YouTubers are threatening to close their accounts today after the video site made another controversial policy change.

The Google-owned company has announced new rules designed to prevent ‘harassment’ on the platform. But the move has angered creators, who are sharing criticism of the new policies using hashtags like #YouTubeIsOver and threatening to move to rival websites.

It’s feared the policies will result in comedy creators being hit with bans if they mock other people and will have a freezing effect on free speech because YouTubers will be too scared to speak their mind.

On Twitter, YouTube wrote: ‘Many of you have told us we need to do a better job preventing harassment on YouTube, so we consulted with a wide array of creators, experts and organizations to update our harassment policy, which changed today.’

The new rules forbid a ‘stricter stance on abusive language’ as well as ‘prolonged attacks attributes such as race, physical traits, sexual orientation, religion or gender’. ‘Note this won’t affect our openness for a broad range of artistic expression and debate on important issues,’ YouTube added. It also promised a ‘stricter stance on threats’ which includes ‘not only explicit threats but also implicit ones referencing physical violence’.

‘Included here are threats that might not cite a specific time or place, but that may feature weapons or simulated violence,’ YouTube continued. It also set out punishments for infringing these rules and wrote: ‘Because harassment can be more than a single video, repeated behaviour like maliciously targeting the same individual across multiple videos or comments can lead to penalties like YPP suspension, strikes, or even termination.’

Creators will be given access to a tool which automatically highlights dodgy comments, holds them from publication and invites the channel owner to manually check them. ‘By year’s end, most channels will be enabled with a tool that automatically holds potentially inappropriate comments for review,’ YouTube announced. ‘You can always opt-out, but note that early adopters saw a 75% reduction in flagged comments on their channels.’ YouTube is already alleged to have removed old videos which fall foul of new rules.

Keemstar, anchor and founder of the influential and massively popular news channel DramaAlert, spoke out after seeing that a famous ‘content cop’ video from iDubbbz which roasted the YouTuber Leafyishere has already been deleted.

Keemstar tweeted: ‘You took our notifications away,  Now they only work when u want them to. ‘You taken our Social Blade away.

You taken our revenue away. ‘Now you have taken our history away. Removing these videos you deem harassment.’ He addressed this tweet to YouTube CEO Susan Wojcicki and added: ‘The YouTube community wants u to step down.’

The DramaAlert host then added: ‘I don’t want YouTube to be “safe place” ‘You are killing comedy by calling a roast of other creators “bullying.” ‘We are public figures we are allowed to be roasted! Comes with the gig.’

A two-year-old boy died after he fell off a subway platform as his mother reportedly tied his shoes, police say.

The boy, who has not yet been identified, was hit by an oncoming train in the Fulton Street station in New York City on Wednesday evening.

Police say the boy was with his 20-year-old mother, who reportedly was attempting to tie her son’s shoe when he pulled away and fell onto the tracks as the train entered the station.

The train reportedly struck the boy, wedging him between the platform and the train. Frantic bystanders and subway workers tried to push the train off the boy, but the attempts were unsuccessful and airbags had to be used to push the train. Paramedics rushed the boy to New York-Presbyterian Lower Manhattan Hospital, where he was pronounced dead, CBS and NBC reported.

A witness told the New York Post: ‘The mother was coming down the stairs with three bags. The little boy was in front of her and there was another train [that] was coming from Flatbush.’ ‘He saw the train, the train was a little faster, so he walked right through the train.’

The New York City Transit (NYCT) released a statement on Twitter attached to a message, which read: ‘We cannot imagine their pain, and we cannot adequately convey our thoughts in 280 characters, so we’ll just remind everyone out there to be kind and take care of one another.’

In their statement, the NYCT wrote: ‘NYC Transit and NYPD are investigation a tragic incident at Fulton Street Station where a young boy apparently became separated from his mother and was struck by a northbound number 2 train.’ ‘Our heart breaks for the family and the MTA is praying for the.

Our thoughts are with the crew of the train as well. ‘ After the deadly incident, trains were reportedly delayed on multiple subway lines. Share this article via facebookShare this article via twitter

Donald Trump is gleefully showing visitors to the White House the exact spot where Monica Lewinsky gave Bill Clinton a blowjob. 

The President of the United States is said to be so nonchalant about his own impeachment that he is jokingly showing off the areas of the Oval Office study that triggered the last one. 

Politico reports that Trump is ‘playfully’ pointing out where former White House intern Lewinsky pleasured then-President Clinton after beginning an affair in 1995.

Clinton’s infamous ‘I did not have sexual relations with that woman’ speech about Lewinsky, delivered while standing next to wife Hillary, was proven to be a lie. 

