In Anambra: Traders arrest police officer’s wife over face mask violation

LEADERS of Onitsha main market and Marine modern market in Anambra State have warned traders and customers to always wear their facemasks or risk arrest and penalty.
Chairman of Onitsha main market Kenneth Onyeka, who gave the warning yesterday, said a wife of a police officer, who visited the market without a facemask was arrested by the task force.

Onyeka said efforts by the woman to get assistance from the husband were unfruitful as he insisted she must do the right thing.

He spoke while addressing reporters on their level of preparedness to ensure a strict compliance with the COVID-19 preventive measures, saying special task forces had been constituted to that effect.

He said: “A wife of a police officer was arrested here inside the market for not wearing a face mask and when we contacted her husband on phone, he told us to detain her until she gets a face mask and we forced her to buy a face mask before we allowed her to go.” Thenationonlineng

Access Bank Plc tells customers it’s time to pay accrued stamp duty charges

Access Bank Plc said it recently discovered a mistake in its operations records, whereby stamp duty charges on applicable transactions were not passed on to customers. The omissions occurred between February 1st, 2020, and April 30th, 2020.

The tier-1 bank said it is deeply apologetic for this error. However, all concerned customers are to prepare to pay off the accrued charge

According to an email that was sent by Access Bank to its customers over the weekend, the accrued N50 stamp duty charge will be debited from applicable customers’ accounts for remittance to the Central Bank of Nigeria, CBN. Concerned customers were, therefore, advised to keep enough money in their bank accounts in order to accommodate the charge.

“We recently discovered that the charges on applicable transactions carried out between February 1, 2020, and April 30, 2020, were inadvertently not passed on your account. We sincerely apologise for this.

“However, in compliance with the CBN mandate, we will be required to process the accumulated charges for the said period on your account for remittance to the Central Bank of Nigeria. We request that you fund your account to accommodate this charge,” part of the email from the bank said.

As the email by Access Bank further explained, the Central Bank of Nigeria requires that a stamp duty charge of N50 be imposed on savings and current account holders for transactions (both deposits and electronic transfers) exceeding N10, 000.

As Nairametrics earlier reported, the N50 stamp duty charge was reviewed in the Federal Government’s latest finance bill which took effect earlier this year. The revision is such that instead of customers would be required to pay the N50 stamp duty only if their deposits or transfers exceed N10,000. This is against an earlier (controversial) practice of imposing a stamp duty of N50 for every deposit/transfer exceeding only N1,000. nairametrics

Coronavirus: Saudi Arabia Bans International Pilgrims From Hajj

Saudi Arabia has banned all international visitors from making the Islamic pilgrimage known as Hajj this year as part of measures to stop the spread of Coronavirus.

Saudi Arabia has so far recorded 161,005 cases of infection and 1,307 deaths

Only a very limited number of people currently living in the kingdom may take part, BBC reports.

There are fears that Hajj might be cancelled altogether.

So far, only citizens from countries around the world, who are already resident in Saudi Arabia will be allowed to attend this year.

The authorities say this is the only way they will be able to make plans for social distancing that will keep people safe. Saharareporters

Couple arrested for inserting bottle of Alomo bitters in ex-lover’s private part

Men of the Ogun State Command of the Nigeria Police have arrested Osas Onyeokweni and his wife Tomisin Onyeokwenu for allegedly molesting and indecently assaulting a 20-year-old girl (name withheld) in Agbara area of the state.
The command’s spokesman, DSP Abimbola Oyeyemi, disclosed this in a statement made available to newsmen in Abeokuta, the Ogun State capital.

According to Oyeyemi, “the couple were arrested following a complaint by the victim who reported at Agbara Divisional headquarters that her former boyfriend, Osas Onyeokweni who is now married to her friend, Tomisin Onyeokwenu called her on phone to meet him somewhere around Lusada area for an important discussion.

“She further stated that on getting to the agreed place, she met Osas and his wife and they both lured her into an uncompleted apartment where Osas wife used scissors to tear her dress”

“After tearing her cloth, Osas held her down and his wife inserted an empty bottle of ‘alomo’ bitters into her private part”.

“They also snapped her naked picture and threatened to upload it on internet if she dares report to anyone”.

“Upon the report, the DPO Agbara Division, SP Dahiru Saleh dispatched his detectives to go after the couple and they were eventually arrested”.

