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Most infected travellers from UK– FG reacts to British travel ban on Nigeria

The Federal Government on Sunday ruled out the possibility of restricting foreign travellers from visiting Nigeria despite travel bans on the country by Canada, the United Kingdom, Indonesia, Singapore and Hong Kong.

This is just as the government stated that most of the in-bound passengers that tested positive for COVID-19 were from the UK.

The Minister of Health, Dr Osagie Ehanire, said this on Channels Television’s ‘Politics Today’ programme on Sunday which was monitored by The PUNCH.

Ehanire described as unfortunate the knee-jerk reaction of some countries to the Omicron strain. He noted that even the World Health Organisation had said recently that countries should focus more on collaboration rather than shutting borders.

“At the moment we have no plans restricting anybody coming from another country,” he said.

WHO had two weeks ago designated the omicron variant as a variant of concern. The NCDC had last week announced that the country had reported three cases of the variant. Before this, the Canadian government had announced that it found two individuals with the variant who had travel history to Nigeria.

The UK on Saturday night also announced that it found 21 cases of the omicron variant which were linked to Nigeria. It announced that it would, from Monday (today), restrict all flights emanating from Nigeria.

It also suspended all pending visa applications in Nigeria due to the ban on flights from Nigeria due to the Omicron variant.

In a statement on Sunday, the commission said, “To support the UK Government’s aim to protect public health from COVID-19 and associated variants of concern, UK Visas and Immigration will pause making decisions on visitor visa applications in all red list countries, including Nigeria, until travel restrictions are lifted.

“If you apply for a visit visa in a red list country and you meet the UK Immigration Rules, your application will be paused. You will not receive a decision on your visit visa application whilst red list travel restrictions remain in place. You will not be able to request a refund of your visa fee once you have given your biometrics at a Visa Application Centre. If you already hold a valid visit visa and are intending to travel to England as a visitor from a red list country, you will not be allowed to enter.”

The UK said there are only very limited exemptions to travel and entry requirements for critical workers and medical and compassionate cases.”

But the minister said the Omicron strain could not yet be declared as a deadly strain because no deaths had so far been recorded across the world.

“We are watching what the science community is saying and of course not rushing to judgment and we are also not applauding any lockdowns or any prohibitions or banning of flights or movement of people until we know more.

“We believe that the harm it will do to livelihoods and economies may be more that the perceived value that will be derived from shutting movement between countries. I believe countries should come together to take a common approach and that includes the UK and other countries contemplating a red list,” Ehanire added.

When asked why there was a large number of outbound Nigerian passengers testing positive abroad despite testing negative in Nigeria, Ehanire admitted that indeed, some fake test results were being presented by passengers.

The minister said the government had tightened its mechanism for spotting fake results and vaccination cards.

He, however, argued that the development was not peculiar to Nigeria, adding that most of the inbound passengers that tested positive in Nigeria were actually from the UK.

“Because of the very large volume of travellers from the UK, we also have the most positive COVID-19 virus coming from the UK too,” the minister said.

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RCCG distributes foodstuffs, valuables to needy persons


Christ the Wonderful Parish of the Redemmed Christian Church of God, Lugbe in Abuja, on Sunday distributed foodstuffs and other valuables to the poor and other vulnerable persons in the area.

The News Agency of Nigerian (NAN) reports that the items included tubers of yam, rice, sweet potato and condiments, as well as clothes, shoes, drinks and toiletries.

The pastor in charge of the parish, Mr Glorious Abu said the gesture was part of the tradition of the Church every first Sunday of December, marked as “Tabitha and thanksgiving Sunday”.

According to him, the gesture was to encourage acts of charity to the poor and less privileged people in any community.

The cleric advised Christians to always return to God in thanksgiving, as He would do more than expected.
He also urged Christians to pray and praise God, who heals and cures all afflictions, whether personal or on general issues.
“The month of December is a month of praise and thanksgiving, it also ushers in a new course for the New Year,” Abu said.

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Why weapons purchased with supplementary budget cannot arrive Nigeria now– Chief of Air Staff explains


Air Marshal Oladayo Amao, Chief of Air Staff, has explained why weapons purchased with supplementary budget cannot arrive the country now.

Speaking at the presentation of a devotional book in Lagos over the weekend, Amao also noted that the military is unrelenting in the prosecution of war against terrorists and bandits across the country.

He said; “Speaking as the Chief of Air Staff and member of the leadership of the national security architecture of the nation, I wish to assure you that we are working assiduously to ensure that lasting peace is restored to all troubled parts of the country so that the current security challenges we are experiencing will soon become a thing of the past.”

Amao who maintained that the government is doing the needful in tackling the security challenges, said the weapons cannot arrive now because they have to be manufactured as they are not purchased on the shelf.

He said; “I can also assure you that the President has given us all we want to see that the security challenge is brought down. One thing you should understand is that recently, the supplementary budget was approved for us.

“But the money approved cannot buy anything until one to three years because most of our equipment cannot be purchased on the shelf; they have to be manufactured.

“For instance, the Super Tucano had been paid for more than three years ago, and we are just receiving them. That is the development with military equipment.”

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Kogi signs MOU with firm for construction of 1,000 housing units


Kogi Government has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with ONYX First Risers, a private construction firm for the construction of 1,000 housing units in Lokoja metropolis.

Mrs Folashade Arike-Ayoade, the Secretary to the State Government (SSG) signed the MOU on behalf of the State Government on Thursday in Lokoja.

The SSG said the desire of the state was to construct affordable houses for the citizens to address the accommodation deficit especially, in Lokoja metropolis adding that the state Ministry of Justice had scrutinised the MOU documents.

Mr Abdulkareem Siaka, Special Adviser, Economic, Finance and Investment to Gov. Yahaya Bello said every state was in a perpetual phase of development providing accommodation and shelter.

“We have about 4.7 million (4,685,485) individuals that constitute Kogi State. We have House needs, we have housing deficits.

“That is why the government of His Excellency is interested in opening up housing estate within the state. It is not restricted to Kogi State capital but everywhere in the state.

“In the next two years you will see a minimum of seven housing estates cut across the length and breadth of Kogi State,” he said.

Chief Essey Okagbare, Chairman ONYX First Risers, who signed on behalf of the company said the firm entered into the agreement to develop 1,000 “affordable” housing units.

He said the idea was mooted in September and developed in the last three months culminating in the berthing and signing of the MOU today.

Okagbare said that the company hoped to move to site fully in January, 2022 considering the Yuletide period and movement of equipment to site, and to have the ground breaking ceremony for the project thereabout.

“We are not coming to build Quack houses because we want to make money. No, we will focus on quality, we are bringing environmental friendly projects in terms of housing”, he said.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the state government also signed MOUs with EForce Agro Developers Ltd for the Building of Infrastructures of Modern Agro-Complex Food Production and developing and Commercial scale maize farming at Osara expected to generate at least 5,000 jobs.

The state equally signed an MOU with Emperium Industries Nig. Limited for the production Marlstone Pellets (Fertilizer Fillers).

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Africa steps up Omicron variant detection as COVID-19 cases rise

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African countries are stepping up measures to detect and control the spread of the Omicron variant.

This became necessary as weekly new COVID-19 cases in the continent rose by 54 per cent due to an upsurge in southern Africa, said the World Health Organisation in a statement released on Thursday.

