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August 11, 2022

Police intercept Dangote truck conveying 100 bags of cannabis, arrest two suspects in Abuja





The Federal Capital Territory (FCT ) Police on Thursday said it has intercepted a Dangote Truck loaded with at least one hundred bags of dry leaves suspected to be Cannabis.



A statement by the FCT Police Public Relations Officer, DSP Josephine Adeh said the development was sequel to credible intelligence made available to officers of the Zuba Divisional Police Headquarters.



According the statement, the Commissioner of Police FCT Command, CP Babaji Sunday, who expressed concern over the high rate of drug and substance abuse, stated that this is the second of such case in less than three months.

The CP stressed that drug abuse is one of the root causes of various crimes and criminalities in the FCT and other parts of the country.

He added that the Command will continue to work hand in hand with the NDLEA to bring to the barest minimum the menace of drug/substance abuse in the Territory.



Josephine Adeh revealed names of the suspects to include, Sani Muhamed, 26-year-old male resident of Kano State and Ahmed Usman 32-year-old male, resident of Ondo State.



She added that the suspects “were arrested by the Command’s Operational Assets attached to the Zuba Divisional Police Headquarters following prompt reaction on the heels of actionable intelligence from Inspection Officers of the Dangote Group of Company fleets strategically positioned for control and management of the fleets of trucks at intermittent locations.



“Upon the arrest, the suspects stated their involvements in the criminal conspiracy and the illegal possession of prohibited substances and affirmed the illegal commodity is worth about 10 million naira while they were contracted and promised about Four hundred thousand naira (400,000) each.



“An effort is ongoing to arrest fleeing members of the suspected criminal syndicate while the suspects and exhibits will be transferred to the National Drug Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) upon the conclusion of the investigation”. Dailypost 

August 11, 2022

Nigerian Military Kills 45 Terrorists, Rescue 45 Kidnapped Victims




Troops of the Nigerian Armed Forces operating in the North West and the North Central theatres of operations have eliminated over 45 terrorists/bandits in both land and air operations in the last two weeks.


The Director, Defence Media Operations, Maj.-Gen. Bernard Onyeuko made this known at a bi-weekly news briefing of the Defence Headquarters on Thursday in Abuja.


In North Central, Onyeuko said the air component of Operation Whirl Punch carried out air strikes on terrorists loyal to a notorious terrorist, Alhaji Shanono, at Ukambo village in Kaduna State.


He said the air strike was carried out during the terrorists meeting on Aug. 8 based on credible intelligence.


According to him, the airstrike led to the killing of Shanono with 18 other terrorists, adding that 30 AK47 rifles and 20 motorcycles were destroyed in the attack.


Onyeuko said as a result of the operations, 45 kidnapped civilians were released.


Onyeuko further said that troops of Operation Whirl Stroke arrested some notorious criminals who had been on the wanted list of the theatre command.


He said Nathaniel Azege who had been terrorising Makurdi town was apprehended as well as Moses Aindigh (27) and Mr Iluyasu Mohammed (37) during the period.


In North West, Onyeuko said the troops of Operation Hadarin Daji on July 25, arrested five suspected foreign bandits named, Muritala Wada, Saminu Sani, Shamisu Adamu, Salisu Saadu and Usman Ibrahim at Jibia in Jibia Local Government Area of Katsina State.


He said the air component of Operation Hadarin Daji had on Aug. 6, carried out successful strikes on key terrorists enclave and hideout located at Rudu forest in Katsina State.


According to him, the air interdiction led to the neutralisation of a high-profile terrorist leader who has been on the wanted list of the military named Alhaji Abdulkareem Lawal (a.k.a Abdulkareem Boss) and his foot soldiers.


“Credible intelligence report revealed that he was responsible for several terrorist attacks, animal rustling and kidnapping and was also known to regularly invite terrorist groups from other areas and regions to join in the attack on his targets.


“Report gathered from the locals revealed that the terrorist leaders were neutralised alongside 27 foot soldiers,” he said.


Onyeuko further revealed that troops had between July 31 and Aug. 2, arrested one Malam Yahaya a notorious bandit informant who had been on the tracking list of the Department of State Security for collaborating with bandits on the numerous attacks in Sabon Brini general area of Sokoto State.


According to him, the troops also recovered 161 cattle, eight camels, a large consignment of clothing from terrorists after an encounter in Zango, Shinkafi Local Government Area. 


