Islamic clerics plot businessman’s daughter’s kidnap

Police detectives have arrested a 32-yearold Islamic cleric, Alfa Isah Idris, for allegedly hiring another cleric, Bagudu Bello, to abduct the daughter of a businessman at the Ipaja area of Lagos metropolis.   Isah attempted to abduct the daughter of Alhaji Salish Idris, because the latter allegedly owed him some money. Bello, who was hired to carry out the deed, confessed to have travelled all the way from Kaduna State to Lagos, to carry out the assignment.   The table soon turned against Isah after Bello got to the house…

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Herdsmen murder five farmers in Benue community

fulani Herdsmen

…court denies bail to six herders Herdsmen believed to be of Fulani extraction yesterday killed five persons at Umenger community at Governor Samuel Ortom’s village in Guma Local Government Area of Benue State. It was learnt that the farmers were killed on Sunday night, while scores of others were rendered homeless.   This came as least a Makurdi Chief Magistrate’s Court yesterday denied bail to six herdsmen, apprehended by security operatives in connection with the New Year attack and killing of scores of people in five villages in Guma and…

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Suspected Islamist arrested at airport

A 28-year-old suspected Islamist has been arrested at Frankfurt airport, an official said on Monday. “The Turkish man, named as Bilal G under Germany’s privacy laws, is accused of a serious seditious criminal act,’’ senior public prosecutor Nadja Niesen said on Monday. He is suspected of helping a 16-year-old boy to travel to Syria to take part in the conflict there. A court in Frankfurt has had a warrant for the man’s arrest open for about one year. “He was believed to be travelling with somebody to Istanbul when he…

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2 kids die, 98 injured in school bus accident in Jos

Two pupils of Our Lady of Fatima School, Kuru, near Jos in Plateau, lost their lives in an accident involving their school bus on Monday, the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports. An official of the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) at the site of the incident, told NAN that the early morning accident, which occurred around Mararaba-Jama’a road, was as a result of brake failure. “A total of 10o children and seven staff were in the bus; two children were killed instantly, while those injured have been taken to …

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Man steals phones in church, gets jail term

A 23-year-old man, Femi Fayemi, is to spend two years in prison for stealing cell phones valued at N150,000 in a church. An Ota Chief Magistrates’ Court in Ogun State on Monday sentenced Fayemi, of no fixed address, after he pleaded guilty to two counts of stealing and burglary. The Chief Magistrate, Mrs. B. B. Adebowale, convicted the young man without an option of fine, saying his action was contrary to the provisions of sections 415 and 516 of the Criminal Law of Ogun State, 2006. The prosecutor, Inspector Abdulkareem…

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‘I killed my brother, raped my sister to punish my father’

Another suspect murders father, stabs mother, self “I killed him (stepbrother) and raped his sister to repay my father because he hated me and my mother while he loved them and their mother. That is the only way I can punish him for such attitude towards me.” This was the confession of a 14-year-old boy, Chinedu Efemena, who reportedly strangulated his eight-year-old stepbrother, Oghenekaro Efemena, and raped his six-year-old sister at Otibio Street, Ofagbe in Ndokwa West Local Government Area of Delta State, after he was arrested by men of…

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Final year student seeks refuge in police station, disappears

A final year student of Accounting, Osun State University, Okuku Campus, has allegedly disappeared into thin air after taking refuge at a police station in Lagos State. The student, Olayemi Joshua Olaniyan, 22, was said to have begged policemen at Ojodu Police Station, to allow him spend the night at the station because it was late. Immediately they granted his request, he called and told his friend of his location and situation. That was the last time anyone heard from Olaniyan. Olaniyan, a resident of Oshogbo, was said to have…

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N1.6bn NUJ housing scheme: Report indicts Elumoye, Omowole

Former Chairman of Lagos Council of the Nigeria Union of Journalists, Mr. Deji Elumoye, and President of the National Association of Women Journalists (NAWOJ), Mrs. Ify Omowole, have been indicted by the report of an investigative committee set up by NUJ to look into the housing scheme initiated by both NAWOJ and NUJ. The 26-page report, which was submitted to the Dr. Qaseem Akinreti-led Executive Committee of the Council, accused both Omowole and Elumoye of malfeasance, corrupt practices and outright fraud. According to the report, the housing scheme under the…

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Tapper dies atop palm tree

Residents of Umuocha Ohuba-Ubomiri community in Mbaitoli Local Government Area of Imo State at the weekend were shocked to discover the body of a palm wine tapper, identified simply as Njoku, on top a palm tree. The traditional ruler of the community, Eze Clifford Amadi, refused to comment on the matter. A resident, Iheanyi Enwerem, said the deceased left his house early in the morning to tap palm wine but did not return. Enwerem added that the community was shocked by the incident, which he described as a strange occurrence.…

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