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Anambra govt slams EFCC for placing Obiano on watchlist

The government of Anambra state has slammed the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) for placing Wille Obiano, governor of the state on its watchlist.

Recall that the EFCC in a letter dated November 15 and addressed to the comptroller-general of the Nigerian Immigration Service (NIS), asked to be informed whenever Obiano is seen attempting to travel out of the country.

It is not yet clear why the anti-graft agency placed Obiano on a watchlist but sources said the Anambra governor is being investigated by the commission.

Obiano is expected to leave office as governor in March 2022 and hand over to Charles Soludo, governor-elect and former governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN).

Reacting to the development, Don Adinuba, the state commissioner for information, in a statement on Thursday, said Obiano is currently out of the country and that he travelled through one of the country’s international airports without disguising himself.

Adinuba said the governor still has four months in office, adding that nobody in Nigeria can circumscribe his immunity.

The information commissioner said the controversy involving the governor is masterminded by those in high places who “unsuccessfully canvassed for emergency rule” in the state during the build-up to the governorship election.

He said the anti-graft agency should not allow itself to be used by “politicians who are mere birds of passage”, adding that the agency did not invite the governor for questioning or serve him a notice before going to the press.

“Everything that can be wrong with politically motivated statements like this one is obviously wrong with this statement. The EFCC knows full well that it is acting inelegantly in this instance, and so has tried as much as possible not to make an official public statement on the alleged placing of Chief Obiano on the watch list,” the statement reads.

“It furtively gave a section of the media the news report it wrote based on ostensibly its letter to the NIS on November 15.

“Governor Obiano is out of the country currently. And he travelled through one of the country’s international airports. He did not disguise himself, but rather left the country with his identity fully disclosed at the necessary immigration point.

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“The EFCC sounded more inelegant when it claimed in the sponsored press report that it received intelligence reports that the governor plans to “flee” from Nigeria once he hands over power next March 17 to the newly elected Anambra State governor, Professor Charles Chukwuma Soludo.

“Chief Obiano has never left any persons in doubt that he will relocate to his base in the United States once he finishes his tenure.

“Governor Obiano has a whole four months to remain in office as the Anambra State chief executive. Nobody in Nigeria can circumscribe his constitutionally conferred immunity which shields him from both criminal and civil prosecution.

“The EFCC went too far to announce in November that it is observing him. We are not aware of any state governor who had up to four months to be in office and the EFCC went on to sponsor media reports that he was being investigated.”



Beheaded policemen in Anambra: Police have not told us what happened to our father – Victim’s family

Blessing, daughter of Inspector Emmanuel Akubo, one of the policemen, who were beheaded and burnt by suspected members of the Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, in Anambra State last week, has expressed displeasure over police silence since the horrific sight went viral on social media.

WITHIN NIGERIA had reported that gunmen ambushed, killed and burnt the officers travelling with their colleagues.

The family said no representative of either the Lagos State Police Command, where Okubo served or the Zone 2 Command, Onikan, which oversees the Lagos State Command had visited any member of the bereaved family to formally break news of killing of their bread winner.

Late Okubo, who hailed from Dekina Local Government Area of Kogi State and attached to the Patrol and Guard Unit of the Lagos State Police Command, according to his family, travelled to Anambra State as an escort to the Chief Executive Officer of the Young Shall Grow Motors, Chief Amaechi Obianodo, last week Wednesday.

According to Vanguard, the deceased’s first daughter, Blessing, said apprehension set in the next day (Thursday), after efforts to reach him on his mobile telephone proved abortive.

Blessing said: “My father left for work as any father would, to provide for his family. He travelled to Anambra as a police escort to the CEO and owner of “The Young Shall Grow Motors,” Chief Amaechi Obianodo, on Wednesday, November 24, 2021.

“When he got to Anambra, he called to inform us he had arrived. The last person he spoke with on Wednesday night was my younger brother, Akubo Moses, about 7p.m., and they discussed about his school.


“On Thursday morning, my dad’s lines were switched off, which was unlike him as he usually called almost every three hours daily when he was at work or at home. He was that caring to his family. Because this had never happened before, my mum was really worried but I kept calming her down, saying the network in the village was probably bad, which was why we could not reach him.

