Tuesday, December 19, 2017

Female Kidnapper Lynched In Kwara State

A suspected kidnapper was lynched by a mob on Monday in Ilorin, Kwara State.

It was gathered that the woman had gone to a school within the Kikanlo area of Ilorin and allegedly attempted to steal twin babies whom their mother dropped in the school.

The suspect was said to have told the operators of the school that their mother had sent her to pick up the children.

Luck, however, ran out on the suspected kidnapper when the mother of the twins was contacted.

The unnamed mother was said to have run to the school, screaming that she did not send anyone to take her children.

People, who were attracted by her cry, stormed the school where the suspected kidnapper was still being held.

The suspect was said to have been marched down to the Ilorin-Offa Road by the mob.

Efforts by some concerned residents to pacify the irate mob so that the suspect could be taken to a police station were reportedly rebuffed.

The mob was said to have lynched the suspect about 10am.

When our correspondent visited the scene, near Offa Motor Park, the charred remains of the suspect were still lying on the median of the road, while some onlookers took pictures.

The police later arrived at the scene and made arrests.

The Kwara State Police Public Relations Officer, Ajayi Okasanmi, said the suspect was lynched before police officers arrived at the scene.

He stated that investigations had commenced into the matter.

The PPRO said, “Three people have been arrested in connection with the incident. Kwara State residents are advised to desist from jungle justice.”

He stated that crime suspects should be reported to the police for investigation and prosecution where appropriate.

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Policemen Escort Burna Boy Into A Waiting SUV, Takes Him To An Unknown Location After His Arraignment

A drama played out at the Ikeja Magistrate’s Court, Lagos State, on Monday as the embattled hip hop artiste, Damini Ogulu, aka Burna Boy, was arraigned.

The suspect was brought into the courtroom by the Investigating Police Officer, Sergeant Olagunju Olatunji, when the court was about to sit and was whisked away in a sport utility vehicle immediately after his arraignment.

He swiftly entered into the waiting SUV, Lexus 300RX with number plate, AAA 473 DB, in company with some policemen in mufti and was escorted from the court premises to an unidentified location.

The 26-year-old singer was dressed in jeans and shirt, wearing jewellery and glasses.

Burna Boy, who was arrested for alleged involvement in the robbery of his colleague, Abiye Jumbo, popularly called Mr. 2kay, was arraigned on two counts of “accessory to after fact and failing to give information to the police on the attack.

He had been declared wanted by the state Commissioner of Police, Edgal Imohimi, on November 20, but he later appeared at the command on Friday.

He was promptly detained in the custody of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad in Ikeja.

Four suspects, including Burna Boy’s road manager, Joel Kantiok, had been paraded for allegedly robbing Mr. 2Kay on October 22 in his room at the Eko Hotel and Suites, Victoria Island, shortly after ‘Buckwyld N Breathless’ concert held in the facility.

During the parade, the suspects, except Kantiok, confessed to have carried out the attack on the orders of Burna Boy.

While giving an account of the incident, Imohimi had said, “Around 2am, someone knocked on the door of Mr. 2Kay’s room and introduced himself as a room service official from the reception. Mr. 2Kay opened the door and four men entered with a gun. They robbed him of his Audemais Piquet, an automatic gold wristwatch valued at $25,000; gold jewellery valued at N1.5m; an iPhone 7 valued at N380,000, a Samsung Galaxy S7 valued at N240,000, a Samsung Galaxy S5 worth N110,000; Addidas shoes valued at N75,000; three bottles of perfume worth N180,000 and a cash sum of N45,000.

“The gang then tied him and his girlfriend up before leaving the room. During investigations, the girlfriend of one of the gang members, Nimota Mutajero, was arrested. Her confession led to the arrest of three suspects. They confessed that one Damini Ogulu, aka Burna Boy, an artiste, through his road manager, one Joel Kantiock, contacted and paid them to rob Mr. 2Kay to teach him a lesson.

“Kantiock was subsequently picked up in his hideout at Zaria, Kaduna State.

“He confessed that his boss, Burna Boy, instructed him to look for armed men that could rob Mr. 2Kay. Burna Boy mobilised the gang with an initial cash sum of N50,000 and a subsequent sum of N50,000 when the job had been completed.

“I advise Ogulu, aka Burna Boy, to report himself at the nearest police station since efforts to locate him at his residence at 7 Cheview Estate, Lekki, or any known hangout, have proved abortive.”

The other four suspects – Balogun Ademola, Obina Igwe, Tunmise Omotore and Joel Kantiok – had been charged with robbery and remanded in custody before Burna Boy was arrested.

The artiste pleaded not guilty to the two counts bordering on aiding of an offence preferred against him by the police when he was brought on Monday before a magistrate, Mrs. B.O. Osunsanmi, who held brief for Mrs. Y.O. Aje-Afunwa.

The charges read, “That you, Damini Ogulu, and others now at large, on the 24th day of October, 2017, around 11.20hrs (11.20am), at Eko Hotel and Suites, Victoria Island, Lagos, in the Lagos Magisterial District, did conspire among yourselves to commit felony to wit; accessory after the fact, thereby committing an offence punishable under Section 411 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State of Nigeria, 2015.

“That you, Damini Ogulu, and others now at large, on the same date, time and place, in the aforementioned magisterial district, did have information about the attack on one Abiye Jumbo, aka Mr.2kay, at Room 847 of the Eko Hotel and Suites, Victoria Island, and did not disclose the said attack information to the security agent (sic), thereby committing an offence punishable under Section 415 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State of Nigeria, 2015.”

His counsel, Bright Idahosa, prayed the court that he be granted bail in liberal terms.

While the police prosecutor, Inspector N. Peter, welcomed the request, a lawyer, Dan Whisky, who held brief for Grafton Entertainment, the promoter of Mr. 2kay, expressed reservation about the bail application, saying the sister case, involving the other remanded accomplices would come up on December 29.

One Tayo Reju held a watching brief for Eko Hotel and Suites.

