Two policemen have allegedly shot a 17-year-old, Tina Ezekwe, dead around the Berger area of the state.
Bullets from the policemen, Theophilus Otobo and Oguntoba Olamigoke, were also said to have hit another victim, Musa Yakubu.
The cop was said to be from the Bariga Police Division.
Reports indicated that the policeman was trying to arrest a bus driver for violating the nationwide curfew imposed by the Federal Government to check the spread of coronavirus.
In the process, the policeman was said to have shot the bus driver and Tina standing by the roadside.
It was learnt that Tina, an Imo State indigene who resided at Bariga, was rushed to a hospital after the incident. However, she died on Thursday evening.
A video posted on Twitter by Oworo TV (@OworoTv), which went viral, showed Tina’s body being dragged amid a panicky crowd.
As of Friday, the video had gathered about 160,000 views on the social media platform.
Using the hashtag, #JusticeforTina, Nigerians demanded the prosecution of the erring police officer.
On Friday, #JusticeforTina was one of the most trended topics on Twitter. Actress Adesua Etomi-Wellington shared a picture of Tina on her handle, @AdesuaEtomiW, and captioned it “#JusticeforTina. Tina was only 16.”
Another actress, Beverly Naya with the handle @BeverlyNaya also lent her voice to demand justice for the murdered teenager. “This is all too much! Police brutality needs to stop! #JusticeForTina,” she wrote.
Another Twitter user, @aproko_doctor, asked all Nigerians to demand justice for Tina.
“All she did was stand at a popular junction and she was shot by a Nigerian policeman. It could be any of us, and we will not stop until we have a reform of the Nigeria Police Force.
“I don’t want to mind my business and still be shot.”
Sally Suleiman, with the handle @is_salsu, also wrote, “The people who are meant to protect the citizens are killing them. Please lend your voice! #JusticeForTina.”
Also, Efam Harris (@iefamharris) said, “Tina is the young boy with an iPhone; Tina is the young woman who sells clothes; Tina is the gentleman who returns late from work; Tina is everyone who the Nigeria Police have killed for no reason; Tina is all of us. #JusticeForTina.”
Twitter user, Ugwunna Ejikem, lamented that Tina was shot dead even though she didn’t bear arms or looked suspicious for any crime.
“Her only ‘crime’ was standing at a popular junction within the reach of a trigger-happy Nigerian policeman.
“How long will this continue and how long will they keep getting away with this?
“Please lend a voice. #JusticeForTina,” she wrote.
Another user, Danny (@Danny_Walterr), described the incident as heartbreaking.
The state Police Public Relations Officer, Bala Elkana, said in a statement on Friday that the victims were rushed to a hospital after the incident.
The PPRO, however, said Tina died two days after her admission, adding that Otobo and Olamigoke had been subjected to internal disciplinary proceedings and would be arraigned in court if found guilty.
“The Lagos State Commissioner of Police, Hakeem Odumosu, has ordered an in-depth investigation into the circumstances surrounding the death of Tina Ezekwe, 17.
“Two police officers suspected to have carried out the shooting were arrested and subjected to internal disciplinary proceedings. If found culpable, they will be arraigned in court. The policemen are, ASP Theophilus Otobo, and Inspector Oguntoba Olamigoke, attached to the Bariga Police Station.
“The incident happened on May 26, 2020, around 10.45pm. The said police officers fired shots from their pin down point along the Berger area of the Third Mainland Bridge, in circumstances yet to be determined. One Musa Yakubu, 35, was injured at the point and a stray bullet hit Tina.
“The bullet pierced through the upper side of her left laps. She was rushed to hospital by a team of policemen led by the Divisional Police Officer. The battle to save her life lasted for two days, but she, however, died on May 28, 2020, around 9.29pm while on admission. The second person is in stable condition.”
My four-year-old daughter was abducted from school, sold for N2m, mother shares heartbreaking story
A middle-aged mother, Comfort Nwadukwu, has narrated how her four-year-old daughter was kidnapped and sold for N2million to a childless woman.
On a bright morning on November 13 last year, Mercy, a four-year-old girl, joined her elder siblings as they all headed to their primary school in Awka, Anambra State, and their mother had bid them farewell, as usual, expecting them to return home in the evening like they always did.
