Robber Who Sleeps Beside ATM In Lagos To Rob Arrested By Police (Photos)

A gun wielding robber, Gbenga Babatunde, 35, arrested by operatives of Rapid Response Squad (RRS) of the Lagos State Police, Command, has confessed to have robbed about 35 ATM users in Alaba Rago Market, Ojo, Lagos before his arrest.

The suspected robber, who was arrested after a failed bid to rob a lady who withdrew an unspecified amount of money around 5:48 a.m. at an ATM point in Alaba Rago Market, was chased by the operatives, patrolling the area.

It was gathered that the suspect, was not operating alone. He had an accomplice, whose name was given as Samson Baba Ramadan, 28, but he however managed to escape after the botched operation.

During interrogation, the suspected said: “I have been in the crime since I met my colleague, Samson Baba Ramadan. I met him at Field Joint, Alaba, 2 years ago and since then we have been working together. We have robbed about 35 people together. We would have gotten to the ATM point by 4:00 a.m.

We would hide inside the shop that is not open beside the ATM point. As soon as the withdrawer collects the money, we will accost him or her and collect the money and escape. I don’t go home. I sleep in Osankwa Hotel, Alaba Rago. It is only whenever I don’t have money that I go home. I have no wife or child.”

Also recovered from the suspect were: a First Bank mastercard belonging to Iweka Christopher Uchenna and a Diamond Bank debit card owned by Nkechi Esther Idoko.

Source: Politics NGR

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Nigerian Army Issues Strong Warning To Biafra Agitators, Calls Them Criminal Gang

The Nigerian army has come out strongly against Biafra agitators otherwise known as Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB saying the force will no longer accept any form of false allegation of brutality by its personnel from them.

Premium Times reports that the warning was in response to allegations from the professed media and publicity secretary of IPOB who claimed that the Nigerian soldiers killed 11 IPOB members on January 20 during a solidarity rally in Port Harcourt to celebrate the election of Donald Trump of America.

The army who described the secessionist group as a “criminal gang” said soldiers deployed to ensure peace on the street restrained themselves from firing a single shot despite provocations from the protesters.

According to the spokesperson of the Division, Aminu Iliyasu, “The allegation is false, malicious and existed in the figment of his imagination,” the colonel said.

“We therefore wish to warn Mr. Emma Powerful and other like minded mischief makers that the Nigerian Army will no longer tolerate such spurious and unfounded allegations that are injurious to the hard-earned image and reputation of the Nigerian Army, its selfless and dedicated officers and soldiers by any group of criminals regardless of their appellation.”

Going further, the army spokesperson insisted that on the said day: “Members of the group were mobilized from Abia, Anambra, Enugu, Imo and Cross River States for an alleged rally with dubious intent of molesting innocent citizens, intimidating passers-by and wrecking havoc on commuters thereby disturbing public peace, safety and security.

“The choice of Port Harcourt (the Garden City) as the epicentre of the protest has left much to be desired. It is however worthy to restate that one of the constitutional responsibilities of the Nigerian Army is to come to the aid of the civil authority whenever the need arises.

In line with this constitutional mandate, troops of 29 Battalion Nigerian Army, were deployed in conjunction with other sister security agencies to prevent any loss of life or property with strict adherence to the established Rules of Engagement.

“Despite all provocative attempts occasioned by the stoning of security agents and the smashing of commuters’ windscreens by the violent protesters, troops refused to be cajoled into the criminal gang’s trap to fire a single shot. This is indicative of the troops’ total compliance with their Rules of Engagement.

The violent protest was subsequently subdued with the use of tear gas and arrests were made by a sister security agency with no casualty recorded on either side.

“It is however worrisome and disturbing for anyone to falsely accuse troops deployed in support of civil authority who conducted their duty professionally under the beaming lenses of cameras of allegedly killing 11 citizens of our great country.

A well observed trend of this criminal gang is the malicious posting of old videos and pictures from their archives on social media platforms which has no bearing on their claims to attract public sympathy and whip sentiments among the citizenry.

“To this end, Headquarters 6 Division Nigerian Army, Port Harcourt, wishes to inform the public that the allegation is not true and should be dismissed as mere propaganda by the separatist group. We wish to restate our total commitment to the protection of lives and properties within the Division’s Area of Responsibility.

