Sahara Reporters Latest News Wednesday 9th October 2019

Sahara Reporters Latest News Wednesday 9th October 2019

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Police Confirm Abduction Of Nine Persons In Abuja, Launch Manhunt For Perpetrators

Inspector-General of Police (IGP), Mohammed Adamu

Inspector-General of Police (IGP), Mohammed Adamu

 
The Police Command of the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja, on Tuesday confirmed the kidnap of nine people in Pegi, Kuje Area Council, by some gunmen.
In a statement, spokesperson for the police in Abuja, Anjuguri Manzah, said that they had launched a manhunt for the kidnappers in a view to rescuing the victims.
Armed gunmen in military camouflage had on Monday night seized nine people including a 10-year-old boy in the community. 

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Manzah said, “The Police Command of the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja, wishes to inform the public that it is making concerted effort to rescue the persons kidnapped around Pegi community on Monday at about 2100hrs.
“Though details of the incident is still sketchy, the command is urging members of the public to be calm while the police intensify effort to rescue and reunite victims with members of their families.
“Meanwhile, we call on the public to be security conscious and provide information to the police and other relevant security agencies on any suspicious movement they notice around them.”
 

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Adamawa Records 54 Rape Cases In Three Months

 
Fifty-four rape cases have been recorded in Adamawa State in three months, according to the Coordinator of Rule of Law and Anti-Corruption in the state, Hapsatu Abdullahi.
Making the disclosure in Yola, the capital, on Tuesday during a stakeholders’ engagement on sexual violence, Abdullahi said, “This figure is frightening and unacceptable because you’re talking about 18 cases per month, averagely.
“On Monday, an eight-year-old boy was molested through the anus by a male adult who blamed his action on his past experience with his high school teacher.
“This is unacceptable and must stop.”
Speaking further, Abdullahi said that the statistics was mined from the Sexual Referral Center at the Specialist Hospital in Yola.
She however, disclosed that the Adamawa State Government has introduced a legal framework to check rape escalation, adding that “attempted rape now carries a punishment of 10 years imprisonment while actual rape attracts a punishment of 21 years in prison.”
 

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Nigerian Army Chief Buratai Supports Zamfara-Bandits Peace Negotiations

Lt.-Gen Tukur Buratai

The Chief of Army Staff, Lt-Gen. Tukur Buratai, has reiterated the Nigerian Army’s resolve to support the ongoing peace process between the Zamfara government and bandits.In a statement by the army, Buratai expressed confidence that the state government’s negotiations with the violent bandits would result in peace and stability in Zamfara.According to the statement, Buratai made the remarks when he paid a courtesy visit to the state’s governor, Bello Matawalle.The army chief also used the opportunity to call on bandits to hand over their weapons, otherwise they would face “aggressive and offensive operations” of Nigerian troops.Buratai between Sunday and Monday was in Zamfara on operational visit to the troops in 1 Brigade Area of Responsibility where he interacted with the troops fighting bandits, cattle rustlers, kidnappers, and armed robbers.

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FBI Investigation: Court Jails Ighodalo Five Years For $1 Million Fraud

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission has secured the conviction and sentencing of a Nigerian, Augustine Ighodalo, to five years’ imprisonment for criminal offence bordering on retention of proceeds to the tune of $1,049,251.84 before Justice Sherifat Solebo of the Special Offences Court sitting in Ikeja, Lagos.The convict was arraigned on September 26, 2019, on a three-count charge bordering on “transfer of criminal proceeds to a nominee”, following intelligence received by the commission from the Federal Bureau of Investigation, FBI, a statement by Wilson Uwajren, EFCC’s spokesman, said on Monday in a statement. 

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Nigerian Nwachukwu Brothers Bag Six Years for Cybercrimes Against American Citizens

