A lady, identified only as Esther, has died after lodging with her boyfriend, Emmanuel Isibor, at the T1 Suites in the Festac area of the Amuwo Odofin Local Government Area of Lagos State.
It was gathered that the lovers visited the hotel to spend the night together. And while in the room, Esther suddenly took ill and in the process, foamy substances started coming out from her mouth and nostrils.
Jolted by the turn of events, Isibor was said to have sought help by calling the manager of the hotel to rescue his girlfriend.
In a bid to revive her, Isibor and members of staff of the hotel quickly rushed Esther to a nearby hospital, but she died on the way.
A source revealed that the doctor on duty at the hospital certified that Esther was brought in dead, after which the manager of the hotel proceeded to the Festac Police Station to report the incident.
The source said, “What happened on May 31, 2021 was that around 11.30pm, the manager of T1 Suites, Obijomi Adedeji, reported that one of the lodgers, Emmanuel Isibor, came with his girlfriend, Esther.
“But around 11pm, Emmanuel Isibor called on the manager for assistance as the lady developed a sudden ailment, which caused foamy substances to come out from her mouth and nostrils.
“She was rushed to the First Line Hospital, where a doctor pronounced her dead.”
When contacted, the state Police Public Relations Officer, Muyiwa Adejobi, said, “Yes, the case was reported to us and we are still investigating it.”
Ritualist Arrested With Butchered Female Body Parts In Osun State
The Osun Police Command has arrested one Kabiru Oyedun, 39, for being in possession of a dismembered body part of a yet-to-be-identified woman for money rituals.
Mr. Olawale Olokode, the Osun Police Commissioner, parading the suspect with the body parts of the victim on Friday in Osogbo, said the suspect was arrested on Thursday, at about 9 pm in his house, in Apomu Town, Isokan Local Government Area of the state.
Olokode said the suspect was arrested with the dismembered body parts kept in his house following credible information from the public.
He said the suspect, in collaboration with one of his friends called Akin, who is still at large, killed the victim at the suspect’s house, where they removed vital parts of her body.
According to CP, Akin, now at large, was the one who brought the victim to the suspect’s house, informing him that the girl was his girlfriend whom he wanted to kill for a money ritual.
Olokode said that the victim was invited from Ibadan by his boyfriend to Apomu, where she was killed and her body parts removed for money rituals.
Olokode said the Divisional Police Officer at Apomu led police officers to recover the body parts of the victim, adding that the police are on the trail of the victim’s boyfriend (Akin).
He, however, called on parents to always monitor their children and wards to know the kind of people they associate with.
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The suspect, speaking with Journalists, confessed to the crime, saying that it was his friend (Akin) that strangled and killed the girl, while having sex with her in his room, adding that he only held the girl’s legs while she struggled for life.
The suspect added that his friend (Akin) told him that he wanted to use the girl for the money ritual with a promise that he will pay N50,000 for any body part of the victim if he assisted him to kill the lady.
He said his friend, a herbalist in Ikoyi Town, later took away the girl’s heart after dismembering the body.
He said that it was his neighbor, who suspected that something wrong was going on in his apartment, that alerted the police.
In another development, the CP dispelled the rumor that suspected herdsmen attacked and abducted students of the School of health technology, Ilesha, in the early hours of Friday.
Olokode described the information being circulated as fake news, adding that residents of Ilesha panicked when they were misinformed that they were going to be attacked.
He said that the shooting in the air by hunters and vigilantes in the area, to alert the residents, heightened the tension and panic.
Olokode said that no attack or abduction took place in Ilesha or in the school.
The police chief, however, called on residents of the town to go about their lawful businesses, warning that people should do away with unnecessary protests that can lead to loss of lives and wanton destruction of property.
Eko Bridge Repairs: Fashola Assures Speedy Completion
The Minister of Works and Housing, Mr Babatunde Fashola, on Thursday assured Lagos residents of speedy completion of the rehabilitation of Eko Bridge.
Fashola said this during the inspection of the work on the bridge, which he said was targeted at ensuring the safety of residents and road users.
“Let me again thank the people of Lagos, the governor of Lagos and the government of Lagos for their understanding and forbearance that we have to close this section of this bridge starting from the 4th of June this year for nine weeks.
“The purpose is to ensure that this infrastructure continues to deliver for us.
“This is also a generational effort because since about 1975 or thereabout when this bridge was built which is about 46 years, this kind of maintenance has not been done on it,” he said.
