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Akeem ReachnaijaMay 26, 2018
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4min370

One person died, a number sustained injuries and about 200 buildings including a primary school and medical center were severely damaged as windstorm lashed ten villages in Bunza Local Government Area of Kebbi state last weekend.

Photos: One killed, many injured and over 200 buildings destroyed as windstorm lash parts of Kebbi State

Head, Nema Sokoto Operations Office, Mal. Suleiman Muhammad and Head of Search and Rescue Unit of the operations office, Mal. Ambursa Aminu Shayau were led by delegated authorities from the state government and affected communities to the areas of the incident for the assessment.

Meanwhile, reports gathered will be prepared and forwarded for Federal Government’s necessary intervention to alleviate the plight of the affected victims.

 

Photos: One killed, many injured and over 200 buildings destroyed as windstorm lash parts of Kebbi State

Photos: One killed, many injured and over 200 buildings destroyed as windstorm lash parts of Kebbi State

Photos: One killed, many injured and over 200 buildings destroyed as windstorm lash parts of Kebbi State

Photos: One killed, many injured and over 200 buildings destroyed as windstorm lash parts of Kebbi State


Akeem ReachnaijaMay 26, 2018
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6min340

Federal High court, Kano on Thursday, to offer a special prayer against the EFCC and President Buhari because former Governor of Kano and Education Minister, Malam Ibrahim Shekarau was arraigned over N950m campaign fund.

Photos: Supporters gather in front of court to pray against Buhari and EFCC over arraignment of ex-Kano Governor, Shekarau

Shekarau, Ambassador Aminu Wali and Engineer Mansur Ahmed were arraigned before Justice Zainab B. Abubakar on a six-count charge bothering on money laundering to the tune of N950m.

When the charges were read to the three accused persons, they pleaded not guilty. Their counsel, Mr Sam T. Ologunorisa, said:

“My clients are on bail since May 2016 and have never jumped bail or temper with the commission’s investigation and they always complied with the directives of the commission. Now, the commission has completed its investigation into this case and all witnesses in this case are available and ready to appear before the court. So based on this development, I humbly apply for the bail of my clients.”

Counsel to the EFCC, Mr Jonson Ojogbane, did not object to the bail application, but urged the court to grant the bail on certain terms and conditions.

Justice Abubakar granted bail to Shekarau, Wali and Ahmed on the sum of N100m each with two reliable sureties in the like sum.

She said one of the sureties must possess a landed property within the jurisdiction of the court while the other must be a director in either state or federal civil service. She said the accused and the sureties must deposit their travelling passports at the office of the deputy registrar of the court.
Zainab adjourned the case till June 26 for continuation.

Photos: Supporters gather in front of court to pray against Buhari and EFCC over arraignment of ex-Kano Governor, Shekarau

According to Daily Trust, Shekarau and Wali’s supporters were injured when armed policemen deployed to the court fired live ammunition and tear-gas canisters to disperse them.

The police action caused pandemonium among the dignitaries, journalists and lawyers that attended the session.

Photos: Supporters gather in front of court to pray against Buhari and EFCC over arraignment of ex-Kano Governor, Shekarau

Trouble started shortly after JusticeAbubakar granted the three accused persons bail and people started leaving the court.

Photos: Supporters gather in front of court to pray against Buhari and EFCC over arraignment of ex-Kano Governor, Shekarau

Hundreds of supporters of the two politicians, who converged outside the court, insisted on reaching the main gate, but the police started firing tear-gas and live ammunitions into the air to disperse them.

Shekarau, Wali and Ahmed were later whisked away by operatives of the EFCC.


Akeem ReachnaijaMay 26, 2018
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5min390

The sisters of a dead woman are claiming her husband orchestrated her death in order to gain access to her estate.

Late Josephine Ibu and her three sisters agreed in 1999 to build a structure as a way of preserving their family name. They planned to build an imposing shopping complex in Lagos, to bear the family name, “Ibu Igbere Shopping Plaza.”

