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Four NRC workers arrested over theft of railway equipment

Four staff of the Nigerian Railway Corporation (NRC) have been arrested for the theft of the railway equipment in Oni-Iyarin-Owodotun area of Ogun state.

NRC’s District Manager (West), Mrs. Angelique Ikwuka made this disclosure on Tuesday in Ibadan, the Oyo state capital, while speaking with journalists on the Federal Government’s commitment to deliver the ongoing train service for Nigerians before the end of the year.

Ikwuka said the vandalism of railway properties occurred some days ago in Abeokuta, the Ogun state capital.

She said some vigilant youths, who were disturbed by similar theft of railway equipment in the community, had been keeping vigil to ward-off another incident.

Ikwuka said, “The culprits were actually apprehended by youths of Oni-Iyarin-Owodotun community. Unfortunately, some of our staff were part of the culprits.”

She said that investigation is ongoing to know the involvement of staff of the corporation in the theft of the railway equipment.

The District Manager however added that efforts were still going on to nab the fifth suspect, a welder, who is currently at large.

While commending the efforts of the youths in the area for being proactive in alerting the police for the arrest of the suspects who were caught in the act, Ikwuka enjoined other communities within the railway corridors to report any of such cases or even apprehend anyone seen vandalising railway properties.

She vowed that the culprits and those indulging them within the system would be dealt with, in accordance with the law, to serve as deterrent to others who may be harbouring such intention.

Ikwuka also informed the public that three months free train services commenced on Tuesday, at Laderin in Abeokuta to Iju, Lagos on the standard gauge and would continue to run for another three months.

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Police arrest 5 traffic robbery suspects in Lagos

A team of surveillance attached to the Police Command in Lagos State has arrested five traffic robbery suspects, the Spokesperson of the command, DSP Bala Elkana, has said.

Elkana said in a statement that the suspects were arrested by the police patrol team on surveillance along Oshodi/Apapa express way.

“The policemen sighted some armed bandits at Toyota bus stop, under Daleko bridge, taking advantage of the traffic congestion, robbing motorists and other unsuspecting members of the public of their valuables such as laptops, cell phones and money.

“Three suspects namely; Daniel Ani, 19; Akinbode Muiz, 17, and Oluwasegun Emmanuel, 24, were arrested. They confessed to being responsible for traffic robbery along Mushin and its environs.

“They confessed to have stolen numerous phones and bags from different victims as well as a bag containing the sum of N25,000 belonging to one Oyebanji Ibukun of No 14, waheed Ologunju street, Okeafa Isolo before they were apprehended by the Police,” he said.

The statement added that two knives and cutlasses were recovered from the suspects and that investigation was ongoing after which the suspects would be charged to court.

The spokesman also said that two suspects namely Olalekan Taoreed, 20 of No.20, Sunday street, Ijora Badia and Adeniyi Okunloye of No. 25, Alaba Road, Suru Alaba were arrested by the police on April 19, and that one Samsung Duos cell phone stolen from one of the victims was recovered from them.

He said their arrest by the surveillance patrol team attached to Orile Police Station followed a distress call at 8 p.m.that some traffic robbers were operating at Alafia area along Lagos Badagry Express Way.

According to him, “One big sharp cutlass which was used in inflicting injuries on their victims was recovered from them. The suspects confessed to being responsible for traffic robberies along Orileand environs.

“Investigation is ongoing and suspects will be charged to Court, ” Elkana said.

He said the Commissioner of Police, Zubairu Muazu, had warned that with the deployment of surveillance teams across the state, tough times awaited traffic robbers.

“The command will continue to make Lagos State difficult for criminal elements to operate. The commissioner calls on Lagosians to be vigilant at all times,” he said.

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Kidnappers kill British woman in Nigeria

Kidnappers in Nigeria have shot dead a British woman and a Nigerian man, and abducted three others, officials have said.

Police and the British High Commission have named the woman as Faye Mooney, 29, and said they were aware of an incident which took place at a holiday resort on Friday but added that they would not speculate on a motive.

Her next of kin have been informed.

The Briton was working in Nigeria as a communications specialist for aid group Mercy Corps and was one of 12 tourists travelling to the northern city of Kaduna from Lagos, police said.

Police said Ms Mooney, who worked in the west African nation for nearly two years, had been attending a party before the incident.

In a statement, Mercy Corps said it was “utterly heartbroken” by the killing.

Ms Mooney's employers said they were 'utterly heartbroken' at her death. Pic: LinkedIn

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Ms Mooney’s employers said they were ‘utterly heartbroken’ by her death. Pic: LinkedIn

A Kaduna state police spokesman said: “Some suspected kidnappers armed with dangerous weapons gained entry into a recreational resort called Kajuru Castle in Kajuru local government area shooting sporadically and in the process shot dead two persons, including an expatriate lady, and took away three others.”

Officers have not yet named the other person killed in the incident.

No individuals or groups have said they are behind the killing and police are yet to identify the kidnappers.

Northern Nigeria has been dealing with a Boko Haram and Islamic State insurgency and clashes between farmers and herders, in which hundreds have died.

Kaduna has seen a spate of kidnappings by armed men in recent months.

In a statement, the British High Commission said: “We are engaging with the Nigerian authorities, and we understand an investigation is under way.”

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Hong Kong: Nigerian Woman Nabbed ‘With Cocaine In Condoms Hidden In Her Vagina’


Customs officials in Hong Kong have apprehended a Nigerian woman who arrived at the Hong Kong International Airport on Thursday with more than half a kilogramme of cocaine hidden in her body, South China Morning Post is reporting.

According to the Hong Kong-headquartered Asian paper, the 37-year-old, who claimed to be a businesswoman, arrived in the city on a flight from Lagos via Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

She was said to be acting suspiciously, shortly after her arrival on Thursday, hence she was taken to hospital for a check-up that confirmed she had foreign objects in her body.

“She was taken to Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Yau Ma Tei for a check-up and confirmed to have foreign objects in her body,” the paper said.

“Officers first recovered 215 grams of cocaine contained in condoms and plastic bags found in her vagina. She later discharged 24 capsules of cocaine, each weighing 14 grams, from her body.

“The haul, weighing 550 grams in total, was estimated to be worth HK$522,000 (US$66,900). The authorities said the woman, who was detained for inquiries, may discharge more drugs.”

Under Hong Kong’s Dangerous Drugs Ordinance, the maximum penalty for drug trafficking is life imprisonment and a HK$5 million fine.

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