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Tuesday, 21 August 2018

Oyo State NURTW Gets New Ag Chairman

Oyo State NURTW Gets New Ag Chairman

The National President of the National Union of Road Transport Workers (NURTW), Alhaji Yasin and other Stakeholders have announced the appointment of the Vice Chairman of the union in Oyo State, Alhaji Abideen Olajide a.k.a Ejiogbe as the Acting Chairman of the union.

This was contained in a statement issued today by the National President, Alhaji Yasin. According to the statement, Alhaji Abideen Olajide will be acting in place of the current Chairman who is indisposed.
Eid-el-Kabir: Follow Allah's Precepts Taminu Turaki Urges Nigerians

Eid-el-Kabir: Follow Allah's Precepts Taminu Turaki Urges Nigerians

Frontline PDP Presidential hopeful, Kabiru Tanimu Turaki, SAN, has urged both the leaders and the people of Nigeria to adhere to the precepts laid down by Allah to guarantee the outpouring of His blessings and favour.

In a message to congratulate the Muslim Ummah for the Eid-el-Kabir celebration, Turaki said that “we can draw valuable inspiration from the festival which commemorates the travails and eventual triumph of Prophet Ibrahim because of his sacrifice, patience, unwavering commitment and total submission to Allah’s command.”

“It is imperative,” he added, “for us to have the fear of God in our dealings with one another as well as with our country.”

He enjoined all citizens to take full advantage of the period of spirituality, by ensuring that it serves as a rallying point for the continued unity, peace, progress and prosperity of the country.

Turaki also congratulated “our compatriots currently performing Hajj rites with other pilgrims across the world in Saudi Arabia” who, he noted are trying to further strengthen their faith in God.

He admonished them to pray fervently for the country to overcome it current trials and tribulations.

Turaki also commiserated with those grieving at this period following the death of their loved ones through banditry, herders-farmers clashes and other violent crimes across the country and prayed for the repose of their souls.
President Buhari Trekked After Sallah Today To Prove Tambuwal Wrong...Presidency

President Buhari Trekked After Sallah Today To Prove Tambuwal Wrong...Presidency

President Muhammadu Buhari's Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity Malam Garba Shehu, today said his boss decided to embark on trekking after the Sallah prayers in Daura ,Katsina State was a positive response to Tambuwal’s diatribe that the President is sick and not fit.

“I think there are two things here; one is to say that the President is responsive to the enormous support and commitment of his own people that had come out in their numbers to see him and he just decided that he couldn’t go on  riding in a black vehicle and he came out and walked to the  distance.

“The second thing, he is curious that these days, one or two people who are aspiring to be president are campaigning on their youthfulness and good health.

“I think the president has done one thing today – that the issue is not how old one is but how fit he is ; how healthy he is. Now that the president has proven his fitness and well-being to continue in office is a settled matter

“I think that if people want to campaign against him they should do so on issues that are of significance to Nigerians. The President is fit, he is healthy; he is good to go for second term,’’ he said.
Police Arrests Killers Of Politician Aide,Three Others In Lagos

Police Arrests Killers Of Politician Aide,Three Others In Lagos

The police in Lagos said it has arrested three members of a cult gang that killed four persons, including an aide of a Lagos legislator at Shomolu area of the state last month.

The gunmen had stormed a beer parlour on Abiodun Street, Shomolu, around 10pm on Tuesday July 25, 2018 and assassinated Tunde Awokoya, 36, alias Chop-Up, a personal assistant to Mr Rotimi Olowo, a member of the Lagos State House of Assembly.

Olowo, a member of the All Progressives Congress who is aspiring to contest for the party’s House of Representatives primary this year, had himself left the beer parlour, which was his regular hang-out, barely 10 minutes earlier, when the killers arrived.

Besides Awokoya, the assassins, some of them masked, also killed an hairstylist called Gabriel, an unnamed boy on his way to church and a woman selling bean cakes (akara) in the area. Several other persons were seriously injured during the shooting but were rushed to hospitals.

The police said that the suspects - Onwuka Uchenna, 28; Oluwaseyi Elijah, 38; and Abayomi Opeyemi, 30 - whom the police described as members of the Black Axe, a deadly secret cult gang in Lagos, had confessed to the killings.

