Robbery suspect nabbed for allegedly raping, killing victims

Policemen at Isheri-Osun Division of the Lagos State command have arrested a suspected member of a robbery gang that invaded a building in Ijedodo area of the state at the weekend.

The robbery gang was alleged to have raped a female victim in the building and abandoned the breadwinner, simply identified as Morris, in the pool of his blood to die. They also carted away the victims’ phones, cash, household appliances as well as foodstuff.

It was gathered that the four man-robbery gang scaled the fence of the bungalow building and entered into the sitting room through the kitchen, spending close to three hours in the apartment.

They forced Moris’s door open and immediately attacked him with a rod and a pestle until he passed out. Not done, they tied the victim’s hands and legs with strings and locked up his wife, two children and maid in another room.

Suspected leader of the gang was said to have taken Morris’ sister-in-law to the toilet where she was raped and locked up.

Thereafter, they went to the refrigerator, where they entertained themselves with some bottles of wine and soft drinks before they set out of the compound.

Speaking with The Guardian, the 24-year-old suspect, who claimed to be a trader at Alaba International Market, along Mile Two-Badagry Expressway, said he got only N2,000 from the loot.

According to the Anambra State-born suspect, “I had a shop at Ikotun, which was burgled. In my quest to raise money, I travelled to Ghana but returned last November and started assisting shop owners at Alaba Market in referring customers to them.

“I also stole packets of chargers from shops, which I sold for N7,000 as against the cost price of N12,000. I was caught on Tuesday by members of the task force at Fancy and Furniture, for stealing a carton of charger. After subjecting me to some beatings, one Ikenna called me aside and said I should stop stealing in the market. He invited me to join him for an operation at Ijegun.

“We got to Ijegun around 9:00p.m. and stayed in an uncompleted building until 2:00a.m. We entered our target’s house because it was the most beautiful among those we saw. My duty was to stand at the gate while others went inside to operate.

“At the end of the operation, I was given a paltry N2,000. On our way out, Ikenna gave me his bag, which contained his loot, to carry. But as we were going, some vigilance group members asked me to show them what was in my bag. Immediately, Ikenna and the rest took to their heels. When they opened the bag, they found a phone, a camera, Bournvita, a tin of milk and an empty packet of clipper.

“I regret my action and I am begging the police to release me. I am ready to sign an undertaking to be killed if I am caught stealing again,” the Junior Secondary School Two drop out said.

 

Source: The Guardian

Robbery Attack Foiled by Police in FCT

Inhabitants of Abegyi Estate in Bwari Area Council of the Federal Capital Territory were terrorized by armed robbers on Friday.

 

The robbery operation which reportedly started at about 1:35am lasted for almost two hours.

 

According to statements by Mr. Joseph Ayegba, a victim of the attack, the robbers, numbering about seven, scaled tbe fence of the residence and in a bid to scare them off, his dog, a German Shepherd breed, started barking furiously.

 

He said, “It was around 1:35am when I started hearing my dog barking persistently; so I decided to peep through the window of my bedroom to see what was making him bark and what I saw shocked me.

 

“I saw people jumping into my compound through my fence. I was able to count about seven of them. They came into my compound and started making all manners of threats asking me to bring all my money, my phones and other belongings.

 

“I told them I had no money and it was at that point that I managed to call some of my neighbours within the estate. I also triggered the alarm of my car and this got them annoyed and they started vandalising the car, destroying whatever they could see.”

 

Another resident, Mr. Sanya Ade, said he received a distress call from Ayegba at about 2:05am, adding that he was able to mobilise other neighbours who invited the police.

Ade said policemen from the Bwari Divisional headquarters were able to arrest four of the robbers while others escaped.

Ayegba said he identified two of the suspected robbers in police custody.

Umahi vows to sign death warrants of persons convicted of kidnap, robbery, others.

Governor David Umahi of Ebonyi State has vowed to sign the death warrants of persons convicted of kidnapping, cultism, armed robbery and other crimes in the state.

Umahi made the pronouncement when he visited the 20km rice field disputed by the Onweonweya and Mkpumekweoku communities in Izzi Local Government Area.

Umahi remarked that in keeping with the government’s prison decongestion programme, murder, armed robbery, kidnapping and related cases must pass through the entire judicial process.

Umahi said: “We will not pardon such convicts whether they have repented or not, as our red biro will come out to sign anything for a man convicted of these crimes.

“We can only encourage their speedy trials but if they are found guilty, we will beg God and sign for such lives if the courts say so.

“When one experiences the kidnap of a relation, the person will understand the trauma people pass through on such occasions.

“We can show mercy for other crimes but they must be based on merit.”

Umahi urged the people of Mkpumekweoku to be calm in the face of provocation, noting that the government would not entertain reprisal attacks.

He said: “We must bring the perpetrators of this act to book and I trust the commissioner of police to ensure that this is achieved.

“We have to live in peace and take advantage of our programmes to keep busy but not to make trouble.”

Umahi thanked the Commissioner of Police and his officers for their prompt intervention, urging them to ensure adequate security in the affected areas.

The Caretaker Chairman of the council, Richard Idike, thanked the governor for the visit, noting that it shows his passion for the people’s wellbeing.

Idike said: “The dead were hacked to death and covered with grasses on the disputed land.

“The dispute has spanned more than 30 years with all efforts to settle it by stakeholders proving abortive.”

Mercy Aloh, an indigene of Onweonweya community, called for sustained security presence in the area as many people were afraid to return home.

Three people died as a result of the crisis with several houses burnt and properties worth millions of naira destroyed.

Police sergeant, who led robbery gang, arrested in Abia.

A police sergeant, Matthew Elah, of the Rivers State command, has been arrested over his alleged involvement in a robbery operation in Abia state.

The sergeant, attached to the Department of Operations in Port Harcourt, was arrested in Abia State, following a tip-off after a robbery incident at Akwette community in Ukwa East Local Government Area.

According to the Abia State Commissioner of Police, CP, Leye Oyebade, the suspect, a native of Uba community in Apa Local Government Area of Benue State, was arrested following a report that some police men robbed and snatched a motorcycle from the owner at Umuteke-Akwette road Abia State.

The CP paraded the suspects before newsmen on Monday at the state police headquarters in Umuahia, saying the suspect had confessed to committing the crime with another Police sergeant, one Isah Alhaji of 48, Police Mobile Force Ahoda, Rivers State, who is now on the run.