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“On Friday, I was at work when I got a call from my mother. She was crying. She said my dad and other escort policemen were kidnapped on their way to the airport to pick Young Shall Grow transport boss. I left the office immediately to Ogun State, where our family house is to meet my mother. Friday passed without any news from the Police. My uncle in Abuja was the only one calling to give us any information he got on the matter.

“On Saturday morning, my younger brother went to my dad’s office at the Lagos State Police Command to get some information regarding the kidnap but it was not open because it was a weekend. So, the whole family decided to wait till Monday. Unfortunately on Sunday morning, news reached us that my dad and his colleagues were ambushed and shot at. Few of them escaped but my dad and two others were injured and couldn’t run. They were caught and my dad was slaughtered and the barbaric act was recorded by the killers.

“On Monday, November29, 2021, my younger brother, Moses Akubo and some of my dad’s friends (also Police officers) went to lodge a complaint on the matter.

“They met with the unit head, SP Amanda and his assistant, DSP Comfort, who acknowledged that my dad and members of his team were sent on a special duty to Anambra but that they were yet to hear from them. They said they were still on duty. During this meeting, my dad’s friends showed them the video clip of how the officers were murdered but she denied that my father wasn’t the one in the video.

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“Later in the evening, a press statement was released by the office of the Minister of Information and Culture confirming that my dad was one of the policemen murdered in the video by IPOB/ESN. His name and Force number were disclosed in the released statement.

“Even at that, the Commissioner of Police, Lagos State Police Command, is yet to admit that my dad is dead. Rather, he said the command was yet to receive any information from the Commissioner of Police in Anambra and as such, those officers cannot be declared dead until the report reached him.

“The video of my dad being killed was released and the police that sent him on that duty are yet to admit he is dead. If they are taking this long to confirm his death, I wonder how long it will take them to find the perpetrators and bring them to book.

“Even Chief Obianodo that demanded police officers as escorts has kept mute on this matter. We haven’t heard from him. My dad’s motorbike is still parked in Chief Amaechi Obianodo’s compound in Ikoyi, Lagos, where he had hoped to pick it when he comes back.

“The death of my dad has brought so much pain to the family and we demand justice. My mum hasn’t been herself since Thursday last week. The news has left her shattered. She is a shadow of herself.

“Late Inspector Akubo Emmanuel was an honourable police officer who didn’t deserve to die that way. He left behind five children: Akubo Samson, Akubo Blessing, Akubo Moses, Akubo Favour and Akubo Precious. We are pleading that all hands should be on the deck to bring the perpetrators to book,” she added.


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Two arrested for killing Lagos socialite over chieftaincy tussle

Two suspects, who allegedly belonged to the Eiye confraternity have been arrested and charged with the murder of a Lagos-based socialite and contender for the Badore chieftaincy stool, Chief Rasak Jikoji.

It was gathered that the suspects, Sulaimon Ogunlana, 23, and Abiodun Taiwo, 22 were arrested by the operatives of the State Criminal Investigation and Intelligence Department, Panti, Yaba, Lagos.

The two suspects also reportedly indicted one Chief Waliu Adeniran, who was a co-contestant with the late Jikoji in a struggle for the chieftaincy stool of Badore, in the Eti-Osa Local Government Area of the state.

Magistrate Oluwatoyin Oghre of the High Court of Lagos State had since issued a warrant of arrest on Adeniran, who is now at large. Adeniran and the two suspects were charged with conspiracy and murder.

WITHIN NIGERIA recalls that 60-year-old Jikoji was reportedly assassinated on April 25, 2021 after his family nominated him as the successor to the late traditional ruler in the community, who died in June 2020.

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However, some community elders reportedly backed Adeniran, whose name was forwarded to the local government secretariat.

The dispute was later taken to court.


Justice E.I. Alakija of the Lagos State High Court on March 22, 2021 subsequently ordered that the parties should maintain the status quo while the substantive suit was adjourned till May 2021.

Both Ogunlana and Taiwo were remanded in the Kirikiri Prison while the court in a warrant of arrest dated September 22, 2021, mandated the state Commissioner of Police to produce Adeniran and others at large at the next adjourned date on December 7, 2021.

