Maiduguri multiple suicide bomb blasts death toll hits 16

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click Barely 24 hours after multiple suicide bomb attacks at Muna in Maiduguri, Borno state, death toll from the attack has increased from 13 to 16 persons with no fewer than 18 others injured during the blast that occurred last night. It was gathered that the suicide bomb blasts, which increased number of attacks to 16 this year, occurred simultaneously across the state, leaving several residents to scamper for safety during the attacks.

writing services.xml for axis2 Police Commissioner, Damian Chukwu, in a message to newsmen in Maiduguri, said that the incident occurred when a male suicide bomber detonated an explosive device in a crowded area, killing 13 people and wounding five others.

A Guide To Buying Term Papers Online He said two other female suicide bombers also detonated Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs) strapped to their bodies and injured 13 persons.

source url “About 20: 20 hours yesterday, a male suicide bomber detonated IED strapped to his body at Muna Garage, killing himself and thirteen persons, while five others sustained injuries. “In another development at Muna Dalti, two female suicide bombers detonated IEDs killing themselves and injuring 13 others. The Injured persons were referred to the University of Maiduguri Teaching Hospital (UMTH) for treatment and corpses were evacuated.

thomas paine essay “Police EOD teams have been deployed to sanitise the scene. In all, 16 persons were died and 18 others injured in the three explosions,” the commissioner added.

write personal statement service Also, the Chairman, Borno State Emergency Management Agency (SEMA), Satomi Ahmad, hinted that the agency conducted rescue exercise at the scene of the attack, saying, the government would provide free medical treatment to the victims. He called on the people to be vigilant and provide useful information to security agencies.

help with doctoral dissertation “We have recorded about 13 suicide bomb attacks this year at Muna area. The area is vulnerable and I advise residents to be more vigilant,”the chairman said.

31yrs ex-convict confesses to theft, vehicle vandal after arrest By Olawale Abdul-fatah

click here It was end of road for 31-year-old ex-convict who was arrested by Rapid Response Squad (RRS), a formation under Lagos Police Command, after allegedly vandalising vehicles parked in Lagos Island. The suspect, Kunle Afolabi, an Ekiti state indigene, was arrested in Lagos Island and found in his possession, two Toyota Corrolla brain boxes and four winding buttons, which were removed from vehicles within the axis.

The suspect, who confessed to have removed the items found on him from First Baptist Church Deacon’s vehicle and another Corrolla parked within the neighbourhood, disclosed that he had vandalised atleast 57 cars since he started car theft.

Afolabi, an alleged oil bunkerer turned vehicle vandal, was arrested at CMS after escaping from Broad Street, Lagos Island where he had gone to vandalise vehicles parked within the axis two days ago.

He said: “I was introduced into the business of stealing vehicle parts by Yinka, a friend living in Cole Street, Oyingbo, Lagos in 2014. Together, we stole brainboxes of many cars, Toyota and Lexus.
Our areas of operations were Ikoyi, Victoria Island, Ajah and Lagos Island. We operated thrice weekly. Having mastered the act, I started my solo effort. I majored in brainboxes of Corrolla and Hilux only, maybe Toyota buses occasionally’, Afolabi stated.
The suspect hinted that the reason he focused on Toyota vehicle brands vandalism was because there is a ready buyer for any available spare part.
“Spare part dealers are ever ready to buy from you. I sell Corolla brain-boxes for N40, 000 and Hilux, around N70, 000. I go for operations on Mondays, Thursdays and Sundays. The areas I operate are Ikoyi, Lagos Island and Victoria Island.
“And because I wanted to operate on the Island that night, I told my wife that I was going to work. She knows I am into oil bunkering around Takwa Bay. About a year ago, the police forced me to abandon oil bunkering for car parts theft.
“I surveyed the Broad Street around 9:00 p.m. on Thursday to see any vehicle I would remove its brainbox and winding buttons. I had learnt to be very cautious now because I have been imprisoned thrice for sundry offences bothering on stealing.
“I was on the Island till 3:00 a.m. when I sneaked into Broad Street for operation on Friday. Before getting there, I had removed the brainbox of a Toyota Corrolla in the adjoining street.
“I have removed the brainbox and all the winding buttons in the car when a guard spotted me. He raised the alarm which drew the attention of Rapid Response Squad officers around. I was chased and arrested,” he added.
On his favorite customer, Afolabi noted that he has a major buyer that often ensure that the product does not remain on the window for months.
“I sell the stolen items to a vehicle part dealer, Senior in Coconut area of Ajegunle. Most times, I take the parts to him in Layode Street, Ajegunle or meet him in his shop.”
Confirming the development, Police Public Relation Officer, Olarinde Famous-Cole, stated that investigations were still on to arrest more suspects.

