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Pandemonium As Fire Breaks Out At Immigration Service Headquarters

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Pandemonium As Fire Breaks Out At Immigration Service Headquarters
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Pandemonium broke out on Sunday, January 10, 2021, as the headquarters of the Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS) in Abuja caught fire.

Newsrand learnt that the fire affected some of the offices in the headquarters.

The fire, whose cause is still being investigated, has been put out by firefighters.

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“A fire incident occurred in our Service Headquarters this Morning. It affected some of our Offices.

“The fire has been put out by our Federal Fire Station&support from other agencies around the Airport.

“The cause of the fire is being investigated. We assure the public that the incident will not in any way affect the discharge of our services,” a statement from the service read.

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Police Arrest Lecturer’s Son For Killing His UNIJOS Girlfriend

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Police Arrest Lecturer's Son For Killing His UNIJOS Girlfriend

Men of Plateau State Police Command have arrested one Moses Okon, who’s a lecturer’s son at the University of Jos (UNIJOS) for the murder of his girlfriend Jennifer Anthony, who was a 300 level student of the institution.

Newsrand learnt that Okon, a 20-year-old lured Anthony into a hotel room, where he murdered her in a barbaric manner.

Anthony had been declared missing by friends and fellow students.

Her lifeless body was later found at the hotel in Jos, along Zaria Road, on New Year’s Day with some of her body parts, including her eyes, missing.

Parading the suspected killer of the undergraduate at the command headquarters in Jos, the Plateau State Commissioner of Police, Bartholomew Onyeka said Moses was arrested in Benue State with the help of his father, Joseph Oko, a UNIJOS lecturer.

He said, “Sequel to the gruesome murder of Miss Jennifer Anthony, a 300-level student of the University of Jos whose lifeless body was found mutilated on January 1, 2022 at Domus Pacis Guest House, Jos, by a man, Moses Oko, aged 20 years, suspected to be her boyfriend who fled after committing the crime, the command, in a bid to arrest the perpetrator, launched an aggressive manhunt for the suspect and tactically trailed him to Benue State, where he was arrested by hawk-eyed police operatives of the command. The suspect will be arraigned at the end of an investigation.”

Speaking on the incident, the victim’s friend, Jessica Dung said the suspect was arrested in a psychiatric home in Makurdi, Benue State, adding that his hair was shaved to suggest that he was mentally unstable.

She said, “The police said they were told that he was mad, but they didn’t see any sign like that and that their thinking was that some people advised him to disguise.

He is no longer in dreads; the police said maybe his lawyers advised him to disguise, as they are looking for a way to get him out of the whole mess. The police took him to the State Criminal Investigation and Intelligence Department in Jos.”

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Bayelsa Communities On Verge Of Erosion Over Abandoned Project

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Bayelsa Communities On Verge Of Erosion Over Abandoned Project

Three communities in Bayelsa State, Akipelai, Ayakoro, and Otuoke are on the verge of being washed away by coastal erosion over projects abandoned by contractors.

In March 2012, during Goodluck Johnathan’s administration, who hails from the Otuoke community, contracted the Shore erosion Control Works Project to be completed within 14-months.

The Nigerian Ports Authority awarded the contract for N7.5bn, which N4.2bn was made available to the contractors in 2015, according to the 2017 Audit Report of the Federation.

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During the physical inspection of the project, the audit report noted that it was discovered that the contractors had abandoned the project site and the duration of the project had since lapsed without approval for its extension.

The report stated that the NPA had shown no concern or taken any significant measure to recover the money from the contractor, “which implies expenditure inefficiency on the part of the government and loss of benefits to the communities where the project was meant to be implemented.”

A civil society group, Paradigm Leadership Support Initiative, said it embarked on a fact-finding mission to the project sites through its Value for Money advocacy project after analyzing and simplifying the 2017 audit report.

The group, which visited the communities in March 2020, said it discovered that the Shore Erosion Control Works project would have positively impacted Ayakoro, Akipelai, and Otuoke as most houses were built close to the riverbank.

The PLSI stated in its report, “Young people in these communities complained about the abandoned project and the effects of flooding on their communities.

“One of the youth representatives, who identified himself as Mr. LoveGod Daniel, told our reporters that the contractors installed signage of the project only to come back months later to remove it. Mr. LoveGod further said that nothing happened since the project signage was installed and removed.”

The group added that the residents confirmed that the contractors are Bayelsa indigenes, noting that project abandonment was an act of corruption and contravened Financial Regulations 224 and 230 (2009).

“Participants disclosed that the contractors are Bayelsans and by that should even be more accountable. About 30,000 (15,000 in Ayakoro, over 5,000 in Akipelai, and more than 7,000 in Otuoke) residents of these underserved communities are being exposed to flooding and shoreline washed away by erosion,” the PLSI said.

The civil society organization recommended immediate recovery of the unaccounted sum and prosecution of the contractors by anti-corruption agencies, enforcement of the Financial Regulation 3117, and re-award of the contract.

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Jealous Man On The Run After Stabbing Wife’s Admirer To Death

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A jealous husband identified as Keke is currently on the run after stabbing a fashion designer, Daniel, to death.

The incident happened in the Iwaya area of Lagos State when one of the suspect’s neighbours informed him that an illicit affair was going on between his wife and Daniel.

Triggered by the information, Keke had a physical confrontation with Daniel, during which he stabbed the deceased in his chest.

Immediately Daniel was confirmed dead, Keke and his wife left their home to avoid being attacked or arrested.

Confirming the incident, Lagos Police Public Relations Officer, CSP Adekunle Ajisebutu said: “As soon as the incident was reported, police detectives attached to the Sabo division immediately visited the scene. The victim was taken to the Harvey Road Hospital, Yaba, for medical attention, but he died while being attended to.

The body has been deposited at the Yaba Mainland Hospital’s morgue for an autopsy. Meanwhile, the Commissioner of Police, Hakeem Odumosu, has directed that the case be transferred to the Homicide Section of the State Criminal Investigation and Intelligence Department, for diligent investigation. He has also directed that all efforts should be made to arrest the fleeing suspect.”

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