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According to PUNCH, the widow of the deceased, Olajumoke Jikoji, said the family was afraid of going to Badore since the brutal murder of her husband.

She alleged that Adeniran and some other persons in the community had been threatening her husband before his murder.

She said, “They have threatened him repeatedly and my husband wrote several petitions to Zone 2, Abuja and other police stations against Mr Adeniran even up to two weeks before they succeeded in killing him.”

Olajumoke alleged that Adeniran paraded himself as the Baale of Badore shortly after the killing of her husband.

“We appeal to the legal authorities to come to our aid and make sure that justice is served,” she added.


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Man sentenced to death by hanging for killing his uncle in Jigawa

A Jigawa State High Court sitting in Hadejia, on Friday, sentenced one Magaji Husseini Lushe to death by hanging for killing his uncle.

Presiding Judge, Justice Ado Yusuf Birnin kudu said Magaji Husseini Lushe of Rigar Didi Lamido village in KiriKaksamma Local Government Area was arraigned before the court for killing his uncle Muhammad Alhaji Amadu with a knife.

He said the convict made a confessional statement before the court that he deliberately committed the offence under influence of hard drugs.

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Justice Ado Yusuf said the offence was contrary to section 221 of the Penal Code law of 2014 as amended.

He l, therefore, convicted him and sentenced to death by hanging.

Meanwhile Justice Ado Yusuf has also sentenced one Sa`idu Zakar Hadejia to life imprisonment for raping an eleven year old girl in Hadejia.

During his trial, the convict confessed to have committed the offence in addition to prosecution witness.

Delivering Judgment, Justice Ado Yusuf said the court was convinced beyond reasonable doubt that Sa`idu Zakar committed the offence which is contrary to section 283 of the Penal Code law of 2014 as amended.

He, therefore, sentenced him to death by hanging.


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Why we don’t need a dating app – Leke Adeboye objects as RCCG launches online Christian dating platform

RCCG General Overseer Pastor E.A. Adeboye’s son popularly known as Leke Adeboye, has objected to the recent launch of an online dating site for Christians.

This is coming barely 24hours after it was announced that the RCCG City of David Parish has launched an online Christian dating platform for mature singles, Leke took to Instagram to reveal what he thinks about it.

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He shared photos of couples who met the “old fashioned way”.

In the caption for each couple’s post, Leke wrote: “Seeds connecting with seeds. We don’t need a dating app! We old fashion. We use prayer and holy spirit to find each other.

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Leke has now edited his caption, removing the controversial parts


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4 arrested for attempting to burgle Katsina school

The Nigeria Security and Civil Defense Corps (NSCDC), Katsina State Command, has arrested four persons allegedly attempting to break into a secondary school at Dumukur, Maiadua Local Government Area of the state.

DSC Muhammad Abdara, the spokesperson stated this while parading the suspects at the NSCDC headquarters in Katsina on Friday.

According to him, all the suspects, whose age are between 18 and 20, are from Daura town.

“The suspected thugs attempted to break into Adamu Danbaffale Model Secondary School, Dumukur Maiadua LGA, Katsina State,” he said.

He added that the arrest, which occurred on Dec. 2, was undertaken by the corps’ operatives stationed at the school to provide security cover against attacks by criminals.

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“The Officers, gallantly subdued the assailants who initially attempted to criminally trespass into the premises of the school (albeit unsuccessfully), while brandishing dangerous weapons.

“They also attacked one of our operatives with a machete in an effort to disarm him and subsequently to break into the school.


“The culprits have been transferred to the command’s headquarters for further investigation and prosecution,” Abdara said.

He assured the people of the state of NSCDC’s readiness to protect all schools across the 34 council areas of the state from attacks by criminal elements.

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Abdara, however, said that the general public had important roles to play in assisting security agencies with credible information that could assist them in conducting their task of protecting their lives and property.

“The commandant is warning the criminals to stay off our schools and other private and public property, as we will not relent in our efforts at protecting the lives and property of people of the state.


