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Court Remands Businessman, Driver Over Alleged Car Snatching

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An Igbosere Magistrates’ Court in Lagos on Thursday remanded a 20-year-old businessman, Emmanuel Agbosi, and a 21-year-old driver, Audu Akeem, at Ikoyi Prisons over alleged armed robbery.

Agbosi is a resident of No. 9, Tire Road by Seliat Bus Stop, Egbeda, a Lagos suburb, while Akeem lives at Plot 7, Isheri Olufi Housing Estate, also in Egbeda.

They are facing charges of conspiracy and armed robbery.

The Magistrate, Miss Oluwatosin Fowowe, ordered that the businessman and the driver should be remanded in prison custody pending advice from the State Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP).

“The defendants are to be remanded at Ikoyi Prisons pending advice from the office of the DPP.”

Earlier, the prosecutor, ASP Charles Odii had told the court that the accused committed the offences with others still at large on Mar. 5 at No. 4/6, Ayodeji Adeife St., off Mufutau Adeyemi St., Egbeda.

He said the accused, who were armed with some dangerous weapons, robbed one Mr Nwanen Dozie of his Toyota Avalon car, two phones and N40, 000.

Odii said the accused also robbed one Mr Kenneth Okonji of one Techno Phantom Ipad, a Nokia phone, a laptop and a wallet containing at GTB ATM cards and N10, 000.

“The Toyota Avalon car was, however, recovered from the accused,’’ he said.

According to the prosecution, the offences contravene Sections 1(2), (a), (b) and 6 of the Armed Robbery and Firearms Act. (NAN)

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The Federal Government is to set up a fund to assist private hospitals involved in the treatment of Ebola Virus Disease, the Minister of Health, Prof. Onyebuchi Chukwu, has said.

He explained that the fund is for private hospitals that had been very helpful in attending to Ebola cases.

He, however, said the Port Harcourt- based private hospital which secretly treated an Ebola patient would not be considered.

Besides, he said the four nurses that volunteered to attend to Ebola cases at a time when the country had no personnel on ground would be remembered.

Prof. Chukwu also added that he would discuss their case with President Goodluck Jonathan as a way of encouraging and rewarding them for their patriotism.

The minister, who spoke during a meeting between the Federal Ministry of Health and Federal Tertiary Health Institutions across the country on strategies for Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) control, told the gathering that as Thursday, there are no more Ebola cases in the country.

Although, he did not rule put the possibility of a fresh case in the same manner we had the first through the late Patrick Sawyer.

He also announced that there are still four patients under investigation in Lagos, while about 350 are still under watch in Port Harcourt.


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Osun Expresses Commitment To Training Of Civil Servants

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Mr Sunday Owoeye, the Osun Head of Service, said the state government would not relent in training and retraining its civil servants for improved and increased productivity.

Addressing participants at a workshop organised for workers in his office on Thursday in Osogbo, Owoeye said training programmes were aimed at sensitising workers to civil service and commitment to duty. .

He said the government of Osun, under the leadership of Gov. Rauf Aregbesola, had done good for workers by providing an enabling working environment for civil servants.

“The government is committed to the welfare of workers in the state, every efforts will be made to ensure prompt and regular payment of workers’ salary to encourage commitment to work.

“Training and retraining of public workers will continue in all departments and agencies so that we can achieve and sustain a productive civil service,’’ Owoeye said .

The head of service charged the workers to take advantage of the training and re-dedicate themselves to duty and productivity.(NAN)

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Amnesty InternationalInternational human rights group, Amnesty International, in a report launched in Abuja on Thursday, says the Nigerian Police and military routinely torture women, men, and children – some as young as 12 – using a wide range of methods.

At the launch of a ten-year report of torture in Nigeria, the Director for Research and Advocacy of the rights group, Mr Netsanet Belay, said that although Nigeria prohibits torture and other ill-treatment in its constitution, the government has continued to turn a blind eye to torture in the country.

Mbazuigwe Onyekachi’s story is one of 500 allegations of torture against security operatives in Nigeria, documented by the Amnesty International in a report titled “Welcome to Hellfire, Torture and Other Ill-Treatment In Nigeria”.

Another victim, Mr Justin Nwankwo, narrated how he was beaten, suspended in mid-air and stripped naked into signing a confessional statement bordering on a murder case.

