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Sunday, May 22, 2022

May 22, 2022

Gunmen Kidnap Catholic Priest In Jos


  

A catholic priest identified as Rev Fr. Anthony Agu has been kidnapped from his parish resident in Jos on Friday 20th May, 2022 by unknown gunmen.


Augustine Mario shared the news on Facebook. He wrote;


"Fr Anthony Agu, CMF Kidnapped


Greetings of Peace! Please let's join hands and faith for the release of our brother Rev Fr Anthony Agu. He was kidnapped yesterday night from his parish residence in Jos by gunmen who forcefully gained entrance into the parish House in Fier, Jos.


No contact has been established with the kidnappers.


Kindly pray for the safety and release of Fr. Anthony Agu as you offer the Holy Mass and in your private prayers.


Note: The Reverend Father is from Ebe in Udi LGA of Enugu State. Help is urgently needed in the form of prayers, informations and suggestions on ways to get him released without harm.

Help us in making this reach the table of our State Governor, His excellence Hons. Dr Ifeanyi Ugwuanyị (Gburugburu) and other notable people that can help in securing the release of one of their brothers.


God bless as you pray


Augustine Mario"






Friday, May 20, 2022

May 20, 2022

Ex-president Goodluck Jonathan's Godson, George Turnah Sentenced To 4 Years Imprisonment


 

Justice A.T Mohammed of the Federal High Court sitting in Port Harcourt, Rivers State, on Friday, May 20, 2022 convicted and sentenced a former Special Assistant to Mr. Dan Abia, erstwhile Managing Director of Niger Delta Development Commission, NDDC, Goerge Turnah , to four years imprisonment.


Turnah, who was prosecuted by the Port Harcourt’s Zonal Command of the EFCC, between 2017 and 2022, for obtaining money by false pretence, money laundering and abuse of office, was jailed for failure to make full disclosure of his assets in his disclosure to the EFCC. He was arraigned, together with his wife, Jennifer Tinipre Turnah, on four- count amended charges.



Mr. Turnah is a godson of former President Goodluck Jonathan.




Thursday, May 19, 2022

May 19, 2022

NDLEA Arraigns Catholic Knight, Brother For Possession Of 2.1kg Hard Drugs


 

A knight of Catholic Church, Sir Basil Okafor and his cousin, Edwin Okwuchukwu Izuchukwu, were on Wednesday docked by the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA), before a Lagos Federal High Court, on charges bordering on conspiracy, unlawful possession of 2. 169 kilograms of heroin.


The Catholic Church knight and his cousin, according to the prosecutor, Mr. Umar Hussaine, were arrested on March 28, 2022, at their residence, 26 Akpomule Street, Isolo-Okota Area of Lagos, Lagos State.


The prosecutor told the court that the two defendants without unlawful authority, possessed, dealt and distributed the said quantity of the prohibited drug.


He also told the court that the Catholic Church knight, obstructed the operatives of the anti-narcotic agency, and obstructed authorized officers of the NDLEA, who were on official assignment to arrest him in connection with the seized 2.169 kilograms of heroin, by throwing his mobile phone, an iPhone 7 with IMEI Numbers 3494 7108650649 containing MTN SIM card (09036306438) into a toilet water closet.


The prosecutor told the court that the offences committed by the two defendants, contravened Sections 14(b); 24(b); 20(1)(a) and 49 of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency Act Cap N30 Laws of the Federation of Nigeria 2004(As amended), and punishable under Sections 20(2)(a) and 20(2)(b) of the same Act.


The two defendants pleaded not guilty, when the charges were read to them.


Upon their not guilty plea, the prosecutor asked the court for a trial date, and also asked the court to remand the in the custody of Nigerian Correctional Services (NCoS).


However, their counsel, Benson Ndakara, after informing the court that their bail applications have been filed and served on the prosecutor, asked the court to admit them to bail in the most liberal terms.


Ndakara also urged the court to remand his clients at the NDLEA’s facility, pending the perfection of the bail terms.


Ruling on the counsel submissions on the bail applications, Justice Daniel Osiagor, admitted bail to each of the defendants in the sum of N2 million with one surety.


The judge also ordered that the surety must be a senior Civil Servant either in Lagos State of Federal government establishment.


The judge however ordered that the two defendants be remanded in the NDLEA’s custody, till the perfection of the bail terms, while adjourned the matter till October 5, for trial.






Wednesday, May 18, 2022

May 18, 2022

EFCC Arrests Former NDDC MD, Nsima Ekere For Alleged N47b Fraud

Mr. Nsima Ekere

 

Operatives of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) on Wednesday arrested the former Managing Director of the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) Nsima Ekere for alleged diversion of funds to the tune of N47 billion through registered contractors of the agency.


