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Chikun explosion: Kaduna govt gives update

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The Kaduna State Government has said the number of persons affected by Saturday’s explosion could not be ascertained until investigations have been carried out.

Samuel Aruwan, Commissioner, Internal Security and Home Affairs, said this in an interview with NAN.

“Search and rescue is in progress but we have had case of injured persons that have been rushed to the hospital for medical attention,” he said.

Aruwan assured that the state government would stop the operation of gas sales in residential areas.

Paul Aboi, Director, Kaduna State Fire Service, said that the gas explosion took place in a compact place where there were shops operating.

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He said the situation was put under control by men of the fire service in combined efforts of the Police, Civil Defence, Red Cross and the Federal Road Safety Corps.

Aboi said those who sustained severe injuries as a result of the blast had been rushed to the hospital for intensive care.

The the incident occurred at about 2:00 p.m. on Kachia road by Anguwn Boro in Kaduna.

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Five Nigerians Jailed In Sokoto For Defrauding Belgian, Italian, Dutch, Others.

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Five Nigerians Jailed In Sokoto For Defrauding Belgian, Italian, Dutch, Others.

They were convicted on separate charges before Justice Muhammad Muhammad of the Sokoto State High Court, Sokoto.

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Sokoto Zonal office on Thursday secured the conviction of five internet fraudsters.

The fraudsters are Alfred Stephen, Onyebuchi Joseph Elijah (aka Svenulrich), Usman Mustapha, Abdullahi Abubakar (aka Shine Eye) and Umar Khalifa.

They were convicted on separate charges before Justice Muhammad Muhammad of the Sokoto State High Court, Sokoto.

They were prosecuted on one-count each bordering on conspiracy and cheating.

The charge against one of the defendants reads, “That you Alfred Stephen, sometime in 2021 at Sokoto, within the Judicial Division of the High Court of Justice of Sokoto State did fraudulently cheated one Grazyna, a Belgium national; Alfansina, an Italian and Janny, a Dutch woman by dishonestly deceiving them to collect the total sum of €19,500 Euros (Nineteen Thousand Five Hundred Euros) by presenting yourself to them as an American serving in Syria and sending documents of false pretenses to them which you knew to be false and thereby committed an offence of cheating contrary to Section 310 of the Sokoto State Penal Code Law 2019 and punishable under Section 311 of the same Law.”

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Upon arraignment, they pleaded ‘guilty’ to the separate charges.

In view of the defendants’ plea, the prosecuting counsel, S.H. Sa’ad, who appeared with Musa Mela Gwani and Habila Jonathan asked the court to convict and sentence the defendants.

However, the defence counsel, Shamsu Dauda, pleaded with the court to temper justice with mercy as his clients were first time offenders who have become remorseful. He also told the court that the convicts are ready to restitute their victims.

Justice Muhammad, thereafter convicted and sentenced the 1st defendant (Alfred Stephen) to Five (5) years imprisonment with option of One Hundred and Fifty Thousand Naira (N150,000.00) fine.

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He ordered the convict to restitute the sum €19,500 (Nineteen Thousand Five Hundred Euros) to the victim through EFCC.

The 2nd defendant, Onyebuchi Joseph Elijah (a.k.a Mr. Svenulrich) was sentenced to five years imprisonment with an option of N150,000.00 fine. The convict is also to restitute the victim the sum of €1,750.00.

The 3rd defendant, Usman Mustapha was sentenced to five (5) years imprisonment with an option of One Hundred and Fifty Thousand Naira (N150,000.00) fine.

He is to restitute the sum Five Thousand Denmark Krone which is equivalent to Three Hundred and Ten Thousand Naira only (N310,000) to the victim.

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The 4th and 5th defendants, Abdullahi Abubakar (a.k.a Shine Eye) and Umar Khalifa were convicted and sentenced to Three years imprisonment each with an option of N100, 000.00 fine.

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Twitter refused FG’s request to delete Nnamdi Kanu’s account -Lai Mohammed

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“Twitter has become a platform of choice for a particular separatist promoter.

“The promoter consistently used the platform to direct his loyalists to kill Nigerian soldiers and policemen, run-down INEC offices and destroy all symbols of Nigeria’s sovereignty.

Lai Mohammed, Minister of Information and Culture, made this known on “Politics Nationwide,’’ a Radio Nigeria call-in programme.

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Don’t Allow Gunmen Kill You, Uzodinma Charges Security Operatives

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He said, “Let me say it again, you are the only one licenced to carry guns in our country. Don’t allow yourself to be killed by idiots who do not have the authority of the law to carry guns. Stop allowing yourselves to be murdered in cold blood by them. Defend yourselves, the lives and property of peace-loving people of the state.”

Imo State Governor, Hope Uzodinma has advised cops to stop allowing themselves to be killed by bandits who attack police facilities in the state.

He also revealed that his administration would introduce an insurance policy for all the security operatives serving in the state.

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The governor spoke on Tuesday when he paid a condolence visit to the state police command in Owerri, to sympathise with its leadership over the killing of policemen and burning of police formations in the state in the past few months by bandits.

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