Kaduna Varsity Abduction: Gumi ask CBN to pay N100m ransom money

An Islamic cleric, Sheik Ahmad Gumi, on Tuesday urged government not to take the threat by the kidnappers of students of Greenfield University, Kaduna lightly. Gumi, who stated this in an interview with The PUNCH, said the Central Bank of Nigeria should pay the N100m ransom being demanded by the kidnappers of the students. The kidnappers have since killed five of the students and threatened to kill 17 of them still in captivity if a ransom of N100 million and 10 motorcycles are not delivered to them. Gumi who also spoke…

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Kaduna bandits release one out of 17 remaining abducted Varsity students

One of the abducted students of Greenfield University, Kaduna, has been released. The mother of the released student, Mrs. Lauretta Attahiru, confirmed this on Tuesday to journalists in Kaduna.She did not however give details of how her son was released as she declined to make further comments. The police could not however be reached to confirm the release of the student as Mohammad Jalige, spokesman of the Kaduna state police command, did not respond to telephone calls and a text message. On April 18, another gang of bandits attacked Greenfield…

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Police arrest kidnappers who killed 6yr old boy after collecting ransom

The Kaduna state police command has arrested four suspected kidnappers who killed their victim, Mohammed Kabiru, a six year old boy, after collecting N1 million ransom. Parading the suspects on Monday in Kaduna, Mohammad Jalige, spokesman of the command, said Kabiru was abducted on April 24 at the Badarawa area, Kaduna. He said the suspects demanded N30 million for the release of the boy, however after series of negotiations, they agreed to collect N1 million which was delivered to them. However after collecting the ransom, the mastermind of the criminal…

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Female farmer, guest kidnapped at Ofada farm

Ogun State Police Command says its men have launched a manhunt for the gunmen, who abducted a businesswoman, Roselyn Edusi, and her male guest on Saturday in a farm near Ofada. The woman, Edusi, is said to be the owner of a restaurant in Omu, Obafemi-Owode Local Government Area of the state and was accompanied by her male guest to a farm in the area when they were kidnapped. The abduction was said to have occurred in the afternoon and the victims’ whereabouts had not been known since then. The…

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Drug trafficker excretes N360m cocaine, now in NDLEA custody

The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) has intercepted a suspected drug trafficker, Chigbogu Obiora, at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport, (MMIA), Ikeja, Lagos with 97 wraps of cocaine. NDLEA Director, Media and Advocacy, Mr Femi Babafemi, disclosed this in a statement on Friday in Abuja. Babafemi said that the 47-year-old drug trafficker was arrested by operatives of NDLEA on Sunday, April, 25 during the inward clearance of Ethiopian Airline. He said that Obiora, who arrived in Lagos on board the airline from Entebbe, Uganda via Addis-Ababa, Ethiopia, was subsequently…

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Watch Baba Ijesa’s confession video +How he penetrated 7yr old girl using a key

Comedienne Princess who is the foster parent of the 14yr old girl allegedly assaulted sexually by Nollywood actor Olanrewaju James Omiyinka, aka Baba Ijesha has revealed that the actor penetrated the victim using a key and that actor first assaulted the girl twice sexually when she was 7. Princess said the victim opened up about the incident recently at the age of 14 when a video of Baba Ijesha acting with her showed on their screen at home. Meanwhile, Lagos State  Domestic and Sexual Violence Response Team Friday said actor…

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How Lagos socialite was murdered over chieftaincy matters

Chief Rasak Jikoji, a Lagos socialite and top contender for the Badore chieftaincy stool, who a month ago celebrated a court ruling in his favour on the chieftaincy stool has been assassinated. Jikoji was reportedly assassinated on Sunday, April 25, 2021, while returning from a transaction over land matters in company of his personal assistance when he was attacked and shot dead. A family member, who asked not to be identified, said Rasak was involved in a struggle for the chieftaincy stool of Badore. The former occupant of the stool,…

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Child Defilement: ‘How Baba Ijesa did it in my house’ -Princess

