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Gov aspirant escapes death as one killed in Benue road crash

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A gubernatorial aspirant and former Chief of Staff to Benue State Governor, Terwase Orbunde on Monday escaped death.

Sources said that Orbunde’s vehicle was involved in a ghastly accident at Uchi Village along Makurdi/Gboko Road.

Orbunde was the Chief of Staff to Governor Ortom but resigned his appointment in September to pursue his governorship aspiration.

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A local publisher, Babs Usigbe who ran into the accident said that the governorship aspirant had a slight head injury.

Orbunde was said to be returning from the decamping ceremony in Gboko around 5.00pm when the accident occurred.

“I was on my way from Katsina Ala to Gboko and back to Makurdi when I ran into the accident.

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“A picnic commercial vehicle which was coming from Makurdi was overtaking even at a straight road. Instead of the driver of the vehicle to return to his lane, he faced the vehicle in which the governorship aspirant was, hitting it against a tree.

“Orbunde had a slight head injury but one of the passengers from the commercial vehicle died on the spot while eight other passengers were seriously injured,” Usigbe, an eyewitness said.

The eyewitness said that the governorship aspirant and his driver as well as the injured persons were quickly rushed to an undisclosed hospital.

Confirming the accident, the Sector Commander, Federal Road Safety Corps, Benue State, Yakubu Mohammed said one person died in the accident but added that he was yet to get full details.

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“It is true there was an auto crash but am yet to get full details of the accident. However, I can confirm that one person died,” Mohammed said.

Efforts to get the governorship aspirant’s media friend, Tahav Agerzua were not successful as he did not pick calls made to his cellphone.

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Bauchi emir strips ex-speaker Dogara of ‘Jakadan Bauchi’ traditional title

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A former Speaker of the House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara, has been suspended by the Emir of Bauchi, Alhaji Rilwanu Adamu, as Jakadan Bauchi.

The suspension was in connection with attacks on the convoys of the Emirs of Bauchi and Dass Alhaji Rilwanu Sulaimanu Adamu and Alhaji Biliyaminu Othman respectively on December 31, 2021, by hoodlums on their way to Mwari for the 21st anniversary of a late leader and crusader, Peter Gonto.

The event caused a sharp division among the Sayawa people with several groups coming out to support the event while others on the other hand, including Dogara, kicked against the event – citing security concerns.

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Dogara, then, wrote a letter to the Inspector General of Police, Usman Baba, informing him of security threats if the event is allowed to hold.

But despite the warning, the Bauchi State Commissioner of Police, Umar Sanda, gave approval for the event to hold just as he ordered the full deployment of Police tactical teams to provide security for lives and properties before, during and after the memorial anniversary and book launch of the grandfather of Dogara’s wife.

The attacks on the first-class monarchs was widely condemned in the state with many accusing Dogara of allegedly having a hand in it.

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The Bauchi State Government also instituted a case against Dogara and 28 others on January 4, 2022, slamming 11 charges against them.

The Emir of Bauchi while speaking to journalists at a press conference in his palace in Bauchi on Monday, said the suspension is with immediate effect, pending the determination of a case on the matter which indicted Dogara on the attack by court.

He explained that Dogara, who hails from Bogoro and a traditional title holder is suspected to be one of those behind the attacks on the Emirs of Bauchi and Dass.

Adamu who was represented by the Galadiman Bauchi, Sa’idu Jahun, said, “At the recent Council meeting, we reviewed the case again and expressed our dismay one of the sons of the area, a stakeholder and our traditional title holder who was mentioned as one misleading the people and perpetrating the incident.

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“More surprisingly, he did not sympathise nor showed any sign of remorse towards what happened to their Royal Highnesses, the Emirs of Bauchi and Dass.

“The Emirate Council therefore decided to suspend his title of Jakadan Bauchi until the determination of the case by the court.”

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Gunmen blow up Catholic church in Taraba

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Less than 24 hours after terrorists killed three relatives of the village head of Wuro Bokki, in Gassol Local Government Area of Taraba State, an explosive suspected to have been planted by terrorists blew up at the Catholic Chapel of St. John’s College, Mutum-Biyu, the headquarters of Gassol LGA.

The Principal of the College, Rev. Fr. Emmanuel Vershima Ikyaan, told that the explosion went up at about 7:20 pm.

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He said, “We thank God no life was lost, but the Church has been destroyed. About 10 minutes after the explosion in the school, we started hearing gunshots in the town.

“The youths and some students were holding a programme in the Chapel which doubled as the school hall and had left the premises shortly before the explosion.

“This is a religious premises and if attacks like these are happening to the Church, where will people run to?

“I want to call for a thorough investigation to unravel those behind the attack and the perpetrators brought to book.”

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The Taraba State Police Command Public Relations Officer, DSP Abdullahi Usman, confirmed the attack in a telephone interview with our correspondent.

“What happened was that some kidnappers came to kidnap the owner of one filling station in the town, unfortunately for them, they could not achieve their mission.

“In the process of running to escape begin trapped, they started shooting sporadically to escape.

“It was in the process that they threw an explosive into the church to cause fear to enable them to escape. The explosion blew up and caused some damages to the building,” Usman said.

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