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Saturday, March 31, 2018

Girl, Woman Killed In Lagos Building Collapse

An 11-year-old girl and a woman lost their lives on Saturday after a section of a storeyed building on Abeje Street, Markaz, Agege collapsed.

The deceased residents were identified as Sherifat Olalere and 35-year-old  Toyin Ogundimu while one Mustapha Salaudeen was injured.

Punch learnt that the incident happened around 10am when many residents were around.

The affected section – makeshift structure at the back of the building was said to have been distressed for some time.

Zahra Buhari Indimi Is Pregnant [Photos]

The President's most famous daughter, Zahra who is now married into the Indimi family is pregnant. Zahra was spotted at her uncle's wedding Fatiha and ulalala she's got a bump. We say big congrats to her.

Thousands Line The Streets For Stehen Hawking

Thousands of mourners have lined the streets to pay tribute to renowned theoretical physicist Stehen Hawking who died peacefully at his home on March 14.

Hawking, who died on March 14 at the age of 76, was famously an atheist but his children Lucy, Robert and Tim chose St Mary the Great, the church of Cambridge’s prestigious university, to say their farewell.

‘Our father’s life and work meant many things to many people, both religious and non-religious. So, the service will be both inclusive and traditional, reflecting the breadth and diversity of his life,’ they said.

Man Commits Suicide After Row With Girlfriend

A young man identified as  Sunday Agboola has allegedly committed suicide by hanging himself inside his room shortly after a row with his girlfriend

The incident happened penultimate Monday at the deceased’s home in the Abule Iroko area of Sango, in Sango/Ijoko Local Council Development Area of Ogun State.

The deceased was said to have moved into his apartment three months ago.

An altercation was said to have broken out between the deceased and his girlfriend called Esther, following which the lady left the decease’s home in anger.

Cop Who Shot Black Man Selling CD Dead Sacked... But Is That Enough?

A Louisiana police officer shouted "stupid a** motherf***er" at a black man selling CDs after shooting him dead.

Shocking new footage of officer Blane Salamoni swearing over the lifeless body of Alton Sterling has emerged as the cop was sacked over the 2016 shooting.

Salamoni will not face criminal charges but the Baton Rouge police department found he had "violated department standards" through his use of force and losing his temper Police Chief Murphy Paul told a news conference.

The second officer, Howie Lake, was suspended for three days for failing to maintain his composure.

Three School Boys Who Saved Man From Suicide To Get National Awards

Three heroic schoolchildren aged 12, 13 and 14 saved a man who had a rope around his neck and was trying to jump off of a bridge.

The boys were on their way back from school at the time and they saved the man's life while he stood on the edge of an A10 overpass in Waltham Cross, Hertfordshire on September 21 last year.

Devonte Cafferkey, 13, and Sammy Farah, 14, rushed to grab the man and persuade him not to jump while their friend Shawn Young, who was 12 at the time, called for help.

The boys are now set to be presented with national awards.

3 Suicide Bombers Kill Selves – NEMA

The National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) has confirmed the death of three suicide bombers at Muna area of Maiduguri in an attempt to infiltrate the town on Friday.

Four powerful explosions occurred between 9: 00 and 9: 30 pm, sending terrifying echoes to many parts of the town.

NEMA’s Northeast Zonal Coordinator, Mr Bashir Garga, who confirmed the incident, said that the blast occurred outside the town.

Garga disclosed that the suicide bombers detonated Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs) strapped to their bodies behind the security trench at Muna Garage area in the outskirts of Maiduguri.

The Weeknd Hints He Offered Selena Gomez His Kidney In New Song

She underwent surgery to receive a kidney from her close friend last year.

But now fans are speculating The Weekend may have offered to give ex-girlfriend Selena Gomez one of his kidneys, after reading into the lyrics of his latest song. 

In his new track Call Out My Name, he sings: 'I said I didn't feel nothing baby, but I lied / I almost cut a piece of myself for your life.'

