Prince Tayo Adesanya Street, Adeleke (Inset). Photos: Afeez Hanafi
Prince Tayo Adesanya Street, Adeleke (Inset). Photos: Afeez Hanafi
Prince Tayo Adesanya Street, Adeleke (Inset). Photos: Afeez Hanafi

Cameroonian Cleaner kills NIgerian boss over salary advance


Joel Ludguo, a 22-year-old Cameroonian, is currently in police custody at the State Criminal Investigation and Intelligence Department, (SCID) Yaba, Lagos State, for allegedly killing his boss, Miss Temidayo Adeleke.

Ludguo a cleaner who lived with the victim on Prince Tayo Adesanya Street, Park View Estate, Ikoyi, Lagos, approached his boss for a salary advance to enable him travel for the celebration. But Temidayo who pleaded with him to exercise patience because she do not have naira on her, but the devil struck and Ludguo walked away from his boss and returned with a knife and stabbed her on the chest and that was how he too Temidayo’s life over fifteen thousand advance salary.

A source told our correspondent that Ludguo wanted to flee the house, but the woman’s driver and a security guard put a distress call to the Ikoyi Police Division.

“The cleaner said the woman had not paid him his December salary. It was just a month’s salary and the month has not even ended. He collects N27,000 per month.

“He used a knife to stab the woman in the chest. The woman shouted, which alerted the driver and security guard. He wanted to escape when policemen arrived at the house and arrested him,” the source said.

The ambience of the posh estate was solemn on Thursday when our correspondent visited the deceased’s family members, who lamented that they had yet to come to terms with Adeleke’s death.

Dressed in black, the sister of the deceased, who did not give her name, said the family was in grief and would not talk to any journalist.

“I appreciate your coming. The incident is shocking. The family is sad and grieving and needs privacy at this time. We want to be accorded that respect please. Thank you,” she said.

PUNCH Metro observed that Adelekes’ surroundings were flooded with exotic vehicles of those who had come to sympathise with the family.

A resident, who asked not to be named, said Ludguo had requested N15,000 from his December salary and became angry because the request was not granted.

“He asked her to give him N15,000 from his December salary and she said she just came back from the US and did not have naira notes. She told him to be patient. He insisted that he needed the money to travel and Temidayo (Adeleke) told him to let her be.

“A few minutes later, he sneaked to where the woman was relaxing and stabbed her in the chest.”

The residence’s security guard, who identified himself simply as Abbah, said Adeleke employed the suspect about two months ago, adding that she was generous to him.

He said, “The boy is wicked and I have always warned him. He takes drugs. When policemen checked his clothes, they found tremor there. Madam bought him a new phone last month and she usually gave him money apart from his salary. She brought him home through her church member last month and they lived in her flat.

“It was the driver who lives in the adjoining flat that heard madam scream. By the time he got there, she was gasping with blood gushing out of her chest. The driver alerted me immediately to stop Joel at the gate and he was later arrested.”

A friend of the deceased on Facebook, Ibrahim Obanikoro, described her as a woman of virtues that would be missed by many, including her benefactors.

“I feel extremely low with the knowledge of Temidayo passing. How can such a beautiful, spirited human depart just like that? I wish I could ask God why, but who am I to question the Almighty?

“My heart goes to the Adeleke family and all Dayo’s friends on this immeasurable loss. A loss so painful it eats deep into everyone’s skin. Dayo was indeed an angel. Your person and ways will be missed by all those you touched in your short visitation to the world.

“I have no iota of doubt that you lived a good life and I am 110 per cent sure that your journey back to heaven is to be with the creator. Till we meet again, Temidayo Adeleke, RIP.”

The Lagos State Police spokesperson, SP Dolapo Badmos, had yet to reply to a text message sent to her line on the incident.


President Muhammadu Buhari

President Muhammadu BuhariEmpty treasury: I almost absconded, says Buhari

President Muhammadu Buhari spoke yesterday on his reaction when he met an almost empty treasury on resumption of work. “I almost absconded,” he said during a parley with members of the Senior Executive Course 38 (2016) of the National Institute for Policy and Strategic Studies (NIPSS), Kuru, at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.

He noted that daily oil production was 2.1 million barrels between 1999 and 2015, but there was virtually no savings despite the huge income during the period.

Infrastructure, Buhari said, was dilapidated.

The situation was worsened, he said, by low oil prices which tumbled from over $100 per barrel to below $30 per barrel under his tenure.

Digressing from his prepared speech, Buhari said: “For 16 years and eight consecutive years, governments of the other party and you know that there was unprecedented revenue realised, the oil projection which can be verified was 2.1 million barrels per day.

“1999 to 2015, the average cost of each Nigerian barrel of oil was $100 per barrel. When we came it fell to less $30 per barrel and it is now laying between 40 and 50.

“Actually, I felt like absconding because 27 out of 36 states in Nigeria cannot pay salaries and we know they have no other source than to depend on salaries.

“And I asked, ‘any savings?’ I was told there was no savings, and I asked what you have done on agriculture, power, rail, roads. Nothing, you know more than I do because you move around. I have not been moving around since after elections but you do, how many of the Trunk A roads are still good enough? How much power do we have, although there are some elements of sabotage?

“I was told the money was used to import food and fuel. I didn’t believe the answer and I still don’t believe it. Until now substantial numbers of people in the East eat gari and groundnut, in the West pounded yam, cassava, vegetables, in the North tuwo, which is made from any of the grains, millet, and sorghum.

