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28 NURTW Staffs Remanded For Disturbing Gov Makinde’s Inauguration

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The Oyo state police command, on Monday, paraded about 29 members of the National Union of Road Transport Workers (NURTW) arrested in connection with public disturbance during the inauguration of Governor Seyi Makinde.

The Commissioner of Police, Mr. Shina Olukolu, who paraded the NURTW members, revealed that a team of policemen detailed at the entrance to the Liberty Stadium, Ibadan, arrested 14 of the suspects with dangerous weapons, during the inauguration.

Those arrested included: Oladimeji Opeyemi, who was arrested with one double barrel gun with four live cartridges; Monsuru Oladejo, who was arrested with one single barrel gun with one cartridge; Abdulahi Kasali, arrested with one live cartridge; Yusuf Rasheed, arrested with charms and Indian hemp; Olusola Akintomo, arrested with sharp cutlass and criminal charms; Opeyemi Balogun, arrested with charms.

Others are: Johnson Akanji; Kabiru Afolabi; Lukman Mukaila, arrested with charms; Ridwan Rasaq, arrested with one sharp knife; Samuel Taiwo; Taoreed Suleiman, arrested with charms; Sodiq Sarafa, arrested with one sharp knife; and Mutiu Rasheed, arrested with one pump action.

Olukolu maintained that the arrested hoodlums came to the venue of the inauguration with the aim of using the arms recovered from them to cause mayhem at the venue.

He explained further that another 15 members of the Oyo NURTW were arrested following a compliant by one Dauda Adisa, who reported to the police that he was attacked along with the state Chairman of NURTW, Alhaji Abideen Ejiogbe, on their way from Liberty Stadium to the Orita Challenge park.

The police boss said Adisa reported that

“On getting to the said office, they saw two Micra taxis, three buses and a Previa car loaded with hoodlums who shot into the air and use cutlasses; hence, in the process few members of the union sustained open injuries”.

He gave the names of people arrested in connection with the fracas to include: Musibau Lasisi, 57; Tirimisiyu Adegoke, 42; Taye Oguntade, 42; Babatunde Rasheed, 37; Adesina Ajayi, 30; Adisa Ganiyu, 29; Taoreed Ajiboro, 42; Suraju Adepoju, 47; Sodiq Adeyemo, 21.

Others are: Akanji Named, 27; Ajobo Ademola, 43; Muritala Rodwan, 30; Anthony Igwe, 30; KAZEEM Adio, 20; and Tajudeen Alagbe, 62.

Olukolu maintained that failed attempts were made by the hoodlums to extend the violent disturbance of public peace to Idi Arere, Beers, Orita Aperin, Muslim, Iwo Road, and Eruwa motor parks, all within Ibadan metropolis.

He revealed further that the suspects, in the process, were arrested by a combined team of policemen, military and the DSS.

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UNN Final Year Student Commits Suicide Over Inability To Graduate

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A staff of the university of Nigeria Nsukka has narrated the sad story how her son killed himself three days ago.

