COVID-19: Police raid night clubs, arrest 71 for violating protocols in Lagos
Operatives of the Lagos State police command have arrested seventy-one persons for violating Covid-19 protocol at Lekki and Surulere areas of the state respectively.
The suspects were arrested during the raiding of Folix Club, Lekki and Bench Bar, Adeniran Ogunsanya, Surulere, area of Lagos.
Prior to the arrest, the Commissioner of Police, CP Hakeem Odumosu, had instructed the Taskforce, DPOs, and other operational units in the command to go after the recalcitrant and deviant individuals who might want to violate the orders and bring them to book.
Confirming the arrest, the spokesperson Lagos state police command SP Olumuyiwa Adejobi said that the clubs raided the Taskforce included Folix Club, Lekki and Bench Bar, Adeniran Ogunsanya, Surulere, Lagos State.
According to him, “the Taskforce impounded eleven vehicles for violating the 12 midnight to 4 am curfew and two vehicles for driving against the traffic(one way) on the same date”.
Meanwhile the Commissioner of Police, Hakeem Odumosu has ordered for the immediate trial of the suspects and necessary sanctions for the owners of the impounded vehicles.
Odumosu further directed that officers and men of the command must intensify efforts on total compliance with the COVID-19 guidelines and protocols as rolled out by the Presidential Taskforce and the Lagos State Government.
In May 2018, a 28-year-old medical doctor was arrested for using a fake bank alert to buy a Porsche car worth N28 million.
The Doctor introduced himself as Michael Thompson Williams and while speaking with journalists after his arrest, alleged that most Nigerian banks were unsafe and could be easily hacked.
He was arrested by operatives of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad, Ikeja, Lagos State Police Command.
He was arrested under the watch of the former Lagos State Commissioner of Police, Edgal Imohimi.
It will be recalled that when Imohimi presented the suspect to journalists, the CP had allowed him to cover his face with a cloth, citing fundamental human rights of the suspect.
It was believed that the Doctor was charged to court after the parade.
In 2020, however, the doctor has once again been arrested for fraud.
His present arrest has raised a lot of questions, among them being whether he was ever charged to court and if he was, what transpired in the court, leading to him already out in the streets and carrying on with his former crimes.
His latest arrest was by policemen attached to Area J Police Command and after investigating, the policemen felt that his crime was more under the jurisdiction of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission and had promptly handed him over.
Today, his name has changed from Doctor Michael Thompson Williams to Williams Michael Ogwezi, aka Dr. Williams.
According to the EFCC, the suspect had been parading himself as a staff of the Commission in order to defraud his unsuspecting victims.
The EFCC spokesman, Wilson Uwujaren, said: “The suspect, a member of a syndicate that specialises in forging identity cards of the Commission as well as those of other law enforcement agencies, was arrested in Lagos, following a report received by the Commission from the Nigeria Police Area Command, Ajah, Lagos.
“Investigation revealed that the suspect had defrauded one of his victims, a lady, of jewellery valued at N10,000,000.00 before his arrest.
“The suspect, in his statement to the Commission, confessed to have been involved in the alleged crime.
“Items recovered from him at the point of arrest include an identity card with inscription of EFCC, EFCC face masks, three laptops, three mobile phones and two vehicles, Lexus and Hyundai Genesis.
“He’ll soon be charged to court.”
Speaking with journalists in 2018, Williams claimed to have worked with frontline hospitals in Lagos and used to hack into customers’ accounts with banks and financial institutions.
He also monitored private email messages of prominent Nigerians.
According to him, through his hacking expertise, he had been able to acquire a property in Canada and boasted that he could buy goods worth N40 million with credit cards and make false payments in tranches to unsuspecting victims.
He was arrested on March 23, 2018 after a complainant, Abidogun Adewale, a car dealer, lodged a complaint with the police.
Adewale had complained that a syndicate bought exotic cars worth N28 million, paid into his bank account, but on visiting his banker, he discovered he had actually received a fake bank alert, meaning the money was never paid.
Imohimi had also explained: “The suspect is a member of a syndicate that goes to car shops, buys a car, configures a computer programme that would send a fake payment alert to the seller and by so doing, fraudulently obtains the car.
“The suspect thereafter requested for the seller’s bank account number and made it look like he had paid him via the fake alert to his phone using HTTP tunnel.com.
“Thereafter, the suspect drove the car away, unknown to the seller that he had been scammed.
