by on August 29, 2019
At least seven persons, including three final-year law students of the Ahmadu Bello University, were reportedly kidnapped along Abuja – Kaduna, about 40 kilometres away from the state capital on Tuesday evening.  As of the time of filing this report, it was not clear whether the abductions took place at the same time a former Gombe State Governor, Ibrahim Dankwambo’s convoy ran into the kidnappers along the Abuja-Kaduna highway.  Security details of the former governor had to disperse the ...
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by on August 24, 2019
A Nigerian man has been sentenced to four years in prison for defrauding the United States government up to $8.3 million Medicare charges. Ayodeji Fatunmbi was found guilty in a jury trial on July 31, 2014, but was only sentenced to 46 months in prison on August 19, 2019, according to the U.S. Department of Justice.  He was extradited to the U.S. in October 2018 based on the ruling of the Federal High Court. Mr Fatunmbi, 47, was found guilty on one count of conspiracy to commit health care...
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by on August 23, 2019
The U.S authorities on Thursday announced charges against 80 people, most of them Nigerians, in a wide-ranging fraud and money laundering operation that netted millions of dollars from victims of internet con jobs. Federal prosecutors unsealed the dozens of indictments after 17 people were arrested and taken into custody in Los Angeles and elsewhere in the United States.  Most of the remainder of those indicted were believed to be in Nigeria, the US Justice Department said. The suspects alleg...
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by on August 11, 2019
Twenty people were burnt to death in an auto accident along Potiskum-Sade Road in Misau Local Government Area of Bauchi State on Friday night. Although the exact cause of the accident was not known, it was learnt that the two vehicles had a head-on collision, leading to the death of their occupants. The Police Public Relations Officer, Bauchi State Command, Kamal Abubakar, confirmed the incident in a telephone interview with our correspondent on Saturday evening. He said the accident involved...
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by on August 4, 2019
Twenty people were killed, and more than two dozen were injured in a mass shooting at an El Paso shopping center on Saturday, according to Texas and local authorities. "Lives were taken who should still be with us today," Gov. Greg Abbott said at a news conference near the Walmart and an adjacent shopping mall. Twenty-six people were injured, according to El Paso Police Chief Greg Allen. "The ages and genders of all these people injured and killed are numerous in the age groups," Allen said. "Th...
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by on August 2, 2019
Some soldiers have allegedly raped a female student (name withheld) of the Adekunle Ajasin University, Akungba Akoko. The incident allegedly happened on Wednesday evening at the military checkpoint at Ikare Akoko in Akoko North-East Local Government Area of Ondo State. According to a source, the soldiers, who were attached to the Ikare Akoko checkpoint, allegedly raped the lady, a 300-level student at AAUA, while she was returning from the campus. The source, who identified one of the soldiers, ...
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by on July 23, 2019
A reporter with Channels Television, Precious Owolabi, has died, after sustaining a gunshot wound to the stomach. Owolabi, a National Youth Service Corps member, was shot during a clash between Shiites and the police. His death brings the official death toll to three although reports have it that the casualty figure may be higher. Earlier in the day a Deputy Commissioner of Police with the FCT command was gunned down during the clash.             **This story was...
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by on July 14, 2019
An American Singer, R. Kelly is facing new and unprecedented legal jeopardy after federal prosecutors in New York and Illinois charged him with a wide slate of criminal counts, including racketeering and production of child pornography. Though the singer already faces lengthy state charges in Illinois, the sweeping new federal indictments carry potential sentences that could ensure Kelly spends most of or all of his life in prison. “His life is on the line now,” said Lou Shapiro, a state a...
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by on July 8, 2019
Florida-based billionaire Jeffrey Epstein has been indicted on new charges related to alleged sex crimes involving minors, law enforcement sources told CNN on Saturday. Epstein was arrested Saturday and is expected to appear in federal court in New York on Monday. Epstein faces charges brought by US prosecutors in Manhattan, after previously evading similar charges when he secured a non-prosecution deal with federal prosecutors in Miami. The charges, contained in a sealed indictment, involve ...
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by on July 3, 2019
A video showing a senator beating up a woman in a sex toy shop in Abuja has sparked outrage in Nigeria. In the video, published by Premium Times, Senator Elisha Abbo, representing Adamawa North Senatorial District, is seen attacking a woman who tried to stop him from assaulting another woman in the shop. The senator accused the shop attendant of insulting him and asked a policeman with him to arrest her. Obviously concerned for her safety, the attendant made a call and tried to inform someon...
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by on July 2, 2019
A flamboyant pastor in Nigeria has stepped aside from his church after a celebrity photographer accused him of raping her twice before she turned 18. Biodun Fatoyinbo denied the allegation by Busola Dakolo, who is married to popular musician Timi Dakolo. He said he was taking "leave of absence from the pulpit" because it was the "right thing to do". Ms Dakolo's allegation went viral on social media, with some saying it had triggered Nigeria's #MeToo moment. The social media campaign has led ...
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by on June 30, 2019
A 27-year-old woman in Alabama has been indicted for manslaughter after losing her unborn baby in a shooting – despite not being the shooter. Marshae Jones was arrested on Wednesday for initiating a dispute last December that led to another woman shooting her in the stomach, local media reported. Charges against the shooter were dismissed after a failed indictment. Pro-choice groups are now saying it shows how the state’s new restrictive abortion laws can affect other cases. On 4 December, wh...
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