Banker arrested for armed robbery in Kano


Banker arrested for armed robbery in Kano

From Desmond Mgboh, Kano

A banker with one of the new generation banks in Kano State, (names withheld), has been arrested by the Nigeria Police Force, Kano State Command, on charges of criminal conspiracy and armed robbery.

The suspect was arrested after he had allegedly conspired with another suspect, who is currently at large, to rob a customer of his bank of N4,755,200.00K on June 17, 2013, along Zaria Road in the state capital.

Speaking on the incident, during a press conference held yesterday, Kano State Police Commissioner, Alhaji Musa Daura, explained that the suspects had armed themselves with a pistol and a knife with which they attacked the customer on his way to the bank to deposit the money.

The police said following the robbery, the suspects were vigorously pursued by the members of the community, alongside the security officers within range and were eventually arrested with the stolen money still in their procession.

He disclosed that the revolver pistol loaded with three live ammunition and a knife were recovered from the suspect upon his arrest, while adding that efforts were being made to arrest the other fleeing suspect.

Meanwhile, the police in the state have announced the arrest of 273 armed robbery suspects in the state since the beginning of the year, adding that a total of 3241 criminal suspects were arrested in the state within the same period.

In the mid year breakdown of arrests made, the police said 52 cases of armed robbery were reported to them by the members of the public, adding that they recovered 30 motor vehicles, 98 GSM, gold and jewelries, clothing materials and house breaking implements.

Other exhibits recovered within the same period, according to the police, included cutlasses, swords, sticks, pumping machines, electric generators, 6300 counterfeit notes among others.

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Banker arrested for armed robbery in Kano


Banker arrested for armed robbery in Kano

From Desmond Mgboh, Kano

A banker with one of the new generation banks in Kano State, (names withheld), has been arrested by the Nigeria Police Force, Kano State Command, on charges of criminal conspiracy and armed robbery.

The suspect was arrested after he had allegedly conspired with another suspect, who is currently at large, to rob a customer of his bank of N4,755,200.00K on June 17, 2013, along Zaria Road in the state capital.

Speaking on the incident, during a press conference held yesterday, Kano State Police Commissioner, Alhaji Musa Daura, explained that the suspects had armed themselves with a pistol and a knife with which they attacked the customer on his way to the bank to deposit the money.

The police said following the robbery, the suspects were vigorously pursued by the members of the community, alongside the security officers within range and were eventually arrested with the stolen money still in their procession.

He disclosed that the revolver pistol loaded with three live ammunition and a knife were recovered from the suspect upon his arrest, while adding that efforts were being made to arrest the other fleeing suspect.

Meanwhile, the police in the state have announced the arrest of 273 armed robbery suspects in the state since the beginning of the year, adding that a total of 3241 criminal suspects were arrested in the state within the same period.

In the mid year breakdown of arrests made, the police said 52 cases of armed robbery were reported to them by the members of the public, adding that they recovered 30 motor vehicles, 98 GSM, gold and jewelries, clothing materials and house breaking implements.

Other exhibits recovered within the same period, according to the police, included cutlasses, swords, sticks, pumping machines, electric generators, 6300 counterfeit notes among others.

Nigerians to enjoy safe e-transaction with SafePay


In line with the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) cashless policy, Kaymu.com.ng,  one of Nigeria’s fastest growing online marketplace has introduced an e-transaction payment service called SafePay. This, it said is geared at making online transactions safe and easy.

The Managing Director, Kaymu, Lukas Zels, said SafePay was a necessary step to empower Nigerians through e-Commerce.

He explained that SafePay “is an escrow service whereby buyers pay directly to Kaymu for items bought plus the cost of delivery and sellers send item purchased to the buyer before receiving the money from Kaymu.”

Point of Sales, POS, facilities

Point of Sales, POS, facilities

He said the rationale was to make transactions across Nigeria safe for buyers and sellers. This will create a great environment for trade on our platform. Most especially, small and specialized sellers with great products will benefit from the huge audience that they can securely sell to now.”

According to the MD, the platform would provide both parties with a secure e-Commerce transaction. “If goods bought are not delivered to the buyer or doesn’t meet the expected conditions as displayed online, Kaymu refunds the money paid to the buyer and the seller gets their goods back from the buyer.”