Osunsanmi granted the defendant bail in the sum of N100,000 with two sureties in like sum and adjourned the case till December 29.

However, as against the tradition of keeping defendants on the court premises pending when bail conditions would be perfected, Burna Boy was immediately taken away in the SUV by the police.
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David Mark Illegally Acquired Senate President's Official Residence, So Says The Federal Government Of Nigeria

The Federal Government has accused a former Senate President, David Mark, of illegally acquiring his then official residence as his private property.

In September this year, the government, through the Special Presidential Investigation Panel for the Recovery of Public Property, which is chaired by Chief Okoi Obono-Obla, gave the former Senate President a 21-day notice to quit the mansion.

The notice to quit, however, asked Mark to “show cause” why the Federal Government should not “enforce the recovery of the property for public good.”

But Mark had quickly filed a suit before the Federal High Court in Abuja to quash all steps taken by the panel to evict him and recover the house from him.

The case has not been heard.

ThePunch on Monday, obtained from court sources, copies of documents, including exhibits, filed by the former Senate President in his suit challenging the recovery process.

The Senate President’s official residence is sited on 1.6 hectares of land at 1 Musa Usman Street, (also known as No. 1 Chuba Okadigbo Street), Apo Legislative Quarters, Gudu, Abuja.

According to title documents, the property comprises eight structures, made up of the main house, ADC/chief security detail’s house, guest chalet, security/generator house, boys quarters, security post, driver/servants’ quarters and chapel.

The eight structures are said to be properly spaced and linked with well-paved drive and walkways and further done with lawns.

Mark, the senator, currently representing Benue South in the National Assembly, is accused of illegally acquiring the property with the approval of former President Goodluck Jonathan, despite that such property was excluded from the monetisation policy of the Federal Government.

Copies of correspondences and other documents, leading to the purchase and eventual handover of the property to Mark in April, 2011, showed that the serving senator purchased the property at a “reserved price” of N673,200,000.

Meanwhile, in his letter, dated October 28, 2010, seeking the then President Jonathan’s approval for the sale of the property, the then Minister of the Federal Capital Territory, Mr. Bala Mohammed, had indicated that the open market value of the property was N748,000,000.

In addition, the then minister specifically stated that the Federal Executive Council had, in 2004, mandated the Federal Capital Territory Administration to sell all Federal Government’s “non-essential housing units in Abuja under specific rules and guidelines.”

Exempted from this arrangement are the official residences of the Senate President, the Deputy Senate President, the Speaker of the House of Representatives and the Deputy Speaker.

He stated that the exemption was “expressly contained in the Federal Government of Nigeria’s Official Gazette No. 82, Vol. 92 of August 15, 2005.”

In justifying the request for the then President’s approval for the sale, the former minister noted that all the houses in Apo Legislative Quarters, with the exception of the official residences of the four principal officers of the National Assembly, had been sold to the legislators occupying them at the time or the general public, under the Federal Government’s monetisation arrangement.

The former minister however stated that sale of other houses in the Apo Legislative Quarters had “altered the general security provision for the area and extension, the security of the leading principal officers of the National Assembly.”

The letter added, “This lapse in the general security provision of the area led the National Assembly to unofficially rent residential accommodation for its leading principal officers in more secure areas within the city.”

It also stated that due to the security concerns, the four houses of the leading principal officers “will no longer have the status of ‘essential properties’,” hence the FCTA “has made provision in the budget to construct residential accommodation for the leading principal officers of the National Assembly where the general security is befitting the status of the officers.”

The then minister had stated that the Senate President’s residence had an open market value of N748,000,000; the Speaker’s N670,000,000; the Deputy Senate President’s N458,000,000; and the Deputy Speaker’s N348,500,000.

What appeared on the then minister’s letter as Jonathan’s hand-written approval of the request dated November 15, 2010, read, “Para 6 and 8 approved. Also see if this could be gazetted.

“N/B: Ensure that the new residences are ready early next year.”

By a letter, with reference number PRES/83/FCTA/18 and dated November 18, 2010, Jonathan conveyed his approval to the then minister’s request for the sale of the Senate President’s official residence.

The letter, addressed to the FCT minister and titled, ‘Re: Sale of Residential Houses Occupied by Leading Principal Officers of the National Assembly’, was signed by the then President’s Senior Special Assistant (Admin), Matt Aikhionbare.

The letter read in part, “I am directed to forward Reference A to you and to convey to you, Mr. President’s approval of paragraphs 6 and 8 and further directive on page 2 in line with the earlier approval of 27/06/2010.”

But by a letter with reference number SPIP/INV/2017/VOL.1/17 and dated September 5, 2017, the Obono-Obla-led Special Presidential Investigation Panel for the Recovery of Public Property insisted that Mark acquired the “national monument” in clear breach of the monetisation policy of the Federal Government.

The letter, signed by Obono-Obla and titled ‘Investigation activities: Notice to recover public property in your care’, and addressed to Mark, stated in part, “The extant Monetisation Policy of the Federal Government, as enunciated and still being implemented, excludes all Principal Officers of the National Assembly and hence places the responsibility on the Federal Government to provide accommodation for them, same which you allegedly illegally appropriated.”

The letter asked Mark “to take steps within the next 21 days to vacate the said property or show cause why the government of the Federal Republic of Nigeria should not enforce the recovery of the said property for public good.”

It added, “You are further being notified pursuant to the Recovery Property (Special Provisions) Act, 1983, to complete and return within 30 days the attached Form B (Declaration of Assets Form) to the office of the undersigned.”

But Mark, through his lawyer, Ken Ikonne, filed the suit marked FHC/ABJ/CS/1037/2017 before the Federal High Court in Abuja, insisting that he legally acquired the property through a “walk-in bid” at the behest of the FCTA.

He also contended that the recovery process initiated by the Federal Government was unconstitutional.

The Attorney General of the Federation and Obono-Obla are joined as respondents to the suit.

