Sale Of Birth Certificates Illegal, Say Reps

Sale Of Birth Certificates Illegal, Say Reps

The House of Representatives on Wednesday frowned upon the collection of money by the National Population Commission for birth certificates, declaring it illegal. The move followed the adoption of a motion moved by a member, Nkeiruka Onyejeocha, entitled, ‘Call on the National Population Commission to Discontinue the N4,500 Birth Registration Charge Under the Public-Private Partnership Arrangement for Birth Registration.’ Granting prayers of the motion, the lawmakers unanimously resolved to direct the NPC to discontinue the N4,500 birth registration charge by Socket Works Limited under the PPP “and return to their mandate of registering births and deaths in Nigeria at no cost to citizens as provided by law.” Source: Punch
Army Arrests Suspected Gunrunners, Seizes 44 Rifles In Niger

Army Arrests Suspected Gunrunners, Seizes 44 Rifles In Niger

Troops of the Nigerian Army intercepted a Toyota Corolla loaded with 44 single-barrelled rifles and 351 cartridges during a stop-and-search operation in Rijau, Niger State. Our correspondent learnt that the troops attached to the 1 Division, Kaduna State, subsequently arrested three suspected gunrunners inside the car identified as: Aminu Umar, 32; Shehu Samaila, 25; and Bilyaminu Abdullahi, 22. The suspects were arrested on Tuesday inside the car with number plate ZUR 28 DX, Kebbi State. The suspects told the troops during preliminary interrogation that they were heading for Bena area in the Wasagu Local Government Area of Kebbi State, which shares boundary with Zamfara State. Our correspondent gathered that the troops had in November arrested one Rabi’u Akilu, who was found in possession of 36 rifles and 343 rounds of ammunition hidden in a Toyota Corolla and heading for Zamfara State. Military sources told our correspondent that the rifles were not unconnected with the banditry and kidnapping going on the region, as it was believed that the suspects were selling guns to bandits and other criminals in the North-West. The Deputy Director, Army Public Relations and the 1 Division’s spokesman, Colonel Muhammad Dole, who confirmed the arrests, said further interrogation was ongoing. Dole advised motorists to continue to share credible information with the army and other security agencies. He said, “Troops of the 1 Division deployed for the ‘Operation Whirl Punch’ arrested three notorious gunrunners during a stop and search operation at Rijau in Niger State. We recovered 44 fabricated locally made single-barrelled rifles and 351 cartridges being conveyed in a Toyota Corolla.” Source: Punch
Police Arrest Notorious Traffic Robber At Iju-Ishaga

Police Arrest Notorious Traffic Robber At Iju-Ishaga

A notorious traffic robber that has been terrorizing Iju-Ishaga area of Lagos State was arrested, weekend, by the Police after a gun duel that lasted for hours. Other members of the robbery gang narrowly escaped with injuries during the encounter. Disclosing this during a press conference, the Commissioner of Police, Lagos State, Imohimi Edgal, said the arrested suspect identified as Olamide Bello is assisting the Police in their investigation and assured that the fleeing members of the gang will soon be rounded up. Giving details of the encounter, the Police boss said that based on credible information about some traffic robbers along Iju-Ishaga area of the state, the robbers were sighted robbing passersby of their valuables. He said: “Police officers along Ikeja quickly mobilised to the scene and when the robbers sighted them, they ran in different directions. “They were given serious chase and luckily in the process, one of them was arrested. A cut-to-size locally made pistol and one cartridge was recovered from the suspect. “During interrogation, he gave his name as Olamide Bello. Investigation is ongoing on how to get other members of the gang, while Olamide Bello is assisting the police in their investigation. “Edgal assured that at the end of their investigation, people residing in and around Iju-Ishaga axis will heave a sigh of relief because the gang has been committing traffic robbery in the area and they will definitely be caught and charged to court.” Source: Vanguard
Traditional Ruler’s Wife  To Die For Killing Husband In Nasarawa