According to WHO, the Omicron variant has now been detected in four African countries, namely Botswana, South Africa, Ghana and Nigeria, while more than 20 countries have detected the variant to date.

Botswana and South Africa account for 62 per cent of cases reported globally, said the WHO Regional Office for Africa based in Brazzaville, the Congolese capital.

That Omicron variant is expected to be detected in more countries as national authorities step up surveillance and sequencing operations

WHO said this, adding that the detection of the Omicron variant is coinciding with a 54 per cent surge in COVID-19 infections in Africa, mainly due to an uptick in southern Africa.

“The detection and timely reporting of the new variant by Botswana and South Africa has bought the world time. We have a window of opportunity but must act quickly and ramp up detection and prevention measures,’’ warned Matshidiso Moeti, WHO Regional Director for Africa, calling on African nations to adjust their COVID-19 response so as to stop a surge in cases from sweeping across Africa.

Omicron has a high number of mutations (32) in its spike protein, and preliminary evidence suggests an increased risk of reinfection, when compared with other variants of concern, according to the WHO.

In Africa, vaccination rates remain low, only 102 million people, or 7.5 per cent of the population, were fully vaccinated.

More than 80 per cent of the population still need to receive the first dose, warned WHO, noting that only five African nations have reached the WHO global target for countries to fully vaccinate 40 per cent of their population by the end of 2021.

“The combination of low vaccination rates, the continued spread of the virus, and mutations are a toxic mix.

The Omicron variant is a wake-up call that the COVID-19 threat is real.

However, with improved supplies of vaccines, African countries should widen vaccination coverage to provide greater protection to the population,’’ Moeti said.

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Apostolic church pastor kidnaps Catholic priest, collects ransom in Imo


A pastor of the Apostolic Church of Christ in Lagos identified as pastor Izuchukwu Anoloba, 35, has been arrested by the Imo State Police Command for allegedly kidnapping a Catholic priest, Fidelis Ekemgba.

The Imo State Commissioner of Police, Rabiu Hussaini made this known while parading the ‘pastor’ alongside other suspects in Owerri, the Imo State capital.

The CP revealed that the Catholic Priest who was double-crossed and whisked away by a deadly syndicate, spent about seven days in captivity prior to the arrest.

According to him, the 45-year-old priest in charge of St. Peters Catholic parish in Umunohu Amakaohia in the Ihitte/Uboma Local Government Area of the state was forced to pay N5 million to the abductors before he was released.

He noted that the suspect was arrested in Lagos State following intelligence gathering by men of the anti-kidnapping unit of the command who went into action immediately the command was informed of the incident.

The CP commended his men for an excellent job, stating that he would continue to make the state uncomfortable for criminals.

While answering questions from journalists, Anoloba, said that he got N1.5m from the ransom the priest paid them.

He said, “I am a pastor with the Apostolic Church of Christ in Lagos. I got N1.5 million from the kidnap of the priest.

“I never knew I will be arrested. I regret my actions because I am now a disgrace to the body of Christ and my family.”

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NUPENG suspends planned strike, promises hitch-free distribution of petroleum products


The Nigeria Union of Petroleum and Natural Gas Workers (NUPENG) has suspended its planned strike.

This followed interventions and engagements with government agencies and institutions, including the NNPC.

The union expressed gratitude to NNPC’s Group Managing Director, Mr Mele Kyari and his team of professionals over the roles they played in positively resolving the impasse.

It stated that: “NNPC’s management has once again proven to the union and the nation that it can be trusted in matters of ensuring decency of employment and peaceful industrial relations in the Nigerian oil and gas industry.

“On behalf of members of our union, we promise to reciprocate these commendable efforts with hitch-free and effective distribution of petroleum products during the forthcoming festive period.’’

NUPENG’s President, Mr Williams Akporeha and General Secretary, Mr Afolabi Olawale made the declaration in a statement issued on Thursday in Lagos.

On Nov. 25, NUPENG extended a 14-day ultimatum earlier given to the Federal Government by seven days.

The planned strike was to protest what NUPENG called non-implementation of agreements reached with government.

“Some of the resolutions from these engagements include commencement of the processes to clear all backlogs of arrears of salaries and allowances owed contract workers of Oil Mining Licence 42 before the end of December.

“The agreement and firm commitment to pay N2.13 million to each of the former employees of the big six contractors whose terminal benefits were short-paid in 2012 following the closure of the contract.

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Nigeria records 52 new COVID-19 cases, one new death


Nigeria recorded 52 new cases of COVID-19 infection on Wednesday, bringing the country’s total to 214,270, the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) said on Thursday morning.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the 52 additional cases reported on Wednesday indicate a decrease from the 105 cases reported in the country the previous day.

It noted that the 52 fresh infections were recorded in six states and the federal capital territory (FCT).

The Nigerian Public Health Institute stated that the cases were confirmed in the following States – Lagos (29), FCT (12), Kaduna (4), Bauchi (3), Kano (2), Ogun (1), and Oyo (1).

The NCDC also said that with one new death on Wednesday, the country’s fatalities stand at 2,978.

It added that 207,312 COVID-19 patients had recovered and had been discharged from hospitals across the country.

The centre said that Nigeria currently has 3,980 active COVID-19 cases, while a total of 3,580,510 blood samples had been tested since the pandemic began in 2020.

The Public Health Agency said that a multi-sectoral national emergency operations centre (EOC), activated at Level 2, continues to coordinate the national response activities.

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Nigeria confirms three Omicron cases in passengers from South Africa

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The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC), on Wednesday morning confirmed the first case of the Omicron variant in the country.

This is contained in a press release issued by the centre and signed by the Director-General, Dr Ifedayo Adetifa in Abuja.

FELLOW PRESS reports that the new variant has sparked global concerns due to fears it may spread faster and be resistant to vaccines.

Following its discovery in South Africa, Omicron was first detected in Europe in Belgium on Nov. 27, 2021.

Other European countries, including Germany, Italy and the U.K., have confirmed cases. Australia also reported cases on Nov 28, 2021.

The European Union on Nov. 27, 2021, moved to ban travel from seven Southern African countries.

Other nations, including the U.S. and U.K., are adopting similar moves. Israel late Saturday went further, imposing a two week travel band for all non-residents.

Similarly, the government of Canada had also stated that it discovered two cases of the variant from two passengers from Nigeria.

The Federal Government through the Presidential Steering Committee (PSC) on COVID-19, however, said that it was investigating the issue to get more details.

Adetifa , however, on Wednesday morning said two cases of the variant were discovered through genomic sequencing.

It albeit linked the cases to two passengers from South Africa.

“In line with the routine travel tests required of all international travellers, genomic sequencing at the NCDC through its National Reference Laboratory, Abuja, confirms Nigeria’s first case of the Omicron variant.

“Genomic sequencing of positive cases from routine day-two testing for travellers to Nigeria identified two cases of Omicron variant among travellers from South Africa who arrived in Nigeria past weeks.

“Retrospective sequencing of previously confirmed cases among travellers to Nigeria also identified the Omicron variant among samples collected in the past weeks 2021,” he explained.

He added that the three patients were asymptomatic and contact tracing had began.

NAN recalls that Genomic sequencing analyses the virus sample taken from a diagnosed patient and compares it with other cases.

By the time the virus arrived in Nigeria, the different changes, or mutations, of COVID-19 “define branches on a tree”.