Stories like theirs and many others have made Amnesty International conclude that not only is torture an integral part of Nigeria’s justice system, there is also a systemic failure to ban and criminalize torture in the country.

The Amnesty report also reveals that there are 12 major methods used by most law enforcement agencies in the country to intimidate victims and also obtain statements from them, including beatings, shootings and rape.

The report also says that since the war on insurgency commenced, about 5,000 Nigerians have been detained without trial and that some of these detention facilities are not even known to the authorities.

The Director-General of the National Orientation Agency, Mike Omeri, speaking for the Federal Government, said that as a signatory to many treaties on human rights, torture is not permitted in the system.

However, he promised that government would investigate the claims and bring to book any one found culpable.

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A Warri Magistrate Court has ordered the arrest of parents and guardians of juveniles already in a correctional institution in Delta State for failing in their parental duties towards their children and wards.

The court, presided over by Chief Magistrate Grade 1, E.A. Odjugo (ESQ), had earlier in the year granted an order to commit 14 juveniles who had been identified as members of a homosexual gay cult to the care of Explosive Academy Independent School (EAIS), Abraka, a private rehabilitation institute for delinquent and exploited minors.

The order granting the committal of the minors to the correctional home was pursuant to an application filed by Child Development Officer in Warri South council area, Mrs. Eunice Mebitaghan, noting that the 14 minors, between the ages of 14 and 16, lacked parental control and were exposed to moral and physical dangers.

The minors were reportedly apprehended and arrested by a joint team of officers from the state’s Ministry of Women Affairs, Community and Social Development; Warri South council area and officers of the “B” Division of the Warri police Area command in March this year.

However, following the non-challant attitude of the parents and guardians of the minors to the developments around the welfare of their children and wards, the Child Development Officer approached the courts again for a warrant of arrest on them.


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Bashi Ali Title Fight: 200 Companies Turn Down Sponsorship Proposals

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No fewer than 200 companies have turned down proposals for the sponsorship of Bash Ali’s “Guinness Book of World Record’’ title fight.

Bala Ka’oje, Chairman of the Local Organising Committee (LOC) of the fight, disclosed this to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in an interview in Abuja on Thursday.

He said that the development was a major setback for the staging of the fight.

“From what I can see, the hope of this fight taking place is very slim because we have written and followed up letters in a number of places.

“More than 200 letters have been sent to both government and private organisations, but we have not gotten any serious response. I don’t know why people are not convinced.

“I know that Bash can fight this fight and perhaps win it; it will also be a history making for him and the country. But others might not see it that way.

“We are still praying that God will touch the minds of Nigerians both in government and private sector to come and support the project.

“This will enable the LOC meet with the objective for which it was set-up,’’ Ka’oje said.

Ka’oje, who was former Minister of Sports, also told NAN that Bank of Industry (BoI) gave a false hope to the project.

“I don’t know the arrangement Bash has with Bank of Industry (BoI).

“All I know is that we wrote them a letter but we never got a reply from the bank, from my investigation I found out that they actually do not have money to fund sports.

“They are supposed to fund Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) according to the act that established them; there is no provision in their act to fund sports.

“However, the LOC is crawling,’’ Ka’oje added.

He noted that the condition given by the International Boxing Union (IBU), which mandated the LOC to pay $29 million before the fight could be stage, was discouraging.

According to Ka’oje, the complaint to the IBU on its tough charges necessitated the change of date for fight on several occasions.

He pointed out that no boxer even in America would remain in business after meeting such conditions of the IBU.

NAN reports that 58-year-old Bash Ali was scheduled to fight 32-year-old IBU champion, Rick Camling of America. (NAN)


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The Lagos State Building Control Agency has marked two buildings in the premises of the Synagogue Church of All Nations in Lagos for structural test.

The affected buildings are the extension of the main Church and the guest house opposite the building that collapsed last Friday.


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Motorcyclist Docked Over Child Defilement

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A 30-year-old commercial motorcyclist, Michael Odunlami, who allegedly defiled a five-year-old girl, was on Thursday arraigned in a Yaba Chief Magistrates’ Court, Lagos.

Odunlami, who resides at No. 3, Fadipe St., Somolu Lagos, is standing trial on a two-count charge of indecently dealing with a child and defilement of a minor child.

