Fire service warns frisky couples to use handcuffs wisely after rise in 999 calls

Fire service warns frisky couples to use handcuffs wisely
The London Fire Brigade has warned couples to think twice before using handcuffs (Picture: File)

The London Fire Brigade has urged frisky couples to think carefully before engaging is risqué sexual play after the number of people getting trapped in objects such as handcuffs was shown to have risen over the last three years.

The fire service said those choosing to use restraints should ‘keep the keys to hand’ in order to avoid having to place a 999 call.

It said it had been called out to 79 incidences in the past three years of people misplacing their key after using handcuffs in games that could have been inspired by a sexy novel.

Firefighter Dave Brown said: ‘I don’t know whether it’s the Fifty Shades of Grey effect, but the number of incidents involving items like handcuffs seems to have gone up.

‘I’m sure most people will be Fifty Shades of red when our crews arrive.’

Top tip from us today: don’t put your penis in a toaster. Read our most unusual incidents here:— 
London Fire Brigade (@LondonFire) July 29, 2013

As well as having to deal with embarrassed couples, the fire service has also had to contend with more than 1,300 episodes of people getting stuck in household appliances.

This includes men who got their penises trapped in toasters and vacuum cleaners.

There’s a serious side to this – when we’re out cutting rings from penises & fingers we’re unavaible for real emergencies#FiftyShadesofRed— 
London Fire Brigade (@LondonFire) July 29, 2013

Worried parents were also the source of a number of calls regarding children who had got their heads caught in training potties or toilet seats.

Although some of the incidents may seem amusing, officer Brown stressed the importance of using resources correctly after the fire service revealed the bill for the strange calls came up to £377,000.

He added: ‘I’d like to remind everyone that 999 is an emergency number and should only be used as such.

‘When firefighters are out attending to some of these avoidable incidents, someone else could be in real need of emergency assistance.’


Man claims prostitute ‘was only helping him buy tomatoes

Is this the worst ever excuse for hiring a prostitute?
Finding tomatoes is definitely a two-person job (Picture: Alamy)

A man who was caught with a known prostitute in his car told police she was only there to show him where to buy tomatoes – and the cash he gave her was to pay for them.

Muhammad Ikhlaq, 39, was arrested by police on suspicion of soliciting while driving through Walsall in his Nissan Micra.

However, when he was pulled over after stopping at a cash machine to withdraw £20, which he had given to the woman in the passenger’s seat, he claimed he was simply driving around looking for fruit.

PC Stacey Paterson, from Walsall police, said: ‘I’ve heard some excuses before but in the ten years that I have been a police officer I have never heard a kerb crawler covering up his crimes by claiming to be buying tomatoes.’

Ikhlaq, of New Street, Dudley, was found guilty of soliciting on Wednesbury Road, Walsall.

He was fined £400 and ordered to pay £665 in costs by Walsall Magistrates’ Court.

The case of Citizen Charity Uzoechina


The case of Citizen Charity Uzoechina

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In one of the most bizarre cases to hit Nigerian newspaper headlines in recent times a pretty, 24-year old girl by the name of Charity Uzoechina is reportedly holed up in the palace of the highly reverred traditional ruler, the Etsu Nupe, Alhaji Yahaya Abubakar, ostensibly in protective custody from her own father – Pastor Raymond Uzoechina, of a notable Church in Abuja.

According to reports, Pastor Uzoechina sent his daughter for an academic programme at the Federal Polytechnic in Bida, Niger State.  Since March, she has not returned to her parents. Instead of the polytechnic student returning home, her father was summoned to the palace of the Etsu Nupe, where he was told that the girl had converted to Islam, and changed her name to Aisha. The father was allowed to see the girl in the palace in the presence of two women who, he was told, were teaching her the ways and practices of Islam. Several newspaper reports indicated that the father was disallowed from taking the girl back to his house. The reports also said that the girl has alleged that her father will kill for  converting from Christianity to Islam, hence her decision to remain in Etsu Nupe’s custody.

