An eight-year-old boy (name withheld) narrowly escaped being lynched by residents of Olola area of Odo-Ona in Ibadan on Friday for allegedly stealing plastic materials.
A News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) correspondent, who was at the scene, reports that it took the intervention of some parents to convince the angry residents to set the boy free.
A resident, Silas Oresanya, said he was quietly sitting at a hidden place in his house when he sighted the boy searching his compound.
“After some minutes, I saw the boy picking up our plastic buckets, bowls, and other plastic items.
“When I apprehended him, I asked him why he was stealing the items, and he replied that his mother mandated him to go around the neighbourhood to fetch plastic materials to make fire for cooking.
“He said that since her mother could no longer afford to buy gas or charcoal, they had resorted to using plastic materials to ignite fire for cooking,” Oresanya said.
Two other residents who preferred to be anonymous affirmed that they had previously seen the boy stealing plastic items and charcoal in the community.
Already, a market survey by NAN revealed that cooking gas sells for between N900 and N1,100 per kilogramme in the community.
A gas outlet operator at Odo-Ona, Mr Fatai Olanrewaju, said he now sells at N1,100.
He said this was because he had to factor in the cost of transporting the commodity from the depot to the community.
However, Mrs Omotoyosi Abdulkareem, said that buying from major gas outlets was more economical, because she recently bought at the rate of N650.
Meanwhile, another resident, Mrs Joy Uchendu, expressed sadness that she had resorted to the use of firewood due to the economic downturn.
“Even the firewood is not easy to come by as I send my children around to fetch the wood,” she said.
A charcoal trader in the community, Mrs Abosede Lawal, pointed out that the cost of transporting charcoal was the major reason for the high cost of the commodity.
Lawal said that there was nothing anyone could do about it for now since the government had removed subsidy on fuel.
Son Narrates How Mom Killed Dad With Pestle
A 12-year-old boy, Ibukun Solomon, has narrated how his mother, Tayelolu, killed his father, Felix, with a pestle while he ewas sleeping, after a minor argument in Ondo town, Ondo State.
Vanguard gathered that the mother of three, reportedly killed her 65-year-old husband, a farmer, by hitting him thrice with a pestle while sleeping in their house, located at the Government Reservation Area, GRA, in Ondo town.
Reports had it that the couple, in recent times, have been having a crisis and the wife always threatens to kill the husband and elope.
It was gathered that after another argument last weekend, the deceased went to sleep on the chair and the wife reportedly hit him several times with a pestle.
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Narrating how his father was killed, lbukun, told newsmen that “my mother killed my father with a pestle in my presence and took to her heels. She used the pestle to hit his head when he was asleep.
“Earlier on the fateful day, a minor argument had ensued between them that resulted in a fight. After the fight, my father went to lie on the chair and my mother hit his head with the pestle.
“He became unconscious and fell down from where he was sleeping. My mother used the pestle to hit my father’s head three times. He later died.
“When my mother saw that my father was already unconscious, she hid the pestle at the back of our house and ran away.
”I alerted some of the residents, who rushed my father to the hospital. But he later died. His corpse has been deposited at the morgue.
“My mother had three children for my father and I’m the last child.”
Speaking on the ugly incident, a brother of the deceased said that the family members have mediated several times to settle the incessant fight between his brother the his wife.
He lamented that all their efforts proved abortive.
According to him, “The woman had been threatening to kill her husband whenever they were fighting. And the deceased informed us about the threats. But we never knew she would carry out the devilish act.
“But this time, she took laws into her hands and killed our brother for nothing. She must be arrested and prosecuted accordingly.”
Efforts to reach the state police spokesperson, Funmi Odunlami, proved abortive.
But a top police officer confirmed to Vanguard that the fleeing suspect would soon be arrested and charged to court for murder.
Fake Drug Manufacturer Operating In 13 States Arrested In Ondo
A fake drug manufacturer, operating in 13 states in the country, under the name Brother Paul Legacy Foundation, has been arrested by the Ondo state task force against fake and counterfeit drugs.
The taskforce arrested the fake and counterfeit drug dealer, at the office of the organization, located at cultural area, in Ondo road, Akure, the capital state following a tip off.
