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Primaries: APC, PDP in states quake

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Primaries: APC, PDP in states quake

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WITH few days to the primaries of the political parties to pick their governorship candidates, deep-seated resentment is raging among the major actors in the All Progressives Congress (APC) and main opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) over accusation of manipulation of the process that will throw up standard-bearers across states.  Other critical stakeholders in the […]

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2023: How I was drafted into the Presidential race —Senate President

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2023: How I was drafted into the Presidential race —Senate President

President of the Senate and aspirant for the All Progressives Congress (APC) presidential ticket, Ahmad Lawan on Thursday gave a hint of how he suddenly developed in the race to succeed President Muhammadu Buhari. Lawan at a meeting with some members of the Katsina State House of Assembly in Daura, Katsina State capital, said that […]

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Families of abducted passengers kick against planned resumption of train service

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Families of abducted passengers kick against planned resumption of train service

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Families and friends of abducted Abuja-Kaduna train passengers have kicked against the resumption of train service by the Nigerian Railway Corporation (NRC) on Monday. The families warned further that the authorities should not dare their patience. Recall that the train was attacked on March 28, 2022, and over 60 passengers were abducted by terrorists suspected […]

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Ambassador celebrates U.S-Nigeria cultural ties in music and arts  

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Ambassador celebrates U.S-Nigeria cultural ties in music and arts  

The U.S. government has said that it is committed to strengthening the burgeoning U.S.-Nigeria cultural ties through music, arts, film, cultural heritage, and professional and educational exchanges. This was revealed when the U.S. Mission Nigeria hosted a reception last Thursday to honour the 15th Annual Headies Music Awards, which will be held for the first […]

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Supreme Court joins Speaker, AG, Rivers in Buhari, Malami’s suit against Section 84(12) of Electoral Act

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Supreme Court joins Speaker, AG, Rivers in Buhari, Malami’s suit against Section 84(12) of Electoral Act

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The Supreme Court on Thursday, joined the Speaker of the Rivers State House of Assembly and the State Attorney General as second and third defendants in the suit brought before it by President Muhammad Buhari and the Attorney General of the Federation (AGF) and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami (SAN) against the National Assembly, seeking […]

Supreme Court joins Speaker, AG, Rivers in Buhari, Malami’s suit against Section 84(12) of Electoral Act
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NDLEA, DSS hand over suspected internet fraudsters to EFCC

The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) has arrested and handed over two suspected internet fraudsters to the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Enugu Zonal Command.

Spokesperson for the Commission, Mr Wilson Uwujaren, disclosed this in a statement in Abuja on Friday.

Uwujaren said that one of the suspects during their arrest had in his possession 68 blank GTB ATM Cards.

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Other items recovered from him, according to Uwujaren, included, mobile phones, a Lexus IS350 Salon car with registration number, BWR 977 BR.

“The suspects were handed over along with the recovered items including written statements recorded at the office of the NDLEA.

“Preliminary investigation following the handover reveals that one of the suspects is into ATM Card scam as two more blank ATM cards were recovered at his residence in the course of executing a search warrant.

“Also, a staff of a new generation bank at Rangers Avenue Enugu, whose conversation with the suspect was intercepted by the Commission, has been arrested and is currently helping the investigation,” he said.

Uwujaren added that the Department of State Services (DSS) also handed over eight suspected internet fraudsters to the Enugu Command on Oct. 20.

He added that the suspects were arrested at a luxurious apartment in an estate in Enugu.

“They are suspected to be apprentices learning the craft of cyber fraud.

“They will be charged to court as soon as the investigation is concluded, ” Uwujaren added.

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Boko Haram/ISWAP kill two Mopol, five others in Borno

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By Ndahi Marama – Maiduguri 

Armed members of the dreaded Boko Haram/ISWAP group on Thursday evening sneaked into Damboa Local Government Area of Borno state, killing two Mobile Policemen (Mopol) after setting ablaze their head office located in the town with three operational vehicles. 

