The alleged shooter of David Ortiz has been arrested along with four others in a group offered nearly $8,000 to kill the former Boston Red Sox star.
They were to kill him at a Dominican Republic bar, the authorities said on Wednesday.
The arrests came as Ortiz, 43, recovered in a Boston hospital following a second round of surgery on Tuesday, according to his family.
The family said he was sitting up and had taken a few steps.
The plot to kill Ortiz, a national hero in the Dominican Republic, was more complex than initially thought.
It involved two men on a motorcycle working with two other groups of people in cars, National Police chief Ney Aldrin Bautista Almonte told reporters.
Dominican Republic Attorney-General Jean Alain Rodriguez identified Ramon Martinez Perez as the man suspected of jumping off the back of a motorcycle on Sunday night and shooting Ortiz in the torso.
Bautista said the group was offered 400,000 Dominican pesos ($7,830) to carry out the contract killing.
“It didn’t just involve two people, more people took part,” Bautista told a press conference, adding that another man linked to the plot nicknamed “The Surgeon” remained at large.
Ortiz, widely known as “Big Papi,” is a sports legend in Boston.
He was legendary for his role in three World Series baseball championships as well as his profane but inspiring remarks in the days after the 2013 Boston Marathon bombing.
He retired in 2016 after hitting 541 career home runs, which ranks 17th all-time in Major League Baseball.
Ortiz was shot while seated at an open-air nightclub in Santo Domingo, the capital of his native country.
Ortiz’s friend Jhoel López, a television host, was wounded in the leg in the shooting.
The Dominican Republic has one of the highest murder rates in the world, with most homicides committed during robberies, according to the U.S. State Department.
Police quickly arrested the suspected motorbike driver, identified as Eddy Féliz García, who was detained and beaten by bystanders at the scene.
The high-profile attack on Ortiz drew attention to a string of deaths of U.S. citizens in the Dominican Republic in recent months, as well as violent assaults.
Ortiz underwent a first round of surgery in Santo Domingo late on Sunday before being flown the following day to Boston’s Massachusetts General Hospital, where he underwent more surgery.
A trauma and acute care surgeon was leading the team treating Ortiz, his wife, Tiffany Ortiz, said in a statement on Wednesday.
On Tuesday “and this morning, David was able to sit up as well as take some steps,” she said on Wednesday.
“His condition is guarded and he will remain in the (intensive care unit) for the coming days, but he is making good progress towards recovery.”
Féliz appeared in court on Tuesday evening, charged with being an accomplice in the attempted murder of Ortiz.
His lawyer, Deivi Solano, told reporters outside the court that the judge had agreed to postpone a hearing until Wednesday afternoon.
Justina García, the mother of Féliz who remained in custody, told reporters the charges against her son were a “lie.”
“They can’t link it to him because he is not a criminal,” she said.
Solano said his client did not shoot Ortiz, but works as a motorcycle taxi driver and may have unwittingly driven the shooter to the scene, a media outlet reported.
(Edited by Olawale Alabi)
NANNM orders members in JUTH to sit at home over alleged negligence of welfare, lack of safety
The National Association of Nigerian Nurses and Midwives (NANNM), Jos University Teaching Hospital (JUTH) chapter, has ordered its members working at the hospital’s isolation centre to sit at home over alleged negligence of their welfare and lack of safety.
The Chairman of the chapter, Mrs Mercy Lenka, told newsmen on Monday during a protest action in Jos that the order was necessary as the members were risking their lives working under difficult and stringent conditions at the centre.
Lenka said that the nurses were risking their lives and those of their family members through their mode of interaction with the COVID-19 patients at the centre.
She stressed that the standard practice in other parts of Nigeria and the world was for special accommodation to be provided for the nurses, and not living with their families while caring for patients.
She also bemoaned the lack of a special room created for suspected cases at the hospital, saying that only a screen demarcated with clothing material was available for the suspected cases at the casualty unit.
The chairman decried the lack of incentives, insurance and hazard allowances for the nurses at the isolation centre, saying that in spite of the incidences at the hospital, the state government had not taken any action.
“Our members and other patients are at risk of getting infected with the disease at the unit.
“Particularly, we are taking this action because a patient was managed in the ward and it turned out that he became a suspected patient and the result turned out to be positive.
“All the people who nursed this patient were tested because of the exposure and then a nurse working at the centre tested positive.
“ We raised an eyebrow when we saw the temporary arrangement made by the hospital for suspected cases, which was just a cloth demarcation at the casualty unit.
“We also called the attention of the infectious unit of the hospital, but they said the patients will not be kept for up to two hours there for their samples to be taken.
