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23 Jul 2018

DSS, Army, Police Storm Lagos Law School Over Blasphemy

Men of the Nigeria police, army and the Department of State security have stormed Nigeria Law School over alleged blasphemy.

Operatives of the Department of State Security Service (DSS), troops of the Nigerian Army and the Nigeria Police on Sunday took positions in and around the Nigerian Law School in Lagos to avert break down of law and order over alleged blasphemy, according to Daily Post.

On Sunday, tension heightened as a Christian student, Madu Vitrus Sunday, reportedly sent blasphemous posts to WhatsApp groups within the campus.
DSS operatives
In reaction, some of the Muslim students vowed to lynch him if the school does not take immediate action.

“What he posted is the ugliest form of blasphemy against our Holy Prophet Muhammad, Peace Be Upon Him”, a student told Daily Nigerian.

“Even some of us the moderate ones can not tolerate that kind of insult against the Prophet.

“It is a serious case because some students damn the consequences and vow to lynch him on sight.”

CSP Chike Oti, spokesman of the Lagos State Police Command said he is yet to get detailed information.

“I will have to get back to you on this matter”, he told DAILY POST on Monday.

The phone number of Tijjani Nasiru, Deputy Director-General of the Nigerian Law School (Lagos) was off as at press time.

Meanwhile, the Muslim Students Society of Nigeria (MSSN) Nigerian Law School chapter, has written a petition to the school authority for “spreading callous and blasphemous statements agains the Holy Prophet of Islam – Muhammad, PBUH, without any regards to the sensibilities of the Muslim students.”

The Muslim students wanted action to be taken in accordance with Rule 3(5) of the Code of Conduct for Students of the Nigerian Law School.

I Am Successfully Single - Senator Dino Melaye Speaks On Lavish Lifestyle, Family Life & More

Controversial and outspoken senator, Dino Melaye has announced that he is successfully single, adding that while his family is doing great, he is currently single.

While speaking in an exclusive interview with The Leadership, Nigerian politician and the Senator representing Kogi West Senatorial district at the 8th National Assembly, Senator Dino Melaye, disclosed that he is successfully single, and also talked about other personal things about him that may not be known.

Here are excerpts from the chat:

You seem to have a glamourous lifestyle given your dress sense and collection of automobiles

Anyway, I would say that my dress sense and collections of cars is a passion. I wear things that look nice on me and I try to look smart. Different people have different passion. For some, homosexualism is their passion and they can spend any amount of money on it. For some, diamond is their passion and they can spend any amount of money on it. If you argue with me, you can ask Diezani.

For some, blood is their passion, occultism, and they can spend any amount of money to get blood. For some, it’s bikes and for some, it’s cocaine. So, if my passion is automobiles, I should not be castigated for it. I have no regrets. For me it’s a passion and looking good for me it’s a hobby.

Are you aware that people talk about your living style?

I don’t feel perturbed at all and it doesn’t get to me at all because I know that whatever I’m driving and whatever I’m wearing are not products of corruption. The little God has provided for me is not ill-gotten and I should be able to spend my money the way I feel without forgetting that I need to take care of the needy and poor and that I’m doing graciously.

Where is your favourite tourist destination in Nigeria?

I enjoyed Jos before it became volatile. I love the climate, I love the weather, I love the serenity of the town, and I love the mountainous nature of the communities around Jos. I also enjoy the Obudu Cattle Ranch. I enjoy the Yankari Game Reserve in Bauchi. I have visited Olumo Rock more than three or four times. So, this country is blessed with a lot of tourist attraction places of historical relevance. Gidan Makama in Kano is another good place I visit often.

What do you eat?

Initially, some years ago I do not pay particular attention to what I eat but when I crossed 40, I started regulating my meals. Now, I’m on special diet not because I’m sick but because I need to be healthy. So, I eat healthy things, I take more greens now, I take more of vegetables. In fact, I do little or no starch. Again, I stopped taking red meat, I do more of sea foods and fish. I’m quite particular now about my meals. It’s a little portion. I’m trying to work on my three packs now to become six packs.

Tell us about your family sir?

My family is great, my family is wonderful. I love my kids to the moon. My kids are my friends. I have a wonderful family, a God-fearing family. And again, I’m successfully single.

How do you relax?

I read books, I do a lot of exercise, I go to the gym.  When time permits, I watch movies and I write a lot. I love to travel, I love to spend time on the mountain, I love to spend time by waterside, I listen to music and I play soccer.

News In Pictures: Emir Elevates Saraki As Waziri Of Ilorin After Supreme Court Victory

Nigeria's senate President, Bukola Saraki has been honoured by the Emir of Ilorin, Alhaji Ibrahim Sulu Gambari who gave him a new title.

Senate President, Dr Abubakar Bukola Saraki has been been elevated from the title of Turaki of Ilorin to Waziri of Ilorin by the Emir of Ilorin, Alhaji Ibrahim Sulu Gambari.

The elevation which came as a surprise package to the Senate President was announced at the end of a special prayer organised by the Emir over the recent victory of Saraki at the Supreme Court on his case with the federal government over allegations of false asset declaration.

Saraki being conferred the titled by the Emir of Illorin, Alhaji Ibrahim Sulu-Gambari
By the elevation, Saraki becomes the fourth Waziri Ngeri, succeeding his father, the late Dr. Olusola, who held the title until his demise in 2012.

Announcing the elevation, the Emir said it was in acknowledgement of his passion for the development of not only the emirate but the whole of Kwara as well as his political exploits that have brought fame to the state.

He said: “We are excited by your political exploits because of late you have become the beautiful bride whom politicians across the board are beckoning to be in their camps. This is a show of recognition of your worth and achievements as a politician. We are very proud of you.

“It is from here that we prayed for you to become governor, it was here that we prayed for you to become senator and it was from here that we prayed for you to become Senate President and all these came to reality. Today we are also praying from here that God will elevate you beyond your present position.”

The emir noted that he was seated on a very special seat inherited from his forefathers and has their authority to conduct yesterday’s programme.

He also described the event as typical of Ilorin saying unlike some communities that celebrate victories such as has come to Saraki with parties, the emirate believes in the efficacy of coming together to the inner chamber of the palace to offer such special prayers.

The emir immediately decorated Saraki with the regalia of his new title and ordered him to wear it throughout the day.

During the prayer, the Imam Imale of Ilorin, Sheikh Abdullah AbdulHammed had noted that Saraki survived his recent ordeal by the power of prayers offered from the emirate. He also led participants to offer prayers for divine guidance for Saraki as he makes vital decisions over his political future.
“We prayed that his decision which is being awaited and which has made him the beautiful bride today would be successful”, he said.

Responding to the elevation, an obviously elevated Saraki who was beaming with smiles said the development took him by surprise. He noted that he had only come to the palace for the special prayers not knowing that something else was waiting for him.

He promised to use the title to continue in his commitment to looking after the well-being of people in the emirate as well as the entire Kwara state.

The prayer session was attended by First Class traditional chiefs from the state as well as Senators Dino Melaye andRafiu Ibrahim. Others include Speaker of Kwara state house of assembly, Dr. Ali Ahamad and other notable politicians from the state.

