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Dangote writes Ohanaeze over influx of Almajiris to Nigeria’s South.

Africa’s richest man, Aliko Dangote, has refuted claims assertions that his company’s trucks were being used to transport Almajiris from the Northern part of Nigeria to the South.

His reaction was contained in a letter dated May 27 and addressed to the President General of Ohanaeze Ndigbo, John Nwodo.

It was released to DAILY POST Wednesday night by Emeka Attama, Nwodo’s media assistant.

The letter entitled, ‘Allegation of illegal haulage against Dangote Industries Ltd’, was signed by Anthony Chiejina, Group Chief Communications Officer.

Nwodo and other Southern and Middle Belt leaders recently expressed concern about the influx of Almajiris to the Southern States.

Dangote Industries denied the “spurious and misleading allegations”, and appealed to the public to expose those carrying out illegal haulage activities.

Dangote insisted that its trucks are permitted to transport only cement, limestone, high grade gypsum, sugar, salt, seasoning and branded sacks/bags.

The letter urged Ohanaeze and the general public to report any Dangote truck driver involved in such with evidence.

The company urged citizens to forward details such as truck type, content, colour, plate number, location and if possible, photographs.

The company also released phone lines for complaints: 08131768000, 08131771111, 08131770999 and 08131771000.

Abia Assembly reacts as Buhari signs Executive Order 10 into law.

The Abia State House of Assembly has reacted to signing into a law Executive Order 10, by President Muhammadu Buhari-led administration, which ensures full implementation of the financial autonomy granted to the state legislature and Judiciary.

DAILY POST recalls that President Muhammadu Buhari had signed the order into law last Friday.

Umar Gwandu, Special Assistant on Media to the Attorney-General of the Federation, Abubakar Malami, made this known in a statement issued to journalists in Abuja.

This means that Nigerian States’ Legislature and Judiciary Arms no longer have to wait for Governors for funds but would be more independent.

However, Abia Assembly presided by the Speaker, Rt. Hon. Chinedum Orji during its plenary seasion, in Umuahia on Wednesday, appreciated the President for the courageous step into signing the Executive Order, towards ensuring dividends of democracy get to the masses at the grassroots.

Meanwhile, the 2nd Vice Chairman of Nigeria Bar Association(NBA), Monday Onyekachi Ubani, has highlighted President Muhammadu Buhari-led federal government signing into law Executive Order 10, which gives for the full implementation of the financial autonomy granted to State legislative and Judicial arms of government.

In a statement on Wednesday, Ubani said provisions of the Executive Order was explicit that the Accountant General must ensure the Allocations to these two other arms of government get to them directly, especially of those States where the governors have disregarded the implementation of the constitution.

Continuing, he said, “The State legislative assemblies are mandated to appropriate the sums of money due to the States’ Assemblies and the judiciaries by giving them priority in their budgeting process.”

Ubani lamented that there is no single local government area in Nigeria that receives in full her allocations from the federation account as the funds are being tampered with by state governors amounted in billions of naira.

The senior lawyer commended the President for his backing of the total implementation of financial autonomy for the legislature and Judiciary, describing as innovation brought to.

Nnamdi Kanu reacts as Asari Dokubo declares Biafra .

Nnamdi Kanu, leader of the outlawed Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, has reacted as a former Niger Delta warlord, Alhaji Dokubo, declared that only Biafra would bring solution and liberation to the people of South East, South South and other regions in the country.

In a viral video, which the IPOB leader also shared on his Facebook page, Asari, an ardent believer in the Biafra struggle and former militants leader, said “The only solution, the only guarantee to my future, to your future, the future of my generation unborn, is Biafra.

“If you are not in support of Biafra you are a traitor. You are a traitor and the generation to come will cane you if you’re alive.

“They’ll spit and urinate on your grave for betraying them . You are a coward. When it comes to talk you are afraid you are a coward that why you don’t want to stand up, you want to remain where you are; I will not remain with you.”

Reacting, Kanu insisted that the struggle has been built on consistency, discipline and application.

“IPOB is consistent, disciplined and applied, we do not change, never, ever, ever!” He wrote while sharing

“Only Biafra can save Niger-Delta, today, tomorrow and forevermore. Truth is godliness.”

