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9-Year-Old Nigerian Boy Builds Over 30 Mobile Games

Thu, 2019-08-29 11:51

At just 9-years-old, Nigerian Basil Okpara is reported to have built more than 30 mobile games.

Like many others his age, Basil loves to play games but his fascination with gaming does not end at playing, his curious mind has led him into coding, leading him to come with dozens of game ideas, ChannelsTV reports.

ChannelsTV reported that Basil "derives great joy and a sense of pride when he plays his own games".

The TV station reported that when the young boy was asked in a recent interview how many games he had developed, the lad "well over 30 games within a short while".

According to the station, Basil created the games using a free coding application called ‘Scratch 2’ which he learnt at a coding boot camp.

The Nigerian prodigy is reported to be working on having his first game on Google Play Store.

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After Downpour, Flood Overruns Ekiti Streets

Thu, 2019-08-29 11:46

A flood caused by a downpour on Wednesday is reported to have destroyed property worth millions of naira in Ado and Ikere Ekiti, Ekiti State.

Major streets were rendered impassable by the flood which hit such areas as Ureje area, along Polytechnic Road, Boom town, Eminrin and Ijelu villages, among others.

A resident of the area, Idowu Adaramoye, said the bridge of the Ado-Ijan-Ikare Road, linking the capital city to a federal polytechnic in the state was overrun by the flood, according to Daily Trust.

The chairman of Boom community, Mr. Oladimeji, said: “About four houses could have been destroyed but for communal efforts made to do a concrete on the same inner Ureje bridge that linked us with Oke Ila region.”

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Nigerian Teachers To Undergo Competency Tests

Thu, 2019-08-29 11:42

Teachers in Yobe State's public schools are to undergo competency tests, the state government has said.

Yobe State Governor, Mai Mala Buni, on Wednesday announced the approval of the full implementation of the report of the technical committee set up to revitalize basic and secondary education in the state.

The governor, according to a statement by his spokesman, Abdullahi Bego, approved a manpower audit to screen all teaching staff across the state, authenticate their certificates and the forms or types of formal training they had gone through.

He also approved the conduct of basic, general and professional competency tests on teachers in the state.

He said the full recommendations of the committee would be implemented over time through various education sector agencies in coordination with the Office of the Secretary to the State Government.

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Nigeria Needs State Police To Fight Crime As US -Wike

Thu, 2019-08-29 11:41

To reduce the rising level of insecurity in Nigeria, there is a need to have state police, Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike, says.

He stated this on Wednesday while receiving the United Nations Special Rapporteur on Human Rights, Callamard Agnes, at the Government House, Port Harcourt.

He said: “We believe that there should be state police for us to effectively fight crime in the country. Our system is fashioned towards the United States which has federal, state and local police. Each of them has its responsibilities.

“In the present situation, if a crime is committed, the commissioner of police will first report to the Inspector General of Police, before taking any action.

“We established the Neighbourhood Safety Corps Agency which would have helped the security agencies with information. But it was politicized by the federal government when they sent the Nigerian Army to ensure that it did not come to fruition. If the State Neighbourhood Safety Corps Agency was allowed, probably we would have solved part of the security problems."

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Nobody Died During Tax Officials, Traders Clash, 2 Injured -Ebonyi Government, Police

Thu, 2019-08-29 10:08

Ebonyi State Governor, David Umahi

Ebonyi State Governor, David Umahi


Two persons were said to have been injured when Ebonyi State task
force officials and traders at Abakapa Main Market in Ebonyi Local
Government Area clashed yesterday.

The Special Assistant to the State Governor on Internal Security and
Utilities Capital City, Saint Nchekwube, said nobody died during the

The officials, numbering 15, had stormed the market to enforce the
government’s directive of revenue collection from targeted traders in
the market.

An eyewitness, Ngozi Agwo, said the clash left no fewer than two
persons “critically injured”.

When contacted, the Police Public Relations Officer, Loveth Odoh,
confirmed the incident.

