by on January 11, 2020
Iran's military says it "unintentionally" shot down a Ukrainian passenger jet, Iran's state TV reports. The statement said it had done so due to "human error" after the plane flew close to a sensitive site belonging to Iran's Revolutionary Guards. Those responsible would be held accountable, the statement said. Iran had previously rejected suggestions that one of its missiles brought down the plane near the capital, Tehran, on Wednesday. But pressure mounted after the US and Cana...
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by on January 4, 2020
 Donald Trump ordered a U.S. airstrike that killed one of Iran’s most powerful generals and sent global markets reeling as the president said the military leader was plotting attacks on Americans. “General Qassem Soleimani has killed or badly wounded thousands of Americans over an extended period of time, and was plotting to kill many more...but got caught!” Trump tweeted Friday. “He should have been taken out many years ago!” he added. Secretary of State Michael Pompeo said earlier Friday...
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by on December 7, 2019
An estimated N675bn was paid in cash bribes to Nigerian public officials this year, according to a new survey by the National Bureau of Statistics and the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime.   The report, which was released on Friday said out of all Nigerians who had at least one contact with a public official in the 12 months prior to the 2019 survey, 30.2 per cent paid a bribe to, or were asked to pay a bribe by, a public official. “This means that, although still relatively high, the...
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by on November 23, 2019
Allen Ifechukwu Athan Onyema, the Chairman, CEO, and founder of Air Peace, a Nigerian airline, has been charged with bank fraud and money laundering for moving more than $20 million from Nigeria through United States bank accounts in a scheme involving false documents based on the purchase of airplanes.  The international airline’s Chief of Administration and Finance, Ejiroghene Eghagha, has also been charged with bank fraud and committing aggravated identity theft in connection with the scheme....
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by on November 12, 2019
An Oklahoma police chief was killed during a fight with one of his own officers while at a conference in Florida, authorities alleged on Monday. Escambia County sheriff's deputies found the body of Mannford Police Chief Lucky Miller when they responded to a report of a physical altercation at the Hilton Garden Inn in Pensacola Beach, on the Gulf Coast near Mobile, Alabama, at about 9 p.m. Sunday, the sheriff's office told NBC News. Mannford is about 20 miles west of Tulsa. Mannford police ...
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by on October 7, 2019
Four people were killed, and five others wounded after two suspects entered a bar and opened fire in Kansas City, Kansas, early Sunday, police said. Police responded to the incident overnight at Tequila KC on 10th Street and Central Avenue after receiving the first 911 call at about 1:27 a.m., according to Thomas Tomasic of the Kansas City, Kansas, Police Department. Authorities believe that there might be two suspects who entered the bar and began shooting based on witness accounts. Police a...
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by on September 29, 2019
The mother of former Super Eagles coach, Samson Siasia has been released by her kidnappers. The release comes two months after she was abducted  in her country home in Odoni community, Sagbama Local Government Area of Bayelsa State. When contacted, the spokesman for the Bayelsa State Police Command, DSP Asinim Butswat, confirmed the incident. A relative of the family, Pinaowor Siasia, also confirmed the release and said the elderly woman would be taken to hospital for medical checks. ...
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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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