Wednesday, December 7

Gunmen invade Lagos community, kidnap two landlords, one other

Gunmen invade Lagos community, kidnap two landlords, one other


There was tension in Ever Winning Avenue, in the Isheri Osun area of Lagos State after gunmen invaded the area and whisked away two landlords and a woman.

It was learnt that no fewer than 500 residents were sacked from the affected community.

Problem ensued last weekend when the gunmen, numbering about eight, invaded the neighbourhood and hijacked a woman, identified simply as Iya Mitchell.

A resident was quoted by Punch as saying that while the community was trying to raise the N6m ransom reportedly demanded to free the woman, the kidnappers returned to the community on Monday and made away with two landlords.

The names of the landlords were given as one Okon, a retired customs officer, and one Felix, who deals in electrical materials.

A community leader, who spoke with newsmen, said, “Some of us were relaxing outside around 7pm on Friday when we heard gunshots. We fled in different directions.

“After they had abducted Iya Mitchell, they went to another building, but the residents had fled. The entrance door of the building was riddled with bullets. We reported the matter at the Isheri Police Division and policemen came, but they left after some minutes.

“The following day, they called the woman’s husband for a ransom. I learnt they asked for N6m, but they are still negotiating. On Monday, around 7.30pm, they came again and took Mr. Okon and Felix. The gunmen were many.

“We are over 500 that live here. You can see how many of us are left. As soon as my children return from school today, we are leaving too.”

Another resident, who gave his name as Isiaka Rufai, called on the relevant security authorities to send military into the community.

“We are no longer safe here and that was why a lot of people packed out. Until Friday when the first kidnap happened, this community used to be lively. The police alone cannot secure this place. We also need military men to be here always. That is the only way we can be assured of our safety,” he said.

The Lagos State Police Public Relations Officer, SP Dolapo Badmos, who confirmed the development, said the police would ensure that the victims were rescued safely.

She said, “Three people were abducted. The case is under investigation and efforts are on to rescue them and arrest the perpetrators.”

Recall that armed men had on September 17 kidnapped nine landlords at Isheri, Ogun State,‎ a bothering town with Lagos State.

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Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala reveals her plans for 2019 Presidential Election

Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala reveals her plans for 2019 Presidential Election

2019 presidential election: Ngozi Iweala speaks directly

Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, Nigeria's former minister of finance, has finally reacted to a series of reports claiming she is considering to participate in the 2019 presidential election.

Okonjo-Iweala has nothing to do with fake 2019 campaign poster and political speculation

"Our attention has been drawn to speculative media stories linking former Minister of Finance, Dr Okonjo-Iweala with the next presidential election scheduled to hold in 2019.

In an effort to invest their efforts with phony credibility, those behind the project have even gone to the extent of designing a fake campaign poster embossed with her image.

This is to clarify that Dr Okonjo-Iweala who is busy with important international duties has absolutely nothing to do with these speculations and activities.

She has neither discussed nor endorsed them with anybody. We urge the Nigerian media and public to ignore this mischievous exercise and its sponsors. Thank you."

The official statement was provided by Paul C, Nwabuikwu, the media consultant to Dr Okonjo-Iweala, has release an official statement in Abuja, on Tuesday, December 6.

Recall that some Nigerians offered President Muhammadu Buhari’s job as president of Nigeria to former minister of finance Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala at the next general elections in 2019.

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Gunrunners held for supplying herdsmen AK47 rifles

Gunrunners held for supplying herdsmen AK47 rifles

Samaila Garuba Alhaji aka Bakasi

Police in Enugu State said yesterday arrested a man who allegedly supplied arms, especially AK47 rifles, to Fulani herdsmen.

The state Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), Superintendent of Police (SP) Ebere Amaraizu, said the arrest was made by operatives of the 9th Mile Division in Udi Local Government Area.

He said: “The police today 6th December, 2016 nabbed a suspected notorious gunrunner who allegedly supplied AK 47 rifle to one herdsman, Ibrahim Adamu, earlier arrested by the command.

“The suspect, who gave his name as Samaila Garuba Alhaji aka Bakasi, was earlier implicated by Ibrahim Adamu as the one that sold the AK 47 rifle to him.

