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Wednesday, 22 November 2017

JAMB Postpones Sales Of Application Forms For 2018 UTME

Reports have it that due to the publishers’ inability to print the 1.8 million copies of the forms and reading texts before the given deadline, the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB), has postponed sales of 2017/2018 forms pending when these issues are rectified.

According to an official of the exam body...

“This postponement was due to the delay in meeting agreed deadline by the publisher of the Compulsory Reading Text meant for prospective candidates for the 2018 UTME (Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examinations).

“The publisher had promised to deliver all the texts for the 2018 candidates on or before November 7 but as at close of work today, the publisher has not provided the 1.8 million copies required.

“This development has painfully forced the Board to shift the date from Wednesday, November 22 to a date to be announced soon,” he said.
The source, Benjamin also added that a new date would be announced soon and urged intending applicants to visit its website and familiarise themselves with the application procedures.

“All reforms and the process of registration have been made very friendly and easy for candidates desirous of applying for the 2018 exercise.

“The advertisement when out will explain step by step the processes of obtaining the application e-pins and registration,” Benjamin concluded.

Stay with us for updates on the latest development.

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Tuesday, 21 November 2017

Finger Prints (Biometrics) To Replace ATM Pin Codes Soon - CBN

“That means if you want to transact with your ATM, you will need to use your biometrics. There is no way you can give your finger to a third party. If that is enabling, it will make our system to be more secure and make all our transactions to be validated.


The Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) says biometrics will soon be used for transactions on the automated teller machine (ATM).

Pin codes are currently being used.

Dipo Fatokun, chairman, Nigeria Electronic Fraud Forum (NeFF) and CBN director of banking and payment system, made this statement at 2017 annual retreat of the Nigeria Electronic Fraud Forum (NeFF) in Ibadan during the weekend.

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Fatokun said the introduction of biometrics would help in the fight against electronic fraud.

He said sharing ATM pin codes ‎with a third party is against the policy of banking sector but could not be avoided in some circumstances especially in situations where the account owner is not literate or incapacitated.

“Your pin and account details are not supposed to be disclosed to third person but as you rightly said, we have some people who are not literate or incapacitated and that makes them to disclosing their details to third party,” he said.

“What we are canvassing is that in a time soon to come, with the BVN in place, biometrics will be used for transactions on ATM.

“That means if you want to transact with your ATM, you will need to use your biometrics. There is no way you can give your finger to a third party. If that is enabling, it will make our system to be more secure and make all our transactions to be validated.

“But biometric electronic devices are very expensive because of the technologies involved but I am sure, we shall get there soon.”

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Robert Mugabe Finally Resigns After Decades In Power

Robert Mugabe has finally resigned as Zimbabwe’s president on Tuesday, shortly after parliament began an impeachment process to end his nearly four decades of rule.

The 93-year old clung on for a week after an army takeover and expulsion from his own ruling ZANU-PF party, which also told him to leave power.

Wild celebrations broke out at a joint sitting of parliament when Speaker Jacob Mudenda announced Mugabe’s resignation and suspended the impeachment procedure.

The origin of Mugabe’s sudden downfall lies in rivalry between members of Zimbabwe’s ruling elite over who will succeed him, rather than popular protests against his rule.

The army seized power after Mugabe sacked ZANU-PF’s favourite to succeed him, Emmerson Mnangagwa, to smooth a path to the presidency for his wife Grace, 52, known to her critics as “Gucci Grace” for her reputed fondness for luxury shopping.

Mnangagwa, a former security chief known as The Crocodile, is expected to take over as president.

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Monday, 20 November 2017

Robbery: Police Declare Burna Boy Wanted!

Burna Boy

The Lagos State Police Command Monday declared popular artiste, Damini Ogiulu aka Burna Boy, wanted for allegedly masterminding the robbery against fellow artiste, Abiye David Jumbo aka Mr. 2Kay.

Mr. 2kay was attacked last month at Eko Hotel and Suites after attending a show put together by Buckwyld Media Network Limited, which featured many other artistes.

