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22-Year-Old Housemaid Docked For Stealing N7m Valuables



A 22-year-old housemaid, David Mary who works for one Hajia Bilikisu Gambari, has been remanded by a Lagos State magistrates’ court sitting in Apapa-Wharf for allegedly stealing her madam’s property valued at N7m, Punch reports.


Gambari a former Peoples Democratic Party senatorial aspirant for Kwara-Central senatorial district, said she employed Mary from Ilorin, Kwara State in May through one Mr. Sunday on a monthly salary of N10, 000.

According to reports, Mary was arraigned before the court with her boyfriend, Tijani Usman (aka TJ), who reportedly connived with others at large, to lure her into theft.
Three of the fleeing suspects were identified as Peter, Destiny and an unnamed ‘foreigner’. Peter was said to be a brother of Usman.

On September 19, Peter reportedly introduced David to the syndicate for a purported money processing business and told her to steal her boss’ valuables to procure chemicals for the processing.

Reports reveal the housemaid had stolen about N2m from her employer and kept in an envelope. Mary also stole two golden bangles reportedly valued at about N4m and a N1m cheque and took them to the syndicate’s hideout in Ajegunle.

The police said David, who reportedly fled the boss’ residence on Ladipo Oluwole Street in Apapa after the alleged theft on September 20, agreed to the deal with a promise that she would be given double of the funds she raised.
Meanwhile, she had gone to collect her share the following day only to be told that the money she brought was fake.

According to her, “I know Peter as a brother to my boyfriend, TJ. On September 19, he (Peter) took me to a place in Ajegunle where he introduced a man to me who claimed to be a foreigner. I also met TJ, one Destiny and other people there.

“They said the foreigner wanted to ‘wash’ money and told me to bring my boss’ money. I searched her bag and found an envelope containing a foreign currency but I did not know the specific amount in it.”

Mary said she took the money and her two golden bangles to them.

“On getting there, I met TJ and he told me not to worry. The following Monday, Peter told me that the money I brought was fake. He gave me fake $4,000 and told me to return it to my boss,” Mary added.

The employer told the police that she employed David four months ago through an agent in Kwara on a monthly salary of N10, 000, adding that she discovered that her valuables were missing the day David fled the house.

She said, “She stole my gold bangles worth $20,000, $10,000 cash and a Wema Bank cheque of N1m issued to me.”

The lovers, David and Usman, reports say were later arrested and charged on three counts bordering on stealing and fraud.

A police prosecutor, ASP Olusoji Ojaokomo, told the court that the offences contravened sections 285, 326 (1) and 409 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, Nigeria, 2011.

The charges read in part, “That you, Mary David, Tijani Usman and others at large, on September 20, 2015 at about 11am on Ladipo Oluwole Street, Apapa in the Lagos Magisterial District, did steal $10, 000, two gold bangles and N1m Wema Bank cheque property of Bilikisu Gambari.

“That you, Tijani Usman and others at large on the same date, time and place did obtain the valuables from Mary David under pretences of paying her back in double.”

The accused persons pleaded not guilty to the charges.

The presiding magistrate, Mr. T.O. Bolarinwa, granted them bail in the sum of N500, 000 each with two sureties each in like sum.

Source: Dailypost

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#EndSARS: Ekiti state government declares 24-hour curfew



Following the various attacks on #EndSARS protesters in the state, Governor Kayode Fayemi has imposed a 24-hour curfew on the state effective from 10pm on today, Tuesday, October 20.

In a statement released by the Secretary to the State Government, Biodun Oyebanji, the state government said the curfew became necessary following the state government’s observation of how the end SARS protest, which started as a peaceful protest against police brutality by youths in Ekiti State, has been hijacked by some hoodlums.

Read the statement below

1. The Government of Ekiti State has observed with growing concern how the ENDSARS protest, which started as a peaceful protest against police brutality by youths in Ekiti State, has been hijacked by some hoodlums.

2. The hoodlums have capitalised on the ENDSARS protest to rape, assault, rob and extort innocent citizens across the State. These are in addition to the wanton destruction of properties, particularly private properties.

3. Government is concerned that if this state of affairs is allowed to continue unabated, it will lead to a breakdown of law and order thereby threatening the wellbeing of the people of Ekiti State.

4. For the purpose of clarity Government continues to show understanding and responsiveness to the demands of the legitimate protesters.

