Saturday

Lagos residents put up houses & lands for sale, 13 inmates escape in Kogi jail break, Flood kills 14 wedding guests and other major headlines you missed today!


We trust you had a great weekend....Just before you go to bed, here are some major headlines you missed today....




13 inmates escape in Kogi jail break
13 inmates have escaped after a jail break at the Koton/Karfe minimum prison in Kogi state. The jail break happened this morning at about 7am.






Niger Delta militant group, MEND, claims FG has agreed to release NNamdi Kanu, Okah brothers

Niger Delta Militant group, MEND, has released a statement alleging that the President Buhari-led administration has agreed to release the leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra IPOB Nnamdi Kanu and Charles and Henry Okah, suspected masterminds of the 2010 Independence Day bombing in Abuja.

In a statement released by its spokesperson, Jomo Gbomo, MEND said the decision to free the men was reached at a negotiation meeting which was facilitated by former Senate President, Adolphus Nwabara. 

The statement reads in part ; “The Movement for the Emancipation of the Niger Delta (MEND) is the only militant group from the Niger Delta region who are presently engaged in a dialogue with the federal government of Nigeria through oil companies and security agencies -with a view to resolving the current Niger Delta crisis. Thus far, the deliberations have been fruitful, various concessions and guarantees have already been secured. Some of which include, but are not limited to: release of Henry Okah, Charles Okah and Obi Nwabueze; review of the life sentence handed to Mr. Edmund Ebiware based on a proposal put forward by the Aaron Team representative for Abia and Imo states, Senator Adolphus Wabara. Also, conditional release of IPOB leader, Mr. Nnamdi Kanu and others if they renounce their agitation for a “Biafra Republic,”.The statement by the group adds that part of the agreement includes the that wanted militant leader, Government Ekpemupolo will not be arrested if he comes out of hiding.





Renowned medical doctor declared missing in Kwara

The Nigeria Medical Association (NMA), Kwara Chapter, has declared one of its members, Dr Abdulkareem Abdulrahman, missing.
Dr Victor Iroha, the Secretary of NMA in the state, announced this in a statement given to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Ilorin on Saturday.
Iroha said Abdulraheem, a medical officer with Hospital Management Bureau, was posted to General Hospital in Omu- Aran.
He said Abdulraheem had not been found since 6a.m. of Sunday July 24, 2016.
“Abdulraheem drove out of his residence opposite Federal Road Safety Commission Office, GRA in his Navy blue Toyota Corolla car with registration number BWR 532 RP and had not been seen since then.
“His phone has also been unreachable and there has been no trace of either him or his car,” he added in the statement.
Iroha also stated that all search efforts had so far yielded no results.
He said the matter had been reported to the Police and allied security agencies.

The NMA appealed to people with useful information contact the nearest Police station or his brother Ridwan on 08110709470 or NMA Kwara PRO 08034086152.





Man cuts off wife’s hand over alleged infidelity in Abia
Residents of Abala in Obingwa Local Government Area of Abia State have been thrown into shock as a man identified as Jacob Nwachukwu, allegedly cut off his wife, Nwadiokeonu Nwachukwu’s left hand over an allegation of infidelity.
The Punch gathered that Nwachukwu and his wife were still married, although they did not reside together.
According to the report, Nwachukwu, had visited his wife on the said day and a quarrel ensued, during which he brought out a machete, cut off the wife’s hand and left with it to the village while neighbours rushed her to the hospital.


A source privy to the incident said the couple had always quarrelled any time the man visited his wife in the city, to the extent that all the tenants were aware and intervened in their quarrels.

The source said the couple had lived in the city for years before the husband lost his job and had to relocate to the village, leaving his wife, a trader, in the city, alleging that Nwachukwu’s intention was to kill his wife with the machete but missed the target as the woman was said to have used her hand to defend herself before her hand was severed.

The wife’s suspected lover, over which the couple quarrelled, is said to be on the run while the victim’s landlord reported the incident to a police station close to the hospital along Ogbor Hill.

The Area Commander, Aba Police Command, Mr. Peter Wabara, who confirmed the incident, said investigations into the matter had commenced, noting that the victim is currently receiving treatment at a hospital in the state.









