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Police Comb Lagos, Vow To Rescue 3 Abducted Boarding School Girls
The Lagos State Police Command has vowed to rescue three students who were abducted from their boarding school by unknown gunmen on the Ikorodu outskirts of the state.
The Assistant Inspector-General of Police, Zone 2 Command, Bala Hassan, who said operatives of the Command are currently hunting for three teenage girls who were abducted from the Babington Macaulay Junior Seminary School by unknown gunmen on Monday evening said:
“They are preparing for exams and went to the classroom to read and revise. It was in the process that the hoodlums came armed with Ak47 and started shooting sporadically and took three of them.
CBN Uncovers $20Bn Lying Idle In Domiciliary Accounts Of Nigerians
The Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) has blamed some privileged Nigerians for the spiraling fall of the Naira as it has uncovered about $20 billion which is being kept idle in some domiciliary accounts in the country.
This is contained in a statement issued by the Apex Bank’s deputy governor, financial system surveillance, Joseph Nnana on Thursday.
Speaking at the meeting of the joint appropriation committees of the national assembly, Nanna assured Nigerians that these speculators would surely get their fingers burnt, adding that the Naira would also pick up after the passage of the 2016 budget.
JAMB Releases 200,000 UTME 2016 Results Amid Concerns
Since the commencement of the on-going 2016 Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME) on Saturday, the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) has released results of over 200,000 candidates who had written the examination.
This was brought to light by the Registrar/Chief Executive Officer of JAMB, Prof. Dibu Ojerinde, on Tuesday during the monitoring of the exercise in Abuja and its environs.
The Registrar said that over 200,000 candidates’ results had been released since the examination commenced on Saturday, just as the Minister of Education, Mallam Adamu Adamu, expressed concern over the plight and difficulties faced by non-computer literate students sitting for the examination.
Ese May Have Been Hypnotised! Mr. Oruru Vows To Take Daughter To T.B Joshua
Mr. Charles Oruru, father of the abducted Ese Oruru, who regained freedom on Tuesday has declared that he will seek spiritual help from Lagos cleric, Pastor T. B. Joshua of the Synagogue Church of All Nations.
His decision to seek spiritual help from the renowned prophet came on the heels of his 14 year-old daughter’s inability to come home after being released into the custody of the Police, as he feared that she may have been hypnotized.
He also blamed her defiant stance to come home on the trauma experienced, adding that it would take prayers before she can return to normal.
Catholic Priest Caught Snorting Cocaine In A Room Full Of Nazi Memorabilia
A Roman Catholic priest based in Northern Ireland was caught on camera snorting cocaine in a room filled with Nazi memorabilia, The Sun reported on Sunday.
Father Stephen Crossan, 37, who admitted that he didn’t have an ‘issue with drugs’, was seen using a £10 ($14) note to inhale the illicit substance during a party at his house located on church grounds after a night of drinking.
“I shouldn’t before snorting the white powder off a plate while talking to a friend,” the vicar of Christ could be heard saying in the video.
I Won’t Pay N5000 Stipend To Unemployed Nigerians – Buhari Makes A Shocking U-Turn
In a shocking development, President Muhammadu Buhari has made a major U-turn from one of his campaign promises before the 2015 presidential election, as he has said that he would not pay the N5000 stipend he promised to unemployed youth in the country.
The president retracted his campaign promise in Saudi Arabia as he continued his visit to the Middle East over the weekend.
He said he would rather channel resources into the building of infrastructure, education, agriculture and mining to create employment opportunities for able bodied young men.
He said: “This largesse N5,000 for the unemployed, I have got a slightly different priority. I would rather do the infrastructure, the school and correct them and empower agriculture, mining so that every able bodied person can go and get work instead of giving N5,000 to those who don’t work.”
Ritual Killer Sexually Assaults 3 Year-Old Girl With A Stick
Cross River State Police Command has apprehended a suspected ritual killer who reportedly abducted a three-year-old girl and forcefully inserted a stick into her vagina in Ikang, headquarters of Bakassi Local Government Area of the State.
According to information gathered, the suspect kidnapped the girl while she was playing with her peers on February 28, and hurriedly took her to a nearby forest where it was discovered that he purportedly inflicted injuries on the victim.
The abductor, whose identity has yet to be ascertained, allegedly forced a stick into the little girl’s vagina.
The impaled little girl was rescued after her peers immediately raised the alarm and a search party combed the nearby forest where the suspected ritual killer was captured after he already wrecked unforgivable havoc on the child’s body.
The suspect was immediately handed over to the police at Ikang Police Division, while the girl (names withheld) had undergone several surgeries at the University of Calabar Teaching Hospital.
Nigerian Armed Forces Launch New ‘Harmonised’ Camouflage
The Nigerian Armed Forces have inaugurated the harmonised military desert and woodland camouflage uniforms to check the proliferation of camouflage uniforms across the country.
The harmonised camouflage, which was launched on Monday in Lagos by the Air Force, will now be the official camouflage of the Nigerian Army, Nigerian Air Force and the Nigerian Navy.
The new development will have all the arms of the Nigerian military wearing the same camouflage uniform and also having a common system of identification.
The Air Officer Commanding, Logistics Command of the Nigerian Air Force, Air Vice Marshal Muhammadu Muhammed, who launched the camouflage on behalf of the Chief of Air Staff, opined that the introduction of the new harmonized camouflage will control the proliferation of camouflage among military, paramilitary and civil security outfits.
FOREX Critics Face Shame As Naira Gains Value Against Dollar
Speculators have gotten their fingers burnt severely in the sharp appreciation of the Naira against the Dollar at the parallel market as strong indications have emerged on the efforts of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) to stabilise the country’s currency.
According to a high ranking official of the Apex Bank, the deployment of a number of measures by the bank may have turned the tide in the foreign exchange (FOREX) market and led to the severe punishment suffered by currency hoarders and speculators.
The CBN had last week held that foreign currency speculators were to be blamed for the spiraling inflation of the naira, which depreciated to an all-time low of almost N400 to the dollar.
Governor Godwin Emefiele of the Apex Bank had accused speculators who connived with bureau de change operators to undermine the efforts of the bank of propping up the naira and warned that such speculators would eventually be punished by the market.