Maureen Renfro's Blog: January 2014

Saturday, January 25, 2014

Tincan Island Apapa To Ojo local Government Iyanoba - Three Dead & Seven Rescued As Boat Capsizes Behind Navy Town

A local passenger boat with 10 persons on board, going from Tincan island Apapa to Ojo Local government iyanoba, capsized behind Navy Town, around 9:45PM on Thursday January 23th 2014. According to a statement from one of the victims, seven of the ten persons on the boat were rescued, while three were still missing as of yesterday, however the three missing persons were found today dead in Orile.

Victims from the scene said they were all wearing life jacket, But the life jackets were not in good condition. One of the victim said the Incident was caused by ferns holding the fans of the boat and they were on the water holding on the boat for 20 minutes.

One of the victim trying to reach for higher grounds stood on the capsized boat they were all holding on to, the boat sank and at that point three went missing and weren't seen since Thursday night till today Saturday morning in Orile. After another 20 minutes in water screaming for help a navy boat came and rescued the remaining seven while they were looking for the three missing till this morning.... May their souls rest well in the bosom of the Almighty!

Thursday, January 23, 2014

Angry Mob Stoned 7 Suspected Homosexuals In Bauchi State - Including A Goverment School Principal

Angry mob in Bauchi State almost lynched Seven suspected homosexuals brought to court for trial yesterday, One of the suspect was identified as the principal of a goverment secondary school. Security personnel were forced to fire gunshots in the air and using teargas at the court premises to rescue the suspects from the angry mob.

The suspects are Ibrahim Marafa, Shehu Adamu, Yusuf Adamu, Aliyu Dalhatu, Abdulmalik Tanko, Usman Sabo and Hazif Sabo Abubakar.The angry mob hurled stones at the van carrying them as it sped dangerously back to prison. A few people  sustained injuries in the process.
The suspects faced charges of allegedly engaging in gay activities in Bauchi State, an action that contravenes the Islamic laws which the state is operating.

Police Public Relations Officer, DSP Haruna Mohammed, said the suspects were arrested by the Bauchi State Sharia Commission.
The atmosphere around the court was tense as the suspects came out of the court with the mob reigning abuses and pelting them with stones.
Earlier, inside the rowdy court, counsel to the Sharia Commission, Danlami Ayuba, told the court that one of the suspects was identified as Ibrahim Marafa, the Principal of Government Secondary School, Mainamaji.

When the case was slated for hearing, counsel to the suspect, Abdul Musa, said he was not ready and sought for bail for his client to enable them study the charges. The bail application was rejected by the counsel to the Sharia commission.

The presiding judge, El-Yaqub Aliyu, refused to grant the bail and adjourned the case till Monday to enable the prosecutors present their witness.
Similarly the State Sharia Commission counsel paraded six other suspects. When their case was mentioned, the presiding judge cautioned the Sharia commission’s counsel to ensure that they had proper evidence on the accused persons before arraigning them.

Nigeria Confraternity Members (Eiye) Caught After Stealing Church Offering

Six members of a notorious robbery gang that has been terrorizing residents of Ajangbadi, Ilogbo and Ijanikin areas of Lagos State are currently cooling off  in the dreaded cells of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad, SARS, Ikeja.

The suspects identified as Adewale Osoja, 21; Bala Yahaya, 28; Hasan Ado, 19; Ahmed Boladale, 20; Abiodun Olareaju 27 and Abbey Edward, 45, were said to have met their waterloo after they  attacked worshippers  at  Christ Authority and Power Evangelical Ministry, CAPEM, Vespa, Ijanikin, Lagos-Badagry Expressway, during a crossover night vigil on December 31, 2013.

The bandits, who were armed with locally made double barrel guns, struck at a time when the faithful were exchanging pleasantries for seeing the New Year and dispossessed  them of their valuables which include Ipads, Ipods, phones, jewellery, money and church offerings.

The bandits also attacked residents of Morontola Street, Vespa Ijanikin the next day but they met stiff resistance from some residents who engaged  them in a fight, forcing them to abandon one of their operational weapons before escaping.

How they were arrested
However, a member of the gang,  Hassan Ado, went back to Morontola Street, the next day in search of his abandoned weapon. He inquired from some young boys he met in the area for help but they swiftly alerted the police who apprehended and transferred him to SARS.

It was also gathered that SARS operatives, led by SP Abba Kyari, interrogated the suspect and his confession led to the arrest of five other members of his gang.
Spokesperson of the Lagos State Police command, Ngozi Braide, who paraded the suspects, identified Adewale Osoja as the leader of the gang, adding that he was just released from prison.

Braide also said 45-year-old Abbey Edward from Benin Republic, supplied five double barrel locally made pistols he imported into Nigeria from his country to the gang. She said Edward sold each of the guns for N7,000 to Abiodun Olarewaju, who then sold at N20,000 each to the gang.

She said: “They all confessed to be members of Eiye Confraternity and we are responsible for most of the robberies at Ajangbadi, Ilogbo, Ijanikin and other places in area.  We are also  making efforts to arrest other members of the gang.”

We got N48,000 from the church
One of the suspects, who identified himself as Adewale Osoja confessed that after they had robbed the Church on December 31, 2013 they also went to the house of one Mr. Sam who is a member of the church and robbed him of the offering that was collected in church.

He said what they got from the church was N48,000. He also stated that they all  grew up as friends but started stealing immediately they were initiated into Eiye cult group.
Another  member of the gang confessed how he got involved with the other suspects.

He said: “I live in Agbara, but I am a citizen of Benin Republic. The gang member nicknamed me “baba abey.” A member of OPC vigilante group discovered a place where we used to make locally made gun.”
He said the gang member approached him and told him to help the gang cross the gun into Nigeria, which he did. He also stated that the gang members bought the gun themselves and paid him only N7,000 to cross them.