Fraud suspect dies in EFCC custody
Mr Desmond Nunugwo, a fraud suspect in the custody of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, has died barely after six hours in the custody of anti graft commission.
The spokesman for the commission, Mr. Wilson Uwujaren, said in a statement on Friday that the suspect was arrested for allegedly duping a woman of N91m.
Nunugwo was alleged to have collected the money under the pretext that he had high net worth business associates in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, who were on the verge of buying Nicon Insurance and convinced her of their disposition to help her stock fish business.
The suspect was detained in the absence of anybody to take him on bail. Six hours later, he suddenly complained of discomfort and was rushed to the hospital where he was pronounced dead.”
The EFCC said the incident had already been reported at the Wuse Police Station, where investigation into the cause of the sudden death had commenced.
Lagos airport: 2 Chinese nabbed attempting to smuggle 678 elephant tusks
Officials of the Nigerian Customs Service ( NCS) have arrested two Chinese nationals at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport ( MMIA) Lagos for attempting to smuggle 678 pieces of elephant tusks and eight sacks of pangolin weighing over 381 kilogrammes out of Nigeria.
Exports of the items are considered a severe breach of the Nigerian law as they are listed among endangered species and wild life that should be protected and whose parts should never be traded under Schedule 6 of the Nigerian Exports Prohibition List.
Customs Area Comptroller of the MMIA Command, Frank Nduka Allannah told journalists that the two Chinese have been remanded in the custody of the Nigerian Customs at the Lagos Airport pending further investigation.
It was learnt that of the impounded items the scales of pangolin is viewed as the most trafficked endangered animal and that it is a much sought after part used in Chinese medicine.
According to Allannah, the impounded items will be handed over to the National Environmental Standards and Regulations Enforcement Agency ( NESREA).
Allannah said vigilant Customs officials at the Export Shed of the Lagos international airport intercepted the prohibited items while they were about to be freighted out of Nigeria by the Chinese.
He said the Elephant tusks were in two compartments of 387 unprocessed pieces , while 271 had been processed into combs and hand bangles.
“ We do not intend to give the names of the Chinese nationals yet. They have been arrested and are in Customs custody. They will be handed over to the relevant security agencies,” he said.
June 12: Osun Govt declares Monday public holiday
The Government of Osun State on Friday declared Monday as public holiday to mark June 12 celebration in the state.
Notice of the holiday is contained in statement signed by the Secretary to the State Government of Osun State, Alhaji Moshood Adeoti, made available to newsmen in Osogbo.
The statement quoted Adeoti as saying, “In line with its established policy of observing June 12 of every year as Democracy Day, the State Government of Osun has declared Monday, June 13 as public holiday.”
He stated that the public holiday became imperative in view of the fact that June 12 this year fell on a Sunday.
June 12, 1993 presidential election was adjudged the freest and fairest in the history of Nigeria, which the late Bashorun Moshood Abiola was believed to have won, but it was annulled by the then military head of state, Gen. Ibrahim Babangida.
The defunct Action Congress of Nigeria controlled states have, however, been celebrating the date as democracy day.
FG sacks Niger Delta power company’s management
The Federal Government of Nigeria has dissolved the executive management of the Niger Delta Power Holding Company of Nigeria Limited led by Mr. James Abiodun Olotu.
Olotu has been directed to hand-over immediately to Mr. Chiedu Ugbo, who has been appointed as the acting MD, according to a statement by the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Babachir David Lawal.
“All executive directors of the company and the general manager (audit) are directed to hand-over immediately to the most senior officer in their respective departments. The Federal Government appreciates the services of the disengaged officers during their tenure of office,” Lawal added.
The NDPHC was established in 2005 to serve as the legal vehicle to contract for, hold, manage and operate the assets of Nigerian Independent Power Project, using private sector best practices.
The company which is owned by the three tiers of government (Federal Government, 47 per cent; 36 State governments, 35 per cent; and 774 Local Governments, 18 per cent) generates and distributes electricity through open and combined cycle gas turbine plants.
LUTH Nurses to begin indefinite strike today
Nurses and Midwives at the Lagos University Teaching Hospital (LUTH), Idi-Araba, on Friday began an indefinite strike to press home their demands.
The nurses and midwives under the aegis of the National Association of Nigerian Nurses and Midwives (NANNM) are protesting what they called stagnation, non-payment of salary and inadequate facilities.
Mr Olurotimi Awojide, the State Chairman of NANNM, told newsmen in Lagos that the association had given the management a seven-day ultimatum which expired on June 9.
Other demands are outstanding 2015 promotion results of 71 nurses, non-payment of nurses employed in 2015, lack of consumables, inadequate manpower and irregular water and power supply. “We have been having series of problems with LUTH management for a while now which we have made effort to resolve but all to no avail. “We have written several letters to them on pressing issues, they are not responding and that is why we are taking this action.
“For quite some time now, nurses work at night without light, leaving them with no choice of using torchlight and phones to attend to patients. “This is a teaching hospital and infection control should be our priority and when there are no consumables, water, people improvise to attend to patients, ’’he said.
Ibrahim Babangida, returns to Nigeria following rumors of his death
Former Military Leader, Ibrahim Babangida, returned to Nigeria today June 10th after he was rumored to have passed on in Germany where he had gone to for medical checkup. Babangida arrived Minna, the Niger state capital at about 3pm.
Rumors of his death were rife on social media three days ago after he failed to return to Nigeria from Germany on Tuesday June 7th. He refuted the rumors when he spoke with TV Continental on Wednesday June 8th.
Mentally challenged woman gives birth to baby girl on a street in Calabar
A mentally ill woman in her thirties delivered a baby girl on Ndidem Usang Iso, Marian road, Calabar’s most highbrow street, yesterday, June 9 at about 3:50pm.
According to CrossRiverWatch, eyewitnesses around said the lady has been a familiar face in the neighbourhood before she became pregnant.
When a CrossRiverWatch reporter visited the scene of the delivery after the mother and baby had been moved to the hospital, one shop owner told our reporter that: “We did not see her again for some time after she became pregnant. I think she was raped. She returned some days ago and sat in that place and has been feeling very uncomfortable since yesterday. Nobody knew it was labor that was disturbing her. It was when the baby started coming out that people called the health workers who came here to assist her.”
The Commissioner for Health, Dr. Inyang Asibong, responded immediately by going to the scene personally with an ambulance to handle the situation. On arrival, she took the mother and the baby to the General Hospital, Calabar for expert medical attention.
Dr. Asibong also promised that after their discharge from the hospital, the mother and child will be referred to a psychiatric hospital.
The mentally ill lady refused to go to the hospital. She later agreed after a friend of hers, another mentally ill woman, came and begged her.
Twitter locks accounts after alleged password leaks
Twitter has locked a number of accounts that may have been affected by internet security breaches, the Security Manager, Michael Coates, said in a blog post on Friday. Coates said “a number of Twitter accounts have been identified for extra protection. “The accounts, which have direct password exposure, have been locked and now require a password reset by the account owners.” Without mentioning the number of accounts affected, the security manager said some leaked data had not been taken from Twitter’s computer servers, but arrived at by breaches at other sites and/or private computers. The statement followed an earlier report that nearly 33 million Twitter accounts had been stolen and offered for sale. The report from IT news site, TechCrunch, stated that the leaked information included email addresses, usernames and passwords. The TechCrunch source also indicated that the data may have been obtained from hacks of web browsers, adding that many of the affected users appeared to have been in Russia. Meanwhile, Twitter and other security experts had warned users of using the same password for various online services.
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