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Two men behead eight-year-old boy for ritual

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Police in Niger State have arrested two men said to be notorious ritual killers terrorising Bakajeba community in Paikoro Local Government Area for beheading an eight-year-old boy. The suspects, Abdulrashed Aminu (25) of Lupa and Ismaila Mohammed (27) of Makera in Paikoro Local Government Area, were arrested by the Inspector General of Police (IG) Special Tactical Squad attached to the Abuja-Minna Road.

The state Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), Babaola Adewole, told our correspondent that the suspects were arrested for beheading Hassan Abubakar (eight) for ritual purposes. It was also learnt that one of their accomplices, identified as Ibrahim, is still at large and the operatives have intensified efforts to apprehend him.

The suspects, now being detained at State Criminal Investigations and Intelligence Department (SCIID), Minna, had taken the police to the spot where the headless body of the victim was buried in a bush path.

They were apprehended about 9p.m. last Saturday at Minna-Paikoro Road junction during a stop-and-search. Aminu and Ismaila, according to the PPRO, confessed to the crime. They told detectives during interrogation that they cut off the boy’s head with two sharp knives.

The victim’s, Abubakar Shuaib, said his son was last seen on August 26 when he took a kettle of water from the house to give to an unknown person waiting outside. Adewole said the suspects would be after investigations.

He said: “Enough of ritual killers in the state. We will continue to apprehend them till they change to better people in the society. “We are on top of the situation and we are equal to the task. Lives of the citizens must be protected by the police.

“Niger State is one of the most peaceful states in the country and we will resist any attempt by bad people to take over the affairs of the state. It will not happen; our men are intact, ready for any eventualities.” The victim’s body, according to Adewole, has been released to his family for burial.

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Final year Law student’s murder sparks outrage

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Final year Law student’s murder sparks outrage

Students of Rivers State University have angrily spoken out against the brutal murder of their colleague, Matilda Itonyo Mark, 24, a final year law student by unknown killers.

The killers were said to have invaded the deceased’s off campus apartment and allegedly raped and then stabbed her to death.

The campus was thrown into mourning after students and lecturers learnt of her death. Mark’s remains were found blood soaked in her off campus apartment in Eagle lsland area of Port Harcourt. Security agents, inability to apprehend the perpetrators as at yesterday had sparked anger among students of the school.

Some students, including her course mates, lamented her sudden demise, recollecting that another female was gruesomely murdered in the same city by a serial killer. The alleged killer back then, after arrest, confessed to have murdered eight ladies in hotel rooms.

Mark was described as outgoing, friendly and calm person, apart from been a creative dancer, and a hairstylist.

The incident is already trending on twitter. One of her friends’ states: “Matilda, a 500Level Law Student of Rivers State University, who is a dancer and attends Salvation Ministry, was apparently raped and stabbed to death in her room off campus.”

Some friends, who took to twitter to mourn her, raised different questions. One of them, @Desireeagura said: “The sad thing is that they’ll probably never find who did this and that person is walking and living amongst us, all normal. Sad!”

Another friend, @Straw_Chocolait, has a suggestion for the police. @Straw_Chocolait said: “Bring in her close friends for questioning. You see those quiet guys that have been toasting her and maybe she refused, bring them in too… These things are possible; it’s just that the family would need to spend money to get these things done because the system is corrupt.”

@Kotlinconf chirps in: “Getting the culprit is very easy, if she was really stabbed or raped, with the finger print and perhaps the semen. Here in our country, I know the family will need to spend a lot to push that, the country is messed up. God console her family. RIP. Some guys are just useless.”

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Rape: Oxfam seeks specialised training for police, lawyers

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Rape: Oxfam seeks specialised training for police, lawyers

Oxfam Nigeria, a non-governmental organisation (NGO) has called for specialised training for judges, legal practitioners and the police to curb rape, assault and other violence against women and children in the country.