Lagos Task Force Clears Container Trucks Along Oshodi-Apapa Road

Motorists and others can now move freely along the ever busy Oshodi-Apapa expressway following the intervention by Lagos taskforce.

Lagos state has deployed a task force of 2,271 personnel of security agencies and other stakeholders to remove all container trucks and tankers parked along Oshodi-Apapa road.

Tagged ‘Operation Restore Sanity On Lagos Roads,’ the Task Force involved the police, Lagos State Traffic Management Authority (LASTMA), Lagos State Emergency Management Agency (LASEMA), Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC), Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC), and Nigerian Military including Army, Air Force and the Navy.

The Commissioner for Transportation, Mr. Ladi Lawanson, said on Sunday that the Task Force was able to free the road from Toyota to Mile 2 in an operation which lasted for 72 hours between Friday and Sunday.

He added that Governor Akinwunmi Ambode has extended the operation of the Task Force for another 48 hours, while he would also host a meeting involving all the stakeholders in Alausa on Monday to come up with a lasting solution to the menace.

“The Governor will be meeting with the Nigeria Ports Authority, Shippers Council, Tank Farm Owners, Department of Petroleum Resources, among others because that is where the problem is really emanating from.

“What we are doing now are just palliative measures and we have to solve the problem from the source.

“Even though this is not within the Governor’s jurisdiction but he is adopting a collaborative approach with these agencies of the Federal Government which are the root cause of the problem to look for a medium to long-term solutions in support of the palliative measure that the Governor has started,” Lawanson said.

The clearing operation by the task force also involved relevant unions within the maritime sector such as Amalgamation of Container Truck Owners Association, Nigeria Union of Petroleum and Natural Gas Workers (NUPENG), Nigeria Association of Road Transport Owners (NATO), Road Trasnport Employers Association of Nigeria (RTEAN) and Association of Maritime Truck Owners (AMATO), among others.

Giving further details on the operation, Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Mr. Kehinde Bamigbetan, said over 2,000 articulated vehicles were removed from the road including Oshodi-Apapa Expressway, Funsho Williams Avenue and Mile 2-Orile Road and taken to seven designated holding bays.

He said the State Government has also resolved to set up a Mobile Court within the axis to summarily deal with recalcitrant drivers of articulated vehicles who may want to draw back the recent gains recorded.

The State Commissioner of Police, Mr. Edgal Imohimi; Lagos Sector Commander, Federal Road Safety Corp (FRSC), Hyginus Omeje; LASEMA General Manager, Adeshina Tiamiyu; Heads of Military Formations in Lagos, among others were part of the inspection tour to assess the operation.

Old man sets Guinness World Record slices 27 watermelons in half on stomach with ninja sword

A New York City man became a real-life "fruit ninja" this week when he sliced 27 watermelons in half on his own stomach in 60 seconds, setting a new Guinness World Record. But he warns: Don't try this at home.

Ashrita Furman, who has been setting records for 35 years, claimed his latest title Tuesday in Queens, New York, with a team of about five helpers. He sliced through seven more melons than Guinness organizers said he needed to set the record.

"My first reaction is I'm relieved that I didn't kill myself," Furman told Reuters, "and the second is I'm exhilarated because it not only is a skillful record but also it's something that I invented and now it's out there and other people can challenge it."

The 64-year-old pitched the idea to Guinness officials after his record for most watermelons chopped on another person's stomach was bested in April. The friend he'd collaborated with in the past was busy this time around, so after with little bit of practice and meditation, Furman set out to do it himself.

"It was really his idea. I said, 'I don't think that's possible,'" Furman told CBS News. "There's very little leverage [on your own] ... There's this greater danger."

With a machete in one hand and a glove on the other, Furman laid down on a folding table and readied himself for the fruit onslaught. A line of assistants passed the watermelons onto his stomach-turned-cutting board and, as he let out a battle cry, Furman cleanly and quickly sliced his way to the world record.

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'Quilox owner' Shina Peller flags off campaign

House of Representatives aspirant on the platform of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Shina Abiola Peller, has flagged off his campaign.

Shina, the son of the late great magician, Prof Moshood Peller, has been telling whoever cares to listen that his desire to serve the people of his constituency motivated him to come out to jostle for the national assembly ticket, adding that his candidature will fast-track projects that would bring development to his constituency.

Peller pledged purposeful representation of Iseyin/Itesiwaju/Iwajowa/Kajola Federal Constituency if he becomes the party candidate and eventually voted into office.

Libya stops Nigerians, other migrants from crossing to Europe

Libyan coastguard has intercepted 156 migrants, including Nigerians, in two separate incidents as they tried to reach Europe by sea, the Navy said.

Navy spokesman Ayoub Qasim said that Libyan coastguard stopped a rubber boat carrying 116 migrants including five women off the western Libyan town of Zuwara.

He said that the migrants from different African nations had been transported to a sea base in the capital Tripoli.
File photo
Earlier, 40 migrants including eight women and a child were stopped aboard a rubber boat late Saturday also off Zuwara.

The 40 migrants included 19 Moroccans, 16 Nigerians, four Egyptians and a Syrian, the navy’s media centre said on its Facebook page.

In recent months, the Libyan coastguard has reported intercepting various vessels carrying hundreds of migrants heading to Europe via the Mediterranean Sea.

Libya has descended into chaos since the 2011 revolt that toppled long-time dictator Moamer Gaddafi.

The North African country has since emerged as a gateway to Europe for people fleeing war, persecution and poverty in their homelands.

WhatsApp steps up war against fake news

WhatsApp, the Facebook owned company, is stepping up the battle against fake news with a big change that’ll affect anyone that uses the messaging app as it limits people’s ability to forward messages to large groups.

The idea is that, in theory, it will make it harder for things to “go viral” and will stop the spread of sensationalised fake news.

Although this new strategy is going global, WhatsApp is taking things even further in India.

“In India – where people forward more messages, photos, and videos than any other country in the world – we’ll also test a lower limit of 5 chats at once and we’ll remove the quick forward button next to media messages.” the company confirmed .

In the rest of the world, users will only be able to forward messages on to 20 people. The previous limit was 250.

WhatsApp has confirmed that the new change is in response to the spread of fake news and in some cases resulting violence in places like India and Myanmar.

“We’re horrified by the violence in India, and we’ve announced a number of different product changes to help address these issues,” a representative from WhatsApp told Recode .

“It’s a challenge which requires an action by civil society, government and tech companies.”

The decision by WhatsApp is a likely a trickle-down from parent company Facebook , which has repeatedly been hit with criticism for its role in the dissemination of fake news.

One of the most serious instances was the perpetuation of the Rohingya crisis in Myanmar.

Facebook has been used to spread propaganda against the Rohingya people that has led to killings.

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I didn’t want to see a ball: Neymar recounts World Cup agony

World’s most expensive footballer, Neymar Jr. has for the first time narrated his agony over the disappointment suffered by Brazil in the Russia FIFA World Cup, which ended on 15 July.

The PSG player told AFP in an interview that after Brazil’s quarter-final beating by Belgium, he “didn’t want to see a ball or to see any more football. I wanted to disconnect a bit from everything”.