The state acting Commissioner of Police, Edgal Imohimi, who made this
disclosure at the state command headquarters in Ikeja, said Burna Boy has been evading arrest.

The victim, Mr. 2kay, had lodged in room 847 on the 8th floor for the Buckwyld show, when he was robbed by four heavily armed men. The robbers were said to have gained entry after claiming they were room service sent up from the hotel reception to clean the room.

The suspect had alleged that the robbers stole his Audemais Piquet gold wristwatch valued at N9million, gold jewelries valued at N1.5million, Iphone7 valued at N380,000, Samsung Galaxy S7 and S5 phones valued at N240,000 and N110,000 respectively, Addidas shoe valued at N75,000, three perfumes valued at N180,000 and N45,000 in cash.

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Vibrant Young Man Dies One Month After Graduating From University Of Abuja

On Sunday, November 19th, 2017 while the people of Awka were full of expectations as to who becomes the next Governor of the state after the elections of the previous day, the cold hands of death would not allow this young man and lady live it to its fullness.

This day has been labelled ‘Black Sunday’ after Umezuegbu Chukwunonso and Doris Ukadike, who are both mutual friends on Facebook, lost their lives.

Umezuegbu graduated last month from the department of banking and finance in Uniabuja. He was still working on his project when he died after a brief illness. 

Chisom Doris Ukadike was also killed yesterday in an accident in Awka, and friends lamented losing 2 friends in one day.

Nonso was vibrant and well loved by a great number of people, judging from the outpouring of tributes on his Facebook wall.

May your souls rest in peace.

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Man Arrested For Burning His Son With An Iron Over Food In Abuja (Photos)

29-year-old plumber Mr Godstime Ategho, have been been arrested for Operatives of the National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons, NAPTIP, for inflicting horrific injuries on his 7-year-old son for eating food kept for him,

It was gathered that he tied up the boy, plugged a pressing iron which he ran all over the little boy’s body. Here are photos below;

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Sunday, 19 November 2017

Former Vice President of Nigeria, Dr Alex Ekwueme is dead

Dr Alex Ifeanyichukwu Ekwueme, a one time former vice president of Nigeria, is dead.

A statement from his family signed by his brother and the traditional ruler of Oko in Anambra State, Igwe Laz Ekwueme said that he died by 10:00 pm in a London clinic, Sunday.

The statement read: “Ekwueme family regrets to announce the peaceful passing away of their patriarch, the former Vice-President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria Dr. Alex Ifeanyichukwu Ekwueme GCON.

 “The sad event occurred at the London Clinic at 10:00 pm on Sunday 19th November 2017.”

Rest in peace Dr.

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Tuesday, 14 November 2017

What President Buhari Said In Abakaliki (FULL AND DETAILED SPEECH)

There is no part of Nigeria where you will not find Igbo entrepreneurs, both men and women, contributing to the development of their adopted communities.



I am delighted to be in Abakiliki today to interact with the good people of this State and indeed, the South East (Ndigbo) region as a whole.

2. I want to express my gratitude to Ndi Ebonyi for their hospitality and warm reception since our arrival in Abakiliki a few hours ago.

3. In the last few hours, I have commissioned some landmark projects and laid the foundation stones for the Ebonyi City Mall and a flyover bridge projects. I commend His Excellency, Governor David Umahi for his vision and commitment to the development of his State.

4. In the course of my visit, I also had the honour and privilege of unveiling the statue of a great Nigerian, Sir Akanu Ibiam, whose notable records of humanitarianism, advocacy of free primary education and rural development, will continue to be an inspiration to all.

5. I am also grateful to the people of Ebonyi as well as the South East traditional rulers, who today, bestowed on me traditional titles. To the Ndi Ebonyi, I am ENYIOMA 1 (Good Friend) and to the South East, I am OCHIOHA OF NDIGBO. I thank you for this honour and kind gesture.

6. My presence here today is a demonstration of our strong belief in the unity of Nigeria. As the most populous country in Africa, with over 300 ethnic groups, our diversity is almost unique among nations.

