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Super TV CEO Death: Chidinma Denies Killing Usifo Utaga



Super TV CEO Death: Chidinma Denies Killing Usifo Utaga-Crystal News

Chidinma Ojukwu (21) a student of the University of Lagos (UNILAG), has made a u-turn on the murder of Usifo Ataga, Super TV CEO.

Chidinma who was arrested last month had initially confessed to stabbing Ataga “twice on the neck side” while she was being paraded by the Lagos state police command.

The embattled student had alleged that the businessman had forcefully had sex with her the first time but a dispute ensued after he attempted it again.

Her words, “I threw the knife to the bed and he was going for it but I also went for it. He dragged the knife with me and it broke and he fell on the floor,” she had said.

“At some point, he was chasing me around the kitchen cabinet. I took a knife and stabbed his neck. I approached the door and he followed me. I stabbed him twice on the neck side.”

But in a recent interview with Crime Fighters, Chidinma said she admitted to killing Ataga at the time because of pressure and the fact that nobody believed her.

Chidinma also claimed that she had met the deceased in a pool of his own blood when she returned from where she had gone to get food and drugs.

She said, “I didn’t involve anybody. I don’t know who must have come into the apartment. Definitely, somebody did that but I don’t know who that person is. I don’t know what happened when I left the room to buy food. Because of what I did after by not alerting the police and also withdrawing money from his account, I feel guilty for what happened but I did not kill him,”.

“I believe someone knew where we were and waited till I left before they entered. Due to pressure and insistence of the security operatives that nobody entered the room apart from the two, I resolved that since no one believed me, let me just take the blame.”

Chidinma also noted that nobody is influencing her claim as believed in some quarters, explaining that she has not communicated with anyone from her family since her arrest.

“No one is influencing my statements. I have not spoken to anyone since my arrest, not even my relation or anybody close to me,” she added.

Chidinma also claimed that her decision to withdraw money from Ataga’s account after his death was because the deceased had promised her the amount before the unfortunate incident.

“I just withdrew the money (200, 000) because he had already promised me, it’s not like I had anything to do with his death. I don’t have anything to do with his death,” she added.

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Oyo Prison Break: Aregbesola Gives Update, Sends Warning Message To Escapees



Kabba Prison Break: Aregbesola Reveals Steps Taken To Arrest Escaped Inmates-Crystal News

The Minister of Interior, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola, assured Nigerians that the attack on Abolongo Custodial Centre in Oyo, Oyo State has been brought under control, telling members of the public to go about their businesses.

The Minister who was reacting to the incident via a statement by his Media Aide, Sola Fasure, stated that he has been briefed by the Controller General of the Nigerian Correctional Service and he is monitoring the situation.

Aregbesola stated further that the awaiting trial section that was later attacked by grenades and other explosives, thereby setting some of the awaiting trial inmates free.

Security agents have rearrested some of those who escaped while some have voluntarily returned to the center while security agents are on the trail of others.

Heavily armed gunmen attacked the Abolongo Custodial Centre late Friday, 22 October 2021 and engaged the security agents on the ground in a gun duel which lasted for about 20 minutes before they were overpowered.

Oyo Prison Break: Aregbesola Gives Update, Sends Warning Message To Escapees

Crystal News reports that in the area, at about 10.00 pm yesterday, October 22, 2021, a large number of heavily-armed gunmen attacked the Abolongo Custodial Centre, in Oyo, Oyo State.

“The attackers subsequently used grenades and other explosives to gain access into the awaiting trial section of the facility and set free many of the awaiting trial inmates. Other sections of the facilities were left untouched.

“The Controller General of the Nigerian Correctional Service has been on the situation immediately the incident occurred.

“The Minister of Interior has been briefed on the attack. He is monitoring the situation.

“He has assured members of the public to go about their normal businesses as the situation is under control. He also requires members of the public to report any suspicious movement or any sign of the escaped inmates and the gunmenin and around the vicinity to the nearest security post around them.

“Security agencies are on the trail of the escaped inmates, while a joint security services manhunt has been launched immediately for the apprehension of the assailants.

“This has led to the capture of some of the inmates while others returned voluntarily. However, those who are on the run are advised to turn themselves in, as escape from lawful custody is a serious offense. The full weight of the law will be brought on them when arrested,” the statement said.

