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21-year-old admits to defrauding American of $200.

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A 21-year-old Internet fraudster, Arowolo Ariremako, has admitted to defrauding an American of the sum of $200.

Ariremako, who appeared before a Federal High Court in Osogbo, Osun State, on Tuesday, pleaded guilty to the offences bordering on fraud preferred against him by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission.

The EFCC prosecutor, Oluwatoyin Owodunni, explained that Ariremako defrauded an American, identified simply as Gray.

The defendant was said to have obtained the sum of $200 from the American.

According to the prosecutor, the defendant opened a fake email account and posed as a woman to defraud his victim.

The counsel for the defendant, Abayomi Alawode, urged the court to be lenient with his client, saying Ariremako could still be useful to the nation.

Justice Peter Lifu found Ariremako guilty of fraud.

He, however, adjourned the matter to January 31, 2020, for sentencing.

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Buhari govt asked to disband Hisbah police over illegal activities.

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The Human Rights Writers Association of Nigeria, HURIWA, has called on the Nigerian Government to immediately disband the Hisbah police operating in the North.

HURIWA, a frontline advocacy group, explained that Hisbah was an illegal group that violates the constitutional rights of Nigerians in the North.

A statement by the National Coordinator of HURIWA, Comrade Emmanuel Onwubiko said that the Hisbah police was determined to enforce Sharia laws in the North.

The statement reads: “It is no news that policing and security in Nigeria is the exclusive preserve of the Federal Government. Section 214(1) of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria 1999 (as amended) provides thus:

“There shall be a police force for Nigeria, which shall be known as the Nigeria Police Force, and subject to the provisions to this section no other police force shall be established for the Federation or any part thereof.” Subsection 2 (a), (b) and (c) of the same section provides that:

“Subject to the provisions of this Constitution-(a) The Nigeria Police Force shall be organized and administered in accordance with such provisions as may be prescribed by an Act of the National Assembly; (b) The members of the Nigeria Police Force shall have such powers and duties as may be conferred upon them by law; (c) The National Assembly may make provisions for branches of the Nigeria Police Force forming part of the armed forces of the Federation or for the protection of harbours, waterways, railways and air fields.

“These are re-enforced by Section 4(2) of the Constitution which specifically empowers the National Assembly to make laws with regards to Exclusive Legislative List thus: “The National Assembly shall have power to make laws for the peace, order and good government of the Federation or any part thereof with respect to any matter included in the Exclusive Legislative List set out in Part 1 of the Second Schedule to this Constitution.

“In the same vein, Item 45 of the Exclusive Legislative List in Part 1 of the Second Schedule to the Constitution specifies “Police and other government security services established by law” while item 68 of the List includes

“Any matter incidental or supplementary to any matter mentioned elsewhere in this list”. HURIWA stated that it was in this regard that the Police Act, among other laws, was passed and section 4 of the Act stipulates the functions of the Police.

“The Police shall be employed for the prevention and detection of crime, apprehension of offenders, the preservation of law and order, the protection of life and property and the due enforcement of all laws and regulation with which they are charged and shall perform such military duties within or outside Nigeria as may be required of them by, or under the authority of this or any other Act.

“The foregoing provisions of the Constitution are unambiguous and the first rule of interpretation being the literal rule has to be applied to them. The implication is that only the National Assembly has powers to make law as regards Policing and security services in Nigeria.

“In most states of northern Nigeria, there exists one form of security apparatus or the other under different names with uniformity of functions and operations of Hisbah. The Hisbah Police functions principally to enforce Islamic sharia by “enjoining what is right and forbidding what is wrong on every Muslim”.

“First, there is the problem of legality of the outfits whether established by law or not in the light of the provisions of the Constitution regulating policing and other security agencies in Nigeria as stated earlier. This clearly negates the argument in some quarters that such outfits, like Hisbah Police in kano State backed by Kano State Hisbah Corps Law of 2003 passed by the Kano State House of Assembly, are legal. The passage of those laws on matters not within the legislative competence of the State Houses of Assembly makes the laws and by extension the outfits or organizations which they establish, illegal ab initio.

