Details As Court Sets To hear Okorocha’s Preliminary Objection On 2.9bn Fraud Charge

“Okorocha, who is the 1st defendant, was arraigned alongside Anyim Nyerere Chinenye, Naphtali International Limited, Perfect Finish Multi Projects Limited, Consolid Projects Consulting Limited, Pramif International Limited, and Legend World Concepts Limited as 2nd to 7th defendants respectively.”

Ex-Commissioner Kills Friend During Argument On Dating 18-Year-Old School Girl

Ex-Commissioner Kills Friend During Argument On Dating 18-Year-Old School Girl

A former Commissioner of Information in Bauchi State, Mohammed Damina, is reportedly cooling off in a police cell over the alleged killing of his friend during an altercation.

Reports obtained by Naija News revealed that the former government appointee had been making advances at his friend’s daughter, but she kept turning him down.

Damina’s excesses were made public by the young girl who reported to her father about his friend’s moves.

It was gathered that on Sunday, October 30, at about 5.30 pm, the deceased, Adamu Babanta, a 67-year-old retired civil servant residing in the Yelwa Lebura area, caught Damina, his friend and neighbour, with his daughter on the same Sunday evening.

Residents who spoke with The PUNCH confirmed that the accused person called his friend’s daughter on the phone to hook up with him on a Sunday location.

A relative of the deceased who spoke on condition of anonymity told newsmen that Damina and his late brother were friends and neighbours.

He narrated that Damina had attempted to have a sexual relationship with the 18-year-old girl daughter of his late friend.

According to him, the accused person had been making advances on the girl by sending her recharge cards.

Naija News learnt that Damina served as commissioner for Information under the former Governor of the State, Isa Yuguda and later served on special duties under the same administration.

The accused also held the traditional “Galadiman Dass” title in the Dass Emirate Council of Bauchi State.

“The girl reported to her mother, who told the father, but he did not believe the story. Then yesterday (Sunday), he called the girl and told her that she should meet him at the Total filling station by 5 pm so they could go out.

“The girl informed her father, who then asked her to go as planned and that he would follow behind to ascertain the situation. As expected, Galadima was waiting at the point while the father was watching as the girl arrived.

“Galadima asked her to enter the car after he had opened the door but at that point, the father came out and confronted his friend, expressing anger. He then tried to run away, but there was a struggle between them which led to him pushing the late Adamu out of the car, he hit his head on the pavement of the road, and the back tyre of the car crushed his legs and broke the bones. He died on the way to the hospital,” the relative told newsmen.

Khadijat Reveals What Happened

Narrating her ordeal to journalists, Khadija, a senior secondary school student, said that the ex-commissioner got her number from her friend and had been asking her out on several occasions, but she declined.

She said: “Yesterday (Sunday) evening, Galadima called me while I was in the shop and asked me to meet him around the Yelwan Tundu market. So, I informed my father and his friend about it, and he asked me to go.

“I was in a Keke while my father took a bike; when we got there, he asked me to enter his car. I said he should wait; my father came out to confront him. They were dragging his car; he wanted to escape with me, and then I came out of the vehicle. He drove roughly with my dad’s hands in his car, trying to turn off the engine. He hit him on a pole from there, and he died.”

She alleged that Galadima zoomed off while her father’s lifeless body was lying on the road.

Naija News learnt that the incident caused a protest in the Yelwa area on Monday morning as road users were blocked on their way to work.

Operatives of the Nigeria Police Force, Army, Civil Defense and the monarch all reportedly intervened before calmness was restored in the area.

Police Arrest

The Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), Bauchi State Command, Ahmed Wakil, confirmed the incident to newsmen noting that the Commissioner of Police, Umar Sanda, has been informed of the incident.

According to the PPRO, Sanda has directed that the incident be transferred to the command headquarters for discreet investigation.

He said, “Yesterday, October 30, 2022, at about 7.30 pm, a case of fatal motor accident was transferred from the Yelwa Division for a discreet investigation, it was a case of culpable homicide.

“One Khadijah Adamu Babanta was enticed by one man, Mohammed Damina, Galadiman Dass, a 68-year-old resident of Yelwa. When Galadima enticed her, she told her father about it; then she told the father that the said man was waiting for her at a filling station.

