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Afrika Shrine Raided, Drug Dealers, Street Traders Arrested -Lagos Task Force

15 September 2019 - 10:58pm

Operatives of the Lagos State Environmental and Special Offences Unit at the weekend raided streets within Lagos Central Business District (CBD), including surroundings of the New Afrika Shrine, Alausa, Ikeja arresting street urchins and drug users in the area.

The Chairman of the agency, CSP Olayinka Egbeyemi said the enforcement operations became imperative following complaints from members of the public about the criminal activities of hoodlums and environmental nuisance of illegal street traders around the shrine.

Egbeyemi disclosed that 28 miscreants and 15 illegal street traders were arrested at various locations around Alausa, hinting that the raid was also initiated due to the nefarious acts within the vicinity of Afrika Shrine which presented a negative image to tourists and Lagosians as a whole.

He said, “The night enforcement operation was carried out on all roads around the New Afrika Shrine where sales of hard drugs like tramadol, codeine, skunk, weed, illegal mixed liquor, assorted food and all sorts of consumable and non-consumable items are freely sold on the streets in defiance of security agencies and government authority."

Egbeyemi maintained that the enforcement operations will be a continuous exercise in line with the vision of the present administration to rid the entire State of street urchins and criminals.

“The Lagos State government has vowed to sustain the security onslaught on all areas identified as criminal hideouts and hard drug outlets across the state, especially within the metropolis,” the task force boss added.

One of the arrested miscreants, Tunde Babalola, who was caught with a bag of substance suspected to be Indian hemp stated that he had been selling hard drugs for eight years, particularly around ‘African Shrine’ at Ikeja, Guardian reports.

He confirmed further that dealing in hard drugs is a lucrative business, saying he realized an average profit between N60,000 and N100,000 weekly from customers around Obalende, Akala, Mushin, Bariga and Ikeja.

Another arrested trader, Mrs. Abike Adeyemi, disclosed that she paid N1,900 every week to a representative of Ikeja Local Government from the sales of ‘skuchies’ and ‘hot drinks’ in the area.

Egbeyemi confirmed that the Lagos State Commissioner of Police, Zubairu Muazu, had directed that all those arrested be immediately charged to court.

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Nigeria: 23 Killed, 169 Infected As Yellow Fever Spreads To Borno, Gombe, Kano, Katsina

15 September 2019 - 10:55pm

The ongoing yellow fever outbreak in Bauchi State has killed no fewer than 23 persons, infected 169 others and spread to Borno, Kano, Gombe, and Katsina.

The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) on Sunday in a situation report of a cluster of the ailment said the nation was responding well to the challenge posed to the people who were either residents or visitors in Alkaleri Local Council of Bauchi since the August 1, 2019 outbreak in the North East state.

The centre said suspected and confirmed cases with an epidemiological link to Bauchi have been reported in Borno, Kano, Gombe, and Katsina states, adding that the first incident was recorded on August 29 in Kano from a victim who had visited the Yankari Game Reserve.

The NCDC gave a breakdown of the infections to include 169 suspected cases; 10 presumptive positives incidents (IgM positive on serology); 15 confirmed ones by RT-PCR; 23 deaths; and five states being affected.

Chief Executive Officer/Director General DG of the centre, Dr. Chikwe Ihekweazu, said the National Yellow Fever Technical Working Group (TWG) activated the national Incident Management System (IMS) to coordinate the response activities on September 5, 2019.

An analysis of the Epidemiology Summary from weeks 35 to 37 by the NCDC showed: “One hundred and sixty-nine suspected cases have been reported in 41 local government areas (LGAS) in five states of Bauchi
(35); Borno (65); Gombe (seven); Kano (four); and Katsina (58). The number of samples collected among suspected cases are 151 (89.3 percent).

"The number of presumptive positives is 10 (IgM positive on serology) and one inconclusive was recorded – Borno – six, Kano – one, Katsina – three and one inconclusive from Borno).”

He said all samples had been sent to the Institut Pasteur Dakar (IP Dakar), Senegal, for further testing.

Ihekweazu pointed out a total of 15 cases had been confirmed in Nigerian laboratories using RT-PCR, adding that the NCDC National Reference Laboratory, Gaduwa confirmed 14 cases; Lagos University Teaching Hospital, one); eight cases from Bauchi; five from Katsina; and one each in Kano and Gombe.

