The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, Lagos Zonal office, on Monday, June 24, 2019, arraigned one Owolo Onorouioghene Dan, a mobile application developer, before Justice Saliu Saidu of the Federal High Court sitting in Ikoyi, Lagos. He was arraigned on a three-count charge bordering on stealing and money laundering to the tune of N186, 552, 909.00(One Hundred and Eighty-six Million, Five Hundred and Fifty-two Thousand, Nine Hundred and Nine Naira.

The complainant, Covenant University, Otta, Ogun State, alleged that the defendant, who was a seconded staff of the Vice Chancellor of the University, was engaged on October 12, 2016 to create an e-payment platform, which he tagged  Sanwo Payment Platform.

However, the defendant, who was also operating and managing the platform, allegedly diverted from the payment platform a sum of N186, 552,909 to various bank accounts domiciled in Zenith Bank Plc and Ecobank Plc between December 2017 and February 2019.

One of the counts reads: "That you, Owolo Onorouioghene Dan, between 10th day of July, 2018 and  18th day of February, 2019 in Lagos, within the jurisdiction of this honourable court, retained the aggregate sum of N122,748.00 (One Hundred and Twenty-two Million , Seven Hundred and Forty-eight Naira) in your Zenith Bank account number 2213999627, which sum forms part of your unlawful act to wit: stealing and you thereby committed an offence contrary to Section 15 (2) (a) of  the Money Laundering Prohibition Act.”

The defendant pleaded not guilty to the charge when it was read to him.

In view of his plea, the prosecution counsel, Ebuka  S. Okongwu, asked the court for a trial date and also prayed that the defendant be remanded in prison custody pending the hearing and determination of the case.

However, counsel to the defendant, E. O. Bintu Oyobio, prayed the court for a short date for mention of the bail hearing.

The Police Command in Lagos has confirmed that a 27-year-old man, Omotola Onayemi, also known as `Ola-brain’, on Monday, committed suicide over alleged frustration.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the incident happened in Epe Local Government area of Lagos state, at about 5:30am on Monday.

Sgt. Ademola Ogunjobi, Divisional Police Officer (DPO), Epe Branch confirmed the incident in an interview with NAN.

According to him, the police have confirmed the incident of a young man that committed suicide by hanging in early hours of today.

“The corpse has been deposited in a mortuary at Epe General Hospital for further investigation,’’ the DPO said.

An eyewitness, Mr Tunde Badmus, told NAN, that the incident happened at Idi-Aba area of Epe.

He said that the young man committed suicide by hanging himself to death early hours of Monday.

According to Badmus, he alleged that the deceased was once a yahoo-yahoo boy before his mother stopped him from such attitude.

“The young man was found roaming around the streets and probably felt frustrated after leaving the yahoo-yahoo job and decided to hang himself.

“I was surprised seeing him dead by hanging early hour of today in the area,” he said.

He said that the corpse has been taking to mortuary for further investigation/claims.

NAN reports that the deceased mother, who is a widow declined comments as she was still 

The Abia State Police Command has arrested a driver whose vehicle crushed a pregnant woman and her son to death on Friday evening in Aba, Abia State.

Spokesperson of the command, SP Geoffrey Ogbonna who confirmed the incident, said the driver was taken into custody and his vehicle impounded after the tragic incident which occurred near Immaculate Junction bus stop.

Graphic: Police arrest truck driver who crushed pregnant woman and her 2-year-old child to death in Abia

He said that the victims identified as Mrs Blessing Kenneth, 40, and her two year old son, Success Kenneth were crushed to death by a Mercedes Benz Truck with registration number: ABU 832XK, at about 6 pm Friday evening.

It was gathered that the pregnant woman and her son who she held by the hand were crossing the dual carriage way when she suddenly fell down and the truck ran over them.

Graphic: Police arrest truck driver who crushed pregnant woman and her 2-year-old child to death in Abia

An eyewitness said the accident occurred at the ever busy Immaculate Junction, very close to the popular Umungasi Market, along Aba-Owerri road in Aba.

