The police in Benue State have apprehended the suspected leader of a nine-man gang that allegedly tortured an 89-year-old man, Kyado Justin.

The octogenarian was accused of using witchcraft to inflict sickness on a youth, Terzunge Agena, at Tse Agena-Gbamacha, in the Gwer East Local Government Area of the state.

Confirming the incident, the state police spokesperson, Catherine Anene, said the police rescued the victim.

Anene said, “On January 18, 2023, around 11.30am, it was gathered that Elder Kyado Justin, 89, was abducted by a nine-man gang for alleged witchcraft against a young man who had been sick in the area as pronounced by a witch doctor.

The President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.), on Thursday, commenced a two-day official visit to his home state of Katsina where he inaugurated some projects executed by the state government.

However, his first day in the state was marked by a protest by youths decrying the hardship in the country.

The youth staged the protest a few minutes after noon, shortly after the President inaugurated the Kofar Kaura Underpass in Katsina.

The protesters caused a commotion at the Kofar Kaura Underpass where they threw stones at the crowd after Buhari left the area.

Ahead of the January 31 deadline set by the Central Bank of Nigeria for the phasing out of the old N1,000, N500 and N200 notes, some mega-churches, schools and retailers have set time limits for the collection of the old currencies.

Former President Olusegun Obasanjo on Thursday decried the style of political campaigns in the country, calling for a change in orientation.

Obasanjo spoke at an international conference on “Deepening Democratic Culture And Institutions For Sustainable Development And Security in Nigeria”.

He delivered a keynote address on “Respecting the principles of democracy” at the Obi Wali Convention Centre in Port Harcourt, Rivers State.

Obasanjo lamented how ordinary citizens are dragged into the directionless, meaningless and opportunistic personal or narrow ambitions of leaders.

“Political campaigns are taken over by insults, lies, self and selfish interest and diversions, not on issues of national interest and progress. Party platforms are developed, launched with fanfare and promptly discarded.

“Critical issues are discarded as intellectuals and technocrats are sidelined while minions, gatekeepers and job hunters take over the campaign and build iron rings around candidates at all levels. Candidates are caged and milked opportunistically.”

Obasanjo said at the end, people who get elected fail to carry Nigerians along as they lack a deep understanding of the trends and tendencies in the social and economic system.

The retired General maintained that politics is not a dirty game, pointing out that the rules and principles are all there and known to most actors.

He said when actors confuse the beginning with the end or adopt the infamous Machiavellian dictum that the end justifies the means, they get set for a race without boundaries, where anything goes.

Obasanjo claimed politics and political competition get imprisoned as the actors invent new rules of engagement as they go along and seek to outdo one another in non-beneficial issues to the ordinary citizen.

Facebook-parent company, Meta has said that it will restore former President Donald Trump’s accounts on Facebook and Instagram in the coming weeks, just over two years after suspending him in the wake of the January 6 Capitol attack.

Meta made the landmark decision to bar Trump from posting on Facebook and Instagram the day after the January 6 attack, in which his supporters stormed the US Capitol in a bid to overturn the 2020 election results.

The Benue State Police Command has confirmed the arrest of a mother of two, Mrs. Charity Upev for allegedly beating her 10-year-old stepson, Fanen, to death over a missing piece of meat.

The incident happened on Monday, January 23, 2023, along the popular Abu King Shuluwa Way near the international market, behind Deeper life camp in Makurdi, the state capital. 

The Lagos State Government has invited a motorcyclist based in Ogun State, Adekunle Kristisanwo, whose bike was seized by policemen from the Isheri Police Division.

Lagos banned the movement of Okada in some parts of the state.

However, some policemen from the state were reported to have gone to Ogun State to seize bikes while claiming to be enforcing the ban.

PUNCH Metro reported that policemen from the Isheri division arrested Kristisanwo and seized his motorcycle at New Garage, in the Ifo Local Government Area of Ogun State, on Monday, December 5, 2022.

Residents of Ipogun community in the Ifedore Local Government Area of Ondo State have appealed to the state government to come to their aid following the destruction of their property by rainstorm.

The rainfall, which occurred on Tuesday, was said to have wreaked havoc on the community, destroying property worth millions of naira.

PUNCH Metro gathered that the rainstorm destroyed houses, shops, schools, church, electric poles and a health centre in the community.

Some residents were said to have been rendered homeless by the natural disaster.

A man, Iduh Hausa, has reportedly shot dead his brother-in-law over alleged infidelity in Umunede, in the Ika North East Local Government Area of Delta State.