The NCDC boss said a total of 23 deaths had been recorded among suspected cases – Bauchi (nine); Kano (one); and Katsina (13) with a case fatality rate (CFR) of 13.6 percent. The epidemiologist said the
outbreak response activities were being coordinated by a multi-agency National Yellow Fever Emergency Operation Centre hosted at NCDC and the National Rapid Response Team (RRT), as interventions have gone to Bauchi State.

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Pressure On Buhari To Sue South Africa For Xenophobic Attacks

15 September 2019 - 10:55pm

The federal government says it will not rule out any option in its response to xenophobic attacks against Nigerians by South Africa, The Guardian reports.

It stated this following the advice by a former External Affairs Minister and Professor of Political Science, Bolaji Akinyemi, urging the Nigerian government to take South Africa to the International Criminal Court of Justice.

The violence against Nigerians and other Africans in parts of South Africa had erupted on September 1, forcing the Nigerian government to evacuate its citizens from the country. Akinyemi accused the South African government of failing to protect Nigerians and making statements unbecoming of a responsible country.

According to him, Nigeria must sue because the attacks were in violation of Article 2, Paragraph 2 of the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights. He said they also violated Article 2, Paragraph 1 of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, the United Nations Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination, and the International Convention on the Protection of Migrant Workers. See Also Breaking News BREAKING: Nigerians Evacuated From South Africa Arrive Lagos 0 Comments 1 Week Ago

He further accused South African authorities of sponsoring or condoning the attacks, noting that the stance of the country’s Foreign Affairs Minister, Naledi Pandor, amounted to Acrophobia.

He noted that statements by South African leaders such as Pandor, Defence Minister Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula and former Deputy Minister of Police Bongani Mkongi encouraged the latest attacks on Nigerians and other foreign nationals.

But former Commonwealth Secretary-General Chief Emeka Anyaoku said it would not be wise for Nigeria to approach the ICC on the matter, stressing: “The two countries have large mutual interests to protect for themselves and for Africa.”

He said the statement of apology by South African President Cyril Ramaphosa yesterday at the funeral of former Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe in Harare “should be welcomed and high-level diplomacy should now be employed by Nigeria to de-escalate the situation and make South Africa pay compensation". See Also Sahara Reporters Xenophobic Attacks: Nigeria Will Seek Compensation From South Africa, Says Dabiri-Erewa 0 Comments 6 Days Ago

Anyaoku described the recurring aggression as provocative, given Nigeria’s role in ushering in non-racial democracy in South Africa and his (Anyaoku’s) seminal role as Commonwealth Secretary-General in the negotiations.

“It is very saddening,” he said, “to see the current xenophobic violence against Nigerians and other Africans legally residing and doing business in South Africa. But maturity and internal African solution must be brought to bear on the situation.”

President Muhammadu Buhari’s Special Adviser on Media and Publicity Femi Adesina and Special Adviser on Diaspora Abike Dabiri-Erewa said only the ministers of foreign affairs and information could comment on Akinyemi’s advice.“All matters relating to diplomatic moves or foreign affairs policies should be directed to the Minister of Foreign Affairs,” Dabiri-Erewa said.

Foreign Affairs Minister Geoffrey Onyeama told The Guardian that Nigeria “cannot rule anything out for now” when asked if the country would sue South Africa. “We are still receiving reports from our High Commission and the Consulate General, evaluating them and weighing options,” Onyeama said.

Minister of Information Lai Mohammed had not replied to the inquiry sent to him at the time of filing this report.

Ramaphosa, meanwhile, has dispatched three special envoys to seven African countries to deliver messages of pan-African unity and solidarity following the attacks, said presidential spokesperson, Khusela Diko. See Also Sahara Reporters Xenophobia: South Africa’s President Sends Special Delegation To Nigeria, Seven Other Countries 0 Comments 4 Days Ago

The envoys will reassure fellow African countries that South Africa is committed to the ideals of pan-African unity and solidarity. They will also reaffirm South Africa’s commitment to the rule of law, Diko said.

The envoys, according to him, will visit Nigeria, Niger, Ghana, Senegal, Tanzania, the Democratic Republic of Congo and Zambia.

