Friday, 26 January 2018

Two Brothers arraigned in court for allegedly stealing Christmas Chickens in Ondo

Two brothers, Sunday Ikuedowo, 35, and Olumide Ikuedowo, 25, were on Friday arraigned in an Okitipupa Magistrates’ Court in Ondo State over alleged theft of Christmas chickens valued at N25,000.

The first defendant, a barber, and the second, a bricklayer, all of no fixed address, were arraigned on a three-count charge of conspiracy, felony and stealing.

DR Congo's President, Joseph Kabila holds first press conference in 5 years after protesters demand new presidential election

Joseph Kabila, the embattled president of Democratic Republic of Congo (DR Congo), has given his first press conference in at least five years, after protesters took to the streets to demand he step aside to allow for a presidential election.

EFCC arrests 4 officials of Maiduguri Flour Mills

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) in Maiduguri, Borno state, on Friday raided the premises of Maiduguri Flour Mills where they arrested top staff of the company.

Maiduguri Flour Mills is one of the oldest food processing companies belonging to the Borno state government.

Tony Elumelu seeks more support for entrepreneurship in Africa

The Chairman, United Bank for Africa (UBA) Plc, and Founder, Tony Elumelu Foundation (TEF), Tony Elumelu, has stressed the need for global organisations and multinational institutions to support the much-needed growth in the African continent; adding that ultimately, such growth will affect the world positively.

Elumelu, who pointed this out on the sidelines of the 2018 World Economic Forum (WEF), currently ongoing in Davos, Switzerland, said organisations must come together to provide solutions to key challenges negatively impacting African economies, especially with regard to power supply and infrastructural challenges, which are the major issues the economies are grappling with.

Man allegedly kills own son for lack of money to do naming ceremony

The Bauchi State police command has arrested one Habibu Bala for allegedly killing his five-day-old son with insecticide.
Bala, who resides at Ningi Local Government area of the state reportedly killed the new born over lack of money for naming ceremony.

How I met Abdulrasheed Maina in Dubai – Abubakar Malami

The Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami,has confessed meeting Abdulrasheed Maina, the fugitive former Chairman of the Presidential Task Force on Pensions, in Dubai.

Malami in an interview with The Interview magazine said he had no regrets meeting Maina in Dubai.

Soros to Google, Facebook: ‘Your days are numbered’

Billionaire investor George Soros launched a scathing attack on tech giants at the Davos summit on Thursday, calling them monopolies that could be manipulated by authoritarians to subvert democracy.

During an annual dinner he hosts at the World Economic Forum, held this week in the Swiss alpine resort, Soros turned his sights on a host of subjects including US President Donald Trump and the speculation frenzy surrounding the bitcoin cryptocurrency.

Woman slumps, dies after police arrest son

A 42-year-old woman, Asiata Adeyanju, reportedly died of shock after operatives of the federal special anti-robbery squad (FSARS) arrested her son.

The incident occurred in the Ilupeju area of Lagos state.

According to The Nation, Muiz, who is 17 years old, was arrested while he was putting off a generator in front of their house.

Man bags five strokes of cane for shouting Allah in front of barracks’ gate

A Kubwa Grade 1 Area Court on Friday sentenced one Saidu Adamu ‎to five strokes of cane for criminal trespass.

Adamu of Dutse Alhaji in Abuja had pleaded guilty to a count charge of criminal trespass.
The accused told the court that while he was in front of the gate he trespassed into, he shouted the name of `Allah’ and the gate opened wide for him to gain entrance.

Arsenal need to show transfer ambition, not worry about making more money

On transfer deadline day last August, Arsenal sold Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain to Liverpool for £40 million, taking their profit for that window to around £30m.

Since then, they've sold Francis Coquelin to Valencia for £12m and Theo Walcott to Everton for £20m. Those two deals alone have taken around £200,000-a-week off the wage bill -- and that's on top of what they saved by shifting as many as 24 players, senior and fringe, last summer.

Weinstein’s Ex-Assistant Sues Him For Allegedly Requiring Her To Always Clean His Sperm After S3x

Harvey Weinstein’s former personal assistant has sued the disgraced Hollywood mogul claiming she was required to clean up after his “sexual encounters,” according to court documents filed Thursday .

Sandeep Rehal is suing Weinstein, his brother Bob, The Weinstein Company and the company’s head of human resources Frank Gil for being “forced to work in a pervasive and severe sexually hostile work environment,” The Hollywood Reporter reports.

Alexis Sanchez In Drugs Test Scandal Following Manchester United Move

Arsenal and Alexis Sanchez will face a possible FA probe after it emerged that the Chilean may have missed a drugs test on the day he joined Manchester United, The Sun UK reports.