7. The people of the South East are known for their ingenuity, industrial and commercial talent. There is no part of Nigeria where you will not find Igbo entrepreneurs, both men and women, contributing to the development of their adopted communities.

8. So I am asking you all not to buy into the senseless propaganda on secession. Igbo is Nigeria and Nigeria is Igbo. Both are inseparable.

9. We must therefore continue to commit ourselves to the development of Nigeria. A Nigeria where we sustain our national unity without compromising on our cultural identities. A Nigeria where the aspirations of its people is guaranteed without prejudice to tribe or religion. A Nigeria, where we can sleep at night knowing that tomorrow will be better than today.

10. The task of nation building is a continuous one. It never stops. Our founding fathers, from all corners of this country, worked together to actualize the creation of one Nigeria.

11. After independence, the same founding fathers worked together to maintain this one Nigeria. Yes, they had differences and varied opinions at times. After all, they were only human. And yes, they had moments of weaknesses and doubt. But again, no one is perfect. However, one thing they all protected until the end of their lives was having one Nigeria for all Nigerians.

12. Today, Nigeria is 57 years old. Nigeria has gone through many pains. But has also achieved significant successes. Its citizens are leaders in all aspect of human development. But we rarely celebrate these successes more. Some misguided Nigerians would rather channel their energy to propagating negative stories and senseless rumours.

13. Over 60% of Nigeria’s population is under 25 years old. They have little knowledge of Nigeria’s journey. They were not born during the dark days of civil war and the nation rebuilding that happened afterwards.

14. The task of nation building is a continuous one. It relies on the successful transition of factual knowledge from one generation to another. This means it is our collective responsibility to ensure we do not betray our founding fathers as we transfer the Nigeria project from one generation to the next.

15. As our national anthem says; “the labour of our heroes past shall never be in vain”

16. So parents, speak to your children about the importance of their heritage, culture and being open minded. Teachers, teach your students about the history of this nation and how it was a coalition of diversity that brought it to existence. And leaders, we must lead by example and show tolerance and acceptance of diversity.

17. Today, most grievances expressed by all Nigerians, not only those in the south east, is lack of jobs, poor infrastructure and basic amenities. We are working aggressively to address these.

18. We are building roads, hospitals and schools. We are expanding our power transmission infrastructure while supporting the generation and distribution companies to ensure more power is delivered to our homes. We are developing agricultural programs that will create more jobs while making Nigeria food secure

19. For example, we recently mobilized the contractor of the 2nd Niger Bridge back to site. We have also made provisions in the 2018 budget proposal to ensure this project is completed as early as possible.

20. We are also upgrading the Federal Medical Centre in Umuahia by constructing a Modern Medical Diagnostic Centre. This will further bring quality and affordable health care to the region.

21. In the agricultural sector, the States in this region have participated in all Federal Government agricultural initiatives. For instance, Ebonyi was among the first few State Government’s to sign up to the Presidential Fertilizer Initiative. The program has already created thousands of direct and indirect jobs in this fertile part of the our country.

22. I would like to congratulate Governor Umahi who put aside his political differences to participate in this federally led project that has improved the lives of not only the farmers of Ebonyi State, but the entire South East States.

23. For the South East, I am pleased to inform you that our 2018 budget proposal has allocated up to N10 billion for the development of the Enyimba Industrial Park and Nnewi Auto Park. Both projects will be implemented in collaboration with the respective state Governments and the private sector. Again, these are classic examples of the partnerships between the Federal and State Governments in the region to improve the livelihoods of Nigerians – politics aside.

24. In October 2017, we commenced the payment of pensions to police officers who were granted Presidential pardon in 2000 after serving in the former Biafran Police during the 30 month civil war. These officers, and their next of kin, have waited for their pensions for 17 years since the Presidential pardon.

25. I want to assure the Ndigbo that the welfare and well-being of every Nigerian is important to us. We stand for inclusivity and will not leave any section or citizen behind.

