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Man, 23, pleads guilty to stealing phones, cash



An Ikorodu Magistrates’ Court in Lagos State on Tuesday remanded one Saka Usman, after he pleaded guilty to stealing cell phones and cash from a residence at Ireshe community in Ikorodu.

Usman, 23, whose address is not provided is facing a two-count charge of felony and stealing.

The Magistrate, Mr O.M. Dawodu, remanded Usman in prison and adjourned the case until July 25 for review of the facts of the case and sentencing.

Earlier, the Prosecutor, Sgt. Mary Ajiteru, told the court that Usman committed the offence on June 21 at No. 6, Itunlaye-Ode Str., Ireshe, Ikorodu.

Ajiteru said that the defendant stole two Tecno phones worth N7, 000 and cash of N2, 000, properties of one Oluwapelumi Oyewole.

According to the Prosecutor, the offences contravene Sections 398(1) and 287 of the Criminal Law of Lagos, 2015.

The News Agency of Nigeria reports that Section 308(1) provides for five years jail term for entering a residence with intent to commit felony, while Section 287 stipulates three years for stealing.


Man, 25, docked over alleged theft of N1.6m cows in OAU



A man, Sulaiman Ibrahim, 25, on Tuesday appeared before an Ile-Ife Magistrates’ Court in Osun, over the alleged theft of four cows worth N1.6million belonging to the Obafemi Awolowo University (OAU), Ile-Ife.

The Prosecutor, Sgt. Adesina Elijah, told the court that the defendant committed the offence on May 30, at 5:30 p.m.,at the Commercial farm of the  university in Ile-Ife.

Elijah said that the defendant conspired with others now at large to commit felony to wit: stealing of cows.

He added that the defendant stole four cows valued N1.6million , property of Students Economic Empowerment and Development Programmes of OAU, Ile-Ife, which has Dr Ajila Kehinde as its Coordinator.

Elijah said that the offence committed contravened Sections 383, 390(9) and 516 of the Criminal Code, Laws of Osun, 2002.

The defendant, however, pleaded not guilty to the two-count charge of conspiracy and theft.

Mr Babawale Omodogbe, the Defence Counsel, applied for the bail of the defendant in most liberal terms, and pledged that his clients would not jump bail, but would provide reliable sureties.

The Magistrate, Mrs Muhibah Olatunji, granted the defendant bail in the sum of N750,000 with two sureties in like sum.

Olatunji said that the sureties must swear to affidavit of means, reside within the court’s jurisdiction, and one  of them  must be a state civil servant not below Grade level 08.

She added that the second surety must produce three years’ tax clearance certificate and each surety should produce three portrait photographs.

Olatunji, thereafter,ordered the remand of the defendant in ‘A’ Division Police Station, Moore, Ile-Ife, pending the perfection of the bail conditions.

The case was adjourned until June 30, for hearing.

Edited By: Bayo Sekoni/Peter Dada (NAN)

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Police arraign man, 20, over alleged church break-in, stealing



The police on Tuesday arraigned a 20-year-old man, Abdulazeez Nasiru, before an Ado-Ekiti Magistrates’ Court for alleged church break-in and stealing.

The defendant of no fixed address is standing trial on a two-count charge of burglary and stealing.

The prosecutor, Sgt.Olubu Apata, told the court that the defendant and others  currently at large, committed the offences on May 25, at about 1:00 a.m., at Isato Ologoro Street in Ado-Ekiti.

He alleged that the defendant and his accomplices who are  currently at large, broke into the Cherubim and Sheraphim Church, Orisun Ibukun.

Apata also alleged that the defendant and his accomplices stole: one big generator valued  N80,000, a medium- size Tiger generator valued N15,000 and four microphones valued  N20,000.

Others item stolen are: a watch valued  N15,000 and cash sum of N36,000, all valued N166,000 belonging to the church.

He said that the offences contravened Sections 415 and 390(9) of the Criminal Code, Laws of Ekiti State, 2012.

The prosecutor asked the court for adjournment  to enable him  study the case file and present his witnesses.