Selena famously received a kidney from her friend Francia Raisa last year, after being diagnosed with Lupus.

Man Who Gets Nailed To The Cross Every Easter Since 32 Years, Says He Feels No More Pains

A Philippine man, Ruben Enaje, who has been nailed to a cross every Easter for the past 32 years in a Good Friday re-enactment of Jesus Christ’s crucifixion says he no longer feels any pain from his wounds.

Enaje, 58, again portrayed Christ on Friday in the traditional religious rite in Cutud village, about 76 km (47 miles) from the capital Manila.

“In the past, I went home injured and limping, but this year I feel so great,” Enaje said after the ritual held under a sweltering sun.

He said he believed his strong Catholic faith helped him avoid pain. “I feel like he is telling me ‘go ahead, keep it up’,” he said, referring to God. Such a beautiful thing!

Court Sentence Driver To Death For Robbing Boss

A High Court sitting in Ondo State has sentenced a man, Akinyemi Babatunde, to death after he was found guilty of armed robbery and killing his boss.

The convict, who was a driver to the victim, was arrested by officers attached to the Ondo State Police Command in December 2012 for robbing. Mrs Faith Omotayo, his employer at the time.

Babatunde went away with a Toyota Camry car; a laptop computer, two mobile phones and a power bank all belonging to the victim.

Desperate Girls Harass Me For Love - Nwigwe

Give it up for Nollywood hunk, Enyinna Nwigwe, who in a short while has became one of the most sought after faces in the entertainment industry at home and diaspora.

As a handsome actor, Enyinna attracts all calibers of women from all corners.

He squealed to Inside Nollywood that he often receives messages from different ladies constantly harassing and threatening him for marriage.

‘It is so funny. I get messages like, I’m pregnant for you, God told me you are my husband, if you get married and it's not me, it won’t work. All kinds of random messages. I just look at them and smile,” he said.

Flavour Speaks About His Greatest Achievement...

Nigerian music act, Flavour has spoken out about his greatest achievement as a musician. Well what he said is what most of you won't expect. Speaking to Sun he said;

I’ve been blessed with so many awards and accolades for my music. The greatest achievement for me is that, my music has given me wonderful opportunities to contribute positively to different African communities, through philanthropy.

God Has Protected Me From Sexual Harassment In Nollywood- Rachael Okonkwo

While most of her colleagues often lament about their sexual harassment ordeals in the hands film producers, Rachael Okonkwo, who’s better known as Nkoli Nwa Nsukka, is of different opinion.

The beautiful actress claims that she has not really experienced sexual harassment in the movie industry because God has always been taking care of her.

“I have not really encountered sexual harassment. God has always been taking care of that for me. To God be all the glory. And again, I’m still the same old me, fame hasn’t deprived me of anything. I don’t allow my celebrity status get into my head,” she said.

The light-skinned script interpreter, who goes extra mile to put smiles on the faces of children through her Easter Carnival, noted that all is set for this year’s edition slated to hold in her hometown in Enugu State.

I'm Not Ready For Marriage, Sean Tizzle Speaks

Despite becoming a father last year, Nigerian singer, Morihanfen Oluwaseun, better known as Sean Tizzle, has said he is not thinking of marriage anytime soon.

In an encounter with Saturday Beats, he said there were many things he would still like to do before getting married.

He stated, “For me, marriage is not about money or age. I have to take my time; it is an individual matter.  Why I am not ready for marriage might not be good for you or others, but it is my personal decision. When the time is right, I will take the step. As for now, I am not ready for marriage.”

Arnold Schwarzenegger Undergoes Heart Surgery

Arnold Schwarzenegger has undergone heart surgery in Los Angeles. The Austrian-American film star and former California governor, 70, had a scheduled procedure to replace a valve at Cedars-Sinai hospital.

