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Mbaka Wanted Contracts For Supporting Buhari - Presidency

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The Presidency seems to have opened a Can of worms as it regards it's soured relationship with Rev. Fr. Ejike Mbaka of the Adoration ministry Enugu. The clergyman who was once a staunch supporter of President Buhari has since retraced his steps, calling for the resignation or impeachment of the President following widespread insecurity in the country. But the Presidency is taking non of that and has countered with a statement from Presidential spokesman Mallam Garba Shehu stating how Mbaka sought for contracts from the President as payment for his support. Below is the complete text of the statement. FATHER MBAKA IS EVERYTHING APART FROM WHAT HE CLAIMS TO BE   An outsider distilling the avalanche of verbiage, will be surprised that after supporting the President two times to win the Presidency, Father Mbaka has made a complete U-Turn, preposterously asking President Buhari to resign or be impeached.   Here is the point of departure: Father Mbaka asked for a meeting and

Governor Uzodinma Returns to Imo State Six Days After Attack on Country Home

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The Governor of Imo State, Hope Uzodinma, on Friday returned to the state from from Abuja, amidst tight security and rising tension. Uzodinma’s return to the state came six days after his country home in Omuma in the Oru East Local Government Area of the state was razed by unknown gunmen last Saturday. The Punch newspaper reports that the governor’s return came amidst speculations that he and other top government functionaries had ran away from the state amidst raising insecurity. In the last six days, no fewer than ten persons had been killed, including the shooting the state Commissioner for Entrepreneurship and Skill Acquisition and other armed Robbery cases. A Punch correspondent, who observed the governor’s convoy running into the state government house in company of stern-looking security men, saw many security barricades. The   security vehicles to pilot the take-off of Ebube Agu security outfit have been lined up at the state government house. When contacted, t

INEC Sets Date for 2023 General Elections

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The Independent National Electoral Commission has fixed Saturday, February 18 for the 2023 general elections in the country. INEC Chairman, Prof Mahmood Yakubu made this known on Wednesday during a one-day public hearing on the National Electoral Offences Commission (Establishment) Bill 2021, organised by the Senate Committee on INEC. He said, “By the principle established by the Commission, the 2023 General Election will hold on Saturday 18th February 2023 which is exactly one year, nine months, two weeks and six days or 660 days from today. “We hope to release the Timetable and Schedule of Activities for the General Election immediately after the Anambra Governorship election scheduled to hold on 6th November 2021. "In order to do so, there should be clarity and certainty about the electoral legal framework to govern the election. We are confident that the National Assembly will do the needful in earnest.”

Deadly Attacks: Wike Imposes Curfew at all Land Borders in Rivers

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Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers State  has imposed curfew from 8 p.m. to 6 a.m. at all entry and exit points with neighbouring states of Abia, Akwa Ibom, Bayelsa and Imo. Wike announced in a state broadcast on Tuesday that the curfew, which will take effect from Wednesday night, was necessitated by recent security breaches and deadly attacks. “The Government of Rivers State has decided to restrict night movements in and out of the state from the land borders of the state. “Consequently, a night curfew is hereby imposed and no person or vehicle is allowed in and out of Rivers State from 8.00 p.m. to 6.00 a.m. from Wednesday, 28 April until further notice. “We wish to advise that those who have any legitimate need or reason to come into or go out of the State must do so before 8.00 p.m. when the curfew shall come into force daily,” the governor said. He stated that security agencies had been posted to monitor and enforce strict compliance with the curfew at all borders, entry

Insecurity: Senate Seeks Establishment of Permanent Joint Police-Army Command Base in Niger State

