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2 Nigerian paintings sold for over N1billion in UK.

          
Two Nigerian paintings, the works of late Nigerian artist Ben Enwonwu have now fetched over N1billion at auctions in the UK.

The first that was auctioned last year March was Tutu, described by Nigerian novelist Ben Okri, as the “African Mona Lisa”. It fetched $1.6million, after it was discovered at a London flat.

Adetutu Ademiluyi, the subject of the painting was an Ife Princess.

The second painting is named Christine. It was sold at a Sothebys auction on Tuesday for $1.4million. It was initially listed for $200,000.
       
Done in 1971 by Enwonwu in Lagos, the painting had been in the Texas home of the family of the sitter for decades.

Christine Elizabeth Davis, the subject of the painting, was an American hair stylist of West Indian descent. Christine travelled a lot in her life, working in Ghana before moving to Lagos with her British husband in 1969. There, they befriended Enwonwu and Christine’s husband commissioned the work as a gift for his wife in 1971 before they eventually moved back to the US a few years later.

The work was completed in under a week as Christine was able to hold her pose for as long as needed. Christine, who was in her mid-30s at the time, passed away in Texas thereafter. But the painting has remained in the family ever since.

Recently a family member stumbled on the paint and googled the name of the artist, only to find that it was Enwonwu, Africa’s best known artist of the 20th century.

Altogether, the two paints have been sold for $3million, about N1.084billion.

It is not clear whether the survivors of Enwonwu will get any consideration for the works or whether all the proceeds will go to the owners at the point of sale.


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Family Members Cry Foul As Policemen Caught On Camera Shooting Two Young Men Dead in Lagos Are Released From Prison.

 Family members cry foul as policemen caught on camera shooting two young men dead in Lagos are released from prison
The four policemen attached to the Iba police division who were dismissed by the Lagos State Police Command for allegedly killing two young men they arrested in August, have been released from the Ikoyi prison following advice by the Directorate of Public Prosecution (DPP).

The four policemen identified as Insp. Fabiyi Omomayara, Sgt. Olaniyi Solomon, Sgt. Solomon Sunday and Cpl. Aliyu Mukaila, made news after videos of them shooting to death two suspects they arrested went viral. Nigerians took to social media to call for the prosecution of the policemen whose faces were captured in the viral video. The Lagos state police command promptly investigated the matter and the men were arrested and summarily dismissed from service.

However new facts shows that the indicted police officers have been released from prison. Vanguard reports that the release of the indicted police officers followed an advice from the Directorate of Public Prosecution.

The DPP’s statement signed by Dr. Babajide Martins, says the officers have no case to answer as there is no sufficient facts to pursue a case of murder or involuntary manslaughter against the officers.

”After carefully considering the facts in the duplicate case file, this office is of the opinion that there are insufficient facts to establish a prima- facie case of murder or involuntary manslaughter contrary to sections 222 punishable under 223 or 224(b)and punishable under section 229 of the criminal law , Cap CI7, Vol.3 Laws of Lagos State, 2015 against Insp. Fabiyi Omomayowa, Sgt Olaniyi Solomon, Sgt Solomon Sunday and Cpl. Aliyu Mukaila. They, therefore, have no case to answer” the statement from the DPP reads

Reacting to this development, family members of the victims say this is a ploy to sweep the case under the carpet.

Counsel to the families, Barrister Adesina Ogunlana, said the police officers are roaming about the street freely and boasting that they were untouchable.

“ The truly disturbing legal advice on issue like is, in our humble view, a complete disregard of the onerous responsibilities of the office of the Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice under which the Directorate of Public Prosecutors operates, to see to due protection and promotion of the rights of all souls in the jurisdiction of Lagos State.

We ask the following questions: Can the office of the DPP claim ignorance of the filmic expose via the electronic coverage and broadcast of the daylight execution of the two victims by these police killers that was all over the social media in August and September 2019, as to arrive at its present exculpatory advice? In the said footage, the two victims were deliberately and clearly executed in cold blood after being apprehended safely by their police killers loudly declaiming that ‘we don’t waste time.’ This was followed by the point-blank shooting of their captured victims.”

The incident happened on August 19th this year at about 3.00pm, when Iba Police Station received a distress call  from one Anugu Valentine that he was attacked by a group of armed men numbering about four  on two  motorcycles at Ipayi area, Iba and they dispossessed him of one iPhone  max valued at #450: 000.

Acting on the information, the Divisional Police Officer Iba promptly deployed the Divisional Patrol team to the scene. Two of the armed robbers were arrested while two escaped. Two locally made pistols with six life cartridges and five expended cartridges were recovered. The gang is said to be notorious for series of robberies in Iba and environs. It was a well celebrated operation by the team as the suspects were gallantly arrested.

The police officers were however dismissed from service for going against the code of conduct of the profession by killing the suspects in cold blood.


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MAN, 24, CAUGHT STEALING BOXER SHORTS AT SUPER MARKET.


