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The trial of Prophet Oyemande Gbenga in charge of the Most High Ministry located at Dele Jagun Street, Igbo Elerin area 0f Okokomaiko, Lagos for allegedly obtaining the sum of N11m from a member of his church, Paul Kareem under false pretext has commenced at the Igbosere Magistrate Court 1 presided over by Chief Magistrate Folashade Botoku. Gbenga, 59, was arrested on the order of the Assistant Inspector General of Police, AIG in charge of Zone 2 Command,Lagos Island,Adamu Ibrahim following a petition by Paul Kareem,a member of the Most High Ministry. And after investigation by Inspector Babatunde Shobowale and his team, Gbenga was charged before an Igbosere Magistrate Court, Lagos on a two-count charge of felony to wit obtaining money under false pretence and stealing. Police counsel, Chinedu Njoku had informed the court that the accused committed the alleged offence at his Church between 2009 and 2010 at Dele Jagun Street, Igbo Eleri, Okokomaiko, Lagos. Njoku told the court that the accused reported to the Police that the defendant, his pastor collected the sum of N11m from him to help him buy a land and also assist him to build a one-storey building on the land. He said that the complainant stated that he gave the money to his pastor because of the trust he had for him but that he was shocked that after one year, he failed to provide the land and the one story building for him till date.. Njoku stated that the complainant said that he decided to report the matter to the police when all his efforts to recover his money from his pastor proved futile. The defendant pleaded not guilty to the alleged crime and Chief Magistrate Botoku admitted him on bail in the sum of N1m with two sureties in like sum. Botoku adjourned the case till 12 March, 2018 for the continuation of trial.

The Nigeria Police Area Commander in Aba, Abia State, ACP Peter Opara has revealed that policing the Policemen remains his primary agenda and would not stop till every Policeman in the command understands this so that they avoid those unprofessional conducts that could destroy their career and tarnish the good image of the Nigeria Police Force ACP Okpara made the revelation when members of the Abia State Civil Society Network (ASCSON)a coalition of civil society organisations in Abia State led by Ms Amaka Biachi, paid him a working visit in his office recently. He said that Aba residents should learn to be patient when handling police matters. According to him a sensitization, training and periodic interactive session with Men and Officers of the command on Human Rights will soon kick off during which lawyers and human right activists would be invited to interact with his men. Biachi, who is also the Executive Director, African Centre for Human Advancement and Resource Support said the working visit, was in line with their effort to deepen the understanding and appreciation of Human Rights issues and their impact on Police operations. On behalf of the group, Biachi handed over to ACP Opara copies of Security Tips/Emergency telephone numbers which the public can use in emergency situations.The group also handed over copies of Selected Judgements (Human Rights Cases) of High Court, Abia State, Public Procurement Act,2007, Fiscal Responsibility Act,2007 and Freedom of Information Act,2011 published by African Centre for Human Advancement and Resource Support. Ms Amaka Biachi while handing over the books thanked the Area Commander for the warmth reception and said that Aba residents are currently experiencing a humane relationship with the Area Command. She said the asymmetric nature of the Police has demanded that the Police must work more closely with the civil populace, in order to understand, identify, engage and uphold the sanctity of Human rights. According to her, these books and leaflets have been made available to enable the Police achieve a cordial relationship with the general public to have fuller interaction with the Police Community. Earlier, the Coordinator of ASCON, Comrade Cassius Ukwugbe thanked ACP Opara for the timely initiative and assured him that the group would make training and interactive session of the Command very realistic as officers would use the knowledge acquired to fashion out professional approaches to their police duties, in conformity with the vision of the Inspector General of Police. He further advised Aba residents to take advantage of the Area Commander’s humane approach to policing to actualize the saying that “Police is Your Friend” According to Ukwugbe “The police should be in the forefront of protecting the fundamental rights of the citizens and undue detention should not be entertained as spelt out in the Police Act and Regulation which include preservation of law and order, detection of crime, arrest, detention and prosecution of offenders. However, these duties should be carried out by the police without infringing on the fundamental human rights of the citizens”

