A suspected ritual killer, Tunde Tayo of Ungwan Roka, Maitumbi, Minna in Bosso Local Government Area of Niger State has been arrested by the Police after burying a headless body in his uncompleted building.
Tayo was caught after cutting off the head and removing the heart and intestines of the Okada at the Crystal FM area in Maitunbi.
The victim, 25-year-old Abdullahi Salle, our Correspondent learnt, was a bikeman popularly known as Okada.
The 30-year-old Tayo was reportedly apprehended by police operatives attached to the Maitumbi Division for killing his victim of Ungwan Rama for ritual purposes.
Upon interrogation, the suspect claimed to be clearing grasses grown in the building before he was apprehended.
Further investigation revealed that Salle’s body was buried by the suspect in a shallow grave near his house.
In an interview with our Correspondent on Saturday, the suspect said he lured his victim to his uncompleted building in Ungwan Roka, where he carried out the crime.
According to him: “I beheaded and removed Salle’s intestines and heart for ritual purposes. I even buried him in a shallow grave in my uncompleted house.
“It was when I tried to cover his body and the grave with grass that people around found out and noticed what I did. They held me, raised alarm and that was how I found myself in police net.”
According to Tayo, a father of five children and a welder in Sabon-Gari area of Minna, “I never knew that police can get at me, it was frustrations and inconsistence in life that made me to commit the crime. I am ruined.”
When asked whether his wife knew about his escapades, he said: “Nobody knows I am into ritual business, my wife does not know anything concerning the ritual business, she only knows me as a welder.”
Confirming the incident, the Command’s Public Relations Officer, Muhammad Abubakar, said the suspect had confessed to the crime.
Accordingly, Abubakar said: “Upon exhumation of the victim’s body it was discovered that the head and other internal parts had been removed.”
Furthermore, he said the suspect would be charged to court after the conclusion of investigations.
Air pollution increases ‘silent’ miscarriage risk
cientists in Beijin have associated the impact of high levels of air pollution to ‘missed’, or silent, miscarriage.
The findings of their study is reported in the journal ‘Nature Sustainability’.
‘Missed’, or silent, miscarriage occurs when the fetus dies during the first trimester, but the body does not recognise the pregnancy loss and no symptoms like bleeding occur.
The first trimester of pregnancy begins on the first day of the last menstrual period and lasts until the end of week 12. This means that by the time the pregnancy woman knows for sure that she is pregnant, she might already be five or six weeks pregnant. A lot happens during these first three months.
Silent miscarriages occur in up to 15 per cent of all pregnancies, but they are especially common in developing countries, where some often blame such phenomenon on the influences of persons with diabolic means.
However, such miscarriages occur when the fetus doesn’t form or dies, but the placenta and embryonic tissues are still in the uterus.
The study shows that being exposed to dirty city air during pregnancy could increase the risk of complications.
Previous studies had also linked exposure to air pollution during pregnancy to increased risk of miscarriage, lower birth weight, brain abnormalities, and even a higher risk of autism.
Similarly, air pollution had also been blamed for nearly nine million premature deaths almost doubling the number estimated by previous studies, according to a recent German Study.
Co-author of the recent Germany study, Thomas Münzel explained that this meant that air pollution causes more extra deaths a year than tobacco smoking, which the World Health Organisation (WHO) estimates was responsible for an extra 7.2 million deaths in 2015. Münzel is a professor at the University Medical Centre Mainz.
To determine their findings, the scientists from five Chinese universities analysed the records of 255,668 women who were pregnant between 2009 and 2017, including almost 17,500 who experienced missed miscarriages.
They then compared these figures with levels of maternal exposure to four major air pollutants, fine particulate matter (PM2.5), sulfur dioxide, ozone, and carbon monoxide to reach conclusions on the deadly impact of air pollution on miscarriage.
Group, BZF seek U.S.’ neutrality in Biafra project
ro-Biafra group, Biafra Zionist Federation yesterday announced a date for an official launch of Biafran Currency.