“It will interest you to know that a patient has been there since Friday, while a patient was brought last night presenting classical symptoms of COVID-19, yet his samples are yet to be taken.
“This is a risk to other patients at that unit and the nurses there who do not have Personal Protective Equipment (PPEs),’’ she alleged.
The union leader said that nurses at the centre would only return to duty if they were provided with accommodation, incentives and hazard allowances, and threatened that failure to provide a special room for suspected cases awaiting results may warrant a total strike of nurses in the hospital.
“Nurses at the centre must be tested before they resume as some may be positive and still going back to put their families at risk, which is in irony of our advocacy against community transmission.
“Even if the Federal Government has not implemented the hazard provisions, the state task force should handle this matter,’’ Lenka said.
She alleged that nurses in some isolation centres in the state had been given accommodation, and wondered why it was not so for those in JUTH.
The NANNM chairman assured that if their requests were granted, the nurses would resume work immediately at the centre.
In his reaction, the Plateau Commissioner for Health, Dr Nimkong Lar, said he was unaware of the development, but would get details from the Chief Medical Officer of JUTH.
“We will try to look into their grievances and correct them in the interest of all and sundry,” Lar assured.
Edited By: Oluyinka Fadare and Abdullahi Yusuf (NAN)
Police dislodge alleged car theft syndicate in Adamawa, arrest 1
The police in Adamawa have dislodged a suspected car theft syndicate, arrested a suspect and recovered one stolen vehicle.
The state Police Public Relations Officer, DSP Sulaiman Nguroje, made the disclosure on Sunday in Yola.
Nguroje said that a Toyota Corolla with registration number UGB408LQ and other stolen items were recovered from the suspect.
He said that the arrest was made by operatives attached to the Intelligence Bureau of the state police command on Thursday at 6.30p.m.
He said that the arrested suspect was a 38-year-old man.
The spokesman said that the police recovered a snatched Toyota Corolla, 2004 model with 44 sets of new t-shirts, shoes and trousers.
“The suspect was caught after robbing one Mr Adams M. S. from Abakaliki of the car and running to Adamawa to dispose of it.
“Immediately the report got to police, investigation commenced, and that led to the arrest and recovery of the Toyota Corolla and other valuables,’’ Nguroje said.
He said the state Commissioner of Police in Adamawa, Mr Olugnenga Adeyanju, had warned residents of the state to desist from buying cars and other valuables from roadside vendors.
Edited By: Johnson Eyiangho/Ijeoma Popoola (NAN)
Security operatives nab welder for allegedly defiling 2 daughters
The Ondo State Commandant of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) on Sunday announced that operatives of the command had arrested a welder, Femi Onifade, for allegedly defiling his two daughters.
The Commandant of the NSCDC in Ondo State, Mr Philip Ayuba, made the announcement in a statement, signed by the command’s Public Relations Officer, Mr Olufemi Omole, in Akure.
He said that Onifade, 48, defiled his two daughters, aged six and nine years.
Ayuba explained that the command’s Anti-Human Trafficking and illegal Migration Unit, swung into action to arrest Onifade, based on intelligence.
The commandant said that the operatives arrested Onifade, residing at No. 27 Liberty Hospital Road, Oluwatuyi, Akure when they were informed about the crime.
Ayuba said the arrest was facilitated by the assistance of the Deji of Akure, Oba Aladetoyinbo Aladelusi.
“During initial interrogations, the suspect denied the allegations.
”However, we gathered that there had been a long-term disagreement between the man and his wife as a result of constant molestations and maltreatment.
“Onifade Femi always seized the opportunity of his wife’s absence to harass the minors sexually.
“It was revealed that few days ago, the suspect bought a bottle of soft drink, mixed a powdery substance in it and gave the kids to drink.
“Onifade Femi went further to caress the kids and suck their private parts.
“Neighbours reflected on hearing the wailing of the children throughout the night after sending out their mother.”
According to Ayuba, medical reports from the Federal Medical Centre, Akure revealed that the two kids have lost their hymen and their private parts deeply opened.
The commandant said that the suspect would be charged to court soon.
He said that the command was keen on eradicating all forms of criminal tendencies and social vices in Ondo State.
Edited By: Chidinma Agu/Silas Nwoha (NAN)
Police in Ebonyi wade into alleged sexual exploitation of 20-year-old by aunt
The Police Command in Ebonyi says it has begun investigations of alleged sexual exploitation of a 20-year-old woman in Abakaliki by a yet to be identified woman.
Odah said that the International Federation of Women Lawyers (FIDA), Ebonyi Chapter, facilitated the rescue of the victim, Miss Chinasa Chukwu, and her 2-year-old son.
