Corp Member Killed On Return From Night Club

The life of a 25-year-old corps member, Charity Thilza, has been brought to an abrupt end three days to the completion of her National Youth Service Corps programme in Abuja.

The Borno State indigene was killed by some robbers along Wuse 2 Road while she was returning home from a nightclub in Carribean, Wuse 2, around 3am on Monday.

The ‘passing-out parade,’ which marked the completion of her one-year programme, would hold on Thursday (today). She studied Linguistics and English at the University of Maiduguri.

PUNCH Metro learnt that Thilza and four friends, identified simply as Lola, Bisi, Pooja (an Indian) and a man had attended a show at the club, where a hip hop artiste, Chibuzor Azubuike, popularly called Phyno, performed on Sunday.

They were said to be returning home from the party in a car the following day when the robbers gave them a chase.

The assailants reportedly shot at the car repeatedly and some of the bullets pierced through the windscreen and hit Thilza, who was sitting at the back. One of the friends, Lola, was said to have also sustained gunshot injuries.

Our correspondent learnt that the robbers retreated when they noticed that the driver of the car was heading towards a police station.

Thilza’s close friend, Thlama Bukar, said she was rushed to a hospital, but was rejected. She said she died on the way to another hospital that she was referred to.

Bukar, who spoke with PUNCH Metro on the telephone, said she was together with Thilza until Friday, when she (Bukar) returned to Maiduguri, Borno State, where she lives.

She said, “Phyno performed at the Carribean (the club) on Sunday. They were coming back home around 3am on Monday when they noticed that a car was trailing them. They took a detour, but the car continued following them. The driver of their car started speeding and the robbers opened fire on the car. Unfortunately, some of the bullets hit Thilza from the back of the car.

“Five persons went for the party. One of them is a man, but I don’t know his name. I learnt Lola was also hit by the bullets and has been admitted to a hospital. The incident was reported to the police.

“Thilza lived in Zone 6, Wuse 2, and served at the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps in Abuja. She clocked 25 years in January. Her corpse will be brought to Maiduguri on Thursday (today). Her father is late. Presently, her mother is not talking; she is very distraught. She was the first child of the family. She has four young siblings.”

Bukar said Thilza had planned to join the NSCDC after the service, adding that her death was a big loss to the family.

She said, “She was a kind and simple person. I left her and other friends in Abuja on Friday. They accompanied me to the airport when I was returning to Maiduguri. She told me she wanted to join the NSCDC.”

Nnamdi Kanu’s Release Restricts Movement In Abuja

The unusual traffic in Abuja today, has been caused by the bail granted by the Federal High court in Abuja to the IPOB Indigenous People of Biafra leader NNamdi Kanu.

The serious traffic is On the Abia House Junction at Ahmadu Bello way in Abuja, where there is heavy gridlock on the road.

Many Nigerians parked their cars by the roadside to rejoice with some Biafra supporters who had just come out from the court premises.

Many Nigerians parked their cars by the roadside to rejoice with some Biafra supporters who had just come out from the court premises.

The motorists were heard shouting: “Biafra is here!, Bye bye Nigeria!”

Recall that the IPOB leader was granted bail by Justice Binta Nyako of the Federal High Court in Abuja.

Justice Nyako in her ruling ordered that the IPOB be granted bail. Nyako also ordered the IPOB leader provide three sureties with a bond of N100 million each.

The sureties, the court said will be one of a Jewish religious leader, traditional leaders and a serving senator of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.

The governor of Ekiti state and the former minister of aviation Ayodele Fayose and Osita Chidoka were in court in solidarity with the IPOB leaders today, April 25. Also, the former minister of aviation Femi Fani-Kayode and his wife Precious alongside their security guards were barred from accessing the courtroom in solidarity with Kanu.

The governor of Ekiti state and the former minister of aviation Ayodele Fayose and Osita Chidoka were in court in solidarity with the IPOB leaders today, April 25. Also, the former minister of aviation Femi Fani-Kayode and his wife Precious alongside their security guards were barred from accessing the courtroom in solidarity with Kanu.

Obanikoro’s Wife Losses Mansion To Fed Govt

A Federal Capital Territory High Court, sitting in Jabi, Abuja, has asked that Alhaja Moroophat Obanikoro, the wife of a former Minister of State for Defence, Senator Musiliu Obanikoro, should forfeit her property to the Federal Government, pending the conclusion of the ongoing investigation of her husband and children.

The court subsequently threw out her request that the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission should pay her the sum of N200m for violating her fundamental human rights.

Meanwhile, Mrs. Obanikoro has gone to the Appeal Court to challenge the verdict.

The EFCC had allegedly traced about N4.7bn to the Diamond Bank account of Sylvan McNamara, a company allegedly owned by Obanikoro’s two sons – Gbolahan and Babajide.

The money was said to be part of the $2.1bn arms scam, involving the office of the former National Security Adviser, Sambo Dasuki.

Out of the N4.7bn, Obanikoro allegedly gave N3.880bn to Ayodele Fayose and Senator Iyiola Omisore in July 2014, when they were the Peoples Democratic Party governorship candidates in Ekiti and Osun states respectively.

Part of the money allegedly given to Fayose was said to have been converted to $5.377m and handed to him at Spotless Hotel, Ado-Ekiti, in the presence of the then Ekiti State PDP Secretary, Tope Aluko, and other party stalwarts.

Obanikoro allegedly kept over N600m to himself.

Consequently, the anti-graft agency confiscated a house in the Ikoyi area of Lagos State allegedly belonging to Obanikoro’s sons – Gbolahan and Babajide – and a property located at 44 Mamman Kotangora Crescent, Katampke Extension, Abuja, belonging to their mother.

However, Obanikoro’s wife argued that she bought the property over seven years before the alleged arms scam took place.

