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Police to arraign teenage artistes who stabbed Lagos RCCG pastor to death

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Two minors arrested for allegedly stabbing a Redeemed Christian Church of God’s pastor, Babatunde Dada, to death, will be arraigned on Wednesday, the Lagos State Police Command has said.

Spokesperson for the Command, Adekunle Ajisebutu, on Tuesday, said the two suspects who claimed to be up-and-coming artistes would be arraigned at the Yaba Magistrate Court.

“Be informed that the suspects arrested in connection with the murder of Babatunde Dada, pastor of the Redeemed Christians Church of God, Festac will be arraigned at the Yaba Magistrate Court tomorrow 12th January, 2022,” the PPRO said in a notice to reporters.

The suspects, Farouk, 15, and Jamiu, 17, were recently paraded by the state Commissioner of Police, Hakeem Odumosu.
The minors were said to have attempted to dispossess the pastor of his valuables when they attacked him on the church premises in the Festac area of the state.

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Odumosu had said the suspects, after allegedly perpetrating the crime, fled to an unknown destination, adding that they were arrested in their hideouts in Ilorin, Kwara State, and Festac area.

He had said, “The duo of Farouk, 15 and Jamiu, stabbed and killed one Babatunde Dada, 46, inside a church where he worshipped. The deceased/victim, until his death, was a pastor in the Redeemed Christian Church of God, Festac.

“The suspects, after committing the murderous act, absconded to unknown places. However, following intensive and discreet investigation, the two culprits were arrested in their hideouts. The suspects during interrogation confessed to have killed the victim with a bottle and a stick. The exhibits used in perpetuating the dastardly act were recovered.”

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BREAKING: Court grants Nnamdi Kanu N1 billion damages against FG

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From Okey Sampson, Umuahia

An Abia High Court sitting in Umuahia and presided by Justice Benson Anya has awarded N1bn to the leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), Nnamdi Kanu, against the Federal Government over the infringement of his Fundamental Human Rights by the military.

In a judgment delivered Wednesday morning that last for an hour, Justice Anya said it was wrong for the military to have invaded his home in Afaraukwu, Umuahia on September 10, 2017, which made him flee the country.

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The court while delivering judgment, urged the Federal Government to apply a political solution to resolve the Nnamdi Kanu and IPOB problem.

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[BREAKING] Nnamdi Kanu: Police disperse Sowore, others with ‘tear gas’, bullets at Abuja court

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Operatives of the Nigerian Police Force have dispersed a former presidential aspirant and activist Omoyele Sowore and other individuals who were present at the Federal High Court to monitor the arraignment of the leader of the proscribed group, the Indigenous People of Biafra, Nnamdi Kanu, The PUNCH has observed.

The PUNCH reports that Sowore who arrived at the Federal High Court in Abuja on Wednesday morning was barred from accessing the court premises and was attacked by some hoodlums.

After which the Security operatives began to fire live ammunition into the air creating an environment of fear and disarray.

The PUNCH reports that Sowore, an activist had on October 21, 2021, visited the Federal High Court to witness the ongoing trial of Kanu.

Sowore who was also attacked then blamed the operatives of the Department of State Services for the attack on him.

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FERMA completes 10 road projects appropriated to Kebbi in 2021 – Official

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From Olanrewaju Lawal, Birnin Kebbi

The Federal Road Maintenance Agency (FERMA) in Kebbi state, has completed 10 road projects appropriated to the state under the special maintenance repairs and special intervention of COVID-19 projects in 2021.

The agency’s Maintenance Engineer in the state, Mr Rilwanu Usman, who confirmed this while speaking with newsmen in Birnin Kebbi on Wednesday said that the projects were completed in view of their economic and agricultural importance to people of the state.

According to him, “the works completed under special maintenance repairs are, construction of access road in Adamu Augie College of Education (COE), Argungu, which is 1.0 kilometre of access road constructed and about 750m line drain provided.

“Construction of culvert and drainage along Lailaba to Yeldu phase one, which was an additional 4.0 kilometres of earth road constructed with eight number culverts provided as well as culverts in 2.5 kilometres of road surface dressing as we are working within the limited fund.

“Special repairs of Malando-Ngaski–Warra Road, which is special repairs, involving patching of potholes, scraping of some section of about 2 kilometres in length, repaired with asphalt, among others.

“Emergency repairs of scoured pile caps of bridge three in the flood-prone Fadama section of Argungu- Bui road. Special maintenance repairs of Tuga- Ka’oje road which is 0.72 of failed section fully repaired, involving potholes, among others,” he said.

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Usman added that there were also five projects under the COVID19 special intervention programme which were competed in 2021.

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He said: “There was general maintenance of Birnin Kebbi-Jega- Sokoto road which is 1.7 kilometre of distress pavement strengthened with wearing course and overlaid a new layer of asphalt.

“We also have Kalgo- Bunza-Kamba road, which had been giving motorists headache because of failed section and it was repaired with asphalt concrete. Argungu-Bui road, as some failed section of the road, was repaired with asphalt wearing course, patching of potholes and construction of line drain.

“We have also completed 2.3 kilometres of Malando-Ngaski-Warra road, which was the certification of failed section and repairs with asphalt and well as patching of potholes.

“Lastly, Rijau- Ribah-Wasagu road, received attention under the COVID-19 programme as two number culverts were constructed, certified road length of 1.5 kilometres and patched more than 3,000 square meters of potholes under the COVID19 programme,” he said.

On direct labour, he said that the washed-out bridge of Argungu–Bui Road has also been repaired sequel to approval by the Agency’s Managing Director, Nuradeen Rafin-Dadi, in 2021.

“We have done no fewer than 20 direct labour projects last year, and we also have a series of approval to connect key roads with the main federal roads in the state.

“Through the efforts some of the lawmakers in the state, we have installed numerous solar street lights in Koko, and are undergoing construction of drains and other road furniture, among other projects yet to come,” Usman said.

The maintenance engineer commanded FERMA’s MD, lawmakers, Attorney -General of the Federation, Abubakar Malami and Governor Abubakar Atiku Bagudu for their efforts in making the state to be among the best in the maintenance of federal roads in the country.

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