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Atiku, PDP Should Be Sorry Instead Of Going To Supreme Court -Lai Mohammed

jeu, 2019-09-12 13:52


For claiming to have hacked into the server of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), former Vice President Atiku Abubakar and the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) should be sorry and grateful for escaping being prosecuted, says Lai Mohammed.

The presidential election petitions tribunal on Wednesday reaffirmed President Muhammadu Buhari's reelection, dismissing Atiku and PDP's petitions.

However, Buhari's opponents said they would go as far as the Supreme Court of Nigeria to challenge the judgment.

Mohammed, Nigeria's minister of information and culture and currently in Russia, said on Thursday that Atiku and the PDP should not have decided to take such a step.

"Nigerians are tired of this orchestrated distraction, and will rather wish that the opposition, having lost at the polls and in court, will now join hands with the government to move Nigeria to the 'next level'," the Buhari minister said.

Mohammed explained further: "This is more so that the judgment validating the re-election of President Muhammadu Buhari was unanimous that the petition lacked merit, that the petitioners failed to prove any of the grounds upon which their case was anchored and that President Buhari is eminently qualified to contest the poll.

"It is intriguing that a party that trumpets the rule of law at every turn will present, in open court, evidence it claimed to have obtained by hacking into a supposed INEC server. Don’t they realize this is a criminal act for which they are liable?

"Instead of threatening to head to the Supreme Court, driven more by ego than commonsense, they should be sorry for allowing desperation to overwhelm their sense of reasoning. Enough is enough!

"We also thank Nigerians, who voted massively to re-elect President Buhari, for their continued support."
 

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Nigerian 17-Year-Old Nnamdi Ozoemena Emerges Second Best In 2019 Commonwealth Essay Competition

jeu, 2019-09-12 11:32


Commonwealth Day celebration in Abuja

Commonwealth Day celebration in Abuja NAN


A 17-year-old Nigerian student, Nnamdi Ozoemena, has emerged the
runner-up in the senior category of the 2019 Queen’s Commonwealth
Essay Competition.

Blackson Bayewumi, Country Director of the Royal Commonwealth Society
in Nigeria and Chairman Nigeria Conversation, said this in a statement
in Abuja on Wednesday.

Bayewumi said that the Federal Ministry of Education had on March 11,
inaugurated the competition in Abuja on behalf of the Royal
Commonwealth Society (RCS) Nigeria during the commemoration of the
Commonwealth Day.

According to him, the Royal Commonwealth Society in Nigeria
inaugurated the Essay Competition in Lagos on Feb. 20, 2019, and that
the competition was held all over the 53 member countries of the
Commonwealth.

“Ozoemena emerged runner-up courtesy of her literary piece chosen from
more than 11,000 entries from across the five regions of the
Commonwealth.

“She wrote about 'Hello' a tale of two young people struggling with
issues in their society and who do not feel truly appreciated for whom
they are told through direct messages on Twitter.

“From different countries, backgrounds they find common ground and
become friends; the One Final Panel Judge described the piece as ‘shop
window of how youth are speaking to each other today’.

“Ozoemena will be invited to attend an awards ceremony at Buckingham
Palace where the Duchess of Cornwall will present them with their
certificates on behalf of Her Majesty the Queen,” he said.

Bayewumi said Ozoemena came behind 15-year-old Canadian, Beached Wang,
in the senior category.

He added that Veronica Shen, 13, from Singapore emerged winner in the
junior category while 12-year-old Ghanaian, Elise Jensen, emerged
runner-up.

He, however, said that the senior category was for people between the
ages of 14 years and 18 years, while the junior category was for those
who were 13 years old and below.

Bayewumi said that notable authors would read extracts from the
winning pieces at the ceremony as part of a week of cultural and
educational activities in London, UK.

He explained that the 2019 competition titled “Connected Commonwealth”
required applications on how the contestants could use cultural,
technological, and environmental connections for positive change
across the Commonwealth.

Topics for the competition provided room for young people to write on
ways that Commonwealth potentials could be used to strengthen the vast
and varied links between citizens.

“It is important to conclude that Nigerian young people have the
competence, capacities, capabilities, and intelligence to compete
globally and excel if given the opportunity and the right environment.

