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Nigerian Chef, Hilda Baci Surpasses Indian Counterpart, Creates New Guinness World Record

Nigerian Chef Hilda Baci has beaten Chef Lata Tondon to create a new Guinness World Record for longest cooking marathon.

It was gathered that Chef Lata Tondon of India was called the “Iron Lady” when she cooked for 87 hours and 45 minutes in 2019 surpassing the previous record by 20 hours.

However, Hilda Baci from Akwa Ibom State, who started cooking on Friday, May 11, 2023 in an attempt to break the record set by Chef Lata, has made headway.

The Nigerian chef broke the record on Monday morning, May 15, 2023.

Though Chef Hilda Baci has broken Chef Lara Tondon’s 87 hours, 45 minutes record, she has continued cooking as she intends to set a personal record of 96 hours. She will complete this at 4pm Nigerian time (16:00 GMT).

Amotekun Shooting: Court Orders Ondo To Pay Amputee

An Ondo High Court sitting in Akure has ordered the Ondo State Government to pay Oluwasegun Oluwarotimi N30m as damages for the gunshot injuries he suffered in an encounter with operatives of the State Security Network codenamed Amotekun Corps.

In the suit filed by Tope Temokun Chambers, Justice O.M Adejumo, condemned the shooting of the Oluwarotimi that led to the amputation of his leg.

Oluwarotimi, 36, was an okada rider when the incident occured.

Diphtheria: Death Toll Hits 40 As 523 Cases Confirmed In Osun, Kano, 3 Other States – NCDC

Over 216 diphtheria cases in the country have been by the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control and Prevention (NCDC) as the death toll has hit 40.

The NCDC also said the suspected cases in the country are now 523 from five states – Kano, Yobe, Katsina, Lagos, and Osun.

The Lead of the Diphtheria/Pertussis Technical Working Group in the NCDC, Dr Bola Lawal revealed this at a webinar titled ‘Diphtheria Outbreak in Nigeria: A Case of Re-Emergence or Improved Surveillance,.

Lawal said the agency is currently supporting the response activities in Kano, Katsina, Lagos, Osun, Yobe, and other States.

He further said: “Kano state has recorded 396 suspected cases with 211 confirmed cases, Yobe state has recorded 78 suspected cases with two confirmed cases; Katsina has 34 suspected cases but no confirmed case yet; Lagos state has recorded 14 suspected cases and two confirmed cases; Osun state has one confirmed case so far.

“We have also recorded 40 deaths with a case fatality rate of 18.5 per cent. Of the 216 confirmed cases, 184 (85.2 percent) were aged two to 14 years from both sexes.

Police Arrest Woman Extorting Money For PVCs

The Police Command in Enugu State has arrested the woman in a trending video allegedly extorting money before issuing Permanent Voter Cards to their owners.

This was contained in a statement by the command police image maker, DSP Daniel Ndukwe,

He said “Police detectives serving in the state Criminal Investigation Department of Enugu State Command on January 31, 2023, arrested a female suspect, one Chinwendu Nnamani, 41.

“Nnamani was involved in the viral social media video clip in which she is seen and alleged to be selling INEC Permanent Voter Cards at the sum of one thousand naira, at a primary school in Emene, Enugu.

“Also arrested is one Nkiruka Patience Obinna, 38, identified as an INEC staff and alleged to have given the said PVCs to the first suspect for distribution to the actual owners.

“Investigation has been concluded, the case charged to court in line with the provisions of the Electoral Act 2022, and the suspects arraigned accordingly,” he said.

The police spokesman further said that the suspects in the extorting money for PVCs case were granted bail and the case adjourned to February 15 for further hearing.

Printouts and text messages exchanged with the commission’s official sighted by our correspondent show that Kehinde, a publisher with the news agency, transferred his voter registration from Area 11 to Nyanga, Abuja following his relocation to his new residence.

After many visits to the INEC office, he was, however, told that his card could not be found as seen on one of the printouts.