“I had moments of mourning, of sadness, of being just by myself. But sadness passes.

“I have my son, my family, my friends and they don’t want to see me moping around. I have got more reasons to be happy”, he said.

Neymar came out of the weeks of agony on Saturday, taking part in the RedBull Neymar Junior 5-a-side tournament in Praia Grande near Santos in Brazil. He featured in the game, called World Cup Finals.

The women’s competition saw an extremely popular outcome, with the Brazilian team needing a golden goal to defeat Italy 1-0 in a tight final match to the delight of the home crowd in Praia Grande.

However, the final of the mixed tournament couldn’t have been in sharper contrast. Mexico didn’t need the full 10 minutes to beat Argentina, running out 5-2 winners with 1m 10s still on the clock.

The winning teams each then went on to play against Neymar Jr and friends. Mexico suffered a taste of their own medicine, losing 5-2 inside the regulation 10 minutes.

However, Brazil pulled off something of a shock, keeping it tight to triumph 2-1 over a team that not only included Neymar himself, but also stars such as Érika from PSG and Andressa Alves of FC Barcelona.

However, Neymar could not forget the real World Cup in a hurry. He was disappointed that the referees could not protect him against fouls by opponents.

“I didn’t go to the World Cup to suffer fouls. That is not why I went . I went to beat opponents and obviously they weren’t going to just leave me in peace. They weren’t going to let me pass without touching me, without committing fouls, because they knew if they didn’t commit those fouls, I would go straight to the goal”, he said.

Nigerians applaud singer Falz over sexual violence video

Nigerians and the Domestic and Sexual Violence Response Team (DSVRT) have lauded singer, Folarin Falana a.k.a Falz for addressing sexual violence in his latest music video.

The reactions came after the award wining artiste announced the release of the video titled “Child of the world” on his social media platform @falzthebahdguy FALZ – “Child Of The World” official video out”

DSVRT said it acknowledged Falz’s effort to speak up about “real life issues” on their official twitter account.

@DSVRT “We would like to use this medium to appreciate Falz for spreading the word on Sexual Abuse in the recently released video for his song, Child of the World.

“Together we will tackle this menace. Thank you for pointing Survivors in the direction of Help and Justice @falzthebahdguy”.

There has been a popular demand for Nigerian music artistes to use their art to speak on issues affecting the Nigerian society and lifestyle.”

While Some Nigerians took to Twitter to praise the idea behind the music video others called on more artistes to do same .

@iambussie “In a country where we got artiste doing songs and videos just for the commercial value, its rare to see the kind of Falz”.

@alpha_jenner “Falz touched sexual harassment, HIV/AIDS and suicide all at once with Child of The World. So far Falz seems to be doing everything as an artist to speak against societal problems”.

@elsieisy “Our celebrities don’t speak on social issues,

Let’s pay attention to the ones speaking up in an amazing way”

@ifol_ “From child of the world to this is Nigeria to whatever the next project is we just want you to know we your fans at proud of you”.

@t_riumphant “Cool how Falz could treat topics like rape, HIV and suicide in one video.Child of the world is lit”.

@ecstacy “Falz is touching important subjects with his music and that my people, is outstanding”

#Childoftheworld”.

@michealeyitayo “The message in this video is so deep and encouraging our society needs more musicians like you @falzthebahdguy #ChildOfTheWorld”.

“@wojayz “Falz is a great guy that uses music to communicate on real issues, #ChildOfTheWorld video is a masterpiece. Beautifully executed, I had been anticipating a video, and yes, I worried that it may not interpret the message well Kemi Adetiba did a fantastic job”.

Others said the idea behind the song was well depicted by ex Big Brother Naija housemate Bambam in the music video.

She acted as the “Child of the world” who was sexually harassed by her uncle.

Also, societal pressure forced her to get involved in sexual acts with rich men to raise money to live a certain standard of life.

This latest video is reminiscent of the music video titled “This is Nigeria” which was released by Falz earlier this year, also touching on issues affecting the Nigerian populace.

Meanwhile, Kemi Adetiba the music video director, thanked Nigerians for the feedback on the new video as it is currently YouTube’s number 1 trending video.

“Overwhelmed by the avalanche of messages and reposts on the new “Child of the World” video

It felt great to go back to where it all started… Music Videos.

Thanks to Falz for being an incredible Artiste, an amazing song, and thinking I was the one able to interpret it.

Thank you to Toyin Abraham and Bambam for giving up their precious time and bending to my creative madness.

Thank you to those clicking to watch. I see what you’re doing to the numbers And it isn’t even 24 hours yet’” Adetiba said.

Vote-buying biggest threat to Nigeria’s democracy, revealed by popular group

The Integrity Group (TIG) on Monday said that vote-buying was not only a criminal offence but the biggest threat to Nigeria’s democracy.

The founder of the group, Livingstone Wechie, told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Abuja that such act contravened sections 124 and 130 of the Electoral Act.

He called for immediate enforcement of the punitive prescription of the law to deter recurrence.

“We are calling for the immediate enforcement of the law against perpetrators of such act.

“This is the time to save our democracy for posterity sake,” Wechie said.

The group’s leader, who called on the Inter-Party Advisory Council (IPAC) to rise up against such electoral offence, said the battle was a collective one.

He condemned in strong terms any of form of undermining the integrity of the electoral process.

According to him, this crime if established must be treated with the full weight of the law.

Wechie commended the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) for its efforts on voter education.

There are allegations of vote-buying in the Ekiti election by politicians.

APC says PDP looking for life after death

The All Progressives Congress on Sunday taunted the Peoples Democratic Party over its rebranding plans and attempts to lure APC members to be part of a coalition that it is building.

A statement by Bolaji Abdullahi, the national publicity secretary described the PDP move as ”looking for life after death’.

“After three years in the wilderness, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) is understandably excited with possibility of hiding its irredeemably bad image under the heap of a new coalition.
Oshiomhole and other APC officials at a meeting -  Party taunts PDP on coalition and rebranding
“Like the vulture, PDP sees every altercation as a potential opportunity for a feast.

“If PDP is not alleging wild conspiracies, they are threatening to boycott elections or announcing fake defections. What is clear with all these is that no matter how long a leopard lives, it cannot change its spots.

“What President Muhammadu Buhari and Comrade Adams Oshiomhole, the National Chairman of our Party are doing, persuading every aggrieved member not to leave the Party, is what responsible and sensible party leaders would do. Party politics is a game of number. And that game is addition. If the PDP had the same presence of mind in 2015, perhaps the calamity that befell them would have been averted.

“We challenge the PDP to face Nigerians on their own merit in 2019 and stop shopping around for supporters”.

Senator Adeleke Finally Speaks After Winning Osun PDP Governorship Primary Election

The newly elected governorship candidate of the PDP in Osun State, Ademola Adeleke, has expressed appreciation for the support received during the governorship primaries of the party.

It was reported that the lawmaker representing Osun West district in the National Assembly, Senator Ademola Adeleke, won the governorship primary election of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the state.