Over 500 tricycle (Keke) operators in Imo state, Thursday, blocked the entrance into the Imo government house, over ban order. Vanguard monitored the protest which started from Control post, World bank and Wethdral to the government House. While giving reasons for their demonstration, they said that they were surprised that they got an information, that they had been banned completely on Thursday, contrary to the deadline date earlier given to them. According to some of the keke operators that the governor gave them upto December 1st as a deadline to stop operating in the metropolis. Just as some said that suspected government officials were using the ban order to intimidate and extort money from them. Speaking to Vaguard, one of them who introduced himself as Banky, said: “They have banned us three times. I believe Okorocha is not aware of all this, some people are taking advantage of the whole situation to get money.” Another Keke drive, simply identified as King, “We want Okorocha to pity us. Let him show us where to ply within the capital city and not ban us completely. Some of us do not have jobs, except for this Keke.” Earlir in his remark, Governor Rochas Okorocha of Imo state, said that the first phase of banning tricycle operating in the capital city of Owerri has commenced. He said: “On this issue of Keke operators we have discussed with them and they seize to operate in some areas from today (Thursday) We have replaced them with taxis. “What I understand is that the taxis we bought for them, they are using them outside the state, their reason was that as long as keke still ply in the capital city, it will be difficult for them to get passengers and they cannot compete with Keke. “So fotunately enough those that got the taxis are the the same keke riders. As a result of this, they packed the taxis in their houses. “However, we have agreed with them that we should start the first phase of the ban. That reminds me as from today (Thirseday) there will be no Keke on Wethedral road and among other areas. “We are also introducing Imo black cap. It is special designed buses, that help to take away VIPs. This is to compliment the effort of taxi scheme. It is a way to give Owerri a new look.” Over 500 keke operators, yesterday, blocked Imo government House, over ban order.

he Nigeria Union, South Africa (NUSA) says it has protested alleged beating of five Nigerians, a day after the killing of Mr Olamilekan Badmus, 25-year-old native of Ogun, by Police in South Africa. Its President, Mr Adetola Olubajo, made this known to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on telephone from Johannesburg, South Africa. Olubajo said the union received information that the police in South Africa had brutalised another five Nigerians in the same area where Badmus was killed. The NUSA president said information made available to the union indicated that the police were looking for the witness who saw the killing of Badmus. “In the process, some Nigerians were picked up and beaten by the police. “We also understand that the witness, a flat mate of Badmus, was arrested and beaten by the police. “In all, five Nigerians are hospitalised, because of the beating they allegedly received from the police. “The union has protested again this act. We condemn this cruel treatment of our people, because they did not commit any crime,” he said. Olubajo, however, urged Nigerians in the area to be calm and remain law abiding. “Investigation on the killing of Badmus has commenced. “A special police unit, the Independent Police Investigating Directorate (IPID), is handling it. We have met them and on top of the situation,” he said. Olubajo said that the union had reported all incidents to the Nigerian Mission in South Africa. I found this interesting

The police in Lagos have arrested 11 suspects, including three soldiers and one dismissed Airforce man, for allegedly stealing solar panels worth N100 million belonging to the state government. The Commissioner of Police in Lagos State, CP Imohimi Edgal, told newsmen on Wednesday that the suspects had been on the command’s wanted list before they were finally arrested in Epe area. Imohimi said that the three soldiers had been handed over to 9 Brigade of the Nigerian Army for further investigation. The CP said that the group had sold stolen solar panels from Epe, Sangotedo, Elerngbe and Badagry areas to buyers in many parts of the country. “On Sept. 5, at about 2 a.m, the seven suspects came in a truck with registration number LND 61 XQ, invaded Okemagba Senior Secondary School, Epe with three soldiers and stole 71 solar panels. “They also forced the door of the container where the inverter batteries and accessories were kept and went away with it. “Some of the buyers were traced to Delta, Anambra and Imo where one buyer was later picked up in an hotel and confessed to have received solar panels and inverters batteries from the suspects,” he said. The police Commissioner said the suspects would be charged to court after completion of investigation on the matter.