The device was installed to repair a defective aortic valve in 1997. Thursday's operation lasted several hours.

Schwarzenegger is said to be recovering well and reportedly commented after waking from surgery: "I'm back."

His spokesman, Daniel Ketchell, said that Schwarzenegger was "in good spirits" Good to know!.

Political? Mayor Of Dakar Jailed For Fraud

One of Senegal's most popular politicians has been jailed on charges of fraud which his supporters say are politically motivated.

Khalifa Sall, mayor of the capital Dakar, was sentenced to five years for embezzling $3.4m (£2.4m).

His conviction bars him from next year's elections, when he had been expected to present a strong challenge to President Macky Sall - no relation.

Senegal is one of the most stable democracies in West Africa.

Christian Youths Demand Immediate Release Of Leah

The southern Youth Wing of Christian Association of Nigeria (YOWICAN) yesterday pleaded with the Federal Government and the security agencies to adopt all necessary measures to ensure the  immediate release of Leah Sharibu from Boko Haram’s captivity.

Sharibu was abducted along with  110 other female pupils of a secondary school in Dapchi, Yobe State, last month.

But while the other abductees were released by the terror sect, Sharibu was not, because she refused to renounce her Christian faith.

Friday, March 30, 2018

Photo: Naomi Campbell Visits Nigeria...

Naomi Campbell is in Nigeria. The supermodel visited President Buhari as part of her activities for ARISE Fashion Week (AFW) 2018.

Ireland Lifts Good Friday Alcohol Ban

For almost a century, selling alcohol had been banned on Good Friday - a legacy of Ireland's Christian traditions.

But in January 2018 the Irish parliament passed new legislation which means this year will be different.

So what's the story for 2018? And who stands to gain from the change?

Pubs in the Republic will welcome Easter revellers from 10:30 until closing time at 00:30.

Haddish Banned From Revealing Who Bit Beyonce

The mystery of who bit Beyonce may one day be unraveled.

But Tiffany Haddish, who publicly revealed the bite had happened, will not be the one to disclose the identity of the perpetrator.

The comedienne and Girls Trip actress, 38, went live on Instagram and indicated she had singed a Nondisclosure Agreement preventing her from giving the name.

(Earlier this week, it was reported that Haddish had told friends privately that Sanaa Lathan was the culprit. The Love & Basketball actress has publicly denied she was responsible, tweeting: 'Y'all are funny. Under no circumstances did I bite Beyoncé and if I did it would've been a love bite.')

Wife Who Attacked Husband With Knife After He Cheated On Her With Her Friend Is Jailed

A millionaire hedge fund trader who attacked her husband with a seven inch knife after finding out he was having an affair with her horse-riding friend has been jailed for 15 months.

Nasreen Knight had days earlier rammed her husband Julian Knight's Land Rover with her Nissan when she discovered the pair had spent the night together.

Lincoln Crown Court heard Knight lunged at her husband and smashed his glasses before later attacking him in the laundry room of their farmhouse. 

Knight, a mother-of-four who previously had an affair herself, punched Ms Hillyer and pulled her hair before she was arrested.

Boy Who Plunged From Russian Mall Fire Survives

Tragic Sergei Moskalenko who fell four storeys and suffered serious injuries in the Kemerovo inferno  has not yet been told his parents and little sister were killed in the appalling fire, say relatives.

The boy, 11, is out of danger and conscious despite multiple fractures after striking an air conditioner and awning as he fell 40 feet to the ground while escaping thick black smoke.

Doctors asked him if he remembered how he came to be in hospital, and he told them: 'I was flying...'

Some witnesses believe his father pushed him as he clung to the window ledge.

Kim & Kanye Take Kids To The Zoo [Photos]

They're doting parents who relish time with their little ones. Kim Kardashian and her husband Kanye West enjoyed a family day at the San Diego Zoo with their children.

