Man Kills His Police Wife Over A Mistress

A patent medicine dealer, Mr. Uche Madumere, has allegedly beaten his 35-year-old police wife, Sergeant Mariam Sule, to death because of his mistress.

The deceased, attached to Igbologun Police Station, Snake Island, Lagos State, was said to have been killed by her husband during a quarrel over his alleged lover, Egnes.

The incident occurred on November 20, about 10p.m., at Number 10, Sholake Street, Iju-Ishaga area of the metropolis.

Before Mariam got married to Uche, she already had three children. She married Uche three years ago who also came into the marriage with a daughter.

Trouble was said to have started when Egnes visiting Uche whenever Mariam goes to office. Mariam wouldn’t have known of the alleged clandestine visits, but for some neighbours.

One of Mariam’s brothers, Mr. Kelvin Ndu, said that he and other family members learnt about Mariam’s death the following day. The family was not too happy about the delay in notifying them about Mariam’s death.

According to Ndu, it was Mariam’s son, Gideon Adaji, who alerted them of the incident.

Ndu said: “Uche told me that the quarrel between him and Mariam started after a woman brought food to him. He said that Mariam protested against the presence of the woman in their matrimonial home. Uche said that he didn’t have food to eat at home, which was why he called Egnes to bring food to the house for him and his daughter to eat. Uche said that when Egnes brought the food; he was seated outside. He told her to take the food into the house. Shortly after Egnes entered, Uche got up and went to the backyard to do something.”

According to Uche, he was still at the backyard when he heard screaming. He rushed to his apartment and met his wife fighting with Egnes.

Ndu added: “Uche said when he rushed in; he met the door to the sitting room locked. He said he forced it opened and asked his wife what was the problem? He said Mariam accused him of bringing a strange woman into their matrimonial home, while she was away. According to him, Mariam asked him why he brought the woman home knowing she was at home. Uche said he separated them and Egnes escaped, but Mariam ran after her and then later returned and went into her room, while he stayed outside.

“According to him, a few minutes later, his daughter, who was in her room when they were fighting, rushed out to inform me that ‘Aunty’ had fainted.

“Uche said he rushed back into the room and found Mariam on the floor. He claimed to have poured water on her and took her to Ifako General Hospital where he was told he brought her to the hospital dead. That same night, he said he took her body home and then called her first son, Gideon, who is about 19 years old, to inform him about the death of his mother.

“According to Uche, Gideon said he couldn’t come out; that it was late and that their gate had been locked. He promised to see him the following day.

“Uche said that he could not wait till the following day. He went to pick Gideon at home and they both deposited the body at a mortuary in Agege after that Gideon called his mother’s family members to inform them of what happened.”

Mariam’s family, suspicious because Uche allegedly didn’t report the case to them, reported the case to the Paint House Police Station at Iju. Uche and Egnes were arrested.

Ndu said: “The case was transferred to the State Criminal Investigations Department (SCID), Panti, Yaba, for further investigations. To our shock, Uche was released by the policemen four days later. Even before the outcome of autopsy result.”

Ndu accused the police of compromising the investigation. He called on the Lagos State Commissioner of Police, Imohimi Edgal, to ensure that his sister gets justice.

“As we speak, neither Uche nor his family members had visited our family to commiserate with us and possibly, plan for Mariam’s burial.Uche paid bride price of his wife. He thinks he does not owe us explanation of what happened to our sister. He has to tell us the cause of our sister’s death,” Ndu said.

Gideon said: “I spoke with her on that fateful day she died. I promised to see her at 9p.m. But I couldn’t make it due to my work.”

The landlord of the house, who does not want his name in print, said: “I saw the policewoman on the day of the incident. She was running after Egnes; we tried to intervene. I calmed her down and she explained to me, why she was angry. I asked the husband why he brought another woman into their matrimonial home, instead of going to a hotel.

Uche responded that I shouldn’t mind what his wife was saying. After Mariam went in, I heard a noise between husband and wife. A few minutes later, the husband rushed to me, calling for my assistance; he said that his wife had fainted.

I rushed into their room; I met the woman on the floor. I raised her hand, she was weak. I told the husband to take his wife to the hospital as she was dying. I rushed down to one of my tenants who has a car to assist in taking her to the hospital. I returned to their apartment to discover that the policewoman was dead.

“I told Uche that his wife was dead, that he should call the police. He said that he would carry the body to the hospital before calling the police.”

One of Uche’s neighbours, who does not want his name mentioned, claimed that Uche beat his wife to death because of another woman.

The neighbour said: “Uche’s mistress used to bring food to him whenever the policewoman was not around. The policewoman comes home once a week due to the distance of her workplace to her home. I heard him calling for help, saying that his wife had fainted. He was the one who beat the woman for daring to attack his visitor before the woman fainted.

That was not the first time Uche would be beating his wife.”

The Lagos state Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), a Superintendent of Police (SP), Chike Oti, said the police did not compromise as alleged.

He said: “The husband is not a culprit. The policewoman had altercation with another woman and one thing led to the other she slumped and died.

“The policewoman did not fight with her husband and we cannot keep him in the cell that was why we released him. But we are investigating the woman that fought with the policewoman.”

See Photos:Mass Burial Of 73 Benue Indigenes Killed By Fulani Herdsmen

The victims of Fulani massacre in Benue state have been laid to rest.

The 73 indigenes of Benue state killed recently were buried at a mass burial site secured by the state government.

Their funeral service held at IBB Square in Makurdi shortly before coffins bearing the remains of the 73 victims were moved to their final resting place.
See photo of their coffins


Family Saved From Fire While They Slept By A Chief Tweet

A family of seven in Nakuru County is lucky to be alive after a post on Twitter by a local administrator saved them from a deadly fire that had engulfed their house as they slept.

