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May 13, 2022

Police Arrests 3 For Allegedly Killing NYSC Corps Member, Stephanie Terungwa


Operatives of the Nigeria Police Force have arrested three suspects over alleged criminal conspiracy and the gruesome murder of one Terungwa Stephenie, a 26 year-old National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) member serving in Abuja.

FCT Police PRO, DSP Josephine Adeh, said the arrest was made following the deployment of tactical and intelligence assets at the command’s disposal, attached to the Homicide Department of the State Criminal Investigations Department (SCID).

The suspected trio namely; Jenifer Tsembe a 26 year-old female; Monday Simon (a.k.a Black) a 36-year-old male, and Solomon Abu, a male of about 35 years of age, all residents of Oguta Lake Street, Maitama area of the FCT, voluntarily stated their involvement in the perpetration of the dastardly act.

Suspected killers of Stephanie Terungwa

She also said investigation was ongoing to unravel other groundbreaking facts, while effort has been doubled to apprehend the fleeing suspect(s).

The PPRO added that the suspects will be charged to court upon the conclusion of the investigation.

May 13, 2022

Militants Kill One Policeman, Injure Many In Bakassi

By Asare Asare (Daily Post)

Police authorities have confirmed that they lost one policeman during a gun battle with suspected militants in Bakassi on Friday morning.

The Public Relations Officer of the Cross River State Police Command, Irene Ugbo said the gun duel was fierce and that they succeeded in neutralising the group.

“It is not true that we lost two men when the Bakassi militants attacked us. We lost a policeman.

“We are still on their trail and we are sure to get at them soon”, she said.

The attack happened at the Ikang jetty in Bakassi LGA of Cross River State.

Sources said a good number of other persons were injured during the attack and were evacuated to hospital.

As at time of this report, the name of the militant group was not known as none had claimed responsibility.

The policemen were said to be on duty at the jetty.

About a month ago, a Pro-Biafra militant group bombed two gunboats in retaliation to the killing of their commander and disappearance of another by Cameroonian forces.

May 13, 2022

Abubakar Malami Withdraws From Governorship Race, Remains As Justice Minister


Nigeria's Minister of Justice and Attorney-General of the Federation (AGF), Abubakar Malami, has pulled out of the Kebbi State governorship race, multiple sources told SaharaReporters on Friday.

Malami had in April declared interest in the Kebbi State governorship race. He also distributed over 200 exotic vehicles to party members ahead of the governorship primary in the state. On Wednesday, he submitted his N50 million nomination form at the International Conference Centre.

Several sources close to the minister said he withdrew from the race over fear that he may not get the ticket.

There has been a cold political war between the incumbent governor of Kebbi State, Atiku Bagudu and the political arrowhead of Kebbi, Senator Adamu Alieru over who succeeds the former.

While Bagudu, who chairs the Progressive Governors Forum (PGF), is rooting for Malami as his successor, Aliero, a two-term governor of the state, has Senate Leader, Yahaya Abdullahi as his preferred candidate for the APC governorship ticket.

Aliero’s camp has Bala Sani Kangiwa, who was removed during the last state congress of the party as their chairman, while the camp of the governor has Abubakar Kana Zuru as chairman.

Two secretariats of the APC now exist in Birnin Kebbi, the state capital.

Fearing he may not get the ticket under the current circumstances, Malami was said to have changed his plan and pulled out of the governorship race.

“He (Malami) actually pulled out of the race because he knows he can’t win without being the Attorney General,” a source told SaharaReporters.

Malami, a lawyer from Kebbi State who was hardly known before 2015 when he was appointed into the administration of President Muhammadu Buhari, is today one of the richest men in Nigeria.

In 2020, a series of detailed investigations carried out by SaharaReporters showed that Malami had acquired several properties whose value run into many billions of naira since being appointed into the administration of President Buhari as Nigeria’s chief law officer.

For example, the AGF has an underground hotel in Sokoto, three houses at Peace Estate, Abuja, a brand-new state-of-the-art school in Kebbi, two houses for his sons worth N100 million each and a new hotel under construction in the Jabi area of Abuja.

Malami also bought a house worth N150 million in the Gwarimpa area of Abuja. A school located at the back of NITEL in Gesse Phase 1, Birnin Kebbi and a house worth N600 million on Ahmadu Bello Way, Nasarawa GRA, Kano, are among properties acquired by Malami since he became a minister under President Buhari.

The houses he built for his sons in Kebbi are 200 metres apart in a posh part of the city.