“Second, there is also the problem of mode of operation which violates rights enshrined in the Constitution. The Hisbah Police often effect arrest even though the law setting them up do not empower them in that regard, these they do sometimes in the most crude fashion including disruption of social and economic activities. They sometimes invade people’s privacy or premises without warrant or legal authority. They also carry out raids of vessels or vehicles or premises believed to be harbours of or used in the delivery of alcohol, seize and destroy the products. In 2017 the Sokoto Hisbah Commission was reported to have stormed the wedding party of the daughter of the Governor, Aminu Tambuwal, and seized the disk jockey’s musical instruments for allegedly violating sharia law. Other functions of the Hisbah Commission include the enforcement of rapists to marry their victims, settlement of marriage disputes and arrangement of marriages for those without suitors. Despite the argument that the Hisbah Police do not bear arms, they have in actual fact been found with arms and have thereby become a threat to lives in some occasions especially to the non-indigenous residents of or visitors to the applicable communities.

“Third, an inherent problem of the Hisbah Police is its religious colouration and connection in a heterogeneous and plural civil society with the right to freedom of thought, conscience and religion as guaranteed by the Constitution. Section 10 of the Constitution prohibits the Government of the Federation or of a State from adopting any religion as State religion. As much as it could be argued that the Hisbah Police is established in furtherance of peace and order, it is no doubt specifically to ensure compliance with “Islamic injunction” which is tantamount to the enforcement of the religious standards. And although it is not outrightly stated to be the adoption of State religion, it should be noted that since a State cannot adopt a religion as a State religion, it also cannot establish an outfit which primary function is the enforcement of religious standard at a governmental level.

“It is the reasoned view that Hisbah Police not being an establishment of an Act of the National Assembly and by virtue of its manner of operation in violation of legal rights guaranteed by the Constitution as well as enforcing a religious standard as an agent of the States authorizing it as such is an illegal outfit.

“The Nigerian government is hereby urged to disband the illegal HISBAH POLICE with immediate effect.”

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Panic As SS3 Student Drowns While Swimming Inside River In Imo.

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According to Punch Metro, a tragedy has occurred at the Onuiyi River in Nkwumeato in the Ihitte/Uboma Local Government Area, which connects the Abadaba Lake in the Obowo Local Government Area of Imo State as a 20-year-old pupil, Chima Ogbenna, drowned in the river.

It was learnt that the deceased was a Senior Secondary School 3 pupil of the St. Augustine International Secondary school, Amainyi, in the Ihitte/Uboma Local Government Area of the state and was billed to sit the Senior Secondary Certificate Examination later in the year.

It was gathered that the incident, which occurred on Monday, caused panic in the community.

A source said, “It’s no longer news that the Ihitte/Uboma LGA lost one of her sons in the person of Chima from Nkumeato, who drowned in the Onuiyi River this evening (Monday).

“May his soul rest in peace, amen. He was a pupil of the St Augustine International Secondary School, Amainyi.”

A villager, Liberty Chibueze, told Punch Metro that Ogbenna had followed his peers to the river to swim but drowned in the process.

He said the deceased’s schoolmates raised the alarm, but help could not come his way immediately.

Chibueze stated, “It is indeed painful. Chima had already registered for the SSCE and was expected to take it later this year.”

“He got drowned in the morning, but his copse was seen later in the evening after some spiritual cleansing had been carried out by the river.”

When contacted, the police spokesperson in the state, Orlando Ikeokwu, said the command was aware of the incident and had taken appropriate measures.

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8-Year-Old Boko Haram Teenager Used To Execute Captured Christian.

 
A Boko Haram faction called the Islamic State West Africa Province (ISWAP) is now using teenagers to execute Christians held hostage in Borno State.

This was discovered after ISIS’s Amaq news agency released a video which showed an 8-year-old boy executing a Christian.

The video was released just after the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) Chairman in Michika Local Government Area of Adamawa State, Rev Lawan Andimi was executed by another faction of Boko Haram.

In the horrific footage shared, the boy was heard saying "We won't stop until we take revenge for all the blood that was spilled".

Commenting on the video, Rita Katz who is the Director of SITE Intelligence Group which is an organisation which tracks the activities of jihadist groups, said it is not just another piece to ISIS’ honed-in targeting of Christians of recent years, but also a throwback to its older propaganda from Iraq and Syria of brainwashed children carrying grisly executions.
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How Two Medical Doctors Were Killed By Lassa Fever In Kano.

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Lassa fever has killed two medical doctors and 17 others in Kano and Ondo states, The PUNCH learnt on Tuesday.

The Ondo State Government said 16 people had so far been killed by the deadly Lassa fever while 84 cases were recorded in the state this year.

