Cloudy weather condition on prediction for central states

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The Nigerian Meteorological Agency (NiMet) has informed that there was going to be cloudy weather conditions over Central States of the country on Monday, with chances of thunderstorms over Ilorin in the morning hours.

NiMet’s Weather Outlook by its Central Forecast Office in Abuja on Sunday also predicted day and night temperatures in the range of 27 to 36 and 20 to 24 degrees Celsius respectively.

It added that there were prospect of thunderstorms and moderate rains over Makurdi, Jos, Taraba, Kaduna, Adamawa and Nasarawa axis during the afternoon and evening hours.

The agency predicted that the southern states would experience cloudiness with prospects of thunderstorms over some places like Benin, Enugu, Osogbo, Abeokuta, Shaki, Asaba, Lagos, and Portharcourt axis in the morning hours.

It also predicted moderate rain showers over the southwest inland and coastal cities with chances of thunderstorms over the southeast inland and coastal cities later in the day.

NiMet further predicted the southern states would have day and night temperatures in the range of 30 to 33 and 20 to 24 degrees Celsius respectively through the forecast period.

According to NiMet, Northern States will experience chances of thunderstorm over Zaria and Maiduguri axis in the afternoon and evening hours while other cities are likely to remain under cloudy conditions throughout the forecast period.

“Northern States would also have day and night temperatures in the ranges of 33 to 43 and 20 to 26 degrees Celsius respective.

“Prospects of thunderstorms and rain showers over some part of the country with varying intensities are likely to prevail in the next 24 hours” NiMet predicts.

Saturday falls under cloudy weather condition prediction across central states

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The Nigerian Meteorological Agency (NiMet) has forecast cloudy weather conditions for central states of the country on Saturday morning, with possible thunderstorm in some part of the country

From the NiMet’s Weather Outlook by its Central Forecast Office in Abuja on Friday, there was possibilities of isolated thunderstorms over Ilorin, Bida and Mambilla Plateau during the period, aside  prediction of day and night temperatures in range of 27 to 38 and 20 to 26 degrees celsius in the central states.

It added that parts of Niger, Nassarawa, Kaduna, Jos, Abuja, Lafia, Mambilla Plateau, Yola and Jalingo were expected to experience isolated thunderstorms during the afternoon and evening hours.

The agency predicted that the southern States would experience rains over places like Calabar, Port Harcourt, Warri and Eket during the morning hours.

It also predicted cases of isolated rain showers over the entire region in the afternoon and evening with day and night temperatures of 31 to 32 and 23 to 25 degrees celsius.

According to NiMet, Northern States will experience cloudy conditions over the north-eastern part of the country with possibilities of morning thunderstorms over Sokoto, Yelwa, Gusau, Katsina and Kano axis.

According to the forecast Maiduguri and Yelwa have likelihood of isolated thunderstorms later in the day with day and night temperatures in the range of 35 to 41 and 25 to 27 degrees celsius.

It also predicted that “thunderstorms and rains are likely within the country in the next 24 hours”.

Police arrest 20 suspected cultists in Akwa Ibom

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The Akwa Ibom Police Command has arrested 20 suspects from cultists who were reported to had been terrorizing communities within Eket Local Government Area.

It said that the arrested suspects had been terrorising residents of the locality before they were all picked by police who came after them after several complaints over their criminal activities in the area.

The Eket Area Commander, ACP Emeka Nwonyi, said that the police command was determined to fish out those perpetrating the act, adding that it would ensure that the arrested culprits faced the consequences of their actions.

Speaking at an emergency security meeting with stakeholders on Friday in Eket, Nwonyi stated that the command was on top of the situation and that police would not relent in its effort to ensure criminal activities across the state were been curb.

“They will not crush us, we will crush them, I feel bad when people don’t give useful information to the police to work with. I am appealing to you to give us useful information that will help us do our job effectively,” he said.

The area commander assured the people of Eket that the state police would protect lives and property in the area, just as he lamented that criminal activities, particularly those of cultists, had led to the waning interest in night life.

Nwonyi charge traditional rulers, village heads, youth leaders and other stakeholders in the area to expose criminals to the police.

The council chairman, Frank Archibong, on his part condemned the recent killings in Eket and its environs.

“I condemn this act totally, we cannot continue like this as a local government.

“We need practicable solutions in solving this issue. We need solutions that will put lasting seal on this matter,” he said.