Each branch of COVID-19 that exists in Nigeria could be linked back to the South Africa, China, UK in the original instance, as well as via an outbreak in a foreign country.

The new variant is coming at a time Nigerians have let down non-pharmaceutical measures like face and nose masking, hand washing and social distancing.

It is also coming at a time when aside border surveillance, Nigeria seems to have developed cold feet in her in-country responses like surveillance and community testing.

With the lull in these activities, the new variant may have had its way into Nigerian communities already and so the need to spring back to action has just been reiterated especially now that the festive season is here.

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U.S. tightens COVID-19 travel rules as countries race to quell Omicron threat

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Air travellers to the United States (U.S.) will face tougher Coronavirus (COVID-19) testing rules as several countries moved to seal-off their borders amid growing uncertainty around the virulence of the Omicron variant.

The Omicron variant has the ability to dodge existing vaccines.

In Asia-Pacific, Hong Kong and Japan said they would expand travel curbs, while Australia was bracing for more Omicron cases after at least two people visited several locations in its biggest city while likely infectious.

In an attempt to stave off hasty global border restrictions, the World Health Organisation called on countries to apply “an evidence-informed and risk-based approach” to travel measures.

Blanket travel bans will not prevent the spread, and they “place a heavy burden on lives and livelihoods”, the WHO said.

More than 50 countries were reportedly implementing travel measures aimed at potentially delaying import of Omicron as of Nov. 28, the WHO added.

Investors remained on edge on Wednesday, even as financial markets came off lows plumbed a day earlier following remarks by the CEO of Moderna that raised questions about the efficacy of COVID-19 vaccines against Omicron.

Global health officials have since sought to offer reassurances and reiterated calls for people to get vaccinated.

“Even if the new variant becomes more widespread, the vaccines we have will continue to provide protection,” European Medicines Agency Executive Director Emer Cooke said.

Echoing remarks by vaccine maker BioNTech and scientists, Cooke said laboratory analyses should indicate over the next two weeks whether the blood of vaccinated people has sufficient antibodies to neutralise the new variant.

BioNTech’s CEO said the vaccine it makes in a partnership with Pfizer would likely offer strong protection against severe disease from Omicron.

The World Health Organisation classified Omicron as a “variant of concern,” due to the number of mutations that might help it spread or evade antibodies from prior infection or vaccination.

First reported in southern Africa a week ago, Omicron has triggered global alarm, led to travel bans, and highlighted the disparity between massive vaccination pushes in rich nations and sparse inoculation in the developing world.

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Success of security operations is dependent on logistics support – Army General


Commandant of the Nigerian Army College of Logistics, Ojo, Lagos, Maj.-Gen. Martin Enendu, says success of security operations is dependent on the efficiency of logistics support.

Enendu made the assertion at the second distinguished lecture series organised by the School of Transport and Logistics, Lagos State University.

He said that success in security operations were only possible when unique and complementary capabilities were brought to bear at the right time and place.

“This requires a coherent and reliable integration of all resources by the right category of personnel to support the men executing such operations.

“In order to increase the speed of deployment and enhance service delivery by security forces during emergency situations, Nigeria can set up logistics outfits at the national level.

“Government can give them the mandate to coordinate all transportation assets and infrastructures and make them available to security forces in national interest,’’ he said.

He noted that transportation needed to operate efficiently and effectively in order to support national security requirements.

“Transportation will help to speed up mobilisation of security personnel and their equipment, especially in times of emergencies.

“Transportation infrastructure is also linked with accessibility, particularly for military operations,’’ Enendu stressed.

He noted that national security related to the survival and freedom of a nation and its citizens from all forms of threats.

He said government’s efforts in this regard were often supported by individuals and organisations that provided assistance that cut across wide spectrum of activities.

“Such efforts include intelligence sharing and provision of infrastructures and logistics support to security forces.

“Through these processes, nations have overcome various degrees of security threats.

“There is need for an improvement of awareness on the civic responsibilities of individuals and organisations to support security forces prosecuting national security operations,’’ Enendu said.

The theme of his lecture was: “Logistics support for national security operations: Role of the private and public sectors in perspective.’’

In his contribution, Prof. Charles Asenime, Dean, School of Transport and Logistics, LASU, said there was the need to synergies with the Nigerian Army College of Logistics to solve logistics problems in Nigeria.

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Nigeria records 21 new COVID-19 cases – NCDC

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The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) says the country recorded 21 new COVID-19 infections across five states of the federation on Monday.

The NCDC stated this in its daily COVID-19 report on Tuesday morning.

FELLOW PRESS reports that the 21 additional cases reported on Monday indicate a decrease from the 110 cases reported the previous day.

According to the NCDC, the additional 21 cases bring the total of confirmed infections in the country to 214,113.

It said Lagos recorded 6, Cross River-5, Rivers-5 and Abia-3.

Meanwhile, Bauchi and Kaduna recorded one case each.

The NCDC noted that since the outbreak of the virus on Feb. 27, 2020, a total of 2,976 persons had lost their lives, while 207,292 recovered and were discharged.

The Nigerian public health institute said a multi-sectoral national emergency operations centre (EOC), activated at Level 2, continued to coordinate the national response activities.

The agency added that a total of 3,479,682 blood samples had been tested since the pandemic began across the country.

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EFCC arrests 60 suspects at ‘yahoo boys award night’ in Ogun


The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) says its operatives have arrested 60 persons at an award event organised to “reward internet fraudsters”.

According to a statement issued on Monday by Wilson Uwujaren, EFCC spokesman, the 60 persons were arrested during the event which held at the Conference Hotel in Abeokuta, Ogun state.

The commission said several items, including cars and mobile phones, were recovered from the suspects, adding that they would soon be charged to court.

“Operatives of the Lagos Command of the EFCC have arrested 60 suspected internet fraudsters during an awards ceremony at the Conference Hotel in Abeokuta, Ogun State,” the statement reads.

“The event tagged “Peer Youths Awards”, investigation revealed, was organised to reward high-level internet fraudsters.

“Items recovered from the suspects at the point of arrest include exotic cars, electronic devices, laptop computers and mobile phones. The suspects will soon be charged to court.”

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Lecturer of Federal Poly Offa slumps and dies

Ayatu Momoh, a Mass Communication teacher with the Federal Polytechnic, Offa, Kwara State, is dead.

Mr Momoh slumped and died at a community meeting on Sunday in Offa, Offa Local Government Area of Kwara State.

Momoh, an Igala from Kogi State, was the secretary of the Igala community in Offa and its environs.

Efforts to reach the spokesman of the Federal Polytechnic, Offa, Olayinka Iroye, proved abortive.

However, the Chairman of Academic Staff Union of Polytechnics, Offa chapter, Dr Waheed Balogun, confirmed the development to DAILY POST.

He said the late teacher was saying the closing prayer to round off the local meeting when he slumped and died.

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DPO kidnapped in Edo

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The Divisional Police Officer (DPO) of Fugar Division in Etsako Central local government area of Edo state, identified as Ibrahim Ishaq has been reported kidnapped near Ise river along the Auchi – Ekperi-Agenebode road.

According to reports, Ishaq was travelling with his orderly on Friday evening, November 26, when they were attacked by the kidnappers.

A source close to the police said the kidnappers are demanding a N50 million ransom for his release.

