Good morning! Here Are Some Major News Headlines In The Newspapers Today: 13-year-old boy shoots 3-year-old girl to death with loaded gun in Ogun
1. A 13-year-old boy, Ope Babalola, has allegedly shot dead a three-year-old girl, Esther Samuel, in Ogun state. The teenage boy reportedly shot dead the minor with a dane gun belonging to one Semiu Adegesin. The incident happened in Kukudi village in Imasayi, Yewa North Local government area of the state.
2. Indications have emerged that some state governments are planning to initiate contempt proceedings against the Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami, SAN, and Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria, Godwin Emefiele, over their refusal to implement the Supreme Court judgment on the naira redesign policy of the Federal Government.
3. The National Vice Chairman (North-West) of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Salihu Mohammed Lukman, has asked the party’s national chairman, Senator Abdullahi Adamu, to resign to pave the way for a Christian from the North-Central to take over. In a statement on Friday, Lukman argued that it is not proper for the President-elect, Bola Tinubu, and the Vice President-elect, Kashim Shettima, and Adamu to be Muslims while Christians have no stake.
4. The National Population Commission (NPC) has said that the postponement of the 2023 gubernatorial and state House of Assembly elections will affect the conduct of the 2023 Housing and Population Census. Sources from the commission said the exercise would now be held between May 3 to 7.
5. The Governorship Candidate of the Labour Party (LP) in Lagos State, Gbadebo Rhodes-Vivour has said that if elected in the March 18 election, his administration will improve capacity and localise solutions to the problems facing the state. He gave the assurance while speaking at the Youth O’clock breakfast meeting organised by the ‘Obidient Movement’ in Ikeja GRA Lagos.
6. At least 35 people, who went on a fishing expedition, have been shot dead by Boko Haram fighters in Ngala Local Government Area of Borno State. Residents and families of the deceased said they were devastated by the attack and called for more security in the area to save them from attacks by terrorists.
7. AFederal High Court in Abuja has held that it is only the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) that is empowered by law to determine the mode of collating and transmitting election results. Justice Emeka Nwite, in a judgment, also held that it is only INEC that has the prerogative to direct how the Polling Unit Presiding Officer should transfer election results, including the total number of accredited voters and results of the ballot.
8. The Supreme Court yesterday affirmed the nomination of Senator Rufa’i Hanga as the candidate of the New Nigeria Peoples Party (NNPP) in the February 25 National Assembly election. A five-member panel of the apex court, led by Justice Inyang Okoro, in a unanimous judgment on Friday, faulted the refusal by the electoral body to replace Senator Ibrahim Shekarau with Hanga after Shekarau left the party for the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) before the election.
9. Chairman, Independent National Electoral Commission INEC, Prof. Mahmood Yakubu has advised officials of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, to desist from maligning his character in the media or risk being sued for libel. Chief Press Secretary to the INEC Chairman, Mr Rotimi Oyekanmi said this while reacting to calls by the PDP on Prof. Yakubu to step down for his handling of the Presidential and National Assembly Elections.
10. The Governor of Rivers State, Chief Nyesom Wike, yesterday explained that the Presidential Candidate of the Labour Party, Peter Obi, left the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, for the LP, because of moves by some politicians in the PDP to ensure power remained in the north. Wike, who said he feels satisfied that power has moved to the south, insisted that he never worked against Obi in the 25th February, 2023, presidential election.
Troops repel terrorists’ attempt to attack INEC collation centre in Borno. neutralize 60
Hours after Governor Babagana Zulum cast his vote at the Ajari Ward polling unit 001 in Mafa Local government, over 60 terrorists suspected to belong to the ISWAP faction, attempted to infiltrate army base serving as collation center for the March 18 Governorship and State Assembly elections by troops of the Nigerian army, but they met their waterloo.
Available reports from military sources have it that the terrorists stormed Mafa town in gun trucks and motorcycles around 2:00am and headed towards the military base where Collation of votes for the local government was ongoing.
Troops of Operation Hadin Kai annihilated the terrorists following an aggressively executed counter-attack operation which was supported by air taskforce fighter jets dispatched to the scene which bombarded the fleeing terrorists, killing a huge number while few who managed to flee, left with fatal wounds.
A source confirmed that the bodies of 60 terrorists recovered were ridden with bullets. A Hilux vehicle, several weapons and ammunitions were also recovered from the fleeing terrorists.
