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Former diplomat unfolds blueprint to salvage troubled Nigeria

Amid increasing social discontent in Nigeria in recent times, a scholar and former diplomat, Nnamdi Onochie, has unfolded a blueprint to put Nigeria back on track to achieve peace, prosperity and progress for survival as an entity.
Junta spokesman Brig. Gen. Zaw Min Tun told a news conference in the capital, Naypyitaw, that the country was returning to normal and government ministries and banks would resume full operations soon.

Myanmar: 19 people sentenced to death by military court

Nineteen people have been sentenced to death in Myanmar for killing an associate of an army captain, the military-owned Myawaddy TV station said on Friday — the first such sentences announced in public since February 1 coup and crackdown on protesters.
FILE PHOTO - Demonstrators are seen before a clash with security forces in Taze, Sagaing Region, Myanmar April 7, 2021, in this image obtained by Reuters. Photo obtained by REUTERS.

Myanmar junta says protests are dwindling as at least 10 reported killed by troops

Myanmar’s junta said on Friday that a protest campaign against its rule was dwindling since people wanted peace, and that it would hold elections within two years, the first timeframe it has given for a return to democracy since its Feb. 1 coup.

Gani Adams seeks redeployment of Oyo police chief

The Aare Onakakanfo of Yorubaland, Iba Gani Abiodun Ige Adams, has urged the Inspector General of Police, Mohammed Adamu, to redeploy the Oyo State Commissioner of Police, Ngozi Onadeko, saying the state was too volatile for such a “gentle cop”.
The Inspector General of Police (IGP), Mohammed Adamu has said that “no murderer will go unpunished.”

IGP: No murderer will go unpunished

The IGP who reiterated that the Force will not tolerate any further attack on its personnel or any citizen by any individual or group under any guise whatsoever said this in a statement made available to Daily Independent by the Force Spokesperson, Commissioner of Police, Frank Mba, on Sunday.
A Nigerian police officer holds a bunch of handcuffs in Abuja on October 3, 2020. Sodiq Adelakun-Channels TV

Police arrest 16 over attacks on security operatives, facilities in South East

Operatives of the Nigeria Police Force have arrested sixteen (16) suspects for complicity in a series of violent and unprovoked attacks on security operatives and facilities in some states of the Federation, particularly in the South-Eastern part of Nigeria.
The Nigeria Police Force says its investigation shows that Boko Haram, Ansaru and other terror groups are getting support from some Nigerians.

Police declare 18 suspects wanted in Ebonyi

The Ebonyi Police Command on Tuesday declared 18 suspects wanted for allegedly promoting intra-communal war.

Yoruba leaders: We won’t cede our land for ranching

Prominent Yoruba leaders, including the Aare-Ona-Kakanfo of Yorubaland, Iba Gani Adams, yesterday, vowed not to cede any land in the South- West for cattle ranching.

Court remands three OPC members for alleged arson, murder

An Iyaganku Chief Magistrates’ court sitting in Ibadan on Wednesday, ordered that three members of the Oodua Peoples Congress (OPC) be remanded in a correctional centre for alleged arson.

Controversy surrounds whereabouts of OPC men who arrested Iskilu Wakili

While there are media reports that the men have been transferred to Abuja, some sources in the OPC said they do not know the whereabouts of the detained operatives.

Suspected herdsmen kill four in Oyo

Four men have been hacked to death at Idiyan village in Igangan in Ibarapa North Local Government Area of Oyo State by suspected Fulani herdsmen in what seemed like a reprisal, in less than 24 hours after a suspected warlord and kidnap kingpin, Iskilu Wakili, was arrested by members of Oodua Peoples Congress (OPC).
Governor Seyi Makinde of Oyo State, Monday, presented a total of two hundred and sixty-six billion, six hundred and forty-four million, two hundred and seventy -three thousand, three hundred and five naira, four kobo (N266,644,273,305.04) for the 2021 fiscal year.

Oyo governor summons CP over arrest of Fulani ‘warlord’, OPC members

Following the arrest of an alleged Fulani warlord, Iskilu Wakili, by members of the O’odua People’s Congress (OPC) in Kajola area of Ayete in Ibarapa North Local Government Area of Oyo State on Sunday, Governor Seyi Makinde has summoned the Commissioner of Police, Mrs. Ngozi Onadeko, to a crucial security meeting.
A joint team of Ibarapa security operatives, including Oodua Peoples Congress, Vigilante, and other groups have arrested the alleged notorious Fulani warlord terrorising Oyo communities, Iskilu Wakili.

OPC razes settlement, kills woman, arrests blind Fulani leader

Members of the Oodua Peoples Congress (OPC), on Sunday, razed a Fulani settlement at Kajola, in Ibarapa area of Oyo State, in an attempt to arrest an elderly blind man, called Wakili Fulani, who they alleged to be a kidnap gang leader.
The Nigeria Police Force says its investigation shows that Boko Haram, Ansaru and other terror groups are getting support from some Nigerians.

Police: Why we detained OPC members after arresting ‘kidnapper’

The police in Oyo State have confirmed detaining three members of the Oodua People’s Congress (OPC) for arresting suspected kidnapper, Iskilu Wakili, on Sunday.
The National Publicity Secretary of Afenifere, Yinka Odumakin, said these in a statement entitled- ‘ACF hypocritical tears’, obtained by newsmen in Abuja.

Shasa crisis: Afenifere condemns prosecution of only Yoruba suspects

The pan-Yoruba socio-cultural group, Afenifere, on Friday, condemned the prosecution of only Yoruba suspects in respect of the recent clash between the Yoruba and Hausa in Shasa market of Ibadan in Oyo State.