Sanchez has been caught in UK Anti-Doping’s “Whereabouts” minefield following claims the Gunners failed to tell the FA he would not be at training on Monday.

Police Release Nigerian Journalist Held For Weeks In Custody (Photo)

Timothy Elombah, the editor of, who was arrested January 1 by the Nigerian police, has been released after three weeks in custody.

According to Premium Times, Mr. Timothy was arrested alongside his brother, Daniel, who was earlier released.

In a statement Friday, the online publication said it appreciated all those who offered support during their ordeal with the police.

Boko Haram Suspect Arrested In Germany

A 27-year-old Nigerian man suspected of being a member of Boko Haram and killing people in Nigeria during attacks on schools and a village has been arrested in Germany, the federal prosecutor said on Friday.
The man, named Amaechi Fred O., was detained on Wednesday in Bavaria and a day later a judge issued an arrest warrant and ordered that he be remanded in custody, the chief federal prosecutor said in a statement.

How I Was Abducted On My Way From Church Vigil - Kidnap Victim Recounts Ordeal

A 46-year-old woman identified as Mrs Adeola Dawodu,  has expressed gratitude to the Department of State Services and the Nigerian Army for rescuing her from kidnappers.

Dawodu, a mother of four and wife to a Shell worker, was kidnapped on Jan. 20 and held captive for six days before her rescue on Thursday.

Two suspected cultists remanded for allegedly smashing teenager’s head

Two suspected cultists, Sikiru Ajibade and Gafar Isah who allegedly smashed the head of a teenager, are to cool their heels at Kirikiri Prisons on the orders of an Ebute Meta Chief Magistrates’ Court, Lagos.

Ajibade, 34, a.k.a. Farakin and Isah,25, a.k.a. Eti, who allegedly belong to O-Strong and Ijikenji Confraternity, were brought before the court on a charge of murder.

57-Year Old Woman Allegedly Stabs Police Officer With Broken Bottle

A 57 -year-old woman, Elizabeth Oyindo, who allegedly stabbed a police officer with a broken bottle was on Friday arraigned before an Ikeja Magistrates’ Court in Lagos.

Oyindo, who resides at Ijaiye Ojokoro was arraigned on a three-count charge of conspiracy, breach of peace and assault.

Abia Assembly suspends CJ for alleged tyranny

The Abia House of Assembly on Friday suspended the Chief Judge of the state, Justice Theresa Uzokwe, for alleged acts of tyranny and gross misconduct.

The suspension followed a petition presented on the floor of the house on matter of urgent public importance by the member representing Ukwa West Constituency, Mr Mezie Nwubani.

Kogi govt says cattle colonies will check criminal activities

Kogi Government says the establishment of cattle colonies in the state will check activities of criminals and mayhem arising from Herdsmen/farmers’ clashes, besides restricting movement of the cattle herdsmen.

Mr Abdulkarim Abdulmalik, Director-General, Kogi Information Services and Grassroots Sensitisation, disclosed this in an interview with newsmen in Lokoja.

Police tell Senator Kwankwaso to shelve Kano visit

The Kano Command of the Nigeria police has warned former Governor Rabiu Musa Kwankwaso against coming to the state on 30th January because already there is palpable fear tension among peoples.

The Police Commissioner Rabiu Yusuf told journalists, Friday, that, “we advise Kwankwaso to shelved his much-proposed visit or the law will take it cause”.

Oil windfall will be invested on infrastructure – Buhari

President Muhammadu Buhari said on Friday the income accruing to the country from rising oil prices in the international market would be spent on infrastructural development.

He made the promise while receiving a delegation from Eni, led by the Chief Upstream Officer, Mr. Antonio Vella.

World Cup: Super Eagles can reach semi-finals – Ahmed Musa

Super Eagles forward Ahmed Musa is backing the team to go further than they have ever gone at the World Cup by reaching the quarter-finals or the semi-finals of Russia 2018.

The Nigerian team have reached the round of 16 three times out of the five times they have qualified for the tournament, failing to progress beyond the group stages twice.

Septuagenarian-father bathes son with acid, says it’s in self-defence

A septuagenarian, Joseph Adetunji, who allegedly bathed his son’s face with acid, on Friday appeared before an Ojo Magistrates’ Court, Lagos.
Arraigned with Adetunji, 78, was his son-in-law, Abayomi Balogun, 60, who allegedly conspired with him to commit the crime.

Keyamo Comes For Obasanjo Over Letter To Buhari

Buhari signs eight bills into law

President Muhammadu Buhari has signed eight bills into law including the National Senior Citizens Center Act, 2018. 

