DPR seals filling station over alleged illegal operation in Abuja

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The Department of Petroleum Resources (DPR), has disclosed that it has sealed a filling station in Abuja, as well as, dispensed its fuel for free to motorists as sanctions, over allegations that that the station was operating illegally and selling above the approved N145.

It was gathered that the DPR visited the station following intelligence reports from public an illegal station was selling above the approved pump price, which personnel of the department confirmed that the station sold for N210, instead ofN145.

According to the department, the unnamed filling station has no approved licence and that the marketer situated on an unapproved site, in midst of a community, which was against rules and regulations.

The agency added that it had no choice than to dispense the fuel belonging to the station for free, and that the marketer would provide reasons for being an illegal station and selling above government approved price.

While briefing journalists on Wednesday after the exercise in Abuja, the task force team, led by Abuja Zonal Controller, Abba Misau, disclosed that the owner of the station had also been arrested, as the station had no record.

Misau said that he was surpised to see one of the station’s staff disconnect electricity, while the pumping machine was on, in order to avoid the taskforce dispensing the fuel of about 14,400 liters to public for free.

We will ensure that the security around here is beefed up and cordon off the station until the exercise is completed.

”We will hand the illegal station over to the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) for prosecution and find out from the Abuja Development Control if they have any approval for the site, otherwise, it should be demolished,” he said.

However, owner of the fuel station, Danladi Eya, said that he bought the product from a licensed marketer which he said covered his operations, as well as, pleaded with the DPR for mercy.

Eya added that that he took facility from the bank to embark on the business when he could not get job as a graduate, adding that he needed to survive.

”I am a Nigerian; I need to survive; I am a degree holder and cannot steal so I ventured into the business,” he said.

The Zonal Controller assured that the illegal station would be handed over to the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) for prosecution and find out from the Abuja Development Control if the station had approval for the site, otherwise it would be demolished.

“Even if it has approval, we will advise that it be revoked for safety of lives,” he said.

According to DPR, the persisting fuel scarcity in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) was blamed on instability of products supply to Abuja and its environs, adding that the PPMC had assured that the products supply would be stable.

”We will hand the illegal station over to the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) for prosecution and find out from the Abuja Development Control if they have any approval for the site, otherwise, it should be demolished.

NSCDC arrests Grandma for allegedly burning granddaughter’s hand in Osun

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The Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC), Osun State Command, disclosed that it has arrested a grandmother, John Victoria, who allegedly burnt the hands of her nine-year-old granddaughter for eating her brother’s food.

As learnt, the girl whose name was undisclosed, was caught by her grandmother eating food which belonged to her twin brother, and was subsequently punished by her grandma who burnt her hands with hot coal.

The young girl, who was said to have lost her mother at a tender age, had been taken to the Primary Healthcare Centre at Erin-Osun axis of the state by some residents for treatment.

According to NSCDC, medical practitioners treating the girl indicated that she needed surgery to repair the contraction on the hands, even though residents in the area later reported the case to the Human Trafficking and Child Abuse Department of the corps.

While briefing newsmen on Wednesday, the state command Public Relations Officer, Babawale Afolabi, disclosed that the incident occurred on January 16 around 1:45 p.m., at Ila Area of Erin-Osun, in the state where the girl was living with her grandmother.

Afolabi stressed that based on the level of injury inflicted on the girl’s hand; she would also need a psychotherapist to help her with proper use of the hands again.

The spokesperson added that the suspect was presently in the custody of NSCDC, and that investigation was ongoing to unravel the reason behind the act.

Man dock after allegedly punching tenant’s son, removing teeth in Lagos

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The Lagos State Police Command has arraigned a landlord, Segun Abiodun, before an Ikeja magistrates’ court, over allegations that he assaulted his tenant’s son, Sodiq Makanjuola, by punching off his teeth for not greeting him.

It was gathered that the boy’s mother, Titilayo Makanjuola, was said to have also been threatened by the landlord when she reacted to her child being assaulted.

The alleged offence was said to be committed on December 19, 2017 at the residence of the both the accused and complainant located at 82, Capitol Road, Agege, a suburb of Lagos.

During court hearing on Wednesday in the state, the Police Prosecutor, Raji Akeem, claimed that when the police got to landlord’s house to arrest him, residents around informed police that he had traveled.

Although, Akeem said that the accused was arrested when he eventually returned from where he traveled to, adding that the offence contravened Section 246 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, 2015(Revised).