Operatives of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) on Wednesday arrested four directors of the National Theatre in Lagos for alleged embezzlement of government funds. The four directors, including a woman, were picked up at their Iganmu office for allegedly diverting “huge sums” of revenue and statutory allocation into private use. It was learnt that the directors allegedly failed to remit revenues realised from the use of facilities at the National Theatre into the Federal Government Treasury Single Account (TSA). According to sources, among government revenue allegedly embezzled were N24 million annual rent paid by Nigerian Breweries for its 20 branded kiosks and N9 million paid for the use of National Theatre during the “Lagos @ 50” celebrations. The affected directors were whisked out of the promises after they refused to honour EFCC invitation for questioning in the office of the Artistic Director and Chief Executive of National Theatre, Mr Tar Ukoh. The intervention of Mrs Grace Gekpe, Permanent Secretary, Federal Ministry of Information and Culture, on telephone could not save the officials from being whisked away by the EFCC operatives. Addressing an Anti – Corruption Rally earlier in the premises, the National Theatre boss vowed to stamp out graft in the Agency. “Culture must kill corruption before corruption kills culture “ said Ukoh who also oversees the National Troupe of Nigeria. Reacting to the development, Henry Udubuisi, Vice President, National Theatre Chapter of AUPCTRE, said that the union was behind the management decision to get rid the Agency of corruption. AUPCTRE is the Amalgamated Union of Public Corporationns, Civil Service, Technical and Recreational Services. Udubuisi said that the union would give its support to the new management to cleanse the Agency of graft. “The position of the union is that we are solidly behind the management to fight corruption in National Theatre. We are also proud to be associated with it. “We are using this medium to appreciate the management on its “Change must begin with me project. “The Artistic Director means well; he wants to address some administrative impunity here. “He is not victimising anybody, he is just asking them to be accountable for what has happened for those who has questions to answer. We need someone like him here to stamp out corruption. “The union will never condone corruption; infact the union stands against corruption and we are happy that the management key into our vision,” he said. Udubuisi said that the union had been in the fight against corruption before the new management came in, adding that it was a step in the right direction. “The union has been fighting corruption even before the new management came in, especially when there was a proposal on the sale of the theatre. “We fought against what we regarded to as administrative impunity under the then Chief Executive but all what we got was dismissal. “Most of the executive members of the union were dismissed for standing against corruption and the sale of the only cultural iconic building in Nigeria,” he said. Contacted, EFCC spokesman in Lagos, Mr Sam Amadin, said that he was yet to be briefed on the arrest.

The Nigerian Governors’ Forum (NGF) will hold an emergency meeting tonight inside the Aso Rock Presidential Villa in Abuja. The meeting, which was scheduled for 8:30pm, will be presided over by the chairman of the forum, Governor Abdulaziz Yari of Zamfara State. It will take place at the old Banquet Hall of the Presidential Villa. The agenda of the meeting was not known as of the time of filing this report.Promnewsonline will publish the outcome of the meeting thereafter.

Garcinia kola or in simple terms, bitter kola originated from West and Central Africa. Signifying the importance of this second largest continent, it produces many healing wonders for us. Garcinia kola belongs to the species of a tropical flowering plant. It produces brown, nut like seeds, similar looking to kidney beans. Medicinal benefits Lungs, the internal organ carry one of the most critical functions of the body. It helps us to breath. The considerate amount of regular consumption of the seed helps in strengthening the fibers and the lung tissue, stabilising any counter effects. It further assists in maintaining a good respiratory track and treats chest colds. It has a favorably high antioxidant content for a healthy body. So, if you are a smoker or even a passive smoker, definitely this is the ‘cure’. Treating malaria Kolaviron is an anti-oxidant and anti-inflammatory phytochemical. Kolaviron is a major constituent of garcinia seed which helps in treating malaria. No wonder, the traditional healers suggest this for an easy and free cure, straight from the mother nature. There are no definite side effects of having this naturally occurring blissful plant. But, anything in excess or wrong proportion may show its evil side. On certain occasions, consumption of bitter kola is found to have some side effects. Irregular heartbeat Certain bodies might just prove allergic to the plant and develop certain reactions. In such cases, it is advisable to consult a doctor and stop use. Now we know that bitter kola is not actually bitter and has a sweet side which is healthy for us.

