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21 Sep 2017

Evil Badoo Shrine Belonging to Multi-Millionaire Oil Marketer Finally Destroyed by Police in Lagos (Photos + Video)

The Lagos State Police Command who arrested a 51-year-old popular independent oil marketer of Alaka petroleum, following allegations of sponsorship of recent badoo killings in Ikorodu, has demolished the cult group's shrine.
Alhaji Abayomi (in white) leading Police to the shrine
The alleged Badoo shrine belonging to 51-year-old millionaire and independent oil marketer, Alhaji Abayomi Alaka, of Alaka Petroleum, that was uncovered in the Agbowa area of Ikorou, has been demolished by the Lagos state government.

Recall that in August, the operatives of Nigerian Police arrested Alhaji Abayomi Alaka who denied being a member of the dreaded Badoo cult group, at his Magodo residence in Lagos after police swung into action following the death of five family members who were brutally murdered by the cult group in Ikorodu area of Lagos state.
Abayomi, a landlord in the highbrow Magodo, had said he was not a sponsor of Badoo and threatened to sue the Police and the media.

“I will sue the Inspector-General of Police, Commissioner of Police and all the media houses that called me Badoo sponsor. The media ought to have investigated the allegation before publishing anything.
“I told the police that the actions they took will back fire, they started panicking. As a matter of fact, I’m seriously upset because the journalists did not interview me. I was angry that they didn’t allow me to be interviewed. Even those journalists didn’t insist on interviewing me.

"What manner of hatchet job was that? Why would that happen?,” Abayomi lamented.

Low oil price will help Nigeria, others – Aliko Dangote reveals

The President/Chief Executive, Dangote Industries Limited, Aliko Dangote, has said low oil prices will help Nigeria to reduce its reliance on crude oil revenues.
Dangote stated this at the UN General Assembly in New York on Tuesday, according to a statement from the African Press Organisation.

Global oil benchmark, which fell from a high of $115 per barrel in mid-2014, has continued to hover around $53 per barrel in recent months.

At the headquarters of global law firm, Shearman and Sterling LLC, high level business leaders and international diplomats invited by the Corporate Council for Africa to hear Africa’s richest man, Dangote, and the Rwandan President, Paul Kagame, openly conversed on Africa’s opportunities and challenges, a statement by the Dangote Industries stated.

Both leaders, it said, underscored the ongoing movement to diversify African economies.

In the case of Nigeria, Africa’s largest economy, Dangote said, “We should pray that oil prices remain low. This helps wean us off the dependency on revenues from petroleum. We must take oil to be the icing on the cake. We already have the cake.”

Dangote told investors, “(With) agriculture, agriculture, agriculture, Africa will become the food basket of the world.”

In addition to agriculture, he cited Nigeria’s vast mineral resources and natural gas as sources of economic prosperity and stressed the need to manufacture more goods locally for domestic consumption.

Dangote, who cited the continued need for heavy investments in education, specifically said that “five of the 12 million jobs needed in Africa soon must be created in Nigeria.”

He has expanded his business from cement, sugar, and other household commodities to fertiliser and other processed high-value goods.

“Technology, of course, helps us a lot and our factories are state of the art with the use of robotics but we shouldn’t be overly tech-oriented to create wealth,” he told investors.

Dangote, who is often cited as one of the most inspiring business leaders in the world today and a model for young entrepreneurs, offered advice to Americans who tend to rely on outdated news and wrong perceptions of Africa, saying, “Don’t be lazy. Go there and find the real story for yourself. Things have changed.”

He described Rwanda, where he has business interests, as an example of positive change, good governance and leadership, and where corruption had been cured.

He cited a personal experience of offering a $100 tip for services at the Kigali Airport to a worker who refused to take money for work they were paid to do.

Female Robber and Ritualists Paraded by the Police in Rivers State (Photos)

Thirty six suspected criminals including a pregnant woman have been paraded by policemen in Rivers state.
Policemen in Rivers state have arrested thirty-six suspected criminals including a pregnant female robber and her gang members in Rivers state. A 75 year-old man who is said to be a ritualist was also arrested in the state.

While parading the suspects, Commissioner of Police in the state, CP Ahmed Zaki said, “Today I have invited you with joy in my heart to present to you with humility the modest successes recorded by the Command, to wit:

“Men of the Anti-kidnapping Unit (AKU) on 9/9/2017 at about 1100hrs arrested Samuel Azuogu ‘m’, Emeka Nweke ‘m’ and Charles Nweke ‘m’ at Eberi Omuma Community in Etche Local Government Area.

“The suspects are among the criminal gang that has been terrorizing the Etche Local Government Area and have confessed to the kidnap of one Mr. Fidelis Amangwu of Eberi who was kidnapped by four armed men and killed.

“The hoodlums were arrested during a gun battle for which the Police over powered and arrested them. They are helping the Police in Investigation and will be charged to Court as soon as Investigation is concluded. Items recovered from them include: one Locally made gun, one Pump Action and a Sienna Bus riddled with bullets.
“Operatives of the Anti-Kidnapping Unit (AKU) in a covert operation led by the Commander, SP Edward Shadare on 14/9/2017 arrested one precious Nwala ‘m’ from Chokocho Etche whose gang invited one Olusegun Akin from Lagos to Port Harcourt to cover a wedding Event but unknown to him, he was kidnapped and taken to a bush in Etche.

“The kidnappers were traced and tracked to a creek in Etche where the victim was rescued unhurt and the suspect arrested. He has made useful confessions and will be due in Court soonest.

“Operatives of the Anti-Kidnapping Unit (AKU) on 3/9/2017 at about 0710hrs arrested the duo of Miracle Chibuzor ‘f’ 16yrs and Gabriel Okere Okeke ‘m’ 75yrs. They are said to be members of a syndicate that specializes in kidnapping children and using them for ritual. They have confessed to the crime and are helping the Police to burst their gang and will be due in Court as soon as Investigation is over.

“Meanwhile little Miss Onyinyechi Nwokorie ‘f’ 4yrs that was recovered from them, has been released to her parents.

“On 16/9/2017 at about 0600hrs, SARS Operatives on patrol arrested a five man gang of Armed Robbers and recovered the following exhibits. (1) Three locally made Pistols, (2) Fifteen rounds of .9mm Live Ammunition. (3) One Toyota 4 Runner Jeep without No. (4) One Honda Accord Car without No. (5) One Toyota Corrola Car without No.”