“With this, more buyers will purchase a seller’s items and a seller has the guarantee to receive payment for his goods. However, he will receive the goods back, if a buyer eventually does not buy again. As for the buyers, they have the guarantee to receive items paid for or a refund of their money, in addition with delivery costs”, Zels added

Meanwhile, some of the customers of Kaymu have expressed satisfaction for this payment solution. One of them, Ganiyu Rasheed said; “with Kaymu Safepay, I can now pay safely online without any fear of fraud.  I can also prepay for the product without having to wait at home to pay when delivered. Kaymu SafePay has made online shopping more convenient for me.”

Another satisfied customer, Mr Tito Philips also shared his experience. According to him, Kaymu has provided him with a payment tool that is easy and convenient. “We can now tell our customers to use Kaymu Safepay to prepay for their products. Seeing that we support payment with Kaymu, our customers from places where we don’t offer cash on delivery are willing to buy online. We have obtained a lot of business opportunities through this platform.”

– See more at: http://www.vanguardngr.com/2013/06/nigerians-to-enjoy-safe-e-transaction-with-safepay/#sthash.fdNr08wd.dpuf

Keshi opens doors for Yobo, Osaze, Nsofor


Nigeria coach Stephen Keshi has opened the national team door to striker Osaze Odemwingie and skipper Joseph Yobo, but Taye Taiwo may not find it easy to get his way back into the team.

They have been out of the national team fro sometime. But shortly after the Super Eagles’ Fifa Confederations Cup campaign came to a grinding halt against Spain, Keshi told KickOffNigeria.com exclusively how the players can get back in.

Coach Stephen Keshi and Captain Joseph Yobo.

Coach Stephen Keshi and Captain Joseph Yobo.

“They should just be themselves, play their game,” Keshi said. “Yobo is still my captain. It’s unfortunate that he’s not here, but he’s still the captain of the team.“Taiwo is still playing but I have younger players that are playing well. I have Juwon, who is not here. I have Benjamin Francis, and I have Echiejile whose performance has improved greatly. So it will be a difficult thing for Taiwo to get back in.

“For Osaze, he still has a place in the team.“I’m not looking for an apology from him. Osaze is somebody that I like very well and he knows that. The thing is, it’s about the team that I’m worried about.

“I don’t want to have a player that will come in and divide the team, or who will destabilize the team, because when the team is not together, it becomes very difficult to win.“I’m not saying he is going to come in and do that, but a little bit of what he has shown has told me that this is possible.“I really want to have him in the team, and I would like to give him another opportunity.

”One player that Keshi says he really wants to see back in the national team is Obinna Nsofor, along with Seattle Sounders forward Obafemi Martins.“The person I am really keen to have is Obinna Nsofor.“Unfortunately, each time I call him, he’s always injured. Hopefully next time he will be fit.“Martins is coming back gradually. The last two call-ups he wasn’t in good shape but I needed to play him,” he told KickOffNigeria.com.

– See more at: http://www.vanguardngr.com/2013/06/keshi-opens-doors-for-yobo-osaze-nsofor/#sthash.B5M26Coc.dpuf

Wimbledon 2013: Roger Federer maintains he can fight his way back to the top


I'll bounce back stronger, vows Federer
Chin up: Federer was philosophical in defeat (Picture: EPA)

Roger Federer refused to acknowledge his brilliant career is on the decline after failing to reach the quarter-finals of a grand slam for the first time in 37 attempts.

Centre Court was stunned into silence as the seven-times Wimbledon champion from Switzerland was beaten by unknown Ukrainian Sergiy Stakhovsky in four sets.

Defeat brings to an end a run if 137 matches, stretching back over 36 grand slam tournaments.

But the 31-year-old denied it was the end of an era and said: ‘I still have plans to play for many more years to come.

‘It’s normal that after all of a sudden, after being in the quarter-finals so many times, people feel it is different.

‘It was hyped up so much about me playing Rafa in the quarter-finals and we are both out so there’s a letdown clearly.’