The prosecutor, Insp. Peter Nwangwu told the court that the accused committed the offences on Sept.10 at the minor’s residence at Adedoyin St. Somolu.

Nwangwu explained that Odunlami was a regular visitor to the minor’s compound,  where he  patronises a  local dry gin   (Ogogoro) seller.

Nwangwu said the accused on the fateful day, went to patronise the dry gin vendor, “saw the child, picked her up and put her on his laps.

“Odunlami put his finger into her private parts, causing her severe pain and injuries.’’

The prosecutor said that Odunlami caused damage to the child’s private part, which bleeds profusely after the assault.

He said that the offences contravened Sections 135 and 137 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State of Nigeria, 2011.

However, Odunlami, pleaded not guilty to the charges preferred against him.

The magistrate, Mrs Arike Ipaye -Nwachukwu, ordered that the case file should be duplicated and forwarded to the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) for legal advice.

She granted the accused bail in the sum of N500,000, with two sureties in like sum, and adjourned the case to Oct. 6 for DPP’s advice.(NAN)

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Some prominent Nigerians, on Tuesday, warned President Goodluck Jonathan to tread with caution on the death sentence passed on 12 Nigerian soldiers for mutiny by the military tribunal, headed by Brigadier-General Chukwuemeka Okonkwo.

According to them, the warning became necessary because of the far-reaching implications of the judgment, which the Trade Union congress (TUC), on its own, rejected.

Legal practitioners, as well as other stakeholders in the country, in their separate reactions, noted that notwithstanding the extant laws that guided the trial and conviction of the soldiers, the president needed divine guidance and wisdom to handle the matter.

The soldiers from 101 Battalion, who were arraigned before a Court Martial, had, on May 14, allegedly opened fire on a convoy conveying the 7 Division Commander, General Amadu Mohammed, at an army medical centre in Maiduguri.

In handing down the judgment, Brigadier-General Okonkwo said, “the soldiers succeeded in shooting at his staff car, thereby causing bullet impressions at the right rear door where the GOC sat.”

While acknowledging the procedures followed by the tribunal, those who reacted warned Jonathan against taking any haste decision on the judgment, which, they said, is still subject to confirmation by top military hierarchy.

In a reaction, President of the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA), Mr Augustine Alegeh, on Tuesday, appealed to the Federal Government to intervene.

Alegeh, who stated this in Abuja, while inaugurating the NBA Committee on Constitutional Reforms of the association, said “military laws are recognised in our constitution, and those who have been sentenced to death have the right to appeal the judgment.

“However, we are losing so many of our soldiers to violent activities of insurgents. So, why do we want to kill them? The country should consider these soldiers and rescind the capital punishment.”

Former chairman of NBA, Ikeja branch, Monday Ubani, also appealed to the president to use the power conferred on him as the Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces to stop the execution of the soldiers.

Ubani, who admitted that mutiny is a criminal offence in the military, however, said the convicted soldiers had a right to appeal the decision at a higher court.

He also appealed to the military authorities to temper justice with mercy and consider the circumstances that led the soldiers into shooting at their GOC.

“We must take into cognisance, the circumstances in which they have to fire at their boss. They have been denied enough equipment while there. Most of them have been sent to that warfront without a proper welfare,” Ubani said.

Meanwhile, the TUC, on Tuesday, condemned the death sentence passed by the martial court on the 12 protesting soldiers.

In a statement issued and signed by its president, Comrade Bobboi Kaigama, the union said “it lauds the effort of the military to retain the discipline that it is noted for, as exemplified in a military court that sat in Abuja on Monday, September 15. The court reportedly found 13 out of the 18 soldiers standing trial for mutiny and other offences guilty.

“We also appreciate the court’s judgment because, apart from bringing to the fore the constitutional role and code of conduct of our military, it will further check the excesses of some security operatives who betray their oath of allegiance to the country through sabotage.

“While we applaud these laudable effort, we would also want to remind the Federal Government and the military leadership that inasmuch as the congress will not encourage revolt or disobedience to military authorities, we will also not fail to reject and condemn the death sentence passed by the court martial on 12 soldiers.

“We wonder why and how such a protest against sabotage could suddenly be termed criminal conspiracy, mutiny, attempt to commit murder (shooting of the vehicle of the GOC); insubordination to a particular order and false accusation by the president of the Court Martial, Maj. Gen. C.C. Okonkwo.