Neighbours responded to the post by Chief Francis Kariuki of Lanet Umoja, Nakuru County, and helped put out the fire.

Two hours later a member of the family tweeted her thanks to the chief and everyone who helped her kin.

Speaking to Nairobi News, Catherine Kahacho, who shared her tweet thanking the Chief said she was also alerted by some of her neighbours to rush home because her parents’ house was on fire.

“I was alerted by a neighbour who told me that our house was on fire and by the time I got there, people were already helping to put out the fire, I don’t know how to thank everyone who came out to help,” said Kahacho.

Her mother Veronica Kihanda, who lives with her four grandchildren in the house said there were three adults and four grandchildren when the fire broke.

According to Ms Kihanda, investigations are underway to establish the cause of the fire which started in the garage and destroyed property worth millions.
After the fire being put out

“It was past midnight when we had commotion and when we woke up we found out that there was fire coming from the garage. By the time I went to open the gate already there we several people waiting to come in and put the fire out,” she said.

She added that if it wasn’t for the people who came to help out they have no idea of what would have happened because they were all asleep at the time.

She suspects the fire was caused by people who were burning some garbage near her house during the day because Kenya Power ruled out any fault from power.

She said two cars, a truck which were parked in the garage were burnt completely.

Chief Kariuki says of his social media exploits on Twitter: “I am using Twitter as a tool for community policing, neighbourhood watch & crime-reporting activities.”

Most of his tweets are about lost cattle, lost and found national identity cards, job vacancies in local schools and Bible verses.

The residents, many who subscribe to his tweets through a free text messaging service, jumped into action just in time and saved the family.

Mr Kariuki’s community of 30,000 is largely rural and internet connectivity is almost non-existent and many are not users of Twitter but through the free text messaging service, they are aware of any information that he shares with the world.

He rarely engages with his followers but many understand his platform is a different one.

Phone Snatched From Omotola Jalade During Beauty Pageant Event In Nigeria

At The Event
Nollywood beauty Queen Omotola Jalade who lost her iPhone 7 during the just concluded grand finale of Miss Nigeria 2017 beauty pageant is still angry someone snatched the expensive phone brand from her.

Omotola took to the social media on Saturday to beg fans to help her locate the gadget which worth about 300 thousand Naira.

The actress said the phone was stolen by an unknown individual just as she finished her duty as one of the judges at the event.

Those who stole the phone have turned it offline so as to make it hard for Omotola to locate it.

What is more painful is that Omotola has lost every valuable contact and sensitive information on the phone.

Here is the information she provided yesterday for those who wish to help her locate it.


Gunman Single Handedly Attack Christmas Carol,Killing Four People

Last night, four people were killed and eight others injured in an attack by a single gunman in Kaduna State. The killings occurred around the Nindem village axis in Godogodo district, Jemaa Local Government Area of the state. 

Spokesman for Operation Safe Haven, Colonel IK Ekpeyong, who confirmed the incident in a statement, said the gunman invaded Godogodo village as the residents were holding a carol at the community square at about 9 pm, shooting sporadically, and in the process, killed four persons and injured eight others, Channels Television reports. 

He disclosed that the bodies have been deposited in a mortuary while the eight wounded persons were taken to the Kafanchan general hospital for treatment. He also added that some people suspected to be masterminds of the attack have been arrested for further interrogation, while more troops have been deployed to the area to avert a fresh attack or reprisal.

Policeman Clash With Soldier Who Gave Him A Slap

A bloody clash was averted at the United Bank for Africa (UBA) branch in Gusau, Sokoto, on Friday when a soldier slapped policeman attached to the bank.

The scenario also led to gun shots forcing customers on queue and passers bye to scamper to safety.

An eyewitness said the incident occurred near the bank’s Automated Teller Machine (ATM) when the soldier tried to evade the queue and other customers complained to security agents attached to the bank for intervention.

He said: “On coming to find out what was going on, the soldier slapped the policeman who immediately alerted his colleagues.

“Within minutes, everywhere was tensed and gun shots rented the air which dispersed all of us away.

“Within minutes a sizeable number of policemen appeared at the scene and some military men including three military officers and a military policeman arrived the scene with vehicles to douse the tension and took the soldier away.”

Newly Wedded Lecturer Gets Killed By Iron Gate

This was what just happened today as iron gate being conveyed in a van slices a new married lecturer to death.

See images of his death


As shared online the user wrote:
A very bloody afternoon.
At about eight poles away from my office.the body lying down was sliced like cow by a part of this iron gate being conveyed to a building site by this Mitsubishi van.
A lecturer at abia poly.he married two weeks ago.
Life like a mist
We mourn'


Gunman Shoots Man In Forehead In Broad Daylight In Front Of Many People

A gunman blasted a man in the head with a shotgun in front of horrified Christmas shoppers in broad daylight outside a Primark store.

At 12.30pm on Thursday (21 December) Merseyside Police were called to Eastbank Street, Southport town centre, after a man, in his 20’s was shot.

A witness described hearing a “massive bang” while other shoppers said they saw the injured man lying on the floor.

A suspect reportedly escaped on a bicycle, said witnesses, after putting the gun into his jacket, the Liverpool Echo reported.

Armed police were sent to the scene and Chief Inspector Paul Sutcliffe, of Merseyside Police, made an appeal to any witnesses of the shooting to come forward.