Mr. Constant Tchona, Oxfam Nigeria, Country Director, stated this in Abuja yesterday at a stakeholder’s dialogue organised with the theme: ‘Enough, together we can end violence against women and children.’

He noted that the dialogue was part of the organisation’s activities to mark 16 Days of Activism Against Gender Based Violence (GBV).

According to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), Tchona, represented by Mrs Ramatu Bako, Oxfam Head of Influencing, Advocacy Engagement, frowned at the manner gender based violence cases were being handled by the judiciary and the police, due to lack of knowledge on how to tackle such cases.

He emphasised that, rather than addressing issues amicably by ensuring justice for victims and adequate punishment on the perpetrators, victims were often victimised; thereby compounding their problems.

Tchona noted that adequate and specialised training would go a long way in reducing incidences of sexual violence, assaults, among others. According to him, when such cases occurred, they will know what to do at every point and the exact punishment for such offences; and if perpetrators are dealt with, it will serve as deterrent to others having such intentions.

Tchona said: “The judiciary, the police and the legal practitioners need specialised training so that when issues of violence come before them, they will know how to handle it without striping victims of their dignity in any manner.

“As a result of that, we need to engage with this people that work in this specialised field to understand, because we have situations where judges, instead of ameliorating the plights of victims, dive into morality.

“They go into victimising the victims by asking, ‘why did you wear this dress? Why did you go to that place?’ This kind of thing is very upsetting, because people react in different ways. It is not the responsibility of the judge to ask these questions. They are supposed to look at the merit of the case. If sexual assault happens, is it wrong? They are to examine what the law says in this respect and give judgment. The challenge we have in the country is that basically, we have not reached the level of understanding how to handle issues of this nature, because sexual and gender base violence comes in different forms. It’s not just the act of beating somebody else; it has profound emotional, psychological, mental, physiological, biological and even social effects on both the victims and also the perpetrators.”

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Lagos frets over outbreak of Charcoal Anthrax

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Lagos frets over outbreak of Charcoal Anthrax

The Lagos State Commissioner for Agriculture, Prince Gbolahan Lawal, has raised the alarm over outbreak of Charcoal Anthrax in the state.

This was even as he urged livestock owners, farmers, butchers, livestock sellers and veterinarians in the state to be alert to any signs of Charcoal Anthrax in their livestock.

Speaking with members of the Sheep and Goats Farmers Association in Lagos State, Lawal tried to sensitize them on the outbreak of Charcoal Anthrax in sheep and cattle in the Republic of Niger. He urged them to report any unexplained sudden deaths in livestock to the Ministry of Agriculture.

Lawal said: “The reports would help the State Government to carry out a quick and appropriate investigation with a view to instituting all necessary control measures. Private veterinarians should also assist with investigation and prevention activities.”

The Commissioner explained that Charcoal Anthrax is an infectious zoonotic disease of livestock manifesting either on the skin as a scratch progressing into a sepsis or as a pulmonary infection contracted by inhalation of the causative micro-organisms.

He added that the disease occurs directly or indirectly through contact with infected animals or contaminated animal products respectively in human beings hence the need to take precautionary measures.

“It is essential that if livestock die suddenly and without an obvious cause, livestock owners and veterinarians are enjoined to immediately report any suspected case of anthrax or unexplained sudden death of livestock to the Lagos State Ministry of Agriculture or the nearest veterinary office or call 08023191180 or 08023427594,” noted Lawal.

He averred that Charcoal Anthrax was well known to occur intermittently in grazing livestock, and they usually contact the disease through swallowing and inhaling of the anthrax spores which were odourless, colourless and tasteless. While stressing that the disease could also affect humans, he added that nearly all cases of the diseases have been seen in livestock, particularly hoofed animals.

The Commissioner added: “Even though our environment is not endemic for the disease, and no incidence of the disease has been reported in recent times, it is more reasonable to prevent the disease from entering into our shore and indeed the Lagos State.”

