30 March 2016

Fuel scarcity to disappear April 7, says Kachikwu

Minister of State for Petroleum, Dr. Ibe Kachikwu, appeared before the Senate Committee on Petroleum Resources (Downstream ) on Tuesday,  to explain reasons for the acute fuel scarcity across the country and the efforts being made by his ministry to resolve the embarrassing phenomenon.

He lamented the situation and apologised to Nigerians who are really going through difficult situation and promised that the scarcity will end on or before the 7th of April.

He said,  “I share the pains of Nigerians. I feel that pain everyday. Those who are following my trajectories since I resumed office would see that even on the Christmas day,  I was at the refineries. On the Easter day,  I was in Lagos,  monitoring fuel distribution at the depots.

“I have given 24/7 attention to the problem in this industry which were unbelievable. I have continued to work with one sole purpose in mind, which is that every problem will have a solution.

“I do apologise if a comment I made jocularly with my friends in the press about being a magician offends some Nigerians, it wasn’t meant to be. I did go ahead to explain what needed to be done. I didn’t intend to create this kind of hyperbole that it did.

“Let me admit that I am not a typically experienced politician. I am a technocrat,  Some of the phraseologies that I may use while being acceptable in the arena in which I play,  obviously will not be acceptable in the public political arena. If anybody’s sensitivities were offended by that,  I totally apologise, I am a very humble person even imagining the thought that I dictate to Nigerians. I am not somebody like that.”

Kachikwu attributed the current fuel scarcity to lack of importation by the major oil marketers; diversion of the products by marketers; pipeline vandalism; panic buying and non computerisation of distribution network to monitor trucks.

He lamented that since the payment of N600bn arrears of unpaid subsidy which the current administration inherited from the Former President Goodluck Jonathan administration, which ended the subsidy regime, oil marketers had stopped fuel importation.

The development, he said,  had forced the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, to overstretched its capacity, human resources and facilities to bridge the gap but it is obvious that it lacked the immediate capacity to handle.

Source: PunchNg

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28 March 2016

BREAKING: Tunji Braithwaite dies at 82

Elder statesman Dr. Tunji Braithwaite is dead.

The 82-year-old lawyer died this morning at St. Nicholas Hospital in Lagos.

His son, Olumide, who confirmed his demise, told our correspondent in a telephone conversation the elder statesman died after a brief illness.

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Gunmen invade Rivers hotel, kill UNIPORT student

Gunmen have killed a student of the University of Port Harcourt around Umuokiri village, Aluu community in Ikwerre Local Government Area of Rivers State.

The victim identified as Mr. Clinton Opribo-Amos was shot dead on Sunday night at a hotel in the area by a group of young men suspected to be members of a secret cult

It was gathered that Opribo-Amos, a student in the Department of Linguistics and Communication Studies in UNIPORT was murdered during the Easter celebrations.

A witness told The PUNCH that the hoodlums had invaded the hotel around 11pm.

According to the witness, the gunmen cut off power supply to the hotel by switching off the generator when they arrived at the facility.

He said, “We were just in the hotel when we noticed some boys entering. Nobody suspected anything because the groove was on. Later, the generator that was used in the hotel went off. Immediately, the boys started shooting.

“The continuous shooting caused fear as some people lay flat on the floor. When the shooting stopped, everybody ran away. It was later that the victim was discovered dead. Several other persons, who were also there, sustained various degrees of injuries while they were struggling for escape.”

The source lamented that every effort made to reach security operatives when the shooting was on proved abortive.

When contacted, the Public Relations Officer of the Rivers State Police Command, Mr. Ahmad Muhammad, said the command had yet to be briefed on the incident.

Source: PunchNg

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26 March 2016

Gunmen abduct Edo lawmaker’s 68-year-old mother

Gunmen have abducted the mother of a member of the Edo State House of Assembly.

‎It was gathered that 68-year-old Abibat Adjoto, whose son, Kabiru Adjoto, represents Akoko Edo II constituency, was kidnapped at her residence in Ikakumo village, in Akoko Edo Local Government Area of the state.

‎She was abducted along with one of her adopted sons, whose name has yet to be verified.

‎According sources, the suspected kidnappers invaded the village at about 1am on Thursday, shooting sporadically for about two hours, causing the villagers to scamper for safety.

Efforts to reach the three-time lawmaker for comments on Saturday were unsuccessful.

‎But a source close to the family, who spoke on the condition of anonymity, disclosed that the kidnappers forcefully took their victims away, after beating them up.

It was also learnt that the abductors had yet to make any contact with the family of the victims.

‎The source said, “They came to our village and started shooting. They took mama away and one of her sons.”

When contacted, the Police Public Relations Officer, Mr. Osifo Abiodun, said that he would get back to our correspondent on the matter.

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23 March 2016

Easter: FG declares Friday 25th and Monday 28th March as public holidays

The Federal Government has declared Friday, March 25 and Monday, March 28 as public holidays to mark the Good Friday and Easter celebrations respectively.

The Minister of Interior, Retired Lt.-Gen. Abdulrahman Dambazau, made the declaration in a statement issued by the acting Permanent Secretary in the ministry, Alhaji Muhammadu Maccido on Tuesday in Abuja.

The minister urged Christians and Nigerians in general to support and join hands with President Muhammadu Buhari in his sustained efforts to build a peaceful, united and virile nation.

He further urged Nigerians to use the occasion to pray for peace and unity across the nation.

While wishing Nigerians and Christians the world over happy celebrations, Dambazau also reiterated Federal Government’s commitment to the change
agenda in the country.

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21 March 2016

UNILAG undergraduate dies after taking poison in hostel

A 300-level microbiology student of the University of Lagos, Jacob Eniola, has died after allegedly consuming a poisonous substance known as sniper.

The victim was said to have been rushed to the Lagos University Teaching Hospital, Idi-Araba, where he gave up the ghost on Sunday.

It is, however, unclear why the victim took the poison.

It was gathered that the management of the school had already launched an investigation into the case.

A source said the victim took the poison on Saturday evening.

The source said, “He stays in Biobaku Hall. It was on Saturday that he took the poison and he was rushed to the hospital. This morning, we got the news that he’s dead. I honestly cannot tell why he did that.”

Friends of the deceased have also started pouring encomiums on the late student, whom they described as gentle and easygoing.

Kunle Adegunoye, a former student leader, in a post on his Facebook page, said he was surprised to hear about the incident.

He said, “March 2014 was the first time I saw him strolling towards the entrance of the iconic room 113, Biobaku Hall of residence, bright, confident, enthusiastic and likeable.

“Young, naive and ready to learn, he became the toast of everyone in the room. Hardly can a minute pass without Enny, as he was fondly called, ease smiles out of us. He made us sit up and do research with his brilliant, though unending arguments.”

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18 March 2016

Illegal oil deal: Court sentences 14 foreigners to prison

Justice Ibrahim Buba of a Federal High Court in Lagos on Friday convicted 14 foreigners of dealing in petroleum products in Nigeria without lawful authority.

The judge found them guilty of dealing in 1,738.087 metric tons of petroleum product in Nigeria without lawful authority or licence as alleged by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission.

Justice Buba sentenced 11 out of the 14 convicted foreigners to two years imprisonment with an option to a pay a fine of N2m each.

The judge said the sentence would run from last year March when they were apprehended by the Nigerian Navy and handed over to the EFCC.

Justice Buba, however, sentenced the remaining three convicts who had jumped bail and absconded to five years imprisonment without an option of fine.

The three convicts who jumped bail are Russians.

The judge convicted and sentenced them in absentia and issued a warrant for their arrest, emphasising that their jail term would commence on whatever day they are re-arrested.

The judge ordered the forfeiture of the petroleum products and the vessel into which they were loaded to the Federal Government.

He ordered the two companies convicted alongside with the foreigners to pay N5m fine on each of the five counts levelled against them.

The EFCC had on June 10, 2015 arraigned the 14 convicts on four counts before Justice Buba.

The charge was later amended with the counts increased to five.

The convicts were arraigned alongside their vessel – MT Anukt Emerald, and two companies – Monjasa DMCC, and Glencore Energy UK Ltd.

