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PHOTOS: NDLEA intercepts N2.7b cocaine at Abuja airport

Operatives of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency, NDLEA, has arrested a drug trafficker based in Liberia, Maduabuchi Chinedu, at the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja with 9.30 kilograms of cocaine worth over N2.7billion in street value.

The 32-year-old suspect, who hails from Obaha Okigwe village, Okigwe Local Government Area of Imo state was arrested during an inward joint search of Ethiopian Airlines flight 911 at the Abuja airport on Wednesday 24th November 2021 with 9.30kg cocaine with each pellet wrapped in candies wraps and concealed in his luggage.

During his preliminary interview, Chinedu claimed he left Nigeria in 2018 to settle in Liberia where he now has a residence permit. He however added that economic pressure and the need to raise money to treat his mother for an eye problem led him to seek help from a friend in Liberia who introduced him to another friend based in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia who eventually gave him the drug to deliver in Abuja for a fee of N1million. He added that he was initially scheduled to deliver the drug in Ivory Coast but was rerouted to Nigeria at the last minute.

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While commending the officers and men of the NAIA Command of the Agency for their vigilance and working in synergy with other security agencies at the airport, Chairman/Chief Executive of NDLEA, Brig. Gen. Mohamed Buba Marwa (Retd) charged them and their colleagues in other commands to always remain two steps ahead of merchants of death who are daily getting more desperate to make money at the expense of the image of the country and Nigerians’ wellbeing.

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Biafra: Igbo presidency in 2023 will bury agitations in Southeast – Ngige

The Minister of Labour and Employment, Chris Ngige, has stated that allocating the 2023 president to the southeast will put an end to the region’s separatist agitation.

Ngige stated that if an Igbo individual is elected President in the 2023 general election, all of the agitations for Biafra and the scars of the civil war will be totally healed.

In an interview with Channels Television, the minister stated that the Southeast will forgive Nigeria as a whole for the “sins” of the civil war.

“If Nigerians of all shades of opinion in all the political parties agree to send down the presidency in both parties to the South-East, you would have buried the ghosts of the civil war permanently.

“You would have buried all the separatist agitations permanently; you would have buried all the sins of ‘oh no appointments, these and that’ permanently. Everything will begin to rest,” the minister said.

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He, however, pointed out that the zoning of the presidency to the Southeast was a sensitive one considering the issues surrounding it.

“Why do I say so? I say so because we have a constitution of Nigeria which does not have the issue of zoning and rotation entrenched in it.

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“But that same constitution, in section 14 talks about federal character and that in any establishment of government, there must be semblance of everybody participating so that there would not be any perception of monopoly of functions of the office there or the powers there by any section of the country.

“So, that area of the constitution, if you extrapolate it, it is talking about rotation. If you extrapolate it, it is talking about zoning, states to be represented in government or any government institution.

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“That is why some political parties like the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) now have zoning and rotation. In the APC, we don’t have rotation entrenched there. But by mutual agreement, we’re doing zoning.

“We zoned the offices in the party. That’s why whenever you have the chairman coming from the North, the secretary will be South and vice versa. These are the two effective offices or power in any political party,” he added.

Nnamdi Kanu and his group, the Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, have been in the forefront agitating for the restoration of Biafra.

To this end, Kanu was arrested in July in Kenya and repatriated to Nigeria, where he is being detained by the Department of State Services, DSS.

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58-year-old woman dies in church while waiting for pastor’s prayer in Kenya

A Kenyan woman, Grace Waithera Muchiri, who was diagnosed with chest pain and high blood pressure has died in church while waiting for her pastor’s prayer.

The 58-year-old woman reportedly travelled from Nyeri to seek Evangelist Ezekiel Odero’s prayers at New Life church in Shanzu, Kenya, but died at the church’s verandah before seeing the man of God.

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Muchiriw was said to have camped at the church’s compound on Sunday, December 5 and was found dead on Monday December 6.

According to the police report filed at Kiembieni Police Station on December 6, 2021, village elder David Charo said the woman was found dead on the verandah by curious members of the public.

