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Suspected Fraudster dies while trying to escape from Policemen



A 24 year-old suspected fraudster identified as Michael, aka Aboy LifeofGinjah, was confirmed dead after he was injured by a spike beside the swimming pool of a hotel in the Ikotun area of Lagos State while trying to escape from Policemen.

PUNCH Metro learnt that some policemen attached to the Anti-Kidnapping Unit of the State Criminal Investigation and Intelligence Department, Yaba, had invaded Oyins Holiday Inns on Friday.

The men, who were said to be on illegal duty, were reported to have accosted the victim and ordered him to open his phone for a check.

The victim, who was said to be afraid of being extorted by the policemen, reportedly fled the scene.

As he tried to scale the swimming pool, a spike around the pool reportedly hooked him.

Some of his friends were said to have rushed him to a private hospital in the area from where he was referred to a general hospital. He was confirmed dead at the public hospital.

Some of his angry friends and lodgers at the hotel were said to have protested the incident, accusing the policemen of being responsible for the death.

A witness, who did not want to be identified, said the Area Commander, Area M Police Command, later sued for peace and promised to investigate the incident.

The witness said, “Around 8pm on Friday, some armed policemen from Yaba, who wore the Anti-Kidnapping police vest, entered the hotel and started harassing everybody.

“When they saw the boy, they asked to check his phone. He was not a criminal, but because he knew what SARS were up to, he wanted to run away.

“The hotel has a pool surrounded by spikes. He was trying to scale the spikes when he fell on one of them, which entered into his stomach. His friends took him to a private hospital at the back of the hotel.

“The hospital referred him to the general hospital. However, he died on the way and was confirmed dead at the hospital.”

 He said the management of the hotel alerted the Area M Commander, who addressed the victim’s friends and called for calm.

PUNCH Metro gathered that Michael was the first of four children and was his parents’ only son.

One of Michael’s friends, who identified himself simply as Oluwabiola, said he was buried on Ibijoke Oke Street, Liasu Road on Sunday.

The state Police Public Relations Officer, Olarinde Famous-Cole, promised to react, but had yet to do so as of press time.

Source: ( Punch Newspaper )

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Senate Committee Screens Yakubu For INEC Chair Today



Senate Committee Screens Yakubu For INEC Chair Today

Mahmood Yakubu

The Senate Committee on the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), will screen Mahmood Yakubu today following his re-appointment as Chairman of the Commission for a second and final term.

The Chairman of the committee, Kabiru Gaya, disclosed this to journalists on Wednesday after the panel submitted the report of the 2021 budget estimates of the commission to the Senate Committee on Appropriation.

The Senate received President Muhammadu Buhari’s letter seeking Yakubu’s confirmation on Tuesday.

Also Read: 2023: Buhari Reappoints Mahmood Yakubu As INEC Chairman

He had on October 27 announced his decision to reappoint the former INEC boss.

The president’s letter was forwarded to the committee on INEC for screening which Senator Gaya said will be carried out expeditiously.

“Precisely the re-nominated Chairman of the Commission, Professor Mahmood Yakubu is to face our committee by 2:00 pm for the required drilling, the outcome of which will determine the report to be submitted to the Senate on Tuesday,” he said.

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No Plan To Review 2021 Spending Estimates: Minister



No Plan To Review 2021 Spending Estimates, Says Ahmed

Finance, Budget and National Planning Minister, Mrs. Zainab Ahmed

Minister of Finance, Budget and National Planning, Zainab Ahmed has expressed that there is no plan to review the spending estimates of the 2021 budget.

She has also allayed the fears of federal civil servants that the country’s entering into recession might stall the salary payments of workers.

She made this known while speaking with journalists after the weekly virtual Federal Executive Council (FEC) meeting in the State House.

Also Read: Nigeria Will Exit Recession By First Quarter Of 2021 – Finance Minister

Ahmed said even the consequential adjustment in the 2020 budget wholly addressed salary matters.

Recall that the proposed 2021 budget is currently being reviewed by members of the National Assembly.

“On the 2021 budget, we are not planning to retrieve the budget or to reverse the budget beyond the work of appropriation that the National Assembly is currently doing in consultation with us,” she said.


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#EndSARS: UK Parliament Does Not Speak For British Govt – FG



#EndSARS: UK Parliament Does Not Speak For British Govt – FG

Geoffrey Onyeama

The federal government of Nigeria has stated that it has reached out to the United Kingdom to explain its side of the story over the #EndSARS crisis.

This follows a petition being considered by the United Kingdom to sanction officials of the Nigerian government over alleged human rights abuses during the #EndSARS protests in the country.

However, Minister of Foreign Affairs, Geoffrey Onyeama, explained to State House Correspondents on Wednesday that Nigeria has reached out to the UK govt.

He explained that FG has presented its own side of the story to the UK govt to aid its deliberations on the matter.

This he stated after the weekly federal executive council (FEC) meeting presided over by President Muhammadu Buhari, noting that a balanced view is important in such matters.

Also Read: #EndSARS Protest: Those who have murdered Nigerians will not benefit from trade or travel to the UK – Lyn Brown

He said: “Yes, we have reached out to the UK government. The meeting that took place were Parliamentarians and they do not speak for the UK government which acts for the United Kingdom and they have also heard the side of the (Nigerian) government regarding everything that has happened.

“So, we have been in touch with them and engaging with them. Of course, as in any democracy, the members of parliament are able to also able to air their views.

“But what is important, is that a balanced picture is made available to them before they take any decision.”

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