He said, “The command is after the fleeing police man and efforts are on to recover the stolen motorcycle.

“The suspect would soon be arraigned in court as police have zero tolerance for corruption or crime of any kind.”

The suspect, in his confession, blamed the act on the devil.

According to him, he was escorting those who stole the motorcycle when the police swooped on them and arrested him while his colleagues ran away.

‘One chance’ members get 10 years jail term for killing passenger.

A Katsina State High Court, sitting in Malumfashi, on Thursday, sentenced two middle-aged men, Usman Baba-Muhammad and Muhammad Hassan to 10 years in prison each for homicide.

The convicts, residents of Liman street Narayi and Unguwar Dosa in Kaduna metropolis respectively, were members of a notorious “one chance’’ syndicate, operating along Kaduna to Katsina and Zaria to Funtua highways.

According to the charge sheet, the convicts, on Sept. 23, 2012 while in company of one Alhaji Ibrahim Suleiman, now deceased, and two others who are still at large, strangled and caused the death of a passenger, Alhaji Shu’aibu Isah, a trader.

Prosecuting Counsel, Aminu Garba, had earlier told the court that circumstantial evidences led to the arrest of the convicts.

He said that the convicts were apprehended following a vehicle accident immediately after they had committed the offence.

Garba said that the convicts used a cloth to strangulate Isah to death after they robbed him of his valuables and an unspecified amount of money and threw him away on the road.

The prosecutor also said the robbery constituted a separate offence, contrary to section 1(2) (B) of the robbery and firearms Act, Cap R11, Law of the federation.

When the case was first mentioned on Aug. 16, 2013, the convicts pleaded not guilty to the charge for which their Counsel, Mr U. D. Faruk, from the Legal Aid Council, argued in their defence.

Delivering judgment, Justice Abbas Bawale said the prosecution, led by Garba, had successfully established the case of culpable homicide punishable under Section 224 of the Penal Code Law against the convicts.

Bawale also said that the prosecution counsel led six witnesses and tendered six exhibits including the convicts’ confessional statements, a clothing rag used to strangulate the victim along with a measure of maize belonging to the deceased during the trial.

However, the judge said that the prosecution was unable to prove the charge of robbery as the money and the car used to perpetrate the offence were not tendered before the court in evidence as required by law.

He, therefore, discharged the convicts on the charge of robbery accordingly.
Bawale then sentenced the convicts to 10 years in prison each without an option of fine.

The judge also ordered that the term to be served by Hassan would start from the day of first arraignment because he was remanded.

He, however, said that Baba-Muhammad’s term would run from the date of judgment, on the grounds that he was on bail. (NAN)

Robbery suspect rapes male victim in Lagos

The Lagos State Police Command has arrested a suspected robber, Ebere Nwankwo, for allegedly attacking and raping a male victim in the Lekki area of the state.

PUNCH Metro learnt that 20-year-old Nwankwo, after dispossessing his victim, identified only as Martins, of the sum of N22,000, allegedly had anal sexual intercourse with the victim.

This is just as two other robbery suspects – Jelili Babatunde and Ramon Haruna – were arrested by the police in the Isokoko, Agege area, while dispossessing pedestrians of their valuables.

Our correspondent gathered that in the Lekki incident, which occurred last Thursday, Nwankwo, who was armed with a gun, sneaked into Martins’ apartment on Goshen Estate in the Lekki area at about 4pm.

He was said to have ransacked the victim’s room and found N22,000.

It was learnt that Nwankwo thereafter allegedly ordered 16-year-old Martins to get on the bed, while he had sexual intercourse with him.

The suspect was afterward arrested by operatives from the Maroko Police Division, who were on a patrol in the area.

A source said the victim’s screams during the intercourse alerted the policemen.

He said, “The robber had threatened to force his victim to an Automated Teller Machine, where he would get more money from him. In the meantime, the suspect asked his victim to lie on the bed and he started having sexual intercourse with him.

“Some policemen, who were patrolling the estate, heard screams from an apartment and they drew close. When they forced the door open, the suspect and the victim were found having anal sex.”

Our correspondent gathered that Nwankwo told the police in his statement that he had sex with his victim to get some magical powers.

The Lagos State Police Public Relations Officer, SP Dolapo Badmos, said the robbery suspect would be charged to court with sodomy and stealing.

She said, “The suspect has confessed to the crime. He said the sexual intercourse was to make his victim forget about the stealing. We will charge him to court with sodomy and stealing.”

In the Agege incident, Haruna told our correspondent that his friend, Babatunde, lured him into the operation, adding that they had realised N11,000 and some phones, before they were arrested by the Isokoko division.

He said, “I am a mechanic. My parents are responsible people. It was bad friendship that made me to go into robbery. My friend had lured me to go out with him to attack those pedestrians. I rode the motorcycle that we used for the operation. Jelili (Babatunde) had a toy gun that we used in dispossessing people of their property.”

The police spokesperson, Badmos said the suspects would soon be charged to court.

French police claim to have FACES of Kim Kardashian jewellery thieves.

French police have found CCTV footage which shows the faces of the thieves who robbed Kim Kardashian thanks to a lucky break, it has been reported Tuesday night.

Kim, 35, was ambushed in her Paris apartment in the early hours of Monday.

She was thrown bound and gagged into a bathtub by masked gunmen dressed as police officers .

The five, who fled on hired bikes, escaped with her engagement ring and other jewellery worth £8.5million.

It had been believed that despite having such a high-profile guest, there was only one security camera covering the prestigious £8,000-a-week Hotel Pourtales.

And the Mirror has been told it was facing the wrong way, capturing none of the dramatic robbery.

But it has sensationally been claimed Tuesday night that the thieves WERE captured by another CCTV camera covering a nearby nail salon during the getaway.

In a ‘million-to-one’ scenario, the gang can be seen in the reflection of a mirror as they walked through a small shopping precinct adjacent to the Kardashian apartment on Rue Tronchet, it is claimed.

They then went through an unlocked office door and into a car park where they jumped onto motorbikes, according to The Sun.

It would represent a major breakthrough for French police who are under intense pressure to solve the case.

A local shopkeeper confirmed that police have been asking for CCTV.

One told the Mirror: “We have had calls from police asking for any information and video footage overlooking the area.