“While few Nigerian youths indulge themselves in crime, there are
millions of others making the nation proud in academics, sports,
science and technology, entertainment, and other dignifying human
endeavours,” he said.

He said that a Pan-Commonwealth body consisting of more than 100
volunteer judges across 40 different countries assessed the entries
for the competition.

Bayewumi also said that the judges commented on the skill and talent
shown by any of the young writers, with entries described as
‘massively memorable’ and ‘very powerful’.

The competition is the oldest international schools’ writing
competition organised by the Royal Commonwealth Society founded in
1868, as a network of individuals and organizations to improve
prospects of Commonwealth citizens across the world.

The society seeks to promote Commonwealth societal values through
youth empowerment, education, and advocacy, News Agency of Nigeria
reports.

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Godswill Akpabio Not Returning To Senate As Tribunal Dismisses Petition

jeu, 2019-09-12 11:23


 

The national and state house of assembly election petitions tribunal,
sitting in Uyo, Akwa Ibom State, has upheld the election of
Christopher Ekpenyong, striking out Senator Godswill Akpabio's
petition.

In a judgment delivered on Wednesday, the tribunal held that the Akwa
Ibom North West senatorial district results announced by the
Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) remained valid.

Akpabio, the first petitioner had challenged the elections on the
ground that Ekpenyong was not duly elected by the majority of lawful
votes cast and that the process that elected him contravened the
Electoral Act.

The court dismissed all the preliminary objections filed by all the
respondents in the petition and resolved to settle the case on the
merits, to wit: "Did the petitioner prove by admissible evidence that
the election was invalid?

"Did the first petitioner establish that he, Senator Godswill Akpabio
won the elections by polling the highest number of votes cast at the
elections against Senator Christopher Ekpenyong who was declared a
winner by the INEC?"

Relying on the case of ANDREW v. INEC, the court thereupon held that
the petitioner’s evidence was too weak in all ramifications to prove
non-compliance, which is the only ground for which nullification of
the elections was sought.

The court further stated that the petition failed to bring any witness
from the polling units and thus could not prove substantial
non-compliance with the Electoral Act.

The court in the end, in a majority judgment of two justices (one of
the three judges dissented), dismissed the petition and upheld the
declaration of Ekpenyong as the winner of the February 23, 2019
election.

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I Didn't Congratulate Buhari, Fayose Issues Disclaimer As Ally Governor Wike Salutes President's Tribunal Victory

jeu, 2019-09-12 11:18


 

Former Ekiti State Governor, Ayodele Fayose, says he did not
congratulate President Muhammadu Buhari and the All Progressives
Congress (APC) on the initial victory at the presidential election
petitions tribunal.

On Wednesday, the tribunal dismissed former Vice President Atiku
Abubakar and the Peoples Democratic Party's petition challenging
Buhari's election.

Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike, was reported to have congratulated
the incumbent president.

Wike, in a statement by his Special Assistant on Electronic Media,
Simeon Nwakaudu, asked Buhari to use his victory to work for all
Nigerians, irrespective of their political leanings.

Fayose is considered a close ally of Wike.

However, the former Ekiti governor has denied reports that he had
congratulated Buhari.

"Nigerians should disregard any congratulatory message issued in my
name on the outcome of the presidential election judgment.

"My party has indicated its intention to appeal the judgment, and as a
party man and believer in the PDP/ATIKU 2019 project, I can't author
such statement," Fayose said on his official Twitter handle.

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IPOB, Boko Haram, Symptom Of Jobless People In Nigeria -Ngige, Labour Minister

jeu, 2019-09-12 11:15


 

Dr. Chris Ngige, Nigeria's labour and employment minister, says the
plague of Boko Haram, the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) and
bandits in Nigeria is a symptom of jobless people.

“When you hear about Boko Haram, that is one of the symptoms, when you
hear about banditry and IPOB, it is one of the symptoms of jobless
people. So, for me, the President has decided that we must fight
unemployment. We have to fight because the indices are terrible and
that does not call for cheers.

“We have to decide and wear our thinking cap and take our country away
from the doldrums. The President is committed to recreating the middle
class in Nigeria. He is committed to lifting at least 100 million
people out of poverty and the only way if for our economy to improve,"
he explained.