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Super Eagles Senior Players send petition to NFF over future of Rohr

As many as six senior players of the senior national team of Nigeria have voiced their unhappiness to the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) over the delay in making a decision on the future of coach of the team Gernot Rohr.

Rohr has been told that he is no longer in charge of the team in a verbal communication with the NFF over two weeks ago but an official notification as well as fulfilling the terms of the termination is holding back his departure.

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With two weeks to the start of camping for the Africa Cup of Nations, the players are concerned that the team has no clear direction on who is in charge for the tournament which starts in a month’s time.

They are expected to win the tournament after finishing third in 2019 but the impasse over who will manage the team is threatening to derail their ambition of lifting the trophy.

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Already they have made their feelings known to the NFF who have in turn assured them that a decision on the who will lead the team to the tournament will be made in earnest.


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Abductors of Osun couple demand N37million, release wife

Abductors of couple kidnapped in their village at Ori-Omipupa village in Obokun Local Government Area of Osun State on Wednesday evening have demanded N37million ransom.

The kidnappers on Friday released wife, Blessing Omoru, leaving her husband, London, in their den.

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A security source said, “the abductors demanded N37 million to free their victim but the wife has escaped from them this morning.”

The leader of a cultural security guard named Kiriji Heritage Defender, Dr Ademola Ekundayo, confirmed the release of the wife, saying the husband is still in the kidnappers’ den.

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According to the woman she escaped through Ijebu-Jesa forest on Friday morning.


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Jealous wife burns husband’s concubine to death in Ogun

A jealous wife, Kehinde AbdulWasiu has burnt to death, a 23-year-old woman said to be her husband’s concubine in Onipanu area of Ogun State.

The 32-year-old woman was said to have poured petrol on the woman, identified as Tosin Olugbade, and subsequently set her ablaze.

The case was reported at Onipanu divisional headquarters, Ota by the husband of the deceased, one Fatai Olugbade.

Olugbade had told the police on November 22 that sometimes in August, be had accused his wife of having extra marital affair with the husband of the suspect, named Ismail Wasiu.

To his surprise, Olugbade informed the police that the deceased packed out of his house and moved in with Ismail Wasiu, her concubine.

According to the Ogun police spokesman, Abimbola Oyeyemi, Olugbade disclosed further that on November 14, 2021, he got information that the suspect had a brawl with Tosin, and the said Wasiu’s wife poured petrol on her and set her ablaze.

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“The deceased was rushed to the hospital by her family members, but she later gave up the ghost while receiving treatment,” Oyeyemi said on Friday.


Acting on the report, the DPO of Onipanu division, CSP Bamidele Job, was said to have mobilized his men to the scene, “where the husband of Kehinde, who had asked his wife to run away was arrested.”

Oyeyemi added that the the CSP Femi Olabode-led homicide team of the state CIID embarked on technical and intelligence-based investigation, which led to the apprehension of the mother of three at Saki area of Oyo State.

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“On interrogation, the suspect confessed to the commission of the crime, but claimed that she didn’t know what came over her on that fateful day,” Oyeyemi stated.

He added that preliminary investigation had revealed that the suspect and her husband initially lied to the family of the deceased that she sustained burn injuries as a result of cooking gas explosion; “but when the lie was exposed, the husband quickly asked the wife to take to flight.”

Meanwhile, the Ogun Commissioner of Police, Lanre Bankole, has directed that the case be given speedy investigation so as to charge the the suspects to court as soon as possible.


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Oyo govt rescues homeless old woman from mob-action

The government of Oyo state has rescued a homeless old woman identified as Madam Silifatu Olawale who was found to be mentally challenged and accused of possession of witch-craft in the city of Ibadan.

The commissioner for women affairs and social inclusion, Alhaja Kafilat Olayiwola while handling her over to her relatives condemned in its totality the act of jungle justice and unjust treatment of suspected mentally ill persons in the society by members of the public.

Describing the act as barbaric and traumatizing, Olayiwole advised members of the public to always hand over such cases to the appropriate authorities for further investigation, as wrongful acts are not reversible.

Alhaja Olayiwola who spoke through the Director of Administrative and Supplies, Barrister Olumuyiwa Olagoke said, “our people should be cautious and avoid unlawful deeds that can truncate the peaceful atmosphere in the state”.

