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President Buhari's support group fix solidarity rally same day as 2face's planned protest and other major headline stories you missed today!

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Man feeds church members with marijuana-laced cookies

A 74-year-old man has been arrested after he allegedly got his local church congregation high on marijuana-laced cookies.

The pensioner, identified only as Mr. Jones, is said by police to have handed out the naughty treats to parishioners at the St. John’s Apostle Catholic Church.

Six people, aged between 12 and 70, ended up in hospital as a result of the “adverse effects” of the spiked cookies.
Police grew suspicious about what might have been in the cookies when the victims described an unusually salty taste.
Mr. Jones did admit to handing out the cookies but denied adding anything illegal.
However, police who searched him found an “orange pill bottle containing capsules of a brown, oily substance, which later tested positive for marijuana.”
Mr. Jones turned himself in after a warrant for his arrest was issued.
Father Daniel Mahan of the church said: “We are praying for everyone involved.
The pensioner has been charged with criminal recklessness and possession of hash oil.

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Chuks Okebata’s wife’s name noticeably absent from her late husband’s obituary though other family members were listed

The burial rites for Chuks Okebata, the US army veteran killed by kidnappers in Imo state Nigeria when he returned from the US for the Christmas break, will be held on the 18th of February in North America and the obituary has been released to that effect.

His family members, even as far as his sisters-in-law were listed in the obituary, however, his estranged wife’s name, Cyndy Okebata, was left out. Cyndy and Chuks had two sons together. 

EFCC arraigns former MTN Staff for Forgery

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, today Wednesday 1st February 2016 arraigned one Prince Spencer Adikibi, before Justice U.N. Agomoh of the Federal High Court, sitting in Port Harcourt on a 2 count charge bordering on forgery.

The complainant, MTN Nigeria Communications Limited alleged that sometimes in 2008 the defendant, a former staff of MTN, a Based Transceiver Station (BTS) land acquisition officer in Port Harcourt allegedly forged and signed a renewal of Tenancy Mast Space Document to one Allwell Onyeotito, the landlord of the said property where MTN Mast was erected.

According to investigation, the lease was meant for 10 years which was paid for by MTN but the defendant in a bid to defraud the complainant, forged and utter the company’s documents, thereby shortening the period of the contract to Five Years and diverted the balance of the funds for his personal use.

How we killed Aisha Alli-Balogun; abducted her daughter, others — SUSPECTS

The police high command in Abuja yesterday, disclosed that it has apprehended two more suspects who took part in the kidnap of eight schoolgirls and staff of Nigeria Turkish International College, NTIC, Ogun State, last month, while the sum of N3 million was recovered from the latest suspects.

Vanguard gathered that the alleged abductors identified as Alex Super, also known as Yanga and Egbasimokumo Ayeomi, were arrested last Monday night at Majidun/Ajegunle Area of Ikorodu, Lagos state, few hours after they left their camp, inside the Ikorodu creeks.

According to reliable police source, the suspects also confessed to the December 2016 killing of Aisha Ali-Balogun, a presenter of a popular comedy show, Stand Up Nigeria.

On the occasion, Ali-Balogun’s two year-old daughter and six others were abducted by the gunmen who stormed the Ikorodu Road clad in military uniforms, shooting indiscriminately during the

Six other suspects, including a militant general Philip Joel, also known as General Kakadu and a nurse, Felicia Weinoh, who specialized in treating ailing victims and members of the kidnapping gang terrorizing Lagos and Ogun states, were earlier arrested by the operatives of the Police Intelligence Response Team, IRT, led by Assistant Commissioner of Police, ACP Abba Kyari.

Sources, who spoke with Vanguard, disclosed that Inspector General of Police, Idris Ibrahim, mandated the IRT operatives and policemen from Lagos and Ogun State Commands to mount surveillance at the entrances to the creeks to monitor movements of the kidnappers.

It was gathered that the effort paid off, when, Ayeomi and Super were spotted leaving the Ikorodu creeks from Majidun with some bags. When the bags were searched, the sum of N3 million was found in them and they confessed to taking part in the latest school kidnap during interrogations.

Osinbajo sets up Task Force to reduce food prices

The federal government has assured that it would enhance affordability of food prices across country.

In line with this, President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration has constituted a Presidential Task Force to urgently consider measures that would ensure a steady flow of produce to the market and reverse recent price increases.

At the Federal Executive Council meeting on Wednesday, Acting President Yemi Osinbajo, SAN, expressed concern at some of the inflationary rates of food prices, noting that the Task Force would explore options to promote availability and affordability of food items to Nigerians.

According to him, the Task Force, which has seven days from today to report back to the Council will consider how to remove some of the cost-raising factors that come into play between the farms and the markets and therefore “bring relief to our people.”

While there have been reports of bumper harvests in parts of the country, the prices of food stuff still end up high, while some of the produce even end up wasted due to a number of reasons preventing effective transportation delivery to the markets.

One of the focus areas of the Task Force, the Acting President noted, would be to review the transportation and preservation processes, and see how government can intervene in those aspects to bring down food prices.

The Task Force, which would be meeting with the Acting President in the discharge of its urgent assignment, will therefore draw out a practical plan and present same to the Council next week.

Man cuts off his wife’s ears

A man in northern Afghanistan has cut off his young wife’s ears, the head of a hospital caring for her said Wednesday, confirming the brutal act of domestic violence.

The 23-year-old victim, Zarina, was attacked on Tuesday evening in Balkh province, according to Noor Mohammad Faiz, the director of a hospital in Mazar-e-Sharif.

“I dont want to live with him anymore. I want divorce. I want him in jail,” Zarina told AFP from her hospital bed.

According to Faiz, Zarina, who was married at the age of 13, arrived “in critical condition, having lost a lot of blood”.

“Both her ears are cut. We will try to treat her here. If not, she needs to be taken abroad,” he added.

A spokesman for the governor of Balkh, Sher Jan Durrani, said that the suspect had gone on the run.

“Her husband has fled and is at large. We have started our investigation to arrest him.”

More than 15 years after the end of the Taliban regime, Afghanistan remains the scene of violence and regular abuse against women, most often perpetrated by spouses or in-laws.

In January 2016, a husband cut off his wife’s nose after a dispute in the remote province of Faryab, also in the north.

Unable to be treated in the country, Reza Gul was sent to Turkey. The suspect took refuge in an area controlled by the Taliban to escape prosecution.

Last summer, in the province of Ghor, a man set fire to his 16-year-old pregnant wife. The victim, who was married at the age of 14, died at a hospital a few days later as a result of her burns.

Her father, who had exchanged her for a wife for herself, had accused her in-laws of torture. The husband fled to avoid punishment.

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