Also razed down is a grounded operational vehicle belonging to members of the Civilian Joint Task Force, CJTF. Reliable sources and residents have said.

Damboa is about 85km drive from Maiduguri, the state capital, but due to closer of 185km Maiduguri-Damboa-Biu, it takes about two days for motorists to reach the town from Maiduguri through other means.

Unconfirmed reports revealed that some of the insurgents also lost their lives in the attack with others went away into Sambisa forest with various degrees of gunshot injuries, although, residents dismissed such claim, insisted that they have not seen any dead body of insurgents on the streets after the attack.

The insurgents in a convoy of about 10 gun trucks stormed the town at about 5:30 pm from eastern frank of Damboa and started shooting sporadically which left many people to scamper for safety, before ground military troops and airforce Task team engaged them to repel the attack.

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On 2nd October, 2021, some group of insurgents stormed the town in an attempt to invade an area where hundreds of their surrendered members were camped, even as this fresh attack is coming some few hours ago, when some of the Service Chiefs were in Maiduguri on Friday afternoon to assess the security situation in the theatre.

Unfortunately, during the exchange of gunfire, 5 residents including a primary school pupil  Bintu Audu Buba were killed by stray bullets.

Also killed by stray bullets according to sources were Chiroma Zaki and an unidentified woman visitor who came from neighbouring village to see her relatives residing in Damboa.

Residents, Mallam modu Ali and Yahaya Isah, in a telephone interview with Vanguard correspondent, said, “the insurgents freely sneaked into the town and wreck havoc without swift confrontation from the military who always hang themselves into their barracks.”

They alleged that, unlike before, the military authorities in Damboa are not doing what they are supposed to do in safeguarding residents, as they (military) concentrate much on protecting themselves in their formations.

All efforts to get confirmation from security authorities proved abortive at press time, but a reliable security source who is not authorized to talk to the press confirmed the deadly incident.

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Tiwa Savage sex tape, EndSARS, others top Nigeria’s Google Trends in October

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By Juliet Umeh

The emergence of a sex tape involving one of Nigeria’s pop stars, Tiwa Savage; a boxing bout involving Tyson vs Wilder; and a protest to honour those who died during the EndSARS protests of 2020, were some of the trending topics that caught the attention of Nigerians on Google in October.

Search trends information is gleaned from data collated by Google based on what Nigerians have been searching for and asking Google.

Google said it processes more than 40, 000 search queries every second. This translates to more than a billion searches per day and 1.2 trillion searches per year worldwide.#

According to the report released by the search engine, earlier this month, Savage announced she was being blackmailed over a sex tape which was mistakenly uploaded online.

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The news caught the attention of her fans in Nigeria and across the world. When the video was later leaked online it sparked conversation both online and offline.

Also, the conclusion of the much-anticipated boxing bout between Tyson Fury and Deontay Wilder piqued the interest of Nigerian sports fans.

Boxing match reviews and images of Wilder taking beatings and being slammed into the ropes by Fury filled the Internet, prompting fans to search for more.

In the same vein, on October 20, one year after a series of huge protests against police brutality in Nigeria, an EndSARS memorial protest was held.

This was in honour of the victims of last year’s shooting, Nigerian youth and celebrities drove through the Lekki toll gate in Lagos in a memorial automobile procession.

Popular celebrities, Folarin Falana also known as Falz, and Debo Adebayo, also known as Mr Macaroni spearheaded the march.

These were all that dominated Nigerians search interests in the month under review.

However, other interesting searches were World Teachers’ Day, the releases of hit songs Alcohol and Levels by Joe Boy and Flavour respectively.

‘Nmandi Kanu Biafra’, was also a top searched term by Nigerians who were interested in the ongoing trial of the pro-Biafra political activist and the adjournment of his court case until November 10 by the Federal High Court in Abuja.

