Police in Abuja on Monday called on members of the public to come forward and identify three children stolen from their families since June last year.
Force spokesman DCP Frank Mba said the three children – two girls and one boy – were among six rescued by the Intelligence Response Team (IRT) in an operation that was launched following reported cases of child theft.
Mba said those behind the act have been charged to court and convicted.
He said they were compelled to show pictures of the three children so their families would identify them.
“We were able to identify the parents of three of the six children and the police have reunited them with their families,” Mba said.
“Unfortunately until now we have not been able to locate the parents of these three children.”
Boy, 13, drowns in Kano
A 13-year-old boy, Anas Basiru, has died in open water at a Sauna in Nassarawa Local Government Area of Kano State.
Alhaji Saidu Mohammed, the Fire Service Public Relations Officer made this disclosure in a statement he issued on Thursday in Kano.
Mohammed said that the incident occurred on Wednesday.
“We received a distress call from one Mallam Haruna Musa at about 4:pm that Basiru’s body was found floating in the open water.
“On receiving the information, we quickly sent our rescue team to the scene at 4:10 p.m.
“He was handed over to the security personnel on behalf of the family.”
Muhammed further explained that the state fire service had received 97 distress calls from different parts of the state within the last two weeks.
According to him, 14 were received for fire incidents, 37 calls for rescue, five for false alarms, 39 lives were lost while two lives were saved.
He, however, advised the general public to always be cautious of the use of electrical appliances and to disconnect them from power sources when they were not in use.
He also urged the public to avoid storing petrol and other inflammable substances at homes and shops.
Father demands investigation after son drowns in Russia river
Prof Amaechi Ndubueze, the father of an 18-year-old medical student, Knowledge Ndubueze, who died after drowning in a Russian River, has demanded an investigation into circumstances leading to the sad incident.
Ndubueze, an indigene of Obingwa Local Government Area of Abia, left to study medicine in 2018 at Yugoslavia State Medical University.
His father, a lecturer at the Michael Okpara University of Agriculture Umudike (MOUAU), received a call around 3:30 pm on July 9, informing them of his death.
“It was his guardian who stays at St Petersburg: another city different from Yugoslavia State, where the boy was studying that called to inform me about my son’s death. When I asked him what happened, he told me he was not there with him to actually say what happened.
“But according to unverified source that spoke to him, the guardian, he learnt that the boy went for a picnic with others at a lake where the boy was said to have drowned and died instantly.”
Ndubueze suspected there could more to his son’s death than reported
“The news of my son’s death is rather unfortunate becaue we did not hear that he was sick as he has no previous sickness. So we suspect a foul play. We suspect that they are trying to use drowning to cover-up.
“How can someone just call me and say Knowledge Uzochi Ndubueze is dead like that?
“We are pleading with the Federal Executive Council led by President Muhammadu Buhari, Governor Okezie Ikpeazu and Senators Enyinnaya Abaribe, Orji Uzor Kalu and Theodore Ahamefula to intervene and order investigation into this death as it is rather unfortunate.
“The chairman of Nigeria in Diaspora Commission Mrs. Dabire Abike Erewa, Nigerian Ambassador to Russia and other well meaning Nigerians should come to our help as we are helpless, there is definitely nothing we can do as this incidence is in far away Russia.
“My son’s movement to Russia is through right and appropriate means. He has his papers intact. His passport too and visa where legally processed.
“It was education that took him to Russia. The proper thing is for an investigation to be conducted into the circumstances surrounding his death and those culpable if any made to face the full weight of the law,” he said.
Charcoal fume Kills two in Anambra (Photos)
A Nigerian woman identified as Mrs Obiageli Ezeuboaja, and her house boy, Chikamso, have been killed in their sleep in Umuchiana village, Ekwulobia, Anambra State.
Her husband, Bernard Ezeuboaja, reported the incident on Wednesday at Aguata Police Station.
Bernard Ezeuboaja discovered that his wife one Obiageli Ezeuboaja aged 65 years and her house boy one Chikamso aged about 12 years slept and never woke up after he opened the door and saw their lifeless bodies.
Following the report, Police detectives attached to Aguata division visited the scene and rushed victims to the hospital for medical attention but they were all certified death on arrival by a medical doctor.
Preliminary investigation revealed that the deceased set a charcoal fire in order to warm the room due to cold weather leaving all the windows closed and without ventilation.
Meanwhile, the charcoal container was recovered as exhibit while corpses deposited at Ekwulobia hospital mortuary for autopsy.
An investigation is ongoing to ascertain the circumstances surrounding the incident.
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