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Police arrest suspected ritualists with gallon of human blood 



Federal Capital Territory Police Command,

The Kaduna State Police Command has apprehended a nine-man gang of suspected ritualists under the name of ‘Neo Black Movement, NBM, at a Cemetery in Dutsen Abba Ward along the Zaria -Kaduna expressway with one full jerry can of human blood,

ASP Mansur Hussaini, Public Relations Officer of the Command, while making the confirmation of the arrest on Sunday, explained that their arrest followed a tip-off after a source drew the attention of the service formation that some group of people were sighted at the said cemetery, which in turn Saye Lowcost Division was alerted.

He added that those arrested for alleged involvement in ritual activities are, Samson Ezekiel (32), Samuel Francis (27), Usman Nura (34), Gabriel Sheba (23), Haruna Sa’id (37), Bala Lukman (27) and Jabir Rilwan (37).

The PPRO explained, “A search was conducted on their vehicle, a Lexus sedan, with registration number RSH 712 CW, where two locally made pistols, one Beretta pistol, two jacket knives, two calabashes and a jerrycan, full of human blood were recovered.”

He said the suspected ritualists, comprising the new and old members, were apprehended while initiating the new members, saying the gang confessed to getting the human blood after slaughtering an aged man and disposing of his body along the Jaji military cantonment, in neighbouring Igabi Local Government Area,

The suspects also confessed that the man’s vital body parts were dismembered but were taken away by another gang which came from Kaduna.

Following the arrest of the seven suspected ritualists along the Zaria -Kaduna expressway, he said that two other suspects were apprehended by the locals, at ABU Congo Conference Hotels, along old Jos road, stressing that they are Austin Ifinju from Ondo State, aged 28 and Yoruba by tribe and Aliyu Ali Yahaya, resident of Hadu Nasko road Abuja, aged 24. Agatu by tribe and a student of ABU Samaru.

ASP Mansur Hussaini, Public Relations Officer of the Command confirmed the arrest, explaining that investigations are ongoing.


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Lightning strike, kills two women in Lagos



Two women were tragically killed after being struck by lightning in a sorrowful incident during Friday’s rainfall in FESTAC, Lagos State.

The state police spokesperson, SP Benjamin Hundeyin, confirmed the deaths, noting that the lightning strike was instantaneous and fatal, also sparking a fire.

The victims, who were residing in a makeshift shelter constructed under high-voltage power lines, were identified only as residents of the area.

“Lightning struck, electrocuting them instantly and causing a fire outbreak,” Hundeyin explained.

The police have reiterated warnings against the dangers of living or seeking shelter under high-tension cables, especially during adverse weather conditions.

A Policeman on patrol at Kubwa, Abuja, has allegedly killed a man identified as Onybuchi Anele, with a teargas canister after a minor accident involving a motorcyclist.

The accident happened on Wednesday night close to Haj Estate, where the deceased lived with his young wife and one daughter.

An eyewitness who spoke with LEADERSHIP said trouble started when the policemen arrived at the scene of the accident. They insisted that Anele must follow them to their station even after the Okada man and his passenger involved in the minor accident had left the scene.

The ensuing altercation triggered a quarrel, which led to the policeman shooting the teargas canister into the eye of the deceased at a close range.



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No more prostitution in Benue state, Gov Alia vows



The Benue state government has established a department of Public Order in the ministry of Justices to coordinate activities of government

The Benue state government has established a department of Public Order in the ministry of Justices to coordinate activities of government policies and matters relating to public order.

Among the things ban Benue state is prostitution, child labour ,night crawling beyond 10pm.

“Loitering about at late hours from 12:00 midnight to 5:00 A.M unless for emergency or very important matters.Cross-usage of public lavatories by men and women

The Public Order department was birthed on Friday through an executive order declaration by governor Hyicenth Alia.

Governor Alia said the executive order was pursuant to section 14 sub section (2) of the 1999 constitution and section 10 of the Public Order Act, CAP 382 of the federal Republic of Nigeria.

