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Olisah Metuh bags 39 years imprisonment

Olisa Metuh has bagged 39years jail sentence for money laundering of the sum of N400million.

According to TheCable, Olisa, a former spokesman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), has been sentenced to 39 in prison for money laundering.

Okon Abang, judge of a federal high court Abuja, handed down the sentence on Tuesday.

More details to come…


SARS officer who killed Nigerian footballer unveiled. {Photo}

A SARS officer identified as Oyato has been fingered in the killing of Nigerian footballer, Tiyamiyu, Kaka, Kazeem in Ogun State.

Officer Oyato is reportedly notorious for scouting perceived internet fraud operators, also known as “yahoo boys” in order to obtain money from them.

Reports also have it that he has amassed wealth for himself from proceeds of his extortion of internet fraudsters arrested within his jurisdiction.


Harvey Weinstein Guilty Of Sexual Assault

Harvey Weinstein has been found guilty of sexual assault, capping a stunning downfall for the former Hollywood mogul and a victory for the #MeToo movement against harassment.

Weinstein, 67, was convicted in New York City of third-degree rape and first-degree criminal sexual act.

But he was cleared of the most serious count of predatory sexual assault. He faces up to 25 years in prison.

He still faces charges in Los Angeles of assaulting two women in 2013.

At least 80 women had accused him of sexual misconduct stretching back decades, including actresses Gwyneth Paltrow, Uma Thurman and Salma Hayek.

The allegations were at the centre of the #MeToo movement that inspired women to go public with misconduct allegations against powerful men.

The movie executive once enjoyed phenomenal success with Oscar winners such Pulp Fiction, Good Will Hunting, The King’s Speech and Shakespeare in Love.

What happened in the New York court?
The jury of seven men and five women reached their verdict on Monday morning, the fifth day of deliberations.

Weinstein – who denied all charges – was convicted of sexually assaulting former production assistant Mimi Haleyi in 2006 and raping Jessica Mann, a former aspiring actress, in 2013.

How Harvey Weinstein faced his reckoning
The third-degree rape charge in New York is defined as engaging in sexual intercourse with a person who is incapable of consent, or under age 17, or who has not given consent for a reason other than the inability to consent.

But the jury acquitted him on two counts of predatory sexual assault, which carried a potential life sentence, and first-degree rape of Mann.

In the minutes after the verdict, Weinstein showed no emotion as he talked to his lead lawyer Donna Rotunno.

But the judge ordered him to be sent to jail immediately. He was surrounded by court officers, handcuffed and led from the courtroom. He will be sentenced on 11 March.

How the Harvey Weinstein scandal unfolded
Weinstein turned up before the verdict wearing a navy blue suit and leaning on a walking frame.

Weinstein raped former aspiring actress Jessica Mann (centre) in 2013
What were the allegations?
Ms Haleyi, who had worked on one of Weinstein’s television productions, said she was assaulted by the producer after he invited her to his Lower Manhattan home.

She testified that he backed her into a bedroom, held her down on the bed and forced himself on her.

Ms Mann said that she found herself in an “extremely degrading” relationship with him that did not involve intercourse until he raped her in a New York City hotel room in 2013.

Sciorra said Weinstein, on another occasion, showed up to her Cannes hotel room with baby oil
She said he was a “Jekyll and Hyde” figure who could be charming in public but showed his dark side when they were alone.

Another one of Weinstein’s accusers, Sopranos actress Annabella Sciorra, told jurors he raped her in her apartment one night in the mid-1990s.

Weinstein accuser: ‘No’ was a trigger for him
Her allegation was too old to be charged as a separate crime, but prosecutors used it in an attempt to demonstrate that the accused was a repeat sexual offender.

As part of prosecutors’ efforts to show a pattern of predatory behaviour, three other women testified they were lured to apparent work meetings with Weinstein, then sexually assaulted.

How did the trial play out?
During the trial, prosecutors portrayed Weinstein as a serial predator who had used his position of power in Hollywood to manipulate and violently attack women.

Manhattan Assistant District Attorney Meghan Hast said during opening arguments: “The man seated right there was not just a titan in Hollywood, he was a rapist.”

But the defence team said the accusers had had consensual sex with the movie executive to advance their careers, and the allegations amounted to “regret renamed as rape”.

Media captionHired by Weinstein to extract information on celebrities
They pointed out that two of the accusers had kept in contact with Weinstein, exchanged flirty emails with him and had sex with him after he had attacked them.

Weinstein’s lawyer, Donna Rotunno, told jurors in closing arguments they were “the last line of defence” against an “overzealous” prosecution.

How did we get here?
Weinstein was once one of the most powerful figures in Hollywood, with dozens of Academy Award wins for his films.

