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Watch D’Banj’s Explosive Performance At YouTube Hangout With Fans In Lagos

YouTube held an event in honour of D’banj on Monday, 17th June, 2019 at the Victoria Island area of Lagos.

The event which was tagged “YouTube Hangout With D’banj” had a lot of music fans in attendance who were privileged to have chats and conversations with the Eja Nla.

One of the biggest moments of the night was when the Koko Master mounted the stage to deliver an explosive performance.

D’banj who is a certain hit maker, hit the stage to perform his hit songs. He started with his widely-acclaimed hit, “Top Of The World,” before gradually moving steadily and expressly to other songs.

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I Would Only Collaborate With Artistes That Can Pay Over 23 Million Naira – Mr Eazi Boasts

Nigerian Singer, Mr Eazi has revealed that he would only work with artistes that are willing to pay over 23million for a collaboration.

The “Pour Me Water” singer who recently ended his vacation of few weeks took to his Instagram page to reveal that he would only work with artistes that can pay over £50k(over 23million naira) just for him to be on a song.

He wrote “Vacation over! Don eazi is Back to work pls make sure enquiries are £50k and above pls. Thanks & God Bless”

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Vacation over! Don eazi is Back to work pls make sure enquiries are £50k and above pls. Thanks & God Bless

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Watch Ric Hassani Shut Down Over 5000 Capacity Event Place In Honduras, South America

Ric Hassani is currently on a music tour of some selected African countries and south American and Carribean countries. After shutting down the likes of Mauritius in Africa, the talented and sweet-voiced singer moved to Honduras.

During his show in the country, Ric Hassani was overwhelmed with what he saw. The large crowd screaming his name and singing his songs words for words.

He posted a video of how it all went down with a caption that preaches surprise, amazement, amusement and thrill.

He wrote; “Unbelievable. Thank you Roatan for giving me this moment. You sang every song back to me, just unbelievable. Thank you God for being beside me. My manager, my team, & Heaven, we did it, we sold out! Thank You.”

Tiwa Savage Threatens To Expose Companies Owing Her Millions


Universal Records’ diva, Tiwa Savage is bringing back the “call-out season”. Apparently, the performer is not happy about how some companies her owing her millions of naira, and has threatened to call out their names on social media upon failure to pay up.

According to Tiwa Savage, many companies are owing her millions despite the fact that her brand has given them huge visibility in time past and she is set to list said brands.

The “One” singer wrote on her Insta story

Reekado, Skibii, Zlatan, Kesh & More Thrill at Kizz Daniel’s Sold-Out Abuja Concert

As part of his “The No Bad Songz Tour”, Nigerian pop star, Kizz Daniel stormed the capital city of Nigeria, Abuja on June 12th, 2019 [Democracy Day].

The “Madu” crooner alongside his friends as guest acts entertained Abuja show patrons, music lovers and fans in an event tagged “Kizz Daniel Live in Concert” at The Velodrome, Abuja National Stadium.

The sold-out event saw Kizz thrill with countless songs from the arsenal of hits accompanied by surprise guest performances from Reekado Banks, Skibii, Lil Kesh, Zlatan Ibile, Victor AD and T-Classic.

Kizz Daniel is set to kick off the U.S.A leg of the #NBS tour and the release the visual for his latest smash “Eko” in days, nonetheless, check out hot shots from the Abuja gathering.

Naira Marley Reveals He Is Set To Go Back To Jail On A Mission

Naira Marley has expressed his desire to go back to jail to help some guys he met while he was there.

The singer/rapper who just got released by men of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) after he was picked up last month at his Lekki home in relation to internet fraud was released on Friday 14th of June after spending almost a month in custody.

Naira has revealed he met a particular guy in jail who has been in jail for over 9 months without being given a chance to appear in court, he also talked about another who has been put in jail just because he refused to leave the daughter of a rich woman after so many warnings.

He has revealed he is willing to help these guys and hopes other Nigerians help him in his quest to have them regain freedom.

He wrote; “I have to help a lot of niggas in jail. i met one guy, he has been in jail for over 9 years but never been to court, as in they haven’t even found him guilty yet. what if he is not guilty?

“I met another nigga in jail. Been in jail for over  2 years because he is in a relationship with one rich woman’s daughter and the woman locked him up for not leaving her daughter. I can’t change Nigeria but together we can.”

Lady Accuses D’Prince Of Sleeping With Her Friends Without Paying

A Nigerian lady has accused Mavin artiste, D’prince and Rema’s manager of sleeping with her friends without paying.

The lady identified as Samantha took to Instagram to accuse D’Prince and Rema’s manager of failing to pay her friends after rendering their services.

According to her, she and her friends were invited by a guy who claims to be a celebrity barber to hang out with D’Prince and Rema at a hotel in Abuja.  She claimed that her friends ended up spending the night with them but they did fulfill their promise to pay them.

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Watch Adorable Moment Davido’s 1st Daughter, Imade Sends Father’s Day Greetings To Her Dad

Yesterday, Sunday 16th of June, was father’s day and every family, friends, colleagues, neighbours and even enemies sent every father they know some good wishes for the day.

However, of all the wishes we came across, the one Davido’s daughter, Imade sent her dad (Davido) was the sweetest and most adoring.

The 4-year old little girl took to her Instagram to make a video of herself wishing her dad a happy “father’s day” as well as send him lovely kisses.

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??? Thank you my loving daughter ! I love you more @realimadeadeleke

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Davido’s 1st Baby Mama; Sophia Momodu, Gushes Over Singer On Father’s Day With Special Message

Davido’s first baby mama, Sophia Momodu has sent the superstar singer an interesting “father’s day” greeting on social media.

Sophia who is the mother of Davido’s daughter; Imade Adeleke, took to her Instagram Story to adulate Davido as well as reveal how the father of two gets her upset almost everytime.

She however revealed the DMW boss has always been supportive of their daughter’s upbringing as well as always making sure she never feels left alone in bringing up the child.

She wrote; “Happy father’s day to the man who made me a mother, you get on my last nerve half the time but time and time again you’ve shown me that i’m not alone in this parenting life. Thank you for all that you do.”

APC Members Will Give You Back Seat Treatment Soon – PDP Replies Tinubu


Bola Tinubu, a National Leader of the ruling All Progressive Congress (APC) will soon be given a back seat treatment in his party, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has said.

The opposition party stated this in reply to comments credited to the former Lagos State governor wherein he said the PDP were making saucy and distractive statements because of their loss at this year’s general election.

“Don’t blame them. They are handicapped by the traumatic feelings of the colossal loss of the election,” Tinubu was quoted by the presidency in a statement to have said in Saudi Arabia on Monday.

“You should help them to manage the trauma,” the APC chieftain added.

Responding, the opposition party who accused the former governor of hauling insults at the PDP urged him not to curry political relevance by attacking them.

