Our Reporter, Delta.
The quest to be wealthy and be addressed, as “the youngest richest man” in his community is the reason 18-year-old Nwaolisa Kelvin Uzor and two others at large killed his uncle’s seven-year-old twins. While it sounds unbelievable, that was the cold-blooded, spine-chilling confession of a suspect who is presently in police custody. The grisly incident happened on March 6, 2020, in Oko Ogbele community in Oshimili Local Government in Delta State.
The morbid affair started in the evening when Oliseh Agwunobi, the father of the victims, reported his children, twins Chiagozie and Chidalu Agwunobi missing. He pointed an accusing finger at one of his relatives, Onuwa Ajie Oliseh who was last seen with the children.
Tragically, mutilated bodies of the twins were found in the bush two days later, with eyes, tongues, hands and penises missing. A few days later, detectives attached to the Inspector General of Police, Intelligence Response Team (IRT) Led by DCP Abba kyari tracked down one of the suspects to Anambra State, while efforts are still ongoing to bring the others to book.
In the meantime, the bereaved family had retrieved the corpses from the General Hospital where they were deposited.
Statement from an 11-year-old Iweka Oliseh who witnessed the abduction of the twins gave Police the lead. The Primary Four pupil claimed he was initially contacted by his brother, Onuwa Ajei Oliseh, who is one of the two suspects at large, to assist him to lure the twins from their school.
Iweka said: “On March 5, at about 6:30 am, my elder brother Onuwa Oliseh asked me if I will go to school. I told him yes and he asked if I could help him to bring out the twins from the school before the school closes that day. I told him no, that the teacher will not agree. That same day when I came back from school, I saw my brother Onuwa place a well-sharpened machete on the table where he was eating while I went to the backyard. I saw him move to the twins’ house because we all lived in the same compound. It was later that same night that I heard from the community that the children were missing.”
Further insights came from the Primary Four pupil, Iweka: “He (Onuwa) came back home with his hands stained with blood. He then asked me to pour water on his hand as he washed his machete.”
After the bloody deed, Onuwa allegedly went to the house of Uzor and both of them travelled to Anambra.
Agwunobi Oliseh, 52, father of the twins said: “On March 6, before my children left for school, Onuwa Ajie Oliseh came to my house and inquired if my children will go to school and he was told yes. Later we heard Onuwa told his younger brother, Iweka to help him bring out the twins from their school that he wanted to take them somewhere. The school authority also told us that later that day he went to their school to try and take them and was chased away by their teacher. He waited for them at home and as soon as they came back, he came to the house and asked them to follow him to the stream. I believe that it was while they were on the way that he brought out the cutlass and killed them.”
The bereaved father continued: “It was when I came back later in the day with my wife that I realized that the twins were missing. While I was running around, Iweka, the little brother of Onuwa, told me that it was his brother that took my children. Onuwa ran away but we were able to find Uzor who told us where the bodies were dumped. We went there and found their mutilated bodies with eyes, tongue and hands removed from.”
A broken-hearted Agwunobi lamented: “I am still in shock because I find it hard to believe that it was Onuwa and Uzor that planned it. Both are children of my blood brothers.”
The root of the evil
What could have led young men to commit such evil? That is the question on the lips of all who heard this story. Nwaolisa Kelvin Uzor, the suspect in the police’s net, provided the answer.
While he insisted that he was not the only one responsible for the killings of the victims, he, however, admitted that he knew Onuwa, now at large, wanted to use the twins for money ritual––on their behalf.
Uzor, a school dropout and a farmer explained his motivation for seeking wealth by hook or by crook. “Life is very hard as a farmer and normally after the day’s work, the young men will gather to play ball and discuss ways to better our lives. So many young men who are into Yahoo Yahoo are doing very well in my village. Since I am not educated enough, I knew that was not an option for me.