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The Senate on Tuesday sought the establishment of a permanent military and police command base in the area adjoining Shiroro and Rafi Local Government areas of Niger state, to tackle escalating insecurity in the state. The resolution was sequel to a Point of Order raised by Sen. Sani Musa (APC-Niger) at plenary. The upper chamber also urged the Chief of Army Staff and the Inspector-General of Police to redesign the mode of operations of the military in the affected areas, so as to curtail escalating insecurity. The motion was titled “The activities of bandits and Boko Haram terrorists in Shiroro, Munya and Rafi Local Government Areas of Niger State: And the need to bring an end to the menace.” An additional resolution was for the Senate to schedule a meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari on the security situation. Raising Orders 42 and 52 of the Senate Standing Rules, Musa recalled that although several efforts had been made on the insecurity situation in the country, not

Bandits Kill Two More Abducted Students of Kaduna Private University

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Bandits have killed two more students of the Greenfield University, Kaduna State.The state Commissioner for Internal Security and Home Affairs, Mr. Samuel Aruwan, made this known on Monday. The bandits had on Friday killed three of the abducted students of the varsity, saying it was a warning for not paying the N800 million ransom demanded by them. The Commissioner, in a statement, on Tuesday, said the state under Governor Nasir El-Rufai was saddened by the development. He said, “On a sad note, security agencies have just reported to the Kaduna State Government the recovery of two more dead bodies of Greenfield University students, killed by armed bandits today, Monday 26th April 2021. “The retrieved corpses have been evacuated to a mortuary, and the university has been notified of the development. “The Government of Kaduna State under the leadership of Malam Nasir El-Rufai is saddened by this evil.

Gunmen Set Ablaze Imo Police Area Command, Kill Five Policemen

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Tension heightened in Imo State, on Monday, as unknown gunmen razed the Okigwe South Police Area Command situated in Orieagu in the Ehime Mbano Local Government Area of Imo State. A police officer at the headquarters, who spoke to a Punch newspaper correspondent in the evening, said that on arrival, the gunmen opened fire on the cops who challenged them. The paper reports that the invaders freed all the suspects in the cells and carted away arms. The source said that no fewer than five policemen were shot dead by the attackers as they torched the security facility. The source said, “Our area command headquarters in Okigwe south is on fire. Six policemen shot dead. They also freed the suspects before igniting a fire on the facility.” When contacted, the police spokesperson in the state, Orlando Ikeokwu, said that five policemen were killed while one was missing during the attack. He disclosed that the command had launched an investigation into the onslaught.

NBC Suspends Channels TV for Speaking With IPOB

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The National Broadcasting Commission on Monday wielded its big stick on Channels Television by ordering an immediate stoppage of one of its programmes: “Politics Today.” The commission said it took the decision following a live interview the station had with the spokesperson for the Indigenous People of Biafra, Emma Powerful. The acting Director-General of NCC, Prof. Armstrong Idachaba, took the decision in a letter to the Managing Director of Channels TV, titled: “Inciting Comments By Proscribed Group: Politics Today.” According to him, the IPOB leader made several secessionist and inciting declarations on air without caution or reprimand by Channels TV. Idachaba said: “He also made derogatory, false or misleading statements about the Nigerian Army. This is reprehensible, especially that IPOB remains a proscribed organisation…Please ensure an immediate stop to the programme.”

UFC 261: Kamaru Usman knocks out Masvidal in Second Round

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UFC welterweight champion Kamaru Usman has retained his title after knocking out his opponent Jorge Masvidal in the second round in the main event of UFC 261 in Jacksonville, Florida on Sunday. A first-round that did not disappoint the fans had continued with more explosive action in the second. Usman landed a perfect right hand that took the lights off Masvidal with the Nigerian landing five hammer shots to close up the fight. The knockout came at one minute, two seconds. The fight is the first UFC card in front of a 15,000 capacity crowd since the COVID-19 pandemic shut down spectator sports in March 2020. With Sunday’s victory, the Nigerian recorded the second-longest winning streak in UFC history. Earlier, Usman tied with Khabib Nurmagomedov and Jon Jones with 13 straight victories.