“To us, the issues are clearly more and the congress makes bold to say that the approach adopted on the issue that is already at the public domain is very incorrect. We reiterate that we abhor the temperamental response of the tried soldiers to the needless loss of lives of their colleagues due to needless orders from above, and do urge the military to put its house in order and fish out all the Boko Haram apologists within its ranks.”

The union added that “the death sentence is not only a special gift to the Boko haram terriorist, but the surest means of demobilising the rank and file of the Nigerian soldiers.

“Our position is that the Federal Government and the military leadership should look into the grievances of soldiers, especially now. We say no to death sentence, because we cannot afford to lose more soldiers.”


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... We will end terrorism by mid-October – President

The National Executive Committee of the Peoples Democratic Party has unanimously adopted President Goodluck Jonathan as the party’s sole candidate for the 2015 presidential election.

The decision, which was taken at the party’s NEC meeting in Abuja on Thursday, is expected to be ratified at the party’s national convention billed to hold on December 6.

The NEC is the highest decision making organ of the party.

Niger State Governor, Babangida Aliyu, set the ball rolling when he announced that governors elected on the platform of the party had decided to adopt Jonathan as the party’s sole candidate for the election.

Aliyu said the governors unanimously took the decision without reservation, adding that the decision was informed by the need for the party to go into the 2015 elections with a united front.

Aliyu created a mild drama when he beckoned on the Jigawa State Governor, Sule Lamido, to attest to and identify with the governors’ position.

Lamido, with a broad smile, got up from his seat, nodded in agreement and gave Jonathan a thump up.

Until Thursday, Lamido’s had been the lone voice within the PDP challenging the President’s re-election bid. Judging by his disposition at the meeting, he appeared to have caved in.

The Vice chairman of the party’s Board of Trustees, Alhaji Shuabu Oyedokun, who stood in for the chairman, spoke on behalf of the trustees.

According to him, the BoT decided to adopt the President for the stability of the party.

President of the Senate, David Mark, who also conveyed the endorsement of the National Assembly caucus of the party, said the legislature preaches and believes in continuity.

Mark informed the gathering that the lawmakers had met and taken a decision on the matter days before.

“It’s a legacy we have decided to lay for the party. He is a sitting and performing President; we should allow him to go ahead. We unanimously adopt him as our sole presidential candidate for the 2015 election.

Mrs. Justina Eze spoke in similar vein on behalf of the party’s women folk, saying the women had also taken the decision in the interest of the party.

Thereafter, a former Acting National chairman of the PDP, Alhaji Haliru Bello Mohammed, moved the motion for the adoption.

He said there was no reason to change a winning formula, adding that the President had performed well enough to deserve a second term.

Former governor of the old Anambra State, Chief Jim Nwobodo, who seconded the motion, also said the Jonathan team had done well and deserved a second term. The motion received an overwhelming affirmative voice vote.

Responding, Jonathan expressed appreciation for the adoption, saying he was overwhelmed by the show of support and encouragement by the party members.

“I am so overwhelmed that I lack the words to express my appreciation. For you to have that confidence in me, I will not disappoint you.”

The President there and then gave the assurance that terrorism that is currently ravaging the country, which he described as secession plot, would be brought to an end by mid October.

“Things must change by the middle of October. We will bring terrorism to an end no matter what it takes,” he said emphatically.

He however gave no reasons for the optimism.


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NGO Empowers 22 HIV Positive Persons In Jigawa

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A Jigawa-based NGO, Society for Community Awareness and Mobilisation (SOCHAM), on Thursday distributed working equipment to 22 persons living with HIV and AIDS in Hadejia town.

The Project Coordinator of the group, Malam Saidu Kanti, said while distributing the items in Hadejia that the gesture was to empower and provide the sufferers with means of livelihood.

Kanti said the items included sewing machines, pasta blending machines and cooking utensils, while textile materials were provided to two women to enable them engage in boutique trade.

He said that the organisation had also provided wheel chair to a lady with disability, who was also living with HIV and AIDS.

“We distributed economic strengthening equipment to HIV positive persons to enable them become self reliant.

“This is to empower them and improve their living condition to enable them take care of the education of their children,” he said.