Gunmen attack Nigerien gendarmes, kill 13


The Nigerien Government has disclosed that atleast 13 gendarmes, military officers, were killed during an attack by unidentified gunmen in Ayorou, Tillabery region, near the Malian border.

It was gathered that the assailants fled toward the Malian border after the attack which left no fewer than five Nigerien gendarmes severely injured.

The country’s defense ministry in a statement made available to newsmen, disclosed that the unidentified armed gunmen on board vehicles and motorcycles launched the attack at dawn on Saturday.

Saturday’s attack came barely two weeks after eight military officers including four Americans were killed when the terrorist attacked a military base in the country.

Sources disclosed that several fighter jets took off Saturday morning from Niamey to provide support to the Nigerien armed forces in pursuit of the attackers.

The Ayorou base of the gendarmerie has already been the subject of several terrorist attacks in the past, the last one being on May 11.

It would be recalled that in last two years, Niger has suffered several terrorist attacks from groups in northern Mali, which have left dozens of victims among the Nigerien security forces dead.

The persistent attack forced the country’s government to declare state of emergency in this area of Niger earlier in the year.

40-year-old Ondo man jumped into Lagos lagoon-Police

By Olawale Abdul-Fatah

As search and rescue to recover the body of a man who jumped into the lagoon from the Lekki – Ikoyi Link Bridge in Lagos state, the Nigerian Police has identified the drown man as Adekunle Oluseyi, a 40-year-old indigene of Ondo state.

Aside the police revelation, sources disclosed that Oluseyi was on his way from Redeem Christian Church of God (RCCG) Camp along Lagos-Ibadan expressway, Ogun state.

Disclosing his identity, Lagos State Police Command spokesman, Olarinde Famous –Cole, in an interview with newsmen on Friday hinted that Oluseyi is a 40-year-old indigene of Ondo State.

Famous –Cole said that report of the suicide was reported at Maroko Division at about 10:15 am,  with the policemen darting to the scene and alerted rescue unit.

“During a search of the area, his mobile phone was retrieved from the scene. The man is about 40 years of age named Adekunle Oluseyi John from Ondo state. At this time, rescue operations by the police and other emergency agencies are ongoing.

It was gathered that the man pulled off his clothes and left some belongings, including his phone and Automated Teller Machine (ATM) card, before jumping into the lagoon.

The General Manager, Lagos State Emergency Management Agency (LASEMA), Adesina Tiamiyu, hinted that the agency received the distress call that spurred them into action from Lekki Concession Company (LCC) officials.

Tiamiyu stated that aside the man, who sighted him from afar, no one could narrate how he committed the suicide, saying, we could only catch the glimpse of the act through CCTV.

He noted that it was the footage that further gave them hint and spurred them to commence the search and rescue operation in the lagoon

Tiamiyu disclosed that the footage was captured through the camera when he suddenly pulled off his clothes and shoe, while noticing there was no one around him and jumped into the lagoon.

He said the agency immediately activated its emergency response with other stakeholders, including LASWA, Marine Police, Lagos State Ambulance Services and the Nigerian Police from Maroko Division.

“Although the body is  missing, effort is ongoing to recover it by men of the Marine Police and the Lagos State Waterways Authority. They have  combing through the waters for over three hours on the possibility to recover the body with no sign of it in the water now.

“It will be inappropriate to release the identity of the man but his family has been contacted, while all items found on him were also handed over to the Nigerian Police from Maroko Division for further investigation,’’ the general manager added.

Ambode swears in 16th Lagos Chief judge, to establish commercial courthouses

By Olawale Abdul-Fatah

The Lagos State governor, Akinwunmi Ambode, on Friday swear in the 16th Chief Judge for the state, Justice Olufunmilayo Oke, even as he disclosed that plans have been concluded to establish a designated Commercial Courthouse, aimed at speeding up justice delivery.

Ambode stressed that the new courthouse would assist in accommodating all commercial related organs of the judiciary, drive commerce and improve the ease of doing business in Lagos state.

The governor, who swear in Oke at the State House, Alausa Secretariat, Ikeja, assured residents that his administration would continuously cooperate with the judiciary in developing and implementing appropriate strategies to ensure speed justice delivery.

He said: “I want to assure you of our commitment to do whatever is required of us to ensure that the on-going reform in the Judicial sector achieves the desired effect.”

The governor lamented that despite reforms and achievement recorded in justice delivery, speedy justice delivery had remained work in progress over the years in the state.

“We have made significant progress in this regard with the various reforms that have been initiated and implemented however I believe strongly that we can do more by stepping up our efforts so that the wheel of justice can roll faster without necessarily compromising the fundamental principle of fair hearing and rule of law.

“I do understand that our judges are currently facing enormous work load due to the fact that the Lagos judiciary is the busiest in the country and this will naturally affect the turnover of cases in our courts. It is for this reason that I once again recommit our administration’s determination to seek a significant increase in the number of judges that we have on the Lagos bench.

