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Man Rescued As He Attempts Suicide Over Inability To Pay Back N50,000 Loan

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A middle age man, Abiodun Onipede, on Saturday attempted to kill himself over his inability to refund a loan of N50, 000.

He was, however, prevented by the anti-vandalization team of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps, NSCDC, Ogun State command.

He was said to have been prevented as he attempted to hang himself by a member of the team who wanted to urinate in the bush.

Onipede, a commercial tricyclist, was reported to have secured the loan from a micro-finance arrangement known as ‘Lapo.’

He was said to have tied a rope to a tree and was about hanging himself when a member of the NSCDC team saw him.

The man, a 34-year old father of five, later told journalists that he worked with Traffic Compliance and Enforcement Agency, TRACE, in Ogun State but was sacked.

He explained that his inability to perform his responsibility as the head of the family led him to attempt suicide.

He added that his failure to pay the ‘loan from LAPO, a private micro-credit lending organisation, forced him to take the decision to take his life.

“I am a 200-level drop-out of Federal College of Education, Osiele, I dropped out because I could not get financial assistance to continue,” he said.

“Due to the health problem of my child in 2008, I had to drop out so that I could have some money to take care of my sick child.

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“But, we later lost the child in 2009 because we were unable to pay some hospital bills after people had helped us in raising money for the surgery.

“I was duped by some people and they even threatened me which made me to leave Abeokuta for Akwa-Ibom state.

‘’It was when I came back after a year that I discovered I had been sacked from TRACE.

“I am frustrated because am owing a lot of people ranging from house bill to electricity bill and some other bills.

‘’I am ashamed of myself because am not a responsible man, I cannot cater for my family as a head

“The LAPO officials have used OPC (Odua Peoples Congress) to arrest my wife because of the money, if not for the help of my pastor.

” Am just frustrated because I have to pay N3,000 every Friday and I am presently jobless. And I still have like N24,000 to balance.

“What added to my conclusion to commit suicide was due to my inability to refund the ‘LAPO’ loan I collected when I wanted to start my tricycle business.

” The officials of the LAPO have been giving my family tough times for sometimes now because, I cannot afford to be repaying N3,000 every Friday,” he said.

He, however, said he regretted his action and wanted a second chance in life.

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“I wish to go back to school; I want the government to help me with a job that can cater for my family and other things that are important,” the man said.

Meanwhile, the Public Relations Officer of NSCDC, Ogbonnaya Dyke, described it as a crime against the state for someone to try to take his life.

Mr. Dyke added that the suspect would be handed over to the police, after the NSCDC Intelligence Unit had concluded its work.

“Since the matter is under our Crisis Management Team, we have to swing into action to address the situation.

“Necessary actions will be taken by the Corps in addressing the situation. He is going to be handed over to the police after our intelligence Unit has done its work,” he said.

(NAN)

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El-Zakzaky’s trial resumes in Kaduna amidst tight security

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As the trial of embattled Leader of Islamic Movement in Nigeria, Sheik Ibrahim El- Zakzaky resumes today, security has been beefed up across  Kaduna state capital

El-Zakzaky and his wife, Zeenat are facing an 8-count charge by the Kaduna state government over allegations of culpable homicide, unlawful assembly, and disruption of the public peace, among others.

Also, Justice Gideon Kurada, who is the Presiding Judge had during the last sitting on March 26, 2019, adjourned the case indefinitely following his appointment to serve as a member of the Elections Petitions Tribunal in Yobe state.

Due to the absence of the trial judge during the last sitting on March 26, El-Zakzkay’s lawyer, Femi Falana, expressed concern , stating that his clients were in dire need of medical attention, the reason they could not appear in court.

While addressing  Journalists, Falana alleged that his clients have not been given adequate medical care since December 14, 2015, when they were detained.

