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Gunmen abduct traditional ruler in Kogi

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Gunmen have abducted a traditional ruler, Alhaji Mohammed Adembe. He is the Adogu of Eganyi in the Ajaokuta Local Government Area of Kogi,
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) gathered in Lokoja on Wednesday that the traditional ruler was on Tuesday returning to his community from Okene, also in Kogi, when he was kidnapped.
Apolice spokesman in Kogi, DSP William Aya, said that Adembe was kidnapped at about 5:20 pm on the Okene -Eganyi Road.
He said that the gunmen took advantage of the bad spots on the road to kidnap the traditional ruler.
“His car slowed down at one of the potholes on the road; the gunmen emerged from a nearby bush and started shooting sporadically into the air, thereby forcing him to a stop.
“Other occupants of the vehicle were spared as the gunmen marched only the traditional ruler into the bush,’’ Aya explained.
He added that policemen were already combing the surrounding area and the bush to rescue Alhaji Adembe and reunite him with his community.

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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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Lagos governor hails Remi Tinubu at 61

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Lagos State Governor, Mr Babajide Sanwo-Olu, has congratulated senator representing Lagos Central Senatorial District, Oluremi Tinubu, on the occasion of her 61st birthday.

Governor Sanwo-Olu described the former First Lady of Lagos State as a great asset to Lagos State and Nigeria, who has contributed immeasurably towards nation-building.

The governor in a statement by Gboyega Akosile, his Chief Press Secretary, said the three-term senator and philanthropist has contributed immensely to humanity and governance with her laudable programmes as First Lady and currently as a member of the Upper Chamber of the National Assembly.

He added that the federal lawmaker has played critical roles in the growth and development of Lagos State and Nigeria, thereby setting examples for other women in leadership and governance.

He said, “On behalf of my dear wife, Ibijoke and the good people of Lagos State, I heartily congratulate a political icon, the distinguished Senator Oluremi Tinubu on the occasion of her 61st birthday celebration.

“Over the years, Senator Oluremi Tinubu has emblazoned her name on the national and international stage as a lover of truth, an advocate of social justice, philanthropist and a loud voice of the voiceless.

“Senator Tinubu’s penchant for diligence and distinction is evident in her contributions to the development of Nigeria’s socio-economic and political landscape as former First Lady in Lagos State and as distinguished Senator of the Federal Republic.

“On this occasion of her 61st birthday, I pray that God will continue to preserve and grant her good health to enable our distinguished Senator Oluremi Tinubu to render more service to humanity, Nigeria and our beloved State, Lagos.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

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