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CAS orders immediate investigation into Abuja Aircraft crash.

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The Chief of Air Staff (CAS) urged the general public to remain calm and await the outcome of the investigation.

Chief of Air Staff, Air Vice Marshal Oladayo Amao, has ordered an investigation into the military plane crash that led to the death of seven persons.

The said Air Force plane, a Beechcraft KingAir B350i crashed on Sunday while returning to Abuja Airport after reporting engine failure en-route Minna, the Niger State capital.

Confirming the development, the Nigerian Air Force (NAF) spokesman, Air Vice Marshal Ibikunle Daramola in a brief communique stated that all seven personnel aboard the craft died in the crash.

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The NAF spokesman further stated that the Chief of Air Staff (CAS) urged the general public to remain calm and await the outcome of the investigation.

The CAS also commiserated with the families of the deceased.

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Abuja Aircraft crash leaves seven ‘dead.’

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Seven persons have been killed after a military aircraft crashed a few yards off the runway at the Nnamdi Azikiwe Airport in Abuja.

Confirming the incident on Sunday, the Nigerian Air Force (NAF) spokesman, Air Vice Marshal Ibikunle Daramola stated that the Beechcraft KingAir B350i aircraft crashed while returning to Abuja Airport after reporting engine failure enroute Minna.

Caregivers work at the scene of an accident involving a Nigerian military aircraft that crashed killing seven occupants on board at the Airport runway near Nigeria’s capital Abuja, on February 21, 2021. KOLA SULAIMON / AFP

Vice Marshal Daramola further stated that first responders were already at the scene, adding that all seven personnel on board died in the crash.

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According to the NAF spokesman’s statement published on Twitter, the Chief of Air Staff (CAS), Air Vice Marshal Oladayo Amao has ordered an immediate investigation into the accident.

While urging the general public to remain calm and await the outcome of the investigation, the CAS, on behalf of all Nigerian Air Force personnel, commiserated with the families of the deceased.

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AIB confirms aircraft crash at Abuja airport.

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The Accident Investigation Bureau, Nigeria (AIB-N) on Sunday confirmed the crash of an aircraft belonging to the Nigerian military at the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja.

The General Manager, Public Affairs of AIB, Mr Tunji Oketunbi, confirmed this on Sunday in an interview with NoRM‘s known Media in Lagos.

Oketunbi said “It is a military aircraft and the crash is outside our jurisdiction to comment.

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” I will advise you call the NAF PRO for detail”.

Also, an industry source also confirmed to NoRM‘s known Media that the aircraft belongs to the Nigerian Air Force.

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Just in: EFCC exposes internet fraud academy in Abuja.

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They will be charged to court as soon as investigation is concluded.

Operatives of the Abuja Zonal Office of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, have uncovered another ‘academy’ for the grooming of internet fraudsters.

EFCC spokesman Wilson Uwujaren said the ‘academy’ located in Arab Contractors Area of Mpape Hills, a suburb of Abuja, was discovered when operatives, acting on intelligence, stormed the base on Thursday February 18, and arrested 27 internet fraud suspects.

The coordinator of the ‘academy’ is said to be 30-year-old Emmanuel Clement, and his ‘students’ are mostly young school leavers, ladies inclusive, within the age range of 18 to 25 years.

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Items recovered from the suspects include a Toyota Venza car, 30 mobile phones and one laptop.

They will be charged to court as soon as investigation is concluded.

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NDLEA arrest 8 drug suspects in FCT.

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Hamisu said that different quantities of Cannabis Sativa were recovered during the raiding, adding that one man, named Nazeer escaped leaving 19.6 kilogrammes of cannabis.

The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) says it has arrested eight suspects and recovered 282.243 kilogrammes of cannabis Sativa while raiding some drug spots in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT).

FCT Commander of NDLEA Lawan Hamisu told NoRM‘s known Media on Thursday in Abuja that five of the suspects were found with exhibits, adding that three others were arrested at the scene of the crime.

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Hamisu said that different quantities of Cannabis Sativa were recovered during the raiding, adding that one man, named Nazeer escaped leaving 19.6 kilogrammes of cannabis.

He noted that the three suspects arrested at the crime scene were being profiled as no drugs were found with them, saying that they would be put on the watch list to determine the next action against them.

“On Feb. 3, 2021, we set out and revisit Karu Abattoir, Gwarimpa by 1st Avenue, Dawaki behind News Engineering Baban bola Pantaker Area, Police Signpost by Duste Makaranta and Fo1 Kubwa extension.