They will brief governments in the countries about steps the South African government is taking to stop the attacks and hold the perpetrators to account.

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Three Killed, Dozens Wounded In Akwa Ibom Cult Clash -Police

15 September 2019 - 10:50pm

The Akwa Ibom Police Command has confirmed that three persons were killed in a cult clash between Axe and Vikings confraternities in Onna Local Government Area of the state.

The Police Public Relations Officer in the state, Odiko Mac-Don, disclosed this while speaking with on Sunday in Uyo.

Mac-Don, who said aside from the three persons who were killed, added that some others sustained varying degrees of injuries in the clash.

He, however, said that nobody had been arrested.

“Yes, there was a cult clash in Awa, in Onna Local Government area. Although nobody has been arrested, for now, three persons have, however, been confirmed dead,” he said.

The police spokesperson said that investigations were ongoing to unravel the cause of cult clash in the area.

“Investigations are ongoing; whenever the culprits are arrested, we will bring them to book. You know that this government has zero-tolerance for cultism and we will not condone their activities.

“We are trying to restore normalcy to the area. We were not aware of the incident until last night,” he said.

An eyewitness, who spoke with News Agency of Nigeria on the condition of anonymity, said the incident happened last week in the area.

He listed the affected villages to include Awa, Afaha Ubium, Ikot Obong Ishiet, Edem Idim, and Ikot Asse as well as other neighbouring villages.

The eyewitness explained that the cultists laid siege to the affected villages, killing three persons and leaving scores with varying degrees of injuries.

He said the clash between the two confraternities was a supremacy battle, occasioned by the disbursement of cash allegedly given to some youths by one of the state government-owned agencies operating in the community.

Another eyewitness, who also pleaded anonymity, alleged that the money was released to one of the youth leaders who, he said, was was a member of one of the cult groups.

He said that the youth leader shared the money among his members only, a situation which infuriated members of the rival cult group.

The eyewitness said the rival cult members regrouped, armed with dangerous weapons, and attacked the youth leader who, he said, had, however, escaped to a neighbouring state.

He alleged that the younger brother of the youth leader was one of those killed when they could not find him at home.

The police spokesperson said while the corpses of the victims had been buried, those who sustained injuries were currently receiving treatment in hospitals whose identities were not revealed for fear of another attack.

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Nigerian UK Met Policewoman Khafi Evicted From BBNaija

15 September 2019 - 10:46pm

Khafi Kareem has been evicted from the ongoing Big Brother Naija season four.

News Agency of Nigeria reports that the UK Metro police officer was evicted during the live show on Sunday.

Khafi, who was put up in a strong competition with Tacha, Mike and Seyi, got on stage in her usual, bubbly demeanor.

When the nomination reel was played for her, she told host Ebuka Obi-Uchendu that she was surprised Ike nominated her seeing as they both bonded in the house.

Ike, on Thursday, had revealed that he planted a condom by Khafi and her love interest, Gedoni to imply that they had sex.

While both Khafi and Gedoni had denied that they had sex, they also insisted that their romantic feelings for each other were real.

In the post-eviction interview, Khafi said she bonded with Gedoni in the first week because they were both up for eviction.

She told Ebuka that she believed he loved her as much she loved him, adding that she was a forlorn lover when he was evicted.

She announced that she would be moving to Lagos from London and plans to go into acting and presenting.

During her stint in the house, Khafi was 'head of house', won N1 million and part of 'Team Lagos' and a car.

Ebuka announced that there would be no eviction next week, although the veto power of chance task will still hold.

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Traditional Ruler Escapes Attack In Taraba

15 September 2019 - 4:13pm

Paramount ruler of Yandang chiefdom, Haniel Banti, has escaped an attack by armed men in Taraba State, according to a report by Channels Television.

Banti said raised the alarm after he heard the gunmen having a conversation about the attack on his palace on Saturday in Jauro Santi under Lau Local Government Area of the state.

Narrating how the incident happened, the traditional ruler said, “It was around 1:00am but I was awake; I heard strange voices around my house.

“They (the gunmen) spoke in a language I can identify, saying that this is the house. I was alerted by that, I left what I was doing at that time and alerted my guards.

