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Police confirm 15 killed in Zamfara attack

The Police Commissioner in Zamfara State,  Kenneth Ebrimson has confirmed the death of 15 villagers in the attack on Zamfara communities on Thursday and Friday

Mr Ebrimson said the attack occurred in a community near the border with Kebbi and blamed armed bandits who have been on renewed killing spree across the state in recent weeks.

Armed bandits on Friday attacked Kabaro and two other villages in Maru Local Government Area of Zamfara State.

The bandits in their dozens rode on motorbikes to attack Kabaro, Danmani Hausawa and Danmani Dakarkari, it was learnt.

The news agency, AFP, however quotes some villagers as saying 27 people were killed in the attacks blamed on a gang of cattle rustlers.

Mr Ebrimson said he had dispatched the area commander to the area to calm the situation.

Hundreds have been killed in attacks linked to cattle-rustling gangs in the North-west state this year alone.

BREAKING: Ten killed as gunmen sack Benue communities overnight

Resident and officials in Benue have confirmed the killing of 10 people following attacks by gunmen.

The assailants attacked villages in Guma Local Government Area,between Friday night and Saturday morning, maiming and killing residents while also setting houses on fire.

Terver Akase, a spokesperson for Governor Samuel Ortorm, said in a statement that Fulani herdsmen were suspected in the attack.

“I can confirm that Fulani herdsmen last night and earlier today invaded Saghev Ward of Guma Local Gvernment Area, Benue State and killed many innocent persons. The attacked communities are Tse-Abi, Tse-Ginde, Tse-Peviv, Tse-Ikyo, Agenke and Gbenke.

“Ten corpses have so far been recovered with many others injured. The armed herdsmen also burnt numerous houses, shops and other property in the area. This mindless attack was unprovoked, and we urge security agencies to arrest the herdsmen behind the killings for prosecution,” he said.

Two other residents of Guma also confirmed they’ve learnt of the attack when asked Saturday afternoon.

Benue police commissioner, Fatai Owoseni, and the command spokesperson, Moses Yamu, did not immediately answer requests for comments.

Sex-for-mark: Female student to appear before OAU panel Tuesday

 

The alleged victim of sexual harassment by a lecturer in the Department of Accounting at the Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile -Ife, Ms. Monica Osagie, has been summoned to appear before the investigative panel probing the incident on Tuesday.

The invitation came barely 24 hours after her lawyer and and Executive Director of Women Advocates Research and Documentation Centre, Dr. Abiola Akiyode-Afolabi, claimed that the victim had not been invited by any panel.

But it was not clear why the letter dated April 19 2018 was not immediately released to her.

Osagie, an MBA regular student of the OAU was said to have gone into hiding since the sex-for-marks scandal broke out.

The letter  inviting Osagie dated April 19 2018 from the Office of the Secretary, Post-Graduate College, was obtained by our correspondent on Saturday in Jos.

The letter with Ref. No: ADP 15/16/H/1424 entitled: “Re: Investigative panel on alleged harassment of a female student: Detailed audio recording: Request for the presentation of Miss Osagie Monica Oselode”, was signed by the OAU Deputy Registrar and Post-Graduate College Secretary, Mrs. A.O. Fadeyibi.

The letter reads: “I write at the instance of the Provost, Post-Graduate College to invite you to appear before the investigative panel on alleged harassment of a female student detailed in audio recording at its meeting which will come up at 10:00am on Tuesday April 24 2018.

“Please be informed that on arrival, you are required to call the Secretary to the panel to facilitate your appearance before the panel. Thank you.”

Akiyode-Afolabi had raised the alarm that Osagie, “resorted to self help” through audio recording after two lecturers approached by her for intervention disappointed her.

According to her, several efforts made by her in reporting her predicament to two senior lecturers in the Faculty of Administration were unsuccessful as they both refused to intervene, adding that she therefore resorted to to self- help in documenting her evidence.