He said the essence of the meeting was to strategise and find practicable solutions to ending cultism in the local government area and its environs.

“We will bring ideas on how we can best tackle this menace; but if we allow cultism to continue, it may degenerate to a level that we won’t be able to control again.

“We must begin to check the actions of our children and visitors because investigations show that 90 per cent of the people causing problems are not from Eket but other neighbouring local governments,’’ he said.

He said that the council would also evolve strategies to address cultism in secondary schools in the local government.

The Director, Department of State Services, Eket, Patriot Kings, said the department had done a lot to tackle violence occasioned by cultism in the area.

Kings, who said that the meeting was timely, added that all hands must be on deck to check the menace.

He said that the department was strategising with other security agencies to protect lives and property in the area.

Abuja based woman’s suspected killers inside police’s net

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At least, two men suspected to be involved in killing of an Abuja based woman, Charity Aiyedogbon, who was reported to had gone missing since May 2016, have been arrested by Police Command in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), who has since the woman was reported missing had not withdrawn investigation.

As listed, the suspects arrested inlcuded Chukwujekwu Ezeugo, 27, as principal suspect, from Enugu state and Emmanuel Adogah, 28 from Edo.

However, the Commissioner of Police, FCT, Sadiq Bello, who spoke on the arrested while briefing newsmen on the arrest by operatives of the command on Thursday in Abuja,said that the principal suspect, Ezeugo was arrested in Benin while the second principal suspect, Adogah was arrested in Abuja on June 11 by operatives of the command.

The commissioner said that Ezeugo, who had been at large since the disappearance of Charity, confessed to have conspired with Adogah to murder her on May 9, 2016 at Kagini, Abuja.

He said that Ezeugo also confessed to have given her excess alcohol before moving her from his house at Yaounde Street to Kagini, where she was butchered and packaged in two sacks and dumped by the bank in Ushafa, Bwari, Abuja.

He further confessed that he killed her in order to take possession of her Acura ZDS Jeep and other property.
Bello said the deceased car and some of her property had been recovered from him.

He said that the second principal suspect, Adogah who was a habitual criminal equally confessed to have participated in the commission of the heinous crime.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that Charity’s former husband, Mr David Aiyedogbon had been accused of having a hand in the disappearance of the deceased.

Speaking with newsmen, Aiyedogbon said that the arrest and subsequent confession by the suspects had vindicated him, adding that the deceased would surely get justice.

“In spite of the negative, wicked insinuations and blackmail in the social media, we were not deterred and today we know what happened to Charity.

“We have now confirmed that she is dead, it is our sincere belief that no person, no matter the motive or intention has any justification to kill another person,’’ he said.

He said that some of those who were accomplice in the case had been charged to court for criminal offences while civil suit was also pending in an Abuja High Court.

David said that the deceased, who was 44, had four children.

Also speaking, Ezeugo said that he was in a relationship with the deceased, adding that both of them had differences.
He said that killing her was the work of the devil, and expressed regret about the act.

Bello said the suspects would be arraigned in court on completion of investigation.

In a related development, Bello said that the command had arrested five members of a notorious armed robbery gang, who specialised in robbing unsuspecting passengers in taxis in Abuja.

The suspects are Ebuka Ejeanyido, 28, Chidebe Okocha, 36, Chukwuma Amichie, 30, Augustine Agbo, 32, and Chinedu Obi-25.

He said that they were arrested during police investigation of the disappearance of Michael Sunday, who was reported missing by members of his family on May 27 after leaving his brother`s house in Apo, Abuja.

“The missing man’s phone was traced to one of the suspects who led police detectives to arrest the other suspects.

“The suspects confessed that one of them, Chidebe Okocha used hammer to hit Sunday on the head when he tried to take control of their operational car from the driver.

“The suspects said they abandoned his body under Apo Bridge,’’ he said.

The commissioner said efforts were ongoing to recover the remains of the deceased while the operational car used by the gang, an army green Volkswagen Passat Wagon, one hammer and a cell phone belonging to the deceased had been recovered.

8 die in auto crash along Lagos-Ibadan expressway

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Eight persons died on Tuesday in an accident involving a white Toyota Hiace bus and a blue Mack truck opposite Wichtech Roofing and Pipes on Lagos-Ibadan expressway.

