In Imo: man, grandchildren die of suspected food poisoning

A man, Moses Oguebuka, and two grandchildren, were on Tuesday found dead in Okwudor in the Njaba Local Government Area of Imo State.

According to Punch, The development, our correspondent learnt, caused tension in the community as the police took over the investigation.

A community source, who spoke on condition of anonymity, told our correspondent that the man and his grandchildren ate dinner together.

He said the bodies of Moses, who was a widower, and his eight and 11-year-old grandchildren had been evacuated by the police.

The source said, “Their lifeless bodies were found in a room in the morning. It was the man’s mistress, who had come to check on him, who found the corpses. She quickly raised the alarm, which attracted the villagers.

“We don’t know what actually happened, but food poisoning is suspected. The deceased ate dinner together and were found dead the next morning.”

The state Commissioner of Police, Rabiu Ladodo, confirmed the incident and said investigation into the circumstances surrounding the deaths had commenced.

Algiers-Lagos road ready in three years says Fashola

He reconstruction work on sections of the Trans-Saharan African Highway in Nigeria that links Lagos with the capital of Algeria, Algiers, will be completed in three years, the Minister of Works and Housing, Babatunde Fashola, has said.

According to Punch, He disclosed this on Tuesday during an inspection tour of sections of the highway with members of the 70th Session of the Trans-Sahara Road Liaison Committee.

President Muhammadu Buhari said on Monday that the Federal Government had made special funding commitment to the reconstruction of the highway, while speaking through his Minister of Police Affairs, Maigari Dingyadi, at the opening of the 70th session in Abuja.

During the tour on Tuesday, Fashola told journalists that although the sections of the highway in Nigeria were busy, the government had a target of completing the reconstruction work in three years.

He said, “You know this is a very busy highway, connecting major states such as Federal Capital Territory, Niger, Kaduna and Kano; we have to manage the traffic on it.”

In Yola: Trailer being chased by police crushes 20 persons to death

No fewer than 20 persons were reportedly crushed to death after a trailer loaded with farming produce overran several tricycles popularly known as Keke Napep, Tuesday, at Vinikling bridge (Hayin Gada) in Yola, Adamawa State.

Residents told Dailypost that the accident was caused by police officers, who were pursuing the truck driver for refusing to give them money.

A resident of Viniklang, Malam Umar Shehu, who also sent pictures of the accident to DAILY POST reporter, said he participated in evacuation of corpses to the hospital in Yola.

According to him, the explanation the police gave was that, they were chasing the truck driver for carrying goods suspected to be foreign rice, a situation which led to the unfortunate incident, resulting in the death of many.

“But, there was no foreign rice in the truck, it was farm produce. The driver said they were chasing him for refusing to give them money at a checkpoint the police mounted,” Umar said.

One of the passengers, a student at the Modibo Adama University, who identified himself as Salisu Ibrahim said he narrowly escaped death by whiskers.

Dailypost, however, made several attempts to get Othman Abubakar, the Police Public Relations Officer in Adamawa to speak but his phone was switched off at the time of this report.

High Court stops Lagos PDP election

A Lagos State High Court on Tuesday restrained the National Working Committee of the Peoples Democratic Party from conducting elections into the executive positions of the state chapter of the party.

The NWC on November 5 constituted a special election committee led by Senator Ben Obi to conduct elections for new executive officers to fill in some vacant positions in the Lagos State chapter of the party on November 13 (today).

But the state party chairman, Dr Dominic Adegbola and seven others, whose positions were listed as vacant, dragged the national PDP and the committee to court to stop the election.

In the suit, No LD/3600GCM/19, Justice T.A.O. Oyekan-Abdullai ordered that the proposed election slated for November 13 neither had no input of the state executive nor was it in compliance with the party constitution. Punch

Lagos trains 30k drivers to reduce road crashes

The Lagos State Drivers’ Institute says over 30,000 drivers have been trained from January to November 2019 to reduce road crashes and manage traffic in the state.

The acting General Manager of the agency, Mrs Afusat Tiamiyu, added that about 200 drivers apprehended for violating traffic laws in the state were also retrained within the period.

Tiamiyu spoke at a public enlightenment campaign tagged, ‘Unlocking Traffic Gridlock through Drivers’ Education’ at Tipper Garage, Ojota.

A statement on Tuesday said the campaign, which was attended by over 500 tipper drivers, would go round other motor parks in Lagos.

The LASDRI boss said the campaign was to make better drivers of the men.

