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A 45-year-old mother of five, Ashile Basirat, paraded by Ogun State Police Command for allegedly conspiring with robbers to dupe passengers in Abeokuta, said she took into the illicit act of duping people because she had once been a victim.

She said her children had advised her to stop the illicit business, but her venture into trade did not yield the desired profit, making her continue her illicit business.

The Police Commissioner in the state, Ahmed Iliyasu, said Basirat, a suspected member of a fraud syndicate, engaged in fooling unsuspecting passengers by hypnotising them, take them to the nearest Automated Teller Machine, ATM, point to dispose them of cash.

Ilyasu said the syndicate specialized in driving commercial taxi cab, pretending to be drivers and simulated passengers to dupe the unsuspecting members of the public. Other members of the syndicate are Leonard Ifeanyi, Tajudeen Erinosho and Ashimiyu Olaniyan.

Explaining how her gang operated before they were apprehended, Basirat claimed that her gang members act as passengers in a taxi, pretending to be waiting for one more passenger.

She said when the victim is found, they would tell him or her that there was money in the booth, which could not be spent because it was spiritually locked.

She further explained that the victim would be persuaded to follow them to a priest and “he or she would be brought to me, while I pretend to be an Ifa priestess (Iya Alawo).”

She further disclosed that her victims are too numerous to count as she started the trade in 2011 after she was duped in 2010.

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Police in Ondo State Police have arrested a three-man gang, who specialised in stealing Honda Sport Utility Vehicles (SUV) in different parts of the state.

The suspects, Fadamitan Desmond, Olayemi Adeoye and Imafidon Roland, said there was nothing wrong in stealing and selling cars. The gang members have a special key, which they used in igniting the vehicles’ engines, before moving them from where they were parked.

Adeoye, the prime suspect, told our correspondent that he bought the master key purposely to unlock and steal cars parked at market places. He confessed that he sell each of their stolen vehicles for a paltry sum of N50,000. According to him, he usually sells the cars to Desmond and Roland.

He said: “Anytime I identify a vehicle, which I wish to steal, I would go to the area with my special key. I will take the car to Desmond and he would give me N50,000.”

According to Desmond, who is a graduate of Mechanical Engineering from Osun State Polytechnic, Esa-Oke, the prices at which he buys the cars made him culpable of receiving stolen property.

He said: “I used to repair the cars before selling them to unsuspecting buyers.”

The state Commissioner of Police, Mr. Gbenga Adeyanju, said that Adeoye specialised in stealing vehicles in Akure, while the duo of Roland and Desmond were in the habit of selling stolen vehicles.

He said: “The suspects confessed to have stolen the vehicles. Their leader, Adeoye, narrated how they had been perpetrating the crimes within and outside Akure. Efforts are on to arrest other fleeing members of the gang.”

Adeyanju disclosed that the command had set up a three-man task force in compliance with the Inspector General of Police’s directive.

He mentioned Assistant Commissioner of Police (ACP), Mr. Alani Adegoke, Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP), Mr. Emmanuel Ojemu and Assistant Superintendent of Police (ASP), Mr. Dapo Omomuwasan, as members of the task force.

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Gov. Aminu Tambuwal has expressed sadness over the death of elder statesman and former Governor of old Kaduna State, Alhaji Lawal Kaita.

In a statement issued by his Spokesman, Malam Imam Imam, the governor said Kaita made invaluable contributions to the development of the country.

“He was an acclaimed pacesetter who, along with other patriotic Nigerians of his generation, fought for the restoration of democracy in Nigeria at the turn of the century.

“His life is an example of dedication and commitment to democratic norms and values.

“Nigeria will remember the deceased as a man who gave his best years toward the development of multi-party politics.

“His contributions enriched governance process at both state and federal levels,’’ Tambuwal said.

While praying to Allah to grant the deceased eternal rest and his family the fortitude to bear the loss, the governor appealed to both Kaduna and Katsina State Governments to immortalise the deceased.



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adminreachJanuary 3, 2018


The Kaduna State Police Command has confirmed the abduction of the paramount ruler of Ikulu Kingdom, His Royal Highness Yohanna Kukah, in Southern Kaduna.

The command Spokesman, Mr. Mukhtar Aliyu, said on Wednesday that the monarch was kidnapped on Tuesday night at his residence.

Aliyu said the kidnappers have yet to call for ransom.

“We have deployed our patrol team and our special unit to rescue the paramount ruler unhurt,” he said.

Aliyu said the paramount ruler is a brother to Archbishop Hassan Kuka.

Meanwhile, the Zamfara State Police Command has arrested a suspected kidnapper and cattle rustler, Musa Abdullahi a.k.a Gaugai.

