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Bola Tinubu, Atiku Abubakar, Nigerians Pay Tribute to Late M.K.O Abiola

June 12 every year is set aside by many Nigerians to celebrate and remember the life of late Moshood Kashimawo Olawale Abiola popularly called M.K.O Abiola.

This day 24years ago, the presidential election in which M.K.O Abiola was a candidate was annulled over alleged evidence that it was corrupt and unfair.

Bola Tinubu, Atiku Abubakar, Nigerians Pay Tribute to Late M.K.O Abiola

He is still referred to as the winner by many since there was no official announcement of the results.

M.K.O Abiola died in 1998 at age 60 on July 7.

Political leaders and the general public have taken to their social media platforms to remember the day.

Risk Being Sacked if you Don’t Obey your Bishop – Pope to Nigerian Priests

Following the refusal of some priests to accept Peter Ebere Okpaleke who was appointed the Bishop of Ahiara Diocese in Imo State by the then pontiff Benedict XVI, Pope Francis has said that all priests involved would be “ispo facto suspended” in a month if they do not obey.

Risk Being Sacked if you Don’t Obey your Bishop – Pope to Nigerian Priests

NAN reports that Bishop Okpaleke, of Anambra origin had been rejected since 2012 when he was posted to the Diocese of Ahiara because he was not a native of Mbaise.

The Pope has asked all priests who have taken part in this rebellion to also write to him asking forgiveness and “clearly manifest total obedience to the pope.”

He said he’ll suspend the priests from the ministry if they didn’t pledge in a letter, by July 9, “total obedience” to him (Pope Francis) and accept Bishop Peter Okpaleke’s appointment.

The Pope met June 8 at the Vatican with a delegation from the Ahiara diocese.
“I cordially greet the Delegation and thank you for coming from Nigeria in a spirit of pilgrimage. 
For me, this meeting is a consolation because I am deeply saddened by the events of the Church in Ahiara. 
In fact, the Church (and excuse the wording) is like a widow for having prevented the Bishop from coming to the Diocese. Many times I have thought about the parable of the murderous tenants, of which the Gospel speaks (cf. Mt 21:33-44), that want to grasp the inheritance. 
In this current situation the Diocese of Ahiara is without the bridegroom, has lost her fertility and cannot bear fruit. Whoever was opposed to Bishop Okpaleke taking possession of the Diocese wants to destroy the Church. 
This is forbidden; perhaps he does not realise it, but the Church is suffering as well as the People of God within her.
The Pope cannot be indifferent. I know very well the events that have been dragging on for years and I am thankful for the attitude of great patience of the Bishop, indeed the holy patience demonstrated by him.,” the Pope had told the delegation.

Those priests opposing Okpaleke’s taking up of his office “want to destroy the church, which is not permitted,” Francis said in his address to the delegation.

He also said he wanted to suppress the whole diocese, but didn’t, so that the rank-and-file faithful are not affected.

He mentioned that tribal loyalties is not a reason to disobey orders and that the rebellious priests might have been manipulated from the outside diocese or even outside the country.

He stated that the Pope can’t be indifferent to rebellion which is why he is not going to take a conciliatory tone to resolve this dispute.

Acting President Osinbajo Signs #Budget2017

Acting President Yemi Osinbajo has signed the 2017 Appropriation Bill into law.

Osinbajo made the announcement via Twitter on Monday.

Acting President Osinbajo Signs #Budget2017
Acting President Yemi Osinbajo signing the 2017 Appropriation Act into law at the Presidential Villa in Abuja on Monday (12/6/17). With him from left are: Senate President Bukola Saraki; Speaker, House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara; Senior Special Assistant to the President on National Assembly Matters (Senate), Sen. Ita Enang; Senior Special Assistant to the President on National Assembly Matters (House of Representatives), Suleiman Kawu; Minister of Budget and National Planning, Sen. Udoma Udo Udoma; Chief of Staff, Alhaji Abba Kyari; and Minister of Finance, Mrs Kemi Adeosun.
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The event was attended by leaders of the National Assembly, Senate President Bukola Saraki, House Speaker Yakubu Dogara, as well as members of the Federal Executive Council.

The National Assembly on May 11, passed the 2017 Appropriation Bill, raising the figure from N7.30 trillion presented by President Muhammadu Buhari on December 14, 2016, to N7.44 trillion.

In the approval, Statutory Transfers got N434 billion, N1.8 trillion for Debt Servicing, N177.5 billion for Sinking Fund for Maturity Bonds and N2.99 trillion for Recurrent Non-Debt Expenditure.

