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Man bags life imprisonment for raping ‘girlfriend’

An Ekiti State High Court sitting in Ado Ekiti on Monday sentenced a 35-year-old man, Tope Odeyemi, to life imprisonment after he was found guilty of rape.
Justice Adekanye Ogunmoye convicted him after finding him guilty of sexually assaulting a 27-year-old woman and inflicting grievous bodily harm on her which led to her admission in a hospital.


The prosecution, led by the state Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice, Mr. Owoseni Ajayi, told the court that the father of two committed the offence on September 4, 2014 in Iyin Ekiti.
According to him, the offence contravened Section 358 of the Criminal Code, Laws of Ekiti State 2012.
The prosecution called five witnesses to prove his case while the defence counsel, Mr. Taiwo Adeloye, called two witnesses.
The state counsel also urged the court to convict Odeyemi based on the evidence laid before the court.
Adeloye urged the court to dismiss all the evidence of the prosecution against his client, describing them as weak.

The tria…

Xenophobia: TUC asks FG to recall envoy from S’Africa

The Trade Union Congress has called on the Federal Government to immediately recall the Nigerian High Commissioner to South Africa over the killing of Nigerians and other Africans by some South Africans.
The President of the TUC, Mr. Bala Kaigama, who made the call in a statement on Monday, also urged the Federal Government to take urgent steps to evacuate Nigerians from the former apartheid enclave.


Kaigama said the call was necessitated by the need to stop the situation in South Africa from snowballing into a major crisis.
The TUC’s President noted that there seemed to be connivance between the government and security agencies in South Africa to perpetrate the killing of innocent Nigerians and Africans in order to take over their properties.
Kaigama stated that the killing of Nigerians must be stopped forthwith as the country would not accept the murder and maiming of its citizens as a sacrifice for a cordial relationship with South Africa.
He noted that Nigerians had not killed So…

Court sacks A’Ibom senator, to refund salaries, allowances

The Federal High Court, sitting in Uyo, Akwa Ibom State, on Monday, ordered the Senator, representing Akwa Ibom North-East in the National Assembly, Bassey Akpan, to vacate his seat immediately.
The court, presided over by Justice Fatun Riman, asked the Independent National Electoral Commission to withdraw the Certificate of Return it issued to Akpan and awarded N200,000 costs in favour of the plaintiff, Mr. Bassey Etim.


The presiding judge, who ordered INEC to issue a new Certificate of Return to Etim, also directed the National Assembly to swear in the plaintiff as the senator, representing Akwa Ibom North-East in the National Assembly.
Delivering the two-hour judgment, the court ordered Akpan to refund all salaries and entitlement he had collected so far as a senator to the Federal Government.
The court faulted the primary that produced Akpan as the candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party on December 7, 2014.
The judge said Akpan was foisted on the PDP at the detriment of Etim, …

Gowon, Nyako, gov lead prayers for Buhari in Adamawa

A former Nigerian Head of State, Gen. Yakubu Gowon (retd.), and a former governor of Adamawa State, Murtala Nyako, have led thousands of Nigerians in praying for President Muhammadu Buhari’s recovery and stability of the nation.
The prayers took place simultaneously in two locations in Adamawa State, with both Christians and Muslim faithful affirming their confidence in the All Progressives Congress government at the state and federal levels.


The state, which became a prayer ground of sorts on Sunday, also witnessed intercessory prayers led by a political group, Buhari/Osinbajo Again.
The leader of BOA, Yaya Hammajulde, during the prayers, urged all Nigerians to pray for the ailing President.
Gowon, while leading Christian faithful at the annual convention of the Diocesan Lutheran Church of Christ in Nigeria in Demsa for divine intervention in the health of the President, said the survival of the nation lay in the tolerance of adherents of both religions.
He said, “We are all God’s c…

See marketing ideas to grow your small business

What marketing ideas work for small businesses? What strategies can you use to get customers to notice you and bring you their business? Here are 20 ideas to help you reach your target market without spending a fortune, according to http://www.businessknowhow.com.
Marketing is the key to success in just about all businesses. It is not unusual, in fact, for a mediocre product with great marketing to outperform a good product that is poorly marketed. Big businesses can dedicate a lot of money and staff to coming up with blockbuster marketing ideas for their products. Small and medium-sized businesses can’t afford that luxury. So what can you do to improve your marketing results?
The answer is simple: keep trying marketing methods you haven’t tried before. Ideas are plentiful if you look for them. Pay attention to what big corporations (as well as other small businesses) do to introduce and promote their products, and then adapt their marketing techniques to meet your own target clients…

Lawyers protest over filing fees increment

Lawyers under the aegis of the Nigeria Bar Association, Ilesa branch,  on Monday picketed the Osun State High Court in Ilesa to protest against the “astronomic increase” in fees charged by the state government for  filing divorce and other suits.
The lawyers, numbering about 50 and dressed in dark suits, gathered at the main entrance of the court as early as 7.45am to protest against what they called outrageous increase, adding that such would price justice out of the reach of the common man.


