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 The government of Plateau State has taken disciplinary measures against the state's educational institutions.

All of the state's nursery schools, primary schools, and secondary schools had their licenses to operate in the state withdrawn by the government.

This information was shared with the press by Elizabeth Wampum, who serves as the State Commissioner of Education for the Secondary Level on Thursday.

The commissioner claims that the decision was made after it was discovered that more than 5000 private schools were operating illegally without the proper licenses.

She stated that ninety percent of the private schools in Plateau do not follow the policies and mandates of the government, and she added that eighty-five percent of the private schools that had been awarded licenses in the past had compromised.

She stated, "This is to advise the general public that the operating license of all private Nursery/Pre-primary, Primary, Junior Secondary, and Senior Secondary Schools in the State would have to revalidate their certification in order to continue to operate legally."

However, the commissioner stated that the purpose of the effort was to limit the expansion of unlawful private schools and to help those that operate within the purview of the law in order to accomplish the goal of providing quality education to everyone.

 The Department of State Services (DSS) has filed terrorism charges against Amudat Babatunde, a female blogger who went live on Facebook around 2 a.m. on July 1, 2021, during a raid on the Ibadan residence of Yoruba Nation agitator Sunday Adeyemo, also known as Sunday Igboho, by the DSS in collaboration with sister agencies.

They are two of the 12 arrested aides of the activist who have yet to be released by the secret police. This is despite the fact that a Federal High Court in Abuja granted them bail on August 4, 2021, and the secret police has not yet released them.

The blogger, who goes under the name of ‘Lady K ifeoluwa show' on Facebook and has over 17,000 followers, went live on Facebook at midnight on July 1 during the raid on Igboho's house by Nigerian security personnel.

Lady K, seated on a bed in a room in one of the flats in Igboho's property in the Soka region of Ibadan, had recorded a 12-minute video, in which she informed the world that DSS operatives had "attacked" the residence of her employer in the Soka section of the city.

An anxious Lady K had remarked, in a video that was still available on her Facebook page at the time of publishing this article, "Please share this video, troops have stormed Chief Sunday Igboho's residence." Currently, we are under attack. The Nigerian military has launched an attack on us at Chief Sunday Igboho's residence....

It's possible to hear the gunfire. It's around 2 a.m. now. They had been shooting for more than ten minutes at this point. It was necessary for me to validate it before proceeding with this story. I woke up because I could hear their bullets. I'm unable to come out at this time. They told me not to come out, but to inform the world through this Facebook Live video instead.

After the raid, Igboho's spokesman, Olayomi Koiki, claimed that the DSS had removed the closed-circuit television from his principal's house, an allegation that the DSS has not denied.

Lady K was alleged to be a part of the Yoruba Nation arrowhead's media team until the DSS detained her and 11 others during the raid on their compound. It was also claimed by the secret police that its agents killed two further associates of the activist during a "gun duel."

Lady K and 11 other individuals had contacted the court through their attorneys in order to exercise their fundamental rights to freedom of expression and association.

Justice Obiora Egwuatu of the Federal High Court in Abuja had granted bail to the 12 detainees on August 4, 2021, but the DSS released 10 of them last week and detained the blogger and Oyetunji, who had been detained for more than 60 days following their arrest on July 1.

The lawyers for Lady K and Oyetunji, including Pelumi Olajengbesi, had pleaded with the Department of State Services to obey court orders and release the detainees on bail, while three Senior Advocates of Nigeria, Femi Falana, Ebun-Olu Adegboruwa, and Ifedayo Adedipe, said that the DSS was inviting anarchy and lawlessness into the country by refusing to comply with the court order.

Additionally, Olajengbesi had threatened to file a contempt of court action against Yusuf Bichi, the director-general of the Department of State Services.

On the other hand, the DSS, through one of its lawyers, S.M. Bello, filed five terrorism-related accusations against Oyetunji and Babatunde, commonly known as Lady K, in a suit with the filing date of August 31, 2021 and the case number FHC/ABJ/CR/305/2021.

The DSS said that Oyetunji and Lady K were in possession of firearms for the purpose of engaging in terrorism-related activities, and that Lady K particularly supported terrorist acts on her Facebook page.

 More drama could be on the way when Tuface's brother, Charles Idibia, calls out the singer's wife, Annie Idibia, once more.

After a heated debate on Instagram on September 3, Charles called Annie Idibia out again on Sunday.


Annie had called out her spouse, Tuface Idibia, his family, and his children's moms, which sparked a furious argument. The actress claimed that, despite her patience and many sacrifices for Tuface and his children, the singer's family never liked her from the start, no matter how hard she tried.