Allegations started to emerge about him in October 2017. The story was broken by the New York Times, which published details of decades of alleged incidents of harassment.

Weinstein issued an apology acknowledging he had “caused a lot of pain”, but disputed the allegations.

Over the following weeks, dozens more allegations emerged and Weinstein was sacked by the board of his company.

Despite continuing to deny all allegations of non-consensual sex, he was all but banished from Hollywood.

Allegations against him helped drive the #MeToo campaign against sexual misconduct, where victims shared their experiences of assault and harassment.

Some criminal investigations were launched but he was not charged until May 2018, when he turned himself in to police in New York.

What will happen now?
Weinstein lawyer Ms Rotunno said they will be appealing against the conviction “immediately”.

Weinstein still has to face charges in Los Angeles, which were announced on the first day he appeared in court in New York.

The Los Angeles County district attorney’s office said the charges relate to the alleged rape of one woman and sexual assault of another over two days in 2013.

District Attorney Jackie Lacey, when announcing the charges, said other cases were also still under review.

Further investigations into Weinstein’s conduct are still possible, while there are also ongoing civil complaints against him too.

In December 2019, lawyers said they had agreed a tentative deal with some accusers, which would pay out $25m (£19m) to nearly 30 actresses and ex-employees.

What’s the reaction?
“The fight is not over,” Ms Rotunno told reporters outside the courthouse. “Harvey is very strong. Harvey is unbelievably strong. He took it like a man and he knows we will continue to fight for him and he knows that this is not over.”

She said her client was disappointed, but “mentally tough”.

Actress Asia Argento, who was one of the first to speak out about Weinstein, said in an Instagram post: “Harvey Weinstein is now a convicted rapist. Two survivors cry and celebrate. Thank you God. Thank you to all the brave women.”

Tina Tchen, president of the Time’s Up Foundation – an initiative launched in the wake of the Weinstein allegations to combat sexual harassment in the film industry – said in a statement that the trial “marks a new era of justice”.


Update: Court Cancel Charges Against Ekweremadu

The Federal High Court in Abuja, on Monday, struck out charges of non-declaration of assets instituted against a former Deputy Senate President, Ike Ekweremadu, by the defunct Special Presidential Investigation Panel for the Recovery of Public Property.

The dissolved panel then led by Mr. Okoi Obono-Obla had in 2018 instituted the case marked FHC/ABJ/CR/62/2018 against Ekweremadu, alleging that, “without reasonable excuse”, the serving senator refused and neglected to declare his assets upon being served the panel’s “notice to declare”.

The AGF office took over the case and other suits being handled by the SPIP upon a presidential directive dissolving the panel in 2019.

On Monday, Justice Binta Nyako struck out the case against Ekweremadu after the prosecuting counsel from the AGF office, Mr Pius Akutah, said the former lawyer handling the case for the panel had disappeared with the case file.

Akutah pleaded with the judge to order the former counsel to release the file to the AGF office but the request was declined by the judge.

But Ekweremadu’s lawyer, Chief Adegboyega Awomolo (SAN), urged the judge to strike out the case.

Responding, Justice Nyako dismissed the prosecution’s request.

She said, “You are attorney general (referring to the lawyer as representing the AGF), you should know what to do.

“You should not be waiting for me to make an order against an individual.”

Justice Nyako added, “So, as it is today, you don’t know the case against the defendant since you don’t have the file. I am going to strike out the case, when you are ready you can come back.

“The case is hereby struck out for want of diligent prosecution. The prosecution is allowed to come back whenever they are ready to proceed with the case.”

NobleReporters heard that Ekweremadu was present in court and stood in the dock while the proceedings lasted on Monday.


Court Affirms: El Zakzaky, Zeenat Cannot Stand Trial. {Video}

The Kaduna State High Court has again adjourned the trial of the embattled leader of the Islamic Movement in Nigeria (IMN), Ibrahim El-Zakzaky, and his wife, Zeenat.

Justice Gideon Kurada adjourned the trial of the couple until April 23 and 24 during their arraignment in court on Monday.

Both defendants were expected to take their plea at the resumed hearing of their case, but could not do so due to their poor health condition.

In his ruling, Justice Kurada held that the defendants were not medically fit to stand trial hence their trial could not go on as planned.

He, therefore, ordered the management of the Nigerian Correctional Service to fully comply with an earlier directive on February 6, that the IMN leader and his wife should be properly attended to by their personal physicians under close supervision by the facility management.

El-Zakzaky and his wife are facing eight counts over allegations of culpable homicide, unlawful assembly, disruption of public peace, and criminal conspiracy among others.

