Author: Abimbola Ogunnaike

A yet-to-be-identified six-man armed have brutally gang raped a pregnant woman identified as Margret to a state of coma while working on her farm. The incident , it was gathered occurred on Friday, 12 July, 2024 in Kadiri, Keana Local Government Area of Nasarawa State, leaving residents in a state of outrage and palpable fear. Narrating her ordeal, Margaret said she was with her husband on the farm when the armed gang, suspected to be militia, appeared. Both tried to flee, but due to her condition, she was unable to escape and fell to the ground. The armed men then took turns raping…

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This is indeed not the best of times for the embattled former Governor of Kano State and the current National Chairman of the ruling All Progressives Congress(APC) Dr Abdullahi Ganduje, as the state government has filed fresh charges against him at a Kano State High Court with Case No. K/143c/24. According to the charge sheet, Ganduje and his former Commissioner for Justice, Musa Lawan are 1st and 2nd Defendants, respectively. They are being accused among others of Criminal Conspiracy, contrary to Section 96 and punishable under Section 97, Criminal Breach of Trust contrary to Section 311 and punishable under Section 315,…

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Famous English singer Adele has announced that she’s taking a break from music to explore new creative pursuits. The ‘Hello’ singer, who has been living in the United States for the past two years, explained that she would be relocating to her home country when her residency expires in November She told fans not to expect new music from her, stressing that she wants a “big break.” “I don’t have plans for new music at all. I want a big break, and I think I want to do other creative things just for a little while,” Adele said in an…

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The ancient town of Kuta was ago on Sunday, 14 July, 2024, as Olowu of Kuta, His Royal Majesty Oba Dr Hameed Adekunle Makama Oyelude, CON, Tegbosun III, received dignitaries across Nigeria to celebrate his 60th birthday anniversary. Prominent among the dignitaries were former President, Chief Olusegun Obasanjo; Governor of Osun State, Senator Ademola Adeleke; former Governor of Osun State, Prince Olagunsoye Oyinlola; former Chief of Army Staff, Gen TY Buratai rtd who also doubles as Balogun Agba Akin of Kuta; and the Executive Chairman of Federal Character Commission,  Dr Muheeba Dankaka. Traditional rulers at the ceremony include: Ooni of…

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Ekene Adams, a member of the House of Representatives representing Chikun/Kajuru Federal Constituency, Kaduna State, and Chairman House Committee on Sports, has passed on at age of 39. The lawmaker, it was learnt , died in the early hours of Tuesday, 16 July, 2024 although the cause of his death has not been ascertained at the time of filing this report. Different sports groups in the country have started mourning the exit of Adams. “My good friend and one of our frontline members of the NPFL Club Owners Association, Chairman House Committee on Sports, Hon Ekene Abubakar Adams is Dead,” Former…

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The trial of Ali Bello and Dauda Sulaiman before Justice J. K. Omotosho of the Federal High Court, Abuja, continued on Monday, July 15, 2024, with the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, presenting its seventh Prosecution Witness, PW7. The EFCC is prosecuting Ali Bello and Dauda Sulaiman on a 10-count charge bordering on money laundering. The PW7, Aminu Rabiu, a businessman with Falala Construction and Interior Decoration Company, Abuja, who was led in evidence by the prosecution counsel, Rotimi Oyedepo, SAN, informed the court that he received money for the renovation of Ali Bello’s houses from various people in…

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A Kano State High Court presided over by Justice Amina Aliyu, has ordered Alhaji Aminu Ado Bayero to stop parading himself as the Emir of Kano.  Justice Aliyu, who gave the order on Monday, 15 July, 2024,  also barred four other deposed monarchs from parading themselves as Emirs of Bichi, Rano, Karaye and Gaya. The court also ordered that the five deposed emirs to return all moveable and immovable properties belonging to Kano state government. Recall that the judge had on 4 July, 2024 adjourned the matter to rule on application for extension of time, notice of preliminary objection, joinder application and application…

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Things are looking up for good for the famous Nigerian Afrobeat musician, Wizkid as he has been nominated in seven categories in the Africa Arts Entertainments Awards (AAEA). The awards are meant to recognise and celebrate the achievements of music artistes across the African continent. The singere is competing in several categories, including AAEA Best Continental Male Artiste and AAEA Continental Artiste of the Year. He was also nominated for Continental Album/EP of the Year for his project ‘S2’, along with honors for his collaborations and singles, Best Continental Intl Feature for ‘Work Me Out’, Best Continental Afro RnB Hit…

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The Federal Government has said there is no truth in the report that it was set to commence recruitment into the Fire and Immigration Services, insisting there is no such plan until September. Debunking the reports in online publications claiming that there was ongoing plan by the Civil Defence, Correctional, Fire and Immigration Services Board to begin a recruitment exercise into the Nigeria Immigration Service and Federal Fire Service, the Secretary to the Board, Ja’afaru Ahmed, in a statement on Monday, urged Nigerians to ignore them. The statement read: “The attention of the Civil Defence, Correctional, Fire and Immigration Services…

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Delta State Governor, Rt. Hon. Sheriff Oborevwori, Sunday, said the state government was working with the construction giant, Julius Berger, to redesign and remodel the Effurun roundabout for the purpose of providing cloverleaf and road expansion in the busy corridor. Governor Oborevwori disclosed this to newsmen shortly after inspecting the flyover under construction at PTI junction in Uvwie Local Government Area of the state. The Governor, who said he was impressed with the job done so far on the projects, expressed optimism that Julius Berger would deliver the job on schedule. On the road expansion, Oborevwori said both parties were…