Contribution to the Development Fund for Capital Expenditure, exclusive of the capital expenditure in statutory transfers for the year ending December 31, 2017, got N2.2 trillion.

The chamber pegged crude oil production for the budget at 2.2 million barrels per day, with foreign exchange rate of N305 to a dollar.

Man Released from Prison 17 Years Later after Doppelganger with Same Name was Found

Due to an eyewitness’ wrong identification, a Kansas man Richard Anthony Jones was sentenced to 19 years imprisonment for aggravated robbery in 1999.

After serving 17 years of the term, he was released from the Kansas prison where he was held after a man who bears a striking resemblance with him was found.

Man Released from Prison 17 Years Later after Doppelganger with Same Name was Found
Ricky (Left) and Richard Jones (R) | Photo Credit: Kansas City Police Department

Jones was found guilty of a robbery in a Walmart store, although there was no DNA or physical evidence linking him to the crime.

Back in May of 1999, two men picked up a man named ‘Rick’ at a house in Kansas City, Kansas and went to a Walmart to get money for drugs. Once they pulled into the parking lot, ‘Rick’ jumped out of the vehicle, wrestled a woman to the ground in an attempt to steal her purse, grabbed her cell phone, and got back in the vehicle.

All of the witnesses described ‘Rick’ as a Hispanic or light skinned African American, but no one got a good look at ‘Rick’s face. Law enforcement identified the driver of the vehicle. The driver was taken to the police station to look at mugshots in an attempt to identify ‘Rick.’ Law enforcement typed the names ‘Rick’ and ‘Richard’ into their database. After viewing over 200 photographs, the driver eventually picked out Richard Jones.

Witnesses only remembered that the suspect had light skin, so they all chose the only light-skinned man in the lineup: Richard Jones.

He had tried to appeal his conviction but did not succeed.

His hopes were raised again after other inmates in the prison where he was held told him about another inmate, Ricky that looks just like him.

“When I saw the picture of my double it all made sense to me,” Jones said.

He told Midwest Innocence Project (MIP), a non-profit organisation that helps secure the release of people who have been wrongfully convicted, about the development and they took it up from there.

Investigations revealed that Ricky lived near the scene of the crime – Kansas City, Kansas – and Jones lived in Kansas City, Missouri.

Ricky not only has ties to the Kansas City, Kansas community, but also lived at the exact address where the suspect was picked up by the two men in the vehicle back in May of 1999.

Jones’ lawyers also argued that Jones had said he was with his girlfriend and her family at the time of the crime.

After the testimony of several witnesses, including the victim of the robbery, Judge Kevin Moriarty of the Johnson County District Court ordered Jones’ release.

The witnesses testified that after looking at photographs of both men, they could no longer say Jones was the man who committed the crime.

All four witnesses were asked to identify ‘Rick.’ Three of them did not even bother as they claimed that they couldn’t distinguish between the men. One witness did choose who believed to be the suspect — and he chose Ricky. All four witnesses admitted that they would not have been able to tell the difference between Richard and Ricky at the time of the robbery.

The judge said no juror would have convicted Jones based on the new evidence.

Ricky, however denied committing the crime.

Jones’ lawyers said that he was identified after his photograph was picked out of a police database three months after the robbery. They described the list of photos as “highly suggestive,” stating that “None of the other photos matched the description provided by the witnesses.”

A GoFundMe campaign has been set up to help Jones adjust to life outside prison.

See photos of Jones after his release:

Photo Credit: Facebook – Midwest Innocence Project (MIP) | Kansas City Police Department

Police kill Okadaman over N50 in Enugu

A 38-year-old man, Bitrus Chukwudi Ugwuanyi was killed in Igboeze, Enugu and there has been tension as the Police and members of Ikpa-modo, Enugu Ezike, in Igboeze North Local Government Area of the state trade blames over his death.

It was alleged that Ugwuanyi, who was an Okadama (commercial motorcyclist), was killed by policemen for his inability to pay them N50.

Police kill Okadaman over N50 in Enugu

The okadaman was carrying a pregnant woman from Obollo Afor in Udenu Local Government to Ogrute in Enugu Ezike, when he was arrested by policemen at a checkpoint at Ugwu Ekposhi and asked to pay N50.

He reportedly said he had nothing on him, as he was on his first trip of the day.

An eyewitness said an altercation with one of the officers reportedly led to the killing of Ugwuanyi in the presence of his female passenger.