Buhari Denounces Killing of Kaduna Varsity Students

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President Muhammadu Buhari has condemned the killing of three of the students kidnapped at Greenfield University, Kaduna State. The president, in a statement issued by his Spokesman, Malam Garba Shehu, in Abuja on Saturday, described the students as bright youngsters who were cut down by evil people in their prime. He said: “My thoughts are with their families in this time of grief. May their souls rest in peace.” Buhari extended his condolences and that of the Federal Government to the relatives, associates of the murdered students and the Kaduna State government. On the recurring incidents of kidnappings and killings in the state, the president said that they were “barbaric terror attacks.” He also described as unfortunate, ”the tenor of some political and religious leaders that seems to further incite and stoke the pains and anguish of mourning families who are forced to confront these tragedies. ”Addressing this scourge requires great show of empathy and coming together

Security Forces Kill ESN Commander

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Nigerian security forces carried out a joint operation in Imo State, less than three weeks after public assets were allegedly attacked by IPOB’s Eastern Security Network (ESN). ESN is the militia wing of the Indigenous People of Biafra. The federal government had proscribed the organisation led by fugitive Nnamdi Kanu. Though Kanu fled Nigeria after he was granted bail, he still commands a cult followership in the nation’s east. A number of other Igbo people across Nigeria and abroad believe in his agitation for Biafra. On Saturday, the Nigeria Police, the Nigerian Army and Department of State Services (DSS) stormed the operational headquarters of ESN in Awomama Village Oru East LGA of Imo. Security agencies blame the secessionists for the attack on the Police headquarters in Imo and the headquarters of the Nigerian Correctional Service (NCoS) on April 5, 2021. IPOB and ESN have also been indicted in several isolated attacks on security personnel at different locations

Gunmen Attack Governor Hope Uzodinma's Country Home, Kill Security Aides

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Unknown gunmen have attacked the country home of the governor of Imo State, Hope Uzodinma. Punch newspaper reports that the gunmen who invaded the governor’s village house in Omuma in the Oru East Local Government Area of the state in early hours of Saturday killed two security men on duty before torching it. Investigation by Punch revealed that one of the security men killed was an operative of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps. According to a village source who pleaded anonymity, cars parked at the compound and part of the building were affected by the fire. According to the source, the security men on duty repelled the gunmen, leading to the death of the two cops. An unconfirmed news also has it that the gunmen killed two other security men at Oguta-Mgbidi Junction, a road that leads to the governor’s country home. A government house source who pleaded anonymity said that firefighters were battling to stop the fire from spreading to other parts of the bu

Kaduna: Bandits Kill 3 Abducted Varsity Students

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The Kaduna State Government said on Friday that bandits have shot dead three of the abducted students of Greenfield University. The Commissioner for Internal Security and Home Affairs, Samuel Aruwan confirmed the death of the students in a statement on Friday in Kaduna. Several students were abducted on Tuesday night from the university campus at Kasarami village off Kaduna-Abuja highway, and one person was killed in the process. “The remains of three students were found today (Friday), in Kwanan Bature village, a location close to the university and have been evacuated to a mortuary by the Commissioner, Internal Security and Home Affairs, and the Force Commander, Operation Thunder Strike, Lt.Col. MH Abdullahi.” The statement said that Governor Nasir El-Rufai had condemned the killing, describing it as sheer wickedness, inhuman and outright desecration of human lives by vile entities. He said that the bandits represented the worst of humankind and must be fought at all cost

Presidency Condemns Smear Campaign Against Communication Minister, Pantami

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The Presidency has dismissed the on-going smear campaign against the Minister of Communication and Digital Economy, Dr Isa Pantami, saying the Buhari administration stands behind all Nigerians including the minister against unfair treatment. Reacting to calls in some quarters for Pantami to resign over his utterances over 20 years ago, Malam Garba Shehu, the President’s spokesman, in a statement in Abuja on Thursday, described such calls as unfortunate. According to him, it is unfair and unfortunate for anyone to seek for the downfall of a hard working public servant due to statement he/she made in the past even after such statement had been rejected by the affected person. He said: ”Today, there is an unfortunate fashion in public discourse that makes leaders in politics, religion, and civil society liable in the present for every statement they have ever made in the past – no matter how long ago, and even after they have later rejected them. ”This insidious phenomenon see

