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  Owerri Jailbreak: Names Of Escaped Prisoners Wanted By Police (Updated)
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Quote:Escapees of Owerri Custodial Centre, Imo State


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  Ebonyi International Airport: The Level So Far (photos)
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I was marveled at the sight of the works ongoing at Ebonyi state international airport. Engr Dave Umahi is really working.

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  Ogun: Again, gunmen kidnap 13-year-old boy in Abeokuta, demand N50million
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Ogun: Again, gunmen kidnap 13-year-old boy in Abeokuta, demand N50million


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As the police battle to rescue a doctor and a nurse kidnapped along Abeokuta-Imeko road on Wednesday night, gunmen have again invaded Obada community in Abeokuta and abducted a 13-year-old boy.



DAILY POST learn that the kidnappers, dressed in military camouflage, stormed Destiny Estate in Obada-Oko, Ewekoro Local Government Area of Ogun State, around 9:15 pm.



The bandits shot into the air as they took away the boy, who was identified as Gbolahan Ajibola.



The gunmen have since reached out to the family, demanding a ransom of N50 million before the boy could be released.



Ajibola’s grandmother, Victoria Felix, has confirmed the incident to newsmen, saying six gunmen invaded her house on Saturday night and abducted her grandson.



According to her, the bandits suddenly appeared when she and the boy’s mother were about to drive into their residence.



Ajibola, who was opening the gate suddenly screamed as he saw the men with guns.



While taking the boy away, the grandmother said she held the cloth of one of them and pleaded that she be taken away instead of the boy.



“They dragged us to the ground and started shooting,” she said, adding that “they collected the bags and also the phones of Gbolahan and his mother.”



Contacted, the Police Public Relations Officer in the State, Abimbola Oyeyemi, said he was in a meeting, asking our correspondent to call back.

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  Photo of 5 Adamawa men burnt to death in ghastly motor accident
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Five Adamawa men burnt to death in ghastly motor accident on their way to a friend's engagement ceremony in Kaduna




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Five men from Adamawa State have been killed in a ghastly car accident on their way to Kaduna State.
 
Details of the targic accident are still sketchy, however, it was gathered that the men were burnt beyond recognition in the crash which occurred on Saturday, April 11.
 
An aide to the Adamawa State Governor, Miracle Musa, said that the five men were on their way to Kaduna to attend a friend's engagement ceremony.
 
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"Five Adamawa boys, all perished, burnt beyond recognition. On their way to Kaduna to convey " kayan tambaya" for their friend's engagement. Three are from Bekaji while the other two were from Karewa GRA." he wrote. 
 
Two of the men have been so far identified as Saddam Aje Shinguboi and Mwaniya Japhet Gajere. 
 
Meanwhile, the senator representing Adamawa North, Ishaku Abbo, has condoled with the families,friends and well wishers over the death of the five men. 
 
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  Graphic: Gunmen kill five women, three men, behead one at mining site in Plateau Stat
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Graphic: Gunmen kill five women, three men, behead one at mining site in Plateau State




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Gunmen suspected to be Fulani militia have killed eight workers at a mining site in Kuru, Jos South Local Government Area of Plateau State.
 
The incident occurred at about 7 p.m. on Friday, April 9, at a mining site belonging to Cabitex Company. 
 
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It was gathered that the gunmen opened fire on the miners, killing eight people and leaving several others iinjured. 
 
Among those killed were three men and five women while one of them was beheaded and the head taken away by the gunmen. 
 
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Dalyop Mwantiri, of Emancipation Centre for Crisis Victims in Nigeria (ECCVN) , a non-governmental organisation based in Plateau, who confirmed the incident, gave the names of the victims as: 
 


  1. Mrs. Talatu Sunday,

  2. Mrs. Jumai Useini,

  3. Mr. Davou Dalyop Pwol (beheaded)

  4. Mr. Gyang Joseph Nyam.

  5. Mr. Gabriel Nuhu.

  6. Mrs Nvou Dung.

  7. Mrs Dung Monday.

  8. Mrs. Shabang
 
The Secretary-General of Kuru Development Association, Barrister Chapo Daniel, who also condemned the incident, said the area and entire council has been under attack for sometime. 
 
"It's a heavy loss that drills mourners with heavy hearts; we are saddened with the bad news of the loss of our people who went for their legitimate businesses in this harsh economic period, but were ambushed and eight killed while others sustained several degree of injuries as a result of the attack by assailants suspected to be herdsmen,” he told ECCVN.
 
"It behoves on government and its security agents to double up in addressing the trending security challenges being witnessed in Plateau, especially Kuru and its environs in order to avoid recurrences as well as violent reactions that might arise as a result of inaction from its part.
 
“It’s also imperative to speed up preliminary investigation aiming at apprehending and arresting violent actors that had played part in the unfortunate development, bearing focus on some security information and happenings unfolded prior to the invasion,” said Mr Mwan
 
Meanwhile, Governor Simon Lalong has expressed sadness over the dastardly attack, which he described as another desperate attempt by criminals to destabilise the State and create fear among the people.
 
According to a statement by his spokesperson, Makut Macham, Lalong has directed security agencies to fish out the perpetrators of this dastardly act. 
 
He said the Government will not condone such attacks on innocent citizens, and directed security agencies to fish out the perpetrators of this dastardly act which is capable of disrupting the substantial peace prevailing in the State.
 
While commiserating with the families of those who were killed and those who sustained injuries, Lalong reiterated his charge to security agencies to resolve suh attacks as excuses of "unknown gunmen" will no longer be tolerated.
 
Governor Lalong also advised the citizens to assist law enforcement agencies with useful intelligence, leveraging on structures such as the Traditional Institutions, Community Police Constabulary, vigilante groups and other associations.
 
Meanwhile, Hon Dachung Yohanna Choji , Management committee Chairman Jos South LGA together with the security operatives in the LGA on Saturday went on a condolence visit to Kuru community following the unfortunate attack.
 
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  Nigerian man disguises as a woman to escape after killing another foreigner in Libya
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Nigerian man disguises as a woman to escape after allegedly killing another foreigner in Libya




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A Nigerian national has been arrested in Msallata town, northwestern part of Libya over the alleged murder of another foreigner. 
 
According to local media, the Nigerian allegedly killed the foreigner, stole his money and tried to escape the the town disguised as a woman.
 
However, he was arrested by security forces in Msallata. 
 
"Security forces in Msallata town have arrested a foreigner from #Nigeria for killing another foreigner before stealing all his money. The killer disguised himself as a woman in an attempt to escape from the town" the report says. 
 
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  PANDEF, NBA, CHURAC Flay Matawalle, Northern Leaders Over Threat Against South
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Quote:National Publicity Secretary of PANDEF, Hon. Ken Robinson who specifically described the statement as unfortunate, labelled the governor and his co-travellers an enemy of peace.n Niger Delta Forum, Nigerian Bar Association (NBA) and Delta-based Centre for Human Rights and Anti-Corruption (CHURAC), on Friday, took a swipe at the Governor Bello Mohammed Matawalle and northern leaders for threatening to retaliate alleged attacks on Northerners in the south.


The groups in exclusive chats with Saturday Tribune described the threats as not only unfortunate and reprehensible, but irresponsible and capable of further heating the already fragile polity gasping for breath under insecurity.

National Publicity Secretary of PANDEF, Hon. Ken Robinson who specifically described the statement as unfortunate, labelled the governor and his co-travellers an enemy of peace.

“It is rather most unfortunate and that the governor of Zamfara State, Mr Matawalle, would make such an irresponsible statement.

We’ll ignore that of northern elders because the nation is used to their unguarded utterances but for a governor to make such a reckless declaration is completely preposterous.

“And it conveys how awful the nation’s political leadership has deteriorated, where self-seekers are thrust into hallowed positions, instead of patriots who would pursue national concord, particularly, at a moment like this when the country is facing daunting socio-economic

“By the reported statement, Governor Matawalle has shown himself as an enemy of peace, for reasons best known to him and his and his co-travellers.

“It would be needless to ask Governor Matawalle who killing and kidnapping of innocent citizens by Bandits in his State, and other states in the North West, are intended to provoke.

“Nigeria is on the edge of a precipice, no one can tell what will come next. What is expected of leaders across the country now, especially, the elite, is to rise to the occasion and build bridges of understanding, and not to reduce themselves to ‘local wildcats,’ fanning the embers of discord and hatred, to aggravate the already precarious situation.

“Let it be known to Governor Matawalle and his likes that no section of this country can arrogate to itself monopoly of violence,” the PANDEF’s scribe warned.

In his reaction, NBA chairman, Warri branch, Emmanuel Uti Esq., said “the Zamfara State governor’s and northern elders statement is reprehensible and shows that they know who the bandits and kidnappers are,” adding that “these statements encourages the criminal elements from the north.”

National President, CHURAC, Alaowei Cleric, Esq., on his part, wondered who is attacking who when in actual fact, killer-herdsmen from the north have more deaths, rapes and maiming to their credit in the South.

“I don’t know what the north is retaliating over. People should not unnecessarily heat up the polity. I am sure they’re not planning to repeat the 1966 pogrom?

“Who is attacking who? The herdsmen that are attacking the indigenous people in the South do not concern northern leaders?

“Nigeria is already overwhelmed by the growing insecurity. Northern leaders should prevail on the herdsmen to stop their criminal activities.

“No southerner is attacking northern people in the south. We are even at the receiving end of the herdsmen’s brigandage.

“If, however, any southerner attacks these marauding Fulani herdsmen, such can be done in self-defence.

“Instead of threatening the southern people to heat up the polity, I advise northern leaders and the Zamfara State governor to call the loose herdsmen to order,”he noted.


https://tribuneonlineng.com/pandef-nba-churac-flay-matawalle-northern-leaders-over-threat-against-south/

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  Nigerian Army Gets New Dress Code
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As from next week, officers and men will be dressing in their plain green jackets on Mondays and Fridays.
By Nasir Ayitogo

The Chief of Army Staff, Ibrahim Attahiru, has prescribed a new dress code for officers and men of the Nigerian Army.

The directive, according to military sources, was contained in a signal to all Army units and formation across Nigeria.

The directive comes about three months after Mr Attahiru, a lieutenant general, assumed office.

The new directive is part of the restructuring being undertaken by the new army leadership.

Shortly after assuming office, the army chief approved the redeployment of 204 of its officers to new formations across the country.

The redeployment came the same day Mr Attahiru was confirmed and elevated from the rank of major general to lieutenant general.

Reforms in the army are usually expected especially when there is a change of leadership.

Mode of Dressing
With effect from next week, all officers and soldiers are to dress in their plain green jacket on Mondays and Fridays. The dress is popularly known as “number four dress” in the army.

The number four dress is like a short-sleeved suit, popularly known as safari. It has four buttons and four pockets and is usually worn with a peak cap.


The new directive further stated that on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays, all officers and soldiers are to dress in the plain green uniform which requires them to tuck in. It is known as “number five dress.”

The number five dress is a short-sleeved dress worn with a beret and can be worn with a combat boot or bate shoe.


The materials for number four and five dresses are all the same with their styles being the only difference.


The directive further stated that the dress for various operations still remain the woodland and desert camo depending on the region of Operation. It is known as the number six dress.


According to sources, the mode of dressing contained in Mr Attahiru’s directive was what obtained before the coming of the immediate past Army Chief, Tukur Buratai.

“Butatai gave a new directive while he was in power that number four uniform be used only for seminars and number five for office,” the source said.

He added that the new directive is not new to the army.

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  Pay Judges More, Cut Buhari, Govs, Lawmakers’ Jumbo Allowances, SERAP Tells
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Quote:Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project (SERAP) has urged Engr. Elias Mbam, Chairman, Revenue Mobilization Allocation and Fiscal Commission (RMAFC) to “urgently review upward the remuneration, allowances, and conditions of service for Nigerian judges, and to review downward the remuneration and allowances of high-ranking political office-holders in order to address the persistent poor treatment of judges, and to improve access of victims of corruption to justice.”

SERAP also urged him “to send your review and recommendations to the National Assembly for appropriate remedial and legislative action, as provided for by the Nigerian Constitution 1999 [as amended].”

The letter followed the nationwide industrial action by the Judiciary Staff Union of Nigeria (JUSUN) to press home their demand for financial autonomy for the judicial arm of government, and the federal government’s silence on the judiciary workers’ strike that has grounded courts across the country.

In the letter dated 10 April 2021 and signed by SERAP deputy director Kolawole Oluwadare, the organization said: “Judges should get all to which they are reasonably entitled, and it is unfair, illegal, unconstitutional, and discriminatory to continue to treat judges as ‘second-class people’ while high-ranking political office-holders enjoy lavish salaries and allowances.”

SERAP expressed concern that: “The remuneration and allowances of judges have fallen substantially behind the average salaries and allowances of political office-holders such as President, Vice-President, governors and their deputies, as well as members of the National Assembly.”

SERAP said: “Nigerian judges are among the least paid in the world. The poor treatment of judges is neither fair to them nor to the Nigerian people. Judges deserve remuneration, allowances, and conditions of service commensurate with their judicial powers and responsibilities.”

According to SERAP, “While the remuneration and allowances of judges are grossly insufficient to enable them to maintain themselves and their families in reasonable comfort, high-ranking political office-holders continue to enjoy lavish allowances, including life pensions, and access to security votes, which they have powers to spend as they wish.”

The letter, read in part: “According to our information, the last review of the remuneration, allowances, and conditions of service for political, public and judicial office holders carried out by RMAFC in 2009 shows huge disparity between the remuneration and allowances of judges and those of political office-holders.”

“Judges’ work is very considerable but they cannot give their entire time to their judicial duties without the RMAFC reviewing upward their remuneration and allowances, and closing the gap and disparity between the salaries of judges and those of political office-holders such as the President, Vice-President, governors and their deputies, as well as lawmakers.”

“Although one of the three coordinate branches of the government, the judiciary is treated with contempt, and considered so unimportant by the pollical class that authorities over the years have refused to pay them reasonable remuneration and allowances.”

“We would therefore be grateful if the recommended measures are taken within 14 days of the receipt and/or publication of this letter. If we have not heard from you by then, the Incorporated Trustees of SERAP shall take all appropriate legal actions to compel the RMAFC to comply with our requests.”

“Despite their important roles and responsibilities, Nigerian judges are poorly treated when their remuneration, salaries, allowances, and conditions of service are compared with political office-holders.”

“Judges should not have to endure the most poignant financial worries. The increase in the cost of living and the injustice of inadequate salaries bears heavily on judges, as it undermines their ability to effectively perform their judicial functions.”

“The roles and functions performed by judges across the country are second to none in their importance including in facilitating access of victims of corruption and human rights violations to justice and effective remedies.”

“Far-reaching questions of constitutional law depend upon them for solution. Judges are also required to determine issues, which profoundly affect the rights and well-being of the people.”

“The meaning and effect of anti-corruption legislation and treaties such as the Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission Act, the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission [EFCC] Act, the UN Convention against Corruption, and the African Union Convention on Preventing and Combating Corruption depend upon their learning, wisdom and judgment.”

“The stability of the country’s system of government, a government of laws rather than of men, depending as it does to so great an extent upon the confidence and respect of the people for those who, as judges, hold the scales of justice in their hands, depends upon the character and the wisdom of these men and women.”

“The RMAFC has the powers under paragraph n, Third Schedule, Part 1 of the Nigerian Constitution to determine the remuneration, salaries and allowances appropriate for judges and political office holders, consistent with sections 84 and 124 of the Constitution.”

“SERAP notes that Nigerian authorities between May 1999 and March 2011 reviewed upward the salaries and allowances of political office holders at least on four occasions. However, the salaries and allowances of judicial officers were only reviewed twice during the same period.”

“Nigerian government and the RMAFC have the duty to provide adequate resources to enable the judiciary to properly perform its functions.”

