6 Oct 2016

Male suicide bomber neutralized by troops in Borno

Today at about 6.30am, troops of Operation Lafiya Dole intercepted and neutralized a male suicide bomber at the outskirts of Maiduguri, Borno State. The terrorist who attempted to infiltrate through the troops forward defences at Jidari Polo general area, came in through Alidawari village about 4 kilometres ahead of Jidari strapped with heavy Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs) vest.

The vigilant troops on sighting him laid in wait for the intruder when vehemently refused to stop despite several warnings and challenges. A marksman neutralized the suicide bomber. The combined team of Nigerian Army and Nigeria Police Explosive Ordinance Device (EOD) safely detonated the IED laden vest on the suicide bomber.

Judge awards Dino Melaye N10m compensation in his case against Nigeria Police

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Justice Gabriel Kolawole of the Federal High Court in Abuja has granted N10 million in damages to Senator Dino Melaye, over a lawsuit he filed against the Inspector General of Police.

Dino had filed the lawsuit in 2014 after police stopped him from protesting against former Aviation Minister, Stella Oduah, who was then exposed for a scam in which she authorized the purchase of two overpriced bulletproof BMW cars for her personal use at an exorbitant price.

Police had manhandled and briefly detained Dino as he led a group of protesters against Stella Oduah who is now a senator and one of Dino's new friends in Bukola Saraki's camp. Lol!

The police had justified their actions against Dino on the grounds that he and fellow protesters had not obtained permission to stage their protest.

According to SR, Justice Kolawole ruled that the police had violated his rights, and awarded N10m in damages to the senator.

However, in a parting shot, the judge mocked Dino as a “self-styled” anti-corruption activist. He said he awarded the cost simply because every Nigerian has a right to peaceful protest.

The usually loud Dino Melaye didn't say much about his court victory apparently because he and Ms. Stella Oduah, the target of his anti-corruption protest in 2014, are now working closely in support of Saraki who is facing trials for alleged false asset declaration as well as money laundering.

Company MD arrested over N4billion fraud by EFCC...photo

Following over a hundred petitions from across the country on the operations of an alleged Wonder bank and its nefarious activities, the EFCC on Thursday October 6, arrested the Managing Director of “Lets Partner With You Ltd”, Chief. Patrick Shanchi Nwokike at his residence in Enugu, Enugu state.

Petitions from a cross section of Nigerians and cutting across religious, gender, ethnic, economic and social class indicate that the company had over the past five years solicited and obtained deposits of more than N4,000,000,000 ( Four Billion Naira Only) from the general public with promise of mouth watering interest in return.

According to investigations conducted by the Commission, the company has no license to solicit and manage funds for the public nor was it registered with Securities and Exchange Commission, SEC, or the Nigeria Deposit Insurance Company, NDIC.

Further investigations revealed that a 10% (Ten percent) interest was for some time paid on invested capital which for no justifiable reason, was suddenly stopped and all efforts by depositors to have at least the capital of their investments returned nor terminate their investments proved abortive.

Many of the complainants alleged that the operators of the scheme especially, Chief Nwokike not only live very flamboyant lifestyles but acquired several personal assets as well as using their deposits for philanthropic enterprise. The company was also found to have over six accounts in about four banks with the CEO of “Lets Partner With You Ltd” and his wife being the only signatories to the accounts.

In his statement, Nwokike who acknowledged that depositor’s funds with his company was about N4,000,000,000( Four Billion Naira Only) , denied operating both money lending and investment business as alleged by the petitioners.
He stated that his company is into partnership business which receives money from interested partners who desires interest from their money after it might have been infused into businesses especially that of small scale traders.

Nwokike argued that the present problem facing his company is as a result of the general economic downturn in the country; an argument punctured by his depositors who said his company started defaulting even before the present economic woes.
Investigation is still on-going to ascertain the extent of the company’s operations, its culpability, likely recovery of funds and possible prosecution.

See Former Vice President, Atiku Abubakar working out at the gym...photo

Former Vice President, Atiku Abubakar posted photos of his workout session. "Warming up for my medicals, so I can complete my transfer to Arsenal in January" the 69-year-old joked.

