These are the three police men who lost their lives on Sunday, while trying to protect Dr. Andy Ehanire from gunmen.
Recall that the gunmen suspected to be kidnappers killed the policemen attached to the Ogba Zoo and Nature Park in Oredo Local Government Area of Edo State.
The gunmen succeeded in abducting Dr. Ehanire, who is the chief executive officer of the leisure park and a brother of the Minister of State for Health, Dr Osagie Ehanire and Mrs Daisy Danjuma.
May Their Souls Rest In Peace
A 23-year-old pastor of a Pentecostal church in Port Harcourt, Rivers State, Kingsley Ihunda, was over the weekend arraigned before a chief magistrates’ court for allegedly biting an expectant mother on the waist and infecting her with HIV during a deliverance session in his church on July 27th.
The victim who already has a child, had gone to the pastor for prayers after she had lost several pregnancies. She was referred to the pastor by a female herbalist, Treasure Victor, who told her that the pastor's prayers were very effective as she had taken some other women to him for prayers.
While testifying before the court, the victim said the hotness of her womb led her to seek spiritual help. She said when herself and the female herbalist got to the pastor's church, he asked her to provide N1, 500 for a bottle of olive oil which she did.
However, during the prayers, he asked her to raise her dress up. She refused initially but later agreed after the herbalist told her to. "When I objected to paying the money, he told me that if I refused to pay, my husband and child would die.
The woman (herbalist), supported him and encouraged me to pay the money. She said she had brought other expectant mothers, who had the same problem, to the pastor, and after payment and prayers, their problems were solved. When I heard this, I decided to pay and come for prayers.
During prayers, he asked me to raise my clothes, I refused, but the herbalist encouraged me to comply. He rubbed oil on my waist, bit me, sucked my blood and spat it out, claiming that was the cause of my problem and it had been solved.”
The victim said that a few months later, she tested positive for HIV, but her husband tested negative, adding that it was discovered the pastor infected her. The pastor and herbalist were charged with conspiracy, assault and pretence.
The prosecutor, Jonas Rufus, told the court that the offenses breached sections 516(A), 351, 335 and 343(g) of the Criminal Code Cap 37 Volume II Laws of Rivers State Nigeria 1999.
The accused pleaded not guilty and were thereafter granted bail.
Two of the five men being prosecuted by the federal government for unlawful importation of 661 pump-action rifles into the country, have indicated their intention to enter into plea bargain.
The defendants, Mahmud Hassan, Oscar Okafor, Donatus Achinulo, Matthew Okoye, said to be at large, and Salihu Danjuma, had been arraigned by the Attorney General of the Federation on June 14th before the Federal High Court in Lagos.
They had pleaded not guilty to eight charges against them, while the trial judge, Justice Ayokunle Faji, refused their bail applications in view of the ‘gravity of the charges’ leveled against them.
At the resumed hearing of the case Monday September 25th, two of the suspects, Oscar Okafor and Donatus Achinulo, who had changed their lawyers, indicated their intentions to change their plea from not guilty, to guilty.
The judge directed the defendants to notify the AGF of their intention and adjourned till September 26th.
Ali Ahmadu, a 6-year-old victim of Boko Haram attack in Chibok, Borno State has started to walk again after he underwent a successfully spinal cord surgery in Dubai, United Arab Emirate.
Ali, who was flown out of the country by Dickens Sanomi Foundation survived a six-hour operation that put him back on his feet after being restricted to a wheelchair for three years.
Doctors had earlier predicted that Ali would only be able to walk after three weeks of recuperation but miraculously, without prompting, walked unaided on September, the 23rd, 2017, six days after the operation.
Nigerian reggae gospel artist Buchi has revealed that he once escaped being kidnapped by militants in Northern Nigeria through God's intervention with a little boy who refused to allow him enter the wrong car. He shared a photo via Instagram to illustrate what happened, and wrote;
"My Testimony.!. I went to the Northern part of Nigeria, West Africa to minister as a gospel artiste some years back. As I got off the stage after ministration, there was this car waiting to take me to my hotel room with my protocol and security personnel.
I put my left leg into the car and was about to lift my right leg but somebody held me. I looked down; it was a boy of about 4 – 5 years old holding onto my leg. I couldn’t get into the car; neither could I shake him off. So I disembarked from the car and picked up the boy.
I lifted the boy up to my chest to take some photographs with him. In anger, the driver and my protocol personnel shouted, “Man of God, don’t you know the security situation in this place, let us go! It’s dangerous here.
We need to leave." But, I couldn’t drop the child as he held on to my shirt. I took more pictures with the boy. As this was going on, some men showed up asking for my bible and other things.
"We are here for you, they said. Then I asked, "Who are you? They said they were my security details. I said I already gave my things to the protocol officers in the car.
Immediately the other security in the car saw them, they sped off, almost knocking off people in the process. But for that little child, I would have entered into the wrong vehicle, kidnapped by Islamic militants. God sent me an angel in the form of a 4 year old boy. Immediately, I felt so cold.
Dear friends, God's love never fails and know that Our Lives are hid in Christ with God (Colossians 3:3) "
Troops of 1 Division Nigerian Army in conjunction with elements of Department of State Services have arrested 2 illegal arms dealers; Abdulkarim Jibrin and Suleiman along Funtua Gusau road in Zamfara State.
They were caught driving a Golf Volkswagen car with registration number AWE-534-AA (Nasarawa) containing 1,479 rounds of 7.62mm (Special) ammunition on Sunday, September 24th.
Preliminary investigation showed that they were on their way to deliver the ammunition to armed bandits. The suspects are in Department of State Services custody.
In a related development, troops of 1 Brigade, 1 Division Nigerian Army, deployed at Rabah Local Government Area, Sokoto State, also on Sunday 24th September 2017, at about 1.00pm arrested suspected cattle rustler, Abdullahi Jummo Nakogiwo at Dalingen in Rabah Local Government Area (LGA).
Similarly, troops deployed at Dangulbi, Maru LGA, Zamfara State, on routine patrol apprehended 3 armed bandits at Gobirawan Chali.
The team recovered 1 AK-47 rifle magazine, 40 rounds of 7.62mm (Special) ammunition, the sum of N45,500.00k, Nokia mobile telephone handset battery and 3 Airtel SIM cards. The suspects have been handed over to the Nigeria Police.
President Muhammadu Buhari has ordered the immediate evacuation of Nigerian students stranded in Dominican Island following the devastating Hurricane Maria that wrecked the Island.
The Hurricane Maria, raged through the Caribbean including parts of the Dominican Republic with heavy rain and high winds as it passed off its east coast on Thursday. It was ranked a Category 4 storm.
In a statement by the presidential spokesperson on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, he confirmed the President directive saying: "President Buhari has ordered for immediate evacuation, he simply affirmed.
'The President was deeply touched when he learnt that some of them escaped with nothing but the shirts on their backs. Following the directive, Ministry of Foreign Affairs has been on top of the situation.
Nigerian missions in the region have been monitoring the situation. The ministry has assigned a senior official to travel for the purpose of issuing the stranded students, temporary travel permits" he added.
"Using that, they will be moved to Brazil, where they don’t need visas for their onward evacuation to Nigeria.
The stranded Nigerian students are said to be medical students studying in Dominican Islands, with the hope of moving to the US and Europe for the completion of their medical degree programmes.