Also, the Director of Public Health and Disease Control in the Kano State Ministry of Health, Dr Imam Bello, said on Tuesday that the disease had killed two medical doctors and a pregnant patient at the Aminu Kano Teaching Hospital, Kano.

It was reported on Monday that 15 persons had lost their lives as a result of the disease in Ondo, but the death toll rose to 16 on Tuesday.

The Ondo State Epidemiologist, Dr Steven Fagbemi, disclosed this on Tuesday while briefing Governor Rotimi Akeredolu and the local government chairmen from the Ondo North and the Central Senatorial Districts, at the Governor’s Office in Akure, the state capital.

Fagbemi said, “Sixteen of the patients have passed on as their cases had reached advanced stages before they were brought to the hospital. Forty-seven patients currently on admission are responding to treatment, while 21 persons have already been treated and discharged.”

Akeredolu urged the residents to stay calm as the government had adopted some measures to tackle its spread to other areas.

Akeredolu, who said poor hygiene was responsible for the spread of the disease, added that the government had stepped up efforts to sensitize the populace about the disease through massive community awareness creation.

“The government has continued to provide free treatment to all patients that present with this disease in our treatment centres. We will like the public to note that this disease is totally treatable; indeed so far several patients have been treated and have fully recovered.”

In Kano, some patients were said to have been placed under the Intensive Care Unit of the teaching hospital.

It was learnt that a House Officer in the hospital, Ummu Kulthum, died on Friday, while an anesthetist consultant, Habeeb Musa, died on Monday.

The third victim, a pregnant woman, died due to suspected complications from Lassa fever.

In a statement, the Kano State branch   of the Nigeria Medical Association, said samples had been taken to the Nigeria Centre for Diseases Control in Lagos for analysis.

The result of the analysis was still being expected as of the time of filing this report on Tuesday

Also, it was reported that the late pregnant woman from Bauchi State, suspected to be the carrier, had a caesarean section 20 days ago at the teaching hospital.

While speaking to journalists in Kano, Bello said Kulthum died after she assisted in the caesarean section carried out on the late woman.

Bello said the other suspected infected health workers were responding to treatment.

He explained that the infected persons would be quarantined at the state Isolation Centre at Yargawa in the Dawakinkudu Local Government Area of the state.

Bello said, “So far, we received a report of three deaths from AKTH, which we are suspecting to be the case of Lassa fever. So far, two samples were sent to the reference laboratory. We are awaiting the results.”

Meanwhile, the Edo State Government has intensified efforts to curb the spread of Lassa fever into the state, in the wake of the resurgence of the viral disease across endemic states in the country.

In a statement, the Special Adviser to the Governor on Media and Communication Strategy, Mr Crusoe Osagie, said the state government’s efforts were being led by the Deputy Governor, Philip Shaibu.

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Man Caught Disguised In Hijab To Sleep With A Married Woman In Her Matrimonial Home.

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A young man has reportedly been caught after he disguised himself as a woman in hijab to have sex with a married woman in her husband’s house.

A Facebook user, Felix Eigbefo, who disclosed this is based in Benin City, Edo State.

Sharing photos of the man after he was caught, Felix wrote:

“Guy disguised as ELEHA to have sex with Eleha inside her husband matrimonial bed. He was caught and exposed!”

Reports had also revealed how a man who took it upon himself to always dress like a woman, just to start relationship with guys and extort money from them, was caught and stripped naked.

He was caught and busted by one of his admirers who took him to a restaurant for refreshments and demanded sex afterwards.
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Father who held children captive for years faces abuse charges.

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A father facing charges of sexual abuse in a Dutch court had held six of his nine children captive for nearly a decade at an isolated farmhouse, telling them "bad spirits" would enter their bodies if they talked to outsiders, prosecutors said on Tuesday.

Gerrit-Jan van Dorsten, 67, is charged with unlawful detention, child abuse and money laundering.

Now ailing after a stroke, he cannot speak and did not attend the pre-trial hearing in the city of Assen during which his custody was extended by three months.

In October, police found Van Dorsten and five adult siblings at the farm in Ruinerwold in the northern Netherlands after a sixth sibling escaped and reached a nearby village bar. Local people alerted police.

"All the children report physical punishment if they were deemed to be under the influence of spirits.

This happened from a very young age, with children as young as four or five years old," prosecutor Diana Roggen told the judges.

"The punishments would consist of beatings, sometimes with a stick or other objects, pulling of their hair, sometimes making them sit in a cold bath for hours. Sometimes they were chocked to the point where they became unconscious."

