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North Korea Canada Pastor

 

North Korea's apex court sentenced a Canadian pastor to a life imprisonment with hard labour for "crimes against the state." The Toronto-based pastor, Hyeon Soo Lim, who confessed earlier to a "subversive plot" to overthrow the government and set up a "religious state", was arrested in Pyongyang after he travelled there in January for humanitarian work.

 

By Temitope Bamidele

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suited Buhari

 

The Media aide to President Buhari has issued an official statement following allegations that DASUKI,  the former NSA Chief reportedly gave the President $300,000.

 

He said: "President Buhari had in keeping with his austere, spartan and frugal disposition shunned most of his entitlements as a former Head of State, but was prevailed upon by his supporters to accept the two vehicles for his personal safety in the aftermath of the dastardly attempt to assassinate him."

 

The President's media aide also said the vehicles were in line with the statutory entitlements of former Heads of States and Presidents of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.

 

Adesina said "While it is true that one armoured SUV and one untreated SUV were sent to the President in the aftermath of the attack, the vehicles were in keeping with his entitlements as a former Head of State under the Remuneration of Former Presidents and Heads of State (and other Ancillary Matters) Decree of 1999."

 

Adding that "There was therefore nothing untoward, illegal or tending to corruption in former Head of State Buhari and Presidential aspirant, as he then was, receiving vehicles, to which he was statutorily entitled, from the Federal Government of Nigeria."

 

By Kindness Okoli

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lulu

 

Former Chairman of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF), Lulu and three other people will know their fate by 16th of February. Lulu and the other co-defendants are standing trial over alleged misappropriation of 2010 World Cup funds.

 

Justice Evoh Chukwu fixed the date following his inability to deliver a ruling in an application for a "no-case submission'' filed by the defendants. He said: this case was adjourned till today for the court to rule on the application for no-case submission by the defendants. The ruling of the court is not ready. I am indeed sorry this is happening. I am slightly under the weather. "The matter is, therefore, adjourned till Feb. 16 for ruling.''

 

By Kindness Okoli

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Ransome Kuti

 

Brig-General E. A. Ransome-Kuti, who was  court-martialed and convicted of showing cowardice during the Boko Haram attack, has appealed his conviction stating that,  other alleged subordinate officers in the Multi-National Joint Task Force, MNJTF, charged and tried alongside with him for the same offences were discharged and acquitted, whereas he was unreasonably convicted by the Special Court-Martial.

 

His Counsel,  Femi Falana (SAN) said: We want to observe that the conviction and sentence passed on our client by the SCM are fundamentally wrong, unjust and illogical because the discharge and acquittal of our client on the charge of cowardly behaviour which was the tripod on which the charge of failure to perform military duty and miscellaneous offences relating to property rested, ought to have brought the whole trial to an end.

 

"This is because it was the dislodgement of MNJTF from Baga, Borno State, that brought the two charges of failure to perform military duty and miscellaneous offences relating to property to life. It is therefore our contention that the court having ruled that the withdrawal from Baga was legally justified, ought to have discharged and acquitted our client on the remaining charges as well.

 

"The obvious fact is that if the troops had not withdrawn from Baga, no service property would have been abandoned and the allegation of failure to perform military duty by failing to co-ordinate troops and assets of HQ MNJTF to repel the Boko Haram terrorists attack on HQ MNJTF would not have arisen.

 

"It was very clear from the preponderance of evidence adduced during the trial by the prosecution and defence witnesses that HQ MNJTF Baga lacked adequate weapons to repel the attack. Thus, the abandonment of the location after a fierce resistance by troops for several hours before their eventual withdrawal was not intentional. It was a decision taken when it became obvious that no further efforts could prevent the place from falling."

 

By Chika Jones

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tunde ogunsaki

 

The Boko Haram scourge may still be on the minds of Nigerians,  but the police have made a vow. Assistant Inspector General of Police, Zone 12 in charge of Bauchi, Yobe and Borno states, Mr Tunde Ogunsakin, has made a vow that they would meet the December deadline set by President Buhari. 

 

He said: "We are happy that the end of an insurgency in the country, particularly the North-East, is very close and the terrorists are currently on the run. At this time that we are facing insecurity challenges in the country, I believe that traditional rulers have a vital role to play, particularly in giving advice to the police on how to sustain peace."

 

By Chika Jones 

 

 

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Dr Ebirien Fabura

 

Dr Ebirien Fubara was a senior lecturer at the Ignatius Ajuru University, Rivers State, before he was killed by gunmen, alongside his son at their residence in Port Harcourt, Rivers State.
 

 

The gunmen believed to be assassins stormed his home, on Odili road Port Harcourt and killed him and his son. He was a Returning Officer in the March 28, House of Representatives election in the Obio Akpor Federal Constituency in Rivers State and had just been appointed a Commissioner in the Rivers State Independent Electoral Commission, RSIEC, by Governor Nyesom Wike.

 

By Chika Jones

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LA school

 

Following an unspecified email threat to Los Angeles school district, all schools in the district have been closed, resulting to 640,000 pupils being told to stay away, while school buses were returned to depots. Confirming the email, the chief of the Los Angeles school police department, Steven Zipperman, said: "Earlier this morning we did receive an electronic threat that mentions the safety of our schools..

 

"We chose to close our schools today until we can be absolutely sure that our campuses are safe."

 

The email which was also sent to several school districts in the US late on Monday, is said to be from an IP address in Frankfurt, Germany.The heightened caution was mainly after 14 people were killed by a radicalized Muslim couple in San Bernardino, 60 miles east of Los Angeles.

 

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storage unit

 

Police in the city of Redding have charged two people with felony child abuse, torture and mayhem after two chilren were found dead in a northern California storage unit. The bodies of the deceased children (who were siblings aged 3 and 5) were discovered while authorities were investigating the abuse of a third child. 

 

The two accused: Tami Joy Huntsman, 39, and Gonzalo Curiel, 17, are presently in the Plumas County Jail.

 

By Temitope Bamidele

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abdeslam

 

French authorities have confirmed that the one of Paris terror suspect, Salah Abdeslam, wore the explosive belt found on a Paris street, 10 days after the execution of the attacks. Authorities discovered traces of sweat that matched Abdeslam's DNA on the belt.

 

Meanwhile, according to an ISIS statement claiming responsibility for the November attacks in Paris, the terrorist group referred to an attack in the 18th district, but none is known to have taken place there.

 

Hence, authorities believed the Belgian-born French national was supposed to blow himself up in Paris' 18th district, but failed to do so. Investigation, however, speculated that he may have fled to Syria.

 

By Temitope Bamidele

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suited Buhari

 

Former National Security Adviser, retired Colonel Sambo Dasuki, while revealing the names of the people who received money from him said President Muhammadu Buhari received  cash of $300,000 from him.

However the president has denied receiving any money from Dasuki speaking through the President's Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina, 
 
 
Buhari only received two brand new vehicles from the Presidency before his inauguration on May 29, 2015. "After the attack, he (Buhari) got two Land Cruiser SUVs, one armoured, the other not. No cash", Adesina told an online news portal via a text message.

 

By Chika Jones 

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