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Indications that former governors of Oyo State, Rashidi Ladoja and Alao Akala, have returned to the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) manifested  on Wednesday as their representatives attended a meeting of party leaders with the national leadership of the party in Abuja.

Breaking: Mayhem in Apapa: Policeman shoots 3 trailer drivers dead, mob set Bank ablaze


The Management of Diamond Bank Plc, Wednesday confirmed that there was a fire incident as a result of mob action at its Creek Road, Apapa branch in Lagos State.

In a statement made available to newsmen, Head, Corporate Communications, Chioma Afe, said the bank was set ablaze by an angry mob after a policeman allegedly shot dead a trailer driver outside the bank premises.

“We had a fire incident at our branch office on Creek Road, Apapa which severely damaged branch infrastructure as a result of mob action. While the situation is under control, we are working with the Nigeria Police Force and other law enforcement agencies to investigate actions leading to the fire incident. While these investigations are ongoing, the branch will be closed to customers for their safety and to allow for completion of all repairs.

“We will continue to provide updates to our customers via our social media platforms and print media and we urge those customers in the Apapa area to use our broad range of alternate delivery channels like the Diamond Mobile app, Diamond Online, Diamond Automated Teller Machines (ATMs) and Contact Centre to carry out their transactions.

“For those who need to visit a branch location, our closest branches to the Apapa area are situated in Ebute Metta, 1, Market Street,Oyingbo, Opposite Bhojsons Ltd Yaba, Iddo Market Mini, Iddo Ultramodern Market, Surulere, 31, Bode Thomas Street and Amuwo Odofin, Plot Nos 21, 22 & 23 Opposite Abc Transport Terminal are available to process their requests”, the statement said.

Also giving the update on the same fire incident that affected its branch in Creek Road, Sterling Bank said, an armed mobile policeman fleeing from an irate mob after shooting a tanker driver disrupted banking operations at the Sterling Bank branch on Creek Road this morning, saying that the policeman into the premises of the bank to escape being lynched.

According to the bank, Security operatives attached to the bank disarmed and arrested the fleeing mobile policeman but did not hand him over to the irate mob.

The mob got upset and attacked the bank with the intention of unleashing mayhem on staff and customers. The branch’s reception area was vandalized and set ablaze.

The security operatives attached to the branch prevented the mob from entering the branch while evacuating staff and customers before the arrival of police reinforcement. The branch has been temporarily shut down.

“We wish to inform all our customers that normal services will continue at nearby branches and through all our electronic channels. Sterling Bank is working with security agencies to resolve the issue,” the bank said.

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The wife of Ondo State Governor, Arabinrin Betty Anyanwu-Akeredolu, has affirmed the importance of family planning in a keynote address she gave at an event organized by the Ondo State Primary Health Care Development Board and National Population Commission in collaboration with the United Nations Populations Fund (UNFPA) to mark 2017 World Population Day.

“As a public health professional, I think we need to do is to do more in the area of community engagement. We cannot continue to say children are a gift from God and continue to subject our women to untold hardship.

“We need to begin to educate our people on the need to sit down and reason with our mothers and girl-child. How do we value our women? Do we value them as a piece of furniture or do we value them as jewels of inestimable value? Men, how about looking at our women and girl children as a jewel of inestimable value and ensure that your wife stays alive to raise your children?” she queried while also charging women also to become aware of their rights.

The event, which started with a health walk from Adegbemile to MKO Abiola Park, was attended by stakeholders in the state health sector and the wife of the Deputy Governor, Ajewole Agboola Ajayi.

Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Health, Dr. Taye Oni, in his welcome address, said the goal of this year’s event which is centered on Family Planning is to look into issues of unchecked population growth with view to reduce its impact.
While noting that the issue of population growth gives rise to poverty among others, he further stressed Institutions must rise up to the challenge of creating awareness on need for adequate family planning.

The Executive Secretary, Ondo State Primary Health Care Board, Dr. Francis Akanbiemu in his own address called on all stakeholder most especially religious heads, traditional rulers, political players, public health experts among others to promote among majority of Nigerians, the best practices that can help control a burgeoning population.

“Over population is a fall out of failure to plan for and control family size. A couple who fails to embrace family planning do not only expose themselves to the risk of a bloated family size but also its attendant consequences. The panacea to an overpopulated society is family planning.

“For us in Ondo State, our current data of 30% Contraceptive Prevalence Rate (CPR) which towers higher than the national average of 15 per cent is a pointer to the fact that the government and a good number of our citizens have a fairly positive disposition to contraception”, he stressed.

Dr. Akanbiemu thanked the Governor and his wife, Arakunrin Oluwarotimi Akeredolu and Arabinrin Betty Akeredolu for making qualitative health care services accessible to all citizens and for immense contributions to the health and welfare of women and children in the state.

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Acting President Yemi Osinbajo on Wednesday said governors of the 36 states of the federation have a huge role to play in ensuring peace and security in their respective domains.

Osinbajo spoke to the states chief executives at the State House Conference Centre in furtherance of his consultative meetings with various interest groups, following the three months ultimatum handed to Igbo by some groups in the North to relocate from the region.

The ultimate was in reaction to the agitation for a Biafran State by the Nnamdi Kanu-led Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB).

The Acting President had met separately with leaders of thought and traditional rulers from both the North and the South East in the past week.

Declaring that leaders in the country should show greater unity of purpose, Osinbajo warned them against playing politics with issues of security.

He said the Federal Government is committed to working with the states to ensure peace and security and to continuously assure Nigerians of the safety in all parts of the country.

