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Gunmen kill student leader, abduct another in Kaduna

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Gunmen suspected to be kidnappers on Saturday night attacked motorists on the road linking the Kaduna international airport and Rigasa railway, killing a student union leader named Auwal Rabiu.

They also injured one Umar Bn El-Khatab and another person identified as Sani Digana was reportedly abducted during the attack.

Kaduna State Government, which confirmed the incident, said security operatives repelled the attack and rescued two persons, Sahabi Lawal and Dan Aliko.

The people were said to be in a vehicle when the gunmen fired at them around 9pm on Friday along the Kaduna Airport Link Road to  the Rigasa train station in the Igabi Local Government Area of the state.

A youth leader in Rigasa, Abdul’azeez Madugu, confirmed that the funeral prayer for the dead victim took place around 8am on Saturday at their family home in the area.

He said, “The late Auwal Rabiu was the president of Rigasa Old Students’ Association and the three of them were returning from the Rigachikun area around 9pm when the gunmen opened fire on their vehicle

“Auwal was the one driving and the bullet hit him and died. But Umar El-khatab was shot on the leg, while the third person, Sani, was abducted,” he said.

Madugu said gunmen had always attacked people along the route at night, targeting vehicles.

Kaduna State Commissioner of Internal Security and Home Affairs, Samuel Aruwan, in a statement on Saturday, said, “The security agencies have informed the Kaduna State Government that they repelled armed bandits on Friday night in the Igabi Local Government Area.

“According to the agencies, the armed bandits ambushed troops and security operatives patrolling Rigasa-Link Road at Rugar Bello Junction.

“The operatives rescued two persons, Sahabi Lawal and Dan Aliko, while Sani Khalil is still missing.

“Similarly, the Armoured Personnel Carrier of the police was riddled with bullets. The bandits, who were denied freedom of action, escaped while stray bullets hit two citizens driving from the Mando axis of the Rigasa-Link Road.

“The two citizens were rushed to the 44 Nigerian Army Reference Hospital, but sadly, one of them, one Rabiu Awwal, died while the second citizen, Umar El-Khattab, is responding to treatment.

“Governor Nasir El-Rufai has sent a condolence message to the deceased’s family and offered prayers for the repose of his soul. The governor wishes the citizen recuperating a speedy recovery.

“The governor also commended troops and police personnel that repelled the armed bandits and rescue of two citizens.

“The troops and police are still carrying out aggressive patrols in the general area.

“The government will continue to keep citizens informed of security development.”

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Nnamdi Kanu: I lectured Abaribe on how to live in prison – Shehu Sani

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Shehu Sani, a former Kaduna Central Senator, has recalled lecturing Senate Minority Leader, Senator Eyinnaya Abaribe on how to live in prison.

Sani said he used to lecture Abaribe on how to live in prison in case he gets prosecuted over his Biafra agitation.

He disclosed this while sharing a throwback photo of himself having a discussion with Abaribe on the floor of the Upper Chamber.

In a post on his Facebook page on Wednesday, the former lawmaker disclosed that Abaribe also tried to convert him into believing in the Biafra ideology.

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He wrote: “My good friend Senator Abaribe was trying to convert my citizenship to Biafra while I used to give him lectures on how to live in prison when they come for him, using my years of experience in Kiri Kiri, Port Harcourt and Aba Prisons in the 90s.”

Abaribe had stood as one of the sureties for Nnamdi Kanu, leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, in 2017.

But Kanu jumped bail and fled Nigeria after regaining his freedom, following a ruling by Justice Binta Nyako of an Abuja Federal High Court.

Following Kanu’s action, it was believed that the Nigerian government would go after Abaribe as he risked imprisonment.

However, Kanu was rearrested in July and is currently facing trial.

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Plateau lawmakers fight over mace, impeach speaker

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There was a rancorous situation on Thursday at Plateau State House Assembly as the legislators fought over the mace, the symbol of authority, leading to the impeachment of the Speaker, Abok Ayuba Nuhu.

Nuhu was promptly replaced with Sanda Yakubu, who from Pingana constituency of the Bassa Local Government Area of the state.

It was leant that as early as 5.30am on Thursday, members of the assembly had started arriving at the chamber of the house.

The rumours about the impeachment of Abok had started a week ago when press releases and write-ups went viral on social media over his clash with the state governor, Solomon Lalong.

The lawmakers almost exchanged blows when the issue of the impeachment was tabled in the house on Thursday. The Peoples Democratic Party members, who were loyal to the speaker, took the mace to prevent the impeachment.

But the All Progressives Congress members, who were in the majority insisting on the impeachment, dragged the mace and placed it in its position, and went ahead with the process.

It was learnt that before the state lawmakers converged on the house, the road leading to the assembly was blocked by security operatives.

There had been grudges between Governor Simon Lalong and the impeached speaker following the attack in Yelwan Zagam, the community of Jos North, where people were killed.

After the attack, the speaker started criticising the governor openly. He also stopped attending public functions in the state.

 

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Ogun gives land encroachers 1 month grace to process titles

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Dapo Abiodun

Ogun State Governor Dapo Abiodun has announced a one-month moratorium for residents and entrepreneurs who have encroached on the state government-acquired land.

He announced this at the launch of an online portal, Ogun State Land Administration and Revenue Management System (OLARMS), at the Tech Hub in Abeokuta.

The governor gave them up till November 30 to apply for ratification of their documents.

In his address, the Chief Economic Adviser and Commissioner for Finance, Dapo Okubadejo, said the portal will also offer those who have encroached on the state government land in different parts of the state an opportunity to get title documents via the Property Registration Programme (PRP) for only a defined period.

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