“To fire any weapon in a busy street at this time of the day is incredibly reckless and there will have been numerous people in the area, some of whom may have seen the incident or somebody running off, or have dashcam or CCTV footage to assist,” said Sutcliffe.

“We are determined to find the person responsible and bring them to justice and I want to reassure people that there are extensive enquiries ongoing to establish the circumstances.”

The shooting left roads cordoned off in the area as forensics teams assessed the scene from Kings Street to Lord Street.

An unnamed employee at Harpers Chip Shop said according to the Mirror Online: “There has been a shooting. I am not sure where it is exactly but I heard a massive bang.”

They added: “Then I saw someone running down the street, I have never seen someone run so quickly. It is horrendous. We are having to close now.”

The victim suffered a non- life-threatening head injury while a bus driver also suffered a minor injury in the shooting on the road that was busy with Christmas shoppers. Both of the injured people were taken to hospital for treatment.

Davido Ex-manager Becomes Seyi Shay Manager

 
Ten (10) months after parting ways with Davido , Kamal Ajiboye has switched over to Seyi Shay’s camp as her manager.

Early in the year Nigerian pop star, Davido fell out with his manager of 4-years, Kamal Ajiboye.

Sultry singer Seyi Shay used to be managed by her long time friend, Maduforo Chidinma fondly called ‘Didi Chiq’ in the industry before they parted ways as well, a couple of months back.

Now, Kamal who doubles as the CEO of Twenty20 Management company, has taken over as the official manager of the ‘right now’ singer, Seyi Shay.

Ajiboye and the singer propitiously held the ‘Seyi Shay’ experience concert at Crossroads, Eko Hotel last week and are both working on an end of year concert for her at Hard Rock Cafe come December 31st.

Ogun Launches Rice To Start Selling For N11,500

The Ogun State Government has launched its locally produced rice, known as Ofada rice, with a market price of N11,500.

While formally unveiling the rice produced and bagged in Ogun at the Asero Market in Abeokuta on Thursday; the state governor, Ibikunle Amosun, said the rice production would boost food supply, reduce dependency on imported ones while the mill would create jobs for farmers in the state.

The rice, named Mitros Rice, packaged in 50kg bags, was produced at Egua land in Yewa South Local Government Area of the state, but the processing and packaging facilities are sited in Asero area of Abeokuta, the state capital.

Mr. Amosun said the rice farmers in Ogun would no longer need to travel far in search of milling facilities.
He lamented that one of the biggest tragedies of the nation was her dependence on food imports to feed the population in spite of the abundant arable land and labour force.

“This has weighed heavily on the nation’s economy as it exerted pressure on foreign reserves and value of the naira with attendant needless outsourcing of agricultural work to distant countries,” Mr. Amosun stated.

“For us in Ogun State, we cannot afford to sit back and watch our people suffer unnecessarily due to food insecurity. The availability of food is synonymous with the survival of the society as a whole.

“Our past efforts at tackling poverty in all ramifications will amount to nothing if concerted efforts are not taken to ensure food security to people at all income levels. This is why today is a significant day, not just for Ogun State, but for Nigeria as well.

“The MITROS Rice Mill, the first of its kind in Ogun State, will create jobs for our farmers. From now on they will no longer need to travel far and wide in search of milling facilities.”
The governor further said that with the mill, the farmers would not only benefit from high-quality processing of their output, but also enjoy guaranteed off-take.

“This not just about the commissioning of a new processing factory and all its benefits, processing capacity, direct and indirect jobs, economic growth, and so on, it is also about the unveiling of a new narrative for Ofada rice,” he said.

“The new and improved Ofada rice that this mill will produce will not only feed our people, but we are confident that it will generate foreign exchange for us, as a nation.”

The Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria, Godwin Emefiele, lauded Ogun State for the feat and noted that the CBN would give credit facility to farmers at five percent interest as part of Federal Government’s strategies to increase food production and self sustainability in the country.

He pointed out that when farmers were assisted with credit facilities at one digit interest rate, Nigeria would be able to provide food for the people, jobs for the youths, conserve foreign exchange and grow the economy.

“A country that does not take agriculture seriously is naturally an unserious country,” said Mr. Emefiele. “I am happy today that under the leadership of President Muhammadu Buhari, we are taking agriculture very seriously and that is the reason we at the Central Bank of Nigeria have made it a responsibility to say we would continue to support any effort and anybody in an attempt to grow our agricultural sector.”

He noted that with the local production of rice, the country would no longer be spending foreign exchange to import agricultural produce. “We would eat what we produce and we would produce what we eat,” the CBN governor said.

The Chairman, Presidential Task Force on Commodities and Agricultural production, Abubakar Bagudu, in his remarks, said Nigeria was capable of producing 50 million tons of rice per annum.

“All the 36 states of Nigeria have the capability of producing rice even of course the FCT. With rice, I believe we can achieve what we have achieved even with a commodity like crude oil, because around the world, about 600 million metric tons of rice is produced every year, and Nigeria, we are still producing a little less than 10 million,” he said.

“Our land size estimated by the Rice Farmers Association indicated that there are about 12 million rice farmers. This suggests that even if an average yield per farmer is the modest 5 tons, we should be producing 50 million tons, not under 10 million tons we are currently producing.”
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Buhari Orders Audit Of 400 Niger Delta Project

President Muhammadu Buhari has ordered a technical audit of 400 projects that were awarded between 2009 to 2015 by the Ministry of Niger Delta Affairs.

The audit is to ensure that there is value for the over N450 billion so far released for the projects in the nine oil producing states.

This announcement was made by the Minister of Niger Delta Affairs, Usani Uguru Usani, at a news conference in Abuja, where activities of the ministry in the past two years were also reviewed.

