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Calabar fire consumes day-old baby

 Calabar fire consumes day-old baby

1-year-old baby burnt to death in Calabar

A one-year-old baby has been burnt to death in Calabar as a result of a candlelight fire in a thatched house.

The incident happened at Eta Agbor area of Calabar Municipality on Oct. 9.

When the newsmen visited the area, it was observed that the thatched house was completely burnt down.

The mother of the child, Ms. Glory Etim-Akpan, 19, told NAN that her child was sick, and so she went out to a pharmacy in the area to buy drugs and pampers for her.

Etim-Akpan said she left the child, a baby girl, Kate Dickson, at home sleeping, while the candlelight was burning.

“My baby was having cough and catarrh, so I went out to buy drugs for her and pampers. Before leaving the house, I lighted a candle on top of a metal plate in the room.

“I didn’t even get to the pharmacy when I received a call that our house was on fire. It was not up to 30 minutes that I left the house.

“Neighbours around heard my baby crying, but they couldn’t intervene. When I came back, we broke the door and I found out that my baby was already burnt to death.

“Also, I lost all my properties including my certificates. The fire burnt down my apartment completely,” she lamented.

Etim-Akpan said that her life has been shattered because she has nowhere to stay, no food to eat, and no clothes to wear.

She appealed to well-meaning Nigerians to come to her aid through financial and material support.

Witness narrates how NSCDC officer defrauded nine job seekers of N2.7m 

Ngozi Oboh

A Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) officer, Nkechinyere Adesegun, told an FCT High Court in Kubwa that her colleague, Ngozi Oboh, defrauded nine job seekers of N2.7 million.

Ngozi Oboh is being prosecuted by the Independent Corrupt Crimes Commission (ICPC) on a one-count charge of fraud contrary to Section (1)(1) of the Advanced Fee Fraud and other Related Offences.

However, Adesegun was led in evidence by the Prosecution Counsel, Suleiman Abdulkareem on Tuesday.

Giving her side of the story, Adesegun said:

”The defendant called me on the phone to arrange a meeting in the office car park.

”When I got there, she opened the pigeon hole of her car and showed me some appointment letters from the Nigerian Correctional Service(NCoS), saying it belonged to people she secured employment for.

“So I told her that my brother, Lawrence Okafor, was interested and she said the letter costs N300,000. I asked about its authenticity and she assured me that it was genuine.

” The defendant told me the employees were going for training in Lagos state and would be briefed at the Prisons Headquarters so my brother transferred the money to my account and I sent it to the defendant.

” We did not receive any phone call regarding the training, then the defendant told my brother to buy shorts, a canvas and proceed to the training school.

” The defendant gave my brother his appointment letter and he showed some of his friends, who indicate interest.”

Adesegun said the defendant asked Okafor’s friends to pay money.

“Okafor’s friends paid their money into my account and I transferred same to the defendant’s account.

“When my brother arrived in Lagos for training, he called to inform me that his employment letter was different from others so I asked him to leave Lagos before he gets arrested.

“My brother’s friends started threatening me to pay them back their money and I took them to the defendant’s house.

” The defendant wrote an agreement with them saying she would pay the money on or at the end of August 2015 but she did not, ” she said.

Adesegun said she reported the matter to NSCDC and the defendant paid N100, 000 out of the N2.7million which she collected from nine job seekers.

The witness said her husband decided to report the matter to the Special Anti- Robbery Squad (SARS ) and the defendant paid N170, 000 only.

She added that one of the job seekers, Akachukwu reported her to the police and she was arrested because of the defendant and later granted bail.

The witness identified the employment letter given to her brother in court and the undertaking written by the defendant to pay back.

Justice Kezziah Ogbonnaya adjourned the case until Dec.6 for the continuation of testimony.

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