Thursday, March 24, 2016

Russian Jets Strike 146 Terrorist Targets Around Palmyra

From March 20 to March 23 Russian jets conducted 146 sorties, hitting 146 terrorist targets around Palmyra, the Russian Defense Ministry said.

Russian warplanes also eliminated 320 terrorists, the ministry said in a daily bulletin posted on its website.

"From March 20 to March 23 Russian Air and Space Forces conducted 41 sorties around Palmyra, Homs province, hitting 146 military terrorist targets. Six command centers, 320 terrorists, five tanks, six artillery systems, two ammunition depots and 15 vehicles were destroyed," the bulletin read.

Hero of Russian Special Forces Killed in Syria Operation

A Russian Special forces officer has died a hero in Syria during a target-designation mission near the city of Palmyra, a spokesman for the Russian military contingent at Hmeimim air base told reporters on Thursday.

The officer's name, rank and the date of the accident remain undisclosed.

According to the spokesman, "the officer carried out a mission in Tadmor near Palmyra for a week, spotting crucial ISIL facilities and providing precise coordinates for Russian airstrikes," as reported by RIA Novosti.

FG Owes 16 States N580bn On Rehabilitated Roads

The federal government owes 16 states the sum of N580.5 billion for the various rehabilitation works carried out on some federal roads in their territories.

The revelation was made at the public hearing of the joint House of Representatives committees on works and finance chaired by Reps Toby Okechukwu (PDP, Enugu) and Babangida Ibrahim Mahuta (APC, Katsina) yesterday in Abuja.

The public hearing was to ascertain the claims by state governments of expenditures incurred on the rehabilitation of federal roads in their states.

N500Billion For The Poor In 2016 Budget Retained By Lawmakers (photo)

Lawmakers have retained the N500 billion intervention fund for the poor in this year’s N6,077,680,000,000 budget.

The Muhammadu Buhari administration plans to dole out N5,000 to the poorest in the land and feed school pupils, among its populist programmes.

But the National Assembly yesterday passed the 2016 controversial budget with a reduction of over N17 billion.

#FOREXCrisis: Food And Beverage Sector To Sack 3m Workers

ORGANISEDLabour, yesterday, raised alarm that the food, beverage and tobacco sector of the nation’s economy was on the verge of shutting down and that over three million jobs were at risk due to the inability of companies to source foreign exchange to import raw material for operations.

Already, leading companies in the sector, such as Nigerian Flour Mills, Nigerian Breweries Limited, Guinness Plc, Nigerian Bottling Company, 7-UP Bottling Company Plc, Friesland Campina Wamco Plc, among others, have written to labour for discussions on retrenchment of workers.
In the last three months, no fewer than 1,500 workers had been sacked in the sector as employers seek ways of coping with foreign exchange crisis, among other challenges.

Court Declares Emeka Ike Actors Guild Of Nigerian President Over Ibinabo

Ike revealed that he does not wish former President, Fiberesima, a jail term.

Emeka Ike is now the President of theActors Guild of Nigeria, following a court ruling that stripped actress, Ibinabo Fiberesima, of her position.

She was removed from the position after a Federal High Court sitting in Lagosruled on March 23, 2016, that Ike will now take the rein of power after a long legal battle.

Policemen Storm Courtroom During Badeh’s Trial

A mild drama occurred on Thursday morning at the Federal High Court in Abuja as armed policemen stormed the courtroom when the trial of a former Chief of Defence Staff, Alex Badeh was about to commence.

DAILY POST gathered that presence of the armed policemen was informed by security threats against the judge.

A source, who spoke to our correspondent on the ground of anonymity, said “The reason for the presence of heavily armed police men is as a result of security threats against the trial judge.”

Fake Gynaecologist Arrested For Defrauding Three Of N23m (photo)

Olufemi Atoyebi, Ibadan

The police in Oyo State have nabbed one Mrs. Damilola Ojo for allegedly defrauding three persons of the sum of N23,270,700 after posing as a gynaecologist.

Ojo, who said she engaged the services of a spiritualist to convince her victims, added that she lied to them that she worked at the University College Hospital in Ibadan.

The suspect bought a number of luxury vehicles and built a hospital at Moniya, Ibadan with part of the money she made from the illegal business.

How Nigerian Drowned In Mediterranean Sea

•Man recalls watching brother die in boat wreck

IT’S a story that would send minds racing, an agonising tale that would leave everyone contemplating what it feels like to be seconds away from death.
A man has told Daily Sun how his brother perished in the Mediterranean Sea, as two of them journeyed illegally to Europe in a rickety boat.
The two brothers from Edo State – Monday and Osas Amanmien – had embarked on the deadly voyage across the angry Mediterranean Sea, intent on hitting Italy where they hoped to make a better living. But the trip turned sour midway, leaving Monday dead. He drowned in the sea following a boat wreck.

Saraki Loses As Code Of Conduct Tribunal Refuses To Quash Corruption Charges

The Code of Conduct Tribunal has dismissed an application by the senate president, Bukola Saraki, for false asset declaration charges against him to be dropped.
Mr. Saraki’s lawyer, Kanu Agabi, had argued that the 13-count charge was invalid procedurally because the Code of Conduct Bureau which filed the charges, failed to allow Mr. Saraki explain discrepancies in his assets declaration forms as required by law.
But in his ruling Thursday, the chairman of the tribunal, Danladi Umar, said there was no breach of law as the Code of Conduct Bureau and Tribunal Act, 1989, still allows the senate president raise his clarifications at the level of the tribunal.

