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Sunday, November 21, 2021

Sunday, November 21, 2021

Bandits kidnap travellers on Abuja-Kaduna road

Bandits laid an ambush on the ever-busy Abuja-Kaduna road on Sunday, abducting an unknown number of travellers.

Those who escaped said the gunmen blocked the road at Katari village at about 2 pm, operating for more than an hour.

One of them told PRNigeria that they had to turn back due to the repeated sounds of gunshots.

The citizen recalled that drivers had to park some kilometres away from the scene.

They resumed their journey after vehicular movement resumed on the other side of the highway.

“Many travellers must have been kidnapped or escaped into the bush.

“We saw at least fifteen cars parked and empty when we passed the scene of the attack,” he disclosed.

Police spokesman, Mohammed Jalige was unreachable when DAILY POST called his line on Sunday night.

Katari has witnessed several attacks and kidnapping incidents in recent months.

In September, Emir Hassan Atto of Bungudu in Zamfara was taken away; a police officer attached to him was killed.

The monarch, a former Secretary to Zamfara Government, was freed after one month in captivity. Dailypost

Friday, September 03, 2021

Friday, September 03, 2021

In Abuja: Pastor Burns Expensive Wig Of Lady Who Gave Her Life To Christ

A Nigerian evangelist, Cyril Utomi has taken to social media to share pictures of the burnt remains of a woman’s hair attachment and makeup products who recently gave her life to Christ.

According to the Abuja-based pastor, the woman (name-withheld) encountered christ in a church programme and decided to dump the lifestyle of wearing them. While sharing the photos, Cyril noted that false hair, makeup, perfume, high-heel shoes, jewellery, wedding rings and ungodly dresses are all Jezebel properties. 


After the Holiness International Minister’s Conference organized by Holiness Revival Movement Worldwide, HOREMOW in Abuja. A female minister from Rivers State, Nigeria had an encounter with the Lord Jesus Christ.

During the conference, conviction came on her. She first removed her earrings during the programme.

When we paid her a follow-up visit yesterday, she handed over all her Hair Attachments and various make up materials for burning.

Pictures below are the items and the burning process. We give God the glory. Remember her in your prayers for the courage of conviction and to stand firm against every opposition and persecution.” Naijanews

Thursday, August 19, 2021

Thursday, August 19, 2021

N31.8m scam: Abuja developer arraigned for selling land to over 30 clients

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) in Abuja arraigned Princess Carol Ngozi alongside her company, Carolina Luxury Homes, on Wednesday.

She was docked before Justice Hamza Muazu of the High Court of the Federal Capital Territory, Maitama, on a 30-count charge bordering on obtaining by false pretence.

Ngizi allegedly, on various occasions, obtained the total sum of N31,825,000 from thirty of her clients.

She collected the monies under the pretext of allocating to them various plots land at Carolina Luxury Homes Estate, Gousa District, Abuja.

The defendants pleaded not guilty to the charges when read.

Olumide Olujimi, their counsel, informed the court of a pending motion for bail filled on August 16.

Olujimi pleaded that Ngozi be admitted to bail on liberal terms.

Faruk Abdullahi, EFCC counsel, did not oppose the application. He urged the court to give conditions that will ensure that the defendants are available for trial.

Justice Muazu granted bail to Ngozi in the sum of N30million and a surety in like sum.

The surety must have a landed property within Abuja Municipal Area Council with original document submitted to the court.

Ngozi was ordered to deposit her International passport. The matter was adjourned until September 17. Dailypost

Monday, July 26, 2021

Monday, July 26, 2021

In Abuja: FCT Minister told to suspend demolition of houses

The Public Complaints Commission (PCC) has called on the Minister of the Federal Capital Territory, Muhammed Bello to suspend the continuous demolition of houses in the nation’s capital pending the investigation of the petition by the natives of Abuja.

The commission made the call following the recent demolition of structures at Iddo Sarki community along Airport Road and other parts of Abuja by the Development Control Department of the Federal Capital Development Authority (FCDA).