“As a safeguard of judicial independence, the courts’ budget ought to be prepared in collaboration with the judiciary having regard to the needs and requirements of judicial administration. Furthermore, the remuneration and pensions of judges must be secured by law at an adequate level that is consistent with their status and is sufficient to safeguard against conflict of interest and corruption.”

“Nigerians would continue to be denied access to justice, to a better judiciary and a better administration of justice until judges across the country are paid what they deserve.”

“SERAP urges you and the RMAFC to separate the review of remuneration and salaries for judges from that of political office-holders. This would ensure fairness, and that judges receive the justice they so conscientiously dispense to others.”

The letter is copied to Dr Ahmad Lawan, Senate President; Mr Femi Gbajabiamila, Speaker of House of Representatives; Mr Ekpo Nta, Chairman, National Salaries, Incomes and Wages Commission (NSIWC); and the National Judicial Council.


https://serap-nigeria.org/2021/04/11/pay-judges-more-cut-buhari-govs-lawmakers-jumbo-allowances-serap-tells-rmafc/

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  Biafra: Pay taxes to us or face impending doom – BNL threatens oil companies, Cameroo
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Biafra: Pay taxes to us or face impending doom – BNL threatens oil companies, Cameroon govt


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Biafra Nations League, BNL, has asked oil companies operating in Bakassi Peninsula to start paying taxes to its (BNL)leadership or face the impending doom that will befall the region.

The secessionist group said that the oil companies would be spared if they start paying tax to its leadership.



Deputy National Leader of BNL, and Head of Operations BBS Media, Ebuta Akor Takon, in a statement to DAILY POST, warned that the group will not take it lightly with any company that failed to yield to their demand.

The group, which had earlier issued a quit notice to oil companies in the region, warned of impending doom that will soon befall companies if they fail to leave, threatening to “take them unawares and they will run.”

BNL further threatened to pull down billboards bearing ‘Republic of Cameroon’ in Cameroon controlled towns of Bakassi Peninsula.



According to them, this is a way of sanctioning President Paul Biya for allegedly killing their supporters in the region.

“We won’t disclose the date. We have kept our date secret. it will happen like a film trick, we are only making it known so that when it happens, no need to say it is unknown gunmen or unknown group or bandits, it is BNL,” the group boasted.

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  Zulum, Abdulrahman And Kashim Shettima Visit Seyi Makinde
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In the wake of crisis rocking south west PDP and rumors flying around about the possibility of Gov. Seyi Makinde’s impending defection to APC, two APC governors and a senator today visited the embattled governor.

Governor Zulum of Bornu state, Governor AbdulRahman Abdulrasaq of Kwara and Senator Kashim Shettima were with the Oyo state government for undisclosed reasons.

What could be the reason for this visit?

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  Dambazau and 4 other top Northern leaders had their hands in recruitment of bandit-OP
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Dambazau and four other top Northern leaders had their hands in recruitment of bandits into the country - OPC hits back at Former Minister of Interior




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The O’odua Peoples Congress has lampooned former the Chief of Army Staff and immediate past Minister of Interior, Lt. Gen. Abdurahman Dambazau (retd) for likening them as well as the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) to Boko Haram.
 
OPC in a statement released on Saturday April 10 by its Publicity Secretary Mr Yinka Oguntimehin, said the former Army chief is suffering from ''acute dementia and gradually losing touch with the realities of the moment.''

 

They also alleged that in 2014 just before the general election, Dambazau and four other top Northern leaders had their hands in the recruitment of bandits into the country. 
 
OPC also alleged that when Dambazzau eventually became the minister of Interior under President Muhammadu Buhari, "he requested and pleaded that the Federal Government should raise over N800b to settle the bandits; a request that was opposed by Nigerians”.
 
The statement read; 
 

Quote:"Dambazau’s statement that OPC and IPOB are very much the same as the dreaded Boko Haram was made in bad faith, and such statements have raised some fundamental questions about his intentions, interests and morality as a former COAS and minister of Interior that has allegedly been supporting bandits by offering them both financial and technical support.


“Such high profile ex-military officer cannot be trusted in the fight against insurgency because he had on several occasions pleaded on their behalf.


“In 2014, before the general election, Dambazau and four other top Northern leaders had their hands in the recruitment of bandits into the country. And when he eventually became the minister of Interior under President Muhammadu Buhari, he requested and pleaded that the Federal Government should raise over N800b to settle the bandits; a request that was opposed by Nigerians. 


“So, for such a person to have said OPC is the same as Boko Haram is not only derogatory, but is also most unfortunate to say the least. Boko Haram is adjudged globally as the third most dreaded terrorist groups in the world.


"And up till today, it remains as such with various cases of killings across the North…

“For instance, presently, Boko Haram and bandits have taken over four states in the North and Danbazau had never condemned their atrocities, he didn’t raise a finger.


“It is no doubt that he is one of their sponsors. That is why he had, rather than offering a lasting solution to the insurgency in the north and across the country, remained an ardent promoter of bandits and other terrorist groups in Nigeria.


“So, from his statement, it shows that the ex-minister is not in his right frame of mind, because when bandits killed a foremost Oba in Ondo, he didn’t talk. When other respected leaders from the north held a meeting on the critical security the situation in the country, he didn’t attend.”
 
Noting that OPC has been in existence since 1994, Oguntimehin stated that OPC cannot be equated with Boko Haram which it said was adjudged globally as “the third most dreaded terrorist groups in the world.”
 
The group also pointed out that Boko Haram and bandits have taken over four states in the North and Danbazau had never condemned their atrocities.
 
He added; 
 
Quote:“OPC has never been involved in any act of insurgency, including kidnapping or killings. Our group has been at the vanguard of supporting the police and providing information that can help the police in ensuring effective security at the grassroots.


“For instance, during the END SARS protests, OPC came to the rescue in the southwest and we protected the police stations and the police formations against unscrupulous rioters that had hijacked the peaceful protests.


“Recently, the OPC under our amiable leader, the Aare Onakakanfo of Yorubaland, Iba Gani Adams, apprehended the notorious Kidnap kingpin, Abdullah Iskilu Wakili that had been terrorising the people of Ibarapa and its environs, and we handed him over to the police.


“So for somebody of Dambazau’s status to say such a group is like the Boko Haram, truly shows his mindset and level of thinking. Such a person has truly lost touch with the realities of the present time because today, the OPC has been reorganised, repackaged, and re-orientated in such a way that it has become a thorn in the flesh of bandits, kidnappers and terrorists.

And today, the fear of the OPC has truly become the beginning of wisdom for people like Danbazau and his allies.”
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  Ada Jesus Suffers Stroke, Brought To Odumeje & Rita Edochie, They Rejected Her
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Ada Jesus Down With Stroke Brought To Prophet Odumeje And Rita Edochie, But They Rejected Her



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  Edward Onoja slams Media Personality Omoyele Sowore over his 'prayer' for his daughte
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Kogi Deputy Governor, Edward Onoja slams Media Personality Omoyele Sowore over his 'prayer' for his daughter




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Kogi Deputy Governor, Edward Onoja has slammed Media Personality Omoyele Sowore over his prayer for his daughter, Oma Onoja who matriculated on Friday April 9. 
 
Sowore had prayed for the Deputy Governor's daughter to excel and live in a Nigeria where the current challenges the country is facing are a thing of the past. 
 
He wrote; 
 

Quote:#Freekogi2 I congratulate your daughter on this special occasion of her matriculation. May she never live in a world of impunity, may she never become unemployed upon graduation, may her future be bright and may she never have to work without getting paid.


May her pension never be denied her when she retires, may she never be silenced for speaking up against tyranny and may she never die in election related violence! Once again, congratulations to her!
 
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However reacting to the "prayers", Edward Onoja noted that children should be out of bounds in political brickbats. He stated that Sowore is participating in "chewing gum activism" and also prayed that he redeems his already ''lost image'' amongst genuine freedom fighters.
 
See the Deputy Governor's tweet below; 
 
Quote:Dear Sowore, I thought families, especially, the children are out of bounds in political brickbats? Abi, your school of thoughtlessness does not teach sense and sensibility?


Anyway, I too have a prayer for you... 1. I pray that you are Nigerian and patriotic enough to stay at home, establish and have your family here in Nigeria, just like I have done. *(It will teach you to truly work for the improvement of the country for their sakes)


I pray you are man enough to hustle with your mates, working to assume leadership of the Nation by paying your dues, and not trying to jump in through the window like a palliative thief
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(It will teach you that your contemporaries at home are not indolent layabouts looking for a saviour from abroad to whom they will handover govt once he wears an orange beret and yells 'revolution' or 'Buhari Must Go)


I pray for you that you will truly come to love this great country and her people with a mindset to sacrifice for her and not to sacrifice her to your lust for power)
(It will stop you from trying to set fire to your own father's house simply because you have a mat in your rich uncle's BQ who has induced you with peanuts in the name of activism so he can claim the land once the house is destroyed)


I pray you have the balls to learn from some of us and begin your leadership quest from your State. *(You will finally learn Leadership 101, not #gbasgbos and chewing gum activism. I recommend you start as councillor in your ward, if you know your ward)


I pray you grow out of your desire to to seek attention and play to the gallery. *(Leadership and Governance is not a circus, you know and a dancing monkey can only grab attention for only so long)


I pray you redeem your already lost image amongst genuine freedom fighters. *(Shebi you know say dem no send you again?)


I pray my daughter won't need to defend you pro bono when you are 70, still wearing beret, sagging trousers and still unable to distinguish between lawful and unlawful protest. Shebi you see the travails of your types wey invade US Congress in the name of revolution?)
Sowore this is brother to brother, comrade to comrade, Aluta to Aluta... guy e get wetin person dey grow pass. Leave this lane and get serious if you really want to do politics. You don old pass this thing.


Another brotherly advice: Find another target. Kogi is getting on very well and fine. This your contract don cut. Those who gave you this job, tell them say we be street pass you. E no get where you fit take your madness pass. We go cure am for you.


All of you unpatriotic citizens wey dey plan burn Naija after securing your families safely abroad, make una go restrategize. I pray this sinks and leads you on the path to being a better man.

Thus far you are way below the bar of a patriotic citizen.
 
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  Photos from the white wedding of comedian, Arole
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Photos from the white wedding of comedian, Arole




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The white wedding of Comedian, Arole, and his wife, Yemi, took place in Lagos on Saturday, April 10. The wedding was attended by his family and friends.
 
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  The idea that Governor Yahaya Bello should not run for the Presidency is absurd - FFK
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The idea that Governor Yahaya Bello should not run for the Presidency is absurd - FFK




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Former Aviation Minister, Yahaya Bello, has described as ''absurd'' the idea that Kogi state governor, Yahaya Bello, should not run for the presidency.
 
Bello who is a member of the APC has since signified interest to run for Presidency in 2023.
 
In a tweet posted this morning, FFK said it is also absurd for some Nigerians to kick against the North Central producing the next democratically-elected president. 
 
His tweet reads
 

Quote:''The idea that Gov. Yahaya Bello should not run for the Presidency & that the NC zone, which has never produced a democratically-elected President,ought to settle for another position is absurd. Nigeria needs strong & decisive leadership, a generational change & a bridge-builder.''
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  Boko Haram Burns UN Facilities In Borno, Attacks Workers
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Quote:The Boko Haram fighters, in a fresh wave of attacks, invaded Damasak town in Borno State on Saturday, setting fire on United Nations facilities and forcing humanitarian workers to flee for their lives.

SaharaReporters learnt that the terrorists, aided by their deadlier Islamic State West African Province fighters, set fire to the UN office and to at least three other international charity organisations contiguous to the UN facility.

“The terrorists came into the town in gun trucks. They first embarked on a looting spree. They carted away aid supplies meant for the Internally Displaced Persons before they set fire to the UN hub in the town and three other buildings belonging to other aid organisations,” a source in the town narrated.

A military source confirmed the Saturday attack on Damasak but said the troops were fighting hard to ensure that the terrorists did not overrun the town.

“They planned to attack the military base first, but we repelled the invasion. Pockets of them then went to the UN facility. The Nigerian Air Force aircraft have been called in and they are currently engaging in air interdictions on the terrorists,” he stated.

UN facilities are becoming increasingly threatened in the North-East.

On March 1, ISWAP jihadists overran a UN hub in Dikwa, killing six civilians and forcing aid workers to retreat from the town despite urgent humanitarian needs temporarily.

On March 15, the fighters had attacked Damasak, the headquarters of the Mobbar Local Government Area of Borno.

The United Nations is yet to react to the latest assault on its facility in the state.


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  Hunters searching for abducted doctor, nurse attacked in Ogun, 2 shot, vehicles, bike
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Hunters searching for abducted doctor, nurse attacked in Ogun, 2 shot, vehicles, bikes burnt

 
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Local hunters searching for the medical doctor and a nurse abducted along Abeokuta-Imeko road in Ogun State have been attacked by gunmen in the bush.



DAILY POST had earlier reported that the doctor, Oladunni Odetola, who is the head of General Hospital, Imeko and a nurse, one Mrs Bamgbose, were kidnapped while travelling in a Toyota Camry car marked KTU 584 FR, on Wednesday night.



It was said that the gunmen came out from the bush around Olubo village to attack their targets and took them away, leaving their car at the middle of the road.



Since the abduction, local hunters, it was gathered, have been mobilised to rescue the medical personnel from the gunmen.



26 local vigilantes were deployed for the rescue mission, with 10 motorcycles and two cars, our correspondent reliably gathered.


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DAILY POST learnt that the kidnappers set the two vehicles on fire as they also burnt nine of the 10 motorbikes at Odetedo-Idi-Iroko, Imeko.



It was gathered that the kidnappers have contacted the family of their abductees, demanding a ransom of N20million.



The Ogun State Police Public Relations Officer, Abimbola Oyeyemi, had earlier confirmed that the police were on the trail of the kidnappers.



Oyeyemi could not be reached for further reactions as at the time this report was filed.

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  Davido Visits Dapo Abiodun Two Days After Visiting Timipre Sylva (Photos)
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Pop musician Davido on Friday visited Governor Dapo Abiodun of Ogun State at the latter’s office in Abeokuta, Igbere TV reports.


Quote:Mr Abiodun posted pictures of the visit on Twitter with the message: “This evening, I received @davido; a superstar songwriter, singer and producer, in my office at Oke-Mosan, Abeokuta.”


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Davido later attended an event where he sang and danced with Yinka Ayefele.

He also gave a bundle of money to the wheelchair-bound winger.

The 28-year-old had on Wednesday visited minister of state for petroleum resources Timipre Sylva in Abuja.

Mr Sylva and Davido were said to have discussed several issues including art, politics, youth empowerment and the aftermath of last year’s #EndSARS protest.

The Ogun State governor is the father of Davido’s associate Olugbemiga Abiodun (popularly known as DJ Olu) who was found dead along with another friend Chime Amaechi in a car in October 2017.

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  Nigeria’s External Debt Grows By 411% In 8 Years — Actionaid
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Quote:A study commissioned by ActionAid Nigeria has revealed that the country’s external debt stock increased by 410.9 per cent between 2012 and 2020, with the highest year-on-year growth recorded in 2017 at 65.82 per cent, followed by 35.16 per cent growth in 2013 and 33.63 per cent in 2018.

Presenting the report during a one-day National Dialogue on Nigeria’s Rising Debt Profile, convened by ActionAid Nigeria, with the theme: ‘The Rising Public Debt in Nigeria and the Challenges for National Development’, the lead consultant of Centre for Social Justice, Eze Onyekpere, who led the team, said the country’s domestic debt component grew by 209.1per cent within the period of study.

“The highest year-on-year increse was recorded in 2013 with a 32.63 per cent growth, followed by 32.30 per cent in 2016 and 14.82 per cent in 2017. External debt stock grew more than the domestic debt stock during the study period”, he said.

Onyekpere noted that Federal Government’s component of the external debt stock between 2014 and 2018 calculated in US dollar grew by 226.47 per cent, while the same amount calculated in naira grew by 496.6 per cent.