She was also said by palace sources to have gone to a Sharia court which made an order for her to be kept in custody of the Etsu Nupe so that she would not be killed by her own father.

Palace sources further reportedly indicated that the case was filed at the Bida Sharia Court 1 presided over by Justice Abdulkadir Idris, on  March 4. The case was heard and judgement delivered and executed on that same date, even when her father was not served with either the court summons/processes or hearing notices.

Justice Idris, who claimed that the Pastor Uzoechina shunned an invitation to appear before him to defend himself (of the plan to kill his daughter?) reportedly ruled as follows:

“At this, junction, this honorable court hereby orders that the custody of the plaintiff (Charity Uzoechina, the pastor’s daughter) be entrusted in the hand of Etsu Nupe for the time being and the Etsu Nupe should employ a qualified Islamic cleric who will be teaching her and showing her what the Islamic custom is all about and the plaintiff can even be watching and selecting a man of her choice whom she will marry as her partner.”

Pastor Uzoechina  has since appealed the judgment and reports  say that  the Sharia court is expected to rule tomorrow on whether charity should be returned to  her parents or retained in the custody of the  Nupe traditional  ruler.

However, the appeal, according to the father, is to determine if the Sharia court has jurisdiction over his daughter who is a Christian. The president of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), Pastor Ayo Oritshejafor, has at a time intervened in the matter and called for the release of Charity to her parents. Charity’s father has also alleged that his daughter is not the only girl at the palace of the Etsu Nupe. He has urged the security agencies to investigate the holding of Christian girls at the palace of the traditional ruler.

A report in the Vanguard newspaper of July 25 says the father wants an investigation to determine that Christian girls are not being hypnotized or forcibly converted into accepting Islam and held against their will.  Pastor Uzoechina insists that his daughter, Charity, could never have converted from Christian faith to Islam. Meanwhile, spokesmen of the Etsu Nupe have denied reports that Charity was kidnapped or forcibly converted to Islam. They believe they are only teaching her how to be a muslim.

The traditional ruler was said to have produced legal documents indicating that Charity said she had converted and alleged that her father could kill her, hence the need for protection in the ETSU Nupe’s palace and the Sharia court.

Pastor Uzoechina is vehement that he has not at any time threatened to kill his daughter and wants her to return home. According to him: “ if she has converted to Islam, must she practise at the ETSU Nupe’s palace? Is ETSU Nupe the Chief security officer? They should not separate me from my daughter. She has stayed in the palace for six months. If they say I will harm her, let them release her to, for example, the Inspector General of Police, the leader of Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) or ask me to write an undertaking.” He has also claimed that his wife who is the girl’s mother was not allowed to see her when she visited the Emir’s palace.

The pastor has, however, been said to be crying wolf because of his daughter’s decision to convert to Islam. The Nigeria Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs has also got involved in the matter. The Bida Emirate, while exonerating the Etsu Nupe, said it was the girl that approached the monarch for protection over her change of faith on February 15.

The Charity Uzoechina case throws up many salient questions. The matter of the conversion of Charity if, indeed, she converted to Islam is really not a big deal. Thousands of Muslims and Christians have changed their faith in past years and the heavens have not fallen. If Charity wants to be a Muslim, it is a simple matter that can be established by her   parents. Certainly, it will not be a reason for killing her, or having her hide in ETSU Nupe’s palace on the instruction of the Sharia court, as the Bida authorities are alleging. If, indeed, she has converted, it is necessary to ask, as the father has directly asked, if she must practise that faith in Bida alone. Change of faith is really no reason for any court to take over the custody of anybody from the legal parents, or hand such person to an unrelated person for protection, especially when that person is not a government security or social welfare official.

The girl ought to be with her parents to practise either Islam or Christianity, as she desires. Nobody should have a right to take over another person’s child under the guise of conversion.