The project coordinator said that the organisation would also distribute similar equipment to 40 HIV positive persons under the second phase of the programme in Hadejia and Ringim local governemnt areas.

According to him, the organisation was also conducting HIV testing and counselling as well as sensitisation activities on malaria.

“We have set up VCT centres, distributed mosquito nets and drugs to enhance treatment of malaria,” he said.

Malam Usman Baffa, Head, Community Service Department, Hadejia Local Government Council, urged the beneficiaries to ensure effective utilisation of the equipment and engage in productive activities.

Mrs Lare Useni, one of the beneficiaries, commended the gesture, saying it would improve their living condition. (NAN)

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8 Family Members Remanded In Prison Over Murder

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An Igbosere Magistrates’ Court in Lagos on Thursday remanded in prison nine people including eight family members over alleged murder of a man on land dispute.

The accused are Latifu Olarinde, 67; Sanni Olarinde, 32; Yusuf Olarinde, 31; Idris Olarinde, 26; Jide Olarinde, 27; Shola Olarinde, 24; Temitope Olarinde, 31; Usman Olarinde, 24; and Samuel Adebisi, 22.

They are facing charges of conspiracy and murder.

The Magistrate, Miss Olanike Olagbende, who gave the ruling, said the accused should be remanded at Ikoyi Prisons for 30 days pending advice from the State Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP).

“I hereby order that the defendants be remanded in till Oct. 20 pending advice from the office of the DPP.”

Earlier, the prosecutor, ASP Charles Odii told the court that the accused committed the offences with others still at large on July 15 at Abule Ado in Satellite area of Lagos.

He alleged that the men shot and killed one Olajuwon Olawepo over land dispute.

The accused also opened fire on policemen who were dispatched to the scene to restore order, but luckily they escaped unhurt, he said.

Odii added that Latifu, the oldest among them and self-acclaimed Baale, led the group.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the trial took another dimension when Idris, the 4th accused, told the court that Olawepo was an armed robber.

“The person we shot was an armed robber my lord,” he said.

The offences contravened Sections 221 and 231 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, 2011. (NAN)

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Members of the National Executive Committee of the Peoples Democratic Party have adopted President Goodluck Jonathan as the party’s sole presidential candidate for the 2015 election.

This decision was taken few minutes ago at the ongoing meeting of the body which is being held at the party’s national headquarters, Abuja on Thursday.

Members of the NEC took the decision after various organs of the party said that they had endorsed the President during their meetings which they said were held on Wednesday.

National Chairman of the party, Adamu Mua’zu led other members of the party’s National Working Committee to the meeting.

President Jonathan, his deputy, Namadi Sambo; Senate President, David Mark; his deputy, Ike Ekweremadu and the Deputy Speaker of the House of Representatives, Emeka Ihedioha were among those present at the meeting.

It was aslo attended by majority of the governors, including the Governor of Jigawa State, Sule Lamido.

The governor is believed to be nursing presidential ambition.


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Ex-International, Celestine Babayaro, on Thursday in Abuja made a case for the inclusion of Kelechi Iheanacho in the Super Eagles team.

The former Super Eagles’ defender told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) that Coach Stephen Keshi should give the Manchester City youngster, Iheanacho, a chance in the Eagles team.

NAN recalls that Iheanacho was named the Most Valuable Player (MVP) at the 2013 Under-17 World Cup after scoring six goals, including one in the final, as Nigeria triumphed in the United Arab Emirates (UAE).

Following his success, he signed a pre-contract agreement with the Manchester City FC of England and scored a goal in his debut for the premier league club in a 4-1 pre-season friendly win against Sporting Kansas City in New York.

According to Babayaro, the former Golden Eaglets player is ripe to be in the Super Eagles team because “he is a special and an exceptional talent’’.

“I got into the Super Eagles’ team at a very young age and Iheanacho is a young man who is an outstanding player.

“I have watched him play and I don’t see any reason why Keshi can’t try him and see what he can offer to the senior national team.

“The likes of Pele, Diego Maradonna, Ronaldo and Lionel Messi all started playing for their senior national teams at a very young age,’’ he said.

The former Chelsea FC and Newcastle FC of England defender noted that the fact that Manchester City FC bought Iheanacho showed that he possessed an exceptional ability.

“Do you think Manchester City bought him for nothing; of course they saw something in him and that was why they quickly acquired his services.

