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REVEALED: Full Names Of The 23 Nigerians To Be Executed In Saudi Arabia



There has been so much public uproar condemning both the Nigerian and Saudi Arabian governments after the execution of a Nigerian woman, Kudirat Adeshola Afolabi, who was found guilty of drug trafficking.

While Nigerians insisted Afolabi was only a victim of drug syndicate group at Nigerian airports, both governments maintained she was actually guilty of the crime.

Following Afolabi’s execution, it was revealed that another Nigerian, Saheed Sobade, was facing the prospect of death in Saudi Arabia after being nabbed with 1,183 grams of cocaine powder in Jeddah, a Saudi Arabian port city on the Red Sea and gateway for pilgrimages to the Islamic holy cities Mecca and Medina.

The Royal Embassy of Saudi Arabia in Nigeria responded to widespread criticism of Afolabi’s execution by insisting that all legal and judicial procedures were observed.

“It is well-known for all those interested in travelling to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia that the penalty for drug trafficking is the death sentence and the said sentence is applied on all persons convicted without any exceptions, as long as the evidence is established against them, and this is conveyed to every person prior to his trip to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia,” it said.

As things stand, at least 23 more Nigerians, according to TheNation, are destined to suffer Afolabi’s fate, having been convicted for flouting the Narcotic and Psychotropic Substances Control Law, issued under Royal Decree No. M/39 dated 8/7/1428AH, which is punishable by death.

They were arrested between 2016 and 2017 at the King Abdul-Aziz International Airport, Jeddah and Prince Muhammad bin Abdu- Aziz International Airport, Madinah.

THE LIST

Adeniyi Adebayo Zikri

Tunde Ibrahim

Jimoh Idhola Lawal

Lolo Babatunde

Sulaiman Tunde

Idris Adewuumi Adepoju

Abdul Raimi Awela Ajibola

Yusuf Makeen Ajiboye

Adam Idris Abubakar

Saka Zakaria

Biola Lawal

Isa Abubakar Adam

Ibrahim Chiroma

Hafis Amosu

Aliu Muhammad

Funmilayo Omoyemi Bishi,

Mistura Yekini

Amina Ajoke Alobi

Kuburat Ibrahim

Alaja Olufunke Alalade Abdulqadir

Fawsat Balogun Alabi

Aisha Muhammad Amira

and Adebayo Zakariya

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Police reacts as Vikings, Black Axe cult groups clash in UNIUYO

The police command in Akwa Ibom, on Wednesday confirmed report of a cult clash between the Black Axe and Vikings Confraternities at the University of Uyo campuses.

The Public Relations Officer of the command, SP Odiko MacDon, who confirmed the incident to newsmen in Uyo, said the police were aware of the incident and that normalcy had returned to the campuses.

“The Commissioner of Police is trying to meet with the management of the university to strategise on how to tackle the menace and ensure adequate security of the university,” he said.

A student of the university, who preferred anonymity, lamented incessant attacks from cult groups apparently from outside the varsity campuses.

He said that one student was killed in the afternoon on Tuesday at the main campus, while three students were killed at the permanent site of the university at about 9pm same day.

“Before the last matriculation that held on Wednesday April 17, there were shoot-outs. During the matriculation there were clashes between cult groups.

“Just yesterday a student was shot dead during a clash between two cult groups at the Annex campus.

“I heard that other three students were shot dead last night at the Main Campus at Nwaniba, making it four dead persons at the campuses,” he said.

Also speaking, Mr Boniface Bassey, a students of Faculty of Arts called on the state government to intervene in the development.

He suggested that the school management should bring plain-cloth security personnel to secure the institution.

Bassey further called on management of UNIUYO to fish out perpetrators of the clashes for prosecution.

“Officers with mufti should come into the campuses and work with the school security to fish out the perpetrators,” he said.

Mrs Blossom Okorie, Director of Information, University of Uyo confirmed the incident but said she was not in the position to speak further on the incident.

“We have reported the matter to the police and I cannot comment on matter,” she said.

She said that the Vice Chancellor, Prof. Eniefiok Essien, was the only person to speak on the issue.

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Banditry: Buratai issues order to Army commanders

The Chief of Army Staff, Lt Gen. Tukur Buratai has extolled officers and men of the Nigerian Army for the various successes recorded so far in safeguarding Nigeria’s territory.

