Murder in Artican Beach Resort: How top Igbo billionaire was murdered and chopped into pieces inside hotel

The dismembered body of a top Igbo mogul, Ignatius Adunukwe (identified as Odunukwe on the social media), has been recovered from a bush in the Ajah area of Lagos State. PUNCH Metro gathered that Adunukwe (name provided by the police) was about to sell a landed property to some supposed buyers when he was allegedly kidnapped by the potential buyers. It was learnt that the supposed buyers and Adunukwe had agreed on a date and location to meet to perfect the transaction, but the suspects took advantage of the situation to…

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Why we set up Normalisation Committee for Delta FA -NFF

Chairman of Chairmen of Nigerian Football, Alhaji Ibrahim Musa Gusau has stated that the NFF resorted to appointing a Normalisation Committee to run the affairs of the Delta State Football Association following the long-drawn intractable crisis that bedevilled that affiliate. “Early last year, the board of the Delta State Football Association wrote a petition against the acting Chairman, bordering on various allegations, and eventually held a congress where the members suspended the acting Chairman.  The NFF took note of the decision because the process adopted complied with the laid down regulations for…

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Access Bank, Wigwe honoured at THISDAY Silver Jubilee celebration

Access Bank and its Group Managing Director, Herbert Wigwe, were honoured as the ‘Bank of the Decade’ and ‘Banker of the Decade’ respectively by THISDAY Newspaper at its 25th anniversary celebration held at the Eko Convention Centre, Lagos. The silver jubilee celebration, was witnessed by dignitaries including former Commonwealth Secretary-General, Emeka Anyaoku; Afenifere chieftain, Ayo Adebanjo; founder of Dangote Group, Aliko Dangote; Managing Director of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), Mele Kyari; and former Governor of Anambra State, Peter Obi. Receiving the awards, Wigwe attributed his success to the…

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Ecobank to boost agribusiness

Ecobank Nigeria has announced an Agriculture Businesses Finance Scheme where it plans to disburse additional loan of N70 billion for practitioners in different value chains of agriculture within the next two years. This announcement is coming just as the bank is set to organise Nigeria’s Biggest Agribusiness And Food Summit in February 2020. The Agribusiness summit is part of its determination to further showcase the potentials in the agricultural sector of the nation’s economy in partnership with Vanguard newspapers, The Economic Forum Series and Nigeria Agribusiness Group (NABG). The summit…

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Pictures: 3 dead, houses, trucks burnt in Lagos NNPC pipeline fire

Three persons, including a minor, were confirmed dead in a pipeline explosion at Ile Epo, Abule Egba Area of Lagos State on Sunday. Many houses were also burnt when the pipeline belonging to the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation exploded. The pipeline fire was however put out by a combined team of firefighters and emergency responders. The Lagos State Government announced this in a tweet on Monday. Recall that there was panic in the Ekoro area of Abule Egba of Lagos State around 8 pm on Sunday when a pipeline belonging…

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Ganduje, Tambuwal win at Supreme Court

The Supreme Court has affirmed the election of Abdullahi Ganduje as the Governor of Kano State. Candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Abba Kabir Yusuf, filed an appeal at the apex court to dispute the March 24 supplementary election held in some electoral wards in Kano State. In a unanimous judgment delivered by Justice Sylvester Ngwuta, the apex court dismissed the appeal filed by Abba Yusuf challenging the election of Governor Ganduje for lacking in merit. The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) had declared the March 9 election in…

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FirstBank boosts education with N10bn loan

Nigeria’s premier and leading financial services provider, First Bank of Nigeria Limited, has announced that within the last year, it has supported educational institutions in the country with loans in the sum of over 10 billion naira. The Bank’s support is carried out through its FirstEdu product, an educational solution created to enhance the educational facilities in schools with a view to improving the quality of education across the country. FirstEdu loan is targeted at private Nursery, Primary and Secondary schools to assist the schools in achieving their desired growth…