While addressing a press conference in Enugu, leader of BZF, Benjamin Onwuka said that the new currency to be called GAD and ERI will be launched on 15th December, 2019 at Ndoki Park, Ngwa Road, Aba in Abia state.
Onwuka also expressed displeasure over an alleged meddlesomeness of United State’s Ambassador to Nigeria, Stuart Symington, in Nigeria’s internal affairs, and warned the U.S. Embassy to be neutral.
BZF warned the governors of Ebonyi and Abia states, Chief David Umahi and Okezie Ikpeazu against making land available for RUGA settlement, saying that the group was against RUGA in any part of “Biafra land, from Southern Kaduna to the Atlantic Ocean.”
The leader of BZF stated that having inaugurated Biafra nation on 30th July, 2019 through the United States of America (USA), it was time to launch the currency to facilitate total separation of the group from Nigeria.
He said: “As you are aware we had a swearing in on July 30th 2019 backed the United States of America. I keep on stressing this that Biafra cannot be achieved unless we have international diplomatic assistance. And that was exactly what caused the Biafran war against us, there was no international support at the time of the Biafran war and no nation can ever fight a war without an international backup.
“The United Nations, European Union or any other organization cannot help Biafra in our independence quest because of the strength of the political diplomacy of the Great Britain. It’s only the United States that can sideline the Great Britain and allow Biafra’s independence.
“Biafra will have a new currency called the Gad, that will be the note or the unit, and the Coin/the Decimal will be Eri, the 5th son of Gad. The venue of the launch will be at Ndoki Motor Park by Ngwa Road, Aba, Enyimba City, Republic of Biafra. So we have the currency called Gad/Eri as you have the Dollar/Sent.”
HDP asks S’Court to reverse self on Buhari’s election
… seeks fresh hearing on merit
he Hope Democratic Party (HDP) has approached the Supreme Court praying it to reverse itself in the judgment delivered on October 3 which on technical ground dismissed its appeal filed against the election of President Muhammadu Buhari.
The party claimed that the judgment delivered by Justice Mary Peter Odili in favour of Buhari was invalid and unconstitutional on the ground that it was based on technicalities of law rather than merit and justice.
In a fresh motion on notice brought pursuant to order 8, rule 2 of the Supreme Court Rules and sections 6 and 36 of the 1999 constitution as well as section 22 of the Supreme Court Act, the party and its presidential candidate, Chief Ambrose Albert Owuru, prayed the court to restore their appeal for fresh hearing on merit.
The motion filed through its counsel, Chukwunonyerem Njoku, the appellants insisted that the dismissal of their appeal on October 3 on technical ground was without compliance with the mandatory procedure of law.
The fresh motion, which was predicated on eight grounds, indicated that the appeal dismissed on preliminary objection of Buhari without requisite applications after filed briefs and incorporation of notice of objection without leave of the apex court is a nullity and liable to be set aside.
Other grounds is that by virtue of order 8 upon which the dismissal was based, an appellant whose appeal has been dismissed under the rule may apply by notice of motion that the appeal be restored and heard on merit.
The appellants maintained that there are exceptional circumstances as required by law to cause the restoration of the appeal having been dismissed on technical ground without respondents first applying for or granted leave to prevent ambush or surprise to them to prevent the hearing of the appeal on merit and affirm their claim as winners of February 16 presidential referendum election.
They further claimed that the decision of the court arising from respondents’ ambush, intimidation, misdirection of court and noncompliance with the strict rules and procedures for hearing notice of preliminary objection is invalid and a nullity in law and liable to be set aside.
A 10-pparagraph affidavit in support of the motion with number SC/1110/2019 and deposed to by one Odion Peter Olhoaye, a legal practitioner in the law firm of AA Owuru, claimed that the appellants filed notice of appeal dated August 28, 2019, from the Presidential Election Petition Tribunal to the Supreme Court from their personal record when judgment was withheld, held back and delayed by the tribunal.