Iconic comedienne Princess has taken to her verified Instagram page to recount how popular Yoruba actor, Baba Ijesha defiled a teenager who she identified as her foster daughter. In an emotion-laden lengthy video, Princess revealed that the immoral act happened in her house when Baba Ijesha came to her for help. She said, “Some years ago, I had challenges with my marriage and I lost a baby. So some parents in my area out of compassion allow their children to stay with me so that I will not feel lonely.…

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Kidnapped Oyo family released, Police silent on ransom

Members of the Oyeniyi family of Ajaawa, a suburb of Ogbomoso and their Ibadan-based hotelier breadwinner, Mr. Oyedokun Oyeniyi and eight other members of their family who were recently abducted by unknown gunmen have been released. It was gathered that the nine captives were released on Tuesday, but the source was silent on amount paid as ransom. The victims were reportedly kidnapped at a hotel in Ajaawa, near Ogbomoso town in Oyo State as the family prepared for a burial ceremony last Saturday. Their abductors had demanded the sum of…

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‘We won’t spare any NGO funding terrorism’ -EFCC

Ahmed Ghali, head of Lagos office of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission has warned that Non-Governmental Organisations aiding terrorism financing and money laundering would face the full wrath of the law. In a statement by the anti-graft agency, Ghali restated that it was mandatory to report to the Special Control Unit against Money Laundering, any transaction through any formal financial channels in excess of $10,000 and any cash donations in excess of $1,000. Delivering a paper entitled, “The Role of Non-Governmental Organisations and Civil Society Organisations in Countering Terrorism…

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Panic in Lekki over reported Police, Okada riders clash

Gunshots were heard in Lekki Phase 1 Gate, Lagos State as motorcycle (Okada) riders resisted the police from impounding their motorcycles. In a viral video, people were seen running helter-skelter as sounds of gunshots were heard and weapons were thrown. It was learnt that the incident created panic in the area. Some of the eyewitnesses had alleged that there was a clash between the police and the Okada riders when the video surfaced online on Monday. However, in a statement on Tuesday, the Commissioner of Police, Lagos State, Hakeem Odumosu,…

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Again, bandits kill 2 more abducted Kaduna varsity students

Bandits have killed two more students of the Greenfield University, Kaduna State. The state Commissioner for Internal Security and Home Affairs, Mr. Samuel Aruwan, made this known on Monday. The bandits had on Friday killed three of the abducted students of the varsity, saying it was a warning for not paying the N800 million ransom demanded by them. The Commissioner in a statement, on Tuesday, said the state under Governor Nasir El-Rufai was saddened by the development. He said, “On a sad note, security agencies have just reported to the…

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Confusion as gunmen kidnap 10 people in Oyo

A family of 10 has been kidnapped at Agbo Hotel in Ajaawa community, Ogo Oluwa Local Government Area of Oyo State. Radio Nigeria gathered that the victims included the owner of the hotel, Hon. Olukunle Oyedokun, his younger wife, his baby, two daughters, granddaughter, sister-in-law with her son and a guest at the hotel. The abductors were said to have invaded the hotel behind CAC Primary School, Lagbedu Road at about 10pm on Saturday. The perpetrators reportedly fired shots into the air sporadically, after which they seized the 10 victims…

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Northern Governor splashes N300m on dogs to fight bandits

Banditry, insurgency and other forms of criminal activities may have overwhelmed the governor of Katsina State, Aminu Masari.This is particularly so as some of his recent decisions taken by the governor are getting stakeholders worried.One such decision was the purchase of dogs to combat Boko Haram that has been terrorizing the State at a whooping sum of N300 million.An insider who confided in OpenLife disclosed that an American lady who is known to have been a close friend of governor Masari initiated the dog option.She was said to have convinced…

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Police arrest Kwara notorious ritualists who killed about to wed

