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Power Uti arraigned before court for murder

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Popular Nigeria wrestler,  John Uti, aka Power Uti, has been arraigned before an Ebute-Meta Magistrate’s Court for allegedly killing and locking up his wife’s corpse at their residence on Oremeji Street, in the Ilupeju area of Lagos State.

Uti is been arraigned on two counts of murder and disrespect for a corpse, which the police said were punishable under sections 165 and 223 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, Nigeria, 2011.

The charges read in part, “That you, John Uti, on October 10, 2017, at about 10am on Oremeji Street, Ilupeju, Lagos, in the Lagos Magisterial District, did disrespect the corpse of one Toyin Uti, by abandoning it to decompose in the room, thereby committing an offence contrary to Section 165 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, Nigeria, 2011.”

The police prosecutor, Sergeant Jimah Iseghede, brought an application for remand of the defendant, saying the case should be transferred to the Directorate of Public Prosecutions for legal advice.

However, the defence counsel opposed the application, urging the court to dismiss the charge of murder for lack of evidence.

The magistrate, Mrs. Bola Folarin-Williams, who had earlier perused the case file, called the Investigating Police Officer from the Homicide Section, State Criminal Investigation and Intelligence Department, to give the facts of the case.

The IPO said the case was transferred to the SCIID from the Ilupeju Police Division, adding that the family of the deceased were the complainant in the case.

He said, “On October 9, 2017, the wife of John Uti, one Toyin Uti, complained of headache and on October 10, she died. She was certified dead by a doctor at the Gbagada General Hospital.

“The husband took the corpse back home and left for Canaanland to see his pastor. He came back the following day and the corpse was eventually taken to the Isolo General Hospital mortuary. However, the corpse had started decomposing. The deceased family members alleged that he killed their sister.”

The magistrate said there was nothing in the statements of the defendant and witnesses to suggest that the defendant killed his 38-year-old wife.

The IPO later revealed that an autopsy report on the death showed that the deceased died from acute cardiac failure and hypertensive heart disease.

Folarin-Williams quashed the remand application brought by the prosecutor and admitted Uti to bail in the sum of N500,000 with two responsible sureties in like sum, adding that they must be blood relations of the defendant.

She asked that the case file should be duplicated and a copy forwarded to the DPP for legal advice.

The case was adjourned till November 15.

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Petrol Subsidy Not Completely Gone, Says Minister

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Petrol Subsidy Not Completely Gone, Says Minister

Timipre Slyva

Minister of State for Petroleum Resources, Timipre Sylva has stated that contrary to popular belief, the federal government has not completely removed petrol subsidy.

Speaking on Channels’ Politics Today, the minister said: “We are still trying to manage this bumpy start. We have not been able to get to that 100 percent removal of subsidy from the foreign exchange end.

“If we were to take it out completely and allow people to access foreign exchange from the parallel market and allow people to import the product, the price of the pump will even be more.

Also Read: Petrol Price Will Increase When Oil Goes Up – Sylva

“The Federal Government, knowing the impact it will have on the people, decided that they are still going to manage this situation.”

Speaking on the importation of petrol from Niger, the Minister expressed that the importation of fuel from the Niger Republic is not something Nigerians should be embarrassed about.

He expressed that Nigerians should be proud that the Federal Government is set to resume the importation of petroleum products from its neighbour.

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‘Your Report On Lekki Capable Of Setting Nigeria On Fire’ — Lai Writes CNN

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JustLai MohammedMinister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed has expressed that the CNN report on the Lekki Tollgate shooting of October 20 2020 is capable of setting the country on fire.

Recall that CNN had published an investigative report titled, ‘How a bloody night of bullets and brutality quashed a young protest movement in Nigeria,’ claiming soldiers fired live ammunition directly at protesters at the Lekki toll gate.

But Nigeria’s Minister for Information denied the report of the US-based cable television, calling for a sanction on CNN over the report, adding that the report on the Lekki tollgate incident was highly irresponsible.

Also Read: Lai Mohammed Condemns CNN Investigation On Lekki Shooting

Reacting in another story titled, ‘Nigeria threatens CNN with sanctions but provides no evidence Lekki toll gate investigation is inaccurate’, CNN maintained that it stood by its earlier report on the Lekki tollgate incident.

In a petition dated November 23 and addressed to Mr. Jonathan Hawkins VP, Communications, CNN Centre Atlanta, Georgia U.S, the federal government demanded “an immediate and exhaustive investigation into its report on the Lekki Toll Gate incident to determine its authenticity and conformity to basic standards of journalism.”

Lai Mohammed, who signed the petition, said if the US-based media organisation failed to carry out its demand, the Nigerian government will “take any action within its laws’’ to prevent CNN from aggravating the End SARS crisis.

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Amaechi Apologises For Abuja-Kaduna Train Breakdown

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Amaechi Apologises For Abuja-Kaduna Train Breakdown

Rotimi Amaechi

Minister of Transportation, Rotimi Amaechi, has apologised to Nigerians for the breakdown at the Abuja-Kaduna railway which occurred between November 18 and November 20.

The former Governor of Rivers State stated this at the Moniya rail station on Monday while inspecting the ongoing rail project in Ibadan.

Amaechi pointed out that the Chinese have been called to attend to the problem as the federal government does not expect any mechanical fault at this early stage.

Also Read: $656m Needed To Complete Lagos-Ibadan Railway – Amaechi

Ameachi said, “I want to apologise to Nigerians over what happened at the Abuja-Kaduna rail station.”

“We now have new locomotives, and we’ve called the Chinese because we never expected the mechanical fault at this early stage.”

“On behalf of the Federal Government, the ministry and the Nigerian Railway Corporation (NRC), we apologise to Nigerians, and I’ve instructed the NRC to fix it or invite the Chinese.”

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