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Anambra Guber: President Buhari Charges Service Chiefs To Ensure Hitch-free Election

Security

President Muhammadu Buhari has ordered service chiefs to ensure that the Anambra governorship election slated for November 6 is conducted hitch-free. The National Security Adviser (NSA), Babagana Monguno, while briefing journalists on Thursday about the outcome of the security meeting the service chiefs had with Buhari at the presidential villa, said the president gave the order in response to the heightened security challenges in Anambra. Monguno said, “The President has directed that under no circumstances will anything be allowed to stop the elections from taking place successfully. The people have a right to vote and select their leader. “No group or individual will be allowed to stimulate anarchy and chaos, leading to murderous activities.
“The President has made it very clear that the Armed Forces and all law enforcement agencies must make sure that the elections take place even if it means overwhelming the entire environment with the presence of security agencies. “There are so many implications for elections to be sabotaged by non-state actors; in the first place, we are in a democracy, secondly it is important to note that if these non-state actors should succeed in destroying the potentials for orderly elections, then it is natural that other parts of the country would also want to copy this same situation.”

NRC Suspends Abuja-Kaduna Train Services Over Reported Explosion

Security

Sequel to reports that suspected bandits reportedly bombed a train travelling between Abuja-Kaduna, inflicting technical damages on the country’s major rail infrastructure the Nigeria Railway Corporation (NRC) has indefinitely suspended all train services along the route. This is to guarantee safety of passengers and crew members while efforts were being put in place to ensure absolute safety along the route. NRC’s managing director, Engr. Fidet Okhiria, who confirmed the attack, said the explosives inflicted damages on the rail tracks somewhere between Dutse and Rijana. “There was an explosive on our rail track somewhere around Rijana and Dutse last night, and this damaged the tracks. “Efforts are currently ongoing to ensure that the train services along the Kaduna-Abuja route are fully restored,”

Police Confirm Kidnap Of Over 30 Travelers In Niger State

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Gunmen suspected to be bandits have reportedly kidnapped about 30 passengers at Garin Gabas in Rafi Local Government Area (LGA) of Niger State while travelling in an 18-seater bus and two other vehicles. Niger State Commissioner of Police, Mr Monday Kuryas, confirmed the abduction of 13 passengers in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria, (NAN). According to Kuryas about 3:30 pm, the Zungeru Divisioonal Police Officer reported that one Mubarak Idris of Kwanawa village, Sokoto State, who was the driver of the 18-seater bus, lodged a complaint at the station. He added that, the driver said his vehicle, loaded with 18 passengers from Yauwuri, Kebbi State, mostly fishermen, was heading for Yenagoa, Bayelsa State, on fishing activities. On getting to a sharp bend in Konar Barau along the Tegina-Minna Road, suspected bandits in military uniform kidnapped 13 of his passengers and his motor boy.

Police Confirm Kidnap Of Over 30 Travelers In Niger State

Crime Watch

Gunmen suspected to be bandits have reportedly kidnapped about 30 passengers at Garin Gabas in Rafi Local Government Area (LGA) of Niger State while travelling in an 18-seater bus and two other vehicles. Niger State Commissioner of Police, Mr Monday Kuryas, confirmed the abduction of 13 passengers in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria, (NAN). According to Kuryas about 3:30 pm, the Zungeru Divisioonal Police Officer reported that one Mubarak Idris of Kwanawa village, Sokoto State, who was the driver of the 18-seater bus, lodged a complaint at the station. He added that, the driver said his vehicle, loaded with 18 passengers from Yauwuri, Kebbi State, mostly fishermen, was heading for Yenagoa, Bayelsa State, on fishing activities. On getting to a sharp bend in Konar Barau along the Tegina-Minna Road, suspected bandits in military uniform kidnapped 13 of his passengers and his motor boy.

Court Orders Interim Forfeiture of Mompha’s Luxury Wristwatches, Others

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A Federal High Court in Lagos has granted an order of interim forfeiture of 11 high-end designer, which was confiscated from social media celebrity, Ismaila Mustapha, popularly known as Mompha by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC). The items are five luxury wristwatches, an iPhone 8, and five luxury sunglasses which were confiscated from Mompha at the Nnamdi Azikwe International Airport, Abuja on October 19, 2019, when he was arrested by the EFCC.