Speaking on Madam 74-year old Madam Silifatu Olawale’s case, the Commissioner said, “about two weeks ago, we received an urgent call about an unclad woman in front of the state secretariat main entrance gate who was wrongfully accused of being a witch craft thereby leading to serious beating, we swung into action immediately and rescue her from being lynched by the angry mob”.

Madam Olawale (right), with Mr Idowu (left) a staff from Ministry of Women Affairs and Social Inclusion and Dr Lawal ( middle)

“We took her to one of our centers for adequate care and protection and thank God that today, the State government has rehabilitated her and she now in her stable mind to return to her family hale and hearty, she said”.

Narrating her ordeal, the septuagenarian, who spoke with heart of gratitude to God for sparing her life and to Oyo state government for said she was once a petty trader at Agbeni market Ibadan and later moved to Bodija market doing menial jobs for survival before the incident occurred.

“I gave birth to seven children, I lost four to untimely death and the most painful one was when I lost my twins to the cold hands of death and later my husband died too. I was distressed and some people wanted to collect the only property my husband left for me, which is an uncompleted building that I used as a shelter.

Fighting back tears while narrating her ordeal, she said, “On the day that the state government rescued my soul, I went to Bodija market for my usual menial job, I usually carry loads for people, they accused me that am a witch, tore all my clothes and wished me death, but God in His infinite mercy rescued my soul, am grateful to Governor Seyi Makinde for show of love”.

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Receiving her Mother, Mr Taiwo Olawale who was accompanied by her aunty, Mrs Nosiratu Buhari appreciated the efforts of the State government for the adequate care and protection given to her mother in due course.

He explained further that her mother has been battling with an unstable state of mind since the year 1999 and the family has been getting medical attention not until recently the situation intensified to an unpleasant state.”

Speaking on the state of health of the survivor, the Medical Personnel of the partnering Non-Governmental Organization, Emmanuel Rehabilitation center for the Mentally ill, Oja’gbo, Ibadan, Dr Adeniyi Lawal identified Madam Olawale’s illness as ‘Senile Dementia’.

In another development, the Commissioner for Trade, Industry Investment and Cooperatives, Barr. Olasunkanmi Olaleye has stressed the State Government’s interest in the activities of the organized private sector.

He said the Governor Seyi Makinde led administration has awarded infrastructural, road contracts and propositions of Industrial Estate in order to ease problems of entrepreneurs and expand the economy of the state.

He disclosed this while speaking at the quarterly meeting of the Oyo Council of Chamber of Commerce, Industry, Mines and Agriculture & Other Organised Private Sectors, held at Western Hall, Secretariat, Ibadan, on Wednesday, 1st December, 2021.


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Prioritise persons with disabilities in new development plan, NHRC tells FG

The National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) has called on the federal government to ensure that persons with disabilities (PWDs) are significantly captured in the new national development plan.

Recall that the federal executive council (FEC) had in November, approved the 2011-2025 National Development Plan (NDP) with an investment size of N384.7 trillion.

In a statement released on Friday by NHRC executive secretary to commemorate the 2021 international day of persons with disabilities, Tony Ojukwu said incorporating the interest of PWDs in the new plan will ensure that their rights are protected as in the UN convention on the rights of persons with disabilities.

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He urged members of the public and private sectors to support the implementation of policies designed to improve equal participation of PWDs in the country.

“This year’s theme which focuses on ‘Leadership and participation of persons with disabilities toward an inclusive, accessible and sustainable post-COVID-19 world’ is geared towards promoting the importance of inclusion and accessibility in every sphere,” the statement reads.

“Full participation of this vulnerable group in societal affairs could be enhanced by creating an accessible environment and structures such as sign language interpreters, ramps, braille signage, lifts, digital accessibility tools for e-inclusion such as electronic brail, etc.

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“The National Human Rights Commission uses this opportunity to call on the government to ensure that disability interests are mainstreamed into the newly approved National Development Plan 2021-2025 to ensure inclusiveness and that no one is left behind.”


The senate in May, 2021 had asked President Muhammadu Buhati to provide a “five-year post COVID-19 special intervention programme” for PWDs in the country.