She said that the impact of the truck’s tyre on the woman’s head blew up her skull leaving her dead beyond recognition at the spot. Her young son also died.

Another eyewitness, Ufomba John described the incident as worst thing he had seen in his entire life.
“The whole thing removed a part of my life. I have never been shocked as I was at the scene. I have never seen humans die like this before. She actually slipped. I do not know what pushed her, but everyone is saying that something must have caused her to slip and fall before the approaching truck crushed them. The most painful thing is that apart from the boy with her, I learnt she was also pregnant. To be frank I do not know how I can recover from this shock,” he said.

The PPRO however, said the bodies of the woman and her son had been deposited in the mortuary while efforts are being made to trace her relatives.

In a shocking example of medical negligence, doctors at the Northern Beaches Hospital in Australia removed the wrong body part during surgery on a male cancer patient. The patient was forced to undergo a corrective operation after surgeons mistakenly removed the wrong part of his bowel. 
A spokesperson for the hospital's health care provider said: "The patient and their family have been provided full disclosure and NBH is supporting their ongoing care and treatment."
Northern Beaches Hospital, a 488-bed hospital, was opened in October last year and has since been struggling with shortage of essential drugs, medical equipment, and industrial disputes.
A parliamentary inquiry into the matter is underway.

The Facebook account of a Malaysian woman supposedly married to a Nigerian man, disappeared along with that of her husband after her post warning Africans about a raid, went viral on Malaysia social media.

Recall that on Immigration Department conducted an operation against illegals and foreigners involved in crime and detained over 200 people mostly Nigerians in several raids in Gombak, Kajang and Subang Jaya.

Selangor CID chief Senior Asst Comm Fadzil Ahmat said those detained were 128 Nigerians along with 14 people of other nationalities, including those from Pakistan and Indonesia.

“They were detained under Section 6(i)(c) of the Immigration Act for not having travel documents,” he said.

SAC Fadzil said the operation was carried out in view of the rising cases of social ills and crime among Africans in Selangor.
“Besides cheating syndicates, suspects from African countries are involved in armed robbery and other crimes. We are deeply concerned (over the number of foreigners involved in crime) and the operation is conducted to track down and gather information on the suspects,” he said.

Among the Nigerians detained were four men and a woman, suspected of operating a love scam syndicate from Apartment Desa Aman Puri.
“We also seized three laptops and six mobiles phones,” he said.

One Nigerian man jumped from the third floor of the same apartment in an attempt to evade the authorities during the raid, he added.

“He broke his foot and is currently being treated at the Selayang Hospital,” he said.
SAC Fadzil said 536 Selangor CID personnel were involved in the operation along with 98 policemen from various other units as well as 12 state Immigration officers.

Before warning the African immigrants, the last post on her Facebook page was a father's Day appreciation post to her husband. See below.

Malaysian woman married to Nigerian man deletes her Facebook account after her post alerting Africans about immigration raid, went viral

EFCC today arraigned Senator Albert Bassey, popularly known as OBA, before Justice A. A. Okeke of the Federal High Court, sitting in Uyo, Akwa Ibom State, on a six-count charge bordering on money laundering.

The Senator appeared in court today, following a bench warrant issued on him by the same court on June 17, 2019, for breaching the terms of bail granted him by the Commission.

The case against the Senator is hinged on the allegation that he took possession of six vehicles worth N204million, at the instance of one Olajide Omokore, whose companies had contracts with the State Government, at the time.

Investigations revealed that the said vehicles were proceeds of crime and that he committed the offence while he doubled as the Commissioner for Finance, Akwa Ibom State and Chairman of Akwa Ibom State Inter-Ministerial Direct Labour Coordinating Committee, in December 2012. It is an offence which contravenes Section 15 (2) (d) of the Money Laundering (Prohibition) Act, 2011 (as amended) and punishable under Section 15 (3) of the same Act.

