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Welder docked for allegedly absconding with customer’s N172,000



The police on Thursday, arraigned a 37-year old welder, Oji Yaro, in a Karmo Grade 1 Area Court, Abuja, over allegedly absconding with N172, 000, belonging to his customer.

Yaro, who works at Dakibu village, Jabi Abuja, is charged with two counts of criminal breach of trust and cheating.

The Prosecution Counsel, Mrs Ijeoma Ukagha, told the court that the matter was reported by the complainant, George Okoh of  the Holy Family Catholic Church, Life Camp Abuja, at the Life Camp Police Station on Sept. 6.

Ukagha alleged that sometime in July the complainant gave Yaro N172, 000 to construct handrails for his stairways but he fraudulently absconded with the money.

The prosecutor further told the court that the defendant could not provide satisfactory account of himself during police interrogation.

She said the offence contravened the provisions of sections 312 and 322 of the Penal Code.

The defendant, however, pleaded not guilty to the charges.

The judge, Alhaji Inuwa Maiwada, admitted the defendant to bail in the sum of N50, 000 with a reliable surety in like sum.

He ordered that the surety must reside within the court’s jurisdiction and adjourned the case until Oct. 14 for further hearing.


Edited by Shittu Obassa/Sadiya Hamza


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)


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Welder, 32 bags 6 months for receiving stolen property



A Lugbe Grade I Area Court in Abuja on Monday, sentenced a 32-year-old welder, Ibrahim Muazu, to six months in correctional centre for receiving stolen property.

Muazu, a welder at Tipper Garage, Lugbe Airport Road, Abuja, pleaded guilty to receiving stolen property.

The Area Court Judge, Abubakar Sadiq, however, gave the convict an option of N10,000 fine and warned him to desist from committing crime.

The Prosecutor, Mrs Ijeoma Ukagha, had earlier told court that one Collins Nnabuike reported the matter at the Lugbe Police Station on Feb. 14.

Ukagha informed court that the convict criminally received one Infinix hot 5 mobile phone from one Tayo, (surname unknown) now at large, knowing well that the said phone was a stolen property.

Ukagha said that during police investigation, the convict could not give a satisfactory account of the said phone.

She said that all efforts to recover the Infinix hot 5 mobile phone from the convict failed.

Ukagha said the offence contravened the provisions of Section 318 of the Penal Code Law. 

Edited By: Remi Koleoso/Sadiya Hamza

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Welder in court for alleged theft of cell phone



A 28-year-old Welder, Amos Mathew, was on Wednesday arraigned at a Life Camp Magistrates’ Court for allegedly stealing a cell phone valued at N25,000.

Mathew, of Gwarinpa village, Abuja, is standing trial on a one-count charge of theft.

The Police Prosecutor, ASP Peter Ejike, of FCT Command, said one Gideon Gyang, of Works and Housing, Gwarinpa, reported the matter at Gwarinpa Police Station on Feb. 26.

Ejike alleged that on Feb 26, by 8:35pm, the defendant criminally trespassed into Augustine Dalli’s room and stole a Tecno phone valued at N25, 000.

He said that the offence contravened Section 288 of the Penal Code Law.

The defendant, however, pleaded not guilty to the charges.

Magistrate Chinyere Nwecheonwu admitted the defendant to bail in the sum of N200, 000 and one surety in like sum.

Nwecheonwu ordered that the surety must reside within the jurisdiction of the court and should present a means of identification that should be verified by the court officials.

She adjourned the case to March 30, for further hearing.

Edited By: Nick Nicholas/Nyisom Fiyigon Dore (NAN)

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Driver, welder in court for allegedly stealing 28 solar inverter batteries



The police on Monday arraigned a 51-year-old driver, Peter Obi and a 32-year-old welder, Christian Odah, in an Ikeja Chief Magistrates’ Court for allegedly stealing 28 solar inverter batteries.

The police charged Obi, who resides in Ifo in Ogun State and Odah who lives at No. 5 Ebere St., Isolo, Lagos, with two counts of conspiracy and theft.

They pleaded not guilty.

The Police Counsel, Sgt. Michael Unah, alleged the defendants conspired and broke into the office premises of one Mr Chukwuemeka Bukoh and stole 28 solar inverter batteries.

Unah told the court that the defendants committed the offence with some others, who are at large on Dec. 24 2019 about 1.29 a.m. at Iyana-ipaja in Lagos.

