‘I Hadn’t Made Enough Money Before My Arrest’ – Robbery Suspect

A suspected member of a robbery gang based in Port Harcourt, Rivers State, Junior Nmeni, has lamented that he had not made enough money from robberies before luck ran out on him.

Nmeni, who was a cleaner, claimed that he and his gang members had only been able to make N223,000 and get some phones from robbery operations he participated in.

The 28-year-old said he had hoped to make enough proceeds from the crime so that he could take care of his wife.

The expectant father said he went into robbery after he lost his job as a cleaner at the Port Harcourt International Airport.

He said, “I was a cleaner at the Port Harcourt International Airport where I earned N18,000 as salary. I joined the gang seven months ago because the company I worked for sacked me and things became very hard for me and my wife.

“There was a gun that belonged to my late elder brother. I found the gun in the ceiling of his apartment. There was a riot in Nwokocha’s community and I gave the gun to him. After the crisis, he used the gun to rob and he killed a man with it.

“He returned the gun and told me what he had done. I decided to join the gang. We robbed a man and a woman at Iguruta. We kidnapped the woman’s sister and I raped her. I kept her in my house for two days before Iwuayawu and I started demanding a ransom.

“We were paid N200,000 ransom and I got N23,000 as my share since we were six that did the job. The next operation I went for was at a hotel. Elvis (a gang member at large) brought one of the guns we used for the operation. It was Sunny, another member, who gave us information about the hotel. We got N21,000 from the hotel and three phones.”

Nmeni explained that his last operation with the gang was at the home of one Mr. Ogundun.

He said they were confronted by their victim which forced them to retreat, adding that he had not made enough money from “the business” before he was arrested.

“Elvis was the one who brought ‘the job’ but on the day we went to the man’s house, we didn’t succeed. The man had a gun and he shot at Nwokocha. We took the man’s motorcycle away.

“I hadn’t made much money from ‘the business’ (robbery) before I was arrested. I was hoping to raise enough money which I intended to use for my pregnant wife’s delivery,” Nmeni stated.

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ASUU Blows Hot As FG Directs Universities To Implement “No Work, No Pay” Policy

Chairman, University of Ibadan chapter of the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU), Dr. Deji Omole has described the federal government as shameless for owing lecturers seven years of unpaid earned academic allowances and still want them to continue to work for free while the Presidency and the National Assembly feed fat on the wealth of the nation.

Omole made this declaration while reacting to a memo which directed Vice Chancellors of universities to implement the “no work, no pay” policy on the sticking lecturers across the country.

The Federal Government, it was gathered had directed Vice Chancellors of striking public universities across the country to enforce “no-work-no-pay” rule on the striking lecturers.

The memo which was signed by NUC Director of Research, Information and Technology Dr S.B Ramon-Yusuf stated that payment of salaries from any other sources will be viewed as a violation of extant rules and government directive.

It will be recalled that ASUU had on Sunday, November 4th this year, declared indefinite and total strike over issues bothering on welfare of its members, infrastructure and non-implementation of some agreements made to the union by the federal government.

But, Omole in a statement emailed to us Friday evening said it is sad that a government that prides itself as having integrity has shamefully shown that it lacks integrity by failing to honour agreements reached with the union and resorted to harassment and intimidation of ”our members on a patriotic struggle to save public education in Nigeria. ”

He said that the directive will add fuel to the struggle as academic staff have resolved to get proper education for the children of the masses.

According to Omole, the Military government tried unsuccessfully to intimidate the collective will of Nigerian masses, adding that members of the union have resolved to fight for the future of the country.

Omole said, “We have passed this road before. It is a familiar terrain which we can navigate with our eyes closed.

“We shall triumph any attempt to destroy the common patrimony”. The power of the people is stronger than the people in power.”

Breaking News:Former U.S President George Bush Dies At 94

Former US President, George H.W. Bush is dead.

He died at the age of 94 in Houston on Friday, according to a statement issued by his spokesperson, Jim McGrath.

The statement reads:

“George Herbert Walker Bush, World War II naval aviator, Texas oil pioneer, and 41st President of the United States of America, died on November 30, 2018.

“He was 94 and is survived by his five children and their spouses, 17 grandchildren, eight great-grandchildren, and two siblings.

“He was preceded in death by his wife of 73 years, Barbara; his second child Pauline “Robin” Bush; and his brothers Prescott and William or “Bucky” Bush.”

Bush’s death comes after his wife of 73 years, Barbara Bush, passed away on April 17 at the age of 92.

Bush, the 41st president of the United States, lived longer than any of his predecessors, CNN reports.

