*Police deploy 25,000 personnel for Edo guber poll *Gunmen abduct Catholic priest in Delta

*Police deploy 25,000 personnel for Edo guber poll *Gunmen abduct Catholic priest in Delta


Police deploy 25,000 personnel for Edo guber poll

The Inspector-General of Police, Mr Ibrahim Idris, has approved the deployment of additional 25, 000 personnel for the Edo governorship election scheduled for Saturday to ensure safety before, during and after the election.

This is contained in a statement issued in Abuja on Tuesday by the Force Spokesman, DCP Don Awunah. Read more

Gunmen abduct Catholic priest in Delta

A catholic priest, Rev. Fr. Paul Irikefe, has been abducted by gunmen suspected to be kidnappers in Delta State.

Father Irikefe, a lecturer with Saints Peter and Paul Catholic Major Seminary in Bodija, Ibadan, Oyo State, was said to have been kidnapped yesterday in Warri. Read more

Refugees From Boko Haram Return Home, Excited But Fearful

Excited but fearful, refugees from Boko Haram piled into yellow school buses with their bundles of belongings, returning after two years to homes that have been torched, wells destroyed, livestock looted and fields that still may not be safe from the Islamic insurgents. Read more

2019: Bauchi APC And The Brewing Storm

While the feud in the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) at the National level is well documented, events have shown that all is not well in some state chapters of the All Progressives Congress ( APC). Analysts point to the cracks in APC in Kaduna and Kano states where two factions of the party exist, respectively.

However, tensions have been brewing in recent weeks in the Bauchi State chapter of the APC. Lawmakers in the state led by the Speaker, House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara, had reported the state governor, Mohammed Abubakar to the party secretariat and President Muhammadu Buhari. Read more

Nigerian Trade Deficit Narrows as Exports Surge on Devaluation

Nigeria’s trade deficit narrowed in the second quarter as the value of exports from Africa’s most populous nation surged after a devaluation of the naira.

The trade deficit narrowed by 44 percent to 196.5 billion naira ($622 million) in the three months through June compared with 351.3 billion naira in the previous three-month period, the Abuja-based National Bureau of Statistics said in a report Tuesday. Exports increased 63 percent to 1.9 trillion naira in the quarter. Read more

Newly- wed teenager dies in Lagos building collapse

A 16-year-old girl, Faizan Muritala was on Tuesday confirmed dead after their residential building collapsed in Lagos.

The incident occurred at Kuata Area by Amara Olu Street, Mechanic Village, Agidingbi, Ikeja. The Nation gathered that their makeshift building located in a swampy area collapsed following a mudslide. Read more

DSS Arrests Members of Another Notorious Kidnapping Gang

The department of state services says it is sustaining its tactical and counter-terrorism operations which have yielded major successes with the arrest of terrorists and other criminals across the country.

In a statement from the service said those arrested include the mastermind of the kidnap of three Australian staff of Lafarge Cement Company, for which his gang received ransom of one hundred and fifty million naira. Read more

Lawyer: Release Detained Shiite Leader To Save His Eyesight

A human rights lawyer is demanding the release of Nigeria’s detained Shiite leader for medical treatment abroad to save his eyesight.

Ibraheem Zakzaky lost one eye in an army raid on his home and is in danger of losing sight in the remaining eye, according to an urgent appeal lodged with the High Court of Abuja by Femi Falana, a Shiite statement says Tuesday. Read more

Borno reopens Damboa market after two years

The Damboa Local Government Area of Borno on Tuesday re-opened the Damboa township market, which was closed in 2014 due to Boko Haram attacks.

The Damboa is located few kilometres from the Sambisa forest, the hideout of the Boko Haram terrorists. Read more

Edo election: ‘Buhari’s visit’ll boost APC’s chances’

The All Progressives Congress in Edo on Tuesday said President Muhammadu Buhari’s visit to the state would boost the party’s chances at Saturday’s governorship election.

Buhari is in Benin to attend the party’s grand finale campaign rally at Samuel Ogbemudia Stadium in Benin ahead of September 10 governorship election in Edo. Read more

Nigeria’s second quarter trade rises by 49% to N3.9tn

The National Bureau of Statistics on Tuesday released the merchandise trade statistics for the second quarter of this year with the country recording a 49 per cent increase in trade from N2.65tn in the first quarter to N3.94tn.

