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Criminals Erected Ruga Signpost in Our Community, Says Community Leader

National President of Akpa Community Development Association (ACDA) Dr. Fidelis Otebe, has condemned the erection of Ruga settlement signpost in his community in Otukpo, Benue State, stating that it’s an act of criminality even as he rejected the intention of federal government to establish grazing reserve in Akpa land. Otebe, who stated this on Sunday after consulting Akpa sons and daughters at home and the diaspora, said the people have no land to give as grazing reserve in whatever form to anybody, including Fulani herdsmen and federal Ministry of Agriculture and Natural Resources in Abuja.
He said the people are agrarian settlers and earned their living through cultivation of agricultural crops, stressing that the people have no land for grazing reserve and warned those with the idea to locate the grazing reserve in Akpa to stay clear from the area.
The president of the community said the people had given land to agricultural training institute in Otobi, Otukpo, multipurpose dam in O…

NGE Deputy President Dies in Kano Road Crash

Former Managing Director of Kano State Radio Corporation and also Deputy President of the Nigerian Guild of Editors (NGE), Malam Umar Saidu Tudunwada, is dead.
He died on Sunday in a road accident at Kura town in Kura Local Government Area of the state.
Tudunwada was on his way back to Kano from Abuja where he attended Broadcasting Organisation of Nigeria (BON) meeting when he met his end.
He was on the vehicle with one of his wives; a daughter and the driver when the accident occurred 30kilometre away from Kano metropolis.
The former deputy president of NGE was a media aide of former Kano State Governor, Rabiu Musa Kwankwaso, twice and a former Assistant General Manager with Freedom Radio Group.
In 2006, he joined the Voice of America (VOA) Hausa Service where he became an international broadcaster translating daily news bulletins from English to Hausa; translating correspondents’ reports from English to Hausa.
He returned to Freedom Radio in 2009 upon his appointment as the general…

Pregnant Woman, Two Others Confirmed Dead as Boat Capsizes in Lagos ... 16 others declared missing

A pregnant woman and two others have been confirmed dead in a Lagos boat capsize, just as 16 others have been declared missing.

The incident occurred on Sunday at the Badore area of Ajah as the boat conveying about 20 passengers was heading to Egbin Ijede.

According to reports, the casualty figure might be on the high side because none of the passengers wore their life jackets when the incident occurred.
While two of the passengers were said to have swam to safety, others, asides the recovered corpses, were yet to be seen.

As at press time, rescue efforts by emergency workers was still ongoing.

Confirming the incident, the Lagos State Emergency Management Agency (LASEMA), however, said it was yet unclear the number of people on the boat at the time of the accident.
LASEMA Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Femi Oke -Osanyintolu, said it was only two bodies that have been recovered so far, just as he identified one Aniyikaye Oluwaseunfunmi, aged 40.

He said: "A boat mishap occurr…

PDP Chieftain, Three Others Nabbed over Death of Teenage Girl in Delta

A former Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Chairman in Ethiope East Local Government Area of Delta State, Chief Kings Okpako, and a 32-year-old man have been arrested by the police for their alleged involvement in the murder of an 18-year old in the university town of Abraka.
It was learnt that the arrest followed the discovery by residents of the mutilated corpse of the teenage girl concealed in a sack and kept in a waste dump.
A crack team of police detectives led by the divisional police officer (DPO) in charge of Abraka Police Station, Mr. Hassan Jimoh, in its efforts to unravel the mysterious death of the girl, subsequently nabbed the politician and another suspect alleged to be the 'boyfriend' of the deceased.
In another development, the police also arrested two men for alleged defilement of a two-year old infant and ten-year-old girl.
In the first incident, a 58-year man accused of having canal knowledge of a 10-year-old girl in Eku, a neighboring town of Abraka, also in…

CAN Tasks Kaduna Govt over Attack on Church, Christian Persecution

The Kaduna State chapter of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) has asked the state government to fish out those behind the frequent attacks on St. Augustine’s Catholic Church in Tudun Wada area of Kaduna metropolis and bring them to justice.
The association also wondered why despite the repeated attacks on the church, the police have not been able to arrest anybody.
The latest attackwas last Friday, when some people, yet to be identified, invaded the church at about 11:30p.m. and burnt the sanctuary, setting ablaze loud speakers, chairs, vests, crucifix, altar bell and altar clothes among others.
The Parish Priest, Fr. Joshua Achiar, said the latest attack on the church is the eighth time.
However, speaking on the incident on Sunday at a special “prayer for God’s intervention on the preaching bill” at the ECWA Church in Sabon Tasha, Kaduna, the state CAN Chairman, Rev. Joseph Hayab, urged the state government to go beyond the rhetoric of being on top of the situation and t…

SEC Urges Investors of Defunct Skye Bank Shareholders to Claim Dividends

The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has reinforced its earlier directives to shareholders of defunct Skye bank to claim their dividend payment.
This, the SEC said, was part of its investors’ protection programme designed to ensure shareholders get the benefits of investing in the capital market.
According to the acting Director General of SEC, Ms. Mary Uduk, in an interview in Abuja, the SEC recently released a circular to shareholders of the defunct Skye bank to claim all outstanding dividends.
She said: “We have informed shareholders of the defunct Skye bank that unclaimed dividends declared by the bank are being held in trust on their behalf. This will further help reduce the volume of unclaimed dividends in the market and boost investors’ confidence

