Thursday, 21 December 2017

Police arraign lawyer for allegedly attacking police Inspector

A Lagos based lawyer, Barrister Ajagba Stephen, has been remanded at Kirikiri Prison, Lagos State, for allegedly assaulting a policeman.

Magistrate Owope of Court 5 Ogba, Lagos, remanded the accused over allegation that he allegedly attacked a policeman, Inspector Gbenga Daniel.

Businessman Buys BMW Car With Coins ‘Saved Over The Years’

A man in China has insisted to pay the first installment of his new car in coins. Workers at the car retailer in China spent hours counting boxes of coins which totalled nearly £8,000.  The unnamed customer bought a BMW, whose full price is about 400,000 yuan (£45,000), on December 18, according to local reports.

U.S. Sanctions Gambia's Ex- President

The U.S. today announced it has sanctioned former Gambian President Yahya Jammeh under a 2016 human rights law.

A press release from the Treasury Department notes the Trump administration has used the Global Magnitsky Human Rights Accountability Act that former President Obama signed in 2016 to freeze the assets of Jammeh and a dozen other “serious human rights abusers and corrupt actors.”

Ajax appoint Michael Reiziger as interim boss after sacking Marcel Keizer

Ajax have appointed Michael Reiziger as interim coach after the sacking of Marcel Keizer and his assistant coaches Hennie Spijkerman and Dennis Bergkamp.

The Dutch giants have turned to the 44-year-old boss of their reserve side, Jong Ajax, after dispensing with the services of Keizer, former Arsenal striker Bergkamp and Spijkerman.

Former Netherlands defender Reiziger won the Champions League with Ajax early in his playing career before going on to represent AC Milan, Barcelona, Middlesbrough and PSV Eindhoven.

Manchester United’s defeat to Bristol City ‘no tragedy’ – Juan Mata

Juan Mata has urged his Manchester United team-mates to “move on” following Wednesday night’s 2-1 defeat to Bristol City in the Carabao Cup.

A stoppage-time winner from Korey Smith secured the Championship side’s place in the semi-final, sending the reigning champions crashing out of the competition as they lost for a second time in four games.

Cameroonian journalist to be freed after terrorism charges dropped

A Cameroonian journalist jailed for over two years for contact with Islamist militant group Boko Haram is set to be freed after a court on Thursday shortened his sentence, his lawyer said.

Radio France Internationale reporter Ahmed Abba was arrested in July 2015 and sentenced in April this year to 10 years on terrorism charges that rights groups denounced as a sham.

Tricycle rider slumps, dies during fight over newspaper

A tricycle rider, Chidiebere Okafor, is being detained at the State Criminal Investigation and Intelligence Department, Lagos, for the death of his colleague, Frank Onah, in the Ifako Gbagada area of Lagos State.
PUNCH Metro learnt that Okafor pushed Onah during a disagreement over a sports newspaper on Tuesday on Yetunde Brown Street.

Lady reveals how she miraculously survived a gunshot wound

A young Nigerian lady, Obodo Amaka Felicityhas taken to Facebook to recount how she survived a gunshot wound on her way back from the market.

According to her the bullet is still lodged in her as it is resting close to her lungs and can't be removed yet.

Read her post below;

I closed my GT Bank Account & asked my billionaire friends to do same – Angry Customer


An angry customer has said he on Wednesday closed his account with GT Bank and asked his friends, who are billionaires and have account with the bank to close their accounts too, to protest against the Innoson Motors saga. According to him, they listen and did the same.

This morning, I walked into the nearest GTB branch and requested for a form to close our company account with them.

Uganda removes presidential age limits, allows Museveni to seek re-election


Ugandan lawmakers on  Wednesday voted massively to remove presidential age limits, paving the way for President Yoweri Museveni to serve a sixth term in office. 

The highly controversial bill passed with 315 votes for, 62 against and two abstentions, after three days of chaotic debates in which some opposition MPs were suspended, while others walked out, AFP reported.

