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Police intercept cemetery workers in Ondo with human heads.


On Monday, Ondo State Police Command confirmed the arrest of four men, who were allegedly caught with human heads, NobleReporters

The suspects, who were said to be workers at the Akure South Local Government Council’s cemetery, are Adewale Abiodun, 40; Akinola Sunday, 69; Oluwadare Idowu, 67; and one Olomofe, 45.

NobleReporters gathered that the suspects were apprehended while severing the head of a newly-buried corpse at the cemetery on Saturday.

A source said a few hours after the corpse was buried, the family of the deceased returned to the cemetery to make arrangements on how to cover the grave in concrete.

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The source stated, “On getting to the grave, the family members met the suspects digging the grave with the intention of exhuming the corpse.

“It was at that point that it was discovered that the suspects had four severed male heads and a female head.

“They immediately invited men of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad, who arrested the suspects.”

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The state Police Public Relations Officer, Tee-Leo Ikoro, said investigation had commenced into the case, adding that other members of the syndicate would soon be apprehended.

“The ongoing investigation will reveal everything, particularly other members of the gang. From what we have found out, that was not their first time. It is something they have been doing; it is a routine thing,” the PPRO stated.


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Just in: Afghanistan leader vow to set 2000 Taliban inmates free


Afghan President Ashraf Ghani has started the process to release up to 2,000 Taliban prisoners as a “goodwill gesture”, his spokesperson said, in a move that came after the government welcomed the armed group’s surprise announcement of a three-day ceasefire during the Eid al-Fitr holiday.

The decision to release the prisoners was taken “to ensure success of the peace process”, Ghani’s spokesman Sediq Sediqqi said on Twitter on Sunday.

Meanwhile, the ceasefire appeared to hold as there were no reports of clashes between the Taliban and Afghan forces by the end of the first day on Sunday.

Ghani said a government delegation was “ready to immediately start the peace talks” with the Taliban.

Government negotiators would be headed by Ghani’s former rival Abdullah Abdullah after the two signed a power-sharing deal last week that ended a months-long political crisis.

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Pres. Ghani today initiated a process to release up to 2000 Taliban prisoners as a good will gesture in response to the Taliban’s announcement of a ceasefire during Eid.The AFG Gov is extending the offer of peace and is taking further steps to ensure success of the peace process.

A US-Taliban agreement signed in February in Qatar’s capital, Doha, stipulated that the Afghan government would release up to 5,000 Taliban prisoners while the Taliban would free about 1,000 Afghan security forces personnel.

The prisoner swap was mentioned in the agreement as a “confidence-building measure” before long-awaited peace talks between the government and Taliban.

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Before Sunday’s announcement, Kabul had already released about 1,000 Taliban inmates while the Taliban had freed roughly 300 members of the Afghan security forces, according to reports.

The Taliban said they were committed to freeing prisoners, but reminded Kabul that the agreement was to “release 5,000” of their members as agreed with the US in Doha.

“This process should be completed in order to remove hurdles in the way of commencement of intra-Afghan negotiations,” Suhail Shaheen, a Taliban spokesman, said on Twitter.

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The Taliban’s offer of a ceasefire came just days after leader Haibatullah Akhunzada urged Washington “not to waste” the opportunity offered by the Doha agreement that set the stage for the withdrawal of US troops from the country after more than 18 years.

US Special Representative to Afghanistan Zalmay Khalilzad, who brokered the February 29 agreement, said the ceasefire was “a momentous opportunity that should not be missed” while pledging that the US would “do its part to help”.

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo also hailed the ceasefire, but said in a statement on Sunday that he expected “the Taliban to adhere to their commitment not to allow released prisoners to return to the battlefield”.

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He also urged the two sides to avoid escalating violence after Eid, the festival marking the end of the Muslim fasting month of Ramadan.

US President Donald Trump’s administration has made it a priority to end the country’s longest war and, in a bid to pull out foreign forces, US officials have been pushing the Taliban and government leaders to hold peace talks.

Analysts, however, say the Taliban has been emboldened by the agreement with the US, and attacks by the group have continued since the signing.

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War-weary residents in the capital, Kabul, expressed relief after the ceasefire was announced.

In a similar holiday truce in 2018, there were unprecedented scenes of fighters from opposite sides embracing and taking selfies.


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Mad Man turns burnt offering after doing this in Ogun state


A mentally deranged man who allegedly killed five siblings has been burnt alive by irate mob at Asa Village in Ojaodan, Ogun State.

The angry mob reportedly descended on the mad man and lynched him.

The mad man was identified as Oladele Adeola, 35.

The incident occurred around 9:30am at Asa Village in Ojaodan, a Lagos border community, NobleReporters learnt.

Adeola reportedly used a cutlass to matchet the kids aged between two and five years.

