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Army troops thwart smuggling of illicit drugs, petrol

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The Nigerian Army has stated that troops of 81 Division intercepted two boats carrying items suspected to be illicit drugs.

This was disclosed by Acting Deputy Director of Army Public Relations, 81 Division, Lt. Col. Olabisi Olalekan Ayeni.

It said that the troops acted on actionable intelligence by conducting a stealth operation at Ajido in Badagry, Lagos State, and successfully uncovered 27 sacks containing the suspected drugs.

The statement disclosed that the NA troops carried out the operation in conjunction with a team from the Nigerian Customs Service operating in the 81 Division NA Area of Responsibility.

However, the suspects evaded arrest as they jumped into the river upon sighting the troops.

“In a separate operation, the troops also intercepted smugglers carrying 77 sacks of Petroleum Motor Spirit (PMS) at the Fabre area in Badagry.

“The 77 sacks of Petroleum Motor Spirit have been handed over to the Nigerian Customs Service, Seme, while the sacks containing suspected drugs have also been handed over to the Nigeria Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA), Seme Command,” it said.

The General Officer Commanding 81 Division, Maj. Gen. Mohamed Usman, on behalf of the Chief of Army Staff, commended the troops for their professionalism.

He further appealed to all law-abiding citizens in Lagos and Ogun States to continue to support the troops and other security agencies with credible information to combat any criminal activity that may threaten the peace in Lagos and Ogun States.

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Parents Negligence Killed Sylvester Oromoni – Coroner Declares

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The Coroner’s Inquest convened at the Ogba Magistrate Court, investigating the tragic death of 12-year-old Dowen College student Sylvester Junior Oromoni in Lekki, has reached a verdict.

Coroner Magistrate Mikhail Kadiri concluded that the negligence of Oromoni’s parents and doctor played a significant role in his demise.

The inquiry determined that Oromoni’s passing resulted from failed treatment for his enlarged liver, ultimately leading to his death on November 30, 2021.

Initially, speculation surrounding Oromoni’s death included allegations of bullying and ingestion of a poisonous substance while at school. He had reportedly mentioned being assaulted by five senior students of Dowen College before his untimely death.

However, on January 5, 2022, the Lagos State Government exonerated the five students and five employees of Dowen College who were initially accused in connection with Oromoni’s death.

Coroner Magistrate Kadiri emphasized the critical role of proper care in Oromoni’s deteriorating health.

He highlighted the abandonment of Oromoni by his parents for over 32 hours and their failure to seek medical attention until the day of his passing. Kadiri asserted that Oromoni’s death could have been prevented if not for the negligence of his parents and caregiver.

Kadiri’s ruling underscores the avoidable and agonizing suffering endured by Sylvester Oromoni, attributing it to the lack of timely medical intervention and care.

The conclusion of the Coroner’s Inquest brings clarity to the circumstances surrounding Oromoni’s tragic death, shedding light on the importance of accountability and responsibility in safeguarding the well-being of children.

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Police nab 40-yr-old man for killing his mother in Akwa Ibom

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Akwa Ibom State Police Command yesterday said it has arrested a 40year-old man identified as Inyangake James Peter for the gruesome murder of his biological mother, Mma Offiong James Peter.

The state Police Public Relations Officer, (outgoing), Mr Odiko MacDon in a statement on Monday in Uyo disclosed that the deceased was about 70 years old.

According to MacDon the ugly incident occurred on 4th of April 2024 at about 9:00am in Ikpe Annang Village of Essien Udim Local government area of the state.

He added that the command also arrested one Asuquo Isaac who murdered his 18-year-old son identified as Iboro Isaac over family misunderstanding.

His words “Akwa Ibom State Police Command has arrested one Inyangake James Peter, 40 -years-old, for gruesomely murdering his biological mother, one Mma-Offiong James Peter, about 70 years-old, on 4/4/2024 at about 9:00am at Ikpe Annang Village in Essien Udim LGA.

The Suspect who confessed to the crime has been transferred to the State CID for discrete investigation.The Suspect on interrogation alleged that he had a voice saying ” kill her”, ” kill her ” and he decided to oblige.

“Similarly, one Solomon Asuquo Isaac of Ikot Obok Nsit in Nsit Ibom LGA who murdered his son, one Iboro Isaac, 18 years old last year as a result of family misunderstanding, has been arrested.

“Cases of some family members killing their biological relations has been of great concern to the Command in recent times.

“Also, on 9/4/2024, Anti-Robbery Squad of the Command on ‘stop and search’ arrested one Ekemini Edet Akpan of Ekpene Ikpan Village, along Calabar Itu Highway by Raycon Construction Company, for being in possession of one locally made gun, one revolver pistol and 18 live cartridges.

“Suspects will be charged to court at the completion of investigation”.

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Hoodlums Ambush 2 Trucks Loaded With Palliative In Benue

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Emmanuel Agema, the acting head of the Benue state Board Internal Revenue Service (BIRS), stated that hoodlums intercepted two palliative vehicles and manhandled their drivers.

Agema alleged that the hoodlums dressed as revenue officers at a collection point near Aliade, Gwer East Local Government Area in Benue state, when the unsuspecting cars bringing palliative from Adamawa to the eastern portion of the country fell into their ambush.

Addressing members of the Correspondents Chapel of the Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ), Benue led by the chairman, Emmanuel Anstwen, Agema said: “The hoodlums stopped the vehicles, broke their windscreen and stole the sum of #200,000 from one of the drivers at the illegal tax collection point.

He said two persons have been arrested and transferred to the DSS on the governor’s directives that a thorough investigation be carried out to fish out those behind illegal tax collection in the state.

He stated: “Since I assumed duty as acting Chairman of BIRS, my biggest challenge is the activities of illegal tax collectors and so far 35 persons have been charged to court.

“On assumption of duty, we also terminate revenue contract, close revenue leakages about 90 percent, we are now using our staff making us generate more revenue for the state.”

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