“He was coming from Agenebode to Fugar and he passed through Ekperi Road and they were attacked. He was kidnapped but his orderly escaped and the kidnappers have made contact this morning and they are demanding N50m. The incident happened around 6;30 pm on Friday.”the source said

The state police command is yet to comment on this development. Meanwhile, the state Commissioner of Police, Philip Ogbadu has ordered immediate deployment of men of the Anti-Kidnapping and Cyber Crime unit, men of the Tactical and Strike teams of the state Police Command to move to the area to rescue the DPO unhurt as vigilante groups had already entered the bushes to rescue the officer.

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Yuletide: NURTW cautions members against reckless driving

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The National Union of Road Transport Workers (NURTW), Sabo branch, Kaduna, has cautioned its members against reckless driving during the Yuletide to avoid accidents.

Mr Ibrahim Ado, Secretary of the Union, gave the advice in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Kaduna on Saturday.

According to Ado, during the Yuletide, most drivers have the tendency of making money by going for more trips which often lead to reckless driving and accident.

“Greed is what usually lead to speeding, hence increased road crashes during this period.

“We have on a continuous basis, held sensitisation meetings with our members to regulate the number of trips bearing in mind that there is usually increase vehicular movement during the Yuletide.

“It is better to be alive than be in a hurry to make money and at the end of the day lose your life and that of other innocent passengers,” Ado said.

He noted that the Union was collaborating with other agencies including; Kaduna State Traffic and Environmental Law Enforcement Agency (KASTELEA), Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) and the police to ensure sanity on the roads, especially during the Yuletide.

Ado also cautioned members to be security conscious and desist from picking passengers on the highway.

“There had been cases where drivers were victim of kidnaping because they picked passengers on the highway,” he said.

He, however, advised members of the public not to patronise private vehicles while traveling, but go to recognised motor parks and fill passenger’s manifest before take off.

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#EndSARS: Group faults Lekki Toll Gate massacre report

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The Muslim Rights Concern (MURIC), has finally reacted to the leaked EndSARS report on the clash between Nigeria’s security agencies and protesters at Lekki Toll Gate on October 20, 2020.

The Islamic group handed down a resounding verdict of rejection of the report, describing it as full of loopholes and lacking credibility.

MURIC’s verdict was pronounced in a statement on Thursday by its director and founder, Professor Ishaq Akintola.

Recall that the Lagos State EndSARS panel had submitted its report on the Lekki Tollgate shooting last week.

In the report, the panel had indicted the Federal Government, the police and the military.

MURIC’s statement read in part: “In the wake of a Tsunami of rejections which greeted the leaked report of the #EndSARS report, we of the Muslim Rights Concern, having critically scrutinised the report with the aid of experts hereby affirm that the said report is full of loopholes, discrepancies, half truths, irregularities and inconsistencies too many to mention.

“For the sake of clarity, we assert that life is sacred and to that extent we abhor the killing of protesters even if it’s just one person.

“The wording of the report is replete with terminological inexactitude. Exempli gratia, the word ‘massacre’ was used to describe the so-called killing of a total of 9 people whereas ‘massacre’ is used for the killing of tens, hundreds and thousands of people. This’s symptomatic of a desperation to indict at all cost.

“Nigerians were made to suffer the trauma of mathematical juggling from DJ Switch’s 78 bodies to CNN’s 56, BBC’s 38 and the feminists’ paltry figure of twenty-three which the panel pruned down to 9 bodies. But analysts have even reduced the figure to 3 or 4 after establishing prima facie cases of improper evaluation of evidence. This report can’t stand the test of time.”

The statement added that there were outright lies in the EndSARS report.

It said, “For instance, the Doctor at Reddingtons never mentioned that a dead body was deposited at the hospital, yet the panel claimed on page 287 that he did. Kolade Salami, who was killed in 2019, was listed among the victims of Lekki shootings.”

According to the statement, half of the names were given without addresses, while no relations have turned up to claim bodies and yet the panel recommends payment of compensation to the non-existing families.

“These are some of the reasons the panel’s recommendations are laughable, irrational and unrealistic,” it concluded.

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NEMA receives 158 Nigerian returnees from Libya


The National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) on Wednesday said it had received 158 Nigerian returnees from Libya through the Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Lagos.

The Acting Coordinator of the Lagos Territorial Office of NEMA, Mr Ibrahim Farinloye, told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Lagos.

Farinloye said the returnees. who had been stranded in Libya, departed Mitiga International Airport, Tripoli, aboard a chartered Buraq Aircraft Boeing 737-800 with registration number 5A-DMG.

He said that they arrived Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Lagos at about 5. 47 p.m.

Farinloye said that the returnees were received at the Cargo Wing of the Airport.

“The returnees were brought back to the country by the International Organisation for Migration (IOM) through voluntary repatriation programme for the distressed persons,” he said.

Farinloye said the returnees comprised male and female adults, children and infants, while there were three medical cases.

“Returnees will be kept for seven days in a transit for isolation period during which training and other medical process will be conducted for them.

“The IOM has been assisting several Nigerians back to the country since 2012 in a special programme sponsored by the European Union for young Nigerians who had intended travelling out of the country in search of greener pastures but got stranded in Libya.

“About 19,000 Nigerians have been brought back till date,” he said.

Farinloye said that the Port Health Unit of the Federal Ministry of Health, National Commission for Resilience, Migration and IDPs and the Nigerian Immigration Services are part of the government agencies that received the returnees at the airport.

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Alleged extra judicial killing: Panel adjourns sitting


The Independent Investigation Panel investigating human rights violations by the defunct Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) and other units of the police on Tuesday adjourned for the adoption of written addresses by both the prosecution and defence.

This move came after the police counsel, Mr Fidelis Ogbobe, told the panel that he had no witnesses to call.

The Panel Chairman, Justice Suleiman Galadima (Rtd.), had earlier directed the Commissioner of Police, Cross River and the Security Adviser to the State Governor to appear before it.

This was in connection with their alleged roles in Operation Skolombo which resulted in the death of one Emmanuel Ita Ephraim.

The panel also ordered ASP Marcus Joe to appear before it, following his alleged role in depositing Ephraim’s remains in the mortuary of the General Hospital, Calabar.

The panel, in addition to the above stated directives, mandated the police to produce before the panel a certified true copy of the police station’s crime diary where the movement of the deceased body was documented after he was allegedly killed by Operation Skolombo operatives.

At the panel’s resumed sitting on Tuesday, the counsel to the police said he did not have any witness to call.

Justice Galadima subsequently adjourned the sitting till Dec. 2 for the adoption of written addresses by both prosecution and defence.

Mr Paul Offiong had petitioned on behalf of his late brother, Ephraim.

He alleged the extra judicial killing of Ephraim.

In his petition, Offiong joined the defunct SARS Calabar, Operation Skolombo, Calabar, Col. Mohammed Inuwa Hafiz, SP Kabiru Salisu and the Inspector-General of Police.

On Nov. 30 and Dec. 15, 2020, Offiong testified before the panel.

He said that on June 17, 2017 his brother was shot by operatives of operation Skolombo, while the former was on his way to church.

Operation Skolombo includes DSS, Navy and NSCDC operatives, a security outfit set up by the Cross River government to maintain peace and order in the State.