“They surrounded the house and one of them climbed up the gate and was trying to come in; my security guards engaged him and they started shooting. On discovering that everyone was alerted, they left.”

Banti, however, explained that in the process of repelling the attackers, one of his guards was shot by the assailants.

He said the victim was taken to the Federal Medical Centre, Jalingo, the capital, where he received treatment and returned to the palace.

The traditional ruler stressed that he informed the police about the attack while the gunfire went on but the security officials came in three vehicles after the hoodlums had left the place.

He added, “When they (police) arrived, they could not find anyone but they could hear the voices of the assailants crossing the nearby river.

“This has become a national problem. The issue of insecurity is everywhere. My call to the government and entire citizens of this country is for us to come together and shun social vices for development to thrive.”

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Police Rescue Abducted Lecturer, Four Still Missing As Kidnappers Invade Abuja

15 September 2019 - 3:30pm

The police in the Federal Capital Territory has said that it rescued one Abubakar Alkali, a lecturer at Baze University, who was kidnapped on September 8 in Abuja.

This was disclosed in a statement by the Public Relations Officer of the command, DSP Anjuguri Manzah, on Sunday in Abuja.

The statement reads, “It is pertinent to inform the public that the police has successfully rescued the Baze University lecturer, who was kidnapped on September 8, 2019.

“The command wants to also inform the public that it has commenced discreet investigation into an unfortunate kidnap case that took place at Asokoro on September 14, 2019.

“The police are currently making concerted efforts to rescue the victim.

“Contrary to speculations on the social media about an upsurge in this crime, the command wishes to correct the notion and inform the public that the aforementioned were the only cases reported and efforts are ongoing to arrest the suspects behind the crime.”

Among of those allegedly kidnapped in the city on Saturday were two teenagers returning from Quran lessons at Wuse Zone 6.

Also, one Hannah Azubuike was said to have been abducted near Habiba Plaza in Maitama while another victim, Ummi Ardo, was kidnapped outside Blickers Supermarket in Asokoro.

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Activists Call For Inquiry Into Death Of FUOYE Students

15 September 2019 - 3:28pm

Human rights activists have called for a probe into the death of two students of the Federal University Oye-Ekiti, Ekiti State, allegedly caused by policemen on the entourage of wife of Ekiti State Governor, Bisi Fayemi.

In a statement jointly issued by the Convener, Coalition in Defence of Democracy and Constitution, Dare Atoye, and Executive Director, Policy Advocacy and Integrity Network, Joe Mesele, in Abuja on Sunday, the group called on appropriate authorities to immediately set up an open and impartial judicial panel of inquiry to investigate the killings and ensure that the real culprits were brought to book.

The statement reads, “We are deeply puzzled and pained to see the police in Ekiti State attempting to twist and reduce the sad and avoidable incident in Oye-Ekiti in which two students were cut-down in their prime, to a single story narrative and blame the entire saga on the students. See Also Education NANS: Ekiti Governor Fayemi Busy Fighting For Security Votes, His Wife Lying About Killing Of FUOYE Students 0 Comments 6 Days Ago

“The course of action so far taken by the police on this matter is unprofessional, unjust, unacceptable and we urge the general public to be wary of an unconscionable ploy to shield the officers that committed this egregious act from investigation and prosecution.  

“We insist that every life lost in that needless and mindless display of brutality must be accounted for by the police, while the officers responsible for the killings must be brought to justice.”

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Again, Sowore Approaches Court, Seeks Bail On Self-recognition

15 September 2019 - 2:48pm

Detained pro-democracy activist and Convener of #RevolutionNowmovement, Omoyele Sowore, has filed a motion before the Federal High Court in Abuja seeking bail on self-recognition.

In a motion filed on Friday, Femi Falana (SAN), his lawyer, asked the court to grant Sowore bail on the ground of self-recognition or upon any condition the court may reasonably deem to impose in the circumstance of the case.

Falana said that the applicant’s right to fair hearing, dignity of human person, liberty, health and freedom of movement are under threat and being violated.

He stated that by Section 28 (4) of the Terrorism Prevention (Amendment) Act 2013, a person detained pursuant to Section 27 (1) can be admitted to bail by the court.

The respected lawyer in the application disclosed that Sowore had on August 7 and 8, 2019 volunteered statement to the Department of State Services and had concluded investigation on the case and announced its findings.

