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By AbdulGafar Alabelewe, Kaduna/ THE NATION

A 50-year-old man has allegedly defiled a six-year-old girl (name withheld) at Hanyi Danmani in Kaduna South local government area of Kaduna State.

Hanyi Danmani is a suburb of Kaduna metropolis bordering Rigasa (the largest community in Kaduna where Abuja-Kaduna train terminal is located).

The little girl was lucky to be alive unlike the two others of her age who were recently raped to death and dumped at a mosque and graveyard respectively

Confirming the latest development on Monday, Village Head of Hanyi Danmani, Umar Ibrahim said, the girl was recuperating from bruises she sustained during the defilement by her parents’ neighbour simply identified as Ibrahim.

According to him, “it is true. The case is in Rigasa Police station. But this morning they told me that they are trying to transfer the case to the state Criminal Investigation Department (CID).

“The rape case involved a girl of about six-year-old girl and that man is about 50-year-old. He has his family with two wives. He has his own house as a neighbour to the parents of this girl.

“It happened on Friday but Police then said they should come by Monday. So today, the community went there as instructed.

“I was told that the police are done with the hospital report and they are now transferring the case to the CID.

“According to the mother, it was a very horrible face but she said her daughter is responding to treatment.”

Police Public Relations Officer, ASP Mohammed Jalige, could not be reached for comment as he did not answer his phone call as at the time of filing this report.

Posted On Monday, 23 November 2020 22:45 Written by

By Sani Muhammad Sani, Gusau/ THE NATION

Suspected bandits have invaded Dutsen Gari of Kanoma community in Maru local government area of Zamfara state, abducting Imam and 19 others during Friday congressional prayer.

The worshipers according to information, gathered at the community Jumma’at Mosque listening to sermon from the Imam while the bandits waited for the prayer to begin before the incident occurred.

The suspected bandits were said to be well armed with assorted guns attacked and whisked away no fewer than hundreds of people just after the first raka’at.

Our source revealed that the abductees were later paraded in the bush by the bandits for screening calling names from a list, selecting their victims by their names revealing that they selected 20 persons that were specially listed for the abduction.

He further explained that it was after the screening that five of the kidnapped victims were killed and twenty were shepherded into the bush by their abductors.

Findings by our reporter further revealed that the community are trying to ascertain the number of wounded and those that might have run out of the community for fear of losing their dear life.

The state Police Public Relation officer SP Muhammad Shehu confirmed the abduction of only five and killing of two by the bandits.

He disclosed that the police, other sister security agencies and some local vigilante group were in search for rescue of the kidnapped victims.

Shehu while calling for calm in the communities and its environs stated that security has been beefed up to ensure that the gruesome incident does not occur again.

Posted On Monday, 23 November 2020 22:38 Written by

By Linus Oota, Lafia/ THE NATION

Gunmen have killed one person and abducted two persons in Agwada, the headquarters of Agwada development area in Kokona LG.

An eyewitness told The Nation the gunmen, numbering about 12, stormed the residence of Alhaji Kankau, a Fulani man, around 2am on Sunday and shot sporadically before whisking away two of his children.

It was gathered they killed one of his sons and injured two of his wives receiving treatment at the Federal Medical Centre (FMC), Keffi.

Chairman of Kokona council, Saidu Kurki, confirmed the incident to The Nation on phone but declined further comments.

Overseer of Agwada Development Area, Mukailu Salihu, who also confirmed the incident on phone, said 52 empty shells of bullets were found by Police on the scene of the attack.

Posted On Monday, 23 November 2020 22:34 Written by

THE head of the White House “Operation Warp Speed ” Moncef Slaoui said on Sunday that some Americans will begin receiving the vaccine for COVID-19 as soon as December 11.

A panel of outside experts that advises the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is expected to meet on December 10 to discuss Pfizer’s application for an emergency use authorisation, but it’s not clear how quickly FDA would act on the panel’s recommendation.

He also predicted that life for Americans could return to normal by May due to the rollout of the vaccine, but he said the public perception of the vaccine needed to become more positive.

Slaoui, who was tapped to head the White House effort to develop a vaccine earlier this year, told CNN’s Jake Tapper during an appearance on CNN’s “State of the Union” that he and his colleagues hoped to ship the vaccine to immunisation sites within 24 hours of receiving approval to do so by the Food and Drug Administration.

It’s not clear how quickly FDA would act on the panel’s recommendation. Clinical trials showed that Pfizer’s vaccine was 95% effective in preventing people from getting sick with COVID-19, the disease caused by the novel coronavirus, the company said.

Posted On Monday, 23 November 2020 04:25 Written by

By Linus Oota, Lafia and Jide Orintunsin, Abuja/ THE NATION

  • Sule, APC condemn killing, call for probe

  • Police suspect assassination

Fresh facts have emerged on how the Nasarawa State Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Philip Schekwo, was kidnapped and killed by gunmen at the weekend.