The party also said it was an atrocity for the APC chieftain to travel to the Islamic religious country to play dirty politics while others are praying for the country.

Nigerian Government Engages US Over Suspension Of Drop Box Visa

Geoffrey Onyeama

The Minister of Foreign Affairs, Geoffrey Onyeama says the federal government has engaged the US government over suspension of the drop box visa regime for Nigerians visiting America. Onyeama however lamented most of the unpleasant migrant decisions taken by some countries were triggered by the negative perceptions about few Nigerians who do not obey the rules of those countries.

He spoke on Tuesday during an interactive session with the Diplomatic Correspondents on his stewardship. The issue of migration is a challenge and such a sensitive topic because the US has just suspended the drop box for visas renewals.

“And a lot of it is that they released statistics to show that 10 per cent of people who overstayed their visas globally are Nigerians. Those who do not obey the rule of other countries’ have more negative impact on those who obeyed. “The issue of those who overstayed their visa is a real issue. We have engaged with the US government over it. We are just trying to work through them and they are looking at various alternative and solutions and to make less difficult for the genuine visitors and the like. Things like you have to have guarantor or surety and the like all those things are what they are trying to apply to really address this prickly issue,” he said.

He said the ministry was doing what it could to ensure the issue of the recent suspension of drop box for visas renewal does not affect genuine visitors to the US. “We are doing what we can they (U.S. Embassy) told me that notwithstanding the suspension of drop box mechanism that there would be expedited interview for certain people. “And that there would be that flexibility to request for interview that might make it easier for those seeking visa,” he said.

Acting CJN Dragged To Court Over Alleged Age Falsification, Plantiff Absent

Tanko Muhammad

The acting Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN) Tanko Muhammad, has got yet another looming scandal as he has been dragged to court over an alleged age falsification. The acting CJN was dragged to court over an alleged age falsification by 46-year-old businessman, Mr Tochi Michael. He claimed that the CJN falsified his date of birth from December 31, 1950 as contained in all his official records, including that of WAEC, to December 31, 1953 upon his appointment as a judicial officer. He also asked for a prosecution of the CJN on offence of perjury and an any other order which the court may deem fit.

However counsel for the CJN, Mr Sam Ologunorisa (SAN), who informed the court that the plaintiff and his counsel were not available, added that it seemed the plaintiff and his counsel were “running away” from the suit they filed, stressing that the court should do the needful in the interest of justice.

Punch reported that he said;

“We filed a notice of preliminary objection, a counter-affidavit and a written address. We urge the court to deem it fit that the originating summons has been argued. We have to look at Exhibit III of the originating summons. We urge the court to dismiss the suit. The case is meant to scandalise the CJN,”

Justice Danlami Senchi who adjourned the case till Friday, said the plaintiff will be given yet another opportunity to prove the allegation.

Libya To Deport Another 131 Nigerians


Another batch of 131 Nigerians would be deported into the country on Wednesday, May 22, 2019, from the North African country – Libya.

The impending returnees, consisting of males, females, and toddlers are expected to land in the country at 9pm on Wednesday through the Murtala Muhammed International Airport (MMIA), Lagos.

A source close to one of the security agencies at the Lagos Airport confided in our correspondent that a chartered aircraft, a Boeing 787-800, belonging to Buraq Airlines with the registration number 5ADMG would return the deportees to Nigeria.

The Nigerians are being deported from the war-torn North African country for illegally entering and residing in Libya.

The stranded Nigerians would be assisted back to the country through the humanitarian efforts of International Organisation for Migration (IOM) and special funding from European Union (EU) for reintegration process for the voluntary returnees after their futile attempts cross over to Europe through Libya.

The source told our correspondent that all the security agencies at the Lagos Airport had been notified of the impending return of the Nigerians.

Some of the security agencies included – the Nigerian Customs Service (NCS), Aviation Security (AVSEC), Nigerian Immigration Service (NIS), Nigeria Police, Department of Security Service (DSS) and several others.

Besides, it is expected that officials of the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) would receive the deportees on arrival in Nigeria.

It would be recalled that the exercise has been ongoing since 2017 with the 66th flights performed late last month.

As at the last time, over 13, 000 Nigerians have been returned to the country through the exercise.

Most of the returnees had planned to use Libya as a departing point to Europe but were later stranded in the North African country.

See 2 Yahoo Boys Jailed For 6 Months In Lagos



Two Yahoo boys in Lagos have been convicted and jailed for 6 months by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC.

The Internet fraudsters identified as Temitope Samson and Uduogwu Freeborn Eboagwu, were sentenced by Justice Oluwatoyin Taiwo of the Special Offences Court sitting in Ikeja, Lagos State, The agency reports.

The convicts were arraigned today on an amended two-count charge bordering on possession of fraudulent documents containing false information, an offence contrary to Section 318 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State No. 11 of 2011.

One of the counts reads:

“That you, Temitope Samson, on or about the 14th day of March, 2019 in Lagos, within the Ikeja Judicial Division, had in your possession documents containing false pretence with the heading “Google Account Profile” , wherein you falsely represented yourself as Kaliyah Salius, which representations you knew or ought to know, having regards to the circumstances of the case, that the document contains false pretence.”

Another count reads:

“That you, Uduogwu Freeborn Eboagwu, on or about the 14th day of March, 2019 in Lagos, within the Ikeja Judicial Division, had in your possession documents containing false pretence with the heading “Devoted”, wherein you falsely represented yourself as Fred Fernando, which representations you knew or ought to know, having regards to the circumstances of the case that the document contains the false pretence.”

The defendants pleaded guilty to the charge preferred against them by the Commission.

In view of their guilty pleas, prosecution counsel, Joy Amahian, urged the court to convict and sentence them according to the Criminal Law of Lagos.

However, counsel to the defendants pleaded with the court to temper justice with mercy, saying, “My Lord, they are first time offenders and will never go back to Internet fraud, if given an option of fine and/ or community service.”

Justice Taiwo convicted and sentenced them to six months in prison each, with an option of fine of N250, 000.00 (Two Hundred and Fifty Thousand Naira).

Justice Taiwo also ordered that the three laptops, two phones and two cars recovered from the defendants be forfeited to the Federal Government.

Truck Loaded With Cows Collides With High-Tension Wire In Anambra (Graphic)



School children escaped death from a ghastly accident as a truck loaded with cows collided with electric high-tension wire.

The accident happened at about 3:30 pm this afternoon along Orlu Road Ekwulobia by the entrance gate of Central School Ekwulobia off St John’s Cathedral church, just a few minutes after closing hour of the school.

The ghastly accident involved a truck which was driven by a Hausa man with two other men in the front seat and another Hausa man sitting at the back (almost at the roof) of the open truck with the cows.

