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Update- Couple Steals Child And Sells Off, For N500,000…

16 Nov

In what will come across as a really shocking development, a couple in Imo State has stolen a boy from his parents and sold him off to another. 

The suspects 

A couple, Ifeanyi Anyanwu and Amarachi Ugorji, has been arrested by the Anti-Kidnapping unit of the Imo State Police Command for allegedly stealing and selling a two-year-old boy, Ikechukwu Nwachukwu, for N500,000, Punch Metro reports.

The couple allegedly stole the child on August 28 from his parents in Umuozu-Uguiri in the Isiala Mbano Local Government Area of the state.

Punch Metro, however, reports that prior to the incident, Anyanwu and Ugorji had sold their first child on credit to a man in Port Harcourt, Rivers State.

The state Police Public Relations Officer, SP Andrew Enwerem, during a parade on Wednesday, said in the latest incident, the couple kidnapped and sold Nwachukwu for N500,000 to one Ifeanyinwa Duru.

Duru was said to have resold the  boy to one Mrs. Chidinma Emmanuel, for N700,000.

The police spokesperson, who described the development as worrisome, said the couple, Duru and Emmanuel were nabbed in Aba, Abia State, adding that the child was rescued unhurt.

Enwerem said, “On August 28, 2017, Ifeanyi Anyanwu, 23; and Amarachi Ugorji,18, conspired and kidnapped Ikechukwu Nwachukwu, who is two years and six months old, from his parents in Umuozu- Uguiri in the Isiala Mbano LGA.

“The two suspects, after the kidnap, started demanding ransom from the parents of the child. When the parents of the kidnapped child could not provide the money, they opted to sell the child to one Ifeanyinwa Duru, 39, at the cost of N500,000. Duru, in turn, resold the child to one Chidimma Emmanuel, 42, at the cost of N700,000.

“The two buyers were arrested in Aba following painstaking investigation, while the child was rescued unhurt and has since been reunited with the legitimate parents by the command.

“The suspects have confessed to the crime and investigation has been concluded. The syndicate will soon be charged to court.

“The Commissioner of Police, Chris Ezike, has instructed all heads of the tactical units of the command to go all out against those who trade in human beings, especially children, who have done nothing wrong except that they were born into a society that has lost its values.”

Emmanuel said her desperation to have a male child after the death of her husband lured her into the crime.

The couple told Punch Metro that they had earlier sold their first child to an unnamed person in Port Harcourt for N200,000, on credit.

A police source told Punch Metro that operatives of the command were already closing in on the buyer and would soon arrest him and rescue the child.

It was learnt that 18-year-old Ugorji was already pregnant with another child.

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Update- Lawmaker Intervenes After 70-year-old Woman was Banished for Sleeping With a Younger Lover…

28 Jul
The sad manner a couple were assaulted and disgraced in public after being caught having s*x has attracted the attention of a lawmaker in the state.

