Chukwudi Akasike, Port HarcourtThe absence of a lawyer to represent a suspected serial killer, Gracious West, stalled his arraignment at the Rivers State High Court on Monday. Justice Enebeli had asked West if he had any lawyer representing him (suspect) in court and he said no. She said, “The matter for today (Monday) is the case of Gracious West, the suspected serial killer. He was to be arraigned in court today on 10 counts; nine counts bordering on murder and one count bordering on attempted murder. He (West) was duly served and he was aware that the matter would come up in court today.
October 22, 2019 01:52 UTC
Azuka Onwuka[email protected]0809-8727-263 (sms only)Last week, there were three fuel tanker accidents in Anambra State, one in Ogun State and another in Lagos State. If you asked the Nigeria Police Force, the Federal Road Safety Corps and the Vehicle Inspection Officers who is to blame for these accidents, they would likely blame the drivers. Last year, an overloaded petrol tanker that was converted from an oil rig could not climb the hill at Otedola Bridge in Lagos. Some years ago, a petrol tanker ran into people at Onitsha and killed many people. Happily, the response to the fire incident, which occurred in the early hours of Friday through another fallen petrol tanker, was promptly arrested and extinguished, leading to no loss of lives.
October 22, 2019 01:41 UTC
Gibson Achonu, OwerriImo State House of Assembly has passed a motion authorising the state Auditor-General to put together an independent committee of forensic experts to investigate the 250 bank accounts allegedly operated by the administration of Rochas Okorocha in the state in the last eight years as governor. Passing the motion, the House also urged the banks concerned to work in tandem, with the investigating committee to enable it to put in proper shape, the state’s bank accounts. Moving the motion during plenary on Monday, the Deputy Speaker of the House, Okechukwu Onyekanma, said the multiplicity of government’s bank accounts in the last eight years led to leakages and lapses in the management of the state finances. He further said the House had noted that there had been movements of fund from some of the government accounts without due process to other accounts. Contact: [email protected]DOWNLOAD THE PUNCH NEWS APP NOW ON
October 22, 2019 01:30 UTC
Leke Baiyewu, AbujaThe National Assembly has uncovered non-existent projects in the 2020 budget proposed by the National Inland Waterways Agency, including acquisition of vessels and barges as well as procurement of dredgers and other equipment. It was further discovered that over N4bn had been appropriated for the items between 2017 and 2019. Another is the procurement of dredgers and other related equipment/vessels, for which N1.5bn was proposed in NIWA’s 2020 proposal. The lawmakers observed that N2.2bn was appropriated for the project in the 2018 and an additional N1bn in 2019. This material, and other digital content on this website, may not be reproduced, published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed in whole or in part without prior express written permission from PUNCH.
October 22, 2019 01:18 UTC
Tony Okafor, AwkaNnewi Chief Magistrates’ Court has sealed off a church in Nnewi, Anambra State, over noise pollution. The church was sued by the Director of Environmental Health Services, Nnewi, and the Nnewi North Local Government Area for public nuisance. In suit number NMC/10c/2019, the church, was prosecuted on two counts under the Public Health Laws of Anambra State. The prosecution described the situation as “prejudicial to man’ s health, which is punishable under Section 21 of the Public Health Laws of Anambra State 2006”. The prosecution said the condition was punishable under Sections 8(1,4b) and 9(1,2) of the Public Health Laws of Anambra State.
October 22, 2019 01:07 UTC
Oluwatosin OmojuyigbeThe Medical Director of the Excel Medical Centre, Dolphin Estate, Ikoyi, Lagos, Dr Ejike Orji, and his wife, Dr Ifeayinwa Orji, were on Monday re-arraigned before a Lagos State High Court in Igbosere for the alleged attempted murder of 17-year-old Somtochukwu Ezi-Ashi. The couple were arraigned on four counts bordering on attempted murder, causing grievous harm and negligent act causing harm, which they pleaded not guilty to. Sunmonu noted that the offences were contrary to and punishable under sections 230, 245, 251 and 252 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, 2015. However, the counsel for the defendants, Olasupo Sashore (SAN), urged the court to allow them to continue with the previous bail granted them by the court. The judge also ruled that the defendants must ensure that they appear in court for their trial.
October 21, 2019 23:26 UTC
Bashorun told our correspondent that he did not pay anything to get the sport utility vehicle back. Our correspondent had reported that Bashorun’s brother, Mustapha, who is based in the United States of America, sent the vehicle to him in April. The vehicle was, however, recovered in August with the help of policemen from the command headquarters, Ikeja. After the publication on Friday, the panel beater said he was called to the SCIID and told that the Customs had confirmed that he was the rightful owner of the vehicle. “I went there with the car dealer through whom the vehicle got to Nigeria in the first place.
