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In Lagos: Evans Square Yaba comes alive as Olukoya Cup final holds on Saturday

Youths of Yaba community in Lagos State will be treated to the best of football on Saturday when the final of the first Dr. D. K. Olukoya football competition holds at the Evans Square.

The General Overseer of Mountain of Fire and Miracles Ministries (MFM), Dr. Daniel Olukoya sponsors the grassroots competition.

There will be two finals involving U-20 and U-15 teams.

Tagged Dr. D. K. Olukoya Dominion Cup, the competition resumed a few days ago after it was put on hold due to the coronavirus pandemic and subsequent ban on contact sports by the Federal Government, which has since been lifted.

At stake in the U-20 final will be N1 million for the winners, N750, 000 for runners up and N500, 000 for the third-place finishers. The U-15 winners will get N750, 000; N500, 000 is for second place, and N300,000 will go to the third placed team.

Aside from monetary incentives, teams will also go home with giant trophies and medals.

Recall that Dr. Olukoya is the sole financier of MFM Football Club and MFM Women Basketball Club, who play in the Nigeria premier leagues and have represented Nigeria on the continent.

Expected at the event, which starts by 3.00 p.m., are Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) big wigs, ex-Super Eagles players, and football agents. Theguardianng

In Lagos: Nigerians bail out nursing mother detained in hospital

Nigerians have come to the rescue of a nursing mother, Blessing Bassey, and her baby, who for seven months had been sleeping on the floor of one of the wards of Mojol Hospital, Church Street, in the Shasha area of Lagos State.
Punch had reported that the 27-year-old was delivered of a baby girl at the hospital through a caesarean section.

The hospital management, however, ordered nurses and doctors to ensure that Blessing did not leave with her baby until the N95,000 balance of their bill was paid.

The Cross River State indigene, who bemoaned her fate, said efforts by her husband to raise the money were abortive.

After the Punch’s publication on October 2, 2020, various persons and groups offered to settle the bill.

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Among them were Right and Welfare of Traumatised Wives and Youths Initiative, Global Medical Organisation, and others who wanted to remain anonymous. 

Blessing, while appreciating Punch for the report, said, “If not for the publication, there will be no hope for me and I will still be sleeping on the hospital floor.”  Punch


In Lagos: 11-year-old girl allegedly raped to death

An 11-year-girl, Favour Okechukwu, has been allegedly raped to death in Lagos State.

The incident happened at No 4, Olarenwaju Street in Ejigbo area before 4pm on Thursday, the Nation reports.

Sources at Ejigbo Police station where the incident was reported, disclosed that five suspects have been arrested.

Mrs. Helen Ibeji, the President of International Child Initiative and Women Development Foundation (ICI-WODEF), gave an account of the incident.

Police have since invited the Lagos State DNA & Forensic Center (LSD & FC), who took the body of the victim away for forensic analysis. NAN

In Lagos: Police inspector faces orderly room trial for brutalising journalist

The Commissioner of Police in Lagos State, Hakeem Odumosu, has apologised for the attack on Kayode Jaiyeola, a journalist with The PUNCH newspaper.

The journalist was physically assaulted by a policeman while covering a protest yesterday by members of the #RevolutionNow Movement in the Maryland area of the city around 11:10a.m., which left him bleeding profusely.
The police boss has also ordered immediate detention and orderly room trial of Inspector Adadu Innocent, attached to PMF 22 Ikeja, for hitting and injuring Jaiyeola with a stick.

Odumosu, who was monitoring the deployment and operational activities of officers for the enforcement of the order against unlawful gathering and protest by some individuals, raced to the scene and personally moved the injured journalist to the Police Cottage (Hospital) at Area F, GRA, Ikeja, where he ensured the journalist was given immediate medical treatment.

The preliminary findings carried out by the commissioner of police and eyewitness accounts revealed that the cop suddenly attacked the journalist, without any previous altercation or confrontation. This propelled the commissioner to order for his trial to serve as a deterrent to others who are fond of engaging in unprofessional and unethical conducts. Guardianng


Apprentice mechanic repairing truck killed few weeks to freedom in Lagos – Eyewitness

A yet-to-be-identified apprentice auto mechanic lost his life on Monday, a few weeks to securing his freedom, while working under a containerised truck beside the Chivita Teashop at the Ajao Estate area of Lagos State.