However, the president in January 2019 assented to a bill protecting persons with disabilities, and in January 2021, inaugurated the National Commission for Persons with Disabilities (NCPD).


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Riot in Osogbo as Police allegedly kill truck driver

There was palpable tension on Friday morning as a police officer allegedly shot a truck driver to death at the Ota-Efun area in Osogbo, the Osun state capital.

According to DAILY POST, an eyewitness said the deceased who was driving a Shekeena Global borehole drilling truck was brutalized before he was shot dead.

It was gathered that the drilling truck broke down along Ikirun way around 10:30am.

The driver and his crew were said to have allegedly blocked the road while trying to fix the vehicle before the police officers reached the place.

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An eyewitness said the police officers who came down from a mini commercial bus (Korope) hit the driver with a shovel under the truck before he was shot with a pistol in the chest.

The police officers, immediately after the act, took off their uniforms and ran away.

According to an eyewitness, the police were shooting guns and teargas to scare away the angry crowd.


The corpse of the driver was reportedly taken away by the police.

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However, the chairman of the National Union of Road Transport Workers, NURTW, Oroki park Osogbo, Adewale Kareem (Asiri Eniba) was on the ground after hours, to pacify the angry protesters and encourage them to open the blocked road.

The state police spokesperson, SP Yemisi Opalola was yet to comment on the incident as at the time of filing this report.


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PHOTOS: 69-year-old visually impaired burnt beyond recognition as fire guts building in Anambra

A sixty-nine-year-old visually impaired man, Julius Anyadiegwu, has been burnt beyond recognition after a fire gutted his apartment in Ukunu village, Umunya, Oyi Local Government Area of Anambra State.

The 54-year-old wife of the deceased, Blessing, said she noticed the fire outbreak when she started having difficulty in breathing in the dead of night.

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She said it was one of their sons; now hospitalized, who rescued her. She said the boy tried to rescue the father but couldn’t as he was badly burnt.

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The cause of the fire outbreak is yet unknown. Residents however ruled out electric surge as the community has been without power supply for some time now.


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Two suspected bandits arrested, 71 rustled cows recovered in Niger state

Two suspected bandits and cattle rustlers have been arrested by the police and 71 cattle recovered from them in Niger State.

Spokesperson of the command, DSP Wasiu Abiodun, who disclosed this in a statement on Friday, December 3, said the suspects confessed to be members of a gang of bandits who attacked a village in Munya LGA.

“On 30/11/2021 at about 1800hrs, based on credible information, Police operatives attached to Gawu-Babangida Division arrested two suspects, namely; Jauro Nuhu,35, and Sani Goga,25, both of Dapa village, via Kwali FCT Abuja,” the PPRO stated.

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“The suspects were sighted at Izom cattle market with two suspected stolen sheep. The sheep were suspected to have been rustled from Zazagha village, Munya LGA on 26/11/2021 and an alarm was raised while the suspects were arrested by the Police.

“During interrogation, the suspects confessed to be members of a ten-man gang of bandits who stormed Chibani, Dnalakpe villages via Zazagha on the above mentioned date and rustled cattle.

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“In the course of investigation, seventy-one (71) cows and twenty-three (23) sheep were recovered from the suspects in the process of moving the cattle from Zazagha forest to Kwali Area of FCT Abuja.”


DSP Abiodun said effort is ongoing to arrest other members of the gang adding that the case under investigation.


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Nembe oil spill: Leaking wellhead to be contained in few days – Aiteo

Aiteo Eastern Exploration and Production Company (AEEPCO) has stated that its leaking wellhead in the Santa Barbara South field, Nembe LGA, Bayelsa state will be fully contained in a few days.

Recall that the oil mining lease (OML) 29 wellhead in Santa Barbara South field had blown on November 5, and since then, it had been spewing oil into water bodies.

It is jointly owned by AEEPCO and the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC).

During a tour of the facility with journalists on Thursday, Andrew Onu, Aiteo’s global group director/coordinator, said the wellhead is being pumped with chemicals to contain further leakage in “one or two days”.

He explained that the spill had already been contained substantially.