No Amount of Killings and Intimidation Will Stop Igbo Presidency in 2023 - Senator Ogba

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The lawmaker representing Ebonyi Central Senatorial District, Obinna Ogba insists that despite the new wave of violence in the South East geopolitical Zone, the Igbo Presidency project for 2023 is not negotiable. He reiterated the position of the Igbo socio-cultural organisation, Ohaneze Ndigbo that no amount of insecurity in the South East region will stop the Igbo from taking its turn at the Presidency. “It is the turn of the South East to produce the next President, nobody is contesting that. No tribe should hide under the guise of insecurity to deny the South East their right, he said. “There have been war in other parts of the country, it never stopped them. This cannot be an excuse to deny us from producing the president of the country. “So, let nobody hide under the security situation. No”. “It is the turn of the South East if they want Nigeria to still remain one”. The senator made the remarks yesterday in an interaction with journalists shortly after a motion he sp

Popular Comedienne Ada Jesus is Dead

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A popular Nigeria comedienne, Ada Jesus is dead. Reports say the entertainer, whose real name is Mmesoma Mercy Obi, died on Wednesday, after battling kidney disease for about a year. Confirming the news on Wednesday, an activist, Harrison Gwamnishu, who led a group of Nigerians that took Ada Jesus to the hospital, told BBC news this afternoon. “She is gone,” he said. News of her death comes days after celebrating her birthday in the hospital.

Senate Investigates Alleged Killing of Nigerian Nationals in Togo

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The Nigerian Senate has directed its Committee on Ethics, Privileges, and Public Petitions, to probe the alleged killing of some Nigerian nationals of Enugu State origin resident in the Republic of Togo. This followed a petition to the upper legislative Chamber by Concerned Igbo-Eze North Youths, presented by former Deputy President of the Senate and former Speaker of the Parliament of the Economic Community of West African States, ECOWAS Parliament, Senator Ike Ekweremadu, at Senate plenary on Wednesday. In the petition entitled “Complaint Against the Gruesome Killing of Our Indigenes/Citizens in Togo” and signed by Solomon Onu and Witness Asoanya, Convener and the Secretary-General, respectively, the body called the attention of the Senate to the alleged murder of Mr. Sabastine Onyeneke, Nnamdi Odo, and Ogbuanya Nathaniel in the West African country within a spate of few months. “First, on 24th January 2021, Mr. Ossai Sabastine Onyeneke, a 39-year old young man, was stran

European Super League: All Six Premier League Teams Withdraw From Competition

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All six Premier League teams involved in the European Super League (ESL) have now withdrawn from the competition. Manchester City were the first club to pull out after Chelsea had signalled their intent to do so by preparing documentation to withdraw. The other four sides - Arsenal, Liverpool, Manchester United and Tottenham - have all now followed suit. Italian side Inter Milan are also set to withdraw as they no longer wish to be involved with the project. BBC Sport understands bosses at the Serie A club are preparing for their exit following Tuesday night's dramatic developments. The 12-team Super League, set up by the seven afore-mentioned teams and Spain's Atletico Madrid, Barcelona and Real Madrid and Italy's AC Milan and Juventus was announced on Sunday  to widespread condemnation. BBC Sport