However, the landlord, Abiodun pleaded not guilty to the charges leveled against him, while the Chief Magistrate, T. O. Shomade, granted the accused N50, 000 bail with two sureties in like sum.

Shomade, who directed the accused to pay N5,000 into the account of the court’s Chief Registrar as part of the bail conditions, added that the case was adjourned until February 9 for hearing.

Gunmen kills two policemen, abducts Canadian, American in Kaduna

By Balogun Alabi,

Unknown gunmen have reportedly killed two policemen and abducted two foreigners including, an American and a Canadian on Kwoi-Jere road, in Kagarko local government area of Kaduna State.

The Guild learnt that the victims who had visited Kafanchan and Kaura area of the state, were abducted on their way back at about 7pm, yesterday.

However, two policemen killed during the attack were said to be escorting the two foreign nationals when they were ambushed.

A source who confided in The Guild, disclosed that he was sure the police would investigate and get to the root of the matter.

“Two policemen were killed in the ambush while an American and a Canadian were abducted along Kwoi-Jere road, off Kaduna-Abuja highway,” the source said.

Although, efforts to reach the state police command commissioner of police, Agyole Abeh, to get more information, proved abortive.

Details later…

Man gets six strokes of cane for allegedly constituting nuisance

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A Karmo Grade 1 Area Court in Abuja, has ordered that a 20-year-old tailor, Mohmmed salifu, should receive six strokes of cane over allegations that the man constituted public nuisance, as well as smokes indian hemp.

It was learnt that the accused had initially been arrested and taken to the Karmo Police Station on January 13.

On the same date in the evening, a team of police men was said to have raided a black spot, around Ezumezu in Karmo area of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), after which Salifu was intercepted again while smoking Indian hemp.

Therefore, the police was said to have arraigned the man before court, after the tailor was reported to police that he constituted nuisance by shouting and disturbing residents living within the area.

However, the prosecutor told court on Wednesday during hearing, that the offence the accused committed contravened the provisions of Section 198 of the Penal Code

The defendant pleaded guilty to the charges leveled againbst him, thereby appealed to court to temper justice, as well as, plead for leniency.

Following the plea, the court judge, Abubakar Sadiq, who passed his judgment, ordered that the man must receive six strokes of cane.

Army intercepts 63 bags containing Indian hemp after tip off in Ondo

By Balogun Alabi,

The Nigerian Army has disclosed that it successfully intercepted not less than 63 bags of Indian hemp from a notorious gang in a forest in Owo Local Government Area of Ondo State, following tip-off from residents.

It was gathered that the army carried out an operation in the forest, after information about the gang’s hideout and criminal activities had reached the military.

Also, 23 expended cartridges and nine unused ones were also said to have been recovered from the notorious Indian hemp gang in the forest, even though there was an exchange of fire between troops and the criminals.

According to the army, the suspected criminals later fled as a result of superior fire power against them by the troops, and that no life was lost during the operation.

In a statement made available to journalists on Wednesday in Akure capital of the state, 32 Artillery Brigade, Owena Cantonment, Army Public Relations, Assistant Director, Ojo Adenegan, disclosed that the operation was carried out on Monday.

The spokesperson, however urged members of public and state residents to supply useful information on criminal activities to security agencies in the state.

Adenegan, who warned criminals to desist from the state, added that there was no room for illegal and criminal activities in the state.

Husband wants 22yrs marriage dissolved over wife’s penis removal threat in Ekiti

By Balogun Alabi,

A commercial driver, Laisi Ajibade, has appealed to an Ado-Ekiti Customary Court in Ekiti State, to dissolve his 22-year-old marriage over allegations that his wife, Folake, threatened to cut off his manhood.

Narrating his ordeal, Ajibade alleged that his wife Folake almost cut off his manhood when they went to bed on November 7, 2017, as well as accused her of dishonesty and desertion.

The driver stressed that his wife always threatened him to kill him whenever they had misunderstanding, adding that he was scared of living under the same roof with the woman.

During court hearing on Wednesday in the state, Ajibade, 48, also told the court president, Olayinka Akomolede, that his wife was not trustworthy.

The petitioner added that his wife deserted him for some months and secretly went to build her apartment without his knowledge and consent.

“I did not formally contract the marriage that was already blessed with four children,” he added.

The estranged husband claimed that he deliberately refused to send Folake out of his house, since the matter was already in court.