The vehicles are, Infinity QX 56 BP, valued at N45million; Toyota Land Cruiser V8 BP, valued at N40million; Range Rover, valued at N40million; Toyota Hiace, High Roof, valued at N27million; Toyota Hiace High Roof, valued at N16million and Toyota Hilux 4x4, valued at N36million.

One of the counts against him reads: “That you, Albert Bassey, whilst being the Commissioner for Finance, Akwa Ibom State and Chairman of Akwa Ibom State Inter-Ministerial Direct Labour Coordinating Committee, IMDLCC sometime in December 2012, within the jurisdiction of this Honourable Court, indirectly took possession of a vehicle (Infinity QX 56 BP) valued at N45,000,000.00 at the instance of one Olajide Jones Omokore (whose companies had contracts with Akwa Ibom State Government at that material time), when you reasonably ought to have known that the said vehicle formed part of proceed of unlawful activity (to wit: corruption) and you thereby committed an offence contrary to Section 15 (2) (d) of the Money Laundering (Prohibition) Act, 2011 (as amended) and punishable under Section 15 (3) of the same Act.”

He pleaded “not guilty” to the counts. In view of his plea, prosecuting counsel, Mohammed Abubakar, prayed the court for a trial date, to enable the prosecution prove its case against him.

Defence counsel, Solomon Umoh, SAN, informed the court of his client's bail application and moved same, praying the court to grant the defendant bail.

Umoh said: “The applicant in his application regretted the issuance of the bench warrant and explained his absence. The respondent has not disputed the fact that the applicant is on bail, granted him by the EFCC even as we speak.”

Responding, Abubakar strongly objected to the application on the ground that the terms of the bail application earlier granted the defendant by the Commission, were breached, hence the issuance of the bench warrant. He further urged the court to discountenance the submissions of Umoh and refuse the application. But after listening to the arguments canvassed by both counsels, the court discharged the bench warrant issued against the Senator and granted him bail.

While adjourning to July 2 and 3, 2019 for trial, Justice Okeke held that: “The defendant is hereby granted bail in the sum of N20million and one surety in like sum. The surety must have a landed property within the jurisdiction of this Court which will be verified by the court registrar, and the court registrar shall file the report of verification.”

The trial judge further ordered that the Senator should be held in EFCC custody, pending the fulfilment of the bail conditions.

OAP and leader of the Free the Sheeple movement, Daddy Freeze, has weighed in on the online debate concerning the Nigerian man that ordered Nobel laureate, Wole Soyinka, out of his seat onboard a flight yesterday June 23rd. 

In an open letter to politician/Businessman, Tonye Cole who shared the story online, Freeze wondered what the respect Nigerians have so far given to their elders has done for us as a nation. In his post, Freeze stressed that the young man had the courage to demand for his right but Soyinka has over the years failed to demand for the rights of Nigerians from its leaders. Read his piece below

Dear Tonye Cole,
I probably would have politely done the same thing the young man did.
Growing up, I was taught never to challenge my elders.
In retrospect, I find it difficult to point to what this has earned us as a people? Are we more morally upright, safer, richer and better than nations where children are encouraged to stand up to elders? NO!
Nigeria, with all our respect, has become the poverty capital of the world boasting of more people in extreme poverty than China and India combined, YES, COMBINED! (According to
Some of our elders have sold our birthright, lied to us about salvation and taken foolish decisions that have impoverished us.
What drew me to Prof. Soyinka in the first place was the fact that he never failed to challenge our leaders in power and religion, no matter their age.
The young man on the flight DEMANDED his right; if you can’t demand your right on a flight, how can you demand it from the government or church?
The government needs to provide amenities for the people, while the Church should be accountable to the last kobo, we MUST demand this!
Christ was less than 33 years old when he challenged the Pharisees, the authorities in religion of that time, who were in their 70s and 80s. ~FRZ

An American woman who set up a malnutrition clinic in Uganda to treat starving children is being sued by two African mothers who say she has caused or contributed to more than 100 babies' deaths by giving them medical treatment with no training and despite not being a doctor.  