Proud dad Kanye, 40, doted on his son Saint, two, as the duo posed for a sweet father-son photo, all documented on Kim's Instagram stories on Thursday.

Kanye had his arms wrapped around his little boy as he flashed a proud smile while clad in a grey sweatshirt, bright green shorts, and a beige hat to cap off the look.

North, four, meanwhile, clearly had the time of her life as she fed an elephant a leaf of lettuce.

Chinese Arraigned For Attempting To Smuggle N108m Outside Nigeria

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission has arraigned a Chinese national, Li Yanping, before Justice Babatunde Quadri of a Federal High Court, Abuja, for allegedly concealing the sum of $300,000 (N108m) while attempting to board a flight to Dubai, United Arab Emirates.

The EFCC said in a statement that Yanping failed to inform officers of the Nigerian Customs Service as required by Section 2 (3) of the Money Laundering (Prohibition) Act, 2011 (as amended by Act No. 1 of 2012).

The accused was arrested by the Presidential Task Force on Trans Border Cash Movement on March 15, 2018, for failure to disclose the said sum while attempting to board an Emirate flight, EK 8786 en route to Dubai. He was handed over to the EFCC for further investigation and possible prosecution.

Sad! Students Found Floating In Lagos Flood

Two male students of a private secondary school have been picked up dead in the flood after a heavy rain in Alagbado area of Lagos on Thursday, witnesses confirmed.

The witnesses said the boys were found floating on water at Casso Bus Stop on Lagos/Abeokuta Expressway by shop owners and people waiting to board vehicles to their destinations.

Some commercial motorcycle riders carried them to a private hospital which confirmed them dead.

A witness said she and others were taking shelter from the rain in a nearby shop when they noticed the floating bodies on the water.

10 Arraigned For 'Damaging FRSC Vehicles, Building'

The police in Jos yesterday arraigned 10 men at an Upper Area Court, Kabong in Jos North Local Government of Plateau State, for allegedly destroying a building and vehicles of the Federal Road Safety Corps. (FRSC)

They are Abbas Sharanu, Saheed Lawal, Musa Jibrin, Mapi Musa, Bashir Ibrahim, Jethro Danas, Panam Hassan, Usman Umaru, Sanusi Sanusi and Auwal Abubakar, all of Bauchi Road, Jos.

The defendants were charged with criminal conspiracy, disturbance of public peace, unlawful assembly and voluntarily causing grievous hurt.

EFCC Charges Heritage Bank MD To Court

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission has charged the Managing Director of Heritage Bank, Ifiesimama Sekibo, before the Federal High Court in Lagos for an alleged fraud of N605,321,051.05.

Joined with Sekibo in the charge sheet marked FHC/C/95C/18 is one Kolapo Kola Daisi and a company, Greame Properties Limited.

The EFCC, in the first count, alleged that Sekibo, on July 29, 2016, “while being a bank employee, to wit:  Managing Director of Heritage Bank, acquired the sum of N180m beyond your legitimate income through Greame Properties Limited, a company owned by you.”

Gunmen Kill Edo APC Leader, Samson Sedi

Unknown gunmen have shot dead a leader of the All Progressives Congress in Edo State, Mr. Samson Sedi, in the Etsako West Local Government Area of the state.

It was gathered that Sedi, who was the youth leader of the APC in the area, was killed in Jattu on Wednesday.

The state Commissioner of Police, Mr. Johnson Kokumo, confirmed the incident.

According to a source, the deceased, also known as “Power Remain,” died after he was attacked by suspected armed robbers at an NNPC mega station in Jattu.

Simon Cowell's Ex Suing Tyga Over Non Payment Of Rent, Tells Court, Evict Him & Get Me My Rent

Tyga is nothing if not predictable, because he's being sued again where he lives and he also got his poor little son sued in the process.

Mezhgan Hussainy, Simon Cowell's makeup artist who he was once set on marrying, has a super cool house in Bev Hills that she rented to him for $40k a month. Tyga moved in in March 2017 and paid rent for awhile until he didn't.