And, that is why the pronouncement of the court that Charity should   watch to select a man of her choice to marry as her partner is worrisome. This, somehow, appears to be a plan to marry her off to a Muslim man who would now have a right to her legal custody as her husband, thereby undermining the authority of her parents over her.

But then, the question to ask is: Can Charity be married off to a husband without the consent of her parents? What do Islamic scholars say about   this? Can a girl be married without the approval of the parents? This is the critical question that has to be answered.

It is doubtful that any religion would allow the marriage of anyone without the consent her parents. But, my gut instinct is that this may be the new scenario for Charity’s father.

However, considering the clout of the Etsu Nupe and the high respect in which he is held all over the country, here is hoping that this case will have a happy ending and she will be able to return to her parents, either as a Christian a Muslim. It, sure, looks somehow to have someone’s child withdrawn from school by persons unknown to her parents and now handed over to non-relatives by a court for protection against her family, over a nebulous threat to her life. Let all right thinking Nigerians prevail on the Charity’s “protectors”. Let her be released to her parents to practice any faith of her choice. This matter is not worth the soiling of the name of the respected Etsu Nupe and the agony her parents are being made to go through.

No parent should have to go through this type of agony..

Kano bombers disguised as fruit sellers

Kano bombers disguised as fruit sellers

•Hide bombs inside wheelbarrows laden with bananas, oranges
…My escape was divine, says motorist who went for car keys at drinking bar

More details emerged yesterday on Monday’s twin explosions by Boko Haram in Kano metropolis even as survivors recounted how they cheated death. The Joint Security Task Force (JTF) and the police said 12 people died while 12 others were injured. Ohanaeze Ndigbo disagreed with the figures, saying 45 people lost their lives.

It was confirmed yesterday that the lone bomber hid the Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs) in a wheelbarrow, disguising as a fruit seller before they were detonated at New and Enugu/Igbo Road, all in Sabon-Gari, populated by non-indigenes, mostly the Igbos.

One explosion went off at 41 New Road, the Christ Salvation Pentecostal Church at the peak of evening worship.

An eyewitness, Mazi Columba Ndubuisi, told Daily Sun that the Boko Haram bomber arrived in  Enugu Road, with a wheelbarrow, adding that the terrorist pretended to be selling watermelon, oranges and bananas. According to him, the attacker hid the IEDs inside the wheelbarrow under the bananas and oranges, adding that after roaming innocently for a while, he parked the wheelbarrow near the shop of one Mama Ejima by the side of a parked Mercedes Benz car. Ndubuisi said he trades on fire -fighting equipment very close to the scene of the blasts, when the boy parked his wheelbarrow casually, some people were actually calling him to come and sell to them, but they surprisingly noticed that the boy, rather than selling, made his way to the main road, leaving his wares.

He said barely a few minutes after, the bomb exploded killing the woman (Mama Ejima) and several other people.

Another witness, who is simply called Mr. Eddy, said typical of the fellowship, worshippers separated themselves from their children, adding that the kids were roaming about the scene when the first device exploded near their play-point.

The witness, who was watching football in a nearby bar when the first blast occurred, recalled that following the shocking explosion, the whole scenario was thrown into confusion, with several people sustaining injuries, while many more died of the first blast.

He said that just minutes after the first blast, when they were trying to escape, the second exploded, trapping some people who had dared to run in the direction of the first blast.

Mr. Eddy, who resides in the same building where the church is located, said several people died on account of the blasts, including three persons who sat close to him at their drinking table.

“There was smoke everywhere. People were running everywhere, people were lying on the ground, many motorists jumped inside their cars and sped off. They came here with four pick-up vans to carry the bodies. I did not count them, but I know that they were many,” he added.

Meanwhile, several families were yet to discover the whereabouts of their relatives. Daily Sun learnt that at least, eight wounded persons were hospitalized.

Speaking from his hospital bed at the Emergency Unit of the Armed Forces Hospital in the state capital, Mr Chika Ekenne said the blasts took them by surprise, adding that but for the mercy of God, he would have died from the explosion.