She said police tactical teams headed by two assistant commissioners
of police were drafted to the market to put the situation under
control, Daily Trust reports.

“The state government did not inform the police before moving to seal
some shops in the market. If they had done that, the command would
have given them the security to carry out their actions,” she said.

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Boko Haram: Nigerian Army Moves To Stifle Terrorists' Economy

Thu, 2019-08-29 10:04


Brig.-Gen. Abdul Ibrahim, the Acting General Officer Commanding (GOC)
7 Division, says the army has initiated new operational measures to
stifle Boko Haram insurgents’ economy.

Ibrahim made the disclosure on Wednesday when he visited frontline
troops at Moloi on Maiduguri-Damboa Road.

He disclosed that the army had initiated new tactics to enhance
patrols, denied remnants of the insurgents’ freedom of movement and
destroyed their sources of money.

Ibrahim said the new campaign strategy would fortify defensive
positions and enhance rapid response in the theater of operation.

“We adopted the Super Camp concept where we have stronghold positions
and reasonable resources to be able to project power.

“There is also Rapid Response (RP) and Strong Rapid Response (SRP),
where we have men on wheels to be able to carry out patrols, raids,
and ambushes.

“We discovered that elements of the terrorists have a kind of mobility
because we have a defence in an area, they come and attack hence the
need for a change in strategy.

“In spite of security improvement and normalcy in the towns; we still
have a remnant of the insurgents, with the new concept we shall be
able to take the fight to them.

“Our ultimate aim is to force them to surrender and strangulate them
because some economy activities are going on,” he said.

Commenting on the visit, Ibrahim said he had visited 211 and 251
Battalions of the 7 Division Garrison and interacted with troops.

The commander called on the people to cooperate with the military by
providing useful information on suspicious movement and activities in
their communities.

Ibrahim had earlier took over command from the outgoing Commander,
Maj.-Gen. Bulama Biu, who was redeployed to the Sector 3, Command of
Operation Lafiya Dole, Monguno.

It will be recalled that the army had on Friday destroyed a large
quantity of fish, hides and four vehicles seized from the insurgents
on Maiduguri-Gamboru Road, the News Agency of Nigeria reports.

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Sowore's Detention, Grave Danger For Nigeria’s Democracy, Says Apoi Monarch

Thu, 2019-08-29 10:03


Oba Sunday Amuseghan, the Kalasewe of Apoiland in Ese Odo Local Government Area of Ondo State, has condemned the continued detention of pro-democracy activist, Omoyele Sowore, by the Department of State Services.

Amuseghan, who said the arrest of Sowore is an abuse of the right to freedom, added that Nigeria is gradually going back to the dark days when dissenting voices were silenced by the authorities for speaking the truth.

The monarch called for the immediate and unconditional release of Sowore by the government because according to him, keeping him further poses a grave danger for Nigeria’s democracy.

Amuseghan spoke to Sahara Reporters on Wednesday through his spokesperson, Eunice Dabo.

The monarch said, “This is democracy, not military regime where people are cowed and jailed over issues relating to their welfare.

“Sowore is an activist, and he was part of the struggle for this democracy. Therefore, he is entitled to express his feelings and that of Nigerians in a democratic setting.

“So, it is the right of the people to gather and demonstrate on the street provided the protest was peaceful and violent-free and it also represented the feelings of entire Nigerians.”

Speaking further, the traditional ruler said that Sowore, being a worthy son of Apoi land, could not have initiated or planned to topple President Muhammadu Buhari's government by calling for mass protest.

Sowore was arrested in the early hours of August 3, 2019 by the DSS for calling on Nigerians to take to the streets on August 5 and express their displeasure of poor governance in the country.

Despite growing calls for his release, the government has continued to hold on to him.

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Katsina State: Over 50 People, Including Pregnant Women, Children Kidnapped

Thu, 2019-08-29 09:43

Inspector-General of Police (IG-P), Mohammed Adamu

Inspector-General of Police (IG-P), Mohammed Adamu


More than 50 people, including pregnant women and children, were
abducted in a raid on a village in President Muhammadu's home state,
Katsina, seven residents told Reuters on Wednesday.