Outgoing Imo Governor, Okorocha Unveils President Buhari Statue In Owerri


Governor Rochas okorocha of Imo state has unveiled the statue of the President of Nigeria, Muhammadu Buhari. This is coming less 2 weeks to his handover to the New administration. The president who was scheduled for an official visit to the state on Tuesday 21st had to postpone it because of his trip to Saudi Arabia for lesser Hajj. It’s one of the numerous projects to be commissioned by the president.

Kogi Governor Walks Kogi Chief Judge Out From State Function



Kogi State Governor Yahaya Bello on Tuesday walked out the Chief Judge (CJ) of the state, Justice Nasir Ajanah from a function.

The incident occurred at the Government House Lokoja during the swearing-in of the new Grand Khadi of the state.

The function was attended by top government officials and others from the judiciary.

The CJ, who was said to have been officially invited to the function by the protocol officer of the Government House, was seated before arrival of the governor.

However, some minutes later before the arrival of the governor, his Chief Security Officer allegedly approached the CJ and informed him the governor gave a directive that he should not be allowed to attend the function.

The CJ thereafter left the government house and returned to his office.

The development may not be unconnected to the face-off between the executive and the state judiciary, arising from disagreements over table payment of judicial staff.

Army Commander Attacks Convoy Of Borno Deputy Governor During Osinbajo’s Visit


There was a disagreement between soldiers and policemen while Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo was inaugurating some projects in Maiduguri, Borno state capital, on Tuesday.

The vice-president visited Borno to inaugurate some of the projects executed by the outgoing administration of Kashim Shettima.

Among the projects were schools, GSM Center and facilities for displaced children in the state.

However, while the vice-president, Kashim Shettima, the governor and Usman Durkwa, the deputy governor, were inaugurating a school along Bukumkutu road in the state capital, security operatives attached to them disagreed in public.

Confusion broke out after Mike Alechenu, garrison commander, operation Lafiya Dole, prevented the vehicles attached to Durkwa to join the convoy of other dignitaries.

As the lead vehicle in the convoy of Durkwa attempted to move, Alechenu used a stick to smash its windscreen.

He also used the stick to hit the driver of the white Hilux van conveying security operatives before ordering his men to deflate the tyres of any of the deputy governor’s vehicles that attempted to “move an inch”.

Soldiers were seen attaching knives to their Ak-47 riffles in order to comply with directives of their commander.

Alechennu also threatened to handcuff the aide-de-camp of Durkwa, an assistant superintendent of police (ASP), who had appealed for calm.

“This is a matter of security, you don’t tell me what to do. I’ll bundle and handcuff you if you move an inch from this place,” he warned.

Consequently, junior police officers blocked the road in protest.

“You are here trying to intimidate us when you are running away from your responsibility of fighting Boko Haram,” an angry police officer said.

It took the intervention of some operatives of the Department of State Services (DSS) for the situation to be brought under control.

OBJ’s Claim Of Fulanization And Islamization Is Reckless And Unpatriotic- Muslim Students





On Saturday, the 18th day of May, 2019, a former head of State and former President of Nigeria, Chief Olusegun Obasanjo was a guest speaker at the second session of the Synod of Anglican Dioceses held at the Cathedral Church of St. Paul’s Anglican Church, Oleh in Isoko Local Government of Delta State.

Speaking on the topic: “Mobilizing Nigeria’s human and natural resources for national development and stability”, Chief Obasanjo claimed that “FULANIZATION and ISLAMIZATION of West Africa” is now the main reason for ‘boko haram’ insurgency, kidnapping and banditry. In his words, the former president said: “It is no longer an issue of lack of education and lack of employment for our youths in Nigeria which it began as, it is now West African Fulanization, African Islamization and global organized crimes of human trafficking, money laundering, drug trafficking, gun trafficking, illegal mining and regime change”.

MSSN B- Zone believes that the statement relating the crimes to Islam, and most especially coming from a former head of State and former President, is not only reckless, it is unpatriotic and uncalled for.

If despite the incomparable loss of lives by Muslims in the boko haram insurgency and other criminal activities, people like Obasanjo still find it difficult to believe that the crimes have no way in Islam and can go ahead to associate them to Islam, it is most unfortunate and highly dissapointing to say the least.

If we must remind Chief Olusegun Obasanjo, perhaps he has forgotten, his regime as President of Nigeria gave rise to regional insurgency such as Niger/Delta militancy and Oodua Peoples Congress (OPC) with the militants being mainly southern christians, yet, nobody ascribed the militancy to ‘CHRISTIANIZATION’

Also considering where Obasanjo chose to make the reckless statement, the congregation being purely southern Christians, it shows Obasanjo deliberately made the wrong assertion to instigate tribal and religious crisis. This is worrisome and unbecoming of somebody of Obasanjo’s status as former head of State.

In the circumstance, MSSN B-Zone condemns in the strongest term the statement made by Chief Olusegun Obasanjo claiming what he called ISLAMIZATION as the reason for boko haram insurgency and other criminal activities.

We want to state it for the umpteenth time that insurgency, kidnapping, banditry, drug trafficking been perpetrated across all states in Nigeria and by people of different religions and tribes, have no basis in Islam and have nothing to do with Islam and Muslims.

We call on Chief Olusegun Obasanjo to be careful in his statements and stop making statements defamatory and indicting of Islam and Muslims in Nigeria in order not to put Nigeria in an avoidable tribal and religious crisis.

We finally call on well- meaning Nigeria and international community to call Chief Olusegun Obasanjo to order in his reckless statement capable of throwing Nigeria into conflict. As an old man and a former President of the country, he should be more patriotic and concentrate on actions that can bind Nigeria together rather than those that can break it.


Qaasim B. Odedeji
Amir/Zonal Coordinator

Alh Abdul Jalil Abdul Rasaq
Zonal Secretary

Engr. Bashir Momoh
Public Relations Officer

University Of Uyo Student Drowns During Pool Party (Photos)


A Uniuyo fresher identified as Kingsley Etim, reportedly drowned during a pool party which was held at a hotel in Uyo, Akwa Ibom State.The Uniuyo fresher who drowned at the pool party, is said to be Political Science and Public Administration student of the university and it was further gathered that the incident occurred around 9pm on Saturday night at De Vegas Paradise.

One of his colleagues spotted him in the pool, after others have left the water for other recreations. The deceased was said to have been rushed to the University of Uyo’s Health Centre, where he was confirmed dead after efforts to revive him failed.

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‘I Will Employ Graduates As BRT Drivers, Pay N100,000’ – Sanwo-Olu


The incoming governor of Lagos State, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, has said he will rid Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) of reckless driving by employing graduates as drivers and adding more dignity to the work.

Sanwo-Olu spoke Saturday during an interactive session with his classmates at the Executive Master of Business Administration class, University of Lagos, 1998/2000 set.