This was disclosed on Sunday by the FCT Commissioner, Dalhatu Ezekiel while addressing journalists in Abuja following a petition by the Coalition of FCT Indigenous Associations.

The petition alleged that the FCT Administration has engaged in an indiscriminate demolition of houses in the territory.

The petition read, “We have found it pertinent to bring to your notice again the undemocratic behaviour of some agents of the Federal Capital Territory Administration through the Department of Development Control.

“It is disheartening that only these communities namely; Ido, Ido Sarki, Kpakuru, Tunga Maje have trended in our petitions in the last two years against the government’s incessant high-handedness to FCT natives.

“Herein, we diligently submit that the Development Control of FCTA is unjustly and indiscriminately demolishing the abodes of FCT natives under the guise of non-allocation of the land to the communities even though it is a case of ancestral settlement.

“The same Development Control that does not see the massive illegal structural development by the Nigerian military on the communities unallocated lands as proclaimed by the Minister of FCT.

“We, therefore, believe this action of Development Control is illegal and being perpetrated by some rogue officers in the department. Also, we use this opportunity to call the attention of the Honourable Minister of FCT through the FCT Public Complaints Commission to intervene and forestall any possible breakdown of law and order for the benefit of the FCT.”

Speaking to newsmen in Abuja, Dalhatu Ezekiel urged the Minister to follow due process and engage the stakeholders on the exercise.

He added that the commission is empowered by the constitution to direct any security agencies and government officials to stop action on any issues brought before it to resolve it amicably.

According to him, “As a commission that is empowered by the constitution to act swiftly on any complaint that is tabled before us to resolve them and to have a common ground without prejudice or being sentimental, we will give the FCT the opportunity to respond to some of these petitions raised by the natives and residents of Iddo Sarki.

“To the fact that their homes have been demolished without due process and stakeholders engagement, we urge FCT Administration to hold further proceedings hence have the weighty petition to stay action on the demolition to enable us to find a way to resolve it.”

“We want a situation where the FCT Administration will engage the stakeholders from traditional rulers, AMAC Chairman, House of Representatives members, Senators and others with a view to resolving this matter in a way that will have a human face because we are in a democracy and these people are your citizens”. Dailypost 

Friday, June 04, 2021

Friday, June 04, 2021

Nigeria govt proposes concession of Lagos, Abuja airports for 30 years

The federal government is seeking to concession four airports for a period of 20-30 years.

The ministry of aviation announced this in a frequently asked questions (FAQ) document released on Wednesday.

The airports are Murtala Muhammed Airport (MMA), Lagos; the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja; Malam Aminu Kano Airport, Kano and Port Harcourt International Airport, Rivers state.

A concession is a form of public-private partnership (PPP) where a government-owned asset is being operated and maintained by a private investor for a period of time on terms contained in a contract.

“Infrastructure concessions of this nature come with a significant financial obligation which any responsible concessionaire will no doubt be keen to recoup,” the document read.

“To this end we envisage a minimum of 20) to 30 years for the programme, which may be extended depending on performance and Nigeria’s best interests.
“That said, the duration is not set in stone and will be subject to negotiation and then final approval by the federal executive council.”

The aviation ministry explained that the planned concession would not affect the repayment of the $500 million loan taken from the China Exim Bank for the airports’ terminals.

“China Civil Engineering and Construction Corporation (CCECC) was contracted to deliver a number of infrastructure projects throughout Nigeria in 2013. The Passenger Terminal development works are a small part of this, and the federal government has every intention to service its obligation,” it said.

It also said that the government was starting with the most strategic assets because successful delivery of the concession agreement would give stakeholders the confidence to consider other possibilities in the aviation sector.

In 2016, the federal government had indicated interest in concessioning the Lagos, Abuja, Port Harcourt and Kano airports to increase their capacity and efficiency.
Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo, in 2017, had announced the federal executive council’s approval of the concession of Lagos and Abuja airports. TheCableng

Monday, March 15, 2021

Monday, March 15, 2021

In Abuja: Two suspected kidnappers die of gunshot injuries

Two suspected kidnappers have died of gunshot injuries after a firefight with operatives of the FCT police command on Sunday.