The woman and her lover were disgraced in public
Following the sad manner a 70-year-old woman and her younger lover were disgraced after they were caught having s*x, a member of Ebonyi State House of Assembly, Mrs Maria Okoh Ehugo has intervened on behalf of the couple.
Nigerians had condemned the manner the couple were shamed as what happened between the two agreed upon by the individuals involved, the humiliation that followed was not necessary but rather barbaric and an uncivilized act.
The lawmaker met with traditional rulers to act on the banishment.
Here is a statement from what she agreed with the traditional rulers of the community where the incident happened.
ESSA EHUGBO’S VERDICT:
Parading of people unacceptable – Essa Ehugbo.
The member representing Afikpo North East in the Ebonyi State House of Assembly, Mrs Maria Ude Nwachi (Afikpo Chic), on the 22nd July 2017, complained to Essa Traditional Council of Ehugho, the highest decision making body in Ehugbo (Afikpo), about a 70 year old widow, accused of sleeping with a man in her late husband’s home at Amuzu Nkpogoro, Afikpo, and paraded with the man round the villages; with youths chanting disgraceful songs behind them, thereby creating a scene which attracted condemnation from several quarters, describing such as obnoxious, uncivilized, and other adjectives.
Following the report, the Ekpuke Essa Traditional ruling body on 26 July 2017 at Ulubi Eke Ehugbo deliberated on the matter and stated that the normal thing as Ehugbo tradition demands is that the culprit is liable to atone her misdeed with a goat. The above process, the Essa said is the tradition and not the dehumanising act of parading the culprit. They also advised widows cannot hold themselves, they should re- marry or alternatively pack out from their late husband house.
THE VERDICT IS: No community should parade anyone again and if they ever do, they would be fined N100,000 and another fine of N5000 will be given again to every one in the community who allowed such act. They stated the act of the said community is not acceptable. They frowned at the bad public image the incident gave the town of Afikpo.
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PHOTO: On the 22nd of July 2017, when Essa Ehugbo paid me a visit. I tabled up the matter above to them; so they can deliberate on it and give us an official pronouncement on it. Their official stance above will forestall such event from taking place in the future.
Dear media house that contacted me for statement on the matter, I am sorry that I could not make any statement concerning the issue until I consult my people and ascertain the facts and the way forward. And here you have it. The highest ruling body in my land has spoken, and it’s final. – Ude Ehugbo

Update- House of Reps Rules Against Senate, Approves Devolution of Powers to States…

28 Jul
Members of the House of Representatives have voted to devolve power to the states even after it was rejected by the Senate.

House of Representatives
The House of Representatives has approved the devolution of more powers to states. Many had thought that the agitation for restructuring of the country suffered a setback on Wednesday after the Senate voted to reject a proposal to amend the 1999 Constitution to devolve more powers to the states.
The amendment seeks to alter the “second schedule, part I & II to move certain items to the Concurrent Legislative List to give more legislative powers to States. It also delineates the extent to which the federal legislature and state assemblies can legislate on the items that have been moved to the concurrent legislative list.”
With the house approving it, it will now be left for the Houses of Assemblies in all the states to decide whether the vote will be signed into law.

Update-How House of Reps Voted on 33 Major Bills to Amend Nigerian Constitution (Full Details)…

28 Jul
The House of Representatives has concluded voting on 33 major bills to amend several parts of the Nigerian constitution.

