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Billionaire kidnapper, Evans will be arraigned soon.
 The Inspector-General of Police, Ibrahim Idris, said on Friday that the notorious kidnapper, Chukwudidumeme Onwuamadike, also known as Evans, would be charged to court soon.

Idris attributed the delay in Evans’ prosecution to police investigations to track down his accomplices within and outside the country.

Evans had raked in millions of dollars as ransoms paid to him by his victims’ families before his arrest on June 10, 2017, in one of his mansions at Magodo, Lagos State.

The IG, who spoke at a lecture which centred on proffering solutions to security challenges in Lagos, expressed worry at the rate at which the youth were venturing into kidnapping.

He reiterated the need for the establishment of special courts to ensure the speedy trial of suspected kidnappers.

Idris said, “Evans will be charged to court very soon. This is a man who has over the years been involved in kidnapping, collecting money in millions of dollars and harassing Nigerians from the various parts of the country.

“What we are doing now is to ensure that we conduct thorough investigations so that anybody involved will be brought to book.

“It seems kidnapping is becoming attractive to the youth. The more we arrest, the more they are coming up. But I believe that with special courts, this will be addressed.”

He said plans were underway to recruit more policemen to effectively pursue the principle of community policing.

Civil Servant Arraigned For Exposing Yahaya Bello's Abuja House
A 32-year-old civil servant, Mr. Johnson Musa, was on Friday dragged before a Lokoja Chief Magistrates’ Court for allegedly threatening and exposing the Abuja residence of Governor Yahaya Bello of Kogi State.

Musa, an indigene of Dekina Local Government Area of the state, was alleged to have taken aerial pictures of the governor’s Abuja residence with a drone camera and posted them on social media.

He was said to have posted the pictures with the caption, “This building is owned by an individual in Kogi, where hunger is the first name, in less than one year.”

The prosecuting counsel, Mohammed Abaji, a senior legal officer with the state Ministry of Justice, said Musa was arrested on Thursday by men of the Department of State Services.

The action, Abaji said, had put the governor and his family under threat and potential harm to their property, urging the court to take cognisance of the offence of cyberstalking against the accused.

Musa pleaded not guilty to the offence and his counsel, Williams Aliwo of Crystal Chambers, orally applied for his bail in line with section 36(5) of the constitution and section 341(2) of the Criminal Procedure Code.

Aliwo submitted that any order to remand the accused in prison custody would amount to punishing him ahead of the proof of his guilt, adding that the accused would not jump bail or try to escape justice if the bail conditions were granted.

But the bail application was vehemently opposed by Abaji on the grounds that an investigation into the matter was ongoing aside from the fact that the penalty attached to the offence is 10 years’ imprisonment or an option of a minimum of N25m fine.

In his ruling, the Chief Magistrate, Alhassan Husaini, said by virtue of Section 36(5) of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, 1999 (as amended), the presumption of innocence of the accused was constitutionally guaranteed.

Husaini granted the accused bail in the sum of N500,000 with two sureties in like sum, adding that the sureties must be resident within the jurisdiction of the court.

To allay the fears of the prosecution counsel over the inconclusive investigation, he ordered that a register of attendance be opened at the DSS office for the accused to report on Monday and Thursday.

Husaini adjourned the case to August 17.

S3x Worker Stabs Father Of Four To Deathin Asaba
The police in Delta State say they have arrested a commercial sex worker who allegedly stabbed her client to death during an argument at Destar Hotel, Asaba, the state capital, on July 18, 2017.

The spokesperson for the police command in the state, DSP Andrew Aniamaka, said on Friday in Asaba that the police responded to a distress call from the hotel after the incident. He said the suspect had been taken into custody. Reports said the deceased was a father of four.

In a statement, Aniamaka said, “A day after the incident, the ‘C Division’ in Asaba carried out preliminary investigation on the case and transferred it to Homicide Section of the State Criminal Investigation Department.

“As I speak to you, homicide detectives have commenced full investigation into the case with a view to unravelling what actually transpired between the suspect and the victim to establish culpability.”

News Agency of Nigeria reported that the hotel had been deserted following the incident, and that all attempts to speak with its manager was unsuccessful as he was said to have travelled out of Asaba.

A staff of the hotel noted that the incident happened around 10.45 p.m., thus, nobody could actually say what led to the fracas.

The report said the few sex workers in the hotel lamented that the incident had impacted their business negatively, while describing it as horrible and unfortunate.

APC Admits Things Are Difficult Economically
The All Progressives Congress has joined Nigerians to admit that things are economically difficult in the country.

However, it said the diversification efforts of the President Muhammadu Buhari administration would be evident in a few years, saying the country would be counted as one of the industrial power houses in Africa.

National Chairman of the party, Chief John Odigie-Oyegun, who stated this in Abuja on Thursday evening, also said the present administration was building a new economic model which he said would be sustainable, production-based and would diversify from oil to agriculture, solid minerals and other viable sectors.

Odigie-Oyegun said this at the party’s national secretariat when he received political leaders from Delta Central Senatorial District, who defected from the Peoples Democratic Party to the APC. The defectors were led by a former Commissioner in the Delta State Oil Producing Area Development Commission, Chief Johnson Boro.

Other defectors who came with him were the immediate past PDP Chairman, Ughelli South Local Government Area, Chief Francis Aguonigho; Chief Sleek Oshare; Chief Isaiah Kekeje, Chief Mathew Kwode, Chief Robert Ojo, Mr. Sunny Ogbududu, Mr. David Edonor, Mr. Saturday Nukueye and Chief Charles Otaiye.

Oyegun said, “Economically, things are difficult; there is no question about it. But in spite of that, people of your quality sat down and still want to join the boat because you have seen the future and you know the future belongs to a changed country. A country that produces, not only consumes.

“In the last 16 years of previous administrations, we just consumed. Thank God this nation brought President Buhari at the point it was about to collapse and all we are doing today is putting the pieces back together again.

“It is a difficult experience and as a result of that our people are going through some hardship. But there is no question at all that you can see the silver lining that is on the way.

“By the end of this year, we will be net exporters of rice. Today we have started formally to export yam. Today we are about certain that all the grains in this country can be produced locally. These are all parts of the building blocks towards the Nigeria that we foresee in another year or two.”

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