Clinton pictured during the infamous speech where he lied about his affair with Lewinsky, which ultimately triggered his own impeachment

That saw him tried by the Senate for lying under oath and obstruction of office, although he was cleared of any wrongdoing and allowed to remain as president

Trump is said to refer to ongoing abuse of office and obstruction of office proceedings against him as ‘impeachment lite.’ 

Sources close to Trump say he is outwardly confident that he will be allowed to remain in office, just like Clinton was. 

A committee of the of US Congress’ lower house, the House of Representatives, is currently discussing whether to put their articles of impeachment – charges – to a full vote from fellow representatives. 

If passed, Trump could face a trial in the upper house – the Senate – in January and removed from office if two thirds or more of those Senators convict him. 

Trump is accused of dangling a coveted invitation to the White House in front of Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky in return for a favor.

A Federal High Court, Lagos, on Thursday sentenced a Lebanese drug trafficker, Charbel Chalouhi, to six months imprisonment for unlawful dealing in 1.2 grams of cocaine.

Justice Nicholas Oweibo handed down the jail term after the Lebanese had struck a plea bargain agreement with the National Drugs Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA).

The convict was first arraigned before Justice Nathaniel Ayo-Emmanuel in October 2018, after he was arrested at his residence, 18, flat BB, Simon Akinolu Street, Victoria Island, Lagos, on September 10, 2018, for trafficking in the said banned drug.

He was arraigned on a one-count charge of unlawful dealing in the hard drug. The offence, according to the prosecution counsel, Mr. Jerry Aernan, was contrary to Section 11(d) of the NDLEA Act and punishable under the same.

He had pleaded not guilty to the charge.

Following the Lebanese plea, his counsel, Mr. Benson Ndakara, asked the court to grant him bail and was granted by the court in various terms.

However, upon the transfer of Justice Ayo-Emmanuel, the convict’s case file was inherited by Justice Oweibo.

At the resumed trial of the convict on Thursday, his Ndakara told the court that his client wished to change his plea.

Ndakara said the decision of his client to change his plea was premised on a plea bargain agreement reached with the prosecution.

Ndakara’s position was confirmed by the prosecution counsel.

Following the agreement between the prosecution and defence counsel, Justice Oweibo accepted the plea bargain agreement and consequently sentenced the convict to six months imprisonment.

The judge, however, gave the convict an option of N200, 000 fine in lieu of the jail terms.

Justice Nicholas Oweibo of the Federal High Court in Ikoyi, Lagos, on Thursday, December 12, 2019, adjourned to February 27, 2020, further hearing in a case involving Afeez Fashola, a.k.a Naira Marley, who is being prosecuted for alleged conspiracy and credit card fraud.

At the resumed sitting today, the first prosecution witness, PW1, Dalhatu Buhari, who was cross-examined by the defendant’s counsel, Olalekan Ojo, told the court that he did not need a password to access the defendant’s computer by the standards of his training and that cyber security training was available to anyone.

When asked if any expert in cyber security could access a computer and do what he likes on it in relation to the credit card details that were found on the defendant’s computer, the PW1 said : “ It is not possible for just any expert in cyber security to access a computer and do anything he likes on it.

“This is because there are various aspects in cyber security and not all the tools used in cyber security are accessible to all the various aspects.”

When also asked if he recorded the date of the registration of the administration of the account, he answered in the negative, stating that the Windows Operating system that was used for the analysis could not provide such details “because it is exclusive to the Apple Operating System and is only accessible to the company.”

The witness further told the court that his analysis only recovered card details that were found on the defendant’s system.

He, however, told the court that only the investigator could determine if the cards were fraudulently used.

The case was adjourned to February 27 and 28, 2020.

The Inspector General of Police, Muhammed Adamu, has directed the suspension of an All Progressive Congress (APC) rally scheduled for Benin, Friday to welcome former gubernatorial candidate of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP), Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu, who is planning to defect with his followers to the APC.

The Deputy Governor of Edo State, Philip Shaibu, told reporters at a press conference in Abuja that the IGP had communicated the order to him in a letter, saying the police chief was told that the security of attendees coming for the rally could not be guaranteed.

According to the Deputy Governor, who said the rally was a mere disguise to disrupt public peace, he received the letter suspending the rally at about 5 pm at the Police Headquarters in Abuja.

He expressed regret that the National Chairman of the APC, Adams Oshiomhole, was leading the campaign to great division within the party.

He said Oshiomhole, who has been suspended from the party in the state, has no say in decisions taken in the state, insisting Governor Godwin Obaseki, as state party leader, is the only one authorized to do so according to the party constitution.