The defendants, he said, were arrested at Iyana-ipaja alongside with the stolen items while their accomplices ran away.

Chief Magistrate A. A. Fashola admitted the defendants to bail in the sum of N100, 000 with two sureties each  in like sum.

Fashola ordered that the sureties must be gainfully employed with an evidence of two years tax payment to the Lagos State Government and have their addresses verified by the court.

The Nigeria News Agency reports that the alleged offences violate sections 287 and 411 of the Criminal laws of Lagos State 2015, (revised)

NAN reports that that stealing is punishable with three years jail term while conspiracy is attracts two years, if found convicted.

The Magistrate adjourned the case until March 23 for mention.

Edited By: Sadiya Hamza

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DPR, NSCDC arrest 5 welders over refurbishing of expired cylinders in Kaduna



The Department of Petroleum Resources (DPR) Kaduna Zonal Office, on Tuesday confiscated 20 pieces of 12.5kg expired and burnt gas cylinders undergoing refurbishing for use.

DPR officials also ordered the arrest of the owner of the welding shop where the cylinders were being refurbished and four others working with him.

Operatives of the Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC), arrested the suspects and took them to their office for further investigation and possible prosecution.

The seizures and arrests followed a raid by the DPR and Civil Defence on the welding shop in Kabala Road, Tudun Wada, Kaduna.

The Head DPR Zonal Office, Kaduna, Mr Isa Tafida said the cylinders were confiscated because they were expired, scrap and had become dangerous to be used to refill cooking gas.

According to him, any attempt to refurbish them for reuse will be dangerous for everyone and everything around such environment, as they had become a time bomb waiting to explode.

“The massive sensitisation programme we embarked on is working. We received a tip-off from a member of the community, who informed us that this welder buys expired, scrap gas cylinders to refurbish and sell to the public as new.

“These cylinders are decommissioned with a hole in the bottom, but they put a bolt in the hole and weld them like that.

“The cylinders don’t have strength to hold gas; they cannot withstand gas pressure, at the slightest pressure they would explode like bomb.

“The guy just goes out look for pieces of cylinder scrap, welds them together, paints them and sells as new at exorbitant prices to unsuspecting public who don’t know that they are buying time bomb.

“People buying gas cylinders should buy at DPR licensed retail outlets. They should look for Standards Organisation of Nigeria (SON) stamp and expiry date.

“We came with law enforcement agents to arrest those involved for further investigation and possible prosecution,’’ Tafida said.

One of the five persons arrested, who owns the welding shop, however, said a client brought the 20 cylinders to him for repairs on Monday and was to come to pick them up on Tuesday.

“Someone brought the 20 cylinders for repair; I don’t know where he got them, I don’t know what he wanted to do with them.

“I charged him N1, 100 for each one, which is N22, 000 for the 20 cylinders. He brought them on Monday to collect them back on Tuesday.

“ I don’t know his address, but I have his phone number and I can call him to come and collect them’’, he said.

The suspects have been handed over to the NSCDC for investigation and possible prosecution.

Recall that a Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG) retail outlet in Sabo Tasha, Chikun Local Government Area (LGA), Kaduna, had on Jan. 4 exploded, killing eight persons and injuring four others

Mr Simon Mallam, a Professor of Nuclear Physics at the Ahmadu Bello University (ABU), Zaria and Chairman of Nigerian Atomic Energy Commission was among those killed by the explosion.

Edited by: Gregg Mmaduakolam/Oluwole Sogunle



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Welder docked for allegedly stealing phone, N16,000 cash



A 25-year-old welder, Ibrahim Kakaki, on Friday appeared before a Tinubu Magistrates’ Court in Lagos for allegedly stealing a cell phone worth N33,000   and N16,000 cash from a pedestrian.



Kakaki is facing a two-count charge of conspiracy and stealing, to which he pleaded not guilty.



The prosecutor, Insp. Ajaga Agboko, told the court that the defendant committed the offences with one other still at large on Dec. 25 at Abraham Adesanya Roundabout, Ajah in Lagos State.



Agboko said that the defendant accosted the complainant, one Mr Matthew Awuni and collected his Tecno Spark phone and the N16,000 in his wallet.



He said that the complainant saw the defendant some weeks later while passing the area where he was attacked.