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Stepping Out On A wrong Foot: Uzodinma vows to probe past 10 years of Imo State

Newly sworn-in governor of Imo State, Hope Uzodinma, shortly after he took oath of office initiated the process of the probe of contracts awarded from 2010 till date in the state. He also sought the comprehensive financial status of the state within the same period. Former governors Ikedi Ohakim, Rochas Okorocha and Emeka Ihedioha were in charge of the state during the period. The governor gave the order in his inaugural speech, after he was sworn in. He said his administration was anchored on rehabilitation, reconstruction and recovery. According to…

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My 39 prophesies that will still come to pass -Fr. Mbaka

Rave of the moment in the prophecy world and man on adoration ground who is also the Spiritual Director of the Adoration Ministry, Enugu, Rev. Fr. Camillus Ejike Mbaka, says there are 39 other prophecies that he made on his Adoration Ground that will still come to pass in 2020. Mbaka’s chest beat came in his reaction to the removal of the Imo State Governor, Emeka Ihedioha, by the Supreme Court and the inauguration of Senator Hope Uzodinma as governor. According to a statement by his spokesman, Maximus Ugwuoke, the…

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My Stolen mandate recovered, Uzodinma speaks on Supreme Court victory

The governor-elect of Imo State, Senator Hope Uzodinma, has said that his stolen mandate has been recovered by the Supreme Court. Uzodinma, who spoke to our correspondent through his spokesperson, Declan Emelumba, shortly after the apex court declared him the duly elected governor of the state said that the court had demonstrated bravery. The governor-elect accused the Peoples Democratic Party of not having good plans for the state. He said, “The Supreme Court has declared Senator Hope Uzodinma as the duly elected governor of Imo State. The beautiful thing is…

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FG declares Operation Amotekun illegal

The Federal Government has described as illegal the newly launched South-West security outfit codenamed, Amotekun. The Attorney-General of the Federation, Abubakar Malami (SAN), who is the chief law officer, said security remains the exclusive preserve of the Federal Government. In a statement signed by the Special Adviser to the AGF on Media and Public Relations, Dr. Umar Gwandu, he said the outfit was illegal. The statement read in part, “The setting up of the paramilitary organisation called Amotekun is illegal and runs contrary to the provisions of the Nigerian law.…

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Access Bank opens in Cameroon

One of Nigeria’s leading banking group Access Bank has made a foray into Cameroon by opening a subsidiary in the francophone country with an initial capital of about XAF14.5 billion, the new subsidiary’s headquarters will be in Douala, Cameroon’s economic capital.   The administrative board of this subsidiary is constituted of seven members with only one Cameroonian, the legal notice published for the creation indicates. The members are Patience Melone, Iyabode Soji-Okusanya, Fatai Oladipo, Abraham Aziegbe, Ibukunoluwa Odegbaike, and Elliz Nzo Azu. Created for a duration of 99 years, the…

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Sen. Uzodinma wins Imo Gov. at Supreme Court, ordered to be sworn-in

The Supreme Court has declared Senator Hope Uzodinma of the All Progressive Congress (APC)winner of the March 19 governorship election in Imo state, the apex court nullified the election of Emeka Ihedioha of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP). The court declared that the votes due to Senator Uzodinma were unlawfully excluded from the 318 polling units and that they be added to his votes. The apex court arrived at the ruling in a unanimous decision by the seven-man panel delivered by Justice Kudirat Kekere-Ekun ordered that the certificate of return…

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Police threaten to arrest Amotekun Operatives

The police on Sunday strongly warned the  South-West Stakeholders Security Group working with the Western Nigeria Security Outfit codenamed Operation Amotekun (leopard), against any breach of security. The police commands in Ekiti, Ogun and Ondo states during separate interviews with our correspondents, said they would not tolerate illegal possession of firearms by the members of the group. They said anybody in possession of illegal weapons would be arrested. Also, a top police officer, who confided in The PUNCH, said the operatives could only use Dane guns, which do not use…

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Ango Abdullai, Northern Elders, SOKAPU back Operation Amotekun