According to Ngige, President Muhammadu Buhari is committed to lifting
100 million people out of poverty.

The minister added, “What we are here to do his national service.
Anybody who is a minister of the federal republic is on national
service. Most of the jobs we did in the ministry are to prevent job
loss, especially in the oil industry. We have seen the symptom called
unemployment, which is very visible.

“When our economy improves, we would deal a big blow to poverty,
social insecurity and also the insecurity of lives and property. We
have to make our country a better place because we cannot run away
from that. We all have a collective responsibility.

"We have a situation now where you have the topmost rich who are very
rich and those at the bottom. Even down there at the bottom, you still
have people who cannot be compartmentalized into the middle class.

“Those who are work in Nigeria, the government is trying its best. We
have many programmes that have kept people at work. We have refused
redundancy being declared, we are fighting casualization and we are
not happy with contract appointment.

"We don't want contract appointments in the private sector. We want
people given their jobs with full benefits.”

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New Minimum Wage: State Governments Not Proactive, Says Ngige

jeu, 2019-09-12 10:46


 

Chris Ngige, the minister of labour and employment, says some state
governments are not proactive in preparation for payment of the new
minimum wage once negotiations are finalized.

He also revealed that President Muhammadu Buhari had directed the
relevant government officials and agencies to expedite action on the
Consequential Adjustment Negotiations on Minimum Wage.

He also approved the constitution of the Presidential Committee on
Salaries and Allowances to handle all requests after the conclusion of
Consequential Adjustment Negotiations.

Minister of Labour and Employment, Chris Ngige, disclosed this when
the Labour Correspondents Association of Nigeria paid him a courtesy
visit.

Ngige said: “My department of the inspectorate, as well as employment
and wage, are going to do more. We are going to fund them so that we
can start full factory inspection and make sure that nobody is
underemployed and that those in employment get what they deserve in
the world of work, so they can have decent work.

“Part of it is the new minimum wage, which the president signed in
April. It is a pity that after signing it, May came and a lot of us
were sent on compulsory leave. We are now coming back from leave. If
you remember, a committee was set up and I was a member.

“When we left, the permanent secretary took our place and were
negotiating with the joint negotiating council on the consequential
adjustment. The states are waiting for that and it is not proper for
us not to fast-track that negotiation so that even the states will not
have too much backlog to pay when the consequential adjustment is
concluded.

“We have our own budgeted for in the 2019 budget and we are going to
also budget for it in the 2020 budget. We are concerned about the
states because some of the states are not proactive like us.

“So, the sooner we conclude at the federal level and the joint
negotiating councils in the states take it from there and negotiate
with the states the better for everybody. If it spills this into next
year, I am not sure how many states will be able to pay the backlog
which will lead us to another round of negotiation.”

Ngige added, “It is the determination of the president and this
administration to fast-track the negotiation on consequential
adjustment. I have just received a correspondence from the chief of
staff to the president and we are putting a deadline to that
negotiation.

“We are fast-tracking it because the government will also want to put
in place a presidential committee on salaries and allowances that will
be able to take request after this consequential adjustment."

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Three-Storey Building Collapses In Anambra, Sanwo-Olu Government Admits Many Distressed Buildings In Lagos

jeu, 2019-09-12 10:42


 

A three-storey building has collapsed at No. 22, Nkisi Aroli Street,
Onitsha in Anambra State following a downpour just as the Babajide
Sanwo-Olu administration admits that there are a lot of "distressed
buildings" in Lagos State.

Similarly, Onitsha custodial centre's fence was also brought down due
to the heavy rain.

The police spokesperson in the state, Haruna Mohammed, confirmed the
incidents, saying: “The building collapsed today (Wednesday) due to
downpour. No casualty recorded and value of property damaged is yet to
be ascertained.”

Meanwhile, the General Manager, Lagos State Building Control Agency
(LASBCA), Mrs. Abiola Kosegbe, has said a lot of buildings in the
state were distressed.

She spoke at a stakeholders’ meeting on collapsed building organised
by the Lagos State Emergency Management Agency (LASEMA) in Alausa
yesterday.

