Rev Fr. Fraser, Nigeria’s Longest Serving Missionary, Dies aged 87

Rev Fr. Angus Fraser, the founding principal of Mount Saint Gabriel’s college in Makurdi, Benue State, has died aged 87.

Fraser who is believed to be the longest-serving missionary and teacher in Nigeria, also founded the Via Christi society.

His passing was made known by Fr. Jude Ortese, the chancellor of the diocese in Makurdi.

Rev Fr. Angus Fraser

“I am saddened to announce the death of Very Revd Fr Angus Fraser, the founding Principal of Mt St Gabriel’s Secondary School(MSG) Makurdi and founder of Via Christi Society,” NAN quotes Ortese as saying.

Rev Fr. Angus Fraser

Fraser was from the Caribbean Island country otherwise known as Saint Vincent and the Grenadines. He was born on April 8, 1931, and died on Sunday, October 7, while receiving treatment due to a brief illness at Princess Royal Hospital, Farnborough, near Orpington, United Kingdom.

NAN reports that Fraser had received several honours such as the ‘Lifetime Achievement Awards’ and also the ‘Best Teacher in Nigeria’. He had been honoured by former United States President, Bill Clinton, as well as former President Olusegun Obasanjo who gave him a National Award of Member, the Federal Republic of Nigeria (MFR).

“Spraying Naira Notes Attract Jail Term”–Nigeria Central bank

Nigerians who sell new naira notes or spray cash at parties will now be tried at mobile courts and sent to six months jail as the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) mulls increasing the number of items on the not eligible for foreign exchange.

Rising from the Bankers Committee meeting yesterday, the apex bank said as more funds are allocated to agriculture and manufacturing sectors of the economy, it will consider restricting foreign exchange allocation to certain items.

Speaking at a briefing following the meeting in Lagos yesterday, managing director and chief executive of Access Bank, Herbert Wigwe noted that the Bankers Committee which comprises of regulators and chief executives of banks resolved that the “discretionary cash reserve that has been built up over time be channeled towards agric in a very impactful manner and apart from agric most of the money should also be channeled towards manufacturing sector.

spraying naira notes

“The idea as well was that as things are being done in the way it is being pursued, very soon or in the future, the central bank will start looking at ways to reduce foreign exchange allocation to specific items because we will be producing sufficient locally to reduce import. That way the amount of pressure on our foreign reserves will have reduced.”

Managing director/chief executive of FSDH Merchant Bank, Hamda Ambah, noted that the apex bank will be issuing circulars taking drastic steps against mishandling of naira notes in the country.

According to her, the apex bank will be introducing mobile courts to try and sentence those found guilty of hawking mint notes, spraying or mishandling naira notes.

Emphasising that with financial inclusion comes responsibilities, she said it is important for Nigerians to handle the naira note in the right manner so as not to be caught on the wrong side of law.

Director, corporate communications, CBN, Issac Okoroafor on his part noted that “the CBN Act 2007 outlaws any action by anybody either by selling, spraying, squeezing or dancing

upon it or hawking it. That Act makes it an offence punishable by six months imprisonment or fine of N50,000 or both imprisonment and fine.

“So if at a party somebody dances on the naira or sprays it, that person automatically and instantly may go to jail from that party. So Nigerians should bear that in mind and the CBN is working vigorously on this course.”

He noted further that the apex bank is collaborating with various law enforcement agencies including the police and the judiciary across all parts of the country to ensure that offenders are brought to justice.

On his part, a CBN director, Ahmed Abdullahi noted that while the normanlisation of rates by the United States Federal Reserves is taking its toll on emerging markets, the impact has not been much on Nigeria. According to him, this is due to the confidence investors have the Nigerian economy.

The confidence he said is based on the stability in the country’s foreign exchange market and rising oil prices. He noted that the Bankers Committee however recognises the fact that all hands must be on deck to ensure that the economic growth that the nation is recording does not reverse.

Evans Breaks Down In Tears In Court –“Why Do You People Want to Kill Me”?

Chukwudumem Onwuamadike, an alleged kidnapper better known as Evans, has accused officials of the Nigeria Prisons Service of treating him inhumanely.

Evans, who was at the Lagos State High court, where he was arraigned on two fresh charges of kidnapping, on Monday, had earlier refused to come down from the prison van.

He was, however, prevailed upon by warders acting on the orders of Justice Adedayo Akintoye to bring him out of the van. As he appeared before the judge, Evans, dressed in a pair of shorts and a green T-shirt, signaled to him that he wanted to say something.