According to the governor, any breach of the prescribed public rules will amount to sanction including not less than 20,000 and not more than 500,000 thousand naira fine or an imprisonment depending on the gravity of the offense.

Represented by his deputy, Barr Sam Odeh, the governor prohibited all acts in violation of public order in the state and called for strict adherence to the laws.

The proscribed public misconduct include, disobedience to traffic rules, child labour and exploitation, all forms of prostitution, indiscriminate dumping of refuse on road dividers, open defecation and urination, demanding of marching ground levy from developers, building on water channels or structures, kiosks, shanties on the right of way, Hawking or selling of goods of any kind by the road side or on the road.

Also prohibited is Farming on empty unfenced plots of land or in front of any premises or on the street, or by the road side within urban areas. Farming on undeveloped areas of Government offices or Quarters or reserved areas.

It adds that from the commencement of the Order, rallies, wakes and other forms of public gatherings should not hold beyond the hours of 10PM in the State but any person or group wishing to hold gathering beyond 10pm are advised to first, seek and obtain a permit from the Department of Public Order at the Ministry of Justice.

The governor through the executive Order, announced the establishment of a Public Order Advisory Committee with the mandate to advise government on policies, restoration, attainment, preservation and maintenance of Public Order and safety in the state. Also, a Public Order Committee was established to operate in all the local government areas by collaborating with the advisory committee and other stakeholders for the enforcement of the prescribed public order laws.

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Police arrest blogger who claimed E-Money had affair with Jnr Pope’s wife



blogger who claimed E-Money had affair with Jnr Pope’s wife

Emeka Okonkwo, the Nigerian businessman better known as E-Money, says the blogger who accused him of having an affair with the wife of Junior Pope, has been arrested.

Pope died on April 10 in the River Niger in Asaba, Delta state, while on his way to a movie location.

Shortly after, a Facebook influencer shared a video accusing E-Money of having an affair with Pope’s widow.
The blogger insinuated that the music executive might have been involved in the actor’s death.

Reacting to the incriminating video, E-Money vowed to sue the blogger for spreading such rumours.

In an Instagram post on Thursday, E-Money said the social media influencer has been arrested by the police.

The Five Star record label boss added that the suspect will face prosecution.

He also thanked the police for their commitment to justice and ending cyber bullying.

“I am relieved to share that one of the individuals responsible for the character assassination against me has been apprehended by the Nigeria Police Force and will face prosecution,” he said.

”This is a significant step towards ending the scourge of cyber bullying.

“My heartfelt gratitude goes out to the diligent officers of the Nigerian Police Force for their unwavering commitment to justice.”

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Two to die by hanging for stealing N105,000, phones, others in Ekiti



An Ekiti State High Court, Ado Ekiti division has sentenced two persons, Benjamin Joseph (32), and Stephen Orban (25), to death by hanging for robbing two persons of cash and valuable items.

The convicts were arraigned on December 30, 2022, on a four-count charge bordering on conspiracy and armed robbery.

The charge read, “On 16th August 2022 along Iluomoba Road, Aisegba Ekiti did conspire to commit a felony, to wit; armed robbery.

“As at the time of the robbery, they were armed with locally made guns, knives, and cutlasses and did rob Daramola Christiana and Ajayi Alaba of their belongings such as phones, power bank, creams, drugs, ATM Cards, and N105,000 cash among others.

“The offences are contrary to Sections 6(b) and 1(2)(a) of the Robbery and Firearms (Special Provisions) Act, Cap. RII, Laws of the Federation of Nigeria, 2004,” the charge stated.

In her testimony before the court, one of the victims, a trader, said that four armed men attacked them at a barricaded point at Aisegba Ekiti along Omuo – Ado Ekiti Road.

The victim said, “They collected our phones, power bank, other valuables, and a cash sum of N105,000.00 and ran into the bush. I was rescued by a sympathizer, but the driver drove back to Omuo and made a formal complaint to the police”.

