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A Lagos mobile court has sentenced a fake soldier identified as Kabiru Mohammed, to six weeks imprisonment for assault and impersonation.

Chairman of the state Environmental and Special Offences (Enforcement) Unit Shola Jejeloye disclosed that Mohammed was arrested on Friday by operatives of the task force after he assaulted their members at the Airport bus stop on Lagos-Abeokuta Expressway.

He explained that the operatives of the agency were coming from a monitoring and enforcement operation with over 150 impounded motorcycles loaded in three trucks when the fake soldier, whose commercial motorcycle was among those impounded, mobilized other miscreants and attacked the team with stones, bottles, and iron rods.

The fake soldier was subsequently arrested after the attack and during investigations at our office, it was discovered that he was an impersonator. The man later confessed to having only claimed to be a soldier in order to retrieve his impounded commercial motorcycle and that he painted his motorcycle with Nigerian Army camouflage to evade arrest from security agents while engaging in commercial activities on restricted routes,” Jejeloye said.

Magistrate Oyebimbola Israel Adelakun, who presided over the matter the same day, sentenced Mohammed, 25, to six weeks in jail with N40,000 as an option of a fine.

Health authorities in the Democratic Republic of Congo have confirmed one more case of Ebola.

It was gathered that this case is connected to the first case, reported earlier this month, of a nurse who died in the resurgence of the virus in the eastern DR Congo.

According to the World Health Organization, the country has now confirmed seven cases and four deaths. 

More than 250 health workers and high-risk contacts have been vaccinated.

The country launched a vaccination campaign seven days after the resurgence.

Mr Tijani, Samad Mutairu and Tairu Akandgbe, age 35, 35 and 30 respectively were charged to an Osun State Magistrates’ Court sitting in Osogbo for supposedly beating up a King in his palace.

The men stormed into the palace of the king: Alabudo of Abudo, in the Egbedore Local Government Area of Osun State, Oba Morufu Olawale and assaulted him. They not only beat up the king, they also beat those working at the palace.

The men entered the community and distrupted its peace with their actions and unruly behaviour before entering into the palace. They used cutlass to slap the king and beat up the labourer who were working in the palace. 

The police prosecutor, Kayode Asanbe, said the defendants were charged on two count which is breach of peace and assault. The reason for their action is still unknown.

In a  one-day capacity workshop which was organized by the Delta State Independent National Electoral Commission DSIEC in collaboration with NUJ Delta State Council, DSIEC, has assured the people of Delta that the forthcoming 2021 Local Government elections will be free, fair and credible.

Chief Mike Ogbodu, Rtd, the DSIEC Chairman, said this in a statement when speaking to newsmen at the workshop in preparation of the election. He also told the stakeholders to go and do their homework and be rest assured of their contribution during the election.

In reply to the statement, the Chairman of the Nigerian Union of Journalists (NUJ), Delta State Chapter, Comrade Michael Ikeogwu said the NUJ and its members will provide, “maximum coverage and an unbiased reportage is what we are going to deliver,” for the elections.

DSIEC Commissioner, Public Affairs and Communication, James Umukoro said “the workshop was specifically meant to prepare participants who are members of the State NUJ drawn from the private and public sectors of both the print and electronic media, for the election.”

He added that “It is intended to further enlighten participants on their expected countless roles and duties geared towards the realization of unbiased reportage and non-sectional news regarding the conduct and actual outcome of the March 6, 2021 Local Government Council election.”

The election is set to hold one week from now.

On Monday, many Nigerian soldiers were killed when the Boko Haram terrorist collided an explosives-laden vehicle into them during a clash in Yobe State.  

The bomber, who was believed to be a member of the Islamic State West Africa Province(ISWAP) which split from the mainstream Boko Haram in 2016, has targeted the military convoy in Goniri, a border community between Yobe and Borno States during a shootout.

 A military source said “There was an SVBIED (Suicide Vehicle Borne Improvised Explosive Device) attack at Goniri yesterday, so many soldiers were killed and injured. The number of casualties is currently unknown,”

The ISWAP which have become a dominant group, focusing on military targets and high-profile attacks, including against aid workers have repeatedly claimed by the Nigerian Army that they defeated the insurgent. 

