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Tricycle rider goes missing two days after naming ceremony

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The whereabout of a 30-year-old tricycle rider identified as Oluwadamilare Shittu has left his family apprehensive after his sudden disappearance from home, a few days after the naming ceremony of his second child.

It was gathered that Shittu left his house on Ereko Street, in the Fadeyi area of Lagos State, for work around 6.30am on April 30.

The PUNCH gathered that his family became worried after a woman he usually took to work came to check on him the next day.

His wife, Adedoyin, said she immediately reported the matter at the Onipanu Police Station, adding that his tricycle was found 10 days later without any trace of him.

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She said,

“My husband is a tricycle rider and he plies Sabo, Yaba and Oyingbo areas. We had the naming of our second child on Sunday, April 28. On Tuesday, he left for work but did not return home. He usually leaves home early in the morning because of a female customer he takes to her workplace.

“The next day, the woman came to ask after him. She said she had not seen him and was wondering what the problem was. We immediately reported at the Onipanu Police Station.

“His tricycle was recovered on Friday, May 10, on Alhaji Kappo Street; but he was nowhere to be found. He is easygoing and does not fight people.”

However, a source close to the family said the victim might not be found alive.

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He said prior to Oluwadamilare’s disappearance, youths living on two streets in the area had engaged in a free-for-all.

The source noted that it was a few days after the fight that the victim’s tricycle was recovered.

He said,

“Oluwadamilare was formerly living at Makoko, but when he got married, he relocated to Fadeyi.

“Three days before he went missing, there was a fight in the neighbourhood. Whenever there is a fight like that in Fadeyi, innocent residents, including strangers, are attacked. Days after such fights, people are targeted for living on rival streets and killed.

“We got information that a tricycle rider was attacked. The tricycle was later traced to the street where the hoodlums clashed. The police did not arrest anybody for questioning at the scene. We have gone to check mortuaries around, but we did not find him. The tricycle is still at the police station.”

Efforts to reach the state Police Public Relations Officer, DSP Bala Elkana, proved abortive, as calls to his telephone line were not answered.

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He had also yet to reply to a message sent to his phone as of the time of filing this report.

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Why I tied up my son for so long – Kebbi father

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The Police Command in Kebbi has arrested Aliyu Umar, father of the 12-year-old boy chained for two years in an animal stall in Badariya area of Birnin Kebbi Local Government.

The command’s Public Relations Officer, DSP Nafi’u Abubakar, told the News Agency of Nigeria in Birnin Kebbi on Thursday that the father told the police that the boy has Down syndrome.

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Abubakar added that the father had admitted to the Police that he tied up the boy with a rope in view of his inability to sustain his medication.

“The father had claimed that he had taken the boy to native doctors for medication up to the extent of selling some of his properties, but all in vain.

“Instead, he decided to prevent him from roaming about in the town, stoning peoples’ vehicles as well as injuring himself, which could lead to his death.”

He, however, said that the Police had arraigned Umar before Chief Magistrate Court 1, Birnin Kebbi, on a charge of cruelty to a minor.

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The boy, Jibrin Aliyu, was, on August 9, found at his father’s residence tied with a rope alongside with animals and chickens and was in that condition for two years after the demise of his mother.

The boy is currently on admission at Sir Yahaya Memorial Hospital, Birnin Kebbi.

 

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Boko Haram now recruiting child soldiers – MNJTF

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The Multinational Joint Task Force (MNJTF) has raised an alarm of Boko Haram recruiting child soldiers to resuscitate its declining influence in the Lake Chad Basin.

Nigerian army colonel and Chief of Military Public Information for MNJTF, Timothy Antigha who revealed this in a statement released from N’Djamena – Chad on Thursday, August 12, said the disturbing development was brought in by intelligence sources and corroborated by concerned individuals and groups days ago.

Antigha who noted that the recent recruitment of child soldiers by the terrorist group might be due to the recent mass surrender of its members to the military, said the intelligence was confirmed after the terrorist group released a video of children dressed in military fatigue and holding assault rifles during the Sallah celebrations.

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He said;

“Earlier, Boko Haram have engaged in the mass abduction of school girls, sexual enslavement of women and mass murder of innocent civilians.

“This recent employment of child soldiers is as a result of frustration caused by several operational losses, leadership crises, as well as disillusionment among fighters and their subsequent surrender in hundreds to the MNJTF.

“The focus on children is because they are easier to manipulate and indoctrinate than the adults within the region who can now see through the veil of deceit.

“Arising from this latest atrocity by Boko Haram, the MNJTF urges parents, local authorities, religious and traditional institutions to be vigilant and promptly alert security agencies of any overt or covert attempts to recruit their children and wards.”

Antigha also warned youths against falling for the terrorist group’s promises of power and influence, economic prosperity and spiritual growth.

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He added;

“The stories of hardship and evil within the terrorist organisations as revealed by all surrendered Boko Haram fighters should be sufficient notice that Boko Haram and ISWAP have nothing good to offer anyone.

“It would be recalled that the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child on the involvement of children in armed conflict forbids the recruitment and use of children in Armed Conflicts.

“The Protocol states among others that; “Armed groups distinct from armed forces of a country should not, under any circumstances, recruit or use in hostilities anyone under 18.

“It is against this background that the MNJTF is drawing the attention of the United Nations, its relevant agencies and other stakeholders to the latest acts of inhumanity and desperation by Boko Haram, and urges severe condemnation and other necessary action.

“On our part, the MNJTF will continue with activities that are focused on the protection of children and other vulnerable groups within its area of operation.”

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RCCG pastor lands in court for issuing $1.6m dud cheques

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The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFFC) on Wednesday re-arraigned an assistant pastor of the Redeemed Christian Church of God (RCCG), City of David Parish, Victoria Island, Lagos, Ayodeji Ibrahim Oluokun for allegedly issuing dud cheques of $1.6 million.

Oluokun was arraigned alongside his company Peak Petroleum Industry Nigeria Limited, before Justice Toyin Taiwo of an Ikeja Special offences Court.

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The defendant was re-arraigned on a six-count charge of obtaining money by false pretence, stealing and issuance of dud cheques.

The EFCC Counsel, S.O Daji, told the court that the defendant, in 2014, approached the management of GOSL Nigeria Limited for a loan in the sum of $1.6 million to enable him carry out operational activities in his company’s oil field in Bayelsa State.

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Oluokun was alleged to have assured the firm that he would repay the money within a year.

Unable to repay the loan, the defendant allegedly issued two post-dated Standard Chartered Bank Nigeria Limited cheques for the sum of $1 million and $666,666 respectively, the prosecutor said.

The pastor pleaded not guilty, and Justice Taiwo adjourned the matter till September 23.

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