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BREAKING: FUOYE female student, murdered! *Body buried behind faculty *Students ordered home, as school shuts down

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Tragedy has struck at Federal University, Oye Ekiti, in Ekiti State, following the discovery of the body of an 18-year-old female student in a freshly dug grave, after a search party, combed the premises for several hours after she was declared missing.

The 200-level Stream A, nursing student, was said to have gone missing after she decided to stay back for extra reading on Tuesday afternoon, but did not return to her hostel, leading to a search for her which yielded no result immediately, until the party eventually discovered her body buried in a shallow grave at the back of one of the faculties in the institution’s premises, late Wednesday.

The danger signals had surfaced after some tell-tale signs were said to have been discovered earlier in the day, when one of her shoes and an ear-ring were discovered somewhere within the premises, which is said to be surrounded by thick forests.

Distraught students, who bewailed the incident, said the young lady had some of her siblings in the university, which was founded by former President Goodluck Jonathan, as part of his educational policy of establishing a federal university in every state of Nigeria, who joined in the search.

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To underscore the seriousness of the situation, a security cordon is said to have been thrown around the school with armed security personnel, said to have taken over the premises to get to the root of the matter, while students have been ordered to vacate the institution.

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A statement signed by Muftau Ibrahim, Registrar of the institution, ordering the students out of the school, said the students should return home for now to await a new resumption date, while security operatives engage in a thorough job of getting to the root of the matter, adding that some arrests had already been made.

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The statement, said: “The university management has received the case of Ms Modupe Deborah Atanda, who was reported missing, Wednesday, 6th September 2023, and management is saddened at the turn of events.

“It is pertinent to promptly inform the university community that immediate steps have been taken in that regard, as all national security personnel have been drafted to handle the situation. As a matter of fact, several arrests have been made of suspects.

“To this end, all students (Stream A and any other full-time student still on any of the university’s campuses, are hereby directed to vacate the premises with immediate effect, to ensure a proper, holistic, and unimpeded thorough investigations, please.

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“It is worthy of note that armed security personnel have been deployed for patrol surveillance and security purposes. Rest assured that all steps would be taken by the university to fish out any and all culpable persons and they shall face the full and unmitigated consequences of their action(s).

“A new resumption date for all students would be conveyed accordingly. We regret all inconveniences these may have caused. Thank you.”

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BREAKING: Relief ends for Kyari, ex-IRT boss, as court denies him fresh bail

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Abba Kyari, formally detained Deputy Commissioner of Police (DCP) and erstwhile Commander of the Inspector General of Police (IGP) Intelligence Response Team (IRT), may have returned back to prison, no thanks to the decision of the Federal High Court sitting in Abuja to deny him a fresh bail application, after a temporary relief for him to bury his mother.

Justice Emeka Nwite, who presided over the case of the multiple award-winning super cop, who is currently being prosecuted by National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) for drug-related crimes, refused to renew a fresh pleading for bail, pending the conclusion of his trial, after the expiration of the initial one.

At a court session in which reporters were barred, the court, reportedly ruled on Wednesday, that the fresh application by the embattled police officer lacked merit, stressing that Kyari, who is currently suspended from the police, failed to establish any exceptional circumstance that would warrant the exercise of judicial discretion in his favour.

Nwite, who noted that the trial court had earlier dismissed a similar bail application that was brought before it and ordered accelerated hearing of the case, held that no evidence was adduced to show why the court should depart from its earlier ruling and consequently, refused the application and gave the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency, NLDEA, the nod to proceed with prosecution of both Kyari and his co-defendants in the matter.

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Kyari had secured a temporary relief a month ago after the court granted his release from prison custody to enable him to participate in his mother’s final burial rites, for a period not exceeding two weeks, while being mandated to pay a bail bond to the tune of N50million with a surety in the like sum.

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Nwite, who had on May 16, 2023, barred reporters from covering the case of the defendant who is on trial for allegedly tampering with cocaine that was seized from two convicted drug peddlers- Chibunna Patrick Umeibe and Emeka Alphonsus Ezenwanne, maintained that they should stay away whenever Kyari’s case was called up for hearing before the court.

This was after acceding to an application brought before the court by the anti-drug agency in the matter of Kyari, currently facing an eight-count charge preferred against him and four members of his team; ACP Sunday J. Ubia, ASP Bawa James, Insp. Simon Agirigba and Insp. John Nuhu citing security reasons.

At the Wednesday proceeding, the agency had persuaded the court to walk all reporters and lawyers not connected to the case, out of the courtroom, citing the need to protect identities of some witnesses billed to testify in the matter, with Sunday Joseph, its lawyer, pleading that that some of the witnesses he identified as intelligent officers, needed to be shielded, in view of the sensitivity of the case.

Sunday, Director of Prosecution at the NDLEA, maintained that the application was in the overall national interest, the prosecution counsel said it was observed that members of the Inspector-General (I-G) of Police IRT, who were loyal to DCP Kyari, were always in court to observe the proceedings.

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Kyari, who had twice lost the bid for his freedom at the lower court and Court of Appeal and who also lost the bid to halt the trial, following the dismissal of his application on March 22, challenging the jurisdiction of the court, by the court, had argued through Nureni Jimoh (SAN), his lawyer that the charge was legally defective and premature, because the NDLEA ought to have allowed police to exhaust its internal machinery before it instituted the action.

