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Just in: 133 suspected drug traffickers arrested in Oyo

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She said that the command destroyed two marijuana farms at Ajani village in Ona-Ara and Oluyole local government areas.

The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA), Oyo State Command, says it arrested a total of 133 suspects for various drug-related offences in 2020.

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The command’s Public Relations Officer, Mrs Mutiat Okuwobi, made this known in a statement in Ibadan on Friday.

She noted that 44 convictions were recorded during the year and the convicts currently serving various jail terms ranging from six months to 10 years.

Okuwobi stated that the command also seized 4,739.195 kilogrammes of Cannabis Sativa, otherwise known as Indian Hemp, and other illicit substances during the period under review.

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She further disclosed that the command had no fewer than 51 people undergoing counselling.

She added that “there is hope for people who use drugs, so parents and loved ones should never give up on them.

“Stakeholders must work together to get useful information on drug abuse to win the fight against trafficking in our communities.

“The NDLEA command appreciates the support from the state government and other stakeholders during the year.”

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NoRM reports that the 133 arrests in 2020 indicates a decrease compared with 201 recorded in 2019.

However, drugs seized in the year under review increased from 3,703.58 kilogrammes in 2019, showing a 28 per cent increase.

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NDLEA nabs suspected drug traffickers

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Aloye said that the Command also secured the conviction of 28 suspects for possession and trafficking in drugs to different jail terms at the Federal High Court Minna.

The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA), Niger Command, says it has arrested 61 suspected drug traffickers from January to date in different parts of the state.

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The acting Commander of the agency in the state, Mr Isaac Aloye, disclosed this to NoRM in Minna on Thursday.

He said that drugs seized from the suspects include, Cannabis Sativa, 3,066.9334 kg, Cocaine:0.014 kg, Methamphetamine, 0.001 kg, and Psychotropic Substances, 62.05kg.

He said that the 3,066 kg of the total drug seized consist of variants of Cannabis Sativa namely, the locally grown strain, the Skunk popularly known as “SK”by users, the Arizona(fondly known as “AZ”), and the Loud.

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“The Command also secured the final forfeiture of 10 vehicles used by convicted drug dealers and temporary forfeiture of 20 others.

“This is a great feat in the history of the command, and a great disincentive to drug dealers and would-be dealers alike that drug doesn’t pay,” the Commander said.

Aloye said that the quantity and quality of the various drugs seized during the period of COVID-19 lockdown in the state was of great concern as most of the drugs were seized as waybills.

“The agency is worried that drug traffickers now waybill the drugs to physically distance themselves from the drugs upon interception.

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” It takes a great deal to trace and arrest the recipients and senders of the drugs,” the commander said.

He said that the agency would not relent in frustrating the activities of drug peddlers in the state and the nation at large.

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US shooting: Solider charged with murder

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The highly decorated Green Beret was assigned to the US Army’s 7th Special Forces Group, based in Florida, and had served four Afghan tours.

A US Green Beret has been charged with murder after a shooting at a bowling alley over the weekend left three dead in Illinois, the state attorney said Monday.

A further three people were injured when a man opened fire in Rockford’s Don Carter Lanes bowling alley on Saturday night.

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Duke Webb, 37, has been charged with three counts of first-degree murder and three counts of attempted first-degree murder and denied bail, State Attorney J. Hanley said in a press conference.

Hanley named those killed as Thomas Furseth, 65, from Machesney Park in Illinois, Jerome Woodford, 69, and Dennis Steinhoff, 73, who were both from Rockford.

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Of those wounded, the state attorney said a 16-year-old girl was stable, while another teen — a 14-year-old boy — and a 62-year-old man remain in a critical condition in hospital.

“The defendant admitted to the shootings and directed officers to the locations of the firearms he used,” Hanley told the press conference.

Two weapons were recovered at the scene.

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Webb was on leave and reportedly visiting family at the time of the attack.

He is due to appear again in court on February 16, and could face life imprisonment without parole if convicted.

A decorated Special Forces assistant operations and intelligence sergeant, Webb finished his most recent tour of Afghanistan in July, US media said.

Media reported his lawyer saying Webb might have PTSD (post-traumatic stress disorder) although noting he will need a medical examination before that can be confirmed.