Kosegbe said, “We intend to come out with a lot of things that will
help in preventing building collapse. Usually, when distressed
structures are identified, we mark them and the owners are expected to
take them down or perform needed repairs. But now, the government is
being proactive and we try most times take action before such building
collapse.

“Currently, there are a lot of distressed buildings in Lagos right now
and we have taken inventory of them. Hopefully, in the next two to
three months, we are going to try to address the situation one by
one,” she said.

Director-General of LASEMA, Dr. Femi Oke-Osayintolu, said the meeting
was called following the need for a holistic approach in preventing
building collapse.

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Bandits Kill Baptist Pastor In Southern Kaduna, Christians Protest

jeu, 2019-09-12 10:36


 

The Christian community in Kaduna State embarked on a protest march
following the killing of a Baptist Church cleric, Rev. Alhamdu
Mangadus.

Mangadus was reportedly killed by gunmen suspected to be bandits.

The gunmen had reportedly trailed the cleric to his farm in Jema’a
local council area in southern Kaduna where he was killed.

State chairman of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), Rev.
Joseph Hayab, said: “Gunmen killed Rev. Alhamdu Mangadus of Baptist
Church, Asso (in Jema’a Council), today (September 11).

"He was shot and killed on his farm and they injured another fellow from Tanda.”

According to Hayab, the cleric’s corpse was taken to an unknown destination.

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Nigeria Governors Forum, Anti-Corruption Agency Argue Over Security Votes

jeu, 2019-09-12 10:29



Chairman of the Nigeria Governors Forum (NGF), Dr. Kayode Fayemi and
the Independent Corrupt Practices and other Related Offences
Commission (ICPC) have differed on security votes for state governors.

While Fayemi claimed that security votes for state governors were
legal, the ICPC Chairman, Prof. Bolaji Owasanoye, said the monies for
governors and other agencies were easy means of stealing public funds.

Owasanoye stated this on Wednesday at a one-day policy dialogue on
accountability for security votes organised by the Anti-Corruption
Academy of Nigeria (ACAN).

He said security votes for governors and government agencies was an
avenue for abuse of public trust, escalation of poverty,
underdevelopment, and insecurity, insisting that appropriation for
security votes has increased rather than reduced insecurity.

“Money that should be available for social and economic development is
appropriated as security votes and used with the discretion of
governors,” the ICPC boss said.

However, Fayemi said: “There is no place in the world where security
expenditures are subjected to public debate, for obvious reasons.

“I hope this meeting will come up with international best practice on
how security votes should be managed, but not on whether we should
have security votes because I don’t see the use of dealing with that.

“There is a widespread belief that the appropriation of security votes
in Nigeria is unconstitutional and illegal. This is not correct.”

 

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We're Not Distributing iPads, Laptops Yet, Beware Of Fraudsters -Presidency Warns N-Power Beneficiaries

jeu, 2019-09-12 09:52


 

The National Social Investment Office (NSIO) has urged Nigerians,
particularly beneficiaries of the N-Power programme, to discountenance
online reports seeking application for a fresh batch of volunteers and
devices.

In a statement yesterday, its Communication Manager, Tienabeso Bibiye,
said: “Such messages are the handiwork of fraudsters who would stop at
nothing to employ dubious means of ripping innocent people of their
hard-earned resources.

“We wish to state categorically that the federal government has yet to
commence the distribution of devices to Batch B N-Power beneficiaries.

“Indeed, the process has commenced and all beneficiaries would be duly
informed via the N-Power website or other verified social media
contacts of the NSIO when the devices are available.”

The agency noted that electronic devices, including iPads and laptops,
were part of the working tools given to trainees of the scheme.

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Reformed Niger Delta Avengers Threatens To Blow Up Oil Installations, Warns Buhari Against Replacing Charles Dokubo

jeu, 2019-09-12 09:41




The Reformed Niger Delta Avengers (RNDA) says it will blow up oil
installations in Nigeria if President Muhammadu Buhari sacks the
Coordinator of the Presidential Amnesty Programme (PAP), Charles
Dokubo and replaces him with Dennis Otuaro, an aide to former Niger
Delta militant leader, Government Ekpemupolo (Tompolo).

