Monday, 11 September 2017

Man, fiancée and others abducted on engagement day


Gunmen on Sunday abducted a man, Moses Yakubu, his fiancee, five friends and family members in Akunnu Akoko, in the Akoko North-East Local Government Area of Ondo State.

It was gathered that the victims, whose identities were yet to be known, were abducted on their way to Akure for an engagement ceremony.

Nigeria may suffer scarcity of cow meat soon – Agric Minister, Audu Ogbeh

Audu Ogbeh

Nigeria’s Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Audu Ogbeh, who spoke yesterday ahead of the National Conference on Transformation of the Livestock scheduled to hold in Abuja from Tuesday, said Nigeria may suffer scarcity of cow meat in the very near future.

Man hacks off wife’s feet with machete in front of her kids for allegedly cheating

jealous husband

A mum’s feet were hacked off with a machete in front of her two young children – alleged by her jealous husband who thought she was cheating.

Housekeeper Putu Careen was mutilated in an alcohol-fuelled rage in one of the most “vile and vindictive” acts of violence in her native Canggu, Bali in South East Asia.

19-year-old girl found dead in hotel freezer after going to a party with friends


A teenager was found dead inside a walk-in freezer after she disappeared while partying with friends at a hotel.

Kenneka Jenkins’ body was discovered more than 24 hours after she vanished from the party in a ninth-floor hotel room.

Her friends told her mum that they had lost track of her and they left after they were unable to find her.

Restructuring will right the wrongs in Nigeria, says Igbinedion

As the call for restructuring of the Nigerian federation gets more strident with many more patriots joining the large crowd of agitators, billionaire philanthropist and Esama of Benin Kingdom, Sir Gabriel Osawaru Igbinedion, has added his voice to the demand.

Coming from a non-politician who is not known for making frivolous contributions to national debate of this nature, the call by the Benin Chief, who is celebrating his 83rd birthday today, has underscored the magnitude that the request for redefining Nigeria as a nation has attained.

Police react as soldiers ‘storm’ Nnamdi Kanu’s residence

Two conflicting accounts have emerged about the incident that played out at the home of separatist leader, Nnamdi Kanu, in Abia State on Sunday.

While Mr. Kanu said the soldiers stormed his residence and injured occupants in an attempt to take his life; the police said military personnel were only carrying out a procession to test a new armoured carrier.

Police parade suspected ritualists, fake doctor in Ibadan

The Oyo State Police Command said it has arrested two suspected ritualists, a fake medical doctor and some armed robbers who have been terrorising unsuspecting residents of the state.

It named the two suspected ritualists as Murtala Aliyu (30) and Saheed Raji (40) who were arrested for being in possession of human flesh while the fake doctor, one Mr. Orisanmi, was arrested at a village in Ibadan.

Haunted by Euro woes, Conte eyes redemption

Frustrated by his past failures in the Champions League, Chelsea manager Antonio Conte has set his sights on a mission of redemption as he returns to the competition after a four-year absence.

Conte still bears the scars from a snowy night in Istanbul in 2013 when Juventus suffered a shock defeat against Galatasaray that sent the Italian giants crashing out of Europe’s elite club competition.

Court dismisses Melaye’s suit, asks INEC to continue recall process

A Federal High Court in Abuja on Monday dismissed the suit by Kogi West Senator, Dino Melaye, challenging the validity the process of recalling him by his constituents.
Justice Nnamdi Dimgba, in his judgment, ordered that the Independent National Electoral Commission “shall proceed with the recall process”.

The judgment effectively terminated the earlier ex parte order made by another judge of the Federal High Court in Abuja, Justice John Tsoho, on July 6, 2017, directing parties to maintain status quo.

Nigeria to play Cameroon in AfroBasket quarter-finals

AfroBasket defending champions Nigeria’s D’Tigers will face Cameroon in the quarter-finals on Thursday at the ongoing championship in Tunisia.

Nigeria only recently took four points off arch-rivals Cameroon in the qualifiers for football’s World Cup.

Trouble Looms for Nigeria as China Plans to Ban Petrol, Diesel Vehicles

The world’s biggest car market, China, is now planning to ban the production and sale of diesel and petrol vehicles, further threatening the future profitability of oil — Nigeria’s major revenue source.

BBC reports that the development is coming two months after the UK, like  Germany,  France, India, Norway and Netherlands, revealed plans to ban fuel-run cars, as part of efforts to reduce air pollution.

