A Taxi driver, Mr. Damilare Adesiyan is currently receiving accolades, especially on social media, after he returned a bag containing N170,000, laptops and valuable documents left in his taxi in Ibadan.
Adesiyan, despite the fact that he is a struggling taxi driver with no food at home and no money to feed, traced the owner of the bag, with the help of the police, and returned everything intact.
Speaking to The Cable lifestyle, Adesiyan narrated how the whole incident played out.
“I am a taxi driver and a passenger boarded my cab at Mokola roundabout, he was going to Iwo road and dropped his bag in the booth of the car. He forgot the bag when he was alighting; I tried to look for him but I could not find him.
“I parked in a corner and searched the bag because I was scared that the bag could contain incriminating things. I found a laptop, money and phones in the bag. Then I took the bag to the nearest police station which happened to be Mokola police station.“On getting there, I did not tell the police that I had searched the bag before coming. Then we contacted the owner of the bag and he came to the police station to pick the bag.
“Before I left the house that day, I had no money with me and I had to collect fuel on credit at the fuel station to work.
“I could not even give my wife money to eat for that day and we have two children. Although I can’t really afford it, my children are in school; the first is in Primary two and the second is in Nursery two.”
“I returned it because I knew that the bag was not mine and keeping it might cause trouble for me. On returning the bag, the owner of the bag gave me 5,000 naira.
“I didn’t tell anyone that I found money apart from my wife but I have been receiving calls because the owner of the bag told me that he posted it on Facebook.
“I only told one of the road transport union workers and he told me that I should have told him that I shouldn’t have returned the bag and I told him that I had no use for it that it might have caused more trouble for me.”
A Ghanaian, Enyolam Believe has been arrested by the Lagos State Police Command, for allegedly kidnapping her niece in the Ikotun area of the state.
Believe, who had been living in Lagos for the past 17 years, conspired with her friend, Agatha Aigbomiam, to commit the crime last Tuesday.
The eight-year-old victim was alleged to have been kidnapped on her way to school and taken to Ogun State by Aigbomiam.
The victim was said to have raised the alarm which drew the attention of residents, leading to the arrest of both suspects.
A police source said 43-year-old Believe and the victim’s mother had searched for the child, including reporting a case of missing person at a police station.
He said, “The suspect and the girl’s mother are sisters. Believe, however, colluded with her friend, Aigbomiam, to abduct the girl so that she could make money from the mother.
“Their plan was that the friend would kidnap the child and hide her somewhere in Ogun State, while she would negotiate the ransom with the mother on the phone.
“When the girl went missing, the girl’s mother called her and they both searched for the girl. She even suggested that they should report the case to the police. The mother never suspected that she was behind the kidnap.”
The source said while people were looking for the girl, the suspect was also trailing the movement of her friend and the victim on the phone.
He said the kidnapped girl, while in captivity, raised the alarm that Aigbomiam was not her mother and called for help from some Ogun residents, who came to her aid.
The matter was said to have been reported to a community leader, who invited the police.
The source said, “When the police discovered that Aigbomiam was not alone in the crime and she was receiving calls from Believe, they decided to play along. They asked her to invite Believe to Ogun State.
“It was when she arrived that the police arrested her. The case was subsequently transferred to Lagos State where the offence was committed. That was where the mother of the girl saw that her own sister was behind her ordeal.”
The suspects, who were paraded before journalists at the police command headquarters in Ikeja on Thursday, confessed to the crime.
Believe said she hoped to make N30,000 from the kidnap, adding that she needed the money for a business.
She said, “I have my own children. I needed money badly that time and I thought of different ideas, which didn’t work. So, I decided to kidnap my sister’s daughter and demand N30,000 ransom from her. I involved my friend because I didn’t want to be the one to take the girl from school. I don’t know what came over me.”
Aigbomiam, a 42-year-old trader from Ekpoma, Edo State, said Believe asked her to kidnap the victim after she returned from a surgery in Benin.
“She said she wanted to use the girl to collect some money from her sister. She just showed me the girl’s school and I kidnapped her around 7.30am on Tuesday, while she was going to school. I took her to my relative’s house in Ogun State. I was stupid for doing such a thing.”
The state Commissioner of Police, Fatai Owoseni, while advising parents and guardians to be vigilant over their children and wards, said the suspects would be arraigned in court at the end of investigation.
Tuface Idibia and Gbenga Adeyinka have just been made violence free ambassadors by Ooni of Ife.
Oba Adeyeye Enitan Ogunwusi, the Ooni of Ife has announced pop singer, 2Face Idibia the ambassador of his new initiative, Violence Free World.
The Ooni made the announcement on Thursday, September 29, 2016 in his palace when he unveiled the singer to his subjects and the entire public.
Also unveiled as co-ambassadors of the initiative were comedian, Gbenga Adeyinka 1st and entertainment entrepreneur, Cally Ikpe.
