Suspected Gay Blind Beggar Tells Police How Much He Pays Young Boys

Police, Rivers Rerun, Crime SuspectThe Niger State Child’s Right Agency on Wednesday facilitated the arrested of a 60-year-old blind beggar identified as Idris Usman over homosexual activity committed against two young boys.

The suspect popularly referred to as Bagobiri was arrested while trying to escape from the state when he got the information that he was being trialed.

He is from Shinkafi in Zamfara State.

Addressing some police officials after he was arrested the blind beggar said pays the young boys between 50 Naira and 150 Naira depending on the availability of resources in his possession.

He acknowledged that the act was a bad habit not acceptable by God and humanity but was pushed by the devil (Satan).

Bagobiri has no wife of his own but had a child with a woman in Lagos.

The two victims simply identified as Mustapha, 10 and Zangina, 12, in JSS Two confirmed the incident, They said he used to invite them for the devilish act.

His exploitation of the young boys was discovered when Zangina fell ill and went to Minna General Hospital for treatment. He was reported to have been infected with bacteria in his body sequel to annal intercourse and was referred to the agency for investigation.

The mothers of the victims, Umaima Umar and Fatima Umar, noted that they were not aware that such act was going on, but they, however, demanded that the mand should be made to face the law.

The two further stated that the homosexual activity had been going on for about one year now.

The Director General of the rights agency, Mrs Mairam Kolo, said that “when the case is established in the court of law after police investigation, Bagobiri will face life imprisonment or 14 years jail term” as stipulated by Nigeria’s anti-gay law.

She said: “This is a homosexual case with underage just as penal code law stipulates live in prison while Child’s Right Act stipulates 14 years in prison and compensation to the victim”.

She blamed parents for negligence on their part and insisted that they must be watchful over the kind of people their wards associate with.

Mrs Kolo  further urged parents to questions their kids when they are seen with money or other gifts.

FG Asks Space Agency To Address Nation’s Challenges Through Research

Space-techonologyNigeria’s Minister of Science and Technology, Dr. Ogbonnaya Onu, has appealed to the National Space Research and Development Agency to intensify research efforts that will address Nigeria’s peculiar challenges.

He made the appeal at the sixteenth Annual Space National Dialogue of the agency held in Abuja on Monday.

The Minister wants the agency to apply space science and technology to address Nigeria’s security and economic challenges.

He, however, appealed to the agency to make researches that would solve Nigeria’s peculiar challenges a priority.

The National Space Research and Development Agency was established in 1999 to pursue the development and application of space science and technology for economic benefits. How much of these objectives have been achieved is, however, debatable.

After enumerating the economic potentials of the sector, the Director General of the Agency, Professor Seidu Mohammed, said it was time to review how it has fared since inception.

The guest lecturer, Professor Ibidapo-Obe, said space science could help solve security challenges, including rescuing the abducted Chibok school girls

The National Space Center had in 2003 launched the first satellite, the Nigeria Sat-1 into space.
 four years later, another satellite, the NigComSat-1 was also launched.

Many, however, still argue that the effects of those efforts are yet to be felt.


Flood Alert Issued For Communities By Nigeria’s Rivers

FloodThe Nigeria Hydrological Services Agency has issued a flood alert for communities on the shores of River Niger and River Benue.

A statement by the Director General of the Agency, Doctor Moses Beckley, said some communities in‎ Niger, Anambra, Taraba, Nasarawa, Kebbi, Sokoto, Adamawa, Kogi and Benue States would experience flood due to the latest release of water from the Lagdo Dam and Kainji Dam.

The agency advised the affected communities to relocate to avoid a reoccurrence of the 2012 incident, where lives and property were destroyed by flood.

Barely one week ago, at least four Local Government Areas in Kebbi State were hit by flood after a heavy rainfall.

Sources close to the state government said the Local Government Areas were Argungun, Augie, Suru and Kamba Local Governments.