They averred that following the last minute release of the judgment by the Presidential Election Petition Tribunal, additional grounds were hurriedly filed and mistakenly titled “Notice of Appeal” instead of “Additional Grounds”.
The two appellants insisted that a mere mistake in the title “Notice of Appeal” instead of “Additional Grounds of Appeal”, was not enough ground for Supreme Court to dismiss their appeal on that technicality.
Besides, the appellants further claimed that the Supreme Court jurisdiction had not been fully activated because motion for substituted service on Buhari, who up till September 27, 2019 evaded service of court process was yet to be moved or withdrawn in the court’s record before the court was misled into dismissing the appeal on technical objection.
Extortion: Police, Army rake in N306bn in 6,900 roadblocks in S’East, S’South – Study
n the last 50 months, Nigerians living in the South-East and the South-South geopolitical zones of the country had been made to part with an estimated N306 billion in more than 6, 900 military and police roadblocks scattered across the two regions.
This is contained in a recent Special Research Report presented by a civil society organization, Intersociety following a field survey and research which covered eleven states of Edo, Delta, Rivers, Akwa Ibom, Cross River, Bayelsa, Anambra, Abia, Enugu, Ebonyi and Imo for a period spanning 50 months – August 2015 to October 2019.
Lead researcher in the report–Mr. Emeka Umeagbalasi, the Board Chairman of Intersociety, a trained criminologist and graduate of Security Studies; with other research assistants led by Comrade Samuel Kamanyaoku in the report co-signed by Chidimma Udegbunam, Head of Campaign & Publicity, Chinwe Umeche, Head of Democracy & Good Governance, Obianuju Igboeli, Head of Civil Liberties & Rule of Law and Ndidiamaka Bernard, Head of Int’l Justice & Human Rights said citizens of the regions literally paid out the staggering sum at gunpoint to military and police personnel at the estimated 600 military and 6, 300 police roadblocks across the South-East and the South-South geopolitical zones.
While the 6,300 police roadblocks illicitly collected N250 billion from the said regions, the 600 military roadblocks bagged N56 billion.
The report further showed that an average of N6.4 billion was illicitly collected monthly and N76 billion yearly in the past four years and two months.
The N250 billion illicitly collected by the police, the report said, constituted over 80% of the annual budget of the Nigeria Police Force of N300 billion while the annual take of N76 billion amounted to over 20% of the said annual budget.
The report noted that no fewer than 34,000 armed personnel of the Nigerian Army, Navy, Air Force and Nigeria Police Force stationed on the roads and other public arenas in the two regions were involved in the said rip-off, thus suggesting that the incessant military build-up and police siege in the two regions were mere shakedowns after all.
On the motive behind the report, the document read in part: “The report is also in response to the proposed military operations in Eastern Nigeria, code named: “Operation Python Dance IV” and “Operation Crocodile Smile IV”, scheduled for 1st November to Christmas Eve of December 2019 as well as the planned flooding of the two regions particularly the Southeast with alleged greater number of ‘Federal Road Tollgates.’
This is even as it is found that 70% of all Federal Roads in Eastern Nigeria are a death trap. “Today, it has spread like wild fire and particularly caught the operational attention of the Nigerian Military including the Army, Navy and Air Force and Paramilitaries like Federal Road Safety Corps, Immigration, and Nigerian Security & Civil Defense Corps.
“Use of ‘roadblock’ in the security of a country or for purposes of safety of lives and properties is very archaic and outdated. As a matter of fact, it is an attribute of a failed state or system.”
Lawyer tackles IGP, CP, others in N25m fundamental rights’ suit
iqued by an alleged directive by the nation’s Inspector-General of Police and the Lagos state Commissioner of Police which had infringed on rights of a businessman, Prince Ochokwu Obieze following his detention, a lawyer, Mr. Ikechukwu Chiaha has approached a Lagos division of the Federal High Court for redress.