IGP orders suspension of APC rally in Edo

The IGP had earlier granted permission to the Edo State APC to hold its mega rally to receive Ize-Iyamu and over 30,000 PDP members into the state.

Obaseki had said that he was not aware of any APC rally in the state, just as the purportedly suspended state chairman Anselm Ojezua said neither the state governor nor other leaders of the party were aware of the rally, urging members of the APC in the state not to have anything to do with the event.

No fewer 28 persons said to be members of the same family have been burnt to death in a vehicle accident that occurred along the Bauchi-Ningi Federal Highway in Bauchi State on Thursday, December 12th.

Secretary, North-West Zone of the Nigeria Union of Journalists, Abdullahi Yamadi, said the deceased were all his relatives saying they were on their way to Yola, Adamawa State, when the incident occurred.
 He said, “Yes, the accident is true and all of the deceased are my relatives. They were traveling to Yola, Adamawa State, for a visit when the unfortunate incident happened. You know, after the harvest and at seasons like this, people travel to visit loved ones resident in different places; and that was where they were going to.
“They left Dutsinma, Katsina State, and they had left Jigawa State and were within Bauchi State when their vehicle had a head-on collision with another vehicle. They were 29 in the vehicle and all of them died except the driver, who survived.  
“This is a very sad news and very pathetic for 28 people from the same family to die in an accident in one day. It is really sad.”

Governor Yahaya Bello of Kogi state, has said that President Buhari is the most democratic ex-military president he has seen in his entire life.

Governor Bello said this while reacting to the decision by Punch's editorial to henceforth refer to President Buhari as General Buhari.

Speaking to state House Correspondents in Abuja today Thursday December 12th, President Buhari said there has not been a more democratic ex-military head of state in Nigeria’s political history
“Mr. President is the most democratic president I have ever seen. This is the first time we are seeing a former military head of state that is so democratic to the extent of allowing things happening in his home front to be democratized not to talk of things happening in the country. Whoever is tagging him to be a dictator, I think that person wished to be a dictator himself not Mr. President'' he said

A 26-year-old bride, Erin Mason-George reportedly walked out of her marriage hours after her wedding reception was concluded following the assault she and her family members were subjected to. 

Erin who got married to Steffan Wilson four months ago was first verbally abused by her husband's brother and best man Tomos Rhydian Wilson, before he assaulted two of her sisters and her mother in a drunken row.

Lady walks out of her marriage hours after it was conducted after being punched by husband

Tomos was heard saying that his brother should have never married Erin as he held on to her wedding gown before dragging her downstairs. 

Friends of the newlyweds told Mail Online the couple decided to “go their separate ways” after the brutal attack. The marriage's breaking point was hinged on Steffan's decision to go home with his brother rather than his bride on the night of the attack.

Lady walks out of her marriage hours after it was conducted after being punched by husband

An unnamed friend said; 

“The marriage was all over in a day which must be some sort of record. They weren’t even married long enough to get a divorce, I’m told they’ve gone for an annulment.”
“The groom had a choice to make – either his wife or his brother and father. When he went back with them that was it, marriage over.”

Tomos who was arraigned before an Aberystwyth court earlier this week, was found guilty of five charges of assault and two of criminal damage. He was sentenced to 12 months of community service and ordered to pay compensation of £250 each to Erin and one of her sisters; £100 to her mum, her other sibling and the manager.

Obalufe of Ife, Idowu Adediwura who is said to be the second-in-command to the Ooni of Ife, Adeyeye Ogunwusi was sacked by an Osun State High Court on Wednesday December 11. 

The court which sacked Obalufe on grounds of his installation not being in accordance with the provisions of Ife Chieftaincy Declaration of 1957, also directed the Ooni to fill the stool with a candidate from the Aga Ruling House within 21 days. 

Justice Foluke Awolalu in her ruling said the Ife Chieftaincy Declaration of 1957 backed claims of Aga Ruling House producing the next Obalufe and not Mr Adediwura’s Ajagbusiekun Ruling House.

The judgement came after a preliminary objection filed by Mr Adediwura seeking the dismissal of the matter was struck out by the court. 

The Nigerian Army has described a trending video purporting that Boko Haram terrorists captured and killed several troops of Operation Lafiya Dole in the North East, as false and the handiwork of members of the outlawed Independent Peoples of Biafra.

It said the video is aimed at discrediting the Army and sowing seeds of discord among troops of South East extraction in the Nigerian Army.