Gistmania

Wednesday, August 10, 2022

August 10, 2022

Igbo youths ask promoters of Tinubu to keep off South East




Igbo youths, under the auspices of the Coalition of South East Youth Leaders (COSEYL), yesterday, warned groups and individuals promoting the presidential ambition of Ahmed Tinubu, the presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), to steer clear of the zone.

President and Publicity Secretary of the group, Goodluck Ibem and Okay Nworu, respectively, in a statement, described, as unfortunate, how certain persons from Igbo land would allow themselves to be used to promote the ambition of “a man, who is outdated in all ramifications in the scheme of things, to be voted as a Nigeria’s president in 2023.”

They added that in one of Tinubu’s outings in Ekiti State, he openly boasted that he made President Muhammadu Buhari president in 2015, stressing that his statement meant that he brought upon Nigerians the hardship they are facing now.

“Everything in the market has increased by over 1,000 per cent, and the same person, who brought this misery on Nigerians, wants to be President. We will not allow such to happen,” they said.

MEANWHILE, the Tinubu presidential support groups in Enugu State have resolved to come together under a new name, ‘Tinubu-Shettima Independent Campaign Group,’ for the purpose of canvassing votes and electing candidates of APC in the 2023 general elections.

The campaign support group accused factional state Chairman of the party, Ugochukwu Agballah, of working for the presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Atiku Abubakar, to undermine Tinubu and Shettima in the elections.

Addressing reporters after their inaugural meeting attended by leaders of the campaign groups from the 17 local councils of the state, a member of Tinubu’s campaign council and former state chairman of the party, Ben Nwoye, stated that there is no going back in the move to retain power by the APC at the centre.

“We have resolved with all members of the support groups in Enugu and all the 17 local councils to merge all Tinubu support groups to Tinubu-Shetima Independent Campaign Group, Enugu chapter. We resolved to support candidates of our party, APC, from House of Assembly to the presidency, and we shall campaign for them to win the coming elections,” he stated.

Theguardianng
August 10, 2022

160 million Nigerians risk yellow fever - WHO




The World Health Organisation has said that 160 million Nigerians are at risk of yellow fever.

The WHO said with Nigeria’s population of about 200 million, the figure makes up around 25 per cent of all the people at risk in Africa.

The organisation revealed this in an article publishd on its website. The article is on new films show on the impact of yellow fever outbreaks in Taraba State, and the global efforts to eliminate yellow fever epidemics by 2026.

WHO said, “Nigeria’s population is around 200 million people, with 160 million people at risk of yellow fever. This makes up around 25 per cent of all the people at risk in Africa.”

Yellow fever is an acute viral haemorrhagic disease transmitted by infected mosquitoes.

The “yellow” in the name refers to the jaundice that affects some patients. Symptoms of yellow fever include fever, headache, jaundice, muscle pain, nausea, vomiting, and fatigue.

The Medical Officer, WHO Nigeria, Dr. Anne Baptiste, was quotd as saying, “Yellow fever is dangerous because a small percentage of patients will go through a more toxic phase of the disease.

“By then, they will experience fever, have system failure, mainly in the kidney and liver. They may experience bleeding coming from the mouth, nose and eyes and within seven to 10 days, half of them will die.”

The WHO also said Nigeria is at risk of both urban and sylvatic (jungle) exposure to the disease.

Sylvatic exposure is the transmission of yellow fever from mosquitoes that have bitten animals and non-human primates. Workers in mining and agriculture are particularly vulnerable to this type of transmission.   In 2017, there was resurgence in yellow fever in Nigeria after 15 years.

The global health body, however, said Nigeria has vaccinated over 45 million people against yellow fever during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Director General of the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control, Dr. Ifedayo Adetifa, was also quoted as saying that government has strengthened surveillance for the disease.

He said, “We have reference laboratories in the country that have been strengthened, and are being supported and assessed to make sure they are meeting all the performance parameters in terms of sample collection and referral to our reference labs in Abuja.

“Despite the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, we have given out over 66 million doses in 2020 and 2021 to protect people from yellow fever outbreaks.

“This achievement has been possible through routine immunisation, as well as mass vaccination campaigns that identify gaps in the population and proactively target vulnerable communities.”

The PUNCH reports that Nigeria has recorded no fewer than 1,005 suspected yellow fever cases so far in 2022.

