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Pastor allegedly impregnates two teenage siblings

The Police have arrested a 30-year-old pastor suspected to have impregnated two primary school siblings aged 15 and 17 years respectively.

Pastor of Unabii Christian Church, Kenya, Alfred Maingi Ndolo, was apprehended after the two orphaned girls who lived with their grandmother, disclosed that they had both been having sexual relationships with the pastor and were pregnant.

The grandmother reported the matter to the Police, and the suspect was arrested as investigations were launched.

According to the girls’ grandmother (name withheld), the two girls were lured into the ‘unholy alliance’ by the pastor who was a frequent visitor to their house as a ‘spiritual advisor’ to the girls.

The girls subsequently frequented his church.

“I never suspected anything until early this week when I noticed that the physique of the 15-year-old girl had changed and she was withdrawn.

“However, my questioning did not yield much and I opted to take them to a nearby health centre for medical checkup, where I was told that both of them were pregnant,” she said.

Incidentally, as the police were recording statements from the girls at Ngoliba police station, the 17-year-old developed labour pains and was rushed to Thika Level 5 Hospital where she delivered a baby girl through Caesarian section.

Confirming the incident, Thika East Deputy OCPD, Zipporah Nderitu, said the suspect was being held for the alleged crime and that he would be arraigned in court to answer to the defilement charges.

“We will call for DNA test and lock in the suspect for good, as he is said to have committed a similar offence seven years ago in Oldonyo Sabuk and served his full term in prison,” she said.

(Kenyan agency)

Lagos Sexual Offences Court jails 58-year-old paedophile for 60 years

An Ikeja Sexual Offences and Domestic Violence Court on Wednesday sentenced Obinna Iziejen, a 58-year-old paedophile, to 60 years imprisonment with hard labour for defiling a 12-year-old pupil.

Iziejen was convicted of the offence of defilement on Feb. 15.

The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the sentence is the first judgment of the Sexual Offences Court inaugurated by Gov. Akinwunmi Ambode of Lagos State on Feb. 1.

Justice Sybil Nwaka, in her judgment, said that the sentence would serve as a deterrent to sexual predators in the state.

She said: “I cannot agree more with the prosecuting counsel that incidences of rape have taken a new astronomical dimension in our society.

“The rate at which men in our society are prowling around, looking for young underage children to defile, is alarming.

“Children, especially the girl child, are no longer safe in the custody of uncles, brothers even fathers; this is sad.

“Our children, especially the girl child, should be encouraged to cry out and report any sexual assault against them, as this is the only way to correct this dire situation.

“We desire to make the city of Lagos and its environs safe for our children.

“These children are leaders of tomorrow and as such, not to be ruined in their formative years.

“The state of Lagos has zero tolerance for sexual offences.

“For these reasons, I hereby sentence you to 60 years imprisonment with hard labour; this is the judgment of this honourable court.”

NAN reports that the convict was arraigned on Feb. 12 alongside Raimi Jimoh (38) and Arowolo Olorunwa (35) on a three-count charge of defilement of a child.

Iziejen had pleaded guilty while Jimoh and Olorunwa claimed innocence of the charges.

NAN reports that the trial of Jimoh and Olorunwa, who pleaded not guilty, will commence soon.

According to Mr Jide Boye, the Chief State Counsel, the convict committed the offence in 2017 at Orimedu Town, Ibeju-Lekki, Lagos.

According to him, the child is a 12-year-old primary five pupil.

“It was observed by her school authorities that she often returned late from her lunch break during school hours.

“Upon enquiry, the child admitted that Olorunwa has been having sexual intercourse with her during the break time.

“The head teacher of the school, probing further, reported the matter at the Akodo Police Station, Ibeju-Lekki.

“At the police station, the child also identified Jimoh and Iziejen as persons who also defiled her on a number of occasions during her break time.”

The prosecution revealed that Iziejen, in his statement to the police, admitted defiling the pupil on three occasions in his home.

NAN reports that on Feb. 15, during the facts and sentence for the case, Iziejen was convicted of defilement by the court.

During the facts and sentence proceedings, Boye had urged the court to allow justice take its course, and that a stiff punishment should be meted out to Iziejen, to send a clear message to the public.

