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$9.6bn: Civil Society Groups To Protest At British, Irish Embassies Over Court Judgement

Sat, 2019-08-31 16:21


 

A coalition of civil society groups said it would stage a protest at the British and Irish embassies in Abuja on Monday over the $9.6bn judgement against Nigeria by a London court.

Secretary-General of the group, Mr. Abubakar Ibrahim, disclosed this on Friday in Abuja while speaking with Sahara Reporters.

He said that the coalition had mobilised over 20 groups including market women and National Association of Nigerian Students for the protest.

Tagged #OperationOccupyBritish&IrishEmbassies, the protest is aimed at demanding the arrest and prosecution of those behind the failed gas project.

Ibrahim called on anti-graft agencies to swing into action and bring those involved to justice.

He said, “This is a monumental fraud and we must not allow the matter to be swept under the carpet.”

Speaking further, he added that the amount involved was capable of crippling Nigeria’s economy if implemented.

Recall that the Nigerian Government said it would appeal and take steps to stop the enforcement of the judgment of the UK court, which Nigeria to pay $9bn Process and Industrial Developments Limited over breach of contract in gas project in Calabar, Cross River State.

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Birds Ravage Farms In Adamawa

Sat, 2019-08-31 16:12


 

A swarm of rampaging quelea birds have attacked farms in seven local government areas of Adamawa State, Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Agriculture, Felicia Nzomisaki, has said.

Nzomisaki made the revelation on Friday in Yola, the state capital, adding that “farm crops face serious danger as the harvest season inches closer”.

Guyuk, Shelleng, Numan, Lamurde, Demsa, Yola North and Girei local government areas are the worst affected, according to the official.

She however, disclosed that government had dispatched an intervention known as ‘Wet Season Aerial Control of Quelea Birds’ to tackle the problem.

She said, “The Federal Government has responded to our cry on quelea birds destroying farmlands by deploying aerial spray.

“This has become inevitable because quelea birds are trans-boundary in nature and can fly thousands of kilometres unhindered.”

Governor of the state, Ahmadu Fintiri, advised residents in affected communities not to eat the killed quelea birds because they had become poisonous. 

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Report Reveals How Nigerian Women Are Forced Into Prostitution In Ghana

Sat, 2019-08-31 15:44


The report documented the experience of young Nigerians, who had left for Ghana to find jobs as sales girls or waitresses but ended up being forced into prostitution.

The report documented the experience of young Nigerians, who had left for Ghana to find jobs as sales girls or waitresses but ended up being forced into prostitution. Francesco Bellina/Al Jazeera

 

A report by Qatar-based news network, Aljazeera, has showed how some Nigerian women in Ghana are being forced into prostitution and exploited by fetish priests.

The perpetrators of this trafficking ring, according to the report, are Nigerians, mostly women and Ghanaian middlemen who are oftentimes hotel managers.

The report documented the experience of young Nigerians, who had left for Ghana to find jobs as sales girls or waitresses but ended up being forced into prostitution.

These girls are held hostage by fear of being killed through fetish means.

Jennifer, one of the girls, who spoke with Aljazeera, said she was forced to sleep with different men from 8:00pm till the next morning every day.

“Each Night, I receive up to eight clients and end up having N7,000 to N8,750 in my hands,” she said.

This money goes back to her Nigerian trafficker and the hotel manager.

In one of the hotels that the young women are camped, Blessing, a 26-year old Nigerian, said she was kept in the trade by a woman, who took her to a priest.

The priest uses fear and manipulations to ensure that these women pay their recruiter and do not run away.

The United States Department of State opened an investigation into trafficking in Ghana last year and had since secured only three convictions.

Out of 49 women identified as potential victims of sex trafficking, 46 were Nigerian, and 22 were underage.

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N2bn Fraud: EFCC Arrests Ponzi Scheme Operators In Rivers

Sat, 2019-08-31 15:32


The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission said it has arrested 19 officials of an alleged fake investment company that has defrauded members of the public to the tune of N2bn.