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“Zubairu Mohammed and Umar Sani were arrested at Dawaki with 2.8 grammes and 100 grammes of cannabis Sativa.

“Nura Alhassan was arrested at Karu with 12.3 grammes of cannabis Sativa. Manasseh Christopher was arrested at Gwarimpa with 28.3 grammes of cannabis Sativa.

“Hamza Adamu was arrested at Duste Makaranta with 253.5 kilogrammes of cannabis Sativa. However, Nazeer was found with 19.6 kilogrammes of cannabis Sativa recovered at FO1 by Kubwa extension but escaped and the search for him is on,” he said.

Hamisu said that the agency’s outing to Tomatoes market, Dei-Dei, Kasuwan Dere in Gwagwalada as well Kuchin-goro/Ruga by city gate recorded minimal success where the operatives seized other quantities of cannabis Sativa.

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He noted that those whose case have been sustained have been charged accordingly, saying that others found with smaller quantities and found to be users or first offenders were referred for appropriate counselling.

He added that the agency would be filing charges on two suspects while three others may be referred for counselling as the search of the escaped suspect continues.

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Emirates Airline suspends ‘oversized passenger services’

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Emirates remains committed to Nigeria and we look forward to resuming passenger services to Dubai for our customers when conditions allow.

Emirates Airline has suspended passenger services from Lagos and Abuja until February 28, 2021.

The airline, which disagreed with the Nigerian authority over extra COVID-19 protocols, however, said the suspension would affect only outbound passengers from Nigeria.

The Presidential Task Force on COVID-19 (PTF) recently reversed the suspension of Emirates flights into Nigeria, following the UAE’s cancellation of the antigen rapid tests earlier imposed on Nigerians departing on Emirates Airlines.

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But since the reversal at the weekend, Emirates has been flying passengers into Lagos and Abuja, and refrained from carrying outbound passengers from Nigeria.

A memo issued by the airline yesterday stated: “In line with UAE government’s directives, passenger services from Lagos and Abuja to Dubai are temporarily suspended until 28 February 2021.

“Itinerants from Abuja and Lagos will not be accepted for travels prior to or including this date. Passengers, who have been to or connected through Nigeria in the last 14 days, are not allowed entry into the UAE, whether terminating in or connecting through Dubai.

“Emirates flights from Dubai to Lagos and Abuja will continue as per the normal schedule. We regret the inconvenience caused and affected customers should contact their booking agent or Emirates call centre for rebooking. Emirates remains committed to Nigeria and we look forward to resuming passenger services to Dubai for our customers when conditions allow.”

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The Guardian had earlier reported that some international carriers had begun enforcement of fresh safety protocols much to the discomfort of Nigerian travellers. Emirates, especially, was conducting mandatory antigen tests on Nigerian passengers, in addition to the polymerase chain reaction (PCR) test approved by the Federal Government and the global standard.

The test costs additional N25, 800 per traveller at the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport (NAIA), Abuja and N36, 800 at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport (MMIA), Lagos, until the Federal Government banned the airline to enforce reversal of the antigen test.

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Tragedy as 11 burnt to ashes in Abuja tanker blast.

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Eight men and two women who sustained burns have been rushed to the hospital for further treatment.

About eleven people, including three Almajiris, have been killed in an oil tanker explosion.

The explosion happened in the Gawu area of Abaji Local Government Area of the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja.

The incident happened on Sunday when a tanker was trying to avoid colliding with a truck.

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After noticing that the oil was leaking, some residents of the area came out with jerry cans and buckets to loot.

The leaking fuel caught fire and killed three Almajirai and eight others, including a woman.”

The Federal Road Safety Commission’s (FRSC) commandant in Abuja, Wobin Gora, confirmed the incident.

He confirmed that 11 people were burnt to death, while 10 others sustained injuries.

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” Eight men and two women who sustained burns have been rushed to the hospital for further treatment.

Eleven were burnt to death due to the explosion,” Gora said.

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Police arrest 6 suspected kidnappers in Federal Capital Territory.

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The PPRO said the command had deployed covert and overt crime fighting strategies to strengthen security across the FCT, especially in areas with cumbersome terrain.

The Police Command in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), has arrested six suspects in Apo over alleged kidnapping.

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This is contained in a statement by ASP Mariam Yusuf, FCT Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO) in Abuja on Sunday.

Yusuf said the suspects were arrested following credible intelligence report indicating that they had abducted three persons.

According to her, the suspects were arrested by police operatives on routine patrol, while attempting to relocate one of their victims.

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She said that further investigations led to successful rescue of two other victims who identified the suspects as kidnappers.

