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  • SERAP Asks African Commission To Order FG, NASS To Withdraw Bills To Gag Media

The Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project (SERAP) has asked the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights in Banjul, The Gambia, to “issue provisional measures to urgently stop the Nigerian government and National Assembly from supporting and pushing through two bills to gag the media, and impose arbitrary and harsh punishment on journalists, broadcast stations, media houses and media practitioners in Nigeria.”

In a Dated June 26, 2021, and signed by its Deputy Director Kolawole Oluwadare, SERAP said: “The push by the Nigerian government and the National Assembly to support and pass the two anti-media bills is unlawful, as passing the bills would be contrary to the country’s obligations to respect, protect, promote and fulfill the right to freedom of expression, access to information and media freedom under articles 1 and 9 of the African Charter.”

According to the rights group, “these anti-media bills are the latest threats to freedom of expression, access to information and media freedom in the country. The bills are not in keeping with the provisions of the Declaration of Principles on Freedom of Expression in Africa, which supplements articles 1 and 9 of the African Charter.”

  • Nnamdi Kanu Rearrested, Brought Back To Nigeria

Leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra, Nnamdi Kanu has been rearrested and brought back to Nigeria. He was intercepted on June 27. Kanu is expected to be re-arraigned before the Federal High Court for the continuation of his trial.
This was made known at a briefing in Abuja on Tuesday by the Attorney-General of the Federation, Abubakar Malami.

According to Mr Malami, Justice Binta Nyako of the Federal High Court in Abuja has granted the Federal Government’s application to detain the IPOB leader in a DSS facility ahead of the continuation of his trial. Justice Nyako also granted the application for the accelerated hearing of his trial to July 26 and 27 as against the earlier adjourned date of October 20. Mr Kanu has repeatedly called for the breakaway of a significant chunk of southern Nigeria to form the Republic of Biafra. He is expected to face charges of treason in court.

  • Kanu’s Arrest Not End Of Biafran Affair, Referendum Must Hold – Coalition Of Northern Groups

The Coalition of Northern Groups has said that the arrest of Nnamdi Kanu, leader of the proscribed Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), is not the end of the Biafran agitation. In a statement by its spokesman Abdul-Azeez Suleiman on Tuesday, the group called on the Federal Government to allow the full course of justice to take effect, adding that a referendum is necessary to determine the finite outcome of all agitations for sovereignty.

Kanu was rearrested and brought back to Nigeria on Tuesday. He was intercepted on June 27. The IPOB leader is expected to be re-arraigned before the Federal High Court for the continuation of his trial. Justice Binta Nyako of the Federal High Court in Abuja has granted the Federal Government’s application to detain the IPOB leader in a DSS facility ahead of the continuation of his trial. She also granted the application for the accelerated hearing of his trial to July 26 and 27 as against the earlier adjourned date of October 20.

  • Avengers’ threat to blow oil pipelines unnecessary – Presidency

The Presidency on Sunday described threats by Niger Delta Avengers to resume blow-up of oil pipelines if the substantive board for the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) was not inaugurated among other demands as unnecessary.

Special Adviser on Media and Publicity to President Muhammadu Buhari, Femi Adesina, in a statement said the demands of the militant group have been addressed by Buhari in a meeting with newly elected leaders of Ijaw National Council and other Niger Delta stakeholders, who visited him in his office in Abuja over the weekend.

The media was Sunday awash with threats and demands by a group, Niger Delta Avengers, to embark on economic sabotage through the bombing of critical oil and gas installations unless certain demands, including the development of the Niger Delta, and restructuring of the Federation, were met.

  • FG approves July 26 deadline for NIN/SIM linkage

The Federal Government has approved the extension of the deadline for NIN-SIM data verification to July 26, 2021. The government said the decision to extend the deadline was reached after a request by stakeholders on the need to consolidate enrolment and NIN-SIM verification process.

It added the development followed the rapid increase in the number of enrolment systems across the country. The linkage by Nigerians has hit 57.3 million. The government made the announcement in a statement signed jointly by the Director of Public Affairs of the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) Dr. Ikechukwu Adinde and Head of Corporate Communications of the National Identity Management Commission (NIMC) Mr. Kayode Adegoke.