Hussainy claims the rent check stopped in January and he's made no effort to catch up.

She's suing to evict Tyga and get all of the back rent. It's interesting, one of the defendants is Tyga's son, King Cairo because Tyga put the kid's name on the lease. The child is listed as "other defendants" in the body of the lawsuit.

UMG Sued Over Ariana Grande's Song

Ariana Grande's sexy reggae-pop tune featuring Nicki Minaj is a blatant rip-off of another song, just with their vocals added in, according to a new suit.

Texan man Christopher R. O'Connor claims "Side To Side" -- Grande's smash hit from her 2016 "Dangerous Woman" album is essentially his track called "J5 (T6)" ... but someone from UMG Recordings discovered it and got Ariana and Nicki to copy it.

O'Connor says he reached out to UMG about the alleged copyright violation and was instructed to send in a demo but the company didn't address his accusation of song stealing.

Daughter Of Ex-Spy Improving Rapidly- Hospital

Yulia Skripal, the daughter of ex-spy Sergei Skripal, is improving rapidly and no longer in a critical condition, says the hospital treating her.

She and her father were admitted nearly four weeks ago after being exposed to a nerve agent in Salisbury.

The BBC understands from separate sources that Ms Skripal is conscious and talking. However Mr Skripal remains in a critical but stable condition, Salisbury District Hospital said.

Doctors said Ms Skripal, "has responded well to treatment but continues to receive expert clinical care 24 hours a day".

Man Bathes Girlfriend With Acid After Family Rejects Marriage Proposal

The police in Borno on Thursday confirmed the arrest of one Musa Faisal in connection with alleged acid attack on his 26-year old girlfriend, Fatima Usman.

The Commissioner of Police in the state, Mr. Damian Chukwu, made the disclosure while briefing newsmen in Maiduguri.

Fatima Usman, a final year student of Department of Nursing, University of Maiduguri was attacked with corrosive fluid by suspected tricycle operators in Maiduguri on March 16.

She sustained serious injuries on the face and other parts of her body as a result of the attack.

Serious Negotiations Ongoing For Leah’s Release – Senator

The senator representing Yobe East in the National Assembly, Bukar Ibrahim, has said “very serious negotiations” are ongoing to ensure the release of Leah Shabiru.

Leah is one of the schoolgirls abducted from Dapchi, Yobe State by Boko Haram insurgents on February 19.

The insurgents later returned all the girls (apart from five who died), but held onto Shabiru.

Leah was reportedly not released with others because she refused to renounce her Christian faith.

S*x Worker Killed & Dumped In Hotel Toilet

The Borno state police command has arrested two suspects in connection with the murder of a 28-year-old commercial sex worker, Precious Needy.

The Commissioner of Police in the state, Mr. Damian Chukwu, made the disclosure while briefing newsmen in Maiduguri.

He said that Needy’s corpse was found with her throat slit in a toilet at Galaxy Hotel in Galadima Area of Maiduguri metropolis on March 25.

Chukwu also disclosed that the body was discovered by Onyeka Ogbonna, a staff of the hotel, noting that the matter was reported to police on March 26.

Bakers Threaten Strike Over Costs Of Raw Materials

The Association of Master Bakers has decried the soaring cost of essential raw materials for the production of bread, threatening to shut down their bakeries if the Federal Government does not intervene in the matter.

The bakers, who converged on Ikeja, Lagos State, denounced the duty payable on imported wheat and their inability to access foreign exchange from the Central Bank of Nigeria for raw materials.

The bread bakers also said the price of bread could go up soon.

Speaking on behalf of the association, the Chairman of its South-West, Mr. Abibu Abolusodun, said the majority of bread bakers were wallowing in debt as a result of harsh business climate.

