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Shopkeeper pleads guilty to stealing from employer






A 26-year-old shopkeeper, Lawrence Edodi, on Monday in Lagos  admitted stealing his employer’s N340, 000.

Edodi, whose residential address was not provided, pleaded  guilty to a count charge of stealing during arraignment before an Igbosere Magistrates’ Court.

The prosecutor, Insp. Ingobo Emby, had told the court that the defendant committed the offence on June 15, at 10.30 a.m. at  Orchid Hotel Road at Lekki in Lagos.

He said that the defendant stole N340, 000 belonging to his employer, Mr Edward Ekwong.

“The defendant stole the money kept in his care,” prosecutor said.

The alleged offence contravenes Section 287 (7) of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, 2015.

The section provides for seven years’ imprisonment for stealing from one’s employer.

The Magistrate, Mr Aro Lambo, adjourned the case until July 3 for review of facts of the case and sentencing.


Shopkeeper docked for allegedly absconding with employer’s N2.5m





Shopkeeper docked for allegedly absconding with employer’s N2.5m


By Deborah Akpede
Ikeja, Feb. 11, 2019(NNN) A shopkeeper, Margret Adebayo, was on Monday brought before an Ikeja Magistrates’ Court in Lagos for allegedly absconding with her employer’s N2. 5 million.

The Prosecutor, Asp. Clifford Ogu, said that Adebayo, 26, committed the offence on Nov. 22, 2018 in Agege, near Lagos.

He said that the defendant bolted with N2.5 million belonging to one Mr Bernard Aniekwe.

Ogu said that the complainant gave the defendant the money to deposit in a bank but that she ran away with the money.

“The proceeds from the sales for the week was given to the defendant to go and deposit in the bank but she absconded with it.

“Efforts made by the complainant to reach Adebayo proved unsuccessful as the defendant switched off her phone.
“When she was later arrested, she could not give account of the money,” the prosecutor said.

He said that the offence contravened Section 287(7) of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, 2015.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NNN) reports that the Section carries seven years imprison for stealing.

Adebayo, who resides at Iyana-Ipaja, near Lagos, however, entered a `not-guilty’ plea to the stealing charge levelled against her.

The Magistrate, Mr J.A. Adegun, granted the defendant bail in the sum of N100, 000 with two sureties as part of the bail condition.

Adegun said that the sureties should be gainfully employed and show evidence of two years tax payment to the Lagos state government.

The case was adjourned until Feb. 19 for mention. (NNN)

Edited by Ifeyinwa Okonkwo/Silas Nwoha

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Feature: Kenyans come up with digital innovation to streamline food aid delivery




The much-publicized scramble for relief food by residents of Nairobi’s Kibera slums in April shed light on the magnitude of hunger facing the low-income populations due to COVID-19 disruptions.

But for Lorna Sempele, a Kenyan communication specialist, it was a call to find a solution to streamline the distribution of food aid.

She has found the solution in a digital innovation, M-Riziki, a mobile and web-enabled system that brings together shopkeepers, beneficiaries, and financiers.

The system, already adopted by the county government of Kajiado to distribute relief food to more than 30,000 people, was developed in less than two months.

A few days after the Kibera slums incident, Sempele who runs a communication consultancy agency, Empiris Creative, partnered with a software developer Joshua Nderi from Fashionnaire Corporation, to come up with the innovation.

The digital innovation which the duo have already patented facilitates beneficiaries’ access to relief food. They collect the package at their own convenience and from the nearest pre-selected shop.

The duo enters into the system data on beneficiaries identified by the financier. It is the information they use to prompt the beneficiary through a short message sent to their mobile phones, on where to collect the food and its cost.

Sempele says the dignity of the beneficiaries is safeguarded since the system excludes gathering or queuing for the commodity.

“Nobody can notice that they are beneficiaries as there is nothing like crowding. They just walk to a pre-selected shop in private and collect their food,” Sempele told Xinhua during an interview on Saturday.

Nderi, the system’s developer assured of the security of the system, stating that its features are tamper-proof.

With the system, financiers deposit the money to buy the food to a bank account linked with the mobile money transfer platform, M-Pesa.

