Crocodile confronts policemen searching suspect’s house for weapons

Crocodile confronts policemen searching suspect’s house for weapons

Policemen searching a suspect’s home for a weapons stash were surprised to encounter a large crocodile living in the basement, the police said Friday. Police officers in Russia’s north-western city of Saint Petersburg were inspecting a property owned by a man suspected in a case of illegal arms possession and trafficking in Petergof, a suburb of Saint Petersburg famous for its tsarist palace. “In the basement of the house, the officers uncovered a crocodile,” the police statement said. “No incidents involving the reptile occurred during the search,” police said, adding…

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Police refute explosion report at Osun varsity

Police refute explosion report at Osun varsity

The Osun State Police Command on Friday refuted media reports that an explosion occurred on Thursday at  the Osogbo campus of Osun State University. Mr Fimihan Adeoye, the Commissioner of Police in the state, told newsmen  in Osogbo  that  contrary to media reports, it was carbon dioxide in a fire extinguisher that  was  accidentally released. “There was no explosion on Osun University campus yesterday. “ What happened was that about 1:30pm  during a lecture, one of the students mistakenly and unknowingly removed the safety pin on a fire extinguisher and…

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Suspected herdsmen kill farmer in Ogun

Suspected herdsmen kill farmer in Ogun

Samuel Awoyinfa, Abeokuta Suspected herdsmen were alleged to have killed a farmer, Adetona Owolabi, on his farm on Thursday at Afon in Imeko-Afon Local Government area of Ogun State. This killing came few hours after the state government said it had taken proactive measures to prevent clashes between herdsmen and farmers in the state. Our correspondent gathered that trouble began when the farmer, who was working on his farmland located few metres from the newly constructed bridge at Afon, along Owode/Abeokuta Road, suddenly saw a herd of cattle and herdsmen on…

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2022 World Cup games won’t be played outside Qatar – organisers

2022 World Cup games won’t be played outside Qatar – organisers

Qatar will host every game of the 2022 World Cup, the country’s senior tournament organiser insisted Friday, amid speculation the Gulf political crisis would force the emirate to relocate matches. Hassan Al-Thawadi, secretary-general of Qatar’s World Cup organising committee, also maintained that preparations for the tournament were on schedule, despite the ongoing and increasingly bitter eight-month crisis. “Qatar is the sole host country of the 2022 World Cup and will host the 64 matches of the tournament across eight planned venues,” Thawadi told AFP in a statement. He was responding…

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Why I am not in a hurry to take decisions, says Buhari

Why I am not in a hurry to take decisions, says Buhari

President denies allegation of ethnic bias says Jonathan had the power to cause problems in 2015 You must embrace continuity, Oyegun tells President Olalekan Adetayo, Abuja President Muhammadu Buhari on Thursday evening said he was not ready to do anything in a hurry. He said would sit and reflect on issues before he would continue with a clear conscience. Buhari said this during a dinner he hosted in honour of chieftains of the All Progressives Congress at the Presidential Villa, Abuja. He said, “I keep telling people that while I…

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We must be honest, Pedro dived – Conte

We must be honest, Pedro dived – Conte

Antonio Conte accepted Pedro dived in a controversial FA Cup tie that has left Chelsea without the forward and fellow striker Alvaro Morata for a Premier League match at Brighton on Saturday. Pedro and Morata were both sent off after they each received an initial yellow card for diving on Wednesday night in a third round FA Cup replay against second-tier Norwich. Chelsea finished extra time at Stamford Bridge down to nine men and drawing 1-1 before winning a penalty shootout. Willian was also shown a yellow card in an…

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Farmers/herdsmen crisis: Institute advocates stringent measures to avoid anarchy

Farmers/herdsmen crisis: Institute advocates stringent measures to avoid anarchy

Prof. Oshita Oshita, the Director-General, Institute for Peace and Conflict Resolution has advocated stringent measures to curb the lingering farmers/herdsmen clashes in the country. Oshita said this on Friday in Abuja at a media roundtable to discuss and find solutions to the farmers/herdsmen attacks in parts of the country organised by the Search for Common Ground, an NGO. According to him, the crises can degenerate into a security dilemma, a scenario whereby everybody resolves to owning weapons to protect themselves for fear of the unknown. He said it could also…

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Guardiola has no bitterness over failed Sanchez bid

Guardiola has no bitterness over failed Sanchez bid

Pep Guardiola has said he feels no anger towards Alexis Sanchez despite losing out on the chance to sign him for Manchester City. Sanchez looked set to reunite with his former Barcelona boss at the Etihad Stadium, only for Premier League leaders City to pull out of the deal on Monday. It is understood Guardiola, club owner Khaldoon al Mubarak and other senior City officials were all unhappy at the wages that the Chilean forward was demanding. Sanchez is instead set to join City’s local rivals Manchester United, currently, their…

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Man gets second face transplant after his body rejects first one

Man gets second face transplant after his body rejects first one

A man whose body rejected a face transplant he received seven years ago has been given a second donor face after living nearly two months without one, French medical agencies said Friday. It is the first time in transplant history that doctors have replaced one donor face with another, according to Olivier Bastien of France’s biomedicine agency. More than 12 years since the first-ever face graft was done, in France, it remains a high-risk procedure. A transplant can help recipients — often victims of accidents, violence, or rare genetic disorders…

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85 million Nigerians may vote in 2019 – INEC

85 million Nigerians may vote in 2019 – INEC

Eniola Akinkuotu, Abuja The Independent National Electoral Commission says the number of registered voters may rise to 85 million ahead of the 2019 general election. The revelation implies that INEC’s projection of 80 million has increased by five million. The commission had  said last year that it was expecting 80 million Nigerians to be registered by 2019. However, Chairman of INEC, Prof. Mahmood Yakubu, said at the 15th edition of the Daily Trust Dialogue in Abuja on Friday that 74 million persons had  registered as of last week. Speaking at…

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