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Five injured in new clashes in Togo’s capital

THE PUNCH - 0 sec ago

Five people were shot and injured on Thursday as gangs of youths and the security forces clashed sporadically in Togo’s capital Lome, ahead of a planned opposition protest that the government has ruled illegal.

Eric Dupuy, spokesman for the main opposition National Alliance for Change party, said the five were shot in the Be area of the city and two of them were in a “critical” condition.

Shots were fired around the home of ANC leader Jean-Pierre Fabre, he added.

Amnesty International’s country director in Togo, Aime Adi, confirmed that five people had been shot and wounded, adding they were taken to hospital in Lome for treatment.

The streets were largely deserted ahead of the rally, which the opposition coalition has refused to cancel despite a government ban on weekday marches on security grounds.

Demonstrators plan to march to the offices of the West African bloc ECOWAS to demand the resignation of President Faure Gnassingbe.

Gnassingbe has been president since 2005 and is the scion of Africa’s longest-ruling dynasty that has been in power in Togo since 1968.

At least four people were killed on Wednesday in Lome and the country’s second city Sokode as protesters clashed with police and soldiers, the government said.

In Lome, most shops were still shut by midday (1200 GMT) and the streets were virtually empty apart from the occasional motorbike-taxi, an AFP correspondent said.

“Activity is at a standstill after days of disruption by the marches,” said one mobile phone vendor in Deckon, the city’s commercial hub.

“What’s happening is weighing heavily on us. The politicians need to talk to find a solution to this crisis.”

– Game of cat and mouse –

In Be, an opposition stronghold in the southeastern part of the capital, groups of youths attempted to set up barricades and burn tyres.

But the security forces, who were deployed in large numbers, sporadically fired teargas in a lengthy game of cat and mouse.

In other areas such as Amoutive, efforts were under way to remove barricades and the remains of burned-out cars that had been torched on Wednesday.

Hundreds of thousands of people have taken to the streets since August to call for Gnassingbe’s resignation and limit the presidential mandate to two, five-year terms.

Twelve people, most of them teenagers, have been killed since August.

In Paris, the foreign ministry said it was following events in its former colony “with concern”.

“We strongly condemn the recent violence that has left several people dead or injured (and) call for calm on both sides and dialogue,” it said in a statement.

A source at the Togo presidency said Benin’s head of state, Patrice Talon, made a low-key visit to Lome on Wednesday night to discuss the situation with Gnassingbe.

AFP

Ex-Minister Saidu Isa is dead

THE PUNCH - 19 min 54 sec ago

The Kwara State government has confirmed the death of a former Minister of State for Foreign Affairs, Mr Saidu Isa.

Details soon…

Italy arrests seven in migrant-smuggling ring

THE PUNCH - 29 min 36 sec ago

Italian police said Thursday that they had arrested seven people while breaking up a ring of smugglers who were ferrying migrants from Greece and Albania to Italy.

A criminal gang, with a known history of smuggling black-market cigarettes in the southern port city of Brindisi, was using its network to ferry over the migrants, mainly from Syria but also Iraq and Somalia.

Twenty-six people were involved in the trafficking, charging about 4,500 euros ($5,300) per person, the police said.

The seven main members, six Italians and a Greek with Iraqi origins, were arrested and one boat was seized.

Italy has been a primary destination for the thousands of migrants who have been risking perilous sea voyages to reach western

Europe in recent years, from Greece as well as Libya and other North African countries.

Both Italian and EU officials have been trying to curb the influx which has seen nearly 1.5 million people arrive in Europe since 2015, according to the International Organization for Migration.

AFP

Buhari’ll accommodate all Nigerians, says presidential aide

THE PUNCH - 33 min 42 sec ago

Olalekan Adetayo, Abuja

The Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Mr. Femi Adesina, on Thursday said every Nigerian is relevant, and will be accommodated, in the ongoing effort to reposition the country.

According to a statement by the Deputy Director (Information), State House, Mr. Attah Esa, the presidential spokesman spoke while addressing a coalition of Igbo progressive groups under the auspices of the Igbo People of Nigeria at the Unity Fountain in Abuja.

Adesina said the development programmes embarked upon by President Muhammadu Buhari would need the support of all parts of the country, and every Nigerian, in order to succeed.

“I will like to thank you for this solidarity rally. When you hold a rally like this, it is not for President Muhammadu Buhari alone, but also for the country.

“As the Igbos will always say, we need one another to succeed.  We need each other for our country to succeed, and we need to uphold the country for generations unborn,” he said.