He explained that the audit report would provide firsthand information on the over 400 projects as well as convince the president to approve the supervision of the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) by the Ministry to avoid duplication of duties, adding that it was regrettable that the percentage of job done on the projects stood at only 12 per cent.

However, the Minister did not give details of the actions the government would take against contractors who collected various sums of money but failed to deliver.

“The Ministry may not have got it right at inception in terms of pursuing the agenda of government of transforming the region, we are nonetheless committed to changing the narratives by addressing the core needs of the people,” he said.

The minister also listed strides made by his ministry.

He said that about 214 women and youth from the nine states of the Niger/Delta were trained in Ibadan, Oyo state in fisheries, poultry and Information Communication Technology between 2016 and 2017 and also empowered with N300,000 to N500,000 as start-up capital for business.

He said one million non-militant youth and women have been trained in various fields of human endeavours, while seven cassava processing plants were being established in the region to make life easy for the citizens.

He added that the ministry had facilitated the required 30 per cent counterpart funding to access European Union (EU) N2.4 billion grant for a water project in Bayelsa, Delta, Edo, Rivers and Akwa Ibom under the Niger/Delta Support Programme.

Mr. Usani said that 130 youth were earlier trained in Isreal in poultry, aquaculture and crop production and were given N1 millioneach to begin a life of productivity, stating that the funds were disbursed through the Bank of Agriculture and the Nigerian Agriculture Insurance Corporation.

He said the skill acqisition centre in Otuoke had been completed and handed over to the Federal University, Otuoke to manage while housing estates in the Niger Delta states were undergoing construction.

Truck Operated By NAHCO Rams Into Air Peace Aircraft At Murtala Muhammed Airport

A truck operated by the Nigerian Aviation Handling Company (NAHCO) on Thursday rammed into an aircraft belonging to Air Peace at the Murtala Muhammed Airport, Lagos, disrupting its flight operations.

Air Peace confirmed the development in a statement signed by its Communications Manager, Mr Chris Iwarah, in Lagos.

Iwarah said that the incident occurred in the morning during loading of passengers’ luggage into the cargo hold of the aircraft.

He said that the door of the rear cargo hold of the aircraft was impacted and damaged in the incident.

According to him, the aircraft was declared unbelievable while the Uyo-bound passengers were rescheduled to fly later in the day.

He said: “ Air Peace deeply regretted the disruption of its Lagos-Uyo service and the delay the incident caused its passengers. ’’

Iwarah said that the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN), Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) and the Accident Investigation Bureau (AIB) were already investigating the incident.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that a truck belonging to Skyway Aviation Handling Company (SAHCOL) had also hit and damaged an aircraft belonging to Air Peace at Benin Airport.

Nigerian Businessman Accuse Nigeria Customs Of Bribery And Corruption

A Delta state-based businessman has accused officials of the Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) of bribery and corruption.

Johnny Esike said the officials stationed at Ekiadolor axis of Benin-Ore Expressway impounded a gas tank he imported into the country.

Esike, the managing director of Sykes Energiprojects Limited said, the officials demanded N500,000 as bribe for the release of his gas tank.

He said: “When I demanded to know why the tank was seized, they told us that the tank was undervalued in Lagos and they were now demanding N500,000 as bribe to release it to us. I refuse to part with that kind of money and they have been holding the tank since last week.”

He also said he had cleared the gas tank measuring 45 cubic meter capacity and was transporting it to Ughelli, Delta state from Lagos when the customs operatives impounded it.

Confirming the claims by the business, an NCS official who spoke on the condition of anonymity said the tank was impounded.

The official however denied claims that the operatives of NCS demanded bribe from the businessman.

“It is totally false. But you can contact the Owerri head office for more clarifications on the tank. He (businessman) needs to go and pay for the proper valuation of the tank,"
the official said.

It wqs earlier reported that Boko Haram terrorists attacks in the north eastern part of Nigeria has left 26 customs officers dead.

The officers were reportedly killed by the insurgents who operated in the borders of the country.

The economic borders in the northeastern region have also been closed, with only one functioning optimally.

Two Pastors Fight Over Offering In Ghana

Two so-called men of God turned a Ghanaian Kumasi Central Market in the Ashanti region into a boxing ring as fight broke out between them over offertory.

The two pastors, Evangelist Samuel Kwame Boateng and Evangelist Kwame Poku were seen throwing abuses on each other until it resulted into fighting.

Reports gathered from a reported from Adehye FM, Elisha Adarkwah, who visited the scene supposed that a trader in the market explained that it was due the current Christmas season when they are suppose to make more money.

One of the pastors, Samuel Kwame Boateng, at the finish of the fight claimed that his colleague had threatened to beat him up and was always abusing him.

He further explained that he followed the advise of a market woman to beat his colleague up in order to scare him away.


Man Rapes Daughter Of A Beggar In Lagos State

A man identified as Tosin Kayode has been dragged to court for allegedly defiling a minor.

The 20-year-old accused, a resident of Railway Line in Agege was charged on Monday for defiling a 5-year-old daughter of a beggar near his residence on the 10th of December 2017.

Kayode was caught in the act by a passerby who raised an alarm before he was arrested and taken to a police station in the area.

The accused who pleaded not guilty to the charge of defilement is to return to court on the 15th of January 2018 for hearing.

Nigeria Customs Record N1 trillion As Revenue Collected In 2017-Highest Ever

The Nigeria Customs Service, NCS, has recorded its highest revenue collection ever of over N1 trillion as against N770 billion target set for 2017.

The NCS Public Relations Officer, Joseph Attah, announced this at a news conference in Abuja on Thursday.

