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#JusticeForHinyHumoren: ”Our Women are not Safe at all”- Singer Orezi
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#JusticeForHinyHumoren: ”Our Women are not Safe at all”- Singer Orezi

Nigerian singer, Orezi, has reacted to the news of the rape and killing of job seeker, Iniubong Umoren, in Akwa Ibom state. In his post, Orezi condemned Nigerian journalist for the kind of questions they posed to Uduak Akpan, the principal suspect paraded for killing and raping job seeker, Iniubon Umoren. He mentioned that the rape and killing of women is becoming too much and that women are no longer safe. See his post below
Buhari recommends capital punishment for kidnappers
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Buhari recommends capital punishment for kidnappers

Chairman, Senate Committee on Land Transport, Dr. Abdulfatai Buhari has said that the only solution to the incessant kidnapping of innocent citizens is to kill anyone found guilty of the offence. Buhari who represents Oyo North at the National Assembly, made this disclosure while addressing journalists in Ibadan, the State capital. The APC Senator who affirmed that kidnapping for ransom has now become an ugly business trend in the country, insisted that killing anyone found guilty of participating in the kidnapping of innocent citizens will serve as a deterrent to others who may wish to get involved in the crime. He cautioned that kidnapping for ransom may not stop until necessary action that will serve as deterrent is enforced by the government. Buhari while speaking further r...
FG approves new security measures for South-East and South-South, tactics will no longer be disclosed
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FG approves new security measures for South-East and South-South, tactics will no longer be disclosed

New security measures to tackle the insecurity in the South-East and South-South region of the country has been approved by the federal government. Inspector-General of Police, Usman Alkali disclosed this at the end of the security meeting President Muhammadu Buhari had with heads of security agencies on Tuesday May 11. Alkali also revealed that operational tactics will no longer be disclosed. He said; “We have some measures which we have outlined and have been approved by the council and we will see how we can change the narrative within the quickest possible means to restore law and order and restore peace in that area. “We solicit all law-abiding citizens to work with us to identify and deal with the situation. That is that; I may not go into the details of how we will do ...
Prince Harry and Prince William have been ‘arguing for 18 months’, friend says
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Prince Harry and Prince William have been ‘arguing for 18 months’, friend says

Prince Harry and Prince William have been feuding for 18 months, a friend of theirs who is an ITV journalist has said. Tom Bradby, who was friends with Prince William and Prince Harry for 20 years before he was dropped by Prince William for "siding" with Prince Harry, claims the royal brothers have been arguing for the last 18 months. Recall that Tom Bradby is the host of an ITV documentary filmed in South Africa in 2019 who asked Meghan Markle if she was OK and she responded: "Not many people have asked if I'm okay." Tom Bradby with Meghan in South africa Royal sources claim the host of ITV News at 10 sided with the Sussexes in the increasingly bitter "war of the Windsors" and Prince William now feels like he can no longer trust him. It's believed the royals have in...
Bandits kill Journalist, abduct Many Travellers in Katsina
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Bandits kill Journalist, abduct Many Travellers in Katsina

Armed bandits have killed a journalist, Ibrahim Hamisu Dankabo, during a kidnap operation in Jibia Local Government of Katsina State. It was gathered that the armed bandits also abducted many travellers in the area A community leader in the area, Gide Suleiman, told PREMIUM TIMES that Mr Dankabo, a cameraman attached to the Information Unit of Jibia Local Government, was shot dead on Monday, May 3, in Kukar-Babangida area of Jibia when he responded to a distress call from a female neighbour during a kidnap incident. The kidnappers later went away with the woman who is the mother of a traditional title holder in Niger Republic, the source added. Meanwhile, other residents said the attackers also abducted many travellers on the Katsina-Jibia road, most of whom are residents o...
Senate to summon Customs CG, Ali over invasion of Ibadan markets
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Senate to summon Customs CG, Ali over invasion of Ibadan markets

Chairman, Senate Committee on Local Content, Teslim Folarin, has said that the Senate will summon Controller General of Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) Col. Hameed Ibrahim Ali (rtd) over invasion of some markets in Ibadan by Customs officers. Folarin, who spoke with journalists Saturday night, explained that the Senate was not happy over the midnight invasion of Bodija and Oja Oba markets in Ibadan by Customs officers. DAILY POST recalls that NCS, Federal Operation Unit (FOU), Zone A had in April invaded Bodija market where about eight truckloads of rice were carted away. Our correspondent also learnt that the FOU Zone A had in the early hours of Saturday invaded Oja Oba market in Ibadan, where six truckloads of rice were also carted away. But, Folarin while hosting Iftar (fast b...
Nigerian man Released after 40 days in Malaysia Immigration Detention Centre
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Nigerian man Released after 40 days in Malaysia Immigration Detention Centre