26. I thank you most sincerely for your attention and warm reception.

30. May God bless the Federal Republic of Nigeria.

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Buhari in Ebonyi, Promises to Address Power, Social Service Issues in S’East

President Muhammadu Buhari on Tuesday reiterated his commitment to deliver on his promises, including addressing issues of agriculture, power and social services in the South-east zone, adding that the 2018 budget also captured many projects in the zone.

The president, who commended the state Governor, Chief David Umahi, for his warm reception and his commitment to the development of the state, said: “I am delighted to be here in Abakaliki to interact with the good people of Ebonyi State and indeed the South-east region as a whole. I want to express my gratitude to the people of Ebonyi State for their hospitality and warm reception since I arrived the state.

“My presence here today is a demonstration of my strong belief in the unity of Nigeria. As the most populous country in Africa with over 300 ethnic groups, our diversity is almost unique. When I met with the leaders of the South-east in Abuja last month, they raised several issues of concern including the state of the roads and infrastructure in the region.

“I will like to commend His Excellency Governor David Umahi for his vision and commitment to the development of this state. Some of the projects I commissioned since my arrival are laudable. I am also grateful to the traditional rulers of Ebonyi State for the honour bestowed on me with the traditional title of Enyi Oha 1. I thank you for this honour and warm reception.

“I want to assure you that we will deliver on our promises. Our 2018 budget included many projects for the region in the area of power, agriculture and social services.”

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Saturday, 4 November 2017

Explosion At Spare Parts Workshop As Enugu Hold LG Elections

There was an explosion in Enugu on Saturday as residents went to the polls to elect leaders at the local government level.

The explosion took place at a spare parts workshop on Brodrick Street in the Coal Camp axis of the Enugu State capital, created panic in the area.

The Enugu State Police Command has, however, called on residents to go about their business as it was a minor explosion which did not affect voting activities at the polling unit close to the site of the explosion.

Public Relations Officer of the Command, SP Ebere Amarizu, said in a short statement that no life was lost and that operatives of the Explosive Ordinance Department of the command were at the scene.

According to him, the operatives will conduct an analysis of the scene and the explosion to find out the cause of the workshop and its nature.

The Coal Camp axis is an enclave of artisans – welders, mechanics, auto electricians and more.

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Friday, 3 November 2017

Anti-Grazing Law Fallout: Thousands Of Cattle Flood Benue Communities

Thousands of cattle and several herders have allegedly invaded Adzage community in Logo Local Government area of Benue State following the implementation of the Anti-Open Grazing law which began in the state, last Wednesday.

Daily Sun gathered from sources in the area that one person, Ortse Kwaghdoo was killed while another, a septuagenarian, Hingir Akaa was brutally wounded by the herders who had flooded the area with their cattle in the last four days.

Our source, Joseph Anawa who spoke with our correspondent on phone said several houses were burnt till early hours of Friday by the invading Fulani herdsmen who also spared no farmlands as they grazed their cattle on the farms of the villagers with reckless abandon.

Anawa who recalled that Kwaghdoo was killed while he was fishing by the river said the situation had sent fears in the heart of the people who could no longer go to their farms for fear of being attacked or even killed by the well armed.

The community leader who listed the affected communities to include Tse-Gi, Tse-Jibo, Tse-Abiem,

Tse-Aku, Tyo-Affiah and Tse-Ajim however noted that there were no casualties yet apart from the killing of Kwaghdoo.

“There is no casualty for now, apart from the killing on Thursday but there are a lot of people machetted. Many have run away into the bush with varying degrees of injuries, their cattle have also destroyed farm crops like yam, rice, guinea corn, soya beans.”

“You know that the settlement attackedbnow had been attacked before, so what the villagers did was to build thatched houses all which have been burnt down again.”

Anawa who lamented that despite the anti open grazing law in the state, the herders were still grazing their cattle freely in the council area said, “the anti grazing law is not effective in this area, because there is nobody to enforce the new law.

“There are no security men on ground aside the usual ones and the vigilante members are handicapped because the herdsmen are armed with sophisticated weapons.”

