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Buhari to attend Expo 2020 Dubai Wednesday

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The President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.), will today depart Abuja for the United Arab Emirates where he will attend the Expo 2020 Dubai.

Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina said this in a statement on Wednesday.

He said the Expo 2020 Dubai, with the theme, ‘Connecting Minds, Creating the Future,’ creates the environment for Nigeria to join over 190 countries to forge true and meaningful partnerships “to build a better future for everyone.”

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“The Expo will provide another opportunity for the Nigerian delegation to highlight significant strides in the economy in the last six years as a basis for making the country an important destination for foreign direct investment,” he said.

During his stay in the UAE, President Buhari will tour the Nigerian Pavilion at the Expo on Friday and will receive in audience prospective investors.

Adesina said the President will also meet with His Highness, Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces and Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of the Emirate of Dubai.

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On Saturday, Buhari will be the Special Guest of Honour at the special Trade and Investment Forum themed ‘Unveiling Investment Opportunities in Nigeria.’

The presidential aide said the Forum is put together to mark Nigeria’s presence at the gathering by the Ministry of Industry, Trade and Investment.

He said Buhari will be accompanied by the Ministers of Foreign Affairs, Geoffrey Onyeama; Industry, Trade and Investment, Otunba Adeniyi Adebayo; Finance, Budget and National Planning, Hajia Zainab Shamsuna Ahmed; Defence, Maj.-Gen. Bashir Magashi (retd); Aviation, Senator Hadi Sirika; and Agriculture and Rural Development, Dr. Mohammad Abubakar.

Others are Ministers of Health, Dr. Osagie Ehanire; Communications and Digital Economy, Dr. Isa Ali Pantami; Mines and Steel Development, Arc. Olamilekan Adegbite; Minister of State, Industry, Trade and Investment, Amb. Maryam Katagum, the National Security Adviser, Maj.-Gen. Babagana Monguno (retd), Director-General of National Intelligence Agency, Amb. Ahmed Rufai Abubakar and the Chairman/CEO Nigerians in Diaspora Commission, Hon. Abike Dabiri-Erewa.

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Buhari is expected back in Abuja on Sunday, December 5, 2021.

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Court remands grave digger for allegedly raping 11-year-old girl

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A grave digger has been remanded at the Olokuta Correctional Centre in Ondo State for allegedly raping an 11-year-old girl.

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The 32-year-old grave digger, Seun Owoyemi was remanded by an Akure Magistrates’ Court.

Owoyemi was said to have lured the victim with N100 before forcefully having her carnal knowledge.

The defendant who lived close to the parents of girl’s house at Igesa Street, Igbara-Oke, Ifedore Local Government Area of the State Ondo State, was said to have committed the offence in January 10, 2022.

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According to the prosecutor, Inspector Niyi Taiwo, informed the court that the defendant had carnal knowledge of of the girl twice.

The prosecutor added that the offence contravene the Provisions of the Criminal Code, Cap. 37, Vol. 1 Laws of Ondo State.

He urged the court for an order to remand the defendant in the Correctional Centre pending advice from the office of the Director of Public Prosecutions, DPP.

While pleading not guilty to the crime, the defendant denied the allegation, emphasising that it was a set up to implicate him by the victim and her grandmother.

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In his ruling, the Magistrate, O.L. Abu, ordered that Owoyemi should be remanded at Olokuta Correctional Centre in Akure, the state capital.

The magistrate subsequently adjourned the case till February 28, 2021, after the prosecutor was directed to duplicate the case file and send to the DPP for advice.

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Suspects arrested as hoodlums’ clash causes panic in Lagos

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The Lagos State Police Command has confirmed the arrest of some suspects involved in the violent clashes that created tension in the Idumota and Oke Arin areas of the state.

The state Police Public Relations Officer, CSP Adekunle Ajisebutu, while reacting to the incident, said normalcy had been restored following a massive deployment of policemen in the areas.

He said, “Normalcy has since been restored following a massive deployment of policemen to the scene. Some arrests have also been made. Investigation has commenced.”

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It was learnt that during the clash, traders and customers, residents and passersby scampered to safety to escape being hurt by the hoodlums engaging themselves in a supremacy clash.

The hoodlums were said to have taken advantage of the unrest to loot shops and rob people of their valuables.

Video clips of the clash trending online showed as people ran helter-skelter due to the tension created during the unrest.

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Some victims were heard calling on the Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, to intervene for peace to reign.

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