Tuface's brother, Hyacinth Idibia, was also chastised by Annie for living with the singer, his children, and Pero in the same house.


In another Instagram post, Charles accused Annie of making them "victims of her fury and the war she has decided never to let go" by making them "victims of her rage and the war she has chosen never to let go."


He begged Annie to reconsider because she is always quick to cry fowl, claiming that he was afraid of where Annie's "violence" would end. Despite the fact that they don't always agree, the singer's brother stated that they will respond if she calls for war because "life is bigger than who has money and who doesn't."


Charles, who also wished Annie well, closed by saying, "We don't all have to be millionaires to be happy."


Finally... What bothers me the most these days is the violence. Annie, where does it end... the fighting...


"Your husband has his own wahala, but is it going to be your solution to the difficult predicament you've been thrust into? Is it true that if you stab him in the chest while he sleeps over a phone call from Pero requesting that he talk to his children in the middle of the night owing to the time difference with the United States... for example, that you will have peace? ...You'd be correct... and we'd be incorrect... then what? From that kind of setting, how does he even operate as a musician?


"Have a second thought, Annie; you made us victims of your fury and the war you refuse to end... You, on the other hand, are quick to scream fowl. We can't all agree with you all of the time because, because your husband is the "King" and you are the "Queen," we must all obey your every instruction and respond when you declare war...


"Life is more than whether or not you have money. To be happy, we don't all have to be millionaires. I wish you happiness and success. Annie, believe me, I've tried. Goodbye. "

 Khafi Kareem and Gedoni Ekpata, Big Brother Naija ex-housemates, have had their first child after marrying in 2020.

Khafi revealed this on her Instagram page, where she posted a photo of herself and her new baby.

"Our miracle has arrived, and he is perfect," she wrote. Thank you to everyone who watched our gender and baby reveal in real time. "


In July, Khafi informed her admirers that she was expecting a child.


"What a sensation, my world in one frame (now I can identify with this expression). I feel so honored that God found us worthy of nurturing and growing one of His very own," Gedoni wrote on his Instagram page.


During the fourth season of Big Brother Naija, Pepper Dem, the couple fell in love.

 Leaders of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Edo's Esan Central Local Government Area have urged Chief Mathew Emiohe, a party leader in the area, to reconsider his decision to leave partisan politics.

The leaders were headed by Mr. Aselm Ojezua, a former state chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC) and a close supporter of Gov. Godwin Obaseki, according to news reports.


Ojezua, who said they were taken aback by Emiohe's "sudden decision," pleaded with him to reconsider, saying he was still required to assist PDP reposition itself in the council area and the state as a whole.


"We've come because having him back is important. His choice to quit the home he assisted in the construction of was unexpected and unacceptable.


"Chief Emiohe is one of the people who contributed to the state's reshaping of politics. He has the right to make his own decision, but we have reminded him of what he will do to his supporters and followers if he rejects our request.


"But thank God, he has listened to us, and we have also committed to bringing to the notice of the administration those matters he said had influenced his decision to leave politics," he said.


In a similar vein, Mr. Macaulay Shaka-Momodu, another party leader in the local government area, hailed Emiohe as a powerful mobilizer and supporter of the party who could not afford to leave active politics today.


"A tree does not form a forest, but there are some trees that can, and Emiohe is one of them," says the narrator.


"He is a natural politician; he is at ease with his people, and he is a powerful mobilizer who we can not let go without a fight.


He remarked, "We need him to play partisan politics because there are a lot of conflicts ahead."


Mr. Jonathan Aigbiremohen, a former chairman of the council, said Emiohe was responsible for bringing several people over from the APC to the PDP, emphasising that the people still needed his help.


"Whatever happens in the government, you don't leave because you're upset with it." You must stay back to repair the system's perceived abnormality, "he stated.


In his response, Emiohe thanked the party leaders for their visit and clarified that his decision to leave politics was not due to the breakup of Ambrose Alli University's Governing Council, of which he was a member.


He cited a lack of government presence in his area as the reason for his decision to leave partisan politics.


The PDP leader cited a dearth of teachers at two government-run schools as well as the poor state of the roads in his neighborhood.


"First and foremost, I must express my gratitude for their presence, which demonstrates their regard for me.


"I've listened to them, and I've come to the conclusion that I can't influence things from the outside. To be able to make things happen, I need to be inside.


"It was never about me; it was always about my people and my community.


"For example, in my neighborhood, one school with roughly 200 pupils has no teachers, while another with the same number has only two teachers. We do not have access to a road.


"I have written to the relevant authorities on all of these issues multiple times without success," he stated.


Lionel Messi has returned to Barcelona with his Paris Saint-Germain teammate Neymar Jr.

