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Lagos records 14 suicide cases as Police arrests 159 kidnappers, others

By Olawale Abdul-Fatah

The Nigerian Police Force has confirmed an upsurge in suicide cases in Lagos, disclosing that no fewer than 14 suicide and attempted suicide cases were recorded in the state in the last four months.

Also, 159 armed robbery, kidnapping and cultism suspects were apprehended by the law enforcement agency for engaging in the acts within the state.

During the arrest, 127 arms and ammunition were recovered and over 80 armed robbery attacks were also foiled during the period under review.

Commissioner of Police, Zubairu Muazu, who disclosed the statistics on Thursday at the launch of Launch of Operation Puff Adder at the command headquarters, Ikeja, assured residents of interfiled security operation in the state.

According to him, of great concern to the operation were cases of cultism, traffic robbery, youth gangsterism and murder.

He said: “We are today launching a special operation introduced by the Acting Inspector General of Police, Mohammed Abubakar, code name ‘Operation Puff Adder’ aimed at re-dominating and reclaiming the public space from heinous criminal element that are bent on threatening the nation’s internal security order.”

The Guild gathered that Officers and Men for the operations were drawn from Police Mobile Force, Tactical units, Criminal Intelligence Bureau, Criminal Investigation Department, Rapid Response Squad, Taskforce and conventional policemen.

Abubakar charged his officers to ensure zero tolerance to all form of criminality and deal decisively with criminal elements in Lagos state.

“Tough times indeed await those who choose the path of crime in the state. We will take the battle to their door steps. Lagosians have a right to a more peaceful and orderly state and with the support of the good people of Lagos state we will rid the state off criminal elements,” the commissioner added.

Following a targeted, intelligence driven operation carried out by the Command’s Anti-cultism unit which lasted for four weeks, from 20th April, 2019 to 19th May, 2019 at identified cultists hideouts in Ayobo, Shogunle, Oshodi, Ajegunle, Apapa, Ikorodu, Ketu and Alapere , the following members of  AIYE and EIYE confraternity were arrested: Faruk Olaiya ‘M’ Aged 19yrs from Oyo State; Ayomide Joseph ‘M’ Aged 32yrs from Oyo State; Aliyu Mohammed ‘M’ Aged 23yrs from Kwara State; Shittu Abu ‘M’ Aged 29yrs From Oyo State; Victor Asuquo ‘M’ Aged 23yrs from Delta State; Bolaji Ogunniyi ‘M’ Aged 23yrs from Ogun State; Adeyemi Samson ‘M’ Aged 35yrs from Osun State; Samuel Hensaw ‘M’ Aged 18yrs from Ebonyi; Michael Nwaba ‘M’ Aged 37yrs from Enugu; Kabiru Ishola ‘M’ Aged 21yrs from Lagos; Alaka Yusuf ‘M’ Aged 22yrs from Lagos; Juwon Somade ‘M’ Aged 26yrs from Lagos; Divine Enu ‘M’ Aged 28yrs from Cross River; Godwin Adebona ‘M’ Aged 22yrs from Osun State; Salami Lasisi ‘M’ Aged 20yrs from Lagos; Tunde Akinbu ‘M’ Aged 28yrs from Ondo State; Ayomide Akinfolarin ‘M’ Aged 26yrs from Lagos State. All the suspects were charged to court.

NNPC remits N1.26tn into FG’s account, N41bn surplus against previous Yr.

By NewsDesk,

As an indication that Nigerian economy has gained robust stability, the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) has remitted N1.26 trillion into federal account, as against the N1.22 trillion projected in the 2018 budget, a surplus of N41billion.

It said that development was a prove that the corporation met its financial obligations to the federation account in 2018, compare to figure remitted in 2017.

The Group Managing Director, NNPC, Dr. Maikanti Baru, confirmed that the corporation was able remit the declared figure through it projected and determine to make result, and that eventhough 2.3million barrels per day (mbpd) was proposed in the 2018 budget, but national daily production for the period under review oscillated between 1.9mbpd to 1.89mbpd.

Through a statement issued on Tuesday by Group General Manager, Group Public Affairs Division, NNPC, Ndu Ughamadu, Baru listed the two sources of inflows into the Federation Account from the NNPC to include equity crude oil sales less cost of recovery from the Joint Venture cash call arrears and domestic crude less cost recovery, adding that the JV cash call arrears were being efficiently managed now to ensure steady inflows to the Federation Account.