Sasha market: Court remands seven men for alleged arson, murder

An Iyaganku Magistrates’ Court sitting in Ibadan on Thursday ordered that seven men be remanded in Abolongo Correctional facility in Oyo, for alleged arson and murder during the Shasha marker crisis.
At least 317 schoolgirls were abducted by bandits in the Friday morning raid on Government Girls Secondary School, Jangebe, in Zamfara State, the police have said.

Zamfara APC reacts to abduction of 300 schoolgirls

The Zamfara State’s chapter of the All Progressives Congress (APC) has lamented that governor Matawalle’s peace accord and reconciliation process with bandits in the state has been the cause of rampant cases of banditry in the state.
The Judicial Commission of Inquiry set up by Governor Godwin Obaseki to investigate the construction of the Edo Specialist Hospital and supply of equipment has indicted former governor, Adams Oshiomhole.

Benin stormwater project: Group accuses Edo governor of premeditated plot to indict Comrade Oshiomhole,...

A Civil Society Organisation in Edo State, Labour and Civil Society Coalition (LASCO), has accused Governor Godwin Obaseki of orchestrating a plot to indict former Governor Adams Oshiomhole and Minister of State of Budget and National Planning, Prince Clem Ikanade Agba, using his planned probe of the Benin stormwater project.
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Arewa youths threaten to expose politician behind Ibadan killings

The Arewa Youth Consultative Forum( AYCF), has sounded a word of warning to a political leader of the South West who has been engineering violence and arson in order to further his 2023 ambition and vowed to expose him if the killings is allowed to happen again.
Kola Ologbondiyan

PDP: President Buhari has failed as commander-in-chief

The People’s Democratic Party (PDP) has said President Muhammadu Buhari no longer deserved the designation of Commander-in-Chief, given his failure to effectively lead from the front against bandits and terrorists ravaging the nation.
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Oyo APC urges Governor Makinde to investigate, prosecute perpetrators of Sasa market clash

The All Progressives Congress, APC, in Oyo State, has called on Governor Seyi Makinde, to take proactive steps by making those found culpable in the Yoruba and Hausa clash of last Friday at Sasa community in Akinyele Local Government Area of the state to face the wrath of the law.

Oyo violence: 20 buried in Ibadan

At least 11 people have been buried on Sunday in the aftermath of Friday’s altercation between Hausa and Yoruba traders at Shasa Market in Akinyele Local Government Area, Oyo State.

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Former diplomat unfolds blueprint to salvage troubled Nigeria

Amid increasing social discontent in Nigeria in recent times, a scholar and former diplomat, Nnamdi Onochie, has unfolded a blueprint to put Nigeria back on track to achieve peace, prosperity and progress for survival as an entity.
The Nasarawa State Government has begun the vaccination of its frontline medical workers against the COVID-19 pandemic.

Vaccination: Low turnout hits FCT, Taraba, Abia, seven others

The statistics, however, showed that the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) as well as states such as Abia, Anambra, Akwa Ibom, Ebonyi, Enugu, Rivers, Sokoto, Kogi and Taraba were still below 50 per cent of the target.
The highly infectious variant of the novel coronavirus that is predominant in the United Kingdom may be up to 70 percent more deadly than previous strains, according to a report by the government’s scientific advisers.

Nigeria records 57 new coronavirus infections

Nigeria has the least death toll among the top six most affected countries in Africa – South Africa, Tunisia, Ethiopia, Morocco, and Egypt.

Alibaba accepts record fine, vows to change

Chinese tech giant Alibaba said on Monday that it accepted a record penalty imposed by the country’s anti-monopoly regulator.
Minister of Youths and Sports Development Sunday Dare has expressed satisfaction with the level of compliance with COVID-19 protocols by athletes and officials participating in the 20th National Sports Festival (NSF) in Benin.

NSF: Minister charges team FCT to win more medals

Minister of State, FCT, Dr. Ramatu Tijjani Aliyu, has charged Team FCT to work harder and win more medals for the nation’s capital at the ongoing Edo 2020 National Sports Festival in Benin City, Edo State.

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The Minister of Interior, Rauf Aregbesola, has instructed the Commandant-General of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC), Dr. Ahmed Audi, to return Nigeria back to the olden days when people could travel freely on the roads.

NSCDC trains 200 officers on CCTV surveillance

The Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) Oyo State Command, on Tuesday began training of 200 officers on the use of Closed-Circuit Television (CCTV) to tackle insecurity.
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Gunmen abduct APC caretaker committee chairman in Rivers

The Rivers Chapter of the APC has announced the abduction of Hiasine Wiye, the Caretaker Committee Chairman of APC in Khana Local Government area of the State.
The Ebonyi State chapter of the All Progressives Congress(APC) has come out against the decision of the state government to ban the use of public transport motorcycles (Okada) anywhere in the state.

Two brothers killed in ‘Okada’ accident on way to school

Two male siblings were on Thursday morning, killed in a motorcycle accident in the Sotubo community, Ogijo, Ogun State. The accident involved an Okada with six student passengers who were on their way to school.
A Nigerian actor, Junior Pope Odonwodo, a.k.a Jnr Pope, has expressed gratitude to God for sparing his life and that of his family members after a fire incident destroyed his house.

Nollywood actor grateful after family escapes death

A Nigerian actor, Junior Pope Odonwodo, a.k.a Jnr Pope, has expressed gratitude to God for sparing his life and that of his family members after a fire incident destroyed his house.
Samia Suluhu Hassan is sworn in as the new president of Tanzania. Reuters-Stringer-Gallo Images

Tanzania’s new president prioritises coronavirus

Tanzania’s new president Samia Suluhu Hassan said on Tuesday that her government would form a committee for scientific research into Covid-19, in a departure from the pandemic-sceptic policies of her predecessor John Magufuli who died last month.