“The states and FCT external debt stock calculated in USD grew by 29.5 per cent, while the calculation in naira produced 136.7 per cent growth. The external debt component had risen to 31.82 per cent of overall debt as at end of 2018, while the domestic debt was 68.18 per cent of overall debt. Furthermore, Nigeria’s debt to GDP has been growing over the years and stood at 19 per cent by end 2018.”

Onyekpere said the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) and banks are heavily exposed to these domestic instruments up to 45.2 per cent of overall and the non-bank public is mainly about Pension Fund Administrators, Asset and Fund Managers, as well as Insurance companies hold the remaining part.

“The current debt to retained revenue profile of about 83 per cent is not sustainable. The drive to raise new domestic revenue is a struggle of the generation and it should attract the energy, vision and vigour of both government and citizens. The major driver should be a commitment to expand available resources, rather than the current clamour for sections of the country to have more of the stagnant pool of available resources. Debt can be reduced if we generate more revenue.


https://m.guardian.ng/Nigerias-external-debt-grows-by-411%-in-8-years-ActionAid

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  COVID-19 Update For April 10 2021 In Nigeria
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84 New COVID-19 Cases, 25 Discharged And 1 Death On April 10


Quote:84 new cases of #COVID19Nigeria;
Lagos-26
Akwa Ibom-16
Rivers-10
Ebonyi-9
Abia-6
Kano-6
Osun-3
Bauchi-2
Delta-2
Edo-1
Jigawa-1
Kaduna-1
Ogun-1

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Quote:A breakdown of cases by state can be found via

https://twitter.com/NCDCgov/status/1381014081159712775?s=19

Quote:April 9 https://www.nairaland.com/6499702/covid-19-update-april-9-2021


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  Daily Devotional for Sunday 11th April
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Posted by: Edoman - Today, 07:26 AM - Replies (2)

RHAPSODY OF REALITIES 


SUNDAY 11TH APRIL.



THE “OUTBREATHINGS” OF GOD


All scripture is given by inspiration of God… (2 Timothy 3:16).


The Bible, as we have it today, didn’t “drop” on us from heaven; it was chronicled and written by holy men of God as they were moved by the Holy Ghost. The reason some question the veracity of the Bible is that they’ve not been able to distinguish between the “author” of the Scriptures and inspired writers.


The sixty-six books that make up the Bible have several writers. From the Old Testament to the New Testament, writers vary; they all penned words as they were inspired by the Holy Spirit. For example, Paul wrote most of the Epistles, such as the Book of Romans, First and Second Thessalonians, Galatians, First and Second Corinthians, Philippians, Colossians, etc. 


The Holy Spirit also moved prophets like Moses, Jeremiah, Isaiah, and apostles like Peter, John, James to write the Scriptures, but they can’t be said to have authored the Scriptures. In our theme verse, we’re shown the authorship of the Scriptures: All scripture is given by inspiration of God…” (2 Timothy 3:16).


The Greek word translated “inspiration” is “theopneustos,” which means the outbreathing of God! “God” in this context is the Holy Spirit. He’s the author of the Scriptures. If you ever want to know and walk in God’s perfect will at all times, understand His judgements and His perspectives on all of life’s issues, study and meditate on the Scriptures.


The concluding part of 2 Timothy 3:16-17 further shows us the purpose of the Scriptures: It’s “… profitable for instruction, for reproof and conviction of sin, for correction of error and discipline in obedience, [and] for training in righteousness (in holy living, in conformity to God’s will in thought, purpose, and action), So that the man of God may be complete and proficient, well fitted and thoroughly equipped for every good work” (AMPC). 


These and more are what the Scriptures can do in, and for you as you study and meditate on them! You’ll have all the advantage you need in life, and enjoy the full blessings of your heritage and life in Christ.


PRAYER

I’m completely yielded to the Holy Spirit who’s the author of the Scriptures, the unveiler of mysteries, secrets, deep truths and eternal revelations. Therefore, I have insight into the mysteries and secrets of life. I’m perpetually victorious, because the Spirit of truth leads and guides me by His Word, and His wisdom is evident in all I do. Hallelujah!


FURTHER STUDY

Ephesians 1:15-17; 2 Peter 1:3

1 YEAR BIBLE READING PLAN: Luke 12:49-59 & Judges 10-11

2 YEAR BIBLE READING PLAN: Mark 1:14-28 & Leviticus 11









#AFFIRMATIONTRAIN 



I affirm that God is at home in me! The excellence, beauty, and perfections of divinity are manifested through me today, as I freely enjoy the benefits of my inheritance in Christ! 

I experience unlimited victories and success because I am being piloted by the Spirit, with the Word prevailing mightily in my life. I am fruitful and productive in all things because the Word is alive in me.


I am unstoppable; for the Lord is my source and my sufficiency, He has made all grace abound towards me and I do not lack or suffer want for any good thing. I am blessed with all things that pertain to life and godliness. Everywhere I go, I enjoy my inheritance of financial abundance and supernatural prosperity in Christ. 


I am blessed and highly favored in all things. The Lord has granted me supernatural insight, ability and spiritual understanding of all things. Thus, I am able to discern and walk in His perfect will at all times.


My life is the fulfilment of the destiny that He has ordained for me. Hallelujah! I am in Christ, not under satan’s jurisdiction; he has no authority over me, and cannot decide what happens to me. 


I dwell in the Kingdom of God’s dear Son; the realm of health, wealth, prosperity, and life eternal, soaring on the wings of the Spirit. Blessed be God. Hallelujah!






God bless you

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  Insecurity: Chinedu Eya apologises to Enugu Gov, names Nnamdi Kanu as prophet
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Insecurity: Chinedu Eya apologises to Enugu Gov, names Nnamdi Kanu as prophet

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A former senatorial aspirant in Enugu State, Chief Chinedu Eya, has apologized to the state governor, Ifeanyi Ugwanyi and the leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra, Mazi Nnamdi Kanu over his criticism.

Recall that Eya had been a major critic of Nnamdi Kanu for revolting against the President Muhammadu Buhari’s government.



Eya, who is a chieftain of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), in his 40th birthday message made available to DAILY POST, said it was never expected that Nigeria’s insecurity would reach a situation that would project Nnamdi Kanu as a prophet.

He stated that the IPOB leader foresaw the current security situation long ago.

According to him, his relationship with Governor Ugwanyi and Kanu was not as it ought to be due to his wrong view of the situation, hence, the appeal for forgiveness.



According to him, “Your Excellency, I want it to be on record that at 40, I came with my whole heart, fully wired and energized to say, ‘I am SORRY’ for the misdeeds of yesterday and to also assure His Excellency that it will never repeat itself in the history of our mutual existence.

“It is important to state at this juncture that my previous diatribes against the leader of Indigenous people of Biafra, IPOB, Nnamdi Kanu, over his hatred for Nigeria, was done in error. Nnamdi Kanu was right and I was wrong.


“He foresaw tomorrow but I did not as I never believed a time will come when herders will be raping, pilfering and killing our people; in addition to destroying our farmlands while the Presidency looks either way”.

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  PDP Zonal Congress ends in chaos as thugs snatch ballot
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PDP Zonal Congress ends in chaos as thugs snatch ballot




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The People’s Democratic Party’s congress for north west zone has ended in chaos in Kaduna.
 
A chaotic scene was recorded after supporters of major contenders for the position of National Vice Chairman of the zone clashed.
 
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The major contenders include Senator Bello Hayatudeen Gwarzo, Aminu Wali and a preferred candidate of former Governor of Kano State, Rabiu Musa Kwankwaso.
 
Daily Trust reported that thugs took over the venue just before the start of voting. They snatched and damaged ballot boxes forcing many to flee.

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  Air Peace Receives Brand New Airplane From Brazil (video)
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As sighted by Igbere TV on Airpeace Instagram'a page.


Quote:BRAND NEW! • Recently, we received our second brand new 124-seat E195-E2 aircraft of the 13 we ordered. With a unique configuration, the E195 offers a superior travel experience and is an ultra-modern Embraer invention.

We have purchase rights for 17 of this aircraft model and we're expecting more this year.

In peace and class, Air Peace connects you to your destinations.

Thank you for choosing us.


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  Video Man Goes To Propose To His Girlfriend, Catches Her Having Sex With Another Man
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A man plans a surprise to porpose to his girlfriend.. He hired a band and some of his friends and family escort him only to catch his girlfriend having sex and from the eindow you can see her giving mouth action [Image: sad.png] [Image: sad.png] [Image: sad.png] [Image: sad.png]... They are speaking spanish..

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  Jerry Gana, Audu, Others Decamp To PDP At Zonal Congress In Benue
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Former Minister of Information, Professor Jerry Gana and other top political leaders today joined the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP at the North Central Zonal Elective Congress of the party taking place in Makurdi, Benue State.

The others were Barrister Humphrey Abah, Ambassador Mrs Esther Audu and Hon Adakole Ijogi. They were received formally into the PDP by leader of the party in the North Central Zone, Governor Samuel Ortom, IDOMA VOICE observed. 

Professor Jerry Gana who spoke on behalf of the defectors said PDP is poised to reclaim power in all the states of the North Central Zone currently being ruled by the APC and Nigeria at large.

Meanwhile, voting in the zonal elective Congress has been completed and sorting of ballot papers will soon commence.

Delegates from various states including Kwara, Niger, Kogi, Nasarawa, Plateau, Benue and the Federal Capital Territory Abuja have cast their ballot.


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  Ban on Igbo meeting: We’ll terrorise Port Harcourt, attack oil companies – BNL warns
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NEWS
Ban on Igbo meeting: We’ll terrorise Port Harcourt, attack oil companies – BNL warns Wike


 
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Biafra Nations League, BNL, a secessionist group in the eastern region of the country, has threatened to unleash mayhem on oil companies operating in Port Harcourt, the Rivers State capital over Governor Nyesom Wike’s ban on Igbo meeting in Oyigbo Local Government Area of the State.

Governor Wike of Rivers State had placed a ban on a planned meeting of some Igbo residents in Oyigbo LGA.
The Governor was said to have taken the decision over fears that such meetings could spark fresh unrest in the LGA.

But the BNL warned Wike to stop threatening Southeastern Igbos merely because of activities of Nnamdi Kanu’s led Indigenous people of Biafra, IPOB.

BNL issued the threat in a statement jointly signed by its Deputy National Leader and Head of Operations, BBS Media, Ebuta Akor Takon and the Chief of Staff, Linus Essien.



The group said that the recent attacks in Imo State is nothing to compare to the ones carried out by militants who are not Igbo in Rivers State some years ago.

BNL accused Wike of being sentimental against the Igbo despite being an Igbo man.



“Treating the Igbo as terrorists could give rise to real terrorism in Rivers State,” the group’s statement said.

“[We) call on Wike to reverse the ban on Igbo groups to freely hold their meetings,otherwise we’ll deploy our men from Bakassi Peninsula to terrorize oil companies in Port Harcourt coastal areas.

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  Bruno Iwuoha Is Dead (Photos)
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Quote:Veteran Nollywood actor, Chief Bruno Obinna Iwuoha, has passed away after many months of battle with diabetes and glaucoma.

Iwuoha’s close associate and filmmaker, Derik Zai confirmed the ‘Sin of the Flesh’ actor’s death on Saturday morning.

According to multiple reports, the AMA awards recipient had been in coma at the National Hospital, Abuja for about three weeks.

He passed away on Saturday, April 10.

Iwuoha’s remains had been deposited at the hospital mortuary.

The late Iwuoha featured in several movies including Magic Cap, Occultic Battle, Fire on the Mountain 2, Royal Promise and The Cross of Love, among many others.


https://www.google.com/amp/s/thenationonlineng.net/just-in-nollywood-veteran-actor-bruno-iwuoha-dies/amp/

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  Boko Haram attack Adamawa town, kill five people, abduct many women
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Boko Haram attack Adamawa town, kill five people, abduct many women

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An Unspecified number of women have been abducted by suspected members of the Boko Haram sect who attacked a community in Adamawa State.

The insurgents also killed five people, destroyed houses and other property and made away with belongings of residents, a source said.



On Saturday morning that the insurgents stormed Kwapre, a village in Hong Local Government Area of Northern Adamawa on Friday evening, shooting randomly and picking up the women.



A source around the area, Innocent Geoffrey, told our correspondent on phone that the attackers were first thought to be herders out for vengeance attack, but later manifested their Boko Haram tendency, seizing the female residents they could lay their hands on, as residents scampered for safety.

“Right now ,there is no single person in Kwapri, everybody has fled the community,” Innocent said during the conversation Saturday morning.



The Member representing Gombi/ Hong Federal Constituency and Chairman, Committee on Foreign Affairs of the House of Representatives, Rt. Hon Yusuf Buba Yakubu who repesents the affected community in the National Assembly, reacted to the development with a statement expressing his concerns.



He said the insurgents who besieged Kwapre village in Garaha Ward of Hong LGA, killed and maimed unsuspecting community dwellers, destroyed homes and property and abducted some people.



“This latest attack on the innocent and peace- loving people of Kwapre is another senseless and cruel act of cowardice on a community that is renowned for peace, industry and serenity,” the lawmaker said.

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  Homeless man transformed with free haircut amazes internet with 'handsome' look
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Homeless man transformed with free haircut amazes internet with 'handsome' look




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A homeless man looks unrecognisable after he got a free haircut, thanks to a barber who travels the world,  giving the homeless free haircuts.
 
Joshua Santiago took to TikTok to share his latest job and viewers were amazed at the magic he worked on the homeless man's face.
 
In the video, the barber shows off the man's overgrown afro before getting his razor out to give him a skin fade.
 
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Done with the trim, he moves over to the man's facial hair and trims it too.
 
Many TikTok users were stunned by the results and labelled the homeless man as "handsome".
 
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One wrote: "OMG he is so fine like what the actual f***"
 
Another added: "Wow he looks like a millionaire."
 
A third praised: "Took 15 years off him."
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  Bauchi Prison: Gunshots As Riot Erupts At Bauchi Correctional Centre
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Quote:There was panic in Bauchi Sate as a riot at the Bauchi Correctional Centre broke out but was quelled by officials.

Residents around the area said they heard gunshots fire from inside the centre this afternoon.

When our correspondent visited the aarea, security was beefed up as vehicular and traffic movement around the area were restricted as the roads leading to the Centre were barricaded by security personnel at the time of filing this report.

Although the details of the attempted riot was sketchy at the time of sending this report, our correspondent gathered from a reliable source that authorities of the Centre were proactive in quelling it to forestall a repeat of the recent jail break Imo State, the biggest in the history of Nigeria where 1800 inmates escaped.

It was learnt that a riot had broken in the Centre in the afternoon which many believed could be a decoy to facilitate a break as witnessed in Imo State example which analysts say cost the immediate past Inspector General of Police Mohammed Adamu job.

Efforts to get the reaction from the Correctional Centre spokesperson were not successful at the time of filing this report


Daily Sun

Quote:Five prison inmates and two officials of the Nigerian Correctional Service (NCS) in Bauchi State have been injured following a riot that erupted in the facility.


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  Bandits Kill One In Gurmana, Kidnap 10 People; Set Houses Ablaze, Rustle Cattle
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Quote:Bandits have invaded Gurmana Community in Shiroro Local government area of Niger state again, killed one person and abducted 10 others.

The bandits were said to have invaded the community in broad daylight yesterday on motorcycles and were shooting sporadically to scare villagers. They moved from house to house and carted away properties.

Besides the killing and kidnapping of the people, some houses and barns of yams and other foodstuffs belonging to the villagers were also set ablaze.

A top member of the local vigilante simply called Idi Fylo narrowly escaped being killed by the bandits but had his house and other valuables set ablaze

Another prominent member of the Community, Maiangwa Sarkin Zamma was also reported shot in the right arm and was immediately rushed to a nearby clinic for treatment.