House of Representatives
This is how the House of Representatives concluded voting on 33 major bills to amend several parts of the Nigerian constitution.
The House decision on the bills follows the vote by the Senate on them on Wednesday.
During their vote on Thursday, the House of Reps members joined their Senate colleagues to support the #NotTooYoungToRun bill that reduces the age qualification to run for major elective offices.
An aide to Speaker Yakubu Dogara said the speaker helped to rally colleagues to approve that bill.
“This bill is in the interest of the youth which we must empower because if we empower them we are empowering the future generation,” Mr. Dogara was quoted as saying by Turaki Hassan.
Other highlights of Thursdays votes are that the House disagreed with the Senate on come crucial matters such as retaining state independent electoral commissions (which the Senate wants scrapped) and devolution of powers to the states which the Senate rejected.
See the full details of how the House voted on each of the 33 bills, as provided by Mr. Hassan, below:
#ConstitutionReview
 Bill 1: Members of the Council of States To Include former Senate President & House of Reps Speakers as members.
Yes – 274
No – 6
Abstain – 2
#ConstitutionReview
Bill 2: Reduction of Authorization of expenditure Before Budget Passage from 6 to 3 months
Yes: 295
No: 0
Abstain: 0
#ConstitutionReview
Bill 3: Devolution of Powers to States
Yes: 210
No: 71
Abstain: 0
#ConstitutionReview
Bill 4: Financial Autonomy for State Legislature.
Yes: 286
No: 10
Abstain: 1
#ConstitutionReview
Bill 5: Financial Autonomy to LGAs
Yes: 291
No: 12
Abstain: 1
#ConstitutionReview
Bill 6: Democratic Existence Funding and Tenure of LGAs
Yes: 285
No: 7
Abstain: 1
#ConstitutionReview
Bill 7: State creation and boundary adjustment
Yes: 166
No: 125
Abstain: 3
#ConstitutionReview
Bill 8: Immunity for legislators for Words Spoken in Chamber or in Committee Meetings in Course of Duty
Yes: 288
No: 10
Abstain: 1
#ConstitutionReview
Bill 9: Political Parties and Electoral Matters: Time to conduct Bye Elections and Power to deregister parties
Yes: 293
No: 2
Abstain: 1
#ConstitutionReview
Bill 10: Presidential Assent To Constitution Amendment Bill
Yes: 248
No: 28
Abstain: 4
#ConstitutionReview
Bill 11: Time frame for submission of names of ministerial nominees
Yes: 248
No: 46
Abstain: 1
#ConstitutionReview
Bill 11b: Submission of Ministerial Nominees with their Portfolios
Yes: 248
No: 46
Abstain: 1
#ConstitutionReview
Bill 11c: 35% affirmative action for women as ministers
Yes: 248
No: 46
Abstain: 1
#ConstitutionReview
Bill 11d: Submission of Commissioners Nominees with their Portfolios
Yes: 248
No: 46
Abstain: 1
#ConstitutionReview
Bill 11e: Submission of names of office of commissioners shall be attached with portfolio
Yes: 248
No: 46
Abstain: 1
#ConstitutionReview
Bill 11f: 35% Affirmative action for women as States Commissioners
Yes: 248
No: 46
Abstain: 1
#ConstitutionReview
Bill 12: Appointment of Minister from the FCT
Yes: 191
No: 21
Abstain: 3
#ConstitutionReview
Bill 13: Change of names of some LG councils: Ebonyi, Oyo, Ogun, Plateau and Rivers.
Yes: 220
No: 57
Abstain: 8
#ConstitutionReview
Bill 14: Independent Candidacy
Yes: 275
No: 14
Abstain: 1
#ConstitutionReview
Bill 15: The Nigeria Police Force to become Nigerian Police
Yes: 280
No: 9
Abstain: 1
#ConstitutionReview
Bill 16: Restriction of the Tenure of Presidents and Governors
Yes:292
No: 3
Abstain: 3
#ConstitutionReview
Bill17: Separation of office of Accountant General of the Federal Government from Accountant General of the Federation
Yes:274
No: 23
Abstain: 2
#ConstitutionReview
Bill 18: Financial Independence for Office of Auditor of Federation/State
Yes: 289
No: 11
Abstain: 0
#ConstitutionReview
Bill 19: Separation of Office of the Attorney General of the Federation/State from the office of Minister/Commissioner of Justice
Yes: 234
No: 58
Abstain: 3
#ConstitutionReview
Bill 20: Submissions from the Judiciary
Yes: 265
No: 6
Abstain: 7
#ConstitutionReview
Bill 21: Determination of pre-election matters.
Yes: 288
No: 3
Abstain: 1
#ConstitutionReview
Bill 22: Consequential Amendment on Civil Defence
Yes: 293
No: 2
Abstain: 1
#ConstitutionReview
Bill 23: Citizenship and indigenship
Yes: 208
No: 78
Abstain: 2
#ConstitutionReview
Bill 24: Procedure for Overriding Presidential Veto in Constitutional Alteration
Yes: 271
No: 20
Abstain: 0
#ConstitutionReview
Bill 25: Removal of law making power from Executive Arm.
Yes:
No:
Abstain:
Bill 25: Part (1): Removal of NYSC, National Security Agencies, Public Complaints Commission Acts from the Constitution
Yes: 209
No:47
Abstain: 5
Bill 25 Part 2: Removal of Land Use Act from Constitution
Yes:139
No:148
Abstain:4
#ConstitutionReview
Bill 26: Investment and Securities Tribunal
Yes: 270
No: 12
Abstain: 2
#ConstitutionReview
Bill 27: Reduction of Age for Election
Yes: 261
No: 23
Abstain: 2
#ConstitutionReview
Bill 28: Authorization of expenditure time frame for laying Appropriation bill, Passage etc
Yes: 252
No: 7
Abstain:2
#ConstitutionReview
Bill 29: Deletion of the National Youth Service Corps decree from CFRN
Yes: Rejected
No:
Abstain:
#ConstitutionReview
Bill 30: Deletion of Public Complain Act from CFRN.
Yes: Rejected
No:
Abstain:
#ConstitutionReview
Bill 31: Deletion of National Security Agencies from the CFRN
Yes: Rejected
No:
Abstain:
#ConstitutionReview
Bill 32: Deletion of land Use Act from CFRN
Yes: Rejected
No:
Abstain:
#ConstitutionReview
Bill 33: Deletion of State Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) from CFRN
Yes: 229
No: 51
Abstain: 1
#ConstitutionReview
Bill 34: Inclusion of Section 141 of Electoral Act into the Constitution
Yes:241
No:18
Abstain:1

