The Regent of Oba community in Idemili South Local Government Area of Anambra State, Prince Noel Ezenwa, and the traditional ruler of Obosi community in Idemili North Local Government Area of the state, Igwe Chidubem Iweka III, have hailed the Federal Government over the Second Niger Bridge.

Both monarchs commended the Federal Government for deeming it necessary to construct the project in the interest of Nigerians. The Second Niger Bridge passed through both communities.

Hoodlums have allegedly stabbed a man, Peter Nnamdi, to death, after invading a shanty in the Ebute Metta area of Lagos State.

PUNCH Metro gathered that normal activities were ongoing when the hoodlums invaded the area around 9.05pm on Tuesday.

The gang was said to have attempted to dispose Nnamdi of his mobile phone before stabbing him in the neck and ribs.

29th December

A Delta State-based woman identified simply as Madam Success has been reportedly arrested and remanded in Anambra State for her alleged role in luring four university female students into prostitution in her state.

Madam Success was on Friday arraigned before the Children, Sexual and Gender-Based Violence Magistrate Court in Awka, where she was denied bail and also remanded.

The Executive Director of the Centre for Human Resource Development and Empowerment Initiative Kaduna, Dr Mohammed Ali, has said the North does not need an almajiri commission, but a total ban on the almajiri practice.

He said this while receiving representatives from the Ayana Centre for Almajiri Development and Empowerment Initiative during a visit to his office on Sunday in Kaduna.

The Nigerian Bar Association has said it will ensure that justice is served in the case of a lawyer, Bolanle Raheem, who was shot dead by a police officer on Christmas Day, while inside a vehicle with her husband in the Ajah area of Lagos State.

Reacting, the National Publicity Secretary, NBA, Akorede Lawal, described the incident as unfortunate, adding that the president of the association, Yakubu Maikyau, was monitoring the situation.

The governor of Ebonyi State, David Umahi, has sanctioned his party, the All Progressives Congress, to pay a fine of N5 million for contravening the provisions of the state’s Executive Order 3 of 2022.

The Executive Order 3 of the state prohibits political parties from using public places such as schools, parks, and markets for political activities without obtaining due clearance from the government.

A group of gunmen have abducted four students of Kogi State Polytechnic, Lokoja, and the driver of their vehicle, along Akunnu-Ajowa Road in Akoko North-East Local Government Area of Ondo State on Friday.

The students were said to be travelling home for the Yuletide before the hoodlums allegedly waylaid them on the road and dragged them into the bush.

The lead counsel for the embattled leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra, Mazi Nnamdi Kanu, Chief Mike Ozekhome (SAN), has said that Kanu lacks potassium in his bloodstream and may need “urgent heart surgery”, Saturday PUNCH reports.

This is as he and his team of over 18 lawyers signed a notice of application for an Order of Judicial Review (Order 34) in the Federal High Court in the Abuja Judicial Division, Abuja.

Emotions and tears flowed on Thursday in Abuja as over 200 indigenes of Eha-Amufu community, in Isi-Uzo Local Government of Enugu State protested against the incessant killings of their people by suspected Fulani militia.

The protesters including men and women said hundreds of people living in Eha-Amufu have been killed in different attacks since 2021.

The Oyo State Police Command has arrested ten suspected members of a kidnapping syndicate terrorising Lagos-Ibadan Expressway, IGBERETV reports.

Commuters have been kidnapped and attacked several times along the busy highway.

Prof. Adigun Agbaje, a former Deputy Vice-chancellor (academics) of the University of Ibadan (UI), two students of the Moshood Abiola Polytechnic, Abeokuta, and others were abducted on October 28 by kidnappers in military uniform.

The Lagos State Police Command has arrested an ex-convict who specializes in using a telephone number to send threatening messages to different people in the state, IGBERETV reports.

Speaking during a press briefing held on December 21, the state Commissioner of Police, CP Abiodun Alabi, said investigations by the police led to the arrest of one Smart Richard who hails from Delta State.

CP Alabi said that Smart is an ex-convict who had served a five-year jail term at Kirikiri Medium Correctional Center. The suspect identified one Kingsley Richard ‘m’ is currently serving a jail term at Kirikiri Correctional Center as his associate.

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Men of the Ogun State Police Command have arrested a 26-year-old man, Adeyemi Babatunde, for allegedly killing a 46-year-old driver, Obafunsho Ismail, over a minor argument.

The incident occurred on December 8, 2022, around 8pm when the suspect, who drove a Lexus SUV with a customised number plate, Olu of Oya, hit the deceased’s car from the rear and caused damage to the vehicle.

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