The PPRO said the command had deployed covert and overt crime fighting strategies to strengthen security across the FCT, especially in areas with cumbersome terrain.

She said the command had also launched a strategic counter kidnapping operation, to checkmate emerging security concerns in the territory.

Yusuf said that the command was working closely with sister security agencies, key stakeholders and community leaders to rid the FCT of criminal elements.

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She called on residents to remain calm and laws abiding, while enjoining them to report suspicious persons or activities around their vicinity, to the nearest police division.

She said such report could also be made through any of the FCT Police Command Control numbers; 08032003913, 08061581938, 07057337653 and 08028940883.

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NDLEA intercepts men with cocaine at Abuja, Lagos airport.

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MMIA Command of the NDLEA, Mr Ahmadu Garba, the suspect, Adeleke was intercepted at the departure hall in Lagos with the hard drug neatly concealed in a false bottom of his bag

The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) has continued to put the heat on drug traffickers with the arrest of a businessman at the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja and another man at the Murtala Mohammed International Airport, Lagos, with over three kilogrammes of cocaine carefully concealed in luggage.

While Adeleke Kazeem Biola was arrested at the Lagos Airport with 1.5 kilogrammes of cocaine on Wednesday night, February 3, 2021, during the outward clearance of passengers on Emirate Airline to Dubai, a Lagos-based businessman, Onu Oluchukwu Friday, was caught with 1.527 kilograms of the illicit drug at the Abuja Airport.

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According to the Commander, MMIA Command of the NDLEA, Mr Ahmadu Garba, the suspect, Adeleke was intercepted at the departure hall in Lagos with the hard drug neatly concealed in a false bottom of his bag.

Garba said: “He acknowledged that the series of arrests in the past three weeks follow the offensive action approach deployed by his command in line with the directive by the new Chairman/Chief Executive of the agency, Gen. Mohammed Buba Marwa (Rtd).”

While explaining how a plumbing materials dealer, Onu Oluchukwu Friday, was arrested at the departure lounge of the Abuja Airport on Thursday, January 28, 2021, the Commander, Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport Command of the NDLEA, Mr. Kabir Sani Tsakuwa, said: “During outward clearance of Ethiopian Airline ET 910 en route Abuja-Addis Ababa – New Delhi, India, the 39-year-old suspect, a native of Umuaku-Isiochi village in Abia State, was intercepted at the boarding gate screening and referred for scanning. The passenger proved positive for ingestion.

“He excreted 83 wraps of substances, which proved positive for cocaine and weighed 1.527kg. The suspect, who claimed he is into plumbing material business in Lagos, came into Abuja for the purpose of trafficking drugs, and said he was to be paid N1.5million on delivery to one Chibuzo Nmadu, a Nigerian based in India.”

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He said his command remains committed to the mission of the new leadership of the agency to disrupt the supply chain and reduce the demand for illicit drugs in Nigeria.

The chairman of the anti-drug agency, Gen. Marwa has sent his commendation to the commanders of the Lagos and Abuja airports and their teams for their vigilance, while urging them to intensify efforts so that the mission could rid the country of the scourge of illicit drugs collectively, the NDLEA statement added.

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COVID-19: Gov’t contemplates fresh lockdown.

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The Federal Government on Friday said it is contemplating a targeted lockdown in Lagos, Abuja, Kaduna and major cities in Nigeria as the number of COVID-19 cases soars in the West African nation.

Although recoveries from the disease in the country have crossed 100,000, the Nigerian government is worried that with more than 127,000 infections, many citizens are not adhering to the safety protocols.

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“Certainly, even if we are going to have a lockdown, it is not going to be a total lockdown. A couple of weeks back, we analysed the data and we identified the hotspot local government areas,” the National Incident Manager of the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19, Dr Mukhtar Muhammad, said on Media programme, known to Noble Reporters Media.

“Mostly, the areas affected are the urban local governments in Lagos, Abuja, Kaduna, Plateau. Even in most other states, it is the urban areas that are involved. So, if we are going to have any restrictions, it will be in these areas.

“The urban areas are the most affected and that is why we have these superspreaders and that is where we are going to target. We have analysed that and we are advising the states based on the data that these are the focused areas where these transmissions are more than the others.”

41 Million More Doses
The Minister of Health, Dr Osagie Ehanire on Thursday noted that the country has secured additional 41 million doses of COVID-19 vaccines as the fight to tame the disease gathers steam.

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However, the date of the vaccine’s delivery into the country remains unknown as vaccine manufacturers struggle to meet global demand in time.