The forum held a “Congratulatory Dinner Reception,” in Sanwo-Olu’s honour at Wheatbaker Hotel in Ikoyi, where they presented to him a policy document, containing their ideas and suggestions on some of what Sanwo-Olu could do in office to have a successful tenure.

In specific terms, the classmates asked Sanwo-Olu how he would address the recklessness of some of the BRT bus drivers.

He said, “The BRT issue is something that has to do with culture. When we take over, by the Grace of God, we will advertise and see if we can employ some of our graduates as drivers.

“What I realised is that apart from the money we will be paying them, which is more than what they are paying an average graduate, we need to very quickly tell our people and encourage ourselves that there is dignity in work. We are going to be paying (them) between N80,000 and N100,000 to come and drive these buses because we expect a lot more decency.

“By the time we get the culture of the drivers’ right, the routes are coming up, by the time we finish the Abule-Egba/Iyana Ipaja/Ikeja route, it will boost the number of BRT (buses).”

Accordingly to Sanwo-Olu, Lagos could one day adopt technology to upgrade and model the BRT ticketing system after what is obtainable in the United Kingdom.

At the dinner, the governor-elect also explained his plans to eradicate gridlock around the cit.

He said his administration hoped to, by the middle of next year, complete the blue rail starting from Okokomaiko, through to Mile 2, Orile and Marina.

“The water will work, BRT buses will work and rail will work,” Sanwo-Olu said.

On the Apapa gridlock, He said, “The Apapa trailer issue; it’s a campaign issue; it’s very serious. I’m going to take it very seriously. I believe that it is something that we are going to solve in the first 60 days of our government. Whatever is going to be required of us, we will take them out. There is a lot of politics being played around there. But no, it cannot be the way we’ll continue to live. We cannot continue to give excuses.”

“Five or 10 years ago, if we had been forward-thinking, we would have also realised that the city had actually outgrown the Apapa Port. So, the long-term solution is to build another one. Our government, by the Grace of God, will start the Badagry Port. That is the long-term solution,” he said.

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One Person Killed, 17 Others Abducted As Gunmen Raid A Church In Kaduna During Choir Practice


At least one person was killed and 17 others abducted when gunmen attacked some communities in Kaduna State on Sunday.

The church attack was carried out on the Evangelical Church Winning All (ECWA) while the villages affected are Dankande and Dogon Dawa in Birnin Gwari local government area and Guguwa-Kwate village and Rigasa area in Igabi local government area of the state.

In Dankande, a witness said over 20 gunmen surrounded a church where a choir rehearsal was going on.

The witness said, “It was at about 12:30 midnight. We had a combined choir practice in the church with other neighbouring communities. We normally hold  the combine choir practice from 9:00pm to 1:00am.

As we were in the church, the armed men numbering over 20 just surrounded the church and started shooting. Everybody was terrified but there was no how we could run because they had already surrounded the church.”

A community leader in Guguwa-Kwate said his elder brother’s son was in the church when the gunmen struck.

“They entered one house and  were beating people. They kidnapped one man and a woman in the house. The killed my senior brother’s son. This is the fifth time these bandits are invading our community. About two months ago, they abducted two people in the farm” he said.

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UPS Staff Attacks His Wife In Lagos, Flees (Disturbing Photos)

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UPS staff flees after viciously attacking his wife in Lagos .
One Olaniyi Olanrewaju is currently on the run after battering his wife, Muhammed Halima, at their house at No 25 Illupeju str, Ait, Alagbado, Lagos State.

The staff of UPS, Gbagada, allegedly descended on Halima because she told him to at least accord her some level of respect while he was flirting with a lady on the phone in her presence.
Olanrewaju left one of her eyes badly damaged and she had to undergo a minor operation to stitch the exposed side of her face.

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May 29 And June 12 Have Both Been Declared As Public Holidays

Alhaji Lai Mohammed

The minister of information, Alhaji Lai Mohammed has just finished addressing a press conference that was broadcast live by the NTA, Radio Nigeria and Voice of Nigeria. He said:

1) President Buhari will be sworn in on May 29th.

2) The inauguration will be a low key event.

3) All the foreign dignitaries that would have been invited to attend the inauguration will be invited to attend an event on June 12 (Democracy Day).

4) Both May 29 and June 12 are public holidays.

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EFCC Is Investigating Governor Okorocha – Magu


The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has confirmed that it is investigating Governor Rochas Okorocha of Imo State. Acting chairman of the anti-graft agency, Mr Ibrahim Magu, affirmed this during an exclusive interview with Channels Television in London.

Asked if an investigation is ongoing regarding the governor, he responded, “definitely”. “Of course, we are doing a couple of checks and investigations here and there. We are investigating almost everybody,” the EFCC boss added. He noted that the commission has to get to a certain level before it can disclose any information about an ongoing investigation.

Mr Magu explained that this was necessary to prevent any action that can jeopardise or interfere with the process of the inquiry. According to him, Governor Okorocha is one of the many people being investigated by the commission. The EFCC boss said although he was aware of reports of the investigation on the social media, the details the anti-graft agency has was different from what was in the public space.

He, however, declined to disclose it. Magu is in the United Kingdom to meet with investigators assisting the Nigerian government in solving cases of money laundering and financial crimes. Recently, Governor Okorocha gave an indication that he was under the spotlight of the EFCC, saying he is the most investigated governor in the country.

Court Restrains EFCC From Investigating Senate President, Bukola Saraki



Court Restrains EFCC From Investigating Senate President, Bukola Saraki

A Federal High Court in Abuja has stopped the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission from investigating Bukola Saraki, Senate President of Nigeria.

The EFCC had said it would investigate Saraki’s earning while he was the Governor of Kwara State from 2003 to 2011. Saraki, who described the investigation as a witch-hunt, approached the court, filing two charges in order to restrain the anti-graft agency from probing his earnings and emoluments.

Sunday Onubi, Saraki’s lawyer, charged Abubakar Malami, Attorney General of the Federation; Department of State Services; Muhammed Adamu, Inspector General of Police; Independent Corrupt Practices and other related Offences Commission (ICPC); and Code of Conduct Tribunal (CCT); alongside the EFCC.

Justice Taiwo Taiwo who presided over the case ordered the EFCC to suspend the probe. Delivering the ruling, Justice Taiwo stated that the interim order is in the exercise of “its discretion judicially and judiciously applied by the law and statues.”

He added, “By the provision of Order 4(3) of the Fundamental Rights Civil Procedure Rules, 2009, the court may, if satisfied that the applicant may be caused hardship before the service of an application where liberty or life of the applicant is involved hear the application ex parte upon such interim reliefs as the justice of the application may demand.

