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Lagos taskforce nabs suspected traffic robber, Ibrahim

Lagos taskforce nabs suspected traffic robber, Ibrahim

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Lagos State Environmental and Special Offences Unit (Taskforce) has arrested a traffic robbery suspect in Brewery/Ijora, just as it served owners of structures and kiosks on Owode road setback a three-day removal notice.

The robbery suspect, Ibrahim Ganiyu, 28, alias Temitomi, was arrested around 5:00am on Thursday an Brewery/Ijora area of Lagos State.

Femi Moliki, Head, Public Affairs, Taskforce, said Ibrahim, who along with an accomplice, named Akpan was trying to dispossess a lady of her hand bag and mobile phone when the operatives of Lagos State Taskforce heading to Apapa sighted them.

The shout for help by the lady drew the attention of the police team. Their arrival at the scene foiled the robbery thus making the two robbers to flee the scene on motor bike.

After a chase, the operatives arrested Ibrahim while Akpan abandoned a TVS motorcycle with the registration number AAA 535 QK before escaping.

Ibrahim, in his confession disclosed that they were trying to collect the lady’s phone and bag before she shouted for help. He noted that they robbed early in the morning and at night.

He stated that they robbed in traffic and at bus stops around Costain, Mushin, Ijora and Eko Bridge, adding that, apart from his gang, some other teams come from Safejo and Alaba to rob in the area.

The Chairman, Lagos State Taskforce, CSP Shola Jejeloye said that the suspect would be transferred to the State Command for further investigation.

Recovered from the suspect were a motor bike and a long dagger.

Meanwhile Lagos State Taskforce has served owners of structures and kiosks on road setback at Idera Bus Stop, Owode to remove them in three days.

The removal order is coming after several days of inspection of the area and education of the owners by the agency and officials of Federal Ministry of Works.

The owners of the structures and kiosks were last served in February, 2021.


NBC fumes, queries Channels TV for interviewing Ortom

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The National Broadcasting Commission (NBC) has queried Channels Television over an interview granted to Benue Governor Samuel Ortom.

Checks by The Nation indicated it was not the first time Channels TV would be queried by NBC.

In April, the agency suspended the broadcast license of Channels Television and imposed a N5 million fine on the station for alleged breach of the broadcast code in its live programme titled: “Politics Today”.

Ortom, who was a guest on Sunrise Daily on Tuesday, had accused President Muhammadu Buhari of trying to “Fulanise” Nigeria.

He further faulted the President’s decision to review grazing reserves across the country, describing it as unconstitutional.

But a letter signed by NBC Director-General, Balarabe Ilelah dated August 24, said Channels TV violated six of its codes during the broadcast of the interview.

The NBC said the comments of the Governor were “divisive, inciting and unfair”, adding that Channels TV anchors did not “thoroughly interrogate” Ortom.

“The national broadcasting commission monitored the broadcast of your program Sunrise Daily between 7 a.m. and 9 a.m. on Tuesday,” the letter reads.

“The programme which had as guest the executive governor of Benue state governor Samuel Ortom was observed to contain inciting divisive and unfair comments which were not thoroughly interrogated by the anchors.

“This negates the following provisions of the Nigeria broadcasting code. Consequently, Channels Television is required to explain why appropriate sanctions should not be applied for these infractions of the Nigeria Broadcasting Code. Your response should reach the commission within 24 hours of receipt of this letter.”


Ebonyi counters presidency, denies receiving N6bn for ranching

Ebonyi State Government has denied receiving N6 billion from the Federal Government as grant for ranching.

Special Assistant to Governor David Umahi on Media, Francis Nwaze, stated this in a statement on Thursday.

He was reacting to a statement on Wednesday night by Senior Special Assistant to President Muhammadu Buhari on Media and Publicity, Mallam Garba Shehu that Ebonyi, Yobe, Katsina and the FCT received N24billion for establishment of cattle ranches.

Shehu made the statement during the Channels TV prime time political show – POLITICS TODAY.

But Nwaze, said the State Government has always maintained that it has no lands for ranching.

He said: “Ebonyi State Government never at any time received any money for ranching in the State and will not receive any money for the same purpose as there is no available land for ranching in the state.

 “We have received the news making the rounds that Ebonyi State is among the States in the Federation that has received the sum of N6billion naira each for ranching as attributed to the Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Mr. Garba Shehu while responding to questions on Channels Television on Wednesday night and we wish to clarify as follows:

“That should any Ebonyian opt to engage in personal ranching, Ebonyians should see such venture as a personal decision of such person who must use his/her land for the purpose.

“This is because Ebonyi State Government has continued to maintain that there is no land for ranching in the state and it is not about reneging from the decision. “


Internet Fraud: UNILORIN student, Udoh Okon jailed

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A Kwara High Court sitting in Ilorin, on Wednesday, sentenced one Udoh Sunday Okon to one year at a correctional centre for an offence bordering on a lottery scam.

The Ilorin Zonal Office of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) secured the conviction.

The presiding judge, Justice Sikiru Oyinloye, found the defendant guilty of the offence, following his plea bargain.

The judge said: “I have carefully considered the facts and circumstances of this case, especially the lone count charge, the plea of guilt by the defendant and the unchallenged evidence of the prosecution.

“It is the opinion of this honourable court that the defendant is guilty as charged,” the judge said.

Oyinloye, however, gave the convict a N200,000 option of fine.

He ordered the forfeiture of a N206,000 bank draft, raised as restitution by the convict, and the iPhone which he used in perpetrating the crime to the Federal Government.

Prosecuting Counsel Sesan Ola had earlier told the court that Udoh, a 300-level student of the University of Ilorin, allegedly defrauded an American citizen, simply identified as Kimberly.