 

In 2001, Josephine, then a spinster, bought two plots of land situated at Ago Palace Way, Okota, Isolo with money contributed by all the sisters, especially the two elder sisters who were based in the United States. The four daughters held joint tenancy of the property. Josephine had only started working with Directorate of Petroleum Resources (DPR) at the time so she couldn’t afford to make as much donation as her elder sisters.

Some years later, a shopping complex was built on the land. Though they all contributed to the property, Josephine, who is based in Nigeria was the one who made payment for it, so the receipt for the purchase of the land had her name on it. She held the land in a representative capacity and in trust for all the Ibu sisters, considering that each of them made contributions towards erecting the said structures.

In 2004, Josephine got married to Anthony Ozoro but they separated in 2007, though they did not get a divorce, meaning she was still legally married to him. That same year, she married one Linus Biakoro.

Biakoro was a married man with three kids and didn’t legally divorce his wife before marrying Josephine, according to Josephine’s sisters. So, the union between Josephine and Biakoro wasn’t exactly legal.

In 2013, Josephine died. Since she was a staff of Directorate of Petroleum Resources (DPR), the company paid her death benefit to a Zenith bank account she held jointly with her second husband Biakoro.

Without informing her sisters or any members of her immediate family, Biakoro hurriedly  commenced burial rights for her. Her family heard of it and obtained an ex parte order from an Abia State High Court, Uturu, restraining Biakoro from proceeding with the burial rites. The order also froze the account into which her death benefits were paid, thereby restraining him from dealing with the death benefit. He, however, managed to gain access to the money and used it to the mortification of her family members.

Biakoro also tried to claim Josephine’s properties, including the ones she built with her sisters. But her sisters have said he has no right to those properties since he wasn’t legally married to their sister, and also because the properties belong to them all, not just their sister, even though it has only her name on it.

The sisters say Biakoro is an imposter and a gold digger and they allege that he battered their sister till she died just so he could lay hands on her properties.

Ann Ibu, Josephine’s younger sister, under oath, said in the statement of claim that Biakoro, in order to appropriate and convert the deceased’s estate, subjected Josephine to untold domestic violence despite the fact that she was a sickle cell patient.

 

Josephine ran away from home when she couldn’t endure the violence and went to stay with Ann in Gbagada. According to Ann, Biakoro initially began to employ ceaseless menacing threats and violence to harass Josephine into handing over to him the original Documents of Title to the said land on which the shopping plaza in Okota was built. Fearing for her life, she moved in with her younger sister Ann for two months, during which she handed over to Ann the title documents for safe-keeping.

 

But she later returned to the home she shared with Biakoro and few days after returning to Biakoro, she was dead.

 

The deceased’s sisters insist Biakoro killed her to gain access to her properties. They also say the properties aren’t hers alone so he can’t claim them. Also, they say he has no right to what share of the properties belongs to Josephine because he wasn’t legally married to her.

The matter comes up for hearing on July 24, 2018.


Akeem ReachnaijaMay 26, 2018
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1min340

The Federal Government has declared Tuesday, May 29, as public holiday to celebrate the 2018 Democracy Day.

 

Minister of Interior, retired Lt.-Gen Abdulrahman Dambazau, made the declaration on Friday in Abuja on behalf of the Federal Government in a statement issued by Dr M. Umar the Permanent Secretary.

 

Dambazau congratulated Nigerians on the occasion and pledged government’s continued dedication to entrenching democracy in the country. He also urged all Nigerians to trust and support the government in its commitment to building an indivisible, peaceful and greater nation based on the tenets of democracy.

 

The Minister wished all Nigerians a Happy Democracy Day celebration.


Akeem ReachnaijaMay 26, 2018
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3min300

A child passed passed away yesterday, at Daudu IDP camp in Benue State.

A Catholic priest, Rev. Godwin Tyragher, who shared the sad news on Facebook, said proper treatment would have saved the child.