Ukraine's Sergiy Stakhovsky (L) shakes hands at the net with Switzerland's Roger Federer (R) after beating him in their second round men's singles match on day three of the 2013 Wimbledon Championships tennis tournament at the All England Club in Wimbledon, southwest London, on June 26, 2013. Stakhovsky won 6-7, 7-6, 7-5, 7-6. AFP PHOTO / ADRIAN DENNIS -  RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USEADRIAN DENNIS/AFP/Getty Images
End of an era? Stakhovsky’s win ended a run of 36 consecutive quarter-final appearances in grand slam events (Picture: Getty)

Federer’s fans are mourning the end of the astonishing sequence but he added: ‘It will be okay because I will be okay.

‘I guess it is a great number, I’m very happy about it, I wish it hadn’t ended here today but I don’t think that’s something fans are going to mourn about or myself. It is a great number, I can be proud of it, but I am moving on from here.

‘Right now this is a setback, a disappointment, whatever you want to call it. But overall I think I played great eight months ago at the ATP World Tour Finals in London, I played great at the Australian Open.

‘I have more options now than I did a year ago when I was running around trying to chase down every possible tournament and every point to get back to world No.1.

Maybe that, also with the Olympics last year, took its toll. I don’t know. But overall I think I have been playing actually not so bad.

‘The season is not over here it is only just in the middle. There is still a lot of tennis left and I will, try to have a good end to the season.’

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Anambra 2014: The kind of governor we want, by Ikedife


Anambra 2014: The kind of governor we want, by Ikedife

 

Elder statesman and chairman of Anambra Elders Forum, Dr. Dozie Ikedife, has articulated the qualities expected of the next governor of Anambra State, insisting that those who are distributing money, whom he said were financially reckless, would not be allowed to govern the state.

Among the qualities he outlined that Anambra people should look out for are age, upbringing, background and how the person got to the position of nurturing the ambition.

On Anambra/Kogi boundary dispute, he tasked the Federal Government to take urgent steps to address the matter.  He also talked about other issues.

Excerpts:

Legion of aspirants

Well, it may be that many people are coming out to vie for governorship of Anambra State. That is the beauty of democracy. Anybody can come out and avail himself or herself of the opportunity. But the electoral habit of our people is still evolving and we know money is already flowing and it is likely to influence the decision of some people about whom to vote for, or whom not to vote for.

But that’s only a temporary thing.  With the passage of time, people will become more conscious, more educated, more informed, and begin to evaluate the proposal by these candidates rather than financial inducements.

And you know very well that not many people can afford to be distributing that kind of money.  And, infact, if you go on distributing money the way some people are doing, it only shows what I call financial recklessness. It will not portend well for the management of resources of the state.

But the electorate, unfortunately, can be influenced by whom gives them money, whom gives more on the voting day or before then.  It is unfortunate that it is still so. I do hope with the passage of time, money distributed on the last day at polling stations or areas near the polling stations will be reduced to minimum to enable us throw up the person, who has the best qualifications for running the affairs of the state as a governor.

What qualifies one to be governor?

Each person who is aspiring must have reached the age of 35 or 40.  He will tell us one, his background and his upbringing, what he is doing, how he got to the position of nurturing the ambition of becoming the governor of the state. Then, he will tell us what he wants to do and what he thinks he can do if he becomes the governor of the state. Then we should look at those things critically.

A lot of promises are made.  When somebody says I’m going to do this tomorrow and eventually he doesn’t do that, it becomes obvious that it is a false promise that can never be fulfilled.

I’m happy that, at least, in Anambra State, the electorate is more proactive, more informed, more critical and with time it will begin to distinguish the sheep from the goats, then the actual and most acceptable winner will emerge, who will govern with even mindedness, distributing amenities, appointments and facilities without minding whether you are his in-law or whether you had quarrel with him before, so that once he is elect, he becomes the governor of every Anambrarian. He will not because of one person refuse to do a particular road or deny some segments of the state amenities like roads because they didn’t vote for him.

Somebody who is passionate, who is somebody of vision, somebody with understanding, somebody who has the good of the people at heart, somebody who is sensitive to corruption, who will ensure that everybody gets some benefit from his governorship no matter what corner of the state the person comes from, that is the kind of person the people of Anambra State are looking for.

The person should not be a greedy one, not too wealthy, because a wealthy person may have what I call insatiable propensity for wealth acquisition. There is a propensity for such a person to loot and take everything.  We need somebody who will realize that he is there to serve honestly and not to loot public treasury. He has to be somebody who will identify with problems of the people, on and on as they arise.  That is the type of person, I think Anambra State needs, who will be able to continue where Governor Peter Obi will leave us.