Among his prayers, Mark sought “a declaration that the unilateral declaration by the defendants that the plaintiff’s acquisition” of the property “is illegal and the order compelling the plaintiff to vacate the aforesaid property” without affording him “a hearing,” amounted to a denial of his “fundamental rights to fair hearing and property, and are therefore unconstitutional and void.”

He also sought a declaration that “the service by the defendants on the plaintiff of the Notice to Declare His Assets (Form A) and the Assets Declaration Form B is unconstitutional and thus void.”

He sought “an order quashing” the defendants’ declaration of his acquisition of the aforesaid property as illegal, and another order “quashing the order of the defendants” compelling him to vacate the aforesaid property.”

He also applied for an order of the court “quashing the Notice to Declare Assets Form A and the Assets Declaration Form B” served on him and “a perpetual injunction restraining the defendants, jointly and severally” or through any agent “from evicting the plaintiff from the said property, or recovering same from him.”

Mark said he was occupying the said property in 2010 when the FCTA, “citing security concerns”, decided to construct new official residences for the leadership of the National Assembly, including the President of the Senate, in a more secure and conducive environment.”

According to the former Senate President, the FCTA had insisted that the reserve price of N673,200,000.00 reflected the open market value of the property.

He added that the valuers of the FCT that inspected and carried out a valuation of the property had put the “replacement cost” of the property at N492,700,000.

He said he duly accepted the offer on April 21, 2011 and paid the “agreed purchase price to the Ad hoc Committee on Sale of FGN Houses” on April 27, 2011.

He said the house now served as his family home in Abuja.

But he said surprisingly he was on October 9, 2017 served a letter of investigation activities dated September 5, 2017, by the Okono-Obla-led panel.

He stated in his suit that, “the defendants (AGF and Obono-Obla)  unilaterally, and without affording me any hearing at all, and without any order of any court, declared my acquisition of the said property illegal, and ordered me to vacate the said property failing which the defendants would enforce the recovery of the property against me.”

EFCC grills Benue senator for seven hours, seizes passport

Meanwhile, the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, on Monday, interrogated the immediate past Senate President, David Mark, for seven hours.

Impeccable sources within the EFCC told one of our correspondents that Mark’s passport was also seized before he was allowed to go on an administrative bail.

It was learnt that Mark, who served as Senate President from 2007 to 2015, arrived at the Abuja office of the EFCC around 12noon and was released at 7pm.

The source added, “The former Senate President arrived around 12pm and spent seven hours responding to several questions from detectives.

“He was released at 7pm on the condition that he must submit his passport to the commission which he did.

“Senator Mark is expected to return soon to answer more questions”

The former Senate President is expected to account for over N5.4bn slush cash and campaign funds allegedly traced to him.

He was alleged to have received over N500m from the government of former President Goodluck Jonathan during the build-up to the 2015 presidential election.

The money is alleged to have been part of the $2.1bn meant for arms procurement.

The Senator, who has been representing Benue-South Senatorial District since 1999, is also accused of sharing N2.9bn to his colleagues while presiding over the upper legislative chamber.

The former Senate President has, however, denied all the allegations levelled against him.

In a statement on Sunday, Mark said, “To set the records straight, Senator Mark was invited by the EFCC via a letter addressed to the National Assembly to answer questions on the 2015 presidential election campaign funds as it concerned Benue State.

“As a law-abiding citizen, Senator Mark honoured the invitation.

“Curiously, they also alleged that the PDP paid over N2bn into the National Assembly’s account which he, as then President of the Senate, allegedly shared among the 109 senators, including PDP, Action Congress of Nigeria and All Nigerian Peoples Party (members) in 2010.

“Again, to the best of his knowledge, Senator Mark is not aware of such transactions. This simply did not make sense to any right thinking member of society.

“Senator Mark wondered why anybody would think that PDP will pay money into National Assembly account. He, however, clarified all the issues raised before returning home.”
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Monday, December 18, 2017

Fuel Scarcity Meant To Prepare Nigerians For N185 Pump Price - Gov. Fayose

The Ekiti State Governor, Ayodele Fayose, has accused the Federal Government of deliberately causing the current scarcity of fuel in the country so as to be able to justify “a planned” increment in petrol pump price from N145 to N185 per litre.

He accused the Federal Government of being “insensitive to the plight of Nigerians” by allowing the scarcity to continue for two weeks now.

The governor stated this in a press release signed by his Special Assistant on Public Communications and New Media, Lere Olayinka, on Sunday.

He said, “Petrol is scarce across the country because the Federal Government deliberately reduced supply, since it is only the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation that is importing the product.

“Allowing fuel scarcity to persist for over two weeks when Nigerians are preparing to celebrate Christmas and New Year is the height of wickedness on the part of the All Progressives Congress Federal Government.

“Funnily enough, instead of directing its anger at President Muhammadu Buhari, who is the Minister of Petroleum, on December 7, 2017, the Federal Executive Council chose to give the Minister of State for Petroleum, Dr. Ibe Kachikwu, seven days’ ultimatum to end the fuel scarcity.

“Today is December 17, exactly 10 days after the misplaced ultimatum was given, the situation has even got worse.

“By the time the Petroleum and Natural Gas Senior Staff Association of Nigeria goes on strike as being threatened, the whole country will be shut down and one wonders what will become of Nigerians that desire to move around during the festive season.”

Fayose, who said it was necessary for the Federal Government to tell Nigerians the truth about the situation of fuel supply in the country, noted that it was the restriction of supply of petrol to NNPC alone that has put Nigerians in hardship.

He said, “It is only the NNPC that is bringing products in; and the result is the scarcity being experienced now.

“The thinking is that by the time the scarcity persists for like one month, with Nigerians already buying at N200 per litre, the people will jump at it if petrol is increased from N145 to N185 per litre.

“This time, Nigerians will resist any attempt to further impoverish them by increasing the pump price of petrol.”

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Strange Deaths Cause Fear In Abia State

The death of Mrs. Emereole, a retired headteacher, and a yet-to-be-identified woman, at Umuala Nsulu village in Isiala Ngwa North Area of Abia State, is causing ripples in the community.