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ICIR Tasks Journalists On Unity Of Nigeria



ICIR Tasks Journalists On Unity Of Nigeria

The International Centre for Investigative Reporting (ICIR) has advised Nigerian journalists to work towards unifying rather than dividing the country.

Mr. Dayo Aiyetan, the Director, ICIR, said this at a training for journalists on peace and conflict-sensitive reporting in Abuja.

Aiyetan also advised journalists against using profiling as a reporting tool.

In a paper titled “The Danger of Ethnicity Profiling in Reporting”, he described ethnic profiling as means of targeting or singling out a person for blame or innuendo based on his or her ethnicity.

He said that ethnic profiling was unethical as it focused on sensationalism rather than professionalism.

“It also fuel division, criminality and genocide as witnessed in Rwandan of which the media will be blamed for it,” the ICIR boss said.

He urged journalists to adhere to the principles of truth, accuracy, balance, fairness and corporate responsibility in their reportage.

Alhaji Abdullateef Shittu, Executive Director, Research and Strategy Nigerian Governors Forum (NGF) said that the technical assistance the forum was rendering the governors was yielding positive results in states.

Shittu listed them to include; increase in Internally Generated Revenue and domestication of relevant laws and policies.

He said that many states had also been encouraged to set up relevant agencies that promoted development and accountability.

According to him, this includes the State Bureau of Statistics and Project Monitoring Agency to track projects execution in the states.

He recalled that NGF was instrumental in facilitating the disbursement of Parish Refund Club, the release of bailout funds as well as budget support funds from the federal government to states during an economic recession.

The workshop was attended by journalists from different media organizations in the country

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See Who Is Sponsoring Sunday Igboho And His Fight For Yoruba Nation



The Federal Government has identified those sponsoring Sunday Igboho in his fight for the Yoruba Nation.

According to a piece of emerging information cited by Crystal News has it that Igboho got monies from 43 bank accounts, across nine banks.

The Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami SAN, who made this public on Friday, reiterated President Muhammadu Buhari’s disclosure that one of Igboho’s sponsors is a serving member of the National Assembly.

The Yoruba nation agitator was later arrested with Ropo, his wife, at Cardinal Bernardin International Airport, Cotonou, while fleeing to Germany on July 16, 2021. He has since been in custody at a facility in Cotonou, Benin Republic.

Malami, while addressing a press conference in Abuja, disclosed that a committee set up by the Federal Government found out the sponsors of Sunday Igboho and uncovered how millions were pumped into the secessionist’s bank accounts.

Yoruba Nation: FG Names Those Sponsoring Sunday Igboho (Full List)

“The Federal Government has received the report on financers of Adeniyi Sunday Adeyemo a.k.a Sunday Igboho. The report revealed that Sunday Igboho is a Director and signatory to Adesun International Concept Limited registered on 23rd April 2010.

“Adesun International Concept Limited also has Oladele Oyetunji and Aderopo Adeyemo as Directors. Sunday Igboho is linked to 43 bank accounts in 9 banks.

“The major financier of the fugitive and separatists was found to be a Federal Lawmaker in the National Assembly. A total sum of one hundred and twenty-seven million, one and forty-five thousand naira only (N127, 145,000.00) was received by Igboho from his financiers between 22nd October 2013 and 28th September 2020 through Adesun International Concept Ltd accounts.

“A total sum of two hundred and seventy-three million, one hundred and ninety-eight thousand, two hundred naira only (N273,198,200.00) transaction outflows was recorded from Sunday Igboho’s account between 15th March 2013 and 11 March, 2021.

“Investigation reveals that Adesun International Concept Ltd (belonging to Igboho) transferred the sum of twelve million seven hundred and fifty thousand naira (N12, 750,000) to Abbal Bako & Sons.

“It might be recalled that Abbal Bako & Sons and its promoter Abdullahi Umar Usman are suspects in the on-going Joint Terrorist Financing Investigation. Abdullahi Umar Usman is by way of financial transaction connected to SURAJO ABUBAKAR MUHAMMAD (who was sentenced to life imprisonment in UAE on charges of financing terrorism [Boko Haram]).

“This report shows the nexus between separatists’ agitation, terrorism financing, and disruptions of peace in the country.

“The report found connections of financial transaction between Adesun International Concept Ltd (belonging to Igboho) and some construction companies and businesses among others.”

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