Renee Bach, 35, is from Virginia but moved to Africa when she was a teenager to work as a missionary. In 2009, She set up the Serving His Children clinic in Masese to treat children and babies who were close to death because of malnutrition.

However, in a lawsuit filed in January at the High Court in Jinja, mothers Gimbo Zubedaand Kakai Annet allege that she caused their babies deaths and the deaths of dozens more.  

They are demanding that her facility be shut down and are asking for damages. The women say that they brought their children to Bach's facility under the impression that she was a medically trained professional. They claim she gave their children aid but that despite her efforts, the children died. 

Bach has admitted in the past that she has no medical training but claims the most she ever did to a child was give them an IV. 

Bach first went to Uganda as an 18-year-old for a 10-day missionary trip and said she fell in love with the country. She met her daughter when she was ten days old and adopted her after learning that her birth mother had died. She founded the organization to cure malnutrition and claims online to partner with the local government to offer medical treatment.

Nigerian football legend, Jay Jay Okocha is celebrating his beautiful daughter, Dani, who turned a year older today, June 24, 2019. She is 21.

Sharing this lovely photo of his beautiful daughter, the ex-Super Eagles captain wrote: 'Happy birthday to my beautiful daughter Dani, wishing you all the very best in life in good health and your heart desires.' 

President of a Mapo Customary Court in Ibadan on Monday dissolved an 11-year-old marriage between one Jimoh Ibrahim and Barakat over unrepentant dirtiness and waywardness. Odunade held that the court was puting an end to the relationship between Jimoh and Barakat due to loss of love between the couple.

“The marriage between Jimoh and Barakat has ceased to be in the interest of peaceful coexistence. “Custody of the eight year-old child produced by the union is awarded to Barakat and Jimoh shall pay a monthly allowance of N5,000 for the child’s upkeep in addition to being responsible for his education and other welfare of the child,” the arbitrator said.

Earlier, Jimoh, a businessman and a resident of Oja-Iba area in Ibadan, told the court that he could no longer cope with his wife’s dirtiness and adultery. “For 11 years now, I have waited over and over to see whether Barakat would have a change of mind in her bad attitude or not.

“Instead, Barakat’s dirtiness worsened such that I had no option than to be cleaning the house and washing our wears myself. “I also have to bathe our child and do every other necessary things in the house. “As if those are not enough, Barakat now move around with a gang of riffraff for the purpose of prostitution.

“My lord, she followed men to distant places like Ghana, thus abandoning her responsibilities at home,” he said. The petitioner also said that the respondent was highly disobedient and disrespectful.

“She is so disobedient and disrespectful not only to me, but also my relatives. “Barakat has no time to look after any child,” Jimoh said. The respondent did not oppose the divorce suit nor deny any of the allegations against her.

Barakat, who lived at Odo-Oba area of Ibadan, however, told the court that her husband’s intention to seek for divorce was not new. “Whenever there was any disagreement between Jimoh and I, he packs his property to his parents’ home. “In fact, I usually go and beg Jimoh in his parents’ home to return to our own apartment,” Barakat said.a

Manchester United have made an enquiry after Real Madrid defender Raphael Varane.

The Daily Star says United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is desperate for a new centre-back this summer.

It's said that Solskjaer's preferred choice is World Cup winner Varane.

The ace is regarded as one of the world's best in his position.

However, United will apparently have to meet Varane's enormous £430m release clause for Real to even consider parting ways.

Manchester City No2 Mikel Arteta has been linked with the manager's job at Newcastle United.

Arteta is the bookmakers' favourite to become the next Newcastle boss.

It was announced on Monday afternoon that Rafa Benitez will officially leave his role at St. James' Park on Sunday when his contract expires.

And now Arteta, who has been working with Pep Guardiola at the Etihad since 2016, is the front runner to take charge of Newcastle.

Arteta was considered for the jobs at Arsenal and Everton last summer.

Bayelsa Governor, Seriake Dickson, is considering the signing of death sentences of convicted kidnappers to send a signal that there is no place to hide for felons in the state.

