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Man in Police Custody for Allegedly Defiling Boy in Rivers

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A man named Chigozie Okpara, reportedly in his forties, is currently under police custody in Port Harcourt, Rivers State, for allegedly defiling a boy.

It’s alleged that Okpara enticed the boy to his residence at Okujagu, in the Trans Amadi area of Port Harcourt, with promises of food and snacks on Sunday, March 31, 2024, where he then committed the act.

During the incident, neighbors heard the boy’s cries and alerted local vigilantes in the vicinity.

The vigilante members swiftly intervened and rescued the boy from the situation.

Subsequently, the suspect was handed over to the Trans Amadi Police Division by the vigilante group.

A police source familiar with defilement cases informed our reporter that the suspect will be transferred to the State Criminal Investigation and Intelligence Department (SCIID) for discreet investigation, alongside necessary medical examinations for the boy.

Rivers State Police Command spokesperson, SP Grace Iringe-Koko, confirmed the incident, stating that the suspect remains in police custody while investigations are ongoing.

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Police Arrest 3 Street Gang Members in Kaduna

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Three street gang members have been apprehended by the Kaduna State Police Command who are believed to be responsible in  terrorising residents of the Basawa Area of Sabon Gari Zaria LGA.

ASP Mansir Hassan, the command’s Public Relations Officer, affirmed to their arrest in an interview with newsmen on Wednesday in Kaduna.

According to Hassan, the gang members were arrested on Tuesday at about 1600hrs.

In his words,” At about 1600hrs, when the operatives were on routine patrol and arrested the three suspects namely, Shamsu Abdullahi, Hussaini Aliyu, and Muhammad Ahmed all of Zaria City, and within the vicinity of Mammy Market in the Basawa area.”
He said that when a spot search was conducted on the suspects, three sharp stainless cutlasses and one fork sharp knife concealed under their clothes were recovered from them.
The PPRO said the suspects failed to state what they were doing with the dangerous weapons found on them upon interrogation.

He further said that investigations conducted by the operatives revealed that the gang were members of a syndicate that had been terrorising residents of Basawa and its environs.
Also, he said that following these findings, the three suspects were promptly charged to court for prosecution.

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29 Suspected Yoruba Nation Agitators Arraigned for Involvement in Failed Invasion in Ibadan

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Following their alleged roles in the failed invasion of the Governor’s Office and the state House of Assembly, 29 individuals believed to be Yoruba Nation agitators appeared before the Chief Magistrates Court in Ibadan, the capital of Oyo State, on Wednesday.

The case, identified by charge number Mi/520c/2024, pits the Commissioner of Police against the 29 suspects.

The suspects, accused of involvement in the incident where masked individuals suspected to be Yoruba Nation agitators stormed the state secretariat in Agodi, Ibadan, on Saturday, April 13, 2024, in an attempt to hoist their flag, were promptly demobilized by joint security personnel.

The charges against them include seven counts of treasonable felony, unlawful society, illegal possession of firearms, and conduct likely to cause a breach of peace.

Bakare Rasaq, the Investigative Police Officer, an inspector with the State Criminal Investigation Department in Iyaganku, Ibadan, presented the case, asserting that the offenses committed by the suspects contravene Section 516 of the Criminal Code, Cap 38, Vol. II, Laws of Oyo State of Nigeria, 2000.

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Businessman Jailed for One Year for Stealing Car Gearbox Worth N200,000

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A Jos Magistrates’ Court has sentenced a 28-year-old businessman, Peter Sunday, to one year in prison for the theft of motor parts valued at N200,000. The Magistrate, Shawomi Bokkos, delivered the verdict following Sunday’s guilty plea to the charge. Despite his plea, Mr. Bokkos granted the convict an alternative option: pay a fine of N30,000 and compensate the complainant with N100,000.

The magistrate emphasized that the punishment serves as a deterrent to potential offenders. The case was brought to the court’s attention on March 19, when the complainant, Stephen Dung, reported the incident at the “B” Police station in Bukuru. The prosecutor, Inspector Labaran Ahmed, alleged that Sunday trespassed into a mechanic workshop and stole the gearbox. Subsequently, the convict was apprehended while attempting to sell the stolen item.

Inspector Ahmed clarified that the offense falls under the Plateau State Penal Code Law. The court’s decision underscores the seriousness with which theft crimes are treated within the legal framework. The swift resolution of the case reflects the judiciary’s commitment to upholding justice and maintaining law and order in society.

The sentencing sends a clear message about the consequences of engaging in criminal activities and highlights the importance of adhering to the rule of law. It also underscores the significance of protecting property rights and fostering a safe and secure environment for businesses and individuals alike. As such, the verdict serves as a reminder of the consequences that await those who choose to violate the law.

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