Punch learnt that the deceased was working under a loaded twin 20-foot containerised truck around 8pm when the jack that raised the truck up slipped and the chassis frame crushed him to death.

During a visit to the scene incident on Tuesday, our correspondent observed the bloodied scene under the truck, while the whole area was deserted.

An eyewitness, Bashiru Simeon, told Punch correspondent that the deceased had been working on the truck for the past five days before his death.

He added that he learnt that the deceased was supposed to earn his freedom from his boss next month.

Punch learnt that emergency responders at the scene included the Lagos State Emergency Management Agency, the agency’s fire unit and the Nigeria Police Force.

Confirming the incident, the Head, Public Affairs, LASEMA, Nosa Okunbor, said, “On arrival, the body of a male adult mechanic was found on the floor in a pool of his own blood.

“Further investigation revealed that the mechanic was working under a jacked up twin 20-foot loaded containerised truck and the jack suddenly slipped and the chassis frame member by the turntable hit him and he fell and died almost immediately.”

Nosa Okunbor added that the corpse was handed over to policemen from the Ajao Estate Police Division. Punch

In Lagos: Family kicks as police allegedly torture land agent to death

Policemen attached to the Zonal Investigative Bureau, Zone 2 Command, have been accused of torturing a land agent, Yemi Taiwo, to death for allegedly planning to abduct a monarch in Lagos State.

Punch learnt that Yemi had gone to a site with his friend, Femi Animashaun, in the Isiu community, Ikorodu area of the state on Friday, September 4, 2020, when some vigilante members, known as Onyabo, and some hoodlums arrested them.

It was gathered that the duo were taken to the secretariat of the Ikorodu North Local Council Development Area before the policemen took them to their annexe office in the Ladegboye area Ikorodu, where they were allegedly tortured.

The deceased’s wife, Olabisi, told our correspondent that Yemi and Femi were allegedly rejected upon their transfer to the Zone 2 Police Command, Onikan, due to the degree of the injuries they sustained while being tortured.

She stated, “My husband told me that he was going to the site that morning and I was surprised when his younger brother, who stays with us, rushed home around 11am and told me that he heard that his brother had been killed.

“When I heard the news, I was not myself until someone called us later that he was not dead, but was among those arrested for planning to abduct the monarch of Isiu and that he had been taken to the annex office of the Zonal Investigative Bureau.

“When I got to the station on Friday, the Investigating Police Officer, who identified himself as Lati, initially told me that my husband was not at the station, and when I went back on Saturday and Sunday, I was not allowed to see him, but one of his brothers, who went with us, was also detained on Sunday and released on Monday.

“My husband and his friend were brought out of the cell on Tuesday morning and tortured again before they were taken to the Zone 2 headquarters at Onikan. I learnt that when they got there, the superior rejected my husband and his friend when he saw the injuries inflicted on them and he asked the IPO to go and treat them before they could be allowed into the cell.

“It was while they were coming back to their annex office at Ikorodu that my husband died and the IPO said he did not know what to do and he did not want to release the corpse to us. I am appealing to the Inspector-General of Police to come to my aid. Those, who connived with the police to kill my husband, are boasting that they have the support of powerful monarchs and the Lagos State Government. I don’t want my husband to die in vain.”

When contacted, the Police Public Relations Officer, Zone 2 Command, Hauwa Idris, said she was not aware of the incident.

“I am not aware of this story at all and I don’t know where you got your facts from. I have to find out to know whether there’s anything like that at all,” she stated. Punch

In Lagos: PwC senior partner Ogundipe drowns

A Deputy Senior Partner at Price Waterhouse Coopers, Tola Ogundipe, is dead.

Punch learnt that the victim went missing on Saturday while boating on his own on the coast near Lagos.

The boat was said to have been found on Sunday before the Marine Police discovered his corpse on Monday.

The state Police Public Relations Officer, Muyiwa Adejobi, who confirmed the incident, said the state Commissioner of Police, Hakeem Odumosu, had ordered a discreet investigation into the death.