He prayed court to dissolve the union and that custody of the four children be awarded to him, while court president adjourned the case to February 8, for further hearing.

Britain appoints minister for loneliness to tackle social isolation

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The Britain Prime Minister, Theresa May, has appointed the current junior Minister for Sport and Civil Society, Tracy Crouch, as “Minister for Loneliness”, to tackle “the sad reality of modern life” which was said to have affected millions of people.

May explained that the reason for the new office was to confront challenges facing the Uk, and the officer would serve as a measure to address loneliness usually endured by the elderly.

Asides the elderly who she said was affected, the PM added that others who were affected included those who have lost loved ones, people who have no one to talk to or share their thoughts and experiences with.

May quoted the British Red Cross record that affirmed that over nine million people confessed that they were always or often lonely, out of a population of 65.6 million.

In a statement made available to newsmen on Wednesday, the minister stressed that the Red Cross defined loneliness and isolation as a “hidden epidemic” which affected people across all ages at various moments in their life, such as retirement, bereavement or separation.

According to her, the ministerial appointment followed a recommendation from a committee in memory of Jo Cox, a lawmaker for the opposition Labor party who was murdered by a far-right extremist.

“Jo experienced and witnessed loneliness throughout her life especially as a new student at Cambridge University and separated from her sister Kim for the first time.

“She would be delighted by Tracey Crouch’s new job as minister for loneliness and would be saying ‘let’s get to work!’” Jo Cox Foundation said through its social media account.

According to reports, Britain’s loneliness initiative would develop a strategy which would be published later in 2018, with data from national and local government, public services, the voluntary and businesses sector across the UK.

Buhari congratulates ex-commonwealth SG on 85th birthday

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President Muhammadu Buhari has congratulated with the former commonwealth secretary general, Anyaoku, on his 85th birthday,as well as congratulated friends and family of the man.

Buhari described the former SG as a highly resourceful diplomat and elder statesman whose resume on international diplomacy and community development continued to inspire and instruct on the power of discipline, focus and knowledge.

The president felicitated with Anyaoku, noting that he was only African Secretary General of the commonwealth, affirming that the elder states man contributed seminally to Nigeria’s return to democracy in 1999.

According to Buhari, the 85 year old combined his thorough understanding of peculiarities of the political structures, with his office and international network of friends, in order to garner support for the country’s transition.

In a statement made available to journalists on Tuesday through the president’s special adviser, Femi Adeshina, Buhari commended Anyaoku over his unwavering patriotism and commitment to the unity and progress of the country as he continues to contribute to national affairs.

Adeshina quoted the president as saying that the celebrant had supported presidency through formal and informal advice, including chairing the meeting that led to the adoption of the Abuja Accord.

“The meeting by which all the presidential candidates in 2015 committed themselves and their political parties to non-violent campaigns and acceptance of the results in good faith,” he said.

However, president buhari prayed that God granted Anyaoku, the Ichie Adazie of Obosi kingdom, longer life and more fruitful years to serve Nigeria.

Man appears before court for allegedly abducting neighbor’s wife in Abuja

By Balogun Alabi,

A 36-year-old man, Emmanuel Peter, has appeared before a Grade 1 Area Court sitting in Karu area of Abuja, over allegations that he abducted his neighbour’s wife, Akpeku Felicia.

It was gathered that the prosecutor, Ismail ’la Mahmud, told the court that one Akpeku Godwin, who resides in Area A, Nyanyan, Abuja, had initially reported the matter to Nyanyan Police Station on January 12.

The prosecutor alleged that on the day of the incidence, the complainant had a misunderstanding with his wife, Felicia, which she angrily moved out of her matrimonial home.

Mahmud told court that the wife moved to the apartment of the defendant who was their neighbor, adding that the neigbour accommodated her for about two days.

During court hearing yesterday in Abuja, the prosecutor told court sitting before Justice Hassan Ishaq, that the defendant, a driver, accommodated the complainant’s wife till the following day and gave her some money to travel out of town to an unknown location.

Mahmud, who stated that the defendant accommodated and aided the escape of the complainant’s wife without his consent, added that the accused was facing a charge of abduction, which contravened the provisions of Section 27 of the Penal Code.

However, Peter denied committing the offence, whiles the judge, granted him to bail in the sum of N100, 000, with one surety in like sum and adjourned the case until February 9.