Governor Dickson said under his watch, he would not allow kidnappers get way. He warned those involved in kidnapping to desist forthwith as the government would clamp down on them.
“I want to use this opportunity to call on the young men who are into this nefarious act to stop it in their own interest. In this state, no matter how long it takes, if you kidnap someone, we will catch you. There are so any convicts whose death warrants are on my table waiting to be signed. Any how you run, we will catch you" he said.
The governor also added that, "those who kidnapped Sylva’s uncle, an old man, Chief Adigio, I think, he even died in their custody. So callous, so cruel. They have been convicted and sentenced to death. So, people should be careful. No matter how long. We will catch you. And you will pay the supreme price. If you go to the prison, you have so many of them in Okaka. Violent criminals all arrested. In this state, the system we have set up, you may succeed in kidnapping somebody but you may not get away with it because we will get you very shortly.
“I want to call on those young men who are into that to desist and allow other people to come out and see how you can be a useful member of our community.  There are ways we can support and rehabilitate you. We can talk about that.
How to rehabilitate you but this idea of kidnapping old men and women and taking them to the forest to ask for money; nobody has millions and millions to pay anybody. And for me, you know I have a policy of not paying. Even when my late mother was kidnap, I never paid. And in certain cases, I shall waste no time in signing the death warrant for their execution,” he said.

Louis van Gaal has again spoken of his problems at Manchester United.

Van Gaal believes the money-drenched culture of the Premier League meant his transfer business at United included a 'risk of adaptation'.

When asked by El País if the Premier League was more competitive than La Liga, Van Gaal replied: "Yes, but not because it has better footballers. Despite all the signings, the Premier League does not have the best because the philosophy in Spain is to educate the players to use them.

"English clubs buy because they have more financial possibilities, but signing involves a risk of adaptation. Tactically and technically, La Liga is better. But the Premier League is more competitive because the pressure on the ball is higher than in Spain."

Earlier today, the Presidential Election Petition Tribunal dismissed an application by the Peoples Democratic Party and its presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar, to have access and inspect the Central server said to have been used by the Independent National Electoral Commission for the conduct of the February 23 presidential election.

Reacting to the ruling, former presidential aide, Reno Omokri wrote;
The Election Petition Tribunal dismisses Atiku 's plea to inspect INECN's server and then approves Buhari 's plea to amend his response to HE Atiku. With all the evidence provided? Can there still be justice in Nigeria? 
Can there still be justice in Nigeria? - Reno Omokri asks after tribunal dismissed Atiku

Vice President Yemi Osinbajo has urged Nigerians in the Diaspora not to rely entirely on social media reports on the security challenges facing the country as some of the stories reported are untrue and politically motivated.

The Vice President said this while speaking with Nigerians in a Townhall meeting which held on Sunday June 23rd. While responding to a question on what the government is doing regarding the increasing cases of kidnapping being reported on social media and other media platforms, Osinbajo said

“With respect to general kidnapping which we have seen in parts of the country, again, this is not entirely new. In fact, some of the kidnapping stories you read or listen to are simply not true anywhere, some are fuelled by politics. There are cases of kidnapping, no question at all about that, but some of the more dramatic stories that you hear are simply not true. Every report of kidnapping we receive, we try to verify, and at the end of the day you find out that people just tell all sorts of stories''.

Hip-hop star Cardi B was pictured with Nigerian dancehall star BurnaBoy at the 2019 BET Awards after party.

The rapper who won Female hip-hop Artiste of the Year and Album of The Year at the awards ceremony, was celebrating with Burna Boy who won the award for Best International Act, when she suffered a nip slip.

Burna shared the photo on his Insta story.

Cardi B suffers nip slip at the BET awards after party (photo)

The Rivers State Police Command have rescued four members of the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) and two other persons from kidnappers.

Onyema Esther Ogechi, Nnaji Chioma, Ogeh Florence, Akinduro Abel, Franklin Ayama and Akinpelu Solomon, were abducted last week in a commercial bus travelling from Lagos to Port Harcourt along Emohua axis of the East-West Road.

