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Imo: Akeredolu’s wife postpones chieftaincy award over insecurity

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Mrs Betty Anyanwu-Akeredolu, wife of Ondo State Governor Rotimi Akeredolu, has postponed her installation as the Ada Owere until further notice due to insecurity in Owerri, the Imo State capital.

This was contained in a statement by the Chief Press Secretary to Governor Oluwarotimi Akeredolu, Mr Olatunde Richard.

The statement said Mrs Anyanwu-Akeredolu apologised for the inconveniences the postponement might have caused, adding that the conferment was in recognition of the contributions and giant strides of the governor’s wife in her home town and across the country.

The statement read in part, “Due to the high level of insecurity in Owerri, Imo State, Betty’s installation ceremony as Ada Owere has been postponed till further notice. Apologies for the inconveniences this may cause you and thanks for your understanding.

“The chieftaincy title would have been conferred on Mrs. Akeredolu on April 10, under the chairmanship of the former deputy governor of Imo State, Prince Eze Madumere.”

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NDLEA arrests man with N2.3bn cocaine at Abuja airport

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Operatives of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency have arrested a 38-year old man, Okey Eze, at the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja with 350 wraps of cocaine worth over N2.3bn.

The suspect, who claimed to be a tiler from Orji River in the Oji-River Local Government Area of Enugu State, was arrested on Wednesday during an inward clearance of passengers on Ethiopian airline flight en route Bamako-Addis Ababa- Abuja.

A statement by the NDLEA spokesman, Femi Babafemi, said the illicit drug weighing 7.70 kilogrammes was concealed in eight packs tucked in different parts of his luggage.

It stated, “In his confession, Eze, a resident of Bamako, Mali, said he traveleld to Mali through Seme border in Badagry, Lagos State since 2019.

“He further claimed that he came to Nigeria with the drug because he needed to raise money to take care of his late elder brother’s four children.

“The suspect also claimed he asked his friend who is resident in Brazil to assist him with some money but declined and instead told him to pick up a bag with the drugs from a friend of his in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, for a fee of N500,000 on successful delivery to someone whose contact would be sent to him on arrival in Nigeria.”

He quoted the Chairman/ Chief Executive of the NDLEA, Brig. Gen. Mohamed Buba Marwa (retd) as commending the commander, officers and men of the NAIA command for their vigilance.

He said the new NDLEA under his leadership would continue to deal decisive blows on the various cartels trying to turn Nigeria into a hub of illicit drugs.

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Buhari commiserates with King Sunny Ade over wife’s death

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President Muhammadu Buhari has commiserated with ace musician, King Sunny Ade, over the demise of his wife, Risikat Ajoke Adegeye, who was a member of the 6th Lagos State House of Assembly.

Buhari, in a release on Wednesday by his Media Adviser, Femi Adesina, also condoled with the Lagos State Government, House of Assembly members, her friends and political associates, urging trust in God at this very difficult time.

The President prayed the Almighty God should comfort the deceased’s husband, family and loved ones, while granting her soul eternal rest.

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Four die, one missing as Lagos-Kano bus plunges into Kogi river

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Tragedy struck Tuesday night in Kogi State as an 18-seater bus plunged into the Black River, a tributary to River Niger, in the Koton Karfe area, killing four of its occupants.

Solomon Agure, Kogi State Sector Commander of the Federal road Safety Corps, confirmed that the accident occurred around 7.30pm.

He said the bus with registration number Plateau – JJN 73 XA took off from Ijora Seven Up park in Lagos and was heading for Kano.

According to Agure, four people, including a woman, died in the accident while seven others were critically injured.

The driver was said to have lost control of the vehicle after sleeping off.

The state Commandant of Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps, Suleiman Mafara, said after receiving a distress call, his men in conjunction with FRSC officials and volunteer divers moved to the scene.

He said four corpses had been recovered and 13 others rescued alive while one person could not be accounted for.

He added that his men and other Security personnel were working to recover the only person yet to be accounted for.

The recovered corpses, according to Marafa, have been deposited at a mortuary in Lokoja.

He warned drivers and commuters to adhere strictly to road safety guidelines so as to avoid preventable accidents on the highways.

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