  • UK to spend £2.16m to fight Boko Haram, others

The United Kingdom (UK) plans commit £12.6m to support Nigeria and other countries’ battle against Boko Haram/ISWA insurgency in the Lake Chad Basin, British Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab hinted on Monday. The other countries are Cameroon, Niger and Chad.

Raab, who dropped the hint during presentation at a meeting of foreign ministers from more than 45 countries in Rome, described the budget as part of the new UK funding to fight the growing threat of terrorism in West Africa. The ministers met under the auspices of Global Coalition Against Daesh/ISIS.
The session focused on “deepening cooperation to combat Daesh and its affiliate terrorist groups, including emerging threats across the African continent.


  • PDP fumes over another governor’s defection to APC

The Peoples Democratic Party has protested against the decision of Zamfara State Governor Bello Matawalle to defect to the All Progressives Congress (APC). It warned that the law only allows defection in a situation of crisis in the party the defector belonged to. Matawalle is the second PDP governor to defect to the APC this year. On May 20, Cross River State Governor Ben Ayade dumped the PDP. With Matawalle’s defection, APC now has 22 governors to PDP’s 13. The All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) controls the 36th state.

PDP spokesman Kola Ologbodiyan, said, “A combined reading of Section 221 of the 1999 Constitution as the pronouncements of the Supreme Court in Faleke v. INEC (2016) is clear in holding that it is the political party that stands for election, that votes scored in election belong to the political party and that the candidate nominated to contest at an election by his party acts only as the agent of his party. “The PDP hopes that Bello Matawalle as well as members of the National and State Assembly from Zamfara State will take caution.” Former Governor Abdulaziz Yari, who is the APC leader in Zamfara State, said members were set to receive Matawalle.

  • Defection Of Govs To APC Won’t Stop US From Taking Over In 2023 – PDP

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) says it is unmoved by the recent wave of defection by governors under the party to the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC), insisting it is well-positioned to reclaim the country’s number one seat in 2023. Governor Bello Mattawalle of Zamfara State officially joined the APC from the PDP on Tuesday, becoming the second governor to leave the nation’s main opposition for the ruling party just over one month after his Cross River counterpart Ben Ayade moved to the APC.

But the PDP insists the defections are nothing to worry about, claiming that the APC has not fulfilled its promises to Nigerians. The PDP leader who accused the APC of “poaching governors” from the party and intimidating them to join the ruling party, urged the APC to focus on repositioning the country’s economy and making life better for Nigerians.

  • Zamfara lawmaker shot dead after defecting to APC

Bandits have shot dead a member of the Zamfara State House of Assembly, Mohammed Ahmed, hours after he defected with Governor Bello Matawalle to the All Progressives Congress (APC). Mr Ahmed was reportedly killed by bandits along Sheme- Funtua Road in Katsina State. Mr Ahmed embarked on the journey shortly after the defection ceremony in Gusau on Tuesday.

Zamfara governor’s spokesperson, Yusuf Idris, said the deceased was the chairman, House committee on Appropriation, and represented Shankafi in the state’s assembly. Mr Idris said the lawmaker was shot dead at Yan Kara in Sheme LGA of Katsina State while conveying his son to Kano to board a flight to Sudan.


  • Petroleum Products Marketers Have No Plan To Go On Strike – President

The Independent Petroleum Marketers Association of Nigeria (IPMAN) is neither planning to go on strike nor planning to shut fuel stations nationwide, its National President, Alhaji Sanusi Fari, said on Monday. He said in a statement issued in Awka and signed by the association’s National Secretary, Mr Chidi Nnubia, that the public should dismiss any information regarding the planned strike.

The association’s National Public Relation Officer, Alhaji Yakubu Suleiman, had threatened in Abuja on Monday that IPMAN would go on strike and shut fuel stations nationwide beginning from Tuesday because the police laid siege on its secretariat. IPMAN’s National President, Alhaji Fari, however, urged petroleum dealers and the public to ignore Suleiman’s position. He also advised the public not to engage in panic buying of petroleum products.