According to him, the revenue realised this year is a historic figure ever made in the NCS.
“NCS has recorded the highest revenue collection ever of N1,012,259,006,779.74 with five more working days to the end of 2017.

“This spectacular performance in revenue collection shows N241,685,276,289.74 over the N770,573,730,490 target for the year and well above the N898,673,857,431.07 collected in 2016.

“(This is) Despite the economic recession experienced earlier in the year, with low volume of imports and restriction placed on 41 items from accessing Forex.

“The Comptroller-General of Customs (CGC), retired Col. Hameed Ali, undertook some strategic measures in terms of restructuring and repositioning the service for efficient service delivery which resulted in this historic revenue figure from the service this year,” Attah said.

He said that for the CGC to achieve this feat, took some measures like strategic redeployment of officers, restraining of the operatives of Customs Intelligence Unit were done, among others.

Mr. Attah said that the NCS strived to deliver, adding that sometimes even at the risk of sustaining serious injuries or even death.

“Sadly in the process of enforcing the laws, six officers fell in the line of duty this year,’’ the spokesman said.

He said that the Customs boss had directed sustained onslaught against smugglers, especially at this festive period.

Mr. Attah, however, said that in the spirit of the season, all stakeholders were enjoined to reflect on the value of patriotism and resolved to avoid all forms of smuggling.

“It is clear that given the right leadership and better support from Nigerians, NCS will continue to play a more pivotal role in the security and economic well-being of the nation,” he said.

NNPC Blame Marketers For Fuel Scarcity In Nigeria

The Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, NNPC, has blamed the current petroleum scarcity in the country on marketers of the product.

The Group Managing Director of the company, Maikanti Baru, in a statement by Ndu Ughamadu, the NNPC spokesman, also said part of the problem was the rumours about purported planned increase in the pump price of petrol.

He stated that some marketers, in their quest to cash in on the situation, suddenly started hoarding products.

“But we swiftly swung into action by doubling our supply nationwide. At the time the rumour started, we had about 30-day sufficiency.

“The normal daily supply to the nation is 700 trucks, equalling about 27-30 million litres per day,’’ Mr. Baru said.

He assured that the corporation had doubled its daily supply of petrol, from daily 700 trucks (about 27 million – 30 million) litres per day supply to 80 million litres since the current hiccup in the supply chain was noticed a few days back.

He further assured Nigerians that the NNPC had enough products sufficiency that would last up to 30 days.

Mr. Baru, who expressed joy at PENGASSAN’s call-off of its planned strike, urged motorists not to engage in panic buying as the corporation had more than enough products for domestic consumption.

Assuring that the fuel situation would fizzle out this week, Baru warned marketers against hoarding, stressing that any filling station found wanting in this regard would lose its entire products to motorists.

He commended NNPC’s sister agencies, the Department of Petroleum Resources and Petroleum Products Pricing Regulatory Agency, for their support in helping NNPC tackle the menace of hoarding by filling stations.

Signing a Memorandum of Understanding between the Corporation and the Benue Government on the Agasha-Guma bio-fuels Projects, Baru said that at least a billion litres petrol-laden cargoes were expected by December.

He said the Bio-fuels Project would provide employment for the teeming youths in the state.

“I believe that Benue has what it takes to lead the country in the bio-fuels industry.

“I hope that your state will soon move from food basket to fuel basket of the nation,” Mr. Baru noted.

The Agasha-Guma bio-fuels project aims at developing Integrated Sugarcane Plantation and Fuel-Ethanol/Sugar/Power Plant Complex in Benue through a Special Purpose Vehicle (SPV).

Ibrahim Magu Is No Longer Regarded As EFCC Chairman-Senate

Mr. Ibrahim Magu is no longer regarded as the Acting Chairman of Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Chairman, Senate Committee on Public Petitions, Ethics and privledges, Senator Samuel Anyanwu has said.

He gave this revelation at a press conference while reacting to questions bothering his Committee.

He explained that there were massive petitions against the EFCC, but they could not invite Mr. Magu because he was no longer seen as the acting Chairman.

“There are petitions against the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission by some Nigerians, but my Committee does not see Ibrahim Magu as the Acting Chairman and that is why he was not invited”, Anyanwu said.

The lawmaker further said his committee would use 2018 budget defense to track down Magu.

“The 2018 budget is here, we will it as instrument against EFCC for defying Senate resolution on Ibrahim Magu”, Anyanwu submitted.

FIDA Air For Free Education For Motherless Children In Nigeria

The International Federation of Women Lawyers (FIDA), Ekiti State Chapter, has canvassed for free education for motherless children in our societies.

FIDA Chairperson in the state, Mrs Adefunke Anoma, made the call in Ado Ekiti at the weekend while speaking during an end of the year party which was organised for motherless children, held at Mosadoluwa Child Care Centre, Basiri, Ado Ekiti.

According to her, “Government should either reduce the cost of education for these children or make it free outright for them to be able to have education which is an important element in their development in life.

“It is not too much for the government to ensure free or reduced cost of education for these motherless and indigent children. The outcome and impact of lack of education for the children on the nation as a whole cannot be easily quantified as it is resonant on security, economy and total national development. I believe it is more cost effective in our collective interest to ensure less-privileged children have education,” Anoma said.

Anoma therefore appealed to government, individuals and corporate organizations to always put the love of the motherless babies on the front-burners at all times.

Earlier, the Chairperson Planning Committee of the party, Mrs Bola Richard-Ajisafe said FIDA Ekiti put up the party to show love to children at the center and to teach the society the need to be make the motherless children feel and know that they are also part of the society.