This is contained in a statement signed by Col Sagir Musa, Acting Director, Army Public Relations titled, “Video Clip Portraying The Alleged Capture and Killing of Some Nigerian Soldiers By Boko Haram Terrorists on 10 December 2019 is False”.

It read: “The attention of the Nigerian Army has been drawn to a viral, unsubstantiated and apparently fabricated video clip circulating on the social media portraying the stage managed/so called capture and killing of some Nigerian soldiers by Boko Haram terrorists on the 10th of December 2019.

“The Nigerian Army wishes to emphatically state that there was no incident that involved the “capture and killing of tens and tens of Nigerian soldiers on the 10th of December 2019” as mischievously and wickedly portrayed in the video.

“Similarly, preliminary observation of the video clip (even by the amateur) will reveal that the video was doctored and that the entire events captured in the footage was not an occurrence that took place at any point in time within the shores of Nigeria.

”To this end the Nigerian Army is hereby calling on the members of the general public and indeed personnel of the Nigerian Army especially those in the North East theatre of operation to disregard the sinister, very inciting and divisive video concocted and peddled by the outlawed IPOB members whose main objective is the disunity and fragmentation of Nigeria as clearly shown or espoused in the video.

“Accordingly, the call by one Simon Ekpa, (the principal actor in the clip), calling on soldiers of South East extraction presently serving in the North East to desert the Army and return to Biafra as well as calling on South Easterners not to join the Nigerian Army is an obvious indication of the essence and objective of the masterminds of this fake video which should be dicountenanced by the public.

“Meanwhile the leadership of the Nigerian Army wish to also reiterate its unflinching commitment to sustain the war against terrorism and shall not be deterred by the evil machinations or propagandist activities of mischievous persons whose main interest is the disunity of our beloved nation.”

But responding to the allegation by the military, the  Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB,  denied claim that it doctored and circulated recent video where member of the Boko Haram killed several Nigerian soldiers, describing the claim as laughable.

IPOB said it was a shame for the Army to involve the group in their futile attempt impotence and failed effort to fight Boko Haram.

Reacting to the allegation, IPOB’s media and publicity secretary, Comrade Emma Powerful berated the Army, saying they belittled themselves by involving IPOB in issue of doctoring a video.

Powerful said that IPOB have more important things to do than engaging in doctoring a video where soldiers were killed.

“This recent statement from the thoroughly disgraceful, undignified institution called Nigerian military accusing IPOB of being behind the recent trending video where Boko Haram members torturing and humiliating Nigerian army personnel is laughable.

“This unguarded, shameful and thoroughly unsubstantiated accusation is very typical of an army that specializes in attacking civilian populations in the south but cringe at the sight of a well armed opposition in the north.

“It is quite pathetic how the  Nigeria army would belittle themselves so shamelessly in the eyes of the world by involving IPOB in their futile attempt to deflect attention from their impotence and failed effort to fight a terrorism menace they themselves created in Nigeria.

The Nigerian Army must understand that Biafra is not Nigeria. “IPOB have more important things to do than engaging in doctoring a video that is so clear for all to see. Maybe Nigerian the Army think the world is as undiscerning as their typical Nigerian. Rather than coming out in public to make a complete fool of themselves; Buratai and his Nigerian Army should invite forensic experts to corroborate their claim if they are confident they are speaking the truth.

“The video of Boko Haram torturing and humiliating the cowardly Nigerian Army that specialize in committing crimes against unarmed populations in Biafra is real and verifiable.

IPOB has nothing to do with the trending video and cannot involve itself with this brotherly spat between Boko Haram and Nigeria Army because they have the same Fulanisation agenda for Nigeria.

“Nigeria Army and Boko Haram are both terrorist organisations pursuing the same goal with the only difference being that Nigerian army specialise exclusively, in attacking civilians in the east.

“This shameful statement from Nigeria Army proves that the Nigeria Army and her sisters security outfits in Nigeria have lost control of their phony war against Boko Haram and as usual are looking to blame IPOB for their pitiful plight.

“Northern elders (allegedly) formed and sponsored Boko Haram to perfect their plans to islamize and Fulanize Nigeria and to make Jonathan’s government ungovernable which they succeeded in doing.

We must not forget that Major-General Muhammadu Buhari was named the chief negotiator by Boko Haram for the failed talks in Saudi Arabia in 2014.

“Nigeria soldiers should leave IPOB alone and focus on fighting the monster they created.

“We pity Nigeria Army and gullible Nigerians who cannot see the inevitable violent collapse of Nigeria. What is happening today in Nigeria is the worst form of organized state sponsored hypocrisy.