“They eat it in the night and warm it in the morning and eat it and take fura danono in the afternoon. How many of those people can afford foreign food?”

President Mohammadu Buhari
President Mohammadu Buhari

“Then, they say I should check out the petroleum, the legislature dedicated 445,000 barrels per day for internal consumption and that is just 60 per cent of our requirements. I said ok, what of the 40 per cent? The marketers that are bringing it just present documents, papers are just stamped and monies are taken away.

“This is the type of things that the Nigerian elite are doing for our own country. When you go back, look at your colleagues and encourage them to be truly Nigerians.”

In his prepared speech, Buhari said that he was glad that the Course 38 participants took up the challenge he threw at the management of NIPSS last year to look at strengthening institutional mechanisms for poverty reduction and inclusive development in the 2016 Course.

He said he was happy the report was submitted to him.

“I have carefully noted the report, most especially its findings and policy recommendations. I recall with pleasure that when I was giving this task, six months after this administration came into office, the selection of the theme was not only apt but also timely.

“Today, poverty reduction and inclusive development have become pillars of this administration and very close to my heart,” the President added.

The President said he had looked forward to receiving the report because it touched on one of the fundamental problems confronting the nation.

“The report comes at a time when our economy is experiencing a downturn and all efforts are being made by this administration to get our country moving again.”

He insisted that the economic recession is not the making of his administration, but a consequence of bad management of the economy in the past couple of decades.

Buhari also maintained that recession is not limited to Nigeria, stressing that there are far worse cases than Nigeria’s.

He added: “Whatever the scale of the problem, the important thing is how one tackles it.  Accordingly, this administration is committed to finding lasting solutions to our economic/structural imbalance.

“Let us have faith in our great nation that we will come out of this recession vibrant and strong. I am glad that the report presented today has given us reason to keep faith in our ability to overcome our challenges.

“There is no doubt that poverty for decades have been a major challenge to us as a nation despite the country’s enormous wealth. Several policies and programmes that have been implemented over the years, as rightly observed by the report, have not broken the cycle of poverty in Nigeria.”

The Acting Director-General of NIPSS, Jonathan Juma, said a lot can be done by the institute if more budgetary support is given to it.

Juma said: “The financial situation of the National Institute is precarious. The payments for utility services are in arrears and, worse still, we have to live with threats of litigation from numerous creditors. Operational vehicles in the institute’s fleet have aged and are a source of constant embarrassment.

“We have looked inward and appealed to the generosity of individuals and corporate Nigeria for support and we are glad that some have responded positively. However, a decisive presidential intervention for a sustainable funding of NIPSS is urgently required.”


Policeman stabs tout to death over N100police-logo

Pandemonium erupted on Saturday at Berger bus stop, Lagos State, after a policeman, who was a passenger on a 14-seater bus end route from Ibadan, Oyo State, reportedly stabbed a motor park tout, popularly called agbero, to death.

The deceased was identified simply as Ahmed and was reportedly planning to marry in December.

The policeman was said to be serving in a command outside Lagos.

Metro Metro learnt that one of Ahmed’s friends had stopped the bus with the inscription, Success Express, and demanded N100 from the driver, who reportedly declined to pay the money.

In the ensuing argument between the driver and the agbero, the policeman, who was at the front seat, reportedly got off from the bus.

Our correspondent gathered that Ahmed had gone to the scene to know what transpired.

“But the policeman suddenly brought out a very sharp knife and stabbed him (Ahmed) in the stomach. He held the policeman for a while and slumped. He stood up, staggered and slumped again.

“The policeman put on trousers usually worn by riot policemen,” an eyewitness, Goke Adeleke, said.

Ahmed was said to have been taken in the bus to the Lagos State Accident and Emergency Centre at the Ojota Tollgate, where he was confirmed dead on arrival.

A friend of the deceased, who identified himself as Agberoko, said men of the Rapid Response Squad at the bus stop released tear gas canisters to rescue the killer cop.

Agberoko, who spoke in Yoruba, said, “The RRS men shot into the air and also fired tear gas canisters to disperse us when we intercepted the policeman.

“They rescue and took him into the Armored Personnel Carrier stationed in the area.”

Our correspondent, who arrived at the scene shortly after Ahmed’s corpse was brought back to the bus stop, noted that his friends went violent, and vandalised the bus.

The angry mob also hurled stones at the RRS’ APC as the operatives drove off from the scene.

A trader, Taibat Adejare, who was in tears, said Ahmed, was decent among his counterparts.

She said, “He just came out around 4pm today (Saturday). He ate a snack with a bottle of drink. It was about an hour after he came out that the incident happened.

“He was very peaceful and jovial. He didn’t force drivers to pay. The policeman stabbed him with a poisonous knife.

“I was joking with him some days ago that he should go and marry. He said he was planning marriage already and that it would come up in December.”

The Lagos State Police Public Relations Officer, SP Dolapo Badmos, however, said the suspect was not a policeman, adding that the corpse had been deposited in a morgue.

He said, “A group of social miscreants allegedly engaged one Sulaiman Anafi, a driver in charge of a Mazda commercial bus with number plate, XB 251 LEM, in a brawl at the Berger bus stop, inward Lagos, over parking ticket.

“In the process, one of the passengers in the bus reportedly stabbed one of the area boys in the area with a knife and he died on the way to a nearby hospital.

“The suspect has been arrested. He is not a policeman.”

culled from Punch Metro