The community leader claimed, ‘ironically, Taraba state had deployed detachment of security men in two of their towns located along Benue/Taraba border, that is Arufu and Akwara leaving the entire Logo and other boundary communities in Benue state’.

Also confirming the latest incident in the council, chairman of the local government, Hon. Richard Nyajo said six settlements in the council area had been attacked adding that cattle are still grazing in the council area despite the new law.

He added that policemen have been deployed to the council area to beef up security. When contacted, state Police Public Relations Officer, (PPRO) ASP, Moses Yamu said he was not aware of another attack on the said communities in the local government area.

Yams who disclosed that security men have been deployed to all the flash points within the state to beef up security explained that the killing of a man on Thursday morning at a fish pond in the council area was done while the herdsmen were moving out of the state.

“Unlike the previous attacks when the herdsmen would invade communities and attack, the incident on Thursday was that the herdsmen were moving away from the state as a result of the anti grazing law and met the man fishing and killed him”.


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Anambra Elections: 21,000 Policemen To Be Deployed

President Muhammadu Buhari on Friday met with Inspector General of Police, Ibrahim Idris to discuss the security situation in the country especially the preparation ahead of the November 18th elections in Anambra.

Speaking to State House Correspondents after a closed door meeting with the President, the IG who said the issue of kidnapping also top the agenda said, about 21,000 police officers are to be deployed for the elections to provide adequate security in the Anambra election.

He said “Obviously I am here as usual to discuss with the Commander in Chief on the security challenges we are having and how we will face these security challenges adequately.

“The security challenges are obvious. You know we are having elections in Anambra state and we are having challenges in various part of the country especially some of these issues of kidnapping and these are things I discussed with the President and the measures taken to address it squarely.

“For the Anambra election, obviously we are deploring a lot of police officers, almost about 21,000 police officers to be able to provide adequate security in the Anambra election. We are deploying our water boats to take care of the water ways, we are deploring our helicopters to take care of the aerial surveillance and we are deploying our conventional police men and special police units to take care of situations on ground and by the grace of God we are going to have a successful and peaceful elections in Anambra state.”

The IG also speaking on the security situation on Kaduna Abuja highway, said, “Kaduna Abuja road as you rightly observed, we have deplored our special unit there and we have arrested several of these kidnappers and I want to appreciate the effort of the National Assembly for providing sort of a death penalty for suspects arrested involved in some of these cases of kidnapping. I’m sure that in few weeks time we are going to have drastic fall in the report of some of these incidences of kidnapping on those areas because of these punishment that has been made now by the National Assembly.”

Asked when the suspects will be charged to court, Idris said, “We are taking them to court everyday, presently we have almost over 3000 suspects in the various police stations all over the country and we are taking them to court, recently I set up a task force to sort of streamline or scrutinize these cases so that we have speedy trial of some of these suspects.”

Asked when he will honour the summon the Senate, he said, “These are legal issues, we are discussing with our legal team. Obviously if there is need we are going to appear for the sake of having respect for the Senate, I will appear before them.”

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Friday, 27 October 2017

Court Orders El-Rufai, Police To Pay Audu Maikori N40m

The Federal High Court in Abuja today ordered Kaduna State Governor Nasir El-Rufai and three others to pay N40 million as damages to the President of Choc City Group, Audu Maikori.

Justice John Tsoho awarded the costs as compensation for what he ruled as Maikori’s unlawful arrest on and detention between February 17 and 18, and between March 10 and 13, 2017.

The judge was delivering judgement in the fundamental human rights enforcement suit filed by Maikori on May 5, 2017.

READ ALSO: BREAKING: Air Force Strike Kills Shekau’s Wife In Borno

Other respondents in Maikori’s suit are the Inspector-General of Police, the Commissioner of Police in Kaduna state, and the state’s Attorney-General.

Justice Tsoho also directed the respondents to pay the sum of N1,430 to the applicant as the cost of instituting the suit.