“One of such days while we were hanging out, one of my friends, Chukwudi Ogbunaigwe suggested that another way of making money was through ritual. He was so desperate he tasked us to find any good native doctor that can assist us. It was then that Onuwa said that he knew one who is based in Aguleri but that it will involve human sacrifice. I told them that I am not interested in anything that involves the killing of a human being. I asked them to go ahead but told them I will not be partaking in any killing.”
According to him, they started suggesting people whom they could use for the purpose.
“Onuwa said that we should use our uncle’s children. I told him not to do that; then they suggested another old woman in our area. She is known as Nne Amaka, but I pleaded with him not to use her because she is very nice and very generous, if you are passing by and beg her for water, she will give you water and even food. I never knew that he concluded in his mind to kill our uncle’s twins until he came to my house later that day with their body parts,” Kelvin alleged.
On why it was easy for Onuwa to pick the twins, Kelvin claimed it was because they were all related and live in the same compound.
“It is a village setting where brothers and family members build houses close to each other. We know ourselves, that was why the children trusted him. Immediately he finished, he came to my house that was when it dawned on me that he had killed them. I asked him to take the body parts and go before anyone would see him. I was panicking and came out to the compound to show solidarity so that no one will suspect me. It was then I heard Iweka his younger brother telling everyone that it was Onuwa who took the twins and that he came earlier to their school to pick them but failed.
“Everyone started asking me where Onuwa was; they alleged that if he abducted those children, I must know something about it. That was why as soon as I got the opportunity, I ran away to Anambra.
It was from there I sent a message to them directing them to where they can find the dead bodies. I knew the location because Onuwa told me where he killed them. He told me he sold their hands for N2, 000 while he took the other parts to one herbalist in Aguleri, Anambra State.”
Uzor added remorsefully: “Now everyone has concluded I am the one who killed the twins. It is only Onuwa that will clear my name.”
The suspect admitted his greatest mistake was his failure to alert the parents of the twins. “I should have informed my family when Onuwa suggested that we should use the twins. I love those twins so much and their parents are nice,” he said.
He pleaded: “I am begging my brothers to wait till Onuwa is arrested; then they will know that I was not in the bush when he killed them.”
Asked why he was gullible for such a sinister plan, Kelvin responded thus: “I was hoping to make money and ride big cars and build houses. I wanted to become a young chief because most of these young boys did not work as hard as I did and now they are millionaires.”
First Bank Plc, Ex-staff Bags 98 Years Jail Over N49.3m, $368,000 Fraud
As First Bank Plc battles a former dispatch ridder, Omeli Humphrey Darlington, who has alleged that the bank is using him as scapegoat to cover up an internal fraud to the tune of N355 million, while a former staff of First Bank Plc, Oreoluwa Adesakin has been sentenced to 98 years in jail for stealing N49,320,652, and additional $368,203 as employee of the Bank in 2013.
Justice Muniru Olagunju of the Oyo State High Court found the ex-staff of First Bank Plc, Adesakin guilty of committing the fraud against her employers to the tune of N49,320,652, and additional $368,203.
The convict was prosecuted by the Ibadan Zonal Office of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) on a 14-count charges, bordering on stealing, forgery and fraudulent accounting.
One of the charges read: “That you Oreoluwa Adesakin, sometime between the months of May 2013 and November 2013, at Ibadan within the Ibadan Judicial Division, whilst being a staff of First Bank Plc stole the sum of N25,974,116 from First Bank Plc MoneyGram Payment Naira Account.”
The Adesakin pleaded not guilty to all the charges.
However, a prosecution counsel, Usman Murtala, presented vital documents and witnesses which eventually nailed the convict while Justice Olagunju wasted no time in pronouncing Adesakin guilty as charged.
The judge then sentenced her to seven years in prison without an option of fine on each of the 14 counts, which will run concurrently.
The judge also ordered the convict to restitute the First Bank, through the EFCC, all the money she stole.
She was arraigned by the EFCC April 4, 2014, following a painstaking investigation on First Bank petition dated December 18, 2013.
