British police declare Nigerian woman and her daughter missing

A Nigerian woman, Folashade Fashionable has been declared missing alongside her seven-year-old daughter Precious Sebastian.


According to Trumpet Media Group, Police in Greenwich, South London are appealing for the public’s help to find them.


Folashade Fashina, 34, has been missing from her home in Woolwich since Friday, January 20. Also missing is her seven-year-old-daughter, Precious Sebastian.


Folashade is 5ft 4ins tall, medium build with dark curly hair. Her daughter Precious is of slim build with dark hair.


Folashade is believed to be frequenting the Streatham and Croydon areas.


Officers are increasingly concerned for their wellbeing and would urge anyone with information on their whereabouts to call police on 101 or Missing People on 116000.

Lost And Found: RRS Police Finds Stray Child In Ogudu.

Due to the vigilance of operatives of the Rapid Response Squad (RRS) attached to the Lagos State Police Command, a missing boy was found earlier today, Wednesday, December 21, 2016.


According to the RRS, the missing boy was found in Ogudu around 9:35 am. In an effort to reunite the boy with his family, RRS sent the photos of the boy to reporters to share with the general public.


Furthermore, the RRS disclosed that the boy has since been taken to the Ogudu Police Division.


See another photo of the boy below.



Confusion As N2 Billion Is Declared Missing From Rivers State Government House

The Rivers State Chapter of the All Progressive Congress, APC, has accused the Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike, of squandering a whopping sum of N2 billion ?of State funds, in supporting the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, in last Saturday’s Governorship poll, in Ondo State.
The APC, in a statement on Sunday, November 27, and made available to Post-Nigeria, asked Wike to immediately retrieve and return the N2 billion he donated to the Ondo State branch of the PDP.
APC, made the demand on Sunday, through ?the Rivers State Publicity Secretary, Senibo Chris Finebone, in Port Harcourt, ?shortly after the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, announced Chief Rotimi Akeredolu, as winner of the election.“It is unfortunate that Gov. Nyesom Wike is still playing Father Christmas with the commonwealth of Rivers people, for his personal egoistic political voyage, despite that the Governor has cancelled hundreds of overseas scholarships, and the students repatriated home, among other important programmes.
“Agriculture is in its worst state, since Rivers State was created.“Songhai Farm is gone; the Banana Farm at Tai is gone; RSSDA is now a ghost of its former self, with the staff owed 17 months salaries.“The various fish farms at Buguma, Andoni, and other places that provided jobs for thousands of Rivers people, are now history.
“It saddens the heart that our Governor prefers to neglect important matters calling for attention at home, but rather lavish our commonwealth on his personal political pursuits.“Can you imagine that Governor Nyesom Wike, willingly donated a whopping N2 billion to the Ondo State chapter of the PDP?
“It is horrible, mind-boggling, and indefensible. ”Just like in the case of Edo, the PDP has lost, and the Governor should not wait to be reminded to return the N2bn back to the treasury of Rivers State immediately,” the APC demanded.
The party Spokesman speaking further, ?decried the rate at which the Governor, since his assumption of office, has been wasting the resources of the people on matters concerning the PDP, rather than concentrate on frugally applying the State’s resources to the needs of the people of Rivers State.
??”Whereas the PDP has States like Akwa Ibom, and Delta, that collect high monthly federal allocations, it is only Governor Wike that plays the party’s godfather.
“So far, he has wasted billions of Naira, hosting two failed National Conventions of the PDP, in Port Harcourt.“He has profligately donated billions of Naira, belonging to Rivers people to faraway Bayelsa, Edo, and Ondo PDP chapters, for purposes of elections, while medical workers, pensioners, and teachers, are owed back home.
?”Is it that Rivers State has been conquered by a small band of buccaneers, led by Governor Wike, and genuine elders are keeping quiet?” the Party queried.
?Finebone concluding, ?warned that if the Governor did not return the N2 billion he gave out to Ondo PDP, he will be forced to do so at the appropriate time.

EXCLUSIVE: Nigerian Army officially declares 46 soldiers missing.

The Nigerian Army has officially declared one officer and 45 soldiers missing in a major Boko Haram attacks five weeks ago, PREMIUM TIMES can report.

Consequently, the Army authorities have formally informed the families of the 46 personnel of the fate of their loved ones and requested that their next of kin forward bank details for onward remittance of accrued payments, military sources told PREMIUM TIMES.

The sources said the declaration and notification were contained in a November 20 notice sent by M. Jimoh, the new commander of the Nigerian Army 145 Task Force Battalion in Damasak, Borno State.

Mr. Jimoh, a lieutenant colonel, sent the signal to the 145 Battalion rear base in Ohafia, Abia State, and copied the Army 7 Division Headquarters in Maiduguri and 82 Division Garrison in Enugu.

Also copied were 5 Battalion in Kano; 20 Battalion in Serti, Taraba State; 103 Battalion in Enugu and 119 Battalion in Malam Fatori, Borno State.

Also in receipt of the signal were 143 Infantry Battalion for special forces in Borno State; 144 Battalion in Asa, Abia State; and 146 Battalion in Calabar.

Each of the battalions copied in the signal had soldiers that were part of the 83 missing, PREMIUM TIMES understands.

Mr. Jimoh recently replaced K. Yusuf, a lieutenant colonel who PREMIUM TIMES exclusively identified as the commander of the 145 Task Force Battalion who was among the missing soldiers.

The admission by the army that 46 personnel are missing came exactly five weeks after the soldiers were dislodged from their base in Gashigar, Borno State, by Boko Haram operatives.