Judges granted a prosecution request that Van Dorsten undergo neurological and psychiatric evaluations and said defence lawyers may question the children, four males and five females who are now all adults.

The six youngest children were kept in seclusion since birth and separated from their elder siblings. A 15-year-old daughter was moved to another town, while a 12-year-old son was forced to live alone in a caravan.

Van Dorsten told the children the death of their mother in 2004 was their fault for having contact with the outside world.

'This feels like a witch hunt'

"I had a bad spirit and I did not want to transfer it to them," one of the children told prosecutors during earlier questioning.

The children were watching proceedings remotely, presiding Judge Herman Fransen said. They may testify at a later stage of the trial.

The allegations by the children were confirmed by diaries written by Van Dorsten seized during a search of the farmhouse, the prosecutor said.

Between 2007 and their discovery last year, Van Dorsten withheld food, drink or medical treatment. Some of the older children have said their father forced some of them to perform sex acts on him between 2004 and 2008, prosecutors said.

Roggen said Van Dorsten also told the children "a female spirit, the spirit of their mother or another spiritual wife" had entered their bodies to justify sexual acts with them.

The six siblings and their father had lived on the farm since 2010, and had never had their births registered or been to school, as required by Dutch law.

Three more older siblings had left the family before they went into seclusion.

Two of them have now come forward with accusations of sexual abuse when they were young teenagers.

Van Dorsten is in a prison hospital where police have been unable to question him because an untreated stroke in 2014 rendered him unable to speak.

A second suspect, Austrian Josef Brunner, 58, a follower or accomplice of Van Dorsten who paid the rent on the farmhouse, is charged with endangering the health of others and unlawful detention.

"In my conscience [I know] I did not rob anyone of their freedom," Brunner told judges on Tuesday. "This feels like a witch hunt."

Brunner's lawyer, Yehudi Moszkowicz, countered charges of keeping the children against their will, citing interviews in with they said could have left the property, but chose not to.


The children, all now over 18, have not spoken publicly but have given statements through a Dutch filmmaker.

The four eldest said in November that they support the criminal case against their father. Separately, the five youngest children - those found at the farm - say they do not support the charges.

The five younger children are in counselling and are doing well under the circumstances, prosecutors said.
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Yung6ix Slams American Jeweler With Lawsuit For Racial Profiling.

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Nigerian rapper Onome Onokohwomo better known by his stage name Yung6ix has on January 9, 2020, filed a lawsuit against the management of Sterling Jewelers.

The lawsuit is coming months after the entertainer alleged that he was racially profiled and assaulted at the store in California.

In September 2019, the “What If” crooner took to social media to reveal that he was wrongfully accused by the owner of the American jewellery store. He also made it known that the police were called on him and he ended up spending hours in detention before regaining his freedom after being cleared by the policemen.

At the time, he had vowed to sue the jewellery store and he has now made good his word as he filed a lawsuit against them on January 9 at the California Central District Court.

The “Relationship Be Like” crooner filed charges for assault, libel and slander against Sterling Jewelers.

In 2018, Nigerian singer, Davido and his crew experienced a similar incident at a perfume store in the UK during a shopping spree.

The singer claimed they were wrongly accused and threatened to sue the owner of the store for racism.

In a video that surfaced online, Davido and his crew are seen in an argument with the store officials as the superstar entertainer reminded them of his financial status.

Davido could be heard saying:

“Everyone here is a millionaire. We spent ‎£7,000 (N3.2 million) here, how much is perfume that we will steal perfume. I will sue you guys for racism.”

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Eight Nigerian soldiers killed, five wounded in battle with Boko Haram.

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One Nigerian army officer and seven soldiers have lost their lives after Boko Haram insurgents ambushed a military patrol team in Borno, military sources said.

Five soldiers were wounded and two still missing in action as of late Tuesday, sources said. A Boko Haram fighter was killed while an assault rifle was recovered from the attackers.

The ambush on 156 Task Force Battalion occurred at about 1:00 p.m. on Tuesday in Mainok, about 60 kilometres west of Maiduguri.

Soldiers have recovered the bodies of their fallen colleagues and moved the wounded to a medical facility for treatment, military sources said.

Two gun trucks and three anti-aircraft equipment could not be accounted for following the attack, although it was not immediately clear whether they were carted away by the insurgents or temporarily misplaced during exchange of fire.