The attack on Wurma village in Katsina, northwest Nigeria, began
around 11:30 pm on Tuesday night.

Police pegged the number of those abducted at 15, but multiple
residents told Reuters that many more were taken.

Alhaji Musa, whose two daughters were among those taken, said more
than 100 bandits were "shooting from all angles."

"They operated for about three hours with nobody to challenge them," he said.

Seven residents and one man who was abducted but released by the
attackers said at least 53 people were taken, including pregnant
women, babies, and children.

Some residents had already received ransom requests from the
abductors, the sources said.

The attackers also took sheep, goats, and food, they added.

In a statement, Katsina police said 15 women were abducted, but that
10 of them were freed unharmed following a gun battle with police.

"Search parties have been dispatched into the surrounding bushes with
a view to rescuing the others," the police said.

Instability has roiled northwest Nigeria, including Katsina, the home
state of President Muhammadu Buhari, all year.

The government attributes the attacks to bandits, a term applied to
outlaws who rob, kidnap and kill residents.

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Kidnapping: 3 Ahmadu Bello University Students Rescued, 3 Being Held By Kidnappers -Police

Thu, 2019-08-29 09:39


The Kaduna State Police Command says it has rescued three students of
Ahmadu Bello University (ABU) Zaria abducted on Monday along
Abuja-Kaduna highway.

Three other persons are still being held by the kidnappers.

The spokesman for the police in Kaduna, Yakubu Sabo, in a statement on
Wednesday said, “The command wishes to state that, on the said date,
August 26, at about 18:50hrs, armed men in military uniform
intercepted some commuters near Masari Village along Kaduna-Abuja
Expressway, opened fire on the vehicles, in the process kidnaped six

“However, due to the prompt response of the police and other security
agents to the scene, three people were later released by the hoodlums
due to intensive combing within the general area.”

The police assured that efforts were being made by the joint teams of
Anti-Kidnapping Unit, PMF, and the IRT to rescue the remaining the
victims and apprehend the perpetrators.

“The command wants the public to note that, while regretting the
unfortunate incident, the story being circulated on the incident is a
gross exaggeration and misrepresentation of fact aimed at causing more
fear in the minds of the public.

“Thus, the command enjoins the general public to jettison such report
as misleading information. Consequently, the press should continue to
uphold the high ethical standard of their profession,” the statement

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INTERVIEW: How FBI Internet Scam Indictments Affect Nigerians—New Jersey Professo

Thu, 2019-08-29 09:38


Adesegun Ojo is a professor of Political Science and International
Studies at Fairleigh Dickinson University in Teaneck, New Jersey, USA.
Against the backdrop of the indictment of 77 Nigerians by the United
States' Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), Ojo speaks with
SAHARAREPORTERS on the impact that may have on Nigeria and its
citizens abroad

SR: What impact could the recent indictment of Nigerians by the US
government have on potential investors?

Ojo: In the actuality, this should have nothing to do with potential
investors in Nigeria. Nigeria is a country of over 200 million people.
Yes, it is disappointing and embarrassing to continue to hear about
these kinds of stories and the notoriety of some Nigerians in these
types of criminal activities. Yes, we may all feel a pang of anxiety
or a feeling that we may all be tainted by the actions of just a few
hundred. Yes, when you travel overseas, immigration and law
enforcement agents are on the ready when they hear that you are from
Nigeria. But overall, if you have no criminal background and not
engaged in any illicit activities you don’t really have to worry.

When it comes to potential investors, my fear is that the conditions
in Nigeria lend themselves to corrupt practices on the part of all
participants sometimes. Even when foreign investors come with clean
hands and see the potential in the Nigerian economy or its people,
they know that the level of corruption is high to the extent that they
are conditioned to also game the system for their benefits because of
the lack of ethics and endemic corruptive nature of our system. Every
level is tainted by corruption and these investors are well aware of
this before they step onto our shores. They know what they have to do
to achieve success. They know government officials who are in charge
of public trust are themselves corrupt and the population that are to
be served are neither as clean as you might expect. These criminal
activities have been going on for years but are becoming more
pronounced because of social media. We now hear more about these on
Facebook, Twitter and all.