The aftermath of the attack was exclusively reported by PREMIUM TIMES, which included how several soldiers drowned in River Yobe and how at least 83 troops went missing with Mr. Yusuf.

The troops were on deployment in Gashigar, which sits on the northernmost edge of Borno State, as part of the ‘Operation Gama Aiki’ aimed at displacing insurgents hibernating around the Nigerian border with Niger and Chad.

The operation was launched in June 2016.

They were manning the Forward Operation Base there when Boko Haram operatives pushed towards them with superior firepower in the evening of October 16, senior military sources familiar with the encounter told PREMIUM TIMES at the time.

After initial resistance, the troops soon abandoned their base and scampered for safety. At dawn on October 17, the leadership of the Nigerian Army was informed that Boko Haram attacked the troops when they jumped into River Yobe, where the sect opened fire and left unknown number of them fatally wounded.

Twenty-two of the fleeing soldiers were rescued by the Nigerien troops and transported to a hospital in Diffa, southern Niger, for treatment, the Army also learnt at the time.

Yet, for several days, the spokesman for the Army, Sani Usman, maintained that the report was false.

But on the same day that he spoke, the Theatre Commander of Operation Lafiya Dole in the northeast, Lucky Irabor, a major-general, claimed only 39 soldiers went missing.

The Army also opened a secret inquiry into the attack after some brigade commanders raised questions about the conduct of the soldiers.

For instance, the commanders said it was difficult to explain how utility trucks were used to dispossess soldiers of their armoured vehicles especially when the soldiers said they were alerted in their various positions.

Senior military officials also found it curious that some of the soldiers were rescued by their Nigerien counterparts with their bullets still largely unspent.

“If they actually came under attack while they were fully at alert, then they should have exhausted their ammunition before taking to their heels,” the source said. “At least that much should be clear.”

‘Some soldiers missing, 13 injured’ after attack by Boko Haram.

The Nigeria army on Tuesday said some suspected Boko Haram members attacked its troops at a location in Gashigar, northern Borno, dislodging them in the process.

Sani Usman, army spokesman, who disclosed this in a statement on Tuesday, said 13 soldiers were wounded in the encounter.

“Yesterday at about 5.30pm, suspected escaping remnants of Boko Haram terrorists attacked troops location at Gashigar, border area with Niger Republic, northern Borno state,”  he said.

“The troops did their best to defend the location in vain. In the process, 13 soldiers sustained injuries while some are still missing in action.

“The temporary setback made the troops to withdraw from the location. However, the wounded soldiers have been evacuated and they are receiving treatment, while efforts are ongoing in search of those missing and clearing the Boko Haram terrorists in the general area.”

How 21 Missing Chibok Girls Were Freed- Officials

The Nigerian government has given an insight into the negotiations that led to the release of 21 Chibok school girls.

A confirmation the girls had been freed came Thursday morning.

“The release of the girls, in a limited number is the outcome of negotiations between the administration and the Boko Haram brokered by the International Red Cross and the Swiss government,” a statement issued by presidential spokesperson, Garba Shehu, said.

He said the talks will continue.

Separately, officials briefed about the deal that the girls were swapped for four Boko Haram insurgents. Names of the militants were not released.

Boko Haram demanded the release of its members held by the government, as condition for freeing the girls.

The officials said that the exchange took place Wednesday night when Nigerian military officials, alongside personnel of United Nations, Red Cross and National Emergency Management Agency, conveyed four Boko Haram militants by a chopper to Banki, a border town in Bama local government area of Borno State.

There, 21 released girls were picked up. The girls were brought into Maiduguri Air Force base at about 8.30a.m.
A source said most of the girls had babies.

They were immediately flown to Abuja at 9a.m.

Many residents of Maiduguri were woken by the sounds of aircraft hovering in the air Thursday morning.

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#EdoDecides: Sensitive Voting Materials Missing In Okpella Ward 6

Reports have it that sensitive voting materials are missing in ward 6 of Okpella community in Etsako East local government of Edo State.

The INEC officer in charge of the ward is said to be in dilemma as the electorates has insisted on explanation for the disappearance of the voting material.

Details of the confusion is still under investigation.


Anambra Community Declares 4 Chiefs Missing

The Abagana Welfare Association, AWA, in Anambra State has declared four prominent traditional leaders of the community missing.

The Onowu (traditional Prime Minister) of Abagana, High Chief Alfred Onugha who spoke in a telephone interview, yesterday, said that those allegedly missing after the police invasion of Abagana community following the land dispute between the people and Ukpo community include High Chiefs Amobi Ezekwe, Eugene Anene, Stephen Ezediegwu and Charles Nwazojie.

This was even as police sources said in Awka that the traditional chiefs who were arrested on August 19 in their residences over alleged conduct likely to cause a breach of peace were helping detectives in their investigations over the issue. However, AWA asked the Inspector General of Police, IGP, Ibrahim Idris, to compel the state Police Commissioner, Samuel Okaula, to immediately release all persons arrested in the wake of the latest round of clashes between the two communities or, in the alternative, charge them to court.

They said that some of those arrested in the land dispute were paraded as terrorists while the whereabouts of others including the high chiefs were unknown. In a petition to the IGP, AWA also, accused the state police command of allegedly taking sides in the said land dispute, pointing out that the activities of the command had increased threats to the peace, law and order in the area.

The petition was signed by Counsel to the community’s umbrella union of all the cultural associations, Emma Ifeadike. AWA noted that the Police Commissioner and his subordinates, especially the Area Commander (Awka) ACP Longe, and the Divisional Police Officers, DPOs, in charge of Dunukofia and Njikoka Local Government Areas, laid siege on the Abagana community as they had become pawns on the chessboard of a billionaire and business mogul native of Ukpo community (name withheld).