Agboko said that the complainant raised an alarm which led to the arrest of the defendant.



The prosecutor said that the offences contravened Sections 287 and 411 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, 2015.



The Nigerian News Agency reports that Section 287 prescribes three years’ imprisonment for stealing, while Section 411 stipulates two years’ jail term for conspiracy.



The magistrate, Mr T. A. Anjorin-Ajose, granted the defendant bail in the sum of N200,000 with two sureties in like sum.



Anjorin-Ajose adjourned the case until Feb. 3 for mention.




Edited by: Edith Bolokor/Peter Dada

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Tanker explosion: Welder burnt to death, 3 sustain burns in Awka




By Lucy Osuizigbo

Awka, Jan. 14, 2019 The Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) on Tuesday confirmed the death of one person, while three others sustained various degrees of burns in a petrol tanker explosion at a welder’s workshop in Amawbia area of Awka in Anambra.

The FRSC Sector Commander, Mr Andrew Kumapayi, who confirmed the incident to the Nigeria News Agency in Awka said that the explosion was caused by welding repairs being carried out on the tanker.

“An explosion occurred at a welders’ workshop around Amawbia Bridge in Awka at about 3.00p.m from a tanker loaded with petrol.

“The explosion occurred when a welder (nameswitheld) in the workshop was carrying welding repairs on the tanker loaded with fuel.

“The welder was confirmed dead, while three people who were around the scene of explosion sustained various degrees of burns and have been taken to the hospital.

“The remains of the deseased had been deposited at the mortuary,” he said.

Kumapayi said that the state fire service had, however, succeeded in putting off the fire from the explosion.

Edited by: Philip Dzeremo/Olagoke Olatoye

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Welder arraigned for abducting teenager



A 25-year-old welder, Amon Igbanna, charged with abducting a 12-year-old girl was on Tuesday brought before an Ikeja Magistrates’ Court in Lagos.

The defendant, who resides at Isheri, Lagos, was arraigned before Magistrate Mrs B.O. Osunsanmi on a charge of abduction.

Igbanna, however, denied committing the offence and was granted N200,000 bail with two sureties in like sum.

Osunsanmi said that the sureties should be gainfully employed and show evidence of two years tax payment to the Lagos State Government.(LASG)

The Prosecutor, ASP Ezekiel Ayorinde, told the court that the defendant committed the offence on Dec. 20 at Berger, Lagos.

He alleged that the defendant unlawfully abducted the teenager and took her out of Lagos State without the consent of her parents.

“The defendant took the girl to Ogere in Ogun.

“When the parents of the girl were looking for her, they got a tip-off from neighbours that she was seen with the defendant.

“The defendant came back to Lagos with the girl when he heard that his brother had been arrested because of his disappearance with the teenager,’’ the prosecutor said.

Ayorinde said that the defendant was handed over to the Police.

According to the prosecutor, the offence violates Section 269 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, 2015.

The Nigeria News Agency reports that the section stipulates 10 years imprisonment for abduction.

The magistrate adjourned the case until April 20 for mention.

Edited by: Olawunmi Ashafa/Adeleye Ajayi

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Welder urges youth to embrace vocational skills



A 36-year-old welder, Mr Muhammad Sani, on Monday advised youths in the country to acquire vocational skills, to enable them be self-reliant.

Sani, a resident of Zaria Local Government Area of Kaduna State, gave the advice in an interview with the Nigeria News Agency in Kaduna.

Sani said he started to learn the trade 15 years ago as a secondary school student and became a full-fledged welder at the completion of his National Diploma.

“I wanted a certificate in welding, so, I joined the National Directorate of Employment (NDE) in 2013.

“I went for six months training, after which I was given an equipment loan to start my business.”

He explained that he used the equipment donated to him to start up his own business and later bought additional tools with his savings.

“Today, I make money on a daily basis.

“For now, I have nine apprentices, and I have so far graduated three persons, who are now experts in welding.

“We make gates, doors,  windows, beds, wardrobes and others.

“I am my own boss now; sometimes I spend two months without visiting the shop because I have competent people working for me,” he said.

Sani described welding as lucrative, adding that it required patience, dedication, honesty, to succeed.

He noted that he had depended on the welding business for quite a while and had achieved a lot through it.

The welder said he would soon expand the business to other parts of the country.

Edited by: Folorunso Poroye/Maharazu Ahmed

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