The police in Abuja have arrested one Mustapha Aliyu with a freshly severed head of a three-year-old boy, identified as Usman Awalu.
The 22-year-old reportedly confessed that he had beheaded four children, adding that he was paid N170,000 for every male head and N160,000 for the female head he supplied to his boss who is at large.
Aliyu was also said to have informed detectives during interrogation that he had so far supplied four human heads to his master.
Parading the suspect and others in Abuja on Friday, the Commissioner of Police in charge of the Federal Capital Territory, Bala Ciroma, explained that the suspect further admitted that his victims were taken from Sheda, Kwali, Kilankwa, Gwako and Leleyi villages, in Kwali Area Council of the FCT.
The CP said: “On May 19, 2019, about 14:30hrs, following a distress call, police operatives arrested Aliyu in possession of a freshly severed head of a three-year-old boy who was later identified as Usman Awalu of Rugan Fulani close to Leleyi village in Kwali Area Council.
“The suspect confessed that prior to his arrest, he had beheaded four children and gave their heads to his master who is now at large.
According to him, he was paid N170,000 for every male and N160,000 for every female victim.
“He said his victims were taken from Sheda, Kwali, Kilankwa, Gwako and Leleyi villages. Effort is being intensified to arrest his master who is currently at large.”
Ciroma said that his command recovered a locally fabricated sub-machine gun with two live ammunition from one Jacob Augustine, a.k.a. J. Boy, at his apartment in Keffi, Nasarawa State.
Upon his arrest, the suspect gave useful information that led to the arrest of one Tahiru Sule, 29 and Zephaniah Israel, 28, who are members of his gang, The Punch reports,
￼The CP said: “Similarly, on June 14, about 02:30hrs, following a distress call that some hoodlums were operating at Jikwoyi, police operatives were dispatched to the scene forcing the suspects to abandon their firearms and flee the scene.
“One locally made pistol and two live cartridges were recovered and effort is being intensified to arrest the suspects.”
Cleaners found an abandoned foetus blocking the toilet of an plane in South Africa on Friday, the domestic FlySafair airline said, prompting the offloading of passengers and a police investigation.
The foetus was discovered by cleaning staff as the plane was being prepared and passengers boarded for an early morning flight from the coastal city of Durban to Johannesburg.
Police confirmed the incident and said they were investigating.
Passengers were asked to disembark the plane and their journeys were re-scheduled.
Africa’s biggest sports broadcaster, SuperSport, has unveiled a host of big names to provide expert analyses of the tournament to ensure that the 2019 African Cup of Nation (AFCON) is more than a mere spectacle of soccer action. This will give DStv and GOtv subscribers, in addition to the analyses, background stories, colour pieces and breaking news.
The big names, drawn from across Africa, include Jay Jay Okocha, Joseph Yobo and Laryea Kingston,decorated former South African national team coach, Pitso Mosimane, Musa Otieno (Kenya), David Obua (Uganda) Tinashe Nengomashe (Zimbabwe), Teko Modise (South Africa), Shaun Bartlett (South Africa) and Oliveira Goncalves (Angola, Maximo).
Each match on DStv’s SS7 and GOtv’s Select 4 will include a one-hour build-up, plus a post-match wrap designed to give fans the full picture. Selected matches will also broadcast on DStv’s SS8 and SS10, while GOtvviewers can catch selected matches on Select 2 and Select 5.
Furthermore, SuperSport will have crews on hand to document the activities in each group to ensure fans are kept in the know about whatever happens on and off the field.
In-the-field reporters include Nigeria’s Chizom Ezeoke as well as Thato Moeng (SA), James Wokabi (Kenya) and Silvio Ivan Capuepe (Angola). Frontline studio presenters will be Carol Tshabalala, Mozes Priaz, Julia Stuart, Neil Andrews and Lwazi Ziqubu.
Supplementary programmes will add depth to the coverage with several exciting shows. These include How Far Africa, a light-hearted Saturday morning show to showcase the variety of nations participating in the tournament; and Master Plan, an interactive show focusing on the strategic tactical analysis of the game, using technology such as telestrator, touch screen and player tracking data.
