What is a city without crime? thisislagos descends into the Lagos underground to search out the baddest guys committing the craziest crimes in LasGidi.
Gunmen fire NDLEA operatives, soldiers rescue Lagos baron (Punch)
Suspected gunmen numbering about 20 on Tuesday ambushed some National Drug Law Enforcement operatives who were trailing a drug baron from the Agege area of Lagos Mainland.
The operatives were trying to intercept a truck conveying unknown quantities of Canadian Loud on Awolowo Road, Ikoyi, Lagos State around 1am when they came under a rain of gunfire but the attackers were repelled with the assistance of some soldiers.
However, the hoodlums escaped with the baron who had been on the watch-list of the drug agency for some time.
The incident is coming against the backdrop of the arrests of several drug lords and the crippling of their criminal enterprise, leading to seizures of huge quantities of narcotics and other illicit drugs. Read more
Man impersonates CP, defrauds octogenarian N250m (Punch)
The Criminal Investigation Department, Lagos State Police Command has arrested 55 year-old Oluwole Akande for impersonating the Police Commissioner of Railway Command, Yetunde Longe, and defrauding an 80-year-old man of N250 million.
Longe confirmed the arrest to the News Agency of Nigeria on Wednesday in Lagos.
Longe said that she got a call from a former force spokesperson, CP Frank Mba, on the matter.
She said the victim’s wife called Mba to intimate him of an alleged plan by one CP Longe to demand for millions of naira from her husband, so as to drop a petition on her table against him. Read more
2 female suspects detained over Lagos missing baby (Punch)
The Lagos State Police Command on Tuesday confirmed the arrest of two female suspects in connection with the disappearance of a baby at the State Criminal Investigation Department, Yaba.
The state Police Public Relations Officer, SP Benjamin Hundeyin, who spoke to our correspondent on the phone, however, said the baby had yet to be found.
PUNCH Metro had reported that a policeman attached to the SCID, Samuel Ukpabio, took the child from his mother, Fortune Obafuoso, while claiming to be acting for a government ministry.
Obafuoso said on Friday, December 23, 2022, when she was delivered of her baby, the policeman arrested her and took her alongside her children, including the newborn, to the SCID on the allegation that she wanted to sell the baby, a claim she denied. Read more
Lagos worker jailed 2 years for stealing tiles (Punch)
A Yaba Magistrates’ Court has sentenced a 38-year-old man, Humani Adamu, to two years’ imprisonment for stealing tiles and buckets of paint belonging to his employer, Emmanuel Ugwu.
Adamu, who was arraigned on one count of stealing, was said to have stolen and sold 221 tiles and 10 buckets of paint kept in his custody.
The convict, who initially pleaded not guilty to the charge, later changed his plea during trial.
The prosecutor, Inspector Godwin Oriabure, said the convict was arrested by the police on July 3, 2022, around 2pm after his employer made a formal complaint to the police. Read more
Court remands 3 suspected Lagos cultists (Punch)
An Ogba Magistrate’s Court sitting in the Ogba area of Lagos State has ordered the remand of three suspected cult members.
The defendants, Azeez Oladipo, 32; Adekunle Monday, 24; and Dabiri Quadri, 26; were arraigned before Chief Magistrate L.A. Owolabi on two counts of conspiracy and membership of an unlawful society.
It was alleged that the men in November 2022 gathered to form a cult known as ‘‘Ku Klux Klan’’ with the intention to carry out cult-related activities around Lakue in the Ajah area of the state.
The charges read in part, “That you, Azeez Oladipo, Adekunle Monday, Dabiri Quadru and others still at large on or before November 16, 2022, at Lakue area of Ajah Lagos, in the Lagos State Magisterial District did knowingly, intentionally form, or combine and agree to form and organise an unlawful society or cult named “Kluxklain” confraternity otherwise known as KKK, knowing same to be unlawful.” Read more
Lagos police punish officers who seized lady’s phone (Punch)
The Lagos State Police Command has punished officers who were filmed assaulting a lady after seizing her phone at Ilasan area of Lekki Phase 1.
The Police Public Relations Officer for the command, Benjamin Hundeyin, made this known via his Twitter page while reacting to the video.
A tweep, @Austynzogs, on Tuesday shared a video of the lady being manhandled by two policemen, demanding if she had been released by the police after the altercation.
The tweep wrote in the caption,”Last week, policemen guarding the palace at Ilasan, Lekki Phase 1, allegedly assaulted a lady for attempting to record them during a confrontation with an Uber driver.” Read more
Lagos robber lynched, Okada rider killed in crash (Punch)
A suspected armed robber has been lynched by an angry mob for allegedly robbing a unisex salon on Governors Road in the Ikotun area of Lagos State.
PUNCH Metro gathered that the suspect was part of a three-man gang that attacked the salon around 11am on Saturday and dispossessed both workers and customers of their valuables.
The hoodlums, while escaping from the area, were chased by residents after the victims raised the alarm.
A resident, Felix Olayiwola, who spoke to our correspondent on Monday, said the robbers shot into the air to scare the swelling crowd. Read more
Lagos task force returns N100k after PUNCH report (Punch)
The Chairman of the Lagos State Environmental and Special Offences Enforcement Unit (Task Force), Shola Jejeloye, has set up a panel to investigate the alleged extortion of a journalist by officials of the agency.