“Everyone is doing what they can to help. We are all shocked.”

Kim is believed to have been tailed for three days before the robbery by two men with French accents, posing as a policeman and photographer.

Kim’s personal bodyguard, Pascal Duvier has vowed to find those responsible.

He warned: “The events in Paris was one of the most sickening things I have seen or heard.

“We have tips and leads and we will find you – that I promise you. You messed with the wrong one.”

Kim’s two children – North, three, and 10-month-old Saint – were not with her at the time of the robbery.

As Kanye stepped up protection around his family, a source insisted: “Kanye’s never been lax about security, he takes the safety of his wife very seriously.

“The whole family are under round-the-clock protection. He even lent Kim’s mum Kris his own personal security when she sacked hers after an intruder broke into her house while Kim was there.

“A few years ago, he started paying lookalikes of the couple and their son North on a retainer, in case they needed to disguise their location. Now he wants them on the payroll.”

Kanye interrupted a New York gig on Sunday night after learning of the raid, as Kim flew by private jet to be with him.

He has since postponed two tour dates.

On Monday the pair had 20 hired guards and a police escort to accompany them to their penthouse apartment.

The couple already own a pair of £1million “bullet-proof, bomb-proof” armoured vehicles – and will deploy similar anti-assault technology on a wall round their £20million home in Hidden Hills, California.

Cameras have already been installed in every room, including their closets, and the couple can see the footage from anywhere in the world.

Meanwhile, Kanye is reviewing their social media use to delay posts and prevent locations being traceable in real time, using an agency that has previously advised the US President.

Kim had posted images on Snapchat from the apartment just two hours before the heist – and a video in which she wore her £3.5million, 20 carat engagement ring.

Police had previously warned Kim’s half-sister, Kylie Jenner, about using the social network site – where a vague idea of a user’s location is tagged when using the app’s geofilter settings.

Charles Pellegrini, the ex head of France’s anti-organised crime squad, blasted the lax arrangements, saying: “I’m personally amazed at how her security was handled.”

A spokesperson for the star said she was “badly shaken but physically unharmed” during the Paris raid.

Kidnappers Demand N1.2bn To Release Lagos Landlords

The kidnappers of four residents of an Estate in Isheri, a border community between Lagos and Ogun states, weekend, demanded N1.2 billion ransom for their release.

Reports gathered that they made contacts with family members of the victims, suspected to be held hostage in the creeks, yesterday.

The victims, Mr. Kennedy Ucheagwu, Dr. Omololu, Bello and Mr. Esang, said to be landlords at Oshorun Heritage Estate, had gone for an aerobic section, Saturday, when eight masked gunmen in military camouflage intercepted them, shooting sporadically.

While others managed to escape, same could not be said for the victims, as they were whisked away
in boats through the waterways.

One of the relatives of the abducted men, who spoke on condition of anonymity, told reporters yesterday: “I got a call very early yesterday, where the unknown caller informed that he was one of the kidnappers that took our people away on Saturday.

“He warned that in our interest and for the safety of the victims, we should not contact the police or try to play smart.

“He said anything of such would lead to the death of our people. He did not allow me to speak with my person, as he claimed that he was sleeping.

“He said that we should get N1.2 billion before they would be released. He also told me to meet with relatives of the other people. He called back about four hours later to find out if the money was ready.

“He also asked if I had my own N300 million for the release my relation. I begged him to accept N200,000, as that was the only money we could afford, except he wants us to go and start borrowing or sell our property.

“But the line went dead at that point. Where do we get that kind of money at this time? My worry is that my relative is hypertensive.”

Meanwhile, Assistant Inspector-General of Police in-charge of Zone 2 Command, Lagos, Abdulmajid Ali, has deployed a Tactical Rescue Team to rescue the victims.

Alli explained that the team comprised police operatives and ICT experts from the Lagos and Ogun states commands, as well as those from the Force headquarters, Abuja. The team, according to Ali, who condemned the act, had been directed to rescue the victims unhurt as well as arrest perpetrators of the act.

He assured the affected relatives and residents of the area of timely and successful rescue operation, adding that police had clues.

Ali also appealed to relations of the victims to support police with useful information that would enhance the rescue operation, adding that he was working with the Commissioners of Police in Lagos and Ogun states and other stakeholders to ensure the rescue of the victims and to sustain the fight against crimes within the commands.

Source :

http://punchng.com/kidnappers-demand-n1-2bn-release-lagos-landlords/

We Robbed Onazi’s Father Because He Is Stingy

The Lagos State Police Command has arrested the four men who allegedly robbed Mr. Wilson Onazi, the father of Nigerian footballer, Ogenyi Onazi.

The suspects are Kingsley David, Ebuka Ugochukwu, Joseph Ozo and Ali Audu.

Our correspondent had reported that the suspects on Monday attacked the home of the Onazis at the Government Reserved Area, Jos, Plateau State.

They were reported to have carted away several items, including a white Toyota Highlander and an undisclosed amount of money.

They reportedly inflicted machete cuts on Pa Onazi, who was admitted in a hospital after the incident.

We gathered that after the robbery, the suspects moved to a bar in the community where they deliberated on what to do with the vehicle.

It was learnt that the four men took off for Lagos and lodged in Shibiri Hotel in the Ajangbadi area where they were arrested by policemen attached to the Ilemba Hausa Police Division after a tip-off.

A police source in the division told PUNCH Metro that the men were arrested around 7pm on Wednesday while they awaited a buyer for the vehicle.

He said, “We got a tip-off that some suspicious people had lodged in a hotel in the area. They had been bringing several people to inspect the vehicle at the hotel, but they did not get a buyer.”

The suspects, who were arrested along with one of the intending buyers of the car, Osita Eze, were paraded at the Lagos State Police Command headquarters on Thursday.

The leader of the gang, David, 24, a polytechnic graduate, said he lived close to the victim’s house and had monitored his movement, adding that they robbed him to celebrate Sallah.

He said, “We are all friends. We planned the robbery a week to the actual day. I live close to the man’s house and I sold the idea to my friends. Our intention was just to take his car for the Sallah break. I didn’t follow them into the house. I only pointed the place to them and they finished the job. It was after they were done that I joined them in the vehicle.”

Ugochukwu, 26, an indigene of Idemili, Anambra State, said the robbery was easy for them because only Pa Onazi was at home.