The cases were reported from 36 states including the FCT in 390 Local Government Areas. Punchng
August 10, 2022

Transfer: Absolutely embarrassing for Man United – Neville speaks De Jong’s Chelsea move




Manchester United legend, Gary Neville, has said that while failing to sign Frenkie de Jong would be ‘embarrassing’ for the Red Devils, it would be absolutely ‘horrific’ if the Dutch star ended up moving to Chelsea.

De Jong has been Manchester United boss, Erik ten Hag’s top transfer target all summer, with the Red Devils desperate to unite the player with his former boss at Ajax.

Manchester United and Barcelona were reported to have reached an agreement at one point but the Netherlands international refused to move to Old Trafford.

However, recent reports indicate that De Jong could well be on his way to Chelsea and the two clubs are said to have agreed a fee of £67.5million for the player on Wednesday.

Nevile has lamented the development, saying it may be too much bad news for United fans to handle.

“If they [United] don’t get him [De Jong], it’s embarrassing but if he goes to Chelsea, it’s horrific,” he told Football Daily.

“If he doesn’t want to come, the deal would have been switched off a few weeks ago. Because of the relationship the player has with the manager, there must be some communication between them that’s saying, ‘wait for me I’m coming.” Dailypost
August 10, 2022

Terrorists release seven Kaduna train passengers, abduct five



Terrorists who attacked the Abuja-Kaduna bound train on March 28, 2022,   on Wednesday, released seven more hostages, including a family of six and a woman.

The identities of the family of six are the father, Abdubakar Garba; his wife, Maryam; and their 10-year-old son, Ibrahim; Fatima (7); Imran (5); and Zainab, who is one-and-a-half-year old.

Garba, who is a staff member of the National Assembly Service Commission, is the son of a former Military Administrator in Kano and Benue States.

Also released is a 60-year-old woman, Aisha Hassan, who was said to have been released due to life-threatening health challenges that deteriorated recently.

Although Tukur Mamu, publisher of Kaduna-based Desert Herald and media consultant to controversial Islamic cleric, Sheikh Ahmad Gumi,  confirmed the release of the seven hostages to journalists in Kaduna, he however, in a statement, said they were released following Gumi’s intervention.

The statement read in part, “Disturbed by the gory video images of four teenage children belonging to same family he saw in the last video released by the attackers of the AK9 Train, Gumi, for the first time since the abduction of the innocent passengers of that train over four months ago, reached out to the abductors through his media consultant, and sent Allah’s messages to them and consistently pleaded with them to consider the release of the poor children and their innocent parents.

“It was learnt that the health condition of two of the children has deteriorated since the flogging incident that affected their helpless father. A total of additional seven hostages were therefore released on Wednesday.

“The husband of the four kids is a staff member of the NASC. There was no intervention from the commission or NASS on his behalf since the travails began.

“This is to confirm to the world that due to Sheikh Gumi’s efforts and with the support of a serving Senator from the North, (a God-fearing personality that doesn’t have any relationship with the hostages) who chose to remain anonymous, the family of six has regained their freedom on Wednesday morning.

“Also released is a 60-year-old woman, one Hajia Aisha Hassan, who was said to have been released due to life-threatening health challenges that have deteriorated recently.”

The PUNCH, earlier reported that on March 28, 2022, terrorists planted explosives devices along the rail track and when the Abuja-Kaduna bound AK-9 passenger train approached the point, the device exploded, leading to the death of eight passengers. Punchng
August 10, 2022

Ivorian soldiers held for a month in Mali, negotiation favoured



Negotiations remain the preferred option to obtain the release of 49 Ivorian soldiers detained for a month in Bamako and accused by the military in power in Mali of being "mercenaries", which Abidjan denies, claiming that they were on a mission for the UN.

This case illustrates the tensions between Mali and Côte d'Ivoire, accused by Bamako of having incited its West African partners to tighten sanctions against the Malian military perpetrators of two coups since 2020, sanctions were finally lifted in early July.

A mediation by Togo has so far been unsuccessful, but discussions are continuing with a view to releasing the detained soldiers as quickly as possible. On 10 July, 49 Ivorian soldiers in military uniform, but unarmed, disembarked in Bamako from a plane of the national airline Air Côte d'Ivoire, another plane carrying their weapons. Africannews
August 10, 2022

Nigeria tops UAE, US, others as most crypto-curious country




Nigeria is the most cryptocurrency-obsessed country in the world, according to a new study by CoinGecko.

The research examined Google Trends data of search terms frequently used by people interested in cryptocurrency.