Ogun Traffic Compliance and Enforcement Corps (TRACE), Public Relations Officer, Babatunde Akinbiyi , confirmed the incident in Abeokuta.

Akinbiyi stated that the accident was caused by speeding and wrongful overtaking on the part of the bus.

He said that seven of the passengers in the bus with registration number BEN-313 YX died on the spot while the eighth person died at the hospital.

“10 persons were involved in the accident – five male and five female. Five male and two female died on the spot while one female died at the hospital.

“The suspected cause of the crash was a speeding commercial bus from Lagos to Benin which lost control and rammed into the truck with registration number MUS-730 XN travelling ahead.

“We also learnt that the passengers in the bus just came in from Spain and had chattered the bus to take them to Benin City,” he said.

The TRACE spokesperson explained that the dead had been deposited at the mortuary of the Olabisi Onabanjo University Teaching Hospital (OOUTH), Sagamu, while the injured were also in the same hospital.

Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC), the Ogun Sector Commander, Clement Oladele, also confirmed the incident.

Oladele reiterated the need for drivers to be cautious and always drive at recommended speed limit.
He noted that life had no duplicate and passengers should not abdicate their responsibility of cautioning their drivers whenever they are driving recklessly.

Suicide bomber kill civilian JTF, injures four in Maiduguri

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A lone suicide bomber strapped with an explosives detonated the Improvised Explosive Device (IED), killed one Civilian JTF (CJTF) and injured four others at a security formation at Baga road area in Maiduguri.

The Nigeria Police Deputy Commissioner operation, Wakil Maye, confirmed the incident on Monday in Maiduguri, said the incident occurred around 1 a.m.

Maye said, the bomber was intercepted by the CJTF, who sighted the bomber from a distance.

“When he couldn’t reach his target, he quickly detonated the explosives, killing himself, one civilian JTF and injuring four others,’’ said Maye.

He said that the police Explosive Ordinance Device (EOD) team were deployed to sanitise the scene.

Malam Bello Danbatta, the Spokesperson of the CJTF, also confirmed that one of its members was killed by the suicide bomber while defending his country.

Danbatta said that the bomber was targeting Muslim faithful performing midnight (Tahajjud) prayers of the last 10 days of Ramadan.

He said the injured were evacuated to the State Specialist Hospital for medication while the male deceased was handed over to his family for burial.

Togolese lands in trouble after faking as Lagos official

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A 35 years old Togolese man, Omoakin Friday Kojo, who has been parading himself as Lagos Environmental Sanitation Corps (LAGESC), with identity, has been arrested operatives of the state Task Force on learning of the man’s illegal activities.

It was gathered that the suspect arrest occurred over the weekend around Ikeja axis of the state members of public had complained on how the man had been impersonating and extorting with claim that he was an official of the Lagos stage government.

The Chairman, Lagos State Task Force, SP Olayinka Egbeyemi, disclosed that the suspect was arrested by the enforcement team of the agent after several complaints about illegal activities of the Togolese man was lodged by the LAGESC.

Through a statement issued on Sunday on the suspect arrest, SP Egbeyemi states that Kojo was nabbed around Ikeja railway line for perpetrating all sorts of illicit act ranging from impersonation, defamation of character and extortion in the name of LAGESC.

He noted that the suspect and his cohorts who were at large paraded themselves as officers of LAGESC with fake identity cards in disguised and defrauded their victims by extension defamed the Agency.

The Chairman hinted that preliminary investigation revealed that the suspect and his cohorts has been long in this illegal business across the State arresting pedestrians who crosses express roads defying pedestrian bridges provided by the government.

Egbeyemi commended the Lagos State Governor, Akinwunmi Ambode, for the on-going developmental projects across the state particularly the construction of additional modernised pedestrain bridges and lay-bys for commuters along major highways to keep free flow of traffic.

The Chairman, who warned members of the public to be wary of touts going around impersonating as law enforcement officer of the state, informed that the Lagos State Commissioner of Police, CP Imohimim Edgal, has directed that the suspect be charge to court.

Besides, the commissioner also charged Egbeyemi to ensure that other perpetrators at large were arrested and brought to book to serve as deterrent to other touts.

The Agency hereby enjoined members of the public to stop crossing highways and make use of pedestrian bridges for safety of their lives.

Edo NSCDC kills one, arrest other members of criminal gang after robbery

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The Edo State Command of Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC), has killed one person and arrested two other suspects, involved in a robbery at Ikpoba Slope in Benin.