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Major General John Brennan, commander of 1st Special Forces Command (Airborne), said Webb’s actions were “abhorrent and are absolutely not representative of the Special Forces Regiment.”

“The actions described in reports are shocking and are completely out of character with Webb’s 12 years of honourable service,” Brennan told NoRM‘s known Media

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Imo: Tension as Archbishop got allegedly kidnapped

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The Imo State police spokesman, Orlando Ikeokwu, who confirmed the incident, said the command had swung into action to fish out the kidnappers of the Bishop.

The auxiliary Bishop of Owerri archdiocese in Imo State, Bishop Chikwe Moses has been kidnapped.

Reports had it that the prelate was whisked away on Monday while coming out from his Owerri residence.

According to a release from the archdiocese of Owerri, “your eminences, your graces, your lordships, it is sad to announce to you that our Auxiliary Bishop, Chikwe Moses, has been kidnapped. There has not been any form of communication from the kidnappers since his kidnap on Monday.

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“Trusting in the maternal assistance of the blessed Virgin Mary, we pray for safety and quick release,” it concluded.

NoRM learnt that the kidnapped Bishop will soon be taking over from Archbishop A. J. V Obinna who has retired.

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Just in: French soldiers begins inter massacre in Mali

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Both were flown out following the shooting and brought to hospital in France.

A French soldier deployed to Mali as part of the Barkhane force fighting jihadist insurgents has wounded two comrades with a pistol while drunk, the army headquarters said Saturday.

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The confrontation under the influence happened overnight from December 24 to 25 at a base in Gao in eastern Mali.

“Two soldiers from the same unit were getting on each other’s nerves. One soldier wounded two of his comrades with his service weapon,” an automatic pistol, army spokesman Frederic Barbry told AFP.

One of the two men was wounded very lightly, while the other’s injury was more serious although not life-threatening

Military police are investigating the incident and “once the probe is finished, (the shooter) will be flown home,” Barbry said.

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France’s Barkhane force numbers 5,100 troops spread across the arid Sahel region and has been fighting jihadist groups alongside soldiers from Mauritania, Chad, Mali, Burkina Faso and Niger, who together make up the G5 Sahel group.

Paris is weighing cuts in the number of soldiers deployed in the region ahead of a summit planned for mid-February.

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Only 10 schoolboys were kidnapped – Shehu Garba

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The Government of Katsina stated on Sunday that they were still on the search for 333 students from the attack.

The Presidency has denied reports that 333 students were abducted in the attack of Government Science Secondary School in Kankara, Katsina State last week.

This was disclosed by Aide to the President, Garba Shehu, in an interview with BBC Hausa, reported by Punch.

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“Based on the available record we have, we are still searching for 333 students through either the forest or their parents to ascertain the actual number that has been kidnapped,” Governor Aminu Masari of Katsina said.

“We are still counting because more are coming out from the forest and we are calling through the numbers those parents that have phone numbers to find out whether or not their children have gone back home.

“We as a government we are yet to be contacted by any group or person responsible for the kidnap of the students,” he added.

BBC Hausa revealed that the FG admitted that the students were abducted by gunmen; however, it claimed that only 10 students were left with the attackers, contradicting the earlier statement from the Governor of Katsina.

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“The Government of Nigeria has said its security forces have surrounded the location where gunmen have kept schoolchildren abducted from a secondary school in Katsina State”

“Spokesman for the President, Mallam Garba Shehu, told the BBC only 10 children were remaining in the hands of the gunmen according to their colleagues who escaped from the gunmen. The number is below figures released by school authorities at the beginning. Garba Shehu said the school children who escaped said 10 of their friends were still with their abductors.”

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Boko Haram proves it’s abduction of schoolboys

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In April 2014, more than 270 schoolgirls were taken from their dormitory at the Government Secondary School in Chibok in Borno State. About 100 of the girls are still missing.

Boko Haram on Thursday released a video showing that it has custody of the students abducted from a government secondary school in Kankara, Katsina State, Humangle reported.

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In the six-minute-and-30-second footage, tens of young boys could be seen behind him, all covered in dust and appearing to be within a forest area.