The charges were filed against them by the Kaduna State government.

The defendants were brought to the court amid heavy security presence while security operatives cordoned off all major roads leading to the court complex and the court premises.

This comes about three weeks after the last hearing of the suit following the adjournment of the case for eight months.

On February 6, Justice Kurada had amended the charges against the defendants to enable the trial of the IMN leader and his wife commence without delay.

He also ordered that the defendants should be allowed to be seen by their private doctors at the Nigerian Correctional Service facility in the Kaduna State capital, with close supervision of the facility management.

The IMN leader and his wife have been in detention since their arrest in December 2015 following a bloody clash between the Shiites and soldiers in Zaria, Kaduna State.


Lesotho Prime Minister Appeared In Court Over Murder Of Wife

Lesotho Prime Minister Thomas Thabane appeared in court on Monday over the murder of his estranged wife after a weekend in which he was said to be receiving emergency medical care in South Africa.

In the latest twist of a saga that has gripped the southern African kingdom, the 80-year-old premier attended the magistrates court in the capital Maseru, NobleReporters heard

Charges had been expected to be formally read out to him for allegedly acting in “common purpose” in the June 2017 killing of 58-year old Lipolelo Thabane, whom he was in the process of divorcing.

But after a brief sitting, the matter was deferred to the High Court and the prime minister was not formally charged.

He was accompanied by his current wife Maesaiah Thabane, 42, whom he married two months after Lipolelo’s death and who is considered a co-conspirator in the murder case.

She has already been charged with murder and is out on bail.

Defence lawyer Qhalehang Letsika argued that Thabane should not be charged as long as he remained a prime minister.

“My client cannot be prosecuted while in office but he is not above the law,” said Letsika, adding the beleaguered premier was “entitled to immunity” because of his status.

During the hearing, the lawyer asked whether a sitting prime minister should be subject to criminal prosecution as this could mean that he be placed in custody.

Thabane had initially been due in court on Friday for the preliminary appearance but was a no-show, prompting police to warn they could issue an arrest warrant.

His aide initially said Thabane had gone to neighbouring South Africa for “routine” health checks, but later his office said he was seeking “emergency” medical attention and would appear in court on his return.

– Appeared nervous –

On Saturday police said Thabane’s sick note said that the premier would be “unfit” until February 27.

Wearing a navy-blue striped suit with a powder-blue shirt and flanked by his spouse, Thabane appeared nervous as the couple sat on one of the court benches.

Lipolelo’s murder sent shockwaves through Lesotho — a tiny landlocked nation of 2.2 million with a history of political turmoil.

She was gunned down outside her home in Maseru just two days before her husband took office. The couple had been embroiled in a bitter divorce.

The accusations against the prime minister came after communications records from the scene of the murder included Thabane’s mobile phone number.

The case has piled pressure on Thabane to step down.

His All Basotho Convention (ABC) party has accused him of hampering investigations into the killing and asked him to leave.

Last week Thabane announced on national radio and television that he would retire by July 31, citing his advanced age.

But at the weekend speculation mounted that he could go earlier than expected.

The main opposition party the Democratic Congress, on Friday filed in parliament a motion of no confidence in the prime minister and his administration.

If Thabane loses the motion, he could either step down or advise King Letsie III to dissolve parliament and call for fresh elections.


Insecurities: Six Abducted In Calabar In 10 Days

Kidnappers seem to have set their sights on Calabar metropolis, as gunmen are reported to have abducted for ransom six people in ten days.

One of the abducted, David Ugwu, a lecturer at the University of Calabar, was reportedly whisked away from his residence along Atimbo. Another victim, Maurice Archibong, an accounting staff with the Nigerian Chronicle Newspaper, was kidnapped by gunmen last Sunday night, while Chief Desmond Oko, an Igbo businessman, was picked up on last Tuesday night.

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Another Igbo businessman, popularly known as ‘Champion’, and his brother were kidnapped at Garden Street last Wednesday night.

Champion’s brother was kidnapped when he went with a ransom sum to free his brother. The hoodlums had collected the ransom, released Champion and then detained the brother asking for more money.

It was learnt that an unidentified Calabar socialite was kidnapped on Saturday, February 22 at Efio-Ete axis in Calabar municipality about 9:00 pm.

A witness, Eno Emmanuel, said the abductors had traced the victim to a bar at Efio-Ete where they hid around, striking soon as the victim entered his car.

Eno, who sells oranges around the junction, said: “We just heard a gunshot and we thought they were robbers because most times they just shoot and carry something and zoom off. But this one was different. They just carried one man and took off.”

With regards to Champion, family sources revealed that he and his brother had been released after paying N3.5 million in ransom, while Chief Desmond was released Saturday night after paying about N2 million to his abductors.