The 33-year-old Nigerian man who was detained at an immigration centre in Malaysia for 40 days, is finally a free man. LIB reported that Simon Adavize Momoh, who has been married to a Malaysian auditor, Low Kar Hui, for the past eight years and has a valid visa, was arrested at a roadblock in Cheras, Shah Alam, the capital of Selangor in the early hours of March 15, 2021 on suspicion of drink-driving. The Shah Alam High Court on Friday, April 23, ruled that the detention of the Nigerian national for 40 days to be unlawful and ordered him to be released. High Court judge, Datuk Ab. Karim Ab. Rahman had ruled that the detention was in violation of Article 5(4) of the Federal Constitution, which requires a non-citizen to be presented before a magistrate within 14 days from th...
15-year-old Boy Electrocuted in Benue
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15-year-old Boy Electrocuted in Benue

A 15-year-old boy, Emmanuel Ameh, has been electrocuted in Achusah area of Makurdi, the Benue State capital. It was gathered that the deceased, a student of Benue State University Technical College, died due to the alleged negligence of the staff of Jos Electricity Distribution Company, JED, in Makurdi. Speaking to journalists on Thursday, April 22, uncle to the deceased, Samuel Olokpo, said officials of JED came to the house when everyone had gone to work and disconnected electric lines belonging to four households. "On Monday morning, April 19, when everybody had gone to work and school, JED staff went to do their round of disconnection of customers who were indebted to the company. In the afternoon, some of our neighbours’ kids were playing around the pole and one of them m...
40-year-old Father of Four Arrested for allegedly Raping Minors in Niger State
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40-year-old Father of Four Arrested for allegedly Raping Minors in Niger State

The Niger State Police Command has arrested a 40-year-old father of four for allegedly raping minors ages 10 to 13 years in Paikoro local government Area of the state. Spokesperson of the command, DSP Wasiu Abiodun, who disclosed this in a statement on Tuesday, April 21, said that the suspect, Festus Okeke was arrested by operatives attached to Kafin-koro for raping two minors and engaging in gross indecency with two other minors. "On 17/04/2021 at about 1100hrs, based on credible intelligence, Police Operatives attached to Kafin-Koro Division arrested one Festus Okeke aged 40yrs ‘m’ of Ishau village via Kafin-Koro, Paikoro LGA," he stated. The suspect was arrested for having allegedly lured four girls into his shop at Ishau village during and after Easter celebration and had ...
Teenager Stabs his 21-year-old Friend to Death Over phone in Adamawa
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Teenager Stabs his 21-year-old Friend to Death Over phone in Adamawa

The Adamawa State Police Command has arrested a teenager who allegedly stabbed his 21-year-old friend to death during a fight over Infinix mobile phone in Mubi North Local Government Area of the state. The suspect, Abdulkarim Adamu, 18, from Gombe state, was arrested on Tuesday, April 14, after he killed Ayuba Hassan, who he accused of stealing his N55,000 mobile phone. Speaking to journalists at the police headquarters in Yola, Abdulkarim said that the deceased called him and two of their friends where they all met and conspired to go to and steal jerrycans containing fuel at a particular filling station in the town. According to the suspect, they went home to bed after a failed attempt to steal jerrycans of petrol. He woke up in the night but realised his mobile phone was mi...
Rohr reacts as Ahmed Musa Joins Kano Pillars
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Rohr reacts as Ahmed Musa Joins Kano Pillars

  Head coach of the Super Eagles, Gernot Rohr, is pleased with Ahmed Musa’s decision to rejoin Kano Pillars. Musa, this week, signed a short-term deal with the Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) side. However, the winger is expected to leave if he receives offers from Europe. Musa has not had a club since he left Saudi Arabia Professional League side Al Shabab in October. He almost joined Premier League side, West Bromwich Albion back in January, but the deal collapsed due to his wage demand. “I am very happy for Ahmed Musa to be able to play again with his old club of Kano Pillars,” Rohr told journalists.
Media Tycoon, Jimmy Lai sentenced to one year in prison for pro-democracy protests
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Media Tycoon, Jimmy Lai sentenced to one year in prison for pro-democracy protests

Hong Kong pro-democracy media tycoon, Jimmy Lai has been sentenced to 12 months in prison after being found guilty of unauthorized assembly. Lai was among nine of Hong Kong's most prominent democracy campaigners found guilty of organizing and participating in one of the city's biggest-ever protests in 2019. Organizers say 1.7 million people, almost one-quarter of Hong Kong's population turned out for a huge rally that formed the backbone of demonstrations that wracked the city throughout 2019. Nine activists were sentenced for participating in the demonstration on 18 August 2019. Another three received sentences in relation to a separate protest on 31 August. They include veteran campaigner Martin Lee, 82, and lawyer Margaret Ng, 73, whose sentences were suspended. D...
Kidnap Kingpin Attempts Suicide to Evade Arrest in Taraba
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Kidnap Kingpin Attempts Suicide to Evade Arrest in Taraba

A suspected kidnap kingpin, Mohammed Gidado, attempted suicide to evade arrest by the Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) in Taraba State. The suspect, who has been on the watch list of security agencies in Taraba, was arrested on March 28, in Jebjeb community of Karim Lamido LGA, after through intensive intelligence gathering, surveillance and smart operation of officers of the state command Parading the suspect before journalists on Friday, April 9 in Jalingo, the State Commandant of the NSCDC, Muhammed Waksha disclosed that Gidado attempted to commit suicide by slitting his throat but was quickly attended to and his life saved. The Commandant said the suspect alongside his gang members create roadblocks along the borders of Plateau, Bauchi and Gombe states whe...
Journalists Must Be Sensitive In Their Reporting – Osinbajo
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Journalists Must Be Sensitive In Their Reporting – Osinbajo