The lawyers accused Governor Rauf Aregbesola of usurping the power of the Chief Judge of the state by unilaterally fixing the new fees.
The lawyers prevented judges and magistrates from entering the premises of the court.
 The Chairman, NBA, Ilesha branch, Mr.  Ebenezer Ogunfunminiyi, said the association decided to protest against the increment because of its effect on the people.
He said, “We have vowed to challenge the illegal fee at the appropriate court. It is astonishing that the governor,…

PDP Reps split over Sheriff, Makarfi’s crisis

The unending leadership crisis in the Peoples Democratic Party appears to be taking its toll on the unity of its members in the House of Representatives as the lawmakers can no longer speak with one voice on who to support between the National Chairman, Ali Modu Sheriff, and Ahmed Makarfi.
Investigations by The PUNCH, on Monday, showed that many members of the caucus were divided over the choice of Sheriff and the Makarfi-led National Caretaker Committee, which was sacked by the Court of Appeal in Port Harcourt penultimate Friday.


The House Minority Leader, Mr. Leo Ogor, had summoned a caucus meeting last week soon after Sheriff was declared as the chairman by the appellate court.
The struggling opposition party controls less than 139 lawmakers out of the total of 360 in the House.
At the meeting, members were said to have agreed, as a caucus, to back the Makarfi-led faction.
The resolution of the meeting was later made public as the position of the caucus on the raging crisis.
On Mo…

Police inspector arrested with 75 bags of cannabis in Kogi

The Kogi State Command of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency has arrested a serving police inspector with a police truck loaded with 75 bags of substances suspected to be cannabis.
Forty-three-year-old Abali Zagi was among the 14 suspected drug peddlers paraded on Monday at the Kogi State Command of the NDLEA.


The state Commander, Muhammed Bello, put the street value of the over 800 kilogrames of the cannabis found with the inspector at N4m.
The suspect was said to have gone to Okpila in Edo State using the Force headquarters, Abuja, welfare bus to transport the cannabis.
“When he got to the Crusher area of Lokoja, luck ran out on him as he was apprehended together with the truck, with number plate NPF 7973 C,” Bello said.
The command also paraded three suspects arrested by the army with 190 bags of substances suspected to be cannabis.
They were said to have been arrested along Crusher Road on their way to Abuja.
Their vehicle, a Honda car, marked, Kano BC 737 KMC, was apprehen…

Policemen flee as gunmen kill Delta bank customer

An unidentified man was on Monday shot dead by armed robbers in front of a commercial bank after making a withdrawal of an undisclosed amount in Asaba, the Delta State capital.
It was learnt that the victim, who had gone to the bank located on Nnembisi Road, near Ibusa junction, was waylaid as he was moving towards his car.


Eyewitnesses told our correspondent that the hoodlums were about five.
They said armed mobile policemen attached to the bank took to their heels during the robbery, as the gunmen shot into the air before shooting the man.
It was learnt that the men later escaped with a bag containing the money.
Sources said the incident occurred at about 8.30am and created panic in the state capital as residents and traders around the bank scampered to safety.
Our correspondent gathered that the victim was trailed to the bank by the robbery gang in a blue Volkswagen Golf and had been monitoring the movement of the deceased.
An eyewitness, who identified himself simply as Emeka, to…

FG evacuates 41 Nigerian girls from Mali

The Federal Government on Tuesday evacuated 41 Nigerian girls from Bamako, Mali, through the Ministry of Defence, the Nigerian Air Force, Office of the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Foreign Affairs and the Diaspora, and the National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons.
The 41 girls, according to the government, are victims of human trafficking to Europe but ended up in Mali.