“We do not have an exact date,” Dr Ehanire said on NoRM‘s known Media. “The date it comes out depends on when the manufacturers are able to deliver, and that is not something that any country can enforce at this time.”

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Update: Court orders Sowore, others be remanded in Kuje prison

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Sowore was arrested by the police for leading a protest against bad governance on New Year’s Eve in Abuja.

The Magistrate court in Abuja has ordered the remand of Omoyele Sowore and four others at Kuje Correctional Centre.

Their formal bail application will be heard tomorrow, January 5, 2020.

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He is being arraigned alongside four others by the Federal Government on three charges of criminal conspiracy, unlawful assembly, and attempting to incite others.

They all pleaded not guilty to the charges.

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EndSARs: Protest back at Abuja, Ondo and Osun

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The protesters, led by Emmanuel Adebisi, demanded good governance, among other things.

EndSARS protesters are currently protesting in Nigeria’s capital, Abuja, Osogbo, the Osun State capital as well as Akure, the capital of Ondo state, NoRM report.

In Osun, the youths marched through the streets of Osogbo to the Osun State House of Assembly, demanding an audience with the leadership of the Assembly.

Also, police officers have also been sighted at Opebi, Alausa and Ikeja areas of Lagos, in an apparent plot to stop the suspected EndSARS protests billed to start today, Monday.

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Recall with NoRM that the #EndSARS protests, which took place in October, were hijacked by hoodlums leading to the destruction of properties and loss of lives.

It also turned bloody in Lagos on October 20, 2020, when men in military uniform opened fire on young protesters at the Lekki toll plaza, an epicentre of the protests in Lagos.

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Storyline: Tinubu not present as Buhari meets with Yoruba leaders

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The meeting, which took place in the President’s office in the Aso Rock Presidential Villa, Abuja, held behind closed-doors.

President Muhammadu Buhari on Friday, met with leaders of the All Progressives Congress (APC) from the Southwest, led by Chief Bisi Akande.

Those in the visiting party included Chief Bisi Akande, Chief Segun Osoba, Prince Tajudeen Olusi and Dr. Abayomi Finnih.

All attempts to get a clue of what the meeting was all about or topic for discussion were unsuccessful as the visitors would not talk to State House Correspondents.


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Abuja: SSS officer to Gbajabiamila who killed newspaper vendor identified

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Witnesses said there were multiple shots from the Speaker’s convoy, making it difficult to immediately identify the bullet that killed the vendor Ifeanyi Elechi.

Abdullahi M. Hassan has been identified by Speaker Femi Gbajabiamila as the officer who opened live rounds and killed a newspaper vendor in Abuja on Thursday.

The officer was named in a statement by the Speaker on Friday afternoon. It came hours after witnesses at the scene told NoRM that the shooting came from a police officer, although the police have denied firing the fatal shot.


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Update: Newspaper vendors in Abuja begins massive protest

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The Lagos lawmaker narrated that some hours after they got to their destination, he was informed that someone had the victim simply identified as Ifeanyi had been hit by a stray bullet.

Members of the Abuja Newspaper Vendors Association, on Friday shut down the popular Area 1, Garki Newspaper Distribution Centre to protest and mourn one of its own who was killed on Thursday by a security operative attached to the convoy of the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Femi Gbajabiamila.

Chairman of the Association, Etim Iwara, who addressed the vendors in tears, said the deceased member, Ifeanyichukwu Elechi, did not commit any offence, but was gunned down by an over-zealous security aide to the Speaker.

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Iwara, who vowed that the vendors will take every necessary action to get justice for their slain member, also noted that distribution of newspapers to the public would be suspended till further notice.

An eyewitness and a vendor, Emmanuel Onyebuchi, said he was with the deceased when he was shot.

Onyebuchi noted that the convoy of the Speaker stopped at the traffic light junction at Federal Secretariat Area, the Speaker, Gbajabiamila beckoned on him, his shot colleague and others to come, the call which they swiftly responded to and got a cash gift of N9, 000 from the Speaker.

He explained that they were already rejoicing and praise-singing the gesture while heading back to their selling point, when the operative alighted from one of the back up vehicles and directly shot the deceased on the head.

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Onyebuchi, who also revealed that the deceased who had scheduled the naming ceremony of his new born baby for Friday , died shortly after he was rushed to the National Hospital.

Onyebuchi explained: “The late Onyebuchi and I were greeting the Speaker, Gbajabiamila, even though the traffic light had passed him, but he parked and called us to come. Elechi and myself, we crossed to meet him and he gave us N9,000.