  • Why NNPC Is Borrowing To Acquire 20 Percent Equity In Dangote Refinery – Mele Kyari

The Managing Director of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, Mele Kyari, on Tuesday, explained why the national oil company is purchasing a stake in Dangote oil refinery. The refinery is expected to begin production in 2022 with an installed 650,000 barrels per day capacity. It has been touted as a groundbreaking project for energy security in the country and for the African continent.

In May, the NNPC announced that it plans to acquire a 20 percent equity stake in the private company led by billionaire Aliko Dangote. Mr. Kyari argued that the decision was also driven by the profit potential of the refinery business.
“We know that this business is viable, it will work and it will return dividends. It has a cash-flow that is sustainable because refinery business, in the short term, will continue to be sustainable.


  • 3.4 Million Doses Utilized For Vaccination So Far – FG

The Federal Government stated on Monday that 88 percent of 4 million doses of the Oxford/AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccines supplied to the country a few months ago have been utilised so far. It added that a combined number of 3,441,146 Nigerians have been vaccinated so far with their first and second doses of the COVID-19 vaccine. First dose, 2,265,805, and second dose, 1,174,341.

Disclosing that the country’s vaccination rate is currently the best in Africa, the Executive Director/Chief Executive Officer of the National Primary Health Care Development Agency (NPHCDA), Dr. Faisal Shuaib, stressed that no life has been lost following vaccination. He stated these in Abuja during the briefing by the Presidential Steering Committee (PSC) on COVID-19. He further said: “Eligible people who have not been vaccinated at all have the opportunity to receive their first dose.


  • Out-of-School Children: Nigeria has the highest number in sub-Saharan Africa – Minister

The Minister of State, Education, Mr Chukwuemeka Nwajiuba, said that Nigeria has the highest number of Out-of-School Children in sub-Saharan Africa. Nwajiuba stated this during the inauguration of “Better Education Service Delivery For All (BESDA)”, in Katsina on Monday.

He announced that Nigeria has an estimated 10,193,918 children out of school. According to him, the current challenges affecting the Nigerian Education system has left much to be desired, saying that the system is characterised by high illiteracy level, infrastructural decay and deficits.

The minister stated that BESDA focuses on 17 states in the country, including all 13 states of the North-West and North-East geo-political zones, Niger, Oyo, Ebonyi and Rivers also included. The programme started in 2018.

In his remarks, Gov. Masari commended the federal ministry of education and the universal basic education commission for their foresight and commitment in coming up with laudable programmes for the development of the education sector in particular and the development of society in general.

  • Many institutions issuing fake certificates for NYSC mobilisation – Oloyede

Registrar of the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB), Prof. Is-haq Oloyede, has said many tertiary institutions still mobilize or award certificates to people who never attended the institutions. Oloyede spoke at the 2021 Batch “B” pre-mobilization workshop organized by the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) yesterday in Abuja.

The workshop was attended by representatives of tertiary institutions and other stakeholders. Oloyede said: “There are many ways that corps members and their collaborators take towards corrupting the system. The longer you stay in this system, the more shocked you are likely to become.

NYSC Director-General, Brig.-Gen. Shuaibu Ibrahim said the management of the scheme would sanction erring institutions and officials who attempt to compromise the mobilization process to serve as a deterrent to others.

  • No fresh UTME for candidates – JAMB

The Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board says it has not fixed another examination for any category of candidates on July 3 as being peddled in some quarters. The board’s Head of Media and Protocol, Dr Fabian Benjamin, told newsmen on Wednesday in Lagos that the report “is not correct’’.

Benjamin noted that almost all results of candidates, who sat for the 2021 Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination, have since been released. According to him, JAMB has at no point thereafter, announced any form of another examination for any category of candidates.

  • Makinde names Emir of Katagum LAUTECH’s fifth Chancellor

Oyo State Governor and Visitor to Ladoke Akintola University of Technology (LAUTECH), Ogbomoso, Seyi Makinde, has appointed the Emir of Katagum, Azare in Bauchi State, His Royal Highness, Umar Faruq Umar II, as the Chancellor of the university.

A letter of appointment, signed by Makinde, which conveyed the monarch’s appointment as the fifth Chancellor of LAUTECH, indicated that the university would be happy to benefit from his rich experience as an administrator, community leader and first-class monarch.