Among the suspects were members of a gang made up of Chadian and Nigerien suspected kidnappers and six ex-convicts, who abducted a Sokoto businessman. They were apprehended by the Intelligence Response Team and the Special Tactical Squad of the Nigeria Police Force, which also nabbed members of a kidnap gang dressed in military camouflage and Nigerian Air Force uniform. Speaking through an interpreter, Muhammed, who is the gang leader said, “We became friends when we were serving jail terms in the Katsina Correctional Centre. Parading the suspects, the force spokesman, DCP Frank Mba, said members of a kidnap gang, which killed four policemen, were also nabbed, while police rifles were recovered from them. A member of another kidnap gang, who usually dressed in military camouflage, Imuranu Ibrahim, explained that the gang had carried out six robberies on the Abuja-Kaduna Expressway.
Even the Akwa Ibom State University, whose owner-state is one of the richest in terms of allocation from the Federation Account, is not exempted from the problems. They are the Adekunle Ajasin University Akungba-Akoko, the Ondo State University of Science and Technology, Okitipupa and the University of Medical Sciences, Ondo. He said, “In OSUSTECH, before the Akeredolu administration, we were receiving N60m as monthly subvention. He said, “The Ondo State universities are amongst the best funded state universities in Nigeria. The Osun State University ASUU Chairman, Dr Femi Abanikanda, said the university was poorly funded.
In moments of national crisis, he abandons his duty post in preference for foreign trips of dubious value. Short of administering the country from the outer space, Buhari has made international travel a pet project. Buhari does this against the backdrop of falling living standards at home and a bleeding economy. Buhari has proposed a N3.3 billion budget to take care of his and his deputy’s trips in the 2020 Appropriation Bill before NASS. Apart from curbing his predilection for foreign trips, selling the aircraft would be in consonance with his campaign promises.
October 21, 2019 23:13 UTC
Olaleye Aluko, AbujaThe National Youth Service Corps has said it will establish a radio station in the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja, by 2020. The radio station, sources added, would serve as an avenue to project the needs and emergencies of corps members in insecure areas. The NYSC Director-General, Brig-General Shuaibu Ibrahim, had on October 3, confirmed that the scheme was planning to establish a radio station. We are going to use the radio station to enlighten Nigerians, to entertain Nigerians about the unity of this country. The budget partly reads, “Renovation of the Printing press in Kaduna State – N70,000,000; establishment and installation of NYSC Radio Station – N50,000,000; Purchase of skills acquisition training equipment for Skills Acquisition Training and Entrepreneurship Development Training – N50,521,125.
Ife OgunfuwaAirtel Nigeria has announced an increase in data allowance on its weekly and monthly data tariff plans to enable mobile Internet consumers to enjoy more value at heavily discounted rates. A statement from the telco stated that the new data tariff review applied to most of the weekly and monthly data plans, including its mega plans. The telco added that the reviewed data tariff plans would ride on its expansive 4G network, which covered over 100 major cities and towns. Commenting on the new data plans, the Chief Commercial Officer, Airtel Nigeria, Dinesh Balsingh, said prevailing consumer trend indicated a growing demand for data/mobile Internet and Airtel was well-positioned to take the lead in providing the right value offerings. The company said data plans were available to all prepaid and post-paid customers on the Airtel network.
Ifeanyi OnubaThe Special Adviser to the President on Social Investments, Mrs Maryam Uwais, has said that the Federal Government has been channelling the recovered Abacha loot and the International Development Association /World Bank credit towards programmes and policies designed to address the plight of poor and vulnerable Nigerians. Delivering an address on Monday at the training on illicit funds, the Presidential aide said from the August 2018 to the October payment cycle, the total amount disbursed from the Abacha loot was $76,538,530 and $27,099,028 from the IDA credit. She said the decision to distribute the Abacha loot and the IDA funds to poor and vulnerable Nigerians, who were mined from a National Social Register, collated by the National Social Safety Net Coordinating Office, was reached by the Swiss government, the World Bank and the Federal Government. “Presumably, this was as a consequence to the opaqueness that surrounded the application of recovered funds,” Uwais said. She said efforts to tackle poverty in Nigeria must also take into consideration the basic and peculiar needs of the people.
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October 21, 2019 21:11 UTC
“Andy’s achievement was great,” Federer said after rolling through into the second round of the ATP Swiss Indoors in Basel. “I was a little bit torn since he beat (fellow Swiss) Stan (Wawrinka) in the final, but it was a great way for him to come back.”Federer said that Murray’s perseverance to regain match fitness after his major surgery was admirable. “He’s been playing to try and get close to his old level,” the 20-time Grand Slam winner added of Murray, who competed on the circuit for four straight weeks ending in Antwerp on Sunday. I remember in the locker room of the Australian Open (when a tearful Murray played in pain and loss in a five-set first-round match in January). I’m extremely happy for him,” Federer said.
October 21, 2019 20:48 UTC