The Senior Special Assistant to the President on National Assembly matters (Senate), Ita Enang, briefed State House correspondents on Friday. 

Ex-German Chancellor Gerhard Schröder To Wed For The Fifth Time

Former German Chancellor Gerhard Schröder is to marry his South Korean girlfriend later in the year. Kim So-yeon is nearly three decades younger than Schröder, who has been married four times.

The 73-year-old former Chancellor Gerhard Schröder announced on Thursday that he was to marry his partner Kim So-yeon in a ceremony later this year.

No link between ex-President Obasanjo’s letter and ex-SGF Babachir Lawal’s arrest – EFCC

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission says there is no connection between the detention of former Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Mr Babachir Lawal, and former President Olusegun Obasanjo’s strongly-worded letter to President Muhammadu Buhari.

Acting Spokesman of the commission, Mr Samin Amaddin, said in Abuja on Friday that both incidents were coincidental and contrary to insinuation in some quarters.

We don’t care if oil prices rise or fall – Kemi Adeosun

The minister of finance, Kemi Adeosun, says Nigeria has got to a point where it does not care if oil prices rise or fall.

In an interview with Bloomberg, the minister said the country had learnt to live with oil prices at $45-$46 a barrel.

President Buhari orders security clamp down on illegal arms bearers

Security agents now have a presidential order to “arrest and prosecute anyone found with illegal arms.”

This is sequel to Thursday’s National Security Council meeting attended by President Muhammadu Buhari, Defence Minister Monsur Dan-Ali and the Service chiefs.

Copa del rey: Leganes to play Sevilla as Barca get Valencia for semi-final ties

Real Madrid’s tormentors Leganes were rewarded for knocking the Spanish giants out of the Copa del Rey in midweek when they drew Sevilla in Friday’s semi-final draw.

Holders Barcelona will face resurgent Valencia in the other last-four tie.

On Wednesday Real crashed to a humiliating exit when they were knocked out by little Leganes in the quarter-finals, adding to the atmosphere of crisis at the European champions.

Cattle colonies not practicable in South-East – Miyetti Allah

The Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association of  Nigeria  (MACBAN) says there is no need to set up cattle colonies in the South East geopolitical zone.

Alhaji Sadiq Gidado, the Chairman of MACBAN in Anambra, said this on Friday at a news conference in Awka.

He said that the establishment of cattle colonies in the area was not necessary because of the harmonious relationship existing between members of the association and the residents.

He, however, underscored the need to strengthen the mutual understanding and synergy between MACBAN and the people in the zone.

Zambian ‘sex drugs’ land men in cholera centre

Three men have been mistakenly admitted to a cholera centre in Zambia after eating herbs with “sex enhancing” qualities, an official has said.
The men were vomiting, a symptom of cholera, so worried well-wishers rushed them to the centre, Chanda Kasolo said.

Robbers Raid Ogun Streets, Steal Car, Money

Some armed robbers on Thursday unleashed terror on residents of four streets in the Mowe, Obafemi Owode Local Government Area of Ogun State.

Punch Metro learnt that the men looted homes and tortured residents, as they operated unfettered for over three hours on Olanipekun Omowunmi, Olajide, Moshalashi and Olopomeji streets.

Libya returnee places curse on all those who raped her in captivity

Loveth Ekumabo, 25-year-old Libya returnee, who blamed her father’s incestuous behaviour for her decision to flee to Libya, has narrated how she was subjected to the inhuman condition.

She described her journey to Libya as “jumping from frying pan into fire’’.

Police investigates DPO for allegedly assaulting policewoman

The Imo State Commissioner of Police, Chris Ezike, has set up a panel to investigate an alleged assault on a policewoman, Blessing Nwoji, by the Orji Divisional Police Officer, Okereke Udeh, in Owerri, the Imo State capital.

Our correspondent gathered that the DPO and the policewoman, who had just returned from a maternity leave, had a disagreement on Thursday January 18, 2018.

NSCDC Arrests Alfa For Duping Follower Of N4m

The Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps, Ondo State Command, has arrested an Islamic cleric, Oladele Ayuba, for allegedly defrauding a follower of N4m.

Parading the suspect on Thursday, the state Commandant of the NSCDC, Mr. Pedro Ideba, said Ayuba was involved in advanced fee fraud.

Police commissioner warns Lagosians to stop giving alcohol to officers

Disturbed by the unwholesome behaviour of some police men after consumption of alcoholic beverages offered them by members of the public, the Commissioner of Police, Lagos State Command,CP Edgal Imohimi, has appealed to Lagosians to desist from offering or giving alcoholic drinks to policemen in Lagos state command. 

