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Four herdsmen arraigned for open grazing in Benue

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Four herdsmen were on Tuesday arraigned at the Chief Magistrate Court, Makurdi for violating the Open Grazing Prohibition and Ranches Establishment Law of Benue State.

According to Police Prosecuting Officer, ASP Hyacinth Gbakor, three of the herdsmen; Adamu Ibrahim, Abubakar Usman and Salah Landi were arrested on March 27,2020 by men of Benue State Livestock with their cows grazing in Ogobia Village in Otukpo local government area the State.

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The prosecuting officer further told the court that another herdsman, Bahago Ahmadu of Gishiri Village, Ibi local government area of Taraba State was also arrested in Ogobia, Otukpo local government area of Benue State

The PPO said that there offence contravened section 19(2) of the Open Grazing Prohibition and Ranches Establishment Law, 2017.

When the charges were read, the accused persons pleaded not guilty to the charge,saying that there cows had gone before they were arrested.

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When asked what they were doing in the bush after the cows had left, they said they were eating honey.

The prosecuting Police Officer, ASP Gbakor told the court that investigation into the matter was still ongoing, and asked the court for another date to enable the prosecutor prove its case.

Counsel to the accused persons, Bello Abdusalam made an oral application for the bail of his clients and assured the court that he would ensure they appear in court on the next adjourned date.

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The trail Magistrate, Mr Isaac Ajim granted them bail in the sum of N500, 000 (five hundred thousand naira) each with one surety in like sum, who must be resident in Makurdi with a verifiable address.

The Chief Magistrate adjourned both cases to April 7,2020 for further mention.

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We sold three cars to secure my dad’s release from kidnappers – Archbishop Joesph Masin’s son

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Three cars were sold to raise the ransom for abducted Nasarawa State Chairman of the Christian Association of Nigeria [CAN], Archbishop Joseph Masin.

This was disclosed by the archbishop’s first son, Bishop Miracle Masin, on Tuesday.

According to Bishop Miracle, he sold the cars belonging to him, his wife and his father’s before he could raise the ransom to secure his father’s release. He added that some wellwisher also contributed funds to secure his father’s release.

WuzupNigeria reports that Archbishop Joseph was abducted at his residence in Bukan-Sidi, Lafia Local Government Area of Nasarawa State.

The cleric decried the harsh treatment meted to his father, who is also the General Overseer, Word of God Worldwide Gospel City.

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The Bishop, however, refused to disclose the amount paid by the family.

He explained that they started negotiations with the kidnapers from N45m, noting that when the kidnappers checked his father’s contacts on his phone and saw the calibre of persons there, they jacked up the ransom to N50m.

He said,

“Millions of naira was paid but we are not ready to disclose it now. The pressure was so much but we thank God for everything. The negotiations began from the day he was kidnapped till he was released on Saturday, May 30 around 11.45pm. He got home on Sunday around 4am.”

Miracle noted that the entire family was delighted to have his father back in good condition.

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He added,

“My father didn’t even know where he was until he met some people, who were running away from him until one of them was bold to come close and ask him what happened. They later took him to a place where we met him in.”

While describing the kidnappers as beasts, he said his father was left in a bush and was sleeping on stones with his shorts.

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He added,

“For those days, my father couldn’t eat. They were bringing food but he couldn’t eat because he was not sure of what was in the food and he didn’t trust them.

“They released him along Eggon but the ransom was actually paid in Obi.”

While expressing his gratitude to Governor Abdullahi Sule, his deputy, Dr Emmanuel Akabe, and the state Commissioner of Police, Mr Bola Longe, Miracle pointed out that the state government was not involved in the payment of the ransom.

He called on the government to boost security across the state to tackle the issue of kidnapping in the state.

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Twitter: BABCOCK student called out for allegedly raping 24 girls (Photos)

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A Babcock student, Godknows Adolphus Owhor is currently trending on Twitter following allegations of rape against him.

The student’s alleged victims came forward with their story after Twitter user @caramelangiee shared screenshots of a DM she got.

Another lady also accused him of defiling her when she was just 14.

Other ladies came out to accuse Owhor of rape including an alleged cousin.

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Driver jailed 10 years for importing hard drugs

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A Federal High Court sitting in Lagos on Thursday sentenced a driver, Akinola Suleiman, to 10 years imprisonment for importing 11 kilogrammes of hard drugs.

Justice Babs Kuewumi convicted Suleiman following a nearly seven-year trial before two judges.

He said the convict’s jail term would run from August 30, 2013, when he was arrested by the National Drugs Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA).

The judge also ordered that the drugs seized from the convict be destroyed if there was no appeal against the judgment within the period stipulated by the law.

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Kuewunmi, who plies the Ghana-Nigeria route, was found at the NDLEA checkpoint, Gbagi, Seme Border area, with 1.3kg of heroin neatly concealed in a big brown travel bag with false bottoms, hidden in a Toyota Camry car with registration number JJJ 584 AE Lagos.

He was charged before Justice Okon Abang on November 6, 2013, on two counts of importation of 1.3 kilograms of heroin and 9.75 kilogrammes of Ephedrine, a substance similar to cocaine, heroin and LSD.

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The NDLEA said he violated Section 11(b) of the NDLEA Act, 2004.

Suleiman pleaded not guilty, but Abang declined to grant him bail on the ground that he was a flight risk.

When his trial commenced on February 20, 2014, prosecution counsel Aliyu Abubakar called four witnesses.

Following Justice Abang’s transfer to another division of the court and the parties’ inability to obtain a ‘fiat’ for the judge to complete the case, the convict’s trial started ‘de novo’ before Justice Kuewumi.

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During the new trial, the prosecutor called seven witnesses and tendered six exhibits, The defendant was his only witnesses.

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