Is Nnamdi Kanu Currently in Police Custody? See What the Police Has to Say About It

Following widespread reports that the leader of the Indigenous People Of Biafra, Nnamdi Kanu, is in police custody, the Police has spoken out about the matter.
According to a The Sun News report, the Police Force headquarters in Abuja, yesterday said the leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), was not in its custody.

This is coming just as IPOB, raised the alarm over the whereabouts of its leader, Mazi Nnamdi Kanu, allegedly abducted by the soldiers who attacked his home in Isiama Afaraukwu Ibeku, in the ongoing operation python dance in the south east by soldiers of the Nigerian army.

Force Public Relations  Officer, Jimoh Moshood, who made this known to Daily Sun, in an interview, however, warned that the police would not hesitate to arrest any person or group of persons posing to be members of IPOB, following the proscription of the group by governors of the south east states.

Mr. Moshood, who said the police force headquarters has deployed more mobile policemen to the south east and south-south parts of the country to ensure law and order, maintains that the IPOB leader was not in Police custody.

He said the question about the whereabout of the IPOB leader should be directed to his members.

“He is their leader, they should tell us his whereabout.

“You know the IPOB, has been proscribed by the governors in those states and they remain an unlawful organization and we will ensure that we sustain peace in the area and we will not allow such an organization to disturb the public peace.

“For anybody that has committed an offense, he is liable for arrest and prosecution. But I can tell you that he is not in our custody”.

Moshood, who said the Inspector-General of Police (IGP), Ibrahim Idris, has placed police personnel across the country on red alert to avoid reprisal attacks following activities of IPOB, stressed that the police have arrested some IPOB members suspected to have taken part in the burning down of a police station that eventually led to the death of a personael at Aba.

He said: “We have arrested some of those people who attacked and burnt down police station at Aba, and they have been charged to court and anybody that was linked or found to be culpable for the burning of the station which resulted to the death of one of our personnel would be prosecuted."

Prominent Nigerian Professor Declared Wanted by the EFCC...Find Out His Crime (Photo)

Nigeria's anti-graft organization, the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, has declared a professor wanted and published his photos over serial fraud.
Here is an official press release by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) which was published on their Facebook page;

Wanted by EFCC: Adjunct Prof. Olufunmilade Adeyemi

The public is hereby notified that Adjunct Prof. Olufunmilade Adeyemi whose photograph appears below, is wanted by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) in a case of obtaining by false pretense and diversion of funds.

The suspect is the Managing Director of Stealth Groups Limited and is alleged to have swindled unsuspecting victims of the sum of N34million under the guise of selling property situated within Complete Leisure Estate to them.

Adeyemi is dark in complexion and hails from Ikeja LGA of Lagos State. He speaks English and Yoruba languages fluently.

His last known address is Plot 820 Alhaji Shamsi Thomas Crescent, Omole Phase, Ikeja, Lagos and No. 13b Oba Elegushi Beach Road, Lekki, Lagos.

Anybody with useful information as to his whereabouts should contact the Commission in its Enugu, Ibadan, Kano, Lagos, Maiduguri, Gombe, Port Harcourt and Abuja offices or through these numbers 0809 3322 644 (0809 EFCC NIG), its e-mail address: or the nearest Police Station and other security agencies.

See the Face of Female Lawyer Arrested for Torturing Her Adopted Daughter After Tagging Her a Witch (Photo)

The foster mother of a 9-year-old girl who tagged her a witch and tortured her severely, has been caught and paraded before journalists in Port Harcourt, the Rivers state capital.
The suspect, Elizabeth
The operatives of Nigerian Police at the Rivers State Command in Port Harcourt, have apprehended and on Wednesday, publicly paraded a female lawyer identified as Elizabeth Agboje, who allegedly tortured her adopted daughter.

According to a report by Punch Metro, the 9-year-old victim, Miss Bright Maxson, was first tagged a witch before she was reportedly tortured by her foster mother who has two biological children, and was said to have continually subjected the girl to degrading treatment without minding the implication.

While speaking to journalists during the parade of the suspect, the State Commissioner of Police, Ahmed Zaki, said that Mrs. Agboje was apprehended by the Human Rights Department of the Command for allegedly torturing Bright Maxson.

He said; “The Human Rights Officer of the Command, DSP Emmanuel Ukwenya, arrested one Barrister Elizabeth Agboje, who it was alleged, had been consistently torturing and assaulting little Miss Bright Maxson, accusing her of being a witch and a thief."

“She is also alleged to have subjected her to all manners of degrading treatments for over seven years. The lawyer is a suspect who has made useful statement to the police and as soon as investigation is concluded, she will be charged to court for proper prosecution,” Zaki added.

It was, however, gathered that the victim, who was said to be sick when she was rescued by the police, had been receiving treatment at the Police Hospital in Port Harcourt.

Israeli National Who Speaks Yoruba Language Declared Wanted By EFCC

An Israeli man who is fluent in Yoruba language has been declared wanted by the premier anti-graft agency in Nigeria, EFCC, for fraud.
Doron Umansky and other suspects
Read the Press statement from the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC:

The public is hereby noticed that the persons whose photographs appear above are wanted by the EFCC. Doron Umansky is wanted in a case of obtaining money by false pretence, stealing, forgery and uttering. The suspect is at large while efforts to apprehend him has proved abortive.

The light-skinned 57-year-old Israeli speaks English, Jewish (Hebrew) and Yoruba languages.

His last known addresses are Signature Suites, Asaba, Delta State and 52A, Tunde Adebola Street, Victoria Island, Lagos.

Sobowale Toyin Hannah and Hammed Akinola Ariyomi are wanted in a case of conspiracy and obtaining money under false pretences.

The suspects are at large while all efforts to apprehend them have proved futile. Sobowale is 44 years old. Her last known address is 100 Acres Church Street, Abere Bus Stop, Ajayi Egan Road, Atan, Sango Otta. Ariyomi is 33 years old. His last known address is 6 Sanu Street, Adura Bus Stop, Alagbado, Lagos State.

Both suspects are dark-complexioned, hail from Ogun State and speak English and Yoruba Languages

Anybody having useful information as to their whereabouts should contact the Commission in its Enugu, Kano, Lagos, Gombe, Port Harcourt, Ibadan, Maiduguri and Abuja offices.

Just in!!! The Currency Exchange Rates For Today Are Shocking

The value of the naira in exchange for the dollar in the black market has appreciated significantly.

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Enugu Traditional Ruler Acquires Brand New 2018 Mercedes-Benz G-Wagon Worth Over N50 million (Photos)

His Royal Majesty Igwe Godwin Madu, a traditional ruler in Enugu state has joined the rank of a few who own a brand new 2018 Mercedes-Benz G-Wagon.

