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Written by on June 16, 2018

Lead counsel to suspected kidnap kingpin, Chukwudumeme Onwuamadike, better known as Evans, Olukoya Ogungbeje, has withdrawn from his client’s trial.

Ogungbeje revealed, in a statement, that his decision was due to personal reasons.

Evans is being tried by the Lagos State Government for alleged offences ranging from conspiracy to kidnapping and attempted murder.


President Muhammadu Buhari has declared himself healthier and more stimulated to face the challenges of leading the country, following the conclusion of Ramadan fast.

President Buhari made the declaration when he received a delegation of residents of the Federal Capital Territory on the occasion of the Eid-el-Fitri celebration at his official residence in the Presidential Villa, Abuja.

The President said he missed last year’s celebrations on account of his then health status, but expressed gratitude to God for the enablement to participate in this year’s celebrations.


The Nigeria Labour Congress, NLC, has congratulated Muslims on the successful completion of Ramadan fasting.

The NLC, in a statement by its president, Ayuba Wabba, urged every Muslim to fully imbibe the virtues of Eid-el-Fitr.

The union called on the government lighten workers’ load by quickly approving the demand of organised labour for a new national minimum wage.


Lagos State Governor, Akinwunmi Ambode, has urged Nigerians to promote peaceful co-existence and pray for the successful conduct of next 2019 general elections.

Ambode made the call at a special Eid-El-Fitr celebration organised by the state government simultaneously across the 20 councils of the state.

The governor noted that it was important for the people to put the interest of the country first and offer prayers for peaceful elections next year.


Governor of Zamfara State, Abdul’aziz Yari, says he has dropped his responsibility as Chief Security Officer of the state, as he has no control over security machinery in the state.

Speaking to newsmen in Talata-Mafara, Yari said his decision stemmed from the helplessness of the state government and the people over recurring killings in the state.

The governor lamented that killings in the state had continued in spite of President Muhammadu Buhari’s order to security agencies to end the bloodletting across the country.


Kwara elders, under the umbrella of Kwara Elders’ Unity Forum, have called on the Inspector General of Police to carry out thorough investigation into the Offa robbery case so justice will be done on the matter.

The Forum, which made the call in Ilorin, in a joint statement also called on the Senate President, Bukola Saraki to allow the police do their investigations.

The elders noted that revelations in the confessions of the arrested suspects showed that the lives of Kwara people were in danger and must be protected.


A former Governor of Oyo State, Rashidi Ladoja, has said he is not worried by the ongoing suit filed against him by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC.

The EFCC had taken Ladoja to court over alleged misappropriation of state funds while in office between 2003 and 2007.

However, the former governor insisted that he would not refund any money to the anti-graft agency because he did not steal while in government.


Yemeni forces backed by a Saudi-led coalition say they have captured the airport of the main port city of Hudaydah from Houthi rebels.

Although the Houthis have not acknowledged losing the airport, Yemeni military said engineers were checking the surrounding area for mines.

Hudaydah is the only major port controlled by the Houthis.


The founder of a US start-up that promised to revolutionise blood testing, Elizabeth Holmes, has been hit with criminal charges.

US prosecutors said Holmes engaged in a multi-million dollar scheme to defraud investors, doctors and patients.

The charges came three months after Holmes settled charges from financial regulators that she lied about the capabilities of her firm’s blood tests.


Nicaragua’s government and opposition groups have agreed a ceasefire after weeks of violence resulting in the death of about 170 persons.

Following the agreement, a truth commission would be established and international investigators allowed into the country.

The peace talks, which led to the ceasefire agreement in Managua, were brokered by the Roman Catholic Church.


Glasgow’s world-renowned School of Art has been razed by another huge blaze, four years after part of the building was destroyed by fire.

Report said the blaze spread to nearby buildings, including the Campus nightclub and O2 ABC music venue, which suffered extensive damage.

Meanwhile, Deputy Chief Officer, Iain Bushell, said efforts to bring the fires under control were expected to be prolonged.


Nigeria captain, Mikel Obi, has said the Super Eagles will play for victory in the Russia 2018 World Cup opener in Kaliningrad later today.

The 2012 UEFA Champions League winner said the team will not focus their attention on stopping Croatia stars; Lukas Modric and Ivan Rakitic.

The Spain-based duo are expected to play with Italy-based duo  Mario Mandzukic and Ivan Perisic , but Mikel said  the Eagles were not worried about the Croatia stars.


Portugal have drawn 3-3 with Spain in an exciting World Cup encounter in Sochi, Russia.

Cristiano Ronaldo’s 88th-minute free-kick earned Portugal a draw after they had surrendered their first half lead to trail 2-1.

The result meant Spanish were denied a much-needed victory at the end of what has been a painful week for them in the south of Russia.

 


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