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One Nigerian arrested in India, another escapes.

 
India’s Anti-Terrorism Squad (ATS) in Palghar and Tulinj Police have arrested a Nigerian and recovered cocaine costing over one crore($140,000) from his possession.

The arrested accused has been identified as 31 year-old Diyata Jerome.

During the raid, ATS squad recovered 496 grams of cocaine and more drugs were recovered from his possession after the arrest.

“We have recovered cocaine worth Rs 1, 49, 60,000(over $140,000) from Jerome’s possession, who has been arrested. A case has been registered against him under the Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances (NDPS) Act at Tulinj police station. Further investigation is underway,” said Mansingh Patil, Assistant Police Inspector. (ANI)

According to the police, another accused Obashi Paul Obgana managed to escape by dodging the police. The investigation into the matter is underway.

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Pay your tax, Buhari group mocks Obasanjo.

 
The Buhari Media Organisation (BMO) has expressed surprise that a company owned by a former President, Olusegun Obasanjo, is on the list of over 19,000 tax defaulters recently released by the Federal Internal Revenue Service (FIRS).

The BMO, in a statement on Thursday by its chairman, Niyi Akinsiju, and Secretary, Cassidy Madueke, said it was a major indictment on the former President that the Obasanjo Farms Nigeria Limited (OFN) was on the list of tax defaulting companies in the country.

“It is a big surprise that a company owned by a former President who sees himself as the father of modern Nigeria is on a list of companies that have run afoul of the nation’s tax laws.

“We also consider it a thing of shame for General Obasanjo not to pay taxes as at when due, especially as he is known to pontificate either at public fora or through open letters against societal ills, aside from launching scathing attacks against all sitting Presidents after him.

“We do not see why he should stop writing letters or speaking out against societal ills, but it would be hypocritical for him not to pay his company’s taxes as at when due. So our message to former President Obasanjo is: Keep writing open letters to Nigerians but do not forget to pay your taxes,” the BMO said.


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Baby with swollen head needs $120,738 for life-saving treatment •Family cries out for help.

        â€¢Sick Baby Benjamin Nwatu needs urgent support to stay alive.
An appeal has gone out from the family of Nwatu, based in Abuja, urgently seeking help from well-meaning individuals and corporate organisations to help save their six-month-old baby who is on the verge of death.

The appeal by the father, Henry Nwatu, a technician and father of three, with a modest income, said he was requesting for financial assistance to help offset the huge cost of medical treatment for his little son, Benjamin, which is far above his income.

“My son, Benjamin, was born normal and healthy. At about a little over a month old, he started to show physical signs of swelling in his head. And a thorough examination in the hospitals visited in Abuja, particularly the University of Abuja Teaching Hospital, revealed that he had developed Vein of Galen aneurysm.

“This is a rare form of arteriovenous malformation in which the embryonic precursor to the vein of Galen, a vein at the base of the brain, dilates causing too much blood to rush to the heart. This can lead to rapid heart failure and may result in an increased head circumference as in the case of little Benjamin.

“Now Benjamin is about six months old and his condition has caused severe and persistent swelling on his head and requires delicate care and treatment. Again, his condition has predisposed him to constant treatment from flu and other infections thus taking a toll on our meagre resources.

“I have sought for help from various persons, groups and organisations, and I have only been able to raise about N1 million, most of which have been used to defray the cost of care and support during hospitalisation periods of late. From this amount, I still have a balance of N239,945 in my bank account.

“I am appealing for help to you to please help save my son. He requires an invasive surgical procedure, endovascular embolization. However, our findings show that this treatment cannot be handled in Nigeria.

“I have contacted many hospitals overseas and have supplied them all the medical reports, diagnostic imaging and notes, and have obtained cost of treatment from 2 of them, including the Boston Children Hospital, USA; (this hospital is charging $120,736 to treat his condition) and Great Ormond Hospital for Children NHS Foundation in the UK (this hospital is charging £101,600 to treat his condition).

“The cost of treatment from each of the hospitals is above N45 Million. This is way out of my income. Please help me support a part of the treatment and God will abundantly reward you,” the appeal stated.

Other available details include the cost of treatment from the hospitals, the medical reports, medical notes from the diagnostics images, a referral letter from the University of Abuja Teaching Hospital and pictures of little Benjamin’s situation.

“My family is willing to bear all other associated costs that may arise from travel and care-giving support. My Bank Account details are as follows:

Name of Account Holder: Henry Nwatu

Name of Bank: Access Bank

Account Number: 0016672079

“Please feel free to reach me on my phone numbers: 08055282147 and 07034817205. I will be glad to answer any questions you may have with regard to this matter. I look forward to your humanitarian assistance. Please help save my little son,” Mr. Nwatu appealed.