The traditional Ruler of Mbaogu Kingdom Enugu, Agu Achi in Oji River LGA of Enugu state, His Royal Majesty Igwe Godwin Madu has purchased a brand new 2018 Mercedes-Benz G-Wagon worth over $120,000 (over N50 million), according to reports.

The car which has a customized number plate boldly showing the monarch's name is a beauty many people can only dream about. He is among the few in the country who own the expensive vehicle.

Unbelievable: Man Caught on the Street Holding the Severed Head of 18-month-old Baby ( See Video)

In what will come across as a really shocking development, a man has been caught on the street holding up the severed head of a baby girl.

A video has shown the moment a man brandished the severed head of an 18-month-old in the street after murdering her.

According to Metro UK, the man identifed as Mikhail Elinsky, a 42-year-old, is said to have been released from a psychiatric institution in which he was imprisoned for killing a woman six years ago.

After his release, he attacked the toddler in her own home, before stabbing the girl’s mother – his niece – and going on a rampage in the Russian city of Astrakhan.

Disturbing footage shows him taunting officers with a knife and refusing to give himself up. He was eventually shot by officers, and died later in hospital.

His niece, Tatiana, was left with severe abdominal injuries after the stabbing, and is now grieving the loss of her daughter.

‘We were about to go out, and my daughter was sitting on her tricycle,’ she said. ‘He pulled her off, grabbed her and took her to the kitchen. He closed the door and began to cut her.

‘I tried to stop him and ran to the kitchen, but he stabbed me in the stomach with his knife.’

Local reports then claimed that Elinsky ‘ran around the street holding up her head’.

Police confirmed that they apprehended him after half an hour, and that he then died of gunshot wounds in hospital.

Elinsky first killed six years ago, when he stabbed a shop assistant to death in a frenzy in Astrakhan.

He was diagnosed with paranoid schizophrenia, and a judge sent him to a high-security psychiatric hospital for treatment.

However, he was recently released as it was claimed he was ‘healthy’, local media reported.

A local police source said: ‘Nobody warned us about this man. Nobody sent us any information about him.

‘It happens in our country. There were no reports to us he was about to be released.’

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Naval Officer Who Allegedly Infected Wife with HIV Drags Her to Court for Making His Status Public

A Naval Officer is in serious legal battle with his wife after she found out about his HIV status and went public.

A Naval officer has dragged his wife to court after allegedly infecting her with HIV and throwing her out of their matrimonial home.

According to a report by PoliticsNGR, the Naval officer who is currently serving at Barrack Maintainance Unit, Port Harcourt by name Lt. Cdr. Kazeem Owolabi Emiabata reportedly infected his legally married wife, Titilayo with HIV and threw her out of their matrimonial home after she discovered his anti-retroviral drugs and medical records, which showed that he had been on treatment for a long period without disclosing his status to her.

After confronting her husband over the discovery, she got tested and her result came out positive. However, the man allegedly threatened to deal with her if she exposed his HIV status.

When she went public about her predicament, the man reportedly used the police to arrest her when she went to the man's house to pack her personal belongings. She was accused of stealing and house breaking.

The accused person (Mrs. Titilayo Emiabata, 30yrs) was earlier detained for four days and arraigned in court on the 24th of August, 2017 in Charge No. MAG/55C/2017 on a 10 count charge bothering on burglary, house breaking and stealing by the Nigeria Police Force, Ogun State Command.

PoliticsNGR further learnt that the case titled “Commissioner of Police, Ogun State vs Mrs. Titilayo Emiabata”comes up tomorrow Thursday 21st September, 2017 by 9am at the Chief Magistrate Court in Ago-Iwoye, Ogun State presided over by Senior Magistrate E.O. Idowu.

Donald Trump Hosts Buhari, Other African Leaders At UNGA [PHOTOS]

President Buhari attended Lunch in honor of select African Heads of State hosted by President of United States Donald Trump at the sidelines of 72nd Session of the United Nations General Assembly in New York on 20th Sept 2017

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Fayose, APC aspirants risk sanction for billboards

Ekiti State Governor Ayo Fayose, his deputy, Prof. Kolapo Olusola, and some All Progressives Congress (APC) governorship aspirants risk getting penalised for allegedly campaigning ahead of the time stipulated by law for the 2018 election.

The new Resident Electoral Commissioner (REC), Prof. AbdulGaniy Olayinka Raji, addressed reporters yesterday in his office in Ado-Ekiti, the state capital.

He spoke after holding a stakeholders’ meeting with leaders of political parties under the auspices of Inter-Party Advisory Council (IPAC).

The REC also said about 221,000 Permanent Voter Cards (PVCs) had not been collected by eligible voters in the state.

Raji said the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) was empowered by law to prosecute politicians who engaged in any form of “early campaign” before the time allowed by law.

Fayose has erected billboards bearing his pictures and those of his deputy in which he referred to Olusola as “Your Next Governor”.

Governorship aspirants of other parties also mounted billboards and banners in front of their campaign offices, on the major roads and boundaries of Ekiti with other neighbouring states.

He noted that the act of erecting campaign billboards before the ban on open campaign is lifted constitutes an electoral offence punishable by fine and jail term if the offender is found guilty.

Raji also frowned against running of campaign jingles on the electronic media and placing of campaign adverts in the newspapers which he said violate electoral law.

All these infractions, he said, violates Section 99 of the Electoral Act 2010 (as amended).

Raji said: “All these acts are not in line with the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria 1999 and the Electoral Act 2010 (as amended).

“Activities that look like campaign are against the Constitution and people should desist from them. Media houses should scrutinise jingles and adverts that may implicate them.

“Any offender convicted is liable to a maximum fine of N500,000 and a jail term at the discretion of the judge. The law also permits INEC to remove such billboards.”

Raji advised political parties to join hands with INEC to ensure the success of the 2018 governorship poll in Ekiti State.

Death Toll Climbs To 230 in Mexico Earthquake

Firefighters, soldiers and volunteers, at times working with bare hands and donated flashlights, searched massive piles of rubble for any signs of life Wednesday after a violent earthquake that toppled buildings across central Mexico.

There were moments of relief when still-breathing, dust-covered survivors were pulled from the wreckage and transported to hospitals. But many others were found dead.

Tuesday’s magnitude 7.1 earthquake, the second to strike Mexico in as many weeks, killed at least 230 people in the capital and across five states. Officials said the toll was likely to rise.