He, however, noted that his verdict does not preclude the ongoing trial of Maikori in Kaduna, adding that the police could justifiably arrest suspects for allegedly breaking the law in the cyberspace

It will be recalled that Maikori was arrested on allegations of posting “inciting” tweets alleging the killing of some southern Kaduna students by Fulani herdsmen.

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Robbers Kill Three Policemen During Ondo Bank Robbery

Three officers of the Ondo State Police Command have been shot and killed by a gang of armed robbers who attacked a bank in Ifon, the headquarters of Ose Local Government Area of the state.

Our correspondent gathered that the robbery took place at about 3 pm today (Thursday).

According to an eyewitness, the heavily armed robbers stormed the bank in three vehicles and blew the bank’s doors with an explosive device.

A detachment of policemen to the bank were said to have engaged in a gun duel with the robbers but unfortunately, three of the officers died in the encounter.

The robbers later escaped with an unspecified amount of money.

The Ondo Police Public Relations Officer, Femi Joseph, who confirmed the incident, said the Commissioner of Police, Gbenga Adeyanju, has already visited the scene.

He commiserated with the families of the slain officers, saying the command will release their identities after their families have been formally informed of the sad incident.

Joseph said that the command is on track of the robbers and appealed to the people to provide relevant information that will lead to their arrest.

He assured that that command is on top the security situation in the state stressing that the people should go about their lawful businesses without fear.

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Wednesday, 25 October 2017

Panic As Monkeypox Virus Lands In Ebonyi

…Two suspected patients quarantined

Fear has enveloped the residents of Abakaliki, the Ebonyi State capital, as two persons suspected of being carriers of the Monkeypox virus, have been quarantined in the Isolation Unit of the Federal Teaching Hospital Abakaliki II [FETHA II].

The quarantined patients, Daily Sun gathered, were brought to the hospital by their relatives from an undisclosed hospital in Afikpo North on October 16, for having symptoms of the disease. They were both male and female.

The rumour about the outbreak of the deadly disease has since sent shockwaves and panic across the state capital and environs.

When Daily Sun visited the Isolation Unit of the hospital, some health workers were not forthcoming with situation reports. They asked our correspondent to obtain clearance from the hospital’s management before they could speak with him on the matter. They, however, confirmed that two persons were suspected of having Monkey Pox virus and have been quarantined.

One of them, who pleaded anonymity, told Daily Sun that the two patients were diagnosed of the virus. She explained that their medical report did not indicate whether it was monkeypox or chicken pox virus. She disclosed, however, that investigation was still ongoing.

Hear her: “They were diagnosed of having pox. But it was not clearly stated whether it is Monkey Pox or chickenpox. The two of them were placed under investigation. The investigation is still in progressive. But in the course of the investigation, they changed one of the reports to furunculosis.

“The investigating team later said one of the patients has furunculosis. But it was not clear whether it was monkey pox or chicken pox virus. But I don’t think it is monkey pox virus. For now, none of them is diagnosed of Monkey pox virus. There is no medical evidence to that effect” she added.

Another officer in the Isolation Unit who did not disclose his name also confirmed that there were two suspected victims in their custody. He, however, dismissed the rumour that it was a case of monkey pox virus making the rounds in the state.

“It is not what people suspected. It is ordinary minor skin problem. It is not monkey pox as people suspected. It is just skin problem. It is just one of those allergic skin problems. They will soon go. I have called the coordinator in charge of those people. As soon as he comes, he might discharge them” he stated.

Meanwhile, all efforts to reach the state’s Commissioner for Health, Dr. Daniel Umezuruike, proved abortive as his phone was switched off when our correspondent put a call to him.


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EFCC Arrests Pastor For Defrauding Members N11m In Rivers

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) said it has nabbed a pastor, identified as Ameh Idakwoji, for allegedly defrauding members of the church the sum of N11 million, in Port Harcourt, Rivers State.

Idakwoji was alleged to have defrauded his members by diverting cheques and cash meant for the Church through forged letterheads and signature of the church accountant.

The suspect is currently under the custody of EFCC, while the Commission said it had recovered the said fund and returned same to the church.