Accoding to him, the current management of NNPC ensures that it contributes to the cost of the production of crude oil and gas in the upstream sector to avoid a repeat of the mistakes of the past. If we had made cash call payments in the past, the arrears that we are liquidating now would not have arisen. The current situation creates a win-win scenario for the country. The NNPC is strategically saving for the rainy day to make a better future for all of us by liquidating the arrears”, Mr. Okonkwo posited.

He noted that the corporation on a regular and sustained basis balanced up with the Federation Account Allocation Committee (FAAC) and the JV cash calls in order to make sure that the future generations do not suffer from the legacy debt.

Beside, the NNPC’s boss dismissed allegations by  Commissioners of Finance of under remittances by the corporation, adding that, the corporation was a going business concern that met financial obligations to its various stakeholders.

He explained that investment in the oil and gas industry took time in maturing and that should NNPC fails in its obligation to invest in the sector, there would be nothing to share by the various tiers of government.

“The 2018 audited account would be ready next month, adding that NNPC had cleared its backlog of unaudited account. He attributed the delay to some Joint Venture partners that were being awaited to turn in their budget performance for the 2018 budget circle to be completed”.

On his part, the Chairman of the Ad Hoc Committee, Hukwuka Wilfred, commended NNPC for addressing issues, saying such interface would go a long way in putting to arrest allegations of non-remittances of funds against the corporation.

Metuh tenders fresh evidence as court resumes N400M misappropriation trial

By NewsDesk,

A Federal High Court, sitting in Abuja, has allow a new evidence tendered by former National Publicity Secretary, Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Olisa Metuh, before the court, as final account on N400 million standing trail.

The new document, tendered on Tuesday at the resumption of hearing against Metuh, detailed how the sum of the N400 million was spent on a special national assignment.

The PDP former national publicity secretary counsel, Abel Ozioko submitted that the money was used for a special national assignment given to him by last administration’s President, Goodluck Jonathan.

Also, the court admitted in evidence, media publications where, in response to Metuh’s arrest and arraignment in 2016, the leadership of the PDP affirmed that the PDP did not in any way benefit from the fund.

At the court, after the documents were admitted and marked as exhibits 21 and 22, the counsel to the defendant said that the evidence were prove contrary to allegations that the money was used for political activities of the party.

Metuh had earlier tendered a document detailing disbursements, names and signatures of individuals who received funds in execution of the national assignment which was admitted and marked as exhibit 20.

The PDP former publicity secretary informed the court that no part of the N400 million was spent on any activity of the PDP, contrary to the claims of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, (EFCC).

He said that his record of account and receipts of payments showed that the entire fund was used for the national assignment as directed by President Jonathan.

“No part of the N400 million was spent on any activity of the PDP.

“The record of account and all the expenditure made, with receipts, bearing the names of those who received funds show that the entire N400 million was expended in execution of the special national assignment.

“President Jonathan had always insisted that the party must not benefit from government funding and that no government fund or asset must be used to promote or support the activities of the party,” Metuh said.

Continuing in his evidence, Metuh cleared the air on his earlier hesitation to give out the names of those who worked under him in the execution of the assignment to the EFCC but preferred to tender them in court.

“Such individuals include respected professionals in various fields, including university lecturers and i will not want them to suffer the embarrassment of unnecessary negative media report and misrepresentations at the time.

“Exhibit 20 contains the names of professionals who worked with me and received funds in execution of the assignment.

”They accepted to participate in the assignment due to the confidence and trust they have in my integrity, I did not want them to suffer the humiliation of negative reports at the time.

“It was for this reason that I insisted that if there are any questions, repercussions, refunds or persecution to be suffered in that regard, it should be directed at me personally, Metuh said.

The trial judge, Justice Okon Abang adjourned the matter until May 27, 28 and 30, 2019 for continuation of trial.

Metuh is standing trial for allegedly receiving the sum of N400 million from the former National Security Adviser, Sambo Dasuki, monies earmarked for the purchase of arms at the heat of the Boko Haram insurgency.

He was also accused of transacting with cash of $2 million without going through a final institution in violation of the Money Laundering Prohibition Act.

Osun United’s coach takes Enyimba to court over unpaid N3.4M sign-on-fee.

