Dear KFBers, how was your day? Just before you go to bed, here are some major interesting headlines stories you missed today…
Court grants N500m bail to Gov. Fayose’s aide Abiodun Agbele
Agbele who was arraigned on Wednesday on an eleven count charge bordering on conspiracy to launder the sum of over N4.6 billon, was granted bail in the sum of N500million, which will be forfeited to the Federal Government if he absconds.
“He is to provide two sureties, a civil servant of the rank of a Director, a business man or professional in the sum of N250 million each. The accused is also to deposit his traveling documents with the Registrar and must not travel without court’s permission. He is to be remanded in prison custody pending fulfillment of his bail conditions. Trial commences October 26 & 27, 2016.”
Solomon Dalung calls USA ‘United States of Nigeria’
Nigerians, particularly, social media users have attacked Minister of Sports, Solomon Dalung over what they tagged “national blunder.”
Dalung, who was addressing newsmen on why the U-23 football team was yet to leave for Rio, Brazil, referred to the country as United States of Nigeria.
When he was asked to explain why the team was stranded in the US, the Minster said, “Our U-23 team is suffering in the United States of Nigeria.”
The video clips, which is currently trending online has been highly condemned by many Nigerians, who wondered why a federal minister could make such blunder.
An online user, Eteka Ulloh said, “What do you expect from man scout? Even his dress sense says it all.”
Olumide Oluyomi said, “United States of Nigeria! Is this man really a lawyer or actually a comedian?”
Hakeem AFC said, “not to worry, we are now officially an annex of USA as the new United States of Nigeria according to Dalong. USA will pay.”
The initial casualty figure was 20 but youths from Kodomun who brought out the corpses of the slain members of the community from the bush said the recovery of the additional bodies had raised the death toll from the attacks to 30.
The head of the hunters and vigilante group in charge of the council area, Mr. Hyniel Giwa, said the attack started on Sunday and lasted till Monday morning, adding that it took the intervention of the security forces and vigilante groups to halt the marauding herdsmen from burning the entire Kodomum village to the ground.
On allegations that he spent N70 million on his website while in office as governor of Lagos state, Fashola said
Obiano displayed a rare sense of humility by apologizing to his predecessor. According to the Special Assistant to the Governor, Ifeanyi Aniagoh, the Governor while delivering an eulogy on the late principal, turned to Peter Obi and asked him for forgiveness
He said: “May I use this opportunity that Fr. Tagbo is here to ask my brother and friend, Chief Peter Obi if there is any wrong that I have done to you please forgive”Responding to Obiano’s olive branch, Obi said that as a Christian, he was under obligation to forgive whenever there was cause to He pledged his total support to the administration in its efforts to build a better Anambra for the younger generation.
Maja Umeh (the Bishop I am guessing) prayed, blessed them and declared: “Going on now…Total reconciliation of Gov. Obiano and Peter Obi”
Father Tagbo, who died at the age of 87 on July 2nd will be buried on August 4, after a Mass at the Basilica of the Most Holy Trinity, Onitsha. Yesterday, his remains arrived CKC in a cart for the funeral mass attended by Obiano, Obi and other dignitaries.
US issues a travel warning to their citizens in Nigeria, list 20 states to be avoided
Other states that are to be avoided due to the risk of kidnappings, robberies, and other armed attacks are: Bauchi, Bayelsa, Delta, Edo, Gombe, Imo, Jigawa, Kaduna, Kano, Katsina, Kebbi, Kogi, Niger, Plateau, Rivers, Sokoto, and Zamfara.
States in the Northeast are to be avoided because the security situation in northeast remains ‘fluid and unpredictable’. The statement explained that the ability of the Mission in Nigeria to provide assistance to U.S. citizens in Adamawa, Borno, and Yobe states remains severely limited. All U.S. citizens are to be particularly vigilant around government security facilities; churches, mosques, and other places of worship; locations where large crowds may gather, such as hotels, clubs, bars, restaurants, markets, shopping malls; and other areas frequented by expatriates and foreign travellers.
“Security measures in Nigeria remain heightened due to threats posed by extremist groups, and U.S. citizens may encounter police and military checkpoints, additional security, and possible road blocks throughout the country. All U.S. citizens should remain aware of current situations including curfews, travel restrictions, and states of emergency in the areas they are in or plan to visit.
“Kidnappings remain a security concern throughout the country. Criminal elements throughout Nigeria orchestrate kidnappings for ransom; Islamic extremists, operating predominantly in the North, also have been known to conduct kidnappings. Criminals or militants have abducted foreign nationals, including U.S. citizens, from off-shore and land-based oil facilities, residential compounds, airports, and public roadways.
“Militant groups have destroyed oil production infrastructure in Bayelsa and Delta states. U.S. citizens are advised to avoid the areas of these states where these incidents have occurred. Attacks by pirates off the coast of Nigeria in the Gulf of Guinea have increased substantially in recent years. Armed gangs have boarded both commercial and private vessels to rob travelers. The Nigerian Navy has limited capacity to respond to criminal acts at sea.”
New leader for Boko Haram cheap propaganda, we are ready for them – FG
The Nigerian government has boasted that it remains unperturbed by the alleged appointment of new leader for the Boko Haram.
According to reports, ISIS, to which Boko Haram is affiliated, has named Abu Musab Al-Barnawi as the new leader of Boko Haram.
However, the FG described the report as cheap propaganda that would soon fizzle out.
This was made known in a statement by Segun Adeyemi SA to Hon Minister of Information and Culture
The statement said: “by the way, don’t believe the cheap propaganda by the global terrorist group ISIS, which has reportedly named a new leader for Boko Haram.”
“Our gallant military has put Boko Haram on the run and nothing will bring back the terrorists, not even the wishful thinking by ISIS,” the Minister said in his remarks at the ongoing All Nigerian Conference of Editors (ANEC) 2016 in Port Harcourt on Thursday.
Female student sent to prison for killing neighbour with hot water
An Ebute Meta Chief Magistrates’ Court in Lagos on Thursday remanded a university student, Mabel Bassey, in prison for bathing her neighbour with hot water and killing him.
Bassey is to be remanded at Ikoyi Prisons pending advice from the State Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP), according to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN).
Bassey, a student of National Open University of Nigeria (NOUN) and resident of Surulere Street, Ojo, Lagos, was arraigned before Magistrate Bola Folarin-Williams on a charge of murder.
She was alleged to have poured hot water on Efe Okotie ,38, on July 2 at their residence which resulted in his death.
According to the prosecutor, Insp. Olatunde Kehinde, the deceased had advised Bassey to desist from her promiscuous lifestyle which did not go down well with her.
“Out of anger, she bathed the late Okotie with hot water.
“The deceased died six days after the incident due to the severe burns he suffered from the hot water,’’ he told the court.
The offence contravened Section 221 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State 2011 which prescribes death sentence for offenders.
The case has been adjourned to Nov. 4.