This is according to the Commission’s spokesperson Wilson Uwajaren who confirmed it to Channels Television.


The former NDDC boss was the All Progressives Congress (APC) governorship candidate for Akwa Ibom in the 2019 elections. He also lost the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) gubernatorial primary election to Governor Emmanuel Udom in 2015.


Nsima, 56, was the agency’s Managing Director between 2016 and 2018.






May 18, 2022

BREAKING: EFCC Arrests Former Speaker Of House Of Reps

Rt. Hon. Patricia Olubunmi Etteh

 

A Former Speaker of the House of Representatives, Patricia Etteh, has been arrested by operatives of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission.


Mrs Etteh is accused of fraudulently handling the N130m solar street light project in Akwa Ibom state.


Details are still sketchy on the issue but She was speaker of the House of Representatives for five months, between June and October, 2007.


Her removal from office bodered on allegation of spending N628m on the renovation of her official residence and that of her deputy.


Mrs Etteh was also accused of purchasing 12 official cars.


These allegation have been disputed by many who say she was removed simply for cultural conflicts.


She is originally from Osun state but her husband is from Akwa Ibom State.





Tuesday, May 17, 2022

May 17, 2022

UNICAL Law Lecturer Caught Writing Exams For Student At Nigerian Law School, Abuja

Pascal Aboh


A University of Calabar law lecturer, Paschal Aboh, has been arrested for allegedly impersonating a resit student.


Aboh was nabbed last week during the law exams at the Bwari campus of the Nigerian Law School.


The lecturer, who is presently in police custody, is reported to have confessed to the crime yesterday.


According to sources, his accomplice was previously banned by the Council of Legal Education from resitting the Bar Final exam.


But luck ran out of him, as he was caught.


The suspect had earlier claimed to be a law graduate of Olabisi Onabanjo University, Ago-Iwoye.


However, from available records, Aboh graduated from the University of Calabar over four years ago and was recently appointed as an Assistant Lecturer at the same institution.


The suspect, along with his accomplice whose name was yet to be ascertained as at press time, are to be charged to court for the crime upon receipt of DPP advice.


After his criminal trial, he will also face the Legal Practitioners Disciplinary Committee of the Nigeria Bar Association for breach of professional ethics and misconduct.


Reports claim that Aboh belongs to a cartel, which includes staff of the Nigerian Law School, whose business revolves around exam malpractice during bar resit exams.


The current Director-General of the Nigerian Law School, Prof. Isa Ciroma (SAN), has vowed to ensure that all the culprits are brought to book.



Monday, May 16, 2022

May 16, 2022

BREAKING: EFCC Arrests Ahmed Idris, Accountant General of the Federation for N80billion Fraud


 

Operatives of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, on Monday, May 16, 2022 arrested serving Accountant General of the Federation, Mr. Ahmed Idris in connection with diversion of funds and money laundering activities to the tune of N80billion (Eighty Billion Naira) only.


The Commission’s verified intelligence showed that the AGF raked off the funds through bogus consultancies and other illegal activities using proxies, family members and close associates.


The funds were laundered through real estate investments in Kano and Abuja.


Mr. Idris was arrested after failing to honour invitations by the EFCC to respond to issues connected to the fraudulent acts.





May 16, 2022

Police, Army Kill 6 IPOB/ESN Members In Imo


 

Six suspected members of the Proscribed Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) and its armed affiliate, Eastern Security Network (ESN) have been killed in a bloody gun duel with the police.


They were killed when they attempted to burn down the Palace of Imo Chairman Council Of Traditional Rulers, His Royal Highness Eze Dr E. C Okeke at Orlu Local Government Area.


The incident, which took place on Monday around 8am, occured when the hoodlums in their numbers were sighted in three Hilux vehicles shooting sporadically, fiercely advancing towards the Eze’s Palace to unleash mayhem.


Confirming the incident, police spokesman CSP Michael Abattam, said on receipt of the information, the Command’s Tactical Team joined by the military immediately mobilized and rushed to the palace.


“On their way, the hoodlums on sighting the combined team engaged them in a gun duel, throwing petrol bombs. The gallant team responded, positioning themselves professionally.


In the exchange of gun fire that ensued, the hoodlums were overwhelmed due to the superior fire-power of the combined team and in the process, six of the hoodlums were neutralized while others escaped with various degrees of gunshot injuries.”


According to him, the operatives recovered one pump action gun, three blood stained cutlasses and three Hilux Vehicles suspected to have been snatched from innocent citizens.


