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Ogun traditional ruler bags two months suspension without salaries for abusing naira notes

The Olu of Owode in Obafemi/Owode Local Government Area of Ogun State, Oba Kolawole Sowemimo, has been suspended for two months without pay.

A viral video in early January showed the royal father decorating a popular fuji musician, Wasiu Ayinde, with new notes of N1,000 .

The council moved against Sowemimo for publicly degrading Nigerian currency, an offence that contravenes the law of the Central Bank of Nigeria(CBN).

However, during the Egba Traditional Council meeting chaired by the Alake and paramount ruler of Egbaland, Oba Adedotun Gbadebo on Friday, Oba Sowemimo was suspended.

The meeting in a joint resolution adopted the suspension of the monarch following the recommendation of its Ethics Committee which declared that during the period of his (Sowemimo) suspension, he should not parade himself as a traditional ruler.

It was further gathered that the resolution emphasised that Sowemimo should not be invited or seen at any government or public function as a traditional ruler, and for three months should not receive any payments

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The Chairman of a three-member Ethics Committee of the Egba Traditional Council, Oba Saka Matemilola, who read the report of the committee, said that the committee came to its decision after examining the viral video in which Sowemimo breached the ethics of a Yoruba traditional institution by defacing Nigeria’s currency.

The committee chairman, who is the Olowu of Owu, said findings revealed that the embattled traditional ruler was seen holding strewn naira as a bead and hanging onto the neck of a musician in public.

The chairman added that a lot of public condemnation of the act inundated the council with derisive comments on the traditional institution, stressing that the said Oba’s action is in contradiction of Section 21(1) of Central Bank Act, 2007.

The suspended monarch confirmed the development on Saturday, stating that he was suspended due to the way he spent money on a musician.

“They said the suspension was due to the way I spent money on one musician.

“And when I was asked if I had anything to say, I stood up and apologised for whatever I had done wrong and the suspension which was earlier announced to be for three months without salaries was reduced to two months.

“I totally accept the verdict of the council because it is the person that we love that we chastise, so I am good with the decision,” he said.

Reacting to the video in a statement signed and directed to the monarch, Director General, NOA, Lanre Issa-Onilu, said the display was an abuse of the national currency that attracts imprisonment, fines or both

Ogun traditional ruler bags two months suspension without salaries for abusing naira notes

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Suspected herdsmen kill 28 in fresh attack on Benue community

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Suspected herdsmen kill 28 in fresh attack on Benue community

Armed invaders have reportedly killed at least 28 individuals, including six Benue State Community Volunteer Guards (BSCVG) personnel, in the Gyaruwa axis of Gwer West Local Government Area, Benue State.

According to locals, the attack took place between Saturday and Monday, and villagers were forced to flee their homes in the Tse-Kperyisa, Tse-Adaa, and Tse-Shiver towns.

They revealed that six security personnel were slain while taking some mourners to bury their deceased on Saturday, and that by Sunday night, the terrorists had killed 16 persons, with another six killed along Adoka-Naka Road in Gwer West LGA.

The villagers listed names of those killed in Tse-Kperyisa as: Atayugh Aondona, Atayugh Monday, Atayugh Friday, Atibee Kperyisa, Atibee Catherine, Anande Tete, Atsaga Ayange, Atsaga John Yeye, Oraduen Aondosoo and Ordem Msuega.

Others killed in Tse-Adaa include: Msanhe Orgbo, Ayageor Ankina while in Tse-Shiver, Gor Kyor and Ormba Gbem were among those killed on Sunday night. It was learnt that two other victims were rescued, but later died in a hospital.

The villagers said the slain bodies had been buried including that of one Atayugh Aondona who was beheaded and his head taken away by his assailants.

Chairman of Gwer West LGA, Henry Agba, told journalists in Makurdi that the attack started on Saturday with the killing of six security personnel of Volunteer Guards and Livestock Guards.

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Agba said, “They escorted some families to go and bury their loved ones and on their way back, they were ambushed and six of them were killed. Then on Sunday night around 11pm, they attacked a community in Gyaruwa and 14 were killed instantly.

“On Monday, they attacked another village on Naka-Adoka road and killed people. Six dead bodies have already been recovered. So many people were injured and are in different hospitals in the LGA.