The bureau in the report made available to our correspondent stated that the increase in trade was as a result of a rise of N725.6bn in the value of imports against what was recorded in the preceding quarter. Read more

Ondo Election : Aggrieved aspirants plan to dump APC

A Few days after the primary of the All Progressives Congress in Ondo State, some governorship aspirants who were not satisfied with the result of the primary have concluded plans to dump the APC for other political parties.

A former President of the Nigerian Bar Association, Chief Rotimi Akeredolu won the primary of the party held in Akure, the Ondo State capital on Saturday. Read more

Plateau records four new cases of Lassa fever

Plateau State Health Commissioner, Dr. Kuden Kamshak, has said that four new cases of Lassa fever have been reported in the state. He, however, said that the cases were being investigated while the samples have been taken to the diagnostic centre at Irrua in Delta State for analysis.

Kamshak, while addressing newsmen in Jos on Tuesday, said that altogether, 10 cases were reported in the state while only two tested positive to the disease Read more

Kwara council workers protest seven months’ unpaid salaries

Workers of Irepodun and Oke-Ero Local Government areas of Kwara on Tuesday protested over the non-payment of their salaries for seven months.

The protest in Irepodun Council commenced at the Council Secretariat in Omu-Aran at about 9:30am with the workers carrying placards with different inscriptions and singing solidarity songs. Read more

Sokoto spends N428m on Islamic conference centre

The Sokoto State Government has committed about N428m to the construction of an International Islamic Conference Centre.

The government said it has spent has spent about N627m on the centre and various Jumma’at mosques across state Read more

Ex-GMDs responsible for failing NNPC – Senator

The Chairman, Senate Committee on Media and Public Affairs, Senator Sabi Abdullahi, has asked Nigerians to hold former GMDs of the NNPC responsible for the non-functional state of the country’s refineries and the non-profitability of the NNPC.

Sabi, who stated that he was not making his submission as the spokesman for the Senate but as the Senator representing Niger-North Senatorial District, told journalists in his office that he was very disappointed with the recent comments credited to the ex-GMDs on fuel price. Read more

Buhari endorses ‘technocrat’ Obaseki, hails Oshiomhole

President Muhammadu Buhari has described the governorship candidate of All Progressives Congress in the September 10 election in Edo State, Mr. Godwin Obaseki, as a seasoned technocrat capable of governing the state.

Buhari said this at the APC’s mega campaign rally at the Samuel Ogbemudia Stadium on Tuesday in Benin. Read more

Afro District: It’s About To Be A Movie…
After 6 years away from the UK and an ample amount of hits behind him; Nigerian born, Brixton raised Afro-fusion artist, Burna Boy is back with a highly anticipated homecoming show, which he describes will be a movie…

We first came across the star in 2012 with his banger ‘Like To Party’, the hits have continued to flow as the Burna Boy brand has since been on the rise. Now CEO of his own record label, Spaceship Entertainment, he releases his own music through the label and has revealed his sole purpose for creating the label was to help up and coming artist reach their full potential. Read more

Bauchi horror: Newborn found in dump Dead

Residents of Gwallameji, a suburb of Bauchi metropolis, woke up Tuesday morning to a shocking discovery: the corpse of a newborn baby boy in a local refuse dump.

The was found wrapped in a cloth placed inside a polythene bag dumped at a refuse by the road.

Residents were overheard lamenting and cursing the as-yet unknown perpetrator of the act. Read more

Philippine President, Duterte, vows to eat militants

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte has vowed to personally tear apart and eat Abu Sayyaf Islamic militants, in a bloodthirsty vow of revenge for deadly attacks.

“They will pay. When the time comes, I will eat you in front of people,” Duterte told an audience of Filipinos late on Monday night while in Laos for a regional summit. Read more

Protest, computer errors prompt delays at London airports

A protest about environmental racism and technical problems combined on Tuesday to disrupt traffic at three of London’s airports, prompting complaints, arrests and delays.

The airport and London police disclosed that the main focus was on a group of nine activists, allegedly from the Black Lives Matter UK, who chained themselves to an object on a runway at London City Airport. Read more

France calls for recount of Gabon presidential election results

French Prime Minister, Manuel Valls, has called for a recount of the presidential election results in the Central African nation of Gabon, which saw President Ali Bongo extend his family’s 49-year rule.

He said on Tuesday in Paris that the European observers on the ground have expressed their criticism on the basis of objective facts. Read more

About The Author

Osigweh Lilian Oluchi is a graduate of the University of Lagos where she obtained a B.A (Hons) in English, Masters in Public and International affairs (MPIA). Currently works with 1stnews as a Database Manager / Writer. [email protected]

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