Their names, as listed on the charge sheet, are Artur Pakhladzhian, Sergo Abbgarian, Vasily Shkundich, vitaliy Bilours, Hlarion Regipor, Laguta Oleksiy and Cadavis Gerarado.

Others are Kretov Andry, Badurian Benjamin, Chepikov Olksan, Naranjo Antero, Patro Christian, Alcayde Joel and Caratiquit Beyan.

They were identified as citizens of Russia, Ukraine, Philippine and Japan.

The prosecutor, Mr. Rotimi Oyedepo, had told the court that the men were handed over to the EFCC by the Nigerian Navy, which on March 27, 2015 intercepted them with their vessel, MT Anukpet Emerald, loaded with crude oil estimated at 1,738.087 metric tons.

The foreigners were equally said to have been found in unlawful possession of 1,500 metric tons of Automated Gas Oil as well as 3,035 metric tons of Low Pour Fuel Oil.

They had pleaded not guilty and were granted a bail of N50m each, which was guaranteed by Zenith Bank Plc.

Upon the disappearance of the three Russians, the court had subsequently ordered Zenith Bank to forfeit N150m to the Federal Government.

To prove the allegations against the convicts, Oyedepo called seven witnesses, while the defendants, through their lawyer, Mr. Babajide Koku (SAN), called three witnesses.

In his judgment on Friday, Justice Buba said he was satisfied that the prosecution proved its case against the defendants beyond reasonable doubts, adding that had no difficulty in convicting them on all the five counts preferred against them.

Upon their conviction, the defence counsel, Koku, urged the court to temper justice with mercy, saying the convicts were young men in their prime, who had no previous records of conviction.

Koku said the 11 convicts who were in court were only employees carrying out the instruction of their employer and were not privy to the deal.

“We plead for mercy, My Lord. Abraham Lincoln said, ‘I have always found that mercy bears richer fruits than strict justice.’ The convicts are young men in the prime of their lives. They have no family ties in Nigeria. In fact, the convicts here are not the ones in control of the ship. They can at best be described as the laymen of the crew,” Koku said.

Quoting James 2:3 from the Bible and making reference to the Quran, Koku urged the judge to allow mercy to triumph over judgment.

On his own part, Oyedepo said the EFCC had found no previous conviction record on the convicts.

Source: PunchNg

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16 March 2016

My wife starves me of sex, 77-year-old tells court

A 77-year-old retired engineer on Wednesday pleaded with an Agboyi-Ketu Customary Court in Lagos to dissolve his 23-year-old marriage, alleging that his wife often starved him of sex.

The septuagenarian, Mr. Kola Fagbule, whose address was not disclosed, told the court that his 51-year-old wife, Beatrice, always denied him sex anytime he demanded for it.

“She always starves me of sex whenever I am in the mood and I don’t want to have prostate cancer.

“At my age, I am supposed to be enjoying sex now and not when I am gone; I don’t want to die before my time,” he told the court,” he said.

Fagbule also accused Beatrice, principal of a school, of not caring for his welfare, adding that there was no more love between them.

“I am tired of her and I don’t love her anymore,” he said.

He pleaded that the court should dissolve the estranged union, saying that he could no longer tolerate Beatrice’s conduct.

The respondent, Beatrice, did not deny the allegations, but told the court that her husband was a womanizer and jobless.

She also asked the court to dissolve the union which had produced a child, a university undergraduate.

The Court President, Mr. O. T. Williams, adjourned the case to April 4 for ‘review of facts of the matter’.

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Tenant beats landlord to death in Ondo State

The Ondo State Police Command has arrested one Tope Akideji for allegedly killing his 75-year-old landlord, Mr. Kayode Osunkalu, in Ondo town, Ondo State, Nigeria on Saturday.

According to a source, the incident occurred following an argument between the suspect and the deceased over electricity bill brought to their house, located at 17 Ayeferere Street of the ancient town, by the officials of the Benin Electricity Distribution Company.

It was gathered that the deceased had earlier threatened all his tenants to pay for their electricity consumption within 24-hour in line with the bill brought to the house by the BEDC, failure of which will lead to the disconnection of electricity to their apartments.

The suspect was allegedly not pleased with the landlord’s threat and thereafter a hot argument ensued between them, leading to a fight.

The source said, ” Mr. Osunkalu received several punches from Tope making rendering him unconscious. ”

After slumping, the source said the deceased was rushed to the Ondo State Specialists Hospital in the town where he was said to have given up the ghost.

Confirming the incident, the Divisional Police Officer in charge of Enuowa Divisional Police
Station, where the case was reported, Mr. Kunle Omisakin said the suspect had been transferred to the homicide section of the state headquarters of the police command in Akure for further investigation.

He stated that the remains of the late retired civil servant had been deposited at the morgue of the Ondo State Specialist Hospital in Ondo.

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14 March 2016

16 killed as gunmen open fire on tourists

No fewer than 16 persons were shot dead on Sunday after six gunmen stormed Ivory Coast beach resort of Grand Bassam and opened fired on tourists.

Reuters reports that the dead include 14 civilians and two soldiers while the assailants were also killed. The resort is visited by both locals and foreigners.

The Ivory Coast President, Alassane Ouattara, confirmed the casualty number during a visit to the scene of the incident.

He said, “Six attackers came onto the beach in Bassam this afternoon … We have 14 civilians and two special forces soldiers who were unfortunately killed.”

Ouattara added that the six attackers were also killed.

The Interior Minister, Hamed Bakayoko, toldBBC that the gunmen had been “neutralised”.

A witness of Sunday’s attack said, “heavily armed men wearing balaclavas” had opened fire near the L’Etoile du Sud hotel, which was full of expats.

Another eyewitness, Souleymane Kamagate, said he saw people running from the beach and fleeing in different directions.

BBC’s Maud Jullien reports that Ivory Coast has been identified as one of several countries in West Africa at risk of being targeted by Islamist militants.

Luxury hotels were targeted by terrorists in Mali in November and Burkina Faso in January.

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12 March 2016

Man kills girlfriend in hotel over alleged gonorrhea infection

One Ekanem Ikot, 31, has allegedly killed his 27-year-old girlfriend, Edith Owei, from Owa-Alero, Ika North East Local Government Area of Delta State in a hotel room for allegedly infecting him with gonorrhea.

The suspect fled the hotel after the incident on Monday, leaving the victim’s lifeless body on the ground, even as sources said the suspect and the victim were in a relationship close to six months before the dastard act.

But an insider said the suspect, who hails from Akwa Ibom, allegedly lured the victim to Minna in Niger State after she had deceived her parents that she was going to Ambrose Alli University, Ekpoma, Edo State, to collect her NYSC call-up letter, having graduated from the Department of Chemistry.

It was further gathered that after the family members had waited for days to no avail and without hearing from her, they were said to have called her mobile telephone number several times without any answer; a development that overwhelmed them with suspicion.

Surprisingly, the victim’s boyfriend, after some days, sent a text message to the elder sister, one Felicia, informing her of the death of the sister in a hotel room in Minna as well as allegedly claiming responsibility.

Felicia, who narrated the incident to Southern City News, said, “We immediately reported the matter to the police who then sent a radio message to Minna to ascertain if such incident took place there and it was confirmed to be true.”

The victim’s sister added that the police and one of her uncles travelled to Minna, where they identified her corpse and brought it to Asaba.

The victim’s body had since been deposited at the Federal Medical Centre Hospital, Asaba, even as unconfirmed sources said the suspect allegedly killed the victim when he noticed gonorrhea symptoms after he made love to her before they moved into Minna.

Contacted for reaction, the State Police Public Relations Officer, Mrs. Celestina Kalu, said she had yet to be briefed on the matter, but promised to do her findings and get back to our correspondent.

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Court jails pastor for attempting to rape 13-year-old

A magistrates’ court in Kwale, Ndokwa West Local Government Area of Delta State, has sentenced a 38-year-old Pastor, Ruben Okotie, to six months imprisonment without an option of fine for attempted rape.

The Chief magistrate, Carl Moeteke, who sentenced the accused on Friday, said Okotie was found guilty with overwhelmed evidence of three counts of conspiracy, attempted Rape and illicit sexual act.