By NewsDesk,

The Osun United Coach, Samson Unuanel, has taken  his former club, Enyimba International FC, to an Abuja National Industrial Court over its failure to pay N3.450 million, being balance of his sign-on-fee.

Unuanel wants court’s to award him N100 million for general damages, aside N10 million expected to be spent on suit.

However, before presiding judge of the court, Justice Kiyersohot Damulak, the claimant’s lawyer, Ayodele Justice, told the room that the the former club of his client had been served with processes.

Confirming recipient processes, the defence counsel, Chidike Iheukwumere, that his ofice had responded on behalf of Enyimba International FC and had in turn served the claimant’s counsel with memorandum of appearance and statement of defence.

Meanwhile, the judge said that the defendant in the statement raised an issue bordering on lack of jurisdiction of the court.

Damulak however objected to a point also raised by the defence demanding the transfer of the case to Owerri Division of the Industrial court.

The judge informed the court that he lacked the power to transfer a case assigned to him by the president of the court to another division.

He further said that he would address the issue of whether or not the court lacked jurisdiction to entertain the case at the right time.

He also adjourned the matter until June 6 for hearing.

The claimant, Unuanel, had established that he was employed as chief coach by the defendant for a season contract panning through 2009/2010 football season.

He further averred that he was placed on sign-on-fee of N5.5 million and at the expiration of the contract in 2011, he was only paid the sum of N1.750 million and later an additional installment of N300,000, totaling N2.050 million.

The coach said he approached the court to seek redress when the defendant failed to pay the remaining balance of N3.450 million.

 

BW foods apologises for wrongly labeling pork as Halal

By Olawale Abdul-Fatah

A Lagos based frozen food company, BW Foods, has apologised to its customers over mixed up on standard of quality experienced on one of its product, Pork Pack.

The firm apology came following consumers complain over the inscription of Halal Brand on the product, which consumption was prohibited for Muslims.

In a statement made available to The Guild, the Chief Executive Officer of the firm, Babatunde Wilkey, stressed that BW Foods understand the huge consideration Muslims give to products with the Halal stamp, saying, we sincerely apologies for this huge error on our part.

“This was a printer error on our template design and we take full responsibility because it has never occurred before since we ventured into the business over a decade.”

Wilkey explained that Pork was not on their usual menu except on specific request from persons, store or hotel that had need for it.

“At B W Foods, we know the importance of Halal foods to our esteem Muslim clients and we have maintained a high level of compliance to ensure all our products meets the standard.”

Understanding the stance of Islam on the product, the CEO noted that the firm had over the years respect the tenets of the religion and adhere strictly to it.

“We have maintained long standing relationship, and of best practice with our Muslim brothers and sisters.

“We regret this error and in the spirit of Ramadan solicit for your forgiveness and understanding on this matter.

“We assure you that we have investigated the matter and taken all the necessary precaution and measures to prevent such future occurrence.

“We will continue to maintain a high standard of quality product and respect our numerous customers’ need.”

We didn’t experience flooding on Lagos metropolis-GOVT

By Olawale Abdul-Fatah

Lagos State Government has debunked claims that several parts of the metropolis was heavily flooded, saying, what was experienced across Lagos was just flash-flooding.

It was gathered that floods stay longer than flash-flooding which disappear few hours after the rain subsided.

The state government on Monday assured residents that it had put in place necessary measures to address challenges posed by heavy rainfall, as rainy season intensified across the state.

In a joint statement released in Alausa by Permanent Secretary Ministry of Information and Strategy, Mr. Fola Adeyemi and his Ministry of the Environment counterpart, Mr Abiodun Bamgboye, disclosed that Drainage Services Department, the State Emergency Management Agency, LASEMA, Lagos State Parks and Gardens Agency LASPARK, had been put on red alert to respond to any unforeseen occurrences.

The government urged Lagosians to remain calm as the unpredictable pattern of rainfall currently being experienced is a natural outcome of climate change.

It stated that it was not unusual to occasionally experience flash-floods, especially in a coastal State like Lagos, “as well as during rainy season as it occurred today (yesterday), but in a matter of time, they will all disappear and be contained by the drainages.”

According to the statement: “Sometimes when it rains, we are likely to have flash-floods on our roads as it sometimes happens in other parts of the world, but the relief here is that the flash-floods will disappear in a couple of hours”.