“We therefore solicit the cooperation and understanding of all peace loving citizens and further enjoin them to join hands to help eradicating all forms of criminality within Rivers, Bayelsa, Akwa Ibom and Delta States.

This will no doubt enhance mutual co-existence, peace and socio-economic development of the region.” As agitators are calling for the Biafra nation, watch this video of Nigerian history rendered in poetic form.

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Osinbajo Turns Down New Vice President’s Official Residence Built By GEJ’s Administration, Says Aguda House Is Good For Him

Vice President Yemi Osinbajo has turned down the new Vice Presidential official residence built by GEJ’s administration.

A statement by the Senior Special Assistant to the Vice President on Media & Publicity, Laolu Akande, says neither Osinbajo nor this present administration, made any budget for the construction of a new residence for him.

According to Osinbajo, the old Vice Presidential house known as Aguda house is still good for him. He said in time, the federal government will decide what to do with the 14 buildings on the site of the new Vice Presidential residence. Read the press statement from the Presidency.

“For the umpteenth time, we like to clarify that the proposed plan of the immediate past administration to build a new official residence for the occupant of the Office of the Vice President, including the controversial gatehouse preceded this administration.

The project which started in 2010, was initiated and funded by the immediate past administration, but had never featured in the two budget proposals of the Buhari administration: neither in the 2016 nor the 2017 spending plans.

Any suggestion therefore that this project benefits our administration or that it reflects our spending style or preferences is not only misleading but blatantly false. Besides, the incumbent Vice President, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo, SAN, has said publicly that he considers Aguda House, which he currently occupies, a befitting official residence for the Vice President and sufficient for his needs.

While the project is now about 85% complete, the Federal Government, in the circumstances, will decide at the appropriate time what is the best use for the 14 buildings already on the project site.”

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7 Governors Linked With N19Bn Bank Account (See Details)

Seven governors have questions to answer in the alleged diversion of part of the N388.304billion London-Paris Club refunds into two accounts opened by the Nigeria Governors Forum (NGF), The Nation has learnt.

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has uncovered N19billion in one of the accounts. The other is a domiciliary account, which contains a yet unspecified amount of money.

One of those invited for interrogation has admitted handing over a huge sum of money to a principal officer of the National Assembly after changing it into dollars, according to the preliminary report on the management of the refunds.

According to a source, who pleaded not to be named because he is not permitted to talk to the media, EFCC detectives discovered that while about 2% of the funds was paid to consultants who allegedly assisted in computing what was due to each state, 3% was shared by some governors under “curious circumstances”.

The source said: “The detectives have uncovered the two accounts opened in the name of the NGF and the signatories to same. “We are looking into circumstances behind such huge deposits from London-Paris Club refunds into these accounts.

“The payment of 2% of the refunds to consultants and 3% to some governors which was rated as “curious” by investigators have been confirmed. We also discovered that some of the governors nominated these consultants.”

The source declined to name the seven governors, stressing that the details will be released as soon as the investigation is concluded.

Responding to a question, the source said one of those questioned actually admitted that he changed some of the funds into dollars and handed it over to a principal officer of the National Assembly. Besides, he insisted that the EFCC had no any agenda against the governors, adding: “It has no basis to run the NGF down at all, but you should know that the Presidency is interested in how these London-Paris Club refunds were spent.

“We know the governors have immunity, but certainly NGF does not enjoy such constitutional protection. We are looking at what informed the transfer of such funds into the accounts of the NGF and for what purposes.

“Once the purposes are in line with statutory financial regulations and the EFCC is satisfied, the case is closed. But where there are cases of diversion and stealing of public funds, the law will take its course.” The Federal Government released N388.304billion of the N522.74 billion funds to 35 states as refunds of overdeductions on London-Paris Club loans.

States on top of the list with huge reimbursements are those controlled by the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) contrary to their claims of being oppressed by the administration of President Muhammadu Buhari.

The big earners are Akwa Ibom, Bayelsa, Rivers, Delta, Katsina, Kaduna, Lagos, Imo, Jigawa, Borno, Niger, Bauchi,and Benue.

