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Lawyer Decries Rising Armed Robbery Attacks,

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A Lagos-based legal practitioner, Mr Daniel Adeyemi, has called for urgent measures to curb “the alarming rate of armed robbery attacks in the society”.
Adeyemi made the call in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Lagos on Tuesday.
According to him, armed robbery is the crime of using firearms or offensive weapons to take the property of another by threat or force.
”Robbers dispossessed people of their valuables, some even rape, injure, or even kill just to carry out their operations.
”No place is safe; the security situation in the country recently is so terrible as armed robbers now operate day and night on a daily basis.
”Armed robbery is becoming a trend of which if not properly handled, I fear that doom awaits our nation and the future of our youths stand on the balance of uncertainty.”
He said that the Criminal Law stipulated death sentence for armed robbery but the threat of capital punishment has not deterred robbers.
”In spite of the capital punishment reserved for convicts, the crime keeps increasing.”
He said that the prevention of crime should not lie on the shoulders of the police and government alone, but every member of the society has a role to play.
”Security of lives and property is everybody’s business; all hands must be on deck in tackling this menace so as to make the society safe for all.
”If you see something that doesn’t seem quite right, you say it, be alert and report any person with a suspicious occupation or lifestyle to the police.”
He said that the police sometimes responded slowly to robbery cases due to their inferior equipment, lack of vehicles, low morale, corruption, lack of public cooperation, among other challenges.
The legal practitioner advised Nigerians to live their lives with wisdom and desist from flaunting their wealth as that could attract robbers.
He urged parents to live up to their responsibilities by ensuring that values of integrity and hard work were imbibed in their children.
”Parents should inculcate good values in their children, train them in the right way to go; children that are properly trained will not likely involve in crime.”
Adeyemi said that more training, enhanced salary package, good equipment, recruitment and others would ensure the efficiency and boost the morale of the police.
He urged the police to properly screen people that wanted to join the force, as recruiting criminals or hoodlums would only increase the volume of rot facing the society.

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We Work With Police To Ensure Security – OSPAC Commander

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Rukpokwu local vigilante called OSPAC, says it is working with the police to ensure safety of citizens
The Commander, Mr Worlu Chigor, stated this while on routine patrol yesterday at Eliokpokpodu
Worlu restated the determination of the local vigilante to ensure peaceful atmosphere in the area
He noted that the sanity for which OSPAC is known remained their watchword.
Rukpokwu Market Ospac said although the task before them had never been an easy one, with support and cooperation, of the people, every challenge is surmountable.’
Mr, Worlu appealed for logistics which he described as the bane of their operation and appreciated the Community Development Chairman, Prince Sunny Wopara, for his immense support.
He warned criminals to stay clear of Rukpokwu as the area can never be a hiding place them
Worlu however urged residents of the area to report any suspicious movement to them for prompt action
He said criminals caught had been handed over to the police for necessary action.

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Auto Accident Claims One In PH

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The Rivers State Police Command has called on members of the public whose relations are missing to visit it with a view to identifying for the body of a young man allegedly knocked down by a car on the 11 of may 2022.
The was contained in a press release by the Traffic officer state traffic division, Nigeria police port Harcourt, CSP Christian Cyril.
Eyewitness account informed the Tide that the deceased whose identity remains unknown was allegedly knocked down by a car along the Elimgbu junction in Obio/Akpor local government area.
According to the account the deceased in an attempt to dodge a tricycle jumped on top of the bonnet of a car and was knocked down.
The deceased whose identity was unknown was said to have died instantly.
The driver of the vehicle was said to have carried the deceased body to the Elimgbu police station.
The Tide also learns that since the incident no member of the public had come out to claim his body.
According to the press release, “today 11/05/2022 at about 153hrs a case of fatal motor accident transferred from Elimgbu Divisional police headquarters Rumuewhara farm road Port Harcourt received and referred for investigation”
The release said the driver of the vehicle reported that he knocked down a male pedestrian name and address and relatives unknown while crossing the road..
It said the victim died at the spot as a result of the accident.

By: John Bibor

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Man Stabs Mother Of Six In Philadelphia

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A man stabbed a mother-of-six to death in a minivan, according to cops in Philadelphia. Victim Ashley Lockhart, 32, had taken out a protective order against defendant Raymond Thompson, 34, authorities said in local news reports.
“This particular victim obviously did the right thing,” Philadelphia District Attorney’s Office Chief of Homicide Joanne Pescatore said of the protective order in a press conference, according to Philadelphia CBS affiliate KYW-TV. “For some reason, she was back with this man in that particular van. I don’t know the circumstances of that; I don’t know why that was. But sadly enough she is not going to be here to tell us what happened.”
“As men we’re supposed to be out here protecting our women, not abusing them.” Mother of 6 Ashley Lockhart was found stabbed to death inside a van in West Philadelphia. Police say her fiancé, who had a restraining order against him, has been arrested.
Police say Ashley Lockhart – a mother of six little girls she called her ‘6 Charms’ – was brutally stabbed to death by her finance – Raymond Thompson. Lockhart had a protection order against him. She’s the latest victim in a spike of violence against women
Surveillance footage reportedly showed Thompson leaving a Honda Odyssey from the 5300 block of Chestnut Street on Saturday morning. Lockhart was allegedly a passenger in the minivan. Thompson allegedly went to a convenience store, returned to the vehicle, and attacked Lockhart.
“Extremely sad, and very, very troubling,” Philadelphia District Attorney Larry Krasner said of Lockhart’s death, according to the Philadelphia Inquirer.
Lockhart was found in the passenger seat of the minivan. She had sustained stab wounds to her neck and arms, and she was pronounced dead at the scene, according to authorities in a WPVI report.
The alleged motive: jealousy. Thompson told detectives he stabbed Lockhart because he thought she had cheated on him, according to law enforcement sources cited in the Philadelphia Inquirer report. He reportedly said he took a train to the Kensington neighborhood, used heroin, and called the cops to turn himself in.
Thompson is being held without bail on charges of murder and possessing instruments of crime. He reportedly has prior convictions for drug offenses. Those charges are said to include pleading guilty to resisting arrest after authorities said he wrenched himself from cops during an arrest in a drug case. He also is said to have jumped onto railroad tracks to try to escape.
Friends and family reportedly gathered at the scene of the crime with white and green balloons — Lockhart’s favorite colors.
34-year-old Ashley Lockhart, a mother of six, was brutally stabbed to death by a man she was in a relationship with. Police say she had a protection order against him. 34-year-old Raymond Thompson is in custody charged with her murder. Families are raising money for her girls.

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