The prosecutor, Ibironke Odetola, called six witnesses and tendered charms, phones, camouflage underwear, a hammer, three hoods, fake Dollar notes, and cutlasses among others as exhibits, while the defendants spoke in their defence through their lawyer, Adeyinka Opaleke, and called no witnesses.

In the judgment on Thursday, Justice Blessing Ajileye, who said the prosecution proved the case beyond reasonable doubt that there was an armed robbery on 16th August 2022, found the two persons guilty.

The judge pronounced,  “Consequently, the sentence of this court upon Benjamin Joseph and Stephen Orban is that they are hanged by the neck until they are dead, may God have mercy on your souls”.


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Man jailed for life for random murder, attacks



A man has been jailed for life with a minimum 32-year term for a series of slasher attacks on strangers, ending with the random murder of a

A man has been jailed for life with a minimum 32-year term for a series of slasher attacks on strangers, ending with the random murder of a woman in south London.

Mohamed Nur, 34, was armed with a makeshift blade when he cut the throat of Johanita Kossiwa Dogbey, 31, in daylight in Brixton on 1 May 2023.

She was walking in Stockwell Park Walk after going into central London to do some shopping when Nur attacked her from behind. She died at the scene.

Nur was also found guilty at the Old Bailey over three other slash attacks two days before Ms Dogbey’s death, in which the victims all suffered facial cuts.

‘Innocent and loving sister’
Ms Dogbey’s younger sister Laura wept in court as she read a victim impact statement, paying tribute to her “pure, innocent and loving sister” who she described as her “best friend and protector”.

She said her big sister had encouraged her with her reading and writing and bought her books but her murder had

“killed all of us”.
“What words can I use to describe how broken I am?” she said.

Nur previously admitted Ms Dogbey’s murder and having a blade made from scissors, as well as another weapon made from broken glass, when he was arrested the following day.

He denied three counts of unlawful wounding in relation to the other attacks, but was found guilty on 13 May following a trial.

Nur was not at the Old Bailey for sentencing and had also not attended any of his trial hearings.

Judge Angela Rafferty KC said she took his absence “very seriously” and would deliver the sentence as if he were there.


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Tinubu: Africa must set up regional standby forces against coup, terrorism, extremism



Tinubu appeals to governors’ for unity of purpose to ‘make Nigeria greater’

President Bola Tinubu yesterday advocated discussions on empowering regional blocs to establish well-funded standby military forces to help contain military adventurers, rampaging waves of terrorism, and religious extremism.

Tinubu made the call in Abuja in his keynote address at the Summit on the State of Democracy in Africa.

He canvassed for the strengthening of regional economic communities to drive integration and trade ties among African countries in order to deepen democracy and accelerate development across the continent.

The president contended that through bitter experiences, Nigeria had learned that the solution to poor democratic governance was having more democracies.

On his part, former President Olusegun Obasanjo said the answer to the myriad challenges confronting democracy in Africa lied in re-examining the model of democracy passed on to countries on the continent by their colonial masters.

Tinubu called for revitalisation of sub-regional blocs, like Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), East African Community (EAC), and Southern African Development Community (SADC), as vehicles to usher in an era of robust intra-African commerce, economic growth, and job creation.

Tinubu, who was represented by Vice President Kashim Shettima, said the immense potential of the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) could only be maximally realised when there was concrete economic integration and collaboration at the different sub-regional levels.

Delivering the keynote address, the president urged the regional bodies to prioritise minimising trade barriers, promoting sustainable and inclusive economic growth, human capital development, as well as value addition in agriculture and agro-allied sectors.

He said, “We must deliberate on ways through which African sub-regional organisations can help foster better intra-African trade, achieve better food and energy security, promote higher rates of youth employment, alleviate poverty and realise greater prosperity for our people.”

The president stated that a reinvigorated sub-regional cooperation was critical to the successful implementation of the path-breaking AfCFTA by harmonising rules and regulations to facilitate the free movement of goods, services, and people.