He said, “We discovered that the man is old and he lives alone in that big house. He does not stay with his wife or even house help. There was no security man guarding the house or any other form of security. We also robbed him because he does not help people.

“When we got to the house, we knocked the gate and pretended as if we wanted to deliver a letter to him from Lagos. While he was checking the letter, we brought out our cutlass. We just held him by the hand as he begged us not to harm him.

“We asked him to take us to his bedroom and he did. He said he didn’t have any money in the house, but we took his ATM card, which we couldn’t use because it had expired.

“He gave us N5,000. We also stole his vehicle. We didn’t touch him because of his advanced age; if we had touched him, he could have died.”

Ugochukwu blamed the incident on financial challenges, saying he had never robbed in his life.

The third suspect, 24-year-old Ozo, who claimed to be a graduate of a university in Plateau State, said the gang wanted money to celebrate Sallah, adding that he drove the vehicle to Lagos.

He said, “Kingsley (David) brought the idea. He said he knew Pa Onazi’s house, adding that we could rob him, take his vehicle and sell it in Lagos. They invited me because I can drive very well. I was promised a share of the money.

“We were not afraid because the car papers were complete. It was due to indecision between Kingsley (David) and Ebuka (Okechukwu) that delayed the sale.”

Another suspect, Audu, said his only role was to use the letter to distract the victim.

The intending receiver of the car, Eze, said he was introduced to the gang while relaxing in a bar, adding that they had yet to negotiate.

“After the meeting at the bar, I collected their contact and I went to meet them at the hotel where I met policemen,” he added.

The Commissioner of Police, Lagos State, Fatai Owoseni, said the suspects would be handed over to the Plateau State Police Command, together with the exhibits recovered from them.

He said, “We are passing a strong message that wherever a crime is committed in Nigeria, we will hunt the culprits. There is no hiding place for criminals in this country.”

Basketmouth robbed at gunpoint in his Lagos home.

Popular comedian, Basketmouth was robbed at gunpoint in his home in Lekki today September 7, 2016.

 

According to Bovi, the father of two was robbed between the hours of 2am-4am at gun point.

 

He took to Instagram writing, “Basketmouth was robbed this morning in his home in lekki phase 1 between the hours of 2am and 4am, 7th of September 2016. He and his family were held at gun point while the sad episode lasted. Nobody was hurt.

 
Valuables were taken including the CCTV device. A report has been made at the police station. He can’t be reached at the moment but will be back on as soon as possible.”

 

According to eyewitnesses, the comedian was spotted at home laughing with friends and didn’t appear to be bothered about the robbery as neighbours sympathised with him.

I Rob My Victims With Toy Gun – Robbery Suspect

Moses Akpan, a 22-year-old suspected robber has been arrested by the Lagos State Police Command.

 

Akpan, who allegedly attacked some residents of Oniru, in the Lekki area of the state, confessed he uses toy guns to rob his victims.

 

The Akwa Ibom State-born on Thursday dispossessed some residents of their valuables on Oniru Market Road at about 2pm.

 

Luck, however, ran out on him after operatives of the Maroko division trailed him to his house.

 

Confirming the arrest to newsmen at the weekend, the state Police Public Relations Officer, PPRO, SP Dolapo Badmos, said the case is under investigation and the suspect will be charged to court.

 

The suspect has also confessed to the use of a toy gun for robbery.

 

Operatives recovered the toy gun and a refrigerator from the suspect’s house,” the PPRO added.

Pregnant Nigerian Woman Brutally Attacked and Robbed After Going Into Labour In London

Police today, August 24th, released an e-fit of mugger who attacked a Nigerian woman while she was in labour. The suspect punched her in the face and stole her phone as she tried to call her family.
On June 26th, Patience Chukwu, 40, had left her home in north London to take a bus to hospital and was having contractions when the man swiped her Samsung Galaxy from her hands.

“I took out my phone to call my sister and tell her I was on the way to the hospital when the boy came up to me. He stood in front of me and I thought he was about to ask for directions. He was standing there staring at me and then he snatched the phone from me. As he grabbed it, I grabbed him by the hood. I was trying to recover the phone. He just hit me. He went to hit me in the stomach, so I bent double and the blow hit me in the face.”
The attacker got on his BMX to flee but Ms Chukwu grabbed him. “He was dragging me and I was screaming,” she said.

“Then he hit me for a third time and I went blind for a short time. So I let go and he was gone.

“It was horrifying. I sat there afterwards shaking and shivering”
Ms Chukwu was initially treated on the street by police after the assault, which took place on a Sunday at about 10am in Leadale Road, Stamford Hill. She was taken to Homerton hospital, where medics took her into theatre for a Caesarean section after being unable to detect her child’s heartbeat.
Her son, Kamsi Kishi, was born hours later with complications. He suffers from seizures, which police today said are a result of the attack.
Ms Chukwu was not able to visit her child, now eight weeks old, until the next morning and could not take him home for a week while doctors kept him under observation.
Police have now released an e-fit of the suspect. Investigating officer Detective Inspector Paul Ridley admitted:
“The e-fit is our last line of enquiry. We’ve exhausted everything else. We’re appealing for information from friends, relatives and even criminal associates. Given the nature of the act, I’m sure a lot of criminals would have been shocked. We have a woman on the brink of giving birth subjected to an attack like that in broad daylight just for her mobile phone.”
The suspect is described as a thin black man aged between 18 and 21 with short dark hair. At the time of the attack, he was wearing a green hooded jumper. Ms Chukwu, who also has a four-year-old daughter, Kika, said:
“I didn’t expect that a heavily pregnant woman in labour would be robbed. My belly would have been huge. As he was robbing me I was begging him, ‘Please, I’m in labour, please’.
“That boy is wicked and I want  them to catch him before he attacks someone else.”
Ms Chukwu also thanked members of the Jewish neighbourhood watch group Shomrim who rushed to her aid following the ordeal. Pinchas Paksher, who was first on the scene to help the woman shortly after the attack, said:
“The thief was heartless, targeting the most vulnerable in society, the victim was on the phone seeking help to arrange transport to hospital when her phone was snatched. I urge anyone with information to call police or Crimestopper”

 

US Apologises For Swimmers’ Lies About ‘Armed Robbery’

The US Olympic Committee has apologised to the people of Brazil for the actions of the four American swimmers who were found to have lied about an armed robbery, describing their behaviour as “not acceptable”.

