NAFDAC Destroys Unwholesome Items Worth Over N252m In Gombe

The Northern zonal office of the National Agency for Food, Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) on Wednesday destroyed unwholesome items worth N252,882,020 million in Gombe, Gombe State.
The items destroyed include: bags of flour, packs of body creams and drugs such as analgin injection, groundnut oils and various juice drinks.

Mrs Yetunde Oni, the Acting Director-General of the agency , said that the items were either voluntarily surrendered to the agency by those who had them in stock or mopped up by NAFDAC officers during enforcement surveillance.

The D-G said faking of regulated products or selling of unwholesome products was the greatest evil of the time, calling it an act of terrorism.

He said products counterfeiters were not just a problem to the country, but were more dangerous than armed robbers.

A representative of the Secretary to the State Government SSG, Mr Obel Yaji, used the occasion to appeal to NAFDAC to regulate the activities of traditional medicine hawkers.
He said NAFDAC had been active in saving lives and that checkmating traditional medicine hawkers would help in deepening the impact of the agency on the public.

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Domestic Servant, 24, Jailed 8 Months For Stealing Gold Worth N250, 000

An Ogudu Magistrates’ Court in Lagos on Wednesday sentenced a domestic servant, Sarah Akapa, to eight months imprisonment for stealing her employers gold neck chain and two earrings worth N250, 000.

Akapa of Ketu, a suburb of Lagos State, pleaded guilty to the charge of stealing.
Delivering her judgment, the Magistrate, Mrs O. S. Amzat, advised the convict to turn a new leaf while in prison after sentencing her to eight months imprisonment with no option of fine.

Earlier, the Prosecutor, Sgt. Ihiehie Lucky, told the court that the offence was committed on Oct. 31 at the complainant’s house.
Ihiehie said the complainant reported the incident at Ketu Police Station in the early hours of Nov. 6.

“The complainant, a trader, said that on Oct. 31 her house help stole her gold neck chain valued at N100, 000 and two gold earrings valued at N150, 000.

“When she was questioned, she confessed that she had given the items to her ex- boyfriend who came down from Ajah to collect them from her.
The offence committed contravened section 285 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, 2011.

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60 Year Old Man Held For Producing Fake Dollars Worth N3m

The Lagos State Police Command has arrested a 60-year-old man, Highsent Nwogu, for allegedly producing dollars worth N3m and defrauding residents of the Ogba area.

Nwogu, a father of five children and grandfather of three, said that he ventured into the “washing” of fake dollars to make ends meet.

It was learnt that Nwogu would ask his victims to buy some goods from overseas, and thereafter offered to get dollars for them to pay for the goods. The suspect allegedly gave his victims the fake dollars.

It was gathered that a victim of the suspect, identified as Hellen Olajide, who was defrauded of about N1.95m, reported the matter at the Area G Command, Ogba, and Nwogu was thereafter arrested.

The police said fake dollars worth N3m, chemicals and water drums allegedly used by the suspect were recovered from his apartment.

The grandpa said he began the business four years ago.

He admitted defrauding the lady of N1m, adding that he had refunded N400,000.

Nwogu said, “I used a room in my house to wash the dollars. My wife and children were not aware until the police arrested me.

“My clients did not suspect anything. I started currency production about four years ago. I have been arrested by the police on two occasions. This is the third time. I learnt how to produce the money in the Iyana Ipaja area.

“It was in August that I met Hellen (Olajide). When she found out that I had defrauded her of over N1m, she threatened to call the police, but I assured her that I would refund the money. She later called the police to arrest me.

“I want the government to forgive me. I collected N10,000 from my first victim, N30,000 from my second victim and N50,000 from another. I have three persons working with me; I used the money to solve my family problems.”

The victim, Olajide, said she paid the money in three instalments after Nwogu and his accomplices had hypnotised her to pay for the goods.

She said, “I was returning from work on that day, when three men accosted me and said I should follow them to a place to transact business. They said they were into importation and exportation of goods such as computer sets and Brazilian hair.

“I am sure they used some charms because it was after paying money the third time into a bank account I was given that my senses came back.

“It was after a month that I cried to the police for help. I want the syndicate to return my money, which is N1,992,000.”

The Lagos State Police Public Relations Officer, SP Dolapo Badmos, said the state Commissioner of Police, Fatai Owoseni, had directed that the suspect be charged to court.