I am of the view, after due consideration of the aforesaid, that this court ought to make the order being sought by the applicant pending the hearing and determination of the originating motion on notice.”

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Nigerian Navy Arrests Ghanaian, Eight Beninoise For Oil Theft

The Nigerian Navy has said it arrested nine foreign nationals alongside two boats and seven trucks over alleged stolen Petrol Motor Spirit (PMS) around the Atlas Cove area of Lagos.

The Commander, Nigerian Navy Ship (NNS) BEECROFT, Commodore Ibrahim Shettima said this while briefing reporters at the command in Apapa, Lagos.

He said the arrest of the products, suspects, boats and the trucks happened between May 10 and 12 at Atlas Cove Island and Nigeria-Benin Republic Border.

Commodore Shettima said: “On May 10 at about 2am, a patrol team deployed on the Atlas Cove Island discovered two trucks containing about 200 x 25 Litre Plastic Cans around Akaraba area on the Atlas Cove Island.

“Although no suspects were found at the scene, it is believed that the plastic cans were prepared for usage in storing illegally siphoned PMS from the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) pipelines.

“In a separate incident on the same day, at about 5am, the patrol team also discovered another five trucks conveying about 70 x 25 Litre plastic cans around Abule Glass area on the Atlas Cove Island.

“It is opined that the vehicles were kept in preparation for the movement of stolen product from the NNPC pipelines.”

The Commander added that two boats and foreign nationals were also arrested by naval men on routine patrol along the Nigeria-Benin Boarder.

“On May 12 around 6pm, a naval boat on routine patrol along Nigeria-Benin Republic border intercepted two boats conveying a total of 85 x 250 Litre drums and another 150 X 25 Litre plastic cans suspected to be containing Premium Motor Spirit (PMS). This is believed to have been stolen from NNPC pipeline laid on the Atlas Cove Island.

“As at the time of the intercept, the two boats had a total of nine crew members comprising of one Ghanaian and eight Beninoise.

“Investigation into the matter is ongoing with the view to unraveling their local collaborators and accordingly, the vehicles and exhibits are in own custody and would be handed over to prosecuting agencies,” he said.

Shettima said the Atlas Cove Island accommodated an NNPC storage facility, which was operated and managed by the Pipelines and Product Marketing Company (PPMC) a subsidiary of NNPC.

“The facility is designed as a transit depot to supply refined product to other NNPC depots at Mosimi, Ore, Ibadan, and Shagamu areas. Over time, the facility is being threatened by activities of pipeline vandals and in a strive to checkmate this ugly trend, the base heightened patrols on the island and its waterfront,” he said.

He said the act of illegally trading in petroleum product around the Atlas Cove Island was unfortunate, adding that most of the illegalities were perpetrated with the collaboration and assistance of some unpatriotic Nigerians.

“It is worthy of note that the navy under the leadership of the Chief of the Naval Staff, Vice Admiral Ibok-Ette Ibas is determined to rid our waterways and its connected creeks of all forms of criminality. NNS BEECROFT is therefore committed to assisting NNPC deal with the issue of petroleum product theft.

“The navy, therefore, uses this medium to warn oil thieves and other criminal elements particularly in our maritime environment to desist from these nefarious activities and pursue lawful means of livelihood,” he said.

Boy Takes Sniper After Failing JAMB



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A 17 year old boy named Amos Ibrahim took his own life in Jos, the Plateau state capital,by taking sniper insecticide, after failing the 2019 Joint admissions and matriculation exams which he wrote at Aptech center in Sangotedo, Lagos.

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APC Accuses Amosun Of Diverting Workers’ Money As NLC Confirms Payment

Chairman, the Nigeria Labour Congress, Ogun State chapter, Emmanuel Bankole, has confirmed that the outgoing Governor, Ibikunle Amosun, has paid workers’ deductions as he promised.

The confirmation came just as the Ogun State chapter of the All Progressives Congress alleged that Amosun had fixed the money in a deposit account for personal interest.

The NLC chairman told our correspondent on the phone on Tuesday while clearing the air on the insinuation that the governor had reneged on his promise to pay the deductions.

The governor had during the Workers’ Day celebration in Abeokuta told the workers they would start receiving alerts after 24 hours.

But days after, workers did not receive alerts, prompting insinuations that the governor would not make the payment.

When asked whether the workers had started receiving alerts, the NLC chairman confirmed that substantial number of workers had received, saying, “Good number of them (workers) have been paid”.

He added, “Except for local government workers who have not been paid, all the outstanding have been paid, I can confirm this to you.”

But reacting to the news of the payment, the Ogun APC in a statement issued in Abeokuta on Tuesday and signed by the party’s caretaker committee’s publicity secretary, Tunde Oladunjoye, alleged that Amosun had kept the money in a fixed deposit account.

The statement read in part, “Amosun should bury his head in shame. He has not done any special favour to the workers. He should have paid the workers with the interests on their money he used as fixed deposits with leading commercial banks for years, thereby reaping billions of naira in interest.

“Or where did Amosun suddenly get the money when there is no excess crude oil payment, Paris Club refund or bailout by the FG. If Amosun has given these funds to the owners when due, instead of trading with them, many who lost their lives would have been saved; many families would not have been broken and many who developed high blood pressure and related diseases would have been saved from such ailments.”

When contacted, a Special Adviser to Governor Amosun, Mr Rotimi Durojaiye, faulted the claims.

He said “Ogun State workers cannot say that. They know the governor loves them, and they love him too.

“Whosoever is trying to knock the heads of workers with the governor is mischievous and ungodly.”

Nurse Struggling With A Rapist Injured In Kano (Disturbing Photos)



A nurse has incurred a deep knife wound on her neck while trying to resist rape.

The Kano State Police arrested a 20-year-old man called Bashir Yahaya over his attempt to rape a nurse at her duty post at a clinic in Taludu quarters, Gwale Local Government Area.

The spokesman of the command, DSP Abdullahi Haruna Kiyawa, said the suspect, Bashir Yahaya, trailed his victim to the clinic, tried to rape her and in the process injured her with the knife.

He added that the victim who was left with a deep cut on her neck was rescued by one Zayyanu Abdulhamid who also suffered a knife-cut injury from the suspect.

The injured woman has since been treated and discharged from the hospital while the suspect is in police custody under investigation.

The suspect was arrested at the scene and the weapon was recovered from him. He confessed to attempted rape and when she resisted he was forced to use the knife so she could comply with his wishes.

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Kaduna Guber: Ashiru, PDP Move To Dethrone El-Rufai, Seek Recount Of Ballot



The governorship candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the 2019 general elections, Isah Ashiru, on Tuesday, filed an application seeking for a recount of the votes cast during the March 9 governorship polls.

Ashiru’s counsel, Elisha Kurah (SAN), submitted the application to the Justice I. M Bako-led tribunal that commenced pre-hearing session in Kaduna.