The apology comes after Brazilian police presented strong evidence contradicting allegations by the American gold medal swimmer Ryan Lochte that he had been robbed at gunpoint.

“The behaviour of these athletes is not acceptable,” the committee’s chief executive, Scott Blackmun, said in a statement last night. “Nor does it represent the values of Team USA.”

America’s official Olympic body acknowledged, in a very different account…

Lagos Vows To Seize Structures Used For Criminal Activities

The Lagos State Government on Tuesday said it will henceforth seize houses and hotels used as hideouts for kidnapping and other criminal activities in the state.
This is in a determined effort to tackle increasing crime rate in the state.
The Lagos State Commissioner of Police, Fatai Owoseni who briefed newsmen after the State Security Council meeting presided over by Governor Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode at the State House, Ikeja on Tuesday said the government was determined to eradicate the menace of kidnapping and militancy in the state.

“The Security Council meeting was for us to look at the strategies that we would be deploying in
tackling the criminal challenges that we have in the state and to further come up with strategies of sustaining those measures that would put criminal elements in check and of course the security council of the state has come out with plans to let our people know emphatically that the state is more poised at tackling all the criminal challenges and making sure that all the criminal elements that are going about in the state will not be allowed the freedom to practice any criminal act.

“There is no hiding place for criminal elements; in addition to that, it has been resolved that any structure, building or any places that criminal elements are using in the state will be confiscated. The state will not hesitate in the interest of the public to take over those safe havens, structures or houses that these criminal elements are using as hidden places to perpetrate their activities,” he said.

2 Sons Of Policemen, 6 Others Killed For Robbery, Kidnap

Two sons of two police officers and a kidnapper were among eight armed robbery suspects killed during an exchange of fire with the police at Nsukka on Good Friday, when Christians throughout the world were marking death of Jesus Christ on the cross. One of the armed robbers was the son of a retired Assistant Superintendent of Police, while the other was the son of a serving police inspector.

Source told South East Voice that the eight suspects were killed at separate operations in the university town in Enugu State by the Police Anti- Robbery Squad, SARS. South East Voice gathered that one of the sons of the police officers identified simply as Arinze Ossai hailed from Igboeze North Local Government Area, stationed his robbery gang at a hotel in the area from where the gang terrorised the entire local government area and its environs for several months, robbing and kidnapping people in the area.

It was gathered that following information volunteered to the Police and members of the local vigilante group, the dare devil robbers were confronted in their hideouts, leading to exchange of fire between the Police and the suspects and the death of three of the suspects. The Igboeze North vigilante group working on a tip off had contacted SARS at the Area command, Nsukka which later accosted the gang which had earlier robbed a Toyota Venza vehicle belonging to a returnee from Malaysia.

Four other suspects, two of whom were identified as Ifeanyi Ogbu and Abuchi Ogbaje from Igboeze South Local Government Area were also reportedly killed while trying to rob their victims on Good Friday. A member of the Igboeze North vigilante group said that the gang members gave them a tough time as they knew all the entry and exit points of every community in the area, adding that the police officers sons were the executioners of the gang.

A senior police officer confirmed the incident at the Police Area Command, Nsukka, saying that there was heavy exchange of fire between the Police and the robbers.

Credit: vanguardngr

Robbery: DPO Stripped Naked As Ekiti Drivers Protest Colleague’s Killing

Angry drivers stripped a Divisional Police Officer naked on Wednesday in Aramoko Ekiti following the death of their colleague.

 
The drivers, angry that their colleague had been killed during a robbery operation a few metres from the police station, descended on the Amaroko Ekiti division to make their anger felt.

 

The group proceeded to strip DPO Anthony Okpaleye, as well as destroy two police vans in the process.

 

The State Government later summoned a meeting, chaired by Deputy Governor Kolapo Olusola into cicrumstances surrounding the incident.

 

 

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Man To Die By Hanging Over N14,570 Robbery

An Ado-Ekiti High Court, yesterday, sentenced one David Olugboyega to death by hanging for armed robbery involving N14,570.
Justice John Adeyeye passed the judgment following the confessional statement of the convict and the conclusion of trial by the prosecution.

“An accused may be convicted on his own confession alone as long as the court was satisfied. Based on the confessional statement of the accused, the court found him guilty as charged. Besides, the prosecution has also proved his case beyond reasonable doubt by providing seven witnesses.

“The accused is hereby sentenced to death by hanging. This will serve as deterrent to others in the society. May God have mercy on your soul,” he said.

During trial, the prosecutor, Mr Alaba Adeyemi, told the court that the convict committed the offence on March 20, 2003 at Araromi Street, Ikere -Ekiti.

He said the convict, armed with dangerous weapons including gun and cutlass, robbed three people of N14,570.

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Four Agbara Bank Robbers Arrested, Admit Stealing N28m

Four suspected members of the armed robbery gang which unleashed terror on commercial banks in the Agbara area of Ogun State last Thursday have confessed to carting away N28m during the operation.

PUNCH Metro gathered that the suspected gang members were arrested by the police in the Sapele area of Delta State.

Their correspondent learnt from a reliable police source that the suspects confessed in their statements that they were also responsible for the killings of seven operatives of the Department of
State Service on September 16, 2015.
It was learnt that the suspects, who were picked up by the Inspector General of Police Special Intelligence Response Team, engaged the policemen in a shootout during which another policeman was killed.

The robbers, numbering 40, had stormed four commercial banks in the Agbara area of Ogun State killing a corporal identified as Kadiri Aliyu, and making away with millions of naira from Zenith Bank.

It had also been reported that the robbers, who were clad in police and military uniforms, gained entry into the bank after blowing up the bank’s rotor doors with dynamite, sacking policemen inside the Armoured Personnel Carrier in the area, during which Aliyu was shot dead.

The source told PUNCH Metro on Sunday that the gang leader – identified as Kelly Fotor – told the police that the robbery was carried out by a combination of two gangs from Lagos and Delta states.

He said Fotor told the police that after the Thursday robbery, he divided the N28m between the two gangs before returning to his base in Sapele.

He said:

“The gang leader told the police that he and his boys made away with about N28m from the Agbara bank robbery. He said he had given N14m to the other gang he worked with in Ishawo, Ikorodu area of Lagos, before travelling to Sapele, Delta State, on Friday.