He argued that other Nigerians, who participated in the protests of August 5, 2019 in different states had been released on bail upon arraignment. 

He said that his client had been detained since August 3 and had never been charged with any criminal offence.

Recall that Justice Nkeonye Maha had on August 28 declined to hear the motion filed by Sowore challenging his detention by the Nigerian Government.

Efforts by his lawyer to move for oral application for bail were scuttled by the judge, who insisted that she could not review the decision of Justice Taiwo Taiwo that granted an ex-parte order for the DSS to detain him for 45 days.

The motion filed by Falana reads, “The applicant herein is seeking the order of the court admitting the applicant to bail on self-recognition or upon any condition the court may reasonably deem to impose in the circumstance of the case.”

Sowore was arrested in the early hours of August 3 in Lagos by DSS operatives for calling on Nigerians to take to the streets and express their frustration with the poor state of leadership in the country. 

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Ondo 2020: I Won't Say Anything On Akeredolu Yet, Says Tinubu

15 September 2019 - 12:20pm

National Leader of the All Progressives Congress, Bola Tinubu, has said that he prefers to keep silent for now on the second term ambition of Governor Rotimi Akeredolu of Ondo State.

Tinubu expressed this at the weekend during the traditional wedding ceremony of Akeredolu's daughter in Owo, a sleepy town in the state.

He said, "I won't say anything yet (if there will be vacancy or not) about that until the time is ripe for it."

Though Governor Akeredolu has not publicly declared his intention to seek a second term in office, there are however, indications that he may do so going by feelers in the polity.

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Indian Police Arrest Nigerian For Swindling Jobseeker

15 September 2019 - 12:18pm

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The police in India on Sunday arrested a Nigerian for defrauding a jobseeker.

Officers from Thiruvananthapuram Cybercrime Police Station arrested Kingsley Udeh from Bengaluru.

Udeh carried out the act through a job portal named 'Carreers', the New Indian Express reports.

"The accused offered the job of a senior electrical engineer in the United States and sought money for arranging the appointment order, work permit and insurance cover. 

"Udeh made fake papers to convince the retired engineer and fraudulently obtained Rs 6 lakh from him at different stages.

"The petitioner sent money to various bank accounts of the accused but grew suspicious after Udeh sought further funds, which prompted him to lodge a police complaint,” said Cybercrime DySP Jeeji N. 

Police tracked down the suspect with the help of his ATM card, email ID and CCTV footage.  

Udeh was arraigned before the Thiruvananthapuram Chief Judicial Magistrate, which ordered his remand in judicial custody. 

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Don’t Forget Sowore, Jalingo, Others In Detention, ADP Tells CSOs

15 September 2019 - 12:17pm

The Action Democratic Party has urged the civil society in Nigeria to keep demanding for the release of Omoyele Sowore and other citizens being held in detention.

The party also called on the government to immediately release Sowore, Agba jalingo, Jones Abiri, Steven Kefas and Abubakar Idris (Dadiyata).

ADP in a statement by its Lagos Publicity Secretary, Adelaja Adeoye, said the government must be able to take feedback from the people they are governing.

Adelaja said, “The government should not be afraid of criticisms because most citizens want good governance, in the absence of that, they will continue to agitate and demand for an improved economy, welfare and things that will better their lives.

“It will not be too good that Sowore who was a presidential candidate in the February 2019 election is detained for mobilising a mass action to demand good governance.

“Nigerians, civil society organisations both locally and internationally should continue to prevail on the government, those detained must not be forgotten in prison irrespective of what they had done in the past."

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Six Nigerians Arrested For Illegally Entering India Through Night Bus

15 September 2019 - 10:33am

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The police in Meghalaya, India, has arrested six Nigerians in East Jaiñtia Hills on Saturday, bringing the total number of foreign nationals arrested to nine within a span of two days.

The Nigerians are Thomson Nwafama, 29, Chijioke Obiacha, 28, Desmond Uzochkwu, 25, Okoliegbe Henry Onyedika, 33, Okeke Justin, 32, and Chukwunyere Christian, 30.

East Jaiñtia Hill superintendent of police, Vivekanand Singh, said on Saturday that the six Nigerians travelling by night bus from Silchar to Guwahati, were detected and detained for interrogation, the Telegraph India reports.