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Uche Nwosu watches as henchmen beat up DSS official.

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Supporters of the son-in-law of ex-Governor Rochas Okorocha, Uche Nwosu, the embattled governorship candidate of the Action Alliance (AA), led by certain Pastor Frank Onwummere, allegedly attacked an official of the Department of State Services attached to Government House Owerri, on Thursday.

Our correspondent reliably gathered that the official of the DSS who was alerted of the presence of the Mrs. Ulomma Okorocha Nwosu, daughter of ex-Governor Rochas Okorocha at the White House lodge owned by the state government, shortly after the inspection visit of the Secretary to the State Government, Uche Onyeaguocha, which the ex-governor had allegedly converted to his personal house.

However, a DSS official who pleaded anonymity told our reporter that his colleague on getting to the White House lodge discovered that the wife of Uche Nwosu had already gone and only met the security operatives including a personnel of the Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps who were posted to the house.

According to him, “having gone there, he found out that both Ulomma and other officials had left. But as he was about to leave the lodge, Uche Nwosu arrived at the place, accompanied by over 50 men in three buses.

Uche Nwosu began banging on the gate of the lodge asking if the house belonged to their father and also asking what they were doing there. But as my colleague was about to open the gate as he was still inside the compound, the young men who came with Uche Nwosu forced the gate open from the outside and pounced on our colleague and beat the daylight out of him while Uche Nwosu watched.

“The bad aspect of the whole saga was that Uche Nwosu knew our colleague very well, but he did nothing to stop the unprovoked attacked by his men, led by Pastor Frank Onwummere and one known thug who is popularly called “One-Man Squad.”

One of the witnesses who corroborated the attack said: “On getting to the lodge, Uche Nwosu was said to have begun banging on the entrance gate, shouting at the top of his voice, asking if the house belonged to their father.”

He further revealed that before security officials could open the gate the supporters of Uche Nwosu had pushed the gate open from outside and instantly pounced on the official of the DSS and personnel of the Civil Defence and started to beat them. Uche Nwosu and the policemen who came with him did nothing to stop the attack.”

But in a swift reaction from the Onwuasoanya Jones, Director, Media and Publicity of the Ugwumba Uche Nwosu Campaign Organisation, dismissed the alleged incident as mischievous and malicious falsehood.

According to him, “we understand that the spin doctors surrounding the protem governor of Imo State, have been impoverished of any idea with which they could deflect attention from the hugely successful reception accorded the immediate past governor, Owelle Rochas Okorocha, hence, their hurried resort to the puerile and poorly cooked lie that Ugwumba Uche Nwosu assaulted an official of the Department of State Services.

“His Excellency also has very high regard for our gallant patriots, who work hard to ensure our safety, under the sun and in the rain, and cannot contemplate disrespecting them in any way.  We therefore, urge the public, especially, Imolites, to disregard the malicious falsehood.”
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17 dies in auto crash.

 
An auto crash at Bacita junction along the Jebba-Ilorin highway in Kwara State claimed the lives of 17 people on Thursday afternoon.

The accident, which involved an 18-seater Toyota Hiace passenger bus and an articulated DAF container truck, also left two people injured.

It was learnt that the crash occurred as a result of over speeding and dangerous driving with the two vehicles having a head-on collision at a bend along the highway.

Speaking on the crash, the Head of Operation, Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC), Kwara State sector command, Udeme Eshiet, said that the DAF container truck was going towards Jebba, in the Kwara North district, while the passenger bus was coming to Ilorin, the state capital, when the crash occurred.

The FRSC official said that the crash occurred at a sharp bend, as a result of over speeding which led to a head-on collision by the two vehicles.

“Due to excess speeding in which the two drivers were involved while driving their vehicles at the time when the crash occurred, they could not negotiate the sharp bend properly, and when they eventually met, it resulted in a head-on collision,” he said.

The road safety official called on motorists to be more careful while driving on the nation’s highways to check avoidable accidents. He also said passengers should always caution and report every reckless driver to law enforcement agents nearby.

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2 Nigerian sisters rescued from suspected traffickers in Mali.

ʉۢ Rescued trafficking victims, Miriam and Vivian Jackson
Officials of the Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS) have rescued two teenagers from a suspected human trafficking syndicate in Mali.