The Chairman of the Election Committee and Bayelsa State Governor, Seriake Dickson, declared the lawmaker the winner on Saturday after he defeated three other aspirants in the exercise held in Osogbo, the state capital.
Senator Adeleke
Senator Adeleke polled a total of 1,569 votes to beat his closest rival Dr Akin Ogunbiyi who scored 1,562 votes.

In a reaction of his victory through a statement, the lawmaker said his, “emergence as the governorship candidate of our great party marks the beginning of divine liberation of our dear people from repression and oppression.”

Read his statement in full below.

“I send very big congratulations to everyone in the Osun PDP family. We have once again blazed the trail by demonstrating to all undemocratic forces how powerful the will of the PEOPLE can be. We have proved that PDP is a party of true democrats determined to take Osun people from poverty to prosperity.

“I must specially acknowledge the support and contributions of Hon. Albert Adeogun, Akogun Lere Oyewunmi, Professor Aworemi and Mr Olawale Rasheed; aspirants who energized our campaign with their endorsements and active support.

“I congratulate Alh Fatai Akinbade, Rt. Hon. Bello Adejare, Mr Nathaniel Oke (SAN), Mr Kayode Oduoye, Prof. Durotoye and Mr Ayombo Adewopo for their energetic campaign and mobilisation of our teeming party members.

“I congratulate Dr Akin Ogunbiyi and his hard fighting team for running a good and impressive campaign. It was a brotherly contest in our collective strive to redeem our state, It is therefore no gainsaying that we are all winners.

“My emergence as the governorship candidate of our great party marks the beginning of divine liberation of our dear people from repression and oppression.

“Today is a great Day! I thank TEAM IMOLE and our committed delegates for their steadfastness and undying passion.

“The end of phase 1 has come and the start of the great battle to fully liberate our people through the forthcoming general elections must commence.

“I commend and thank our Elders, Leaders and Party Executives from ward to the State level, especially our Chairman; Hon Soji Adagunodo for the robust management of this complex primaries election. It is now time for unity and I extend my hand of fellowship to ALL stakeholders.

"Please let us all work together in the best interest of our party and the good people of Osun who keenly and earnestly look up to us for their liberation and empowerment.

“Once again, congratulations to the PDP Family and the good people of Osun state”.

The Cause Of Accident On My Convoy Which Killed Man - Sports Minister, Dalung Explains

Solomon Dalung has finally opened up and given details on the accident which claimed one life on his convoy, in Gombe on Saturday, July 21.


Sports Minister Solomon Dalung speaking about the accident. He is flanked on the far right by
Amb Dickson Akoh National Commandant of the Peace Corps of Nigeria

Nigeria’s Minister of Sports and Youths Development, Barr. Solomon Dalung, has disclosed the cause of the road mishap which befell his convoy in Gombe on Saturday.
Sports Minister Solomon Dalung speaking about the accident. He is flanked on the far right by Amb Dickson Akoh National Commandant of the Peace Corps of Nigeria
This was, even as, the Minister read the riot act to youths including those whom he described as “elements who hijacked the National Youth Council of Nigeria (NYCN)” for personal enrichment, while “truncating the vision and mission of youth agenda in Nigeria”.

Dalung who was in Gombe for the National Unity Convention of NYCN, the first to be successfully held in the last 10 years, explained how his convoy got involved in a ghastly accident after being received at at the airport by Amb (Dr.) Dickson Akoh, Chairman of Board of the Council.

The convoy was returning from Gombe airport when, in Akku village, some kilo metres away from the city centre, a 406 Peugeot heading to Bauchi rammed into the convoy.
One of the SUVs on the Minister’s convoy that was smashed in the accident
Briefing newsmen in Gombe, Dalung said the driver of the 406 Peugeot, immediately he sighted the convoy, panicked and “swerved off the road into the bush”.

“He manipulated his way trying to come back to the highway but when he came this time, he crossed over, smashed about 2 or 3 vehicles in the convoy, somersaulted and went into flames.

“One of our vehicles also somersaulted and we have some degrees of injuries. From what I was told, we lost one life instantly”.

When asked if he made any effort to rescue the victims, the Minister said “It was only my car and one other car that left the scene immediately, the rest of the cars in the convoy remained to move all those involved to the hospital for medical attention.

“I have visited them in the two hospitals where they are receiving treatment. As I am talking right now, seven people have been discharged so far”.
The 406 saloon car that allegedly casued the accident completely burnt
Dalung said as a sign of respect for the departed souls, the election would be shifted to Sunday, saying despite the distractions and antics of those who don’t want the progress of the NYCN, the convention would still hold in Gombe as planned.

The Minister commended the delegates for traveling far distance, “We will not be deterred because we are committed to deliver credible leadership in NYCN. We will proceed,” he said.

“After many years of crisis which had bedeviled the NYCN leadership, from one colour of court order to another one, from one junior faction to another senior one, from one caretaker committee to another sole administration, and different forms of aberration that have truncated the vision and mission of youth agenda in Nigeria”.

“For those who believe that the NYCN is a platform for making wealth, let me advise them, they can join Dangote group of companies, that is where wealth is created; those of us who think we can use the platform of NYCN to blossom our political ambitions, let me advise you that the APC, the PDP and the other 77 political parties are there for you, go and join one of them.
Some of those receiving treatment at the Hospital after the crash
“For those of us who think we are strong and popular and the only place we can take refuge is to surrender ourselves to some powerful politicians who will sponsor us to continue to truncate the vision of the youth of Nigeria, I advise you, there are so many criminal groups, go and join one.

“And for those who believe the youth deserve a voice and the youth of this country are the only national assets we have, and have joined the National Youth Movement selflessly, I say to you my fellow country men, God bless you”.

While assuring the delegates that the federal government has no “preferred candidate” in the Gombe convention, Dalung warned those who are above the “red line” (35 years) to stay clear from the contest, urging them to also consider young women in some positions.

Meanwhile, Gombe State Governor, Alhaji Ibrahim Dankwambo, has sent his condolences on behalf of the state government, to the families of the 2 young men who lost their lives in the Saturday crash.

Speaking at the executive session of the convention, the governor also promised to shoulder the hospital bills of those injured, including officers of Peace Corps of Nigeria, directors from Federal Ministry of Sports and Youths Development and the outgoing President of NYCN, Comrade Mayor Enujeko, who is lying in critical condition at the hospital.

- NAN

Breaking News: Suicide Bomber Blows Up Mosque In Borno, Eight Dead

As many as eight innocent persons have been killed after a suicide bomber reportedly blew up a mosque in Borno. File photo used only for illustrative purpose

It has been reported that no less than eight people have been killed  at a mosque in Borno.

The killing happened on Monday when a suicide bomber detonated his explosives, a civilian militia member and a local resident said.

According to a report by the Agence France Presse, AFP, one Ibrahim Liman, from the civilian militia force assisting the military in the fight against Boko Haram said the blast happened in the Mainari area of Konduga, in Borno state.

File photo
“The male bomber walked into the mosque at about 5:15 am (0415 GMT) while prayers were on and exploded, killing eight worshippers and injuring five others,”he told AFP.

“Seven of the victims died in the mosque while another died on the way to (the Borno state capital) Maiduguri.”