  • Tens Of Millions Sizzle In India’s Severe Heatwave

Tens of millions of people in India were suffering Friday under a severe heatwave that has pushed the temperature to a nine-year high in Delhi as monsoon rains run behind schedule. Heatwaves have killed over 6,500 people in the world’s second-most populous nation since 2010, and scientists say climate change is making them harsher and more frequent. Daytime temperatures were above 40 degrees Celsius (104 Fahrenheit) for the fourth consecutive day Friday across the states of Rajasthan, Haryana and New Delhi.

Large parts of Punjab, Uttar Pradesh and Madhya Pradesh in central India were also wilting. New Delhi saw 43.1 degrees Celsius on Thursday, the hottest July day in the city since 2012 when the capital sweltered under 43.5 degrees Celsius. On Friday, the temperature again shot up to 41 degrees Celsius in the city of 20 million.

  • 82-Year-Old Woman To Go Into Space With Bezos – Blue Origin

Trailblazing woman aviator Wally Funk, 82, will join Jeff Bezos this month on the first crewed spaceflight for the billionaire’s company Blue Origin, the firm announced Thursday. The trip is 60 years overdue for Funk, who was one of the Mercury 13 — the first women trained to fly to space from 1960-1961, but excluded because of their gender.

On July 20 she will become the oldest person ever to go to space when she takes part in the journey aboard the New Shepard launch vehicle along with Bezos, his brother Mark and one other traveler. The Bezos brothers and Funk, who was also the National Transportation Safety Board’s first female inspector and a Goodwill ambassador, will be joined by the unnamed winner of an auction who paid $28 million for another seat on the aircraft.

Taking off from a desert in western Texas, the New Shepard trip will last 10 minutes, four of which passengers will spend above the Karman line that marks the recognized boundary between Earth’s atmosphere and space.

  • Swedish PM resigns following no confidence vote

Sweden’s Prime Minister Stefan Lofven resigned on Monday, one week after he lost a vote of no confidence, leaving it up to the speaker of parliament to begin the search for a replacement. Lofven could have either called a snap election or resigned following the no-confidence vote last week. He told a press conference that a snap election was “not what is best for Sweden”, pointing to the difficult situation the Covid-19 pandemic posed, coupled with the fact that the next general election — which would go ahead regardless — is a year away.

The Social Democrat leader — a master of consensus for some, a dull and visionless party man for others — had seven days after the confidence vote to contemplate his options and try and secure a parliamentary majority for a potential reforming of his government. The 63-year-old Lofven, a former welder and union leader with the square build and nose of a boxer, guided the Swedish left-back to power in 2014 and then hung on by moving his party closer to the centre-right after the 2018 elections.

  • Jacob Zuma Gets 15-Month Jail Term For Contempt Of Court

South Africa’s top court on Tuesday handed former president Jacob Zuma a 15-month jail term for contempt of court following his refusal to appear before graft investigators. Zuma, 79, is accused of enabling the plunder of state coffers during his nearly nine-year stay in office.

Zuma is separately facing 16 charges of fraud, graft and racketeering relating to a 1999 purchase of fighter jets, patrol boats and military gear from five European arms firms for 30 billion rand, then the equivalent of nearly $5 billion. He is accused of accepting bribes totalling four million rand from one of the firms, French defence giant Thales.

  • World Passes 3 Billion COVID-19 Vaccine Mark

More than three billion doses of Covid-19 vaccines have been given across the world, according to an AFP tally Tuesday from official sources. The pace of vaccination has so quickened that while it took 20 weeks to give the first billion, it only took four to give the last one thousand million. Some four of 10 of the jabs have been given in China (1.2 billion), with India (329 million) and the United States (324 million) also in the top three.

But it is a trio of Middle Eastern countries that leads the way in terms of coverage (when you exclude countries with populations of less than one million), with the United Arab Emirates having given 153 doses per 100 people, ahead of Bahrain and Israel on 124. The European Union has given 357 millions shots to half of its population, with some 32 percent of the population having been fully covered.