She urged motorists and commercial drivers in the state to desist from overloading, drunk driving, use of cell phones while driving, non-use of seatbelts, speeding, traffic lights/sign violation, lane indiscipline, use of worn-out tyres and underage driving, to avoid being prosecuted. Punch

Nigerian govt takes new action in Border closure

The Federal Government on Tuesday, inaugurated the executive officers of the National Fish Association of Nigeria (NFAN), to boost fish availability in view of the border closure.

Mr Edet Akpan, Permanent Secretary, Federal Ministry of Industry, Trade and Investment, said the development was to encourage farmers and other stakeholders in its diversification programme.

“I am sure the national production of fish will not only increase, the quality and export value will also increase”, NAN quoted him as saying.

Akpan said the ministry had always being on the ground to support commodity associations and would not deviate from the norm.

The President of NFAN, Dr Gabriel Ogunsanya, said following the inauguration, more than over five million members of the body were ready to storm the markets with different species of fish to meet both local and international demands.

On border closure, the president said it was a laudable development, saying the association was not resting on its oars in taking advantage of the closure to boost production.

A member of the Board of Trustees and former lawmaker, Sen. Maina Lawan, pointed out that there were several prospects in the fish subsector that would help improve Nigeria’s revenue generation.

Nigeria govt to remove tax exemption on oil companies’ dividends

Dividends paid from the profits of oil companies will no longer be tax-exempt if the finance bill submitted by President Muhammadu Buhari is passed by the national assembly.

According to TheCable reports, This was contained in a statement released by Yunusa Abdullahi, special adviser on media and communication to Zainab Ahmed, the minister of finance, budget and national planning, on Tuesday.

The president had submitted the 2020 budget proposal to the national assembly alongside the finance bill.

The bill has already scaled second reading at the legislative chambers.

Providing other details of the bill, Ahmed said capital gains tax amendment will cover the taxation of business combination and seeks to prevent abuse of a provision of the act on group restructuring.

In the area of stamp duties, the minister said the new bill will work towards increasing revenue generation from duties on electronic stamps.

While presenting the bill, Buhari had said it would fiscal equity by mitigating instances of regressive taxation; reform domestic tax laws to align with global best practices and introduce tax incentives for investments in infrastructure and capital markets.

In Ondo: Toddler goes missing during church service

The Ondo State Police Command, on Tuesday, said it had commenced investigation into the circumstances surrounding the disappearance of a one-year-old boy, Gold Kolawole, at a popular church in Akure.

According to Punch, This came after an 85-year-old woman went missing at a branch of the Deeper Life Bible Church’s campground in Akure.

It was gathered that the mother of the missing boy took him to the So titobi re Praise Chapel on Sunday but after the service, he was nowhere to be found.

The Police Public Relations Officer in the state, Mr Femi Joseph, who confirmed the incident, said the personnel of the command had already swung into action to ensure that Gold was found.

He stated, “Initially, the matter was not reported to us, but the pastor of the church later came to the police station to report that the father of the missing boy invaded the church with some thugs and destroyed its property.

“It was then that we were informed that the boy was missing. But we have commenced action on how to rescue the boy and reunite him with his parents.”

The mother of the missing boy, Mrs Modupe Kolawole, said she was surprised that her child disappeared from a church where people went to worship God.

Modupe appealed to security agencies in the state to assist the family to find the boy.

Senate Introduces The bill to prohibit hate speech

A bill to set up a commission for the prohibition of hate speeches has been introduced on the floor of the Senate.

According to ChannelsTv, The Bill which is sponsored by the former Senate spokesman, Senator Abdullahi Sabi, is listed on the order paper and has passed first reading on Tuesday.

Details of the bill have not been released, yet.

Last week, the Senate passed through first reading the Protection from internet falsehood and manipulations Bill 2019.

The proposed legislation seeks to prevent the spreading and broadcasting of falsehood and manipulations using social media platforms via internet broadcasts and transmissions.

This Bill is reminiscent of the Social Media Bill which was introduced in the eight assembly but was not passed because of widespread condemnation of the bill which some Nigerians felt was intended to stifle freedom of expression.

House Reps ask customs to remove ban on fuel supply to border communities

The House of Representatives on Tuesday asked the Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) to lift the ban on the distribution of petroleum products to fuel stations at towns and communities within 20 kilometres of border area in Nigeria.

According to channelstv, The House in a motion moved by Representative Sada Soli said the ban is causing untold hardship on people living in these border communities, including Nigerians.

According to Soli, the order by the customs boss contravenes the provisions of the Customs and Excise Act.

Other lawmakers who seconded Soli’s motion agreed that the border closure is already biting hard on these communities, and denying them petroleum products. They added that this will only worsen the situation.

The NCS in a bid to tackle illegal smuggling had placed a ban on the sale of petroleum products within 20 kilometres of any border area in Nigeria.

