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Appeal Court Upholds 25 Years Jail Term For Boko Haram Convicts
The Court of Appeal sitting in Lagos has affirmed the verdict of a Federal High Court in Lagos, which sentenced three members of the terror group, Boko Haram to 25 years imprisonment each.
The appellate court, in a judgment delivered on Friday by Justice Y.B Nimpar, rejected the appeal filed by the convicts and upheld the judgment of the lower court, which sentenced Ali Mohammed, Adamu Karumi and Ibrahim Usman, to 25 years imprisonment each.
The 3 convicted men, who were arraigned before the Justice Ibrahim Buba of the Federal High Court in Lagos, for participating in terrorism and belonging to outlawed Boko Haram sect in November 2013, were found guilty in September 2014.
Nigerian Army Threatens To Crush Niger Delta Militants
The Nigerian Army has threatened to crush the new militant group, the Niger Delta Avengers, which has threatened to cripple the nation’s economy through targeted destruction of oil pipeline and kidnap of workers in the region.
In a statement issued on Tuesday by its acting Director of Information, Rabe Abubakar, from the Defence Headquarters (DHQ), the Army said it would deploy every available resource to deal decisively with any threats to economic lifeline of the nation.
The statement read: “The defence headquarters (DHQ) is not unaware of the emergence of a Niger Delta group that has vowed to cripple economic activities through pipeline vandalism, oil theft and kidnap of expatriate workers in that region; it will not hesitate to deploy every available resources to deal decisively with any threats to economic lifeline of the nation.”
British Tabloid Mocks Buhari’s Anti-Corruption Credentials In A Startling Publication
Ahead of the world anti-corruption summit, this week, in London, United Kingdom, which is to be hosted by the Prime Minister David Cameron, a prominent British Newspaper has questioned the anti-corruption credentials of Nigeria’s President Muhammadu Buhari.
Mail Online, on Sunday, said, “The presence of Nigeria’s president at David Cameron’s anti-corruption summit this week may surprise many in his nation – which receives vast amounts of UK aid.”
Humorously describing Buhari as the “self-proclaimed ‘People’s President’”, the Tabloid hinted that, “Buhari, may be waging a war against corruption his critics have described as a witch hunt.”
FRSC To Begin Confiscation Of Vehicles With Expired, Substandard Tyres
Following the continuous highway mishaps experienced in the country, the Federal Road Safety Commission (FRSC) on Monday, announced that it would hence forth impound vehicles with expired and substandard tyres.
This is just as the commission blamed some of the road accidents in Nigeria on the importation of substandard tyres due to poor border control.
Speaking on the matter at the Stakeholders’ Forum on Tyres with the theme, “Promoting Safe Tyre use in Nigeria’’, the FRSC Corps Marshal, Mr Boboye Oyeyemi, said the measure became necessary to curb incessant road accidents usually caused by poor tyre usage in vehicles.
“What we’re going to commence immediately is that any vehicle that has expired tyres or substandard tyres, we’re going to impound the vehicles,” Oyeyemi said. “Enough is enough to this. All the crises we’re talking about from February this year to April, they were all tyre-related.
In Ogun: 12 Unlicensed Hospitals Shut Down, Illegal Morgue Uncovered
n a bid to put an end to quackery in the Ogun State Health Sector, the authorities of the state have shut down at least 12 privately owned hospitals operating without licences in Ijebu areas of the state.
This is just as an illegal mortuary, which was uncovered in Ago-Iwoye, in Ijebu North Local Government Area of the state, was also closed down.
The discovery and closure of the illegal facilities were carried out by the State Monitoring Team, Department of Hospital Services in the State Ministry of Health, during the just concluded revalidation/registration of all private health facilities in the state.
The team was led by the State Commissioner for Health, Dr Babatunde Ipaye and the Permanent Secretary, Dr Nafiu Aigoro.
Scores Injured In Mosque Attack As Suicide Bomber Kills Self In Maiduguri
Scores were reported injured as a suicide bomber suspected to be member of Boko Haram terrorist, disguised as a worshiper and then detonated the Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs) that was strapped around him, killing himself in a mosque in Sulimanti ward of Maiduguri, the Borno state capital.
It was gathered that the incident, which took place at about 4:50am on Wednesday, left locals in shock and disarray as the capital of Borno, Maiduguri, has been free from explosion or gunshot for close to two months now.
Sources said, “the suicide bomber who disguised as a worshipper attempted to enter the nearby Masalacin Kofar Shehu Councillor (mosque) when Muslim faithful were performing their morning prayers, but the IEDs he was carrying exploded few metres to the mosque leaving the suicide bomber dead with few others who were about to enter the mosque injured”.