PUNCH Metro gathered that the incident, which happened in Ileje, Umunede, threw the community into mourning.

A source said tension was brewing in the community over the incident.

“Mr Iduh Hausa shot his brother-in-law to death just because he (suspect) claimed that the man was dating another lady.

At least 159 Nigerians renounced their citizenship in 2022 alone, the ministry of interior has revealed.

The Permanent Secretary of the Ministry, Dr Shuaib Belgore, revealed this on Thursday at the 64th session of the State House Ministerial briefing organised by the Presidential Communications Team, at the Aso Rock Villa.

According to Belgore, 150 Nigerians renounced their citizenship between 2006 to 2021.

The Speaker of the House of Representatives, Femi Gbajabiamila, has declared his readiness to issue a warrant of arrest on the Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria, Godwin Emefiele if he fails to appear before its committee on Thursday.

Gbajabiamila said instead of the House adjourning plenary till February 28 for the elections as planned, the lawmakers would reconvene on Tuesday to take an action against Emefiele and other bank chiefs who fail to show up.

The Speaker, who noted that Emefiele is his friend, pointed out that he would not hesitate to demand the Inspector-General of Police to effect the CBN governor’s arrest and forceful appearance before the House.

The House had set up an ad hoc committee to investigate the scarcity of the new naira at the Deposit Money Banks, also known as commercial banks, leading to tension over the January 31 deadline set by the CBN for the exchange of the old notes with the newly designed ones.

The Police in Jigawa State have confirmed the killing of one person identified as Halliru Lafka in a clash between rival groups at a campaign rally of the ruling All Progressives Congress, APC, in Kazaure Local Government.

The State Commissioner of Police, CP. Emmanuel Ekot Effiom confirmed the incident to newsmen.

He said that police are hunting the suspected killer who was said to have disappeared to the neighbouring Kano State after he committed the crime.

According to him, “the police are on top of the situation and are working to arrest the suspect who ran away to Kano.”

He said the clash happened on Tuesday night between the members of the same APC during the party’s rally.

DAILY POST gathered that the deceased is a resident of Kazaure town and is a strong supporter of the APC Senatorial Candidate, Jigawa North-west District, Babangida Husseini.

The Central Bank of Nigeria, CBN, has vowed to impose stiffer sanctions on financial institutions hoarding the new naira notes.

The apex bank issued the threat on Wednesday in reaction to the allegation that enough notes were not released.

Musa Jimoh, Director of the Payment System Management Department, denied the claim at a news conference in Jos, the capital of Plateau.

Jimoh confirmed that the CBN “massively supplied” the new notes to banks to dispense both at counters and Automated Teller Machines, ATMs.

”This is to enable quick circulation. We advice commercial banks to desist from keeping the cash away from the public or face the stiffer sanction,” he said.

Jimoh explained that the decision to redesign the naira conforms with the global practice as currency notes ought to be redesigned every five years.

The director advised citizens to deposit their old notes and collect new ones, stressing that the ultimatum remains sacrosanct.

At the Monetary Policy Committee meeting in Abuja on Tuesday, CBN Governor Godwin Emefiele stated that the January 31 deadline would not be extended.

The Enugu State Police Command on Tuesday, said it has launched investigation into the murder of a rice farmer in Nenwe, Aninri Local Government Area of the state and subsequent retaliatory killing of the alleged perpetrator.

The victim identified as Mr Ngozi Ogbuewu, hails from Umuekuma, Ugwuokpa, Emudo – Nenwe

The PUNCH gathered that a young man of about 25 years old, identified as Ifeanyi Ubah, a native of Nomeh in Nkanu East Council Area of the state had gone to Ugwuokpa Village in Emudo Nenwe, a neighbouring community and killed his victim who was returning from his rice farm with his wife.

Sources told our correspondent that the suspect who was later killed had cut off the head and hid same in a bag, took it home before luck ran out of him and was caught by his people who later handed him over to Nenwe people.

Some hoodlums on Sunday killed two people during an invasion of Mgbuka-Amanzu Road, Nkpikpa, in the Ogbaru Local Government Area of Anambra State.

An eyewitness, who identified herself as Mama Chinedu, said the gunmen, numbering about four, were in a tricycle.

She noted that the gang cornered an unidentified man going to church, shot and dispossessed him of his belongings and fled.

The resident said, “The gunmen double-crossed the young man, who was going to church, with their tricycle, shot him and dispossessed him of his belongings before firing some shots as they were leaving the scene.