“On interrogation, the couple admitted committing the crime but pleaded that they regretted their action”.

Oyeyemi added that the State Commissioner of Police, CP Kenneth Ebrimson has directed that the suspects be charged to court as soon as investigation is concluded.

He equally vowed never to allow any violence against women to go uninvestigated.


In Ibadan: 5-year-old boy macheted to death

A five-year-old boy identified as Mujeeb has been macheted to death by yet-to-be-identified persons on Monday in Akinyele Local Government Area of Oyo State.

Dailypost gathered that Mujeeb had gone to the back of the house in Tose area of Akinyele to defecate when he was hit by the assailants who may have escaped into the bush afterwards.

Mujeed mother, who narrated how the incident occurred, said, “When the rain subsided, he told his older sibling that he wanted to go and defecate. The older sibling opened the back door for him to go defecate.

“Had I known I would have asked him to defecate in the front of the house. Suddenly, he cried out, “Mummy, Mummy”. His older sibling and I rushed out to the backyard but we didn’t see him initially.

“Then I checked beside the bush and found him macheted. He hadn’t died when we got there. So, people took him from my hand to take him to the hospital but he later died.”

Dailypost gathered that the killing of Mujeeb, is coming few weeks after no fewer than three ladies were killed by yet to be identified persons in the local government area.

However, all efforts made by Dailypost to get the reaction of the Public Relations Officer of the state Police Command, Mr. Olugbenga Fadeyi proved to abortive as calls put to his mobile phone were not successful while an SMS sent to him has not been replied as at the time of filing this report on Monday. Dailypost

Fake Abba Kyari’s wife arrested while attempting to dupe Lai Mohammed, others

Mallam Aminu Ado, a 58-year-old man, has been arrested by men of the Nigeria police for allegedly impersonating the widow of Abba Kyari, late Chief of Staff to President Muhammadu Buhari.

Ado, according to the police, has been duping unsuspecting Nigerians through the act.

The man also known as Al Amin Yerima, was paraded by the Force Public Relations Officer, DCP Frank Mba, in Abuja on Monday.

The Force PRO told journalists that after the death of the former chief of staff, Ado went on to impersonate the widow and reached out to prominent Nigerians asking for donations to enable him organize special prayers for her husband.

He said that Ado installed an app on his phone capable of changing his voice to that of a woman to which he used to perpetuate the criminal act.

Mba explained that Ado admitted doing it without the consent of any member of Kyari’s family.

Ado was quoted to have also admitted contacting the Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed, House of Representatives Speaker, Femi Gbajabiamila and the Governor of Plateau State, Simon Lalong to collect money.

The suspect said he knew the politicians very well as he was also a politician and they have been talking.

“I am a politician and I have the ambition of being governor of Kano State 2023 insha allah,” he confidently said. Dailypost

Gov Uzodinma awards scholarship to hawker

The Governor of Imo State, Hope Uzodinma, has awarded scholarship to a nine-year-old hawker, Joseph Opara.

The governor said he would sponsor the child’s education from primary school till he becomes a Catholic priest.

Opara made waves on the Internet at the weekend with a video footage of his Catholic hymn songs, which marked him out as a talented singer.

The state Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Declan Emelumba, who visited Opara at his parents residence at Nekede mechanic village in Owerri announced the governor’s benevolence to the family.

He said, “Governor Hope Uzodimma was so excited after listening to the  video footage of Master Opara and  he directed me to locate you and inform you that from today, Joseph is now his child and that since he wants to become a Catholic priest, he will take up the responsibility of training him from his present Primary Four class until he is ordained  a priest.” Punch

In Osun: Three Indian’s aides test positive

Three domestic workers of an Indian have tested positive for coronavirus in Osun State.

They are among six new cases recorded in the state, with one death.

Commissioner of Health Dr. Rafiu Isamotu said one of the six who tested positive died before the result was released.

“Of the remaining five cases, three had contact with the Osun-based India national, whose status was confirmed last Friday. The trio, it was further learnt, are domestic staff of the India national.”

Isamotu said the deceased, who had an underlying ailment, had been buried in Osun State by the family.

He said the Surveillance Unit of the state’s COVID-19 Team has embarked on contact-tracing.

“From our findings, the late patient was receiving treatment in Lagos, but when he got to Ibadan where the mother lives, he was advised to turn to Osun for medical help.

