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Politicians who lost at 2019 Elections responsible for Violence & Banditry in Nigeria – Buratai

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The Chief of Army Staff (COAS), Lieutenant General Tukur Buratai, has blamed the violence and banditry in the country on the embittered politicians who lost in the last general elections. Buratai said this on Wednesday during the visit paid to the Army by the House of Representatives Committee at the military’s Headquarters of the Theatre Command Operation Lafiya in Maiduguri, Bornu state, Channels TV reports.

“I want to believe and rightly so that what is going on in the northwest is a fall out of the just concluded general elections.

“There are several political interests; politicians in particular who lost in the election and because of their defeat, therefore they are trying to take revenge sponsoring some of those banditry activities and seeming conflicts between farmers and herders,” he said.

Daily Trust reports that the committee was in Bornu state to lay wreaths for the fallen heroes of the force in Maiduguri.

The CAOS also said the committee’s visit is an opportunity to urge members of the House to advise the aggrieved politicians who to place national interests before any other sentiments they make have.

The Lieutenant also said the Army has strong evidence the politicians are indeed behind the unrest in the country, but that the military is still very conscious.

“We have some strong evidence, but we are still being conscious, but the best thing is to advise these politicians who are aggrieved for no just cause and are inflicting serious injury and discomfort to individuals and the country,” he said.

 

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In Early Days of Christianity Nobody was called Pastor — Reno Omokri

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Reno Omokri has thrown more light on why he insists nobody should replace his/her parents with a Pastor in the church.

The ex spokesperson to former President, Goodluck Jonathan on Saturday said that in early days of Christianity nobody was called Daddy, Pastor and Bishop.

He said that everyone in the church was called ‘Brother’. He urged all who might not believe him to listen to Jesus, and he quotes, “Don’t let anyone call you ‘Rabbi,’ for all of you are EQUAL as brothers”-Matthew 23:8.”

 

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Corps Member, Graduate, Two Others Jailed For Internet Fraud

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The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, Ibadan zonal office, on Thursday May 23, 2019 secured the conviction of four internet fraudsters.

Three of the convicts – Alimi Azeez Oluwadamilare, Paul Opeyemi Omotunde and Igberase Hope Odianosen – were tried in the Federal High Court, Abeokuta Division, while the other, Okuneye Opeyemi James, got the reward for his criminal act at the Ibadan Division of the court.

Alimi, a member of the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC), and Omotunde, a 2019 graduate from the Federal University of Agriculture (FUNAAB), were convicted and sentenced to four months in prison by Justice Ibrahim Watilat of Federal High Court 1, Abeokuta.

Also in Abeokuta, Justice Mohammed Abubarkar of Court 2 jailed Igberase for four months.

The trio were re-arraigned on a one-count amended charge of criminal impersonation, contrary to Section 22 (2)(b)(iv) of the Cyber Crime Prohibition Prevention Act, 2015 and punishable under the same Act.

The fresh arraignments were sequel to the plea bargain arrangements between them and the EFCC which reduced the number of charges in the initial charge sheets to one.

Besides sending them to jail, the presiding judges also ordered that they refund sums of money in United States Dollars to their respective victims as restitution.

All items recovered from them during their interrogation are equally to be forfeited to the Federal Government.

In the same vein, Justice Patricia Ajoku of the Federal High Court, Ibadan sentenced Okunoye Opeyemi James (a.k.a. James Kosta) to four months in prison.

The 24-year-old was facing a one-count amended charge bordering on fraudulent impersonation contrary to Section 22 (2)(b)(iv) of the Cyber Crimes (Prohibition, Prevention Etc) Act, 2015.

He was arrested for internet-related offences on April 11 by officers of the Nigeria Police Force who later handed him over to the Ibadan zonal office of the EFCC for further investigation.

Investigations by the Commission revealed that the convict’s modus operandi was to illegally hack into people’s accounts to gain unrestricted access to vital and sensitive information, and covert same to fraudulent use.

He eventually pleaded guilty to the one-count charge of criminal impersonation preferred against him on Thursday. He was accordingly convicted and sentenced by the presiding judge.

The court also ordered the convict to make restitution of the sum of N889,995 (Eight Hundred and Eighty-Nine Thousand, Nine Hundred and Ninety-Five Naira), being benefit he derived from his fraudulent act.

He is similarly to forfeit one Iphone 7, and one Huawei handset to the Federal Government of Nigeria.

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Author of ‘The Tiger Who Came to Tea’ dies at 95

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The Tiger Who Came To Tea author Judith Kerr has died at the age of 95, her publisher HarperCollins has said.

The legendary author and illustrator, who was awarded an OBE, stole the hearts of generations of children with her iconic book, among other classics.

She died at her home in Barnes, South West London yesterday following a short illness, the publisher said.

Tributes are pouring in for the charming grandmother who put a smile on millions of faces and had a “astonishing zest for life”.

 

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