“This my parishioners,one of the IDPs at Daudu camp lost her only son this morning.pls may u kindly continue to pray and support IDPs especially those who are sick among them.Ordinarily if proper medical attention is given to this child, he couldn’t have died”

The state had experienced series of attacks by Fulani herdsmen,  leading to the killing of hundreds of people, with thousands currently displaced from their ancestral lands.

 Photos: Young woman wails in grief after her only child dies at IDP camp in Benue

 Photos: Young woman wails in grief after her only child dies at IDP camp in Benue

 Photos: Young woman wails in grief after her only child dies at IDP camp in Benue

 Photos: Young woman wails in grief after her only child dies at IDP camp in Benue

 Photos: Young woman wails in grief after her only child dies at IDP camp in Benue

 Photos: Young woman wails in grief after her only child dies at IDP camp in Benue


Akeem ReachnaijaMay 26, 2018
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3min290

The Ibadan Zonal Office of EFCC on Friday 25th May, 2018 arraigned one Sunday Fadayomi, a former banker, before Justice M. L. Owolabi of the Oyo State High Court sitting in Iyaganku, Ibadan, on 30-count charges bordering on stealing contrary to Section 390 (6) (9) Criminal Code, Cap 38, vol. 2, Laws of Oyo State, 2000.

 

In view of the defendant’s not-guilty plea, prosecution counsel Adeola Elumaro prayed the court for a trial date.  However, counsel to the defendant, Suleman Umaru Jabata informed the court of an application for bail dated 24 May, 2018, praying the court to admit the defendant to bail pending the determination of the charges against him. He further prayed the court to allow the defendant remain in the EFCC’s custody pending bail. Prosecution counsel however, told the court that if bail will be granted on terms that will ensure the continuous availability of the defendant in court, he will not oppose the bail.

 

Justice Owolabi admitted the defendant to bail in the sum of Ten Million Naira and two sureties in like sum. One of the surety must be a property owner within the jurisdiction of the court and the value of the property must not be less than Fifteen Million Naira.

 

The defendant is however remanded in the EFCC’s custody pending the perfection of his bail condition. The case is adjourned to 8 June, 2018 for trial.

 

One of the counts reads: “That you Sunday Fadayemi ‘M’ between the 28 of November, 2008 and 2nd  day of December, 2009, at the banking hall of Ayete Microfinance Bank Limited, Oba, Ayete, within the jurisdiction of this Honourable Court, being employee of the Ayete Microfinance Bank Limited, did steal the sum of N967,700.00 (Nine Hundred and Sixty-Seven Thousand, Seven Hundred Naira) only, property of Ayete Microfinance Bank Limited by fraudulently removing the said amount from the Control Multi Entry account of the bank and moving it into your account number 0000003156, with account name Fadayomi Sunday where you eventually withdraw the money, and thereby committed an offence”.


Akeem ReachnaijaMay 26, 2018
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2min260

Police in Gombe State confirm that they have recovered the mace of the state’s House of Assembly, forcefully taken away in a scuffle by some members during plenary on Thursday.

 

The Commissioner of Police in the state, Shina Olukolu told newsmen in Gombe that the mace was found around National Industrial Court in the state capital in the early hours of Friday.

 

The mace, the symbol of authority of the legislature, was said to have been whisked away by some aggrieved members of the assembly after a failed attempt to change their leadership.

“You will recall that on May 24, at about 1.30 p.m. the mace, the symbol of authority of Gombe State House of Assembly, was taken away by a honourable member of the house in company of others. The incident was allegedly occasioned by the dispute over leadership change of minority principal officers of the house.

On receipt of the information, the Commissioner of Police visited the scene and heightened the security architecture already in place in the command based on the directives of the Inspector-General of Police. The pressure made them consequently to abandon the mace by the National Industrial Court in the state and it was recovered early on Friday. The mace is therefore today being handed over to the Speaker for his retention and use,’’ he said.