Police Officer Accused of Killing George Floyd Found Guilty of Murder

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A jury has found a former police officer guilty of murder over the death of African-American George Floyd on a Minneapolis street last year. Derek Chauvin, 45, was filmed kneeling on Mr Floyd's neck for more than nine minutes during his arrest last May. The widely watched footage sparked worldwide protests against racism and excessive use of force by police. Chauvin was found guilty on three charges: second-degree murder, third-degree murder and manslaughter. The12-member jury panel took less than a day to reach their verdict, which followed a highly-charged, three-week trial that left the city of Minneapolis on edge. After both sides presented closing arguments on Monday, the jury was isolated in a hotel with no outside contact so they could deliberate on a verdict, a process known as sequestration. Jurors had to agree on a unanimous verdict and were told they could not return home until they had made their decision. BBC

Ed Woodward: Manchester United Executive Vice-Chairman to Stand Down at End of 2021

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Manchester United executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward will step down from his role at the end of 2021. It comes amid widespread criticism of the proposed European Super League (ESL), with Manchester United one of six Premier League clubs to have initially signed up to the plan. United's rivals Manchester  City withdrew  from the ESL on Tuesday and Chelsea are also planning to do so. Woodward, 49, has been in the role since 2012. He was set to leave at the end of the year but the decision to announce his departure has been brought forward. "I am extremely proud to have served United and it has been an honour to work for the world's greatest football club for the past 16 years," said Woodward. "The club is well positioned for the future and it will be difficult to walk away at the end of the year." After plans for the ESL were announced on Sunday, Woodward stepped down from his role on Uefa's Professional Football Strategy Council. Woo

European Super League: Manchester City Withdraw and Chelsea Prepare to Follow

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Manchester City have withdrawn from the European Super League (ESL) and Chelsea are also preparing to do so. Efforts to leave come just two days after both were announced as two of six English clubs to sign up to the controversial new competition. The ESL has been widely criticised since being announced on Sunday. Around 1,000 fans gathered outside Chelsea's Stamford Bridge home ground  before their game against Brighton on Tuesday  to protest their involvement. Chelsea and City were part of English football's 'big six' clubs - alongside Arsenal, Liverpool, Manchester United and Tottenham - to have agreed to join the new league. In total, 12 European clubs announced their intentions to form the breakaway league, which they hoped to establish as a new midweek competition. It was condemned by football authorities and government ministers in the UK and across Europe by Uefa and leagues associations. BBC Sport

BREAKING: Son of Late Chad President to Take Over as Military Leader

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A four star general who is a son of Chad’s slain president Idriss Deby Itno will replace him at the head of a military council, the army announced Tuesday. “A military council has been set up headed by his son, General Mahamat Idriss Deby Itno,” the army’s spokesman, General Azem Bermandoa Agouna, said on state radio, shortly after the announcement that the newly re-elected president had died  of wounds while fighting rebels in the north of Chad. AFP

Chad President Idriss Déby Dies in Clashes With Rebels

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Chad's President Idriss Déby has died suddenly in clashes with rebels in the north of the country at the weekend, the army has said on state TV. On Monday, provisional results from the election on 11 April projected he would win a sixth term in office, with 80% of the vote. The government and parliament have been dissolved. A military council will govern for the next 18 months. Mr Déby was one of Africa's longest-serving leaders. He first came to power in an armed uprising in 1990. He had gone to the front line at the weekend to visit troops battling rebels based across the border in Libya. The rebels, from a group calling itself Fact (the Front for Change and Concord in Chad), attacked a border post on election day. They were advancing on the capital, N'Djamena. The clashes with the army began on Saturday. An army general told Reuters news agency that 300 insurgents were killed and 150 captured. Five government soldiers were killed and 36 were injured, he said.