Suicide bombings against “soft” civilian targets such as mosques, markets and bus stations are the hallmark of the Boko Haram faction led by Abubakar Shekau.

Many of the bombers used are young women and girls. Liman said the latest attack appeared to be carried out by a man in his early 20s.

Umar Goni, who lives in Konduga, said he was on his way to the mosque when the blast occurred and he helped to rescue victims with members of the civilian volunteer force.

“We pulled out seven dead bodies and six injured worshippers. One of the six injured died on the way to hospital,” he added.

The bomber was disguised as a worshipper, he said, adding: “There was no way anybody could have known his mission.”

How will the World Cup stadiums be used after Russia 2018 tournament?

With the World Cup over, the future of many of the grounds built for it remains uncertain
The World Cup in Russia took place at twelve beautiful and modern stadiums which wowed visiting supporters.

However, history shows that, after major tournaments, decision-makers tend to have trouble deciding how the venues should be used going forward.


FIFA wants to maximise football’s reach by holding tournaments in countries where it is not the most popular sport. And while interest in football does generally increase in the immediate aftermath of a World Cup, it is often not sufficient to ensure that the stadiums are constantly filled, or even that clubs will be able to play at them. Many of the fans who follow their national sides during World Cups quickly tire of football once the new season begins.

This is unlikely to be an issue for several of Russia’s venues.

The country’s largest arena, Moscow’s Luzhniki Stadium, will continue to be used for national team matches and key games at major tournaments. Many English fans have fond memories of the ground where Manchester United beat Chelsea to lift the Champions League in 2008.

Former Sports Minister Vitaly Mutko previously announced that Luzhniki would be a home base for Russia’s national team, much like Wembley is for England.

“We have agreed with the Moscow mayor’s office to establish a base for the national side at Luzhniki. The necessary work will be done after the World Cup. The Russian Football Union’s HQ may also be moved to the premises. It would be great if Luzhniki became the centre of Russian football,” the official said.

A similar fate awaits Sochi’s Fisht Stadium, which holds over 44,000 people. It is a suitable venue for the national team, but will also be used as the home ground for newly-formed second division side FC Sochi.

Two more stadiums in Russia’s largest cities – Moscow’s Otkritie Arena and St Petersburg’s Krestovsky Stadium – will also see regular use as the home grounds of Russian Premier League giants Spartak Moscow and Zenit. Both clubs have sizeable fan bases which will make full use of the stadiums’ large capacities.

However, other stadiums face uncertainty. Clubs further down in the Russian Premier League pecking order attract far fewer fans, not to mention those in the lower divisions. In addition, the idea of moving to a new and expensive stadium is beyond the reach of many clubs.

It was recently reported that Premier League club FC Rostov may not be able to move to the newly built Rostov Arena – which is kitted out in the club’s colours – because the cost of renting the ground is simply far too high.

The club’s press service later refuted these reports, saying that the team would indeed be making use of its new home. “As it stands, FC Rostov will play its home games at the Rostov Arena. The opening game of the season against Akhmat Grozny is scheduled for 28 July, and we will be providing all necessary support to our club,” local sporting official Samvel Areklyan was quoted as saying.

Of course, for Rostov, as for any club, moving to a larger and more modern stadium is a step forward in terms of fan perception and image, but the financial issue remains problematic. It has become clear that clubs cannot count on the grounds paying for themselves.

For example, Kaliningrad local official Georgy Dykhanov recently voiced the opinion that the city’s new venue, which will host local side Baltika, will not be profitable for the foreseeable future. “It will not be possible to talk about the stadium paying for itself for the next 20 years at least. From a financial point of view sporting facilities like this are never profitable,” he told Russian paper Sovetsky Sport.

According to Baltika, like Rostov, may have trouble paying the rent on the stadium without help from the state. “We have not yet been informed of the rent costs. We are extremely worried about this. The figures which have been voiced, while unofficial, are not feasible for us,” the club’s director Teymuraz Lepsaya said. The cost per match is rumoured to be around £24,000 ($31,000).

Other stadiums are facing issues due to poor build quality. On the day of the World Cup final a video was shared on Twitter showing flooding outside the Volgograd Arena after heavy rain. The stadium is reported to have taken damage as a result.

So the ground has essentially become unfit for use less than a week after the end of the event for which it has built. The Arena, where local team Rotor will play next season, cost the government around £205m ($268m).

This is not the first such case. On 11 July it was reported that the road leading to the Nizhny Novgorod stadium, also built for the World Cup, had been destroyed by rainfall.

This means that even if clubs are able to gather the necessary funds to play at the stadiums, it is far from certain that they will be able to do so in the event of adverse weather conditions.

It’s not all bad, however. Mordovia Saransk opened their 2018-19 campaign against Nizhny Novgorod at the new Saransk Arena in front of 26,000 fans – an unbelievable figure for a second division match.

All that remains is to hope that Russia’s new grounds help to increase interest in football amongst the population and are able to withstand the climate. The alternative – that these beautiful and state-of-the-art arenas remain empty throughout the season – is a depressing prospect.

This is the chief concern at Rubin Kazan, whose Kazan Arena hosted one of the best games at the World Cup – the quarter-final between Brazil and Belgium. Of course, there wasn’t an empty seat in the house for that match, but Rubin’s less-than-spectacular performances in the Premier League are unlikely to draw similar crowds; last season it was common for no more than 3,000 fans to show up to support the team.

The problem of low attendance is not only linked to stadium infrastructure, but to the level of development and popularity of football in Russia. The World Cup is over, and Russia has returned to its footballing reality, where it is not always easy to purchase tickets online or find a parking space near the stadium.

Those responsible for developing the game in the host nation need to remember their duties now that the tournament is over. Only then can these stadiums, which brought the nation together, be prevented from gathering dust.

Popular Rapper, Tekashi 6ix9ine Hospitalized After Being Robbed Aand Kidnapped

Tekashi 6ix9ine was reportedly kidnapped and robbed early Sunday morning, and is currently recovering in a hospital.

American rapper, Tekashi69 (AKA Tekashi 6ix9ine) has been hospitalized after he was pistol whipped robbed and kidnapped.

Not long after claiming he was ‘going to prison’, the US artist has reportedly been admitted to hospital after he was ‘pistol whipped, robbed and kidnapped’.
Tekashi 6ix9ine
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According to TMZ, sources claimed three hooded gunmen got out of their car, grabbed Tekashi and knocked him unconscious.

‘We’re told the next thing Tekashi knew, he was in the back seat of the car as the gunmen were driving around, telling him if they didn’t get what they wanted from him they would kill him,’ the publication reported, before the men allegedly raided his house.

Around $750k (£571k) in jewellery and between $15k (£11k) and $20k (£15k) in cash was reportedly taken from the premises, while Tekashi’s partner and their daughter were reportedly inside the property but unhurt.

TMZ claimed the rapper was then able to escape the vehicle, with the gunmen still inside, flagging down a passerby who called 911 at an intersection.

He was reportedly transported to a hospital by ambulance where it has been claimed he’s received various tests, including a CT scan.