Libya Returnees To Get Salaries From Benin Monarch

The Oba of Benin, Oba Ewuare II has announced a three-month stipend of N4.6m to 78 Libya returnees in the state. Ewuare II explained that the beneficiaries would be placed on a monthly allowance of N20,000 each.

The monarch spoke when he received the returnees at his palace on Wednesday.

He also said that those who had acquired skills, under the state government, would be provided with relevant tools by the Oba Ewuare Foundation.

He advised the returnees to embrace agriculture and other legal businesses in order to become successful in the country.

Thursday, March 29, 2018

Video: P-Square Family Problem Made Me Leave Rudeboy Records, Singer Lucy

Nigerian singer, Lucy who was formerly signed to Rudeboy Records owned by one-half of defunct music group P-Square, Paul Okoye has revealed P-Square's family problems made her leave.

Revealing this to Hip Tv, she said the family drama overshadowed her career back then. Watch the video below...

Travelling Out Of Nigeria With $10k Without Declaring It Is A Financial Crime- EFCC

EFCC on it's official twitter page has said travelling out of Nigeria with $10,000 or it's equivalent in other currencies without declaring it to customs officers is a financial crime that attracts a two-year jail term. Ignorance is not an excuse the tweet concluded.

Photos: Deola Smart Joins The D&G Gang

Deola Smart has joined the D&G gang. It was Toke Makinwa that rocked it first, then Ini Edo joined and now Deola Smart, Malivelihood's fiancee. Luxury has always been her thing tho, so we ain't surprised. If you wear a N56m engagement ring, what then is a D&G? Lol.

Malala Yousafzai Returns To Pakistan For First Time Since She Was Shot

Nobel Peace Prize winner Malala Yousafzai has returned to Pakistan for the first time since being shot by Taliban militants.

Ms Yousafzai, now aged 20 and a vocal human rights activist, was shot in the head by a gunman for campaigning for female education in 2012.

In an emotional speech at the prime minister's office, she said it had been her dream to return "without any fear".

Details of the surprise trip are being kept secret for security reasons.

Couple Die 72hrs To Daughter’s Wedding

A yet to be identified couple have been reported dead after their motorcycle collided with a commercial bus in Ugwunagbo Local government Area of Abia State 72hrs to their daughter’s wedding.

It was gathered that the incidence occurred near a village called Umuaja in Ugwunagbo left many passengers of the commercial bus wounded as many of them were said to be in critical conditions.

It was learnt that while the husband and wife died on the spot, some of the injured were taken to a nearby hospital for treatment and the critically injured were reportedly referred to Abia State Teaching Hospital (ABSUTH), Aba for issues beyond their capacity to handle.

Marenikae: AJEBUTTER : THE ALBUM

Ajebutter is the debut Album from Nigerian singer/songwriter MARENIKAE. An eclectic mix of rich African culture meshed with Western European subtexts and overtones, the project is a refreshing journey into the mind of a Nigerian millennial with womanist roots.

The album is bold and tasteful. The pace is familiar, marked with African drum beats and patterns, yet complemented by MARENIKAE’s signature sound which is rooted in a blend of neo soul and afropop with electronic vibes throughout.

Her vocals range from sultry, to passionate; flirtatious to bold; transitioning between tracks and sometimes verses.  Besides its cultural influence, Ajebutter is the product of the millennial mind-set challenging age old beliefs and cultural norms.

NDLEA, Arraigns 58-Year-Old, Alleged Drug Baron

The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) on Thursday arraigned a 58-year-old alleged drug baron before a Jos Federal High Court for illegal possession of tons of hard drugs.

The Jos based accused, Jude Okoye alias Zuma, was arrested by officers of the agency on June 9, 2017 at his store in Apata quarters, Jos North Local Government of Plateau.

Okoye is being tried on an eight-count charge of unlawful possession of 1, 372Kg of Tramadol drug, 1, 089 Kg of cough syrup containing codeine, 28. 3 Kg Diazepam injection.

