27 Apr 2016
Speaking at a meeting with the visiting Managing Director of the World Bank, Ms. Sri Mulyani Indrawati, President Buhari said that the repatriation of the additional $320 million US dollars in Switzerland, which has been identified as illegally taken from Nigeria under the Abacha administration, will help to ease the current economic hardship facing the country.
Married migrant who raped a ten-year-old boy at a swimming pool because he had not had sex for four months and it was 'a sexual emergency' pleads guilty in Austrian court
Water charges 101: Will I get my money back? What happens next?
After 61 days Fine Gael and Fianna Fáil have finally agreed on the suspension of water charges, clearing the way for a new government.
1. What is the deal that Fine Gael and Fianna Fáil have reached on water charges?
Minister of Power, Works and Housing, Babatunde Fashola, says his children are also facing the effects of the poor electricity supply presently being experienced in the country.
Fashola who has been very vocal during his tenure as Governor of Lagos state some years ago, has been left to answer many questions Nigerians have been asking about his capability in handling the country’s power sector.
Nigerian singer and baby daddy, Flavour Nabania, is not ready to rush into marriage for now maybe while he is still a singer except he diversify.
The singer’s name has been in the lips of many fans who have wondered who he will pick as his lovely wife considering him being a father with two kids and different ladies.
Reports gathered reveals that the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission has seized a £600,000 wristwatch from former Minister of Petroleum resources, Mrs. Diezani Alison-Madueke and also a £1.4m wristwatch from the wife of the chairman of Atlantic Energy Drilling Concepts Nigeria Limited, Mr. Jide Omokore.
Following the resumption of court proceedings against the Senate president, Bukola Saraki today, the chiarman of the Code of Conduct Tribunal (CCT), Danladi Umar ordered security operatives attached to Senate President to leave the courtroom.
Embattled National Publicity Secretary of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Olisa Metuh, slumped at the National Secretariat of the party at Wadata Plaza in Abuja on Monday.
Weeks after pictures of upcoming Nollywood actress, Maria Francis, went viral for opening her bre*sts for an epic movie, she is cashing in on the act to dazzle men with raunchy pics. See more...
When a family lacks shame, things like this must happen. A terribly enraged woman has carried out a most brutal attack on her own daughter for the most unbelievable reason ever - male lover.
The woman identified as Chiekube Igbinosa in Akumazi community of Delta State, was said to have bit off her daughter’s ear and stabbed her for having s*x with her boyfriend.
The woman identified as Chiekube Igbinosa in Akumazi community of Delta State, was said to have bit off her daughter’s ear and stabbed her for having s*x with her boyfriend.
I just wonder when love and marriage become a do-or-die affair in our country, that people will want to take the life of their fellow human being all for their selfish agenda. This is a dirty and ugly trend!
For refusing his marriage proposal, a man working with MTN as a franchise officer has stabbed his lover, Tosin Ashinwa to death in Tanke area of Ilorin, Kwara State.
The trial of embattled Senate President Bukola Saraki is getting interesting at the CCT as Justice Danladi Umar has warned that he's not going to tolerate any more acts of indiscipline from those who follow Saraki into the court. I will bring you details of testimonies and cross examination.
A civil society organisation, Citizens United for Peace and Stability, staged a rally at the National Assembly on Tuesday, demanding “immediate resignation of Senate President Abubakar Bukola Saraki”.
The protesters, who called themselves #OCCUPYNASS, criticised the purchase of brand new 36 exotic Sport Utility Vehicles (SUV) for the senators.
HIS SPIRITUAL MAJESTY, EMPEROR ALAFIA ADEOBA SHALOM” BIRTH ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION ON 27TH APRIL 2016•
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There is anger in Oreyo community in the Igbogbo, Ikorodu area of Lagos State after some gunmen ambushed and shot dead a father of three, identified as Saheed Agbede, a week to the burial of his mother.
PUNCH Metro learnt that Agbede, who lived on Gbenga Ajadi Street, was killed on Saturday at about 1pm in the neighbouring Ire-Agunfoye area during a clash among land speculators.
