Osun free train ride: Hundreds of passengers stranded at Lagos Terminal

  Hundreds of Osun-bound passengers, who had massed at the Nigerian Railway Corporation (NRC), Iddo Terminal in Lagos for the free train ride provided by Osun Government for Eid-el-Kabir, were on Thursday stranded. The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the huge number of passengers who turned out for the ride outstripped the available coaches. The free train ride is a collaboration between Gov. Rauf Aregbesola-led government and the NRC to convey Osun indigenes in Lagos to Osogbo and other towns along the rail line during festive period. Some…

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Owoseni hands over to Edgal as Lagos CP

New Commissioner of Police in Lagos State, Imohimi Edgal, assumed office yesterday. Edgal’s predecessor, Fatai Owoseni, handed over to the new commissioner at a brief ceremony at the state Police Command Headquarters, Ikeja. The state Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), ASP Olarinde Famous-Cole, the change of guard confirmed in a statement. He said: “The Inspector- General of Police (IG), Ibrahim Idris, has ordered the posting of Imohimi Edgal as the new the commissioner of police Lagos State Command.” Famous-Cole said Edgal had taken over and resumed in official capacity as…

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Nine foreigners, two Nigerians remanded for oil theft

Justice J. K. Omotosho of the Federal High Court, Port Harcourt, Rivers State, has remanded nine foreigners and two Nigerians in prison for alleged oil theft. The suspects: Mohammed Ejaz, Naseer Khan (Pakistani), Oleksandr Nazarenko, Oleksandr kashernvi (Ukrainians), Romeo Annang, Francis Ahorlu, Kwesi Attah (Ghanaians), Victor Mikpayi (Beninoise), Fredrik Fatin Omenu (Indonesian), Victor Azebiri, David Otuhohi (Nigerians) and a company, Asztral Shipping Corporation SA, and a Vessel, MT. TECNE (aka MT STAR). They are being prosecuted by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC). The Head, Media and Publicity of…

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Demolition: Youths unleash violence on Owerri

Violent protests yesterday continued in Owerri, Imo State over the killing of a 12-year-old boy during the recent demolition of Ekeukwu Owerri Market. The protests, which started on Wednesday evening, spilled over till yesterday. Youths mainly drawn from the host communities of the demolished market were reacting to what their leaders described as the height of provocation by thugs allegedly drawn from the Ohaji/Egbema area of the state that government used alongside security agents to “demolish, harass, assault and loot goods and property in their communities”. A day after the…

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How I lured eight-year-old girl with N100 –Suspected rapist

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A suspected rapist, Ayuba Salihu, yesterday told the Niger State Child Right Protection Agency that he lured and sexually abused an eight-year-old pupil with N100. The 32-year-old tailor and resident of New Market, near Gwari Market in Chanchaga Local Government, admitted he had carnal knowledge of the minor. He said: “I saw her in front of my shop crying that she misplaced N100 out of the money she realised from selling pure water and I gave her the N100. “The following time I saw her hawking, I called her to…

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Ambode lifts kidnappers’ terror victim’s family with N5m

Governor Akinwunmi Ambode of Lagos State has given N5 million to the widow and children of Osaze Omorogbe, a community leader in Ikorodu area killed and burnt by kidnappers for leading security agents to foil their operation. The Special Adviser to the governor on Community and Communications, Mr. Kehinde Bamigbetan, presented the cheque to the Omorogbes on behalf of the governor at the family’s residence in Isawo, Ikorodu. Bamigbetan, who was received by the Chairman of the Community Development Association (CDA), Mr. Ahmed Yusuf, praised the late Omoregbe for his…

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NNPC Cooperative fraud: Members demand EFCC’s probe outcome

I didn’t embezzle money, says ex-president Members of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) Cooperative Multipurpose Society Limited have demanded the outcome of the fraud investigations carried out by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC). Earlier in the year, the society’s money, about N500 million, allegedly disappeared under the watch of its former President, Mr. Joseph Adeleke Ojeyemi. The money was said to have been siphoned by Ojeyemi during his two terms as president of the society from January 1, 2011 to December 2015. When the matter was reported…

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Sallah: Man gets N4,000 fine for stealing ram

An Osogbo Magistrates’ Court yesterday sentenced a 30-year-old man, Sulaimoan Awokunle, to six months imprisonment for stealing a ram to celebrate Eid el-Kabir. The accused pleaded guilty but begged the court to temper justice with mercy. Awokunle stole the ram valued at N25,000 on August 22 at Onirun Compound, Iree about 6a.m. The police prosecutor, Elisa Olusegun, told the court that the stolen ram belonged to one a ram seller in the town, Saka Idowu. Olusegun added that the accused committed the offence contrary to Section 383 and punishable under…

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Two men behead eight-year-old boy for ritual

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…

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‘How we duped victims with fake foreign notes’

Detectives attached to the Zonal Intervention Squad (ZIS), Zone 2, Command, Onikan, Lagos, have arrested four suspected international fraudsters for printing fake foreign currencies. The suspects are Adeniyi Bankole (54), Owoyele Shem (37), Saburi Adebayo (40) and Omotoso Kazeem (40). Items recovered from them are laptop, printer and black paper used for the production of the fake currencies. According to the leader of the suspects, Bankole, they usually show the prospective victims the original foreign currencies but change them to fake ones later. He said: “We will ask them to…

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