Akiyode-Afolabi, a former Public Officer of the OAU Students Union Government, therefore called on the school authorities “not to compromise the reputation of this old and respected university and its responsibility for protecting its students in a bid to covering the unethical and disgraceful behavior of individual lecturers.

The lecturer at the centre of the scandal Prof Richard Akindele of the Management and Accountancy Department, has been suspended indefinitely by OAU authorities after appearing before the panel last week.

Group releases list of victims of Offa robbery attack

Kwara Must Change, an advocacy group, has released a list of some victims of the robbery attack in Offa, Kwara state.

On April 5, some armed robbers attacked five commercial banks in the community, killing at least 17 persons, including police officers.

In a statement on Friday, the group identified 14 of the victims to include of 10 police officers and four civilians, while promising to update the list as more details emerge.

The listed victims are:

Jamiu Alawode, a 40-year-old old banker at StockcorpMicro-finance Bank in Offa

  • Makinde Grace, daughter of James Oyeyemi, a retired police inspector
  • Pelemo Ayesanmi, an assistant superintendent of police
  • Kuburat Salam
  • Ismaila Jimoh, a member of the association of unity vigilantes, Offa unity headquarters.
  • Oyinlola Shakirat
  • Oke Kayode, a police inspector
  • Danjuma Yusuf, police inspector
  • Babawale Balikisu, a sergeant
  • Kolawole Mustapha, a sergeant
  • Abimbola Adedokun, a sergeant
  • Isha Monday, a sergeant
  • Doyum Nakimbo, a sergeant
  • Officer Abel, popularly called baba Offa

The police had announced the arrest of 19 suspects in relation to the attac

Police promote Magu to CP

The Police Service Commission (PSC) has approved the promotion of Ibrahim Magu, acting chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), to the rank of commissioner of police.

Magu was previously a deputy commissioner of police.

In a statement on Friday, Ikechukwu Ani, PSC spokesman, said 17 other senior police officers were also promoted by the commission.

He said the PSC approved the promotion of the officers at its plenary meeting which held in Abuja, and was presided over by Mike Okiro, its chairman.

The commission had earlier announced the promotion of 45 police officers who captured Chukwudumuje Onuoamadike, kidnapped kingpin better known as Evans, and 21 member of his gang

Ani added that that among those promoted on Friday was Agbola Oshodi-Glover, an assistant inspector-general of police in charge of Zone 11, Osogbo, promoted to the rank of a DIG.

Others are Ghazzali Mohammed, a commissioner of police, administration at force headquarters; and Peace Abdallah, CP, force intelligence bureau, force headquarters, both promoted to assistant inspector general of police.

Also promoted are Ebere C. Onyeagoro, DCP administration, Kaduna state command; and Moshood O. Gbolarumi, DCP maritime, Lagos, promoted to the rank of commissioner of police.

Other promotions approved by the commission include one assistant commissioner of police, nine chief superintendents of police, one deputy superintendent of police, one assistant superintendent of police, and one inspector.

National Identification Number now required to to own land in FCT

The federal capital territory administration (FCTA) says the national identification number (NIN) is now mandatory for land allocation within the FCT.

Muhammad Bello, FCT minister, disclosed this on Thursday when he received Aliyu Aziz, director-general, National Identity Management Commission (NIMC).

Bello said there is the need for every land allocated to be matched to an individual through NIN “in order to prevent multiple allocations.”

He also said this would ensure fairness and equity in the allocation process.

He commended Aziz for the increase in enrollment figures and measures put in place to ensure safety of data of Nigerians in the national identity database (NIDB).

The minister added that ongoing harmonisation efforts would help in checking duplication of functions among data collecting agencies.

Aziz said the NIMC act makes NIN mandatory for every citizen and legal resident, and is already being implemented by top government agencies as a basic requirement for offering government services.

He thanked Bello for “the steps he has taken so far to ensure the success of the national identity management system”.