The abductors of the accounting staff at Chronicle Newspaper, Maurice Archibong, have reportedly contacted the family and demanded N1.5 million as ransom for his release.

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As for the lecturer, his abductors are demanding for N15 million.

Narrating his ordeal, one of the victims said: “It is a terrible experience and these boys are operating freely. Calabar has become very unsafe for business and leisure. How can they carry human beings in a car and beat all the security checkpoints and carry somebody to the creeks?

“These boys kidnap every day and some victims die in the process. Please, we plead with the government to do something about this state of insecurity in Calabar.”

Meanwhile, some top Igbo businessmen are said to have sent a delegation to the Akwa Ibom government to allocate some parcel of land where they can build shops, as Cross River is said to have become too insecure for business.

Sources close to the Igbo community leadership in the state disclosed that they have had a series of meetings in recent days, advising Igbo businessmen to relocate their businesses to more secure states.

The State Police Command Public Relations Officer, DSP Irene Ugbo, confirmed the latest kidnapping incident.

She said, “I am aware that somebody has been kidnapped but I have not been briefed by the anti-kidnapping squad if at all the matter has been reported to the squad.”

But a top security officer, who pleaded anonymity, blamed the increase in kidnapping and robbery on a lack of funds and operational vehicles.

The officer said: “We have heightened security challenges in the state. This is because the governor is not funding security agencies as other governors do. So we cannot fight crime alone. We need support from the state for enforcement.”


Insecurities: Boko Haram Attack Adamawa

Boko Haram members, on Friday night, 21 February, engaged in a firece gun battle with men of the Nigerian Army in Garkida, a town in Gombi Local Government Area of Adamawa State.

According to reports gathered by NobleReporters, the sect members stormed the community on friday, shooting everyone in sight. Many persons are feared dead in the attack


Hanan Buhari Denies Being Involved In Delta Businessman Arrest By DSS

Hanan, daughter of President Muhammadu Buhari, has said that she did not instruct the Department of State Services to arrest Anthony Okolie, a businessman based in Delta State, who was unlawfully detained for 10 weeks for using an MTN SIM card previously used by her.

Okolie dragged Hanan, MTN and DSS before a Federal High Court in Asaba, Delta State, over the enforcement of his fundamental human rights.

On February 12, 2020 when the matter was heard before Justice Dimgba, Hanan did not oppose Okolie’s claims contained in an affidavit.

Upon an enquiry by the judge, who was visibly surprised that Hanan did not react to the allegations, her lawyer retorted that there was no reason to make a reply.

However, in a move that appears to be an afterthought, the lawyer has now filed a counter-affidavit on behalf of his client.

Though Hanan admitted that the MTN SIM card, which caused the dispute, was once used by her, she said she did not order the DSS to unlawfully arrest and detain Okolie for 10 weeks.

Reacting to the latest development, Okolie said it was not true that Hanan did not order his arrest.

He said, “I was told by the DSS that it was Hanan Buhari that told them to arrest me.

“My file was named “first family” and they called her three different times to come to substantiate the allegations against me but she did not show up.”

Human rights lawyer and National President of Revolutionary Lawyer’s Forum, Mr Tope Akinyode, who is representing Okolie, said that he was confident his client will get justice through the court.


Lagos: 20 faces court over illegal environmental degradation

The Lagos State Government has arraigned 20 persons before the Lagos Mobile Court, Oshodi.

They were dragged before the court by the Lagos State Commissioner for Waterfront Infrastructure Development, Arc. Ahmed Kabiru Abdullahi.

The suspects were arrested in Bogije, Sangotedo and Ajah axis.

They were charged on four count charges of environmental degradation, destruction of infrastructural facilities including roads, shorelines, drainages, pedestrian walkways, illegal dredging activities without approval and regulations, loss of natural resources resulting in massive loss of revenues.

They were fined N7,000 per person or asked to face six months imprisonment.


Wife sentenced to death by hanging after husband’s murder

A Kano High Court presided by Justice Ahmad Tijjani Badamasi on Friday sentenced a Kano-based house wife, Rashida Saidu to death by hanging

The convict was charged following her alleged complicity in the death of her husband, Dr Adamu Ali, who was until his death, a staff of the Federal College of Education, Kano.

Prosecution Counsel, Mariam Jilbrin, had told the court that Mrs Saidu engaged her husband in a fistcuff at their residence in Dorayi Quarters about a year ago during which she pushed him down from a storey building, which eventually led to his death

The prosecution produced four witnesses to the court to prove their charge against the suspect.