Three Abducted Kaduna Seminarians Regain Their Freedom

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The three abducted seminarians at the Christ the King Major Seminary, St. Albert Institute, Fayit, Fadan Kagoma in Jema’a Local government Area of kaduna State, have regained their freedom from bandits who kidnapped them on Monday night. The Chancellor, Catholic Diocese of Kafanchan, Reverend Father Emmanuel Uchechukwu Okolo, confirmed their release on Wednesday night. Recall that bandits in their large numbers on Monday about 8:00 pm, attacked seven seminarians at the school chapel. They succeeded in kidnapping three, while others escaped with injuries. They were taken to the hospital, treated and discharged. According to him, “with hearts filled with joy, we raise our voices in a symphony of praises as we announce the return of our Three Major Seminarians, who were abducted by armed persons from the Chapel of the Seminary at Christ the King Major Seminary, Fayit Fadan Kagoma in Jema’a Local Government Area, Kaduna State, on Monday 11 October, 2021.”

ASUU, FG To Meet This Week To Avert Strike

Education

The national leadership of the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU), and the team from the Federal Government are scheduled to meet this week towards averting another round of industrial action by the university lecturers. The Chairman, Lagos Zone of ASUU, Dr. Adelaja Oduloya, while speaking with newsmen over the weekend, said the meeting is expected to hold within the week, going by assurances from the government side. It was revealed that the date for the meeting is to be communicated to the leadership of ASUU during the week by the government team which will include officials of the Ministries of Education and Labour, the ministers and leaders of some relevant government agencies. “As a union, we are not opposed to negotiation and amicable resolution of issues. In this case, we are awaiting the government team to call us for the meeting, they said it going to be this week, we are waiting. They have not given us the date but we are waiting.

OAU Shuts Down After Protest Over Students’ Untimely Death

Education

The management of the Obafemi Awolowo University (OAU), Ile-Ife in Osun State, has shut down the academic institution “until further notice” following protests that erupted following the untimely death of 24-year-old final year student of the school, Adesina Omowumi Aishat. In a statement on Friday evening, the Public Relations Officer (PRO), Abiodun Olarewaju, said the move was aimed at preventing the breakdown of order as the students, who were protesting over the death of a Year 4 student, Adesina Omowumi Aishat, blocked the Ife/Ibadan and Ife/Ede roads. He said the management ordered immediate closure of the school and asked the students to vacate their hall of residence before 12 pm on Saturday. “Therefore, having exhausted all necessary avenues to call the students to order and allow normalcy to return to the campus and its environs, the authorities of Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile Ife, have accordingly closed down the school until further notice. This is to forestall further breakdown of law and order. The swearing-in ceremony of newly-elected Students’ Union members has also been suspended, the statement added. “In the meantime, the University management has put in place the machinery to unravel the circumstances surrounding the immediate and remote cause(s) of the crisis,” it said.

JUST IN: Prof (Mrs) Ibiyemi Bello New VC Of LASU

Education

The Wife of Tunji Bello, Lagos State Commissioner for Environment and Water Resources, Professor Ibiyemi Olatunji-Bello, has been appointed as the new Vice-Chancellor of Lagos State University, LASU. Her appointment was announced in a statement by the Lagos State Commissioner for Information, Gbenga Omotoso, titled, ‘Sanwo-Olu approves appointment of Vice Chancellor for LASU’, on Thursday. “Lagos State Governor Mr. Babajide Olusola-Sanwo-Olu has approved the appointment of Professor Ibiyemi Olatunji-Bello as the 9th substantive Vice-Chancellor of the Lagos State University. “Professor Olatunji-Bello was appointed following a recommendation by the Joint Committee of Council and Senate of LASU in accordance with the LASU Law, Cap 169 Vol 7, Laws of Lagos State. Olatunji Bello, a professor of medicine, had served as Acting Vice-Chancellor in the past before the elevation.

