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1. The Speaker of the Niger State House of Assembly, Barrister Bawa Wuse and the Clerk of the House Mohammed Kagara have gone into self-isolation after testing positive for coronavirus.

The lawmakers and principal staff, it was learnt, have gone into quarantine as the second wave of the pandemic hits the State.

2. The organized labour in Imo State has ordered the commencement of eight-day warning strike in the State.

The warning strike which begins today, Monday, December 21, 2020, according to a press release signed by the Labour’s state Chairman and the Secretary, Austin Chilakpo and Ken Onwuemeodo, respectively, was to press home their demand on the issue of accumulated salary arrears, staggered payment and underpayment of salaries and pensions.

3. The Human Rights Writers Association of Nigeria, HURIWA, has said President Muhammadu Buhari’s government was responsible for terrorist in Nigeria.

HURIWA, a frontline Rights group, alleged that Buhari’s attempt to appease terrorism was responsible for the upsurge in the fortune of terrorism in the North.

4. The Kaduna State Government, on Sunday, directed all workers below Grade Level 14 to work from home as from Monday, December 21 to prevent the spread of COVID-19 as the state prepares for a second wave of the pandemic.

A statement by Mr Muyiwa Adekeye, Special Adviser on Media and Communication to Governor Nasir El-Rufai in Kaduna on Sunday, noted that the workers could be summoned to the office by their supervisors who may require their presence in the office.

5. Three persons, including the leader of a vigilante group, Mallam Isyaku Alhassan, of Madaka, Rafi Local Government Area of Niger State have been allegedly killed by bandits today (Sunday) in the area.

The other victims included the son of the leader of the vigilante, Abdulhamid Isyaku and one other person whose name is could not be ascertained at the moment.

6. A Nigerian doctor, Benjamin Okigbo on Friday, murdered his wife Theresa Okigbo before killing himself at their Greatwood home.

Chief Eric Robins, Sugar Land Police Department, who Texas confirmed the incident on Sunday, said the couple were found around 10:05 am at the Greatwood Subdivision in the 1500 block of Brookstone Lane in what seemed like an apparent murder-suicide.

7. The interim Chairman, Alliance on Surviving COVID-19 and Beyond, Mr Femi Falana ( SAN ), says over 70 corpses of persons killed in Lagos during the #EndSARS protests are yet to be claimed.

Falana said so far, only about 20 families had come forward to claim bodies, adding that many people did not know that their relatives had been killed, while some others might have left the “ matter to God.”

8. A Police sergeant in Rivers State has killed a staff of Onne-based Intels over demand for ‘bail money’, despite police authorities saying ‘bail is free’.

The trigger-happy cop was said to be attached to Elelewon Police Divisional headquarters at Obio-Akpor LGA of Rivers State.

9. Following the recent comment made by the Governor of Ebonyi State, Dave Umahi, on behalf of his South-East counterparts, distancing themselves from the recently launched security outfit of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) and claiming that the outfit is non-existent, the group has maintained that nobody can stop it from functioning.

In a statement by the media and publicity secretary of the group, Emma Powerful, it described the comment as a ‘shameful display of their irredeemable enslavement and loyalty to their caliphate slavemasters who in the first place appointed them Governors.’

10. The Director General of the National Institute for Strategic Studies (NIPSS) Kuru Jos, Prof. Habu Galadima, is dead.

The Secretary and Director of Administration of the Institute Retired Brig.-Gen. C.F.J Udaya, announced the development in a statement on Sunday in Jos.

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Bandits attack police formation, kill 13 officers in Zamfara

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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

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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

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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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