Ekenne, who had deep wounds on his left shoulder in addition to several sharp cuts, said that he was hit by the second explosion that occurred in New Road area of Sabon -Garri Area.

According to the victim, who was wreathing in pains at press time, he was a resident of Abuja, who had come to the state to finish a business, adding that he went to the particular scene in the company of a friend to give some money to his daughter, who was to transfer the same to another of his children, who is  in school.

Mr. Ekenne, who hails from Etiti in Mbaino in Imo State told Daily Sun that when the first bomb exploded by the side of the church, a number of people at the drinking bar escaped, adding that unfortunately, he forgot his keys when he fled in fright.

He recalled that in the midst of the thick billowing smoke, thinking that it was a single blast, he ran back, only to be hit by the second explosion which stuck him and threw particles at him.

While pleading that they should not tell his wife about his current state and tragedy, he noted that his wife may not be able to stand the shock.

Meanwhile, a statement signed by JTF spokesman, Capt. Ikedeche Iweha, said Boko Haram detonated the bombs which killed 12 people and injured 12 others, while 19 vehicles were destroyed.

According to the JTF, the incident could have been avoided if the residents had maintained vigilance by reporting to the authorities, strange objects. Capt. Iweha recalled that the task force had urged people to keep an eye on their environments as there was a tip-off that the terror group had planned to attack Kano.

Also, the state police command, in a statement by Mr. Magaji Magiya, confirmed the JTF’s casualty figures.

Reacting to the attack, president of Ohanaeze Ndigbo, Kano State Chapter, Chief Tobias Michael Idika, claimed that 45 people were killed even as he called on President Goodluck Jonathan to take urgent steps to strengthen security of lives and property of residents in the northern parts of the country.

In a statement, the apex Igbo group said: “Ohanaeze account can confirm 39 deaths in New Road and six in Enugu/Igbo Road,  and an unspecified number of people who got injured. The terrorists invaded Sabon-Gari, an enclave carved out for non-natives and planted Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs) which exploded almost simultaneously at Enugu/Igbo Road, near International Hotel and on New Road, directly opposite the popular Ado Bayero Square precisely at Nos 38, 39, 40 and 41.

“At 41 New Road, the Christ Salvation Pentecostal Church was also bombed at the peak of evening worship.”

The Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), through its state chairman, Bishop Ramos Bello, condemned the attack. He prayed God to receive the departed souls and comfort the wounded. He appealed for deployment of more troops in the state.

Meanwhile, the state government has condemned the attack. Governor Rabiu Musa Kwankwaso who visited the scenes, described the attack as devastating. He promised to pay for the treatment of the injured victims.

-Daily Sun

Woman sets 11-yr-old maid ablaze over piece of meat

Policemen at Bode Thomas division of Lagos State command, Tuesday, arrested a woman who allegedly set her 11-year-old house maid ablaze in Surulere area of Lagos, for stealing a piece of meat from her pot of soup.

The maid identified as Ita Bassey-Eno who reportedly escaped death by the whiskers, is currently at the Burns and Trauma Centre of the Gbadaga General Hospital, with doctors battling to save her life.

The victim, Ita Bassey-Eno on her hospital bed....

The victim, Ita Bassey-Eno on her hospital bed….

Although her mistress, a staff nurse at an undisclosed hospital in Surulere, Mrs Nkese Iroakazi, reportedly denied the allegation at the police station, the ailing girl was said to have managed to state that she allegedly poured kerosene on her before striking a stick of matches to set her on fire.

The incident, as gathered, occurred last Saturday at 7, Adeniran Ogunsanya Street, after  Ita rushed out of  the apartment with fire on her, apparently in an attempt to plunge into a gutter. Unfortunately,  she reportedly fell before she could get to  the gutter.

One of the residents was said to have succeeded in putting out the fire with the aid of a fire extinguisher, before she was rushed to the hospital.

