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Lagos Doctor Burnt To Death Alongside Her 2 Daughters

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Lagos Doctor Burnt To Death Alongside Her 2 Daughters

Ijeoma Idaresit, a Lagos-based medical doctor, has burnt to death alongside her two daughters.

It was gathered that Idaresit of the Conference Director at Postpartum Support Network Africa (PSNAfrica), burnt beyond recognition with her children in the fire that engulfed their home at Parkview, Ikoyi area of the state.

Newsrand learnt that the incident happened on Sunday, December 13, 2020, after an electrical fault ignited a fire.

A friend of the deceased, Olatoun Gabi-Williams, in a tribute she posted on Facebook, said neighbours contacted the Lagos State Fire Service but before the firemen arrived, the house had been razed.

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She wrote, “On Saturday, December 12, 2020, we lost a dearly loved one, Ijeoma Idaresit née Ejekam, our African Book Group librarian and cherished friend to all of us.

“The tragic death of Ijeoma, fondly known as Ije, occurred at her Park View residence when due to an electrical fault, a fire started, quickly consuming the entire building with Ije and her two beautiful daughters – a toddler and a baby – indoors, upstairs. The fire brigade showed up 20 minutes too late: by the time they managed to get upstairs to rescue the young family, it was too late.”

Contrary to Gabi-Williams’ claim, a spokesman for the Lagos State Fire Service, Ahmodu Shakiru, who spoke on behalf of the acting Head of the agency, Margaret Adeseye, said the fire service could not be blamed for the incident.

According to Adeseye, most times, people either do not call the fire service on time or don’t give a proper description of the location of the fire.

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Her words: “That is the usual accusation, but the point is that we are not yet operating digital so, we rely on public information and time of response is a factor of many things from who discovered the emergency and what action was taken and what time the alarm is raised.

“It is unfortunate that since 2007 when the Lagos State Government introduced the toll-free number, over 60 per cent of Lagosians don’t even have the number on their phone. So, how do they call and how accurate is the information is given, the street name, the name of the areas?

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“Parkview, where this incident happened, has its own fire engine and we have helped the estate to set it up, but they cannot run it effectively. They asked us to help them operate it but the condition was that the engine could never be used outside their estate and we rejected this because as firemen, we are expected to help anyone who has an emergency.”

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Mentally Deranged Man Arrested For Killing Woman

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Mentally Deranged Man Arrested For Killing Woman

The police have arrested a suspected mentally unstable man who allegedly killed and burnt an unidentified lady near an uncompleted building along Rumuekini end of the East-West Road, Obio/Akpor Local Government Area of Rivers State.

It was gathered that after killing the woman, the man wanted to conceal his crime by setting fire to the victim but policemen who were alerted swooped on the suspect, arrested him, and removed the corpse.

Residents of the area, who expressed shock over the development, said the decomposing corpse of the woman was discovered when the stench permeated the area.

A resident said, “When we came to work on Monday, there was a foul smell near an uncompleted building.

“So, we went there and saw the corpse of the lady. It is surprising that we are there, but don’t even know about it if not for the smell that makes us suspect that something had happened.”

The spokesman for the state police command, SP Nnamdi Omoni, confirmed the killing and the arrest.

“The body has been evacuated and deposited in the mortuary. The investigation is still ongoing to ascertain what really happened,” Omoni said.

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Court Sentences Man To Death, 10-Year Imprisonment

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Court Sentences Man To Death, 10-Year Imprisonment

The Ekiti State High Court has sentenced a 45-year-old man, Mohammed Isiaka, to death by hanging for killing one Yakubu Jimoh.

The court, however, discharged and acquitted two others – Ismaila Okoro, 20, and Awolusi Bidemi, 23.

Delivering the judgment, Justice Lekan Ogunmoye, said, “The first accused is sentenced to death by hanging for murder on count one; and on count two, he is sentenced to 10 years’ imprisonment with N20,000 option of fine for unlawful possession of firearms.”

The judge also sentenced him to six months’ imprisonment for unlawful possession of the Nigerian Army uniform with an option of fine of N2,000.

He, however, acquitted the second and third defendants, saying, “In the case, there was no iota of evidence before me from which it could be inferred that the accused persons conspired to commit the offence of murder.

“The only option open to me in the circumstance is to hold that the prosecution had not proved the offence of conspiracy beyond reasonable doubt against the accused persons. In the circumstance, the 2nd and 3rd defendants are hereby discharged and acquitted.”

According to the charge, the first accused committed the offence on or about March 27, 2017, at Igirigiri village in Ado Ekiti, when he murdered one Yakubu Jimoh contrary to Section 316 and punishable under sections 319 and 428 (d) of the Criminal Code Law, Cap. C16 of Ekiti State of Nigeria, 2012.

The prosecutor, Gbemiga Adaramola, called six witnesses, while exhibits tendered included a gun, an army belt, a portrait picture, a mask, a human skull and bones, charms, among others.

The second and third defendants, who spoke through their counsel, Sunday Ochayi and Busuyi Ayorinde, called one witness each.

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Another Enugu Community Leader Shot Dead In Oruku – Police Confirm

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Another Enugu Community Leader Shot Dead In Oruku – Police Confirm
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Mr. Samuel Ani, another Community leader in the crisis-ridden Oruku Community in Nkanu Local Government of Enugu State, was on Wednesday, shot dead in the area by unidentified gunmen.

The Police Command in the state confirmed the incident in a statement signed by its spokesperson, Mr. Daniel Ndukwe in Enugu on Wednesday.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that until his death, Ani was the Vice-Chairman, Oruku Caretaker Committee.

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The incident occurred barely two months after the traditional ruler of the community, Igwe Emmanuel Mbah was shot and killed by alleged hoodlums while addressing his subjects on Dec. 26, 2020.

NAN reports that the incident culminated in a crisis that led to the destruction of lives and property in the community.

The incident, however, prompted the state government to set up a Commission of Inquiry to look into the matter.

The deceased was expected to appear before the Commission on Friday before his death.

According to the statement, the Command received a report on Feb. 24, 2021, at about 7.30 a.m, that hoodlums suspected to be among the warring factions of the Oruku Community, shot and murdered one Samuel Ani at his residence in the community.

Ndukwe said the Command had vowed to fish out instigators and perpetrators of the fresh crisis in the community.

He said the Police Commissioner, Mohammed Aliyu also urged law-abiding residents of the community to remain calm.

“The Command is intensifying all efforts to fish out and bring the perpetrators to book,’’ he pledged.

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