In a suit marked FHC/L/CS/1568/19, Chiaka on behalf of his client, Obieze asked the court to compel the Inspector General of Police, Commissioner of Police, Lagos Police Command, Area Commander Area ‘F’ Command, and one IPO Jennifer to explain why his client was allegedly detained and dehumanized without recourse to law.
Also joined as fifth to seventh respondent were Tony, Mrs. Bisiola Azeez, (Iyaloja) and Mr Adeniyi Olasoji (Babaloja) as co-defendants.
Specifically, Chiaka is asking the court to declare that the incessant molestation, threat to kill, harassment and detention of Obieze by the first to fourth respondent at the instance of the fifth to seventh respondent was illegal.
In an originating motion, he asked for a declaration that forceful invasion of his client’s business premises at the Computer Village Ikeja, Lagos, on 8th August, 2019 by some hoodlums following his refusal to pay “unjustifiable levies” allegedly made by the fifth to seventh respondent was unlawful and illegal.
Besides, he wanted a declaration that his client’s alleged beating, harassment, and intimidation in the market place by the fifth to seventh respondent alongside hoodlums due to his refusal to accede to an illegal levy in the computer village was unlawful.
Applicant also sought a declaration that an alleged inhumane treatment meted on Obieze during his detention by agents of the first to fourth respondent at the instance of the fifth to seventh respondent was a flagrant violation of his fundamental rights.
Chiaka, however, asked the court to grant an order of perpetual injunction, restraining the respondents, from further infringing or violating his client’s rights, restraining the respondents from further forcefully and exploitatively demanding payment of the said levies from the applicant.
Particularly, applicant wanted an order restraining the respondents from forcing and torturing him to denounce his membership of the Computer and Allied Products Dealers Association of Nigeria (CAPDAN) just as he asked the court to compel the respondents to pay N25 million in damages for the alleged violation of his rights, as well as aggravated and exemplary damages in the sum of N2 million.
Further hearing in the matter has been fixed for 19th November, 2019.
Libra: EU pledges to regulate digital currencies
he European Union’s (EU) finance commissioner has pledged to propose new rules to regulate virtual currencies, in a reaction to Facebook’s plans to introduce Libra, which the EU considers a risk to financial stability, Reuters reported at the weekend.
France and Germany have said that Libra, whose size would dwarf cryptocurrencies such as bitcoin, could limit their monetary sovereignty.
“Europe needs a common approach on crypto-assets such as Libra,” Valdis Dombrovskis told EU lawmakers in a confirmation hearing , stating that, “I intend to propose new legislation on this.”
The EU has no specific regulations on cryptocurrencies, which, until Libra was announced in June, had been considered a marginal issue by most decision-makers because only a fraction of bitcoins or other digital coins are converted into euros.
Dombrovskis has resisted regulating digital currencies in the five years he has served so far. He made it clear his change of heart stemmed from Facebook’s plans for Libra, a digital currency that “could have systemic effects on financial stability,” he told lawmakers.
The EU is now also pushing the G20 for global action on “stablecoins,” an EU document circulated last week said.
Facebook’s planned Libra is the best-known of the stablecoins – cryptocurrencies backed by assets such as conventional money deposits, short-term government securities or gold.
Libra’s scale would pose risks, Dombrovskis said, because Facebook’s millions of users in Europe would be able to pay with the new digital currency.
An EU Commission official said there was no timetable yet for proposing the new rules.
Dombrovskis said the crypto regulation should focus on defending financial stability, protecting consumers and tackling the risks of money-laundering using crypto-assets, which can easily cross borders.
Dombrovskis, a former prime minister of Latvia, said the EU needed to rethink its defenses against financial crime. He also said he saw “a lot of merit” in shifting some supervision to an EU body, without clarifying whether that meant setting up a new anti-money-laundering agency or beefing up existing agencies.
In his address to lawmakers, Dombrovskis also pledged a “sustainable Europe investment plan” to unlock 1 trillion euros ($1.1 trillion) of private and public green investment over the next decade.
He said the plan would be based on guarantees and funds provided by the EU budget and the European Investment Bank, although most of the money is expected to come from the private sector.
