Friday, 7 April 2017

Nigerian couple arrested for fracturing baby’s bones, skull in US

A Nigerian couple in the United States have been arrested after their three-month-old baby was found with fractures in his arms, legs and skulls.

Arinola Olawusi, 33, and Olalekan Olawusi, 40 were arrested in by the police in Providence, Rhode Island after officers responding to the father’s 911 call found the baby critically injured and unconscious.

NBC-affiliated television station for the state of Rhode Island, WJAR, reported on Tuesday that the police have charged Arinola charged with cruelty and neglect of a child, while Olalekan was charged with first and second degree child abuse.

Providence’s special assistant district attorney, Shannon Signore, was quoted as saying during the father’s first court appearance Tuesday that, “The defendant’s wife indicated that the defendant admitted to biting this baby, and warned him on numerous occasions that pulling the baby’s legs to make him grow and strong was not the correct way of handling the baby.”

WJAR also reported that the Olawusis had another boy who was taken away at birth by the state Department of Children Youth and Families. However, it did not give the reason for the move.

Police find eight-year-old girl living with monkeys

An eight-year-old girl who cannot speak and behave like normal humans has been rescued by the police in India, The Times of India reported.

Police personnel in Bahraich, Uttar Pradesh rescued the girl from the monkeys after one of them, a sub-inspector, who was on patrol near the Katarniaghat Wildlife Sanctuary spotted her with the monkeys.

According to the report, when he tried to rescue the girl, the monkeys and the girl screeched.

They, however, got her away eventually and took her to a hospital where she was placed on admission.

The report said the girl gets scared at the sight of humans and is often violent. Also, she walks like animals, using her hands and legs together and eats directly from her mouth.

The girl can neither speak nor understands any language, and gets scared at the sight of human beings.

The doctors treating her said that she often gets violent. They, however, said she was showing improvements.

Thursday, 16 February 2017

Strange: Three die after drinking palm wine mixed with concoction in Ondo

Three yet-to-be-identified people have reportedly died after drinking palm wine mixed with a concoction at Ilepa Quarters in Ikare Akoko, the headquarters of the Akoko North-East Local Government Area of Ondo State on Saturday.

The deceased were said to have consumed the palm wine in the house of a friend of theirs, identified as Azeez who allegedly prepared the drink.

Azeez was said to have served the drink while celebrating his birthday on the fateful day.

A source narrated that the palm wine allegedly contained some substances called gegemu and maladol. The substances were reportedly mixed with the palm wine in order to intoxicate the consumers.

Usain Bolt bags Sportsman of the Year award

World’s greatest sprinter Usain Bolt pipped the likes of Cristiano Ronaldo and LeBron James to win the Sportsman of the Year trophy for a record-equalling fourth time, while gymnast Simone Biles clinched the top honour in the women’s category at the Laureus World Awards at a glittering ceremony in Monaco on Tuesday night, according to PTI.

They are the little and large of sport – while Bolt stands 1.95 metres, Biles measures just 1.45 metres – but they were both giants at the Rio Olympics, and enjoyed an ecstatic welcome as they received their statuettes here, the birthplace of the first ever Laureus awards 17 years ago.

Bolt, who won this award in 2009, ‘10 and ‘13, walked away with the Oscar of Sports for the fourth time, thereby joining tennis legends Roger Federer and Serena Williams, and surfer Kelly Slater as four-time Laureus award winner.

Alleged N108bn fraud: EFCC confiscates Governor Akpabio’s wife’s school

A school allegedly belonging to Unoma Akpabio, the wife of the immediate past governor of Akwa Ibom State, Godswill Akpabio, has been seized by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission.

It was learnt that the seizure was part of investigations into the former governor who has been accused of alleged N108bn fraud during his tenure from 2007 to 2015.

One of our correspondents who visited the school, St. John Paul II School, in Shelter Afrique, Uyo, Akwa Ibom State, observed that the school had been marked “under investigation by EFCC.”

It was learnt that the EFCC resorted to marking the school instead of shutting it so that innocent parents and students who had paid school fees would not be adversely affected.

Man attempts rape on 94-year-old deaf, blind woman

A burglar who was caught attempting to rape a 94-year-old deaf and blind woman has been jailed for 14 years.

Gregory Willis, who had already removed the grandmother’s lower nightclothes was caught kneeling on the woman’s bed without his trousers on.

The judge who presided over the case described Willis’ action as “deeply shocking, horrifying and appalling as could possibly be imagined.”

According to Daily Mail, Judge John Pini added, “The victim is 94 years of age. She had not long before this left a nursing home to be cared for in a safe, loving environment for the remaining time of her life.

“She was registered blind, hard of hearing, had no short term memory, had poor balance and was doubly incontinent. She could not communicate. She was as frail and vulnerable as it is possible to be.’