The community stressed that the land feud between the two communities was before the Court of Appeal in Enugu (in case numbers CA/E/86/2002 and motion CA/110M/2015), adding that despite the pendency of the case, hundreds of thugs were mobilized into the disputed land last June to bulldoze several properties, farmlands and economic trees belonging to members of Abagana community.

According to them, the Ukpo Community had since built a police post on the disputed land, “with illegal police protection…, apparently to frustrate the upcoming appeal court case.”

According to them, “Since August 20, 2016 when the youth of both communities engaged in renewed confrontation, scores of leaders of Abagana community have been arrested in midnight swoops by policemen, with most of them still languishing in detention.

“The mass arrest is believed to be targeted at people close to Chief Emmanuel Nwude, (Owelle Abagana) who is suspected to be financing the court case against Ukpo.

“Curiously, barely 24 after the arrest, Commissioner of Police, COMPOL Samuel Okaula addressed a world press conference where he paraded 10 workers of EM Guest Inn, Abagana, owned by High Chief Emma Nwude, and branded them as terrorists.”

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EFCC Investigates ‘Missing’ N3b Military Operation Cash

The MDAs were said to have funded the Nigerian Army procurement through the Office of the National Security Adviser (ONSA).

A document obtained by The Nation said ONSA collected various sums from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA), among others for military operations, but the Defence Headquarters and the Services denied receipt of the money.

The document said: “The Office of the National Security Adviser (ONSA) on 13 May 2013 requested funds for the conduct of Operation BOYONA aimed at dislodging terrorists camps along the common borders with Cameroun, Chad and Niger.

“Consequently, the government released N1,340,000,000. 00 from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs which were disbursed to DHQ and the Services accordingly.

“In August 2013, ONSA requested and got approval for additional N2,000,000,000.00 for logistics requirements and sustenance of troops, which was credited to ONSA’s account.

“However, DHQ and the Services confirmed non receipt of any additional funds for Operation BOYONA.

“The Committee is of the view that the then NSA, Lt Col MS Dasuki (rtd) should be made to account for the N2,000,000,000.00.

“The  Committee  also  noted  that  between  3  September  2014  and  30 April  2015,

NIMASA funded accounts of the Joint Task Force Operation Pulo Shield with various sums totalling N8,542,586,798.58 purportedly to enhance operations of the JTF in the Niger Delta. Neither the need assessment that warranted the release of funds nor the details of the expenditure was made available to the Committee.

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Buhari Approves Fresh Probe Of Missing Chibok Schoolgirls

President Muhammadu Buhari has finally  approved the list of committee members to carry out  fresh investigation into the abduction of  over 200 girls  from Government Girls School, Chibok, Borno State on the 14th of April 2014, by  the terrorist sect, Boko Haram.
The President had in January this year during a meeting with the BringBackOurGirls campaign group directed the National Security Adviser, Maj. Gen. Babagana Monguno (retd), to set up a committee that will carry out a fresh investigation into the abduction of the girls from their dormitories.
A top government source said the committee is set to commence it’s work as the President has recently approved the list of members submitted to him.
According to the source, the President had instructed that the members should be contacted for consent before their names will be made public.
The source who pleaded anonymity said that the President  wants to get to the root of the matter and know what exactly  happened , adding that  findings from the investigation  will  facilitate the release of the girls.
According to the source, the committee’s  terms of reference  include amongst other things, to carry out fresh investigations on the abduction and the circumstances  surrounding it.
Recall that while some of the girls managed to escape from their captors, the whereabouts of most of them is still in doubt, though the President had in different fora said his priority was to see to the safe return of the girls. He had also said government had no credible intelligence on their specific location.
While President Buhari had on several occasions declared that his government had no concrete evidence on the whereabout of the girls, the Nigerian military had in April this year given the parents of the girls some hope, saying most of the girls were still alive and held in Sambisa Forest,  close to the Chad-Niger border.
Immediate past President, Goodluck Jonathan had in the wake of the abduction set up a 26-member fact-finding committee led by Ibrahim Sabo to investigate the abduction as well as ascertain the exact number of students missing.
The former government it appeared had also been in doubt as to whether the abduction actually took place. Submitting his report, Sabo had confirmed the abduction stating that “as most Nigerians already know, there were some persons who doubted whether any student was abducted from Government Secondary School, Chibok. On the other hand, for those who believed that there was an abduction, there were lingering doubts as to how such a number of kidnap victims were conveyed, considering also that information was sparse as to how the raiding insurgents evacuated the victims.”
Sabo’s committee had confirmed the abduction of 276 girls adding that 57 of the girls managed  to escape from their captors.
The rescue of Amina Ali in May this year, one of the girls who had given birth to a daughter during the period she was in captivity, had rekindled hope of the girls being found.
President Buhari who met Amina alongside her mother and brother, had said her rescue has opened a new window of hope and an opportunity towards getting vital information to help the process of getting the other girls.

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Pieces Of Missing EgyptAir Plane Found, Investigators Say

Pieces of the cabin from the missing EgyptAir plane which crashed into the Mediterranean last month have been found, Egyptian investigators said Wednesday.

A French vessel taking part in the search discovered pieces of fuselage at “several sites”, the Egyptian board of inquiry said in a statement.

The Airbus A320 which had been en route from Paris to Cairo disappeared on May 19, with the loss of all 66 people on board.
The “John Lethbridge” research boat, which made the find, arrived in Egypt last week to begin searching the Mediterranean for the wreckage with an underwater robot.