Recruiting Boko Haram members and other terror groups into the Nigerian Army, Police, DSS and other security formations in Nigeria is a recipe for disaster which IPOB is rightly sensitizing the world about.

“Nigeria is imploding gradually and no amount of lies against IPOB will avert the impending doom of the failed British contraption”, Powerful said.

President Donald Trump took a dig at 16-year-old Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg, just after she was announced as Time magazine’s Person of the Year. 

The US President who described the announcement as ridiculous on Thursday December 12, suggested that she should work on her anger-management issues and go to a movie with a friend.

Donald Trump made the remark while reacting to a tweet congratulating Greta which was shared Roma Downey, an actress and producer from Northern Ireland whose production credits include the History Channel miniseries “The Bible,” which she also starred in as Mary, mother of Jesus.

President Trump refers to 16-year-old Greta Thunberg as a

He tweeted;

“So ridiculous. Greta must work on her Anger Management problem, then go to a good old fashioned movie with a friend! Chill Greta, Chill!”

President Trump refers to 16-year-old Greta Thunberg as a

Thunberg responded swiftly by changing her Twitter profile to read: "A teenager working on her anger management problem. Currently chilling and watching a good old fashioned movie with a friend."

President Trump refers to 16-year-old Greta Thunberg as a

The Swedish teenager made history after mobilizing millions of people to fight climate change and condemning world leaders’ inaction. 

In naming her Person of the Year, Time magazine said; 

"Thunberg began a global movement by skipping school: starting in August 2018, she spent her days camped out in front of the Swedish Parliament, holding a sign painted in black letters on a white background that read Skolstrejk för klimatet: “School Strike for Climate.
"In the 16 months since, she has addressed heads of state at the U.N., met with the Pope, sparred with the President of the United States and inspired 4 million people to join the global climate strike on September 20, 2019, in what was the largest climate demonstration in human history."

On social media, critics have described Trump's tweet as equivalent to bullying a child.

Former Aviation Minister, Femi Fani-Kayode has raised alarm over supposed dangers that would come with President Muhammadu Buhari government’s visa free policy for Africans.

President Buhari had on Wednesday in Egypt, at the opening session of Aswan Forum for Sustainable Peace and Development in Africa, said his government would start issuing visa to persons with passports of other African countries at the point of entry from January next year.

But in a post on Thursday in his verified Twitter handle- @realFFK, the former minister argued that the policy was “subtle attempt to alter the racial and religious demographics of our country and open our front door for mass Fulani, Berber, Taureg and Arab migration into our shores.”

According to him, the policy would “ultimately result in great conflict, carnage, racial and religious strife and total catastrophy.”

He wrote, “A visa free policy for Africans to come into Nigeria is a shameless and subtle attempt to alter the racial and religious demographics of our country and open our front door for mass Fulani, Berber, Taureg and Arab migration into our shores. By the time they come here from all over north and west Africa and settle down, we the indigenous people of Nigeria will be a tiny minority.

“The next thing they will do is to implement RUGA to the letter and take our land and insist on sharia law being implemented all over the country.

“It is a dangerous, self-serving & self-seeking policy which will ultimately result in great conflict, carnage, racial and religious strife and total catastrophy. In an attempt to implement an ancient agenda of Fulani hegemony and turn us into a conquered and enslaved people.

“Buhari, his born to rule co-travellers and their vast legion of slavish sympathisers and supporters are likely to set Nigeria on fire. You will not believe me now just as you did not believe me when I warned about the true nature of Buhari in 2015 and the grave consequences of electing him as President.

“Yet my words have proved to be prophetic and just as I have been vindicated on Buhari I shall be vindicated on this matter of the grave and dangerous consequences of visa-free mass migration by vagrant, stateless and nomadic Africans into our shores.

“With this irresponsible, unpatriotic, dangerous and self-serving policy, I repeat, we are playing with fire and sitting on a keg of gunpowder which will eventually explode. It will be the final nail in the coffin of a united Nigeria. May God deliver us from the coming evil.”

Family and friends of a Taxify driver identified as Jason Oghogho Okunbor have called on the Edo State Police Command to locate him.

According to a friends of Okunbor, he went missing three weeks ago in Benin City. His car and mobile phone were later recovered from some persons that attacked him.