But Samaila Garuba Alhaji escaped when he got the information about the arrest of Ibrahim Adamu.” According to Amaraizu, luck, however, ran out on ‘Bakasi’ when intelligence information by the operatives paid off as he was trailed to a motor park situated at 9th Mile in Enugu early hours of yesterday where he was nabbed after failed attempt to escape.

According to the PPRO, the suspect, who is now helping the operatives in their investigations in relation to his nefarious activities, has revealed that he is from Shagari village in Sokoto State. He said police were also trying to check whether the suspect had been supplying other herdsmen with arms before now.
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Niger Delta Crisis: Jonathan, Okowa Beg Tompolo’s Kinsmen to Give Peace a Chance

Niger Delta Crisis: Jonathan, Okowa Beg Tompolo’s Kinsmen to Give Peace a Chance

Goodluck Jonathan

Former President, Dr. Goodluck Jonathan, yesterday pleaded with the people of Gbaramatu Kingdom in Warri South West Local Government Area of Delta State to give peace a chance for the desired development of the Niger Delta region.

Also, the state Governor, Dr. Ifeanyi Okowa, told the people of the area that there was need for them to reconcile themselves with the state and the nation for development to take place in an atmosphere of peace.

Both spoke at the official presentation of staff of office to Oboro Gbaraun II, Aketekpe, Agadagba, the Pere of Gbaramatu Kingdom in Oporoza, the headquarters of Gbaramatu kingdom.

The former president Jonathan said there cannot be any meaningful development in an atmosphere of violence and urged the royal father to ensure that peace return to the kingdom.

“I believe there are challenges facing Nigeria, Delta State and Gbaramatu kingdom but we shall overcome those challenges and move forward,” he said.

The former president commended the people of the area for their choice of the traditional ruler and urged them to give all the necessary support to improve and develop the kingdom.

On his part, Okowa stressed the need for the people of the region to have a change of heart and embrace peace, stressing that development can only come to the area if there is peace and the revenue of the country improves.

He disclosed that the low revenue accruing to the federal government was also affecting the allocations to the state which in turn make it difficult for his administration to embark on strategic development of the riverine and upland areas.

The King, Oboro Gbaraun II promised to bring even development to all parts of the kingdom and pleaded with the federal and Delta State governments to concentrate more efforts in the development of the kingdom.

“We shall do what is necessary to attract development to the kingdom. We shall interact with all Ijaw kingdoms as well as other ethnic groups including Itsekiris, Urhobos, Isokos and others to ensure there is peace in the kingdom,” he added.

The royal fathers warned his subjects to desist fro all vices that will bring their names into disrepute and urged them to always think of how to development their various communities in the kingdom.
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Female Lawyer : Yewande stabbed her husband, says landlord

Female Lawyer : Yewande stabbed her husband, says landlord

late Hub and Yewande Oyediran,

The owner of the house where a lawyer, Yewande Oyediran, was alleged to have killed her husband, Adelowo Oyediran, on Tuesday told the Oyo State High Court sitting in Ibadan that the suspect stabbed her husband during an argument.

Three witnesses were presented by the prosecution at the resumed hearing, including Chief Akinpelu Adelodun, who was the couple’s landlord in Ibadan.

Adelodun told Justice Muktar Abimbola that he was at the apartment of the couple when the argument became ugly and that he made an attempt to calm them down. He said Yewande insisted that she would injure her husband.

The landlord told the court that the misunderstanding continued till around 3am and that at a point, Yewande became calm.
He said he was, however, surprised to hear a noise around 6am same day.

Earlier, Adelodun said a cheque issued in his name as transport fare to appear in court should be returned.

Adelodun was alleged to have requested his transport fare before he would appear in court, but he denied the allegation, saying that he did not instruct anyone to make the demand on his behalf.
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10,000 Police Recruitment: Huge Imbalance As North Gets Lion Share, S'East Least; Check Full List Here & Who Gets What

10,000 Police Recruitment: Huge Imbalance As North Gets Lion Share, S'East Least; Check Full List Here & Who Gets What

10,000 Police Recruitment

The Police Service Commission (PSC), yesterday, released names of successful applicants for recruitment into the Nigeria Police, in the Federal Government’s 10,000 recruitment programme, with the North getting the lion’s share.