Prison inmate hangs himself after being sentenced to 123 years


A 28-year-old man has hanged himself in his Maryland prison cell after being sentenced to 123 years for holding hostages at a Burger King during a standoff with police.

George Johnson was convicted in October of false imprisonment and reckless endangerment for leading police last year on a chase, then holding four people hostage inside a Baltimore Burger King.

Militants write Buhari, want $1bn deducted from ECA for N’Delta

The coalition of Niger Delta militants on Thursday sent a protest letter to President Muhammadu Buhari over his alleged double standards in the handling of security issues in the country.

The militants, under the auspices of the Reformed Niger Delta Avengers, slammed the Federal Government for the controversial proposal to deduct $1bn from the Excess Crude Account to fight the Boko Haram insurgents in the North East.

Nigerian Navy rescues four Chinese men from kidnappers

The Nigerian Navy in Lagos on Thursday said they rescued four Chinese men from kidnappers around Igbokoda area of Ondo State.

The Flag Officer Commanding, Western Naval Command, Rear Admiral Sylvanus Abbah, told journalists in Lagos that the four victims were abducted aboard a fishing trawler within the Lagos waters on December 14.

Prince Harry & Meghan Markle’s Engagement emerge online


Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's engagement photos have been released by Kensington Palace. A black and white portrait of the couple embracing face to face has been published alongside a colour picture of them sitting together holding hands.

‘Contact Ministry of Happiness if you have not received your Nov. & Dec. salaries’ – Gov. Okorocha tells workers

The executive Governor of Imo state, Rochas Okorocha, yesterday, approved the payment of November and December salaries for civil servants in the state.

He also, earlier today advised the state civil servants to approach the newly created Ministry of Happiness and Purpose Fulfillment if they are finding it difficult to access their salaries.
The statement read:

I Don’t Know Yet If I’ll Run In 2019 - Atiku

His recent political comments, realignments and permutations notwithstanding, Atiku Abubakar has not decided to run for president in 2019.
The former vice-president told VOA Hausa when he featured on a magazine program there Tuesday that Nigerians will know when he eventually takes the bold move.
“For now I have not made up my mind,” Mr. Abubakar said. “When I decide, I will let the world know.”

DJ Khaled escapes death

Award-winning record producer, DJ Khaled escapes death after he got into a jet ski accident on Wednesday.

Khaled took to his Instagram page to share a video of injuries he sustained on one of his legs.

Magu no longer EFCC Acting Chairman – Nigerian Senate

Chairman, Senate Committee on Public Petitions, Ethics and privledges, Senator Samuel Anyanwu has stated that Nigeria Senate no longer regard Mr. Ibrahim Magu as Acting Chairman of Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).

He gave this revelation at a press conference while reacting to questions bothering his Committee.

We can now account for every barrel of oil sold, says NNPC

The Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) says it can now account for every barrel of oil sold as it has achieved 98 percent automation of all its transactions.

The corporation said the automation included supply, marketing and sale of the various grades and blends of Nigeria’s crude oil across the world.

Toke Makinwa still thinks like a baby - Pretty Mike

Nigeria drop to 51 in FIFA ranking

The Super Eagles of Nigeria will enter the New Year as the 51st best footballing country, according to the latest ranking released by FIFA on Thursday.

The Nigerians also dropped to 9th in Africa.

Chelsea's Morata Suspended for Everton Clash, Conte Reacts

Chelsea manager, Antonio Conte, has bemoaned Alvaro Morata’s yellow card, which rules him out of this weekend’s Premier League game against Everton.

Morata picked up the booking on Wednesday night, while celebrating his late winner against Bournemouth in the quarter-final of the Carabao Cup.

