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A luxury bus conveying secondary school girls from Enugu to Lagos State was attacked by armed robbers at the Okeodo end of Ore-Sagamu Expressway, Ogun State on Saturday.
The students numbering 42 were of Holy Cross College, Enugu and had hired the bus belonging to Ekene Dili Chukwu Group of Companies with registration number Lagos XW 875 LSR, for their travel to Lagos.
PUNCH Metro learnt that the assailants dragged the students into a nearby bush and beat them before robbing them of their belongings. Unconfirmed reports however said a few of them were raped.
It was further learnt that the incident occurred around 11:40pm.
PUNCH Metro gathered that the students had departed for Lagos early in the afternoon on Saturday but were held up in traffic and had to continue the journey into the night.
The report said the bus developed some faults along the way and had to park at Oke-Odo.
It was while the occupants of the bus were waiting for another bus from Lagos that the robbers struck, it added.
It was learnt that families of the victims, who were already at the Lagos office of Ekene Dili Chukwu, to pick up their children were anxious when they learnt that the bus developed fault.
Our correspondent was told that news of the robbery caused a mild protest as they panicked.
Calm however returned to the terminal on Sunday morning after the distraught girls arrived in Lagos. Meanwhile, parents and relatives of the victims have threatened a show-down with the transport company.
The Police Public Relations Officer, Ogun State Command, Mr. Muyiwa Adejobi, who confirmed the attack, told our correspondent that policemen had rescued victims and recovered the vehicle.
- The Punch
Lord have mercy.
The National Assembly has accused the Federal Government of lacking the political will to deal with offenders under the Anti-Money Laundering Act.
The Senate and the House of Representatives said it was the government’s lack of the will to go after money launderers that was responsible for the non-enforcement of the Act.
Nigeria’s name is still on the list of Financial Action Task Force, a global watch dog on money-laundering, because of the Federal Government’s alleged poor record in combating the scourge.
The FATF de-listed Nigeria from the list of Non-Cooperating Jurisdictions and Territories in June 2006.
Nigeria, however, returned to the obnoxious list of countries with weak enforcement of money laundering laws in February 2012, where it shares the inglorious fame with 14 other nations.
- The Punch
This is an argument worth having
ecretary of State Hillary Clinton Monday called the controversial comments Rush Limbaugh made about Sandra Fluke in February a “verbal assault.” But she also said she was encouraged by the public rebuke of the radio host.
Saying she was speaking as a woman and mother, Clinton told MSNBC’s Andrea Mitchell in a pre-taped interview, “I thought the response [to Limbaugh] was very encouraging. The response from the public, the response, in particular, from women cutting across all kinds of categories, the response from advertisers.”
“I think we need to call people out when they go over the line. They’re entitled to their opinion but no one is entitled to engage in that kind of verbal assault. Let’s keep it to the issues,” she said.
You go, ma’am!
President Obama’s nomination of Jim Yong Kim to head the World Bank is an inspired choice. The South Korean-born medical doctor and president of Dartmouth College has a stellar reputation as a global health expert.
Still, there is a problem: Since the bank was founded, all the presidents have been American. Emerging economies, which contribute increasingly to global growth, are rightly demanding a greater say in decision-making. The World Bank job – and one at the International Monetary Fund, which traditionally goes to a European – ought to be filled on merit alone. That should not exclude qualified Americans, but neither should it guarantee them a job.
The bank needs a president with experience beyond Washington’s narrow political and economic circles.
Dr. Kim has worked on development in the poorest countries. One major success: leading a World Health
Organization initiative that provided access to H.I.V. treatment to millions of people. The new president must also tackle broader issues of economics and growth, and manage the prickly political leaders who are the bank’s overseers. That is why the bank board must take a serious look at Dr. Kim’s strongest challenger, Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, Nigeria’s finance minister. As a respected economist, diplomat and former World Bank managing director, she offers many conventional qualities of bank presidents. But she breaks the mold as a woman from an African country where she fought to reduce the country’s debt, gain greater access to international credit markets and battle corruption.
The other candidate is José Antonio Ocampo, the former Colombian finance minister and high-ranking United Nations official. He, too, is a credible contender with long experience in development and international policy.
Robert Zoellick, who retires in June after five years, inherited a bank in serious trouble. He stabilized it, steered it ably through a global economic crisis and leaves it financially stronger, more focused and more inclusive – a tough act to follow.
Washington and Europe seem determined to ensure Dr. Kim’s election. The bank will almost certainly do well under his leadership. But it would do even better if the process for choosing the next president were truly competitive and fully transparent.
- New York Times
Two Britons have been arrested in Lagos and charged with visa fraud before a Federal High Court.
The accused, Ian Cunliff and Ofir More were to be arraigned today for forgery and impersonation but the matter was adjourned till 24 May 2012.
In a 16-count criminal charge, FHC/L/54c/12, filed before the Federal High Court in Lagos by Immigration Legal Officer, D. I. Babale, the two Britons, Ian Cunliff of 4, Wumego Crescent, Christ Avenue, Off Admiralty Way, Lekki and Ofir More, British citizen of Media Park, 40d River Road, Barking, England and three other companies, C25 Nigeria Limited, WTC International Holdings Nigeria Limited and WTC UK Limited on 28 September, 2011 allegedly conspired to forge Nigerian visa in the British passport of Ian Cunliff.
