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Gunmen invade church in Abeokuta, kidnap three worshippers

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Some unknown gunmen, in the early hours of Sunday, invaded a white garment church to kidnap three worshippers in Obada area of Abeokuta, the Ogun State capital.

The church, Cherubim and Seraphim Church, Ona Ara Parish, located along Railway Station, was stormed during a vigil.

The Ogun State Police Public Relations Officer, Abimbola Oyeyemi, confirmed the incident to newsmen, saying the anti-kidnapping unit of the command had been mobilised to the area.

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It was gathered that the three victims taken away by the gunmen were, Adebare Oduntan, Ifeoluwa Alani-Bello and Mary Oliyide.

A source informed that the kidnappers have demanded a ransom of N6 million before the three worshippers are freed.

The police spokesman, Oyeyemi recalled that the command had warned churches against night programmes in areas considered to be isolated.

“If at all such places of worship want to have a night programme, they should inform the police so that police patrol could be extended to such area and adequate security provided,” he said.

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Joseph Wayas, former senate president, is dead

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Joseph Wayas, a former president of the senate in the Second Republic

Joseph Wayas, a former president of the senate in the Second Republic, has died at the age of 80.

According to Christian Ita, special adviser to the Cross River governor on media and publicity, Wayas died in the early hours of Tuesday in a London hospital.

Ben Ayade, Cross River governor, was quoted as saying Wayas’ death is a “monumental loss” to the state and Nigeria.

The governor said Wayas left “indelible footprints on the sands of time”.

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“As a state, Cross River is in pains as we mourn the passing of our illustrious son. He was a rare gem. Dr Wayas’ demise is indeed a monumental loss to our dear state and Nigeria,” Ayade was quoted as saying.

“As Senate President, Dr Wayas contributed to the deepening of Nigeria’s democratic ethos through his robust and vibrant leadership of the upper legislative chamber.

“And since his retirement from active politics, the former Senate President had been playing a fatherly and stabilising role in the politics and affairs of our state.”

The governor condoled with the family of Wayas and said his death is a “collective loss and the pains a shared one”.

“We are with you in this moment of grief. We have you in our hearts and prayers,” he said.

Wayas, born May 21, 1941, served as Nigeria’s senate president between 1979 and 1983.

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BREAKING: Tight Security as hoodlums set Senator Barau’s Kano office on fire

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Senator Barau Jibrin

Security has been beefed up in Kano following an arson attack on the campaign office of Senator Barau Jibrin, a 2023 gubernatorial aspirant in Kano.

Jibrin is one of the key member of the Kano APC G-7 led by Senator Ibrahim Shekarau.

The G-7 got a major victory on Tuesday when an FCT High Court recognised executives elected at their ward congress but dissolved those elected by the Governor Abdullahi Ganduje faction.

Hoodlums in their hundreds were said to have attacked the campaign office located on Maiduguri Road in the late hours of Wednesday.

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The affected building is owned by a former Minister of Labour and Productivity, Alhaji Musa Gwadabe.

The factional APC state secretariat is heavily guarded by the police.

When contacted to react about the incident, the Police Public Relations Officer, Abdullahi Haruna Kiyawa, said they are currently in a meeting over the issue.

But the Commissioner of Police Ismaila Dikko, was quoted to have said already his men have taken over the place.

“We are already in control of the situation, and my Men have fully taken over the place we investigating what happens,” he reportedly said.

The development happened hours after one of the lawyers who represented Shekarau’s faction was locked up in his Kano chamber.

, Jibrin, currently represents Kano North at the senate.

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Heavy casualty as troops pound Boko Haram, ISWAP in Buni Yadi

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The Nigerian Army says the troops of of Sector 2 Operation Hadin Kai have again inflicted heavy casualty on Boko Haram and Islamic State of West Africa Province terrorists in a fierce battle at Buni Yadi in Gujba Local Government Area of Yobe State.

The Director, Army Public Relations, Brigadier General Onyema Nwachukwu, said this in a statement on Wednesday.

He said the feat was achieved on Tuesday.

Nwachukwu said the terrorists, who frantically attempted to gain access into Buni Yadi, met stiff resistance from troops of 27 Task Force Brigade and Nigerian Army Special Forces School, supported by the Nigerian Air Force component.

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He added that personnel of the Nigerian Police also supported the troops who gallantly fought and overwhelmed the terrorists with superior firepower.

According to him, the ferocious battle forced the criminals to withdraw in different directions having suffered heavy losses.

He said: “Several gun trucks with their occupants were taken out by the troops. Preliminary battle damage assessment revealed the precision with which Air and Land troops engaged the terrorists destroying their gun trucks.

“Exploitation is still ongoing by troops to take out fleeing remnants of the terrorists.”

Nwachukwu said the Chief of Army Staff, Lieutenant General Faruk Yahaya, had commended the troops for the operational exploit.

“He also charged them to sustain the current operational tempo to deny the criminals freedom of action,” he said.

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