Under cross examination, the fourth respondent ACP Kabiru Salisu told the panel that the police personnel were not part of Operation Skolombo on the day Ephraim was killed.

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OAU PG student’s death: Police reacts to suspect ‘audio message’ while in custody


Police in Osun State has refuted a report that a suspect, in the case of late Timothy Adegoke, a post-graduate student of Obafemi Awolowo University (OAU), released an audio message while in custody.

Police spokesman, SP Yemisi Opalola, told a news conference in Osogbo on Tuesday that the purported audio message allegedly made by the suspect, Rahman Adedoyin, was embarrassing to the police.

Opalola said upon investigation, the suspect stated that he made and released the audio before he was arrested.

FELLOW PRESS reports that Adegoke, an Abuja-based student, had travelled to Ife on Nov. 5 to write an examination at the OAU Distance Learning Centre in Moro, Osun State.

He was declared missing when friends and family members could not reach him days after the examination.

It was further learnt that the deceased had lodged at a hotel in Ile-Ife, owned by Adedoyin a number of times between Oct. 22 and Nov. 5, when he was declared missing.

His corpse body was later found by the police.

“On the issue of the audio recording made by the suspect, Mr Rahman Adedoyin, the police was embarrassed by the report.

“Upon investigation, Adedoyin admitted being the author of the audio message, saying he felt inclined to make it when some members of his staff were arrested by the police.

“He affirmed making it before he was arrested to defend himself when some people, especially the brother of the deceased referred to him as a ritualist.

“He said he made the audio message to clear himself of involvement in the murder of Adegoke, stressing that traducers already maligned his character even without due process of law.

“He added that he recorded the audio before his arrest by the police as his employees were arrested on Nov. 11 and Nov. 12 whereas he (Adedoyin) was arrested on Nov. 15.’’ she said.

Opalola said the suspect, however, denied having knowledge of whether the audio was released or when it was released, not until the police told him about it since he had been in incarceration and did not have access to his phone.

The police spokesperson said the police state command would not stop its investigation until it unravelled who actually released the audio message.

Opalola explained that another report that the suspect (Adedoyin) was being kept in a VIP cell by the police was untrue.

She said all the suspects arrested in connection with the matter were in lawful custody and that the police even had a court order justifying their detention pending the completion of investigation.

Opalola said the issue of whether any body part of the deceased Adegoke was missing when his body was exhumed had been settled.

She said everyone present (Police, the deceased family members and the pathologist) at the scene of the exhumation of the body, sighted the corpse when it was unwrapped and attested to it that no part of the body was missing.

She said if any body part was missing, somebody among the witnesses would have raised an alarm on the matter at that particular time.

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Building collapse: Ensure application of standards in your operations – Minister

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The Minister of Power, Mr Abukakar Aliyu, has called on engineers in the building sector to be proactive and ensure standard operations in the discharge of their duties.

Mrs Odutayo Oluseyi, Assistant Director, Press, Ministry of Power, made this known in a statement in Abuja on Monday.

The minister spoke against the backdrop of recent building collapse in the country during a visit by the Deputy President/President-elect of the Nigerian Society of Engineers (NSE), Mr Gidari-Wudil, in his Office.

Aliyu while congratulating the NSE President-elect, reminded him of the enormous responsibility bestowed on him as the President.

He said that Government is making lots of investment in the area of infrastructure which engineers are critical stakeholders.

He said “the huge investment in the area of infrastructure of the administration of President Muhammadu Buhari is commendable.

He advised the incoming president to ensure the application of professionalism through proper procedures and specifications.

The minister urged Wudil to synergise with government to curb further calamities occasioned by infrastructural defects.

Responding, President-elect of the NSE assured the minister that the Nigerian Society of Engineers under his watch will be proactive and up and doing.

He further said that the society would work closely with the Council for the Regulation of Engineering in Nigeria (COREN) and other bodies to ensure application of professionalism due to the strategic nature of the Engineering profession.

Earlier, the chairman, investiture committee of the NSE, Mr Olu Ogunduyile, said the visit was to formerly inform the minister of the investiture of the President-Elect, Gidari-Wudil, scheduled to hold on Jan. 22, 2022.

He said the administration of Gidari-Wudil would focus on Academia-Industry Relationship, which is aimed at collaboration between the academia and industry players.

“It is also to bridge the gap between Engineering Technologists and Technicians, reviving Technical Education, aimed at boosting the Economic Growth and the Gross Domestic Product (GDP) of the nation, among other things. Ogunduyile said.

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Finally, UTH conducts autopsy on late OAU post-graduate student

Osun University Teaching Hospital (UTH), on Monday, conducted autopsy on the late Timothy Adegoke, a post-graduate student of Obafemi Awolowo University (OAU).

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the autopsy, scheduled for 11:00 am., did not commence until 2:30 pm., due to late arrival of the deceased’s family and other logistics.

The Police Public Relations Officer in the state, SP Yemisi Opalola, had, on Sunday, told NAN that the autopsy was delayed because the deceased’s family insisted on being part of the process.

Opalola, however, said that the autopsy would now be carried out today (Monday) at Osun University Teaching Hospital, Osogbo.

It was learnt that the family of the deceased presented a pathologist to be part of the autopsy process, while the police pathologist and the investigating police officer (IPO) for the case were all witnesses to the autopsy process.

The autopsy, which was conducted by a UTH Consultant Pathologist, Dr Waheed Oluogun, was concluded at 6:30 pm.

Oluogun, however, said that the result of the autopsy would take two to three weeks to be ready.

The pathologist also said that by the time the result is ready, it would only be made available to the police.

The deceased’s family, through their counsel, Mr Naheem Adekilekun, said that comments on the autopsy would be made after the result was out.

Adekilekun appealed to the police to prosecute the case without fear or favour to any person(s) found culpable.

Adegoke was said to have travelled to Osun State to sit for an examination at OAU Distance Learning Centre, Moro, Ife North Local Government Area of the state, when he was declared missing on Nov. 7.

The remains of the deceased were later reportedly evacuated from a forest on Ede/Ife road by the police.

The police said that six suspects, said to be staff members of Hilton Hotels and Resort, Ile-Ife, and the owner, Ramon Adedoyin, were arrested by the police after investigation revealed that the late Adegoke checked into the facility before he was declared missing.

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Monday is no more Work-free Day in Anambra- Commissioner


Mr C. Don Adinuba, the Anambra Commissioner for Information and Public Enlightenment, has informed all public service workers in the state that Monday is no more a work- free Day in the state, effective from Nov. 22.

Adinuba said that Anambra Government wishes to remind all individuals and organisations in the state that work has resumed in earnest in Anambra.

Adinuba said this in a press statement made available to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Sunday in Awka

“This reminder became imperative in view of the tendency of some people to observe in the last few months every Monday as a work-free day.

“Work free day was being observed in the state in compliance with the directive by some non-state actors in an effort to press the Federal Government to free the leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), Mazi Nnamdi Kanu.

“Kanu is standing trial for some charges in Abuja, brought by the federal administration.

“The IPOB leadership has suspended the directive requiring people to stay at home every Monday which it said would start from Monday, Sept.15, throughout the Southeast geopolitical zone.

“The IPOB leadership has in the last few days reiterated the suspension, warning that any person who still tries to enforce the earlier decision is on his or her own and will, therefore, be dealt with accordingly.