It was gathered that Okotie had on the 22nd day of February 2016 in Kwale town seduced his housemaid with a red candle after his wife had gone to visit her sick parents in a neighbouring community.

The housemaid, a 13-year-old native of Akwa Ibom State, was said have resisted the attempt by the pastor to rape her after she returned from market where she was sent to buy food stuff.

The pastor was said to have threatened to throw her out of his house if she refused to give in to his demands next time.

A week later, the pastor pounced on the maid with a red candle, which he forced into into her private part after dragging her to his bedroom.

He was arrested after his wife reported the maid’s complaints to the police.

Police prosecution witness, Sgt Promise Enebeli, told the court that Okotie confessed to the crime upon interrogation after which he was arraigned.

But counsel to the accused, Mr. Thomas Okobi, had dismissed claims of the pastor’s wife, Esther, but the court insisted that the evidence before it was overwhelming.

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Ooni of Ife marries new bride, Wuraola in Edo State

In a colourful blend of two cultures,  the Ooni of Ife, Oba Adeyeye Enitan Ogunwusi, Ojaja II, got married to his new wife, Wuraola Obanor, from Edo State, at a traditional marriage held in Benin, the Edo State capital.

The ‎wedding rites was performed in the traditional Benin culture at the residence of the bride on Ewere Street, Etete, in Oredo Local Government Area of the state.

Although the monarch was not physically present, he was, however, represented by his father, HRH Omooba Oluropo Ogunwusi.

The grand event was attended by relatives, dignitaries‎ and friends from the Ife dynasty and the bride’s family, many of whom were dressed in white and purple attires.

Among the dignitaries present at the traditional wedding were the Lawarikan of Apoje, Ife Kingdom, Oba Ademola Ademiluyi; the Arode of Ife, High Chief J. A. Awe‎; the Lowate of Ife, High Chief Adebowale Olafare and the Waasin of Ilare, Ife Kingdom, High Chief Olasode Akinropo.

Wuraola was presented to the Ooni’s family by her father, Mr. Williams Obanor, at about 12:30pm, after her bride price was paid in the presence of her family.

In accordance with the Benin wedding rites, supervised by the Esogban of Benin Kingdom and other chiefs, she was placed on the laps of the Ooni’s father, after seven counts.

She was also presented with gifts from her immediate family, including ‎a local mortar, broom and a pot, while traditional dancers from Benin and Ife entertained the guests.

The father of the bride described the wedding as a historic event in the family of the Obanors.

“I feel very happy. When you get a good thing in life you must be grateful to God because this is all the work of God. I never thought it could so because I never thought that, one of these days, I will become very close to the Ooni of Ife. Now that it has happened, I feel grateful to God. So, I wish her a happy married life.”

He also urged his daughter to live peacefully and in harmony with her husband.

“My message for her is that she has to be very polite, obedient and understanding, believing much in God and whatever she needs she will get it. If you have any problem with your husband don’t let a third person to hear of it; go to him and both of you should resolve the problem together amicably,” Obanor said.

“We have a lot of gifts for her. But in Benin, we don’t believe in giving a car or cash. We have what goes by tradition. That is, we have the local mortar, broom and the pot. These are some of the things we normally send and at least a box of cloths,” he added.

The two families and the guests later proceeded to Edo Hotel on Okada Avenue, Benin, for a grand reception awaiting the arrival of the new bride and the monarch’s father were driven to the venue in a limousine.

The event chaired by a former Deputy Governor of Lagos State, Mr. Femi Pedro, who thanked the guests for their presence.

Journalists were, however, barred from covering the reception by a stern looking female usher and a police orderly to the family of the bride, who insisted that only guests and media institutions with the invitation card would be allowed into the hall.

But it was learnt that the event was graced by personalities from all walks of life, including members of the National Assembly and government officials from Osun and Edo States.

Source: PunchNg

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Lagos-bound plane returns to Port Harcourt after fire alarm

A Lagos-bound Air Peace plane on Saturday made an air return some minutes after taking off from the Port Harcourt International Airport, according to an official.

The General Manager, Public Relations, Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority, Mr. Sam Adurogboye, confirmed the incident in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria in Lagos.

Adurogboye said an alarm was raised about fire in the cabin which forced the pilot to make the air return.

“The flight crew did the right thing by returning to base to check the situation,’’ he said.

The NCAA spokesman, however, said the aircraft did not crash land, adding that there was no panic as the pilot properly briefed the passengers before landing safely.

“Air return is a precautionary flight safety procedure that must be adopted in the event of a snag.

“The pilot acted according to Standard and Recommended Practices,” Adurogboye said.

He also reiterated the NCAA’s commitment to safety of Nigeria’s aviation sector.

NAN leant that another aircraft was later provided to convey the passengers to Lagos.

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11 March 2016

Mechanic kills friend for urinating near shop

The park of the Association of Maritime Truck Owners in the Berger, Mile 2 area of Lagos was in turmoil on Wednesday after a mechanic, identified only as Oshare, reportedly stabbed his friend to death and injured several others.

Trouble started in the park around 11am on Tuesday between Oshare and the friend, identified as Rasta, after he (Rasta) allegedly urinated beside a stationary truck.

Oshare, reportedly challenged the deceased for messing up the spot, said to be a few steps from his shop. As Rasta tried to calm him, he reportedly slapped him, which led to a scuffle.

It was learnt that the mechanic, who was livid with anger, grabbed two bottles and stabbed the friend in the neck. He was also said to have injured some people who attempted to caution him.

Rasta reportedly bled from his injuries and he was rushed to a hospital for treatment. He, however, died before he could get help.

Shops in the park did not open when our correspondent visited the place on Wednesday.

A trader, Mrs. Ufom Benedict, said she tried in vain to prevail on Oshare when he rushed into her shop, looking for a knife.

She said, “Both of them are mechanics and friends. He confronted Rasta for urinating near his shop and it led to a fight. Oshare rushed to my shop with two bottles in his hands, asking me to give him a knife. He was so angry that he was shaking. I pleaded with him to let peace reign, but he refused and left when I did not give him the knife.

“He chased Rasta around the park until he stabbed him to death in the neck and back. He also attacked those who wanted to collect the bottles from him. I have never witnessed such thing before. It was as if he was possessed.”

Another eyewitness, Lukman Idris, who spoke in Yoruba, said a man, who intervened, stabbed Oshare in the chest, adding that the market was shut down because of the fracas.

He said, “I arrived late yesterday (Tuesday) only to meet everywhere scattered. I learnt that Oshare and his friend fought and while a man tried to separate them, he stabbed him. The man stabbed him back in the chest and hand. Policemen and soldiers have been patrolling this place.”

A resident of the area, Tayo Agboola, said Oshare should be arrested and prosecuted if he survived his injuries.

“I am surprised a human being could be so vicious that he stabbed somebody he called his friend to death. I doubt if he will survive his own injuries and if he does, he should be made to spend the rest of his life in prison. The friend was not the only person that urinates in the place. He must have been keeping malice with him,” he said.

The Chairman of the park, Mr. Martins Animashaun, said allowing traders into the park also contributed to the incident. He added that miscreants had turned the park into a hideout.

He said, “There was problem between two friends. Along the line, one died and the other one was rushed to the hospital. They are not our members. I was in the office yesterday (Tuesday) when I saw people running around and I called the police. They are still investigating the matter.

“Here is a state government-owned park and it is porous. If it is secured, we can manage people inside it. When we leave in the evening, some miscreants come here to sleep. This place is solely earmarked for a park, but along the line, the local government allowed traders into the park and turned it into a market. The more people come in, the more the problem we have. We want this park to be sanitised.”

The spokesperson for the Lagos State Police Command, SP Dolapo Badmos, said Rasta’s corpse had been deposited in a morgue.

“Information at our disposal revealed that one Oshare and one Rasta engaged each other in a fight with knives and bottles, leading to the death of Rasta. Operatives rushed to the scene and arrested Oshare. He is unconscious and in a hospital for treatment,” she added. he said.

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Man arrested for stealing two year old returning from school

A 20-year-old man, Samuel Olabanji, has been arrested by the Nigerian police for allegedly stealing a two-year-old boy while the child was returning from an Arabic school on Tunkarimu Street, Ajegunle, Lagos.

