Pastors nabbed over death of 20-yr-old woman in Ogun
Ogun State Police Command, yesterday, paraded Pastor Chidi Samuel Ejiogu and his assistant, Paul Zakari, over the mysterious death of a 20-year-old woman, Favour Okumazor, who was until her death, a member of his fellowship, Life Builders Network.
Chidi was said to have led Favour and some members of the fellowship to a remote location in Oyan village in Ogun State on October 2, 2021, without the consent of her parents for what he termed ‘Bible study.’
The Police Commissioner in the state, Lanre Bankole, who paraded the two pastors before newsmen at state Police command headquarters, Eleweran, said detectives were still investigating.
According to Bankole, while the programme progressed, a wave of strange ailments struck them with every participant reporting one form of illness or the other.
He said: “Favour was said to have had bouts of stooling and vomiting, and for lack of first aid or accessible healthcare facility, she passed away in the night and was buried immediately in the strange village without her family being notified.
“A survivor, who fled the weird Bible study retreat in the said far-flung village, reported the experience to the Police and also led detectives to the location where Pastor Chidi and his assistant were arrested.”
Speaking with Vanguard, Chidi attributed their experience to “spiritual attack,” stressing that he had thought he could use “faith” to deliver and heal the afflicted members when on the day three of the retreat, he observed that they were all down with “strange illnesses.”
According to him, he regretted not seeking medical help to address the health emergency instead of resorting to “prayer and faith.”
He also regretted burying Favour in the remote village without informing her parents.
He said: “Since this fellowship started in 2018 nothing of such has been recorded. All of us were struck down by an unknown sickness. We did not know what happened, we realised one morning when we woke up that she was dead. We did not know what to do, so, we had to bury her. We are very sorry and we apologise to her parents for not seeking their consent before burying her. That was the mistake we made.”
Also, Bankole paraded a local hunter, one Saheed Ogundahun, for allegedly killing a herdsman in Ewekoro, Ewekoro Local Government Area of the state.
According to Bankole, Ogundahun was arrested on March 13 for killing the “Fulani herdsman with a dane gun.”
Bankole explained that the said Ogundahun after killing the herder, also “buried him in his farm in Ewekoro.”
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Gunmen abduct 7-year-old girl in Abuja
Armed men have abducted a seven-year-old girl in Yangoji village, Kwali Area Council of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT).
Mr Suleiman Musa, a resident of the village told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Abuja that the hoodlums invaded the community in the early hours of Wednesday.
He said the hoodlums invaded the village firing several gunshots before breaking into some houses where they adducted the seven-year-old girl.
According to him, the quick intervention of a police team forced the gunmen to scramble out of the village.
NAN gathered that the Kwali Divisional Police Headquarters responded to the distress call on the attack at about 5 am on Wednesday.
A source said it was the swift response of police personnel, hunters and vigilance members led by the Kwali Divisional Police Officer (DPO) that saved the community from further harm from the gunmen.
He said that the hoodlums engaged the security team in gun battle before escaping with the abducted girl.
The source said that the security team is currently combing the area with a view to rescuing the girl and arresting the gunmen.
When contacted, the Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO) in the FCT, SP Josephine Adeh, said she would get back to our reporter as soon as she gets details of the incident.
BREAKING: Oyo Police Declares Auxillary Wanted
The Oyo State Police Command has declared the sacked Chairman of Park Management System (PMS), Mukaila Lamidi aka Auxiliary, wanted, the authorities revealed during a briefing on Friday.
The move follows another raid of his hotel where more dangerous weapons were recovered yesterday.
According to Channels Tv report, policemen had stormed Auxiliary’s Ibadan residence recovering weapons and ammunition.
During the operation, the suspect reportedly escaped, while some of his lieutenants were however arrested by the police.
Mexico Police find 45 bags containing human body parts
At least 45 bags containing human remains were found in a ravine in the western Mexican state of Jalisco during a search for seven young people reported missing last week, local authorities said on Thursday.
“Forty-five bags with human remains have been extracted that belong to both male and female people,” the state prosecutor’s office said in a statement.
The gruesome discovery was made on Tuesday at the bottom of a 40-meter (120-foot) ravine in the municipality of Zapopan, a suburb of Guadalajara, a large industrial hub.
The authorities had launched a search for two women and five men, all aged around 30 years, who had been reported missing since May 20.
The missing persons’ reports for each one had been made separately on different days, but investigators found that they all worked at the same call center.
The call center was in the same area as where the human remains were discovered.
Forensic experts have yet to determine the number of victims and their identities.
Initial inquiries suggested the call center could have been involved in illegal activities, and local media reported that the authorities had found marijuana, a cloth and a cleaning rag with apparent blood stains as well as documents on possible commercial activities.
But relatives of the missing persons have accused the authorities of seeking to criminalise the victims.
In recent years, in different areas of Jalisco, human remains have been found in bags or in unmarked makeshift graves.
In 2021, in the municipality of Tonala, in Jalisco, some 70 bags with the human remains of 11 people were found.
In 2019 also, the bodies of 29 people were found in 119 bags in an unpopulated area of Zapopan.
Another case that sparked numerous protests in Jalisco was the disappearance, in March 2018, of three film students, whose remains were dissolved in acid.
Similarly, in 2018, media reported that three Italians disappeared, allegedly handed over by police to the Jalisco New Generation cartel, to whom they had allegedly sold faulty machinery.
The Italians have not been found despite massive searches by state and federal law enforcement.
According to local media, in the first two months of this year alone, the remains of 33 people were found in five makeshift graves in the Guadalajara area.
The Jalisco New Generation cartel operates in the state and is one of the most powerful organised crime groups in Mexico, and is embroiled in disputes with other drug syndicates.
Mexico has recorded more than 340,000 murders and some 100,000 disappearances, the majority attributed to criminal organisations, since the launch of a controversial military anti-drug offensive in December 2006.
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