NEC CONSIDERS NEW PUMP PRICE OF N302 PER LITRE

The National Economic Council(NEC), is meeting in Abuja to consider reports of its adhoc committee, recommending a N302 per litre price for Premium Motor Spirit (PMS) popularly known as petrol.

The meeting chaired by the Vice President, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo is being attended by the Governor of Ekiti state and Chairman of the Nigeria Governors Forum NGF, Kayode Fayemi, with Governors Godwin Obaseki of Edo state and Udom Emmanuel of Akwa Ibom state in attendance, amongst others.

The National Economic Council(NEC) is Chaired by Vice President Yemi Osinbajo is also attended by other members including Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria(CBN), Godwin Emefiele and the Minister of Finance, Budget and National Planning, Zainab Ahmed.

COURT REMANDS MAN FOR KILLING THREE SIBLINGS

An Iyaganku Magistrate’s Court sitting in Ibadan, has remanded one 30-year-old Abubakar Usman for alleged one count charge of murder of three siblings.

The Defendant was alleged to have on January 13 at 5.00 p.m., at Oke-Orogun area of Saki, Oyo State, killed the siblings; 13-year-old Abdullahi Abdulkadri, 11-year-old Ismail Abdulkadri and 30-year-old Bello Abdulkadri with a cutlass which he used in inflicting cuts all over their bodies.

The offence, according to the prosecutor, Sgt. Philips Amusan, contravenes Section 316 of the Criminal Code Laws of Oyo State, 2000 and punishable under Section 319 of the law.

Presiding Magistrate, Abimbola Amole-Ajimoti, consequently remanded Usman at the Abolongo Correctional Centre, Oyo, and referred the matter to the Oyo State Director of Public Prosecutions(DPP), for legal advice.

The matter was adjourned to March 15, 2022 for mention.

N/ASSEMBLY MAKES U-TURN: AMMEND PRIMARIES CLAUSE

The Senate has removed the direct Primaries clause 84 in the Electoral Amendment Bill, 2021 and brought in other modes of primaries by political parties in choosing their candidates for elections.

With the removal of clause 84 of the Electoral Act (Amendment) Bill 2021, which generated serious controversies, political parties now have three options; Direct, Indirect and Consensus modes of Primaries.

Leader of the Senate, Senator Yahaya Abdulahi, raised a motion for re-committal of the Bill to the Committee of the Whole in accordance with Order 87 of the Senate Standing Orders, 2022, to address the ammendment.

Senate President, Ahmad Lawan said, the amendment to the controversial clause was to allow Nigerians have the choice of exercising franchise without being hindered while participating in democratic process.

The Senate on December 21, 2021 officially received and read the President Muhammadu Buhari’s communication, rejecting the electoral bill, citing insecurity, cost of conducting direct primaries and infringement on the rights of Nigerians to participate in governance as reasons for withholding assent to the Bill.

KANU PLEADS NOT GUILTY TO THE 15-COUNT AMMENDED CHARGES

Leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), Nnamdi Kanu, has pleaded not guilty to the 15 count ammended charges of treasonable felony and terrorism, slammed on him by the Federal Government.


After taking the plea, the Prosecution Counsel, Shuaibu Labaran, informed the court that he was ready to proceed with the trial as two of his witnesses were present in court..


Kanu’s lead Counsel, Mike Ozekhome, a Senior Advocate of Nigeria(SAN), objected to the application on the grounds that he has two pending applications filed the previous day challenging the competence of the ammended charges as well as the jurisdiction of the court to hear and determine the matter.


Ozekhome, SAN, who described said the entire counts as watery, baseless and will fall like a pack of cards, submitted that he had on Tuesday evening, filed a 43-page preliminary objection which is aimed sniffing life out of the entire charges.


In a short ruling, presiding Judge of the Federal Holiday Court, Abuja, Hon. Justice Binta Nyako, held that Kanu’s first application challenging the propriety of his trial, as well as the competence of the charge against him, the court must first be heard..

The court then adjourned till February 16 to hear the pending application.

TROOPS NEUTRALIZE, IPOB, ESN STRONGHOLD

Troops of the 82 Division of the Nigerian Army, the Nigerian Navy, 211 Quick Response Group of the Nigerian Air Force,  Department of State Services and the Nigeria Police, have dislodged the stronghold of the armed wing of the proscribed Indigenous People of Biafra, the Eastern Security Network (ESN).

A statement issued by the Director of Army Public Relations , Brigadier General Onyema Nwachukwu said the operation was conducted in the early hours of Monday January 17, 2022.

The Army statement revealed that it was a well coordinated dawn attack on the fortress, where plans were being perfected bybthe dissident groups to violently enforce the illegitimate sit-at-home declaration.

The troops, according to the statement, recovered IPOB includes laptops, mobile phones, IPOB flags, two locally made guns, 10 Pump Action Shotguns, one Revolver pistol, rounds of 7.62 mm special, live cartridges and some manchettes. 

The statement also disclosed that many were killed in Lilu Forest of Ihiala Local Government Area of Anambra State, a place notorious for being the operational base of the group.

It added that some gunmen we’re also neutralized while the operation lasted.

Lilu is a border town between Imo and Anambra States, which soldiers said had been hitherto known to be used as an operational base of the dissidents.