That is not all. Malami also built N3billion multipurpose event centre in Kebbi State named Azbir Arena, for his son.

The facility is said to be an entertainment centre with a plaza and a kids’ playing section.

This is apart from Rayhaan Hotel located on Zaria Road, opposite Aminu Kano Teaching Hospital, which the AGF massively upgraded using unexplained wealth.

Sahara Reporters

May 13, 2022

Deputy Speaker Of Kano State House Of Assembly Dumps APC

Zubairu Hamza Massu, Kano State House of Assembly's Deputy Speaker


Zubairu Hamza Massu, the Deputy Speaker, Kano State House of Assembly, has dumped the All Progressive Congress (APC).

He becomes the fourth APC member in the House of Assembly to resign from the party in three days.

It would be recalled that since Governor Abdullahi Umar Ganduje anointed Nasiru Gawuna, his deputy, to succeed him, the party has been hit by a wave of defections.

For the 2023 elections, members of the APC from Kano South are said to be unhappy with the endorsement of Gawuna and Murtala Garo, from Kano Central and Kano North respectively.

In a letter addressed to the ward chairman of the APC, Massu town, the deputy speaker, who is representing Sumaila Local Government Area from Kano South in the assembly, announced his resignation from the APC.

He explained that the decision came after a series of consultations with his constituents and supporters about recent happenings in the party.

Although Massu did not reveal his next move, he stated, “Following the recent happening in the party coupled with series of consultations with my constituents, supporters and stakeholders in Sumaila and Kano North in general, I write to notify you of my intention and decision to resign as a member of APC.”

According to the letter, the decision is mainly due to unjust treatment, inadequate internal democracy and total marginalization of Kano South from a lot of opportunities.

May 13, 2022

Labour Minister, Chris Ngige Withdraws From Presidential Race

Dr Chris Ngige

 Labour Minister, Chris Ngige has withdrawn from the presidential race.

Read the his Full Statement Below:


On Tuesday, 19th April 2022, I publicly declared my interest to contest for the office of the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, following the constitutional provision that precludes our amiable incumbent President, Muhammadu Buhari from seeking re-election to the office, as he would have completed his two terms in office by 29thMay 2023 . The declaration was made in my home town, Alor, Idemili South Local Government Area of Anambra State.

My declaration was sequel to pressure on me from my constituents, political associates, friends and other well-meaning Nigerians, who felt I possess the necessary qualifications and experience for the job. Some of these supporters even taxed themselves to procure the Expression of Interest/ Nomination Forms of our Party, the All Progressives Congress (APC) for me. The forms however are yet to be filled and submitted .

Today, 13thMay , 2022, I had an audience with the President, Muhammadu Buhari as a follow up to the one I earlier had with him on 11thMay , 2022.

Having also consulted widely with my family, constituents, supporters and well-wishers, it is my pleasure to announce the withdrawal of my interest and earlier decision to contest the office of the President in the 2023 general elections.

As a result of this, I will NOT be participating in any of the internal party processes of the said election, starting with the primary.

I took this momentous decision firstly in the overall interest of the nation, in order to enable me concentrate on my job, and assist the President and the Government, weather the difficult last lap, in the life of the administration and secondly for other family reasons.

I have since communicated this decision to the President and the Secretary to the Government of the Federation.

My constituents , political associates and well-wishers across the country are by this statement informed of this latest decision, which also has the blessing and support of the overwhelming majority, hence supersedes any other interest , personal or otherwise.

Thanks and God’s blessings.

Senator(Dr.) Chris Nwabueze Ngige, MD, OON

Honourable Minister of Labour and Employment.

May 13, 2022

I Didn't Buy The Senatorial Form Myself, They're Distracting My Presidential Ambition - Ayade


Governor Ben Ayade has finally reacted to reports that he bought the All Progressives Congress (APC) senatorial nomination form few days after some groups presented him with the party's presidential nomination form in Abuja, a move many described as having a plan B.

GRASSROOT REPORTERS had reported that a list indicating that the governor purchased the form on May 10, had leaked.

APC Cross River State senatorial list with Governor Ayade's name on it

Reacting in a statement on Friday by his Senior Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Christian Ita, the governor said he's still in the race for the presidency, describing the purchase of the form in his name as a distraction.

The governor denied knowledge of the purchase of the form.

Professor Ben Ayade said he is in the presidential race to win and is thus not running for senate as being speculated.

Ayade said while his attention has been drawn to the purported purchase of senatorial nomination form in his name, those behind it did so without his knowledge or authorization.

The governor emphasized that the only election he is contesting is for the office of the president.