The deceased are co-tenants, it was gathered.

According to a source, Mrs. Emereole’s mutilated body was found in her room.

“We didn’t know what happened until members of her church (Faith Tabernacle) raised the alarm. They came to visit her since she was absent in church. After knocking without getting response, they were forced to break the door. They saw her body in a pool of blood.

“They went round to see if her neighbour was aware of what happened. They also saw her dead body in a plantain farm at the backyard,” the source said.

He added that residents now live in fear, as more people have gone missing without trace.

They called on the Commissioner of Police, Anthony Ogbizi, and Governor Okezie Ikpeazu, to intervene.

The matter, first reported at the Isiala Ngwa North police station, has been transferred to Umuahia, the capital, for further investigation.
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Justin Bieber Replicated As A Sex Doll Right In Time For Christmas, As Buyers Get To choose The Penis Size

Whether you have Bieber Fever or can't stand him, there's no denying Justin Bieber has done pretty well for himself.

Once a squeaky-voiced tween with a bowl haircut, having shifted an estimated 100 million records, Bieber is now a platinum selling artist with a very healthy looking trophy cabinet to boot.

Bieber has recently been awarded the most dubious of accolades, there's a sex doll that apparently looks just like him - right in time for Christmas.

Not only is the doll selling like hotcakes, but lucky buyers get to choose the penis size too.

The, er, lookalike is 160cm tall (around 5ft 2in) and available on website AliExpress.

While the doll is not an official likeness of Bieber, fans have been both quick to point out the similarities, and express their enthusiasm for the doll.

The doll's description says: "This sex doll is made from the most advanced medical thermoplastic elastomer material (TPE) with a full metal skeleton.

"It can flexibly do all sorts of different sexy poses."
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Four Fake SARS Operatives Gunned Down In Rivers State

Four persons parading themselves as operatives of the Federal Special Anti-Robbery Squad have been gunned down in Rivers State.

The suspects were killed by F-SARS on Saturday at Ogbogoro community in the Obio/Akpor Local Government Area of Rivers State following a distress call from an unidentified member of the public.

This was as armed robbers, who operated around the Iloabuchi area of Mile 2 Diobu, Port Harcourt City, on Saturday night, killed a policeman in the area, leaving a local vigilante member and other persons with bullet wounds.

It was learnt that the vigilante member and the other persons, who were hit by bullets, had been hospitalised.

A source, who did not want his name in print, told Punch correspondent that the criminals were spotted to be fake security operatives by residents of the area.

It was gathered that a resident of the area called Ozuoba Police Station.

The source said when SARS operatives entered the community, the fake SARS men engaged them in a gun duel.

The Commander of F-SARS in the state, Mr. Akin Fakorede, who confirmed the development, said his men killed a four-man robbery gang that disguised as SARS operatives to rob some residents.

Fakorede said the criminals engaged the SARS men in a gun battle, adding that his men overpowered and killed the hoodlums.

He noted that the same gang had earlier this year killed a taxi driver operating in the area.

Fakorede said, “A four-man robbery gang with their AK-47 rifles, impersonating as SARS operatives, met their end on December 16, 2017 at Ogbogoro. The gang had gone to rob one Mr. Wey Nwinanadun.

“They went to rob Nwinanadun at his residence in Ogbogoro; the gang had previously robbed in the Ada George and Iwofe area of the City.

“SARS is determined to root out all criminal gangs operating in the state under whatever guise.”

When contacted, the Public Relations Officer of the state Police Command, Nnamdi Omoni, confirmed that a policeman was killed at Iloabuchi area of Port Harcourt, describing it as a great loss.

Omoni noted that the Commissioner of Police in Rivers State, Ahmed Zaki, had already launched a manhunt for the culprits and promised that the killers would be apprehended and prosecuted.

He vowed that the police would not be deterred in their efforts to rid the state of criminals, stating that officers have been drafted to strategic locations to ensure an effective policing of the state.
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25Years Old Niger State Man Cuts Off Cousin's Manhood Over Missing N3,500, Threatens To Do More (Pic)

The Niger State Police Command has arrested a 25-year-old man, Aliyu Mohammadu, for allegedly cutting off his cousin’s manhood.

It was learnt that Mohammadu, from Babana Borgu, in New Bussa Local Government Area of Niger State, attacked his cousin, Farouk Ibrahim, on the claim that Ibrahim stole a sum of N3,500 which he (Mohammadu) kept in his room.

“My cousin was rude to me after he made away with my N3,500. When I confronted him on the way to the farm, he told me not to disturb him, insisting that he did not take my money. I got annoyed and attacked him with my cutlass which resulted in the cutting off of his manhood,” Mohammadu told Punch correspondent.

He added that he needed his money, threatening a further attack on Ibrahim.

He said, “What I need is my N3,500, otherwise I am going to do more harm in the family. I have two wives and two children to cater for, I need the money to take care of them.”

The Police Public Relations Officer in Niger, Peter Sunday, confirmed that police operatives at New Bussa Division arrested Mohammadu for cutting off his cousin’s manhood.

Sunday explained that the suspect attacked his victim when he was taking food to his father, Ibrahim Mohammed, on the farm.

“Mohammadu attacked his cousin with a cutlass and cut off his manhood. The victim was rushed to one specialist hospital in Ilorin, Kwara State for treatment,” the PPRO said, adding that Mohammadu would be charged to court as soon as investigation was concluded.
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Anambra Youths Mob Lovers For Having Sex Openly At A Funeral

The intervention of some elders in Umuduru Village, Ihiala Local Government Area of Anambra State has saved a man and woman from being lynched for openly having sex during a funeral in the community.

It was gathered that the woman and the man had engaged in an open sex during a funeral in the area.

Which is an abominable act in the neighbourhood. A source, who pleaded not to be named, told SouthernCityNews that the elders, after saving the two ‘lovers’, asked the man to bring six cartons of beer and some cash, which would be used to appease the gods of the land. *SIX cartons of beer? Hahahaha, chaii, awon elders o!*

The source said, “This abominable act took place during a burial ceremony of a lady at Umuduru Village, Ihiala.