Odah said that the victim was brought to Kpirikpiri Police Division in Abakaliki, having been allegedly exploited sexually by her aunt, a suspect who is now at large.
“Investigation is still ongoing in the division and I have confirmed that the girl was brought to the division by FIDA,” Odah said.
“We got a report on May 20, on a case of sexual exploitation.
“We were told that a young girl was kept in a rented apartment by a woman, whom the victim identified as her aunt.
“We were also informed that the woman always sent in two to three men in a day to have sex with Chukwu while she watched and get paid at the end of the act.
“So, when we heard about this, we got there immediately on May 21, to rescue the victim from bondage,” Chima said.
She further stated that FIDA in collaboration with the United Nations was committed to ensuring that rights of women and children were protected in the state.
She promised to update the media as the development unfolded.
The victim, Miss Chukwu, while narrating her ordeal at the state ministry of Women Affairs and Social Development, alleged that her aunt always claimed that the money gotten from the act would be used to pay for her training.
The 20-years-old victim from Akaeze in Ivo Local Government Area of the state is currently pregnant and has a 2-year-old son.
“My aunt always brought two to three men each day to have sex with me in a rented apartment she got for me while she watched the act,” Chukwu said.
Meanwhile, a Hairstylist, Mrs Chizoba Okemiri, who enrolled Chukwu as an apprentice in her salon, alleged that the victim was subjected to a brutal sexual trade and exploitation by her aunt.
Okemiri, who corroborated the incident, noted that the victim’s aunt had allegedly continued to arrange both married and young men to sleep with Chukwu in her rented apartment.
She said that the victim revealed that her aunt had threatened to discipline her for disclosing her activities.
“Chinasa was brought to me on Easter day by her mother, aunt and aunt’s friend for the enrollment.
“After the bargaining for her training, her mother pleaded that she would be coming to the salon with her son because she might not cope with the child and her job.
“Another apprentice in my shop had reported to me that men always visited the victim which I discovered and tried to stop her from seeing them.
“When I confronted the victim about the men, she revealed that it was her aunt who arranged for those men.
“When the visit persisted, I called her mum and aunt to confirm the development, but the aunt told me that I will get to know why they visit her, one day.
“I became uncomfortable and had to report the matter to a staff of Nigeria Television Authority (NTA), who now facilitated her rescue,” Okemiri said.
Edited By: Kamal Tayo Oropo/Maureen Atuonwu (NAN)
Group petitions CP over alleged harassment, intimidation by monarch in Anambra
Some aggrieved indigenes of Awba-Ofemili, Awka North Local Government Area, Anambra, have petitioned the Commissioner of Police, Mr John Abang, against their traditional ruler, Igwe Ezekwesili Maduagwuna.
A copy of the petition made available to newsmen on Friday in Awka was filed through their Solicitors, G. C. Enekwechi and Co. (Grace Chambers) and signed by Mr Obinna Nnajiofor.
The petitioners copied the Inspector-General of Police and Public Complaints Committee of the National Assembly.
The petitioners, Chief Solomon Ozuah, Chief Reuben Iloka and Chief Matthew Nwaobu accused Maduagwuna of harassment, extortion and intimidation of indigenes.
They also accused the traditional ruler of threatening peace and stability in the community and using local security guards to intimidate and assault indigenes.
“Igwe Maduagwuna has for a long time unlawfully laid claim to people’s lands and claiming same to be communal land, unlawfully appropriate to himself the powers to dispose of those lands at his whims and caprices.
“He operates an illegal dungeon where the citizens are unlawfully detained, tortured and treated inhumanly,” they alleged.
They further accused the the traditional ruler of using the local guards to extort N5,000 from Aguenu youths before accessing their farmlands or harvesting produce, among others.
They also appealed to the state commissioner of police to intervene and settle the crisis rocking Awba-Ofemili community allegedly instigated by the traditional ruler.
Meanwhile, the traditional Prime Minister of Awba Ofemili, Chief Benard Nwanelo who spoke on behalf of Igwe Maduagwuna dismissed the allegations.
Nwanelo said: “nobody intimidated or extorted the people for going to farm.”
“Our monarch is peace loving and has never got involved in any land dispute with his subjects. There has never been any mayhem of such in Awba-Ofemili as quoted in the petition.
“The only problem is that some people who lost out in the kingship contest with Igwe Maduagwuna have vowed to displace him, but we won’t allow that to happen.”
In the meantime, the state Commissioner for Information and Public Enlightenment, Mr C-Don Adinuba, has appealed to the people of the area to remain calm, saying efforts were on to settle the crisis.