Due to a lack of pre-season preparation, Mauricio Pochettino has decided not to risk Messi making his PSG debut.


Neymar was another player who missed Friday night's win against Brest, so the two decided to return to Catalonia.


According to Mundo Deportivo, both were observed landing at Barcelona airport minutes apart after travelling on separate jets and heading in the same direction.


Messi and Neymar are said to have dined with Luis Suarez and his family in Castelldefels.


That almost-famous MSN trio reunited, however this time in a food-filled living room rather than on the pitch.


Suarez is set to play this weekend as Atletico Madrid hosts Elche for the first time in almost a year in front of their home fans.


BIPC management says the kidnapped wife of  Benue State Commissioner Mrs Ann Unenge was not kept at any of their housing units,thestatement signed by the General Manager Corporate Services Prince Ter. Toryem

Read the press release below !


 Benue Investment and Property Company Limited, BIPC has noticed with utmost dissatisfaction the rumour making waves on Social Media that the wife of the Benue State Commissioner for Lands, Survey and Solid Minerals, Mrs. Unenge who was kidnapped by unknown gunmen was kept at BIPC Nyiman Estate, Makurdi.

The company wishes to assert that Mrs. Unenge was not kept at any of the housing units within BIPC Estate but a neighboring house as correctly reported by the press.

While we appreciate the swift efforts of the Benue State Police Command in rescuing the wife of the Commissioner unharmed, we enjoin the general public to disregard any form of commentary linking BIPC Estate to the crime as our facilities do not harbor criminals as there are internal security arrangements to check breaches. 

We thank Gov. Samuel Ortom’s efforts in securing the states and laud him for deploying tactical team to rescue Mrs. Unenge.

The company wishes to also send their sympathy to the family of Hon. Bernard Unenge and his darling wife and prayed God to console them and urged the general public to be security conscious.

For: Benue Investment and Property Company Ltd

Prince Ter. Toryem MCIArb (UK), MNIM, ACTI

General Manager | Corporate Services/Company Secretary.


Robert Tyough, Member of Parliament for Kwande/Ushongo Federal Constituency, started off the drilling of 120 motorised boreholes across his Constituency's twenty-six (26) council wards on Saturday.

Rep Tyough said he intends to deliver a total of 120 motorised boreholes across the federal constituency, with at least four boreholes in each of the fifteen council wards of Kwande and eleven in Ushongo Local Government Area, during the exercise's flag-off at Agba-Mbakyan Traditional Council Hall, Koti-Apera in Mbagba-Mbakyan Council Ward of Kwande Local Government Area.

He stated that the goal of the water project is to offer decent water to the residents of his area, hence reducing the health risks associated with unsanitary water, and that all 120 boreholes will be supplied within a year.

Rep. Tyough stated that he was working on bringing additional democratic dividends to the people, such as youth and women empowerment programs, and urged people to be patient.

Rep Tyough confessed to Nanev Development Association, shortly before the flag off, that he had temporarily put on hold his scholarship plan because he needed to save money for the purchase of a drilling rig to facilitate his ambition for the water project. He stated that now that he had the gear, he would see the exercise through to the end. As a result, he expressed gratitude to the pupils for their patience.

Many residents of the Koti Apera village came out to watch the flag-off exercise with bated breath.

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 Governor Samuel Ortom of Benue State has vowed yet again not to cede any land to Fulanis in the state.

Ortom stated that he would rather die than give up his land to the Fulani, who have "made over a million people homeless in his state."

The governor addressed reporters in Markudi, the state capital.

He bemoaned the fact that herders had killed, raped, and driven some people from their homes in the state.

Ortom chastised the Nigerian government for putting on a show in the fight against insecurity.

Ortom insisted that the government of President Muhammadu Buhari has refused to apprehend killer herders despite having the capacity to do so.

“Our people are dying, our women and mothers are being raped, our children can't go to school, and they are suffering,” he said.

“These criminals, they show up on social media, claiming to be here with an agenda to drive our people away, take over their land, and kill them.

“And they are here thanks to the Federal Government, but if they come, I am willing to die rather than surrender my land to Fulani men. If God didn't protect me, I don't need anyone's help.”

 Benue State Governor Samuel Ortom has assured the People's Democratic Party (PDP) that the party will be able to take over national leadership in 2023.

Ortom made this promise yesterday at St. Francis Primary School Aliade in Gwer East Local Government Area, where he received thousands of new PDP members who had defected from the APC, APGA, LP, and other parties.