The suspects are allegedly in police custody, however, Okunbor is still missing. Read below:
"It is exactly 3 weeks today since my friend, Jason Oghogho Okunbor AKA BLACKMAN left home to go hustle, he said goodbye to his wife and kids and left, Jason is a TAXIFY Driver in Benin City, Edo State. we haven’t seen OR heard from him since he left home for work that faithful Thursday(21/11/2019)
- He was attacked by some people ( Now in Police Custody)
- His car was recovered from the attackers by the police
- His mobile phone also recovered from the attackers is also with the police
We want to invoke the goodwill and influence of everyone reading this to help share this post and help call on the POLICE Command in Benin City leave no stone unturned in the quest to locate our Brother Jason.
We Appeal to anybody who has any information about his whereabouts to please contact the nearest Police station or the family."

Taxify driver allegedly missing in Edo 3 weeks after police recovered his car, mobile phone from his suspected attackers
Taxify driver allegedly missing in Edo 3 weeks after police recovered his car, mobile phone from his suspected attackers

A man, @Poshfelly has taken to Twitter to allege that Nigerian men are being used as sex toys by rich ladies in South Korea.

According to him, two Nigerian returnees from South Korea, who were heavily paid for their services, revealed this to him.

Read what he wrote below: 

'Abroad hustle adirokwa easy oo, if you see most of our guys coming back from South Korea meelu faa ebele, those guys are being used as sex machine for most rich Korean ladies. This is no joke igaa aragide ?t? kwetee and they pay them handsomely 2 returnees gave me this gist.' 


The Senate today December 12th, mandated its Committee on Judiciary, Human Rights and Legal Matters to investigate the alleged invasion of the Federal High Court Abuja by operatives of the Department of State Services (DSS) to rearrest the publisher of Saharareporters and convener of #RevolutionNow, Omoyele Sowore.

This resolution followed a point of order moved by the Senator representing Ekiti Central, Senator Opeyemi Bamidele. Senator Bamidele coming under order 43 of the Senate Standing Rules, drew the attention of the upper chamber to the alleged invasion of a Federal High Court, Abuja, presided over by Justice Ijeoma Ojukwu. Opeyemi while commenting, called on the Senate to mandate its committee on National Security and Intelligence to investigate the matter to enable the upper chamber draw conclusion based on facts.

President of the Senate, Ahmad Lawan, said since the matter concerned the judiciary, the Senate Committee on Judiciary, Human Rights and Legal Matters chaired by Senator Bamidele should investigate the matter and report back to members of the house within one week.

A Kaduna Magistrate’s Court, on Thursday, remanded a 35-year-old trader, Aliyu Abdullahi, in a correctional centre, in Kaduna for allegedly defiling his neighbour’s daughter.

The Chief Magistrate, Umar Ibrahim, did not take the defendant’s plea but ordered the defendant to be remanded in correctional centre, Kaduna until Jan. 14, 2020 when the court would have obtained the advice of state Director of Public Prosecution (DPP) on the case.

The defendant, who resides at Bima Road, Tudun Nupawa, Kaduna, is being tried for defilement.

Earlier, the Prosecutor, Insp. Chidi Leo, told the court that the defendant committed the offence Nov. 23 at Bima Road, Tudun Nupawa, Kaduna.

The prosecutor said at about 2.00 p.m., the complainant sent her 10-year-daughter to the defendant’s house to borrow a tray from his wife.

“On reaching there, the girl met the defendant instead of his wife and he lured her into his room and forcefully had carnal knowledge of her,” he said.

Leo added that the girl, who was crying, told her mother what happened when she came back and the defendant was arrested, NAN reports.

He said that during investigation, the defendant voluntarily confessed to the offence, adding that the offence contravened Section 209 of the Kaduna State Penal Code Law, 2017.

Senior Special Assistant to President Muhammadu Buhari on Foreign Affairs and Chairman/Chief Executive Officer of the Nigerian Diaspora Commission, Abike Dabiri-Erewa has finally reacted to report of two students of the Federal University of Technology, Owerri (FUTO) who attended an international table tennis competition in Croatia and ended up in a Bosnian refugee camp.

Recall it was reported that the two students identified as Abia Uchenna and Eboh Chinedu arrived in Zagreb, capital of Croatia on November 12, for the fifth world inter-university championships held in the country. 

FUTO students who went to Croatia for table tennis competition and landed in refugee camp, applied for assylum - Abike Dabiri-Erewa

The students claimed they ended up in a refugee camp after being apprehended by police officers while taking a walk around the country’s capital. 

However serving an update on the incident, Abike Dabiri-Erewa disclosed that the two students stayed back and applied for assylum after the competition ended. She further disclosed that the Nigerian Ambassador to Hungary is on the matter. 

Dabiri-Erewa tweeted; 

FUTO students who went to Croatia for table tennis competition and landed in refugee camp, applied for assylum - Abike Dabiri-Erewa

A High Court sitting in Yola, Adamawa State, has sentenced two men to prison over N362m allegedly disbursed by former Petroleum Minister, Diezani Allison-Madueke.  

