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Fatinoyes: Suspect In Murder Of Ex-CBN Staff Escapes From Police Custody, DPO Removed

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Lekan Adekanbi, the only suspect arrested in connection with the killing of a staff of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), Kehinde Fatinoye, has escaped from police custody in Ogun State.

After the killing of Fatinoye, his wife and their only son, the police said they had arrested Adekanbi as the prime suspect in the case.

Adekanbi was the driver of the late CBN staff until the day he was assassinated.

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The Ibara police divisional headquarters had nabbed Adekanbi and held him in custody to aid their investigation.

On Tuesday, two policemen from Ibara division were said to have taken the suspect to a hospital after he complained of fever.

“At the hospital, Lekan was said to have pretended like he wanted to urinate and he escaped,” a source told our correspondent.

According to the source, the policemen did not handcuff the suspect, from the time he was arrested up until the time he was in the hospital.

According to sources, the suspect fled when he discovered that the domestic staff of the Fatinoyes, who was taken away by the assassins alongside their son, did not die.

He had become restless the moment he set his eyes on the domestic staff, it was learnt.

Ibara DPO removed

Meanwhile, the Divisional Police Officer (DPO) in charge of Ibara, Abeokuta, CSP Bernard Ediagbonya, has been removed for alleged negligence.

The DPO was removed without any posting as the command directed the most senior officer in the division to take over.

It was gathered that Ediagbonya has been ordered to resume at the police headquarters, Eleweran, with immediate effect.

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Also, the officers, under whose care the suspect escaped, are facing sanctions for failing to prevent Adekanbi from running away.

The Ogun State police spokesman could not be reached as at the time of filing this report.
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PHOTOS: Makinde Joins NLC Protest In Oyo

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Oyo State Governor, Seyi Makinde, on Tuesday, joined the state chapter of the Nigeria Labour Congress in its peaceful protest.

During the protest, Makinde assured the protesters that the current hardship would soon be over.

The workers began their protest from the NLC state secretariat, Agodi in Ibadan, the state capital, down to Gate – NTA – Yemetu roundabout where Governor Makinde joined the protesting workers.

The governor said, “I am aware of the hardship in town and the difficulty the people are going through but I will be part of the generation that will fix the country.”

He also assured the workers that their letters of protest and complaints would be delivered to President Bola Tinubu.

Earlier, the state NLC Chairman, Kayode Martins said the cost of living was no longer bearable, especially for the common man.

He said, “The cost of living in Nigeria today is nothing to write home and the people are fed up, so that’s why we are on the street now.”

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BREAKING: NDLEA Intercepts Largest Heroin Consignment St Lagos Airport

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The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency has intercepted what it described as the single largest heroin consignment at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Ikeja, Lagos State.

The agency also arrested members of an organised criminal organisation which specialises in trafficking heroin across Nigeria, South Africa, Mozambique, Europe and America in an operation leading to the seizure of the consignment which weighed 51.90Kg on February 12, 2024.

The Chairman of the NDLEA, Buba Marwa, disclosed this while briefing journalists on Tuesday in Lagos.

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Marwa said the operation was the single largest seizure of heroin at the airport.

The NDLEA boss said the consignment was concealed in 15 cartons of 2300-watt metal cutting machines.

He noted that there was a parallel between the seizure and the September 18, 2022, seizure of 2,139.5kg cocaine in a warehouse in the Ikorodu area of the state, which he described as the biggest singular cocaine seizure in the history of NDLEA.

According to him, four cartel members linked to the recent seizure were arrested in a follow-up operation conducted by the NDLEA operatives.

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He said, “NDLEA operatives at the Murtala Mohammed International Airport Command intercepted a suspicious package at the SAHCO Import Shed of the airport’s Cargo Terminal. The consignment was concealed in 15 cartons of 2300-watt metal cutting machines. Each carton was stocked with three blocks of high-grade heroin. In total, we recovered 45 blocks of the illicit substance with a total weight of 49.70kg.

“After the discovery, we were methodical and meticulous in our investigations. We started with the arrest of the freight agent whose name is Olowolagba Wasiu Babatunde. It turned out that he was hired for clearing services by Mattpee Logistics, a company operated by one Mr. Kola resident in South Africa.”

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Hardship: Workers Begin Protest In Ondo

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Hundreds of civil servants took to the streets of Akure, the Ondo State capital on Tuesday to protest current economic hardship in the country.

The protest was based on the directives of the national body of the Nigeria Labour Congress.

The peaceful protest is ongoing along the major roads in the capital city while the protesters are chanting various solidarity songs.

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They also wielded placards with different inscriptions such as, “Stop the hunger, lower food prices,’ ‘Fix the local refineries end, oil subsidy,’ ‘Tax the rich, subsidise for the poor, and ‘ ‘End naira devaluation, support local production’ among others.

Security operatives were seen around the town to ensure that hoodlums do not hijack the protest

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