He stated this on Thursday at the presentation of “The Making of The Nigerian Flagship: A Story of The Guardian,” a book by The Guardian newspaper. Osinbajo, who expressed concern about the proliferation of fake news, urged journalists to rise as professionals to challenge this. “It is said that journalism is the first rough draft of history. It is true that reportage shapes the perception and understanding of events,” he said. “It shapes memories and can influence behaviour for good or for ill. There are arguably no bigger influencers than those who report and interpret the world to us. This is considerable power and it comes with responsibility. “About four decades ago, The Guardian set new standards that forever transformed the practice of journalism. Today, a more compl...
Female Kenyan Journalist Shot Dead by Suspected Armed Robbers
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Female Kenyan Journalist Shot Dead by Suspected Armed Robbers

A Kenyan journalist, Betty Barasa was shot dead by suspected armed robbers at her home in Oloolua, Ngong area in Kajiado County. Barasa, who worked as a video editor at the national broadcaster, KBC, was fatally shot upon arriving home from work at 8pm, on Wednesday night, April 7. Area DCIO Joseph Chesimet, who confirmed the incident on Thursday, said the journalist was accosted by suspected robbers when she was driving into her compound. The suspects, thereafter, asked her to take them into the house, where they stole her laptop, mobile phone and other unidentified personal possessions. The suspected robbers, who were three in number, thereafter shot and killed Barasa before escaping.
Kidnappers Abduct, Kill 36-year-old China-based Businessman in Akwa Ibom after Collecting N2m Ransom
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Kidnappers Abduct, Kill 36-year-old China-based Businessman in Akwa Ibom after Collecting N2m Ransom

The Akwa Ibom State Police Command has exhumed the body of a 36-year-old China-based businessman, Onyeka Oliver Ezewulu, who was abducted by kidnappers, killed, and buried in a shallow grave after collecting N2m ransom from his family. Operatives of the Force Intelligence Bureau (FIB) Special Tactical Squad of the Command had stormed the kidnappers den in Mbiaso community in Nsit Ibom Local Government Area of the state on Monday, March 29, and killed three of the hoodlums during a gun battle. It was gathered that the deceased businessman was shot on the leg while attempting to flee when the heavilly armed kidnappers laid ambush close to his house located along Idoro road, in Uyo on March 5, 2021. The gang thereafter bundled their bleeding victim into a White coloured Toyota Camry...
Okoye Predicts how many Points Nigeria will get From Benin, Lesotho AFCON Qualifiers
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Okoye Predicts how many Points Nigeria will get From Benin, Lesotho AFCON Qualifiers

Super Eagles goalkeeper, Maduka Okoye, has said they will go all out for the maximum points, when they take on Benin Republic and Lesotho in their final 2022 Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers. Okoye manned the posts, when Nigeria threw away a four-goal lead to draw 4-4 against Sierra Leone in Benin City last November. He then kept a clean sheet during the second leg which ended 0-0 four days later in Freetown. “I’m looking forward to the game because I’m always honoured to represent my country and I’m trying to help the team and to get the win of course. “We can understand the disappointment from the last two matches against Sierra Leone, but we are going to work hard to six points in those two games,” Okoye told journalists on Tuesday. Nigeria play Benin Republic this Sa...
Armed bandits kill two Poly staff in Zamfara
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Armed bandits kill two Poly staff in Zamfara

Armed bandits have killed two staff of the Federal Polytechnic, Kaura Namoda in Zamfara State, Usama Nazifi and Bashiru Muhammad. It was gathered that Nazifi, 37, and Muhammad, 39, were shot dead by the gunmen who stormed at a low-cost area of Kaura Namoda in the early hours of Wednesday, March 24. According to Nazifi's brother, who spoke journalists, the bandits invaded the deceased's residence at around 2:30 am and asked him to open his door but he shouted and called for help. "When my brother realised that the unknown gunmen invaded his house, he raised alarm shouting for help from his neighbours, and after asking his family to go back inside the house, he went straight to the main gate of the house to know what was exactly happened but unfortunately, the gunmen opened fire...
Gunmen Attack Benue State Governor, Samuel Ortom’s convoy
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Gunmen Attack Benue State Governor, Samuel Ortom’s convoy

Gunmen suspected to be herdsmen attacked the convoy of the Benue State Governor, Samuel Ortom today March 20. Governor Ortom's convoy was moving at Tyo Mu along Makurdi/Gboko road in Makurdi Local Government Area of the state when it was attacked. Briefing journalists, the governor who described the gunmen as ‘herdsmen’, said about 15 of the attackers trailed him to the river bank where he was on foot. He said he was saved by his security details who worked so hard to protect him and repelled the attack. “My lawyer is going to make a petition against the leadership of MACBAN because they came out to target me and behind the scene they are planning to eliminate me on my own land. If I can’t go to the farm as governor with entire security around me then who else can go to the f...
Ghanaian Lady allegedly Beaten to Death by her Boyfriend, Refused to File Complaint Against him because of their Pending Wedding
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Ghanaian Lady allegedly Beaten to Death by her Boyfriend, Refused to File Complaint Against him because of their Pending Wedding

