A middle age man, Abiodun Onipede, on Saturday attempted to kill himself over his inability to refund a loan of N50, 000.
He was, however, prevented by the anti-vandalization team of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps, NSCDC, Ogun State command.
He was said to have been prevented as he attempted to hang himself by a member of the team who wanted to urinate in the bush.
Onipede, a commercial tricyclist, was reported to have secured the loan from a micro-finance arrangement known as ‘Lapo.’
He was said to have tied a rope to a tree and was about hanging himself when a member of the NSCDC team saw him.
The man, a 34-year old father of five, later told journalists that he worked with Traffic Compliance and Enforcement Agency, TRACE, in Ogun State but was sacked.
He explained that his inability to perform his responsibility as the head of the family led him to attempt suicide.
He added that his failure to pay the ‘loan from LAPO, a private micro-credit lending organisation, forced him to take the decision to take his life.
“I am a 200-level drop-out of Federal College of Education, Osiele, I dropped out because I could not get financial assistance to continue,” he said.
“Due to the health problem of my child in 2008, I had to drop out so that I could have some money to take care of my sick child.
“But, we later lost the child in 2009 because we were unable to pay some hospital bills after people had helped us in raising money for the surgery.
“I was duped by some people and they even threatened me which made me to leave Abeokuta for Akwa-Ibom state.
‘’It was when I came back after a year that I discovered I had been sacked from TRACE.
“I am frustrated because am owing a lot of people ranging from house bill to electricity bill and some other bills.
‘’I am ashamed of myself because am not a responsible man, I cannot cater for my family as a head
“The LAPO officials have used OPC (Odua Peoples Congress) to arrest my wife because of the money, if not for the help of my pastor.
” Am just frustrated because I have to pay N3,000 every Friday and I am presently jobless. And I still have like N24,000 to balance.
“What added to my conclusion to commit suicide was due to my inability to refund the ‘LAPO’ loan I collected when I wanted to start my tricycle business.
” The officials of the LAPO have been giving my family tough times for sometimes now because, I cannot afford to be repaying N3,000 every Friday,” he said.
He, however, said he regretted his action and wanted a second chance in life.
“I wish to go back to school; I want the government to help me with a job that can cater for my family and other things that are important,” the man said.
Meanwhile, the Public Relations Officer of NSCDC, Ogbonnaya Dyke, described it as a crime against the state for someone to try to take his life.
Mr. Dyke added that the suspect would be handed over to the police, after the NSCDC Intelligence Unit had concluded its work.
“Since the matter is under our Crisis Management Team, we have to swing into action to address the situation.
“Necessary actions will be taken by the Corps in addressing the situation. He is going to be handed over to the police after our intelligence Unit has done its work,” he said.
Edo: NDLEA foils criminal attempt, detects cannabis inside sacks of garri
Amidst COVID-19 lockdown, officers of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) in Edo State have foiled a criminal attempt to smuggle eighty-three (83) kilograms of cannabis sativa concealed inside sacks of garri out of the state.
The dried weeds that tested positive for cannabis was intercepted at Aviele trailer park, Etsako West Local Government Area of the State.
NDLEA Edo State Commander, Mr. Buba Wakawa who announced the operational breakthrough in Benin City also lauded operatives of the Auchi Area command for the spectacular drug seizure.
He said, “officers attached to the Auchi Area command acting on intelligence report raided the popular trailer park at Aviele where the dried weeds of cannabis hidden inside eight (8) sacks of garri were intercepted while preparing to smuggle the drugs out of the State. This is a very successful operation and I commend the officers for their commitment and ingenuity”.
The commander who described the mode of concealment as “cunning”, added that preliminary investigation had revealed that a local cannabis snuggling cartel in the area is behind the cannabis consignment.
Also, in a similar operation which took place at Uzebba forest, the command recovered twenty (20) kilogrammes of cannabis seeds and thirteen (13) kilogrammes of dried weeds that tested positive for cannabis.