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The body has been moved to Coast General Hospital mortuary and is awaiting postmortem.

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Kenyan man arrested for pretending to be a soldier, storms police station to beat female officer

A 27-year-old Kenyan man, George Onderi has been arrested after storming Suneka Police Station Report Office, while pretending to be a Military Police Sergeant.

The man who arrived the police station around 9pm, drove a Toyota Belta car, declined effort to identify himself to Deputy OCS and proceeded to the station building.

He was said to have confronted Constable Mary Maina while wearing an inappropriate jungle uniform. Onderi “violently” assaulted the female cop, promoting instantaneous intervention by her workmates.

The suspect was immediately arrested after he failed to identify himself, and he is now being held at the station waiting for a full investigation from the DCI officers.

A statement released by the Kenyan police read; Police officers in Kisii are holding a suspect who stormed Suneka Police Station Report Office desk donning the jacket of a Military Police Sergeant and dragged out a female police officer who he alleged wore inappropriate police jungle uniform.

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In the 9pm incident yesterday, the imposter, 27-year-old George Onderi arrived at the station in his Toyota Belta car, parked and proceeded to the station building where he confronted Constable Mary Maina, the police officer on duty at the report office desk on allegations she wore a pair of uniform with the wrong jungle print. The intruder violently pulled the lady officer from her duty post which prompted the immediate intervention by her colleague and the duty officer.

The suspected Military Imposter is reported to have declined efforts to identify himself before the Deputy OCS Suneka, IP Cephas Ombija. He is being held at the station as DCI officers are investigating to establish any connection to acts of criminality in the area. He will be arraigned for charges of Impersonation and Creating disturbance.

In the past, we have witnessed incidences where criminals have unlawfully used the identity of our traditional security outfits to advance criminal activities. While we caution the public against imposters who are out to advance acts of fraud and other forms of criminality, we urge the public to seek for services from designated security installations and, to report to authorities any suspected imposter.

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21-year-old woman forced to dig her own grave before being killed and buried in Brazil

Before being shot dead and buried on a beach, a 21-year-old woman was forced to dig her own grave.

Amanda Albach’s body was dug on Friday, December 3, by Police officers at Irapiruba Norte de Laguna, in the southern Brazilian state of Santa Catarina.

The corpse was uncovered a day after three people, two men and a woman were arrested.

It was reported that one of them revealed where the 21-year-old was killed. The suspect is also alleged to have admitted making the deceased dig her own grave before gunning her down on November 15, over comments she made about him dealing drugs.

Albach was last seen a day earlier when she attended a party in the nearby city of Florianopolis. The resident of Fazenda Rio Grande, Curitiba, had travelled to Santa Catarina with a couple of friends to attend a friend’s birthday party.

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Police chief Bruno Fernandes said;

‘It was this bond that brought her to this house in Santa Catarina. She came to celebrate this person’s birthday.’

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Michael Pinheiro, Ms Albach’s family lawyer, added ‘These friends of hers said they left the party and had not seen her again.’

Police found ‘inconsistencies in the statements’ which raised suspicions regarding the involvement of people at the party in her disappearance. It was also learnt that the young woman last sent an audio message to her parents on the night of November 15.

Pinheiro added;

‘She sent a message to her parents, around 8.40pm, saying that she would return to Fazenda Rio Grande at dawn.

‘Since then, there has been no more news of her. The cell phone is off, and Amanda never accessed WhatsApp again.’

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Ms Albach’s relatives are reported by police as having said that her voice was strange, and they could hear wind in the background of the audio message. One of the suspects reportedly confessed that the murder occurred shortly after she sent it.

Fernandes said;

‘One of those investigated felt uncomfortable because he realised that Amanda had told third parties that he was involved in drug trafficking.’

The police chief said the deceased reportedly took a photograph of the unnamed suspect holding a gun and sent it to people. According to Fernandes, the suspect ‘did not like this situation and therefore decided to take her life.’

