Hushpuppi: PSC sets up fresh panel to probe Abba Kyari

The Police Service Commission has setup a fresh probe panel to look into the case of Abba Kyari. Hushpuppi and five gang members were arrested for allegedly being involved in fraud and laundering money meant to finance a school for children in Qatar. Otis Wright of the United States District Court for the Central District of California ordered the Federal Bureau of Investigation to track down Kyari and produce him in the United States for his role in a multi-million dollar fraud perpetrated by Ramon Abbas, aka Hushpuppi.

The affidavit accused Kyari of conspiring and arranging for Vincent to be arrested and jailed at Abbas’ behest, and then sent Abbas photographs of Vincent after his arrest. Kyari had denied any wrongdoing in a statement on Facebook, the senior police officer narrated that Abbas called him two years ago to complain about a person threatening to kill his family. He was subsequently suspended from the police force after a recommendation by the IGP, and he is now facing a panel as regards the FBI report.

A new in-house panel has now been set up by the Police Service Commission to study the documents presented by the United States Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), which indicted him. Though Kyari was earlier probed by a Police investigative panel set up by the Inspector-General of Police (IGP), Mohammed Adamu, and headed by Joseph Egbunike, a Deputy Inspector-General of Police, a new panel set up by the Police Service Commission to probe him is being headed by Barr. Tijani Mohammed, Director, Department of Police Discipline in the commission.

The panel was inaugurated by the Permanent Secretary/Secretary to the commission, Alhaji Abubakar Ismaila.


Source: Lailas News



Nigeria Is Not And Cannot Be A Failed State – Lai Mohammed

Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed says Nigeria cannot be described as a failed state, insisting that the country is only witnessing insecurity in some parts. The Minister, who argued that the country is winning the war against insecurity, noted that insurgents are surrendering to the increased onslaught from security agents.

“I live in Nigeria, I work in Nigeria and I travel all around Nigeria and I can tell you Nigeria is not a failed state,” he told BBC’s Focus on Africa.


“I can tell you, yes we have challenges with banditry, we have challenges with separatist groups, it does not make this country, Nigeria, a failed state.

“If what is happening in the last few weeks is anything to go by, we are winning this war.”

Mr Lai, who asked Nigerians to appreciate the government’s fight against insecurity, noted that the nation’s security situation is a lot better than what the present government met when it assumed power.

Recalling how the Taliban seized power in Afghanistan, the minister explained that ideologies are hard to defeat, something he says the present administration has been able to surmount while fighting Boko Haram.

According to him, before the present government, Boko Haram controlled a “swathe of land the size of Belgium” but have now been pushed “to a very small area”.

“This is what people should appreciate about fighting terrorism. The good news is that insurgents today are surrendering in droves and we are going after them,” he added.


Source: Channelstv



Spartacus actor, Francis Mossman dies aged 33

Francis “Frankie” Mossman, a New Zealand actor best known for his roles on television shows like “Spartacus” and “The Horizon”, has died at the age of 33 He died in Sydney, Australia. A cause of death has not been disclosed.

Mossman’s death was confirmed in a GoFundMe post put together by his brothers, Laurence and Jeremy Mossman, to raise money for Mossman’s repatriation and funeral costs.

The post reads: “With heavy hearts and much sadness, we learned of Francis’ passing in Sydney, Australia. Francis was an energetic force and much-loved brother and son. He was a well-respected member of the acting community and found a supportive and endearing family community in Sydney. His smile and energetic presence will be sorely missed by those lucky enough to have known him.”

Mossman is best known for his role on the Starz series “Spartacus” as the character Vitus.

From 2013 to 2017, Mossman held a starring role in Australian web series “The Horizon” as Stevie Hughes. Mossman’s last credited role was in the 2020 short “Dis-Connect” as Luke.


Source: The Nation



Three killed after explosion hits Pakistan Shiite procession

A Pakistani Shiite Muslim leader and witnesses say a powerful explosion has hit a procession of procession in central Pakistan, killing at least three and wounding over 50 people. The explosion on Thursday was targeting a Shiite procession in Bahawalnagar, capital city of Bahawalnagar District situated in the southeast region in the Punjab province of Pakistan.

Speaking to the local news channel the Punjab Home Minister Raja Basharat said that a man hurled a grenade at a procession passing by Jamia Masjid in Muhajir Colony in Bahawalnagar at around 10am, adding that the attacker had been taken into custody.

Videos circulating on social media showed police and ambulances rushing toward the site of the explosion. Several wounded people were seen waiting for help along a road in the deeply conservative city of Bahawalnagar in the eastern Punjab province, where the attack took place.

City police officer Mohammad Asad and Shiite leader Khawar Shafqat confirmed the bombing. Witnesses said tensions are now high in the city, with Shiites protesting the attack and demanding retribution. Punjab Home Minister also said besides the two people killed in the explosion, two of the injured were in critical condition and undergoing treatment at Bahawalpur Victoria Hospital, where all wounded had been shifted. The security personnel have been deployed in the area, while further investigation is underway, he added.


Source: Gulf Today



Suspected Islamic militants kill 47 in northern Burkina Faso

Suspected Islamic militants ambushed a convoy in northern Burkina Faso on Wednesday, killing at least 30 civilians along with 17 soldiers and volunteer defense fighters, the government said.

While there was no immediate claim of responsibility for the attack in Burkina Faso’s Sahel region, militants linked to al-Qaida and the Islamic State group are increasingly targeting security forces in the West African country.

One recent attack elsewhere in the north killed 30 people including 15 soldiers and four volunteer fighters. And about a week ago, suspected extremists ambushed a group of soldiers in western Burkina Faso, killing 12 of them.