The commander, however , warned that drug traffickers in the State must quit the criminal act or be prepared for the legal consequences.
“The early detection of the drugs despite the mode of concealment is a clear signal that the activities of cannabis cartels cannot escape our strict supervision.
“We are prepared to remain proactive in our counter- narcotics efforts.
“This way, we will continue to subject drug traffickers to the laws of the country to serve as a deterrent to others who might be tempted to indulge in drug trafficking”
EFCC Docks Oyo Permanent Secretary Over Alleged N4.4m Scam
The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, Ibadan Zonal Office has arraigned a Permanent Secretary in the Oyo State Ministry of Agriculture, Alhaji Rasaq Kolawole, for allegedly defrauding one Ibikunle Alonge of N4,400.000 (Four Million, Four Hundred Thousand Naira).
Kolawole was arraigned before Justice Aderonke Aderemi of the Oyo State High Court on Wednesday,
on one-count charge of obtaining money under false pretence.
The offence is against Section 1 (2) of the Advance Fee Fraud and Other Fraud Related Offences Act, 2006 and punishable under Section 1 (3) of the same Act.
The victim of his alleged crime had written a petition to the EFCC in which he accused the top public servant of fraudulently collecting the sum from him as part payment for a piece of land situated at Alabata Olosoko area of Moniya, Ibadan.
He further alleged that it was after making the payment that he got to know that the land actually belonged to one Mrs. Ali (now deceased ), adding that all efforts to get a refund thereafter was unsuccessful.
The one- count charge read: “That you, Alhaji Kolawole Rasaq on or about the 2nd of October, 2018, at Ibadan within the Ibadan Judicial Division of this honourable court with intent to defraud, obtained the sum of N4,400,000 (Four Million and Four Hundred Thousand Naira only) from one Alonge Ibikunle through Pastor Adeyemi Fabayo by falsely pretending that it was part payment of the cost price of eleven and half plots of land situated, lying and being at Alabata Olokoso area, via Moniya area, Ibadan which you purported to have sold to him.
Kolawole pleaded not-guilty to the charge. In view of his plea, prosecuting counsel, Dr. Ben Ubi, prayed the court for a date for the commencement of trial.
Justice Aderemi admitted the defendant to bail on self- recognizance and adjourned the matter to June 24 and 25, 2020 for trial.
Oyo Operation Burst Gets New DG
Oyo State governor, Engineer Seyi Makinde, has appointed Colonel Oladipo Ajibola (retd) as the Director-General of the Operation Burst, a state-backed security apparatus that comprises officers of the Nigerian Army, Nigeria Police and the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC).
Moses Also, the Special Assistant to the governor, on Print Media made the appointment public on Tuesday.
According to the statement, Governor Makinde charged Oladipo to deploy his wealth of experience in the military and security services to leading the Operation Burst in collaborating with other security agencies to achieve the administration’s objective of a secured Oyo State.
Col. Oladipo (retd) holds a Diploma in Education from the University of Ibadan as well as Diplomas in Administration and Special Operations from the Ghana Institute of Management and Public Administration and the John F. Kennedy Special Warfare Center, Fort. Bragg NC. United States of America.
Col. Oladipo (retd) took part in different national and international assignments including being deployed to Angola as Military Observer and Military Assistant to CMO in 1993; leading the five Nation Military Security Assessment to Liberia and serving as the Commanding Officer NIBATT 7, UNAMSIL-Sierra Leone in 2001-2002.
He also served as Chief Instructor, Depot Nigerian Army; Chief of Staff-HQ1 Division, Nigerian Army, Kaduna and Commander/Nigerian Contingent Commander Africa Mission in Sudan.
After leaving the military, he has also served in different capacities as General Manager, EXL Security & Protection Services LTD; Assistant General Manager, Aviation Security, FAAN and Managing Director, Glosat Security Services LTD.
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