The defendant pleaded not guilty to the charges.

The magistrate, Mrs Kehinde Awosika, granted bail to the defendant in the sum of N100,000 with two sureties in like sum.

Awosika adjourned the case until July 6 for hearing.

Edited By: Bola Akingbehin/Peter Dada (NAN)

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Killing of unarmed black man in United States condemned in Africa




The death of George Floyd, an African American who died in police custody last week, is facing fierce condemnation in Africa as two separate autopsies released Monday both found Floyd’s death to be a homicide.

The African Union Commission Chairperson Moussa Faki Mahamat on Friday condemned the police “murder” of Floyd in the United States.

Mahamat was referring to the death of George Floyd on May 25 shortly after a white police officer in Minneapolis held him down with a knee on his neck for almost nine minutes despite pleas by Floyd he was struggling to breathe.

“I strongly condemn the murder of George Floyd that occurred in the United States of America at the hands of law enforcement officers, and wishes to extend my deepest condolences to his family and loved ones,” he said in a statement.

The AU Commission firmly reaffirms and reiterates its rejection of the continuing discriminatory practices against Black citizens of the United States of America,” it said.

“I urge the authorities in the United States of America to intensify their efforts to ensure the total elimination of all forms of discrimination based on race or ethnic origin,” said the statement from Mahamat.

The president of Ghana, Nana Akuffo-Addo, also condemned the killing on Monday night on his official facebook account as violent protests continue in dozens of U.S. cities following his death in police custody.

Black People, the world over, are shocked and distraught by the killing of an unarmed man, George Floyd, by a white police officer in the United States of America. It carried with it an all too painful familiarity, and an ugly reminder,” said the president.

“We stand with our kith and kin in America in these difficult times, and we hope that the unfortunate, tragic death of George Floyd will inspire a lasting change in how America confronts head on the problems of hate and racism,” said Akuffo-Addo.

Former African presidents also joined the condemnation.

The Forum of Former Heads of State and Government has urged African countries to “raise a strong protest” to the killing and demand that the “perpetrators of this crime and all other crimes of this sort be punished in the strongest terms”, according to a statement released by former Beninese President Nicephore Soglo.

South Africa’s ruling party, African National Congress (ANC), has deplored rising racial discrimination in the United States, calling for “an amicable solution” to the current racial impasse.

“While we note the action taken by American authorities in charging one of the officers who was caught on camera kneeling on an unarmed (George) Floyd, it is equally concerning that incidents of police brutality against African American citizens are on the increase,” the party said in a statement available to Xinhua on Tuesday.

The cascade of recent cases involving police brutality against black Americans “has sharpened the focus on inescapable realities that American society places a perilously low value on black lives,” the ANC said.

“It’s deplorable that almost 70 years since racial segregation was abolished in America, people of color are still routinely slaughtered for the color of their skin,” the party said.

The ANC urged the South African government to engage with the American government through established diplomatic channels to diffuse racial tensions and build social cohesion among different races.

Despite the American constitution granting citizenship to every American, and blacks are Americans, the political and economic system is biased against those at the bottom of the social pyramid,” said Elisio Macamo, a sociologist from Mozambique, currently a professor of African Studies at the University of Basel.

“The racial problem in America is, on the one hand, the sequel to a poorly worked past and, on the other hand, a manifestation of the limits of a liberal political culture that does not place the creation of opportunities as a means for the individual to actually enjoy freedom,” said Macamo.

Zambian human rights specialist Eugene Kabilika challenged the United States to demonstrate by example the human rights it purports to promote by dealing sternly with perpetrators of criminal injustice.

Kabilika, who is Caritas Zambia Executive Director, further explained that the history of the U.S. is full of such unfortunate stories of racial discrimination against African Americans noting that they (African Americans) have undergone many struggles that include being freed from slavery and having the opportunity to vote.

He further asserted that such happenings create instability and lead to lack of peace in the world, adding that it is up to the leaders to move into the right trajectory and failure to which the world becomes unsafe for all.