It was gathered that Agbede, who sold building materials, was preparing for his mother’s burial which was to hold this week’s Saturday, before he was caught in the crossfire.
Our correspondent learnt that the deceased and a friend, identified only as Gbenga, had on Saturday left home to deliver some cloths to be used for the burial to their friends in the Agunfoye area.
It was gathered that the speculators were exchanging gunshots when bullets hit the two at about 1.30pm.
The police said Agbede died instantly, while Gbenga sustained injuries and was rushed to a hospital.
Our correspondent learnt that the matter was reported at the Ikorodu Police Division, and policemen came to remove Agbede’s corpse. The policemen were also said to have made some arrests.
A neighbour to Agbede, who begged to speak anonymously, said residents were angry because the hoodlums, who killed Agbede, were invited by a man allegedly known by the police.
The neighbour claimed that the man who brought the hoodlums, identified only as Baba Oloda, was well known to the police at Igbogbo.
He said, “Agbede was a landlord on Gbenga Ajadi Street. He was not involved in the clash. His mother died recently and her burial is to hold on Saturday. The deceased, who also had three children, was planning for the ceremony. He had bought the cow, foodstuffs and cloths. He and his friend, Gbenga, also a landlord, had gone to Agunfoye to deliver some of the cloths to their friends.
“It was while they were returning that bullets hit them. Agbede died, but Gbenga is in the hospital as we speak. Everyone is angry because Agbede was innocent. There was no reason for Baba Oloda’s hoodlums to direct their guns at them. We will not allow this to die down. Baba Oloda is known to the police in Igbogbo.”
Another resident of Oreyo, who gave his name as Segun Ake, said, “The hoodlums were fighting over land. There were two factions of land speculators in Agunfoye, but Agbede belonged to neither of the factions. He and the other friend were just caught in the hoodlums’ crossfire.
“The incident happened in the afternoon. What would then happen if it was in the evening? People are boiling and calling for more security in the area.
“Agbede is the breadwinner of his family. He had made all the provisions for his mother’s burial on Saturday. The hoodlums just cut short his life. He is still in a morgue. The police have not released his body for burial.”
Our correspondent gathered that four suspects had been arrested in connection with the killing.
The Lagos State Police Public Relations Officer, SP Dolapo Badmos, confirmed Agbede’s death, adding that the case would be transferred to the Special Anti-Robbery Squad, Ikeja, for further investigation.
She said, “Saheed (Agbede) died on the spot, while Gbenga sustained injuries. Four suspects –Taofik Omidiran, Kolawole Ogunlade, Ahmed Onabanjo and Alade Mabel – were arrested in connection with the crime. Effort is ongoing to transfer the case to SARS for further investigation.”
The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission has seized two houses belonging to Senator Nenadi Usman who was the Director of Finance of the Goodluck Jonathan Campaign Organisation.
It was learnt that the two houses seized were located in Abuja.
The EFCC had arrested Usman last week after it was established that N2.5bn was paid into her company account, Joint Trust Dimensions Limited, and N140m cash was allegedly paid into her Zenith Bank Account with number, 1000158311, domiciled on 7, Kachia Road, Kaduna.
The said transfer, which emanated from the Central Bank of Nigeria, took place in January 2015, during the build up to the presidential election.
The PUNCH had reported that Usman had returned N23m to the Federal Government and also promised to return more money.
It was learnt that the suspect revealed that she had two houses in Abuja and the EFCC swiftly sealed off the buildings.
A source at the anti-graft agency said, “She has been cooperating with us as she has returned N23m and we have also seized two houses belonging to her in Abuja.”
The source revealed that Usman complained of health challenges and she might be released on an administrative bail soon.
“Since she has been cooperating with us and has also returned some money, she will be granted an administrative bail. She seems to have some health challenges. Also, releasing her will give her the ability to return more funds,” the source added.
The PUNCH had reported in March that Usman had on the instruction of a former Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party Board of Trustees, Chief Tony Anenih, transferred different sums of money to several individuals and interest groups during the build up to the last elections.