The Convener of Northern Elders’ Forum and former Vice-Chancellor of Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, Prof Ango Abdullahi, has commended governors of the South-West for establishing  Operation Amotekun. Abdullai’s position is contrary to an assertion by some northern youths that Amotekun is a military wing of the OPC. The Northern Youths Council of Nigerian led by Alhaji Isah Abubakar, had on Thursday,  urged the President, Muhammadu Buhari, not to allow what he described as “unconstitutionality” to prevail. But Abdullahi on Sunday said, “I should support anything which enhances the security of…

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We are not pulling out of Amotekun, says Ogun Gov. Abiodun

The Ogun State Governor, Dapo Abiodun, on Sunday, said his absence from the launch of the South West Regional Security outfit; Amotekun was not an attempt by the state to pull out . He said this on the sidelines of the annual thanksgiving by a former governor of the state, Gbenga Daniel, in Sagamu. When asked if his absence from the launch was not an indication that the state had withdrawn from the outfit,   Abiodun said, “That is very false, not only false but incorrect. The Amotekun was conceived to…

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Works ministry seek cooperation as Julius Berger begins traffic diversion on ‘Kara’ bridge

Traffic diversion for construction works to continue on the 600- metre ‘Kara’ Bridge section on the Lagos outbound corridor of the Lagos-Ibadan Expressway will begin on Tuesday, the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports. Mr Kayode Ibrahim, Federal Ministry of Works and Housing engineer supervising the project, told NAN on telephone in Lagos on Sunday that the decision was reached after a meeting of the relevant stakeholders. “We might need to effect the diversion on Tuesday morning so as to avoid the Monday morning rush. There is usually heavy traffic…

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Access Bank denies Wigwe’s EFCC arrest tales

Access Bank Plc has denied reports that its group managing director, Mr. Herbert Wigwe has been arrested by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) over allegations of fraud. Some online news sites had reported that the Access Bank boss was arrested for his connection with the assets of former Abia State governor, Orji Uzor Kalu, alleged money laundering for former petroleum minister, Deziani Allison-Madueke, as well as alleged inflation of contracts linked to former Lagos State governor, Akinwunmi Ambode. In a notice to the Nigerian Stock Exchange (NSE) on…

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Why JAMB suspended NIN for UTME registration -Oloyede

The Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board has explained that technical reasons and stakeholders’ concerns compelled the suspension of the use of the National Identification Number as a requirement for the 2020 Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination and Direct Entry registrations. The UTME and DE registrations were scheduled to begin on Monday, January 13 and end on February 17, 2019. Announcing this at a press conference in Abuja on Saturday, JAMB Registrar, Prof. Ishaq Oloyede, noted that technical issues with regards to the system of registration at the National Identification Management Commission…

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Iran admits killing 176 plane crash victims in error

Iran has admitted it fired a missile that brought down a passenger plane shortly after it took off from its main airport on Wednesday morning, effectively backtracking on fervent denials. “A sad day. Preliminary conclusions of internal investigation by Armed Forces: Human error at time of crisis caused by US adventurism led to disaster,” Iranian foreign minister Javad Zarif said in a statement Saturday morning. “Our profound regrets, apologies and condolences to our people, to the families of all victims, and to other affected nations.” A Boeing 737-800 passenger plane operated…

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NUC deletes Mass Comm from Nigerian universities

The National Universities Commission has phased out Mass Communication studies in Nigerian universities. The commission said it has unbundled Mass Communication into seven separate degree programmes to meet current demands. NUC Executive Secretary, Prof. Abubakar Rasheed, said this will take effect from the 2020 university admissions. Speaking with journalists in Abuja on Thursday,  the NUC boss disclosed that Mass Communication has been unbundled into Media Studies, Public Relations Studies, Cinematography and others. He stated, “The  seven new programmes/departments to be domiciled in a Faculty/ School/College of Communication and Media Studies…

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KPMG SME REPORT: FirstBank named biggest mover in 2019

