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Osun: NSCDC parades suspected thieves, burglar

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The Osun State Command of the Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps, NSCDC, on Tuesday, has paraded one Odejide Oluwole for alleged theft of N120,000.

Others paraded alongside him include 33-year-old Bamidele Kayode and 32 year old Olajide Samuel who were arrested for theft of electronics and burglary.

According to the Osun NSCDC Commandant, Agboola Sunday during the parade, “Oluwole, a 46-year-old working with Abdukudus Filling Station Osunjela, Osogbo absconded from the station under the pretence that he wanted to buy food on Sunday 9th October, 2022.”

Confessing to the allegation, the suspect said, “he went out to buy food with N18,000 on him while on duty and returning to the petrol station he was kidnapped by unknown men who dragged him into a bus, collected the money with him, pushed him off the bus and zoomed off.”

The suspect disclosed that he had only spent a month working with the petrol station before he was arrested on Monday, October 10, 2022 at CMS Junction area, Osogbo.

Kayode, according to the NSCDC Commandant, was arrested by its personnel at Ila-Orangun on October 12, 2022.

“He was found in possession of 1 Sony DVD Player, 1 Zealot MP3, 1 Luxer Plasma TV with Stand, 2 Remote Control and 1 in-to-in cable at the point of arrest.

“He confessed to have gone into the house of one Dada (Principal suspect and currently at large) at lla Orangun based on his instruction to help him pack those items from his room for safe keeping because of the leaking roof of his house to avoid being damaged by excessive rainfall.”

Samuel, another suspect was arrested for forcefully entering into a house belonging to Eunice Olamide on Sunday, September 18, 2022 at Ilo-Ijesa, Osun State.

“The suspect was paraded for stealing a Handset Tecno F1 and unascertained amount of money. He was arrested through a tracking process by the corps,” Agboola stated.

Speaking with journalists, Samuel said he confessed to the crime because he was arrested with a stolen phone.

Remarking, the Osun NSCDC Commandant stated that the corps under his command will continue to work in ensuring that the lives and properties of residents of Osun were secured.

He assured that the suspects if found culpable of their alleged crimes will be charged to court after the conclusion of investigation.

He warned criminals to stop their evil activities in the state as Osun will not be a safe haven for them anymore.

 

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Man, 21, to spend four years in prison for stealing Infinix phones

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An Ekiti State Chief Magistrate Court sitting in Ado Ekiti has sentenced 21-year-old Owolabi Olamide to four years imprisonment with hard labour, after he was found guilty of a five-count charge that included a break-in, stealing and escape from police custody.

The convict was arraigned before Magistrate Michael Faola on five counts of criminal charges bordering on causing a breach of peace by jumping over the fence of one Otutu Ifeanyi, unlawfully breaking into his shop, stealing items worth millions of naira, escaping from Police custody while detained for enquiry, among others.

The offences contravened and are punishable under sections 181,322,363, and 120(a) of the Criminal Law, No 12 vol.1, Laws of Ekiti State Nigeria, 2021.

The charges were read, explained and interpreted to the defendant, to which he pleaded guilty.

The complainant Otutu Ifeanyi was led in evidence by the prosecutor, Inspector Bankole Olasunkanmi. He tendered cartons of power banks, recovered Infinix phones, cartons of phones and other valuables as exhibits.

The defendant did not object to all exhibits tendered and confessed to having committed the offences as charged.

Delivering his judgment, Magistrate Michael Faola sentenced the defendant to three years imprisonment on count two (jumping over the fence) and one-year imprisonment on count five (escape from Police custody) with hard labour. Sentences are to run consecutively.

The judge ordered that all items recovered from the defendant, currently in police custody, should be released forthwith to the complainant.

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2023: APC debunks rumours of planned move of Nigeria’s capital to Lagos by Tinubu

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The All Progressives Congress Presidential Campaign Council has described as false, a statement making the rounds on social media that Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, the party’s presidential candidate, harbours plans to relocate the Federal Capital from Abuja to Lagos on succeeding President Muhammad Buhari.

It said Tinubu never contemplated such plans and would never do so as it goes contrary to the country’s constitution.

This was disclosed on Tuesday in a statement issued and signed by Bayo Onanuga, the Director, Media and Publicity APC Presidential Campaign Council.

The statement pointed fingers at the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, and the Labour Party, for Championing the misinformation campaign against its candidate, saying some field reports had proved so.

Part of the statement read: “The All Progressives Congress Presidential Campaign Council hereby alerts Nigerians about the latest insidious campaign in some parts of the country against our candidate, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu.

“In one of the falsehoods being circulated, especially in the North West of the country, Tinubu is said to harbour plans to relocate the Federal Capital from Abuja to Lagos on succeeding President Muhammad Buhari from 29th May, 2023.

“This misinformation campaign, according to field reports, is being given some traction by some elders on the payroll of the Peoples Democratic Party.

“Let us say with emphasis, that Asiwaju does not contemplate any such plan and will not do anything that is so ultra-unconstitutional.”

It further lamented that some purveyors of fake news had also distorted facts about the recent commercialization of the Nigerian National Petroleum Company Limited.

It clarified that President Buhari had instead made it a commercial entity in line with the Petroleum Industry Act.

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Fuel scarcity: Remove subsidy, heavens won’t fall – Former NNPC GM tells FG.

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The former General Manager of Corporate Planning and Business Development at the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), Babajide Soyode, has urged the Federal Government to halt the fuel subsidy payment regime to end the persistent scarcity of the product.

Soyode made this disclosure on Tuesday in an AriveTV interview monitored by us.

He decried the outrageous cost of diesel in Nigeria compared with the price in neighboring countries such as Ghana.

According to him, Nigerians are paying the highest cost of diesel in Africa.

“We spend subsidies to maintain the elite of this country; that is all we are doing. Even the elites no longer get it, but some people are taking it to squander in Dubai. I am saying, remove subsidy today heavens will not come down.

“All these things they are talking about are not true; diesel in Ghana is N549; do they have subsidies for diesel? Why are they paying N549, and we are paying N786? We are importing the product from the same market. I am not blaming IPMAN or NNPC if the government has screwed up the market by maintaining subsidies. You can quote me; the fuel scarcity situation will continue after December”, he stated.

Nigerians continue to grapple with the attendant implications as fuel queues resurfaced in Abuja, Lagos, Cross River, Akwa Ibom, and other major cities.

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