Vanguard reports it was further alleged that when it dawned on the policeman that his victim was dead, he quickly raised an alarm that the dead man snatched his AK-47 riffle, which led to the arrival of members of the Igboeze North Central Neighbourhood Watch at the scene.

The Neighbourhood Watch members were said to have fired more shots on the dead body, before they paraded the corpse around the town, celebrating that he was killed for allegedly “snatching a gun from a policeman.”

Trouble began, however, when Ugwuanyi’s kinsmen protested his murder, saying that he was not known to be of bad character.

Enugu State Police Public Relations Officer, Ebere Amaraizu, said that the police would rely on the information that Ugwuanyi was killed in the course of trying to retrieve the AK-47 riffle until the contrary was proved.

Amaraizu, however, advised the relations of the deceased to raise a petition to the state Police Commissioner, Danmalam Mohammed, if they were sure of their new position. He said:

“The state Police Commissioner will order a thorough investigation if the family brings any petition over the issue.
He is a no-nonsense man, who does not spare or condone any misconduct from his officers and would not hesitate to deal decisively with offenders. Let them come up with their complaints,” he added.

Killer of US Army veteran Chuks Okebata shot dead in Abia

Police in Abia State say they have shot dead a suspected kidnapper and armed robber whose gang has been involved in high profile kidnappings and killings in Abia and neighbouring states, including the killing of Imo State-born US-based army officer, Chuks Okebata.

Killer of US Army veteran Chuks Okebata shot dead in Abia

Okebata was shot dead at Mbieri in Mbaitoli Local Government of Imo State last December when he came home on Christmas holiday.

A statement by Abia command Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), Geoffrey Ogbonna, said the suspect, Samuel Kalu (aka Obere), a native of Okai Item in Bende Local Government Area was also involved in the killing of two policemen at the Orji Uzor Kalu Bridge in Aba in April.

He also reportedly participated in the killing of about eight members of the Abia State Vigilante Service (AVGS) at MCC junction along Aba-Owerri Road, early this year.

Ogbonna stated that Obere was killed when operatives from the Anti-Kidnapping Section of the State Criminal Investigation Department (D7), Umuahia, smashed the hideout of a kidnapping/armed robbery gang that had been terrorising Abia and neighbouring states, at Ukpakiri in Obingwa Local Government Area, off Aba-Ikot Ekpene Expressway.

Ogbonna disclosed that after the raid of the hideout and following a tip off, Kalu (aka Obere), a senior member of the gang was traced to Okai Item.

The PPRO stated that on sighting the operatives, Kalu opened fire and the police team responded. In the ensuing gun duel, some policemen were injured and their operational vehicle destroyed.

However, Kalu who was said to have been shot and injured in the leg was arrested by the police.

Before he died, Obere was said to have confessed to killing two policemen at the Orji Uzor Kalu Bridge, Okebata at Mbieri, Imo State and eight members of AVGS.

SunNews adds that the Command spokesman who said the police had deployed members of the Tactical Response Squad (TRS) to assist in tracking down other members of the gang and enjoined the public to volunteer useful information that would lead to the arrest of the hoodlums.

Frank Edwards comes for FADER for calling Kanye West ‘lord & saviour’

Nigerian gospel singer-songwriter & guitarist, Frank Ugochukwu Edwards, popularly know as Frank Edwards, gave an epic reply to popular US Lifestyle Magazine, FADER after the called American Rapper, Kanye West ‘Lord’.

Frank Edwards comes for FADER for calling Kanye West ‘lord & saviour’

Wishing him a happy birthday FADER wrote on Twitter ‘happy 40th birthday to our lord and savior, Kanye ‘Omari’ West ✨🙏🏽’  and Frank Edwards retweeted with an epic caption.

Ex-college principal commits suicide in Imo over unpaid gratuity

A retired school principal in Imo State, Mr. Stephen Nnadi, has reportedly committed suicide. He reportedly took his life following the failure of government to pay his pensions and gratuity.

According to PUNCH, The Bishop of the Anglican Diocese of Orlu, Most Rev. Bennett Okoro, announced the pensioner’s death in an emotion-laden 85-page presidential address, delivered during this year’s synod.

Ex-college principal commits suicide in Imo over unpaid gratuity

Okoro said, “A former school principal, Stephen Nnadi, who retired from the Imo State school system last December, committed suicide last week.”

The cleric further disclosed that the late retired school principal had reportedly complained on several occasions that life was becoming increasingly difficult and unbearable for him since he retired last year from the state school system.

“The reason was that he had not been paid pension and gratuity since retirement and could not take care of his family and he felt he was a failure,” Okoro added.