UPDATE- Capital Oil Boss, Ifeanyi Ubah, Finally Released From Detention…

21 Jun

The Directorate of State Security has finally released Nigerian billionaire, Ifeanyi Ubah after weeks in detention for alleged ‘economic sabotage’. 
Ifeanyi Ubah 
Dr. Ifeanyi Ubah, the managing director of Capital Oil and Gas Limited has been released from DSS’ detention.

 

Sources said the oil mogul was released yesterday night unconditionally by the Department of State Services after a “No Case” was established, following a tedious investigation by the DSS in his rift with the NNPC.

 

The DSS had arrested Dr. Ubah over his alleged connection with a claimed theft of petrol kept in his tank farm in Lagos by the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation. The product, it said, was valued at over N11 billion.

 

The agency said Ubah’s action amounted to economic sabotage, with “capacity to negatively impact on national economy.”

 

A statement by its spokesman, Tony Opuiyo had said further that Ubah was also arrested because he further engaged in other activities inimical to national security and public order.

 

“In furtherance of his gimmicks to undermine the government and people of Nigeria, he has incited members of the Petroleum Tanker Drivers (PTD), a critical player in the downstream sub-sector of the Petroleum Industry, to refuse/stop the lifting of products.

 

“This is part of his plans to curry their sentiments and cause them to embark on strike and also stage protests in his favour with the ulterior motive of arm-twisting the NNPC to abandon the cause of recovering the stolen products. The implications of this on law and order is, in fact, a common knowledge. It is consequent upon this that the Service arrested and will prosecute him forthwith.

 

“The public is hereby reassured that the Service will collaborate with appropriate agencies to ensure that the mischievous activities of any person or group(s) to engage in illegal activities will not affect the effective distribution of products across the country. It will also support such agencies to bring to book individuals or companies involved in any criminal act that undermines the nation’s economy”.

 

However, the source from Ubah’s camp who also confirmed his release said the oil magnate decided to keep his release on a low key.

 

Recall that the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, NNPC, had accused Ubah of diverting its product in his tank farm amounting to N11billion.

 

But Ubah had denied the allegation, maintaining he is innocent while providing proves that the NNPC was not sincere with its position against him. Ubah had, through an official letter from his firm, confirmed that he had a face-off with the government-owned firm, NNPC over unpaid and overdue debt amounting to over N16billion owed his company, Capital oil & Gas.

 

The letter said NNPC surprisingly involved the DSS when Ubah paid himself N11Billion out of the N16billion owed him from products stored on his Apapa tank farm by the NNPC, an act he said was a simple issue of counterbalancing.