Obanikoro’s wife demanded “an order setting aside the sealing of the property; an order directing the EFCC to tender an unreserved public apology for the unlawful and unconditional invasion of the aforesaid property and the sum of N200,000,000 as general damages for the unlawful and unconstitutional invasion of the property.”

However, the EFCC argued that investigation had shown that, “the property belongs to Musiliu Obanikoro and he paid for the statutory charges for the property.”

The commission added, “That a lawyer, Tejumola Adeboye, who volunteered a statement to the commission, stated that he managed the said property and remits the rent to MON Integrated Services (a company allegedly owned by Obanikoro, which is also under probe).”

In his verdict, the Justice Y. Halilu noted that he could not stop the EFCC from doing its work, adding that all Nigerians must unite in the fight against the cankerworm called corruption.

He added, “I shall refuse the application because it is most unmeritorious and specially packaged to deceive this court. God forbid.”

Senate Orders Banks, Others To Keep Abuja Clean

The Senate has directed banks and other corporate organisations operating within Abuja to henceforth sanitise and beautify the nation’s capital as part of their corporate social responsibility.

The idea, according to the senate committee on Federal Capital Territory (FCT), is to also save public funds hitherto used in executing the task by the Federal Capital Development Authority (FCDA).

Chairman of the committee, Senator Dino Melaye, who gave the hint during a press briefing by the committee at the National Assembly complex yesterday added that the plan also involved getting rid of destitute and miscreants from the capital city in order to have a federal capital that can be compared to others around the world.

Melaye hinted that the committee had last week summoned heads of all banks operating in the FCT to a meeting where issues of correcting and ameliorating the problems associated with environmental sanitation of the city were discussed.

He said, “We discovered that despite the fact that hundreds of millions from budgetary provisions of FCT annually paid to contractors for the maintenance of our street lights and the maintenance of all the streets and environment of Abuja is not yielding any positive result.

“So, the committee decided to invite these banks and in line with their corporate social responsibility to the federal capital city, their host community, that we are going to share all the major streets in Abuja to banks.

“These banks will now do the maintenance of street lights, will now be responsible for the environmental sanitation of all the streets, their beautification, and roundabouts where you have them. By so doing, they will also have the logo of their companies or their brands at least being advertised on the street lights”.

Melaye, who observed that the development was not a new trend across the globe, said it is believed that the policy will check wastage and help to block leakages.

“There have been several millions paid to contractors for the maintenance of street lights and keeping the environment tidy and clean. The funds will be saved and this can now go to the development of our satellite towns and provisions of infrastructural facilities in the suburbs of Abuja”, he added.

He further noted that the committee was appalled with the security situation in Abuja and uncomfortable as well with the number of hoodlums on the streets, among other miscreants.

“We have given a marching order to the Commissioner of Police and the Commandant of NSCDC. We have also instructed the FCT (minister) to provide logistics for the immediate evacuation of all dissidents and beggars, including those little boys who claim they are helping you to clean your glass and, by so doing, adding additional dirt to your cars”, the senator said.

Student Protest- Blocks Abuja Airport Road.

Student of the university of Abuja has blocked Abuja-Gwagwalada highway  in protect over the  killing of their colleagues. Mondsy febuary 20 that a reckless driver had killed the student and ran over four students who were seriously injured..

The protesters blocked both entrance and exit sides of the highway, which is the the main expressway into Nigeria’s capital city since around 6am, causing traffic gridlocks on the ever-busy Abuja expressway.

They also didn’t allow any vehicle to pass the highway but permit passengers to disembark from vehicles &and gave them freeway to go about their daily duty.

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@SpeakerDogara Commissions Mobile Clinic For Abuja IDPs

The Speaker of the House of Representatives, Rt. Hon. Yakubu Dogara, on Monday commissioned a mobile clinic at the Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) camp in Wassa, Abuja.

It would be recalled that the Speaker first visited the Wassa IDP to camp to donate relief materials on January 7, and it was during this visit that the IDPs requested for a facility which would be equipped to cater to their most pressing health needs.
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The Speaker, in his address, lauded the efforts of Capt. Hosa Okunbo and encouraged other citizens to reach out and support IDP’s and the less privileged with whatever they can.

He also urged people in positions of authority to leverage on their personal relationships to provide urgently required facilities for the people, which may take too long to be provided by government.

Dogara commissions mobile clinic for IDPs in Abuja

“I was here in January to donate relief materials, and during my interaction with the IDPs, they expressed the need for a clinic”, he said. “I immediately got to work on it, but was told by the relevant agencies that it would be subjected to a long process as it would have to be deliberated upon, captured in the budget, and there would be another long process before it is finally implemented. I thought of the difficult terrain and how remote the area is, and realized the urgency; if a woman here falls into labour, before reaching Apo or even Garki, she most probably would have delivered in the car.”

“So I reached out to my personal contacts and brought up the discussion, and what we have here today is the result of that decision”, he concluded.

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The Speaker has been very dedicated to the cause of Internally Displaced Persons in the country, and even travelled to Edo state by road in February to worship at the IDP camp in the state. He is also sponsoring a bill to establish the North-East Development Commission, which he says is necessary to ensure that the people of the North-East are protected and empowered by law.
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The event had in attendance members of the House Committee on Disaster Management led by the chairman, Hon. Jibrin Satumari and representatives of respective service chiefs, among others.

The clinic was donated by Capt. Hosa Okunbo, a private citizen and businessman, as a result of the Speaker’s sustained advocacy for supporting IDPs and improving the conditions in which they live.

In his address, the Chairman of the House Committee on Disaster Management, Hon. Satumari described the Speaker as the rare sort of politician who keeps his promises, saying that: “if all of us [politicians] could keep our promises to the people like the Speaker has done, it would be very good.”