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Danfo Driver Crushes ‘Okada’ Rider To Death Along Eko Bridge In Lagos

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A commercial bus driver, popularly known as ‘Danfo’ crushed a motorcycle rider (Okada) to death along Eko Bridge, Lagos.

He was knocked down by a yellow commercial bus while driving his bike against oncoming traffic, while the bus driver absconded after the accident.

Lagos State Commissioner for Transportation, Frederic Oladeinde has, on behalf of the State Government, expressed sympathy to the family of the okada rider over the loss.

The Commissioner expressed disappointment that the bus driver escaped immediate arrest but gave assurance that the culprit would be apprehended by the police and brought to justice.

While reiterating government’s directive to all road users to desist from flouting traffic laws, Oladeinde warned commercial motorcycle riders to stop taking laws into their hands and disturbing the peace in the State whenever any of their members got involved in an accident.

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Kaduna Houseboy Brutally Murders His Madam, Leaves Her Husband Severely Injured In Rivers State

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A houseboy who goes by the name Abba hired by a couple in Rivers State has brought about destruction to a peaceful family.

Wonders they say never cease to happen. When Victoria Wilcox woke up on the morning of June 1, 2020, to mark her 55th birthday, little did she know that she would not witness the next.

On the very day, late Victoria, a mother of two, from Arondizuogu, Imo state and married to Mr Ralph Wilcox from Bonny LGA in Rivers State met her painful and gruesome death around 8 pm, when her houseboy named Abdulkareem Babangida (Abba in short form), a native of Kachia LGA of Kaduna State clubbed her to death with the aid of a newly acquired cutlass.

With the heinous job done, the houseboy dragged her lifeless body under a tree in the compound and waited patiently to administer same treatment to Ralph.

Before her untimely death, the deceased was said to have in 2005, retired into a private business from the Nigerian Housing Insurance Trust Fund, NHITF.

According to reports, late Victoria and her husband had in July 2019 hired their houseboy Abba to assist in her shop at the Aco Shopping Complex, Lugbe, Abuja where she used to sell some household items and sacramentals. Though she did everything to please their houseboy Abba, she never knew he had a sinister motive to send her to early grave.

“He responded saying, ‘‘there was an explosion in the metre and that the Mummy was aware, so I decided to switch on the generating set’’.

“I told him to give me a few minutes to park so as to check the metre where I asked him to wait for me. When I couldn’t see my wife, I asked, where is Mummy? he replied, ‘‘Mummy is in the house.’’

Not suspecting anything sinister, Wilcox said their houseboy went into the house, only to be greeted by darkness all over the place, where the generator did not produce light.

‘‘I went in, dropped the birthday gifts I bought for my wife and my Automated Teller Machine, ATM cards and rushed out with my phone,’’ he continued.

At this point, he said he never knew their houseboy Abba had killed, wrapped his wife in a nylon bag and found later that he put on the generator to muzzle the sound of his wife’s cries when he (Abba) was killing her.

Not too sure of what was playing out, Wilcox said he called one Alhaji and succeeded in calling him once to come to his aid and the number did not go, and now facing the metre to find out what the problem was, he heard “the sound of an axe on my head”.

‘‘He started hitting me and hitting until I collapsed, I fell on the floor and felt tick blood over my head. By then I was weak and when he thought he had killed me, he went inside the house to look for the key of my newly bought Jeep in the house,’’ he narrated.

Continuing, he said while Abba was still busy looking for the car key, he regained consciousness and crawled close to his bedroom and started banging the window, beckoning on the wife ‘‘mummy, mummy come out, we are under attack, Abba is attacking us,” not knowing she had been dead for long.

According to him, ‘‘it was God Almighty that raised me after I collapsed again and battled to draw attention in the pool of my blood.’’

After mummy did not respond to his calls, he gained little strength and crawled again to the gate to seek help, noting that if Abba had started the car then; he would have run over him, and lock the gate.

‘‘If he had succeeded, my corpse and that of my wife’s would be here decomposing and nobody would even know, maybe after few days would start smelling before people will realise that we were dead.

“But God foiled his plan, woke me and gave me the strength to manage to open the small gate because he (Abba) forgot to lock the pedestrian gate as he was locking the main gate.

“That was how I escaped to the road, where I met someone coming with a jeep who saw me and reversed to call security men,’’ said the widower.

According to him, as at the time the security men came, he was already unconscious, adding that it was much later they told him that the person with the jeep he had met on the road went to bring people. Abba did not know that he had gone out to bring people.

At that point, he said the sympathisers now believed him (Abba) and packaged him and asked him to drive him to National Hospital.

Their houseboy, Abba while serving his master pretended he never knew how to drive.

While still battling to regain consciousness, he told Abba on their way to the hospital to call mummy’s phone and inform her that he was under attack.

‘‘It was like I was in a trance. I remember vomiting and dying. The last thing I said was branch to police station and tell them; until I found myself in the hospital,’’ he said.

Also speaking, Wilcox said ‘‘While in the hospital undergoing blood transfusion in preparation for brain surgery, the news went round the estate and people started coming to visit in the hospital and immediately the first set arrived the hospital, Abba had reversed the vehicle to escape. But when the people saw him they blocked him, and started interrogating him.

When asked what happened, he blamed armed robbers until he was taken home by 2 am, where the lifeless body of the madam was found under a tree. It was then, it dawned on them that their houseboy had killed his madam.

When subjected to further interrogation, Abba admitted that he killed his Madam.

On why he killed her, he said she was bringing Christian sacramental in the shop for him, a Muslim to sell, which he said offended him. That was after he lied that they were not paying his salaries as and when due.