“Since INEC wants to deny me my fundamental right to vote, I don’t have a choice but to sue them for N500 million even though my single vote is far above the N500 million.

“There are thousands of Nigerians that have come to me to indicate interest in joining in the suit against INEC, and hopefully by Monday, 7th February, my Lawyer will serve INEC.

“It is either INEC will print my PVC before February 25th, 2023 or the court will stop the election until my PVC is printed and handed over to me.

“INEC cannot just deny my vote and I can’t vote with the old PVC since it has been transferred to Nyanya, ” Adewole said

Journalists Arrested For Fraud

Two men have been arrested by the kano police command who paraded themselves as journalists, for allegedly defrauding a rice trader of N33,000.

The 30-year-old suspects, Mujahid Kabir and Abba Imam, were alleged to have, on February 2, 2023, generated a fake bank transfer alert of N33,000 to buy a bag of rice at a Plaza at Sharada Quarters, Kano Municipal Local Government Area, Kano State

The state police spokesperson, SP Abdullahi Haruna Kiyawa, who disclosed this in a statement “On 2nd February 2023 at about 1700hrs, a report was received from the Manager of a Plaza at Sharada Quarters, Kano Municipal LGA, Kano State that, two people went to their Plaza, purchased a bag of rice at N33,000 and generated a fake bank transfer alert to them.

“On receipt of the report, the Commissioner of Police, Kano State Command CP Mamman Dauda, psc(+) raised and instructed a team of detectives led by SP Abdulrahim Adamu, Divisional Police Officer, Sharada Division to arrest the culprits.

“On preliminary investigation, the suspects confessed to having gone to Vision FM Radio station Kano, stole two personnel Identity Cards and made fake copies bearing their names and photographs. They further confessed to having gone to the said plaza at Sharada Quarters, bought a bag of rice and made a fake transaction with the cashier.

“The Commissioner of Police directed the case to be transferred to the Command’s Criminal Investigation Department (CID) for discreet investigation. Suspects will be charged to court upon completion of the investigation.”

The CP advised residents to be wary of fraudsters and scammers, secure their bank details and report suspicious transactions to their banks

2 Die As Plane Crashes A Minute After Take-Off

A plane crashed just a minute after taking off, reportedly killing two people.

The horrifying incident appears to have occurred at South Sudan’s Juba International Airport today, Friday, January 27.

Photos from the scene show locals standing beside the crashed plane as they tried to help those trapped inside.

The aircraft was en route to Akobo County, Jonglei State, when it crashed at Hai Referendum shortly after taking off from Juba International Airport.

While some online reports claim everyone on board survived but sustained injuries, other reports claim 2 people died.

Strange: Woman Marries Her Daughter’s Boyfriend

A married woman in Rano Local Government Area of Kano State, Malama Khadija, has dissolved her own marriage and married her daughter’s boyfriend.

The incident happened after the daughter of the woman, Aisha, rejected her suitor.

However, in their reaction, the woman’s relatives told a local Radio Station in Kano that they were accusing the Hisbah Commandant of Rano LGA of marrying off their daughter without their consent and that they didn’t even know where she was.

But speaking to the Radio Station also, Malama Khadija said she was living happily with her new husband. She added that her marriage was not prohibited in Islam.

She explained that after realising that her daughter (Aisha) decided not to marry her former boyfriend, she felt that both of them should not lose him.

Khadija said with the decision, she contacted his new husband’s family for the right thing to be done. She added that she was as beautiful as her daughter.
“I didn’t do it with ignorance. I contacted clerics and they said it is not prohibited in Islam. When I contacted him (the new husband), he agreed, but my parents and relatives refused to do the marriage rites. That was why I decided to go to Hisbah and we are happily married now.”

Policemen Caught Drinking On Duty, Abandon Work

Policemen attached to the Ajiwe Police Division, Ajah, Lagos State, regularly abuse alcohol which may be responsible for the increasing rate of extra-judicial killings by cops from the station.

According to the newsmen, the policemen are always under the influence of alcohol while on duty and on patrol.