Justice Abdulazeez Anka of the Federal High Court, Lagos on Wednesday declined to hear a fundamental rights suit filed by suspected kidnapper, Chukwudumeme Onwuamadike, alias Evans. Evans is seeking N300 million damages for his illegal detention. Anka said that the case file would be returned to the Administrative Judge for further directive. The judge had earlier heard the case during the court's long vacation and had adjourned until Aug. 29 for judgment after parties argued it and adopted their addresses on Aug.16. But the police through its counsel Mr David Igbodo said another lawyer, Mr Henry Obiazi, who represented the Inspector-General of Police (IGP) and the Nigeria Police when the case was heard did so without authorisation. The police prayed the court to set aside all the purported arguments made by Obiazi and to set aside the ruling it delivered on Aug. 16 in which he adjourned for judgment. When the case came up before another judge, Justice Chuka Obiozor during the long vacation, he held that the case was no longer urgent. Obizor, then returned the file to the Chief Judge, Justice Adamu Kafarati for re-assignment to another judge. The case was subsequently re-assigned to Justice Babs Kuewemi. However, Evans' lawyer, Olukoya Ogungbeje wrote the chief judge informing him that Anka had already adjourned the case for judgment. Based on the letter, the case was again returned to Anka. When the case came up before Anka on Wednesday, he expressed displeasure that the case was returned to him when the issue of judgment had been overtaken by events. The judge said that since the police had filed other applications, the earlier adjournment for judgment had become void. Anka added that even if he had written the judgment earlier, it meant that a new one would be written. Police Counsel Chukwu Agwu accused Ogungbeje of “smuggling” the case file back to Anka's court. “The case was re-assigned to Justice Kuewumi. How my learned colleague smuggled this case to this court is baffling. “He did not avail us with a copy of his letter to the chief judge, otherwise we would have reacted,” he said. But Ogungbeje said his letter was on the premise that since a judgment had already been fixed, it could be delivered by Anka after entertaining the late applications filed by the police. Meanwhile, Anka held that it was not factual to say that judgment had been reserved “when it's not''. He said that the court was obliged to hear the fresh applications by the police. The judge said the case was not adjourned for judgment but for hearing, adding that Ogungbeje's claim that the case was for judgment was not the true position. Ruling, he said: “the case was made for hearing of the motion of first and second respondents. “The court shall therefore cause a letter to be written to the Administrative Judge to explain the true position of the case, which is for further hearing and not judgment. “Parties shall therefore await the decision of the Admin Judge, either to re-assign the case or for this court to maintain the case in its cause list.” Evans has since been arraigned before Justice Hakeem Oshodi of the Lagos State High Court. While Evans and two others pleaded guilty to the charges, the remaining defendants pleaded not guilty. The prosecution said that the defendants between Feb. 14 and April 12, on Obokun Street, Ilupeju, Lagos, armed with guns and other dangerous weapons captured and detained Duru Donatus. It said that the defendants allegedly collected a ransom of 223,000 Euros to release Donatus. In his fundamental rights suit, Evans is claiming N300 million against the police as damages for alleged illegal detention and rights violation.NAN