Only Kano State and the FCT did not benefit from the reimbursement. Ondo was only paid 50 per cent of its refunds (N6,513,392,932.28) because of leadership change in the state which will soon lead to the inauguration of the Governor-elect, Mr Rotimi Akeredolu.

A breakdown of the list of top beneficiaries of the refunds is as follows: Akwa Ibom – N14,500,000,000.00; Bayelsa – N14,500,000,000.00; Delta—N14,500,000,000.00; Katsina -N14,500,000,000.00; Lagos – N14,500,000,000.00; Rivers -N14,500,000,000.00; Kaduna – N14,362,416,363.24; Borno-N13,654,138,849.49; Bauchi – N12,792,664,403.93; Benue – N12,749,689,453.61; Sokoto—N11,980,499,096.97; Osun– N11,744,237,793.56; Anambra– N11,386,281,466.35; Edo– N11,329,495,462.04; Cross River – N11,300,139,741.28; Kogi – N11,211,573,328.19; and Kebbi – N11,118,149,054.10.

The Federal Government reached a conditional agreement to pay 25% of the amounts claimed, subject to a cap of N14.5 billion to any given state

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Revealed!! President Buhari, Saraki Meet Again In London (See Details)

Senate President, Bukola Saraki, Sunday night met with President Muhammadu Buhari, DAILY POST reports.

The meeting held at the Abuja House in London. Details of the meeting are not yet available.

The handle of the President @NGRPresident confirmed the development.

“This evening President @MBuhari met with Senate President @bukolasaraki, at Abuja House”. This came few days after Buhari, Saraki and House of Reps Speaker, Yakubu Dogara met the president. The trio had deliberated on matters of mutual interests between the Executive and the Legislature. The leaders used the opportunity to personally pray for President Buhari and wish him quick return to Nigeria.

Recall that the national leader of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC), Bola Ahmed Tinubu and Chief Bisi Akande also paid Buhari a visit.

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Former Beauty Queen, Anna Banner, Shares Stunning Photos As She Turns 22

Former MGBN, Anna Ebiere Banner, yesterday turned 22 and took to her IG page to share a stunning photo to mark her day.

She wrote; When Grace steps in, shut doors open! The moment you realize you’re not worthy of his but He keeps performing great miracles in your life. Thank you Father for loving me regardless of my flaws/sins. Thank you my beautiful Father for giving me the gift of life. I’m plus one today!! happy birthday to me & all February celebrants we Rock!! 

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So Ruthless: Okada Rider Beheads School Boy (Graphic Photo)

The commercial motorcyclist in question 

A commercial motorcyclist is currently cooling off in a police detention cell after beheading a schoolboy.

According to one social media reporter, Lola Ajibole, the deceased was kidnapped and then beheaded by the motorcyclist on his way to school.

The location of the crime remains sketchy.

There are rumours that the head was supposed to be for a money-making ritual.

The Okada man is currently being grilled by the men of the Nigeria Police Force for more details pending on his arraignment in court.

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Former NNPC Boss, Andrew Yakubu Asks Court to Return Seized Looted $9.7m to Him

Andrew Yakubu and his alleged loot 

The former Group Managing Director of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, NNPC, Andrew Yakubu has filed an appeal at the Federal High Court, Kano demanding the refund of the $9.7m and £74,000 seized from him by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, and which the court that sat in Kano had ruled that it be forfeited to the Federal Government.

In the appeal filed by his counsel, Mr. Ahmed Raji (SAN), Yakubu challenged the ruling of the Federal High Court presided over by Justice Zainab B. Abubakar, saying the court lacked the territorial jurisdiction to try the case since the crime was allegedly committed in Abuja, which is outside the territorial jurisdiction of the Kano court.

In a motion on notice with suit number FHC/ICN/CS/24/2017, Yakubu’s counsel, Raji argued that “by Section 45 of the Federal High Court Act, an offence shall be tried only by a court exercising jurisdiction in the area or place where the offence was committed.

No aspect of the perceived offence in respect of which the Order of 13th February, 2017 was made, was committed within the Kano judicial division of this Honourable Court,” Raji said.