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Avoid false performance claims, apologise for failure – PDP tells Buhari.

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Thursday said President Muhammadu Buhari should avoid false performance claims and alleged empty promises on the celebration of May 29 Inauguration Day.

It also asked Buhari to apologize for the alleged tragic failures of his administration.

The party even averred that the requested apology was predicated on the alleged wrecking of the nation that allegedly imposed hardship and created acute despondency across the country in the last five years.

PDP spokesman, Kola Ologbondiyan, said this in a statement to newsmen in Abuja.

Ologbondiyan added, “The PDP stresses that President Buhari should also address the manifest manipulations, bloodletting, intimidation, coercion, abuse of power and human right violations that characterized the 2019 Presidential elections as such is the only way to achieve healing in our national polity.

“Our party further advises President Buhari against living in denial of the ugly fact that his administration and his dysfunctional All Progressives Congress (APC) had deserted, betrayed and abandoned underprivileged Nigerians, particularly our youth, after the APC deceived them with false promises to grab power in 2015.

“The PDP further urges Mr. President not to allow his handlers to push him into sugarcoating the colossal failures of the last one year, which had been characterized by humongous corruption, worsened insecurity and economic hardship, while the President, who had promised to lead from the front recedes deeper into the luxury and safety of Aso Presidential villa

“Our party calls on President Buhari not to give room for presidential advisers to further ridicule his office by making him read another windy speech that would be laced with vacuous promises, doctored performance claims and myriads of incorrect and unsupported statistics that would end up being at total variance with the harsh realities on ground.

“Mr. President should know that he cannot use the COVID-19 pandemic as excuse for failure as his administration had since lost grip of the security and economic situation in our country even before the outbreak of the scourge.

“Nigerians hope that President Buhari would always recall that the PDP handed over a robust economy which was rated as one of the fastest-growing in the world, only for him to bring our nation to its knees as the world’s poverty capital and a debtor country within a space of five years.

“President Buhari should use the occasion to reflect that his administration had ruined our productive sector with harsh policies leading to the closure of businesses, the dearth in foreign and domestic investments and acute unemployment, with over 40 million job losses.

“Mr. President should contemplate on the alarm raised by the Minister of Labour and Productivity, Dr. Chris Ngige, that unemployment rate under this administration will hit a devastating 33.5 percent this year.

“Mr. President should also reflect that under his watch, our naira which was valued at N160 to a dollar under the PDP, fell to N500 and then to the current N390; that his administration increased the price of fuel from where the PDP left it at N87 per liter to N145 and only reduced it to N125 after much pressure from our party; that his government increased the Value Added Tax (VAT) from 5% to 7.5%, despite the attendant spike in costs of food and essential services.

“We urge Mr. President to pause and ponder over the fact that whereas the PDP administration paid off foreign debts and grew our economy; his administration has continued to accumulate debts and depleting our foreign financial instruments with reckless abandon.”

However, the opposition party claimed it is appalling that in the last five years, the Buhari Presidency cannot point to any landmark development project it initiated and completed in any part of the country.

“Instead, what we get is a chaotic federal executive that resorts to recycling of imaginary achievements and attempting to appropriate PDP’s projects in critical sectors of our economy.

“The PDP, therefore, urges President Buhari to align with the expectations of Nigerians by apologizing for his failures and getting more competent hands to manage the affairs of our nation in the remaining three years of his administration.”

Education Minister gives update on reopening of schools, reveals how classes will be taken.

The Federal Government has disclosed that it’s considering reopening schools amid the coronavirus pandemic.

Minister of State for Education, Emeka Nwajiuba, disclosed that federal government was considering morning and afternoon classes when it reopens schools across the country.

Nwajiuba made the disclosure while speaking at the daily press briefing of the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19 in Abuja.

He explained that the government could not afford to risk the safety of students across the country.

“We may have classes in the morning and classes in the afternoon so that we will have the whole of the infrastructure divided provided they can serve us.

“I am not sure we will have classes at night. But we can do with morning and afternoon for now,” he said.

The Minister said the decision was based on advice from experts as well as those of the World Health Organisation, WHO.

Recall that the minister had last week assured Nigerians that Federal Government was working towards reopening schools amid the pandemic.