The Edo State Comptroller of Immigration, Mr. Kayode Eniolorunda, confirmed this to Channels Television on Thursday, in Benin City, the state capital.

He explained that the two sisters – Miriam and Vivian Jackson – were rescued following a complaint lodged by their mother, Mercy, about their disappearance on July 19, 2019.

Eniolorunda said that the Command worked on a lead which came from interrogating one Lucky Otuba, a suspected member of the gang who accompanied the mother of the victims to report the case.

He added that they moved into action by contacting other anti-human trafficking agencies, including the International Organisation for Migration (IOM) which led to their rescue from the syndicate led by certain Madam Taye based in Mali.

“Our efforts actually paid off as they were able to track them in Mali, identify them and hand over to our embassy and through the help of IOM, one of our principal partners, they were brought to Lagos and subsequently to us in Benin,” the Immigration Comptroller said.

Narrating her ordeal, Miriam told Channels Television that the whole incident has remained confusing as she cannot really tell how they agreed to go on the trip.

She said the person who recruited them for the journey, certain Madam Blessing, had told them that they were going to work as hairdressers in Senegal before ending up in Mali where they were eventually rescued.

The victim said, “I cannot explain how we agreed to travel with her. It is as if we were not with our senses.”

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Monarchs, officials sabotaging TraderMoni –Presidency.

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The Presidency on Thursday alleged that some traditional rulers and government officials were sabotaging the Social Investment Programme by collecting bribes from the poor beneficiaries of the N10,000 TraderMoni scheme.

The Special Adviser to President Muhammadu Buhari on the SIP,  Maryam Uwais, stated this at the 13th Anti-Corruption Agenda for the 9th National Assembly organised by the Human and Environmental Development Agenda, a non-governmental organisation.

She lamented that many attempts to ensure the prosecution of the affected persons by the various security and anti-corruption agencies had not been successful.

Some of the affected states, according to the presidential aide who spoke in an interview with journalists on the sidelines of the event, included Osun, Kano, Jigawa,  Katsina, Benue and Niger.

She said, “There are people in the local government areas and at the state levels who have been able to exploit the vulnerability of our beneficiaries.

“Some of those beneficiaries don’t even report because they are thankful for whatever they get and they believe that the people who are trying to take this money from them are actually capable of removing their names from the list.

“We asked our monitors to investigate and we discovered that it was true. We are planning to visit all those communities and assure all those women of their protection. We have reported those cases to the security agencies.

“Whether or not the security agencies have been swift or aggressive in their approach is another issue. As far as compiling and submitting our findings to security agencies,  we have done our best.

“The BoI has been able to apprehend and report the perpetrators of such acts. We have given our statements to the anti-corruption agency.

“The suspects have been invited but I’m yet to see any prosecution.

“Some of the affected states are in Osun, Kano, Jigawa and Katsina. All of them are being investigated and we have submitted our report.  I have also reported Benue and Niger with evidence forwarded to the law enforcement agencies.”

Mr Femi Falana (SAN), who also spoke at the occasion, alleged that none of the 774 local government areas in the country had a functional budget as required by law.

He said, “None of the 774 local government councils in Nigeria has any functional budget. They are just operating without any direction.”

He also criticised the recent closure of the Nigerian- Seme borders by the Federal Government, without considering the plights of the poor who daily ply the road to transact cross-border businesses.

He condemned abuse of court process, where those invited for questioning for alleged fraud secure court orders to frustrate such moves.

He warned that if the practice was not discontinued, criminals and other evil elements might soon adopt the same method to frustrate their arrests and eventual prosecution.

He said, “When you invite a politician for questioning, he runs to a court to get an order. This is alien to our laws.”

Chairman on the occasion, Prof. Shehu Abdullahi, said every stakeholder must contribute to the fight against corruption.

The Chief of Staff to the Deputy President of the Senate, Dr. Otive Igbuzor, identified five bodies that should be at the forefront of he fight against corruption.

He said, “Corruption is as old as the society itself. In every society, there are key agencies that can fight corruption. We have the executive, the legislature, independent commissions, the media and citizens.

“The challenge is that these five groups must do their job well.  I want to advise that we should have a clear advocacy brief that will be taken to the National Assembly. We need to have a clear picture on how to tackle corruption.”

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Man beaten to death over faulty gadget.

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One Moses Eze has died after being allegedly beaten at an electronic gadgets’  repairer’s shop in Ile-Ife, Osun State.

The incident, which occurred on Wednesday, August 21, 2019, on Igboya Street, caused panic as residents fled in different directions.

A source in the area, who pleaded not to be named, said Eze had brought his DVD player to Wale Adegbola for repairs.