Senate Set to Investigate CCT Chairman Over Assault on Security Guard

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The Senate on Tuesday mandated its standing Committee on Ethics, Privileges and Public Petitions to investigate the alleged assault on a security guard, Clement Sargwak. by the Chairman of the Code of Conduct Bureau, Danladi Umar, at Banex Plaza, Wuse 2, Abuja. The decision of the Senate was sequel to a petition submitted to it by Senator Istifanus Gyang, on behalf of the victim. The victim in the petition alleged that he was assaulted by Umar and a policeman attached to him after he informed him (Umar) that his car was wrongly parked. He said the CCT boss slapped him severally and forced him to kneel down in the presence of everybody, while undergoing his lawful activities. He therefore asked the Senate to ensure justice was done on his case. The victim is an employee of Jul Reliable Guards Services Limited, posted as a security guard to Banex Plaza in Wuse. The Senate President, Senator Ahmad Lawan, therefore ordered the Chairman of the Ethics panel, Senator Ayo Akinyelur

Why Pantami Must Resign or be Sacked (Punch Editorial 20/04/2021)

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A brewing storm over sensitive allegations unveiling Isa Pantami, the Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, as a fervent supporter of extremist Islamist sects, who preached their violent cause should not be overlooked. The minister is under fire for vociferously espousing the violent Jihadist narrative of al-Qaeda and the Taliban before he was appointed minister by the President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.). These allegations are far too weighty and there is copious evidence that Pantami once held on to extremist ideology and expressed it openly. Therefore, the honourable step is for him to resign. Otherwise, Buhari should sack him for unfettered investigations to be undertaken. The case against Pantami, which has gone viral on social media, is dangerously earth-shaking. Initially, the minister, who until his appointment in 2019 was the Director-General of the National Information Technology Development Agency, denied the obvious. But when he was confro

NLC Warns INEC To Desist From Its Role In Destabilizing Labour Party

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  The Nigeria labour Congress NLC has warned the Independent National Electoral Commission INEC to henceforth desist from playing a role in the destabilization of the Labour party. This is contained in a letter to INEC signed by NLC President Ayuba Wabba titled; ILLEGAL NEC; FURTHER SUBVERSIVE ACTS /VIOLATIONS OF SUBSISTING COURT ORDERS. In the letter, organised labour stated that a purported meeting of the National Executive Council NEC of the Labour Party which took place on Monday, March 29, 2021 in Benin at which Julius Abure and Farouk Ibrahim were said to have been elected Labour Party's national Chairman and Secretary, respectively is illegal, urging the electoral umpire not to recognise the meeting or its outcome. NLC insisted that the purported meeting and election were in clear violation of the party's constitution which recognises the Nigerian Labour Congress and the Trade Union Congress as the platforms of the party. It further said that Article 13 (2) (a) fu

Spurs Sack Jose Mourinho

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  Jose Mourinho has been sacked by Tottenham after just 17 months in charge. The Portuguese replaced Mauricio Pochettino as Spurs manager in November 2019 and guided the club to sixth in the Premier League last season. They are currently seventh, having picked up two points from their past three league games, and were knocked out of the Europa League in March. Spurs face Manchester City in the Carabao Cup final on 25 April. Mourinho's coaching staff of Joao Sacramento, Nuno Santos, Carlos Lalin and Giovanni Cerra have also been sacked. This season, Mourinho suffered 10 league defeats in a single campaign for the first time in his managerial career. No Premier League side has lost more points from winning positions this season than Spurs, who have dropped 20. Mourinho's last game in charge was a 2-2 league draw at Everton on Friday. Former Spurs midfielder Ryan Mason, who has been working with the club's academy, will take first-team training today. BBC Sport

Many Feared Dead as Tanker Explodes in Benue

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Many persons are feared dead following a tanker explosion in Oshigbudu, Agatu Local Government Area of Benue State. According to an amateur video by an eyewitness on Sunday, many houses, shops and properties were also destroyed in the inferno. Agatu local government area is some four hours drive from Makurdi, the Benue State capital and help from this axis is unlikely as the fire would have spread to its largest extent. Many residents of the area called for help from relevant authorities to come to their rescue as the only fire station is in Otukpo Local Government Area, a one hour thirty minutes drive from the scene of the fire.

