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Man bags 18 months imprisonment over N83,700 fraud



A 25-year old man, Titus Tyozum, was, on Tuesday,   sentenced to 18 months imprisonment by a Makurdi Chief Magistrates’ Court, for defrauding his boss of the sum of N83,700.

Tyozum, of Divine School, Adeke, Makurdi, was charged with criminal conspiracy and theft, punishable under Sections 97 and 287 of the Penal Code, Laws of Benue, 2004.

Earlier, the Police Prosecutor, ASP Hyacinth Gbakor, had told the court that the convict operated a POS for his boss, one Ernest Osita.

Gbakor said that on Dec. 22, 2020, the convict decided to defraud his boss by criminally conspiring with one Pascal Jir, of the same address, and transferring the money belonging to his boss into Jir’s account.

He said that the money was transferred into Jir’s First Bank account number: 3151296124, with an arrangement that it would be given back to him later.

The convict pleaded guilty to the two-count charge of conspiracy and theft.

Jir, however, pleaded not guilty, explaining that he did not know that the convict was involved in fraudulent activities.

He said that he only allowed Tyozum to use his account because he promised to give him N4,000 out of the money.

In his judgment, the Magistrate, Mr Vincent Kor sentenced Tyozum to 18 months imprisonment.

Kor, however, gave the convict an option of fine of N8, 000.

In addition, he ordered the convict to pay a compensation of N83,700 to his boss or serve nine months in prison.

Kor adjourned the case till Feb. 5, granting him bail in the sum of N100,000 and a surety in like sum.

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Gunmen abduct former principal in Akwa Ibom, demand N20m 



By Dennis Udoma, Uyo

Gunmen have abducted a retired Principal, Akparawa Ezekiel Paul in Ikot Abasi Akpan in Mkpat Enin Local Government Area of Akwa Ibom State demanding N20 million.

He was seized in his compound near the Community Civic Center on Sunday by 7 : 00 AM, while preparing to go for Mass at St. Pius X Parish.

Sources, who spoke to NewsDirect under anonymity said, the hoodlums waylaid their victim after laying ambush in the compound waiting for their prey to come out of the house on the day of the incident.

According to them, “Akparawa Ezekiel Paul was kidnapped on Sunday around 7:00 AM, when he came out of his house in the morning.

“He was doing some domestic chores preparatory to going for Mass at his Parish, St. Pius X Parish, when these boys who waited around the compound without his knowing swoop on him.

“He was blind-folded and dragged to where they parked their motorcycle on the road by about five persons, as the victim was shouting for help.

“The motorcycle was ridden by one ‘Taller’ accompanied by two others who escorted the victim to an unknown destination.

“The victim’s wife, Mrs. Mary Ezekiel on hearing the dragging outside, and noticing the action in the compound raised an alarm for help.

“It was the alarm that attracted the neighbourhood to come out but before then, the victim was already whisked off by his captors in a motor-bike.”

Meanwhile, some members of the criminal gang have been arrested, one of them is a “popular” bad influence in the area nicknamed “Taller.”

Ikot Abasi Akpan, located along Etinan-Ekparakwa Road, is one of the communities cultists and kidnapping have continued to thrive in Mkpat Enin Local Government Area of Akwa Ibom State with youth population continuously displaying bravado in social vices for over three years now.

Due to their activities, small scale businesses have closed shops for fear of being attack, thereby prompting residents to appeal for a Police post to checkmate the activities of criminals and other vices along Etinan-Ekparakwa Road as well as adjoining communities like; Ekpuk, Ikot Ekpaw, Nya-Odiong, Ikot Essen, Ikot Ekpaw, Ikot Abia Enin and Ikot Obio Nso amongst others.

The Police Public Relations Officer, PPRO, ASP Timfon John, when contacted on the matter said, the police were aware and were working to rescue the victim.

According to her, “The police are aware and strategic efforts are still ongoing.”

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Abia: Nigerian Army apprehends 20 IPOB members, kill 10



Personnel of the Nigerian Army in an operation carried out in Isiala-Ngwa North Local Government Area, Abia State, apprehended 20 members of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) and killed 10. This military operation was conducted on Wednesday, 1 November 2023.

Combined security agencies have killed “many” suspected members of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) and its armed militant wing, Eastern Security Network (ESN), across communities in Nigeria’s South-east, said The Force Commander, Joint Task Force South-east Operation Udo Ka, Hassan Taiwo-Dada, who disclosed this on Thursday during a press briefing in Isiala-Ngwa North Local Government Area of Abia State, South-east Nigeria.

According to an eyewitness, Chizurum Achinivu, “Yesterday a dozen of the gunners of the Nigerian army came with their van. We were wondering, What kind of job is this? I just heard the screams. They opened fire, killing many on site, I ran for my dear life.

“They captured as many as they could get and put them in their van, they destroyed homes. All I could do was run. Very faintly, from far away, I kept hearing gunfire, over and over. People of Southeastern Nigeria are killed on a daily basis and most of these killings don’t appear on the news.”

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Court sentences policeman to death for murder in Asaba



By Dave Okpogadie, Asaba

A Delta State High Court sitting in Asaba and presided over by Honourable Justice C. D Diai has convicted and sentenced one Inspector Ubi Ebri of the Nigeria Police Force to death on a murder charge.

The prosecution, led by a Director in the Ministry of Justice Mr E.H Edema, convicted the police man for the killing of Mr Emmanuel Ibeh, Onyeka, a telephone repairer/seller.

The Prosecution led by Messrs E.H Edema, a Director in the Ministry of Justice, E.H Edema and Michael Ayogbe alleged that the Defendant, was part of a Police Patrol team Inspector Ubi Ebri, that mounted a stop and search exercise on 5th of April 2023 along the Ugbolu Asaba Road in the State Capital.

The deceased Mr Emmanuel Onyeka Ibeh and his wife were driving from Ugbolu to Asaba when they were flagged down by the police team for search.

The deceased complied with the request but after waiting for a while to be searched, and they were not being attended to, the deceased decided to pull off and move away.

Infuriated by the action of the deceased, the Defendant immediately opened fire into the vehicle and bullets hit the deceased on the head and he died instantly.

The wife of the deceased who sat in the front seat with him was unhurt.

It will be recalled that the killing of the deceased by the Defendant led to protest by youths in the town.

Mr Edema in a chat with journalists soon after the judgement said, “Today’s judgement is a landmark judgement because justice has been served in this case to the deceased and the society at large.”

Mr Fidel Ifeanyi Ibeh, elder brother of the deceased, who witnessed the judgement also commended the court for delivering justice to his family.

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