Usman allegedly transferred monies to several persons through the bank account of a company, Joint Trust Dimension Nigeria Limited.
Through the said account, the Director of Publicity of the Jonathan Campaign Organisation, Chief Femi Fani-Kayode, received N840m. According to the documents sighted by our correspondent, the money was deposited into Fani-Kayode’s Zenith bank account, Maitama Branch with number 1004735721 on February 19, 2015.
EFCC sources said a former Secretary to the Government of the Federation and National Chairman of the Social Democratic Party, Chief Olu Falae, received N100m through a company, Marreco Limited, where he is chairman. The fund was credited into the company’s United Bank for Africa Plc account number 1000627022.
About N320m was also paid into the bank account of the Goodluck Support Group, an association of over 100 pro-Jonathan groups headed by Jonathan’s Special Adviser on Political Affairs, Prof. Rufai Alkali.
Cancer remains one of the deadliest diseases in the world, with 14 million new cases and 8.2 million deaths recorded in 2012, World Health Organisation statistics show.
According to cancer.org, cancer can start anywhere in the body.
It starts when cells grow out of control and crowd out normal cells. This makes it hard for the body to work the way it should.
It is important to note that cancer affects both men and women.
“One of the best ways to fight the disease is to catch it in the early stages, when it’s more treatable,” says WebMD’s Linda Rath.
“The problem is that the warning signs for many kinds of cancer can seem pretty mild.”
Below are 10 cancer symptoms men should not ignore:
1. Finding it difficult to urinate
2. Changes in testicles
3. Blood in urine, semen or stool
4. Weight loss without trying
5. Bone pain
6. Erectile dysfunction
7. Skin changes
8. Breast changes
9. Belly pain and depression
10. Mouth changes
The Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice , Mr. Abubakar Malami, has directed the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission to probe the circumstances surrounding the deal reached by his predecessor, Mr. Mohammed Adoke, not to prosecute a firm, Tidex Nigeria Limited, suspected of an alleged crime.
The directive by the AGF to the EFCC was informed by a petition written by an Abuja-based lawyer, Mr. Max Ogar, who alleged that Adoke as the then AGF in 2011, exempted Tidex, otherwise known as Tidewaters, from prosecution after committing an offence of “importing toxins into the country”.
Our correspondent on Tuesday sighted a letter signed on behalf of Malami by his Special Assistant on Prosecutions, Mr. Okoi Obono-Obla, giving the EFCC a three-week ultimatum to investigate the deal reached between Adoke and the company in 2011.
EFCC is, by the Malami’s directive, expected to turn in its report within the same period of three weeks.
An EFCC source told our correspondent that the commission received the letter from the AGF’s office on April 23.
Attached to Ogar’s petition dated April 11, 2016, was a copy of the document, titled, “Terms of settlement and non-prosecution agreement between the Federal Government and Tidex Nigeria Limited.”
A copy of the non-prosecution agreement, which was obtained by our correspondent along with the petition, was signed by Adoke, a Senior Advocate of Nigeria; Godwin Obla, who served as the Federal Government’s lawyer, and the representatives of Tidex.
As part of the agreement, Tidex was to pay the sum of $6m into the account of the Federal Government with the Central Bank of Nigeria.
Five per cent of the $6m which amounts to $300,000 was to be paid to the Federal Government’s designated lawyer (Obla) as “legal costs and expenses” incurred by the Federal Government “in connection to the investigation carried out into the conduct of Tidewater”.
Ogar, who alleged that there were elements of “economic crime” in the deal, wants the EFCC to investigate among others, “what did the private citizen do to earn a fee of $300,000 and why didn’t the Solicitor General of the Federation witness the purported agreement?”
The agreement reads in part, “Whereas the FGN, through its Attorney General and Minister of Justice has deemed it appropriate to initiate criminal proceedings against Tidewater and Companies in the absence of this agreement arising from the outcome of investigations carried out into the conduct of Tidewater and Companies’ business in Nigeria.
“Whereas the FGN and Tidewater on behalf of Tidewater and Companies now desire to amicably resolve all matters relating to the proposed criminal proceedings under the terms set forth below.
