What is a city without crime? thisislagos descends into the Lagos underground to search out the baddest guys committing the craziest crimes in LasGidi.
Lagos court remands factory worker for defiling teenager (Punch)
A 39-year-old factory worker, ThankGod Umana, has been remanded in the Kirikiri Custodial Centre by an Ikeja Chief Magistrates’ Court for allegedly defiling a 15-year-old girl.
The Chief Magistrate, B. O. Osunsanmi, on Tuesday, ordered that the suspect be remanded pending legal advice from the Directorate of Public Prosecutions.
The defendant, who resided at 8, Egunjobi Street, Iyana Ipaja, Lagos State, was charged with defilement.
The prosecutor, ASP Raji Akeem, told the court that the defendant committed the offence in April 2022 at his residence. Read more
EFCC informant allegedly collects N2.6m from internet fraudsters (Punch)
An informant of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, Ladeji Babatunde, has been arraigned before Justice Oluwatoyin Taiwo of the Ikeja Special Offences Court, Lagos State, for allegedly obtaining the sum of N2.6m from suspected Internet fraudsters for protection against arrest.
PUNCH Metro gathered that the EFCC first arraigned the defendant in December 2021 over the alleged crime.
Babatunde was charged with four counts of obtaining money by false pretences, contrary to Section 1(3) of the Advance Fee Fraud and other Fraud Related Offences Act No. 14 of 2006.
The charges read in part, “That you, Ladeji Babatunde, on or about 19th and 22nd February 2021 at Lagos, within the Ikeja Judicial Division of this honourable court with intent to defraud obtained the sum of N1, 500,000.00 only from one Chijioke Mmadubue and his syndicate of Internet fraudsters based in the Chevron axis of Lekki, Lagos, under the false pretences that you would protect them from arrest by operatives of the EFCC, which representation you knew to be false.” Read more
Fraud: EFCC declares Mompha wanted (Punch)
The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission has declared social media celebrity, Ismaila Mustapha, known as Mompha, wanted.
The PUNCH had reported on June 30 2022 that Mompha’s absence stalled his alleged N6 billion money laundering trial before Justice Mojisola Dada of the Ikeja Special Offences Court.
The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission charged Mustapha and his company, Ismalob Global Investment Ltd with eight counts bordering on money laundering, conspiracy to launder money obtained through unlawful activities, and laundering of money obtained through unlawful activities.
Other charges include retention of proceeds of criminal conduct, use of property derived from an unlawful act, possession of a document containing false pretences, and failure to disclose assets. Read more
NDLEA dismantles Lagos, Anambra drug labs, arrests barons (Punch)
The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency has dismantled two laboratories in Lagos and Anambra states where illicit drugs, including crystal methamphetamine, aka Mkpuru Mmiri, were produced for local distribution and export.
The agency said following the outbreak of crystal methamphetamine abuse in the last quarter of 2021, predominantly in the South East, and the demand for help from many communities in the region, it deployed assets to find the primary source of manufacturing of the drug in the country.
The Chairman of the NDLEA, Brig. Gen. Mohammed Marwa (retd), during a press conference in Abuja, said efforts in the last seven months against the cartel behind the scourge, led to the arrest of four kingpins and a cook.
He said, “Now, we have added two barons and another cook. This no doubt is a loud statement to those involved in the criminal illicit drug trade that it’s time for them to quit or risk losing it all; that is losing their freedom, investment and assets acquired through proceeds from the illegal business. Read more
Motorist crushes hoodlums, colleague during tussle for money (Punch)
A yet-to-be-identified man has been found dead and another injured at Oshodi Oke, inward Gbagada, opposite the office of the Lagos State Traffic Management Authority, Oshodi, Lagos.
PUNCH Metro gathered that the two street urchins, on Tuesday, were fighting over money from bus drivers along the expressway when they were hit by a motorist.
An eyewitness, Olaniwura Afuju, told one of our correspondents that the men had unknowingly strayed towards the road, as they were knocked down by the oncoming vehicle.