This was disclosed, on Wednesday, by the Commission’s South-South Zonal Head, Ishaq Salihu, while handing the cheque to provincial pastor of the parent church, Mark Barango.

Salihu further disclosed that the suspect was the same man that defrauded the Jephthah International School, in Port Harcourt to the tune of N36 million last month. The Commission had since returned the money to the school.

In the words of Salihu, “Idakwoji doubled as the account officer of the Redeemed Christian Church of God, Region 5, Province 4, Port Harcourt, and Jephthah International School “.

According to Salihu, the suspect employed the services of a printer and member of the Church, Adebayo Aderemi, to forge and print the letter head and paid him N400,000 for the executing his job.

He added that investigations by the Commission showed that movements of the Church fund by Idakwoji amounted to N11.9 million.

Responding, Pastor Barango thanked the Commission for the great work in recovering and handing over the money to the RCCG.

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BREAKING: Air Force Strike Kills Shekau’s Wife In Borno

The Nigerian Air Force (NAF) says wife of the leader of the Boko Haram terrorist group, Abubakar Shekau, Mallama Fitdasi, may have been killed during air strikes on Duruwa village.

Doruwa, is located on the outskirts of URGA, near Konduga, in Borno State.

The Air Force also said that the wife of the dreaded terrorists leader, was said to be representing her husband at a meeting with other terrorists members, at the location, when the fighter jets struck.

Director, public relations and information of the Air Force, Air Commodore Olatokumbo Adesanya, who made this known, in a statement, however said the NAF has intensify efforts to confirm the reported killing of Shekau’s wife, alongside other Boko Haram terrorists members.

Adesanya, in the statement, said “Human intelligence indicates that the wife of the Boko Haram Terrorists (BHT) Organisation, Mallama Fitdasi, appeared to have been killed in recent successful airstrikes on DURWAWA settlement on the outskirts of URGA, near KONDUGA.

” Mallama Fitdasi was reported to have been representing her husband in a coordinating meeting with other terrorists at the location of the airstrikes.

“It is recalled that the Nigerian Air Force (NAF) had reported the successful aerial attack of a large number of BHTs at DURWAWA on 19 October 2017. Battle Damage Assessment had indeed revealed that the aerial attack set off a fire, causing damage to the BHT structures within the settlement and neutralized most of the BHTs with a few of them fleeing the location.

“Efforts are ongoing to confirm the reported killing of Shekau’s wife, alongside other BHTs.


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Monday, 23 October 2017

ENUGU: Police Arrest Man For Allegedly Killing Commercial Sex Worker

The police in Enugu State have arrested a man who allegedly stabbed a commercial sex worker to death on Sunday, following a disagreement he had with the woman.

The Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO) SP Ebere Amaraizu, in a statement he issued on Monday, said that the incident happened at about 3:30 a.m. at Onuato Street, Enugu.

Amaraizu said that the victim accompanied the suspect to his apartment where they had a disagreement which resulted in a scuffle that led to her death.

He said that the suspect, who picked up the sex worker at Rangers Avenue on Oct. 22, had agreed with her that he would pay her N4,000 after passing the night with him.

The PPRO quoted the suspect as disclosing that he had drunk to his fill and that on arrival, because it was already getting late, he demanded that they had sex immediately.

“His request did not influence anything as the deceased allegedly requested to finish what she was inhaling in order to be in the mood for the business of the day.

“The accused maintained that after several hours of pressuring her and without any answer, he slept off and woke up before 3 a.m.,” Amarizu stated.

The police spokesman said that the accused immediately ordered the sex wrker to leave the apartment since the aim of bringing her appeared to have been defeated.

“The accused said that the deceased resisted the order and allegedly warned him to beware as she would not succumb to any person’s threat whatsoever.

“She later headed for a kitchen knife that was seen in the kitchen spot of the suspect’s room after allegedly biting him.

“The accused further revealed that a fight suddenly broke out between them and as the deceased tried to stab him to death with the kitchen knife, he overpowered her,” he said.