Eyewitness account 

A resident who simply identified herself as Morakinyo told Vanguard: “I was just alighting from the bus when I saw people gathered in front of the building. When I got there, I saw Ita whom we all call Eno on the floor. Then, the flame had been put out.

“Two men who attempted to carry her into a car could not because the skin at that time had peeled off. They had to get a slab, placed her on it and rushed her to the hospital. From what I gathered, the girl has spent barely one month in Lagos before the incident.

“She was brought from her village in Akwa Ibom State last month alongside another girl called Happiness. Since then, we have not seen either of them going to school.

“We heard that while Happiness was in the sitting room, there was a cry from Ita in the kitchen and before she (Happiness) knew what was happening,  Ita rushed out of the kitchen and straight to the road shouting for help.

“How could someone who has children of her own treat another’s  like this? It was even the residents that alerted policemen who came to pick Mrs Iroakazi.”

95%  burns

When Vanguard visited the hospital, Tuesday, a doctor who spoke on condition of anonymity  expressed fear about the  victim’s condition, revealing that she suffered  95 per cent  burns.

“It will take a miracle for her to survive. In any case, we are trying all we can to ensure she gets back on her feet. That will entail some surgeries because her private part was badly damaged.

“Currently, she wears pampers and that area needs immediate surgery after the injuries would have healed.”

Ita was sighted with bandage all over her body, except her face and feet. When a nurse approached her to administer the day’s treatment, she groaned in pains.

As at 3 p.m yesterday, police sources told Vanguard that the suspect would be transferred to the state Criminal Investigation Department, Panti, Yaba  for further investigation.



Nigeria’s Minna, Abeokuta Future By Okey Ndibe

Okey Ndibe

The starkest evidence yet of Nigeria’s despairing circumstances could be glimpsed in the fact that Minna and Abeokuta have become major destinations for a certain kind of political pilgrim.

In the last two weeks, a number of governors from the northern part of Nigeria have visited two former Nigerian rulers, General Ibrahim Badamasi Babangida (ret.) in Minna, and former President Olusegun Obasanjo in Abeokuta. Both pilgrimages were seen, above all, as part of the tactical maneuvers for the 2015 elections.

Yet, that the governors consider Mr. Babangida and Mr. Obasanjo worthy of consultation or enlistment speaks to the bankruptcy of their – and Nigeria’s – project. Babangida and Obasanjo are alike in several vital respects. They’re big-time authors of Nigeria’s misfortune, vectors of the political, social and economic crises in which the country is mired, and eloquent examples of failed leaders.

What does it mean, then, that all political roads are leading to both men’s doors? In a few words, that Nigeria is in big, big trouble – if not altogether doomed. The voyage to the hearths of the two men is akin to trusting that a problem is the solution.

To cast both men in negative light is not to suggest, however, that anybody who came before and after them was stellar. No, Nigeria has been luckless in its leadership and, in fact, in the quality of its broader elite. But Babangida and Obasanjo found ways to intensify Nigeria’s malaise, their policies and style helping to amplify and entrench some of the most debilitating symptoms of a sick, floundering country.

Take Babangida. He became Nigeria’s military ruler in 1985, unseating the duo of Generals Muhammadu Buhari and Tunde Idiagbon that had imposed a plastic version of discipline on Nigerians. A charismatic man with a ready, gap-toothed smile, Mr. Babangida seemed the perfect corrective to Buhari’s (and Idiagbon’s) dour, cheerless mien. Before long, however, it dawned on Nigerians that real leadership demanded much more than personal charms.

It may well be the case that the Structural Adjustment Program (SAP), the centerpiece of Mr. Babangida’s economic policy, was both inevitable and the perfect panacea for the country’s indolent, over-regulated economy. What was undeniable, however, is that SAP almost overnight zapped Nigeria’s fledging middle class out of existence, creating two veritable classes: the opulently wealthy and the desperately wretched.

It was a thoroughly painful adjustment, an era in which civil servants could not afford to buy decent cars and some lecturers took to driving cabs in their spare time. Through it all, Mr. Babangida preached patience, assuring us that the gains of policy awaited us at the end of the transition.