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German Govt. debates huge coronavirus stimulus package



Germany’s governing coalition is about to debate an economic stimulus package possibly worth 80 billion euros (89 billion dollars)  to soften the blow dealt by the coronavirus pandemic.

Representatives of Chancellor Angela Merkel’s government, made up of the conservative CDU and CSU parties and the centre-left SPD, were set to meet at the chancellery at 2 pm (1200 GMT) on Tuesday for a marathon debate that sources said was likely to last all night.

The parties are still at odds about how best to deploy the money.

Some of the options under consideration are up to 3 million euros per company to subsidise losses; premiums to encourage people to buy cars, thereby supporting the country’s all-important car industry.

Other options include a 300-euro payment per child to support families; additional funding for municipalities as they deal with growing unemployment; and a 28 billion euro investment in infrastructure projects.

Another point of contention is how much new debt the government should incur in the process of stimulating the economy.

Markus Soeder, the head of the CSU, said that not more than 100 billion euros of new debt should be incurred, a limit strongly rejected by the SPD.

The stimulus package would be one of the largest in the country’s history.

At the height of the financial crisis in 2008, the German government disbursed some 90 billion euros to support the flagging economy.

Once it has been agreed, the package still requires formal approval from Merkel’s cabinet, as well as the country’s lower and upper houses of parliament, the Bundestag and the Bundesrat.

The German economy is expected to contract by 6.6 per cent this year, the Ifo research institute said late last month.

By 2021, Europe’s largest economy is expected to rebound from its coronavirus-induced crisis to grow by 10.2 per cent

Edited By: Halima Sheji and Abdullahi Yusuf (NAN)


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Table tennis latest sport in Germany to recommence



Timo Boll first beat Sweden’s Kristian Karlsson and then fellow German Steffen Mengel to win a table tennis exhibition tournament in Dusseldorf, Germany on Tuesday.

Table tennis thus became the latest sport to recommence in Germany, amid the coronavirus pandemic.

Boll, a seven-time European singles champion and three-time Olympic team event medallist, was the star of the two-day Dusseldorf Masters.

He featured alongside 16 players who all live or train in the western German city.

With all regular action and championships suspended or postponed, the Masters was the brainchild of German national team coach Joerg Rosskopf, a former doubles world champion.

He brought in the local Borussia Dusseldorf club who provided the facility and are five-time European champions, and the club’s foreign players were also invited to fill the ranks.

Local authorities approved their strict safety and hygiene concept with no spectators, no change of ends, no post-match handshakes, and a frequent change of balls which were all disinfected.

It follows similar small events in tennis in the country where the Bundesliga was the first major football league to resume action.

The basketball top flight is also to follow on the weekend.

“With this series, we are a pioneer for table tennis around the world,” Borussia Dusseldorf general manager Andreas Preuss said.

Rosskopf said that he wants to give his players some additional motivation as uncertainty remains when regular tournaments can be played again.

“The lads are physically fit. But to do nothing else but training is mentally too demanding in the long run,” Rosskopf said.

Boll said he was happy to play as it “was about time I got some adrenaline going again.”

The tournament in Dusseldorf continues every week for the next three months.

But players could change, although most of them are in the national team or play in or near the city.

Edited By: Olawale Alabi (NAN)

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German police investigate after poisoned drinks found in supermarkets



German police said on Tuesday that they had launched an investigation after bottles of drinks containing a deadly poison were found in two Munich supermarkets.

The poison was found in the two locations in four separate incidents, and in three of the four, customers consumed small amounts of the toxic liquid, police said.

Two women aged 34 and 42 had to receive immediate medical attention after drinking the beverages.

The third, a 48-year-old, suffered from symptoms including dizziness and nausea, but did not require medical attention.

The fourth bottle found to contain poison had not been sold yet, they said.

Police are yet to determined the motive for the crimes, and a police spokesman said that blackmail was unlikely because the supermarkets had received no demands until this point.

They advised the public to be aware of any unusual smells coming from beverages, and to inform them immediately should the substance be suspicious in any way.