The Permanent Secretary, Lagos State Emergency Management Agency, Olufemi Oke-Osanyintolu, said one of the victims died on the spot. Read more
Lagos man in court over alleged $42,500 fraud (Punch)
The police have arraigned a 39-year-old man, Oluseyi Olatunbosun, before a Tinubu Magistrate’s Court for allegedly obtaining 42,500 Australian dollars under false pretences.
Olatunbosun is facing three counts bordering on conspiracy, obtaining by false preferences and stealing.
The defendant, who was brought before Magistrate O.S. Abioye, in charge number P/10/2022, pleaded not guilty to the charges.
The police prosecutor, Mr Jimoh Joseph, told the court that the defendant and others still at large committed the offences between April and December 2018 in the Mushin area of Lagos.
He said the defendant defrauded one Mr Olayinka Abiodun to the tune of 42,500 Australian dollars, equivalent to N10,625,000. Read more
Lagos residents lynch mentally-ill, allege invasion of property (Punch)
An undergraduate, Chigozie Jideofor, has succumbed to the injuries he sustained after a mob attacked him for jumping into the compounds of two residential buildings around Onireke, opposite the Ojo Military Cantonment, Ojo, Lagos State.
PUNCH Metro gathered that the victim, who was suffering from mental illness, was with a friend at their residence on Onugah Street, Onireke.
The duo, who spent the night together, were said to be sleeping when Chigozie reportedly suffered a relapse in the early hours of Thursday.His friend was said to be asleep when he woke up, left the building and started wandering around the neighbourhood. Read more
NDLEA intercepts 2.7m tramadol tabs, London, Dubai-bound drugs in Lagos (Guardian)
About 2.7million tablets of tramadol 225mg weighing 1,650 kilogrammes worth N1.37 billion have been intercepted at Apapa port in Lagos by operatives of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA).
The consignment packed in 55 cartons of Tapentadol and Carisoprodol types of tramadol was seized during examination of a container marked SUDU 7538656 on Saturday, July 30, following credible intelligence.
NDLEA’s Director, Media & Advocacy, Femi Babafemi, in a statement, yesterday, said the action comes on the heels of similar efforts by anti-narcotic officers at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport (MMIA) Ikeja, that thwarted bids by drug traffickers to export various psychoactive substances to London, United Kingdom (UK) and Dubai, United Arab Emirate (UAE) through the Lagos airport in the past week.
According to him, at least five suspects have so far been arrested in connection to the attempts. Read more
Lagos police nab 2 suspects for car theft 3 months after release from prison (Guardian)
The Lagos State Police Command has arrested two suspected car thieves along Egbeda Road, after they snatched a Toyota Corolla 2000 model marked: LND-664-GF.
The suspects: 36-year-old Abiodun Nurudeen and 45-year-old Anthony Richard were nabbed at about 1:30.a.m. on Sunday, July 24.
They were released on May 5, 2022, and June 4, 2022, respectively from Ikoyi Correctional facility. The Lagos State Police Spokesperson, Benjamin Hundeyin, said preliminary investigation revealed that the vehicle was snatched around Lekki, Lagos State.“While an investigation is ongoing, the owner of the vehicle is hereby urged to come forward with proof of ownership to claim the vehicle. Suspects would be arraigned at the conclusion of the investigation. Read more
Rufai pays N70k fine, apologises over BRT lane incident (Vanguard)
The Arise Television presenter, Oseni Rufai, who was accused of driving on BRT lane on Lagos highway and also resisting arrest by policemen, on Tuesday appeared in a Lagos mobile court.
He was charged with flouting Lagos State Transport Law of 2018 and the court found him guilty of driving on the BRT lane in contravention of the law and was fined the sum of N70,000.
It was reliably gathered that Rufai made the payment and his vehicle was released to him.
This was disclosed by the Lagos State Police Public Relations Officer, Benjamin Hundeyin while giving an update on the development on his Twitter handle on Tuesday night. Read more