Sagir Musa, a spokesperson for the Nigerian Army, did not return requests for comments on the attack Wednesday morning.

Regrouping

Following weeks of relative calm, Boko Haram appears to have regrouped in recent days, striking civilian and military targets along the highway leading into Maiduguri.

The group has killed or abducted many residents and aid workers in the region over the past week.

The implementation last year of ‘super camps’ reduced soldiers’ vulnerability to incessant attacks on military units in the troubled North-east, where Boko Haram jihadists have killed thousands since they declared war against the Nigerian state in 2009.


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TCN: Why we will not wait for DisCos’ recap.

 
The Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN) on Tuesday said its network development will not wait for the recapitalisation of the Distribution Companies of Nigeria (DisCos), because it takes a shorter time to fix distribution infrastructure.

Its Managing Director, Usman Gur Mohammed, who spoke in Abuja, said most of the DisCos equipment are manufactured locally but that of transmission takes a longer time and require a larger right of way (RoW).

He said TCN will continue to expand its network, saying consumers will not enjoy electricity supply unless the DisCos complement its efforts by fixing their equipment.

He said: “Of course, if you look at the current situation, transmission will continue to expand and will not wait for the DisCos because transmission infrastructure is more difficult and expensive to build and takes longer time than DisCos infrastructure.

“Many of the equipment used by Distribution are manufactured in Nigeria, but most transmission equipment are manufactured outside Nigeria and transmission infrastructures require bigger Right of Way (RoW) and that is very expensive.

“We look at transmission as an enabler, and so anytime government takes a decision or distribution investors become serious, they can fix the DisCos. Nigerians will not get the benefit of transmission grid expansion if the DisCos are not fixed.”

Meanwhile, TCN said it has completed the installation of yet another power transformer in its Asaba Transmission sub-station, Delta State.

Its General Manager (Public Affairs), Mr. Ndidi Mbah, recalled that the company on January 12, 2020, dropped the hint that this will be the first time TCN has installed and energized a 300MVA 330/132/33Kv capacity power transformer in-house although its in-house engineers installed a greater number of the 68 power transformers added to the grid between February 2017 and December 2019.

The new transformer in Asaba, according to the statement, replaces a disused 150MVA 330/132/33Kv Siemans transformer commissioned by NIPP on February 15, 2015.

It added that the old Siemans brand transformer tripped on two occasions necessitating the invitation of experts on two occasions to effect repairs.

Mohammed said the network is connected to the DisCos and so protection is important.

According to him, out of the 738 interface connections TCN has with the DisCos, only 421 have protection on their side.

The remaining 317 have no protection. This means that fault in people’s house can easily hit TCN transformers and spoil it, he said.

He said: “The the problem is how do you enforce mandatory building of injection substations when the DisCos don’t have money? So we need to re-capitalise the DisCos so that they will have funds to fix their network and provide meters that would reduce their aggregate commercial loss.’’

“The industry can only work well when all the players are working. Capitalization will lead to a situation where we have stronger companies with better management.”

On expectation from the West African Power Pool (WAAP) in 2020, he noted that at this stage, bilateral contract has to continue; allow people that generate electricity in Nigeria to sell to energy users in other countries in West Africa.

He insisted that from the position of WAPP, we are going to be pushing for the implementation of sustainable electricity market for WAPP, we are also going to push for the next stage of WAPP Electricity Market, which is a full liberalisation of the electricity market in West Africa.

TCN said before the new 300MVA power transformer was installed, it temporarily fed the Asaba transmission sub-station through the Onitsha-Asaba 330Kv transmission lines connected to the Onitsha-GCM 132/33Kv transmission line. This caused restricted maximum load transmission Onitsha-Asaba transmission line.

The statement also noted that the commissioning of the 300MVA power transformer now makes available 240mw bulk electricity in Asaba Transmission Station.

This would enable Benin Electricity Distribution Company (BEDC) distribute stable electricity to its customers in Asaba Metropolis, Ogwashiukwu, Ibuzor, Agbor and other towns in Delta North Senatorial Zone. TCN also has plans in place to utilise the extra plinth for an additional 150MVA power transformer in the substation to implement its plans to further expand the capacity of the substation in line with its Transmission Rehabilitation and Expansion Programme (TREP).

The increase in the power capacity in Asaba transmission substation by the TCN is in line with its resolve to implement the incremental power policy of the Federal Government by consistently investing in capacity expansion initiatives.

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