Adesina said he listened to the speech by the leader of the group, Uche Cheguo, and was impressed that South Easterners continue to value the efforts of the President in ensuring a united and progressive country.

The presidential spokesman conveyed the goodwill of the President to the group, promising to relay their message to him when he returns to the country from Turkey.

In his speech, Cheguo said President Buhari’s penchant for resolving conflicts through dialogue demonstrates his love for the South East, and other parts of the country.

“We want to point out that the visit of our leaders to Your Excellency should eradicate any doubts as to where the loyalty and allegiance of Igbo people lie.

“We are absolutely behind your government even as we categorically affirm that we have no animosity towards state institutions. We cannot and must not be defined by a minority that is vocal and violent,” he said.

Crystal Palace: Wilfried Zaha cannot keep us up on his own - Roy Hodgson

BBC NEWS AFRICA - 36 min 48 sec ago
Crystal Palace manager Roy Hodgson says it would be "unfair" to expect Wilfried Zaha to single-handedly save the club from relegation.

Police arrest four over kidnap of Britons in Delta State

THE PUNCH - 37 min 7 sec ago

Four people have been arrested in connection with the kidnapping of four British nationals in Delta state, police said on Thursday.

The Britons, including a husband and wife from a Christian medical charity, were seized last Friday in Delta state, where they had been providing free health treatment.

Delta state police spokesman Andrew Animaka said there was still no update as to their whereabouts.

But he added: “We are following up on a lead with the arrest of four persons in connection with the incident.

“The suspects are currently in the custody of the state police command, in (the state capital) Asaba, and are rendering useful information.

“I can assure that we are on the heels of the abductors.”

Kidnapping for ransom is rife in southern Nigeria, where high-profile individuals and their families are frequently targeted by criminal gangs.

Victims are usually released after a few days once payment is made.

Last Thursday, an Italian priest based in Nigeria for the last three years was kidnapped by armed gunmen near Benin City, the capital of Edo state.

He was released on Tuesday evening.

Father Maurizio Pallu told Vatican Radio from the Nigerian capital, Abuja, on Wednesday that it was the second time in a year that he had been kidnapped.

British diplomats in Nigeria have refused to comment about the latest abduction.

Police believe militants who have attacked oil and gas pipelines in the oil-rich Niger delta region are behind the kidnapping.

Nigerian intelligence sources said the Britons are thought to have been taken to militant camps in the creeks and swamps of the delta.

AFP

Gunman kills CAC pastor in Ondo

THE PUNCH - 46 min 10 sec ago

Peter Dada, Akure
 
An unknown gunman has reportedly killed a Christ Apostolic Church pastor, Oluwarotimi Akinroyeje, at the mission house located at Ago Gbooro area of Ore in the Odigbo Local Government Area of Ondo State.

According to a source, the assailant who was masked entered into the mission house at about 1am on Monday and went straight to where the deceased was and shot him at a close range.

The source said the motive behind the dastardly act was still unknown, as according to him, the killer did not take anything from the deceased after shooting him dead.

“The man who wore a mask entered into the mission house in the middle of the night and brought out a  locally-made gun and killed the pastor. He did not take anything when he was going, he just shot the pastor and left,“ the source said.

When contacted, the Public Relations Officer of the Ondo State Police Command, Mr. Femi Joseph, confirmed the incident and said the command had commenced investigation into the matter, adding that it was an assassination case.

He however alleged that the family members of the deceased were not cooperating with the police on its investigation. He said the command had invited them but they had failed to show up.

He said, “The family of the deceased should do well to cooperate with the police because we have discovered that on this case the family has not been assisting us in our investigation, their only concern is for us to release the corpse to them to go and bury.

“It is always good if the family can be fielding us with useful information, we are not magicians, it is from the information we get that was can have our lead and arrest the perpetrator, what the family is doing on the matter is not good enough.”

OPEC chief welcomes rebalancing of oil market

THE PUNCH - 46 min 49 sec ago

OPEC secretary general Mohammed Barkindo welcomed Thursday the rebalancing of the world oil market, hinting the cartel would likely renew its output-cutting deal next month.

Barkindo made the comments at the annual Oil & Money conference in London, before the latest production meeting of the 14-nation Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries in early November.

“There is no doubt that the market is rebalancing at an accelerating pace — and there is far more light at the end of the tunnel,” Barkindo told journalists on the sidelines of the industry event in the British capital.

The OPEC boss highlighted recent upward global demand revisions from various organisations including the Paris-based International Energy Agency watchdog.