The DSS officer came down from the jeep, pulled his gun and shot Elechi while we were crossing the road to go back.

“I turned back and followed the officer, shouting, you’ve killed my brother, the officer also shot again into the air. but the bullet missed me, because I quickly fell on the ground.

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“Elechi’s wife has a new born baby whose naming ceremony was supposed to be today (Friday).”
Meanwhile, Gbajabiamila has confirmed the death of a newspaper vendor shot by one of his security aides on Thursday.

The Speaker who, in a series of tweets on his official handle in the early hours of Friday, narrated how the incident took place, explained that the vendor was hit by a stray bullet meant to disperse a crowd when he went to greet newspaper vendors while leaving the National Assembly.

“A horrible incident has taken place. This evening as I left the national assembly, I stopped, as usual, to exchange pleasantries with the newspaper vendors at the corner,” he explained.

“Many of them have known me since I first moved to Abuja and it was a friendly exchange. Unfortunately, after the convoy set out in continuation of movement, unidentified men obstructed the convoy which got the attention of security men in the convoy who shot into the air to disperse them.”

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He said this was “contrary to an earlier report by men in the convoy that they applied their security discretion to shoot in the air.

“In the meantime; the officer who fired the fatal shot has been suspended from the convoy pending the conclusion of the investigation.”
While sending his condolences to the family of the deceased, the Speaker expressed his sadness over the incident.

“For one of them (vendors) to have been shot by my security detail is horrific and I cannot begin to imagine the grief and loss Ifeanyi’s family must feel on this sad day. No family should have to go through this,” he added.

“I have caused a report to be made to the local police station and an investigation has commenced. My value for human life and my respect for all people – irrespective of social-economic status – is what endeared me to these vendors and these are the reasons why I stop my convoy quite often to connect with them.”


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Abuja: My security operatives killed newspaper vendor – Femi Gbaja affirm

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Gbajabiamila disclosed that the officer who fired the fatal shot has been suspended pending the conclusion of the inquiry.

Femi Gbajabiamila, Speaker of the House of Representatives, has confirmed that one of the security operatives attached to him shot a citizen dead.

The incident occurred in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) on Thursday.

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In a personal statement issued Friday morning, the lawmaker narrated that in the evening as he left the National Assembly, he stopped to greet newspaper vendors.

The Surulere representative said it was a friendly exchange as many of them have known him since he first moved to Abuja

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He recalled that after the convoy set out in continuation of movement, unidentified men obstructed it, which made the security men “shot into the air to disperse them”.

The Speaker said after getting to their destination hours later, he was informed that someone was hit by a stray bullet.

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“Contrary to an earlier report by men in the convoy that they applied their security discretion to shoot in the air. I have caused a report to be made to the local police station and an investigation has commenced,” he said.

“My value for human life and my respect for all people – irrespective of socio-economic status – is what endeared me to these vendors and these are the reasons why I stop my convoy quite often to connect with them.

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“For one of them to have been shot by my security detail is horrific and I cannot begin to imagine the grief and loss Ifeanyi’s family must feel on this sad day. No family should have to go through this,” he said.

The All Progressives Congress (APC) chieftain added that he was distraught about the death and offered his sympathies to the victim’s family and Abuja vendors.


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Gist+: Girl who gets 9 A’s in WAEC meets with Gov Lalong, secure scholarship

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The Plateau State Coordinator on SDGs, Mr. Sam Damla, led the family of Ulan to the government house situated in little Rayfield to meet with the governor.

Sylvia Ulan Andrew has again proven herself to be worthy of excellence as she smashes this year’s WASSCE in flying colors.

After the release of the results of the West African Examination Council exams, Sylvia Ulan, a Plateau State indigene and student of Premier Academy, Lugbe Abuja, got all nine As in her result.

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Raised by a single parent, Sylvia’s father died even before she was born and therefore she was raised single-handedly by her mother.

During her Primary education, she passed the National Common Entrance exam with ace and this got her a scholarship from Shell Petroleum Development Company.

Six years after her studies in Premier Academy, Abuja, she has yet again achieved an academic excellence of a higher order as she made all As in her WAEC result.

Amazingly, she has been offered another scholarship. The scholarship came from her state governor the executive governor of Plateau State, Barr. Simon Bako Lalong. Sylvia Ulan will now have the opportunity to study her dream course, Chemical Engineering.

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Governor Simon Bako Lalong was pleased and happy to receive her. He stated that he wasn’t surprise because there lies abundant talents like hers in Plateau State. The governor however was proud of her and congratulated her for the feat and praised her mother for raising her.