But, when Eze returned to collect the gadget, a disagreement arose between him and the repairer, leading to a fight.

The deceased, who was allegedly beaten by Adegbola, was rushed to the Obafemi Awolowo University Teaching Hospital, Ile-Ife, where he reportedly died.

When contacted, the spokesperson for the Osun State Police Command, Folasade Odoro, said the incident happened around 7.30am in the Igboya area of Ile-Ife.

Odoro stated, “One Moses Eze was reportedly beaten up at the shop of one Wale Adegbola on Igboya Street, Ile-Ife, where he went to collect his DVD player that he had earlier brought for repairs.

“The victim was taken to the OAUTHC Ile-Ife for medical attention and was confirmed dead by a medical doctor. His remains were subsequently deposited in the hospital’s morgue for autopsy.”

She said two suspects arrested in connection with the incident had given useful information to the police.

Odoro gave an assurance that the police would arraign the suspects before a court as soon as investigation into the matter was concluded.

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Three in police net for receiving stolen items.

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Three men, Mohammed Sani, 20; Awal Ali, 19; and Waheed Akanmu, 29, have been arrested by policemen attached to the Operations Puff Adder, Zone XI Police Command, Osogbo, for allegedly receiving stolen items.

Sani and Ali were arrested in their hideout in the Sabo area of Ibadan, Oyo State, while Akanmu was nabbed in Osogbo, Osun State.

A statement by the Police Public Relations Officer for the zone, Adekunle Ajisebutu, on Thursday, said the suspects were arrested for fraternising with notorious armed robbery gangs and receiving stolen items from them.

According to the statement, the suspects were arrested in Sabo areas of Ibadan and Osogbo following a petition by a victim, who was attacked in his house in Ore, Ondo State, by members of a notorious gang of armed robbers in May.

 “The armed hoodlums broke into the victim’s premises around 2.20am and dispossessed him of his valuables, including a Toyota Corolla car 2010 model, electronics such as plasma TV sets, phones, jewellery and other items at gunpoint,” Ajisebutu stated.

The Assistant Inspector-General of Police in charge of Zone XI, Mr Adeleye Oyebade, called for more support in the task of ridding the zone of criminal elements.

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Retired DSP, other arrested for defiling Ebonyi pupil.

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The Ebonyi State Police Command, on Thursday, confirmed the arrest of Mr Christopher Idam, 61, a retired Deputy Superintendent of Police, and Uka Chukwu, 22, for allegedly defiling a 10-year-old primary school pupil at Amaokpu village, Amasiri in the Afikpo North Local Government Area of the state.

Southern City News gathered that the suspects were arrested on Saturday, August 17, 2019.

Our correspondent gathered that the minor was sent by her mother to hawk ‘ponmo’, a business the family is known for and depended on for survival, when she was lured into the house of one of the suspects and allegedly defiled by the men.

Our correspondent learnt that the development caused the victim’s mother, who had waited endlessly for her daughter’s return, to go in search of the girl.

In the process of searching for the victim, she was said to have been found in one of the rooms in Idam’s house.

The bewildered mother raised the alarm, which attracted neighbours and passers-by, who invited the police to arrest the suspects.

Confirming the incident, the Police Public Relations Officer in the state, DSP Loveth Odah, said the command got a report on the incident and was already investigating it.

According to her, the suspects have been arrested and transferred to the police headquarters, adding that statements were being taken from both parties.

“The suspects were arrested and a police medical practitioner was brought in to examine the girl for the purpose of preparing the medical report. The suspects have been transferred to the police headquarters for further investigation,” Odah stated.

A source in the community, who spoke on condition of anonymity, told our correspondent that when the victim was queried, she alleged that the retired police officer and the other suspect, Chukwu, had before now been trying to lure her into their house with money.

The source said after the girl’s confession, the suspects were handed over to the police for investigation.

The source stated, “My sister reported on August 17, 2019, that the two suspects had been taking advantage of her daily whenever she went out to sell ‘ponmo’. Today, they were handed over to the police in Amasiri. Both men are from Amaokpu village in the Amasiri community, Afikpo North Local Government Area of the state. They are known for doing this evil. They should face justice.

“For now, they are being accused of defiling a 10-year-old girl. She is on holiday with the mother here. The mother said the daughter was sent to sell ‘ponmo’.

“The mother said the girl was lured by the retired police officer and one Chukwu into Idam’s house. She confirmed before the police that both suspects usually lured her into the house with money to have carnal knowledge of her.”

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