The Group Executive Director of United Bank for Africa (UBA), Mr Liadi Ayoku, has called for the overhaul of the training curriculum in financial institutions across Africa to reflect current technological realities, which according to him will reflect the modern business expectations and ensure the relevance of graduates to the continent’s economic growth and aspiration.
Ayoku, said this while delivering a keynote address during the annual lecture of the Faculty of Management Sciences, Lagos State University (LASU) titled: “The Future of Finance – Technology at Play” on Wednesday. He explained that finance graduates and professionals must be aware that it was no longer business as usual following the fast-changing technological landscape.
He said: “I am not certain if the finance and accounting graduates of today are familiar with modern financial softwares packages, including global accounting and financial reporting standards.
“Have they been imbibed with the ready-to-market soft skills like leadership, communication, commercial acumen, flexibility/openness to change and strategic vision? “If not, I will like to propose an overhaul of the curriculum to accommodate these,” he noted.
Ayoku further explained that with technology replacing basic financing, the finance professional that would excel in the future must be quick to retool and adapt to changes.
“Traditional knowledge of finance is getting stale in today’s business world and indeed there is dire need for retooling our skills if we must remain relevant n tomorrow’s financial world. Technology is fast replacing the basics of finance,” he surmised.
According to Ayoku, financial reporting is increasingly being automated, just as data analytics is demystifying performance analysis. Tomorrow’s finance professionals must have capabilities for business intelligence and cognitive analysis. “We must apprise ourselves of the most recent technology and continue to retool our skills to remain relevant today and into the future,” Ayoku said.
The Chairman of the occasion, Dr Rotimi Oladele, the Executive Secretary, Institute of Entrepreneurship, commended Ayoku for delivering a profound paper worthy of equipping account graduates for a future driven by technology while also praising the Chairman of UBA, Mr Tony Elumelu for his contribution to entrepreneurship in Africa, describing him as a ‘global brand of the rarest value’. He said LASU would benefit from its collaboration with the entrepreneur.
“No doubt Tony Elumelu is not just a Nigerian of rare value to Nigeria but a Premium African of rarer value and of course a Global Brand of rarest value. Tony Elumelu today as an ultrapreneur is known all over for breeding entrepreneurs and start-ups in thousands and with millions of dollars ceaselessly in support for sustainability.
“We believe LASU partnering with Elumelu could be the best testimonial of a befitting support to the most multi-cultural and multi-tribal university in Nigeria. The profile of LASU Staff and studentship speak for this fact,” he said.
The LASU Vice-Chancellor, Prof Lanre Fagbohun, represented by the Deputy Vice Chancellor, Prof Oyedamola Oke, thanked UBA for its support and sponsorship noting that a bank that believes in the support of education is indeed a special institution.
The Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC), has said it will commence a clampdown on motorcycles and tricycles without number plates with effect from August 1.
The Corps Marshal, Boboye Oyeyemi, who directed this action said it has become difficult to identify such category of vehicles when used to commit traffic and criminal offences.
In a statement on Thursday night, the FRSC Public Education Officer, Bisi Kazeem, said “this is a necessary step in ensuring the security of lives and properties of the citizens, by controlling and reducing the rate of crime”.
He said motorcycles and tricycles without number plates are not captured in the national vehicle database. Hence, in the event of a crash or crime, cannot be traced.
According to him, “the National Road Traffic Regulations (NRTR) 2012 was made pursuant to section 5(e) of the FRSC (Establishment) Act, 2007 and specifies the type of Identification Number Plates for all categories of vehicles including motorcycles, tricycles and omnibus”.
He also said Regulation 8(1a and 1b) stipulate that vehicles may be registered as either motorcycles or tricycles.
“Regulations 39(9) of the NRTR 2012 provides that “All private and commercial vehicles shall as from the commencement of these regulations have on them Vehicle Identification Number Plates referred to in this regulation, and it shall be an offence for any vehicle not to have the said Identification Number Plates. Vehicles in this context include motorcycles and tricycles,” he said.
The officer said efforts are already being made to sensitise all necessary parties.
He said commanding officers are to engage relevant stakeholders and associations and Public Education Officers are to sensitise the riders on the need to register their motorcycles and tricycles.