“There is no gainsaying that Lagos is the commercial nerve centre of the country and it deserves a modern state-of-the-art first class Commercial Courthouse to speedily address commercial disputes in the State,” he added


Dasuki didn’t spend N1.4bn on National prayer alone-EFCC

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An Econonic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) witness, Michael Adariku, has disclosed how N1.4 billion security vote from the office of the National Security Adviser (ONSA) was diverted for other purpose including national prayer

Adariku, the first prosecution witness, hinted that the diversion was made through a company owned by a former Director, Nigeria National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), Aminu Baba-Kusa.

He made the disclosure on Thursday when he testified in the trial of a former National Security Adviser, Sambo Dasuki, who is standing trial on a 19-count charge bordering on alleged diversion of N13.6 billion since 2015.

On trial along with Dasuki were Shuaibu Salisu, a former Director of Finance, Office of the National Security Adviser, and Aminu Baba-Kusa, a former NNPC Executive Director, and two others.

Adariku, an officer of EFCC, alleged that Acacia Holdings LTD. was credited with the sum from ONSA account purportedly for a national prayer to be organised for Nigeria.

The witness, led in evidence by EFCC’s counsel, Rotimi Jacobs, narrated how N650 million was transferred from ONSA’s Zenith Bank account to Acacia Holdings account with Ecobank for the purpose of the said prayer.

He, however, said that from the response of Ecobank, N650 million was transferred to various individuals and companies contrary to the purpose it was released for.

Adariku further revealed that two years ago, N150 million was transferred to the account of Baba-Kusa, and N70 million transferred to one Jubril Abdullahi for purposes not stated.

He disclosed that in same month, an account to account transfer of N50 million was forwarded to the account of Baba-Kusa within same period.

The witness said that another transfer of N150 million was made to a company, Medical Plastics Ltd. found to be owned by Baba-Kusa and his wife, Hauwa, who own 1.8 million shares in the company.

He further revealed how N200 million was transferred from ONSA’s account with Zenith bank to Acacia Holdings Ltd. account with the United Bank for Africa (UBA), adding, that another N600 million was transferred from ONSA’s account to Acacia in same year.

While in the process of giving vivid account of how the sums were transferred to various individuals and companies, counsel to Acacia Holdings, Dr Biodun Layonu, raised an objection.

Layonu objected to the witness’ testimony on the ground that the documents relating to the transactions were not clear in the copies that the prosecution served them.

He said that most of the figures being quoted by the witness had been blanked out in the document in his possession.

The judge, Justice Husseini Baba-Yusuf, acknowledged the observation by the defence counsel for Acacia and directed that the prosecution should make clearer copies available to the defendants before the next adjourned date.

Evans, others backtrack on Kidnap claims, plead not guilty

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There was a mild drama at the Ikeja High Court on Thursday when when the suspected kidnap kingpin, Chukwudumeme Onwuamadike, a.k.a Evans and his accomplices backtracked on their earlier claim, pleading not guilty to a two-count charge of kidnapping and conspiracy preferred against them by Lagos State government.

The government had two months ago arraigned Evans alongside Uche Amadi, Ogechi Uchechukwu, Okwuchukwu Nwachukwu, Chilaka Ifeanyi and Victor Aduba before Justice Hakeem Oshodi of an Ikeja High Court, where three of them pleaded guilty, except Uchechukwu, the only female defendant, Ifeanyi and Aduba, who pleaded not guilty to the crime.

It would be recalled during prosecution, Evans and his accomplices were accused of committing the offence of conspiracy and kidnapping of one Duru Donatus at about 7.45pm on recently on Obokun Street, Ilupeju, Lagos.

The prosecution said the defendants, who was armed with guns and other dangerous weapons, captured and detained Duru Donatius at an apartment. They were also accused of collecting a ransom of 223,000 euros before accepting to release Donatius.

But when prosecution resumed on Thursday, there was a mild drama while the prosecution was being re-arraigned on an amended charge yesterday, Evans and co-defendants changed their plea.

In the amended charge, the defendants, who were remanded in prison by the court after the earlier arraignment are still facing a two-count charge offence bordering on conspiracy and kidnapping.

The defendants who were earlier charged under Sections 411 and 271(3) Criminal Law Cap C17 Laws of Lagos State 2015 are now being charged Section 2(1) of the Kidnapping Prohibition Law, No 13, Laws of Lagos State 2017. Unlike the State Criminal Law 2015 which prescribed 21 years for convicts, the Kidnapping Prohibition Law, No 13, Laws of Lagos State 2017 prescribed death sentence if victims die in the custody of kidnappers.