Investigation is ongoing. It is currently unclear if the three suspects, who have not been named, have been charged.

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Tyson Fury ordered to defend his world heavyweight title against mandatory challenger Dillian Whyte

British professional boxer, Tyson Fury has been instructed to defend his world heavyweight title against mandatory challenger Dillian Whyte with talks now ongoing.

The WBC who made the order on Tuesday directed Fury (31-0-1, 22 KOs) to begin a negotiating period to defend his belt against Whyte (28-2, 19 KOs), with the fight expected to take place in late February or early March, probably under the roof of Cardiff’s Principality Stadium.

“The WBC hereby orders the start of the free negotiations period pursuant to the WBC Rules & Regulations for the mandatory bout between WBC World Heavyweight Champion Tyson Fury and Mandatory Challenger and WBC Interim World Champion Dillian Whyte. pic.twitter.com/XFugoKHrQM

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— World Boxing Council (@WBCBoxing) December 7, 2021

Fury last defeated Deontay Wilder with an 11th-round KO in a classic heavyweight classic battle on Oct. 9.

“The Gypsy King” will now have the option to face Whyte or otherwise abandon the WBC belt.

Following Fury’s victory over Wilder, he was given 30 days to make a deal and fight against WBA, IBF, and WBO Champion Oleksandr Usyk. But Anthony Joshua, who lost his championship belts to Usyk, activated his rematch clause for a rematch.

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According to ESPN, both parties discussed step-aside-money for Joshua to bypass his rematch so that Fury can potentially fight Usyk for the undisputed heavyweight championship.

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The 33-year-old Whyte earned the WBC interim title during a fight against Alexander Povetkin, whom he knocked out in the fourth round. Whyte was scheduled to face Otto Wallin in late October but withdrew from the contest earlier in the week due to a shoulder injury.

If both Fury and Whyte come to an agreement and schedule a fight within the next 30 days, Fury will get the chance to keep the WBC belt, while Whyte will have his first opportunity at a world title.

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BREAKING: Protest Rocks Dowen College Over Oromoni’s Death, Protesters Block School Gate, Defy Police Threats

The entrance of Dowen College in Lekki area of Lagos State have been barricaded today, by some women to protest against the death of 12-year-old Sylvester Oromoni at the school.

Recall that it was reported that late student was attacked by “some of his senior colleagues” for refusing to join a cult group.

His cousin – Perrison Oromoni – had gone on social media to narrate how he had died and went as far as calling out the names of his cousin’s alleged killers.

Perrison said the school called the deceased’s father, telling him that his son sustained injuries while playing football at the school.

Over 100,000 persons have also signed a petition domiciled on the Change.org platform seeking the arrest of those fingered in the incident and their swift prosecution.

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In a video uploaded by BBC Pidgin on Wednesday, some protesters were seen in front of Dowen College demanding that the school authorities be held accountable for failing to protect the deceased.

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They also urged security agencies to wade into the issue promptly and bring the perpetrators to book.

However, sources said police operatives who were spotted in large numbers threatened to arrest the protesters if they fail to stop.

On Tuesday the Governor of Lagos State, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, also reacted to the death of Oromoni.

In a Facebook post on Tuesday, the governor described the incident as disturbing and heartbreaking.

He also assured the bereaved’s family of his administration’s commitment to ensure justice is served in the case.

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“I commiserate deeply with the family of late Sylvester (Jnr) Oromoni, the 12-year old pupil of Dowen College, Lagos,” he wrote.

“As a parent, I share the grief Sylvester’s demise has brought upon his parents and the entire household. The incident is not only sad but disturbing and heartbreaking.

“Consequently, I have ordered a comprehensive investigation into the matter. But while that is going on, I would like to give Sylvester’s parents and the entire citizenry of Lagos, the assurance of my full support at this trying time.

“I share their pains and sense of loss. Indeed, words are inadequate to describe my feelings, but I pray that God Almighty will soothe their pains, and grant Sylvester Jnr eternal rest.”

