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Trigger-happy Policeman Shoot Bus Driver, One Other In Bayelsa

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The Police Command in Bayelsa has confirmed the shooting of a driver working with Peace Mass Transit Company and one other person by a policeman in the state.

The Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), SP. Asinim Butswat, told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Tuesday in Yenagoa that the incident occurred on Monday evening at Ekeki axis of Yenagoa, the state capital.

“The Command has arrested and taken into custody, one Police Mobile Force (PMF) personnel on suspicion of Discreditable Conduct and Unlawful Use of his Firearm.

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“The policeman involved is currently in detention at the State Criminal Intelligence and Investigation Department, Yenagoa.

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“The victims have been evacuated and rushed to the hospital and they are currently responding to treatment,” he said.

Miss Mercy Edet, a resident in the area who witnessed the incident, said the policeman involved in the shooting opened fire on a commercial bus belonging to Peace Mass transit.

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“The policeman opened fire when the driver packed besides the bank to discharge a passenger.

“After it, the killer cop boarded a commercial tricycle and escaped the scene to avoid mob.

“The trouble started when the policeman got angry because the driver stopped the bus in front of the bank he was guarding,”

Edet said a member of staff of the Peace Mass bus, who refused to mention his name, described the shooting as totally unnecessary.

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The staff said that the driver was behind the wheels of his vehicle when the policeman released the shot.

“We were just in front, here, when the policeman started the argument that led to the shooting.

“The argument was unnecessary because the driver was just trying to allow his passengers to disembark from the bus.

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“I heard the driver telling the policeman that he would soon leave the place but before we knew what was happening, the policeman cocked his gun and shot the man.

“He was lifeless. The bullet hit two other passengers who were lying unconscious.

“It was an ugly sight but the policeman immediately boarded a commercial tricycle and ran away.

“There are about three policemen guarding the bank but this particular one has been troublesome.

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“He is always aggressive and is always harassing and extorting commercial tricycle operators here.

“It is very disheartening. The bus came from Onitsha in Anambra without problems only for this ugly incident to happen at its destination.” the staff explained.

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(NAN via DAILY TRUST)

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Police Declare Man Wanted Over Homos*xual Act

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A 50-years old man, Edo Omusi, has been declared wanted by the police in Benin City, the capital of Edo State, for disappearing after being ‘caught’ in a same s*x act in Ogiso community.

A source close to the police in the state, told our correspondent that the suspect, and one of his male friends, whose name was not given, were sighted at an undisclosed location by some youths as they were comitting the act.

Under Nigerian Laws, any person caught in the gay act is liable to 14 years in prison and if found by the community could be killed.

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The duo were said to have been deeply engrossed in the act when they were found but before the person who saw them in the , “sinful and abominable act”, went for back up, they had escaped the location.

The incident which occurred on 25/4/23 at Ogiso area of the town almost threw the community into a turmoil as irate youths welding sticks and cudgels rampaged the community in search of the duo to lynch them.

It was also learnt that worried by the trend the youths in the community had to set up a surveillance team to monitor his movements. It was on one of the surveillance trips that he was reportedly caught on the fateful day, with the unidentified male partner.

It was gathered since the community reported the incident to the police, the whereabouts of the suspect, Edo Omusi has since remained unknown by all and sundry.

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Speaking on the development, a top Police official confirmed the matter and explained that the Crime Investigation Department of the command is working round the clock to arrest the suspect, having declared him a wanted person.

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Man, 41, Sent To Prison For Groping Woman’s Breast

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A Badagry Magistrates’ Court, Lagos, on Friday, ordered the remand of a 41-year-old man, Ibrahim Lemo, for groping the breast of a woman.

The court heard that Lemo beat up his victim, Zainab Babalola, when she demanded he stopped the unlawful act

Chief Magistrate Fadahunsi Adefioye remanded Lemo after he pleaded guilty to a two count bordering on assault.

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Adefioye ordered that the defendant should be remanded in Awhajigoh Correctional Centre, Badagry.

He adjourned the case until April 14 for facts and sentencing.

Earlier, the prosecutor, ASP. Clément Okuoimose, told the court that the defendant committed the offences on April 6 at 2.30 p.m. at Badagry Roundabout shopping complex, Badagry, Lagos.

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Okuoimose said Lemo without lawful excuse pressed the breast of the complainant, Zainab Babalola.

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He said the defendant also hit the complainant on her left eye and caused her harm after she asked him not to touch her again.

The prosecutor said the offences contravened Sections 134 and 170 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, 2015.

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Hushpuppi’s Associate, Woodberry, Pleads Guilty, Forfeits $8m, Assets

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Olalekan Jacob Ponle, known as Mr Woodberry, has pleaded guilty to wire fraud.

He also agreed to forfeit $8 million in proceeds of wire fraud as well as luxury cars and watches to the foreign government.

Woodberry, a known associate of the now-imprisoned internet fraudster, Ramon Abbas, better known as Hushpuppi, recently in a plea declaration submitted at the United States District Court of the Northern District of Illinois Eastern Division on April 6, pleaded guilty to count one of the indictments, the Peoples Gazette reports.

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According to his plea agreement, he is required to pay back the sum of $8 million he fraudulently received from the seven companies that he scammed.

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“Defendant understands that by pleading guilty, he will subject to forfeiture to the United States all right, title, and interest that he has in any property constituting or derived from proceeds obtained, directly or indirectly, as a result of the offence,” stated the document containing Mr Ponle’s signed plea declaration.

Woodberry was also asked to waive his rights to the luxury cars, and designer watches he had stashed in Dubai.

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The high-end automobiles include Rolls Royce Cullinan with vehicle no J9153, Lamborghini Urus (N4973) and Mercedes-Benz G-class (G68816).

Other items seized are four Rolex watches, one Patek Philippe watch, three Audemars Piguet watches, three gold and diamond-studded earrings, and six gold neck chains.

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Last year, he forfeited 151.8 Bitcoin to the American government.

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On June 10, 2020, Woodberry was arrested in Dubai alongside Ramon Hushpuppi Abbas, who is currently serving an 11-year sentence for a similar fraud charge.

Prior to his arrest, Woodberry was known for rocking and flaunting expensive designer wear and showing off his illicit wealth to his massive Instagram followers, the majority of whom had no idea his luxury lifestyle was funded by cybercrime.

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