A 24-year old man, Chinedu Ezeani, has landed into trouble after he went to a popular super market in Lagos to steal boxer shorts and he was caught through CCTV camera.

P.M.EXPRESS reports that the incident happened at Super Saver Super Market located at Asa Afarogun Street, Ajao Estate area of Lagos, where Ezeani also resides.

It was gathered that the suspect went to the super market, pretended that he wanted to buy some items and went round the store to pick those items he needed.

However, Ezeani had no money on him but only went there to steal. He reportedly stole the set of boxer shots, hid it in his body and attempted to escape before the security guard apprehended and handed him over to the Police at Ajao Division.

The boxer shorts were also recovered as exhibit by the Police. The cost of the boxer shorts was valued N5,800 only.

It was gathered that when Ezeani was eventually caught, he pleaded with them and offered to pay for the items but the management insisted that he must be prosecuted to serve as deterrent to others who might try such in future.

He was charged before Ejigbo Magistrates Court for stealing and he pleaded not guilty.

The prosecutor, Supol Kenneth Asibor, asked the Court to give a date for the Police to prove that Ezeani actually committed the offence.

The Presiding Magistrate, Mr. T.O Shomade, granted Ezeani bail in the sum of N10,000 with one surety in like sum.

He was remanded in prison custody pending when he will perfect his bail conditions. The matter was adjourned till 20th November, 2019.


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KEDC staff barricade company over non-payment of salaries, pension remittance.

 
Workers of Kaduna Electric Distribution Company on Tuesday protested the non-payment of salaries and non-remittance of their two years pension to their respective Pension Funds Administrators.

The workers, under the umbrella of the National Union of Electricity Employees, blocked the gate of the corporate headquarters of the company in Kaduna, Kaduna State with their vehicles, bringing business activities to a halt.

The company’s customers were prevented from having access to the office as the workers chanted solidarity songs.

They accused the company of engaging in modern day slavery.

They equally sought the reversal of the privatisation of the firm owing to alleged lack of technical know-how and capacity to deliver adequate electricity supply to its customers, urging the Federal Government to hand it over to competent hands.


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Python Killed At Flooded Lagoon Estate, Ogudu Orioke In Lagos.

      
Due to the recent rains, un-cleared canal leading to the Estate in over 4 years, massive release of excess water from the dams and some alleged ‘illegal’ dredgers of the creek/lagoon behind the Estate for sand, the area has turned into rivers with residents locked up for days and unable to go to work. Giant size anacondas have been seen and killed in recent days.

The Residents have lamented bitterly saying letters and SOS messages were sent to the Local Government Chairment in Kosofe, the Commissioner for water and Drainage, and the Governor with no response or action whatsoever.

They also confirmed that messages were sent to the representative of Kosofe LG in the state house of assembly which was read and ignored. the Residents lamented bitterly that an average resident of the over 1000 residents pays N200,000 as taxes monthly and deserved better treatment from the government.
           
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President Buhari Approves Drones For Border Monitoring.

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President Muhammadu Buhari has approved the deployment of drones, aircraft and geospatial technology for the monitoring of borders, it was learnt on Tuesday.

A source said the strategy was part of the e-Customs that the nation will use for the surveillance of the movement of illicit goods and persons.

With the procurement and deployment of the e-Customs, the borders shall record a watertight security that will foreclose the need for the erection of physical walls.

The source said: “The President has just approved e-Customs. E-Customs encompasses the deployment of border management technology, which will incorporate the use of drones, aircraft and other geo-spatial technology to be able to monitor our borders to ensure that any illicit movement of goods and persons do not take place. Once that is in place, I think we will be very safe that we do not need walls to be erected.”

This is coming on the heels of the joint operation border patrol code-named ‘EX-SWIFT RESPONSE.”

The Ex-SWIFT RESPONSE, coordinated by the Office of the National Security Adviser (ONSA), comprises the Nigerian Police Force, Nigerian Customs Service (NCS), Nigerian Immigration Service (NIS), the Nigerian Armed Forces and other security agencies to address trans-border security issues.

The Nigerian Immigration Service (NIS) Comptroller-General, Mohammed Babandede, disclosed in Abuja at the joint press briefing of the EX-SWIFT RESPONSE that President Buhari approved has enhanced the implementation of the ECOWAS protocol.

Following the implementation, the NIS, according to him, has ensured “if you don’t have traveling document, we (immigration) cannot allow you to leave Nigeria. We have refused the entrance of 1,111 people, who wanted to enter into Nigeria. ”

Continuing, he said that we have removed people that have already entered, 728 people have been removed.”

Babandede revealed that there are non-ECOWAS nationals among those that the NIS arrested during the ongoing border closure.

The Immigration boss revealed: “We have arrested Pakistanis. We have arrested North Koreans. Those people are supposed to be deported. We have deported around seven of them. We getting the documentation to make sure they reach North Korean.”

He noted that illegal migrants have been banned from entering into Nigeria for life even through recognized routes.

He added that with the closure of borders, there has been reduction in banditry and kidnapping, stressing that some of the criminals are foreigners.