Anambra elders to summon candidates

When the time comes, I think we shall look into that. I think we are going to give them the opportunity to unveil the ideas and programmes they want to implement to us.  But decision has not been taken on that.  And I believe some other organisations will equally like to do so, to hear from them. It is desirable that such opportunities will come. They will be given the opportunity to sell their ideas.

Issue of zoning still controversial

Governor Obi has every right to shop for a successor as you have put it.  You have the right as an individual to shop for somebody who will be your governor.  There is nothing wrong in that.  I have the right to shop for somebody who will be my governor.  The governor has not done anything contrary by shopping for his successor.

But from the nature of people who have indicated interest in the governorship seat, you find out it spreads across the three senatorial zones in the state and you can’t ask any of the aspirants to go away, to go and sit down. So, that is it.  And you cannot impose anybody on the populace except through successful electioneering campaigns by the candidate, whereby he can sell his ideas to the people.

Anambra/Kogi boundary dispute

It is a pity that Kogi people are pushing into the territory they had no interest in long ago. One suspects, it is because of oil.  And people from Anambra have not gone to push people from say, Edo State or Imo State or any other state to claim part of their land because oil is found there.

The exercise of burning houses and attacking people, I think it is another recklessness, it is very reckless. This is a matter that can be settled by a boundary commission, Surveyor General of the country and that will be the end of the matter.

Then there may be a plebiscite conducted on the people living on the border, whether they want to belong to Kogi or Anambra State. The people there can decide where they want to belong. I don’t think it is right to go on burning houses, homesteads that have been there for decades. It is not right at all, just because oil refinery was cited within that locality. I think it is not right. Federal Government should step into it with speed before it escalates leading to loss of more lives and property.

The Federal Government should step in and keep peace-keeping soldiers within the two warring sides of the two states and then allow the National Boundary Commission with the Surveyor – General to identify and demarcate the boundary.

Anambra State is not quite big geographically and we should not allow people to start taking segments of our land.  And Anambra State, I can assure you, will not have the ambition of extending and acquiring some other people’s territory.

North opposition to Jonathan’s second tenure

I’m sure whoever that is saying that possibly has only one vote. He may be able to influence many more. He is entitled to his opinion.

Jonathan has not, to the best of my knowledge declared that he is running in 2015 or that he is not running. Why are people so pre-occupied on fighting a shadow, speculative situation? The constitution allows him to run gain. It is for him to decide whether to run or not. It is for his party to decide whether to give him the chance or not. All these side talks as far as I’m concerned amount to nothing. When the time comes, Jonathan will do his own calculation, consult whoever he wants to consult and take a decision. There are those who say if he runs heavens will fall, if he doesn’t run heavens will fall. I regard those remarks as reckless remarks.

Oh, bollards! Prankster was trapped in a plastic sign for two hours… now he’s a YouTube hit


Oh, bollards! Now I’m stuck
Free: The very red-faced joker waves for the camera (Picture: John Waterman/Guzelian)

Think you’re having a bad day? Spare a thought for this joker who got stuck in a traffic bollard for more than two hours when a prank went horribly wrong.

To compound his shame, a passer-by filmed the hilarious episode and posted it on YouTube – where it has become a viral hit.

Hundreds of shoppers revelled in the mystery man’s misfortune but no one came forward to help because they thought he was ‘just messing about’, said one onlooker. Eventually, someone called 999 and the joker was pulled free from the bollard by his friend and a policeman.

As the red-faced man left the scene to nurse his sore head, he was told: ‘You’re going on YouTube.’

Roofer John Waterman, 28, who caught the hilarity on his smartphone camera, said of the incident in Hemel Hempstead, Hertfordshire: ‘It was very random. It’s not the usual thing you see in the middle of town on a Sunday lunchtime.

‘I had seen him walking with a bollard on his head five minutes earlier, but then I noticed it was pulled right down over his body. When he was finally pulled out, he was very red in the face.’

Mr Waterman added: ‘The policeman found it very amusing. He was chuckling to himself. It was probably one of his more light-hearted call outs.