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Friday, April 7th, 2017


Catholic priest admits spending £50,000 stolen from parish purse on lover

  A Roman Catholic priest, Fr John Reid, has admitted stealing £50,000 from his parish, St Cuthbert’s Church in Newcastle, UK and spending the money on his lover. Father Reid, who quadrupled spending when he took charge of the church in 2009, avoided prison sentence after he told a Durham Crown Court that he will pay back the £50,000 within three months. He told the court that he had fallen in love with his housekeeper, Gillian Leddy, and saw her daughters, Veronica and Alice, as ‘the family that he neverRead More

Stockholm Truck Attack Kills 4; Terrorism Is Suspected

  A man steered a stolen beer truck into a crowd of people and then rammed it into a department store, killing at least four people  and fifteen people wounded in what officials were calling a terrorist attack in the heart of Stockholm on Friday afternoon. “Sweden has been attacked. All indications are that it was a terrorist attack,” Prime Minister Stefan Lofven said in a statement. The suspect in the attack was still at large. But at a new conference later in the evening, the Swedish police released a photoRead More

Again, PDP Stakeholders Meeting Deadlocked

  The meeting of stakeholders of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) convened at the instance of the former President, Dr Good luck Jonathan has ended in a stalemate with the Senator Ali Modu Sheriff led group staging a walk out on the gathering for not being allowed to make an opening chairman’s remarks. Addressing newsmen after his group had staged the walkout, at the main hall of the Shehu Musa Yar Adua Centre, Senator Sheriff stated that his leadership only stands on the proposal of the PDP Reconciliation Committee ledRead More

Some northern states backward like Afghanistan, says El-Rufai

  THE Kaduna Economic and Investment Summit (KADInvest 2.0) came to a close in Kaduna yesterday with Governor Nasir Ahmad El-Rufai declaring that some Northern states are as backward as Afghanistan. His position came as Kano State Governor Abdullahi Umar Ganduje said a survey has revealed that there are more than three million Almajiris in Kano State, majority of whom he said are foreigners from Niger Republic, Chad and other neighbouring African countries. The two governors and their Zamfara colleague, Alhaji Abdulaziz Yari, spoke at the grand finale of theRead More

Ikoli did not kill himself – Naval officers

The late Rear Adm. Daniel Ikoli, the Fleet Commander, Western Naval Command, Lagos, who was found dead at his Apapa residence on April 5, did not kill himself, contrary to some media reports. According to authoritative sources at the command, Ikoli may have been assassinated as he had no cause to kill himself. “Ikoli has been penciled down by the President as the next Chief of Naval Staff; he recently earned a special promotion to his present rank from Commodore. “He was on the panel probing arms deal which alsoRead More

Rear Admiral Ikoli was murdered, not suicide – IYC

Ijaw kinsmen of the late Rear Admiral Daniel Ikoli have ruled out suicide as the cause of death of the former member of the Presidential Committee on Arms and Fleet Commander of the Western Naval Command.   The Ijaw Youth Council claimed that Rear Admiral Ikoli, who was found dead in his Apapa home on Monday was murdered in a “sudden, quick and unlawful” manner.   The IYC in a statement by its Spokesperson, Mr Henry Iyalla, said the manner of his death, shortly after his elevation to the rankRead More

Court frees ‘Unilag 13’

Mobile Court yesterday freed the 13 University of Lagos (Unilag) students it ordered detained in Kirikiri prisons last Saturday. The Lagos State Environment and Special Offences Enforcement Unit (Task Force) court sitting in Oshodi freed them at the instance of their lawyer, Mr Monday Ubani. The students, including a rusticated 400-level student, Olorunfemi Adeyeye, of the department of Building were remanded by the court following their arraignment for alleged riotous “invasion” of Television Continental (TVC). The students were brought to court in a convoy of police vehicle. They arrived intoRead More

Monarchs, priests storm court for Nnamdi Kanu

  Justice Binta Nyako of the Federal High Court in Abuja has fixed April 25 for ruling on whether or not to review her earlier order allowing the shielding of the prosecution’s witnesses in the trial of four Biafra agitators, including Nnamdi Kanu. Security was heavy at the court, which was filled up with the defendants’ sympathisers, among them traditional rulers, priests and elders. Justice Nyako chose the date after listening to arguments from lawyers to the parties in the case in relation to an application by the defence for the courtRead More