And I might add that while Nigerians are in the news because of the
arrests, we also have citizens of other countries carrying out illicit
activities. This is not an excuse but this is a strong signal to the
Nigerian leadership to address the foundation of such problems in
Nigeria. Our priorities must change. We cannot continue to see public
service as a means of acquiring wealth and not expect some others not
to aspire to do the same. We cannot continue to glorify ill-gotten
wealth, and expect some of our citizens not to dream of and hopes to
one day be celebrated with same.

SR: How does it affect the perception of Nigerians who are going
abroad for career/academic advancement?

Ojo: Of course, right from the port of departure here in Nigeria to
the point of entry abroad, there is the trepidation that you might
meet an overzealous border agent who might be biased based on the
notoriety of the Nigerian fraudster. As I said earlier, if you are
honest and you do not engage in illegal activities, though it might be
disconcerting but you have nothing to fear at all. The past few
decades have seen an increase in the number of Nigerians abroad in
their respective careers. There are successful Nigerians all over the
world and their host countries recognize this and Nigerians in the
diaspora will continue to excel in their chosen fields of endeavours.

SR: Does this have any influence on xenophobic attacks on Nigeria.
That is, will foreigners be more likely to attack Nigerians abroad
because they feel they are fraudulent?

Ojo: In actual fact, in many of the cases of xenophobia, particularly
in many other African countries such as South Africa, it is not only
because of the fraudulent activities but because also, of the fear
that Nigerians are doing well and therefore taking jobs away from host
citizens. This is a misdirected anger because their situation is a
product of the lack of employment as well as a result of the
ineptitude of their leaders. Nigerians also face the same problem here
at home. Dreams have been killed because of lack of opportunities,
which pushes some out of the door to seek greener pastures abroad.
Nigerians are as much a victim of incompetent leadership demonstrated
by a lack of vision to address the problem of basic amenities,
employment, and socio-political and economic development. It just
happened that it is a case of double jeopardy for Nigerians. They ran
away from a Nigeria with lack of opportunities and also become victims
and blame for the ineptitude of many other developing nations.

SR: Is it possible that the indicted Nigerians have foreign accomplices?

Ojo: Depending on the nature of the criminal activities, it will not
be surprising that there are local accomplices aiding and abetting
some of these people. Criminal intent is not solely a Nigerian disease
but a human problem all over the world. What makes it easier today is
the advent of the new media, where you can be in a remote village in
Nigeria and with a simple access to Facebook or dating sites, you are
able to reach out to millions of people in different countries around
the world.

SR: How does this affect the perception of Nigeria in the comity of nations?

Ojo: There are so many problems plaguing Nigeria and this is just one
of many. Our incompetent leaders and their activities and stealing
from the Nigeria coffers, affect the perception of Nigeria in the
comity of nations. The unachieved potential of once a giant of Africa
affects us and how others see us. The activities of fraudsters are
just one of many issues plaguing Nigeria today. We need a total
overhaul of the Nigeria socio-political and economic infrastructures
to enable Nigeria-oriented policy initiatives. Many see Nigeria merely
from the perspectives of their ethnic origin thereby creating tension
within the Nigerian political leadership. And until this process is
reversed and the government actually governs, people or other nations'
perception of Nigeria will never change.

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Suspect In Death Of 20-year-old Ondo Model Released From Prison Custody

Thu, 2019-08-29 09:19

Ebenezer Adejumola

Oluwaseun Ajila

Ebenezer Adejumola SaharaReporters Media


Ebenezer Adejumola, the prime suspect in the murder of Oluwaseun Ajila, a 20-year-old model, who was raped to death in Akure, Ondo State, has been released from prison custody, Sahara Reporters can confirm.