“It was gathered from an eyewitness that a woman believed to be a commercial sex worker living in one of the brothels in this community, apparently under an influence, said she wanted to perform `a show’.

“As part of the show, she stripped and dragged a young man simply known as `Chinwuba’ from Ogboro Umunwaji Village in Ihiala out of the crowd. Both engaged in a sex orgy right in front of onlookers with impunity.

“Some angry youths pounced on them and in the process, the lady escaped. But Chinwuba was not that lucky. It took the intervention of the elders who restrained the irate youths from sending the man to his early grave.

“The elders fined him six cartons of beer and an undisclosed amount of money. They (elders) said the fine was to appease the gods of the land for the abominable act,” the source stated.
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Ondo State NNPC Guard Shoots Bread Hawker To Death!!

The police in Ondo State yesterday arrested a security guard in Akure, the state capital, for allegedly shooting to death a bread seller, Ojomo Tunji, it was learnt.

The guard worked at the Nigeria National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) at Shagari Village junction in Akure.

Police spokesman Femi Joseph said the guard, Jonah Sunday, committed the crime last Wednesday.

“The information reached us about 9.30 pm on Wednesday that the suspect killed somebody beside the filling station. We got to know that the suspect was shooting into the air, we don’t know the reason for that, maybe he suspected something. But unfortunately, as he was shooting the bullets hit a bread seller beside the filling station.”

Joseph said the victim was rushed to the hospital where he died.

He said the victim’s family reported the case at the station.
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Oh Dear! 3Million Bottles Of Codeine-Containing Syrup Consumed Daily In Kano, Jigwa States!!

Unless there is urgent intervention, experts have warned that Nigeria may be building a nation of drug addicts. This is not unconnected with latest reports which show that 3 million bottles of codeine are consumed daily in Kano and Jigawa States.

Even the National Agency for Food and Drug Administration of Nigeria, NAFDAC, has expressed worry over uncontrolled use of codeine containing cough syrups across the country.

Also just last week, the Medical Director, Psychiatric Hospital, Yaba, Lagos, Dr. Oluyemisi Ogun, had confirmed a sharp increase in the number of patients with drug-related cases seen at the hospital in recent times. Ogun who spoke at a symposium put together by the Health Writers Association of Nigeria, HEWAN, with the theme: “Emergency Response to Disease Outbreaks: The Way Forward in Nigeria”, said although the threat of communicable disorders was evident, the nation ought to be more worried about non-communicable disorders like drug abuse.

“We are talking about communicable diseases, but we have another epidemic on hand, which is the issue of drug abuse. We are seeing more and more of this and it is a menace. I would urge that attention be drawn to it urgently.

“There is no family now that is not affected. Our children are at risk as much as our husbands, wives and other relatives. It is actually more than an epidemic. In all the nooks and crannies around us there are people selling drugs and we needed to bring this threat to the realm of the public and the government for us to be able to do something about it.”

Noting that the issue of drug abuse should at the forefront of the public domain, Ogun noted that all the security agencies, particularly the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency, NDLEA, that have a role to play should be able to do so much.

In her submission, a Deputy Director of the National Agency for Food and Drug Administration of Nigeria, NAFDAC, Mrs Abayomi Bolaji, who spoke on behalf of the Director General, Prof Mojisola Adeyeye, raised alarm over the spate of abuse of codeine containing cough syrups.

Bolaji lamented that the Agency was worried about the incessant abuse of codeine in recent times. “We have codeine which is currently being abused. I want to let you know that in the course of our regulatory activities, if we find codeine in a Patent Medicine Store, the person will be heavily sanctioned.

Codeine has medicinal use and what the Agency does is that we give permit for it to be imported and sold.” Bolaji said NAFDAC goes as far as collating the stock from the warehouses, manufacturing facilities, and takes stock of what the importer has used and imported to produce and follow up distribution.

“But unfortunately, we know people cut corners. Codeine containing syrups are not supposed to be freely sold, they are not Over-the-Counter drugs but somehow they get into the hands of people through the pharmacies or Patent medicine dealers, but it is part of our regulatory functions to control the circulation and importation of these drugs.

''If peradventure a manufacturer cannot give account of the quantity that he was given permit to import, he is heavily sanctioned and may not be given permission to import next time. Because of the education of the pharmacists they cooperate but the patent medicine dealers are the ones selling at night, and we cannot get them when we go during the day time. But it has been discovered that they go as far as hiding these drugs with persons in the next shop, maybe with a tailor or barber. People need to be told the consequences of their action. It is not only just about money. The demand for codeine containing cough syrups is so high.”

Findings by Vanguard showed that following the alarm raised three months ago of rising incidences and reports of drug abuse, particularly codeine-containing cough syrups in the 19 Northern states of the Federation, the Senate and other relevant stakeholders are converging in Kano today for a two- day roundtable on drug abuse.

It was reported that in 2015 alone, over 2,205 people were arrested in North-West geo-political zone by the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency, NDLEA, over drug-related abuses. Vanguard gathered that the roundtable will enable the Senate effectively analyze Nigeria’s response to the menace and come up with appropriate strategies on the way forward.

During the roundtable, the drivers of drug abuse in Nigeria are to be isolated, with the aim of identifying the psychosocial and medical impact of the phenomenon, assessing current responses, legislative gaps and opportunities for action.

Among expected outcomes include: gaining a better understanding of drug use, prevalence, trends and patterns in Nigeria; understanding the current government and Civil Society capacity and efforts towards addressing drug abuse and related issues; gain insight into legislative, policy gaps and develop an Action Plan for interventions by the National Assembly and other stakeholders.

It would be recalled that Senate, had in October, this year, raised the alarm about the drug abuse threat in the 19 states, where women, young girls in tertiary institutions, working class ladies, married, unemployed women displaced by Boko Haram insurgency, among others, were involved in drug abuse.