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Akpabio: Buhari still studying NDDC forensic audit report

Minister of Niger Delta affairs, Godswill Akpabio has disclosed that President Muhammadu Buhari is still studying the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) forensic audit report.

This was contained in a statement released on Tuesday by the permanent secretary in the ministry, Babayo Ardo in Abuja.

Recall that in September, the minister submitted the final report to the president — covering 13,777 contracts from 2001 to 2019 at a value of N3,274,206,032,213.24.

According to the statement, Akpabio said Buhari is determined to reposition the NDDC after 19 years of rot.

He added that the board of the commission will be constituted at the appropriate time, upon the recommendation of the president.

“Part of the strategy to reposition the NDDC was the recent setting up of a forensic audit to understand what went wrong despite the resources committed to the commission over the years,” he said.

“The report of that audit has just been submitted to Mr. President, who is studying it to come up with a formula for a commission fit for purpose.”

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The minister also noted that it is not in the interest of the region to stampede the government into aborting the reform process, noting that Buhari has demonstrated immense love for the Niger Delta and its people.

President Buhari had, in 2019, ordered a forensic audit of NDDC’s operations, which uncovered allegations of mismanagement of funds.

Kemebradikumo Pondei, the then-acting managing director of the commission, was sacked over allegations of mismanagement of funds — and in December 2020, the president appointed Effiong Akwa as the new head of the agency.

Since the dissolution of the previous board in January 2020, a new board is yet to be constituted. 

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Chimamanda Adichie, Malala Yousafzai, Melinda Gates make BBC 100 most inspiring women for 2021

Nigerian author Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie has made BBC list of 100 inspiring and impactful women from around the world for 2021.

BBC recently released its list of 100 inspiring and impactful women from around the world for 2021 and Nigerian author Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie was listed under the “Culture and Education” category, which consists of 31 women out of the 100 chosen.

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“Let’s use this moment to start to think about health care as a human right everywhere in the world – what a person deserves simply by virtue of being alive, not when you can afford it,” Adichie told the BBC.

Women from Afghanistan make up half of this year’s list. The list also includes a diverse range of female figures from leaders in politics, arts and business to everyday heroes fighting for what they believe in.

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Among them are Malala Yousafzai, the youngest-ever Nobel Peace Prize laureate, Samoa’s first Female Prime Minister Fiam? Naomi Mata’afa, Professor Heidi J Larson, who heads the Vaccine Confidence Project, and Turkish writer Elif ?afak.

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CAF dismisses Nations Cup move rumours

The Confederation of African Football (CAF) has dismissed rumours that the 2021 AFCON could be moved away from Cameroon following the recent discovery of the new Omicron variant of Covid-19.

The new variant has led to travel restrictions being introduced by some countries for several African nations, with Nigeria, which neighbours Cameroon, the latest to be added to the United Kingdom’s ‘red list’.

Recently, some media organisations have suggested the dates for the tournament could change or even the location be moved, possibly to Qatar.

CAF’s director of communications Alex Siewe says neither his organisation nor leading Cameroon officials have discussed such events.

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“We can’t keep spending time dealing with rumours,” he told BBC Sport Africa.

“We did not receive any other message or information from our leaders – nothing such as changing of dates or countries. We did not discuss such during all our last meetings.”

“We are on site. We are working.”

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The AFCON, which has already been delayed because of the global pandemic, is due to kick off on 9 January in Yaounde with the final on 6 February.

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Staff from CAF arrived in Cameroon this week to organise the Afcon finals.

“An official delegation from Caf has been released and general secretary Veron Mosengo-Omba is joining us in two days,” Siewe added.

The European Club Association, an independent body which represents clubs across Europe, has expressed its “deep concerns” regarding player welfare before the tournament, adding that the public health situation “continues to deteriorate in an alarming manner”.

The Super Eagles are drawn in Group D with Egypt, Sudan and Guinea-Bissau at next month’s tournament.

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FRSC speaks on involvement in death of Ojodu Grammar School students

The Federal Road Safety Service (FRSC) has released information about the incident involving Ojodu Grammar School students.

