An Akure Magistrate Court, in Ondo state, has ordered the remand of a 16-year-old armed robbery suspect, Sunday Ojo, nicknamed after Nigeria’s notorious armed robber, Oyenusi.
Ojo confessed that he has been involved in no fewer than 40 operations.
He was brought to court by men of the Ondo State Security Outfit, codenamed ‘Amotekun, over alleged housebreaking, stealing and illegal possession of a firearm
The defendant is facing a seven-count bordering on conspiracy, housebreaking, stealing and illegal possession of firearms.
According to the State Counsel, O.F Akeredolu, the defendant and others at large committed the offences between April 2022 and August 2023 at different places in Ilara-Mokin and Ijare, Ondo State.
Akeredolu alleged that the defendant with his armed gang had been involved in various house breaking and theft in the two communities.
He said that “On August 17, 2023, Sunday at about 3pm, broke into and looted a shop at Ilara, belonging to one Esther Olaseni and stole one 3kg gas cooker, 11 spaghetti, a pack of magic detergent, packs of big toothpaste, 15 rubbers of rice, nine pieces of golden terra, two bottles of air cream and 145 cubes of chocolate.
“Also on April 9, 2022, Sunday and others at large broke and entered into a shop belonging to one Mrs Esho Olanireti, at Hospital junction in Ilara-Mokin and looted all the goods there.
“On April 10, 2022, the defendant and his group at about 9am broke into a house and stole an itel phone valued at N9,500, belonging to one Mrs Grace Falaye, among others ,” Akeredolu alleged.
The defendant was also said to have firearms in his possession when apprehended
According to the Prosecution, the offences contravened Sections 413, 383, 516 and 414 of the Criminal Laws of Ondo State, 2006 and Section 3(1) of the Robbery and Firearms (Special Provisions) Act, Laws of the Federation, 2004.
Though the charges were read to him in Yoruba language, his plea was not taken.
Akeredolu prayed the court to remand the defendant at the Olokuta Correctional Centre, pending advice from the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP).
The trial Magistrate Damilola Sekoni therefore adjourned the case till September 15, for ruling on the remand application.
Recall that Ojo was arrested by the Ondo state security outfit, codenamed Amotekun, alongside two others nicknamed after notorious armed robbers three years ago.
They include Timileyin Femi, aka Anini, 13 years and Matti Lowe, aka Osunbo,16 years.
Sunday who was sent to juvenile home, when arrested last year by the state Amotekun, said that he has been involved in over 40 operations.
In an interview after he was re- arrested by the Amotekun corps, and paraded in Akure, the state capital, Sunday said that” l have lost count of the robbery operations I have been involved in. But they can’t be fewer than 40.
He claimed to be overwhelmed by evil spirit that motivates him to steal.
The state Commander of Amotekun, Chief Adetunji Adeleye, said that Sunday was a second-time armed robbery suspect.
Adeleye added that the suspect who was arrested for illegal possession of firearms when he was 13 years old and was sent to juvenile home, was again arrested for burglary and stealing.
“We’ve arrested a juvenile robber, who adopted the name of notorious Nigerian armed robber, “Oyenusi” for stealing in the state.
“We rearrested a young boy we arrested three years ago and took to juvenile for illegal possession of firearms and robbery.
“At that time, he was 13 years. The best we could do was to hand him over to juvenile and see if he could be rehabilitated.”
Adeleye said that ” right now, he’s 16, this time around, he broke into a number of shops and removed items. Between then and now, he confessed that he had engaged in over 40 housebreaking activities”
FULL LIST: 13 Zamfara Varsity Students Freed As Troops Rescue Seven [See state of origin]
The Joint Task Force of Operation Hadarin Daji has rescued another seven female students of the Federal University Gusau in Zamfara State.
The PUNCH reports that bandits attacked the university and abducted over 20 students from their rented lodge in the Sabon Gida, Bungudu LGA of the state, last Friday.
According to Zagazola Makama, a counter-insurgency publication focused on the Lake Chad region, the seven students were rescued alongside three male workers of Gupran Engineering Zervices Ltd.
The troops had earlier rescued six female students the same Friday.
This translates to a total of 13 students who have been rescued so far.
The names of the freed students are as follows:
Rukayya Sani Batola: Educ Chemistry -200 Level -Zamfara
Merry Monday: MCB-300 Level
Maryam Salawuddeen: Accounting-300 Level-Osun
Salamatu Jummai Dahiru: MCB-200 LEVEL
Fiddausi Abdulazeez: Edu Biology -200 Level
Amamatullahi Asabe Dahiru: Education Chemistry-200 Level
Ketora Bulus: Education Physics-100 – Level-Kaduna
Felicia Sunday: Computer Science- 200 – Level-Osun
Jamila Ahmad: BCH-200 LEVEL – Kogi
Aisha Aminu Ujong: Edu Physics- GRADUATED-Cross River
Mariya Abdulrahman Usman: English-400 – Level-Katsina
Usaina Abdulrahman, Education: English-100 – Level-Katsina
Saadatu Aminu Abubakar: Education Biology
Flood Wrecks Havoc In Delta, Sacks Five Communities
Ravaging flood across Delta State has sacked five communities in the Warri North Local Government Area.
The affected communities included Torukubuagbene, Awanba, Koropigbene, Itagbene and Asigborodo as well as adjourning communities.
The Councillor representing Ogbinbiri ward 18, in Asigborodo Community, Mr Kenren Pere, disclosed this to newsmen on Monday in Warri.
Pere said the incident began more than a week ago and the situation became worse on Friday.
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While appealing for an urgent intervention by the state government, the councillor said that the life of his people were at stake.
He said, “I cannot attribute the course to flooding or the heavy torrential downpour that has been happening in recent time, though, rain has been falling before, but we have not had it so bad like this.
“Many valuables including local boats, clothes, food items, and other means of livelihood have been destroyed by the unfortunate occurrence.
“Lives are at stake, people can no longer go about their normal daily activities to feed, so there is hunger in the affected communities.
“The overflow started more than a week ago, but the situation became worse three days ago, leaving my people in fear,” he said.
Pere also appealed to the state government to send relief materials including food items to the people “to alleviate their suffering.”
The Director, Administration and Finance, Delta Emergency Management Agency, Daniel Okpor said the agency was not aware of the development.
Okpor, however, requested for video clips of the incident to aid their findings and response.
“Was the incident a result of flood or rainfall? We believe more on video than photographs. In the absence of video, you can send me photographs,” he requested.
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A portion of the Supreme Court is on fire.
Our correspondent gathered that the fire engulfed a side of the judges’ chamber of the apex court.
Details about the incident are still sketchy as of the time of filling this report.
The spokesperson of the court, Akande Festus, could not be reached as of the time of filling this report.
The spokesperson for the Federal Fire Service, Paul Abraham, asked our correspondent to call him back.
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