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23 Jul 2019

News In Pictures: NYSC DG Pays Respects As Corpse Of Precious Owolabi Leaves National Hospital

The Director-General, National Youth Service Corps, Brig.-Gen. Shuaibu Ibrahim, has paid his last respect to Mr. Precious Owolabi, a corps member who had his primary assignment with the Channels TV Abuja office.

Ibrahim inspected Owolabi’s body shortly before it was removed from the National Hospital Abuja, on Tuesday.

Owolabi died of gunshot injuries he sustained in Monday’s violent confrontations between the Police and members of the Islamic Movement of Nigeria (a.k.a Shiites).

See the photographs, courtesy, National Agency of Nigeria:
NYSC Director-General, Brig.-Gen. Shuaibu Ibrahim, inspects the remains of a corps member, Precious Owolabi, before it was removed from the National Hospital Abuja, on Tuesday. Owolabi died of gunshot injuries he sustained during Monday’s violent confrontation between the Police and the Shi’ites. NAN image

NYSC members carry the remains of their colleague, Mr. Precious Owolabi, who was killed on Monday during a violent confrontation between Police and the Shi’ites. His body left the the National Hospital, Abuja on Tuesday. NAN image

Police Confirms 8 Corpses In Enugu Underground Water Tank

The Enugu State Police Command has said that eight persons have been confirmed dead in an underground water safety tank.

This was contained in a statement issued by the Command’s Public Relations Officer, Ebere Amaraizu on Tuesday, a copy of which was made available to The PUNCH reporter through email.
Amaraizu, a Superintendent Police (SP) said the incident occurred at a building site located at Igogoro in Igboeze North Local Government Area of the state on Monday, July 22, 2019.

According to him “A yet-to-be-identified worker in the site had on that fateful day gone to evacuate water from the said tank but in the process got trapped inside it.

“After waiting for the victim to come out but didn’t, other victims started going into the said tank to offer help but were also trapped inside and became unconscious”.

Amaraizu said that the victims were later “recovered by other sympathizers and police operatives who raced to the scene and rushed them to General Hospital Ogurute where the doctor on duty confirmed them dead.”

Amaraizu said that the State Police Commissioner Suleiman Balarabe has expressed shock at the incident which he had described as unfortunate.

The PPRO added that the Police Commissioner had directed for a full- scale investigation into the incident to unravel the circumstances that led to the unfortunate incident.

Meanwhile, the bodies have been deposited at the Ogurute General Hospital’s mortuary, Amaraizu has said.

Two Air Force Officials Dead As Forces Clash With Bandits

The Nigerian Air Force (NAF) says it has lost two of its personnel in a gun duel with bandits at Kawan Pole Waya in Kaduna State.

It said that the incident occurred at about 5 p.m. on Monday, along the Kaduna-Birnin Gwari road, about 20 kilometres from Birnin Gwari.
Director of NAF’s Public Relations and Information, Air Commodore Ibikunle Daramola, announced this in a statement on Tuesday in Abuja.

He gave the names of the deceased personnel as Flying Officer Abdulrahman Bayero and Aircraftman Saidu Bawa.

According to Daramola, the incident occurred when troops of 271 NAF Detachment, Birnin Gwari, on Monday, at about 5pm dismounted an ambush set up by bandits at Kawan Pole Waya, along Kaduna-Birnin Gwari road.

“The gallant troops were able to fight their way through the ambush to the side of Birnin Gwari and called for reinforcement.

“Unfortunately, two NAF personnel paid the supreme price in the process,” he said.

He said that the Late personnel would be buried today (Tuesday) in accordance with Islamic rites.

The spokesman said that the Chief of Air Staff (CAS), Air Marshal Sadique Abubakar, on behalf all officers, airmen, airwomen and civilian staff of NAF, commiserated with the families of the fallen heroes.

He said that the air chief prayed that the Almighty should grant their souls peaceful repose.

Daramola said that CAS had urged all NAF personnel to remain resolute and continue to work assiduously, in synergy with sister Services and other security agencies, to rid the North-West of all criminal elements.

Hilarious Reactions As Ambode, Dalung Fail To Make Buhari's Ministerial List

The immediate past Governor of Lagos State, Akinwunmi Ambode; and the last Minister of Sports, Solomon Dalung, have been trending on Twitter following their failure to make the ministerial list of President Muhammadu Buhari.

Ambode, who was governor from 2015 to 2019 was rumoured to be among those being considered for appointment.
The former governor, who fell out with the leadership of the All Progressives Congress in Lagos State was vehemently opposed by the party last year which led to his defeat by Babajide Sanwo-Olu at the primary.

Ambode was said to have been considered for a ministerial appointment to the chagrin of the APC chieftain, Bola Tinubu.

Read also: Saraki, Akpabio, Keyamo, 40 others make Buhari’s ministerial list

With the release of the new list, however, Ambode’s name was conspicuously missing, causing thousands of reactions on social media.

Man Ends In Prison For Defiling 8 Year Old Girl

A Chief Magistrates’ Court on Tuesday ordered that a 51-year-old electrician, Kasimu Abdul, who allegedly defiled an eight-year-girl, be remanded in prison, pending legal advice.

Magistrate Hajara Dauda, who did not take the plea of Abdul, ordered the police to send back the case file to the office of the State Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP).
“Because of the sensitivity of the case, it is difficult to grant bail. The case file should be duplicated and sent to the Office of the DPP for advice,” she said.

