8 In Court Over 1,000 Stolen Chickens

Eight persons on Tuesday appeared before an Osogbo Magistrates’ Court in Osun over the theft of 1,000 chickens from a poultry farm.

The accused include Odebiyi Yinka, 20, Ayoola Samson, 20, Cecilia Ochilla, 35, and Elizabeth Akira, 30.

Others are: Oyelami Tajudeen, 30, Regina Philip, 40, Grace Odelia, 35, and Akira Hanna, 24.

The accused and others at large are facing charges bordering on stealing.

The Prosecutor, Insp. Taiwo Adegoke told the court that the accused committed the offence between the months of May, June and July at Erin-Osun, Osogbo.

Adegoke said the accused conspired with others now at large to steal 1, 000 chickens owned by one Mrs Titilayo Akulo.

He said that Odebiyi and Ayoola, who are co-workers at Aluko Poultry Farm, conspired to steal 1, 000 chickens valued at about N1.5 million.

The prosecutor said the accused sold the chickens to the six other persons at the total sum of N1.2 million.

He said the offences contravened Sections 516, 390(9), 383(9) and 427 of the Criminal Code cap 34 Vol.11, Laws of Osun, 2003.

The accused, however, pleaded not guilty.

Counsel to the accused, Mrs Bose Dada, prayed the court to grant her clients bail in the most liberal terms.

The Magistrate, Mr Olusola Aluko, granted the accused bail in the sum of N 100,000, with two sureties each in like sum.

Aluko said the sureties must reside within the court’s jurisdiction.

He adjourned the case to Nov. 25, for hearing.

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100 Insurgents Killed, 1,000 Kidnapped Victims Rescued

No fewer than100 Boko Haram insurgents were killed by soldiers who liberated three Borno villages and rescued over 1,000 women and children abducted by the insurgents.

The Caretaker Chairman of Dikwa local government, Alhaji Mohammed Ali Gana  revealed this while briefing the state Deputy governor, Alhaji Usman Mamman Durkwa who visited the area yesterday.

Gana, who said he was briefed by soldiers operating in the area, said the soldiers attacked Boboshe, Garidawaji and Mamawari villages in Dikwa local government at the weekend and destroyed Boko Haram camps, killed about a hundred terrorists before rescuing women and children in their captivity.
He said that the soldiers stormed Boboshe when a large number of Boko Haram insurgents gathered at a weekly market in the village where they were buying and selling, saying, “The soldiers had to pass through Cameroun and entered through Kala Balge before getting to the village.
“The soldiers also attacked and destroyed the insurgents’ camps at Garidawaji and Mamawari villages but Boboshe has been their stronghold in this area. The rescued victims are here in the IDP camp at Dikwa. We are expecting more rescued victims from other parts of the local government soon,” he said.
The Deputy governor,  who said there were 52,636 people in the camp at Dikwa, said Governor Kashim Shettima directed him to visit the camp with a view to decongesting it and directed the immediate return of IDPs from Bama and Marte back to their local government areas.
The state Executive Chairman of SEMA, Engineer Satomi Alhaji Ahmed said the camp in Dikwa was housing IDPs from Dikwa, Ngala, Marte, Kala Balge, Bama and Mafa, saying three trailer loads of food and essential commodities have been brought to the camp to enhance better feeding and condition of the displaced persons.
Meanwhile six more corpses were yesterday recovered from the outskirts of Dalori, one of the three villages attacked by Boko Haram insurgents on Saturday evening where 85 people were left dead and many others injured after destroying and burning down over 300 houses.

FG, Lagos Trains 1000 Unemployed Youths On ICT

The Federal Ministry of Communication Technology, in collaboration with the Lagos State Ministry of Science and Technology, and the Rockefeller Foundation has trained about 1000 unemployed youths in Lagos State on IT Digital Entrepreneurship Skills.

A statement signed by Mr. Olufemi Odubiyi, Lagos State Commissioner for Science and Technology, in Lagos on Tuesday urged the youths to utilise the privilege to become self-employed by improving their skills and become fully committed to micro-working.

According to the statement, the workshop should not be seen as mere propaganda, but a commitment from government to curb unemployment, urging the participants to get the best out of the workshop, by joining in the new phase of work and moving online.

It noted that the commissioner appealed to the participants, who were drawn from all over the state, to ensure that they internalized the new opportunity offered them to become employers of labour.

“The training session which was held in five batches of 200 participants each, was meant for Ordinary National Diploma (OND) graduates with basic computer knowledge on how to expand their knowledge about online work, which will serve as a source of income for the job seekers,’’ it said.

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1,000 PDP Members Dump Party

No fewer than 1,000 members of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), on Thursday defected to the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) in Anambra.

The members took the action at the swearing-in of the newly elected members of APGA state executive committee in Awka.

One of the defectors Mr Uchenna Umerie, a former lawmaker in the state, said he decided to dump the PDP for APGA because the administration of Gov. Willie Obiano was doing well.

He said that he could no longer cope with the protracted crisis in state chapter of the PDP.

Mr Tokas Ohazuluike a PDP lawmaker in the state representing Ihiala constituency, said he and his supporters had no option than join hands with the APGA led administration to build the state.

Dr Victor Oye, APGA National chairman welcomed the defectors and promised a level playing ground for everybody.

He said that the formal swearing-in of the new leadership of the party was to give them legal backing to perform their function as contained in the party’s constitution.

In his remark Gov. Willie Obiano described the event as ‘Pentecost’ and urged the new leadership to perform their duties with `boldness and conviction.’

He urged them to spread the message of unity and love to all members of the party and assured them of his support.

The governor said the `good work’ of his government would make the next election a walkover for APGA in Anambra.


Find Out The 1000 PDP Members Who Defected To APC

Over 1000 members of the Peoples Democratic Party in Igueben Local Government Area of Edo State, including a former Local Government Transition Committee Chairman, Tom Adodo, on Thursday defected to the ruling All Progressives Congress.

They also declared support for the APC administration of Adams Oshiomhole. Igueben is hometown of PDP chieftain, Tom Ikimi, a former foreign affairs minister, who until last year was a senior member of the APC.

Addressing Mr. Oshiomhole and other members of the APC at the Government House, Mr. Adodo said, “Today, many of us that are here are from Ward 1 to 10 in Igueben Local Government. We are here to pledge and affirm our support to the Comrade-Governor because it is only a foolish man that will not see the developmental strides of the governor in Edo State in the past six years.

“For so many years, PDP administration brought decay to our infrastructures, we have seen decay even in our moral lives and for the six years and three months of the Comrade Governor, we have seen transformation in Edo State and so we are here to pledge our loyalty to the government that have done so much for the people of Edo State.”

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