“I have an explanation to make,” he said in handcuffs “Since I have been in the maximum prison, they have been maltreating me; no visit, they don’t feed me well, I have eye problem and I cannot see afar.”

Refuting his claim, one of the prison officials said: “We have been treating him very well; he is well-fed and people have been visiting him.

“A doctor has been checking him; the doctor came to check him yesterday (Sunday) and even this morning before coming to court… because he was saying he can’t be in court, that he is not feeling fine.

“But when the doctor checked him yesterday (Sunday) and this morning, the doctor said he was healthy and that he saw no reason why he shouldn’t be in court.”

According to Evans, the prison official’s claim that a doctor saw him was not true but rather he was seen by a nurse.

However, Ogedi Ogbu, counsel to Joseph Emeka, the second defendant, revealed to the court that his client had also made similar grievances.

Ms. Titilayo Shitta-Bey, the Lagos State Director of Prosecutions, urged the court not to fall for the gimmicks of Evans.

“That was the same thing he said before an Ikeja High Court; when we wrote the prisons, they wrote us back that he was being taken care of like every other inmate,” Shitta-Bey said.

However, Justice Akintoye ordered that the Prison officials treat Evans and his co-defendants same the way they treat other inmates.

The judge also yielded to the request of Evans’ lawyer, Olukoya Ogungbeje, to stand down the case.

Immediately the Judge left the courtroom, Evans began to cry, saying: “What have I done to you people? They have been beating me; no good food; I have been locked up in one place since August 30 last year; why are they taking my case personally? Let me face my trial alive, why do you people want to kill me.”

The case has however been adjourned to May 25, 2018.

Meanwhile, also on Monday, a Lagos State High Curt threw out Evans’ application seeking the release of his Mack trucks confiscated by the Nigeria Police Force.

The Police had claimed the trucks were purchased with proceeds of unlawful activities, adding that they were exhibits the police intended to use in prosecuting Evans for armed robbery and kidnapping.

“The trucks recovered are proceeds of crime which are preserved and kept as exhibits to be tendered in the ongoing criminal prosecution of the application at the High Court of Lagos State,” the police had argued before Justice Hadizat Shagari, the presiding judge.

Evans’ lawyer, Ogungbeje, however, contended that the trucks were seized without a court order, saying the seizure was a violation of Evans’ right under sections 36, 43, and 44 of the 1999 Constitution.

He asked the court to award ₦200 million as general and exemplary damages against the police for violating his client’s rights.

Ruling on the case, Justice Shagari aligned with the position of the police and consequently dismissed Evan’s application as filed by his lawyer.

Justice Abdulazeez Anka had also dismissed a similar application filed by Mr. Ogungbeje on behalf of Evans, demanding N300 million damages for wrongful detention by the police.

The judge reasoned that the decision of the police to detain him from June 10, till June 22, 2017, was reasonable because there was an order acquired to that effect.

Evans was arraigned alongside Joseph Emeka, Linus Okpara and Victor Aduba on charges bordering on “conspiracy and unlawful capture”.

The state alleged in the charges that the defendants conspired with some persons still at large to “unlawfully capture one Uche Okorafor on the 21st of November 2014, at Festac Town, Lagos; and demanded a random of $2m”.

The DPP said the accused acted contrary to sections 409 and 269 of the Criminal Laws of Lagos State 2011, adding that they were liable to punishment under the same law.

But they pleaded not guilty.

Justice Akintoye adjourned till May 25, 2018 for commencement of trial.

Offa | Armed Robbers Raid banks, Killed 6 Polices and over 12 Civilians

Several persons were killed when about 30 gunmen suspected to be armed robbers invaded five commercial banks on Thursday in Kwara State.

The incident was said to have occurred in Offa town, the headquarters of Offa Local Government Area of the state.

The suspected armed robbers were said to have arrived in seven vehicles and stationed themselves in each of the banks around 4:30pm.

According to eyewitness reports, the doors were damaged, car windscreens shattered, vehicles burnt, and documents scattered on the floors of the affected banks.

One of the medical doctors at the General Hospital Offa who spoke behind the screen disclosed that 21 bodies were brought in around 6.00pm and nine of them were police officers.

A post shared by (@9jasdotcom) on

At a private hospital also in the community, the doctor on duty confirmed the death of three victims while one was on admission.

Happened before in Dec.2013

Some residents in the area who described the robbery as unfortunate and bloody have called for the provision of Armoured Personnel Carriers in Offa, saying the incident has become an affair of every five years.

Some gory video from the scene can be view here. Viewer discretion is advised.