Sources said the killers arrived Schekwo’s home on Kurikyo Road, Bukan Sidi, in Lafia around 11p.m and started shooting sporadically.

Schekwo was said to have perceived danger and made several calls to security agencies without success.

One of the sources, Joseph Gudu said the gunmen used diggers to break a door in the house before whisking Schekwo away.

Gudu said: “His wife, children and the chairman himself made several calls to security agencies in the state but nobody responded.

“The operation lasted about 49 minutes before the gunmen entered the bedroom of the chairman after disarming his security guard. They took him away and killed him just a metre away from his house. They hung his car key close to his lifeless body.”

Governor Abdullahi Sule, Senator Umaru Tanko Al-Makura, the national APC, House of Assembly Speaker Abdullahi Ibrahim, and other top government officials condemned the killing and called for the arrest of the perpetrators.

Others who condemned the killing were the Ondo and Ogun state chapters of the ruling party.

Police Commissioner Emmanuel Longe said Shekwo’s body was found with gunshot wounds.

The police chief said the circumstance of the APC chairman’s death showed that it was not all about kidnapping but assassination.

He said: “From what we have seen since yesterday and the intensity of bullet marked on the wall of the house and the forceful gaining of entrance into the house proved that it was much more than kidnapping.

“And where we found his body, near his house, normally when kidnapping is carried out, it is for profit-making. But this has shown that within a twinkle of an eye, the man was killed, no demand was made whatsoever.

“I believed it was an assassination. But that, notwithstanding, we are going to carry out an exhaustive investigation that will give us a clue to what actually happened. But for now, I believed it was an assassination.”

Governor Sule said he received the news of the death of the chairman with great shock and bewilderment.

A statement by his Chief Press Secretary, Ibrahim Addra, reads: “I am personally traumatised by this gruesome and inhuman act that has left me, Mr. Shekwo’s family members, the APC family and indeed all well-meaning people shattered.

“My prayers and thoughts go to the family of the late Shekwo. He was a great husband, a statesman, peaceful gentleman and loyal party man.”

APC, in a statement by its Deputy National Publicity Secretary, Yekini Nabena, challenged security agencies to arrest the killers.

It condoled with Governor Sule, the Shekwo family, the state APC and the people of the state over the loss.

The party said: “APC condoles with the late Shekwo’s immediate family, the Governor of Nasarawa State, Abdullahi Sule, the State Working Committee and our supporters and members over this shocking killing. We pray the Almighty God grants all that grieves the strength to bear this loss and grant the late Shekwo eternal rest.

“We urge a thorough investigation by the police and another relevant security service to quickly fish out the sponsors and perpetrators of this evil, heinous and barbaric crime and be made to face the full weight of the law.”

Posted On Monday, 23 November 2020 03:51 Written by

By Eric Ikhilae, Abuja/ THE NATION

The Supreme Court on Wednesday dismissed six appeals filed against the election of Douye Diri of the Peoples’ Democratic Party (PDP) as Governor of Bayelsa State.

A seven man panel of the court led by Justice Sylvester Ngwuta, in its first decision, dismissed the appeal by the Advanced Nigeria Democratic Party (ANDP) following its withdrawal by the appellant.

The court noted that the appellant’s claim of wrongful disqualification of its candidate by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) was wrongly made because the said candidate did not meet the constitutional age requirement in the first place.

Posted On Wednesday, 18 November 2020 15:02 Written by

By Alao Abiodun/ THE NATION

The Ooni of Ile-Ife, Oba Adeyeye Enitan Ogunwusi and his wife, Olori Moronke Naomi Silekunola have welcomed a baby boy.

The excited king said both mother and son are doing well.

“To God be the glory, great things he has done. Hearty congratulations to the entire House of Oduduwa and Olori Silekunola who today birthed a Prince to the Royal throne of Oduduwa,” the revered monarch tweeted on Wednesday.

“Mother and child are doing well to the glory of God Almighty,” he added.

Recall that on October 18th, 2018, the Ooni announced that he has taken a new wife, Naomi. “It is the beginning of your wisdom on this throne of Oduduwa,” he said. “You are welcome home my beautiful and adorable queen. #OoniOfIfe #Otisese.”

Posted On Wednesday, 18 November 2020 14:58 Written by

By Kazeem Ugbodaga/ PM NEWS

Atiku Abubakar, Nigeria’s former Vice President has said he is concerned that a dozen of policemen have been kidnapped in the country.

Gunmen had recently abducted 12 assistant-superintendents of police (ASPs). They were said to be abducted on their way to Zamfara from Borno.

The families of the 12 senior police officers, have been worried about the fate of their husbands ever since they were abducted.

Responding to the kidnap, Atiku said he was concerned that a dozen of police officers charged with the protection of lives and properties were themselves victims of kidnapping.
He said no resources should be spared to free them.

