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Court remands 28-yr-old man over alleged rape of 9-year-old girl

A Chief Magistrates’ Court sitting in Gombe, on Thursday, ordered that a 28-year-old applicant, Auwal Yahaya be remanded in prison custody alleged rape of a nine-year-old girl.

Chief Magistrate Japhet Maida, gave the order, following an application for time to enable the police complete its investigation.

Maida adjourned the case until Dec. 6 for further mention.

Earlier, the Police Prosecutor, Insp. Habibu Danjuma, had told the court that the accused, who resides at Jekadafari quarters, Gombe, committed the crime on Nov. 1.

One killed, many injured as Boko Haram set Borno village ablaze

Some suspected members of Boko Haram insurgents on Wednesday attacked and set ablaze Mammanti Village of Jere local government area of Borno state killing one person, while many others injured and carted away with livestock and foodstuffs.

Mammanti village us an outskirt vilkage, less than five kilometres away from Maiduguri the Borno state capital.

A residence of the area, Abubakar Mammanti who fled the village told our correspondent in Maiduguri that the insurgents came in numbers and start shooting sporadically and set the village ablaze.

APC condemns Bayelsa Assembly’s criticism on Police postings

By Valentine Amanze

The All Progressives Congress (APC) in Bayelsa State has dismissed as “deliberate and unnecessary insult” to the people a resolution by the State House of Assembly criticising the recent postings of Commissioners of Police to the state.

  The APC, via its Bayelsa State Publicity Secretary, Doifie Buokoribo, on Wednesday in Yenagoa, stated that the resolution, which came a few days after Governor Seriake Dickson made a similar criticism, showed that the assembly had become a gathering of liveried footmen for Dickson, rather than servants of the people. 

Obi donates N1m to Anambra school

The former Governor of Anambra State and the Vice Presidential candidate of the PDP, Mr. Peter Obi, presenting a cheque of 1 million Naira to Stella Maris Secondary School, Umueri for continued infrastructural development

I won’t attend trial until Buhari’s govt obeys my bail rulings – Dasuki

Former National Security Adviser (NSA), Sambo Dasuki, on Tuesday, wrote the court informing it of his resolve to avoid court hearing until the prosecution obeys the court’s ruling on his bail.
Dasuki is facing trial at an Abuja Division of the Federal High Court for alleged illegal possession of firearms and for alleged abuse of office while he was NSA, has repeatedly been granted bail by various courts which were not obeyed by the Nigerian government despite him meeting the bail conditions.

Don cautions pregnant women over patronage of quacks for ultrasound scans

By Mary Okoh
Enugu

NNPC, Total empower 21 farmers in Enugu

By Mary Okoh

Enugu

Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) in collaboration with Total Upstream Nigeria Limited (TUPNI) has trained 21 smallholder farmers on agribusiness sustenance and value chain addition in Enugu State.

  At the graduation ceremony in Enugu on Tuesday, the Executive General Manager of TUPNI, Mr Vincent Nnadi, who was represented by Delight Sunday-Anecho, Head CSR partnership, lamented that lack of agricultural storage facilities and knowledge has made farming in Nigeria a less attractive venture for the smallholder farmers.

MTN to apply for banking license in Nigeria

Africa’s largest mobile carrier, MTN Group, says it will apply for a mobile banking license in Nigeria and will begin the service in the second quarter of 2019, Rob Shuter, its CEO said Tuesday at a telecoms conference in Cape Town.

  The announcement is coming on the heels of the $10 billion sanction imposed on the wireless carrier by Nigerian authorities. Both parties have been in talks over the penalty.

NYSC hails Ugwuanyi for supplementing transportation cost of Corps members

By Mary Okoh
Enugu

Obi calls on stakeholders to ask questions about governance

By Valentine Amanze

The former Governor of Anambra State and the Vice Presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has described as sad, the continued reverse movement of Nigeria from better to worse rather than the other way round.

  Obi spoke at the inauguration of Prof. Chike Obi Lecture Series by the Alumni of University of Nigeria, Onitsha branch, yesterday.

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