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The Ogun State Government has awarded scholarships to nine students who performed creditably well in an essay competition to mark the 90th birthday celebration of the Noble Laureate, Prof. Wole Soyinka. Speaking at the 2024 edition of the Wole Soyinka International Cultural Exchange Programme held at Prof. Soyinka’s ARI residence, Ijegba, Abeokuta, on Monday, Governor Dapo Abiodun, said they would also be given laptop each for their efforts. The gesture Governor Abiodun emphasized is to encourage the beneficiaries to keep writing as well as motivate other students to participate in the next edition of the competition. While describing the Noble…

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An Ikeja Chief Magistrates’ Court presided over by Chief Magistrate, E.Kubeinje, on Monday, 15 July, 2024 remanded a 43-year-old boarding school housemaster, Adema Ogunbiyi in Kirikiri custodial facility for allegedly a 12-year-old boy. Magistrate Kubeinje, ordered that Ogunbiyi be kept at the facility pending advice from the state Director of Public Prosecutions. The court did not take the plea of Ogunbiyi. Kubeinje, however, adjourned the case until 24 July 24, for further hearing. The Prosecutor, Insp John Iberedem had earlier informed the court that the suspect committed the offence sometime on June 18 between the hours of 10:00pm and 11:30pm. Iberedem…

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The National Media Complaints Commission (NMCC), otherwise known as the Ombudsman, has received a formal complaint from the Federal Government against the Daily Trust newspaper. The complaint alleged that the newspaper published an article on July 4, 2024 “containing false and misleading information that severely threatens national security”. Eluem Emeka Izeze, chairman and Feyi Smith, Interim Secretary, for Ombudsman, in a press statement issued and routed through Media Right Agenda, disclosed that the complaint dated July 8, 2024, and signed by Dr. Ngozi Onwudiwe, Permanent Secretary of the Federal Ministry of Information and National Orientation, on behalf of Information Minister,…

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The Chairman of Dangote Group and owner of Dangote Refinery, Aliko Dangote has said that the Nigerian National Petroleum Company Limited, NNPCL, no longer owns a 20 per cent stake in Dangote Refinery. Dangote made this disclosure  in Lagos this during a press briefing at the refinery on Sunday, 14 July, 2024 The African richest man noted that the Nigerian oil company now owns only 7.2 per cent of the refinery due to the NNPC’s failure to pay the balance of their share, which was due last month in June. According to Dangote,  while NNPCL had promised to provide the funds, it…

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International Relations and Affairs Alliance( IRAA), a coalition of international relations practitioners has lampooned a faceless group, who is out in arms with the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Ambassador Yusuf Tuggar over delay in appointment of ambassadors, for a lack of zero knowledge about diplomatic processes. A statement by the Coalition of Civil Society Groups and signed by Comrade Igwe Ude-Umanta had erroneously pointed accusing fingers at Ambassador Yusuf Tuggar for recalling ambassadors and not appointing new ones. The Lagos based coalition led by Mrs. Adewusi Bakare, in a statement on Monday, 15 July, 2024, said Ude-Umanta should note that…

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The Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps(NSDC) Commandant General’s Special Intelligence Squad has arrested three suspects for vandalism of oil pipeline, oil theft and illegal dealings in petroleum products at Umuodo, Umuajuloke Community in Omuma Local Government Area of Rivers State. The CG’s SIS Commander, DC Apollo Dandaura during a briefing on Monday, said the the arrest was made possible through sustained Intelligence that an illegal oil refinery was cited at the crime scene, which made his command to sweep the area, leading to discovery of a large quantity of illegally refined petroleum products suspected to be Automotive Gas Oil…

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Argentina football legend and captain, Lionel Messi, has made history by becoming the player with the most trophies in football history. Messi played for 60 minutes as his country beat Colombia 1-0 in the final of the 2024 Copa America. This is the 45th piece of silverware the 37-year-old has won in his career. Messi breaks the record that was initially held by ex-Barcelona teammate Dani Alves (44). Messi won 35 of his club career titles at Barcelona and six trophies with Argentina, including Copa America 2021 and Copa America 2024. The eight-time Ballon d’Or winner also won the Olympic…

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Osun State Police Command has confirmed that at least two persons were rescued in the building that collapsed in the Sabo area of Osogbo, the state capital. The Command Public Relations Officer, Yemisi Opalola, who confirmed the development through a statement issued on Monday, 15 July, 2024, disclosed that during rescue operations mounted by security agencies, it was discovered that only two persons were trapped under the rubble of the one-storey building. Recall that a one-storey building collapsed on the morning of Sunday, 14 July, 2024, around the Sabo area of Osogbo. Governor Ademola Adeleke had in a reaction through…

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Bandits have imposed about N200m levies on10 communities in Zurmi LGA of Zamfara State, Daily Trust reports. The news medium gathered that most of the affected villages were located along Kaura Namoda-Moriki town in Zurmi Local Government Area. The affected villages and the levies are: Yan Dolen Kaura: N15 million; Gidan Zagi: N15 million; Kanwa Million: N20 million; Kaiwa Lamba: N26 million; Gidan Dan Zara: N22 million; Jinkirawa: N16 million; Dumfawa: N16 million; Ruguje: N7 million; Babani: N3 million and Gidan Duwa: N4 million. The residents of the villages said they are under pressure to raise these funds within a…

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The Chief Executive Officer of Dangote Refinery, Aliko Dangote, has announced August 2024 as the new date to roll out fuel supply in the Nigerian market. Dangote, who made this disclosure on Sunday, 15 July, 2024 while speaking to newsmen, added that it has resolved its crude oil supply issues with the help of the Nigeria National Petroleum Company Limited, NNPCL and the Nigerian Federal Government. He stressed that the crude supply challenge was resolved last week after the Federal Government intervened. The journalists were on a guided tour of the 650,000-barrel-per-day refinery, which is located at Lekki Free Trade Zone in…

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