Udoh was prosecuted on a one-count charge which read: “That you, Udoh Sunday Okon also known as Christopher Wray, sometime in March cheated by impersonation, when you pretended to be one Christopher Wray, a White male, with +18315088635 as your WhatsApp business line.

“You fraudulently deceived Kimberly, an American to send $500 worth of eBay gift card to you, after you made him believe that he won $1,000,000 Facebook Lottery

“You thereby committed an offence contrary to Section 321 of the Penal Code and punishable under Section 324 of the same law.”

Following his plea, the prosecutor urged the court to convict the defendant and sentence him based on his plea and the evidence tendered before the court.


Nigerian troops foil terrorists’ attack on Babangida town

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Weapons recovered from terrorists during attack on Babangida town

The Nigerian Army said troops of Operation Hadin Kai on Wednesday foiled an attempted attack on Babangida town in Yobe by terrorists belonging to Boko Haram and Islamic State in West Africa Province (ISWAP).

The Director, Army Public Relations, Brig.-Gen. Onyema Nwachukwu disclosed this in a statement on Wednesday in Abuja.

Nwachukwu said the terrorists, who were prowling for logistics replenishment, made futile efforts to infiltrate the town but were met with a fierce counterattack from the vigilant troops, forcing them to retreat in disarray.

According to him, the gallant troops captured one gun truck, one Dushka anti-aircraft gun, two AK-47 rifles, and unprimed Improvised Explosive Devices (IED) from the fleeing terrorists.

“Further exploitation by the troops is still ongoing. The dogged troops have been commended by the Chief of Army Staff, Lt.-Gen. Faruk Yahaya, for their vigilance and swiftness in countering the attack.

“He also encouraged them to remain focused and avoid any form of distraction from the terrorists, who are desperate to make face-saving moves, having suffered enormous depletion in their ranks.

“Law-abiding people of Yobe and North-East, in general, are assured of the Chief of Army Staff’s determination to finally rout the Boko Haram/ISWAP terrorists from their hideouts.

“They are also encouraged to continue to avail troops of actionable information that would enhance speedy execution of ongoing Counter-Terrorism Counter-Insurgency operations in the region,” he said.


Buhari announces N287bn as NNPC’s 2020 profit after tax

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President Muhammadu Buhari has announced N287 billion profit after tax by the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC).

The profit declaration, according to a statement by Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Mr Femi Adesina, was the first of its kind in the Corporation’s 44 years history.

While noting that the agency’s losses were reduced from N803 billion in year 2018 to N1.7 billion in year 2019, Buhari, who doubles as substantive Minister of Petroleum Resources, also directed the Corporation’s management to henceforth ensure timely publication of its audited accounts.

According to the statement, the declaration of profit by the NNPC was in fulfilment of an earlier pledge by the Federal Government to publicly announce the financial position of the NNPC,

“I am pleased to announce the declaration of Profit after Tax of Two Hundred and Eighty Seven Billion Naira (N287 Billion) in Year 2020 by the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation.

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“This is sequel to the completion of the statutory Annual Audit exercise for Year 2020.

“The NNPC losses were reduced from N803 Billion in year 2018 to N1.7 Billion in year 2019 and the eventual declaration of Net Profit in Year 2020 for the first time in its 44-year history.

“This development is consistent with this administration’s commitment to ensuring prudent management of resources and maximization of value for the Nigerian people from their natural resources.

“I have further directed the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation to timely publish the Audited Financial statements in line with the requirements of the law and as follow up to our commitment to ensuring transparency and accountability by public institutions.

“I congratulate the Board, Management and Staff of the Corporation and look forward to greater value creation for the Nigerian people,” the statement reads.


42 Boko Haram, ISWAP killed in Lake Chad – MNJTF

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The Multi-national Joint Task Force (MNJTF) operating at the fringes of Lake Chad Region has confirmed 42 Boko Haram and ISWAP fighters were killed after a gun duel in Baroua on Wednesday while seven soldiers were lost as well.

A statement by the Chief of Military Public Information of the MNJTF, Ndjamena, Colonel Muhammad Dole, said the troops of (MNJTF) Sector 4 Diffa in the Niger Republic displayed uncommon acts of gallantry and bravery when their location was attacked.

Colonel Dole said: “The troops of Multinational Joint Taskforce (MNJTF) Sector 4 Diffa in Niger Republic displayed uncommon acts of gallantry and bravery when their location was attacked.

“Troops of the Sector deployed in Baroua came under heavy attack by suspected BHT/ISWAP criminals in the small hours of Wednesday 25 August 2021.

“The troops tactically canalized the criminals to their effective killing zone, brought heavy fire on them and neutralized scores of the terrorists, while others escaped with various degree of injuries.

“At the end of the encounter, a total of Forty-Three (43) dead bodies of BHT/ISWAP insurgents were scattered around the engagement areas.

“One terrorist suspected to be their leader was caught alive and large cache of arms, ammunitions were recovered and four enemy gun trucks were destroyed.

“Extremely regrettably however, seven gallant MNJTF soldiers paid the supreme sacrifice, while four other soldiers sustained varying degrees of injuries and are being treated in a military hospital.

“Coincidently, the Force Commander (FC), MNJTF, Major General Abdul Khalifah Ibrahim was in HQ Sector 4 Diffa on 25 August 2021 on the final leg of his familiarization/operational visit to the sectors. General Ibrahim commended the selfless sacrifice and act of gallantry, as demonstrated by the troops.

“While praying for the repose of the souls of the deceased soldiers whom he described as martyrs of freedom, he consoled the family of the deceased and wishes the wounded soldiers speedy recovery.



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