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11 arrested as NURTW members clash in Onipanu, Lagos

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11 persons have been arrested by the Lagos state command of the Nigerian police following a fracas around the Onipanu-Fadeyi axis of the state.

According to the police, the fracas is supremacy battle between two rival National Union of Road Transport Workers. One side is led by Femi and the other side from Alaka is led by one Toba.

Chike Oti, the police PRO in lagos while confirming the news told an online news platform that; “What we have there at Onipanu-Fadeyi axis is supremacy battle between two rival National Union of Road Transport Workers. One side is led by Femi and the other side from Alaka is led by one Toba. The situation is right now under control.

“The place is flooded with policemen; more than enough for that area. The operation is led by the Lagos State Deputy Commissioner of Police in charge of Operations DCP Ari Muhammed. 11 arrest has been made. More would be made. There’s no casualty in terms of death”, Oti said.

 

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Ex-NIMASA DG, Baba Jauro, admits acquiring property with agency’s fund

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A former Acting Director General of the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA), Haruna Baba Jauro, admitted before a Federal High Court in Lagos of using the agency’s fund to acquire a property in Abuja.

He told Justice Mojisola Olatoregun that the N20 million earmarked for intelligence gathering by the NIMASA’s committee for intelligence formed part of the money he used in acquiring the property.

The money was paid by the committee into the account of a firm, Thlumbau Enterprises Limited, solely for the purpose of gathering intelligence for NIMASA.

The firm and one, Dr. Dauda Bistrus Bawa, were named as Baba Jauro’s co-defendants in a 19-count charge of alleged N314.4 million filed by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).

While being examined by EFCC’s lawyer, Rotimi Oyedepo, the former NIMASA boss, said the N20 million paid into the firm’s account in a bank was not used for the intended purpose.

“The sum of N20 million was paid to the third defendant (Thlumbau Enterprises Limited) account for an intelligence gathering activities on July 10, 2014, by the committee for intelligence but no intelligence gathering activity was performed for NIMASA”, Baba Jauro said.

Upon further interrogation, the Ex-NIMASA boss told the court that apart from the N20 million, there were other cash inflows into the account which shore up the fund in it to about N55.6 million.

“From the money, I asked the second defendant (Dr. Bawa) to transfer N52 million to one, Helen Mbonu, on September 25, 2014. It was part of the money that was used to acquire my property in Abuja which was situated at No. 4, Alexandra Crescent, Wuse.

“The property was acquired in my name in the sum of N65 million and I also took a loan of N30 million from a bank to fund it”, he said.

Baba Jauro further told the court that though he is not the promoter of Thlumbau Enterprises Limited, all his children were directors at the firm.

He said one of his children, Samuel Haruna Baba Jauro was alloted 500,000 ordinary shares of the firm. He added that another two of his children were also alloted 250,000 ordinary shares of the firm each.

He had earlier informed the court while being examined by his lawyer, Olalekan Ojo, that some of the fund in the firm’s account were cash gift from his predecessor, Mr. Patrick Akpobolokemi.

He said he received the gifts while he was the Executive Director, Finance and Administration at NIMASA.

Responding to a question on why he was collecting cash gifts from Akpobolokemi, Baba Jauro said: “At the time, I needed money, I went to the DG and asked him if he can borrow me N3 million. He was surprised that I don’t have N3 million. He later called me after some days and promise to help me from time to time. He also told me the N3 million he initially gave me was a gift. The gifts I received from the DG were above his emoluments”.

Further hearing in the matter continues today.

In a charge marked, FHC/L/149C/16 consisting of 19 counts filed before the court by the EFCC, Baba Jauro, Dr. Bawa and Thlumbau Enterprises Limited, were said to have between January 6, 2014 and May 30, 2015, conspired together to convert the sum of N314,418,000 property of NIMASA to personal use.

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Police arrest cattle rustlers, recover 32 cows, 26 sheep in Niger

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Two suspected cattle rustlers terrorising Eregi Fulani Camp in Katcha Local Government Area of Niger state, have been arrested by the state Police Command.

Our correspondent on Tuesday gathered that the suspects, Abdullahi Abubakar, 30, of Fulani Camp Yakobi in Paiko local Government Area and Musa Shehu, 20, of Kambe Oloran in Kwara State were trailed and arrested by a team of policemen in Katcha area, following a tip-off.

Findings have it that they attacked one Abubakar Haruna, of Eregi Fulani Camp area of the council and carted away with 19 cows and 10 sheep.

It was reliably gathered that the suspects, Abubakar and Shehu have been making life unbearable for cattle rearers in the area.

The suspects confessed that they rustled 27 cows and 33 sheep in Mokwa and Katcha councils over a period of time.

One of the suspects, Abubakar told our correspondent that he has been involved in cattle rustling in Kudu area of Mokwa Local Government Area and Kataeregi in Katcha council for over five years.

According to him “I started stealing people’s cow at the age of 15, since my parents refused to send me to school. I started with my father’s cows before stealing people’s own. I have robbed and inflicted injuries on some cattle rearers in Mokwa and Katcha Local Government Areas of the state.

“I have no regrets whatsoever; I voluntarily started stealing people’s cows on my own, nobody pushed me to start it now that I have been caught let the law deal with me at least my parents will have peace now.”

Confirming the incident, the Command Public Relations Officer, Muhammad Abubakar, said the police operatives arrested the suspects based on information received.

Abubakar disclosed that the operatives recovered from them 32 cows and 26 sheep belonging to different people in that area.

He said, “we are reducing criminality to the barest minimum in Niger state, and urged people to always report any suspicious person to the nearest police station.”

The spokesman stated that investigation into the incident was ongoing, adding that the suspects would be arraigned in the court after investigation.

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Buhari fight against corruption is bias, targets opposition – Group

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The President of Church of Christ in Nations COCIN Rev. Dr. Dachollom Datiri has disclosed that the church has distanced itself from President Muhammadu Buhari Fight against corruption which he said, is bias and gives a semblance of targeting the Opposition in the Country.

The clergy stated this on Tuesday in Jos during the 94th General Church Council of COCIN which is the highest decision making body of the Church.

He urged President Buhari to regain the Confidence of Nigerians by being fair and just in his fight against corruption.

“We heralded the fight on the corruption of the Buhari Government when he started, but now we are being forced to distance ourselves from it”.

“As a church, we cannot associate ourselves with any fight against corruption that is biased and gives a semblance of targeting the Opposition”.

The COCIN President while speaking on insurgency said the APC administration promised Nigerians to stamp out insurgency within few months, but three years into this administration it appears to be no end in sight.

“Government has failed woefully in guaranteeing the security of lives and property of her citizenry which is a primary constitutional responsibility of government and government must rise up to her responsibility, it was the late Gen. Sani Abacha who said, ” If insurgency lasts for 24 hours, the Government has a hand in it”.

Datiri condemns in strong terms a situation where Leah Sharibu is about two months in captivity because of her faith, saying Buhari Government is playing games with her life.

“We condemn this in the strongest terms and make bold to say that no responsible government will allow this event for one day”, he said.

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