The Police have confirmed that a middle-aged man, Stephen Nnadiogo, has committed suicide by drinking poison after stabbing his four children and sister-in-law to death at Awada area of Onitsha in Anambra. Confirming the incident on Sunday, the Divisional Police Officer of Awada, Mr Martin Chijioke, said the police command had begun an investigation to unravel the circumstances that led to the murder. “Preliminary investigation reveals that the suspect, after committing the murder, took poison and died,” Chijioke said. Eyewitnesses, however, said that the incident occurred at about 8.00 p.m. at the residence of the suspect at 21B Ntueke street, Awada Obosi in Idemili North Local Government Area. The source said the suspect’s wife was not at home when the incident occurred while the house another maid reportedly ran away when the incident occurred. “It was the cry of the housemaid that alerted residents of the area. We have never seen this type of incident before,” the witness said. Another eyewitness said the suspect had been taken to the psychiatric hospital several times and had shown signs of recovery before the dastardly incident. The police later took the bodies of the victims and the suspected murderer to a mortuary.
A Federal High Court in Lagos on Tuesday expunged proceedings in the trial of a former Governor of Enugu State, Chimaroke Nnamani, who is charged with N5.3 billion fraud. Justice Chuka Obiozor expunged the proceedings at the instance of the prosecution, who informed the court of the intention of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) to file a new charge against Nnamani and his former aide, Sunday Anyaogu. After the counsel had announced their appearances, the prosecutor, Mr Kelvin Uzozie, told the court that the EFCC had re-appraised the case and came to the conclusion that rather than continue with the old charge marked FHC/L/09c/2007, “it would be best to bring a fresh charge sheet.’’ Counsel to the first and second accused, Mr Rickey Tafa and Mr Victor Obaro, did not opposed the prosecution’s application. However, Nnamani’s lawyer informed the court that at the last proceedings, the defence had filed an affidavit for termination of the charge FHC/L/09C/07 which, he said, had been conceded to by the prosecution. He argued that at the time the case was reassigned, there was no charge, having filed an application to strike out same.t In response, the prosecutor said his request to court was that the entire proceedings before the court be set aside with liberty to the prosecution to file a new charge. Asked by the judge if the existing charge should be struck out, Uzozie urged the judge to take it that there was no charge before him and expunge all the proceedings observed so far before him. Ruling on the submissions of the parties, Justice Obiozor expunged and struck out the entire proceedings as sought by prosecution. Nnamani and Anyaogu are being prosecuted by the EFCC for N5.3 billion fraud. They were first arraigned in 2007 alongside six companies for allegedly conspiring to divert about N5.3 billion from the coffers of Enugu State. The case which had been handled by at least three judges was assigned to Justice Obiozor in December 2017.
The Kano State Police Command confirmed on Saturday that three girls died of suffocation inside a parked car in Sabon Gari area of Kano metropolis. “The car has been parked there for more than one year; the girls were playing around it and later locked themselves inside. “Apparently, they could not open the door and there was no one around to assist them. Three of them died of suffocation while one survived,” Mr Magaji Majiya, spokesman of the command, disclosed. He said that the incident happened “around 3 p.m. on Friday”. According to him, the girls were aged between two and four years. “The victim that survived has been taken to the hospital while investigation has commenced into the matter,” Majiya said. Efforts to speak with the parents of the girls were not successful as none of them was reachable on phone.
The Nigerian Peace Corps has reacted to recent reports which implied that President Muhammadu Buhari has rejected the Peace Corps Bill. In a statement issued on Saturday by the Public Relations Office of the Corps, Millicent Umoru, the NPC described the report as misleading and a “voyage of interpretation of the Constitution”. The report had insinuated that by not signing the Bill 30 working days after it was transmitted in December 2017, the President had denied accent to the bill. However, Umoru insisted that some of the bills that were sent to the President along with the Peace Corps bill had been rejected as the president expressly wrote the National Assembly to convey the reasons why those bills were rejected. The corps stressed that the Peace Corps Bill was not part of the rejected ones and as such it was wrong for the medium to have published such a report. Read the full text of the statement below: RE: BUHARI REJECTS NIGERIAN PEACE CORPS BILL. When our attention was drawn to the aforementioned report in the Vanguard Newspaper of Saturday, February 17, 2018, which was written by Mr. Soni Daniel, the Northern Regional Editor of the Newspaper and Mr. Emman Ovuakkporie, our initial reaction wasthat of disbelief. But after reading the entire report, it suddenly dawned on us that the authors deliberately elected to sensationalize the caption with a view to selling the Newspaper and on that note; we wish to assure the teeming members of the Peace Corps of Nigeria and millions of our well-wishers nationwide that the writers merely embarked on a voyage ofinterpretation of the Constitution. The truth of the matter is that out of about nine Bills that were transmitted to the President together with that of the Nigerian Peace Corps, the President rejected three and returned same to the National Assembly (NASS), stating reasons why he rejected them. And of course, the Nigerian Peace Corps Bill was not part of the rejected ones. We are not unaware of the grand conspiracy by some security agencies against the Peace Corps, especially the Police, Department of State Services (DSS) and Civil Defence in theiradversarial memos to the Presidency to thwart assent to the Bill. This conspiracy, whichwas also manifested in form of opposition during the Public Hearings conducted by both chambers of the NASS on the Bill, was roundly defeated by superior arguments of over 500 Oral and written Memoranda submitted during the Public Hearings in the NASS. The major plank of this conspiracy is that the functions of the Nigerian Peace Corps (NPC)Bill overlap that of the Nigerian Police and Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC), which is far from the truth. (Nigerians should watch out for our full pageadvertorial on this issue in The Nation, The Sun, Daily Trust and Tribune Newspapers on Monday, 19th February, 2018). The advertorial clearly articulates the statutory functions of the Police, Civil Defence and that of the Nigerian Peace Corps. We wish to correct the erroneous impression created by this report, whose contents are just the authors’ interpretation of the provisions of the law, President Muhammadu BuhariGCFR, has not assented to or rejected the NPC Bill. And if even the President rejects the Bill, he will communicate same to the NASS, stating reason(s) for doing so. Moreover, the Spokespersons of both chambers of the NASS, Senator Sabi Abdullahi(Senate) and Hon. Abdulrazak Namdas (House of Representatives) have clarified the issues as far as the law on this matter is concerned. The authors also questioned the legal status of the Peace Corps, a position that smacks of mischief. For purpose of clarity, Peace Corps of Nigeria was duly incorporated by the Corporate Affairs Commission under the Companies and Allied Matters Act Cap 1990, Part C as Nigerian Leadership and Marshal Corps, but changed to Peace Corps of Nigeria in 2002 in accordance with the Companies and Allied Matters Act. So, its legality has never been called to question and even if the Bill is not assented to, that will not stop it from functioning as an entity. The Bill is essentially to give statutory backing to the Corps. That this report is coming out a few days after the House Committee on Public Petition gave the Corps directive to take-over its Headquarters that has been under lock and key by the Police since February 2017, a directive that was almost executed before the intervention of the FCT Commissioner of Police, is suspicious. How sad! Sadder still is that in spite of several Court judgments pronouncing Peace Corps as a legal entity, including recent verdicts by two different Federal High Courts judges, the antagonists of the Corps have continued to disregard these valid Orders by refusing to unseal the Peace Corps office. So much for the Rule of Law! In conclusion, we request all PCN Stakeholders and indeed the entire Nigerian youth to disregard any erroneous, malicious and none-evidence based information against the NPC Bill. Patriot Millicent Umoru Corps Public Relations Officer
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.