“We at FIDA are mothers and we feel for the motherless children. So, we have decided to show our love and concern by providing for their needs in our own little way and celebrate the season with them in a bid to make them happy and feel important as part of the society,” she said.

She explained that FIDA chose Mosadoluwa Child Care after visits to many motherless babies homes in the state and saw the urgent need to come to the aid of the home in view of the present pitiable condition of the children at the center.

The female lawyers donated some materials which included clothes, shoes, vegetable oil, rice, beans, gari, yams, noodles, biscuit, Ribena and detergent.

Ronaldo Trains Alone Ahead Of El Clasico With Barcelona Amid Calf Injury

Real Madrid forward Cristiano Ronaldo trained away from the rest of his team-mates on Thursday ahead of Saturday's El Clasico showdown with Barcelona.

The Portugal international appears to be a doubt for the contest at the Santiago Bernabeu, and Los Blancos posted a bulletin stating he "trained alone and without the ball," as relayed by Football Espana .

As noted in the report, Ronaldo is said to have picked up a calf issue last weekend during the Club World Cup final against Gremio.

On Wednesday, Madrid said "Ronaldo trained apart from the rest of the group" but nothing more. Per the report, the Los Blancos talisman was anticipated to start alongside Gareth Bale and Karim Benzema in the clash.

If Ronaldo were to miss the weekend clash, it would add to what has been a frustrating campaign, by his own high standards at least.

While he's performed well in the UEFA Champions League and in the Club World Cup, in La Liga, the forward has netted just four goals in 11 appearances. As noted by Spanish football writer Colin Millar, he's still been prolific overall:

Cristiano Ronaldo scores his 16th goal of the season for Real Madrid. Having had a 5-game suspension. Not bad for a player apparently going through bad form.

Madrid fans would have been encouraged by the recent form of Ronaldo. In his last La Liga outing he scored twice against Sevilla, and he netted in both matches at the Club World Cup.

On the brink of such a big game, manager Zinedine Zidane will be aware he can rely on Ronaldo. In recent years, the Portuguese has often risen to the occasion on the grandest stage, whether that be in finals or Clasico fixtures.

Defeat to their biggest rivals would not only sting, it would surely also spell the end of any hopes Madrid have of defending their title, while a draw would still leave Los Blancos with a mountain to climb.

All those donning the white kit on Saturday will feel much more confident of picking up those vital three points if Ronaldo is alongside them on the pitch.

American Coach,Randy Waldrum Rejects Super Falcons Job

American coach Randy Waldrum has rejected the Super Falcons job.

The Nigeria Football Federation had announced the 61-year-old had accepted the offer to manage the national female team and was expected in the country to officially sign the contract.

The NFF’s chiefs will be shocked to learn of unveiling of Waldrum by the University of Pittsburgh Athletic Director Heather Luke as the new women’s soccer coach for the Panthers.

“I would like to thank Heather Luke for giving me this wonderful opportunity to lead the women’s soccer programme at the University of Pittsburgh,” Waldrum said in a Press Statement.

“I believe in the vision and excitement that she has brought to the Pitt athletic department and I look forward to being a part of that vision. I would also like to thank Chris Hoppe, who led this search, as it was truly professional in every way.”

This is not the first time the country would be ridiculed by a foreign coach; it could be recalled Frenchman Paul Le Guen rejected Nigeria after the NFF had announced him as the new handler of the Super Eagles. Coach Gernot Rohr was later contracted as the Manager of the senior men national team.

Warning:Do Not Store Fuel At Home

Alhaji Popoola Ogundoyin, the Group Chairman, Osun State Independent Petroleum Marketers of Nigeria (IPMAN), has warned the masses against storing petrol at home.

Ogundoyin gave the warning during an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Thursday in Ile-Ife.

He said that though citizens were encountering scarcity and hike in prices of petroleum products, but people should not because of that buy petrol in jerry cans and store at home.

According to him, lives and properties worth millions of naira have got burnt in the past when people indulged in storing petrol at home during scarcity.

He, therefore, urged all and sundry to desist from the act because of its adverse effect.

Adedoyin also appealed to the Federal Government to ensure that there was enough supply of petroleum products for Nigerians to buy.

He said this would part of the dividends of democracy the government promised the electorate during campaign.

According to him, the electorate that voted politicians into power should not regret that they discharged their civic responsibilities as and when due.

“By now, Nigeria’s refineries ought to be able to produce enough refined crude oil for internal consumptions rather than for the country to still be depending on importation from other countries for survival.

“ Unless we stopped importing petrol; the problem will continue as the only way out for Nigeria is to have enough refineries that can serve all,” he said.

Department Of State Service Rescues Little Child Held For 11 Days By Kidnappers

Operatives of the Department of State Services (DSS) in Kano have rescued a three-year-old boy held hostage by kidnappers for 11 days.

According to the DSS Commander in Kano, Alhassan Muhammad, operatives of the service received a letter from a lawyer detailing the abduction of the boy on December 8 and swung into action.

The family reportedly paid N200,000 as ransom to the abductors on December 11.

The director, who said the kidnappers lived in the same area with the victim, said “the suspects initially asked for a ransom of N20 million before scaling it down.”

He added that “the operatives have recovered part of the cash including a toy gun, knife and masks. The suspects will be taken to court after investigations are concluded.”

The three suspects are Abba Tijani 17, a secondary school student; Jamilu Alhassan, who claimed to be a student at the Bayero University, Kano; and Umar Salisu, 27.

The leader of the kidnap gang, Mr. Salisu, said they decided to engage in crime after frequent watching of foreign films.