“Unfortunately, we lost the patient even before we could admit him into our medical facility,” Isamotu said.

Of the 60 cases confirmed, the commissioner said the state has successfully treated and discharged 44 patients and five deaths have been recorded. Thenationonlineng

Those Who Demolished Nigerian High Commission Will Be Punished - Ghanaian Government

The Ghanaian Government has promised to punished those involved in the demolition of the Nigerian High Commission in Accra.

SaharaReporters had reported that some unidentified armed men stormed the building in Accra, the capital city on Friday, demolishing some apartments under construction.

The building was being constructed to house staff and visiting diplomats to the High Commission.

In a statement, Ghana’s Ministry of fmForeign Affairs and Regional Intervention said the incident was being investigated with the aim of bringing perpetrators to book. 

The statement reads, “It has come to the attention of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Regional Integration that unidentified individuals had allegedly breached the premises of the Nigeria High Commission in Accra and demolished its property under construction around 10:30pm on Friday, 19th June, 2020.

“The ministry views with concern this development which is a breach of the Vienna Convention on Diplomatic Relations (VCDR. 1961).

“Accordingly, investigations are ongoing to unravel the facts of the matter and bring the perpetrators to book. Meanwhile, the Government of Ghana has beefed up security at the said facility and the situation is under control.

“Whilst expressing regrets over the incident, the ministry wishes to reassure the diplomatic community in Ghana and the Nigeria High Commission in particular, that Ghana remains a Iaw-abiding country that upholds the principle of the rule of law, where due process is followed at all times. The Government will, therefore, not relent on its primary obligation to guarantee the safety of members of the Diplomatic Corps in Ghana.” Saharareporters

I stole my customer’s underwear for money ritual – Vulcaniser confesses

A vulcanizer, Dele Ope is now in police net for allegedly stealing underwear belonging to his female client.

Ope said he stole the briefs for money-making rituals and was planning to take it to a herbalist, who, according to him, will help him prepare the money ritual.

The Ogun State Police Public Relations Officer, Abimbola Oyeyemi confirmed the incident on Sunday.

Oyeyemi said the 22-year-old vulcaniser was arrested following a report by a woman at Warewa division that she noticed her pant went missing after the accused left her house.

The unnamed woman, it was learned, said she had invited the man to his compound to help in fixing her deflated tyre.

But, after the suspect had left, she observed that her pants spread on a rope was nowhere to be found.

It was gathered that a search for the vulcanizer began immediately, being the only one who came into the compound at the time.

The DPO of Warewa division, SP Folake Afeniforo, reportedly detailed her detectives to the area where the suspect was traced and promptly arrested.

Police informed that upon his arrest, the Ope’s house was searched and the woman’s pants were recovered therein.

“On interrogation, the suspect confessed to stealing the underwear with the intention of taking it to a herbalist for a money-making ritual,” Oyeyemi said.

Ogun Commissioner of Police, CP Kenneth Ebrimson, has directed that the suspect be charged to court immediately investigation is concluded. Dailypost

No face masks, no train ride - Minister of Transportation

Minister of Transportation Rotimi Amaechi has cautioned that all health and safety protocols must apply when the train starts operations.

He warned that no passenger will enter a train, if he or she does not adhere to rules, like wearing face masks.

He said his ministry was not in a hurry to begin train ride. Train operation was suspended following the outbreak of COVID-19 as part of measures to curb the spread of the virus.

The Presidential Task Force (PTF) on COVID-19 had last week disclosed that rail transport would resume shortly after domestic flight resumes operation. Thenationonlineng

COVID-19: 1,328 patients discharged in Lagos

The Lagos State Government on Sunday, announced the discharge of 45 more COVID-19 patients, bringing the total discharged person in the state to 1,328.

This was confirmed in a tweet on the Lagos State Ministry of Health official Twitter handle on Sunday.

The breakdown shows the 45 patients are made up of 18 females and 27 males.

“Today, 45 fully recovered COVID-19 Lagos patients; 18 females and 27 males were discharged from our Isolation facilities to reunite with the society,” it read.

“With this, the number of COVID-19 cases successfully managed and discharged in Lagos has risen to 1328.”