The discovery comes after investigators warned on Monday that signals from the plane’s black boxes would stop operating by the end of the month.

The area of sea where it crashed is believed to be about 3,000 metres (10,000 feet) deep and its flight data recorder and cockpit voice recorder should have had enough battery power to emit signals for four to five weeks.

Investigators have said it is too soon to determine what caused the disaster although a terror attack has not been ruled out.

France’s aviation safety agency has said the aircraft transmitted automated messages indicating smoke in the cabin and a fault in the flight control unit minutes before disappearing from radar screens.

Investigators were able to narrow down the search site thanks to an emergency signal sent via satellite by the plane’s locator transmitter when it hit the Mediterranean.

The signals were picked up by French survey ship Laplace which uses acoustic detection systems to listen for the “pings” emitted by the flight recorders, France’s aviation safety agency BEA said.

The passengers were 30 Egyptians, 15 French citizens, two Iraqis, two Canadians, and citizens from Algeria, Belgium, Britain, Chad, Portugal, Saudi Arabia and Sudan. They included a boy and two babies.

Seven crew and three security personnel were also on board.

The crash comes after the bombing of a Russian airliner over Egypt’s restive Sinai Peninsula last October that killed all 224 people on board.

The Islamic State group claimed responsibility for that attack within hours, but there has been no such claim linked to the EgyptAir crash.

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How ‘Missing’ $12.9bn Was Spent- NNPC

The Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) on Tuesday said parts of the $12.9 billion dividends it received from the Nigeria Liquefied Natural Gas (NLNG) Ltd on behalf of the federation but which it did not remit over a period of eight years was not missing but reinvested into other gas projects.

The corporation also said the balance of the dividend has been moved to the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), adding that it was no longer housing the money in line with the federal government’s directive on the Treasury Single Account (TSA).
NNPC stated these in Abuja when the Nigeria Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (NEITI) convened a stakeholders’ dialogue on the 2013 audit report of activities in Nigeria’s oil and gas industry.

It said that it took and ploughed back parts of the dividends to new trains that were built by the NLNG.

It equally listed the BrassLNG and OlokolaLNG projects, as well as other gas projects it did not mention, as other beneficiaries from the dividend. The BrassLNG and OlokolaLNG projects have however remained on the ground.
NNPC explained that the reinvestment in NLNG was part of its equity share of the cost of such expansion in its trains. The NLNG currently has six trains which produce 22 million tonnes per annum (MTPA) of LNG.

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Buhari Receives Rescued Missing Chibok Girl Thursday

For Amina Ali, one of the 276 school girls abducted from Government Secondary School, Chibok in Borno State in April 2014 by the terrorist Boko Haram sect, it was sweet freedom on Tuesday as she was rescued from the fringes of the terrorists’ den in the Sambisa Forest.

And thursday, she will have the rare privilege of meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari who has been scheduled to receive her at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.

“President Muhammadu Buhari is set to receive her thursday. She will be brought by the Governor of Borno State, Alhaji Kashim Shettima,” the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Mallam Shehu Garba, said last night.

Although a web of controversy surrounded the circumstances of her rescue yesterday, the school girl, who was rescued along with her four-month old child and her husband, was briefly reunited with her parents before being handed over to the military who after debriefing her presented her to Governor Shettima.

The General Officer Commanding (GOC), 7 Division Nigerian Army, Brigadier General Victor Ezugwu, who took the girl to the governor, said the governor had promised to present her to President Muhammadu Buhari today.??”I want to further confirm to you that, we have found one of the Chibok girls but plead for your understanding on this issue, we need to give her time to rest as you can see she is traumatized and nursing a baby.??”The governor has told us that he does not want to take credit for this and will hand over the girl to Mr. President who will in turn unveil her to the nation,” Ezugwu said.

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Missing Chibok Schoolgirl Calls Her Father

When Dauda Yama retrieved his mobile phone from a neighbour’s house in January this year, he noticed a missed call from his daughter Saratu who had been missing for almost two years.

The last time he spoke with Saratu was on April 14, 2014, when she rang to say men from the Islamist group Boko Haram had loaded her and her classmates from the Government Girls’ Secondary School in Chibok in Borno State onto trucks.

Attempts to reach her again failed and two years on, 219 girls abducted that night remain missing, despite a global campaign #bringbackourgirls involving celebrities and U.S. first lady Michelle Obama calling for them to be found.

The students are among an estimated 2,000 girls and boys abducted by the Boko Haram since the start of 2014, with many of those abducted used as sex slaves, fighters and even suicide bombers, according to an Amnesty International (AI) report.

But when Yama returned the missed call that evening, a man answered. Yama hung up and rushed to the home of Yakubu Nkeki, chairman of the Association of Parents of the Abducted Girls from Chibok.

“He asked me what he should do,” Nkeki, 58, a schoolteacher, whose 17-year-old adopted daughter Maimuna Yakubu Usman is among those missing, told the Thomson Reuters Foundation.
Nkeki took the phone and redialled the number that was again answered by a man who said the phone belonged to his wife.

Reporting the matter to any of the armed personnel around Chibok was out of the question, so instead they informed a campaigner with the Bring Back Our Girls group, which advocates the return of the missing girls “now and alive”.

“We don’t know who to trust,” said Nkeki who has received physical threats for his efforts to keep the abduction of the Chibok girls in the headlines and the government’s sights with the abduction becoming a political issue for Nigerian leaders.

Providing counsel to parents of the missing Chibok girls is part of Nkeki’s role as chairman of the association. He also checks up on the parents to see if they need help at all.