However, the suspect through her lawyer, Illiya Dauda, denied the charge and proceeded to produce two witnesses to counter the allegation of culpability in the death of her husband.

In his judgement however, the judge held that the prosecution had proven their case beyond reasonable doubt and that suspect was pivotal to the death of her 56 -year- old husband.

The Judge, therefore, sentenced her to death by hanging

The family of the late Dr Adamu Ali has described the death sentence passed on the ex- wife of their brother as just and fair, saying it has served the course of justice.

A relative of the deceased, Ali Usman, who reacted to the judgement on behalf of the family held that with the judgement of the court, the right of the deceased has been upheld observing that justice has come the way of the deceased barely a year after his death


Ekiti: Police arrest 10 fulani herdsmen loaded with guns

The police in Emure-Ekiti on Thursday night arrested 10 Fulani herdsmen allegedly armed with guns in Emure-Ekiti, Ekiti State. The incident has caused a stir in the community.

Our corresspondent gathered that the people of the town had raised the alarm on sighting strange faces, prompting the police to arrest and bring them to the state command in Ado-Ekiti.

State’s command Public Relations Officer, Sunday Abutu, who confirmed the development to Daily Sun, said : “The arrest of the herdsmen was true.
“I cannot confirm if they are kidnappers ; they appeared to be hunters from the Next; we saw them with dane guns. We cannot ascertain if they are kidnappers or not. After investigations, we will know what they are up to.”

Abutu further advised members of the public to always raise the alarm whenever they see strange faces in their environs, adding that “the victims might end up being innocent, but, we can’t know until after proper investigations are carried out.”


Update: Maryam Sanda appeal to court judgement

Maryam Sanda has approached the Court of Appeal in Abuja to challenge the judgement which sentenced her to death.

She filed the appeal three weeks after she was convicted and sentenced to death by hanging by a Federal Capital Territory (FCT) High Court over the death of her husband, Bilyaminu Bello.

In the Notice of Appeal predicated on twenty grounds, Sanda prayed the appellate court to set aside the verdict of the lower court and acquit her.

She claimed that the trial judge, Justice Yusuf Halilu, was tainted by bias and prejudices.

According to the appellant, this led to the denial of her right to a fair hearing and her consequent conviction based on circumstantial evidence.

Sanda alleged that the judge gave the verdict despite the reasonable doubt that was created by evidence of witnesses, lack of confessional statement, absence of murder weapon, lack of corroboration of evidence by two or more witnesses, and lack of autopsy report to determine the true cause of her husband’s death.

She insisted that the judgment of the trial court was completely “a miscarriage of justice.”

The appellant also pointed to the failure of the trial judge to rule, one way or the other, on her preliminary objection, challenging the charge preferred against her and the jurisdiction of the court as evidence of bias and a denial of her right to fair hearing as constitutionally guaranteed.

She, therefore, asked the Court of Appeal to allow her prayers and set aside her conviction and sentence and subsequently acquit her.

Justice Halilu sentenced Sanda to death by hanging on January 27 for stabbing Bilyaminu to death, bringing an end to the protracted trial of the appellant.

Late Bilyaminu was the son of a former National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Mr Haliru Bello.

Sanda’s trial centred on a judicial drama that lasted almost three years as a result of various setbacks such as multiple adjournments and failure of witnesses to appear in court, among others.

The police finally charged Sanda for culpable homicide in November 2017 and sought a death penalty against her on two counts.

They informed the court that the killing was premeditated, stressing that Sanda stabbed her husband with broken bottles at about 3:50am on the day the incident occurred.

Sanda has, however, repeatedly pleaded not guilty to the crime.


Senate introduce bill seeking agency for repentant insurgent members

A bill seeking the establishment of an agency for repentant members of the Boko Haram terrorist group has been introduced in the Senate.

It aims to create a national agency that would see to the rehabilitation, de-radicalisation, and integration of repentant insurgents in the country.

The bill was sponsored by Senator Ibrahim Gaidam during plenary on Thursday at the Upper Chamber of the National Assembly in Abuja.

It is captioned ‘National Agency for the Education, Rehabilitation, De-radicalisation and Integration of repentant insurgents in Nigeria (Est, etc) Bill, 2020 (SB. 340)’.

The bill was read for the first time in the red chamber, along with others sponsored by some senators in the chamber.

They include Federal Polytechnic Maiduguri (Est, etc) Bill, 2020 (SB. 338) by Senator Kashim Shettima, 1999 Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria (Alteration) Bill, 2020 (SB. 274) by Senator Solomon Adeola, and Metallurgy Training Institute Orumba (Est, etc) Bill, 2020 (SB. 338) by Senator Ifeanyi Ubah.