The militants have demonstrated their ability to attack civilians even under military escort, said Rida Lyammouri, senior fellow at the Policy Center for the New South, a Moroccan based organization focused on economics and policy.

“This shows the level of information they have on the locations of security forces and transit routes they are going to use,” Lyammouri said.

Extremist violence and the military’s response already have killed thousands and displaced some 1.3 million people. Locals say they’re scared the uptick in violence will continue spreading.

“The populations of Gorgadji and Arbinda are shocked and concerned about the escalation of terrorist (attacks) against civilians in the region,” Ibrahim Kagone, a local journalist in the nearby town of Dori, told the AP by phone.

The ill-equipped and undertrained army has been struggling to stem the violence and the deteriorating security is prompting unrest across the country. Widespread protests last month demanding the government take stronger action, prompted President Roch Marc Christian Kabore to fire his ministers of defense and security and appoint himself minister of defense.

But the opposition says the government’s reshuffling isn’t enough.





Kogi Christian Elders mobilize against bandits, herdsmen in Middle Belt

The Kogi East Christian Elders/Leaders Forum has called on its people to be vigilant as Middle Belters, to protect their God-given territory against land grabbers and invaders masquerading as Fulani herdsmen, bandits and kidnappers, whose sole aim is to dislodge and overrun the Middle Belt. This was contained in a communique issued in Kaduna after the National Prayer Congress of the Forum, held at the Catholic Centre in Anpka. The communique was signed by Rev Joseph Eguda, National President and Engr. SLS Salifu, the National Co-ordinator.

They said the event with its theme, “The Corporate Welfare of Kogi East, the National Prayer Congress, was attended by National, State and Local Officers of the Forum, prominent Christian leaders, as well as Christian traditional rulers within the Kogi East.

“Delegations from the Middle Belt, Yoruba and Ibo Nations, PANDEV and other groups of like minds were also in attendance with messages of solidarity.The Key Note address was delivered by the National President of the Middle Belt Forum, Dr, Pogu Bitrus.”

“Papers on various topics including INEC and Voter Registration, Relationship of Kogi East with other regions, Economic Potential of Kogi East: Christian Perspective, State Creation, 2023 Elections, Christian Traditional Leadership, Church Leadership and Decision on Igala Christian Wives burial were delivered.”

“From the foregoing, the Kogi East Christian Elders/ Leaders Forum came up with the following resolutions: -The Forum stressed the need for synthesis of community associations of any form in Kogi State to work towards the social economic growth and well-being of the people.”

“The Forum encourages Kogi State and its unit of Christian Elders and leaders in Kogi East to maintain their God- given space within the comity of Nigerians. The Forum enjoins the people to be vigilant as Middle Belters, to protect their God- given Territory/ land against land grabbers and invaders masquerading as Fulani herdsmen, Bandits and Kidnappers, whose sole aim is to dislodge and over run the Middle Belt.”

The Middle Belt ,they said, should give full resistance to such tendencies and Kogi East should remember the exploits of the Igala Kingdom in earlier days which shall remain unconquerable.

“Above all, the Forum encourages the people to be identified as an identity and to disabuse the minds of those with the notion that the Middle Belt is a religious organization.”

“The Forum mandated participants to go back to their various bases to encourage eligible voters to register in the ongoing registration exercise, emphasizing that it is the civic responsibility of all.”

“The Forum encourages members to be vigilant and watch the unfolding sequence of electoral happenings in the country, while identifying ourselves fully with the corporate yearnings of the Middle Belt.

Kogi East elders/ leaders stand by the Will of the people with respect to the request for the creation of Okura State.”

“It took note of the peculiar rites of a deceased Christian Igala woman. While not diminishing the cultural affiliation, the Forum agreed as Christians that the Christian Custom should prevail over all other customs, especially as they pertain to the burial of a deceased Christian wife, who should be buried at the husband’s home, replacing the current practices that have led some families to disagreement.”

“The Forum encourages Christian clergy and traditional rulers to close ranks, praying regularly for the corporate welfare of Kogi East and by extension, Kogi State.
The Forum appeals to the State Governor, Alhaji Yahaya Bello to use his good office to hasten the approval of the recommendation of the traditional council of the new Attah Igala.”

The participants commended the Kogi State Government for the priority attached to the security of lives and property of the people and encourage the government not to relent.


Source: Vanguard



BBNaija: Yousef Emerges Richest Housemates, Stirs Reaction

Big Brother Naija ‘shine your eye’ season 6 housemate, Yousef has emerged the richest housemate so far in the reality show. According to Big Brother Shaderoom, the Nigerian – Arabian model has earned so far a whopping sum of 1.82million from the house tasks given to the housemate. The housemate who barely survived eviction on the first week of the show has undoubtedly wowed many with his impressive show of performance at tasks and games.

In the report shared on social media, Yousef topped fellow housemates, with Liquorose, at the second position, Micheal, JMK, Whitemoney, Pere, Maria and others to become the richest in the house.

The report was greeted with reactions from social media users who applauded the housemate for proving beyond doubt he was more than his playful looks.

See reactions below:

@olar_gold wrote: That Yousef is low-key bagging it

@pretty.juddy wrote: Kudos to this yousef.. While I was thinking he would be among the first two to leave the house

@i_amgoodluck wrote: This Yusef dude got money for real??? Wow that’s impressive

@emmyyice_aralomo wrote: Yousuf might reach the finals just like Neo….people don’t really notice the guy but he is going far.


Source: Naija News