The Federal Government has deported seven Democratic People’s Republic of Korea nationals from Nigeria.
The deportation order was effected by the Comptroller-General of Nigeria Immigration Service, Muhammad Babandede, in Abuja, on Tuesday.
The deportees, who allegedly attempted to undermine national security, were also banned from returning to the country for life.
They include Jo Sun Phil, Jang Sung Chol, Che Chunk Hyok, Pak Yong Gon, Ri Yong Il, Ri Hak Su, and Ri Tong Nam.
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The immigration service spokesman, DCI Sunday James, in a statement on Wednesday, said the Koreans were deported to their country of origin on Tuesday through the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja.
“They were deported on the orders of the Minister of Interior based on the powers conferred on him by the Immigration Act 2015,” the statement noted.
Fire guts Oloje market, Ilorin
A fire started in one of the shops at the popular Oloje market located along Alimi Road, Oloje area, Ilorin, Kwara state, and has now gutted parts of the market on Sunday.
The Nigerian Tribune gathered that the cause of the fire was suspected to be an electric spark in the wiring system of one of the affected shops, leading to the inferno.
It was learned that the fire started at about 2:00 am on Sunday and completely burnt down five shops out of about 50 shops in the ancient Oloje market, Illorin.
Newsmen gathered that it took efforts of the men of the state fire service to prevent the fire from spreading to other shops.
According to the head, media, and publicity for the Kwara state Fire Service, Hassan Hakeem Adekunle, “The Kwara State Fire Service was summoned to the incident through telephone exchange call by one Mr. Isaqi around 02:44hrs.
“We arrived at the scene exactly 02:49hrs and met the fire well alighted. But due to the potential of our well experienced and especially skilled personnel in the State Fire Service, the fire was quickly put under control from further spreading to other shops within a twinkle of an eye, before it was totally extinguished.
“Out of about 50 shops, only five shops were affected as a result of tremendous performance of able firemen on the ground.
“However, the cause of the fire was suspected to be an electric spark in the wiring system of one of the affected shops, thereby caused the inferno.
“Therefore, the director of Kwara State Fire Service, Alhaji Waheed I. Yakub, urges the general public to cultivate the habit of “playing safe” at all times. Also, pray for the victims to recover all their loss on time in the name of Almighty God. Ameen”.
Troops eliminate 75 terrorists, rescue 35 victims in 17 encounters in June – DHQ
Troops of Operation Lafiya Dole eliminated 75 Boko Haram/Islamic States West Africa Province (ISWAP) terrorists in 17 encounters within the North-East theatre of operation in June, Defence Headquarters has disclosed.
The Coordinator, Defence Media Operations, Maj.-Gen. John Enenche, in a statement on Sunday, said the sustained onslaught by the troops also resulted in surrendering of a number of insurgents during the month.
He added that the encounters also led to the capture of assorted arms and a large cache of ammunition, including one anti-aircraft gun, 13 AK-47 rifles, one sniper rifle, 21 locally made guns, two Dane guns, and one rocket-propelled gun.
Other items captured, according to him, were three hand grenades, five rocket-propelled gun bombs, 205 rounds of anti-aircraft ammunition, and 1,018 rounds of 7.62mm special ammunition.
“Also captured were two Boko Haram criminals’ flags.
“In the same vein, one gun truck, one vehicle-borne Improvised Explosive Device, one Toyota Starlet car, and several makeshift structures belonging to the terrorists were destroyed by the valiant troops within the period.
“Regrettably, one officer paid the supreme price while one soldier was wounded in action.
“The wounded personnel has since been evacuated to a military medical facility where he is recuperating,” he said.
Enenche further disclosed that four terrorists, including two women, Aishatu Manye and Kelune Mate, identified as wives of the local Boko Haram commander at Gajingi in Madagali area of Adamawa, were captured during the period.
He added that the troops also arrested one Boko Haram spy named Kawalu, in Michika while another Boko Haram fighter was captured in an encounter at Miyanti general area in Bama area of Borno.
According to him, the period under review also witnessed four surrenders by Boko Haram criminals.
“The trio of Mohammed Babagana, Modu Jugudun, and Alhaji Usman surrendered to troops of Delta Company at Strong Response Area, Pulka, in Gwoza, while one Mustapha Kori surrendered to troops of Army Super Camp 11 Gamboru, Ngala, in Borno.