Some of the most heart-wrenching scenes played out at a three-story school building that pancaked into a pile of concrete rubble on the south side of Mexico City. Rescue workers extracted at least 25 bodies from the ruins, all but four of them children.

Five people were killed at the Mexico City campus of the Monterrey Institute of Technology and Higher Education, the school said in a statement. Scores more died in collapsed apartment buildings and office towers.

The quake hit on the anniversary of a 1985 temblor that killed thousands and devastated large parts of Mexico City. The epicenter was in the state of Puebla, about 80 miles southeast of the capital.

Fed Govt slams France, UK roles in IPOB crisis

The Federal Government spoke yesterday of an international dimension to the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) crisis.

It accused the United Kingdom of doing very little about its complaint that Biafra Radio was broadcasting from its territory.

Besides, said the government, the bulk of IPOB’s funding from its diaspora supporters is sent through France.

Information Minister Lai Mohammed, who stated this yesterday after the Federal Executive Council (FEC) meeting, added that IPOB leader Nnamdi Kanu’s belligerent attitude and the violence the group employed could not be overlooked by any government.

The minister said: “Let me tell you, the financial headquarters is in France, we know, but you see, can you as a government stop sending money to your parents? You have to block the sources of finance that is what I said recently.

“It is incontrovertible that some people in the diaspora contribute money to IPOB. We know this as a fact. Again, there are a few knotty diplomatic issues which you need to skip. For instance, who does not know that the IPOB internal radio is located in London? We know the diplomatic moves we have been taking and approaching the UK, all the damage it has done; but they don’t see it that way. For them, it is about freedom of expression.

“If we have a person in Nigeria openly soliciting arms to come and fight the UK, what would you think of it. Would you consider that freedom of expression? And this is a country that also has had a history; what did the Irish Repubublican Army (IRA) do to be labelled a terrorist organisation? They were planting bombs, they were fighting the British army.

“I don’t want any diplomatic row. We know for a fact where the funding is coming from and we are going to stop them but it is difficult to stop them and we have been working on it and we will not stop.”

On those financing IPOB, the minister said: “We have the records; we know IPOB collects money from many people from the diaspora, they collect money from many people in Nigeria. They collect money from some foreign countries; this is clear.

 ”I think this is not rocket science. Any treasury looter would do everything possible to distract the government. If by any act, God forbid it, Nigeria is today engulfed in war, and Nigeria is now involved in trying to quell unrest, will the courts be spared? What would be the first priority of government?  It will be to quell that riot, so it is a way of distraction to ensure that government is not focused.

Mohammed added: “Let me state clearly that it is within the

rights of individuals or groups to seek self-determination. But this pursuit has to be non-violent. Where any group crosses the line by engaging in violence, it risks being cut to size and that’s exactly what has happened to IPOB. I am not interested in the semantics or legality of troops deployment or the proscription of IPOB. All I know is that IPOB has engaged in terrorist activities, viz: Setting up parallel military and paramilitary organisations, clashing with the national army and attempting to seize rifles from soldiers, using weapons, such as machetes, molotov cocktails and sticks and mounting roadblocks to extort money from people, among others.

“To those who have engaged in semantics or legality, I ask: which country in the world will tolerate those activities I have listed above? Which national army will look the other way when it is being attacked by a band of thugs?

“For those who are fixated with legality, I have good news for them: President Muhammadu Buhari has approved the process of proscribing IPOB, and the procedure is on as I speak. But I ask, if the President had been overly concerned with legality, where would Nigeria have been today? If attacks in the South-east had attracted reprisals elsewhere in the country, what would have happened?

“But for the quick action of governors in the South-east and the North, there would have been a conflagration of immense proportions.”

Mohammed praised the South-east governors for making it clear to IPOB that it has no support for its violent campaign.

“By their action, the governors have cut off the oxygen that IPOB needs to survive. If the elected governors of all the states in the South-east have banned the activities of IPOB, who then is the organisation fighting for?

“I did state, during my earlier interactions, that IPOB is a contraption against the Buhari Administration, and that it is being sponsored by those I call the Coalition of the Politically-Disgruntled and the Treasury Looters. I stand by that statement despite the noise emanating from the usual suspects. To quote the title of a James Hadley Chase novel, The Guilty Are Afraid, I will add: The guilty are always overly agitated. Good for them.”

The minister went on: “I think anybody who has watched Nnamdi Kanu’s videos anywhere he goes to, he openly solicits for arms and for funds. I have a lot of quotations from him as to the violence intention of IPOB; in one of his videos, he said if he is arrested, his boys should burn down the country, the same Kanu went on television a few days ago saying he was sleeping at about 4:30pm in his house in Umuahia and then some solders were making noise they were disturbing his sleep and his boys stopped them.

“I ask him which country in the world would tolerate this. Unfortunately, Nigerians, we have short memories, at times, or we intend to be very mischievous because this thing is being turned into the North is persecuting the Southeast or Muslims persecuting Christians. We have forgotten that in 1983 there was a group called Maitasine in Kano, they were crushed by the Shagari government, they were Muslims and northerners.

“When they relocated to Burukutu they were again crushed by Shagari. When Buhari became Head of State, the same Maitasine raised their heads, he chased them far into the Chad Republic as then Head of State, I remember that time he was accused by America of trying to expand Ghadafi’s agenda.

“Abacha in his own time dealt also with Maitasine and he was a Muslim. President Umaru Yar Adua in 2010 was on his way to the airport when he got a report about Boko Haram; he sent the army to go and destroy them; these were Muslims from the North dealing with essentially Islamic Muslim insurgencies.

“Anything about insurgence or terrorists act you don’t think about religion, you don’t think about ethnicity, you think about the unity of the country.

“But for me, do you want the President to wait for this to be put into law before you take action and stop looting or killing. Where will Nigeria be today if there is conflagration in Lagos or Kano? Like the Governor of Abia said yesterday, there are about 11million Igbo living outside the Southeast; that is not a small number; it’s not a joke,” he said.

In the minister’s view “Nigeria has been very lucky,as there would have been massive bloodshed if reprisals had taken place outside the Southeast and it didn’t take place because our traditional rulers, our governors and other leaders went out to pacify people and the kind of stories that has been trending on the social media has not helped things.” “As a matter of fact, there was one stating that a major general had been killed, not knowing that it was a retired major that was killed in Benue state over land matters; that would have set the entire country ablaze.”

He spoke of how the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) minister mobilised all the 17 graded traditional chiefs and emirs in Abuja to meet with all the stakeholders to prevent reprisal attacks.