Mr. Ita quoted the governor as saying:

"I make bold to say, and also reassure millions of my supporters across the country that I am in the presidential race to win and will pursue this ambition to its logical conclusion. 

"I am currently engrossed in octane consultations with critical party stakeholders on how to clinch the presidential ticket of my great party, the APC and have nothing to do with a purported Senate form bearing my name" the statement further quoted the presidential hopeful as saying.

Describing the alleged Senate form as a distraction targeted at his presidential ambition, Ayade urged his supporters to remain resolute in their support and not to fall for "this distraction targeted at our collective resolve to reinvent Nigeria through our impending victory.

May 13, 2022

Oby Ezekwesili Withdraws From NBA Event In Sokoto To Protest Killing Of Deborah Samuel

 Former minister, Oby Ezekwesili has withdrawn from Nigeria Bar Association (NBA) event which was scheduled to hold in Sokoto, where she was expected to speak as a special guest, to protest the killing of a christian school girl, Deborah Samuel by some Muslim students of Shehu Shagari College of Education, Sokoto over allegations of blasphemy.

Deborah was stoned to death and her corpse burnt by the irate muslim students.

She wrote on Twitter: 

I have decided to withdraw my Speaking commitment to @NigBarAssoc for its event holding in Sokoto.

I was billed to speak from abroad via Zoom but even now will no longer do so.

NBA should seize this moment to reflect on how relevant its actions are in a troubled democracy.✍�

This would have been my session at the @NigBarAssoc conference in Sokoto:

I shall no longer participate. NBA owes citizens like #DeborahSamuel #EuniceOlawale #BridgetAgbaheme the judicial activism to enforce Justice.

It is not late. Start now @OlumideAkpata . Thank you.✍�

May 13, 2022

CBN Governor, Godwin Emefiele Withdraws From Presidential Race

CBN Governor, Godwin Emefiele

The Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), Godwin Emefiele, has reportedly jettisoned his 2023 presidential ambition.

It was learnt that Emefiele has decided to withdraw from the presidential race and has intended to continue as the apex bank chief.

“CBN Governor has withdrawn from the presidential race and has communicated his intention to continue as CBN Governor,” a source told Business Day.

Emefiele’s final withdrawal from the race came weeks after speculations were rife that he would contest for the 2023 presidency under the All Progressives Congress (APC).

This development follows his meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari on Thursday at the Presidential Villa in Abuja.

In a chat with State House correspondents after the meeting with the President, Emefiele told Nigerians to expect news on his presidential ambition soon.

He also urged the citizens to watch out if he would be affected by the presidential directive to political appointees seeking elective positions in the 2023 general elections to vacate their offices before Monday.

When asked by reporters if he would comply with the president’s directive to resign, he had said: “There is no news now, but there will be news. You heard me, I said there is no news but there will be news.”

The CBN Governor also said he was not worried about the speculations surrounding his purported presidential ambition, adding that he is loving the media attention.

Emefiele had said: “Let them have heart attacks; it’s good to have heart attacks; I am having a lot of fun.”

May 13, 2022

BBNaija's White Money Releases New Song 'NA WE WE'

 Big Brother Naija season 6 winner, Hazel Oyeze Onoduenyi, popularly known as Whitemoney has released his second song titled, 'NA WE WE'.

His first song titled 'SELENSE' was released shortly after the Big Brother Naija show.

Rapper, Zoro was featured in his second song.

May 13, 2022

UAE President, Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed al-Nahyan Has Died

President Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed al-Nahyan of the United Arab Emirates


One of the richest monarchs in the world, President Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed al-Nahyan of the United Arab Emirates, has died at the age of 73.

Sheikh Khalifa was president of the UAE since 2004, but his role had been largely ceremonial since he suffered a stroke in 2014.

His half-brother, Mohamed bin Zayed al-Nahyan, is now in charge of state affairs.

The al-Nahyan family is believed to have a fortune of $150bn (£123bn).

As well as being president of the UAE, Sheikh Khalifa was also the ruler of Abu Dhabi, the oil-rich capital of the seven emirates which comprise the UAE.

News of his death was announced by the official WAM news agency.

The ministry of presidential affairs declared 40 days of mourning with flags at half-mast from Friday, and work suspended in the public and private sector for the first three days.

Sheikh Khalifa took over as the UAE’s second president in November 2004, succeeding his father as the 16th ruler of Abu Dhabi.

In the first decade of his rule, he presided over a major restructuring of both the federal government and that of Abu Dhabi.