Written by Collins Nweze Capital is crucial in driving sustainable Small and Medium Enterprises’(SMEs’) growth and uplifting the economy. First Bank of Nigeria Limited, as part of the launch of its specialised SMEs’ propositions, has continually supported SMEs through diverse initiatives. The bank says its support for SMEs is in line with the Central Bank of Nigeria’s directive on improved funding for SMEs to ensure economic growth and development. The economies of great nations thrive on the strength and performance of Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) seen as engine of…

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INTERPOL arrest Edo Commissioner on Gov. Obaseki’s entourage for alleged £2m money laundering

Interpol arrested and detained the Edo State Commissioner for Arts, Culture and Tourism, Mr Osaze Osemwingie-Ero, for alleged money laundering while on the entourage of Gov. Godwin Obaseki during a trip to France. Although the Edo State Government denied having anything to do with the arrest, but it was rumoured that $2m that he allegedly kept for Gov. Obaseki was reportedly found on him while on the said trip with the governor. Another source said the commissioner was being questioned for an offence he committed seven years ago. But the…

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El-Zakzaky’s feeding costs FG N164.5m

The Department of State Services spent at least N164.5m feeding the leader of the Islamic Movement of Nigeria, Sheikh Ibrahim El-Zakzaky, The PUNCH reports. El-Zakzaky was arrested by the DSS on December 12, 2015 and remained in custody until December 2019 when Justice Gideon Kurada of a Kaduna State High Court ordered the agency to transfer the IMN leader and his wife, Zeenat, to the Nigerian Correctional Centre, Kaduna. The Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed, had revealed in November 2018 that the Federal Government spent a total of N3.5m to…

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Family releases Akinyele’s burial programme

The remains of former Minister of Information and Culture, Sir Alexander Opeyemi Akinyele will be buried on January 31.According to a burial programme released by the family, a service of songs will hold at the Ekimogun court residence of the Akinyeles in Ondo town on January 30 while a burial service will take place at the All Saints Anglican church, Ogbonkowo, Ondo on January 31.Sir Akinyele passed on on November 14 2019. He was aged 81 years.

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UBA Raises Staff Salary By 170%, Engages 4000 More

Its good news for about 5,000 workers of the United Bank for Africa (UBA) Plc, in the new year as the bank, announced their promotion to new grades as well as salary upgrades with immediate effect this January. Those who are beneficiaries of this exercise will receive up to 170% increase in their salaries and benefits, whilst a good number of them were moved to higher grade levels. In a carefully planned restructuring embarked upon by the bank in the last quarter of 2019, UBA has transformed its grading system…

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DSS nabs alleged Mastermind of Buhari’s fake wedding video

The State Security Services (SSS), on Friday, arrested the alleged mastermind of a video of the phantom marriage between President Muhammadu Buhari and the Minister of Finance, Budget and National Planning, Zainab Ahmed. The fake video also had a version that depicted the president’s marriage to the Minister of Humanitarian Affairs and Social Development, Sadiya Umar-Farouq. The suspect who was paraded at the SSS headquarters in Abuja on Friday is Kabiru Mohammed, a 32-year-old indigene of Kano. He is also a holder of a diploma certificate in Hausa and Fulfulde…

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Nigerian troops repel Boko Haram invasion in Adamawa

Scores of insurgents were reportedly killed as troops of the Nigerian military repelled a night attack launched by suspected Boko Haram fighters in Michika Local Government Area of Adamawa State on yesterday. This latest attack is coming barely three days after a visit by the Chief of Army Staff, Tukur Buratai, to troops in the front line of the battle, tagged Operation Lafiya Dole, deployed at Madagali in Adamawa. Earlier reports indicated that the insurgents stormed Kopa and Wurogayadi in the outskirts of Shuwa around 8.00 p.m., resulting in a stampede,…

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‘We are not bothered about Fayose’s video’ -EFCC