The terms were combined to give each English-speaking country a ‘total search score’ to discover those curious about cryptocurrency since the market crash in April 2022.

Nigeria, with a total search score of 371, topped the list of nations where ‘cryptocurrency’, ‘invest in crypto’ and ‘buy crypto’ were most searched.

The United Arab Emirates is second with a total search score of 270. UAE’s population searched for the word ‘cryptocurrency’ and the term ‘invest in crypto’.

Singapore, in third position with a total search score of 261, has the third-highest level of searches for the term ‘buy crypto’, in addition to being the country with the most search for ‘Ethereum’.

The United Kingdom, fifth overall with a total search score of 198, has the sixth-highest level of searches for the term ‘buy crypto’ and the third-highest number of searches for ‘invest in crypto’.

The United States places as the 12th with a total search score of 157. America has the tenth-highest search levels for the term ‘buy crypto’ and is the sixth country most searched for ‘Solana’. Dailypost
August 10, 2022

I've N1bn to donate, what party are we voting for? Naira Marley asks




Nigerian singer, Azeez Fashola popularly known as Naira Marley, has disclosed his intention to donate the sum of N1 

billion towards the forthcoming 2023 general election in Nigeria.

How it started: Taking to his Twitter page on Wednesday, August 10, 2022, the controversial singer announced that he wants 

to donate the said amount as his token in the next year election but asked his teeming fans which party they are rooting 

for.

“I wanna donate 1 billion Naira for 2023 election but what party are we voting for?,” tweeted the music star.

Tweeps react: Menahile, the singer's tweet was met with mixed-reactions as some tweeps argued that the amount he wants to 

donate is beyond his net worth.

Popular Twitter critic, Daniel Regha chipped in by saying, “Naira Marley u don't have a billion, u are not that wealthy, & 

it's advisable u tread carefully since u are still being watched by the EFCC; Having said that, the 2023 elections isn't a 

joke, Nigerians are literally fighting for their lives right now so don't chase clout with it.”

Another tweep, Big Shaq, said, “Oga your net worth no reach like that gan.”

Jojo added his two cents saying, “I am sure you have people around you that really need that money. You can give them, and 

maybe they will be glad you did and advise them to vote (for) competence and a working Nigeria."

Marley Vs EFCC: It'd be recalled that that Naira Marley is currently being prosecuted by the Economic and Financial Crimes 

Commission (EFCC) on cybercrime bordering on credit card fraud.

During the last court hearing on Friday, July 15, 2022, the commission presented new evidence against the singer as both 

the defence and prosecutor lawyers slug it out before the judge.

Pulseng
August 10, 2022

LaLiga: 2 players can leave for free if Barcelona fails to register them before Saturday






New Barcelona signings, Andreas Christensen and Franck Kessie, could both leave for free if the Catalans don’t register them before their opening LaLiga game on Saturday.

Christensen and Kessie moved to the Camp Nou this summer from Chelsea and Milan respectively.

However, they are yet to be registered by Barca due to their ongoing financial issues.

ESPN reports that Christensen and Kessie have clauses in the deals they signed, which could see them leave as a free agents.

Barcelona are also yet to register fellow summer signings Robert Lewandowski, Raphinha and Jules Kounde.

Also, the contract renewals signed by Ousmane Dembele and Sergio Roberto have not been recorded either.

However, due to the fact that Christensen and Kessie moved to the Camp Nou on free transfers – a clause in their contracts will allow them to depart for free. Dailypost

August 10, 2022

Two Of Barcelona’s New Signings Would Leave The Club As Free Agents If……




The saga continues as reports indicate that two of Barcelona’s New signings would leave the club as free agents if this isn’t done.

It has been a turbulent transfer window for Barcelona as the problems look far from over even after recently adding more reinforcement to the squad.

According to ESPN two of Barcelona’s latest addition to the squad could leave the club as free agents if they are not registered before Saturday, August 13, 2022.

Players Andreas Christensen and Franck Kessie might leave the club as free agents if they are not fully registered.

ESPN revealed:

Sources have told ESPN that if they are not registered prior to Barca’s opening fixture against Rayo, both players could choose to execute a clause that allows them to leave for free.Fellow summer arrivals Robert Lewandowski, Raphinha and Jules Kounde are also yet to be inscribed with LaLiga, while the contract renewals signed by Sergi Roberto and Ousmane Dembele have not been registered either.ESPN understands Christensen and Kessie’s situations are slightly different, though, given they joined Barca for free.Therefore, if they so choose, they would be entitled to leave for free before the transfer windowcloses.