Justice Nathan Musa of High Court 1 on Thursday, December 12th in Yola also ordered the Inspector-General of Police, Mohammed Adamu, to produce the 3rd defendant, Allison-Madueke before his court.

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission had charged Ibrahim Mohammed Umar (1st defendant), Sahabo Iya Hamman (2nd defendant) and Allison-Madueke (3rd defendant) to court for allegedly laundering the said N362m.
He said, "The 3rd defendant in her desire to influence election in favour of then President, Goodluck Jonathan, authorised the release of N362m public money through Fidelity bank to the 1st and 2nd defendants to corrupt election officials.”
Considering the evidences as provided by both the prosecuting and defence counsels, Justice Nathan convicted Umar and Hamman on three-count charges. He therefore, sentenced them to seven years on each of the charges.

The judge however, considered a plea of allocotus from the defence counsel and ordered that the sentences will run concurrently.

Mrs Tari Itonyo, mother of late Miss Matilda Itonyo, the final year female law student of the Rivers State University who was stabbed to death in the early hours of Tuesday, December  10th, has cried out for justice.

Matilda was stabbed to death by yet to be identified persons inside her apartment in Eagle lsland area of Port Harcourt, the Rivers state capital. She was found in the pool of her blood by her friend who alerted the police. 

Speaking to newsmen, Mrs Itonyo who could not control her tears, appealed to security agencies to fish out the persons responsible for the gruesome murder of her child whom she described as her ''Hope and future''.

“I just want justice. Just look at me. The girl has struggled… struggled to final year for Law. My Hope…My Future. Part of my flesh and blood is going out of me. My tomorrow’s Glory is going down l need justice. l need…justice, l need…l need justice l can’t bear it. Matilda is somebody everybody wants to to be a mother to. Matilda is somebody everybody is saying how I wish l have Baby like this one. How can they cut down the life of my daughter like this? I need Government to help me. I need justice.” she said weeping

Ebikili ltonyo, father of the deceased, also demanded justice.

“My daughter struggled to make it and somebody will just come to take her life like that. Its a very painful thing. l don’t even know what to do. Let the Government come to my aid.  People of Nigeria… People of Bayelsa,people of Rivers State please come to my aid to get the killers of my daughter.”

Spokesperson of the Rivers state police command, Nnamdi Omoni, says the police has begun investigation into the circumstances surrounding the killing of Matilda.

The Nigeria Labour Congress has said that there will be consequences for states that fail to implement the new minimum wage before the December 31st ultimatum issued to them.  

The union, through its Chairman, Ayuba Wabba, gave the ultimatum to states yet to implement the new wage scheme following a one-day meeting in Abuja on Wednesday, December 11th.

According to Premium Times, the labour union warned of dire consequences, including not guaranteeing industrial harmony in such states that fail to meet the December 31 deadline to resolve the issue.  

The meeting commended the federal government and the states that have already commenced the implementation and payment. Also, the meeting applauded the federal government directive to all ministries, departments and agencies to ensure they paid their minimum wage arrears latest by December 31, 2019.  

Other resolutions included that each state should immediately convoke an emergency state executive council meeting and state congress of all workers to brief them of the outcome of the meeting on the new national minimum wage implementation.

A man alleged to be mentally unstable was burnt to death by members of his community after he killed 9 people, 7 of whom are family members.

The man identified as Chigozie Orusa was burnt to death after he killed 9 people in Nempi, Oru west local government area Imo state.

According to reports, Chigozie was a trader in Onitsha but he suddenly developed a mental illness. His friends in Onitsha took him to his family compound in Nempi where he has been under the care of his family.

Unfortunately, Chigozie's mental illness worsened. In the early hours of December 8th 2019, Chigozie macheted 9 people to death. Out of the 9 people he killed, 7 were his family members. They are his grandfather, 3rd wife of his grandfather and five of his cousins. The other two victims were neighbors.
Reacting to the killings, angry youths in the community set Chigozie ablaze.

Man burnt to death after he killed 9 people, 7 of whom are his family members (graphic photos)
Man burnt to death after he killed 9 people, 7 of whom are his family members (graphic photos)

NYSC Director-General, Brigadier General Shuaibu Ibrahim has warned corps members to dress properly as responsible role models worthy of emulation by the society.

He gave the charge in his address to Corps Members at Bauchi State Orientation Camp in Wailo, Ganjuwa Local Government Area of the State.