The Acting Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Ibrahim Magu, has reacted to a video of Ayodele Fayose, dancing on a cruise ship while on a “medical trip” abroad. The special assistant on media and publicity to Mr Magu, Tony Amokeodo, on Thursday in a telephone interview with PREMIUM TIMES, said the commission is only prosecuting the former governor, not persecuting him. He added that since Fayose’s trial is still on, the EFCC can only wait till he returns on the next adjourned date for the continuation…

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KWSG Begins demolition of Saraki’s house

The Kwara State Government on Thursday commenced the demolition of the late Olusola Saraki’s home in Ilorin. According to eyewitness accounts, the building, popularly called Ile Arugbo, was demolished at about 4:00 a.m. This came after the security operatives dispersed protesters who kept vigil to prevent the demolition. It was gathered that the government on Wednesday around 2 a.m. tried to demolish the structure but was stopped by protesters. Governor AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq, the state governor, last month, announced the decision to revoke the late Olusola Saraki’s property owing to alleged…

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New Year: Gbajabiamila preaches unity

The Speaker of the House of Representatives Rep. Femi Gbajabiamila has felicitated with Nigerians for witnessing the end of the year 2019 and marking the beginning of the New Year, 2020.The Speaker, who noted that 2019 was remarkable in Nigeria’s history having witnessed the general elections peacefully, said he believes 2020 would be better for the citizens.The Speaker in his New Year message through his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Lanre Lasisi, said God has been faithful to Nigerians in the outgoing year and called for more unity of…

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Union Bank opens New Branches

Union Bank, one of Nigeria’s foremost financial institutions, recently launched full-service ultra-modern branches in Ekwulobia and Amawbia, Anambra State. The branches were opened as part of the Bank’s continued efforts to provide its customers with simpler and smarter banking services. The locations of the new branches take into consideration banking convenience for residents and businesses in these communities. Speaking at the launch, Emeka Emuwa, Chief Executive Officer of Union Bank said the branches would give the Bank’s customers increased access to a reliable and efficient banking experience and actively promote…

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FirstBank gives update on Mpape failed bank robbery

FirstBank Nigeria Ltd., has given an update on last week’s attempted robbery of one its branch in Mpape, a suburb of Abuja, Federal Capital Territory. The statement signed by the bank’s Group Head, Marketing and Corporate Communications, Folake Ani-Mumuney, reads: We are aware that a customer service executive assigned to us by one of our vendors is helping the police with their investigations into the attempted robbery that happened last week in one of our branches in Abuja. We remain grateful that none of our staff or customers lost their lives…

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Breaking: Nigeria will convulse in 2020 -Adeboye’s New Year prediction

General Overseer of the Redeemed Christian Church of God, RCCG, Pastor Enoch Adejare Adeboye has predicted that Nigeria will convulse in the new year, 2020. In a new year live sermon beamed to all members of the Church from the RCCG 3km square arena in Shimawa and broadcast on the mission’s Dove TV on the cross-over night of 31st of December 2019, Pastor Adeboye said “Nigeria will behave like a child having convulsion in 2020,” adding that if the children of God pray, it shall be well. On other happenings that…

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I was broke, I needed money badly says Prophet who collected N210K to kill LASU 400 level student for money ritual

A Prophet of the Cherubim and Seraphim Church, Solution Chapel, Ikoyi-Ile, Osun State, Segun Philips, said he was paid N210,000 to use the final year student of the Lagos State University, Favour Daley-Oladele for money rituals. The pastor confessed that he was the one, who slaughtered and removed the breasts, heart and other vital organs from Favour’s body after Owolabi has hit the victim with a pestle at the back of his head.. Philips disclosed this in an interview with newsmen at the police headquarters, Eleweran, Abeokuta, on Monday. He…

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Pictures: Fire Guts Kara Berger Rams Market

A segment of popular Kara Rams Market located near Berger bus-Stop has gone up in flames although sources on ground at the market told www.infinitylive.com that the fire has been put off. According to a release by Ogun State government-owned traffic agency, TRACE, motorists and other road users plying the route presently are advised to be calm as TRACE, FRSC, FIRE SERVICE, NSCDC and the POLICE are already on ground to rescue the situation. Furthermore, the motoring public is enjoined to follow any re-direction of traffic in the axis to…

