We Killed Kwara Club Owner Because He Was Stingy,Greedy– Suspects

Mohammed Shosanya

Two suspects of Adama Joseph and Oreoluwa Davies, arrested by the Nigeria Police for killing a club owner in Kwara State, Adeniyi Ojo, have told police nm how they killed the socialite.

The ladies paraded by the police in Abuja on Wednesday evening

They confessed to the crime, attributing the causes of their action to the late socialite’s covetousness, stinginess, and lack of care, when they were paraded by the police in Abuja on Wednesday evening

During the interrogation, Adama said the victim had been demanding a sexual relationship with her for some time, but she had refused because she was working under him at some point, and when she quit the job, he failed to meet her financial needs whenever she requested. Oreoluwa also agreed with Adama’s narration of the event.

“We had finished our ND programme at Kwara Polytechnic before the incident happened. We didn’t plan to kill him. On that particular day, we intended to steal from him, so we told him that we wanted to do BDSM, and he agreed to have a threesome with me and my friend (Oreoluwa).

“After Oreoluwa tied his hands and legs, I tried to gag his mouth, but he refused, and I stopped. So, when we couldn’t find any money in his pocket, my friend took his phone and showed it to his face to open it with a facial lock, but he started shouting, loosened one of the ropes on his hands, and started hitting my friend. We put Refnol (Rohypnol) in his mouth.

“So, in a bid to stop him from making noise, my friend put a pillow over his face, and when he went silent, we told him that we were leaving because we thought he was pretending, but he didn’t respond, so we left. I touched him with a dead knife used for cutting the cake, but he didn’t bleed as I never meant to stab him or hurt him; we only wanted to take his money. We didn’t know he died until when the police arrested us in Ogun State. We only took his phone, the knife, and the ropes with us.”

Adelabu Urges Gencos,Discos On Improved Performance

Mohammed Shosanya

Minister of Power, Chief Adebayo Adelabu,has urged on Wednesday met with the management teams of power generating companies (GENCOs) and the distribution companies (DISCOs), to improve on their performance.

He gave the directive during a meeting with the top echelons of the companies, a statement by Bolaji Tunji, Special Adviser, Strategic Communication and Media Relations, said.

The statement quoted the Minister as saying the meeting was a fact finding meeting towards finding lasting solutions to the challenges in the power sector that have affected the growth and development of the country’s economy.

He explained that the meeting with all the stakeholders in generating, transmitting and distribution value chain would be adopted as a regular meeting in order to constantly review developments in the sector.

He described the gathering as the most authentic way of getting valuable information on the challenges faced by the operators as opposed to speculations.

“We called this meeting to learn from you and the only way to salvage a bad situation is to understand the real issues on ground. You will agree with me that power is the most important issue you need in order to re-energise the economy in terms of achieving the desired economic growth and industrial development as contained in the President’s inaugural speech where he picked power as a major driver of economic growth and industrial development”, the Minister said.

He challenged the operators to synergize for the success of the power industry adding that the work at hand cannot be carried out by one person, he therefore solicited for support in order to forge a practical solution beyond theory.

“Power is one of the most important things we need to energize the economy in terms of achieving the desired economic growth and Industrial development and the President has identified the Power Sector as a major driver of economic growth, therefore no excuse will be entertained for non performance”, he said.

The Minister maintained that as operators in the sector, he needs the cooperation Managing Directors of the generating and distribution companies across the country,in order to make impact.

He added:“There won’t be anything as fulfilling as making impact in the Power Sector within two to three years other than delivering and sustaining electricity supply to the end users; schools, households, small businesses and the industries”.

LPG Dealers Write Senate Panel Over Secret Award Of N150bn Contract

Mohammed Shosanya

Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG) dealers have petitioned the Senate Committee on Gas Resources over alleged secret award of N150 billion contract.

In the petition,the gas dealers disclosed that the contract was given to Rungas Group of companies for the supply of Type-3 LPG CYLINDERS under the Federal Government Palliative Scheme.

The group in the petition by its National Chairman, Comrade Sule Mohammed, said the award of the multi billion naira contract did not follow due process, as enshrined in the Public Procurement Act of 2007 as amended and asked federal government to quickly terminate the processs in the interest of the public .