On Tuesday afternoon, an unconfirmed number of Ojodu Grammar School students were killed when a speeding truck crushed them.

According to reports, the driver was being pursued by FRSC officials when he lost control and killed the students.

However, the FRSC Lagos command spokesperson, Olabisi Sonusi, stated in a statement that its officials had no involvement in the tragedy.

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He explained that the articulated truck lost control at the Grammar School Bus Stop and that his men intervened only after the crash.

“After the accident, the men of the FRSC were called upon by passersby to help intervene after the crash happened.

“The general public should disregard the disgruntled information being circulated by some unscrupulous elements that FRSC men caused the crash.

“We want to place on record that our men were not in any way involved in the cause of the crash as patrol activities were not ongoing along that axis as of the time of the crash,” the statement read.

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Nigeria records 107 new cases of COVID-19 in seven states, Abuja

As the battle against COVID-19 continues, Nigeria has recorded 107 new cases of the deadly virus in seven states and the federal capital territory.

This was announced by the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) in its daily update for Tuesday, December 7.

According to the data provided by the agency, the states that recorded infections are the FCT (38), Oyo (21), Rivers (17), Edo (13), Delta (7), Enugu (4), Zamfara (4), and Plateau (3).

The NCDC said the reported cases include those reported for Delta state for December 6 (4) and December 7 (3); four confirmed cases reported for Enugu state for December 6, and one discharged case reported for Enugu state for December 6.

The NCDC said there were no deaths on Monday, leaving the total number of fatalities at 2,980.

Also, 17 people were discharged on Monday after recovering from the infection.

To date, 214,896 cases of COVID-19 have been confirmed in Nigeria with 207,495 discharges made.

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No reason APC won’t win in 2023, says Uzodimma

Governor of Imo state, Hope Uzodimma has stated that there is no reason the All Progressives Congress (APC) will not be voted back to power since the present administration is “performing well”.

This was stated on Tuesday by Imo state governor while speaking with state house correspondents on Tuesday after a meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari at the presidential villa.

According to him, the APC has also witnessed a significant increase in its membership in recent times.

“What is the prevailing situation that will make APC not win? Is it that you don’t know that 22 states in the country belong to APC?” he asked.

“Is it that you don’t know that out of the 774 local government areas in the country, that the APC is controlling the majority? Have you not seen the number of people decamping into the APC?

“The mood of the country is that the president is doing very well given the peculiarity of the times when insecurity has taken over the globe, where COVID-19 has ravaged every place in the world from one variant to another variant, yet we are able to come out from recession.

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“So, I’m very confident. I’m a proud member of the APC and I think we’ll do our best to ensure that the confidence reposed in the party by Nigerians is not betrayed.”

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He also said the decision to challenge the victory of Chukwuma Soludo in the Anambra governorship election will be determined by the leadership of the APC.

Soludo, candidate of the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA), secured 112,229 votes to defeat his two major rivals — Valentine Ozigbo of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) who got 53,807 votes, and Andy Uba of the APC who secured 43,285 votes.

But Uba had rejected the results of the election, saying he will reclaim his “stolen mandate” at the court.

Uzodimma, who is the chairman of the APC campaign council for the Anambra election, said the fact that the president had congratulated Soludo will not influence the decision to be taken by the leadership of the party and its candidate.

“Andy Uba’s going to court or not going to court has nothing to do with Mr. President,” he said.

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“The same electoral act that allows INEC to declare results of an election, also allows aggrieved candidates to seek for redress in court, if they so desire. But every other thing will be the decision taken by the candidate and the party.”

He added that the purpose of his visit was to discuss the security challenges in the south-east with the president.

“The prominent among the issues is just the increasing insecurity in the south-east. I know that despite the activities of the bandits and unknown gunmen, recall that the correctional facility in Owerri was broken into and over 1,836 inmates were released,” he said.

“Since that time, they’ve been on a rampage, committing all sorts of crimes and there is a need for us to really clean up the state.