“And they think it’s a joke; you can imagine what would have happened if the people of Kano or Kaduna had started retaliation. So, we are in a very dangerous situation and actually we are sitting on a keg of gunpowder. The peace that you are seeing is deceptive. We must continue to work on it and we must continue to counter this very untrue narrative.

“Is there anybody here who can tell me which part of Nigeria genocide is taking place it is not true but of course we are in the era of fake news and artificial intelligence where you can make a video of what is happening in Iraq super impose pictures in Nigeria and voices and send it. People are gullible, including some foreign countries.”

According to him, the Buhari administration will never stifle anybody’s freedom of expression.

Mohammed said: “On the basis of that, we have heard some funny bones saying that Nigeria should be expelled from the United Nations because they are perpetuating genocide. This government will not stifle anybody’s freedom of expression, but when you cross the line for the sake of national unity we won’t allow you.”

On Buhari’s approval of the IPOB proscription, Mohammed said: “There is a procedure for proscription. The President must sign the proclamation after which the Attorney General will follow the procedure which he is doing.”

Real Madrid beaten by Betis on Ronaldo return

MADRID: Antonio Sanabria struck deep into stoppage time to hand Real Betis a shock 1-0 win away to Real Madrid on Wednesday as the European champions failed to score for the first time in 74 matches.

Defeat leaves Real already seven points adrift of leaders Barcelona just five games into their defence of La Liga having failed to win in all three home games so far this season.

Even the presence of Cristiano Ronaldo on his return from a five-match domestic ban couldn't break Betis' resistance as former Real goalkeeper Antonio Adan produced stunning saves from Isco, Toni Kroos and Gareth Bale.

And Betis snatched all three points in the 93rd minute when Sanabria powered home a header from Antonio Barragan's cross.

"Last year we won games we didn't deserve to and now it is the reverse," said Real coach Zinedine Zidane.

"The league is very long, in the end we'll see how it goes but we need to be calm and we know we will have better days."

It is the first time Betis have won at the Bernabeu since 1998.

"It is impossible to win here without suffering," said Betis boss Quique Setien.
"To win against a team like this, your goalie has to have a spectacular game and you have to have luck."

Ronaldo was recalled among three changes to the Madrid side from Sunday's 3-1 win at Real Sociedad as Zinedine Zidane named his strongest available side.

However, it was the visitors who made the stronger start and should have gone in front when Sanabria's goalbound effort was cleared off the line by Dani Carvajal.
Keylor Navas also produced a stunning save to tip Fabian Ruiz's rising drive over the bar.

At the other end, Adan made a smart stop to deny Isco just before half-time and Betis had to resist an onslaught after the break.

Ronaldo blazed wildly over from Bale's inch-perfect cross before Kroos forced Adan into another finger-tip stop.

The former Madrid 'keeper's finest moment came in denying Bale in spectacular fashion 15 minutes from time, though, as the Welshman's backheeled volley was turned onto the post.

Betis were the side to finally have the ball in the net as the game entered five minutes of stoppage time, but Sanabria had strayed offside as he turned home Andres Guardado's shot.

However, they broke with purpose once more minutes later and this time Sarabia wasn't to be denied as he bulleted a header into the far corner from Antonio Barragan's cross.

20 Sep 2017


Today's match ends in a surprising moment as top clubs were able to defeat other teams in a tactical manners.

below are the result of today's match fro English League to Spanish La Liga


Arsenal 1 - 0 Doncaster Rovers

Chelsea 5 - 1 Nottingham Forest

Everton 3 - 0 Sunderland

Manchester United 4 - 1 Burton Albion

West Bromwich Albion 1 - 2 Manchester City


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Deportivo La Coruna 1 - 0 Alaves 

Real Madrid 0 - 1 Real Betis 

Sevilla 1 - 0 Las Palmas

BREAKING: Olubadan sues Gov Ajimobi, 23 others

Olufemi Atoyebi, Ibadan

The Olubadan of Ibadan land, Oba Saliu Adetunji, has sued the Oyo State Governor Abiola Ajimobi and 23 others, over their involvements in the crowning of 21 kings in Ibadan on August 27, 2017.

Joined in the suit are the Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice in the state, Commissioner for Local Government and Chieftaincy Matters in the state, the eight high chiefs that were elevated to kings, as well as the Baales that were conferred with kingship status.

Apart from the suit filed by Olubadan, there are others variously filed by Rashidi Ladoja, Abdul Jelil Karimu and others.

In the suit with file number I/1077/2017, which was filed at High Court of Justice, Oyo State on September 19, 2017, the Olubadan is claiming that the governor violated the Chiefs Laws CAP 28 of the state, saying that Ajimobi does not possess the power and authority to confer anybody the right to wear a beaded crown and coronet.

The Olubadan is also claiming that the crowing of the kings is illegal and void since the governor did not consult with the Oyo State Council of Obas and Chiefs.

The Olubadan is seeking an order setting aside the Gazette Numbers 14 and 15 of Volume 42 of August 23 and 24, 2017 made by the governor and which conferred the right to wear crown and coronet on the elevated high chiefs and Baales.

He said the governor’s action violated provisions of the CAP 28 of the Chiefs Laws of the state.

The monarch therefore prays the court to set aside the installation of the new kings.

SO SAD!!! How Star Actress Bleeds To Death, Loses Baby At A Time

During childbirth in Kilifi County, Kenyan actress, Maureen Wanza dies with her baby. Wanza, popularly known as Sasha from the hit local show, Sumu passed on while ushering a new soul into the world.
The movie star died as public hospitals in the country remained grounded. Kenya’s clinical officers and medical caretakers were observing their strike, at the time of her labour.

After developing complications, Wanza had been hurried to a private center. But all efforts to sustain her survival proves abortive.

According to Ashiners Films CEO, Ann Hamburg, “It was an emergency. While at the facility, her situation worsened as she gave birth. She bled to death. Unfortunately, her baby also died minutes later.”

ASUU asks UI lecturers to resume tomorrow

The University of Ibadan Chapter of the Academic Staff Union of Universities on Wednesday directed members of the union to begin full academic activities as from Thursday, September 21.

The directive was given at a Congress of the Union held at the Faculty of Arts of the institution and presided over by the Chairman, Dr. Deji Omole.

Omole said that the development would formally be communicated to the Vice Chancellor, Prof.Idowu Olayinka.

“ASUU has shown enough understanding with the government. Our union should not be blamed if the Federal Government reneges on the signed Memorandum of Action (MoA),” he said.