Okoro equally narrated how another suicide bid was averted in the state, following his intervention, even as he gave a graphic detail of how the jobless and frustrated man visited and pointedly told him (Okoro) that he was going to hang himself.

The Archbishop recalled that after prayer and counseling, the man was later given some money and food items, even as he maintained that joblessness and hunger were his major worries.

Okoro therefore appealed to the Imo State Government to not only pay the pensioners, but to also drop any idea of asking the senior citizens to sign off part or all their entitlements.

He suggested that if the current administration was not able to pay them, the financial burden should be left for the next administration.

20-year-old man arrested for ra*ping deaf & dumb virgin

A 20-year-old man, Nurudeen Akintoye, has been arrested by Ogun State Police Command for allegedly ra*ping a deaf and dumb girl‎.

The police spokesperson, Abimbola Oyeyemi, told PREMIUM TIMES that the suspect committed the crime after he lured the victim into a bush.

20-year-old man arrested for ra*ping deaf & dumb virgin

He said the incident happened on June 7 at about 9.45 p.m. when the suspect who lives in Ajura, a community in Obafemi-Owode Local Government Area of the state, lured the victim into a bush and raped her.

He said the victim, who the parents said was a virgin before the incident, was bleeding from her private part, the sight of which enraged the people of the area and as they tried to lynch the suspect.

“The timely intervention of the DPO Owode-Egba Division CSP Sheu Alao who quickly led his men to the scene safe the situation as the suspect was quickly arrested to the station,” Mr. Oyeyemi stated.

The police spokesman said the victim was taken to General Hospital, Owode-Egba for immediate medical attention.

He said the Commissioner of Police, Ahmed Iliyasu, has directed that the suspect be transferred to anti-human trafficking and child labour unit of the state investigation and intelligence department for further investigation and possible prosecution of the suspect.

Igbo Quit Notice: Press Release By South East Governors Forum


1. The attention of the South East Governors Forum has been drawn to the widely publicised ultimatum, credited to a coalition of 16 northern youth associations or groups, demanding that Nd’Igbo resident in Northern Nigeria should vacate the region within 90 days or before the 1st day of October, 2017; and equally urging northerners resident in Igboland to return to the North within the same time spectrum.

Igbo Quit Notice: Press Release By South East Governors Forum

2. Typical of our preferred modus operandi, we have carefully considered the contents of the highly provocative statement and reflected on its implications for Nd’Igbo specifically, and for the status of the Federal Republic of Nigeria as a viable and sovereign nation generally.

3. This public statement is intended to accomplish a couple of objectives, one of which is the expression of our deep appreciation to all Nigerians, including the Presidency; the reputable socio-cultural group, Afenifere; the President of the Senate, His Excellency, Dr Bukola Saraki; His Excellency, Alh. Atiku Abubakar; our brother Governors particularly His Excellency, Alh. Kashim Shetimma (the Chairman of Northern Governors Forum); Rtd. Gen. Abdulrahman Dambazau (the Honourable Minister of Interior); His Excellency, Mallam Nasir el-Rufai; the leadership of Arewa Consultative Forum (ACF); the security agencies and many others who have declaimed the dangerous threat by the misguided northern youth, and thus underscored the unity and oneness of this nation.

4. The South East Governors Forum has repeatedly reiterated its commitment to and preference for the existence of a virile, united, prosperous and progressive Federal Republic of Nigeria where justice, fairness, equity, mutual respect and equality of opportunity to all citizens regardless of creed, ethnicity or gender will reign supreme under the inflexible rule of law. We have had occasion recently to take this position publicly in response to the agitative but peaceful actions of some Igbo youth. We will continue to take a similar stance in response to any action that might threaten the cohesiveness of this nation or designed to cause its rupture.

5. The lives and property of law-abiding citizens of Igbo extraction are as precious as the lives and property of all Nigerians, irrespective of the region of their abode within this Republic. These must be guaranteed and defended against all forms of threat and aggression, both domestic and external, by the security forces/agencies of the Federal Republic of Nigeria. We the Governors of the South East are collaborating effectively with the security agencies to ensure that no harm of any description is visited upon any law-abiding Nigerian citizen resident in the South East of Nigeria, including those from the North of Nigeria.

6. We must call on all serious minded patriots, particularly the religious leadership in Northern Nigeria; the leadership of other socio-cultural groups in Northern Nigeria apart from the aforementioned; the Nigerian Governors Forum; and all the service branches to rise up with voices of peace and wisdom to counteract the mischievousness and exuberant excesses of the northern youth. The ugly lessons of history are too grim to be stoked with carelessness. As leaders, we must exert the full measure of our powers and influence to forestall a repetition

7. We call on all our Igbo sons and daughters resident in Northern Nigeria to go about their lawful daily engagements without fear of intimidation, hindrance or molestation.