“I check if they have food items or if someone is seriously sick,” he said. “If there is any issue, I call the committee members.”

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FCT Elections: 2 Injured, 500 Ballot Papers Missing In Kwali

Some youths in Bako Village in Kwali Area Council of the FCT on Saturday went on rampage, following the discovery that 500 ballot papers were missing in their polling unit.

An eyewitness said that after accreditation and voting, the presiding officer of the Dabi polling unit counted the ballot papers and discovered that instead of 3000 ballot papers, he had 2,500. ”This led to arguments between the presiding officer, party agents and party supporters at the centre, resulting in violence that left two people injured.

”This situation was however, brought under control by security agents attached to the centre”, Jeremiah Isaiah said. As at the time of this report, the centre was deserted and pockets of youths were seen discussing in hushed tones the possible effect of the violence on the voting in the area. Also, some voters were seen milling around hopeful that the situation would be resolved soon. ”Just like a dream, the situation escalated into violence. ”

The party supporters believe that the 500 missing ballot papers have been taken to a place where they will be thumb printed in favour of a particular candidate. ”This can lead to outright cancellation of the voting process in Dabi”, a security agent, who pleaded anonymity said. A voter, Adamu Musa, expressed disappointment over his inability to vote after travelled from Minna to exercise his voting right.

”I woke up very early to drive to Dabi today only to get here and this sad occurrence took place. I am very disappointed. ”I hope it will not affect the candidate I believe will bring a turnaround and excellent standard of living to my area”, Musa said.

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Man Found 30 Years After Going Missing

A Canadian man who disappeared 30 years ago is set for an emotional reunion with his family after he suddenly remembered his name, media said.

Edgar Latulip, whose mental age was that of a child, was 21 when he walked out of a special home in Kitchener, Ontario in 1986, CBC News and other Canadian media reported on Wednesday.

Latulip, who had previously attempted suicide and was on medication, was never heard from again and his mother feared he might have been murdered.

That was until a man with a different identity living 120 kilometers (75 miles) away told his social worker last month that he thought his real name could be Edgar Latulip, after he had flashbacks.

A DNA test confirmed that the man was indeed Latulip.

His mother Silvia Wilson, who later moved to Ottawa, described her surprise when she received the news by telephone last week from a police detective.

“I don’t know what to think. I was just kind of blown away,” Wilson, 76, told The Record, describing her son as a troubled boy.

“I want to talk to him and help him out any way I can. I just want to see him.”

The North American Missing Persons Network described Latulip as having the mental capacity of a 12-year-old.

Niagara Regional Police Constable Philip Gavin told the Toronto Star and CBC that Latulip suffered a head injury after a fall around the time he went missing, impairing his memory so badly that he could not remember who he was, so he created a new identity.

“I’ve been a police officer for 18 years and this is something I’ve seen on TV but never been a part of,” Gavin told the Star.

“Absolutely, this is quite a rare one.”

It was not immediately clear when the reunion would take place.


Missing Woman’s Body Found In Car Parked Outside Wal-Mart Store For 3 Months

Nearly three months after she went missing, a 22-year-old woman’s body was found inside a car parked outside a Wal-Mart in Salinas, according to the Monterey County Sheriff’s Office.
Wal-Mart employees found the body of Lauren Jessie Moss inside her silver Volkswagen Jetta on Feb. 3., according to television station KSBW in Salinas.
Moss was last seen leaving a rehabilitation center in nearby Seaside on Nov. 13. She was reported
missing and a case was opened.

Police said the woman’s car had dark tinted windows and a sunshade covering the dashboard, which made it difficult to see inside the vehicle. The store’s security cameras only archive footage for 60 days, but video shows the car parked in the same spot since December.

Her car was investigated after a Walmart employee noticed the silver Jetta had been in the same spot for days.
Thornburg said she was considered a ‘voluntary missing adult’ because nothing indicated she had been involved in an argument or altercation before her disappearance.

The cause of death has not been determined, however the woman’s sister said she left a note and a drug needle was found inside the car.

Outcome Of Senate Investigation On ‘Missing 2016 Budget’ Claim

The Senate Committee on Ethics and Privileges has begun investigation of claims that the 2016 budget is missing from the chamber.

This was disclosed to reporters by the Chairman of the committee, Senator Samuel Anyanwu, after Wednesday’s legislative proceedings in the National Assembly in Abuja, Nigeria’s capital.

While addressing reporters, the Senate Majority Leader, Senator Ali Ndume, also described as ‘untrue’, the claim that the budget was missing.

A federal lawmaker, Senator Enyinaya Abaribe, earlier at plenary, raised a point of order demanding that the Senate should look into media reports on the whereabouts of the 2016 budget.

After his observation, the Senate President, Dr. Bukola Saraki, gave the assurance that the budget would be distributed to the lawmakers at the upper chamber on Thursday ahead of the debate on the financial plan on Tuesday, January 19.

While confusion edges the whereabouts of the 2016 budget in the Senate, the clerk of the lower chamber displayed the budget on the floor.

The Speaker of the House of Representatives, Honourable Yakubu Dogara, also maintained that the budget was not removed from the House.

On Tuesday, the Chairman House of Representatives Committee on Appropriations, Honourable Abdulmumin Jibrin,  said that there was no truth to insinuations that the 2016 budget document is missing.

He said that the claims may have been inspired by the initial insufficiency of the copies of the budget available to all the lawmakers.

“As far as I am concerned, that story does not hold water. We were expecting copies to be printed and sent to the National Assembly but there was a bit of delay.