She said, “The command learnt of the case, after which operatives trailed and arrested the suspect. He belongs to a syndicate that defrauds members of the public who want them to create wealth. We are on the trail of the accomplices.”


Forget iPhone 7, Why iPhone 8 Is Worth Waiting For- Experts

Since 2017 will mark the tenth anniversary of the iPhone , experts have predicted that Apple has been holding back some of its most groundbreaking features for next year’s model – which many expect to be called the iPhone 8 .

As a result, many are suggesting that users hold off on buying the iPhone 7, and wait another year before splashing out on a Apple handset, when updates are more revolutionary.

Analyst Jan Dawson of Jackdaw Research thinks the limited changes in design will allow bigger changes in a future announcement.

“It looks like part of the reason they are keeping the design the same this year is there are bigger changes they are working on for next year,” Dawson said.

Speaking to The Ringer , Chetan Sharma, a mobile analyst and CEO of Chetan Sharma Consulting, said: “If it’s just more memory and a slightly better camera, then there’s less motivation [to upgrade].

“This year might just be a small bump in terms of the upgrade cycle. That’s why a number of consumer technology sites are advising users to hold off on upgrading until the next year’s version, the iPhone 8.”

We’ve rounded up all the latest rumours and leak in our iPhone 8 rumours article , so if the iPhone 7 turns out to be a damp squib, you’ll know what the next year’s update has in store.

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Student On Trial For Stealing Fowls Worth N345, 000

A 20-year-old student, Jinung John, on Tuesday appeared before a Jos Magistrates’ Court for allegedly stealing 19 chickens valued at N345, 000 from a farm.

The accused was, however, granted a bail of N20, 000.

The prosecutor, Cpl. Karimu Bashiru told the court that the complainant, Mr Akoso Joseph, reported the case at Anglo Jos Police Station on June 20.

“The complainant said he was in his house and he heard an unusual noise of the layers in the poultry.

“He rushed to the farm where he sighted the accused and one Michael, now at large, in the pen and they have already stolen 11chickens.

“When the complainant challenged the accused, he quickly abandoned the chickens and ran away before he was caught,’’ he said.

“When the complainant counted the chickens, he discovered that 19 chickens which he spent N345, 000 to feed were missing.’’

The offences contravened Sections 97, 343, 387 of the Penal Code, Laws of the Federation.

The accused, however, denied the charges.

The Magistrate, Mr Tijani Zololo, who admitted the accused to bail, also granted him two sureties, one of who must be his parent.

He said the sureties should reside within the court’s jurisdiction as part of the bail condition.

No date was fixed for the hearing of the case.

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62 Year Old Grandmother Hides $12K Worth Of Drugs In Her Vagina To Smuggle Into Son’s Prison

A 62-year-old grandmother is facing serious charges after she allegedly smuggled drugs in her vagina into a Canadian prison where her son was doing time.

Linda Ethal Sheridan came to the Edmonton Institution with her 10-year-old granddaughter on July 22, 2013 to visit her son, who is serving time for home invasion. During a routine search, a drug-sniffing dog detected drugs on her.

She allegedly had three bags of drugs including heroin, meth, and marijuana hidden in her genitals and breasts. She seemed embarrassed that this happened,” said correctional officer Brandy Swenson. “She really wanted to remove the stuff from her body cavity.”

Officials estimated the value of the drugs to be more than $12,000. Her son told a court he did not ask her for the drugs.

The Huffington Post reports Sheridan said she only did it because she felt threatened by an anonymous caller who said he would kill her son if she didn’t bring the drugs.

“I wish I hadn’t been talked into this,” Sherida reportedly told police at the time she was arrested. “It was a stupid move and I should’ve known better.”

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SON Destroys N10bn Worth Of Fake Goods

The Director General of Standard Organisation of Nigeria, SON, Joseph Odumodu, on Monday said the organisation destroyed substandard goods worth N10 billion in the last four years.

Mr. Odumodu disclosed this during his official visit to the headquarters of National Association of Government Approved Freight Forwarders in Lagos, saying the items were destroyed from 2011 to date.

He urged the freight forwarders to collaborate with the organisation to halt importation of substandard products.

