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Man in court for alleged indecent assault of 2 minors



The police arraigned a 39-year-old man, David Ogungbemi, on Tuesday appeared in an Ikeja Magistrates’ Court in Lagos, for indecent assault on two minors.

Ogungbemi, who lives at Kola area of Lagos,is charged with indecent treatment of a child.

The Prosecution Counsel, ASP Ezekiel Ayorinde, told the court that the defendant committed the offence on Aug 31 at his residence,

He said that the defendant sexually assaulted two sisters, aged nine and five.

Ayorinde said that the mother of the minors reported the case and the defendant was arrested,.

The offence, he said, contravened the provisions of Section 135 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, 2015.

Nigeria News Agency reports that the section prescribes seven years jail term for indecent treatment of a child.

Following his plea of not guilty, Magistrate B.O Osunsanmi, admitted the defendant to bail  in the sum 0f N100,000 with two sureties in like sum.

Osunsanmi ordered that the sureties must be gainfully employed and show evidences of two years tax payment to the Lagos State Government.

She adjourned the case until Nov. 30  for treatment.

edited by Sadiya Hamza


Nelson Mandela Foundation calls for end to “structural violence” against black people in United States




Nelson Mandela Foundation on Thursday condemned police brutality against the black people in the United States, where the death of African American George Floyd has set off turbulent mass protests.

More than 1,000 Black people die at the hands of police in the U.S. every year,” the foundation said, adding “mass incarceration, predictive policing, targeted surveillance and a host of other tools render Black lives more vulnerable than all others.”

Floyd, 46, died after Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin kneeled on his neck for almost nine minutes. Two separate autopsies released Monday found Floyd‘s death to be a homicide.

The protests across the United States have forced dozens of cities to impose curfews.

The foundation, a non-profit organization established by Nelson Mandela in 1999 to promote freedom and equality, called for sober assessment of a resilient White supremacy in the United States.

“Black lives matter enough to warrant getting out in the streets and demanding an end to a system which creates the conditions for (and legitimizes) violence against Black bodies,” it said.


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Commandant commends Environment Minsitry for decontanminating Academy



The Commandant, Nigerian Defence Academy (NDA), Maj.-Gen Jamil Sarham, on Thursday commended the Federal Ministry of Environment for undertaking the decontamination of the Academy.

A statement issued in Kaduna by NDA Public Relations Officer, Major Abubakar Abdullahi, said that the Commandant gave the commendation during a courtesy visit to the ministry in Abuja.

He told the Minister of Environment, Dr Muhammad Abubakar, that the Academy still needed the ministry’s support in getting seedlings for the NDA Green Concept Initiative.

The statement said that the minister expressed willingness to assist NDA in areas of afforestation and general sanitation.

According  to the statement, Sarham was also at the Ministry of Water Resources, where he met with the Minister,  Engr. Suleiman Adamu.

The minister expressed delight over the visit of the Commandant and described the occasion as a motivation to do more for the NDA.

He promised to look into any request from the NDA for support in areas of training  and water conservation at the Academy.

While in Abuja, the Commandant also met with the Director General, National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA), Inuwa Kashifu-Abdullahi.

The DG described the visit as a good stride towards strengthening collaboration between the two organisations in building IT capacity and infrastructure.

Edited By: Chidinma Agu/Maharazu Ahmed (NAN)

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Oman to establish investment body to manage sovereign wealth funds




The Sultan of Oman on Thursday ordered the establishment of a national investment body to manage the country’s sovereign wealth funds, Oman News Agency reported.

“All allocations, assets and investments” of State General Reserve Fund and Oman Investment Fund will be transferred to the Oman Investment Institution, said a royal decree issued by Haitham bin Tariq.

The Directorate General of Investments and government companies at the finance ministry and all government companies except Petroleum Development Oman will also be incorporated in the new body, according to the decree.

Both State General Reserve Fund and Oman Investment Fund will be cancelled, it noted.


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Chelsea set to sign Germany forward Werner



Chelsea have agreed a deal in principle to sign Germany striker Timo Werner from Bundesliga club RB Leipzig, Sky Sports said on Thursday.

The report added that Werner has a 55 million euro ($62.45 million) release clause which expires on June 15 and that Premier League club Chelsea had offered the 24-year-old a contract worth 200,000 pounds per week.

Werner is second-top scorer in the Bundesliga this season with 25 goals, four behind Bayern Munich’s Robert Lewandowski.