He said calm has been restored in the area and the corpses of the neutralized bandits removed and deposited in the mortuary. The Nation





May 16, 2022

Woman Jailed 12 Years For Defrauding Deeper Life Church


 

An Ekiti High Court, on Monday, sentenced 40-year-old Sade Otenuga to 12 years imprisonment for defrauding the Deeper Life Bible Church of N620,000.


The court held that Sade deceived the church into paying her the money on the pretext that she owned a dilapidated structure in Ado-Ekiti which the church could buy and convert the land to better use.


The court also held that a pastor in the church, Oso Olugbenga, transferred the money to Sade’s bank account in two electronic transfers on April 6 and April 8, 2021.


Sade faced a two-count of Advance Fee Fraud and Stealing punishable under the laws of Ekiti State.


Testifying before the court earlier, Pastor Olugbenga said: “The church decided to buy the building, as it had become hideouts for criminals in the area.


“The convict also gave the church instruction to remove the building on the land, knowing full well that she was not the rightful owner.


“All efforts made to recover the money after the church discovered fraud in the transaction proved abortive.’’


Led in evidence before the court, Sade confessed to have committed the offence.


To prove the case against Sade, Police prosecutor, Samson Osobu, called three witnesses and tendered three exhibits including N100,000 cash recovered from the convict.


Sade’s counsel, Yinka Opaleke, did not call any witness, but pleaded with the court to temper justice with mercy.


Delivering judgment, Justice Lekan Ogunmoye said there was prescribed mandatory sentence for the offence and the court had no discretionary power to exercise in the matter.


“The defendant is hereby sentenced to seven years imprisonment in count one (Fraud) and five years imprisonment in count two (Stealing) with N20,000 option of fine.


“The sentences are to run concurrently,’’ Justice Ogunmoye said.


NAN






May 16, 2022

Court Remands 2 Alleged Killers Of Deborah Samuel In Prison


 

A Magistrate Court sitting in Sokoto has remanded two suspects arrested over the murder of a 200-level student of Shehu Shagari College of Education, Deborah Samuel, for alleged blasphemy.


The Police arraigned the two suspects, Bilyaminu Aliyu and Aminu Hukunchi, who are also students of the college, on Monday.


The Police First Information Report said both suspects were arraigned as a result of the mob action, which led to Deborah’s lynching.


Both suspects pleaded not guilty to the charges levelled against them following their arraignment.


Against this backdrop, the prosecutor, Inspector Khalil Musa, prayed the court for another date to enable the Police to complete its investigation.


However, the defence counsels, led by Professor Mansur Ibrahim, who did not oppose the application, pleaded with the court to grant the defendants bail.


Ibrahim cited sections 157, 161(a,f) and 164 of the administration of criminal justice law of Sokoto state, as well as 36(5) of the 1999 Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria as amended.


The court, however, adjourned ruling on the application to a later date which would be communicated to the lawyers.


It, therefore, directed the defendants to be remanded at the Sokoto Correctional Centre


Daily Post




May 16, 2022

Anambra: Lawmaker Representing Aguata North, Governor Soludo's Constituency, Kidnapped

Dr Okechukwu Okoye

Member representing Aguata North in Anambra State House of Assembly, the constituency of Charles Soludo, Governor of Anambra State, Dr Okechukwu Okoye,  has been kidnapped.


The lawmaker popularly known as Okey Di Okay, was said to have been kidnapped at about 6pm, almost same time that a police officer was shot dead in the same local government, Aguata.


Though details of his kidnap is still sketchy, but it was gathered that the lawmaker was whisked away from his black Sienna car within his constituency.










Sunday, May 15, 2022

May 15, 2022

NDLEA Seizes Italy, Dubai-bound Drugs, Busts Syndicates Behind Fake Employments

 

Italy, Dubai-bound drugs blocked in Lagos as NDLEA seizes 203,879 Tramadol tabs in Abia, Kaduna, Yobe, Kogi raids


Busts syndicate behind fake employments into security agencies, arrests 4 members


Fresh bids by drug cartels to export Tramadol, Ecstasy MDMA and Cannabis to Milan, Italy and Dubai, United Arab Emirates through the Murtala Muhammed International Airport, MMIA, Ikeja Lagos have been foiled by operatives of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency, who also seized 203, 879 tablets of various pharmaceutical opioids and illicit substances in raids across Abia, Kaduna, Yobe and Kogi state.


At the Lagos airport, a female passenger, Odia Emiliana Efe was arrested on Monday 9th May why trying to board Royal Air Moroc flight from Lagos via Casablanca to Milan, Italy with 1000 tablets of Tramadol 200mg concealed in food items.


