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Man to serve 1 month in prison for impersonation

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A Sharia Court in Minna has sentenced a man, Mohammed Shehu, to one month imprisonment for impersonation.

The judge, Ahmed Bima, had convicted Shehu on a count charge of impersonation, and reserved sentence until Thursday.

Shehu  pleaded guilty to impersonating  a staff of the Niger State Environmental Protection Agency (NISEPA)  to defraud unsuspecting members of the public, in contravention of Section 364 of the Penal Code.

He pleaded for leniency.

The prosecutor, Insp. Cletus Ibrahim, had told the court that Mr Temitope Idowu, a staff of NISEPA,  caught Shehu parading himself as a  NISEPA staff and defrauding members of the public.

Ibrahim said that Idowu arrested and brought Shehu to the Kpakungu Police Station on April 2.

Following Shehu’s guilty plea, the prosecutor urged the court to try him summarily in line with Section 157 of the Criminal Procedure Code.

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Woman dies in Anambra road accident 

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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

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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.

(XINHUA)

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

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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.

(XINHUA)

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Face coverings to be mandatory on public transport in England as UK COVID-19 deaths hit 39,904

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Face coverings will be compulsory on public transport in England from June 15 to help contain the transmission of the novel coronavirus, British Transport Secretary Grant Shapps said Thursday.

Chairing Thursday’s Downing Street daily briefing, Shapps said people are required to wear face coverings on buses, trains, tubes and other modes of public transport from June 15 as COVID-19 is still a “very real threat” and the “fight still goes on to defeat it”.

Noting that this measure is for England, he said he expects Scotland and Wales to introduce similar face coverings rule for rail passengers.

The measure was welcomed by many transport unions.

Mick Whelan, general secretary of the Associated Society of Locomotive Engineers and Firemen, a British trade union representing train drivers, said it is “a sensible step”.

“The instruction to wear face coverings to help prevent the spread of the coronavirus will ease the concerns of people travelling, and working, on the transport network,” said Whelan.

According to the Office for National Statistics, transport workers who have regular contact with members of the public are at particularly high risk of dying from coronavirus. Bus drivers are more than twice as likely to die from coronavirus as average working-age men.

Shortly after Shapps’ announcement, Nicola Sturgeon, first minister of Scotland, reminded Scots that the Scottish government already strongly advised their use on public transport and in shops.

“A reminder that @scotgov already strongly advises the use of face coverings in shops and public transport. As I said earlier today, we are considering making it mandatory. However, no need to wait for that — please do it now (unless you have, eg, asthma),” she said on her Twitter account.

Another 176 COVID-19 patients have died in Britain as of Wednesday afternoon, bringing the total coronavirus-related death toll in the country to 39,904, said Shapps.

The figures include deaths in all settings, including hospitals, care homes and the wider community.

(XINHUA)

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Enugu Assembly confirms re-appointment of Emeka Odo as BIR chairman

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The Enugu State House of Assembly on Thursday confirmed the re-appointment of Mr Emeka Odo as the Chairman, Enugu State Board of Internal Revenue Service.

Odo gave an account of his stewardship to the State’s Internal Revenue Board in the last four years in Enugu, adding that he had automated the revenue collection system in the state, to block revenue leakages.

He noted that the automation of the revenue collection system had greatly boosted the state’s Internally Generated Revenue (IGR).

Odo said that Enugu State generated more than N31 billion in 2019, as against the N14 billion  generated in 2016, when he assumed office.

He said that cash payment of revenue had been outlawed in the state, adding that he was currently working on a bill that would specify agencies responsible for revenue collection in the state.

In his remarks, the Speaker of the House, Chief Edward Ubosi, congratulated Odo on his re-appointment and charged him to address the issue of multiple taxation in the state.

Ubosi said the seventh Assembly would come up with legislation that would streamline tax collection in the state, to guard against multiple taxation, to avoid scaring away potential investors from the state.

The House thereafter adjourned to June 11 for further legislative activities.


Edited By: Folorunso Poroye/Maureen Atuonwu (NAN)

 

 

 

 

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Police arrests man over alleged rape of 85-year-old woman in Niger

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The Police Command in Niger has arrested one Peter Ayemoba, of Rafin Sanyi area in Suleja Local Government Area, for allegedly having carnal knowledge of his two daughters.

The police also announced the arrest of another suspect who allegedly raped an 85-year-old woman.

ASP Wasiu Abiodun, Command Public Relation Officer (PPRO), disclosed this while addressing newsmen in Minna on Thursday.