It comes after the Brooklyn native posted to Instagram that he could be going to jail ‘forever’, and after he was pictured outside of court this week, fans are suspecting he may genuinely be about to be incarcerated. Hernandez was arrested this month on an outstanding warrant after an incident where he allegedly strangled a 16-year-old in a Houston mall in January.

In April, members of 6ix9ine’s crew were reportedly arrested after shots were fired in New York’s Bedford-Stuyvestant, and a few days later it was confirmed that 6ix9ine was under investigation for his potential involvement in an incident where Chief Keef was shot.

Suspect Escapes From Court Room, Jumps Into Canal To Evade Trial

A suspect who was earlier arrested by the police an arraigned in couurt for burglary and attempt to steal has made an attempt at escape.

There was a mild drama at the court after a suspected robber, Mr. Segun Mabaoreje, suddenly escaped from the court room in Lagos, fled and jumped into a canal to escape trial. The incident happened at the Magistrates court sitting in Ejigbo, Lagos, where the suspect, Mr. Mabaoreje was brought for arraignment.

However, he met his match as both the court officials and the security men pursued him. The security men dived into the canal, apprehended and brought him back to the court room where he was eventually arraigned. The prosecutor, Inspector G. Simon, prepared another charge and he was arraigned to attempting to escape for the offence.
Suspect after he was apprehended from the canal
The Presiding Magistrate, Mr. L.K.J. Layeni, did not grant him bail as his attempted escape happened in his presence. He ordered that the suspect be remanded in prison custody and adjourned till 6th August, 2018, when he will be brought to court for the offence he had committed before he attempted escape from the court.

The suspect was arrested by the police at Igando Division for burglary and attempt to steal before he was caught.

Mr. Mabaoreje was not the only suspect that had tried such in the past, another suspect tried to escape in the same court but he failed, was charged and remanded in prison. It was also gathered that a young suspect was brought to Ogba Magistrates court; he jumped from the court’s three storey building and died on the spot in his attempt to escape.

It was gathered that after Mr Mabaoreje was re-arrested, he said was afraid to go to prison and that was why he tried to escape but failed.

He said he was told that the prison was a death trap and that he may not survive if he was taken there. However, his claim was debunked by prison officials who said that the prison was not all that terrible as it remained a correction centre with modern facilities.

Boko Haram Ambushes Troops Again In Yobe, Scores Killed

Nigerian troops at the theatre of war in the north-eastern part of the country have suffered huge losses against the recalcitrant Boko Haram sect.

Two weeks after attacking the troops’ location in Jilli, Yobe State, Boko Haram terrorists on Saturday staged an ambush for troops of the Nigerian Army in Babangida community in the Tarmuwa Local Government Area of Yobe State.

The Director of Army Public Relations, Brig. Gen. Texas Chukwu, on Sunday, said the troops fought through the ambush, killing “scores of the terrorists.”

The army confirmed that the troops, who were from 233 Battalion, Operation Lafiya Dole, also suffered casualties who were rushed to an undisclosed military hospital.

The army spokesman, however, did not give the number of the injured or the deceased soldiers.

A Punch correspondent had reported last week Tuesday that the troops’ location in Jilli was attacked by the Boko Haram terrorists during which at least 20 soldiers were said to have died and about 20 others injured.

The latest attack in Jilli came a day after the Boko Haram terrorists also ambushed a military convoy in Bama, Borno State, where troops were reportedly displaced in the gunfire and several injured.

The rampaging terrorists are said to be from the Al-Barnawi faction of the Boko Haram, which is reportedly connected to the Islamic State of West African fighters.

Chukwu had said on Wednesday that the attack in Jilli was “very unfortunate” while insisting that no soldier was killed in the incident.

The attacks had forced the Chief of Army Staff, Lt. Gen. Tukur Buratai, and other top commanders to relocate to the North-East and review operational strategies to handle the situation.

A correspondent learnt on Sunday that the troops in Yobe were ambushed again on Saturday by the terrorists and a gun battle led to the death of some terrorists.

The army said the troops during a fighting patrol encountered the Boko Haram terrorists who had been on “the rampage for food and logistics.”

It was gathered that the insurgents also attempted to loot the nearby Babangida market for food and other items during the battle with the troops.

The army spokesman said, “Troops of 233 Battalion neutralised scores of Boko Haram terrorists on Saturday along Sarawa Road in the Babangida LGA while countering an ambush staged by elements of the Boko Haram terrorists.

“The troops encountered the ambush during a fighting patrol to clear the terrorists who have been on the rampage for food and logistics. Unfortunately, while fighting through the ambush, the troops recorded some casualties.”

Herdsmen killings: Catholic priest attacks Buhari govt, speaks on selling of votes in 2019

A Catholic priest in Imo State, Reverend Father Kizito Onyeka, has lambasted the current leadership of the country over the spate of killings perpetrated by suspected herdsmen.

Onyeka described the current leadership of the country as a failure considering the persistent killings recorded in the country.

Addressing his members yesterday at the St Mathias Catholic Church in Urratta, Owerri North Local Government Area of the state, the clergyman said the killings across the country were worrisome.

He also urged the electorate not to sell their conscience in exchange for material things during the 2019 elections.

According to Onyeka, “There are massive killings and bloodshed in Nigeria. This is because those called to be shepherds are not really shepherds. Nigeria has failed in leadership.

“If you look around, you will see that the country is in search of a good shepherd. What we are seeing are people who are parading themselves as shepherds but they are not.

“The level of dissatisfaction, confusion, and fears are clear indications that the leadership has failed. It shows that there are no shepherds. This is why we are in search of a shepherd.

“Very soon, elections will start and some of us will go ahead and sell our conscience over a plate of porridge, a bag of rice and many other material things. When you are doing that, you are voting into power those who are coming in the guise of shepherds.”

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Heartbreaking: Son Of Ex-Osun State Permanent Secretary Commits Suicide

The son of a former permanent secretary in Osun state has reportedly killed himself by hanging, startling family and friends.

A Punch Metro report has shown that Tolulope Kolawole, the first  son of the late Permanent Secretary, Bureau of General Services, Office of the Governor of Osun State, Mrs Olufunke  Kolawole, has committed suicide.

It was gathered that the young man ended his life because he could no longer make ends meet.

Residents of the Halleluya Estate in Osogbo, where he lived, told Punch Metro on Sunday that the news went round the area on Thursday that 32-year-old  Tolulope hung himself.
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His mother, Olufunke  Kolawole, was abducted on her way to Abuja on an official assignment and eventually killed in Kogi State last year.

Her son, Tolulope, who left a wife behind, was said to have complained bitterly about the downward in the farm he was managing.

A resident of the area, who identified himself as Remi Taiwo, told Punch Metro that the deceased had a friend in Ibadan, Oyo State, who he confided in that he was finding things very tough and that his wife had complained bitterly about it.

He said, “The friend, whose name I can’t recall, was said to have been very helpful with monetary support and had warned him against taking any negative step to finding a solution to his challenge.”

A police source also confirmed the incident to Punch Metro on the telephone, saying the case was reported at the Dada Estate Police Station, before it was transferred to the Osun State Police Command in Osogbo.

The source said, “The young man was said to have lamented the lull in the business bequeathed to him by his late mum.