In a statement by its spokesman, Johnmark Ezonebi, the group said,
"After an emergency meeting at the Benin River, we took a stand
against the speculated gang up to remove the Amnesty coordinator and
to be replaced with the Delta state deputy governor's younger brother,
who is a stakeholder of PDP and allied to wanted militant warlord,
Tompolo.

"It was the RNDA that made up nine militant groups in the creek that
accepted the federal government’s ceasefire agreement for peace and
worked hard to the eventual emergence of Buhari as President, while
the Tompolo's group mobilized and fight against the President
Buhari-led APC federal government from inception till date.

“Mr. Dennis Otuoaro, who is also one of the three apostles of Tompolo
that were fighting against president Muhammadu Buhari led APC federal
government cannot be appointed as the Special Adviser to the President
on Niger and the Presidential Amnesty coordinator.

“RNDA want to make it clear that any attempt to remove or to replace
Dokubo would lead to collateral damage on all oil facilities and oil
installations. We will cripple all the major oil pipelines in the
creek of Niger Delta. Enough of this infighting, blackmail and
outright falsehoods against Prof. Charles Dokubo. A word is enough for
the wise."

The militants added, “The RNDA will not fold its hand and watch things
deteriorate; as it has come to its notice the desperate moves by the
Minister of State for Petroleum Resources, to hijack and hand over the
Amnesty office to one of the allies of the former Moribund Niger Delta
Avengers (NDA) group."


However, the Ijaw Peoples Development Initiative (IPDI) in a statement
on Wednesday, by its acting spokesman, Timi Ogobiri, said Otuaro was
qualified to replace Dokubo.

"It's untrue to say that the anticipated appointment of Chief Dennis
Otuaro is compensation to former Niger Delta freedom fighter, high
chief Government Ekpomupolo.

"But it's the level of Dennis commitment to Niger Delta question that
earns him this opportunity and there is nothing wrong been appointed
as PAP Coordinator."

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Scam: Nigerian Senator Loses N1.8 Million To 'Police Commissioner'

jeu, 2019-09-12 09:34


 

The Zamfara State Police Command has arrested a fraudster who
allegedly impersonated a commissioner of police and defrauded a
Nigerian senator.

Speaking with journalists in Gusau, the police spokesman, Mohammed
Shehu, said, “One Ibrahim Mohammed of Moriki town in Zamfara State has
been parading himself as CP Usman Nagogo in charge of Zamfara.”

According to Shehu, the suspect defrauded a senator representing
Zamfara West Senatorial Zone, Lawali Hassan Dan, of N1.8 million and
succeeded in making the senator transfer N1.6 million into his
account.

Another N200,000 was given to the suspect by the senator as Sallah
gift to buy a ram.

The fake CP had also called the lawmaker on the phone, promising to
give him three slots for cadet ASP and three slots for cadet inspector
and demanded N2 million for the slots.

Following the development, the senator directed his personal assistant
to transfer N1.6 million to the suspect.

“Based on the complaint from the affected senator, the police
commenced an investigation and they finally tracked the fake CP
through his GSM and apprehended him in Gusau town.

“During interrogation, Ibrahim Mohammed confessed that he committed
the offence,” said Shehu.

His Mercedes car valued at N1.4 million was reportedly confiscated and
kept at the state police command.

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Bandits Paradise: Niger State Communities Under Siege, Residents Lament

jeu, 2019-09-12 09:27


Daily Trust

 

Armed bandits have attacked three communities in Rafi local government
area of Niger State, bringing to four the number of communities
attacked in the state in one week.

The communities are Rafin-wayam, Rafin-kwakwa and Gidan Dogo-Gurgu villages.

The Nation reports that the bandits invaded the town on three motorcycles.

The residents said they were forced to run to Kagara, the headquarters
of Rafi Local Government.

The victims alleged that their foodstuff and other belongings were taken away.

Youths at Kagara town in the local council took to the highway,
protesting the continued attacks on the community.

They blocked the Lagos-Kaduna highway, lamenting the federal and state
governments' inability to protect their life and property.

The youths carried placards with inscriptions, ‘We need help’;
‘Government save us’; 'Help us with food and water’, among others

The police have confirmed the attacks.