He also spoke after Russian President Vladimir Putin declared in October it was possible to extend the OPEC deal “at least until the end of 2018”, during Saudi Arabian King Salman’s visit to Moscow.

“Putin gave a very pointed answer. We took it seriously — it was the president talking,” said Barkindo on Thursday.

He added that Saudi Energy Minister Khaled al-Faleh and Russian counterpart Alexander Novak  would “take their cue” from Putin’s comments in upcoming discussions with other oil producers.

Late last year, the Saudi-led OPEC cartel joined with Russia and other producer nations in cutting crude output in a pact that has helped prop up prices.

The deal, which was subsequently extended through March 2018, has helped guide oil prices back above $50 per barrel.

OPEC will convene again on November 7 for the next scheduled gathering at its Vienna headquarters, where any deal extension will be decided upon.

“At the moment consultations are ongoing for the agenda for November, led by Saudi Arabia and Russia,” added Barkindo.

“Khaled al-Faleh is touring member countries and Alexander Novak the others. It would not be appropriate to comment.”

He noted that OPEC nations had increased their level of compliance with production targets in September from August, according to preliminary data.

Russia and Saudi Arabia are two of the world’s two biggest energy exporters.

Ayade’s security personnel forces pupils to pack refuse with bare hands

THE PUNCH - 52 min 14 sec ago

Mudiaga Affe, Calabar

A trending picture on social media which showed pupils of Edgerly Memorial Girls Secondary School in Calabar being compelled by an agent of the Cross River State security outfit to pack refuse with bare hands has elicited negative reactions from residents of Calabar-South.

The picture went viral on face book on Wednesday after an agent of the state Homeland Security was caught on camera with the pupils packing the refuse with their bare hands.

Governor Ben Ayade had in August set up the Homeland Security outfit as well as the Green Sherriff to help maintain order and restore the state to her status as the safest state in the country.

While the exact date of the incident could not be ascertained, a shop owner close to the school gate, Annie Ben, said it had become a daily affair seeing the security operatives  ordering passers-by to clear refuse from the gutter with their bare hands.

Ben, who said it was not the first time pupils of the school had been asked by the security operatives to carry out the act explained that several residents of the area had always condemned the action.

“It is not the first time this kind of thing is happening. They have always hung around to identify any person who would drop any dirt on the road. They will immediately pounce on you and ask you to clear the dirt in the environment with your bare hands. This is an unhealthy punishment,” she lamented.

Meanwhile, the Chief Press Secretary to the Governor, Mr. Christian Ita, while reacting to the facebook post, condemned the action of the security outfit personnel.

He said, “The attention of the Cross River State Governor, Prof. Ben Ayade, has been drawn to an incident involving an officer of the Green Sheriff asking a student of Edgerly Memorial Girls Secondary School Calabar to pack refuse which she dumped wrongly on the floor at a dump site when the dumpsters were not full.

“The state Governor regrets this lack of discretion by the officer and has directed  the Director General of the agency to investigate the matter with a view to identifying the officer involved and taking appropriate action.

“While the State Governor appreciates the work that the Green Sheriff is doing in keeping the state clean and green, he will not tolerate actions that will increase risk of exposure of citizens to infections or other health challenges.

“In line with this, the agency is directed to step up guidance of Officers of the Green Sheriff on acceptable methods of enforcement of sanitation laws and ethical engagement of citizens. The Governor also encourages citizens to support government’s effort to keep the state clean by disposing their waste appropriately and building the cleanliness culture which the state is known for.”

 

 

Avoid external loans, BudgIT warns states

THE PUNCH - 56 min 36 sec ago

A budget-based organisation, BudgIT, has cautioned state governments to desist from accumulating debts, especially from external loaners.

BudgIT’s Lead Presenter, Mr Oluseun Onigbinde, who raised this concern while presenting the group’s 2017 State of States report on Thursday in Abuja, said exchange rates made it difficult to service such loans.

Onigbinde said that BudgIT aimed at making the Nigerian budget and public data more understandable and accessible across every literacy span.

He said that the rising debt profile of states had become worrisome; hence the need for states to boost their Internally Generated Revenue.

“State governments are indebted to Nigerian banks and investors; shackled with by huge repayment debts borrowed against higher oil prices.

“Total debt stock of Nigerian states has increased significantly from the 2012 level of N1.79tn to N2.12tn in 2014.

“With increased inability to meet recurrent expenditure obligations and increased pressure, most states resort to more debt uptake; total debt profile of the states in 2015 and 2016 was N3.03tn and N3.89tn respectively.