Speaking at the event, the Ooni urged the new ambassadors to take his trust in them seriously as he believes they have achieved so much that they can make positive impacts in preaching a violence free world.
“I want to stress that you should understand that this role you are given should not be taken with a pinch of salt. You have all shown exemplary acts in the Nigerian entertainment world and over the years, you all have individually and collectively given your voice to ending violence in our world.
“I will urge you to strive harder to ensure you preach peace and unity everywhere you go and be an ambassador of the initiative which I believe we youths have to combat the act of terror and violence in the world,” Ooni said.
Reacting to the investiture, 2Face said he is glad and honoured to have been noticed by the monarch saying he will do all his best to ensure he preaches peace always.
“For me, the Ooni has just exemplified the true essence of the type of monarch we need at this point in Nigeria. His love for preaching and making peace has been the mantra of his reign and I’m glad to be part of that mantra.”
On his part, Gbenga Adeyinka 1st said he is more happy to be honoured by the respected monarch even though he had always been a peace ambassador.
Cally Ikpe, who is widely known for his TV show, Da New LiveBeats and the Nigeria Music Video Awards, said he is glad with the honour bestowed on him.
Miss Faizal Abubakar Sani, 17, a former student of Olumawu School, Abuja, who emerged as the best student in the West Africa Senior School Certificate Examination (WASS-CE) and has gotten a scholarship.
Faizal’s scholarship as stated by the Kano State Government, where she hails from, covers her university education in any foreign country to whatever level she wants.
Faizal, who was celebrated by her alma-mater, Olumawu School, Abuja; had nine A1 in the May/June 2016 West African Senior Secondary School Certificate Examination (WASSCE).
She had A1 in English Language, Mathematics, Further Mathematics, Chemistry, Physics, Biology, Computer Studies, Civic Education and Marketing. The result was adjudged by her school and Kano State government as the best ever in the state.
Faizal who spoke with Vanguard said: “I will like to study Medicine in any of the famous universities abroad. Meanwhile, I have been offered admission by at least seven universities in the United Kingdom and one university in Egypt, to study medicine.”
On her reading habit, Faizal who scored 226 in the last JAMB said: “I have no specific study hour because most times I study until I get tired and often fall asleep.”
“My mother contributed greatly to my academic success, because she encourages and grooms me. My father is a businessman who paid my school fees.’’
On her part, Faizal’s mother, Mrs. Hadiza Abubakar, who is a lawyer, described her daughter as a quiet, reserved and responsible girl who has shown intelligence right from her birth.She said: “I have not in anyway influenced her because she has a mind of her own. Mine is just to guide her and advise her.
“She is a young girl with an already set mind. I wanted her to go into software engineering, but she said she wanted to read Biomedical Engineering.
“I sat her down, looked at it and said that if she goes for that, she will have a limited number of schools to fit in. I advised her to go for Data Based Management course.
“Being a lawyer and working in the Identity Management sector. I saw an area where she could go into, which is Data Base Management course, which has to do with software. She had already made up her mind . If Biomedical engineering is not available, she will go for medicine and she has been on that.”
On the early marriage in the north, as opposed to education, she said:
“I do not have a problem with early marriage if the girl is already matured. The important thing is that whoever is getting married should be focused.”
Hadiza who said her daughter takes after her said: ‘’Even though I got married at an early age, I knew where I wanted to be and education was my primary focus. I achieved a lot in education. I might not have been an A1 student like her, but I was good in many courses in school.”
The governor of Kano State, Abdullahi Ganduje on his part said: “The scholarship is meant to cover her undergraduate, postgraduate and doctorate degrees at any university of her choice across the world. This gesture is to acknowledge merit and to especially encourage girl-child education in our state.”
Newly married popular Nigerian actor, Kalu Ikeagwu has narrated his horrific experience in the hands of men of the Nigerian Police Force who picked him up on Monday, September 26.
According to Kalu, he was molested and arrested by the men of the Nigeria Police over phone theft and murder case.
Narrating the incident to Sahara weekly, Ikeagwu said: “It all happened at about 3:40pm. My daughter had just been dropped off at home by her official school bus while I opened the gate for her to come into the house, two men accosted and ordered that I should follow them, then I asked them who they are, instead they flashed an identity card that only showed police written on it without any name.
“Meanwhile, these two men were in plain clothes and one of them had a black looped earring. At this point, I said I was not going to follow them since I do not know who they are. Suddenly a white unmarked bus pulled–up in front of me and four more men on plain clothes appeared from the bus with one pointing an AK47 raffle at my fore head.”
Not sure of who they were, the actor dialed his wife’s phone number but they tried to forcefully collect his phone from him but before could succeed he was able to tell his wife that some men were taking him away.