He noted that the issues facing the country currently are centred on unity in diversity, adding that “we need to handle the issues carefully,” even as he pointed out that they have been occasionally exploited by politicians for selfish reasons.

Osinbajo emphasized the need for use of moderate language in expressing agitations and grievances, saying that freedom of expression is not tantamount to call to anarchy through careless utterances.

“There has been worrying agitations in recent weeks from IPOB and the Arewa Youth’s ultimatum

“Its important that the responses and counter responses are put in proper perspectives. Clearly, we are all allowed to express our views, but we must ensure that even in the use of words we are careful and responsible. We must not allow careless expressions that will degenerate into conflagration,” Osinbajo stated.

The Acting President announced to the governors that the consultative meetings earlier held had agreed that Nigeria’s unity should not be taken for granted.

He said there was also a unanimous agreement by stakeholders that the leadership of the country should do everything possible to avoid bloodshed and violence arising from the current agitations.

Osinbajo equally noted that there was consensus among participants that the constitutionally guaranteed freedom and equality of all citizens should be upheld and respected, and that any attempt to dislocate any Nigerian from any part of the country will not be tolerated, adding that the country’s sovereignty and insolubility is not negotiable.

Accordingly, he advised that leaders should not condone hateful or divisive speeches, even as government will  do everything possible to productively engage the youths in the country to prevent them from being used as tools for perpetrating violence.

He urged them to also speak out forcefully and promptly against any kind of divisive speech without waiting to be prompted.

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Suspected member of nutorious cult Badoo, caught in Badagry

A suspected member of the dreaded cult group, Badoo, was apprehended at Badagry, Lagos state in the early hours of today June 21st.

According to reports, a resident of the area saw a man who was semi naked with a big stone in his hand and was attempting to gain entrance into a home at Felefon street in Ayegbami Community in Igbogbo, Badagry.

The resident raised an alarm and the suspect fled the compound. Youths in the area gave him a hot chase and he was apprehended. He offered them N5,000 to set him free and when they refused, he offered them N10,000.

The suspect was found with a stone, a tool Badoo cult members are known to use in carrying out their attacks. It took the intervention of the CDA Chairman (Baba Awe) and HRM Oba Abdulsemiu Orimadegun Kasali, the Adeboruwa of Igbogbo, for him not to have been killed as the youths gave him the beating of his life.

He has been handed over to the police

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Executive Orders: NAMA task Airspace managers on strict compliance

The Nigerian Airspace Management Agency (NAMA) has charged Airspace Managers across Nigerian Airports to ensure strict and unhindered compliance to the implementation of the Federal Government Executive Orders recently issued by the Ag. President, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo in their various domains. Giving this charge in a keynote address at an enlarged management meeting with the nation’s Airspace Managers which held in Lagos, NAMA Managing Director, Capt.

Fola Akinkuotu said “we must individually and collectively, in our operational and administrative procedures resolve to make the Executive Orders successful as it gives us the opportunity to correct our shortcomings, perfect the system and also set the template about what excellent service delivery should be,” stressing that “as my representatives on the field, Airspace Managers must ensure that staff under their different jurisdictions are conversant with the spirit and letters of the Executive Orders to ensure seamless implementation nationwide.” Akinkuotu who was optimistic that acceleration of approvals and permit processes as contained in the Executive Orders would significantly increase revenue, attract investment and boost economic activities in the country noted however that there will be no room for wilful or deliberate negligence of established procedures as defaulters must be ready to face appropriate sanctions.

While expressing gratitude to them for their collective effort at ensuring safety of air travel within their various domains, the NAMA boss called for synergy of operations among departments in the agency and even agencies within the sector as according to him “it is only when there is unity of purpose, teamwork, harmony and co-operation at all levels that the agency can realize its cardinal vision.”

Akinkuotu also charged Airspace Managers to ensure that navigational aids in their different areas of supervision are serviceable at all times even as he revealed plans by the agency to replace old navigational aids with modern ones in some strategic areas across the country. Decrying the huge debt owed the agency by some state aerodromes, the NAMA helmsman said the onus was on the Airspace Managers to engage more with such state officials on modalities of payment just as he charged them to explore ways of generating non-aeronautical revenue. In their various submissions, the Airspace Managers solicited management support in the areas of operational vehicles, manpower training and deployment of more personnel to the stations.

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5 female suicide bombers attack Borno, Kill 17

Seventeen persons were killed in multiple suicide attacks in a Maiduguri suburb, the police confirmed on Monday.

The spokesman of the Nigeria Police in Borno State, Victor Isuku, disclosed in a statement that five female suicide bombers besieged a settlement, Kofa in Konduga local government area of the troubled state, wreaking havoc.

He said the suicide bombers were all killed with twelve other persons in the explosions that also got eleven others injured, at the settlement about eight kilometres from Maiduguri.

The statement read: “Multiple suicide bomb attacks happened yesterday Sunday 18/6/2017, at about 2030hrs, five female suicide bombers detonated IED strapped to their bodies in Kofa community, which is about 8km from Maiduguri town and situated along Maiduguri- Konduga road.

“The first suicide bomber, detonated near a mosque, killing seven persons. The second detonated in a house killing five persons.

“While two other suicide bombers detonated within the same vicinity, killing themselves only.

“A total of seventeen persons including the five suicide bombers died, while eleven persons sustained injuries and were rushed to University of Maiduguri Teaching Hospital.

“EOD team were mobilised to the scene and normalcy has since been restored.”

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