The boy, Rokeeb Akinwale, was said to have gone to the school on February 25 in company with 10-year-old Shukra, a neigbour, who strapped him to her back while returning home around 6pm.

Olabanji reportedly waylaid Shukra by the roadside and snatched the boy from her.

The abduction was said to have been reported at the Ajegunle Police Division the same day by Rokeeb’s mother, Mrs. Sadiat Akinwale, after searching for him to no avail.

The toddler had yet to be found as of Thursday when our correspondent spoke with the mother.

On February 29, the suspects and three men were said to have returned to the area for another operation when he was caught while the others escaped.

It was learnt that a mob beat him up before the police came to his rescue.

The police said Olabanji had confessed to the crime, adding that a manhunt had been launched for the fleeing members of the gang.

The suspect, who hails from Kwara State, told the police that he and his accomplices snatched a child from a girl and had stolen one other baby in the Ajegunle area earlier in February.

He said, “I am a secondary school leaver. Presently, I don’t have any job. I am into kidnapping with Sunday, Bidemi and Tunde. We came to Ajegunle sometime in February and kidnapped two kids. We took them to one Rasheed, who lives in Ipaja Ayobo and he paid us for the children.

“On February 29, we came back to Ajegunle to steal another baby, but I was caught while others escaped.”

Rokeeb’s mother said she believed that her son would be protected at his captors’ den and be reunited safely with his family.

She said, “That was not the first time Shukra would take him to the school. She said Rokeeb was crying when a man approached her. He took him from her back, claiming that he wanted to pacify him. Before she knew, the man had disappeared. We have searched for him. I have faith in God that he will come back to us.”

A police prosecutor, Sergeant Francisca Okere, brought Olabanji before an Apapa Magsitrate’s Court on two counts of child stealing – an offence said to be punishable under sections 275 and 409 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, Nigeria, 2011.

The charges read, “That you, Samuel Olabanji and others at large in February 2016, on Tunkarimu Street, Ajegunle Apapa, in the Apapa Magisterial District, did conspire among yourselves to commit felony to wit: child stealing.”

The accused pleaded guilty to the charges before the magistrate, Mrs. A.O. Adegite.

The magistrate subsequently adjourned till March 14, 2016 for facts and sentence.

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10 March 2016

Singapore ranked as the world's most expensive city

Singapore has been ranked the world's most expensive city to live in, a survey released on Thursday showed.

Hong Kong has moved up in the ranking to the second place with Zurich in Switzerland, Xinhua news agency reported.

Singapore had the highest score of 116 while Zurich and Hong Kong had 114, the Economist Intelligence Unit's (EIU) latest report on worldwide cost of living showed.

These increases are set against a backdrop of global volatility, with falling oil and commodity prices as well as currency devaluations and geopolitical uncertainty playing a part, said the report.

Only eight cities of the 133 surveyed saw their ranking position remain unchanged in the last 12 months.

Shanghai is now as expensive as Tokyo, which was the world's most expensive city most of the times in the last two decades.

Despite drastic declines in many Eurozone locations, Paris remains the fifth most expensive city in the world.

The US dollar has reached 10-year highs, pushing up the cost of living across the US compared to other locations, especially ailing Latin American countries.

New York is now among the 10 most expensive cities globally for the first time since 2002.

South Asian cities continue to offer the best value for money. Cities in India and Pakistan account for five of the 10 cheapest cities.

The bi-annual survey by EIU compares over 400 individual prices across 160 products and services.

These items include food, clothing, household supplies and personal care items, home rents, transport and utility bills.

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Four year old boy accidentally shoots mom

Sheriff's investigators in north Florida were trying on Thursday to determine how a 4-year-old boy got his hands on the gun they say he used to shoot his mother as she drove a pickup truck.

Jamie Gilt, 31, of Jacksonville owns the .45-caliber gun the boy fired Tuesday afternoon, Putnam County Sheriff's Office spokesman Joseph Wells said.

Well said a deputy saw her behaving frantically inside the truck, which was stopped partially in the road. The deputy then saw she'd been shot in the back and the bullet had exited from her stomach area, Wells said.
Gilt told deputies her son had accidentally shot her, according to Wells. She was taken to a hospital and was in stable condition, but investigators had not been able to interview her, Wells said.

The boy, who wasn't injured, is with relatives. The Florida Department of Children and Families also is investigating.

Under Florida law, it is a misdemeanor for someone to store or leave a loaded gun where a child has access to it.
"They must keep firearms secured and locked," Wells said.

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9 March 2016

Man forges voter card to defraud bank customer


The Lagos State Police Command has arrested a suspected member of a syndicate which specialises in stealing money from bank customers’ accounts after obtaining their bank details with the help of an insider.

The suspect, Benjamin Umanah, was arrested by the Ikoyi Police Division after attempting to retrieve the Automated Teller Machine card of a Union Bank customer, identified as Damar.

Umanah had been detained at the Ogere, Ogun State branch, where he wanted to get the card, before he was transferred to the bank’s corporate headquarters in Lagos.

Policemen from the Ikoyi division were subsequently invited to arrest him.

PUNCH Metro learnt that Umanah had approached the Ogere branch on February 23, 2016, with a forged National voter card bearing the name, address and occupation of the victim. But the card bore his photograph.

He was said to have requested a copy of Damar’s ATM card, saying the old one had expired.

A source said, “He was asked to produce the BVN registration for the account and he gave a number which did not correspond with that of the owner on the computer.

“Immediately, the attendant called the attention of a superior bank officer who then called the Plateau State branch of Union Bank where the account was registered. They confirmed that indeed the name was that of a customer, but the BVN was wrong.

“A crosscheck of some other details revealed that the card was forged and they asked the security officers to detain him before the arrival of the police.”

It was learnt that N2,754,000 had been fraudulently transferred from the account in 2015 by an impostor.

Investigations into the transaction, however, did not yield any fruit as the suspect was never caught before Umanah showed up in February.

Upon his arrest, the 46-year-old Akwa Ibom State indigene said he acted in connivance with a worker of the bank in Ibadan, Oyo State.

He said, “I went to the Union Bank branch at Ogere, on the Lagos-Ibadan Expressway, Ogun State, to collect an ATM card belonging to Damar’s account.

“I don’t know him. Somebody gave me his account details to go and collect the ATM card. If I had succeeded, my intention was to collect money from the account.

“I have been in this business for three years now and my insider, who works in Union bank, is named Tope. He is working in one of the branches in Ibadan.”

The police arraigned him before an Igbosere Magistrate’s Court on four counts of fraud, impersonation and forgery.

The charges read in part, “That you, Benjamin Umanah, and others at large, on February 23, 2016, at Union Bank head office, Lagos, did conspire among yourselves to commit felony to wit: fraud.

“That you did unlawfully impersonate one Damar of Union Bank with account number (withheld), a presentation you knew to be false.

“That you did forge the National voter card with your image and bearing the name of Damar.”

The police prosecutor, Cyriacus Osuji, said the offences were punishable under sections 409, 378, 301 and 363 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, Nigeria, 2011.

The defendant pleaded not guilty to the charges and elected summary trial.

The magistrate, H.O. Amos, admitted him to bail in the sum of N200,000 with two sureties in like sum.

The case was adjourned till March 30, 2016 for mention.

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Worshipper commits suicide after church vigil

The Church of the King of Kings on Taju Bello Street, in the Iju-Ishaga area of Lagos, has been thrown into confusion after a member, identified simply as Taofiq, committed suicide at the back of the church building.

Taofiq, a mechanic, was said to have attended a vigil in the church on Friday, but sneaked out while the prayer was going on. He subsequently went to a valley at the back of the church, where he hanged himself on a tree.

Taofiq's body was met dangling while his prayer garment was found folded at the scene of the incident around 5am on Saturday.

The police from the Iju division were said to have gone to the area and took the corpse after the church’s assistant pastor reported the case.

Taofiq, who converted to Christianity sometime last year, started attending the church –a parish of Cherubim and Seraphim– a few months ago.

The spokesperson for the Lagos State Police Command, SP Dolapo Badmos, said investigation was ongoing to ascertain the cause of the incident.

