A casino attendant, Jeremiah Benson, has been stabbed to death by suspected cultists in the Tolu area of Olodi-Apapa, Lagos State.
gathered that the assailants stormed Benson’s shop, used a rope to tie his hands to his back and used a sharp object to stab his neck and head.
His remains were reportedly found on the bed where he usually slept when on night duties.
Our correspondent learnt that neighbours, traders, customers and passersby were in shock when they saw Benson in a pool of blood.
An eyewitness, who gave his name only as Idris, said co-tenants and traders close to the deceased, wept uncontrollably upon sighting his corpse in the shop.
He said, “When I got to the area around 7am, I saw a crowd at the front of the shop on Tolu Road. I started asking people what happened and heard someone say Benson was killed. A hairdresser, whose shop is beside the Hot Fun Casino shop, was also in tears.
“I rushed inside the casino shop and saw him in a pool of blood. His hands were tied to the back as they used sharp objects to stab his neck and head. Blood was everywhere in the shop, but there was no sign that there was a struggle as the shop was not scattered.
“The incident happened on New Year’s Eve. The case was reported at the Tolu Police Station and policemen visited the crime scene. Benson’s corpse was later deposited in a mortuary in Yaba. Benson was a casino attendant; I think the police also invited the owner of the casino, one Adebayo, and he gave statements.”
Idris said Adebayo was detained because despite running a 24-hour business, he did not provide adequate security for his employees.
“People have been saying that Benson was killed by cultists. In Ajegunle, cult activities are high. The casino operates 24 /7, so people come in to stake in the daytime and at night. The police detained Benson’s boss because he did not provide enough security. The shop has been locked since then.”
Adebayo, who was too distraught to speak on the incident, referred all enquiries to the police.
“I am not happy and I am not in the mood to talk about it. But you can get all the necessary information from the police. I don’t have any information for now,” the businessman said.
The state Police Public Relations Officer, CSP Adekunle Ajisebutu, promised to get back to our correspondent for a reaction.
He had yet to do so as of the time this report was filed.
Fire guts new Lafia Motor Park
By Sunday John
An inferno has razed shops at the new Lafia Motor Park, Nasarawa State, destroying goods worth millions of naira.
A NAN correspondent who visited the scene of the incident learnt that the fire started on Friday night and lasted till the early hours of Saturday.
It took the personnel of the Fire Service in the state several hours to put out the fire.
Speaking on the incident, the State Coordinator of Fire Service, Mrs Hanatu George, said they got a distress call on Friday night and responded immediately.
George, however, said that although no life was lost, an investigation had begun to ascertain the cause of the fire.
One of the victims of the fire disaster, Ejike Igwe, a car spare parts seller, said his entire shop was razed by the inferno.
Igwe, who said he could not quantify his goods lost to the fire disaster, appealed for assistance from spirited Nigerians.
Ortom flags off Benue Digital Aerial Photography project
From Rose Ejembi, Makurdi
Benue State Governor, Samuel Ortom on Saturday, flagged off the Digital Aerial Photography of Benue State as part of the process for the take off of the Benue Geographic Information System (BENGIS) Project.
The Governor who was earlier at the Makurdi Airport to inspect the process of air survey of the entire state assured the people of the state that the project would be completed and become operational before the next democracy day.
Speaking to newsmen shortly after inspecting ongoing work at the headquarters of the Ministry of Lands and Survey, the Governor who commended the contractors for the quality of work done so far said when completed, the state would enjoy several benefits from the project.
“What you saw us doing at the airport was to inspect the process of air survey of the entire Benue State. We are targeting all the local government headquarters in the state and some mini urban areas so that they will be captured on our system.
“Our intention is to also fastrack this and try to qualify for the World Bank grant which is estimated at five million dollars. We have paid more than half of the money that was required for this project. I think the total sum is about N6 billion and we have paid more than N3billion and our intention is that by April or before the next democracy day, this project should be commissioned and operation going on.
“And because of the importance this government has on completing this project, the benefit of having five million dollars is not a small thing. If you multiply that by our current exchange rate, you can imagine what we are going to get. So, for me, anything that is to add more to what we have is appreciated.
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“And the second one is that once this project is completed, we would have succeeded in computerizing the entire land mass in Benue State and then, the administration of land in the state is computerized. You can seat in your office and be able to do every other thing.
“And this issue of duplication of certificate of occupancy and all that will be eliminated completely. Several advantages that we are going to get from this. And above all, revenue generation and collection will become easier for us. And this we believe we should be making billions of naira every year once this project takes off. That is why even with the paucity of funds, we feel that this will be a revenue yielding program.
“The contractors have done well. I’ve looked at the quality of work that has been going on here. And if government has fulfilled it’s obligation by giving them their certificate and all the money that was required, I’m sure by now, we will be talking about roofing. That’s where we are standing while we are still working with the bank.
“Because this project is sponsored by Access Bank. While we are working with them to get the remaining funds, I just told the Commissioner that within a week, we should be able to make available another N500million for the project so that it will continue. This is where we are and I believe that we shall achieve our target,” he said.