Tuesday, April 12, 2016

Photos: "Borno is now free! declares Governor Shettima as he visits NEMA headquarters in Abuja

Governor of Borno State, Alhaji Kashim Shettima says Boko Haram has been decimated since President Muhammadu Buhari took office. He declared that "Borno is now free," noting, however, that the war against the sect is still on. Shettima stated this yesterday, April11 during his visit to the headquarters of National Emergency Management Agency, (NEMA) in Abuja.

Senate says its open to restore Lagos-Calabar rail project into 2016 budget

The Nigerian Senate says it is open to restore the controversial Lagos-Calabar rail project into the 2016 budget if the Federal government sends in a supplementary budget. Spokesperson of the senate, Abdullahi Sabi, stated this while speaking to journalists at the National Assembly today April 12th.

Large trade imbalance between Nigeria and China must be reduced- Buhari

Press statement from the Presidency
President Muhammadu Buhari Tuesday in Beijing called on the Nigerian and Chinese business communities to work harder to reduce the trade imbalance between both countries which is currently in China's favour. Speaking at the opening of a Nigeria-China Business/Investment Forum, President Buhari said that trade and economic relations between both countries must be mutually-beneficial and conducted with reciprocated respect and trust.
"Although the Nigerian and Chinese business communities have recorded tremendous successes in bilateral trade, there is a large trade imbalance in favour of China as Chinese exports represent some 80 per cent of the total bilateral trade volumes.

New Zealander pensioner charged with smuggling cocaine into Australia

A New Zealand Kiwi pensioner is in an Australian maximum security prison ail on drug smuggling charges after six kilograms of cocaine was found in his bag. He claimed the bag was given to him by two Nigerian men in Brazil who promised to share huge amount of money with him.

Rivers State Police Command releases photos of arrested armed robbers, kidnappers and cultists.

The Rivers State Police Command today released photos of suspected cultists, kidnappers, and armed robbers arrested in the state. Arms and ammunition recovered from the suspected criminals were also displayed. More photos after the jump

'Aspiration and wealth creation are not dirty words',UK prime minister David Cameron lashes out at Panama Papers report

UK Prime Minister David Cameron has been under mounting pressure since his father, Ian Cameron, was identified as a client of a Panamanian law firm that specializes in helping the wealthy to reduce their tax burdens by creating off shore investments and having offshore accounts in reports sparked by Panama Papers leaks.

The prime minister initially refused to say whether he had a stake in Blairmore Holdings, an offshore firm established by his father, before acknowledging he had sold his shares in it shortly before he was elected as Prime minister in 2010.

Witness recounts how former Jigawa state governor, Sule Lamido and his sons allegedly defrauded the state

Read the Press statement from EFCC below...
The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, on April 11, 2016, presented more witnesses in the on-going trial of former Governor of Jigawa State, Sule Lamido, his two sons, Aminu and Mustapha, and two others before Justice Adeniyi Ademola of the Federal High Court sitting in Maitama, Abuja.
They are being prosecuted on a 27-count charge bordering on the abuse of office and money laundering. Prosecution witness, Micheal Wetkas, an operative of the EFCC, who testified as PW18, revealed how Lamido, his sons, and cohorts received kickbacks, while masquerading the same as proceeds for executed sub-contracts.

Photos: 22-year-old mother confesses to killing her toddler daughter

Sofina Nikat had earlier told investigators her daughter Sanaya Sahid was snatched from her pram by an African as they were walking in Olympic Park at Heidelberg West, Australia on Saturday morning. The 15-months-old was later found dead in a Melbourne creek in the early hours of Sunday, April 10.

Anti-Graft War: Sagay Charges EFCC To Be Resolute

Chairman of the Presidential Advisory Committee on Corruption, Prof. Itse Sagay, SAN, has charged the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, not to relent in carrying out its mandate of ridding the country of economic and financial crimes.

Sagay, who led some members of the committee to the EFCC headquarters in Abuja, on April 7, 2016 also stressed the pivotal role the anti-graft agency has to play in winning the war against corruption.


Operatives of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, on Friday April 8, 2016 arrested the duo of Abbas Attahiru and Mohammed Sufiyanu for offences bordering on personation and obtaining by false pretence.

Attahiru and Sufiyanu’s arrest followed a complaint by a would be victim, that the suspects claiming to be staff of EFCC, informed him of a petition purportedly written against him.

Dasukigate: Metuh’s Move to Stall Trial Rejected … Ordered to Enter Defence

The National spokesperson of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, on Monday April 11, 2016, again attempted to throw another spanner in the wheel of justice at his ongoing trial before Justice E. O Abang of the Federal High Court sitting in Abuja on the seven count charge preferred against him by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC.