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Owing to the ongoing investigation by his employers, Kyari, whose ordeal started after the NDLEA said he tampered with the drug he seized, had told the court that he could only be charged to court upon conclusion of the internal investigation by the police, which he acknowledge already had an interim report on the matter,

Specifically, the anti-drug agency is claiming that the suspended IRT boss, and his men, unlawfully tampered with 21.25kilograms worth of cocaine that they seized from the two convicted drug traffickers- Chibunna Patrick Umeibe and Emeka Alphonsus Ezenwane- even as it also accused them of dealing in cocaine worth 17.55kg.

The offence was allegedly committed between January 19 and 25, 2022, at the office of Inspector-General of Police (IGP) IRT, Abuja, in connivance with one ASP John Umoru (now at large), contrary to section 14(b) of the NDLEA Act, CAP N30 Laws of the Federation of Nigeria 2004.

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Binance boss: US congress moves against Nigeria *Our citizen under hostage  

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Nigeria may be squaring up against the US soon, if Joe Biden, listens to signals coming from the House of Representatives to the effect that Tigran Gambaryan, detained executive of Binance, currently going through legal trial in the country for fraud that he is being held hostage.

Nothing short of his immediate release would be good enough for a group of 16 lawmakers in the lower House in their petition to the POTUS demanding his intervention in asking Nigeria to return the Binance boss and bring him back to the US to face proper investigation.

Operatives of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), had arrested Gambaryan, accused alongside the company, of charges including non-payment of value-added tax and corporate income tax, and complicity in aiding customers to evade taxes through its platform, in February this year and held him in a guest house before formal charges were brought against him and Binance in an Abuja court in April.

But the lawmakers who would have none of it, riled against the treatment, saying he was wrongfully detained while also warning that his health was now a big issue and there was danger of him losing his life.

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Part of the letter to Biden, on Tuesday read: “On behalf of Mr. Gambaryan, his family, and concerned Americans, we, the undersigned, urgently request and strongly encourage the transfer of his case to the Office of the Special Presidential Envoy for Hostage Affairs.”

The letter published by Fox Business correspondent Eleanor Terrett on her X handle on Wednesday, also saw the lawmakers saying that Gambaryan qualified as a “U.S. citizen wrongfully detained by a foreign government” and his detention has been “marked by excessive and harsh treatment.”

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Signed by the group which included House Foreign Affairs Committee Chair, Michael T. McCaul, a Republican from Texas, it added: “Mr. Gambaryan’s health and well-being are in danger, and we fear for his life. Immediate action is essential to ensure his safety and preserve his life. We must act swiftly before it is too late.”

Gambaryan, Binance’s chief of financial compliance, “has been wrongfully detained since late February after granting the Nigerian government’s request for discussions regarding the crypto giant’s business in the country. The government of Nigeria took Mr. Gambaryan hostage and thus needs his government’s help to be freed,” the group said, while highlighting his work as a former IRS agent who helped lead some of the country’s “most prolific cyber investigations,” including the seizure of $4.725 billion in illicit funds.

The House members’ letter to the President’s office marks the most high-profile move concerning Gambaryan’s case, and marks a significant development, following his family’s continued appeals to the government for help.

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The law firm handling Gambaryan’s case previously wrote in a letter to the Nigerian Federal High Court that their client was “very ill” and required immediate and comprehensive medical attention.

Multiple outlets reported that Gambaryan collapsed during a hearing of the case wherein the compliance officer is accused of involvement in Binance’s violations of Nigerian law.

Justice Emeka Nwite ordered for Gambaryan’s transfer to a hospital, but his family said late last month, that he had not been moved to a hospital.

They also revealed that the Binance executive was suspected of having malaria and a severe throat infection.

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A spokeswoman for Gambaryan’s family was quoted to have told FOX Business, that Gambaryan is now back in prison, following a brief hospital visit, his health deteriorating rapidly due to poor treatment.

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“It has been 100 days since my husband, Tigran, was taken hostage by the Nigerian government. Despite my relentless efforts to bring him home, the fight has been long and difficult. Today, however, it feels like my plea for help may finally be heard by the US government.,” Gambaryan’s wife, Yuki Gambaryan, said through a spokeswoman. “I do hope more members will show their support for Tigran as well and urge the government to take immediate action to bring an innocent American citizen home to his children.”

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BREAKING: Bobrisky to spend next six months in jail

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Without an option of fine after pleading guilty to abuse of Naira, Nigeria’s currency, Idris Okuneye, alia Bobrisky, is to spend the next six months in jail, on the orders of Justice Abimbola Awogboro of the Federal High Court, Lagos, who finally passed his sentence, after convicting him, last week.

The popular crossdresser, whose ordeal is coming on the heels of the controversy arising from winning the best-dressed woman at a movie premier in Lagos, a fortnight ago, even though he is known to be a man, was handed the sentence on Friday April 12.

The court had convicted him on Friday, April 5 after he pleaded guilty to the offence, following his arraignment by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), which picked him up a day before filing on an initial six-count charge of abuse of the Naira and money laundering Thursday, April 4, which was later reduced to four after the money laundering allegation was removed.

 

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