The operatives tracked down the 35-year-old and three of his gang members on Saturday and he engaged the policemen in a heavy gunfire. The four robbers were eventually arrested after sustaining bullet injuries.

The others actually escaped and they are currently hiding in Ondo and Delta states. One policeman was also shot dead in the shootout. The four suspects have started confessing. They are currently in a cell in Abuja as investigation is ongoing.”

The source added that the suspects, who admitted to the murder of the DSS operatives, said they buried the operatives in a vandals’ camp in the Ishawo area of Ikorodu. He said:

 “Fotor also narrated how his gang killed the DSS operatives in September. He said that the gang never intended to kill them. But as they were asking the operatives questions after abducting them, one of the vandals who had become drunk, came in and interrupted the interview, opening fire on the operatives.

The suspect also described where the operatives were buried inside the vandals’ camp in Ishawo. But investigation is also ongoing, so other details are kept secret.”

The Force Public Relations Officer, ACP Olabisi Kolawole, could not be reached for comments as her phone rang out.

The Ogun State Police spokesperson, DSP Muyiwa Adejobi, confirmed the arrest. He added that weapons were recovered from the suspects as efforts were on to get other members of the gang.

Abuja Bomb Blasts: Buhari orders payment of medical bills of injured victims

President Muhammadu Buhari on Sunday visited survivors of Friday’s night bomb attacks in Nyanya and Kuje in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT).

A statement signed by Mr Femi Adesina, the president’s Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, said Buhari was at the Trauma Centre, National Hospital, Abuja and wished the injured victims speedy recovery.

The statement was issued to newsmen in Abuja,

It said the President reassured the survivors that the Federal Government would take full responsibility for settling their medical bills.

He directed his Chief of Staff, Mallam Abba Kyari to settle the medical bill of a young girl in the Pediatric Ward of the hospital amounting to N268, 790.

The statement said the girl’s mother, Deborah Stephen, broke into tears on seeing the President.

She narrated her ordeal to the president, saying her daughter was shot by armed robbers who raided their home and that the family could not afford the medical bills.

Buhari, who was accompanied by his personal aides and Gov. Ibikunle Amosun of Ogun, visited the intensive care unit, the pediatric ward and general wards of the Hospital.

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Dr Jafaru Momoh, the Chief Medical Director, conducted the president round the National Hospital.

Momoh expressed appreciation for the visit, noting that it would help in the recovery of the patients by given them psychological sense of being valued and loved by their country.

(NAN)

Ikorodu Robbery Suspects Drag IGP To Court

The four suspects paraded in connection with the recent bank robbery in Ikorodu, Lagos State, have dragged the Inspector General of Police before a Federal High Court sitting in Lagos, saying that their alleged confessional statements given out to journalists, was extracted from them behind their lawyer.

The suspects – Agbojule Bright, Promise Abiwa, Monday Omoboye and Monday Ikuesan, were on July 6, 2015, paraded by the police in connection with the robbery of the Ipakodo branches of First  and Zenith Banks in Ikorodu, where an 18-man gang, which they allegedly belonged to, made away with about N80 million on June 24, 2015.

In their fundamental rights enforcement suit filed before Justice Mohammed Yunusa, counsel, Akanbi, claimed that the police violated the right of the suspects to remain silent or to avoid answering any questions until consultation with a legal practitioner or any person of their choice as stipulated by Section 35(2) of the 1999 Constitution.

Akanbi in the suit said that the suspects “made confessional statements to newsmen under duress,” arguing that the police had no right to parade the suspects to be interviewed by the press “unless such a suspect wishes to give interview after the matter has been charged to a court of competent jurisdiction.”

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Robbery, Thuggery, Now Forgery: A Legislative Evolution By Gbolahan Yusuf

The legislature. Many see it as the most important leg in the tripod of governance, especially given its power as a supervisory arm over the almighty executive even while limiting the power of the judiciary over it. It is public knowledge that any democracy revolves around the people (of, by, and for the people), and so the powers of the legislature are easily justified seeing as it stands for the people in any government. Or well, it should. The purity and sanctity of such an institution therefore should never be brought into disrepute.

That is the ideal situation. The Nigerian situation however is that in 16 years of democracy, the legislative arm has steadily won and held fast to the responsibility of tarnishing the image of our democracy within and without. The country may be getting it right as portrayed in the last democratic transition from a ruling party to an opposition but until the custodians of democracy begin to act honourably, as their titles would have us believe they are, a giant question mark will still loom over the democratic tendencies or proclivity of Africa’s largest population.

From the inception of democracy, the National Assembly in particular has constituted a huge menace to the federal budget and contributed, in no small way, to a massive waste of taxpayers’ funds. This went on unnoticed for long before no less a personae than the then CBN governor himself, now Emir Sanusi Lamido Sanusi said about 20% of the federal budget was being spent on maintaining the National Assembly and that did not augur well for the nation’s treasury. The proclamation and its source sent shockwaves around the country and the agitation for a more open and less expensive National Assembly continues till date. A situation whereby a federal legislator will earn enormous separate allowances for vehicle fueling and maintenance, wardrobe, domestic staff, personal assistant, utilities, entertainment, house maintenance, constituency, among others, all besides their basic salaries, to make laws for people, majority of whom still live on about US$2 a day can only spell doom for the country. That this has been going on for so long is a clear case of the people being robbed blind. But this was not enough torture, so they moved on.

The immediate downside to turning our assemblies into money spinning machines, was the attendant legislative rascality that went into hallowed chambers on one issue or another. It is just like our motor parks; wherever there is free money, there will be lazy touts. From state houses of assemblies to the national assembly, matters often degenerate into cloth-tearing, chair-throwing, or mace-hitting drama. More disappointingly, such dramas oftentimes termed ‘crisis’ are never about the people but varying selfish ambitions. In many cases, there are even direct affronts on the rule of law by the same people who rightfully should be the custodians of the law. Not a few times have we seen a lesser number of legislators in a House try to hijack the chambers, in what assumed a disturbingly high increase under the past administration in particular. Ogun, Edo, Rivers, and more recently Ekiti are all states where legislative rascality rose to new heights in the past federal administration and curiously also, all mentioned states at the time of their ‘crisis’ had their assemblies controlled by the then national opposition party. In one case, five “honourable” members were going to impeach a speaker of a House of about 24 members. The rule of law was never considered, at least not where it impeded selfish ambitions. But still our legislators won’t stop, they move on.

