Monday, 12 May 2014

FRSC Van Crushes 3 Children to Death in Yenagoa

In a reversal of roles, a van belonging to the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) crushed three pupils to death at the weekend, on the street of Yenagoa, the Bayelsa state capital. The pupils were in a tricycle on their way from school on Friday when they met their untimely death. The incident occurred at about 4.30pm along the usually busy Swali market road.

The patrol vehicle was said to be on the chase of a tricycle rider who refused to stop when he was flagged down by Road Safety officials.

Niger Delta: Gunmen Free Dutch Hostages

Niger Delta gunmen have released three Dutch nationals who were abducted a week earlier, the Dutch foreign ministry confirmed on Sunday. "I can confirm they have been freed," said ministry spokesman, Johanne Doornewaard, adding that they were in good health.
He added that he had "no information" on whether any ransom was paid for the release of the trio. Earlier a Nigerian activist who had accompanied the trio had announced their release.

NEMA DG Scores Grassroot Emergency Management Low

The National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA), weekend, scored the grassroot emergency management capabilities low especially as regards risk analysis, data generation and early warning services.

The Director General, NEMA, Muhammad Sani-Sidi, made this disclosure in a press statement signed by the South-west Zonal Public Relations Officer, Ibrahim Farinloye, at the end of the International Symposium of Integrated Disaster Risk Governance held in Beijing, China.

Five Oil marketers jailed in Lagos

A Federal High court, sitting in Lagos has sentenced five oil marketers to three years imprisonment after they were arrested with two truck load of stolen Petrol from Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) pipeline, Ibafo area of Ogun state.
The convicts, Ishola Ganiyu, Ishola Omopariola, Kayode Ajose, Aramide Solomon and Aranosiola Muruf were docked on a five count charge on conspiracy to wit tampering of pipeline, obstructing free flow dealing in petroleum product and were arraigned in court sometime in March 2013.

Naval Vessel Goes up in Flames, Sinks


According to THISDAY here , a Naval vessel identified as Nigerian Navy Ship (NNS) Encounter, an Offshore Maritime Security (OMS) patrol vessel, went up in flames and sunk while at sea patrolling the waterways to keep the maritime corridor safe.

Luckily however, no fewer than 13 persons on-board survived and were rescued after floating for hours on the open waters outside bar at Lagos Anchorage by Naval personnel who were alerted by a canoe operator passing by.


 Against the backdrop of the recent local and international clamour  for the immediate and unconditional release of the school girls who were abducted from Chibok, Borno State, through protests and other forms of advocacy, the Inspector-General of Police, IGP MD Abubakar, has restated the commitment of the Nigeria Police Force and other Law Enforcement Agencies to the protection and enforcement of the fundamental rights of the citizens, particularly their rights to freedom of expression, peaceful assembly and association amongst others as enshrined in Chapter Four of the 1999 Constitution of Nigeria (as amended).

EXCLUSIVE: Two Policemen die in ghastly motor accident, two others in critical condition

Two policemen attached to the Lagos State Anti Robbery Squad (SARS), today died  in a ghastly motor accident on their way from Kaduna to Lagos, when they had a fatal motor accident at Omigare village along Lagos Ibadan Expressway.

EXCLUSIVE: NSA Partner NEMA, Navy, Other Agencies on Crisis Response Training

Partnering the National Emergency Managemt Agency (NEMA), Nigerian Navy (NN) and other agencies, the Office of the National Security Adviser (ONSA), yesterday in Lagos coordinated a crisis response training for agencies in the maritime sector.

Codenamed Exercise Ajowa, the emergency training which was carried out at eight nautical miles South-east of the Lagos Fairway Buoy, was done in conjunction with the European Critical Maritime Routes in the Gulf of Guinea (CRIMGO) to enhance interagency cooperation in maritime crisis situation.

Lagos Police Command Arrest Killer Sergeant

The victim

The Lagos State Police Command today said it has arrested a sergeant, one Otene Godwin with force no 355272 attached to Area ‘E’ Command for allegedly shooting one Oyoma Edewor to death.

Edewor, a 32-year-old old United Kingdom (UK) returnee, who was a building finishing contractor and was the fourth child in a family of 13, was shot dead in cold blood, an action the bereaved family demanded justice must be done.

According to eyewitness account, the victim who was shot while he was towing a vehicle, was accosted by the trigger-happy policeman and ordered to stop.

EXCLUSIVE: Chibok: Chinese Restates Commitment to Rescue Efforts

L-R: The Flag Officer Commanding, Western Naval Command, Rear Admiral Sanmi Alade, with the Military Naval and Air Attaché, Embassy of the People's Republic of China to Nigeria, Senior Colonel Kang Honglin, during a visit of the Chinese Task Group to the naval base in Apapa, Lagos, today....

The Chinese government Monday, restated its commitment towards assisting Nigeria secure the release of the abducted school girls from Government Secondary School Chibok, Borno state.

The Military Naval and Air Attaché, Embassy of People's Republic of China to Nigeria, Senior Colonel Kang Hang Li, made this disclosure during a visit to the Flag Officer Commanding (FOC), Western Naval Command, Rear Admiral Sanmi Alade, at the naval command in Apapa, Lagos.

Finally, Court stops FRC from Probing Sanusi

A Federal High Court in Lagos Monday  restrained the Financial Reporting Council (FRC) of Nigeria from going ahead with the investigation of suspended Governor of Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), Sanusi Lamido Sanusi, over alleged financial recklessness.

NSCDC Official Tortures, Kills Mother of Four in Lagos

For yet-to-be ascertained reasons, a personnel of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) attached to Lagos State Command at the weekend tortured and shot a woman dead after they stormed Saponkoji Village near Ogogoro village, an Island in Apapa, Lagos.
According to an eyewitness account, the personnel numbering over 20, had stormed the island, firing sporadically into the air even though there was no threat to their lives.

The deceased, Angelina Dansu, a mother of four, was said to have resisted attempts by the NSCDC personnel to cart away her kerosene, which she insisted she bought legally from a petrol station.

NIS Claims Davido Tried to Leave Nigeria with US Passport

The Nigerian Immigration Service (NIS) has clarified issues regarding the altercation on May 8 between the popular musician, Mr. David Adeleke, popularly known as Davido, and its staff at the Murtala Muhammadu International Airport (MMIA), Lagos, over the absence of the Nigerian visa on his American passport.

The Public Relations Officer with the NIS, Mr. Chukwuemeka Obua, in a statement yesterday, debunked the allegation that Davido was denied an exit permit because he refused to bribe the immigration officials at the airport.

Chibok Video: Borno Gov Shettima Orders Verification of Video Released by Boko Haram

Borno State Governor, Alhaji Kashim Shettima,  has ordered   the  verification of the authenticity of the  video released by the Boko Haram sect. The video allegedly  showed  where the  Chibok schoolgirls were seen reciting verses of the Holy Koran.

Chibok kidnapped Schoolgirls 'shown' in New Boko Haram Video

A new video  showing kidnapped chibok school girls has been released  by the  Boko Haram insurgents. The video claims to show around 100 girls kidnapped from the school in Maiduguri.
BBC News reports that the group's leader, Abubakar Shekau, said they would be held until all imprisoned militants had been freed. He claimed the girls had converted to Islam  with the video released  on Monday showing the praying. Boko Haram abducted more than 200 girls in northern Nigeria on 14 April and threatened to sell them.