PRESIDENCY CAJOLS NIGERIANS SAYS, ‘WE ARE NOT BUILDING RAILS INTO NIGER REPUBLIC BUT ITS BORDER TOWNS’

Olalekan Adetayo, Abuja The Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, on Thursday said Nigeria was not building any rail line to Niger Republic. He said the plan was to construct the rail line up to the border Nigeria shares with the neighbouring country and not into the country itself. The Minister of Transportation, Rotimi Amaechi, had told State House correspondents on Wednesday that the Federal Executive Council approved $1.96bn for the construction of a rail line to link Kano, Dutse, Katsina and Maradi in…

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BANDITS KIDNAP PDP CHIEFTAIN IN KATSINA

Gunmen suspected to be bandits have kidnapped Alhaji Salisu Ali Sukuntuni, a chieftain of the Peoples Democratic Party in Rimaye town under Kankia Local Government Area of Katsina State. According to Katsina Post, the gunmen stormed the town in the early hours of Thursday. Sukuntuni is the PDP immediate youth leader in the local government area. Killings and kidnapping for ransom have continued in Northern Nigeria despite security reinforcement in the region. Visit website

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BANDITS ATTACK KATSINA COMMUNITY, ABDUCT FEDERAL MORTGAGE BANK MD’S SISTER

Gunmen suspected to be bandits have abducted Hajiya Asiya Musa Dangiwa, younger sister of Alhaji Ahmed Musa Dangiwa, Managing Director of the Federal Mortgage Bank of Nigeria. The woman, who is said to be a health worker, was kidnapped on Wednesday at her residence in Kankia Local Government Area of Katsina State. SaharaReporters gathered that the incident has caused panic in the community as most residents have remained indoors for fear of being abducted. Katsina State had in recent months been grappling with security challenges posed by kidnappers, bandits and…

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KILLINGS IN NIGERIA: PRESIDENCY ATTACKS TY DANJUMA

The Nigerian presidency has lambasted Theophilus Yakubu Danjuma, former Nigerian Chief of Army Staff. In a statement on Thursday, presidential spokesman, Garba Shehu, declared that Danjuma is not “a natural source of pressure for good governance”. His comment was in reaction to the letter by UK lawmakers to the Commonwealth on the killings in Nigeria. The legislators disclosed that they met and spoke to Danjuma who told them that the country’s Armed Forces “are not neutral”, and that they “collude in ethnic cleansing”. Without mentioning the former General’s name, Shehu said…

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MAGU: MALAMI BACKTRACKS, REFUSES TO APPEAR BEFORE SALAMI PANEL

  Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami ‌ Eniola Akinkuotu, Abuja The Attorney-General of the Federation, Abubakar Malami (SAN), has written a letter to the Presidential panel probing the suspended acting Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, Ibrahim Magu. Malami, who is also the Minister of Justice, told the panel led by Justice Ayo Salami that he would not be able to appear before the investigative body because of the privileges of his office. The development comes less than two weeks after the…

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6 SENT TO PRISON FOR USING HUMAN PARTS FOR MONEY RITUAL IN OSUN

A Magistrate Court sitting in Osogbo, Osun has ordered the remand of six men for allegedly using human parts for money ritual. The accused persons; Ogunwole Lukman, 20; Jimoh Saheed, 29; Ogunlola Isiaka (41), Olawale Sodiq, 21; Lukman Oyeyemi, 40; and Muidini Akanji, 30 were arraigned on Monday for using the flesh of a corpse for money ritual. The accused were charged for unlawful possession of Human flesh and misconduct in regard to corpses, unlawful possession of human flesh with the intention of using the same for money ritual and…

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NIGERIANS IN SWITZERLAND PETITION EFCC, AGF OVER FRAUD IN THE COUNTRY’S SWISS EMBASSY

Nigerians in Switzerland petition EFCC, SGF, ministry over alleged corruption in embassy Nigerian Youth Movement of Switzerland has written a petition letter to the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs to demand a probe into alleged corrupt practices by officials of the Nigerian Embassy in Bern. The group in a petition signed by its youth leader, Irydaer Omobude, titled: ‘The Nigerian Embassy in Bern is stinking in corruption’ urged the federal government to recall the Ambassador,…

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36 NIGER STATE COMMUNITIES SUBMERGED IN WATER

By Wole Mosadomi No fewer than thirty-six communities have been submerged by flood in Lapai Local government areas of Niger state. National Kakanda Development Association (NKADA) in a press release stated that many houses, farms, and livestock worth millions of Naira were completely washed away. The release which was jointly signed by the Association President, Alhaji Ismaila Ayuba and General Secretary Umar Apataku however said that no life was lost to the flood. The statement added that the affected people are currently being camped in Muye, Bina, Cheku, Kuchi, Yelwa,…

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WAHALA: 4 YAHOO BOYS DIE IN THEIR SLEEP IN DELTA , 2 OTHERS UNCONSCIOUS

Two others unconscious Perez Brisibe – Abraka Four male indigenes of the Delta State University community of Abraka in Ethiope East local government area of the state were Thursday morning confirmed dead while two others who were unconscious, are currently receiving medical attention at the hospital. Though details of what led to the death of the victims were still sketchy at the time of this report, it was gathered that the victims were all among the seven persons that slept in a room at the Sunrise Hostel located along Ogboru…

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EKITI APC SUSPENDS BUHARI’S AIDE , 10 OTHERS INDEFINITELY

The All Progressives Congress (APC) in Ekiti has suspended Sen. Babafemi Ojudu and 10 others indefinitely for allegedly flouting directive of the party’s national executive. This is contained in a statement by Mr Ade Ajayi, the party’s State Publicity Secretary, made available to newsmen in Ado-Ekiti on Thursday.   Those suspended alongside Ojudu are Ayo Ajibade, Oyetunde Ojo, Femi Adeleye, Chief Akin Akomolafe and Bunmi Ogunleye. The rest are, Bamigboye Adegoroye, Dr Wole Oluyede, Mr Olusoga Owoeye, Mr Dele Afolabi and Toyin Oluwasola. Ajayi said that the suspension followed the…

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