Edited By: Halima Sheji/Felix Ajide (NAN)




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German diocese to pay victims of abuse up to € 75,000



The Catholic diocese of Augsburg on Tuesday agreed to pay victims of sexual and physical violence at the hands of Church members up to 75,000 euros (84,000 dollars) each.

Bishop Bertram Meier said in a statement that it was time to “put the people concerned at ease,’’ adding: “It is my priority to send a clear signal and show that we are taking responsibility.’’

The decision came as a result of a unanimous decision taken by the German Bishops’ Conference.

Augbsurg is the second German diocese to make such an announcement.

It provides for one-off payments, which depending on the severity of the case amount to up to 25,000 euros.

A monthly support payment that will not exceed 75,000 euros in total is also possible.

The funds will not to come from tax money collected for the church.

The Augsburg diocese emphasized that only Holy See money will be used.

Also on Tuesday, German prosecutors charged a priest from the diocese of Wuerzburg with two counts of child sexual abuse.

Prosecutor Axel Weihpracht said the cases dated back about a decade and are based on statements from the alleged victims.

The priest, who has been barred from clerical duties pending the investigation, has declined to comment on the allegations.

According to a report commissioned by the church, which was released in September 2019, 1,670 priests  or 4.4 per cent of Catholic clerics  abused 3,677 people between 1946 and 2014 in Germany, Most of the victims were boys.

Following revelations of sexual abuse of children by priests around the world, German bishops last spring announced a reform process called the `synodal path’ that would examine topics including power structures, sexual morality, celibacy and role of women.

Edited By: Halima Sheji/Maharazu Ahmed (NAN)

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IPMAN urges members to comply with new petrol price



The Independent Petroleum Marketers Association of Nigeria (IPMAN), has called on its members to immediately comply with the recent reduction in the price of Premium Motor Spirit (PMS).

The call followed the recent new price announced by the Petroleum Products Pricing Regulatory Agency (PPPRA), Alhaji Bashir Danmalam, the Chairman of the association in Kano, in a press statement on Tuesday in Kano.

According to him, all marketers under my jurisdiction should immediately comply with the new price modulation advice by making sure no one sells above the approved ceiling of N123.50 per litre.


He further assured the public of a steady supply and distribution of petroleum products at all times and in all circumstances.

Danmalam also commended the Federal Government for the development, and ensuring stable supply and distribution of the product, despite the lockdown occasioned by the COVID-19 pandemic.

He further prayed to God to bring the end of the challenge, while advising both the public and marketers to continue to observe all public health measures of personal hygiene and social distancing.


NAN report that recently, PPPRA, had announced a slight reduction in the pump price of the PMS in the country.

In a memo containing the new price guideline for the month of June, titled ‘A.4/9/017/C.2/IV/70131’, the PPPPRA pegged the petrol pump price band between N121 to N123.50 per litre.

According to the agency, the ex-depot price band is now N100.13 and N108.13 per litre while ex-depot for collection is N108.78 and N111.78 per litre.


Edited By: Bola Akingbehin/Felix Ajide (NAN)

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Osun court remands man over alleged threat to life



An Ile-Ife Magistrates’ Court in Osun on Tuesday remanded one Joseph Patrick, 30, in police custody over alleged threat to life.

The Prosecutor, Insp Sunday Osanyintuyi, told the court that the defendant committed the offence on May 25 at about 12:45 pm on Aladanla Street, Ile-Ife.

Osanyintuyi alleged that the defendant and others now at large threatened to kill one Joseph Orji with a cutlass.

According to him, the offences contravened Sections 86 and 516 of the Criminal Code, Laws of Osun, 2002.

The defendant, however, pleaded not guilty to the two-count charge of conspiracy and threat to life.

The Defence Counsel, Mrs Fausat Lawal, applied for bail for  his client in the most liberal terms, pledging to provide reliable sureties.

Magistrate Joseph Owolawi, however, declined to grant bail and ordered the defendant’s remand at ‘A’ Division Police Station in Moore, Ile-Ife.

Owolawi adjourned the case till Thursday for ruling on bail.

Edited By: Abiodun Esan/Mufutau Ojo (NAN)

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