The children were said to belong to one Olaegbe Adeola.

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The children were identified as five-year-old Bolu, Johnson, Tosin, Joel and Sesan all aged two.

The kids were reportedly playing when the mad man suddenly got hold of a cutlass and started matcheting them.

By the time villagers knew what was happening, the kids were lying lifeless on the ground.

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The villagers were said to have mobilised and set the mad man ablaze.

Police spokesman Abimbola Oyeyemi, Ogun Police Public Relations Officer confirmed the development.


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Netanyahu to become 1st on seat Israel PM to face crime charge


The long-awaited corruption trial of Benjamin Netanyahu is due to open in Jerusalem, where he will become the first serving Israeli prime minister to face criminal prosecution.

Netanyahu is required to appear for Sunday’s session in Jerusalem District Court, a week after he was sworn in to a record fifth term as head of a unity government, ending more than a year of political deadlock in the wake of three inconclusive elections.

Netanyahu has been charged with fraud, breach of trust and accepting bribes in a series of cases. He is accused of accepting expensive gifts, such as cartons of champagne and cigars, from wealthy friends and offering favours to media moguls in exchange for favourable news coverage of him and his family.

In the most serious case, he is accused of promoting legislation that delivered hundreds of millions of dollars of profits to the owner of a major telecom company while wielding behind-the-scenes editorial influence over the firm’s popular news website.

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Netanyahu, who heads the right-wing Likud party, denies all charges. He has cast his prosecution as a left-wing witch-hunt meant to overthrow a popular right-wing leader.

As prime minister, Netanyahu is under no legal obligation to resign and he has said his court battle will not affect his ability to do his job.

A three-judge panel, which will hear the prime minister’s case, turned down on Wednesday his request to stay away from the opening session.

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In asking to be excused, Netanyahu called the event a formality and argued that bringing his contingent of bodyguards would waste public funds and make it hard to comply with physical distancing rules.

Some critics said Netanyahu was trying to avoid the optics of a prime minister sitting in the defendant’s dock. Turning down his request, the court said it was important for justice to be seen to be done.

Political deadlock resolved
After three bruising elections over the past year, Netanyahu was sworn into office this week for a fourth consecutive term.

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All three elections were seen as referendums on his fitness for office, and all ended in deadlock. After the most recent vote in March, his rival, Benny Gantz, appeared to have mustered enough support in Parliament to pass legislation that would have disqualified Netanyahu from serving as prime minister while under indictment.

However, in a stunning turnaround, Gantz, citing fears of a fourth expensive election and the coronavirus pandemic, agreed to shelve the legislation and instead form a power-sharing government with Netanyahu.

The Supreme Court cleared the way for Netanyahu to remain in power. In a key ruling, it said an indicted politician may serve as prime minister – even though Israeli law requires all other office-holders to resign if charged with a crime.

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Yuval Shany, professor of law at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, argued that there is “a basic incompatibility” between Netanyahu’s role as head of the government and his status as a criminal defendant.

In the latter role, Shany said, the prime minister would be “fighting very aggressively and maybe effectively to weaken the government authorities that are prosecuting him”.

“There is a very serious conflict of interest situation,” he told AFP news agency.

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Under their deal, Netanyahu was forced to yield some powers to Gantz, with each wielding a veto over most key decisions. Gantz will hold the title of “alternate prime minister,” and after 18 months, they will swap jobs.

Six years ago, former Prime Minister Ehud Olmert was found guilty of bribe-taking and served 16 months in jail. His trial took place after his 2006-2009 term in office.


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Nigerian get 4 years and 6 months jail term for $600k fraud in U.S.


A Nigerian Emmanuel Odiah has been sentenced to 54 months in U.S. federal prison after pleading guilty for money laundering.

The charge was in connection with a wire-fraud scheme that swindled victims out of more than $600,000.

U.S. Attorney Scott C. Blader, Western District of Wisconsin, announced the sentence.

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) and the Vilas County Sheriff’s Office investigated the case.

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“Odiah participated in a scheme that manipulated elderly and other vulnerable individuals with a total disregard for the financial and emotional devastation it caused,” said U.S. Attorney Blader.

“Bringing those who prey on our seniors to justice is a top priority of my office.”

While in the United States on a visa, Emmanuel Odiah, 33, a citizen of Nigeria, most recently of Dallas, laundered money for a network of individuals perpetrating computer-based fraud schemes in Nigeria and Ghana.

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This network defrauded victims throughout the United States out of money through a variety of schemes, including romance fraud.

Odiah’s role was to help collect, conceal, and redirect that money using bank accounts he maintained under two fake identities in the United States.

He was able to keep a percentage of the fraud proceeds as a fee for his assistance.