Dauda then adjourned the case until Aug. 7, for mention.

The Police prosecutor, Insp. Sunday Baba, told the court that the defendant committed the offence on June 3, at Layin Pompo Kaduna State, NAN reports.

Baba alleged that on the same date at about midnight, Abdul lured the eight-year-old into his room while on an errand by her mother.

He said the offence violated the provisions of Section 709 of the Penal Code Law of Kaduna State, 2017.

JUST IN: CBN Makes Decision On Lending Rate

The Monetary Policy Committee of the Central Bank of Nigeria on Tuesday left the Monetary Policy Rate unchanged at 13.5 per cent.
The CBN Governor, Mr Godwin Emefiele, announced the decision of the committee at the end of a two-day meeting held at the apex bank’s headquarters in Abuja.

He explained that all the 11 members that attended the meeting agreed to retain the current monetary policy stance.

He said apart from the MPR that was retained at 13.5 per cent, the committee decided to hold the Cash Reserves Ratio at 22.5 per cent.

Also retained are the Liquidity Ratio which was left at 30 per cent; and the Asymmetric Window which was left at +200 and -500 basis points around the MPR.

Details later…

Breaking News: Reps In Rowdy Session As They Vote On Zakzaky's Release Behind Closed Doors

The House of Representatives has invited security and service chiefs over the violent protests by members of the Islamic Movement in Nigeria, also known as Shi’ites.

At the plenary on Tuesday, the lawmakers debated the activities of the Shi’ites and their recent attacks on the National Assembly, security agents and government properties.
‎The lawmakers also voted out a prayer by Mr Haman Hembe, asking the Federal Government to obey the order by various courts to release leader of the Islamic sect, Sheikh Ibraheem el-Zakzaky.

Another lawmaker, Linda Ikpeazu, made another prayer directing the Kaduna State Government to obey similar court orders.

The Speaker, Femi Gbajabiamila, had put the prayer to a voice vote and the nays had it. Supporters of the prayers had protested, forcing the presiding officer to call for a division of the ‎House.

The division, which is usually called when those for and against a matter cannot be clearly determined through voice vote, means that lawmakers would be asked to relocate to either sides of the aisle based on their votes.

Shortly after calling for a division and the lawmakers had started taking positions in the chamber, the Speaker asked that the process be done behind closed doors, asking the sergeants-at-arms to usher non-members out of the chamber and gallery.

Gareth Bale List Conditions That Will Make Him Leave Real Madrid

Gareth Bale will not be leaving Real Madrid on loan this summer, according to his agent, Jonathan Barnett.

“There will be no makeshift deals to get him out of the club.
“Gareth is one of the best players on the planet. I can guarantee you he will not be going on loan to any club.

“Gareth is a Real Madrid player and for now he’s staying as a Real Madrid player.

“If something comes along that suits us, then things could change and he could be gone in a day or a week. Or he could still be a Real player in three years when his contract ends,” Barnett told Sky Sports News.

Following a public fallout with Zinedine Zidane, the Real Madrid boss appeared to confirm Bale’s imminent exit at the weekend, saying that talks were progressing with other clubs.

Bale was excluded from the pre-season defeat by Bayern Munich on Saturday, but Zidane claims he will feature in the game against Arsenal on Tuesday night.

Over 1800 Pilgrims From Zamfara To Perform Hajj This Year

No fewer than 1,800 intending pilgrims from Zamfara State are expected to perform this year’s hajj in Saudi Arabia.

This was disclosed in Gusau, the state capital by Chairman of Zamfara State Pilgrims Welfare Board, Alhaji Abubakar S_ pawa Dambo.
According to the chairman, out of the 1,800 intending pilgrims from the State, 1,400 had already received their visa.

Continuing, S_Pawa noted that the remaining 400 would secure their visa as soon as possible, stressing that the commission would intensify more efforts to ensure that the 400 intending pilgrims beat the time.

“This is a religious issue and we cannot allow anybody wear bleak face because he or she may feel cheated at last,” he said.

Alhaji Sarkin Dambo further explained that the board had already concluded all necessary arrangements and that the airlifting has already started airlifting the cleared 1400 intending pilgrims to Saudi Arabia.

The chairman, however, used the opportunity to call on the intending pilgrims to be good ambassadors, never to involve in any unholy activities that would bring shame and tarnish the image and reputation of Zamfara state in particular and Nigeria in general.

Alhaji S Armin Pawa also advised them to avoid taking any item that has been prohibited in Saudi Arabia, pointing out that Saudi Arabian authority can never spare any illegitimate dealing which he said was violating the law of the land.

“Let me make it very clear here that neither the state government nor the federal government would not forgive any offender or offenders

Speaking further, he, however, advised the intending pilgrims to use the holy period to pray for peace and harmony in the state and the country as a whole.

President Buhari Breaks Silence On The Death Of Channels Reporter, Precious Owolabi

The National Youth Service Commission and Channels TV yesterday suffered a great loss with the death of corps member/reporter, Precious Owolabi, who was killed alongside police DCP, Usman Umar.
President Buhari has extended his condolences to the grieving families and friends with a few words on Twitter. He also reassured Abuja citizens and the country as a whole to not be scared and go about their daily activities.

See what he posted below:
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