Young engaged Nigerian couple reunite after being rescued in the Mediterranean Sea...photo

Hundreds of EU-bound African migrants were rescued in the Mediterranean Sea this week. Each rescue brings with it people and stories from all over the world. Among those rescued by MOAS crew are Lucky and Mary, a young engaged couple from Nigerian. 

Both were rescued in a 48-hour period in which over 10,000 people were assisted by search and rescue operations while attempting the Central Mediterranean crossing. 

Although Lucky and Mary left the beaches of Libya on the same night, they were placed in separate wooden boats by the smugglers who had promised them a safe journey to Europe. Lucky’s boat was rescued by MOAS in the early hours of the morning. Immediately, he asked the MOAS crew and the Red Cross team on board to help him find his fiancĂ©e. Having realised the huge danger of their situation – he now knew that there was no way either of their unseaworthy boats could have ever reached Europe – he had to wait for several excruciating hours before Mary’s boat was finally rescued by the Responder.

Lucky and Mary claimed they were forced to flee Nigeria over threats of death. For Lucky, the time came when his mother was killed and he feared that he would be targeted next. For Mary, an orphan, it was when life with her abusive uncle became too much to bear. When the Red Cross asked Mary why she loved Lucky, she replied, "He was there when there was no hope". Now, the couple’s hope is that they will be able to build a safe and secure life in Europe

Norway announces it will ban Islamic veil from classrooms

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The burqa veil is to be banned in schools and universities across Norway following similar measures in other European countries, according to the Norwegian education minister.

The country's right-wing government confirmed it was considering “national regulations prohibiting the full-face veil in schools and universities.”, a move supported by the opposition Labour Party.

Education minister Torbjorn Roe Isaksen confirmed the ban would only apply to the full-face veil and not to other Islamic headscarves including the hijab, chador and niqab.

Photo of Gunmen who kidnapped two teachers and four students from Lagos Model College, Epe

Gunmen in broad day light have kidnapped four students and two teachers in a Lagos State Model College this morning.

The gun men invaded the Lagos State Model College, Igbonla, Epe area of Lagos, Southwest Nigeria and whisked away the students and their teachers.

There was pandemonium in the school when the kidnappers struck around 8.00am as they shot sporadically into the air to scare people away.

The students and their teachers were taken to an unknown destination.

The police have also confirmed the kidnap of the students and teachers.

Police Public Relations Officer, Dolapo Badmos said two of the students were rescued while two teachers and two students have been taken away by the gunmen.

She said four students and two teachers were initially captured by the gunmen, but that the police successfully rescued two students while the gunmen made away with two other students and two teachers.

“Four students were kidnapped and two teachers. We have rescued two of the students. Two teachers and two other students were taken away by the kidnappers,” she told PM News.

According to her, the police were already combing the area to ensure speedy release of the kidnapped students and their teachers.
PM News gathered that the gunmen arrived the school on Thursday morning in speed boats and successfully kidnapped the students and their teachers.

In recent time, Ikorodu and Epe areas of Lagos have been den of kidnappers. This year in Epe, an expatriate contractor working on a Lagos project was kidnapped.

Also, the Director of Account in Governor Akinwunmi Ambode’s office was kidnapped early this year with his son in Epe.

In Ikorodu, there have been several cases of kidnapped and killings by gunmen.

PM News

See the Alaafin of Oyo and his young wife... photo

The Alaafin of Oyo and one of his young Oloris, attended the AJE Festival held at Gberefu Island in Badagry yesterday.

Omg! Shocking graphic photo of 80 yrs old man bathed with acid over inheritance...

Police in Okhoro Police Division in Edo state yesterday arrested a 40 year old lady, her two sons and nanny for the gruesome acid attack on a renowned Benin based 80 year old doctor, Pa Tunde Ojehomon, PhD, over change of beneficiaries in a Will and Property Sales. 
More graphic photos below...

Photo credit: Jefferson Uwoghiren

Nigerian woman praises Indian doctors after undergoing successful surgery in India...photo

A 37-year-old woman from Nigeria, who had two aneurysms in her brain, underwent successful surgery at a hospital in India.

