following a tip-off after they had  allegedly abducted two minors: Oluwa Chukwu Opanwa, 4,  and Promise Opanwa (2).”

He said that both children  who were females from  the same parents were abducted at Umuobum in Ideato South Council Area of the state.

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According to the CP, the police are on the trail of the  other fleeing members of the gang; while efforts are on to recover the abducted  children.

The CP also said that the command had arrested a member of a gang of serial rapists, Stanley Ebere, who participated in  gang raping  an 11-year-old girl in the company with other fleeing members of the gang.

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Ladodo warned criminals in the state that the  police command would not spare  them,  adding that the command’s community policing had begun to  yield results .

 

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Teacher who sexually assaulted pupils begs judge for castration, gets 12 years jail term

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A former Pensacola teacher who pleaded guilty last year to an array of sex offenses involving students begged the judge on Wednesday to consider castration rather than sentence him to prison.

Mark Lua, 32, made the unusual request to Circuit Court Judge Thomas Dannheisser at his sentencing hearing Wednesday morning.

“My actions were despicable to say the least,” Lua said.

“I do believe that punishment is necessary, and I am requesting chemical castration not only as a punishment but as an act of solidarity to show how sorry I am for everything. If your honour is so inclined, I am even willing to undergo physical castration if that way I can stay home and raise my daughter.”

Dannheisser did not respond to Lua’s request and instead sentenced him to 12 years in state prison, followed by 15 years of probation.

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Lua, a former English teacher at Booker T. Washington High School, accepted a plea bargain in October 2019, pleading guilty to charges of promoting a sexual performance by a child, unlawful sexual activity with minors and two counts of unlawful sexual activity with minors.

“He seemed to seek out girls that came from unstable or troubled homes,” Assistant State Attorney Erin Ambrose said in court Wednesday.

“He manipulated them, and he betrayed them because he was a teacher.”

Lua was arrested three separate times last year after allegations arose that he coerced a student into sending him an inappropriate video, that he had sex with an underage student and that he had sexually assaulted an 18-year-old former student.

The allegations against him resulted in five criminal cases based on the claims of four victims.

“Part of the plea bargain was that he would plead down to the most serious charge related to each victim,” Ambrose told the News Journal.

“Two of the five cases are being dismissed based on evidentiary issues and (one of the victim’s) specific request that the cases not go forward.”

Lua’s first arrest was Jan. 17, 2019, after a school resource officer received a tip that Lua was having inappropriate communications with minors. Lua later admitted to using a fictitious Instagram account to solicit juveniles for sex.

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He was arrested for a second time on Jan. 30, 2019, after a juvenile student told authorities that he had sex with her at his home. His third arrest was Feb. 6, 2019, after an adult former student of Lua’s accused him of sexually assaulting her.

At Wednesday’s sentencing hearing, Lua told the court he suffered from a genetic disorder called neurofibromatosis that has caused numerous painful, tumorous growths on his skin since the age of 14. Lua said he was suffering from frequent panic attacks around the time of his crimes because of fears and concerns about the disease.

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“If I’m with my family or when I might sit down and read a book, I think about the tumors, and I think ‘Oh my God, this might be my last day on earth,” he said.

However, Ambrose dismissed that idea in court.

“This condition did not seem to debilitate him while he was trolling the halls, looking for students to have sex with,” the prosecutor said.

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Man snatches car at gunpoint in Ebonyi, gets nabbed in Adamawa

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The Police has apprehended a car thief who stole a car at Ebonyi and took it to Adamawa to sell.

A member of a car snatching syndicate who stole a car at gunpoint in Abakaliki, Ebonyi State and took it to Adamawa State to sell has been arrested by men of the Adamawa State Police Command, the command disclosed on Sunday.

The 38-year-old man, Muhammed Sani, according to a statement by the police command’s Public Relations Officer, Sulaimon Nguroje, snatched a Toyota Corolla from the owner, Mr M.S. Adams, in Ebonyi State while pointing a gun at him and after snatching the car, he headed to Adamawa State to sell the car.

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According to the statement,

“the feat was recorded following intelligence report by the command’s intelligence bureau leading to the arrest of the suspect at about 6:30pm on May 21, 2020 and the recovery of a Toyota Corolla 2004 model and 44 sets of new T-shirts, shoes and set of trousers.

“On the 21/5/2020 at about 6:30pm following intelligence report, police operatives attached to the command’s Intelligent Bureau arrested one Muhammed Sani, 38 years and recovered one snatched Toyota Corolla, 2004 Model with 44 sets of new T-shirts, shoes and set of trousers.

“Suspect was caught after robbing one Mr. Adams M S of Abakaliki, Ebonyi State and headed for Adamawa to dispose it.

“Immediately the report got to police, investigation commenced and that led to the arrest of the man and recovery of the Toyota Corolla and other valuables.

“Consequently, the Commissioner of Police Olugbenga Adeyanju, while warning members of the public to desist from buying cars and other valuables from roadside vendors, equally assured that the command under his watch will continue to make Adamawa State unbearable to the criminal elements until they repent or relocate from the state.”

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For disrespecting their mother, man kills sister with fire in Lagos

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A man has reportedly set his sister, identified simply as Victoria, ablaze with petrol, killing her in the process.

According to the Lagos State Police Command, the culprit – one Chima – committed the act at their place of residence by the CAC bus stop in the Okokomaiko area of Ojo.

Her offence? She disrespected their mother.

The siblings were reportedly assisting their mother, who was cooking in the kitchen, when the trouble started between Victoria and her.

The mother was said to have cautioned Victoria against cohabitating with men since she had a home, but an argument ensued between them and Victoria allegedly disrespected her in the process.

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Angered by what Victoria did to their mother, Chima grabbed a keg filled with petrol, hit her sister with it and the content spilled on her and their mother.

This was followed by an explosion and the mother and sister were burnt in the process.

Neighbours rushed them to a nearby hospital in Okomaiko from where Victoria, who sustained severe burns, was referred to the General Hospital in Igando. However, Victoria died due to the severity of the burns, but the mother survived.

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On realising what he had done, Chima attempted to flee from the scene of the incident but he was apprehended by youths in the community.

The neighbours reportedly extinguished the fire and handed over Chima to the police.

When contacted, the state Police Public Relations Officer, Bala Elkana, confirmed Chima’s arrest, adding that during interrogation, he confessed to setting his sister ablaze for disrespecting their mother.

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The PPRO said,

“According to the suspect, he set his elder sister ablaze, because she disrespected their mother. The mother was cooking when the brother threw a keg of petrol at the sister and an explosion occurred. The mother also suffered burns, but she is fine, while the sister could not make it.

“The brother has been arrested and the case has been transferred to the State Criminal Investigation and Intelligence Department, Panti, Yaba, for discrete investigation. He will soon be charged. Investigation is ongoing.”

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