The accused persons at the same time and place were also alleged to have conspired to forge expartriate quota approval with reference number MIA/B/3939/1/41 on 28 September, 2011 of the Ministry of Interior.
They were alleged to have forged the signature of the Director, Citizenship and Business of the Ministry of Interior, Mr. Adetayo Sode, whose signature was on the forged expartriate quota approval.
Other documents forged by the accused Britons are business permit with number FMI/B/3939/1/43 of the Federal Ministry of Interior.
They allegedly forged grant of business permit.
The accused were also alleged to have impersonated the Director of Citizens and Business Department, Ministry of Interior, Mr. Adetayo Sode.
The offences of forgery and impersonation alleged to have been committed by the Britons and their companies are contrary to Sections 465 and 484 and punishable under Section 47(1) of the Criminal Code Act, Cap. C38, Laws of the Federation of Nigeria, 2004.
In prosecuting the case, Nigeria Immigration Service, NIS, Legal Officer has lined up three witnesses. They are Isa Bukar who is a Deputy Comptroller of Immigration, the Director of Citizenship and Business Department, Ministry of Interior, Mr. Adetayo Sode and Deputy Director, Citizenship and Business Department, Ministry of Interior, Abuja.
The prosecutor also filed six exhibits. The trial judge, Justice Binta Muritala Nyako adjourned the matter.
- PM News
Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney picked up two more big endorsements this week, but neither appears likely to have much impact on sealing the deal for the GOP front-runner.
Tea party favorite Sen. Marco Rubio, often touted as a top possibility to be No. 2 on a GOP ticket, endorsed Romney on Wednesday, telling Fox News, “It’s evidently and increasingly clear that Mitt Romney is going to become the Republican nominee. We have to come together behind who I think has earned the nomination, and that’s Mitt Romney.”
While Rubio said the GOP primary process has been “very good,” and the candidates “have a lot to be proud of,” he said having the race undecided going into the Republican National Convention in August would hurt the party in the general election.
“I think we are at a stage where two of the candidates have openly admitted the only way they can win a nomination is to have a floor fight in Tampa in August,” Rubio said. “I don’t think there is anything good about that. There is no way that a floor fight at the convention in Tampa in August is a recipe for a win in November. On the contrary, I think it’s a recipe for disaster.”
Romney is also expected to travel to Houston on Thursday afternoon to pick up the endorsement of former President George H.W. Bush.
The 41st president’s endorsement is no surprise — the Bush family signaled its support for Romney as early as December, when George H.W. Bush told the Houston Chronicle that he intended to support Romney. Former first lady Barbara Bush made robo-calls for Romney in Ohio in the days leading up to Super Tuesday.
ighty six squatters and food vendors in Ikoyi have been arrested by the Lagos State Task Force on Environment and Special Offences (Enforcement) Unit.
Police officers, led by the task force chairman, Bayo Sulaiman, raided the area on Wednesday following complaints by residents that the suspects, who did not have specific addresses or means of livelihood, posed a security risk.
Sulaiman said those arrested were found in abandoned houses, shops and were food vendors and aliens. He said some of them were suspected to be part of criminal gangs terrorising Ikoyi residents.
“They were arrested at Lugard Street, Bedwell Street, Glover Street and three different spots in Parkview Estate,” he said. “Those arrested were those selling and living in shanties and those living in uncompleted buildings.”
- Daily Times
Khloe Kardashian has cut all ties with Animal Protection Charity PETA, after the organization promised to pay the legal fees for the woman who flour bombed her sister Kim.
The woman, who threw flour on Kim last week, is said to be Christina Cho – a major ‘People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals’ activist, with a vast history of anti-fur protesting.
Kim has regularly been in PETA’s line of fire for promoting the wearing of fur to her many fans. In fact, the organisation famously published a billboard years ago, slating Kim’s fur wearing ways.
Kim’s sister Khloe, announced that she would no longer support PETA in a statement on her blog. For the full statement, just take a look below. Don’t forget to share your thoughts on Khloe’s decision to pull out of representing PETA.
Aw sorry love.
Belgian coach Tom Saintfeit has been given a four-year contract as Nigeria’s technical director, officials announced Wednesday.
According to a communiqué signed by executive committee member of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF), Emeka Inyama, Saintfeit will earn a monthly salary of $20,000. The 38-year-old Saintfeit has previously worked in Namibia, Zimbabwe and Ethiopia.
As part of his brief, he will oversee all the country’s teams. A Nigerian assistant for Saintfeit will subsequently be appointed, officials said.
The NFF also confirmed John Obuh as coach of the country’s U20 team, the Flying Eagles.
He will keep his post along with his technical crew who led Nigeria to win the African Youth Championship in South Africa last year.
And here we go again.
y SaharaReporters, New York
Loud explosions was heard in Damagum township in Funne local government area of Yobe State this night around 7pm.
The situation created fear and confusion in the area. A security source in Damaturu, capital of Yobe State told SaharaReporters that, the heard loud explosions as if bombs were going off.
“We have just received a report from the area that explosions were heard, and we are working to cross check and verify the report.” said a source.
As at the time of filing this report there is no formal clarification from Yobe State Police Command or Yobe State Government.
- Sahara Reporters
We pray no one’s hurt.