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As part of the scheme, Odiah opened and maintained seven U.S. bank accounts to launder fraud proceeds.

He opened these accounts using fraudulent passports in the names “James Princeton” and “Ryan Greg Mornson.”

Between 2017 and 2019, more than $600,000 in fraud proceeds were deposited into these accounts.

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Once money was deposited, Odiah, posing as Princeton and Mornson, used a series of smaller, less conspicuous financial transactions to distribute fraud proceeds to those perpetrating the fraud schemes overseas.

In announcing the sentence, the Court found that although Odiah’s role in the charged scheme was limited to money laundering, Odiah was aware that the money being deposited into his bank accounts was from vulnerable people being defrauded.

Odiah pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit money laundering Jan. 15, 2020.

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U.S. District Judge William M. Conley also considered the tremendous psychological and financial devastation to victims caused by romance fraud and other computer-based fraud schemes.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Meredith P. Duchemin prosecuted the case.


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Jamal Khasoggi’s murder not personal – Saudi Arabia’s Activists.

Saudi activists say perpetrators in homicide cases cannot be pardoned and reaffirm Jamal Khashoggi’s case as political.


Many leading Saudi activists have stressed that slain Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi’s murder remains a political issue, despite alleged efforts by authorities in the kingdom to reduce it to a familial one.

Khashoggi, a well-known journalist in the Arab world who also wrote opinion pieces for The Washington Post, was killed in October 2018 after he entered the Saudi consulate in Istanbul to obtain documents to marry his Turkish fiance. His body was dismembered and never recovered.

The remarks by the Saudi activists came after Khashoggi’s son Salah posted a brief statement on Twitter earlier on Friday, saying his family has pardoned those responsible for his father’s murder.

“In this blessed night of the blessed month [of Ramadan], we remember God’s saying: If a person forgives and makes reconciliation, his reward is due from Allah,” he posted.

“Therefore, we the sons of the Martyr Jamal Khashoggi announce that we pardon those who killed our father, seeking reward God almighty.”

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However, Khashoggi’s Turkish fiance, Hatice Cengiz, renounced the statement, saying “no one has the right to pardon the killers” and that she will not stop until justice is done.

“The murder of Jamal Khashoggi is not a family case, it is not a mistake in a normal context,” said Yahya Assiri, the head of the United Kingdom-based Saudi rights group, ALQST.

“The authorities killed him because of his political work,” Assiri said. “His case is political, so keep silent.”

تبرئة سعود القحطاني وأحمد عسيري في قضية الاغتيال الغادر للشهيد #جمال_خاشقجي رحمه الله هو حماية للدائرة الصغيرة للقتلة الحقيقين والتضحية بشخصيات لانعرف حتى اسماءها.

وحتى طلب القتل جاء بصيغة “القصاص” ليتيح لأولياء الدم (الذين تبتزهم نفس فرقة القتل الصغيرة) العفو!

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“We categorically reject the Saudi trial in the Khashoggi case and its resulting judgments,” said the statement.

“The trial is unfair, the Saudi judiciary is corrupt and not independent, and the main suspect in the case is the Saudi Crown Prince, who controls the conduct of the trials.”

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The signatories in the statement said they condemned Saudi authorities using the late journalist’s family members to “whitewash the country’s judiciary, … dwarfing Khashoggi’s case”.

It said Khashoggi’s family or some of its members did not have their full freedom to say what they wanted.

“[The] fact is that the issue does not concern Jamal Khashoggi’s family only, but rather is an issue of public opinion as Khashoggi was a political writer who criticised the political system and was killed for that.”

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Omaima al-Najjar, a Saudi activist, said it was imperative to continue pushing for Khashoggi’s case as one framed within freedom of speech. It would remain in the public eye for several reasons, she said.

“What we intend to do is continue to flag the case as a fight for freedom of speech and call for an independent transparent trial carried by international laws and not by Sharia laws that enable a murder case to escape penalty through a pardon or blood money,” al-Najjar said.

“There was never closure of the case since the body was never found,” she said. “The Turkish authorities are also still keeping records of the audio of the killing – which is described by the UN as chilling and graphic – that they could leak at any time.”

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Al-Najjar accused the Saudi authorities of trying to find ways to spare the lives of those who committed the crime.

“There have been ongoing trials of the case where international observers are allowed to attend but without translators. The trial has been a complete joke and I would describe it as a theatre.”

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‘Martyr for a cause’
Some activists also shared on social media a Saudi Supreme Court document from six years ago that said there can be no pardoning of perpetrators in homicide cases.

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Under the Islamic law followed by Saudi Arabia, death sentences could be commuted if the victim’s family pardons the perpetrator.

But activists argue this applies to cases of family disputes or personal grievances, and not in a political case like Khashoggi’s.