The sponsor of the bill, Senator Gaidam, is the lawmaker representing Yobe East District in the Senate.

He is also the immediate past governor of Yobe, one of the worst-hit states by insurgents in the north-eastern part of the country.

Other states that have suffered attacks the most in the heat of the insurgency, according to reports, are Borno and Adamawa States.

One of the worst attacks by the insurgents in Yobe, although by a factional Boko Haram group – Islamic State West Africa Province (ISWAP), was the incident in Dapchi.

The insurgents invaded the Government Girls Secondary School in Dapchi on February 19, 2018, where they abducted over 100 schoolgirls.

Weeks later, the girls returned to their families except Leah Sharibu, who was held back by the insurgents for refusing to renounce her Christian faith.

Amid various calls for her release and the government’s efforts towards ensuring that Leah regains her freedom, she marked two years on Wednesday in the custody of the insurgents.


4 NSCDC officers abducted in Kogi. (How..)

A total of four officers of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) have been kidnapped, N.Rs learnt.

William Aya, a deputy superintendent of police, told media that the officers were kidnapped at a spot in Alo-Offoke community on the Itobe-Ayingba road.

The officials were said to be travelling to Makurdi for promotion examination when their vehicles were stopped by some gunmen.

“Information gathered reveals that four civil defence personnel were among the kidnapped victims,” Aya said, indicating that those kidnapped may be more than four.

He said three other persons that sustained injuries during the attack were currently receiving treatment at a hospital.

Aya said the police responded immediately it received distress calls that some armed men were operating between Alo- Offoke and Ayingba.

“The Divisional Police Officer in charge immediately mobilised his personnel to the scene where they met two abandoned vehicles, one Volkswagen Sharon bus with registration number Kogi KNA 220 LG and a Volkswagen Gulf car with registration number Lagos EZ 376 SMK,” he said.

“Both vehicles were riddled with bullets and occupants suspected to have been abducted while 20 expended AK47 ammunition and civil defence kits were recovered from the scene.”

Aya said the command had flagged off aerial surveillance patrol of Obajana axis and other black spots.

He said the operation also involved ground troops consisting of police and military personnel who are now combing the bush to rescue victims.

He said the new operation was being led by the state Commissioner of Police, Ayuba Ekpeji.


Man faces trial in Italy over $500m

An Italian judge has ordered a Nigerian businessman, Alhaji Aliyu Abubakar to stand trial for alleged international corruption relating to a Nigeria oil graft case involving Eni and Shell, a judicial source and his lawyer said on Wednesday.

Milan prosecutors allege that Abubakar, a reclusive billionaire and chairman of AA Oil, played a central role in one of the oil industry’s biggest scandals in years, handing out more than $500 million in cash to powerful Nigerian government officials.

The money is alleged to come out of the $1.3 billion licence fee paid by Eni and Shell for access to the OPL-245 offshore oilfield located in the southern Niger Delta.

Abubakar’s Italian lawyer, Davide Pozzi, said his client, who lives in Nigeria, denies any wrongdoing in the case.

“Mr Abubakar will clarify his position in the appropriate place,” he said.

The famous house of Aliyu Abubakar in Abuja. he once said he bought the land for N1billion in 2005

Italian prosecutors allege that Eni and Shell bought the oilfield in 2011 knowing that most of the purchase price would be siphoned off to middlemen and local politicians.

Both firms and the managers accused in the Milan court case, including Eni’s current chief executive Claudio Descalzi, have denied any wrongdoing.

Abubakar, an influential Nigerian businessman, was already under investigation but prosecutors were unable to locate him to serve the necessary deeds to put him on trial until he appeared in the case as a witness via a video linkup in February 2019.

The start of his trial has been scheduled for May 14 before a Milan court, Pozzi said. However it is unclear whether he will actually appear.

In the main part of the multi-strand case, prosecutors are due to begin summing up and setting out sentencing requests for Descalzi and other defendants beginning on March 25.


Land Tussle: Septuagenarian released on bail

A Lagos Magistrate’s Court has granted bail to seventy-year-old Nosiru Akolemobasi ,and three other members of the Sonmolu and Aro Efolu families of Itamaga in Ikorodu for alleged malicious damage.

Akolemobasi was granted bail alongside Otunba Gbenga Kuti, 69, Jamiu Aro, 66,and Sanni Yusuf, 53, by Magistrate A.O. Alogba following their arraignment on five-counts of conspiracy, malicious damage and breach of peace preferred against them by the Force Criminal Investigation and Intelligence Department (FCIID) Alagbon.

Their arraignment occurred after the defendants, Akolemobasi and others petitioned the Inspector -General of Police about the activities FCIID, Alagbon over the Ikorodu land dispute.