The three suspects were among 120 persons the police arrested at Ikorodu this month.
Uchenna yesterday confessed at the Special Anti-Robbery Squad office at the Lagos police command, Ikeja, that he, Elijah, Opeyemi and about three others still at large killed Awokoya, whom the suspect said was a leader of the Eiye cult gang in the Lagos mainland area.

Uchenna said some leaders of the Black Axe in the Ikorodu, Ajah and Lekki areas of Lagos State had recruited them in 2015 to kill certain persons suspected to have been passing information about their activities to the police.

 He said the cult leaders had then given them a long list of persons they must eliminate before the end of 2019, adding they had actually killed a good number of the persons under the guise of one fracas or the other.

The suspect said, "One of such attacks was targeted at one Clement Ojie Osas believed to be a top informant to the police. The gang believed he had been passing information about the gang's activities in Ikorodu to the police at Owutu and was, therefore, marked for killing.

"In 2016, we cornered him at the Owutu area of Ikorodu. He was with some of his friends where Abayomi macheted him. He pleaded and pleaded to no avail.  He, however, managed to escape as the headlight of an approaching vehicle suddenly spread light at the corner where we were. We staged a manhunt for him the next day but we met his mother. We had, after that, killed, at least, 10 persons. That was in 2016,” he confessed.

Osa’s mother, Mrs Felicia Ojie, identified Uchenna, Elijah and Opeyemi at the SARS office as the men who stormed her Ikorodu apartment to abduct her son in 2016. Mrs Ojie told our correspondent that her son had since been missing.

"I am begging the police to compel the suspects to produce my son. I don’t know if he is alive or dead," she cried.

The Lagos State Police Commissioner, Imohimi Edgal, confirmed the arrest. Edgal gave names of some of the cultists who had staged an attack on Osas but who are now in police custody as Nifemi Fadairo, Okunlewe Habibat, Musiliu Taiwo, Olanike Lasisi, Sulaimon Kabir, Olanrewaju Zainab, Oyedele Elizabeth, Alima Olowu, Abosede Popoola, Ebele Joseph and Onwuka Uchena.

Others are Oluwaseyi Elijah, Abayomi Opeyemi, Boluwatife Akinola, Henry Ikuesan, Ibenewa Femi, Muize Onabanjo and Lawal Mumuni.

The police boss said many dangerous weapons were recovered from the suspects.
FCT Police Command Parades Three Fake Journalists

FCT Police Command Parades Three Fake Journalists

The FCT Police Command has paraded three alleged fake journalists.

Those paraded were Kolawole Akin, Rasheed Kareem and Isah Ibrahim who the police said disguised as journalists to access major events venues in Abuja where they steal phones and other valuables from dignitaries.

They were arrested at a church in Asokoro, Abuja where they were picking pockets, the police said.

The Police chief said: “On the 11th August, 2018 police operatives arrested three suspects who usually disguised as journalists to steal cash, phones and other valuables from the public gatherings.

“The suspects who operate mostly at worship and event centres where you have large gathering of important personalities were arrested at a Church in Asokoro.”

One of the suspected fake journalists, Akin, said: “I work with African Peoples Voice. We were on our way to Asokoro to pick something from a friend when we noticed cars parked with a big crowd in front of the church.

“We went in and disguised as journalists. We go to such gatherings like that to steal but I didn’t steal on that day. It was my friend that picked things from people’s pockets and bags.

“We normally go to such gatherings to pick pockets because people don’t suspect that journalists would steal.”

The CP said the suspects would be arraigned in court on completion of investigation.

Popular Act Duncan Mighty (Port Harcourt 1st Son) Speaks On Alleged Battered Wife

Popular Act Duncan Mighty (Port Harcourt 1st Son) Speaks On Alleged Battered Wife

Nigerian music star, Duncan Wene Mighty, also known as Port Harcourt First Son, has reacted to reports that he battered his wife, Vivien Okechukwu Mighty. A report with pictures of a battered Vivien had gone viral earlier, with the accuser labeling the Ikwerre born artist a serial wife beater. The report read “the woman in the picture is Vivien Nwakanma Mighty, she’s Duncan Mighty’s wife. He beat her up yesterday as if she wasn’t a human being like himself and threatened to kill her.