The the victim’s son-in-law told the Daily Mail after the sentencing that he was ‘shocked and stunned that somebody could intend on doing such a thing’.

The victim, who was so frail she could barely communicate, had been sleeping on a hospital trolley in the front room of his home, having been left virtually bedridden since suffering a fall, he added.

A court heard drunken Willis had stumbled into the property on a middle class residential estate at 12.30am by trying an open door as a family gathering wound down.

I killed my day-old baby because it’s extra burden – woman

The Ogun Police Command on Wednesday said that it had arrested a 40-year -old woman, Foluke Owolewa, for allegedly killing her one-day old baby.

The Command’s Police Public Relations Officer, Mr. Abimbola Owoyemi, said the woman was arrested on Wednesday at Sango.

It stated that the incident was reported at Sango Police Divisional Headquarters by community leaders.

He said, “The suspect delivered the baby this morning but before anybody knows what happened, she had killed the baby girl.

“Immediately the case was reported, the police led detectives to the scene at No. 17, Ilupeju Street, Anishere Unity Estate, Sango Ota, where the woman was promptly arrested.

“On interrogation, the suspect claimed that her two other children are not being taken care of by her husband.

“She said she killed the baby because she believed that the baby would be an additional burden on her.

“Further investigations revealed that this is not the first time the woman will attempt killing her child.

“We gathered that she once threw one of her daughters into a pit latrine few days after delivery, but the baby girl was lucky to be rescued alive.”

It added that the state Commissioner of Police, Ahmed Iliyasu, had directed that the case be transferred to Homicide Section of the State Criminal Investigation and Intelligence Department.

“The CP has further appealed to members of the public to always be mindful of what is going on around them so as to give useful information to the Police.”


Suspected ritual killers slit 65-year-old woman’s throat

The riverrine community of Okwagbe in the Ughelli South Local Government Area of Delta State was thrown into pandemonium on Wednesday following the killing of one Atisin Opviarho in her farm by persons suspected to be ritual killers.

Our correspondent gathered that the 65-year-old woman was found with her throat slit.

It was learnt that the mother of five, who had left with other local farmers in the early hours of the day, was not seen when it was time to leave, prompting others to search for her.

A source in the community said, “The intention of the killers was probably to use some of her parts for ritual.”

She could not, however, confirm if any part of her body was taken away by the killers.

Another resident, who identified himself simply as Mudi, added that the corpse had been deposited in Otu-Jeremi General Hospital mortuary pending police investigation.

The spokesman for the Delta State Police Command, DSP Andrew Aniamaka, confirmed the killing to our correspondent when contacted on the telephone.

Anaimaka said, “The command has started investigation into the murder of the 65-year-old woman. The culprits will be arrested.”

Saturday, 21 January 2017

BREAKING: Policemen shoot UNIOSUN students

There is confusion at Oke Baale area of Osogbo, the Osun State capital, as some policemen allegedly opened fire on some students of the Osun State University while playing football on Saturday morning.

Our correspondent gathered that that two students were hit by the bullets.

One of them identified as Abiola Kazeem, was said to have been hit on the stomach and was rejected at two hospitals before he was taken to LAUTECH Teaching Hospital Osogbo where he is now being treatment.

Trump sworn in amid protests in US, UK

Donald Trump was sworn in as the 45th President of the United States on Friday, ten weeks after he defeated Hillary Clinton of the Democratic Party at the November 8 polls.

The property tycoon won an unexpected victory against Clinton in one of the most controversial campaigns in US history.

Chief Justice John Roberts of the Supreme Court administered the oath to Trump on the steps of the US Capitol Building, shortly after Mike Pence, the Vice President, was sworn in by the Supreme Court Associate Justice Clarence Thomas, the first African American to ever administer the oath of office to a Vice President or President.

Fake policemen abduct LG chairman in Borno

The chairman of Bama Local Government Area of Borno State, Modu Guja, has been abducted by fake policemen.

The council boss was said to be arrested by people in mufti who introduced themselves as plain clothes policemen.

Guja’s vice was arrested recently in connection with the alleged hiding of a member of Boko Haram at the residence of Mafa council boss.

A security source who spoke on condition of anonymity to our correspondent said that the council chairman was kidnapped Friday evening when some men drove on a tricycle (popularly called Keke NAPEP) to his Lagos Street home in Maiduguri pretending to be plain-clothed security personnel.

He said the chairman was asked out by the two men for some questioning.

The source said: “We just received an information from a top government official of Borno state that the Caretaker Chairman of Bama local government areas of Borno state, Ali Guja, was taken away from his residence at Lagos street, Maiduguri, by two unknown men who came in a Keke Napep tricycle.”

“The two men disguised as security operatives and took him to unknown destination.Till this moment, we do not have any idea about his whereabouts.”

This will be the first time a serving government official of Borno State would be abducted in the last four years.