Justice Bako, however, adjourned the session to May 25 to allow the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) and the two other respondents in the petition time to respond to the PDP’s application on votes recount.

Kurah who spoke to journalists shortly after the adjournment of the session urged the tribunal to order INEC for the recount of the votes cast.

He explained, “We filed an application requesting to recount the votes cast during the election.

“It is very crucial as we are alleging which is supported by the evidence we have that most of the results declared were phantom votes.

“They were back up by votes in the ballot boxes. So we want a complete recount of the votes cast in the governorship election.

“We are expecting that the results would show that the PDP actually won the election.

“But votes were just inflicted randomly just to make the APC have the semblance of winning.”

Counsel to PDP, Ibrahim Bawa (SAN), told newsmen that he also filed an application seeking that certain paragraphs of the respondents’ responses to ”our application be struck out for lack of merit.”

Meanwhile, Abdulhakeem Mustapha, Counsel to Gov Nasiru El-Rufai in a separate interview with newsmen said, “The petitioners of the PDP and its candidate, Isa Ashiru have four highly contentious applications.

“And we intend to oppose the applications on their merit. And the tribunal has given us a new date for us to come and argue the applications. So, the matter is adjourned for hearing of all the pending applications.

“We have a preliminary objection that the petition is not competent. They (PDP and Ashiru) have an application that they want the tribunal to direct that the ballots be counted one after the other in open court, and we intend to oppose those applications.”

According to him, the Electoral Act is in our favour, the Kaduna people have spoken. They picked Mal. El-Rufai and nothing is going to change that.

“We are here to defend the mandate the people have given to the governor. We intend to convince the tribunal that the petition lacks merit and it should be dismissed,” Mustapha said.

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Kano State: Kingmakers Hire 7 SANs, 17 Other Lawyers To Battle Ganduje



Kano Kingmakers have employed the service of 7 Senior Advocates of Nigeria and 17 other lawyers to challenge governor, Abdullahi Ganduje and Kano House Assembly and others in court over the creation of more new Kano Emirates.

The Kingmakers namely Madakin Kano, Yusuf Nabahani; Makaman Kano, Sarki Ibrahim; Sarkin Dawaki Maituta, Bello Abubakar and Sarkin Bai, Mukhtar Adnan filed a suit on Tuesday at the state High Court against the Speaker of Kano State House of Assembly, Kano State House of Assembly, the Governor of Kano State, the Attorney General of Kano State and the four emirs appointed by the governor The names of the lawyers are Prince Lateef Fegbemi, SAN, FCIArb,(UK), AB Mahmoud, OON, SAN, FCIArb, (UK), Adeniyi Akintola, SAN, Suraj Sa’eda, SAN, Hakeem O. Afolabi, SAN, Paul Usoro SAN, Nassir Abdu Dangiri, SAN, Others are Maliki Kuliya Umar Esq, Nureini S. Jimoh Esq, Dr. Nasiru Aliyu Esq, Sagir Gezawa Esq, Muritala O. Abdulrasheq Esq, Aminu S. Gadanya Esq, Ismail Abdulaziz Esq, Rashidi Isamotu Esq, Oseni Sefullahi Esq, Ibrahim Abdullahi Esq, Haruna Saleh Zakariyya Esq, Auwal A. Dabo Esq, Badamasi Sulaiman Esq, O. O. Samuel Esq, Fariha Sani Abdullahi, Yahaya Isah Abdulrasheed, ACIArb, (UK) and Amira Hamisu.

According to one of the reliefs they sought, the kingmakers said giving effect to the purported law has distorted history, especially as it regards to the positions they are holding in the emirate. The top emirate council members further said their position is a heritage in trust for their respective clans of Jobawa, Sullubawa, Yolawa and Dambazawa. New Kano emirates: Why Court restrained Ganduje

The Kano State House of Assembly (KNHA), had last week approved the amendment of the Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs law, paving way for the decentralisation of the Kano Emirate council. The bill, known as Kano Emirs Appointment and Deposition Amendment Bill 2019 was promptly signed into law by Governor Abdullahi Ganduje.

It allows for the creation of four more first class emirs Rano, Karaye, Bichi and Gaya councils. The assembly embarked on its earlier plans to amend the law following a petition filed before the house by Ibrahim Chambers. The petitioner demanded for the upgrading of some traditional rulers to the status of 1st class emirs. Chambers in the petition sought for the creation of the four additional 1st class emirate councils in Karaye, Bichi, Rano and Gaya.

According to the petition, the establishment of the emirate councils will bring more development to the people of the area. The committee earlier set up by the assembly to look into the issue of reviewing the law presented its report before the legislators on Tuesday. Reading the joint committees report before the floor of the house last week Tuesday, the majority leader, Alhaji Baffa Danagundi, said the report also recommended the review of the law. According to him, the decision followed wide consultation with stakeholders, adding that the feedback the committee received from the public, massively supported the upgrade of those emirate councils. He said the response received clearly showed that the need to upgrade the traditional rulers was necessary.

According to Danagundi, the law if signed into law by the Governor of the state, Dr Abdullahi Ganduje, the emirate council, except Bichi, will have their own kingmakers. He explained that the Bichi emirate council would have its Kingmakers from the old emirate council, Gidan Dabo in particular. According to Danagundi, the creation of the new first class emirs would bring more job opportunities, boost the economy, and ensure security of the state.

Governor Ganduje, who spoke immediately after signing the bill into law, said “this is what the people of Kano State want. “This will encourage active and deeper participation of people of Kano State especially in the rural communities in the affairs of the state. “It will also encourage active participation of traditional rulers in the areas of agriculture, education, health and security.” The governor also said that there was need to upgrade the traditional rulers based on their historical antecedents so that aspirations and dreams of their forefathers would come true. Ganduje added that all other processes for the take off of the new emirates would be completed while letters of appointment and dates of Coronation of the new first class emirs would be fixed.

The governor also signed six other bills into law. The bills are; Kano State Administration of Criminal Justice Law 2019, Kano State Public Health Law 2019 and Kano State Water and Sanitation Sector Reform Law 2019. Others are, Kano State College of Health Science and Technology Law 2019, Kano State Sharia Courts Amendment Law 2019, Kano State Pension and Rights of Governors and Deputy Law 2019 and Kano State Pension and Right of Speaker and Deputy Speaker Law 2019.

Car Crushes 4-Year-Old Boy To Death Inside Parents’ Compound In Lagos

Car-Crushes\On May 4, 2019, tragedy struck at Aduragbemi Street, Alagbado area of Lagos State as a four-year-old boy was crushed to death by a car in his parents’ compound.  One Adenowo Adeyiga  said to be the driver of the Toyota Camry car, with the number plate, KTU 242 FC, was said to be returning home from Ijegun – on the outskirts of Lagos – when his car had a brake failure and lost control. The deceased identified as Segun Egunbambi who was playing at the scene of the incident, sustained leg injuries and was rushed to a private hospital in the neighbourhood for treatment. He died from the injuries some hours later.