The company, Bluekey Investment Club, operating from Sonia Mall, 42 Woji Road, YKC Junction, Port Harcourt, Rivers State, was registered with the Corporate Affairs Commission as a software development and general contracting firm but allegedly veered into an interest-yielding ponzi scheme with 10 per cent weekly returns on investment over six months.

The scheme also promised total returns of invested capital after six months.

Nineteen staff of the company were rounded up on Friday in Port Harcourt, the state capital.

Public Relations Officer of the company, Princess Tsaroigbara, told interrogators that her firm was into “digital financial and other technological services” and was not sure if the company was fully registered with the Security and Exchange Commission and the Central Bank of Nigeria.

Scores of defrauded customers thronged the premises of the company seeking the intervention of the EFCC.

Items recovered from the company include computer units and a sum of N459,300.

The suspects would be charged to court as soon as investigations are concluded, the EFCC said.

 

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US Jails Woman Who Stole $200,000 To Pay Nigerian Fraudster

Sat, 2019-08-31 15:25


 

A jury in the United States District Court at St. Loius has sentenced one Wende Anne Terril, an American citizen to one year in prison.

Terril, 49, was sentenced on Friday with an order to pay back about $200,000 she stole from her company to help her ‘fiancé’, a Nigerian scammer, who conned her in an online romance scam.

According to the prosecutors, Terrill wrote five-figure cheques and sent one wire transfer from her employer, Midwest Petroleum, to other accounts between January 27, 2017 to March 31, 2017.

The woman was the company controller and the accounts were associated with companies with which Midwest was not doing business, court documents showed.

The money was almost immediately transferred overseas. Several links in the chain of money transfers had Nigerian connections, prosecutors have said in court documents.

After Terrill left the company, a Midwest official discovered emails between her and others about ‘fiancé’ Santino Gallo, who was supposedly an oil rig worker with outstanding debts.

Prosecutors said the 49-year-old was the victim of a Nigerian romance fraud scheme in which scammers create fake online profiles, develop a romantic relationship with their victims before making series of requests for money until the victim’s finances are exhausted.

Last week the US Government indicted 77 Nigerian in a 252-count charge of conspiracy and money laundering to the tune of $40m.







 

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Woman Killed By Police Stray Bullet In Lagos Buried

Sat, 2019-08-31 15:13


 

Busola Owoodun, the 35-year-old woman killed by a bullet fired by a policeman in Lagos, has been buried by the family.

The young woman, the only child of her mother, was killed at the Ijegun area of Lagos State when operatives of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad were trying to apprehend a suspect.

Her corpse has since been at the mortuary pending investigation by the police.  See Also CRIME The Police Should Have Killed Me Instead Of My Only Child –Mother Of Woman Felled By Stray Bullet 0 Comments 3 Weeks Ago

Speaking to Sahara Reporters on Friday, Kemi Taiwo, an aunt to the deceased, said Owoodun was buried in Lagos on Friday immediately her corpse was released to the family.

The victim left behind three children between the ages of four and 15 years. 

 

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UI Lifts Ban On Students' Union

Sat, 2019-08-31 15:07


 

The University of Ibadan has lifted its ban on students' union activities two years after a suspension.

According to an official of the institution, Tunji Oladejo, the Senate reached a concensus during its meeting on Friday and decided to lift the ban.

The university had suspended the union following a protest by students demanding school identity cards, which had been paid for but never issued.

Vice Chancellor of the institution, Idowu Olayinka, accused the students' union leaders at the time of disrupting the academic calendar of the school.

He accused former president of the union, Ojo Adereni, of insubordination and disrespect.

Adereni was later rusticated by the disciplinary council of the school. 

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Election Tribunal: Wike Suffers Setback As Appeal Court Reinstates AAC's Petition

Sat, 2019-08-31 13:05


The Appeal Court sitting in Port Harcourt has set aside the judgment of the Rivers State Governorship Election Petition Tribunal that dismissed the petition of the candidate of the African Action Congress, Biokpomabo Awara, for abandoning their petition.

The five-man panel consequently directed all parties to return to the tribunal to hear the matter on its merit.

