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Man Kills Sister-in-law, 2 Others, In Farmland At Ebonyi



A middle-aged man, Chibuike Ochie, has allegedly killed his sister-in-law, younger sister and a labourer in the Uburu community, Ohaozara Local Government Area of Ebonyi.

The Police Public Relations Officer in Ebonyi, DSP Loveth Odoh, confirmed the killings in a statement issued in Abakaliki on Monday.

Odah said that the incident occurred on Sunday in farmland in Obegu, Uburu.

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The police spokesperson said the man killed his sister-in-law, a younger sister and a hired labourer, who was working on their farmland.

According to her, it was reported that by 1640hrs of 24th of October, 2021, when the family of Ochie were on the farm including a hired labourer, one of their brothers, Chibuike Ochie, went into the farm and suddenly started macheting them.

“He succeeded in macheting Ogechi Ochie, 32, and wife of the elder brother and the younger sister, Margaret Ochie, 35 years old and the said labourer.

“The three persons were macheted to death on that farm and he escaped.

“In the process of fleeing the scene, irate youths of that area caught and mobbed him.

“As I am talking to you, he is still critically ill to the extent that he is placed on a life support machine.

“Investigation is still on, but it will be properly done when this man survives.

“That is why we keep discouraging the youth from taking laws into their hands especially when a person commits offence like this.

“If they had brought the person to us, he would have told us the reasons he had to do this to his family members and he would have faced the law.

“But in this case, a lot of money is being spent to revive him.

“The incident took place at Obegu farm in Uburu. According to the DPO who visited the place, he said the farmland is about 25km away from Uburu town,” the PPRO explained.

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Gov. Fayemi Sets Date For Governorship Aspirants To Resign



Gov. Fayemi Sets Date For Governorship Aspirants To Resign

Gov. Kayode Fayemi of Ekiti has fixed Dec. 18 as the deadline for governorship aspirants who are still in the state’s civil service to resign their positions.

The aspirants are those wishing to contest the primaries of the ruling All Progressives Congress where the party’s candidate will be picked for the 2022 governorship election.

Fayemi’s directive is contained in a statement signed by his Chief Press Secretary, Yinka Oyebode, on Wednesday in Ado-Ekiti.

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According to the statement, the development became imperative in order to ensure cohesion and excellent service delivery, the two major hallmarks of the administration which must not be compromised.

The statement said that the APC in the state had fixed the governorship primaries for between Jan. 4 and Jan. 29, 2022.

The Independent Electoral Commission (INEC) had fixed Ekiti State gubernatorial election for June 18, 2022.

Incumbent Fayemi of the APC, who is also the Chairman of Nigeria Governors Forum, is term-limited and cannot seek re-election for a third term.

He first governed the state between May 2010 and 2014 was defeated by Ayo Fayose of the Peoples Democratic Party while seeking reelection for a second tenure.

The APC had earlier in its official notice for the governorship elections in Ekiti and Osun States fixed Nov.16 for the commencement of the sales of nomination forms for Ekiti and Nov.18 for Osun.

The notice was signed by the National Secretary of the Caretaker Extraordinary Convention Planning Committee (CECPC), Sen. John James Akpanudodehe.

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Adamawa Governor Shares SUVs To Traditional Rulers



Adamawa Governor Shares SUVs To Traditional Rulers

Gov. Ahmadu Fintiri of Adamawa has distributed five brand new Land Cruiser Special Utility Vehicles and five new Toyota Hilux vans to traditional rulers in the state.

The vehicles were presented to five first-class emirs and chiefs in the state.

The governor said that the gesture was part of the government’s logistics aid to the traditional rulers as custodians of culture.

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He said that the government held the traditional rulers in high esteem for their roles and contributions in promoting peace and culture.

“Your role in entrenching peaceful coexistence in the society cannot be over-emphasized, hence the need for government to carry you along in the scheme of governance,’’ Fintiri said.

He said the government relied heavily on traditional rulers to build peace and maintain security because of their closeness to the people.

Responding, on behalf of the state’s Traditional Council, the Emir of Mubi, Alhaji Abubakar Ahmadu, thanked the governor for the gesture.

The emir represented the Lamido Adamawa, Alhaji Muhammadu Barkindo, at the occasion.

Alhaji Ahmadu promised that the traditional rulers would use the vehicles judiciously.

This special gift will remain indelible in our minds, he said.

The royal father also assured the governor of the traditional rulers’ support and loyalty to the government.

He called on their subjects to co-operate with Gov. Fintiri and give him maximum cooperation to enable him to deliver more dividends of democracy.

Traditional rulers who benefitted from the gesture are the Lamido Adamawa, the Emir of Mubi, the Amne of Shelleng the Gangwari of Ganye, and the Hama Bata. 

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Kano Boat Disaster: Ganduje Expresses Shock Over Mass Deaths



Kano Boat Disaster: Ganduje Expresses Shock Over Mass Deaths

Gov. Abdullahi Ganduje of Kano State has expressed shock over the Tuesday evening Bagwai boat mishap that led to the death of 20 persons.

Ganduje spoke through his Chief Press Secretary, Mr. Abba Anwar, in a statement issued on Wednesday in Kano.

“Bagwai boat mishap, which so far caused the death of 20 people, as rescue operation still on, is a state tragedy.

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“We learned that the boat started from Hayin Badau to Bagwai on their way to attend the Maulud celebration.

“The boat was ferrying about 50 people with some loads, it capsized because of overloading. Most of the passengers were Islamiyyah students,” he said.

The governor prayed to God to forgive the deceased sins, also quick recovery of the rescued who are receiving medical attention.

“I urge boat operators to always take the issue of overloading very seriously. They should know that they can still get profit without overloading their boats,” the governor said.

Ganduje said it was unfortunate that a similar incident was recorded some years ago on the same axis.

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“People should know that the lives of their fellow human beings are too important to be risked deliberately.

“Based on the information we received this morning, there are 20 deaths. Seven persons have been admitted to the hospital and another eight others were found this morning. The rescue operation is still going on.

“We salute the courage and patriot posture of the rescue teams,” he said. 

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