“As at yesterday, I can confirm to you that the Appropriation Committee in the House received a lot of copies of the budget. By the time the Clerk counted it today, it was not sufficient to go round members.

“I spoke with the Minister of Planning earlier today [Tuesday] and he assured me that before the end of today he will deliver the remaining copies.

“For the soft copy I also reminded him and he sent it to me and I handed it over to the House,” he explained.

Honourable Jibrin said the rumour of missing budget may have been triggered by the delay in the production of more copies of the budget.

“You should realize that we have a new government in place and I think that there is little issue of communication gap and they are trying to get themselves settled. We should be able to excuse them and support the President wherever there is a bit of limitation from his own side”, he said.

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Senate Clears Air On Alleged Missing 2016 Budget

Controversy appears to be trailing the passage of the 2016 budget, as there are reports that the budget is missing.

A federal lawmaker, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said that there were fears that the 2016 budget had disappeared from the National Assembly.

President Buhari on December 22 presented the 2016 budget to a joint session of the National Assembly.

The Senate on resumption of plenary on Tuesday went into a closed-door session which lasted for nearly two hours.

The lawmaker said the issue of the whereabouts of the budget was discussed during the closed door meeting.

The source further said the Senate had directed its Committee on Ethics and Privileges to investigate the matter.

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Photo: Four-Year-Old Zainab Is Missing

Abba Hikima from Kano State has declared his niece missing. 4-year-old Zainab has been missing for two days. Anyone with useful information should please contact the numbers below. He shared the post yesterday:

“SLM, my niece Zainab, 4 years old is missing for about 30hrs now. We solicit for your prayers. Do join us on the lookout pls. ma’assalam. 08065501189, 08065577004, 08035678024, 08055528288″

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At Least 105 Nigerian Soldiers, Commanding Officer Feared Missing After Fierce Gun Battle With Boko Haram- Report

Premium Times reports that at least 105 soldiers of the 157 Battalion, including their commanding officer, are feared missing after they came under intense attack from Boko Haram insurgents at Gudunbali, Borno State, on Wednesday, military sources say.

According to one of our sources, the terrorists also captured a T-72 tank as well as several artillery weapons from the unit.

“Gudunbali was attacked this morning and some weapons were captured from the battalion. Two officers and 105 soldiers are still missing,” our source said.

“They captured a T-72 tank from the unit and some artillery weapons were also captured. The commanding Officer (CO) of the battalion is yet to be seen but no one has been confirmed dead yet,” the source added.

Another source however said the T-72 tank was recovered after a prolonged fight with Boko Haram insurgents. The gunner and tank commander were injured in the process, he said.

Also reportedly captured by the insurgents were eight vehicles, a truck loaded with 60,000 rounds of AA ammunition and three artillery pieces.

Similarly, soldiers of the Multi-National Joint Task Force (MNJTF) stationed at Baga, Borno State also recently came under attack. The attack occurred in Geringiwa at about four kilometres to the headquarters of MNJTF.

According to a source, the military has been unable to completely clear the insurgents from Baga and nearby towns due to inadequate equipment.

Source explained that the equipment recently provided by the military hierarchy were inadequate and were not enough to go round to all units involved in the war against the insurgents.

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Teen Finds Out He’s Been Missing for 13 Years When He Tries to Apply for College

Straight out of a Lifetime movie comes this insane story from Ohio about a missing boy found safe and sound 13 years after he was abducted. Guess what? He didn’t even know he had been abducted!

On Aug. 28, 2002 in Vestavia Hills, Ala. 5-year-old Julian Hernandez was reported missing by his mother. Ever since then Vestavia Hills Police have been following leads to find Hernandez, who police thought was kidnapped by his father and non-custodial parent, Bobby Hernandez. After 13 years, Julian who is now 18 years old and had no idea he had been kidnapped, just turned up in Ohio all because he was trying to apply to college.

According to Jefferson County District Attorney Brandon Falls, Julian discovered his Social Security number didn’t match his name when he was filling out applications. With the help of a school guidance counselor, the two found out Julian was listed in the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children database.

Julian’s father Bobby has since been arrested in Cleveland and is in jail. A Cuyahoga County Prosecutor’s Office representative said he’s been jailed for faking information given to the Bureau of Motor Vehicles and for altering records. He may also be facing an interference of custody charge in Alabama, where authorities are trying to extradite him to.

Julian’s mother is “ecstatic” about his return home and through a representative released this statement:

“Our family was overjoyed this week to locate Julian and learn that he is safe. We want to thank everyone for their prayers and support during Julian’s disappearance. Although we appreciate the interest our story has generated, we will have to decline any requests for interviews or additional information at this time. We ask that the media respect our privacy as we focus on Julian’s well-being during this difficult time in his life.”

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Missing 11 Year Old Girl’s Body Found In Freezer

The body of a child believed to be missing 11-year-old Janiya Thomas was found in a freezer in a Manatee County home Sunday, Bradenton police said.

“I have been notified that a child’s body was found, and it is suspected she is the missing 11-year-old girl,” Police Chief Michael Radzilowski said.

At 11 p.m. Sunday, during a hastily called news conference in the parking lot of the Royal Palm 20 theater, police spokesman Lt. James Racky outlined when, where and how the body was found.

“At 7 p.m. Sunday we received a phone call from a family member of Janiya Thomas telling us the location where she possibly might be located,” Racky said. “We went to that location, and were told there that the body of the child may be in a freezer.”

The house where the child was found is occupied by Janiya’s aunt and grandmother in the Woods of Hammock Place subdivision, Racky said.

“We were able to locate a body in a freezer, but we have yet to confirm that it is the missing juvenile, Janiya Thomas,” Racky said.