Delta Government to immortalize Keshi

The Delta State Government has revealed plans to immortalize the late former Super Eagles coach, Stephen Keshi, who died in June.
Deputy Governor, Barrister Kingsley Otuaro, confirmed this while speaking at the funeral mass for the Big Boss, held at St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church in Illah.

Otuaro hailed Keshi as a good ambassador of the state and promised that he would be honoured for his selfless contribution to the development of football in Nigeria.
“The government of Delta state is already working out modalities to immortalise our dear skippo because he brought so much excellence into the game of football and we are very proud of him,” Otuaro said.
“As Nigerians, we cannot in a hurry forget the contributions he has made to our nation. He came, saw and conquered. Adieu, the Big Boss.”







Man, 65, electrocuted in OndoA man identified as Adeyemi Ogunleye was electrocuted on top of the roof of his house located at 10, Oyemekun Road, Akure, Ondo State capital on Saturday during the monthly environmental sanitation exercise.
According to an eyewitness, the lifeless body of 65-year-old Ogunleye was found lying on top of the roof of his house holding a cable early Saturday morning.
It was alleged that the deceased was trying to make some illegal connections to an electric pole in front of his house to enable the house have electricity supply without the approval of the Benin Electricity Distribution Company.
The eyewitness said, “ We woke this morning (Saturday) to see him on top of the roof of the house, I think he was trying to illegally connect a wire from his house to the electric pole in front of the house because there was no light in the area at that time .
“But in the process of doing this, the BEDC supplied power to the area and he died instantly because he saw him holding a live wire and before anybody got there, he has given up the ghost.”





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Flood kills 14 wedding guests

At least 14 people were killed Saturday when a vehicle carrying wedding guests was washed off a mountainous road by floodwater and flung into a gorge, an official said.
“Dead bodies of 14 people had been retrieved, most of those killed and wounded were women and children,” Rahimullah Mehsud, a local government official of Khyber tribal district, where the incident took place, told AFP.
The accident happened when a pick-up truck carrying the groom’s party of more than 20 people was hit by floods in a remote village of Khyber, one of Pakistan’s seven tribal districts bordering Afghanistan.
Mehsud said a search was ongoing for the missing but rescue workers and residents were facing difficulties as the “area is remote and mountainous”.
He added: “We have no exact number of those travelling in the Datsun pick-up but residents told us there were more than 20.”
The heavy monsoon rains began earlier this month, drenching the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and central Punjab provinces, which have been badly affected by flooding in recent years that some scientists have linked to climate change.






Militants’ attacks: Lagos residents put up houses, lands for sale…hospitals, hotels shut

.Some residents of riverside communities in Lagos State are selling off their lands and houses in fear following attacks by suspected Niger Delta militants in the areas, Saturday PUNCH has learnt.


In the first week following the last attack by militants in Igbo-Olomu and Isawo areas of Ikorodu, residents fled hurriedly to avoid being killed.

But during a visit to the communities, it was learnt that the residents had gone beyond fleeing the troubled communities to selling their houses, lands and other properties in panic.

The panic sale was confirmed by the head of the Olomu family, the main landowner in Igbo Olomu.

A real estate agent, Ojo Alaso, revealed that he had been approached by at least three people, whom he had helped to buy lands in the areas.

Alaso said, “I cannot blame them, all the things happening here are enough to scare anyone.

“Honestly, I know this problem will be addressed one day, but people have become so scared of the attacks that they are having a rethink about living here.

“One of the men who told me to help resell his land already planned that by the end of this year, he might start the construction works. But he called me early in the week to inform me that he was no longer interested in the building plan.

“They are even willing to sell the lands below the market value.”

In Igbo-Olomu, a plot of land close to the major road is sold for between N3m and N4m, while in Isawo, it goes for up to N5.5m, one real estate agent, David Ashana, told Saturday PUNCH.

“But as you go inwards, the cost can be as low as N400, 000 and as high as N1.5m,” Ashana, said.

The agent explained that a woman who bought a land in the area for N900, 000 about seven months ago had now put it up for sale for N500, 000.

“If you have N400, 000 you can buy it from her, you only need to pay my commission,” he added.


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