The suspect who was arraigned before an Ikeja magistrates’ court on three counts bordering on reckless driving and manslaughter after his car crushed the four-year-old boy in his parents’ compound, pleaded not guilty when the charges were read to him by the court registrar.While the case was adjourned till June 20, 2019, he was granted bail in the sum of N500,000 with one surety in the like sum.

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House Of Reps To Probe Alleged Fraud In Amnesty Programme

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The House is also concerned about media reports of massive corruption and outright embezzlement of funds meant for the execution of the programme’s objectives.

The House of Representatives has resolved to investigate the alleged embezzlement of  the money  allocated to the Presidential Amnesty Programme.

The resolution was reached at the plenary on Wednesday when the lawmakers unanimously adopted a motion moved by Mr Tajudeen Obasa, entitled, ‘Urgent Need to Investigate the Fraudulent Activities in the Presidential Amnesty Programme.’

The House resolved to set up an ad hoc committee to investigate the allegations made by Obasa and report back within two weeks for further legislative action.

Obasa said, “The House is informed that since the proclamation of the Amnesty Programme, the Federal Government has spent a lot of resources  training many youths in the  area (Niger Delta), both locally and internationally; and recently, the Federal Government paid  N8.5bn into the Presidential Amnesty Programme’s TSA account for the execution of this lofty idea.

“The House is concerned with  media reports and  an outcry of massive looting at the Kaiama Amnesty Centre between 14 and 16 February, where security officials and unknown persons were alleged to have carted away equipment worth billions of naira in the Starter Pack Warehouse, allegedly to the knowledge of the Special Adviser on Amnesty to the President.

“The House is also concerned about media reports of massive corruption and outright embezzlement of funds meant for the execution of the programme’s objectives, hence it has become imperative to investigate these allegations for the good of Niger Delta people and the nation at large.”

The House also on Wednesday asked that the Minister of Industry, Trade and Investment, Mr Okechukwu Enelamah, be fired  as Chairman of the Sugar Road Map Monitoring Committee of the Federal Government.

The decision followed the unanimous adoption of the report of  the Ad Hoc Committee to Investigate the Low Concessionary Tariff Given to Companies by the Federal Ministry of Industry, Trade and Investment on Sugar Importation into the Country from 2013 to 2016.

Approving the recommendations of the committee, the lawmakers resolved that, “The Honourable Minister of Industry, Trade and Investment be removed as the Chairman of the Sugar Road Map Monitoring Committee.”

They also called for the Sugar Road Map Monitoring Committee to be  moved to the Office of the Vice-President, with the committee meeting twice in a year under the chairmanship of the VP.

Other approved recommendations are that the Nigeria Customs Service,  Standards Organisation of Nigeria, National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control and  Consumer Protection Council  should “re-engineer procedures/operations to mop up smuggled sugar from warehouses and retail outlets in major cities and in the North-West, particularly Kano, Kebbi and Sokoto states”.

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Woman Arrested After Injuring And Locking Her 16-year-old Housemaid In A Room In Abuja (Photo)

A heartless woman has found herself in serious trouble after being arrested for locking and starving her housemaid.

A 16-year-old girl from Benue State, working as a housemaid was rescued from a house in Utako district, Abuja. Her employer has been arrested and will be arraigned today.   Read report by Facebook user Gabriel Nungwa:   “Laying down here is a victim of Jukum/Tiv crises. Her parents are residing in Wukari local government there in Taraba state.After they have fled from the incessant attacks and killings, one Igede lady went and asked the family of this innocent 16 year’s girl that she wants a house help. Unknowingly their obediently gave this girl to her and she brought her to FCT Abuja Utako district.A rumour reached the president Mzough U Tiv Dnako branch on 7th April, 2019 that this girl was lock in a bedroom apartment, on reaching there behold the door was under lock and key while she laid helplessly inside.According to what she told us, instead of serving her food the Igede lady will served her beating everyday and she sustained some injuries on her body.The president quickly directed his Secretary general to get Nigeria police informed, which he did . The policemen arrested the wicked Igede lady as soon as she came back from market yesterday.She is waiting trial from tomorrow.Already Human Right Commission and NAPTIP are aware of the case.Her village is from Tse Kig


Lifeless Body Of A Woman Dumped On The Streets In Rivers (Graphic)


Lifeless Body Of A Woman Dumped On The Streets In Rivers (Graphic)

The lifeless body of a young lady was found on Garrison Bus-top in Rivers state today May 2nd. The lady who is yet to be identified, has been deposited in a morgue.

Onitsha:Traders Count Losses As Fire Destroys Goods Worth N50m

Tears, agony at Onitsha Main Market
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Traders count losses as fire destroys goods worth N50m
Tears, agony at Onitsha Main Market
Jeff Amechi Agbodo, Onitsha

Traders at Johnson Street, near Main Market Onitsha, Anambra State have been counting their losses following an inferno that destroyed goods worth N50 million at the market.

The fire, which started at night, when activities at the market had closed and the traders had gone home for the day, consumed no fewer than 10 warehouses stocked with diapers, babies’ items, cosmetics and other goods.

The cause of the fire has not yet been ascertained, but there are insinuations that it might be some spark from an electric outlet or from a generating set near the place.

It took the efforts of security men at the market, youths and water vendors to prevent the fire from spreading to the main market. That would, no doubt, have been a disaster.

A security man at the market gate, Mr. Clement Orakwe said that the fire started about 8pm when he sighted some smoke from the market line. He thereafter rushed to the scene and noticed that the building was on fire, he said, adding that he promptly raised the alarm.

“When I noticed the fire, I raised the alarm and other security men and some youths from nearby residential houses rushed out. So we immediately contacted the fire service that is stationed at the main market. The people came with one truck but said that they did not have enough water and they left after exhausting the little water that they came with.

“We were helpless because if the fire was allowed to spread to the next building, the entire main market would have been consumed. So, we started calling the owners of the shops on phone, and some of them came immediately. Thank God for the water vendors whom we mobilised. They were the ones that fetched the water that we used to put out the fire with the efforts of other youths,” Orakwe stated.

A victim of the fire, Mr. Chima Kenechukwu, who deals in cosmetics and babies products, said that he was called on phone by some people that his warehouse was on fire. he regretted that before he could arrive at the market, his entire stock, amounting to over N6 million, had been razed.

“My surprise is that there is no electricity in the warehouse and nobody lives there. So the question is, how did the fire come into this place? We suspect that our neighbour who uses big generating set did not change over to electricity and when they restored electric power, there was a power jam or surge that led to the spark which caused the inferno,” he stated.