Pastor Allegedly Defrauds Church Member N1.1million

A 40-year-old man, Femi Adewale, was on Thursday arraigned before Chief Magistrate  B. B. Adebowale  of an Ota Magistrates’ Court in Ogun State for allegedly collecting  N1.1 million under false pretences from a worshipper.

Adewale who claimed to be a pastor collected N1.1 million from one Ibukun Aderonmu, with a promise to assist her to solve her spiritual problems.

Why We Arrested Praiz - Lagos Police Tell Their Own Side Of The Story

Popular Nigerian singer, Praiz, was recently nabbed by men said to be SARS operatives. The development caused serious outrage on social media as fans demanded for his release.

The star was however soon released by the officers.

Benin Republic Withdraws Globacom's Operating Licence

Benin Republic’s telecommunications regulator has withdrawn the operating licence of Nigerian mobile telecoms company, Globacom’s local unit in a dispute over new terms, according to a document seen by Reuters.

The regulator, ARCEP-Benin, said it took the decision after negotiations with Glo Mobile Benin to renew its licence broke down earlier this month after the company refused new conditions imposed by the government.

Why Cristiano Ronaldo is Not The Best Player of All Time

Self-belief is important for any top-level sports star. It is fair to say that Cristiano Ronaldo has plenty of it and after claiming a fifth Ballon d'Or in early December, the Real Madrid forward declared himself to be the best player in the history of football.

“I’m the best player in history, in the good moments and the bad ones,” he told  France Football , the magazine that organises the award. “I respect everyone’s preferences, but I’ve never seen anyone better than me. I have always thought that.

Manchester City's Move for Sanchez Suffers Fresh Setback

Manchester City are prepared to put their move for Alexis Sanchez on hold until the summer as Pep Guardiola considers dressing room harmony at the Etihad Stadium,  Goal  has learned.

Guardiola has prioritised a new centre-back in January but those plans are also affected by the Catalan's desire not to disrupt the balance of his high-flying squad.

Nigerian Man Jailed In UK For Raping, Impregnating Young Teacher

A convicted kerb crawler drove into a city centre and prowled the streets for a vulnerable victim before he raped a young teacher.

Oluyesi Oni, 36, dumped his victim at a McDonalds "in a state of shock" having raped her twice. She later found out she had been given a sexually transmitted disease and was pregnant.

The housing association worker took the 23-year-old back to his bedsit in Liverpool and attacked her.

Olubadan Loses Wife

A senior wife to the Olubadan of Ibadan land, Saliu Adetunji, identified as Kudirat Aduke, is dead.

Ms. Aduke died in the early hours of Thursday, Premium Times gathered.  A statement by the Director , Media and Publicity to the Olubadan, Adeola Oloko , said that the late queen died in the early hours of the day at the age of 71.

Prove That You Funded President Buhari's Campaign - El-Rufai Blasts Atiku

Atiku Abubakar, a former Vice-President of Nigeria, was challenged yesterday to prove that he funded President Muhammadu Buhari’s 2015 campaign.

According to The Nation, Kaduna State Governor Nasir El-Rufai threw the challenge and stated why the forme vice president quit the All Progressives Congress (APC) — there was no room for him to run for president after governors endorsed  Buhari for a second term.

Six Bodies Found Hanging from Bridges in Mexico's Tourism Hotspot

People were left in shock after six bodies were found hanging from bridges on Wednesday in Mexico’s Baja California, a region known for its pristine beaches and popular with foreign tourists.

According to AFP, the bodies were discovered along highways leading to international airports in La Paz, San Jose del Cabo and Cabo San Lucas, nicknamed the Los Cabos area.

North Korean Soldier Running for His Life Escapes to South Korea

South Korea fired warning shots at North Korean border guards on Thursday when they approached the demarcation line between the two countries after a soldier defected to the South, the Defence Ministry in Seoul said.

Around 20 shots were fired, the ministry said. The guards were apparently searching for the soldier who defected, according to the news agency Yonhap, which reported that shots had also been fired by the North, though none had crossed the demarcation line.