APC Yet To Pay For Campaign Billboards FOr 2015 Election: Advertising Companies

– Indications have emerged that the All Progressives Congress (APC) has not paid some of its outstanding campaign expenses
– More than 70 outdoor advertising companies contracted to handle the Ambode/Buhari campaign billboards in Lagos are still waiting to get paid – Advertising practitioners reveal that they are enduring a choking debt burden

Court Stops The Arrest Of Ibrahim Larmode By Senate & IGP

By Kunle Olasanmi

Justice Gabriel Kolawole of a Federal High Court sitting in Abuja has stopped the Senate from going ahead with the probe of former chairman of the Economic and Financial crimes Commission ( EFCC) , Ibrahim Lamorde over an alleged N1trillion scam.

The Senate summoned the former EFCC boss to account for the fund seized from some alleged corrupt public servants but rather than honour the invitation of the lawmakers, the former anti-graft boss rushed to the court to stop his probe.

Boko Haram Kidnaps About 16 Women In Adamawa

At least 16 female residents of Adamawa State were abducted Wednesday by suspected Boko Haram militants, the police and local officials said.

Police said a team of officers had been deployed to the area to search for the abducted persons.

Those abducted include 14 women and two girls. They were seized in Sabongari Madagali, in Madagali Local Government of the state, a federal lawmaker representing the area said.

Local sources said some of the women were taken from a nearby bush where they went in search of firewood.

Dasukigate: I Won't Come To Court, Unless You Abduct Me - Dasuki

Embattled former National Security Adviser (NSA) Col. Sambo Dasuki again refused to appear in court for his trial on Wednesday.
His absence, however, stalled his trial at a Federal Capital Territory (FCT) High Court in Abuja.

Sambo, Director of Finance, and Aminu Baba-Kusa, a former Nigeria National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) Executive Director, are also currently faces charges for reportedly diverting of N13.6 billion meant for purchase of arms.

At yesterday’s hearing, prosecuting counsel Rotimi Jacobs (SAN) said Dauski refused to come to the court because his lead counsel would be absent.

Police interrogate alleged pedophile Osifala, Queens College Principal over sexual molestation allegations

The Lagos State Police Command has begun investigation into an alleged case of sexual abuse against a biology teacher of Queen’s College, Mr. Owoseni Osifala.

The police on Wednesday quizzed Osifala and the school’s principal, Lami Amodu,  at the police command headquarters, Ikeja.

An online medium had published the letter of a supposed parent of Queen’s College, who lamented the teacher had abused her daughter and efforts to get the school management to address the situation had failed.

Girl Beheaded in Minna After Visiting Boyfriend She Met On Facebook

A young girl was allegedly beheaded in Minna, Niger State after she went there to met a guy she has been communicating with on Facebook.

According to a Facebook user, Amanda Chisom who shared the news, the victim was lured with promises of marriage and how the said boyfriend is from a royal family.

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33-yr-old man rapes 8-yr-old girl over N10 in Lagos

A 33-year-old man, identified as, Freedom Barryneh is in police net for allegedly raping his neighbour’s 8-year-old daughter in Ajegunle area of Lagos State.  The incident happened after the victim, approached the suspect and requested N10 from him to buy biscuit.

After giving her the money, Barryneh, who was watching a pornographic film when the minor entered his apartment, persuaded her to stay with him. While the movie was on, he allegedly told her to undress but she declined, saying her mother would beat her for doing so.

How Magistrate Threw Woman Into Kirikiri Prison After Their Cars Brushed -

A mother of three, Mrs. Yetunde Osijo, has narrated how a minor traffic incident between her and a magistrate, Funke Sule-Hamzat resulted in her arrest even when she was not the person at fault.

According to reporterrs, a minor traffic incident that occurred at Oworonsoki area of Lagos, led to Osijo’s arraignment and subsequent detention in Kirikiri prison.

It was gathered that the Magistrate who used the power of her office, had pursued Osijo after their cars brushed until she caught up with her and forced the police to have her arrested without even wanting to hear anything from her.

NYSC Member Stabs his Boss in the Arm Over Refusal to Sign Clearance Form

One Godbless Nnaji undergoing the one-year National Youth Service Corps, NYSC scheme in Calabar, Cross Rivers state, has allegedly stabbed his boss for refusing to sign his monthly clearance form.

9 Year Old Albino Butchered into Pieces by Albino Hunters in Malawi (Graphic Photo)

Criminal gangs nicknamed "albino hunters" and armed with machetes, knives and axes are striking fear into people living with albinism in Malawi, abducting and often killing their victims in broad daylight and in the dead of night, prompting police to announce a shoot-to-kill policy. The latest victim of the brutal attacks is a nine-year old boy with albinism from Malawi's eastern district of Machinga. His mother Edna Cedrick tried to rescue her son Brian when two attackers abducted him early in March 2016. A police officer from Machinga district, Isaac Ndala, confirmed the abduction, adding that the kidnappers injured the boy's mother. The abduction happened while her husband was away on a fishing errand at the nearby Lake Chilwa.