Since the killing of six soldiers and a policeman by bandits in Allawa and Bassa last week, the bandits had been raiding villages in the communities almost on daily basis leaving the villagers to flee their abode.

Co-convener of the Shiroro Youth Associations Yussuf Abubakar Koki and Spokesperson of the Coalition of Shiroro Associations Comrade Salis Sabo when contacted separately confirmed the incident.


Source: https://www.vanguardngr.com/2021/04/bandits-kill-one-abduct-10-people-set-houses-ablaze-rustle-cattle-in-niger/

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  Cleric Arrested For Kidnapping 15-Year-Old Girl For Ritual In Ogun (Photos
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Cleric arrested for allegedly kidnapping 15-year-old girl for ritual purposes in Ogun (photos)

A 36 years old Islamic cleric, Amodu Jamiu, has been arrested by men of the Ogun state police command for allegedly abducting a 15 years old girl and attempting to use the girl for ritual.

A statement released by DSP Abimbola Oyeyemi, spokesperson of the state police command today April 9, says the self-acclaimed cleric was arrested following a report lodged at Sango divisional headquarters by the victim, who reported that, while she was coming from her work place at about 5:30 pm, she was accosted by the suspect who lured her into an uncompleted building after touching her with an object.


Quote:She stated further that on getting to the building, the suspect stripped her naked and used a White handkerchief to rub her private part, as well as all over her body.
It was a good Samaritan, who, unknown to the suspect, was watching the whole incident that came to her rescue as she has become unconscious.

Upon the report, the DPO Sango division, CSP Godwin Idehai, detailed his detectives to go after the suspect. He was subsequently traced and apprehended.

On interrogation, the suspect confessed that he has the intention of afflicting the victim with a sickness, which will enable him to extort her parents of huge amount of money having successfully done it to two different persons in the past.

Search warrant was executed in his house, and a lot of dangerous criminal charms was recovered from there.'' Abimbola's statement read


The police spokesperson added that the state commissioner of police, CP Edward Awolowo Ajogun, has ordered the transfer of the case to state criminal investigation and intelligence department for further investigation and possible prosecution.

Source: https://www.lindaikejisblog.com/2021/4/cleric-arrested-for-allegedly-kidnapping-15-year-old-girl-for-ritual-purposes-in-ogun-photos.html

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  Jaiz Bank grows profit by 45% to N3.07b
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Jaiz Bank grows profit by 45% to N3.07b
April 9, 2021

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Managing Director, Jaiz Bank Plc, Mr Hassan Usman

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Nigeria’s premier non-interest bank, Jaiz Bank Plc recorded double-digit growths across key performance indicators in 2020, with pre-tax profit rising by 45.31 per cent to N3.07 billion in 2020.

Key extracts of the audited report and accounts for the year ended December 31, 2020 showed that profit before tax rose from N2.11 billion in 2019 to N3.07 billion in 2021. Gross earnings had risen by 33.29 per cent from N14.71 billion in 2019 to N19.6 billion in 2020. Profit after tax increased from N2.44 billion in 2019 to N2.90 billion in 2020. Earnings per share increased from 8.29 kobo in 2019 to 9.85 kobo in 2020.

The bank’s total assets rose by 40 per cent to N233.59 billion in 2020 as against N167.27 billion in 2019. While return on equity stood at 17.2 per cent, securing a place for the bank among the top-four quoted banks with the highest return to shareholders in the country.



Managing Director, Jaiz Bank Plc, Mr. Hassan Usman said the 2020 result further reaffirms the growth trajectory witnessed by the bank over the last three years.

He said the bank’s growth strategy focuses on the real sector of the economy, especially the Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) and financial inclusion.

“We shall continue to develop new customers, new markets and new products for both our physical and virtual channels. We remain committed to continuously up-scaling our governance mechanism to meet best practice and regulatory requirements,” Usman said.

He noted that while the bank would continue to expand its operations across the country by opening more branches while significantly leveraging on technology to reach its target markets across the nation and bring the underbanked and unbanked population into the formal economy.

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  Foreign reserves rise to $34.85b on ‘Naira for Dollar’ polcy
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Foreign reserves rise to $34.85b on ‘Naira for Dollar’ policy
April 9, 2021

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The ‘Naira for Dollar’ policy of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) has led to positive accretion to the foreign reserves exactly one month after takeoff.

The foreign reserves, on April 1, stood at $34.85 billion, representing $404 million increase compared to $34.41 billion on March 11.

The uptick in reserves has been attributed to CBN’s ‘Naira for Dollar’ policy which has seen dollar inflows pass through commercial banks, instead of unofficial channels.

Also helping reserves accretion is the continued rise in benchmark Brent crude oil price, which stood at $63.29 per barrel as at April 8, representing about $23.29 above the $40 per barrel benchmark for 2021 budget.

According to the CBN Governor, Godwin Emefiele, the ‘Naira for Dollar’ policy, gives N5 rebate for every $1 sent by Nigerians in diaspora  to the country, which is paid directly to the account of the beneficiaries, following receipt of the remittance inflows.

The CBN had promised that the new policy would provide Nigerians in the Diaspora with cheaper and more convenient ways of sending remittances to Nigeria.

Defending the dollar policy, Emefiele said the move was also to increase the transparency of remittance inflows and reducing rent-seeking activities. He expressed optimism that the new policy measure will encourage banks and financial institutions to develop products and investments vehicles, geared towards attracting investments from Nigerians in the diaspora.

Reiterating the provision a new circular on remittances, the CBN boss said the bank introduced the rebate of N5 for every $1 of fund remitted to Nigeria, through International Money Transfer Operators (IMTOs) licensed by the Central Bank in order to incentivise the process of remittance.

He emphasised that the new measure would help to make the process of sending remittance through formal bank channels cheaper and more convenient for Nigerians in the diaspora.




Also, Forex Trading Associate, AZA, a global forex dealer, Oghenefejiro Eduviere, said naira would remain stable on the parallel market, hovering around the N480 to N490 level, as the Central Bank of Nigeria’s ‘N5 for $1’ incentive scheme encourages forex flows to go through banks.

“We see trading on the Investors and Exporters (I&E) Forex window extending depreciation towards N435 in the short term,” he said in emailed notes to investors.

“The naira strengthened on the parallel market, trading in the 478/485 to the dollar range vs. 482/486 at the end of last week, while depreciating on the official I&E window, from N408.67 to N411 to dollar amid accumulated demand for dollars carried over from the long Easter break,” he added.

On the foreign reserves, Fitch Ratings, a global rating agency  predicted that Nigeria’s external reserves would rise to $42 billion by year-end.

In a report titled, “Depreciatory Pressures on Key Sub-Saharan African Currencies to Lessen,” Fitch Ratings had hinged the forecast on its expectation that Brent crude would average $53 per barrel, compared to the $43.1 per barrel recorded in 2020. Moreover, the agency anticipated that the CBN would allow the official naira exchange rate to depreciate further over the course of 2021, notwithstanding improved terms of trade and foreign exchange reserves.

“Given rising oil prices in 2021, we expect forex reserves to rise to an average of around $42 billion in 2021 (around eight months of import cover), compared to $36 billion in 2020.

“However, this will not negate the impact of persistent depreciatory pressures on the naira, notably as a result of rising dollar demand driven by the domestic economic recovery,” it stated.

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  Ibom Air to commence Gambia flights
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Ibom Air to commence Gambia flights
April 6, 2021

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The Akwa Ibom State owned Airline, Ibom Air, would soon commence flight operations between Nigeria and The Gambia.

This was part of discussions yesterday when the Gambian High Commissioner to Nigeria, Mohamadou Musa Njie met with the Akwa Ibom State Governor, Mr Udom Emmanuel at Government House, Uyo the state capital.

The governor thanked the Gambian High Commissioner and the President of Gambia for indicating interest in bilateral relations with Akwa Ibom in commerce, industry and aviation development.

“We are actually planning a regional flight with Ibom Air, so we hope by next month we should take delivery of two brand new A220 300 series Airbuses, we want to use that for regional flights. I will get this to be discussed at the directors meeting of Ibom Air so that we can also consider Banjul,” the governor assured.

The governor acknowledged the tourism potentials in The Gambia and advised other West African countries to take advantage of the tourism potentials that Ibom Air is offering.




The High Commissioner Mohamadou Musa Njie had commended the governor for the great achievements recorded by Ibom Air and expressed the willingness of his country to have Ibom Air commence operations into Banjul.

He presented a letter written by the President of The Gambia requesting the Akwa Ibom government to extend the operations of Ibom Air to The Gambia.

The letter also conveyed the invitation by the President of The Gambia, Adama Barrow to Emmanuel for a visit to strengthen industrial and trade relations.

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  Sterling Bank grows profit to N12.4b
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Sterling Bank grows profit to N12.4b
April 7, 2021

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Sterling Bank Plc witnessed a double-digit growth in its bottom-line in 2020 with a 15.9 per cent growth in pre-tax profit to N12.4 billion, despite the adverse effect of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Key extracts of the audited report and accounts of the bank for the year ended December 31, 2020 showed that pre-tax profit rose from N10.7 billion in 2019 to N12.4 billion in 2020.

Gross earnings stood at N138.9 billion in 2020 as against N150.2 billion in 2019. In response to the pandemic and expected credit losses, Sterling Bank proactively increased the cost of risk by 10 basis points to 1.0 per cent while moderating the non-performing loan ratio downwards by 30 basis points to 1.9 per cent.

Chief Executive Officer, Sterling Bank Plc, Abubakar Suleiman said  2020 was an extraordinary year defined by the global pandemic that disrupted society and severely impacted economic activities.

He, however, noted that the bank, during the year, channelled its resources towards empowering stakeholders to respond to the unprecedented disruption while supporting them to adapt to new banking methods through novel platforms like OneBank and Pay with Specta.



According to him, reflecting market dynamics influenced by the pandemic, Sterling Bank’s NIBSS instant payments and transaction volume grew by 89.4 per cent compared to the previous year on the back of investments in digital platforms.

As a result, the bank achieved a 6.0 per cent growth in profit after taxes to reach N11.2 billion, a development that underpins a 13.5 per cent growth in shareholders’ funds in a pandemic year.

He explained that the bank’s gross earnings were moderated by a 12.4 per cent decline in interest income as yields trended low but interest expense also declined by 21.3 per cent, resulting in a 160 basis points drop in the cost of funds; driven by a 39.5 per cent growth in low-cost customer deposits.

He added that the bank also ensured that the cost-to-income ratio declined to 77.4 per cent as it recorded a 2.5 per cent drop in operating expenses despite rising inflationary pressures.

“Remarkably, Sterling Bank spearheaded efforts to contain the pandemic by encouraging innovation to increase COVID-19 testing capacity. The bank also supported health care workers on the frontline. In the wake of the pandemic, Sterling Bank focused on retooling its employees to perform optimally while enabling a safe and conducive environment.

For its agility and responsiveness, the bank capped the year with the ‘Overall Best Workplace in Nigeria’ in the large corporate category of the Great Place to Work Institute, a testament to the effectiveness of its employee welfare initiatives,” Suleiman said.

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  EFCC arrests Adeleke Adeyemi for alleged N800m fraud in Lagos
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EFCC arrests Adeleke Adeyemi for alleged N800m fraud in Lagos


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Operatives of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) have arrested Adeleke Adeyemi for alleged fraud.

The suspect is accused of conspiracy, obtaining money by false pretence, diversion of funds, issuance of dud cheques and money laundering to the tune of N800 million.



EFCC spokesman, Wilson Uwujaren, in a statement gave the identity of Adeyemi’s accomplice as Odusanya Ayotunde Memphis (now at large).



In their capacities as Directors at Wafa Aggregate Limited, they allegedly approached EcoBank Plc for an N800 million loan to procure petroleum products from Covalent Oil & Gas Services Limited in October 2011.

But after obtainment, Adeyemi and Memphis allegedly diverted the funds to their personal use and defaulted in paying back the loan.

“Investigation revealed that the five Diamond Bank Plc cheques of N10 million each issued by the suspect and his accomplice were returned unpaid upon presentation”, Uwujaren noted.



The statement added that Adeyemi will soon be charged to court while the search for Odusanya is still on.

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  Boris Johnson, Buhari, Biden, Atiku, Others Mourn Prince Philip
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Posted by: Edoman - Yesterday, 08:30 AM - No Replies

Quote:We remember the Duke ... above all for his steadfast support for Her Majesty the Queen, not just as her consort, by her side, every day of her reign, but as her husband, has strength and stay of more than 70 years. And it is to Her Majesty, and her family, that our nation's thoughts must turn today."

"Like the expert carriage driver that he was he helped to steer the royal family and the monarchy so that it remains an institution indisputably vital to the balance and happiness of our national life." - The UK PM, Boris Johnson


SOURCE

Quote:GERMAN CHANCELLOR ANGELA MERKEL

"The death of Prince Philip fills me with great sorrow. His friendship to Germany, his straightforwardness and his sense of duty will not be forgotten."


SOURCE

Quote:Prince Philip’s legacy will live on not only through his family, but in all the charitable endeavors he shaped. Jill and I are keeping the Queen and Prince Philip’s children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and the people of the United Kingdom in our hearts during this time.


US President, Joe Biden

Quote:We are keeping the Queen and Prince Philip’s children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and the people of the United Kingdom in our hearts during this time.


First Lady of the US, Jill Biden

Quote:I wish to express my sincere condolences to Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth, The Royal Family and the British people upon the death of His Royal Highness The Prince Philip who lived an exemplary life defined by bravery, a sense of duty and commitment to the youth and the environment.


French President, Emmanuel Macron

Quote:PRESIDENT BUHARI EXPRESSES THE NATION'S CONDOLENCES OVER THE DEMISE OF PRINCE PHILIP

President Muhammadu Buhari extends his condolences to Her Majesty the Queen over the death of her husband Prince Philip who passed on peacefully at the age of 99.

Reacting to the death of the longest serving Queen's consort, President Buhari said:

"The death of the Duke of Edinburgh is the end of an era. Prince Philip was one of the greatest and publicly recognisable international figures whose contributions to the Commonwealth will be remembered for generations to come."

According to the President, "Prince Philip was a great man in his own right who made enormous contributions to philanthropic activities and charities especially for wildlife conservation and youth development programmes in more than 130 countries."

President Buhari pays tribute to the Duke of Edinburgh as "a remarkable husband who had been happily married to the Queen since 1947," saying "this is an impressive record for any marriage at any level."

The President also commiserates with the Government of the United Kingdom, the members of the Commonwealth "for the sad loss of this royal and indeed global icon."


Femi Adesina

Quote:Statement on His Royal Highness The Duke of Edinburgh.

For nearly 80 years, Prince Philip served his Crown, his country and the Commonwealth.

His Royal Highness The Duke of Edinburgh was, in the words of Her Majesty, her ‘strength and stay’.

He embodied a generation that we will never see again.

Beginning as a naval cadet in 1939, he served in war and in peace. When Her Majesty ascended the throne, The Duke ended his military service and became her constant support.

Prince Philip was no stranger to Australia, having visited our country on more than 20 occasions.

Through his service to the Commonwealth he presided as patron or president of nearly 50 organisations in Australia. Given his own service, Prince Philip also had a strong connection with the Australian Defence Force.

For 65 years, The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award scheme has encouraged over 775,000 young Australians to explore their leadership potential. Forty thousand young Australians are currently participating in the program.

Australians send our love and deepest condolences to her Majesty and all the Royal family. The Commonwealth family joins together in sorrow and thanksgiving for the loss and life of Prince Philip. God bless from all here in Australia.

Further details about Australia’s remembrance of Prince Philip will be announced over coming days. Flags will be lowered in honour of His Royal Highness.


