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1. Nigerians, yesterday, woke up to yet another hike in the price of petrol from N165 naira per litre to N212.61. But the Minister of State for Petroleum Resources, Mr Timipreye Sylva asked Nigerians to disregard the increase, saying it was a mix-up.

2. The National Security Adviser, Major General Babagana Monguno (retd.), yesterday alleged that $1bn funds meant to purchase arms to tackle insurgency during the ex-service chiefs’ tenure got missing. This comes over a month after the ex-service chiefs’ resignation and replacement by President Muhammadu Buhari.

3. Panic buying of petrol, and long queues of vehicles were witnessed at many filling stations across the country on Friday after a reported increase in pump price from N162 to N212.16 by the Petroleum Products Pricing Regulatory Agency.

4. Gunmen on Friday attacked the Federal College of Forestry Mechanization, Afaka, Igabi Local Government Area of Kaduna State, located opposite the permanent site of the Nigerian Defence Academy (NDA). They were almost making away with 219 students and staff of the college when soldiers from the NDA stormed the scene and rescued 180 victims.

5. The Lagos State Judicial Panel probing police brutality, on Friday awarded N7.5 million to a petitioner, Marc Chidiebere Nwadi, who was imprisoned for six years without trial, following his arrest by the police.

6. The House of Representatives was furious, yesterday, over the absence of the Chief of Army Staff, Major-General Ibrahim Attahiru, at a panel investigating the procurement of arms and ammunition for the prosecution of the war against insurgency in the last ten years.

7. The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), yesterday cautioned the federal government against increasing the pump price of petrol to N212 per litre, saying it will be an invitation for mass protest. The party stated this in a statement by its spokesman, Kola Ologbodiyan.

8. The Supreme Court, yesterday, affirmed the conviction and 10-year jail term of Joshua Dariye, former governor of Plateau State. The EFCC had in 2007 charged Dariye to court and accused him of diverting N1.126 billion from Plateau government’s ecological fund.

9. A 38-year-old lecturer at the Kwara State College of Health Technology, Offa, Adebisi Ademola, was on Friday sentenced to six months imprisonment for his involvement in a romance scam.

10. The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control, NCDC, has confirmed 399 new cases of coronavirus (COVID-19) in 17 states and the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja. The health agency made the announcement on Friday night via a tweet on its official Twitter handle.

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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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