“A situation where our children, especially the girl child, cannot freely move around even in schools, should be condemned by the state.

“The state will deal decisively with anyone found guilty of sexual offences.

“The victim/survivor should be reassured of justice, because the state has put the necessary facilities in place, to make sure that they are adequately protected,” Boye had said.

Section 137 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, 2011, prescribes a mandatory life sentence for anyone found guilty of defiling a child.

(NAN)

Two pupils die in Abuja school after eating party biscuits

The police in the Federal Capital Territory have confirmed the death of two pupils of the Local Education Authority (LEA), Kubwa II school after eating biscuits at a party.

The News Agency of Nigeria reports that on Tuesday, two 14-year-old pupils of the school, Nehemiah Yahaya and Yahaya Garba, of primary 5 and 4 respectively, died after eating biscuits at a party allegedly organised by unknown persons.

The spokesperson of the police in the FCT, Anjuguri Manzah, told NAN that no arrest had been made as investigation was ongoing.

He said that the case would be transferred to the command’s Criminal Investigation Department for discreet investigation.

Following the incident, the Chairman, Bwari Area Council, Musa Dikko, suspended activities at the school till Monday, February 26.

Man bites off snake’s head in revenge

A farmer in northern India reportedly chewed off a snake’s head in revenge after the reptile bit him, with his attending doctors saying they had never come across such a bizarre case, a local media reported on Wednesday.

The incident took place in Uttar Pradesh state’s Hardoi district at the weekend, when the man identified only by his first name, Sonelal – was rushed to a government health centre after locals found him unconscious.

The man told villagers that he was grazing his cattle in the fields when the snake bit him, which however made him so angry he chewed off its hood before spitting it out.

“The snake bit me, so I held its head and chewed it off, it died, then I brought it back to the village. I tore off its head again,’’ Sonelal told the ANI news agency.

Sanjay Kumar, a doctor who treated him said he was amazed that the man survived after biting the hood, which could have contained venom, assuming it was a poisonous snake.

However, the local media said that the doctors failed to find any marks of snakebite on his body.

“I’ve never seen such a case in my life. The man was all right even after biting a snake,’’ Kumar said.

Witnesses who claimed they saw him ingest part of the snake said they suspected the man was addicted to drugs.

Medical officials believe that the man’s abnormal reaction could only be explained if he was under the influence of drugs.

(dpa/NAN)

Akwa Ibom, Rivers receive highest as FAAC disbursement increased 25% in 2017

Nigeria Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative, NEITI, on Tuesday in Abuja said the Federation Account Allocation Committee (FAAC) disbursements increased by 25 per cent in 2017.

The NEITI Director of Communications and Advocacy, Orji Orji, said this in a statement.

Mr. Orji said FAAC disbursed a total sum of N6.418 trillion in 2017 showing an increase of 25.8 per cent and 6.8 per cent when compared to total disbursements of N5.1 trillion and N6.011 trillion in 2016 and 2015 respectively.

Quoting the latest edition of its Quarterly Review titled: “Analysis of FAAC Disbursements in 2017 and Projections for 2018” Mr. Orji said a further breakdown of the amount disbursed in 2017 showed that the Federal Government received N2.564 trillion.

The review showed that the 36 states got N1.859 trillion while the 774 local governments shared N1.502 trillion.

The review, it explained, noted that despite the fact that FAAC disbursements increased in 2017 over the preceding years, they were still 34.1 per cent and 25.3 per cent lower than total disbursements of N9.742 trillion and N8.595 trillion in 2013 and 2014 respectively.

The NEITI review attributed the revenue increase in 2017 to rising crude oil prices, improved oil production, and greater attention towards development of non-oil revenue sectors.

It projected brighter prospects in 2018 as a result of the current oil price which recently hovers around 70 dollars per barrel, in addition to upsurge in oil production.

A state-by- state breakdown of the FAAC allocations in 2017 by the review showed that Akwa Ibom State received the highest share of N143.6 billion, followed by Rivers State with a total allocation of N119.6 billion.

Delta State came third with a total allocation of N111.2 billion in 2017 while Bayelsa State got N105.3 billion to take the fourth position.

However, Osun State received N10.4 billion to take the lowest position of FAAC within the year under review.