Edited By: Chioma Ugboma/Ejike Obeta (NAN)
Police in Imo nab man for allegedly faking abduction of wife, 2 children
Police Imo have arrested one Obinna Anusiem from Umuima Atta in Njaba Local Government Area of the state for allegedly faking the kidnap of his wife, Chinyere and their two children.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that Anusiem, 34, was among the 28 suspects arrested by the Police Command in Imo and paraded in Owerri on Friday for alleged various crimes.
The new Commissioner of Police (CP) in the state, Mr Isaac Akinmoyede, told journalists that the suspect reported at Njaba Police Station that his wife and two children were kidnapped on April 12 by his cousin, Okechukwu Anusie.
Akinmoyede, however, said that upon “discreet investigation” by the Anti-Kidnapping Unit, it was discovered that the suspect (complainant) was actually behind the purported aduction.
He said that it was further discovered that the suspect hid his wife and children in his in-law’s house in Okwudor community in the area.
The police chief said: “He hid them there and maliciously accused Okechukwu of kidnapping them because of land dispute and other family misunderstanding.
“He has confessed commiting the crime. The suspect will soon appear in court.”
The suspect said that he faked the kidnap to punish his cousin who he accused of selling their family land and diverting the proceeds to his personal account without giving him a dime.
“I did not kidnap my wife and children. I only took them to my wife’s place because I want the police to arrest him for selling our land. Please forgive me,” Obinna said.
The new CP said further he would adopt the community policing strategy in fighting crime in the state.
He said, “Imo is peaceful. I met a peaceful atmosphere when I came but I will not allow any criminal to operate freely in the state.”
He also warned officers and men of the command against human rights abuse and receiving bribe.
According to him, any operative caught induging in sharp practices will face severe sanctions.
Edited By: Sam Oditah/Ejike Obeta (NAN)
Police arraign woman in court for alleged N415,000 fraud
The police, on Friday, arraigned a 37-year-old woman, Folake Aderoyin in court for alleged N415,000 fraud.
Aderoyin, whose address was not provided, is facing a charge of fraud before an Ado-Ekiti Magistrates’ Court.
She, however, pleaded not guilty to the charge.
The prosecutor, Sgt. Olubu Apata, told the court that the defendant committed the offence in January at Ajilosun area of Ado-Ekiti.
Apata said the defendant collected some goods worth N415, 000 from the complainant, Mr Mahmood Badra and promised to deliver the money to him, a representation she knew was false.
He alleged that the defendant fraudulently converted the money to her own use.
The prosecutor said the offence contravened Section 383(1) (2) (a) (b) (f) (4) of the Criminal Law of Ekiti State, 2012.
Apata urged the court to adjourn the case to enable him study the file and assemble his witnesses.
The Defence Counsel, Mr Olawumi Olowofela, urged the court to grant his client bail, promising that she would not jump bail.
The magistrate, Mrs Kehinde Awosika, granted the defendant bail in the sum of N200,000 with two sureties in like sum.
Awosika ordered that the sureties must be her blood relations.
She adjourned the case until June 3 for mention.
Edited By: Edith Bolokor/Yemi Idris-Aduloju (NAN)
Police deny alleged clash with soldiers in Ebonyi
The Police Command in Ebonyi, has denied alleged media reports of clash between policemen and soldiers on Thursday in Abakaliki.
A section of the media had reported alleged clash between the police and soldiers around Udensi roundabout axis of Abakaliki, the Ebonyi capital.
The clash was as a result of impounding of tricycle allegedly belonging to an army personnel over alleged traffic light control violation.
The report alleged that it would have been a day of ‘blood’ in Abakaliki as police and soldiers engaged in a free for all, which was however averted following the timely intervention from very senior police personnel from the command .
But, DSP Loveth Odah, the command’s Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria on Friday in Abakaliki, described the report as shocking, spurious and misleading.
She said that at no time did police officers clash with men of the Nigerian Army in the state but explained that there was a little misunderstanding between a soldier and a traffic warden.
“There was no clash involving our officers and the army; there is no truth in the media report.
“It was not a clash; it was just a minor misunderstanding. A soldier’s brother or friend’s tricycle was impounded by a traffic warden on duty at the Udensi roundabout for alleged traffic light offence.
“The suspect called the soldier who came and demanded to know why the tricycle was impounded by the official.
“This led to a minor misunderstanding due to arguments which ensued between the soldier and the traffic warden.
“The officer-in-charge of the State Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) who was passing by and witnessed the incident, had to stop and settle the problem there and then.
“There were no gun shots, there was no fight, it was not even a quarrel and nobody was injured.
