Maryam Sanda sentenced to death for murdering husband

An FCT High Court on Monday convicted Maryam Sanda, the woman who allegedly stabbed her husband to death in Abuja. Delivering judgment, Justice Yusuf Halilu, convicted her on circumstantial evidence. Maryam Sanda was thereby sentenced to death by hanging until she breathes her last. The judge held that she was convicted as charged by the police for killing her husband on the night of November 18, 2017, in their home at Wuse II in Abuja. According to the judge, Sanda failed to explain the death of her husband being the…

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‘I attend churches to steal’ – 21 yr-old suspect

Operatives of Lagos State Police Command have arrested a 21-year-old man identified as Tokunbo Lekan for allegedly stealing from church. It was learnt that Tokunbo broke into Anglican Church of Triumphant, located at Obadiah Craig Street, Falola, in Ipaja area of Lagos State to steal from the church before he met his waterloo. It was further learnt that the suspect stole a power generating set, electric wire, welding machine and other items worth about N400, 000 from the church. Tokunbo disclosed that he was trained as a mechanic but abandoned…

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Immigration rescues 9 girls being trafficked to Lebanon, Dubai, others

The Operatives of Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS), Murtala Mohammed International Airport (MMIA), Command in Lagos, has apprehended another 9 girls being trafficked. The Service’s Public Relations Officer, DCI Sunday James made this known in statement, in Lagos. The girls were reportedly on their way to Lebanon, Cairo, Dubai and India on Ethiopian, Peace, Egypt and East Airlines. According to him, four of the girls claimed to be traveling for employment with neither the knowledge of their employers, nor aware of the nature of job they were going for. James said…

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Panic in Abuja, as thick smoke spread from suspected criminal hideout

Residents in Kubwa, a suburb of the Federal Capital Territory, FCT, were yesterday thrown into a panic over a thick smoke that was sighted along Byazhin road. It was gathered that a joint Task Force had demolished and set ablaze suspected criminal hideouts in the area. The fire, which seems uncontrollable was accompanied by a thick smoke which covered the area and caused panic. When reporters visited one of the scenes where the fire emanated from, they were advised by a Police officer among the task force to leave the scene.…

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Bello warns criminals, killer herders in Kogi

Kogi State Governor Yahaya Bello has warned that his administration would deal ruthlessly with all criminal elements, saying that bad eggs among herdsmen should be isolated and dealt with severely. He declared this during the North-Central ‘Police Regional Security’ Summit, held at Ta’al Conference Centre, Lafia, Nasarawa State, on Wednesday. Aim of the summit themed: ‘Strategic Partnership for Effective Community Policing in the North-Central Zone/FCT’ was to strategise on overcoming insecurity through community policing. Bello said with the cooperation of security agencies, traditional rulers and citizens, the state dealt with…

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34,000 women benefit from Dangote’s N10bn grant in Katsina

The Aliko Dangote Foundation (ADF) yesterday brought succour to no fewer than 34,000 vulnerable women from all the 34 local governments in Katsina State as they benefitted from the N10 billion micro-grant being given to disadvantaged women across the country. The money meant to empower the women economically either to start or boost their businesses was handed out amidst excitement from the beneficiaries. The Chairman of ADF, Aliko Dangote at the ceremony held yesterday in Batagarawa local government area, in Katsina State, in the presence of the state governor, Alhaji…

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Corruption Index Report: Nigeria slides back in global ranking … Report has no bearing on reality – FG

After more than four years of anti-corruption campaign by the Buhari-led administration, Nigeria has been ranked 146th out of the 180 countries surveyed by the group. Nigeria was 144th in 2018.  Despite the proclaimed war on corruption, the 2019 Corruption Perceptions Index (CPI), released globally by Transparency International, TI, yesterday revealed that Nigeria has further slipped down in the perception of corruption in 2019, one of the worst ranking in the last few years. The newly released index published in Nigeria, exclusively by the Civil Society Legislative Advocacy Centre (CISLAC),…

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Man dies after jumping into a well to retrieve his N3, 000 phone

Tragedy struck yesterday evening at Olanrewaju Street, Itire road, Mushin, Lagos State, as a Nigerian man, identified as Cisse, died after jumping into a well to retrieve his phone which worth about N3,000. Reports gathered that the deceased, whose shop is situated nearby, was sitting close to the well when his phone mistakenly fell inside. He immediately jumped in to retrieve it but never made it back alive. According to an eyewitness, Yinka: “Neighbors quickly called for help. Even the firemen came to assist, but by the time he was…