NAN reports that the Army Chief made the commendation at the opening of the 2019 first quarter Chief of Army Staff Conference at Jaji in Kaduna State on Wednesday.

He however said in spite of the successes, the troops must think out of the box to keep the terrorists on the run.

Buratai said credible intelligence was necessary in meeting various security challenges in the country and directed commanders to work closely with locals, so as to decisively deal with terrorists, bandits and other criminal gangs.

“It is gratifying to note that the NA within the First Quarter 2019 has performed creditably well starting with the seizing of initiatives and turning the battle momentum against the Boko Haram terrorists in the North East.

“And rounding up with the professional manner with which the NA supported the civil authorities, as part of our constitutional role, to ensure the successful conduct of the 2019 General Elections.”

He added: “Despite reports of some alleged cases of infractions by some personnel, which are being investigated by a high level committee, I am elated with the encomiums and accolades showered on the NA for the high level of professionalism exhibited in the conduct of the elections. I say well done to each and every one of you.

“I must also acknowledge the resilience and doggedness of our troops in reversing the ugly trends that almost marred our concerted efforts in the North East,” Buratai said, noting that Boko Haram alliance with the Islamic State West Africa Province (ISWAP) had been dealt with.

“That is why Operation YANCIN TAFKI was launched to effectively ensure the total destruction of the insurgents hibernating and operating from the ‘tumbuns’ with a view to crippling their ability and capability to wage any form of war.

“The operational successes recorded in this First Quarter 2019 in this fight have further underscored the NA’s resolve to defend the territorial integrity of Nigeria.”

On banditry and kidnapping in the North West and North Central Zones, Buratai said new strategies are being adopted to address the ugly trends.

“This has necessitated the launching of operation HARBIN KUNAMA III.

“The concept of this operation will require the combat arms as well as all combat support and combat support services working in synergy with other security agencies, the traditional institutions and other stakeholders to get rid of criminal elements.

“We must ensure information flow that will be converted into actionable and timely intelligence for troops to take proactive measures and to support and drive targeted operations.

“It is important that commanders in the field relate with the society and other security agencies in their efforts to bring the high rate of kidnapping, acts of banditry and attacks on villages leading to killings in Zamfara, Sokoto, Kaduna and Katsina States to an end.

“There must be sustained synergy, cooperation and collaboration with all stakeholders in these endeavours.”

The Army chief urged the media to be patriotic and stop glorifying terrorists and criminals in the country.

“I will seize this opportunity to caution the media and the general public not to glorify bandits, armed robbers, kidnappers and ethnic militias to the extent that they are seen as stronger than the military and other security agencies.

“The criminals and bandits are only as strong as the society paints or view them and further propagated by the media.

“It is important to state that information and intelligence flows from the people and indeed from the press and the public.

“Such criminal activities are intelligence based and the people, are in this regard, to provide timely information and clear identifications of the perpetrators.

“Undue publicity and praise singing of the bandits and other criminal elements would only motivate them to commit more criminal acts at the detriment of the society.

“Therefore, the press, the general public, security analysts and public commentators are advised to show more maturity and due diligence in this collective effort of ridding the country of criminals and criminalities.”

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Police In Lagos Nab Two Young Men Fighting Over N30,000 After Stealing Female Pants


The Police in Lagos have arrested two young men for allegedly stealing a female underwear.

According to the information gathered from the Police, the two men are Friday Emmanuel, 21, and Obiora Nwabueze, 29.

The suspects were said to be arrested under the Mile Two Bridge, Lagos, by operatives of the Satellite Division after they had engaged each other in fisticuffs, following the failure of one of the parties to keep to the terms of agreement regarding the stealing of the panties.

Nwabueze had earlier agreed to pay Emmanuel N30,000 on succesful execution of the ‘operation’ — a promise he did not want to redeem after Emmanuel had fulfiled his own part of the deal.

According to a statement by Bala Elkana (DSP), spokesman of the police, when Emmanuel brought the panties, instead of paying him the agreed amount, Nwabueze attempted to take them by force, which and that caused a fight.

“During interrogation, Emmanuel regretted listening to his friend Nwabueze, who was pestering him to get him female underwears he desperately needed to become rich,” Elkana said. “Both suspects were Wednesday charged to Magistrate Court 23, at Mbah Road, Ajegunle, Lagos for conspiracy and stealing.”

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