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Fire from homefront as Edo APC maintains Oshiomhole’s expulsion

The Chairman of the All Progressives Congress in Edo State  Anselm Ojezua has insisted Governor Godwin Obaseki, not the APC National Chairman, Adams Oshiomhole,  is the leader of the party in the state. Ojezua, who spoke with reporters after a meeting with party leaders in Edo North at Jattu-Uzaire, Etsako West Local Government Area of the state on Saturday, said Oshiomhole remained suspended from the party. Obaseki and his immediate predecessor, Oshiomhole, are locked in a fierce battle over the control of the party in the state. The APC in…

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Lady kills ex-lover days to his wedding

A teacher at a private primary school in Lagos, Jacinta Igboke, is being held in police custody for the murder of her estranged lover, Arinze Ani. Igboke reportedly stabbed Ani to death on Tuesday during an altercation at his shop on Old Ojo Road, Satellite Town area of the state. City Round learnt that Ani, who traded in soap chemicals, was planning to get married to a woman on January 4, 2020 after his relationship with Igboke collapsed. The relationship produced a boy, who is now 18 months old. It was…

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Bank Manager loses N70m to 419

The Police in Adamawa State has confirmed the arrest of two suspects for allegedly duping a bank manager of 200,000 US Dollars (about N70m). Confirming the arrest to the News Agency of Nigeria in Yola, the spokesman for the command, DSP Suleiman Yahaya, said the suspects, Oluba Falaye and Abidakun Gbenga, were arrested while two other suspects were still at large. “The command received a report from one Olurunfemi Michael, a manager with a new generation bank, (name withheld) Yola Branch, that on the 11/12/2019 some men approached him and defrauded him…

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Mpape Robbery: FirstBank commends Soldiers, Police for quick response, says customers, staff not hurt

First Bank of Nigeria Limited, whose branch in Mpape, a suburb of Abuja was the scene of an attempted armed robbery has reacted to the failed attack. According to a statement released by the bank on Saturday, the incident has been brought under control and normalcy has been restored in the area after four of the suspects were arrested and one of them gunned down. The statement further explained that no customer and staff were hurt. Read the full statement below: We wish to inform everyone that the attempted robbery incident that…

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Pregnant LASU final year student killed, eaten by ritualists

Favour Seun Daley-Oladele, a 400-level female student of the Lagos State University (LASU) has allegedly been killed by ritualists who also ate some of her inner organs in course of making money rituals. According to her friend and Facebook user, Omojola Omotayo, the 22-year-old final year student of Theatre Arts, LASU was pregnant as at the time the incident took place on Sunday, December 8th in Osun State. Details of the incident as shared by Omotayo indicate that the victim had travelled home to Ikoyi Ile in Ikire; Osun State to see…

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Police, Soldiers foil Abuja Bank robbery, kill 1, arrest 4

Men of the Federal Capital Territory Police Command have foiled a bank robbery in Mpape, a few metres from Maitama, Abuja. The police reportedly gunned down a suspect and arrested four others inside a branch of a first-generation bank during the morning hours. Our correspondent gathered that the robbers were trapped in the banking hall for many hours following the arrival of the police who surrounded the building. Eyewitnesses said when the robbers refused to surrender or come out of the bank, the police operatives stormed the hall, killing one…

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Why we are rebranding APM properties to APC -Akinlade

The gubernatorial candidate of the Allied People’s Movement in the March 9 governorship election in Ogun State, and All Progressives Congress (APC) returnee, AbdulKabir Adekunle Akinlade has denied that the ongoing rebranding of his former party’s secretariat, buses and other party properties belonging to APM to APC official emblem and colours was not meant to kick start the race towards 2023 governorship election, but it was a sign of total loyalty to the APC. Akinlade, made the denial while responding to growing insinuations in Abeokuta, Ogun state capital that the rebranding…