Unknown to her, fate had a different game plan but she was oblivious of the trouble that hung in the air.
The reality dawned on her late in the afternoon when everyone else returned from school but there was no sight of Mercy. Unknown to them, a man whose identity is yet to be revealed had abducted the hapless girl and took her to an orphanage where Philomena Okoye, a woman in desperate need of a child, acquired her with N2 million as part payment.
Explaining how she came about Mercy, Okoye said she had been married for years without a child, hence she decided to adopt a baby from an orphanage in Nnewi, Anambra State in November last year, who turned out to be Mercy.
“I was told that the child’s mother brought her to the home (orphanage) on the excuse that she had too many children to cater for,” she said, adding that she made a part payment of N2 million and was issued documents to that effect.
She, however, said she was not involved in the abduction of the child.
Mercy herself had said that she was taken away from her school by a man shortly after the school dismissed.
“The next place I found myself was in the midst of other children before I was finally taken away by a woman who took me to her home,” she said.
According to Nwadiukwu, her daughter had left for school in the morning of that fateful day together with her siblings without any inkling of the fate that would befall her.
“It was on November 13, 2019. I was in my shop where I sell yams when a woman on evangelism came to my shop and told me that I was about to lose something precious.
“She advised that I should offer the money I intended to restock my shop with as sacrifice to God. Little did I know that it was a prophecy that would be fulfilled within a few hours.
“When it was time for my children to return from school, the others came back but I did not see Mercy. My first daughter who she normally came home with said she thought she had returned already.
“I started making calls but nobody, including the teachers, seemed to know her whereabouts. Some said she must have followed one of the aunties. It was like a joke.
“I rushed to the police station and reported the matter. They sent signals to all their stations across the state. I also gave out the announcement to radio stations in the state as well as town criers, with some of them collecting money.
“I also sent messages to all the prayer houses around. There was no church in Awka that was not praying for my daughter. Some of them collected money.
“I spent more than N200,000 in some of the prayer houses. One of them collected as much as N84,000. My husband counted the money and gave it to him with Mercy’s pictures.
“The following day we visited, he said he saw the girl in the hands of one Alhaji with 32 other children.
“Another prophet said it was not long my daughter was abducted; that she was taken out of the state to Enugu. He later said she was in the hands of ritual killers. One even requested for N180,000, which I refused to pay.
“Because of this same child, I had to embark on one-week fasting and prayers without water. Immediately after that exercise, however, God started revealing to me that my daughter was still alive. This was before Easter. For me, that was enough encouragement.
“Later, my husband and I decided to take the baby’s clothes and shoes to the altar of our church where she was dedicated at birth. We made some prayers there, asking God to locate our child for us.
“Meanwhile, we started receiving another revelation of where I was killed, with the poster of my obituary. My husband had to embark on a 21-day prayer and fasting, during which he saw himself bathing the child with the blood of Jesus.”
Nwadiukwu described the reappearance of her daughter as the greatest miracle she had ever witnessed, saying she would not forget that day in her lifetime.
“It was on a Sunday morning, precisely on June 21. One of our church members was on his way to church with his family when one of the daughters sighted from the car a little girl walking on the roadside with a woman. She quickly called the attention of the dad to the girl, shouting, “Daddy, is that not Mercy?’
“The father stopped, alighted from the car and approached the woman, requesting to know how she got the child. Although the woman claimed to have adopted the baby, the man insisted she should join them in the car to the police station for further inquiries.
“However, they first drove to the church to inform me of the development before we later drove to the police station.”
Disclosing that she fainted on receiving the news of her daughter’s reappearance, Nwadiukwu said she could not believe her eyes when her daughter was brought to her.
“I had gone to sweep the church early in the morning because I could not go the previous day. I was there when one of our members drove to the church with his family members.
“He had not parked the car when I saw the kids beckoning to me. They quickly jumped down from the car with my daughter and started shouting: ‘Is this not Mercy your child?’ I fainted. I could not believe my eyes.”
Nwadiukwu also recalled how the news of her daughter’s return filled the air barely one month after she was abducted.