He vowed that the NIS operatives will continue the border monitoring to ensure that only legitimate migrants enter into Nigeria through the legal routes.

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We didn’t issue any strike notice – NLC.

 
The General Secretary of the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC), Emmanuel Ugboaja, said labour did not issue any strike notice in anticipation of a failure to reach an agreement with the Federal Government on consequential adjustment of the minimum wage.

While making the clarification on the sidelines of negotiations in Abuja last night, he explained that what the initial statement issued said was that labour could not guarantee industrial peace, if, after October 16, 2019, the Federal Government does not reconvene the meeting for the adjustment.

Ugboaja maintained that “Labour has other avenues to ventilate its grievances and strike would only be a last resort.

Government and labour meanwhile yielded grounds in the negotiations yesterday, with talks scheduled to continue 2:00 p.m. today.

The government moved up from 11 per cent for Grade Levels (GL) 07-14 and 6.5 per cent for GL 15-17 to a new offer of 17 per cent for GL 07-09, 15 per cent for workers on GL 10-14, and 12 per cent for GL 15-17. Also, labour’s team shifted from 29 per cent to 25 for GL 07-14 and 24 per cent to 20 per cent for workers on GL 15-17.

Responding to the development, Acting Head of Service, Folashade Yemi, said: “We have had a very peaceful engagement. But we discovered that there are some grey areas that need to be ironed out. By the grace of God, tomorrow, discussions will continue and we believe that we will be able to get everything resolved.”

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Notorious Kidnap Leader In Delta Arrested, Guns Recovered.

     
        Sequel to several kidnappings along the highways in Edo and Delta states and confessions by several kidnappers arrested earlier, who confessed that one Iliyasu Ahmadu is their gang leader, on the instructions of IGP Adamu Mohammed serious manhunt was launched by IRT towards the arrest of the kidnap kingpin.

After weeks of unrelenting follow up, the kidnap gang leader 29yrs old Iliyasu Ahmadu, a native of Kafio LGA of Nasarawa but born and raises in Edo was arrested in Edo State by IRT.

Ahmadu confessed to several kidnappings and killings in Edo and Delta states.

He also led IRT detectives to a forest in Delta State where 2 AK47 rifles with S/Nos:6855 and 27534 (Ak49) he buried in the forest were recovered.

He further revealed several arms dealers in Onitsha who sold many Ak47 rifles And ammunitions to his gang and many other kidnappers. Immediate follow up by IRT operatives led to the arrest of one of the arms dealers identified as Chidi Okebunor, 28yrs, who is a native of Ogwashi Aniochi South LGA of Delta State who sells rifles and ammunitions to the kidnappers.

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Nigerian national arrested in Louisiana for $22,250 online scam.

 A Nigerian Vincent Izuchukwu Ezeocha has been arrested for allegedly stealing more than $22,250 online from a victim in Acadiana, Louisiana, in the United States, the Attorney General Jeff Landry said Tuesday.
A Nigerian, Vincent Izuchukwu Ezeocha, has been arrested for allegedly stealing more than $22,250 online from a victim in Acadiana, Louisiana, in the United States, the Attorney General Jeff Landry said Tuesday.

Ezeocha, 27, was arrested on one count of bank fraud, one count of felony theft, and one count of money laundering.

The arrest was the result of work by the Louisiana Bureau of Investigation, Louisiana State Police and Homeland Security Investigations.


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EFCC Arraigns Man For Unauthorized ATM Cash Withdrawal.

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The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Makurdi zonal office, has arraigned one Mr Akintunde Ogunrinde (aka “Kekere”) for allegedly defrauding his victim of the sum of N800,000.

Mr Ogunrinde, who was arraigned on Tuesday on a one-count charge for intent to defraud, is alleged to have used a UBA ATM card belonging to one Ademola Adewuyi to obtain the sum of N800,000 from a UBA ATM machine.

The accused was arraigned before Justice Mobolaji Olajuwon sitting at the Federal High Court, Makurdi, Benue State, after the office of the EFCC zonal head received a petition from a complainant against Mr Ogunrinde.

The accused is alleged to have committed the offense with one Alhaji Baba (aka “White”), now at large, after they used an ATM card belonging to the victim to obtain unauthorized money from his account.

When the charge was read to him, the accused pleaded “not guilty”. The prosecution counsel, G G Chia-Yakua, asked for a trial date and urged the court to remand the accused in prison custody.

The accused’s counsel, I M Mari, however, made an oral application for bail on liberal terms, to which the prosecution counsel raised an objection. The court however granted the oral bail application of the defendant.

Justice Olajuwon granted bail to the accused in the sum of N500,000, with one surety in like sum, adding that the surety must present a letter of identification to the court, show evidence of tax clearance, must reside in Makurdi and submit two recent passport photographs.

He also stated that the address of the surety must be verified by the registrar of the court and the prosecutor must verify the documents the surety present to the court.

Mr Ogunrinde is to be remanded in prison custody pending the perfection of his bail conditions, with the case having been adjourned to November 21 for trial.


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