Price Waterhouse Coopers, in a statement on Tuesday signed by the Country Senior Partner, Uyi Akpata, described the deceased as a thoroughbred professional.

He said, “Tola was the PwC Africa Tax Leader and Deputy Country Senior Partner for PwC Nigeria. He also previously served as the Assurance Leader for PwC Africa among his other leadership roles within PwC.

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“Tola was a thoroughbred professional, very astute leader and a consummate gentleman. The accounting profession in Nigeria has been left bereft of the great talent he brought to its advancement including his role as a member of Council of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Nigeria.

“Tola was a great family man and his loss will be deeply felt by those that mattered most to him. We will keep his family in our hearts and prayers.

“Funeral arrangements will be agreed with his family and announced in due course.”


In Lagos: Denial of over-flight permit stalls evacuation of US nationals

HUNDREDS of Americans scheduled to be evacuated from the Murtala Muhammed International Airport (MMIA), Lagos to United States capital, Washington DC, had their hope dashed as the airline, Omni Air International, was denied over-flight permits by some African countries.

An Immigration source hinted that the US nationals, who were already checked-in by the airport authorities, were seen collecting their baggage from arrival baggage belts with the plan to go back home.

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The Immigration source hinted that the flight to be operated by Omni Air International on charter operations was “cancelled due to the inability of the airline get over-flight permit.”

Over-flight permits are authorizations from Civil Aviation Authorities (CAAs) to overfly any country’s airspace.

Overflight permits differ from country to country in terms of regulations and airspace coverage area.

According to global aviation requirements, over-flight permits are mandatory requirements to be procured in advance third party provider for any  planned route of flight.

Meanwhile, 637 French and German citizens were on Thursday evacuated from Nigeria through the Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Lagos by their governments.

Air France’s A330 airplane, which was the first to land, departed at 13.56hr while Lufthansa German Airline departed with her nationals at 15.46hr.

Before their departure, the Germans underwent airport security formalities and screening for COVID-19  as they awaited the Lufthansa flight which landed few hours after for the evacuation under ’emergency’ and ‘humanitarian’ flight operations. Thenationonlineng

Man stabs friend to death over N1,200 debt in Lagos

A 42-year-old man, Emmanuel Osiben, has been arrested for allegedly stabbing his friend, one Femi, aged 38, to death while trying to recover a N1,200 debt. The suspect, who operates a soccer viewing centre at Ijora-Badia area of Lagos State alleged that it was the deceased who attacked him first with a bottle.

The suspect is currently being quizzed at the Homicide Section of the State Criminal Intelligence and Investigations Department (SCIID), Yaba, for culpable homicide. A police source said that the suspect was arrested by some neighbours who later handed him over to the police at Badia Division, Lagos State command. He was subsequently transferred to SCIID where he is being held.

The suspect in his confessional statement to the police admitted confronting the deceased whom he claimed was owing him N1,200. He said: “The incident happened on February 13, at Ijora Badia. I went to collect a debt of N1,200, which the deceased was owing me. The deceased picked up quarrel with me and we started to fight. Some elders who were around settled us and I went to my house to make lunch.

“I was inside my house preparing yam when the deceased, who is my friend, smashed a bottle on my head. I dashed into my room, grabbed hold of a kitchen knife I was using to peel yam, went after Femi and stabbed him on the neck.

“We were both bleeding when those who settled the earlier quarrel we had arrived. We were rushed to the hospital where they confirm him dead. I was arrested by neighbours and handed over to the police. I regret what happened because the deceased is a friend, if not why would I borrow him money,” he added.

The suspect also admitted to be a habitual drug user. The Lagos State Police Public Relations Officer, Bala Elkana, could not be reached for confirmation as at the time of filling this report as he was said to be in a meeting. Theguardianng

In Lagos: Driver jailed for stealing employer’s car

A 30-year-old driver, Bob Badamosi, was on Monday sentenced to one year imprisonment by the Lagos State Magistrates’ Court sitting in Igbosere for stealing his employer’s car.

It was gathered that Badamosi had on January 21, 2020, at the Nigerian Stock Exchange, Marina, Lagos, stole a blue Honda Accord car with number plate APP 788 EA and chassis number IHCP26838A809355 worth N2.6m and belonging to one Lukman Adekola.