A 31-year-old woman identified as Yesutor Elizabeth Akpalu, has died after she was allegedly assaulted by her fiancé in Ghana. It was gathered that the deceased, a 300 level student of the Evangelical Presbyterian University College, was rushed to the Ho Teaching Hospital by her friends on Sunday, March 7, after she complained of severe pain in the chest, ribs and neck. She died in the early hours of Monday, March 8. According to the Volta Regional Police Commander, DCOP Oduro Kwateng, the victim had complained to her friends about being physically assaulted by her boyfriend, Phillip Ceasar, said to be the Deputy Director of Youth Employment Agency (YEA) at Akatsi North. Medical reports sighted by journalists allegedly indicates that the deceased had injuries on her left s...
AFCON Qualifiers: Rohr Under Fire Over Players Invited for Benin, Lesotho Games
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AFCON Qualifiers: Rohr Under Fire Over Players Invited for Benin, Lesotho Games

  Former Super Eagles winger, George Finidi, has criticized coach of the national team, Gernot Rohr, over the list of players invited for this month’s Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers against Benin Republic and Lesotho. Finidi, who specifically singled out captain Ahmed Musa, said players who are not playing regularly should not be invited ahead of those who are fit. He further questioned why Paul Onuachu does not get game time in the national team despite his form for his club. “Coaches should be made to defend their list when they come up with names that are questionable. Coaches should not be left alone. “They should be made to explain how they arrived at certain decisions on who they invite. Journalists should question the names on the list,” Finidi said accordi...
No Ransom Was Paid to Rescue Kagara Students – Niger state Governor, Abubakar Bello says
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No Ransom Was Paid to Rescue Kagara Students – Niger state Governor, Abubakar Bello says

The governor of Niger State, Abubakar Bello, has said that no ransom was paid to secure the release of the Kagara schoolboys and their teachers from their abductors. Bandits dressed in military uniform stormed the Government Science College Kagara on February 17 and abducted 27 students, three teachers and 12 members of their family. All were released on Saturday February 27. Speaking to journalists after receiving the students in his office, the governor said; “There was no ransom. We, however, incurred a lot of logistics because we had to involve so many groups even the logistics to bring them, and to settle the stakeholders. I’m referring to security agencies, our local vigilantes, our traditional rulers and other stakeholders” he said
Lovers Found Dead in their Apartment in Delta. Suicide Suspected
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Lovers Found Dead in their Apartment in Delta. Suicide Suspected

Two lovers have been found dead in their apartment at Uvwie in Uvwie Local Government Area of Delta State. The couple identified as Emmanuel Oshiotu, 33, and Amaka Okafor, 25, were found dead in apartment located at 2, Ojigbo Crescent, Off Sapele-Effurun road on Thursday, February 25. It was gathered that an insecticide, popularly called “sniper” and a knife were found beside their bodies indicating suicide, or maybe murder-suicide. One of the neighbours of the deceased told journalists that at about 5:00 a.m., Emmanuel was heard screaming for help. On breaking into his room, he was found foaming from his mouth, while his girlfriend’s body laid a few distance from him. The lovers were rushed to the Central Hospital, Warri, where they were both confirmed dead and bodies late...
Governor Bala Mohammed Punished Abuja Residents for Trespassing but Defends open Grazing — Falana
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Governor Bala Mohammed Punished Abuja Residents for Trespassing but Defends open Grazing — Falana

Human rights lawyer, Mr. Femi Falana (SAN) has faulted Bauchi State Governor, Bala Mohammed's stance on grazing by Fulani herdsmen in the Southern part of the country. In a statement made available to journalists on Saturday February 20, Falana insinuated that it was hypocritical for Bala Mohammed who demolished people’s houses because they encroached on government land as Minister of the Federal Capital Territory, to say that herdsmen have a right to stray into people’s land and reside in forest reserves without government permission. The lawyer who also wondered why the Governor who defended herdsmen carrying AK-47 rifles could go on to demolish a house storing such guns, averred that Section 43 of the constitution allows freedom of movement but does not give anyone the freedom...
Belarus Jails Two TV Journalists for 2 Years for Filming Protests Against the Country’s Leader
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Belarus Jails Two TV Journalists for 2 Years for Filming Protests Against the Country’s Leader

A Belarus court has jailed two TV journalists for two years on charges of fomenting protests, for filming a rally against the country's leader, Alexander Lukashenko . Katerina Andreyeva, 27, and Daria Chultsova, 23, who work with Poland-based Belsat TV were arrested in an apartment block in November 2020 while live-streaming an unauthorised protest, according to Belarus government. Investigators in the Belsat case alleged that the TV journalists, had encouraged disorder that halted 13 bus services and also blocked trolleybus and tram lines. Belsat reports that the transport routes specified did not include the square where the journalists were filming. In August 2020, mass protests took place across Belarus after Alexander Lukashenko who has been in power since 2004 claim...
Serie A: Victor Osimhen under fire for taking pictures with Cristiano Ronaldo, Buffon
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Serie A: Victor Osimhen under fire for taking pictures with Cristiano Ronaldo, Buffon