The relatively older schoolboy who spoke urged the Nigerian Government to settle amicably with their abductors and advised against the use of military force in rescuing them.

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“Please, you have to dissolve any gang of vigilantes, close any kind of schools, excluding Islamiyyah [Qur’anic schools]. All the troops who have come here to help us, please send them back,” one of the abducted schoolboys pleaded in the released video.

“Shekau is clearly replaying the Chibok propaganda model. He’s doing this to get a ransom and free his detained members,” Bulama Bukarti, an analyst at the Tony Blair Institute, tweeted.

Also, Jacob Zenn, who analyses terrorism, also believes the extremist group is following the “Chibok media model”.

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“The more the media, the more leverage he has. Unfortunately, the media can’t quite ‘ignore’ this either. It’s sort of an inevitable facet of terrorism. Wish there can be prompt resolution,” he tweeted.

Katsina state authorities reported approximately 320 remained missing on Tuesday, the same day the Islamist extremist group claimed responsibility for their abduction.

Katsina’s governor, Aminu Bello Masari, said 839 boys were enrolled at the school, according to U.S. broadcast network ABC News. It’s not clear how many students were at the school at the time of the raid, nor how many eluded the kidnappers.

On Monday, the state governor said the abductors “have made contacts with the government”.

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“Talks are ongoing to ensure their safety and return to their respective families,” he said on Twitter, without identifying the kidnappers.

A joint rescue operation was launched on Saturday by Nigeria’s police, air force, and army, according to the government. The army said on Monday it had located the hideout of the men, and that a military operation was underway.

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North demands “sack of service chiefs” after schoolboys’ kidnap in Katsina

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The elders called on authorities to ensure that those responsible for the action are brought to justice just as they tasked communities in the region to demand that schools be considered as places of safety.

Northern elders have expressed concerns on the worsening security situation in the region, saying Friday’s attack on Government Science Secondary School, Kankara, in Katsina State, had further confirmed their position that the region was only now at the mercy of terrorists, bandits, and other criminal elements.

The elders, under the aegis of Coalition of Northern Elders for Peace and Development, pointed out that the continuous stay in office of the service chiefs whom they noted, have been exhausted with nothing more to offer in security service, was emboldening the adversaries in their increasing dastardly actions against the country.

“The latest attack on Government Science Secondary School, Kankara, in Katsina State, where over 333 children are reportedly missing has further confirmed our position that our region is now at the mercy of terrorists, bandits, and other criminal elements,” the elders said in a statement signed by its National Coordinator, Engr Zana Goni and National Women Leader, Hajiya Mario Bichi, on Monday.

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“And as a result of this, we strongly believe that time has come for our president to bring in fresh hope and clear directions on how best the country will strategize to overcome the present insecurity situation in the country in general,” it added.

They reiterated their earlier call on President Muhammadu Buhari to seek foreign help, saying any further delay by the president may lead to the extinction of the region following increasing mass killings of its people by the terrorists.

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Noting that the attack on school children was callous and reprehensible, the group tasked the government to seek foreign help in addressing the nation’s security problem once and for all.

“At the boiling point we have found ourselves in today, we strongly believe that it will not be out of place to seek assistance in dealing with these threats from outside,” they added.

While extending their sympathies to the families of the victims, the elders said “We would say in the strongest possible terms that there can be no justification for the deliberate targeting of innocent school children.

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On the other hand, they called on those responsible to refrain from any attacks directed at or in the vicinity of schools and warned that the killing and maiming of children, as well as attacks on schools, teachers, and school children, are serious violations of international law.

Insisting that the service chiefs have lost the support of human, nature and spirit and also exhausted their energies, ideas and capacities hence can no longer turn around the country’s security for good, the northern elders charged the president to see reason with a majority of Nigerians who are of the view that the nation’s top security heads be relinquished of their positions and fresh hands and ideas injected for positive results in the security of the nation.

They reminded the president that in democracy, the voice of the majority prevails, saying the recent resolution of both chambers of the National Assembly that he replaces the services chiefs, was the view of the majority of Nigerians given that the parliament is a representation of the people.

“Our president was elected by Nigerians and the same Nigerians have spoken through their representatives in the National Assembly. Our president should listen to them by dropping the service chiefs, who have since reached retirement age in the military and appoint new ones with fresh ideas to do the job for which we elected him to do,” the statement read.