The shopkeepers are later paid through the M-PESA upon proofing the dispatch with receipts. Nderi said this is to ensure transparency and accountability of the entire process.

“We collect receipts to prove that the beneficiaries did indeed collect the food because every beneficiary gets a unique number through an SMS (short message),” said Nderi.

“Once that number expires, the system automatically bills us on behalf of the shopkeeper. So, we have to get the receipts as evidence and that is what we will present to the financier,” he added.

Nderi is optimistic that digital innovation would be adopted by humanitarian agencies that provide food aid to communities affected by climatic shocks like droughts.


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Staff member feeds animals at Langhe safari park in Italy




Yaks are seen at Langhe safari park in Murazzano, Italy, May 20, 2020. The Langhe safari park has been closed since March due to the COVID-19 pandemic. In order to continue feeding and taking care of the animals, the park has to seek help from restaurateurs, farmers and shopkeepers to donate food to feed the animals. (Photo by Federico Tardito/Xinhua)

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Belgium reports 291 new COVID-19 cases, hospital admissions gradually down




Belgium recorded 291 new cases of COVID-19 infection in the past 24 hours, confirming a decreasing trend in the spread of the virus over the past seven days, according to a statement issued by the public health institute Sciensano on Sunday.

To date, the country has recorded 55,280 COVID-19 cases since the beginning of the epidemic.

The last 24 hours saw 60 new hospitalizations, a decrease of 5 patients compared to a day earlier. Meanwhile, 371 patients are in intensive care whereas 170 people have recovered and left the hospital, raising the total recovery number to 14,630.

In the last 24 hours, 47 deaths have been confirmed, bringing the toll in Belgium to 9,052.

After almost two-month shutdown, shops in the country experienced their first Saturday reopening. Feedbacks from shopkeepers and major retailers indicated that the day was relatively calm, far from the heavy traffic that authorities had feared.

“We found that customers prepared well for their visit by consulting our website,” explained Julie Stordiau, spokesperson for IKEA, quoted by newspaper L’Echo. “They now take their precautions and directly target the articles they need.”

To fight COVID-19 effectively, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of the Budget and Civil Service David Clarinval was given the green light on Saturday by the Belgian government to launch an open public market to equip federal administrations with sanitary products.


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Notorious burglar arrested in Ikorodu, stolen items recovered




The  Ikorodu Police Station  had  arrested a serial burglar,  Ganiu Solomon, 37; of No. 5,Okuku St, Ota-Ono Ikorodu and recovered some stolen items from him.


DSP Bala Elkana,  the Lagos State Police Public Relations Officer, said this on Sunday.


Elkana in a statement said that the suspect was arrested in connection with a  series of complaints received from residents of Ota Ono area of Ikorodu bothering  on incidents of burglary and stealing.


“All the complains received indicate the same ‘modus operandi’, suggesting the fact that the crime was perpetrated by the same syndicate.


“One of such cases was reported earlier by one Ms Nkiruka Ezeokobe of Mojisola Sari Street Ota-Ono, Ikorodu,  where the suspect passed through the ceiling to gain entrance into her home.


“Items recovered from the suspect include: one Samsung phone valued  N235, 000 and one gold necklace valued  N150, 000 among other items,” the police official said.


Elkana said that the suspect confessed to  the crime and investigation was ongoing to ensure that other members of his gang were arrested.


Also, detectives from  the station had arrested one Ojo Adeyinka, 33, for forging riders identity cards of Motor Vehicle Administration Agency (MVAA) of  the Lagos State Government.

Elkana said that the arrest was effected following a complaint received from one Mr Ibrahim Audu, the Station Manager of Riders Card, Ikorodu Division.


“The suspect sells  the said forged Identification cards which serve as permit to unsuspecting motorcycle owners for between N2, 500 and N3,400.

“The suspect who started forging riders permit documents  in January has confessed to the commission of the crime.

“He uses the advantage of the proximity of his shop to the licensing office at Odogunyan area to lure his victims, under the guise of being an agent of the Vehicle Inspection Officer (VIO),” the police officer said.

