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Soldiers, Insurgents Killed, Borno Councils Deserted
There is no single human being in at least three local government councils of Borno because of the deteriorating security situation in the areas, the Speaker of the House of Assembly, Abdulkareem Lawan, stated this on Thursday.
The local government areas are Guzamala, Marte and Abadam, all in the northern part of Borno State, which suffered serious devastations owing to over 11 years of Boko Haram activities.
The speaker stated this less than 24 hours after reports emerged that at least nine soldiers and an unconfirmed number of Boko Haram fighters loyal to the Islamic State West Africa Province (ISWAP) lost their lives in two separate confrontations in Magumeri and Kukawa LGAs on Tuesday.
Why COVID-19 Cases Rise In Plateau – Commissioner
The Plateau Commissioner for Information and Communication, Dan Manjang, has said that the recent spike in the number of people who tested positive for COVID-19 in the state was as a result of high level of testing.
Speaking to newsmen in Jos, the commissioner said that there is an increase in testing at the community level but assured that everything was still under control.
“There is an increase in community testing for the disease as Plateau State has three testing centres now.” Manjang said testing was going on in many communities in the state, which is being fully supported by traditional rulers.
Fuel Price Increase Inevitable, Says FG
The Federal Government has said the increase in pump price of petrol is inevitable even as it disclosed that N1trillion was saved from deregulation in six months.
Fuel price was on Wednesday increased from N148 to N161.56, the third of such increase in three months.
But speaking at a press briefing in Abuja on Thursday, the Minister of State for Petroleum Resources Timipre Sylva said the government started deregulation of oil sector to save the country from going bankrupt as a result of subsidy payment. Sylva said the rich were benefiting from subsidy payment to the detriment of the poor hence the removal.
Imo APC Chieftain Rejects Zoning, Backs North For 2023 Presidency
A former Commissioner for Information, Tourism and Public Utilities in Imo State, Prof. Vitalis Orikeze Ajumbe, has said it is not the right of the Igbo to produce the nation’s president in 2023, and urged them to stop clamouring for zoning and rotational presidency.
Ajumbe, who was also a former commissioner for Internally Generated Revenue in Imo, told Daily Trust on Thursday in Abuja that President Muhammadu Buhari did not emerge as president through zoning.
He said Senator Rochas Okorocha contested the APC presidential ticket with the president and lost.
Edo Governorship: Judge Withdraws From Suit Against Ize-Iyamu
Ajudge of the Federal High Court in Abuja, Justice Taiwo Taiwo, has recused himself from the suit seeking the disqualification of Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu and his deputy, Mr Audu Ganiyu, in the forthcoming governorship election in Edo State over alleged false information.
Justice Taiwo on Thursday announced the decision following a petition against him by one of the lawyers representing Ize-Iyamu’s APC, which he said affected his integrity as a judge, and decided to remit the case file to the Chief Judge, John Tsoho.
The judge bemoaned the spate of petitions and accusations against judges which, he said, had assumed pandemic levels without the judges having the opportunity to defend themselves in the media.
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