“The Acting Commissioner of Police did not go there neither did the Canton Commander of the Nkwegu Military Cantonment.
“There was indeed nothing like police/soldiers clash in Abakaliki, it was just a mere misunderstanding between the traffic warden who is not even a regular police and one military personnel who came to enquire why the tricycle was impounded,’’Odah said.
She said that the force would continue to collaborate with the military and other sister security agencies in the state in the fight to keep the state safe from criminals and criminal activities.
Edited By: Chioma Ugboma/Obike Ukoh (NAN)
Police inspector arrested for alleged murder
The Police Command in Lagos State has arrested one Insp. Charles Okoro, attached to the Ikotun Division for allegedly shooting and killing one Fatai Oladipupo, 28, along Obabiyi Road at Igando in Ikotun, near Lagos.
This is contained in a statement signed by the Lagos State Police Command’s Public Relations Officer, DSP. Bala Elkana, on Thursday in Lagos.
Elkana said the inspector was arrested in connection with a deadly shooting incident reported on May 20.
“The inspector has been subjected to internal disciplinary procedure, known as Orderly Room Trial at the State Police Command’s Provost Department.
“If found guilty, he will be handed over to the State Criminal Investigation Department in Yaba for prosecution in a conventional court.
“Investigation is going on to unravel the circumstances surrounding the shooting incident.”
Elkana said that the state’s Commissioner of Police, Mr Hakeem Odumosu, extended his condolences to the family and friends of the deceased.
“Odumosu assures that justice will prevail.
“Members of the public will be updated on the outcome of the investigation,” Elkana said.
Edited By: Kamal Tayo Oropo/Silas Nwoha (NAN)
Police arraign students over alleged membership of secret cult
Three secondary school pupils on Thursday appeared before the Ogbeson Chief Magistrate’s Court in Benin, charged with being members of an unlawful society.
The defendants: Aminu Rasak, 19, Chinedu Aduba, 14, and Eromosele Okonofua, 21, all students of Aduwawa Secondary School in Benin, were alleged to be members of the Baby Bird Secret Cult (Eiye Confranternity).
The Prosecutor, Insp. Abass Faruk, told the court that Rasak joined the Baby Bird Secret Cult (Eiye) sometimes in March 2018 at Aduwawa Secondary School in Benin.
Abass said that the second and third defendants (Aduba and Okonofua) were initiated into Eiye cult in the same Aduwawa Secondary School on Jan. 10, 2019 and sometime in August 2018, respectively.
He said that the offence committed contravened the provisions of Section 64 of the Criminal Code Cap. 48 Vol. 11, Laws of the defunct Bendel State of Nigeria, 1976, now applicable in Edo.
If found guilty of the offence, the three defendants stand the risk of spending three-years in jail.
The defendants, however, pleaded not guilty to the charge.
The Chief Magistrate, Prince Mutairu Oare, admitted the defendants to bail in the sum of N100,000 each, with one surety in like sum.
Oare said that the surety must either be a parent or guardian, adding that all information must be verified by the court’s registrar.
The Chief Magistrate adjourned the case until June 2, for further hearing.
Edited By: Bayo Sekoni/Wale Ojetimi (NAN)
Man, 30, docked for allegedly obtaining N155,000 under false pretence
A 30-year-old man, Stephen Adams, was on Thursday brought before an Ogbeson Magistrates’ Court in Benin, for allegedly obtaining N155,000 under false pretence.
The defendant is being tried on a two-count charge of obtaining goods under false pretence and stealing.
The Prosecutor, Insp. Abass Farouk, told the court that Adams committed the offence on March 8 in Down Jehovah Road, Ikpoba-Hill, Benin.
Farouk alleged that the defendant obtained N155,000 from the complainant, Mr Friday Aiguehiven, for the digging of a bore-hole for him, knowing same to be false.
The prosecutor also alleged that the defendant stole the said amount from the complainant.
Farouk said the offences contravened Sections 419 and 390(9) of the Criminal Code Cap. 48 Vol. 11 Law of the defunct Bendel State of Nigeria, 1976, now applicable in Edo.
The defendant, however, pleaded not guilty to the charge.
The Chief Magistrate, Prince Mutairu Oare, admitted him to bail in the sum of N50,000 with one surety in like sum.
Oare said the surety must be a guardian and must be verified by the court registrar.
He adjourned the case until June 3 for further hearing.
Edited By: Folorunso Poroye/Ejike Obeta (NAN)
Police arraign man for allegedly impersonating AEDC staff
The police on Thursday, arraigned a 36-year-old man Joe Abimaje , in a Karmo Grade I Area Court, Abuja, for allegedly impersonating a staff of the Abuja Electricity Distribution Company (AEDC).