“The IPOB leadership has kept every pledge it has made, including rescinding its decision to thwart the November 6 gubernatorial election in Anambra State.

“In fact, far from disrupting the election, IPOB encouraged the people of Anambra State to come out in their numbers and exercise their democratic right on Nov. 6.

“The election is now recognised as easily the most peaceful and the fairest election since the state was created in 1991,” he said.

Adinuba said that a group of Igbo leaders, including worthy sons of Anambra, met with President Muhammadu Buhari, in Abuja, on Friday, Nov. 19, to plead that Kanu be released and the issues around his arrest and trial resolved in a political way.

The commissioner said that in view of all efforts being made by elders of the zone to secure Kanu’s release, people of Anambra are enjoined to go about their normal business every Monday.

He urged the public not to entertain any fear of disruption of their work or any kind of harassment from any quarters from Monday, Nov. 22.

Adinuba said that the month of December is almost here and it is the month mankind marks the birth of Jesus Christ, defined by peace, unity, love, solidarity and merrymaking.

He noted that the festive period ushers in a new year which itself is a festive period and Anambra public like many other Nigerians, use the period to launch community and church development projects.

“We hold cultural festivals and conduct important personal, family and community events such as marriages, weddings and title taking. All this requires a lot of money.

“What is more, parents and guardians pay the educational fees of their children and wards during this period, thus making January the longest month in the year, as it is described in common parlance.

“It is in the interest of our people that all markets, all businesses, all offices and all schools in Anambra operate fully every Monday, with effect from Nov. 22.

All our people are once again assured that they will not face any kind of molestation on any day of the week from any quarters henceforth,” Adinuba reassured.

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Police foil attempt to abduct Nasarawa PDP chieftain


Nasarawa Police Command has foiled an attempt to abduct Mr Umar Nasiru-Black, Nasarawa-South Zonal Chairman of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP).

The attempt is contained in a statement signed by Ramhan Nansel, Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO) in the state and made available to newsmen on Sunday in Lafia.

According to the statement, the police received a distress call on Nov. 20 at about 8: 30 p.m. that six unidentified gunmen had invaded NasiruBlack’s residence, located at Bukan kwato area of Lafia, and were attempting to kidnap him.

“Upon the receipt of the information, the Commissioner of Police, Mr Adesina Soyemi, immediately mobilised police patrol teams to the scene.

“The abduction was foiled due to the prompt intervention of the team mobilised by the commissioner and members of the community,” the PPRO said in the statement.

Nansel said in the bid to escape, the hoodlums hit Nasiru-Black with a stick on his forehead.

He said that they also shot one of the victim’s neighbours on the right leg before they narrowly escaped into the nearby bush.

The PPRO added that the PDP chieftain, along with his neighbour who was shot, was rushed to an undisclosed hospital for treatment, noting that they were in stable condition.

He, however, said efforts were ongoing to arrest the fleeing kidnap suspects.

The PPRO called on the public to always inform security agencies of suspicious activities in their areas, for prompt response.

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It is dangerous to release Nnamdi Kanu– Arewa youths

The leadership of the Arewa Youths Consultative Forum, AYCF, has warned against releasing Nnamdi Kanu, leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB.

National President of AYCF, Yerima Shettima, warned that more Kanu’s would emerge to further complicate the insecurity situation in the country, if the IPOB leader is released.

Shettima said allowing Kanu to go unpunished would be harmful to Nigeria and the Federal Government.

He was reacting to President Muhammadu Buhari’s remark that he would consider the IPOB leader’s release.

Buhari had made the remark during a meeting with some Southeast leaders under the aegis of Highly Respected Igbo Greats, led by First Republic parliamentarian and Minister of Aviation, Chief Mbazulike Amaechi at the State House, Abuja.

Amaechi pleaded with the president to release Kanu, rather than opt for military actions.

Responding, Buhari who promised to consider their appeal, however, noted that an unconditional release of Kanu runs contrary to the doctrine of separation of powers between the executive and the judiciary.

However, Shettima stressed that Kanu’s release would undermine what he has done to Nigeria.

According to Shettima: “There is the possibility of undermining the consequences of what this man (Nnamdi Kanu) did to the country and by implication, if he is allowed to go unpunished, it would be sending the wrong message. Nobody in the history of this country has done more damage to this country since the civil war than this young man.

“If at the end of the day, they allow him to go unpunished after what he has done, the implication is that nobody will ever commit any offence of this nature and be punished because everybody will always refer to him.

“And this means that the constitution is automatically suspended in the country. This means that some people can just commit any crime at the expense of over 200 million Nigerians and get away with it. Somebody can kill, pronounce killing and still get away with it; then what is the essence of condemning people to death for killing, murder when compared to what this man (Kanu) did?

“This is just a way of undermining the laws of our land, and indirectly they are saying the government of the day can be easily influenced. This means, somebody can commit any offence and then come to Buhari or any other government after this and seek forgiveness.”

The AYCF National President noted that Kanu is not remorseful of his actions, hence he may boast of being begged.

He added: “This man is not even remorseful, indirectly, it’s like the government is begging him to continue with what he’s doing, and he would go unpunished.

“The consequence is that, if he is allowed to go unpunished, we would end up having millions of Kanu rising, even, if he decides not to go ahead with further actions.

“If he is allowed to go, he (Kanu) will come out boasting that he did not beg to be released. He is not remorseful and there is nothing to show he regrets his actions, and anybody can do such and get away with it; we are not in Banana Republic for God’s sake.”

He maintained that the law should be allowed to take its full course in Kanu’s matter.

“The law must take its full course and I hope it’s not what I’m thinking because nobody has done the kind of damage this man has done to this country; and up till date, we have not recovered from the consequences of what he has done to this country, we are watching.

“If we allow him to go unpunished, then we are saying that the country should produce millions of him. With him alone, look at the damage he has done to his region, but for us in the North, we would ensure he has no sympathizer.

“Nobody is saying he should be dealt with without committing any crime, but if he is found wanting; then he should be made to face the consequences of his actions since the matter is in court,” he added.

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Strike call-off: Abuja/Kaduna, Lagos/Ibadan trains resume service Saturday — NRC boss


The Abuja-Kaduna and Lagos-Ibadan standard gauge rail services will resume operations at 9.15 a.m. and 1p.m. on Saturday respectively, following the suspension of strike by railway workers.

The Managing Director of Nigerian Railways Corporation (NRC), Mr Fidet Okhiria, disclosed this in a telephone interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN).

The NRC management and the union had directed workers to resume work with immediate effect in a joint communique suspending the strike on Friday night.

FELLOW PRESS reports that the railway workers had on Thursday embarked on a three-day warning strike over staff welfare issues, thus paralysing rail transportation across the country.

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Dangote recounts how his brother Sani dies while he, their mother watch


Aliko Dangote, the Africa’s richest man, recently lost his brother Sani Dangote, to colon Cancer, but sadly the memory of last moment was a painful one.

Speaking of the last moment with his brother, Dangote disclosed that he, their mother and the children watch Sani died in front of them.

Aliko Dangote who received the national leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Bola Tinubu, at his residence in Kano on Friday recounts the pain when the doctors told them his brother had about one hour more before his death.

“It was painful because he died in front of me, our mother and children,” he said

Sani Dangote was the Vice President of Dangote Groups. He died in the United States on Sunday and buried on Wednesday after his body arrived Kano.