Omole called on the university management to ensure a conducive teaching, research and learning environment for the continuation of the concluding first semester examinations and commencement of the second semester of 2016/2017 session.

“Members are to return to the classrooms, start supervision of students although on credit as well as commence attendance of statutory meetings”.

According to Omole, since the Federal Government has agreed it was at fault, the new trust must not meet disappointment by the October implementation date.

“With regards to our new MoA, any attempt by government to renege in implementing the agreements by October will be resisted and the consequences is better imagined than experienced”


Atletico Madrid stadium to host 2019 Champions League final

Atletico Madrid’s new 68,000 capacity Wanda Metropolitano stadium will host the 2019 Champions League final, European football’s governing body UEFA announced on Wednesday.
The 310 million-euro ($370 million) Wanda Metropolitano opened its doors for the first time on Saturday as Atletico beat Malaga 1-0 in La Liga.

Budapest will host the women’s Champions League final, whilst Azerbaijani capital Baku receives the 2019 Europa League final after missing out to Madrid for the main event.

The UEFA Super Cup between the Champions League and Europa League winners will take place at Besiktas’ Vodafone Park in Istanbul.


Government Declares Public Holiday

Osun Government on Wednesday declared Thursday, Sept. 21, as public holiday to commemorate the Islamic New Year — Hijra 1439 AH.
The is contained in a statement signed by Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Mr Adelani Baderinwa in Osogbo,

The commissioner quoted the state Governor, Rauf Aregbesola, as saying “Osun State adopted the Islamic New Year as official public holiday on Nov. 15, 2012.

“The Islamic year started counting in 622 AD after the migration of Prophet Muhammad from Makkah to Madinah in Saudi Arabia.”

He stated that the governor wished Muslims in the state and across the world a happy New Year celebration and urged residents of the state to continue to live peacefully with one another.

The governor advised the people to use the new Islamic Year for spiritual development, noting that Thursday was the first day of Muharram, the first month in the Islamic calendar.


We’ve cut IPOB down to size – says Federal Government

The Federal Government says the secessionist group, Indigenous People of Biafra, has been cut down to size, adding that with its proscription by the South-East governors, the group is already running out of oxygen.
The Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, said this during a chat with State House Correspondents at the Presidential Villa, Abuja, on Wednesday.

Mohammed said IPOB had metamorphosed into a band of thugs and had perpetrated several acts of violence which no reasonable government in the world could condone.

He said, “Let me state clearly that it is within the rights of individuals or groups to seek self-determination. But this pursuit has to be non-violent. Where any group crosses the line by engaging in violence, it risks being cut to size and that’s exactly what has happened to IPOB.

“I am not interested in the semantics or legality of troop’s deployment or the proscription of IPOB. All I know is that IPOB has engaged in terrorist activities such as: Setting up parallel military and paramilitary organisations, clashing with the national army and attempting to seize rifles from soldiers, using weapons such as machetes, molotov cocktails and sticks and mounting roadblocks to extort money from people, among others.

“To those who have engaged in semantics or legality, I ask: Which country in the world will tolerate those activities I have listed above? Which national army will look the other way when it is being attacked by a band of thugs?”

No shift of date in Anambra election, says INEC

The Independent National Electoral Commission on Wednesday said the  Anambra State  governorship election would hold on November 18 as scheduled.
INEC Chairman, Prof. Mahmood Yakubu
The commission said it would not allow any shift  of date, adding that to do so would adversely affect the cost of running the election.

The state Resident Electoral Commissioner, Dr. Nkwachukwu Orji, who stated this in a meeting with the executive members of Inter-party Advisory Council  in the state, said the commission would resist any attempt to truncate the electoral process.

He said, “We want the election to hold as scheduled. We have 58 days to the election and we are on top of the preparations. There would not be any need for postponement.

“Any attempt to shift the date would be a waste of resources. We need to conclude the election as scheduled so as to focus on the 2019 general elections.”

EU, Nigeria trade stands at €19.9bn in 2016 – Official reveals

Multilateral trade between Nigeria and European Union member states stood at 19.9 billion Euros in 2016, Fillippo Amato, the Union’s Head of Trade and Economic Sector, has said.
Minister of Industry, Trade and Investment, Dr. Okey Enelamah
Amato disclosed this on Wednesday at a news conference on the 6th edition of the EU-Nigeria Business Forum, scheduled to hold between Oct. 5 and Oct. 6 in Lagos.

According to him, the EU remained the top destination for oil and non-oil exports from Nigeria.

“Despite the significant effect of recession on Nigeria’s trade, EU-Nigeria trade remains strong, standing at 19.9 billion Euros in 2016.

The EU official said that the success of the Economic Recovery and Growth Plan launched by Nigeria in February 2017 depended on active private sector participation.

According to him, this calls for effective confidence building to attract investors.

“On the other hand, creating jobs that will stimulate the economy and provide sustainable employment, particularly for young people, is crucial both for the present and future of Nigeria,’’ the EU envoy said.

Amato said the forthcoming EU-Nigeria Business Forum, which had the theme: “Youth as an Engine of Broad-Based Economic Transformation’’ would hold at Eko Hotels, Lagos.

He said the forum would focus on the role of youths in Information and Communication Technology (ICT) and Agriculture, which were key sectors to support the growth and diversification of the Nigeria economy.

The envoy said that it would also give business leaders and policy makers from EU and Nigeria a platform to explore business openings and how to increase investment.


Saudi Arabia urges Kurds to scrap independence referendum

Saudi Arabia on Wednesday urged Iraqi Kurdish leader Massud Barzani to call off a planned referendum on independence for his autonomous region to avoid further “crises” in Iraq and the region.
A Saudi government official said Barzani should drop plans to hold a referendum “in light of the situation in the region and the dangers it is facing, and in order to avoid new crises”.

He called on the Kurdish leader to make use of his “wisdom and experience”, the state-run Saudi Press Agency said.

Holding the referendum as planned on September 25 could have “negative consequences on the political, security and humanitarian fronts”.

It could also “affect efforts to establish security and stability in the region, as well as efforts to fight against terrorist organisations and their activities,” the official added.

Regional kingpin Saudi Arabia is the latest country to voice its opposition to the referendum in oil-rich Iraqi Kurdistan.

But Barzani has so far resisted pressure from Baghdad and Iraq’s neighbours Turkey and Iran, as well as from the United States and its Western allies, to call off the vote.

Iraq’s supreme court has ordered the suspension of the referendum to examine claims made by the federal government that it was unconstitutional.

The Saudi official called on “all concerned parties to engage in a dialogue that would serve the interests of the entire Iraqi people”.