8. The rumours being peddled on conventional and social media platforms that we, the Governors of the South East, have met and agreed to mobilize vehicles and cash for the repatriation of Nd’Igbo resident in northern Nigeria must be disregarded, as they are nothing but tissues of lies. No amount of provocation would lead us to such a precipitate and irresponsible action at this time. Those exploiting such vacuous tittle-tattle as a basis for divisive rhetoric in public spaces are simply playing juvenile politics and we urge them to cease and desist.

9. Long live Nd’Igbo! Long live the Federal Republic of Nigeria!

Engr. David Nweze Umahi
Governor of Ebonyi State and
Chairman of South East Governors Forum

Pakistani man sentenced to death for insulting Prophet Mohammad online

A Pakistani man has been sentenced to death for making a derogatory remark about the Prophet Mohammad in a Facebook post.

A counter-terrorism court has sentenced Taimoor Raza, 30, to be executed after finding him guilty of committing blasphemy online.

Pakistani man sentenced to death for insulting Prophet Mohammad online

It is the first time anybody has been handed the death penalty for blaspheming on social media and follows a high-profile crackdown by the government of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif.

Blasphemy is a highly sensitive topic in Muslim-majority Pakistan, where insulting the Prophet Mohammad is a capital crime for which dozens are sitting on death row.

Under Pakistan’s harsh laws, anyone accused of insulting God, Islam or other religious personalities can be sentenced to death.

Pakistan last year arrested 15 people, 10 Muslims and five non-Muslims, on blasphemy charges.

The country has never executed anyone convicted of blasphemy, but the mere accusation is enough to ignite mob violence or lynching in the deeply conservative country.

I Support Northern Youths – Kano House of Reps Member

A Kano State House of Representative member has declared support for the coalition of northern youths who asked Igbos to leave the region, Dailytrust reports.

The lawmaker Aminu Suleiman, who is the chairman of the House Committee on Tertiary Education, has said that while he may not support the coalition’s vision a hundred per cent, they have nevertheless found a supporter in him.

“I have read the statement of the Northern Youths Coalition. I may not completely say I share their vision one hundred per cent; but they have found a supporter in me, because the people of eastern Nigeria have taken this country to ransom. They have been causing serious problems to this country; they caused the civil war, which brought backwardness in this country. They have been using provocation to attract more attention than other parts of the country,” he said.

The lawmaker has also condemned the Kaduna State Governor, Nasir El-Rufai for calling for the arrest of the youths.

“People like El-Rufai just play to the gallery. I condemn him entirely for coming out to issue arrest warrant against the northern youths. Where was El-Rufai when IPOB and other secessionist groups in the South East were calling for secession? Don’t they have governors? Don’t they have elders? Why didn’t they caution them?” he said.

Photo Credit: National Assembly

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Why I Collect Ransom in Dollars – Notorious Kidnapper Evans

Nigeria’s “richest and most notorious kidnapper” Chukwudi Dumeme Onuamadike, also known as Evans, has said that he chose to collect ransom in dollars to be different.

He made this known on Sunday while speaking with journalists after he was paraded at the State’s Police Command in Ikeja.

Why I Collect Ransom in Dollars – Notorious Kidnapper Evans

He said he started kidnapping in 2015, after he left his spare parts business.

His claim however contradicts the police’s statement which said he was declared wanted in 2013 after a failed kidnap.

Evans claimed that he lost N20 million to customs officers, which made him to leave his trade.

Evans, who, according to the police, has collect $1 million from at least four victims said:

I can’t figure out how much I have collected so far or how many people I have kidnapped, but I have kidnapped up to 10 since 2015. I chose to collect ransom in dollars to be different, and the maximum I have collected as ransom so far is 1 million dollars. I work in two groups. A team moves with me to kidnap victims while we hand over to the other team that takes the victim to the hide out. Kingsley introduced me to kidnapping, but I usually get my ammunition from one Chinedu and Ehis whom I met at Ago-Iwoye. I also do drug business that enabled me to buy my property.

Photo Credit: NAN Photo

Comey’s Memo Leak “Cowardly” – President Trump

U.S. President Donald Trump on Sunday characterized the leak of former FBI director James Comey’s memo of their conversations “cowardly” and suggested the act could have legal consequences.