The incident occurred at Naharati village along the Abaji axis.

The police spokesperson, Mariam Yusuf, said the deceased died while receiving treatment at the hospital.

She explained that the command has launched a manhunt for the other fleeing suspects.

Meanwhile, the command has arrested five suspects for cultism and ‘one chance’ robbery along Gwagwa and Lugbe axis.

They were nabbed by police operatives from Gwagwa Division during a routine patrol on Friday.

A statement by Yusuf said, “The suspects confessed to being members of Aro Baga confraternity terrorizing Gwagwa axis. Exhibits recovered are one locally-made revolver pistol and two unexpended catridges.”

It stated that the police also arrested a 24-year-old female, Blessing Nuhu and one Ifeoma Nnamuchi, the alleged leader of the four-man ‘one chance’ syndicate operating along Lugbe-Galadimawa axis.

The statement explained that two members of the gang, Charity Timothy 23 and Sunday Godwin, 23, had been arrested earlier on March 1.

“The suspects confessed to terrorizing residents along that axis. Exhibits recovered include a red Volkswagen car with registration number, BWR 903 HE, and one mobile phone.

“All the suspects will be arraigned in court upon conclusion of an investigation,” the command said. Punch

Wednesday, January 20, 2021

Wednesday, January 20, 2021

Abuja: Police nab 20-year-old for kidnapping father, collecting N2m

A 20-year-old man, Abubakar Amodu, has been arrested for conniving with a gang to kidnap his father and collect N2 m ransom.

Amodu was one of 25 suspects paraded by the Force Public Relations Officer, CP Frank Mba, for various offences in Abuja on Wednesday.

The suspect, who was arrested with other members of the gang, told journalists that his father was a herdsman, adding that he gave him 15 cows.

He said, “I became friends with the members of the gang, who told me that my father was rich, and he should be kidnapped for money.

“After we kidnapped my father, he paid N2m and I was given N200,000 as my share.”

Also paraded was one Abubakar Liyu, a security guard at the Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, who worked with kidnappers to abduct lecturers in the university community.

Liyu, who confessed to the crime, said he participated in the kidnapping of three lecturers.

He said he got N30,000 for the abductions of two lecturers but got nothing for the last operation.

One Friday Domozu from Kogi State was also paraded for leading a gang that kidnapped and cruelly murdered a five-year-old girl, Farida Ibrahim, in Dekina, Kogi State.

They had demanded a ransom of N8m from the victim’s family, who could not afford it.

Ibrahim was killed and buried  in a shallow grave before the police apprehended the suspects.

The police also paraded members of a gang who killed an Immigration officer, his sister and  wife last June. Punch

Wednesday, July 10, 2019

Wednesday, July 10, 2019

Fire destroys Amigo Supermarket in Abuja

The popular and well sought after ‘Amigo Supermarket’ also known as ‘4U Supermarket’, in Wuse 2, Abuja, was gutted by fire on Tuesday.

Mr Jerry Timvh, Public Relations Officer (PRO), Federal Capital Territory (FCT) Fire Service, confirmed this in an interview with  the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN).
Timvh said that the fire outbreak, which affected only the warehouse section of the store, started at about 1:30 p.m. but was successfully put out by firefighters at 7:30 p.m.

According to him, the cause of the fire is yet to be discovered as investigation is ongoing.
“The fire incident led to the loss of many goods in the store but an exact estimate of how much is yet to be revealed.
“The fire did not affect the main supermarket as it was controlled to reduce wild spread.
“There was no casualty as shoppers and staff of the store were able to evacuate the store immediately the fire started,” he said.
Amigo supermarket name was changed to ‘4U supermarket’ in 2015. NAN

Wednesday, July 03, 2019

Wednesday, July 03, 2019

Video of Senator assaulting woman in Abuja sparks outrage

A video showing a Senator beating up a woman in a sex toy shop in Nigeria’s capital Abuja has sparked outrage with many calling for his prosecution and ouster as a lawmaker.

