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adminreachOctober 24, 2017

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The Niger State Police Command on Monday arrested one Abubakar Suleiman with 88 bundles of fake dollars.
The command’s spokesman, SP Abigael Unaeze, while parading the suspect before newsmen in Minna, said Suleiman and three others at large conspired and took his father-in-law to an unknown place in Kogi State under the pretext of curing him of his sickness.
The spokesperson said the suspect, who was arrested with a bag containing 88 bundles of fake dollar notes, confessed to the crime.
She said that the command had commenced an intensive investigation into the matter.
In a related development, Unaeze said the command had arrested six suspects with 86 wraps of dried leaves suspected to be marijuana, 11 Diazepampacks, one packet of big bond and a box of matches.
According to her, detectives attached to the command also recovered one AK47 rifle with 25 rounds of 7.62 ×39mm live ammunition abandoned by a gang of armed robbers.
She added that this followed a distress call that robbers numbering five were operating in the residence of one Dr. Amandi Akorbumdu of Bosso area of the state.
Unaeze explained that the police detectives attached to the Bosso division swung into action and gave them a chase; as a result, the robbers fled and abandoned the items.
The police spokesperson said that all the suspects would be charged to court after investigation.
She appealed to the members of the public to assist the command by providing useful information about the movement of criminals to the nearest security office for prompt action.

adminreachOctober 24, 2017

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Two members of the Christian Association of Nigeria (Women’s Wing) died in an auto crash in Abia State on their way from the just-concluded Women’s convention held in Port Harcourt.
Reports have it that while the two women died on the spot, two others were placed on oxygen and seven in a stable condition at the Federal Medical Centre, Umuahia.
The President of CAN (Youth Wing), Daniel Kadzai, confirmed this in an interview on Monday.
He said, “The accident happened last night (Sunday). They were moved to the hospital that night. Two of the women died on the spot, two others are on oxygen and seven are in a stable condition because they were 11 in the vehicle. They are currently at the Federal Medical Centre Umuahia, Abia State.
“They were coming from Port Harcourt where they had their national WOWICAN Convention. They finished the convention on Sunday. They were returning to Gombe State, specifically the North-East when the accident happened.”
Kadzai stated that what could have been a ghastly accident was averted in Kaduna State when 74 delegates, coming from the WOWICAN convention, narrowly escaped death.
He said, “A similar thing also happened but God took control of the situation for the women returning to Kaduna State. Their luxury bus was flagged down by the local vigilance group members who were holding sticks. The driver didn’t know that the vigilance group operatives were there.
“The driver dodged them and ended up in the ditch. The bus jumped down and swerved off the road and luckily for them, the bus ended in thick sand. That was what saved them.”
While soliciting prayers, most especially for the families of the bereaved and CAN over such unfortunate losses, YOWICAN commended the leadership of the Abia wing of CAN for its prompt response in offering assistance.

adminreachOctober 24, 2017

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 African political leaders, activists, and local chiefs joined forces  to commit to ending child marriage in West and Central Africa.
More than a third of girls in the region are married under the age of 18, with the rate over 50 percent in six countries and up to 76 per cent in Niger.
Driven by factors including poverty, insecurity and religious tradition, marrying off girls once they reach puberty or even before is a deeply engrained social custom in much of West and Central Africa.
The World Bank said the practice hampers global efforts to reduce poverty and population growth and has negative impacts on women’s and children’s health, educational achievements, and earnings.
The conference in Senegal’s capital Dakar, which included government, civil society, and religious representatives from 27 countries, was the first gathering of its kind to address child marriage in the region.
“What we need to end child marriage is a movement,” Francoise Moudouthe of advocacy group Girls Not Brides told the Thomson Reuters Foundation.
“We hope this will be solidified in the region with this meeting.”
World leaders have pledged to end child marriage by 2030 under the UN Sustainable Development Goals, but at current rates it will take over 100 years to end it in West and Central Africa, UNICEF said.
Although the rate of child marriage has declined from 50 to 39 per cent across the region since 1990, population growth means that the number of child brides is still increasing, said Andrew Brooks, UNICEF’s regional head of child protection.
“I think the fact that they came is a sign that they’re ready to do something,” said Brooks of the local and national leaders present.
Other activists said they hoped the meeting would result in concrete national action plans and would pressure countries to enact and enforce laws against child marriage.
“We have heard your heartfelt cry,” said Senegal’s prime minister, Mohammed Dionne, to campaigners, who chanted
“No to child marriage” as he took the stage.
Dionne said: “the problem is how to move from vision to action,” said Dionne.
“Beyond the legal framework, what we need today is collective engagement in the search for solutions.”