He has made 29 appearances for Germany, scoring 11 times.

Edited By: Felix Ajide (NAN)


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3 brothers in Police net over alleged murder of woman in Abuja



Three brothers have been arrested in connection with the murder of a woman in Abuja,

according to Mr Frank Mba, Public Relations of the Police Force.

Mba, in a statement on Thursday in Abuja, said that the suspects, from Isiekenesi, Ideato Local Government in Imo, are helping Police investigation into the May 14 murder of Mrs Janet Ogbonnaya, a mother of five children.

He said that the suspects were arrested by the Police in their home town where they had allegedly taken refuge after committing the crime in Abuja, to evade arrest.

Mba said that investigation that led to their arrest followed complaints by one Chinedu Ogbonnaya, who alleged that his mother, Janet, 55, a native of Ozuitem in Bende Local Government Area of Abia, had been kidnapped.

Ogbonnaya told the Police that N5 million ransom was being demanded by the kidnappers to secure the mother’s release.

“A comprehensive and painstaking investigation by Police operatives resulted in the arrest of the three suspects, who, in the course of interrogation, revealed that the victim had long been murdered and buried.

“Further findings revealed that the victim, a widow, who had been a Facebook friend of the principal suspect, was lured from her home in Gwagwalada, Abuja to visit the suspect.

“The suspect took advantage of the visit, served her milk laced with drugs, and subsequently murdered her,” he said.

According to him, the victim was buried in a septic tank afterwhich the suspects went ahead to reach out to the family, using her phone, to demand N5 million ransom to secure her release.   ​

Mba said that the suspects, on Thursday, led a team of investigators alongside pathologists to a residence at Wumba District, Lokogoma area of Abuja, where the victim’s decomposing body was exhumed from a septic tank.

The spokesman said that the exhumed body had been taken to the University of Abuja Teaching Hospital for forensic examination, while a Toyota Highlander Jeep belonging to the deceased had also been recovered at a mechanic workshop in Apo, where it had been repainted into a different colour.

Mba said that the vehicle documents had been fraudulently changed with ownership of the stolen vehicle criminally transferred to one of the masterminds of the crime.

According to him, investigation also revealed that the house where the deceased was killed and buried originally belonged to one of the suspects but was hurriedly sold to a third party to obliterate evidence.

Already, the Inspector General of Police, Mr Mohammed Adamu, has commended the team of Police operatives for a job well done. He has also pledged that perpetrators of crimes will not go undetected and unpunished.

The Police helmsman has also enjoined citizens to be more security conscious and report any suspicious activities within their neighbourhood to the nearest Police Station,” the statement said.

Edited By: Chioma Ugboma and Ephraims Sheyin (NAN)



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COVID-19: A’Ibom Assembly makes e-learning training mandatory for teachers



Akwa Ibom House of Assembly in a resolution on Thursday, urged the State Ministry of Education to commence training and re-training of teachers on e-learning tools.

This it said would sharpen their skills on e-teaching and e-learning in line with the present coronavirus situation.

The resolution was taken sequel to a motion of urgent public importance brought before the House by the member representing Etim Ekpo/Ika State Constituency, Mr Mfon Idung.

Idung said there was need for training and re-training of teachers on e-learning tools in preparation for post COVID -19 Education Models.

The lawmaker said the motion was necessitated following perceived lack of preparedness by primary and secondary school teachers to confront changes in the education system occasioned by the pandemic.

He said that the pandemic had greatly changed educational systems, shifting focus from conventional chalk board demonstration, to sufficiently digital, e-learning and e-teaching models.

He urged the ministry of education to consider making ICT compliance by teachers a major prerequisite for entry into the reaching service.

The lawmaker expressed concern that teachers’ inadequacy, incompetency and inability to operate computers and engage in e-teaching would impact adversely on the performances of pupils and students across the state.

The Speaker, Mr Aniekan Bassey, said the motion was timely and commended the member representing Etim Ekpo/Ika for bringing the motion before the house.

He directed the Clerk of the House, Mrs Mandu Umoren, to communicate the resolution of the Assembly to the appropriate quarters.

Also at plenary, the Assembly received motions on incessant and unauthorised encroachment of communities in Ini Local Government Area by neighbouring Abia communities from the member representing Ini State Constituency, Mr Emmanuel Bassey.

The speaker referred the motion to the Committee on Boundary and Conflict Resolution and to report back to the house within one month.