  Nigerian striker, Victor Osimhen has come under fire for taking pictures with Juventus’ legendary duo of Cristiano Ronaldo and Gigi Buffon after Napoli’s 1-0 win over the Italian giants on Saturday. Italian football pundit Umberto Chiariello could not hide his disappointment with the behaviour of the Nigerian international Osimhen had after the match gone to the Old Lady dressing room to take pictures with Ronaldo and Buffon. And Chiariello, the director of the sports editorial staff of Radio Punto Nuovo, a journalist and columnist for Canale 21, questioned the decision of Napoli to sign Osimhen last summer. He pointed out that the Super Eagles forward is not an established player in the mould of Inter Milan’s Romelu Lukaku, “Did Osimhen understand that he is i...
Myanmar Coup: ‘Protesters Face up to 20 Years in Prison if they Obstruct Armed forces’- Myanmar military warns
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Myanmar Coup: ‘Protesters Face up to 20 Years in Prison if they Obstruct Armed forces’- Myanmar military warns

Myanmar's military has warned anti-coup protesters across the country that they could face up to 20 years in prison if they obstruct the armed forces. According to the military, sentences and fines will also apply to those found to incite "hatred or contempt" towards the coup leaders. The new law was announced as armoured vehicles appeared on the streets of several cities. Hundreds of thousands of people have taken part in protests in recent days demanding the release from detention of their elected leaders, including Aung San Suu Kyi, and the restoration of democracy in Myanmar, after the military carried out a coup on February 1. Her party was elected in a resounding victory last November, but the military has alleged voter fraud without providing proof. In a statement...
First Civilian Governor of Lagos State, Lateef Jakande Dies at 91
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First Civilian Governor of Lagos State, Lateef Jakande Dies at 91

The first civilian governor of Lagos State, Lateef Jakande, has died. He was 91 years old. He died in the early hours of Thursday, February 11. He was a former journalist who became governor of Lagos State from 1979 to 1983. He also served as the Minister of Works under the Sani Abacha military regime from 1993 to 1998. May his soul rest in peace, Amen
Lagos State Government Auctions 83 Vehicles Impounded from Traffic Offenders
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Lagos State Government Auctions 83 Vehicles Impounded from Traffic Offenders

The Lagos State Ministry of Justice in collaboration with the State TaskForce on Environmental and Special Offences on Monday, February 8, supervised the public auction of 83 forfeited vehicles. The auctioned vehicles were earlier impounded in different areas of the state and at different times for contravening the one-way traffic law in the state. In January 2021, the Lagos State Environmental and Special Offences Unit secured a court order to auction the vehicles. The auction exercise was held today at the premises of the State Taskforce in Alausa, Ikeja in accordance with the forfeiture order of the Court. In attendance were the Chairman of the State Taskforce, the Coordinator of the State Special Offences Mobile Court, and representatives of the Ministry of Justice and...
I’m not a politician, so I have no word for the opposition – Buratai reacts to PDP kicking against his nomination as an Ambassador
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I’m not a politician, so I have no word for the opposition – Buratai reacts to PDP kicking against his nomination as an Ambassador

Immediate past Chief of Army Staff, Lt Gen Tukur Buratai (Rtd) has reacted to the People's Democratic Party (PDP) kicking against his nomination as a non-career ambassador. Recall that the PDP had described the nomination as a plot to shield the ex-Service Chiefs from investigation over the “killing of innocent Nigerians and crimes against humanity” under their leadership. Addressing journalists after a special gala night organised for him by members of the 29th Regular Course Association of the Nigerian Defense Academy in Abuja on Saturday February 6, Buratai said he would not respond to PDP’s statement because he is not a politician. He said;   “It’s an honourable retirement and also an honourable appointment. “I’m not a politician, so I have no word for the oppo...
Huesca vs Real Madrid: Let us fight – Zidane Clashes with Reporters
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Huesca vs Real Madrid: Let us fight – Zidane Clashes with Reporters

Real Madrid manager, Zinedine Zidane,has clashed with reporters ahead of their LaLiga game at Huesca, demanding for respect. On Friday, Zidane said journalists should “tell me to my face that you want me to go”. The Frenchman had missed Real’s last two games while recovering from COVID-19. A 2-1 defeat to Levante last weekend saw Los Blancos fall 10 points behind leaders, Atletico Madrid in the title race. They were also eliminated from both the Spanish Supercopa and Copa del Rey last month. “Are you serious? Everyday I’m out, and you know it,” Zidane said when asked if he was being defensive of his position and his team. “Last year we won the league. We did. Real Madrid. “Next year they will have to do things, make changes maybe. But this year we have the right to...
Gunmen Assassinate Man in Broad Daylight in Delta
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Gunmen Assassinate Man in Broad Daylight in Delta

