Cynthia Osokogu’s killers must die by hanging –Court

If a pin had dropped it would have sounded like an explosion inside the Igbosere High courtroom yesterday when Justice Olabisi Akinlade was about to rule on the murder of Cynthia Osokogu. The deafening silence was only broken by Akinlade’s verdict, which came about five years after Cynthia, a postgraduate student of Nasarawa State University, was murdered by her Facebook friends. The judge sentenced two of the accused to death while she discharged and acquitted two others. Okwumo Nwabufo (33) and Olisaeloka Ezike (23) were found guilty of conspiring to…

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Oji’s family chases away journalists, sympathisers

lLUTH sets up suicide prevention centre Family members of Dr. Oji Allwell Chiawolamoke, who jumped into the Lagoon on Sunday from the Third Mainland Bridge, yesterday chased sympathisers and journalists away from their Abule-Ijesha home at Somolu area of Lagos State. This came as the Lagos University Teaching Hospital (LUTH), Idi-Araba, established a Suicide Prevention Service Centre. About noon, Oji’s elder brother arrived and rushed into the apartment. A few minutes later, he ordered all the sympathisers, journalists and church members to leave. Oji’s elder brother, who was visibly angry,…

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RCCG LP10 holds three-day programme

The Reedemed Christian Church of God (RCCG), Sunshine Family, Lagos Province 10, has concluded arrangements to host a threeday programme with the theme: ‘Covenant Keeping God’. The programme scheduled for March 24 to 26 at the church auditorium, 2, Somoye Street, Mulero bus stop, Iyana Ipaja, promises to be a life-changing event. Speaking on the programme, the Pastor-in- Charge of the parish, Pastor Tunde Akeju, said with the month going to an end, there was need to really move closer to God and seek His face. He said: “The country…

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US Embassy bomb scare: Visa seekers, staff flee

There was chaos at the United States Embassy in Lagos State yesterday when workers and visa seekers noticed an abandoned bag, thinking it was a bomb. How the rumour that the bag was a bomb started was not known, but it spread like wildfire. It was first noticed by a guard at the embassy. People at the embassy scampered in different directions, fearful that the bag would explode. The panic caused confusion at the Walter Carrington Crescent, Victoria Island, as motorists hurriedly reversed when they heard the word ‘bomb’. A…

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Cult war: Final year UNN student murdered

A final year student of the Department of Political Science, University of Nigeria, Nsukka (UNN), Joseph Emmanuel, has been murdered by unknown persons suspected to be members of a cult group. The ugly incident, it was learnt, occurred at Ugwoke Lodge, located at Hilltop, an off campus accommodation some few meters away from the university. It was also learnt that the victim, was in company of some of his friends at his residence, when the suspected cultists, numbering about three, who were armed with guns and machete, stormed his home…

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FG to refund money spent on federal roads by states – Fashola

Minister of Power, Works and Housing, Mr Babatunde Fashola (SAN) Thursday assured state governments of the readiness of the Federal Government to refund the money spent on the federal roads to the respective states. Fashola, who was in Akure, the Ondo State capital to inspect federal roads and introduced the Controllers of Power, Works and Housing to the state government, however, said the refund on roads like the Paris Club refund to the state governments would be subjected to due process. These, he said included making of claims, submission of…

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S’Africa police warn of taxi rape gang in Jo’burg

A boy of 10 was forced to lie face down while his mother was subjected to a four-hour rape ordeal in a Johannesburg taxi, reports from South Africa say. He and his mother were allegedly tricked into boarding the minibus taxi before she was assaulted and ordered to hand over her bank card and PIN number by the three armed occupants. It is thought to be the latest in a string of attacks by the gang. The first reports of the “rape taxi” were made a year ago. According to…

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