“So, I think Iheanacho is mature enough and fit to make his debut for the senior national team if and when he is called up,’’ he said.

NAN reports that Iheanacho will be 18 on Oct. 3 (NAN)

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Lagos Tribunal Grants Nigerian Army Leave To Recall Witnesses

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The Lagos State Tribunal of Inquiry into the July 4 road accident and vandalism of some Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) vehicles on Thursday granted the Nigerian Army leave to recall three witnesses.

The tribunal granted the leave following a request made by the Nigerian Army legal team, led by Lt. Col. Hycinth Ande, that the witnesses be recalled for cross-examination.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports the witnesses – Messrs Razak Mustapha, Ikechukwu Umeaku and Dapo Adediran are employees of Mutual Model Transport Ltd., sub-operators of LAGBUS.

They had earlier testified before the panel, chaired by retired Justice Ebenezer Adebajo, which was set up by the Lagos State Government to unravel the cause of the incident.

The witnesses had claimed that the mayhem was perpetrated by soldiers, who were protesting the death of their colleague, alleged to have been crushed by a BRT bus at Palmgrove Bus Stop, Ikorodu Road, Lagos.

During Thursday’s proceedings, Ande noted that the army was not legally represented when the witnesses gave their evidence due to administrative hiccups.

“As it stands now, we want to take a date to cross-examine all the witnesses and we will equally be asking for copies of all the documents that they tendered before the tribunal.

“We need time to go through the documents to enable us cross-examine the witnesses on them,” he said

In granting the request, Adebajo directed all parties of interest to henceforth produce sufficient copies of all documents they intended to tender before the tribunal.

The chairman also directed the army to provide information relating to the deceased soldier, including the pathologist report, at the next hearing.

In his testimony during the proceedings, Mr Abiodun Apata, Project Manager, Mutual Model Transport Ltd., said a tracking device was installed on Bus MO63, which was involved in the accident that led to the soldier’s death.

Apata, who carried out a demonstration before the tribunal, maintained that the bus broke down and was stationary as at the time of the incident.

He said that the record from the tracker corroborated the testimony of the driver, Mr Zaccheus Folorunsho, that the soldier had rammed his motorcycle against the stationary bus.

NAN reports that the tribunal adjourned sitting till Sept. 22 for further hearing. (NAN)

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At least 2,622 people have died in the worst outbreak of Ebola virus in history, which has so far infected at least 5,335 people in West Africa, the World Health Organisation said on Thursday.

In an update on the epidemic, which is raging through Guinea, Sierra Leone and Liberia and has spread into Nigeria and Senegal, the WHO said there were no signs yet of it slowing.

“The upward epidemic trend continues in the three countries that have widespread and intense transmission – Guinea, Liberia, and Sierra Leone,” Reuters quoted WHO as saying on Thursday.

It added that a surge in Ebola in Liberia is being driven primarily by a continued increase in the number of cases reported in the capital, Monrovia.

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Niger Records Success In WAEC, NECO Exams

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The Niger Government on Thursday said its students recorded an improvement in examinations conducted by the West African Examinations Council (WAEC) and the National Examination Council (NECO).

The State Commissioner for Education, Alhaji Abdulhamid Danladi, made this known to newsmen after the state’s executive council meeting in Minna.

Danladi said the success was largely due to the free education policy and the payment of examination fees by the state government.

“The number of students who had five credits in subjects including Mathematics and English increased.

“The result analysis from WAEC and NECO showed that we have moved from 1.9 per cent in 2009 to 17.7 per cent in 2014,’’ he said.

Danladi, who was represented by Alhaji Shuaibu Adamu, a Permanent Secretary in the ministry, said that other students got five or more credits but without either Mathematics or English or both.

He said that these category of students were given admission into other tertiary institutions, adding that others were retained to retake their papers.

On resumption of schools in the state, the commissioner said: “All public and private schools are to resume by Oct. 10 for boarding schools, while the day students are to resume Oct. 13.

“No school, either private or public, is permitted to resume before this date. Any erring school will be sanctioned,’’ the commissioner warned.

Danladi said the new date would allow government to put measures in place to ensure that no student contact Ebola in schools.

In a similar development, the state government said that an environmental laboratory would soon be established to ensure the proper management of wastes in the state.