It would have been marvelous if he adopted his own counsel. The evidence, clearly, is that he did not. While Nigerians writhed in pain and did their inventive best to scrape through harsh times, their ruler was in plain view accumulating riches for himself, acquiring a hilltop mansion that would provoke an Arab oil sheik into fits of envy, and amassing a huge cache of cash. In other words, the man who asked the rest of us to accept privation for a period of time did not have the discipline – the vision and temperament – to take his own bitter pill.

Babangida compounded his awful statecraft when he announced an ostensible program to return Nigeria to a liberal democratic culture. Unwilling to contemplate his eventual withdrawal from power, he turned the time-table for democratic transition into an expensive, deceptive scheme. In the day, he pretended to be committed to ending military rule; at night, he and his cohorts plotted to sabotage the process – the better to perpetuate himself in office. The culmination of this charade came in Mr. Babangida’s annulment of the June 12, 1993 presidential election.

That remains a defining part of Babangida’s legacy. In some ways, Nigeria is still reeling from the aftermath of that act of perfidy.

And then there’s Obasanjo. This man may well be the luckiest Nigerian, alive or dead. Born into poverty, his childhood ambition was to be a roadside mechanic. Instead, he found his way into the military, rose to be a general, and made two tours as Nigeria’s ruler – once as a military dictator, the other time as an “elected” president. His “election” in 1999 completed a script that had slight echoes of the experience of Nelson Mandela, the South Africa sage who commands near-universal admiration. Mr. Obasanjo had emerged from (Abacha’s) prison to become Nigeria’s president.

Gifted with a unique opportunity to become a true hero, Mr. Obasanjo seemed determined, instead, to surpass Mr. Babangida in all the trivial ways. He may have set up two anti-corruption agencies, but his administration was notorious as an enabler of graft and money laundering. He exhibited a shocking propensity to dine with and empower all manner of shady characters, the exceptions being those who were reluctant to massage his imperial ego. For all the speeches he read on accountability and transparency, he ran a shop where – under his very gaze – his confidants and associates stole Nigeria blind.  

As I stated, Obasanjo’s one obsession seemed to be to best Babangida in some egoistic game. He dwarfed his rival by becoming, by far, the person with the longest tenure as president. He and his coterie acquired enough riches to tower over the man from Minna and his crowd. A slave to imitation, he acquired his own hilltop mansion in Abeokuta.

Obasanjo’s gravest crime was not that he was a mediocre leader. In the end, mediocrity in a leader is forgivable. His greatest blemish was to participate, actively and fervently, in the devaluation of Nigeria and the debasement of the Presidency. How did he do so? He empowered rustics like the late Lamidi Adedibu and Chris Uba to use police contingents to sack or hijack two governors. He belittled the judiciary by ignoring judicial verdicts that went against his government. He squandered cash in the neighborhood of $10-16 billion on a scam announced as a mission to offer Nigerians “regular, uninterrupted power supply.” He looked the other way – and compelled the anti-corruption agencies to do the same – when his political friends pillaged public funds. He weakened the National Assembly by constantly meddling in its affairs, including dictating who their leaders must be.

Instead of lending himself to the goal of strengthening democratic values, Obasanjo became an apostle of do-or-die, a zestful rigger of elections. Drunk with power, he was willing to gut the Nigerian constitution in a bid to grant himself a third term in office – and a virtual life presidency. As Nigerians groaned for infrastructure and livable wages, Mr. Obasanjo mindlessly sank billions in scarce funds to bribe his way to a third term – all the while denying that he wanted to stay on. Denied his illicit third term dream, he imposed Umaru Yar’Adua, a feeble, dying man, and Goodluck Jonathan, a nondescript governor, as the PDP’s ticket – and then imposed them on Nigeria.

