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Drama As Housemaid Steals Employer’s ATM, Withdraws N305,000 In Osun

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The police in Osun state have apprehended a housemaid identified as Olayemi Lawrence for stealing and trying to abduct the employer, Eunice Fateye, on Tuesday.

The suspect appeared before an Osun State Magistrates’ Court, sitting in Osogbo. The 23-year-old Lawrence had allegedly broken into the residence of Fateye and stolen some of her personal effects and money. The police prosecutor, Abiodun Fagboyinbo, while addressing the court, said Olayemi, in December 2020 in Ilesa-Ijesha, entered the residence of Fateye and stole mobile phones valued at N150,000.

Fagboyinbo also alleged that the defendant stole an ATM card belonging to the woman and withdrew a sum of N305,000 from her account. After perpetrating the act, the prosecutor claimed that the defendant threatened to raze the house of her boss if she refused to send her a sum of N500,000, adding that Olayemi also sent threat messages to her.

The offences were said to be contrary to and punishable under sections 410 and 390(9) of the Criminal Code Cap. 34 Vol. Il Laws of Osun State 2002. Olayemi, however, pleaded not guilty to the five counts of attempted kidnapping, attempted arson and burglary. Okobe Nagite, who announced appearance for the defendant, moved oral bail application for her, but the application was opposed by the prosecutor.

Ruling on the application, Magistrate Adebayo Ajala directed that the matter be moved to Ibokun since the offences were not committed under her magisterial district. Ajala remanded the defendant in the Ilesa Custodial Centre and adjourned the matter till January 18, 2021.

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Some Boko Haram militants are white men, Asians and Christians – Governor Zulum

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Borno state governor, Babagana Zulum, has said there are white men, Asians and Christians in the ranks of the deadly Boko Haram sect.

He stated this at the 17th Gani Fawehinmi annual lecture in Lagos while noting that the security challenge in Borno poses a danger to every part of the country and everybody must come together to fight it.

According to him, “I’m from Borno state, and many of our children are into Boko Haram. I’m not denying the fact. But again, they are being sponsored by many people across the world. Among Boko Haram, we have white men, Asians, Africans, Muslims and Christians.

“Throughout northern Nigeria, particularly Borno state, a committee is working on how to reform the Almajiri system of education. We want to streamline the non-formal and formal education sectors to avail those children basic literacy and numeracy skills so they can stand on their own. And we are not in support of street begging.

“We must stop seeing this insurgency as a problem of the north. The distance between Borno state and Lagos state is about 1,700km, but mind you if Borno state is not peaceful, other parts of the nation will never be peaceful. We have to unite and fight these insurgents. We have seen what happened in Libya, Iraq and other countries. Peace building and social cohesion are very important in strengthening the resilience of our communities.

“Unless we get rid of nepotism, tribalism and exploitation of religion, we will not get it right in this country. The constitution is very clear on the need for peaceful coexistence among all of us, which is why the principle of federal character is enshrined in the constitution, but it has been abused.”

There have been calls for the creation of state police to help with internal security, but the governor said he does not support the idea, arguing that it will further polarise an already fragile system and weaken national unity.

”For the sake of national unity, I will not advise the creation of state police. It’s not yet time for us to have it, but as time goes on, the idea of having state police is very good. I’m entitled to my opinion,” he said

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Gunmen disguised in police uniform kidnap IMSU lecturer

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Emma Ogueri, a lecturer at Imo State University, IMSU, Owerri, has been abducted by unknown gunmen.

According to various sources, he was abducted at a pharmacy shop, opposite All Seasons Hotel in Owerri on Saturday.

He was said to be hanging out with friends and had gone to the pharmacy to buy medicine when he was whisked away after receiving severe beating from his captors.

The victim is a native of Eziama autonomous community, in Isiala Mbano Local Government Area of Imo State.

Further reports said his abductors were dressed in police uniform

Meanwhile, the kidnappers had placed their ransom in the tone of millions.

Orlando Ikeokwu, the police spokesperson in the state, said that the kidnap incident had been reported, and the police had swung into action.

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