“The visit will help us to reduce the pain especially for myself because we grew together. It was painful when they tell us he was going to die in few hours and we had to watch him take his last breath,” Aliko Dangote said.

The family members and friends received the body from US on Wednesday morning. A funeral prayer was held at the Emir of Kano’s palace before his body was later interred according to Islamic rites.

Dignitaries present at the funeral include Senate President Ahmed Lawal, Bukola Saraki, Femi Otedola, and many others.

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Nigerian Army kill ISWAP members in Borno

Eleven members of the Islamic State for West African Province (ISWAP) were killed with many others escaped injured in a confrontation with Nigerian troops in Damboa Local Government Area of Borno State, reports said on Friday.

The terrorists were reportedly trying to take over the town before they met a resistance by the Nigerian troops.

A security source in Damboa said on Friday that soldiers are currently on the trail of the fleeing terrorists with the aim of ensuring that they are well cleared from the surroundings.

“I am inside Damboa, we have repelled that attack but some of our men are in pursuit of the fleeing terrorists. They came in large number with the aim of taking control of the town,” he said.

The acting General Officer Commanding (GOC), 7 Division of the Nigerian Army, Brig.-Gen. Abdulwahab Eyitayo also said that a number of the terrorists on 10 gun-trucks and one phantom MRAP attempted to attack Damboa Super Camp of the Nigerian Army.

According to him as they approached, the troops swiftly repelled the attack and forced the terrorists to withdraw in disarray through Sandia village.

The GOC said total normalcy has been restored in the town, as people were going about their normal activities, while exploitation was still ongoing by the Air Task Force to mop up the fleeing terrorists.

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Two police officers killed by bandits in Kaduna


Two officers of the Katsina State Police Command lost their lives in a gun duel with bandits on Thursday.

ASP Yakubu Joshua, attached to 27 Police Mobile Force (PMF) Katsina and Sgt Zaharadeen Yuguda attached to Safana Division were killed by the hoodlums in a crossfire at their hideout at Baure village in Safana Local Government Area of the state.

The State Commissioner of Police, Sanusi Buba, disclosed this on Friday while briefing pressmen at the police headquarters.

However, CP Buba said the police team led by the Dutsima Area Commander, Assistant Commissioner of Police ACP, Aminu Umar were able to dislodge the hoodlums, killing two of them in the process and recovered one AK-47 rifle with 35 rounds of 7.62mm live ammunition among other items.

Buba said: “On 18/11/2021 at about 1700hrs, based on credible intelligence, Area Commander, Dutsinma, ACP Aminu Umar, led a combined team of policemen and vigilante to Bandits’ hideout at Baure village, Safana LGA of Katsina state and engaged the bandits in a fierce gun duel.

“The team succeeded in dislodging the bandits, killed two notorious bandits and recovered one AK 47 rifle with thirty-five (35) rounds of 7.62mm live ammunition of AK 47 rifle.

“In the course of scanning the scene, two unregistered motorcycles Kasea and Boxer, vest of charms were recovered.

“Sadly, two gallant police officers – AP.NO.151332 Asp Yakubu Joshua, attached to 27 Police Mobile Force, (PMF), Katsina and F/NO.264575 Sgt Zaharadeen Yuguda attached to Safana Division, paid the supreme price and died in a crossfire.”

He urged members of the public to cooperate with security agencies by giving them credible information on bandits and their collaborators.

He further assured members of the public that the police remain “resolute and committed in the ongoing fight against recalcitrant bandits until they are arrested and dealt with in accordance with extant laws of the land.”

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Prophet rapes pregnant woman in Ondo


An 8-month pregnant women has been raped by a prophet, Festus James, in Ondo.

The prophet, who has since been arrested by the police, was said to have committed the offence at Agbabu community in the Odigbo Local Government Area of the state.

According to Punch, the suspect was paraded at the command headquarters in Akure, the state capital, on Thursday, the state Police Public Relations Officer, Mrs Funmilayo Odunlami, said James had carnal knowledge of the woman under the pretext of performing spiritual deliverance for her.

She said, “James from Ibadan in Oyo State went to Agbabu village via Ore, claimed to be a prophet and that the holy spirit directed him to have a three days holy ghost revival in a church in the village.

“The next day, the prophet claimed to have seen a vision concerning a 22-year-old lady who was eight months’ pregnant and told her to wait behind after the programme.

“He took the pregnant lady into one of the rooms in the mission house under the guise of delivering her from an evil spirit and had carnal knowledge of her. The suspect confessed to the crime.”

The PPRO said the suspect would soon be charged to court.

James, who admitted to having sex with the victim, however, denied raping her.

He said, “I had sex with her truly, but it was not rape; I did not rape her. I always went there for revival. But honestly, I didn’t know what came over me that caused me to do that. It was the work of the devil.”

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Imam’s dead body found in uncompleted building in FCT

 

An Imam with the Kubwa Muslim Cemetery, identified as Malam Abdurrashid Usman has been found dead in an uncompleted building near his farm.

Malam Abdurrashid, a native of Warawa in Kano State was declared missing prior to the discovery of his corpse.

One of his relatives, Adamu Isma’ila who confirmed the development to reporters, said the Imam left the house but failed to return.

According to him, the incident was reported to the police while the family were in search of the Imam.

He said, “We dispersed into the bush around Gado-Nasko farm from 8pm till 12am, but we could not trace him, apart from his clothes, a wheel truck that he used, as well as his axe, and the firewood.

“Yesterday morning, we conducted another round of search around the same location, and we were in the process of giving up when one of us advised that we should extend the search to an uncompleted building.

“We met his body with injuries on his head looking like he was hit with some of the firewood found close to the body.”

Insecurity in the nation’s capital took another turn recently as criminal elements continue to wreak havoc in many parts of the territory.

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Inferno: Two cars burnt as petrol tanker explodes in Ibadan

Two cars were burnt on Thursday night in Ibadan, when a fully loaded petrol tanker, went up in flames.
According to an eye witness, Mr James Oladeji, a commercial tricycle operator, the incident occurred at Agodi area of Ibadan, on Total Garden-Gate road, near the Nigerian Television Authority (NTA) Station, in Ibadan.
Oladeji said the driver of the tanker, laden with premium motor spirit, jumped out from the truck when he noticed the fire from the engine apartment of the truck while in motion.
He said the truck, with no driver in control, spilled its content on the road before exploding.
Two vehicles were burnt while the occupants of the cars were said to have narrowly escaped death.
Four water tank trucks from both the Federal and State Fire Services were deployed to the scene as officers made frantic efforts to prevent the inferno from spreading.
The dual carriage way was cordoned off by security operatives who diverted traffic from the axis to other parts of the city.
Speaking on the incident, the Director of Operations, Oyo State Fire Services, Mr Ismail Adeleke, confirmed the incident, saying that he and his men were at the scene as at 11p.m. before they could finally put off the fire.
He said no life was lost in the incident.
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Buhari gave order in killing of #EndSARS protesters– Reno Omokri


Reno Omokri, Nigeria’s socio-political activist, has accused President Muhammadu Buhari of ordering the killing of EndSARS protesters at Lekki Tollgate in Lagos State last year.

Omokri claimed that Buhari ordered the killing of the protesters “out of self interest.”

He based his claim with Buhari’s comment on the protest.