Meanwhile, the father of the victim has commended the SSS for rescuing his boy, ”just two days after sending them a letter to that effect.”

We Didn’t Know Whether To Laugh,Cry Or Cuddle After Beating Man Utd

Bristol City players did not know whether to "laugh, cry or cuddle each other" after beating Manchester United in the Carabao Cup quarter-final.

The Championship club won 2-1 at Ashton Gate to set up a semi-final against Manchester City.

Korey Smith's 93rd-minute strike settled the Robins' first meeting with United since 1980.

"It was an unbelievable moment. We want more nights like that," head coach Lee Johnson told BBC Sport.

"With the noise in the stadium and the emotion, the boys didn't know whether to laugh, cry or cuddle each other."

Johnson, 36, ran down the touchline to celebrate Smith's late winner, picking up and hugging a ball boy amid scenes of joy at a sold-out Ashton Gate.

"I didn't know what to do," Johnson added. "I wanted to run and celebrate with the lads but I couldn't do that. He (the ball boy) was the only one there.

"It was great to see him because I needed to celebrate with somebody and it just so happened it was the ball boy."

Victory was Johnson's side's fifth in a row in all competitions and their fourth against Premier League opposition in this season's EFL Cup.

Before the last-gasp drama, goalkeeper Luke Steele's saves had kept the scoreline at 1-1 after Zlatan Ibrahimovic's equaliser for United had cancelled out Joe Bryan's stunning opener.

Bristol-born left-back Joe Bryan was hailed as a "Champions League player" by Johnson after his display in Wednesday's win.

A product of the Robins' youth academy, Bryan shone in the club's highest-profile match since the 2008 Championship play-off final.

The 24-year-old - who can also play at left midfield or wing-back - opened the scoring with a powerful drive in to the top corner after a slick team move that he started with a clever touch.

"Joe Bryan is a Champions League player, without question," Johnson told BBC Radio Bristol.

The former Barnsley boss continued: "I can honestly say Joe's done that 20 times in the past four or five days in training.

"Showing the technique to keep a straight core, tighten that straight back and just keep his head still and fire through it, he's a top player."

Former Bristol City and Sunderland midfielder Gary Owers, co-commentating for BBC Radio Bristol, added: "That was a world-class performance from a local boy who has come through the academy."

Johnson's side will face unbeaten top-flight leaders Manchester City in the last four in the week beginning 8 January, before the second leg at Ashton Gate two weeks later.

Burkina Faso Hails Buhari Over Fight Against Corruption

The Republic of Burkina Faso yesterday commended President Muhammadu Buhari on the “tangible” success he has recorded against the terrorist group, Boko Haram and on war against corruption.

The Burkina Faso Ambassador to Nigeria, Mr. Piabie Firmin N’do, made the commendation at the commemoration of the 57th anniversary of the independence of his country.

“I am particularly pleased by the tangible results achieved by HE Mr. Buhari in the fight against corruption, Boko Haram and organized crime”, he stated in his opening speech.

President Buhari was represented at the event by Foreign Affairs Minister, Mr. Geoffrey Onyeama, with former deputy governor of Plateau State, Mrs. Pauline Tallen, top ministry officials and a host of envoys in attendance.

The Ambassador also recounted the efforts of his country against a litany of challenges since they secured independence from France, 57 years ago.

“This hard-won independence, shows the tenacity of the Burkinabe people against all forms of oppression and injustice”, he said.

According to him, “The government of Burkina Faso, is working to consolidate democracy and deepen the rule of law by fostering citizenship responsibility and strengthening social cohesion. Therefore, this year, the commemoration of the national day is placed under the theme: “Cultural diversity and responsible citizenship for a cohesive and harmonious Burkina Faso”.

He expressed appreciation over the relationship between both West African countries, as he appreciated the support of Nigeria for Burkina Faso’s Electoral Commission.

“There is exemplary cooperation between the two countries: the two Heads of State regularly consult on matters of common interest”, he stated.

He also urged the country to strengthen its ties with his country in areas of the economy, culture and security.

Fans To Be Awarded 50 GOtv Decoder As Falz,Simi,Small Doctor And Others Perform Live On Gotv Boxing Night 13

Fans coming to watch boxing action and musical performances at GOtv Boxing Night 13 have the opportunity of going home with 50 GOtv decoders at the event holding on 26 December at Landmark Centre, Victoria Island Lagos.

The decoders will be won through raffle draws to be held in between fights at the event, which will feature musical performances by Small Doctor, Simi, Reekado Banks and Falz The Bahd Guy. According to Flykite Productions, organisers of the event, the decoders are to be given out by the sponsors, GOtv, in appreciation of fans’ support for the event since it began three years ago. Seven fights, including two African Boxing Union (ABU) title duels and a West African Boxing Union (WABU) title fights are scheduled.

The headline bout will see Nigeria’s Oto “Joe Boy” Joseph attempt to win the vacant ABU lightweight title when he fights Abdulrahim Ahmed of Egypt.

Joseph’s compatriot, Olaide “Fijaborn” Fijabi will fight for the ABU light welterweight title against Shadrack “Punch to Punch” Kobero of Tanzania. Abolaji “Afonja Warrior” Rasheed, incumbent WABU middleweight champion, will defend his title against Arye Ayiiteh of Ghana.