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Where is it in the Bible? Catholic Priest, Rev. Fr. Oluoma Replies MFM’s Pastor Olukoya

I wanted to pretend I didn’t read about the G. O who said ‘Christmas’ is not in the Bible and so shouldn’t be celebrated. It’s the same funny mentality of those who confuse terminology with theology. Easter as a term is not in the Bible but we celebrate easter because it’s an event and a mystery recorded in scripture. Same with Christmas, it’s not the term or calendar date we celebrate but the event and mystery. One day now someone will wake up tipsy on ‘anointing’ and tell me to…

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Partial closure as repair work begins on Shagamu Interchange

The Deputy Corridor Commander of the Lagos-Ibadan expressway, Kehinde Hamzat has disclosed that there will be a partial closure of the Sagamu Interchange as a result of the Christmas day fire incidence involving two fuel-laden tankers under the bridge. Hamzat made this known in a statement he released on Expressway I-Reporter, a Whatsapp based traffic monitoring platform. Read the statement below: RE: NEED TO CLOSE THE BRIDGE AFTER THE IMPACT OF THE FIRE OUTBREAK THAT AFFECTED THE STRENGTH OF THE BRIDGE After a thorough examination of the effect of the…

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Union Bank spreads cheer at yuletide

Union Bank has embarked on its 2019 UnionCares charity drive, spreading cheer to the less privileged, and putting smiles on the faces of thousands across the country. This is in line with the financial institution’s commitment to support the communities within which it operates. UnionCares is an annual initiative jointly sponsored and carried out by Union Bank and its employees, to give back to the society. This year, 7,500 care bags containing staple food items were distributed to people living in underserved communities nationwide.    The Bank also made financial…

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Christmas: Gbajabiamila urges prayers for continuous unity, peace among Nigerians

The Speaker of the House of Representatives Rep. Femi Gbajabiamila has urged Nigerians, especially Christian faithful, to offer special prayers for the continuous unity and peaceful coexistence among the citizens.Gbajabiamila also urged Christians to use the occasion for the celebration of the birth of Jesus Christ to pray for the country to overcome her challenges, including insecurity in some parts of the country.In a statement by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Lanre Lasisi, the Speaker congratulated Nigerian Christians for marking this year’s Christmas.Gbajabiamila said this is a time…

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“Herdsmen have hoisted flags on our land”-Orin community alerts Gov. Fayemi

Residents of Orin Ekiti, in Ido/Osi local government area of Ekiti State, have called on the Ekiti State Governor, Dr. Kayode Fayemi to save the community from rampaging herdsmen who they accused of attempting to forcefully take over the community’s farm settlement and have even hosted a flag there twice. The people of Orin, comprising old and young men and women, stormed Ado-Ekiti, the state capital and alleged that the suspected herdsmen had destroyed crops worth over N50 million in farms belonging to 70 farmers. The protesters, who chanted derisive…

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Why Buhari released Dasuki, Sowore

Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami (SAN), said he has directed the Department of State Services to release the immediate-past National Security Adviser, Col. Sambo Dasuki; and #RevolutionNow protest convener, Omoyele Sowore, from custody in obedience to court orders. As at press time, final documentation was being concluded for the release of the two men at the headquarters of the DSS in Abuja. While Dasuki has been in the DSS custody since December 2015, Sowore was rearrested on December 6, barely 24 hours after he was…

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Sotitobire Pastor remanded in prison

An Akure Magistrates’ Court has remanded in a correctional facility the pastor of the Sotitobire Praising Chapel, Alfa Babatunde, over the disappearance of a one-year-old boy from his church. The victim, Gold Kolawole, was allegedly abducted by unknown persons from the church during a Sunday service in November. The development attracted violent reactions from residents of Akure and the church was set ablaze by some irate youths in protest against the boy’s disappearance and the alleged lackadaisical attitude of the police to investigate the incident. During the violence that followed…

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