Australia PM, Scott Morrison

Quote:On behalf of people of UAE, I extend my sincere condolences to Queen Elizabeth II & the people of United Kingdom over the demise of Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh.A close friend to the UAE & other nations, he will always be remembered for his devotion to his country and people


His Highness Sheik Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum

Quote:I express my deepest condolences to Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth, Prince Charles, the Royal Family and the people of the United Kingdom on the passing of the Duke of Edinburgh. Prince Philip was the consummate public servant and will be much missed in Israel and across the world.


Israeli PM, Benjamin Netanyahu

Quote:“Prince Philip will be fondly remembered for the encouragement he gave to so many young New Zealanders through The Duke of Edinburgh’s Hillary Award. In over fifty years of The Award in New Zealand, thousands of young people have completed life-changing challenges through the programme.” - New Zealand PM, Jacinda Ardern


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Quote:I am saddened by news that the Duke of Edinburgh has died. I send my personal and deepest condolences - and those of @scotgov and the people of Scotland - to Her Majesty The Queen and her family.


First Minister of Scotland, Nicola Sturgeon

Quote:My thoughts are with the British people and the Royal Family on the passing away of HRH The Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh. He had a distinguished career in the military and was at the forefront of many community service initiatives. May his soul rest in peace.


India PM, Narendra Modi

Quote:Saddened to hear of the death of HRH Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh.
Our thoughts and prayers are with Queen Elizabeth and the people of the United Kingdom at this time.


Irish PM, Micheal Martin

Quote:Truly saddened by the loss of Prince Philip, who made Malta his home and returned here so often. Our people will always treasure his memory. Our sincerest condolences to Her Majesty The Queen and to the @RoyalFamily. - RA


Maltese PM, Robert Abela

Quote:I am saddened to hear of the passing of His Royal Highness Prince Philip.

I would like to extend my sincere sympathy to Her Majesty The Queen, the Royal Family and the people of the United Kingdom on this very sad day.


EU Commission President, Ursula Von der Leyen

Quote:Sincere condolences to the @RoyalFamily & to the people of #GreatBritain. His Royal Highness #Philip was a pillar of English modern history and a strong advocate of Planet action through the Duke of Edinburgh Conservation Award. He will be missed. #PrincePhilip @UNESCOUK


UNESCO DG, Audrey Azoulay

Quote:My deepest condolences and heartfelt sympathy to HM Queen Elizabeth II, HRH The Prince of Wales, the @RoyalFamily and the people of the United Kingdom on the death of HRH Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh. May his memory be a blessing.


Israeli President, Reuben Rivlin

Quote:“It was with deep sadness that I learned of the passing of The Duke of Edinburgh.

“A man of great service to others – first as a decorated naval officer and later as a dedicated leader in the areas of community engagement and philanthropy – the Duke always sought out the best in people and challenged them to strive for greater heights.

“Prince Philip maintained a special relationship with the Canadian Armed Forces and over the years became Colonel‑in‑Chief of six Canadian units. In 2011, he was named honorary general of the Canadian Army and the Royal Canadian Air Force, as well as honorary admiral of the Royal Canadian Navy.

“The global program that bears his title – the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award – has helped empower millions of young people from all backgrounds to realize their greatest potential, and is but one example of his contributions to the social fabric of this country and the world. He was also the patron of more than forty organizations in Canada, including the Canadian Aeronautics and Space Institute and the Outward Bound Trust. During his last visit to Canada in April 2013, the Duke was named the first-ever Extraordinary Companion of the Order of Canada by the Governor General of Canada.

“Prince Philip was a man of great purpose and conviction, who was motivated by a sense of duty to others. He will be fondly remembered as a constant in the life of our Queen – a lifelong companion who was always at her side offering unfailing support as she carried out her duties.

“A family has lost a beloved husband, father, grandfather, and great grandfather. The thoughts of Canadians are with Queen Elizabeth II and the members of the Royal Family as they mourn such a significant loss.”


Canada PM, Justin Trudeau

Quote:Deep condolences to @RoyalFamily. Irreparable loss for the British people. Ukraine grieves together with Great Britain. Prince Philip lived a great life to serve his people and to be an example for the future generations


Ukrainian President, Volodymyr Zelenskiy

Quote:Our heartfelt condolences on the passing of His Royal Highness The Prince Philip. The Duke of Edinburgh, great-great-grandson of Russian Emperor Nicholas I, was admired and will be mourned by many Russians. May his soul rest in peace.


Russian Embassy, UK

Quote:My deepest condolences to the people of the United Kingdom and the @RoyalFamily on the death of His Royal Highness Prince Phillip. May his soul rest in eternal peace.


Zimbabwe President, Emmerson Mnangagwa

Quote:"Our thoughts are with Queen Elizabeth and the rest of her family. We also send our condolences to the British people." - King Harald of Norway.


SOURCE

Quote:"Prince Philip has been a great friend of our family for many years, a relation which we have deeply valued. His service to his country will remain an inspiration to us all." - King Karl XVI Gustaf of Sweden


SOURCE

Quote:Deeply saddened by the passing away of His Royal Highness The Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh. We wish to express our deepest condolences to Her Majesty The Queen, the British Royal Family and the people of the United Kingdom.
Philippe and Mathilde


Belgian Royal Palace

Quote:We are deeply saddened by the loss of His Royal Highness Prince Philip. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the Royal family, the people of the Commonwealth, and all who loved him dearly. He lived a long life of service to his country. #PrincePhilip


Germany's Foreign Minister, Heiko Maas

Quote:On behalf of the government I have sent my condolences to prime minister @BorisJohnson on hearing the sad news of the death of His Royal Highness Prince Philip. Our thoughts and sympathy are with Britain’s Royal Family and the British people at this time of mourning.


Netherlands PM, Mark Rutte

Quote:On behalf or the Government and the People of the United Republic of Tanzania, i convey my heartfelt condolences to you Your Majesty and through you to the Peoople of the United Kingdom following the sudden demise of Prince Phillip.

We stand with you during this difficult time of loss and mourning. May his soul rest in eternal peace. Amen


President of Tanzania, Samia Suluhu

Quote:"Laura and I are saddened to learn of the passing of Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh. Throughout his long and remarkable life, he devoted himself to worthy causes and to others. He represented the United Kingdom with dignity and brought boundless strength and support to the sovereign. Laura and I are fortunate to have enjoyed the charm and wit of his company, and we know how much he will be missed. We join those around the world offering heartfelt condolences to Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II and the entire Royal Family."


George Walker Bush

Quote:Through his extraordinary example, His Royal Highness Prince Philip proved that true partnership has room for both ambition and selflessness — all in service of something greater. Our thoughts are with Her Majesty the Queen, the Royal Family, and the British people.


Ex-US President, Barak Obama



Quote:I have fond memories of spending time with Prince Philip during his visit to Australia at the time of CHOGM in Perth. While a man of duty, he had a sense of fun.

His loss will be mourned by the Queen, his family and millions around the world.


Ex-Australia PM, Julia Gillard

Quote:"The world seems a little emptier tonight because Prince Philip has been a part of our lives for so long that it's hard to grasp that he's gone.

“Prince Philip has been a part of our lives for so long that it’s hard to grasp that he’s gone,” he said in a statement on Friday.

“He’s lived a long life of duty and service – to the whole Commonwealth, but above all to his Queen.

“Even as we mourn his passing, we should be uplifted by his example.

“He combined great character with being a dutiful royal and demonstrated over eight decades that there is no better life than once lived in service to others.”


Ex-Australia PM, Tony Abbott

Quote:Farewell Prince Philip - always charming to this republican. But never more so than at Malta 2015 when he relived his young life with his young wife not yet a Queen. He spoke of love, adventure, eyes sparkling, he banished time. And we could see how he won Elizabeth’s heart.


Ex- Australia PM, Malcolm Turnbull

Quote:Condolence Message to the British Royal Family on the Death of His Royal Highness, Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh.

The death of His Royal Highness, Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh, is a sad loss to the commonwealth and the world. This was a man whose life was one of service and a pattern of good works.

I met His Royal Highness during the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting of 2003, which held in Abuja, and was hosted by my boss, then President Olusegun Obasanjo.

I found in Prince Philip a man committed to the unity of the world and the advancement of the dignity of humanity and the brotherhood of man.

His military service, and the dutifully supportive role he played by the side of Her Royal Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II, will forever be remembered, and indeed studied, as an epitome of royalty and loyalty.

His charitable works, which saw him as the patron of some 800 causes and organisations, will also be warmly remembered.

On behalf of my family and my supporters, I condole with the British Royal Family and pray that the Almighty will grant them the fortitude to bear their loss.

Waziri Atiku Abubakar,
Vice President of Nigeria, 1999-2007


Atiku Abubakar

Quote:“Our whole nation will be united in sadness at the passing of Prince Philip. He will naturally be most recognised as a remarkable and steadfast support to the Queen over so many years. However, he should also be remembered and celebrated in his own right as a man of foresight, determination and courage. He was often way ahead of his time in protection of the environment, in reconciliation between religious faiths and of course in the creation of the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award, which remains one of the most innovative and effective programmes for the betterment of young people anywhere in the world. My condolences and prayers and those of my family are with Her Majesty the Queen and all the Royal Family.”


Ex-UK PM, Tony Blair

Quote:FORMER U.S. PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP

"This is an irreplaceable loss for Great Britain, and for all who hold dear our civilization. Prince Philip defined British dignity and grace. He personified the quiet reserve, stern fortitude, and unbending integrity of the United Kingdom."


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  Man convicted for operating internet fraud academy
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Man convicted for operating internet fraud academy


 
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Justice Peter Kekemeke of the Federal Capital Territory High Court, Nyanya in Abuja, has convicted internet fraudster, Farouk Olamilekan.

The Economic and Financial Crimes (EFCC) arrested Olamilekan on January 29, 2021, in the Mpape area of Abuja.



Operatives stormed the location after intelligence on his academy where young boys were trained on internet fraud.


EFCC counsel, Adeola Olanrewaju urged the court to convict and sentence the fraudster after he pleaded guilty.

The defence counsel said his client was a first-time offender and prayed the court to temper justice with mercy.
Justice Kekemeke sentenced Olailekan to three-month imprisonment with an option of N200,000 fine.

The judge also ordered the convict to forfeit his Infinix Hot 7 mobile phone and the sum of N200,000 to the Federal Government of Nigeria.

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  Southern Kaduna people accuse FG, Kaduna govt of neglect
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Southern Kaduna people accuse FG, Kaduna govt of neglect


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The Southern Kaduna Peoples Union, SOKAPU, has drawn the attention of the federal and Kaduna State governments to the plight of its people, allegedly abandoned, after unprovoked attacks, violence and destruction of their communities by Fulani militia.

The SOKAPU spokesman, Luka Binniyat, in a statement said, thousands of indigenes spread across the 12 Local Government Areas of the state have been displaced as a result of the attacks.


He alleged that for the second year running, large areas of the 26,000square kilometres which make up Southern Kaduna have been captured and is in the full control of armed Fulani herdsmen, as identified by surviving victims.


SOKAPU said the captured areas were mostly the fertile, prestigious farmlands of people sacked from their lands.


“The rains are about to start and the hope of these helpless victims returning to their homes to rebuild in preparation for the farming season seems bleak. In the same manner, thousands of their children have been out of school, some for over three years with the government not making any remedial effort to assist them.”

The statement noted that in the IDP camps where some have managed to relocate, they live in sub-human conditions, barely able to feed, without sanitation and medications.


“This is an indictment on the government as there is no excuse why citizens should be so forsaken by those they voted to protect them and make their welfare and security as basic rights. All men and women of conscience should also show interest in these displaced people who can be found in various IDP camps in Chikun, Zangon Kataf and Kajuru LGA, and in some areas bordering Kaduna state and Niger state, and some areas of Kaduna state bordering western part of plateau state,” the statement explained.

The statement explained that there are at least 1,004 communities that have been displaced in Southern Kaduna after the natives have been attacked and several persons killed, adding that all churches and schools in affected areas have also been burnt, some dating back to 2018.


The forum lamented that the numbers of displaced villages are increasing by the day especially, the Gbagyi villages in Chikun local government area.
The forum explained that in Kachia local government area, the villages taken over by bandits, include Chikwale, Idum, Muruchi, Kwasau Legede, Kafeyawa, Amale, Chikwale, Unguwan Pa, Gidan Sambo, Gidan Para, Unguwan Muruchi, Unguwan Dutse, Baware kasa, Gidan Duna, Sabon Gida Duna, Opase, Gidan Sunday, Gidan Yarima, Gidan Auta, Bakin Garma, Gidan Ladan, Maigari, Gidan Wakili, Pago, Oshowodo, Gidan Peter, among others, according to a 2020 analysis.


In Kajuru local government area, the villages taken over by bandits include Kihoro-Libere, Bakin Kogi, Umiko,Magunguna, Idazo, Ungwan , Galadima, Ungwan Guza, Etiss, Ungwan Ma’aji, Ungwan Dantata, Ungwan Araha 1 & 2, Ungwan Goshi, Ungwan Shaban, Ungwan Jibo, Ungwan Maijama’a, Ungwan Sako, Ungwan Maidoki, Ungwan Masaba

In Chikun local government, villages like Kudo (Dau), Sunusi Dnakwala, Galu, Aguyita, Galuko, Galiwyi, Atopi, Onkoru, Anguwan, Badole, Manini, Hayin Damisa, Anguwan Nyako, Badimi, Gnashi, Sarari, Giji, Dnapagbe, Badimi, Shelbula, Rafin yashi, Sabongida, Rafinyashi, Anguwan, Amos Manini, Hayin Dakachi Manini, Madalla, Abon and Kawuya have all been taken over by the bandits.

The forum alleged that Governor Nasir El-Rufai, nor his Deputy have ever visited any of the IDP camps or any attacked community in Southern Kaduna, pointing out that the state government has not given the people any form of palliative.

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  COVID-19 Update For April 9 2021 In Nigeria
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71 New COVID-19 Cases, 68 Discharged And 1 Death On April 9


Quote:71 new cases of #COVID19Nigeria;
Lagos-24
Yobe-13
Rivers-9
Akwa Ibom-6
FCT-6
Kano-6
Osun-3
Delta-2
Jigawa-1
Plateau-1

https://twitter.com/NCDCgov/status/1380649712701861888?s=19

Quote:Highlights
On the 9th of April 2021, 71 new confirmed cases and 1 death was recorded in Nigeria
Till date, 163652 cases have been confirmed, 154073 cases have been discharged and 2059 deaths have been recorded in 36 states and the Federal Capital Territory
The 71 new cases are reported from 10 states- Lagos (24), Yobe (13), Rivers (9), Akwa Ibom (6), FCT (6), Kano (6), Osun (3), Delta (2), Jigawa (1) and Plateau (1)
A multi-sectoral national emergency operations centre (EOC), activated at Level 3, continues to coordinate the national response activities

https://covid19.ncdc.gov.ng/report/

Quote:A breakdown of cases by state can be found via

https://twitter.com/NCDCgov/status/1380649771967385610?s=19

Quote:April 8 https://www.nairaland.com/6498055/covid-19-update-april-8-2021


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  El-Rufai: I Won’t Pay Ransom Even If My Son Is Kidnapped
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Quote:The Governor of Kaduna State, Nasir El-rufai, has spoken against the payment of ransom to kidnappers, saying he won’t involve in such even if his son is kidnapped.

El-rufai said this during a radio interview on Friday.

“I mean it and I will say it again here. Even if my son is kidnapped, I will rather pray for him to make heaven instead, because I won’t pay any ransom,” he said.

The Governor also said his administration is not considering paying ransom to secure the release of the students abducted by bandits from the Federal College of Forestry Mechanisation, Kaduna, in March.

According to him, the government is “absolutely not paying ransom” but considering other means to ensure the students are returned to their parents.

The PUNCH reported yesterday that El-rufai said bandits must be wiped out entirely because they have lost the right to life.

He said this during a town hall meeting on national security organised by the Ministry of Information and Culture held in Kaduna and monitored by our correspondent on Thursday.