Shuaibu while addressing the Corps members, said NYSC scheme would not condone improper dressing with its uniforms adding that all Corps Members must adhere strictly to the approved dress code for all events. He added that strict disciplinary measures would be applied on any erring Corps Member.

Speaking further, lbrahim appealed to the Corps Members to use the social media for the promotion of national unity and refrain from spreading unverified information and 'hate speeches'.

He urged them to be patriotic and contribute their quota to the corporate existence of the country.

'NYSC has a lot of potentials and opportunities, take advantage of the Orientation Exercise and promote love and unity, though in tongue we differ but in brotherhood we are the same'. Wherever you are, keep your records clean and don't let your actions today affect you in future', he said. 

He adnonished the corps members to integrate themselves into their host community and embark on projects that would affect their lives positively.
'You must be security conscious wherever you are because your lives are precious to us and we don't want you to go back to your parents incapacitated. Be agents of positive change, shun every form of criminality, cyber crimes, drug peddling, cultism and others', he added.

The DG urged them to accept their posting in good faith but warned against lobbying for posting and induced rejection saying there is purpose for everything in life.

Arsenal player, Hector Bellerin is clearly not a fan of UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson as he took to his Twitter account to air his opinion about Johnson ahead of today's election between Johnson and Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn.

 In his tweet where he shared a graph showing non-voters in UK had the highest population, Bellerin said 'Young people across the world have a chance to change what the future can be'

''Today's the chance for all the British people to influence what your future and those living here holds #f*ckboris #govote'' he wrote

Arsenal defender Hector Bellerin tweets

An investigative officer of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, Mohammed Goje, has narrated how numerous bank accounts were discovered in the name of Faisal Maina, son of the embattled for former Chairman of the Pension Reform Task Team, Abdulrasheed Maina.  

The EFCC is prosecuting Faisal over an allegation of fraud to the tune of N58m. The commission accused him of operating accounts that were used as conduits for illegal transactions.  

Goje while testifying on Wednesday, December 11th said the commission discovered one Alhaji Faisal Abdullahi Farms with the United Bank of Africa which Faisal is a co-signatory to. The EFCC official added that Alhaji Faisal Farms is operated by Abdulrasheed Maina and that investigation revealed that the account was funded with the proceeds of illegality.  

He said, “We came across the following companies: Drew Investment & Construction Company LTD, Cruise City Ltd; Northridge Property Int’l Ltd; Mambilla Resorts. These companies have the defendant (Faisal) as a director.
“We also discovered that property at Ibrahim Taiwo Road, Kaduna, was acquired in the name of Drew Investment & Construction Ltd. We also discovered that another property at Gombe Road, Biu LGA of Borno State was acquired in the name of Cruise City Ltd.  
“We also discovered that property at No. 3a Sambo Road, Kaduna, was acquired in the name of Faisal A. Abdullahi. A property at Plot 165, Life Camp, Abuja was acquired in the name of Dr Faisal A. Abdullahi. A property at No 16e, Katuru Road, Kaduna, was also acquired in the name of Faisal A. Abdullahi.”
Goje explained why his unit, the Pension Fraud Team, was created as a unit under the EFCC. He said, “During that time, Abdulrasheed Maina was the Chairman of the Pension Reform Task Team established to restructure the pension office. He also became a subject of investigation. It was in the course of the investigation of Abdulrasheed Maina that the name of the defendant (Faisal) featured prominently.
“During the investigation of Abdulrasheed Maina, who was involved in a complex web of money laundering, which include movement of funds from the police pension account as well as the accounts of the pension office of the Head of Service of the Federation to corporate entities as payment for biometric enrollment; payment of collective allowances and payment of contracts, which were fraudulent.  
“They obliged us with copies of incorporation, Form C02 and other documents, which revealed the directors of the companies and their shareholders. Also, we sent letters of investigation activities to banks and requested for details of accounts and they obliged with these documents.”
The witness said in September 2019, the EFCC received an intelligence report that Abdulrasheed Maina was in the country “but they did not know where he was.
“So, the EFCC liaised with the DSS to assist us in effecting the arrest of Maina. He was eventually arrested along with the defendant (Faisal) on September 29, 2019.
The DSS handed them over to us on October 2, 2019, along with some items recovered from them, which include cars and personal belongings in suitcases, handbags and Bagco bags.  
“We granted them an opportunity to invite their lawyers because we were directed to record their statements.  
"On October 3, Faisal was interviewed in the presence of his lawyer. His statement was recorded in his own handwriting and signed. Additional statements were recorded about three or four times later. He also filled his declaration of assets forms in the presence of his lawyer."
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