Abimaje, who resides in Katampe, Abuja, is charged with breach of trust, cheating, impersonation and forgery.
The Prosecutor, Mrs Ijeoma Ukagha, told the court that the matter was reported by Ms Onyinye Okereke, at the Life Camp Police Station on March 10.
Ukagha alleged that the defendant forged an AEDC Identity card and pretended to be a staff and fraudulently collected a contract to construct a 33KV high tension wires for N4.6 million.
Ukagha told the court that the complainant gave the defendant N3.7 million as part payment but he allegedly converted the money to his personal use.
She said all efforts to recover the N3.7 million from him failed.
The prosecution counsel further told the court that the defendant could not provide satisfactory account of himself during police interrogation.
She said that the offence contravened the provisions of sections 312, 322, 364 and 244 of the Penal Code.
The defendant, however, pleaded not guilty to the charge.
The Judge, Alhaji Inuwa Maiwada, admitted the defendant to bail in the sum of N5 million with a reliable surety in like sum.
He ruled that the surety must be a GL 14 officer in the Federal Civil Service and must reside within the court’s jurisdiction and adjourned the case until Sept. 25 for further hearing.
Edited By: Nick Nicholas/Sadiya Hamza (NAN)
Police arraign man, 36, over alleged murder in Ekiti
An Ado-Ekiti Chief Magistrates’ Court, on Thursday, remanded one Kehinde Awosusi in police custody over alleged murder of one Ojo Oluwatuyi.
The Chief Magistrate, Mr Abdulhamid Lawal, ordered the remand of the defendant pending the advice of the Director of Public Prosecution (DPP) on the case.
Lawal, thereafter, adjourned the case till June 10 for mention.
Awosusi, 36, whose address was not provided, is standing trial for murder.
The Prosecutor, Insp. Caleb Leranmo, told the court that the defendant committed the offence on April 19 at Erinjiyan-Ekiti
He alleged that the defendant murdered Oluwatuyi by smashing plank on his head.
Leranmo said that the deceased had allegedly knocked down the defendant’s mother with his motorcycle, adding that when the defendant got to the scene of the accident, he smashed a plank on the head of the deceased.
He said that the deceased died before he could reach a nearby hospital.
According to the prosecutor, the offence contravenes Section 319(1) of the Criminal Code, Laws of Ekiti State, 2012.
Edited By: Joe Idika and (NAN)‘Wale Sadeeq
Court remands man over alleged armed robbery, theft of 50 gallons of palm oil
An Ile-Ife Magistrates’ Court in Osun, on Thursday, remanded one Elugbindin Timothy, 44, over alleged armed robbery and theft of 50 gallons of palm oil.
The Prosecutor, ASP Joseph Adebayo, told the court that the defendant committed the offence on March 10, around 5 am. at Odemuyiwa Village, via Ifetedo.
Adebayo said that the defendant conspired with others, now at large, to commit the offence.
He added that the defendant armed himself with gun and other dangerous weapons and robbed one Fatai Adeyeni of 50 gallons of palm oil and two bags of cocoa beans.
The prosecutor also listed other stolen goods to include three bags of palm kernel seeds, goats and hospital equipment, all valued at N10 million.
He further told the court that the defendant willfully set the house of Chief Fatai Adeyeni ablaze.
According to him, the offences were contrary to and punishable under Sections 1(1) and 6(b) of the Robbery and Firearms (Special Provisions) Act, Cap. R11, Laws of Nigeria, 2004.
Adebayo added that the offence also contravened Sections 1 (1), (2)(a),(b) and 443 of the Criminal Code, Laws of Osun, 2002.
The plea of the defendant was, however, not taken despite the fact that his defence counsel, Mr Obi Samuel, announced his appearance.
The Magistrate, Joseph Owolawi, did not grant bail to the defendant on the ground that his court lacked jurisdiction to hear the case.
Owolawi, therefore, ordered the remand of the defendant at the State Criminal Investigation Intelligent Department (SCIID).
He adjourned the case till June 24, for mention.
Edited By: Chidinma Agu and (NAN)‘Wale Sadeeq
C/River Govt suspends doctor allegedly implicated in Gov. Ayade’s aide death
The Cross River Government says it has suspended Dr Offiong Okoho, over an alleged unprofessional practices leading to the death of Prince Otu-Otu Duke, a patient under his care.
Duke, who was the Special Adviser to Gov. Ben Ayade on Waste Management, died on April 3, 2020, after undergoing surgery for hernia at the Covenant Clinic and Maternity, owned by Okoho.
