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Mechanic nabbed for stealing Policeman’s car



A mechanic, identified as Joshua Simeon, has confessed to stealing a Toyota Carina 2, with registration number AP 270 ZAR belonging to a police officer, to enable him to pay his children’s school fees.

The suspect, who was arrested by a police team from Maitumbi Division in Minna, explained that he wanted to sell the car at a give-away price to enable him to settle the school fees of his four children in primary and secondary schools.

It was learnt that the owner of the car, Surajo Garba, was asleep when the suspect made away with his car.

Northern City News gathered that Simeon had been involved in theft of vehicles for some time until he was apprehended.

Our correspondent also gathered that the suspect, who got married 15 years ago, had a master key with which he opened car doors and stole them.

“I don’t know what I am going to tell my wife and my children, I am ruined, my marriage is in trouble. I hope they will find a place in their hearts to forgive me,” he said.

The command’s Public Relations Officer, Muhammad Abubakar, narrated to our correspondent on Sunday that the suspect was arrested behind Maitumbi Primary School, Minna along Flamingo Bridge.

Abubakar said the suspect would be arraigned in court after investigation.

Meanwhile, the Niger police also arrested two suspected motorcycle thieves — Sani Magaji, 17, of Suleja in the Suleja Local Government Area and one Illiyasu Ibrahim 35, of the Bwari Area Council, Abuja.

Abubakar told Northern City News on Sunday, that the suspects allegedly stole a Bajaj Boxer motorcycle with registration number, QB 006 AJK, belonging to one Ibrahim Ahmadu.

He described the two suspects as ‘comrades in crime’, saying they would be charged to court after investigation.

Abubakar said the police were working round the clock to ensure that residents’ lives and property were protected “so that the people will go about their normal business without fear.”

Source: ( Punch Newspaper )

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Akeredolu: There’s A Serious Security Crisis In Ondo



Akeredolu: There’s A Serious Security Crisis In Ondo

Governor Akeredolu

Governor Rotimi Akeredolu of Ondo State has expressed that there is a serious security crisis in Ondo State.

He made this remark while lamenting the murder of a monarch in the state, Olufon of Ifon in Ose local government, Oba Isreal Adeusi, who was killed by suspected kidnappers.

In a statement issued by the Commissioner for Information and Orientation, Donald Ojogo, Akeredolu described the incident as a sad one for the State.

Also Read: Unknown Gunmen Kill Ondo Traditional Ruler, Olufon Of Ifon

The governor described the act as a heinous crime that is too heavy and unbearable.

He said he has directed security agencies, especially the Nigeria Police, to fish out the perpetrators of the crime.

Akeredolu also vowed to do all he can to unravel those behind the act and make them face the full wrath of the law.

He advised that caution should be exercised from making public reference in statements or utterances in respect of the “great loss.”


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Nigeria’s Economy May Emerge From Recession In 2021 Q1, Says Emefiele



 Nigeria’s Economy May Emerge From Recession In 2021 Q1, Says Emefiele

CBN Governor – Godwin Emefiele

The Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) has predicted that the nation’s economy may emerge from recession in the first quarter of 2021.

Recall that some days ago, Nigeria entered into recession for the second time since 2016.

CBN Governor, Godwin Emefiele, made the prediction on Friday during the 55th annual Bankers Dinner which held in Lagos.

He expressed that the expected economic growth was two per cent.

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

Emefiele said, “With the sustained implementation of our intervention measures, we do expect that the Nigerian economy could emerge from the recession by the first quarter of 2021.”

“We also expect that growth in 2021 would attain 2.0 per cent. However, downside risks remain, as restoration of full economic activities, particularly in service-related sectors, remains uncertain until a COVID vaccine is produced and made available to millions of people across the world.

“Second, with the significant rise in cases in advanced markets and the imposition of lockdowns in parts of Europe, concerns remain on the impact this could have on growth in advanced economies, commodity prices and the financial markets.”

He also called for measures to “insulate our economy from the impact of these shocks through our diversification efforts, while also working to ensure that we adhere to safety protocols in order to prevent a surge in COVID-19 related cases, as this could further cripple economic activities.

This prediction by the apex bank echoes the projection of the Minister for Finance, Budget and National Planning, Zainab Ahmed, who stated that Nigeria would exit recession in the first quarter of 2021.


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Shehu Sani Reacts To Hisbah’s Call For Scrapping Of Black Friday



Shehu Sani Reacts To Hisbah's Call For Scrapping Of Black Friday

Shehu Sani

Former lawmaker, Senator Shehu Sani has reacted to the call for the scrapping of the popular ‘Black Friday’sales by the Kano State Hisbah Board.

Recall that earlier on Friday, the board asked a radio station, demanding that it stops using the word “Black Friday” to refer to Friday.

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The board explained that since Friday is regarded as a holy day in Islam, tagging it “Black Friday” is derogatory and a thus, should not be condoned.

Reacting to the statement, the former lawmaker from Kaduna described the threat by the Hisbah board as ‘nonsensical.”

He wrote:

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