“The debt profile of states is an understanding that their revenue has been poor and they have to resort loans and the statutory funds which the Federal Government provides.

“It is important that states begin to watch this; especially external debt; exchange debt risk can be a problem and some states like Lagos are facing it now and it can escalate to other states.”

Onigbinde said that the only way forward was for states to raise their IGR, bring in investments, and become more efficient in the use of public resources.

He said that loans should be channelled to projects that could bring about sustainable development and impact on IGR such as building roads in industrial estate among others.

The lead presenter advised states to reduce their operational costs and free up more spending on social infrastructure.

He urged states to harness the opportunities that abound in aquaculture-agriculture manufacturing, trade, logistics and tourism.

(NAN)

Nigeria, Turkey agree to strengthen security cooperation

PREMIUM TIMES NIGERIA - 1 hour 3 min ago

‘‘We are very pleased that Turkey is in a position to assist us and has been strengthening our educational and health institutions.”

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Gov. Ugwuanyi has united political leaders in Enugu, says Sen. Nwobodo

THE CITIZEN ONLINE - 1 hour 4 min ago

The former Governor of old Anambra State and chieftain of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Senator Jim Nwobodo, has applauded Governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi of Enugu State for uniting political leaders in the state irrespective of political divide, describing him as a leader with conscience and fear of God.

Sen. Nwododo spoke at his country home in Amechi Awkunanaw, Enugu South Local Government Area, when he joined other stakeholders and revered traditional rulers in the area to receive Gov. Ugwuanyi at the palace of HRH Igwe Anthony O. Okorie.

The governor was at the Igwe’s  palace with members of the campaign train of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) for the November 4 Local Government Elections, for the royal father’s blessing of the party’s candidates in the area.

The APC chieftain explained that he was at the event to welcome the governor because “Gov. Ugwuanyi is the governor of all political parties in Enugu State”, who has conscience, done so well in office and united everyone.

Senator Nwobodo also thanked the governor for the development projects the state government is executing in his community, especially the ongoing construction of a bridge.

The former senator added that he was glad that the era of hate speeches and bickering is gone in the state, stating that “Enugu State is safe because it is in the hands of God”

“I have come to welcome you and tell you that you’re good and I appreciate what you’re doing in Enugu State. You’re a different governor. I have been a governor. A governor who wants to lead well must be for all political parties.

“I’m here because Gov. Ugwuanyi is the governor of all the political parties. I don’t talk about the governor when it comes to politics because he has surprised everybody. He has done so well and has united everyone. He has conscience”, Senator Nwobodo said.

Responding, Gov. Ugwuanyi who first appreciated God for his goodness, thanked Senator Nwobodo for his support and that of other leaders, such as Senator Ken Nnamani, assuring them of more development projects immediately after the rains.

Earlier in his remark, the state  Chairman of the PDP, Hon. Augustine Nnamani noted that the party’s campaign train was at the Igwe’s palace to present the candidates of the PDP to the traditional rulers and seek the blessing of the royal fathers for success of the party at the forthcoming elections.

Parents encouraging exam malpractice – Lawmaker

THE PUNCH - 1 hour 7 min ago

A federal lawmaker, Sen. Obinna Ogba, on Thursday said parents and guardians contribute to the increasing rate of examination malpractice in the country.

Ogba said this on the sideline of the opening ceremony of a two-day International Summit on Examination Malpractice by the West African Examinations Council.

The theme of the summit is: “Examination Malpractice; The Contemporary Realities and Antidotes.’’

According to him, some parents, in their quest for automatic placement of their children into tertiary schools, engage in acts which lead to an increase in the vice.

“They mount all sorts of pressures on the examiners and the supervisors in order to have their children cheat during examination in one form or the other,’’ he said

Ogba said that the moment parents and guardians desist from such acts, the issue of malpractice would be brought to almost a zero level.

“If this is not tackled, we can keep holding this kind of summit from now till eternity all to no avail.

“This is a war that all of us must fight. Our appeal is for our parents to have a rethink and desist from this act in order to bring an end to the menace,’’ he said.

NAN

Alleged N170 million contract scandal: Businessman sues top Justice Ministry official

PREMIUM TIMES NIGERIA - 1 hour 8 min ago

Mr. Joseph accuses the director of frustrating prosecution of Zinox Computers officials for alleged fraud.