It was reported last Wednesday, that the four NYSC corps members were abducted on their way to the NYSC orientation camp in Nonwa-Gbam, Tai local government area of Rivers State for the 2019 Batch B Stream 1 orientation exercise.

Confirming the report, the Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), DSP Nnamdi Omoni, said the command deployed its operatives to Rumuji in a sting operation led by the Divisional Police Officer (DPO), Ademola Adebayo to a forest at Evekwu in Emohua Local Government Area where the four corps members and two other victims were rescued.

“They were rescued unhurt and have been debriefed. Their Families have been contacted for necessary hand over.

“They are, Onyema Easter Ogechi, Nnaji Chioma, Ogeh Florence, Akinduro Abel, Franklin Ayama and Akinpelu Solomon,” he said.

He added that the Commissioner of Police (CP), Usman A. Belel, has ordered security beef up on the East/West, to stem kidnapping and facilitate the arrest of perpetrators.

Last week, a Kano-based musician, Mohammed Yusuf aka AGY was jailed for two years for defaming the character of Governor Abdullahi Ganduje of Kano state in a song that he released.

He sang in the song: “Kano governor has already turned blind, I swear what you did is hurting us, For lucre, governor is more than a thief. For lucre, governor can sell out Goggo."

After the song went viral,  Yusuf was picked up by officers of the law on Monday, June 17, and arraigned before Magistrate Court 72, presided over by Aminu Gabari.

On his second arriagnment on Wednesday, June 19, the musician was found guilty by the court of three-count charges of releasing a music single without the due approval of the Kano State Censorship Board, releasing a music video without obtaining the same approval and defamation of the character of the incumbent governor of the state. 

Reacting to the news this afternoon, Nigerian singer and lawyer Falz condemned the punishment on Mohammed Yusuf and said: 'it's shameful to see public officers using the machinery of the state to harass citizens and attempting to hinder our inalienable freedom of expression.'

He wrote: 'HATE to see stuff like this! This is 2019. Any individual who feels defamed by any statement made by another person can sue for libel or slander under the law of defamation. It is shameful to see public officers using the machinery of the state to harass citizens and attempting to hinder our inalienable freedom of expression. 
Anyone who knows the musician Mohammed Yusuf personally should please get in touch with me. We NEED to contend this unjust sentence. #JusticeForMohammed.'

A 56-year-old man, Rasaki Balogun and his girlfriend were found dead in his home at number 16 Taiwo Oke Victory Estate in Ejigbo, Lagos state on Thursday June 20th.

A statement released by the command's Public Relations Officer, Bala Elkana, today June 24th, says on June 20th, one Akorede Balogun said to be the wife of the deceased, reported at Iba Police Station that her husband was found dead with his mistress in his sitting room.

A team of detectives led by the Divisional Police Officer Ejigbo visited the scene. Corpses of the man and his mistress were found in the pool of their blood with the woman laying on a knife. The man is said to be living alone in the house while his family lives in a different place.

Bala said the identity of the mistress is yet to be established as he was said to have picked her up about two days to the incident from unknown location.

The Crime scene was sealed off for forensic analysis while the corpses were evacuated to Hospital for autopsy.

Homicide detectives from the State Criminal Investigation Department, Yaba have taken over the case on the instruction of the Commissioner of Police Lagos State, CP Zubairu Muazu.

Investigation is ongoing to unravel the circumstances surrounding their death

The Leader of the proscribed secessionist group, the IPOB Indigenous People of Biafra, Nnamdi Kanu, has said that anyone who hates Biafra and is against the creation of the State of Biafra, can never make heaven.  According to him, the angels in Heaven speak Igbo language. 

Kanu who fled Nigeria after the military invaded his home in Abia state in September 2017, stated this while addressing Biafra supporters in Texas, USA yesterday Sunday June 23rd. Kanu while speaking to his supporters, said

“God gave you a gift in America to rescue us if you like you can leave it. But I can assure you, if you have heard this gospel (Biafra) today, you return to your homes and do nothing, you will never make heaven. Anybody that hates Biafra can never make heaven. In heaven, the angels speak the Igbo language.”