Gunmen suspected to be assassins killed a man identified as Emeke Ojere, at Ugbomro community in Uvwie Local Government Area of Delta state. The father of three, who hails from Oyoko-Abavo in Ika South Local Government Area of the state but resides in Warri, was shot dead in his car on Saturday, January 30. One Mr Egbehon who drove the G-LK Mercedes Benz car told journalists that he was in the car with his “Oga” (the deceased) and another occupant when gunmen accosted them. "We went to Ogbomro community to visit one of our townsmen but suddenly gunmen blocked us and asked us to lay down. Oga was shot before they left."  Egbehon said. Spokesperson of the State Police Command, DSP Onome Onovwakpoyeya, who confirmed the incident to The Punch, said operatives are intensifyi...
Amid Fears Over Insecurity, Makinde Accuse Journalists Of Stoking Ethnic Tension
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Amid Fears Over Insecurity, Makinde Accuse Journalists Of Stoking Ethnic Tension

Amid rising cases of insecurity in Oyo State, Governor Seyi Makinde says some journalists have allowed themselves to be used as tools to stoke ethnic tensions in the state. The governor, who said this while making a statewide Broadcast on Wednesday, alleged that some stories in the media are targetted at exaggerating the security situation in the state. Whil noting that he will not hesitate to take appropriate action against any individuals who try to disrupt the peace of the state, he assured that his administration will continue to take all necessary steps to protect residents from harassment, thuggery and banditry. While acknowledging the efforts of some officers of the Nigeria Police Force, who have resumed their constitutional duties of maintaining law and order in our st...
‘I am not going to let media peddle lies about me’ – Somizi
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‘I am not going to let media peddle lies about me’ – Somizi

TV personality Somizi Mhlongo-Motaung said that he was not going to be a doormat and allow the media to spread what he called fake news about his personal life. Sanef is calling for action against Mhlongo after he insulted Sunday World and City Press journalists and published their phone numbers online prompting threats against them from his followers. Sanef is now calling for a public apology. The journalists had been offering the TV-star a right of reply on two separate stories they were publishing last week. But Mhlongo said that he would not keep quiet and allow the media to peddle lies about him. “Show people the proof that Mohale is cheating on Somizi, don’t come up with stories that are non-existent. For me, that is the issue and if that’s what journalism is about...
Somizi Comes Under Fire For Insulting Journalists
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Somizi Comes Under Fire For Insulting Journalists

Media personality and TV star Somizi Mhlongo has come under fire for insulting Sunday World acting editor, Kabelo Khumalo, and Julia Madibogo of City Press on Instagram, this past weekend. This follows after Khumalo from Sunday World approached him for comment following the controversy surrounding season 2 of his cooking show, Dinner At Somizi, that it has reportedly been put on ice following accusations of intellectual property theft. Somizi Legend Manqele and Multichoice are accused of stealing Hasting Moengs concept who claims he is the brain behind the show's concept. City Press journalist Julia Madibogo approached Somizi on rumors that they are divorcing with his partner Mohale Motaung and he was agitated and decided to let his fingers do the talking for him. A disgruntled So...
NSCDC Queries Staff Over Assault Of Journalists At NIMC Office In Abuja
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NSCDC Queries Staff Over Assault Of Journalists At NIMC Office In Abuja

The recent assaults by officials of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corp-NSCDC and SSS officials on photojournalists who were trying to capture the pictures of the crowd at the NIMC headquarters on Wednesday 6th January 2021 has continued to attract several reactions. In line with this, the NSCDC has assured media practitioners of its move to recall and query the officials who were directly involved in the assault. It was reported on Wednesday, that a mammoth crowd of people arrived the office of the National Identity Management Commission (NIMC) to get their ID numbers, only to realise that the the Commission was on strike. The huge crowd of people stood outside for hours and was unattended to, but few persons believed that members of Staff of the commission were yet atten...
“I Killed my Girlfriend and Other People” – Osun Ritual Killer Suspect
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“I Killed my Girlfriend and Other People” – Osun Ritual Killer Suspect

30-year-old ritual killer suspect, Tajudeen Monsuru, has revealed how he killed his girlfriend, Alani Mutiyat, others people, dismembered and sold their body parts then used the proceeds to enjoy himself. Monsuru, who was arrested in Iwo on December 8, 2020, in connection with ritual killings in Iwo, made the chilling confession when he was paraded alongside three other suspects at the Osun State Police Headquarters in Osogbo on Tuesday, January 5. “I killed people and sold their parts to those that needed them. I killed my girlfriend, Mutiat Alani and other people. I strangled people and dismembered their bodies for those who needed them. I used the proceeds to buy beer and hang out with friends," he told journalists. Speaking to other journalists, he said, "We strangle o...
Lagos #EndSARS Panel Orders Journalists To Switch Off Phones During Sittings, Sparks Controversy
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Lagos #EndSARS Panel Orders Journalists To Switch Off Phones During Sittings, Sparks Controversy