They arrived the Murtala Muhammed International Airport , Lagos aboard a Hercules C-130 military transport aircraft at about 7. 55pm.
The Senior Special Assistant on Foreign Affairs and the Diaspora, Abike Dabiri-Erewa, said the girls were trapped in Mali.
She said NAF was asked to bring them back after the government received a distress call to help evacuate the girls.
 Dabiri-Erewa said their return home was part of the directives from President Muhammadu Buhari, who insisted that Nigerians stranded anywhere in the world, should be assisted to return home .
She said many Nigerian…

Rivers Rerun: 25 INEC officials still hospitalized - REC

The Resident Electoral Commissioner in Rivers State, Mr. Aniedi Ikoiwak, has said that 25 employees of the Independent National Electoral Commission beaten by suspected political thugs during the supplementary election in Etche, Rivers State, on Saturday are still in the hospital.
Ikoiwak lamented that one of the employees, who was severely beaten, was still lying unconscious in a hospital.


The REC, who spoke with our correspondent in a telephone interview on Monday, said thugs invaded INEC’s office in Etche and attacked employees.
He stated that other INEC workers on election duty were beaten at various polling units in the area, adding that the workers also had their personal belongings stolen.
Ikoiwak said, “In all the things people have been talking, they never talked about the number of INEC’s members of staff that were beaten and are in the hospital. Over 25 INEC staff members are in the hospital.
“The INEC staff members were not beaten up in their homes; they were beaten up in…

Labour Party suspends chairman, others

The National Executive Council of the Labour Party has suspended the party’s National Chairman, Alhaji Abdulsalam Abdulkadir, and the Deputy National Chairman, South, Calistus Okafor.
The suspension was one of the decisions taken at an emergency NEC meeting held at the AED Apartments, Airport Road, Abuja, on Monday.


A party member, who introduced himself as the party’s National Youth Leader, Mr. Andrew Ukpebitere, addressed journalists after the meeting, announcing the appointment of Bobo Adou and Akinbade Oyelekan as acting national chairman and secretary, respectively.
Until his appointment, Adou was the National Vice-Chairman, South-South.
But when contacted, Abdulkadir described his removal as an exercise in futility.
He alleged that the persons behind the action were sponsored by the party’s former governorship candidate in Delta State.
Abdulsalam said in a telephone interview with our correspondent that “those who addressed that press conference are not our members. They are in…

See what former Pres. Obasanjo said about Nigeria's present situation

Former President Olusegun Obasanjo has said lack of good leadership and not God is responsible for the nation’s woes.
He also said that the present generation of leaders had failed the country because they lacked the focus and commitment to move the nation forward.


Obasanjo,  who identified bad leadership as one of the problems confronting the country, noted that his generation might have  failed in raising  Nigeria to where it should be but said they (his generation) had fared  well in keeping Nigeria united under a stable democratic dispensation.
Obasanjo spoke as the chairman of the  38th Kaduna International Trade Fair’s Seminar with the theme, ‘Promoting Public Private Partnership as Panacea for Accelerated Growth and Development,’ organised by the Kaduna Chamber of Commerce, Industry, Mines and Agriculture on Monday.
He added that Nigerians must learn to stop blaming God for the nation’s woes, saying “let us stop troubling God, because God has done all we need for us, we only n…

Recovered loots are intact - Lai Mohammed

The Minister of Information, Culture and Tourism, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, has stated that money recovered from corrupt persons by the Federal Government is intact.
Mohammed said the recovered funds would be used for infrastructural and social development, adding that the Federal Government had set up an asset recovery committee to ensure that the money recovered from individuals and organisations were returned to the Ministry of Finance.


The minister, who spoke in Umuahia, the Abia State capital, on Monday during a town hall meeting with and the inaugutration of ‘The change begins with me campaign,’ pointed out that the recent whistle-blower policy introduced by the Federal Government had facilitated looted funds recovery.
He assured Nigerians that nobody could loot any money recovered from looters under the watch of President Muhammadu Buhari.
He said government was committed to keeping its promise that certain percentage of any money recovered would go to the person that supplied the …

Osinbajo consults Buhari on major issues. - Presidency

The Presidency on Monday said it was wrong for anybody to be claiming that the acting President, Yemi Osinbajo, had been performing better than President Muhammadu Buhari since the President started his extended medical vacation.
It said Osinbajo “still consults with Buhari on major national issues” on a regular basis.