Another victim, Mr. Ugochukwu Agwunobi, also known as Ugobest, who deals in sporting equipment, said that he offloaded goods worth N15 million into the warehouse two days before the incident. He regretted that all the goods were destroyed in the infernor.

“I lost over N15 million worth of goods to the fire,” he bemoaned. “When I got the information about the fire and rushed to the market, it was too late, and I could not remove anything. I don’t know the cause of the fire. We are calling on government, the state and national emergency management agencies and other kind-hearted individuals and groups to please come to our aid.

“All I have toiled for years was gone within some minutes. How will I feed my family and provide for their needs? Where will I get money to start all over again? How can I survive this? But I thank God that there is life, and I know that help will come my way. If no help comes my way, then I’m finished,” Agwunobi lamented.

Mr. Emeka Ugwumba, also known as Dada, who deals in diapers, said he lost over N8 million worth of goods to the fire.

“It was about 8pm. I had just got home when a security man called me on phone and told me that my shop was burning. I thought it was a joke because it was just about an hour after I left the place. I called another security man at the market who confirmed the incident.

“So, I had to rush back to the market, and lo and behold, by the time that I got there, all my goods that I had just stocked in the warehouse were on fire. You can imagine how diapers would burn. Nothing was saved from the place. It was the efforts of the water vendors that stopped the fire from spreading to the other shops, because they were the ones bringing water that was used to stop the fire from causing more havoc.

“The loss is too much. Where will I start? I need assistance from the government, corporate bodies and individuals. The situation in the country now is difficult. Things are very difficult. We are talking about feeding. It will not be easy to start again without getting some support. That is why we’re begging the government and kind-hearted Nigerians to help us,” he pleaded.

The caretaker of the burnt warehouse Chief Wilfred Ibe, who sympathized with the victims of the fire, said he travelled outside the state when he got the information about the fire incident. He said he quickly rushed back to notice that the shops were completely burnt.

“We are calling on government to come to their aid because the goods burnt here are worth about N50 million. We condemn the attitude of the fire fighting officials at the market who said they had no water when they were called. So what is the essence of the fact that these people were stationed at the market if they don’t always have water to put out fire?

“We commend the efforts of the Hausa youths who were bringing gallons of water with their pushing trucks that was used to put out the fire. I also commend the traders and youths who stormed the place in the night to fight the fire and put it out. But for their efforts, it would have been a total disaster for entire main market,” Ibe said.

Kidnappers Caught With Dead Bodies In A Local Govt Chairman’s Car In Taraba (Graphic)


Suspected kidnappers were arrested with dead bodies of their victims in a Hilux alleged to be own by Takum Local Government Chairman of Taraba state.According to report,they dumped the corpses to instigate crisis.

Policemen Injured As Tractor Crushes Their Van In Ekiti


Policemen badly injured as tractor crushes their van

Three policemen are lucky to be alive today after their van was crushed by a tractor in #Ekiti State.

The accident happened around 11:55am, today, along NTA Road, Ado Ekiti. The officers were immediately rushed to the hospital.

Man Lands In EFCC Net After Spending All $59,220 Mistakenly Paid Into His Account

A businessman, James Olaoluwaniyi, has been arraigned by the EFCC for allegedly converting to personal use the sum of $59,220 erroneously transferred into his account by Sterling Bank.

Olaoluwaniyi subsequently sued the EFCC, pleading unlawful detention; while he also asked for a cost of N50,000 against the commission. At the hearing in a Federal High Court in Lagos on Thursday, the court however, awarded N20,000 in favour of the EFCC. The applicants in the suit are Olaoluwaniyi and a company, Triump Energy Nig. Ltd.

Justice Chuka Obiozor awarded the cost against Olaoluwaniyi, while granting an adjournment in the suit to enable his counsel to affix the Nigeria Bar Association seal to his court processes. The EFCC and Sterling Bank Plc are joined as first and second respondents respectively.

In a motion on notice, the applicant is seeking a declaration that his arrest and continued detention by the EFCC at the instance of Sterling Bank since February 5, over his alleged utilisation of funds mistakenly credited into his account by the bank, is unlawful. The motion was brought pursuant to the provisions of the 1999 Constitution and the Fundamental Rights Enforcement Procedure Rules, 2009.

Olaoluwaniyi wants the court to declare his arrest and detention as unconstitutional, claiming that his act did not amount to a crime. He argues that no intention to commit the offence has been established by the respondents. NEC Nzebude announced appearance for the applicant on Thursday, while Mr. N.N. Anana, appeared with Mrs. Chineye Okezie for the EFCC, and Mr. S.O. Elimihe represented Sterling Bank.

The motion dated February 27 was filed by his counsel on February 28, but midway into adoption of his processes, the court noticed that applicant’s court papers had no NBA seals as required by law.  When the court demanded an explanation, the applicant’s counsel informed the court that his partner who prepared and filed the processes failed to affix the seals. He then urged the court to grant a short adjournment to enable him to regularise the processes.

In response, EFCC counsel (Anana) opposed the application on the grounds that the case was slated for definite hearing. He asked for a cost of N50,000 against the applicant in case the court would be inclined to grant the adjournment. Counsel to the second respondent also adopted the submission of the EFCC in opposing the request for adjournment, and urged the court to either dismiss the case or enter judgment.

The judge noted that bail was at the discretion of the court, but must at all times be exercised judiciously. Describing the absence of the NBA Seal as an irregularity, the court, consequently, adjourned the case until June 26 for definite hearing, but awarded a cost of N20,000 in favour of each of the EFCC and Sterling Bank, which should be paid on or before the adjourned date.

In the suit, the applicant is seeking a court order, directing the EFCC, its officers and agents, to release him from custody with immediate effect, as well as an order of perpetual injunction, restraining them from further interfering with his liberty.  Meanwhile, in a counter-affidavit, deposed to by one Calistus Egwuonwu, EFCC averred that it received a petition on June 12, 2018, against the applicant over fraudulent conversion of $59,220 erroneously transferred into his account.

The Commission said that the applicant admitted before it to have converted the fund, but claimed that he had been expecting money in same account from a business partner. It said that the applicant was informed of the error, but he had already spent $39,554 out of the money, even though he realised that the sender was not his supposed client.  According to the EFCC, the bank was able to debit the sum of $19,666 from the account and an additional $10,000 which was refunded by the applicant after appeals, leaving a balance of $29,000.

EFCC said that it was the continuous refusal of the applicant to pay up the balance that necessitated the petition leading to his arrest.  Besides, the Commission averred that the applicant was not being held or detained on the instigation of any individuals, but was granted bail whose conditions he failed to fulfill.  According to the EFCC, a charge of stealing is pending against the applicant before a Lagos High Court.

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