The governor, who was represented by his Commissioner for Information and Culture, Rt. Hon Ngunan Beeka Addingi, stated: "I'm glad you saw the light and decided to leave the darkness behind and collaborate with the governor, who has done an excellent job for the people of Gwer East. Please keep mobilizing others because the road ahead is longer than the one behind. We all go to the same markets as members of the ruling party, and no one is immune to rising inflation. By God's grace, the PDP will be able to win Nigeria in 2023 "....

In his remarks, Sir John Ngbede, State Chairman of the People's Democratic Party, PDP, praised the defectors for choosing virtue over evil and promised them equal treatment with others.

"The PDP has no new or veteran members. Every member will be provided with the same level of care and benefits "Ngbede stated unequivocally.

Hon Emmanuel Zungwe, Chairman of the PDP in the local government, welcomed the large crowd and thanked them for coming despite their hectic schedules, wishing them safe travel back to their respective destinations.

Engr Nathaniel Apir (Mallam Gambo), Engr Rogers, Engr Peter Damkor, and Elder John Asen, leaders of the new decampees and those who embraced the umbrella earlier, responded independently but in the same vein, thanking PDP leaders for the warm reception and promising to reciprocate the kind gestures.

Aside from numerous appointments and project executives in local government, they stated that their return to the People's Democratic Party was due to Gov. Samuel Ortom's tenacity in standing up to external aggressors who sought to take over the state and subjugate the people.

 Lorver Angbir, a 48-year-old farmer from Tse-Nyamsho village in Keana Local Government Area, Nasarawa State, has gone into hiding after a fulani herdsman who had impregnated his wife threatened his life. In Angbir's words, his sin was that both his wife, Mwuese, and the child she had from the pregnancy perished while she was in the process of giving birth. After speaking with a herdsman who identified himself as Alhaji Abu, Angbir decided that he was responsible for Mwuese's and the baby's deaths due to his dissatisfaction with the fact that she had been impregnated by another man.

When Angbir spoke to our correspondent from hiding, he confessed that he regretted the day he first met Mwuese, with whom he had been married for eight years before she was taken over by another man, in a manner he considered humiliating, while Mwuese appeared to take pleasure in every aspect of the ignominious development.

"My wife had a sexual relationship with a Fulani man with whom we had lived as brothers in the same community for years," Angbir, who has since sought sanctuary in another area, explained. "She became pregnant for him, and she came out out and told me that he was the one who caused her pregnancy." It took me completely by surprise when Alhaji Abu began appearing in my wife's chamber and ordering me out of the house out of nowhere.

His words were chilling: "He stated I should search for another place to sleep since he had taken over my wife and threatened to slaughter me like a bull if I attempted to raise any suspicions about what was happening."

He would always show up armed with a rifle and other tools of the trade.

"He would come into my house and lay on top of my bed virtually every night, and he would do the same with my wife." It surprised me because she didn't seem to have any issues with it." This dreadful development persisted for over a year before she was finally taken in.

"We had been married for about eight years at the time, and I adored her."

"I kept quiet because he threatened to eliminate me if I did anything funny," I said. "I assume that he put a charm on my wife, because he completely took over my wife, offering stuff to her while my wife was carrying meals to him directly in my presence."

When asked about his marriage to Mwuese, Angbir recounted how he had used up all of the income from his farm about eight years ago, saying, "We had lived blissfully together without any worries." We were so in love that I didn't want her to suffer because of the difficult terrain in our area, so I hired her to sell provisions while I went to the farm on my own. Then, seemingly out of nowhere, Alhaji began sleeping with her. He quickly gained entire control over my wife and me, sleeping with her in my own room and threatened to murder me in the event that I raised any suspicions. This went on for a while until my wife become pregnant. Since the beginning of their clandestine affair, I have been unable to have sexual relations with my wife. When she was about to give birth to a child and died in the process, Alhaji Abu believed I had purposefully killed her in order to prevent her from giving birth to the child. I denied this. As a result, he vowed that the moment he laid eyes on me, he would slaughter me like a bull. "It was for this reason that I had to flee for my life." This occurred in May, and I have not returned to my hometown since.

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'If it hadn't been for certain Fulani herdsmen who stood by me in the village, I would have died by now,' says the narrator.

Angbir is now forced to live as a fugitive, unable to return to his home for fear of being assassinated by Alhaji Abu, who he claims has vowed to eliminate him. He is unable to visit his family or friends.

The man has also claimed that he has been the subject of mental and psychological stress as a result of his wife's alleged infidelity and betrayal while they were still legally married.

A hamlet in the Keana Local Government Area of Nasarawa State called Tse-nyamsho is where the couple was living together at the time.

A full-time farmer, Angbir was said to have cherished his now estranged wife to the point that he raised money for her to launch a small business selling provisions in the community while abstaining from interfering with his farming operations.