He therefore urged all livestock farmers to take necessary precautions to prevent the incursion of the disease into the country. He said that the state government has already constituted Rapid Response Teams that would react and respond to any case of an outbreak.

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Nigerian Immigration launches new enhanced e-passport

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Nigerian Immigration launches new enhanced e-passport

The Nigerian Immigration Service (NIS), yesterday, unveiled its new enhanced e-passport at its Alausa office, Ikeja, Lagos as parts of its plans to ease availability of the passports to Nigerians.

The NIS explained that the passport came in three standard variants: the 32 page with five years validity; the 64 page with five years validity and the 64 page with 10 years validity.

The NIS Comptroller- General, Muhammed Babandede, said the technology behind the new version of the passport was the most recent in terms of security features and biometrics, which is according to the standards of the International Civil Aviation Organisation.

According to him, a significant difference between the new version and the existing one is the Supplemented Access Control (SAC), which is the latest set of security features on e-passports.  This, he noted, further strengthens the security of electronic travel documents globally.

Another remarkable difference is the Polycarbonate Data Page with laser printing as against the existing passport which is printed with ink on hard paper.  As a result of this improvement, the enhanced e-passport is water resistant.

Babandede, who was represented by the CIS, Helen Onwuzulike, noted that the e-passport has another security feature called the Multiple Laser Image (MIL), which is an added security that guards against forgery.

He said: “The polycarbonate technology eliminates damage. The passport is not easily damage. The passport also has enhanced security feature which makes it difficult for anyone to steal your identity. We now have the enhanced tracking of application; we have data code which is helpful for people, especially those who live abroad, who do not have time to go to passport office all the time. With this new one, you can track it to know when it is ready and also when to go for collection.”

He added that with the production of the new passport at the Ikeja office, it would reduce the pressure that is always experienced at the Ikoyi’s passport office.

The Comptroller NIS, Lagos State Command, King Ekpedeme, said the upgraded passport was in response to the Federal Government directive and the resolve of the Comptroller-General to reposition and improve passport issuance regime of the service.

He disclosed that since 15th January, when President Muhammadu Buhari was issued the e-passport, there has been a continuous effort by NIS to carry out a systematic roll-out of the passport in different parts of the country while allowing the present booklet to run concurrently until faced-out

While commending the state government for its assistance in running the passport office, he explained that the office needed a quick intervention of energy supply which has remained a bane to the successful running of the office.

The Secretary to the State Government, Mrs  Folashade Jaji, commended NIS, stating that the government would continue to show its support for the benefit of Lagosians.

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LASTMA arrests 25 motorists for driving against traffic

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LASTMA arrests 25 motorists for driving against traffic

The Lagos State Traffic Management Authority (LASTMA) yesterday arrested 25 motorists for driving against traffic in Mile 2 and Cele areas of the metropolis.

General Manager of LASTMA, Mr Olajide Oduyoye, told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) of the arrests at the authority’s headquarters in Lagos.

According to him, LASTMA would not fold its hands seeing some motorists endangering lives of others on the road.

He explained that Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu had spoken on zero tolerance for people abusing the laws of the state.

Oduyoye said: “Disobeying traffic law is totally unacceptable and we, as a government responsible agency for enforcement, are doing our best to make sure that the governor’s mandate is met. That is why we have gone out today to arrest these vehicles taking ‘one way,’ violating the law of the state and endangering the lives of the people of Lagos State. The governor has said enough is enough. Things have to change and that is why you all see all the efforts being made by LASTMA. If the people who want to violate traffic laws feel that we are going to rest or go to sleep, they are totally and utterly mistaken. Today alone, as at now, we have arrested over 25 motorists, especially commercial bus drivers, for driving against traffic in one operation alone at Mile 2. This impunity has to stop.”

