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Rape trial of Bayelsa ex-Security Adviser: Bayelsa Chief Judge declines request to transfer case

Justice Kate Abiri, the chief judge of Bayelsa State has declined an application to have the rape trial of Chief Richard Kpodo, a former Security Adviser to Ex-Governor Timipre Sylva to another judge.
It would be recalled that the ongoing trial of Kpodo, charged for rape of a 26-year-old cashier in Kpodo’s hotel was on October 31 halted following an application by the accused to the Chief Judge.

Love scam: 10 Nigerians pose as U.S. Army officers

The Port Harcourt’s Zonal Office of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has arrested 10 suspected Internet fraudsters.
They were arrested in different locations and at different times across Port Harcourt (Rivers State), Warri (Delta State) and Asaba (Delta State) in a sting operation.
The suspects are: Alia Jamike Chinemerem; Ogbiugba Ifeanyi Henry; Uchanna Cyril; Samuel Obomovo; Israel Ogagaoghene; Israel Diaso; Aghariagbonse Destiny; Aretuemhen Frank, Paul Esibhakpen and Louis Idehen.

Bayelsa govt to investigate Amatolo, Okumbiri crisis

…asks residents to return

Excess Crude Account drops from $2.319b to $631m in three weeks

Nigeria’s Ministry of Finance on Wednesday disclosed that the amount in the Excess Crude Account (ECA) has declined from $2.319 billion to $631 million within three weeks.

Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Finance, Mahmoud Dutse while explaining the decline told journalists in Abuja that withdrawals were made by the Federal Government from the ECA to settle the last tranche of the Paris Club Refund.

My husband subjects me to marathon sex for ritual, says wife

The President of Mapo Customary Court in Ibadan, Chief Ademola Odunade, on Wednesday dissolved the three-year-old marriage between Tawakalitu Adeoye and Hakeem over threat to life and ritual making.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that Odunade held that the court does not joke with any issue on life, hence the need for the dissolution.

Zamfara govt, oil marketers collaborate to fight insurgency

By Idris Salisu
Gusau

The Zamfara State government in collaboration with oil marketers (major and independent oil marketers) has vowed to close all channels that supply armed bandits fuel which they use in carrying out their criminal activities in the state.

Breaking: EFCC drags NBA president, Usoro, to court

The President of the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA), Mr Paul Usoro, has just been arraigned before Justice Muslim Hassan of the Federal High Court Lagos Nigeria on a 10-count charge by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) on offences bordering on money laundering.
He pleaded not guilty on all the counts and the court granted him bail in the sum of N250 million with one surety in like sum. The surety must be a civil servant who must not be less than Grade level 14 officer.

I am guilty,’ OAU sex-for-marks lecturer, Akindele changes plea

Prof. Richard Iyiola Akindele, a former lecturer in the Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile Ife, dragged to court for demanding sex to pass one of his students, Monica Osagie, on Monday, changed his plea from ‘not guilty’ to ‘guilty.’

The prosecutor, Mr. Shogunle Adenekan, said all parties in the matter had reached an agreement and pleaded for a suspended sentence for the accused.

The matter was stood down for one hour. – Punch

Obi does not use statistical data recklessly - Aide

By Valentine Amanze
Mr. Valentine Obienyem, the media adviser to the former Governor of Anambra State and the Vice Presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Mr. Peter Obi, has called on Nigerians to disregard those going about debunking, as incorrect, the data used by Obi to support his points during the 2018 Vice Presidential debate.
Obienyem said that engaging in what he called “statistical fallacy” was a mark of persons without honour and insisted that Obi did not do so during the debate.

Abuse of 15-yr-old girl: Friends, Ayade’s aides, politicians move to save ex-commissioner

There were clandestine moves yesterday by some top politicians and associates of the embattled former Commissioner for Information in Cross River State, Edet Okon Asim, to stop his continued detention and save him from an impending court case.
Asim, who is the Special Adviser to Governor Ben Ayade on Biodiversity, is being detained by the police for allegedly defiling a 15-year-old girl.
He was accused of having canal knowledge of the girl for over three years, causing her to have three abortions.

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