The Senate had mandated its Joint Committee on Drugs and Narcotics and Health to investigate the growing menace of cough and other prescriptive drugs abuse and report back to the Senate on the needed legislative interventions to combat the trend.

The senators stressed that secondary school students consumed cough syrups regularly. The Senate President, Dr. Bukola Saraki, said that the Senate will take necessary actions to reduce the growing menace.

According to NAFDAC, Codeine is an opiate used for its analgesic (pain reliever) and more commonly antitussive effect (cough suppressant) in cough syrups. “Codeine containing cough syrups are effective in the management of certain coughs.''

However, it has a high potential for abuse and may present some serious adverse reactions to the user. For these reasons, access to codeine containing cough syrups has been restricted in several countries. Some of the known adverse effects of codeine include: respiratory depression; hallucination and physical dependence as a result of continued use.

NAFDAC is currently working with the Pharmacist Council of Nigeria (PCN), National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) and National Institute for Pharmaceutical Research and Development (NIPRD) to arrest the increasing abuse of these cough syrups in Nigeria. NAFDAC is embarking on massive public enlightenment campaign on the dangers of abuse of codeine containing medicines in Nigeria.

The Agency has put in place strategy to limit the supply and distribution of codeine containing cough syrups in Nigeria. Prescribers and dispensers are encouraged to prescribe and dispense these cough syrups rationally.

Consumers are advised to take codeine containing cough syrups only on prescription by health care professionals. #SayNoToDrugAbuse!!
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LASTMA Arrests Five Officials For Extortion, More To Be Arrested..

The Lagos State Traffic Management Authority (LASTMA) has arrested five traffic officials for extorting motorists last week.

Bamidele Sheu, Ope Adisa and Babatunde Aluko were arrested following a complaint by a clearing agent, Babatunde Akinmolayan, that his container truck, marked AA 553 NGW, was illegally impounded on Marina, Lagos.

The trio allegedly demanded N80,000 bribe to release the vehicle.

Akinmolayan said he was accompanying the container truck on Monday to deliver goods at Walter Carrington Street on Victoria Island, Lagos.

He said the truck was stopped on the Marina, close to the State House by the three LASTMA officials and others in mufti, for driving at unauthorised hours.

Akinmolayan said they ignored pleas to release the truck, which they eventually took to their yard at Olowu, where they demanded N80,000.

The vehicle was later released when the zonal head  intervened, and N7, 000 was given to some men in mufti.

In the same week, Jimoh Olaosebikan and Emmanuel Padonu were arrested by LASTMA surveillance unit at Okokomaiko and Mile 12.

Olaosebikan collected N20,000 from a female motorist for ‘making’ an illegal u-turn at Okokomaiko.

The motorist said “all explanations that other vehicles have been turning there before failed to convince him and efforts to see his superior officers in their office were frustrated by him, only for him to collect N20,000 from me before their surveillance team emerged from nowhere to arrest him.”

Padonu was picked up following a tip off  from the public that some traffic officials were conniving with men in mufti to arrest and collect money from commercial drivers.

LASTMA’s General Manager Olawale Musa advised motorists to report any LASTMA official found wanting.

“LASTMA operates a cashless policy and motorists should not give money to any LASTMA official under any circumstance. Furthermore, LASTMA officials on duty are always in uniforms, with names conspicuously displayed on the breast pockets, and motorists should disregard anybody not in uniform claiming to be agency officials,” he said.

The LASTMA boss said: “I want to assure motorists that we have put everything in place to ensure free-flow of traffic during the Yuletide period and I want to implore motorists to imbibe the culture of voluntary compliance with directives, obey road signs and laws so that we can have seamless traffic during this Yuletide period”.

Over 20 officials of the agency were dismissed this year for misconduct.

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Governors Storm Presidential Villa To Celebrate President Buhari's 75th Birthday (Pics)

State governors on Sunday stormed the Presidential Villa in Abuja to congratulate President Muhammadu Buhari on his 75th birthday.

One of the first to arrive at the villa was Governor Ibikunle Amosun of Ogun State, who had earlier presented the President with a birthday card.
President Buhari was later joined by his wife, Mrs Aisha, as well as Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, his wife, Mrs Dolapo, and some state governors, at a small party where he cut his cake.
The governors are; Abudulaziz Yari (Zamfara), Rochas Okorocha (Imo), Ibikunle Amosun (Ogun), Abiola Ajimobi (Oyo), and Rauf Aregbesola (Osun), among others.
In another report, Channels quoted Vice President Yemi Osinbajo as describing President Buhari as a dependable leader.

He also said the President’s commitment to Nigeria has continued to serve as an example to him and to the country.
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President Buhari To Travel To Niger Republic With Three Northern Governors

President Muhammadu Buhari will on Monday, December 18, attend the 59th proclamation of Republic of Niger ceremony in Tahoua, Niger.

The president, alongside the presidents of Mali, Burkina Faso, Chad and Mauritania, will participate in the historic event, held every year on December 18th to commemorate the founding of the Republic of Niger and creation of the Presidency.

After the ceremony, the Nigerian leader will hold bilateral meetings with some of his counterparts before returning to Abuja same day.

President Buhari will be accompanied on the trip by Governors Aminu Masari, Ibrahim Gaidam and Kashim Shettima of Katsina, Yobe and Borno states respectively.

Garba Shehu, senior special assistant to the president, Media and Publicity made this known on twitter and Facebook.
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Thursday, December 14, 2017

Warder Kills Fake 24Years Old Kidnapper In Lagos Court

There was confusion at the Ebute Meta Magistrate’s Court on Wednesday after a man who pretended to be one of the kidnappers of the six pupils of Lagos Model College, Igbonla, was shot dead by a warder.

It was learnt that the suspect, Chizoba Okoye, was fleeing the court premises shortly after his case was adjourned till January 2018 when he was shot dead.

The corpse of the 24-year-old was said to have been taken into a prison ambulance and deposited in a morgue.

