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Crash: Victims list released, Buhari says army chief death, others mortal blow

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President Muhammadu Buhari has expressed shock and sorrow over the death of Chief of Army Staff, Ibrahim Attahiru, and other officers in a military plane crash that occurred in Kaduna on Friday, describing it as a mortal blow to the nation.
The military aircraft crashed on Friday evening near the Kaduna airport runway. Attahiru and 10 other officers were in the plane. He was said to be on his way to Kaduna to attend a passing-out parade of army recruits scheduled for Saturday.
The army said all the 11 officers aboard the ill-fated aircraft died.
A statement by a presidential spokesman, Femi Adesina, said, “President Muhammadu Buhari is deeply saddened over the air crash that claimed the Chief of Army Staff, Lt. Gen. Ibrahim Attahiru, and other military officers,” the statement reads.
“The President condoles with families of the deceased, the military, and Nigerians in general, describing them as ‘heroes who paid the ultimate price for peace and security in the land.’
“While praying that God receives the souls of the patriots, the President says the crash ‘is one mortal blow to our underbelly, at a time our armed forces are poised to end the security challenges facing the country.’”

Bashir Ahmad, personal assistant to President Buhari on new media, shared a list of deceased officers on Twitter.
They are:
Lt. Gen. I. Attahiru
Brig Gen. M.I. Abdulkadir
Brig. Gen. Olayinka
Brig. Gen. Kuliya
Maj. L.A. Hay at
Maj. Hamza
Sgt. Umar
The crew members of the aircraft were given as:
Flt. Lt. T.O. Asaniyi
Flt. Lt. A.A. Olufade
Sgt. Adesina
ACM Oyedepo
Kaduna State Government also expressed shock over the death of the officers.
A statement by Samuel Aruwan, the state Commissioner for Internal Security and Home Affairs, Samuel Aruwan, read in part, “The Kaduna State Government has received with immense sadness news of the death of the Chief of Army Staff, Lt. Gen. Ibrahim Attahiru, and other senior military officers in a plane crash which occurred in Kaduna on Friday evening.
“Governor Nasir El-Rufai said that Lt. Gen. Attahiru was a shining star whose sudden death has robbed Nigeria of an officer striving to bring new drive to secure the country against terrorists and other threats to national security.
“The governor said the news of General Attahiru’s death has left him deeply shaken, with a sense of great personal loss, coming so soon after his appointment had brought immense pride and a sense of hope to the people of Kaduna State.”

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‘Buhari-Must-Go’ protesters block Abuja airport road

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Some anti-Buhari protesters on Monday morning blocked a section of the Umaru Yar’Adua Way, Abuja, as they set fire on the road, preventing free flow of traffic.

This caused commotion along the road leading to the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja.

The protesters chanted ‘Buhari Must Go’ and carried placards with different inscriptions showing their disdain for the Muhammadu Buhari administration.

Motorists were forced to slow down to avoid running into the bonfire which was set up right in the middle of the road.

The last time a similar protest held in the nation’s capital was on June 12 and many of the protesters were arrested.

Convener of #RevolutionNow Protest, Omoyele Sowore, shared videos and pictures of the protesters on social media.

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Kidnappers release pictures of abducted Kebbi teachers, students

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Kidnappers of abducted teachers and students of Federal Government College, Birin Yauri, Kebbi State, have released pict

An unspecified number of students and four staff were kidnapped last Thursday when the gunmen invaded the college and reportedly overpowered security operatives at the school.

The military authorities later said some of the victims were rescued after a gun battle with the attackers.

Governor Atiku Bagudu of Kebbi State has assured the parents and family members of the victims of government’s efforts to secure their release.

 

 

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We’re still probing Tinubu, says EFCC chairman

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Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Abdulrasheed Bawa, has said a former governor of Lagos State and national leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Bola Ahmed Tinubu, is under investigation.

He stated this in an interview published by ThisDay, adding that investigation does not end in a day.

He said, “You asked me a question earlier about arresting people before investigation and now you are saying why didn’t we arrest Tinubu? Why didn’t you just say ‘arrest him?’

“Investigation is ongoing. When you are investigating matters like this, they don’t end in a day. Thousands of investigations are going on on a daily basis.

“You understand? You know you are from the media; after, you will say we are doing media trial.”

Bawa was reported to have asked for Tinubu’s assets declaration form when he was the head of Lagos Zonal Office.

Meanwhile, a former Managing Director of Alpha Beta LLP, Mr Dapo Apara, has filed a suit demanding a Lagos State High Court to stop Tinubu from “controlling the finances of Alpha Beta.”

The suit was filed on Wednesday by Apara’s lawyer, Mr Ebun-Olu Adegboruwa (SAN).

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