Chris Smalling: Roma Defender and Family Robbed by Armed Men at Home

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Roma defender Chris Smalling and his family were victims of an armed robbery at their home early on Friday. The robbery took place at the former Manchester United centre-back's home in southern Rome, with luxury watches and jewellery taken. Smalling was forced to hand the items over to three armed men before they left the house. Police, who were called to the house at 5am local time, are investigating the incident, in which no-one was harmed. Smalling is understood to be shocked by the incident but is now calm after the situation was brought under control. On Thursday evening, the defender watched from the sidelines with a knee injury as Roma secured a Europa League quarter-final aggregate win over Ajax. Smalling, who earned the last of his 31 England caps in June 2017, joined Roma in October 2020 on a permanent deal, having spent the previous season on loan. He told BBC Sport in February of that year how settled he and his family felt in the Italian capital.

President Buhari Returns to Nigeria After UK Medical Trip

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After over two weeks of stay in London, United Kingdom, the President, Muhammadu Buhari, arrived at the Nnamdi Azikwe International Airport, Abuja, on Thursday evening. The President had travelled to London on March 30 for a “routine medical check-up”, according to presidential spokesman, Femi Adesina. However, Buhari’s “short rest” at the Abuja House in London has been marred with the #HarassBuhariOutOfLondon protest organised by Reno Omokri, an ex-aide to former President Goodluck Jonathan.  A counter-protest or a solidarity protest was soon organised in support of the Nigerian president in what could be described as absurd drama. Buhari has been criticised for his medical trips abroad despite the huge amount allocated to the Aso Rock clinic annually.

YouTube Suspends Emmanuel TV Owned By TB Joshua

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YouTube has suspended popular Christian television channel,  Emmanuel TV , owned by Pastor TB Joshua of The Synagogue, Church Of All Nations. The Punch newspaper reports that the suspension was announced by the pastor on his  Twitter  account on Wednesday. He said the channel was suspended over a video said to contain hate speech. “ Emmanuel TV  YouTube suspension: Our mission is to share the love of God with everyone – irrespective of race or religion – and we strongly oppose all forms of hate speech! We have had a long and fruitful relationship with YouTube and believe this decision was made in haste,” he tweeted. On his verified  Facebook  page, the pastor urged Nigerians to raise their concerns over his channel’s suspension on other social media platforms. He also uploaded the video said to be the cause of the suspension. In the video clip, the pastor prophecised that a man was possessed by a strange spirit and requested that he should come out. The pastor was heard

Chibok Girls Still on Our Minds, Says Presidency

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The Presidency has reassured parents and concerned citizens that the missing students of Government Girls Secondary School, Chibok, Borno state, remain constantly on the minds of government as they are always on the minds of their parents. Malam Garba Shehu, the President’s Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, gave the reassurance in a statement to mark the 7th anniversary of the abduction of the Chibok girls. He also gave assurances that the ”release of the remaining Chibok girls is still work in progress. ”No one is giving up hope here. Efforts to secure their release through various channels and activities of the security and intelligence agencies remain on course”. According to the presidential aide, the recent decisive push by the military against the terrorists gives hope that a breakthrough is possible and can happen anytime soon. Shehu asked for support, understanding and prayers for the military as they discharge their historic mandate to quickly finish

Headless Bodies Uncovered Under Bridge in Cross River

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An unspecified number of headless bodies were found at Five Miles area in the outskirts of Calabar on Tuesday. Punch newspaper reports that eyewitnesses, who were at the scene, said men and women were among the dead bodies dumped in a valley by the double carriageway under construction. Some put the figures at 15, while others said there were up to nine bodies. It was gathered that farmers first discovered the bodies early in the morning before a crowd later gathered at the scene. “Some persons may have brought these corpses in a vehicle and dumped them here last night,” Alex, a commercial driver, who was at the scene, was quoted as saying. Nsikak Etim, who was also at the scene, said, “I couldn’t count the number of bodies dumped there because of the difficult terrain.” The location is not quite far from police and security agents’ checkpoints on the Calabar-Odukpani highway. It was gathered that the corpses were being evacuated later in the day under the supervision o

