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Breaking: Lagos Fire Service Director, 6 others released by abductors

By Kazeem Ugbodaga

The Lagos State Director of Fire Service, Rasaki Musibau and six others kidnapped on Saturday in Lagos have been released by their captors.

Police Public Relations Officer, PPRO, Bala Elkana confirmed this on Wednesday morning, saying they were released unhurt.

According to Elkana, they were released around 11.45pm on Tuesday.

“On 09/04/2019 at about 11.45pm, the Director of Lagos State Fire Service, Rasaki Musibau and 6 others kidnapped on 06/04/19 at about 8.00pm, at Ketu-Ereyun, Ikorodu were released unhurt by their abductors. The Victims have since reunited with their families.

“The Command’s Tactical teams are still in the creeks and forests combating the hoodlums. A water-tight security measures are emplaced across the State to forestall future occurrence.

“The Command deeply appreciate the supports of Lagos State Government and the good people of Lagos State who stood by us and also provided useful information that facilitated the prompt rescue of the victims. Together we will continue to make Lagos State one of the safest states in Nigeria,” he said.

Source: PM News

Buhari cuts short Dubai trip, returns to Abuja

President Muhammadu Buhari returned to Abuja on Tuesday night, a day ahead of schedule.

The president was initially scheduled to return to Abuja from Dubai, the United Arab Emirates (UAE) on Wednesday at about 1.30a.m.

However, the presidential aircraft carrying the president, his aides and some members of his entourage landed at the presidential wing of the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport Abuja at about 10.45p.m.

It was gathered that the president’s decision to cut short his official engagements in Dubai might not be unconnected with security developments in Zamfara, Kaduna and some other parts of the country.

President Buhari had on April 4 departed Abuja for Amman to honour an invitation by King Abdullah II bin Al-Hussein of Jordan to participate in the World Economic Forum (WEF).

He delivered an address at the opening of the plenary alongside King Abdullah II bin Al-Hussein and United Nations Secretary General, António Guterres.

The president, who on Sunday moved to Dubai, United Arab Emirates (UAE), participated in the ninth edition of the Annual Investment Meeting.

While in Dubai, President Buhari also held bilateral talks and met with different groups of investors at the sidelines of the Annual Investment Meeting.

Source: PM News

Abel Damina should be praised for telling women to wear trousers – Daddy Freeze

Daddy Freeze, controversial founder of Free Nation movement, has praised the founder, Abel Damina Ministries and Power City International, Dr. Abel Damina for preaching that women should wear trousers.

Damina, in his sermon recently, said Jesus was always against religious leaders because Christianity was not a religious, as religion sought to bring people back to bondage.

He said women should not be put in the bondage of religion that they should not put on trousers as they had liberty in Christ.

“That was why Jesus was always against religious leaders because Christianity is not a religion, Christianity is a relationship with God, religion is a make-believe, actually religion means go back to bondage. We are not in religion, we are not in a make-believe, we are in a relationship with God.

“If you have your trousers sisters, wear it, wear it well, and enjoy it; don’t let anybody keep you in bondage with dos and don’ts, there is liberty in Christ Jesus, the only thing we emphasise is that when you dress, cover your nakedness, that is all,” he said.

Freeze, who recently attacked the General Superintendent of the Deeper Christian Life Ministry, Pastor William Kumuyi for saying that women who put on trousers were abomination to God, said Damina had preached well.

He said only an un-scholarly teacher would tell women not to wear trousers.

“Abel Damina is on fire here! May God bless him! Only an un-scholarly teacher will tell women not to wear trousers,” Freeze said.

Source: PM News

Video: Madness! Pastor bathes church members with soft drink to receive miracle

A trending video has surfaced on Twitter showing a pastor bathing members of his congregation with soft drink to receive miracle.

The video, posted by Jackson Ude, saw church members queued with bottles of soft drinks in their hands and each took turn to approach the cleric, hand the bottle of soft drink over to him, which he then used in bathing them.

Watch video here:

Source: PM News

INEC To Hold Governorship Elections In Kogi, Bayelsa On Nov 2

INEC Chairman, Professor Mahmood Yakubu, briefs the media about preparations for the elections in Abuja on Friday, February 22, 2019. Photo: Channels TV/Sodiq Adelakun.

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has fixed November 2, 2019, to conduct governorship elections in Kogi and Bayelsa States.

INEC’s National Commissioner and Chairman, Voter Education and Information, Mr Festus Okoye, announced this in a statement on Tuesday.

The announcement followed a meeting of the electoral body at its headquarters in Abuja where it approved the Timetable and Schedule of Activities for the elections.

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INEC explained that the official notice for both elections would be issued on August 1 while various political parties who intended to field candidates would conduct their primaries from August 2-29.

It disclosed that it has fixed August 2 for the commencement of campaigns by political parties and would end on October 31.

The commission said the political parties sponsoring candidates in the polls must submit the list of their agents for the exercise not later than October 2.

It noted that the timelines were in line with the provisions of the 1999 Constitution (as amended), as well as the Electoral Act 2010 (as amended).

INEC urged all stakeholders in the coming elections to take cognisance of its timetable and schedule of activities and adhere strictly to them.

The date for the polls was fixed following the just concluded 2019 general elections.

The commission conducted the Presidential and National Assembly elections held on February 23 while that of Governorship and State House of Assembly were conducted on March 9.

The governorship elections held in 29 states in the country.

Those, however, excluded were Kogi, Bayelsa, Osun, Ekiti, Ondo, Anambra, and Edo States.

Read the full statement from INEC below:

Bandits kill 3,526 people in Zamfara – Yari

The Zamfara Government has said that a total of 3,526 persons were killed by armed bandits in the state in the last five years.

This was disclosed by the State Governor, Alhaji Abdulaziz Yari on Tuesday in Gusau during a Town Hall Meeting attended by the acting Inspector General of Police (IGP), Mohammed Adamu.

“Nearly 500 villages have also been devastated and 8,219 persons were injured, some are still in critical condition,” he said.

The governor, who was represented by the Secretary to the State Government (SSG), Prof. Abdullahi Shinkafi, also said that over 13,000 hectares of farmlands were either destroyed or made useless as the farmers can no longer farm them.

“The economy of the state has seriously suffered because thousands of shops were destroyed by the rampaging bandits who had displaced thousands of our people from their places of abode, many of whom cannot sleep with their two eyes closed because of fear,” he added.

Yari said the government had written volumes of reports containing over 7,000 pages, giving details of the crises right from the beginning to the infiltration from Libya and Boko Haram.

He disclosed that the government was aware of eight prominent bandits camps at different bush locations in the state, and urged that they should all be neutralized in order to decimate the criminals.

The governor said that recent suspension of mining activities in the state by the federal government must “be followed by enforcement, because, it is one thing to ban, and another to enforce.”

Earlier, Adamu, the acting IGP, told the gathering that the police would take more proactive measures in the fight against bandits and commended the state government for providing enabling environment to security personnel to operate in the state.

The town hall meeting was attended by traditional and community leaders including herders and farmers.

Source: PM News