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SON Confiscates Substandard Products Worth N4bn

The Director-General of Standards Organisation of Nigeria (SON), Dr Joseph Odumodu, has said that the agency has seized substandard products worth four billion naira since the beginning of the year.

Odumodu who made the disclosure in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Abuja on Sunday, said that in September, the agency seized substandard telephone sets worth N350 million.

“In the last three days, we have confiscated over N350 million worth of telephone sets that are substandard.

“If I add that to the number I have earlier, we have a number of about four billion naira this year alone.

“I tell you that is not a thing of joy because all these products were imported, paid for with genuine dollars and would be destroyed and they are Nigerian money,’’ he said.


N2.8 Billion Worth Of Drugs Seized At Lagos Airport- NDLEA

The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency has said that it seized narcotic drugs weighing 455.215 kilogrammes between January and June this year at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Lagos.

In a statement on Tuesday, the agency said that the drugs, whose street value is estimated at N2.8 billion, was seized alongside US$2.5 million cash.

According to the NDLEA,? 75 suspected drug traffickers and money launderers – 62 males and 13 females – were arrested in connection with the seizures.

“The intercepted money includes $2.1 million dollars seized from a bureau de change operator which had been transferred to the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) for further investigation,” the anti-narcotics agency said in the statement issued by Mitchell Ofoyeju, its spokesperson.

“Fifteen (15) arrests were recorded on Emirates airline being the most preferred flight for those apprehended. Qatar airways had eleven (11) arrests, Ethiopian airline followed closely with eight (8) arrests and Etihad airways seven (7) arrests.”

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How To Know If A Friend Is Worth Keeping

It has been said that people “come into your life for a reason, season, or a lifetime,” but some are just seasonal lifetimes. It has also been said that you cannot make new old friends. True friendship is born by having shared experiences, and only time will tell if a friend stands the test of that time. So many things occur in life that separate old friends, rather than bring them together.

I’ve read that one of the biggest regrets of those facing death is not having kept in touch with old friends. Let’s face it, the older we get, the faster time seems to go, so there’s no time like the present to connect with old pals. Social media sites such as Facebook have made this easier and certainly more feasible. Admittedly, it’s easier to find male friends on Facebook because name changes through marriage make locating females a little more complicated. Although I’m only on Facebook occasionally, I decided to insert my maiden name on my personal account, and I’m glad I did.

Some years ago while on Facebook, I spotted my old friend Tamar, who was using her maiden surname. She wrote on her page: “California dreaming for my 60th.” I responded by saying that I lived in California and it would be great to see her. I really didn’t think she’d follow up, but she did, and I’m thrilled to have spent some time with her on a recent weekend.

Ordinarily, Tamar’s 60th birthday would have gone unnoticed by me, although every October 17 for the past 40 years I’ve thought about her, wondering where she was and what she was doing. Tamar and I met at the International Teen Camp in Lausanne, Switzerland, when I was 15 and she was 16. Our parents were trying to bring some culture into our lives and get us out of stiflingly hot New York. We were roommates and immediately clicked, as we found that we had common sensibilities and a similar sense of humor.

During that summer in Switzerland, The Beatles were the worldwide rage, although only those who spoke English fluently really understood what the lyrics meant. However, the international teens from all around the world chimed along when we’d sing.

It was 1969, the year of the first moon landing, and Tamar and I recently reminisced about the small TV up in the corner of the gymnasium where kids from around the world watched this monumental event. Not us. We were more interested in giggling and flirting with the cute boys from the Middle East. I share this information with a little bit of embarrassment, but at my age, honesty is the best policy.

What I realized during Tamar’s recent visit is that the friends we make during our early years are the genuine ones. They’re the ones we feel most comfortable with. They were privy to the important secrets of our youth, so they love us for who we are and not necessarily for what we’ve accomplished, what careers we’ve had, how successful our marriages were, and how many children we’ve birthed. We are loved for our inner core.

Last week when I was in Florida visiting my daughter, I saw Barbara, an old junior high school friend. Prior to last year, we hadn’t seen one another in more than 40 years. I was amazed that we’d aged in a similar way, and it was as if no time had passed. We shared stories about old boyfriends and how strangely alike our family dynamics were.