The defendants pleaded not guilty to the charges filed against them.

In his ruling, Alogba granted the defendants bail in the sum of N500,000 each with two sureties each in like sum.

He ruled that evidence of tax payment to the state government must be shown and that their international passports must be deposited at the court.

The defendants had through their lawyer Ayodele Omoniyi petitioned the IGP Mohammed Adamu, accusing FCIID Alagbon of perversion of justice.

In a letter dated February 14, 2020 signed by their lawyer, Ayodele Omoniyi, the family alleged that some officers of FCIID, Alagbon namely :DCP Tunji Lawal, SP. Kayode Emmanuel, Inspector Emmanuel ,and Inspector Kolapo of Zone 2 Annex Ikorodu Zonal office, Lagos ,were shielding the suspects from being arrested.

They stated that ,”there is a land dispute between them and some suspects over control and use of the family land released to the family after the wounding up of NITEL”.

They added that the dispute arose because one family wanted to take over the land to the exclusion of the three other families and this has led to institution of several court cases.

While the cases were in court, the court made an order that all parties should maintain status quo ,but the suspects continued to erect buildings on the land in defiance of court order.

When the matter was reported, the trial judge, directed that a census be taken of properties being developed in disobedience to court order.

The petitioner stated that parties in the suit, court officials, police officers along with personnel from the Ministry of Land and Physical Development in Lagos state went to inspect the land and 56 houses built in violation of court order were identified and marked.

Consequently, the court ordered the IGP to provide security to the officials of the Lagos state government to demolish the 56 buildings.

The 56 buildings were demolished as directed by the court and none of the parties appealed against it.

However, the suspects wrote a petition to FCID Alagbon claiming that our client demolished the 56 buildings and this led to arrest of our client including a 72- years -old man who was kept in police detention for three days by the above-named officials.

They added that notwithstanding the abundance of evidence that the demolition was pursuant to an order of court, the FCID Alagbon ,continued to ask irrelevant question of who brought the order to the attention of the Lagos state government.

The families disclosed that after the demolition of the 56 building by the order of court, the suspects again erected structures on the land and a petition was written to the on the new development.


Dagan’s Death: Aso Rock Suspect Put Behind Bar

The Nigeria Police Force has arrested an alleged conspirator in the murder of an Assistant Director attached to the State House, Abuja, Laetitia Dagan, who was killed by some assailants in her home in the Galadimawa area of the Federal Capital Territory.

The FCT Police Command on Wednesday confirmed the arrest of the suspect, identified as Edirin Ohonre, who is said to have conspired with others now at large to perpetrate the crime.

The police said the suspect, who is currently under interrogation, is assisting the team of detectives with information that will lead to the arrest of the other suspects connected to the crime.

Dagan, an Assistant Director with the Office of the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, was reported on Tuesday to have been murdered in her apartment in Galadimawa, Abuja, on Monday, shortly after she returned from work.

The 47-year-old Plateau State indigene was said to have left her office in the Presidential Villa, Abuja, around 8pm while the incident happened around 11pm.

She was said to be a participant in an ongoing training for civil servants holding at the Manhattan Event Centre, Uke, Nasarawa State.

The FCT Police spokesperson, DSP Anjuguri Manzah, in a release on Wednesday, said members of the public should disregard inaccurate information on social media, and not to pre-empt the ongoing police investigation.

He said, “Preliminary investigation into the suspected murder by the Criminal Investigation Department of the FCT Police Command led to the arrest of one Edirin Ohonre who is suspected to have conspired with others now at large to perpetrate the crime.

“The suspect, who is currently under interrogation, is assisting the team of police detectives with information that will lead to the arrest of the other suspects connected to the crime, that are now at large.

“While commiserating with the family, friends, and colleagues of the deceased on the unfortunate incident, the FCT Police Command is assuring members of the public that it has deployed relevant investigative tools to unravel the circumstances surrounding the victim’s unfortunate death and ensure the arrest and prosecution of suspects behind the heinous act.

“The command is urging members of the public to disregard insinuations making the rounds in some social media platforms, and also wish to appeal to the members of the public to desist from pre-empting the ongoing police investigation.”


Man arrested for killing ex wife in Bangkok

A man killed his ex-wife and wounded another person at a shopping centre in Bangkok on Tuesday, February 18, ten days after a mass shooting at another mall in Thailand’s northeast.

The man had gone into a beauty clinic at Century The Movie Plaza mall where his ex-wife worked and opened fire, killing her and wounding a bystander, Colonel Kissana Pattanacharoen said.

Thai police arrest man for killing ex-wife at Bangkok shopping mall

The gunman then fled the Century The Movie Plaza, near the Thai capital’s Victory Monument.