The judgment read by Justice J.O Bada disclosed that the appellant did no harm for requesting the regularisation of his suit.

Awara, who spoke to Sahara Reporters said that the ruling is a "victory for democracy".

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Lagos-Ibadan Expressway Accident: 6 Killed, 24 Other Casualties Rescued

Sat, 2019-08-31 10:07


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At least six persons were killed in a head-on collision between two commercial buses at Ogere on Lagos-Ibadan Expressway.

About 24 persons, including two children were injured in the crash.

The crash occurred on Friday.

The auto crash involving a white Toyota bus with registration number ABC 932 XJ and a Mazda bus, FST 820 XD, was caused by speeding and dangerous overtaking.

A Mazda bus travelling from Lagos overtook and collided with the Toyota bus travelling on the opposite direction of the road.

The FRSC Sector Commander in the state, Clement Oladele, said the crash occurred around 8.30 am.

He said the crash could have been avoided if motorists had strictly adhered to construction speed of maximum of 50 kilometers per hour and refrained from overtaking around construction zones.

He said, “A total number of 30 people made up of 19 male adults, nine female adults, a male child and another female child were involved. Twenty four persons comprising 16 male adults, six female adults, and the two children were injured. Unfortunately, the crash led to the death of six people, three male adults and three female adults.”

Oladele added that the casualties were taken to Victory Hospital Ogere and Olabisi Onabanjo University Teaching Hospital, Sagamu.

“The seven other victims were rescued to the Idera Hospital Sagamu for medical attention. The corpses of the six passengers killed in the crash were deposited at OSUTH Mortuary and FOS Ipara Morgue,” he added.

He stated further, “Motorists are once again advised to regard construction zones, especially diversion points as areas requiring extra caution with speed not exceeding 50 kilometers per hour. They should also refrain from overtaking at the construction zones to avoid this type of unfortunate crash.”

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Electronic Transmission Of Results Used In 2019 Election Just For Testing -INEC

Sat, 2019-08-31 09:47


 

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) yesterday said it electronically transmitted results of 2019’s presidential election but that it was a pilot scheme.

INEC’s National Commissioner in charge of Kogi, Kwara and Nasarawa states, Mohammed Haruna, who represented INEC Chairman, Prof. Mahmood Yakubu, stated this in Abuja at the public presentation of the YIAGA Africa Watching The Vote (WTV) General Elections Observation Report of the 2019 elections.

Haruna said: “The key word is pilot. We were piloting and you have to take that into consideration. In fact, it is not a done deal. We were testing to see whether eventually we would use electronic transmission. The clarification from YIAGA about the law that if the president had signed it, it would give us the legal backing to transmit electronically.

“The fact is that the bill that eventually went to Mr. President never even continued that, this is the fact. So, as I said, the important thing is that it was not a law and we are piloting it at state level, for even this presidential, it was just a pilot."

He added: “Let us be very cautious about this electronic silver bullet, each package comes with its own problem. Adopt it today, it is going to have its own problems, hacking and so forth.

“We have to be very careful that once we adopt IT, all our problems would be solved.”

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Boko Haram Terrorists Kill 8 Soldiers, 5 Missing In Ambush

Sat, 2019-08-31 09:37


 

Boko Haram terrorists have ambushed a military convoy along the Maiduguri/ Monguno highway, and reportedly killed at least eight soldiers, carting away weapons belonging to the Nigerian Army, a security source said.

The incident happened at Gasarwa village, some distance to Gajiram in Nganzai LGA of Borno State at about 10 am, Daily Trust reports.

Four military vehicles were burned.

According to the source, five soldiers were missing after the heavy gun battle.

“They were ambushed around the Gasarwa general area on Gajiram-Monguno road, the troops were from Monguno heading to Maiduguri before the incident happened. So far, eight soldiers have been confirmed dead and five are missing.

“The insurgents engaged the troops with Rocket-Propelled Grenades and small arms. Before the arrival of our troops from Monguno and the air support, the Boko Haram members had withdrawn with lots of weapons. They burned three gun trucks belonging to the army,” Daily Trust quoted the security source as saying.