adminreachOctober 5, 2017

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Ogun State Police Command on Wednesday paraded 70 suspects whose offences ranged from armed robbery, kidnapping impersonation to cultism, car snatching and ritual killing.
They were paraded at the command’s headquarters at Eleweran, Abeokuta, by the state Commissioner of Police, Ahmed Iliyasu.
The police boss who said the suspects were fished out from their various hideouts in its operation code named ‘criminals mop up’, added that 15 pump action guns and 14 cut to size locally made pistols were recovered.
He added that many live cartridges and five different cars and trucks were equally recovered from the hoodlums.
Iliyasu further explained that 31 cultists were among the suspects and were caught in the act while doing initiation at an hotel in Okeyidi area of Abeokuta, the state capital.
“They were caught while they singing their initiation songs,” he said.
Twenty-eight other suspects were also arrested for armed robbery; two arrested for ritual killing while four others were arrested for kidnapping.
Among the armed robbery suspects was a member of the gang who shot and wounded the Divisional Police Officer of Ogbere Police Station on 13th September, while responding to a distress call at an hotel at Itele Ijebu area of the state.
The gang leader, Wasiu Ganiyu told journalists that it was Mungo Park who shot the DPO.
Items recovered from there were two AK47 rifles, one pump action gun, seven magazines loaded with 30 rounds of live ammunition each, one Toyota Sienna car, One motorcycle, one jack knife and five live cartridges.
Ganiyu while speaking to journalists, disclosed that he ventured into armed robbery three years ago in order to survive after his motorcycle was stolen.
Also apprehended Iliyasu said were three dismissed soldiers; Abiona Ipaye, Afolabi Olawale and Moses Ayodeji, who were responsible for various car snatching incidents in the state. He said they were arrested at Sango Ota.
According to him, one toy gun; one jack knife and Nigerian Army uniforms were recovered from them.
Also paraded were cemetery attendants, Jimoh Olanrewaju and Seun Babatunde who, according to the police commissioner, were arrested for selling human parts to interested buyers.
Iliyasu said they were arrested at the popular Muslim burial ground in Lantoro, Abeokuta with assorted charms, adding that they have since confessed using human parts to prepare charms.
He thanked members of the public for their support, Iliyasu said the command was ready to ensure safety during the ’ember’ months.


adminreachOctober 5, 2017

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Dayo Amusa, a popular nollywood actress has volunteered an opinion on why some women are always plagued with cheating partners.
She blamed the jinx on the selfless attitude of the women and their belief that they can ‘fix’ any man, no matter how badly damaged emotionally he may be.
The 33-year-old actress and singer who said she used to be a fixer added that she endured bad relationships, and kept on attracting the same type of men who needed to be fixed.
Probably referring to some of her colleagues in the entertainment industry whose marriage crises have made headlines recently, Dayo said she knows a lot of women with the same condition.
Amusa wrote: “We attract cheating men, commitment-phobic men, emotionally unavailable men, emotionally damaged men, alcoholics, drug abusers, narcissists, and sociopaths.
It’s like we are a magnet for men whose pieces areshattered all over the place. And for some reason, we feel compelled to put these pieces back together. But I must admit, I have failed every single time.
“I never gave myself a chance to sit back and question my motives. Instead of asking why I constantly felt obligated to pick up someone else’s broken pieces, I ran to pick them up without a second thought. Being selfless made me think that coming second didn’t matter because I was putting someone else’s worthiness first. And in the end, rank doesn’t matter, right?
“I realized that the reason I was attracting these types of men was because I believed I could save them.
“As selfless, thoughtful, giving women, we think we will be “that woman”—the one who will change them. We think we can turn a cheater into a loyal boyfriend. We think we can help him walk away from the drugs and alcohol. We believe we can help him get over his commitment issues and aim for a stable future with us. We trust that we can get rid of the emotional baggage that he has been carrying for years.
We attract these men because we believe they need us. And to leave them would be selfish, insensitive and ruthless.
“The sad news is, we constantly blame ourselves when they don’t change. Every time they fail us, we think it’s because we failed them. Their hold on us becomes stronger; they keep us around knowing they have nothing to offer.”