Traditional Ruler’s Wife To Die For Killing Husband In Nasarawa

The Nasarawa State High Court sitting in Lafia has sentenced Mrs Amina Zubairu, 35, who is the wife of the late Gom Mama of Kwarra Chiefdom in Wamba Local Government Area of the state, to death by hanging for killing her husband. The convict was said to have killed her husband, Alhaji Adamu Zubairu, who until his death in 2014, was a first-class traditional ruler in the state. Justice Aisha Bashir of the Nasarawa State High Court 2, sitting in Lafia, passed the judgment on Tuesday. She held that the accused was found guilty of culpable homicide, which carries the death penalty. The judge, who noted that the prosecution had proved its case beyond reasonable doubt, subsequently sentenced the convict to death by hanging. Earlier, the police had said the circumstances leading to the death of the traditional ruler were suspicious. Police investigations led to a search of the compound of the deceased, where a syringe containing remnants of a poisonous substance, was found. It was learnt that the police arrested the convict in connection with the death of the monarch on the eve of his marriage to another woman on February 15, 2015. Amina, who was one of the wives of the deceased, was called in for questioning after she was identified as a prime suspect and she was subsequently charged to court for culpable homicide when a case was established against her. Reacting to the judgment, the prosecution counsel, Jibrin Aboki, commended the court’s decision and said the judgment would serve as a deterrent to others with such tendencies. Speaking in a similar vein, the first son of the late monarch, Abdullahi Zubairu, expressed satisfaction with the court’s decision. However, the counsel for the accused, Shekama Sheltu, expressed dissatisfaction with the judgment and expressed his client’s decision to appeal. Source: Punch
53-Year-Old Man Arrested With 218kg Of Cannabis In Niger

53-Year-Old Man Arrested With 218kg Of Cannabis In Niger

The Niger State Command of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency has apprehended a 53-year-old man, Vwang David, with 218 kilogram of weed suspected to be Cannabis Sativa. David was arrested along the Mokwa-Jebba Road while attempting to escape in his Toyota Camry car in which bags of the suspected illicit drug were concealed. According to officials of the NDLEA in Minna, the suspect had been parading himself as a soldier in order to beat security operatives. It was learnt that David refused to stop when flagged down at the Jebba control post, resulting to a chase by the men of the NDLEA. Northern City News gathered that the alleged fake soldier ran out of luck when his car crashed few kilometres to Mokwa, where he was eventually arrested. A search of the vehicle led to the discovery of the illicit drug, which was neatly loaded in the booth of the car. The state Commander of the NDLEA, Mrs Ekaeke Egwunwoke, who paraded the suspect before journalists in Minna on Tuesday, said his arrest was as a result of intelligence at the disposal of the operatives. Egwunwoke noted that it was discovered that the suspect had been using the route for the illegal activity for some time and that he was always dressed in a military uniform in order to evade arrest. In an interview with our correspondent, the suspect said, “I am not the owner of the car; my friend sent me to deliver the car to his wife in Minna. “I did not know what was in the booth of the car; I have never seen Indian hemp in my life; this is my first time of seeing it. I regret my action; it is my friend that pushed me into this trouble.” David further claimed that his friend, who was in another car, ran away when he was arrested.” The suspect said he took off from Lafenwa in Ogun State and was heading to Minna in Niger State. The state NDLEA commander said that the suspect would be charged to court as soon as investigations were concluded. Source: Punch
233 Policemen Arrested For Corruption

233 Policemen Arrested For Corruption

Two hundred and thirty-three policemen have been arrested for corruption related offences in the past one year, Commissioner Imohimi Edgal says Of the total arrests made, Edgal said 16 were dismissed, 26 demoted, one charged to court and 190 served severe punishments with the offences documented in their service files. He spoke at the Anti-Corruption Day with the theme: “Tackling corruption through collective responsibility”. It was organised by the Centre for Change. Edgal said the command had continued to uphold the mandate of the Inspector General of Police (IG) Ibrahim Idris, which is to eradicate corruption and human right infractions within the system. He said: “In the last one year, 233 policemen have been arrested and tried for corrupt practices. Sixteen of them have been dismissed, one policeman charged to court, 26 have been reduced in rank and 190 of them have gotten major entries in their files. “Others were given punishment relating to minor entries and fatigue to act as a deterrent to others. We will continue to partner every other group to fight corruption.” Edgal, who was recognised by the centre as the Anti-Corruption Champion, said he felt honoured that people were watching and taking note of his actions. The founder of the centre, Dr. Joe Okei-Odumakin, said Nigeria was bleeding under the heavyweight of corruption. “It is either we kill corruption or corruption kills us. It is also certain that all institutions must be strengthened and that there should be synergy. This is why you will find out that the Police as an institution remains the lubricant for the survival of our great country. “Talk is very cheap; it is extremely easy for us to continue to talk about corruption. But to act and also ensure that we fight that cancer, there should be no game place. This is why this synergy is very important for us today.” Source: Vanguard