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73 Zamfara students’ abduction: ACF fumes as gov tells residents to fight back

Gunmen, on Wednesday, invaded the Government Day Secondary School, Kaya, in the Maradun Local Government Area of Zamfara State and abducted no fewer than 73 students. The PUNCH gathered that the attack, which came barely five days after some students of the College of Agriculture and Animals Science, Bakura, were released, occurred around 11 am when the students were sitting their examinations. As of the time the gunmen were attacking the Kaya school, the state governor, Bello Matawalle, was attending a prayer session organised by his administration, where he called on the residents of the state to rise up and fight the bandits back.

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Rivers PDP Ward Suspends Secondus

IT was more trouble for the embattled national chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Prince Uche Secondus as he was officially suspended as a member of the party in Ward 5, Andoni Local Government Area of Rivers State. His suspension is coming after stakeholders and leaders of the party from the local government paid a solidarity visit to the state chairman of the party, Ambassador Desmond Akawor, to declare their support for the sack of Secondus. On Tuesday, his kinsmen from his Ikuru town, Ward 5, added voice to his suspension, as men and women bearing placards with various inscriptions insisted that Secondus must leave the party.

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PDP Crisis: David Mark meets Wike, Secondus

AHEAD of the national convention of Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, former President of the Senate, Senator David Mark has embarked on reconciling aggrieved members of the party. As part of the peace mission, Vanguard gathered that the David Mark committee yesterday met with Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers State in a closed-door meeting in Port Harcourt to address the lingering crisis bedevilling the PDP. A source told Vanguard that the Senator Mark Committee will hold a closed-door meeting with the party’s embattled National Chairman, Prince Uche Secondus.

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BREAKING: Buhari sacks two Ministers

President Muhammadu Buhari has sacked the Ministers of Power, Saleh Mamman and his Agriculture and Rural Development counterpart, Alhaji Sabo Nanono.

Massive loan default in North West Anchor Borrowers Programme

Anchor Borrowers Programme (ABP) in the Northwest is threatened by the failure of farmers to repay loans. ABP, an agricultural loan scheme launched in 2015 by the Federal Government, through the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) was designed to boost agricultural yields, halt large volumes of food importation and address negative trade balance. Guidelines for the programme stipulate that upon harvest, benefiting farmers are to repay their loans with produce (which must cover the loan principal and interest) to an anchor, who pays the cash equivalent to the farmer’s account.

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NCDC DG Ihekweazu Appointed Assistant DG Of WHO

Ihekweazu’s appointment – which comes into effect on November 1, 2021 – was disclosed in a letter signed by the WHO Director General, Tedros Ghebreyesus. “I am pleased to welcome Dr Chikwe Ihekweazu as an Assistant Director-General for Health Emergency Intelligence from November 1, 2021. “He will lead the work on strengthening pandemic and epidemic intelligence globally, including heading the WHO Hub for Pandemic and Epidemic Intelligence in Berlin.

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Abba Kyari Asked Me To Pay The Proceed Of Hotel Owned By Kidnap Kingpin Into My Bank Account — Police Lawyer

lawyer attached to the Inspector General of Police Intelligence Response Team (IGP-IRT), Nosa Uhumwangho, has explained how the embattled ‘Super Cop’, Abba Kyari, made him pay the proceed from a hotel owned by an alleged kidnap kingpin into his account. Uhumwangho stated this while appearing before the Nigerian Bar Association Legal Practitioners Disciplinary Committee (LPDC) on Wednesday.

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I’m Not Yet Interested In 2023 Presidential Election – Akeredolu

Ondo State Governor Oluwarotimi Akeredolu has distanced himself from promotional activities linking him with the 2023 presidential election. The governor in a statement by his chief press secretary, Richard Olatunde, said he had nothing to do with the pseudo campaigners. In the last two weeks, campaign posters and fliers urging Akeredolu to contest the next presidential election have dotted a section of the social media.

(Read more on Leadership News)

Falana to Buhari: 70 soldiers convicted of mutiny deserve pardon just as ‘repentant’ terrorists

Human rights lawyer, Femi Falana, has written to President Muhammadu Buhari urging him to pardon 70 convicted Nigerian soldiers. Mr Falana, who defended 58 of the 70 soldiers, said their dismissal from the army was ill-advised by the military authorities. The dismissed military personnel were tried by General Courts Martial and convicted of mutiny between 2013 and 2014. “In prosecuting the war on terror, the Federal Government deployed thousands of ill-equipped and ill-motivated members of the armed forces to the North-east region to fight the well armed insurgents from 2013-2014,” Mr Falana said.

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Buhari’s Govt Has Recovered N1trn Looted Funds – APC Leaders

In a statement on Thursday, a former National Publicity Secretary of the APC, Mr. Lanre Issa-Onilu; member of the APC Caretaker/Extraordinary Convention Planning Committee, Barr Ismail Ahmed, Presidential Aide, Mr. Tolu Ogunlesi; and Director-General of the Progressives Governors’ Forum, Salihu Lukman, said high profile recoveries were made from 2015 to date. According to the statement, all final forfeitures are being deployed for use in the government’s Special Infrastructure and Social Investment Programmes or put into the annual budget.

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In rare shake-up, Buhari implies sacking more ministers

More ministers are likely to be sacked or redeployed in Nigeria’s Federal Executive Council (FEC), as part of what President Muhammadu Buhari has said will be an ongoing exercise to ‘reinvigorate the cabinet.’ It is the first time President Muhammadu Buhari would be firing appointees at this level of government, something he had been deemed…

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New York declares a state of emergency as the Northeast is slammed by flooding from Ida’s remnants

New York declared a state of emergency early Thursday morning as the Northeast region was slammed by torrential rain from the remnants of Ida, causing heavy flooding and reports of numerous water rescues. In New York City, a travel ban was implemented until 5 a.m., according to an emergency alert sent by Notify NYC. All non-emergency vehicles must stay off the road, the alert said. Almost all the city subway lines were suspended due to the flooding. The Metropolitan Transit Authority website said that only the “7” line and the Staten Island Railway were operating with delays.

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Texas abortion law: Supreme Court votes not to block ban

The so-called Heartbeat Act bans terminations after the detection of what anti-abortion campaigners call a foetal heartbeat – a point when many women do not know they are pregnant. The law came into effect on Wednesday. Rights groups then asked for an injunction to prevent its enforcement. In a late night vote, Justices ruled 5-4 against granting the injunction. In an unsigned explanation, the court’s majority said their decision was “not based on any conclusion about the constitutionality of Texas’s law”, and said legal challenges could still proceed.

(Read more on BBC News)

Kanye West was reportedly unfaithful to Kim Kardashian during their marriage

There are reports that Kanye West was unfaithful to his now-estranged wife, Kim Kardashian during their marriage. According to PageSix, multiple sources revealed that he talked about his cheating escapades in ‘Hurricane,’ one of the tracks of his newly released album, Donda. “The song is in a way his testimony of everything he did wrong and taking accountability for their marriage breakdown,” one insider shared.

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‘I’m going to be the best in the world’ – How Ronaldo became an international goalscoring record-breaker

The Portugal star has scored his 110th goal in international colours, surpassing every other player to have played the game, with more still to come. Back in 2005, there were not many people who would have predicted that 16 years later Cristiano Ronaldo would be One who did, though, was Ronaldo himself. The then-20-year-old had been at Manchester United for two seasons by that stage, during his first, trophy-laden spell at the club, and was spending the summer in the United States as he recovered from an ankle injury.

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