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Written by TREND1009 on July 15, 2019
Obasanjo, in the letter released by his media aide, Kehinde Akinyemi said, he decided to make the letter an open one because of the weighty nature of the issues the letter addresses.
The former president said the issue of security could no longer be ignored, swept under the carpet or treated with kid gloves.
Meanwhile, the federal government says plans are underway to deploy the military in some of the nation’s highways in a bid to check the rising waves of kidnappings and killings of travellers.
Vice President, Yemi Osinbajo, disclosed this in Akure, the Ondo State capital, when he paid a condolence visit to Afenifere Leader, Reuben Fasoranti, whose 58-year-old daughter was killed on Friday by gunmen suspected to be herdsmen on Shagamu-Ore Expressway.
Osinbajo said the deployment of the military would complement that of the police, which had beefed up security on major highways through stop-and-search and use of helicopters to track kidnappers, who hide in forests.
Similarly, the Senate has also condoled with the family of the Afenifere leader, describing the killing of the 58 -year-old woman as sad.
A statement signed by the Chairman, Senate ad hoc Committee Media and Public Affairs, Adedayo Adeyeye, said the federal parliament was disturbed by the spate of incessant attacks and killings of citizens either by the herdsmen, kidnappers or other men of the underworld.
While condemning the barbaric acts, the Senate urged the Inspector-General of Police, Mohammed Adamu, to begin massive manhunt for the killers of Olakunrin.
Also, the National Christian Elders’ Forum has condemned the killing of 58-year-old Funke Olakunri.
The condemnation was contained in a statement signed by the forum’s Chairman, Solomon Asemota.
The forum also demanded the establishment of state police across Nigeria in other to tackle security issues facing the country.
Staying on security, the police authorities in Katsina State have confirmed the killing of 10 persons by bandits, who invaded Kirtawa village in Safana Local Government Area of the state.
The command’s Public Relations Officer, Gambo Isah, said the bandits launched the fresh attack on Saturday, during which they injured one army officer, a civil defence officer, and five civilians as well as set five vehicles ablaze.
Isah added that the armed hoodlums, who numbered over 300 and rode on motorcycles, invaded the village and rustled numerous animals belonging to the residents.
Elsewhere, personnel of the Lagos State Police Command have arrested five suspects for beating 22-year-old Olamide Omolegbe to death after a trader, Bolanle Muhammed, wrongfully accused him of stealing her phone in the Badore area of Ajah.
It was learnt that the suspects, allegedly dumped the corpse in the lagoon after perpetrating the crime.
The state Police Public Relations Officer, Bala Elkana, in a statement said investigation revealed that Bolanle’s son actually stole the phone, adding that Omolegbe’s corpse has been recovered by detectives.
The Nigerian Navy Forward Operating Base located at Ibaka, Mbo Local Government Area of Akwa Ibom, says it has arrested eleven suspects conveying 483 bags of smuggled rice in two wooden boats.
Commanding Officer, Toritseju Vincent, while handing over the suspects and bags of rice to the Nigeria Customs Service in Ibaka, said the arrest was made in two separate operations on July 10.
Vincent said the intense patrol of the waterways has drastically helped to reduce smuggling in that axis for some months now.
The Christian Association of Nigeria, CAN, has said it stands with the founder of the Commonwealth of Zion Assembly, COZA, Biodun Fatoyinbo, amid allegations of rape made against him a few weeks ago.
The Chairman of the Federal Capital Territory of CAN, Jonah Samson, and the Chairman of the North Central Zone of CAN, Israel Akanji, both addressed the COZA congregation where they declared their support for the embattled pastor.
As you may know, Busola Dakolo, the wife of singer, Timi Dakolo, had alleged that Fatoyinbo, had raped her when she was a teenager.
The 13-year-old trial of a former governor of Abia State and Senator representing Abia North Senatorial District, Orji Uzor Kalu, will resume at the Federal High Court Sitting in Lagos on Monday, July 22.
This was after President of the Court of Appeal, Zainab Bulkachuwa, gave a fresh order to the trial judge, Mohammed Idris, to enable him to return to the court to conclude the case.
It might interest you to know that Kalu is standing trial alongside his former Commissioner for Finance, Ude Udeogo, and a company, on an amended 39 count of money laundering to the tune of N7.6billion.
AND NOW THE FOREIGN SCENE:
The Democratic Republic of Congo has confirmed the first case of Ebola in the eastern city of Goma, home to more than a million people.
The health ministry confirmed that a pastor tested positive for the virus in a centre in Goma after arriving there by bus on Sunday.
More than 1,600 people have died since the Ebola outbreak began in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo a year ago.
Elsewhere, reports say dozens of people have been killed as monsoon floods hit Nepal, Bangladesh and north-eastern India.
Police said at least 65 persons have lost their lives in Nepal as torrential rains hit the region, with thirty others reported missing amid floods and landslides, while 38 have been injured.
Experts have predicted heavy rains in the coming days
Meanwhile, some young people in southern Ethiopia have been celebrating as they believe the region’s governing party is about to allow a referendum to take place on whether the Sidama area should become its own federal state.
There have been speculations on social media that a decision has been made with declaration due to happen on Wednesday.
A group of youth activists and opposition politicians had agreed to go ahead and declare the southern region of Sidama as a separate federal state within the country.
US President Donald Trump has been accused of racism after posting tweets attacking Democratic congresswomen.
In the tweet, Trump claimed the women originally came from countries whose governments he said are a complete and total catastrophe, before suggesting the women go back.
The tweet was directed at a group of four congresswomen of colour; three were born and raised in the US while the fourth moved to the US as a child.
AND IN SPORTS:
Algeria have knocked out Super Eagles of Nigeria to reach their first AFCON final in 29 years with a 2-1 semifinal win at the Cairo International Stadium.
Manchester City winger Riyad Mahrez scored a late winner from free-kick gifted the Algerians to end Super Eagles’ fourth AFCON title quest at Egypt 2019.
Meanwhile, Senegal have advanced into the final with an own goal from Tunisia defender, Dylan Bronn in the extra time, in the other semifinal game.
Algeria will now face Senegal in the AFCON 2019 final on Saturday while Nigeria and Tunisia will play for the Bronze medal on Wednesday.
In tennis, Novak Djokovic has retained his title after saving two championship points in Wimbledon’s longest singles final with a thrilling win over Roger Federer.
Djokovic won 7-6, 1-6, 7-6, 4-6, 13-12.
The world number one has won 16 Grand Slams and four of the last five.