The former aide to ex-President Goodluck Jonathan, in a tweet wrote: “To prove to you that Buhari personally ordered the #LekkiMassacre of innocent, unarmed, peaceful #EndSARS protesters, just go and rewatch his June 10, 2021 AriseTV interview, where he accused #EndSARS protesters of wanting to “remove me”. Buhari killed them out of self interest!”

Some Nigerian youths were killed on October 20, 2020 at the Lekki Toll Gate in Lagos State.

The youths were protesting police brutality at the toll gate when soldiers invited shot at them.

Despite claims of people killed, the Nigerian government had severally denied wrong doings at the scene, claiming that nobody died.

However, the Lagos State EndSARS panel on Monday submitted its report and described the incident at the tollgate as a massacre.

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95 Nigerians who were stranded in Libya arrive Lagos

95 Nigerians who were stranded in Libya arrive Lagos

The National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) on Wednesday, received back to country 95 Nigerians who were stranded in Libya at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Lagos.

The stranded Nigerians arrived at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport Tuesday night, Nov. 16.

They were brought back to Nigeria by the International Organisation for Migration (IOM) through a voluntary repatriation programme for the distressed who had left the country to seek greener pastures in various European countries but could not afford to return when they became frustrated with their journey.

The returnees are made up of 60 male adults, 29 female adults, three male and one female teenager, with two infants (one male and the other female).

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#EndSARS Report: Desmond Elliot makes U-turn, says he knew there was calamity

Actor and politician, Desmond Elliot, has reacted to the findings in the report of the Lagos state inquiry into the October 20, 2020 shooting incident at the Lekki tollgate.

The panel in its report indicted the Nigerian Army and police and described the incident as a massacre. The report also gave the names of nine persons killed during the incident as well as the names of those who were injured during the attack.

Speaking on TVC this morning November 16, Desmond Elliot said the report was heartwrenching and that he knew that a calamity happened on the said day.

”I read it and it was very heartbreaking. Heartwrenching. I knew there was a calamity, chaos. Except you are not Nigerian or you are not human. You would feel for everybody. I have always said something. When MKO died and the government of the day denied and denied, it took this government to come and say you know what, we have wronged you. This is the truth and they actually gave democracy day.

We have always said the truth comes out. There is no how you would try to hide it, the truth would come out.

But I now looked at it from another angle. Is it possible that this government didn’t know what was going to come out? Of course they did but the government of today, I am talking of the state government, I want to believe knew what was going to come out.

There is going to be an official statement so let me not jump the gun because I am also in office. But the fact that it even came out and even saw the light of day…” he said

Watch the video from his interview below…

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U.S. reacts to #EndSARS panel report

The United States government has reacted following the conclusion of work by the Lagos State Panel for victims of SARS related abuses and other matters.

After the panel chairman, Justice Doris Okuwobi (retired) submitted the report at the Lagos House, Ikeja, on Monday, Nov. 15, 2021, concluding that people were killed and injured at the Lekki Toll Gate on October 20, 2020, during the End SARS protests, Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu received the findings, recommendations and set up a four-member committee.

The committee led by Attorney-General and Commissioner for Justice, Moyosore Onigbanjo (SAN), will come up with a White Paper in two weeks and Sanwo-Olu promised that the state government’s action would be guided by the law and in the public interest.

Reacting in a statement on Tuesday, Nov. 16, the US Mission in Nigeria said America awaits the response from President Muhammadu Buhari government and Lagos authorities.

The Embassy said official actions are part of a process that represents an important mechanism of accountability regarding the EndSARS protests and the events at the tollgate.

“Those events led to serious allegations against some members of the security forces,” the statement reads.

“We look forward to the Lagos State and federal governments taking suitable measures to address those alleged abuses as well as the grievances of the victims and their families.”

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Gunmen kill one, burn houses in Taraba community attack

One person have been killed by gunmen at Rafin Kada community in Wukari Local Government Area of Taraba State.

The gunmen suspected to be Tiv militias stormed the community in the early hours of Tuesday, November 16, injuring scores of other residents and burning houses worth millions of naira.

Chairman of the council, AdiGrace Daniel, who confirmed the attack to Channels, said that the military has taken over the area and search for the hoodlums is in top gear already.

“These are Tiv Militias that are attacking and it is not the first of its kind, all we need is peace. We have had sleepless nights all through, had peace meetings, thinking these attacks are over, but this is the situation we have found ourselves at the moment,” he said.

“I wish to appreciate the Army for their quick intervention without which I do not know what the casualty figure would have been by now and the level of destruction as well.” he added.

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Bandits kill NSCDC officer in Sokoto community attack

An operative of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) was killed as bandits attacked Gidan-Igwai, a community in the Sokoto metropolis. They also vandalised the corps’ operational vehicle.

A source in the community said that officials at the NSCDC office in the area had tried to repel the attack which occurred on Monday, November 15.

“When the bandits came, the police were called but because the bandits were not on motorcycles, the police could not see them. The NSCDC officials tried to confront the bandits when they started shooting in the air and that was when their driver was shot three times. The vehicle crashed and some of the officers got injured while the bandits ran out of the area,” the source told Premium Times.

The chairman of Sokoto North Local Government, Mustapha Shehu, who confirmed the attack commended the security agencies for their efforts.

“They (security agents) tried their best but the bandits are in large number and came with sophisticated weapons. It surprised me that these things keep happening in our areas despite our efforts,” Mr Shehu said.

He added that a security reinforcement, including soldiers and police officers, stopped the bandits from attacking more people in the area.


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140,000 U.S. children lose parents amid pandemic – Business Insider

More than 140,000 U.S. children have lost a parent or caregiver during the COVID-19 crisis due to the coronavirus or pandemic-related causes, Business Insider reported Sunday, citing a new study.

This was according to data from Johns Hopkins University as revealed on Tuesday.

It meant that about one out of 500 American children had suffered from the misfortune, it said.

It added that the situation would put extra psychological and financial pressure on those kids.

The United States (U.S.) financial news website data also revealed vast disparities by race and ethnicity, with the majority of the children, about 65 per cent, being members of racial and ethnic minority groups.

The U.S. was the country hardest hit by the pandemic, with more than 47 million confirmed cases, and over 764,000 deaths.

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Nigeria records 30 new COVID-19 cases, says NCDC


The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) has registered 30 additional COVID-19 infections, with Abia recording nine cases on Monday.

The NCDC said this in its daily COVID-19 report on Tuesday morning.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the 30 additional cases reported on Monday, indicate an increase from the 20 cases reported the previous day.

According to the NCDC, till date, 213,177 cases have been confirmed, 205,770 cases have been discharged and 2,968 deaths recorded in 36 states and the Federal Capital Territory.

The Agency added that the 30 new cases were reported from eight states – Abia (9), Bauchi (7), Kaduna (4), Kano (4), Cross River (2), Rivers (2), Bayelsa (1) and Jigawa (1).

It noted that seven cases reported for Bauchi State were for Nov. 14 (1) and Nov. 15 (6).

The NCDC added that two states with zero cases reported were Edo, and Sokoto State.

It said a multi-sectoral national emergency operations centre (EOC), activated at Level 2, continued to coordinate the national response activities.

The NCDC added that the country had a total of 4,437 active coronavirus cases, while a total of 3,392,457 blood samples had been tested since the pandemic began across the country on Feb. 27, 2020.