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Top 10 Stories of Monday, September 11, 2017

  1. MAN, FIANCÉE, OTHERS ABDUCTED ON ENGAGEMENT DAY

Gunmen on Sunday kidnapped a man, Moses Yakubu, his fiancee, five friends and family members in Akunnu Akoko , in the Akoko North – East Local Government Area of Ondo State .

It was gathered that they were abducted on their way to Akure for an engagement ceremony where Yakubu and his fiancée were to be engaged in Akure on Sunday.

Although the fiancée and her sister were later released, leaving the other victims in the den of the kidnappers, the state Police Public Relations Officer, Mr. Femi Joseph who confirmed the incident, said the Commissioner of Police, Mr. Gbenga Adeyanju, has led a team to the area to rescue the victims. They will be rescued unhurt and the perpetrators will be arrested.”

 

  1. DANGOTE-LED PRESIDENTIAL COMMITTEE DONATES N250M TO MAKURDI FLOOD VICTIMS

Alhaji Aliko Dangote, the Chairman, National Committee on Flood Relief and Rehabilitation, says it has provided N250 million as relief assistance to victims of the devastating flood in Benue.

Dangote said on Sunday in Lagos that this was in response to the request by the Benue State Government.

He said that the committee had also approved the release of one of its completed IDP Hostels in the state as a temporary shelter for some of the displaced people.

Dangote said the State Emergency Management Agency (SEMA) had disclosed that more than 110,000 people in 24 communities, including Makurdi, were displaced by the recent flood in Benue.

The committee chairman said that asides the donation to Benue, his committee had also donated N150 million to provide relief assistance to flood victims in Anambra,

 

  1. WHY WE CAN’T DISCLOSE OUR ALLOWANCES – SENATE

The Chairman, Senate Committee on Media and Public Affairs, Senator Aliyu Abdullahi, has lamented the constant harassment of the Senate by Nigerians, adding that the upper legislative chamber cannot disclose its salaries and allowances.

Senator Aliyu who refused to disclosed the exact amount, however said the figures released by the Chairman, Presidential Advisory Committee Against Corruption, Prof. Itse Sagay (SAN), were false, adding that the Senate’s budget was not even as high as what Sagay released.

 

  1. BUHARI TO ATTEND UN GENERAL ASSEMBLY SESSION NEXT WEEK

President Muhammadu Buhari will travel next week to attend the 72nd session of the United Nations General Assembly in the United States on Tuesday, September 19, 2017.

Buhari is expected to speak after the leaders of Brazil, the United States, Guinea, Switzerland, Jordan and Slovakia.

The Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, said that Buhari would attend the UN General Assembly.

Shehu said, “I cannot tell you the time he will be going because it can change but I know he is expected to be the eighth speaker at the UN. So, he will be there and he will speak.”

 

  1. ALHASSAN ATTACKS FANI-KAYODE, SAYS EX-MINISTER A LIAR

The Minister of Women Affairs, Aisha Alhassan, has accused Fani- Kayode, of telling lies against her, following a series of tweets that Alhassan , who is in charge of the welfare of the rescued Chibok girls, had exposure to make about the role Governor Nasir el – Rufai of Kaduna State played in the “ Chibok scam.

Alhassan in a tweet on her official Twitter handle advised Fani -Kayode to respect himself as a former minister.

She said , “ As a former minister of the Federal Republic , it is demeaning on your person to deliberately engage in peddling falsehood . I never said such.

“ You peddled falsehood. And that ’ s exactly what it is : lies and propaganda. Thank God the APC is cleaning up your mess . ”

 

  1. NNAMDI KANU REACTS TO NIGERIA ARMY INVASION

Leader of Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), Nnamdi Kanu, has accused the Nigerian Army of attempting to kill him over his determination to actualise Biafra.

He spoke after the alleged invasion of his home at Afara Ukwu, Umuahia, where some persons were allegedly killed and injured at about 6.30pm yesterday.

Kanu said they shot sporadically, adding that their sole aim was to take his life.

Narrating the ordeal, he said within few minutes, “the soldiers started shooting, in the process many people were wounded within the vicinity.

Also reacting, Kanu’s younger brother Emmanuel, in his response, said any attempt to kill his elder brother will spell doom for the country.

 

  1. WHAT REALLY HAPPENED AT NNAMDI KANU’S HOME – NIGERIA POLICE

The Nigeria police has denied reports that the army attacked the home of the leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), Nnamdi Kanu on Sunday, September 10.

According to a report, the Abia state police command commissioner, Leye Oyebade, claimed that the soldiers were passing through Kanu’s residence when they were attacked by members of the IPOB. Oyebade said: “There was no attack on the home of Nnamdi Kanu.

“What happened was that the military was parading a new armoured carrier and passed through Nnamdi Kanu’s residence. “It was while they were passing that some people threw stones and other things at them.” The police’s explanation is contrary to Nnamdi Kanu’s lawyer, Ifeanyi Ejiofor’s claim.

 

  1. OONI CALLS FOR BLENDING OF TECHNOLOGY AND TRADITION

The Ooni of Ife, Oba Adeyeye Ogunwusi has called for the blending of tradition and modern technology for the nation’s economic development.

Oba Adeyeye was speaking in his palace while playing host to the people of Iseyin, Oyo state for the unveiling of Aso-Oke festival billed to hold next week.

He says, the resources of Yoruba were blessed and developed for the economic benefit of the people.

He said Aso-Oke traditional wear which used to be every day cloth but now only worn during ceremony must be promoted as a way of bringing back one of the values of Yoruba people.

 

  1. ASUU SILENT ON MEETING TO CONSIDER FG’S OFFER

The Academic Staff Union of Universities has said it will not disclose when it will hold its meetings to consider the Federal Government’s offers, aimed at resolving the ongoing strike.

The ASUU President, Prof. Biodun Ogunyemi , said this on Sunday while responding to reporters trying to inquiry as to when the union would meet to examine the Federal Government’ s offers and resolve the strike.

The ASUU President had on Friday said in an interview that he could not determine when the union would call off its strike until its members met to decide the next course of action .

This is also as the National Association of Nigerian Students on Saturday promised to meet the ASUU executives and consider the government ’ s offers with a view to ending the strike.

 

  1. POPE FRANCIS INJURED IN COLOMBIA

Pope Francis sustained minor injuries on Sunday when he lost his balance and bumped his head against a vehicle barrier while riding in the pope mobile during his visit to Cartagena, Colombia.

The 80-year-old Catholic Pontiff appeared to be leaning outside a glass panel in front of him when the vehicle stopped and his face made contact with the barrier.

He bruised his cheekbone and cut his left eyebrow with blood staining his white cassock following the incident.

A spokesman for the pope confirmed the injuries, which were captured on video, saying he has a wound on his cheekbone and eyebrow but he is “fine.” He is receiving “ice treatment,” the spokesman added.

 

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