The Kwara State Police Command said it has arrested four suspects who allegedly murdered Olokose Oluwasola for money ritual six days to his wedding in Patigi, Patigi Local Government Area the state. Oluwasola was murdered by his next-door neighbour, Kazeem Mohammed, and his gang for ritual purpose on March 6, 2021, which was six days to his wedding. The police in a statement by the state Police Public Relations Officer, SP Ajayi Okasanmi, said that they had arrested four suspects, including the leader of the gang Mohammed. The three other…

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Kidnappers halt commuter bus, march 18 passengers into the forest

Armed men in the Ibarapa area of Oyo State on Thursday hijacked an 18-seater bus along Igboora-Eruwa road and abducted all passengers in the commercial bus. According to an eye witness account as reported by Vanguard Newspapers, an 18-seater bus, coming from Abeokuta and transporting passengers along Igboora-Eruwa road, was ambushed by the gunmen. Vanguard further reported from a family source of one of the victims that the gunmen demanded the sum of N10 million as a ransom for each of the victims. The source said: “Yes, the 18 people…

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Sad: Bandits kill 3 from abducted Kaduna varsity students

Armed bandits who abducted unspecified number of students from Greenfield University, a private school in Kaduna, have reportedly murdered three of the abducted students. The Greenfield University is located in Kasarami, along the Kaduna-Abuja Highway in Chikun Local Government Area of Kaduna State. The state Commissioner for Internal Security and Home Affairs, Mr. Samuel Aruwan, who confirmed the incident, said the remains of the students were found close to the university on Friday. The bandits had kidnapped the students and staff on Tuesday and later made contact with the parents…

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‘Pantami and others linked to my son’s murder’ -Don

A former lecturer of Industrial Chemistry at the Kaduna State University, Professor Samuel Achi, has narrated how his son, Sunday Achi, was strangled at the Abubakar Tafawa Balewa University mosque in Bauchi State. The 67-year-old don also said he was aware that Nigeria’s current Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Isa Pantami, was the Chief Imam of the university’s mosque when the incident happened on December 9, 2004. Speaking in an exclusive interview with The PUNCH on Wednesday, Samuel said his 24-year-old son and 400-level student of Architecture at the  ATBU at…

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Groom murdered, dismembered days to wedding

Olokose Ojo, a would be groom, has been murdered barely six days to his wedding by his neighbour who promised to assist him to get cows for the ceremony in Kwara State. Ojo, said to be in his early 30 and a staff member at the National Health Insurance Scheme unit of the University of Ilorin  Teaching Hospital was said to have been murdered by the neighbour, Kazeem Mohammed, and his gang for ritual purposes. It was alleged that Mohammed and his gang were ritualists and Mohammed had twice served…

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But for insufficient ammunition, soldiers repel bandits attack

Bandits said to be numbering about 60 and heavily armed, in the early hours of Wednesday, invaded a military camp in Zazzaga community in Munya Local Government Area of Niger State and engaged the soldiers in a gun battle, leading to heavy casualties on the side of the bandits. This latest attack on a military base in the state is coming barely three weeks after bandits in their numbers attacked a Security Joint Task Force base in Allawa and Basa in Shiroro Local Government Area of the state, killing five…

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Why there is no Amotekun in Lagos -Sanwo-Olu

Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, has said that operatives of Lagos Neighborhood Safety Corps are currently doing the work of Amotekun in the state. He spoke during an interview on Channels Television’s Sunday Politics at the Lagos House. According to him, apart from community policing, operatives of the LNSC also engage in border patrol. Sanwo-Olu said, “It’s just a name change in the case of Lagos. I appreciate what my colleague governors are doing, and they also appreciate the peculiar nature of Lagos. “I have got over 7,000 neighbourhood watch personnel in…

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Video: Gov. Sanwo-Olu meets, commends armed police officer assaulted on duty after arresting ‘one-way driver’

Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, met with Erhator on Monday at the Lagos Governor Office in Alausa for a “Governorship Handshake”. The governor also applauded the police officer for his “show of patience, decorum and what is expected of a police officer” in the face of provocation and urged other officers to emulate him. The policeman was then presented with a state plaque as a mark of honour and prestige to appreciate his commitment to promoting core values of modern policing and protection of fundamental human rights.