On Sunday night, crime scene tape was placed around the house and investigators were seen inside taking pictures of a freezer, which Racky said was a stand alone unit, five-foot by four-foot. Neighbors gathered outside along the darkened street lined with well-kept homes, as well.

“A medical examiner will have to confirm the body’s identity through fingerprints and DNA and dental records before a conclusive report on the identity can be given,” Racky said.

“But the location of the freezer was in a family residence so we are pretty sure it’s going to be her, but we are not positive,” Racky added.

This past Wednesday, Janiya’s mother, Keishanna Thomas, with the help of a man, moved the freezer to the home, Racky said.

“She had help from an unknown black male who we are still trying to identify,” Racky said. “If anyone knows who he is, we would like to talk to him.”

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Mecca Crane Crash: 6 Nigerians Confirmed Dead, 4 Missing

Six Nigerian pilgrims have been confirmed dead while four have been declared missing in the crane accident which took place in a Mosque in Kaabah, Mecca, Saudi Arabia on Friday. The deceased, it was learnt on Sunday, had been buried in Saudi Arabia.

The spokesperson for National Hajj Commission of Nigeria, Mr. Uba Mana, confirmed the death of the six Nigerians in a telephone interview with our correspondent on Sunday.

He said, “There are six Nigerians that lost their lives; in Islam, you don’t bring corpses back home. You bury them where they died. Preparations are on the way for their burial as I speak with you now. But I’m sure they will be buried here (Saudi Arabia).”

The News Agency of Nigeria also reported on Sunday that four female pilgrims from Gombe State had been declared  missing following the crash. One other female pilgrim got injured during the incident.

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Black Box Of Crashed Bristow Helicopter Still Missing- NEMA

The National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) on Thursday said it was still searching for the Black Box of the ill-fated chopper that plunged into the Lagos Lagoon on Wednesday.

Mr Ibrahim Farinloye, the South-West Public Relations Officer (PRO) of the agency, told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Lagos.

Farinloye said that the agency’s rescue team was still on the lookout for the black box of the ill-fated Bristow Helicopter.

NAN reports that the black box is a piece of equipment on an aircraft that records what happens on a flight and can be used to discover the cause of accidents.

He , however, confirmed that the agency had recovered the two remaining bodies of the victims, which brought the total number of the dead bodies recovered to six, with six survivors.

Farinloye who said that the bodies were recovered from the Lagoon at 10.55a.m., attributed it to the joint efforts of the agency’s rescue team and the canoe operators.

“We have to employ the services of local canoe operators who know the terrain.

“About 40 canoe operators were deployed to the scene of the incident and we succeeded in recovering the two remaining bodies at about 10:55 a.m,” he said.

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Mum Begs Chelsea Fans After Missing Son Was Spotted In Crowd At Stamford Bridge

A heartbroken mum has pleaded for the help of Chelsea fans in finding her missing son – who vanished 11 months ago – after she ‘spotted’ him in the crowd at Stamford Bridge.
Lesley Edwards, 54, has been desperately searching for Jon Anderson Edwards after he disappeared without a trace while working in Lagos, Portugal, in September 2014.

The chef, originally from Arbroath, Scotland, suffered head injuries in a fall and the 31-year-old then
failed to turn up for work.

His friends later discovered he had left his clothes, passport and phone in his apartment and a police search in both Portugal and the UK has so far drawn a blank
But Lesley, who initially travelled to Lagos to search for Jon, believes she may have spotted her son among Chelsea supporters in a picture taken at a recent game.
She told Mirror Online:

 “We’ve been searching for him for almost a year now and we’ve had so many wrong sightings and different twists and turns but I saw that picture last night and said ‘God that looks like John’.
“My heart skipped a beat and I was up half the night. Even if we can find the information to discount it at least we can move on but if it’s not him it’s his absolute double…

Lesley is looking for help from anyone who may be able to confirm or rule out the sighting and an appeal has already been shared more than 1,500 times on Facebook.
She said:

 “The search was really well publicised over in Portugal but we’ve never had any information, it’s a mystery.
“He went out on a Friday night and had a fall and said he’d been feeling sick and dizzy afterwards. He went missing without his phone, clothes and passport.How he’d have got back into the country I don’t know as the Portuguese police still have his passport.
“We’re contacting the club and police to try and get to the bottom of it but we’re hoping someone out there who was at the game or recognises him may be able to help us.”

FG Probes N3.8trn Missing Oil Funds

A panel of four governors was, yesterday, constituted to probe the affairs of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, NNPC, following revelations that the corporation withheld N3.8 trillion of the N8.1 trillion generated from oil receipts.

The committee comprising governors of Gombe, Edo, Akwa Ibom and Kaduna states is also to unravel circumstances of the disappearance of another $2.1 billion which was allegedly unilaterally withdrawn by the Goodluck Jonathan administration in the last six months of its tenure.

The revelations came at the end of the inaugural meeting of the new National Economic Council, NEC, in Abuja, yesterday.

Just before the NEC meeting got underway, a senior official of the Goodluck Jonathan administration gave reasons why it passed over an empty treasury to the new government.

Prof. Sylvester Monye, who served as special adviser on monitoring and evaluation to President Jonathan, in an interview, also cautioned the new administration’s officials against sustaining the language of opposition while in office, saying that their continuing propaganda could negatively impact on the sound economic indicators transferred by Dr. Jonathan.

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Buhari Trekker Declared Missing On Transit

The police in Bauchi on Thursday declared missing, a middle-aged man who left on foot to Abuja, to attend the swearing-in ceremony of President Muhammadu Buhari.