“The public prosecution’s framing of the punishment [of Khashoggi’s killers] as ‘retribution’ from the outset made it clear there was an intention to exonerate his murderers by way of a pardon from the family,” said Abdullah Alaoudh, a Saudi academic at Georgetown University.

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“Unfortunately, what happened was expected.”

Karen Attiah, editor at The Washington Post for which Khashoggi wrote columns, said his sons had “surrendered and allowed the murderers of their father to go free”.

“We the sons of the martyr, Jamal Khashoggi – That we have pardoned the killer of our father – God have mercy on his soul – for God’s sake, as we all seek and hope for God’s reward.”

Jamal’s sons have surrendered and allowed the murderers of their father to go free. No justice.

But Abdulaziz Almoayyad, a Saudi activist based in Dublin, said he disagreed with any backlash directed towards the Khashoggi family. NobleReporters learnt

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“It is immoral for the media to focus such attention on Khashoggi’s family, especially since it is clear they are being pressured by the fascist Saudi regime,” he said.

“They are in the lap of autocracy, and we have no right to criticise or judge what they say,” he added, calling Khashoggi a “martyr for a cause”.

‘Parody of justice’
On Friday, Agnes Callamard, the UN rapporteur for extrajudicial executions, said the “shocking” decision by Khashoggi’s sons to “forgive” their father’s killers was just another step in Saudi Arabia’s “parody of justice”.

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Callamard said the move was “the final act in [Saudi Arabia’s] well-rehearsed parody of justice in front of an international community far too ready to be deceived”.

“Act One was their pretence of an investigation,” she said, adding that the team Riyadh sent to help with the probe had in fact been ordered to “clean up the crime scene”, accusing it of “obstruction of justice”.

Nearly a month after Khashoggi’s killing, a report by the CIA concluded that Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman (MBS) had issued orders to kill the Saudi dissident.

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In September 2019, the Saudi crown prince indicated that he assumed some personal responsibility for the crime since “it took place during his reign”.

Last December, the Saudi judiciary issued preliminary rulings in the case, according to which three prominent officials – Saud al-Qahtani, former adviser to MBS; Mohammed al-Otaibi, the Saudi consul in Istanbul; and Ahmed al-Asiri, the former deputy director of intelligence – were acquitted of the crime.

Around the same time, five people were sentenced to death and three others imprisoned for 24 years for the killing, with the prosecution not revealing the names of the convicts.

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The rulings were criticised by the international bodies as a “sham”, pointing that their purpose was for the kingdom to avoid holding the real perpetrators to account.

In the US, chairman of the House of Representatives Intelligence Committee, Adam Schiff, said the rulings were a continuation of the kingdom’s efforts to distance Saudi leaders – including the crown prince – from the brutal assassination, adding that the crime was deliberate and not the result of a sudden decision or abnormal process.


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Man get Death sentence through zoom call in Singapore.


A man has been sentenced to death via a Zoom video call in Singapore, as the country remains on lockdown due to the Coronavirus Pandemic.

Punithan Genasan, 37, received the sentence on Friday for his role in a drug deal that took place in 2011.

Human rights groups argued that pursuing the death penalty at a time when the world is dealing with a pandemic was “abhorrent”.

However, Genesan’s lawyer Fernando said he did not object to the use of video-conferencing for the call because it was only to receive the judge’s verdict with no further legal arguments to be heard.

The vast majority of court hearings in Singapore have been adjourned until at least 1 June, when the city’s current lockdown period is due to end.

However; cases considered as essential are being held remotely.

Singapore has a zero-tolerance policy for illegal drugs. In 2013, 18 people were executed – the highest figure in at least two decades, according to Amnesty International.

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Meanwhile, something similar happened in Lagos, Nigeria on May 6 as a judge issued a death penalty ruling also by using the zoom video chat app.

The judge; Mojisola Dada sentenced Olalekan Hameed to death by hanging for the murder of his employer’s mother.


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Bandits kill 8 Muslims in Afghanistan Mosque attack.


Gunmen opened fire in a mosque in central Afghanistan on Tuesday evening, killing eight worshippers, who are breaking their Ramadan fast, wounding five others, officials said.

“Unknown gunmen fired on people praying inside a mosque during iftar (referring to the meal eaten to break daytime fasting) time,’’ said Wahida Shahkar, spokeswoman for the Governor of Parwan province, during the Islamic holy month.

The Ministry of Interior confirmed the attack in Parwan’s provincial capital Charekar, blaming it on the insurgent Taliban.

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The Taliban denied responsibility and said Afghan security forces were to blame.

The United Nations has warned of an alarming uptick in violence against civilians in Afghanistan.

A shocking attack on a Kabul maternity ward last week killed 24 people, including newborn babies.