When asked again, why he didn’t resign within the 11 months he was with the woman, he said he wanted to kill the couple and sell their car, house and other valuables.

Justifying his wife’s business, Wilcox said she was selling sacramental because she was a strong Catholic and wondered why Abba would kill his wife for living her faith.

When asked about the whereabouts of Abba, he said he is currently with the police, the State CID and noted that he had written a petition to the Force Headquarters to inform the Police IGP through the Minister of Information and Culture, who signed it and copied the IGP.

According to him, Abba’s father had reported to the police and was made to visit his son in the cell, while they were still waiting for the Alhaji (Agent) that brought him on contract basis.

On how the houseboy was hired, he said, ‘‘it was the agent that brought him to us and we signed and paid. But our mistake as people are saying was that we did not go to the police to crosscheck.

Speaking on Abba’s role in the house, Wilcox said ‘‘Abba stayed with us for 11 months. He was Madam’s shop keeper; he wasn’t coming into the house. We had other boys in the house. That week that he committed this crime, he caused quarrel between him and other boys and because of the way my wife took side with him, the other boys got angry and left because of Abba. We did not know he had a plan.’’

On how generous his wife was to Abba, the bereaved said, his wife bought Abba a new pair of Jeans trouser and T-Shirt and gave him N10, 000 to give his parents during the last Sallah break, and to make Abba comfortable, Abba was provided with everything he needed in his house which was also furnished with Air Condition on the demand of the deceased, wondering how she offended Abba to warrant her killing.

When asked if he had any premonition before the incident, he said: ‘‘Yes, I told my wife few weeks before that Abba was changing but she said she trusted him, and because I did not want to offend her, I allowed him to stay. I started suspecting something but my wife did not expect it.’’

On whether Abba is truly a native of Kaduna state, he said ‘‘Abba told us that he is from Borno state but through police investigation, we later found out that he is from Kachia Local Government in Kaduna state. A lot of people have said he does not look like someone from Nigeria, let alone Kaduna from the way he speaks and look.’’

On the lesson learnt, Mr Wilcox said ‘‘I will be very cautious and careful in bringing people to the house. I will not trust anybody again.’’ He advised the general public to always do due diligence before bringing anybody (House help) to their house.

One of the eyewitnesses, who is a native of Kaduna state who spoke to Vanguard said, ‘‘that boy does not look like someone from Kachia. Even the Hausa he was speaking and video I watched, he is either a Chadian or Nigerien.”

Another eyewitness told Vanguard that Abba disclosed to them during interrogation that he had concluded plans to use the shovel available in the house to dig grave under a tree in the compound and bury the couple after he must have killed them. He would then take his time to sell all their properties including houses and if anybody asked about them, he would say they travelled abroad.

Though he has taken the situation in good faith, Wilcox said he is not pleased with the slow pace of the case by the Nigerian police and pleaded with them to give him justice in order to step up plans to bury his wife.

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Father Of 3 Commits Suicide In Nsukka

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A father of three children, Emmanuel Eze, on Monday allegedly committed suicide at Amagu Umudiaka village, Ihe community in Nsukka Local Government Area of Enugu State.

Eze, who hailed from Ehe-alumona, Nsukka, reportedly hanged himself in the early hours of Monday in an uncompleted one- story-building close to the house where he lived as tenant with his family.

Elder brother to the deceased, Mr Silas Eze, who confirmed the incident, in Nsukka that his late brother had been behaving abnormally before he took is life.

“It is unfortunate that my younger brother decided to commit suicide.

“For sometimes now he had been behaving like someone who had mental health problem.

“Yesterday (Sunday), he hit the younger sister with a big wood and ran away, the sister was immediately rushed to the Bishop Shanahan Hospital, Nsukka.

“We are surprised to discover this morning that he has hanged himself in an uncompleted one-storey building near his compound.

“As I am talking with you, Emma’s wife is not yet aware that her husband has committed suicide because she is the one staying with my sister in Bishop Shanahan Hospital,” he said.

Eze said one of the family members had been mandated to report the incident at the Nsukka Divisional Police Station.

When contacted, Mr Daniel Ndukwe , the Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO) Enugu State Police Command, said that he had received several calls on the incident.

Ndukwe however said that the command was still awaiting brief from Nsukka Divisional Police Station.

(NAN)

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How Shoprite Sales Girl Reportedly Stole ₦553 Million

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Twitter user has blamed staff theft as one of the reasons why South Africa owned retail outlet, Shoprite, decided to stop doing business in Nigeria.

The company issued a statement today to announce that its businesses outside of South Africa recorded losses. It also blamed the lockdown period declared by many African countries for the losses.

However, @SamuelOtigba stated that the company must have decided to pack up due to theft perpetrated by its staff.

His thread reads: “Asides the political bottlenecks & chaotic business strains associated with doing business in Nigeria, one other silent contributing factor why Shoprite is closing down, is staff theft. In 2017 alone, a salesgirl stole N553M, one month after securing the job. There are many.

“My friend’s father-in-law is on the board is an investor. This isn’t a singular incident, it has become an organized crime. From mid-management to staff. They had this issue from the first year of operations. Another issue is greed involving political tax masters. If you know…

“It was published in different News outlets in 2017. The inside story is, she came with her own POS machine & kept using it to collect payments during peak period. The receipt looked like an original Shoprite receipt till you look closer & notice the alteration.

“That’s just one incident they discovered after the audit. Imagine the racket going on at their different locations across Nigeria. Firing & hiring is a regular exercise now. Most of these staff don’t stay up to a month again. The ones that snitch…(another story for another day)”.

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