Abiodun said that Ayemoba had sexually assaulted his daughters, now aged 20 and 23, between 2013 and 2019.

“Investigation revealed that the suspect usually threatened to kill them and commit suicide if they denied him carnal knowledge,” the PPRO said.

He also said that police detectives attached to Kagara division in Rafi Local Government Area have arrested one Ezekiel Yonana, 25, for raping an 85-year-old woman in Tukunguna village.

Abiodun said the incident occurred on May 23 at about 23:00 am while the old woman was asleep.

According to the PPRO, the suspect, a resident of Unguwar Ya’u Tunguna village criminally trespassed into her room and threatened to kidnap her or paid him some money.

“The suspect forcefully had canal knowledge of the 85-year-old before she was rescued by her grandson.”

Abiodun said that the two suspects had confessed to the crime and would be charged to court.

He appealed to residents to volunteer information about suspected criminal elements in their midst.

AAG /MZA

Edited By: Maharazu Ahmed (NAN)

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Police Command rescues kidnapped mother of Yenagoa LGA Chairman, SPDC workers

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The  Police Command in Bayelsa has rescued the kidnapped 80-year-old, Mrs Beauty Nimizuoa, mother of the Chairman of  Yenagoa Local Government Area of the state.

 

The police also rescued along with her some  workers of Shell Petroleum Development Company (SPDC) kidnapped early two months ago.

 

The State Commissioner of Police, Mr Nkereuwem Akpan, told journalists in Yenagoa on Thursday that the rescuing of kidnapped victims was made possible by  the cooperation and support of law abiding people of the state.

 

“It is instructive to state that the command has rescued kidnapped victims, worthy of note is the rescue of Shell Petroleum Development Company’s workers and the 80– year-old Mother of the Chairman of Yenagoa local government council, Madam Beauty Nimizuoa.

 

“I am hopeful that with this level of commitment and engagements from the people of Bayelsa, we will together drive community policing initiative forward and make our communities safer again,” he said.

 

The News Agency of Nigeria reports that Mrs Beauty Nimizuoa was kidnapped on March 6, 2020, at her residence at Tombia community in Yenagoa Local Government Area of the state.

 

Madam Beauty Nimiyigha is the mother of  the Chairman of Yenagoa Local Government Area of Bayelsa state, Mr Uropaye Nimiyigha.

 

A family source, who spoke in anonymity, told reporters that the victim is hale and hearty, but the family is trying to keep the incident calm.

 

“After the kidnapping of our mother, the entire family was in a state of dilemma. I remember that each time it rains, the chairman would start crying, but we thank God her kidnappers  have released her.

 

“And each time it was  raining then, he would be saying ‘how is my mother faring with the rain?’

 

“Whenever  the temperature was hot, he would be crying and be worried about how his old mother was faring with the kidnappers.

 

“So today, we are happy that she is free and healthy. The Nigeria Police must be commended because they did a good job,” he said.

 


Edited By: Bayo Sekoni/ Peter Dada (NAN)

 

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Firemen rescue 30-year-old man from well in Kano

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Officials of the Kano State Fire Service has rescued a 30-year-old man, Mohammed Haladu, who fell into a well at Kofar Ruwa Naira da Kwabo in Dala Local government Area in Kano.

Alhaji Saidu Muhammad, the Service Public Relations Officer, confirmed the incident in a statement issued to the News Agency of Nigeria on Thursday in Kano.

He said that the man went to renovate the well, but in the process, he fell into it at about 1:25 pm and was rescued alive from the well.

“The man was handed to his brother, Malam Aliyu Iliyasu, of Kofar Ruwa”

Muhammad noted that a neighbour from Kofar Ruwa,Mal Nasiru Abdullahi, raised the alarm and informed the State Fire Service that Haladu had fallen inside the well.

“Upon receiving the information, we quickly dispatched our rescue team and vehicle to the scene and rescued the victim,” Muhammed said.

He however, used the opportunity to call on parents who have wells in their houses to put a cover and raise the wall for safety of people especially children.


Edited By: Kamal Tayo Oropo/Maureen Atuonwu (NAN)

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UN Security Council extends mandate of Darfur mission, sets up follow-on presence

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The Security Council on Thursday adopted 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 for two months, 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.

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 political transition; to support peace processes and the implementation of future peace agreements; to assist peacebuilding, civilian protection and rule of law; to support the mobilization of economic and development assistance and coordination of humanitarian assistance.

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.

(XINHUA)

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