Aishat was suffering from bilateral internal carotid artery aneurysm (ICA Aneurysm) a bulge or "ballooning" in the wall of an artery, which carries oxygen-rich blood from the heart to the rest of the body. In the case of the aorta -- the main artery of the body, supplying oxygenated blood to the circulatory system, an overstretched and weak aorta can burst, causing serious bleeding and leading to death.
As a result of the condition, Aishat had recurrent headaches and was also slowly losing her eyesight.

"Aishat had two aneurysm of 20 mm size in her brain. Due to the aneurysm, continuous pressure was exerted on the nerves of her brain because of which she always had a headache and was slowly losing her eye sight," said C.P.S. Chauhan, Associate Director (Radiology and Interventional Radiology Department) at Jaypee Hospital

Aishat had a balloon like outpouching of blood vessels in her brain and also had a significant risk of brain haemorrhage. 

"The surgery involved many risks as the patient can lose his/her eyesight completely or can get paralysed," added Dinesh Ratnani, Senior Neurosurgeon at Jaypee Hospital.

Doctors treated Aishat earlier this week using interventional radiology -- which provides minimally invasive image-guided diagnosis and treatment of diseases in every organ system. Using the interventional radiology technique, we reached brain through the thighs arteries and then performed the surgery. A flow diverter was put across the neck of the aneurysm in the brain so that the blood flow doesn't reach the aneurysm. The aneurysm was partially filled with coils as well," Chauhan said.

Post-surgery, Aishat is able to lead a normal life. She said: "Doctors here have given me a new life as they gave me the confidence that I can easily get operated and lead a normal life. The hospital also took care of the cost of my treatment and I am really thankful to them for this as I was not in a condition to afford the treatment cost."

Source: Times of India

These suspected militants invade Lagos school and kidnap principal

A group of suspected militants armed with guns this morning invaded Igbo Nla Model College in Epe, Lagos, kidnapping the principal. 

The Nation reports that men of the Lagos state police command in search of the kidnappers. Lagos state has in recent times witnessed series of attacks from militants. Details later.

This African woman dies after jumping from condo in Bangkok, British man questioned ...photo

An African woman believed to be from Uganda died after jumping from a condo in Bangkok, Thailand in the early hours of Monday morning, October 4th. 
Police were called to the Suksawat Modern Condoview on Suksawat Road in the Rat Burana district just after 4am. Upon arrival they spoke with a British man, named as Ashley Daniels, 30. 

Daniels told officers he was a friend of the woman and that the pair had returned to his room on the 16th floor at around 2am following a night out. He said both he and the woman were sleeping when she got a call on her mobile phone. After spending several minutes arguing on the phone, the woman suddenly got out of bed and jumped from the bedroom window to her death. 

Security guards told officers that Mr Daniels told them of the incident around 4am, when he ran out of the condominium building and jumped into the nearby klong where the woman’s body lay. 
Daily News reports Mr Daniels works as a teacher at Panyasak School and that the woman had visited him at his condo on at least two separate occasions. 
Police are continuing to investigate the incident.The woman’s body has been sent to Siriraj Hospital for autopsy.

Source: Daily News

EFCC arrests FUTA Vice Chancellor and Bursar ..photo

Professor Adebiyi Daramola, Vice Chancellor Federal University of Technology, Akure, Ondo State and the Bursar, Emmanuel Ademola Oresegun, were quizzed at the Iyaganku office of the EFCC in Ibadan yesterday in respect of an alleged case of Abuse of Office and misappropriation of funds reported against the duo.
According to the petition submitted to the Commission, it was alleged that the Vice Chancellor and the Bursar were involved in “Corruption, Fraud, Criminal Breach of Trust, Unlawful Enrichment and Conversion of Millions of Naira of the University."

The Vice Chancellor allegedly drew Furniture Allowance annually instead of just once in 4 years as approved and he was paying himself Housing Allowance while residing in the University’s Vice Chancellor’s Quarters

The petition further alleged that he diverted funds from various unrelated subheads to finance other projects without the appropriate approvals for such virement. 