Veteran highlife musician, Pa Christopher Ajilo also known as Chris Ajilo is dead. He died at his home town in Ijebu-Ijesha, Osun State on Saturday at 91

The death of the music legend and octogenerian saxophonist who was one of the pioneers of highlife music in Nigeria, who ruled the airwaves in the 50s to 80s, and was also involved in music production and arrangement with Polygram Records for many years, brought a lot of reactions from the music industry.

Music legend, Evangelist Ebenezer Obey; popular folk singer, Jimi Solanke, and others have reacted to the death of the highlife music legend, Another top musician, Orlando Julius Ekemode; popular folklore musician Segun Akinlolu, popularly known as Beautiful Nubia and Fuji act, Ramon Akani (aka RK1), have also eulogised the ‘Eko O Gba Gbere’ crooner. He was said that is personality as a perfect gentleman stood him out and also earned him much respect in the industry to the extent of serving in various capacities of industry, including, the General Manager of Performing and Mechanical Rights Society of Nigeria for many years.

Obey condole with his children and family, just as he prayed that God will grant them the fortitude to bear the great loss. He said that Ajilo is the last of a generation of veterans like Victor Olaiya, Bobby Benson, and others that formed the Nigerian Union of Musicians, the first guild for musicians.

The National Secretary, Senator John J. Akpanudoedehe of  All Progressives Congress (APC) Caretaker/Extraordinary Convention Planning Committee (CECPC) has announced in a statement the extension of its ongoing nationwide membership registration by three weeks.

He said the exercise lagged behind because of shortage of registration materials in some states chapters across the federation due to the massive turnout of intending registrants beyond the expectation of the party.

He said the exercise was being extended in response to the demands across the states for an extension to allow accommodation of all prospective members.

The statement revealed that “additional disbursement of registration materials to meet up with the demands reported in most states has however commenced and will continue until the material needs of all the affected states are adequately met.”

He said that, in response to the demands across the states for an extension to allow accommodation of all prospective members, the Party has therefore extended the nationwide membership registration exercise by a period of three (3) weeks.

The extension will shift the end of the exercise to Wednesday, March 31, 2021.

Ex-Governor of Ekiti State, Governor Ayodele Fayose has publicly endorsed the current chairman of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP), Chief Bisi Kolawole for the 2022 governorship election. 

Fayose made this known when he visited the Efon-Alaaye home of Kolawole, which he was well received by the party chairman, wife, and Efon Local Government Chairman, Yemi Ajanaku. 

Kolawole had been Fayose’s ally since he was governor and the former governor’s endorsement does not affect his current position as chairman. 

He was also a former Councillor, Environment Commissioner, and a member of the House of Assembly during Fayose’s second term.

Gunmen killed three police officers in Benin City, Edo State and abducted a young man who is known as Andy Ehanire, a younger brother of the Nigeria Minister of Health, Osagie Ehanire and managing director of the Ogba Zoological Gardens, Benin City

Moses Nkombe, the police spokesperson in Edo said the incident happened at the zoological garden. He said that the policemen were posted to the garden to provide security at the zoo and nature park and the killing caused a lot of disruption as people in the park ran for their lives.

 Mr Nkombe said “Our men are working on that (the incident), though we have not made any arrest, the remains of the police officers have since been deposited at the morgue of the Benin Central Hospital.”

Edo State, like several other Nigerian states, has an increase in the rate of kidnapping and other crimes.

Two houses and the Holy Family Catholic Church in Kikwari Village of Kajuru Council area of Kduna State was burned to ashes by some bandits. 

Commissioner for Internal Security and Home Affair

s Samuel Aruwan said in a statement yesterday that nine persons were equally kidnapped in the Sabon Birni area of Kaduna State.

He said the attack took place on weekends “Security agencies have reported that armed bandits razed the building of the Holy Family Catholic Church, and two homes in Kikwari. According to the report, the locals fled the area on receiving information that some bandits were sighted outside the village, leading the armed bandits to set ablaze the place of worship and the two houses.”

In the attack, a brother to the deceased, one Sale Musa and his son Amiru Sale Musa, were shot dead. The bandits operating in groups also abducted a number of persons, mostly women and children.

The Governor, El-Rufai, sympathized with the community, and condemned the setting ablaze of the place of worship and two houses by armed bandits.