5. On 16th October 2020, Dr. John Kayode Fayemi, Governor, Ekiti State met with the protesters in person. While identifying with the legitimacy of their protests, he assured them that the State Government will immediately put measures in place to respond to all their demands.

6. Government has since then constituted a Human Rights Investigation Panel to review all cases of abuse by Officers of the disbanded SARS. In addition, Government has enabled a Victims Compensation Fund to facilitate speedy remedial measures for victims of such abuse.

7. Furthermore, several officials of Government have engaged the protesters at multiple fora and platforms including the social media in order to ensure that concerns of protesters are properly identified and responded to in a prompt and efficient manner with necessary feedback.

8. Government had also at various times drawn the attention of the protesters to the troubling hijack of the protests by individuals whose only interest is to inflict violence on the people of the state.

9. In the past 48 hours there have been incidents of gang-rape, robberies, physical assaults on innocent people, looting and burning of a police station. These acts of brigandage are not in consonance with the legitimate aspirations of the protesters. It cannot be logical to seek to remedy impunity with impunity.

10. Government therefore cannot afford to watch a deliberate enthronement of anarchy by some bad elements who have hijacked the protest for some clandestine reasons.

11. Consequently, the Governor of Ekiti State, Dr Kayode Fayemi, hereby imposes a 24-hour curfew on all parts of the State starting from 10.00 pm tonight, Tuesday, October, 20, 2020.

12. Only essential workers and service providers with valid means of identifications are allowed to move around during the period of the curfew.

13. Any person found on the street that does not belong to this category, would be promptly arrested and prosecuted according to the laws of Ekiti State.

14. We seek the understanding of the good people of Ekiti State as we continue to take deliberate steps towards ensuring that peace and normalcy return to our state.”

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Davido speaks on the events of the past 48 hours



Davido speaks on the events of the past 48 hours

Nigerian superstar, Davido has said criminals are responsible for the attack on two Correctional Centres in Benin City, Edo State.

Davido made the claim while absolving End SARS protesters of involvement in the attacks.

The singer pointed out that no amount of mischief would stop the protest against police brutality and bad governance.

Davido made the remark while condemning the attack on two Correctional Centres in Benin City, Edo State.

The hoodlums had attacked the facilities and freed some inmates.

Reacting, the singer in a series of tweets wrote: “After seeing all that’s gone on today I just want to say that from the beginning we have preached that the protest must remain peaceful and Law Abiding and as far as I know we have kept to that! And we will continue to keep to that so the narrative can NOT be switched up on us!

“The people they claim broke into prisons to free convicted criminals, burn police stations to steal weapons, damage police, government, and private vehicles are Criminals and everybody must condemn these acts. They are not part of our movement !

“#EndSars is a peaceful and law abiding protest that is going somewhere great! And no mischief can scatter it!”

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Address Nigerians over #EndSARS protests – Senate urges Buhari



Address Nigerians over #EndSARS protests – Senate urges Buhari

The Nigerian Senate has called on President Buhari to urgently address the nation so as to douse the tension in the country.

This comes as hoodlums continue to carry out various attacks on #EndSARS protesters and others in some parts of the country.

The Senators made the call for President Buhari to speak to the Nation after a motion was moved by Senator Biodun Olujimi and co-sponsored by all Senators on the ongoing nationwide protests believed to have been hijacked by hoodlums.

Part of the resolution of the Senators after deliberation include:

-Urge all tiers of government to put in place and sustain policies of social economic reforms that raise the standard of lives of our people;

-Call upon the Police to operate strictly in accordance with the rules of engagement appropriate in a democratic environment;

-Urge the Inspector General of Police to ensure a holistic comprehensive reforms of the police to increase the overall welfare including training and medical insurance of all members of the Nigeria Police Force

-Appeal to all Nigerians to resort to use of legal institutions to resolve disputes and conflicts;

-Urge the Nigerian youths and the Nigerian citizens to approach the National Assembly Committees Constitution and Reforms in order to secure far-reaching holistic amendments that are vital to the restructuring of our federation

-Urge the Federal Government to faithfully and comprehensively implement all the five demands of the #EndSARS movement and protesters with necessary timelines to rekindle confidence in government

-Appeal to #EndSARS movement and protesters to kindly in the interest of everyone stop their actions and embrace genuine dialogue; 7. Urge Mr. President to address the nation as soon as possible on these issues.

-Police should make it a duty to accompany protesters and should be involved in protecting genuine protesters.

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