The command’s Public Relations Officer, Mr. Muhammad Shehu, said on Wednesday the arrest was part of the sustained efforts to rid the state of banditry, kidnapping, cattle rustling and other criminal activities.

“The suspect was arrested on January 1 by the Anti-kidnapping Squad of the command on Operation Sharar Daji in Kunkeli and Chabi villages in Maru local government area of the state.

“One Ak47 riffle with five rounds of live ammunition were recovered from the suspect,” he said.


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adminreachJanuary 3, 2018


The All Progressives Congress (APC) on Wednesday described the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) as “a dead party, not capable of capturing Lagos in 2019.”

The Assistant Publicity Secretary of the APC in the state, Mr. Abiodun Salami, stated this during a chat with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Lagos.

Salami was reacting to a claim by the Publicity Secretary of PDP in the state, Mr. Taofik Gani, that the party would capture Lagos in 2019.

Gani had said 2019 would be the beginning of the end of APC administration in the state as the party was sure of dislodging the ruling party.

He had claimed that Lagosians were tired of the “non-performance of APC government “and were eagerly waiting to vote PDP.

“We will shock the APC in 2019. Take my words. We already have a lot of novel ideas to wrestle governance from them.

“For now, we will keep our strategies sealed. When the game starts, we will unleash them.

“Ambode has failed in purposeful governance. The only thing we see is propaganda. Lagosians desire a change, and that change is PDP,” Gani had said.

But Salami described his comments as laughable, saying PDP had been completely decimated and have no capacity to make any impact in the governorship election, let alone winning.

He dismissed the assertion as “empty boast,” saying Lagosians knew the difference between light and retrogression and would continue to vote the APC.

“The assertion made by the PDP that it would win the state in 2019 is a huge joke. In fact it is laughable.

“How do they want to achieve that? The party has been deserted and left for dead by Lagosians.

“A party where virtually all their bigwigs, such as Musiliu Obanikoro and others had deserted because they have seen the light and are now in the fold of APC,” Salami stated.



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adminreachJanuary 3, 2018


The Peoples Democratic Party ( PDP ) has condemned Tuesday’s attack by gunmen on Benue farmers, calling on the presidency to arrest and bring the culprits to book.

The PDP Publicity Secretary in Benue, Mr Bemgba Iortyom made the call in a statement on Wednesday in Makurdi.

“Once again, heavily armed gunmen on January 2, unleashed violence and mayhem on some rural communities in Benue.

“This time in Guma and Logo Local Government Areas (LGAs), killing a yet to be determined number of peasant farmers, women, children and the aged inclusive.

“The assailants also visited arson on property of the locals on a massive scale which is also yet to be estimated in terms of monetary value.

“The Benue Chapter of the PDP totally condemns this barbaric act which qualifies by every standard as terrorism employed in the pursuit of an agenda which is genocide in character,’’ it stated.

The party said it was in alignment with the position of Gov. Samuel Ortom that the Federal Government must move quickly to provide security to the people of the state as well as bring the perpetrators of the acts of criminality to book.

According to the PDP, gunmen violence against farmers should be graded on same level with menace of Boko Haram insurgency and treated with an equally commensurate degree of security attention.

“Evidence abound that the gunmen killing of Benue farmers, burning down their homes and destroying their farms, crops, farm produce and properties, do not differ from Boko Haram insurgents in mode and method of operation, as well as extent of impact and devastation on their victims.

“We also use this opportunity to reaffirm our support for the law prohibiting open grazing of livestock in Benue State as the surest antidote, both in the short and long terms, to the menace of gunmen attack in the state.

“We urge Gov. Ortom to explore broad-based and bi-partisan approaches involving all segments of the Benue community towards bolstering internal cooperation measures for the effectiveness and sustainability of the law,’’ the statement added.

About 20 persons were killed after some gunmen attacked communities in Guma and Logo LGAs on Tuesday.


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adminreachJanuary 2, 2018


Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) Registrar Prof Ishaq Oloyede has said no fewer than 200 million candidates are expected to register for this year’s Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examinations (UTME).

Prof Oloyede declared that the examination body returned N7.8 billion to the Federal Government coffers from the proceeds of examination forms sold in 2017.

He stated that the fund was sourced from the N12billion income made during the year.

He said the board had effected changes in the  process and procedure for registration and conduct of examination for candidates to curb hitherto malpractices in the processes.

The JAMB boss told reporters at the weekend  in Ilorin, the Kwara state capital.

He said contrary to the insinuation that the board increased the examination fee, which enabled the milestone, the JAMB boss said the agency rather made some reductions in the fee payable for the examination.

He said the examination board also significantly reduced the amount paid for exam by foreign applicants, maintaining that it was aimed at encouraging huge number of them.

Oloyede informed that the agency introduced Central Admission Processing System (CAPS) in the bid to address the imbalance observed in the admission process for the applicants.