Notjustok
August 10, 2022

Owo Church Massacre: Identities Of The 5 Arrested Suspects Revealed




The identities of the five suspects arrested in connection with the brutal killing of worshippers at St. Francis Catholic 

Church, Owo, Ondo State, have been unveiled. Recall that no fewer than 40 worshippers were killed with several others 

injured in the attack that occurred on Sunday morning, July 5, 2022. The Chief of Defence Staff (CDS), General Lucky 

Irabor, on Tuesday, August 9, revealed the suspects are, Idris Abdulmalik Omeiza, Momoh Ojo Abubakar, Aliyu Yusuf Itokpka, 

Auwal Ishaq Onimisi, and Idris Ojo.

“Omeiza is one of the masterminds of the 5th June attack of the Catholic Church in Owo as well as the attack on a police 

station in Adavi Local Government Area of Kogi State that led to the killing of a policeman as well as weapons carted 

away,” the CDS said in Abuja.

Adding that he was arrested on the August 1, 2022 at Eka Okehi Kogi State during an operation with other branches of 

security. While Idris Ojo, 32, was arrested on August 7, at Aiyetoro C in Ondo State. “Idris Ojo wasn’t done with his 

previous activities but was planning other de@dly att@cks along with his cronies before his arrest,” General Irabor added.







Gistmania

Tuesday, August 9, 2022

August 09, 2022

Minimum wage: Strike continues - Enugu teachers




As the indefinite strike embarked upon by primary school teachers and local government workers in Enugu State enters the 

third week, the chairman of the state chapter of the Nigeria Union of Teachers, Theodore Odo, has said that unless 

government pays the minimum wage to the teachers, the strike must continue.

Odo, in an interview with journalists in Enugu on Tuesday, said, “The strike is still on.  It will go on unless they pay 

the minimum wage to the primary school teachers and the local government workers.”

“Primary school teachers and council workers in all the 17 local government areas have been on strike for about three 

weeks now because they were yet to receive their N30,000 national minimum wage two years after other civil servants in the 

state started earning the enhanced salary.”

Irked by the inability of the local government chairmen and the state government, the NUT and the Nigeria Union of Local 

Government Employees then decided to embark on industrial action.

Till this minute, neither the local government chairmen nor the state Governor, Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi, has said anything about 

the lingering strike.

Efforts to get the reaction of the state government were unsuccessful as the Special Adviser to the Governor on 

Information, Mr Steve Oruruo, who also oversees the Ministry of Information, could not be reached as his telephone line 

indicated that it was switched off. Punchng
August 09, 2022

2face Is Expecting Baby No. 8 From Another Woman (Not Annie Idibia)




It is being reported that 2face Idibia is expecting another baby with yet to be disclosed female partner, which was why he 

posted the lengthy apology to his wife and other baby mamas earlier this week.

2face already has 7 children from 3 women including his wife, Annie Idibia, it is unknown at this point if the 8th child 

is with one of the baby mamas or with a new woman altogether. 2face was gathered to employ some good old damage control 

measures after realization of the latest pregnancy. It seems the Idibia clan is about to get a lot bigger now. Congrats to 

the former king of Afrobeats in advance

Gistmania
August 09, 2022

Transfer: Man United’s decision to sign Cody Gakpo revealed as Gomez is set City move




Manchester United are now targeting PSV Eindhoven winger Cody Gakpo.

The Red Devils are looking for more options in attack and have been linked with the likes of Marko Arnautovic.

talkSPORT’s Alex Crook said: “Another day and another name in the frame for a potential move to Old Trafford.

“Would you believe it is a player based in Holland? Cody Gakpo plays for PSV Eindhoven, managed by former Manchester 

United legend Ruud van Nistelrooy.

“Basically, he is viewed as a cheaper alternative to Antony. Erik ten Hag wanted him from his old club Ajax, but that 

isn’t moving forward at any great pace.

“Gakpo is another name in the frame and this would be more palatable to fans than Marko Arnautovic.”

Meanwhile, Manchester City are closing in on a deal for Sergio Gomez, according to transfer expert, Fabrizio Romano.

Pep Guardiola’s side are now discussing final details regarding the Anderlecht star’s move, with a deal said to be worth 

in excess of €10million.

While the original plan had been to loan him to affiliate club Girona, it’s said that City could now look to keep him as 

part of their first team squad. Dailypost

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