The Police Command in Enugu State has rescued a 10-year-old minor (name withheld) from household wickedness, grievous harm and unabated battering in Enugu metropolis.
The Command’s Public Relations Officer, ASP Daniel Ndukwe, said this in a statement on Saturday in Enugu.
Ndukwe said that the rescued followed credible information received at Enugu Police Area Command at about 9 a.m. on July 2.
He said that the information alleged that a woman in Akonameze Street, Thinker’s Corner, Enugu, inflicted serious injuries on the female ward.
He said that the command swiftly moved to rescue the victim (minor), arrested the suspect, one Ifeoma Ozougwu, 24 and thereafter arrested her husband, one Jude Ozougwu, 40.
“On receipt of the visibly exhausted and traumatised victim, the Commissioner of Police, Mr Ahmad Abdurrahman, instructed the Area Commander to rush her to hospital for treatment.
“He bemoaned why the suspect will be so heartless to abuse and inflict such grievous injuries on another woman’s child left in her care,’’ the PPRO stated.
According to him, the commissioner directed the immediate launch of a thorough investigation and prosecution of the suspect, her husband and any other culpable accomplices to the crime.
Abdurrahman was quoted as warning further that all those who may have been in the habit or are intending to maltreat and/or inflict grievous harm on susceptible children to desist forthwith.
“The command will not spare anyone found culpable in such inhuman acts that infringe on the dignity and fundamental human rights of children.
“Parents/guardians should take responsibility, adequately care for their children/wards and train them with the fear of God Almighty,’’ the commissioner warned.
A preliminary investigation showed that the suspect, who is a mother of three, maltreated the minor by using different objects to inflict injuries on the little girl.
These dangerous objects included hot pressing iron, iron rod and nails that she allegedly used to inflict grievous bodily harms and inserting pepper into her private part.
“Residents have been enjoined to remain law-abiding and promptly assist the Police with credible information that will help in fighting crimes against vulnerable children by calling Command’s hotlines on 08032003702, 08075390883, 08086671202 or 08098880172,’’ the statement added.
Edited By: Abdulfatah Babatunde (NAN)
30 stranded Nigerians in Lebanon rescued, among 150 awaiting evacuation – NIDCOM
Thirty Nigerians, who were trafficked and left stranded in Lebanon have been rescued, and are among a total of 150 victims awaiting evacuation to Nigeria.
The Nigerians in Diaspora Commission (NIDCOM) made this known in a statement by Gabriel Odu of its Media, Public Relations and Protocol Unit on
The commission said the rescue came after a video footage of the stranded Nigerians making an appeal to the Federal Government and well-meaning Nigerians to come to their aid viral on the Internet.
According to it, the appeal for help by the stranded Nigerians led to their rescue by officials of the country’s mission in Lebanon.
The stranded Nigerians have already been relocated to a more conducive apartment.
“They will be part of 150 others to be evacuated to Nigeria after they were trafficked and left stranded in Lebanon.
“The Lebanese Ambassador to Nigeria, Mr Houssam Diab disclosed the evacuation plans when the Management of NIDCOM, led by the Secretary, Dr Sule Bassi, visited that country’s mission in Abuja,” Odu said in the statement.
He quoted Diab as saying that the 150 girls would be returned home in batches with the first group of 110 people leaving Beirut for Lagos on Aug. 12.
The second batch sws expected to arrive Abuja on Aug. 16.
“The diplomat commended efforts of the Lebanese Community and the Oyo State Government who is sponsoring the return of 55 of the girls,” he said.
Responding on behalf of the NIDCOM Chairman/CEO, Mrs Abike Dabiri-Erewa, Secretary of the commission, who acknowledged the excellent ties between Nigeria and Lebanon, urged both countries to sustain the cordial relationship.
Bassi also lauded the Nigerian Ambassador to Lebanon, Amb. Goni Madu Zanna Bura for his dedication and commitment.
He also commended the staff of the Nigerian mission, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Oyo and Ogun state governments and other strategic partners for their efforts.
“As part of the Nigerian Embassy’s Consular responsibility, the ladies in the said video that went viral and many other distressed Nigerian domestic workers were located and relocated to a safer place.
“Suffice it to say that 150 of these stranded victims are expected to be evacuated next week and handed over to NAPTIP, the agency responsible for (dealing with human) trafficking.
“A break down of the evacuees shows that Oyo State had 41, Ogun 21, Lagos 12, Ondo 18, Osun 26, and Imo 3.
Others are Kwara– 9, Enugu — 1, Ekiti — 6, Kogi — 1, Edo — 1, Delta — 3, Ebonyi — 1, Benue — 1, Abia — 1, Akwa Ibom — 1, and Anambra — 1,” he said.
Edited By: Chioma Ugboma/Emmanuel Yashim (NAN)
EEDC nabs 2 suspected electricity installation vandals
The Enugu Electricity Distribution Company (EEDC) says it nabbed two notorious electricity installation vandals in Osisioma community near Aba, Abia, along Enugu-Port Harcourt Expressway.
EEDC’s Head of Corporate Communications, Mr Emeka Ezeh, told newsmen in Enugu on Tuesday, that the duo had been handed over to the Osisioma Police Station, Abia, for interrogation and further investigation.
Ezeh said that the two suspected vandals were caught red handed and apprehended on Aug. 3, by members of Osisioma Electricity Committee while vandalising electricity cables belonging to the company.
According to Ezeh, last month, a suspect was arrested by youths of Amichi community for vandalizing Ebenasa 300KVA 33/0.415KV distribution substation, located at Amichi.
“Part of the items recovered from the suspects included: 4 feeder pillar bars, 4 feeder pillar units and 3 feeder pillar fuses.
