Man, 24, docked over alleged theft of 100 live turkeys worth N1.5m

A 24-year-old  man, Joseph Onafusi, was on Wednesday brought  before an Iyaganku Chief Magistrates’ Court in Ibadan for allegedly stealing 100 live turkeys and 40 male cockerels.

Onafusi, of an unknown address, faced a three-count charge of conspiracy, false entering and stealing.

The Prosecutor, Insp. Sunday Fatola, told the court that accused on Dec. 9, at about 2: 34 p.m., allegedly entered a house belonging to one Olufemi Fabunmi, to commit the offences.

“Onafusi, and others now at large, between February and November at about 11:30p.m., stole 100 live turkeys valued at N1.5m, property of one Mr Abiodun Ezekiel of Atere Layout, Agara, Odo Eja, Ibadan.

“The accused and his accomplice also on Dec. 3, at about 6:45 p.m., stole 40 male cockerels valued at N260,000 property of Omosola Poultry Farm of Ologede, New Garage, Ibadan,’’  said Fatola.

The offences contravened Sections 390 (9) and 412 of the Criminal Code, Cap 38, Vol. II Laws of Oyo State, 2000.

The accused, however, pleaded guilty to the charge of false entering and pleaded not guilty to counts two and three, bordering on stealing.

The Chief Magistrate, Mr Abdulateef Adebisi, granted the accused bail in the sum of N500, 000 with two sureties in like sum.

Adebisi ordered that the sureties must be a blood relation of the accused.

He adjourned the case till Jan. 6, for hearing.

Kaduna Refinery Offers Skills Training To 100 Unemployed Youths

The Kaduna Refinery and Petrochemical Company (KRPC) on Friday began the training of 100 unemployed youths in various skills’ under its Youth Empowerment and Skills’ Acquisition Programme.

The training, the eighth under the programme, was targeted at some of the unemployed youths from the company’s host communities.

Alhaji Abdullahi Idris, KRPC Executive Director, Services, said the more than 900 youths had benefited since the programme was introduced in 2008. According to him, the programme is part of the company’s corporate social responsibility and is designed to support government’s efforts in poverty eradication, containing youth restiveness and tackling unemployment.

Idris said the training covered more than 16 trades that include : Plaster of Paris (POP), welding and fabrication, plumbing, pipe-fitting, electrical installation, rewiring, carpentry, woodwork, and fashion design.

It also includes : poultry farming, auto-mechanic, auto- spray painting, handset repair, photography and visual imaging and panel beating, he said. “I want to reassure you that the general review of the programme will soon commence and all areas including consultancy fees will be given serious attention in the next edition of the programme,” he said.

Mr Aminu Daneji, Manager, Public Affairs Division of the company, said the 100 youths would be empowered with skills so that they could become engaged in useful ventures. Also, Mr A. B, Makama, who spoke on behalf of the host communities, commended the company for the initiative, stressing that the youths were the backbone of any country.

Makama said the involvement of youths in skills acquisition would make them become responsible citizens, who would contribute positively to national building. One of the participants, Tobias Aboki, pledged that the trainees would be punctual, disciplined, serve as good ambassadors of their communities during the training.


Iraqi Forces Discover Mass Grave With 100 Beheaded Bodies In Mosul

A mass grave containing the remains of about 100 beheaded civilians has been discovered inside a school in a town south of Mosul, Iraq’s military said in a statement Monday.

The mass grave was found by Iraqi forces in the School of Agriculture on the outskirts of Hammam al-Alil, a town that was recaptured from ISIS on Monday, Iraq’s Joint Military Command said.
“Gangs of ISIS militants continue to commit crimes against our people,” the statement said.
Special teams are being sent to the site to investigate the killings, the statement said. Beheadings and mass graves have become a hallmark of the Sunni terror group.
Iraq’s federal police forces and army troops attacked the ISIS-held town of Hammam al-Alil — about 30 kilometers (18.6 miles) south of Mosul, and the last significant settlement on the Tigris River before Mosul — on Saturday.
A day earlier, the UN Refugee Agency said it had received reports that ISIS was instructing residents of the town to hand over boys aged 9 and older, apparently to fight on behalf of the terror group.
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Sexual Abuse: Police Deploy 100 Female Personnel To IDP Camps

Borno Police Command said, yesterday, it has deployed 100 female police personnel to Internally Displaced Persons (IDP) camps in the state following allegation of abuse of women by officials.
Human Rights Watch (HRW), a non-governmental organisation, had alleged abuse of girls and women by camp officials in its latest report.
Some of the abused girls later became prengnat, according to the report.
Commissioner of Police in the state, Damian Chukwu, told the News Agency of Nigeria, in Maiduguri, that his command is taking steps to ensure the protection of IDPs.
Chukwu also said he has also constituted a high-powered committee to oversee running of the camps. “I have constituted a committee, led by the Assistant Commissioner of Police in charge of the Criminal Investigation Department (CID), with Divisional Police Officers (DPO) and other senior officers, to take over the daily running of the camps.
“It is interesting to say that most members of the committee are female.
“I have also mobilised over 100 women police from different divisions, including mobile police women, to handle day-to-day interaction in the camps.
“Male officers will be limited to handling of the territorial coverage and patrol within the camps,” said Chukwu.
He also added that the objective was to further secure the camps and give confidence to thousands of women in the IDP camps.
“The deployment of women police is also to dig out true happenings in the camps regarding the allegation.
“We feel that the victims might not want to talk freely to men but, they will be encouraged to open up to women policemen if the allegation is true.”
He insisted that prior to the alarm raised by the HRW, the police did not receive any complaint on the alleged abuse.
“We did not receive any complaint on any case of rights abuse in the camps.
“So ,the whole thing appeared strange to me; in each of the camps, we have many police outposts.
“In Bakassi camp (in Cross River State) for instance, we have five police units because every local government area in the IDP camp has its DPO and other policemen, with all the complement of law enforcement,” Chukwu noted.
He, however, said police investigation will unravel the truth of the matter once and for all.