In the video, published exclusively by Premium Times, Senator Elisha Abbo, who represents Adamawa North Senatorial District, is shown launching a brutal attack on a woman who tried to stop him from assaulting another woman attending to customers in the shop.

The Senator accused the shop attendant of insulting him and asked a policeman with him to arrest her. Obviously concerned for her safety, the attendant made a call and tried to inform someone about what was happening.

But this only angered the Senator who ordered her to stop the call. Things took a violent turn when a man with the lawmaker tried to smack the phone away from the shop attendant’s hand and another woman who was watching the drama intervened.

The Senator became livid and launched an attack on the woman who had only urged them to “take it easy”, slapping and hitting her before ordering the policeman to arrest.
As the policeman did his bidding, dragging her away despite the pleas of the shop attendant who was the initial target, the Senator continued his assault.

The assault, which happened on May 11 according to the Premium Times report, has led to shock and outrage.
‘Justice For Victims’
Amnesty International is among those that have called for the Senator to be investigated.
“This must be investigated. Victims of his violence must get justice,” the human rights organization said in another tweet about the attack.
Actress Kate Henshaw was among celebrities who have condemned the action declaring the assault unacceptable.

Rapper M.I. Abaga described the action of the policeman at the scene shameful, with fellow artist Banky W sharing his sentiments.
Many more Nigerians and activists condemned the assault and demanded justice for the victim. They also urged the Senate to act on the matter and demanded the dismissal of the policeman involved. (Channels TV)
Wednesday, July 03, 2019

Senator seen in video beating lady in Abuja sex toy shop opens up

Senator Elisha Abbo who is in the eye of a storm for attacking and beating up a woman who tried to prevent him and others with him from assaulting another woman has reacted to the scandal, confirming that he is indeed the man in the video.

The assault, which was first reported by Premium Times, has sparked outrage with many Nigerians calling for his prosecution and urging the Senate to also discipline him.
When contacted, the Senator told Channels Television that he would release an official statement in reaction to the assault video.

“We will be releasing statement maybe tomorrow afternoon,” he said, adding that the incident happened before he became a Senator.

Beyond that, the Senator claimed that the roughly 10-minute video was incomplete, claiming he was at the shop because his sister had been assaulted there and that part was left out.
He said, “We will soon release an official statement to the viral video which happened before I became a senator where my younger sister was beaten to a pulp in a shop and I was called upon there; where I had to call an ambulance and a police to come to the scene and it got out of hand I was also assaulted.

“It is an old video, but we will soon release a statement to that effect.
“It was my sister that was at the store and she was assaulted; in fact, she fainted in the shop but they compressed the video and cut that part out of it.
“They took her out to resuscitate her, the one standing with a cap is a doctor, the doctor had to come to give her life. My sister is not in the video, it was completely cropped out of it.”
Senator Abbo said he would be demanding the release of the full recording.
“This is a political season and now I am now a politician, before I was not a politician but now the reality of the fact is that I am now a politician and politicians are not people who are liked, they exhume things of 20 years and they hang it on their neck now,” he said.
“As I said before we will release a robust response to everything, and we will also ask for the entire video to be released since they have the video. We will seat and discuss about the video. Just to be clear that video was taken long before now and it was released just as this point.”
Brutal Assault.

In the CCTV video, the Senator had, however, not mentioned anything about his sister being assaulted. The video showed him seated in the shop for a while as activities went on. He then got on the phone, walked out of the office for a bit, came back in and sat down.

Four minutes into the video, he received another call. Shortly after, a policeman came in and he informed the policeman, that the shop attendant is his friend but that she insulted him.

“She is not my enemy; she is my friend. We are not enemies; she is my friend and I have known her for over five years. But she insulted me. She said I am drunk, I am stupid and I am mad,” he said before asking the policeman to take her away.
As he was speaking to the policeman, the lady made a call of her own to inform her father about what was going on, but the move angered Abbo, who ordered her to stop the call.
As she tried to round up the call, another man with Abbo tried to slap the phone away, prompting another woman in the shop to intervene.