“He was said to be constantly complaining to one of his friends in Ibadan, Oyo State, and that one kept encouraging him and offering him financial support.

“But he decided to hang himself when he could no longer bear it.

He was said to have put a rope round his neck and was standing on a chair,  but had not kicked the chair away before somebody arrived at the scene.

“The person was said to have pleaded with him and had ran to call residents, but the deceased was said to be found dangling before help could come.”

The police source said some members of the family of the deceased went to the police and told them what they knew about the incident.

The Police Public Relations Officer in Osun State, Mrs Folasade Odoro, could not be reached and she had yet to reply the text message sent to her about the case.

Two Nigerian Drug Traffickers Sentenced To Life In Prison, 30-years In Cambodia

Phnom Penh Municipal Court sitting in Cambodia, have jailed a Nigerian man for life, and his accomplice to 30 years in prison for trafficking more than a kilo of cocaine.

Two Nigerian men were on Wednesday, July 18, sentenced to life in prison and 30 years for drug trafficking and were also fined $17,500 each, by a Phnom Penh Municipal Court sitting in Cambodia.

The convicts, 28-year-old Boniface Okoro Chukwuka, and 34-year-old Frank Obiora Dozie, who went on trial on July 5th, were charged with smuggling more than a kilo of cocaine into Cambodia from Colombia.
The suspects sentenced
Presiding Judge, Seng Rithy said the two were arrested on July 13, 2017 by Anti-Drug police working with customs police at the Phnom Penh airport.

He added that after their arrests, police seized 189 packs of cocaine, weighing 1.1 kilos, which were hidden in a box containing imitation jewellery that had been couriered to Cambodia.

During the trial, Chukwuka, who got life imprisonment, had admitted to the crime while Dozie claimed innocence.

Chukwuka said that he bought the drugs for $15 000 from a Nigerian man in Colombia and intended to sell it in Thailand.

“The drugs seized belonged to me. I imported them from Colombia,” he told the court. “I acknowledge that I have made a mistake. I would like to request a lenient sentence.”

Dozie said he knew Chukwuka, but did not know anything about the drugs. He said that he was arrested because he was staying with Mr Chukwuka when police raided his rental house in Chom Chao commune last year.

“I am innocent,” he said. “I would like to ask the court to drop the charge and release me.”

However, deputy prosecutor Kol Bun said the two accused belonged to a group of foreign drug traffickers who were hiding in Cambodia.

Outside the courtroom following the sentencing, Dozie said he plans to file an appeal. "It's a great injustice, " he said.

"I do not accept the judgement because I did not know about the drugs and was not involved in the trafficking. I will file an appeal."

Arsenal place Super Eagles' Midfielder, Alex Iwobi on transfer market

Rumours have it that Arsenal has deemed Austin Jay Jay Okocha's nephew, Alex Iwobi surplus to requirement as a price tag has been placed on him.

Arsenal are willing to sell Nigeria international Alex Iwobi for £22.3 million, according to Il Messaggero .

The 22-year-old who still has two years on his contract, has attracted interest from Lazio, who are hunting a replacement for West Ham's record signing Felipe Anderson.

Iwobi provided just three goals and five assists in 26 league appearances last term.
Alex Iwobi
Chuba Akpom is set to leave Arsenal this summer and join Belgian top-flight club Sint-Truiden permanently in a deal worth £2 million, Mirror reports.

Akpom is one of the five players dropped by Unai Emery for the Gunners' pre-season trip to Singapore.

The 22-year-old is in the final year of his Arsenal contract and has struggled to establish himself in the Gunners’ first-team since his competitive debut against Sunderland back in September 2013.

Newly-promoted Turkish Super Lig outfit Ankaragucu have held talks with Nigeria international Emmanuel Emenike over a potential transfer, according to Fanatik .

The Yellow-Navy are set to bolster their ranks for the challenge in the Turkish top-flight with the former Fenerbahce goal poacher who endured a difficult spell at Olympiacos and Las Palmas last season.

Mesut Ozil announces international retirement due to 'racism and disrespect'

The Arsenal attacker has hit out at the treatment he received from the German football association (DFB), confirming he will no longer wear the jersey.

Mesut Ozil has confirmed that he is retiring from international football with immediate effect following the "treatment he received from the DFB."

The Arsenal attacker claims that the way he has been treated by the German football association makes him "no longer want to wear the German national team shirt."

Ozil announced the decision in the third part of a lengthy statement released on his Twitter account, with the first part explaining the reasoning behind his controversial photograph with Turkey president Recep Erdogan and the second update criticising how the media and sponsors reacted to the incident.

DFB president Reinhard Grindel was the focus of the third and final part of the statement, as Ozil hit out at the official, claiming: "I will no longer stand for being a scapegoat for his incompetence and inability to do his job properly."

Following Germany's disastrous World Cup performance, where they failed to get out of their groups and lost to both Mexico and South Korea, Ozil was heavily criticised by the media and by the DFB, with Grindel even urging the midfielder to make a public statement on his meeting with Erdogan, also questioning his credentials as an international player following the incident.
Ozil detailed how Grindel attempted to benefit from the fall-out of the player's meeting with Erdogan, aiming to use it as a means to express his own political views and undermine Ozil in the process. He also accused the DFB president of racism, stating that "I am German when we win, but I am an immigrant when we lose."

As well as Grindel, the 29-year-old highlighted the actions of politician Bernd Holzhauer who called Ozil a "goat-f***er" and Chief of German Theatre Werner Steer who wished for the footballer to "p*** back to Anatolia."

The way Ozil has been treated by German media, politicians and especially the DFB has caused him to make the "difficult decision" to announce his international retirement, saying that: "I now feel unwanted and think that what I have achieved since my international debut in 2009 has been forgotten."

In those nine years, Ozil has played 92 times for his country, scoring 23 goals along the way. He was part of the side that lifted the 2014 World Cup and also helped Germany to the semi-finals of the 2012 and 2016 European Championships.

Ozil also went with Germany to the 2010 and 2018 World Cups and was named national team player of the year five times.

Imo demolishes hotel, houses belonging to kidnap kingpins

The Imo State Government in collaboration with the state Police Command have jointly demolished one hotel and five buildings belonging to three suspected kidnappers and armed robbers who kidnapped and murdered a chieftain of the All Progressives Congress, Amos Akano.

The suspects, who have reportedly confessed to the murder and other criminal activities, are Ikenna Nwosu, also known as Ezego, and two others, Eze Chukuwu (Sepia) and Chidi Anyiam (Senator).

The demolition of the hotel and five buildings took place on Saturday in Mgbidi, Oru East Local Government Area.

According to the Police Public Relations Officer, Mr Andrew Enwerem, the destruction was in accordance with the state law.
One of the demolished buildings
 A state security formation, Imo Security Watch and the operatives of the state Police Command carried out the demolition of the hotel and the buildings, which was witnessed by villagers.

The police spokesperson told Southern City News that the three kidnap kingpins owned the demolished hotel and buildings.

He said the buildings and hotel were proceeds of the ill-gotten wealth from the suspected kidnappers, who he said made confessional statements informing the police where the hotel and buildings were located and how they made money to build them.

