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How Uber driver was murdered, dumped in Lagos – Police

Operatives of the Rapid Response Squad (RRS) of Lagos State Police Command have arrested two suspected robbers who allegedly killed an Uber driver and stole his car.

The Lagos Police spokesman, CSP Chike Oti, said that the suspects were arrested in Aboki Estate, Lekki, Lagos.

According to a statement by Oti, the suspects were arrested while removing the parts of the stolen Hyundai Elantra car with Reg. No. EPE 676 EC for sale to a scrap metal dealer.

He said the arrest was carried out following a directive from the new Lagos police boss, CP Zubairu Mu’azu, that the RRS Commander, ACP Olatunji Disu, should fish out the culprits.

Oti said investigations by the police revealed that an ex–convict and bus conductor, in company of three others now at large, had conspired to hijack an Uber car and sell it off.

”On the said day, the quartet at around 11 p.m. waved down the deceased, Sunday Obasi, in Lekki. They told him they were going to Ikate and he charged them N1,000.

”Before getting to their destination, the suspects told the driver that they wanted to ease themselves. It was at this point they descended on the driver.

”They killed him and pushed him off the car into the road before driving the car to Beach Road, Lekki, where they hid it for two days while looking for buyer and swapped the number plate of the car with a Volkswagen Passat car (FKJ 708 CA) close by,” he said.

Oti stated that investigations were continuing on the case, stressing that the command would leave no stone unturned towards ensuring that the fleeing suspect are made to face justice.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the recovered vandalised Uber car was currently parked at the RRS headquarters, Alausa, while the late driver’s corpse was deposited at a public mortuary.

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Ogah Jumbo: Protesters shutdown Abuja over murder of NSCDC personnel

A group, under the umbrella of Coalition of Joint Civil Society Action against Extra-Judicial killings, on Wednesday, asked the Nigeria Police Force (NPF) to apologise to the family of late Ogah Jumbo, who was murdered last month.

Mr. Jumbo, an Assistant Superintendent of the Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC), was reportedly murdered in Nyanya, a suburb of Abuja by the men of the Nigeria Police, on Wednesday, 20th March 2019, in presence of his wife and kids.

At a peaceful rally organised by the coalition in Abuja on Wednesday, the group also faulted the Commandant General (CG) of Civil Defence, Abdullahi Gana Muhammadu, for playing down the death of one of his men.

The group, in a jointly petition signed by Barr. Paul Edeh and Hajia Aisha Yesufu, also requested for the arrest and prosecution of the Divisional Police Officer (DPO) in charge of Nyanya division, Mr. Igbekele Ogunfemi, for complicity in the matter.

As the procession continued, the coalition also submitted copies of the petition at the office of the Attorney-General of the Federation (AGF) and Minister of Justice; the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) and the National Assembly.

They argued that, contrary to the Police’s claim, Mr. Jumbo was not driving against the traffic, adding that, the Police Traffic wardens who beat him up also dragged him for about 100 metres into the Nyanya police station, where they finally beat him to death.

“Late ASC Ogah did not violate any traffic offence. It was men of the Nigeria Police who committed the act and not none conventional Police men as alluded by ACP Frank Mba.

“Late ASC Ogah did not drive himself to the Station. Late ASC Ogah did not slump when being interrogated but slumped during beating by men of the Nigerian Police.

“Till date, no identification parade has been carried out for the wife of late Ogah to identify other Police men involved in beating her husband to death. Only the two traffic wardens who started the beating were arrested by the Nigeria Police”, the group stated.

While requesting that the National Assembly, the AGF and the NHRC conduct independent investigations into the matter to bring the perpetrators to book, the group also called on the Acting Inspector-General of Police, IGP Mohammed Adamu, to personally visit the family of the murdered NSCDC officer as a way of condolences.

Meanwhile, the Nigeria Police have said the two Traffic Wardens involved in the beating of late Jumbo have been remanded in Kuje prison on Wednesday, after they were arraigned at Nyanya High Court, for culpable homicide.

The two Police officers, Idoko Sunday and Katdel Dabit, were said to be found guilty during an orderly-room trial conducted by the Force and had been dismissed, before their arraignment.

According to a statement on Wednesday signed by the Force Public Relations Officer (FPRO) DCP Frank Mba, “Police investigations positively indicted them for assault and excessive use of force on the deceased after his arrest”.

Mba also contradicted his earlier statement of March 21, 2019, wherein he alluded that Mr. Jumbo slumped and died after driving himself to the police station.

He admitted that the autopsy report earlier published by this newspaper was true, as Mr. Jumbo’s death was caused by the police officers on duty.

He said, “Forensic Analysis by a pathologist as seen in the autopsy report clearly traced the cause of death to injuries inflicted on the deceased during his encounter with the Traffic Wardens.

“For avoidance of doubt, the autopsy report states in part that the death; was due to blunt force injury to the head; multiple skin and soft tissue injuries on the fore head and face, and that, there was no natural disease in the body to sufficiently explain the sudden death”.

While regretting the action of the Police officers, Mr. Mba enjoined Nigerians not to lose faith in the Police Force, adding that, the Acting IGP has warned that, “any Police Officer found wanting for unlawful use of Force and other sundry offences, will be publicly named, shamed and brought to book to serve as deterrent to others”.

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48 hours after, abductors of Ibadan-based lawyer, Adetunbi, driver yet to contact family

Forty eight hours after an Ibadan-based lawyer, Barrister Musibau Adetunbi and his driver were kidnapped; their abductors are yet to contact any of his family members or colleagues.