Comey admitted Thursday in testimony before the Senate intelligence committee that after Trump fired him on May 9, he asked a friend to leak his own personal notes of a meeting with the president to the press.

Comey’s Memo Leak “Cowardly” – President Trump

Comey said he felt it was necessary to take notes on his meetings and conversations with Trump because he feared the president would lie about what took place.

He said he shared the notes with a friend expecting them to be leaked in hopes of prompting the appointment of a special prosecutor to investigate Russian election interference.

On Sunday Trump attacked the former FBI director’s actions in a tweet.

“I believe the James Comey leaks will be far more prevalent than anyone ever thought possible. Totally illegal? Very ‘cowardly!’” Trump said on Twitter.

Trump had already questioned the legality of Comey’s action through his lawyer Marc Kasowitz on Thursday.

Kasowitz blasted Comey for leaking information about his private conversations with the president and said it would be left to authorities to determine whether the leaks should be investigated.

The leaks created a political firestorm over whether Trump pressured Comey to drop an investigation into contacts between Russian officials and Michael Flynn, who briefly served as Trump’s national security advisor.

Comey said he believed Trump fired him because of the Russia investigation, and Trump himself cited “this Russia thing” as a motivating factor for his decision to sack Comey during an interview with broadcaster NBC that aired last month.

Opposition Democrats have said that the leaks occurred after Comey was fired and no longer serving as a government official.

Trump said he felt vindicated by Comey’s testimony, adding Friday that it showed “no collusion, no obstruction.”

He also said he was willing to testify under oath with special counsel Robert Mueller about his conversations with Comey.

But Chuck Schumer, the Senate’s top Democrat, on Sunday said he will like that testimony to be before the Senate to help clear the “cloud” hanging over the administration in connection with the Russia probe.

“He said he would testify. So I’m inviting him to come testify, and we could work that out,” Schumer said on CBS.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and Mueller will have to agree to such an invitation, and it’s unclear they will.

Such a hearing will be unprecedented and an even bigger spectacle than Comey’s testimony, but the senator said it could be done in a “dignified” way.

Schumer also joined a chorus of calls for the president to release any recordings of his conversations with Comey. Trump alluded to the existence of tapes again on Friday, but wouldn’t say definitively whether recordings of his conversations with Comey exist.

He hinted that reporters would be “disappointed” when he issues the answer, which he said would come soon.

“If there aren’t tapes, he should let that be known. No more game playing,” Schumer said.

Photo Credit: Getty Images

Police Parades Billionaire Kidnapper Chukwudi “Evans” Onuamadike & his Gang

The Nigerian Police Force has paraded a billionaire Chukwudi Dumeme Onuamadike, alias Evans who has been described as Nigeria’s “richest and most notorious kidnapper,” and members of his gang, revealing their victims and the ransom collected at various times.

Police Parades Billionaire Kidnapper Chukwudi “Evans” Onuamadike & his Gang

Evans, the kingpin was arrested in his mansion in Magodo estate in Lagos on Saturday by the police Joint Special Forces led by the Intelligence Response Team, the Lagos State Police Command’s Anti-Kidnapping Unit and Technical and Intelligent Unit of the Force under the supervision of the Commissioner of Police, Lagos State. 

The police described Evans, a native of Nnewi, “as the vicious leader of a highly organised kidnap-for-ransom syndicate and criminal gang terrorising and responsible for several kidnap of notable/prominent Nigerians in Lagos State, including the Western, Eastern, South-South and some Northern States. He has his gangs active and spread across these mentioned states.”

A statement by police spokesman CSP Jimoh Moshood said:
After an intense gun battle that lasted several hours, Chukwudi Dumeme Onuamadike and his gang were overpowered by the Superior Fire Power of the Joint Special Forces and he was arrested at Magodo Estate, in Ikeja Lagos. 
Chukwudi Dumeme Onuamadike a.k.a EVANS was first declared wanted in August, 2013 when he masterminded the attempted kidnap of Vincent Obianudo, the owner of Young Shall Grow Motors in Festac, Lagos, where a Policeman attached to the victim foiled the attack and killed three of Evans gang members but also lost his life in the process. Some of Evans gang members were subsequently arrested, but he regrouped after with several gangs and became more vicious and unleashed terror in the mentioned States of the Federation. 
Evans and his gang keep their victims kidnapped in Lagos Area at House No. 21 Prophet Asaye Close New Igando, Lagos State until the ransom is paid to him.  
Ransom money are paid to him in Millions of Dollars, some victims are kept for upward of six to seven months until the last penny is paid. He never reduces his tagged ransom money. None of his gang members knows his house.