After the leadership of the 8th Senate was voted in, some members were quick to notice that the Senate Standing Rules of 2011, which had not being amended following due process as articulated in the rules itself, had some alterations as presented in the Senate Standing Rules of 2015, which was used for the election of the presiding officers. Senator Kabiru Marafa alerted the floor of the Senate to this impropriety but was swiftly overruled by the Senate President. Subsequently, the police after receiving a petition on the matter carried out their investigations and though the report of the probe has yet to be disclosed by the police, it has been reported that the report of the probe has been sent to appropriate authorities for further action and that it confirmed forgery of the rule book, while indicting the Clerk to the National Assembly. In the summary of these reports, it was claimed that the police asked the Ministry of Justice to determine if it should be treated as crime or left alone as a matter to be treated on the Senate floor. Again, the power of our legislature at play.

It is alarming that crime can now be committed in our hallowed chambers and be seen as a legislative problem that should be settled in-house. Senator Shehu Sani re-echoed such infuriating sentiments when he asserted that the case should never have involved the police. According to this faulty theory, while the legislature checks the executive, the judiciary should have no powers over the legislature.

If indeed forgery has been established, many questions remain unanswered; Who altered? On behalf of whom? For what purpose? These pertinent questions and more will have to be answered if we must stop this dangerous trend in our assemblies. If rules can now be amended without any subsequent reaction, then legislators around the country may just have found a new instrument to further expose our democracy to ridicule. The sad part is to realize that our legislative has been evolving at the same time the people they represent have been revolving around the vicious circle of unemployment, poverty, and insecurity. May God help Nigeria.

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Ikorodu Bank Robbery: Police Arrests Four Suspects

Four members of the robbery gang, which unleashed terror on two commercial banks in the Ipakodo, Ikorodu area of Lagos two weeks ago, have been arrested by the police.

Our correspondent learnt that the suspected robbers were arrested from Okitipupa, Ondo State, and Ikorodu, Lagos State, while three Sport Utility Vehicles allegedly bought from the proceeds of the robbery were recovered.

The suspects’ names were given as Monday Akpan, Bright Agbojule, the third identified simply as Jafaru, and one Baba Ibeji.

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I Went Into Robbery To Pursue My Career In Football- Suspect

Operatives of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad, SARS, Lagos State, have nabbed two robbery suspects for allegedly robbing residents, commuters and commercial cyclists, popularly known as Okada.

The suspects, identified as Stanley Okorie, 20 and Emmanuel Enu, 25 were nabbed during an operation at Satellite Town and Ajegunle areas of Lagos respectively.

Vanguard gathered that the police arrested Enu with one locally made short gun and a cartridge, while a toy gun was recovered from Okorie, while the original gun was taken away by other fleeing gang member, identified simply as Chijioke.

During interrogation, Enu, who hails from Boki Local Government Area of Cross River, said: “I belong to a gang which specialised in robbing on motorcycles along Oduduwa Road, Ajegunle.

“I am the son of a retired naval officer. I went into robbery, so I could raise money to travel to Sweden to pursue my football career.

“On that day, we took off from around wharf area on a bike. We snatched one man’s phone and Onuora said he wanted to ease himself. While he was doing that, two motorcycles trailing us stopped by and chased me.

“The gun was in a bag I was holding. Onuora escaped but the motorcyclists who were policemen arrested me with the gun.”

In his defence, Okorie, an indigene of Delta State, who was arrested along the Satellite expressway, said Chijioke taught him how to rob.

According to him, “he was a commercial driver, he asked me to join him when I asked for assistance. I needed to use the money to pay for house rent.

“I have gone for about four operations at Igando and Agbara areas. When we robbed at Igando, I got N13, 000. We also took three phones and N15,000. We also carried out operation at Agbara and realised N25,000. It was at Lekki that we make the highest amount of N780,000.”

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Robbers Invade President Jonathan’s Aide’ Home, Cart Away Undisclosed Amount Of Money

Unidentified gunmen on Saturday stormed the home of the Senior Special Assistant to President Goodluck Jonathan on Domestic Matters, Mr. Waripamowei Dudafa, and carted away an undisclosed amount of money after destroying the safe kept in one of his rooms.

It was learnt that the gunmen, 10 in number, were dressed in police uniform. They were said to have stormed his residence in Okaka Estate, Yenagoa, around 8pm.

It was learnt that when the robbers came, the three policemen guarding the residence of the Presidential aide were not around.

The gunmen were said to have gained entry into Dudafah ‘s residence after telling the security men (civilians) that they were policemen from the police headquarters.

When they got into the premises, they were said to have grabbed the Chief guard, Muhammed Garba, tying his legs, his hands and covering his eyes and mouth.

An eyewitness, who craved anonymity, said the attack on Dudafah’s home was politically motivated.

He said the incident took place few minutes after results of some rescheduled House of Assembly elections were released and Dudafah’s candidate on the platform of the All Progressives Grand Alliance defeated his Peoples Democratic Party opponent in Kolokuma-Opokuma constituency.

Narrating his ordeal, Garba, who said he had been working with Dudafah for eight years, said the suspects came in two black Sport Utility Vehicles.

He said , “The robbers knocked on the door, saying, Where is the security man, where is the security man? When I asked who they were, they said they were policemen. They asked the whereabouts of the police security operatives in Dudafah residence.

“They ordered me to open the gate. I opened the small gate and saw about 10 of them. They pushed me and gained entry into the premises. They hit me in the head. They tied my hands, my legs and covered my mouth and eyes with celotape. They asked me to show them the apartments of police security in the building. They also asked for oga’s (Dudafa’s) house keys. I told them I did not know where they were since I was not the person keeping them.

“They said they would kill me if they eventually found the keys in my place so I kept quiet. After ransacking my room, they found the keys and started using them to open the main building.

“The man leading the operations, asked his colleagues to talk gently so that when my colleague who had gone to buy noodles at that time returned, he would not suspect something was amiss. No sooner had they said that than my colleague came in, and they caught him and tied him up.”

Garba said when the robbers had held all of them captive, they went inside the building and started ransacking everywhere.

 Pictures of the damaged safe

The 55 year old Garba, a father of one, said the operations lasted for about three hours before they left around 12 midnight on Saturday.