A colleague of the legal practitioner, who was kidnapped in Iwaraja in Osun state on Monday on his way to Akure told DAILY POST that up till now, no information of the where about of the legal practitioner has been received.

DAILY POST recalls that Adetunbi and his driver were kidnapped by some unknown gunmen on Monday. They were kidnapped in Iwaraja in Osun state, on their way to Court of Appeal in Akure, the Ondo state capital.

Chairman of the Ibadan branch of the Nigeria Bar Association (NBA), Dr. Oluwole Akintayo, who confirmed the kidnap maintained that the incident has been reported to the Osun State Police command.

Akintayo said, “Mr. Musibau Adetunmbi was travelling on Monday to Ondo State to appear in a matter he had in Akure, Ondo State for Tuesday morning when the incident happened. He was in the car with his driver and other team members when his vehicle was ambushed by suspected kidnappers.

“Other team members were asked to alight, while they drove him and his driver to an unknown destination. We went to the spot where the incident happened today (Tuesday) and there was no trace yet of his whereabouts.

“We reported the matter to the Osun State Police Command. Unfortunately, no contact has been established with us or his family by his kidnappers”.

Public Relations Officer (PRO), of the Osun state police command, Folasade Odoro, who confirmed the incident to DAILY POST in a telephone conversation Tuesday evening, however added that the Osun state police command was working to rescue the legal practitioner.

But, two days after they were kidnap, their abductors are yet to contact any of their family members.

A close colleague of the legal practitioner who spoke in confidence with DAILY POST, said that the whereabouts of the legal practitioner and his driver still remain unknown.

The legal practitioner, who said that he and Adetunbi were in the same meeting last month, told DAILY POST that Adetunbi is one of the prominent members of Muslim Lawyers’ Association of Nigeria, Oyo State Chapter.

He said, “None of his family members or colleagues has been contacted. They are yet to call anybody. Up till now, we have not receive any message. They are yet to call any of his family members. If they do so, we will know.

“I don’t want to speak much abut his abduction. I know his very well. He is a member of Muslim Lawyers’ Association of Nigeria, Oyo State Chapter. He is one of us. In fact we were in the same meeting last month”.

Chairman of NBA in Ibadan, Dr. Oluwole Akintayo when asked to speak, informed DAILY POST on Wednesday that the family solicits the prayers of Nigerians in securing the release of the legal practitioner and his driver.

Akintayo told DAILY POST that, ” Thank you. The bar is in touch with the family. The family solicits the prayers of Nigerians and other well meaning people in securing the release of our colleague and driver.

“The family does not want any publicity that could be counterproductive. This is what I cab say right now”.

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My father stole N3.8m from the N4.5m ransom I collected – Kidnap suspect confesses

A suspected notorious kidnapper in Akwa Ibom State, Edidiong Uduak Luke had confessed that out of N4.5million he collected as a ransom from his victim, his father stole and absconded with about N3.8million.

The suspect disclosed this in reaction to the question by newsmen on how he expended the 4.5million ransom he got from his victim.

The Commissioner of Police, Akwa Ibom state, CP Zaki Ahmed who paraded the suspected kidnap kingpin alongside other suspects on Wednesday at the command’s headquarters, Ikot-Akpanabia Uyo said the suspect who is the overall leader of Vikings secret cult group abducted one lady residing at Akpan Essien street Uyo, in 2017.

CP Ahmed in his maiden press briefing explained that the suspect kept the lady in an uncompleted building at Obio Etoi in Uyo and the family paid the sum of N4.5million before she could regain her freedom.

He further explained that the suspect had been on the run since then but only resurfaced to carry out another abduction before he was arrested by the operatives of the anti-kidnapping squad on April 4, 2019 at their hideout in Afaha Effiat village in Etinan LGA.

His words, “Based on credible intelligence, Operatives of Anti-Kidnapping squad on 4/4/2019 at about 01:00am stormed a kidnapping hideout at Afaha Effiat village in Etinan and arrested one of the most wanted kidnap kingpins in the state, Edidiong Uduak a.k.a, ‘Barrister’.

“Suspect confessed to be the leader of Vikings confraternity in Etinan and the masterminder of the abduction of a lady at Akpan Essien street Uyo whose ransome was paid at the sum of four million, five hundred thousand naira(N4.5m).”

The Commissioner also said the command had arrested one David Asuquo (M) and Gabriel Udofia (M) for robbing one Uwem Chemist (M) of N500, 000 at gunpoint on April 15 in Ikot Ambang in Ibiono Ibom LGA.

He said that during investigation, the suspects confessed to the crime and mentioned other gang members now at large.

According to him, “On April 4, Operation Purge in Etim Ekpo Local Government Area, arrested a notorious cultist/armed robbery suspect, one John Emmanuel Effiong (m) aged 29.

“During investigation, suspect confessed his involvement in five armed robbery operations before his arrest, also admitted that he is member of Iceland Confraternity cult group.”

The suspected kidnap kingpin, Edidiong Uduak in an interaction with newsmen, confessed to the crime saying, “My name is Edidiong Uduak Luke and I am 28 years old from Etinan local government area. I went to prison in 2014 but was freed. This is the second time I was arrested for the same kidnapping case in which I kidnapped three people. I collected N4.5 million from them but lost N3.8 million to my father.

“I blame my father for my actions because I was not brought up by my father but when I went to live with him after I had the money, he stole part of the money from me and ran away with it. It is now four years since he stole the money.”

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