MALABU OIL BLOCK SCANDAL: EFCC OPPOSES ADOKE’S APPLICATION FOR BAIL

From Yusuf Alli, Managing Editor Will former Attorney-General and Minister of Justice Mohammed Adoke be granted bail from the Custody of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC)? Justice O. A Musa of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) High Court will on Tuesday hear Adoke’s application for bail. The EFCC is opposed to the application. The ex-minister is being investigated with other suspects, over the $1.09billion Malabu Oil Block (OPL 245) deal. Adoke, on December 23, filed the bail application on account of ill-health. He urged the court to grant…

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FEAR GRIPS BORNO CHRISTIANS AS BOKO HARAM AND ISWAP ATTACKS ESCALATE IN AREAS THEY DOMINATE

  Kayode Idowu, Maiduguri Fear has gripped Christian communities in Borno State as Boko Haram  and ISWAP insurgents have continued to attack areas dominated by Christians in the state. For the past two weeks, attacks have been continually launched by the terrorist group on communities in the Askira-Uba Local Government Area of the state, which has a large Christian population. Some of the communities attacked were Chul, Rumingo, Lassa, Musa, Kura and Gwandam, all in the Askira-Uba Local Government Area. The attacks made the Governor, Prof. Babagana Umara, to celebrate…

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INTERPOL ARRESTS EDO COMMISSIONER IN FRANCE FOR MONEY LAUNDERING

Operatives of Interpol have arrested the Edo State Commissioner for Arts, Culture and Tourism, Mr Osaze Osemwingie-Ero, for alleged money laundering just as the Edo State Government denied having anything to do with the arrest. Osemwingie-Ero was reportedly arrested and detained by INTERPOL in France in November for being in possession of $2m. Rumour had it that the money was given to him by Governor Godwin Obaseki as he accompanied the governor on the foreign trip. Another source said the commissioner was being questioned for an offence he committed seven…

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2 UNION BANK STAFF ARRAIGNED FOR ASSAULT ON ACTRESS,

By Adebisi Onanuga An Igbosere Magistrates’ Court in Lagos has fixed January 11 for the trial of two workers of Union Bank, PLC, Lagos, Vivian Okoro, 36, and Femi Omomeji, 36, accused of assaulting and inflicting injuries on a Nollywood actress, Chioma Toplis. The defendants were arraigned before Magistrate A. M. Davies in February on a two-count charge bordering on assault occasioning bodily harm. They pleaded not guilty Their trial was delayed following the absence of the complainant, who travelled to London to treat herself from the injuries she sustained…

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PASTOR KILLS PEACEMAKER IN DELTA

From Elo Edremoda, Warri A pastor of a Pentecostal church, Kenneth Lupor Mukoro, on Sunday evening in Otu-Jeremi (Otughievwen), Ughelli South Council Area of Delta State, allegedly killed a woman. It was gathered that the deceased, Mrs. Irene Thompson Kupa, had gone to settle a dispute between the suspect and his neighbour. Sources said the incident occurred at about 6:30pm at Aruorho Quarters. The nature of the disagreement between Mukoro, a law graduate from the Delta State University (DELSU), and his neighbour could not be ascertained at press time. However, The…

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BOKO HARAM, ISWAP ATTACKED NORTH EAST 27 TIMES IN 14 DAYS

From Bolaji Ogundele, Abuja Troops repelled 27 attacks from Boko Haram and Islamic State West Africa Province (ISWAP) in the Northeast within two weeks, the military said on Monday. The feat, according to the Chief of Naval Staff (CNS), Rear Admiral Ibok Ekwe-Ibas, who briefed reporters after a Security Council meeting chaired by President Muhammadu Buhari, was achieved by the military in collaboration with regional partners. The naval chief, who was speaking on the activities of terrorist groups within and outside the borders, said the military had made a lot…

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MINISTER SPEAKS ON ALLEGATION HE SPONSORED HATE SPEECH BILL

Minister of Information, Alhaji Lai Mohammed has said that he was not the sponsor of the Hate Speech Bill before National Assembly. He dismissed the report attributed to Senator Francis Fadahunsi representing Osun East that he was behind the Bill, saying it was a “bigger example” of fake news. The Senator had alleged, in an interview, that the Minister was the sponsor of the Bill but only used Senator Sabi Abdullahi as a front.  “Senator Sabi Abdullahi only front for the bill, it actually originated from the Executive, specifically, Lai…

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KOGI JUDGE SHOT BY ROBBERS

Men suspected to be armed robbers, on Sunday, shot a Khadi of Kogi State Sharia Court of Appeal, Bala Muhammed. Daily Trust learnt, on Monday, that the Khadi was attacked along Okene-Lokoja road while on his way to attend Ajanah Basketball championship competition. It was gathered that his driver was kidnapped in the attack which happened at about 4pm on the fateful day. An eye witness said the Khadi’s vehicle was forced to a stop at gunpoint just before Itakpe by the armed men who shot him in one of…

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4 MONTHS LATER, FAMILY DRAGS DSS, POLICE TO COURT OVER MISSING ACTIVIST DADIYATA

On August 2, 2019, unidentified men abducted Abubakar Idris (Dadiyata) from his home while his wife watched. He has not been seen or heard from since. Now his family is asking a Kaduna high court to compel the Kaduna State Government, the Department of State Services and the Police to produce him while his 6 year old daughter waits for her father to fulfill the promises he made her. Since Abubakar Idris, 34, a lecturer at Federal University Dutsin Ma and social media critic was abducted from his Kaduna residence…

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EDO TRADITIONAL RULERS DECLARE FASTING AND PRAYING OVER OSHIOMHOLE OBASEKI FIGHT

The Edo State Council of Traditional Rulers  has scheduled a prayer and fasting programme for January 2  to seek God’s intervention in the ongoing crisis in the state, the  News Agency of Nigeria  reports. NAN reports  that Governor  Godwin Obaseki  has been locked in a battle with  his predecessor Oshiomhole, leading to the fictionalisation  of the APC  in the state. A    statement on Monday by   the Otaru of Auchi, Alhaji Aliru, Momoh  urged  Muslim ummah in his kingdom to continue to pray for peace in the state. According to the statement by…

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