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Badamosi was said to have to stolen the car and ran to Port Harcourt, Rivers State, after dropping off Adekola at the NSE.

It was learnt that on getting to Port Harcourt, Badamosi parked the vehicle on an estate for two days to seek a buyer and later returned with an interested buyer on the third day.

However, the buyer did not buy the vehicle and left, and while still standing with the vehicle, Badamosi was approached by some policemen, who asked for the owner of the car, but the convict told them that it belonged to his boss in Lagos and he was arrested.

Badamosi was arraigned on one count of stealing, which he pleaded guilty to.

The prosecutor, Tope Adegbite, told the court that the offence was contrary to Section 287 (7)(10) of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, 2015.

Reviewing the facts of the case, Adegbite stated that Badamosi was employed on January 6, 2020, and he stole the car 15 days later.

After listening to the facts of the case, Magistrate A. A. Runsewe sentenced him to one year imprisonment. Punch

In Lagos: Teenager disappears after leaving home for school clearance

Friends and family members of David Iyoha have been thrown into confusion after he left home for his clearance in school in the Yaba area of Lagos State and has not been seen since November 25, 2019.

It was gathered that David left his parents’ house in the Ago Palace Way area of the state for clearance at the Federal Science and Technical College, Yaba, prior to the issuance of the Senior School Certificate, but had not returned home.

Punch learnt that David neither got to the school nor returned home to his parents.

David’s father, Hamilton, told PUNCH Metro that all efforts by the family and friends to ascertain his whereabouts had proved abortive, adding that the family had resorted to prayers and hope in God that he would return soon.

Hamilton added that before David’s phone went off, he called his friend around 3pm and told him that they should go for the clearance, but the friend declined, stating that the teachers would have left the school and they agreed to go the next day.

The father added that some people told the family that David was seen around the Bode Thomas area of Surulere fiddling with his phone on the day of his disappearance, adding that when a search party was mobilised in the area and its environs, he was nowhere to be found.

The father added, “We keep trusting God to bring him back home as we have resorted to praying that one day, he will come back, but I still repost tweets about his disappearance on the social media, hoping that someone may see him.”

Punch correspondent gathered that the matter was reported at the Ago Palace Way Police Station.

Confirming the incident, the state Police Public Relations Officer, Bala Elkana, stated that efforts were being made to trace the teenager’s whereabouts.

“We got the report of a missing person and we have declared him missing and commenced an investigation. Efforts are being made to locate his whereabouts,” he said. Punch

In Lagos: Mother, son jailed three years for Internet fraud

The Federal High Court in Lagos, on Tuesday, sentenced one Mrs Damilola Adeyeri and her son, Alaba, to three years’ imprisonment for defrauding an American of the sum of $82,570.

Justice C. J. Aneke convicted the duo of the four counts bordering on “fraudulent trick business and email compromise” filed against them by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission.

Damilola and her son had pleaded guilty to the charges at their arraignment on Tuesday.

The prosecuting counsel for the EFCC, Bilikisu Buhari, told the court that the mother and son conspired with one Kareem Russel, who is still at large, to defrauded the Chief Executive Officer of American Cranes Manufacturing Company.

Buhari said they committed the offences in June 2017 and were arrested on September 6, 2019.

Damilola and Alaba were said to have carried out the fraud by “dishonestly representing yourselves as the CEO of American Cranes Manufacturing Company, and thereafter, you sent an email from personal@managements-securemail-office-portal.online with the intent to gain advantage to yourselves.”

The prosecutor told the court that the convicts acted contrary to sections 27 (1) (a) and 23 (3) of the Cybercrime (Prohibition, Prevention, etc) Act, 2015, and were liable to be punished under Section 22(1) of the same Act.

The offences were also said to be contrary to sections 421 and 422 of the Criminal Code Act, Cap C38.

In his judgment, Justice Aneke said he would temper justice with mercy, because the convicts pleaded guilty to the charges immediately rather than waste the time of the court.

He sentenced them to three years’ imprisonment on each of the four counts, but said the sentences would run concurrently.

The judge said despite that the convicts immediately admitted guilt and showed remorse, he had the duty to administer punishment in accordance with the relevant laws to serve as a deterrent to others.