Anambra Guber: President Buhari Charges Service Chiefs To Ensure Hitch-free Election

Security

President Muhammadu Buhari has ordered service chiefs to ensure that the Anambra governorship election slated for November 6 is conducted hitch-free. The National Security Adviser (NSA), Babagana Monguno, while briefing journalists on Thursday about the outcome of the security meeting the service chiefs had with Buhari at the presidential villa, said the president gave the order in response to the heightened security challenges in Anambra. Monguno said, “The President has directed that under no circumstances will anything be allowed to stop the elections from taking place successfully. The people have a right to vote and select their leader. “No group or individual will be allowed to stimulate anarchy and chaos, leading to murderous activities.
“The President has made it very clear that the Armed Forces and all law enforcement agencies must make sure that the elections take place even if it means overwhelming the entire environment with the presence of security agencies. “There are so many implications for elections to be sabotaged by non-state actors; in the first place, we are in a democracy, secondly it is important to note that if these non-state actors should succeed in destroying the potentials for orderly elections, then it is natural that other parts of the country would also want to copy this same situation.”

NRC Suspends Abuja-Kaduna Train Services Over Reported Explosion

Security

Sequel to reports that suspected bandits reportedly bombed a train travelling between Abuja-Kaduna, inflicting technical damages on the country’s major rail infrastructure the Nigeria Railway Corporation (NRC) has indefinitely suspended all train services along the route. This is to guarantee safety of passengers and crew members while efforts were being put in place to ensure absolute safety along the route. NRC’s managing director, Engr. Fidet Okhiria, who confirmed the attack, said the explosives inflicted damages on the rail tracks somewhere between Dutse and Rijana. “There was an explosive on our rail track somewhere around Rijana and Dutse last night, and this damaged the tracks. “Efforts are currently ongoing to ensure that the train services along the Kaduna-Abuja route are fully restored,”

#EndSARS Anniversary: Police Reportedly Arrest Protesters At Lekki Tollgate

Security

Personnel of the Nigerian Police have reportedly arrested some persons who came out to protest on the anniversary of the alleged shooting at Lekki Tollgate in Lagos. One of those reportedly arrested, a journalist with LegitTV claimed that his mobile phone, driver’s license and other documents were taken away from him. It was gathered that the journalist identified as Abimbola, was picked after failing to present his identification card. The Lagos State commissioner of police, Hakeem Odumosu have earlier warned against any protests but that car procession around Lekki would be allowed. Comedian popularly called Mr. Macaroni and musician Falz had on Monday declared that protests will hold despite the warning by the police.

Eid-ul-Maulud: FG Declares Tuesday Public Holiday

Religion

The Federal Government has declared Tuesday, October 19, 2021, as public holiday to mark this year's Eid-ul-Maulud celebration in commemoration of the birth of the Holy Prophet Muhammad. The declaration was made in a statement by the Minister of Interior, Rauf Aregbesola on behalf of the FG, congratulated the Muslim faithful for witnessing this year's celebration. He urged Nigerians, particularly Muslims to refrain from violence, and other acts of criminality, enjoining them to imbibe the spirit of love, perseverance, and patience as the Holy Prophet.

Former Foursquare General Overseer Dies At 74

Religion

Former Foursquare Gospel Church’s General Overseer (G.O), Dr Wilson Badejo has been reported dead. Rev. Yomi Oyinloye, the National Secretary of the church made the disclosure that the former G.O of the church between 1999 and 2009 has died on Saturday after a brief illness. 

Eid-el Kabir: Muslim Faithful Urged To Embrace Unity, Peace, Progress Of Nigeria

Religion

Muslim Faithful in Nigeria on Tuesday joined their counterparts across countries in the world to celebrate the 2021 Eid-El kabir. The prayers across the nation were observed with strict adherence to the COVID-19 protocols. The President, Muhammadu Buhari, joined his kinsmen in Daura, Katsina State to observe the Muslim Eid-el-Kabir prayers. The prayers which took place at the Kofar Arewa Prayer ground were led by the Chief Imam of the town, Alhaji Safiyanu Yusuf. In the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Muslims converged on the Abuja National Eid Ground to observe the three Rak’at. The FCT Minister, Mohammed Bello, who was on ground to observe the prayers admonished residents of the nation’s capital to be law-abiding, security conscious, and united. Mr. Bello also said the FCT administration will continue to stress the need for residents to observe COVID-19 protocols, especially in the face of a third wave of the pandemic. The Imam of the National Mosque Abuja, Dr Muhammad Kabir Adam, who led the prayer urged Muslims to imbibe the virtues of self-sacrifice, obedience to God, and love for humanity as exemplified by Prophet Ibrahim. He urged them to share part of the meat of whatever they have slaughtered with those in need.

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