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission has arraigned two brothers, Solomon and Godspower Nwachukwu before Justice I. U. Bello of the High Court of Federal Capital Territory, sitting in Bwari, Abuja, on separate one-count amended charge, bordering on cybercrime and obtaining money under false pretence.The brothers were arraigned on Monday.Prosecution counsel, Maryam Aminu Ahmed, had prayed the court to amend the charge, dated September 27, 2019.The charge against Godspower said: “That you, Gospower Nwachukwu sometime in April 2016 at Abuja within the jurisdiction of this honourable court fraudulently induced one Matthew Scott, a citizen of the United States of America to deliver $1,900 to you through bitcoin online payment and thereby committed an offence contrary to Section 320 (a) of the Penal Code, Laws of the Federation of Nigeria 1990 (Abuja) and punishable under Section 322 of the same law.”The charge against Solomon stated: “That you, Engr. Nwachukwu Solomon sometime in April 2016 at Abuja within the jurisdiction of this honorable court, fraudulently induced one Janet Allen, a citizen of the United States of America to deliver N230,000 to you via www.linkedin.comand thereby committed an offence contrary to Section 320 (a) of the Penal Code, Laws of the Federation of Nigeria 1990 (Abuja) and punishable under Section 322 of the same law.”The defendants pleaded guilty to the amended charges when read to them.The defence counsel, Abaji Abel did not object to the amended charges but urged the judge to temper justice with mercy as his clients were both remorseful.He pleaded that the defendants being first-time offenders should be given a second chance, especially as they had already forfeited all proceeds of the crime traced to them, including an iPhone X to the federal government, following a plea bargain agreement.Justice Bello sentenced the brothers to three years’ imprisonment each with an option of N1,500,000 fine to be paid to the EFCC for onward return to their victims through the US Embassy, as restitution.“The defendants shall also depose to an affidavit of undertaking to be of good behaviour,” the judge added.

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Kidnappers Killed 30 People In Rivers, Kidnap Kingpin Bobby-Devil Eliminated -Nigerian Police

Nigerian kidnap kingpin, Linus Lebari aka Bobby and Devil, has been killed, say Nigerian police.According to the police, Lebari, whose gang after collecting ransoms had killed at least 30 people in two Rivers local governments, Khana and Gokana, was shot and killed on Sunday night in a forest at Okwale.The spokesman for the police, Nnamdi Omoni, said on Monday in a statement, “Men of the Bori Police Station led by the DPO, last night (Sunday) at about 2016hrs, in a coordinated operation trailed one Linus Lebari, male, 35 years, aka Bobby. He is also known as ‘Devil’.”Lebari, who hailed from Tekon Sogho in Khana LGA of Rivers State, and his gang, according to the police were trailed to their hideout in a forest at Okwale in the boundary between Rivers and Abia states.The statement added, “The hoodlums on noticing irregular movements around their camp, started shooting randomly but in a return fire from the police, one of them was fatally wounded, who was later identified to be Linus Lebari from Tekon Sogho, the leader of the kidnapping gang responsible for all the attacks on the Ogoni axis of the East/West Road and whose gang has killed over 30 people in the two LGAs of Khana and Gokana, after collecting ransom.”Two policemen were shot and wounded in the gun duel.”In the wake of the operation,” the police statement explained, “two police officers sustained gunshot wounds and are currently responding to treatment while one locally-made pistol and some cartridges were recovered.”Efforts are on to arrest other gang members who fled with gunshot wounds.”The Commissioner of Police, Mustapha Dandaura, is again assuring the public that the onslaught against arms banditry in the State is raging and will not cease until all criminal elements in the state are history while appealing for cooperation, by sharing credible information that will lead to the arrest of these criminals. ”

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Delta State N2.5 Billion Fraud Rocks Hospital Management Board’s Multi-Purpose Cooperative Society