He noted that with the introduction of the system, the process of admission into higher institutions of learning in the country has become more transparent, saying there was no need for any institution to come to the Headquarters of the board for certain rectitude.

Oloyede, a former Vice-Chancellor of the University of Ilorin, said the system involved by the agency is making 90 percent of admission to be based on merit

He also stated that the board had expanded its facilities by spending N1billion last year, adding that 15,000 centres would be created for prospective UTME candidates this year.

On his stewardship,  he said: “It has been very tough but it has also been very rewarding. When we started in 2015 we did not realize we were going into a serious war. Initially we thought it is a call to duty,  but when got there we realised it was not going to be easy because of entrenched interest.  With capacity and network of such interest if you are not careful one will derail.

“We have conducted the first exams with the new technology in 2017 and now we have started selling the registration forms for 2018 UTME.

At that time many people were saying only one month for JAMB registration. Some genuinely and some mischievously. The genuine ones wondered to register about 200 million candidates is too short a period. To me I believe that is the right way to go.   For example prior to 2016 we used to sell JAMB for between five and six months in theory, but practice we sell 90 percent of the form in 30 days.

Because many people did not have the fact of the new method, even the National Assembly, they say we should extend it to two months.

“Within the last one year students across the country had paid over N300 million to JAMB for change of names for wrong spelling at the CBT centres.”


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adminreachJanuary 2, 2018


Nigerian Bar Association (NBA) Second Vice President Monday Ubani yesterday said President Muhammadu Buhari must have misunderstood Nigerians’ demand for restructuring.

The lawyer said an aspect of the restructuring Nigerians seek is the devolution of power from the Federal Government to the states.

According to him, the President appeared to understand restructuring to strictly mean a return to the Parliamentary system of government.

The President said: “We tried the Parliamentary system: we jettisoned it. Now there are shrill cries for a return to the Parliamentary structure. In older democracies these systems took centuries to evolve so we cannot expect a copied system to fit neatly our purposes. We must give a long period of trial and improvement before the system we have adopted is anywhere near fit for purpose.”

Ubani said: “Maybe he misunderstood what restructuring really means.  The restructuring we’re talking about is removing most of the things being handled by the Federal Government. Let them be decentralised.

“States should share some of these duties in order to ensure good governance, proper structure and a well-run federation.”

Ubani said the President’s New Year speech was otherwise inspiring, and urged him to match words with action.

“Every other thing he said is very inspiring and I’m very happy that the government is making some level of progress, such as in agriculture and stabilising the naira.

“A lot of things he said really inspires hope, especially in the development of basic infrastructure. He mentioned the railways, electricity, and other key infrastructure suffering some level of deficiency.

“Those are important in restarting the economy, especially power. So I urge him to match his words with action.”

Lagos lawyer and University of Lagos (UNILAG), Mr Wahab Shittu, described the speech as balanced.

He said: “President Buhari’s address is the last opportunity to deliver change to Nigerians by affirmative actions.

“The speech is both an acknowledgment of concerns being raised by the citizenry as well as commitments to deliver on railways, roads, power projects, employment, security, enterprise, fair elections and the political challenges of the country.

“Addressing huge infrastructural deficits is the central theme with marginal issues being political stability and other issues including cost of governance and appreciation to Nigerians for concerns raised during the period of his health challenges.

“The speech set specific targets and objectives in the context of economic recovery and growth plan strategy of the administration.

“Overall the speech reflected the concerns of Nigerians as well as firm commitments to address them mainly through the power, works and housing ministry, Federal Roads Maintenance Agency (FERMA), etc, utilising diversification into agriculture, solid minerals, manufacturing, enterprise and job creation tools as driving force for the realisation of set objectives.

“lt is a balanced address which also recognised the challenges of energy crisis, power outage, security threats, derelict infrastructure and citizen disenchantment arising mainly from poverty and lingering fuel crisis which marred the Christmas and New Year holidays.

“Nigeria will hold the president on his word to fish out those responsible for the blackmail resulting in the artificial fuel scarcity inspite of efforts of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) in making products available.”

Former member Ogun State Judicial Service Commission, Mr Abayomi Omoyinmi, said the speech was hope-inspiring.

“My general impression of the President’s broadcast is that the speech has given hope to the people of the country in that there is continuity in the process of development of infrastructure by his government that will turn around the economy.

“The infrastructure that has for a long time been neglected my previous administration. The fact that he recognises the problems staring the people of Nigeria in the face and consistently gives assurances of better things to come rather than pretending that those problems do not exist portends hope rather than hopelessness.

“The broadcast is a reaffirmation of the Buhari government’s commitment to rebuilding the country for a better tomorrow,” Omoyinmi said.


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