“Investors that have unclaimed dividends are therefore advised to contact Cardinalstone Registrars to process their dividend payments.”
Uduk said the commission has also directed Cardinalstone Registrars and STL Trustees to e…

Protest, Counter Protest, Rock COZA in Abuja, Lagos

Following rape allegation leveled against Commonwealth of Zion Assembly (COZA) founder, Pastor Biodun Fatoyinbo, on social media by popular musician, Timi Dakolo's wife, Busola Dakolo, last Friday, many Nigerians protested at the church headquarters in Abuja and it's worship centre in Lagos to call for the resignation of the clergyman as the senior pastor of the church, pending when the case would be taken before and determined by a competent court.
According to reports, as early as 7a.m. on Sunday, protesters had already arrived at the church premises in both locations carrying several placards with different inscriptions to send in their messages and demands to the public.
It was gathered that before their arrival, heavy security presence of the operatives Department of State Security Services (DSS) and Nigerian Police Force had been stationed at the front of the church premises as the church protocol officers in a chained hands formed a barricade around the Abuja church, as…

Insecurity: Gunmen Kill 23 Persons in Benue, Katsina

Gunmen have killed 23 persons in Benue and Katsina States in attacks on two local government areas in both states While 11 persons were on Sunday morning killed in Okokolo village by gunmen from Abugbe village in Agatu Local Government Area of Benue State, bandits reportedly killed at least 11 persons in nine communities of Kankara Local Government Area of Katsina State.
The gunmen attacked Okokolo while the locals went to churches.
Several houses were also said to have been burnt down while many people were reportedly still missing at the time of this report.
A native of Okokolo village, John Ikwulono, told journalists that there were no prior issues between the communities before the attack.
“This barbaric, unwarranted and inhuman attack occurred even when series of peace meetings have been called. Just few days before these attacks, Agbaduma community and Abugbe community, it was gathered, signed peace agreement and promised to remain peaceful and ensure that there would be no fur…

Obasanjo Laments Nation's Predicament, Charges Youths to Take Back Their Country

*Conferred with NYCN 'Father of the Nation' honour
Former President, Chief Olusegun Obasanjo on Thursday declared that he was weeping over Nigeria’s predicament, and charged the youths to take back their country. Obasanjo, who spoke at his Presidential Library in Abeokuta, Ogun State, while being honoured as 'Father of the Nation' by the National Youth Council of Nigeria (NYCN), said he weeps for Nigeria. He charged the youths to take back their country and save it from what he described as "the gradual slide to anarchy and economic hiatus."
Speaking during the conferment of the honour, the NYCN President, Nihi Oladele, and his predecessor, Ikenga Ugochinyere, who led a delegation of other youth leaders and delegates to theObasanjo Presidential Library in Abeokuta, Ogun State,said their reason for conferring the title on the former president was due to his "outstanding contributions, ideas and benevolence towards Nigerian youths over the years."

Money Laundering: EFCC Asks Banks to Reject Payment Instruction from NDDC *Magu worried over rising digital currency-related crimes

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) on Thursday directed commercial banks not to honour any payment instruction from the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC).
The directive is predicated on an ongoing investigation by the agency that unraveled diversion of funds from a domiciled account at the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) to commercial banks.

This is coming as the acting Chairman of  EFCC, Ibrahim Magu, lamented the surge in the digital currency-related crimes in the country, saying the commission was inundated with petitions from victims.
A copy of a letter obtained by THISDAY and addressed to the Managing Director, WEMA Bank PLC showed that EFCC was investigating a case of fraud, diversion of funds and money laundering by the Professor Nelson Brambaifa-led NDDC.
It said preliminary investigation showed that funds from the NDDC account domiciled in the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) were being diverted to commercial banks. In view of the above, the EFCC asked commerci…

ICPC To Prosecute Lai Mohammed in Court Over Alleged N2.5bn Fraud

The Independent Corrupt Practice and other related offences Commission (ICPC) has asked Lai Mohammed, a former minister of information, to appear at a federal high court in Abuja over an alleged N2.5 billion fraud case involving the National Broadcasting Commission (NBC).
ICPC is prosecuting Ishaq Kawu, NBC director-general, over “abuse of office and money laundering”.
The commission had filed a 12-count charge against Kawu, Lucky Omoluwa and Dipo Onifade, chairman of Pinnacle Communications Limited respectively.
In a statement on Thursday, the anti-graft agency said Mohammed was invited to explain his role after it conducted a probe.
“A government White Paper that governs the execution of the DSO programme was allegedly flouted by the head of NBC,” the statement read.
“Mohammed had however admitted in a statement to the Commission that he was misled by Kawu, as opined in court by a witness from ICPC, Osanato Olugbemi.
“Olugbemi, led in evidence by counsel to ICPC, Henry Emore, also told th…

Shell, Communities Resolve Dispute over OML 25