“Consequently, I hereby sentence each of the convicts to three years on counts one, two, three and four. The sentences are to run concurrently,” Justice Aneke held. Punch

In Lagos: Students, parents protest national ID racketeering, extortion

Parents and students on Friday decried the alleged extortion of money from those seeking to enrol on the National Identity Number in the Alimosho Local Government Area and Igando Ikotun Local Council Development Area of Lagos State.

They claimed some officials of the National Identity Management Commission in the areas had been demanding bribes ranging from N2,000 to N10,000 for enrollment.

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Sunday Punch reported on December 29, 2019, that the NIMC dismissed six of its workers for extortion.

It was learnt that the enrolment process became cumbersome after the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board announced in September that the NIN would be compulsory for the 2020 Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination.

Investigations by Punch  on Friday revealed that some parents who also wanted to obtain their national ID cards had spent more than one week trying to complete the process without success.

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A parent, Mr Gabriel Ugbesia, who went to the registration centre on the premises of Alimosho LGA, claimed he parted with  N7, 000 to get his daughter registered.

A student at the same centre, Kemi Audu, said, “I got here around 6am today and there were 147 names on the list.

Another parent, Mrs Winifred Mark, said she faced difficulties at the NIMC centre on the premises of the Nigeria Immigration Service in Ikeja.

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A council worker, who spoke on condition of  anonymity, said, “It is done for N5,000 and it is because of you, any person that cannot pay N7,000 or N10,000 I do not get myself involved.” Punch

In Lagos: Residents scoop product as tanker falls

Some residents of Victoria Island, highbrow Lagos Friday morning trooped out with kegs to scoop diesel from a fallen 33,000 litre tanker along Ozumba Mbadiwe Avenue.

The truck with registration number KRD280XN was said to have lost a tyre while in motion around 5am which caused a flip through the highway median.

It was gathered that the two compartments of 11,000 litres each detached from the truck and fell on the ground spilling their contents.

In no time, some residents and street urchins surrounded the tanker with jerrycans leaching on the liquid substance.

But for the timely intervention of the police, who chased the young people away and seized some of the jerrycans, there would have been an explosion with devastating casualties on the busy expressway.

A video of the incident posted on social media showed some of the residents including women moving to and fro with kegs, buckets.

Condemning those scooping fuel on her verified social media handle, actress Kate Hanshaw wrote: “See them. Not caring about their lives. Fetching diesel from the tanker accident. We never learn.”

It was gathered that the Lagos State Emergency Management Agency (LASEMA), federal and state Fire Services, paramedics and policemen cordoned off the area afterwards, diverting traffic to other routes.

According to the Director General LASEMA Dr. Femi Oke-Osayintolu, the tanker driver sustained injuries and was rushed to the hospital by paramedics.

He said: “The road was cordoned off on both sides of the highway and a diversion created to ease movement of traffic.

“The combined efforts of the Sharks (Lekki) Response Squad alongside the Bravo Team (Paramedics) of LASEMA, LASTMA, Lagos Fire, Federal Fire, LCC and Nigeria Police worked together for a swift recovery.

“The road is being prepared for reopening while the single casualty- driver has been taken to hospital by the LASEMA paramedic team with suspected internal injuries.” Thenationonlineng

In Lagos: Hoodlums attack community, destroy vehicles, loot shops

There was pandemonium in the early hours of Sunday on Freedom Street in the Ebute Meta area of Lagos State as hoodlums stormed the area, burgled shops and vandalised several vehicles.

It was gathered that the hoodlums, numbering about 100, were returning from a party around 2am when they attacked the community.

Punch gathered that the hoodlums vandalised about 10 vehicles parked on the street and looted five shops.

A resident of the area, Mukaila Aromashodun, told PUNCH Metro that when police personnel from the Denton Police Station were called while the attack was going on, they said there was no fuel in their patrol vehicle.

One of the shop owners, Lauretta Anya, told our correspondent that the hoodlums stole all the clothes in her shop.

Another shop owner, Omobolanle Oyebola, who is a student of the University of Lagos, told our correspondent that she just opened the shop to support her education.