After the woman asked the man to “take it easy”, Abbo flew into the raged and attacked her.
The assault has attracted widespread condemnation, emerging as a top trend on social media with more than 100,000 tweets dedicated to it, many of them declaring the action as unacceptable, shameful, and criminal and demanding that the authorities, particularly the police and the Senate, should act. (Channels TV)

Sunday, May 12, 2019

Sunday, May 12, 2019

Warri-Abuja rail line to gulp N1.4 trillion — FG

The Federal government has revealed that networking Warri with Abuja through rail line will gulp a whopping $3.9 billion (about N1.404 trillion), explaining that the figure will also involve the building of the seaport at Warri.

Minister of Transportation, Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi, who made the disclosure during the routine inspection of the ongoing Lagos-Ibadan railway project, expressed happiness over the progress of work.

While commenting on the pace of work on the Lagos-Ibadan railway, he explained that about 123 kilometres had been covered, adding that the remaining 38 kilometres of track-laying would probably be completed in two weeks’ time.

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“We are at Kilometre 123 remaining 38 Kilometres. So, we know we will get there before the end of the month. It is just 38 kilometres and they lay three kilometres per day which means in 12 or 13 days, they should be in Ibadan. We are running Ibadan outskirt, but we should be at the end of the station by the end of this month,” he revealed.

Responding to the state of work at the Itakpe-Ajaokuta-Warri rail project, the minister said: “The track has gone to Warri and they are using it now, but they have not finish with the station and I expect that by the end of the year they can finish it. For the rail from Warri to Abuja, it will cost $3.9 billion.” (Daily Sun)

Saturday, April 20, 2019

Saturday, April 20, 2019

30 nude dancers arrested in Abuja

The Federal Capital Development Administration (FCTA) has invaded a popular night club, Caramelo, located at Utako district of Abuja, demolished part of the structure and arrested 30 nude dancers.       


The Coordinator, Abuja Metropolitan Management Council (AMMC), Mallam Umar Shuaibu, said that operators of the night clubs contravened the law by converting residential buildings for other purposes. Shuaibu said the Department of Development Control had to demolish the fence of the compound as another form of warning to the owners of the club, while the arrested dancers would be handed over to the Social Development Secretariat for rehabilitation.
He said: “It is a flagrant abuse of the city plan and violation of the relevant clause (viii) of the building plan approval granted, and clause No.2 (ii) of the letter of Offer of Grant on this plot. The contravening activities will cease henceforth and the allottee will revert the use of the building to the health clinic so designated and approved.”

He further said: “In response to security reports and complaints from the residents of area adjoining the location of Caramelo Night Club on plot 630 Cadastral zone B05, along T.O.S Benson Street, within Utako District, the authority deployed its officers to carry out surveillance in order to validate the complaints.      


The outcome of the surveillance revealed that the complaints are genuine and real. Please note that the substance of these complaints, include noise nuisance from loud party music, nude/strip dancing club activities, intractable traffic challenge resulting from uncontrolled patronage to the commercial nightclub within the residential precinct.

“You may wish to note that the plot under reference is zoned as health clinic on the Utako District Land use Plan, and in line with this plan, the building plan approval granted was for the development of the health clinic. Accordingly, the property was developed as a health clinic. However, the use of the building has been changed to a commercial night club.” Shuaibu noted that the authority has repeatedly engaged the operator of Caramelo and other operators across, on the need to quit the operation of night club within residential precinct, to no avail.      


He vowed that the administration will not renege on its duty to protect and maintain the sanctity of the Abuja Master Plan, and will continue to ensure that the city remain a safe place for living, working and recreating for all its residents and citizenry. The Acting Secretary, Social Development Secretariat (SDS), Hajia Safiya Umar, said the owner of the club would be punished according to the law, considering the calibre of girls arrested. 

Umar said that preliminary investigation showed that the nude dancers were from wealthy homes. It was also discovered that some of them were married and have children. She disclosed that the dancers have been taken to Wuse General Hospital for medical checkup, after which they would be taken to FCT rehabilitation centre in Lugbe. They would expected to stay at Lubge for three months in order to learn basic trades. (New Telegraph)
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