The VC and Bursar are still undergoing interrogation as at the time of this report.

Woman begs ‘Nanny’ to become husband’s second wife...photo

When a friend offered Mozambican Bongiwe Ndlovu a job as her nanny in Mzansi she was very excited. But when she arrived she was shocked to discover she wasn’t needed to look after he friend’s children, but to become her husband’s second wife!

The 22-year-old, who came to South African last month, said she was led to believe her childhood friend (23) wanted her to help with her two kids. But when she arrived at her home in Agincourt, Mpumalanga she was locked up.

Bongiwe’s friend for two weeks tried to convince her to marry her husband, until she escaped at the end of last month.

Constable Sonile Usinga said: “The two women grew up in the same village in Mozambique. One of them moved to South Africa, but later went home to offer Bongiwe a job as a nanny for her two kids. She agreed and came to South Africa, but there was no job waiting for her.”

Bongiwe told the cops she was locked in her friend’s house after she refused to become her husband’s second wife. She said although she saw the husband, he didn’t approach her while she was kept in the house.

After Bongiwe managed to escape she approached a resident and told her the story.

The resident took her to the Mhala Police Station and she opened a case against her friend. The friend appeared in the Mhala Magistrates Court on Monday and the case was transferred to the regional court.

Video of girl begging shop keeper for a drink hours before she was battered to death by 'wicked Granny'

This harrowing footage shows a seven-year-old girl hours before she was battered to death as her 'wicked' gran was jailed. Juanila Smikle brutally beat seven-year-old Shanay Walker and denied her from having food and water in the years leading up to her death.

The 55-year-old was previously sentenced for assaulting her own granddaughter but had the conviction overturned on appeal before being found guilty at a retrial last month.

Last year tragic CCTV footage was released showing the girl in her pyjamas begging a shopkeeper for something to drink just hours before she was found dead.

The footage shows Shanay running barefoot into a corner shop the night before her frail bruised body was discovered.

Na wa o! Photo of robbery suspects who rapes a male victim in Lagos

The Lagos State Police Command has arrested a suspected robber, Ebere Nwankwo, for allegedly attacking and raping a male victim in the Lekki area of the state.

Punch Metro learnt that 20-year-old Nwankwo, after dispossessing his victim, identified only as Martins, of the sum of N22,000, allegedly had anal sexual intercourse with the victim.

This is just as two other robbery suspects – Jelili Babatunde and Ramon Haruna – were arrested by the police in the Isokoko, Agege area, while dispossessing pedestrians of their valuables.

A Punch correspondent gathered that in the Lekki incident, which occurred last Thursday, Nwankwo, who was armed with a gun, sneaked into Martins’ apartment on Goshen Estate in the Lekki area at about 4pm.

He was said to have ransacked the victim’s room and found N22,000.

It was learnt that Nwankwo thereafter allegedly ordered 16-year-old Martins to get on the bed, while he had sexual intercourse with him.

The suspect was afterward arrested by operatives from the Maroko Police Division, who were on a patrol in the area.

A source said the victim’s screams during the intercourse alerted the policemen.

He said, “The robber had threatened to force his victim to an Automated Teller Machine, where he would get more money from him. In the meantime, the suspect asked his victim to lie on the bed and he started having sexual intercourse with him.

“Some policemen, who were patrolling the estate, heard screams from an apartment and they drew close. When they forced the door open, the suspect and the victim were found having anal sex.”

Our correspondent gathered that Nwankwo told the police in his statement that he had sex with his victim to get some magical powers.

The Lagos State Police Public Relations Officer, SP Dolapo Badmos, said the robbery suspect would be charged to court with sodomy and stealing.

She said, “The suspect has confessed to the crime. He said the sexual intercourse was to make his victim forget about the stealing. We will charge him to court with sodomy and stealing.”

In the Agege incident, Haruna told our correspondent that his friend, Babatunde, lured him into the operation, adding that they had realised N11,000 and some phones, before they were arrested by the Isokoko division.