How they Operate

In every kidnap attack he has a separate armed group that kidnapped victim with him and has another armed group who takes over the victim to their hideouts and prevent them from escaping. The members of the two ‘2’ groups don’t know each other. They complied with Evans instructions.

Evans, and the dreaded vampire who died during a gun duel with the Police Special Forces led by IRT and Imo State Police Command in a forest in River State early this year are axis of evil in kidnappings in Southern Nigerian States and some Northern States. This is a huge success for the Nigeria Police Force. The Force will build on this success and continue to prevent kidnap cases and criminality generally in the country, and ensure prompt detection of those crimes that cannot be prevented, and also ensure that perpetrators are arrested, investigated and prosecuted.

Evans’ Properties

The Police said Evans has two (2) Mansions in Magodo GRA Phase 2 worth about three hundred million naira (N300,000,000). He also has two (2) House in the Highbrow area of Accra City in Ghana among many other properties such as exotic cars, expensive watches, Jewelry e.t.c, he bought from the ransom.

Police Parades Billionaire Kidnapper Chukwudi “Evans” Onuamadike & his Gang

Evans’ Victims in Lagos
  • Mbarikatta William Uboma, 35, kidnapped June 16th, 2012 at about on his arrival from Hungary while he was close to his house. He was in his Toyota Car 2010 model in company of his brother to drop him at his house when a Passat car emerged from nowhere and blocked his car. They blindfolded him and forcefully abducted him to an unknown destination. They later demanded a ransom of N10M. However, N2M was later paid while they collected other personal accessories. He was finally dropped at Okota on the third day.
  • Paul Cole, 34, from Ohafia in Abia State. A Director with Ocean Glory Commodities, Apapa, kidnapped August 3rd, 2012 at Festac Town together with his General Manager, Jude Ugoje and another staff, PiriyeGogo, and taken to an unknown destination. They demanded for N10M. On August 6th2012, they collected N5M ransom at Maza-maza area of Lagos State.
  • Mohammed Jamal, 22, a Lebanese, kidnapped on August 19, 2012 at Ajah by three armed men, taken away blindfolded. N7M ransom was later paid at Ojo Barracks.
  • Kingsley Nwokenta, 34, kidnapped September 19, 2012 after he left Lebanana Bar in Festac at Mile two under bridge. Later, paid N1.5M ransom while they made away with his black Toyota Venza and other accessories.
  • Anthony Ozoanidobi, 41, kidnapped in October 10th 2012 along Marwa Road Satellite Town. Ransom of N1.5M paid after which he was released at Apple Junction, Amuwo-Odofin.
  • Leo Abraham, 58, kidnapped August 20, 2012. Paid ransom of N5M and was later released along Badagry road, Lagos.
  • Ojukwu Cosmas, 45, sells Toyota parts at Aspanda Trade Fair. Kidnapped January 21, 2016 at Festac Town. It was not clear when and how he was released.
  • James Uduji, kidnapped close to his house at 7th Avenue Festac late last year. Held for 6 six weeks. Paid $1M.
  • Raymond Okoye – Odu- Na –Ichida, kidnapped 2015. Paid $1M as ransom, held captive for 2months
  • Uche Okoroafor, trader at Alaba, kidnapped 2015, held captive for three (3) months, paid $1M.
  • Elias Ukachukwu kidnapped November 2015. Paid $1M. Date of release unknown but it was gathered that his abductors were insisting on another $1M claiming family members were rude to them during negotiation.
  • Francis Umeh also a spare parts dealer at Aspanda, kidnapped July 2016 at Raji Rasaki Estate, released after two months in captivity.
  • The last Victim is Donatus Duru. He was kidnapped in Ilupeju February 2017 and fortunately the man escaped from the Igando House where Evans kept him with his boys last month.

Evans’ Gang Members:
  • Felix Chinemerem, 36yrs Native of Arichukwu Ohafia LGA of Abia State second in command of Evans.
  • Nwosu Chikodi Chukwuma aka Sudo, 42yrs, 3rd in Command to Evans. He has over 20yrs experience in Armed robbery and about 8 years experience in Kidnapping.
  • Uchechukwu Amadi, Native of Anambra State longtime Evans Boy and head of the detention Camp in Igando.
  • Ogechi Amadi is the woman who rented the house and cooks for the kidnappers and their victims in the camp.
  • Suoyo Paul aka Nwana 42yrs Native of Bayelsa States Gangmember and Supplier of Rifles and Ammunitions to Evans.
  • Ikenna Emeka 28yrs Native of Anambra State.
Police Parades Billionaire Kidnapper Chukwudi “Evans” Onuamadike & his Gang

Moshood said during interrogation and preliminary investigation, Evans and his gang confessed to all the kidnappings linked to them and made confessional statements on the various roles they played in the commission of the crimes.