Soldiers invade kidnappers’ den in Ondo, arrest seven

Men of the 32 Artillery Brigade of the Nigerian Army, Akure, Ondo State, on Wednesday stormed the various bushes in Akoko area of the state and arrested seven suspected kidnappers in their dens.
The soldiers were said to have gone after the hoodlums in their dens in Akokoland following the incessant reports of kidnappings, especially travellers on the Akure-Owo and Kabba-Auga-Akunnu Expressways.

Many travellers, including a traditional ruler of Iyani-Akoko, Oba Sunday Daodu, had been victims while some had been allegedly killed on these highways.

Speaking on the operation, the Assistant Director of the Nigeria Army Public Relations, Captain Ojo Adelegan, said the incessant activities of the kidnappers in the area informed the action of the army.

Adelegan said the suspects, whose identity had not been disclosed by the army as of the time of filling this report  were kidnappers and their informants.

He explained, “The Commander 32 Artillery Brigade, Brigadier-General James Ataguba, has personally led the brigade troop for a special operation to comb the kidnappers spots within the Akoko area of Ondo State.

“The Commander and his troop did not leave any stone unturned where they raided, cordoned and thoroughly   searched various forested kidnappers camps and spots  at the boundary between Kogi and Ondo State in Akunu Akoko, Ohogo and Ogale communities .

“The operations which aimed at checkmating the incessant kidnappings within the Akoko area of Ondo State commenced early hours of today (Wednesday) and was extended to Oba Akoko and Ose communities.”

Adelegan said the suspected kidnappers had been handed over to the appropriate security agency for further action. He appealed to the people of the state to give useful information on any activity of the hoodlums to the brigade.

Ekiti panel on abuse of Agric facility submits report

The panel set up by the Ekiti State Governor, Chief Ayodele Fayose, to investigate the Livestock Development Centre, Erifun, Ado Ekiti has submitted its report.
Submitting the report to the State Head of Service, Dr Olugbenga Faseluka who received it on behalf of the government, the Chairman of the Panel and Leader of the State House of Assembly, Hon. Olatunji Akinyele said the panel held series of meetings and consultations with stakeholders using the facility.

It will be recalled that Governor Fayose had on 19th June 2017 visited the agric facility and noticed that it was improperly managed; leading to the immediate suspension of the Permanent Secretary in the State Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, Mr Ebenezer Abegunde and some Directors.

The Governor, thereafter, set up a panel to investigate the abuse of the facility.

The chairman of the panel expressed optimism that the implementation of the recommendations made by the panel would help in repositioning the facility for better agric production.

In his remarks, the Head of Service, Dr Faseluka said the State must harness all its resources and properly apply them for its development.

Dr. Faseluka who noted that the governor’s regular inspection of government’s facilities and projects led to the discovery of the abuse of the agric facility, which ought to have been used for the development of livestock production in the State.

He added that the State cannot toy with the agricultural sector because of its contribution to the economy of the State.

While assuring that the government would study and make good use of the recommendations of the report, the Head of Service expressed optimism that the panel had addressed all issues highlighted in its terms of reference.

[Video] 247 Nigeria News Update: Concerns over emerging rift with P'Square emerges (20/09/2017)

News of a fresh rift between the members of the PSquare, one of Nigeria’s foremost musical groups, has rippled through the entertainment circles again and it is igniting mixed reactions from fans and critics across the country.

This time, it is alleged that the two prominent members of the group, Paul and his twin brother, Peter Okoye, have shown signs that all is not well in their relationship.

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Ijaw Youths Threatens, Reveal what will be done if President Buhari Deploys Military to Niger Delta

The Ijaw Youth Council, IYC, has warned the President Muhammadu Buhari-led Federal Government against its plan to deploy troops under the Operation Crocodile Tears to the Niger Delta region.
IYC said that by deploying troops to the oil rich region, the Buhari-led Federal Government plans to colonise and cause chaos in the oil rich region.

Warning that people of Niger Delta will resist any military exercise in the region, IYC said the Federal Government should rather send bulldozers to create development in the creeks and not the Military.

President of the body, Roland Oweilaemi Pereotubo, in a statement sent to DAILY POST by his Media Aide, Alaowei Cleric said military drill in the Southern part of the country is not the panacea to agitation in the region.

Pereotubo said rather than embark on Military drill, Buhari should employ the strategy of negotiation as a means of resolving agitations.

He said, “The plan by the Nigerian armed forces to extend its ongoing military drill in the South East to the South South and South West is a declaration of war against defenceless Southern Nigerians. The so-called ill-conceived military exercise which has already gotten international condemnations, if carried out in the peaceful Niger Delta region, will be seen as an act of belligerent against hapless Nigerians. Nothing can justify the military to carry out such provocative exercise, especially now that the Federal Government has started implementing its promises to the people.”

Pereotubo viewed the exercise as a ploy by the Government to, “colonise the people of Southern Nigeria through the instrumentalities of the nation’s military bellipotent in order to establish a theocratic state.”

He said, “No Southern part of the country is in need of a destructive military drill which consequences is pain and anguish. To us, the plan is to cause chaos in the Southern States; declare state of emergency and apparently send the northern military warlords to colonise us in the name of interim military administration in the troubled States.

Niger Delta people will resist any attempt to cause crisis in the region. We don’t need military drill. What we want is development. Let the Government send bulldozers to the creeks to carry out developmental projects.

“The money that the military want to waste in this fruitless exercise should be channeled on developmental projects in the region. No previous military exercise has ever yielded any good result apart from causing mayhem on the people. We do not expect any good thing to come out from this planned exercise. It will only end up causing an untold havoc on the lives and property in the region.”

Pereotubo warned that no amount of military drill will make the people to give up their agitations.

Maintaining that restructuring remains the solution to Nigeria’s problems, IYC said, “The solution to the agitations in Southern Nigeria is restructuring, true federalism and self-determination in line with international best practices. Previous Governments had adopted military approach to address the Niger Delta crisis but they all failed.

“President Buhari cannot win the battle by the trigger. Dialogue remains the best option to end all forms of agitations in Southern Nigeria. The Federal Government will be inflicting a devastating havoc on the nation’s crawling economy should it allows the military to carry out its belligerent drill in region.

“If any part of this country requires military drill, it is the North East. Let the military carry out its drill in the Lake Chad Basin where Boko Haram sects have killed and chased out oil workers at ease from their drilling sites.