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Why I picked Baba as IG -Buhari

President Muhammadu Buhari said he chose Usman Baba over others including Moses Jitoboh, a senior Deputy Inspector General of Police as the acting inspector general of police because he has been a policeman for a long time and “has the necessary experience.” Baba’s appointment, which will be forwarded to the Senate for confirmation, will effectively deny Mr Jitoboh, the police chief from Bayelsa who should have been the inspector general in line with the law. Buhari, who announced the acting police chief’s appointment while in London, spoke to State House…

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Police, hunters arrest 3 suspects planning kidnap operations on Lagos-Ibadan highway

Operatives of the Ogun State Police Command have arrested three members of a kidnap syndicate terrorising commuters on the Lagos-Ibadan Expressway. The suspects, Nathaniel Jacob, 24, from Nasarawa State; Isah Danladi, 22, from Kogi State; and Abubakar Rabiu, 23, from Niger State, were arrested on Thursday in the Fidiwo area along the Lagos-Ibadan Expressway. The Police Public Relations Officer in the state, DSP Abimbola Oyeyemi, disclosed this in a statement on Monday. Oyeyemi said the suspects’ arrest followed a tip-off by hunters, who sighted them in the bush, where they…

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Red Alert: FAAN warns of planned terrorist attack at airports

The Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) has raised the alarm over planned attacks on airports across the country. FAAN said it received an alert from the ministry of aviation over the planned attacks. In a memo sighted by The Nation, FAAN Deputy General Manager of Administration and Logistics, S.M. Mamman, explained the elements were considering carrying out attacks in Kaduna, Maiduguri, Sokoto, Kano, Abuja, and Lagos airports. “I am directed to convey an alert from the Ministry of Aviation regarding security threats by criminal elements against Airports in Nigeria…

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Gunmen in military camouflage kidnap boy 13, demand N50m

Gunmen in Nigerian Army camouflage have kidnapped a 13-year-old boy at the Obada-Oko in Ewekoro Local Government Area of Ogun State. It was learnt that the gunmen invaded Destiny Estate in Obada-Oko at 9:15pm on Saturday and started shooting before they whisked away the boy identified as Gbolahan Ajibola. It was gathered that they had contacted the family and demanded  N50m as ransom. The grandmother of the victim, Victoria Felix, told one of our correspondents that the gunmen who were six invaded her house on Saturday night. Felix, who is…

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Fulani kidnappers waylay Ogun hunters’ rescue squad, injure 2, burn vehicles, nine okadas

A search party comprising 26 hunters organised to rescue a kidnapped medical doctor and a nurse was ambused by gunmen suspected to be Fulani elements in the Imeko-Afon Local Government Area of Ogun State. The doctor, Oladunni Odetola, who is the head of state General Hospital, Imeko and the nurse, identified as Mrs Bamgbose, were kidnapped on the Abeokuta-Imeko road on Wednesday night in Ogun State. The medical personnel were abducted by gunmen while driving in a Toyota Camry (Muscle) marked KTU 584 FR, along Abeokuta-Imeko road. It was learnt…

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Imo Attack: Gunmen came fully prepared -Police minister

Police Affairs’ minister, Mohammad Dingyadi, has said the gunmen who attacked security facilities in Imo state overpowered men of the Imo State Police Command because they “came with all the arsenals at their disposal, in large numbers and are better prepared”. Dingyadi stated this on Friday while featuring on Channels Television’s ‘Politics Today’ programme monitored in Lagos. The police affairs minister confirmed an earlier report that the DSS alerted the police before Monday’s attacks in Imo. He said the police fought well but the gunmen overpowered the police because they…

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Bandits release another batch of Kaduna students

