JUST IN: Fire guts Obasanjo’s house in Abeokuta 

Kunle Olayeni, Abeokuta There was pandemonium in Abeokuta on Wednesday night as fire broke out in the house of former President Olusegun Obasanjo.The house, situated at Ita-Eko area of Abeokuta, the Ogun State capital, was gutted by fire at about 9:30pm.Eye witnesses said the inferno occurred following a power surge.Residents of the area and sympathizers trooped out to assist the domestic workers in the house to put out the fire.When contacted, the state Director of Fire Service, Fatai Adefala, confirmed the incident. Adefala, however, disclosed that the fire only razed a…

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Four remanded for hacking telecommunications network

Four men were on Wednesday remanded in prison by Justice Mohammed Liman of a Federal High Court in Lagos for allegedly “tampering with critical mobile telecommunications network system”. The quartet of Richard Edemdem, Samuel Okpapi, Nelson Ojovbo and Bamigbade Olushola, were arraigned at the court by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) on a three-count charge bordering on the alleged offence. They, however, denied the offence. Afterwards, EFCC’s lawyer, Anselem Ozioko, sought for a trial date and asked that the defendants be remanded in prison. Responding, defence lawyer, Olumide…

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JUST IN: Boko Haram strikes again in Maiduguri after Buhari’s visit 

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Residents of Jiddari Polo in Maiduguri, Borno State capital, are currently running for cover following an attack launched by Boko Haram fighters. A video on social media shows people of different ages trekking inward the city centre away from the violence. It was gathered that soldiers are engaging them. The attack happened hours after President Muhammadu Buhari paid a condolence visit to the people of the state over the killing of 30 persons on Sunday. Buhari was booed during the visit by residents unhappy with the rising insecurity in the…

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Auno attack shows vulnerability of Nigerians – NGF

The Nigeria Governors’ Forum (NGF) said last Sunday’s attack on travellers in Auno town outside Maiduguri, Borno State showed the vulnerability of local people who, it added, should enjoy full protection from the people they elected into office. In a condolence to Borno State governor, Prof. Babagana Zulum, NGF deplored a situation “where a large number of vehicles loaded with goods, shops and houses can be set ablaze by suspected marauding insurgents, who sneak into the town and launch attacks on sleeping travellers at the town barely 24km from a state capital.” The …

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Boko Haram can’t survive without local support, says Buhari

*Departs Borno without visiting scene of attack President Muhammadu Buhari left Borno state on Wednesday without visiting Auno, a nearby community where suspected Boko Haram insurgents killed at least 30 people on Sunday. Buhari had headed to Borno from Ethiopia where he attended the African Union summit. TheCable reports that the president, who left the state around 4pm, neither visited the scene of the attack nor hospitals where those who sustained injuries in the attack are being treated. The president arrived at the Nigerian Air Force base in Maiduguri minutes before…

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Obaseki, Edo APC hail inauguration of party’s nat’l reconciliation c’ttee

The Edo State Governor, Mr. Godwin Obaseki, has commended the inauguration of the All Progressives Congress (APC) National Reconciliation Committee led by renowned elder statesman, Chief Bisi Akande, noting that the state government is ready for the peace process to commence. In a statement, Special Adviser to the Governor on Media and Communication Strategy, Mr. Crusoe Osagie, said the state government is enthusiastic to receive the committee in the state so that genuine reconciliation can start in earnest. Meanwhile, the Edo State Chapter of the APC has also lauded the reconstitution…

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Army: Troops kill several terrorist suspects

…one soldier dead The Nigerian Army on Wednesday, said several.suspectes terrorists had been killed in ongoing counter-insurgency operations in the North East. It further disclosed that in the course of the operations, gun trucks and weapons deployed by the enemies of state were either captured, or destroyed in some instances. The Army Operations Media Coordinator, Col. Aminu Iliyasu, who made the disclosure in a statement, however, noted the death of a soldier. “Despite heightened propaganda to the contrary, troops of the Nigerian Army continue to sustain the ongoing counter terrorism…

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Coronavirus, Lassa fever: OOU don harps on insects consumption

Amid the global spread of coronavirus and Lassa fever outbreak, an entomologist, Prof Olusegun Lawal, has urged Nigerians to eat insects regularly as better alternative source of protein to beef. Lawal declared that eating of insects has great potential of boosting man’s body defences or immune system against infectious diseases, including coronavirus and Lassa fever. He spoke with reporters at the Olabisi Onabanjo University (OOU), Ago-Iwoye, Ogun State, while fielding questions on the medicinal and therapeutic values of insects shortly after delivering the institution’s 94th inaugural lecture Wednesday. At the lecture…

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Charlie Boy, Imo people protest again over Ihedioha’s removal

Supreme Court goofed, says musician   Hundreds of Imo residents under the aegis of Imo Concern Citizens (ICC), on Wednesday embarked on a peaceful protest to register their displeasure over the removal of Rt. Hon. Emeka Ihedioha as governor of the state by the Supreme Court judgment of January 14. This was also as efforts by some suspected All Progressives Congress (APC) youths, to scuttle the protest failed following the timely intervention of police operatives. Speaking earlier, chieftains of the ICC and other stakeholders of the state including Charles Oputa,…

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