The press has threatened to boycott sittings in the light of new restrictions. The Lagos judicial panel of inquiry probing decades of police brutality, has barred journalists from using their smartphones during plenary--a move viewed as an attempt to censor press coverage of proceedings. “Please switch off your phone,” a notice on the walls of the venue of the sitting read tersely on Tuesday, December 1, 2020. The new rules, which includes a directive that says no one should move a muscle during proceedings, led to a shouting match between journalists covering the inquiry and panelists, amid threats of a boycott of the panel. Videos from the panel have enjoyed plenty of clicks on social media platforms and in investigative reports of international media organisations like C...
Stop giving Governors awards, challenge us so we can sit up – Wike tells journalists
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Stop giving Governors awards, challenge us so we can sit up – Wike tells journalists

Governor Nyesom Wike has challenged journalists to demand accountability from Governors instead of giving them awards to maintain relationships or friendships.   The Rivers state Governor said this after the national leadership of the Nigerian Guild of Editors (NGE) paid him a courtesy visit at the government house in Port Harcourt on Friday October 30.   Wike in a statement released by his special assistant on media Kelvin Ebiri, also recalled times when journalists exposed ills in the society.   He said;   “What I have seen of you is that you praise us and give us award because of relationship or friendship. That’s not the way it should be. Challenge us — the people in authority — and we will sit up to our responsibilities. We will have no choi...
Lagos Policemen Torture PUNCH Journalists Covering #EndSARS Protests
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Lagos Policemen Torture PUNCH Journalists Covering #EndSARS Protests

No fewer than 20 policemen guarding the Lagos State House of Assembly in the Alausa area of the state brutalised two PUNCH journalists, Femi Dawodu and Segun Odunayo, while covering the #EndSARS activities in the area on Wednesday. Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu on Tuesday declared a 24-hour curfew to stem the tide of the growing violence in the state but allowed those on essential services such as health workers, security operatives, and pressmen to carry out their legitimate duties. Dawodu and Odunayo had gone to cover events around the Alausa area, a major demonstration ground of the #EndSARS protesters calling for a total overhaul of the Nigeria Police Force. The PUNCH gathered that the duo was recording a live video of the activities in the area when the policemen accosted t...
Bandits kill Army colonel, two soldiers in Katsina
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Bandits kill Army colonel, two soldiers in Katsina

A Nigerian Army colonel, M.Z Manu and two soldiers have been killed by bandits in Unguwar Doka Village under Faskari Local Government Area of Katsina State. It was gathered that the bandits, armed with AK-47 rifles invaded the villages on Thursday night and started shooting indiscriminately. In the process, the gallant officer, soldiers and some civilians were killed. The acting Director, Defence Media Operations, Brig. General Benard Onyeuko, who confirmed the incident in a statement issued to journalists at the Special Army Super Camp IV Faskari, said troops of Operation Sahel Sanity responded to a distress call on September 24, 2020 that bandits attacked Unguwar Doka Village and swiftly mobilised to the area where they cleared the bandits. During the encounter, troops neutralis...
Suarez Arrives Perugia To Take Italian Exam As He Pushes For Juventus Move
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Suarez Arrives Perugia To Take Italian Exam As He Pushes For Juventus Move

Luis Suarez was greeted by photographers, journalists and Juventus fans as the Barcelona striker arrived in Perugia to take an Italian exam. Suarez has been deemed surplus to requirements at the Nou Camp by new boss Ronald Koeman and that has accelerated interest in him from Italian champions Juventus. But with Andrea Pirlo limited as to the number of non-EU (European Union) players he can acquire in one window, the club need Suarez to pass his exam in Perugia and acquire dual nationality to make a transfer possible this month. Suarez took part in training with his Barcelona team-mates earlier on Thursday before flying to Perugia for the university exam. Juventus have already brought in Brazilian international Arthur Melo and Unites States midfielder Weston McKennie this su...
Kidnappers of retired U.S Army officer demand N20m ransom
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Kidnappers of retired U.S Army officer demand N20m ransom

The kidnappers of a retired United States of America Army officer, Major Jide Ijadare, have demanded a sum of N20 million for his release.   Recall that gunmen abducted Ijadare and one of his staff on Tuesday, September 15, around 2:05 pm at his palm-oil producing factory located along Ijan-Ise road in Ijan Ekiti, Gbonyin Local Government area of Ekiti State. A man identified as a contractor with the factory was shot.   A family source who confirmed the development to journalists on Wednesday, said that the abductors had contacted one of them and demanded the huge sum as ransom.   "Yes, they contacted one of the family members this morning(Wednesday)  and made that demand. Though, the matter had been reported to the police since life was involved and they a...
Update: Over 5,000 card readers destroyed in fire incident at INEC office in Ondo
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Update: Over 5,000 card readers destroyed in fire incident at INEC office in Ondo