His suspicions were confirmed six years after their marriage when he discovered that the 51-year-old herdsman was having an affair with his wife.

According to one of Angbir's cousins, who identified himself only as Mr. Agba, his quest for financial security, which frequently required him to be away from home and on the farm from the wee hours of the morning to the wee hours of the night, caused a rift in his marriage.

The following conversation happened between Angbir and our correspondent, who was listening in from the former's hiding place in a settlement in the suburbs of Lafia, the capital of Nasarawa State:

What's your name, by the way?

I am Lorver Angbir, a resident of Tse-nyamsho village in the Keana Local Government Area of Nasarawa State. My father is a farmer.

Is it really necessary for you to be here during farming season, when you should be at your village?

In my neighborhood, we live among the Fulani. We had lived peacefully among them for many years, until a good friend, Alhaji Abu, came to my house at approximately 11:30 p.m. one night and asked me to find another place to sleep since he was going to spend the night with my wife. This was about two years ago. I thought it sounded unusual, so I inquired as to why. He claimed he had seized control of my wife and threatened to murder me if I refused to comply or notified anybody about it. He pulled out a small gun and cautioned me once more not to reveal its location to anyone else.

That's how the man gained control of my wife and continued to threaten to kill me. It was the first time he'd heard it. He also told me not to sleep with my wife or demand sex from her again, even on the nights when he did not come to the house.

As a surprise, I attempted to make sexual moves toward her one fateful night when Abu did not appear. She refused, stating that she would inform Alhaji Abu if I attempted to do so. I was completely taken aback. She informed me straight to my face that Abu had taken over and that she would now be able to cook for me and do other household responsibilities like a wife, but that sex would be out of the question. Soon after, she became pregnant, and many people assumed I was to blame. However, Alhaji Abu confronted me and told me that the unborn child belonged to him and that if anything went wrong with the pregnancy, he would hold me accountable. I felt uncomfortable with what was going on, so I attempted to express my dissatisfaction to her parents. The problem was that Alhaji Abu had bought them over and there was little they could do about it, so I just accepted fate and let the sleeping dog lie. I was able to concentrate on my farm job while Abu took care of our daughter. He would offer her money, poultry, and other items in exchange for her services.

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We reside in a rural place where there is no access to a medical facility. Consequently, when my mother went into labor, my younger sisters were with her in the village, and Alhaji Abu also dispatched two of his daughters and his first wife to be present for the occasion. She had been in labor for the entire day, and when she was unable to give birth, Alhaji Abu arranged for a motorcycle to take her to Gizer, the nearest clinic, where she was delivered. During the course of the procedure, she gave birth to a baby boy who died shortly after. She succumbed to her injuries two hours later.

When this occurred, Abu assumed that I had something to do with the woman's death, and I inquired as to how. One week after this event, he came to my house in the middle of the night and threatened to shoot me with a gun. I was deep asleep at the time. It was only through the intervention of some Fulani herdsmen that my life was saved. I fled the region because he was serious about eliminating me since he accused me of being responsible for the death of my wife, who was pregnant with his child at the time. I'm taking refuge here for my own protection.

It is harvest time, but I am unable to return to my home because a guy has threatened my life, claiming that I was responsible for my wife's murder, despite the fact that I have no knowledge of the incident.

What about your family members?

There are still some of my younger siblings in the neighborhood. In fact, they took care of everything throughout my absence. Alhaji Abu stated that, with the exception of me, he had no business or concerns with my family members. He believes that I killed my wife on purpose because she was pregnant his child at the time of her death. All of my explanations were met with deafening silence.

Have you contacted the authorities about the situation?

I'm concerned that if I disclose the incident or the threat to my life to the police and an arrest is made, my family members would be put in immediate danger. That is the task I have set for myself.

But did you actually kill your wife or do any harm on her when she was giving birth?

How would I go about doing that, my brother? I was truly upset that someone had taken control of my gorgeous wife, whom I had to endure in order to marry, but I couldn't kill her since she had betrayed me. It is possible that she died as a result of complications from the lengthy labor she endured. It is not accurate to state that I murdered her. I didn't say or do anything to hurt her. She died as a result of natural causes.

You may not be aware of the fact that my in-laws feel that I killed her because they are dissatisfied with my actions. But God knows I didn't do anything to her, and I have no doubts about my character.

 Benue State Governor, Samuel Ortom, has encouraged Benue residents to investigate the private sector investment window given by the Bank Of Industry (BOI) and the Benue State Government.

Governor Ortom, who gave the charge today in Makurdi while commissioning the First Fertility One Stop Medicare Mall, said monies held by the BOI may be accessed at 5% interest for investment in diverse sectors, resulting in an economic benefit.

