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Prophet abducted, tortured by OPC members over missing N80,000



Some members of the Oodua People’s Congress (OPC ) have abducted a prophet of the Celestial Church of Christ, Morogbo parish 1, Badagry, Lagos State,identified as  Moses Oloyede  over an alleged missing N80,000.

According to eye-witness report, the victim was flogged with a horsewhip and tortured with a knife by the men, who told the Abeokuta, Ogun State indigene to confess to the theft of the money.

The case was said to have been reported to policemen from the Area K Command, who arrested the leader of the group and the person that owned the money.

According to reports gathered by PUNCH, Oloyede’s travail started after he went to pray for the woman who owned the money, identified only as Maria, at her aunt’s house in Agumo, in the Oko Afo area.
 After the prayer on Wednesday, August 30, 2017, Oloyede, who was also the choir master of his church, was called on the telephone that N80,000 had gone missing in the house.

He thought his host was joking until he was abducted on the church premises by the OPC members who came with locally-made guns.

He said, “Maria is a member of my parish where I serve as a prophet and choir master. I had prayed for her several times, including when she needed a job. She got a lucrative job in the Lekki area of Lagos State.

“As appreciation, she voluntarily contributes to my seminars, crusades and other events of my ministry. About two weeks ago, she called and said I should come to pray for her at her aunt’s house in Oko Afo.

“I usually don’t go to minister to people in their houses. But due to her financial commitment to God’s work, I decided to honour her. She came to pick me at the bus stop around 5pm on that Wednesday.”

He said after the prayer, Maria saw him off to where he took a motorcycle back home.

The 23-year-old told PUNCH Metro that after about four hours, his host called him on the telephone and said she was looking for N80,000.

“She said a 13-year-old girl that was lying on the floor in the room claimed that she saw me searching bags in the house.

“I wondered how I could do such a thing and I asked her if she told me about any money. She said I was a prophet and that I could have seen the money with my spiritual eyes. I felt embarrassed and ended the call,” he said.

Oloyede said his mother called him at the church to say that some people had been threatening her over the missing money.

“On Sunday, I saw two people in our church at Morogbo. They said they were OPC members and that they wanted to interview me at the bus stop over the missing money. They equally claimed that Maria was also at the bus stop. I decided to follow them.

“I mounted the motorcycle they brought and we left. However, as soon as the motorcycle moved, I saw four other motorcycles coming behind us with many OPC members; and they displayed guns, charms and cutlasses. When we got to the bus stop, they didn’t stop. That was when I started sensing trouble.

“When we got to Oko Afo, I met their leader, Alagbada. I was put in their cell. They tied my hands and legs and started beating me. They used a knife dripping with hot palm oil to torture me. They also used sticks, horsewhips and bottles on me. They said I must confess to the crime,” he said.

PUNCH Metro learnt that the OPC leader called the leader of the parish, who also informed some members of the church about the incident.

The OPC members, who reportedly put a video camera before Oloyede, also put the call to his church leader on speaker mode.

The victim said he nearly died as the torture went on for over four hours.

“They called my church leader and elders on the telephone that they should listen to my confessional statements. They had tortured me from 6pm to around 11pm. I didn’t know when I started saying I did what I didn’t do,” he said.

The OPC men were said to have asked the victim to bail his phone with N4,000. Out of the N4,500 balance in his bank account, he reportedly transferred N3,000 to them, while his mother supported with an additional N1,000.

After getting the phone, the men also demanded the payment of N95,000, with N80,000 as a refund of the stolen money and N15,000 for bail.

The victim said he reported the case to the Area K Police Command as the Lagos State Commissioner of Police, Edgal Imohimi, ordered the arrest of those involved in the torture.

The police reportedly arrested the leader of the OPC, Alagbada, and the complainant, Maria.

“Maria said she believed I took the money when she went to get a bottled water to entertain me during the visit.

“However, when the police asked for the whereabouts of the 13-year-old that reportedly saw me, she said the girl had been taken to Ajase where she was schooling. Her aunt had also fled to Ajase. They had so far refused to bring her. It all appeared like a set up. I later realised that Alagbada was Maria’s uncle,” Oloyede said.

The Lagos State Police Public Relations Officer, ASP Olarinde Famous-Cole, confirmed the incident, adding that the case had been transferred to the State Criminal Investigation and Intelligence Department, Yaba, for further investigation.

He said, “We have transferred the two suspects to the SCIID, where we will be looking at a case of assault. The victim was the one who reported to us, which should have been the other way round, but since they decided to take the law into their own hands, we will be investigating them primarily. However, there is no way we will investigate the assault without a reference to the alleged theft.”

Source: ( Punch Newspaper )


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Donald Duke: Security Operatives Selling Weapons To Boko Haram



Donald Duke: Security Operatives Selling Weapons To Boko Haram

Donald Duke

Former Governor of Cross River State, Donald Duke, has claimed that the Boko Haram terrorist group gets most of its weapons from security operatives.

Speaking on Channels Television, the former governor called on the President Muhammadu Buhari government to investigate the nation’s security forces and flush out the bag eggs.

He said: “Boko Haram insurgents who have been responsible for most heinous crimes, get their weapons from the security operatives.

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“Most of the weapons used by Boko Haram come from our armoury, we will need to look into that. Why are we selling weapons to the enemy?”

Speaking further, Donald Duke pointed out that the Nigerian military and police in the northeast must be adequately motivated to achieve results.

He also called for the use of intelligence to combat insecurity such as kidnapping across the country.


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Insecurity: Restructuring Not As Critical As Hunger And Poverty – Amaechi



Insecurity: Restructuring Not As Critical As Hunger And Poverty – Amaechi

Rotimi Amaechi

Minister of Transportation, Rotimi Amaechi has stated that the administration of President Muhammadu Buhari is more concerned with getting rid of hunger and poverty than restructuring.

Amaechi a former Rivers State governor stated this on Sunday while speaking on Channels Television’s Sunday Politics.

The minister, however, admitted that there is nothing wrong with calls for the restructuring of the country.

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Amaechi said: “If to you what is important is restructuring, I don’t see anything wrong with restructuring. But I’m saying it is not the most critical problem we have.

“The most critical problem we have is hunger and poverty, which is breeding insecurity.”


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Insecurity: Buhari Can’t Protect Nigeria – Moghalu



Insecurity: Buhari Can't Protect Nigeria - Moghalu

Kingsley Moghalu

A former deputy governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria, Professor Kingsley Moghalu has expressed that President Muhammadu Buhari is not capable of protecting Nigerians or confronting the security challenges facing the nation.

The former presidential candidate made this remark in his reaction to the killing of 43 rice farmers in Borno State by Boko Haram insurgents on Saturday.

Also Read: Boko Haram: ‘Be Hurt In Your Pursuit Of Justice For The Dead’, Ezekwesili Tells Buhari

He described the incident as a national tragedy which is a pointer to the fact that Nigeria is becoming a failed state under the leadership of President Buhari.

He also lambasted the government and security agencies, accusing them of intimidating and arresting peaceful #EndSARS protesters demanding better governance but unable to do anything to insurgents terrorizing the entire country.

He wrote:

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