She said, “The Assistant Pastor of the King of Kings Church, Mr. Odunike Abiodun, reported to the police that one Taofik committed suicide near the church, where he came for a vigil. Detectives visited the scene of the crime and investigation is ongoing to unravel the cause of the death. His corpse has been deposited in a morgue for autopsy.”

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MTN must pay N1.4tn fine in full – Reps

The House of Representatives said on Wednesday that the N1.4trillion fine imposed on MTN by the Nigerian Communications Commission “must” be fully paid as against the N780billion the Federal Government negotiated with the telecommunications service provider.

The House also expressed unhappiness over the role played by the Minister of Justice and Attorney-General of the Federation, Mr. Abubakar Malami, in the negotiations leading to a reduction in the $5.2billion fine.

Its Committee on Telecommunications said at a meeting with the Minister of Communication, Mr. Adebayo Shittu, and top officials of NCC in Abuja that Malami usurped the powers of the NCC.

The development came as the House ordered an investigation into the alleged non-remittance of levies and surcharges by the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency, totalling $10bn.

The Chairman of the committee, Mr. Sajeed Fijabi, noted that the NCC, being the government approved regulator, should have led the negotiations and not the AGF.

The NCC had slammed the fine on MTN for failing to suspend unregistered subscribers from its network.

Fijabi said, “There is nowhere in the law that said there is room for reduction.

“If you are reducing this now, what happens to Globacom and others? I see MTN going to court every time as a way to circumvent the law. In the US, British Petroleum paid its full fine for oil spills.”

He said there was clear evidence that the NCC had been put under pressure to develop cold feet on insisting that the fine should be paid in full.

“Somebody is not allowing you to handle this matter the way you should. After you have imposed the fine, somebody negotiated and reduced it.

“You imposed the fine, you should take the lead on the negotiations, but now you are being sidelined. You gave them N1.4tn fine, and we at the National Assembly have already projected that amount as part of FG revenue.”

Source: PunchNg

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Switzerland gives Nigeria conditions for returning $321m Abacha loot

Switzerland has given conditions for repatriating $321m looted fund to Nigeria.

Part of the conditions is that the fund will be used for projects that will benefit Nigerians and they (the projects) must be monitored by the World Bank.

The Minister of Foreign Affairs, Geoffery Onyeama said that the government was working on the modalities for the repatriation.

Speaking shortly after holding a meeting with the Swiss Foreign Minister, Didier Burkhalter, on Tuesday in Abuja, Onyeama explained that Nigeria had signed an agreement with the Swiss government in the area of human right and migration.

He said, “It is $321m that we are looking at repatriating to Nigeria and the modalities are basically legal framework for that, mutual legal assistance framework that we are trying to put in place and there are pre-conditions that are also in place already and this requires monitoring mechanism.

“So, we have to agree beforehand as a pre-condition on what the money would be used for and the World Bank would be part of the monitoring process to ensure that the money is used for the benefit of Nigerian people.”

The Minister stated that Burkhalter’s visit was significant as it marked the commencement of the fund repatriation process, noting that other looted funds may be discovered in hidden accounts in Swiss banks.

Burkhalter said his country and Nigeria have a very constructive relation, adding that Switzerland planned to open a consulate in Lagos that would boost economic relations between the two countries.

He said his country would repatriate $321mn to Nigeria and pledged Switzerland’s continued assistance to IDPs in the country.

“We would continue to help in the humanitarian assistance in the North, for those who are suffering and we would try to write another chapter of the history of illicit asset recovery and restitutions from Switzerland to Nigeria,” Burkhalter said.

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8 March 2016

Photos: Kim slams nude selfie haters

Kim Kardashian West has lashed out at Chloe Grace Moretz, Bette Midler and Piers Morgan.

The 'Keeping Up With the Kardashians' star has slammed the trio over comments they made about a nude selfie which she posted on Twitter on Monday, claiming "no one knows" who the 'Kick-Ass' actress is and dubbing the 'Wind Beneath My Wings' singer a "fake friend".
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South African Gay singer Koyo Bala dies of anal cancer

The musician surrendered to a battle with cancer this morning at Groote Schuur hospital in Cape Town. Before he died the 36-year-old gay musician and socialite has confirmed that the anal cancer he was diagnosed with in 2012 has returned. In the recent past Bala has staged a brave fight against cancer and had been diagnosed HIV positive. Speaking to the publication, Bala said: “I went for chemotherapy for six weeks and a radiation programme two years ago, but the cancer came back severely.”

Bala, best known as a member of defunct gay trio 3Sum, in 2012 underwent an operation to remove piles. He was, however, following tests told that he didn’t have piles, but cancer.  He was at the time treated with radiation and chemotherapy for six weeks, but his doctors recently referred him to physicians at the Victoria Hospital in Cape Town, where he will have surgery in the coming weeks.

“I was referred to Cape Town to do the operation by doctors in Johannesburg. The doctors told me they were surprised [I had the cancer] because it is something that is more prevalent in women,” he explained. Bala was diagnosed with cancer a few months after he publicly admitted that he was HIV positive, a period in which he also lost his mother to a stroke.

Speaking for the family longtime friend and housemate Ephraim “Ephymol” Molingoana told Sowetan Live that Bala always kept a positive outlook and remained strong throughout his illness. “We are devastated and in state of disbelief,” he said. The flamboyant 37-year-old was a member of ‘bubblegum pop’ group 3Sum along with Jeff Moyo and Amstel Maboa. Bala had hinted at a comeback to the music scene when he posted a picture in studio captioned “Let’s go back to the beat”.

Maboa is now the only remaining member of the group as Bala’s death follows that of Jeff Moyo who was laid to rest in 2010

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Nigerian man killed over Messi, Ronaldo row

A man was killed after arguing with a friend over whether Lionel Messi or Cristiano Ronaldo was the best footballer in the world.

Nigerian national, Michael Chukwuma, 21, stabbed 34-year-old compatriot Obinna Durumchukwu in a Mumbai suburb, Indian police said.

The incident took place following a party on Saturday night.

“They were discussing football players. One is a fan of Messi and the other was for Ronaldo,” a police inspector said.

“During the conversation a quarrel took place. The deceased threw a glass into the face of the accused person. The glass broke and caused small injuries.

“After that the accused took the broken glass and assaulted the deceased person who died due to heavy bleeding.”

Argentina international Messi, 28, is a five-time winner of the Ballon d’Or – the annual award given to the world’s best player by the governing body FIFA.

Portugal captain Ronaldo, 31, has won the accolade three times.

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BREAKING: Four die as building collapses in Lekki

Collapsed building in Lekki.

A five-storey building collapsed in the early hours of Tuesday at Lekki Phase 1, Lagos State, resulting in the deaths of at least four people.

As of 9am, four people have been recovered dead and six others rescued.

The spokespersons for the National Emergency Management Agency, South West zone, Ibrahim Faronloye, and the Director of the Lagos State Fire Service, Rasak Fadipe, said search and rescue operation is ongoing.

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7 March 2016

Photos: Huge Python killed in Ijebu Ode, Ogun State

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6 March 2016

Gunmen behead APC chief, kill family in Rivers

Rivers State Commissioner of Police, Mr. Musa Kimo, consoling the daughter of the late APC chieftain Franklin Obi in Omoku

Gunmen have beheaded a chieftain of the All Progressives Congress in Omoku, Ogba/Egbema/Ndoni Local Government Area of Rivers State.

The APC chieftain identified as Franklin Obi was murdered alongside his wife, Iheoma, and 18-year-old son, Bestman, at their residence in Omoku at about 9pm on Saturday.

The State Commissioner of Police, Mr. Musa Kimo, who is currently on a visit to the place, expressed regret over the incident.

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NSCDC arrest two with fake Naira note

Nemesis caught up with two suspects who were found in possession of some fake naira notes in Abeokuta, Ogun state capital on Friday.

The two suspects are: Ademola Abiodun, 28, who resides at Ajiboye street, Ile-Epo, Lagos state and Ajarat Sulaiman, 30, of Ajilogba – Aso area, Ifo, Ogun state.

The suspects were arrested by men of Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps, NSCDC, Ogun state command.

In a statement issued and signed by the Command spokesman, Kareem Olanrewaju, the attention of its official on surveillance were drawn to a mob action around Vespa bus-stop area of Ifo, in Ifo local government area of Ogun State.

