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1. Robbery Suspects Name 2 Top Fuji Artistes As Beneficiaries Of His Loots.

A 24-year old robbery suspect, Gbenga Ashiru has linked two popular Fuji musicians as beneficiaries of his operation.
According to  P.M.EXPRESS, the dare-devil robbery suspect was arrested by the operatives of the State Anti-Robbery Special Squad, SARS, Ikeja following a tip-off.

Ashiru confessed that he wasted most of his robbery loot on the top artistes wherever they were on stage performing.

According to the suspect, he takes delight in showing off at any of the popular artistes’ shows where he sprays what he gets from robbery to show off.

“I robbed in order to raise money that I will use to spray these Fuji artists while on stage. Anytime I succeeded in any robbery operation, I don’t miss Kwam 1 and Pasuma Wonder Shows,” Ashiru revealed during his parade.

The fair-complexioned suspect who speaks a combination of English with pidgin confessed that armed robbery is one of the quickest, very lucrative but dangerous job in the world. He however, noted that it was morally right for people like him who puts their lives on the line to enjoy himself as well as spend his money as he wishes.

Ashiru claimed that he came from a responsible family but joined bad friends who initiated him into a cult and since then his life has changed as he became violent and started taking drugs and then graduated into robbery.

 He revealed that after he dropped out of school, he was arrested and remanded in prison custody for nine months where he learnt more about cultism and robbery operations.

 The suspect said if given another opportunity, he would like to live a normal life and be a responsible man in the society as he has learnt his lesson.

When P.M.EXPRESS visited the SARS office, Ashiru was still detained there where he is assisting the police in their investigation. The police source said he will be charged to court after the conclusion of investigation.

2. Bauchi Governor Travels To Saudi Arabia For Medical Treatment

Mohammed Abubakar, governor of Bauchi state, is to travel to Saudi Arabia for medical checkup, Bello Ilelah, secretary to the state government, said yesterday.

Ilelah said the governor would be away for 17 days, during which his deputy, Nuhu Gidado, would act as the state’s chief executive.

“His Excellency, Mohammed Abdullahi Abubakar Esq, Governor of Bauchi, will undertake a medical trip to Saudi Arabia, from Tuesday, 13th June, 2017, to Friday, 30th June, 2017,” Ilelah said in a statement.

“During his absence, His Excellency, Nuhu Gidado, deputy governor, will act as the governor.”

3. Ex-Kogi Commissioner Remanded In Prison Custody For Alleged N35.5m Fraud

A Kogi High Court sitting in Okene has remanded a former Commissioner for Agriculture in the state, Zacchaeus Atte, in prison custody over alleged financial impropriety of N35.5 million.

The News Agency of Nigeria reports that Mr. Atte was arraigned by the Independent Corrupt Practices and other related Offences Commission, ICPC, on an eight-count charge.

The judge, Josiah Majebi, who gave the order, held that the bail application for the accused was not ripe for hearing.

Earlier, the prosecution led by John Okwor told the court that the alleged offence was contrary to Section 19 of the Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Act, 2000.

The charges against the accused, according to the prosecuting counsel, include using his office as commissioner for agriculture to convert the sum of N11.9 million to personal use.

Mr. Okwor said the accused perpetrated the act under the pretext of purchasing and distributing 200,000 sprouted oil palm seedlings to the state oil palm farmers in February, 2015.

He also accused the former commissioner of cornering N350,000 on the pretext of distributing 100,000 cocoa seedlings to cocoa farmers in the state in August, 2015.

The accused, the counsel said, also converted N8.87 million under the pretext of purchasing oil palm sprouted seedlings in May, 2015.

He further accused Mr. Atte of corruptly enriching himself in January 2015 with N2.84 million under the pretext of purchasing two units of photocopiers.

Other offences, according to Mr. Okwor, is that Mr. Atte used his office as commissioner to siphon various amounts of public funds meant for projects for which he got approvals but decided to pocket the monies released.

When the offences were read to him, the former commissioner pleaded not guilty.

The ICPC counsel told the court that he was ready for the commencement of the trial and asked for a date for him to present witnesses.

Adebayo Eniwaye, counsel to the accused, made an oral application for the bail of his client, which was not opposed by the prosecution counsel.

Justice Medubi, however, in his ruling, observed that the motion was not ripe for hearing.

Mr. Majebi ordered that the former commissioner be remanded at the Medium Security Prisons, Okene, and adjourned the case until June 20 for hearing.

4. We Are Not Part Of Biafra - Ighala Group Cries Out

The Igala socio- cultural group has described the inclusion of Igala land as part of Biafra as an insult to the sensibility of the people.

Igala land is in the Eastern part of Kogi state sharing border with Anambra state.
The group at a press briefing in Lokoja on Wednesday said that including Igala land on the paper was not only insulting but also provocative to the Igala race.

Chief Barry Idakwo who addressed the conference said that the declaration of Igala Kingdom as a clan by the Biafra agitators is definitely a product of ignorance of history and mischief.

“It is therefore unthinkable to annex the Igala kingdom without consulting us. Probably this may be due to the erroneous belief that Igala kingdom is a clan thus not important to consult the people of the great Igala kingdom before being annexed as part of the agitation.”

“This is against the spirit of fairness, sovereignty, equity, peaceful cohabitation and democracy to forcefully and falsely claim that a great kingdom as the Igala kingdom, which was never defeated in any war is part of Biafra” Idakwo explained.

The group unequivocally pointed that the ethnic nationality is not part of the Biafra agitation believing that every Nigerian citizen has the constitutional right to freely live where ever such an individual or group so chooses within the ambit of our laws and in the interest of peace and security.

The Igala social cultural groups however urge their Igbo brothers to engage the Nigeria nation more purposefully for quality governance rather than agitations for separatist state.

They equally extended their message to the Northern Youths to embrace the oneness of Nigeria as a Nation.

Idakwo further underscore why Nigeria must remain an indivisible nation “We, as a people in the Middle Belt crave for peace at all times because when war breaks out, we will be at the receiving end as the theatre of war. The last civil war holds very unpleasant testimonies”.

On the issue of marginalization being canvassed by the agitators, idakwo expressed dismay that there is minimal federal presence in terms of infrastructure and economic activities in igala kingdom, even when their allegiance and commitment to the stability of the federal government is total.

The group however drew the attention of the federal government to look into issues that may threaten the peace and development of the Igala kingdom.

Some of their demands are; the need to continue urgently the construction of Bagana-Guto bridge to ease access to the Federal Capital Territory as this will encourage economic activities, unity and proximity to the centre of governance; establishment of a full fledge Naval Base at Idah, and establishment of an army barrack in Olamaboro Local Government Area; and swearing in the minister from Kogi State, Prof Stephen Ikani Ocheni immediately to enable them have sense of belonging and input to national affairs.

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