He said, “By Section 28 of the EFCC Act, only the commission, i.e. the EFCC has the vires to seek an Order for the interim forfeiture of property under the Act.

“The power of this Honourable Court to make interim forfeiture Order(s) pursuant to Sections 28 & 29 of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission Act, 2004 (hereinafter “EFCC Act”) is applicable ONLY to alleged offences charged under the EFCC Act and not to offences cognizable under any other law.

The ex-parte Order of this Honourable Court dated 13th February, 2017, was made in respect of alleged offences under the Independent Corrupt Practices and other Related Offences Commission Act (hereinafter “ICPC Act”) and not the EFCC Act as prescribed by Section 28 & 29 thereof.

“The conditions precedent to the grant of an interim forfeiture Order under Sections 28 & 29 of the EFCC Act were not complied with by the Applicant before the Order was made. “In the instant case, no charge was brought against the Respondent/Applicant before the provisions of Section 28 and 29 of the EFCC Act were activated to grant the ex-parte Order of 13th February, 2017.”

Recall that the Federal High Court which sat in Kano on the 13th February, 2017 and presided over by Justice Zainab B. Abubakar, had ordered the forfeiture of the sum of $9,772,000 (Nine Million, Seven Hundred and Seventy Two Thousand United States Dollars) and £74,000 (Seventy Four Thousand Pound Sterling) recovered from Mr. Andrew Yakubu to the Federal Government.

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Horror Story! Community in Chaos as Man Sets Family of 7 on Fire in Oyo State

File photo used only for illustrative purpose 

A PUNCH report has shown that a suspected mentally-ill man at Budo Alaka village in Kisi, in the Oriire Local Government Area of Oyo State has been accused of setting a house on fire on Sunday, killing five family members, while two survivors of the attack were said to be receiving treatment at Muslim Hospital, Kisi.

An eyewitness said the suspect, identified as Monday Daniel, carried out the attack while the family members were sleeping in their apartment. The survivors were identified as 24-year-old Samuel Ode and 21-year-old Mariam Ode.

The eyewitness, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said the mentally-ill man had approached the family a day earlier and demanded money to travel to an undisclosed place. A member of the family was said to have refused to give him the money.

The suspect was said to have become angry by the refusal of the family member to give him the money. He was said to have gone back to the house early on Sunday and set the house ablaze through the roof.

The names of the dead victims were given as three-year-old Blessing Ode; eight-month-old Friday Ode; 10-year-old Mummy Ogbada; six-year-old Daddy Ogbada; and 46-year-old Ogunma Ogbada.

The witness said the suspect escaped from the scene of the incident, but was later arrested by the Oyo State Police Command.

The Police Public Relations of the command, DSP Adekunle Ajisebutu, who confirmed the arrest, said the suspect would be transferred to the State Criminal Investigation and Intelligence Department for further investigation.

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Pure Agony as Lagos Plastic Company Goes Up in Flames in Broad Daylight (Photo)

The scene of the sad incident 

A fire incident broke out at Rida National Plastics Limited on Ilupeju Industrial Estate, Mushin, Lagos on Sunday.

According to The Punch, emergency agencies battled for hours to put out the flames. It was gathered that the fire affected the recycling section of the firm and three stores.

Punch Metro learnt that the fire, which started around 8am, was brought under control by a combined team of the Lagos State Fire Service, Lagos State Emergency Management Agency, and firefighters from neighbouring firms.

It was gathered that the fire was escalated by the inflammable materials in the company. The spokesperson for the Lagos State Fire Service, Shakiru Amodu, said firefighters from Ilupeju, Isolo, Alausa, Bolade Oshodi and Ikeja fire stations responded with 60,000 litres of water.

He said, “The cause of the fire has yet to be ascertained, but we were able to curtail it from getting to the factory room.” The General Manager, Lagos State Fire Service, Adesina Tiamiyu, enjoined firms and residents to take precautionary measures to avert fire incidents.

Efforts to get reactions of the company proved abortive as calls put across to a line on its website indicated that the line was not reachable.

The message sent to the line had yet to be delivered as of press time.

The scene of the sad incident  A fire incident broke out at Rida National Plastics Limited on Ilu...