Five more abducted students of the Federal College of Forestry Mechanisation Kaduna have been released. The Nation had reported the first five of the students kidnapped on March 11 from their school hostel, regained freedom last Monday. The five released on Thursday brings the number of freed students to 10, leaving 29 more in captivity. One on the parents, who confirmed the development to The Nation said, the freed students were picked up by Police in Giwa local Government. He said they were on their way to Kaduna town as…

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What bandits did to us -Kidnapped Kaduna student

One of the kidnapped students of the 39 abducted students of the Federal College of Forestry Mechanization Mando in Igabi Local Government Area, Francis Paul, has narrated how five of them regained freedom. Paul, a 200 level undergraduate of Agricultural Technology of the college, also narrated their ordeal in the kidnappers’ den. On Thursday night, March 11, 2021, the bandits in large numbers invaded the school located opposite the Nigerian Defence Academy along the Kaduna International Airport road and abducted 39 students. Some of the students were in a viral…

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We didn’t torture Buhari’s driver -DSS

Contrary to reports by online medium, Saharareporters, the Department of State Services has denied torturing Sai’du Afaka, the President’s official driver, to death The DSS, speaking through its spokesman, Dr. Peter Afunanya described the report by the online news medium that it tortured the deceased as misleading. Saharareporters had reported that Afaka misled the President, Major-General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.) into approving a multi-million naira contract which was later discovered by the DSS. It further said the service arrested Afaka, tortured and subsequently dumped him at the State House Clinic where…

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Imo Gov., Uzodinma names sponsors of Police, Prison attack

Imo State Governor, Hope Uzodinma, has identified the sponsors of last Monday’s attacks in the state. Uzodinma while speaking on Wednesday on Channels Television’s ‘Politics Today’ said aggrieved politicians are responsible for the dastardly act. He said, “Their (attackers’) tactics is that they try to identify grievances of people in a particular area. If it is in Imo State and probably there are some IPOB people who are not happy, they hire hoodlums from outside Imo State, they bring them in pretending to be IPOB and they commit these crimes…

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No update on missing NAF fighter jet

Palpable anxiety and confusion pervade the Nigerian Aviation and Armed Forces circles as a Nigerian Air Force Alpha Jet involved in the anti-terror war against Boko Haram and Islamic State West Africa Province that was reported to have lost radar contact in Borno State, Wednesday evening is still missing. NAF spokesman, Air Commodore Edward Gabkwet, in a statement on Thursday, said the Alpha Jet lost radar contact on Wednesday evening. The NAF spokesman, however, did not disclose the number of officers onboard the yet-to-be-found jet. The statement titled, ‘Nigerian Air…

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Show of shame as CCT chairman attacks security man in Abuja popular plaza, lawyers’ group calls for suspension

The Chairman of the Code of Conduct Tribunal (CCT), Danladi Umar, has been spotted in a video assaulting a security guard at a popular plaza in Abuja. The CCT Chairman in the video was seen at Banex Plaza, located in Wuse, Abuja, addressing the unidentified security man angrily scolding and shouting at him. At a point, the CCT chairman kicked the security man before he was restrained by the crowd; including police orderlies attached to him. He was then forced into his vehicle by his police orderlies. The action however didn’t go…

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Ban Open grazing now! -Yakasai

Salihu Yakasai, son of elder statesman, Tanko Yakasai, who was recently relieved of his appointment as media aide to Kano State Governor, Abdullahi Ganduje, has said that open grazing is no longer attainable and should be stopped. Yakasai was reacting to a video on social media that shows a woman in Ogun State lamenting as cows grazed on a vegetable farm while the herders watched. Sharing a tweet, he said, “This is totally unacceptable and stands condemned. Open grazing is no longer attainable and should be stopped immediately. This is…

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Suspected gunmen kidnap Ogun community leader

Tajudeen Omotayo, a community leader at Imope, in the Ijebu-North Local Government Area of Ogun State, was kidnapped by suspected gunmen on Saturday. According to a source, who is a resident of the town, Omotayo left his place for Ijebu-Ode around 11 am on Saturday in his car marked W 3J9 Ogun. The source revealed that Omotayo was kidnapped on his way back home around 3pm by unknown gunmen who accosted him at Oke-Eri in Imope and took him away leaving his vehicle on the road. When contacted, the Police…