OAU sex for marks scandal : I was never invited by any panel – Monica Osagie speaks

Monica Osetobe Osagie, who was named earlier yesterday by the Obafemi Awolowo University, as the the female voice in the viral Sex-For-Mark tape has denied being invited by the Committee set up by the university.

In a telephone conversation, Osetobe, said she was never contacted by the school officials.

According to her, “The management didn’t contact me. If they did, I would have honoured them”.

Recall the Obafemi Awolowo University had on Thursday morning, released statement claiming, the female voice owner of the Sex-For-Mark conversation has been identified, as Monica Osetobe, who was contacted, but failed to show up.

The Vice-Chancellor of Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, has received and considered the interim report of the Committee set up to investigate the allegation of sexual harassment revealed in a leaked audio recording.

In the interim report submitted to the Vice Chancellor, Professor Eyitope Ogunbodede, Professor Richard I. Akindele, of the Department of Management and Accounting, is now established to be the lecturer in the controversial “marks for sex” audio recording. The female voice has also been identified
as that of Miss Monica Osetobe OSAGIE, a Postgraduate Student on the Master of Business Administration Regular programme.

Although the Investigative Committee had invited both Professor Richard I. Akindele and Miss Osagie, only Professor Akindele had appeared before the Committee, while Miss Osagie is yet to appear or make
any representation.

The report indicated that many other witnesses appeared before the Committee and gave useful evidence. The University is making efforts to ensure that Miss Osagie appears before the investigative committee so that it can hear her side of the case and promptly submit its final report.

The Committee observed that a prima facie case of inappropriate relationship with the female student had been established against Professor Richard I. Akindele. The Vice-Chancellor, having carefully and dispassionately considered the report, also came to the conclusion that a prima facie case of serious misconduct had been established.

Having regard to the gravity of the offence for which Professor Richard I. Akindele is found to be prima facie liable, the Vice-Chancellor, in line with the Code of Conduct for the University Community and acting under all the laws and regulations of the University enabling him in that regard, has directed that Professor Richard I. Akindele be suspended forthwith from the University, pending the final determination of the disciplinary case against him.

According to the school, under the provisions of the relevant Statute of the University, an academic staff can only be dismissed from service or have his or her appointment terminated only when the matter on which consideration is being given has been investigated by a Joint Council and Senate Committee, and the staff has appeared before the committee with his or her counsel, if so desired. This procedure is the minimum requirement of the law and regulations of the University.

“It should therefore be noted that the suspension of Professor Richard Akindele is on the basis of the findings of the Investigative Committee that he is prima facie liable, and this decision will abide, pending the final determination of the case by the Council of the University.

“We will like to reiterate that OAU will continue to do everything legally and morally acceptable in pursuance of its avowed commitment to zero tolerance for sexual harassment, intimidation and, or coercion.”

FG seizes N2.3bn assets from Fayose, Obanikoro, Omisore

 

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has recovered property and cash worth N2.273 billion from Governor Ayodele Fayose, ex-Deputy Governor Iyiola Omisore and a former Minister of State for Defence, Senator Musiliu Obanikoro, out of the N4.685 billion allocated to them by the Office of National Security Adviser (ONSA).

The said cash, which was sourced from the $2.1 billion voted for arms procurement, was meant for the 2014 governorship campaign by Fayose and Omisore on the ticket of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).

The trial of Omisore by EFCC is expected to begin any moment from now because charges have been preferred and filed against him.

The EFCC is awaiting a date from the court for the arraignment of Omisore, who might be re-arrested.

But the prosecution of Fayose is withheld till after the completion of his tenure and immediately he hands over to the next governor of the state.

But Obanikoro, who was allegedly the courier of the fund to Fayose and Omisore, was still being investigated by detectives following more cases he was allegedly linked with.

A fact-sheet obtained from the EFCC revealed that out of the N4.685 billion, detectives traced N2.0030 billion to Omisore; N685 million to Obanikoro and N1.3 billion and $5.377 million (at the exchange rate of N168 to $1) to Fayose.