Enwerem said that apart from the kidnap and murder of Akano, the gang was also responsible for the abduction of Daniel Akukanwa, Anayo Ihegbe, Patricia Okoronkwo, Obijuru Kechinyere and Ndebelie Edwin.

He said the arrest of the three notorious kidnappers by the operatives of the Federal Special Anti Robbery Squad of the command led by its command, Godfrey Victor, was a major breakthrough in the command’s effort to eradicate crime in the state.

“The demolition was carried out by the state government. We were only there to provide security and make sure that there was no breakdown of law and order.

“The suspects whose hotel and five buildings were demolished were responsible for the kidnap and murder of a chieftain of the All Progressives Congress in the state, Amos Akano. They have committed other atrocities.

“The demolished buildings and hotel are proceeds from their heinous crimes. It is a law in the state that buildings that were acquired through abductions would be demolished in order to dissuade others from taking to the business of abducting people for ransoms,” he said.

52-year-old man push blames on 'evil forces' for defiling a young girl

A 52-year-old man, Henry Oboh, has been arrested by the operatives of the Cross River State Police Command for allegedly defiling a 12-year-old girl in a community known as ‘One Man’ in the Akamkpa Local Government Area of the state.

Oboh was said to have dragged the victim into his room and threatened to stab her with table knife before having carnal knowledge with her.

The suspect, who was paraded alongside other suspects, for various crimes at the state Police Command headquarters in Calabar, said it was some forces that pushed him to commit the crime.

Oboh, who could not name the forces, said he never planned to defile the victim, adding that he was ready to face prosecution over the matter.

The father of four said he was seriously regretting his action, saying he gave himself up for arrest and investigation because he immediately realised after the crime that what he did was wrong.
The suspect
He said, “Some forces pushed me to have sex with the small child. I was not myself and how I did that I cannot explain. I never planned to have sex with her. Something pushed me all of a sudden and that was why I immediately surrendered myself when the police came to arrest me.

“I am ready to face the consequences of what I have done. I am seriously regretting what I did.  I am a mechanic. I am married with four children.”

The state Commissioner of Police, Mr Hafiz Inuwa, who paraded the suspect alongside 49 others, said Oboh had dragged the victim into his room when her parents were not around.

“On June 6, 2018 at about 21.25 hours, one Faith Sunday, a 12-year-old female of One Man village in Akamkpa LGA reported at Akamkpa Police Division that on June, 2, 2018 at about 13.18 hours, one Henry Oboh, of the same address, dragged her to his room when her parents were away.

“He threatened to stab her with a table knife and thereafter had unlawful carnal knowledge of her. The case was transferred to the CIID on June 11, 2018 for discreet investigation. The suspect has confessed in his statement and will be charged to court at the conclusion of the investigation,” Inuwa said.

Lawyer threatened with death, drops murder case

An Abuja-based lawyer, Frank Tietie, says he has received death threats for working with the police in the investigation into the murder of one Adekunle Ekundayo in Abuja.

Ekundayo was reportedly gunned down by unknown assailants while visiting his fiancée, Onome, at Wuse Zone 3, Abuja in May, 2018.

It was learnt that the victim’s family engaged Tietie who is also an activist, to monitor the police investigation on behalf of the family.

The lawyer, who is the Executive Director, Citizens Advocacy for Social and Economic Rights, informed Northern City News on Sunday that he received the death threat via a text message on Friday.

Thinking he was related to the deceased, the author of the SMS wrote, “The untimely death that took your junior brother is at your door.”

Tietie explained that he had since reported the development to the police which asked him to visit the station on Monday (Today).

He said, “The threat was issued to me on Friday, 20th July, 2018 by SMS from a phone number, which I would have wanted to publish but I don’t yet have clearance from the police.

“The threat is not unconnected with the recent murder of a young man in Zone 3, Abuja in company of his fiancée sometime in May, 2018.

“I was hired by the family of the deceased young man to assist the police investigation and to ensure compliance with law and justice. I have discharged that responsibility to the best of my ability since I was briefed.”

The activist stated that he had just sent a compilation of posers and leads to the police investigating team when he received the threat on his phone.

Asked if he knew the mastermind, Tietie said he suspected that the author was connected to the murder and was apparently trying to scare him off the case.

“I sent a compilation of posers and leads on the case to the police on Friday, it was the same day the SMS containing the death threat was sent to me.

“I sense that there are very powerful or highly organised forces behind the murder of that young man who had a successful distribution startup in Abuja,” the lawyer stated.

The activist called on the government and the public to give the police the necessary support they required to unravel the circumstances behind the murder.

He stated that he had pressured the police to apprehend the killers and ensure that justice was done.

Tietie, however,  added that he would be withdrawing from the matter on account of the threat to his life.

“I shall formally bring this development to the Inspector-General of Police and the President of the  Nigeria Bar Association on Monday, seeking appropriate directions as a Nigerian lawyer who is simply doing his job.

“Meanwhile, I have considered to be discreet in this matter and would therefore withdraw my further involvement in the investigation of the murder case,” he stated.

When contacted, the Federal Capital Police Public Relations Officer, Anjuguri Manzah, said he had no update on the investigation into the murder.

Four Policemen meet their 'Waterloo' after duping a Bishop of fortune

Four policemen attached to the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) in the Lagos State Command have been dismissed for alleged professional misconduct,  corrupt practices and discreditable conduct.

The names of the dismissed officers were given as Adeoye Adekunle, Adeniran Adebowale, Agbi Lucky and Odighe Hehosa.

It was gathered that the men were charged to court on offences of armed robbery, kidnapping, unlawful detention, intimidation and threatening violence against one Mr Chukwudi Odionye, aka Bishop.

The Police Public Relations Officer, Zone 2 Police Command, CSP Dolapo Badmus, in a statement said the command received a petition by Odionye against the four officers on May 2, 2018.
The policemen
Odionye, in the petition, was said to have alleged that on June 4, 2017, he was in his house in the Alagbado area of Lagos when the four armed officers allegedly stormed his house to arrest him on the allegation of performing fake miracles.

“He stated that after his arrest, he was taken to one hotel in Agege where he was detained and threatened to be killed if he failed to cooperate. He explained further that on the following day, June 5, 2017, he was taken to a bank where he was made to transfer N7m to one of the policemen’s account,” the statement read in part.

On the receipt of the petition, the Assistant Inspector General of Police in charge of Zone 2 Command, AIG Adamu Ibrahim, reportedly ordered investigation into the allegation.

 Investigation was said to have revealed that proper police procedure for investigation was not followed in Odionye’s arrest and that the four SARS operatives therefore abducted the man from his house and unlawfully detained him for personal gain.

The AIG upheld the recommendation of police disciplinary body that recommended the dismissal of the four policemen after they were found guilty during an orderly room trial for professional misconduct, corrupt practices and discreditable conduct.

“The officers were subsequently charged to court on criminal charges of armed robbery, kidnapping, unlawful detention, stealing, intimidation and threatening violence,” the statement said.

Badmus said the AIG had warned that the force would not tolerate any act of misconduct that undermined the value of international best practices of policing, noting  that any policeman found guilty would not be spared.
 
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