According to the group, “As a company that benefits from the Nigerian Content Development and Monitoring Board, Rungas failed to carry out the Project of Building a Composite Cylinder Manufacturing Plant as mandated by the Federal goverment in 2016. The project itself was not presented to the National Assembly for approval.”

Comrade Mohammed, in the two-page petition, also implored the federal government to stop the award of the contract and ensure due diligence

He said: “The whole transaction was done in secret, no transparency and the Company is not competent. The Company has not met the criteria set by the Regulatory Agency and was not presented to the National Asembly for appropriations.”

The group, in the petition date october 12 and titled: “Fraudulent activities of “Messrs Rungas Group and approval for the indiscriminate disbursement of the sum of 150bn naira from palliative scheme of the federal government, wish to draw the attention of the Senate Committee on Gas to the fraudulent activities of ‘Messrs RUNGAS GROUP,’ in the Gas value-chain sub-sector of the Petroleum Industry.

“Messrs RUNGAS GROUP had in the past, paraded the Project of “Composite Cylinder Manufacturing Plant, to the Ministry of Petroleum Resources in 2016. The company was introduced to the Nigerian Content Development and Monitoring Board (NCDMB) to provide funding by the Ministry of Petroleum Resources.

“It is verified that NCDMB agreed a 30% equity partnership with the company to build the first Plant in Bayelsa State. That Plant is still not completed after the release of funds by NCDMB, even after the period of completion has elapsed, five years ago.

“The same company – ‘Messrs RUNGAS GROUP’ has again asked for the sum of One Hundred and Fifty Billion Naira (N150,000,000,000.00) from the Federal Government Palliative Scheme, with the pretence of carrying out the same project (Composite Cylinder Manufacturing Plant), to produce Type-3 LPG Cylinders, under the purported (Rungas Cylinder Offtake Agreement) and asked for another 10bn Naira from the Midstream and Downstream Gas Intervention Fund simultaneously and that too has been approved.

“The Senate should note that: The Minister of State cannot unilaterally sign a Partnership Agreement without a Federal Executive Council approval or without the presentation of the yearly Budget and Expenditure Proposal to the National Assembly, for approval.

“There must also be an attestation of the Ministry of Justice on such Memorandum of Understanding.”

Mohbad:Naira Marley, Sam Larry, Prime Boy To Appear Before Coroner October 25

A Lagos coroner court,Friday summoned Naira Marley, Owodunni Eletu popular as Sam Larry, and Owodunni Ibrahim, popular as Primeboy over the death of Ilerioluwa Aloba a.k.a. Mohbad.

The Coroner Magistrate, Adedayo Shotobi, on Friday, summoned the trio to appear before it on October 25.

The coroner issued the order after taking submissions from interested parties in the matter, Vanguard reports.

According to the Coroner, they have been invited to the ongoing inquest to unravel the cause of death of Mohbad and those culpable over the incident.

The police also told the coroner that an autopsy is yet to be completed to determine the actual cause of death of Mohbad.

The coroner directed the State Criminal Investigation and Intelligence Department (SCID), Panti, to ensure the presence of the three persons at the next adjourned date of October 25.

Police Nab Infant Trafficking Syndicate In Rivers

Mohammed Shosanya

The Rivers State Police Command has arrested an infant trafficking syndicate along Rumuekini – Choba, East-West road, Port Harcourt and recovered two babies bought at the sum of N2.8 million.

The state Commissioner of Police, Nwonyi Emeka, while parading different suspects at the Command headquarters, Moscow road, Port Harcourt on Friday, revealed that the syndicate were caught at a police check point during stop and search operation.

He said the prime suspect after her arrest could not give satisfactory account of the two-day old infants she and her fleeing husband were traveling with, adding that the prime suspect upon interrogation, confessed that the infants were to be sold at the sum of N2.8 million.

He added: “Operatives of Anti-Cultism unit, conducted a vital operation on Thursday, 5th of October, 2023. While on intensive patrol along Rumuekini – Choba, East-West Road, Port Harcourt, they intercepted a Toyota Sienna carrying occupants with suspicious behavior.

“Upon conducting a search, we discovered twin babies, a male and a female, both approximately two days old, in the company of one Peace Effiong who could not provide a satisfactory account of the babies’ origin. Her alleged husband, an unknown man, fled, abandoning one of the babies.