The document said: “The N4.685 billion was disbursed by ONSA through a company, Sylvan McNamara Limited, which was submitted by Obanikoro for onward transfer to Fayose and Omisore for their gubernatorial election in 2014 on the platform of the PDP.

“Out of the sum, Omisore got N1.7 billion and additional N330 million was given to him through his company, Fimex Guilt Limited, bringing his campaign slush cash to N2.0030 billion.

“From his share, Omisore has paid back N350 million. Although he pleaded for more time, EFCC is expecting the balance from him.”

The fact-sheet stated that charges have been preferred against Omisore.

The document gave the details of how arms cash was allocated to Fayose and the retention of N685 million by Obanikoro.

It said: On his part, Fayose was allocated N1.3 billion and $5.377 million (at the exchange rate of N168. The $5,377,000 was handed over in cash by Obanikoro to Fayose while the N1.3 billion was received by Fayose’s associate, Mr. Abiodun Agbele, in the presence of the ex-Minister’s Aide-de-Camp, who also accompanied them to the bank along with bank officials.

“From the $5 million, Fayose gave his Personal Assistant, Agbele about $1million, which he exchanged to Naira and paid for properties on behalf of the governor. Detectives suspected that Fayose added more of the N1.3 billion cash to what he gave Agbele to buy the affected assets.

“The properties worth N1.8 billion purchased with the said proceeds of crime have been recovered from Fayose and his sister, Moji Ladeji.

“These assets include four in Lagos (N1.1 billion) and two in Abuja worth about N500 million to N700 million.

“But Fayose has been claiming that he used his company, Spotless to obtain a loan of N120 million from Zenith Bank as part of what he used to buy one of the properties in Abuja. We are already tracking how he disbursed the N1.3 billion.

“A prima facie case has been established against Fayose but he is enjoying immunity from prosecution as enshrined in the 1999 Constitution. He will, however, face trial as soon as he hands over power to his successor.

“But the associate of the governor, Abiodun Agbele, has been charged to court accordingly.”

Regarding the investigation of Obanikoro, the fact-sheet indicated that “the ex-minister retained N685 million out of the N4.685 billion given to him by ONSA.

“A sum of N123 million has been recovered from Obanikoro, who claimed he was only asked to deliver the cash to both Fayose and Omisore for their gubernatorial campaign.

“The ex-minister is still under investigation following some cases allegedly still linked with him.”

 

•Judges nullify victory at high court

THE Court of Appeal yesterday ordered two accounts of Ekiti State Governor Ayo Fayose domiciled with the Zenith Bank to be frozen.

The court gave the order having been convinced by the argument of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) that they were used to keep proceeds of crime.

The three-man panel, led Justice Joseph Shagbaor Ikyegh, allowed the EFCC appeal and upturned the judgment of the Federal High Court, Ado-Ekiti, which was delivered about one year and four months ago.

Other members of the panel are Justice Boloukurumo Moses Ugo and Justice Mohammed Mustapha.

The judgment of the lower court, which unblocked the governor’s two accounts, was delivered by Justice Taiwo Taiwo on December 13, 2016.

Fayose withdrew N5 million from one of the accounts immediately and transferred the sum of N75 to his lawyer, Chief Mike Ozekhome (SAN).

Dissatisfied with the Ado-Ekiti Federal High Court’s verdict, the EFCC filed an appeal at the appellate court on three grounds.

The anti-graft agency contended that the immunity enjoyed by the governor did not preclude his account from being frozen.

The Appeal Court allowed the appeal and held that Fayose’s accounts, which were unblocked by the Federal High Court, be frozen.

The court delivered the judgment upon reading the record of the appeal and after hearing EFCC’s counsel, Mr. Rotimi Oyedepo, Fayose’s counsel, Mike Ozekhome and Zenith Bank’s counsel, Mr. Oluwasegun Ayinde.