It had been reported that Okoye was first arraigned at the Chief Magistrate Oluwayemisi Adelaja’s court on August 3, 2017, on one count of false representation and demanding ransom.

The police prosecutor, Chinalu Uwadione, had told the court that Okoye, while presenting himself to be one of the kidnappers of the six pupils, demanded N2m ransom from their parents on June 11, around 8pm.

He had said the offence was punishable under Section 6 (iii) of the Lagos State Anti-Kidnapping Law, 2017.

Okoye was reported to have been brought to the court one more time before his case came up again on Wednesday.

A credible source told Punch Metro that after the matter was heard and the suspect was being taken to a cell in the court, he bolted.

He said, “Okoye was not involved in the actual kidnapping. He had heard about it like every other person and he decided to call the parents of the boys to demand N2m for their release. That was how he was arrested.

“This is the third time that he would be brought to court. The magistrate had adjourned his case till January 15, 2018. In fact, he was going to be freed on that day based on certain reasons.

“But he fled the court and the warder chased him to the police barracks beside the court. The man asked him to stop, but he refused and continued running. That was how he was shot dead. Operatives of the prison ambulance service confirmed him dead, after which he was taken away.”

The spokesperson for the prisons service, Lagos State Command, DSP Rotimi Oladokun, confirmed the incident, adding that the suspect was shot by men of the Armed Squad Unit.

He said, “It happened after the case was adjourned and the escort team was leading him to the holding cell on the court premises. Thinking he could escape the watchful eyes of the armed guards, Okoye suddenly took to his heels, defying verbal warnings and warning shots from the armed men.

“As he continued in his flight and attempted to scale the fence to freedom, he was immobilised by shots from the armed personnel and subsequently arrested. Unfortunately, he lost his life on the way to the hospital for medical attention.”

He said the state Controller of Prisons, Tunde Ladipo, had ordered investigation into the incident and assured the public of adequate security in all prison formations in the state.
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Two Ondo Clergymen Sexually Assaulted, Defrauded Spinsters Searching For Husband, Housewives

Two clergymen have been arrested in Akure, the Ondo State capital, for sexually assaulting their church members and defrauding them using diabolical and fetish means.

The arrest of the two clergymen was effected by officials of the state Command of Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps, NSCDC.

It was said that, the suspects, using diabolic means, defrauded and sexually abused worshippers in their respective churches.

One of the suspects’ church is located in Ilorin, Kwara State, while the other is in Idanre area of the state.

Reports had it that the two clergymen always lure desperate ladies looking for suitors and married women in search of children by promising to cast out evil spirits obstructing their desires.

They would, in the process, use diabolic means to abuse them sexually and defraud them by asking them for a certain amount of money to prepare concoctions for them.

Exposed by members

Vanguard gathered that some members of their churches, who were not comfortable with the development in the churches, tipped off NSCDC men, who later set a trap for them.

Parading one of the suspects, the State Commandant of NSCDC, Pedro Idebo, said an investigation was still on as regards the other suspect, who is yet to be paraded.

Idebo said some fetish items used in swindling the victims were recovered from the two suspects.

His words: “The criminal activities of the culprits, mostly in using fetish means, forced some church members to report the duo to the NSCDC office in Akure.

“They also obtained various sums running into millions of Naira from members of their congregations under false pretences.

“We use this opportunity to warn the fake clergymen and women to urgently relocate from the state or face the law of the land.”

Idebo vowed to run fraudsters out of the state, adding that the command will team up with sister agencies in the state in ensuring criminals are not only apprehended, but equally prosecuted in a law court.
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NOT Again! SARS Officers Shoot, Whisk Away Lagos Trader, His Wherabouts Unkonwn

The family of Eche Israel, an electronic dealer at the Alaba International Market, Ojo, have become apprehensive after he was allegedly shot by some operatives of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad in the Mile 2 area of Lagos State.

It was gathered that the 30-year-old trader had finished from work around 6pm on Friday and was heading home on a motorcycle when he was stopped by the officers.

During an exchange that allegedly ensued, the victim was said to have queried the officers for stopping him and asked the motorcycle rider to move on.

He was subsequently shot in the waist. The officers were alleged to have shot continuously into the air to scare away residents, who had thronged the scene.

He was allegedly put in the boot of the car the SARS men brought and driven away.

A cousin of the victim, Mary Israel, said a family friend, who witnessed the shooting, called the attention of the family to the incident.

She said they had been to different police stations in the state, including the SARS office at Ikeja, adding that Eche’s whereabouts had remained unknown.

She said, “He deals in electronics in Alaba market. He had finished the day’s work and was going to his house at Ajegunle around 6pm on Friday when the officers asked him to stop. They parked a red vehicle beside the road.

“They found a Samsung phone on him and some money. The man questioning him was not in uniform, so he argued with him and asked why he was being questioned. The policeman held him by the trousers when he asked his motorcycle rider to move on.

“They shot him in the waist. The motorcycle rider fled. He was thrown into the boot of the vehicle and the policemen drove off.

“They didn’t find anything incriminating on him. He is not a robber or a thief. He has his business and a family. He is a responsible man.”

Another family member, Blessing Israel, said the policemen were identified with their police-crested AK-47 guns, adding that one of the men also flashed his ID card at residents when they tried to mob them.

“We have been to SARS Ikeja, Mile 2 Police Station and the Federal SARS at Alagbon. We just returned from the Adeniji Adele Police Station. They all said there was no suspect named Eche Israel with waist injury in their cells. Where else can we go? There has been no word about him since last Friday,” she added.

*I'm literally in tears!!*
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Lagos State Electrician Found Dead In A Pharmacy's Attic

An autopsy report is being awaited by the Lagos State Police Command to clear the air on the cause of death of an electrician, Idris Lasisi.

Idris was found dead in the attic of a pharmacy on Abraham Adesanya Low Cost Housing Estate in Ajah on Monday.

The family of the deceased alleged that he was murdered, claiming that there were bloodstains in his mouth and neck while his phone was not found.

