Teenager Runs Mad After Allegedly Swindling Pastor

A teenager, who deals in clothing at the popular Onitsha market, has reportedly run mad after he allegedly swindled an Asaba based evangelist, simply identified as Mr. Uzor. (surname withheld).

The boy (names withheld) was said to have sold two red pieces of male underwear (commonly called boxers) to Uzor who is also believed to be a personal driver to a Japanese expatriate working with a multinational construction company in Nigeria.

Uzor was said to have taken his boss to the Onitsha market axis where he saw the teenager who engages in mobile retailing (hawking). Sources narrated that he (Uzor) picked the two pieces of red shorts worth N250 each and he was said to have paid the seller a total N500.

Upon collection, the teenager was said to have demanded another pay, insisting that he had received no dime form the evangelist. Amazed at boy’s claim, the evangelist reportedly made several attempts to explain how he had paid the teenager, but his efforts yielded no success. This, according to sources, was in spite of the fact that a N500 note that matched his (Uzor’s) exact description was found in the boy’s pocket.

In frustration, the evangelist reportedly gave out the last N500 in his pocket to the boy, but added another N30 to it, thereby making him penniless at that moment. He was said to have intoned some inaudible statements after which he said in “Jesus name, amen”.

Few hours after the evangelist left Asaba, sources said the teenager became restless and could not continue with his business. He was said to have returned home without telling his colleagues the reason behind his early retirement for the day.

On getting home, he reportedly undressed, started screaming and danced around the neighborhood playfully. The unusual act was said to have attracted his neighbours’ attention.

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15 Inmates Of Abakaliki Prison Are Mad– NHRC

The National Human Rights Commission (NHRC), on Sunday expressed shock over the number of mad person cohabiting with sane inmate in the Abakaliki Federal prisons and demanded urgent attention to avoid uncertainty.

The commission said that more than 15 of the inmates awaiting trials in the prisons are already mad and require urgent medical attention.

It also said many children and their mothers have been languishing in the prisons for years for common offence which ordinarily shouldn’t have warranted their being taken to the prisons.

The Executive Secretary of the commission, Professor Bem Angwe made the revelations at the Government House, Abakaliki  during a
courtesy call on Governor David Umahi.

Mr. Angwe said the commission was in Abakaliki to probe the attempted jailbreak of August 18 this year in which many inmates reportedly lost their lives.

‘’Some two weeks back when I led a team of the commission  on the spot assessment of the situation there in the Abakaliki  prisons and found very pathetic situation. Situation where the inmates awaiting trial are more than 80% and that has been the situation for years.

‘’Sadly, if you enter any of the prison cells, you find that the inmates have nowhere to sit, lay or squat. In the nights, they take
turn to sleep; some of them sleep for two hours and they are woken-up for other inmates to sleep.

‘’So many cases there are very sympathetic. We saw a woman with two children in the prisons. She was accused of stealing coco yam of N400.

“They refused to grant her bail. They made difficult bail condition for her that require two sureties who are on level 16 in civil service. You can imagine somebody who was accused of stealing N400 worth of cocoyam, what access will she has to a grade level 16 officials of

‘’There are some other women there with children who have this kind of pathetic conditions. There is an old man who has been there for eleven years without trail and if the person is discharged, what amount of compensation will be adequate for someone who has been there for eleven years without trial?

‘’There are more than 15 persons there who are mentally sick. These are our brothers who require medical attention and they are allowed there. Some urgent must be done to save their conditions ’’, he said.

Angwe lamented that many people have died in the prisons while awaiting trails.

‘’There is a case over killing of a Monarch. While some highly placed personalities in the state was granted bail, the rest of the suspects have been kept in that prisons and they have been dying one after the other. Your Excellency, you have to set-up a committee to look into
this case because the suspects have been dying and their families requires compensation’’.

He urged Umahi to provide medical attention to the inmates who were shot during the attempted jailbreak.

Responding, Governor Umahi who expressed dismay over the poor facilities at the Abakaliki federal prisons, regretted that prisons higher authority have not paid attention to his letters on the need to rehabilitate the facilities.

He said if after seven days the authority refused to do something, the state government will be forced to embark on construction of befitting prisons for the inmates and directed the Commissioner for Lands and Survey to immediately commenced the process of constructing the prisons.

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I Beheaded My Victim To Avoid Running Mad, Arrested Man Confesses

The Police in Abia State have arrested a man, Emmanuel Effiong, who said he beheaded a woman in order to prevent himself from running mad.

Effiong, who pleaded guilty in an interview with newsmen in Aba during his parade by the Abia Commissioner of Police, Mr. Leye Oyebade, said he beheaded the woman in the night and threw her head into the Aba River.

He said a spiritualist had advised him to perform the act as a sacrifice to avert an imminent danger of running mad.

Oyebade also paraded three final-year undergraduates of a tertiary institution, who admitted that they were members of a six-man gang which allegedly dispossessed somebody of a Toyota Highlander Jeep in Umuahia on October 10.

One of the suspects, Chimezie Chukwu, 24, told newsmen that the gang specialised in car-snatching and that the incident, which led to their arrest, was his third experience.

Besides the Highlander, a Mercedes Benz with registration number AG 467 NEM was also recovered from the suspects.

Other items recovered are one AK-47 rifle with two magazines containing 31 rounds of live ammunition and one locally-made revolver pistol with four rounds of live ammunition, among others.

Oyebade, who expressed concerns over the rising cases of crime and criminality in Abia involving undergraduates, restated the commitment of the command to check the phenomenon.

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Sympathisers Rescue Baby from Suspected Mad Mother’s Attack in Abakaliki

Sympathisers on Sunday rescued a baby of about nine months old from his suspected mad mother as she beat him repeatedly on request for food.

The incident occurred on a roadside in Ugwuachara, an outskirts of Abakaliki. The child’s uncontrollable cry attracted sympathisers.

The suspected lunatic had eaten all the food given to her by individuals without giving the baby boy.
One of the sympathisers, Mr Sunday Ebe, said that the sympathisers had to retrieve the child from the

mother to prevent bodily injuries on him.

“We later took the child to Reverend Father Abraham Nwali, the Ebonyi Governor’s Senior Special Adviser on Religion and Welfare Matters, at the Catholic Bishop’s Court Abakaliki.

“The wailing of the child further attracted the sympathy of Reverend Sister Cecilia Chukwu, Executive Director of Succour and Development Initiative, Abakaliki.

“She directed her assistant to give the child warm bath, food, clothing and other immediate needs,” he said.

According to PMNews, Nwali while receiving the baby, had inquired of the mental status of the woman to avoid insinuations of kidnapping or child trafficking.


“The people who brought the child to this place should bring the woman to be examined medically and offered medical treatment,” Nwali said.

Nwali later followed the sympathizers to the scene and met the woman sleeping.
He then directed a psychiatric nurse to wake and give her food and water.

After eating, the suspected lunatic was taken to a hospital where she is currently undergoing medical treatment.

Later, the child was returned to her for breastfeeding under the watchful eyes of the hospital’s authorities.