In a statement issued in Abuja, yesterday, PSC’s Head of Press and Public Relations, Mr. Ikechukwu Ani, said the new recruits comprise 500 cadet Assistant Superintendents of Police (ASP), 500 cadet inspectors and, 7,500 constables.

The breakdown showed that the North West, comprising Kano, Kaduna, Katsina, Jigawa, Zamfara, Kebbi and Sokoto got the lion share while South East, with five states region got the least.

While recruitment into the rank of constable was done on local government basis, with each council alloted nine slots, the Federal Capital Territory (FCT)  got 30.

However, that of the ASPs and Inspector were done on state basis. Each of the 36 states got 13 ASPs and Inspector apiece.

Further analysis showed that Kano, with 44 local government areas (LGAs)got 396 constables, Bayelsa with eight councils  got 72 and FCT 30.

At the regional level, South West, with 139 LGAs  accounted for 1,251 out of 7,500 constables while South East and South South with 97 and 124 councils got 873 and  1,116, respectively.

However, the 19 northern states- North Central, North East and North West with 115, 112 and 187 got 1,035, 1,008 and 1,683 respectively, which represents 3, 726 out of the 7,500 constables.

Conversely, the north topped the ASPs and Inspector as it got 247 as against 221 to the three southern states.

Again, the North West with seven states led with 91 each while South East with five states got only 65. The other four zones with six states each got 78 each.

He said names of the successful applicants have been uploaded on the websites of PSC and the NPF.

Ani stated that the commission shortlisted applicants who applied under some disciplines which required further professional and expert interview and listed them to include engineering, laboratory science and community health.

He said the recruitment was based on merit, federal character and geographical spread, adding that all successful candidates went through the required processes.

“These include state screening which involved the screening of credentials of the candidates and physical screening such as height, sight, chest etc.”

He said the commission electronically received 911,438 applications comprising 262,462 for cadet ASP, 211,832 for cadet Inspector and 437,144 for Constable.

“A total of 338,250 applicants were later shortlisted electronically and invited for screening at the state commands of the NPF.

This figure was made up of 44,684 shortlisted for cadet ASPs, 87,736 for cadet inspectors and 205,830 for constables.

This process was followed through from command to zone and finally, the national level, where the successful candidates were selected.”





Sources: The Sun, News Punch, PSC

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Why We Angrily Killed Dangote HRM - Kidnappers

Why We Angrily Killed Dangote HRM - Kidnappers

Three suspected kidnappers, arrested by the police, have told investigators that they killed the Human Resources Manager of Dangote Industries Limited, Mr. Istifanus Bello Gurama because of the company’s failure to pay a N100 million ransom.

Three men, Abubakar Gide (24), Abdullahi Salihu (22) and Babuga Adamu (25), were arrested by detectives attached to the Inspector-General of Police (IGP), Ibrahim Idris, Special Intelligence Response Team (IRT).

Nine gunmen abducted and killed Gurama when he went to negotiate for the release of four expatriates and a Nigerian, employees of Dangote Group. Those arrested explained that a single bullet to Gurama’s head sent him to the grave.

The suspects said they were expecting N100 million ransom but Gurama came with just N5.6 million. The nine men, who carried out the kidnap of the five workers, demanded N100 million and had already divided the money in their heads, with each netting over N11 million before Gurama’s arrival.

But instead of N100 million, the deceased came with N5.6 million. Salihu was said to have angrily shot Gurama in the head. They dragged his body from the point he was killed and dumped it in a river.

The police fished out Gurama’s decomposing body from the river. Investigators have also discovered that Gide was the one who brought the deal on the abduction of the five Dangote workers.

Gide, who resides around the community where Dangote Company is sited, noticed an increased in the number of Indians he was seeing and quickly thought of how he could enrich himself by kidnapping them. After brainstorming on the issue, he went to Kogi State and hired men, to enable him to execute the kidnap plan.

The kidnap was a success. Gurama was also described as the person who used to negotiate with kidnappers on release of kidnapped staff of the company. According to a police source, the suspects were tracked and arrested.