According to Elkana, items recovered from the suspect include: machines used in printing fake documents and large quantities of printed materials.


Elkana said that the Commissioner of Police Lagos State,  Mr Hakeem Odumosu,  had ordered the transfer of the cases to the State Criminal Investigation Department for an  indepth investigation and diligent prosecution.

Edited By: Constance Imasuen/Peter Dada

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Attacks: Airlines experience uninterrupted activities, flights to South Africa



Travelers to South Africa and other countries still troop the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja in spite of fears of reprisals over killing of Nigerians in South Africa.

The Nigeria News Agency (NAN), reports that fear of reprisal attacks by angry Nigerians over attacks on their brothers in South Africa, has not disrupted any flight to that country.

However, some of the passengers who spoke to NAN on the development condemned the actions of the South Africans against Nigerians.

Some aviation experts in Abuja told NAN that the attacks on Nigerians in South Africa did not have a direct impact on the airlines’ operations or the aviation business.

Mr Oche Elias, an aviation expert, said though aviation business might not be affect by the attacks on Nigerians, he, however, condemned the South Africans’ actions describing them as having “low level of intolerance.’’

“Their tolerance level when it concerns fellow Africans is very low, especially the blacks among them, it is completely unwarranted and un-African.

“We appreciate what the Federal Government is doing, but it is time to deepen efforts by taking into cognisance diplomacy and procedures.

“Nigerians must feel free anywhere in the world based on UN protocols.

“However, if we halt their infrastructure and investment in Nigeria, it will affect our brothers that work with them because it is a joint venture.

“We must keep saying the truth, keep crying out, let the world know that xenophobic attacks by South Africans is very inhuman and should not be happening in the 21st century,’’ Elias said.

An official of Ethiopian Airline, told NAN that flights to South Africa from Nigeria had been smooth and without any drop in traffic.

“The attack, I believe has a political undertone, however, it has nothing to do with the aviation business and our patronage.’’

An unnamed authoritative source from Ministry of Aviation said though the attacks might not have a direct impact on the aviation sector, he, however, advised Nigerians to follow Federal Government’s advice over the crisis.

The Federal Government had earlier on Wednesday advised Nigerians against traveling to high risk and volatile areas of some countries until the current situation was brought under control.

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs gave the advice in a statement issued in Abuja, through its spokesperson, Ferdinand Nwonye.

The advice followed tension created by the current attacks on Nigerians in South Africa, which led to many death and loss of properties.

Condemning the recent attacks in South Africa, the Ministry has assured Nigerians that the federal government was committed to protecting lives and properties of Nigerians living in South Africa

NAN reports that the attacks on Nigerians living in South Africa, gathered momentum on Sunday.

A protest march against drug-dealing by local residents in the centre of Johannesburg and blamed on immigrants degenerated, with shops attacked and looted.

The violence spread to the nearby city of Pretoria, where mobs attacked immigrant traders, workers and shopkeepers on Monday.

However, some notable Nigerians including President Muhammadu Buhari, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the South African President Cyril Ramaphosa, had all condemned the violence.

Buhari on Sunday sent a special envoy to the country; while Ramaphosa said he was calling in ministers with responsibility for security. (NAN)


Edited by Celine-Damilola Oyewole/Nyisom Fiyigon Dore

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Lawmaker advocates new dialogue among African countries to end socioeconomic infestations



A Lagos lawmaker, Mr Ajani Owolabi, has called for new dialogues among African countries to end the continents’ socioeconomic infestations, as xenophobic attacks on African nationals in South Africa persists.

Owolabi, representing Lagos Mainland Constituency I in the Lagos State House of Assembly, made the call on Wednesday while addressing newsmen on the latest xenophobic attacks on Nigerians in South Africa.

“I think this is an opportunity for stronger nations in Africa to begin to start forming a new dialogue about how to end this socioeconomic infestation that has plagued Africa.

“We always believe that if a white man comes with the same experience as a black man, we should always trust the white man first, that is a mental chain.

“African nations should come together to address the social issues that we have,” the lawmaker said.

