AGBAKOBA, DUKE, UTOMI, AREMU FLOAT POLITICAL GROUP

John Alechenu, Abuja Prominent lawyer, Olisa Agbakoba (SAN), has said that it is now evident that the 2014 National Conference was tailored to suit the political interest of ex-President Goodluck Jonathan. Agbakoba spoke while responding to questions from reporters at the unveiling of a new political group, which goes by the name “National Intervention Movement,” in Abuja, on Tuesday. He was responding to a question as to how the “new movement which seeks to galvanise Nigerians towards building a national political consensus to rescue the nation from total collapse will…

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MANHUNT FOR NIGERIAN WOMAN JAILED IN DUBAI FOR HUMAN TRAFFICKING AS SHE ESCAPES NAPTIP

Olaleye Aluko, Abuja Operatives of the National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons and other releated offences have launched a manhunt for a 33-year-old woman, Perebi Otubo, who was jailed in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, for trafficking Nigerian girls. Otubo, who is reportedly hiding in an unidentified location in Nigeria, allegedly belonged to an international syndicate which trafficked girls to Dubai and Abu Dhabi cities to work as commercial sex workers. Our correspondent learnt that Otubo, who hails from Bomadi, Delta State, went into hiding in Nigeria after…

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LAWMAKERS SHUN BUDGET PRESENTATION BY OKOROCHA

Chidiebube Okeoma, Owerri There was tension and anxiety at the Imo State House complex in Owerri, the Imo State capital on Tuesday, as the 27 lawmakers shunned the presentation of the 2018  budget proposal by the state Governor, Rochas Okorocha. Apart from the members of staff of the Assembly, the lawmakers boycotted the complex throughout the day. The presentation which was billed to commence at 10am on Tuesday did not start till 5pm when news filtered in that the programme could no longer  hold same day. The chamber was not…

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LAGOS PASTOR THREATENED WITG HAVOC OVER DEMOLITION OF SHRINE

Samson Folarin A Lagos-based pastor and leader of Kingdom Fire Ministry International, Chukwudi Okoh, has called on the Pentecostal Fellowship of Nigeria, Christian Association of Nigeria, and the Nigeria Police Force to investigate a threat letter purportedly written to him by some people who claimed to be members of the Ogboni Fraternity. Okoh, who spoke with PUNCH Metro on Tuesday, said he had gone to his church auditorium in the Okokomaiko area of Lagos State on November 7 for a meeting with other church leaders when he saw the letter which he thought was…

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KIDNAPPERS OF IGBONLA PUPILS SURRENDER THEIR ARMS

Peter Dada, Akure The militants who kidnapped the six Senior Secondary School pupils of Lagos Model College, Igbonla, Epe, Lagos State, a few months ago, were among some youths that surrendered their arms to embrace the amnesty programme of the Ondo State Government on Tuesday. The militants were also alleged to be responsible for various pipeline vandalism at Arepo in Ogun State and several attacks in the riverine areas of Ondo State. The militants were led by their leader, Ogailo Young, also known as OC, to the Collection and Documentation of…

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HOW ABIA’S 2.9BIL WAS DIVERTED INTO KALU”S PRIVATE ACCOUNT -EFCC

Oladimeji Ramon The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission said on Tuesday that a former Director of Finance and Account at the Abia State Government House, Umuahia, Jones Udeogu, once claimed that the state engaged the company of a former governor of the state, Orji Kalu, to import Okrika (second-hand clothes) from Cotonou, Benin Republic. According to an investigator with the EFCC, John Egem, Udeogu made the claim when he was confronted with documents showing movement of funds from the coffers of the Abia State Government House into the Inland Bank…

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KIDNAPPERS COLLECT 10MIL NAIRA FROM COUSINS, CLAIMS RELATIONSHIP WITH POLICE

Afeez Hanafi Two cousins, Olugbade Ibikunle and Rafiu Isiaka, who spent 10 days in kidnappers’ den in Akure, Ondo State, have said their relatives paid N10m before their release. Isiaka, who narrated their ordeals to PUNCH Metro, said the abductors boasted that they were working with the police. He explained that the kidnappers were nine Fulani herdsmen, adding that he and his cousin were abducted between two police checkpoints. PUNCH Metro had reported that the duo were travelling to Abuja from Ado Ekiti, Ekiti State, on October 30, 2017 when they were…

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COURT REMANDS 2 FIR GANGRAPING ABD IMPREGNATING 17-YR OLD GIRL

Olaide Oyelude, Katsina Two friends, Hassan Ibrahim, 50 and Adamu Idris, 60, who allegedly raped a 17-year-old girl, were on Tuesday remanded in Katsina Prison on the orders of a senior magistrate, Falila Dikko. Ibrahim and Idris, both residents of Unguwar kasha Village in the Kafur Local Government Area of Katsina State, were accused of being responsible for their victim’s seven months’ pregnancy. The senior magistrate directed that the duo should be remanded in the prison custody till January 24, 2018 when their case will come up for mention. The…

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BUHARI OKAYED MALAMI’S MEETING WITH ME SAYS MAINA

Eniola Akinkuotu and Oladimeji Ramon The embattled former chairman of the defunct Pension Reform Task Team, Abdulrasheed Maina, says he helped President Muhammadu Buhari recover N1.3tn in January. Maina, who is wanted by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, said this in a video sent to Channels Television. He further claimed that while he was out of the country, the Attorney General of the Federation, Abubakar Malami (SAN), paid him a visit during which he (Maina) told Malami about the N1.3tn. “When this government came in, the President (Buhari Muhammadu)…

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NIGERIAN ROADS ARE NOT BAD SAYS FASHOLA

Okechukwu Nnodim, Abuja The Minister of Power, Works and Housing, Babatunde Fashola, on Tuesday said Nigerian roads were not as bad as many people were claiming; rather, he stated that the roads needed to be adequately maintained. He, however, noted that some of the roads had outlived their design life, some still within their design life, while others were being built. Fashola stated these in his keynote address at the United Nations-sponsored capacity building programme for the Federal Road Safety Corps, which was made available to our correspondent in Abuja…

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