Justice Ikyegh ordered “that the appeal is meritorious and, having resolved all three issues agitated in the appeal in appellant’s (EFCC’s) favour.

“That the appeal is hereby allowed; that the judgment delivered by Justice Taiwo Taiwo of the Federal High Court, Ekiti Judicial Division, on the 13th day of December, 2016, granting the claims of the 1st respondent in Suit No: FHC/AD/CS/27/2016 is hereby set aside.”

The two accounts had earlier been frozen by Justice Mohammed Shuaibu of Federal High Court, Lagos in an ex-parte motion brought by the EFCC.

Arsene Wenger quits as Arsenal manager after 22 years

Arsene Wenger has announced that he will stand down as Arsenal manager at the end of the season.

The 68-year-old took charge of the club in 1996 and guided them to three Premier League titles and seven FA Cups, although in recent years his record came under scrutiny.

Pressure mounted on the former Nancy, Monaco and Nagoya Grampus Eight boss when he failed to lead Arsenal into the Champions League for the first time since 1996-97 last summer, and with the Gunners destined to again miss that competition, he has decided to call it quits.

In a statement published on the club’s official website, he said: “After careful consideration and following discussions with the club, I feel it is the right time for me to step down at the end of the season.

“I am grateful for having had the privilege to serve the club for so many memorable years.

“I managed the club with full commitment and integrity.

“I want to thank the staff, the players, the Directors and the fans who make this club so special.

“I urge our fans to stand behind the team to finish on a high.

“To all the Arsenal lovers take care of the values of the club.

“My love and support for ever.”

Meanwhile, majority shareholder Stan Kroenke expressed his thanks to the Frenchman for his service to the north London side.

“This is one of the most difficult days we have ever had in all our years in sport,” he said. “One of the main reasons we got involved with Arsenal was because of what Arsne has brought to the club on and off the pitch. His longevity and consistency over such a sustained period at the highest level of the game will never be matched.

“Arsene has unparalleled class and we will always be grateful to him. Everyone who loves Arsenal and everyone who loves football owes him a debt of gratitude. Three Premier League titles, including an entire season unbeaten, seven FA Cup triumphs and 20 successive years in the Champions League is an exceptional record. He has also transformed the identity of our club and of English football with his vision for how the game can be played.

“We have high ambitions to build on Arsène’s remarkable tenure and to honour his vision by ensuring that Arsenal competes for and wins the biggest and most important prizes in the game.

“We must now focus on making a strong finish to the season and ask our millions of fans around the world to join us in paying appropriate tribute to one of the greats of Arsenal’s history and one of the greats of the game.”

More to follow…

Okorocha imposes N3,000 ‘development levy’ on all adults in Imo

Governor of Imo state, Rochas Okorocha has ordered all “leviable adults” in the state to pay N3,000 each as “development levy”.

According to a statement by Louis Duru, the state commissioner for community government, culture and traditional affairs, the money is to be used for  “autonomous community adult development”.

Duru said the state had registered at least 2,ooo leviable adults in each of the 637 autonomous communities.

He added that recognised communities will serve as the collectors and they are to pay not less than N6 million each.

Okorocha warned that the traditional rulers of defaulting communities will have their allowances or salaries suspended.

“To facilitate the payment, the state government through the ministry of CGC, since September 2016, has provided community adult registers for all autonomous communities in the state where the communities will enlist the names of at least 2000 leviable adults”, the statement read.

“Consequently, His Excellency Owelle Anayo Rochas Okorocha has directed that all recognised autonomous communities in Imo State should pay the minimum adult development levy of N6,000,000 (Six million Naira only) without further delay.

“Any recognised autonomous community that fails to pay the development levy will be merged with sister autonomous community that had paid and the salaries/allowances of the traditional ruler will be suspended.

“Government has concluded arrangements to embark on sensitisation meetings with traditional rulers at the local government areas to further emphasize His Excellency’s directives and monitor compliance.”