The source revealed that the remains of the dead soldiers were taken to Sector 3 headquarters in Monguno.

Sector 3 Commander, Maj. Gen. Bulama Biu, and some troops visited the ambush scene on a search-and-rescue mission.

A movement restriction order from Monguno to Maiduguri was imposed as passengers going to Maiduguri by road were stranded.

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Scarcity of Fuel Delayed Return Of Nigerian Pilgrims Stranded In Saudi Arabia -Airliner Operator

Sat, 2019-08-31 09:36


 

Scarcity of aviation fuel, also known as Jet A1, has reportedly slowed down the airlift of pilgrims from the just concluded hajj in Saudi Arabia.

Daily Trust said Nigerian carriers participating in the exercise were facing hard times getting aviation fuel to run their aircraft.

The scarcity started since the beginning of the week, affecting outbound flights of Skypower Express Airlines, a charter operator who participated in the hajj exercise.

It was learnt that no fewer than 265 pilgrims who were to be conveyed by Skypower were delayed at the King Abdul-Aziz International Airport, Jeddah before they were eventually airlifted. They landed at 7:45hrs yesterday, Daily Trust reports.

The Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Skypower Express Airlines, Capt.Muhammed Joji, confirmed the development. 

He said the airline couldn’t purchase fuel in Lagos and Kano, adding it had to buy the product at exorbitant price to be able to airlift the pilgrims.

He explained that at least 265 pilgrims of the carrier were airlifted out of Saudi Arabia on Thursday night on a Boeing 777 aircraft leased from a local operator.

He added that another batch of 265 pilgrims would be airlifted back to Nigeria today. He said scarcity of Jet A1 in the domestic market is seriously disrupting flight operations.

“We don’t have fuel anywhere in Nigeria. We tried to get in Lagos, Kano and other airports, but we couldn’t get any. This unfortunately, affected the airlift of our pilgrims back to Nigeria from Saudi Arabia.

“But, the issue has been resolved as we were able to bring in 265 pilgrims on Friday morning with a B777 aircraft. The aircraft has since returned to bring back the same number of our pilgrims.

“I think this is sabotage. How can a country have three refineries and can’t get aviation fuel to supply to its airlines. Apart from local operators, other foreign carriers operating into Nigeria are equally faced with the same challenge. It’s high time we settled this issue one and for all,” he said.

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One Person Killed In APC Supporters' Infighting, Clash

Sat, 2019-08-31 09:31



A clash between rival chairmanship aspirants of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the November local government election in Niger State left one person dead and many injured.

According to Daily Trust, the incident occurred along the Minna-Bida road on Thursday after the aspirants collected their nomination forms to contest the chairmanship poll for Katcha LGA.

The victim identified as Abubakar Nda-Bida was said to be a supporter of Alhaji Danjuma Emindachi, one of the aspirants.

Witnesses told Daily Trust that supporters of the other aspirant whose name was given as Alhaji Musa Ishyaku and those of Emindachi ran into each other at the river Gbako bridge where the incident occurred. 

The state chairman of the party, Alhaji Jibrin Imam, confirmed the story, describing the incident as “a criminal matter”. 

"It is a criminal issue, our party is not involved, the police are handling the matter,” Jibrin Imam said. 

The state Police Command Public Relations Officer, DSP Muhammad Abubakar, also confirmed the incident, saying, “One person is in our custody in connection with the incident”.
 

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One Person Nearly Broke My Head In Ekiti — Fayose

Sat, 2019-08-31 09:27


 

A former Ekiti State Governor, Ayo Fayose, says his head was nearly broken in an attempted attack on him on as he left the House of Assembly in Ado Ekiti.

Fayose said, “It was on our way from the assembly that some people trailed us in a pick-up  purposely to attack us. We managed to escape. In short, one of them nearly broke my head.”

The former governor, who said he came to honour the Assembly’s invitation because “a clear conscience fears no accusation”, said, “When I got to the Assembly, they said they were not ready and that they would inform me when they were ready. As a matter of fact, since they accused me of financial misappropriation, they were supposed to be ready.”