But after his stroke, he was rarely seen in public, although he continued to issue rulings.

Under the UAE’s constitution, the vice-president Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid al-Maktoum, ruler of Dubai, will act as interim president.

The federal council, which brings together the rulers of the seven emirates, must meet within 30 days to elect a new president.

May 13, 2022

Nigerian Man Brutally Murdered In Vietnam

A Nigerian businessman identified as Jude Chigbo ihezie, was brutally murdered by unknown assailants in Hanoi, Vietnam. 

The Embassy of the Federal Republic of Nigeria in Vietnam confirmed the incident in a statement. 

According to the statement, the 39-year-old father of two was beaten and stabbed in the chest in his apartment on May 4, 2022. He died on his way the hospital. 

"It is with great sadness that the Ambassador of the Federal Republic of Nigeria to VietNam, His Excellency, Mr. Adamu Hassan Mamani, inform you of the gruesome murder of a Nigerian, Mr Jude Chigbo Ihezie of Obowo Village, in Imo State in the morning of Wednesday 4th May, 2022 at an apartment in Ve Linh Village, Phn Linh Commune, Soc Son, Hanoi," the statement read. 

"The Ambassador avail himself of this opportunity to commiserate with all Nigerians in Viet Nam on this grievous incident and assures that all pressure will be exerted on the host authorities to ensure that the perpetrators of the heinous crime are apprehended and brought to justice

. "While we await proper investigation and due diligence in the matter, all Nigerians in Viet Nam are enjoined to keep calm and not to be involved in any act that will jeopardize our legitimate effort to get equity for the deceased Nigerian.” said Mamani.

It was gathered that Ihezie was a well known businessman who had lived in Vietnam for over 10 years and owned several businesses including export of different locally made vietnam products to Africa. He was married to a Vietnamese woman. 


May 13, 2022

Buhari Holds Valedictory Session For Akpabio, Amaechi, Malami, 7 Others



By Johnbosco Agbakwuru (Vanguard)

President Muhammadu Buhari on Friday held a valedictory session with ten ministers that tendered their resignation letters to pursue their political ambition in the 2023 elections.

President Buhari also promised to fill as soon as possible the vacuum created by the departure of the ministers.

Minister of information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed disclosed this while briefing State House correspondents at the end of the validatory session at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.

According to Alhaji Mihamned, the outgoing Ministers that attended the session were, Rotimi Amaechi (Transportation), Chris Ngige (Labour and Employment), Godswill Akpabio (Niger Delta Affairs), Dr. Ogbonnaya Onu (Science and Technological Innovation), Timipre Sylva State for Petroleum Resources), Tayo Alasoadura (State for Niger Delta Affairs), Dame Tallen Paulen (Women Affairs), Uche Ogar (State for Mines and Steel Development), Abubakar Malami (Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice) and Emeka Nwajuba (State for Education), who was absent but with a permission.

May 13, 2022

EFCC Closes Case Against American Businessman, Marco Ramirez, In Alleged $368,698.24 Fraud


The trial of one Marco Antonio Ramirez, an American businessman, before Justice Mojisola Dada of the Special Offences Court sitting in Ikeja, Lagos for an alleged $368,698.24 fraud continued on May 12, 2022, with the EFCC closing its case after calling its last witness. 

Ramirez is facing an amended nine-count charge alongside his companies: USA NOW LLC, Eagle Ford Instalodge Group LP, and USA Now Energy Capital Group LP.

Ramirez, USA NOW LLC, and USA Now Energy Capital Group LP, on or about the 26th day of July, 2013 at Lagos, with intent to defraud, obtained the sum of $250,000 from Gabriel Ogie Edeoghon under the false representation that the sum was his investment in his company: USA NOW Energy Capital Group LP in the Employment-Based Fifth Preference (EB-5) United States of America Investor Programme, which investment would qualify him to be eligible to a USA Green Card, a representation he knew to be false.

One of the counts reads: "Marco Antonio Ramirez, USA NOW LLC, and USA Now Energy Capital Group LP, on or about the 26th day of July, 2013 at Lagos, within the jurisdiction of this Honourable Court, with intent to defraud, obtained the sum of $250,000 from Gabriel Ogie Edeoghon under the false representation that the sum was his investment in your company: USA NOW Energy Capital Group LP in the Employment-Based Fifth Preference (EB-5) United States of America Investor Programme, which investment would qualify him to be eligible to a USA Green Card, and which representation you knew to be false."