According to the statement, “The first suspect, who gave his name as Ademola Abiodun, Male, 28, bought food from a vendor hawking food around Vespa bus stop, Ifo, Ogun state.

“He in turn paid for the food vendor with a five hundred naira note which the food vendor rejected, saying it was a fake note and this brought a hot argument between them, thereby attracting other people.

The people having got wind of his tacit, descended heavily on him until he confessed that, he is in Ifo to meet up an appointment with a woman friend. They asked him to call the woman on phone.

When she arrived, the mob pounced on her too beating them thoroughly and were about to burn them with tyre when NSCDC officials on patrol arrived the scene.

“If not for the quick intervention of our officers, who pleaded, struggled with the angry mob to collect the suspects from them and even promised that the suspects will face the full wrath of law, they would have been set on fire”, NSCDC statement said.

It was reported that the officials, after rescuing the suspects alive from the mob, took them to the Civil Defence Corps office at Ifo.

According to the statement, upon interrogation, the female suspect, Ajarat Sulaiman, who said she is jobless, denied ever having any appointment with the man, though, she confirmed they know each other.

When Ademola Abiodun was searched more fake naira notes were found on him.
Abiodun claimed to have collected the fake naira notes from another friend of his, when he assured him that he would spend them, despite the fact that he admitted he knew that those notes were fake.

Exhibits recovered from the suspects include two phones and fourteen pieces of fake five hundred naira notes.

The suspects, according to the NSCDC spokesman, Kareem Olanrewaju, have been handed over to the Nigeria Police at Ifo Police division for further investigation and prosecution.

Olanrewaju however advised people not to always take laws into their hands, assuring the people of prompt reaction from all security agencies to any scene of action across the state.

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5 March 2016

Nigerian Passport holders don’t need visas to visit these 44 Countries

With a Nigerian international passport, you can now visit 44 countries around the world visa free or visa on arrival.

The document, to be issued to deserving Nigerians ,will operate concurrently with the existing 32-page e-passport…

1. Bangladesh (Visa on arrival)

2. Barbados ( Visa free for 6 months)

3. Benin Republic (Visa free)

4. Burkina Faso ( Visa free)

5. Burundi ( Visa on arrival for 30days)

6. Cameroon ( Visa free)

7. Cape Verde ( Visa on arrival)

8. Chad ( Visa free)

9. Comoros Island ( Visa on arrival)

10. Cote d’ivoire ( Visa free )

11. Djibouti ( Visa on arrival )

12. Dominican ( Visa free for 21 days )

13. Fiji Island ( Visa free for 4 months)

14. Gambia ( Visa free for 90days )

15. Georgia ( Visa on arrival )

16. Ghana ( Visa free )

17. Guinea ( Visa free )

18. Guinea Bissau ( Visa free for 90 days )

19. Haiti ( Visa free for 90 days )

20. Iran ( Visa on arrival )

21. Kenya ( Visa on arrival for 90 days )

22. Liberia ( Visa free )

23. Madagascar ( Visa on arrival for 90 days )

24. Maldives ( Visa on arrival for 30 days )

25. Mali ( Visa free )

26. Mauritania ( Visa on arrival )

27. Mauritius ( Visa free for 90days )

28. Micronesia ( Visa free for 30 days )

29. Mozambique ( Visa on arrival for 30 days )

30. Nauru ( Visa on arrival )

31. Niger republic ( Visa free )

32. Palau ( Visa on arrival for 30 days )

33. Samoa ( Visa on arrival for 60 days )

34. Senegal ( Visa free )

35. Seychelles (Visa on arrival for 30 days )

36. Sierra Leone ( Visa free )

37. Somalia ( Visa on arrival )

38. Sri Lanka ( Electronic travel authorization )

39.Tanzania ( Visa on arrival )

40. Timor-Leste ( Visa on arrival for 30 days )

41. Togo ( Visa free )

42. Tuvalu ( Visa on arrival for 30 days )

43. Uganda ( Visa on arrival )

44. Vanuatu ( Visa free for 30 days)

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Teacher beheads proprietor’s granddaughter over unpaid salaries

A teacher in a private school, Edet Umoren, in Esugbo, Itamerin near Ijebu-Ife, Ijebu East Local Government Area of Ogun State, on Thursday, allegedly beheaded a 10-year-old pupil, Precious Adedeji.

Adedeji, who was a pupil of Favour Nursery and Primary School, was the granddaughter of the proprietor, Pastor Joseph Olitoye.

It was gathered that Umoren allegedly killed the pupil because Olitoye owed him N8, 000 – the suspect’s salaries for January and February.

Umoren, also severed off the right hand of the 10-year-old girl after seizing and dragging her into a nearby bush, a day after her birthday.

The assailant, who was also said to be the treasurer of the school proprietor’s church, was alleged to have seized Adedeji when she and her friend, Patricia, were returning to the school from where they had gone to buy biscuit.

Patricia, it was learnt, escaped from the scene and ran back to the school premises to inform the proprietor of the attack by “Uncle Edet.”

The proprietor said he had pleaded with Umoren to exercise patience till the end of this week to enable him to pay the salaries owed him.

Olitoye disclosed that Umoren left two short notes at the scene of the crime, claiming that he killed the girl because of the failure of the proprietor to pay him his two months’ salaries of N8,000.

He said, “Edet resumed school this morning (Thursday) like every of our staff and we discovered that he left around 10am not knowing he went to plan this evil.”

The distraught Olitoye said he had planned to terminate the appointment of the teacher on Friday over alleged disobedience, which made him to issue him a query before he committed the crime.

He also alleged that the assailant, who until the incident, was the treasurer of his church, had allegedly stolen over N250,000 from the church’s fund.

Confirming the incident, the Police Public Relations Officer, Muyiwa Adejobi, said Umoren had been arrested.

Adejobi, a deputy superintendent of police, said detectives picked up the suspect at about 5am on Friday.

He said the Commissioner of Police, Abdulmajid Ali, had directed that the suspect should be transferred to the State Criminal Investigation Department for investigation.

Source: PunchNg

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Housewife bathes husband with hot water for denying her sex

An aggrieved housewife, Awele Nwani, 35, has allegedly bathed her husband, Frank Nwani, with hot water, claiming that her hubby denied her sex for three weeks.

The incident happened in Ibusa, Oshimili South Local Government Area of Delta State.

The mother of six children, now on the run, also alleged that her husband had been having sexual affairs outside and threatened to make life unbearable for him.

But the victim (husband) dismissed her wife’s claim as untrue, saying his wife had been sleeping around.

He said, “My wife has been sleeping around, hence I stopped sleeping with her for three weeks. It is a taboo in my tribe and she violates the laws.”

Frank stressed that his attempts to stop her illicit affairs outside proved abortive when he took the decision to starve her of sex.

Trouble started last Thursday when the victim returned from a visit to a friend’s house during nightfall and in his usual jokes, called his wife a lazy woman, leaving her in wide anger as she fired back to call the husband a wizard.

Sources said while their quarrel lasted, the woman disguised to have put the quarrel behind her, dashed to the kitchen where she allegedly boiled water and unknown to the husband who was relaxing in the parlour, bathed him with the water and disappeared.

Police officers at the Ibusa Police Division, who did not want their names in the print, confirmed that the woman disappeared with the sum of N200,000 being daily contributions the husband received and kept in her custody.

The police said they were on the trail of the suspect while the victim is said to be receiving treatment in a private hospital.

Source: PunchNg

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4 March 2016

Gunmen kill 82-year-old chief priest in Edo

Some gunmen have shot dead an 82-year-old community leader, Clifford Omosomwan, in Aruogba, in the Oredo Local Government Area of Edo State.

It was learnt that Omosomwan was also the Chief Priest (Ohen-Ogba) of Aruogba community.

According to sources, the octogenarian was shot after the assailants gained access into his apartment at about 1am on Thursday.

One of the sources, who pleaded not to be named, said, “The partially blind man was shot twice in the head at close range.”

It was, however, learnt that his body was later deposited in the military hospital on Airport Road in Benin, the state capital.

When contacted, the Police Public Relations Officer, Mr. Abiodun Osifo, said he had yet to be briefed on the incident.