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Violence increased around the country even after a Feb. 29 U.S.-Taliban pact on the withdrawal of U.S.-led foreign forces in exchange for Taliban security guarantees.

Afghan security forces, on Tuesday, clashed with Taliban fighters around the city of Kunduz, a strategically important centre that has been one of the Taliban’s main targets and which the group has briefly captured twice in recent years.

Security forces largely repelled the Taliban offensive with the help of air support.

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Assadullah Khalid, acting Minister of Defence, said during a visit to the city that more than 50 insurgents and eight security force members had been killed.

The Taliban have rejected repeated calls for a ceasefire by the Afghan government.

They deny any involvement in the maternity ward attack and the U.S. believes the Islamic State was responsible.

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The U.S. has sent special envoy, Zalmay Khalilzad, to Doha and Kabul to press the Afghan government and the Taliban to start stalled peace talks.

Khalilzad has said he will push for a reduction in violence during the trip.


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Former commissioner of Edo in trouble. [Nigeria]


A former Commissioner for Sports and Local Government Council Chairman in Edo State, Hon. Egbe Ediagbonya, has been reportedly kidnapped by gunmen.

Also said to have been kidnapped is the Director of Primary Healthcare (PHC) in the state, Dr. Monday Iraoya.

Ediagbonya was said to have been abducted on his Okada farm settlement near Utese, Ovia North East in the early hours of Saturday.

A family source said he was kidnapped between 2am and 4 am when the gunmen broke into his farm house and took him away at gunpoint.

The suspected kidnappers, it was gathered, have opened communication with his family and were asking for N15 million ransom.

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Ediagbonya was chairman of Ovia North East Local Council and later Commissioner for Sports in the administration of Adams Oshiomhole.

Director of Primary Healthcare in Owan East Local Government Area, Iraoya, was also said to have been kidnapped while travelling from Afuze to Benin to collect COVID-19 training materials.

He was reportedly kidnapped between Uhunmora and Ozalla on Friday and the kidnappers are reportedly asking for N100 million ransom.

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A family source said: “He was kidnapped on Friday, May 15, while travelling to Benin to collect training materials for COVID-19. They have contacted the family and are requesting for N100 million but we were only able to raise N900,000.”

Reacting to the incidences, Edo State Police Public Relations Officer, DSP Chidi Nwabuzor, said he was expecting a comprehensive briefing from the police formations in the two areas.


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PMB assure action against bandits in katsina. [Nigeria]


President Muhammadu Buhari has authorised the commencement of a major military operation to sweep bandits and kidnappers out of Katsina State.

A major proactive operation by Special Forces, which details are being kept secret, is now in progress to replace the reactive strikes against insurgent camps.

To give a full effect to the exercise, a planning team is already in the State selecting targets and making preparations for the execution of the “unprecedented” operation.

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The Chief of Defence Staff, General Gabriel Olonisakin, who has been measured in issuing official statements on the oncoming exercise, briefed the President on the plan he intends to flag off shortly.

President Buhari who expressed sadness over the recent attacks in the State extended his condolences to the families of those killed and prayed for the recovery of the injured.


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Militias arrested in Nasarawa – Criminals neutralised in Benue. [Nigeria]


The Defence Headquarters says troops of Operation Whirl Stroke have succeeded in killing two gang members of Gana led criminal elements in Benue arresting members of militia group in Nasarawa state.

The Coordinator, Defence Media Operation, Maj.-Gen. John Enenche, disclosed this in a statement on Sunday in Abuja.

Enenche said the success was recorded when combined troops of Sector 2 deployed in Gbise and Zaki Biam in Benue and Sector 4 from Taraba State raided the hideout of Gana in Mtan village in Utenge Council Ward of Katsina-Ala Local Government Area (LGA) on Saturday.

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He added that while two members of the gang were killed in the encounter, others fled with various degrees of gunshot wounds.

According to him, exploitation operation revealed that Gana narrowly escaped death with gunshot wounds.

“Items recovered include: one locally fabricated machine gun, six locally made rifles, two locally fabricated cartridge guns and one dane gun.

“Other items recovered are two revolver pistols, two cartridge pistols, 27 rounds of 9mm ammunition two motorcycles, one camouflage shirt, one generator set, one bag of gun powder and assorted charms.

“Gana’s personal belongings, other items and thatched houses were destroyed,” he said.

The Coordinator further disclosed that the troops of Sector 3 deployed at Ondori in Doma LGA of Nasarawa State raided the Bassa Militia camp at Kpelebewa village in Rukubi area and arrested seven gang members.
He added that the raid followed a credible information that the militia group were planning to attack a Tiv community over land dispute.

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According to him, the troops apprehended seven members of the militia dressed in red shirts in the camp.