The LASTMA boss, who said that traffic offenders had been arrested across the agency’s 43 zones in the state, advised motorists to comply with the law to avoid trouble.

The general manager said that the authority’s Director of Operations, Mr Bolaji Oreagba, had been on the move day and night to restore sanity on the road.

“We’re telling the road users in Lagos that it is time for them to change their behaviour and negative attitude to the road because LASTMA officers will not fold their hands,” he said.

Oduyoye cautioned motorists against abusing, assaulting, attacking or injuring LASTMA’s officers in the line of duty.

He stated: “You must not oppress LASTMA officers because they are put there by the government to do their job. We’re warning motorists and at the same time appealing to them not to touch our personnel if they don’t want to face the law. Just obey traffic rules and nobody will come near you. Do the right thing on the road. Christmas is around the corner, we don’t want stress and we don’t want any motoring public to give us any stress whatsoever. If you do the right thing, no LASTMA officer will come near you.”

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Man jailed 2 months for stealing mobile phone

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Man jailed 2 months for stealing mobile phone

An Ikeja Chief Magistrates’ Court yesterday sentenced a 24-year-old man, Innocent Ahuwuanya, to two months imprisonment for stealing a mobile phone valued at N65,000.

Chief Magistrate, G. O Anifowose, ordered that Ahuwuanya should serve his term at Kirikiri Correctional Centre after he pleaded guilty to a charge of stealing.

Anifowose sentenced the convict without giving an option of fine.

“I hope this will serve as deterrent to others who intend to commit such crime,” she said.

Earlier, the Prosecutor, Sergeant Felicia Okwori, told the court that Ahuwuanya committed the offence on 18th of June, at Crest Inn Hotel,  Balogun Street, Oshodi, Lagos.

Okwori said that Ahuwuanya stole the Infinix Hot 5 mobile phone from where it was being charged at the reception of the hotel.

“He was arrested when the CCTV footage camera at the reception was reviewed,” the prosecutor said.

The offence contravened Section 287 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, 2015.

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Court remands man for sexual violation of minor

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Court remands man for sexual violation of minor

Magistrate’s Court, sitting in Abakaliki, Ebonyi State capital, has remanded 25-year-old Eze Desmond in prison for allegedly sexually defiling a 17-year-old student identified as Ezinne.

The accused was alleged to have had unlawful intercourse with Ezinne on 17th November, 2019.

The suspect committed the offence at Effium Overbridged, Effium Community, in the Ohaukwu Local Government Area of the state. He was arraigned before the court on one count of unlawful intercourse.

The Police Prosecutor, Mathias Eze, told the court that the offence was punishable under section 34 (2) of Ebonyi State Child Right Law and Related Matters, 2010.

In her ruling, the Chief Magistrate, Nnenna Onuoha, said the court lacked the jurisdiction to entertain the matter.

The plea by the defense Counsel that the accused be admitted to bail was not granted. Onuoha, therefore, directed that the accused be remanded at the Nigerian Correctional Centre, Abakaliki, and his case file forwarded to the office of the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) in the state for advice.

The matter was adjourned till December 18, 2019, for report of compliance.

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Lagos Assembly’ll pass 2020 budget not later than Jan 2 – Buraimoh 

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Lagos Assembly’ll pass 2020 budget not later than Jan 2 – Buraimoh 