The State Commissioner for Health, Dr Betta Edu, told newsmen on Thursday in Calabar that Okoho has been suspended and his private clinic, Covenant Clinic and Maternity also closed down.
Edu said that the state Ministry of Health took the decision based on complaints from some patients and clients against Okoho.
In his petition, Duke alleged that “Dr Offiong did a surgery and mismanaged the deceased health in Offiong clinic.
“By the time my brother, who had fallen into a coma was evacuated and taken to Asi Ukpo Medical Centre for proper medical treatment, he died on April 3, 2020.”
Edu said that investigation into the various allegations against the physician by members of the public was ongoing.
She explained that the suspension was to give way for transparency in the course of investigation.
The commissioner said that a committee had been set up to invite persons or relatives of people who have been victims to testify.
“Shutting down of the hospital is a clear indication that government is doing something.
“The facility has been shut down by the state Ministry of Health in collaboration with the Nigerian Medical Association.
“The first step was to shut down the facility, and investigation is ongoing. And of course, outcome of the committee’s report will determine the sanctions.
“At the same time, Okoho has also been suspended from working at the General Hospital until investigation is over.
“Remember, we can’t just act on what we hear, we must investigate it so that we don’t just punish somebody wrongly. We have reached out to some persons whom he had treated as well.
“Those testimonies would form the background of next line of action to take,” the commissioner said.
When contacted, Okoho told newsmen that as a medical professional, he took an oath to save lives and not otherwise.
He said the deceased, who had a history of diabetes, was brought in for surgery at his clinic on March 25, 2020, adding that the surgery was successfully carried out.
Okoho explained that seven days after, the deceased patient developed partial stroke.
He noted the deceased was then referred to a specialist for appropriate treatment, but the patient refused to go for the referral.
“It was after the situation deteriorated that he was placed on oxygen and finally moved to Asi Ukpo Medical Centre, where he died,” Okoho said.
On his suspension from the services of the Cross River Government, Okoho said there was nothing he could do other than await the outcome of investigation by the Ministry of Health.
Reacting to likely cause of the death, Okoho said: “the patient could have died as a result of Aspiration Pneumonitis, because the nurse at Asi Ukpo said he vomited before he died.”
Edited By: Angela Okisor/Olagoke Olatoye (NAN)
Court remands man over alleged theft of 50 gallons of palm oil
An Ile-Ife Magistrates’ Court in Osun on Thursday remanded one Timothy Elugbindin, 44, over alleged robbery of 50 gallons of palm oil at gun point.
The Prosecutor, Asp. Joseph Adebayo told the court that the defendant committed the offence on March 10, 2020, around 5a.m., at Odemuyiwa Village via Ifetedo.
Adebayo said that the defendant conspired with others now at large to commit felony to wit: Armed Robbery.
He added that the defendant armed himself with gun and other dangerous weapons and robbed one Fatai Adeyeni of 50 gallons of palm oil and two bags of cocoa beans.
According to him, other stolen goods are: 3 bags of palm kernel seeds, goats and hospital equipment, total valued N10 million.
According to him, the defendant willfully set the dwelling house of Chief Fatai Adeyeni ablaze.
The Prosecutor stated further that the offence was contrary to and punishable under sections 1 (1) and 6(b) of the Robbery and Firearms (Special Provisions) Act Cap R11, Laws of Nigeria, 2004.
Adebayo added that the offence also contravened sections 1(1), (2), (a), (b) and 443 of the Criminal Code, Laws of Osun, 2002.
The plea of the defendant was not taken, in spite of the fact that his defence counsel, Mr Obi Samuel announced his appearance.
Magistrate Joseph Owolawi did not grant the bail of the defendant on the ground that his court lacks jurisdiction to hear the armed robbery case.
Owolawi, therefore, ordered for the remand of the defendant at the State Criminal Investigation Intelligent Department (SCIID).
He adjourned the case until June 24, for mention.
Edited By: Edwin Nwachukwu/Maureen Atuonwu (NAN)
Man docked over alleged criminal trespass, attempted theft
The police, on Thursday, arraigned one Nuhu Isiyaka at a Grade I Area Court in Kubwa, Abuja, over alleged criminal trespass and an attempt to steal at a Point of Sale (POS) machine shop.
Isiyaka, whose address was not provided, is being tried for an attempt to steal.
The prosecutor, John Okpa, told the court that the complainant, Mona Mike, reported the matter at Kubwa Police Station on May 12.
Okpa said the defendant acted in a dubious manner and criminally entered the complainant’s Point of Sale (POS) machine shop located at Kubwa, Abuja on the said date.
