In Brief

FG Declares Friday, Monday Public Holiday

The federal government has declared Friday, April 19 and Monday, April 22, public holidays to mark the 2019 Easter celebration. The Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Interior, Mr Georgina Ehuriah, announced the holiday in a statement quoting the minister on Wednesday in Abuja. The Minister of Interior, Lt.-Gen. Abdulrahman Dambazau, who made the declaration on behalf of the federal government, enjoined all Christians to emulate the exemplary attributes of Jesus Christ amongst which are tolerance, love and peaceful co-existence. He urged all Nigerians, home and abroad, to use the occasion to pray for the peace, unity and progress of “our great ...
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Passengers Escape Unhurt As Bus Catches Fire On Oshodi-Apapa Expressway

An 18-seater commercial bus burst into flames yesterday evening between Toyota and Five Star bus stop on Oshodi-Apapa expressway. Though no life was loss, the incident compounded the traffic gridlock along the route. An eyewitness told stated that the bus was carrying some passengers and generating sets when the engine caught fire. It was later reported that the driver and passengers alighted from the bus and ran for their dear lives. One of the eyewitness also stated that that the bus has been burning for more than 50 minutes, while a fire service station, few meters away from the scene ...
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Court Strikes Out Case As Dad ‘Forgives’ Man Who Raped 9-Year-Old Daughter Twice

A Family Court sitting in Benin, Edo State struck out a case bordering on the rape of a minor as the victim’s father told the judge that he had forgiven the defendant. The complainant expressed his desire to forgive his daughter’s rapist after the defendant had pleaded guilty to child rape. The Police Counsel, Insp. Peter Ogbe, on Wednesday, informed the court that the defendant, one Abdullahi, defiled the little girl on February 8 and also on February 9 at Aduwawa Quarters in Ikpoba-Okha Local Government Area of Edo State. Ogbe said the offence contravened the provisions of Section 218 ...
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26-Year-Old Girl Rescued From Seven Years Cocaine Addiction

The Senior Pastor of House of Freedom, Dr. Tony Rapu, and his team visited Ipodo, a notorious street in Ikeja, Lagos State recently and rescued 26-year-old Lizzy, who has taken to begging, hard drugs and prostitution as means of survival. The girl, who attended two prestigious schools in Lagos, Caleb Nursery and Primary School as well as Vivian Fowler Secondary School, Billingsway, Oregun, and has been suffering from drug addiction for seven years, shared a bit of her story in a now viral video. Lizzy said her ex-boyfriend introduced her to smoking of weed. He, thereafter, told her he had ...
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15-Year-Old Wife Laces Husband’s Food With Rat Poison

The Police Command in Kano has arrested a 15-year-old housewife, Hassana Lawan, of Bechi Village, in Kumbotso Local Government Area of the state for allegedly poisoning her 33-year-old husband, Sale Abubakar. The Command’s Public Relations Officer, DSP Abdullahi Haruna, confirmed the arrest in a statement issued to newsmen in Kano on Tuesday. Haruna said that on Tuesday (today), at about 2 p.m., the Command received a report that the suspect gave her husband food with rat poison. He said the victim was taken to Murtala Muhammad Specialist Hospital, Kano, for treatment. The PPRO said the Command had commenced investigation into ...
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Police Arraign Banker For Allegedly Stealing N15m From Customer’s Account

The police on Wednesday arraigned a banker, Mohammed Abubakar, in a Wuse Zone II Chief Magistrates’ Court for allegedly stealing over N15 million from a customers account. The police charged Abubakar, 33, who lives at No 9 Zakur Street Madalla Niger State with four counts of Joint Act, Criminal Breach of Trust, Cheating and Theft. The Police Counsel, Mr Godson Jinalimba, told the court that the case was reported at the office of the Inspector-General by the complainant, Ms Ajuma Ojatta in September 2018. Jinalimba told the court that the defendant who is a staff of Union bank, conspired with ...
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Train Crushes 2 Persons To Death In Kano

The Police in Kano on Tuesday confirmed the death of two persons, who were crushed to death by a train in the state capital. FRSC DSP. Abdullahi Haruna, the Police Public Relations Officer of the Kano Command, confirmed this in a statement. Haruna said that on April 16, at about 8 a.m the police received a report that two yet-to-be-identified persons, who were stretched out on the railway track, had been crushed to death by a moving train behind Kano Club in Nasarawa Local Government Area of the state. According to him, when the police visited the scene, it was ...
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Gunmen Kidnap Couple In Kogi, Shoot Their Child

The Commissioner of Police in Kogi, Mr. Hakeem Busari, on Monday confirmed the kidnap of one Mr. Henshaw Ativie and his wife in the state on Sunday by unknown gunmen. Busari told the News Agency of Nigeria in Lokoja that the husband and wife were kidnapped along Itakpe-Adogo road in Adavi Local Government Area of the state. He said that the couple, their seven-year-old son, and four-year-old twin daughters were travelling to Edo in their Jeep when they ran into the kidnappers on Sunday afternoon. The Police Commissioner said that the abductors forced the vehicle to a stop by shooting ...
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JAMB Arrests Over 50 ‘Professional Examination

The Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) has arrested over 50 people who write the Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME) for candidates. In its Weekend Bulletin, the Board disclosed that it has uncovered professional examination writers noting that master’s degree holders, post graduate and undergraduate students ‘were among the professional examination writers caught in the act’. According to JAMB, the professional examination writers connive with owners of Computer Base Test (CBT) centres to perpetrate the crime adding that they organize multiple registrations where their print and the candidates they are taking the exam for are taken side by side. JAMB ...
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Court give Evans, Others June Deadline To Hire Lawyers

Justice Hakeem Oshodi of an Ikeja High Court has ordered alleged, Chukwudimeme Onwuamadike alias Evans and three other defendants to ensure they have legal representation by June 14. Evans is standing trial alongside Uche Amadi, Ogechi Uchechukwu, Chilaka Ifeanyi, Okwuchukwu Nwachukwu and Victor Aduba over the alleged kidnap of the Chief Executive Officer of Maydon Pharmaceutical Limited, Mr Donatius Dunu. NAN reports that the six were arraigned on Aug. 30, 2017 on two counts of conspiracy and kidnapping. According to the prosecution, they allegedly kidnapped Dunu and collected 223,000 Euros (N100m) as ransom. Evans and his co-defendants had pleaded not ...
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