Barring any last minute change of plan, the 2020 Budget of Lagos State will be passed by the Lagos State House of Assembly and possibly signed into law by the state governor, Mr. Babajide Sanwo-Olu not later than January 2, 2020.
The Chairman of the Lagos State House of Assembly’s Committee on Information, Strategy and Security, Hon. Tunde Buraimoh, disclosed this on Wednesday during an interaction with journalists in Alausa, Lagos.
Hon. Buraimoh said the state Assembly is working hard to ensure that the 2020 budget’s estimates and proposals are made into law not later than January, 2, 2020 so that executive can have ample time and opportunity to execute all the proposals that are contained in the budget.
His words: “The Lagos State House of Assembly because of its cognisance of responsibility to make the lots of the people good and that the good of the people to get better and the greatest happiness to go to the greatest number of people is cautious of the fact that, whatever is worth doing at all is worth doing well and in good time. And there is no point taking any day not to talk of any week or any month out of the 52 weeks or 12 months that make a year.
“So, the Lagos State House of Assembly is trying as much as possible to get the executive ready to action and to hit the Year 2020 running by making sure that the 2020 budget’s estimates and proposals are made into law on or before but not later than the first working day of January, 2020. So that the executive can have ample time and opportunity to execute all the proposals that are contained in the budget.”
Hon. Buraimoh said the Lagos State House of Assembly is working round the clock to ensure that people of Lagos State enjoy dividends of democracy and good governance by the Governor Sanwo-Olu-led All Progressives Congress (APC) administration.

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FRSC warns personnel against extortion in Bayelsa

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The Bayelsans State Command of the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) on Wednesday warned it’s officers against extortion of money from drivers, noting that the Corps was ready to deal decisively with any offender in the state.
Speaking during its flag-off of the 2019 Ember month activities in Yenagoa, the state capital, the Sector Commander in the state, Ikechukwu Igwe said the programme tagged “2019 Operation Zero Christmas/New Year Safety Campaign” was to create full awareness on the need for more safer roads.
He, however, urged the drivers to be mindful of rules and regulations, adding that the officers in the Bayelsa Command would be fully mobilised to man the highways during the Christmas festival.
“There is need to change from aggressive driving to defensive driving. Say no to over speeding and over loading. Obey the traffic rules and regulations to maintain safer roads during and after the Yuletide period,” Igwe advised.
On the extortion of money by officers, he urged them to steer clear of the act and noted that the Corps was one the agencies in the country that has zero tolerance for corruption.
In his remarks, King Alfred Diete-Spiff, Chairman, Traditional Rulers Council in Bayelsa commended FRSC in the state and urged it to keep the flag flying.
Other security agencies present were the Navy, Immigration, Air Force, Civil Defence among others.

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Land grabbing: Lagos handling 3,000 cases, arrests 200

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Muritala Ayinla

The Lagos State Attorney-General and Commissioner Justice, Mr Moyosore Onigbanjo (SAN) has said that the state is currently handling over 3000 cases and has arrested over 200 persons in connection with land grabbing cases.

According to him, since the enactment of the Lagos State Property Protection Law, 2016 and the establishment of the Special Taskforce on Land Grabbers, a total of 3600 petitions have been received by the taskforce on land grabbing.

Speaking on the activities of the ministry, the Onigbanjo, who confirmed that the cases of land grabbing were still rampart in the state, said that efforts were being made to curtail their notorious activities. He added that about 500 of these petitions have been concluded.

He said: “I make bold to say that the nefarious and notorious activities of Land Grabbers have been gradually curtailed in Lagos State. Yes, there are still pockets of reports of illegal activities of land grabbers across the State. We are not unaware of the havoc and unrest caused by these land grabbers particularly in developing areas of Ibeju-Lekki, Ajah, Ikorodu, Ipaja, Badagry amongst others but this, when compared to what obtains before the enactment of the property protection law and establishment of the taskforce has shown that the implementation of the law through the taskforce is yielding the desired results,” he said.

Harping on the Office of the Public Defender OPD, he said that the agency has been able to handle 1,636 cases, 600 petitions out of which 245 have been concluded, 141 judgements obtained, over 30 children rescued and total compensation of N8,103,567.09 was received on behalf of clients.

“Similarly PAC – Public Advisory Centre, received monetary claims of N3,684.666 on behalf of claimants whilst the Directorate of Citizen’s Rights instituted cases in the National Industrial Court where seven claimants were awarded N21, 352,319 as terminal benefits from their various organisations,” the AG said.

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