“The Sunday attack happened at 12 midnight while that of yesterday (Monday) was during the morning rainfall. Militia herders carried out the attack.”

Special Adviser to the Benue State Governor on External Security. Col. Alexander Anshungu (rtd.), confirmed 16 people were killed in the Gyaruwa vicinity where he visited for on-the-spot assessment of the Sunday attack.

Anshungu added that the attackers used machetes in killing their victims in a most gruesome manner, adding that the Gyaruwa community had been deserted.

Officials of the Volunteer Guards were however yet to react to the killing of their personnel at the time of filing this report as its Public Relations Officer promised to revert with details.

Meanwhile, the Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), Benúe Command, SP Catherine Anene, confirmed to journalists that she received the report of 10 deaths from the Divisional Police Officer (DPO) of the affected area.

Suspected herdsmen kill 28 in fresh attack on Benue community

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Troops kill ISWAP Commanders, 30 other terrorists

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Troops kill ISWAP Commanders, 30 other terrorists

Troops of the Nigerian military attached to Operation Hadin Kai in the Northeast have neutralised more terrorists’ commanders and over 30 members wreaking havocs on innocent citizens in the Lake Chad region of Borno State.

It was learnt that the air component of the operation rained airstrikes on the adversaries following the terrorists’ refusal to surrender their weapon and ammunition to the military after a series of appeal by the authority and community leaders.

No fewer than 50 tough and hardened terrorists’ commanders have been taken out by the military across all the theatres of operations, particularly in the Northwest and Northeast in the last one year.

The military high command last month declared high-profiled terrorists’ commanders including Simon Ekpa, the notorious leader of proscribed Indigenous People of Biafra, wanted over their nefarious activities.

Daily Trust reports that the senior terrorists’ commanders, who were killed during the operation that was carried out on Saturday, included Ali Dawud, Bakura Fallujah and Mallam Ari.

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The spokesman of the Nigerian Air Force, Edward Gabkwet, who confirmed this to journalists in Abuja, explained that terrorists’ numerous vehicles, motorcycles and logistical assets were destroyed.

Gabkwet, an Air Vice Marshal, said the air troops executed a precision airstrike on the hideouts of ISWAP terrorists nestled within Kolleram village along the shores of Lake Chad.

According to him, the operation yielded significant success as the Battle Damage Assessment (BDA) post-strike conducted revealed the neutralisation of over 30 terrorists apart from the commanders that were taken out.

“Intelligence gathered after the airstrike further indicated that the aerial bombardment effectively obliterated a key facility within the Kolleram enclave, which served as a hub for the terrorists’ food processing activities, including grinding machines.

“The success of these airstrikes underscores NAF’s commitment to eradicating terrorism and ensuring the safety and security of Nigerian citizens. By neutralising key terrorist figures and destroying their logistical infrastructure, the operation has significantly degraded the capabilities of the ISWAP group in the region.

“These airstrikes complement the ongoing efforts of ground forces in the Lake Chad flank and represent a crucial step forward in the fight against terrorism in Nigeria,” the senior military officer told newsmen.

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BREAKING: PDP secretary shot dead in his residence [PHOTO]

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BREAKING: PDP secretary shot dead in his residence [PHOTO]

Gunmen suspected to be terrorists have killed the secretary of the ruling Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the Tsafe Local Government Area of Zamfara State, Alhaji Musa Ille.

The deceased was said to have been shot dead by the terrorists in front of his residence in Tsafe on Monday.

“The late Musa Ille was one of our good and God fearing neighbors, he was killed him in front of his house,” a resident told SaharaReporters.

Zamfara is one of states in the Northern region plagued by criminals known as bandits who raid and loot villages, kill residents and burn houses to the ground.

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The gangs maintain camps in a huge forest straddling the state, Katsina, Kaduna, and Niger states, and have carried out mass kidnappings of students from schools in recent years.

Recently, another prominent PDP chieftain in Zamfara, Alhaji Shafiu Abubakar, along with two others were killed near Danbaza junction and Maradun town, the headquarters of Maradun local government area.

Abubakar was murdered while pursuing his ambition to contest the chairmanship seat of Maradun Local Government Area council in the upcoming local government elections.

BREAKING: PDP secretary shot dead in his residence [PHOTO]

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