Former Minister of Labour and Productivity, Hussaini Akwanga Abducted
The police command in Nasarawa State has confirmed the abduction of a
former Minister of Labour and Productivity, Hussaini Akwanga.
The spokesman for the Nasarawa State Police Command, Kennedy Idirisu,
who confirmed the abduction in Lafia on Wednesday, said Mr. Akwanga was
kidnapped by gunmen at his farm on Wamba Road in Mr. Akwanga on Tuesday.
Mr. Idirisu said that on receiving information on the abduction, the
state’s Commissioner of Police, Abubakar Sadiq-Bello, mobilised
policemen, led by the deputy commissioner in charge of operations, to
search for the abducted former minister.
Mr. Idirisu reiterated the commitment of the command to ridding the state of kidnappers and other criminal elements.
Meanwhile, a family source told NAN that the kidnappers had contacted them, demanding an unspecified amount as ransom.
Landlord, Tenant Allegedly Defile 13-Year-Old Housemaid
The police on Tuesday brought before a Lagos State Magistrate’s Court in
Ikeja a 51-year-old landlord, Ishola Idris, and his 35-year-old tenant,
Linus Okonkwo, for allegedly defiling a 13-year-old housemaid.
The housemaid was said to be living with her guardian on Celestial Road, Igando, Lagos, where the incident happened.
Both Idris and Okonkwo were arraigned on two counts bordering on child
defilement and sexual assault, which they pleaded not guilty to.
Imhowa said the victim’s father had received a call from the landlord asking him to come and take the child from the guardian.
“The landlord called the victim’s father to come and pick her from the
guardian because the latter want to use her for money ritual.
“But on getting there, the father discovered that the landlord had been
having sexual intercourse with the daughter since January 2017 till
August 10, 2017, when he received the call from the landlord.
“The victim also alleged that one of his guardian’s brothers, Linus, who
was living in the house, had sexual intercourse with her in March 2017.
“The landlord allegedly converted the victim to a sex tool and threatened to kill her if she informed anybody,” Imhowa said.
The two counts preferred against the defendants read, “That you, Ishola
Idris, sometime in January 2017, on Celestial Road, Igando, Lagos, in
the Lagos Magisterial District, did unlawfully defile one 13-year-old
child (name withheld) by having sexual intercourse with her.
“That you, Linux Okonkwo, sometime in March 2017, on Celestial Road,
Igando, Lagos, in the Lagos Magisterial District, did unlawfully
sexually assault one 13-year -old by penetrating into her private
The alleged crime, according to the police, is punishable under Section 261 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, 2015.
The Magistrate, Bolanle Osunsanmi, granted each of them bail in the sum of N500,000 with two sureties each in like sum.
The matter was adjourned till October 12, 2017 for trial.
Nigeria Loses N610bn Annually To Agencies’ Biometric Duplication
Nigeria is losing
about $2bn (N610bn at the official exchange rate of N305 to a dollar)
annually as a result of the duplication of biometric verification being
conducted by no fewer than 16 agencies of the Federal Government.
According to the report of a research by Information and Communication
Technology experts, which was revealed in Abuja on Tuesday, Nigeria can
cut down this huge yearly loss by collapsing all biometric verification
centres across the country into one entity.
Biometric verification is a means by which a person can be uniquely
identified by evaluating one or more distinguishing biological traits.
Speaking at a press briefing to announce the public presentation of a
book titled, ‘Digital Transformation: Evolving a digitally-enabled
Nigerian public service’, the author of the book, Mr. Jacobs Edo, said
there was a need for a law that would empower one agency with the
responsibility of providing the biometrics of all citizens in Nigeria.
He said, “I may not be able to tell you what the country is losing as a
result of poor digitalisation on a general or broad perspective, but I
can tell you that our findings show that about $2bn is lost annually as a
result of the biometric duplication that we see everywhere in Nigeria.
President Buhari Cancels FEC Meeting
It has been revealed by President Buhari’s spokesperson, Femi Adesina
that the weekly meeting of the Federal Executive Council (FEC) will not
Via a statement, Adeisna said Mr.
Buhari will rather receive the report of the investigation committee
into the allegations against the suspended Secretary to the Government
of the Federation (SGF), Babachir Lawal, and the Director-General of the
National Intelligence Agency (NIA), Ayodele Oke. .
committee headed by Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo will submit its report
to the president in his office at noon, Mr. Adesina said. The panel was
created to investigate the corruption allegation levelled against the
suspended SGF by the Nigerian senate and that against Mr. Oke by the
He was to receive the report on May 8 but his health condition deteriorated, forcing him to return to London on May 7.
We No Longer Issue Visas To Nigerians – Netherlands Embassy
The Netherlands Embassy in Nigeria, has again made it known to Nigerians
they no longer issue visas. This was made known by the Embassy’s Charge
d’Affaires , Mr Michel Deleen, on Tuesday while speaking with the News
Agency of Nigeria( NAN ).
“Let me remind Nigerians that since 2013 ,the Embassy of the Kingdom of
the Netherlands in Nigeria had signed agreements with the French
Consulate -General in Lagos and the Embassy of Belgium in Abuja.
this means is that we have swapped our visa application processes in
Nigeria with the French Consulate – General in Lagos and the Embassy of
Belgium in Abuja. Let me remind Nigerians that under these agreements,
any Nigerian that wants to visit the Netherlands for business , study or
tourism should always process their visa applications through the
French Consulate -General in Lagos and the Embassy of Belgium in Abuja
,” he said
“Let me also advise anyone seeking visas to the Netherlands through the
French Consulate -General in Lagos and the Embassy of Belgium in Abuja
,to always first apply through VFS Global.
FFK, Fayose Don’t Want Buhari Alive – Lauretta Onochie
Presidential media aide, Lauretta Onochie has openly stated that former
aviation minister, Femi Fani Kayode and governor of Ekiti State, Ayodele
Fayose, do not want to see President Buhari alive.
In a recent interview, Onochie was asked to name the people who did not to see Buhari alive, She said;
know them, FFK, Fayose and the likes of them. I am not afraid to
mention names.We know what they have said in this nation. We were here
in this nation when Fayose’s SA on media, Lere Olayinka came on social
media and announced the death of president Buhari. We know where all
these things are coming from and why they are doing that because the
laws are after them”.
While defending the president
non-disclosure of his health status, Onochie said that the President had
rights to his privacy as an individual and that it is up to him to
decide to reveal his health status. She cited Ronald Reagan as an
example, stating that he had colon cancer and American were not told,
adding that no one went after him for that.
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