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ISIS’ support for Boko Haram disturbed me, Buhari admits

THE PUNCH - 1 hour 8 min ago

Olalekan Adetayo, Abuja

President Muhammadu Buhari on Thursday admitted that he was disturbed and surprised by the claim made by members of Boko Haram sect about the support they have been receiving from the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria.

He however said he was happy that his administration had been able to prove that it can contain the insurgents.

According to a statement by his Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, the President at a joint press conference he held with President Recep Tayyip Erdogan of Turkey after their talks in Ankara.

“We were very surprised and disturbed by the claim made by Boko Haram on what they have been getting from ISIS.

“We know we will be able to contain them and we have proven that we can do it.

“We are very pleased that Turkey is in a position to assist us and has been strengthening our educational and health institutions,” Buhari reportedly said at the press conference.

According to the statement, the two leaders agreed to strengthen cooperation between the security agencies of both countries to counter terrorism.

Buhari said he was ‘‘very pleased’’ that the defence ministers of both countries held extensive discussions on developing new strategies for counter-terrorism.

He said, “We are very pleased with the progress of the meeting so far and we are going to wait for the details of meetings between the two countries.

“We will as a result of the meeting between the ministers and officials of both countries strengthen rapidly whatever their recommendations are.”

Commenting on the degradation of Boko Haram in Nigeria, the President said the improved security situation in the North East was an eloquent testimony to the efforts of his administration in combating terrorism since he came into office in May 2015

Buhari said the two leaders also discussed the prospects of increasing their bilateral trade, which has exceeded $779m in the first eight months of 2017.

“There are a lot of potentialities in terms of investments and a lot is being done in the educational and health sectors in Nigeria.

“These will be strengthened and I assure you that Nigeria is prepared to accept Turkish business people to come and explore more of Nigeria’s potentialities,” the Nigerian leader said.

In his remarks, Erdogan said Nigeria had great potentials and remains “a global actor in terms of economy, demographics and its peacekeeping records.”

He indicated that Turkey was interested in investing in Nigeria’s electricity, refineries and gas sectors, adding that increasing the flights between Turkey and Nigeria would further improve commercial and people-to-people relationships.

On the fight against terrorism, the Turkish leader said, “There is no difference between Boko Haram, Fethullah Terrorist Organisation or Daesh , which have all killed, inflicted pain and hardship on innocent people.

“All of these organisations are hordes of murderers that feed on the innocent people, and in the fight against terrorism, we will stand with our Nigerian friends, and we are ready to share our experience and provide all kinds of support.

“We also expect the same cooperation from Nigeria in fighting against Fethullah that murdered 250 Turkish citizens last year.”

US school to be named after Obama, drop name of Confederate leader

THE PUNCH - 1 hour 15 min ago

A public school in Mississippi is to drop the name of the Civil War leader of the pro-slavery South and be named after the first black US president, Barack Obama, the local newspaper reported.

The move in Jackson, Mississippi, comes amid a national debate over a campaign to remove statues and other monuments to generals and leaders of the 1861-1865 Confederacy.

The Clarion-Ledger said Davis International Baccalaureate Elementary School, whose enrollment is 98 percent black, will be renamed Barack Obama Magnet International Baccalaureate Elementary School next year.

Janelle Jefferson, head of the parent-teacher association, informed the Jackson school board of the plan to rename the school at a meeting on Tuesday evening, the newspaper said.

“Jefferson Davis, although infamous in his own right, would probably not be too happy about a diverse school promoting the education of the very individuals he fought to keep enslaved being named after him,” Jefferson told the board.

She said the school community had voted to rename the school “to reflect a person who fully represents ideals and public stances consistent with what we want our children to believe about themselves.”

According to the Southern Poverty Law Center, a civil rights advocacy group, more than 100 public schools in the United States — primarily in the South — are named for Confederate icons.

A protest against the removal of a Confederate statue turned deadly in August when an avowed white supremacist drove his car into a crowd of counter-protestors in Charlottesville, Virginia, killing a woman.

White nationalists and neo-Nazis had staged a rally in the city to oppose the planned removal from a public park of a statue of Confederate general Robert E. Lee, the Civil War commander of the Army of Northern Virginia.

AFP

Immigration CG in C’ River over Cameroonian soldiers’ attack

THE PUNCH - 1 hour 16 min ago

Adelani Adepegba, Abuja 

The Comptroller-General of Immigration, Muhammad Babandede on Thursday commenced a two-day visit to immigration service formations in Cross River State, to evaluate the reported attacks on communities in the state by Cameroonian soldiers.

