KIDNAPPED PRIEST KILLED DURING RESCUE OPERATION AS CHURCH REFUSED TO PAY N100M RANSOM

Revd. David Ayeola, the chaplain to the Bishop of the African Church, Ondo Central Diocese, has been killed by his abductors, in a botched rescue operation after the church declined to pay the N100m ransom demanded. .

The Church had offered N500,000, which the kidnappers declined. Ayeola, the bishop, Samuel Ojo; and the bishop’s wife were travelling to Abeokuta, Ogun State, from Imojo Ekiti, Ekiti State, when they were waylaid by the gunmen on the road. .

The bishop, his wife, Ayeola, and the driver of the car were said to have fled into the bush, but the chaplain was caught and abducted. The African Church involved the Ekiti State Police Command in the rescue of the priest. .

On Saturday, the police swooped on the hideout of the kidnappers and there was an exchange of gunfire. The police team was overpowered and the kidnappers decided to shoot the priest.
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SAD: POLICEMAN BREAKS ELECTRICITY WORKER’S LEG FOR DISCONNECTING EX-IG’s LIGHT

Mr Dele Ogundele, a worker with the Eko Electricity Distribution Company, has been hospitalised after he was allegedly brutalised by a police sergeant attached to a house reportedly owned by a former Inspector-General of Police, Mohammed Abubakar. .

Punchng reports that the mobile policeman, Attah Aninoko, on Thursday dragged down Ogundele from an electric pole opposite the house and beat him up for disconnecting power to the house of the former IG. .
Ogundele’s leg was allegedly broken by the sergeant, who was reported to have boasted that “nothing will happen.” The matter was said to have been reported to the police at the Ikoyi division and the sergeant was arrested. .
The Head of Corporate Communications Department, Eko Electricity Distribution Company (EKEDC), Mr. Godwin Idemudia, who confirmed the incident, said the sergeant had been detained. .
He explained that the house of the former IG owed a bill of N154,693.85. Idemudia said because the policeman was armed, other officials of the electricity distribution company were helpless and could only watch their colleague being brutalised. .
“When Aninoko was taken to the station, he started boasting that nothing would come out of the case. We believe that nobody is above the law. The case should not be swept under the carpet. The Divisional Police Officer has assured us that justice would be served,” Idemudia added. .
The Police Public Relations Officer, ASP Olarinde Famous-Cole, however denied that Ogundele’s leg was broken, adding that the power company was being mischievous.

NYSC APPOINTS NEW COORDINATOR IN IMO STATE


 The management of the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) scheme has approved the appointment of a new State Coordinator for Imo.
Mrs Josephine Bakare, Deputy Director at the NYSC Printing Press in Lagos before was appointed by the management as new coordinator.

Mr Ugochukwu Orunta, NYSC Imo office Public Relations Officer, made this known in a statement in Owerri on Sunday.
He said that Bakare has vast experience in public relations and brand management and the appointment was necessary as Mr Olugbodi James, former coordinator has completed his tenure and retired from service. 
“It is expected that the new coordinator will bring her wealth of experience to bear in her new position and further promote corps members’ welfare.
“She is also expected to deepen the already existing relationships with the state government and other stakeholders,” he said.

TRAGEDY: 11 CHILDREN DIE OF WHOOPING COUGH IN KANO- OFFICIAL


According to a statement issued by the Information Officer of a local government council, in Kano State, at least 11 children have died of whooping cough at a community in the state.

The Kiru Local Government Council of Kano State says about 11 children have died of whooping cough at Kankwana village.

This is contained in a statement issued by the Information Officer of the local government council, Malam Rabiu Khalil.

Mr. Khalil said about 40 other children affected by the same disease were receiving medical attention.

Hassan Adamu, the council’s Health Officer, who also confirmed the incident to the News Agency of Nigeria, however assured of government’s effort to contain the outbreak.

Yakubu Sani, a representative of the World Health Organisation (WHO) in the area, attributed the outbreak to poor routine immunisation and inadequate health mobilisation activities.

The District Head of the area, Hamza Bayero, however, urged government to provide emergency medical care to residents to prevent further spread of the disease.

About six children had lost their lives to measles in Dashi community of the same local government area in the past two months.

