Three brothers of one Emmanuel family, Johnson, Gideon and Success, have been arrested by the police for the kidnap and murder of one Mrs Janet Ogbonnaya. One of the three brothers, Johnson Emmanuel, had lured the woman, a mother of five children, via Facebook from her Gwagwalada home where they allegedly laced her yoghurt with drugs and subsequently murdered her. After the killing, the three brothers allegedly buried the remains of Ogbonnaya, a 55-year-old mother of five children, in a septic tank and hurriedly sold off their Abuja home to a third party. The statement further stated that the decomposing body of Ogbonnaya was on Thursday brought out of the septic tank for forensic examination. “Further findings revealed that the victim, a widow, who had been a Facebook friend of the principal suspect – Johnson Emmanuel, was lured from her home in Gwagwalada to visit the suspect.
June 04, 2020 19:30 UTC
Lagos State government on Thursday announced the discharge of 24 more COVID-19 patients, comprising 15 males and nine females, all Nigerians, from its various isolation centres across the state. The state Ministry of Health made the disclosure on its Twitter handle, saying the patients were discharged from the Onikan, Gbagada, Agidingbi and Lagos University Teaching Hospital (LUTH) isolation facilities. According to the ministry: “Today, 24 more fully recovered COVID19Lagos patients; 15 males and nine females, all Nigerians were discharged from the Onikan, Gbagada, Agidingbi and Lagos University Teaching Hospital (LUTH) isolation facilities to reunite with the society. “The patients, four from Onikan, one from Gbagada, one from Agidingbi and 18 from LUTH Isolation Centres were discharged having fully recovered and tested negative to #COVID19. “With this, the number number of #COVID19 confirmed cases that have been successfully managed and discharged in Lagos has risen to 952,” the ministry said.
June 04, 2020 19:18 UTC
Governor Dapo Abiodun of Ogun State has called for a total reform of the Nigeria Police Force in line with modern policing that would make the force the pride to all Nigerians. He noted that the system of government being practised in the country should be people-oriented and friendly-police service. Abiodun noted that the Police were the instrument of coercion in the colonial era as a means of oppression and intimidation by the power that be. “I urge the police leadership to intensify efforts at a total reform of the police service which will be the pride of all and sundry,” he advised. He said, “Community Policing is cheaper, more effective and efficient, and certainly proactive in the prevention of crime.
June 04, 2020 19:07 UTC
The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) on Thursday announced a new case management guidelines for the treatment and discharge of COVID-19 pandemic patients. Its Director-General, Dr Chikwe Ihekweazu, made this known at the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19 (PTF) media briefing in Abuja. Ihekweazu said that the third version of the guidelines was released following the emergence of new science about the duration of infectivity of individual patients. He said that physicians were hesitant about the new guidelines, assuring them that the new guidelines was effective. The NCDC chief said the centre had also removed the use of antivirals and Chloroquine and hydroxychloroquine from its treatment guidelines.
June 04, 2020 18:45 UTC
Soli who observed that the security situation in some parts of the country has degenerated to the extent that criminal activities have become a daily occurrence in many states of the country. In the bid to address the situation, Hon. Omowumi Olubunmi who beckoned all the Security Chiefs and other security agencies to be more proactive in discharging their duties, urged the House leadership to interface with the security agencies as the spate of insecurity lately has become unbearable. Victor Mela stated that the resignation of the service chiefs is long overdue as the issue of security should not be trifled with. While noting that there seems to be no synergy between the different security agencies, as well as between the security agencies and the communities in which they operate, Hon.
June 04, 2020 18:44 UTC
The Commissioner that resigned from the government of the Edo State governor, Mr Godwin Obaseki, on Thursday, in his letter of resignation told the governor that he knew not whether they would ever meet again and so he was bidding him everlasting farewell. Mr Paul Onhombamu, the state Commissioner for Information and Orientation, resigned his appointment on Thursday, saying he did so for the general good of the state and the happiness of the people. According to him, “Whether we shall meet again, I know not, therefore, our everlasting farewell take. “I remain eternally grateful to His Excellency the Governor for indulging me in his purposeful and sophisticated administration. I greet you sir and the entire loyal members of the state executive council.
June 04, 2020 18:33 UTC
Members of the House of Representatives on Thursday called on the Judiciary to accelerate hearing of all pending rape cases in line with the provisions of the Administration of Justice Act. Rotimi Agunsoye, who expressed grave concern over the trending media reports of gender-based violence against Nigerian women and girls. Femi Gbajabiamila described the rise in these cases as sick, despicable and ungodly acts which cut across all gender. Lanre Oladapo called for the urgent correction of the social vices and mentality that makes rape thrive. Others are: A bill for an Act to repeal the National Commission for Refugees Act, Cap.
June 04, 2020 18:11 UTC
Lebanese Ambassador to Nigeria, Houssam Diab, said, on Thursday, that the Embassy has suspended issuance of working visas to Nigerians particularly for domestic work. This was sequel to recent discovery that many Nigerian domestic workers in Lebanon were being subjected to slave treatment by their employers. Thus far, the Ambassador said the Lebanese government in conjunction with the Lebanese community in Nigeria had brought back 69 out of 79 Nigerians allegedly stranded back to the country. The Chairman commended the Ambassador for his assistance especially in evacuating 69 Nigerians and the safe release of the Nigerian lady who was advertised for sale on social media. Highlight of the meeting include a resolution by both the Lebanese Ambassador and the Chairman, NiDCOM, to work for an effective collaboration between the Lebanese Diaspora and the Nigerian Diaspora.