According to him, the only panacea to xenophobic attacks is for the South African Government to address the scars of apartheid evident in the socioeconomic lives of 85 per cent of her citizens.

Owolabi said the incessant attacks on Nigerians was a transfer of aggression by South Africans against foreigners in charge of their nation’s economy.

According to him, 85 per cent of people who are predominantly blacks are worse off economically, but 15 per cent who are foreigners controls the nation’s wealth.

“The country is in a dire strait and they still have extant social issues in terms of the scars that apartheid has left on them.

“I believe a lot of the aggression they are displaying now is a reflection and expression of everything they felt during the apartheid regime,” he said.

Owolabi said that the South Africans’ attack on foreigners, especially the blacks was because they were unable to face the white that controls their economy.

He advised Federal Government to use diplomatic ways to handle the crisis, saying safety of Nigerians should be paramount to the South African Government considering Nigeria’s contributions toward their freedom from apartheid regime.

The wave of xenophobic attacks gathered momentum on Sunday, when a protest march against drug-dealing by local residents in the centre of Johannesburg blamed on immigrants degenerated with shops attacked and looted.

The violence spread to the nearby city of Pretoria, where mobs attacked immigrant traders, workers and shopkeepers on Monday.

South Africa President, Cyril Ramaphosa, had condemned the violence on Tuesday, saying he was calling in ministers with responsibility for security.

President Muhammadu Buhari has also condemned the latest attack and sent a special envoy to the country. (NAN)

Edited by Celine-Damilola Oyewole/Olagoke Olatoye

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Protesters storm Lagos Assembly over killings of Nigerians in South Africa



Some protesters on Tuesday stormed the Lagos State House of Assembly to express their displeasure over the killings of Nigerians in South Africa.

Nigeria News Agency reports that the protesters stormed the gate of the assembly at about 6p.m. in Ikeja.

The protesters were carrying different inscription “Stop the killings of innocent Nigerians in South Africa, MTN Nigeria, DSTV, Shoprite will not operate until the killings are stopped”, just to mention a few.

NAN reports that the violence gathered momentum on Sunday, when a protest march against drug-dealing by local residents in the centre of Johannesburg blamed on immigrants degenerated, with shops attacked and looted.

The violence spread to the nearby city of Pretoria, where mobs attacked immigrant traders, workers and shopkeepers on Monday.

South Africa President, Cyril Ramaphosa had condemned the violence on Tuesday and said he was calling in ministers with responsibility for security.

The leader of the protesters, Allwell Ademola, said that they had come to express their grievance over the gruesome killings of innocent Nigerians in South Africa.

Ademola, a popular Yoruba actress, therefore, urged the House of Assembly to come to the aid of Nigerians living in South Africa by stopping the killings.

While addressing the protesters, Mr Rotimi Olowo, representing Shomolu constituency I, urged the protesters not to engage in destroying property owned by the South Africans in Nigeria.

“We have thousands of Nigerians working in DSTV, MTN and some other South Africa companies, so if you destroy their property it will surely affect the livelihoods of these Nigerians working for them.

“Let us follow due process in resolving this issue because we cannot use violence to resolve violence,” he said.

On his part, Mr Temitope Adewale, representing Ifako Ijaye I, appealed to the protesters not put laws into their hands as the House would take urgent steps on the issue..

Adewale thanked them for registering their grievance in a lawful manner, urging them that their protest would be conveyed to the Speaker of the House for immediate action.(NAN)


Edited by Olabisi Akinbode/Kayode Olaitan

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At least 17 killed in bomb attack in Somalia capital



At least 17 people were killed and 28 others wounded when a bomb went off outside a hotel near the international airport in Somalia’s capital Mogadishu on Monday, medical officials said.

The Al Qaeda-linked Islamist group al Shabaab, which is trying to topple Somalia’s weak U.N.-backed government, claimed responsibility for the attack.

The city’s Madina hospital received 17 bodies and 28 people with injuries, 12 of them in a critical condition, said Mohammed Yusuf, the hospital’s director.

The blast went off at the first checkpoint on the road that leads to Mogadishu airport, said Farah Hussein, a shopkeeper who witnessed the attack.

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