Court Frees Man That Named Dog Buhari
A Chief Magistrate’s Court in Sango, yesterday, dismissed charges filed
against the man who named his dog ‘Buhari’ in a community in Ogun state.
Magistrate O. O. Adebo said the prosecutor failed to substantiate his
case against Joachim Iroko and consequently struck out all charges
preferred against him. Mr. Iroko’s lawyer was ecstatic, yesterday,
praising the court for the verdict.
Mr. Iroko, 41, was arrested in August 2016 for causing a breach of peace
after he was reported by his neighbour, for alleged insensitivity in
Mr. Iroko’s action of naming his dog after the President.
The arrest of Mr. Iroko sparked nationwide outrage in August 2016 and
critics accused the police of stifling constitutionally guaranteed
The police denied that Mr. Iroko’s ordeal had anything to do with the
president but strictly about the breach of peace complaints received
from his neighbour.
The presidency also reacted to the arrest when Presidential
spokesperson, Garba Shehu, said the president paid more attention to
cartoon pages in the newspapers rather than following Mr. Iroko’s case
that was generating nationwide furore at the time.
Speaking with Vanguard after the verdict, the suspect, Joachim Iroko said he has been vindicated.
Lassa Fever Hits Plateau State Again
The Plateau State Government, has confirmed a fresh case of Lassa fever
in Garkawa, Mikang Local Government Area. This is coming three weeks
after Lassa fever killed a student of the Federal Government Girls’
College, Lantang, Faith Bako.
The government also confirmed a case of Dengue fever.
They also advised the public to report any case of Lassa fever to the appropriate health agencies.
Men Who Kidnapped Gov Yahaya Bello’s Mother In 2014 Nabbed
The Nigeria Police Force on Tuesday said it had arrested five suspects
in connection with the kidnapping of Gov. Yahaya Bello’s Mother in May
The News Agency of Nigeria ( NAN) reports that Hajia Hawawu Bello, 80,
mother of Gov. Bello, the then Managing Director of Fair Plus Transport
Services, was kidnapped in Uvete, Adavi Local Government Area of Kogi,
on May 29 2014.
The Force Spokesman, CSP Jimoh Moshood, disclosed this at a news conference on Tuesday in Abuja.
Moshood said that items recovered from the suspects include: two AK 47
rifles; 20 live cartridges; one army camouflage inner wear; two army
camouflage pair of trousers and two army camouflage caps.
Others are; one black Beretta; two plastic guns; three sharp knives and one axe.
He said that all the suspects had confessed to the kidnapping of the
governor’s mother and other robberies in FCT, Kogi and Niger.
Diezani lavished $144m on furniture, artworks — US
The United States of America has revealed how embattled former Minister of Petroleum Resources, Mrs. Diezani Alison-Madueke, allegedly squandered about $144m, using part of the funds to purchase a yacht, landed properties, furniture and artworks.
According to a 91-page “verified complaint” filed by the US Government
before the US District Court, Southern District of Texas, Houston
Division, while she was in charge of the oil ministry, Diezani, lived a
lavish and privileged lifestyle,” spending “more than one million
dollars on furniture, artwork, and other furnishings purchased within
the Southern District of Texas, and shipped, in part, to London and
They are hereby seeking an order to forfeit funds and assets worth $144m linked to Diezani.
The US, in the “verified complaint” signed by a special agent with the
Federal Bureau of Investigation, Elizabeth Crispino, said Diezani
allegedly acquired the assets with kickbacks from “an international
conspiracy to obtain lucrative business opportunities in the Nigerian
oil and gas sector.”
The assets, the US stated, were acquired between April 2010 and May 2015
when Diezani was “overseeing Nigeria’s state-owned oil company, the
Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation.”
Among the properties, which the US now seeks to be forfeited, are a
65-metre motor yacht, named M/Y Galactica Star; two properties known as
807 and 815 Cima Del Mundo Road, Montecito, Calif; as well as funds in a
couple of companies.
Crispino said Diezani’s assets were liable to being forfeited “under 18 U.S.C. § § 981(a)(1)(A) and 981(a)(1)(C),”.
Crispino stated that “Section 1956(a)(2) prohibits transferring funds
known to be the proceeds of unlawful activity from a place outside the
United States to a place in the United States, with knowledge that the
transfer is designed in whole or in part to conceal the nature,
location, source, ownership, or control of the proceeds of a specified
unlawful activity, including the proceeds of an offense against a
foreign nation involving ‘bribery of a public official, or the
misappropriation, theft, or embezzlement of public funds by or for the
benefit of a public official.”
3 Students Of Nassarawa State University Arrested For Armed Robbery
3 students of the Nasarawa State University, Keffi, have been arrested
by the police for their involvement in an alleged arm robbery.
The state’s Commissioner of Police, Abubakar Sadiq-Bello, while
speaking with newsmen on Wednesday said the trio were arrested on Sunday
night on the Keffi-Akwanga road, near the institution’s campus.
to Mr. Sadiq-Bello the Keffi Area Command received a distress call of a
robbery incident on the Keffi-Akwanga road, about a kilometre from the
“Our men swung into action immediately, mobilised to the scene and arrested three suspects while others escaped.
police are on the trail of the fleeing members of the gang and the
suspects would be charged to court as soon as investigation is
concluded,” he said.