But the pharmacist, identified only as Bayo, claimed that the father of one was electrocuted. It was gathered that Bayo was being quizzed by the police at the Ogombo division on the circumstances surrounding the electrician’s death.

It  was that Bayo had engaged Idris to do some electrical work at the pharmacy on Saturday.

At about 7pm, the 33-year-old was said to have called his wife on the telephone, informing her that he was rounding off.

The wife, Bunmi Lasisi, explained that after awaiting his return for hours, she called his line, but it indicated that it was not reachable.

She said she went to bed, thinking he had gone to pass the night at his elder brother’s residence in Lakowe, Ajah.

She said, “We visited his mother on Saturday at Owode, Ajah. He said he wanted to do a job for Mr. Bayo and he went there from Owode. Around 7pm, he called me and said he was about to leave the pharmacy. He asked me what he should buy for me and I told him to buy apples.

“I waited for him till around 9pm and his line was not reachable. The following day, I tried calling him again, but his line did not connect. He went there in a car; so I thought he was using it for commercial purposes and believed he would soon return home.

“I informed his mother and she called his elder brother to know his whereabouts. The brother said he did not see him. We called his friends; they said they didn’t see him. It was on Monday that we traced him to the pharmacy and found his corpse in the attic.

“He had injuries in the neck and armpit and blood was in his mouth. The owner of the pharmacy claimed that he was electrocuted; but he was not, he was attacked. He used an earpiece, but we did not find his mobile phone. His car was on the premises.”

The deceased’s mother, Samiat, urged the police to conduct proper investigation into the matter, saying she suspected foul play.

The elder brother, Ramon Lasisi, explained that Bayo claimed to have invited another electrician on Saturday to check the roof after workers at the pharmacy complained that they did not see him (Idris).

“He said the electrician did not see him. How did they find his corpse on Monday? If he was electrocuted, blood would not come out of his body. The electrician has also been arrested. My brother was probably attacked and the assailants tried to make it look as if it was an electrocution. His phone is also missing,” he added.

Bayo, who spoke briefly with Punch correspondent on the telephone from the station, absolved himself of any wrongdoing, saying the blood from the corpse could be due to decomposition.

He said, “I am at the station now. He had been working for us for about eight years. It was when I wanted to open the shop on Monday morning that I discovered his corpse and I informed the police immediately. He was electrocuted.”

However, Bayo’s representative, who did not want his name in print, later gave Punch Metro his account of what transpired at the pharmacy from Saturday to Monday.

He said, “On Friday, Bayo invited the man to fix an electrical fault at the store where the incident happened. He did not come. On Saturday, he came and went to the attic. Workers at the store did not see him come down. They looked around for him and called Bayo when they did not see him.

“Bayo told them to check him in the attic. The two workers are a woman and a fat man. They could not climb up. His car was outside and he had a flat tyre. So, they thought he was running around to fix the tyre.

“When they wanted to close, they called Bayo again, saying they had not seen the man and that the electrical fault had not been fixed. He told them to look for an electrician to go up and check if the man was there. The electrician went up, used a torch to look around, but said he did not see anybody. The store was closed afterwards.”

The representative explained that the shop opened the next day for operations and closed at the normal time without the workers noticing any strange occurrence.

He added, “By Monday when they wanted to open the shop, they noticed liquid dripping from the ceiling and strange odour. The owner reported at the Ogombo Police Station. In the course of decomposition, the body will swell and the skin will tear. The body fluid will come out. That was what happened.”

The Lagos State Police Public Relations Officer, SP Chike Oti, said investigation had commenced into the incident, adding that an autopsy would be conducted on the deceased to ascertain the cause of death.
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Rapper Nelly's Rape Case Dropped Since Accuser Refuses To Testify In Court

A rape case against rapper Nelly has been dropped by prosecutors in Washington State.

The decision comes after Nelly's accuser refused to cooperate with the investigation claiming she wouldn't stand a chance taking on a celebrity in court.

The woman had called police in October following the alleged assault that she claimed took place on Nelly's tour bus.

But without her testimony, TMZ reports, the King County Prosecuting Attorney's Office determined it was unable to charge the recording artist with a crime.

On October 13, a lawyer for the alleged rape victim announced that we 'do not live in a society where a 21-year-old college student can feel safe enough to pursue criminal charges against a celebrity for an alleged rape.'

Attorney Karen Koehler stated that the young woman 'wishes she had not called 911 because she believes the system is going to fail her.'

She added her client would refuse to testify in court.
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Timaya Bags Grammy Award Nomination, May Become First Nigerian-Based Act To Win (Details)

King of afro-dancehall, Timaya, may become the first Nigerian-based act to win Grammy award, haven bagged a Grammy Nomination for featuring on Morgan Heritage’s album “Avrakedabra”.

The first Nigerian, though not based in Nigeria, who won an award at the Grammy was Cynthia Erivo, a singer and actress born in London to Nigerian immigrants.

Cynthia had won a Grammy for Best Musical Theatre Album for the cast recording of the musical The Color Purple in 2016.

However, Timaya who featured alongside Ghanaian Afro-pop singer, Stonebwoy, Chubb Rock, Stylo G, Bunji Garlin, Dre Zion & Jaheil on Morgan Heritage’s “Avrekedabra” may become the first Nigerian-based act to win the award if the album wins the category at the 60thGrammy Awards which will air live from the Madison Square Gardens on January 28, 2018.

Morgan Heritage is a reggae band formed in 1994 by five children of reggae artiste, Denroy Morgan. The band comprises Peter “Peetah” Morgan, Una Morgan, Roy “Gramps” Morgan, Nakhamyah “Lukes” Morgan, and Memmalatel “Mr. Mojo” Morgan.

“Avrekedabra” was nominated for the Best Reggae Album award and will slug it out with “Chronology” by Chronixx, “Lost in Paradise” by Common Kings, “Wash House Ting” by J Boog and “Stony Hill” by Damian “Jr. Gong” Marley.

Wizkid and Kah-Lo also got to the nomination in 2016 but failed to win any award.

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