It was learnt that the CG would tour patrol bases and control posts bordering Cameroon to assess the situation on the ground following repeated invasions of border communities by the gendarmes, the latest of which occurred at Danare in Boki Local Government Area of the state.

The state Commissioner of Police, Hafiz Inuwa had said that six Nigerians were shot by gendarmes from Bodam community during the invasion on the Nigerian territory a few days ago.

The victims, who were hospitalized, however survived the attack.

The Immigration Service Public Relations Officer, Sunday James said in a statement that Babandede would validate the reports from the operatives in the crisis area which would be presented to the Federal Government for further action.

He explained that the CG would also assess the readiness of operatives on the ground to ensure the safety of citizens and the preparedness of the commands around the Cameroonian border in checking influx of illegal migrants.

The NIS spokesman stated that Babandede admonished the NIS operatives to be diplomatic, professional, and where necessary midwife the Federal Government directive in managing the migratory issues in collaboration with other border security agencies.

He explained that the operatives were to enforce effective checks, data capturing, refusal of entry  where necessary and granting admission or entry in deserving cases. 

James noted that the Nigeria Immigration Service had the responsibility to ascertain the situation on the ground and validate reports from the field operatives on the issues involving the Cameroonian security forces and Nigerian nationals in the border communities.

“The Comptroller-General of Immigration would soon return to report his findings and draw up further line of action in line with his personal assessment of the situation;Meetings would also be held with stakeholders at Mumbai and other points in the course of his visit to the state,” the statement added.

It further said that the immigration boss paid a courtesy call on Cross River State Governor Ben Ayade  at the Government House.

Man, 26, gets 9-year jail term for possession of hard drugs

THE PUNCH - 1 hour 22 min ago

A Federal High Court, sitting in Jos, on Thursday, sentenced a 26- year-old man,  Awos Arin, to nine years imprisonment for unlawful possession of hard drugs.

The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency, Prosecuting Counsel, Mrs Ramatu Oketola, said the convict, of Angwan Rukuba in Jos North Local Government Area of Plateau, was arrested on June 6 by officials of the agency.

Oketola said that Arin was being tried on a three-count of unlawful possession of hard drugs including 200g of Cannabis, 49.3g of Tramadol and 8g of Exol-5, similar to cocaine and narcotic.

“My lord, the suspect’s offences contravened Section 19 of NDLEA Act, Cap. N30 Law of the Federal Republic of Nigeria 2004 (as amended), ’’ she said.

When the charges were read to the suspect, he pleaded guilty and begged for leniency.

Oketola, however, told the court that the suspect was a second offender, having been jailed for one month on February 13 by the Federal High Court I.

The judge, Justice Musa Kurya, however, sentenced Arin to three years imprisonment for each of the three charges without an option of fine.

“The sentences of three years for each of the three-count charge will run consecutively totalling nine years in all, without any option of fine.

“This is to serve as a deterrent to others, considering your age and your determination to be a notorious criminal, ’’ the judge said.

Kurya ordered the hard drugs tendered as exhibits to be burnt by the NDLEA after 30 days of the court’s judgment. NAN

Onyekuru described as a ‘gem’ by French website

PREMIUM TIMES NIGERIA - 1 hour 23 min ago

Onyekuru is making his second start in the UCL.

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Grieving man finds nurse having sex with wife’s corpse

THE PUNCH - 1 hour 23 min ago

A grieving husband allegedly caught a male nurse having sex with his wife’s corpse as he visited her one last time in the hospital.

According to Mirror.co.uk, the grief-stricken husband gave the nurse a beating of his life before handing him over to the Police in Bolivian capital La Paz.

The 27-year-old nurse who was later identified as Grover Macuchapi, 27 is currently facing prosecution on charges of profaning a corpse and obscene acts.

The police chief, Douglas Uzquiano, said the incident happened around an hour after the patient died at Hospital de Clinicas in La Paz on Monday and was transferred to a hospital morgue.

He said, “Relatives of the dead woman had gone to the hospital to cancel a debt they had for the medical treatment she received.

“The husband went to the morgue and saw a male nurse having sex with his late wife.”

The unnamed husband told a local newspaper: “I saw what he was doing and hit him. He was moving and he had his trousers down.”

The hospital worker blamed his actions on a trance.

He was quoted as saying: “Something happened. It was like a dream. The next thing I remember was feeling a blow from behind when the woman’s husband hit me.”

The unnamed female patient, a 28-year-old, had only died around an hour before she was targeted.

Prosecutors said Macuchapi could not be charged with necrophilia because the offence didn’t exist under Peruvian law.

 

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