The Special Adviser to the President on Political Matters, Babafemi Ojudu, said this in an interview with State House correspondents.
While describing those behind the argument as thoughtless, Ojudu described it as a ploy by the opposition to cause an unnecessary division in the Presidency.
He said the President and Osinbajo had a joint ticket and they were both elected based on the manifesto of the party which they had been implementing since their inauguration.
The presidential aide said, “The same people who said we never had economic team, no policy, nothing, are the ones saying this. It is now that the policies we are implementing are maturing and they are seeing …

Four killed as cultists clash in Ondo

Four people  reportedly lost their lives while several others  were injured during a rival cult group clash in Ondo town, Ondo State on Sunday night.
It was gathered that the clash was a reprisal by a rival cult group in the town as the group had lost four members during a clash on Friday.


An eyewitness told our correspondent that the clash was between Afee Cult and the Eiye confraternity groups.
A source in the town narrated that the four cultists killed on Friday were members of the Afee cult group.
“The Afee cult members regrouped on Sunday night and attacked the Eiye confraternity group. “The cultists threw the community into serious confusion as they moved from one street to the other in search of members of the Eiye confraternity group. In the process, they killed four members of the Eiye confraternity group,” the source said.
The source added that there were sporadic gunshots in  Yaba, Odojomu, Enuowa, Idi Ishin and Surulere areas of the town.
The Public Relations Officer of t…

Rivers PDP protests arrest of three members

The Rivers State chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party has raised the alarm that there are secret plans to prosecute the state Publicity Secretary of the party, Mr. Samuel Nwanosike, and two others on trumped-up charges.
Nwanosike and two former local government caretaker committee chairmen, Roland Sekibo and Odiari Princewill, were arrested by soldiers in Ulakwo 2, Etche LGA during Saturday’s supplementary election in the area.


Also arrested were 63 suspected political thugs, who were said to be caught with dynamites, banned drug and cutlasses.
But the state Chairman of the PDP, Chief Felix Obuah, insisted that the arrest of the trio was unnecessary since they were in Etche as accredited party agents, adding that those who wanted to “silence” Nwanosike were behind his (Nwanosike) arrest.
Obuah, who spoke through his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Mr. Jerry Needam, said, “Their (Nwanosike, Sekibo and Princewill) transfer to the State Criminal Investigation Department was i…

Steps to take when funds transfer fails

What would happen if I made an online transfer but the money didn’t arrive in the other account? This is usually the situation that confronts many customers in this era of digital/electronic banking
In this age of online banking, transferring money between accounts is as simple and every day as paying in a shop. What makes it all the more troubling is that, sometimes, bank transfers can go wrong.


According to www.choose.net, when transfers go wrong, these are possibly the reasons:
Wrong account number/sort code Human error is an inevitable part of life, and is especially prevalent when we’re required to type in meaningless strings of numbers, such as sort codes and account numbers.
If we mistakenly enter a wrong digit, then the money can go to the wrong party.
If this is the case, we need to contact our own bank as soon as possible. They can’t stop a payment that’s already been made, but most will act on our behalf in trying to track it down and recover it.
Bank error Even if the sor…

How to use Facebook Live Video for business

Using live video will improve your Facebook reach and it can take less time than writing individual posts.
In this piece, you will discover six ways your business can succeed with Facebook Live video.


 Address blog comments
According to SocialMedia Examiner, one way to use Facebook Live video for your business is to discuss a topic that your audience is interested in. For example, maybe you have written a blog post on a subject that you know your readers will have questions about.
Although you can answer readers’ comments on your blog, it is much quicker (and more efficient) to schedule a Facebook Live Video session where you can answer many of their questions at once. This encourages your fans to tune in for the live video session rather than wait for a replay. It also saves you time because you can address their questions upfront.
If you happen to get questions months after you have published your post, you can share a replay of your live video.
Give an inside look at your business …

I always wanted to play for Chelsea – Moses

Victor Moses is relishing being a regular at Chelsea, claiming that he “always wanted to play for this big club.”
The Nigeria international was snapped up by the Blues from Wigan Athletic in 2012.
His signing was considered to be a way of bolstering the home-grown numbers at Stamford Bridge, although he did make 43 appearances in all competitions during his debut campaign.


Moses quickly slipped down the pecking order after that bright start, with loan spells taken in at Liverpool, Stoke City and West Ham.
After three years away from west London, the 26-year-old has returned to prominence this term in a wing-back role under Antonio Conte.
He is considered to be one of this season’s biggest success stories, and Moses admits he is loving life back in favour at the Premier League leaders.
“I’ve always wanted to play for this big club, it’s one of the best clubs in the world at the moment and I’m enjoying every single minute,” he told Chelsea’s official website.
 “I just want to keep on w…