He advised the public to refrain from patronising motorcycles and tricycles without number plates.
Mr Kazeem also said the National Vehicle Identification Scheme has helped to recover stolen vehicles and track down the criminals behind the theft.
Mona Mustapha Audu, son of late former Kogi State Governor, Abubakar Audu, has advised traditional rulers in the state to stay away from politics.
Mr Audu, who is aspiring to be the next Kogi State governor on the platform of the All Progressives Congress (APC), gave the advice on Thursday in Abuja.
He spoke at a news conference where he unveiled his blue print for the state.
According to him, it is the people of the state that can decide who becomes their next governor and not the traditional rulers.
Mr Audu said if the state`s incumbent governor had performed well in office, he would not need to lobby the presidency for its endorsement.
He stressed that his desire was to improve the lot of the people of Kogi.
The Kogi governorship election comes up in November.
The Ooni of Ife, Adeyeye Ogunwusi, has said plans are underway to chase ‘bad Fulani herders’ involved in violent attacks out of Yoruba land.
￼Kidnappings in South-west Nigeria and across the country have increased in recent months despite assurances by the government.
Speaking at his palace on Wednesday, Mr Ogunwusi while hosting the Emir of Borgu, Muhammed Dantoro, (Kitoro IV) said the recent attacks are ‘alien’.
According to a release made available to journalists by his spokesperson, Moses Olafare, the monarch said: “We keep hammering on the Fulani herdsmen trying to take over everywhere, it is the bad ones that we want to kick out and enough is enough, we will kick them and do justice to the peace and peaceful coexistence in our country.”
￼The monarch said it is time to “separate the corn (wheat) from the shaft (chaff)”.
“We want our country to be prosperous in peaceful coexistence, we do not want people to live in fear and that is the reason why we are trying to connect to one another as traditional rulers to find lasting solution to these of criminality.
“Everybody is saying they are Fulani herdsmen now, kidnapping everywhere. Enough of that! We must separate the corn from the shaft putting behind the past and letting peace reign in our land and in our country and that is what we stand for. We must join together to end this criminality being perpetrated by enemies of Nigeria with ungodly spirit irrespective of their tribes.”
In his reaction, the Emir of Borgu, said he will support Ooni’s plan “for the betterment of the people”.
“We will definitely work together for the betterment of our people. Borgu is a mini Nigeria because it is one of the few places in the country where you can find all tribes coexisting peacefully.” (Premium Times)
Mr. Adebayo Adewole, who was abducted on Tuesday and released on Wednesday, has disclosed that his abductors forced him to trek for 12 hours in the bush.
Adebayo is the son of Professor Isaac Adewole, former minister of Health. Adebayo, who claimed that no ransom was paid before he was released, spoke with journalists at the Oyo State Police Command Headquarters, Eleyele, Ibadan.
Adebayo was released on Wednesday, after his abduction at Iroko in the Afijio Local Government Area of Oyo.
He explained that after the men abducted him, they collected some money from his farm office, and then allowed to go the following day.
Adebayo said: “The incident happened around 5.30p.m. I was just about to get out of the farm when a couple of gunmen, about six of them appeared. The driver panicked and I jumped out of the car. I ran and they chased me until they caught up with me. I eventually took them to the farm office. I gave them all the money we had in the office. Between 6.30 and 7p.m., we patrolled until 8a.m. the following day.
“When they realised they couldn’t get any more money from me, they allowed me to go; the time was 7.36p.m. I found my way and went into a village, where I was directed to the expressway. I met a nice cyclist, who took me back to Iroko village. There, somebody gave me a phone, which I used to call my father to come and pick me.”
Asked how his captors treated him, Adebayo said: “I was beaten a couple of times. Luckily, one of them was really a good person. Every time it happened, he would just tell them to leave me.”
The state Commissioner of Police, Mr. Shina Olukolu, said: “The kidnappers were not able to pin him to being this or that person. They believed he was either the son of a senior police officer or a senior military officer. They concluded that was why senior police officers and senior Army officers were patrolling the area, searching for him and looking everywhere. They couldn’t really do what they intended doing. They felt the heightened rescue operation was too much and they felt the pressure. They had to let him go because it would be a ‘bad market’ for them.”