  • 17 Injured In Explosion After Los Angeles Police’s ‘Catastrophic’ Detonation

At least 17 people were injured Wednesday night as a Los Angeles bomb squad botched the removal of improvised explosives seized along with thousands of pounds of illegal fireworks, officials said. The blast blew the top off a bomb disposal truck and shot a fireball above the south Los Angeles neighborhood, according to video from local new channels.

At a press conference, Los Angeles Police Department Chief Michael Moore said that 10 responding officers and seven civilians had non-life-threatening injuries from the explosion, which damaged homes and blasted out windows in the neighborhood. He added it was unclear why there had been a “total catastrophic failure of that containment vehicle.”

  • Myanmar Orders 2 Million To Stay Home As COVID-19 Cases Spike

Myanmar authorities imposed stay-at-home-measures on the country’s second city Friday as coronavirus cases in the coup-wracked country surge, with many health workers striking to protest against the junta. Inhabitants of Mandalay, as well as two townships in the southern Bago region, woke up to new restrictions banning more than one person leaving home for non-medical reasons.

There was no timeframe given for the new rules, announced by the health and sports ministry of the State Administration Council –- as the junta calls itself. Those travelling to government jobs are exempted. The affected areas are home to more than two million people, according to a 2014 census, and join towns in western Chin state near the Indian border that have been locked down since May.


  • Davido’s close associate, Obama DMW laid to rest

Former orderly, road manager and close associate of Davido, Uthman Ademola Habeeb has been buried. The former aide to Davido and CEO of Obama Music Worldwide reportedly died of suspected heart failure at a hospital in Lekki, Lagos state on Tuesday, June 29

The label CEO was laid to rest amid tears at Epe, Lagos, according to Muslim rites. The deceased is survived by a son, Abdul. DMW crew, Tiwa Savage, several others have continued to mourn the death of their friend.

  • TAMPAN bars directors from working with Iyabo Ojo, Nkechi Blessing

The Theatre Arts and Motion Pictures Practitioners Association of Nigeria (TAMPAN) has barred its registered directors from hiring or working with actresses Iyabo Ojo and Nkechi Blessing. TAMPAN executives at a recent press briefing instructed that its members desist from working with the actresses over claims that they have, in recent times, disrespected the association on social media.

Speaking on behalf of TAMPAN, Jide Kosoko revealed that though the actresses are not members, the association will not be constantly disrespected by allegations made on social media by them. The association also threatened to frustrate the actresses out of the film industry despite their non-membership status.

  • Bill Cosby freed from prison, his sex conviction overturned

Pennsylvania’s highest court threw out Bill Cosby’s sexual assault conviction and released him from prison Wednesday in a stunning reversal of fortune for the comedian once known as “America’s Dad,” ruling that the prosecutor who brought the case was bound by his predecessor’s agreement not to charge Cosby.
Cosby, 83, flashed the V-for-victory sign to a helicopter overhead as he trudged into his suburban Philadelphia home after serving nearly three years of a three- to 10-year sentence for drugging and violating Temple University sports administrator Andrea Constand in 2004.

In a statement, Steele, the district attorney, said Cosby went free “on a procedural issue that is irrelevant to the facts of the crime.” He commended Constand for coming forward and added: “My hope is that this decision will not dampen the reporting of sexual assaults by victims.” But “Cosby Show” co-star Phylicia Rashad tweeted: “FINALLY!!!! A terrible wrong is being righted — a miscarriage of justice is corrected!” Four Supreme Court justices formed the majority that ruled in Cosby’s favor, while three others dissented in whole or in part.

  • Bobrisky, Tonto Dikeh’s feud takes a new turn

The rift between former besties, Bobrisky and Tonto Dikeh has taken a new dimension with both parties throwing shades at each other. The crossdresser took out time to call out his former best friend for allegedly owing a debt of five million Naira. Bobrisky who took to social media to shade Tonto Dikeh also queried the actress’s faith alleging that she smokes marijuana.

“Some people are born wicked, how can you owe me five million naira and still throw shade at me. Naa don’t cross the line aunty, keep living your fake life, I don’t care,” he wrote.

Earlier in the day, Dikeh had shared a daily motivational speech on Instagram which offended Bobrisky, who believed the message was directed towards him. Up until 2020, Tonto Dikeh shared a cordial bond with Bobrisky. They have traveled to several countries together, flaunting it on social media.

