A suspected ritualist, Temitayo Olafisoye, has been arrested after a failed attempt to kidnap some pupils of a private school on Omole Estate in the Ojodu area of Lagos State.
It was gathered that Olafisoye and an accomplice, Kayode Akinola, visited the estate on Sunday and started loitering around the school premises.
Their suspicious movement was reportedly noticed by some of the estate guards.
However, on Monday, a woman, who used her car to convey her children to the school, reportedly parked close to the premises so the pupils could disembark from the vehicle.
After parking, the woman got down to open the door for her children to alight.
Olafisoye was said to have run into the driver’s seat of the vehicle in an attempt to drive the kids away.
His plan, however, failed as the woman had switched off the car engine and held the key as she made to open the door for the kids.
Our correspondent learnt that the mother, upon observing the suspect’s action, raised the alarm, which caught the attention of the guards, who apprehended Olafisoye.
A source revealed that the accomplice, Akinola, fled the scene after observing that their plan had failed.
The source said, “A security from the estate said the man was seen hanging around there since yesterday. The woman came down to go round to the passengers’ side to open the door for her kids.
“The man ran into the car, locked the doors, but unfortunately, the woman had turned off the car engine and alighted with the car key. She raised the alarm when the man entered her car and then security came out. He came to survey how to carry out his plan. His partner ran away.
“It happened this morning (Monday). The suspect said he and his partner came from Ibadan to kidnap children for ritual.”
A video clip showing Olafisoye kneeling while being interrogated by security guards and other residents on the estate was seen by our correspondent.
Asked why he attempted to kidnap the pupils, the suspect said, “I came from Ibadan. I used to come to Lagos to kidnap children. We will kidnap and put the children inside a vehicle and take them away.
“I have kidnapped a lot of children around Berger, Iyana Ipaja, Ikotun, Iyana Iba. I am Temitayo Olafisoye, my colleague is Kayode Akinola. We came from Apata area in Sango, Ibadan. We usually use the children for money rituals.”
The state Police Public Relations Officer, Benjamin Hundeyin, confirmed the incident, adding that the case would be transferred to the State Criminal Investigation and Intelligence Department, Yaba, for further investigation.
“The case is confirmed. The suspect is Kayode Olafisoye, and he is presently at the Ojodu Police Division. His accomplice is on the run and will eventually be arrested. The case will be transferred to the SCIID,” Hundeyin said.
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According to NBC News, a Wednesday release by the Hawaii Police Department stated that a warrant was issued for the arrest of 26-year-old Clenney on allegations of second-degree murder with a deadly weapon.
Clenney’s attorney, Frank Prieto, revealed that she was at a rehab facility in Hawaii for substance abuse and post-traumatic stress disorder when she was picked up by police.
Prieto also stated that Clenney arrest was shocking because of “the clear evidence of self-defense in this matter.”
As earlier reported by The PUNCH in April, policemen responded to calls at the couple’s Miami apartment where Tobechukwu was found bleeding.
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The family of Obumseli had been calling for justice after Courtney was not charged under the Baker Act, over considerations for her mental health.
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The unidentified woman killed the husband, who was a staff of the College of Health, Onitsha, stabbing him to death with a knife.
It was gathered that the incident happened at the deceased residence, along Ogboli road, Onitsha, Anambra State, on Tuesday, at 9:20pm.
The deceased came home unannounced on Tuesday night to meet his wife in bed with another woman, making it out.
Sources in the area said his wife, unknown to him was a lesbian, and had been keeping a female sex partner.
The lady was said to have quickly attacked the man with a kitchen knife, stabbing him to death, during an argument, in a bid to silence the deceased.
According to the source, “The news has been everywhere in Onitsha today. People are so surprised how Ayaaya was killed.
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Akeredolu was speaking while receiving the chairman of the state chapter of the Nigeria Union of Journalists, Ondo State, Prince Leke Adegbite, and his executive members.
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