The Government appealed to Lagosians to desist from the act of indiscriminate dumping of refuse in the drains as well as erecting structures on drainages and their alignments as these acts are capable of precipitating flooding.

“The general public is urged to promptly report cases of indiscriminate dumping of refuse into drainage channels and unauthorised places as well as other incidents of drainage blockage to the relevant government agencies” the statement added.

Lagos State Government also advised Lagosians and motorists to be safety conscious during this period, urging them to take some safety measures like remaining indoors during the rains except when it is absolutely necessary,  and avoid over-speeding, when driving.

It also advised drivers to ensure their vehicles are in good condition and avoid driving through flooded areas that their depths might be difficult to ascertain.

While advising Lagosians resident along flood plains and low-lands to be alert and safety conscious, the State Government assured that it will continue to intensify efforts at containing the flood, stressing that it had and will continue to painstakingly maintain all primary and secondary channels during and after the rainy season.

Pupils, traders escape death as flood wreck havoc across Lagos

By Olawale Abdul-fatah

Hundreds of All Saint Primary School, Iju and traders escaped death when three high-tension poles collapsed on a section of their school, destroying property worth millions of Naira.

The Guild gathered that the poles collapsed on a section of the school and on Iju road when the heavy rainfall recorded within the community resulted into heavy flooding that took over several parts of the community.

When our correspondent visited the axis on Monday, it was learned that scores of the pupils were already in their classrooms when the poles came down on their school; while those just resuming were quickly rescued by their teachers.

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Eyewitness told The Guild that some of the petty traders that had already spread their wares beside the school escaped by whisker.

On Iju road, the road linking the school, hundreds of commuters were seen wading across the flooded and vehicles also had torrid time navigating the roads.

While vehicle that could not withstand the water pressure parked on the road waiting for the water to subside.

A trader, Mrs. Abigail Igwe, in an interview with The Guild, said “we are happy that the poles did not fell on us or the pupils, what do you think would have happened. It will have been a sad tales. But we are happy that such disaster did not happen.”

Meanwhile, a resident, Kazeem Olaosebikan, blamed the flood on poor drainage system, saying, you can see that the drains are already blocked and the government has failed to embark on desilting exercise.

“We have complained over the issue at different forum but the government has failed to listen to us. So what do we do; all we can do is hope that the Babajide Sanwo-Olu led administration will correct all this,” he added.

Also on Agege motor road, some sections of the road was taken over by flood, reducing the three lanes road to single land.

On the road, it was observed that the drains were already filled with sachet water, plastic bottles and other disposables.

Also on Alfred Rewane in Victoria Island, several vehicles were destroyed when trees fell on them, disrupting movement on the road.

EKEDC advises public on electrical safety during rain

By NewsDesk, 

As part of measures toward providing public adequate information on power supply across the country, the Eko Electricity Distribution Company (EKEDC) has advised Nigerians on electrical safety measures, considered significant, and would be needed during raining season.

The power firm indicated that avoidance of fallen power line during rain was one importance safety measure that residents and road users must not neglect and that its advise became necessary as the nation is about experiencing continuous rain fall.

Through a raining season electrical safety tips released on Monday, by EKEDC’s Assistant Managing Director and Head, Media and Corporate Communication, Sulaiman Aladeh, the company urged members of public to avoid erecting flags, antennas, plucking fruits and vegetables or cutting trees near overhead electric wires, as they could conduct electricity.

It also cautioned motorists and other road users not to drive over fallen electrical power lines and also maintenance distance from such spot till experts take charge.

“If you are in a car that is in contact with a fallen line, stay in the car until the power has been isolated”.

“Assume fallen power lines are energized. Don’t attempt to move a fallen power line, objects or persons in contact with the line by using another object such as a broom or stick. Even wood or cloth, if slightly wet, can conduct electricity”.

 

 

 

 

UN raises alarm against alleged Al-Shabbab bomb making

By NewsDesk, 

The United Nations, through secret report, has raised alarm against Al Shabaab, Somali Islamist insurgents,  of making bombs, though the group had been accused of mount more frequent and deadly attacks lately.

As gathered, the findings were said to be a blow for internationally backed efforts to fight the al Shabaab insurgency, which has repeatedly carried out attacks in East Africa and launched dozens in Somalia this year despite a dramatic increase in U.S. air strikes.