adminreachOctober 5, 2017

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Shehu Sani,  senator representing Kaduna Central, has advised President Muhammadu Buhari to remove himself as the Minister of Petroleum Resources and appoint a successor that can be accountable for the nation’s oil industry.
Sani on Thursday opined that Buhari had limited time to oversee the oil industry and insisted that appointing a credible minister would douse the tension in the oil industry.
The Minister of State for Petroleum Resources, Dr. Ibe Kachikwu, had written a petition to President Buhari, alleging acts of insubordination and humiliation by Dr. Maikanti Baru, the Group Managing Director of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation.
The Senate had also set up a panel to probe Baru, over allegations made against him.
Sani wrote, “President Buhari should disengage from being a Petroleum Minister and appoint a substantive minister whom the nation can hold accountable to the happenings in the nation oil industry. The President position as a minister can drag him into issues in the oil sector of which he has limited time to attend to.”
”A broom immersed in oil cannot sweep clean,” he added


adminreachOctober 5, 2017

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A 31-year-old housewife, Ngozi Obasi, who allegedly poured a pot of hot water mixed with pepper on her husband’s private part, on Thursday appeared before Ebute Meta Chief Magistrates’ Court in Lagos.
The accused, who resides at 17, Fatiregun St., Ilaye in Ebute Meta, is charged with attempted murder to and she pleaded not guilty.
The Prosecutor, Sgt. Kehinde Omisakin, said Ngozi committed the offence on Oct. 1 at 3.00 a.m. at their residence in Ebute Meta. She disclosed that the accused  emptied the pot of hot water mixed with pepper on her husband’s, Igwe Obasi private part in a bid to murder him after a heated argument,
The offence contravened Section 230 (b) of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, 2015.
The offence is punishable with life imprisonment.
In his ruling, Chief Magistrate Tajudeen Elias admitted the accused to bail in the sum of N100,000 with one surety in like sum.
Elias said the surety must show proof of tax payment in the last three years to the state government.
He adjourned the case until Oct. 16 for mention.

adminreachOctober 5, 2017

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Food prices was on the high side in September due to higher costs of oils and dairy products, the UN Food and Agriculture Organization said Thursday, with the increases outpacing inflation in many countries.

The FAO said its Food Price Index came in at 178.4 points in September, to gain 1.4 points or 0.8 percent from August and 7.4 points or 4.3 percent above September 2016.
“Firmer prices in the vegetable oil and dairy sectors were behind the small month-on-month rise in the value” of the overall index, the FAO said in a statement.
The cereals index fell thanks to good harvests for maize in North American and wheat in Russia, but it was still 8 percent above the level of September 2016.
“World cereal stocks by the close of seasons in 2018 are now forecast at a new all-time high of 720.5 million tonnes,” said the FAO.
According to the OECD, consumer price inflation is expected to come in at 2.3 percent this year in industrialised nations
The FAO calculates its Food Price Index monthly to measure changes in international prices of a basket of food commodities.

adminreachOctober 4, 2017

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The Permanent Secretary, State House, Mr Jalal Arabi, on Wednesday said the management of the State House Medical Centre would among other things seek its commercialisation to address its dwindling fortune.
According to a statement by the Deputy Director (Information), State House, Mr. Attah Esa, the Permanent Secretary was reacting to a recent media report on the state of the clinic.
Arabi said the commercialisation of the centre which currently offers free medical services to patients, would boost its revenue and augment the appropriation it receives from the government in the quest for a better qualitative service.
He assured that the clinic will be repositioned to offer qualitative and efficient services.
He added, “The Centre is the only health centre in Abuja where patients are not required to pay any dime before consultation. In other government hospitals in Abuja, patients are required to pay for consultation, treatment, laboratory tests and others but that has not been the case with the State House Medical Centre. The Centre offers free services, nobody pays a kobo for hospital card, consultations or prescriptions and this has taken a toll on the subvention the Centre receives from the government.
“We have some of the best equipment in the country. For instance, to maintain the MRI and other scan machines, we spend close to N2 million monthly. Yet we do not charge a dime for those who require MRI scans in the clinic.”
Arabi said the proposed reforms would ensure that those eligible to use the Centre are NHIS complaint with their Health Maintenance Organisations or primary health provider domiciled in the clinic.


adminreachOctober 4, 2017

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Gunmen have abducted a popular musician, Mr. Joseph Osayomore, in Egor Local Government Area of Edo State.
Osayomore was said to have been whisked away by the abductors at Orovie village, off Upper Ekehuan road, at about 10pm on Tuesday.
It was learnt that his wife  sustained gunshot wounds during the kidnap.
The Police Public Relations Officer, Mr. Moses Nkombe, who confirmed the incident noted that security agency received a report of the abduction at about 11pm.
The kidnap of the ace musician, who is renowned for the infusion of the Benin language in his  music, came less than two weeks after the abduction of the head of Ogba Zoo and Nature Park, Mr. Andrew Ehanire, and a Catholic priest, Fr. Lawrence Adorolo.
Adorolo was released last Saturday while Ehanire, who is the brother to the Minister of State for Health, Dr. Osagie Ehanire, is yet to regain his freedom.
Nkombe, however, said that security operatives had been deployed to various spots across the state.
He also said that the police would do its best secure the release of the musician.