“She confessed to the crime that she was introduced by a friend in Lagos to procure these newborn babies in Port Harcourt for the sum of two million eight hundred thousand naira (N2,800,000.00).

“We have initiated an investigation to apprehend other suspects involved.”

The CP also said operatives of the Command have arrested three cultists at the Rivers State University.

He added that the arrest followed a distress call it received from the chief security officer of the institution, noting that the three arrested suspects were caught while attempting to escape from the University campus after attacking and injuring a young man whose identity is yet to be ascertained.

Emeka said: “Officers attached to the Nkpolu Division received a distress call from the acting Chief Security officer of a particular institution (name withheld) that some young men in a vehicle attacked and wounded another young man inside the campus.

“Our men quickly swung into and intercepted the suspects in a car at the institution’s main gate and when search was conducted, three sharp English axes and a locally made pistol were recovered as investigation is ongoing.”

He further disclosed that three notorious armed robbers were arrested on Friday, September 29, 2023 along Rumukwushi tank flyover of the state after burgling a rice dealer’s shop by a patrol team.

“On the 29/09/2023 at about 0155hrs, a patrol team on stop and search along Rumukwurushi by Tank Flyover received a distress call that a rice dealer shop at white house/pipeline by oil-mill was burgled.

“The team immediately moved to the scene, and in the process, three suspects namely; Jackrich Ogbete ‘m’ aged 44yrs, Chibuzor Madufor ‘M,’ aged 35yrs and Benson Amos ‘M,’ aged 56yrs were arrested.

Emeka noted that items recovered from the suspects included a Toyota Hilux, a Toyota Sienna, green-colored military cardigan and a military cap, adding that operatives were on the trail of fleeing gang members.

“Two Magnum Jojef pump action guns with breach numbers 20SL-1315 and 20SL-0223, a Toyota Hilux with registration number KHE 37 EW, a Toyota Sienna Car with registration number FST69AU, one industrial Ingco bolt cutter, one big chisel, one iron bar, one Walkie-Talkie, one kitchen knife, a green-colored military cardigan, a military cap, a Nigerian Legion red beret, and three bags of rice were recovered from them.

“The suspects were later identified as the armed robbery gang responsible for a similar burglary at the same shop on August 9, 2023, at about 0237hrs, where one hundred fifty (150) bags of rice were carted away. Investigation is ongoing while efforts are on top gear to arrest other members of the gang.”

Oyo Moves To Sanction Unauthorised Environmental Consultants

Mohammed Shosanya

The Oyo State Government has charged waste contractors to be duly registered with the Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources, as every unauthorized consultants would be fished out and sanctioned according to Oyo State Environmental laws.

The Commissioner for Environment and Natural Resources, Arc. Abdulmojeed Mogbonjubola, said this during a meeting with the waste consultants in Ibadan.

He implored them to regularize their triennial and monthly technical reports, like Environmental Audit Reports and the Environmental Impact Assessment report with required standards.

Mogbonjubola tasked the consultants otherwise known as Accredited Franchisees, to harmonize all regulators’ policies, relating to adequate registration.

He added that the Government will sanction anyone found culpable of environmental pollution and degradation, either of emissions, liquid, solid or gaseous wastes.

Mogbonjubola said the present administration is working round the clock towards repositioning and strengthening the cleanliness of its environment to an enviable position in the country.

This, he said, has prompted the administration to embark on a serious crusade, which has led to the invitation of all environmental consultants in the State, for interactions over their expected roles, adherence to rules of engagements and compliance.

He assured of the readiness of government to play its part at ensuring all stakeholders are carried along and sensitised in the proactive drive towards a sustainable healthy environment.

The commissioner explained that the invitation and sensitization of the environmental consultants is important prior to enforcement by Government officials.

He added that the law has given the Ministry powers to monitor compliance, enforce and sanction culprit of environmental pollution and degradation, either of emissions, liquid, solid or gaseous wastes.

He emphasized that government is not out witch-hunting any individual, corporate organizations or groups, but rather to ensure the replenishment of all potential impact of activities on the environment.

He said:”We need a better and sane society, a beneficial relationship and a system where laws are strictly adhered to. Your proactive steps determine the level of compliance by companies and industries”.