Comptroller-General of the Customs Service, Colonel Hameed Ali (retd.) last week directed that no petroleum products should be supplied to any filling station within 20 kilometres to the border.

In Ebonyi: Mother, co-tenant nabbed for child trafficking

Two women, Mrs Onyinyechi Ofoke and Mrs Onyinyechi Nworie, are currently in the custody of the Central Police Station, Abakaliki, Ebonyi State, for alleged child trafficking.

Southern City News gathered that the suspects, both of who are tenants at No. 35 Ekulumini Street, Abakaliki, conspired to sell Ofoke’s 18-month-old son, Olisah, to a yet-to-be identified buyer.

They were arrested on October 31, 2019, when another neighbour in the compound, having not seen the child for some time, alerted the police.

Southern City News learnt that the police swung into action and arrested the two women.

A source in the area, who spoke on condition of anonymity, told our correspondent that both women connived to sell the little boy, describing the suspects as desperate persons.

When contacted, the Public Relations Officer in the state, Loveth Odah, confirmed the incident on Sunday.

Odah, who said the police got to know about the matter through a tip-off by a good Samaritan, added that the two women had been arrested.

According to her, efforts are on to arrest the buyer and rescue the boy. Punch

Two secondary school pupils drown in Ekiti river

Two secondary school pupils dived to their death in the Ureje River, Ado Ekiti, the Ekiti State capital, on Friday.

They were among seven pupils, who were said to have scaled the fence of their school and gone for the swimming expedition.

Sources said four of the pupils had jumped into a deep section of the river only to discover that two others were nowhere to be found, hence they raised the alarm.

The Police Public Relations Officer in the state, DSP Caleb Ikechukwu, who said the corpses of the pupils had been deposited in the morgue, stated, “We learnt that the pupils went to the river to swim and got drowned. Their corpses have been deposited in the mortuary.”

According to him, other pupils, who were part of the swimming expedition, will assist the police in their investigation into the incident. Punch

Praying to God for work Is laziness not Faith - social media evangelist Reno Omokri

Popular social media evangelist, Reno Omokri has taken to his social media page to shake a serious table about faith.

The activist pointed out that praying to God for work is not faith as people portray it to be, rather a sign of laziness.

The activist who advised celebrities to invest their earnings recently pointed out that a lot of people are too lazy for God to bless.

He also expressed that the way people spend on frivolous things when they have money instead of the necessity of life, is an indication of why God doesn’t bless some people. Informationng

In Rivers: Suspected hoodlums attack palace, destroy cars, others

Suspected cultists have attacked the Palace of the Paramount Ruler of Elele in Ikwerre Local Government Area of Rivers State, His Royal Majesty, Jonathan Amadi with his official car set ablaze during the operation.

Other property including a coastal bus belonging to the Chairman of the Community Development Committee were also burnt down in an attack believed to have been carried out by the same hoodlums.

The Elele CDC chairman, Ezekiel Chikwere who confirmed the attack to our correspondent said his property and that of the Paramount ruler were touched because of their position against cultists and other gangs in the community.

While lamenting the destruction of his property, Chikwere revealed that the attack came one week after he summoned suspected cultists for a peace meeting following the arrival of local security outfit, OSPAC in the community.

The leader of Ikwerre-Etche Youth Forum, Gideon Okpaka who led security operatives to the scene of the incident condemned the attack, just as he expressed readiness to work with security agencies to ensure that the perpetrators of the act are brought to book.

When contacted, Spokesman of the Command, DSP Nnamdi Omoni said he was expecting a brief from the DPO, Elele.  Dailypost

Nigerian Police unveil anti-cultism website

The Police Campaign Against Cultism and Other Vices (POCACOV) on Sunday said it had widened its reach and communication channels, using electronic and cyber-space platforms.

The National Coordinator of POCACOV, SP Ebere Amaraizu, said this in a statement issued in Enugu.

Amaraizu said that the move was to galvanise followers, nationwide to support the Inspector-General of Police, Mr Mohammed Adamu’s initiative to fully succeed, NAN

According to him, POCACOV’s latest platforms are meant to reach out to millions of Nigerians that negated cultism and its related activities.

“The Nigeria Police wishes to inform members of the public that POCACOV has widened its scope of communication to bridge communication gap between it and other stakeholders in the fight against cultism nationwide.

“POCACOV can now be reached on its website – www.pocacov.com.

“You can view our photos, aims of POCACOV and the origin of POCACOV through I-G among other things. This is because POCACOV is about you. You can also meet POCACOV on Facebook on POCACOV and Twitter @pocacov.

“You can also email us today at POCACOV@gmail.com,” he said. NAN
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