Receiving the mace from the police, the Speaker, Alhaji Nasiru Nono, commended the police and other security agencies in the state for the proactive steps they took, which led to the recovery of the mace.


Akeem ReachnaijaMay 26, 2018
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2min330

Obowo community in Imo State was in jubilation after a notorious armed robbery kingpin, Izuchukwu Chibundu Lawrence popularly known as “POLICE” was  nabbed by joint effort of gallant Obowo & Ahiazu Mbaise DPOs and their men.

In his confession, the suspect, from Nnachioma Umuariam Obowo, admitted to be among the gang that killed Nmagha Ndi-Eze, all the robberies in Obowo and the shooting at Agab pharmacy in Afor Ogbe.

According to the TC Chairman of Obowo LGA, Prince Nwoke, the suspect has been on the run after some of his men were arrested by Police in connection of Nmagha Ndi-Eze Obowo’s death.

Photos: Jubilation in Imo community as notorious armed robbery kingpin "Police" is arrested

Photos: Jubilation in Imo community as notorious armed robbery kingpin "Police" is arrested

Photos: Jubilation in Imo community as notorious armed robbery kingpin "Police" is arrested


Akeem ReachnaijaMay 26, 2018
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2min280

EFCC, Lagos Zonal office, on Thursday, May 24, 2018,  arraigned one Michael Obasuyi Osasogie alongside his firms-Platinum Multi-Purpose Co-operative Society, SmartMicro Systems Limited and Platinum Smart Cruise Motors Limited- before Justice Justice Mojisola Dada of the Special Offences Court sitting in Ikeja on a 14-count charge bordering on stealing to the tune of over eleven billion naira (N11, 498, 944, 038.29), an offence which is contrary to Section 285 (1) of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, 2011.

 

One of the counts reads: “That you, Michael Obasuyi Osasogie, Platinum Multi-Purpose Co-operative Society, SmartMicro Systems Limited and Platinum Smart Cruise Motors Limited, sometime in the year 2016 in Lagos within the jurisdiction of this Honourable Court, conspired to commit felony, to wit: stealing of the sum of N11, 498, 944, 038.29 (Eleven Billion, Four Hundred and Ninety Eight Million, Nine Hundred and Forty Four Thousand, Thirty Eight Naira, Twenty Nine Kobo) property of First Bank Nigeria Ltd.”

 

In view of his plea, the prosecution counsel, Rotimi Oyedepo , urged the court to allow Orji Chukwuma,  an investigator with the EFCC and one of the witnesses listed in the case, to clearly explain his findings during the investigations.

 

Oyedepo also pleaded with the court to allow a projector and camera to be mounted within the court room so as to ease the explanation of the prosecution witness. The court granted the prayers of the prosecution counsel and also stood the matter down for the projector and camera to be mounted.

 

When the case was later called up, Chukwuma affirmed all the allegations levelled against the defendant by the Commission and also told the court how the proceeds of crime were housed in some new generation banks. .


Akeem ReachnaijaMay 25, 2018
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1min400

The mace of the Gombe state house of assembly was stolen during plenary today Thursday May 24th. This incident comes weeks after the mace at the Nigerian senate was stolen by thugs..

According to reports, the Bauchi state house of Assembly mace was snatched during a siting to remove Ahmed Haruna, minority leader of the assembly, who represents Gombe north state constituency.

Haruna was reported to have held a press conference on May 5th condemning the ward congress of the All Progressives Congress in the state. This angered members of the party in the Assembly, which is dominated by the People’s Democratic Party, and they moved to remove him. Five out of eight APC members had signed the motion for his removal.

However during plenary today, one of the lawmakers who had endorsed his removal, made a U-turn, saying he had been forced to endorse the motion under duress. This led to an equal split of those for his removal and those against it. In the ensuing drama, a member of the Assembly reportedly made away with the mace aided by another lawmaker.