Comparing Biafra to Israel, Kanu said there were attempts by foreigners to dominate Israel, adding that Israel failed to act because “they thought it was a joke.”
“After 2000 years, their land was no longer called Israel, it was called Palestine and they had to fight their ways. The Quoran says Jerusalem belongs to Israel. The Bible says Jerusalem is the capital of Israel.  But today, Israel does not have full ownership of Jerusalem because of one mistake. 
I hope that the value that has driven Biafra civilization for 5000 years will come back to sustain us for another 5000 years. This evening, we have started something that will culminate in the coming of Biafra.
All of you that did those wonderful works in years back, I call upon you now to redouble your efforts and do the same thing you did before but only now slightly differently; where before you have Nigeria, remove it and put Biafra.
All hail Biafra. Anybody from Enugu here? Do you know that your land has been taken over? And we think it’s a child’s play. Nature abhors a vacuum, not just theories, it happens. Do you see how clean this place is? If you lock this place and come back here in 20 years, it would decay on its own because you left home, that is why the Fulani have come.
“The only people who are against Biafra are either saboteur, their fathers were saboteurs during the wars. Anybody that hates Biafra is not of pure Biafra blood. That is why we are relying and counting on you.
“No matter how many Igbo villages you built in Virginia, a place I will personally knock down myself…People built Chinatown to make money if they had built it to make money I can understand.
“What you are saying (by building houses in America) is that we no longer exist and that for people to know who we are, they need to go to a museum and be looking through a window to see things. As long as we stand, our fight is two-fold. Biafra will come and the name Nigeria will cease to exists forever and ever.” he said

The most wanted notorious kidnap ring Leader in the Ikorodu axis of Lagos state,  Mufutau Timileyin Sulaimon aka Pencil, was shot dead during an operation in the state yesterday Sunday, June 24th.

Pencil was declared wanted by the Lagos state command in March after he led his deadly gang to kidnap and murder two bureau de change operators at Ikorodu on March 14th.

Confirming his demise, the state police command spokesperson, Bala Elkana, said Pencil and his gang were responsible for the mysterious disappearance of people in Ikorodu over a period of time whom they kidnapped, demanded for ransom, murdered and dumped them in septic tank.

Three members of his gang were earlier arrested by SARS operatives and they led the operatives to their den at Ikorodu where corpses of the two Bureau de change operators and two other victims were recovered.

A sustained monitoring of the fugitive ring leader finally yielded positive results as the team eventually traced him to his hideout at Odogunya, Ikorodu. On sighting the team led by Dsp Rotimi ogunmuyiwa, the said  Mufutau Timileyin Sulaimon 'm' popularly known as Pencil engaged the team in a gun battle. Two SARS operatives namely Sgt Omola Adedeji and Sgt Oluwadare Gbenga sustained various degree of injuries, while pencil sustained bullet wound on the two legs and were all taken to hospital.

While Pencil was confirmed dead on arrival, the two injured operatives were taken to intensive care Unit and are responding to treatment.

One Gun with live ammunition and expanded ammunition were recovered. 

According to available data from the Nigeria Security Tracker (NST), a project of the Council on Foreign Relations’ Africa programme which documents violence in Nigeria, “these attacks were motivated by political, economic, or social grievances”.

The data used was taken from weekly surveys of Nigerian and international media reports.

The report noted that this state of insecurity intensified from May 29, 2011, the inauguration date of ex-President Goodluck Jonathan.

It said the event “highlighted the increasing division of the country on regional and religious lines.”

“The militant Islamist movement Boko Haram is active in northern Nigeria. Violence among ethnic groups, farmers, and herdsmen sometimes acquires religious overtones.

“A new generation of Niger Delta militants threatens war against the state. Government soldiers kill civilians indiscriminately. Police are notorious for extrajudicial murders,” the report said.