A fraud of N2.5 billion is said to have rocked the Delta State Hospital Management Board Multi-Purpose Cooperative Society II; (HMBMPCSll), SaharaReporters has learnt.The fraud involved an executive committee of the board who connived with some officials of the state government to embezzle N2.5 billion of health workers’ savings, thereby leading to the untimely death of some of the workers.It was gathered that health workers in the employment of the State Hospital Management Board, including retirees who were encouraged to save through the thrift scheme referred to as Health Workers Cooperative Savings, had not been able to access their savings following the fraud.One of them, who spoke on the condition of anonymity said, “We, the workers, pay our monthly subscription which is deducted from our salaries at source by the state government through the Hospital Management Board and remitted to the Cooperative Society (from) which workers don’t get a dime.”The former treasurer of the cooperative who also doubled as chairman connived with some top government officials and embezzled over N1.5 billion belonging to the workers. The then treasurer was made a sole administrator with the backing of the two compromised Permanent Secretaries, in the Hospital Management Board and that of the Ministry of Commerce and Industry.”Continuing, he claimed, “After the exit of the former treasurer when workers thought we had got a sigh of relief, the Whisky Azino committee continued with the fraud and over a billion naira was embezzled and to date, workers haven’t got a dime from their savings in the cooperative society.”The state government in 2016 had through the state HMB and Ministry of Commerce and Industry set up the Azino caretaker committee with a mandate to organize annual general meeting within six months and elect new executive but that had yet to be done.Speaking with SaharaReporters on the alleged N2.5 billion fraud, a member of the cooperative, Mr. Aggerh Aaron, noted that the fraud could be attributed to the lingering leadership crisis rocking the cooperative society.“These present executives put in power and was supposed to spend six months but has spent up to two years now, they have not conducted AGM, neither have they given any statement of account of how the cooperative is faring.”If you want to withdraw your membership, they will not stop deduction, if you write a letter to stop deduction to the board, the letter will not be attended to. People who are retiring are not being paid anything.”They are suffering.”No single account concerning the cooperative, and the executives are receiving cheques of over N40 million every month as our deduction from the state government yet workers don’t get a penny. For the period under review over N2.5 billion has grew wings and flew from the cooperative society.”Also speaking, a retiree, Joseph Udughe who lamented that he and many others who retired from the civil service could not be paid by the cooperative society, adding that for seven years many health workers who retired could not access their funds.Udughe said, “The situation is very pathetic because the supervisory ministries are playing games with the welfare of the workers. The aim of joining the cooperative is to get your money six months after retirement. Your personal money deducted for such you can’t access it. What a corrupt country and people.”When contacted, the leader of the caretaker committee of the hospital management board cooperative society, Whisky Azino, said he could not talk on the telephone.”I won’t be able to disclose anything with you regarding the cooperative because I don’t know who I am talking to. Who reported this issue to you? Who are the bodies that reported the issues of the cooperative to you?”The Commissioner for Commerce and Industry, Chika Ossai, said he was not aware of the crisis rocking the cooperative society.However, the Director of Cooperative Societies, Onyeapu Chukwudi, told SaharaReporters that “the ministry was aware of the crisis.”Similarly, the Commissioner for Information, Charles Aniagwu, stated that he was aware that the state government released N1 billion each to all recognized cooperative societies in the state.

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BREAKING: Gunmen Storm Abuja, Kidnap 8 People In Kuje

Gunmen have abducted no fewer than eight persons in Pegi village located in Kuje Area Council of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT).
The abduction took place Monday night.
The gunmen, said to have dressed in military camouflage, fired shots at two vehicles, a Toyota and Nissan Frontier.
It was gathered that occupants were wounded.
Saharareporters gathered that one of the victims was later released by the gunmen. 
A 10-year-old boy was reported to be among the victims. 
Efforts to confirm the abduction from the Public Relations Officer of FCT Police Command, Anjuguri Manzah,  were unsuccessful.

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Nigerian Farmers, 38, Drown In River On Way To Farms

Thirty-eight Nigerian farmers have drowned in Bauchi State on their way to their farms.The tragedy occurred in Kirfi River, Kirfi Local Government Area of Bauchi State.The Chairman of the local government, Alhaji Bappa Danmalikin Bara, told journalists on Monday that efforts to rescue them were unsuccessful.Bara said, “I want to commiserate with the people of Kirfi, Bauchi State and Nigeria as a whole over the loss of our brothers on their way to their farms.‘‘They entered a canoe. They were 40 in number.”But, unfortunately, 38 of them drowned; only two people escaped.”We discovered two bodies along Badara and we contacted local divers but we couldn’t rescue them.”We suspect all of them died. We pray to Almighty Allah to forgive them of their sins.” 

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Kwara Government Owes Us 36 Months Salaries -Protesting Ilorin Model School Workers

The workers of the Model Basic School, Kwara State College of Education have accused the Kwara government owes them 36 months’ salaries as they protested in front of the provost’s office.“Our salary was changed to no scale level, a situation whereby we were not being paid on the level used by the college and not on grade level used by the state. But when we complained, a delegation was sent to screen and interview us and our data were collected, yet nothing was heard about it.“When we went back, we discovered that the college said they cannot allow the state government to take over the school because it is a laboratory for the college and there is no way the laboratory can be separated from the college. The money we are generating from the school goes directly to the college and we still don’t get salary and our infrastructure are dilapidated,” one of the workers, Lawal Abdulrazaq, said.Reacting to their protest, the college’s provost, Prof. Abdulraheem Yusuf, said, “I was surprised when I heard that they were in front of my office protesting with the pupils because I already informed them about the meeting and urged to remain calm to know the outcome of the meeting.”It is a problem I inherited and I have tried to resolve it. It was the college problem but when I asked management why are they were not being paid by the college, they brought out a White Paper by a visitation panel set up by the government that they should be self-sustaining,  but they have less than 100 pupils.”The panel also advised the government to take over the schools both the secondary and primary sessions and that is what we will be discussing during the meeting, so I don’t know why they still went ahead with the protest.”

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