The Ekiti state parliament had summoned Fayose; a former speaker of the house, Kola Oluwawole; a former chair of the Association of Local Governments of Nigeria, Dapo Olagunju; a former commissioner for Local Government Affairs, Kola Kolade; and the 16 local government chairmen elected during Fayose’s tenure over allegations of misappropriation of funds.

The former governor said to journalists, “I got this by noon yesterday (Thursday) and I called the speaker to confirm whether it was true and he confirmed it. You know my style. When the EFCC (Economic and Financial Crimes Commission) wanted m

“So, I have come to the House of Assembly to tell them I’m available for their questions. I drove down from Lagos to tell them that there was no hiding place for some of us, so. I am here and ready to give an account of my stewardship.

“I will not follow the multitude to sin. I want to believe that selective justice will not help our country.

“I have condemned anyone who says that in Nigeria, when you come to the All Progressives Congress, then you become a saint. I am telling you, I will never become a member of the APC. I will never defect

“If I wanted a soft-landing against my party, against my candidate, that would have happened in the past. I stood my ground during the elections. So, that is impossible.”

Spokesperson for Ekiti speaker, Tai Oguntayo, said in a statement, “After the resolution of the assembly at the plenary on Thursday inviting the former governor to appear before the house, he called the speaker to confirm if the report was true.

“The speaker confirmed to Mr. Fayose that it was true and that was the end of the discussion.

“When Mr Fayose announced his readiness to the speaker, he was told to go back and await the official invitation letter from the House of Assembly.

“The former governor was accorded his due respect on arrival at the House of Assembly, being a former first citizen of the state.”

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Nigerian Police Collect N5,500 To Investigate Lagos Cleaner’s Murder

Sat, 2019-08-31 09:25


Lagos state Commissioner of Police, Zubairu Muazu

Lagos state Commissioner of Police, Zubairu Muazu vanguard

 

Sunday Eni-Idum, the younger brother of a late cleaner, Francis Eni-Idum reportedly killed in the Ilupeju area of Lagos by men of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad has accused an Assistant Superintendent of Police at the State Criminal Investigation and Intelligence Department, Yaba, of collecting N5,500 to investigate the murder.

The officer, identified as one ASP Fatai, reportedly collected the money to fuel the vehicle that would be taken to the scene of the incident for on-the-spot investigation, reports Punch.

The family also laments that an autopsy has yet been carried out on the corpse one month after the incident as the cost of embalmment continues to pile up at the Mainland Hospital Mortuary, Yaba.

A SARS team from the state police command had on Monday, July 15, around 7am, chased some suspected robbers to Ajisegiri Street, Ilupeju, shooting indiscriminately.

It was gathered that two primary school pupils around the area were engaging in a scuffle and Francis, who was passing by, mediated in the fight.

He was at it when the SARS men allegedly mistook him for one of their targets, shot him dead on the spot and fled.

But the police spokesperson in the state, DSP Bala Elkana, denied that the 39-year-old native of Cross River State was killed by the operatives, claiming that he was hit by a stray bullet fired by the alleged robbers.

The deceased’s brother, Sunday, told Punch that efforts by the family to ensure justice in the case had been frustrated by the police.

He explained, “After the police took the corpse to the mortuary, a relation and I met with ASP Fatai at the SCIID, Panti. He took our statements, collected our contacts and promised to call us. He said they needed money to fuel the vehicle they would bring to the scene for investigation. We were shocked about such demand, being the family of the victims. We eventually gave him N5, 500.

“Some days later, he came to our area with his team. They demanded to see eyewitnesses, but people were afraid to come out. A man volunteered and gave information on the incident. They told him to come to their office to make a statement, but he did not go for fear that he might be detained.

 

“After about two weeks, I called ASP Fatai for an update on the investigation and he told me to go to the mortuary to sign some forms so that an autopsy can be carried out.”

 

Sunday stated that he was confronted with fresh challenges at the Yaba morgue as morticians told him that Francis’ corpse had been listed for mass burial.

 

He said the morticians insisted that he should pay N15,000 for the remains to be removed from a container where bodies for mass burial were kept.