Adejumola was acquitted and freed from Olokuta Medium Prison in Akure where he was remanded last year for allegedly killing the young lady.

A court document sighted by our correspondent on Wednesday revealed that Adejumola was interrogated and investigated by the police over the murder before he was sent to prison custody.

Ajila was allegedly raped to death on October 4, 2018 inside her mother’s apartment at Mary Labake Street off Ijoka Road in the Abusoro area of Akure, the state capital.

A graduate of Biological Science at Adeyemi College of Education, Ondo, Ajila was the only child of her 60-year-old mother, Mrs Yemisi Ajayi, before her death.

Following her alleged rape and murder, Adejumola was arraigned at the Chief Magistrate Court sitting in Akure on October 22, 2018 on a two-count charge.  Oluwaseun Ajila SaharaReporters Media

In her ruling, Magistrate B. Yakubu had ordered the suspect to be remanded at Olokuta Medium Prison in Akure and adjourned the case to January 22, 2019 pending advice from Department of Public Prosecution.

That was the last heard about the case until Sahara Reporters discovered on Wednesday that the suspect had been released from prison.

The document sighted in by Sahara Reporters showed that Adejumola was freed in March 2019 based on the recommendations of the DPP.

The document revealed that Ajila’s murder was firstly reported at the ‘B Division’ of the Ondo State Police Command but later transferred to the State Criminal investigation Department for proper investigation.

A source at Ondo State High Court however, said that the freedom of Adejumola remained questionable as his file at the Ondo State Ministry of Justice read “No Case To Answer”.

When contacted on the case, spokesperson for the police in Ondo, Femi Joseph, said he was not aware that the suspect had been released from prison custody.

He said, “I am not aware that the suspect had been released from prison custody.

“I remembered that we charged him to court and he was later remanded judging by the evidences we presented.

“Well, if such a person has been released, it doesn’t foreclose our investigations. We will still continue to investigate the case and it would require us digging deep by looking for other ways in arresting those who might have been behind this dastardly act.

“Criminal cases can last till anytime but when it happen like this, it help us in unravelling the mystery that might have been behind such.”

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Election Tribunal: Senator Abbo Knows Fate Today

Thu, 2019-08-29 09:16

Senator Elisha Abbo will know his fate on Thursday, according the Adamawa State National Assembly Election Petition Tribunal.

Abbo, who gained prominence for assaulting a woman in a sex toy shop in Abuja, was dragged to the tribunal by a female politician, Senator Binta Garba.

Abbo of the Peoples Democratic Party, defeated Binta of the All Progressives Congress during the election earlier in the year.

Meanwhile, the tribunal delivered three  judgements on Wednesday, two of which were in favour of the PDP. 

While a former chairman of House or Representative Committee on Information, Abdulrazak Namdas (APC), had his mandate affirmed, Senator Binos Yaroe (PDP), had his victory sealed as a petition filed by his opponent was dismissed.

The tribunal also dismissed two petitions challenging the victory of Abdulrazak Namdas (APC) and Kwamoti La'ori (PDP).


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Policemen Accused of Brutalising FUTA Student To Face Disciplinary Action Thursday

Thu, 2019-08-29 00:39

The police officers accused of maltreating a female student of the Federal University of Technology Akure in Ondo State would now face a disciplinary panel on Thursday, Sahara Reporters has learnt.  

It was gathered that two out of the policemen have been found culpable and have questions to answer from their superiors.

The erring policemen, who are from the A Division of the State Police Command, had last week Saturday brutalised Sheba  Ogbu.  

The undergraduate was returning from a place she had gone to when she was accosted by the policemen.

Speaking to Sahara Reporters, a source at the police headquarters said the policemen would be invited for questioning and grilled over their involvement in the case.  

"The officers would go through an orderly room trial tomorrow (Thursday) at the Ondo Police Command headquarters in Akure.  

"They shall be facing the panel and will explain what actually transpired during the incident.  

"The Police Commissioner has ordered that all the parties involved in the matter should be made to appear too.  