He said, “They admitted that they had travelled from Africa to Bangladesh on visas issued by competent authorities but had illegally entered India near Agartala on Friday."

From Agartala, they travelled by car to Silchar, and were assisted by residents of both Bangladesh as well as India, he added.

A case was registered at Lumshnong police station under the Foreigner’s Act.

On Friday, three foreign nationals were detained and arrested in the same district and also booked under the Foreigner’s Act.

The modus operandi adopted by the three — one from Ivory Coast and two from Nigeria — to enter India was the same as the one adopted by the six Nigerians.

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Ogun Suspends Tree Felling In Forest Reserves

15 September 2019 - 10:01am

The Ogun State Government has suspended all activities in its forests reserves, it was revealed on Sunday.

In a statement by Secretary to the State Government, Mr Tokunbo Talabi, it was disclosed that the suspension takes immediate effect.

According to Talabi, the suspension covered logging, timber exploitation, evacuation of logs and forest concession as well as activities in all government open forest areas.

He said that the step was taken to check “over exploitation and illegal tree felling” in government forest reserves across Ogun.

He disclosed that a committee would be set up to look into all issues affecting the state forest reserves to advise government on a comprehensive policy and process.

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Banky W Attacks Buhari's Government For Arresting Sowore

15 September 2019 - 9:58am

Musician, Bankole Wellington better known as Banky W, has condemned the Nigerian Government for its gross human rights violation against citizens.

He also accused Nigerians of being too complacent in moments when they should act.

Banky W made his position known in a music video posted on his Instagram page with hashtag #BetterChallenge.

He said, “You see the story is the same old one, you want change but you won't vote? Then complaining is a not the thing.

“Who go represent you? When they enter office, they will get what they paid for. Na double wahala for everybody.”

The video went on to show CCTV footage of Sowore's arrest by operatives of the Department of State Services in Lagos on August 3.

He added, “They arrest protestor and protect dishonourable senators. Who be the meat, who be the hunter? Too many days for the thief, one day for the owner.”

"They arrest the Protestor, and protect dishonourable Senators".. time to dust off the mic. Here's my #Betterchallenge - pls watch and share if you feel compelled 🙏🏽❤

— Banky Wellington (@BankyW) September 14, 2019

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Rejig Nigeria’s Security, NBA Tells Buhari

15 September 2019 - 9:47am

The Nigerian Bar Association, Asaba, Delta State branch, has lamented the kidnap of one of its members, Chike Onyemenam (SAN), who was abducted on Saturday evening.

In a statement, the organisation condemned the wanton kidnap and inability of the Nigeria Police Force to guarantee the safety of citizens.

The lawyers tasked the security agencies to immediately swing into action to ensure Onyemenam’s safe and early rescue or release from the hands of his abductors.

The NBA said, “We call on the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria to rejig and restructure the nation’s security architecture and infrastructure to ensure its effectiveness in addressing the activities of criminals in our society.

“This ugly trend of incessant abduction of persons, especially legal practitioners, must stop and these heartless criminals brought to justice.

“And if they cannot be brought to justice, justice should be brought to them.

“We cannot continue this way or allow this ugly state of affairs to continue unabated.”

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Man Experiences Weak Penis After Handshake With Stranger In Enugu

15 September 2019 - 8:58am

A man in Enugu, Sunday Ebubechukwu, has suddenly lost the complete functions of his penis after having a handshake with a physically challenged person identified only as Anayo.

In a statement by the spokesperson for the police in Enugu, Ebere Amaraizu, it was disclosed that after Ebubechukwu noticed weakness in his penis on September 13 and raised the alarm, a mob pounced on Anayo in anger and delivered deadly blows before he was rescued by the police.

Amaraizu said, “The command, through operatives of Ogui Division, is unravelling the mystery surrounding an alleged complaint of feeling of weakness of a male genital organ shortly after his handshake with another man in Enugu.

“Sunday Ebubechukwu on that fateful day raised the alarm which attracted sympathisers to the scene at Obiagu who then descended on Anayo."

Amaraizu added that investigation was ongoing on the incident to unravel the mystery surrounding the event.