“Her father followed her behind to the place. On getting there, the father, now deceased, confronted Galadima through the passenger’s side of his car, as they were discussing, Galadima zoomed off the vehicle while the deceased was still hanging on to the car door to point he fell and was rushed to ATBUTH for medical attention but was confirmed dead by a medical doctor.”

On receiving the report, the Commissioner of Police, Umar Sanda directed all tactical commanders led by the Area Commander, Metro and other DPOs to the scene,” Wakil added.

This article was originally published on Naija News

El-Rufai Orders Release Of Four Prisoners In Kaduna

El-Rufai Orders Release Of Four Prisoners In Kaduna

Kaduna State Governor Nasir El-Rufai has reportedly ordered the release of four prison inmates in the state.

The convicts, whose identities were revealed as Abdullahi Haruna, Usman Ahmed, Mohammed Sani and Khalillullahi Mohammed, were reportedly freed in order of the state leader to commemorate Nigeria’s 62nd Independence Anniversary.

A statement made available to newsmen on Monday quoted El-Rufai as saying that based on the powers conferred on him by the constitution, the prisoners are now allowed to return to society to start a new life.

The statement also noted that the release of the prisoners is as a customary gesture of compassion exercised by Governor El-Rufai, based on Section 212 of the 1999 Constitution.

Naija News learnt that El-Rufai had acted on the recommendation of the state’s Advisory Council on the Prerogative of Mercy which noted that the pardoned convicts were serving sentences of three years and above, and had six months or less to the end of their prison terms.

‘’Governor El-Rufai urged the pardoned prisoners to be of good conduct as they reunite with their families and are re-integrated into the larger society,” the statement added.

Establish Ministry Of Nomadic Affairs To End Fulani-Herders’ Crisis – Miyetti Allah Tells FG 

The Federal Government was on Monday asked to establish the Federal Ministry of Nomadic Affairs in the country as a step toward ending the Fulani-herders crisis in Nigeria.

Naija News reports that the Miyetti Allah Kautal Hore Fulani Association made the call at the end of its expanded National Executive meeting with state chairmen of the association held in Abuja

According to them, establishing the ministry will broaden educational opportunities and address pastoralist challenges across the country.

A statement jointly signed by the association’s National President, Abdullahi Bodejo, and secretary, Saleh Alhassan, also called for the overhauling of Nigeria’s security and justice systems to address cases of injustice meted on its members.

Miyetti Allah alleged that many of its youths are illegally detained across correctional centers.

The nomadic association maintained that the immediate designation, gazetting, and development of all 415 grazing reserves across the country is the only first strategic step in addressing the challenges confronting Fulani Herders in Nigeria.

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Borno Community Chief Imam Poisoned To Death By Second Wife

Borno Community Chief Imam Poisoned To Death By Second Wife

A chief man in Borno State has been reportedly poisoned to death by his second wife of one year.

The victim, Goni Abbah, was said to have returned home from a prayer session at the mosque at Anguwan Doki, where he usually led other Muslim faithful in prayer, when the suspect, Fatima Abubakar, reportedly carried out the heinous act.

The State Command of the Nigeria Police Force confirmed in a statement made available to newsmen on Sunday that the 25-year-old housewife has been arrested and is now in its custody for further investigation, Naija News reports.

The state commissioner of police, Abdu Umar, while interacting with journalists at the force headquarters in the state, said Abubakar was arrested on October 19 by men of the Command at Anguwan Doki.

According to her confessions, Umar said the suspect mixed poison in the Chief Imam’s food after returning from the mosque on the day of the incident. He explained that as soon as Goni started eating, his condition deteriorated.

According to him, the victim was immediately rushed to the State Specialist Hospital, where he was given emergency medical attention, but unfortunately, he later died when they returned home.

The police commissioner further disclosed that men from the Criminal Investigation and Intelligence Department of the command were immediately deployed to arrest the suspect after the incident was reported by the victim’s family.

“Upon the arrival of the police, they saw a mob who intended to lynch the suspect but the police were able to bring the situation under control,” Umar said.

The police boss said that the case had been registered as a culpable homicide before the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions while necessary actions would be taken after further investigations.

In her statement, the suspect confessed to the alleged crime, noting that she bought the poison from Monday Market when she decided to kill the Chief Imam.

According to her, she was tired of the marriage after she got separated from her first marriage. She reiterated that she hated marriage so much at the time.

