FG Declares Friday, Monday Public Holiday

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 country, irrespective of diversity in religious beliefs”.

Dambazau wished all Nigerians a happy and peaceful Easter celebration.

He further called on them to support the administration of President Muhammadu Buhari in its determination to take the country to the next level.

(NAN)

Passengers Escape Unhurt As Bus Catches Fire On Oshodi-Apapa Expressway

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 could not respond to stop the fire from igniting other vehicles.

Many road users wondered why the fire fighters did not respond on time.

Policemen were however, seen at the scene, trying to control the gridlock and forestall secondary incident that may occur.

The development led to serious traffic as road users were stuck in the traffic and were afraid to pass by the burning bus.

Another eyewitness blamed the driver for not having a fire extinguisher in the bus.

According to her, if the driver had fire extinguisher, it would have prevented the bus from burning.

Source: The Guardian

Court Strikes Out Case As Dad ‘Forgives’ Man Who Raped 9-Year-Old Daughter Twice

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 of the Criminal Law of the defunct Bendel State now applicable in Edo.

Abdullahi pleaded guilty to the charge. However, the child’s father, one Mohammed, prayed the family court to strike out the suit filed against the 33-year-old Abdullahi, who had raped his nine-year-old daughter.

Mohammed told the court that he has forgiven Abdullahi; and that he had chosen to leave vengeance for God.

In his ruling, the judge, D. I. Adamaigbo, cautioned the defendant to desist from such act, saying that he was lucky that the victim’s father, who was the complainant, decided not to press charges.

She subsequently struck out the case.

(NAN)

26-Year-Old Girl Rescued From Seven Years Cocaine Addiction

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 been mixing her wraps up with cocaine. “I couldn’t visit any rehabilitation centre because I thought it wouldn’t help. I started with weed smoking, and then one day, my boyfriend told me he had been adding cocaine and I was surprised. I asked him why he would do such without my consent, but it wasn’t long before I got addicted to it. It became so critical that I had to take to begging during the day and prostitution at night.”

Rapu said: “We picked up Lizzy at the weekend at the joint she frequented in Ikeja and rescued her from the clutches of her captors; the drug sellers and pimps who feed her drug habit from the proceeds of prostitution and other vices.

“Lizzy told us about her upbringing, her addiction to crack cocaine and the depraved nightlife she lived to make money to pay the drug dealers. She is currently undergoing her first stage of detox and rehabilitation in the long journey out of addiction. We hope and pray she returns to a normal and productive life afterwards.”

Meanwhile, management of Vivian Fowler, in reaction to the incident, said that from its investigation, it has no record of any Lizzy as claimed, from the inception of the school till date.

Pastor Tony Rapu, chairman of the foundation, encouraged Nigerians to show more care to the less privileged around them. He also expressed gratitude to all sponsors and supporters of the school project.

15-Year-Old Wife Laces Husband’s Food With Rat Poison

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 the matter and the suspect would be charged to court as soon as the investigations are completed.

(NAN)

Police Arraign Banker For Allegedly Stealing N15m From Customer’s Account

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 one Lukman now at large, dishonestly and fraudulently took N15 million.

He also said that the defendant deceived her with various dishonest and fraudulent antics to pay various sums of money.

Totaling N11 million to him.

The offence he said contravened the provisions of sections 79, 387, 312 and 322 of the Penal Code.

He pleaded not guilty to the charge.

The Chief Magistrate, Njideka Duru, admitted the defendant to bail in the sum of N200,000 with one surety in like sum.

Duru ordered that the surety must reside within the jurisdiction of the court.

The Magistrate adjourned the case until May 15 for hearing.

Source: Vanguard