Ahmed Musa Joins Kano Pillars Till End of Season

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Super Eagles captain, Ahmed Musa, has sensationally returned to Kano Pillars FC for the remainder of the 2020/21 Nigeria Professional Football League season (NPFL). Musa previously played for the Pride of Kano in 2009 where he ended the season as the top scorer in the Nigeria Professional Football League with 18 goals before moving to VVV-Venlo in the Netherlands. Ahmed Musa during his first stint with Kano Pillars FC I In a statement from the office of the chairman of the club, Alhaji Surajo Shuaibu Jambul and signed by the media officer, Rilwanu Idris Malikawa and made available to www.kano-pillars.com on Tuesday 13th April 2021, revealed that the Sai Masu Gida have agreed to signed Musa until the end of the 2020/21 football season. According to Malikawa, the club have agreed to the deal after due consultations with the player and the League Management Company of Nigeria (LMC) whom stand as a mediator to the deal.l Malikawa further stated that the club have r

EFCC Arrests Former Imo State Governor Okorocha

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The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission has arrested former Imo State governor, Rochas Okorocha. The Head of Media and Publicity of the EFCC, Wilson Uwujaren, told the Punch newspaper thatOkorocha was arrested in Abuja. Uwujaren, however, declined to comment on the reason for the arrest of the Senator representing Imo West Senatorial District. When asked, the EFCC official said, “It is true, he (Okorocha) was arrested today in Abuja but we are not giving details.” Okorocha’s latest arrest is coming weeks after operatives of the Imo State Police Command arrested him in February for allegedly unsealing Spring Palm Estate linked to his wife, Nkechi. The ex-governor has been at loggerheads with his successor, Hope Uzodinma, who has vowed to recover all “diverted” assets.

South East Governors Set Up Joint Security Outfit

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Governors of the South East states have resolved to maintain a joint security outfit for the region code named Ebube Agu (Wonderful Tiger). The governors made the resolution in a communique during the first south east security summit held in Owerri on Sunday. The communique was presented by Chief Dave Umahi, Chairman of the South East Governors’ Conference and Ebonyi governor, The governor’s conference said the joint security outfit would have its headquarters in Enugu to coordinate the vigilance groups in the zone. They also resolved to set up a committee comprising security personnel, government officials and other relevant stakeholders to coordinate and monitor the implementation of the joint security platform. During the meeting, the governors also condemned terrorism and banditry in every part of Nigeria particularly in the south east where some security formations were destroyed. The governors expressed support to the federal government efforts in tackling security ch

Doctors Suspend Nationwide Strike

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Resident doctors, have suspended their 10 days old strike. Their president, Dr. Uyilawa Okhuaihesuyi, told The Punch neqspaper. He said, “We suspended the strike about one hour ago. We are responsible to Nigerians, the government has acceded to some demands.” According to him, the strike was suspended after meetings with various stakeholders in the health sector.

Veteran Nollywood Actor, Bruno Iwuoha, is Dead

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Veteran Nollywood actor,  Bruno Iwuoha  is dead. The movie star died in the early hours of Saturday after a prolonged battle with diabetes. Monalisa Chinda-Coker, Director of Communications Actors Guild of Nigeria, confirmed the news in a statement. “On behalf of the entire members of the Actors Guild of Nigeria, the National President, Ejezie Emeka Rollas commiserate with the immediate family members, friends and fans. He prays that God comfort them at this moment of grief. May the souls of all faithful departed Rest In Peace,” the statement read. The veteran actor went public about his ailment during an interview with Brekete Family, on Human Rights 101.1 in Abuja in 2015. According to the talented actor, he never knew he had diabetes until a violent armed robbery attack that landed him in hospital. He was quoted as having said, “said “I’ve gone to so many places; within the country, outside the country for treatment, until finally…finally, the thing [diabetes] claimed on