A police spokesperson, Muhammad Abubakar said: “We are reviewing the
security architecture of the communities. We have swung into action
and will bring the situation under control.”

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Gunmen Invade Taraba Village, Kill Two, Dozens Missing

jeu, 2019-09-12 09:21



Gunmen Wednesday attacked and killed two people in Yongogba village in
Takum local government area of Taraba State.

A local resident said the attackers who invaded the village from Takum
burnt the entire village and looted valuable property.

The resident who craved anonymity, said the attackers riding on
motorcycles and two Toyota Hilux, invaded the village in the early
hours of the morning, killing two people, with scores still missing.

He explained that the attackers who came through TY Danjuma farm
killed two people who were already in their farms before proceeding to
burn the entire village.

According to ThisDay, the eyewitness who said the casualty figure
might be higher as many people were already in the farm along the
route the attackers came called on Governor Darius Ishaku who had said
he had the capacity to end the killings in Taraba to do so
immediately.

“I was on my way to the farm when I sighted two Toyota Hilux vans and
motorcycles advancing towards our village.

“I couldn’t call the people back home because of the poor network.

“Many people are still missing and I am sure many of those missing
might have been killed by the attackers who came in their numbers.

“Our governor who recently kicked against a commission of inquiry into
the crisis said he has the ability to solve the problem, so I want to
plead with him to end these killings,” the witness stated.

 

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One Of Deadliest Sets Of Criminals In Nigeria Arrested -Nigerian Army

jeu, 2019-09-12 09:17


Chief of Army Staff, Lt. General Tukur Buratai

Chief of Army Staff, Lt. General Tukur Buratai Daily Post

 

Troops of Operation Whirl Stroke (OPWS) operating in Benue, Nasarawa
and Taraba States, have paraded 19 suspects arrested in different
parts of the states for various offences bordering on armed banditry,
kidnapping, and weapons supply.

Dauda Atara and Andrew Imbwase who were major armourers and suppliers
of weapons to Benue’s most wanted kidnapper, Terwase Akwaza (aka Gana)
and two other kidnappers were among those arrested and paraded.

Force Commander of OPWS, Maj.-Gen. Adeyemi Yekini, said 10 of the
suspects were arrested in Gboko Local Government area of Benue  State
while three others were arrested during a raid operation at Gana’s
hometown of Gbishe in Katsina-Ala local government area of the state.

Parading the suspects, Yekini said the two major suspects were the
number one weapon suppliers and armourers of Terwase Akwaza.

“Gentlemen, you have seen and interviewed the suspects and I can tell
you with every sense of responsibility that this crop of criminals is
perhaps, the most deadly set of criminals that we have ever arrested
since the inception of Operation Whirl Stroke and our hope is that the
prosecuting authorities will do a good job so that these people can be
removed from the society for a very long time," he disclosed.

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Boko Haram Kills 9 Soldiers In Fresh Attack

jeu, 2019-09-12 09:12


 

Islamist militants killed nine Nigerian soldiers in an attack on a
military base in the northeast of the country, three soldiers and an
official from a security agency said on Wednesday.

A decade-long insurgency in the northeast, started by Islamist group
Boko Haram in 2009, has claimed more than 30,000 lives. A breakaway
faction that pledges allegiance to Islamic State has become the
dominant group in the insurgency, carrying out attacks on military
bases over the past year.

The soldiers and security officer, all of whom spoke on the condition
of anonymity, said Islamist militants attacked troops on Tuesday at a
military base in Gudumbali - a town in Borno, the state worst hit by
the insurgency.

They said nine soldiers were killed in the attack and 27 were missing.

"We repelled the attack," said Nigerian Army spokesman Sagir Musa.

He said he was not aware of any soldiers being killed or have gone
missing, Reuters reports.

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Gridlock As Kogi Governor Yahaya Bello Throws Wads Of Naira On Road

jeu, 2019-09-12 08:39


 

There was a gridlock after Kogi State Governor, Yahaya Bello, threw
wads of naira notes at Gwagwalada, along the Abuja-Lokoja Road on
Wednesday.