Also in the light welterweight category, Rilwan “Baby Face” Babatunde will fight for the national title against Chijioke “Painless” Ngige. Three challenge contests are equally scheduled with Jimoh “Hogan Jimoh” Jr.” Lukman taking on Rilwan “Scorpion” Opatola, while Rilwan “Real One” Oladosu takes on Kazeem “Ijoba” Badmus. The middleweight division will see the clash between Matthew “Wizeman” Obinna and David “Cosmos” Awosika. The best boxer of the evening will win N2.5million and the Mojisola Ogunsanya Memorial Trophy. Runners-up will win N1million and N500, 000 respectively. Tickets for the show are available online at ariiyatickets.com, SLOT and Ebeano Supermarket outlets, Freedom Park and National Stadium. There will be buses to move ticket-holding fans free of charge from the National Stadium to the event venue and back to the stadium after the show

Labour Blast DISCO And GENCO Over Lack Of Working Tools

Workers in the nation’s Power sector, have berated the Electricity Distribution Companies, DISCOs, Generation Companies, GENCOs, for perceived refusal to provide working tools and other materials since the privatisation of the power sector four years ago.

This came as Labour decried the spate of arbitrary disengagements of electricity workers by companies in the Power Sector in the last four years.

On the platform of National Union of Electricity Employees, NUEE, labour in a communiqué at the end of its National Executive Council, NEC, meeting in Lagos, said “The NEC-in-Session condemn the poor attitude of Management of DISCO towards provision of working materials to their workers, hence they should stop sanctioning the workers for poor performance.

NEC-in-Session condemned the deliberate spate of frustration of Union activities by various management(s) of the Power Sector. NEC-in-Session condemned the nonchalant attitude of management(s) in the Power Sector towards provision of health and safety apparatus for the purpose of providing safe working environment and to urge the related agencies to direct the various Managements in the Sector to pay attention in order to reduce the incessant rates of avoidable accidents.

The NEC-in-Session congratulated the Companies who negotiated and signed Procedural agreement and Conditions of Services with the Union and called on others with anti workers posture to reconsiders their steps and promote decent work OR be ready to face the wrath of the Labour.

The NEC-in-Session lamented that four years after privatization, almost 1000 disengaged staff have not been paid their Severance entitlement; which has led to the untimely death of some of them.

Two Nigerian Students Sentenced To Death Over Drug Trafficking In Malaysia

Two Nigerian college students were handed the death sentence, yesterday, by the Shah Alam High Court, after they were found guilty of trafficking 3.5 kilogrammes of methamphetamine on September 2nd, 2014.

Judge Datuk Abdul Halim Aman made the ruling after finding the prosecution had proven a prima facie case against both the accused.
Mustafa Azmir and Jude Nnamdi Achonye, aged 28 and 30, were accused of trafficking the drug at an apartment after they accepted several boxes containing the drug, delivered by a courier company at the apartment in Petaling Jaya.
The duo, who studied at a private college in Kuala Lumpur. The offense under the Dangerous Drugs Act provides a mandatory death penalty upon conviction.

Facebook To Notify Users When Photo Of Them Are Uploaded On Facebook

Facebook said on Tuesday it would begin using facial recognition technology to tell people on the social network when others upload photos of them if they agree to let the company keep a facial template on file.

The company said in a statement that it was making the feature optional to allow people to protect their privacy, but that it thought some people would want to be notified of pictures they might not otherwise know about.

The feature would not immediately be available in Canada and the European Union, Facebook said. Privacy laws are generally stricter in those jurisdictions, though the company said it was hopeful about implementing the feature there in the future.

Tech companies are putting in place a variety of functions using facial recognition technology, despite fears about how the facial data could be used. In September, Apple revealed that users of its new iPhone X would be able to unlock the device using their face.

Facial recognition technology has been a part of Facebook since at least 2010, when the social network began offering suggestions for whom to tag in a photo. That feature also is optional.

For those who have opted in, Facebook creates what it calls a template of a person’s face by analyzing pixels from photos where the person is already tagged. It then compares newly uploaded images to the template.

Facebook deletes the template of anyone who then opts out, Rob Sherman, Facebook’s deputy chief privacy officer, said in a statement.

Under the new feature, people who have opted in would get a notification from Facebook if a photo of them has been uploaded, although only if the photo is one they have access to.

The company plans to add an “on/off” switch to allow users to control all Facebook features related to facial recognition, Sherman said. “We thought it was important to have a really straightforward way of controlling facial recognition technology,” he said.

Facebook said it also plans to use facial recognition technology to notify users if someone else uploads a photo of them as their profile picture, which the company said may help reduce impersonations, as well as in software that describes photos in words for people who have vision loss, so that they can tell who is in a photo.

Man Slits Girlfriend Throat For Using Contribution Money

Ibrahim Useni who allegedly slit the throat of his girlfriend, Jenifer Odiase, was on Wednesday brought before an Ebute Meta Chief Magistrates’ Court in Lagos.

The presiding Magistrate, Mrs A.S. Okubule, ordered the remand of the accused at the Ikoyi Prisons pending an outcome of legal advice from the State Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP).

The accused, a water vendor popularly known as “mai ruwa”, whose plea was not taken was arraigned at the court on a murder charge.

Earlier, Insp. Chinalu Uwadione, the police prosecutor, told the court that the accused committed the offence on Nov. 25 at about 2 p.m, at Harry Hotel, Badagry Expressway.

He alleged that the accused used a knife to slit the throat of his girlfriend because the deceased had spent the daily contribution which he kept in her care.

“The accused had asked the deceased to hand over the daily contribution from the sales he made from fetching and selling water he kept in her care but the deceased could not and in anger, Useni brought out a knife and slits her throat,” the prosecutor said.

The offence contravened Section 222 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, 2015.

The law stipulates a death sentence for convicts.

Okubule ordered that the accused be kept behind bars.

She adjourned the case till Jan. 19, 2018, pending receipt of the legal advice.