N300m Fraud Rocks Federal University Of Petroleum Resources In Delta As EFCC Arrests VC, Others

Mr Akaehomen Akii Ibhadode, the Vice Chancellor of the Federal University of Petroleum Resources (FUPRE) in Effurun, Delta State, has been arrested alongside other top management staff at the institution over a N300 million fraud scandal, SaharaReporters has learned.

According to SaharaReporters, a senior lecturer at the institution who confided in reporters, said corruption and fraud “run in the DNA of our Vice Chancellor,” adding that since the fraud was uncovered, Mr. Ibhadode and other top management staff have been “running from pillar to post.”

U.S. Planning Brutal Military Attack on North Korea Over Nuclear Test

The U.S. is making plans for a military solution to the North Korea crisis and looking for ways to stop the development of Pyongyang’s nuclear weapons programme, media reported, citing sources.

Three sources, including two former U.S. officials and a figure in administration, confirmed to The Telegraph newspaper that military options were being considered in the White House.

Auto Crash Claims Govt Staff, One Other in Delta

A commercial bus, Wednesday, knocked down a forty-year-old woman, identified as Beauty Egbo and another unidentified person to death along the Orerokpe/Abraka express road in Delta State.

Many passengers in the commercial bus also sustained serious injuries as a result of the accident.

Monkeypox: Nigeria Records First Death, Confirms 61 Cases

The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control, NCDC, has reported the first death from the monkeypox disease some fourteen weeks after the first suspected monkeypox case in the country.
According to Premium Times, the agency also announced 61 confirmed cases.
According to the situation report for monkeypox outbreak released by the health agency for the epidemiological week 49, on Wednesday, the dead patient was a confirmed case with background immune-compromised condition.

How Ghost Companies Lifted N1.1trillion Crude Oil in 10 Months

Some indigenous companies not registered by the Corporate Affairs Commission (CAC) have lifted Nigerian crude oil grades valued at $3.5 billion (about N1.1 trillion) in the last 10 months, an investigation by Daily Trust on Sunday has shown.
A four-month enquiry into Nigerian and global corporate registries by our reporter showed that the repeated failure by the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) to provide clear and accurate identity of some companies it awarded multi-million dollar oil lifting contracts this year is helping these companies to escape public scrutiny.

Fresh $40,000 Disappears From Nigeria Football Federation's Office

It has happened again. It is not the first time huge amount of money will mysteriously get missing at the glass house of the Nigeria Football Federation in Abuja.

The latest happened last month and a young lady who was working as an intern in the NFF allegedly took the missing $40,000 with the intention of returning the money after doubling it via voodoo.

Bristol City Dump Manchester United Out Of Carabao Cup (Video)

Korey Smith scored an injury-time winner as Championship side Bristol City stunned holders Manchester United to reach the semi-finals of the Carabao Cup.

Smith’s turn and strike in the final minute of time added on booked City’s first EFL Cup last-four spot since 1988-89.

Israeli Army arrests Palestinian girl who slapped soldiers

The Israeli army arrested a 17-year-old Palestinian girl on Tuesday after a video showing her slapping Israeli soldiers went viral on social media.

Shot on Friday, the video shows the suspect Ahed Tamimi and another Palestinian teen approaching two Israeli soldiers — then shoving, kicking and slapping them while the soldiers remained relatively impassive before moving backwards.

Damian Green, deputy of British prime minister, resigns

Damian Green, deputy of Theresa May, British prime minister, has resigned.
Green stepped down after he was indicted for breaching ministerial code.
He was found to have made “inaccurate and misleading” statements on what he knew about pornography found on a computer in his office in 2008.
Green had been under investigation regarding allegations of inapprop

NNPC to build three power plants with 4600MW

The power plants, to be located in Abuja, Kaduna and Kano, would rely on gas supplies from the planned Ajaokuta-Abuja-Kaduna-Kano (AKK) gas pipeline project.
Maikanti Baru, group managing director of the NNPC, disclosed this when Abubakar Bello, governor of Niger state, paid him a courtesy visit.