“Items recovered include one locally fabricated machine gun, six locally fabricated rifles, two locally fabricated cartridge guns, one Dane gun, two revolver pistols, two cartridge firing pistols, 57 rounds of 7.62mm special ammunition, 29 rounds of 9mm ammunition, and 22 cartridges of ammunition.

“Other items are one dagger, poisoned bows and arrows, desert camouflage head gears and pouch, six phone handsets and some charms.

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“The suspects are currently undergoing interrogation to be handed over to the police.

“The Military High Command congratulates the Troops and requests the general public to continue to provide the Armed Forces with credible information to facilitate its operations in the Country,” he said.


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Kaduna APC Vice Chairman Abducted, One Other By Gunmen. [Nigeria]


The Police Command in Kaduna on Thursday confirmed the abduction of the Vice-Chairman, All Progressive Congress (APC), Kaduna State chapter, Shu’aibu Idris-Lauge and his daughter.

The Command’s Public Relations Officer, Mohammed Jalige, confirmed the incident in Kaduna. NobleReporters report

According to him, Shu’aibu and his daughter were abducted from their Kwanar Zango residence along Kaduna-Zaria express way on Thursday morning.

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“Efforts are being made to rescue the kidnapped victims, apprehend and bring the culprits to book,” he said.

Jalige, therefore, appealed to the public to support the Police by providing useful information that would lead to the rescue of the victims.


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ICPC gets permission to arrest 2 Sri Lankans.


The Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission (ICPC) said it has secured a bench warrant to arrest two nationals of the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka for their failure to appear in court to take their plea in a criminal matter.

ICPC Spokesperson, Rasheedat Okoduwa who disclosed this in a statement yesterday in Abuja said the warrant was issued by Hon. Justice O. O. Goodluck of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) High Court 4, sitting in Maitama, Abuja.

According to Okoduwa, the two Sri Lankans, Messrs Saththiyaraj Kantharasa and Vinith Ukantharasa and a Nigerian national Anthony Adetokunboh who are the 1st, 2nd 3rd accused persons respectively, were scheduled to appear before the court on allegations bordering on forgery of travel documents and criminal conspiracy.

The Spokesperson added that Kantharasa and Ukantharasa were accused of forging the passports, national identity card and driving license of the Republic of Malaysia.

She continued: “However, when the case was mentioned for arraignment, only the 3rd defendant announced his appearance in court, while the 1st and 2nd defendants were conspicuously absent”

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“Their lawyer, Nonso Nzedebe, informed the court that his clients were fully aware of the rescheduled date for their arraignment which is today Wednesday, May 13th 2020, saying that he was not informed of any reason for their absence in court”

“The prosecution counsel, Eniekan Ekong, had earlier prayed the court to grant the Commission a bench warrant for their arrest to compel them to attend their trial.”

In granting the warrant, Okoduwa noted that the trial judge expressed disappointment in the two foreign nationals that despite their knowledge of the rescheduled date for their arraignment, they chose to abscond without any reason.

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Adding that Justice Goodluck also ruled that a bench warrant be issued against their surety, Mr. Olanrewaju Olayiwola Olusola, a Deputy Director with the Federal Ministry of Finance, as to why he should not be remanded in prison custody pending the time the suspects are found.

The case has been adjourned to May 27th 2020.


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Breaking: Two Kidnap Victims Rescued In Katsina. [Nigeria]

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The police have rescued two women from suspected bandits in Kurfi Local Government Area (LGA) of Katsina State.

The Police Public Relations Officer in Katsina, Gambo Isah, confirmed this in a statement on Monday.

He explained that the rescue operation was carried out following a distress call they received on Thursday last week.

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The bandits, numbering about 10 and armed with AK 47 rifles, were said to have stormed Sabon Layi village on motorbikes and kidnapped some women.

“Consequently, DPO Kurfi led Operation Puff Adder and vigilante group and chased the hoodlums up to Kaguwa village where they engaged the hoodlums into a gun duel,” the statement said.

According to Isah, the team succeeded and rescued the duo of Huraira Murnai (60) and Hadiza Murnai (50).

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He noted that the hoodlums escaped into the forest while the police have commenced an investigation into the attack on the village.

Meanwhile, the command’s spokesman revealed that a group of bandits blocked a feeder road leading to Dankar village in Batsari LGA where they robbed innocent villagers of their belongings on Monday.

He said a team of police operatives moved to the scene, chased, and engaged the hoodlums in a heavy gun duel.

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“Due to the superior firepower of the police, the hoodlums abandoned their mission and escaped into the nearby forest.

“In the course of the investigation, the team recovered one Assault Rifle (A.R.) loaded with 14 rounds of 5.56mm live ammunition and a motorcycle Kasea, red in colour, unregistered, with Chassis No. LAELE2413KMG45286 and engine NO. 157FMI190745358 belonging to the bandits,” the statement added.


