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Jolly Nyame: 13 Things You May Not Know About Jailed Ex-Governor



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Jolly Nyame, a former governor of Taraba State, was on Wednesday, 30th of May 2018, jailed 14 years for mismanaging government funds while in office.

Elected three times as governor of the state, Mr Nyame’s trial commenced in 2007 and lasted 11 years.

PREMIUM TIMES brings you 13 things you may not know about the former governor.

1. Jolly Tavoro Nyame was born on Christmas day, December 25, 1955, in Zing Local Government Area of Taraba State.

2. He was born to parents of deep Christian backgrounds and in line with his roots took up a vocation in priesthood.

3. Mr Nyame was ordained a Reverend in the United Methodists Church of Nigeria (UMCN).

4. He delved into politics in 1991, a time when Nigeria attempted to return to democratic rule

5. He contested and won the Taraba State gubernatorial elections thrice in a row.

6. He was the first governor of Taraba State after it was created from the old Gongola State

7. His 1992 tenure as governor was short-lived due to military insurrection in November 1993.

8. When Nigeria finally returned to democratic rule, Mr. Nyame was governor of Taraba State for eight uninterrupted years between 1999 and 2007 – he was re-elected in 2003.

9. Shortly after his tenure expired, he was confronted with criminal charges arising from a petition by Umar Baba and Kelas Obadia titled ‘Taraba State in a Mess; the Commissioner of Finance goofed’.

10. In May 2007, the former governor was charged by the EFCC for allegedly diverting N1.64 billion. Also, in a 41-count charge of fraud.

11. In June 2007, the ex-governor admitted to the EFCC that he took N180 million of the N250 million he approved for the purchase of stationery as his share of the unexecuted stationary contract, and that he was ready to refund same.

12. After 2007, Mr. Nyame still tried to secure a seat in the Senate in 2011 and 2015 but failed.

13. Eleven years (May 30) after the EFCC made the charges against him, he was sentenced to 14 years in prison by a High Court of the Federal Capital Territory. He was also ordered to refund the monies he diverted.

Sourced From: Premium Times Nigeria

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NIgeria Records 87 New Cases Of COVID-19, Total Infections Now 1,182



By Abujah Racheal

Nigeria has recorded 87 new cases of the COVID-19, bringing the total infections to 1,182 , according to the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC).

The NCDC, in a tweet via its official handle, said 33 of the new infections were recorded in Lagos, 18 in Borno, 12 in Osun, nine in Katsina, four each in Kano and Ekiti, three each in Edo and Bauchi and one in Imo.

“As at 11:55 pm April 25, there are 1,182 confirmed cases of COVID-19 reported in Nigeria.  The country’s total deaths from the virus now stand at 35, while 222  have been treated and discharged,” it said.

The centre said as at 11:55 pm, April 25, Lagos has 689, FCT-138, Kano-77, Ogun-35, Osun-32, Gombe-30, Katsina-30, Borno-30, Edo-22, Oyo-18, Kwara-11, Akwa Ibom-11, Bauchi-11, Kaduna-10, Ekiti-8 and Ondo-4.

Others are Delta-six, Rivers-three, Jigawa-two, Enugu-two, Niger-two, Abia-two, Zamfara-two,  Sokoto-two, Benue-one, Anambra-one, Adamawa-one, Plateau-one and Imo-one.

Sourced From: News Agency of Nigeria

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2 Women Crushed To Death On Lagos – Ibadan Expressway



Two women were crushed to death in a road crash involving a Mack truck and a motorcycle around Lotto, beside NNPC filling station on the Lagos – Ibadan expressway.

The accident occurred around 8:02am on Saturday when the truck marked FST 984 XX lost its brakes and hit the moving motorcycle, killing the women.

The spokesperson of Traffic Compliance and Enforcement Corps, Babatunde Akinbiyi,  confirmed the incident to newsmen in Abeokuta.

”The truck and the motorcycle were both on the outbound lane from Lagos when the crash happened due to break failure on the  part of the truck driver.

“The vehicle and the motorcycle are with the police at the Redeemed Police Station, along with the driver of the truck,” he said.  Akinbiyi explained that the rider of the motorcycle was nowhere to be found after the accident.

He disclosed that  the remains of the deceased had been deposited at the morgue of Olabisi Onabanjo University Teaching Hospital, Sagamu.

Sourced From: Daily Trust

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Mentally-Challenged Man Axes 70-Year-Old Father To Death



A 37-year-old man said to be mentally-challenged has used an axe to kill his father, aged 70 in Unuchiana Village, Aguata Local Government Area of Anambra State.

Tribune Online learnt that the suspect allegedly axed his father to death in their compound.

Confirming the incident in a statement, the Anambra State police command’s public relations officer, SP Haruna Mohammed, said one Timothy Ezeofor reported that his elder brother, 70-year-old Godwin Ezeofor, was allegedly murdered by his son, Chigorom Ezeofor using an axe.

According to Mohammed, at about 9:45am on Friday, one Mr Timothy Ezeofor of Umuezegoro Kindred, Unuchiana Village, reported at Aguata Police Station that at about 8:00am of same day, his elder brother, Godwin Ezeofor of the same address was murdered by his son, one Chigorom Ezeofor, of the same address using an axe.

He said the complainant alleged that the suspect had been mentally ill for the past eight years.

The police spokesman said following the report, police operatives attached to Aguata Division led by the DPO, CSP Ayeni Oluwadare, mobilised to scene and rushed the victim to the hospital where he was pronounced dead by a medical doctor and the corpse has been deposited at a hospital mortuary for autopsy.

He also said the suspect who “looks insane” had been arrested and taken to the station for investigation to ascertain circumstances surrounding the incident.

Sourced From: Tribune Online

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COVID-19: Police Arrest Bishop For Defying Lockdown To Protest At Chinese Embassy In Lagos



By Chiemelie Ezeobi.

The Lagos State Police Command has arrested the General Overseer of Resurrection Praise Ministries for Africa alias Jehovah Sharp Sharp, Archbishop Samson Benjamin, for defying the lockdown order to protest at the Chinese Embassy in Lagos.

Benjamin, the police alleged, led about 100 persons to the Chinese Embassy in Victoria Island to protest the maltreatment of Nigerians in China.

According to the cleric, the Chinese were operating freely in Nigeria despite that COVID-19 started in their country but have chosen to maltreat Nigerians and other blacks in China.

It was gathered that officials of the embassy sent a video clip of the alleged invasion to the police which prompted operatives from Victoria Island Division to move to the scene to effect the arrest.

A police source who spoke on anonymity said the cleric was being detained at the State Criminal Investigation and Intelligence Department, (SCIID), Yaba and may be arraigned in court on Wednesday.

In the video, the bishop denied going to the embassy with 100 persons, insisting that he was there by himself to register his displeasure over the ill-treatment of Nigerians in China.

Efforts to reach the spokesman for the state police command, DSP Bala Elkana, proved abortive as he didn’t return the message sent to him as at press time.



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