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Teenager fakes own death to avoid financial pressure from mother


A teenage girl, Margaret Ikumu, 19, of Oni community in Oju Local Government Area of Benue, has faked her own death on social media to avoid financial pressure from her mother.

A statement signed by DSP Bala Elkana, the Police Public Relations Officer in Lagos State, made this known on Sunday.

Elkana said that Ikumu, through her Facebook account, reported having died a few days ago and was secretly buried by her two friends, Marvelous Mary and Nneka Buddy, at the Ajah area.

“The family of the fake deceased further stated that they were able to establish contact with the said friends who confirmed to them that their daughter is dead.

“To make them believe that the girl is dead, they sent WhatsApp chats to a member of the girl’s family with picture of a casket showing that the girl is buried.

“The family also got in touch with a man on the phone who claimed to be her boyfriend. He corroborated the claim that she is dead,” he said.

Elkana said that the girl was eventually found by the Police to be alive and was working as a housemaid in an estate at Ajah.

“When her employer saw the report of her purported death, they quickly informed the Police and she was brought to Ajah Police Station.

“In her statement, she (Ikumu) confessed to having created the Facebook account and posted her obituary with the intent to keep her family away from her.

“She said that her mother was putting financial pressure on her by constantly demanding that she sends money to her,” he said.

Elkana said that the girl was apparently bitter with her mother and uncles over their inability to sponsor her education after the death of her father.

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He said that Ikumu came to Lagos to work with a view to saving some money and returning to school.


Ibrahim Magu’s lawyer opens up, reveals reason for ‘arrest’



Oluwatoyin Ojaomo, lawyer to embattled chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, Ibrahim Magu,  has given an insight into Magu’s reported arrest on Monday.

Mr Magu was intercepted by security operatives at the Wuse II office of the EFCC and whisked away to face a Presidential Panel in Aso rock over allegations of insubordination and corruption.

Speaking during a Channels Television interview on Monday night, Ojaomo disclosed that his client is supposed to be praised instead of vilified.

According to him, Magu was being grilled by the panel because the amount of money recovered by the agency from corrupt individuals was different from the figure the agency officially declared to the Presidency.

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In his words;

“The Pro-Panel is just to clarify the activities of the organization. They are only going there to clarify the activities of the commission.”

“The EFCC reports to the President and if the president says..yes..there is a lot of allegation..that Magu has done this, Magu has done that..The president felt that because of the image of the commission and these allegations that are flying around…He wants to know what are these allegations. Let it be investigated for it to be clarified and the EFCC chairman went there to clarify.”

“What is even basically the allegation? They said the amount the EFCC chairman announced to the presidency is different from what that was paid, that the money is more. They are not saying it is lesser, it’s more than the amount. What you should understand is that the recoveries by the EFCC is an ongoing operation.”

He also added that the forces behind corruption in Nigeria are fighting back.

“When you are fighting corruption, the forces behind corruption are so powerful, they are more powerful than COVID-19”

“You can imagine what is happening. Instead of Magu to be celebrated, those powerful corrupt persons who have the media backing them are trying to call a dog a bad name so they can hang it” he said.

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Nigeria records 575 new cases of COVID-19, total now 29,286



Nigeria on Monday night recorded 575 new cases of the Coronavirus.

According to a tweet from the Nigeria Center for Disease Control (NCDC), Lagos State recorded 123 new cases with the Federal Capital Territory having 100 new cases

Other states with reported cases follow: Delta-58 Edo-52 Ogun-42 Katsina-24 Bayelsa-23 Rivers-22 Borno-19 Plateau-18 Ondo-18 Oyo-17 Kwara-15 Osun-13 Enugu-9 Nasarawa-7 Abia-6 Cross River-5 Kaduna-3 Ekiti-1

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654 persons have so far died from the virus with 11,828 patients discharged, haven recovered


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Panic as NCDC official supervising COVID-19 response in zamfara dies of the disease




A supervisor at the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC), identified as JJ Shalanga, has died of COVID-19 complications.

Shalanga, who was posted to Zamfara to supervise the spread and control of the disease, died on Sunday.

The deceased has reportedly been in the state since the beginning of the spread of the disease.

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According to the NCDC, the state confirmed its first two cases on April 24.

Yahaya Kanoma, the state commissioner of health, said the deceased fell ill and was being taken to Yariman Bakura Specialist Hospital, Gusau, when he died.

Kanoma said it was discovered he died of COVID-19 when his samples were tested.

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“His remains have been taken to his home town in Plateau State for burial,” he said.

The state has confirmed 76 cases of COVID-19 with five deaths while 71 persons have recovered from the disease.

In Benue, Godwin Achinge, the vice-chairman of the state action committee on COVID-19, also died of complications of the disease.

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Sunday Ongbabo, the state commissioner of health and human services who confirmed the news, said Achinge died on Sunday afternoon at a hospital in Jos, Plateau state capital, where he was taken for treatment.

Samuel Ortom, the governor, on Saturday, said the late Achinge tested positive for COVID-19.

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