JUST IN: Sunday Awolola, Soldier Who Allegedly Raped University Student Begs For Bail, Says He Has Psychiatric Challenges, Wife Just Gave Birth

A chief magistrate’s court sitting in Akure, Ondo State has remanded Lance Corporal Sunday Awolola, a 33-year-old soldier, who allegedly raped a female student of the Adekunle Ajasin University Akungba Akoko (AAAU) in prison custody. According to Sahara Reporters, Mayowa Olanipekun, the magistrate, ordered the remand of the solider on Friday after granting an application sought by the police. On Wednesday, Adeoye Adesegun, a prosecutor in the case had sought application to remand the suspect in prison custody for the police to gather facts against the suspect. But the defence…

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BREAKING: El-Zakzaky lands in Nigeria, DSS takes him into custody

The leader of the Islamic Movement in Nigeria, Sheikh Ibraheem Zakzaky, has landed at the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja, from India,  where his planned medical treatment was aborted. But he was immediately taken into custody by the Department of State Services which whisked him away on arrival at the airport. El-Zakzaky arrived via an Ethiopian airline around 12.05pm and was driven away by the security operatives shortly after. The President, Media Forum of IMN, Ibrahim Musa, confirmed to our correspondent that El-Zakzaky was taken away by the DSS operatives.…

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Kano Government Kicks as 11 Kano district heads defy Ganduje’s Directives on Hawan Daushe, back Emir Sanusi

11 district heads whose territories fall under the new emirates created by Kano Governor Abdullahi Ganduje on Monday evening participated in the Kano Hawan Daushe. Their participation was in defiance of an order by the governor to the effect that they should observe the festival in their newly created emirates. Ganduje’s directive was issued in response to an order by Emir Muhammadu Sanusi II inviting District Heads from all 44 local governments in Kano to attend the Hawan Daushe in Kano city. A statement by his Chief Press Secretary Abba…

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Ondo Council Boss re-introduces monthly environmental sanitation day

Mr Abayomi Adesanya, the Caretaker Chairman, Okitipupa Local Government Area (LGA) of Ondo State has declared a compulsory monthly environmental sanitation day for residents. Abayomi, in a statement on Friday in Okitipupa, said that the monthly sanitation was to ensure that the environment was clean, healthy and safe against dirt, diseases and flood, which had degraded drainages and roads. He noted that restriction of human and vehicle movements would be enforced during the sanitation which would hold every last Saturday of the month from 7.00 a.m. to 10.00 a.m. “In…

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Court dissolves 5-year-old Marriage over Husband’s Laziness

A Mapo Customary Court in Ibadan on Friday dissolved a five-year-old marriage between Rabekah Owoade and Adetunji, over his refusal to work. Delivering judgment, Chief Ademola Odunade, the President the Court, held that it was proper for a man and woman to know each other before getting married to avoid regret in future. Odunade also said that the marriage was also dissolved on grounds of threat to life. Earlier, Owoade, a teacher, told the court that her husband was lazy and destructive. ”I should have studied my husband very well…

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BBNaija (S4): The Icon Group Win Wager Task

The ‘Icon’ group of the ongoing Big Brother Naija ‘pepper Dem’ have won the week’s wager task. The two groups, Icons and Cruisetopia keenly contested the tasks on Thursday. The Icons include; Cindy, Elozonam, Enkay, Frodd, Ike, Khafi, Omashola, Sir Dee and Tacha while the Cruisetopia includes: Diane, Esther, Gedoni, Jackye, Joe, Mercy, Mike,Seyi and Venita. Following their colourful coronation for their TorTiv on Wednesday, housemates were asked to come up with creative arts in any form to perform as part of the Wager task. As is the usual Thursday…

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Kidnapped college provost regains freedom in Benue

The Police Command in Benue on Friday said the kidnapped Provost of College of Education, Katsina Ala, Mr Tsavwua Gborigyo, has regained freedom. The command’s Police Public Relations Office (PPRO) DSP. Ms Catherine Anene, told NewsMen in Makurdi that the provost reunited with his family late Thursday evening. The provost was kidnapped at Ihugh in Vandiekya Local Government Area on his way from a burial ceremony on Aug. 9 Anene disclosed that the provost was released without payment of any ransom. She said investigations were ongoing to apprehend the kidnappers…

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Nigeria Pilgrims went to pick diseases in Saudi Arabia, Muna Built for 950 People, now accommodate over 2m people – Nigeria Hajj Commissions

The National Hajj Commission of Nigeria( NAHCON) says it is set to transport all Nigerian pilgrims back home, beginning from Aug. 17. The Commissioner in charge of operations, Alhaji Saleh Modibbo, gave assurance during the Post-Arafat meeting attended by stakeholders in hajj operations on Friday in Makkah. According to him, the first return flight is scheduled for Aug.17 with MaxAir and Flynas airlines. He said committees have been set up to ensure smooth return flights back home. The Chairman, Senate Committee on Foreign Affairs, Sen. Muhammed Bukachuwa, commended NAHCON for…

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Cross Rivers NYSC donates relief materials to orphanage in Calabar

The National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) has donated relief materials to the orphanage in Uwanse, Calabar South Local Government Area of Cross River. The state Coordinator of NYSC, Mr Eddy Megwa, disclosed this on Friday in Calabar while speaking on the 46th anniversary of the corp. Megwas explained that the NYSC in the state decided to celebrate with the orphanage to commemorate the anniversary. “Owing to the security concerns in the nation, we decided to have a solemn celebration by bringing Corp members to the orphanage to identify with their…

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CBN to disburse lower currencies to microfinance banks

The Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) says it has released guidelines for the disbursement of lower denominations of the Naira through microfinance banks (MFBs) across the country. The bank’s Director, Corporate Communications Department, Mr Isaac Okorafor, made this known in a statement in Abuja on Thursday. Okorafor said this development was contained in a circular issued by the Director, Currency Operations Department of the bank, Mrs Patricia Eleje, in Abuja on Thursday. He explained that the circular indicated that all microfinance banks must have a Composite Risk Rating (CRR) of…

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