It disclosed that hoodlums were among a gang of robbers that robbed motorists on Benin-Auchi highway at Ikpoba Slope late on June 7.

The command’s Public Relations Officer, Efosa Ogbebor, who confirmed the action of the NSCDC to newsmen said that on that date at about 9:45 p.m., the command received a distress call that a robbery was taking place on Benin-Auchi road at Ikpoba Slope in Benin.

He said that the command dispatched its counter terrorism squad to the area, prompting the hoodlums to open fire on the operatives of the squad.

The spokesman said that in the exchange of gunfire that ensued, the operatives shot one of the suspects dead and that two escaped with gunshot wounds while two others were captured.

According to Ogbebor, those arrested are now in the custody of the command, waiting to be handed over to the police for prosecution.

He said that items recovered from the suspects include one loaded locally made pistol and a Hyundai Accent car, noting that on interrogation, one of the suspects denied involvement in the crime.

Ogbebor said that the suspect claimed that he boarded the car not knowing that the other occupants were robbers.

Landlady before court after burgling tenant apartment

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A two-count charge of burglary and stealing has been leveled against a 58-year-old landlady, Mariam Abdullahi, who arraigned before an Ikeja Magistrates’ Court for allegedly burgling her tenant’s apartment to steal valuables and cash totaling N139,000 .

However, after charges against the woman, who resides at Iyana-Iyesi, Ogun, she pleaded not guilty, and was admitted to a bail of N250,000 with two sureties in like sum.

George said that the sureties should be gainfully employed, and also show evidence of two years tax payment to the Lagos State Government.

The prosecutor, Sgt. Godwin Awase, told the court that the accused committed the offences on March 10 at Capitol Road, Agege in Lagos State.

He said that the accused broke into the one-room apartment already rented out to one Miss Blessing Nwakibu, to steal her valuables and cash totaling N139, 000.

“When Abdullahi rented out the apartment to Nwakibu, the accused gave the complainant a pair of the key to the room.

“The Accused retained the duplicate, claiming some of her belongings were still in the room.

“When the complainant entered the room few days after packing in, she discovered that the accused had already packed her remaining belongings.

“She also discovered that her own property had been stolen.

“The accused stole six pieces of wrappers, five pairs of shoes, three pairs of sandals, three pairs of slippers, all valued at N132,000, and a N7,000-cash, all totaling N139,000.

“The case was reported at the police station which led to the arrest of the accused,” the prosecutor said.

The prosecutor said that the offences contravened Sections 287 and 307 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, 2015 (Revised).

Section 287 attracts three years’ jail term for stealing, while Section 307 prescribes seven years for burglary.

The case was adjourned until June 26 for mention.

Kwara youth group warns police against politicizing Offa robbery case

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A Kwara State youth group, Concern Kwara Youth Movement, has warned Nigeria Police Force not to politicise case of  robbery that recently ocurred in Offa axis of the state, duirng which scores of lives were lost.

A statement signed by the groups’ coordinator, Salahudeen Lukman, on Friday and made available to newsmen Abuja, the organisation urged the police to conduct proper investigation into allegations made against Senate President, Dr Bukola Saraki.
Lukman said the group sympathised with the victims of the ugly incident and commended the State Government and the Nigeria Police Force for their swift response in reinforcing security in the area.

“Silence in the face of injustice is sin against humanity; hence the leadership of this group has deemed it necessary to make its position known on the investigation of the case.

“The Nigeria Police Force is greatly commended for the rapid action in apprehending the suspects, but we are also calling on the police to ignore any form of tricks to politicise the case.

“We condemn in strong term the attempt to use the souls of 33 people including a pregnant woman and nine police officers to play politics on the altar of political vendetta.

“We demand that the suspects be treated as armed robbers and not political thugs since they were all arrested in connection to robbery and not as political thugs,’’ he said.

Lukman urged the police not to give the incident a political name yet, but face the investigation with all honesty to clear the suspicion of the people.

“It is obvious that the mention of Saraki as their political god father is an attempt to draw political coloration to escape or extend the judgment.

“We urge the police not fall for the trick but immediately investigate to get the real culprits and prosecute them,’’ he said

Lukman said that the mention of the Senate President in the case was nothing but a deliberate attempt to ridicule and tarnish his image and asked that the issue be handled with caution to avoid unintended damage to his personality.