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[Nigeria] We demand re-trial – EFCC fights after Court set Kalu free

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The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, said it is prepared for re-trial of former governor of Abia State, Orji Kalu , his firm, Slok Nigeria Limited, and Jones Udeogu, a former Director of Finance and Account of Abia State Government as directed by the Supreme Court on Friday.

The anti- graft agency said this in a statement by Dele Oyewale, its head of media and publicity, while reacting to the judgment of the Supreme Court judgment which nullified the trial and sentencing of Kalu and Udeogu to 12 and 10 years jail terms respectively over N7.6 billion fraud early in the day.

Justices of the apex court had in the unanimous verdict said Justice Mohammed Idris, who convicted Kalu and others, had been elevated to the Court of Appeal before the judgment and therefore out of jurisdiction when he delivered the judgment.

“The EFCC considers the judgment of the apex court as quite unfortunate. It is a technical ambush against the trial of the former governor.

“The Commission is prepared for a fresh and immediate trial of the case because its evidences against Kalu and others are overwhelming.

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“The corruption charges against Kalu still subsist because the Supreme Court did not acquit him of them.

“The entire prosecutorial machinery of the EFCC would be launched in a fresh trial where justice is bound to be served in due course.”


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[Nigeria] Imo ‘Payroll Fraudsters’ to be arraigned – Gov. Uzodinma

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The Imo state governor, Hope Uzodinma, Monday revealed the plan of his government to arraign in court those behind the payroll fraud discovered in Imo civil service.

Uzodinma disclosed this at the Government House in Owerri, while swearing into office, the acting President of the state Customary Court of Appeal, Hon Justice Matthew Njoku.

The government solicited the support of stakeholders in the state, to finally rid the civil service of corrupt practices.

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In Uzodinma address at the swearing ceremony, he said: “I congratulate the Hon Justice Matthew Njoku on his successful swearing-in as the acting President of the state customary court of appeal.

“While I congratulate your Lordship on your formal assumption of office, I wish to also remind you that the exalted office you now occupy places enormous responsibilities on your shoulders

“As the Acting President of the state customary court of appeal, much shall be expected of you. That you shall be a beacon of transparency and honesty in the discharge of your sacred duties is the least expected of you. Your office demands that you must lead by example so that those under your authority can be inspired by your sterling leadership qualities

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“As you know, peace is the ultimate in every organisation. There can be no synergy without peace and there can be no progress without synergy. My first charge to your, therefore, is to ensure that you preside over a peaceful, purposeful and United customary court family in the state.

“As the saying goes when the head is healthy the rest of the body is okay. But the reverse is the case when the head is rotten. I urge you to demonstrate wisdom and prudence as the head of the customary courts in the state and carry your colleagues along as one united, peaceful family.”

The governor pointed out that, “As you are aware my administration has no room for public sector corruption. Consequently, you must ensure absolute zero tolerance for corruption in the customary courts under your leadership. I will hold you responsible for any corrupt practice in the customary courts. You must therefore not only ensure that you are above board but that those under your leadership are not corruptible

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“Soon we shall arraign before the courts for trial, those indicted in the monumental payroll fraud that almost ruined this state.

“I want to use the auspicious occasion of this event to call on the judiciary as a whole to partner with us in our determined effort to stamp out public sector corruption. To this end, I expect that the courts will diligently determine these cases to serve as a deterrent to corrupt public servants.”


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Minor Criminals to escape death sentence in Saudi Arabia.

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Saudi Arabia has abolished the death sentence on individuals who committed crimes while still minors, the latest in a series of reforms pushed forward by the Saudi royal family.

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The latest development was disclosed by the state-backed Human Rights Commission (HRC) in a statement, citing a royal decree by King Salman, on Sunday.

This is coming a day after abolished flogging as a punishment, in the country’s Supreme Court announcement on Saturday.

In its latest annual report earlier this month, Amnesty International rated Saudi Arabia as one of the world’s biggest executioners after Iran and China.

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“The decree means that any individuals who received a death sentence for crimes committed while he or she is a minor can no longer face execution.

“Instead, the individual will receive a prison sentence of no longer than 10 years in a juvenile detention facility,” HRC President Awwad Alawwad said in the statement on Sunday, according to gatherings by NobleReporters.

“This is an important day for Saudi Arabia.

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“The decree helps us in establishing a more modern penal code, and demonstrates the kingdom’s commitment to following through on key reforms across all sectors of our country,” Alawwad said.

According to Amnesty International, Saudi Arabia executed 184 people in 2019 and these people included at least one person charged with a crime committed as a minor.


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Gunmen Abduct Ekiti Commissioner. [Nigeria]

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Gunmen have reportedly abducted the Commissioner for Agriculture in Ekiti State, Folorunso Olabode and shot dead a councillor who was with him.