Adamawa confirms two coronavirus deaths and 11 new cases.

Adamawa State has confirmed two fresh deaths from COVID-19, bringing to three the number of related deaths so far in the state.

The government has also announced 11 fresh cases, bringing to 38 the total number of infections that the state has had so far.

The state Commissioner of Health, Professor Abdullahi Isa, who gave an update on the coronavirus epidemic during a press briefing in Yola on Wednesday, also indicated that seven COVID-19 patients have just been discharged.

The state had earlier discharged 13 patients in two batches, meaning that in all, 20 patients have so far been discharged in the state.

This COVID-19 Pandemic Should Teach Nigerians To Abandon Tribalism – Reno Omokri

Reno Omokri – Popular social media commentator, says the current coronavirus pandemic should teach Nigeria to abandon tribalism.

Speaking through his official Twitter handle on Tuesday, he stated that a large number of doctors battling Coronavirus in the North are people of Southern origin. While a huge number of those still supplying food to the South are people of Northern origin. So officially there is no room for tribalism

He wrote:

Reno Omokri@renoomokri

#COVID19 should teach Nigeria to abandon tribalism. A large number of doctors battling #CoronaVirus in the North are people of Southern origin. While a huge number of those still supplying food to the South are people of Northern origin. Interdependence is maturity #RenosNuggets

Evangelist calls out Pastor Adeboye’s son Leke for dressing like a gangster

An evangelist identified as Victor Edet says that E.A Adeboye last born , Leke should be cautioned for his dressing pattern, i.e dressing like a gangster.

He posted a picture of the young pastor wearing a face cap which was facing back

I was shocked and shut of word’s after seeing this picture, how can a Pastor be wearing a face cap this way? God of mercy, what is the church turning into? Leke Adeboye should be cautioned seriously and he should be called to order. You can’t be a Pastor and be dressing like a gangster.

A Housewife In Police Custody For Allegedly Stabbing Husband To Death

The Delta State Police Command arrested a woman who allegedly stabbed her husband to death in his sleep.

Mr. Uzougbo Iwebunor – The deceased , was killed on May 15, in Issele-Uku, Aniocha North LGA of the state.

The spokesperson of the police command, DSP Onome Onovwakpoyeya, told journalists in Asaba, that the suspect was in police custody.

“I can confirm that we have the woman in custody over the death of her husband. “However, we don’t know what actually happened that caused the death of the husband.

“The police have commenced an investigation into the matter with a view to unraveling the circumstances surrounding the case,” Onovwakpoyeya said.

However, a brother to the deceased, Mr Henry Iwebunor, alleged that his brother was stabbed to death by the wife while asleep.

He said ;

“On the fateful day, my brother had gone to bed with his wife, however, I was surprised to get a call that my brother has died in the night. “When I asked his wife what went wrong, she told me that my brother suddenly woke up at midnight and hit his head on the edge of their iron bed and slumped.

“However, there is evidence that my brother was stabbed to death because there is a stab wound between his shoulders and the left side of his neck. “Before this incident, the wife has been at loggerhead with my brother over his refusal to write his will. “She has been forcing my brother to write his will, a development that had caused so much quarrel in the family,” Iwebunor alleged.

At Plateau Isolation Centre, Nurses Withdraws Services

Nurses at the the Jos University Teaching Hospital, on Monday withdrew their services.

It was learnt that as a result of the development, all the nineteen patients at the isolation centre have been abandoned.

Chairman of the National Association of Nigerian Nurses and Midwives, JUTH branch, Mrs. Mercy Lenka, who confirmed the development to our correspondent in Jos on Monday blamed the government for their action stating that they were constrained to withdraw their services at the isolation centre in order to save the lives of their members and others from being infected with the disease.

Mercy Lenka said:

“It is true , we have asked our members to withdraw their services at the JUTH isolation center. Ideally, when a person is involved in the treatment of confirmed cases of COVID-19, he or she is not supposed to go back home and mingle with their family members or anyone else.

“They are supposed to go to a hotel or any other accommodation that the management, the state or federal government would have made provision for. They go there and stay while doing their work. When they are done, they are expected to stay back for two weeks and samples would be taken which must be confirmed negative before they will be allowed to go back to their family members.