Another count reads: "Marco Antonio Ramirez, on or about the 5th day of March, 2014 at Lagos, within the Jurisdiction of this Honourable Court, with intent to defraud, obtained the sum of $50,281.33 from Oludare Talabi, under the false representation that the said sum is to procure United States of America L1 VISA programme for him, which representation you knew to be false."

He pleaded "not guilty" to all the charges.

At today's proceedings, the prosecuting counsel, S.O. Daji, presented the prosecution's last witness, Ayotunde Solademi, who works with the Federal Bureau of Investigation, FBI, Office of the Legal Attache in the US Consulate.

Solademi said: "Sometime in 2016, the Office of the Legal Attache in Nigeria received a letter from the EFCC, containing a request that the FBI should assist the EFCC to find out about th EB-5 Investor Immigrant Programme.

"Also to know if USA Now LLC has the right to issue out the EB-5 Investor Immigrant visa to Nigerians.

"The FBI investigated the matter relating to questions that were asked."

According to him, following the conclusion of investigations, a reply of the findings was sent to the EFCC.

He added: "We responded to the EFCC based on our search and people interviewed.

"The main crux of our finding was that Nigeria is not a participant of the EB-5 Investor Immigrant Programme.

"And if Nigeria is not a participant, then, no company has been given the licence or right to give out the visa to them."

He, thereafter, identified the FBI correspondence with the EFCC, as the prosecution sought to tender it.

There was no objection from the defence, and it was admitted in evidence as Exhibit P19.

Under cross-examination by defence counsel, Lawal Pedro, SAN, the new counsel for the defendant, the witness testified that Ramirez was, in fact, also wanted in the United States to stand trial for some other charges against him.

"Sometime in 2018, the FBI wanted the EFCC to return the defendant to the US to face charges against him," he further said.

After the cross-examination, the prosecution informed the Court that it was closing its case.

Thereafter, Justice Dada adjourned till June 24, 2022 for the defence to open its case.

May 13, 2022

Smugglers Snatch Customs Officer's Rifle In Midnight Attack

Suspected smugglers at the wee hours of Friday attacked a Nigerian Customs Service (NCS) team around Oke-Odo, Lagos, fleeing with a service rifle and a vehicle laden with confiscated rice.

The smugglers, said to have outnumbered the Customs officials, ambushed the operatives while on their way to their office at Ikeja to drop the seized contrabands.

It was gathered that the operatives had conducted a wee hour operation where they intercepted and seized several bags of smuggled rice.

After the operation, one armed operative and a driver were said to have been directed to take the recovered items to NCS Ikeja but were overpowered by the smugglers who allegedly regrouped.

“An officer was seriously injured and the smugglers went away with the vehicle containing the seized rice.

“They also went away with an officer’s gun. The Customs officers who fled came back with soldiers but to their shock, their vehicle was no longer there,” a source stated.

Contacted, police spokesman, SP Benjamin Hundeyin confirmed the incident.

He said: “The Command is aware and we are joining hands with customs to fish out the criminals and recover the items. I cannot give you any other information. Our priority at the moment is to fish out the culprits and recover all items." The Nation

May 13, 2022

Army Arrests 3 Soldiers For Selling Missing Ammunitions To Terrorists


By Kingsley Omonobi (Vanguard)

Three soldiers have been arrested by military authorities for selling arms and ammunition to bandits and terrorists in Zamfara State.

Intelligence sources disclosed that the arrest followed investigations into a case of missing 425 rounds of ammunition at Forward Operations Base (FOB) in Shinkafi Local Government Area of Zamfara State.

It was discovered that a soldier, Private Bala Nura, of the same FOB was involved in selling arms and ammunition to bandits and terrorists.

The soldier confessed to selling about 100 rounds of the 7.62mm special ammunition at the rate of N100,000.

He also confessed that he has promised to sell another quantity of about 1,000 rounds of 7.62mm special ammunition to bandits and terrorists at the rate of N1 million

Nura also named two other soldiers/colleagues, Lance Corporal Ehoda Monday and Lance Corporal Shehu Mohammed as collaborators.

The military authorities are currently embarking on further investigations to unravel if there are other collaborators and fifth columnists.

Thursday, May 12, 2022

May 12, 2022

Nollywood Actor Gbenga Richard Is Dead


Nollywood actor Gbenga Richard AKA sinner man in the movie titled new Jerusalem has been confirmed dead

He died Thursday morning after battling an unknown ailment.

The once vibrant actor who was a force to reckon with in the 1990s and early 2000s according to reports suffered from series of ailments and raising money for his treatment became difficult.

Richard was reportedly suffering from diabetes and other related ailments.