Bandits’ attacks: 80 bodies recovered in Sokoto communities

Killings discomforting, says Tambuwal Buhari orders military operations     About 100 people were killed on Wednesday when bandits attacked 10 communities in the Sokoto East Senatorial District of Sabon Birni and Isa Local government areas of Sokoto State. A reliable local source disclosed that no fewer than 80 bodies had so far been recovered by the villagers. The source added that scores of other people were reported missing while others sustained various degrees of injury. Governor Aminui Tambuwal said he received with rude shock and maximum displeasure the killings…

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Nasarawa CAN chair’s abductors demand N20m

AK47-wielding gunmen who abducted the Chairman of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), Nasarawa State chapter, Bishop Joseph Masin, are demanding N20 million ransom. The abductors reportedly broke into their victim’s residence at Bukan Sidi in Lafia, the state capital, about 11p.m. on Wednesday and took him away. Sources said the gunmen rode on motorcycles, forced their way into the compound and wasted no time in taking their victim away. The state CAN Vice Chairman, Pastor Tayo  Samuel, told our correspondent that the abductors had contacted one of the victim’s…

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Edo: Community transmission alarming –Obaseki

Governor Godwin Obaseki has expressed concern over the rising cases of coronavirus (COVID-19) in Edo State. According to him, the recent upsurge suggests that the community spread of the virus is alarming. Obaseki, who spoke with journalists in Benin, gave an assurance that his government remained committed to containing the COVID-19 pandemic and protecting Edo people. He said: “The first case was reported on the 23rd of March 2020, it took 60 days to reach the first 100 cases. But it took 10 days to move from 100 to over…

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Again, NCDC, Kogi fight over coronavirus

…Centre’s infection’s claims fictitious –Govt     There is sharp disagreement between the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) and Governor Yahaya Bello over the existence of coronavirus in Kogi State. While the NCDC announced on Wednesday that the virus had spread to Kogi State with two confirmed cases, Bello’s administration yesterday said the state was yet to record any coronavirus infection. This was not the first time Bello and the NCDC had a disagreement over the fight against coronavirus in the country. A few weeks ago, the governor reportedly…

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NTA Assistant News Manager kidnapped in Aba

An Assistant Manager, News and Current Affairs of Nigeria Television Authority (NTA), Channel-6, Aba, Abia State, Mrs. Chinyere Okoye, has been kidnapped. It was learnt that Okoye was abducted on Wednesday when she had closed for work after supervising the 7p.m. news bulletin and was heading for her home at Ogbor-Hill Aba. On getting to the front of her house near Obikabia Junction, she waited for the gate to be opened but suddenly the kidnappers picked her up and zoomed off. This came barely two weeks after a female on-air…

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Bakare: Fidelity Bank, BEDC commiserate with New Telegraph

Board and Management of Fidelity Bank and BEDC Electricity Plc have commiserated with the New Telegraph Newspaper over the death of its Saturday Editor, Mr. Waheed Bakare. The two companies, in separate letters addressed to the Managing Director/ Editor-in-Chief of the paper, Mr. Ayodele Aminu, expressed sadness over Bakare’s sudden death. Specifically, Fidelity Bank, in a condolence letter signed by its Managing Director, Mr. Nnamdi Okonkwo, described the late Bakare as a diligent and committed journalist. He said: “His demise is a huge loss, not just to your organisation, but…

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Mother, baby beheaded in Osun

Police in Osun State are trying to unravel the circumstances sorroudining the murder of a woman and her baby at Ile-Ife. Bodies of the victims, who were beheaded, were recovered at Isale Agbara in Ile-Ife. The bodies were found in the premises of a primary school in the community. The incident, which occurred on Wednesday night, has caused panic among the residents of the area. The residents appealed to the police to immediately fish out the killers. One of the residents, Mr. Olaiya Adeboye, told our reporter that when the…

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Zamfara Peace C’tee rescues 12 kidnap victims

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Zamfara State Peace Committee has rescued 12 Kidnapped victims, who were abducted about two weeks ago. The committee, led by the state Commissioner of Police, Usman Nagogo, secured the release of the victims in collaboration with repentant bandits. The m spokesman for the committee, SP Shehu Muhammad, said the victims were rescued when repentant bandits laid an ambush for the kidnappers. Parading the victims yesterday at the state Police Command Headquarters, Gusau, the Police Commissioner, Nagogo, said the development was a fulfilment of a pledge by the repentant bandits to…

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Borno: FG pledges 10,000 housing units for IDPs

Federal Government is set to put smiles on the faces of Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) in Borno State. The government said it had put machineries in place for the construction of 10,000 houses in the communities affected by the insurgency to enable the IDPs to return home. The Minister of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development, Hajia Sadiya Farouk, disclosed this during her recent inspection of the camp recently razed by fire. The minister expressed the condolences of President Muhammad Buhari to the victims. According to her, the President…

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We killed OPC member in front of his pregnant wife –Suspects

Two men, who confessed to being members of the Eiye Cult Group, have narrated how they killed a member of the Oodua People’s Congress (OPC) in the presence of his pregnant wife. The suspects, Korede Ojo and Jide Aina, were said to have carried out the killing as a reprisal. According to them, OPC members in 2017 killed an Eiye cult member. Aina said: “We killed Kolawole Ajomole, a member of OPC, to avenge the death of our member. Yes, it was OPC people that killed our member. We killed…

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