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Shehu Sani demands N100m damages for alleged illegal detention

Human rights activist, Senator Shehu Sani, has claimed that his continuous detention by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) without trial is a gross violation of his fundamental rights, and is consequently demanding N100million damages. The ex-lawmaker has dragged the EFCC and the Chairman of ASD Motors, Alh. Sani Dauda, who accused him of extortion, to the Federal High Court, Abuja, where a motion on the enforcement of his fundamental rights was heard on Monday. The Special Adviser to Sani, Suleiman Ahmed, had said that the case came up…

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No escape for Diezani, she must face corruption charges, says Magu

The Acting Chairman, Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, (EFCC), has vowed that a former minister of Petroleum, Diezani Allison-Madueke will be extradited before the end of the year to face corruption charges. He also accused the anti-graft agencies, international partners, especially in the United Kingdom of giving what he described as undue protection to the former minister. Magu spoke on Wednesday during an official visit to the Ibadan zonal office of the Commission, where he was received by the Zonal Head, Mr. Friday Ebelo, accompanied by other top officials. He…

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Sokoto approves N30, 000 minimum wage implementation from January

The Sokoto State Executive Council (EXCO), during its meeting on Wednesday, approved the implementation of N30, 000 minimum wage for workers effective from January, 2020. Briefing newsmen after the meeting, the State’s Commissioner for Information, Alhaji Isa Galadanci, said the adjustments would be reflected in workers’ salaries for the month of January. According to him, “The State civil servants will begin to receive the new minimum wage of N30, 000 with effect from January 2020 and all necessary arrangements have been made toward the adjustment. “I will like to advice…

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Lagos: Thousands of slum dwellers left homeless after mass eviction

The authorities in Lagos have evicted thousands of impoverished residents from a Lagos slum, leaving many homeless, residents and eyewitnesses told CNN. Residents described scenes of panic and confusion on Tuesday, as hundreds of navy personnel pushed into Tarkwa Bay and neighboring island communities on the Lagos Lagoon, ordering them to leave within an hour. The spokesman for the operation, which was launched in December, Navy Cmdr. Thomas Otuji, said the planned demolition of buildings aims to tackle oil theft along pipelines that run through the coastal city. A resident,…

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Court remands ‘Mama Boko Haram’, two others

The Economic and Financial Crimes, (EFCC), on Monday, arraigned A’isha Alkali Wakil better known as “Mama Boko Haram”. The agency’s spokesman, Tony Orilade, in a statement said the agency arraigned “Mama Boko Haram” alongside Tahir Sa’idu Daura and Prince Lawal Shoyade, before Justice Aisha Kumalia of the Borno State High Court, Maiduguri. The three were arraigned on an amended five-count charge, bordering on conspiracy, obtaining money by false pretence and cheating to the tune of N111, 650,000 (One Hundred and Eleven Million, Six Hundred and Fifty Thousand Naira). Investigation by…

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Oxford Dictionary adds Okada, Danfo, ‘Mama Put’, Tokunbo, 25 others

Oxford English Dictionary, OED, said it has added 29 Nigerian words and expressions in the January updates to the dictionary. OED revealed in a blogs post posted on the dictionary’s website that the 29 Nigerian entries form part of the more than 550 new words, senses, and sub-entries added to the Oxford English Dictionary OED’s World English editor, Danica Salazar, said: “The majority of these new additions are either borrowings from Nigerian languages, or unique Nigerian coinages that have only begun to be used in English in the second half…

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46 yr-old American woman arrives Kano to marry 23 yr-old man she met on Instagram

A 46 year-old American woman, Jeanine Delsky, has arrived at Panshekara, a suburb of Kano, to marry her 23-year-old online boyfriend Sulaiman Babayero Isa. According to reports, Ms. Delsky, who lives in California, USA, landed at Malam Aminu Kano International Airport, Kano on Saturday and went straight to Panshekara to meet her prospective in-laws.  She described Isa as loving and sincere, and also revealed their plan of settling in the United States after their marriage.  On his own part, Isa, who just finished secondary school expressed willingness to relocate with…

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