The Governor praised First Fertility Hospital's contributions to healthcare delivery in the state, saying that he, Benue, and Nigeria in general are proud of the hospital's Medical Director, Doctor Stephen Hwande.

Governor Ortom stated the facility's addition will cut travel outside the state for medical consumables and certain medical services, while charging state residents to use it.

He encouraged the people to be challenged by the structure, stating that one must ask, knock, and seek before finding, as faith and works are inextricably linked.

Governor Ortom asked Dr. Joseph Ngbea, the State Commissioner for Health and Human Services, to draft a memo outlining prospective support for the hospital, as well as assuring the proprietor of patronage.

Dr. Joseph Ngbea, Commissioner of Health and Human Services, praised Dr. Hwande as one of the most important players in the medical profession, and said the ministry would help him succeed.

Dr. Hwande, the Medical Director of First Fertility Institution and the owner of the First Fertility One Stop Medicare Mall, thanked Governor Ortom and his wife for their support of the project, adding the First Lady commissioned his hospital in 2015 and prayed for heights, as shown now.

He praised Governor Ortom for establishing the Benue State Health Insurance Board and the Primary Healthcare Board, praising his commitment to the health sector.

The facility includes a freezer room, pharmaceutical services, laboratory reagents, a mini-mart, an anti-natal shop, and a 4D-Scan, among other amenities, and will be open 24 hours a day.

 Mrs. Ann Unenge, the wife of Benue State Commissioner for Lands, Survey, and Solid Minerals, has reportedly been kidnapped in Makurdi, the state capital.

Mrs Unenge was kidnapped at 6 p.m. on Thursday, according to The Nation.

“A relative of the commissioner informed The Nation that Mrs. Ann was kidnapped immediately after she returned from Daudu town, on the outskirts, where she had gone to see her parents.

“She was claimed to be driving a new Toyota Highlander, which her kidnappers also snatched.

“At B., where the nation had congregated, there was a battle between the abductors and Mrs. Ann Unenge. She attempted to push open the automobile door at a Division traffic crossroads.

“The shooters reportedly shot randomly into the air at the crossroads to scare away pedestrians before driving away with their victim, who was shouting at the top of her lungs,” according to the source.

According to the report, DSP Catherine Sewuese Anene, Benue Public Relations Officer, stated that she was not yet aware of the event.

The kidnapping of the Commissioner's wife is claimed to be the second incidence in Makurdi in less than a week, following the abduction of two ladies in a similar situation.

 According to a report by SaharaReporters, fresh facts have emerged in the current trial of Nigeria's serial Internet fraudster, Ramon 'Hushpuppi' Abbas, and his covert relationship with Deputy Commissioner of Police, Abba Kyari.

According to court records filed by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Kyari left his duties in Nigeria sometime in 2019 and travelled to Dubai, United Arab Emirates, to “enjoy a good time” with Hushpuppi, who stayed at Palazzo Versace in the Emirati commercial city.

The September 2019 trip was just one event in a mutually beneficial cozy romance between Kyari and Abbas, which was discovered by American authorities as part of their continuing prosecution of Abbas for a multimillion-dollar internet fraud.

According to court documents, Abbas pleaded guilty last week after his legal advisers successfully negotiated a plea deal with prosecutors in Central California.

He faces up to 20 years in prison when he is sentenced in the following weeks.

According to court documents, he will also forfeit some of his loot from years of internet fraud and pay compensation to some of his victims.

Additional documents obtained by Peoples Gazette revealed that Kyari traveled to Dubai in 2019 to spend time with Hushpuppi.

According to the FBI's released indictment, Abbas "provided a car and driver to drive" Kyari about "during that trip."

During the trip, Kyari boasted to Abbas about his alleged crime-fighting exploits in Nigeria, to which Abbas responded by pledging allegiance to the police chief.

In an intercepted message, Hushpuppi told Kyari, "I'm really glad to be your guy." “I swear I'll be a nice boy to you, sir.”

SaharaReporters previously claimed that Hushpuppi described how he bribed Kyari.

According to the US Department of Justice, Hushpuppi's prosecution began in February with a criminal complaint, and court documents ordered unsealed revealed that Abbas, a 37-year-old Nigerian native, pleaded guilty on April 20.

According to court records, Abbas admitted during interrogation that he paid bribes to Nigeria's police commander, Kyari, to have one of his rivals arrested and imprisoned in Nigeria over a dispute over a $1.1 million swindle of a Qatari businessperson.

Abbas had urged Kyari to arrest and imprison a fellow fraudster, Kelly Chibuzor Vincent, after they were embroiled in a dispute over how to divide the $1.1 million plunder obtained from the Qatari businessperson.