He empathized with the church and assured them that the government under his watch would continue to work hard in the fight against banditry and other crimes. He charged worshippers to remain strong in their faith and devotion, and see it as an act perpetrated by enemies of peace, humanity and diversity who will not succeed.

HRM Aarom Ikuru, the monarch of Ikuru town in his residence on Sunday night in Andoni Local Government area of Rivers State was kidnapped by an unknown gunman. Some boat travellers, including a Lecturer at the University of Port Harcourt, were also kidnapped by unknown gunmen.

Mr Maurice Ikuru, the monarch spokesperson, said that the Monarch was kidnapped around 8:30 or 9pm.

The spokesman to the State police Command, Nnamdi Omoni said that the identity of those who were kidnapped were yet to be known including the identity of those who kidnapped them. He assured the people to put their mind to rest and that investigation is on-going

The Nigerian Air Force (NAF), aircraft, a Beechcraft KingAir B350i (NAF 201), crashed at Nassau Village while returning to the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport Abuja after reporting engine failure enroute Minna in Niger State.

The aircraft which was going to make surveillance to rescue the kidnapped Kagara school boys at Minna, crashed at 11:00am after reporting engine failure at about 10:30am and was returning back to the airport. The pilot tried not to crash on buildings but crashed on the run way for the airport.

The plane burst into flames after a huge explosion and the seven air personnel who were on the plane died. They were dead before the fire services sprung into action. 

The names of the deceased air personnel include: Flight Lieutenant Haruna Gadzama (Captain); Flight Lieutenant Henry Piyo (Co-Pilot); Flying Officer Micheal Okpara (Airborne Tactical Observation System (ATOS) Specialist) and Warrant Officer Bassey Etim (ATOS Specialist).

Others were: Flight Sergeant Olasunkanmi Olawunmi (ATOS Specialist); Sergeant Ugochukwu Oluka (ATOS Specialist) and Aircraftman Adewale Johnson (Onboard Technician).

The Chief of Air Staff (CAS), visited the scene of the accident, in company of the Honourable Minister of Defence, Major General Bashir Magashi (retired); Minister of Aviation, Senator Hadi Sirika; Chief of Defence Staff, Major General Lucky Irabor, and other Service Chiefs. The CAS, said “ on behalf of officers, airmen and airwomen of the NAF, commiserates with the families of the deceased personnel and prays that the Almighty God grants their souls eternal repose”.

The Nigerian Air Force (NAF), aircraft, a Beechcraft KingAir B350i (NAF 201), crashed at Nassau Village while returning to the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport Abuja after reporting engine failure enroute Minna in Niger State.

The aircraft which was going to make surveillance to rescue the kidnapped Kagara school boys at Minna, crashed at 11:00am after reporting engine failure at about 10:30am and was returning back to the airport. The pilot tried not to crash on buildings but crashed on the run way for the airport.

The plane burst into flames after a huge explosion and the seven air personnel who were on the plane died. They were dead before the fire services sprung into action. 

The names of the deceased air personnel include: Flight Lieutenant Haruna Gadzama (Captain); Flight Lieutenant Henry Piyo (Co-Pilot); Flying Officer Micheal Okpara (Airborne Tactical Observation System (ATOS) Specialist) and Warrant Officer Bassey Etim (ATOS Specialist).

Others were: Flight Sergeant Olasunkanmi Olawunmi (ATOS Specialist); Sergeant Ugochukwu Oluka (ATOS Specialist) and Aircraftman Adewale Johnson (Onboard Technician).

The Chief of Air Staff (CAS), visited the scene of the accident, in company of the Honourable Minister of Defence, Major General Bashir Magashi (retired); Minister of Aviation, Senator Hadi Sirika; Chief of Defence Staff, Major General Lucky Irabor, and other Service Chiefs. The CAS, said “ on behalf of officers, airmen and airwomen of the NAF, commiserates with the families of the deceased personnel and prays that the Almighty God grants their souls eternal repose”.

A Rwandan opposition politician, Seif Bamporiki who has been living in exile in South Africa has been shot dead in Cape Town.

It was gathered that Bamporiki was killed while delivering furniture to a client on Sunday afternoon. 

Bamporiki was the coordinator of the Rwanda National Congress.

