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1. The Arewa Youth Assembly, AYA, yesterday issued 72 hours ultimatum to the Yoruba activist, Mr Sunday Igboho to move his people from the north, adding that failure to do so, they will be forced to take necessary actions by personally taking the responsibility of getting them back home. Mohammed Salihu Danlami, Speaker, Arewa Youth Assembly, disclosed this in a statement on Thursday.

2. The Court of Appeal in Abuja on Thursday dismissed the alleged University of Ibadan degree certificate forgery suit filed by the All Progressives Congress (APC) against Governor Godwin Obaseki of Edo State. The court dismissed the suit for lacking in merit and awarded N250, 000 cost in favour of Mr Obaseki.

3. The European Medicines Agency yesterday disclosed that the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine is safe and effective. The Agency’s Chief, Emer Cooke made this known to newsmen during a press conference after a probe of the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine by the body’s safety committee on Thursday.

4. The Kwara State Government has directed teachers and staff of all the ten mission schools shut down in Ilorin, to report at their respective schools on Friday, March 19, 2021. In a statement by the Press Secretary of the commission, Amogbonjaye Peter, the chairman, said workers who fail to adhere to the directive would be faced with the wrath of the law.

5. Following the incessant abduction of schoolchildren, the Zamfara State Government yesterday said that all boarding schools earlier closed by the government should be reopened with immediate effect and be converted to day schools. This was contained in a statement signed by the State Commissioner for Education, Alh Aliyu Tukur ES.

6. The Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association of Nigeria (MACBAN) yesterday, reported an alleged attack on Fulani herdsmen in Anambra State to the police. The report signed by the Zonal Chairman, Gidado Siddiki, claimed that 30 Fulani herders and 322 cows are missing.

7. Gunmen on Thursday reportedly killed four naval men and three policemen in different locations in Anambra State. The hoodlums killed three policemen at Ukacha Junction, Neni, in the Anaocha Local Government Area while the four naval men were reportedly killed at Awkuzu, in Oyi LGA of the state.

8. About 56 residents of Gwangwan village in Kano State have reportedly been vomiting and urinating blood due to an outbreak of a mysterious ailment that struck the village recently.

9. The Presidency, yesterday, disclosed that six of the 12 Super Tucanos were on track to arrive in mid-July 2021 and the remaining six, shortly after that. Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, made the disclosure on Thursday via his verified twitter handle.

10. The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control, NCDC, has confirmed 135 new COVID-1 cases in 15 states and the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja. This brings the total number of recorded infections in the country so far to 161,409.

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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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