He said, “I am a mechanic. My parents are responsible people. It was bad friendship that made me to go into robbery. My friend had lured me to go out with him to attack those pedestrians. I rode the motorcycle that we used for the operation. Jelili (Babatunde) had a toy gun that we used in dispossessing people of their property.”

The police spokesperson, Badmos said the suspects would soon be charged to court.

These angry mobs beat up a LASTMA official for punching a driver to coma in Lagos...photo

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There was pandemonium on Wednesday at the Costain area of Lagos State as an official of the Lagos State Management Authority and a bus driver were reportedly beaten to a pulp.

Punch Metro learnt that officials of LASTMA had allegedly apprehended the bus driver at the Costain bus stop, for allegedly violating a traffic rule.

It was alleged that an argument ensued between the driver, his conductor and the officials. In the ensuing scuffle, a LASTMA official allegedly punched the driver and he slumped.

A mob was reported to have barricaded the road in protest as the driver lay on the floor, foaming in the mouth.

The mob reportedly vandalised a LASTMA patrol car which drove into the protesters at the time, beating up the officials.

They were said to have mobilised and also attacked the LASTMA office in the area and vandalised vehicles in the yard before the intervention of policemen from the Iponri division.

A witness, Ibrahim Adisa, said the incident happened around 9am.

He said, “We saw that the LASTMA officials held the bus driver at the junction for breaking traffic rule. The man did not release the vehicle to them, which started an argument. The driver and the conductor then started fighting the LASTMA men.

“One of the LASTMA officials put his hand in the pocket and brought out a ring which he used to hit the driver. The man fell and started foaming in the mouth.  The officials then took his bus into their yard and left him on the ground.

“A mob barricaded the road and vandalised a LASTMA patrol car that came in that time. They beat up all the officials in the car. After that, they carried the man’s body into the LASTMA’s office and chased out the workers.”

Punch Metro learnt that the driver was later taken to a hospital after the police arrived to quell the unrest.

A motorcycle rider said the situation would have been worse but for the intervention of the police.

“Traffic was at a standstill and the hoodlums were looking for LASTMA officials or any government official to attack,” he added.

As of 3pm when Punch correspondent left the area, no traffic official was in sight as police patrol vehicles mounted surveillance in the area.

The Police Public Relations Officer, SP Dolapo Badmos, confirmed the incident, adding investigations were ongoing.

She said, “Yes, I can confirm that LASTMA officials impounded a vehicle and the driver and his conductor engaged the LASTMA officials in fisticuffs, which led to two losing consciousness. The two are the driver and a LASTMA official. They were both rushed to the hospital where they are currently recuperating. Investigation has commenced into the matter.”

The spokesperson for LASTMA, Mr. Mahmud Hassan, in a statement, denied that the driver was beaten by an official of the agency.

He explained that some hoodlums, who were attempting to free the driver’s bus, invaded the premises of the agency and vandalised vehicles.

He said, “The commercial bus was apprehended for illegal picking and dropping of passengers in the Costain area. The commercial bus was subsequently taken to the nearest yard of the agency at Iponri for booking.

“However, in a bid to circumvent the law and retrieve the vehicle from LASTMA’s yard, the driver mobilised friends and hoodlums, who attacked the Iponri office of the agency. They injured our personnel and damaged vehicles in the yard. However, when the driver’s action did not yield the desired result, he stripped himself naked and created a scene in order to draw the sympathy of unwary members of the public.

“When the act failed, his friends and hoodlums put him in a wheelbarrow with a clear intention to cause commotion and breakdown of law and order.”

Hassan said two of the hoodlums had been arrested and would be arraigned in court.

The General Manager of LASTMA, Mr. Bashir Braimah, according to the statement, said no amount of violence would make the agency to shy away from its statutory responsibility.


Photo of 28 yr old man who raped a 3 yr old in Port Harcourt

It was the handiwork of the devil, said a 28-year-old man, Mr. Bethel Samuel, yesterday, while confessing to Rivers State Police officers how he raped a three-year-old girl at Rumuolumeni community in Obio/Akpor Local Government Area of the state.