The convict, Adesakin was a Money Transfer Operator, saddled with the responsibility of effecting payments through Western Union Money Transfer and Money Gram platforms. But she manipulated the accounting system and withdrew a total of N49,320,652 and another $368,203 for herself.
According to the EFCC spokesman, Wilson Uwujaren, operatives of the anti-graft agency established that the convict used part of the proceeds to acquire landed properties in different parts of Oyo State.
￼This is even as top management of the bank has been fingered by a former Dispatch Ridder in the alleged stealing of no fewer than N355m million from an account belong to a prominent company in Lagos as contained in a petition by Mr. Omeli to the EFCC and the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) has shown.
The Dispatch Ridder in a recent video alleged that First Bank Plc officials have been trailing him to back off on the stolen N355m, which led to the tarmination of his employment by his employers.
He equally alleged that First Bank Plc had sent men suspected to be hired assassins to his village in search of him after alleged attempt to use security agencies to eliminated him seven years ago failed.
He equally narrated how his sick mother was harassed and threatened by the suspected killer squad.
Court Sentences Cultist To Death By Hanging In Ekiti
An Ekiti State High Court, sitting in Ado Ekiti, has sentenced a 29-year-old man, Gbenga Aluko (aka Cherry), to death by hanging for his cult activities.
The police had charged the convict with belonging to a prohibited society “Eiye confraternity’’, contrary to Section 4 of the Secret Cult (Abolition and Prohibition) First Amendment Law No. 6, Laws of Ekiti State of Nigeria, 2017.
Delivering his judgment, Justice Abiodun Adesodun, said that the penalty for the offence committed and established against the accused was death.
“You are hereby sentenced to death by hanging. May the Lord have mercy on your soul,” the judge said.
Earlier, the Prosecution Counsel, Julius Ajibare, had told the court that on Jan. 23, 2019, at Ado Ekiti, the convict was found to be a member of a prohibited society, Eiye confraternity.
The prosecutor said that the offence was contrary to Section 4 of the Secret Cult (Abolition and Prohibition) First Amendment Law No. 6, Laws of Ekiti State of Nigeria, 2017.
“In his confessional statement, Gbenga Aluko, said that he and his cult members masterminded the killings of some other cult members, such as Mercy at NOVA Road, Ajagbe and Mugbagba, all in Ado Ekiti.
“He was involved in duping people and he pretended to be a herb seller as well as a political thug.
“He mentioned members of his gang called Supreme Eiye confraternity as Yemi Effizy, AY Pumping, Wonderful, T Black, Femi, and others,’’ the prosecutor said.
To proof his case, the prosecution counsel called two witnesses and tendered no exhibit, while the accused called no witness but spoke through his counsel, Femi Adetoye.
Gana Killing: Shehu Sani Condemns Military Action, Gives Reason Why The Surrendered Benue Most Wanted Criminal Shouldn’t Be Killed
Former Kaduna Senator Shehu Sani has reacted to the murder of Terwase Akwase, Benue’s most wanted criminal in the State.
Shehu Sani said it was wrong to kill the criminal even after he surrendered to the armed forces.
Recall that on Thursday the Nigerian Army confirmed the murder of Akwaza in Benue State, also known as Gana.
During a gun battle with soldiers along Gbese-Gboko-Makurdi road on Tuesday, Gana was killed.
The Commander, 4 Special Forces Command, Doma, Nasarawa State, Maj. -Gen confirming the incident. Moundhey Ali said the military gunned down Gana at an army-mounted roadblock.
Speaking to reporters, Ali said 40 armed Gana gang members were also captured during the operation.
He disclosed that the gang had recovered several rifles, pump-action guns, ammunition, charms, and explosives among other items.
Gana’s corpse was deposited in an undisclosed mortuary, he said.
This was after Gana had previously surrendered to the Government of the Benue State after an amnesty program extended to criminals.
But Sani, a prominent member of the 9th Assembly and former member of the All Progressive Congress, APC, said in reaction to the development that, “To ‘kill’ a person who ‘surrendered’ would discourage others from surrendering.”
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