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Alleged battery: Benue gov reconciles Channels TV reporter, wife

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Benue State Channel’s reporter, Pius Angbo, and his wife, Dr Ifeyinwa, are back together after the state governor, Samuel Ortom, has reportedly intervened in the differences between the couple.

On Sunday, Ifeanyinwa had recorded a video of her battered face and said that her husband physically abused her because she advised him not to spend recklessly on other women.

She had said in between sobs, “Hello people, my name is Ifeyinwa. I am a doctor. I have been married to Pius Angbo of Channels TV for six years and for six years, I have not known peace in this marriage. It’s been from one woman to another. I just had a baby. It was a Caesarean section just about four weeks ago. Just because I told him to spend wisely and not on women so recklessly considering we have four children, that is why I got this beating.”

But Governor Ortom reportedly met with the couple on Monday and advised them on the need to settle their differences amicably and shun the temptation of engaging in violence.

He noted that as a young couple with great potential, the husband being a versatile journalist and the wife a medical doctor, there was the need for them to foster a strong union to serve as models to others.

Pius Angbo said he had apologised to his wife over the assault on her, stressing that he also sought the forgiveness of the entire women folk and would make amends going forward.

On her part, Dr Angbo said she had accepted her husband’s apology and forgiven him, adding their children are still young and they needed prayers to grow stronger in love and nurture their kids to maturity.

She thanked the governor for taking time out to make peace between them, saying his intervention was fatherly and a demonstration of love for them.

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Alleged $6bn fraud: Court denies ex-power minister’s request for medical trip

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Former Power and Steel Minister Olu Agunloye

Alleged $6bn fraud: Court denies ex-power minister’s request for medical trip

A Federal Capital Territory (FCT) High Court on Wednesday refused to grant an application filed by Dr Olu Agunloye, a former minister of power and steel, seeking to travel abroad for medical treatment.

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) is prosecuting him over certain infractions regarding the $ 6 billion Mambilla Hydroelectric Power Station in Taraba.

Agunloye, who served as a minister in the administration of former President Olusegun Obasanjo, is being prosecuted by EFCC, on behalf of the Federal Government, before Justice Jude Onwuegbuzie.

He was charged in the suit, marked FCT/HC/CR/617/22, with a seven-count charge bordering on forgery, disobedience of presidential order and corruption.

He was alleged to have , among others, on May 22, 2003 awarded a contract titled “Construction of 3,960 megawatt Mambilla Hydroelectric Power Station on build, operate and transfer basis to Sunrise Power and Transmission Company Limited without any budgetary provision, approval and cash backing.

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The prosecution also alleged that it traced some suspicious payments made by Sunrise Power and Transmission Company Limited to the former minister’s accounts.

The defendant, however, pleaded not guilty to the charge.

Delivering a ruling, Justice Jude Onwuegbuzie, held that the defendant failed to adduce sufficient evidence to show that his ailment could not be treated by a hospital in Nigeria.

He therefore dismissed his application to travel abroad for medical treatment.

The judge subsequently, adjourned until Sept 23 for continuation of trial.

On January 11, Agunloye was arraigned on a seven-count charge bordering on fraudulent award of contract and official corruption.

The court admitted him to bail in the sum of N50 million.

The court also seized his passport as one of the bail conditions.

Agunloye, through his counsel, Adeola Adedipe, SAN, had applied for the release of his passport to enable him travel.

At the last adjourned date, Adedipe said his client needed urgent medical attention abroad.

Some of the documents tendered by the defence lawyer included medical reports from University College Hospital, Ibadan and the NISA Premier Hospital, Abuja.

The defendant also included a letter from the Federal Road Safety Commission (FRSC) and an invitation from a foreign medical analyst requesting him to travel abroad for an urgent medical evaluation.

However, the application was opposed by the EFCC which claimed the former minister was a flight risk, having amply demonstrated unwillingness to present himself for trial until he was declared wanted.

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Bayelsa varsity final year student k!lled over N150 ‘sand dump levy’

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Bayelsa varsity final year student k!lled over N150 ‘sand dump levy’

A final year student of the Niger Delta University (NDU) Wilberforce Island, Francis Palowei, was st*bbed to d3ath by some youths over 500 levy in Amassoma community, Southern Ijaw Local Government Area of Bayelsa State.

The student of the Social Science Education Department was k!lled at a popular sand dump on Monday, July 15, 2024, when he refused to give the youths N150.

A resident of the community, who spoke to Daily Trust on the condition of anonymity, said the sand dump is a popular spot where students often go to relax and socialize.

He said some youths of the area, seeing the concentration of students around the sand dump, took it upon themselves to levy any students that came to that spot to relax, especially those who wanted to climb to the top.

He said on Monday evening, the student went to the spot with some of his friends and was heading to the top of the dump when some youths demanded N500 instead of the “regular N150 levy.”

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An argument was said to have ensued after which the youths invited others, including a notorious cultist, to attack Palowei. Unfortunately, Palowei died during the attack

He described the student as a promising young man with a bright future, adding that his murder had left his family, friends, and the entire university community in mourning.

The deceased, who was a native of Obrigbene town in Ekeremor Local Government Area of Bayelsa State, was expected to graduate on Wednesday, July 24, 2024, when the university will hold its next convocation.

It was also gathered that the deceased’s father is a high-ranking police officer.

The Public Relations Officer at Niger Delta University, Mr Ndoni Igezi, who confirmed the incident on Wednesday, July 17, described it as unfortunate, stating that police were already on the matter to curtail any escalation.

“The sand dump is located at the end of the community. Though the owner of the dump is not charging any fees for it, some youths in the community normally collect N150 to allow people to climb to the top to have fun.

The spokesperson of the State Police Command, ASP Musa Muhammed, who confirmed the incident said the Commissioner of Police had already deployed additional security personnel to the area to restore calm and orderliness.

He also stated that police were on the trail of the suspected killers.

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Ignore Igboho’s eviction order, police tell herders

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Ignore Igboho’s eviction order, police tell herders

The Oyo State Police Command has warned civilians to ignore a viral video posted on social media by suspected separatist groups issuing eviction orders to herders in the state’s Igboho area.

SP Adewale Osifeso, the state’s Police Public Relations Officer, issued the statement in Ibadan on Wednesday.

Osifeso claimed that the video, which leaked online in the early hours of Tuesday, was expressly created by mischief-makers to undermine the state’s relative quiet by encouraging violence and civil unrest.

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“The Oyo State Police Command wishes to dispel unfounded rumours and speculations across certain segments, making the round on social media, over the purported eviction of herders at Igboho, Oorelope, and local government areas by suspected separatist group members as misleading and complete falsehood.

“No notice of eviction was pronounced by any individual or group on anyone at any period in time,” Osifeso said.

He stated that the state commissioner of police, Ayodele Sonubi, has directed the supervising area commander in charge to personally lead confidence-building patrols and improve the visibility of personnel throughout the jurisdiction.

Osifeso further stated that more command operational, intelligence, and tactical assets had been deployed to avert any unforeseen incidents.

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