  • Britney Spears’ Father To Stay On As Guardian, US Court Rules

A Los Angeles court denied Britney Spears’ request to eject her father from a guardianship arrangement that gives him control of her affairs, US media reported on Thursday. The decision comes a week after the singer made an impassioned plea to end the “abusive” conservatorship during which she said she has been medicated to control her behavior, prohibited from making decisions on friendships or finances, and prevented from having a contraceptive implant removed, despite wanting more children.

The Los Angeles Superior Court ruling made on Wednesday was in connection to a request filed in September by Spears’ lawyer to add wealth management firm Bessemer Trust to the conservatorship and remove her father Jamie Spears, CNN reported. Spears’ father has asked the court to investigate the music superstar’s allegations that she was medicated with lithium and made to perform against her will.


  • Man Utd Reach Agreement With Dortmund To Sign Sancho

Manchester United announced on Thursday they had reached an agreement in principle with Borussia Dortmund for the transfer of England international Jadon Sancho, who will cost the Premier League club 85 million euros. United have long been keen to bring the winger to Old Trafford and they are finally set to get their man, who is currently on England duty at Euro 2020.

Bundesliga side Dortmund confirmed earlier Thursday that they had agreed a fee of 85 million euros ($100 million, £73 million) for the 21-year-old. Reports said Sancho would sign a five-year deal at Old Trafford. Speculation had been rife last year that he would be headed to Old Trafford, but no transfer materialised at that point.

Sancho, who has scored three times in 20 senior international appearances, is set to become the second-most expensive English player behind Harry Maguire, whom United signed two years ago from Leicester for £80 million. Manchester United’s announcement was welcomed by Marcus Rashford, who is with Sancho on England duty preparing for Saturday’s Euro 2020 quarter-final against Ukraine.

  • Last Two-And-A-Half Years Have Been My Most Agonising – Siasia

For Samson Siasia, there is still nothing to celebrate despite the Court of Arbitration for Sport’s (CAS) decision to reduce his sanction by FIFA from all footballing activities for life to five years. In 2019, FIFA banned Siasia from all football related activities for life over an alleged plot to fix matches. In addition, the world body also imposed a CHF 50,000 fine on the former Super Eagles’ striker. FIFA based the sanction against Siasia on his liaison with Wilson Raj Perumal, a convicted match-fixer from Singapore.

Speaking during a media briefing in Abuja on Friday, Siasia said he expected CAS to discharge him of all the charges because he did not do anything wrong. He also lamented the attitude of some of his friends, his colleagues and players, who went through him as a coach, saying ‘people I trusted distanced themselves from me.’ Narrating his experience, Siasia said it was unfortunate that FIFA did not give him the opportunity to answer to the charges, which forced him to approach CAS for redress.

  • Morata wins redemption and Spain’s place in the Euro 2020 quarters

Alvaro Morata earned redemption with a key role in Spain’s dramatic passage to the Euro 2020 quarter-finals after a difficult time with the national team which led to fans savaging him and his family with abuse. Morata lashed home a brilliant goal in the 100th minute of an epic match at the Parken Stadium in Copenhagen to put Spain 4-3 ahead after La Roja had thrown away a two-goal lead in the final seven minutes of normal time. Mikel Oyarzabal made sure of the win that Spain’s performance deserved three minutes later but it was Morata who coach Luis Enrique singled out for plaudits after the match.

Morata raised his fist to the Spain fans gathered in the southern corner of the Parken and was greeted by rapturous applause, a stark contrast to the abuse he received after his side’s 1-1 draw with Poland which he said he had kept him up for nine hours in the night. Spain coach Luis Enrique, who said on Sunday that the police should investigate the abuse, was full of praise for the centre-forward’s qualities.


  • DSS Confirms Raid On Igboho’s House, Parades 13 Suspected Armed Yoruba Nation Agitators

The Department of State Services (DSS) on Thursday said a team of joint security operatives raided the home of Yoruba Nation agitator Sunday Adeyemo aka Sunday Igboho in Ibadan, arresting 13 of his armed men. DSS Spokesman, Dr. Peter Afunanya, disclosed this in a briefing with journalists. He said the raid was based on intelligence that Igboho was stockpiling arms to cause chaos within the region.