“Now, therefore, in consideration of the mutual promises and releases contained herein and other good and valuable consideration, the FGN and Tidewater for Tidewater and Companies agree as follows:
“1. Finality: (i) Non-prosecution agreement: The FGN agrees that it will not file or seek to file any criminal charges, complaints, allegations, law suits (civil or otherwise), indictments, or causes of action of any kind against Tidewater, or any of the companies arising from any of the facts or allegations relating to the investigations carried out into the conduct of Tidewater and Companies’ business in Nigeria subject matter of the proposed criminal proceedings pursuant to any Nigerian laws and which arise, relate to, or are connected with any failure by Tidewater and/or any of the companies to comply with applicable Nigerian law in relation to the temporary importation of vessels into Nigeria.
“Or in relation to the use of Panalpina entities or other customs brokers, agents to secure permits or waivers from any FGN agency (Panalpina Services), including but not limited to actions under the Money Laundering (Prohibition) Act, the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission Act, the Criminal Code Act, the Corrupt Practices and other Related Offences Act, the Penal Code Act, the Companies and Allied Matters Act, the Customs and Excise Management Act and all other related legislations, regulations of any of successive legislations or modifications in relation thereto.”
The people of Ukpabi Nimbo, a community in the Uzo-Uwani area of Enugu State, which was attacked by Fulani herdsmen on Monday, have blamed security agencies for failing to act on “credible” information they provided before the attack.
The villagers, who said this when the Enugu State Governor, Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi, visited the community on Tuesday, stated that they were abandoned even after they alerted security agencies to the plan to attack them.
The General Officer Commanding, 82 Division, Enugu, Major General Attahiru Ibrahim, and the Commissioner of Police, Enugu State, Nwodibo Ekechukwu, were also in the village on Tuesday.
Security was beefed up in the community during the visit, with heavily armed military and police personnel positioned at strategic locations.
A community leader, Dr. George Ajogu, who spoke on behalf of the people of Ukpabi Nimbo at the village square, said the villagers were not taken unawares by the attack.
A corpse of one of the victims of the herdsmen’s attack, which was uncovered in the bush on Tuesday morning, was displayed in a police Toyota Hilux van at the event.
The corpse was said to be that of a secondary school teacher, who was reportedly abducted from his home and killed in the bush by the herdsmen.
Our correspondent observed deep machete cuts on the corpse.
Ajogu added that more corpses were being uncovered in the bush after more than 20 dead bodies were recovered on Monday.
He noted that the attack would have been prevented had the security agencies acted on information made available to them by the villagers.
In an emotion-laden voice, Ajogu stated, “Had it been that security agencies responded appropriately, this would not have happened.
“They (Fulani herdsmen) did not take us unawares, we knew they were coming.
“We are not happy; we have been crying for more than two weeks that our community is under threat. Now, over 20 people are dead.
“We are still discovering corpses; we discovered one corpse this morning and so many corpses are still in the bush.
“We have been shouting and crying but the security agencies did not come to our aid; only one police patrol van comes to this community.
“Because we lack security, the Fulani come here and tell us the land is theirs. They tell the farmers to kneel down and they rape the women in front of their husbands.”
Ajogu noted that due to the location of the village on the border between Enugu and Kogi states, residents of Ukpani Nimbo community were always under attacks from herdsmen, whom he stated sought to turn the villagers’ farmlands into grazing fields for their cattle.
Urging the federal and state governments to come to the assistance of the community, the spokesman said security should be beefed up in the village to forestall future attacks.
He also urged the security agents, who were deployed in the village to restore normalcy after Monday’s attacks, to remain in the community.
“Please don’t leave, if you leave now, they will return to attack us again.
“They (herdsmen) have been killing and raping our people for some time now,” the community leader added.
The Caretaker Chairman, Uzo-Uwani Local Government Area, Mr. Cornel Onwubuya, said he personally alerted the governor, the commissioner of police and heads of other security agencies after he received a confirmation from some Fulani leaders in the area that the herdsmen were going to attack the community.