Five days after, Friday 13th May, a freight agent Kareem Ibrahim was arrested at the SAHCO cargo shed of the airport for attempting to export food items in which were hidden blocks of cannabis weighing 6.65kg and 24grams of ecstasy drug, MDMA to Dubai in UAE.


In Abia, three trucks loaded with drugs coming from Lagos and Onitsha, Anambra were intercepted in Aba, Abia state. When properly searched in the presence of the owners on Wednesday 11th May, 67,100 tablets/capsules of Tramadol and 12,650 ampules of pentazocine, morphine and dopamine were recovered.


On the same day, NDLEA operatives in Kaduna arrested a notorious drug dealer, Shehu Kabiru a.k.a Dan-Zaira, wanted by the Kastina Command of the Agency for jumping bail. Recovered from him include: 45,000 tablets of Diazepam weighing 41.5kg; 50,000 tablets of Exol, weighing 15.6kg; 1,500 tablets of Rohypnol weighing 700 grams and 300 bottles of codeine weighing 41.5kg.


In Yobe state, no fewer than 7,029 tablets of Tramadol, D5, and Exol as well as 1.5kg cannabis were recovered from a drug dealer, Ibrahim Yakubu when his hideout was raided in Unguru town on Sunday 8th May, while in Rivers state, one Chekiri Richard Obomanu was arrested at Eleme area on Wednesday 11th May with 207.2kg cannabis.


No less than 19,600 tablets of Tramadol coming from Onitsha, Anambra state to Abuja were intercepted and recovered along Okene/Abuja highway on Wednesday 11th May by NDLEA operatives in Kogi state.


Meanwhile, five members of a syndicate, which conducts fake recruitment into security agencies, have been arrested in coordinated operations in Zamfara, Kebbi and Bauchi state. Leader of the gang, Yakubu Sani was first arrested in Gusau, Zamfara state. His criminal gang issues fake NDLEA employment letters and identity cards to unsuspecting members of the public for the sum of N400, 000 per person.


A follow up operation in Zuru, Kebbi state led to the arrest of another gang member, Ibrahim Isah, while three others; Dahiru Musa Limanchi, Gambo Danladi and Umar Abubakar were nabbed in Bauchi state. Recovered from them include: a fake NDLEA ID card; NDLEA guarantor form; INEC offer of appointment letter; Nigerian Customs Special Replacement Form and appointment letter; Nigerian Correctional Service Replacement Form; Credentials of some Applicants; Receipts and passport photos; Five sim packs and one MTN SIM card.


Chairman/Chief Executive of NDLEA, Brig. Gen. Mohamed Buba Marwa (Retd) commended the officers and men of the MMIA, Abia, Kaduna, Yobe, Rivers and Kogi for the arrests and seizures. He equally acknowledged the well-conducted operations in Zamfara, Kebbi and Bauchi that nailed five members of a criminal gang scamming innocent job seekers with fake employment letters. He charged them and their compatriots across all Commands not to rest on their oars but should continue to aspire to beat previous records.


Femi Babafemi

Director, Media & Advocacy

NDLEA Headquarters Abuja

Sunday 15th May 2022










 

Saturday, May 14, 2022

May 14, 2022

ISIS Kills Nigerian Christians In Revenge For Killing Of Members In Middle East


 

The Islamic State (IS) group has published a video that shows the execution of about 20 Christian civilians in northeast Nigeria’s Borno State, BBC reported.


One of the masked militants who spoke in Hausa language during the execution said it was to avenge the killing of the group’s leaders in the Middle East earlier in 2022.


The video was published on an IS-linked news outlet and shows three groups of captives in civilian clothes.


The time of the video and location of execution is however unknown. Nigerian authorities are also yet to speak on the video. Its authenticity, however, was confirmed by SITE Intelligence.


IS leader Abu Ibrahim al-Hashimi al-Qurashi died in February during a brazen nighttime airborne raid carried out by the United States special forces in northwestern Syria.


The operation, in which Kurdish forces also took part, was conducted in the Idlib region where his better-known predecessor Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi was killed in a similar raid in 2019.


Qurashi, who was also known as Amir Mohammed Said Abd al-Rahman al-Mawla, replaced Baghdadi after his death in a US raid in October 2019, and had a reputation for brutality.


The IS militants operate in the Lake Chad region under the name Islamic State West Africa Province (ISWAP), along with another Islamist militant group, Boko Haram, have recently suffered huge losses as a result of attacks by a multi-national military force.


Boko Haram jihadist group in June 2021 confirmed the death of its chief Abubakar Shekau, who sources say died during infighting with the rival Islamic State-allied faction, according to a video message from its presumed new commander.