There was pandemonium in South East on Wednesday as parents and guardians thronged primary and secondary schools to pick-up their wards following the rumour that the Nigerian Army was injecting viruses into school children. Our Sources in Abia, Anambra, Enugu and Ebonyi gathered that the development was triggered by a false report published by an online medium. The report alleged that the Nigerian Army was forcefully vaccinating pupils against the Monkey pox disease through its medical outreach and advised parents to immediately evacuate their children. Mrs Bridget Eneh, the Headmistress of Victory Group of Schools, Abakaliki, told NAN that she was shocked to see parents throng her school to pick their wards. “I read an online post that the army was forcefully vaccinating pupils against the Monkeypox disease, with an advice that parents should immediately evacuate their children. “I decided to convene an emergency management meeting; but before this could be done, parents had besieged the school and forcefully left with their children,” she said. Mrs Uchechukwu Ojigwe, another School Headmistress, told NAN that all efforts to assuage the fears of the parents fell on deaf ears. “I tried to explain to them that some security personnel had visited our school to ensure there was no pandemonium but they would not listen to me. “A parent even accused me of supporting the army’s plans to kill children and I find this accusation outrageous and unbelievable,” she said. Mr Nachor Ukonna, a civil servant and parent, who said that he also had to take his child from the school, advised relevant authorities to expeditiously review the dissemination of information on the social media. “This sort of information can lead to stampede in schools with calamitous consequences,’’ he said. Meanwhile, Prof. John Ekeh, the Ebonyi Commissioner for Education, said that the news of forceful vaccination was false and urged parents and teachers to disregard such information. “The purveyors of such information want to truncate efforts by the government to enhance the state’s educational system and we call on the pubic to resist it. “We have gone round the schools and discovered that the army did not visit any school to vaccinate children or conduct any other activity,” he said. Similarly, Commissioner for Health, Dr Daniel Umezurike, also debunked the news, noting that the ministry had refuted the information through appropriate media channels in the state. “We are not conducting any vaccination or any other form of medical outreach in schools in the state and would definitely communicate to the public when we plan to do so,” he said. Col. Sagir Musa, the Deputy Director of Public Relations, 82 Division of the Nigerian Army, in a telephone interview, told NAN that the news was false and dismissed it as “mere rumour’’. “I am presently at Ozubulu, Anambra, where we are conducting free medical outreach in schools but we are not vaccinating pupils,” he said. Also commenting, Chief Ejikeme Ebonna, a Human Rights Activist, advised the army to re-assess its image before the Igbo public, saying that the people were currently living in fear. In Enugu, the Commissioner for Health, Dr Fintan Ekochin, advised residents of the state not to panic. Ekochin told newsmen on Wednesday that the ministry was in constant touch with the media and would always make the situation of things known to them. He said that the disease surveillance officers and other health workers in the state had been mobilised to monitor the development. “We are on top of health surveillance in the state and I can authoritative tell you that there is no cause to worry. “We have alerted all our health surveillance team, health workers and health partners on the Monkey pox virus. “The children and their teachers should return to their classes; what they heard that some people are doing vaccination and injecting the virus in people, especially children, is a rumour and unfounded. “There is no vaccination ongoing in the state for now and we are not planning any in days to come. “As a responsible government and ministry, we have taken out time and energy to keep our health surveillance at the highest level of alert. “Be rest assured that the ministry will respond appropriately and on time to any disease outbreak or even suspected case in the state. That, I will personally assure you,’’ he said. The commissioner, however, said that there was a suspected case of the virus and that the ministry was currently following up the development. “Suspicion does not mean that it has happened; it could, however, be other types of pox and not necessarily Monkey pox.’’ He said that the girl in question had been quarantined for clear monitoring as well as to protect people living around her. In Nsukka, Enugu State, there was tension and panic as parents rushed to schools to pick up their children and wards. Mrs Stella Ozioko, a parent, told NAN that her sister had called her from Umuahia to pick up her children. “I am taking them home; it is better they stay at home alive than being injected to death.” she said. At Township Primary School, a parent who gave his name as Mr Ben Ezema, said he was in the market when one of his family friends called him that he had just rushed to pick up his children, to avoid being injected to death. “I have collected my children and they will stay at home until I am convinced nobody is coming to inject them in school,” he said. Mrs Cecilia Ugwuoke, the Headmistress, Modern Primary School, Nsukka, expressed surprise at how parents embrace rumour. “I tried my best to convince them that their children are safe and that we will not allow anybody to inject their children but they insisted they want to take their children home. “We have opened a register in every class so that parents will sign before taking their children. “This is to ensure that evil people do not use the opportunity to collect children that are not theirs,” she said. NAN reports that students of Urban Girls Secondary School and Government Technical School, Nsukka, were seen rushing home as early as 12.30 p.m. When contacted the Transition Caretaker Committee Chairman in Nsukka, Chief Ejike Asadu, described the vaccination story as untrue. “We have not seen any immunization officer dressed in military uniform. “I urge parents and residents to remain calm as the council will not allow anybody to inject any school children. In Umuahia, public and private secondary and primary schools closed abruptly due to the alleged vaccination. NAN reports that the rumour went virile, forcing schools in the state capital and other neighbouring towns in Bende, Ikwuano and Umuahia South Local Government Areas to stop academic activities and the students and pupils sent home. The development caused panic and tension in the area as parents and guardians rushed to fetch their children and wards from different schools. The principal of one of the public secondary schools in the town told NAN that parents and guardians had besieged the school and demanded to take their children and wards home. “We tried to dissuade them and convince them that it was all rumour to no avail,” the principal, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said. In one private primary and secondary school in Afara, Umuahia, the head teacher said that she was inundated with calls from parents and guardians who were trying to confirm the rumour. “While we were trying to convince them on phone that there was no cause for alarm, many rushed into the school premises insisting on taking their children home.” Reacting to the development, the spokesman of the 14 Brigade of the Nigeria Army, Ohafia, Maj. Oyegoke Gbadamosi, said that the army was not embarking on the vaccination of children in the area. “It’s all rumour and propaganda to tarnish the good image of the Nigerian Army,” he said. Gbadamosi, who wondered about the source of the rumour, said that the military held a successful free medical outreach in Isuikwuato last week and that there was no vaccination.

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