Abubakar said: “I never wanted the marriage. Goni was my second husband; I got separated from my first husband because I hated marriage.

“Anytime I wake up with the fact that I am married, it pisses me off. At some point, I had to run to my parent to demand an end to the marriage, but they always sent me back, asking me to be patient.

“At some point, two months after I gave birth to my child, I ran away and slept in an uncompleted building for about two weeks. I later returned to my husband’s house.

“Not that he doesn’t treat me well; we are also not quarrelling. We are two in the household, I am his second wife and have been married to him since 2021. But I hate when any man comes near me.

“I don’t really know what is wrong with me. Even now that I am speaking to you, I don’t really feel that I was the one who killed him, she said as she broke down in tears.”

This article was originally published on Naija News

Three Teenagers Arrested For Raping, Videotaping 17-year-old Girl In Oyo

Three Teenagers Arrested For Raping, Videotaping 17-year-old Girl In Oyo

Three male teenage friends are reportedly cooling off in a police cell for gang-raping and videotaping a 17-year-old girl in Oyo.

The Oyo State Command of the Nigeria Police Force confirmed their arrest in a statement issued on Tuesday night by its Public Relations Officer, Adewale Osifeso.

According to Osifeso, two friends among the suspects had initially violated the young girl and thereafter sent the video record of the damning incident to another friend who also demanded sex from the girl so as not to upload the film on social media.

Naija News learnt from the report that the teenagers are among 30 suspected criminals arrested by the command recently.

The force command’s statement read: “On October 24, 2022, at about 12pm, the victim, (name withheld) ‘f’ 17yrs visited her friend Joshua Adegoke ‘m’ age 18 years at his residence where she met one Peter Akintunde ‘m’, age 18 years.

“At Joshua’s place, she was given a bottle of soft drink after which she was invited to his room for sex an offer which she declined. In a bid to salvage what she sensed was becoming trouble, she innocently asked Peter, Joshua’s friend to prevail on his friend but instead, Peter advised her to offer Joshua what he demanded.

“At this point, both friends took turns to forcefully and unlawfully have carnal knowledge of their victim while simultaneously recording the act. After this, Joshua deliberately transferred the video footage to another friend, one Oluwanjoba Adetona, who also reached out to the victim demanding sex in exchange for not uploading the footage on social media.”

Osifeso noted in the statement that the suspects have since voluntarily confessed to the crime and are helping with the investigation.

The PPRO revealed that the 27 other suspects were arrested for various criminal activities including kidnapping, robbery and others.

A locally made pistol was said to have been recovered while ammunition was also recovered by the police.

“In the same vein, the command’s focus shall be beamed on correctional facilities, banks, media houses, schools, public infrastructures, major landmarks, business districts, places of worship and recreational facilities.

“Parents, guardians and leaders wielding degrees of influence are advised to prevail on their children, wards and protégés against being used as canon-fodders for the process as decisive actions would be taken on anyone caught disrupting the enviable level of relative tranquillity enjoyed in the state,” the police statement revealed.

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80 Bandit Informants, Kidnappers Including Women Arrested In Zamfara

80 Bandit Informants, Kidnappers Including Women Arrested In Zamfara

Zamfara State government led by Governor Bello Matawalle has confirmed the arrested of no fewer than eighty persons over their alleged involvement in banditry activity.

The suspects, including women, were nabbed by security agencies who were combing the state for criminal elements, Naija News reports.

Giving details about the arrest, Chairman of the Committee on Prosecution of Banditry and Related Offences, Abdullahi Shinkafi, while addressing the media on Tuesday, said the suspects were arrested in connection with terror groups.

Some of them, according to Shinkafi, were found to be informants, and suppliers of food, drug, military camouflage and police uniforms to the terrorists while some were directly involved in banditry, kidnapping for ransom and illegal possession of firearms.

Shinkafi disclosed further that security agencies were already investigating their level of participation in criminal activities in the state and its neighbourhood.

”Others have already been charged to court to face charges of their involvement”, Shinkafi said.

He explained further that the resurgence of banditry and kidnapping was due to the bombardment of camps by the Nigerian Air Force (NAF).

The chairman said a number of the outlaws were neutralised or dislodged from their hideouts. He confirmed that insecurity was part of the reasons the government suspended political rallies and campaigns.