He said he was handcuffed him and to Pen-Cinema police station Agege, Lagos state passing Area G Police station, Ogba which is closer to Kalu’s house. The actor claimed he was not taken inside the police station when they got there but was held outside the gate until one man simply known as Born Great Benin came out and was asking him questions The actor said:
“I said to him I cannot answer any question from you, unless I am taken into the police station proper, it was this Born Great Benin that later ordered them to take off the cuffs and asked them to bundled me into the bus again and they drove off to somewhere I later identified as area F, police station, Ikeja.
“At this area F rather than take me into the station’s main building, I was held at a room when a certain gentle man identified as Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP) Philips came in and showed me a telephone number and asked if I knew the owner of the number.”
Ikeagwu identified the owner of the number as his friend who had picked him up from the airport a few days earlier. He said his friend told him he swapped his old phone(iPhone) for a new one(iPhone) at Computer Village, Ikeja and paid an extra N37.000 in a legal business transaction with a phone dealer.
“That was when they explained to me that since I was the last person that dialed my friend’s phone number it made me a soft target-hence my arrest”.
When asked how his family fared and the impact of the ordeal on his immediate family the actor said: “First I will talk about my wife. She is still in fear even till this moment she even stopped me from jogging this morning. I thank God at the way she handled the situation, the situation has made me remember I have a gift in her.
“For me, it only reminded me of what a movie director in Enugu told me, he said, he can forgive a man that takes away his wife, or a man that stabs him so long as he did not die, but can never lift a finger to help a dying police man.
“In my life I have never had dealings with the police but it’s unfortunate the way this episode ended. Because their actions are an embarrassment to Nigeria’s image.
“The first skill of every intelligent police officer is his understanding of psychology but instead they chose to do otherwise”.
Ikeagwu’s friend who owned the said phone was out of town when he was arrested. He had since returned to Lagos thus the release of the actor while his friend has got employed the service of a lawyer. They are working closely with the Nigerian Police to apprehend the phone dealer.
Comic actor, John Okafor popularly known as Mr Ibu in a recent interview related how he lost his young son at LUTH and the role played by the staff of the hospital.
Read the excerpts below;
“The matter was actually between the Paediatric Department of the hospital and me. It was in 2011. My wife and our two-year-old son had been kidnapped. After I paid the ransom demanded and they were released by the kidnappers, I returned to Lagos from Enugu.
“Then on January 18, 2011, my son fell ill. He was diagnosed with inflammation of the liver. The hospital suggested that he should be scanned. At the same time, I was informed that I could take my son out of the hospital to get the scan done elsewhere. But the same people later declined, saying that everything had to be done in the hospital because he was too weak to be taken outside.
“After a while, I was told that there was no electricity in the hospital. When I asked if there was no standby generator, they said there was no fuel in it. I offered to pay for fuel only to be told that the man that operated the generator was not around. When I left the place and got back later, the man still had not returned. Then I was advised to write an application and to submit to the admin department.”
After writing the application, Okafor found that there was nobody to receive and treat it. While he was waiting, he was told that his son’s condition required blood transfusion. The actor did everything possible to ensure that the ailing boy was given treatment at the hospital, but his efforts were in vain. Finally, the little boy gave up the ghost.
“That was how my son died. Later, one of the doctors came to me and, without even sympathising with me, asked if I could release my boy’s corpse to him so that they could cut it open and use it to teach other medical students. In that moment, I felt like committing murder for the first time in my life.
“When I told my lawyer what happened at the hospital, he was shocked. He said it was actionable. I told him that I was ready to take the hospital management to court and sue it for $100 million in damages because my son’s death was caused by the carelessness of the professionals whose duty was to save his life. But my lawyer advised me to let go”.
President of the Senate, Senator Bukola Saraki, has congratulated the Governor-elect of Edo State, Mr. Godwin Obaseki, candidate of the All Progressives Congress, on his victory in the Wednesday governorship election.
Saraki, in a statement by his Special Adviser (Media and Publicity), Yusuph Olaniyonu, described Obaseki’s success as “well deserved and expected by those who have keenly followed the electioneering in the state in the last few months.”
He said, “Godwin Obaseki has proved to be a good private sector man who is also a grass roots politician. He is a good flag bearer of our great party, the APC, and a mobiliser who really showed that he will be a worthy successor to the incumbent Governor Adams Oshiomhole.
“I also congratulate Governor Oshiomhole who has, in the last seven and a half years, diligently served the people of Edo State and has led a vigorous campaign to sustain the APC legacy in Edo State. The Governor has shown courage, devotion and dedication in selling Obaseki to the people.
Saraki lauded the people of Edo for the massive turn-out, the peaceful manner in which the election went and for voting for the APC candidate. He also praised the Independent National Electoral Commission for “the good arrangement it put in place to ensure a free, fair and peaceful election” while also applauding the performance of all the security agencies.
The Senate President advised Obaseki to sustain the developmental strides made by the outgoing governor, while also reaching to all the groups and interests in the state so that his victory could further unite the people.