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While insisting that the president listens to what they called “the voice of the people” by reorganizing the security architecture of the country, the elders said:” The time has come when the entire country expects new ideas, philosophy, and method in the fight against insurgency in the country.”

Noting that the “president’s idea about insecurity has proved inadequate to deal with the threat to our lives and property”, the northern elders charged him to “urgently change tactics and personnel in order to win the war against rising threats to the lives of Nigerians.”

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Just in: United States Gov’t affirm Cyber Attack

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The same group also reportedly hacked US government agencies during the Obama administration.

The US government confirmed Sunday that its computer networks had been hit by a cyberattack, as The Washington Post reported at least two departments had been targeted by Russian state hackers.

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“We have been working closely with our agency partners regarding recently discovered activity on government networks,” a spokesperson for the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency told AFP.

“CISA is providing technical assistance to affected entities as they work to identify and mitigate any potential compromises.”

The Post said the hacks were linked to an attack last week on cybersecurity firm FireEye, which said its own defenses were breached by sophisticated attackers who stole tools used to test customers’ computer systems.

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FireEye said it suspected the attack was state-sponsored.

US media reports also said the FBI was investigating a group working for the Russian foreign intelligence service, SVR, and that breaches had been taking place for months.

“The United States government is aware of these reports and we are taking all necessary steps to identify and remedy any possible issues related to this situation,” National Security Council spokesman John Ullyot said.

Russia’s embassy in the US hit back later Sunday against what it said were the “unfounded” media claims, denying any role in the alleged attacks.

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“Malicious activities in the information space contradicts the principles of the Russian foreign policy, national interests and our understanding of interstate relations,” the embassy said in a statement on its official Facebook page.

“Russia does not conduct offensive operations in the cyber domain.”

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FHC grants Adoke permission to travel abroad for medical treatment

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The judge said the issue of whether or not to grant such an application was within the court’s discretion, which he was inclined to exercise in favour of the applicant since he claimed to be travelling on medical grounds.

The Federal High Court, Abuja, on Friday, granted permission to former Attorney General of the Federation (AGF) and Minister of Justice, Mohammed Adoke, to travel for medical checkup in the United Arab Emirate (UAE).

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Justice Inyang Ekwo, in a ruling, rejected the objection raised by lawyer to the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission ( EFCC), Bala Sanga.

Justice Ekwo granted Adoke’s application as argued by another former AGF, Kanu Agabi, SAN.

The judge proceeded to order the release of the ex-AGF’s international passport to enable him travel from Dec. 15 and return on Jan. 10, 2021, a day before the scheduled resumption of trial in the money laundering charge involving him and a businessman, Aliyu Abubakar.

He ordered Adoke to return the international passport to the court within two days of his return for the foreign trip.

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The judge adjusted the matter until Jan. 11 for trial continuation.

Noble Reporters Media reports that Adoke and Abubakar are being tried by the EFCC on a 14-count charge of money laundering.

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Ruffians attack Ogun State House – Stole Assembly Mace

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The PPRO added that an investigation into the burglary and theft had commenced.

Suspected hoodlums on Thursday burgled the Ogun State House of Assembly.

Punch reports that the suspected hoodlums attacked the office of the Speaker of Ogun State House of Assembly, Olakunle Oluomo, and carted away the assembly’s mace.

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When our correspondent visited the assembly building which is located a few metres away from the Governor’s Office complex in the precinct of the State Secretariat, Oke-Mosan, Abeokuta, some security personnel denied people access into the complex, citing orders from above.

When contacted, the spokesman for the Ogun State Police Command, Abimbola Oyeyemi, confirmed the incident.

He said the coat of the arm had been recovered but the stick is still missing.

Oyeyemi said, “Yes, there is an unfortunate incident today in the assembly complex. The hoodlums broke into the assembly through the ceiling and removed the official mace of the house. That is why the Commissioner of Police has to go there for an on-the-spot assessment.”

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When asked how it was recovered, the PPRO declined comments.

“The details will be disclosed after the entire mace is recovered,” he added.

