Thursday, June 6, 2013

Protest in Benin after police kill and bury UNIBEN student

 Students of the University of Benin yesterday Wednesday June 5th marched round the streets of Benin, protesting the death of one of their own, a final student named Ibrahim Momodu, who was allegedly killed and hurriedly buried by men of the Ogida police station, in Benin.

According to reports, Ibrahim Momodu (pictured above) was allegedly killed on May 27th by the Divisional Police Officer (DPO) of Ogida station, Carol Afebgai (pictured above, right).

According to the deceased elder sister, Rebecca Egbe, Ibrahim was shot dead and buried the next day without the family even knowing he was dead.

The Edo State Police Public Relations Officer, Moses Eguavoen later told newsmen that Momodu was an armed robber, saying that a gun, bullets, two mobile phones and a bag was found on him. The family deny this. They say Momodu was not an armed robber and are asking for justice for their son.

Governor Adams Oshiomhole has promised to set up an enquiry into the incident. Watch a Channels TV report on the controversial killing after the Break

The Thisday office was bombed to appease Allah, witness tells court

The Abuja Division of the Federal High Court, yesterday, heard how alleged kingpin of the Boko Haram sect, Mustapher Umar, bombed office of Thisday Newspaper in Kaduna State with 12 camp gas cylinders in a bid to appease Allah. Justice Ademola Adeniyi, who admitted a burnt Honda Car, with number-plate AL-306-MKA, allegedly used to perpetrate the terrorist act on April 26, 2012, further heard how the accused person cried bitterly when he was rescued from the burning car, saying they denied him the opportunity of inheriting 72 virgins in heaven.

In a bid to prove the complicity of the accused person, the Federal Government brought a senior police officer that is charged with the responsibility of keeping exhibits recovered from terror suspects to testify before the high court. The masked witness, PW-8, who told the court that the accused person had intended to carry out a suicide attack, produced the burnt Honda car, the discharged cylinders, half-charred 25 litter jerry-can that allegedly contained fuel, and persuaded Justice Adeniyi to move the court outside to inspect the terror items.

Why we can’t enforce ban on naira spraying - CBN

The Central Bank of Nigeria on Wednesday said the law enforcement agencies should be held responsible for the ineffectiveness of the law banning spraying of currencies at social gatherings in the country. The CBN said because of the disinterest shown by the law enforcement agencies in apprehending those violating the law banning spraying of currencies, the perpetrators had persisted in the unlawful act. 

Deputy Governor in charge of Operations, CBN, Mr. Tunde Lemo, who said this in Abeokuta during a sensitisation workshop on the commencement of the cash-less policy in Ogun State, however, said it was not the duty of the apex bank to enforce the law. The Federal Government had, through a bill signed into law in 2007 by the administration of former President Olusegun Obasanjo, criminalised all manners of abuse of the Naira. The law also prescribed six months imprisonment or N50,000 fine or both sanctions for offenders. Lemo, however, expressed regret that the law enforcement agencies had so far been unable to arrest or prosecute any violator for spraying money or abusing naira notes since the bill was signed into law about six years ago. 

North kicks against ban on B’Haram, Ansaru

The North on Wednesday disagreed with the National Assembly on the proscription of two Islamic miltant groups – Boko Haram and Ansaru–by President Goodluck Jonathan.
While the North through its two prominent groups, the Arewa Consultative Forum and the Northern Elders Forum, faulted the ban, the National Assembly insisted that it was a welcome development.
To the ACF and the NEF, the Jonathan administration has through the ban thrown a spanner in the works in its efforts to  end   bloodletting in the North  through amnesty for Boko Haram and Ansaru members.
Continue Reading After The Break.

5 varsity students arrested By EFCC for internet scam

Five undergraduates and four other Nigerians were on Monday, June 3, 2013 arrested by Operatives of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, over internet-related fraud.
The undergraduates, who are undergoing different courses in different institutions of higher learning, were rounded up in Ibadan, Oyo State in a sting operation.

They are: Sunkanmi Odewale – 200 level Mechanical Engineering student of Olabisi Onabanjo University, Ogun State; Olowofola Tolu – 300 level Economics student of Lead City University, Ibadan; Ekundayo Damilola – 300 level Computer Science/Economics student, Lead City University, Ibadan; Adelabu Kolawole – HND II Purchasing and Supply student of Ibadan Polytechnic, Ibadan; Bankole Oluwaseyi Fisayo – OND II Marketing student of Osun State Polytechnic, Iree.
Others are: Okewole Adesesan – Real Estate Manager with Sesan Okewole & Sons Limited; Emmanuel Ubaman – trader; Fisayo Ajibola – Travel Agent with Milleage Travel and Tours; and Oyebisi Femi – a fish farmer.

How Fani-Kayode stole aviation funds – Witness

A Superintendent of Police, Bashir Abdulahi, yesterday told a Federal High Court in Lagos how former Minister of Aviation, Mr. Femi Fani-Kayode, allegedly made several illegal payments into his bank account while in office.
Abdulahi, who was an operative with the Economic and Financial Crime Commission, EFCC, but now at the Force Headquarters, Abuja, told Justice Rita Ofili-Ajumogobia that he investigated the alleged mismanagement of fund by Fani-Kayode.
Ofili-Ajumogobia adjourned till today for cross examination. But before the adjournment, the witness said the petition about mismanagement of aviation fund was assigned to his team for investigation. He said investigation revealed that several payments, beyond the legal limits, were made into Fani-Kayode’s account, through one Mark Saviour.
Telling the court how his team discovered the alleged fraud, Abdulahi said: “I and other members of the team assigned responsibilities for ourselves and collected various documents that would assist our investigation.”


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