Party spokesman, Etienne Mutabazi, told the BBC that a client had made contact with Mr. Bamporiki – who runs a bed shop – asking if he had a bed to sell. The client then asked for the bed to be delivered in Nyanga township and drove with Bamporiki and his associate to the area where the bed was supposed to have been delivered.

Bamporiki was killed by a single shot fired through the window of the vehicle.

The assailants took mobile phones and wallets before they fled the scene. It is not clear whether the murder was politically motivated.

No arrests have been made so far.

Local media has reported that the family of Malawi’s controversial millionaire pastor, Shepherd Bushiri, has been blocked at an airport in the country as they attempted to travel to Kenya.

Recall that Bushiri and his wife, Mary, are facing charges of money laundering and fraud in South Africa and they had skipped bail in November last year and fled home to Malawi.

Local Media quoted the family lawyers stating that Bushiri’s daughters and mother-in-law were stopped from leaving Malawi for Kenya. The daughters were said to be leaving to seek medical attention.

Ehiozuwa Johnson Agbonayinma, Federal Commissioner In CCB said that Godwin Akpabio, the Minister for Niger Delta Affairs is presently undergoing investigation for allegedly attempting to bribe some officials of the Code of Conduct Bureau.

Ehiozuwa Johnson Agbonayinma, who heads a subcommittee investigating the case made this known while speaking with journalists in Abuja on Monday. 

Reports reveals that Akapabio allegedly offered a bribe to the CCB officials to give a soft landing to Sole Administrator of Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC), Mr Efiong Okon Akwa over discrepancies in his asset declaration form.

We have been given a mandate by the bureau to investigate the allegation against some officials of CCB that we saw on social media. Let me be specific, one Mr Jackson Ude tweeted, and it went viral, that money was given to some officials of CCB by Akpabio. Because of that, a committee to investigate the allegation was the allegation was set up, with myself as the chairman,” he said

He added that the subcommittee interacted with Akpabio over the allegation.

The committee is not to witch-hunt anyone but to do its job of defending the constitution of Nigeria.

We invited Akpabio, who in his wisdom, came to give his side of the story. At the moment, we cannot pass judgement as the investigation is still in progress. All the accused parties remain innocent until the investigation is over,” he added.

A Sudanese asylum seeker has been arrested in France for allegedly stabbing the director of a refugee centre to death.

Officials in the southern city of Pau said the 38-year-old suspect had recently had his asylum application turned down.

It was also gathered that he did not live at the centre but had stayed there in the past.

The Interior Minister Gerald Darmanin said he would go to the scene and offered his condolences to the family of the 46-year-old victim.

President Abdelmadjid Tebboune has announced that a dozen pro-democracy activists should be released from prison in Algeria, and more are expected to be freed under his pardons. 

President Tebboune announced this days ahead of the second anniversary of the start of demonstrations that forced the resignation of his predecessor, Abdelaziz Bouteflika.

It was gathered that many of the activists were imprisoned for posting anti-government comments on social media.

A Presidential aide has confirmed that twenty-seven members of South Sudan’s president’s staff have contracted Covid-19.

It was gathered that those affected are mainly junior staff and members of the presidential security team.

Presidential spokesman Ateny Wek Ateny, however, confirmed that President Salva Kiir has not contracted the virus. 

“It is true, more than 20 staff have tested positive, particularly the close protection and junior staff within the office of the President. I am one of the two senior staff who tested positive; me and the policy analysts – the total number is 27,” Mr Ateny told the BBC.

He added that all staff at the State House in the capital, Juba, will undergo a second round of testing as a precaution. Two cabinet ministers and a presidential adviser will also have a second test.

The Immediate past Chief of Army Staff, Lieutenant General Tukur Yusuf Buratai, has told the Senate that it will take Nigeria the next 20 years to address the security challenges confronting the country at the moment.

Speaking on Thursday when he appeared before the Senator Adamu Muhammad Bulkachuwa-led Senate Committee on Foreign Affairs for screening as an Ambassadorial Nominee, Buratai said that it will take 20 years to address this insecurity.

Speaking further, Buratai who noted that the warfare has diffused into the society, he said that if they have to win the communities to their side, adding that it requires a multi-pronged approach with military warfare as only one aspect.

He said, “The military alone cannot solve this. There should be hospitals, schools, roads and government presence in these communities. There are so many ungovernable spaces and until these spaces have government presence, it will not be resolved.”