He said that the spill was of a special type — a gas blowout — which involved 80 percent gas and 20 percent oil.

According to NAN report, during the tour, which took both dimensions — helicopter view and patrol boats along the waterways around the vicinity — it was easily observed that the oil spillage was minimal as it was effectively contained.


According to Oru, this is contrary to the impression that the entire environment has been seriously polluted.

The Bayelsa government had said that about two million barrels of crude had reportedly been spilled into the river, polluting the environment, thereby affecting biodiversity.

He described as “spurious” claims that the leak spilled two million barrels of oil into the creeks, explaining that the well’s production capacity, including its total reserves, was nowhere near two million barrels.

“The talk of two million barrels of oil spilling from the well is spurious. Two million barrels is about two supertankers. The oil would have spread over the entire country,” NAN quoted Oru as saying.

“The reserve of the well itself is nowhere near two million barrels.”

Oru assured the people of the Nembe community that everything was being done to prevent humanitarian or ecological disasters.

“I can tell you authoritatively that the pressure of the well has been substantially diminished already because all the chemicals needed to put the pressure under control are being fed in continuously and the pressure has started going down,” he said.

“This spill is a special type. It’s not just an oil spill, it’s a gas blowout, for whatever reason. There are two stages in containing it. The first one is to stop the gas leakage while the second is to fill the well.

“It is the gas leakage that engenders and creates room for some droplets of oil to escape with gas.

“The well is a gas well, 80 percent gas, and about 20 percent oil; that is why it is relatively easy for us to contain the amount of oil that spills out.

“Ordinarily, if what is coming out now was oil, I can imagine that we will be needing Noah’s Ark by now.”

He noted that the heavy vegetation of the area by which oxygen was emitted in large quantities and which flowed freely as well had also helped to absorb gaseous emissions.

“Critically, the pressure of the gas that is coming out has been almost completely extinguished and in one or two days maximum, I believe we will proceed further to begin the well-kill process,” Oru added.

Meanwhile, the company donated five truckloads of palliatives, including food and medical supplies to the Nembe community.

The items, received by the community’s leaders, were stored in the Opu Nembe Town Hall for onward distribution to fishing communities directly affected by the spill.


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Niger police arrest wanted notorious youth gang leader

20-year-old notorious restive youth gang leader identified as Abubakar Abubakar a.k.a Jarfa Babawo, has been arrested by operatives of the Niger State Police Command.

The state police Spokesperson, DSP Wasiu Abiodun, who disclosed this in a statement on Friday, said the suspect has been on the Command’s wanted list for thuggery activities within Minna metropolis.

“On 01/12/2021 at about 1600hrs, based on a tip-off, Police operatives attached to Intelligence Unit of the Command arrested one notorious (Sara-Suka) thug, Abubakar Abubakar a.k.a (Jarfa, Babawo) age 20 yrs ‘m’ of Anguwan-Daji, Minna,” the PPRO stated.

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“The suspect has been on the Command’s wanted list for nefarious and thuggery activities within Minna metropolis. He is known for mobilizing and leading thugs, armed with cutlasses and knives attacking communities surrounding Angwan-Daji such as Limawa, New-Market, Flamingo, Kwangila, Ogbomosho road and Murtala Park, Minna causing intense panic and injury to residents and road users in Minna.

“During interrogation, the suspect confessed to the crime and mentioned few of his gang members as :- Gaye, Ulama’u, Janare, Mai-Danja, Washi, Babule and Lakwa from Angwan Daji while Garkua, Auta, Iro Baba-Kwalli, Sirajo, Mugu Baba-Wuse, Koshi, Papa, Amama e.t.c were mentioned from Limawa.

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He further mentioned Usi-Tanga, Wawo, Lampard, Lamma and Starboy from Dutsen Kura Gwari.

“The suspect’s arrest is in addition to the apprehension of over fifty other suspects such as Ibrahim Dan-Asabe (a.k.a P.A), Saifulahi Aliyu and Usman Yusuf, all ‘m’ of Limawa, Kwangila and Airport Quarters, Minna respectively. Effort is ongoing to arrest other members of youth restiveness in Minna metropolis.” he added.



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