They will be charged to court on completion of investigation, Moshood added.

Photo Credit: Nigerian Police Force

Rafael Nadal Defeats Wawrinka to win 10th French Open Title

Spain’s Rafael Nadal made history by winning a record 10th French Open title with victory over Stan Wawrinka in the final.

Nadal, 31, won 6-2 6-3 6-1 against the Swiss to claim his 15th major title.

He becomes the first person in the Open era to have won a Grand Slam tournament 10 times.
Rafael Nadal Defeats Wawrinka to win 10th French Open Title

Wawrinka, 32, was beaten in a major final for the first time after winning his first three.

Nadal moves above Pete Sampras on the list of all-time Grand Slam winners into second place behind Roger Federer, who beat the Spaniard to win his 18th at the Australian Open in January.

Only Australia’s Margaret Court has more victories at a single Grand Slam tournament, with 11 Australian Open wins between 1960 and 1973.

The Open era, when the Grand Slam tournaments allowed professional players to compete with amateurs, began in 1968.

Governor Akeredolu said that he will not collect a dime until civil servants are fully paid their salary arrears

Ondo State Governor, Rotimi Akeredolu who spoke in the third session of the 11th Synod of Diocese of Akoko, Church of Nigeria (Anglican Communion) at the Saint George’s Anglican Church, Okeagbe Akoko, has reassured state workers of his commitment to their welfare.

Governor Akeredolu said that he will not collect a dime until civil servants are fully paid their salary arrears

He said that the previous administration owed salary arrears of N38.57bn, while N41.5bn was owed to retirees as gratuities; and has promised that his administration will pay them in full.

He also said he is not going to collect a dime until these payments are made.

He mentioned that the state is expected to adequately improve on the state’s Internally Generated Revenue to pave the way for meaningful development, Punch reports.

Governor Rotimi Akeredolu said: “And to the workers, let me say it loud and clear once again that I am resolute in my commitment to make your welfare the priority of the administration. I am aware of your pains and agony. I feel your pains and what you are going through and I can see your suffering. But faith in God, I am re-affirming my promise that I will not collect a dime until civil servants are fully paid their salary arrears.”

Photo Credit: NAN PHOTO

M.K.O. Abiola: Lagos, Oyo, Ogun & Osun States Declare June 12 Public Holiday

The Lagos State Government on Sunday joined Oyo, Ogun and Osun states to declare Monday public holiday to mark the June 12 anniversary.

Governor Akinwunmi Ambode, in a statement issued by the Secretary to the State Government, Tunji Bello, said the state remains committed to the ideals of the annulled 1993 Presidential election.

M.K.O. Abiola: Lagos, Oyo, Ogun & Osun States Declare June 12 Public Holiday

Ambode said the holiday was in honour of the ideals which June 12, 1993 Presidential election represented, being a day that the country experienced an election that was adjudged as the freest and fairest in Nigeria’s history.

He said that 24 years after, the ideals of June 12 are still worth celebrating, describing the day as one of the most defining moments of the country’s political history which had positively shaped its democracy.

The Governor urged Nigerians to go beyond the commemoration and strive to entrench a viable democracy.

He said that this was a way to immortalise the late winner of the June 12, 1993 Presidential election, M.K.O Abiola through the practice of true federalism and conduct of credible and fair elections.

OnePlus 2 Smartphones Won't Get Android Nougat Update

The Chinese Smartphone company has revealed that the OnePlus 2 Smartphones won't get Android 7.0 Nougat update in an official statement released few hours ago though "Customer service has been telling customers this for a little while,".

OnePlus 2 Smartphones Won't Get Android Nougat Update

In their words: "We’re happy about what we’re doing with software," the statement continued. "We already confirmed Android O will come for the OnePlus 3 and 3T. So [no Nougat for the OnePlus 2] isn’t new and we think people were aware of it."

You might be wondering why they decided to leave this phone behind; well, this is the reason. "When we built the OnePlus 2 we didn’t have the software infrastructure team in place we do now."

So it's not just Tecno phones that are guilty of not get new OS updates pushed to them but here the almighty OnePlus 2 with so much hype when it was launched won't be getting the new update. It's quite unfortunate.