“We asked for support with additional manpower and also, I asked for some kind of funding to support the security situation in Imo state and Mr President graciously approved.”

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Bandits occupy Zamfara highway, kill seven travellers, burn vehicles

Seven people were killed by gunmen suspected of being bandits on the Shinkafi-Moriki-Kaura-Namoda Road in Zamfara State.

According to a report by The Punch, the hoodlums also set vehicles and food items on fire.

A resident, Musa Shuaibu, who confirmed the incident to newsmen, said the bandits attacked 15 vehicles and set five of them ablaze.

Shuaibu said, “They blocked the road, abducted many passengers from vehicles and moved away with them to an unknown destination.”

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Some of the affected vehicles, according to him, included three golf cars, one truck conveying tomatoes and a Sharon vehicle.

He maintained that the bandits had been on the road since last Wednesday.

“They set ablaze five vehicles and goods worth millions of naira and also damaged many vehicles.

“You will hardly see motorists plying the road because of the heavy presence of the bandits and their leader, Bello Turji,” he added.

A spokesperson for the command, SP Mohammed Shehu, could not be reached on the telephone as efforts to reach him failed.

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Abductors demand N5m for four kidnapped DELSU students, travellers

Four Delta State University, Abraka, students and five other travellers were reportedly kidnapped by gunmen on the Abraka-Eku Road in the state.

WITHIN NIGERIA gathered that the incident occurred on Sunday.

Arogbo Seyifunmi, Azunobi Prosper, Miracle Robert, all 500-level students in the Department of Chemistry, and Adegor Aghogho Happiness, a 500-level student in the Department of Electrical Engineering, were among those kidnapped.

As of press time, the identities of the other five victims had not been determined.

It was learned that the students had just finished their final exams and were on their way home when they were attacked.

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The incident was described as “shameful” by the institution’s student union in a statement.

The statement read in part, “It is very shameful to the state government and security agencies that they have done nothing to stop the incessant attacks on students and citizens, after reports and official complaints have been made about the Eku-Abraka Expressway.”

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The union called on the Delta State Government to “deploy new strategies to deal with insecurity and kidnapping in the state, especially along the Abraka-Eku Expressway.”

It urged the student community to “remain calm and not resort to actions that could further endanger the lives of the kidnapped persons, as the authorities are doing all they can to rescue the abducted students.”

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“We are in constant communication with the police and the state DSS, and we are working with them to save the abducted students in the shortest time possible,” the statement added.

The state Police Public Relations Officer, DSP Bright Edafe, could not be reached for comments as of the time of filing this report.

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Omicron: Lagos vows to prosecute COVID-19 guidelines violators

The Lagos State Government has vowed to prosecute anyone who violates the Presidential Steering Committee’s COVID-19 guidelines and travel protocols.

The Governor of Lagos State, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, stated this on Tuesday, adding that his administration will prosecute anyone found to be in violation of guidelines through the courts.

According to a statement signed by the Governor’s Chief Press Secretary, Gboyega Akosile, the government has partnered with the PSC to punish anyone who refuses to take the mandatory test.

According to the statement titled, ‘Omicron: We’ll prosecute anyone flouting COVID-19 guidelines, travel protocols – Sanwo-Olu,’ the punishment included blacklisting the passport of the offenders for a one-year period.

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Sanwo-Olu said, “All foreigners that flout the rules would be subjected to possible deportation. Therefore, I implore all intending inbound passengers to perform their required tests at any of the private laboratories within the Lagos State Private Laboratory Consortium as and when due.”

The current guidelines on travel protocols released by the Presidential Steering Committee on COVID-19, which must be followed by all passengers arriving in Nigeria are; a COVID-19 PCR test to be done within 48hrs before departure; Post arrival Day 2 COVID-19 PCR test; All partially and unvaccinated individuals to self-isolate for seven days following arrival into the country and a Day 7 release PCR test; All outbound passengers to demonstrate evidence of full vaccination against COVID-19; and Negative PCR test result within 48hrs from the time to boarding a flight out of Nigeria.

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