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Ekiti sales boy disguises, threatens boss with kidnap, demands N1.5m

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The Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps, Ekiti State Command, has arrested a sales boy, Tobiloba Olayinka, for allegedly plotting to kidnap his boss in a bid to extort N1.5m from him.

The NSCDC Commandant in Ekiti State, Mr John Fayemi, said the suspect wrote a letter with a fictitious identity to his boss in Ado Ekiti in December, threatening to kidnap him if he failed to deposit N1.5m into a bank account.

Fayemi, who spoke while parading Olayinka alongside two other suspects arrested by the command for different crimes in the New Year, said the 21-year-old was arrested by men of the counter-terrorism squad for threatening to kidnap his employer.

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He said, “Upon discreet investigation, the suspect was arrested on January 8, 2022. The suspect was a sales boy of the victim, but he cooked up a letter using a strange name and account number and demanded a sum of N1.5m or else his employer would be kidnapped.

“But for the quick response of my men, he was botched after a discreet operation. He used a fictitious name, account and telephone number with the intention to defraud his employer. We tracked the phone number and he was arrested. He would be charged to court on completion of ongoing investigation.”

Olayinka, an indigene of Osun State, said what he did was only an attempt to raise money for Christmas from his boss.

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He said, “I did not mean to kidnap him. I thought the threat would give me money. My intention was only to collect money to celebrate Christmas. That was why I wrote the letter threatening to kidnap my boss. I later sent the account where the N1.5m would be paid. The money was not paid before I was arrested.”

Also paraded was a 21-year-old man, Ayodeji Fanas, who allegedly stole N500,000 under the guise of helping his victim to purchase a vehicle, and one Daniel Emmanuel, who was alleged to have stolen fabricated metal.

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Court remands grave digger for allegedly raping 11-year-old girl

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A grave digger has been remanded at the Olokuta Correctional Centre in Ondo State for allegedly raping an 11-year-old girl.

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The 32-year-old grave digger, Seun Owoyemi was remanded by an Akure Magistrates’ Court.

Owoyemi was said to have lured the victim with N100 before forcefully having her carnal knowledge.

The defendant who lived close to the parents of girl’s house at Igesa Street, Igbara-Oke, Ifedore Local Government Area of the State Ondo State, was said to have committed the offence in January 10, 2022.

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According to the prosecutor, Inspector Niyi Taiwo, informed the court that the defendant had carnal knowledge of of the girl twice.

The prosecutor added that the offence contravene the Provisions of the Criminal Code, Cap. 37, Vol. 1 Laws of Ondo State.

He urged the court for an order to remand the defendant in the Correctional Centre pending advice from the office of the Director of Public Prosecutions, DPP.

While pleading not guilty to the crime, the defendant denied the allegation, emphasising that it was a set up to implicate him by the victim and her grandmother.

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In his ruling, the Magistrate, O.L. Abu, ordered that Owoyemi should be remanded at Olokuta Correctional Centre in Akure, the state capital.

The magistrate subsequently adjourned the case till February 28, 2021, after the prosecutor was directed to duplicate the case file and send to the DPP for advice.

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Suspects arrested as hoodlums’ clash causes panic in Lagos

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The Lagos State Police Command has confirmed the arrest of some suspects involved in the violent clashes that created tension in the Idumota and Oke Arin areas of the state.

The state Police Public Relations Officer, CSP Adekunle Ajisebutu, while reacting to the incident, said normalcy had been restored following a massive deployment of policemen in the areas.

He said, “Normalcy has since been restored following a massive deployment of policemen to the scene. Some arrests have also been made. Investigation has commenced.”

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It was learnt that during the clash, traders and customers, residents and passersby scampered to safety to escape being hurt by the hoodlums engaging themselves in a supremacy clash.

The hoodlums were said to have taken advantage of the unrest to loot shops and rob people of their valuables.

Video clips of the clash trending online showed as people ran helter-skelter due to the tension created during the unrest.

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Some victims were heard calling on the Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, to intervene for peace to reign.

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