Lagos socialite, Mrs Fumilola Arike Ogbuaya, who was declared wanted by the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency, NDLEA, in connection with unlawful exportation of 1.595kg of cocaine to Saudi Arabia three months ago, has reported at the agency’s Lagos Command.Read More
MAKURDI—The Nigerian Air Force, NAF, has commenced the General Court Martial of Aircraft Man, ACM, Kalu Bernard, who allegedly shot and killed his estranged girl friend, Aircraft Woman, ACW, Oladipupo Sholape, at the NAF Base in Makurdi, Benue State.Read More
Police in Indianapolis, capital of Indiana in the United States have launched a manhunt for the killer of a Nigerian pastor, Oluwadayomisi Epenusi.Read More
Three days after a three-storey building under construction collapsed in Isolo Local Council Development Area, LCDA, another body has been recovered from the rubble, raising the body count to four, with 19 injured—all male.Read More
A female staff of a Federal health centre in Enugu, has been arrested by police, alongside an accomplice, for alleged job scam.Read More
An Indian woman cut off a man’s penis after he allegedly tried to rape her at her house in the southern state of Kerala, police said on Saturday.Read More
The sporadic shooting in the mosque woke up women and children in the village and, as they also tried to escape, some of them, who came face to face with the gunmen, were murderedRead More
A Yaba Chief Magistrate Court, has issued a warrant of arrest on two Canadian nationals Kiranjot and Tara Matharoo, who are standing trial before it, in a case of threat to kidnap, cyber-stalking and blackmail against Nigeria billionaire and oil mogul, Femi Otedola, socialite Dapo Balogun and one Omoregie Ige, for failure to appear in court.Read More
Two suspected fraudsters, Charles Abam and Felix Machi, have been arrested by the police, for attempting to defraud friends and relations of President Muhammadu Buhari.Read More
A 30-year-old man who risked his life to rescue a kidnap victim in Lagos, last week, is now regretting why he exhibited that rare courage. In fact, he has relocated to an unknown place with members of his family following threats from the enraged fleeing kidnappers who have sworn to take their pound of flesh.Read More
The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission today secured the conviction of Umar Yusuf, and Ibrahim Ahmed Bebeji, former Chief Clerical Officers in the Account and Internal Audit Department respectively at the National Orthopaedic Hospital, Dala, Kano State.Read More
The Ogun Area Command Controller, Nigeria Customs Service, Sani Madugu, said smugglers now use the creeks along the border communities at Idiroko, Ipokia Local Government Area, to smuggle bags of rice and other prohibited products into the country.Read More
BENIN—The bus driver policemen handcuffed to their van in Benin, the Edo State capital, and dragged along the road has said the officers found only an empty packet of cigarette on him.Read More
A 35-year-old man, Bolaji Ojo, who allegedly assaulted a woman, Mrs Blessing Ndive, by punching off one of her teeth over two loaves of bread, was, yesterday, brought before a Badagry chief magistrate’s court in Lagos State.Read More
LAGOS—Operatives from the Inspector-General of Police Special Intelligence Response Team, IRT, yesterday, stormed house number 21, Pastor Asaye Close, New Igando, Lagos State, where an abductee, the owner of a multi-national pharmaceutical company, Donatus Dunu, was kept for months.
The operatives, who were led by an Assistant Commissioner of Police, Abba Kyari, were spotted around the apartment where the business man escaped from last Friday and a large cache of arms and ammunition— four AK-47 rifles, two pistols and 40 fully-loaded magazines—were recovered.
They combed the area for clues that would aid their search for fleeing members of the notorious kidnap gang.
An operative, who spoke with Vanguard on the condition of anonymity, disclosed that the detectives flew into Lagos, Tuesday evening, following a directive by the Inspector General of Police, Ibrahim Idris, who had placed a bounty of N30 million for information that could lead to the arrest of the gang leader, known as Evans.
It was gathered that the IRT operatives ransacked the two bedroom apartment, where the kidnappers used as their hideout and rummaged through some properties left behind by the kidnappers.
Investigations revealed that the kidnappers have beenusing the apartment since 2015.
Vanguard gathered that the owner of the building, identified simply as Deaconess Molluscan, may not have known that the tenants were using the building for kidnapping activities.
Sources disclosed that a woman, who pretended to be married to a man who lives abroad, rented a section of the building from the owner in 2015 and handed it over to the kidnappers.
Residents narrate experience
Some residents, who spoke with Vanguard on the condition of anonymity, for fear of attacks, disclosed that two male occupants lived in the building until last April, when a woman came and rented the other section of the building.
They stated that the male occupants, who are of Eastern extraction, rarely speak with people within the area.
One of the residents said: “Their gate is always shut and when they come out of their compound, they don’t talk to anyone. Nobody knows the kind of the job they do.
“We did not know they were kidnappers until the police raided the apartment and recovered a large cache of arms and ammunition.
“Last April, when the owner of the building came and repaired the other apartment in the compound and placed it for rent, a woman came again and rented the apartment. We did not know that the woman was also a member of the gang.
“We discovered something was fishy last Friday when we saw them running with few of their belongings. At the moment, we are currently living in fear; we don’t know if these kidnappers would attack our community. We are begging the police to beef up security in our area.”
Another IRT operative, who spoke with Vanguard, also disclosed that the operatives stumbled on several documents that would aid their investigation in apprehending Evans and his gang members.