There had been reports of violence in Aruogba community for over a year, which also claimed the life of the assistant head of the community, Mr. Goodluck Uwumahongie, who was beheaded in January 2015.

The head of the victim, who had since been buried, was said to have been taken away and had not been recovered.

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Bloody clashes in Lagos, Ambode declares curfew

Bloody clashes in the Mile 12, Ketu area of Lagos State on Thursday left no fewer than 10 persons dead and about 100 others injured.

Among the dead were two schoolchildren, traders, artisans and residents.

A two-year-old boy, Andrew Daniel, was abducted by some hoodlums and taken away after his father, Igba, was attacked with machetes and left for the dead.

The PUNCH, which witnessed part of the clashes as it unfolded, counted no fewer than 40 vehicles that were either burnt or vandalised in the Agiliti area of Ketu.

Two churches and over 20 houses were equally set ablaze and hundreds of residents rendered homeless in Maidan community as a result of the violence which was said to have broken out after a disagreement between some Yoruba and Hausa in the area.

Motorcycles, sewing machines and other working tools were also destroyed while some shops were looted and razed.

Corpses of slain residents, who were either burnt or beheaded, littered the roads as of 5pm when one of our correspondents left the battle areas.

Despite the heavy presence of security personnel, the hoodlums, mostly Hausa, who wielded bows, arrows, cutlasses, charms and stones, refused to vacate the roads.

They also attacked the Lagos State Commissioner of Police, Fatai Owoseni, who tried to calm them down before leaving the community around 1pm.

After the situation had been brought under control by the police, officials of the Rapid Response Squadand military officers, no fewer than 70 suspects were arrested.

It was gathered that the fight started on Tuesday at the Agiliti area after some residents attacked a motorcycle rider for riding against traffic and almost knocking down a pregnant woman.

A resident, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said, “The motorcycle rider, a Hausa, almost hit a pregnant woman and people challenged him for riding against traffic.

“Because he didn’t understand English, he misunderstood them and attacked them, which started a fight. A man, who took up the fight with the Hausa man, stabbed him. The Hausa man also stabbed the man.”

The resident said on Wednesday the Hausa apprehended a Yoruba motorcyclist, who committed a similar offence, and attacked him.

“The Hausa people dragged him on the tarred road and I saw how his skin peeled while he raised the alarm. People told me to keep quiet that it was ordinary motorcycle they were dragging.

“But when they took a closer look and discovered it was a human being, they tried to rescue him but he was dead,” he said.

The clash was said to have aggravated by Wednesday night as the Yoruba allegedly attacked the Hausa residents, where one person allegedly died.

By Thursday morning, the Hausa reportedly mobilised to avenge the death of their men, but were pushed back by the Yoruba.

Residents told one of our correspondents that the fight escalated around 11am on Thursday when the police and some soldiers arrived at the scene and shot at the Yoruba camp, which forced the members to retreat.

A resident, Jamiu Adio, said the police shot directly at the men and injured some of them.

He said, “The Yoruba had to run back and that created an opportunity for the Hausa to enter into the community to wreak havoc.

“The Hausa, backed by the soldiers and the police, set schools on fire and started burning vehicles in Agiliti. When they were done, they broke into Maidan community and burnt 15 houses, including a church.

“They chased a carpenter, Riliwan, and after catching up with him, they cut him with machetes. They poured fuel on him and set him on fire. He was burnt to death.”

Our correspondent saw the burnt corpse of the victim, covered with a cardboard paper.

The only link bridge into the community was also destroyed by the rampaging Hausa.

A church, PODAM, was equally torched and some of their equipment vandalised.

A shop owner, Mrs. Bilikis Yusuf, said she lost two of her sewing machines and some money.

“The Hausa have ruined my life. They looted my industrial machine, black machine and stole thousands of naira from my wardrobe. Where will I start from?” she asked.

Another resident, Modinat Adeyemi, said she moved into the community four months ago, adding that she had lost all her property.

“All I have right now is this blouse I am wearing,” she added.

One of the residents, Mr. Sunday Nejo, who held his two schoolchildren with his wife beside him, said he was going to find a place for his family.

While his wife wept, he said, “I have nothing again. It is only what we are wearing right now that we have. Every other thing has been burnt to ashes. We are homeless and helpless.”

In a mechanic garage in the Agiliti area, one of our correspondents counted 27 burnt vehicles, while a Cherubim and Seraphim Church, which had just been completed, was equally razed.

Five cars – a Nissan Pathfinder, Sienna, Honda Civic 320 Benz and Toyota Forerunner – were still smouldering when one of our correspondents visited the area.

The owner of the Benz, Jimoh Jubril, said he bought it four months ago.

He said, “We were inside the house where we watched everything happen. The police and the soldiers conspired and shot at our boys and that allowed the Hausa to come in. This was nothing but a compromise of our security systems.

“They burnt all our five cars, one of which belonged to a man that just came to visit me. Another is for the pastor of the burnt church, while the Benz is mine. I bought it four months ago.’’

A resident, Bola Ariyo, said two schoolchildren were beheaded by the invaders.

“About four people were killed on this road alone. Two of them were schoolchildren, who were just returning from school. The Hausa cut off their heads. There were also two Hausa, who were burnt to death by some Yoruba.”

A resident, who claimed to know, alleged that the Hausa invaded a secondary school and allegedly killed four students.

A resident said a popular Igbo trader, who sold gas in the community, was also hacked to death by the Hausa.

The father of two-year-old Daniel said his son was seized after the Hausa thought he (father) was dead.

“They hit my head with cutlass and I fell down. They cut me also in the hand and I pretended to be dead. They checked to see I was truly dead and when they were satisfied, they left.

“They took my child and were saying, ‘let us go and kill the child too’. I have not seen my child since then,” he said.

A soldier, who confirmed the account, said he saw the Hausa taking away the child and he could not tell what they did to the boy.

The victim’s mother was seen by one of our correspondents weeping as people consoled.

One of our correspondents observed as some soldiers wrestled with one of the Hausa suspects, who was arrested with a cutlass and a charm.

A soldier said the suspect was caught red-handed while setting fire to a vehicle.

He said, “He was one of the masterminds of the arson. We caught him red-handed and he dared us to come after him, saying we cannot do anything. We arrested him, but he’s been proving hard and difficult.”

The suspect, along with over 70 others, was later asked to lie down in the open space as the police tried to send signal for a bus to convey all the suspects.

Around 3pm, a red LAGBUS arrived at the community to convey them to the Lagos State Police Command Headquarters.

As a result of the heavy fighting, hundreds of commuters between Ikorodu and Ketu resorted to trekking.

Fully-loaded BRT buses, heading towards Mile 12 from Ikorodu, were forced to stop around the Majidun area for several hours while other vehicles were seen making emergency turning along the highway.

Also, commercial motorcyclists of Hausa origin deserted Ketu and Mille 12 by Thursday afternoon, leaving many people to trek distances that they usually covered on bike.

Bands of young men were seen wielding dangerous weapons like axes, cutlasses, clubs and even rakes between Irawo Bus-stop and Owode-elede, on the deserted expressway threatening to kill and burn down any Hausa seen in the area.

When one of our correspondents visited Maidan, a small neighbourhood close to Mile 12, to assess the situation, angry youths, who also wielded dangerous weapons, threw foodstuffs like onions, tomatoes and pepper, said to belong toHausa traders on the road.

At another section, people were also seen untying rams abandoned by the owners and making away with them.

The Police Public Relations Officer, Dolapo Badmus, had yet to respond to a text message sent to her as of the time of filing this report.

Meanwhile, the Lagos State Governor, Akinwunmi Ambode, has ordered the closure of the Mile 12 Market and imposed a curfew on four streets in the area.

Ambode, who spoke at the State House, Ikeja, said the closure of the Mile 12 Market and the curfew would help security agents to restore peace.

He added that the curfew would only affect four streets — Oniyanrin, Maidan, Agiliti 1 and Agiliti 2.

He said, “In order to further restore peace to the community, I have ordered that the Mile 12 Market be temporarily shut. I advise traders and other stakeholders to eschew violence and be law-abiding.

“Furthermore, I have ordered temporary restriction of movement in four streets, namely Oniyanrin, Maidan, Agiliti 1 and 2.”