“It was also gathered that the suspects’ accomplice fled and is currently at large.
“However, effort is on to get him arrested along with the identified buyer, who is in possession of 300mm 2 x 4 single core upriser cables, 10 meters earthen wire, as well as some bolts and nuts,” he said.
In a similar development, the EEDC spokesman said that one suspect was arrested by members of Ogbu Edda community, Ebonyi, for vandalising a 300KVA 33/0.415KV distribution substation, located in the community.
“The suspect was caught in possession of 150mm-2 upriser cable and has been handed over to the Afikpo South Divisional Police Headquarters for further investigations,’’ he said.
Ezeh said that the company had been expressing concerns, over the rising cases of vandalism within its network, and had appealed to customers to be more vigilant in ensuring that the installations serving them were not vandalised.
The EEDC spokesman however, commended the youths of Amichi, people of Ogbu Edda community, Ebonyi and members of Osisioma electricity committee, for their support in apprehending the suspected vandals.
Ezeh said that the company would work closely with the police to ensure that the suspects were prosecuted so that the law could take its course.
“The activities of these vandals not only affect our organisation’s finances, but adversely impact on the quality of services to our customers who are subjected to darkness and untold hardship whenever the electrical installations serving them are vandalised.
“We are not relenting in our effort in tackling the growing trend of vandalism and also call on well-meaning and law-abiding customers to join hands in this fight,’’ he said.
Edited By: Chioma Ugboma/Maureen Atuonwu (NAN)
Police arrest 10 suspects, recover arms, ammunition in Enugu
The Police Command in Enugu State on Tuesday says it arrested 10 suspects in July for various criminal offences within the state.
The state Commissioner of Police, Mr Ahmed Abdurrahman, said that the offences included conspiracy, armed robbery, unlawful possession of firearms and cultism.
Abdurrahman said that the items recovered from the suspects included six arms, 15 ammunition of 5.56mm caliber, 36 live cartridges and 12 expended cartridges.
Other items recovered were a television set, one mobile phone, one cutlass and other miscellaneous items.
The commissioner said that the arrests and recovery were made possible by intelligence and robust collaboration with other security agencies, local security outfits like the Neighborhood Watch Group of the state.
“We also have to thank our partners, stakeholders and the general public as well as the dedication and diligence of the officers and men of the command,” he said.
The Commissioner said that two suspects were arrested at Ugbawka, Nkanu East Local Government Area on July 26 and Onueke Izza South Local Government on July 30 through a combined operation.
“Their arrest is sequel to intelligence gathered that the duo and other members now at large, allegedly attacked and killed one Onyebuchi Aninwagu, the Chief Security Officer of Amodu-Awkunanaw Community on July 19.
“They were also alleged to have on July 21 at about 6a.m. attacked police officers attached to Ozalla Division of the Command and carted away two assault rifles, after killing one of the police officer, ASP Ominiyi Chukwu; while the other, Insp. Princewill Ebiriem, sustained severe degrees of bullet wounds.
“The deadly gang was further alleged to have attacked one Alhaji Ibrahim Yaro at Isiaji Road in Nkanu West LGA, shot him on the leg and made away with his unregistered Bajaj Motorcycle,’’ he said.
Abdurrahman said that on July 26 at Premier Layout, Enugu through a combined effort of police operatives and Neighborhood Watch Group; two armed robbers, who forcefully took possession of valuables of residents on gun point, were arrested.
He said that the command also arrested two suspects on July 17 and recovered some home items, phones, wrist watch and a belt belonging to residents of Independence Layout, Enugu.
“This group specilises in using cutlass and other dangerous instrument to rob,” he said.
The commissioner, however, said that investigation was ongoing on the nefarious activities of the various suspects as well as manhunt for their other members that were presently at large.
“The command will not leave any stone unturned until these criminals are apprehended and given appropriate punishment for their actions so far,” he said.
Edited By: Abiodun Esan/Ismail Abdulaziz (NAN)
Police nab 3 over alleged culpable homicide, 2 for kidnapping in Niger
The Police Command in Niger has arrested three suspects over alleged culpable homicide in Chanchaga Local Government Area of the state.
The police also announced the arrest 2 suspects over alleged kidnapping in Shiroro Local Government Area.
Abiodun, said that based on information received at about 10:30 hours on July 26, that two teenagers were found lying dead behind M.I Wushishi Housing Estate.
On receipt of the information, police detectives attached to Chanchaga division, swung into action and arrested three suspects in connection with the case, all of Kpapi village in Chanchaga, Minna.
“During interrogation, the suspects confessed to have conspired and fired a Dane gun at the deceased persons, who they claimed to have encroached and damaged their farmland through illegal mining.
“The suspects will be charge to court after investigation,” Abiodun said.
Similarly, the command has arrested two suspects over alleged kidnapping in Shiroro local government area of the state.
Abiodun said on July 28 at about 09:00 hours, information was received that unknown gunmen numbering about 14, invaded Nakudna village via Erena in Shiroro and kidnapped one Jambo Salihu of the same address to unknown destination.
On receipt of the information, Police detectives attached to Erena division swung into action and arrested two suspects, both of Nakudna and Kusasu villages in Shiroro local government area in connection with the case.
During interrogation, the suspects confessed to be indigenes of the community but conspired with their armed gang members now at large, and acted as pointers and informants to the bandits.
The victim was rescued unhurt while efforts to arrest the fleeing suspects was ongoing.
He said that the case was under investigation and the suspects would be charged to court after investigations.
Edited By: Chioma Ugboma/Ismail Abdulaziz (NAN)