Sylvia Ulan Andrew who hails from Bokkos Local Government Area of the State was overwhelmed with joy and thanked the governor and his wife for their warm reception. She promised not to disappoint him and the people of Plateau State as this is a privilege and dream come true for her.


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Breaking: Gunmen abduct many, force 15 to early grave along Kaduna-Abuja road.

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Witnesses said the kidnappers armed with sophisticated weapons stormed the highway and opened fire on unsuspecting travellers who were heading to Abuja from the Kaduna axis.

At least 15 people were killed on Sunday and many others abducted when kidnappers blocked the Kaduna-Abuja expressway around 5 pm, witnesses said.

The incident happened around Gidan Busa, a village not far away from Rijana, which is 133 kilometres to Abuja.

Noble Reporters Media gathered that nearly 20 vehicles were forced to stop at the bushy and sloppy location when the gunmen laid siege. The location had no security presence at the time of the attack, witnesses told NoRM‘s known Media on phone.

Abubakar Isah Musa and Ibrahim Suleiman, two friends killed by the police in Kano Saturday
They said apart from the over 15 people reportedly killed by the gunmen, many others including women and children were kidnapped and taken to the bush. When contacted, the Kaduna State Police Public relations Officer, ASP Mohammed Jalige, said the Divisional Police Officer (DPO) in charge of the area was working on the situation report and will communicate as soon as it was done.

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The attackers blocked the traffic after firing shots at speeding vehicles, which forced them to stop. NoRM learnt that some people who attempted to flee were shot.

“The first vehicle to be attacked was an 18-seater bus, which was fully loaded,” a witness who gave his name as Mamman, told the NoRM on phone. He said he was on his way to Abuja from his home town in Katsina.

“I am among the survivors; I saw everything that happened. I participated in evacuating the death from the road,” he said.

While giving a graphic description of what happened, Mamman said bullets hit the driver of the first hummer bus and killed him instantly, forcing the vehicle to wobble for seconds and then stopped across the road.

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“There were three vehicles in front of ours when the kidnappers suddenly appeared on the road and started shooting sporadically.

“The two buses and a wagon in the front were the first to be attacked. They opened fire on them. The first one moved unsteadily from side to side before it stopped.

Sympathisers at Ibrahim’s family house in Kano
“The second hummer bus and a saloon car were also affected. Our vehicle, a Volkswagen Golf car was the fourth in the line facing the gunmen and when our driver noticed what was happening, he veered off the road,” Mamman said.

According to him, “Many vehicles coming from behind, I think nearly 20 of them were forced to stop also. Many passengers, who have the agility, including those in our vehicle, took to their heels.

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“I didn’t run away and I don’t know why; I only moved closer to the median of the road and squad. I saw when the attackers shepherded some of those kidnapped into the bush,” he said. Mamman said after some time, the police arrived at the scene.

“Some policemen came to the rescue and I also participated in recovering some of the people killed and those who sustained injuries from gunshots.

“The vehicles that blocked the road were cleared by the police and some good Samaritans and that was when people started moving. I dropped on the way to Abuja because I was heading towards Bwari,” he said.

Malam Mu’azu, who lives around the area, confirmed that kidnappers have resurfaced along the Abuja-Kaduna expressway.

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“I was not at the scene of the attack but an acquaintance who passed through the location said he saw what happened.

“This (Abuja-Kaduna road) is a dangerous route once again. There was a respite some months ago when security operatives took serious action against the kidnappers but it seems they have gone to sleep again.

“The whole stretch from Jere, which is little over 70 kilometres from Abuja is no longer safe. Kidnappers now lay siege around Kurmin Kare, Gidan Malam Mamman up to Rijana,” he said.

NoRM reports that there is a big security hub at Katari, a village located 92 kilometres from Abuja.

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Different security operatives including anti-kidnap squad, other police operatives, the army, civil defence and road safety personnel, among others, had been stationed around Katari.

They were meant to act with dispatch whenever the need arose.

Locals said there was the need to check the resurgence of breaches along the highway, which is the only artery that takes people from the South and the FCT to the North West and parts of the North East.

In the last few years, hundreds of people have been killed on the road while families of those kidnapped had to pay ransom to free their loved ones.

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One of our correspondents report that a prominent figure was on Saturday night kidnapped at Mpape, one of the upcoming highbrow districts in the FCT.

A source said the man was on his way home and unknown to him, the kidnappers were targeting him.

“When it was discovered that the man had been kidnapped, some DSS operatives stormed the area,” the source said.

