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Man remanded for assaulting wife’s four-year-old relative

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An Ebute Meta Chief Magistrates’ Court in Lagos, on Friday, ordered that a 34-year-old man, Babatunde Olatunji, who allegedly beat up his wife’s four-year-old relative, be remanded in a correctional facility pending bail.

The Police charged Olatunji for assault.

The Chief Magistrate, Mrs Adeola Adedayo, remanded the defendant in a Correctional Centre in Ikoyi.

“The defendant should remain behind bars pending when a proper application for his bail is brought before the court,” she said.

She ordered that the minor be kept with the Red Cross Society pending further directives.

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Adebayo adjourned the case until November 20 for mention.

Earlier, Prosecution Counsel, Insp. Chinalu Uwadione had told the court that the defendant committed the offence on October 15 at about 1.30 p.m. at No. 8, Ekunjimi St., Iganmu.

He alleged that the defendant also inflicted grievous bodily injury on her.

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The offence, he said, contravened the provisions of Section 173 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State.

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Bayelsa LG chairman’s father regains freedom

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Eighty-year-old Pa Napoleon Alale, the father of the Sagbama Local Government Chairman, Mr. Embeleakpo Alale, has regained freedom after spending about two months in the den of his alleged kidnappers.

The octogenarian was whisked away from his residence at Agbere, Sagbama, on Friday, May 8, 2020, by unidentified gunmen.

Embeleakpo in a statement on Tuesday by his Press Secretary, Dr. Nikade Anderson, confirmed the release of Pa Alale.

The council chairman revealed that the kidnappers dropped his father at Otuokpoti riverside in Ogbia LGA of Bayelsa at about 1am on Tuesday, after making series of contacts with the family towards securing his release.

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Embeleakpo did not however disclose if the family paid any ransom before securing the release of the aged man.

The council boss, while noting that his father was receiving medical attention to ascertain his health status, expressed appreciation to God over the safe return of his father.

He also expressed gratitude to Governor Douye Diri and his deputy, Lawrence Ewhrudjakpo, for their intervention and moral support while the harrowing experience lasted.

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He also appreciated associates, members of the public, security operatives, and the media for the overwhelming display of solidarity during the trying period.

Meanwhile, the Bayelsa State Police Command says it has arrested one ‘Commander’ Mummy Reuben, the alleged mastermind of Pa. Napoleon Alali.

A spokesman for the command, SP Asinim Butswat, said in a statement after the release of the octogenarian that combined efforts by security agencies led to the arrest of the mastermind.

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He said the suspect had confessed to how he conspired with others to carry out the kidnap.

Butswat said: “Consequently, the kidnappers released the victim, Pa. Napoleon Alale, aged 80, on Tuesday, August 4, at about 0100hours at Otuokpoti, Ogbia LGA of Bayelsa.

“The Commissioner of Police, Bayelsa State Command, Mike Okoli, has rejigged the security strategy of the command to reduce crime to the barest minimum in Bayelsa.

“Investigation is ongoing to arrest other fleeing suspects.”

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Australian woman smashes police officer’s head into concrete when told to wear face mask

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A woman in Australia reportedly smashed a police officer’s head onto a concrete slab after being asked why she wasn’t wearing a face mask.

As per Melbourne police, two female police officers approached a 38-year-old woman, who was not wearing a face covering, near a shopping centre in Frankston on Monday evening.

On being asked the question, the woman lashed out at the two female cops, pushed one officer and struck the other in the head. Some of the policewoman’s hair was also ripped out during the incident.

“After a confrontation and being assaulted by that woman, those police officers went to ground and there was a scuffle.

During that scuffle, this 38-year-old woman smashed the head of the policewoman several times into a concrete area on the ground,” Chief Commissioner Shane Patton said in a press conference on Tuesday, as reported by The Age.

“That behaviour is just totally unacceptable. That’s someone who thinks they’re above the law,” he further said.

 

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The 26-year-old female Victoria Police officer suffered significant head injuries and was treated at Frankston Hospital before being released. She is currently recovering at home after suffering a concussion.

Police have charged the alleged attacker with nine offences, including two counts of assaulting an emergency worker and one count of recklessly causing injury.

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The woman was also fined $200 for breaching coronavirus restrictions by not wearing a face mask or covering.

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Gunmen kill journalist in Nasarawa

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Gunmen have killed a former treasurer of the Nasarawa State Council of the Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ), Mr. Benjamin Ekom.

The Newsmen reports that the killing of Ekom, who was also a former Information Officer with the Akun Local Government Council of the state, comes barely seven days after the killing of five people in the state.

On July 27, five people were reported killed with 14 others still missing at the Dausu community in the Toto Local Government Area of the state.

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The traditional ruler of the Aren-Akun community, Alhaji Usman Galadima-Umbugadu, who spoke to reporters on the incident on Tuesday, described the killing as unfortunate and barbaric.

Ekom, who was also a former Secretary-General of Eggon Cultural and Development Association (ECDA) was killed late on Aug. 3 at his house in Washo, Akun.

Galadima-Umbugadu described Ekom as a committed subject whose contributions would be missed by the chiefdom.

“Yes, it is true that my subject, who served as the ECDA secretary, was attacked and killed in his house in the Washo community by gunmen.

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“This is unfortunate, barbaric, and uncalled.’’

The monarch said that Ekom contributed a lot to the development of the chiefdom, advising the family and the community to take solace in God.

Also speaking, Mr. Adams Makka-Nangba, District Head of Wakama community, described Ekom’s death as not only a great loss to the family but to the entire Akun chiefdom.

“It is said that Benjamin Ekom, the former ECDA Secretary-General, was assassinated in his house yesterday night.”

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Makka-Nangba prayed for the repose of the soul of the former information officer.

Spokesman of the Nasarawa State Police Command, Mr. Ramhan Nansel, told Newsmen that he was yet to receive information on the death of Ekom.

“I am yet to get that information. I will make my finding,’’ Nansel said.

Meanwhile, the corpse of the murdered journalist has been deposited at a hospital mortuary in Akwanga.

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