Another shop owner and resident of the area, Titilayo Aromashodun, said, “We were asleep when we heard the hoodlums using machetes to scratch the ground around 2am; we started hearing some people shouting ‘thieves’ and did not know that it was the guys saying that. Later, we saw them destroying so many things; they started breaking into shops and looting everything inside them.

Reacting to the incident, the state Police Public Relations Officer, Bala Elkana, told our correspondent that the police responded to the residents’ distress call, adding that two suspects had been arrested. Punch

In Lagos: lawyer arraigned over alleged N3m fraud

The police in Lagos State on Wednesday arraigned a 50-year-old man, Eric Okolo, who allegedly defrauded two persons of N3 million.

Okolo, who resides at Ikoyi, Lagos, is facing a two-count charge of fraud and stealing before an Ebute-Meta Magistrate’s Court.

He, however, pleaded not guilty, NAN reports.

The Prosecutor, Insp. Chinalu Uwadione, told the court that the defendant committed the offences on Jan. 15, 2009, at Ojo area of Lagos.

Uwadione said that the defendant collected N1 million from Chief Azubuike Ekwerekwu and N2 million from Mr Christopher Iloabanafo for legal services he failed to render.

“The lawyer defrauded Ekwerekwu and Iloabanafo by collecting N3 million from them on the pretext that he would handle their cases,” the prosecutor said.

Uwadione alleged that the defendant converted the money to his personal use.

“All efforts made by the complainants to retrieve their money proved abortive,” he said.

According to the prosecutor, the alleged offences contravene Sections 287 and 309 (9) of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, 2015.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that Section 287 provides for three years’ jail term for stealing.

The Chief Magistrate, Mrs A.O. Komolafe, granted the defendant bail in the sum of N1 million with two sureties in like sum.

Komolafe said that the sureties must be gainfully employed and have evidence of tax payment to the Lagos State Government.

She adjourned the case until Jan. 21, 2020, for mention.

In Lagos: Fraudster disguises as official, defrauds customer inside banking hall

A businessman at Trade Fair Market, Lagos, Mr Taiwo Adebari, is at loggerheads with Fidelity Bank over a N645,000 fraud that occurred at the bank’s branch in the Balogun area of the market.

Adebari stated that the bank had been evasive in refunding half of the payment as allegedly directed by the police.

But an official absolved the financial institution of any wrongdoing, claiming the depositor and the security company, Hogan Guards Limited, working with the bank were to blame.

Punch correspondent learnt that Adebari, who deals in wristwatches, had sent his son, Sefiu, to deposit the money at the bank on August 21, 2019, around 3.30pm.

It was gathered that Sefiu, 18, filled a teller at the banking hall and was about to proceed to the bulk room to make a deposit when an elderly man asked him for assistance in filling his own teller.

While Sefiu was helping out the stranger, a young corporately dressed man approached him on the pretext of being an official of the bank and offered to help him deposit the money. As Sefiu was busy helping out the elderly man, the well-dressed conman left with the money.

More than 15 minutes later when the man did not return with evidence of deposit, it dawned on the teenager that he had fallen victim to fraud.

Adebari explained that his son returned to the shop crying that he had been defrauded and that the bank manager wanted to see him (the father).

Adebari said the bank showed no commitment to pay the money which made him to take the matter to the Special Anti-Robbery Squad in Ikeja, adding that the police invited the bank manager and the CCTV recording was properly replayed.

Adebari explained that SARS eventually asked the bank to refund half of the money, adding that the bank manager had been evasive.

Narrating his experience at the bank that day to our correspondent, Sefiu said, “While I was filling the teller, an elderly man stood beside me, filling his teller as well. A man who dressed like a bank official approached the elderly man and offered to assist him deposit the money.

However, an official of the bank, who spoke to our correspondent on condition of anonymity, said the bank was not complicit in the incident.

The official explained that the CCTV recording revealed that the suspect was not a worker of the bank.

An enquiry on the case sent to the email of Hogan Guards Limited, the private security outfit working with the bank, since Thursday, November 14, had yet to be replied to as of press time.

Efforts to get the comment of the spokesperson for the Lagos State Police Command, DSP Bala Elkana, on the matter proved abortive as he did not pick up calls to his mobile. He had also yet to reply to a message sent to him as of press time. Punch
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