Evans, others plead not guilty to kidnapping

THE government of Lagos State has re-arraigned billionaire kidnapper Chukwudumeme Onwuamadike (a.k.a. Evans) and others before Justice Hakeem Oshodi of an Ikeja High Court for alleged kidnapping of Dunu Donatus. In the amended charge, the defendants are again facing a two-count charge bordering on conspiracy and kidnapping. Evans and his co-defendants changed their guilty plea…

CBN orders banks to keep database of fraudulent customers

The Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) yesterday directed banks to establish a database of their customers identified through their Bank Verification Numbers (BVNs) to be involved in confirmed fraudulent activities. The directive is contained in the Regulatory Framework for Bank Verification Number (BVN) Operation and Watch-list for Nigerian Financial System released by the CBN. The…

NIMASA: NLNG’s demand of N101b an affront to judicial system

Despite the decision of the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA) to challenge the judgment of a Federal High Court declaring its collection of some money from the Nigeria Liquefied Natural Gas (NLNG) Limited as illegal, the liquefied gas giant is asking for a refund of $315 million, writes EMEKA UGWUANYI. The Nigerian Maritime…

Dokpesi bought household items with funds from Dasuki – witnesses

The trial of a chieftain of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Raymond Dokpesi resumed Thursday with two prosecution witnesses telling a Federal High Court in Abuja that Dokpesi bought house hold items with funds allegedly paid to him by former National Security Adviser (NSA), Mohammed Dasuki. The witnesses – Peter Imoekor and Fabian Ozoemina –…

43 inmates pardoned by Sokoto CJ

No fewer than 43 inmates awaiting trial in the Sokoto Central  Prisons were yesterday granted pardon by the state Chief Judge, Justice Bello Abbas. The pardon followed a visit to the prison by Justice Abbas to ascertain and review deserving cases, especially awaiting trial inmates and those that have spent many years in prison waiting…

Boko Haram: Army Warrant Officer promoted Captain for gallantry

The Nigerian Army Council has approved accelerated promotion for Garba Abdullahi from Master Warrant Officer to Captain for gallantry, bravery and selfless service. The army authorities described the development as a reward for unprecedented show of bravery culminating in an Executive Commission for Abdullahi who moved from Master Warrant Officer to a Captain. Abdullahi is…

Unknown gunmen kills Pastor in Ondo

An unknown gunman has reportedly killed a Christ Apostolic Church (CAC) Pastor, Oluwarotimi Akinroyeje, at Ago Gbooro area of Ore in the Odigbo Local Government Area of Ondo State. Sources said the killer was masked and went inside the vicarage at about 1am on Monday before moving to where the deceased slept and shot him. It was learnt…

Breaking: Fayemi, Oni react to lawmaker’s allegation of ‘misappropriation’

Former Ekiti State Governors Segun Oni and Kayode Fayemi have reacted to the House of Assembly’s adoption a report from the Office Auditor General which indicted them of misappropriation of funds. Fayemi who spoke through his media aide, Olayinka Oyebode, described the Ekiti lawmakers as “a bunch of jokers who should not be taken serious.”…