FG To Set Up 100 Primary Healthcare Centres In 3 Months

The Federal Government of Nigeria has concluded plans to set up one hundred Primary Health Care Centres across the country within the next three months, a government official said on Tuesday.

Addressing reporters during an assessment tour of healthcare facilities in war torn northeast Nigeria, the Minister of Health, Professor Isaac Adewale, gave the figures.

Professor Adewale said that the plan was to provide each ward in the country with self-sufficient healthcare centres in line with global best practices.

In Borno State, the state worst hit by the insurgents, the State Governor, Kashim Shettima, was excited about the Federal Government’s interest in parts of the country ravaged by insurgency.

Shettima told the Minister that health facilities in Maiduguri the state capital were now overstretched because of the burden of insurgency victims and Persons dislodged from at least 20 local governments of the state.

Over two million persons have been displaced from the region in the over six years’ insurgency by members of the Boko Haram sect.

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100 Local Hunters Volunteer To Support Military Combat Boko Haram

About 100 local hunters from Kaduna State have expressed readiness to join in the war against Boko Haram in Maiduguri, Borno State.

The hunters said they are ever ready to bring the activities of Boko Haram to an end by December ending.

Addressing newsmen in Kaduna, the head of the local hunters, Alh Shehu Musa Al-Jan disclosed that about 100 local hunters have declared their interest to go to Maiduguri and fight the dreaded Boko Haram.

According to him, the hunters were aware of the December deadline given to the military authorities by President Muhammad Buhari, saying that, ‘‘we are ready to go and fight the insurgents to a standstill.’’

Al-Jan remarked that the fight against the Boko Haram was a call to duty, adding that, ‘‘the military alone cannot end the psychological war. We want to go there and assist them, we are not joking.’’

‘We have contacted our members across the Northern region and we know who and who are ready. We just want an invitation from the government, and we will land in Maiduguri without delay.’

‘We are ashamed of ourselves and inspite of the fact that we have brave and courageous men in the region, we cannot fold our hands and continue to see the senseless killing of our brothers, sisters, sons, daughters and wives by this blood thirsty and heartless men[Boko Haram].”

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Buhari, Dangote, Adesina Make Africa’s 100 Most Influential Africans

President Muhammadu Buhari, business mogul, Aliko Dangote, blogger Linda Ikeji and 17 other Nigerians have been named amongst the 100 most influential Africans of 2015.

The list complied by New African Magazine was dominated by Nigeria and South Africa, with 20 and 16 personalities respectively.

Kenya, Uganda and Cameroon also feature strongly with eight, six and six entries each respectively. Of the top 100 personalities, 65 are men and 32 are women, with the other three being groups of people. South Africa’s students, for example, were recognised this year for their role in South Africa’s #FeesMustFall and #Rhodesmustfall campaigns.

The list presents the continent’s definitive power list and profiles the continent’s top game changers in eight different fields: 22 from politics ; four from public office; 21 from arts and culture; 21 from business; 11 from civil society; nine from technology; seven from media, and five from sports.

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Oprah Winfrey To Donate $100,000 In Support Of Girl Education In Nigeria

Oprah Winfrey has said she will donate $100,000 in her Selma and The Butler co-star David Oyelowo’s honour to the GEANCO Foundation, which spe­cializes in providing vital healthcare and education needs to girls in Nigeria.

Oyelowo and Oscar-nominated Chiwetel Ejiofor (12 Years a Slave) are both involved with the founda­tion and coincidentally both British actors of Nige­rian descent who have been friends since they were teen­agers.

Oyelowo told THR his concern in helping improve the sexism, health and edu­cation standards in Nigeria has partly been fueled from watching the lives touched by Oprah, an influential woman whom he now calls a mother figure.

The money from the Oprah Winfrey Foundation will transform two schools in Nigeria, sponsored by Ejiofor and Oyelowo, pro­viding children with the proper learning supplies (computers, books, note­books) and medicine.

A portion of the funds will also be distributed to organizations directly work­ing with the recovery of the rescued girls (who often come back traumatized and pregnant) from Boko Ha­ram.

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Chadian Army Kills Over 100 Militants In Anti-Boko Haram Operation

At least 100 jihadist fighters have been killed in an operation against Boko Haram Islamists holed up on the islands of Lake Chad, the Chadian army said in a statement Friday.

“117 terrorists have been killed, two Chadian soldiers died and two others were wounded” in the operation against the Nigeria-based movement, which began two weeks ago, army spokesman Colonel Azem Bermendoa Agouna said.

“For two weeks, Boko Haram terrorists have been trying to infiltrate our islands on Lake Chad to varry out attacks on peaceful citizens,” Azem said, adding that military operations were ongoing.

Lake Chad is a strategic region where the borders of Chad and northeast Nigeria converge with those of Cameroon and Niger, further north.

Boko Haram has carried out raids and suicide bombings in all four countries, which have formed a military alliance along with Benin to tackle the movement.

“Our armed forces and security forces have launched a vast offensive to dig out and neutralise these terrorists on these islands,” Azem said.

“Several boats have been destroyed and several weapons of different calibres have been recovered,” added the colonel, who specified that the operation had notably targeted the island villages of Koungya, Merikouta, Choua and Blarigui.

“The sweep continues and the definitive toll will be released later,” the spokesman said.