While acknowledging the “despair about democratic reversals” due to recent military coups, he expressed optimism over polls held successfully in nations, like Liberia, Kenya, Ghana, and Nigeria.

He added, “The tragedies of our nations and histories inspire our concern about the reversals of democratic governments, particularly in West Africa. That’s why we are alarmed by the military coups in Mali, Guinea Conakry, Burkina Faso, Niger Republic, and Gabon.”

Tinubu advocated discussions on empowering regional blocs to establish well-funded standby military forces “to help contain military adventurers and the rampaging waves of terrorism and religious extremism.”

He urged African leaders to respect constitutional tenets, like term limits, and ensure credible elections and autonomous institutions through the African Peer Review Mechanism (APRM) to achieve democratic consolidation.

“This summit must discuss ways of making the APRM contribute to achieving good governance and democratic consolidation on the continent,” he stated.

Declaring that Africa could no longer be the “doormat of the world with street beggar economies”, he called for concrete measures through reinvented regional bodies to boost trade, enhance security, and entrench constitutional democracy for development and prosperity.

Earlier, Obasanjo, in his keynote remarks, said the solution to the numerous challenges confronting democracy in Africa was in revisiting the models of democracy passed on to countries on the continent by their colonial masters.

He said leaders across the continent must come together to devise a form of contextual democracy that took into account past experiences, addresses contemporary challenges, and emphasises good leadership, strong institutions, and a stable middle class, all reflecting Africa’s rich cultural heritage.

The former president expressed concern about the growing discontent for democracy on the continent and insisted that the model that would work for Africa was one that took into account the typical and predominant political system as well as one suitably and appropriately placed to serve the objectives of the African people.

In her goodwill message, the United Nations (UN) Deputy Secretary-General and Chair of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), Dr Amina Mohammed, said the active participation of women and young people in politics and other decision-making processes would strengthen democracy on the continent.

She drew the attention of authorities on the continent to the effective implementation of laws, adherence to the tenets of accountability, and improved investment in democratic institutions, stating that they are critical to the sustenance of democracy in Africa and beyond.

Equally speaking, former President of the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA) and member of the Board of Directors, Shehu Musa Yar’adua Foundation, Abubakar Mahmoud (SAN), said the focus of the summit, which was “the state of democracy in Africa,” aligned with the cornerstone of the foundation’s mission and vision.

Mahmoud said participants at the summit were expected to thoroughly interrogate the model of democracy practised in Africa vis a vis current challenges experienced in the continent, to resolve the lingering issues and reshape democracy in the continent.

Meanwhile, the sixth parliament of the ECOWAS parliament considered and adopted crucial parliamentary instruments to guide the progress and implementation of its mandate.

That was part of decisions made yesterday at the 2024 Second Extraordinary Session of the parliament held in Kano, North-west Nigeria.

The instruments consisted of the rules of procedure, the strategic plan, and the 2024 work plan of the parliament.

Acting Speaker of the ECOWAS parliament and Deputy President of the Nigerian Senate, Senator Barau Jibrin, in his speech at the session’s opening, stressed the importance of the protocols in facilitating the work of the parliament.

Jibrin said, “This extraordinary session is unique on several counts. During this session, we are expected to hold deliberations and adopt three very important instruments, which bear heavily on the progress and effective implementation of our mandate.

“They are the rules of procedure of the sixth legislature, which was deferred from our inaugural session, the strategic plan of the sixth legislature, and 2024 annual work plan.

“You would agree with me that our rules of procedure are very important, as they make us more efficient and serve as our guide, thereby reducing the chances of our actions and decisions being challenged for procedural deficiencies.

“The strategic plan, on the other hand, will serve as a crucial and indispensable tool in ensuring that our programmes and activities are directly linked with the overall strategic institutional objectives of ECOWAS, while our work plan will set the agenda for our engagements this year.”

With the adoption of the instruments, the stage for the full commencement of parliamentary activities by the community parliament was set, he stated.

Source: This Day

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