"The CP has already vowed not to sweep this case under the carpet."

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ICPC To Prosecute Disability Advocate Over N1.7bn Fraud

Thu, 2019-08-29 00:38

The Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission has asked a Senior Magistrate Court in Abuja to grant an order for the remand of the National Coordinator, Federal Civil Service Staff with Disabilities Multipurpose Cooperative Society, Iliasu Abdul-Rauf, in prison custody over his alleged involvement in N1.7BN fraud.

In a statement signed by the spokesperson of ICPC, Rasheedat Okoduwa, on Wednesday, the anti-graft agency also accused Abdul-Rauf of abducting 14 females between the ages of 11 and 33 years at his residence during a search by operatives of the commission.

Abdul-Rauf is currently on the wanted list published on the website of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission demanding for information concerning HIS whereabouts.

He was accused of allegedly collecting N1.7BN under the guise of awarding contracts for the establishment of rehabilitation centres in the states of the Federation.

According to the statement, the ICPC said Abdul-Rauf is currently under arrest by the commission for alleged involvement in multiple corrupt acts, including bribery, breach of trust, criminal misappropriation and other frauds running into hundreds of millions of naira.

The agency said he allegedly used his position to scam contractors into donating cash and items such as wheelchairs, crutches for persons living with disabilities.

The statement added, “The ICPC hereby uses this opportunity to urge contractors and businessmen to always verify the genuineness and authenticity of contracts offered or proposed to them with relevant government agencies in order not to fall victim of fraudsters like Abdul-Rauf.”

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Flood Destroys 300 Houses In Buhari's Hometown

Thu, 2019-08-29 00:31

At least 300 houses were destroyed by flood in Daura, hometown of President Muhammadu Buhari in Katsina State. 

The News Agency of Nigeria said some of the houses were brought down while water submerged several others.

Affected Residents had since fled the town while some were seen trying to rescue some of their items.

The flood was said to have been occasioned by several days of rainfall with the mass of still water bringing down some houses on Wednesday.

A source blamed the incessant flood on the lack of drainage system in Daura and urged the local, state and federal governments to “do something urgently to check the trend”.

Acting Chairman of Daura Local Government Area, Abba Mato, who spoke on the disaster, described this year’s flood as “one of the worst ever witnessed in the area”.

He listed areas worst hit to include Kusugu, Sabongari, Sarkin Yara and Mazoji.

Mato said the floods affected houses, shops and farmlands, adding that most of the affected buildings were erected on flood-prone areas.

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Court Restrains APC From Adopting Direct Primary In Bayelsa

Thu, 2019-08-29 00:30

A Bayelsa State High Court sitting in Yenagoa, the capital, has granted an interim order restraining the All Progressives Congress from adopting direct primary for the rescheduled August 31 governorship primary.

Justice E. G. Omukoro granted the order upon hearing a motion ex-parte, according to a report by PUNCH.

The applicants are Japan Christopher, Evinson Oyindeyinfa, Oddu Ovinmiebi and Obiriki Isaiah.

They had sued for themselves and also on behalf of concerned members of APC in Bayelsa.

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El-Zakzaky Wants To Turn Nigeria Into Islamic State, Nigerian Government Alleges

Thu, 2019-08-29 00:26

The Nigerian Government has accused leader of the Islamic Movement in Nigeria, Ibraheem El-Zakzaky, of planning to turn Nigeria into an Islamic country.

The government made the claim in a counter-affidavit deposed by Deputy Commissioner of Police, Enyinnaya Adiogu, in Abuja.

The court document also stated that the IMN members do not recognise the authority of President Muhammadu Buhari.

The affidavit reads, “That from history and facts available, the Islamic Movement IN Nigeria founded by El-Zakzaky has its sole aim of creating an Islamic state.

“That Sheik El-Zakzaky was heavily influenced by the Iranian revolution, which saw Ayatollah Khomeini take power in 1979 after the overthrow of the Shah in a popular uprising. 

“Khomeini remains the Islamic Movement in Nigeria’s main inspiration.