 Am sending you this to show the world, let them know who he’s really is, what he’s really is behind the social media. Fake life…” Reacting with a post on Instagram, he wrote, “The next news will be I used my wife for coming back. What do you gain to tarnish my image with lies that I brutalized my own wife,? hehehe una come late “My life n journey to get here wasn’t by DUNCAN MIGHTY but by GOD. “Last 2 weeks I met one of the ONOBELO’S at the Harvest Lekki.

 He approached me and said my name is something Onobello, I said u welcome. He said he’s happy for my come back to the industry and that one thing that has kept me unique is that I have no scandals and he loves it like that. Immediately I laughed and said to him, do you know I run a construction company where I carry out professional civil engineering jobs too? He was quiet and I said to him please sir I know the Bellos are media top in Naija, how can you guys help me PROJECT PORT HARCOURT.

 He said anything bro, we waiting for my TELEVISION STATION in 2016 “I was made the YOUTH BRAND AMBASSADOR FOR FOCCIMA, I published an article I called Using Sports to channel the mindset of our youths into meaningful living. This same ONOBELO and Instablog published on their page that I went to beg Buhari for empowerment after the same Onobello and Instablog two weeks to my wedding in 2015 published another fake news that a lady was pregnant for me and yet am planning a royal wedding. “I no come Lagos to find fame, for your information my marriage is not one of those you people broke down and will never be.

 For your info I am the winner of my marriage, my wife and kids can’t do without Daddy every moment. The more you make people hate me the more they love me more. Please don’t allow these fools make you forget we dropping one of the biggest tune of our time AZA DAVIDO DUNCANMIGHTY PERUZI …… I LOVE MA FANS”, he concluded. Duncan Mighty who was away from the music scene for a long time returned with a collaboration with Wizkid in a song titled Fake Love that has gone on to enjoy massive radio and TV airtime.
Buhari Shuns Protocol,Walks 800 Meters Home After Sallah Prayers

Buhari Shuns Protocol,Walks 800 Meters Home After Sallah Prayers

President Muhammadu Buhari Tuesday joined the Emir of Daura, Alhaji Umar Farouk and other Muslim faithful, to observe the Eid prayers at Kofar Arewa Eid Ground, Daura, Katsina State.

President Buhari had the honour of performing the symbolic slaughtering of the ram at the Eid ground, signifying total obedience to the will of Allah as exemplified by Prophet Ibrahim.

After the prayers, the President shunned protocol and opted to trek some 800 metres, acknowledging cheers from Nigerians who had trooped out en masse to attend the Eid prayers and also catch a glimpse of Mr President in his hometown.

Speaking to reporters at his residence after the walk, the President said he didn’t expect anything less from his ‘immediate constituency’ even as he thanked the almighty God for a bumper harvest and Nigeria’s steady progress towards food sufficiency.

‘‘I am very happy about it (the warm reception) and I do not expect anything less from my immediate base.’’

The President who wished all Nigerians a happy and successful Sallah celebrations, expressed delight that the country was spending less on food imports, noting that it was a major boost to the agricultural policies of his administration.

At a separate event, the President received members of the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) currently serving in Daura community- an audience that has become part of his schedules during the Sallah celebrations in the past years.

Reaffirming his support to the scheme established in 1973, the President told the corps members: ‘‘It is better to know all the country than for people to be state-inclined.

‘‘I always look forward to meeting the NYSC team because since I served mostly in the south when I was in the military, some people in Lagos the only thing they know is the sea.

‘‘For them (NYSC members) to be brought to the desert or near the Sahel region is a very difficult thing but it will make an impact on Nigeria.

‘‘I have personally spoken to Gen. Gowon to thank him for having the initiative to start the NYSC programme. It is very good for Nigeria,’’ he said.

The President formally welcomed the Corps members to the ancient town of Daura and asked them to enjoy their national service year.

In his remarks, the Corps Liaison Officer, Jibrin Ishak, thanked the President for prioritizing the welfare and a secured future of the Nigerian Youths through his style of leadership and developmental initiatives.

‘‘The voice of the people is the voice of God and by the grace of God, we pray that in 2019 you will continue to be President of Nigeria to do more for us,’’ Ishak said.

The representative of the Corps members prayed God to sustain the President with good health, long life and prosperity.

In his usual tradition, the President, in the spirit of the season, donated a bull, 10 bags of rice and half-a-million Naira to the Corps Members.