“It is equally heart-warming to note that during the period, troops rescued 35 persons from the captivity of BHTs/ISWAP criminals.
“Amongst those rescued were 18 women, 16 children, and one adult male.
“Polio vaccine was promptly administered on the rescued children in line with the Buratai Intervention Initiative while First Aid was administered on the women as required.
“The Chief of Army Staff, Lt.-Gen. Tukur Buratai has commended the troops for the resilience and patriotism they have continued to demonstrate in crushing the remnants of BHTs/ISWAP criminals.
“He also urges them to maintain the tempo against the criminals as we approach the end of the insurgency in our country.
“In a similar vein, the Military High Command encourages the troops of Lafiya Dole to remain resolute in curtailing the activities of terrorists and their collaborators in the North-East zone of the country.
“The high command equally appreciates Nigerians for their support and urges them to continue providing timely information to troops on activities of BHTs/ISWAP collaborators in their respective localities for prompt and effective action,” he said.
Enugu to take care of brutalised 10-year-old victim’s medical bills
Enugu State Government has taken interest in the wellbeing of Miss Nneoma Nnadi, the 10-year-old victim of child abuse and domestic torture in the state.
The state government has promised to offset her medical bills and ensure that she receives adequate medical attention.
Governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi also directed the Commissioner for Gender Affairs and Social Development, Rt. Hon. Princess Peace Nnaji, to immediately visit the victim at the hospital to ensure that she receives proper medical attention.
Nnaji, who was accompanied by the Chief Medical Director of ESUT Teaching Hospital, Parklane, Enugu, Prof. Hycienth Onah, to see the abused child, empathized with the victim and her immediate family and promised them that the state government will not take the matter lightly.
“We can never sweep it (matter) under the carpet”, pointing out that the act undermined the Child Rights Act.
Nnaji also thanked the neighbours for bringing the cruel incident to the public domain, describing them as “Good Samaritans”.
Responding, the mother of the victim, Mrs Nnedinso Nnadi, expressed gratitude to the state governor for the government’s concern and intervention, disclosing that it was a traumatic experience for the child and the entire family and asked God to reward all those who have played roles towards the rescue and treatment of their child.
In his remark, the Chief Medical Director of ESUT Teaching Hospital, Parklane, Enugu, Prof. Onah, explained that the victim is responding to treatment and is being taken care of adequately,” adding that “her chances of full recovery are high”.
Police Command had, at the weekend, rescued the 10-year-old Nneoma Nnadi, whose guardians, an aunt and her husband maltreated.
A police bulletin from the commands’ spokesman, ASP Daniel Ndukwe Ezea, said the victim, Nneoma Nnadi, was being mistreated by her aunt whom she is living with to the extent of using different objects such as hot pressing iron, iron roads and nails to inflict grievous bodily harm as well as inserting pepper into her private part.
The aunt, Ifeoma Ozougwu, and her husband, Jude Ozougwu, residents of Thinkers Corner, Enugu, were arrested by the police following a tip-off.
The police said
“Following credible information received at Enugu Area Command on 02/07/2020 at about 0900 hours, alleging that a woman in Akonameze Street, Thinker’s Corner, Enugu, inflicted degrees of injuries on her minor female ward, Operatives of the Command swiftly moved to the area where they rescued the victim, Nneoma Nnadi, aged 10, arrested the suspect, one Ifeoma Ozougwu, aged 24; and thereafter arrested her husband, one Jude Ozougwu, aged 40.
“On receipt of the visibly exhausted and traumatized victim, the Commissioner of Police, CP Ahmad Abdur-Rahman instructed the Area Commander to rush her to hospital for treatment. He bemoaned why the suspect will be so heartless to abuse and inflict such grievous injuries on another woman’s child left in her care and directed the immediate launch of a thorough investigation and prosecution of the suspect, her husband and any other culpable accomplices to the crime.
“The Commissioner further warned all those who may have been in the habit or are intending to maltreat and/or inflict grievous harm on susceptible children to desist forthwith, as the Command will not spare anyone found culpable in such inhuman acts that infringe on the dignity and fundamental human rights of children. He also advised parents/guardians to take responsibility, adequately care for their children/wards and train them with the fear of God Almighty.
“Meanwhile, preliminary investigation shows that suspect, who is victim’s relative and a mother of three (3), mistreats her to the extent of using different objects, including hot pressing iron, iron rod and nails to inflict several grievous bodily harm as well as inserting pepper into her private part.
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