June 04, 2020 18:00 UTC
The NNPC Chief Business developer made this submission at an appearance on Arise Tv Global business report programme. Ewubare stated that NNPC would use its network of excellent medical centres across the country to provide innovative healthcare for Nigerians. “NNPC is creating an energy company that would have portfolios in renewable energy; we have initiatives on solar that is ongoing. Against this backdrop, the conversation around cost becomes an imperative and urgent one,” Ebuware stated. The NNPC Chief Business Developer said the corporation was working closely with its partners to commercialise flared gas by converting it to Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) and Liquefied Natural Gas, adding that the gesture would preserve the flora and fauna of the country.
June 04, 2020 17:37 UTC
The police in Bayelsa State, on Monday, announced the rescue of the abducted 80-year-old, Madam Beauty Nimizuoa, mother of the Chairman of Yenagoa Local Government Area of the state. He said: “It is instructive to state that the command has rescued kidnapped victims, worthy of note is the rescue of Shell Petroleum Development Company workers and the eighty-year-old mother of the Chairman of Yenagoa local government council, Madam Beauty Nimizuoa. Mrs Beauty Nimizuoa, was kidnapped on March, 2020 at her residence at Tombia community in Yenagoa Local government area of the state. He said: “After the kidnapped of our mother, the entire family was in a state of dilema. I remember that each time it rains, the chairman would start crying, but we thank God they have released her.
June 04, 2020 17:26 UTC
The Federal Government and Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) Commission, on Thursday, unanimously reached an agreement to collaborate on Disaster Risk Management. The Minister of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development, Sadiya Umar Farouq gave the assurance in Abuja while receiving the multi-million naira ICT equipment donated by the ECOWAS Commission. “This is visible through promoting and supporting effective disaster risk management that helps create safer and resilient communities in social, economic and environmental terms. “I want to use this opportunity to thank ECOWAS Commission for the technical support and assistance from the World Bank Global Facility for Disaster Risk Reduction (GFDRR). Jagne said the equipment are part of the ECOWAS capacity building and institutional straightening support of the national disaster management and civil protection agencies in the ECOWAS region.
June 04, 2020 17:15 UTC
According to the statement signed by the head of media to the caretaker committee, Mr John Akans, made available to Nigerian Tribune, said seven members of the parallel committee were expelled at its emergency meeting held on Thursday. It posited that after its preliminary hearing of a disciplinary committee’s report on gross misconduct and anti-party activities against the seven executive members of the rival caretaker committee, they were expelled in line with the recommendations of the disciplinary committee report. Those said to be expelled are chairman of the caretaker committee, Nandom Penap, Exodus, Godwin W Bedir, Akims Mamot James, Mrs Asabe Dareng, Nathaniel Dakas, Jecob Dashed and Alhaji Kabiru Musa. “I wonder how illegal group not recognize by the party and which their tenure had since elapsed will still have the gut to be parading themselves as caretaker Committee. He declared that under the Nigerian constitution, only Osun State exists.
June 04, 2020 17:14 UTC
Following profit taking on high capitalised stocks, on Thursday, the Nigerian stock market dipped by about N50 billion. Investors took profit on value stocks like MTN Nigeria Plc, Guaranty Trust Bank Plc and Access Bank Plc. The negative sentiment was despite gains in stocks like Dangote Cement Plc and Dangote Sugar Refinery Plc. Dangote Cement Plc increased from N140.5 to N141.9, adding N1.4 or 1per cent while Dangote Sugar Refinery Plc rose from N14.05 to N15, up by 95 kobo or 6.76 per cent. FBN Holdings Plc, Zenith Bank Plc, FCMB Group Plc, GTBank Plc and Dangote Cement Plc were actively traded stocks on the Nigerian Bourse.
June 04, 2020 17:02 UTC
The construction of Trans-Warri road and bridges project in Warri South Local Government Area of Delta State is to be completed as scheduled for December 2021, the Commissioner for Works in the state, Chief James Augoye, has assured. The project has spanned for over 13 years, due to hiccups in funding until the present administration changed the narrative to complete it. According to him, the multi-billion naira road project which links Ubeji, Ifie, Ijala, Ogbodede, Inorin, Ajigba, Orugbo, Usele, Ode-Itsekiri was awarded in 2006 but that the contractor moved to site in November 2007. “The contractors are presently trying to complete the remaining 5 bridges and once they are done with that they will continue on the road work. He declared that under the Nigerian constitution, only Osun State exists.
June 04, 2020 16:52 UTC
The Nasarawa Government has lifted the ban on operation of commercial motorcycles occasioned by COVID-19, as part of the gradual reopening of activities in the state. Abdullahi Sule had on March 2, shutdown all markets and placed a ban on commercial motorcycles as part of measures to contain the spread of COVID-19. The commissioner, however, said that the lifting of the ban and reopening of markets was with certain conditions that must be observed. “Commercial motorcycle operators should carry only one passenger and must use face masks,” He added. “We will not allow people to flout the regulations as directed by the federal and Nasarawa state governments.
June 04, 2020 16:52 UTC