Onwubuya disclosed that acting on the report, Ugwuanyi convened a state security council meeting on Sunday night.
According to Onwubuya, the said security council meeting lasted till the early hours of Monday, shortly before the herdsmen struck.
He added, “We had a security report that this was going to happen and I convened a meeting with Fulani stakeholders in Enugu State.
“Some Fulani leaders told us that the herdsmen were camped very close to our community. I informed the Commissioner of Police, Enugu State, who assured us that the attack would be stopped.
“He (Commissioner of Police, Enugu) said he would get in touch with the Commissioner of Police in Kogi State to prevent the attack.
“The information we got was credible but unfortunately, they still attacked us.”
On his part, Ugwuanyi, who said heads of the various security agencies in the state assured him that the attack would be failed, described the incident as a sad moment for Enugu State.
Ugwuanyi noted that even as the governor, he was not in control of the security agencies.
He said, “At the emergency security council meeting, which I convened, we were given all the assurances that the attack would not happen.”
He also disclosed that information available to the government revealed that the attack was initiated from Kogi State.
Two lorry loads of herdsmen landed in parts of Kogi State before the attack, he added.
The governor urged the Federal Government to address the menace posed by the herdsmen.
“The Federal Government should do the needful, but as the governor, I call for peace and prayers.
“Until the Federal Government decides to address this situation, this will continue to happen,” he said.
The governor also disclosed that his administration had to restrain restive youths, who wanted to carry out reprisal on northerners in the state.
Ugwuanyi announced a donation of N5m to the community, adding that the government would foot the medical bills of the injured.
He urged the people to embark on two days of fast and prayers, assuring that necessary measures would be taken to beef up security in the area and other parts of the state.
The governor visited the injured in various hospitals where they were receiving treatment.
Injured villagers recount ordeals
One of the injured victims, Patrick Eze, just finished his National Youth Service Corps programme.
Eze sustained severe cuts on his ankles and other parts of his body.
Another victim, Mr. Kingsley Ezeugo, a former local government councillor, said he only survived because the herdsmen left him for dead after inflicting severe machete cuts on him.
Several victims in critical conditions were observed in various hospitals in the Nsukka area.
A youth, who spoke with one of our correspondents, said the herdsmen stampeded the villagers out of their homes by shooting at houses.
“Those who were caught were taken into the bush and slaughtered with machetes,” the youth said.
Our correspondent observed that the community appeared deserted with several villagers leaving the area with their luggage.
Meanwhile, the Enugu State Police Command said it was investigating the incident.
The Police Public Relations Officer, Ebere Amaraizu, who said this on Tuesday, however, said six persons died in the attack.
NLC, Afenifere, MASSOB warn
of dangerous consequences
Organised labour has, however, warned that the incessant attacks on communities by Fulani herdsmen across the country have the capacity to plunge the country into a worse security situation than the raging insurgency in the North-East if not tackled immediately.
The labour movement also berated security agencies for not living up to standard in securing the lives and property of Nigerians.
The General Secretary of the Nigeria Labour Congress, Dr. Peter Ozo-Eson, and the President of the Trade Union Congress, Mr. Bala Kaigama, made the comments in different telephone interviews with The PUNCH on Tuesday.
Ozo-Eson, who described the reported clashes between the Fulani herdsmen and their host communities as worrisome, urged the Federal Government to address, without delay, the factors responsible for the current migratory crisis.
Ozo-Eson believed that if land needed for grazing cattle was the issue, the Federal Government should address it quickly to stop such killings and destruction which were not recorded even in countries reputed to be major exporters of meat.
He said, “It is worrisome, we think whatever the push factors are that are leading to this situation need to be dealt with very quickly because we are trying to get out of a major security situation, the insurgency in the North-East.
“And if we allow a situation, in which these clashes allegedly between Fulani herdsmen and various communities and farmers to continue this way, we could actually have a more serious security threat on our hands than even the North-East situation because this is becoming a reoccurring issue across the country.
“There are clashes in Benue, the South-West, South-East, Enugu now, and various other places that are not even reported.