APC FAILED NIGERIANS, RUNS GOVERNMENT ON LIES- GOODLUCK JONATHAN


Former President Goodluck Jonathan on Thursday said the All Progressive Congress (APC)-led administration runs a government of lies and propaganda.
Jonathan stated this in Abuja while receiving one of the chairmanship aspirants of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Prof Tunde Adeniran at his private residence.

He insisted that the PDP, which controlled government at the centre from 1999 to 2015 did well for the country but that the APC has failed the country and its people.

According to him, the APC administration has nothing to show in terms of achievement. Rather, the ruling party has been governing through lies and deployment of hi-tech propaganda to cover up its misrules.

Challenging the APC leadership to the public debate over its performance, Jonathan said: “The PDP administration for 16 years did well and will continue to do well. But this administration has done nothing, the administration is full lies and propaganda.

“In the power sector, we did well to revive it.

“A certain state governor criticised our government, saying that any serious government should be able to fix the power sector within six months. But today, the APC has been in power for how many years? Fortunately, the then governor is in the APC Government as a Minister”.

The former President, however, said that all hope was not lost, adding that the PDP would go all out and put its house in order for it to return to power in 2019.

Jonathan said that Nigerians have been able to see the difference between the PDP and the APC in terms of performance.

“With the rate at which people are coming around to associate with a party that lost elections, it shows that the people still believe in the PDP. With the number and calibre of the people coming out to vie for the seat of the national chairman and other offices of our party, it shows that our party still has another chance”, the ex-President added.

Speaking earlier, Adeniran said that he was not interested in the race at the initial stage, but that the need to rebuild and reposition the party ahead of the 2019 general elections prompted him to join the race.

Prof Adeniran added that he was in the race for the PDP to regain its lost glory and give Nigerians the real dividends of democracy that have eluded them since the PDP lost power in 2015.

MEASLES VACCINATION THREATENED AS 24 STATES FAIL TO PAY COUNTERPART FUNDS


As the Federal Government commences measles vaccination ahead of the 2017 / 2018 dry season , only 12 out of the 36 states have paid their counterpart funds for the exercise .
The dry season is generally known to be associated with measles in the country .

The Edo State Governor , Mr . Godwin Obaseki , disclosed this to State House correspondents at the end of a meeting of the National Economic Council presided over by Vice President Yemi Osinbajo at the Presidential Villa , Abuja on Thursday.

Obaseki said the Executive Director of National Primary Health Care Development Agency briefed the council on the preparations for measles vaccination and informed members that the campaign will be conducted first p in the 19 Northern states including the Federal Capital Territory .

He said the second phase of the exercise would take place in the 17 Southern states. .

The governor listed the 12 states that have paid their counterpart funding to include Bayelsa , Borno , Edo , Imo , Kaduna, Kano , Kebbi , Nasarawa , Osun, Sokoto and Zamfara states.

“ 24 states are yet to meet their obligations for the vaccination in this campaign.

“ We therefore requested council to appeal to states who are yet to meet their obligations to act urgently to enable campaign take off on schedule in all states of the federation , ” the governor said .

He added that an appeal was made to the council to support the quarterly release of fund for routine immunisation activities and that states should set up emergency routine immunisation coordination centres so as as to serve as a platform to coordinate routine immunisation activities .

Obaseki said the council also received an update on polio eradication initiatives of government and partners and also ways and plans that government has for strengthening routine immunisation .

Serena Williams Welcomes Baby Girl

Tennis superstar Serena Williams, who is engaged to Reddit co-founder Alexis Ohanian gave birth to a baby girl on Friday, US media reported, prompting an outpouring of delight from fellow professionals, celebrities and fans of the sporting icon.

Williams, who will turn 36 later this month, was admitted to the St Mary’s Medical Center in West Palm Beach, Florida on Wednesday before going into labor overnight.

Her elder sister, Venus Williams described herself as “super excited” after being informed of the reports concerning the baby as she walked on to the court for her third-round match at the US Open in New York.

She reveived an avalanche of congratulations from well-wishers.

Pop goddess Beyonce took to Instagram to send her message, posting a portrait of a pregnant Williams in a flowing white gown with the message: “Congratulations Serena!”

Williams’ coach Patrick Mouratoglou added on Twitter: “Congratulations @SerenaWilliams for your baby girl. I am so happy for you and I feel your emotion. Recover well & enjoy without limitation.”
US tennis legend Chris Evert meanwhile chimed: “I’m so thrilled for her. And what a role model she’s going to be for her daughter.”