They said this might be responsible for the recent killing of a pregnant lawyer, Bolanle Raheem, by an Assistant Superintendent of Police, Drambi Vandi, who was attached to the station.

A closer observation revealed some of them consuming alcohol in sachets, while heavily armed.

One of the two officers, who sat close to a barbing salon attached to a building beside the station, was seen with a glass cup of beer, which he sipped at intervals.

A policeman among another set of officers who took cover under a shed adjacent to the station was seen drinking a canned alcohol drink with a pistol strapped to his waist.

While some vendors found around the police station made some of the alcoholic drinks available within the officer’s reach, other officers stayed away from prying eyes by walking a distance to patronise other traders.

After observing this for close to one hour, a fair-looking officer, who was earlier seen pacing around the corridor of the station, beckoned on our correspondent.

Close contact with him showed that he was drunk, as his body reeked of alcohol.

Cosmetic Surgery Goes Wrong, Damages Judge’s Body

A skin-care therapist, Pamela Onyeagusi, and an Abuja National Industrial Court judge, Justice Zainab Bashir, have traded blame following unsuccessful cosmetic procedures which left burns on the latter’s skin.

The therapist accused the judge of harassing and making life unbearable for her after she (Bashir) complained that the cosmetic treatments were not successful.

However, Justice Bashir accused the therapist of damaging her skin, adding that she had to travel out of the country to treat herself.

News gathered that the judge approached Onyeagusi at her residence in Utako, Abuja, on May 8, 2022, to undergo facial, thigh, and stomach treatments after being referred by the therapist’s client.

The procedures were completed and the judge was said to have paid the therapist the sum of $2,000 on that day, and the balance of N500,000 two days later.

The peace, however, did not last long, as the judge complained that her face was breaking out days after the operation.

Onyeagusi told News men that the judge was aware of her skin conditions when she came for the treatment.

She said, “She came to my office on referral from one of my clients. When she came, I didn’t know she was a judge. She wanted facial, thigh and stomach treatments. She had acne on her face, black thighs, and stretch marks and also wanted laser hair removal.

“She had facial treatment and because of the many blackheads on her face, we used extractor on her. Her thighs were bad and when she requested the treatment, I told her it was quite painful and not advisable for her since she had undergone previous liposuction and other surgeries.

“But she insisted that I should do it that she didn’t like the way her thighs looked.

“So, she spent about three hours in our facility that day and afterwards, she sent her driver to pay $2,000 cash and the balance of N500,000 was paid on May 10.

“However, she complained about her face breaking out which I told her was as a result of the acne; she came to my place and I used ice to massage it for her. I later advised her to use honey and even sent her the type of honey to apply.

“For her thighs, I advised there was the need for her to avoid putting pressure on them and that she should relax and avoid moving around for some days. However, she travelled the very next day being May 9. She even did double trips to Jos and Lagos.

We’re Probing Cause Of Fire At Assembly Complex – Kogi Government

The Kogi State Government has said that it has commenced an investigation into the cause of the fire incident that razed the state Assembly complex.

The report stated that the fire which gutted the Assembly comlex located at Crusher Area, Lokoja, Monday morning, ripped through the roof of the chamber, causing extensive damage to the floor of the House.

The state’s Commissioner for Information and Communications, Kingsley Fanwo, in a statement, said experts were currently working to unravel the cause.

“This is to inform the people of Kogi State and indeed Nigerians that the Kogi State House of Assembly has been razed down by fire.

The sad occurrence happened in the early hours of Monday October 10, 2022.

“Security and technical experts are currently working hard to unravel the cause (s) of the inferno which has caused significant damage to the complex.

“The state government will inform the general public of findings as they unfold,” the statement read.

The government further urged the general public to be calm, law-abiding and resist the temptation of being lawless, adding that the “government is capable of dealing with the likely outcome of the investigations.”

“The State Government will also make provision for temporary arrangements to ensure legislative business is not completely halted as a result of the unfortunate incident,” the statement concluded.