 

He stated, “I asked them (the morticians) why they put my brother’s corpse in the container when investigation is still ongoing. They said it was an unknown body and that nobody had come for it. I went there with a brother. They asked us to pay N15,000 to remove the corpse from the container.

 

“I called ASP Fatai and he talked to the mortuary manager on the phone. They still insisted on collecting N15,000. The following day, the ASP asked a policewoman to follow us to the mortuary, yet she could not prevail on the morticians. When we realised that there was no progress, we pleaded with them and they reduced the money to N10,000.

 

“My brother paid N4,000 and I transferred N6,000 to an account number one of them gave me. They did not give me any receipt for the N10,000.”

 

A debit alert of the transaction obtained by our correspondent showed that the money was transferred to a First Bank Account with the name, Ifarajimi Oladele.

 

Sunday explained further that they were charged an embalmment fee of N40,000 as well as N1,000 per day within the first 30 days of the preservation of the corpse.

 

He added, “I made a part payment of N20,000 on August 23 and they gave me a receipt. I called ASP Fatai to know when the autopsy would be carried out. He said it was the mortuary that would handle it. I told him the mortuary said it was the police that would arrange for the doctor.

 

“He asked me to give the phone to the mortuary manager who put it on speaker. After a while, he told the manager not to mind me. The manager advised me to go to LASUTH (Lagos State University Teaching Hospital), Ikeja, and plead with a doctor to do the autopsy. That is the stage we are now. I plan to go to LASUTH on Monday. The manager said the longer the corpse stays in the mortuary, the higher our bill will be. The bill is almost N100,000 now.”

 

Meanwhile, the family has through their lawyer, Olubukunmi Quadri, petitioned the Assistant Inspector-General of Police Zone 2, in charge of Lagos and Ogun State police commands, urging the AIG to bring the SARS operatives who perpetrated the alleged murder to book.

 

An acknowledged copy of the petition dated July 19, 2019, read in part, “The police PRO’s press release which stated that the deceased was hit by the assailants’ bullet was a fabrication that is far from the truth. An eyewitness was able to write out the bullet number, B&S 9 MM Luger, found beside his (Francis’) corpse.

 

“One Inspector Mohammed Akeem aka Skoda from SARS office at Ladipo, Oshodi, fled the scene immediately with his team in a Toyota Corolla with the number plate, YAB 725 AP which had tinted glass. Francis was a hunchback, yet he moved about peacefully on his job to fend for himself.”

 

The Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, and the office of the Attorney-General, the state’s Ministry of Justice were copied in the petition.

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29-Year-Old Mother Of Four Dies After Abortion

Sat, 2019-08-31 09:22


 


A 29-year-old mother of four children, Mrs Chinasa Odah, a native of Inikiri Effum community, in the Ohaukwu Local Government Area of Ebonyi State has died after she allegedly took drugs for abortion.

She was said to have bled to death at Sudan Hospital on Saturday, August 24, 2019.

Punch reports that the woman had been sneaking out to have an affair with her 25-years-old boy-friend, identified as Monday Mgbada, who allegedly impregnated her and administered the abortion pills on her.

A community source told City Round that the woman started bleeding and her husband, Michael Odah, rushed her to Sudan Hospital in the area, where a doctor on duty, confirmed that she had taken a substance capable of damaging her womb.

The case was said to have been reported to the police station in Effuim and the suspect was immediately arrested.

“Chinasa was bleeding from her private parts. When she was questioned, she opened up that one Monday Mgbada impregnated her and administered abortion drugs on her. As soon as she made that statement, she gave up the ghost,” the newspaper quoted a source as saying.

The police spokesperson in Ebonyi State, Loveth Odah, confirmed the death. 

She, however, said the matter was still under investigation.

She said, “The man has been arrested and investigation is ongoing. The suspect will be arraigned after investigation. The woman is 29 years old and has four children before going for extra martial affairs. The man will be charged with murder.”
 

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South Africa: Four Policemen Arrested Over Killing Of Nigerian

Sat, 2019-08-31 09:20



Following the recent killing of Pius Abiaziem, a Nigerian businessman in South Africa, four policemen have been arrested.