“So, I think that government needs to take this very seriously and do something quickly either by promoting a culture of ranches or whatever other interventions so that these clashes can be avoided.”
He challenged security agencies to ensure that those behind the killings and destruction of property were brought to book in a transparent manner as that remained the only way to earn the confidence of the people.
The TUC boss said, “The performance of the security agencies is below our satisfaction because the security agencies are supposed to wake up to their responsibilities and provide security for Nigerians.
“We cannot go into jungle justice. That is why we are holding the government responsible so that it will not degenerate. We cannot tolerate a situation where innocent souls are being killed like fowls. Government should know that life and property are its duty to protect.”
In a similar vein, the Afenifere has faulted the silence of President Muhammadu Buhari and the state governors on the attacks of Fulani herdsmen on farmers across the country in the recent time.
This was contained in the communique issued at the end of the monthly meeting of the association, held at the home of its leader, Pa Reuben Fasoranti, in Akure, the Ondo State capital, on Tuesday.
In the communiqué, read by the Publicity Secretary of the association, Mr. Yinka Odumakin, Afenifere said the Federal Government had a duty to protect the lives and property of the citizens of the country.
The association added, “We are worried that Federal Government seems to have maintained indifference to the wanton killings going on across the country against the provisions of the constitution.
“We call on President Muhammadu Buhari to speak up on this matter and take urgent action to restore the security of the people of Nigeria, especially in the South and Middle Belt.”
The group also asked the state governments and members of the National Assembly to speak out on the matter before it got out control.
“We also reject the statement of the Minister of Information, Alhaji Lai Muhammed, that the Federal Government is working silently on this matter. Several killings cannot be going on and the Federal Government working silently.
“It is unfortunate that that statement is coming from the Federal Government of Nigeria. There can’t be any silent working over these killings and the action of the Federal Government must be open,” Afenifere stated.
In its reaction, the Movement for the Actualisation of the Sovereign State of Biafra warned that the herdsmen would no longer be allowed to get away with the destruction of lives and property in the South-East.
MASSOB National Director of Information, Mr. Samuel Edeson, who spoke to one of our correspondents, said, “We condemn the attack on helpless villagers by heavily armed Fulani herdsmen.
“The destruction of lives and property by herdsmen has got out of hand even though we are peace loving people, we cannot allow this to continue in Igboland.”
In the same vein, the Enugu State Chapter of the Social Democratic Party said the Federal Government must speak out to condemn the activities of the herdsmen.
“We call on the Federal Government to speak out against the brazen and atrocious killing of innocent villagers by herdsmen; the Presidency has been silent on this matter for a long time now. The silence seems to be given impetus to the herdsmen.
“We urge the government to condemn the murderous invasion of communities in the strongest terms, and as interim measures, halt the movement of herdsmen from the North to the South until a permanent solution is worked out,” the state chairman of the SDP, Mr. John Nwobodo, said.
Meanwhile, the Assistant Inspector General of Police in charge of Zone 11, Mrs. Kalafite Adeyemi, has advised farmers to always report the destruction of their farms and other atrocities of herdsmen to the police.
The AIG said this while speaking in an interview with journalists during her visit to Kunnike International School, Osogbo, Osun State, on Tuesday.
Adeyemi, who expressed surprise at the facilities in the private school, said the police had ensured that compensation was paid to some farmers, whose farms were destroyed by herdsmen, saying resorting to self-help would worsen the crisis.
The AIG added, “We can reduce the attacks. Those whose farms are destroyed should report to the police. Some of the herdsmen were made to pay damages in the past.”
She stated that the police had been talking to farmers and to the herdsmen to ensure that there were no clashes any more.
There was a breach of the peace on Etunrere Street in the Ikorodu area of Lagos on Monday after the wife of a policeman attached to the state police command allegedly stabbed her neighbour, Mrs. Olaitan Ayobami.
The cop’s wife, Mrs. Desola Ochoche, fled the residence afterwards, leaving Ayobami for dead. Ayobami was later rushed to a private hospital in the area.
PUNCH Metro learnt that the attack was caused by a scuffle between the duo on Sunday when Ochoche reportedly challenged Ayobami to a duel for laughing at her.