Also, Dudafah’s cousin, Pere Ozoru, said he was sleeping in his room when the gunmen came.

He said it was the second security guard, Ibrahim, that brought them to his apartment after which they tied him up.

Ozoru said by the time the gunmen left the premises, he was able to untie himself and thereafter untied Garba and Ibrahim.

He said before the incident, three policemen used to guard the building but when asked about the whereabouts of the policemen, he said he did not know where they went that day.

He said he would not forget the day in a hurry, saying that they were battered, tied and subjected to inhuman treatment by the gunmen.

When our correspondent visited the residence on Sunday, it was discovered that most apartments in the gigantic edifice were ransacked and furniture were destroyed.

In one of the rooms, a safe was destroyed and it could not be ascertained how much was carted away from it.

Efforts to get the police’s reaction were unsuccessful as calls to the spokesman for the Bayelsa State Command, Mr. Asinim Butswat, rang out several times.

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Lebanese Woman, Others Use EFCC Vests For Robbery

A 32-year-old Lebanese, Amira Abdallahi, along with five other suspects, have been arrested by the police for alleged robberies and frauds totalling N20m in different parts of Lagos and Abuja.

The suspects ? Princewill Eze, 55; Daniel Okpara, 30; Paul Irior, 37; Bassey Ekpenyong, 39; Royal Nwabuike, 32; and the Lebanese ? disguised as officials of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, and wore the commission’s branded vests.
It was gathered that they allegedly defrauded some Bureau de Change outlets in Lagos with the vests.

Our correspondent learnt that Eze, who is said to be the gang leader, was arrested by men of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad of the state command on February 27 in the VGC, Ajah area of Lagos.

Eze’s confessions, it was gathered, led to the arrest of the Lebanese woman and other gang members.
Punch reports that, Items said to have been recovered from the gang included six Toyota vehicles, one single-barrelled pistol with four cartridges and a Bryco pistol with six rounds of 5.56mm ammunition.The police also recovered N4m and $13, 000 from the gang.

During a parade on Wednesday, Abdallahi, whose father is a Lebanese and mother from Ishan, Edo State, said she joined the gang in 2014, and had done six deals with them where she realised about N10m.

She said, “I was born in Nigeria and I grew up in Lagos. I stay in Lekki area with my family. I am married with five daughters. The first money I got from the deals was $5,000. I could not stop because the money was tempting.
“I was formerly doing interior decorations work. That was how I met Eze, who is nicknamed Senator. I did some interior design jobs for him in a hotel he owned. That was around March 2014.“I had done about six deals with the gang. My role is just to talk on phone with our would-be victims. They think I am a foreigner, and they are willing to trust us. I have made about N10m so far, but all the accounts have been drained now. I handed everything over to the police.”

 Eze, the gang leader, from Nkanu, Enugu State, said,

 “Before we rob our victims, we usually tell them that we want to purchase dollars, but we know most of them do not have an operating licence. So, we will pretend to be officials of the EFCC, and we will harass them for not having a licence. Later, we will ask them to pay a fine.

“They will bring the money to us in convenient places like hotels and banks. I was formerly a businessman. I also run a hotel. It is about five years now that we started this project. I was arrested by the police four years ago for a similar issue, but I was granted bail by the court.
The police walkie-talkie and other gadgets recovered from me were obtained during the Anambra elections. I was not into politics, but I was part of that election.”

The state Commissioner of Police, Kayode Aderanti, said the command would continue to ensure that criminals did not have a hideout in Lagos, adding that efforts were ongoing to get the remaining gang member.
He said,

 “We have recovered several items which the suspects procured with the proceeds of their robbery escapades. Eze, the ring leader, built a hotel in Edo, while other members also have houses in Delta, Ogun and Lagos states.Serious efforts are on to arrest the only gang member at large.The command assures residents of Lagos that it always has arrangements to ensure safety of lives and property.”

Boko Haram Mount Dynamite Raid, Rob Bank…

Suspected Boko Haram fighters stole dynamite and pick-up trucks from a French-owned cement works in Nigeria after robbing a bank, in a raid to fund and pursue their campaign of violence in the northeast of Nigeria.

The attack in Ashaka, in Gombe state, on Tuesday came after the Islamists robbed a bank, blew up a police station and razed a political party office 20 kilometres (12 miles) away in Nafada.

Boko Haram funds its operations in part through bank robberies and has previously stolen vehicles including armoured personnel carriers, weapons and ammunition from the Nigerian military.

Unlike previous attacks in recent months in the far northeast, the militants did not attempt to hold the town, leaving when they secured their loot.

French diplomats in Nigeria said none of its nationals was taken in the raid. The head of the Lafarge group, Bruno Lafont, said operations had not been affected.

“The factory was the target of intruders. There were no injuries. There was no damage in the factory,” he told reporters in Paris on Wednesday. This morning (Wednesday), the situation is still calm and everything is back to normal.”

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Another South African Footballer Targeted in Robbery Attack

Gunmen have robbed the parents of another South African international football star, Sibusiso Vilakazi, while he was sleeping at their Johannesburg home, in an attack he claims was targeted at him.

Police and the midfielder for the national team Bafana Bafana said the robbers held up his family at gunpoint at his parents’ house in Soweto township and stole an array of valuables.

The attack shortly after midnight on Saturday came just under a week after national football captain and goalkeeper Senzo Meyiwa was gunned down in what police said was a robbery that went “horribly wrong”.

The burglars stormed in and asked for Vilakazi by name while he slept in a backyard room.

“Those people knew what they wanted. They came looking for me,” the 24-year-old who captains local club Bidvest Wits, told local Eye Witness News.

The robbers also asked his parents to hand over his car keys before making off with cellphones, cash, a television set, his parents’ wedding rings and clothing.

“Everything happened when I was sleeping and I didn’t hear anything,” said Vilakazi. “Imagine if I woke up and went in what would have happened.”

Vilakazi’s teammate Meyiwa was shot dead while visiting his girlfriend last week in another suburb of Johannesburg, in a attack that shocked the crime-weary nation.

On Tuesday, Vilakazi was named in the 26-man Bafana Bafana squad that will host Sudan on November 15 in Durban before travelling to west Africa for a November 19 final-round clash with Nigeria.

Police spokesman Kay Makhubele told AFP that a manhunt for three suspects has been launched.

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