The police recovered three AK47 rifles from the suspects. The police source said: “It all started after four expatriates and one Nigerian working for Dangote Group in Ijebu-Igbo, Ogun State, were abducted on November 9.”

When Gurama was alerted about the kidnap of his colleagues and asked to go and negotiate their release, he had thought it was like other negotiations; fluid, simple and successful. The negotiation turned out to be his last.

On November 13, Gurama went to pay ransom for the five workers to be released. When the kidnappers discovered that the money was not N100 million as they demanded, they held Gurama.

When the IG got the information, he quickly deployed his IRT operatives to Ogun State. The team was led by a Chief Superintendent of Police (CSP), Abba Kyari. It was gathered that the operatives went undercover and embarked on a massive manhunt. The three suspects were eventually arrested.

The suspects were arrested between November 27 and December 3 in Ijebu-Igbo, Epe forest, Lagos State and Ajase-Ipo forest in Kwara State. The source said: “The suspects have confessed to the kidnapping and release of the five Dangote staff after collecting of N5.6 million.

At the same time, they confessed to the kidnapping and murder of Gurama of Dangote Group who brought the N5.6 million to them. According to their confessions, they were annoyed with Gurama for bringing N5.6 million to them, when they were expecting a minimum of N100 million from the company.”

On December 3, the suspects led operatives of IRT and policemen from Ogun State Police Command to the forest in Ijebu- Igbo, Ogun State, where three AK47 rifles, with six magazines and 160 rounds of ammunition used for their operations were recovered.

The suspects also led police operatives to Apoje River, where the decomposing body of Gurama was found, floating with a bullet hole in his skull. Most of his body parts had been devoured by fish.

The police moved the body to Sagamu General Hospital mortuary for autopsy. Police said they were still on the trail of the remaining six members of the gang. Another police source said four of the suspected kidnappers used their share of the N5.6 million to buy cows. “Police know the person keeping the cows and they are already tracking the person and the cows.

They are also trying to recover the remaining ransom,” said the source. A top police officer said it was a wrong move to have used Gurama as a negotiator in releasing his colleagues.

The source said that the kidnappers saw Gurama as a symbol of Dangote and wealth. To them, Dangote Company should be able to afford N100 million.
Friends of Gurama have taken to Facebook, mourning his sudden death. One of his friends, Okeke Ogechukwu, said: “So it’s true? Gurama is really gone? Murdered! I still can’t believe it.”

Shatu Gani has this to say:
“Tribute to a friend I have known for some time now. He was a wonderful person. Not up to two months ago, he celebrated his 20th wedding anniversary and today he is lifeless.

What a wicked world? Rest on my friend and may God console madam and the boys.” Babs Oluwabukola Aisha said: “Your sudden murder by kidnappers hurt my heart so deep.

My great counsellor, each moment I scroll through our chat, I imagine someone could just wake me from my sleep; that it’s all dream. You are so amazing to be forgotten so soon.”

Shady Ashafa cursed Gurama’s killer. She said: “I’m in a rude shock! A few weeks ago, we celebrated your 20th wedding anniversary! Whoever kidnapped and cut your life short, will surely die too! And there shall be no peace for the wicked!”

New Telegraph

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Tuesday, December 6

Gov. Obiano urges Anambra people to cooperate with the Army

Gov. Obiano urges Anambra people to cooperate with the Army

Chief Willie Obiano, Governor of Anambra

Gov. Willy Obiano of Anambra on Tuesday welcomed the launch of the “Exercise Python Dance” by the Nigerian Army in the state and urged the people to cooperate with the army in sustaining the relative peace in Anambra.

“They are not Army of occupation as being labelled by some people, especially on the online media.

“Nobody will be molested,” Obiano told the people but warned criminal elements to steer clear of the state as the exercise would not be friendly to them.

He recalled that when he took over the mantle of leadership of the state, there was insecurity, making many indigenes to stay away from the state.
The governor, however, noted that the trend had been reversed with the task force he had set up to deal with the situation, adding that incidents of kidnapping and other forms of criminality had been checked in the state.

In a remark at the launch, the Chief of Army Staff, Lt-Gen. Tukur Buratai, said the exercise was a training programme like others launched in other parts of the country.