During proceedings, the prosecution led by the Director, Directorate of Public Prosecution (DPP), Titilayo Shitta-Bey informed the court that they have filed an amended charge against the defendants and served their counsels, adding that they were ready to commence trial.

But the defence counsel, Messrs Olukoya Ogungbeje, Joseph Otogblu and A.A. Ozogbu opposed the prosecution saying that the prosecution served them the amended charge only yesterday morning in court.

Except for Olanrewaju Ajanaku, counsel for 4th defendant, other defence counsel prayed the court for adjournment to enable them confer with their clients and response to the amended charge.

The defence counsel also told the court that they all have different applications pending before court which they argued will be overtaken by events if trial should commence.

Responding, Shitta-Bey opposed the defence and urged the court to allow the charges to be read and for the defendants to take their fresh plea.

The DPP argued that there was no material change in the nature of the charge against the defendants. Justice Oshodi in his short ruling, screened the various pending applications of defence and all struck out. After this, all the defence counsel urged the court for adjournment to enable them respond to the amended charge just served on them. Justice Oshodi, citing section 36 of the Constitution granted their prayer and adjourned the matter till November 3 for trial.

EFCC nabs Federal pay officer over N1.8m diversion

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The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has arrested an officer at the Federal Pay Office in Uyo, Akwa Ibom, for allegedly diverting N1.8 million.

According to EFCC, the officer was identified as John Shiftanure, and was still in its custody, 48 hours after his arrest, being interrogated for his actions.

A statement issued by the Spokesman of the commission, Wilson Uwujaren, disclosed that the accused was arrested on Tuesday at the Federal Pay Office in Uyo when officers of the commission stormed agency’s premises.

He alleged that Shiftanure abused his office and failure to remit the N1.8 million to the Akwa Ibom Board of Internal Revenue Service (BIRS).

“Preliminary investigation revealed entries in the agency’s cashbook which showed evidence of  payments made to the Federal Pay Office (FPO).

“But the payments were not  reflected in the banks reconciliation statement because they were not remitted to the appropriate bodies and banks/sub-treasury by the Federal Pay Officer, as stipulated in the financial regulations.

“Others also being interrogated for their alleged involvement in the diversion of the said sum include the Deputy Pay Officer, Obot Lucy, and the cashier, Ekanem Imabong.”

The spokesperson for the commission disclosed that the case would be charged to court upon conclusion of investigation

Buhari approves pension disbursement to civil war veterans

By Olawale Abdul-Fatah
Barely 47 years after end of Nigerian civil war, President Muhammadu Buhari has approved disbursement of pension to hundreds of Civil war veterans including those that had passed on.
The beneficiaries were military officers who took part with the Secessionist during the war but were dismissed from the service after the 30-month war ended.
30 years after. their dismissals were converted to retirement under the Presidential Amnesty granted under the Administration of former president, Olusegun Obasanjo, who was also a civil war veteran.

It was gathered that after the pardon, a verification exercise was conducted for the pardoned officers by the defunct Police Pension Office and recently Pension Transitional Arrangement Directorate (PTAD) on one hand and the Police Service Commission on the other.

Despite the Presidential pardon and verification of these officers many of them remained unpaid years after the pardon, even after several publications, with some of them establishing association, to demand for government attention. One of the notable group was Able Voluntary Retired or Discharged Ten Years and Above Military Service.
Buhari, however, in a statement made available by PTAD on Wednesday, directed the payment of pension entitlements to the affected officers and their Next of Kin, in cases where the beneficiaries had passed on.
According to the statement, PTAD is commencing the payment of pension benefits to the retired war affected police officers on Friday 20th October, in Enugu.
On that day, the statement hinted that 162 officers would be payrolled and 57 Next of Kin, who have also not been paid their death benefits, would be paid in the first batch.

2 brothers strangle father over allege murder

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A Kano Chief Magistrates’ Court on Wednesday ordered that two brothers, who allegedly strangled their father, be remanded in prison until next adjourn date.

It was gathered that the duo of Rabiu Adamu, 27, and Auwal Adamu, 26, were alleged to have strangled their 55-year-old father, Adamu Gamji, in Sumaila Local Government Area of Kano state.

During hearing, Police prosecutor, Pogu Lale, told the court that a good Samaritan in the community reported the case at Sumaila Police Station last month.

Lale hinted that few days before the act at about 6.00 p.m., the accused conspired with six other brothers, now at large to kill their biological father, Adamu Gamji.

He alleged that the accused suspected that their father was behind the death of three members of their family and the sickness of another brother, Sale Adamu.

The prosecutor disclosed that two accused are facing a two-count charge of criminal conspiracy and culpable homicide punishable under Section 97 and 221 of the Penal Code, Laws of Kano State. But when the charges were read to them, they pleaded not guilty.

Chief Magistrate Muhammad Jibril, who gave the order, stated that the accused should remain in prison until next date of adjournment.