“A police manhunt was launched on the fleeing suspect by the command, dispatching detectives of the FSARS, led by CSP Sanusi Mohammed.
“This led to the arrest of the suspect in Lekki, Lagos. Upon his arrest, he led detectives to Asaba, Delta State, where the stolen Porsche car was recovered.
“He also led detectives to Owerri, Imo State where two Camry cars he stole in a similar fashion were recovered.”
Williams in enlightening journalists on his modus operandi proved that he had a good mastery of cyber space and thus created a credit card through “cyber ghost 12”.
He further said: “When the credit card matures, it is then funded through a hacked Swiss account.
“Any transaction anybody is doing through Swiss account is manipulated and funds wired to his contrived credit card.
“This is possible with the aid of cyber ghost 12 HTTP/tunnel.azinytv4/vpn, virtual private network.
Through the credit card, the suspect could buy any software he needs to work and protect his job so that he cannot be traced.”
The Ogun police command has arrested eight members of a dread cult group, ‘Black Axe’, also known as ‘Aiye’ while mourning one of their members who died recently.
The command spokesman, DSP Abimbola Oyeyemi, disclosed this to newsmen in a statement in Abeokuta on Sunday .
According to the statement, the suspects were arrested on September 24, 2020, in Ogijo, Sagamu local government area of the state.
“The cultists were arrested following a report lodged at Ogijo police station where a 16-yr- old boy, Onome Iduru was rushed to after being shot in the stomach by the cultists who were in procession in honour of their departed colleague”.
“The cultists after shooting the victim dispossessed him of a phone and also went ahead to unleash terror in the community”.
“Upon the report, the DPO Ogijo division, CSP Muhammed Suleiman Baba, led his men to the scene where eight members of the violent group were arrested after serious encounter with the policemen”.
They are : Olatunji Opeyemi m’ 26, Ayuba Oduola m’ 25, Sobowale Abiodun m’ 28, Sobowale Sunday m’ 25, Adelowo Olalekan m’ 32, Kareem Lanre m’ 21, Emmanuel Adebisi m’ 21 and Tobiloba Wasiu m’ 20 years .
“A banner designed with the group insignia to announce the death of their member was recovered from them while the injured victim was taken to Oladayo hospital for medical attention”.
The Commissioner of Police, CP Edward Ajogun has ordered the transfer of the suspects to state criminal investigation and intelligence department for further investigation.
The CP, therefore, warned that any group or individual who engaged in any activity capable of undermining the peace of the state will be dealt with in a very decisive manner.
He appealed to parents to warm their wards not to be part of any unlawful society as the results may be catastrophic.
President Buhari signed a new police bill into law last week, and this bill gives police the right to arrest, without a warrant or court order, anybody who has something they THINK is stolen, or who they THINK is PLANNING to commit a crime.
The Act repeals the Police Act Cap. P19. Laws of the Federation, 2004, and provides for a more effective and well organized Police Force, driven by the principles of transparency and accountability in its operations and management of its resources.
Among others, the act also establishes an appropriate funding framework for the Police in line with what is obtainable in other Federal Government key institutions, enhances professionalism in the Force through increased training opportunities, and creates an enduring cooperation and partnership between the Police Force and communities in maintaining peace and combating crimes nationwide.
Buhari had in a memo dated September 16, 2020, communicated his assent to the Bill to the National Assembly, through the Clerk.
The suspects allegedly abused their positions to aid examination malpractices.
The Nigeria Police Force (NPF) announced on Friday, September 25, 2020 that a total of 12 people were arrested for various malpractices in the recently-concluded West African Senior School Certificate Examination (WASSCE).
Force spokesperson, Frank Mba, said on Friday the arrest of the 12 was made possible by a renewed partnership with the West African Examinations Council (WAEC), organisers of the exam.
He said the suspects are invigilators, supervisors and school administrators who abused their positions to aid examination malpractices.
“Investigations by Police operatives revealed that the suspects used their privileged positions as invigilators, supervisors and school functionaries during the 2020 WASSCE to conspire, perpetrate and encourage varying degrees of examination malpractices, including online transmission of examination questions and answers on various social media platforms,” Mba said.
The suspects arrested are Daye West, Shalom Essien, Anyanwu Precious, Hanson Beloved, Ali Musa, Umar Mohammed, Isa Abdullahi Arikya, Hamisu Haussaini Abdullahi, Maharazu Sabo, Yusuf Mailafiya, Sule Bukata Garba, and Wudana Solomon.