Amarizu quoted the suspect as saying that the kitchen knife went straight to the stomach of the deceased and he finally stabbed her on the neck region and she died.

The police spokesman said that the accused later wrapped her body and hurriedly arranged to travel to Lagos.

According to him, the suspect was nabbed, following a tip off from members of a local vigilante.

He said that the body was recovered from the apartment and deposited at the mortuary of the Eastern Nigeria Medical Centre, Enugu, as investigations into the incident had commenced.


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Ebonyi Empowers Youths, Women with N750m, 130 Tricycles

The Ebonyi State government has released N750 million and procured 130 tricycles for the empowerment of youths and women in the state.

The Commissioner for Empowerment and Job Creation, Mr. Uchenna Orji, who stated this in Abakaliki Monday, added that the state government is creating a data base for 700,000 unemployed and unempowered youths including members of the recently proscribed Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) and Ebonyians residing outside the state.

He expressed the determination of the present administration towards ensuring that a large chunk of the unemployed youths including women are economically empowered to improve their standards of living.

The commissioner, who stated that the empowerment scheme is not restricted to only the indigenes but also non-indigenes who are residing in the state, added that the whole idea behind the scheme is to boost the state’s economic base and per capita income of the people.

He said: “N750 million had so far been released by the state government for the youth women empowerment programme and N4 billion for entrepreneurship and industrialisation of the state. N2 billion for civil servants empowerment and N130m for Lagos Street to skill empowerment programme; procurement of 130 tricycles for Onitsha Diaspora empowerment programmes and N6 million for empowerment of six horticulturists.”

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Sunday, 22 October 2017

BVN: Funds In 46 Million Bank Accounts May Be Forfeited

Senior Special Assistant to the President on Prosecution, Okoi Obono-Obla
Forty-six million bank accounts have yet to be linked to Biometric Verification numbers and the funds in them will likely be temporarily forfeited to the Federal Government, the Senior Special Assistant to President Muhammadu Buhari on Prosecution has said.

Mr Okoi Obono-Obla, who appeared on Channels Television’s Sunday Politics, believes the Federal Government will be justified should this happen.

His comments come in reaction to an order of interim forfeiture made by Justice Nnamdi Dimgba of the Federal High Court in Abuja.

The judge had ordered a temporary forfeiture of funds and freezing of accounts domiciled in 19 Banks not covered by the Biometric Verification Number (BVN).

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The BVN was launched in February 2014 and as of October 8, 2017, 30.5 million bank customers have been issued BVNs with 51 million accounts linked to the numbers.

But for Obono-Obla who is also the Chairman of the Special Presidential Investigation Panel for the Recovery of Public Property, the number of accounts yet to be linked remain alarming.

“From Central Bank statistics, 46 million accounts are yet to be linked with BVN numbers after three years,” he said, stressing however that he doesn’t know how much money the accounts hold.

According to him, those who have not linked their accounts to BVN had violated a CBN policy had themselves to blame.

“Anyone who has not complied with that directive, it means that his account is fraudulent and so whatever is there should go to the government,” he said.

Despite criticism of the decision and arguments that it is drastic, the Presidential aide does not think it is that stringent, especially after the extension of deadlines over time.

For him, “Our laws are not even as strict as what we find in the U.S. In the United States, if you do not operate in a bank account for three years, all the money in that account goes to the federal government of the United States of America.”

Mr Obono-Obla also faulted the argument that it is not everyone that has an account which is not linked to a BVN that is fraudulent, saying that failure to comply with the BVN policy more than two years after it was implemented suggested that the accounts are fraudulent.

He added, “You don’t expect the government to sit back. Government must take action to ensure that these accounts are closed or government must take action to find out who are the owners of these accounts. Why have they not linked these accounts with BVN as directed by the Central Bank of Nigeria, the regulator?”

The Presidential aide also blasted banks for aiding corruption and financial crime, saying, “I will never absolve the banks from the endemic and pandemic corruption we have because the banks promote corruption. They know these accounts, they know people who bring money into these accounts and some of these accounts are fake.”

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