Vincent later phoned the victim and informed them that they were being duped by a network that included him and Abbas.

This infuriated Abbas, who phoned Kyari to arrest and imprison his adversary over the issue. Abbas stated that Kyari gave images of Vincent in jail and then sent Abbas his bank account number, to which a wire transfer should be sent if he did a good job, as stated by Abbas.

“Court documents detail a debate among conspiracy participants, which reportedly caused Vincent to call the victim and suggest that Abbas and Juma were committing fraud. Following this meeting, Abbas allegedly arranged for Vincent to be imprisoned in Nigeria by Abba Alhaji Kyari, 46.

“According to the affidavit, Kyari is a highly decorated deputy commissioner of the Nigeria Police Force who is accused of arranging for Vincent's arrest and imprisonment at Abbas' request, and then sending Abbas images of Vincent following his arrest. Kyari reportedly also supplied Abbas bank account information for an account into which Abbas could deposit payment for Vincent's arrest and imprisonment,” according to a statement from the US Justice Department.

 West Ham United have confirmed the acquisition of goalkeeper Alphonse Areola on a season-long loan from Paris Saint-Germain.

The 28-year-old is back in the English Premier League after starring for Fulham last season, where he kept nine clean sheets in 36 league outings for the demoted Cottagers.

Areola would have been behind Gianluigi Donnarumma and Keylor Navas in the PSG ranks this season, thus West Ham has moved to take him on a loan with a purchase option in 2022.

Areola commented to the official West Ham website, "I'm happy." It was the ideal opportunity for me to join this Club, to join West Ham United, and to try my hardest to support the team.

“London is a fantastic city to live and work, and the Premier League is undoubtedly one of the top leagues in the world, so I had a terrific time last season. Although it was difficult for me and the squad, I enjoyed my time in the Premier League. We were without fans last year, but this year we will have them back, and I am looking forward to seeing the atmosphere.

“West Ham had a successful season last season. Obviously, we have the Europa League, Premier League, and two cups to contend with, so it will be a difficult and long season, but I believe we will enjoy it all together.

“We have a fantastic group of players. I watched games last season and know this team's potential and talent, so I'm excited to get started.”

“Alphonse is an experienced and skilled goalkeeper who has played at the highest level and did extremely well in the Premier League last season,” said manager David Moyes.

“As we prepare for a very busy schedule, he will give tremendous competition for the goalkeepers already at the football club, and we will need to use our squad to guarantee that we compete to the best of our abilities across all competitions,” says the manager.

 The Central Bank of Nigeria has announced that it will begin refunding applicants for Bureau De Change licenses their N35 million required capital deposits.

The bank will also begin refunding license payments, according to a statement issued by the apex bank's Director of Financial Policy and Regulations Department, Ibrahim Tukur.

The prerequisites for awarding licenses to BDC operators include a non-refundable licensing fee of N1 million and a minimum capital of N35 million.

The new move follows the apex bank's decision to prohibit the sale of FX to BDCs on the grounds of illegal operations and graft.

The bank urged the BDC promoters to request a return in writing to the bank's Director of Financial Policy and Regulations Department.

“The request should be supported by a Telex copy of the N35 million capital deposit, account details for the refund, which should be the same as the account from which the capital deposit was made, and a copy of the bank draft/telex for payment of the N1 million license fee (if any)”.

A photocopy of the letter of request should also be sent to the CBN's head office in Abuja or Lagos, in an envelope clearly labeled "Refund of BDC capital deposit."

It is possible to email the softcopy of the writing to ahead of the hardcopy.

All commercial banks were ordered by the apex bank to stop accepting capital deposits on its behalf.

“In addition, all Deposit Money Banks are hereby advised to cease accepting client orders to transfer capital deposits of N35 million to the designated CBN account for the purpose of applying for BDC licenses.

Meanwhile, the CBN has ordered all Deposit Money Banks to establish teller stations at selected branches across the country to process valid forex requests.

Previously, BDCs were the primary source of forex for all Nigerians wanting it for business, study, or pleasure.

On Wednesday, the CBN issued a memo to deposit money banks, which was signed by the Director, Bank Supervision Department of the apex bank.

It instructed all banks to help clients seeking forex for a variety of reasons, including personal travel allowance, business travel allowance, tuition expenses, medical payments, and SMEs transactions.

“In this regard, DMBs must publicize the locations of authorized branches appropriately and make the necessary arrangements to sell FX to consumers in cash and/or electronically in accordance with existing regulations.

“DMBs should make every effort to guarantee that no customer is turned away or denied FX if all documentation and other standards are met. Similarly, unnecessary delays, rationing, and/or diversion of FX are strictly discouraged, and DMBs must implement electronic application and alert systems to keep consumers informed about the progress of their FX requests."