“There is the likelihood that the kidnappers used the telephone of one unsuspecting Okada rider, which the DSS operatives tracked. They trailed the Okada rider and arrested him. It is not clear whether the abductee had been released,” the source said.

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Also, gunmen on Saturday night invaded the staff quarters of Nuhu Bamalli Polytechnic in Zaria and abducted the Head of Department, Computer Engineering, Engr. Bello Atiku.

NoRM gathered that the gunmen also shot Engr. Atiku’s neighbour, Sanusi Hassan who works at registry unit of the institution before they made away with his children.

The Public Relations Officer of the school, Abdallah Shehu who confirmed the incident, said Hassan was shot in the hand and is currently receiving medical attention.

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Speaking with our correspondent, Engr. Atiku’s wife, Khadija Suleiman said her husband had returned home after 8 pm and put on the generator.

“He then spent a few minutes speaking on the phone with one of his bosses,” she said.

Khadija explained that soon after the phone call, her husband ate and both of them settled for a relaxing evening on the TV when she heard someone banged on their door.

“At that time, I asked him if he had locked the door with the key when he came in and he said no. So I told him to check the door perhaps one of our neighbours wanted something; that was a few minutes to 9 pm.”

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She said unknown to both of them, the gunmen had already invaded their compound, leveraging on the sound of the generator.

“I heard my husband scream and he came back into the house saying Innalillahi Wa Inna Ilaihi Rajiun (from Allah we came and to Him we shall return) while two men with guns trailed him.

“They came to the sitting room and told us to lie on the floor. They took our phones but left the laptop. One of them asked for money and I told them we don’t have money and so he slapped me. But the other man told him to leave me alone. They now asked my husband to wear his shoes and they left with him,” she said.

Khadija explained that a similar incident had occurred within the quarters about two years ago when a woman was abducted.

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She said she never thought they will be victims of kidnapping also. Noble Reporters Media reports that the school is exposed to security challenges because it lacked a perimeter fence.

The Rector, Engr. Muhammad Kabir Abdullahi told our correspondent that a security meeting had taken place to find a lasting solution to their predicament including how to fence the school.

“We have had security meetings and we have now stationed mobile policemen to guard hostels and staff quarters and more are being deployed. We have met with the students to calm them and assure them that their security is a top priority but we will not be closing the school,” he said.

Kaduna police spokesman, Jalige said they were on top of the situation as the entire area had been combed while efforts were ongoing to rescue the victims.

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Operatives of Anti-Daba unit of Kano State Police Command have allegedly killed two persons at Sharada area of the state capital.

One of the youths was shot dead, while the other who was stabbed by the police during a squabble died a few hours later.

The incident took place when the police operatives stormed the area to arrest someone at a tea joint.

The deceased were Abubakar Isah (Banupe) and Ibrahim Sulaiman (Mainasara).

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However, the Spokesman for the Kano Police Command, DSP Abdullahi Haruna Kiyawa was yet to respond to calls and text messages sent to his phone about the incident.

Witnesses said that the operatives of the Anti-Daba unit were at Sharada Phase One, close to the Juma’a mosque around 11 pm on Saturday to arrest a suspect at a tea joint popularly called “Indomie Spot” when pandemonium broke out.

It was learnt that Mainasara, who is the owner of the spot, wanted to know why the police went there to arrest his brother, Gaddhafi.

According to one of those at the scene, “In trying to drag Mainasara out of the shop, the policemen stabbed him twice and he started bleeding. Other people at the spot rushed out and the policemen fired gunshots into the crowd… Banupe was hit by the bullet and he died at the spot.”

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He said the two were rushed to Murtala Muhammed Specialists Hospital in the metropolis where Mainasara also died at about 2 am yesterday.

Recall with NoRM that a similar incident occurred last month at Kofar Mata area of the state capital at the heat of the #EndSARS protest when a 23-year-old man, Saifullahi Sani was killed by the men of the Kano Police Command during their routine night patrol.

The incident led to a protest as youth around the area converged and burnt tires on the roads to express their anger against alleged police brutality.


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Abuja natives task Gov’t on ministerial appointment

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Gaza also stressed the need for FCT indigenes to be given their right to land ownership and the creation of more tertiary institutions in the FCT to enable indigenous youths to have easy access to quality education in the FCT.

Abuja [FCT] Natives under the umbrella body of the “Abuja Indigenous Liberation Movement (AILM), on Sunday in Abuja, called on the Federal Government to consider FCT indigenes for ministerial appointments and to reorganise FCT as a state so as to ensure equality and development.