Metuh who is being prosecuted alongside his company, Destra Investments Limited for the alleged N400m fraud, had earlier on Friday April 8, 2016, met a brick wall in his attempt to stall his trial.

How Lamido, Others Defrauded Jigawa - EFCC Witness

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, on April 11, 2016, presented more witnesses in the on-going trial of former Governor of Jigawa State, Sule Lamido, his two sons, Aminu and Mustapha, and two others before Justice Adeniyi Ademola of the Federal High Court sitting in Maitama, Abuja.

They are being prosecuted on a 27-count charge bordering on the abuse of office and money laundering.

EFCC Arraigns Man for Attempting to Steal N7m

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, on Monday 11th April, 2016 arraigned one Adekunle Yakub Asuni before Justice. I.B. Gafai of the Federal High Court Awka, Anambra State on a four count charge for attempting to steal the sum of N7,000,000.00 (Seven million naira) by false pretence from the account of one Abdullahi Adamu.

The offence contravenes the provisions of section 8 (b) of the Advance Fee Fraud and Other Related Offences Act. 2006.

Lagos commences prosecution of 28 tax defaulters

This is a press statement from the office of the Attorney General and commissioner, Ministry of Justice, signed by the Chief Public Affairs officer, in Lagos state, Bola Akingbade.
The Lagos State Rapid Tax Prosecution Unit has begun prosecution of recalcitrant tax payers in the State.

The State Attorney-General and Commissioner for Justice, Mr. Adeniji Kazeem who disclosed this on Monday, said that The Rapid Tax Prosecution Unit has filled all the necessary information at the State High Court for the arraignment of 28 tax defaulters referred by the Lagos State Internal Revenue Service (LIRS) and prosecution has begun in earnest.

Man commits suicde because no female wanted to marry him

The lifeless body of a 40 year old man simply known as Femi was discovered by the residents of Alhaji Aboki Street in Abaranje area of Ikotun in an uncompleted building.
According to residents in the area, Femi was evicted from his one room home barely two months ago but that this was not the first time Femi who was also known as Fela had tried to kill himself.
He said Femi had attempted suiced twice before but failed. They said apart from the eviction, Femi was also frustrated that he was not yet married at 40 and didn't have his own home anymore.

Photos: LUTH doctors accused of causing the death of woman in Lagos

Doctors at the Lagos University Teaching Hospital ( LUTH) Idi-Araba, Lagos have been accused of causing the death of Ngozi Udebu, a 46 years old married woman and teacher at St. Finbarrs college Yaba on March 28th. Speaking to the Nation, husband of the deceased who is an estate developer, Ausbet Udebu, said professional misconduct by the doctor's led ‎to the death of his wife on Easter Monday.

Photo: Man and his Vietnamese wife Bag 25 years in prison for drug trafficking in Cambodia

A Nigerian man and his Vietnamese wife were on Thursday, March 24 found guilty at the Phnom Penh Municipal Court of smuggling 1.5 kg of heroin from Cambodia to Australia and sentenced to 25 years in prison.

Samuel Amechi Okeke, 34, (pictured arriving at the Phnom Penh Municipal Court) and his 26-year-old wife Ho Thi Nhu Thuy, were arrested in July 2014 after customs officials in Australia intercepted 10 backpacks lined with heroin that they had mailed from the Dangkao district post office in May that year, according to police. They were subsequently charged with drug trafficking.

Photos: Troops Nab kidnapping syndicate in Ohafia, Abia State,

Troops of 14 Brigade Garrison based in Ohafia, on Sunday March 10, 2016 conducted an operation aimed and bursting a notorious kidnapping syndicate based in Nkporo community of Ohafia Local Government Area of Abia State.

Photos: Dying for the perfect shot: teen girl killed by train while posing for selfie

A teenage girl has died after she was hit by a train as she posed for a selfie just inches from a railway track. Horror photos show the unnamed 19-year-old just seconds before the train hit her after ignoring warnings from other tourists to move back. This happened in the city of Foshan, South China’s Guangdong Province last Saturday.

Tompolo drags FG to court over his N45.9billion trial

Former Niger Delta militant leader, Government Ekpemulopo, alias Tompolo who has been declared wanted by the EFCC over his involvement in a N45.9 billion scam at the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency NIMASA, has dragged the Federal government before a Federal High Court in Lagos asking that the fraud charges leveled against him be dropped.

In the court paper filed by his counsel, Ebun-Olu Adegboruwa yesterday April 11th, Tompolo is seeking for the nullification of sections 221 and 306 Administration of Criminal Justice Act, 2015 (ACJA), which prevents parties in a criminal trial from seeking a stay of proceedings.

