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Niger: Police parade five over vandalism, theft of transformers

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The Niger State Police Command has effected the arrest of five persons over vandalism and theft of electricity transformers in the state.

Parading the suspects in Minna, the state capital, Police Public Relations Officer, PPRO, DSP Wasiu Abiodun said the suspects were arrested last week Tuesday.

He explained that the suspects were arrested at Lapai-Gwari area along Building materials market road, Minna by the Chanchaga Division patrol team during a routine patrol of the area.

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According to him, they conspired among themselves, vandalised two electric transformers in the area, and carted away some of the electric cables.

The suspects include Hussaini Adamu 23yrs, Mustapha Umar 17yrs, Mande Magaji 17yrs, Suleiman Zubairu 16yrs, Salisu Usman (receiver) 25yrs, all male of Kasuwan-Gwari, Minna.

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He revealed that four of the suspects arrested at the scene confessed to the crime and led the police to Salisu Usman at Kasuwan-Gwari, Minna who bought the cables from them.

Abiodun also stated that the case is still under investigation, while exhibits recovered from the suspects are: three insulators and a vandalised electric transformer.

The police then urged members of the public to continue to support them and other security agencies with relevant information to secure the environment.

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Your mother lived a fulfilled life, Oshiomhole consoles Igbinedion

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The immediate past National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress and former governor of Edo State, Mr Adams Oshiomhole, has expressed shock at the death of Madam Maria Igbinedion, mother of his predecessor, Mr Lucky Igbinedion.

In a statement released to the press by his media aide, Victor Oshioke, Oshiomhole consoled Igbinedion to be comforted with the fact that the late matriarch who died lately at the age of 85 years old lived a fulfilled life.

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The former APC chair said, “Mama was known to be a very peaceful and empathic person who sympathized with those that suffered misfortune, gave encouragement to those in despair and shared whatever she had with those in need within her community.

“It is pertinent therefore that at this very traumatic period for your family, we also share in your pain.

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“As mortals, it is difficult to come to terms with the loss of such a kind-hearted, deeply pious and beneficent matriarch, who in spite of her age, was still full of life and a veritable bastion of support for her children and the entire community.

“Your mother may not have lived till the fullness of our desires for her life, yet she lived a fulfilled life of service to humanity through her numerous community engagements, nurtured her children to greatness and had a good relationship with God.

“On behalf of my family, I offer our sincere condolences at this most challenging time while praying that mama finds eternal rest in heaven.

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“Also I pray that God sends forth His grace upon you, your siblings, your father and extended family that she left behind. Be assured that we have you in our prayers and share in your grief at this most difficult time.”

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Osoba hopeful Buhari will sign electoral bill

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Former governor of Ogun State, Olusegun Osoba has expressed faith that President Muhammadu Buhari will sign the 2010 Electoral Act (amendment) Bill 2021, into law.

Osoba said this in London when he hosted a delegation of senators across political party lines and geopolitical zones.

The chieftain of the All Progressives Congress (APC) backed the direct primary method of selecting candidates of all political parties as contained in the newly passed law.

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Osoba said Buhari would sign the law because he (Buhari) was a product of direct primary.

Osoba said, “I have a feeling he (Buhari), will sign it. The president himself is a product of direct primary. He submitted himself to direct primary in 2019 throughout the country and heaven did not fall.

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“After he subjected himself to direct primary throughout Nigeria in all the wards, he also subjected himself to a National Convention to ratify his election at the primary.

“Quote me, I had cause to tell him at our national caucus during Edo election issue that ‘Mr President, if you can subject yourself to direct primary and national convention, I do not see why anybody should be afraid of direct primary.’

“I said this to him and we must be honest when we are talking to our leaders. That is why I believe that the President being a product of direct primary will sign the law for direct primary.”

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Senator Solomon Adeola Chairman of the Senate Committee on Finance said members of the Senate were in London and decided to pay Osoba, a get well quick visit.

The Senator said Osoba’s wealth of experience was needed as Nigeria forge ahead in difficult times.

Senator Kashim Shetimma who spoke on behalf of other senators stated that they came as Nigerians devoid of any political party or regional colouration to wish Osoba well as an elder statesman at 82.

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The delegation that visited the former governor include Senator Solomon Adeola (APC, Lagos West), Senator Kashim Shetima (APC, Borno Central), Senator Isah Jubril(APC, Kogi East), Senator Micheal Nnachi(PDP, Ebonyi South), Senator Ayo Akinyelure (PDP, Ondo Central), and Senator Gershon Bassey(PDP, Cross River South).

Others are, Senator Yusuf Abubakar Yusuf (APC, Taraba Central), Senator Sadiq Sulaiman Umar(APC, Kwara North), Senator Tokunbo Abiru(APC, Lagos East) Senator Bashiru Ajibola(APC, Osun Central) and Senator Hassan Mohamed Gusau(APC, Zamfara Central).

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