This architect of Nigeria’s misfortune appears to cherish some Nigerians’ proclamation that he was a much better “leader” than, say, President Jonathan. Such flattery proceeds from a short memory as well as a profound misreading of Obasanjo’s role in misshaping our present. Properly understood, Yar’Adua and Jonathan are part and parcel of Obasanjo’s legacy. If the current president’s performance is subpar, perhaps we should ask Obasanjo, again, why he guaranteed to us that he’d chosen the perfect team to take over from him.

In a society where leaders are held to strenuous standards, neither Babangida nor Obasanjo would be able to show his face in public. That some northern governors – and other politicians – are flocking to both men’s separate hilltop is a clear sign that Nigeria will remain a mess for a while to come.

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3 brothers in affair with one woman -One kills another in fight over pregnancy


THE story would have sounded funny if not for the life that got involved. Or what would one say about the fight between two brothers over a woman that was inherited from a late elder brother, to the extent that the two living brothers would lay claim to the woman’s child, with one of them killing the other over the issue?

This was what played out between two citizens of Benin Republic residing in Igbo Aaya village via Ijio-Meso in Iwere-Ile, Oke-Ogun axis of Oyo State. The elder of the two brothers, Kanso Ogunyale, had reportedly been living in Nigeria for many years before he decided to invite his younger brother, Sanya Ogunyale (25), to join him about two years ago.

Before Sanya’s coming, Crime Reports gathered that Kanso had been living with a woman as his wife. He was said to have inherited the woman from his late elder brother about 10 years ago. Though she had a child for her late husband before marrying Kanso, the woman reportedly found it difficult to conceive after her marriage to Kanso. With the belief that the pregnancy would still come, Kanso continued his marital life with the woman.

Shortly after Sanya’s arrival in the couple’s home, the woman became pregnant. Kanso was said to have received the news with so much joy, thinking that his brother’s coming had brought good fortunes to his home.

However, things took a new turn when Sanya started claiming the pregnancy of his brother’s wife, making it known that he was also ‘involved’. The matter was said to have degenerated between the two brothers as both started claiming paternity of the unborn child.

When the matter could not be resolved, the brothers reportedly went to the Baale of their village, Chief Adisa Olalekan, who was said to have given them an appointment for a peace talk.

Unknown to Kanso, however, Sanya had another plan up his sleeve, determined to make sure that he would be the winner that takes all.

On Saturday, June 8, which was slated for the meeting, Sanya allegedly laid an ambush for his brother along a bush path, and before that one could pull himself together, Sanya had dealt him severe blows with a machete until he gave up. Not done with his plan, the younger brother was reported to have dragged his brother’s body into the bush where he quickly dug a shallow grave and buried him.

His deed was exposed when, after leaving the burial site, he met other villagers on the way. The villagers were said to have wondered what happened to him when they saw his clothes soaked with blood. They were said to have challenged him but instead of responding, Sanya reportedly took to his heels but was eventually caught beside the place where he buried his brother.

Crime Reports gathered that he was taken to Iwere-Ile police station from where his case was transferred to State Criminal Investigation Department, Iyaganku, Ibadan.

Police sources informed Crime Reports that the suspect confessed to the crime and gave reason for his action. According to the source, “Sanya told us that Kanso inherited a woman from their late brother since 10 years ago but she had not been able to get pregnant since the union.

 “He further told us that when he came to stay with his brother in the village about two years ago, he started an affair with the woman, which resulted in pregnancy. It was the pregnancy that caused trouble between the two brothers as they were both claiming to be responsible. Sanya admitted that he ambushed his brother on the day they were to go for peace meeting and killed him.”

Efforts of the police towards getting the woman at the centre of the controversy to come forward to make a statement proved abortive as it was gathered that she had since disappeared, and her whereabouts had remained unknown.

Crime Reports gathered that the suspect had been charged to a magistrates’ court, Iyaganku, on a one-count charge of murder. The magistrate ordered that Sanya be remanded in Agodi prisons while the case file is duplicated to the office of the Director of Public Prosecution (DPP) for legal advice