A spokesperson for the Nigerians in Diaspora Commission (NIDCOM), Gabriel Odu, disclosed in a statement.

In reaction to the arrest, the Chair of NIDCOM, Abike Dabiri-Erewa, urged the South African police to expedite action on the matter.
Dabiri also called for a speed trial of the four policemen and others arrested for various offences committed against Nigerians in South Africa.

Abiaziem was killed in Eastern Cape last week allegedly by four South African policemen who were interrogating him in his house.
 

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Nigeria Has Returned To Dictatorship -RULAAC

Sat, 2019-08-31 00:26


 

The Rule of Law and Accountability Advocacy Centre has said that Nigeria has returned to dictatorship where the police and other security agencies arrest and detain journalists over unfavourable reports.

Okechukwu Nwanguma, Executive Director of RULAAC, made the statement while commenting on the arrest of Agba Jalingo, Publisher of Cross River Watch by the Police.

Jalingo had published an article claiming that Governor Ben Ayade approved and diverted N500m meant for Cross River Microfinance Bank.

In the article, Jalingo said the microfinance bank had been rendered non-functional as money earmarked to start its operation was not released.

Commenting on the arrest of Jalingo, Nwanguma said, "The police should not allow themselves to be used to harass and intimidate journalists or critics.

"We are back to the era of dictatorship where police will arrest a journalist and detain him indefinitely, acting at the behest of a state governor who finds a report unfavourable."

Nwanguma therefore called for the immediate release of Jalingo, adding that his arrest and continued detention was a threat to press freedom.

 

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Gunmen Kill POS Operator In Ondo

Fri, 2019-08-30 22:58



A young lady, Nofisat Ibrahim, has been killed by some gunmen in Akure, Info State.

Ibrahim was killed on Wednesday at the Oke Ogba area of Akure South Local Government Area of the state around 7:30 pm. 

Sahara Reporters gathered that the victim operated a 'Point Of Sale' outlet at the Oja Oba area of Akure before her death.

Aminat, a relation to Ibrahim, confirmed the incident  to our correspondent on Friday.

She said, "The three guys entered the shop where Nofisat transacts with her POS machine at Oke Ogba.

"They pretended as if they wanted to carry out a transaction and immediately pounced on her and strangulated her.

"In the process she managed to escape but they chased her to the point where she was shot to death."

The victim has since been buried according to Islamic rites while the case had been reported at the Fanibi Police Station in Akure.

Spokesperson for the Ondo State Police Command, Femi Joseph, confirmed the incident when contacted by Sahara Reporters.

He said, "I learnt that the incident happened on Wednesday and we have already started our investigations on it.

"I can assure the public and family members of the victim that we would arrest the perpetrators."
 

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Navy Detains 57 Sailors Over Petroleum Product Smuggling, Refining

Fri, 2019-08-30 22:30


 

No fewer than 57 sailors have been arrested in Rivers State by the Nigerian Navy for allegedly smuggling crude oil and illegally refining diesel.

The sailors, including a Ukrainian, a Mexican and 55 Nigerians, were arrested between August 11 and August 25 onboard four vessels, two wooden boats and a barge, according to the News Agency of Nigeria.

Capt. Adegoke Ebo, Executive Officer, Nigerian Navy Ship Pathfinder, spoke in Onne, Rivers, while handing over the suspects and items to the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission on Friday.

He said, “The suspects were intercepted by the NNS Pathfinder patrol team around Onne Anchorage and Okochiri creek in Okirika Local Government Area of Rivers.

“The four vessels, MV Western Orient, MV Temile, AHT Ajemisan and Jascon 23 as well as two large wooden boats and a barge, Ana Marine, all had 57 crew members onboard.

“They comprised of 55 Nigerians, one Mexican and one Ukraine nationals. 

"The crews did not have clearance to transport petroleum products in the nation’s waters.”

Ebo said the vessels and wooden boats were laden with unspecified quantity of petroleum products suspected to be crude oil and illegally refined diesel.

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