They were arrested in Kano, Rivers, Nasarawa and Bauchi, according to Mba.
The Inspector-General of Police, Mohammed Adamu, assured WAEC of continuous support to discourage examination malpractices and bring perpetrators to book.
He also called on students, parents, guardians and all stakeholders to cooperate to put an end to examination malpractices.
Phillip Shaibu, Edo State Deputy Governor, has spoken on his alleged arrest by security agencies.
Shaibu said it is untrue that he was caught with illegal arms.
His spokesman, Benjamin Atu, said this in a statement on Friday.
He accused the All Progressives Congress (APC) former national chairman, Adams Oshiomhole of plotting to use federal might to intimidate him and Governor Godwin Obaseki.
Atu noted: “The Deputy Governor has not been arrested but we are aware of an ongoing plan to arrest him over unfounded lies so that Oshiomhole and his cohorts will have the freedom to rig the Edo North Senatorial district election.”
President Muhammadu Buhari has kicked against rigging of the election in Edo State, promising to congratulate whoever emerges as the winner.
“But Adams Oshiomhole and Osagie Ize-Iyamu (APC candidate) who felt betrayed by the President’s statement decided to use the back door to arrest the Deputy Governor in the name of illegal possession of arms.
“It is a lie from the pit of hell and a heap of rubbish to mention the name of the Deputy Governor in such a mundane practice of democracy”
Comrade Philip Shaibu has been in active politics since Nigeria returned to Democracy in 1999 and has never been linked to the issue of an arms deal. In less than 24 hours to the Edo State Governorship election, is it today that Oshiomhole now wants to organize an arrest?
We are calling on President Buhari and the International community to immediately prevail and call Oshiomhole and his thugs to order to avert unrest that may follow their actions.”
A police sergeant, Anthony Kachukwu, has been arrested by men of the Lagos State Police Command after his girlfriend, Justina Omofuma, died in one of the rooms of the Exclusive Mansion Hotel in the Surulere area of the state.
PUNCH Metro gathered that Anthony took Justina to the hotel, where they both passed the night, but the lady was said to have lost consciousness and fell to the ground while sitting on a chair.
In the process of falling, it was learnt that Justina hit her forehead on the ground and died due to the impact of the injuries she sustained.
A source, who spoke with PUNCH Metro, said Anthony was discussing with Justina when he stepped into the toilet but on his return, he saw Justina lying on the floor of the room.
They were both inside the room in the hotel and he left her, where she was sitting, to do something in the toilet. When he was done, he stepped back into the room, but was shocked to see the girl lying on the floor face down. It was when he moved closer that he realised that the girl had died, the source said.
When all efforts to resuscitate the victim reportedly proved abortive, PUNCH Metro gathered that Anthony reported the incident at the Surulere Police Division, where he was taken into custody.
It was learnt that Justinas remains were evacuated from the hotel and deposited in the Mainland Hospitals mortuary for autopsy.
However, a resident, who identified himself simply as Adeoti, said Justinas family said they did not want an autopsy to be conducted on her body, adding that they suspected no foul play as they were aware that she and Anthony were lovers.
Justinas family know that they were both lovers and they never suspected any foul play. All they wanted was for them to perform her burial rites; so, they didnt allow the police to continue the investigation or conduct an autopsy to reveal the cause of death. The incident occurred on July 26, 2020, he said.
It was learnt that Justinas family applied for her corpse and after fulfilling all the necessary conditions, her corpse was released to them for burial.
When contacted, the state Police Public Relations Officer, Olumuyiwa Adejobi, said the cause of Justinas death could not be ascertained, because her family withdrew the case on the ground that they suspected no foul play.
He, however, added that Anthony was undergoing orderly room trial for other disciplinary matters.
Adejobi stated, The family of the deceased girl wrote that they were not interested in any case and did not allow the police to go on with the autopsy. They withdrew the case and revealed that they knew that the two of them were actually close.
So, the corpse was released to them and buried accordingly. However, at our end, the policeman is still facing an orderly room trial. From the brief I got, the lady went to meet him at the hotel and she slumped there.
Anything could have caused the incident, but since we didnt do any post mortem, we cannot ascertain the immediate or remote cause of death, because the family withdrew the case.