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We are expecting N527bn Ibori loot from UK Govt -FG

Attorney-General and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami (SAN), says the Federal Government is expecting over £100m (N527bn), allegedly stolen by a former Governor of Delta State, James Ibori, and his associates to be repatriated to Nigeria by the British Government. Malami made the revelation recently during a live interview programme, Politics Today; on Channels Television’s monitored in Lagos. He said apart from the Ibori loot, $100m traced to the late Head of State, Gen Sani Abacha, was also being expected. He said, “As it is we have succeeded in recovering £4.2m…

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RCCG fumes as Fashola’s Works Ministry pay another contractor N151m for Adeboye’s CSR project

Adeboye’s Redeemed Church raises alarm over alleged payment of N151m to construction company on road project completed by church as CSR. The Redeemed Christian Church of God (RCCG) has raised an alarm over the payment of N151m as reimbursement to a construction firm, Cartil Construction Nigeria Limited for a road project executed by the church as a corporate social responsibility project. According to reports, the Nigerian Senate has commenced a probe of the Federal Ministry of Works for paying the aforesaid construction firm N151m as reimbursement for a road project…

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Lagos to close Falomo bridge for 6 weeks

The Lagos State Government has said Falomo Bridge would be shut down for six weeks with effect from Sunday, March 14, 2021. This was contained in a statement by the Lagos State Commissioner for Transportation, Dr Frederic Oladeinde, on Friday. He stated that this follows the approval secured from the Federal Government for repair works on the bridge which will be completed on April 30, 2021. He said that “the repair works will run on a 24-hour shift in phases to enable the contractor complete repairs within the estimated time…

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Reps tackle FG over Ibori loot

The House of Representatives has asked the Federal Government not to spend the £4.2m (N2.2bn) seized from former Governor James Ibori until it concludes an investigation of the repatriation process. This is just as members of the House from Delta State, where Ibori was governor and looted its treasury, insisted that the money should be taken back to the state while alleging that the actual amount is £6.2m, and not £4.2m. The House consequently resolved to investigate the circumstances surrounding the recovery and planned disbursement of the loot. The PUNCH had…

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“Gov. Wike gave N500m to Sokoto but refused to pay our salary for five years” -Protesting Rivers Teachers

A group of teachers protesting the non-payment of their over salaries over the last five years have criticised Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike for donating N500m to Sokoto State Government over a burnt market rather than see to the welfare of its people. The protesting teachers, numbering over 250, with placards and banners, alleged that they have lost about ten of their colleagues due to the hardship experienced within the period. The protesting teachers, who came out with their children, as well as sympathizers from the civil society organizations in…

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3 jailed for attempting to dupe Dangote $32k

A Lagos State High Court presided over by Justice S. S. Ogunsanya, on Tuesday, sentenced a former General Manager of the Dangote Industries Limited, Mojisola Aladejobi and two others Raymond Akanolu and Balogun Alaba, to seven years’ imprisonment over a $32,000 insurance fraud. The convicts were arraigned by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission on two counts of conspiracy and attempt to obtain money by false pretences to the tune of $32,000. It was gathered that the convicts had sometime in October 2014 conspired among themselves to defraud Dangote Industries…

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Again, bandits strike in Niger State, kill guard at Kainji National Park

Mallam Tanko Mohammed, a security guard with the Kainji National Park in Borge local government area of Niger state have been killed by armed Bandits, who invaded the park on Monday evening while several others were injured. The deceased National park guard hailed from Wawa town community in New Bussa. A source close to the Park told The Sun on telephone, Monday evening that no fewer than four other guards who were together with late Tanko Mohammed at the time of the invasion, also sustained varying degrees of injuries. They are currently…

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Ogun Police arrest Father, 5 children for operating kidnap syndicate