Police Declare Couple Wanted Over N63m 'Fraud'

The Police Command in Enugu State has declared a couple wanted for alleged N63 million forgery and fraud in a mortgage institution.

The command’s spokesman, SP Ebere Amaraizu, said in a statement in Enugu on Thursday that the Criminal Intelligence and Investigations Department had commenced a full scale investigation into the matter.

Amaraizu said that the wife, Mrs Chinyere Amalunweze, 36, a native of Umuegbu Ego village in Nnobi community in Idemili South Local Government Area of Anambra, is fair in complexion and a former staff of a mortgage institution.

Pope Under Attack Over Canadian School Abuse

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said he was disappointed by the refusal of Pope Francis to personally apologise for the role of the Catholic Church in abuse suffered by tens of thousands of Indigenous children at Canada’s infamous Indian residential schools.

“Obviously I’m disappointed with the Catholic Church’s decision not to apologise for their role in residential schools,” Trudeau told reporters, adding that he would continue pressing the pontiff for an apology.

It is estimated that more than 150,000 First Nations, Inuit and Metis children were separated from their families and forced into residential schools run by the Catholic and Anglican churches on behalf of the federal government over much of the last century.

I Love Her, Says 65-Year Old Who Raped Minor

One of two men accused of defiling an 11-year-old girl in Uyo, Akwa Ibom State, has said he loves her, but did not know her age, while the other man said he slept with her just once.

Both men are currently cooling their heels in Police cell at Ikot Akpanabia, headquarters of Akwa Ibom State Police Command.

The victim was said to have been lured by one Glory to the house of a 65-year-old man, Okon Edet, who defiled her, while his accomplice, Akan Ebong, a 27-year-old man living in the neighbourhood, also took advantage of the girl’s vulnerability and slept with her, while she was begging for money to transport her home.

Bandits Kill Three In Zamfara...

The Police Command in Zamfara has confirmed the killing of three persons at Bawan Daji village in Anka Local Government Area of the state. The Command’s Spokesman, DSP Mohammed Shehu, said the killing was perpetrated by gunmen.

Shehu said the gunmen who came in large numbers attacked the village in the early hours of Wednesday shooting sporadically which led to the death of the three persons.

He said  the villagers who were taken unawares were quick to alert a nearby mobile police patrol team which came and engaged the bandits in a gun battle. The PPRO said the policemen overpowered the bandits and many of them escaped with gunshot wounds.

He urged members of the public to be on alert to report to the nearest authority anyone seen with bullet wounds and seeking medical attention.

Witchcraft: Uganda Shuts 23 Radio Stations

Ugandan authorities have shut down 23 radio stations for “promoting witchcraft’’ and trying to con people out of money.

The stations’ licencses were suspended after they had guests on air who claimed they could heal diseases like HIV, Pamela Ankunda, the Uganda Communications Commission spokesperson said.

“The radios have been promoting witchcraft. People claimed on these radios to cure diseases like AIDS and cancer. These people have been fraudulently getting money from the public,’’ she added.

“Their operations and licences have been suspended until they are able to assure the commission through writing that they will abide by the minimum broadcasting standards,’’ Ankunda said.

Police Recover 198 Firearms In Katsina State

The Katsina State Police Command said it had recovered 198 firearms from some residents, including herdsmen. About 30 of the weapons were reportedly mopped up from individuals following a directive by the Inspector-General of Police, Ibrahim Idris, that owners of such weapons should surrender them .

Among the recovered weapons were 20 AK-47 rifles, 10 pistols, eight pump-action rifles, 70 locally-made pistols, 80 locally-made guns, five double-barrelled guns and two SMGs. Others included 84 rounds of ammunition and 50 magazines.

The state Commissioner of Police, Wakili Muhammed, who displayed the weapons before journalists at the police command headquarters in Katsina, said the command would ensure the recovery of all illegally acquired arms.