FAMILY OF SLAIN PERMANENT SECRETARY RECEIVED 17M FROM OSUN STATE GOVERNMENT

Osun–The State of Osun Government has given the families of the slain permanent secretary, Bureau of General Service, Mrs Oluwakemi Kolawole and her driver the sum of 17million.    


Osun State Head of Service, Mr. Sunday Owoeye made this known through a statement made available to our correspondent in Osogbo.

The statement read, “The Forum of Head of Service, Permanent Secretaries and equivalent positions, wishes to express our profound gratitude to all those who commiserated with and stood by us before, during and after the burial programme for the late Permanent Secretary, Bureau of General Services, Mrs Olufunke Oluwakemi Kolawole.

“The plethora of condolence messages and multifarious visits from sympathisers following the sudden and irreparable loss of our amiable colleague was overwhelming and had, indeed, truly shown that in adversity, we know our genuine friends.

“Our profound appreciation particularly goes to the State Government of Osun, under the benevolent leadership of the Governor, Raul Aregbesola, for prompt positive official steps taken to mitigate the trauma of the sad episode by releasing a total sum of N17,526, 307.76k to cover such sundry critical matters as burial assistance to the Family (N3m), medical treatment of the deceased’s driver and cost of retrieval of her official car (N930,000); her arrears of salaries and allowances from July, 2015 to the point of death (N4.42m) and her Group Life Insurance entitlements (N9.1m).

“The money that is released are to provide succour to the family of the deceased, especially the desire of the Government to ensure that the education of the children is not hampered. Government has also approved the sum of N8.8m for her up-to-date Contributory Pension Scheme remittances to be cash-backed by the Office of Accountant-General to facilitate prompt processing and delivery of her Bond Certificate by her Pension Fund Administrator to her Estate’s Administrator.”




Recall that Mrs Kolawole was murdered around Okene, in Kogi State, on her way to Abuja on Thursday, July 13 to felicitate with her friend, who is the Solicitor General in the state on her confirmation as a judge before he was accosted and shot by unknown assailants.





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SAUDI ARABIAN GOVERNMENT APOLOGISES TO NIGERIA GOVERNMENT

The Saudi Arabian government has apologized to the government and people of Nigeria over the brutalization of two Nasarawa State Pilgrims by Customs officials at Prince Muhammad Bn Abdulaziz Airport in Madinah on Wednesday. 
Audu Muhammad and Ibrahim Godi were said to have been brutalized by two customs officers shortly after their arrival from Abuja. 

According to the Secretary of the National Hajj Commission of Nigeria (NAHCON), Bello Tambuwal, the two pilgrims were called aside by the Customs officers “after they had passed through all the necessary checks earlier and they became apprehensive and refused to follow the officials which led to their being brutalized”. 

Dr. Tambuwal said after they were mistreated, he personally took the two pilgrims to two different hospitals, one run by Nigeria’s National Medical Team and the other by the Saudi government. 

“The Saudi’s also offered to foot the medical bill of the two pilgrims,” he said. The Deputy Governor of Madinah, Wahid Asahin, on Monday visited the pilgrims’ Hotel, Riyad Al Zahra, in the Markaziya area of Madinah to personally convey the apologies of the Saudi Arabian authorities over the matter. 
Mr. Asahin described the incident as regrettable. Speaking through the Deputy Minister for Hajj Affairs, Mohammed Abdulrahman Al Bijawi, the deputy governor assured Nigerian officials that “such incidence will not occur again” adding that disciplinary measures were already being taken against two officials involved in the incident. 

The deputy governor visited the pilgrims in their hotel rooms and presented some gifts to them.

SON OF KATSINA STATE GOVERNOR’S S.A FOUND IN LAGOS, 3 YEARS AFTER GOING MISSING

Sulaiman,  the son of Hon. Binta Abba, the Special Adviser to the Kaduna State governor on Child Education, has been found, 3 years after he was declared missing at Area 11, Abuja. He was found by his uncle, today, in Lagos. 

His uncle, an EFCC official, stumbled upon him on the streets and recognized him. It was gathered that before his disappearance from home in 2014, sulaiman had speech difficulty, but now he is able to speak fluently. 
Admist the terrible occurrence in 2014, his mother was accused of using him for money ritual, because she’s a political status.