NIGERIA’S SECURITY CHALLENGES GETTING WORSE- JONATHAN

Says govt must device new ways of tackling insecurity By James Sowole in Akure Former President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan has said that the security situation in the country is getting worse. He therefore said the Federal Government must work with state governments and  adopt a different approach to fight kidnapping and terrorism. Jonathan made the recommendation Tuesday while speaking with journalists in Akure, Ondo State, during his condolence visit to the Leader of the Pan Yoruba Socio Political Group, Afenifere, Chief Reuben Fasoranti, on the death of his daughter, Mrs Funke…

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GUNMEN KIDNAP LOCAL GOVT CHAIRMAN’S WIFE IN NIGER

Laleye Dipo in Minna Gunmen have kidnapped the wife of the acting Chairman and Director of Personnel Management of Paikoro Local Government Area of Niger State, Hajia Suaiba Sani Balarabe. The husband of the victim is also believed to be the younger brother of Alhaji Ibrahim Balarabe, the newly appointed Chief of Staff to Governor Abubakar Sani Bello. Also kidnapped by the gunmen was the wife of the Manager of Crystal Talc Nigeria Limited, Kagara, a firm owned by the late Brigadier General Danstoho Mohammed. According to THISDAY sources, the…

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EX-GOV MAKARFI LOSES FATHER

John Shiklam in KadunaA former governor of Kaduna State, Senator Ahmed Makarfi, has lost his father, Mallam Muhammad Makarfi. Family sources said the deceased died on Tuesday following aged related illness. Also confirming the incident, Muktar Sirajo, a former spokesman to Makarfi, said the remains of the senior Makarfi will be laid to rest by 4 p.m. Tuesday in Makarfi town, headquarters of Makarfi Local Government Area of Kaduna State. The former governor, who is said to be out of the country, is expected to be back for the burial.…

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POPULAR LAGOS COMEDIAN CHARGED TO COURT FOR RAPE

24-year-old comedian, Iyanuloluwa Adejumobi, on Tuesday, appeared before an Ikeja Magistrates’ Court in Lagos for allegedly raping a woman. However, when the case was mentioned, Magistrate B.O Osunsanmi did not take the plea of Adejumobi, 26, who lives at Abesan Estate, Lagos, NAN reports. Following the defendant’s claim of being in court because of an ”amorous relationship gone sour with the complainant”, Osunsanmi admitted the comedian to bail in the sum of N300,000 with two sureties in like sum. The magistrate ordered that one of the sureties must own landed…

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PDP LISTS NAMES OF APC OFFICIALS INVOLVED IN ELECTORAL FRAUD

A local government collation officer for the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the presidential election, on Tuesday, named two agents of the ruling All Progressives Congress whom he accused of voting for others at the election. The collation officer, Abubakar Abdullahi, said the agents are Isah Haliru and Ibrahim Mukhtar. Mr Abdullahi was speaking during his cross-examination at the continuation of hearings of the PDP’s petition against the re-election of President Muhammadu Buhari. According to the witness, agents of Mr Buhari’s APC at the polling unit where he supervised elections…

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SHATTA WALE, YEMI ALADE, TIWA SAVAGE & OTHERS TAKE PART IN THE LION KING ALBUM

The remake of ‘The Lion King’ live-action has been one of the most talked about Disney movies since its production time and release date was announced. The movie which created an album – ‘The Lion King: The Gift’ – where Beyoncé is the main act, has revealed the artistes on the album. Popular African Artistes such as Wizkid, Burna Boy, Mr. Eazi, Yemi Alade, Tekno, Tiwa Savage, Shatta Wale, Busiswa, Moonchild Sanelly are all on the Beyoncé curated Lion King: The Gift album. The album was produced by Beyoncé, which…

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YOU ARE NOT PATRIOTIC, BUHARI REPLIES OBASANJO, CRITICS

President Muhammadu Buhari has replied former President Olusegun Obasanjo who accused him of not doing enough to address the high level of insecurity in the country. In an open letter on Monday, Obasanjo criticised Buhari’s government, saying the killings could not be swept under the carpet. “To be explicit and without equivocation, Mr. President and General, I am deeply worried about four avoidable calamities,” he wrote. “Violent uprising beginning from one section of the country and spreading quickly to other areas and leading to dismemberment of the country.” But speaking…

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NAN DIRECTOR KILLED BY HIT AND RUN DRIVER AFTER WATCHING NIGERIA-ALGERIA MATCH, SEE PIX

A hit-and-run driver has killed Mr Christian Okoro, the Head of Technical Services of the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN). Okoro, 50, was killed around `sharp corner’ area of Mararaba, along the Keffi-Abuja Road, while trying to cross the road to pick his car. An eye witness account indicated that Okoro had gone to watch the Nigeria/Algeria AFCON Semi-Final encounter at a football viewing centre and was on his way home after the match when the speeding vehicle knocked him down and zoomed off. He was said to have earlier…

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TWO MEN ARRESTED FOR RAPING UNDERAGED SCHOOLGIRLS IN ABUJA, SEE THEIR PICS

Operatives of the National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons (NAPTIP) have arrested a 41-year-old engineer, Festus Femi, for allegedly raping three pupils of the same secondary school. . . The first victim, a 13 year old Junior Secondary 2 pupil, stated that she met Festus through her classmate, who asked her in school to escort her to Festus’ house, and claimed he was her uncle. . . On getting to the house, her classmate and Festus went out briefly, and on their return she told the victim…

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HUMAN TRAFFICKING: NAPTIP ARRESTS 6

The Benin Zonal Command of the National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons (NAPTIP), on Tuesday, disclosed that it has arrested six persons for suspected human trafficking. Mr Nduka Nwanwenne, Zonal Commander for the zone comprising Edo and Delta, disclosed this to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Benin. He said that the suspects: four males and two females, were arrested for organising foreign travel, which promoted suspected prostitution of an 18-year-old primary school drop-out, to Mali. Nwanwenne said that the victim who was an orphan was…

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