The minister explained that the alignments between expansion joints on some sections of the bridge shifted from the normal five millimeters and expanded to a width of 23 mm, hence the need to quickly repair the portions to prevent collapse.
“We intervened in the adjacent one (Eko Bridge) sometime last year that helped to prevent the collapse of a section of the bridge because this work hasn’t been done for over 40 years the way it should be done.
“It is causing us some discomfort but as I said, people of Lagos and all the people from other states who use this facility for business will ultimately benefit from it.
“The contractor assures me that he has all the materials, so we are working full blast. Your cooperation will take them closer to the end quicker and possibly sooner than we anticipate,” he said.
Fashola said the bridge was providing jobs for men working beneath and the top of the bridge, adding that 37 bridges nationwide were undergoing maintenance simultaneously.
He repair of bridges in Lagos and across Nigeria was part of the commitment of President Muhammadu Buhari’s regime to deliver safe and quality infrastructure.
He further said the Lagos-Ibadan railway project inaugurated by Buhari created mass employment opportunities for Nigerians.
He congratulated the government and residents of Lagos, Oyo and Ogun where the project traversed.
“That is really symbolic of our commitment to the economy and wellbeing of Nigerians.
“Infrastructure is one of the ways in which government does its job of enabling the economy of the private sector to get on with their job of creating wealth,” Fashola said.
Mr Olukayode Popoola, Federal Controller of Works in Lagos, said four worn out bearings on the Eko Bridge had already been removed and the process of replacement had begun.
“As we are standing here on top of the bridge the deck is on top of a jerk. The bearing will be replaced after casting the pier.
“The reinforcement is being formed, they will now cast it and then when it attains the maximum strength, the bearing will be replaced.
“So also the expansion joints, you can see it on the ground, immediately after the removal of the old one they are going to fix the new one on the ground,” Popoola explained said.
He assured that the periodic maintenance of the bridge and other bridges in the state would be sustained.
Recall that the Eko Bridge was shut on June 4 with traffic diverted for the second phase of the rehabilitation of the Costain bound section of the bridge.
FG Inaugurates Kano-Gwarzo-Dayi Construction Work
The Federal Government on Thursday, inaugurated the construction work of the 90.65km Kano-Gwarzo-Dayi Federal Highway linking Kano and Katsina States.
Mrs. Boade Akinola, Director of Public Relations Unit, Ministry of Works and Housing disclosed this in a statement on Thursday in Abuja.
Akinola said the contract for the reconstruction of the road to dual carriageway was approved by the Federal Executive Council (FEC) in November 2020 at the cost of N62.71 billion.
He said the project had a completion period of 24 months.
According to him, the Permanent Secretary, FMWH, Mr. Babangida Hussaini, stated that the contract was awarded on Dec. 1, 2020, to Messes CGC Nigeria Limited.
He said the Permanent Secretary was represented by the Director, Highways (North -West), Mr. Folorunsho Esan.
Husseini explained that the 90.65km dual carriageway had a total number of three bridges, with additional 7.3 meters width and 1.5 meters shoulder width, and an outer shoulder width of 2.7meters.
He disclosed that the Kano State Government had dualized 7.2km of the road from the Bayero University Kano (BUK) axis.
According to him, the construction started from the BUK junction and terminated at the outskirt of Dayi town in Katsina State.
“The road would be completed with all the furniture such as lane markings, kilometer signs, signage, etc, and the road would last not less than 20 years,’’ he said.
Also speaking, Gov. Abdullahi Ganduje of Kano State, described the project as gigantic and important, adding that it would be of social and economic benefit to the people of Kano, Katsina, Zamfara, Sokoto, and the Kebbi States.
Ganduje also expressed optimism that the road project when completed would help in addressing the security challenges along the area.
He gave assurance that Kano State Government was ready to pay the compensation for the facilities and utilities that would be affected by the road project as requested by the Federal Government.
The governor commended President Muhammadu Buhari, for all other projects such as Maiduguri- Yobe- Kano road; Kano- Kaduna- Abuja road, and rail projects, being executed in the state.
In his remarks, the Sen. representing Kano North, Sen. Barau Jibrin, commended the Minister of Works and Housing Mr. Babatunde Fashola, and the federal government for the project.
Jubrin said that the project was a promise they made to the people during their campaign tour with the Governor, saying that it was time to thank God for making it a reality.
Also, the Executive Director of Messrs CGC Nigeria Limited, Mr. Fan Xiaojing thanked the Federal Government and Kano State for the opportunity given to his company to handle the project.
He pledged to deliver the project on schedule, adding that the project deadline would be met with the cooperation of the people.
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