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Xenophobia: South Africa’s President Sends Special Delegation To Nigeria, Seven Other Countries

15 September 2019 - 8:39am

President of South Africa, Cyril Ramaphosa, has sent special envoys to deliver messages of solidarity to several Heads of State and Governments across Africa, according to a report by Channels Television.

The team comprising a former minister in the presidency, Mr Jeff Radebe, Ambassador Kingsley Mmabolo and Dr Khulu Mbatha, will visit Nigeria, Niger, Ghana, Senegal, Tanzania, the Democratic Republic of Congo and Zambia.

The special envoys will deliver a message from President Ramaphosa regarding the incidents of violence, which resulted in attacks on foreign nationals and destruction of property in the former apartheid nation.

They are also expected to reassure fellow African countries that South Africa was committed to the ideals of pan-African unity and to the rule of law.

Beyond that, they will also brief governments in the identified countries about steps taken by the South African Government to end xenophobic attacks and punish perpetrators.

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Notorious Cult Leader, Rapist Arrested In Lagos

15 September 2019 - 8:37am

A notorious cult leader, Emmanuel Olatunde (aka “Pastor”), has been arrested by detectives from the Bariga Police Station in Lagos.

According to a statement by spokesperson for the police in Lagos, DSP Bala Elkana, on Sunday, the suspect was arrested in connection with some robbery and murder cases within Bariga Local Government Area.

Elkana disclosed that 31-year-old Olatunde is an ex-convict and a member of the ‘Eiye Confraternity’, a notorious cult gang responsible for terrorising residents of Bariga.

He said, “He is responsible for the murder of one Ahmed Karowi, an ‘Aiye Confraternity’ kingpin on September 11, 2019.

“Investigation is ongoing and the suspect will soon be charged to court.”

Elkana also said that one Innocent Ifunayachi, 34, has been arrested for defiling a 14-year-old-girl in her family house after he laced her food with Indian hemp.

He added, “The suspect, being a friend to the family, visited and found the girl eating noodles.

“While she left to get him some drinks, he quickly put some dry leaves suspected to be Indian hemp in her food.

“She lost consciousness after eating the food and he took advantage of that to rape her.

“The victim has been taken to hospital for medical treatment and forensic examination.

“The suspect will be charged to court soon.”

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What Citizen Agba Jalingo Would Have Said (Part 1) By Jonathan Ugbal

15 September 2019 - 6:55am

Travelling is part of man’s daily activities. We all embark on different journeys whether from the bedroom to the bathroom or from Calabar to Italy – these are all journeys.

It was the founder of philosophical Taoism, Lao Tzu, that once averred in his book, the ‘Tao Te Ching’, that “a journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step”.

Ben Ayade’s first step in office as governor of Cross River State was taken after his swearing in at the Calabar International Convention Center on May 29, 2015, which is some 1,570 days ago. Since then, he has taken so many steps across the world and each time he returns, he most times tell us why he travelled and not before he does.

There is nothing wrong with a leader embarking on a journey. But in a democratic setting such as ours where the leaders are elected by the people; where the monies expended are taxes, levies and royalties paid by the people, then it behoves on such leaders to duly inform the people where the money is going.

Sir, we have no doubt about your wealth, which you have always told us about. We are aware that N1.4bn was budgeted to cater for your local and overseas travels. But you have to tell us where you are going to, what you are going to do there, how long you will stay there and when you will return.

We saw you eating chocolate in Italy. We don’t know if you had a whip of gelato, too. It could not have taken a whole week to eat chocolate. Sir, these things are basic and the people of Cross River want to know.

In your remaining 1,352 days in office, kindly inform us where you are going. This way, we can network and share some ideas about how the trip can be even more successful. After all, democracy is a government of the people, by the people and for the people, and your aides have always said you are a “people’s governor”.

For those, who may have been advising the governor against announcing his travel plans, know that those are signs of dictatorship, despotic leadership and an attempt to cover up what may be acts inimical to the common good of the people of Cross River.

The governor has said that he has nothing to hide as he fears God. Therefore, it will be noble and knightly for Ayade to do the right thing and inform Cross River people of his trips. After all, he is an employee of the people of the state.

Opinion AddThis :  Original Author :  Jonathan Ugbal Disable advertisements : 
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