The governor said the police and other security officials were managing the situation, adding that some hoodlums had exploited a minor clash to cause a breakdown of law and order in the area.

Owoseni, however said policemen had been deployed in the area to enforce the order of the governor, adding that nobody died in the clash.

“I was there personally; there was no record of death. There was no fire in the market, and as I speak to you, over 50 persons have been arrested.

“But within Agiliti community, houses were burnt by miscreants,” he added.

Asked to react to the allegation that the police were among those who opened up the community for attack, he said, “Well that is their perception and they are entitled to it.”

A man, said to be the leader of the Hausa community, who was working with the security officials, when asked for his reaction, said, “Please I am not ready to say anything. You can see the tension everywhere.”

Source: PunchNg

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Photos: List of past Olubadan

Here is the comprehensive list of past Olubadan.

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Adetunji becomes the 41st Olubadan of Ibadanland

The Oyo State Governor, Abiola Ajimobi, will today (Friday) present the staff of office to High Chief Saliu Adetunji as the 41st Olubadan of Ibadanland, at the famous Mapo Hall, in the ancient city.

The ceremony is expected to be witnessed by dignitaries from all walks of life, including President Mohammadu Buhari.

Many would believe that Adetunji’s ascension to the throne, coming 45 days after the demise of the former Olubadan, Oba Samuel Odulana, can aptly be described as an act of God.

Going by the Olubadan succession system, which recognises the civil and the military lines as royal lines, and the hierarchy within the Olubadan-in-Council, Adetunji’s right to the throne would have materialised only after the reigns of the former Balogun Olubadan, High Chief Sulaiman Omiyale, and the Otun Olubadan, High Chief Omowale Kuye, if they had all lived long enough to mount the throne.

The highest – ranking high chief in the military (Balogun) line, Omiyale, was next to the late Olubadan while Kuye (from the civil line) followed in the order.

But on November 7, 2015, Omiyale died at the age of 91, paving the way for Adetunji, who was next to Omiyale, to ascend the position of the Balogun.

Born on August 26, 1928 to the family of Raji Olayiwola and Suwebat Amope Adetunji in the Alusekere compound, Popoyemoja, Ibadan, the new Olubadan is the eldest of his father’s 17 children.

His mother came from the Balogun family of Apomu while his father was a renowned Ibadan indigene. Like many influential figures in those days, Adetunji’s father had more than one wife. Of the four children that his mother had, he (Adetunji) and his brother, Ambali (76), are the surviving ones.

Ambali, who is the Aare Musulumi of Odo-Oba in Ibadan, and who now oversees the music recording business of his brother the king, said Adetunji had a humble beginning, starting as traditional attire (aso ofi) weaver, a tailor and later a music promoter.

He said, “In those days, my brother was a tailor and traditional attire weaver. He was also a renowned trader who later ventured into music promotion. In Nigeria today, he is a leader in the music industry.

“People like the late Isola Abioro, Ogo Oluwa Records and so on met him in the business. Because he is not greedy and because of the respect he has for his colleagues in the business, he does not snatch musicians from them. For that reason, he is highly regarded by musicians and other promoters.

“Our mother was a daughter of the former Balogun of Apomu. Our father was an Ibadan indigene who loved music just like Adetunji and he was revered in the city. Our father had many children and many wives but our mother had four, although only two of us are still alive.”

Ambali noted that the journey of his brother to the royal stool began unwillingly in 1976 during the reign of Olubadan Gbadamosi Adebimpe, when he was compelled to accept the leadership stool of the Alusekere compound.

Incidentally, the late Omiyale, whose death last year moved Adetunji to the position of Balogun and next Olubadan, was the man who noticed the leadership quality in the new Olubadan and persuaded him to become Mogaji.

Source: PunchNg

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NYSC member dies treating Lassa fever patient

The National Youth Service Corps has confirmed the death of a corps member, Dr. Kelechi Ogboji.

The medical doctor died after treating a patient suspected of having Lassa fever in Kaduna State.

Until his death, Ogboji, a native of Igweledoha Amagu in Ikwo Local Government Area of Ebonyi State, was serving at St. Louis Hospital Zonkwa in Zango Kataf Local Government Area of Kaduna State.

Spokesperson for the NYSC, Mrs. Abosede Aderibigbe, said in a statement on Thursday the Director-General of the corps Brig. General Johnson Olawumi, represented by the Director of Corps Welfare and Inspectorate, Mr. Michael Ahile, extolled the virtues of the deceased during a formal condolence visit to his family.

Olawumi described Ogboji as “an exceptional corps member who was fully dedicated to his duties and in the process paid the supreme sacrifice”.

According to him, the NYSC family, Kaduna State, Ebonyi State and the entire nation will greatly miss the late doctor.

The NYSC DG also used the occasion to call on corps members serving in health institutions to always apply standard precautionary measures while discharging their duties to protect themselves.

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3 March 2016

Breaking: Siasia announces Super Eagles squad to face Egypt

Samson Siasia has named his first Super Eagles squad list  – Aaron Samuel, Bright Onyedikachi recalled to the Super Eagles 

No recall for Vincent Enyeama, Emmanuel Emenike  Super Eagles interim coach Samson Siasia has named his first squad as Super Eagles coach.

Nigeria are on four points in second place in their 2017 African Cup of Nations qualifying group, two behind Egypt and two ahead of Tanzania and Chad.

Nigeria will first welcome the seven-time African champions on March 25, before travelling to Cairo for the reverse clash on March 29.

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Dino Melaye mocks Oshiomhole for marrying foreign wife

The Chairman, Senate Committee on the Federal Capital Territory, Senator Dino Melaye, mocked the Edo State Governor, Adams Oshiomhole, on Wednesday, while contributing to a motion seeking the need to patronise products made in Nigeria.

Melaye, who is from Kogi-West senatorial district, while contributing to the motion by Senator Enyinnaya Abaribe, which advocated the need to patronise products made in Nigeria, took a swipe at Oshiomhole, saying Nigerians should not emulate the governor whom he said opted not to “patronise ‘Made-in-Nigeria women’ but a foreign one”.

Melaye was referring to Iara, the wife of Oshiomhole, whom he married from Cape Verde in the Southern African region.

He, therefore, advised Nigerians not to only patronise goods made in Nigeria, but also made-in-Nigeria women.

He said, “I want to celebrate the ‘Made-in-Nigeria senator’ for bringing up this motion. In considering goods produced in Nigeria, we must look at the enabling factors that will necessitate the goods.

“It is beyond having one made in Nigeria attire and having over 70 designers’ attires in your wardrobe. We must reduce the allocation for made-in-Nigeria goods and services to the basics.

“What are those factors limiting the production of these goods? We must tackle them. We must also begin to look at our legislation, then we will begin to talk about made-in-Nigeria goods.

“We will also move in order to encourage made-in-Nigeria products and begin to talk about made-in-Nigeria women.

“Apologies to my uncle, the Governor of Edo State, we must as a people stop paying dowries in dollars and pounds. It is time for my colleagues here to become born again.”

Source: PunchNg

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2 March 2016

Mom arrested after 3-year-old tells police "I need a beer

A Texas mum, Shauna Lee Bennett was arrested Saturday after the police were called by neighbours who noticed that her 3 year old daughter had been left alone by herself in the house.
When the Police arrived at the house, they said the toddler looked dirty, was covered in red bumps and kept saying she was hungry and at one point told the Police "I need a beer," reports CBS affiliate KOSA.One of he officers who responded to the call said:
"As soon as I entered I was overwhelmed by the filthy state of the apartment," "There were piles of dirty and moldy dishes on the counter, stove, and sink," the police report said. "There was trash on the floor and counter. There were cockroaches absolutely everywhere. The kitchen was in no way sanitary or functional."
The girl repeatedly told officers, "I'm hungry," and said, "I need a beer," according to the report.
"I had probable cause to believe that [the little girl] had not been fed, washed, or provided with any type of general medical care or treatment for an unsafe amount of time," the officer wrote.
The child was placed with Children's Protective Services and Bennett was arrested and charged with child abandonment on Monday morning in the Lubbock County Detention Center with a  $15,000 bond.

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