The Commissioner for Environment, Alhaji Kabir Wushishi, disclosed this while briefing newsmen on the ministry’s presentation to the state executive council.

He said the laboratory would be used in the management of both industrial and environmental pollution and wastes.

Wushishi, who was represented by Alhaji Umar Bawa, the Permanent Secretary in the ministry, said the laboratory would be established in conjunction with a German firm, CUTEC.

He said the laboratory would be ready within six months of availability of the necessary funds. (NAN)

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FRSC Prosecutes 20 Traffic Offenders In Kuje

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Mr Samuel Egwuatu, the  Kuje Unit  Commander of the  Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC), said on Thursday that the unit  prosecuted 20 traffic offenders in the past one month.

Egwuatu, who spoke in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Thursday in Kuje, Abuja, said the offenders were prosecuted in  Special Mobile Court.

“Out of the 20 offenders arraigned for various traffic offences, 12 were convicted, while eight were discharged.

“The special mobile courts sat on specific traffic corridors of Kuje-Gwagwalada road and Kuje-Airport Road,’’ Egwuatu said.

He listed the offences committed as dangerous driving, speed limit violation, use of cell phone while driving and over-loading, among others.

Egwuatu said the mobile courts were set up in collaboration with the judiciary.

He urged motorists and other road users to obey traffic rules, warning that the corps would not spare offenders.

The unit commander gave the assurance that the corps would continue to improve on its operations in order to reduce road accidents in the area. (NAN)

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Hewlette-Packard (HP), Nigeria’s number one IT company, has rewarded winners with an all-expense paid trip to Seychelles for two and other exciting prizes in its recent promo that lasted from June to August 31, 2104, geared at rewarding customers who bought some eligible HP products.

This is said to be part of the ways to give back to customers who bought the HP products during the last few months.

Speaking at the prize presentation ceremony, Omotayo Omodia, trade marketing manager, printing and personal systems, HP, said after the promo, all raffle tickets were collected from all the HP offices in Nigeria, a raffle draw was conducted and 150 winners were selected to win various prizes.

According to Omodia, “Prizes given out include LED TVs, refrigerators, HP ink advantage printers, HP slate 10 tablets, HP slate 7 tablet and HP wireless mouse.”

The company’s objective is to continue to be the best IT firm in the world and move ahead of others, she said, saying that recently the company introduced a range of new products.

Tam Tamunokonbia, head, Lagos office for Consumer Protection Council, disclosed that unlike some companies who refused to register with CPC when promotions like this were on, HP registered the promo with them from the beginning, showing honesty and transparency.

Tam encouraged the company to keep up with its high standards it had built over the years, as the CPC, which seeks to the redress consumer complains, had never got a case of customers returning faulty HP products over the years.

Agbo Johnson, the grand prize winner, expressed his gratitude to HP for their transparency and honesty during the promo.

“Over a period of years, I have been selling HP products and what I observed is that HP products are very durable and technologically advanced. They always attend to their customers on time when they demand for products delivery,” Johnson revealed.


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Police Arraign Man, 30, Over Alleged N200,000 Fraud

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A man, Taofeek Ayinla, accused of fraudulently obtaining N200, 000 on the pretext of selling a piece of land to Mr Solomon Ilokholor, on Thursday appeared before an Ota Magistrates’ Court in Ogun.

Ayinla, 30, who lives at No. 16, Ogundele St., Sango-Ota, Ogun, is standing trial on a charge of obtaining money by false pretence at an Ota Senior Magistrates’ Court in Ogun.

The prosecutor, Sgt. Italta Ebobimino, told the court that the accused committed the offence in July 2009 at about 10.00 a.m. Itele, in Ota.

Ebobimino said that the accused collected N200, 000 from Ilokholor on the pretext of assisting him to acquire a land, but failed to fulfill the agreement.

He said that the action of the accused contravened Sections 390 (9) and 419 of the Criminal Code, Revised Law of Ogun, 2006.

The accused, however, pleaded not guilty to the charges.

The Senior Magistrate, Mrs Titi Bello, granted the accused bail in the sum of N100, 000 with one surety in like sum.

She said that the surety must be resident within the jurisdiction of the court and must provide evidence of payment of one year tax as part of the bail conditions.

Bello also directed that the address of the surety must be verified by the police and adjourned the case to Nov. 19 for further hearing. (NAN)

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