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Sex Scandal: Nigerian embassy in Germany fires Security Officer

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The voice behind the camera accused Oni of wanton sexual encounters he had in the past in exchange for delivering his official duty.

Nigerian Embassy in Germany has sacked a senior security official after he was found guilty of sexual abuse and corruption.

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“The Embassy of the Federal Republic of Nigeria has terminated with immediate effect the contract of Mr Martins Adedeji Oni, a security officer at the mission,” the embassy said in a tweet on Tuesday.

“His dismissal follows an investigation into allegations of corruption and sexual misconduct,” it added.

Oni’s dismissal comes less than a month after a video of him surfaced on the internet.

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In the footage, Oni was caught with his pants down in a hotel room after he had allegedly asked an unnamed lady to have sex with him before he could release her passport.

“Let me explain, please. Please, it is not like that,” a shocked Oni said on camera.

When asked to explain, he kept saying “please, please, please.”

“Your cup is full, Martins. Your time is up,” the voice said.

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Nigerian Ambassador to Germany, Yusuf Tuggar in reaction to the viral video said that the embassy has “zero-tolerance policy towards abuse of office and especially of sexual misconduct.”

Ambassador Tuggar explained that investigation into the matter would be done with urgency and due diligence.

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Girl ‘handcuffed’ after faking own kidnap

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The victims are usually released unhurt after ransom payments.

An 18-year-old girl has been arrested in Nigeria’s commercial capital Lagos for allegedly faking her own kidnap to demand ransom from her family, police said Tuesday.

Ujunwa Offiah is accused of conspiring with her boyfriend to stage her abduction, asking her family to pay 30 million naira (79,336 dollars, 65,500 euros).

She was arrested along with another alleged accomplice, Precious Chukwu, 22, as the ransom money was being dropped, police said.

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“This is a case of conspiracy and staged kidnapping,” state police commissioner Hakeem Odumosu said in a statement.

He said Offiah’s boyfriend, an Uber driver and “the man at the centre of this case”, is still on the run.

“We are going after him because he conspired with one of these two ladies, Offiah, who faked her kidnap.”

Odumosu said that after negotiation, the ransom was reduced to 700,000 naira (1,851 dollars).

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Kidnapping for ransom is common in southern Nigeria where oil workers, prominent Nigerians, including relatives of sports stars, have been abducted in recent years.

In June, a 17-year-old girl in southwestern Ogun state was held for faking her own kidnap to demand ransom from her mother.

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Slapping Senator, Elisha Abbo slaps Young Man repeatedly in Adamawa

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The assault was done in the presence of an armed policeman who, rather than protect the victim, arrested her.

Abbo, representing the Adamawa North Senatorial District, was seen assaulting a young man in a video posted by a Twitter user, @Jacfelixchidama.

Nineteen months after assaulting a nursing mother, Senator Elisha Abbo, has again been caught on video slapping a young man repeatedly in his hometown in Adamawa State.

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Abbo, representing the Adamawa North Senatorial District, was seen assaulting a young man in a video posted by a Twitter user, @Jacfelixchidama.

The Senator first came to limelight in 2019, when he was captured in a video beating a female attendant, Osimibibra Warmat, at a sex shop in Abuja.

The police later arraigned Abbo before a Magistrate Court in Zuba, on a one-count charge of assault.

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Despite video evidence of the incident, Abdullahi Ilelah, the Magistrate, upheld the no-case submission filed by the lawmaker and dismissed the case.

However, Warmate instituted a separate civil suit at the FCT High Court and on September 28, Samira Bature, the presiding Judge, convicted Abbo and ordered him to pay N50 million as compensation to her.

Meanwhile, the latest video has sparked outrage on social media.

@Tonfiyo wrote; “This guy. What’s wrong with this guy.”

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@Djkelexray said, “That’s what we get when justice is not being served. He keeps doing more and thinks he is above the law, We have some bad leaders in Nigeria and the good once have to remove them before he eat them up!”

@TesswhyteT wrote, “This man and assault is 5&6. See his nonsense fried hair.”

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Boko Haram leader, Shekau claims responsibility of Borno Massacre

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Borno State governor Babagana Zulum said the state residents are faced with desperate choices.