Bello, who was on his way to Lokoja from the Federal Capital
Territory, Abuja in a long convoy slowed down at Madam Mercy junction
and brought out three bundles of N500 notes and threw them towards
passers-by.

According to Daily Trust, in the gridlock that lasted 10 minutes, the
governor was seen wind down the window of his vehicle, raised his
hands slightly with eight fingers in the air.

That led to some touts at a nearby motor park, Wazobia Park, singing
his praise as they dashed towards where the naira notes were thrown.

But they were not alone in a scramble for the money.

Commercial motorcyclists and some pedestrians too were not left out.

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Petroleum Tanker, Lorry, 2 Buses Plunge Into Anambra River

jeu, 2019-09-12 08:31


The Nation

 

Four vehicles - a petroleum tanker, lorry, and two buses - have
plunged into River Nnobi in Anambra State following.

The multiple auto crash occurred along Ideani-Nnobi road in Idemili
South local government area of Anambra State.

The vehicles involved in the accident included a petroleum tanker, a
Mercedez Benz lorry, an L300 bus, and a J5 bus.

Confirming the accident, the state’s police spokesman, Haruna
Muhammed, said the tanker, a Mack vehicle with registration number LEH
37 XA,  the lorry, XM 370 ENU, an L300 bus, XG 680 FGG and the J5 bus,
NH 148 ARL, plunged into River Nnobi along with its occupants.

He said police patrol team led by the DPO of Nnobi Division was
reported to have visited the scene.

The rescued victims were taken to Moon and Fatima Hospitals in Nnobi.

He, however, stated that no life was lost in the accident, just as the
nine victims were only injured.

According to him, the victims are responding to treatment, except one
who was critically injured adding that he has been admitted at the
intensive care unit of the hospital.

“The driver of the Mercedes Benz lorry, one James Eze, aged 30years,
of  No 6, Eze lane Okpoko, who was alleged to be the main cause of the
accident has been arrested and his case is under investigation to
ascertain circumstances surrounding the incident,” Muhammed said.

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Banditry: Fulani Elders Curse Their Youths, Say Criminality Not Their Way Of Life

jeu, 2019-09-12 08:23



Fulani elders in Toto Local Government Area of Nasarawa State have
invoked wrath on youths engaging in crimes.

The invocation, known as ‘Fulaco Combo’, was held at the Central Pilot
Primary School in Ugya town, Toto local government area of the state.

The Fulaco was performed by Modibbo Alhaji Bisalla.

“This is a belief by all Fulani people. An invocation can be made, and
whoever defies it will not know peace in his lifetime. This is done to
find a lasting solution to the incessant cases of kidnapping, cattle
rustling, robbery and rape among other vices,” Bisalla said.

In his remarks, Baba Chiroma Hussaini added, “Every peace-loving
Fulani is saddened by this latest and ugly development which is
contrary to our legacy as Fulani. Criminality has never been our way
of life.”

He added that the gathering was to draw a battle line between the good
and bad eggs.

Daily Trust reports that the Chairman of the local government, Nuhu
Dauda, assured the Fulani of his administration’s readiness to partner
organizations and individuals to flush out criminals in the local
government area.

Toto local government of Nasarawa State shares boundary with Abaji
area council of the FCT, Abuja, and Bassa local government area in
Kogi State.

 

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7 Nigerians Including 2-Year-Old Baby Rescued From Kidnappers' Den -Army

jeu, 2019-09-12 08:05



Troops of Operation Thunder Strike of the Nigerian Army say they have
rescued the seven people abducted by kidnappers along the Kaduna-Abuja
highway last Saturday.

The victims, including a two-year-old girl, were travelling from Kwara
State to Zaria when they were kidnapped by the bandits at Rijanna area
on the highway and taken into a forest.

Speaking to ChannelsTV, the commander of operation thunder strike,
Col. Ibrahim Gamabari, said that the kidnap victims were rescued by
soldiers at about 4:30 am on Wednesday.

He, however, expressed disappointment that some locals along the road
are collaborating with kidnappers by divulging information about the
movement of troops to the criminals.

Gamabari said the locals being spies for kidnappers had made rescue
operations difficult.

According to him, the victims will soon be reunited with their families.

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