Buratai stressed that the exercise was part of the Army’s constitutional responsibility to aid civil authority in maintaining internal security.

He warned that those who would want to disrupt the peace of the state would have themselves to blame.
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Merkel re-elected leader of Germany's conservative party

Merkel re-elected leader of Germany's conservative party

Chancellor Angela Merkel won a new two-year term Tuesday as the leader of Germany’s main conservative party, gaining solid backing after stressing her determination to prevent a repeat of last year’s huge migrant influx.

Merkel, who ran unopposed, won 89.5 percent of delegates’ votes at a congress of her Christian Democratic Union in the western city of Essen. That was short of the 96.7 percent she won two years ago, but still a strong mandate as she prepares to seek a fourth term as chancellor in next year’s German election.

The vote came after a speech in which she struck a decidedly conservative note, telling members that she wants to stem the influx of migrants and ban face-covering veils where possible.

Germany saw about 890,000 asylum-seekers arrive last year. Many came after Merkel decided in September 2015 to let in migrants who were stuck in Hungary.

The numbers have since declined sharply, but Merkel’s “we will cope” approach to the migrant crisis has provoked discord within the CDU, which has seen a string of poor state election results this year.

“A situation like the one in the late summer of 2015 cannot, should not and must not be repeated,” Merkel told delegates.

While Merkel insists that Germany will continue to take in people who genuinely need of protection, her government has moved to toughen asylum rules and declare several countries “safe” — meaning people from there can’t expect to get refuge.

Merkel was also a driving force behind an agreement between the European Union and Turkey in March to stem the flow of migrants.

Polls show a solid lead for the conservatives, although their support is still short of the 41.5 percent they won in Germany’s 2013 election. They face new competition from the upstart nationalist Alternative for Germany party, which has thrived by attacking Merkel’s migrant policies.

“The 2017 election will be more difficult than any election before, at least since German reunification,” Merkel said, citing the “strong polarization of our society.”

Merkel told delegates that “parallel societies” won’t be tolerated and advocated banning the wearing of full-face veils used by some Muslim women where that’s possible. But she also hit out at anti-migrant and anti-government protesters who chant “We are the people!” or post hate messages on social media.

“Who the people are … is something that we will all determine, not just a few, however loud they may be,” she declared.

The EU’s longest-serving head of government has often said her aim is for Europe to emerge stronger from crises such as the debt troubles that afflicted the common euro currency.

Merkel said she still believes in that — but “we must in this situation … first do everything so that Europe doesn’t emerge even weaker from the crises than when it went in.”

That “sounds modest, but let’s not deceive ourselves, it is not,” Merkel said, citing conservative icon and ex-Chancellor Helmut Kohl’s maxim that European stability shouldn’t be taken for granted.

Aside from unhappiness about her migrant policy, some party members are grumbling about what’s perceived as a drift to the left during her 11 years as chancellor.

“We have thrown a lot of Christian Democratic principles overboard,” said Eugen Abler, a delegate from the southwestern state of Baden-Wuerttemberg, whose complaints included what he called “the downplaying of Islamization.”

“The result: We are winning few voters on the left and we are losing a lot on the right,” he added.

Merkel said that tough times demand tough decisions.

“I have asked a lot of you because the times have asked a lot of us — I am well aware of that,” she told her party. “And I cannot promise you that there will be fewer demands in the future, because we must do what the times demand of us.”

Still, she stressed Tuesday that the conservatives will rule out tax increases for the next four years.

Credit : New York Post
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UNIJOS Suspends Professor Caught Cheating During Exams

UNIJOS Suspends Professor Caught Cheating During Exams

Benedicta Audu

An associate professor of law and former head of the Department of Jurisprudence and International Law of the Faculty of Law in University of Jos, Benedicta Audu, has been suspended by the school authority for allegedly cheating during an exam.

Benedicta was caught writing from a prepared answer while writing an examination for Masters degree in Research and Public Policy in the Faculty of Social Sciences of UNIJOS on May 4, 2016.

According to reports, the professor who is a member of the President Muhammadu Buhari’s Presidential Advisory Committee against Corruption headed by prominent law professor and civil rights campaigner, Itse Sagay, has also been suspended from work by the Staff Disciplinary Committee
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