The Federal Government has declared Friday, 1st and Monday 4th
September, 2017 as public holidays to mark Eid-el-Kabir celebrations.
This was confirmed by the Minister of Interior, Abdulrahman Dambazau,
who made the declaration on behalf of the FG in a statement on Monday.
use the occasion to pray for peace, unity, prosperity and the stability
Dambazau also urged citizens to join hands with President Muhammadu
Buhari’s administration, in its avowed determination to build a peaceful
and harmonious country, “where the rights of every citizen are
protected and guaranteed, as enshrined in the Constitution of the
Federal Republic of Nigeria.”
The Minister assured Nigerians of security and safety in all parts of
the country, emphasizing that security agencies have been directed to
maintain peace and protect lives and property.
40-Year-Old Lures Pupil With Bread, Defiles Her
A 40-year-old man, Kehinde Gabriel, has been arraigned before a Lagos
State Magistrate’s Court in Ikeja for allegedly defiling a
three-year-old girl in Onaosa, in the Ibeju-Lekki area of the state.
Gabriel is a native of Ogun State and neighbour of the girl’s parents. Punch
Metro learnt that the girl was going to a mosque with her sisters on
August 16, 2017, and was left behind when the accused laid in ambush for
Gabriel reportedly lured her into his apartment with a loaf of bread and drink and defiled her.
She said, “She went to the mosque with her other sisters on that day.
After some minutes, she returned home with a bottle of drink and bread,
“I asked her what was wrong and she said it was Uncle Kehinde (Gabriel)
that gave the items to her. She was running temperature. While her
father and I were checking her body, we saw blood in her private parts.”
But the suspect denied committing the crime, saying he gave the girl food because she complained of hunger.
He said, “I saw the girl crying beside my house and I asked what
happened to her. She said she was hungry and I gave her bread and beans.
I did not defile her.”
The Police Prosecutor, Inspector Simeon Imhonwa, who brought the suspect
to court, said the offence was punishable under Section 137 of the
Criminal Law of Lagos State 2011.
The charge read, “That, you Kehinde Gabriel, on August 16, 2017, on
Ogunse Street, Onaosa, Ibeju-Lekki, Lagos, in the Lagos Magisterial
District, did unlawfully defile a three-year-old, thereby committing an
offence punishable under Section137 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State,
The presiding magistrate, Mrs. B.O. Osunsanmi, granted the accused bail
in the sum of N500,000 with “two reputable sureties” each in like sum.
Osunsanmi added that the sureties must provide evidence of two years tax payments to the Lagos State Government.
She adjourned the case till October 17, 2017 and directed that the
duplicate case file be sent to the Directorate of Public Prosecutions
for legal advice.
To Eliminate Corruption Nigeria Immigration Bans Cash Payments At Passport Offices
The Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS) has banned cash payments for
passport processing as part of its efforts to eliminate corruption at
all passport offices nationwide.
NIS spokesperson, Sunday James, disclosed this in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) today in Abuja.
He said the Comptroller General of the NIS, Muhammad Babandede,
directed that all payments for passport processing must be done online
and through designated banks. henceforth.
Police Declare Senator Misau Wanted After Slamming IGP Hard On Divertion Of Funds
The Nigerian Police Force have said that Senator Isah Hamma Misau is
wanted for being a deserter from the organisation and that he will be
arrested for the crime and possible forgery of a retirement letter.
It was the twist in the financial allegation slammed against the
Inspector General of Police, Ibrahim Idris by the Senator, who claimed
that Idris diverted N10billion income made by the police.
According to the police, Misau still exists on the Nigeria Police Force
Officers Staff List as AP. No 57300 DSP Mohammed Isa Hamman. His last
posting was to Niger State Police Command on the 24 September, 2010.
The police said the retirement letter which the Senator showed journalists may have been forged.
Anyone Attempting To Arrest Me Will DIE- Kanu
Leader of the Independent People of Biafra, IPOB, Nnamdi Kanu, has
rebuffed insinuations of his re-arrest, saying that anyone attempting to
do so will die.
Kanu has also insisted that the governorship election scheduled to hold
in Anambra State this November will not hold and that elections will
not hold in the Southeast in 2019 under the prevailing federal
Kanu spoke yesterday at the Boys Technical College (BTC) in Aba, Abia
State, in response to submissions by federal authorities that he had
violated the terms of his bail condition.
We started in Aba in 2015 at CKC (Christ the King Catholic Cathedral.)
“That day, heaven authenticated our move that IPOB will restore Biafra
and that’s what we’ve come to do.
We died in Aba; at National High School. “They shot and killed us in
other places in Biafra land when they were protesting for my release.
As our people rest in the grave, we’ll never rest until Biafra is restored. I don’t care what they say in Abuja.
I don’t give a damn what they say in Lagos. “I’m a Biafran and we are
going to crumble the zoo. Some idiots who are not educated said that
they’ll arrest me, and I ask them to come. I’m in Biafra land.
If any of them leaves Biafra land alive know that this is not IPOB. Tell them that’s what I said.
“Tell Buhari that I’m in Aba and any person who comes to arrest Nnamdi
Kanu in Biafra land will die here. I’ll never go on exile I assure you.
Nigeria’s Senior National Women’s Basketball Team Win Afrobasket 2017
Nigeria’s senior national women’s basketball team, D’Tigress, have emerged champions of the 2017 FIBA Women’s Afrobasket.
D’Tigress won the title on Sunday evening after defeating strong rivals Senegal 65-48 in the final.
Trailing by six points from the first quarter, the Nigerians fought back to win the second quarter 21-10 points.
Point guard, Osaretin Ekhator, emerged top performer for Nigeria with 13 points, seven rebounds and two assists.
Following their victory, Nigeria also qualified for the FIBA Women’s World Cup in Spain next year. UP D’TIGRESS!
Over 7Million People Are Suffering From Depression In Nigeria
Dr Olabode Shabi, Chairman of the Society of Family Physicians of
Nigeria, (SFPN) Ekiti Zone, has said that about seven million Nigerians
currently suffer stress and depression.
Shabi made this known
during a ceremony organised by the Information Chapel of the state
council of the Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ) in Ado Ekiti. In a
paper titled “’Stress and Depression in Workplace: Strategic approach to
management’’ he described stress as an exaggeration of normal physical
response to events and life challenges that makes a person feel
threatened or upset in some ways.
that depression was a common mental health problem that affect 29
million persons in Africa, out of an estimated 322 million people
currently affected worldwide.
Dr. Shabi continued identifying
major causes of stress in workplace saying there could be ambiguity in
the job schedule of workers, career development pressure, poor working
environment lack of job security, fear of redundancy and early
He listed other causes as the struggle to meet
unrealistic targets, poor interpersonal relationship with colleagues and
superiors in various offices as well as low trust level and lack of
He stressed that no human being had absolute immunity from depression under certain circumstances.
also revealed some of the symptoms of the condition saying it includes
persistent sad moods, loss of pleasure in usual activities, feeling of
helplessness and guilt.
Others are worthlessness, fatigue or
decreased energy, loss of memory and concentration, loss of
decision-making capability, poor abstract reasoning, restlessness,
irritability, sleep disturbance and loss in appetite or weight.