According to him, “These bandits have lost their right to life under our constitution and must be wiped out in their entirety. There is no other way to approach the current insurgency situation today as far as governmental action is concerned.

“The bandits are at war with Nigeria and there is no other way to approach the current insurgency but for security forces to take the war to the bandits and recover forests where they are occupying.

“The security agencies mostly react to cases of banditry and abduction, we are in a war with these terrorist challenging the sovereignty of the Nigerian state.

“Our security forces must collaborate to take the war to the bandits and terrorists, recover and restore the forest to enable our law-abiding citizens to engage in legitimate farming and livestock production.”

https://punchng.com/i-wont-pay-ransom-even-if-my-son-is-kidnapped-says-el-rufai/

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  43-Year-Old Man Who Rapes His 9-Year-Old Daughter Arrested (Video)
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43-year-old man arrested after his 9 year old recounted how he has consistently raped her

A Nigerian man residing in Lagos has been arrested after his nine year old daughter recounted how he consistently raped her for a long time.

In a video shared online by @mibi.oje, the little girl, Esther, said her father had consistently raped as her stomach was beginning to hurt her. She recounted how he would ask her to remove her clothes and then insert his male organ into her and afterwards ask her never to tell anyone.

His evil deed came to light when Esther mentioned it in school.

A statement from the Lagos state Domestic and Sexual Violence Response Team DSVRT says the father has been arrested while the victim has been taken into protective custody.


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  PDP SW Congress: Melaye To Head Screening Committee, Fayose Group Kicks
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Quote:The People’s Democratic Party (PDP) has appointed Dino Melaye as the Screening Committee Chairman for the South-West zonal executive congress.

National Organising Secretary, Col. Austin Akobundu (rtd.) made the announcement on Friday.

The National Working Committee (NWC) also named Emilia Ezude as Secretary to the committee.

Members of the committee are Shetimma Laah, Ekeleme Ikieje and Egede Israel.

The team will screen all aspirants for the zonal executive committee positions.

The statement added that the exercise is scheduled for Saturday, April 10 at Osogbo, the Osun State capital.

https://dailypost.ng/2021/04/09/melaye-to-chair-pdp-screening-committee-for-south-west-congress/?amp&__twitter_impression=true

Quote:S’West PDP Congress: Fayose, Adebutu, Adeleke, Olafeso reject Dino Melaye as screening Chairman

A group in the South West People’s Democratic Party (PDP) led by former Governor of Ekiti State, Ayodele Fayose, has rejected the choice of Senator Dino Melaye as Chairman of the Congress Screening Committee.

The group insisted on Senate Minority Leader, Enyinnaya Abaribe, earlier agreed upon by both parties, saying “the sudden emergence of Senator Dino Melaye is suggestive of a planned hatchet job.”

This was contained in a release jointly issued by Fayose, PDP governorship candidates in Osun and Ogun States, Senator Ademola Adeleke and Hon Ladi Adebutu respectively as well as the immediate past Zonal Chairman and aspirant in the next Monday, April 12th, Congress, Dr Eddy Olafeso.

They said “What the party told us was that Senator Abaribe will be chairman of the screening committee.

“To us, this sudden use of Senator Dino Melaye is suspicious and we will not accept it.

“If Senator Abaribe is not available, there should be someone acceptable to the two parties to replace him, not Dino Melaye.

“Therefore, for equity, fairness and transparency, we call on the National Working Committee to replace Senator Dino Melaye with someone that is acceptable to both contending parties as Chairman of the Screening Committee.”

https://www.sunnewsonline.com/swest-pdp-congress-fayose-adebutu-adeleke-olafeso-reject-dino-melaye-as-screening-chairman/

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  Lagos state government eases restrictions on event centres, pegs limit at 500
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Lagos state government eases restrictions on event centres, pegs occupancy limit at 500




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The Lagos state government has eased the restrictions on social and event centres. 
 
In the new guidelines released today April 9 by Uzamat Akinbile Yusuff, the commissioner for tourism, arts and culture, the state government pegged the occupancy limit for event centres at 500 while social events can now have up to 200 people at a time.
 
According to the statement, safety marshals will be deployed to any social event with over 200 people and event centre exceeding the 500 limit.
The statement read:
 

Quote:“All event centres must hold a valid license of The Lagos State Ministry of Tourism, Arts and Culture prior to operating as an event centre in the State.
All event centres must be duly registered and verified on The Lagos State Safety Commission website http://www.lasgsafetyreg.com prior to holding any event.

An Event Safety Clearance must be obtained from the Lagos State Safety Commission through the website http://www.lasgsafetyreg.com for any proposed event or exhibition.
Safety Marshals shall be deployed by an accredited event safety consultant from Lagos State Safety Commission for every social event with attendance exceeding over 200 people.


Occupancy limit at any event must not exceed 50% of the maximum design capacity of the hall, wherein Occupancy Limit stickers provided by the Lagos State Safety Commission must be boldly pasted at the entrance of the event hall.
Maximum allowable capacity for Event Centres irrespective of occupancy limit is 500 people. Deep cleaning must be carried out before and after every event.


Physical distancing shall be maintained between seated guests and a maximum number of seated guests should be 6 (six) people on a table of 10 persons.
Event duration should not exceed a maximum period of 6-hours. All guests and service providers at the facility must wear a nose mask and make use of hand sanitizers
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All guests and service providers must endeavour to wash their hands before entering the venue or in the alternative use hand sanitizers. Temperature checks must be taken at all entry points into a facility.

Guests and service providers with temperature (above 37.5) are to be politely turned back and referred to paramedics or the emergency response team on ground. Hand sanitizers must be positioned at the entry points and different spots within the hall.

All event centres must endeavour to display standard COVID-19 safety signs. The signs must be bold and installed at conspicuous locations. Event centre owners/ planners/vendors would be responsible for any breach of protocols by their staff.”

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  Daily Devotional for Saturday 10th April
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Posted by: Edoman - Yesterday, 07:19 AM - Replies (2)

RHAPSODY OF REALITIES, 

SATURDAY 10TH APRIL 2021. 

Pastor Chris Oyakhilome



TOPIC: ATTAINING SPIRITUAL MATURITY


I write unto you, little children, because your sins are forgiven you for his name’s sake. I write unto you, fathers, because ye have known him that is from the beginning. I write unto you, young men, because ye have overcome the wicked one… (1 John 2:12-13).

The Apostle John, in the opening text, addresses three classes of God’s people: first, the little children, then the young men, and finally, the fathers. “Fathers” in this context isn’t referring to a male parent, but to those who have attained spiritual maturity in Christ; those who have raised others and have been in the Lord long enough to have the experience of God through the Word. It refers to those who have come to spiritual manhood. In them, the Word of the Lord is fulfilled. 

Through the Holy Spirit, these ones are able to understand and interpret the mind of God on wide variety of issues and establish His righteousness.
Attaining to this level of spiritual maturity is simply by giving yourself to the Scriptures in study and meditation, knowing God’s Word and living by it every day. In 2 Timothy 2:15 AMPC, Paul admonished: “Study and be eager and do your utmost to present yourself to God approved (tested by trial), a workman who has no cause to be ashamed, correctly analyzing and accurately dividing [rightly handling and skillfully teaching] the Word of Truth.” Also, Jesus said in John 5:39, “Search the scriptures....”


The Scriptures have the capacity to build you unto maturity: “And now, brethren, I commend you to God, and to the word of his grace, which is able to build you up, and to give you an inheritance among all them which are sanctified”*_ (Acts 20:32). 


The Word is your life; therefore, yield yourself to the Word to build and nourish you. The Bible says, “As newborn babes, desire the sincere milk of the Word that ye may grow thereby” (1 Peter 2:2). The Word is the only ingredient that can transform and build our lives on all three levels: spirit, soul and body.



PRAYER

Dear Father, my heart is opened to receive your Word and live by it today. I’m transformed from glory to glory, and positioned to fulfill your destiny and plan for my life, in Jesus’ Name. Amen.


FURTHER STUDY

Mark 12:24
And Jesus answering said unto them, Do ye not therefore err, because ye know not the scriptures, neither the power of God?

Acts 17:11
These were more noble than those in Thessalonica, in that they received the word with all readiness of mind, and searched the scriptures daily, whether those things were so.


DAILY SCRIPTURE READING

1-YEAR BIBLE READING PLAN
Luke 12:22-48 & Judges 9

2-YEAR BIBLE READING PLAN
Mark 1:1-13 & Leviticus 10






#AFFIRMATIONTRAIN 




I affirm that I am a peculiar treasure unto God; He has made me His pearl of inestimable value. I have a purpose and destiny in life, a destiny of greatness! I am a new creature; an offspring of the Word, I accept my new reality and identity in Christ. 


I am a saint, I am holy, unblameable, and unreproveable in God’s sight because I am born again, with the nature of righteousness in my spirit. Life is not a mystery unto me; I live in absolute mastery over the circumstances of life.

Daily, my spirit is open to the Word. I have wisdom for ministry, for my job, my business, finances, health, and family! Divinity is at work in my spirit, soul, and body. This divine life surges through my being, destroying and repelling sickness, disease, infirmity, death, poverty, and everything inconsistent with the provisions of the Gospel of Christ. 


I am invincible, indestructible, and impregnable. I function today, and always, in divine wisdom, manifesting the glory and virtues of divinity deposited in my spirit.



I am up and alive; I am aglow with the spirit. Everything I am, everything I do, and everything I have are pledged for the expansion of God’s Kingdom and His righteousness. 


Therefore, the blessings of God are manifest in my life, and His glory is revealed in an increasing measure as I lead men and women to righteousness. I am strengthened, energised, and emboldened to preach the Gospel, and I am doing it fervently. Glory to God. Hallelujah!









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  Rivers government bans Igbo group meeting in Oyigbo
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Rivers government bans Igbo group meeting in Oyigbo




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The Rivers Government has banned a planned meeting of some Igbo residents in Oyigbo Local Government Area of the state. 
 
The state commissioner for information and communications, Paulinus Nsirim who announced a ban of United Igbo community's meeting scheduled to hold at Oyigbo on Saturday, April 10, 2021, said the decision became necessary over fear that such meeting could spark fresh unrest in the area.
 
Nsirim said the government has directed security agencies “to ensure that the said meeting does not hold to forestall a breakdown of law and order in the area”.
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  Rapper, DMX Dies At 50 - Family
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Quote:Family says DMX, the rapper and actor known for iconic hip-hop songs and a gruff delivery, is dead at 50.


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  Nigerian military bombing, secretly killing Igbos – Nnamdi Kanu alleges
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Nigerian military bombing, secretly killing Igbos – Nnamdi Kanu alleges


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Nnamdi Kanu, leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, has accused the Nigerian military of secretly killing Igbo people in Akwa Ibom and other states.
Kanu claimed that the military was killing Igbo people and labelling them as unknown gunmen.



He alleged that the military was using their aircraft to bomb people of Essien in Akwa Ibom State and some other communities in Benue State.
Kanu spoke through the spokesman of IPOB, Emma Powerful, in a statement issued on Friday.



The statement reads: “We, the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) ably led by our great leader, Mazi Nnamdi Kanu, wish to bring to the attention of the world how Nigeria government and her security operatives are massacring innocent Biafrans in Essien Udim Local Government Area in Akwa Ibom State and some communities in Benue State.



“The Nigerian military has been killing these innocent and hapless citizens, claiming they are the unknown gunmen behind the spate of attacks against security formations in these regions.



“The Nigeria military has been using their aircraft to bomb the people of Essien as well as Benue people, claiming they are fighting the unknown gunmen purportedly hiding in the areas.



 This has again exposed the hypocrisy of the Fulani controlled Nigeria military. They cannot use their aircraft against terrorists and bandits daily killing their soldiers as well as civilians like flies but zealous to bomb Biafran territories under the guise of searching for unknown gunmen.


“In February, it was Orlu in Imo State that they massacred civilians using their aircraft. Now it’s Essien Udim in Akwa Ibom and Benue States. But an Islamic cleric has been dinning and winning with terrorists, taking pictures with them, yet the double-faced Nigerian military cannot use its aircraft to trace their locations.



“How can a responsible military use helicopter gunboats and military jets against ordinary citizens? Boko Haram and other Fulani terrorists group have been killing soldiers and police in the North East and North West without soldiers terrorizing innocent civilians.”

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  Owerri Jailbreak: Names, Photos Of Escaped Prisoners
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Posted by: Edoman - 04-09-2021, 06:07 PM - No Replies

Quote:Faces of persons who escaped from Owerri Custodial Centre, Imo State. Please note that more photographs of the escapees on the way and efforts are on to get clear pictures for the black spaces."


Nigerian Correctional Service

36 names have so far been released.

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  NDLEA arrests suspect who swallowed N423 million worth of cocaine
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Posted by: Edoman - 04-09-2021, 06:05 PM - No Replies

Quote:A suspected drug trafficker, Okonkwo Chimezie Henry, has excreted 113 wraps of cocaine weighing 1.750 kg with a street value of N423 million.

This followed his arrest at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport (MMIA), Ikeja, Lagos on Sunday 4th April, 2021, where he was headed for Madrid, Spain.

Director, Media & Advocacy, National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) Headquarters, Abuja, Femi Babafemi, disclosed these in a statement in Abuja on Friday.

He said: “Okonkwo was about boarding a Turkish Airline flight number TK0626 at about 8pm when he was apprehended at screening 2 point and taken into custody by the NDLEA operatives at the Lagos airport. He was subsequently put under observation at the JBTF/NDLEA facility for further investigation.

“Twenty four hours after putting him under excretion observation, the suspect who has been living in Spain for 10 years excreted 39 wraps of cocaine and subsequently passed out a total of 113 wraps in five exretions.

“Further investigation reveals he ingested the illicit drug in a hotel in Igando area of Lagos.”

The statement quoted the Commander, MMIA Command of the NDLEA, Ahmadu Garba, to have said: “The suspect excreted 39 wraps weighing 600 grammes at 9.58am on April 5; 13 wraps weighing 200 grammes at 6.30pm same day; 16 wraps weighing 250 grammes at 10.30pm same day; and 32 wraps weighing 500 grammes at 7.30am on April 6.”

Babafemi said operatives at the airport also intercepted a 2.8kg of skunk meant for Dubai in UAE through Emirate Airline.

The illicit drug was concealed in crayfish, bitter leaves and melons packaged in a sack but was recovered at the SAHCO export shed of the MMIA, he said.

Source: https://thenationonlineng.net/suspected-drug-trafficker-excretes-113-wraps-of-cocaine-worth-n423m/

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  North may begin reprisal attacks against Southerners – Gov Matawalle warns
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North may begin reprisal attacks against Southerners – Gov Matawalle warns
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Governor of Zamfara State, Bello Mohammed Matawalle has threatened that the North may be forced to retaliate attacks on its people by Southerners.

Governor Matawalle warned that it was no longer a time to keep quiet and watch things go from bad to worse, urging Southern leaders to stop the attacks to avoid reprisal.


The Governor issued the warning in a statement he personally signed on Thursday, lamenting that the lives, dignity, and possessions of Northerners living in the South were being threatened.

According to him, it became imperative for a Northern leader such as himself to speak up following recent happenings in the country.

Governor Matawalle pointed out that it was no longer a time to play politics or to play to the gallery, but a time to say things the way they are for the benefit of Nigerians.


He said that the type of politics being played in Nigeria is politics without conscience, adding that Northerners are facing unsearchable conditions in many parts of the South-West and South-East in particular.

He wondered why Northern leaders and elites have remained silent while they are supposed to stand firm, in the manner in which other leaders of the South are doing “even when they know that their people are at fault. This must not continue.”


He added: “As northern leaders, our dignified silence in the face of constant provocation and assault, because of our desire for peace, must not be taken as a sign of weakness.

“Indeed no community, or region has the monopoly of violence.