Due to the resumed trial of Elzakzaky and his wife today, all major roads leading to the Kaduna state High Court Complex have been cordoned off by security operatives. Security is also beefed up at the court premises, to avert to the breakdown of law and order, especially with the recent violent protests by IMN members in Abuja, the nation’s capital.

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NANS  petitions EFCC, seeks investigation of alleged financial mismanagement in UI {See Petition}

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The National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS) Oyo State chapter, has  demanded a comprehensive investigation into the allegations of financial misappropriation, mismanagement and extortion by the management of the University of Ibadan (UI), Mega Icon Magazine exclusively gathered.

 

The association  led by its Chairman, Comrade Asubiojo Olujuwon Marshal, in a petition submitted on Tuesday at the Ibadan Office of the Economic & Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) called for thorough investigation of its allegations and  subsequent prosecution.

Contained in the petition,  NANS accused the management of the University of Ibadan (UI) of continued collection of a compulsory students’ union levy of N200 for two consecutive sessions after the students’ union was summarily suspended by the same management, wondering where such sums now accumulating into millions of Naira has ended up, as the fee is being charged both from postgraduate and undergraduate students.

Another issue raised in the petition, also of paramount interest was the Identity Card (I.D Card Issue) which it said was only resolved recently.

“An incident that saw students not issued ID cards for two full sessions and when the issuance was eventually done, an entire session was fraudulently by passed as students only received ID cards for the last session, and not the one before. Also, several students graduated within this period without receiving these I.D cards, and as the time of this petition, we have no knowledge of any refund system to address this.

“Equally worthy of your due reference and attention is the very suspicious technology fee, which was levied on students for the 2019/2020 session for the first time. The said fee is being charged at the sum of N6,500  per student and yet key members of the university management have declined that such is meant for the provision of internet facilities. It is instead claimed that such fee is only meant for “Portal access”. Please note that the same “Portal access” was previously charged at just N2,500. We wonder what new technology is being developed to warrant an increment of over 200%.

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“Furthermore, despite the fact that students are still being charged every session for the issuance of the students information handbook, as attached school receipt indicates, no issuance of such, either by hand, post or any known means has been done in the last five sessions. This is surely a  blatant case of extortion and should be duly addressed.

“In our capacity as the voice of Nigerian students in Oyo state, we are  appalled and aggrieved that such referenced atrocities of corruption are being nonchalantly displayed in the premier university, and we trust that you will not just look into this petition”.

NANS, however called for thorough and credible investigation of the allegations by the anti-graft body without minding whose ox was gored in the interest of justice and fairness.

 

 

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IMO: Police Parade Suspected Killer Of Ex-Corps Member

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Imo State Police Command on Monday arrested one Chukwuemeka Eze for allegedly raping and killing a 27-year-old female, Lilian Mgbanwa, who just completed her National Youth Service Corps.

Eze, who hails from Mgbidi in Oru West Local Government Area of the state, was paraded by the Force Public relations Officer, Frank Mba, at the Police Command Headquarters in Owerri, the state capital.

The police spokesman informed that Eze was arrested after an indigene of the community hinted  the police.

Mba, also disclosed that the suspect has so far confirmed to have committed the crime and also taken the police to the scene where the remains of the victim were buried.

According to the force’s publicist, “Not only did Chukwuemeka Eze rape the innocent young woman at the end of that sexual assault, he also went ahead to cover his crime by murdering the innocent woman.

“But like we have always told people, there are no perfect crimes anywhere in the world.”

“After committing the crime, the suspect was said to have taken the victim’s phone to a shop where he intended to charge it.

“A very observant Nigerian who owns the shop looked at Chukwuemeka Eze who had brought this phone to his shop and was very convinced from his character, that he probably may not be the owner of the phone.

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“As soon as Emeka turned his back, this very patriotic Nigerian turned on the phone and the first call that came was from a blood relative of the murdered female who requested to speak to her sister.

“It was in the course of that conversation that it became very clear that Emeka was not the owner of the phone”, Mba narrated

 

 

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