Photos: Two Nigerian college students sentenced to death in Malaysia for drug trafficking

Two Nigerian college students Mustafa Azmir and Jude Nnamdi Achonye were on Wednesday December 20, handed the death sentence by a High Court in Shah Alam for trafficking 3.5 kilogrammes of methamphetamine.

Shah Alam High Court judge Datuk Abdul Halim Aman made the ruling after finding that the prosecution had proven a prima facie case against the accused, Azmir, 28, and Achonye, 30.

Court orders Ekiti State University to reinstate student expelled for alleged rape and pay him N10million in damages

Justice John Adeyeye of an Ekiti State High Court sitting in Ado Ekiti has ordered the authorities of the Ekiti State University to reinstate a student, Adedotun Babalola, who was expelled for alleged rape and pay him N10million in damages.

The Judge based his ruling on the grounds that Babalola was expelled without being found guilty of the crime by any court or tribunal, which constituted a breach of his fundamental human rights to a fair hearing.

How withdrawal of $1bn from Excess Crude Account exposed Tinubu, Amaechi, El-Rufai

Reno Omokri, a former presidential aide, has reacted to the position of Zamfara State Governor and Chairman of the Nigerian Governors Forum, Abdulazeez Yari on the $1billion withdrawn from the Excess Crude Account.

Omokri said Yari’s statement on the sum said to be for the fight against insurgency and insecurity across the country has exposed the Minister of Transportation, Rotimi Amaechi, Kaduna State Governor, Nasir El-Rufai and All Progressives Congress, APC, national leader, Bola Tinubu as liars.

Politically divided Spain united by El Clasico rivalry

Often symbolised as pitting the pride of Catalonia against Spain’s capital, the ‘El Clasico’ between Barcelona and Real Madrid is a match laced with political and social as much as sporting tension.
Even more so this week when the sides face off in Madrid on Saturday lunchtime just over 36 hours after polls will close in local elections in Catalonia that were called over the crisis caused by the region’s drive for independence.

Herdsmen Shoot At NAF Fighter Jet In Adamawa

Gun-wielding herdsmen have fired at the Alpha Jet and the EC 135 Helicopter deployed by the military in an attempt to resist the interventions by the Nigerian Air Force in the troubled communities of Numan and Demsa Local Government Areas of Adamawa State.

The herdsmen, who were dressed in black, reportedly attempted to bring down the fighter aircraft which were flown to fire “only warning shots” and not to kill any of the attackers.

Okorocha Approves Payment Of Two Months Salaries To Civil Servants

Governor Rochas Okorocha of Imo State has approved the payment of November and December salaries for civil servants in the state. A statement issued on Wednesday by the state Commissioner for Information, Nnamdi Obiaraeri, said the motive was to ensure that all employees of the state government had seamless Christmas.”

EFCC Releases Innoson Boss + What Really Happened

The Senate Committee on Financial Crimes and Anti-Corruption, on Wednesday, quizzed the Acting Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, Ibrahim Magu, over the arrest of the Chairman/Managing Director of Innoson Vehicle Manufacturing, Chief Innocent Chukwuma.

Magu, who appeared before the committee to defend the EFCC’s proposed budget for 2018, was questioned behind closed doors for about 30 minutes.

Fresh PDP Has No Stand, In Fact Its Founders Should Be In Jail Now, Fayose Fumes

Recall a group yesterday went ahead to open a parallel secretariat for the main opposition party, the Peoples Democratic Party, in Abuja? The group which is ‘headed’ by five major men namely Prince Obi Nwosu, Alhaji Hassan Adamu, Chief Olusola Akindele, Chief Godwin Duru and Franklyne Edede said the party has come to stay and even called a press conference to make it formal.