It was gathered that they were separated only for the fight to resume around 6am on Monday when Ayobami, a teacher, wanted to bathe.
Our correspondent was told that after the face-off, the teacher with her children were heading for school when Ochoche ambushed her at the entrance of their rented building with a shard of bottle.
She was said to have chased her to the garage on the premises and stabbed her in the head and hand.
It was learnt that Ochoche was eventually arrested by policemen from the Igbogbo Police Division, but released a few hours later.
Ayobami said she wanted Ochoche to be brought to book, adding that she was still in pains.
She said, “On Saturday, I left my phone in my kitchen and when I went back to pick it, I found it inside water. I wanted to challenge Iya Oby (Ochoche), but my husband warned me not to do so because I didn’t have evidence. On Sunday, she started singing abusive songs against me, but I did not reply.
“At a point, I laughed and she became angry. She poured water on me and we fought. While I was going to the bathroom on Monday morning, she attacked me and we fought again. Her husband separated us and warned her to let peace reign.
“I was going to school when she attacked me in the corridor and stabbed me with a shard of bottle. Her husband, who is a policeman, took her to the Igbogbo division, but she has been released. I want her to be charged to court.”
Ochoche, who spoke with our correspondent on the telephone, admitted stabbing Ayobami. She, however, claimed that she acted to revenge an injury earlier inflicted on her by the teacher.
She said, “I have been warning her to stop insulting me with songs. She would accuse me of flirting around just because I am not employed. It is true I stabbed her but she had used something to injure me in the face while we were fighting around 6am on Monday. I revenged so that she would know she cannot intimidate me.”
Asked if it was Ayobami’s laughter that caused the Sunday’s fight, she replied, “I don’t know. I am on medication and want to sleep.”
Another neighbour, Sarah Elijah, said she was in her kitchen when she heard the sound of a broken bottle, adding that she did not approach Ochoche to avoid trouble.
The landlord of the house, who did not want his name in print, told our correspondent that the two tenants had been at loggerheads for a long time. He said he had intervened on several occasions and served their husbands notices to quit when the fight persisted.
He said, “I have called them several times and talked to them, including their husbands. I gave them notices to quit in January when the fight was going out of hand. The Monday incident was terrible. Ochoche’s husband told me Ayobami was the one who initially attacked his wife. But residents said it was not true. I told her (Ochoche) not to enter my house again because I fear something worse may happen.”
The police spokesperson in the state, SP Dolapo Badmos, said it was a case of affray and the two women would be charged to court.
She said, “The two women injured each other and they have been released to go and take care of themselves after which they will be charged to court for affray.”
The founder of Christ Apostolic Church, CAC, Prophet (Dr.) T. A. Jegede, has debunked allegations that he uses charms to perform miracles.The prophet fondly called Baba Ago, had been accused of using charms to accumulate some wealth in Ile-Epo area of Oke-Odo among many other allegations.
Others also alleged that Baba Ago bought fresh human heads for ritual purposes.
However, the prophet said none of ‘these satanic allegations’ shook him.
In a recent chat with City People Magazine, the Ilesa-Oshun State-born pastor said, “People went to say that I am using charms to run my church and I said ‘Charms?, how do you mean that I am using charm to run my ministry?
“I said ‘ok, where is the charm? Go and uproot that charm and let the world see it.
“I don’t count such things as big challenges.
“People will see and know the truth. Some people phoned to ask me about the allegation and I said ‘Please, let’s wait for the Lord will unveil everything.
“Such controversies don’t bother me because God is involved in my dealings. He will never disappoint me.”
The prophet further noted that ‘juju’ can ruin the life of a man of God.
According to him, “If they do small Juju today, tomorrow they want to do a bigger version of the Juju and that is the beginning of getting addicted to Juju and from there their calling will be destroyed by the devil.”
The National Coordinator of the Oodua People’s Congress, OPC, Otunba Gani Adams, yesterday advised the Federal Government to seek spiritual solution to the present economic challenges facing the country.Adams, who made the call at the grand finale of the annual Aje Festival in Lagos, wondered how Nigeria could be experiencing economic woes amid huge human and natural endowments.