“Another striking feature of the latest NEITI review of FAAC allocations is the disclosure that the third quarter of 2017 recorded highest revenues of N1.929 trillion, while second quarter recorded the lowest revenues of N1.377 trillion,” Orji said.

He said revenue disbursements from Value Added Tax (VAT) have been on the increase since 2015.

“The increase is an indication of a positive signal in recognition of the government’s policy towards the development of non-oil sectors through sustained revenue generation from services.

”VAT disbursements in 2017 were N967.7 billion and N811 billion in 2016. This represents an increase of 19.3 per cent in 2017 over the figures for 2016.

”Also, total VAT disbursements in 2015 were N778.7 billion. This represents an increase of N188.9 billion (24.3 per cent) over the 2015 figures,” Mr. Orji added.

The review stated that the 36 states received the highest share of VAT revenues of N464.5 billion in 2017, followed by N325.1 billion shared among the 774 local governments, while the federal government received the lowest share from VAT proceeds with N139.3 billion.

It noted that this is on the account of the fact that states take 50 per cent of VAT, while local government areas and the federal government take 35 per cent and 15 per cent respectively.

On Paris Club loan refunds, the review disclosed that the 36 states received N760.18 billion.

”The refunds were released in two batches of N516.38 billion and N243.79 billion respectively.

”A breakdown showed that Rivers State got the highest amount of N44.925 billion while Gombe State received the lowest sum of N13.4 billion,” Mr. Orji said.

(NAN)

‘111 girls still unaccounted for’ — police contradict Yobe commissioner

The Yobe police command says a total of 111 students of Government Girls Technical College, Dapchi, are still unaccounted for, following a Boko Haram attack in the school on Monday.

This comes shortly after Mohammed Lamin, the state commissioner of education, said 48 missing students had returned.

Lamin had said: “This has brought down the 94 missing students realised at the yesterday headcount to 48 this morning. We are still hopeful that more are returning soon.”

But Abdulmaliki Sumonu, the state commissioner of police, contradicted him by saying 111 girls, not the 94 earlier reported, were still unaccounted for.

Addressing journalists in Damaturu, the state capital, Sumonu said: “815 out of the 926 students were physically seen in the school as of Tuesday.

“There are reports that more girls have returned to the school after the headcount.

The commissioner added there were no reports of abductions nor deaths inside the school.

He added: “I asked the school’s principal if there were abductions or deaths in the school and she said no.

“I am not unaware of the rumours going on, l want to appeal to the press and the society to please cooperate with the security agencies in this situation.”

Yobe attack: 48 missing girls have returned, says govt

The Yobe state government says 48 of the 94 students of Government Girls Technical College, Dapchi, who were declared missing after Monday’s Boko Haram attack, have returned.

Some of the students fled after insurgents invaded the school.

One of the teachers in the school was quoted to have said a headcount was taken after the attack.

“After the roll call, 610 out the total number of 704 students have returned. We are still searching for the remaining 94 students,” he was quoted to have said.

“We cannot say [if they have been abducted], because the insurgents went into the students’ hostel, and many of these students scaled the fence and escaped into the bushes.”

But Mohammed Lamin, the state commissioner of education, disclosed that while 28 of the missing students returned on Tuesday night, 20 more returned on Wednesday morning.

“This has brought down the 94 missing students realised at the yesterday headcount to 48 this morning,” he said.

“We are still hopeful that more are returning soon.”

Most of the students were said to have been rescued by villagers in bushes around Dapchi.

There has been tension in the area amid speculations that some of the students might have been abducted by the insurgents.

Abdumaliki Sunmonu, Yobe police commissioner, had said the police could not establish if there was a case of abduction.

It was gathered that parents have started evacuating their wards from the school.

Serena Williams reveals she ‘almost died’ after birth of daughter

Serena Williams, tennis champion, says she “almost died after giving birth” to her daughter, Olympia.

In an op-ed penned for CNN, Williams said although her pregnancy was as smooth as she could possibly hope for, things went south “just 24 hours after giving birth”.

Williams said she considers herself “fortunate” to have around her a good team of doctors who rose to the occasion.