20 of the patients were discharged from the Gbagada Isolation Centre, nine from Onikan, two from the Mainland Infectious Disease Hospital, one from Agidingbi, one from Lekki and 12 from the Lagos State University Teaching Hospital (LUTH). Dailypost

Immigration arrests 2 Indians

Two Indians intercepted by the Lagos Airport Command of the Nigeria Immigration service would be made to face the full wrath of the law, the Nigeria Immigration Service said on Sunday.

According to its spokesman, Sunday James, the Service intercepted them at the Murtala Mohammed International Airport, Ikeja for illegally entering Nigeria without proper documentation.

James quoted the Airport Comptroller of Immigration, Abdullahi Usman as saying that they were intercepted during the screening of Indians that were being evacuated from Nigeria through the Airport in Lagos.

He said Immigration authorities discovered that they entered Nigeria through the land border and had visa on arrival application approval which they failed to present to Immigration at the border.

According to him, the men had been In cotonu Benin Republic for a month as they had the stamp of that country dated 9th February 2020 when they left and entered Nigeria illegally.

He added that investigations showed that they did not present themselves for Immigration checks at the border, therefore, the two of them who are 32 and 29 years old would be prosecuted according to the Nigeria Immigration laws as deterrence to others.

Meanwhile, 446 India nationals were evacuated from Nigeria at the weekend as part of the ongoing evacuation of foreign nationals as a result of the covid 19 pandemic.

The Comptroller General of Nigeria Immigration Service Muhammad Babandede also warned migrants to desist from breaking the Immigration laws of countries of transit or destination to avoid sanctions.

According to him such sanctions may result into stopping them from coming to Nigeria or payment of fees chargeable, depending on the gravity of the offence committed and what the law stipulates for any of such offence. Thenationonlineng

In Rivers: Man survives electrocution while vandalising armoured cable

A man in his early 20s, on Friday, escaped death by a whisker after being electrocuted by over 250 volts of electricity while attempting to steal a transformer’s armoured cable.

It was gathered that the victim, identified simply as Upeghom, from the Ogbema community in the Abua/Odual Local Government Area of Rivers State, had attempted to steal the armoured cable attached to a transformer in the Emabu community, Emughan area of the local government area, when he was electrocuted.

It was learnt that the incident happened around 12am on Friday after a cut in power supply, but luck ran out on the suspect when power was suddenly restored as he began vandalising the cable.

Punch gathered that as soon as power was restored, an explosion occurred, which attracted residents, who discovered the unconscious suspect and rushed him to the Abua General Hospital.

An eyewitness told our correspondent that after the suspect was taken to the hospital for treatment, the police were informed of the development.

The eyewitness, who spoke on condition of anonymity said, “The guy is an indigene of the Ogbema community; his father is from Ogbema, while his mother is from the Oghora community in the Abua Odual LGA, and his name is Upeghom.

When contacted, the state Police Public Relations Officer, Mr Nnamdi Omoni, could not immediately confirm the incident, but promised to get back to our correspondent with the details. He, had, however, yet to do so as of the time of filing this report. Punch

Health workers disagree over govs’ takeover of coronavirus battle

The National Association of Nigerian Nurses and Midwives and the Pharmaceutical Society of Nigeria have disagreed with the  Nigerian Medical Association over the handover of the battle against COVID-19 to  state governments.

The NMA President, Prof Innocent Ujah, in an interview with journalists  in Jos on Wednesday,  said the President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd), should not hand over the national response to COVID-19 to state governments.

But the NANNM and the PSN, in separate interviews with The PUNCH, expressed support for the takeover of the national COVID-19 response by states.

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The Secretary to the  Government of the Federation and Chairman of the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19, Boss Mustapha, had on Sunday  said one of the recommendations submitted to the President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.),  was that states should manage the pandemic with coordination by the Federal Government.

But the new President of the NMA, Prof Innocent Ujah,  while speaking with journalists in Jos on Wednesday,  said allowing states to manage the disease would be counterproductive.

Ujah, at a reception organised for him by members of the NMA in Plateau State, said,  “Apart from Lagos and maybe one or two other states, the commitment by states is   very disappointing.”

However, the NANNM and the PSN, in separate interviews with The PUNCH, argued that the states needed to take responsibility for the COVID-19 battle.

The NANNM President, Abdulrafiu Adeniji, stated that everything about COVID-19 was a collective responsibility and everybody had to play their role.

In the same vein, the General Secretary of the PSN, Emeka Duru, stated that some states were more responsible than others. Punch
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