UPDATE: K.A.I(Kick Against Indiscipline) Official in Lagos, Stoned To Death By Hawkers…

25 May

An official of the Kick Against Indiscipline, Lagos State, Moshood Ayeni, has been allegedly lynched by some hawkers in the Iyana Oworoshonki area of the state.

It was said that Ayeni and other members of his team were returning to their office in a KAI truck on Tuesday when they saw two traders hawking on the road and arrested them.

It was learnt that the traders, who were later identified as one Jeremiah Nnana, 28 and 20-year-old Orichi Nwofokoh, alerted their friends.

As the operatives were about living the scene with the suspects, other hawkers reportedly hauled stones at them to protest the arrest.

Our correspondent gathered that the stone struck Ayeni in the head and he fell from the truck, hitting his head on the road.

He was rushed to the Lagos State Accident and Emergency Centre at Tollgate, from where he was referred to the Lagos University Teaching Hospital. He died from excessive bleeding in the early hours of Wednesday.

The spokesperson for the brigade, Mrs. Rahmat Alabi, who confirmed the incident, said Ayeni was on grade level 05.

She said, “The brigade regrets to announce‎ the untimely death of one of its officials, Mr. Moshood Ayeni, a Law Enforcement Environmental Sanitation Assistant I, grade level 05, who was lynched yesterday at Iyana Oworonshoki by car wash, before Ogudu lay-by, by illegal highway traders on their way back to the office.

“According to one of the officers of the team, Mr. Okarutu Eneji, a Law Enforcement Environmental Sanitation Superintendent grade level 07,‎ the team with green maria, with number plate, RD 643 DS, apprehended one Jeremiah Nnana, for hawking gala and another hawker, Orichi Nwofokoh, for selling phone accessories along the highway.

“The two illegal highway hawkers started shouting and calling the attention of other hawkers around and in no time, they gathered and started throwing stones at the green maria. Ayeni was eventually hit on the head and became unconscious. He fell from the vehicle and hit his head on the highway. He was pronounced death at LUTH around 12.47 am.”

Alabi added that Ayeni’s remains had been deposited at the hospital’s mortuary.

The KAI Marshal General, CSP Jimoh Amusat (retd.), said it was barbaric that the officials were attacked while carrying out their lawful duties.

“The brigade ‎ will not be deterred in combating menace of the illegal highway traders and hawkers in the metropolis

“The entire KAI brigade commiserate with the family of the deceased and pray for his eternal rest,” he added

UPDATE- Senate Moves To Stop Speed Limit Device Sale By FRSC…

7 Apr

The Senate on Thursday, resolved to halt the plan by the Federal Road Safety Commission (FRSC) to implement the use of speed limiting device by vehicles in the country.

Consequently, it mandated its Committee on Federal Character to investigate the plan to ensure that it did not add to the hardship currently being experienced by Nigerians.

This followed a point of order raised by Sen. Dino Melaye (APC-Kogi) during plenary.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) recalls that the FRSC had in 2016 advised vehicle owners to install speed limiting device in their vehicles.

The device is electro-mechanic and restrains a vehicle from moving on more than the stipulated speed limit, and its enforcement is to check speeding believed to be a major cause of vehicles accidents.

Melaye said, “there is a proposal by the Federal Road Safety Corps to begin implementation of speed limiting device and this device is to be sold to individuals by the commission.

“This policy will not go down with the masses of this country.

“This is not the time to bring economic hardship on the already traumatised people in this country.

“In every civilised part of the world, it is the responsibility of road safety authorities or agencies like her to mark speed limits on the road and when you beat this speed, they charge you.

“To ask individuals to purchase speed device from Road Safety is unacceptable and this is even not the time to do it,” he said.

He called on the leadership of the Senate to intervene in the matter and stop the “draconian move”.

In his remarks, President of the Senate, Dr Bukola Saraki, referred the matter to the Federal Character Committee to handle and report back urgently

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