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Good day, good citizens of Nigeria. Here are headlines from Nigerian Newspapers that may interest you today, Friday, October 21, 2022.

1. God is responsible for floods in Nigeria — Minister of water resources [NewsWireNGR]

The minister of water resources, Suleiman Adamu, has said 80 percent of the floods in Nigeria are caused by rainfall and not Cameroon’s Lagdo dam as widely believed.

Speaking in Abuja on Wednesday, October 19, Adamu said: “All these stories I’ve been seeing on social media, I just laugh, because they are misleading. 

The contribution of the Lagdo dam to flooding in this country is only one percent. Sometimes they release the water without notice and when they do that, it has impact on communities downstream. Read more.

2. Abba Kyari: I bribed NDLEA operatives with N10,000 at Airport — Witness [NewsWireNGR]

Mr Emeka Alphonsus Ezenwanne, the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA)’s witness in the trial of DCP Abba Kyari and others, on Thursday, indicted the operatives of the agency stationed at the Enugu International Airport.

He claimed the agents at the airport were bribed N10,000 before his arrest.

Ezenwanne made the disclosure during cross-examination by counsel for Kyari and two others, Onyechi Ikpeazu, SAN, before Justice Emeka Nwite of a Federal High Court, Abuja. Read more.

3. EFCC arraigns Ex-Lagos Attorney-General for money laundering [NewsWireNGR]

A former Attorney-General (A-G) of Lagos State, Olasupo Shashore, on Thursday appeared before a Federal High Court in Lagos to answer to a money laundering charge preferred against him by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).

Mr Shasore served as the Attorney-General of Lagos State and the Commissioner for Justice during the tenure of Babatunde Fashola as the governor.

He was arraigned before Chukwujekwu Aneke on a four-count charge bordering on money laundering. Read more.

4. Man in court for allegedly ‘supplying’ women to bandits [NewsWireNGR]

Justice Kabir Dabo of High Court in Zaria, Kaduna State adjourned until November 9 hearing in a suit filed against Muslim Abubakar and four others, charged with supplying women to bandits for sexual pleasures.

The police charged Abubakar, his girlfriend, Fatima Jibril and Maryam Abubakar, a housewife with criminal conspiracy, aiding and abetting kidnapping and attempt to commit kidnapping contrary to sections 59, 248 (1) and 247 (1) of the Penal Code.

At the resumed hearing of the case, Prosecution Counsel, Ms Lois-Diana Mamman said the case had been slated for hearing, however, the prosecution was not ready to go on with the case. Read more.

5. INTERPOL arrests over 70 cyber fraudsters linked to Black Axe Cult [NewsWireNGR]

Over 70 suspected cyber fraudsters have been apprehended by operatives of the International Criminal Police Organization, following a coordinated operation, which the INTERPOL says confirms the global footprint of Nigeria’s Black Axe and similar organized crime groups.

In its latest statement regarding the recent crackdown on West-African financial crime rings, the INTERPOL said in the codenamed Operation Jackal, the joint law enforcement effort mobilized 14 countries across four continents in a targeted strike against Black Axe and related West-African criminal organizations. Read more.

6. “Minimal force was used” – Police spox, Benjamin Hundeyin confirms attack at #EndSARSMemorial2 [NewsWireNGR]

Policemen on Thursday fired teargas canisters and water cannon at participants of the second memorial of the #EndSARS protest in the Lekki area of Lagos State.

Spokesman for the Lagos State Police Command, Benjamin Hundeyin, told Channels Television that some of the participants were “unruly” and climbed the top of the toll gate.

“That was not needed. You are doing a procession, just walk past. But these people now stopped there and climbed on the toll gate, becoming a nuisance, threatening to break down the existing law and order.

“We can’t stand there and watch them misbehave. The least we could do was to use teargas, any other thing apart from teargas will be more harmful.

“There is no record of injury. We only did our job and faced those who were unruly,” he said. Read more.

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