Kebbi, Sokoto, Zamfara promise to end insecurity in North-West
orth-West states of Kebbi, Sokoto and Zamfara in collaboration with the Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ) Sokoto State chapter and security agencies have organised a one-day workshop on how to tackle the current security challenge facing the zone.
The one-day town hall meeting was held with the aim of fostering good relationship between security agents, the NUJ and traditional rulers in the area.
Delivering his keynote address at the occasion, Kebbi State Deputy Governor, Ismail Yombe, who represented the governor, said the state government was committed to addressing the security challenges facing the state.
Yombe welcomed the idea of a joint effort by the states concerned to come up with measures to fight criminality in the respective states.
The deputy governor said the issue of insecurity was something to be tackled at all levels, commending the organisers for promoting awareness on the issue.
Speaking at the occasion, Sultan of Sokoto, Alhaji Muhammad Sa’ad Abubakar III, urged security agencies, stakeholders, and the communities as well as religious leaders, to join hands and map out workable strategies that would bring a lasting solution to widespread security breaches in the country.
In attendance at the meeting were Sokoto State Governor, Alhaji Aminu Tambuwal; Sultan of Sokoto, Alhaji Muhammad Sa’ad Abubakar III; Emirs of Gwandu, Argungu, Yauri and that of Zamfara, Alhaji Muhammad Attahiru Ahmad, among others.
FG to float six modular refineries in Niger Delta
he Federal Government has concluded plans to establish no fewer than six modular refineries in the Niger Delta region, it has been learnt.
The Senior Special Assistant to the President Muhammadu Buhari on Niger Delta Affairs, Mr. Edobor Iyamu, who disclosed this, said the six modular refineries already licensed by the Federal Government would soon commence operations in Rivers, Imo, Bayelsa, Delta and Akwa Ibom States respectively.
Iyamu disclosed this at a forum entitled: “Dialogue on Critically Appraising Mechanisms Used to Transfer Benefits of Resource Extraction to the Niger Delta Region,” which was held yesterday in Uyo, the Akwa Ibom State capital.
He further explained that the establishment of the refineries was a deliberate effort by President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration to grow local content in the oil and gas sector of the economy.
The presidential aide, however, added that in a bid to ensure that Niger Delta region benefits from the opportunities in oil exploration sector, the Federal Government had kept its words by ensuring that the refineries were not only licensed, but also encouraged to commence production.
He said that the present administration had put in place conducive investment environment for investors to open modular refineries in the country.
The Federal Government, he noted, had approved zero duties for investors on modular refinery equipment, saying: “Let us not forget that in previous administration, 35 modular licenses were issued, but nobody did anything about it.”
Iyamu said: “The licences were issued and the people put the licences in their suitcases, because they were benefiting from the era of petroleum subsidy. I was going to say also that because of the policy of this government which is zero duties, it is has encouraged many investors to come to the space.
“So, today as I said, we have six modular refineries, and I have been there to see things myself; I am not talking about things I read or saw in newspapers. I went there physically to inspect the modular refineries.”
Meanwhile, a member of the Nigeria Extractive Industries and Transparent Initiative Expert Advisory Panel, Dr. Ukoha Ukiwo, said that various framework and mechanism to bring benefits to the region could not succeed if trust was not built through engagement between the government, oil companies and the communities.
He, however, noted that harmony could be created in the region and benefits derived if opportunities were created for people of the area to participate in the process of production, noting that this will go a long way in helping to improve the economy of the communities.
Also, Dr. Chris Onosode of Stakeholders Democratic Network, appealed to government and oil companies to work towards minimising the negative impact of oil exploration in the region.
On her part, the Programme Coordinator of the Nigeria Natural Resources Charter (NNRC), Tengi George-Ikoli advised people of the region to hold the government accountable for the management of the oil and gas resources in order to ensure that the communities enjoy the benefits from the resources.