NYSC DG explains why March allowance has not been paid

The Director General of NYSC, Brig Gen Olawumi this morning released a statement explaining why the March allowance to Youth Corps members have not been paid. Read his statement below
My dear Corps members, l sincerely regret the late payment of your March allowance. For avoidance of doubt, your allowances do not come to the NYSC as the scheme has no account. Once it is approved by the Federal Ministry of Finance, it goes to the Central Bank account from where it is disbursed directly to Corps members account.

Death of suspected armed robber/recovery of arms & ammunition

On April 11th, 2016 at about 2.30pm, 3 armed hoodlums on motorcycle allegedly entered Matrix Stores, Abule-Ado, Satellite and robbed the owner of phones. However, a patrol team attached to Satellite Div., was quickly mobilized to the scene to engage the hoodlums.

In the process,  one of the robbers was shot in the leg and a double barrel gun with two unexpended cartridges and all the robbed phones were recovered. The wounded hoodlum allegedly fell off the  motorcycle while they were escaping and was burnt to death by angry mob before he could be rescued while others escaped. Meanwhile, effort is in progress to arrest other fleeing hoodlums.

Photos: RRS enforces single lane queue at filling stations for free flow of traffic in the state

In furtherance of the determination of the Lagos State Government to ensure free flow of traffic across the metropolis, the officials of the Rapid Response Squad (RRS) of the Nigerian Police on Monday embarked on massive enforcement of the directive banning indiscriminate queues at petrol stations.

Police took over the headquarters of the NFF (photos)

As the crisis in the Nigeria Football Federation continues, the Nigerian Police earlier today took over the football governing body headquarters in Abuja. Continue to see more photos...

Senate ask Amaechi to resign or apologise to Nigerians over issues arising from the controversy surrounding Lagos-Calabar rail project

The Nigerian Senate has asked the Minister of Transport, Chibuike Amaechi, to resign his appointment as Minister or apologize to the Senate and Nigerians over the Lagos-Calabar rail project that has generated a lot controversies in the last 48 hours. Members of the National Assembly and the presidency have been at loggerheads after media reports alleged that the National Assembly members had removed the Lagos-Calabar rail project from the budget presented to it by President Buhari.
The reports alleged that the National Assembly members diverted the money meant for the said project to the Lagos-Kano project, favoring the Northern region.  Speaker of the House of Representatives Yakubu Dogara and Chairman House Committee on Appropriation Abdulmumin Jibrin, via their twitter handles refuted the claims while the Chairman Senate Committee on Transport, Gbenga Ashafa, in a statement he released, said although the project was not included in the original budget forwarded to the National Assembly by Buhari, Minister of Transport, Rotimi Amaechi approached his committee to include the said project.

Fireworks disaster at Kerala Temple kills 106 people in South India

An explosion caused by fireworks during a religious festival at a temple in India yesterday killed about 106 people and hundreds more injured in the southern Indian state of Kerala according to reports.

P. T. Chacko, a spokesman for Chief Minister Oommen Chandy of Kerala, said that the fireworks display had been forbidden by officials in the coastal district of Kollam but that the temple festival organizers still used the fireworks anyway.

N5.6bn corruption case: Court grants EFCC permission to arraign former Abia state gov, Orji Kalu

The Federal High Court sitting in Abuja has granted the Economic & Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, permission to arraign former Governor of Abia State, Orji Uzor Kalu on May 16 over allegations of misappropriation of N5.6 billion while he was governor of the state.

According to Vanguard, EFCC in its charges filed against Kalu in 2008, alleged that he was involved in money laundering and illegal diversion of public funds to the tune of N5.6billion.

The fraud was allegedly perpetuated while Kalu was governor of Abia State between 1999 and 2007.

Kalu was first arraigned in 2007 but his trial has been stalled over the years following court cases instituted by him, challenging the charges leveled against him by EFCC.

The Supreme court on March 18th dismissed Kalu's appeal challenging the EFCC. On May 16th, he will enter fresh plea to an amended 112-count charge dated ‎February 11, 2008.

Photo: 32yr old woman allegedly murdered by husband in Katsina over her inheritance money

Late Fatima Ibrahim was allegedly killed by her husband over the money she inherited from her father. Her lifeless body was discovered in bed, with blood trickling out from her mouth and bruises on her face at her residence. Until her death, the deceased, a 32-year-old mother of one was a teacher at Zubairu Pilot Primary school in Dutsinma town, Katsina State, where she teaches Basic Science.

Missing mother who went on a date with a man she met online found dead

A 40 year old Seattle mother of 3, Ingrid Lyne, who met a man online, John Charlton went missing on Friday. Lyne was last seen leaving her home to attend the Seattle Mariners opening game on Friday but never went back home. Her friends raised the alarm and contacted the Police when she didn't pick up her children the next morning.
Her friends searched for her, called her phone several times but there was no answer.