“This has never been provided for our members in JUTH. Besides, nobody has given any stipend, incentive, or hazard allowance to the nurses who have been risking their lives while treating the patients. Already, one of the nurses tested positive for the diseases about two days ago, and yet, they did not see the need to attend to our demands because they still allow the nurses to go back home after work.

“We have done everything to get the attention of the government in addressing these issues without success. Considering the danger this practice poses to the lives of the nurses, their families, and other individuals, we decided to ask them to withdraw their services until these issues are addressed.”

But the State Government, in returned condemned the action of the nurses.

Commissioner for Health, Dr Ninkong Lar Ndam, said that the concerns raised by the nurses were being addressed by the government and wondered why they would still go ahead to withdraw their services.

The Commissioner said:

“Why would you leave somebody that is very sick as a nurse. If they have issues, they would have discussed it with us. There was no much negotiation and they went ahead to withdraw their services because as a government, we have not neglected anybody in Plateau State in addressing the COVID-19 challenge.

“As a matter of fact, we have been working very hard to ensure that we provide them with accommodation which they complained about. In fact, over the weekend, we got accommodation for them at the NDLEA camp near Rikkos but we have to decontaminate the place and make the necessary repairs before they can move in and we are hoping that by tomorrow, it should be ready for use. Meanwhile, we have mobilized doctors to the isolation centre to see how we will continue to attend to the patients.”

FRSC Rescues A Pregnant Woman In Labor, While Driving Herself To The Hospital.

On Saturday , The Federal Road Safety Corps rescued a pregnant lady  struggling to drive herself to hospital amid agony of labor pains.

The FRSC spokesman – Mr Bisi Kazeem,said that a patrol team belonging to the Airport Unit Command of the Corps, at about 2.34 p.m. sighted the pregnant woman struggling to drive herself.

He said ;

“She was struggling to drive amidst painful labour and was rushed to a nearby hospital in Ajao Estate, Lagos, where she was delivered of a baby girl barely three hours later,’’

2 men arrested in Osun State for stealing females underwears

Two men, Friday and Toyib have been arrested by men of the Amotekun Corps in Osun State, for allegedly stealing female underwear for ritual purposes.

The suspects were caught by the Amoketun corps after bugling a house in Kajola Ajaba in Ila Local Government Area  of the state.

Meanwhile, they had already succeeded in stealing pants belonging to five different women before the duo was caught.

However, the suspects refused to confess the purpose for which the stolen pants were meant or the person who sent them.

Apart from the pants, a small ax was also recovered from the burglar.

Toyib, who claimed to be a welder said Friday is an apprentice under him but denied being party to the illegal act.

As at the time of filing this report, the Corps Director-General, Amitolu Shittu said the suspects had been handed over to the police in the area.

Meanwhile, the traditional ruler of the area, Alajaba of Kajola Ajaba, has called for a thorough investigation in the matter with a view to bringing the suspects to justice and curb others from getting involved in such acts.

Another health worker dies in Cross Rivers state

The Nigeria Medical Association (NMA) has confirmed the death of a health worker suspected to be COVID-19 patient.

The NMA lamented the death of the health worker, saying that the quick response time has become more imperative due to the rising number of deaths from suspected cases.

The NMA said as, at May 18th 2020, only seven samples were tested with Kogi State carrying out less testing across the country.

The group further said that the figure was very worrisome leading to the affirmation by the Director-General NCDC.

According to NMA, the unacceptable low number of persons tested in the state suggests a lack of diligent, expansive and coordinated surveillance response which is the hallmark for effective prevention and containment of COVID-19.

The group appeal for an expansion of the surveillance unit with the provision of more field staff, utility vehicles, ICT/technical support to enable this vital unit to carry out the critical role of early case finding for testing and isolation of confirmed cases to limit community transmission.

“As of May 21, 2020, information available to us has it that seven out of the eight samples collected so far are from the University of Calabar Teaching Hospital, Calabar (UCTH). Many questions are begging for answers; Is it only UCTH that has patients that meet the criteria for sample collection?

“Very worrisome is the fact that most members of the medical community are currently expressing concerns if the samples collected are the samples sent to NCDC.