NDLEA intercepts heroin consignment at Lagos Airport, seizes 1.2m pills of Tramadol
No fewer than One Million Two Hundred and Five Thousand Two Hundred and Sixty (1, 205, 260) pills of opioids were seized in two interdiction operations in Kogi and Gombe state by operatives of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency, NDLEA, just as anti-narcotic officers at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Ikeja Lagos disrupted the activities of a drug syndicate that operates between Nigeria, East Africa, and Europe, with the arrest of two members of the cartel.
Operatives at the Lagos airport had on Monday 13th March intercepted a member of the drug syndicate, Ejezie Vitus Ifeanyi, during screening of inward passengers on Ethiopian Airline flight from Malawi via Addis Ababa at the arrival hall.
When a search was conducted on him, it was discovered that one of his two bags has a false bottom concealment. During preliminary interview of the suspect, he confessed that a member of the syndicate was waiting at the airport carpark to pick him. An immediate follow up operation led to the arrest of Chukwu Franco Bright, who was waiting in a grey colour Mercedes Benz C180 coupe, marked EKY 973 GQ to receive the drug consignment.
After his arrest, a proper search of the bag was conducted before the two suspects leading to the recovery of 3.00 kilograms of heroin. Findings reveal that the drug syndicate networks between Nigeria, and Malawi, Mozambique in East Africa and Europe. While Chukwu who lives in Lagos is responsible for the recruitment and coordination of the activities of mules on behalf of other members of the cartel based in Mozambique and Malawi, another set operates from the South-Eastern part of Nigeria.
Meanwhile, NDLEA operatives at the SAHCO export shed of the MMIA on Wednesday 15th March intercepted a jerrycan of palm oil going to Dubai, United Arab Emirates. At the point of examination, it was discovered that 600 grams of cannabis sativa were concealed inside the jerrycan of palm oil. A suspect, Tunde Ogunbowale who presented the consignment for export to Dubai was immediately arrested.
This is even as attempt to export 2.7kg cannabis packaged as part of dried onions to Dubai through a postal service firm was frustrated by NDLEA officers attached to the courier company, who seized a carton filled with colourful sachets of dried onions, used to conceal the illicit consignment.
In Kogi state, a total of 530,160 pills of tramadol and 99,000 tabs of diazepam were seized along Okene-Abuja highway from a bus driver, Suleiman Oyedokun, 41, coming from Onitsha, Anambra state and going to Kontagora in Niger State on Monday 13th March. Same day, 576, 100 pills of tramadol concealed in bags of rubber slippers were intercepted by NDLEA officers at trailer garage, old mile 3 road area of Gombe metropolis, Akko LGA, Gombe State.
Four suspects: Usman Suleiman; Ya’u Yusuf; Saidu Suleiman and Abubakar Umar have so far been arrested in connection with the seizure.
In Kaduna, 367 kilograms of cannabis sativa were recovered from a vehicle with registration number FKJ141DX. Two suspects: Monday Suleiman, 62, and Sama’ila Mohammed, 30 were arrested while a bribe of One Million Two Hundred Thousand Naira (N1,200,000) offered NDLEA officers were documented as part of exhibits to prosecute the suspects.
Operatives in Delta state also on Wednesday 15th March arrested a local female distiller of cannabis sativa and dry gin, Ebi Akpotudua, 52, to produce a cocktail drink popularly known as monkey tail. She was arrested at Ugboroke by river road, Warri with 19.5 litres of monkey tail and 22.2kg cannabis.
Chairman/Chief Executive Officers of NDLEA, Brig. Gen. Mohamed Buba Marwa (Retd) commended the officers and men of MMIA, DOGI, Kogi, Gombe, Kaduna, and Delta Commands for their professionalism and staying focused.
He charged them and their colleagues across the country to intensify the heat on drug cartels.
Jobless man steals church chairs, water, remanded in prison
An Upper Area Court in Karu, Abuja, on Friday, remanded a job applicant, Shedrach Johnson, who pleaded guilty to stealing 100 pieces of plastic chairs.
The police charged Johnson with criminal trespass and theft.
The judge, Malam Hassan Mohammed, deferred the sentence and adjourned the case until March 24 for sentence.
Mohammed ordered that the convict be remanded in the Keffi Custodial Centre.
Earlier, the prosecution counsel, Mr Olarewaju Osho, told the court that the matter was reported by one Pastor Uche Eke of Gidan Daya, Orozo, Abuja.
Osho told the court that the convict criminally trespassed into the complainant’s church and stole 100 plastic chairs and three bottled water.
He said the convict was arrested with the help of security men on duty and three plastic chairs were recovered from him and a pack of bottled water.
Johnson pleaded guilty but begged for leniency.
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