He said the defendant criminally trespassed with intent to steal and when questioned he allegedly attempted to escape, he was chased and arrested.
The prosecutor said the offence contravened Sections 345 and 95 of the Penal Code.
The defendant, however, pleaded not guilty to the charge preferred against him.
The defence counsel, Taiye Okoya, urged the court to grant his client bail and assured that his client would provide a reasonable surety.
The judge, Mr Muhammad Adamu, admitted the defendant to bail in the sum of N200, 000, with one surety, who must reside within the court’s jurisdiction.
He adjourned the case until July 2 for hearing.
Edited By: Joe Idika/Salif Atojoko (NAN)
Police arraign ‘fake’ army officer over alleged N2.3m job scam
The police on Thursday arraigned a 36-year-old man, Suleiman Dukku in a Wuse Zone Six Chief Magistrates’ Court, Abuja, for allegedly defrauding job seekers of N2.3 million.
Dukku, who resides at Sanka, Kuje, Abuja is charged with two counts of impersonation and cheating.
Earlier, the prosecution counsel, Sanda Jibril told the court that the complainant, Gambo Hamza reported the matter at the Dawaki Divisional Police Headquarters, FCT Command on Feb. 24.
Jibril further alleged that the matter was transferred to Monitoring and Mentoring Unit of the FCT Command, Abuja on May 5 for investigation.
The prosecutor in addition alleged that the defendant sometime in Dec. 2019 impersonating as an Army officer, convinced the complainant to transfer N2.3 million to his First bank account to secure employment 35 persons into Nigerian Army and Nigerian Navy.
He said the applicants were never given the job nor was their money returned by the defendant.
He said during police investigation, the defendant confessed to committing the crime.
Jibril said the offence contravened the provisions of sections 132 and 322 of the Penal Code Law.
The defendant however, pleaded not guilty.
Magistrate Ahmed Ndajiwo admitted the defendant to bail in the sum of N1 million with two sureties in like sum.
Ndajiwo also adjourned the case until June 15, for hearing.
Edited By: Sadiya Hamza (NAN)
Bolivian health minister sacked for alleged ventilator kickback scheme
Bolivia’s interim president, Jeanine Anez, on Wednesday fired Health Minister Marcelo Navajas for his alleged role in a kickback scheme involving the purchase of 170 Spanish-made ventilators at inflated prices for COVID-19 patients.
After Navajas was arrested by the police earlier in the day, Communications Minister Isabel Fernandez broke the news to the media.
“The president has decided to remove Marcelo Navajas as Health Minister to avoid any interference in the work of the justice (department) and impeding the investigations,” said Fernandez.
Current Deputy Health Minister Eydi Roca will “temporarily fill the position,” she added.
Other officials under investigation for taking part in the scheme have also been fired, said Fernandez.
Two officials were arrested on Monday, including the head of the Health Ministry’s legal department, Fernando Valenzuela, and the executive general director of the AISEM, the agency in charge of procuring medical equipment, Giovani Pacheco.
Two advisers from the Inter-American Development Bank, who approved the purchase, were also arrested on Wednesday.
Justice Minister Alvaro Coimbra pledged there will be no impunity.
“It doesn’t matter whether (the accused) is minister, deputy minister or director, they are going to be tried,” he said.
Man, 44, docked over alleged N1.6m fraud
A 44-year- old man, Taiwo Adekola, on Wednesday appeared before an Abeokuta Magistrates’ Court in Isabo for allegedly defrauding a man of N1.6 million.
Adekola, whose address was not provided, is facing a two-count charge of conspiracy and obtaining money by false pretences.
The Prosecutor, ASP Olakunle Shonibare, told the court that the defendant committed the offence on Oct. 19, 2019 at Okelewo area in Abeokuta.
Shonibare alleged that the defendant collected money from the complainant, Mr Muideen Gbolahan, to supply the complainant 18 tonnes of palm kernel.
“The defendant collected the sum of N1.6million from the complainant and refused to supply the palm kernel as agreed.
“He converted the money to his personal use and disappeared, before he was later caught by the police,” the prosecutor said.
Shonibare, said the offence contravened Sections 516 and 419 of the Criminal Law of Ogun, 2006.
The defendant, however, pleaded not guilty to the charge.
In his ruling, Magistrate Olakuleyin Oke granted the defendant bail in the sum of N500,000 with two sureties in like sum.
Oke said the sureties should be gainfully employed and must provide evidence of tax payment to the Ogun government.
He adjourned the case till June 1 for mention.
Edited By: Folorunso Poroye/Mufutau Ojo) (NAN)