“If Northerners and their means of livelihood will not be protected, accommodated and be dignified anywhere they choose to stay in any part of the South, Southerners should not expect protection from the North as the North has more than what it takes to respond to any kind of aggression and hatred.“

Speaking on the recent clash between some Yoruba and Hausa traders, in Sasha, Oyo State, the Governor said that up till now there has been no justice for Northerners.


“We have seen the destruction, the killings and the devastation recently at Sasha Market against Northerners and their economic interests.


“Properties worth billions of Naira were lost in addition to human lives, yet some leaders in the South-West are downplaying the atrocities committed or, worst still, justifying it.


“Some of them have shamefully gone to the extent of apportioning blames on the victims and casualties of their aggression,” he said.

The Governor further condemned the alleged killing of Northerners in Imo State on Saturday, calling on all leaders with conscience and fear of God to speak out “against this continued barbarism and hatred.”


“We will not take that any longer as no human life is worthier than another,” he said.


Governor Matawalle warned in should crisis escalates in the country, the South has more to lose in terms of its business interests in the North than Northerners living in the South.

Following the activities of herdsmen in the Southern Region, where they are being accused of killing, raping, maiming and destroying farm lands, some groups have risen and vowed to chase them (majorly the Fulani) out of the region.

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  Kenyan soldier dies after being bitten by his musician wife during domestic fight
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Kenyan soldier dies after being bitten by his musician wife during domestic fight




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A Kenyan Defence Forces (KDF) soldier Daniel Omollo Onyango, has died after a fight with his wife at their home in Kahawa Wendani, Kiambu County.
 
The Directorate of Criminal Investigations, DCI, on Thursday, April 8, said that Onyango,37, died as a result of low oxygen concentration in the blood after being bitten by his 27-year-old wife, Violet Asale Emu, an upcoming local secular artiste whose stage name is Zian Achama. 
 
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According to the police report, the fight broke out on Sunday morning, April 4, just minutes after midnight at their two-bedroom house in Kahawa Wendani.
 
Preliminary investigation established that the deceased was furious about the one-bedroom house that his wife had rented and was demanding to know who pays the rent and who the other tenants are.
 
"So angry was the officer that he refused to partake the night's dinner. This led to an argument resulting into a physical fight at about 1am in which the deceased bit his wife on the shoulder. The wife also bit the deceased's finger, right side of the chest and back of the shoulder," an investigator told Nation.Africa.
 
Thereafter, police said, the KDF private who is based at Gilgil, developed convulsions and was taken to at the Kahawa Garrison Health Centre in Kiambu County where he was pronounced dead. 
 
According to the couple's neighbours, the two started arguing about 1am, moments before they heard Asela screaming from the bedroom.
 
"We did not understand what they were arguing about but they have lately been having issues," neighbours told Nation.Africa.
 
Shortly after the screams died down, neighbors said, the officer's sister and aunt came out calling for help.
 
"We asked them what had happened and they said the couple had fought and that they needed a car to take the officer to the hospital," another neighbor told Nation.Africa.

At the time, the deceased's wife had already contacted Kahawa Garrison's health centre requesting for an ambulance to drive her husband to the clinic.

 
"They travelled to the hospital with this car (a Toyota Vitz), but before they could get to the hospital, they met the ambulance rushing to the house and had the nurse check on the officer. The nurse pronounced him dead and asked them to go back home with the body and call the police," another witness narrated.
 
At around 7:40am, regular police officers accompanied by DCI detectives from Githurai Kimbo police station learnt of the officer's death through a call made to the station by the deceased's colleague.
 
Detectives said the deceased's relatives forced their way into the couple's bedroom when they heard the officer's wife screaming and found him lying still on the floor.
 
"His wife asked them for help in resuscitating him but they could not do much. He was already convulsing," the police said.
 
"Realising he had developed convulsions and was sliding to his death, the wife rushed him to Kahawa Garrison Health Centre but it was too late to save his life. His body was cold and without a pulse," DCI George Kinoti said on Twitter.
 
The officers then arrested the deceased's wife, aunt and sister but released the latter two after questioning and recording their statements.
 
The officer's wife was arraigned in court on Monday, as the murder investigations continues.
The deceased's body was moved to Forces Memorial awaiting postmortem. The house has since been locked declared a crime scene.

 

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  Woman murdered while meeting a man she wanted to buy a fridge from on Facebook
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Woman murdered while meeting a man she wanted to buy a fridge from on Facebook




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Police have revealed how a woman was violently murdered while meeting a man she wanted to buy a fridge from in a Facebook Marketplace deal.

According to Crime-Online, Geistown police in Pennsylvania say 26-year-old Joshua Gorgone is charged with murder in the Facebook Marketplace fridge stabbing of Denise Williams, 54. 


Denise Williams was reported missing Monday April 5, after leaving her family home to check out a fridge she saw online. 


Williams was found dead in Gorgone's apartment and when confronted by investigators he reportedly confessed to the Facebook Marketplace fridge murder.

 
Police allege he confessed to stabbing the woman with a kitchen knife after arguing with her over the price of the refrigerator which she had hoped to buy as a gift for her boyfriend. 

“She did put up one heck of a fight,” Cambria County Coroner Jeff Lees said. 


“This was a violent death that she sustained.”


According to Fox 8, Gorgone was arrested Tuesday after police tracked down Williams whereabouts via cell phone tracking and information provided by her family.

 
Investigators say they were able to track the Williams’ phone to her car which was parked outside the apartment complex.

“We’re all going to do our jobs and start figuring this thing out and do everything that we can,” says District Attorney Greg Neugebauer.


“I’ve spoken with the family members of the deceased and obviously they’re very distraught and very upset as is understandable.”


Geistown Borough Police Chief Nicholas Zakucia called the stabbing “a tough scene” for responding officers.


“When you lose someone like this or have incidents of this nature, it’s a shock to us all,” he said.


Officials have now warned the public to exercise caution when purchasing items from strangers on the internet. 


“This was unfortunate; it was a tough scene. It was a tough call for myself and my officers.


“Use caution when you’re dealing with anybody or anything involving purchasing something through then internet, meeting up with someone,” District Attorney Greg Neugebauer said. 


“Don’t go alone. Don’t invite someone to your house alone to look at something. Always have someone with you or if possible, meet in a public or well-lit place.”


Gorgone is being held at the Cambria County Prison without bail and has a preliminary hearing scheduled for April 14. 

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  Tribal marks model, Adetutu OJ goes topless and braless
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Adetutu OJ, who has previously said her body is art, is not letting her critics stop her from expressing herself.
 
Only days after she posed in a skimpy bikini, the model with prominent tribal marks went naked from the waist up.
 
She shared the photo to instagram but blurred her nipples.
 
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Photos of Nigerian bride who wore no makeup and jewelry on her wedding day




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A Nigerian woman, Chiamaka Okonkwo, wore no ounce of makeup and jewelry for her traditional and church weddings. 
 
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She shared photos from her wedding ceremonies on Facebook on Friday, April 9. 
 
"I have come to say thank you Jesus. My Amen was not in vain. Even when I tired of saying Amen. God prove Himself" she wrote. 
 
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  10 Missing Soldiers Found Dead In Konshisha, Benue State
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Quote:No fewer than 10 troops of Nigerian Army and one military police officer have been found dead in Konshisha Local Government Area of Benue State.

The development generated tension in the community as the army authorities deployed troops to fish out the perpetrators of the dastardly act.

In a statement made available to journalists, Nigerian Army spokesman, Brig.-Gen. Mohammed Yerima, confirmed the killings of the troops by yet-to-be-identified individuals.

Yerima explained that the bodies of slain troops were immediately evacuated, adding that efforts are ongoing to track down those who perpetrated the crime in order to bring them to justice.

He said, ”Nigerian Army troops operating in Benue State came under attack while on routine operational task.

”The troops comprising one officer and ten soldiers were initially declared missing which prompted the deployment of a joint search and rescue team comprising NA troops and personnel of Operation Whirl Stroke.

”The search and rescue team unfortunately found all the missing troops dead in Konshisha LGA of Benue State.


”While the bodies of the slain troops were evacuated immediately, efforts are ongoing to track down the perpetrators of this heinous crime with a view to bringing them to Justice.”

The Nigerian Army, however, appealed to the public to volunteer useful information that will lead to the arrest of the perpetrators of the dastardly act.

Yerima maintained that Army remains determined to ensure that the unprovoked attack does not disrupt the general peace being enjoyed by the local inhabitants.

According to him, the COAS has directed commanders on the ground to ensure sustained efforts in order to fish out and deal decisively with these bad elements who are threatening the peace in the area.

Daily Trust reports that Benue, which has been a hotbed of clashes, has been enjoying relative peace in recent times.


https://dailytrust.com/tension-in-benue-community-as-10-missing-soldiers-are-found-dead

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  Traffic robbers apprehended in Lagos (photos)
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Traffic robbers apprehended in Lagos (photos)




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The police in a Lagos state have apprehended several traffic robbers terrorizing commuters and disposing them of their personal belongings.
 
A statement released by the spokesperson of the state police command, CSP Olumuyiwa Adejobi, police operatives attached to Ojo Division of the command on April 6, arrested three suspected traffic robbers namely Bashiru Ammo,  m, 19, Ibrahim Mohammed, m, 23, Arinze Victor, m, 19, all of Alaba Rago Market, Ojo-Lagos for attacking innocent commuters in Ojo area. 
 
Adejobi said as a follow-up to the police investigation, other suspected receivers of the items from the traffic robbers were arrested on 7th April, 2021. He gave their names as Bello Jafaru, m, 20, Nuru Abdullahi,m, 23, Nafiu Saray, m, 21 and Bashiru Mohammed, m, 19, all of Kasuwan-Dare Alaba Rago,  Ojo-Lagos. He said the suspects have confessed to the crime of attacking and dispossessing commuters and innocent Lagosians of their belongings along Ojo-Iba Road. 
 
The police spokesperson added that the policemen attached to Ojo Division, on 7th April, 2021, at about 3.30am,  in another operation, nabbed a set of suspected traffic robbers, in conjunction with some members of the Alaba Rago  Market, Ojo, along Iyana Iba to PPL, Area of Lagos.  He gave the names of the suspects as Mathew Christopher, m, 25, Babangida Umoru, m, 25, Babangida Abdullahi,19, all of no fixed addresss. He said they were arrested with some weapons like knives, cutlasses, broken bottles, and other offensive weapons and that they have all confessed to the crime. 
 
Adejobi further stated that operatives attached to the Ikeja Division of the command on 5th April, 2021 at about 1215am, accosted three (3) suspected armed robbers on a motorcycle along Awolowo Way, Ikeja, and arrested one of them while others fled.  He said the suspect, Malik Abdullahi, m, was arrested in possession of one locally-made single barrel gun with assorted charms. He is helping the police to get the fleeing suspects at all cost.
 
He added that the state Commissioner of Police, Lagos State, CP Hakeem Odumosu, has ordered that all the suspects be transferred to the State Criminal Investigation Department, Panti, Yaba, for proper investigation and possible prosecution as the command will leave no stone unturned in getting rid of crimes and criminality in the state. 
 
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  Tinubu Calls Dolapo Osinbajo ‘Wife Of The President’ (Video)
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Quote:Tinubu suffers fresh gaffe, calls Dolapo Osinbajo ‘wife of the president’

Bola Tinubu, national leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC), has made his second Freudian slip in as many weeks.

The former Lagos state governor has erroneously described Dolapo Osinbajo, wife of vice-president Yemi Osinbajo, as the “wife of the president”.

He made the gaffe while speaking on Thursday in Abuja at the launch of Aisha Buhari’s biography titled, ‘Aisha Buhari: Being different’.

The APC chieftain was the chairman of the event which held at the Banquet Hall, presidential villa, Abuja.

While acknowledging dignitaries in the audience, Tinubu said: “Your excellency President Muhammadu Buhari, ably represented by the chief of staff; his excellency the vice president, Yemi Osinbajo; her excellency first lady, Aisha Muhammadu Buhari; your excellency wife of the president, Dolapo Osinbajo.”

After the gaffe, Tinubu paused for a couple of seconds before resuming his remarks.


This is the second of such slips from the former Lagos governor in the past two weeks.

On March 29, Tinubu said 50 million youths should be drafted into the army to avert a situation where they will be lured by bandits.

He made the comment while speaking at the colloquium to mark his 69th birthday in Kano.

Less than 24 hours later, Tinubu released a statement acknowledging his error, noting that he meant 50,000 — and not 50 million youths.


https://www.thecable.ng/extra-tinubu-suffers-fresh-gaffe-calls-dolapo-osinbajo-wife-of-the-president-video

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  Imo attacks: You are too hasty in your decision, summon aggrieved parties – Ibegbu
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Imo attacks: You are too hasty in your decision, summon aggrieved parties – Ibegbu tells Buhari


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Chuks Ibegbu, a former spokesman of the apex Igbo socio-cultural organization, Ohanaeze Ndigbo, has called on President Buhari-led federal government to summon leaders of all agitating groups and discuss with them on how to unite the nation.

Ibegbu, who spoke during an interview with DAILY POST on Thursday, also asked the government to give express order to Fulani herders to stop terrorising innocent Nigerians.
He lamented the killing of innocent Nigerians by herdsmen and warned that such could lead to a civil war.

Ibegbu asked Igbo leaders to summon a security summit immediately to address the current security challenges in the South South and the Southeast zones.

The immediate past Deputy National Publicity Secretary of Ohanaeze Ndigbo lamented the growing looting by government officials and warned that there may be a people’s revolution against corruption and the looting of the common wealth.



Ibegbu also criticized the federal government for blaming the Indigenous People of Biafra IPOB, for the jailbreak and attack on Nigeria Correctional Centre as well as the Police formations at Owerri, the Imo State capital.

His words, “In as much as we are not speaking for the group or defending them, we assert that such conclusion is not only premature but untenable.

“We expect a discreet investigation first before any such conclusion. The unknown gunmen could have come from anywhere.

“They could even be Boko Haram or killer Fulani herdsmen. Mr President was too hasty and we call on him to retract that insinuation.



“We also feel traumatized in the recent announcement of the new IGP by Mr President. It’s now obvious he does not consider the sensibilities and peculiarities of all sections of Nigeria.

“This is not the first, second, third or last. Never in Nigeria history have we seen this kind of nepotism”.
DAILY POST reported that the Imo State Police command headquarters and the headquarters of the Nigeria Correctional Services (NCS) in Owerri were bombed on Monday.


Force spokesman, Frank Mba, revealed that the attackers used sophisticated weapons such as General Purpose Machine Guns (GPMGs), Sub-Machine Guns (SMGs), AK49 rifles, Rocket Propelled Grenades (RPGs), and Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs).

He said the attackers attempt to gain access to the Police armoury at the headquarters was resisted by the police operatives on duty.

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  Bandits have lost rights to life, must be wiped out – Gov El-Rufai
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Bandits have lost rights to life, must be wiped out – Gov El-Rufai


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Governor Nasir El-Rufai of Kaduna State has said that bandits terrorising Nigeria have lost their rights to life under the constitution and must be wiped out.

El-Rufai disclosed this during a town hall meeting on national security organised by the Ministry of Information and Culture held in Kaduna with the theme:” Setting Benchmark for Enhanced and National Unity in Nigeria.”



He said, “The bandits are at war with Nigeria, and there is no other way to approach the current insurgency but for security forces to take the war to the bandits and recover forests where they’re occupying.

“The security agencies mostly react to cases of banditry and abduction. We’re in a war with these terrorists challenging the sovereignty of the Nigerian state.

“Our security forces must collaborate to take the war to the bandits and terrorists, recover and restore the forest to enable our law-abiding citizens to engage in legitimate farming and livestock production.”



El-Rufai said no one in a position of responsibility could deny the need for sustained action against criminals, adding that more proactive security operations would cripple the outlaws and reassure ordinary citizens.

He said the government must identify and deal with non-state actors and others challenging the country’s existence.

