Woman gets N2m bail over alleged plan to use teenager for prostitution

A Yaba Chief Magistrates’ Court in Lagos State on Monday granted a N2 million bail to a 30-year-woman charged with trafficking a teenager for the purpose of prostitution.

The Chief Magistrate, Mrs. O.G. Oghere, also ruled that the accused, Blessing Akwaram, should provide two sureties in like sum.

Oghere said that the sureties should show evidence of three years’ tax payment to the Lagos State Government.

The News Agency of Nigeria reports that Akwaram is facing a three-count of conspiracy to commit human trafficking, child abduction, and child abuse.

She, however, pleaded not guilty.

Earlier, the prosecutor, Sergeant Modupe Olaluwoye, told the court that the accused committed the offences on at 1 pm on April 2 at Seme, Lagos.

Olaluwoye said that the accused conspired with others still at large and trafficked in 18 years old Miss Aminat Akinbode for the purpose of prostitution.

He said that the accused took away the teenager with the intent to use her for prostitution.

“She…

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Militants threaten to blow oil facilities if fund demands for University not met

Paul Osuyi, Asaba

A militant group in the Niger Delta, Urhobo Liberation Force (ULF), has threatened to blow up oil and gas facilities in Urhobo land if the Federal Government fails to make adequate budgetary provisions for the Federal University of Petroleum Resources (FUPRE) in Effurun, Delta State within 14 days.

ULF vowed to return Nigeria to zero oil and gas production and force it into another recession if adequate provisions are not made within the 14-day ultimatum.

The group alleged that the budgetary provision for financial implementation of FUPRE, which is located in Urhobo land, was deliberately left out in the 2018 Appropriation Bill sent by President Muhammadu Buhari to the National Assembly.

The threat was contained in a statement jointly signed by Orubu Ekpe, who is in charge of operations and Mike Agbalele, in charge of defence for the group.

It frowned at the provision N45 billion in the 2018 budget for North East Development Commission (NEDC), insisting that NEDC…

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MDAs urged to support UN National Action Plan on Women

Sen. Aisha Alhassan, the Minister of Women Affairs and Social Development has charged Ministries Departments and Agencies (MDAs) to be committed to the 2nd National Action Plan on UN Security Council Resolution (UNSCR). Alhassan made the call while delivering a keynote address at the National inter-sectoral meeting on implementation of National Action Plan (NAP) in …

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AGF brands Omo-Agege’s suspension illegal

The Attorney-General of the Federation (AGF) Mr Abubakar Malami, (SAN) told the Federal High Court Abuja on Monday that the suspension of Sen. Ovie Omo-Agege was unconstitutional, illegal and unlawful. Malami, who is the 3rd defendant in the ongoing suit brought by Omo-Agege challenging his suspension from the Senate, made his position known through his …

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Minimum Wage: Labor says time line must not be altered

The Organised Labour says it will not to allow the Tripartite Committee for National Minimum Wage to alter the time line for the implementation for the new wage for workers in the country. NLC President, Mr Ayuba Wabba, said this during a Pre-May Day Symposium organised by the NLC and the Trade Union Congress (TUC) …

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