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Teenager shoots, kills 3-year-old girl in Ogun; UN condemns Borno civilians killing



Attack on stop-and-search operatives: Police launch manhunt for assailants

A 13-year-old boy has allegedly shot a three-year-old girl to death at Kukudi Village, Imasayi in Yewa North Local Government Area of Ogun.

Police spokesman, SP Abimbola Oyeyemi, stated at Abeokuta on Friday that the boy reportedly shot the victim with a Dane gun.

He stated that the police already arrested the 45-year-old owner of the gun for negligence.

“Preliminary investigation showed that he loaded his Dane gun and kept it in an open place at the back of his house where children used to play.

“It was there that the 13-year-old picked the gun, pointed it at the deceased and pulled the trigger.

“The victim was taken to the General Hospital, Ilaro, where she was confirmed dead by the doctor on duty, Oyeyemi stated.

In another development, the United Nations on Friday condemned the killing of more than 30 civilians in Gamboru Ngala Local Government of Borno.

UN Spokesperson, Stéphane Dujarric, disclosed this at a news conference at UN headquarters in New York.

The spokesperson said the Humanitarian Coordinator for the UN in Nigeria, Matthias Schmale, had strongly condemned what he described as the shocking killings of civilians in Borno, in the northeast.

“On Wednesday, more than 30 civilians were reportedly ambushed and killed in the village of Mukdolo. Several people were reportedly injured, and others are still missing.

“The victims were fishermen and farmers. They included both internally displaced people and host community members from the neighbouring Dikwa Local Government Area.

“Schmale said this attack is another horrific reminder of the real threats of violence and insecurity that displaced people and others, impacted by more than 13 years of conflict in the region, and they continue to face those challenges daily,’’ he said.

Briefing on Niger, Dujarric said the UN and its partners, together with the Government had launched a 583 million dollar humanitarian appeal to help 2.7 million people this year.

He said another appeal, calling for more than 400 million dollars, was also launched today to support the Government’s efforts to bolster food security for internally displaced people, host communities, refugees and flood-impacted people, among others.

“Over the past six years, the number of people who need humanitarian assistance in Niger has more than doubled – from 1.9 million people in 2017 to 4.3 million this year.

“Conflict and insecurity have increased chronic vulnerability, compounded by extreme weather conditions and poverty,’’ Dujarric said.

According to him,  Niger is one of the countries in the Sahel most impacted by the effects of climate change and desertification.

He said every year, about 100,000 hectares of arable land were lost due to climate change and desertification.

“Two million people are currently food insecure. This figure is likely to increase to 2.9 million during the lean season between June and August.

“2022 humanitarian response plan called for 553 million dollars, was 70 percent funded,’’ the spokesperson said.

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N43.5m Fraud: BDC Operator Testifies Against Fatuyi, NOGASA Chairman



N43.5m Fraud: BDC Operator Testifies Against Fatuyi, NOGASA Chairman

A Bureau de Change Operator, Mr Musa Mohammed, on Thursday testified against the Chairman of Natural Oil and Gas Suppliers Association of Nigeria (NOGASA), Philips Fatuyi, charged with N43.5 million fraud.

Fatuyi is standing trial alongside his company, Oceanview Oil and Gas Ltd., on a two-count charge bordering on obtaining money by false pretences.

He, however, pleaded not guilty before an Ikeja Special Offences Court.

Mohammed was led in evidence by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) counsel, Mr  Spife Owede.

The witness told the court that he received an invitation from EFCC to come for questioning as part of investigations into the alleged offences of the defendant.

“I came across the defendant sometime in September 2016. He gave me $40,000 cash to help him change.

“I called my colleague to come and help pay the money into his account at the rate of $1 to N463 sum of N18,520,000.

“Afterwards, I received an invitation from the EFCC to come for questioning as part of investigations into the offences by the defendant.

“I wrote a  statement at the EFCC in which I told investigators how I got to know the defendant and the business transaction we had together,” the witness said.

The statement of the witness was admitted in evidence and marked  Exhibit P8, following no objections from defence counsel, Mr Olarewaju Ajanaku.

The witness told the court while being cross-examined by Ajanaku that he got to know the defendant in 2016 and that the business transaction he had with him was the only one between them.

Owede thereafter informed the court that Mohammed was the prosecution’s last witness, adding that the prosecution would be closing its case against the defendant.

Justice Mojisola Dada adjourned the case until May 26 for the defendant to open defence.

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EFCC arrests 23 suspected internet fraudsters in Enugu



EFCC arrests 23 suspected internet fraudsters in Enugu

Its spokesman, Mr. Wilson Uwujaren, stated in Abuja on Wednesday that the suspects were arrested around Monark, Emene and Golf Course axis of Enugu, following actionable intelligence.

“The suspects are Ugwuanyi Kasiemobi, Emmanuel Agwu, Onyeama Arinze, Hycienth Emmanuel, Chibueze Oluebube, Ogaraku Obinna, Chibueze Onyedikachi, Austus Chiemerem, Ikechi Faithful and Okafor Chika.

“Others are Chimaobi Joshua, Onuoha Oluebubu, Udo Stanley, Igbo Ikenna, Nweke David, Obinna Obumneme, Okocha Ewah, Nweke Chidera, Justice Mba, David Nweke, Eze Chiwetalu, Nweke Chidubem and Ikechi David.

“Items recovered from them included one Mercedez Benz E350, one Lexus ES350, one Mercedes Benz CLE, one Toyota Camry, a Toyota Avalon and a black Mercedes Benz,’’ he stated.

Uwujaren added that other items recovered from the suspects who had made useful statements to the EFCC were 43 mobile phones, 11 laptop computers and charms.

They would be charged in court upon conclusion of investigation, he assured.

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Alleged BVN fraud: Investigation outcome’ll determine fate of ex-agitators -PAP



Alleged BVN fraud: Investigation outcome’ll determine fate of ex-agitators -PAP

 The Office of the Presidential Amnesty Programme (PAP) says findings from the ongoing investigation into multiple accounts of ex-agitators linked to one BVN will determine the fate of protesting beneficiaries.

This is contained in a statement on Wednesday in Abuja by Mr. Freston Akpor, Media Aide to the PAP Interim Administrator.

Akpor disclosed that the names of all those involved in the alleged BVN fraud had been forwarded to the Office of the National Security Adviser (ONSA) for investigation.

He said that the Amnesty Office also blamed bank officials for colluding with the ex-agitators to aid the “financial crime”.

“So, investigation is ongoing, I must tell you there is nothing the PAP can do now over this matter until the investigation is concluded and then the ONSA will take a decision on what to do.

“This is a financial crime which is why the ONSA is investigating the matter.

“The policy is one name, one BVN. But in a situation where you have more than 30 names linked to one BVN, it becomes an issue.

“We discovered that 513 names were linked to 1370 accounts. And these are the people who have cases to answer.

“As it stands, those who are protesting are the people who fall within those who have multiple accounts linked to their BVN,” Akpor explained.

On the purported “gentleman agreement” with leaders of the ex-agitators to receive monies in bulk to pay the boys, Akpor said

“it is these same boys, that also complained that when the money is collected by these so-called leaders, the money doesn’t trickle down to them”.

A handful of ex-agitators on Tuesday gathered at the premises of the National Assembly to express anger over the stoppage of their monthly N65,000 stipends.

The PAP office had explained that the stoppage of payment was necessitated by the issues surrounding the BVNs of beneficiaries.

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