Afunanya said when the security operatives approached the house, they were attacked by nine of Igboho’s boys who engaged them in a gun duel but were subsequently overpowered. According to him, two of Igboho’s men were killed while an operative sustained injuries, however, Igboho escaped during the gun battle and is currently on the run.

Afunanya who said the long arm of the law will still reach Igboho, urged the agitator to turn himself in or be tracked down. The 13 suspected armed agitators that were arrested consist of 12 males and 1 female. A large cache of arms and ammunition was also recovered by the operatives.

  • FG vows to expose, prosecute Kanu’s backers

The Federal Government has vowed to expose and prosecute those backing leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), Nnamdi Kanu. Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed, who issued the threat on Thursday while speaking on Kanu’s re-arrest in Abuja, insisted that the full wrath of the law would be visited on those collaborating with the separatist leader to undermine Nigeria’s sovereignty and unity.

According to him, none of the collaborators, irrespective of social status, would be spared, stressing that no individual or group is bigger than a country. The Biafra chief activist was first arrested and charged in 2015 on an 11-count revolving around treasonable felony, terrorism and illegal possession of firearms.

  • ‘SuperTV boss Ataga was tied with rope’

Killer of SuperTV owner Michael Usifo Ataga tied his hands with a rope, and stole his iPad and iPhone, newsmen have learnt. A source said prime suspect Chidinma Ojukwu, 21, took the deceased’s gadgets to Computer Village to wipe off all data on the gadgets in what is commonly called flashing.

Newsmen gathered on Monday that the rope was recovered by homicide investigators, alongside other things that would be subjected to forensic investigations. A source told newsmen that the command was bent on unraveling mysteries surrounding the murder, including Ojukwu’s accomplices. It was gathered that the police were unconvinced the suspect acted alone and could vividly recount all that transpired after allegedly taking Rophenol, a drug that erases one’s memory of an incident.

Ojukwu told investigators that one Feni introduced her to Ataga and she had high hopes of making a fortune off him. But along the line, she started complaining that the man was not giving her as much money as she hoped. “She was angry that each time they met, he would just give her small money like transport fare and she wanted to get back at him. Meanwhile, it was gathered that Usifo also had bruises on his body, raising speculations of a fierce struggle with his assailant.

  • 24-year-old sentenced to death for stealing phones, cash in Ekiti

An Ekiti State High Court sitting in Ado Ekiti, on Tuesday, sentenced a 24-year-old man, Sola Jegede, to death by hanging for dispossessing some men of their phones and money. He was found guilty of using weapons, including a gun, knife, digger and club to rob Ibukun Ilesanmi, Seun Ilesanmi and Tope Ilesanmi of their phones and undisclosed sums of money.

Justice Oluwatoyin Abodunde said, “The defendant is found guilty as charged on counts one, two and three for the offence of armed robbery. The convict was charged with armed robbery and rape allegedly committed on October 30, 2015, on Oda Ponna Street, Omuo Ekiti.

  • Five reportedly killed as gunmen attack Sunday Igboho’s residence

Hundreds of youths and supprters of Yoruba Nation Agitator Sunday Adeyemo aka Sunday Igboho on Thursday morning stormed his Soka residence where five persons were reportedly killed during an attack in solidarity. The fierce-looking and hostile youths were heard expressing shock and dismay over the attack in clusters. It was gathered the gunmen who allegedly came in military camouflage arrived the residence around 1am. The attack, newsmen learnt, lasted about three hours.

Unconfirmed sources hinted at least five persons were killed in the attack. The assailants alleged to have carried out the attack came in five army branded hilux vehicles. Some of the victims, according to unconfirmed sources, include a wife of Sunday Igboho, a Muslim cleric said to be praying when he was shot and a female associate simply identified as Lady Kwere.

It was gathered an insider might have aided the attack as there were no indication of forceful opening of the entrance gate into the sprawling building or evidence of the attackers scaling the electric fence. Newsmen observed that bullets shell littered the premises.