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NobleReporters quoted TVC news, as saying on Sunday evening in Ekiti that the kidnap and murder took place between Isan and Iludun-Ekiti area of the State.

However, the Ekiti State Government, in a statement confirmed the abduction of the commissioner.

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It said Olabode, was kidnapped by suspected bandits at about 7:00pm on Sunday April 26, 2020 on his way from Ado-Ekiti to his hometown in Iye-Ekiti, Ilejemeje LGA of Ekiti State.

“From initial reports, the kidnappers shot one person in his entourage, the driver of the vehicle, a serving Councillor, in the ensuing fracas,” Aare Muyiwa Olumilua, Commissioner for Information and Values Orientation said in the statement.

The statement said Governor Kayode Fayemi has mandated the security agencies in the State to ensure their prompt and safe release, while assuring residents that adequate measures were ongoing, to maintain the peace and security of the State.

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“He promised that all perpetrators of this and any crime would be brought to book.

“The Commissioner for Police in Ekiti State, Amba Asuquo, has confirmed that a team has already been dispatched, and are on the trail of the abductors, with a view to securing their release,” the statement said.


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Suspects behind Mrs. Funke Olakunrin’s death test positive for COVID-19. [Nigeria]


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Governor Rotimi Akeredolu on Sunday morning disclosed that one of the recently arraigned suspects in the murder of Mrs. Funke Olakunrin, Pa Fasoranti’s daughter has tested positive for Coronavirus(COVID-19).

Akeredolu made the announcement via his verified Instagram page.

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The governor, however, confirmed that the suspect has been isolated from others and will be moved to the IDH for treatment.

Governor Rotimi Akeredolu said, “We have confirmed three other cases in Ondo state. One of the cases involves one of the recently arraigned suspects in the murder of Mrs. Funke Olakunrin, Pa Fasoranti’s Daughter.

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“The Commissioner of police has been duly informed and the line tracing of police officers and others in the SARs facility where he was kept has started and their specimens are being collected.

“The commissioner of police has assured the state that there will be adequate security around the IDH premises to prevent his escape and while on treatment, he will be manacled to the bed.”


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Couple who allegedly killed their 7 year old son for ritual arrested in Ogun State. [Nigeria]


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A herbalist identified as Lajuwon Ogunleye and his wife identified as Adetutu Apalaya have been arrested by the Ogun State Police Command over charges of conspiring and killing their 7-year-old son identified as Pelumi Apalaya alongisde one Fatai Sefiu.

The suspects were arrested after their neighbours’ suspicion of the little boy being used for ritual as he reportedly slumped and died without being sick.

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According to report, they were reportedly monitored by residents of the community after they took the boy to the bush for burial.

It was also learnt that some of the body parts of the boy who was buried in a ”standing position,” were harvested by the herbalist who is his step father, his mother and Sefiu who is his father’s friend.

Reacting to the development, the Police Public Relations in the state, Abimbola Oyeyemi said the Divisional Police Officer for Abigi Division, Tarkighir Joseph led detectives to the bush in Iwopin area of Ijebu waterside where the suspects were rounded up.

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Oyeyemi said;

“The suspects led policemen to where the victim was buried and it was discovered that the deceased was buried in standing position.

” On interrogation, the second suspect, Fatai Sefiu, told the detectives that the boy was actually used for ritual by the stepfather in connivance with the deceased boy’s mother. He stated further that the couple have reached a conclusion before he was coopted into the business.

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“The mother of the victim Adetutu Apalaya who first denied having knowledge of her husband plan to use her son for ritual was dumbfounded when asked whether or not she followed them to the bush where her son was buried and the mode of burial of the boy.”

The Commissioner of Police, Kenneth Ebrimson has ordered a transfer of the case to homicide section of the State Criminal Investigation and Intelligence Department(SCIID) for further investigation and prosecution.


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[Nigeria] 4 killers of Funke Olakunrin nabbed in Akure (Photos)


Ondo government Friday docked four men suspected to be the killers of Funke Olakunrin, the daughter of the national leader of Afenifere.

Among the accused were Lawal Mazaje from the Felele area of Kogi State and Adamu Adamu from Jada area of Adamawa State.

Others are Mohammed Usman from Illela area of Sokoto State and Auwal Abubakar from Shinkafi area of Zamfara State.

The suspects were arraigned at a Chief Magistrate Court in Akure, the capital, a week after the police announced their arrest.

Funke was killed last year at Kajola, on the Ondo-Ore Road, by people said to be Fulani marauders.

But last week, police said they have recorded a breakthrough with the men’s arrest.

Police spokesman DCP Frank Mba said the police had established sufficient physical and forensic evidence against the suspects


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