The Assembly also received a report of the Public Accounts Committee on the Audited Accounts of Akwa Ibom Government for the Year Ended Dec. 31, 2019.

The House adjourned plenary to reconvene on June 10.

Edited By: Chioma Ugboma/Adeleye Ajayi (NAN)



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Woman dies in Anambra road accident 



A crash at Egbebele, along Abatete-Oraukwu road, in Orumba North, Anambra, has left one person dead and two others injured.

Mr Andrew Kumapayi, the Sector Commander of the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) in Anambra, confirmed the incident to the News Agency of Nigeria in Awka on Thursday.

Kumapayi said the accident, which occurred at about 3:04p.m., could be attributed to the driver losing control of the vehicle due to excessive speed.

“Three victims were involved: two male adults and one female adult. They were in a Toyota Hiace bus with registration number AKD 758 FR.

“The driver lost control of the vehicle due to overspeeding and crashed into the bush.

“The victims were rushed to Iyi-Enu Hospital, where the female victim was confirmed dead and the corpse deposited at the morgue of the same hospital.

Operatives of the Nigeria Police Force and NIgeria Security and Civil Defence Corps were instrumental in the rescue operation,” he said.

According to an earlier report, another accident, involving four male adults, occurred at about 10:25.a.m. under the River Niger Bridge in Onitsha.

Kumapayi said the crash involved a Toyota Dyna, with registration number GDD 551 YE and a Suzuki vehicle, with registration number GDD 841ZP.

“The crash was caused by loss of control, with one person sustaining serious injury, while three others sustained minor injuries.

“The victims were rushed to Toronto Hospital Onitsha by the FRSC rescue team from Onitsha Unit Command,” he said.

While condoling with the family of the dead, the sector commander warned motorists against speed limit violation.

Edited By: Moses Solanke/Oluwole Sogunle (NAN)

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Oman reports 778 new COVID-19 cases, 14,316 in total




The Omani health ministry announced on Thursday 778 new confirmed cases of COVID-19, bringing the total number in the country to 14,316.

According to a statement issued by the ministry, all new cases, including 265 Omanis, are related to community contact.

Meanwhile, 606 more have recovered from the disease, bringing the total recoveries to 3,451.

The ministry called on people to observe the procedures for quarantine, avoid public places or places of worship, and ensure public hygiene.


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1st LD Writethru: UN Security Council extends mandate of Darfur mission, sets up follow-on presence




The Security Council on Thursday announced the adoption of two separate resolutions to extend the mandate of the United Nations-African Union Hybrid Operation in Darfur (UNAMID) for two months, and to set up a follow-on presence in Sudan.

Resolution 2525 decides to extend UNAMID‘s mandate till Dec. 31, 2020, and further decides that UNAMID shall maintain its current troop and police ceiling during this period.

The Security Council intends to decide by Dec. 31, 2020, courses of action regarding the responsible drawdown and exit of UNAMID. It requests the UN secretary-general and the chairperson of the African Union Commission to provide the Security Council with a special report no later than Oct. 31, 2020, which includes an assessment of the situation on the ground and recommendations on the appropriate course of action regarding the drawdown of UNAMID, taking into account the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The council, in a separate resolution, decides to establish a UN Integrated Transition Assistance Mission in Sudan (UNITAMS) for an initial period of 12 months.

UNITAMS is tasked to help Sudan with its current political transition after the ouster of long-time ruler Omar al-Bashir and a short period of military control in 2019, according to Resolution 2524.

UNITAMS will provide technical assistance to the constitution drafting process, the population census, and preparations for elections, says the resolution.

It will also support peace processes and the implementation of future peace agreements; assist peacebuilding, civilian protection and rule of law, in particular in Darfur and the other two restive areas of South Kordofan and Blue Nile; support the mobilization of economic and development assistance and coordination of humanitarian assistance.

Resolution 2524 requests the UN secretary-general to appoint expeditiously a special representative for Sudan and head of mission of UNITAMS.

It requests the UN secretary-general to continue transition planning and management in order to ensure that the eventual transition from UNAMID to UNITAMS is phased, sequenced and efficient. It asks for the establishment of a UNAMID-UNITAMS coordination mechanism to determine the modalities and timelines for the transition of relevant responsibilities.

The western Sudanese region of Darfur has been plagued by a war between Sudanese government forces and the indigenous population since 2003. UNAMID was established by the UN Security Council in July 2007 to help maintain and mediate peace.


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