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APC elders, hundreds of supports defect to PDP, give reasons



Elders of the All Progressives Congress, APC, in Gyel District of Jos South Local Government Area in Plateau State, have decamped to the opposition Peoples Democratic Party, PDP.

The Elders, from the North Senatorial District of Plateau, said they defected to the PDP to support Alhaji Atiku Abubakar.

A member of Governor Simon Lalong Campaign Organisation, Hon. Pam Tizah, also known as Ashasha, led 30 elders and about 100 supporters out of the APC, on Friday.

They defected during PDP meeting in Jos and described the APC as ‘clueless.’

Tizah, a former PDP Chairman, Jos South LGA who dumped the PDP in 2017, “I was a member of APC State Campaign Council but I decided to come back to PDP, the house we all build to support Hon. Edward Pwajok in mobilising support for Atiku Abubakar, Sen. Jeremiah Useni and all PDP candidates.

“There is nothing in the APC that will add value to my people, therefore I can’t be wasting my time there doing nothing. I have been under pressure from my supporters to come back to PDP and assist the people who are helpless from insecurity.”

A former PDP Secretary Plateau State, Hon. Dalyop Jonathan Bok, who abandoned the party in 2017 also described his return to the party as coming home.

He said, “We are back to PDP with full force to lend our support to Hon. Edward Pwajok, Chairman House Committee on Rules and Business in the House of Reps to mobilize support for PDP from the grassroot, he has been our political mentor and we will keep moving towards his direction.”

Chairman of the PDP Elders Forum in Gyel District, Gyang Mali Jok, said he was glad, adding that the defectors would add electoral value to the PDP during the Saturday election.

He noted that the Elders returned to PDP with hundreds of their supporters and predicted that “PDP would win the Saturday election in Plateau State.”


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Bandits attack police formation, kill 13 officers in Zamfara



Armed men suspected to be bandits have attacked the Kurar Mota community in Bungudu Local Government Area of Zamfara State, killing at least 13 police officers

We gathered that the incident occured on Sunday when the assailants invaded a police formation and gunned down officers on duty.

A residents who identified himself as Kabir Dansada, told Daily Trust that the armed men had earlier attempted to invade Magami, a community located 50km south of Gusau, the state capital, but were repelled by soldiers.

“They withdrew after they were overpowered by the soldiers there. They then rode to a community along Magami – Dankurmi – Dangulbi road and killed one person and torched four shops.”

“Thereafter, they moved to Kurar Mota community and attacked the police formation near the township clinic. The criminals then dashed into the forest”

“The slain officers and the injured ones were conveyed to Gusau in a convoy of police vehicles this afternoon. I saw several police vehicles move towards the area,” he said.

When contacted by our correspondent, the state’s Police Public Relations Officer, PPRO, SP Muhammad Shehu said he would inquire and revert.


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Clean smelly Lagos gutters, stop making noise – Deji Adeyanju rebukes Joe Igbokwe



Deji Adeyanju, an Abuja-based human rights activist, has berated Joe Igbokwe, a chieftain of the All Progressives Congress, APC, over his recent comments on social media.

Adeyanju said Igbokwe who should be cleaning smelly gutters in Lagos State is making noise on social media.

Igbokwe, who is the Special Adviser on Drainage and Water Resources to the Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu has been very outspoken on social media lately.

The APC chieftain celebrated the rearrest of Nnamdi Kanu, leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB.

He had explained that Kanu once asked IPOB members to kill him and his family members.

The governor’s aide also rebuked Kanu’s style of agitation, stressing that the IPOB leader never witnessed the Biafra civil.

Igbokwe further stressed that the Nigerian government has enough evidence to convict the embattled IPOB leader.

However, Adeyanju, in a tweet wrote: “Joe Igbokwe who should be busy cleaning smelly gutters in Lagos is still on Facebook making noise.”

Meanwhile, we observed that Lagos State has witnessed serious flooding due to rain fall and bad drainage management.


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Cultism: Four arrested during cult supremacy battle in Ogun



Four persons, who the police said are members of dreaded cult groups, were on Saturday arrested during a supremacy battle in Ogun State.

Police said the supremacy battle led to a gun duel between Aye and Eiye confraternities in the Atan-Ota area of Ogun.

The suspects, according to the Ogun Police Public Relations Officer, Abimbola Oyeyemi, were identified as Olusegun Owoola (26), Gbenga Akinkade (34), Jinadu Waliu (30) and Sanni Hammed (27)

Oyeyemi informed us that they were arrested following a distress call received by the DPO of Atan Ota division, CSP Abolade Oladigbolu at about 4am on Saturday.

The two groups were said to have gone on a rampage at the Hotel road area of Atan, shooting sporadically.

The DPO had mobilized his men to the scene “where they met the two groups engaging themselves in a serious gun battle.”

According to Oyeyemi, “the police engaged the hoodlums and subsequently subdued them”, leading to the arrest of four of them.

Items recovered from them are a locally-made pistol, three live cartridges, two knives, an iron rod and assorted criminal charms.

Meanwhile, the Commissioner of Police, Edward Ajogun has directed that the case be transferred to the anti-cultism section of the State CIID for investigation.

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