Rafael Nadal wins third US Open, 16th Grand Slam title

World number one Rafael Nadal won his 16th Grand Slam title and third US Open crown on Sunday by defeating South African 28th seed Kevin Anderson 6-3, 6-3, 6-4.

The 31-year-old left-hander captured the top prize of $3.7 million (3.07 million euros) and his second Grand Slam crown of the year after taking his 10th French Open title in June.

Rihanna headlines NY Fashion Week day four

Barbadian superstar Rihanna brought much needed oomph to New York Fashion Week Sunday, with motorcycle stunt riders soaring over giant pink sand dunes in her latest fashion collaboration for Puma.

After spending the last two season in Paris, the 29-year-old hitmaker brought her spring 2018 collection back to the US cultural capital in a look more sporty than ever, waving and blowing kisses to her fans at the end from the back of a motorcycle, arm around a helmeted driver.

We can’t disclose our allowances – Senate

The Chairman, Senate Committee on Media and Public Affairs, Senator Aliyu Abdullahi, has lamented the constant harassment of the Senate by Nigerians, adding that the upper legislative chamber cannot disclose its salaries and allowances.

Abdullahi said this during a live programme on Channels Television titled, ‘Politics Today.’

The Senate spokesman also refused to state how much the lawmakers earned in salary and allowances.

Sanchez to Monaco as makeweight for Lemar

Arsenal are desperate to land Thomas Lemar in January and are considering using Alexis Sanchez as a makeweight to tempt the French principality to sell.

Arsene Wenger is convinced that the Chilean striker will not sign a new contract at the Emirates, with his current deal set to expire next summer.

Kane can be even better than Batistuta – Pochettino

Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino believes Harry Kane can be an even better player than his former Argentina team-mate Gabriel Batistuta.

Kane scored his 100th and 101st goals for Spurs in their 3-0 win at Everton in the Premier League on Saturday, including an audacious effort from out wide for his opener.

We’re expanding our kingdom to accommodate Lagos population – Oba Elegushi

The traditional ruler of Ikateland, Oba Saheed Elegushi, has said that the kingdom is extending its territories to help accommodate the growing population of Lagos residents.

He stated this on Saturday at the ground-breaking of a new city in Lagos known as the Imperial International Business City, a joint venture development between Channeldrill Resources Limited and the Elegushi Royal Family.

Mexico quake death toll rises to 61 as rescue effort begins

The number of people killed by a powerful earthquake off the southern coast of Mexico has risen to at least 61, officials say.

A huge rescue operation is under way in the worst-hit states of Tabasco, Oaxaca and Chiapas where people are feared trapped under rubble.

Saudi Arabia suspends any dialogue with Qatar

Saudi Arabia on Saturday suspended any dialogue with Qatar, accusing it of “distorting facts”, just after a report of a phone call between the leaders of both countries suggested a breakthrough in the Gulf dispute.

Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman spoke by the telephone with Qatar’s Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani on Friday when they discussed the Gulf dispute, state media from both countries reported earlier.

Buhari more corrupt than Jonathan – Adeyeye

National Publicity Secretary of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Prince Adedayo Adeyeye, has accused President Muhammadu Buhari, and the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) government of being “more corrupt than the previous,” PDP-led government of Goodluck Jonathan.

Young Woman Missing in Delta State for the Past Two Years (Photos)

According to a press release on behalf of the family of a missing woman shared by Sapele Olofofo, the public have been urged to bring useful information that will lead to her rescue. The family has set a reward for anyone who is ready to assist the family get their daughter back.
Here is the press release:

Police arrest 22, recover 415 cows, 7 cars in Niger


The police command in Niger has arrested 22 suspected criminals, recovered 415 cows and seven cars in the state between July and September.

Mr Austin Agbonlahor, the state Commissioner of police, made this known while giving account of his stewardship on Sunday in Minna.

Heavy rain fall exhume corpses from public cemetery in Kano


Residents of Tudun Wada in the Nasarawa Local Government Area of Kano State said on Sunday that the torrential rain in the area since Friday had caused flooding which exhumed corpses from the Tudun Wada Cemetery.

Punch gathered on Sunday that apart from the Tudun Wada Cemetery, some other cemeteries in the ancient city of Kano were equally affected.

Charly Boy recruited to fight me, APC - Okorocha

Imo State Governor Rochas Okorocha yesterday said entertainer and rights activist, Mr Charles Oputa (aka Charly Boy), was recruited in 2014 by his political opponents to fight his administration and the All Progressives Congress (APC).