“One person died and another was injured,” police Colonel Kissana Pattanacharoen told Reuters.

Thai police arrest man for killing ex-wife at Bangkok shopping mall

The gunman was arrested while on the run in another province, police said on Wednesday morning. He was charged with premeditated murder and illegal gun possession, and three other charges.

Ten days before, a soldier killed at least a dozen people at the Terminal 21 shopping centre in the northeastern city of Nakhon Ratchasima. He had earlier killed his commanding officer, other soldiers at his base and several people at a Buddhist temple.


Old men nabbed over N11 million fraud, EFCC alleges

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, Makurdi Zonal Office today, February 18, 2020, arraigned one Joseph Kyumeh and Augustine Ada Omaji before Justice M. A. Ikpambese of the Benue State High Court sitting in Makurdi, on a 7-count charge bordering on Criminal Conspiracy, Forgery, Money Laundering, Abuse of Office and Theft to the tune of N11,000,000 (Eleven Million Naira).

One of the count reads: “That you, Joseph Kyumeh and Augustine Ada Omaji sometime in March 2019, in Makurdi within the jurisdiction of this honourable Court agreed to dishonestly and fraudulently make and sign a report of internal auditor on the account of Nigerian Union of pensioners, Benue State Branch for the period between 30th December 2013 and 31st December 2017, with the intention of causing it to be believed that the report was made by Auditors for Nigerian Union of Pensioners, Benue State Chapter Makurdi and thereby committed an offence contrary to section 96 of the Penal Code (CAP) 124 Law of Benue State, and punishable under section 97 of the same Law”.

They pleaded “not guilty” to the charges.

Based on their plea, prosecuting counsel, Mary Onoja, requested a trial date and asked the court to remand them at the Correctional Centre.

However, counsel to defendants, E. I. Laren urged the court to grant them bail on most liberal terms.

Justice Ikpambese granted bail to each defendant in the sum of One Million Naira with one surety in like sum. The surety must be resident and have a landed property within the jurisdiction of the Court and must show evidence of such. Or a civil servant not below GL 12 and they must deposit one passport photograph with the Court.

The accused persons were remanded in Correctional Centre pending the perfection of their bail condition, and the case was adjourned till March 24, 2020, for hearing.

Trouble started for Kyumeh who was a chairman of the Nigeria Union of Pensioners, Benue State Chapter and other executive members when the EFCC received a petition signed on behalf of the concerned pensioners of Benue State alleging that the finances of the NUP have not been audited and the demand for accountability that was sent to the suspects had been ignored.

They alleged that since May 2013, the suspects continued to spend the Union’s fund without any form of accountability for the check-off dues collected for over five years which had run into millions of naira. The petitioner alleged that the accused had defrauded the Union to the tune of N11,000,000.00 (Eleven Million Naira).


Fake News: Cops Nab Female Suspect

mba says it’s a criminal offence

The Police on Tuesday said they arrested a female suspect over fake news in connection with the kidnap and murder of wife of a Kaduna based medical doctor, Philip Ataga.

The Force Public Relations Officer (FPRO), DCP Frank Mba, disclosed this at a news briefing in Abuja.

He said the suspect was arrested in connection with a post, circulated in the social media that a police officer was involved in the kidnap and murder of the doctor’s wife.

Ataga’s wife and her two children were on Jan. 25 abducted from their home at the Juji community in Chikun Local Government Area of the Kaduna State.

The abductors killed a member of a local vigilante group in the area during the operation.

Sadly, a week after their abduction, the body of the woman was found before the two children were later released.

Mba said while police was working on the abduction and unfortunate murder of the woman, a damaging story that went viral was posted on the social media.

He said the story made a very strong allegation that a police man was involved in the kidnap and subsequent murder of the doctor’s wife.

“It was a very damaging story and police operatives immediately set out to investigate the source and the origin of the story.

“After days of investigation, the post that went viral was traced to the suspect who is a teacher in Kaduna.

“This is a classical example of fake news and the problem with this kind of fake news is that it can set the people against the police,” he said.

He said the fake news could also damage the relationship between the police and the public.

According to him, the success of every police agency or department is predicated on the kind of support it receives from the public.

“Fake news of this nature are distractions, the resources that would have been used to investigate important cases are diverted to investigating the source of this kind of story.

“We want to use this opportunity to appeal to the public, particularly the youths, to exercise caution in the use of the social media.

“You have to be circumspect before pushing out information, if you are not sure of the authenticity, please don’t push out the information,” he added.

Mba said it was a criminal offence to circulate false information, adding that cyber laws were very clear about the offence.