Israel’s Sagiv Jehezkel departs Turkey

Jehezkel was hailed by supporters at Tel Aviv’s Ben Gurion airport. Image: REUTERS   Israel’s Sagiv Jehezkel departs Turkey. An Israeli football player who caused a stir during a game in Turkey by showing his support for the hostages in Gaza has returned home. Sagiv Jehezkel was temporarily held in the southern city of Antalya following Sunday’s match and charged with inciting. If he goes back to Turkey, it’s uncertain if he will be prosecuted. He was fired by Antalyaspor, his club. An intense verbal spat broke out between the Turkish and Israeli governments following Jehezkel’s arrest. The 28-year old player, who joined Antalyaspor in September, was showing off his bandaged hand with the words “100 days. 7/10” while celebrating an equaliser in a Turkish Super Lig game. […]

Ukraine claims to have downed a Russian A-50 surveillance plane

An A-50 aircraft during a military parade (file photo). Image: REUTERS   Ukraine claims to have downed a Russian A-50 surveillance plane. Ukraine’s military says it has shot down a Russian military spy plane over the Sea of Azov, in what observers think would be a setback to Moscow’s air power. High Command General Valerii Zaluzhnyi of the Army said that the air force had “destroyed” an Il-22 air control centre and an A-50 long range radar detection aircraft. Russian jet target coordination […]

British brothers broke into a Swiss museum

The Museum of Far Eastern Art in Geneva has more than 9,000 artefacts of Japanese and Chinese culture. Image: BBC   British brothers broke into a Swiss museum. In order to “clear a debt,” two British brothers admitted to breaking into a Swiss museum and taking famous Chinese Ming period treasures valued at millions of dollars, the court heard. A trio of thieves broke through the main door of the Museum of Far Eastern Art in Geneva in June 2019, according to the prosecution. They used tools. The theft included two bowls and two vases from the fourteenth century. In a Geneva court, Stewart and Louis Ahearne acknowledged their involvement. The two, who are from South East London, went before a panel of three judges on Monday at the Palais de Justice in Geneva to answer to allegations of trespassing, stealing, and property damage. Although they resisted being extradited from the UK, the Home Secretary authorised it in 2022. A last-minute request for the trial to […]

Loan fraud : EFCC nabs Ex-minister over alleged N3.6bn loan fraud

By Akinsuroju Olubunmi EFCC nabs Ex-minister over alleged N3.6bn loan fraud The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has apprehended Charles Ugwu, a former Minister of Commerce and Industry, and Chief Geoffrey Ekenma on charges of conspiracy and loan fraud amounting to N3.6 billion. Ugwu, appointed by late President Umaru Yar’Adua and later dismissed during […]

Mohbad’s management disputes claims of will after singer’s death

By Akinsuroju Olubunmi Mohbad’s management disputes claims of will after singer’s death The management of the late Mohbad, Ilerioluwa Aloba, refutes allegations that the artist left behind a will, asserting that he passed away without specifying how his assets should be distributed. Mohbad’s father, Joseph Aloba, expressed shock in a recent TVC interview, insisting that […]

Iowa Principal Died

Dan Marburger, the head of Perry high school distracted the gunman before being shot, according to his daughter. Image: REUTERS   Iowa principal died. A principal who was shot at his Iowa school while defending his students from a gunman has passed away from his wounds. At Perry High School, which is close to Des Moines, Dan Marburger “acted selflessly and placed himself in harm’s way” when a student opened fire, according to officials. His daughter claims that before he was shot, he attempted to divert the gunman’s attention so that the students might escape. On Sunday, his family made the statement, “After 10 days, he lost his battle and this tragedy took his life”. The attack on January 4th claimed the life of 11-year-old Ahmir Joliff and injured six others. According to the officials, the sixth-grader was shot three times. Mr. Marburger, who had been the principal of Perry High School since 1995, passed away on Sunday at 8:00 p.m. local time, according to a GoFundMe page set up for his family by his wife Elizabeth. “Although Dan is no longer fighting with us here, his family will continue to deal with the unfathomable for many days, weeks, and years to come.” His “selfless and heroic actions” would “forever be remembered,” according to Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds. On the day of Mr. Marburger’s funeral, she issued an order for flags all around the state to fly at half mast until dusk. The principal of the Iowa school attempted to ‘talk down’ the gunman. According to officials, the shooting started on January 4 at around 7:30 (13:30 GMT) in the school cafeteria while students were eating breakfast. That is where Mr Marburger intervened and tried to “talk down” the suspect, identified as Dylan Butler. His daughter Clare posted on Facebook, saying, “It is absolutely zero surprise to hear he tried to approach and talk Dylan down and distract him long enough for some students to get out of the cafeteria. “ “That’s just dad.” The 17-year-old student Butler was subsequently discovered dead at the scene from a gunshot wound that he had self-inflicted. A representative for the Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation informed the AP news agency that among his possessions were a shotgun and a revolver in addition to a “pretty rudimentary” explosive device. The event happened fewer than two weeks prior to Monday’s Iowa Republican presidential primary. President Joe Biden was briefed shortly after the shooting, and the White House got in touch with the governor’s office in Iowa.

Insecurity escalates: Kidnappers murder 13-year-old in Abuja

By Akinsuroju Olubunmi Insecurity escalates: Kidnappers murder 13-year-old in Abuja. In a tragic incident in Abuja, kidnappers have ruthlessly killed three individuals, including 13-year-old Folorunsho Ariyo, in the Sagwari Estate Layout. The assailants, disguised as military personnel, abducted 11 residents, demanding a hefty N60m ransom for each victim. Despite joint efforts by estate security and […]

Betta Edu: Code of Conduct Bureau invites Tunji-Ojo over alleged N438m contract scam

Olubunmi Tunji-Ojo. Image: Betta Edu: Code of Conduct Bureau invites Tunji-Ojo over alleged N438m contract scam The Code of Conduct Bureau has invited the Minister of Interior, Olubunmi Tunji-Ojo, over the involvement of his company in an alleged N438m contract scam uncovered in the Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs and Poverty Alleviation. The Minister is accused of violating the Code of Conduct for Public Officers, and the CCB has opened an investigation into the matter. An alleged contract scam from the Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs benefited a business called New Planet Projects, which was purportedly owned by the Minister. The CCB invited the troubled minister to appear before it on Tuesday, January 16, 2024, at the CCB Headquarters, Federal Secretariat Complex, Abuja, according to a document that our correspondent exclusively obtained on Monday. […]