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Three In Court For Impersonating UN Officials

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The Police on Friday arraigned three suspects at a Wuse Zone 2 Senior Magistrates’ Court, Abuja for falsely presenting themselves as UN officials.

The police prosecutor, ASP Falode Olutope, told the court that the accused persons were reported at the Force Criminal Investigative Department by members of the public on Dec. 22.

He gave the names of the accused persons as Lemmy Odogwu, Abraham Michael and Innocent Prosper.

According to the prosecutor, the accused conspired among themselves and sold recruitment forms with UN logo for N5,000 each to unsuspecting members of public.

Olutope said that their intention was to defraud members of the public when they were fully aware that they were not UN staff members.

The prosecutor also told the court that the accused persons were members of a syndicate with network in Lagos, Cross Rivers, Imo, Ekiti and Abuja.

He said the proceeds they made from the recruitment scam amounted to N3.5 million.

According to the prosecutor, they committed the offences of joint act, felony, impersonation, theft, cheating by impersonation and breach of trust contrary to sections 79, 179, 286, 321 and 311 of the Penal Code.

The accused persons however denied the allegations.

Mr Obam Ochoja, the counsel to the first and third accused persons, applied for his clients’ bail.
He argued that they were still innocent until proven guilty by the court, citing sections 35(1) and 36(5) of the 1999 Constitution.

He also prayed the court to consider Section 341(2) of the Criminal Procedure Code (CPC) to grant the accused bail.

The counsel to the second accused, Mr Gabriel Egbule and Boniface Udeh, also applied for bail for their client.

However, the prosecutor, who urged the court to deny the bail applications, explained that granting them bail would jeopardise ongoing investigation.

Senior Magistrate Anthony Ogboi granted them bail in the sum of N2 million with two sureties each who must be resident within the court’s jurisdiction.

Ogboi said the sureties must also have properties in the Federal Capital Territory and must submit their passport photographs along with those of the accused with the court registry.

He adjourned the case to Feb. 3 for commencement of hearing. [NAN]

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Nigeria’s Communications Minister, Isa Pantami, Loses 13-year-old Daughter

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Nigeria's Communications Minister, Isa Pantami, Loses 13-year-old Daughter

Communications minister, Isa Pantami

Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Isa Ali Pantami, has announced the loss of his 13-year-old daughter, Aishah Isa Ali.

The Minister took to his Twitter account on Monday night to announce this sad news.

Pantami stated that the funeral prayer for the deceased will be conducted in Abuja on Tuesday at Annur Masjeed, Wuse 2.

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The post by the minister announcing the incident reads; “Inna lil Laahi wa inna ilaiHi Rajiun! My 13-year old daughter, Aishah Isa Ali (Amal) passed away just a moment ago.

“Due to some necessities, funeral prayer tomorrow at Annur Masjeed, Wuse 2, immediately after Zuhr prayer In sha Allah. May Allah forgive and be merciful to her.”

 

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Cult Violence: Wike Imposes Two-Week Curfew Around Okoro-Nu-Odu

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Cult Violence: Wike Imposes Two-Week Curfew Around Okoro-Nu-Odu

Governor Wike

Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers State has imposed a 24-hour total curfew for two weeks on some parts of Port-Harcourt, the state capital.

The Governor made this known during a broadcast on Sunday where he noted that the curfew begins from Monday 23rd November 2020.

The statement noted that the upsurge noticed by the state government in cases of cult activities, other forms of violence, and killings is responsible for the curfew.

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Wike in the statement declared that the entire area along and around the Okoro-nodu flyover up to a one-kilometre radius from Saint Emmanuel Anglican Church, Rumuokoro, extending to the Rumuodomaya Slaughter and Local Government daily market will be affected.

He added that no form of trading, human or vehicular movement is allowed in the affected areas until further notice.

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Zamfara Governor Secures Release Of 11 Kidnapped Victims

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Zamfara Governor Secures Release Of 11 Kidnapped Victims

Bello Matawalle

Governor of Zamafara, Bello Matawalle has announced the release of 11 kidnapped victims.

According to reports, ten of the victims were male and a female from Bukkuyum Local Government Area.

Matawalle received the rescued kidnapped victims on Saturday night at the Government House in Gusau, the state capital.

The Commissioner of Security and Home Affairs, Abubakar Muhammed Dauran revealed that the victims were released without paying a ransom.

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He stated they were released as a result of the peace initiative and stakeholders meeting summoned by Governor Matawalle with all critical stakeholders from Bukkuyum Local Government Area on Thursday.

Governor Matawalle assured that his administration will not rest on its oars until total peace is achieved in all parts of the state.

 

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