Bush is survived by his son, Jeb, the former Florida governor and 2016 presidential candidate; sons Neil and Marvin; daughter Dorothy; and 17 grandchildren.

He will be buried at his presidential library in College Station, Texas.

I Cannot Take Responsibility For Chibok Girls’ Abduction” – Goodluck Jonathan

Former President Goodluck Jonathan has said that he cannot take responsibility for the abduction of the Chibok girls in April 2014 as he does not control the terrorist group.

Recall that Boko Haram members stormed the Government Girls Secondary School, Chibok, Borno State, on April 14th 2014 and abducted over 200 girls.

Speaking in an interview with BBC on Friday, November 30th, Jonathan said he did all that was expected of any responsible government to do immediately the girls were abducted.

“Immediately the Chibok [schoolgirls] issue came up, we expected Nigerians to be concerned. ‘How do we get these girls out?’ Within a couple of days, we saw people going to the US with Bring Back Our Girls placards.

How? Why? And of course, Mrs. Obama received one of those placards. I cannot take responsibility for that abduction. I don’t control Boko Haram. They are criminals.

“But as a president, of course you know it’s not the president that goes to the fields. You have security and intelligence officers that do the work. Let me admit that yes, maybe they do their best, but their best was not good enough for us to recover the girls.

That I cannot say I am right or I am wrong. That does not mean I am trying to remove myself from any blame. Yes, I may not be blamed for the action, but I could be blamed that my security and intelligence systems were not strong enough to be able to rescue the girls.

“If I as a politician, will tell the whole world that my political ambition for any single office is not worth the blood of any Nigerian, how will I be happy that girls have been kidnapped? I’m not that kind of character.”

APGA(INTRUDERS) Faction Threatened Obiano To Resign For Endorsing Buhari

A faction of the All Progressive Grand Alliance on Friday emerged in Abuja with a call on the Anambra State Governor, Willie Obiano, to resign for single-handedly endorsing President Muhhamadu Buhari for the 2019 elections.

The governor had in a video, which went viral, reportedly endorsed the President during the public presentation of a book to commemorate the 80th birthday of a former governor of Akwa Ibom State, Obong Victor Attah, despite having Gen. John Gbor (retd).as its presidential candidate for the 2019 presidential poll.

Speaking with journalists in Abuja, chairman of the new group under the aegis of Authentic APGA, Chief Jerry Obasi, said the governor had brought APGA to ridicule, odium and made it a laughing stock in the eyes of reasonable Nigerians.

He accused Obiano of anti-party activities and breach of Article 22(2D) of the party’s constitution.

Obasi said his members must have to decide whether to continue on the “evil trajectory of impunity and political villainy or adopt a strategic template to guarantee the revival of the fundamental ideas that propelled the formation of APGA.”

According to him, the original and foundational ideology of APGA was that it should be inclusive and guarantee the rights of members to express themselves in line with democratic principles.

He, however, said that it was obvious from prevailing circumstances that the party had derailed and lost the moral compass that endeared it to marginalised Nigerians.

Obasi said, “There is urgent need, therefore, for loyal and genuine members of the party to embark on a programme that would bring back the party to the original ideas. This programme would involve the reconciliation and unification of all those that fought through thick and thin to ensure that APGA serves the purpose of political emancipation of all oppressed people.”

 

Breaking News:Okorocha Suspended AG, Orders Arrest Of Bank Managers Over Salaries Issues

Imo State Governor, Owelle Rochas Okorocha, has ordered the suspension the Accountant-General of the state, Mrs. Stella Udogwu and ordered the arrest of branch managers of Ecobank and Access Bank over non-payment of November salaries of the local government workers.

A statement signed by the Governor’s Chief Press Secretary, Sam Onwemeodo, said the suspension was with immediate effect. He said the governor had directed that the October and November salaries of the staff be paid at the same time in October, adding that the governor had believed that the directive was carried out accordingly, only to be told that it was not adhered to.

The statement quoted the governor as giving the directive when he attended an event to mark the 40th year anniversary of the Nigeria Union of Local Government Employees, (NULGE) in Owerri.

The statement said that the governor ordered that the November and December salaries be paid on Monday since December 1and 2 are not working days. He equally announced a Christmas bonus of N10,000 each for workers and N2.5m as car allowance for each of the Local Government Directors of Administration and General Services.

Breaking News:OPC Founder Frederick Fasehun Is Dead

Frederick Fasehun, founder of Oodua Peoples Congress (OPC) is dead.

He was admitted to the Lagos State University Teaching Hospital, Ikeja, on Tuesday, but passed on in the early hours of Saturday.

He was 83 years old at the time of his death.