PUNCH Metro had reported on December 22, 2022, that the journalist, Babajide Guerrero, accused some task force officials of collecting N100,000 from him after accusing him of committing a traffic offence.
After the publication, the sports journalist was invited by the agency’s chairman.
Guerrero told our correspondent that Jejeloye called for the immediate arrest of the culprits. Read more
Pastor raped my daughter for 3 years – Mother (Punch)
An Ikeja Sexual Offences and Domestic Violence Court, Lagos State, on Monday, heard how a businesswoman’s 17-year-old daughter was allegedly defiled by a pastor, Chris Mcdouglas.
The witness said Mcdouglas, a pastor at the Peculiar Generation Assembly Church, Lagos, allegedly had sex with the survivor at the back of his church and in different hotels on several occasions.
The victim’s mother, who was led in evidence in chief by the Director of Public Prosecutions, Dr Babajide Martins, told the court that the defendant raped her daughter from 2017 to 2020 in the guise of taking her out for gospel ministration.
Mcdouglas is standing trial on nine counts bordering on defilement, rape and sexual assault by penetration, preferred against him by the Lagos State Government.
Absence of Evans’ Lawyer stalls re-arraignment (Channels)
The trial of convicted billionaire kidnapper, Chukwudumeme Onwuamadike popularly known as Evans was stalled on Tuesday at the Lagos High Court sitting at the Tafawa Balewa Square (TBS) owing to the absence of his counsel.
Evans and his co-defendants, Joseph Emeka, Victor Aduba and Okpara Linus were brought before Justice Sherfiat Sonaike on two separate charges. They were to be rearraigned on the charges following the transfer of the case from Justice Adedayo Akintoye to Justice Sonaike.
The defendants are being charged with five counts bordering on conspiracy to kidnap, kidnapping, and attempted murder, preferred against them by Lagos State Government.
The offences contrary to Section 411 Criminal Laws Cap C 17, Vol 13, of Lagos State 2015, kidnapping contrary to Section 271 (3) and Section 230 (a) Cap C17, of the Criminal Laws of Lagos state 2015. Read more
LASUTH apprehended impostor, Solomon Oriere, who sells COVID-19 vaccination cards (Guardian)
The Lagos State University Teaching Hospital (LASUTH) has successfully identified, apprehended and handed over to the Nigerian Police Force the impostor, Solomon Oriere, who sells COVID-19 vaccination cards without jabs, sell fake but ‘authentic’ test results. The arrest which was done Saturday morning followed an investigative report published by Premium Times.
According to the statement, the culprit made confessional statements confirming that he is not a member of staff of our institution.
The statement reads, “Since the advent of COVID-19 vaccination in the State and LASUTH, the process of COVID-19 vaccination has been efficiently carried out at LASUTH and is currently done in the LASUTH Immunization Clinic located just beside the Stroke Ward. At the Immunization clinic, members of the public, staff and other Nigerians who seek to be vaccinated are taken through a seamless process of information collection, proper vaccination and documentation of the process on the NPHCDA website by staff of the Immunization Clinic.”
They are also given appointments for other doses based on whichever is given at contact. The staff of LASUTH Immunization Clinic were only provided with the access to document electronically the current vaccination given and not past or future vaccinations. Read more
Olaleye’s trial: There was forceful penetration, injury in minor’s private organ, says witness (Guardian)
A medical doctor in Family Medicine, at the Lagos State University Teaching Hospital (LASUTH), Dr. Akinbunmi Oyebimpe, on Thursday, told a Lagos Special Sexual Offences Court, that there was repeated forceful penetrative injury into the vagina of the minor in the case of the Lagos doctor who abused his wife’s niece.
Oyebimpe disclosed this in an ongoing trial of Dr. Olufemi Olaleye, the medical doctor of Optimal Cancer Care Foundation, Lagos, for alleged defilement of his wife’s niece before Justice Rahmon Oshodi.
The state government had filed a two-count charge bordering on having unlawful sexual intercourse and sexual assault by penetrating the survivor’s mouth with his penis.
His offences contravened Sections 137 and 261 of the Criminal Laws of Lagos State, 2015.
At the resumed hearing of the matter, the fourth prosecution witness, Oyebimpe , who was led-in- evidence by the Director of Public Prosecution (DPP), Dr. Babajide Martins, told the court how survivor told her history of repeated sexual abuse since 2020. Read more
Lagos: Task force records 15 attacks last year (Guardian)
Lagos residents and commuters have called for a harmonious relationship with officials of government agencies working to make the state liveable.
They lamented the events of last year where highhandedness of some officers of government agencies led to unavoidable attacks, which resulted in gridlocks, injuries and loss of lives.
Some respondents, who spoke with The Guardian called for more understanding on the part of these agencies in enforcement of laws as well as the need to adopt technology in carrying out their duties.
According to them, laws are made for humans and not humans for law.
The Lagos State Environment and Special Offences Enforcement Unit (Task Force) said the agency has witnessed not less than 15 gruesome attacks, of which it lost some members to the incident.
The Guardian investigation revealed that while some officials of the agencies often go overboard during operations, residents are not mindful of the officers’ safety, as they see them as sworn enemies and may attack them for no reason due to a long time grudges or the ugly stories they have heard about them. Read more