The CBN has established up a toll-free line for bank customers to escalate unresolved complaints about their FX requests, according to the bank.

According to the note, the CBN will continue to closely monitor banks' behaviour and compliance with the instruction in order to guarantee that the FX market is efficient for all legitimate users.

 According to the Benin Republic's PUNCH, Yoruba monarchs convened on Sunday to discuss the arrest and custody of Yoruba Nation agitator Sunday Adeyemo, also known as Sunday Igboho.

The gathering is taking place in the palace of a powerful monarch in Adjohoun, roughly 60 kilometers from Ajase.

Alajashe of Ajase from Port Novo, Alajohoun of Adjohoun, and a representative of the Oba of Benin are among those who attended the conference.

After his five lawyers failed to persuade the prosecutor that he had no case to answer, the Beninese court deferred Igboho's case until Monday.

Ropo, the agitator's wife, was arrested with the 48-year-old activist on Monday, July 19, 2021, at the Cadjèhoun Airport in Cotonou, Republic of Benin, on their route to Germany by the International Criminal Police Organization.

Igboho, for his part, was returned to police custody.

During the court, prosecutors claimed Igboho was on a watchlist for alleged arms trafficking, encouraging violence that might cause societal unrest, and fostering divisiveness in Nigeria, according to the lawyers.

 The United States District Court for the Central District of California's Otis Wright ordered the FBI to track down Mr Kyari and bring him to justice for his role in Hushpuppi's multi-million dollar fraud.

According to Peoples Gazette, a US court has issued an arrest order for Abba Kyari, Nigeria's police commissioner.

The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) has been ordered by Judge Otis Wright of the United States District Court for the Central District of California to track down Mr Kyari and extradite him to the United States for his role in a multi-million dollar fraud perpetrated by Ramon ‘Hushpuppi' Abbas, a notorious Nigerian fraudster.

Mr. Abbas was detained in Dubai in June and pled guilty to fraud in the United States this week. According to the FBI, Messrs. Abbas and Kyari were buddies and were both involved in a money laundering scheme.

Mr Kyari was also charged with accepting money from Mr Abbas in exchange for the arrest of a syndicate member in Nigeria.

According to court documents reviewed by The Gazette, American prosecutors first filed a court warrant to arrest Mr Kyari on February 12, 2021. On April 29, 2021, a new warrant was issued.

On July 26, Judge Wright's order allowing the FBI to arrest Mr Kyari and hold him in US custody was made public.

Mr Kyari refuted claims of collusion with Hushpuppi in a hasty statement, saying he only met him two years ago and had no financial gain from the fraudster.

It was not immediately obvious whether Mr Kyari had been served with an extradition request. Attorney-General Abubakar Malami did not respond to a request for comment from The Gazette right away.

 The musician, according to sources, had a fever before passing away on Wednesday, July 28.

Felix Odey aka Feladey, a veteran highlife artist, has died.

The musician, according to sources, had a fever before passing away on Wednesday, July 28.

The guitarist that made Rex Lawson's 'Sawale' and the succeeding single, 'Band Boys,' famous in the 1990s eventually became a Christian and stopped performing circular tunes.

Amen. May his soul rest in peace.

 Mikel Agu, a Nigerian international, is reportedly on the verge of leaving Vitoria de Guimaraes in Portugal, two years after joining the club from FC Porto.

Since suffering an injury in Guimaraes' 1-0 loss to Porto in April, Agu has been out of action for many weeks.

The 28-year-old defensive midfielder has missed each of his team's three preseason games in July, including last weekend's 2-1 triumph over Mafra, as part of his preparations for the upcoming football season.

According to the Portuguese publication Ojogo, Agu is no longer under the supervision of the Vitoria Guimaraes medical department and has moved closer to the Estádio Afonso Henriques exit door.

Guimaraes has started talks with the yet-to-be-identified suitor after the former Team Brugge midfielder apparently received a lucrative offer from an Arab club.

Agu's decade-long sojourn in Europe will come to an end with his relocation to Asia. In 2011, the seven-time Super Eagles captain moved to Portugal as a teenager to join Porto's development system.

Since then, he has played for Porto's first team, as well as loan spells at Club Brugge, Vitoria Setubal (twice), and Bursaspor, before joining Guimaraes on a free transfer in 2019.

Agu isn't the only Nigerian footballer to be enticed to leave Europe for the riches of Asia in recent years.

Mikel Obi, a former Chelsea player, recently abandoned his contract with Stoke City in order to sign a lucrative deal with Kuwaiti SC.


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