“Now is the time to appreciate Aje, the deity that is in charge of fortunes and prosperity. It is apparently the most sought-after in life. And God has created a kind of unique spiritual affinity between man and wealth.
“It is sad that Nigeria could be in this situation, despite its huge human and natural resource. It is an Irony of fate that Nigeria’s budget keeps increasing annually, yet there is little to show for it. And the truth is: We have lost touch with the spiritual realm.”
Adams further tasked political office holders to ensure that they deliver on their electoral promises, saying, “you must ensure that you deliver on your promises to the people. Your words should be a measure of what you are worth.”
Budding Nigerian entertainers, Blair and Clinton Roberts popularly known as DNATwins have been reportedly kidnapped.The twin brothers, who rose to fame as contestants on Glo X Factor Season 2, were abducted by unknown gunmen on their way to Lagos from Abuja where they had visited their mother.
According to reports, barely two hours into their journey, the vehicle, Ekesons Transport Company which they boarded was attacked by the gunmen who robbed the passengers before taking the 20-year-old twin brothers away.
The gunmen were reportedly dressed in army uniforms and the passengers thought their bus was stopped as part of checkpoint procedures.
They went on to hit the driver, shot the windscreen of the vehicle before they ordered all passengers to alight and they were allowed to return to the bus after they were stripped of their valuables.
However, the twins did not return, and they have not been seen or heard from since then.
Also, reports say the kidnappers had since called their father on the phone and made demands for a N6million ransom, which was later increased to N10million with threats to kill the boys if the ransom is not paid between yesterday (Tuesday) and today.
Their elder brother, Quincy Robert made the disclosure on his Twitter handle, @quincysings.
He tweeted: “Hi, if you’re seeing this, please retweet my next few tweets. My Lil brothers (CLINT&BLAIR) were kidnapped yesterday morning#SaveDNATwins.
“Enroute from Abuja to Lagos, Gunmen attacked their bus (EKESONS) at Kogi state. #SaveDNATwins.
“The driver was shot in the eye. D rest of d passengers were robbed but only my brothers were kidnapped#SaveDNATwins.
“The kidnappers called us demanding for a ransom of N6Million, but as at yesterday morning, they increased it to N10Million.#SaveDNATwins.
“We cant come up with such an amount at this time,so we urge Nigerians to report to the nearest police station if you got info#SaveDNATwins.
“We put these pictures up because the transport company(EKESONS)denied that the boys were left behind after the rescue team came.#SaveDNATwins.
“So this is proof enough to whom it may concern and other passengers confirmed the twins were taken.#SaveDNATwins.”
The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) yesterday disclosed that it has recovered a Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) equipment valued at N2.6billion from a Lagos hospital owned by former Chief of Air Staff, Air Marshal Adesola Amosu.
The agency also blocked an account operated by a “highly placed individual” who was trying to wire $500 million outside the country.
A senior official who spoke on anonymity told Daily Trust that contrary to reports, the arms deal scandal is $15 billion not $2.1billion.
“The actual amount involved in the arms deal is $15 billion. The $2.1 billion was just one transaction out of it.”
The EFCC official confirmed the arrest of the former Resident Electoral Commissioner (REC) in Rivers State, Mrs Gesila Khan, in connection with the N681million she allegedly received to rig the 2015 elections.
Speaking on companies involved in the arms deal, the official said the promoters of those firms would be prosecuted even as billions of naira had already been recovered from them.
“Majority of the companies involved in the arms deal are owned by serving military officers. They registered these companies using the names of their cronies.
“Despite the fact that they returned some money, we are still going to prosecute them,” he said.
Commenting the Panama Papers that exposed some public officials’ offshore holdings, the official said EFCC was analyzing the evidence, would soon act on them.
On the EFCC’s reported clearance of the chairman of the Code of Conduct Tribunal, Danladi Umar, the top staff stated: “The EFCC didn’t exonerate the CCT judge. What the letter said was that there was no sufficient evidence to prosecute him at that time.”
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