“The major threats to national security are the Boko Haram sects and the murderous Fulani herdsmen. While the military was quick to illegally and unconstitutionally declare armless IPOB members as terrorists for peacefully agitating for their rights, it becomes so dumb and voiceless to the gruesome genocide being carried out by the killer Fulani herdsmen against Nigerians.

”President Buhari should direct his war-mongering and bloodthirsty armed forces to carry out their military exercise in places the herdsmen have being massacring Nigerians without provocation. These dangerous human species have being moving with dangerous weapons in the name of self-defense with which they have being using to commit genocide in Nigeria with impunity.

“In spite of the atrocities this dangerous group who have been declared as the number three most dangerous terrorists Organisation in the world, has committed against human race in Nigeria, the FG has not declared them as a terrorist group in Nigeria.

“The world should not give deaf ears to the recent happenings in Nigeria. The crisis in the land is no longer an internal affairs of the Country. Nigeria needs an urgent regional intervention to save the Country from the imminent precipice. While the dust of insurgency caused by the military in the South Eastern part of the Country is barely coming down, the Government is regrettably planning another military drill in the other Southern regions.”

Pereotubo also called on world bodies to prevail on Buhari to suspend the Military exercise in the Southern part of the country.

“We are calling on the UN, EU, AU, ECOWAS and the world super powers to prevail on President Mohammadu Buhari to suspend his military exercise in Southern Nigeria,” he added.

NEWS UPDATE: Diezani - Court strikes out fraud charge against ex-petroleum Minister’s aide

Justice Nnamdi Dimgba of an Abuja Federal High Court has struck out one of the nine counts of $1.6bn crude oil fraud leveled against an ally of former Minister of Petroleum, Diezani Alison-Madueke, Jide Omokore, and five others.
The judge struck out the eighth-count after hearing an application filed by Diezani, claiming that she was indicted in the particular count, but was not availed the opportunity to defend herself.

Accused in the case include, Omokore, his two companies, Atlantic Energy Brass Development Limited and Atlantic Energy Drilling Concepts Limited.

Other defendants are a former Managing Director of the Nigerian Petroleum Development Company, Victor Briggs; a former Group Executive Director, Exploration and Production of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, Abiye Membere; and a former Manager, Planning and Commercial of the NNPC, David Mbanefo and the former Petroleum Minister, Alison-Madueke.

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, had instituted nine counts of criminal diversion of about $1.6bn alleged to be part of proceeds of sales of petroleum products belonging to the Federal Government, against Omokore and six others.

EFCC accused Allison-Madueke alongside Biggs, Membere and Mbanefo, in count eight of aiding Omokore to launder money.

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Hollywood Actress, Halle Berry Shares Controversial Photo to Celebrate 2million Instagram Followers

To celebrate having two million Instagram followers, multi-award winning American actress, Halle Berry, has shared a controversial and hilarious photo on social media.

Popular Hollywood actress, Halle Berry, who won the 2002 Academy Award for Best Actress for her performance in the romantic drama Monster's Ball, has celebrated her two million Instagram followers in style.

The mother-of-two took to her page and shared a photo which shows her taking a leak in a toilet with a glass of wine by the side.

She captioned the photo; "When 2M followers walk in on you. Love to all of you!"

See the photo below;
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Woman Purposely Knocks Her Own Daughter Down With a Car in Broad Daylight...You Won't Believe Why

A woman who got really enraged with her own daughter after the girl reportedly disobeyed her, has reacted in a totally unbelievable manner.

Ebony Woody, a 34-year-old mother has been accused of running over her daughter as she walked to school because she disobeyed orders to stay home.

According to a Metro UK report, Ebony Woody of Columbus in Ohio, allegedly drove onto a sidewalk to mow her 17-year-old down before backing over her legs.

She suffered two fractures in her left leg and was taken to OhioHealth Grant Medical Center. She is reported to be in a stable condition.

The incident took place just before 8am on Tuesday.

Woody was arrested and charged with felonious assault, aggravated vehicular assault and endangering children.

Police say the woman had ordered the girl not to go to school on Monday as punishment and chased her down when she left.

They say she dropped the girl off at her father’s house after hitting her, and the teenager called 911.

Woody later turned herself in to a local police station.

Police Parade Phone Thieves, Issue Warning to Lagos Residents

The Governor Akinwunmi Ambode-led administration has raised an alarm about the activities of miscreants prominent in the Oshodi area of Lagos State.

The Rapid Response Unit of the Nigeria Police Force has released a statement concerning the Numerous phone thieves operating around the Oshodi axis of Lagos state.

They also paraded some of the captures thieves and detailed their various modes of operating and listed hotspots/areas where they hang around.

Read the full statement made available below:

In recent times, the Lagos State Police Command has been able to drastically reduce the crime rate in Lagos. Of the phone thieves that still operate in Lagos, a substantial amount of them thrive in Oshodi.

They live and survive stealing phones through pickpocketing and snatching of mobile phones from commuters in commercial buses and private cars.

They walk the length and breadth of Oshodi at dawn, afternoon and night in search of victims. At dawn, particularly, Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, which are their peak moments, they snatch with delight and dexterity.

Occasionally at night, they rob in groups often wielding weapons and stripping their victims of any valuable. They trail and monitor their targets till he or she makes the costly mistake of making a call or positions himself or herself appropriately to be pickpocketed.

Bolade, Under Bridge to Oshodi Oke, are their hot spots. They are always difficult to identify until they have accomplished their mission – steal your phones and disappear from the scene immediately.

Their intentions are hardly noticeable unless you are familiar with them. They would steal and steal until they are satisfied with the day’s taking. The traders in Oshodi know them and on most occasions see them in action, but they dare not mention it for fear of reprisal attacks.

These stolen phones end up in Akala, Mushin or Computer Village, Ikeja as London used phones, repackaged and polished for unsuspecting phone users.

The testimonies of those that were arrested by the men of Rapid Response Squad almost on daily basis shows that they are always in relentless search of victims.

Apart from those who sleep in parks and the Under Bridge of Oshodi, some of them migrate from Mushin and Sango daily to pickpocket and snatch phones and wallets in Oshodi.

One interesting group of these thieves operate in Oshodi Oke. They endear you to themselves in order to steal from you. Most times, they pretend to be helping you either to carry your load or get into bus while they stylishly steal your valuables.

It is challenging, no matter how many of them have been arrested, they always return, regroup and retrain themselves on their new found tactics.

However, RRS is not relenting, our officers are strategically positioned in Oshodi Oke, Under Bridge and Bolade, monitoring them.

These restless phone thieves are always on the prowl. Beware and see their confessions in these short video.
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