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Troops kill bandits, arrest their spiritual leader, others in Kaduna

BREAKING: Bandits kill Southern Kaduna District head, son

By Ibrahim Hassan – Kaduna 

Troops in Kaduna State have killed many bandits in Chikun and Igabi Local Government Areas of the state, arrested the wife of a notorious bandit, their marabout and suspected collaborators.

The development was confirmed by Samuel Aruwan, Commissioner, Ministry of Internal Security and Home Affairs, Kaduna State on Friday. 

He said security forces have reported that several bandits were eliminated, and camps destroyed, during clearance operations in Igabi and Chikun local government areas of Kaduna State. 

“According to the reports, clearance operations were conducted in Faka, Katuka, Barebari and Maguzawa general areas, spanning Chikun and Igabi LGAs. An unconfirmed number of bandits were sighted on the high ground across the Maguzawa river; they were engaged by a NAF attack helicopter, and neutralized.”

“Furthermore, the security forces conducted clearance patrols to Katuka, about 9km from Kangon Kadi in Chikun LGA. During the destruction of camps, one fleeing bandit was apprehended, with the following items recovered: One Motorcycle,one AK-47 rifle and 30 rounds of ammunition”.

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“During a subsequent clearance operation to Kangon Kadi and Barebari areas, one Rabi Hajiya Karime, the wife of a notorious bandit Zubairu, was apprehended. Also arrested were Malam Idris Audu – a spiritual leader to the bandits – as well as Abdulrasheed Gambo Na Halima and Abubakar Idris Na Halima, suspected collaborators.”

Similarly, some items used by bandits were recovered after dislodging and razing some bandit camps in Udawa general area of Chikun LGA. They include some motorcycles, one AK47 rifle, some AK47 magazines, ammunition and drugs, as may be seen in the attached pictures. 

“Governor Nasir El-Rufai expressed satisfaction at these reports, and commended the security forces for the successful operation.

“He thanked the troops for their relentless efforts, and urged security agencies to ensure thorough investigations on the persons apprehended.

Clearance patrols will be sustained in these and other earmarked areas,” he said.

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Insecurity: FCT minister orders fencing of all schools

FCT minister urges FRSC to address traffic congestion at Lugbe
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By Omeiza Ajayi – Abuja

Federal Capital Territory FCT minister, Malam Muhammad Musa Bello has directed that adequate budgetary provisions be made for the fencing of schools across the Territory in the 2022 budget currently under preparation.

Chief Press Secretary to the FCT minister, Anthony Ogunleye in a statement issued Friday in Abuja said the directive was one of the fall-outs from the monthly FCT Security Committee meeting which was held on Thursday and chaired by the minister.

The Minister commended security agencies for the noticeable decline in criminal activities across the FCT and called on them to sustain the momentum.

“Residents were also called upon to be security conscious especially in the ’ember’ months and cooperate with security agencies by providing information whenever possible

“On the issue of uncompleted buildings used as criminal hideouts, owners of such buildings were directed to immediately take steps to secure and complete them as appropriate sanctions will be taken against erring owners to the full extent of the law.

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“Parents were also called upon to monitor the social media activities of their children as vulnerable and young people have become victims of criminal elements operating in cyberspace who endanger the lives and livelihoods of the children and their parents”, Ogunleye stated.

According to him, the activities of scavengers in the FCT are to be closely monitored and regulated by the Administration, adding that the revised guidelines controlling their activities will be released by the Abuja Environmental Protection Board.

“The Minster also commended the inter-agency cooperation among the various security agencies and urged them to continue to work closely together in order to get the desired results”, the statement added.

Also in attendance at the meeting were the Permanent Secretary in the FCT Administration, Mr Olusade Adesola, the Chief of Staff to the Minister, Malam Bashir Mai-Bornu, heads of various security agencies in the FCT, Area Council Chairmen, traditional and religious leaders as well as some senior officials of the administration.

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