According to a statement from DSP Haruna Mohammed, Bauchi Police Command’s spokesperson, Nurudeen Maimako, a resident of Dass town in Bauchi state, left his town on May 15 to Abuja, but has not been seen since then.

“On the 3/6/2015 at about 11:15am,one Muhammadu Hussaini ,male, of Dass town, reported at Dass Divisional Police Headquarters, that on 15/5/2015 at about 6.00am,his son, one Nuruddeen Maimako, male and 38 years, left Dass on Foot Solidarity to attend the swearing in ceremony of President Muhammadu Buhari in Abuja.

“Since then, his whereabouts is not known and all efforts made to locate him proved abortive.

“The last contact he (father) had with Maimako was when he (son) informed them that he was in Jos, Plateau State.

“Particulars of the son are: 1.50 metres tall, Jarawa by tribe, light in complexion and speaks English and Hausa fluently.

“Members of the public who know his whereabouts are to report at the nearest Police Station, or contact his father through GSM no 07051789119,” said the statement.

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US Fighter Jet Crashes In Persian Gulf; Marine Helicopter Missing In Nepal

The US military says one of its warplanes has crashed shortly after taking off from an aircraft carrier in the Persian Gulf, while one Marine helicopter has gone missing in Nepal.

The F/A-18F Super Hornet fighter jet took off from the USS Theodore Roosevelt at around 5:30 pm on Tuesday, but crashed shortly afterwards.

The Navy did not immediately offer the reason for the crash but suggested it was an accident. “The crash was not a result of hostile activity,” the US Navy said in a statement that was issued by Fifth Fleet, which is responsible for the area where the USS Theodore Roosevelt is deployed.

The Navy is investigating the cause of the crash. The two personnel from fighter jet ejected and were quickly recovered by search and rescue personnel from the carrier, the statement said.

The aircraft carrier was in the Northern Persian Gulf, to support the US-led airstrikes against the ISIL Takfiris wreaking havoc in Syria and Iraq.

The aircraft belongs to the Strike Fighter Squadron 211 based at Naval Air Station Oceana, Virginia, and is assigned to Carrier Air Wing One.

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Governor, Senator Flex Muscles Over Missing PDP Campaign Funds

Governor Sule Lamido of Jigawa State and former minister in the Second Republic, Senator Bello Maitama Yusuf, are currently flexing muscles over N15 million campaign funds allegedly diverted by the latter.

Consequently, Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, which reportedly released the money to the Senator, is seeking to arrest him, with a view to recovering the money disbursed for purposes of electioneering. It was alleged that he defected to All Progressives Congress, APC, after taking the money.

While Governor Lamido asked Senator Yusuf to refund the money or face arrest, the Senator dared the governor to arrest him. Vanguard authoritatively gathered that Governor Lamido approved the release of N15 million to Yusuf for onward disbursement to the electorate in his Gwaram constituency during the governorship, state assembly and House of Representatives elections.

Senator Yusuf, in a swift reaction, denied ever taking campaign funds from PDP for disbursement to electorate in his constituency, adding that his defection to All Progressives Congress, APC, was the reason the story was concocted to malign him. Yusuf said: “I am just a victim of circumstance; because I defected to APC.

“It is unbelievable. I do not have business with campaign funds. I spend my own money for the development of my people and the party.”

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Missing UK ISIS Bound Schoolgirls Caught on CCTV

New pictures have emerged showing three ISIS-bound UK teenagers at a bus station in Istanbul.

Shamima Begum and Amira Abbas, 15, and Kadiza Sultana, 16 are the schoolgirls believed to be en route to join the ISIL in Syria after flying from London to Istanbul on 17 February.

The CCTV footage shows the three teenagers waiting at the Bayrampasa bus station later that same day and the following morning, the state-run BBC said.

The images were taken between 18:27 GMT on 17 February and 11:22 GMT on 18 February.

The girls reportedly waited at the bus station for around 18 hours before taking a bus to Urfa near the border with Syria.

The three friends all went to the Bethnal Green Academy school and are described as “straight-A students” and are good friends with another 15-year-old girl who fled to Syria in December.

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Buhari Challenges President Jonathan Over Missing $20Billion

General Buhari, addressing members of the Organised Private Sector, OPS, at the State House, Marina, Lagos, southwest Nigeria, said the nation’s elite should take the blame for the collapse of the nation’s economy, adding that they were the ones profiting from the abandonment of the refineries.

He said some of the elite owned refineries outside the country, which was why the refineries at home could not be put into proper use.
On the $20 billion missing oil money, Buhari asked Jonathan to immediately account for it as it smacks of corruption. “This current government is being challenged to account for an estimated $20 billion and the whole country is awaiting a report of a forensic audit. $20 billion at N210 to $1 is equal to N4.2 trillion, nearly a year’s federal budget.

“If it is rue this sum cannot be accounted for, this is grossest form of corruption. Just think about it: at N5 million per vehicle, this money would have bought 840,000 patrol vehicles. At N13.5 million for a high capacity bus, this money would have bought 311,000 buses.

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4 Million Naira Puppy Still Missing As Police Intensify Search

Police are still searching for a rare bulldog puppy worth £16,000 (over N4,000,000) which was snatched from its breeder’s home.

A man interested in buying the pup ran away with the eight-week-old rare lilac bulldog from a property in Tadworth, Surrey, in October, assaulting a relative of the breeder in the process.

Five men have been arrested in connection with the theft but have been released on bail. Police say they are still looking for the puppy and urged citizens to be at alert in case they notice their neighbour has a new pet.