“It was not up to a month after the incident when rumours started spreading that my daughter had been found. I went to the school where she was kidnapped and requested that they should produce my daughter but they rather mocked me.
“In the midst of all this, I refused to be discouraged. I challenged God that if my daughter was to die, it would have been during her pregnancy when I took drugs that a pregnant woman was not supposed to take.
“Besides, I didn’t get her from a herbalist. Since He allowed her to survive, it meant she had something to do in my family.
“How God catapulted the woman who claimed to have adopted my daughter from Ogidi area of the state where she earlier resided to Okpuno in Awka North Local Government Area, remains a mystery.
“And while I had sleepless nights over the condition of my daughter, particularly because it was exam period, little did I know that she was being adequately taken care of. She was enrolled in a special school where her academics were taken care of.”
Nwadiukwu pledged to hand over the girl to God by ensuring she served him for the rest of her life. She also planned to withdraw her from her former school to a better school where she would receive quality education.
A senior Police officer at the Central Police Station, Awka, who spoke to The Nation on condition of anonymity, said some persons had been arrested in connection with the case, while the victim had since been reunited with the family.
He, however, said the prime suspect and owner of the orphanage was still at large, adding that the matter has been transferred to the state CID for investigation.
The Police spokesperson in Anambra State confirmed the incident, saying an investigation was ongoing.
Fire razes over 100 shops in Calabar market
Goods worth millions of Naira were on Friday night destroyed by fire which gutted over 100 shops in the popular Marian market in Calabar, the Cross River State capital.
It was gathered that the fire, which started from one of the shops in the fruit section, spread to other shops.
An eye witness, Ojah Ojah, said the fire outbreak started around 8 pm on Friday.
“The fire started from one of the shops when electricity was supplied to the area. We saw a spark from one of the shops and before we realise, the fire had extended to other shops.
“We called on the Fire Service but they could not respond on time. It took the intervention of the Nigerian Navy fire truck to help in containing the fire.”
One of the victims, Eme Bassey, 54, said her watermelon worth N300,000 including her shop were all destroyed in the inferno.
“Three days ago, I received a supply of watermelon worth over N500,000 from my distributor in Makurdi. I usually sell and make payment to him, but this fire outbreak has rendered me hopeless for now.
“I don’t even know where to start because my shop was burnt to ashes. This is too painful for me to bear under this harsh Covid-19 period.”
Director-General of Cross River State Emergency Management Agency, Princewill Ayim, who went for an on-the-spot assessment, sympathised with the affected traders.
“We are here to assess the extent of damage and to also document the affected traders with a view to ameliorating their situation, especially at this period of Covid-19 pandemic.
“The state government is very responsive to cases of emergencies like this, I can assure you that something will be done to assist the victims,” he said
Family of five die in gas inferno in Imo
A gas station located in Umuoma Nekede Owerri-west LGA of Imo state has been gutted by fire, killing a family of five.
According to DAILY POST, the incident which took place on Friday was triggered by a truck discharging cooking gas.
According to an eye witness, Princely Onyenwe, the truck caught fire while discharging gas and destroyed vegetation around.
“I put the blame on the carelessness of the operators of Tiengo gas station who ignored its leakage. The flaring of the gas quickly sent the fire to a nearby compound and burnt five people, four children and the wife of Mr. Onyekpandu Ekeada.
“Another residential house affected by the inferno is brothers and sisters lodge. Gas stations should not be sited around residential areas because of their inflammable nature. The Imo government should look into this,” he advised.
Onyemuche Anukam, a resident of brothers and sisters lodge, described the incident as unfortunate, appealing to the government to relocate the gas station elsewhere.
Mr Onyekpandu, the father of the victims while speaking said that his family was seated outside the compound around 9pm when the incident took place and killed all his children including his wife.
He cried to the state government to come to his rescue, lamenting that he had lost all he lived and struggled for in life.
He gave his children’s names as Precious, Chidera, Miracle, Izunna and their mother, Marcellina.
Newsmen further learned that the Deputy Governor of Imo state, Prof. Placid Njoku visited the site and consoled the bereaved family.
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