The Independent National Electoral Commission has revealed that over 5000 card reader machines were destroyed in the fire that razed down its office in Akure, Ondo state's capital on the evening of Thursday September 10.   Speaking to journalists at the scene of the incident, INEC Commissioner in charge of Information and Voters Education, Festus Okoye said the Information and Communication Technology section of the commission was affected by the fire.   According to Okoye, 1000 card readers delivered to INEC from Osun State were burnt in the fire while over 4000 card readers belonging to INEC in the state were also burnt.   Admitting that the incident was a setback, the INEC commissioner stated that it will not affect the governorship election.
Osinbajo, Falana Okay Journalists’ Coverage Of Virtual Court Hearings
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Osinbajo, Falana Okay Journalists’ Coverage Of Virtual Court Hearings

Vice President Yemi Osinbajo and former president of the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA) and human rights lawyer, Femi Falana (SAN) have thrown their weight behind coverage of virtual court proceedings by journalists. The eminent lawyers said since section 36 of the 1999 Constitution provides that court sittings must be in public, journalists participating in covering virtual sittings would help to project information to the world, thereby reducing corruption. They spoke at a zoom conference titled “Media coverage of virtual court proceedings: prospects and challenges” organized by an online news platform, Gavel International. In his keynote address, Osinbajo said reporting of court proceedings was a crucial exercise of the right to fair hearing. According to him, that right would ...
Seven Nigerian Journalists Die Within 7 Days
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Seven Nigerian Journalists Die Within 7 Days

Seven Nigerian journalists have died in Nigeria within the last seven days. The journalists, who work with different media organizations in Nigeria, died of different ailments. On the list are Dan Foster (Cool FM, Inspiration FM, City FM and Classic FM), Hugo Odiogor (former Editor at the Vanguard), Xavier Ndayongmong (Crime Editor at Daily Independent), Nkiruka Udoh (Crime and Defence Correspondent at AIT), Naomi Uzor (Business Desk at the Vanguard), Aramide Praise Oikelome (the Media Project and Independent Newspapers), and Azeez Ozi Sanni (Cartoonist at The Nation). Dan Foster died on June 17. His wife Lovina confirmed to Channels TV that he was tested for COVID-19 and the result came back positive one day before his death. Mr. Hugo Odiogor, is a popular foreign affairs ...
Lightning Strikes three FRSC Officials Dead in Ogun
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Lightning Strikes three FRSC Officials Dead in Ogun

Three FRSC officials have died after they were struck by lightning in Ogun State. The tragedy occured early on Wednesday, June 17, in the ancient town of Ilese, near Ijebu -Ode, in Ijebu North-East local government area of Ogun State. The lightning struck at about 10am while officials of the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) were preparing for the early morning parade within the vicinity of their office located at the old toll gate. According to Vanguard, a senior member of the Corps disclosed that there were about twelve officials in the same office when the lightning struck 3 of them. Men of the state’s special security outfit code-named “OP MESA” have taken over security of the entire area, chasing onlookers away and preventing journalists from taking pictures. Also, t...
Victor Osimhen Clears air on Agreeing Deal with Napoli
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Victor Osimhen Clears air on Agreeing Deal with Napoli

Lille striker, Victor Osimhen, has denied reports suggesting that he has agreed on a deal to Napoli. Reports had emerged this week that the Nigerian striker is willing to join the Serie A side and has demanded a five-year contract worth €4million per year. However, the 21-year-old, who also drew the interest of Chelsea, Tottenham Hotspur, Manchester United and Liverpool in the past, dismissed the report in an interview with Omasports. “A lot of fake news about me agreeing on a deal with Napoli is sickening for real,” Osimhen said. “I am surprised at the journalists that say they are professionals. I find it amazing.
Kylie Jenner Fires Back at Forbes After Claim she Lied to Gain Billionaire Status
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Kylie Jenner Fires Back at Forbes After Claim she Lied to Gain Billionaire Status

Kylie Jenner has fired back at Forbes for claiming she forged documents and over exaggerated her business to attain the billionaire status, saying she is not a billionaire. Kylie bashed the most explosive claim in the report, that she and her publicists had shown journalists tax returns that were likely forged in order to support inflated claims of her net worth. Forbes had put Kylie on the cover in March 2019, hailing her as the youngest ever self-made billionaire but on Friday, May 29, 2020 it claims it had been shown 2016 tax returns indicating revenue far higher than the numbers revealed by Coty’s filing, and that there were only two explanations: Kylie Cosmetics’ sales had utterly collapsed in the two years before the acquisition, or the tax returns were fabricated. She r...
Detained El-Zakzaky Donates Food Items To Journalists In Kaduna
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Detained El-Zakzaky Donates Food Items To Journalists In Kaduna

Detained leader of the Islamic Movement in Nigeria, IMN, Sheikh Ibrahim El-Zakzaky has donated food items to the Correspondent Chapel of the Nigeria Union of journalists, NUJ, Kaduna. He said the food items were given to members of the correspondent’s chapel so as to enjoy the Sallah festivities and cushion the effect Covid-19 lockdown. While presenting the items to the chapel”s secretary, Idibia Gabriel, Muktar Abdullahi who represented Zakzaky, said the gesture was an annual ritual of the IMN. According to him “we do donate not only to Muslim but Christians alike. We took this as a duty.It is imperative to give out food items to people during Sallah and fasting period.” “This is what Sheikh Zakzaky has been doing before his arrest some years back. Despite being in detenti...

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