“We call on the State COVID-19 task force to create a transparent system for tracking of samples from the point of collection to Testing Centre to restore confidence on the eventual results reported,” the statement stated.

NMA said that the present situation makes sample transportation very expensive and cumbersome occasioned by restrictions in interstate movement. We use this medium to call on NCDC to change the testing centre of Cross River State from Irrua to Abakaliki.

Soldiers who kidnapped and killed FUTO students have been arrested

A soldier and other suspects have been arrested over the kidnap and murder of Leo Micah Isiah, a 22-year-old student of the Federal University of Technology, Owerri, after collecting the N800,000 in his account.

One of the members of the gang, named Godson Chimezie, led SARS officers to the place where the body of Leo was dumped in Anambra State after he was kidnapped in Imo State.

He said they had stopped him when they saw him with his car and they accused him of being a Yahoo boy.

They then led him away with his car and took his money before killing him.

The others involved in the killing have now been caught and they said they killed the undergraduate after taking the money in his account so that “our image will not be dented.”

One of the suspects, Ifeanyi Nwaiwu of the Nigerian Army School of Military Engineering, Makurdi, Benue State, said he ordered Isiah’s killing after he received N200,000 as his share of the money collected from the victim.

Godson Chimezie, 28, who is a military deserter and also a member of the gang, said they ran into Isaiah while he was inflating his car tyre and sensed that a small boy like that riding that kind of vehicle must be a yahoo boy.

So Bad ! My 17-Year-Old Son Impregnated His Two Younger Sisters During Lockdown – Woman Cries Out

A devastated mother on facebook has taken to the platform to narrate how a teenage boy allegedly impregnated his two younger sisters during lockdown.

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A Devastated mother on social media has posted a tragic tale to seek advice about what steps to take to deal with her dilemma.

According to her, her 17-year-old son impregnated her daughters, aged 15 and 13. The woman stated that she worked during the lockdown, and her kids are trapped at home because of the ban on school and social activities.

At this time the only person who has the access to their home is the cleaner girl who comes to the house to wash and clean. The woman narrating how it happened revealed that she noticed that the 15-year-old daughter had pregnancy symptoms.

The devastated mother confronted her 15-year-old daughter after testing and confirming that she was pregnant , admitted that she was sleeping with her elder brother, who is only 17 years old. That was when she also revealed her 13-year-old sister has also been sleeping with their brother.

Shocked and saddened, she learned that the youngest daughter is also pregnant and he is responsible as well. She however approached the eldest son as politely and kindly as she could, and he stated that he had slept with his sisters. In other words, he ‘s responsible for their pregnancies.

Meanwhile the woman appears to be a committed Christian and her religion forbids abortion. So, she doesn’t know what to do and asks for help.

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40 Percent Of Nigerians Are Poor – Buhari Govt

President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration on Thursday admitted that 40 percent of Nigerians are poor.

NAN reports that Finance Minister, Zainab Ahmed, made the declaration on Thursday.

She spoke to State House correspondents after the National Economic Council (NEC) meeting anchored from the Presidential Villa, Abuja.

Ahmed stated that Nigeria was in a very difficult time and facing a very significant economic downturn that has not been seen in its history.

The minister noted that global economy was also facing the sharpest reversals since the great depression as it had both health and economic consequences.

Ahmed noted that the coronavirus pandemic had caused the collapse of oil prices.

“The impact has already started showing on the federation’s revenues and on the foreign exchange earnings. Net oil and gas revenue and influx to the federation account in the first quarter of 2020 amounted to N940.91billion.

“This represented a shortfall of N125.52 billion or 31 per cent of the prorated amount that is supposed to have been realised by the end of that first quarter.

40 per cent of the population in Nigeria, today, is classified as poor; the crisis will only multiply this misery.

“The economic growth in Nigeria, that is the GDP, could in the worst case scenario, contract by as much as minus -8.94 per cent in 2020.

But in the best case, which is the case we are working on, it could be a contraction of minus -4.4 per cent, if there is no fiscal stimulus.”

Ahmed said the Federal Government was committed to supporting the financial viability of states.

This includes the suspension of payments in respect of commitments and debts that have been secured with ISPOs by the states at the federal levels.