According to the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Health, Mrs Folukemi Aladenola, the fake drugs organisation was caught with concoctions which they claimed can cure all kinds of ailment that are injurious to people’s health.
Aladenola said that the organization, operates in 13 other states in the country.
”The team got information that the organization was in town since June, treating all kinds of ailments at a price with the claim that they could treat all ailments such as cancer, low sperm count, diabetes, hypertension, hepatitis and barrenness and claimed to be registered with NAFDAC.”
She pointed out that the Ministry of Health would always protect the health interest of the people of the state at all times.
According to her, the state government has ensured that its people have unfettered access to healthcare delivery by increasing access to health facilities through the suspension of registration fees in all government facilities to cushion the effects of fuel subsidy removal.
“The gesture of the government should prompt our people to access government health care facility but to our surprise, people still patronise these quacks and their prices range from N5000 to N10,000″.
“Instead of using this money to patronise quacks, you can get quality drugs at the government facilities in the state”
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“The era of out of stock syndrome is over, now our facilities now have enough drugs to cater for the health of the people at an affordable price. Now our facilities have been directed to get their drugs from this agency. If you don’t get drugs in these facilities, you can question this gap.”
Aladenola advised the people of the state to always access healthcare from qualified personnel and accredited government and private facilities while also emphasizing that the organization would be handed over to the appropriate authority to be sanctioned.
According to VANGUARD, the Permanent Secretary warned all fake drug dealers in the state would be brought to book.
The representative of
NAFDAC, Mr Samuel Olatunji, said that the apprehended representatives of the Brother Paul Legacy Foundation were parading themselves to have NAFDAC registration on their product but it was discovered that their registration number was fake.
The Chairman of the taskforce in Ondo State, Olugbenga Lasekan warned those involved in the selling of fake drugs and adulterated consumables to desist, saying that anyone caught would face the law.
Suspected Killer Of Rivers DPO Saved From Lynching, Detained
…My boss, 2Baba, has over 40 guns—Suspect
Operatives of the Rivers State Police Command have arrested one of the persons alleged to be involved in the killing and decapitation of the Divisional Police Officer of Ahoada Division in Ahoada East Local Government Area, Mr Bako Angbashim, a Superintendent of Police.
Meanwhile, the Ogoni ethnic nationality in Rivers State, where Angbashim served before his redeployment to Ahoada, has said they were not the people that killed five members of Angbashim’s family.
It will be recalled that the family of Angbashim, four children and wife, were allegedly killed by criminals, allegedly forcing the slain DPO to go diabolic in the line of duty.
But, the Ogonis in a statement in Port Harcourt, yesterday by the Ogoni Peoples Assembly, OPA, said the slain DPO did not lose his family members in Ogoni land as insinuated.
The leader of OPA, Rev. Probel Williams, said the deceased DPO had a very good and cordial relationship with the people of Ogoni when he served as the DPO of Bori, Khana LGA, adding that his family members would not have been killed in the area.
Williams said the support given to the deceased contributed to his crime-fighting success, stating that his presence brought sanity and restored security in the area.
However, the police in the state said they had detained one of the persons, involved in the killing of Angbashim.
It said youths had arrested the suspect and were about to lynch him before he was rescued by the police and then detained.
The Public Relations Officer of the Command, Grace Iringe-Koko, who confirmed the development, said the suspect was arrested by youths and was about to be lynched before police came to the rescue.
My boss, 2Baba, has over 40 guns—Suspect
Speaking earlier to youths, who apprehended him, the suspect whose name was not disclosed, said his boss, 2Baba Gift David Okpala Okpolowu, popularly called 2Baba, had over 40 guns in his custody.
He said his boss had contacted a native doctor from the Ogoni area of the state, who helped them kill the DPO spiritually to enable them to defeat the gallant officer.
He said: “I will not lie, when they killed the DPO, I was not there. I was across the river. I will not lie, I have a conscience. When they brought the DPO, I did not see him. I swear. I don’t know where they buried him. But I know where they brought him from.
“2Baba has over 40 guns since I went there. The person who supplies guns to him, he called the person on the phone, pays the person, and then they will supply the guns. I don’t know him.”
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