The governor advised that security forces be increased and be well equipped to deal with the insurgency, adding that the judiciary must also be decentralised to serve justice.

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  Policeman arrested for allegedly raping woman at police station
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Policeman arrested for allegedly raping woman at police station




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A Zimbabwean policeman identified as Phinias Shava has been arrested and arraigned in court for allegedly raping a woman in a police station. 
 
The 31-year-old police officer who is stationed at Hillside Police Station, was arraigned in court on a two count charge bordering on rape. 
 
A prosecutor revealed that the alleged crime occured when Shava was assigned to the How Mine police base.
 
On the day of the said crime, the victim (27) who cannot be named for ethical reasons, went to the police base at around 8PM to collect some service papers which she had left being processed.
 
It was alleged that Shava took advantage of the fact that there was no one else around and locked the door. He then grabbed the woman and dragged her to another room inside the building, ripped off all her clothes including her undergarments, removed his police combat uniform and raped her once using protection.
 
He is said to have held the woman against her will for the remainder of the night. During the same night, he is alleged to have raped the victim two more times. However, he did not use protection on the last two occasions.
 
The policeman however pleaded not guilty when he appeared before Bulawayo Magistrate Rachel Mukanga. The magistrate released the police officer on ZWL$10,000 bail and remanded him out of custody to April 15, 2021.
 
The magistrate also warned Shava not to interfere with state witnesses and to report at Mzilikazi Police Station every Friday.
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  Five more abducted Kaduna students regain freedom
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Five more students out of the 39 abducted students of the Federal College of Forestry Mechanisation, Afaka in Kaduna State have regained freedom. 
 
This is coming barely 72 hours after the first set of five students were freed by the bandits who abducted them from their school in the Igabi Local Government Area of the state on March 11.
 
Personal Assistant to the Provost of the College, Ahmed Rufai who confirmed this told Channels Television that four males and a female student were released at about 6pm on Thursday April 8. 
 
Rufai said three of the released male students are brothers from the same parents, but he did not say if any ransom was paid before the students regained freedom.
 
 

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  UK Court Bans Arise TV Chairman, Obaigbena From Serving As Director Of Any Company
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UK Court Bans Arise TV Chairman, Obaigbena From Serving As Director Of Any Company For 7 Years


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According to the court, Obaigbena made efforts to clear some payments, but there were still large sums that remained outstanding.
The United Kingdom has disqualified the founding Chairman and Editor-in-Chief of THISDAY Media, ARISE News Channel and ARISE Magazine, Nduka Obaigbena, from serving as a director of any company in the country for seven years.


The application for disqualification was made under Section 6 of the Company Directors Disqualification Act 1986 and arose from the compulsory liquidation of Arise Networks Ltd of which Obaigbena was the sole director since its incorporation on October 30, 2012.

According to the judgement, published on BAILII, the company had zero turnovers and as of December 31, 2013, it had recorded losses of £3,854,112 and debts of £1,545,883.

Due to foreign exchange restrictions by the Nigerian government in September 2014, it was difficult to “transfer necessary funding to ARISE”.


In December 2014, the company had expense debts of more than £3 million. The debt owed to creditors led to increased pressure from late 2014 onwards due to the company’s inability to pay off its debts.

A paragraph of the judgement partly read: “As of 31 December 2014, the total losses were £12,922,174, with trade creditors (which includes those working for the company) of £3,737,445 and associates being £14,407,929. By 31 December 2015, the total losses were £24,913,106 with the trade creditors (which includes those working for the company) in the sum of £5,635,596 and associates being £19,681,779. By 22 April 2016, the total losses were £25,671,167, trade creditors (which includes those working for the company) £5,850,730 and associated companies £20,313,691. The trade creditors rose by £2,113,285 even taking into account that certain liabilities have been discharged. The associated companies’ debt during this period rose by in excess of £5 million.”

An email quoted in the judgement read, “Hi Kevin/Nduka, Happy anniversary, I have been working under contract for six months at Arise. I’ve been paid one month’s money. February’s money is three months late. Still nothing, when will I get what is owed?”


According to the court, Obaigbena made efforts to clear some payments, but there were still large sums that remained outstanding. With no certainty of when any of the payments would be made, the court took into account that it did not consider the case of dishonesty but rather unreliability.

“However, this does not mean that the case is any less serious. The public interest is served in this case, in my judgement by disqualifying Mr Obaigbena for a period of 7 years,” the judgement read

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  Matawalle: Protests Against Buhari’s Medical Vacation Is An Attack On The North
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Matawalle: Protests against Buhari’s medical vacation in London an attack on the north


Quote:Bello Matawalle, governor of Zamfara state, has described the protests against the medical vacation of President Muhammadu Buhari in London, UK, as an attack on the north.In March, the president left Nigeria for London for a medical check-up.Buhari’s trip to the UK for medical reasons has been an annual ritual since he became president in 2015.

Some Nigerians had protested against the president’s stay in London while doctors are on strike in Nigeria.In a statement issued on Thursday, Matawalle described the protests as ”sponsored” and their organisers ”uncivilised”. He also warned against the attack on northerners and their businesses in the south.

Below is the statement in full.

-ENOUGH OF THE ATTACKS ON NORTHERNERS AND THEIR ECONOMIC INTERESTS-GOV MATAWALLE

-WHY WE MUST ALL CONDEMN THE SPONSORED ATTEMPT TO RUBBISH PRESIDENT BUHARI IN LONDON

  
Recent happenings in the country have made it expedient for me, as a political leader and a proud Northerner, to issue this important statement. This is not the time to play politics or to play to the gallery, but a time to tell ourselves the real truth, for the benefit of peace and progress of our country,  and to prevent the looming anarchy that some disgruntled, unpatriotic Nigerians want to drag the nation into.
 
Considering the manner we play politics in Nigeria–politics without conscience–the public may expect a statement like this to come from a governor or a leader of the APC, but I choose to make the following statement even as I remain a proud member of the opposition PDP, for the sake of our nation; for peace to reign and in the overall interest of the North.

So much is happening to the North and to Northerners as individuals. Today, their lives, dignity and possessions are being threatened by the increasingly unfriendly South even as we try, as Northern leaders, to always calm the situation and to protect the interest, businesses and dignity of all Southerners living in the North.

Despite what Northerners are experiencing today in many parts of the South-West and South-East in particular, all we hear is the conspiracy of silence from Northern leaders and elites who are supposed to stand firm, in the manner in which other leaders of the South are doing even when they know that their people are at fault. This must not continue.

As Northern leaders, our dignified silence in the face of constant provocation and assault, because of our desire for peace, MUST not be taken as a sign of weakness. Indeed no community, or region has the monopoly of violence. If Northerners and their means of livelihood will not be protected, accommodated and be dignified anywhere they choose to stay in any part of the South, Southerners should NOT expect protection from the North as the North has more than what it takes to respond to any kind of aggression and hatred.

We have seen the destruction, the killings and the devastation recently at Sasha Market against Northerners and their economic interests. Properties worth billions of Naira were lost in addition to human lives yet some leaders in the South-West are downplaying the atrocities committed or, worst still, justifying it. Some of them have shamefully gone to the extent of apportioning blames on the victims and casualties of their aggression.

Last Sunday’s killings of innocent Northerners in Imo is one too many and no matter how we love peace, leaders with conscience and fear of God MUST speak out against this continued barbarism and hatred. We will not take that any longer as NO human life is worthier than another. No business interest is better than another. In fact, in crisis situation, the South has more to lose in terms of its business interests in the North and the strategic nature they established themselves in the North than Northerners living in the South.

The North is very much aware of such weaknesses and disadvantages the South is exposed to whenever there is such crisis but we always choose the path of peace and cherish peace beyond any act of lawlessness and hatred. Simple statistics on instances of unprovoked attacks against Northerners and their economic interests in the South in recent times can tell who is more tolerant, accommodating and peaceful between criminal elements and their backers that are well known in sponsoring such hatred and attacks against Northerners in the South, and our own people.

Sadly, we all can identify the thugs, the instigators of such xenophobic attacks. They are very much known and audacious in spreading their messages of hatred, incitement and provocation but unfortunately they and their leaders have continued to blackmail the federal government while government seems to be succumbing to such acts of blackmail, allowing them to live like kings and even bluntly refusing legitimate invitation by the Police.

Nigeria is ONE. Whoever doesn’t want to believe in the current constitution, which is so far the legal and legitimate instrument behind our existence, should wait to challenge it through established legal and legitimate means, or pack and leave the country. We will not tolerate any form of intimidation any longer.


Even though I am a PDP Governor serving my first term in office, I don’t believe seeking for position of authority or seeking to retain it is a do or die affair or something that will silence us to ignore reality and not to stand by our people in the face of constant provocation and attacks.

As a Northerner, I condemn in strongest term how in the same manner of hatred, President Muhammadu Buhari was treated by so-called protesters that could not hide their disdain and hatred for the North.

Their action, no matter their grievances, is uncivilized, highly irresponsible, unpatriotic and disrespectful to the person and office of the President and has demonstrated the growing hatred against anything North.


This is certainly NOT the way to express dissatisfaction but an act of humiliation and hatred consistent with the southern agenda as the promoters and sponsors are well known and are only looking for opportunities and slightest excuse(s). Responsible and civilised protest should address only issues but reducing such sponsored protests to abusing the President, his family or parents as we have seen in London is most unfortunate, uncivilized and condemnable.

I am sure they wouldn’t have done that for Buhari if he is from the South as we have seen severally on matters of their interest and agenda. The real motive and agenda of the so called protest is not for Nigeria but to humiliate the President that is why the number of the protesters, considering the large number of Nigerians living in London, is so negligible as they could be easily counted.

For the North to survive and defend its interests, our leaders MUST have the courage to always speak out against such aggression and to protect Northern interests, the way our contemporaries in the South often do, even when there is no justification to do so.


We MUST not be ashamed to defend our people and protect our interests the manner they are doing. But in doing so we must not be blind, like they often are, to overlook the shortcomings or the faults of our people whenever there is one. Nigeria is for all of us. Peace or preservation of peace MUST be reciprocal and in the absence of that we demand that we will no longer tolerate what has been happening to Northerners in different parts of the South over the last few months.
 
Signed:
His Excellency,
Alhaji Dr. Bello Mohammed,
(Matawallen Maradun),
Executive Governor

https://www.thecable.ng/matawalle-protests-against-buharis-medical-vacation-in-london-an-attack-on-the-north/amp
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  Saraki To MURIC: Blaming 8th Senate For Insecurity Under Buhari Is Propaganda
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Posted by: Edoman - 04-09-2021, 07:52 AM - No Replies

Quote:Bukola Saraki, President of the 8th Senate, has condemned the “unenlightened propaganda” by Prof. Ishaq Akintola, Director of the Muslim Rights Concern (MURIC).

A statement by Saraki’s media aide, Oluwole Onemola had recalled an accusation against Saraki by MURIC, alleging that the 8th Senate worked against Buhari on insecurity.

MURIC had claimed the 8th Senate rejected the President’s request for $1 billion for the purchase of arms.

However, Saraki condemning MURIC’s claims explained that the 8th Senate never rejected any funding request for security but had insisted that due process provided by the constitution be adhered to, even by the executive.

Onemola also recalled that on April 25, 2018, Saraki read a letter from Buhari, which stated that he had granted ‘anticipatory approval’ for the release of $496,374,470. These were said to have been paid directly to the Treasury of the United States government.

The statement said the powers of such appropriation are specifically conferred on the National Assembly in Sections 80 to 84, adding that the principle of ‘anticipatory approval’ is not recognized by law,

“This means that Mr. President did not follow the proper procedure during this constitutionally-flawed and thoroughly unprecedented ‘anticipatory approval.’ Still, the National Assembly went ahead to approve the money that the executive has started disbursing without approval. Thus, $1 billion was approved by the 8th National Assembly.”

Onemola reminded Nigerians that based on allegations of human rights violations by the military, there was a U.S. Government ban on the sale of offensive equipment to Nigeria in compliance with Leahy’s Law.

“However, it was only after the U.S. Congressional Delegation met with the Nigerian National Assembly delegation in Nigeria on Monday, August 28th, 2017, that reassurances were made by the Nigerian Senate President on behalf of the National Assembly – that the Nigerian National Assembly delegation promised that it would look into the allegations of human rights violations, and work to prevent any future recurrence.”

He noted that to ensure that the Nigerian Armed Forces were properly equipped, the 8th Nigerian Senate invited the Service Chiefs on several occasions to discuss funding for their operations.

Onemola gave instances of February 3rd, 2016, when the leadership of the Senate and chairmen of committees relating to security agencies held a meeting with heads of the military;

“On the 8th and 12th of February, the Senate held a special security summit attended by the Service Chiefs, the NSA, and Vice-President, Yemi Osinbajo, and other key stakeholders in the national security architecture and the international community to discuss the security situation in the country;

“On the 23rd of May 2018, when the Senate asked the National Security Adviser (NSA) and the Service Chiefs to present it with its funding requirements — giving our armed forces an almost ‘blank cheque.’ This Security Summit came up with a 21-point recommendation which was subsequently forwarded to the Presidency for implementation.

“The 8th Senate considered over 101 security-related motions/point of orders in 4-years; The 8th Senate referred 57 security-related matters to its relevant committees;vThe 8th Senate decided 42 security-related matters on the Senate Plenary floor;vThe 8th Senate had 38 security-sector interventions in the form of Bills.

It also held 14 public/investigative hearings on security-related issues over its 4-year tenure.”, the statement added.

https://dailypost.ng/2021/04/08/blaming-8th-senate-for-insecurity-under-buhari-is-propaganda-saraki-to-muric/?utm_term=Autofeed&utm_medium=Social&utm_source=Twitter#Echobox=1617909993

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  COVID-19 Update For April 8 2021 In Nigeria
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Posted by: Edoman - 04-09-2021, 07:47 AM - No Replies

83 New COVID-19 Cases, 217 Discharged And 0 Deaths On April 8


Quote:83 new cases of #COVID19Nigeria;
Lagos-22
Rivers-18
Nasarawa-9
Cross River-8
Ondo-6
Delta-5
Akwa Ibom-4
Bauchi-3
Zamfara-2
Kaduna-2
Ebonyi-1
Sokoto-1
Ekiti-1
Kano-1

https://twitter.com/NCDCgov/status/1380289947983343624?s=19


Quote:CORRECTIONS:

✅The cumulative confirmed cases reported on 7th April, 2021 did not include data for 6th April, 2021
✅38 discharged cases previously recorded in Bauchi State was erroneously reported

A breakdown of cases by state can be found via

https://twitter.com/NCDCgov/status/1380290065507753992?s=19

Quote:April 7 https://www.nairaland.com/6496437/covid-19-update-april-7-2021


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  Chinese expatriates abducted at Osun mining site regain freedom
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Posted by: Edoman - 04-09-2021, 07:37 AM - No Replies


Chinese expatriates abducted at Osun mining site regain freedom

 
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 April 8, 2021

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Two Chinese miners abducted on Monday at a mining site located at Ifewara, Osun State have been released.

The duo, Messrs Zhao Jian, 33 and When, 50, were abducted at Okepa/Itikan village, a gold mining site in Ifewara, Atakunmosa West Local Government Area of Osun State.
DAILY POST reported that around 4pm on Monday, some gunmen attacked and abducted the duo and shot their two private guards.



However, the Police Command on Wednesday said that the kidnappers demanded N10 million as ransom.

But the spokesperson of Osun Police Command, Yemisi Opalola, on Thursday, confirmed that the Chinese were rescued at about 9pm on Wednesday.

“Efforts is ongoing to arrest the devil in human clothing.


“The Commissioner of Police enjoined members of the public to support, cooperate, and collaborate with the Police in fighting crimes to bring it down to the barest minimum, by providing us with credible and prompt information as this will always help in forestalling future incidents,” she added.

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