Shekau’s death has since caused a huge division amongst the ranks of Boko Haram with some of its commanders pleading loyalty to ISWAP.


This caused a major shift in Nigeria’s conflict, though Islamic State in West Africa Province or ISWAP has recently emerged as the dominant force in the more than decade-long Islamist insurgency in the country’s northeast.


The conflict has claimed the lives of thousands and displaced millions of residents who are taking refuge in IDP camps.


Nigeria’s President Muhammadu Buhari in mid-2021 ordered an improved military action against the terrorist which has led to hundreds of terrorists surrendering, according to the army.


The repentant terrorists are enrolled in Nigeria’s rehabilitation and deradicalisation and reintegration programmes.


Borno state Governor Babagana Zulum during the visit of UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres visit to Nigeria said at least 40,000 Boko Haram fighters and their families have surrendered to authorities since 2021 after the death of Boko Haram leader Abubakar Shekau.






May 14, 2022

Video: Sokoto Youths In Massive Protest Over The Arrest Of Killers Of Deborah Samuel


 

Youths in the ancient city of Sokoto on Saturday afternoon, staged out protest to express their displeasure over the arrest of suspects allegedly involved in the killing of female student identified as Deborah Samuel Yakubu on May 12, 2022.


Protesters are demanding the release of those who were arrested by the police in connection with the murder of Deborah Samuel Yakubu.


Deborah was a student of Shehu Shagari College of Education in Sokoto state.


She died on Thursday when angry mob killed her after accusing her of blasphemy against Prophet Muhammad.


According to reports, the protests were initially peaceful, but later turned violent, as protesters began to throw stones at the Sultan residence


Watch video






May 14, 2022

Photos: Police Arrest 2 Suspected Gun-running Syndicate In Bayelsa, Recovers N2m, Stolen Hilux


Two suspects arrested as anti-kidnapping operatives smash gun-running syndicate at brothel in Bayelsa 


Operatives of the Anti-kidnapping Unit of the Bayelsa State Police Command has arrested two suspected members of a gun-running syndicate at a brothel in Yenagoa. 


Spokesperson of the command, SP Asinim Butswat, who disclosed this in a statement on Friday May 13, said one Brownie Pistol loaded with eight .9mm ammunition, three expended 12.7 mm ammunition, two million naira cash and a suspected stolen Toyota Hilux 2021 model without registration number, were recovered from the suspects. 


. "Operatives of the Anti kidnapping unit, Bayelsa State Command while acting on a tip-off on 12th May, 2022 at about 1750 hours, bursted a gun running gang at a Brothel, at Ayama , Yenagoa Local Government Area," the PPRO stated. 


"The suspects one Seibo Dokubo 'm' 32 years, a native of Degema, Rivers State and one Boma Daniel 'm' 45 years a native of Patani, Delta State, wanted to procure AK-47 Riffles for kidnap purposes


"The suspects are cooperating with Police in its investigation and will be charge to court at the conclusion of the investigation." he added.







 

May 14, 2022

EFCC Arrests 23 Suspected Cybercriminals In Ibadan


 

Operatives of the Ibadan Zonal Command of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, have arrested twenty three (23) suspected internet fraudsters in Ibadan, Oyo State


The suspects were arrested on Thursday May 12, 2022 at Apata, Jericho and Ire Akari Estate areas of Ibadan following credible intelligence on their alleged computer fraud-related activities.


Sixteen of the suspects: Oluwole Oduwanye Kelvin, Adams Segun Ojo, Amuwo Oluwagbemi Oluwatobi, Theophilus Ademola Akinyele, Mimiola Olamide Victor, Ajayi Pelumi Pamilerin, Tolulope Adara Mati Timothy, Bamgbose Temitayo Abiodun, Ajibola Timilehin Isreal, Ajibade Habeeb Olakunle, Tobiloba Isaiah Seyi, Joseph Odunayo Clement, Victor John Enya, Odebode Temiloluwa Kehinde, Olaniyi Ajibola Roqeeb, and Olushola Oyetunde Samuel were indicted by forensic analyses carried out on their devices and the incriminating documents recovered from them.


Seven others: Oladipo Tunde Lawrence, Eludire Gbemileke Joseph, Gbenga Abiona Wale, Ojuwaye Emeka Oluwaseun, Babatunde Kolade Tunde, Abu Idris Olalekan and Boye Timilehin Emmanuel, are still under investigation.


Seven exotic cars, mobile phones, laptops and several incriminating documents were recovered from the suspects.


They will be charged to court as soon as investigations are concluded.