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Today's Headlines:Kalu loses phone during Cert presentation in Abuja, Traders reject Old N500, N1000

Orji Kalu loses cell phone during Certificate of Return presentation in Abuja

The Senator representing Abia North Senatorial District, Orji Uzor Kalu, has disclosed his cell phone was stolen when he went to collect his Certificate of Return at the International Conference Centre, Abuja.

The former Abia State Governor also warned the general public to beware of any illicit activity involving his cell phone and numbers.

The disclosure is contained in a post via his verified Facebook page on Thursday.

Kalu revealed that the cell phone stolen by yet-to-be-identified person contained both his MTN and Glo lines.

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“This is to notify the general public to beware of any illicit activity involving my cell phone and numbers. During the collection of Certificate of Return at International Conference Centre Abuja, my cell phone with MTN and Glo lines were stolen by a yet-to-be-identified person(s). My network providers have been duly informed. Please don’t hesitate to provide any useful information,” Kalu wrote.

Traders Continue To Reject Old N500, N1000 notes

Some business owners in Enugu have continued to reject the old naira notes for transactions in spite of the Supreme Court judgment validating them.

Many business owners, who spoke to NAN on Thursday in Enugu, said they were yet to receive directives from the appropriate authority to start collecting the old N500 and N1,000 notes again.

They said that it would be difficult to spend the old notes because many residents were rejecting the old notes as well.

A tricycle rider, Mr Uche Ossai, said he had not started collecting the old notes because he would find it difficult to spend them as many fuel stations were still rejecting them too.

A food vendor, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said she would not collect the old notes because nobody was ready to collect them from her.

“The transporters have refused to collect the old notes of N500 and N1,000; so you do not expect me to collect it from others because it may end up being a waste to me,” she said.

4-Year-Old Boy’s Genitals, Tongue, Eyes Removed In Abuja

The corpse of a four-year-old boy, Eleazar Ishiya, has been found inside a manhole adjacent to Mr Biggs at the Jabi area in Abuja three days after he was declared missing.

Family sources said the boy was declared missing on Friday, March 3, at Filin Ball, Jabi Daki Biyu, and his corpse was discovered three days after.

A witness, Joel Joseph said, “When we saw his body inside the manhole, his grandmother attempted to jump inside but I took hold of her and pushed her away. I jumped inside the pit where I found the body already rotten. His tongue, anus and genitals were chopped off while his eyes were also plucked out.

“It’s apparent that his killers are rituals and they might have dumped him inside the pit in the night.’’

Court remands 2 men for allegedly killing 2 brothers

An Iyaganku Magistrates’ Court, Ibadan on Thursday ordered that two men, Tedon Abdulrahman, 30 and Umoru Amodu, 30, be remanded in a correctional centre for allegedly killing two brothers.

The duo whose residential addresses were not provided were charged with conspiracy, murder and attempt to murder.

The Magistrate, Mrs O. A Enilolobo did not take the plea of the defendants for want in jurisdiction.

She directed the police to return the case file to the Director of Public Prosecution (DPP) for legal advice. She adjourned the case until May 8 for mention.

Earlier, the Prosecutor, Insp. Toyin Ibraheem told the court that the defendants allegedly committed the offence on Feb. 3, at about 11. 00 a.m, at Iwere-Ile district, Ibadan.

Ibraheem alleged that the duo unlawfully killed Shuaibu Usman and his brother, Sheu Usman by shooting them.

He alleged that the defendants and others at large on the same date, time and place attempted to kill Sani Usman, 35 and Haruna Sani, 30, by shooting them on the right leg and wrist.

Vote only APGA or you’ll get nothing from me – Soludo warns Anambra electorate

Governor Charles Soludo of Anambra State has threatened members of his constituency to vote only for the candidates of the All Progressives Grand Alliance, APGA, or risk not getting any attention from him.

In a video making the rounds on the social media, Soludo was seen telling members of Igbo-Uwku/Aguata 2 State constituency that if they vote another person from another party other than APGA, he would be paying him salaries only.

The governor also said it is only his friend who belongs to the same political party that would have access to him.

Any person who I will work with must be an APGA. If you vote for another person and he wins and comes up to Awka, be assured he will be only collecting salaries. If he collects his salary, he will go home.

”Nobody in the House of Assembly builds roads; he does not build hospitals or schools because he does not have the money. I, the governor, am the only one that can do all those things. And it is only the person who is my friend and belongs to the same political party that will have access to me. It is only such a person that can advise me on those works that are to be done," he said.

We saw our houses floating on River Niger – Anambra flood victims

Victims of flooding in Anambra State have narrated how painful it was to watch their homes flosting on the river.

Many of the victims hit by last year’s flood are beginning to resume normal life, thanks to the United Nations Children’s Fund, UNICEF, which has located them and currently providing free healthcare services to the victims.

Mr. Chukwuemeka Okafor, a resident of Umudi, said he came for the healthcare service when he heard that UNICEF was providing it free of charge.

“I came for the medical treatment because someone directed us to this place that a foreign organisation is treating people free,” he said.

Narrating his experience during the 2022 flood, Okafor said: “The entire Umudi and all the houses were submerged and we used canoe to ferry to Akpaka in Onitsha, where we lived for two months.

“We lost most of our property and while we were at Akpaka, we could see our houses floating on the River Niger.

“When we returned after the flood, some people managed to build new houses, while those who could not afford it are still squatting with other people.

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