The police have arrested a 40-year-old driver, Moshood Ekunsumi, for allegedly killing a police inspector, Stephen Nzerem, on the Apapa-Oshodi Expressway.
PUNCH Metro learnt that Ekunsumi, a father of three, plied the Airport Road area and had resumed duty on the fateful morning.
The driver, who immediately sensed what they were up to, drove off.
But the deceased was said to have jumped onto the vehicle to apprehend the driver.
The driver was said to have taken the victim away and was speeding when another vehicle crossed his path and he stepped on the brake pedal.
It was learnt that although both the policeman and the conductor were flung off the bus as the brake was applied, only the inspector died.
His skull was said to have been smashed by an oncoming trailer and he died on the spot.
The driver and the conductor were said to have fled the scene and abandoned the bus.
The police, however, arrested the owner of the vehicle.
The matter was subsequently transferred to the State Department of Criminal Investigation, from where investigations led to the arrest of Ekunsumi.
The bus owner, Otaru Joseph, said he had cautioned the driver over his conduct.
“But he did not listen to me. After the incident happened, I thought he would also call me to let me know what happened, but instead, he called and said my vehicle was involved in an accident and cut the call. He didn’t call again and he switched off his mobile phones. He fled to Ondo State where he thought nobody would get him.
I was the one that was first arrested and detained. I would have suffered and died over what I knew nothing about.”
Ekunsumi said his action was not intentional.
“I did not do it intentionally. It was not the first time that the police would hijack our vehicle for their operation.
“But that day, I did not know what happened to me. The policeman just clung to the vehicle and because I was on motion, I could not stop.
“I applied the brakes and he fell off the bus and died. I regret my action.”
The suspect, was, however, arraigned before an Ebute-Meta Magistrate’s Court on two counts of murder.
The charge read in part:
“That you, Moshood Ekunsumi, and one other at large, on August 26, 2015, at about 8.30am, at Jakande bus stop, on the Apapa-Oshodi Expressway, in the Lagos Magisterial District, did unlawfully kill one Inspector Stephen Nzerem, aged 51, by pushing him out of a fast moving commercial bus.”
The police prosecutor, Cousin Adams, said the offence was punishable under sections 231, 221 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, Nigeria, 2011.
The defendant’s plea was not taken.
Cousin thereafter applied for the remand of the defendant in prison custody pending the release of legal advice from the Directorate of Public Prosecutions.
The defence counsel, however, objected the application, urging the court to conduct a preliminary enquiry.
The magistrate, Mrs. H.O. Omisore, called the Investigating Police Officer from the SDCI.
After listening to the IPO, the magistrate criticised the defendant for being reckless with his vehicle.
She also berated the police for wanting to forcefully take over the bus when the driver was not willing to release it.
She pointed out that what happened did not qualify for the murder charge brought by the police.
She, thereafter, adjourned the matter till Monday, January 18, 2016, for ruling.
Time To Sanction Wike Has Come, He Has Touched The Tiger’s Tail- Atiku’s Camp
For daring to call for the expulsion of the presidential candidate of the PDP, Atiku Abubakar, the camp and political associates of the former vice president has moved against Nyesom Wike, asking the NWC to discipline him.
They described Wike as a serial betrayal who formed the group of five governors that committed series of anti party activities against the PDP during the February 25 presidential election.
Director of Research and Documentation of the PDP Presidential Campaign, Dr. Pedro Obasike said,
“Wike coming out to ask for the expulsion of the number one leader of the party and the presidential flag bearer of the party and the recipient of the mandate of the Nigerian people as declared in INEC’s submission that we won 21 states and asking Atiku to be expelled from the party, Wike has crossed the red line and now, he should be ready. He has all the money to fight us back because we are coming at him like a thousand bricks.
“He has unleashed the dogs of war and we will not sit back and watch him ride rough over the party and majority of Nigerians like he did for 8 years over the humility of the Rivers people. That can no longer suffice”.
He also challenged Wike to publish his bank account when he assumed office as a governor and after his eight years tenure as the governor of Rivers state.
According to Obaseke, “Wike is a member of the APC, a sitting Minister of an APC government. Wike openly campaigned against the PDP. You see, by their fruits, we shall know them. By all intents and purposes, Wike is not a member of the PDP’ .
“If you remember clearly, just a few months to the election, Barrister Nyesom Wike, then the governor of Rivers State ran to the court to get an injunction to preclude and stop the PDP from expelling him from the party. If he was so untouchable and bigger than the entire party machinery, why did he do that? Whether we like it or not, Wike is Satan lieutenant.
Stop Renouncing Your Citizenship- FG Appeals to Nigerian Youths
The Minister of Interior, Rauf Aregbesola, has appealed to young Nigerians to stop the trend of renouncing their citizenship in pursuit of greener pasture. According to him, it is worrisome and counterproductive.
The Minister expressed his concerns when he spoke at the Ministerial Alignment Meeting of the Presidential Task Force on Deliverables for Ministries, Departments, and Agencies of Government.
Represented at the meeting by the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry Dr. Shuaib Belgore., the Minister said the Federal government would put up a mechanism in place that would keep young Nigerians busy in productive activities.
He appealed to the youths to stop renouncing their citizenship.
Aregbesola said a committee would be set up in the Ministry with stakeholders to oversee the operations and implementation of the deliverables.
He announced that the committee would be chaired by the Director, Planning Research and Statistics (PRS) in the Ministry, Mr. Kabiru Ayuba, with representatives of the four Services under the Ministry and other relevant officers.
Former WWF Wrestler Beaten To Pulp By 6 Men Over Parking Spot
A former WWF wrestler was violently beaten by six young men right in front of his California home over a parking spot. Tom Magee, 59, was left with a broken jaw, broken eye socket and a concussion in the attack. The horrific incident took place on Tuesday in the Mar Vista neighborhood where Magee also serves as watch dog.
Blood is visible spattered on the sidewalk where the vicious attack unfolded.‘Tom came and encountered the young men, and it proceeded to a fight,’ Kendall Noxxel, Magee’s friend, said to CBS.‘It was sort of a conflict over who was allowed to park in this spot,’ he added.
‘They were literally kicking him, punching him in the face and in the head,’ another neighbor said.
She said neighbors came outside upon hearing the commotion, sending the men running.Magee was incoherent after the attack.
He was taken the hospital and has since been released and is recovering at home.
‘To me, it was attempted murder. If we wouldn’t have come out here I don’t know if he would be alive. To look at his face if you saw his face right now and saw what they were doing to him, he’s really lucky to be alive,’ the neighbor said.The Los Angeles Police Department is investigating the incident.
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