From the confidential report by the U.N. panel of experts on Somalia, the group was indicated that Al-Shabba of shifting construction method away from the use of military-grade explosives and toward HME (home-made explosives).

“For the first time, post-blast laboratory analyses … indicate a clear shift in al Shabaab construction methods, away from the use of military-grade explosives and toward HME (home-made explosives,”

“Information from a range of Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) experts suggests a probable connection between the development of HME by al Shabaab and the recent increased frequency of major attacks in Mogadishu.”

The analysis was based on at least 20 attacks since July 2018, the report said.

It specify who did the analysis, but footnotes cited the U.N. Mine Action Service, the U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation and experts who were not named but only identified by the dates on which they were interviewed.

The U.N. panel declined to comment, and the two organisations did not respond to questions from Reuters.

Somali government officials could not be reached for comment. Lt Col Charles Imbiakha, spokesman for the African Union peacekeeping force AMISOM, said it could not comment because it had not seen the report.

Al Shabaab, which wants to rule Somalia in line with a strict interpretation of sharia law, has carried out at least 19 attacks with vehicle-borne bombs that have killed more than five people in Mogadishu since September, the report found.

Hitherto, the insurgency has mostly relied on military-grade explosives, laboriously harvested by specialists from ordnance such as mines or mortars captured from soldiers or peacekeepers.

But the attacks have become more frequent, or in some cases more dramatic – most notably the truck bomb that killed more than 500 people in October 2017 at a junction where street vendors were selling petrol.

Experts have long suspected that that bomb may have used some home-made explosives, but no evidence had been made public.

The U.N. panel report also does not offer evidence but notes that al Shabaab would have needed explosives from approximately 6,000 mortars to carry out a blast of that size.

It said al Shabaab bomb-makers were now mixing highly explosive nitroglycerine with ammonium nitrate or potassium nitrate – both used in fertilisers – and charcoal, although it did not say where they were being obtained.

A raid on an underground site in Mogadishu last month recovered components and chemicals that included aluminium paste, which can enhance the thermal effect of a detonation, the report said.

There are no public statistics on bombings in Somalia. The U.S. Joint Improvised-Threat Defeat Organisation, part of the Pentagon, said it did not track bombings and the Somali government does not release statistics.

Kwara Islamic cleric scams Korean man N30M, buys vulture, lion’s skull, others for spiritual sacrifice

By NewsDesk 

A Kwara based Islamic cleric, Jamiu Isiaka, has confessed that part of N30 million that him and his team fraudulently received from a South Korea business man, Keun Sig Kim, was spent on spiritual sacrifice performed on behalf of the foreigner.

He claimed he got vulture, elephant’s skin, elephant’s intestine, lion skull, gorilla’s liver, among others, there were used in preparing the sacrifice, from the money initially paid by Kim, for securing company’s licence from National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC).

Isiaka, a 31-year-old man who reside in Ilorin, Kwara state, disclosed that the purposed of N30 million that was paid into his team’s account by the Korean man was diverted and that part of it were used to perform spiritual sacrifice for the man.

During an interrogation at Economic and Financial Crime Commission (EFCC) office on Friday,  it was learnt that the cleric was arrested by agency for allegedly scamming the South Korean national of N30 million, the amount charged for securing company licence from the NNPC, for the foreigner.

It was said that Isiaka had been patronising himself as government officials,  impersonating prominent public officials, including Group Managing Director of the NNP,  Dr Maikanti Baru, and Special Adviser to President on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina.

Meanwhile, the Spokesman to EFCC, Tony Orilade, disclosed that the suspect, with others still at large, allegedly used names of senior government officials to scam Kim, under pretence of getting him NNPC’s licence that would enable him purchase a company.

Orilade  claimed that the petitioner had paid over N30million into the suspect’s account as fee to get the license before discovering that it was scam.

Kim, narrating his ordeal, said that he made transfer of $4,285.071 into an account given to by Isiaka and that the same account had received money from him severally.

“I transferred $4,285.071  to the United Bank of Africa, account number 2107575870 in the name of one Jamiu Isiaka, an associate of Shola Adeshina. It is noteworthy that this account particulars have been provided severally for me to make transfer to.”

However, the EFCC informed that the suspect would be arraigned before\court while efforts are ongoing to nab the accomplices, still at large.