She wrote in part: “While I had a pretty easy pregnancy, my daughter was born by emergency C-section after her heart rate dropped dramatically during contractions. The surgery went smoothly. Before I knew it, Olympia was in my arms. It was the most amazing feeling I’ve ever experienced in my life. But what followed just 24 hours after giving birth were six days of uncertainty.

“It began with a pulmonary embolism, which is a condition in which one or more arteries in the lungs become blocked by a blood clot. Because of my medical history with this problem, I live in fear of this situation. So, when I fell short of breath, I didn’t wait a second to alert the nurses.

“This sparked a slew of health complications that I am lucky to have survived. First my C-section wound popped open due to the intense coughing I endured as a result of the embolism. I returned to surgery, where the doctors found a large hematoma, a swelling of clotted blood, in my abdomen. And then I returned to the operating room for a procedure that prevents clots from traveling to my lungs. When I finally made it home to my family, I had to spend the first six weeks of motherhood in bed.

“I am so grateful I had access to such an incredible medical team of doctors and nurses at a hospital with state-of-the-art equipment. They knew exactly how to handle this complicated turn of events. If it weren’t for their professional care, I wouldn’t be here today.”

Williams, a UNICEF ambassador, is now championing better healthcare for expectant women to avoid dying from pregnancy or childbirth-related causes.

Liberia is broke, says George Weah

Liberia’s new President George Weah on Tuesday pledged to fight corruption as he spoke about conditions in his “broke country” on the first day of an official visit to Paris.

  1. The former international football star who, took office on January 22, is faced with a dire economic situation in Liberia following two civil wars and a deadly Ebola epidemic in 2013-2015.

“I inherited a country that is very broke, depleted by political malfeasance. We have to make sure that the things that happened will not happen again,” Weah said during a conference.

“I ordered a complete audit to make sure that what belongs to the government goes to the government.”

Weah also spoke about another top priority, education for young people who represent 60 percent of Liberia’s 4.7 million inhabitants.

“I believe in education. Yes, I didn’t have the opportunity in my early days but after my career I went back to school. Today I can boast of a master’s degree,” said the new leader, who grew up in a Monrovia slum.

Founded 170 years ago by freed slaves, Liberia is “the oldest African country but we don’t have an engineering school. We don’t even have a diagnosis centre to tell if someone has Ebola,” Weah said, vowing to do more to get children in school and “to leave the street”.

On his first foreign trip as president, Weah on Wednesday will meet with French President Emmanuel Macron at the Elysee Palace, along with several sports figures, and the vice president of the World Bank for Africa, Makhtar Diop.

AFP

Court freezes accounts of Navy Admiral who received billions controversially

The Federal High Court, Abuja, on Wednesday granted permission to the Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, to freeze the accounts of Tahir Yusuf, a retired naval officer.

The judge, Ijeoma Ojukwu, made the order following an ex parte order filed by Elizabeth Alabi on behalf of the EFCC chairman.

“An order is hereby made granting the chairman of the EFCC or any officer of the commission, powers to instruct the Managing Director of Zenith Bank Plc or the Chief Compliance officer of Zenith Bank to issue a freezing order.

“The freezing order is in respect to the accounts shown in the application until investigation into the matter is concluded.”

The judge made a similar order directing the managing director of Skye Bank to also issue a freezing order in respect to the same accounts in his bank.

She further ordered that should investigations reveal a prima facie case against the respondent, the EFCC should take steps to prosecute appropriately as stipulated by law.

Earlier, Mr. Alabi informed the court that the commission received intelligence report with regards to some unusual transactions between the account of the Nigerian Navy and those of Mr. Yusuf.

She said that upon investigation, it was discovered that huge sums of money were transferred from the navy’s account to the account of Mr. Yusuf and Babajide Oguntade, both retired officers of the navy.

“We discovered an inflow of about N2 billion into a joint account they had opened. On further investigation, we realised that the money had been spent.

“We also uncovered about seven accounts belonging to Yusuf with the bank and these are the accounts we want the court to freeze so we can conclude our investigation, “she said.

The counsel said that investigations were still on to unravel why monies were moved from the Nigerian Navy’s account into the individual accounts.

Justice Ojukwu adjourned the matter until April 20, for counsel to report back.

(NAN)