The appeal became necessary in view of the misconduct of some policemen after consumption of all kinds free alcoholic beverages given to them by friends, party makers or by those who come to police station for one reason or the other.

National Assembly Needs More Money — Saraki

The Senate President, Bukola Saraki, has lamented that the National Assembly is grappling with funding constraints in carrying out its statutory functions.

Mr. Saraki noted that contrary to public perception that the National Assembly is being overfunded, increase in legislative activities especially that of the 8th senate has created funding constraint for the legislative arm of government.

3 Principals, 2 Others Die In Auto-crash In Oyo

Tragedy struck on Wednesday as five people, including three secondary school Principals, one Account Clerk and a driver died in a motor accident along Oyo-Ogbomoso Road, in Oyo state.

Seven others were seriously injured in the accident involving a truck and the bus in which the victims were traveling.

From next week, motorists plying Lekki toll gate, Ikoyi link bridge will pay more

The Lekki Concession Company Limited (LCC) says from February 1, 2018, motorists using the toll gate at the Victoria Island end of the Lekki-Epe expressway and Lekki-Ikoyi link bridge would have to pay more money.

Currently, cars are levied N120, sport utility vehicles (SUVs) N150 and commercial buses N80 at the toll gate, while cars pay N250 and SUVs, N300 at the bridge.

Katsina allocates 5,300 hectares for cattle colony

The Katsina State Government said on Thursday that it had allocated 5,300 hectares of land for the establishment of a cattle colony.

Dr. Abba Abdullahi, the Special Adviser to Goveror Aminu Masari, made the disclosure to newsmen in Katsina.

Muyiwa Ademola Celebrates Being 47 With His Humble Beginning Story

The Nollywood actor who turns 47 today shared his very HUMBLE BEGINNING with us, so we can no the depth of how God has lifted him up. Indeed, we are touched and it's a reminder that there is nothing God can not do. He wrote;

Miyetti Allah endorse President Buhari, Governor Abubakar for second term

Bauchi State chapter of Miyetti Allah has endorsed President Muhammadu Buhari and Governor Mohammed Abubakar as their candidates in 2019 presidential and governorship elections, respectively.

Over 5,000 representatives of cattle breeders gathered in Bauchi, Wednesday, and declared their support.

Philippe Coutinho thanks Barcelona for warm debut welcome

Philippe Coutinho has thanked his Barcelona team-mates and fans for easing his nerves ahead of his debut for the Spanish club.

The Brazil international came on as a 69th-minute substitute, replacing Andres Iniesta, during Barcelona’s Copa del Rey quarter-final against Espanyol, as they earned a 2-1 win on aggregate.

Ex-Chelsea winger Florent Malouda joins Luxembourg club

Former Chelsea and France winger Florent Malouda signed for Luxembourg club FC Differdange on Thursday.

The 37-year-old has been living in the country for several months and Differdange, who were runners-up in the Luxembourg league last season, announced they had signed him on a six-month deal.

Ooni's Ex-Wife Appointed A Board Member Of The Beirut Fashion Council

The ex-wife of Ooni of Ife, now Queen Zaynab Otiti has been appointed a board member of the Beirut fashion Council. Queen Zaynab made the announcement on social media...

'Billionaire Kidnapper' Evans files N200 million suit over seized trucks, Nigerian police furious

Suspected millionaire kidnapper, Chukwudumeme Onwuamadike (alias Evans), has urged the Federal High Court in Lagos to order the release of his seized 25 Mack trucks.

Through his lawyer Olukoya Ogungbeje, Evans said the trucks were seized without a court order.

The lawyer said the police forcefully confiscated the trucks from Evans last June 15 without any court order.

Attend court Feb. 5 or be returned to prison, judge tells Metuh

Justice Okon Abang of the Federal High Court in Abuja has ordered a former spokesman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Olisa Metuh, to attend court on February 5 or be arrested and returned to prison.

Justice Abang gave the order yesterday whiling on two applications. One by Metuh’s lawyer, Okezie Ikpeazu (SAN), for adjournment on health ground and the other by prosecution lawyern Sylvanus Tahir, seeking the revocation of Metuh’s bail for allegedly being absent in court for not cogent reasons.

Hate speech: FG monitors notable Nigerians online

The Minister of Defence, Mansur Dan-Ali, has directed the nation’s security agencies to tackle those propagating hate speech especially through the social media.

He said special attention should be given to notable Nigerians while tackling the menace.

According to a statement made available to journalists, Dan-Ali gave the directive at a meeting of the National Security Council presided over by President Muhammadu Buhari at the Presidential Villa, Abuja on Thursday.