Operatives of Ogun Police Command have smashed a kidnap syndicate made up of six members of the same family. The syndicate, according to the police had kidnapped no fewer than eight persons in the last one year. A statement issued by the police spokesman, Abimbola Oyeyemi said that the gang was smashed following the investigation of many kidnap cases that occurred in Sagamu in year 2020. The statement read: ‘’In the process, one Oweniwe Okpara  who claimed to hail from Delta state and three of his children namely; Samson Okpara,…

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EFCC boss, Bawa reopens Tinubu’s casefile

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission has deepened its probe into All Progressives Congress stalwart,  Bola Tinubu, The PUNCH has learnt. To this end, the EFCC has written a letter to the Code of Conduct Bureau, requesting copies of Tinubu’s asset declaration form. A copy of the letter which was published by an online news medium,  The Peoples Gazette, revealed that the investigation into Tinubu began last year after the removal of erstwhile Chairman, Ibrahim Magu. The letter marked CR/3000/EFCC/LS/Vol4/322, dated November 6, 2020, was signed by the then Lagos zonal head, Abdulrasheed…

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Jangebe abduction: Negotiations with bandits in final stage, Girls may be released today

Barring any last-minute changes, abducted schoolgirls of Government Girls Secondary School, Jangebe, may regain freedom today, as sources claimed that negotiations with the bandits who kidnapped the schoolgirls had reached a very advanced stage. Bandits on Friday morning kidnapped over 300 schoolgirls at Jangebe,Talata-Mafara Local Government Area of Zamfara State. A very competent source informed on Saturday that negotiations with the bandits who kidnapped the schoolgirls had reached a very advanced stage, saying “they may be in Gusau (Zamfara State capital) today.” The Sunday PUNCH  reports. The girls were believed to…

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Bandits storm Zamfara, abduct 300 schoolgirls

As if in response to President Muhammadu Buhari’s no amnesty for bandits and criminal elements rampaging the Northern part of the country, gunmen suspected to be bandits have abducted over 300 schoolgirls at Government Girls Secondary School, Jangebe in the Talata-Mafara Local Government Area of Zamfara State, Northwest of Nigeria. A staff of the school, who under the condition of anonymity,  said the bandits arrived in the school around 1 am on Friday with Hilux vehicles and motorcycles and forcefully evacuated the students. He narrated that some of the bandits…

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Danger Ahead: Gumi warns of impending BH, bandits alliance

Sheikh Ahmad Gumi, the celebrated Islamic scholar, who has been meeting with bandits in the forest of Kaduna and Zamfara States to find a way out of the security challenges confronting North West of Nigeria, has hinted of a possible alliance between notorious terror group, Boko Haram and bandits if care is not taken. Gumi spoke on spoke on Monday while featuring on Channels Television’s ‘Politics Today’ programme monitored in Lagos. “I can say categorically that they (bandits) are not Boko Haram but we have to be very careful because…

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NAF names officers killed in military plane crash

The Nigerian Air Force has released the names of seven of its officers who died when its aircraft, Beechcraft KingAir B350i, crashed in Abuja on Sunday. The jet en route Minna in Niger State crashed close to the runway of the Abuja airport after reporting engine failure. In a statement, NAF Director of Public Relations and Information, Air Commodore Ibikunle Daramola, said the Chief of the Air Staff, Air Vice Marshal IO Amao, has ordered an immediate probe of the accident. Daramola said the Air Force expressed condolences to the…

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What the pilot said before NAF plane crashed, killing 7 people

Pilot of the ill-fated Nigerian Air Force Intelligence Reconnaissance Aircraft which crashed in Abuja, on Sunday, reportedly complained of engine failure barely moments after takeoff. “The aircraft was on its way to Minna, on getting to Bassa Local Government Area, he informed the control tower that he had experienced an engine failure, reports The Punch.  The Pilot, the source continued “was advised to return to the Abuja airport immediately but it crash-landed” killing all 7 people on board. In a statement, NAF Director of Public Relations and Information, Air Commodore Ibikunle…

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