Why we sacked staff of Benue Investment Company, by MD
he Managing Director of Benue State Investment and Property Company (BIPC) Limited, Alex Adum, yesterday said the massive sacking of staff of the company became inevitable to prevent it from becoming bankrupt due to high wage bill.
Addressing a news conference in Makurdi, Adum said four members of the management staff were also not spared in the exercise.
He said most of the staff in the company had no work schedule and were just redundant.
The BIPC boss also noted that many of those appointments were politically-induced, leading to an over bloated staff strength from 63 in 2016 to more than 204 in 2019.
Adum maintained that the BIPC Guest House in North Bank, Makurdi alone, with only 24 rooms and monthly income of about N1.4 million was housing 50 staff with a wage bill of over N4.1 million monthly, as according to him, the company was suffering annual cumulative loss of over N66 million.
He said the company was established as an investment holding company to cater for the speedy development of the state, provide business enterprises to government, but not an employment agency.
He said apart from the N5 million asset base injected into the company by a former governor, Mr. Aper Aku in 1982, successive administrations, including that of Governor Samuel Ortom, had not been funding it, as according to him, the company’s income was generated from bonds, rents and real estates, among other sources.
Election violence: Rein in your subjects, INEC tells royal fathers
he Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has called on traditional rulers in Bayelsa State to preach peace among their subjects as the state prepares for next month’s governorship election.
INEC Chairman, Prof. Mahmood Yakubu, who spoke yesterday at an interactive meeting with traditional rulers in the state, remarked that their words were laws in their domains.
“No one can accuse you of partisanship. You are fathers of all.
“So, we appeal to you to continue to speak to your subjects, the political actors and their supports, for peaceful conduct during the electioneering campaigns, the voting process and beyond,” Yakubu pleaded.
He noted that in 2015, the commission held only one stakeholders’ meeting one week to the election, noting that this year, the meeting was holding one month to the election, which included a separate meeting with traditional rulers.
Yakubu decried the violence, which characterized previous elections in Bayelsa State, recalling that in 2015, out of the eight local government areas in the state, INEC was able to make return in only one local government area, on first ballot.
“We are concerned (about the) mobilization of armed persons to the voting and collation centres as we experienced in previous elections.
“We all witnessed what happened during the parties’ nominations for candidates,” he added.
The INEC Chairman, who described the political space in Bayelsa State as “crowded” given the number of candidates contesting the governorship, said the role of the traditional rulers in the peaceful conduct of the election was “very crucial.
“In 2015, we had 20 political parties contesting governorship elections. It means that we had 20 governorship candidates and 20 deputy governorship candidates, making a total of 40 candidates.
“In 2019, we have 45 political parties, meaning that we have 45 governorship candidates plus 45 deputy governorship candidates, making a total of 90 candidates contesting the election.
“So the field is crowded now more than it was crowded before.”
According to him, out of the 90 candidates contesting the election this year, only two persons ran as deputy governorship candidate in 2015, which means that 88 candidates are new.
He thanked the royal fathers for their support to INEC over the years, including the mobilisation of their subjects to register and collect their permanent voter’s cards, and advocacy for peaceful elections.
Yakubu said that INEC was ready for the election, disclosing that all the non-sensitive materials for the election have been delivered.
He assured the people that polling units would be opened to voters by 8am on election day.
“We are committed to ensuring that voters don’t wait for INEC and materials to arrive. We should be there to wait for voters to arrive at 8 in the morning.
“We have secured funding and made funds available to the Resident Electoral Commissioner for the administration of the election,” he said.
Chairman of Bayelsa State Council of Traditional Rulers, HRM Alfred Diete-Spiff, however decried huge military presence in the state in the last election, and appealed to the military high command to control its personnel.
Diete-Spiff also expressed concerns over the Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) in Yenagoa camps, and called on INEC to assure them that they would be allowed to vote during the election.
The royal fathers who said they were tired of violence, called on the police to mop up illegal weapons and drugs on the streets.
They advised INEC to extend the interactive meetings to the Nigeria Customs Services and the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA), to check the rate of drug consumption by youths.
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