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Boko Haram attacks IGP’s hometown in Yobe, shares letters
Boko Haram insurgents on Friday attacked the hometown of the acting Inspector-General of Police, Usman Alkali, in Geidam, Yobe State.
The Yobe attack was not the first time the terrorist group would invade the hometown of the head of a security agency. They had raided the villages of former Chief of Air Staff, the late Alex Badeh, and ex- Chief of Army Staff, Tukur Buratai, in Adamawa and Borno states respectively when they were in service. The attackers invaded Alkali’s town on Friday evening before fighter jets emerged to push them back.
A source told Saturday PUNCH that the terrorists attacked the heart of the town, burning shops and shooting continuously in a gun battle with troops. The residents were forced to either lock themselves indoors or scamper into the bushes. One of our correspondents learnt that the terrorists also dropped letters to propagate their extremist views as residents fled to safety.
Kaduna abductions: Parents devastated by students’ killing, 65 kidnapped in fresh attacks
Parents of the abducted students of Greenfield University, Kaduna State, have been left devastated after news filtered in on Friday that the kidnappers had killed three of the students.
Greenfield University, which is privately owned, is located along the Kaduna-Abuja Highway in Kasarami, Chikun Local Government Area of the state. Gunmen had reportedly kidnapped 23 students of the university on Tuesday night, killing a staff member during a shooting spree. The bandits later made contact with the parents and demanded a ransom of N800m for the students’ release.
Sadly, on Friday, the state Commissioner for Internal Security and Home Affairs, Mr Samuel Aruwan, broke the news of the killing of three of the students by the bandits. “In an act of mindless evil and sheer wickedness, the bandits who kidnapped students of Greenfield University have shot dead three of the abducted students. The remains of three students were found today (Friday) in Kwanan Bature village, a location close to the university, and have been evacuated to a mortuary by the Commissioner, Internal Security and Home Affairs (Aruwan), and the Force Commander, Operation Thunder Strike, Lt Col MH Abdullahi.”
In a related development, the Southern Kaduna Peoples Union on Friday alleged that no fewer than 65 Adara villagers in the Kajuru Local Government Area of the state were abducted by gunmen on Tuesday.
Adeosun certificate forgery different from Pantami’s case –Garba Shehu
The Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, says the crime of alleged certificate forgery involving a former Minister of Finance, Kemi Adeosun, is different from the extremist views of the Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Isa Pantami.
Nigerians on social media said it was ironic that ex-Minister, Adeosun, who was accused of forging her National Youth Service Corps certificate was never supported by the President until she finally caved into pressure to resign.
Responding to a question, Shehu who spoke during Channels Television’s ‘Politics Today’ programme on Friday, said the Presidency’s response “would have been different” if Pantami had forged his certificate like Adeosun did.
“In the second case which is that of Pantami, you are probing the thoughts, what is called ‘McCarthyism’; you search the inner recesses of the minds of individuals, bring out things they have said, or they are about to say, or you think they would say, and use that against them. If Pantami had forged a certificate before coming into office, the attitude (of the presidency) would have been different,” he added.
Lagos amputee hawker celebrates birthday, set to open supermarket
Things are fast falling into place for Mary Daniel, the 26-year-old amputee water hawker and her life is showing significant transformation. The single mum, who used to sell bottled water on highways in the Oshodi area of Lagos, marked her 27th birthday on Friday with fanfare.
“I feel happy today,” Daniel enthused about the event. “I didn’t celebrate my birthday last year. I am grateful to God for what He has done in my life,” she said, her face lit up with smiles. “I never thought I would mark my birthday in a big way like this.” People who know me before now have been calling me and making kind remarks about me. They said I have changed for good and they can hardly recognise me again.”
The Kogi-born woman is also set to establish a supermarket with donations she received from within and outside Nigeria. “I want to set up a supermarket where I will be selling cartons of noodles, bottled water, drinks, food stuffs and other items,” Daniel, who marked her birthday at a lounge in Ikeja, told our correspondent on Friday.
Politicians are sponsors of banditry, says Uzodinma
Imo State Governor, Hope Uzodinma, on Friday alleged that politicians are the ones sponsoring the banditry being witnessed in parts of the country.
Uzodinma, who spoke with State House correspondents after a meeting he had with the President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.), at the Presidential Villa, Abuja, however, did not name the politicians when he was asked to do so.
He, however, charged the nation’s security agencies to make the names available to journalists, saying the plan of the politicians is to distract the government.
If I had second chance, I’d still marry Odumakin — Widow
The body of the late spokesperson for Yoruba sociocultural group, Afenifere, Yinka Odumakin, arrived in his Moro hometown, Osun State, on Friday for the final burial rites. The body arrived the town in a long convoy and was taken to the deceased’s residence at Annex Royal Hotel Area, Moro.
Earlier, the body was received at Asejire, an Osun/Oyo boundary community, by officials of the state government. Receiving the body on behalf of the state government, the Chief of Staff to the governor, Dr Charles Akinola, described Odumakin as an illustrious son of the state. Akinola said, “Mr Yinka Odumakin was not just a leader of conscience, a finest human rights leader in this country, but a nationalist, as he was such a first-class Yoruba nationalist as well.”
Responding, the deceased’s wife, Dr Joe Okei-Odumakin, thanked the state government, saying the consolation of the family was that the legacy of her husband would remain forever. She said, “Here is Yinka’s corpse. He was my friend, comrade, soulmate, and husband. If I came back to this world over and over, I would get married to him again and again.
Mr. Joseph Simeon is an Editor/Content Creator at Naija Buzz News. He is an experienced content creator. He currently leads a small group of talented writers at Naija Buzz News. He previously served as the Relationship Editor at 1Push.Ng. He studied Public Administration at the Federal Polytechnic Idah, Kogi State, before proceeding to Kaduna Polytechnic Kaduna for his Advance Studies in Public Administration. Simeon loves and enjoys playing football.