“I am concerned like many men and women of goodwill that a dozen police officers, who are charged with the protection of our lives and properties, are themselves victims of kidnapping.

“No resource should be spared to free them,” he tweeted.

The BBC Hausa Services, had reported tha the senior ASP officers were abducted by gunmen in a village between Katsina and Zamfara states 10 days ago, but reports of their abduction have now surfaced.

The family of the police told the BBC they were on their way from Borno State to conduct a special operation in Zamfara State when they were ambushed by gunmen and arrested.

The wife of one of the police officers said she had not heard from her husband for three days until she went to the Borno State police barracks to learn that their husbands had been abducted, and later said two had escaped from the hands of the gunmen and they phoned the headquarters that the rest had been taken away.

She added that she later got a phone call from her husband but only briefly, explaining to her the situation in the hands of their captors.

Posted On Wednesday, 18 November 2020 14:53 Written by

Donald Trump on Tuesday fired the US government’s top election security official, who had rejected the president’s unsubstantiated claims of “massive” fraud in the vote he lost to Joe Biden.

Trump announced on Twitter the termination “effective immediately” of Chris Krebs, who led the agency that jointly declared “the November 3rd election was the most secure in American history.”

The US president, who refuses to acknowledge that he lost his bid for reelection to Democrat Biden, has repeatedly claimed without evidence that the voting and count were replete with fraud.

“The recent statement by Chris Krebs on the security of the 2020 Election was highly inaccurate, in that there were massive improprieties and fraud,” he wrote in a tweet.

“Therefore, effective immediately, Chris Krebs has been terminated as Director of the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency.”

Krebs, who reportedly told friends last week he expected to be removed, appeared to confirm it in a tweet on his personal account.

No evidence
“Honored to serve. We did it right. Defend Today, Secure Tomorrow,” he wrote.

Krebs was in charge of fending off possible foreign and domestic hacker intrusions into myriad voting, sorting and counting machines, as well as databases and other systems that states and localities rely on to tally ballots.

Senator Mark Warner, the top Democrat on the Senate Intelligence Committee, said: “Chris Krebs is an extraordinary public servant and exactly the person Americans want protecting the security of our elections. It speaks volumes that the president chose to fire him simply for telling the truth.”

Republican senator Richard Burr, who until recently was chairman of the same committee, said Krebs and his team “worked diligently to strengthen our election infrastructure, helping to shore up vulnerabilities and build trust between State and Federal Governments.”

Nancy Pelosi, speaker of the House of Representatives, said Krebs was “deeply respected” and accused President Trump of firing him “for speaking truth to power and rejecting Trump’s constant campaign of election falsehoods.”

The challenge of securing the election was even tougher this year because of the complexities of the coronavirus, which forced millions to vote by mail.

Under Krebs, CISA had also warned several times that Russians and Iranians were trying to break into US systems, as Kremlin-linked actors had tried in 2016.

The White House was reportedly particularly unhappy about a CISA webpage set up to fight disinformation, called “Rumor vs Reality.”

The page rejected claims by Trump and others that many votes had been cast in the names of dead people, that counting the ballots days after election day was not normal and that shifting vote counts indicated fraud.

Through numerous reviews, investigations and lawsuits, no evidence has come up of any significant distortion or loss of votes, by accident or fraud.

“There is no evidence that any voting system deleted or lost votes, changed votes, or was in any way compromised,” a group of senior US federal and state election officials said in a report last week.

And on Monday, a group of 59 top election security experts also dismissed claims of significant malfunction or fraud, saying the claims “either have been unsubstantiated or are technically incoherent.”

Posted On Wednesday, 18 November 2020 14:43 Written by

Former Nigeria midfielder Christian Obodo, who spent over a decade in Seria A, including spells with Fiorentina and Udinese, has been abducted in the country’s oil-rich Delta state, police said Monday.

The 36-year-old was stopped by unknown gunmen on Sunday in the southern city of Warri, police spokesman Onome Onowakpoyeya told AFP.

“The police are on some intelligence lead towards his rescue,” Onowakpoyeya said, but “no contacts have been made with the abductors”.

Kidnappings for ransom by criminal gangs are common in Africa’s most populous country, in particular in the oil-producing Delta region.

Obodo was abducted in the same area in 2012, and rescued a day later in a police raid. His kidnappers had demanded a ransom of about $188,000 (149,000 euros).

A friend of the midfielder, who was a regular in the Nigeria team between 2003 and 2008, told AFP that this time Obodo was with his girlfriend in his car when he was abducted.

“They had stopped to buy bananas by the roadside when the gunmen stopped him, forced him out of his car into theirs, and drove off to an unknown destination,” the man who asked to be identified as Chief Big Sam said.

Obodo was 17 when he moved to Italy in 2001 to play for Perugia. He later appeared for Fiorentina, Udinese, Torino and Lecce before moving to Dynamo Minsk in 2014.

Posted On Monday, 16 November 2020 15:29 Written by
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