The 1960s were the days when life was simpler — there were no computers, cell phones or text messages. Basically, we only had TVs and transistor radios. Also, some of us had record players playing 33s and cassette players. When Tamar and I were in Switzerland, we didn’t communicate with our parents for eight weeks. If they received a phone call from overseas, it meant that we’d either gotten in trouble or were ill. Communication was done the old-fashioned way–via those blue, folded airmail letters and postcards.

Back at home, my recreational activities included going to the local movie theater, ice skating, bowling, dancing, reading and listening to the music of the day. I wasn’t allowed to watch television, which probably contributed to my passion for reading. (It’s funny to see that now, my 85-year-old mother watches television all day long, but back then she treated it like a contaminated visitor in our home.)

My mother worked part-time as a receptionist in a doctor’s office, and I remember having the only working mom in my neighborhood — she was the only one who didn’t wait for me in the kitchen with an apron and homemade cookies. It’s not that she had to work — my father held a good job as a store manager — she just wanted to get out of the house a few hours a week to stimulate her brain. For the most part we went out to eat, although sometimes we ate Swanson TV dinners and Chinese takeout on our small aluminum kitchen table.

While I’ve made some good friends during my adult years, reminiscing about how we were during our teens was refreshing and fun for Tamar and me. What we’ve both come to learn is how little we’ve changed. She still saw me as a grown-up hippie, and I still saw her as a good communicator — accepting and a bit conservative. I was able to locate a photo of her in her room in Switzerland, and there was a pillow on her bed that said “Do Not Enter.” On another photo it said: “Dearest Diana: In the short time that we’ve known each other, you’ve showed [sic] me what it’s really like to love. I can’t remember what life was like before meeting you — it could not have been any good. It really is true love. I love you. Tamar.” Her words warmed my heart and made me aware that when we come into one another’s lives, we have no idea of the impact we’ll make.

This reminds me of a writing exercise I give my memoir students, which can be quite revealing. You might want to try it. I tell them: “Make believe you’re on your deathbed and there’s a line of people coming over to say good-bye. Those people have been chosen by you. Who would you choose, and why?”


Waiter In Court For Allegedly Consuming Drinks Worth N442,000

The police on Monday arraigned a 29-year-old waiter, Daniel Itoro in a Wuse Zone 2 Senior Magistrates’ Court, Abuja,for allegedly consuming drinks worth N442,000. Itoro of Mararaba, Abuja, was arraigned on a two-count charge of criminal breach of trust and misappropriation.

The prosecutor, Cpl. Monday Akor, told the court that one Mr Onuh Solomon of City Park Garden, Wuse 2, Abuja, reported the case at the Maitama Police Station, on June 17. Akor said that the complainant entrusted the central bar of the garden to the accused, which he dishonestly “converted drinks worth N442,000 to his personal consumption.’’

According to the prosecutor, the offences contravened the provisions of sections 312 and 308 of Penal Code. The accused pleaded not guilty to the charges and denied the allegations. The Magistrate, Mr Chukwuemaka Ubani, granted the accused bail in the sum of N100, 000 with a surety in like sum.

 Ubani ordered that the surety must be resident within the jurisdiction of the court and have a means of identification. He adjourned the case till Aug. 24, for hearing.

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Former First Lady Storms Liaison Office In Abuja, Takes Away N100m Property Worth

Shocking details of a raid on the Benue State Liaison Office in the Asokoro area in Abuja by the former First Lady of Benue State Yemisi Suswam has been provided to newsmen.

Witnesses told SaharaReporters that the raid was conducted by associates close to Yemisi Suswam operating under the cover of darkness. These witnesses told our correspondent that Yemisi’s associates drove two large trucks to the Liaison Office in Abuja, with the intent to cart out and steal all the expensive furnishings.

It was learned that Yemisi Suswan and her sister received a contract from the Benue State government to furnish and design the Benue State Liaison Office in Abuja, which sources said was an unlawful government contract due to conflicts of interest. It was also learned that because the former First Lady and her sister furnished the office they knew the exact items to steal.

The night-time assailants–under the direction of Yemisi Suswan–stole everything they could fit into their trucks, especially pricey gadgets, electronics, and home-office accessories. The items removed included television sets, refrigerators, rugs, plates, pots, DSTV decoders, and bed sheets.

It has also been learned that the Federal Capital Territory Police Command have identified a Police Sergeant, Shola Adeniyi, and another unknown associate to First Lady Suswam, as suspects in this brazen raid and have began investigating these leads.

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