“So, we have already implemented suspension of deductions of a number of loans that have been taken by the states from April and also in May.

The Economic Sustainability Committee is responsible for providing overall strategic vision, policy direction and general oversight of the implementation.”

The minister pointed out that some of the measures to mitigate the COVID-19 impact included the N500billion stimulus package President Buhari approved.

She added that fund accommodates the increase in the social register by one million households to 3.5million for cash transfer programme and other palliatives.

FG declares Monday, Tuesday public holiday

The Federal Government has declared Monday and Tuesday a public holiday in Nigeria to mark the Eid-al Fitr celebration.

The Minister of Interior, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola, disclosed this in a statement by the Director of Press in the Ministry, Mohammed Manga, on Thursday.

Aregbesola felicitated with all Muslim faithful for the successful completion of the Ramadan fast.

The Minister urged the Muslim faithful to replicate the life of kindness, love, tolerance, peace and good neighbourliness, as exemplified by the Holy Prophet Muhammad (Peace be upon Him).

The Minister also lamented the spate of ethnic conflicts that have resurfaced in some parts of Northern Nigeria in recent times.

He appealed to Nigerians to see themselves as a single entity and learn to tolerate one another despite ethnic and religious differences.

The Minister further urged Muslims to adhere to the COVID-19 guidelines and health regulations as they celebrate.

Coronavirus: ‘I’m Doing Everything Possible To Ease Your Sufferings’- Ganduje Tells Kano Residents

Governor Abdullahi Umar Ganduje of Kano State has said that his government is aware of the untold sufferings amongst his people and that he is doing everything humanly possible to solve it.

Delivering an address while meeting with religious leaders in Kano, Wednesday, Governor Ganduje called on religious leaders to understand that the pandemic has come along with the introduction of some restrictions, which are temporary and necessary to save lives.

“There are a lot of difficulties that have come with measures being taken to fight the virus. But, indeed it is only through them that we can save lives and stop the spread of the virus.

“However, we have given windows in the lockdown to allow people attend to both economic and religious dealings on Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays but with total restrictions and observance of the preventive protocols that include social distancing, use of facemasks, washing of hands and use of sanitizers,” Ganduje stated.

He specifically called on Imams who have been allowed to conduct Friday prayers and the Eid prayer to ensure that social distancing and the use of facemasks are strictly adhered to in the mosques.

“I call on all Imams to strictly observe spacing and social distancing in the mosques. It is not an innovation or addition to the religion but a necessity that comes along with the pandemic. We shall return to the usual methods in the aftermath of the pandemic.”

Ganduje called on religious leaders, Muslims and Christians alike to cooperate with the state government in the fight against COVID-19.

Niger State Police Parades 11 Suspects Over Criminal Activities

The Niger State Police Command has arrested eleven suspects over alleged involvement in kidnapping, armed robbery, cattle rustling and possession of locally made firearms.

Police Public Relations Officer ASP Wasiu Abiodun who stated this while parading the suspects before Newsmen in Minna, said the command also recovered thirty-six cattle, four sheep and rescued three victims from bandits.

He explained that in Tafa local government on Daupe Daidai road, the police intercepted and arrested one Nasiru Abdullahi of Gwagwa Abuja with a locally-made revolver rifle wrapped in a sack.

According to him the command arrested three robbery suspects in Suleja to include Chinonso Ofor Chukwu, Gabriel Patric Nnaji and Franklin Madu and recovered one locally made pistol.

An investigation into their cases, he said, revealed that the suspects attacked one Samuel Abiodun, a staff of Lion seal industry, Kaduna road, Suleja while on his way to a Commercial Bank to make a deposit and snatched a sum of five million cash from him.

The state police PRO said in Gawu-Babangida, Gurara local government, three suspects, one Mohammed Idris, Ado Abubakar and Usman Ibrahim were arrested for attacking and robbing one, Mohammad Ibrahim of his money

Abiodun further revealed that a gang of suspected kidnappers invaded Kpada Community in Lapai LGA, and kidnapped three women.

He further stated that a team of police and local vigilantes were mobilized and effected the arrest of two suspects; one Sani-Mohammed Kindi and Sani Jibrin.

The police image maker added that the suspects confessed to have committed the crimes and would be charged to court soon.