Samuel, who said he was an aide to a Pentecostal church clergyman in Port Harcourt, told the police that he had carnal knowledge of the girl at his principal’s house. Narrating the incident to the Public Relations Officer of the command, Nnamdi Omoni, and the Divisional Police Officer of Rumuolumini, Mr. Bethel Samuel described his action as the handiwork of the devil.

Samuel said: “It is stupidity that led me to sexually harass the little girl. If I will be given a second chance, I must surely be a good person. Police and the parents of the girl should have mercy and consider what happened as an act of the devil.

“I am the Personal Assistant to my pastor; we were organising our crusade, going out to paste crusade posters when my pastor called me to say he forgot something at home. He directed me to go to his house and bring some money. When I got there, I saw children playing and grabbed one of them. That was what happened.

“It is purely the handiwork of the devil. I don’t know what happened; all I know is that I am not happy with what is happening to me. I am calling on the parents and the police to have mercy on me. I am promising the government and the parents that if they allow me to go free, I will never misbehave again.”

Meanwhile, Omoni said police had placed zero tolerance on rape and other criminalities in the state.


FG approves N3.5bn for the purchase of cars to aid prisons decongestion

The Federal Government at its Federal Executive Council meeting yesterday approved the sum of N3.5 billion to purchase 320 made-in-Nigeria vehicles to aid prisons decongestion across the country.

According to a memo presented to the council members by the Minister of Interior, General Abdulrahaman Dambazau (rtd), the Nigerian prisons have for a long time suffered congestion of inmates due to lack of vehicles to transport some of them to ‎the court for hearing of the cases against them.

According to Dambazzau, 75% of an estimated 65,000 inmates in Nigerian prisons are mostly awaiting trial and due to unavailability of vehicles to transport them to the courts for trial, some of them have been in prison longer than they should.

Lobatan! Nollywood and Ghollywood actor Majid Michael is now a pastor...photo

Top Nollywood and Ghollywood actor Majid Michel is now a minister of God. Not only is he constantly sharing the word of God on his IG page, he now goes from church to church to minister. 
On October 4, the Ghanaian actor was seen ministering at a Church - Zoe Sanctuary where he performed deliverance. See more photos after the cut...

Woman who rented 3 babies disguising them as triplets to beg on the street is caught in Lagos...photo

Shocking video shows a scam street beggar using three newborn babies she rented from different women in hospitals to beg for alms. 
The lady who discovered the sham said she was suspicious of the lady when she asked her about the children and she said she wasn't their mother. 
When the lady inquired further, the street beggar said the children's mother was nearby but ran away while being interrogated.

Fortunately, she was apprehended by onlookers and returned to the scene. Street children who were interviewed then revealed to authorities that the woman 'rented' the children from mothers in hospital.

Omg! This man apologizes on social media before killing his ex-girlfriend in front of their daughter...photo

Ethan Reid, 23, killed his ex-girlfriend Kaylah Hodges, 20, with a shotgun, in front of their seven-month-old daughter at his mother's home in Scottsville, Kentucky. Hours before the murder, Reid wrote an apology on Facebook, stating that he's "a terrible person after all and was never meant to be happy."

The Allen County Sheriff Department said the couple - whose five years relationship ended recently, got into an argument before Kaylah was fatally shot. Reid's mother, April Riley, was holding her granddaughter when Hodges, who had been living at the family's residence, was killed by her drunk son. Speaking about what happened, April said:

"Kaylah handed me the baby and got around me, and Ethan shoved me and the baby back and went after her. And then I heard a 'pop' and when I got to the edge of the hallway I saw her fall out the front door. That beautiful baby has no parents."

Reid was disarmed by a neighbour, who heard the shooting and went to the house with his own shotgun. He was able to overpower Reid by using the butt of the shotgun to hit his head. He then sat on him until police arrived and arrested him.

Hodges, who was found on the front porch by deputies, was taken to hospital but died due to the nature of her injuries. Reid on the other hand, was taken to hospital to be treated for injuries he suffered during the struggle with the neighbour, and is being held in custody on a charge of murder.

Some tweets by Ethan before the killing.