Mr Samuel Elias a final year student of department of Religion and Culture, University of Nigeria Nsukka has committed suicide by drinking Sniper.   The mother, Mrs Kate Elias a staff of the university said that the unfortunate incident happened on Monday June 17, around 5.30pm in her house at Justina Eze Street Nsukka. Mrs Elias said ” she came back from work on that fateful day and discovered that the mood of her first child was bad, he was staggering when he came to collect a bottle of coke from the fridge.“I followed him immediately to his room and started talking to him but he could not respond and when I look closely his teeth has tightened up.“As I look around I saw empty sniper bottle, at this point I raised alarm and my other children rushed to the room and we tried to give him red oil but his tightened teeth will not allow the oil enter his mouth,”she said.   According to her we immediately rushed him to Faith foundation Hospital Nsukka where we were referred to Bishop Shanahan Hospital Nsukka, Samuel died in Bishop Shanahan Hospital.   The mother of seven said her 25- year son could have died of depression, noting that he had been lamenting of his inability to graduate from UNN because of his final year project where one course was still holding him.   She said also that her son had not been happy how his late father’s family had abandoned them since their father died.   ”I know two things he usually complained, his inability to graduate from UNN since 2016 because of the project that he has not finished as his classmates have all went to National Youth Service Corps (NYSC).“As well as how his father’s family in Ihechiowa in Arochukwu local government of of Abia state abandoned them and their mother since their father died.“Whenever he complained of these things I usually advice him to trust God who is capable of solving every problem.“I do not know why he went to this extent of committing suicide, I have seven children he is my first child.“it still looks like a dream to me that my first son and first child has died, ” she said in tears.   Reacting to this incident, Prof Tagbo Ugwu , the Head of Department of Religion and Culture in University of Nigeria, Nsukka said somebody called him and told him about the unfortunate incident.   “I received the news with rude shock and surprise.“I will find out from his supervisor what is wrong from the project that has stopped him from graduating,”he said.When contacted Mr Ebere Amaraizu, the Police Public Relations Office (PPRO) Enugu State confirmed the incident and said police would investigate the circumstances surrounding the death.“The police is aware of Samuel Elias death, a final year student of department of Religion and Culture in UNN who committed suicide on Monday by drinking sniper.“Police will investigate circumstances surrounding the death, ” he said.

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EFCC Re-Arraigns American Over $1.2m ‘Green Card Fraud’

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The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) on Thursday re-arraigned an American, Marco Antonio Ramirez, before an Ikeja Special Offences Court for allegedly defrauding three Nigerians of $1,229,800 under the pretext of securing America’s Green Card for them.

Those allegedly defrauded by the American and his companies are: Ambassador Godson Echejue, Abubakar Umar Sodiq and Olukayode Sodimu.

The American was re-arraigned before Justice Mojisola Dada on an amended 12-count charge bordering on conspiracy and obtaining under false pretence.

The accused was arraigned alongside his companies, U.S.A Now LLC, Eagle Ford Instalodge Group LP and U.S.A Now Capital Group.

Ramirez and co-defendants were first arraigned on June 22, 2017 before Justice Josephine Oyefeso on a 16-count charge but pleaded not guilty to the alleged offences.

Following his plea, he was admitted to bail for $25,000.

Midway into his trial, his case file was transferred to Justice Dada, making his trial to start de novo (afresh).

During proceedings yesterday, Ramirez again pleaded not guilty to the amended 12-count charges brought against him by the EFCC.

EFCC’s prosecuting counsel, N. S. Oweize, asked the court for a trial date.

The defendant’s lawyer, Ademola Adefolaju, who did not oppose the prosecutor’s request, prayed the court to let his client continue with the bail terms earlier granted him by Justice Oyefeso when he was first arraigned.

When the judge asked the accused if he had fully complied with the bail term, Adefolaju confirmed that his client had fully complied with the bail terms.

The lawyer said his client had also been visiting EFCC’s office, as directed by the court.

Following his submissions, Justice Dada granted the request of the defence.

She held: “Since the defendant has not breached any of the bail terms granted by my brother judge, the defendant is hereby allowed to continue with the terms.”

The judge adjourned the matter till October 7, 8, 9 and 10 for trial.

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3 Teachers Caught With Leaked WAEC Questions (Photo)

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The police force headquarters in Abuja, on Thursday, paraded four suspects for exam malpractices committed in the just concluded West African Senior School Certificate Examination Council (WASSCE).

Three of the suspects are teachers and staff of various secondary schools in Anambra and Imo states. They are Ibuokanma Darlington, 36, Ernest Kelechì, 33, Godstime Onuoha and Uche Chukwuma, Darlington, 17.

The suspects were said to be in possession of WASSCE questions papers on their mobile phones which they sent to WhatsApp platforms of students at the time of their arrest.

They were arrested at the examination centre where they were posted as supervisors. The suspects, during an interview with newsmen, admitted to have had the question papers on their mobile phones.

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