The Director, Institution of Governance and Development, Nassarawa State University, Prof. Andrew Zamani, made the call at a summit organised by AILM with the theme: “’Indigenous People of FCT, Issues of Land Ownership and the Way Forward’’.

The professor, who is also the chairman of the summit also called on the Federal Government to give proper consideration to ancestral owners of land in FCT to make the natives have a sense of belonging and equal representation in the country.

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He said the Court of Appeal in Abuja had ruled on Jan. 15, 2018, that indigenous people of the FCT were entitled to a ministerial representation in the Federal Executive Council as provided in Sections 147(3), 299, 14(3) and 42 of the 1999 Constitution.

“We need a state status to increase our franchise beyond local government elections to enable us to have an executive governance structure, independent governing body and to expand our representation at the National Assembly.

“The Federal Government should take a position on constitutional legitimacy of land administration in the Federal Capital Territory to stop the marginalisation of the people.

“We also plead with the government of Nigeria to honour the Appeal Court and the ECOWAS Court judgments on the status of the FCT as an autonomous governance entity,’’ he said.

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Prof. Zamani recommended that based on the decision of the Court of Appeal and pursuant to the provisions of Section 299 and section 147 (3) of the 1999 Constitution, the Senate should approve that the indigenes of the FCT should nominate one of their own for appointment as a minister.

In his remarks, the coordinator of the group, Mr Nathaniel Gaza, said that the summit was organised for the indigenous people of the FCT to discuss ways of addressing some challenges facing the natives and draw government’s attention to the need for FCT to be treated as a state.


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Tenure extension: Buhari, Osinbajo protest in Abuja

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Speaking with newsmen, the group’s National Coordinator Usman Ibrahim cautioned party members against threatening the committee over planned tenure extension.

Supporters of President Muhammadu Buhari and Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, yesterday, stormed the national secretariat of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) in Abuja, to demand the extension of the tenure of the Governor Mai Mala Buni-led APC Caretaker/Extraordinary Convention Planning Committee.

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Under the platform of Buhari/Osinbajo Dynamic Support Group, the group took the solidarity walk to the secretariat bearing placards with various inscriptions in support of the Caretaker Committee.

The committee was inaugurated in June, 2020, and saddled with the responsibility of administering the party’s affairs and to organise a national convention within six months following the dissolution of the Adams Oshiomhole led National Working Committee (NWC).

APC Director of Administration, Suleiman Abubakar, who received the group on behalf of the party, promised that the Caretaker Committee would not disappoint the party assuring that it will prepare the party for victory ahead of the 2023 general elections


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EndSARs: Police teargas protesters in Abuja.

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The peaceful protest was violently disrupted when the police group fired teargas and arrested about four of the demonstrators.

The demonstrators gathered in front of the complex to paint #ENDSARS grafiti on the floor to remind the Nigerian Government of their demands.

Some of the protesters were also beaten while persons passing at the place were harassed.

As at the time of filing this report, human amd vehicular movement in the area had been restricted.

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EndSARs: Sowore, Deji Adeyanju kicks off protest in Abuja.

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While many people have alleged that this is a political move by Sowere, others feel that it is a legit move to end SARS permanently.

The End SARS protest started a few weeks ago after a series of killings were carried out by the officers of the NIGERIA police.

The protests ended abruptly on the 20th of October, 2020 after the alleged Lekki toll gate shooting.

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While many have decided to take their protest online, Sowere who is the leader of the “Revolution now” group has a different idea.

He has begun to spring up the end SARS protest once more in Abuja, though with a small group of people, he has applied a new method to begin his end SARS protest.

He has painted a major road in Abuja with the EndSARs words while he and his small group kept chanting EndSARs now.


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EndSARs: Soldiers disperse protesters in Abuja with Guns.

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The protesters had erected a barricade at the Sokale roundabout area and Winners road and had begun settling into the protest before the invasion by soldiers in three trucks.

There was tension in some parts of Sokale and FO1 areas of Kubwa on Tuesday morning following an invasion by soldiers who fired sporadically into the air to disperse some #EndSARS protesters who had gathered to begin the day’s protest.

While passers-by scampered to safety, residents who were still in their houses immediately shut their doors and windows even as motorists on the Bwari-Dutse Alhaji road became stranded due to the ensuing gridlock on the route.

Meanwhile, hoodlums have taken over some parts of the Apo Mechanic village, attacking motorists and attempting to loot some shops in the area.

The hoodlums who had earlier attacked #EndSARS protesters the previous day were said to have mobilised to the area on Tuesday morning to halt the peaceful protest against police brutality.


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