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Fear as robbers attack 10 Lagos homes in three days

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There is palpable tension in Ifelodun, Kuburatu-Agbede and other areas in the Ifako-Ijaiye Local Government Area of Lagos State after armed robbers invaded 10 houses and dispossessed occupants of their valuables.

Our Correspondent  gathered that not less than 15 armed robbers attacked the residents in their various homes around 1am, snatched a car belonging to a resident, and shot three persons attempting to stop their operations.

A resident of the the area who begged to appear anonymous revealed that the robbery operations were carried out within the space of three days.

Our correspondent gathered that the fear of the robbers returning for another attack had sent shivers down the spines of residents, who expressed concern about the activities of miscreants in the areas.

A community leader, Alhaja Tawakalitu Adigun, told newsmen that residents of the affected areas were still in shock over the last robbery, adding that the hoodlums also burgled a traditional healer’s office.

She said, “This has never happened before in the over 25 years that I’ve been residing here. I thank God that no life was lost. I am only pained that they took away my neighbour’s car. They came with bright halogen lamps and were peeping into various homes for any sign of movement so that they could force their way in.

“They came twice in the space of three days. They robbed four houses in the Kuburatu Agbede area before attacking six houses on Ifelodun Street. In fact, they visited the house of a traditional healer and harassed a woman, who was about to be delivered of a child.”

According to a reliable source in the area, three persons were shot when the robbers raided a house.

The source stated, “After raiding the house, they were on their way out when one of the robbers saw an iPhone charger. He ordered the owner of the charger to produce the phone.

“The person brought out the iPhone and they ordered him to unlock it. As the boy was trying to unlock the phone, the robbers accused him of wasting time and one of them angrily shot him in the thigh. They also shot two other persons from the same house. But one of them is now getting better.”

The traditional healer, Yinusa Ogunsola, said the robbers came with sophisticated weapons, harassed his wife and a woman who was in labour.

“They came to my place around 1am, tore the net and forced their way in. They asked for money and phones, and ordered the woman in labour to lie down. She was begging for her life. I was inside listening to their conversation with my wife.

“The robbers, who parked a vehicle in front of my office, were about 15. They also invaded my neighbour’s house. Everyone now lives in fear.”

It was gathered that the case was reported at the Alakuko Police Division.

When contacted, the state Police Public Relations Officer, Muyiwa Adejobi, said he would find out about the incident and get back to our correspondent, but he had yet to do so as of the time of filing this report.

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FG To Lift Twitter Suspension Soon

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FG To Lift Twitter Suspension Soon-Crystal News

The Federal Government of Nigeria has announced that the ban on Twitter will soon be lifted.

Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, confirmed this development when he fielded questions from State House correspondents on Wednesday in Abuja.

According to him, a lot of progress has been made in the ongoing dialogue with Twitter.

“I think even Twitter itself two days ago gave what I will call a progress report on our talks with them, and I think if I want to quote them rightly `it has been productive and quite respectful’.

“And as to the qualifying word for when or how soon, I want to assure you that the time that Twitter operation has been suspended, (I meant) between the time it has been suspended, and when it will be restored is by far, much, much shorter.

“That I can assure you that it is by far in other words, if the operation has been suspended for about 100 days now, I can tell that we’re just actually talking about a few, just a few more days now.”

The minister stressed that both parties were focused on reaching a conclusion on the matter.

“What we’re trying to do is the changes that have been going on, but we need to dot the ‘i’s’ and cross the ‘t’s’, but I can assure us that we’re not unmindful of the anxiety of Nigerians and both parties are working very hard to put a closure on the matter.

“And like Twitter itself said the changes have been very, very productive on both parties. It has not been advisory at all. And it’s quite respectful,’’ he said.

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Our Director Not On Terrorist Financier List — 9mobile

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9mobile-Crystal News

The Management of 9mobile has reacted to media reports that one of its directors is on the United Arab Emirates (UAE} list of terrorist (Boko Haram) sponsors.

According to a press statement cited by Crystal News, 9mobile said that one Abdurrahman Ado Musa, who is on that list is not a director of the mobile telecommunications company.

Some Nigerians were included on the list said to have been ratified by the Emirate Federal Capital. One of the names on the list and that the media has latched on is Abdurrahaman Ado Musa.

In its clarification, 9mobile said “We, however, wish to clarify that the so-named individual is not 9mobile’s Executive Director, Regulatory & Corporate Affairs, Abdulrahman Ado. The resemblance in names is purely coincidental, and our Director does not bear ‘Musa’.

“Our Director, Abdulrahman Ado, is a respectable law-abiding Nigerian. He served the country diligently in public service for over three decades before transferring his services to the private sector.

“He served in various capacities and was Pioneer Vice-Chairman of the Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission and Executive Commissioner, Licensing and Consumer Affairs, Nigerian Communications Commission.

“As a law-abiding company that believes in the greatness of Nigeria, and the well-being of all its citizens, 9mobile would never accommodate any undesirable element within its management and staff.

“We urge the general public to kindly disregard the mistaken identify media reports making the rounds”

ICYM: High Profiled Nigerians Enlisted As Terrorist Sponsors- UAE Report

UAE authorities named 6 Nigerians as financiers of terrorist organizations including the Boko Haram sect and other criminal activities.

The 6 persons mentioned had been previously tried and sentenced in UAE with various prison terms after a federal appeals court upheld their convictions for funding the terrorist groups.

The decision was taken when the UAE federal cabinet met in Abu Dhabi on Monday after which they issued Resolution No. 83 of 2021, designating a total of 38 individuals and 15 corporate sponsors on its approved list of persons and organizations supporting Boko Haram and other terrorist causes.

The 6 Nigerians who are part of the list include Abdurrahaman Ado Musa, Salihu Yusuf Adamu, Bashir Ali Yusuf, Muhammed Ibrahim Isa, Ibrahim Ali Alhassan and Surajo Abubakar Muhammad.

The 38 names on the list are mostly Arabs from the Middle East.

UAE news agency reported that the resolution underscored the country’s commitment to target and dismantle networks that finance terrorism and its related activities.

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IGP’s Wife Empowers 50 POWA Members in Edo State

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50 POWA members in Edo by the IGP’s wife empowerment scheme

The wife of the Inspector General of Police, Hajia Hajara Alkali on Tuesday empowered 50 members of the association in Edo with Small and Medium Scale Enterprise (SMSE) tools.

Alkali, who is the National President of the Police Officers Wives Association (POWA), in her remarks in Benin, said that the exercise was in line with one of her three points agenda.

She noted that it was important that every woman or mother has a means of survival and could contribute to the running of the family.

She added that it was in view of this that empowerment of POWA members was included in her three points agenda.

The POWA president, who charged the beneficiaries to make judicious use of the items, disclosed that a monitoring team would be set up to guide against beneficiaries’ selling off the items.

She also said that as owners of the SMSE tools, the beneficiaries, which include widows of fallen officers as well as retired female officers, were now self employed.

Tools presented to the beneficiaries include mini industrial oven, gas cookers and cylinders, sewing machines, grinding machines, as well as coolers.

Earlier the POWA president had graced the graduation ceremony of some POWA members in Edo from the Amena Academy.

In her remarks at the event, she noted the the two weeks training of 23 members of the association on small scale snack and food production was facilitated by the association, but sponsored by AFEDOSA Catering Services.

She added that all members graduated would be given starter packs.

 

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