“That members of IMN first pledge allegiance to Khomeini at their gatherings, and then to their local leader, Sheikh Zakzaky.

“The IMN views itself as a government, and Sheikh Zakzaky as the only legitimate source of authority in Nigeria and it does not recognise the authority of the Nigerian Government, and views its leaders both Muslims and Christians as corrupt and ungodly.

“That till date, Sheikh El-Zakzaky enjoys the support of Iran in all the activities of the Islamic Movement in Nigeria, including the agenda to make Nigeria an Islamic state.”

IMN is challenging its proscription by a court in July – a development that led to massive protests and clash between members and security agencies.

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We'll Address Killings Of Nigerians, South African President Assures Buhari

Thu, 2019-08-29 00:25

South Africa's President Cyril Ramaphosa speaks to Nigeria's President Muhammadu Buhari (R) at the State House in Abuja, Nigeria

South Africa's President Cyril Ramaphosa speaks to Nigeria's President Muhammadu Buhari (R) at the State House in Abuja, Nigeria VOA


The President of South Africa, Cyril Ramaphosa, has said his government will address the killings of Nigerians in his country.

He made the promise to President Muhammadu Buhari on Wednesday at the ongoing Tokyo International Conference for Africa Development in Yokohama, Japan.

He said he was very upset about the killings of Nigerians in South Africa, adding that the country's criminal justice system was looking to proffer lasting solutions.

He said, “On the issue of Nigerians who are dying in South Africa, we feel very upset about that.

“Obviously, our criminal justice system is working on it. We don’t support killings.

“Nobody should ever be killed but it’s also good to use this opportunity in Japan to renew the bond between us.

“We know we have to play key roles in the overall development of the continent.”


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EFCC Arrests Lawyers Over N20m Fraud

Wed, 2019-08-28 23:38


The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission in Ilorin, Kwara State, has arrested three lawyers allegedly involved in defrauding a pastor of his property worth N20m.

The pastor, Adetunji Adedoyin, was duped when the suspects – Salman Rafiu, Sulyman Abaya and Saka Hammed – obtained a court order fraudulently and sold his property without his permission.

According to The Nation, Adedoyin claimed that the lawyers never gave him the chance to defend himself in the legal proceedings they instituted against him.

He said, “I was informed that I was served summons all through the court proceedings whereas it was Salman who picked and arranged his colleagues, Abaya Sulyman and Saka Hammed, to stand for me and these lawyers forged my signature on some documents purporting to consent in court to the sale of my hostel.

“The truth of the matter is, I never set my eyes on these people prior to or during the court proceedings, neither did I participate directly or indirectly in the proceedings. I also was not aware of the proceedings from the beginning to the end.

“Earlier in 2016, after seeking advice on what to do, I engaged a lawyer, Victor Okojie, in Ilorin to pursue justice for me because all attempts I made failed.

“Okojie later linked me up with the buyer Na’ Allah and the buyer’s lawyer, Ayodele Olarewaju, felt my pain and explained that he had spent about N12.5m for the acquisition of my property.

“He said he was willing to release it only if I can pay back the money.

“The hostel was taken over again in March 2019 by the alleged buyer through his lawyer on the grounds that I have not paid the outstanding balance.”

However, a source in the EFCC said other people involved in the fraudulent act will be arrested.


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Nigerian Held In India For Overstaying With Fake Passport

Wed, 2019-08-28 23:33


A Nigerian, Ndukwe Ibe, has been arrested by the Mumbai Police Crime Branch in India for entering the country allegedly with a fake passport and overstaying.

Ibe, 35, was initially deported from India in 2015 for overstaying, forcing the immigration in that country to place him on a watch list.

However, on August 2, he arrived at the Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj International Airport to take a flight to Turkey.

His passport identified him as Kouame Aristide, an Ivory Coast citizen, but upon careful examination, immigration officials found the passport to be fake and that his real name was Ibe.

Police said he had visited India thrice using the fake passport he procured from Ivory Coast.

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