Shinkafi condemned the recent murders in Gusau, Tsafe, Gummi, Bukkuyum, Anka Bungudu, Maru, Maradun and Kaura Namoda local government areas.

“Government is also touched by the killings of some of our gallant security operatives who lost their lives in our defense”, the official said.

This article was originally published on Naija News

12 Bankers Arrested In Enugu Over Alleged Fraud

12 Bankers Arrested In Enugu Over Alleged Fraud

Twelve bank staff working with an undisclosed old-generation financial institution in Enugu State have been arrested over the alleged stealing of customers’ funds.

Naija News reports that the suspects were arrested by the operatives of the Enugu Zonal Command of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).

The anti-graft agency revealed the names of the suspects as: Odeniyi Anthony, Deki Kingsley Onyekachi, Oguchukwu Ene, Elendu Chizaram, Victoria Ezedie and Chidi-Ukah Obinna.

Others involved in the fraudulent acts include; Anyakora Uchenna, Onah Kingsley, Akwe Elizabeth and Chinenye Grace Acibe, Etoh Lawrence Uzochukwu and Udeze Harrison.

The anti-graft agency tagged the crime as an ‘insider fraud’. The suspects are said to have stolen different amounts of money from some dormant accounts in a branch of an old-generation bank in Enugu.

The funds according to the EFCC, were transferred from various beneficiaries, with the principal beneficiary already identified.

The commission has, however, assured that all the suspects will be charged to court as soon as investigations are concluded.

In another development, the Lagos command of the anti-graft agency on October 17, 2022, arraigned one Usman Tolani Abass before Justice Mojisola Dada of the Special Offences Court sitting in Ikeja, Lagos on a five-count charge bordering on stealing to the tune of N10,000,000 (Ten Million Naira).

The EFCC in a publication on its official Twitter page said the offence is contrary to Section 285(9) (b) of the Criminal Law of Lagos State 2011.

It’s Better To Engage In Yahoo Yahoo Than Gambling – Seun Kuti Drops Controversial Statement

Afrobeat musician, Seun Kuti said on Monday that he would rather be an internet fraudster also known as ‘Yahoo Yahoo’ instead of a gambler.

Kuti insisted that gambling is a scheme created by foreigners to sell false hope to people and milk them of their resources.

He begged African youths to stop gambling and engage in ‘Yahoo Yahoo’ instead.

Speaking further, Kuti insisted that gambling is a lost cause from the get-go when compared to Yahoo Yahoo.

Making case for his preference still, Seun noted ‘Yahoo Yahoo’ can be controlled unlike gambling where the people are at the mercy of a scheme.

This article was originally published on Naija News

Man Conspires With Friend To Kill His Three-Week-Old Child In Nasarawa – Police

Man Conspires With Friend To Kill His Three-Week-Old Child In Nasarawa - Police

The Nasarawa State Command of the Nigeria Police Force said it is currently investigating the heinous killing of a toddler by a man alleged to be the father of the child.

It was revealed in a statement made available to newsmen over the weekend by the Command’s spokesman, DSP Ramhan Nansel, that one Abdulkadir Ahmed conspired with his friend and lured his estranged wife to a location where they killed her baby.

Naija News understands that the 40-year-old prime suspect was followed and arrested by police operatives who were immediately informed of the disturbing situation.

DSP Nansel revealed that Ahmed had committed the alleged crime on October 11 in Lafia, the state capital of Nasarawa.

He said Ahmed and his ally, Hassan Sabo of the same age, lured the mother of the three-week-old baby to his shop opposite a Correctional Facility in Lafia under the pretext of seeking reconciliation with her.

However, on arrival at the shop, the suspect allegedly took the child away from the mother into the shop while Sabo engaged her in a discussion outside, and suddenly, the child screamed and went quiet.

The police spokesman said the mother upon hearing her child scream, inquired from Ahmed who came out of the shop alone. He, however, lied to her that the child had gone to sleep.

Not satisfied with his response, the woman reportedly rushed into the shop and found her child lying lifelessly as the suspects immediately fled the scene on a motorcycle.

Nansel said the body of the child was evacuated to Dalhatu Araf Specialist Hospital, Lafia by the police for post-mortem examination but was confirmed dead.

The spokesman added that the state Commissioner of Police, Adesina Soyemi, has ordered a thorough investigation into the dastardly act.

This article was originally published on Naija News