The governor, who was reacting to a recent meeting convened by Charly Boy and the State Chairman of the Nigeria Bar Association (NBA), Lawrence Nwaekaeti, to review suspected cases of rights abuses in the state, said the activist continued to act the script handed to him by his paymasters since 2014.

Catholic Bishops condemn “shameful” calls for Nigeria’s break up

The Catholic Bishops Conference of Nigeria, CBCN, on Sunday advocated the promotion of social justice for ethnic minorities for peace, unity and development to reign in the country.

The bishops also described as “shameful” calls for Nigeria’s break up.

Its president, Archbishop Ignatius Kaigama made the call while declaring open the second plenary meeting of the Catholic Bishops Conference of Nigeria for 2017 holding at Our Lady Queen of Peace Catholic Cathedral in Jalingo, the Taraba State capital.

Hotel cleaner allegedly hacks company’s email, steals N2m

Operatives of the Rapid Response Squad of the Lagos State Police Command have arrested a hotel cleaner, Sylvester Ahuja, for allegedly defrauding a company of N2m.

The 30-year-old was allegedly attempting to defraud the firm of another N500m when he was arrested in a hotel in Warri, Delta State.

How Emefiele’s policies drove the economy out of recession

Amidst a number of positive developments in the global economy, the Nigerian economy improved in the first half of 2017, H1’17, compared to a contractionary 2016 which saw a relatively worse economic performance, and economy and financial analysts have given a huge credit to the Central Bank of Nigeria, CBN, under the leadership of Mr. Godwin Emefiele, who had incidentally, taken many knocks over the initial failings in the economy.

Arik Air Files N20billion Law Suit Against FG

Arik Air Limited has filed a N20 billion suit against the Federal Government and Ethiopian Airlines over recent claims in the media that they were negotiating the takeover of the airline.

The suit was instituted by the airline at the Federal High Court, Lagos against Ethiopian Airlines, the Federal Ministry of Transportation and the Attorney General of the Federation.

Man Sets Pregnant Girlfriend On Fire Forcing Her to Deliver Prematurely (Photos)

A man, who did not want to be a dad, doused his pregnant girlfriend in flammable liquid and set her on fire, forcing her to deliver her baby seven weeks premature.

Andrea Grinage, 30, was found with critical burns over much of her body around 11.45am on Friday in Capitol Heights, Maryland, when police and fire crews responded to reports of a fire. She soon went into labour forced by the horrific trauma and gave birth to a baby girl, named Journey Aleah, seven weeks early. Mother and baby are both recovering.

Andrea Grinage was able to tell investigators who had attacked her, and said that she suspected he was headed to Washington DC to attack other members of her family. Detectives suceeded in getting the suspect on the phone and talked him into turning himself in. The suspect has not yet been publicly identified by law enforcement. 

The victim was already the mother of two boys, ages 8 and 15. Her father Arthur Grinage Sr said she lost everything in the fire which started when her boyfriend doused her in an accelerant and set her on fire. He is appealing for help on a GoFundMe campaign to help his daughter start over.

Arthur Grinage Sr wrote in the GoFundMe appeal: "Everything was lost in the fire and she must begin a new with your help. She has a long road to recovery and unknown medical cost. PLEASE stop domestic violence!!"

The victim's father said that the attack stemmed from the pregnancy and the boyfriend's immature attitude towards fatherhood.

"It all stems from him not wanting to take responsibility of him being a newborn dad. He didn't want that. And once a baby is conceived it's too late for all that. You either step up and be a dad or you walk away."

President Buhari Travels to U.S Next Week

President Muhammadu Buhari has been scheduled to address the 72nd session of the United Nations General Assembly in the United States on Tuesday, September 19, 2017.

The President of Nigeria is listed as number seven on the provincial list of speakers. Buhari is expected to speak after the leaders of Brazil, the United States, Guinea, Switzerland, Jordan and Slovakia.

Health Workers Threaten Nationwide Strike

Health workers under the aegis of the Nigerian Union of Allied Health Professionals and the Joint Health Sector Unions have threatened to embark on a nationwide strike by September 30.
The unions in a statement signed by the National President, Obinna Ogbonna and the national secretary, Mr. Ayinde Obisesan, accused the Federal Government of prioritising the demands of doctors in its employ above those of health workers.