Militant Islamist group Boko Haram has claimed responsibility for an attack that killed about 43 rice farmers in Zabarmari village located in Jere Local Government Area of Borno State.

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The Shekau-led Boko Haram on Tuesday in footage also claimed responsibility for an attack that killed 22 farmers last month.

The infamous group said the attacks were a retaliation on farmers for arresting its members and handing them over to the Nigerian military.

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Shekau’s claim collaborates Hamidu Bala, a resident of Zabarmari and a member of Rapid Response Squad, a Borno government-established task force against banditry, who said a group of farmers on Friday disarmed a lone Boko Haram member and handed him over to the local security operatives.

“That action was what may have prompted reprisal from the insurgents,” Bala said.

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Dozens of mourners surrounded about 43 bodies, which were wrapped in white burial shrouds and placed on wooden pallets, as they were buried on Sunday.

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One resident and Amnesty International said 10 women have gone missing since the attack.

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Nigeria President Muhammadu Buhari described the attack as “insane”.

United Nations humanitarian coordinator Edward Kallon said he was “outraged and horrified” by “the most violent direct attack” against civilians this year.

According to Humangle, the operatives of the Civilian Joint Task Force (CJTF) on Monday recovered at least 35 more decomposing bodies in the area.

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The newly discovered victims were buried at the spot because the search team was unable to move the badly decapitated and decomposing bodies, Humangle reported.

“In one side, they stay at home they may be killed by hunger and starvation; on the other, they go out to their farmlands and risk getting killed by the insurgents,” he said.

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But a presidential spokesman Garba Shehu said the farmers did not get a military clearance before resuming farming activities in the area.

Shehu who spoke to NoRM‘s known Media said the government was sad about the tragic incident, but added that the “people need to understand what it is like in the Lake Chad Basin area.”

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“The truth has to be said. Was there any military clearance from the military who are in total control of the area?” Shehu queried. “Did anybody ask to resume activity?”

He added that he had been briefed by military authorities that the villagers did not seek military advice before exposing themselves to “a window that the terrorists have exploited.”

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Medical Doctor bags 14 year jail term for fraud

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Though there was no option of fine, the prison terms will run concurrently with effect from the day of his arrest.

Justice Agatha Okeke of the Federal High Court, Uyo, Akwa Ibom State, has sentenced one Dr. Bassey Goddy Usen to 14 years imprisonment without an option of fine.

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Usen, a medical doctor and managing director, Ceephass Diagnostic Clinic/Surgery was prosecuted by the Uyo Zonal Office of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, (EFCC), on a two-count charge of obtaining by false pretence to the tune of N5 million.

One of the charges read, “That you, Bassey Goddy Usen, the Managing Director of Ceephass Diagnostic Clinic/Surgery on or about the 18th April, 2017 in Uyo, within the jurisdiction of this honourable court with intent to defraud, obtained the sum of N2,000,000.00 (Two million naira) from one Edodiong Essien under the pretence that the money will be used to execute contracts awarded to you by Akwa Ibom State Hospital Management Board, Uyo; a pretence you knew to be false and thereby committed an offence contrary to Section 1 (1) (a) of the Advance Fee Fraud and Other Fraud Related Offences Act 2006 and punishable under Section 1 (3) of the same Act”.

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His “not guilty,” plea set the stage for his trial which commenced on October 24, 2018.

In the cause of the trial, prosecution counsel, Agbo S. Abuh presented four witnesses and tendered various exhibits which were admitted in evidence, and closed its case on February 28.

Delivering judgement on Monday, Justice Okeke noted that the prosecution proved its case beyond reasonable doubt and sentenced the defendant to seven years imprisonment on each of the two-count charges.

In addition, the convict would restitute the sum of N3 million to his victim as a condition for his release upon completion of his jail term.

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Usen’s journey to prison began in 2018, when his victim, Edodiong Essien petitioned the EFCC, alleging that the convict approached him for a loan to enable him to execute a contract, purportedly awarded to him by Akwa Ibom State Hospitals Management Board for the supply of drugs to rural hospitals in the state.

While his claim for the loan is false, as the convict’s name did not feature as a contractor with the state’s Hospital Management Board, he flouted the terms of repayment, and furthermore, issued his victim with dud cheques.

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