TROOPS RESCUES KIDNAPPED PARAMOUNT RULER, ARRESTS TWO SUSPECTS

The district head of Vwang in Jos South LGA of Plateau State, Gutt Balak, who was kidnapped few days ago, has been been rescued by troops of Operation Safe Haven (OPSH).

Spokesman of the OPSH, Ishaku Takwa, who disclosed this to Newsmen in Jos, Tuesday, said the district head was on his way to Vom, Sunday night, after a function close to the National Institute of Policy and Strategic Studies(NIPSS), Kuru, Jos South L.G.A when the incident occurred.

“Immediately the incident was reported, the Commander of Operation SAFE HAVEN, Major-General Ibrahim Ali, placed the troops of Sector 6 deployed at Riyom on red alert and to embark on the hot trail of the perpetrators.”

“Consequently, the troops, in conjunction with other security agencies, vigilante groups and hunters, conducted clearance operations in the mountainous region of Sabon Gida-Kanal, Gero, and Dahl general area.

“Two suspects were arrested at an abandoned building during the operation.”

This development led to the release of the paramount ruler by his abductors and he has been united with his family.”

While commending the troops in their efforts to serve their fatherland, Takwa urged citizens of Plateau state to support security agencies in their bid to ensure the safety of lives and property.

YOUNG MAN ALLEGEDLY COMMITS SUICIDE TO RELIEF DEBTS

One 25 years old, Olakunle Obaoye, has allegedly committed suicide in other to free himself from the debts he owed to his neighbours.

Public Relations Officer of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps(NSCDC), Kwara State Command, Babawale Afolabi, who confirmed the incident via a statement in Ilorin on Tuesday, disclosed that a brother to the deaceased, Thomas Obaoye, alerted men of the Ayedun Division of the NSCDC of the incident.

The PRO revealed that some relatives of the deceased took the NSCDC operatives to a bush in Erinmope village, Oke-Ero Local Government Area of Kwara State where they found the corpse dangling on a tree.

“On Monday 17/01/2022 at about 1200 hours one Thomas Obaoye of Ayedun town went to our divisional office in the area to notify our men on ground about the demise of his brother, Olakunle Obaoye, 25, whose lifeless body was found hanging on the three in what look like a suicide.

Afolabi added that the corpse was handed over to the family for proper burial, while the case to the Kwara State Police Command for further investigation.

TENSION IN BENIN CITY AS DSS OPERATIVE ALLEGEDLY KILLED TIPPER DRIVER

There was tension in Benin City, Tuesday morning, following the killing of a yet to be identified tipper driver by an officer of the Department of State Services (DSS).

In a swift reaction, members of the Edo State Tipper Drivers Association, chanting solidarity songs, protested to the State office of the DSS on High Court road, Sapele road, Benin City.

The protesting drivers blocked the various roads leading to the DSS office with their heavy duty trucks, which resulted in sporadic shootings by operatives of the DSS.

The development led to panic by civil servants whose offices were located close to the area as they scampered for safety.

It was gathered that trouble started at the Ikpoba Hill axis of Benin City where some members of the tipper drivers were controlling traffic on the road.

According to sources, some DSS operatives dressed in mufti, inside a vehicle, decided to use the wrong lane of the road, in a bid to avert the gridlock and the tipper drivers tried to turn them back, unknowing the men were DSS officials.

The source added that a DSS man inside the vehicle allegedly opened fire on one of the tipper drivers controlling the the traffic and he died instantly.

It was alleged that the DSS officials immediately arrested three of the tipper drivers and bundled them away in their vehicle, which resulted in protest by colleagues of the tipper drivers who consequently moved their protest to the DSS office.

As at press time, PRIMACY NEWS gathered that authorities of the Tipper Drivers Association, who disclosed that the arrested members have been released while the Association has instructed their lawyer to filed court action against the DSS.

The Association Chairman, Comrade Austin Uhunmeagho, stated that events in the coming days would revealed whether the Tipper Drivers will embark on a strike action or not.

POLICE ARRESTS MAN FOR RAPING 80-YEAR-OLD WOMAN

The police command in Nasarawa has arrested a 43-year-old man for allegedly raping an 80 year-old woman in the state.

A statement signed by Ramhan Nansel, spokesperson of the command, confirmed in Lafia, on Sunday.

The statement said a complaint was lodged at Garaku Division of the Police Command on January 14 at about 22:30 p.m.on the incident.

According to the statement, the accused was one 43-year-old Dan’asabe Eddo, an indigene of Kaduna state, but resident in Kundami village, Garaku, Lokonga local government area of Nasarawa state.

“He allegedly went into the residence of an 80-year-old woman, who stays alone in the same village, and forcefully had carnal knowledge of her.

“Upon receipt of the complaint, police operatives attached to the Garaku Division immediately swung into action and got the suspect arrested.“Upon interrogation, thesuspect admitted that he committed the offence, but blamed it on the devil.

“Upon notification, the Commissioner of Police, CP Adesina Soyemi, directed that the case be transferred to the State Criminal Investigation Department (SCID), Lafia, for profound investigation,” the statement said.

The statement urged members of the public to pay special attention to the elderly, and guard them against gerontophiles. (NAN