A graphical illustration analysed by PREMIUM TIMES shows that the highest number of killings in Mr Buhari’s first tenure occurred in July 2015 with 1,299 deaths and January 2019 with 1,077 deaths.

It also said Boko Haram was responsible for the deaths of, at least, 5,598 people in the last four years while herdsmen and bandits caused the death of 4,068 persons.

Despite these attacks, President Buhari and members of his cabinet insist the insecurity has been curbed and that the deadly Boko Haram has been technically defeated.

Last February, the government said what the country is now facing is a fresh crisis which it called “global insurgency”

The former Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed, also said Nigerian troops have “successfully cleared the remnant of the home-grown insurgency called Boko Haram and are now being confronted by a fresh crisis, a global insurgency.”

“A faction of Boko Haram has aligned with the global terror group, ISIS, to form ISWAP, the Islamic State’s West African Province. In other words, ISIS now has a strong foothold in West Africa – with Nigeria at the forefront of the battle against them.

“With ISIS largely dislodged from Iraq and Syria, there is undoubtedly a flush of fresh fighters and weapons to ISWAP. Therefore, our military is fighting a global insurgency, without the kind of global coalition, including the United States, that battled ISIS in Syria and Iraq,” he said.

‘Deadly resurgence, official denial’

Media reports have revealed that there has been a resurgence in attacks on Nigerian soldiers and military formations by the insurgents since last year. The latest attack occurred a few weeks ago. Some of the victims include senior officers including a lieutenant colonel.

The military has not denied the attacks but often keeps mum about them or the casualties.

However, Mr Mohammed has said some of the videos and photos being circulated on social media purporting to show massive military casualties were “doctored by those who do not understand the fresh threat facing the country or appreciate the sacrifice of the military and their aim is to wage a campaign of disinformation against the military.”

He also said, “those involved in the act are few, and do not represent the majority of Nigerians who appreciate the patriotism and the sacrifice of the gallant military troops.”

Zamfara: Bandits kill one, abduct district head, three wives, son, others – Official

June 23, 2019Abubakar Ahmadu Maishanu
Suspected armed bandits on Friday stormed a community in Zamfara State, killing one person and kidnapping at least seven others.

An official said the armed persons attacked Yankaba community in Kaura Namoda Local Government Area at about 11:30 p.m. during a downpour.

One of those kidnapped is the district head of the community, Buhari Ammani, his three wives and his teenage son.

The chairman of Kaura Namoda Local Government Area, Lawal Isah, narrated the incident to PREMIUM TIMES late on Sunday.

He said the bandits forcefully broke the door to Mr Ammani’s house, gained entrance to a room where he was sleeping and abducted him.

A resident of the area, Siddi Abubakar, was killed during the operation, he said.

“The district head was abducted along side his 13 years old son, Kabiru Buhari, and his three wives – Jummai, Asma’u and Lami – all of who are now in captivity.

“Others kidnapped in the community were Malam Aminu Nakano and a boy Sama’ila Isah,” the council chairman said.

Information about the attack came hours after President Muhammadu Buhari commiserated with Zamfara residents over another attack in the state on Thursday.

The Thursday attack in Tsafe Local Government Area claimed at least 18 lives.

Many parts of Zamfara have been deserted due to the activities of bandits. Observers in the state say only very few of the attacks reach the media, especially when the casualty is high.

Thousands of people have either been killed or kidnapped in Zamfara by suspected bandits in the past year. The killing has continued despite reinforcement and formation of more security personnel in the state.

The new governor of the state, Bello Matawale, has called on the armed bandits to hands-off crime, embrace peace and legal means of livelihood. He said his administration would rehabilitate those who accept peace and reintegrate them into the larger society.

Mr Matawalle reiterated the commitment of his administration to fighting banditry.

He said his recent meeting with President Buhari over the insecurity in the state has resulted in Mr Buhari’s directive for the deployment of two additional police squadrons in the state.

In his statement on Sunday, Mr Buhari assured the people of Zamfara and other Nigerians who have lost loved ones to violent attacks that the government, under his watch, will soon bring such dastardly acts to an end.

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